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CLIFF LEDE Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

(Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, CA) $65

The other day I was asked to recommend “a big powerful Napa Valley cabernet.” Then the person added: “One that’s great and under $100.” Hmmm. My mind wasn’t exactly flooded with possibilities. But this excellent Cliff Lede hits the mark exactly. It starts out with juicy cassis and then moves into those fantastic chaparral aromas/flavors reminiscent of dry California mountain forests. And despite the 15% abv (the 2015 vintage was hot), this big cabernet has good freshness and vivacity. Best of all, it drinks like it costs a whole lot more. (15% abv)

93 points KM

Available at Vivino.com

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