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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 35 
ProducerCliff Lede (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District
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UPC Code(s)008261050109

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2016 (based on 38 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stag`s Leap District on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.7 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 272 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by prism on 7/22/2015: This bottle spent two hours in a bus and some more being dragged around the city on a hit day, so that may have knocked off a couple of points. Still excellent, though I find the vanilla flavor from the oak a little too prominent. Maybe could go another year or two, but the fruit is in a good place right now and the tannins very well integrated. (115 views)
 Tasted by meatbomb013 on 7/1/2015 & rated 94 points: A great bottle of wine for a reasonable price. Hard to believe that this is 10 years old. Still has a ton of energy and primary cab attributes. Tannins have mellowed and there is a ton of sweet red and blue fruits. I don't think that this will necessarily get better with time but should hold up for another 5 years or so. Wish I had more of this vintage. (462 views)
 Tasted by Kdog on 6/29/2015 & rated 94 points: Outstanding cab, great QPR for high quality Napa Cab. Rich Stags leap fruit profile, everything is there. Still youthful at 10 years, wish I had more. (444 views)
 Tasted by tantotinto on 6/10/2015 & rated 92 points: This is in excellent form tonight. Worth the wait. Superb aromatics. Soft black fruit, cedar, graphite and tobacco on the palate. (838 views)
 Tasted by Collector of Cork on 5/31/2015: Moms birthday (894 views)
 Tasted by wbduval on 5/13/2015 & rated 92 points: Beautiful wine. Drinking very well at the moment - decanted for 2.5 hours and then drunk over the next 4. (914 views)
 Tasted by Corrie on 5/8/2015 & rated 93 points: At it's best right now--flavor and balance just right. (896 views)
 Tasted by JackTurner on 1/4/2015 & rated 90 points: This is the 7th bottle of a case I have of this. I have not had a bottle in over a year and a half. I think this wine is maturing nicely, especially if folks like a mature Napa Cab. Clearly fruit driven with plenty of oak but there is a very soft tannin structure that helps an earthy and sweet finish. I tend to agree with Gary V that this wine will provide enjoyment for folks who like the style until 2017. (1265 views)
 Tasted by kas on 11/21/2014 & rated 91 points: really big rolland styled wine. a bit dusty and concentrated for me; maybe it will soften. I'll try again in 2-3 yrs (1531 views)
 Tasted by oldwines on 11/20/2014 & rated 92 points: Deep dark opaque purple. Nose initially has smokey bacon, black plum, blackberry jam, pepper and oaky vanilla. Not as tannic as I expected. Fat thick rich mouthfeel. Dark fruit, tar, bacon, blackberry jam, pencil lead, oak, vanilla, tobacco and chocolate take turns across your palate. This is not a wine of finesse. For me, this is too over extracted, but I can see why some would really like it. Not my favorite style however. (1455 views)
 Tasted by iamandyc on 8/13/2014 & rated 91 points: Seems like it is still young. Dark, firm, deep fruit with charcoal and tobacco notes. Lots of structure that enhance the wine especially on day #2 where the fruits deepen and round out the wine. Fragrant nose and long finish. Tannins are a bit dusty and drying. (2172 views)
 Tasted by vinole on 5/30/2014 & rated 90 points: A big wine that comes across as a bit monolithic and on the verge of overextracted, but keeps it under control and delivers the rich CA cab experience. Full bodied blackberry fruit with low plus acidity, and a little noticeable alcohol on the back end. (2623 views)
 Tasted by Venture du Vin on 5/12/2014 & rated 90 points: The 2005 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stags Leap District is a cab California can be proud of. This medium bodied wine more than delivers the balance and complexity of black fruits and oak cab lovers crave. Equally pleasing, are further notes of lilac, nutmeg, tobacco and earthiness, which remain on the palate through a lasting finish. (2066 views)
 Tasted by Yamadori on 4/25/2014 & rated 93 points: Popped and Poured. Beautiful Cabernet which is aging gracefully. This may have lost a little of the fruit intensity of its' youth but still has plenty of dark fruits along with secondary elements of chocolate, tobacco and graphite. Excellent wine which is still drinking well. (1533 views)
 Tasted by Robert Pavlovich on 4/4/2014: Big fruit, too ripe for my tastes, and lacking in freshness and tannic structure to balance it out. (2135 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 3/30/2014: OCPoker4wine - Ashley and Brian come home (WCC - Irvine CA): Blind - guessed Bordeaux. Wrong.

Good complexity with some resin aroma and sweet wood notes. Well balance and the tannins are fine but present and show in the finish with a bit of drying. Nice. (1708 views)
 Tasted by grafstrb on 3/29/2014: -- popped and poured --
-- tasted a couple pours, non-blind, over a couple hours --

Dark garnet color of great depth, with some tawny at the edges. The Nose is expressive, showing luxurious blackberry and a hint of chocolate. Medium-full bodied on the palate; rich; a bit oaky; very fine tannin still here; adequate acidity; soft mouthfeel; probably wouldn’t age this more than 5 – 10 more years; this was better than this note probably makes it sound. (917 views)
 Tasted by Night Train on 3/8/2014 & rated 90 points: No signs of age, visually or otherwise. HUGE nose - cassis and plums. Same notes on the palate. Fairly rich, with a very good finish. Sturdy tannins, although it only got about 45 minutes of air before we started drinking it. Very pleasant, but extremely one-dimensional. No minerals, forest floor, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, etc., just typical cabernet fruit. Holding up just fine. (1289 views)
 Tasted by SeattlePaul on 3/1/2014 & rated 92 points: Delicious fruit and vanilla notes, great example of a CA cab. (1168 views)
 Tasted by pape du neuf on 1/16/2014 & rated 89 points: No bricking yet. Dark garnet. Pushing the edge of acceptable VA (which did not blow off). Vanilla. Ripe cassis and plum. Tannins absent. Could use
more acidity. Drink up, not one to age. (1638 views)
 Tasted by LCHammer on 12/25/2013 & rated 89 points: Was a 92 for 2 hrs then went downhill fast. Drink now (and quickly). Probably was best a year ago or so. (1444 views)
 Tasted by dfarley on 10/15/2013 & rated 91 points: Seems to be hitting its peak now (2181 views)
 Tasted by magic2coop on 9/11/2013 & rated 93 points: Color has lightened with slight bricking. Rose petal and red berries on nose. Cassis, blackberry flavor that shows some maturity. Cocoa on the long finish. Stands up well against the 06 in the reverse vertical. 04 tomorrow. (2343 views)
 Tasted by bvwino on 9/1/2013 & rated 91 points: Drinking very well. (2291 views)
 Tasted by le fouloir on 7/25/2013 & rated 91 points: Solid Napa cab with classic Napa notes and terroir. It has improved with age and may be at its peak of maturity. (2210 views)
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By Linda Murphy
JancisRobinson.com (6/22/2008)
(Cliff Lede, Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138
(Cliff Lede Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District) Subscribe to see review text.
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, 5 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines - BLIND!, Episode #581 (11/19/2008)
(Cliff Lede Stag's Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon) #1 (BLIND TASTING); COLOR-very dark; NOSE-interesting; a little charcoal; red beets; smokiness; leather; beef jerky; very dark; I like this; Bordeaux-like; TASTE-good dark fruit - lots of blueberries and gorgeous blackberries; good firm tannins; this wine will easily last 7-15 years; I like the charcoal; I like the second tier black fruit flavors; great length; great tannins; very explosive and focused; clearly from a great fruit source; an absolute complete effort from top to bottom; I'm still tasting it with a one minute; great length; coats your palate; this "brings straight thunder"; there is some Oak, but nicely integrated; great dryness; RP-92; GV-92+  92+ points
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Cliff Lede

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2005 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

From website - The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District opens with initial scents of rich raspberry, fig compote, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom. Once decanted, abundant aromas of iris root, lilac, osmanthus, pie crust, fenugreek, citral, and huckleberry burst from the glass. Upon entry, the mouth is stimulated by black cherries, white pepper, and a plush fine-grained minerality. A dense richness crosses the breadth of the palate as fine tannins slowly ebb into lingering acidity, gradually diffusing with the fatness of the finish. [ download pdf ]

Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.8
Bottled: June 2007
Release: December 2007

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