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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

2006 Cliff Lede Stag's Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

I last reviewed the 2004 vintage of this wine that you can look at if you click on the link. I gave it a 93 point score so we'll see how this wine compares in quality.

Cliff Lede is a great winery located in the Stag's Leap AVA that produces some really classy Cabernet Sauvignon. I also highly enjoy and rate their Sauvignon Blanc which is among my favorite SB's produced in Napa.

Wow.... as I'm sitting here waiting to taste this wine and review it, the aromas have completely filled the room. It's making me crazy so I'll come back to the tech data after I taste it!

On the nose this wine explodes with aromas of blackberry, cassis, chocolate truffle, coco powder, anise, crushed rocks, and white pepper. This black fruit and melted licorice is what I've come to expect and adore about this wine. It's textbook Stag's and incredibly consistent with this particular wine.

On the palate the wine has an incredible texture and splendidly mouth-coating effect. Monstrous flavors of creme de cassis liquor and melted black licorice completely dominate the primary and introductory flavors of this wine. On the mid-palate the wine shows some beautiful over-ripe black cherry notes and black tea. On the finish I get graphite and crushed rocks and boat loads of velvety tannin that last for at least a minute.

The structure of this wine is very impressive and while the wine is very drinkable at this stage and shows incredible ripeness, there's no doubt the wine will age for a decade. Another knockout wine and for around $60 it almost approaches a value when comparing it to some Napa Cabs. 91+ Points

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