2015 Cliff Lede Songbook Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 3L in Wood Box
The exotic and alluring 2015 Songbook is poised to become our best ever. A study in balanced freshness and precise, focused flavors, this buoyant elixir is perfumed with blueberry, blackberry, and a gravelly pine forest floor.
twenty-one months of élevage in 100% new French oak barrels.
Songbook is sourced from two of acclaimed viticulturist David Abreu’s personally-farmed properties: Thorevilos Vineyard, situated between the St. Helena and Howell Mountain AVAs, and Madrona Ranch, nestled in the foothills of the Mayacamas mountain range. These vineyards produce grapes of exceptional character resulting from proprietary clones, extremely low yields, and meticulous farming. The result is a winemaker’s dream.
In the cool darkness of night, grapes were hand-picked into twenty-five pound bins to minimize crushing. By early morning, the grapes were subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered sorting process, which includes our cutting edge optical sorter and a slow, individual berry hand sort. The fruit was gently gravity-delivered to small tanks by our unique crane system which kept the berries intact. Cold soaks lasted from five to eight days, and fermentations were managed through a combination of pump overs and délestage. Extended maceration of up to six weeks ensured exceptional extraction and fine-tuning of tannin profiles.
Savory umami essence with nori wrapper, white truffle, and shiitake dusted grilled ribeye jus echoing in the aromas and flavors. On the finish, cocoa powder, new tobacco, and sage leaf aromatics waft in the retro nasal cavities while layers of unctuous black licorice, wild raspberries, white chocolate, and sea salt caramel notes linger on the long finish. - Christopher Tynan, Director of Winemaking