Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2004
Vineyard Notes: When Ladera acquired this Howell Mountain property in 2000, it was very much in keeping with the Ladera philosophy of sourcing grapes from high quality, hillside locations. The Ladera Howell Mountain vineyard is a perfect compliment to Ladera Lone Canyon Ranch. The Howell Mountain vineyard is located at an elevation of 1600 to 1800 feet, with gently rolling terrain. The soils are iron-rich, red, clay loam soils with an abundance of gravel for excellent drainage. Because of the elevation, the climate is very different from the valley floor of Napa. It tends to be above the fog line in the summer and so receives sun for a longer duration during the day. Because of the higher elevation, the temperatures are cooler in the day and warmer at night than the valley floor. The longer sun exposure and warmer nights allow Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen every year. The resulting wines are soft and elegant, with a finesse reminiscent of wines from Bordeaux. Vintage Notes: The 2004 vintage was ideal, with early budbreak after the winter rains stopped in late February, a warm growing season and an early harvest with moderate temperatures and no rain. It was a classic Napa Valley harvest which produced premium Cabernets. As always, it was a low yielding year at Howell Mountain at less than 2 1/4 tons per acrenormal for Howell Mountain, but low for most of Napa Valley. Winemaker Tasting Notes: The 2004 vintage will be known for rich, ripe and concentrated wines with an abundance of flavors. The 2004 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunning wine totally in keeping with the excellent vintage and with the previous Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernets. It is fruit forward, with ripe aromas of the classic Howell Mountain black cherry, blackberry and plum hints which are intertwined with subtle oak nuances. On the palate, this wine is weighty but not flabby. The tannins are long, velvety and wet and are especially present in the wines mid-structure. Technical Notes: Appellation: Howell Mountain Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Date: August 21, 2006 Oak: 22 months in new (61%) and used (39%) French oak Return to Ladera Wine List
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The thing about wine for me is that the good ones elicit good memories more than they conjure up a bunch of silly comparisons to things people don't really taste in wine...like wet earth and pencils. Wet earth and pencils don't strike me as enjoyable attributes of a wine. I had this wine with my wife at a small restaurant in Palo Alto, CA while we were on a long weekend away from our little kids. Can't remember if I loved the wine, or if the dinner was memorable or if we had a nice conversation. In any event, if I spot this wine in the market, I'll buy it again.
This is classic mountain (Howell Mt.) cabernet sauvignon. The color couldn't be any darker. Bouquet is of dark fruits of plum and cherry and a hint of damp earth. On the palate an explosion of dark fruits, more than I would expect from a mountain cab, along with an earthiness. Tannins are there but really not overpowering. The finish is fairly long. This wine is drinkable now and possibly for several more years.
from San Francisco magazine: "A grand red for your more elegant holiday dinner parties, it makes a gorgeous accompaniment to that perfect filet mignon with a chanterelle ragout."
Super smooth with deep berry undertones
Wonderful Howell Mountain wine and drinking so nicely right now.
Deep, earthy flavor with a hint of chocolate.
Four and a half glasses