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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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May032006

Bearden’s Bargain Bordeaux

I had the honor of being a member of the K&L team that went to Bordeaux the first two weeks in April to taste and evaluate the 2005 vintage. Although these extremely young wines are still changing and forming every day, it was clear to all of us that this is a very special vintage in terms of consistency and quality. The bad news is quantities will be low, and prices will be high. The ray of hope is that virtually everyone made an outstanding 2nd wine, and these usually sell for a fraction of the first wines’ price. In fact, some of the best wines we tasted on our trip were the 2nd wines of the First and Second Growths. Les Forts de Latour, Pauilac: Super intense aromas of crushed currants and berries. This is ripe and fat with a very elegant, velvety finish. Almost as good as some vintages of Latour and the best 2nd wine of the vintage. WOW! Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux: Flavors of raspberries, blackberries, chocolate and oak are in this outstanding and seamless wine. This was sweet and spicy and had the most plush texture of any of the 2nd wines we tasted. Rivals Les Forts for quality. Pavillon Rouge, Margaux: Ch. Margaux made one of the best wines in 2005, and that attention to quality shows in their 2nd wine. Bright and vibrant with tons of black and red fruit masking the 14% alcohol. Aromas of licorice flow into the rich middle and ends with a velvety, fat smooth finish. Great 2nd wine! Clos du Marquis, St-Julien: This was sweet and thick showing red berries, black cherries and toasty oak all in perfect balance. This powerful and deep wine shows great proportion and very fine, sweet tannin. Excellent! Carraudes de Lafite, Pauillac: A high percentage of merlot (45%) shows in the mid-palate of this elegant and structured wine. There is beautiful harmony in the way the sweet entry and dark cherry flavors are pulled together by the strong yet seductive tannins on the finish. Lots of class and breed here. —Steve Bearden

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