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August 2016

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august 2016  /  the tasting panel  /  67 93 Cliff Lede 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley ($78) Dense blackberry and toasty oak with elegance, intensity and balance in classic Stags Leap fashion; very rich on the lingering finish. 91 Cliff Lede 2013 High Fidelity, Napa Valley ($80) Dark and smooth with rich blackberry and earthy notes; spicy, deep and balanced with good acid structure; nice now, but needs time. 50% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot. 90 Cliff Lede 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($25) Mellow, lush and dense with crisp citrus and snappy acidity; lengthy and elegant. 95 Cliff Lede 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, Napa Valley ($165) From one of Napa's greatest vineyards: rich mocha and plum nose; lush, dense and velvety with complex flavors of blackberry, plum and toasty oak; deep, classic and intense. 90 Cliff Lede 2012 Songbook Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($190) Sourced from two of David Abreu's personally-farmed properties. Deep and rich with smooth texture and lush, concentrated plum and berry fruit loaded with spice. 89 FEL Wines 2015 Pinot Gris, Anderson Valley ($25) Aromatic and rich with ripe fruit and a hint of sweetness; juicy with vanilla and a bright finish. 90 FEL Wines 2014 Chardonnay, Anderson Valley ($28) Bright, fruit-forward flavors of pear, citrus and toasted oak; fresh, elegant and balanced on the finish. 89 FEL Wines 2014 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley ($38) Silky and smooth with bright cherry and earth; smooth, dense and balanced. 95 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, Napa Valley

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