Cliff Lede – Stags Leap Dist., Napa

 

Where Rock and Roll meets wine country. It turns out that Cliff Lede is so much more than just Cliff Lede the winery. I’ve seen these wines in the market but something I never realized was everything else that is part of the brand and something one wouldn’t typically grasp until they show up for a tasting and experience the property for themselves.

 

What separates this winery from others is the entire portfolio of wine, an Inn, music and art which are all an integral part of the experience. Turns out Lede was a music buff and art collector and you see this in all its glory entering the Reserve “Backstage” tasting room ($75/person). Our host/Wine Specialist, Art Lee, was lovely and not only indulged our photo shoot but even gave us a 3 Liter dummy bottle and whatever other props he figured we’d have some fun with, never mind pouring every wine in his repertoire (#spoiled….). Another recommendation for winter wine tasting as they have the quintessential cozy fireplace inside the tasting room which feels more like a friend’s living room. The views from inside open up to a patio prime for live music on a nice day, the vines, the “Backstage” room (gallery of sorts), and a dining room you can head into for a little more one-on-one time. A full-circle experience that’ll not just leave you wanting to come back but a night or two at the Inn will make it a perfect stay,  take it from a professional 😉

Our Favorites:

FEL Pinot Gris: “Pinot Gris is a lovely expression of Anderson Valley’s cool-climate terroir, simultaneously rich and unctuous but with a tremendous brightness and refreshing acidity”

Cliff Lede 2013 Napa Cab, Calistoga: “Front-loaded with crème de cassis, shaved black truffle, cardamom, and brambly wild raspberries, the flavors evolve with red currants, Luxardo cherries, and wintergreen.”

*No Reservation Required; $$-$$$

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