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WINE REVIEW 2019 Cliff Lede Vineyards, ‘Roundabout Midnight’, Stags Leap District, Napa, CA ($110)

by Andrew Chalk

‘These go to eleven’ it says on the back label of this wine in the Rock Block Series from rock music enthusiast Cliff Lede. A visit to the Napa winery is like a visit to the era of classic rock, including a copy of the Abbey Road crossing that the Beatles featured on the cover of the album of that name.

The winemaking however, is deadly serious, as demonstrated by this 1500 case cabernet sauvignon. Director of Winemaking Chris Tynan writes

“This hedonistic elixir unleashes an exceptional fragrance of violets, blackberry preserves, slate, and unctuous warm plums. Dark and brooding, the satiny entry continues seamlessly across the palate whilst flavors of cedar, lilac, and black licorice candy dance and sing effortlessly to a long and energetic finish”

I agree, and would add that I particularly liked the texture on the palate. Ideal to ponder in front of a (long) movie. Recommended.




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