- Producer: Cliff Lede Vineyards - read about the Estate
- Winemakers: Christopher Tynan
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Stags Leap District)
- Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: 829 cases
- Winery location: Stags Leap District
- Owners: Cliff Lede
- First vintage: 2001
- Drinking window: 2016-2046
About The Wine:
The Poetry Vineyard, carved into a steep west-facing hillside, reaches from the highest elevations of the Stags Leap District appellation to the valley floor. This vineyard draws its uniqueness from shallow, volcanic soils atop fractured shale. Due to the stressful nature of the site, planted with high vine density and farmed to very low yields, the vines develop slowly and produce small flavourful berries.
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 a three-tiered sorting process, which includes a cutting edge optical sorter and a slow, individual berry hand sort. The fruit was gently gravity-delivered to small tanks and wooden cuves by a 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. Following twenty-one months of élevage in French oak barrels, 72% of which were new, the blend was selected from the best lots of the Poetry Vineyard.
Cliff Lede Vineyards Poetry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
“Always one of the stars of Napa is Cliff Lede’s Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot. Never the biggest wine made by Cliff Lede, this is an elegant, classic Stags Leap example with finesse allied to beautifully pure power and balance. Deep and rich and possibly, at this stage, less expressive than some of its siblings, it is simply loaded and poised for a brilliant future. Consumers should give this 4-5 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 25-30 years.”
95+ points, Robert Parker (Dec. 2016)