2014 Ladera Howell Mtn. Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is Howling Triumph

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

2700 cases

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Michael Cervin
Michael Cervin

Michael Cervin is Bonfort's Wine Editor. He is the author of eight books including California Wine County) and he contributes and spirits articles to various publications including Robb Report, Forbes Travel Guides, The Hollywood Reporter, Old Liquors Magazine (Netherlands), The Whiskey Reviewer, The Tasting Panel, Fine Wine & Liquor Magazine (China), Decanter (London), Sommelier Journal, IntoWine.com, and many others. He is also professional wine and spirits judge serving at the Taste of Rum Festival in Puerto Rico, The Best of Vinho Verde Awards in Portugal, The Critics Challenge, San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge, and San Diego Spirits and Cocktail Festival, The Central Cost Wine Competition, The San Francisco International Wine Competition, The California State Fair, and others. He is currently the wine buyer for the Santa Barbara Airport.

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