Cliff Lede's Just-Released Pair
Cliff Lede 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 14.2% $25
This is a succulent and lush Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, papaya and nectarine heightened by a scintillating Calvados and Key lime edge. The mouthfilling sumputousness is gracefully lifted by integrated acidity. Strikingly harmonious with breadth accompanied by energy, this wine is distinctly layered with flavor-driven and textural nuances. The judicious use of 10% Sémillon and 3% Sauvignon Vert gives this wine just the verve it needs to set it part from most other Napa Sauvignons. Not only is this a delicious white wine value overall, it is astonishingly well-priced for Napa.
Cliff Lede 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 15.2% $78
This elegant and suave Napa Cabernet Sauvignon offers some serious sexiness in its caressing, voluptuous tannins that seem to stretch out its enticingly layered flavors. Classic aromas of blackberry and cassis show the barest edge of lifting black currant leaf. Supple, mouthfilling and moreish, the high alcohol is impressively well integrated. The anise-filled and lingering finish is very come-hither, even if it does show a hint of warmth. Unusually for a super youthful Napa Cab, this wine needs no decanting. It's ready to rock! While it may benefit from bottle age, it's so irresistible that it's hard to bother to wait.