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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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Two Special Dinners in Early 2006

On January 28 (Saturday), we will have an exciting Bordeaux tasting and dinner at the University Club in San Francisco. We will welcome the “Crus Bourgeois Exceptionnels” nine (I said 9) outstanding châteaux and their owners/winemakers. This new Bordeaux designation includes Ch. Poujeaux, Chasse Spleen, Les Ormes de Pez, Phelan Segur, Siran, Haut Marbuzet, Potensac, Labegorce Zede, and de Pez. We will taste the excellent 2003 vintage plus an older wine from each property. $110 per person inclusive. Mark your calendar for February 9 (Thursday) to experience 2004 Burgundies, as we start with a tasting of wines air-freighted in for this event. Then have dinner with both Veronique and Laurent Drouhin at John Bentley’s restaurant in Redwood City. The four-course dinner will include older vintage Burgundies from Drouhin and wine from Domaine Drouhin in Oregon. Cost is $100 per person, including tax and tip.

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