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2016 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain

2016 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
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Pine forest sous bois, with its fresh resinous aromas leads aromas in the glass. Following closely are the loam and dried leaves scents. Flourishes of black cherry flavors and cocoa powder envelop the palate on entry with grilled steak and nori wrapper adding savory umami touches. Wide and expansive on the palate, the wine finishes long and seductively. There’s a polish to the big mountain tannins that makes this wine irresistible. -Christopher Tynan, Winemaker

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Howell Mountain
Bottling Date
July 2018
Alcohol %
14.8
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Exceptional high-elevation vineyards in the Howell Mountain appellation produce intensely concentrated grapes for this wine. Soils are volcanic in origin and consist of two main types; the first is decomposed volcanic ash called tufa, and the second is red volcanic rock and clay that is high in iron. Both are nutrient poor, which stresses the vines, producing intense and structured wines from small clusters and berries. The altitude, climate, and soils combine to create a classic mountain Cabernet Sauvignon with incredible concentration, texture, and structure.
Production Notes
Hand harvested in the cool early morning hours, the fruit was immediately subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered sorting process, including our cutting edge optical sorter, with a goal of eliminating less-than-perfect berries. The selected fruit was gently delivered to tank via gravity by our crane system, retaining perfect, whole berries. Cold soaks lasted approximately five days, and fermentations were managed by a combination of délestage and pump overs. Extended maceration, ranging from three to four weeks, fine-tuned tannin profiles, allowing us to build structure and wine complexity. The wine was aged in French oak barrels, 51% of which were new, for twenty-one months.
Winemaker Notes
Flaunting its “sense of place” the 2016 Howell Mountain announces its arrival in the glass with a thunderous display of terroir notes. Pine forest sous bois, with its fresh resinous aromas leads aromas in the glass. Following closely are the loam and dried leaves scents. Flourishes of black cherry flavors and cocoa powder envelop the palate on entry with grilled steak and nori wrapper adding savory umami touches. Wide and expansive on the palate, the wine finishes long and seductively. There’s a polish to the big mountain tannins that makes this wine irresistible. -Christopher Tynan, Winemaker
Production
741 cases