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2019 Cliff Lede Crossfade, Napa Valley

2019 Cliff Lede Crossfade, Napa Valley
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A co-fermented lot of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc plays the leading role, sending forth a whirlwind of blackberry, cigar tobacco, petrichor, dried leaves, and cassis notes. 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Red Blend
Appellation
Napa Valley
Aging
The wine was aged in French oak barrels, 77% of which were new, for twenty-two months.
Alcohol %
14.7
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in this blend are from our Stags Leap District estate vineyard, while the Cabernet Franc hails from acclaimed viticulturist David Abreu’s Madrona Ranch. The vineyards are farmed with meticulous attention to detail, maintaining yields at sparse levels—ranging from two to three tons per acre. The wine is composed of just a few of our best lots from these most cherished sites.
Production Notes
Grapes were picked in the darkness of the early morning hours. The freshly-harvested fruit immediately underwent rigorous selection by our three-tiered sorting process, which included our cutting-edge optical sorter. Whole berries were gently delivered by gravity to tank using our crane system, minimizing disruption of berry integrity. Cold soaks lasted approximately seven days, and fermentations were managed via a combination of délestage, pumpovers, and punchdowns. Extended maceration ranging from four to five weeks fine-tuned our tannin profiles, allowing us to perfect mouth feel and wine complexity.
Winemaker Notes
Deep purple colored and dark ruby edged, 2019 Crossfade’s charm lies in the panoply of spices and aromas that burst from the glass. A co-fermented lot of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc plays the leading role, sending forth a whirlwind of blackberry, cigar tobacco, petrichor, dried leaves, and cassis notes. There are intense piquant notes of Calabrian chilies and roasted sweet red peppers on the entry and midpalate that turn lush and expansive. A crescendo of malted chocolate and roasted chestnut flavors ride out along the balanced finish of this unique and singular wine.
Other Notes
Composition: 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot