2019 Cliff Lede Claret, Napa Valley
The seductive and voluptuous wine is laden with black cherries, preserved plums, espresso, and lavender.
The wine was aged in a mix of new and used French oak barrels, for twenty-one months
The Bordeaux varietal grapes in our Claret blend are sourced from our estate Twin Peaks Vineyard in the Stags Leap District and a few of our valued grower partners around Napa Valley. The wine is composed of small batches from a variety of blocks, representing a diverse range of carefully selected rootstocks and clones. Yields are maintained at sparse levels, with a focus on canopy management and vine balance. The resulting blend boasts remarkable depth and complexity.
The grapes were picked in the darkness of the early morning hours, and immediately subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered hand sorting process. The whole berries were gently gravity-delivered to tank by our crane system, maintaining berry integrity. Cold soaks lasted approximately five days, and fermentations were managed via a combination of délestage, pumpovers, and punch downs. Extended maceration, ranging from three to four weeks, fine-tuned our tannin profiles, allowing us to build mouth feel and wine complexity. .
The spectacular 2019 Claret begins with an inviting nose of rich crème de cassis, blackberry, and warm fig aromas with a hint of the fragrant Indian spices, cardamom, and clove. The seductive and voluptuous wine is laden with black cherries, preserved plums, espresso, and lavender. It’s a full bodied, lush wine that expands mid-palate and finishes with a crescendo of sweet and silky tannins. –Christopher Tynan, Director of Winemaking
2,787 cases produced