Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

$85

Fantastic 100% Cabernet from Ladera's Howell Mountain vineyard. Very limited. The 2010 Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the best our vineyard has to offer. Rich and decadent, this deep ruby Cabernet Sauvignon displays gorgeous aromas of ripe blackberries and black cherries with notes of fresh mint, cocoa, vanilla and nutmeg. The concentrated and well-structured palate is rich and pure with ripe black fruits, firm yet supple tannins, and a refreshing beam of acidity that carries through to a long and persistent finish.  The 2010 Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced exclusively from Ladera's estate vineyard located directly opposite the winery at 1,800 feet elevation. The vineyard sits above the fog line receiving longer sun exposure throughout the growing season. A combination of the high elevation, the red, volcanic and mineral rich soils allows the fruit to achieve full physiological ripeness producing ripe flavorful wines with great structure and exceptional aging potential.

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Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

No full detailed notes as we had guests for dinner and none left to re-taste today. This a classic Howell Mountain Cabernet in every way except the price I paid for vintages 2010 and prior. I’ve been able to find it at Costco for around $45. However, I haven’t seen it at Costco since then. Still a blue chip Howell Mountain producer and a steal at that price. The palate revealed, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, classic Howell Mountain blue fruits and strawberries as it opened up after a 1/2 hour in the glass. Loads of baking spices, excellent structure and length, well balanced fruit and earth loads of violets and lavender, really good acidity and a long, beautiful finish that persisted minutes. Photos of; their beautiful Howell Mountain property, their barrel/tasting-dining room, terrace tasting patio and their Estate vines. This drank nicely last night but, would wait another five years to open another. Still has not hit its peak and will age gracefully for another ten plus years.

No full detailed notes as we had guests for dinner and none left to re-taste today. This a classic Howell Mountain Cabernet in every way except the price I paid for vintages 2010 and prior. I’ve been able to find it at Costco for around $45. However, I haven’t seen it at Costco since then. Still a blue chip Howell Mountain producer and a steal at that price. The palate revealed, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, classic Howell Mountain blue fruits and strawberries as it opened up after a 1/2 hour in the glass. Loads of baking spices, excellent structure and length, well balanced fruit and earth loads of violets and lavender, really good acidity and a long, beautiful finish that persisted minutes. Photos of; their beautiful Howell Mountain property, their barrel/tasting-dining room, terrace tasting patio and their Estate vines. This drank nicely last night but, would wait another five years to open another. Still has not hit its peak and will age gracefully for another ten plus years.

9.3

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Bottle enjoyed last night. Notes are from memory today. While 2010 is not my favorite Napa vintage, it was not bad. In many 2010’s I’ve had, the structure, texture and body are just not quite all there. However, Howell Mountain wines, for me, faired better. There are a number of good Howell Mountain producers, Dunn being one of my favorites. I think Ladera Vineyards is one of the more underrated Howell Mountain producers. Especially, at a Costco price of around $45. The blue fruits that shine in Howell Mountain wines are always unmistakable. Blueberries, mulberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, blackberries, raspberry cola, light spice, soft leather, saddle-wood, lavender and violets. Beautiful acidity. The structure is good. The body round and elegant. The length, tension and balance just now coming into its own. Still needs a few more years to hit its peak. The finish is soft, round, elegant and beautiful. Lasts full two minutes. Photos of; the winery and beautiful grounds, outside terrace, special event tasting & dinning room and their Estate vines.

Bottle enjoyed last night. Notes are from memory today. While 2010 is not my favorite Napa vintage, it was not bad. In many 2010’s I’ve had, the structure, texture and body are just not quite all there. However, Howell Mountain wines, for me, faired better. There are a number of good Howell Mountain producers, Dunn being one of my favorites. I think Ladera Vineyards is one of the more underrated Howell Mountain producers. Especially, at a Costco price of around $45. The blue fruits that shine in Howell Mountain wines are always unmistakable. Blueberries, mulberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, blackberries, raspberry cola, light spice, soft leather, saddle-wood, lavender and violets. Beautiful acidity. The structure is good. The body round and elegant. The length, tension and balance just now coming into its own. Still needs a few more years to hit its peak. The finish is soft, round, elegant and beautiful. Lasts full two minutes. Photos of; the winery and beautiful grounds, outside terrace, special event tasting & dinning room and their Estate vines.

9.3

Bob Bryden Delectable Pro

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

Solid effort with silky smooth tannins, medium AbV and slight acidity. Dark fruit and a whiff of bell pepper. Still evolving with wonderful bouquet and moderately long finish.

Solid effort with silky smooth tannins, medium AbV and slight acidity. Dark fruit and a whiff of bell pepper. Still evolving with wonderful bouquet and moderately long finish.

9.0

Rafael Landestoy Delectable Pro

Really enjoyed it and after sitting in the glass for just 15 minutes or so it opened up nicely.

Really enjoyed it and after sitting in the glass for just 15 minutes or so it opened up nicely.

9.2

Tom Kobylarz Delectable Pro

Purple and licorice notes, clean and well made on the palate, surprisingly supple tannins for Howell Mountain.

Purple and licorice notes, clean and well made on the palate, surprisingly supple tannins for Howell Mountain.

8.9

Peter Heidt

JC hands off to celebrate my birthday... For a guy who claims not to know a lot about wine... He has given me some KICK-ASS bottles... Just real good...

JC hands off to celebrate my birthday... For a guy who claims not to know a lot about wine... He has given me some KICK-ASS bottles... Just real good...

9.1

Kyle Rogers

You just can't go wrong with Ladera

You just can't go wrong with Ladera

9.6

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