Howell Mountain is one of the notable places in Napa for quality Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. The area consists of two types of specific soil; a volcanic ash and iron-rich red clay, and these come to bear in the Ladera Cab. There’s also a provenance to Howell Mountain as it has been producing wine since the 1880s. Ladera’s Reserve Cabernet generously reflects both of these. Comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and just 3% Petite Verdot the wine was aged in all new French Oak for nearly two years, which is indeed extensive, however the oak in no way overwhelms the fruit. Instead the supple fruit of black cherry, boysenberry, blue and blackberry are fully evident. There are back notes of sage, bay leaf, almond, cedar and minerality stemming frohttp://www.laderavineyardsstore.com/m its volcanic and iron soils. The moderate tannic structure makes this drinkable now, but also promises an age-worthy experience of a minimum of ten years, if you can wait that long.
What’s Its SRP? $100/ 750 ML
Where Can I Find It? www.laderavineyards.com