2019 Cliff Lede "Summertime Dreamer" Red Blend, Rock Block Series, Stags Leap District
For the first time ever, our dark and spicy Twin Peaks Estate Malbec shares the spotlight with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot in 2019’s Summertime Dreamer.
Stags Leap District
Our estate vineyard blocks are named after Cliff’s favorite rock songs and albums. The name of this blend is derived from Janis Joplin’s “Summertime" and Supertramp’s “Dreamer" blocks of our Twin Peaks vineyard, which surround the winery. These vineyards feature weathered volcanic soil, eroded by the alluvial influence of the Napa River. This gravelly loam creates concentrated, plush wines with classic minerality.
In the cool darkness of night, grapes were hand-picked into twenty-five pound bins to minimize crushing. By early morning, the grapes were subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered sorting process which includes our cutting-edge optical sorter, and a slow, individual berry hand sort. The fruit was gently gravity-delivered to small tanks by our unique crane system which kept the berries intact. Cold soaks lasted from five to eight days, and fermentations were managed through a combination of pump overs and délestage. Extended maceration of up to six weeks ensured exceptional extraction and fine-tuning of tannin profiles.
For the first time ever, our dark and spicy Twin Peaks Estate Malbec shares the spotlight with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot in 2019’s Summertime Dreamer. The Malbec brings a tsunami of créme de cassis spiced with turmeric, peat, miso, and smoked cardamon. The Cabernet Sauvignon adds blackberry preserves, cigar wrapper, and a backbone of polished tannin. The Merlot fills the midpalate with rich flavors of plum, raspberry, and dark chocolate. A hefty dollop of Petit Verdot brings incense, rose water, and ripe summer fig notes. – Christopher Tynan, Director of Winemaking
Composition: 49% Malbec, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 11% Merlot