2006 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1054552 94 points Wine & Spirits

 In 2000, Pat and Anne Stotesbery bought the Chateau Woltner pro­perty and replanted it to cabernet sauvignon. The carefully tended young vines and gentle handling of a gravity flow winery make it pretty, while the altitude and soils of the site give it Howell Mountain heft and minerality. One of our tasters, who used to live in Angwin, responded immediately to the wine: "It tastes like the blackberries that grow in thickets on Howell Mountain," he said. It's dramatic black juice with its fair share of alcohol, an earthy '06 with the potential to charm. For the cellar.  (12/2010)

94 points Wine Spectator

 A tour de force Cabernet. Dense, plush, rich and concentrated, with wall-to-wall flavors, offering layers of black cherry, black currant, black licorice, mineral and graphite. Full-bodied and tightly wound with firm tannins, yet finishes with a mix of juicy berry and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2020. 3,000 cases made. *Highly Recommended* (JL)  (3/2010)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The star of this duo is the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, which offers up juicy notes of crushed rocks, flowers, dark berries, black currants, and earth. This elegant, medium to full-bodied Cabernet possesses both finesse and substance. Deep, pure, and rich with moderate tannins, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following 15 years. (RP)  (12/2009)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2012 | Send Email
I’m going to start this review out with a very large statement: This may be the single best Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve tasted in 2012. Sure there is the 2009 Dominus which is up there as well but that is clocking in at a hefty $170 which is not something everyone can afford these days, not to mention that that wine needs a decade before it is ready to drink. The 2006 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon impressed me immensely with its precision, class, structure and broad personality. The 2006 vintage was not one that most critics fawned about upon release but what we’ve seen since is that the upper echelon wines could age as well as any from the decade of the ‘90’s. Coming from Ladera’s Estate vineyard on Howell Mountain, that ranges from 1,600 to 1,800 feet elevation, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon offering spent 21 months in 49% new French oak and is just starting to drink wonderfully now although I don’t think another 10 years in bottle would hurt it any. Deep set aromas of menthol, leather, cassis and foresty undergrowth start this wine off on the right foot and speak highly of its mountainous pedigree. On entry the wine is silky smooth and only broadens out from there with flavors of fresh currant, ink, tar, sandalwood, coffee and caramel until the wine resonates throughout the long and bright finish. At $60 this is a tremendous deal and while not cheap, per se, it will certainly repay your investment handsomely.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.7