• Producer: Cliff Lede Vineyards - read about the Estate
  • Winemakers: Christopher Tynan
  • Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Stags Leap District)
  • Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
  • Vintage production: 343 cases
  • Winery location: Stags Leap District
  • Owners: Cliff Lede
  • First vintage: 2001
  • Drinking window: 2023-2043


About The Wine:


Songbook is sourced from two of acclaimed viticulturist David Abreu’s personally-farmed properties: Thorevilos Vineyard, situated between the St. Helena and Howell Mountain AVAs, and Madrona Ranch, nestled in the foothills of the Mayacamas mountain range. These vineyards produce grapes of exceptional character resulting from proprietary clones, extremely low yields, and meticulous farming. The result is a winemaker’s dream.


Songbook is a fascinating combination of transcendent perfume and multitudinous flavors derived from these two celebrated vineyards. They intertwine in a way that makes a wine so complex that it defies traditional descriptions of Cabernet-based wines from Napa Valley. The volcanic soils of the Thorevilos Vineyard bring talc, melted dark chocolate, crème de cacao, and a core of red and black licorice aromas. The Madrona Cabernet Franc brings notes of fresh tobacco, coastal sage, pebbly rock, and dried berry.


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.


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 Vineyards Songbook Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

  • “Composed of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the inky black colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Songbook offers subdued cassis, plum preserves and mulberries with a cigar box, underbrush and dried herbs undercurrent plus hints of cloves and espresso. Concentrated, full, rich and taut, it's very firmly structured with grainy tannins and lots of oak that should marry, finishing long. Give it 3-4 years in bottle.”

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


    “Another tour de force is the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Songbook, which checks in as 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. It's the most open and approachable of the wines in the lineup, yet still needs to be forgotten for 5-6 years. Blackberries, spice-box, chocolate, currants and graphite notes all develop in the glass and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate depth, and a great finish. While a big, rich wine, it shows the purity and finesse that's the hallmark of this vintage.”

    97+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Dec. 2017)

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