- Producer: Cliff Lede Vineyards - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Christopher Tynan
- Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc
- Vintage production: 2,180 cases
- Winery location: Stags Leap District
- Owner: Cliff Lede
- First vintage: 2005
- Drinking window: 2026-2038
About The Wine:
The estate vineyard blocks are named after Cliff’s favourite rock songs and albums. The name of this blend is derived from Steppenwolf's “Magic Carpet Ride" in the Poetry vineyard, and from The Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin" in the Twin Peaks vineyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon in “Magic Carpet Ride” is planted in shallow volcanic soil and farmed to low yields, contributing structure, concentration and classic Stags Leap character to the backbone of the blend. “Nights in White Satin” is a block of Merlot that contributes a luxurious perfume, flavours of ripe, dark fruit, and plush texture.
In the cool darkness of night, grapes were hand-picked into twenty-five pound bins to minimise 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. This wine underwent twenty-one months of élevage in French oak barrels, 78% of which were new.
Cliff Lede Rock Block Series Magic Nights Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Magic Nights is laced with inky dark fruit, licorice, crème de cassis, chocolate, sweet spice and licorice. I would give the tannins a few years to soften, but there is a lot to like and to look forward to here. This is an especially potent expression of Stags Leap, and it works so well. Winemaker Chris Tynan draws fruit from across all the Lede estate parcels. As always, this series, known as 'Rock Block' (with a name that changes each year) is especially luscious."
95 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Jan. 2021)