Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District|
Wine AdvocateA blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry needs a little coaxing to begin to unfurl the tightly wound yet exciting scents of blackcurrant cordial, blackberry preserves, warm redcurrants and kirsch plus fragrant nuances of candied violets, underbrush, cigar boxes, menthol and star anise. Full-bodied and built like a brick house in the mouth, the palate features an almost impenetrable structure of super ripe tannins framing the taut, muscular fruit, finishing long. This beauty needs at least 5-6 years to begin to blossom, after which it may well warrant a perfect score.
Wine SpectatorRipe boysenberry and plum reduction flavors form the base for this wine, with mocha, melted licorice and warm ganache notes coating the finish. Heavy on the fruit, but the charcoal-dusted spine keeps the fruit supported. Drink now through 2028. 993 cases made.