Auction 25 | Lot No. 22
Cliff Lede Vineyards
Sunshine in the Dark
Stags Leap District
5 cases produced
- Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, expressing the power and finesse of this world-renowned nested appellation
- Sourced partially from Poetry Vineyard’s Sunshine of Your Love Block, a volcanic site of low-yielding vines
- Also sourced from our Twin Peaks Vineyard’s Dancing in the Dark Block, featuring dark fruit and plush texture
- Aging to perfection for 21 months in a new French oak barrel
As a tribute to his favorite music, proprietor Cliff Lede named his estate vineyard blocks after classic rock hits. This year’s Premiere Napa Valley lot combines the rugged, hillside Poetry Vineyard block, “Sunshine of Your Love” (Cream), with the seductive valley floor block, “Dancing in the Dark” (Bruce Springsteen). Christopher Tynan, 100-point winemaker, carefully selected these blocks to fashion an unparalleled bottling reflective of classic Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon with a rock ‘n’ roll edge. Like rare vinyl, each of these 60 bottles will be a collector’s gem for years to come.
Winemaker, Cliff Lede Vineyards
Christopher spent his first summers in Napa doing cellar internships at Cain Vineyards and Blankiet Estate and doing irrigation management for vineyards all over Napa and Sonoma. In 2006, Christopher brought his tireless work ethic and commitment to excellence to Colgin Cellars. During Christopher's 5 year tenure as Assistant Winemaker, Colgin received 7 perfect 100 point ratings from renowned wine critic Robert Parker Jr. The philosophy at Colgin was low yield farming and no compromise winemaking. It was an inspiring place to work. It is that same lofty philosophy that led Christopher to Cliff Lede Vineyards in the summer of 2012.
Country born: United States
Education: BA English Texas State University
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
Great vineyards make great wine.
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Premiere Napa Valley 2021 Wine Collection