Don’t let the nascent oak in the nose fool you. Don’t let the SOS-pad you’ll have to take to your Riedels wear you down. Don’t fall for the steely dirt road winding up high through evergreens buried deep in rocky volcano. Don’t let the obliterating fruit JAM tickle your pink parts. What will keep you up at night is the tannin: nutty, round, rigorous I-can’t-feel-my-face towering mouth-numbing tannin. THIS. Boys and girls. THIS is the finest 13 I have had to date.
2013 CLIFF LEDE Cabernet Sauvignon Stag’s Leap District Napa Valley 14.5