This wine is brilliant to the eye with its beautiful golden hue and crystal clean edges. The inclusion of the Sauvignon Musque, a unique clone of Sauvignon Blanc, adds the tropical fruit and melon characteristics to the wine. Howell Mountain is a cool site and the character of this wine tends toward the flavors of a cool climate wine. There are green apple, pear, grassy and melon aromas, along with the hints of vanilla from the lees contact and the small amount of new barrels. The Ladera Sauvignon Blanc palate is most characterized by the crisp acidity and the mouthwatering texture. The low alcohol also contributes to a perfectly balanced wine that pairs well with a variety of fish, cheeses, fresh summer vegetables and spicy cuisine.