The 2009 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon produced a fruit driven wine with an intense nose and flavors, great texture and seamless balance. Aromas of ripe plum and black cherries are complimented with notes of cedar and anise. The palate is layered with black fruits, sweet oak spice and ripe tannins that linger to a long velvety finish.
The 2009 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of our estate vineyard blocks. Most of our wines are fermented in small 1.5-3 ton lots. These lots remain separate from when initially picked until a year after barrel aging. At this point we rigorously taste through all of our unique lots that express differences in soil and microclimate until we find a blend that is worthy of baring the Ladera Napa Valley name.The Napa Valley differs from our estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon because we add some other Bordeaux varietals.
The 2009 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented using a number of different wine yeasts including native yeasts at approximately 50%. The fermentations finished in 6 -12 days. As soon as the wines neared dryness they were immediately pressed. The wine was barrel aged for 20 months in new (40%) and used French oak barrels, and was bottled June 6th, 2011.