2013 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1240212

Ladera selects from blocks of varying clonal selection, soil type and aspect in their own estate vineyards to endow their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Vineyards were selectively harvested over a long period at the end of the perfect 2013 growing season. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak (55% new) and blended with 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. From the winery: "The 2013 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon displays intense aromas of black cherry, vanilla and red licorice with savory notes of olive and dried herbs. The concentrated palate reveals brambly black fruits, toasty oak and polished tannins that push through to a long, lingering finish."

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By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2016 | Send Email
Always one of our favorites for Napa Cabs that punches well above its’ weight class. The ‘13 Ladera continues that tradition, bringing us a wine that has richness and body that belies the reasonable $35 price tag. Densely aromatic, blackberries and thyme are the first wave, followed by hints of cassis and loam. Weighty on the palate, black licorice and plum gives a lower tone, warmed by spice from oak, cloves and vanilla richly wrap the wine in a lovely frame. Will all estate fruit going into this wine, they are able to control the entire process and really deliver killer wine at this price point.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
The 2013 Ladera Cab is exceptionally pretty. The fruit is gorgeous. It’s elegant. It’s approachable. It has terrific structure. It’s got everything; most noticeably, a ludicrously low price tag for its impeccable quality. All estate fruit, the Napa Valley Cab blends some of Ladera’s valley floor holdings with their extraordinary mountain fruit leading to a wine bursting with black cherry, dark bramble berries, cocoa, hints of olive character, and a backbone built to carry the weight of greatness. Ladera doesn’t set out to make value wines, they aim to make some of Napa’s best. They just happen to do both.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
One of the best values that you will find from the 2013 vintage. High-toned dark red fruit with layers of aromatic complexity: dark cherry, pomegranate?, dusty herbs, minerals and subtle oak spicing. On the palate it is darker, with plenty of structure to support the rich, brambly, spicy fruit. This will be a go-to Cab for as long as it is on the shelves.

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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 (%): 13.5