Cliff Lede Vineyards

California Thrill
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 99
Vintage

2018

Cliff Lede Vineyards

California Thrill

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • 100% Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, expressing the power and finesse of this world-renowned nested appellation
  • 70% sourced from Poetry Vineyard’s Hotel California block, a volcanic site of low-yielding vines
  • 30% sourced from our Twin Peaks Vineyard’s Shoot to Thrill block, featuring some of our oldest vines
  • Aging to perfection for 21 months in a new French oak barrel

This year’s Premiere Napa Valley hit wine is "California Thrill." Cliff Lede Vineyards has kicked out another legendary jam, with a rare bottling composed by winemaker Christopher Tynan. He's taken the structured and dark power of the Hotel California block, located high atop our rocky hillside Poetry Vineyard, and added some explosive old vine magic from the Shoot to Thrill block on the alluvial cobbles of our Twin Peaks vineyard. These carefully selected 2018 lots of Cabernet Sauvignon create a seductive, singular blend.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Chris Tynan

Winemaker, Cliff Lede Vineyards

Winemaker, Chris Tynan

Christopher Tynan’s self-taught, avant-garde approach to winemaking is a style that pays tribute to both tradition and innovation. His exacting philosophy of only employing low-yield vines from select sites, and minimal intervention in the winery, ensures that each bottle expresses the distinct nuances of each site, block, and vintage.

Born in New York and raised in Texas, Christopher Tynan began his wine career in the vineyard, working summers doing irrigation management for vineyards across Napa and Sonoma counties. Following a harvest at Cain Vineyard & Winery in 2004, he was given an opportunity to work the 2005 harvest with the renowned winemaking and viticulture team of Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer at Blankiet Estate in Yountville. In 2006, Christopher became the assistant winemaker at the prestigious Colgin Cellars on Pritchard Hill. At Colgin, Christopher worked closely with Vintner Ann Colgin, Winemaker Allison Tauziet, and Vineyard Manager David Abreu for the next five years. It was here where he learned and embodied the standard for excellence in all aspects of winemaking and viticulture.

In 2012, Christopher was introduced to Cliff Lede by David Abreu and joined the Cliff Lede Vineyards team shortly thereafter. Christopher brings an unmatched passion and fervent attention to detail to the Lede Family Wines team.

Christopher lives in Coombsville with his wife Katie and their black Labrador Bacchus. In his free time Christopher enjoys traveling, cooking, and collecting wine.

Country born: United States

Education: BA English Texas State University

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Great vineyards make great wine.

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