Grapelive: Wine of the Day September 29, 2016

2013cliffledecs2013 Cliff Lede, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley.
Beautifully textured, weighty and deeply layered comes Cliff Lede’s wonderful full bodied Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, this is top drawer stuff! In fact all the latest Cliff Lede, and his new, ex-Breggo Anderson Valley, Fel wines are all brilliant offerings to look for. I really was impressed with the stylish and luxurious 2013 Cabernet, this is an elite wine of richness, class and opulence without being over the top or woody with blackberry, creme de cassis, cedar, sweet tobacco and blueberry compote. There’s mild anise and smoky vanilla to add to the depth of flavors with sweet ripe tannins and lavish mouth feel, this was a far more interesting wine and rewarding than many Napa wines that sell for almost twice the price, does it make it a bargain? No, but certainly it gives value for the money, and I can see it aging at least 10 to 15 years. The plummy black fruit is jammy, but forward and this is a serious Cabernet Sauvignon that is hard to resist, young, bold and lovable, again this is a slick very polished effort from a winery on a roll.
($80 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive