Cliff Lede Vineyards

Let It Be Layla
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2010 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 14 | Lot No. 52


Cliff Lede Vineyards

Let It Be Layla

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

5 cases produced

Yes, it's time for another mash-up based on a blend of wines from our rock-song-named vineyard blocks. Talk about a super group... imagine what Paul, Ringo and Eric would sound like together. While I doubt we'll ever be so fortunate as to find out, we can enjoy this unique lot from two great vineyard blocks named after "Layla" and "Let It Be." Layla, you've got me on my knees. Layla, I'm begging, darling please. Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind.

Aging Process

The wine was aged in 60% new French oak and 40% neutral oak for eighteen months.

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.7
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Philippe Melka

Winemaker, Cliff Lede Vineyards

Winemaker, Philippe Melka

Melka has the rare combination of talent and fortune to be a top winemaker who started at the top: his first job out of school was at Château Haut Brion. From there, he took a position with the reputable Moueix Company and was sent to Dominus Estate in Yountville to study soils in 1991. Napa Valley soil proved to be a revelation for Melka. After further deepening his expertise with a stint at Dominus sister property Château Petrus in 1993, Melka set out traveling, dividing time between soil study and winemaking at world-renowned wineries: Badio O Coltibuono in Chianti and Chittering Estate in Australia.

Country born: France

Education: Studied geology at the University of Bordeaux. A class in winemaking was a turning point, propelling him to earn a Master’s degree from the school in agronomy and enology

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
Melka is recognized as one of the wine industry’s leading winemakers: Robert Parker named him one of the world’s nine most important winemakers, while Food & Wine declared him “winemaker of the year” in 2005

Winemaking Philosophy:
Melka has served as a winemaking consultant for some of Napa’s most highly regarded properties, including Vineyard 29, Hundred Acre, Dana Estates, Gemstone Vineyard and Lail Vineyards. Melka joined Cliff Lede Vineyards in March 2010 and will be working on the 2009 blends. His first full vintage will be 2010.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

A: The vineyards blocks on our Estate property are named after classic rock n' roll songs. Every year we release a wine we refer to as our "Rock Block" wine. It is composed of two blocks blended together, combining the names of those two blocks, to name the wine. Our PNV lot is a spin-off of the Rock Block. We designate two separate blocks for this 5 case label and name the wine accordingly.

Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?

A: Let it Be Layla is the blend of "Let It Be" and "Layla", two separate blocks on our Poetry hillside.

Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.

A: I chose to make this wine from this particular  block  because  The vineyard blocks sit on a high-exposure, west-facing steep hillside, reaching the highest elevation of the Stags Leap Appellation down to the valley floor. The vineyard produces all the elegance and concentration for which the Stags Leap District is famous.

Q: Why should a wine lover have a bottle of this wine in their cellar?

A: The 2008 Let it be Layla is a very unique blend of two vineyard blocks that have never been blended together. We change the blend each year, so this bottling is one of a kind. It is a quintessential representative of Napa's most renowned appellation.

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Miner Family Winery 2008 Red Wine Napa Valley 14
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