About This Wine
You could say that Cliff Lede is a man obsessed with structure.
Obsessed in a good way — meaning, simply, that he has always paid attention to detail in all aspects of his business career, from building lengthy pipe lines and massive shopping malls to making wine.
Lede (pronounced LAY-dee) founded Cliff Lede Vineyards in 2002. His mission: deliver excellence in every bottle. His focus was on Bordeaux varietals. Over time, he developed an inquisitive palate for Pinot Noir, and began seeking out sources of quality Pinot fruit. He found one in northern California’s Anderson Valley, and embraced Breggo Cellars to concentrate on that variety from that region.
Why Anderson Valley? Lede says he was impressed by the elegant structure of the Pinot Noir made there, and wanted to give Breggo winemaker Ryan Hodgins the tools he needed to take that next step in quality. As the 2009 vintage demonstrates, it was a very well-constructed strategy.
About Pinot Noir
Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.
- Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
- Grape Source:Anderson Valley Growing Region of California
- Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Pomegranate, Blackberry, Cinnamon, Dark Plum, Sage, Cedar and Earth
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels (44% First Use) for 10 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2017
- Food Pairing Suggestionprime rib, or a mushroom pizza.
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