2012 Ladera 'S' Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2012 “S” Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the best our vineyard has to offer. Intense and concentrated, this deep inky Cabernet Sauvignon possesses explosive aromas of rich blackberry preserve, crushed blueberries and crème de cassis with notes of vanilla bean and nutmeg spice. The powerful palate is opulent and pure with fresh black fruits, sweet fine-textured tannins and a quenching acidity that lead to a long and satisfying finish.
The 2012 “S” Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced exclusively from our estate vineyard located directly opposite the winery at 1,600 to 1,800 feet in 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 and a commitment to excellence allows the fruit to achieve full physiological ripeness producing ripe flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon with great structure and exceptional aging potential.
The 2012 “S” Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon represents 17 years of the pursuit of quality by the Stotesbery family. Only 4 barrels produced, this single blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised from the most promising lot of the vintage. The grapes are hand sorted, de-stemmed to a small open-top tank and cold soaked for 5 days to extract maximum fruit characteristics. Gentle maceration techniques are employed throughout the fermentation to insure proper extraction. The wine is then drained without pressing and aged in 100% new French oak for 21 months and bottled without fining or filtration.