2016 Ladera Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
93 Points - Rich Cook
The 2016 Ladera Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced exclusively from select vineyard blocks on Howell Mountain and in Calistoga. Each block was selected for its complementary nature, offering differences in clones, soil and micro-climates that when blended together result in a profoundly rich, complex wine with striking aromas and intense fruit expression.
While the 2016 season was the fifth consecutive year of drought conditions, lower-than-average yields allowed for slow and steady maturation of the grapes, producing wines with ripe fruit expression and great depth.
Our 2016 Ladera Estate Cabernet Sauvignon reflects both the power and complexity of great mountain fruit. After being carefully sorted by hand, the grapes were de-stemmed without crushing, and cold soaked for 7 days to extract maximum fruit character and depth. The wine was then aged in 75% new premium French oak barrels for 22 months before the final blend was assembled.
Robust and beautifully structured, the 2016 Ladera Estate Cabernet Sauvignon displays ripe fruit aromas of blackberry, black currant and plum, with sophisticated hints of vanilla, clove and spice. On the palate, there is a lovely underlying intensity that frames the pure, black fruit flavors, with ripe, supple tannins carrying the wine to a long, resonant finish. A real crowd pleaser, this wine can be enjoyed now, but will age beautifully for at least the next decade.