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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 64 
ProducerCliff Lede (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District
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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 331 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Grill Factor on 12/2/2015 & rated 90 points: First things first, this is wine of impeccable quality. I can see many loving it. I'm always a bit let down by it because I think the alcohol is too noticeable now that the oak and acidity have faded. I wish I had more if only to open up for guests because, all in all, it is a crowd pleaser. (825 views)
 Tasted by vinole on 11/25/2015 & rated 90 points: Consistent with my note from 2/23/14, but only needed 20-30 mins in the decanter and the alcohol was not as noticeable. (661 views)
 Tasted by emtame on 11/21/2015 & rated 89 points: Certainly a good, solid wine, but I keep hoping to be wowed by Cliff Lede and it just hasn't happened yet. I'm a huge SLD fan and Cliff Lede has fantastic vineyards and a beautiful, pristine winery. I'm not sure what's missing. (667 views)
 Tasted by vinoblm on 10/31/2015 & rated 90 points: In its prime. (911 views)
 Tasted by shellylowen on 8/28/2015 & rated 92 points: Black current and blueberry, medium body, satin tannins, and medium sweet tannin finish. (1126 views)
 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! (1315 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. (1216 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. (1291 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. (1247 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. (1094 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. (925 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. (1384 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. (1121 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. (1121 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 (1226 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. (1299 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Nice wine, but not my favorite style. A bit warm. (1138 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. (1034 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. (1847 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. (1642 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 (1718 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. (1740 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. (1875 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 (1199 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 . (1173 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.
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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