Established in 2002, Cliff Lede Vineyards encompasses sixty acres in the famed Stags Leap District. Owner Cliff Lede, Vineyard Architect David Abreu and Winemaker Chris Tynan have come together to form an unrivalled team, making the most of this remarkable property. Completed in 2005, the gravity-flow winery boasts a berry-by-berry sorting system and conical tanks commissioned using a design inspired by the tanks of Château Latour. One tank per vineyard block ensures each lot evolves at its own pace and acres of caves with single-layer barrel storage ensure access to each barrel at all times. No corner has been cut. The winery produces Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The flagship, Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, is crafted from the steep hillside portion of the estate. The land, the talent, the tools and the passion: Cliff Lede Vineyards, a notable addition to the Stags Leap District. For Lede, teamwork is a differentiator; it’s what sets Lede Family Wines apart from every other in the Napa Valley. Considering his passions, the mission was clear: to take Bordeaux varietals in Napa Valley to a whole new level. Naturally, it’s also a source of great pride.
Enticing aromas of black cherry, red and black currant, and ripe, red plum are enhanced by hints of dried flowers, fennel seed, and sage. Compelling layers of dark berries, bittersweet chocolate, espresso and Madagascar vanilla coat the palate with velvety tannins. The power and concentration of this rich wine is balanced by vibrant minerality reminiscent of warm slate and graphite. This captivating wine celebrates the remarkable Poetry vineyard with its finesse and approachability, yet reveals layers of complexity and intense concentration as it evolves in the glass.