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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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Thursday
May042006

¡Alegrense los Geeks de Vino!

In Bierzo, unlike most of the famous regions in Spain, tempranillo is not the big grape. Rather it’s the unique indigenous varietal, Mencia that matters. While it is planted elsewhere in this corner of the Iberian Pennisula, this grape seems to do best here. Located between the cool region of Galacia and the hot uplands of the Duero, this relatively cool climate allows the grapes to fully mature while still retaining their acidity. Mencia and Bierzo are cameleons; you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes they’re like Loire Valley Cabernet Franc other times Northern Rhone Syrah. Confusing? Yes. Boring? Never. Their unique flavor profiles make them a delicious accompaniment to many dishes. Right now we have several in stock: 2005 Bodegas Y Vinedos Luna Beberide Luna ($12.99) This is in that Northern Rhone vein: meaty. Don’t let you inner vegetarian be scared away, there is also plenty of rich dark fruits on the nose and palate. Elegant and pleasantly structured, this wine really opens up and shows more spice and minerals with some decanting. 2004 Dominio de Tares, Baltos ($13.99) Less extreme than the above but no less enchanting. Brighter red fruits with a floral hint and a touch of earth on the nose. On the palate this wine offers lots of red fruits, minerality and spice. It sees several months in both American and French oak. 2004 Pucho, Bierzo ($12.99) Here is a Loire Valley expression of Mencia. Bright and snappy with red fruit, herbs and spice. Medium bodied, with good intensity and persistence, the palate has plenty of juicy red fruit supported by moderate tannins, leather and spice. This was instantly a staff favorite. —Kirk Walker

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