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Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Blend: 100% Napa Valley
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 6% Petite Verdot.

Winemaking and Tasting Notes:
The 2003 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented with primarily native
but some commercial wine yeasts, finishing in 10-12 days.

This wine is distinct from the Ladera designated Cabernets in that it is a blend of specific
blocks from both estate vineyards, and is a blend of Bordeaux varietals.  Both of these
winemaking techniques are used in a complimentary way meant to bring out the best of
both the vineyards and the varietals.  Each of the Bordeaux varieties adds something
different to the wine's complexity.  Cabernet Sauvignon provides the varietal character,
depth and structure of the wine.  Merlot contributes the fruit flavors of raspberry and
strawberry as well as freshness to the aromas.  Malbec adds both the aromatics of bright
Bing cherries and a juicy mid palette.  Petite Verdot provides rich tannins to round out the
bold finish of Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wines are blended in a synergistic way to
produce a premium Cabernet that does not dominate in any one character but is very well

The 2003 vintage was a cool year with a later harvest, from mid September to late
October.  Because of a mild year,
the wine is characterized by the fruit forward
aromas of bright cherry, raspberry and black fruits.  The palate is soft and
approachable, with elegant, velvety tannins.
The high percentage of Cabernet from
Howell Mountain also adds to the approachability of this wine because of the
characteristic smooth tannins.  The 2003 Ladera Napa Valley should be ready to drink
earlier than past vintages but also has the depth and  structure to age well for the next 10