• Producer: Cliff Lede Vineyards - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Christopher Tynan
  • Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
  • Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
  • Vintage production: 1,933 cases
  • Winery location: Stags Leap District
  • Owner: Cliff Lede
  • First vintage: 2005
  • Drinking window: 2019-2035


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 The Yardbirds "Heart Full of Soul" in the Poetry vineyard and from The Doors’ “Light My Fire" in the Twin Peaks vineyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon in “Heart Full of Soul” 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. “Light My Fire” is a block of Cabernet 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.


The 2016 vintage continued a series of exceptional vintages in Napa Valley. Another drought year, 2016 began with a dry winter, followed by a warm, frost-free early spring with just enough rainfall to fill the soil profile, leading to an early budbreak with resources to develop healthy canopies. The vintage progressed at a leisurely pace due to moderate temperatures throughout most of the remaining growing season. Crop levels were slightly below average due to a dry late spring and a cool weather spell during flowering. The dry soils led to small berries, creating very concentrated fruit. With lovely summer weather, grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness and the resulting wines have generous fruit with intensity and vibrancy. 


Cliff Lede Rock Block Series Soul Fire Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

  • "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Soul Fire boasts tremendous aromatic intensity and sumptuousness. Inky dark fruit, crème de cassis, menthol, licorice and spice jump from the glass. Exuberant, deep and beautifully layered, the Soul Fire is a fabulous expression of Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon."

    96 points, Antonio Galloni (Dec. 2018)