LADERA Howell Mountain Napa Valley 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, $48.49, 92 points, poured black, transitioning purple/red near the bleeding thin clear wine ring and leggy glass bowl.
Aromas of ripe blackberries with hints of coffee and marjoram were excellent.
Nearly full-bodied, very smooth, with good acidity and a soft underlayment of tannin delivered flavors of black licorice, Kalamata olives, currants, and plums; not often do I get coffee bean and tobacco notes from Cali Cabernet Sauvignon wines, but here it be!
Finished long on a warm 14.7% alcohol inspirited spiciness, fig, and damson plum.
Decant this wine, if you are fortunate enough to find the 2005 Ladera Cab.
Paired perfectly with my rare spiced-rubbed Angus strip steak.
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