2007 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L
93+ Points - Wine Advocate
The Howell Mountain Vineyard is located at an elevation of 1,600 to 1,800 feet, with gently rolling terrain. The volcanic soils are iron-rich, red, clay loam with an abundance of gravel which allows for excellent drainage. The climate at this vineyard is very unique. Because of the high elevation, the vineyard sits above the fog line and so receives sun for a longer duration during the day. Furthermore, the temperatures are cooler in the day and warmer at night than the valley floor. This longer sun exposure and warmer
Fruit from Howell Mountain arrived at the winery on dates ranging from September 17 - to October 22, 2007. The wine was aged for 21 months in 46% new French oak barrels with the remainder one, two and three year old French barrels. Fermentation lengths on average were 13 days with native yeasts contributing to over 2/3 of the fermentations. The wines were pressed at or before dryness with no extended fermentations. The wine is unfiltered and unfined. The blend is comprised of lots from 16 different vineyard blocks of which most were planted in 1997. The wine was bottled on August 19, 2009.
The 2007 growing season saw a relatively early budbreak followed by a warm summer and early harvest. Spring rainfall amounts were lower than normal which tended to intensify color and flavor intensity.
The 2007 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is as deep and dark in color as it is in aroma and flavors. The nose on this wine is floral yet fruity with rich blackberry and cocoa aromas. The entry is elegant and soft with flavors of dark cherries, blueberry, cocoa, and spiced plum. The palate is layered with well structured tannins which lead to a long and complex finish of dark currant.
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