One of the best-run and now superstar wineries in all of Napa is Cliff Lede. Starting with their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap, a beautiful example of this AVA, the wine has a dense ruby/purple color, floral notes intermixed with crème de cassis , graphite and forest floor. It is full bodied, but with the elegance, finesse and lightness of being, despite its intensity. The wood is pushed to the background, and the wine is beautifully pure and long. Drink it over the next 20 years. (RP)
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful wine. Dark, sumptuous and deeply expressive, it is full of Stags Leap character. Inky blue and purplish fruit, spice, mocha, licorice and menthol are some of the signatures. This is one of the more polished, accessible 2013s readers will come across, although there is no shortage of intensity. Best of all, the 2013 is a terrific value by Napa Valley standards. In this vintage, the Cabernet has less Merlot in the blend. (AG)
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