Ladera

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2265 ratings
9.241 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
grape friend

Not as feral as some Howell Mountain Cabs, but had delicious stewed blackberry and a hint of cocoa and black minerals.

Not as feral as some Howell Mountain Cabs, but had delicious stewed blackberry and a hint of cocoa and black minerals.

1 person found it helpfulNov 28th, 2015
David Castrucci

This '07 was outstanding. A favorite of mine

This '07 was outstanding. A favorite of mine

1 person found it helpfulNov 27th, 2015
Luke Magnini

"Big boy Cabernet"

"Big boy Cabernet"

1 person found it helpfulSep 8th, 2015
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

9.0

Solid effort with silky smooth tannins, medium AbV and slight acidity. Dark fruit and a whiff of bell pepper. Still evolving with wonderful bouquet and moderately long finish.

Solid effort with silky smooth tannins, medium AbV and slight acidity. Dark fruit and a whiff of bell pepper. Still evolving with wonderful bouquet and moderately long finish.

Mar 11th, 2017
Henrik Poulsen

Nice..nice..nice!!!
I've always been a fan of '06 Napa and this was another great example.
The nose shows a bit (over)ripe but the wine delivers on the palate and is nicely layered and balanced.
94+ in my book.
Kudos to winemaker Karen Culler!

Nice..nice..nice!!!
I've always been a fan of '06 Napa and this was another great example.
The nose shows a bit (over)ripe but the wine delivers on the palate and is nicely layered and balanced.
94+ in my book.
Kudos to winemaker Karen Culler!

Mar 6th, 2017
Evan Roberts

Pretty darn nice, soft tannins, nice fruit, paired great with ribs and sauce.

Pretty darn nice, soft tannins, nice fruit, paired great with ribs and sauce.

Jul 5th, 2016
Rafael Landestoy

Really enjoyed it and after sitting in the glass for just 15 minutes or so it opened up nicely.

Really enjoyed it and after sitting in the glass for just 15 minutes or so it opened up nicely.

Apr 15th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

8.9

Either the bottle was off or it simply wasn't a good time to open the 04 Napa Ladera. Showing blueberries, black plum, black licorice, straw/hay and a dry strong mineral finish.

Either the bottle was off or it simply wasn't a good time to open the 04 Napa Ladera. Showing blueberries, black plum, black licorice, straw/hay and a dry strong mineral finish.

Aug 29th, 2015
Eric Hwang

Expected more. You know, magnum and all. All the typical aromas and flavors. It was okay.

Expected more. You know, magnum and all. All the typical aromas and flavors. It was okay.

Apr 4th, 2015
Daniel Mahdavian

Consulting Somm-Daniel Mahdavian Ventures

8.9

Extracted, chewy tannins, coffee, plum & persimmons. Moubtain fruit does justice!

Extracted, chewy tannins, coffee, plum & persimmons. Moubtain fruit does justice!

Dec 12th, 2014