2021 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford
The ravishing inky purple 2021 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is a seductive and complex tincture...
Twenty-one months in French Oak
An exceptional benchland vineyard in the Rutherford appellation produces intensely concentrated grapes for this wine. Planted at the foot of a steep canyon on the western hills of Rutherford, the rocky and loamy soils were formed by eons of erosion from the mountains above. The aspect, climate, and soils combine to create a classic Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon with incredible concentration, texture, and structure.
Hand harvested in the cool early morning hours, the fruit was immediately subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered sorting process, including our cutting-edge optical sorter, with a goal of eliminating less-than-perfect berries. The selected fruit was gently delivered to tank via gravity by our crane system, retaining perfect, whole berries. Cold soaks lasted approximately five days, and fermentations were managed by a combination of délestage and pump overs. Extended maceration, ranging from three to four weeks, fine-tuned tannin profiles, allowing us to build structure and wine complexity.
The ravishing inky purple 2021 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is a seductive and complex tincture where a panoply of dusty cassis, pine forest, black tea, loamy, and cedar aromas playfully dance in the glass. Layers of blackberry, mulberries, and cinnamon notes lay out on top of the bouquet. The long and decadent mouthfeel is guided along the palate by fresh acidity and gobs of chocolaty tannins provide an enticing structure. Lingering notes of ancho chile, cumin, and Chinese five spice persist long after tasting. - Christopher Tynan, Director of Winemaking
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon