Press for Ladera Vineyards
Accolades
Wine & Spirits Magazine
2017 Annual Restaurant Poll
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
Ladera - #12 in restaurants across America
2016 Annual Restaurant Poll
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
Ladera - #6 in restaurants across America
December 2012 - Josh Greene
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
Year's Best Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 Points

“Grown at Ladera’s estate vineyards, rising from 1,600 to 1,800 feet in volcanic soils, this is an old-fashioned Howell Mountain wine. It’s pungent with dried herb tones and conifer scents, the currant flavor corseted by earthiness. The finish is smoky and warm, needing age to mellow.”

“Pat and Anne Stotesbery started growing grapes in 1996, at Lone Canyon Vineyard on Mount Veeder. When the Chateau Woltner property became available, complete with prime Howell Mountain Vineyard land and what had been the 19th – century ghost winery of Brun & Chaix, they purchased the property in Angwin and established a home for Ladera. They renovated the stone winery and replanted the vineyard to create a 103-acre estate. Those young vines, growing at 1,600 and 1,800 feet, have consistently produced a succulent mountain-grown cabernet since the first release. Among those releases, the ’02 is sweetly ripe; the ’04 has full-on mineral intensity, a giant mountain cabernet. The ’03 is the most composed of the three; it strikes a balance between muscular tannins and classical cassis flavor. The power of this wine increases over the course of several days, and the fruit is there to sustain it for many years to come.”
Fall 2008
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
Best New Wineries - Ladera
“Pat and Anne Stotesbery started growing grapes in 1996, at Lone Canyon Vineyard on Mount Veeder. When the Chateau Woltner property became available, complete with prime Howell Mountain Vineyard land and what had been the 19th – century ghost winery of Brun & Chaix, they purchased the property in Angwin and established a home for Ladera. They renovated the stone winery and replanted the vineyard to create a 103-acre estate.

Those young vines, growing at 1,600 and 1,800 feet, have consistently produced a succulent mountain-grown cabernet since the first release. Among those releases, the ’02 is sweetly ripe; the ’04 has full-on mineral intensity, a giant mountain cabernet. The ’03 is the most composed of the three; it strikes a balance between muscular tannins and classical cassis flavor. The power of this wine increases over the course of several days, and the fruit is there to sustain it for many years to come.”

“Ladera is known for its hillside estate Cabernet Sauvignon from the top of Howell Mountain and from Mount Veeder at the other end of Napa Valley. Tours of the historic 1886 stone winery are led by owners Pat and Dan Stotesbery or other family members. Tastings include wines that are sold only on-site. If you arrange in advance, the Stotesberys will lead a tour of their prized Lone Canyon Vineyard on Mount Veeder, followed by lunch and a tasting of Ladera "
June 2005
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
The Best of Napa - Howell Mountain
“Ladera Vineyards is a promising newcomer.”
Wine Spectator
May 2017 - Maryann Worobiec
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
“MaryAnn Worobiec’s Recommended California Sauvignon Blancs”
2015 Ladera Sauvignon Blanc - 92 Points: Outstanding; a wine of superior character and style.

“Vibrant and juicy, with an intriguing mix of honeysuckle, mango and toast flavors that are intense and refreshing. Floral and pine notes linger on the finish.”
February 2017
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
“Our Ultimate Guide to Value”
“Wine lovers get excited when they uncork a great wine for a special occasion. The excitement is even greater when that bottle also represents terrific value.

Because Wine Spectator editors taste blind, we are judging quality without any knowledge about price. We love finding outstanding wines; even better is discovering that those bottles are relatively affordable. Pointing our readers to high quality bottles at good prices is always at the top of our to-do list, and we highlight such wines in many ways throughout the year.

We were pleasantly surprised when we ran the numbers from our editors’ tastings during 2016: We found we had tasted more than 1,200 wines that scored 90 points or higher and cost $30 or less! Representing every corner of the wine world, they include categories you’ve probably come to rely on already, such as reds from Argentina or whites from northeast Italy. But there are also under-tapped sources, such as France’s Loire Valley, as well as smart buys from places not usually associated with bargains, such as Piedmont and the Rhone.

In this Ultimate Buying Guide, we’ve organized these great values by region or type, to help you find your favorites or explore new options, and included complete tasting notes for the highest-scorers. There’s something for every taste, and we hope this far-reaching guide helps you drink better at feel-good prices.”

2015 Ladera Sauvignon Blanc - 92 Points: Outstanding; a wine of superior character and style.
June 20, 2016 - MaryAnn Worobiec
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
“12 Versatile California Sauvignon Blancs - New reviews of crisp, fresh whites from the Golden State”
“Tasting Highlights bring the best wines from our editors’ most recent tastings to WineSpectator.com members.”

“This week we’re taking stock of some of the most exciting examples of California Sauvignon Blanc. Besides Sauvignon Blanc’s telltale crisp acidity and fresh citrus and peach favors, these distinctive wines showcase what Golden State is capable of with this versatile grape.

In the right hands, California Sauvignon Blanc can showcase strong floral and herbal aromatics—orange blossom, honeysuckle, lemongrass and lemon verbena in particular. Some feature a fleshy succulence akin to the sensation of biting into a perfectly ripe peach or piece of melon.

With this selection of terrific examples priced between $15 and $30, there’s plenty of opportunity to explore.”

2015 Ladera Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
California Home Design
December 2008 - Sarah Lynch
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
Harvest Fiesta
“A historic vineyard draws upon traditions from its past and present for a celebration unlike any other in wine country.”

“Visiting Ladera Vineyards on Howell Mountain, you would never guess you are in Napa. It might be the towering redwood trees or the notable altitude. Or maybe it’s the venerable 114-year-old stone winery. On this particular autumn Saturday – when the winery is hosting its annual harvest party, a 20-year tradition – it could very well be the 10-piece mariachi band playing under a eucalyptus tree. It’s a world away from the orchestrated elegance of Wine Country. There are three simple explanations for why a trip to this winery feels like a journey back in time – the history of the land, the background of its current owners and the decades-long stewardship of the vineyard manager.”
San Jose Mercury News
April 2015 - Laurie Daniel
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
“Re-evaluations Napa’s 2011 Cabs”
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how good some of them are. They aren’t the big, bold, showy cabs that Napa Valley has become known for, but the really good examples show a finesse and balance that’s become the exception in riper vintages.

The best 2011s, instead, retain a savory character that reflects the varietal character of cabernet, with notes of anise, black olive and cedar. ‘It’s very location-driven,’ says Pat Stotesbery, proprietor of Ladera Vineyards, referring to the quality of the 2011s. ‘In supposed weaker vintages, hillside locations are the place to go.’

Ladera is in the hills, in the Howell Mountain appellation.

Stotesbery acknowledges that the good wines ‘are a little less Napa-like,’ but he says he prefers his 2011s to the richer 2010s. I found the 2011 Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($90) to be concentrated and lively, with red and black fruit, a hint of anise and very firm tannins.”
The Early Show
July 2011
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
A Taste of America - California, Napa Valley
“We are back on the road for our Taste of America Tour, with a stop at one of the most beautiful spots in the country, Napa Valley in California where they produce some of literally the best wines in the world. And here with his favorite and affordable summer Napa wines is Food & Wine magazine executive wine editor, Ray Isle.

‘If there is one thing Napa Valley is known for, it’s Cabernet Sauvignon. It is America’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon producing region. If you want a good Napa Valley Cabernet, splurge a little, this is actually a more expensive wine, this is about $39 a bottle, but to me what you are still looking for is value. This is a $39 wine that tastes to me like a $75 wine. Ladera Napa Valley, a fantastic producer. This is a wine you could drink now, you could put it away for 10-15 years. You could have it with a gorgeous steak you could honestly have it without anything at all.”

Napa Valley Wines - 2007 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon
CBS News
July 2011 - Rebecca Jarvis
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
Napa Valley's best affordable summer wines
Napa Valley, Calif. is simply one of the most beautiful places in the country. But it's best-known for its wines. Napa's unique climate and soil composition make it fertile grape-growing country, producing some of the finest in the world that are used in vintages that rival some of the best from Europe.

We turned to Food & Wine magazine Executive Wine Editor for guidance on some of the best reasonably-priced summer wines Napa has to offer: 2007 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Finally, if there's one thing Napa Valley is known for, it's Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet is kind of the king of red grapes, and Napa is unquestionably the greatest place for it in the US. You have to splurge a little for terrific Cabernet, but the key is finding one that tastes even better than its price. This Ladera, to me, tastes like a $75 wine even though it's only $39.” – Ray Isle
Wine Ratings
2016 Ladera Sauvignon Blanc
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2016
92PTS. - Andy Blue
Silky grapefruit and lively acidity; racy, nervy and fresh with tangy, lifted style; juicy and long with balance
and finesse.
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2016
91pts. - Rich cook
A new producer to me, though they've been in the game since 1998. A citrus focused Sauvignon Blanc, with yellow grapefruit and lime joined by light tropical notes and a touch of grass held together by a stony mineral core that finishes long and crisp with all elements present. A fine introduction to a winery that I'll be looking to get to know better.
2015 Ladera Sauvignon Blanc
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2016
92pts. - Wine Spectator
Vibrant and juicy, with an intriguing mix of honeysuckle, mango and toast flavors that are intense and refreshing. Floral and pine notes linger on the finish. Drink now. 1,100 cases made.  –MW
2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
91pts. - Wine Enthusiast
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2016
93pts. - Andy Blue
2014 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 30, 2015
86-88pts. - Wine Advocate
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is generally similar in style to the 2013, just lighter and not quite as deep and long in the mouth. This should turn out to be a very good wine, but not at the level of the 2013. Drink 2016-2028.
2013 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 30, 2015
91pts. - Wine Advocate
Beautiful wine from Ladera, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve exhibits plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit, has beautiful color saturation, medium to full body and a great deal of elegance and freshness. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
2012 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2015
91pts. - Wine Spectator
A firm, muscular style that exhibits taut black cherry, dark berry, lead pencil, savory herb and underbrush notes. Gains on the finish. The tannins are pleasantly grainy, holding the flavors on the palate. Best from 2015 through 2026. 2,200 cases made.  –JL
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 30, 2014
90-93pts. - Wine Advocate
This is a red beauty and possibly the best wine I have yet tasted from Ladera, while this barrel sample is not quite yet in bottle, it is very promising. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color, notes of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, cassis and blueberry, it is very perfumed, medium to full-bodied, with real purity, texture and overall balance. In many ways it cuts a hypothetical composition between a top Bordeaux and a top Napa Cabernet. This is young and should drink well in keeping with the vintage, but also hold well for 15-20 years.
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 30, 2014
 16PTS.: Distinguished - JancisRobinson.com
June 2016 - Elaine Chukan Brown
"Dusty earth and chocolate on a body of cassis on the nose. Spiced and chocolatey on the palate. Round and approachable in the mouth with soft edges. Moderate tannins and balancing acidity with a lingering, peppery finish."
2009 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 26, 2012
89pts. - Wine Advocate
Ladera’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a relatively simple, straightforward offering in this vintage. Plums, sweet spices, crushed flowers and menthol are woven together nicely. The wine’s mid-weight structure suggests it is best enjoyed upon release and for a handful of years thereafter. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
2009 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2011
9-9.5pts. - Vinography
April 2003 - Alder Yarrow
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
2008 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2011
91pts. - Wine Advocate
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) emerges from the glass with dark fruit, crushed flowers, licorice and tobacco. There is plenty of character and personality in the glass, although some rough edges remain. The fruit needs a lot of air to emerge from beneath a wall of tannins. Still, this is an excellent wine, and will deliver plenty of enjoyment, especially if it is opened well in advance. Flowers and sweet red berries add lift and brightness on a crystalline finish laced with mint, tobacco and sweet herbs. The 2008 was aged in French oak barrels, 47% new. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2011
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
92pts. - Wine & Spirits
Year's Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Grown at Ladera's estate vineyards, rising from 1,600 to 1,800 feet in volcanic soils, this is an old-fashioned Howell Mountain wine. It's pungent with dried herb tones and conifer scents, the currant flavor corseted by earthiness. The finish is smoky and warm, needing age to mellow. (1,300 cases)
2008 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2011
89pts. - Wine Advocate
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is a gorgeous, harmonious wine laced with dark cherries, plums, flowers, menthol and tar. It shows gorgeous mid-palate depth that carries through to the soft, caressing finish. The 2008 also happens to be a good value in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2008 is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Syrah and Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
2007 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
90pts. - Wine Advocate
The least expensive effort, and a top value for a Napa Cabernet, is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. A dark ruby/plum-colored blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, it offers up notes of plums, cassis and blue fruits, silky tannins, a fleshy, ripe style and not a hard edge to be found. This impressive effort is the type of Cabernet Sauvignon that normally costs 2-3 times the price. Drinkable now, this sleeper of the vintage will age for a decade or more.
2007 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Nov 15, 2011
90pts. - Wine Spectator
Still very tight and backward, exhibiting loamy earth, currant and dark berry flavors that show touches of cedar and tobacco, with an elegant and satisfying finish. True-to-form Howell Mountain Cabernet in a warm year. Drink now through 2021. 2,200 cases made.  –JL
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Nov 15, 2011
93pts. - Wine & Spirits
December 2011 - Josh Greene
“From estate vines growing at 1,600 to 1,800 feet, this wine has a flintlock mineral blackness when first poured. Underneath, there are hints of spice, tobacco leaf and gentle black currant fruit that grow more prominent with air. A mountain wine with tension and restraint, this is built to age for ten years or more.”
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Nov 15, 2011
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
93pts. - Wine Advocate
The most expensive offering is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. A classic Howell Mountain wine, it is tannic and backward with blueberry, blackberry and floral notes intermixed with lots of minerality as well as a boatload of tannin. This is a long-term wine so forget it for 3-4 years and drink it over the following two decades.
2007 Ladera Lone Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 22, 2010
92pts. - Wine Advocate
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Lone Canyon Road is even better. Slightly more structured, which somewhat diminishes the charm found in the less expensive bottling, there is more to this cuvee. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by bright blueberry, black raspberry and black currant fruit. The wine possesses moderate tannin, medium to full body and elegance combined with flavor authority. Cellar it for several years and drink it over the following 12-15.
2006 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Mar 31, 2010
94pts. - Wine Spectator
A tour de force Cabernet. Dense, plush, rich and concentrated, with wall-to-wall flavors, offering layers of black cherry, black currant, black licorice, mineral and graphite. Full-bodied and tightly wound with firm tannins, yet finishes with a mix of juicy berry and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2020. 3,000 cases made.  –JL
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 21, 2009
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Mar 31, 2010
94pts. - Wine & Spirits
December 2010 - Josh Greene
“In 2000, Pat and Anne Stotesbery bought the Chateau Woltner pro­perty and replanted it to cabernet sauvignon. The carefully tended young vines and gentle handling of a gravity flow winery make it pretty, while the altitude and soils of the site give it Howell Mountain heft and minerality. One of our tasters, who used to live in Angwin, responded immediately to the wine: ‘It tastes like the blackberries that grow in thickets on Howell Mountain,’ he said. It's dramatic black juice with its fair share of alcohol, an earthy '06 with the potential to charm. For the cellar.”
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 21, 2009
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Mar 31, 2010
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 21, 2009
91pts. - Wine Advocate
The star of this duo is the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, which offers up juicy notes of crushed rocks, flowers, dark berries, black currants, and earth. This elegant, medium to full-bodied Cabernet possesses both finesse and substance. Deep, pure, and rich with moderate tannins, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following 15 years.
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Mar 31, 2010
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 21, 2009
90pts. - JamesSuckling.com
April 2011 - James Suckling
“Lovely aromas of blackberries, minerals and dried flowers. Full bodied, with fine tannins and a berry and chocolate finish. This is balanced and very pretty, approachable now. Delicious. Why wait?”
2005 Ladera Lone Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
92pts. - Tasting Panel
August 2009 - Anthony Dias Blue
“Ripe black plum fruit; clean, pure fruit acid on the finish.”
2006 Ladera Lone Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 21, 2009
88pts. - Wine Advocate
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Lone Canyon Vineyard exhibits a drier, more gritty tannic finish which kept its score lower. While it is a leaner, more austere effort, it reveals attractive black cherry and herbaceously-tinged black currant fruit in both the nose and the attack. To reiterate, the finish is worrisome being somewhat attenuated with bitter tannins.
2005 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
96pts. - Andrea Robinson
2010 - Andrea Robinson
"Monumental quality and complexity. Dark fudge, black raspberry, tar and bramble notes, with amazing concentration and velvety, mouth-coating tannins. The flavor density and structure suggest it will age beautifully. One of the best CA Cabs, period."
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
90pts. - Vinous
May 2009 - Stephen Tanzer
“Bright red-ruby. Aromas of blackberry pastille, mocha and spicecake. Ripe and supple but at the same time juicy and firm, with almost exotic ripe plum and chocolate liqueur flavors leavened by minerals and sweet oak notes. This creamy cabernet finishes with sweet tannins and very good breadth.”
2004 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2007
91pts. - Wine Spectator
A rustic yet smooth and harmonious style, with dusty berry, mineral, sage and herb scents that form a complex core of flavors. There's good intensity, and the tannins are in check. Ends with a minerally aftertaste, making this a wine that's very true to its appellation. Best from 2008 through 2016. 2,500 cases made.  –JL
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2007
91pts. - Vinous
May 2007 - Stephen Tanzer
“Deep ruby-red. Cassis, black cherry and menthol on the pure, slightly medicinal nose. Dense, sweet and pure, with lovely delineation and depth to the flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate and mint. Chewy but pliant. Finishes with firm but ripe tannins and very good length. Classic Howell Mountain cabernet from a ripe year.”
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2007
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
92pts. - Wine & Spirits
Young vines, growing at 1,600 to 1,800 feet, have consistently produced a succulent mountain-grown cabernet since the first release. The '04 has full-on mineral intensity, a giant mountain cabernet. The power of this wine increases over the course of several days, and the fruit is there to sustain it for many years to come. -J.G.
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2007
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
91pts. - International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Cassis, black cherry and menthol on the pure, slightly medicinal nose. Dense, sweet and pure, with lovely delineation and depth to the flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate and mint. Chewy but pliant. Finishes with firm but ripe tannins and very good length. Classic Howell Mountain cabernet from a ripe year.
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2007
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
93pts. - Patterson's Beverage Journal
A small jewel on Howell Mountain that produces rich, classic, nicely articulated estate wines.
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2007
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
93pts. - The Tasting Panel
August 2007 - Anthony Dias Blue
“A small jewel on Howell Mountain that produces rich, classic, nicely articulated estate wines.”
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2007
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa
17.5Pts.: Superior - JancisRobinson.com
June 2008 - Linda Murphy
“Lush black fruit, cassis, liquorice, tar and black olive on the powerful nose. A big, intense mountain wine with beefy tannins, crisp acidity and subtle oak. Beautifully balanced for its weight and built to last.”
2004 Ladera Lone Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: May 15, 2008
91pts. - Wine Spectator
Firm, tight and concentrated, with a complex, well-structured mix of currant, mineral, sage and savory herb notes that are compact yet focused and also long and persistent, pushing past the chewy tannins. Best from 2010 through 2016. 1,900 cases made.  –JL
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: May 15, 2008
90pts. - Vinous
May 2008 - Stephen Tanzer
“Good deep ruby-red. Deep, fruit-driven aromas of cassis and blueberry. Round, suave and sweet, with tangy cassis and black raspberry flavors brightened by a mineral component. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and good fat.”
2003 Ladera Lone Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 31, 2006
90pts. - Wine Spectator
Impeccable balance, depth and concentration, combining rich, dense currant, anise, sage and berry flavors with a mix of cedary oak and spice. Finishes with a push of fruit and ripe, firm tannins. Best from 2007 through 2012. 1,240 cases made.  –JL
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 31, 2006
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
95pts. - Wine & Spirits
Young vines, growing at 1,600 to 1,800 feet, have consistently produced a succulent mountain-grown cabernet since the first release. The '03 strikes a balance between muscular tannins and classical cassis flavors. The power of this wine increases over the course of several days, and the fruit is there to sustain it for many years to come. -J.G.
2003 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Web Only - 2012
95pts. - Wine & Spirits
December 2006 - Josh Greene
“Karen Culler makes this wine on the old Chateau Woltner property, which Pat and Anne Stotesbery bought in 2000. From young vines grown at 1,600 to 1,800 feet, this starts from a small place, with succulent, compact flavors of cassis, cedar and herbs, classically styled. Tasted over the course of several days, it gains intensity as the fruit character expands; the tannins seem to propel the wine rather than smother it. The wine feels toned and muscular, while the fruit remains lively and youthfully fresh. Beautifully composed.”
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Web Only - 2012
90pts. - Wine Enthusiast
December 15, 2006 - Steve Heimoff
“Really good Cab here, a blend of mountain and foothills fruit that captures Napa's elegant intensity. It's a fully dry, balanced wine, with hefty, sticky tannins yet an immediate approachability of blackberry and Chinese plum sauce flavors and a rich, chocolaty finish. Good now and over the next ten years.”
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
2002 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Web Only - 2012
90pts. - Wine Spectator
This seamless effort is elegant and understated, and at a good drinking stage. Smooth-textured, with touches of maturity in the core red berry and herb-laced flavors.—2002 California Cabernet blind retrospective (May 2012). Drink now through 2019. 710 cases made.  –JL
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Web Only - 2012
92pts. - Wine Enthusiast
December 1, 2005 - Steve Heimoff
“Tasted alongside Ladera's '01 Lone Canyon Cab, this is better structured. The acid and tannin ballet is an exciting one, joined by rich smoky oak and a ripe Cabernet expression of black currants and cassis that's delicious. This is a major-league wine that should develop through 2010.”
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Web Only - 2012
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Fall 2008
92pts. - Wine & Spirits
Young vines, growing at 1,600 to 1,800 feet, have consistently produced a succulent mountain-grown cabernet since the first release. The '02 is sweetly ripe. The power of this wine increases over the course of several days, and the fruit is there to sustain it for many years to come. -J.G.
2002 Ladera Lone Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: May 15, 2006
92pts. - Wine Spectator
Rich and intense, with a tight, concentrated core of earthy currant, mineral, wild berry, sage and cedar. This one begs for short-term cellaring as it gracefully unfolds to reveal subtle flavor nuances, with tannins that give it a solid backbone. Best from 2007 through 2013. 1,900 cases made.  –JL
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 25, 2006
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: May 15, 2006
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 25, 2006
92pts. - Wine Advocate
This vineyard (on the hillsides near Blankiet) almost became a casualty of a major fire that broke out earlier this year. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Lone Canyon Vineyard is a dense, earthy effort displaying hints of scorched earth, camphor, black currants, cedar, and spice. Rich, full-bodied, intense, and powerful, this masculine-styled Cabernet should be consumed over the next 10-15 years.
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: May 15, 2006
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Dec 25, 2006
93pts. - Wine Enthusiast
May 1, 2006 - Steve Heimoff
“Ladera has been producing ageworthy Cabernets for the last few years and this is surely one. As rich and dense in tannins as it is, it's shockingly forward in blackberry and cherry fruit flavors, while a plethora of new French oak adds even more sweetness. The result is voluptuous now, but it should age effortlessly for at least 10 years.”
2001 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Web Only - 2011
93pts. - Wine Spectator
Delivers a beam of pure, tight, ripe, intense dark berry fruit, well-structured, firming at midpalate and holding focus to end in a sleek, persistent finish. Very impressive.—2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2017. 768 cases made.  –JL
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Web Only - 2011
92pts. - Wine Enthusiast
March 1, 2005 - Steve Heimoff
“Everyone's tannins are getting softer these days, but Howell Mountain Cabs are hanging in there. Massive, with intense blackcurrant and oak flavors that finish dry. You can tell this is a very fine wine from its balance. Best after 2008, but approachable now.”
2001 Ladera Lone Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Feb 28, 2005
91pts. - Wine Spectator
Scents of new leather, ripe currant and plum lead to a similar array of flavors. Well-structured, with a firm core of edgy tannins and lively acidity. Most impressive, though, is the long, rich, intense flavor, with a nice minerally edge. Best from 2006 through 2012. 1,618 cases made.  –JL
2001 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: May 01, 2011
88pts. - Wine Advocate
Displaying an evolved style with elegant, earthy, berry fruit, tobacco leaf, roasted herb, cedar and crushed rock characteristics, this dark ruby/purple-tinged, medium-bodied 2001 will provide attractive drinking over the next 7-10 years.
2001 Ladera Merlot 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Jun 30, 2004
90pts. - Wine Spectator
Ripe, rich and polished, with intense, concentrated currant, blackberry and cedary anise flavors, gaining richness and complexity, with a long, persistent aftertaste. Best from 2005 through 2012. 444 cases made.  –JL
2000 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon 
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2003
90pts. - Wine Spectator
Dark and supple, with a rich mineral-, blackberry- and currant-infused core of fruit flavors, turning elegant and polished, with a sense of harmony and finesse. Lots of flavors push through on the aftertaste. Best from 2004 through 2011. 815 cases made.  –JL
1999 Ladera Lone Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2002
92pts. - Wine Spectator
A taut, compact style, with rich, concentrated currant, pencil lead, blackberry and anise. Beautifully focused, intense and structured, with firm but ripe tannins on the finish. Best from 2005 through 2012. 610 cases made.  –JL
Country: USA | California • Region: Napa • Issue Date: Oct 15, 2002
90pts. - Wine & Spirits
December 2003 - Josh Greene
Vintage Reviews
100 Point Scale
95 - 100   Classic

80 - 84   Good

90 - 94   Outstanding

75 - 79   Mediocre

85 - 89   Very Good

50 - 74   Poor
The below reviews do not specifically pertain to Ladera Vineyards but rather the vintage as a whole. Vintage reviews provide a general indication of a region’s overall performance in a given year. The score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling.
2013
Napa: 96 - Sonoma: 91 - Drink or Hold
Rivals 2012, with amazing density and structure; tannic too and should be long-lived.
2012
Napa: 96 - Sonoma: 92 - Drink or Hold
Record-sized crop with many stars amid a solid vintage across the board; tannic.
2011
Napa: 86 - Sonoma: 83 - Drink or Hold
Rare rainy harvest proved it can happen; few sunny spots, variable quality.
2010
Napa: 96 - Sonoma: 89 - Drink or Hold
Cool, steady year; wines show exceptional quality, tight, dense and layered.
2009
Napa: 96 - Sonoma: 85 - Drink or Hold
Late, cool year yielding a surprise bounty of pure, opulent wines.
2008
Napa: 96 - Sonoma: 86 - Drink or Hold
Frost year lowered yields but not quality; unique for its depth and concentration.
2007
Napa: 97 - Sonoma: 88 - Drink or Hold
Textbook year; small crop, ideal ripening, wines defined by complexity and plush tannins.
2006
Napa: 95 - Sonoma: 87 - Drink
A late, cool harvest produced dense, concentrated and ageworthy wines.
2005
Napa: 92 - Sonoma: 83 - Drink
Record-size crop; best are elegant and balanced, yet many are tannic and drying out.
2004
Napa: 95 - Sonoma: 84 - Drink
Small crop of exceptional quality; ripe, elegant, concentrated and harmonious.
2003
Napa: 85 - Sonoma: 83 - Drink
Uneven ripeness; austere and tannic in style. More like 2000 than 2001 or 2002.
2002
Napa: 93 - Sonoma: 82 - Drink
Superb in Napa; dense and rich, rivaling 2001 for depth and complexity.
2001
Napa: 93 - Sonoma: 87 - Drink
Excellent weather; many stunning wines but also a few disappointments.
2000
Napa: 85 - Sonoma: 81 - Drink
Mixed and a bit green overall, but some stellar wines that may be overlooked and undervalued.
1999
Napa: 97 - Sonoma: 87 - Drink
Tremendous depth, concentration and structure from a cool, moderate year; ageworthy.
1998
Napa: 84 - Sonoma: 82 - Past Peak
Cool, damp year with mostly green, herbal wines marked by gritty tannins; few memorable bottles.
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