2006 Ladera Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

2006 Ladera Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

94 Points Wine Spectator
90 Points James Suckling

Customer Ratings

Based on 175 ratings

A classic Howell Mountain cabernet with firm,concentrated black cherry, currant and mineral flavors. Delicious now and only will improve in my cellar

Opened another bottle in 2016. It's absolutely delicious and goes well with red meat and roasted vegetables.

outstanding

vibrant and smooth at the same time. Drank beautifully with very little decant time, then got better. A wonderful wine.

Powerful, balanced, heady aroma

Throws a lot of sediment for a 5 year-old wine, but this has beautiful balance, flavor, and bouquet. Extremely enjoyable.

Textbook

Textbook dark-fruited Howell cab with effusive aromas of wild dark cherries, a hint of mineral-inflected soil tones, and a subtle topnote of violets. Velvety plush on entry, with more of those dark cherry nuances, espresso roast, and a suggestion of that classic Howell cocoa character. I'd buy again, quite nice.

Very nice

Enjoyed it very much

Other Vintages of Ladera Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Napa Valley 2006

The 2006 vintage was not the easiest for Napa growers, as a wide range of issues demanded careful management of the vineyards. It started as winter flooding, and wet weather pushed back bud break — spring botrytis was a problem. Things heated up in June and July, and shatter was a problem, but the pace of ripening also caught up somewhat in the warm conditions. August cooled off a bit, allowing the pace of ripening to continue at a good clip, and conditions remained sound through the harvest. Cool temperatures arrived in October, with a little rain in the first week, and mold was a concerns. Late-ripening Cabernet struggled somewhat to achieve perfect physiological ripeness, and while the vintage has produced some very good to excellent wines, it is a bit more variable than the stellar years that surround it.

Key Dates

June
Conditions warmer than average

July
Conditions warmer than average

August
Coolest of the summer months

October
Slight rain at the start of the month

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