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    Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California

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    • ST91
    • RP91
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 91 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 15.1%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 111653

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Black currant and citrus blossom aromas develop into plum, espresso, and allspice. Fine-grained tannins and a full, rich mid-palate expand through the finish with semi-sweet chocolate, balanced by fresh minerality. This is a well-balanced and elegant wine that will evolve for the next 20 years.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The least expensive cuvee, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap, exhibits a deep plum/ruby/purple color along with a sweet perfume of cedar, black currants, flowers and a subtle hint of toast. Medium to full-bodied with beautiful density, ripeness, elegance and balance, it should drink well for 15+ years. Elegant, well-made Cabernets continue to emerge from this reputable as well as increasingly high quality producer in the tiny corridor of Stags Leap where the Yountville Crossroad intersects the Silverado Trail. Cliff Lede’s forward, delicious 2008s merit attention from readers. An early look at the 2009s suggests these will be early drinkers as they possess forward fruit, soft tannins and endearing, mid-weight styles. For most wineries, 2009 is clearly not a blockbuster vintage, but rather one that might turn out to be similar to 2005, underrated initially, but putting on weight and showing beautiful balance in what was clearly a cooler year.

    91 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Good full ruby-red. Soil-driven aromas of plum, mocha and earth. Plush and broad, with good floral lift to the black raspberry fruit. Not the last word in complexity but denser and longer than the Lonely Wizard bottling. Finishes with suave tannins and earthy minerality.

    91 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    Rebecca Caldwell (3/13/2012)
    Fantastic wine!

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