2006 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
A tour de force Cabernet. Dense, plush, rich and concentrated, wall-to-wall flavors, with 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. (Web-2010)
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.