Ladera

Ladera

Howell Mountain Malbec 2011

Very tight and earthy out of the bottle even after a double decant. After an hour + this opened to amazing blackberry, blueberry and loads of cherry. Tannins and finish are just elegant. Might be one of the best Malbecs ever from Ladera. — 2 months ago

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Ladera

Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

I’ve loved this winery for a long time. and I really enjoy Howell Mountain fruit. Just lots of Jammy fruit, balanced tannins. — 2 years ago

Ferrari-Carano

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

How can yo go wrong with this wine? Answer - you can't. Amazing day st Hall, Barnett, Sherwin Family and Fantesca today!!
private tastings at Ladera, Merus and Quixote tomorrow....
— 3 years ago

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Rick Z

You CANNOT go wrong with that wine!! Sounds like a greatvtrip! Enjoy it all!
9.2

Ladera

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

David T
9.3

I coravined a taste of this last weekend and had my first major disappointment with Ladera. That all changed with a 45 minute decant & food tonight.

This bottling & for many vintages in the early 2000’s was the steal of Howell Mountain producers. I was buying it at Costco for $41-$45. Now & for some time, you can’t find a bottle of this at Costco regardless of price.

The nose as I was decanting it was very perfumed florals with potpourri. Now, the nose sings with the blue & purple fruits that identify wine as a Howell Mountain producer. Blackberries, blueberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, mulberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, stewed strawberries, raspberries haunt the background, sweet tarriness, dark, berry cola, black licorice, dry & fresh herbs-bay leaf driven, limestone, dry crushed rocks, softly laid baking spices; clove, vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg, dark spice, dark chocolate bar, dry tobacco, some graphite, soft, used leather with spectacular, candied, fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, purple, blue florals framed in soft violets & fields of lavender.

The body is full, rich, lush and round. The tannins are nicely resolved but, still show baby teeth & tarriness. The tension, structure, length and balance are just the other side of peak. Blackberries, blueberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, mulberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, stewed strawberries, raspberries haunt the background, sweet, very dark, tarriness, cherry kirsch liqueur, dark, berry cola, black licorice, dry & fresh herbs-bay leaf driven, limestone, dry crushed rocks, moist clay, softly laid baking spices; clove, vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg, black tea, dark spice with comfortable palate heat, dark chocolate bar, expresso roast, dry tobacco, some graphite, soft, used leather with spectacularly floral, candied, fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, purple, blue florals framed in soft violets & fields of lavender. The acidity is near perfect & holds back the slightly higher ABV. The finish is; rich, round, elegant, sexy, gorgeous, velvety, well balanced and persist endlessly.

Not as outstanding as their 2002 but, very good & still has another 8 years & possibly plus of good drinking ahead. Proper storage of course.

Photos of; Ladera & their beautiful flowered Estate, barrel tasting room, entrance sign with Estate vines & a visual of why Howell Mountain is such a great terroir. It’s above the fog-line and therefore gets more sun than the Napa Valley floor. More sun and cooler temperature at elevation means longer fruit hang time & more even fruit ripening.
— a month ago

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Ladera

Howell Mountain 'S' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Family gathering. The Ladera S was terrific. Happy New Year! — 2 years ago

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Ladera Sagrada

Castelo do Papa Valdeorras Godello 2018

Tasted at Yountville Tapas Resto Coqueta. So glad they offered a Godello this wine impressed my “hard to please” wife. A winner — a month ago

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Ladera

Lone Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

This was surprisingly good tonight. Very structured with lots of fruit. This has a lot of life ahead of it. — 3 months ago

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Ladera

Pillow Road Vineyard Chardonnay

Burgundy meets CA to make a caramel apple with a sea salt acidity. Fantastic — 4 months ago

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Far Niente Winery

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Tried with Dunn 2013 Napa, Le Pich 2013, Ladera Napa 2013. They cannot compete. Amazingly smooth but complex. Still has great fruit and mouthfeel with resolved tannins. Amazing. — 3 years ago

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