Cliff Lede Vineyards

Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

9.288 ratings
9.211 pro ratings
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Christian Bock MS

Dark, powerfull Napa Cabernet fruit. Black tea, smocky notes. Great Focus , Thanks to good acidity and grainy still big quite up Front tannins.

Dark, powerfull Napa Cabernet fruit. Black tea, smocky notes. Great Focus , Thanks to good acidity and grainy still big quite up Front tannins.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 19th, 2017
Michael Descamps

A massive wine. Palate coating with loads of silky tannin. Mulberry, cassis, espresso, fig.

A massive wine. Palate coating with loads of silky tannin. Mulberry, cassis, espresso, fig.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 25th, 2016
Lee Abraham

Sales Cliff Lede Vineyards, Breggo Cellars

9.5

It was very tight and hot. Once it was decanted and chilled down a bit it completely changed to the beautiful wine I am used to

It was very tight and hot. Once it was decanted and chilled down a bit it completely changed to the beautiful wine I am used to

Nov 26th, 2016
Shay A
9.4

First Cliff Lede experience and really enjoyed this wine. Super dark fruits...juice was basically black. Smelt freshly shaved chocolate pieces on the nose with a mix of espresso. Tasted heavy plums and black currants. After I finished, I realized I love this style.

First Cliff Lede experience and really enjoyed this wine. Super dark fruits...juice was basically black. Smelt freshly shaved chocolate pieces on the nose with a mix of espresso. Tasted heavy plums and black currants. After I finished, I realized I love this style.

Aug 27th, 2016
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Sample provided by the estate. First of the two Cabs we received from Cliff Lede. Tasted upon opening and noted that it needed some air, it was tight and overly tannic. Same with the Stardust Heaven. Deep and dark ruby red with an almost black core. Still tight on the nose, slightly savory with some black cherries on the nose. Opened up with some chalk and soft dark fruits. Moderate tannins (7/10) with a full body. Lots of dark fruits with some vanilla and good acidity. Still a bit of heat even on day two. Long finish with some spicy and vegetal notes. A little dry too. Definitely needs some more time but was more approachable in its youth than the Stardust Heaven. Drink till 2028.

Sample provided by the estate. First of the two Cabs we received from Cliff Lede. Tasted upon opening and noted that it needed some air, it was tight and overly tannic. Same with the Stardust Heaven. Deep and dark ruby red with an almost black core. Still tight on the nose, slightly savory with some black cherries on the nose. Opened up with some chalk and soft dark fruits. Moderate tannins (7/10) with a full body. Lots of dark fruits with some vanilla and good acidity. Still a bit of heat even on day two. Long finish with some spicy and vegetal notes. A little dry too. Definitely needs some more time but was more approachable in its youth than the Stardust Heaven. Drink till 2028.

Jul 5th, 2016
Craig Pollard

2013 vintage. Slate, tobacco, deep fruit, great staycation wine for Volcano, HI. Going to grab another and age it for a few years; solid choice.

2013 vintage. Slate, tobacco, deep fruit, great staycation wine for Volcano, HI. Going to grab another and age it for a few years; solid choice.

Feb 6th, 2021
Dave Parker

This was a gift wine. Well made and very nice for what it is. A Napa steak house Cab. 14.9%

This was a gift wine. Well made and very nice for what it is. A Napa steak house Cab. 14.9%

May 26th, 2019
Cas P
9.3

Beautifully Rich and elegant. This was one of my favorite surprise vineyards that I visited and this bottle brings back great memories.

Beautifully Rich and elegant. This was one of my favorite surprise vineyards that I visited and this bottle brings back great memories.

Mar 17th, 2018
Skip Smyser

Subtle lingering mid pallet flint and tobacco. Another great 2013🍷

Subtle lingering mid pallet flint and tobacco. Another great 2013🍷

Feb 9th, 2018
Garrett Parker

Let it breathe a bit and you will be rewarded.

Let it breathe a bit and you will be rewarded.

Jan 8th, 2018