Cliff Lede and FEL Wines
Sara Gore, National Ambassador for Cliff Lede will be in store to promote. She has been with the property since its inception and is a wonderful friend of the store. In fact we tried to do a tasting with Sara the first year we were open, but due to a freak Blizzard March 23rd of 2016 she was unable to make it. We still tasted the wines but only those that could walk were able to make it in for the tasting. The wines are truly remarkable and set the standard for Stags Leap District and Anderson Valley.
The winery was established in 2002 by Cliff Lede, on sixty acres at the northern end of Napa Valley’s famed Stags Leap District. With a heavy focus on farming, the team blends old-fashioned techniques with cutting-edge technology. The gravity-flow winery, built in 2005, features truncated tanks, caves, and a Pellenc optical sorting machine. Winemaker Christopher Tynan joined Cliff Lede Vineyards before the harvest of 2012, following previous winemaking roles at Blankiet Estate and Colgin Cellars. His exacting philosophy of only employing low-yield vines from select sites and minimal intervention in the winery ensures that each bottle expresses the distinct nuances of each site, block and vintage.
The estate is an homage to Cliff’s passions: wine, music, art, and architecture, with a commitment to community. Cliff named vineyard blocks after his favorite classic rock songs, such as My Generation, Purple Haze, and Cinnamon Girl. The flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, Poetry, comes from the steep hillside portion of the estate, called the Poetry Vineyard. Cliff Lede Vineyards is part of Lede Family Wines, which also includes FEL Wines, a producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris from the Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast, including the 44-acre estate Savoy Vineyard.
Cliff Lede Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District Napa – Cabernet Sauvignon :: $89 Sale $84
Dark purple with vermillion-tinged edges, the plush and refreshing 2014 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon lures the taster with a multidimensional perfume that fills the glass with notes of jasmine, lavender, and spring flowers.
Cliff Lede Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Stags Leap District Napa – Sauvignon Blanc :: $26 Sale $24
The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is loaded with aromas of Meyer lemon, shortbread, honeysuckle, ginger, and tangerine. Spring blossoms of wisteria and orange abound in the upper register of the seductive perfume. The full-bodied, coating mouthfeel expands out on the palate with a rich crème brûlée-like texture as unctuous notes of Bosc pear, orange marmalade, and lavender honey coalesce along the long, satisfying finish.
FEL Wines, Anderson Valley California – Pinot Gris :: $32 Sale $28
Pinot Gris is a lovely expression of Anderson Valley’s cool-climate terroir, simultaneously rich and unctuous but with a tremendous brightness and refreshing acidity. Our Anderson Valley Pinot Gris is made from a blend of fruit from three vineyards located in the warmer end of Anderson Valley that is better protected from the ocean breezes, giving the wine its rich tropical notes.
FEL Wines, Anderson Valley California – Pinot Noir :: $45 Sale $42
Richly aromatic, the nose on this wine is loaded with notes of black cherry, boysenberry, and pomegranate. Subtle hints of dark chocolate, orange peel, and sage add depth and complexity. The palate is lively with fresh acidity which carries delicious flavors of strawberry, plum, toast, and caraway. Fine grained tannins provide a silky structure to the wine and a lengthy finish of succulent fruit flavor. This outstanding example of cool climate Pinot Noir will easily drink well for a decade or more.
*Saturday Tasting *
We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS!
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