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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

2005 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This Napa winery is a Cabernet focused operation that concentrates it's efforts on producing it's estate hillside Cabernet Sauvignon wines and in particular the Howell Mountain and Lone Canyon vineyard designate wines. The Napa Valley Cabernet is composed of 100% Napa fruit of which 96% is Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% is Petit Verdot. This wine is distinct from the Ladera vineyard designated Cabernets in that it is a blend of both estate vineyards, and it is a blend of Bordeaux varietals. Both of the Bordeaux varieties adds something different to the wine's complexity.

The wine starts out with aromas of ripe black raspberry, creamy oak, and milk chocolate notes. It's distinctly Napa in it's fruit forward approach with a good dose of toasted oak. The flavors display loads of sentious black raspberry, toasted oak, melted milk chocolate, and layers of creamy spiced oak. This wine is big and firm but has all the polish and silk you need as well as a long impressive finish. The nose could have benefited from a nice decanting because it was slightly closed down aromatically. 91-92 points

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Kersten said...

Hi there--your blog is great. Love all the reviews. Thanks for commenting on mine, too. I love Oregon Pinot Noir (I live in OR, hard not to), and rich, old vine wines from Spain and France. A great champagne or sparkling white is always a fave, too.

crazyportuguesefemale said...

oooh, this one is delicious. My family drinks their fair share of napa wines. Thanks for commenting my blog too! Yours is fantastic! If you were drunk while writing these entries, then you truly have a gift.

Central FLA Gardener said...

i really like this wine. enough structure and dark smokey leather for me, but there's fruit and choco for the wife. about my ideal of a wine

bacchus said...

Thanks for the great comments guys! Love it when cool peeps visit my humble little wine blog!

 
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