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Review: 2008 Ladera Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

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This 2008 Cab from Ladera is surprisingly restrained, particularly odd given its pedigree from Howell Mountain, where rugged, punchy, and flavor-filled wines are habitually made.

I’ve greatly enjoyed this bottling in both its 2007 and 2005 vintages, but for 2008, Ladera’s Howell Mountain Cab feels dialed back, almost like it’s pulling its punches a bit. The nose offers more green vegetable and herbal notes than I’d expect, with similar character on the body. Quite tart, the herbs come on strong, leaving behind a somewhat tough, surprisingly acidic finish. There’s plenty of fruit here, but at these prices, I’m looking for a near-perfect balance and stronger finish.

B+ / $75 / laderavineyards.com

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