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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 10 
ProducerCliff Lede (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District
UPC Code(s)0008261051601

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2013 (based on 10 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Cliff Lede Claret on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 73 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Tudz Drkl on 5/23/2016: flabby and soft (18 views)
 Tasted by redwiner on 3/21/2014 & rated 90 points: What a nice surprise. I've held these since I got them from the winery. Was not sure how they'd be. Nice red to garnet color, medium body. Lots of fruit, but not overwhelming. Very balanced, with lots of layering in the mouth. Tannins fully integrated. Excellent long finish. Reminded me of a Bordeaux. (1661 views)
 Tasted by ArizonaWineGuy on 7/3/2013 & rated 89 points: Drinking quite nicely right now, and will be at its peak in another 6 to 9 months. Great expression of Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon fruit: dry, velvety tannins, with a heavy dose of dark fruit, and a hearty hint of casis. Yum! (2129 views)
 Tasted by jebewines on 2/3/2013 & rated 90 points: Delicious, smooth, with a hint of chocolate (2452 views)
 Tasted by LCHammer on 12/31/2012 & rated 93 points: Drinking beautifully - my wife and I both loved it by itself right out of the bottle. Very balanced with mellow tannins, a nice finish, and still plenty of great dark fruit. Great QPR. Wish I had more but recommend drinking now because I believe it's at it's peak. (2450 views)
 Tasted by hanasowner on 8/11/2012 & rated 88 points: Started off with a busted cork that I ultimately had to push through. A disappointing start for a bottle that was just above that. Not nearly the fruit of past bottles, the last of which I had three years ago and my final bottle of six bottles. Might have been better with food. Did start to show signs with some nice fruit after a couple hours in the glass. (2815 views)
 Tasted by Fishboy on 4/6/2012 & rated 90 points: Consistent notes (1793 views)
 Tasted by ArizonaWineGuy on 12/9/2011 & rated 88 points: Maturing nicely, rounding out. (1760 views)
 Tasted by MWes on 11/30/2011 & rated 90 points: Really Nice. Seemed pretty ready to go from the start, but didn't fade after 3 hours. I will wait until 2015 to consume my last bottle. Drinks like a more expensive bottle. (1555 views)
 Tasted by winejnky on 7/30/2011 & rated 89 points: Similar to 04/2011 note. (1745 views)
 Tasted by winejnky on 4/21/2011 & rated 90 points: Fresh CS, graphite, mocha, cherry, still somewhat dry and tannic. Has some old world character, but clearly CA style, forward, fruity and fun. (2012 views)
 Tasted by ours de vin on 12/21/2010 & rated 90 points: Very good to excellent wine considering the price point. Agree with previous notes - needs at least an hour to open up. Typical to this producer the wines nose and taste are dominated by berry fruit, cedar and some oak on the back-end. Well balanced with a medium finish. (2604 views)
 Tasted by emtame on 10/16/2010 & rated 89 points: Not overly complex, but nicely fruited with a significant amount of creamy vanilla on the mid-palate. Good mid-week wine. (2573 views)
 Tasted by winejnky on 8/22/2010 & rated 91 points: Day One: Nose of crushed cherries, mouth coating glycerin feel, heavy cherry syrup and alcohol. Day two: Blackberry fruit with a firm vein of alcohol, but much more balanced and enjoyable than day one. 91 reflects day two profile. I will decant this next time. (2769 views)
 Tasted by Fishboy on 2/20/2010 & rated 90 points: Dark fruit, cedar, vanilla notes. Well balanced with a nice finish. (3097 views)
 Tasted by isujonny on 2/7/2010 & rated 92 points: One hour decant and shows very well (3145 views)
 Tasted by winejnky on 12/19/2009 & rated 94 points: Cassis, cedar, spice box, red fruits & oak; long, full finish; alcohol and oak very well balanced; has nice grip but still goes down smooth; juicy and lovely, a great cab sauv at the price. (3206 views)
 Tasted by jcurl on 11/26/2009 & rated 89 points: Opened and decanted for 20 minutes. Took a while to open up. Not much nose. On the pallet, it was much better and got better in the glass. Solid blend, dark fruits, tame acidity, structured tannins, I enjoyed it. (3468 views)
 Tasted by chapel hill wino on 9/28/2009: poured one glass night 1. I was worried since there was no smell and no taste! Night 2, total transformation. Liquor like, with a heavy viscous palate a bit less primary than a year ago. but cassis, traces of earth, heavy oak/vanilla, medium finish with smooth tannins. A bit too sweet for my taste. Had with Lasagna, not a perfect pairing. GOOD (3547 views)
 Tasted by Troon on 7/31/2009 & rated 89 points: I did not make it an entire year. I drank the first bottle in October 2008. The wine did open up some, and I think it is drinking very well now. (3735 views)
 Tasted by cummingstoml on 6/27/2009 & rated 91 points: Ripe dark berries with nice smoky oak in the background (3513 views)
 Tasted by davetong on 6/6/2009 & rated 82 points: Hmm. Not enough fruit and too much alcohol. Let's see if we can disguise that with loads and loads of oak. If it doesn't work we'll just put Stag's Leap District on the label and sell it for $35 - people will buy it anyway. (3879 views)
 Tasted by ours de vin on 3/6/2009 & rated 89 points: Solid effort; great aroma of white pepper and menthol. Solid flavors characterized by cherry and currant, nice and fat over the entire palette. Should grow better over the next 2-3 years. (4109 views)
 Tasted by mellison on 12/27/2008 & rated 83 points: I had some of the 2004 and did not care for so decided to try this. It is equally as bad. This is clearly a "manufactured" wine trying to get that 90 rating. It failed. Very thin in the mouth, none of that full mouth feeling. Tastes of licorice, tobacco and earth with a very short and bitter finish. Would never serve to guests. (4106 views)
 Tasted by wino-stephen on 12/19/2008 & rated 86 points: Uninspired table wine (4139 views)
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Cliff Lede

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2005 Cliff Lede Claret

From website - Complex and heady aromas of fig, cacao, mulberry, and cassis are intricately layered on top of copious earthen scents reminiscent of clove, oolong tea, hazelnut, terra cotta, and iron ore. The mouth, surprisingly supple, opens with a burst of blackberries and dried cherry. The generous mid-palate of silky tannins evolves into a lengthy finish with balanced acidity and classic structure. [ download pdf ]

Composition: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.8%
Bottled: June 2007
Release: October 2007

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Napa Valley

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2013 Vintage Notes:
"Napa Valley and virtually all of the North Coast of California (which obviously includes Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well) has been on a qualitative tear since 2012. 2012 was a great vintage for nearly every varietal in North Coast California, but what is even more remarkable is that 2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting North Coast varietals over the last 37 years. It's a game-changer in terms of the consistency of quality, the depth of quality, and the across-the-board excellence for so many wines." - Robert Parker

Stags Leap District

Stags Leap District

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