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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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Update from Bordeaux: 1st dinner, and one to remember!

Dinner at Pichon Baron Monday April 3, 2006 at Pichon Baron As usual great dinner with: 1993 Larent Perrier Brut 1989 Suduiraut with the foie gras course-went well but a bit too rich 1986 Pichon Baron 3L-wow a super vintage 1982 Pichon Baron 3L-great and coming on strong but I preferred the 1986 1955 Pichon Baron-superb and ready-starting to decline 1982 Suduiraut-would have been great with foie gras but still fine with cheese 1967 Quinta do Noval National port-elegant A fine evening-Steve is in 7th heaven!

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