2019 Cliff Lede Songbook Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 3L in Wood
Deep and expansive across the palate, hints of mint, amaretto, and iron emerge and add layers to this complex and delicious red wine.
This wine underwent twenty-one months of élevage in French oak barrels, 91% of which were new.
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.
The dark and beguiling 2019 Songbook features seductive notes of warm blackberries, cassis, and chocolate cake with touches of clove, sandalwood, anise, and exotic incense. The wine opens with flavors of mulberry, fig paste, and blueberry, with woodsy notes of cedar, bay laurel, and piñon. Deep and expansive across the palate, hints of mint, amaretto, and iron emerge and add layers to this complex and delicious red wine. -Christopher Tynan, Director of Winemaking