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Ladera Vineyards

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The thirty-inch-thick stone walls of the Brun & Chaix Winery were built under the direction of Italian stonemason Frank Giugni by Chinese workers who had originally been brought to California to cut the right-of-way for the railways through the solid granite of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The stone used in the winery came from a quarry near Angwin Creek on Howell Mountain.

Since each floor had its own ground level entrance, grapes could be brought by wagon to the top level for crushing, allowed to flow by gravity to the middle level for fermenting, then to the bottom floor for barrel storage. They saved not only the costs of pumps, they saved their wine from the damage pumping can cause. When crushed fruit is pumped, grapes and stems can be broken and undesirable tannins released into the juice and resulting wine. After fermentation, gravity-flow introduces less air and is more effective at separating the solids from the clear wine.
Angwin, CA
Phone: (707) 965-2445
Website: http://www.laderavineyards.com
Appellation: Howell Mountain
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Cabernet Sauvignon
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2004 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

The 2004 vintage will be known for rich, ripe and concentrated wines with an abundance of flavors. The 2004 Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunning wine totally in ... morekeeping with the excellent vintage and with the previous Ladera Howell Mountain Cabernets. It is fruit forward, with ripe aromas of the classic Howell Mountain black cherry, blackberry and plum hints which are intertwined with subtle oak nuances. On the palate, this wine is weighty but not flabby. The tannins are long, velvety and wet and are especially present in the wines mid-structure.

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2003 Lone Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Lone Canyon Vineyard

The 2003 Lone Canyon Cabernet is a perfect example of how rich, bold and extracted the wines from this property can be. This wine is exuberant in color and the aromas are alive wit ... moreh spicy and herbal fruit. The nose is further complimented by earthy, brambly undertones and silhouettes of cola. A full bodied entry hits the palate with enticing flavors of blackberry and dark cherry. The wine is layered with textures that are bold and masculine yet maintain tannins of a velvety character. The dark and ripe fruit flavors intertwine with the tannins to carry through to a long and plush finish.

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2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

The 2004 vintage was an early vintage, with temperatures on the warmer side of normal. The low crop size contributed to the wine's superb richness, structure, depth and varietal ch ... morearacter. The wine has aromas of blackberry and raspberry fruit; anise with toasty and vanilla highlights. The tannin structure is full and highly extracted, but soft and lush. This makes the wine enjoyable now, and should also age well for another 8-10 years.

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2005 Malbec Napa Valley
Napa Valley

The 2005 Ladera Malbec is as bold as it is suave. With its inky dark color and rich aromatics, it is undeniably masculine yet approachable and youthful. The aromas are fruit forwar ... mored with hints of Bing cherry, peppered meats and smoky fig. The entry is hearty and weighty with soft wet tannins that round out the mid palate and carry through to the finish. The silky tannins also allow for drinking earlier than other Bordeaux varietals.


Updated on August 20, 2007

CrazyAboutWine recommends contacting Ladera Vineyards at http://www.laderavineyards.com or calling (707) 965-2445 to verify the winery's location.

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