Inspired by the friendship between Cliff Lede and David Abreu, vineyard manager for all of Cliff Lede Vineyards, Songbook is their interpretation of two celebrated vineyards. This 2015 release from Cliff Lede is sourced from David Abreu’s vineyards and is even more outstanding because of its price and quality. Songbook comes from two of David’s personally-farmed properties: Thorevilos Vineyard, situated between the St. Helena and Howell Mountain AVAs, and Madrona Ranch, nestled in the foothills of the Mayacamas mountain range. These vineyards produce grapes of exceptional character resulting from proprietary clones, extremely low yields, and meticulous farming. “The exotic and alluring 2015 Songbook is poised to become our best ever. A study in balanced freshness and precise, focused flavors, this buoyant elixir is perfumed with blueberry, blackberry, and a gravelly pine forest floor. There is lots of savory umami essence with nori wrapper, white truffle, and shiitake dusted grilled ribeye jus echoing in the aromas and flavors. On the finish, cocoa powder, new tobacco, and sage leaf aromatics waft in the retro nasal cavities while layers of unctuous black licorice, wild raspberries, white chocolate, and sea salt caramel notes linger on the long finish.” -Christopher Tynan, Winemaker.
98 Points- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate