Ladera Napa Valley 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, $39.99, 88 points, appeared as a crushed black currant purple/red with a broad clear wine ring and some draping.
Upon opening, dusty cedar aromas were outstanding, but with some air gave way to plum and strong black currant aromas.
Medium-plus bodied with good acidity and still strident grainy tannin carried flavors reflective of the aromas with red cherry and dried herb notes.
Finished fair on the well integrated 14.1% alcohol, white pepper, pomegranate, and a slightly astringent tannin.
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