Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - New Canaan Wine
Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
SKU: 05171

Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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750ml
$259.99

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The fascinatingly mosaic 2017 Poetry possesses a deep garnet color and is front- loaded with crushed black currants, warm slate, violets and Luxardo cherry aromas. Elegant and lithe flavors composed of fruitcake, bone broth, earthy truffle, and vanilla bean intermix with black cardamom and cumin spices. An extraordinarily velvety texture pulses with notes of rainier cherry, espresso roast, molasses, paprika, and hoisin. The remarkable finish is layered with unsmoked cigar, new cast iron, and melted black licorice aromas. This is a triumph of the vintage and should age gracefully for 20+ years or more.
Jeb Dunnuck
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The flagship is the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry, which is based on 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, and the balance Merlot. Straight-up awesome notes of black raspberries, blueberries, smoked tobacco, violets, spice box, and gravelly earth as well as a bloody, meaty character all emerge from this magical wine. With full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish, it doesn't have the sheer opulence of the 2016 or 2015 yet shows a more classical, elegant, style that still packs ample richness and depth. It needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will keep for 20 years or more. It's a candidate for the wine of the vintage and is an incredible achievement for this team. Bravo.

January 31, 2020
Wine Enthusiast
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The producer's Poetry Vineyard is steep and at a high-elevation for the appellation. The wine opens in tones of tar, tobacco and brooding black currant, with highlights of cedar, lavender and sage. It's powerfully built and concentrated, showing the structure to last in the cellar. Best from 2027-2032.

Virginie Boone, October 1, 2020
Vinous
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The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry, Lede's top wine, emerges from the oldest vines on the property and some of the upper blocks, where the soils are very rocky. Deep and ample on the palate, the 2017 possesses off-the-charts richness and tons of character. A rush of black cherry, lavender, mint, pine, licorice and sweet spice builds effortlessly in the glass. Vertical in feel with tremendous lift, the 2017 is just stellar. All the elements are wonderfully fused together in this powerful, extravagantly ripe Cabernet Sauvignon from Cliff Lede and his team.

Antonio Galloni, January 2020
Wine Spectator
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A fun, extroverted style, with creamed plum and boysenberry preserve flavors sailing along, lined with red licorice details and backed by sweet toast. Shows brambly edges on the finish as the fruit drives through, delivering plenty of fruit. Drink now through 2030. 863 cases made.

James Molesworth, July 29, 2020