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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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Apr052007

Hollywood High Note

Who needs celebrities when you've got star-caliber wine? I was thrilled to check out the brand spanking new Hollywood K&L store on a visit to the southland last month, and things are sure looking dapper there. Besides a super friendly staff, the spot's got A-list wine, a swank tasting area just primed for fabulous in-house tastings and an unbeatable location in the heart of revitalized Hollywood. If you're down south permanently or on vaca, be sure to check the spot out. I've posted a few snaps from my visit here, including a look at the spot's interior (looks like the San Fran store but with a more contemporary urban loft feel), a shot of me with store manager Tom Martinez (down from Nor Cal) & helpful staffer Joel Nicholas, and some other gratuitous shots including more bubbly and myself alongside a gigantic bottle they've got on display there. Who doesn't love a wine store with gargantuan bottles and shopping carts full of bubbly sitting around?!! Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about the July GRAND OPENING - sure to be a red carpet affair. --- Courtney Cochran, aka Your Personal Sommelier, provides personalized wine services to adventurous wine collectors, purveyors and enthusiasts, making wine accessible and fun for those who think outside the mainstream wine box. Visit her site at www.CourtneyCochran.com

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