92 Point Rating - Cellar Tracker
Cellar Notes: Harvesting started October 21st and finished November 2nd, 2011. Sourced from select blocks, the grapes for the 2011 Ladera Howell Mountain Stile Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon were hand sorted and de-stemmed to small open top fermenters. They then underwent a 5 day cold soak to extract maximum fruit characteristics and vinified using native and cultured yeasts. Once proper extraction was complete, the wine was drained without pressing and transferred to 50% new French oak. Aged for 20 months in 50% new French oak and bottled without fining or filtration. Blend: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot 100% Howell Mountain.
Tasting Notes: The 2011 Ladera Howell Mountain Stile Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon displays classic characteristics of cooler vintage conditions with heightened fruit aromas, elegant structure and lively acidity making it an approachable wine in its youth but also with great age ability. Fresh fruit aromas of black currant, plum and anise are supported with subtle notes of graphite and fresh mint. The medium-bodied palate is layered with red and black fruits, plush texture with finegrained tannins and balanced.
Vineyard Notes: The 2011 Ladera Howell Mountain Stile Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced exclusively from our Estate vineyard on Howell Mountain. The Stile Blocks vineyards illustrate a unique aspect of their vineyard, carefully selected to arrive at the profile we envisioned. The vineyard ranges from 1,600 to 1,800 feet in elevation and sits above the typical fog line receiving longer sun exposure during the growing season producing wines with great structure and exceptional aging potential. A combination of the high elevation, the volcanic and red clay soils and a commitment to excellence, the fruit is able to achieve full physiological ripeness keeping with the other wines from Ladera…Hillside, Intense.
Winery Notes:The Ladera story is a tale of great hillside vineyards in Napa Valley. Ladera’s flagship vineyard on Howell Mountain ranges in altitude from 1,600 feet to 1,800 feet: a gently rolling terrain, but set on a broad ridge of the mountain high above the Napa Valley floor.
Ladera’s Howell Mountain vineyard was considered from the very beginning to be a little piece of France, and was named Nouveau Medoc Vineyard by the men who founded it. Jean Brun, a native of Bordeaux, and Jean V. Chaix, whom he met in Napa, first planted 20 acres of Medoc grapes on Howell Mountain in 1877— among the first to plant vineyards up on Howell Mountain instead of on the Napa Valley floor.
In 1886 Brun & Chaix completed a three-story winery building with thirty inch thick stone walls. “The structure is built entirely of hard, durable stone, three stories in height, roofed with shingles, and being partly dug in the side of a sloping hill, there is easy access by wagons or teams to the three floors... The enterprise and perseverance shown by this firm in demonstrating what our elevated regions can accomplish in the way of grape growing is worthy of all praise… Now all doubts are removed on that score and they are the men to reap the reward which they justly deserve.” One of those rewards was a Bronze Medal in the 1889 Paris World Competition.