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.
The 2017 Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon release September 2020.
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.
Join our wait list to express your interest in acquiring the next release.
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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
2016 Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon
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. The vineyard was designed by David Abreu and planted to legendary, proprietary heritage selections of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our captivating 2016 Poetry is an ode to symmetry and precision. This is the highest expression of our Stags Leap District estate vineyard and all of its irresistible components are well apportioned and fabulously integrated even at such at young age. Dense and brooding on opening, with time liquefied rocks, warm plum, black licorice, bay leaf, and sage soar from the first glass. Equal parts black currant and summer fig flavors coalesce on the expansive entry, while smoked cardamom and lavender aromas saturate the olfactory in a glorious cornucopia of ambrosial harmony. The voluptuous palate finishes with a wave of ultrafine tannins that unites for a seamless finale of gorgeous violet perfume.
-Christopher Tynan, Winemaker
Wine Notes by Vintage
Stags Leap District