2009 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry

Year: 2009
Appellation: Stags Leap District, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 91-94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"A graceful style that's elegant and expansive, with a broad range of supple currant, black cherry, pencil lead and shavings. Fans out and maintains a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2025. 905 cases made. " (WS)

"Cliff Lede’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry is showing beautifully today. It, too, is rather statuesque and towering. Layers of dark red fruit, flowers, crushed rocks and cloves inform this powerful wine. The 2009 has plenty of sweetness and depth, but it needs a few years for the tannins to soften. Regardless, it is striking. Hints of mocha, licorice and incense add complexity on the finish. The 2009 is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.

This is a strong and consistent range from Cliff Lede and his team. In addition to these wines, I also tasted a few 2011 component wines that were promising. Lede is keeping his 2011s separate for a longer time than normal before blending to see how they develop, a common choice in this very challenging vintage." (WA)

"Good ruby-red. Lovely complex nose melds blackberry, redcurrant, dark cherry, rose petal, gravel and earth. Plush and sophisticated on the palate, but with plenty of shape and lift, not to mention power. This round wine finishes with fine-grained tannins, good weight and excellent persistence. Makes the '08 seem a bit green and spiky by comparison. Incidentally, this was the last vintage made by Michelle Edwards. Philippe Melka took over winemaking here in early 2010, and was responsible for blending the 2009s." (IWC)

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Tasting Notes:
Aromas of blueberry, rose petal, and slate bloom from the glass. The palate, while complicated, boasts the classic roundness and balance of Stags Leap District. Layers of violet and liqueur intertwine, than give way to chocolate and cardamom. The flavors crescendo through tightly wound tannins to arrive at a satisfyingopen finish. Enjoy now, or further enhance the experience by aging.