As you enter into the heart of the Napa Valley on the scenic Highway 29, a striking sign greets visitors with a quote from famous poet Robert Louis Stevenson, “…and the wine is bottled poetry.” When Cliff Lede purchased a steep hillside vineyard in the Stags Leap District, he took a cue from Stevenson and named the vineyard “Poetry.” Likewise, a few years later, he opened the luxurious five room Poetry Inn on that same hillside. The scenic terraces of the estate Poetry Vineyard bear the fruit for Cliff Lede’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, Poetry.
Each fall, we offer the newest release of Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon to those on the Poetry mailing list.
The wine is sold in handsome custom wood boxes in six-packs of 750mL bottles, or individual 1.5L, 3L, or 6L bottles.
The 2013 Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon is now sold out. Join our wait list to express your interest in acquiring the next release.
Those interested in securing each new release of our three elite “Platinum Playlist” Cabernets, including Poetry, Songbook, and Beckstoffer To Kalon, should contact our Wine Concierge. Platinum Playlist memberships may be available.
Stags Leap District
2013 Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon
This lush and seamless wine is a sensual experience from start to finish, from rare fruit and spice flavors to suede-like tannins and loads of crushed rock minerality.
Vineyard Notes +
The Poetry Vineyard, carved into a steep west-facing hillside, reaches from the highest elevations of the Stags Leap District appellation to the valley floor. This vineyard draws its uniqueness from shallow, volcanic soils atop fractured shale. Due to the stressful nature of the site, planted with high vine density and farmed to very low yields, the vines develop slowly and produce small flavorful berries.
Production Notes +
In the cool darkness of night, grapes were hand-picked into twenty-five pound bins to minimize crushing. By early morning, the grapes were subjected to rigorous selection by our three-tiered sorting process, which includes our cutting edge optical sorter and a slow, individual berry, hand sort. The fruit was gently gravity-delivered to small tanks and wooden cuves by our unique crane system, which kept the berries intact. Cold soaks lasted from five to eight days, and fermentations were managed through a combination of pumpovers and délestage. Extended maceration of up to six weeks ensured exceptional extraction and fine-tuning of tannin profiles. Following eighteen months of élevage in new French oak, the blend was selected from our best lots of the Poetry Vineyard. The final blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot.
Winemaker Notes +
This luxurious, exacting wine is the epitome of finesse, purity, and distinction. Intricate aromas abound, with refined layers of black and red currants, dark cocoa powder, warm black cherry, Kadota fig, and cedar forest floor enveloping the glass. The complex perfume unfolds further with a seamless integration of spring violets, slate, cardamom, and graphite. Structurally, the wine shows a nimble sophisticated restraint, with precise tannins that cradle the palate and carry the flavors to a long finish. The culmination of flavors and aromas persist joyfully with the savour of warm stone and weathered rocks reflecting the terroir of the Poetry Vineyard.
Wine Notes by Vintage +
- Production 822 cases
- Vintage 2013
- Appellation Stags Leap District
- Bottling Date July 2015
- Wine Advocate 100