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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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Mar132007

Thursday Night Tastings at K&L Wine Merchants Hollywood

March 15: Hollywood is proud to inaugurate their Thursday Night Tasting Series with the fine wines from T.G.I.C. Importers. T.G.I.C. has always been at the forefront of South American boutique producers, and were among the first to bring quality Argentine and Chilean wines to the United States. A lot of people have jumped on the bandwagon since, but T.G.I.C. still leads the pack in price and quality. Please join us this Thursday night, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to taste 5 wonderful wines from their portfolio. Vina Montes Sauvignon Blanc Leyda Vineyard $11.99 Montes Alpha Chardonnay $14.99 Montes Cherub Rose $13.99 Bodega Norton Malbec Lujan de Cuyo Reserva $12.99 Achaval – Ferrer Malbec $18.99 Our Thursday Tasting is designed to introduce our customers to serious wines at a serious value. That’s why it’s only $10.00! See you there!

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