2007 Ladera Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

2007 Ladera Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

93 Points Wine Advocate
90 Points Wine Spectator

Customer Ratings

Based on 125 ratings
Hoping for a superstar

The 2006 Ladera was my "go to" wine for special occassions this year. It started with a Ground Breaking ceremony in Shanghai... where thanks to our local Napa importer, I was able to buy a case for this gala event. It was a huge hit. Our Chinese (and Western) guests were more than impressed. Then for a special dinner at home...12 people demolished 4 bottles thanks to my purchase from Wine Access (silly me, I thought the 6 bottles I bought would last a while). When the '07 came up... I had to buy a full case of it. I am hoping that with some cellaring it too will make all my guests smile over the coming years.

Beautiful Cab

Enjoyed this after a 2007 Chappellet Prichard Hill and it held up very well. This will be my go to holiday wine for years to come. Very good! DBG

Ladera please don't leave us!!!

Saddened by the news that this vineyard has changed hands. This wine is one of the grandest I've ever tasted!!

What a difference a year (or two) makes

I allowed this some bottle age and it has paid off handsomely. Opened a 750 tonight and it went down all too easily. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable upon opening (splash decanted) and a perfect match with dinner. This is a classic example of mountain cabernet; the fruit is beginning to take center stage and it's sensational. I will exercise even more patience with the magnums I have of this one. I'm glad I bought as much as I did in each format.

Never disappointed

I have enjoyed several vintage years of this wonderful cab. I have never been disappointed. The tannins are subdued, flavor smoothe and enjoyable.

Great mountain fruit...

Deep, full fruit flavor with a tannins just beginning to soften. A nice long finish. Expect to improve with another couple of years in the bottle.

4 1/2 Stars

Ladera's Howell Mt. Cabs are solid year after year. Fortunately, I ordered enough of this one that it has become one of our regular "go-tos". Great fruit, solid tannins, just a beautiful bottle to look forward to.

Excellent wine

Surprisingly smooth with a good long finish

Other Vintages of Ladera Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Napa Valley 2007

The 2007 vintage is an excellent year that came together in the end to produce a sizeable crop of uniformly great wines throughout the state. The wines have plenty of depth and richness, ample acidity, and are focused and detailed. Many compare it to 2001 in style and it’s a vintage to buy with confidence across the board.

A dry winter was followed by a warm, dry spring, bringing an early start to the ripening cycle. Fine weather prevailed through the moderate to coolish summer with notably few days of triple-digit temperatures, and even fewer-than-average days around 90°F. Chardonnay harvest began a bit early, as warm weather arrived in Napa in mid-August and lasted through early September before cooling significantly. Rain fell mid-month but with little impact, as many early ripeners were already in — Cabernets and Merlot weren’t affected and had plenty of time to rebalance afterwards. Rain returned in the second week of October, but again with little impact. Warm, sunny conditions returned right after the rain, and harvest was concluded in excellent weather by the end of the month.

2007 produced a healthy crop of grapes that, as in so many great years, enjoyed a moderate growing season free of extremes. It is a big, ripe, full-bodied vintage that produced classic California Cabs and has buyers and sellers smiling — one to buy with confidence!

Key Dates

September
Moderate rain falls

October
Slight rainfall leads to favorable harvest conditions

March
Dryness of winter continues through the season

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