Ladera

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

9.221 ratings
9.28 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

No full detailed notes as we had guests for dinner and none left to re-taste today.

This a classic Howell Mountain Cabernet in every way except the price I paid for vintages 2010 and prior. I’ve been able to find it at Costco for around $45. However, I haven’t seen it at Costco since then. Still a blue chip Howell Mountain producer and a steal at that price.

The palate revealed, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, classic Howell Mountain blue fruits and strawberries as it opened up after a 1/2 hour in the glass. Loads of baking spices, excellent structure and length, well balanced fruit and earth loads of violets and lavender, really good acidity and a long, beautiful finish that persisted minutes.

Photos of; their beautiful Howell Mountain property, their barrel/tasting-dining room, terrace tasting patio and their Estate vines.

This drank nicely last night but, would wait another five years to open another. Still has not hit its peak and will age gracefully for another ten plus years.

No full detailed notes as we had guests for dinner and none left to re-taste today.

This a classic Howell Mountain Cabernet in every way except the price I paid for vintages 2010 and prior. I’ve been able to find it at Costco for around $45. However, I haven’t seen it at Costco since then. Still a blue chip Howell Mountain producer and a steal at that price.

The palate revealed, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, classic Howell Mountain blue fruits and strawberries as it opened up after a 1/2 hour in the glass. Loads of baking spices, excellent structure and length, well balanced fruit and earth loads of violets and lavender, really good acidity and a long, beautiful finish that persisted minutes.

Photos of; their beautiful Howell Mountain property, their barrel/tasting-dining room, terrace tasting patio and their Estate vines.

This drank nicely last night but, would wait another five years to open another. Still has not hit its peak and will age gracefully for another ten plus years.

Mar 3rd, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Bottle enjoyed last night. Notes are from memory today.

While 2010 is not my favorite Napa vintage, it was not bad. In many 2010’s I’ve had, the structure, texture and body are just not quite all there. However, Howell Mountain wines, for me, faired better.

There are a number of good Howell Mountain producers, Dunn being one of my favorites. I think Ladera Vineyards is one of the more underrated Howell Mountain producers. Especially, at a Costco price of around $45.

The blue fruits that shine in Howell Mountain wines are always unmistakable. Blueberries, mulberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, blackberries, raspberry cola, light spice, soft leather, saddle-wood, lavender and violets. Beautiful acidity. The structure is good. The body round and elegant. The length, tension and balance just now coming into its own. Still needs a few more years to hit its peak. The finish is soft, round, elegant and beautiful. Lasts full two minutes.

Photos of; the winery and beautiful grounds, outside terrace, special event tasting & dinning room and their Estate vines.

Bottle enjoyed last night. Notes are from memory today.

While 2010 is not my favorite Napa vintage, it was not bad. In many 2010’s I’ve had, the structure, texture and body are just not quite all there. However, Howell Mountain wines, for me, faired better.

There are a number of good Howell Mountain producers, Dunn being one of my favorites. I think Ladera Vineyards is one of the more underrated Howell Mountain producers. Especially, at a Costco price of around $45.

The blue fruits that shine in Howell Mountain wines are always unmistakable. Blueberries, mulberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, blackberries, raspberry cola, light spice, soft leather, saddle-wood, lavender and violets. Beautiful acidity. The structure is good. The body round and elegant. The length, tension and balance just now coming into its own. Still needs a few more years to hit its peak. The finish is soft, round, elegant and beautiful. Lasts full two minutes.

Photos of; the winery and beautiful grounds, outside terrace, special event tasting & dinning room and their Estate vines.

Sep 29th, 2018
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
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
Tom Kobylarz

Purple and licorice notes, clean and well made on the palate, surprisingly supple tannins for Howell Mountain.

Purple and licorice notes, clean and well made on the palate, surprisingly supple tannins for Howell Mountain.

Dec 30th, 2013
Peter Heidt

JC hands off to celebrate my birthday... For a guy who claims not to know a lot about wine... He has given me some KICK-ASS bottles... Just real good...

JC hands off to celebrate my birthday... For a guy who claims not to know a lot about wine... He has given me some KICK-ASS bottles... Just real good...

May 6th, 2015
Kyle Rogers

You just can't go wrong with Ladera

You just can't go wrong with Ladera

Apr 19th, 2014
Robert Poirier

Robert had this 4 years ago

Robert had this 4 years ago

Feb 8th, 2015
John Berghoff

John had this 5 years ago

John had this 5 years ago

Jul 24th, 2014
Ry

Winemaker Chateau Ghetto, Cellar Stag's Leap Wine Cellars,

9.4

Ry had this 6 years ago

Ry had this 6 years ago

Aug 19th, 2013