2016 Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
97 Points - The Tasting Panel
Our 2016 Ladera Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon hails exclusively from Howell Mountain. With elevations ranging from 1,600 to 1,800 feet, the vineyard sits above the typical fog line, benefiting from ideal sun exposure throughout the growing season. The abundant sunshine, combined with the site’s distinctive red, volcanic and mineral-rich soils, allow the grapes to achieve full physiological ripeness, producing epic, flavorful wines with remarkable mountain structure and great aging potential.
The 2016 Ladera Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is our hallmark wine, embodying the full expression of its mountain origins. Comprised of our most exceptional lots of the vintage, the grapes were hand-sorted, gently de-stemmed without crushing, and cold soaked for 7 days to extract maximum fruit characteristics. The wine was patiently aged in 95% new premium French oak barrels for 22 months before the final blend was assembled.
The 2016 Ladera Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits beautiful aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and dark chocolate, with accents of cassis and fresh mint. The opulent palate is plush and elegant, with harmoniously integrated flavors of ripe black fruits, sweet oak spice and fine-grained tannins that linger through the finish. A statement wine that delivers ample energy, enjoy now or confidently cellar for years to come to unlock its full potential.
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