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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 20 
TypeRed
ProducerCliff Lede (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District
OptionsShow variety and appellation
UPC Code(s)008261060108

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2018 (based on 35 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 90.6 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 322 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by awinejourney on 5/17/2015 & rated 91 points: Big fruit. Quite concentrated and lots of alcohol but without the burn. This is a big boy! (227 views)
 Tasted by ksnj on 5/13/2015 & rated 91 points: Consistent notes with previous. Watch out for a disintegrating cork. Although the wine has aged well, the cork has not. (289 views)
 Tasted by LCHammer on 4/11/2015 & rated 91 points: Agree with most comments. Still maintains the earthy character with lots of mocha/chocolate tones. Gina got some deep blackberry while I found the fruit more muted (but very enjoyable). Same or a bit better the next day so it still has years left. (514 views)
 Tasted by dbay on 4/8/2015 & rated 91 points: Aromas of sandalwood and dark fruits on the nose. On the palette, earthy tannins, chocolate, blackberry and cassis. Complex with earth upfront, mid palette fruit and a finish of tannin and coffee. (546 views)
 Tasted by bin905 on 3/28/2015 & rated 88 points: Dominated by earthy flavor and dusty tannins. Oak flavor is quite prevalent. Some spice, alcohol, black currant and tobacco flavor, too. Overall, a bit chunky. (620 views)
 Tasted by winejnky on 3/15/2015 & rated 90 points: Nice CS, structured more than fruity, leans toward Bordeaux but has typical CA heft. (694 views)
 Tasted by jeffreylubowski on 2/1/2015 & rated 90 points: So stags leap. Wish I could have had this in a blind test. Would have impressed a person for once in my life. Anyway it is ripe and lots of mocha and chocolate and cassie and dark berry. This is probly at its peak right now. It is a worthwhile drink at $50 if you want napa but they definitely need to dial down the alcohol quite a bit. (1034 views)
 Tasted by winejnky on 1/2/2015 & rated 91 points: Really nice CS, drinking very well at this point in time. See note from 11/2012 for more dets. (937 views)
 Tasted by ecola on 12/31/2014 & rated 93 points: Aromas and flavors of dark and ripe black cherry, red cassis, and forest floor with some wild herbs mixed in. Explosive and intense on the palate. Well balanced acidity on the long finish keeps this very lively. (933 views)
 Tasted by acintheoc on 12/20/2014 & rated 91 points: A bit of bell pepper on the nose with dark fruit and a smooth Finish
Drink now (979 views)
 Tasted by fecaputo on 12/9/2014 & rated 92 points: This is drinking beautifully now. Smooth with great red fruit. If you have it, it is time to open it. (1125 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Nice wine, but not my favorite style. A bit warm. (966 views)
 Tasted by JimmyVine on 11/22/2014 & rated 92 points: Opened a bottle of this wine at a dinner party with friends. Dark plumb color, flavors of dark fruit, tobacco, graphite, cassis, some sediment - I will filter next time; a typical stags leap cab. My only regret is that the bottle was open for only about 1/2 hour before drinking; however, I had saved a few onces in a glass at room temp overnight, and in the morning it was delicious; still deep fruit, less alcohol, and an almost vanilla creme finish. Looking forward to my next bottle. (854 views)
 Tasted by emtame on 8/17/2014 & rated 90 points: My first bottle of this in three years and it has come along nicely. Black fruited, smooth, and with finely woven tannins on the finish. This might be at peak for my palate. (1666 views)
 Tasted by avarsamis on 8/14/2014 & rated 91 points: Drinking this as it has been in the decanter for only about 5 minutes.
The wine looks purple colored. The legs are medium. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like black currant (cassis), lead pencil, black pepper, vanilla and tobacco. It tastes like mineral, medium toast and oak. The body is medium/full. The wine has coarse texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has medium acidity. (1471 views)
 Tasted by rmcnees on 7/26/2014 & rated 91 points: Six years after release, the 2006 Lede Estate Cabernet seems to be reaching its stride at the apex of its tasting curve. Medium full bodied, deep ruby color with full forward blackberry and black and red currant fruits with tones of mocha, clove spice and hints of tar and sweet oak on a smooth polished flavorful lingering finish.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2014/07/napa-cabernet-and-white-pairing-flights.html (1556 views)
 Tasted by shellylowen on 6/22/2014 & rated 92 points: Dark fruits, satin mouth feel, good body, medium long finish. Great compliment to a great steak. (1590 views)
 Tasted by WinePT on 6/22/2014 & rated 90 points: Decanted for 1 hour. Soft, smooth texture. Plum, dark fruit, light touch of vanilla with some wood coming thru on the back end at times. I don't see this developing much more with age. (1724 views)
 Tasted by BURGHen Boy on 6/20/2014 & rated 86 points: Cola and plum on the nose. Opened up with a taste of vanilla and a hint of wood. Back end a little thin and flabby.
Perhaps a year past drinking window (1041 views)
 Tasted by mydi on 6/19/2014 & rated 92 points: Nice, rich, intense cab. Have not had before.. Happy I did. Will do again. Received this as part of a trade for a piano . (1025 views)
 Tasted by Quarked on 6/18/2014 & rated 89 points: Nice CA cab, but not as complex and interesting as I expected. Medium bodied, with cab nose, but not much depth. (961 views)
 Tasted by jfpwine on 5/18/2014 & rated 90 points: Took a little bit to open. But after typical CA Cab bouquet with fruit, caramel and vanilla. Very dense body, smooth with slight tannins showing on the finish. Drink very well now, but could last a little bit more. (1032 views)
 Tasted by shaffej on 5/17/2014 & rated 92 points: Very smooth and well balanced. Nice deep color, black berry and licorice (955 views)
 Tasted by David_T on 3/6/2014 & rated 91 points: A pleasantly matured Napa cab featuring aromas of all things red - currant, raspberry, licorice and cherry. The flavors show red currant, red raspberry, touches of earth, licorice, soy sauce and spice with medium+ tannins and medium acidity. A bit of oak though the alcohol is balanced despite its >15%. This is aging well and should last several more years though if you only have one bottle I'd open it now. (1882 views)
 Tasted by vinole on 2/23/2014 & rated 90 points: Decanted for about an hour, which it needed after checking in at the half hour mark. Profile of fairly dark fruit with medium to full body and low plus acidity. Oak is there, but not overbearing. Did notice some alcohol which brought the score down a point. (1817 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
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Cliff Lede

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2006 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

Producer Notes
The 2006 Cabernet lights up out of the bottle with a precocious bouquet of exotic spices and old leather. Given a moment to rest, aromas of sweet marjoram, rose oil, cardamom and blackcurrant jam evolve into exceptionally sweet floral notes of star jasmine and a touch of trumpet vine. Initial flavors of cherry deepen as fine tannins expand and unfold. Dark stone fruits mix and integrate with sweet tannins and fleshy acidity, giving way to a persimmon inspired finish that coats the mouth.
Analysis
Composition: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 2% Malbec
Alcohol: 15.2%
Bottled: June 2008
Release: October 2008
Production: 8,853 Cases

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