Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
The 2006 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is as deep and dark in color as it is in aroma and flavors. The nose on this wine is floral and smoky with rich blackberry aromas. The entry is elegant and soft with flavors of dark cherries, blueberry, cocoa, and spiced plum. The palate is layered with well structured tannins which lead to a long and complex finish of dark currant.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Spectator - "A tour de force Cabernet. Dense, plush, rich and concentrated, wall-to-wall flavors, with layers of black cherry, black currant, black licorice, mineral and graphite. Full-bodied and tightly wound with firm tannins, yet finishes with a mix of juicy berry and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2020. 3,000 cases made."
Wine Enthusiast - "In 2000 Pat and Ann Stotsbery bought the Chateau Woltner property and replanted it to Cabernet Sauvignon. The carefully tended young vines and gentle handling of a gravity flow winery make it pretty, while the altitude and soils of the site give it Howell Mountain heft and minerality. One of our tasters, who used to live in Angewin, responded immediately to the wine: "It tastes like the blackberries that grow in the thickets on Howell Mountain," he said. It's dramatic black juice with its fair share of alcohol, an earth '06 with the potential to charm. For the cellar."
The Wine Advocate - "The star of this duo is the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, which offers up juicy notes of crushed rocks, flowers, dark berries, black currants, and earth. This elegant, medium to full-bodied Cabernet possesses both finesse and substance. Deep, pure, and rich with moderate tannins, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following 15 years."
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Ladera Vineyards is located in the Howell Mountain appellation of the Napa Valley at an elevation of 1800 feet. The winery was originally built in 1886 and is listed in the official book of ghost wineries of Napa Valley. The proprietors, the Stotesbery family, have completely restored the old stone building, returned it to its original intent as a gravity flow winery and added nearly 18,000 square feet of caves for barrel storage. In addition to the Howell Mountain Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon, Ladera also produces a vineyard-designated Cabernet called Lone Canyon Vineyard. Both wines express their hillside vineyard heritage and hence the mantra: hillside estate Cabernet. View all Ladera Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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23 ratings, 11 with reviewsRed w/Attitude - Miami, FL41/17/2011
Full-bodied Howell Mountain Cab; however, definitely needs more time to open up. Black currant, oak, vanilla, spices and cherry on the nose; Zesty cranberry, black currants, black cherries and berries on the palate. Decanted for 3 hours ... became somewhat smoother and displayed more ripe fruit. Good structure, firm tannins, but slightly astringent; Lengthy yet tightly wound finish. This wine will definitely age well for 5+ years. Not a wine to drink alone - Definitely better with food.. preferably a nice Ribeye.55/3/2011Karl Biesemier - Lynchburg, VA52/25/201251/9/2012GNorton - Las Vegas, NV412/29/2011312/20/2011
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Disclaimer: I had a sinus infection when I tried this one. I thought the wine was very good and typical of a good Napa Cab but not sure it was a WS 94 which might explain the great price for what a WS 94 pointer usually costs. I might agree more with Robert Parker on this one. I'd give it a 92.42/8/2011Good balance between sweetness and spice. Quite nice. Would buy it again.IB - San Diego, CA510/7/2011wine_critic - Herrin, IL42/4/2011
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I tried Ladera first time vising a local restaurent in Nashville, TN. Exact vintage and my evening with friends was wonderful. Waiter had to decant it for 45 minutes. So did I at home. I think it mellowed out after 45 minutes well. I have to admit, I did try right after opening the bottle and wasn't happy. I have some more than 3 in cellar and will continue to enjoy it until it lasts.hang time - Delray Beach, FL48/16/2011
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- Beef > Stew
i was fully pleased with the 'big napa cab'. fruity but also firm. i've re-ordered.Jake Razem - Castle Rock, CO57/16/2011
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5 stars. Very powerful fruit flavors in this wine. The finish isn't as complex as I' like but still very nice.56/20/2011one of the best cabs I've ever had. Compared to the Caymus 2008 cabdavid mena - Saint Joseph, MO46/7/2011DeanC14 - Lynchburg, VA56/1/2011bthomas-colorado - Denver, CO45/24/201145/20/2011
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If you like BIG and Bold fine wines this one is for you.Good balance, velvety on the finish.54/23/2011Loren Parker - Austin, TX41/18/2011This a very enjoyable wine and a great value.41/10/2011Wonderful red that is bold but has a smooth finish. Opens up very nicely.410/1/2010If you like Silver Oak, you will enjoy this. Bolder but very smooth
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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