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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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Monday
Mar062006

Bienvenidos a Alimentaria!

It is day 1 here in lovely Barcelona and everything is fabulous. There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 40,000 people attending the fair this year and it showed. I was lucky enough to be invited to a big tasting by one of the most important wine shops of Barcelona, Viniteca Vila. For those of you who are traveling to Barcelona and you are looking for that perfect hard to find Spanish wine, I highly recommend a visit to Viniteca Vila. The tasting highlights today were the 2003 Aalto, 2003 Aalto PS and a barrel sample of the 2004 Clos Erasmus…all awesome! Complete tasting notes will be available when I return. Well, it’s off to get ready for my 10 pm dinner reservation! Saludos! Anne Pickett

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