So Day 24 finds The Rib and me in beautiful downtown Richmond, VA for the 2012 Virginia Wine Expo. Between traffic and other stuff, we got down from Northern Virginia a little later than planned. The result: we missed an hour of the wine tasting and I didn’t give notes on today’s wine until after we returned to our hotel room. I gotta be honest—today’s selection (which we both loved) probably isn’t getting its due reward.
2006 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California
On the nose, the Ladera showed some massive blackberry jam and black cherry notes. There were also hints of licorice, dark spices, and leather in there, too.
The palate brought a ton of wood—cedar, Cedar, CEDAR! The blackberry that presented on the nose was a touch muted, but the spice came through nicely. The tannins on this wine were big, but smooth.
We paired this wine with an afternoon of deep philosophical conversation and plans for the future (o.k., we really spent a couple of hours on the couch in front of the “magic box”). It was lovely. I could see this wine being poured with a nicely grilled steak or enjoyed with a nice cigar—it’ll hold up to either. At $32-$40 per bottle, it’s not an everyday drinker, but it’s also well worth the price for a decent Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. If you like big ol’ Cabs from the Left Coast, give this one a go!
Cheers from the 2012 Virginia Wine Expo,