2009 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 6L
The Howell Mountain Vineyard is located at an elevation of 1,600 to 1,800 feet, with gently rolling terrain. The volcanic soils are iron-rich, red, clay loam with an abundance of gravel which allows for excellent drainage. The climate at this vineyard is very unique. Because of the high elevation, the vineyard sits above the fog line receiving sun for a longer duration during the day. Furthermore, the temperatures are cooler in the day and warmer at night than the valley floor. This longer sun exposure and warmer nights allow the Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen evenly and to full maturity every year.
Fruit from Howell Mountain arrived at the winery on dates ranging from September 30 - to October 12, 2009. The wine was aged for 22 months in 45% new French oak barrels with the remainder one, two, and three year old French barrels. Fermentation lengths on average were 15 days with native yeasts contributing to over 3/4 of the fermentations. The wines were pressed at or before dryness with no extended macerations. The wine is unfiltered and unfined. The blend is comprised of lots from 12 different vineyard blocks of which most were planted in 1997. The wine was bottled on August 12, 2011.
Defined by elegance and power, the 2009 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon reflects its mountain origins with its usual depth of color, aroma and flavors. Explosive aromas of blackberry preserves, black cherries and ripe plum are complimented with hints of cassis, cinnamon and graphite. The complex palate is opulent and rich packed with ripe black fruits and fine integrated tannins that seamlessly flow to a long flavorful finish.
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