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2019 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga

2019 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga
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An abundance of mineral and rocky gravel notes dominate the darkly colored 2019 Calistoga’s bouquet.  There is also reems of seductive blackberry liqueur, dark chocolate, and smoked cardamom amongst the stony aromas. with a wide, rich, and expansive entry. Mid-palate turns serious and contemplative with a beam of fresh acidity and supple tannin that lends weight and agility. – Christopher Tynan, Director of Winemaking

Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Calistoga
Vineyard Designation
Calistoga
Aging
The wine was aged in French oak barrels, 9% of which were new, for twenty-one months.
Bottling Date
July 2021
Alcohol %
14.8
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Located at the base of Diamond Mountain in the western portion of the Calistoga appellation, our Calistoga estate vineyard has twenty acres planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon. The gravelly loam soils are volcanic in origin with alluvial influence made evident by copious amounts of water-rolled gravel and large cobbles. While Calistoga can experience quite hot daytime temperatures, our estate is protected from the afternoon sun by Diamond Mountain to our west. Cool breezes from the Pacific are drawn in by the narrow gap between Napa and Sonoma Counties, further mediating the hot days. The result is powerful, rich Cabernet with balanced acidity.
Production Notes
Hand harvested in the cool dark of night, the fruit was brought to the winery and 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.
Winemaker Notes
An abundance of mineral and rocky gravel notes dominate the darkly colored 2019 Calistoga’s bouquet. There is also reems of seductive blackberry liqueur, dark chocolate, and smoked cardamom amongst the stony aromas. With a wide, rich, and expansive entry the mid-palate turns serious and contemplative with a beam of fresh acidity and supple tannin that lends weight and agility. – Christopher Tynan, Director of Winemaking
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