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Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Cliff Lede

Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Cliff Lede

Item #: N0420W1DC
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Color: Medium Yellow
Nose: Floral, Spicy, Guava, Peach
Palate: Forward Stone Fruit, Citrus
Finish: Almost Endless
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/ Fish, Fowl, Vegetarian/14.2% Alcohol by Volume

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Cliff Lede founded his winery in 2002, creating a spectacular estate vineyard and winery in the heart of Napa. He spared no expense in hiring the best people in the industry to plan and plant his vineyard, build his winery, and eventually make his wine.

You don't need a calculator to figure out the difference between planting Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. Basically, you can charge more than double for the Cabernet. So, one must be so committed to Sauvignon Blanc as the money is secondary. Cliff has that commitment, and it shows in the wine.

Two-thirds of the wine was fermented in oak barrels and then transferred to stainless steel to get just a hint of oak. It was then aged on the tiny bits of pulverized seeds and skin to pick up the gripping mouthfeel.

Our selection is the result of three different grapes-first, the classic Sauvignon Blanc, then Musque Clone of Sauvignon Blanc and finally Semillon. The classic Sauvignon Blanc is the backbone of the blend, establishing structure and acidity. The Musque adds its signature aromas and flavors of fresh-cut flowers, spice, and pear, and the Semillon contributes the fig and guava.

The complexity here is almost exhausting. It enters and descends on the palate in a constant swirl of exotic flavors and textures. It demands demanding foods, rich sauces, and the like. Scallops in Beurre Blanc, Black Cod in cilantro and mint pesto, or just a roasted chicken with rosemary would shine through.