• Producer: Cliff Lede Vineyards - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Christopher Tynan
  • Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
  • Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
  • Vintage production: 1,683 cases
  • Winery location: Stags Leap District
  • Owner: Cliff Lede
  • First vintage: 2005
  • Drinking window: 2017-2034


About The Wine:


The estate vineyard blocks are named after Cliff’s favorite rock songs and albums. The name of this blend is derived from Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in the Twin Peaks vineyard and from Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” in the Poetry vineyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon in “Dear Mr. Fantasy” 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. “Dark Side of the Moon” is a block of Cabernet that contributes a luxurious perfume, flavors of ripe, dark fruit, and plush texture.


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. This wine underwent twenty-one months of élevage in French oak barrels, 78% of which were new.


The 2015 vintage was a wonderfully classic year for Napa Valley wines. A dry winter, followed by warm spring temperatures, led to an early bud break that set the stage for one of the earliest harvests on record. Crop levels were lower than average due to dry conditions and a cool weather spell during flowering. The dry soils led to low vigor vines and small berries, creating very concentrated fruit. With lovely summer weather, it was CLV's earliest harvest on record and the red wines they produced are opulent, voluptuous wines with incredible concentration.


Cliff Lede Rock Block Series Moon Fantasy Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

  • "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Fantasy Stags Leap is a deep garnet-purple color with a nose of fragrant black berries and black cherries with floral notes and dried leaves, menthol, bay leaves, cedar and cassis nuances. The wine is big, full, muscular and earthy in the mouth with chewy tannins and a long finish; the oak stands out but should marry."

    94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Oct. 2017)