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Sauvignon Blanc, 2016. Cliff Lede

Sauvignon Blanc, 2016. Cliff Lede

Item #: N1217W1DC
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Color: Pale Straw
Nose: Bright Melon, Musk
Palate: Fat, Ripe Peach, Guava
Finish: Intense White Peach
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2021/Light Meats, Fowl/Alcohol: 14.4%

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I will probably have to go into hiding after saying this because it will infuriate a lot of wine snobs, my favorite targets. When I think of the Napa Valley, the first grape that comes to mind is Sauvignon Blanc. Yeah, I know they grow another Sauvignon there, but the Blancs coming out of Napa are some of the best in the world. That other grape has its ups and downs.

I think part of the issue is that because there isn't much of it grown, winemakers take more time and put in more effort into their Sauvignon Blanc because it is the "other" Sauvignon and they want to make a statement. Well, Cliff Lede (pronounced "lay-dee") is stating it loud and clear.

Cliff founded his winery in 2002, creating an incredible estate vineyard and winery. 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.

This is a demandingly flavorful and complex wine, owing its character to the addition of the Musqu? clone of Sauvignon Blanc, along with a splash of S?millon. The Musqu? can be too much on its own. But as a judicious addition, it adds an unmatched dimension of richness and weight to the blend.

The result is awe-inspiring. The flavors just explode in your mouth and never give up. Guava, peach, musk oil, spice and fresh herbs are just the beginning. Fortunately, the acidity keeps everything from getting totally out of control.

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