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So why is the 2012 Ladera Cabernet—made from almost entirely from Howell Mountain fruit, from an incredible vintage—sitting pretty at $34.99? I honestly can't tell you. Maybe it's because no one knows how good the Ladera holdings in Howell Mountain are. Or maybe it's the pride that winemaker Jade Barrett takes in making a serious wine for a reasonable price. Or maybe it's because Ladera is an overlooked gem in a sea of Napa alternatives. For whatever the reason, I'm not going to complain. We tasted the 2012 vintage at our staff training yesterday and I was just floored by the quality of this wine. Dark, fleshy fruit cloaked in fine tannins, bits of earth, and in total balance, with enough gusto to go the long haul in your cellar. It's a whole lotta wine for $34.99, and it's made primarily from Howell Mountain grapes, harvested during a great vintage. 

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Oct012013

2003 Dom Perignon Rose #2: The Koons Package

I have a special follow up to Friday's article on the 2003 Dom Perignon Rose. Today our bottles arrived in the special, limited edition Jeff Koons designed gift boxes.

2003 "Dom Pérignon Koons" Brut Rosé Champagne

We have a limited supply, so if you are interested, please click on the link below to order.

 

2003 Moet & Chandon "Dom Pérignon Koons" Brut Rosé Champagne $329

 

My report on the wine (it is the same cuvee as in the regular bottle) is just below this entry. A toast to you!- Gary Westby

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