2007 Cliff Lede Vineyards "Poetry" Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The quintessential expression of an elegant Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry (86% Cabernet Sauvignon) combines elegance with power. Layered and full-bodied with an ethereal lightness as well as touches of oak and tannin, it is gorgeously pure and textured yet strikingly long and intense. Bursting with flavor, but neither heavy nor cloying, give it 3-4 years of cellaring, and enjoy it over the next 25+ years. As the results attest, owner Cliff Lede, manager David Abreu, and up and coming winemaker Michelle Edwards are all obsessed with high quality. The ubiquitous Michel Rolland is also in the background for blending, consulting, etc. The 2007s appear to be stunning efforts.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of currant, earth and smoky oak, lifted by a floral nuance. Round, seamless and broad without any heaviness; this really spreads out to coat the palate and fill the mouth. A suave wine with a nicely restrained sweetness to its blackberry-dominated flavors. The very smooth finish shows lovely aromatic persistence.
Wine & Spirits
The Stags Leap escarpment forms a near vertical wall on the eastern side of the Napa Valley. This estate vineyard rises from 200 to 400 feet on steep terraces, the vines between four and 15 years old. It produced a 2007 with majestic power, a wine that carries the dark and supple tannin richness these west-facing hills have made famous. Combine that chocolate layer cake of tannin with fresh herbs and black fruit and you arrive at the cool balance this cabernet has achieved. Bottle age should only encourage the textural bliss.
Smells a bit reduced, but this is quite rich and expressive on the palate. Firm, intense and full-bodied, with layers of cedar, dried currant, mineral, tobacco and espresso, letting the flavors build on the finish, where the tannins are chewy. Drink now through 2020. 975 cases made.