Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Cliff Lede Claret

Cliff Lede Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot
Stag's Leap District
Yountville, Napa Valley, California
$35.00 -- Rum Runner, Tucson, AZ

Color: Beautiful deep garnet
Nose: Rich berries, damp leather, maybe a little bay
Body: Medium
Front: Cedar and spice
Middle: Blueberries, licorice
Back: Apricot, dust
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

This is a complex, evolutionary wine. It got really stellar after decanting and sitting for about an hour. Early on there's some heat, then right before it got good there was a little celeriac hint. But I think it'd pair well with stew, with its dusty but not overpowering tannins.

NB: For the uninitiated (as I learned by saying it incorrectly), I believe it's pronounced "Cliff Lady."