Beautiful aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and dark chocolate, with accents of cassis and fresh mint. The palate is plush and elegant, with 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 cellar for years to come to unlock its full potential.
97pts Tasting Panel"Ladera is Spanish for 'hillside,' and this winery lives up to its name with its wonderful interpretations of mountain fruit. Winemaker Jade Barrett refers to 2016 as 'one of those classic vintages in Napa Valley, with no serious heat spikes or threats of rain. Our Cabernet Sauvignon was able to mature gradually.' Thanks to that maturity, luxury comes in via a blissfully generous array of black and blue fruit. While dark chocolate paints the palate, sturdy tannins are bound with fine acidity and a balanced richness."
93pts Wine Enthusiast "Made from the vintage's best lots, this reserve-worthy wine is pungent in turned earth, sage and tobacco. Thick, structured tannins provide a sturdy foundation for chalky texture and notes of dark chocolate, rich black cherry and blackberry to brood."
93pts Wine Spectator "This sports a very solid core of cassis, cherry puree and plum reduction that is both dense and bright, with racy red licorice and sweet spice notes filling in from behind. There's a sappy feel on the finish, with tongue-coating fruit and grip, but this shows the cut and drive for balance."
Exclusively from Howell Mountain, the 2016 Ladera Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is the hallmark wine of Ladera Vineyards, embodying the full expression of its mountain origins. Comprised of heir 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 aged in 95% new premium French oak barrels for 22 months before the final blend.
Ladera Vineyards, located in the Howell Mountain appellation of the Napa Valley, was originally built in 1886 and is listed in the official book of ghost wineries of Napa Valley. The Stotesbery family have completely restored the old stone building and returned it to its original intent as a gravity flow winery. They've added around 18,000 square feet of caves for barrel storage.
Ladera also produces a vineyard-designated Cabernet called Lone Canyon Vineyard.
750ML / 14.7% ABV