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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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Trey's Blog: The Final Days of 2009 Bordeaux En Primeur

Friday, April 2nd  and Saturday, April 3rd

The last few days were loaded with négociant tastings and many, many wines. We did have three final appointments on Friday that are worth mentioning.

Haut-Brion

This is always a great tasting, not only to get a chance to taste Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion side by side, but it is also a rare opportunity to taste the Haut Brion Blanc. After it is bottled, few will get to try it at the price it fetches.

2009 La Mission Haut-Brion– Showed firm tannins, rich middle, seemed a bit disjointed but we could tell the wine is there.

2009 Haut-Brion – Alex loved this wine! Intense, concentrated and very powerful, this could be the most powerful wine of the trip. It had a firm edge to it. Fruit was a bit closed in the middle.

2009 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc – Formerly Laville Haut-Brion Blanc. This was the first time I saw the new label. A very crisp, bright, high acid style—far less rich than Haut-Brion but still very clean and fresh.

2009 Haut Brion Blanc – Always an amazing wine.  It is hard to believe the depth, richness and density this white wine has. It shows layers and layers of complexity and fruit. It borders being over the top, but the acidity and structure keep it all together. Amazing wine!

The K&L Team with the beautiful Veronique Sanders of Haut-BaillyHaut-Bailly

The 2009 Haut-Bailly showed well. The fruit is ripe, rich and concentrated while the tannins are firm. Great mid palate fruit! Always a favorite at K&L, this will be a wine to buy if priced right.

Smith Haut Lafitte

Two of the most successful wines in Pessac were made here in 2009. Both the red and the white impressed us at the UGC tastings and at the Château.

2009 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge – Dark, rich color, hints of chocolate, cedar and minerals, loads of fruit and big ripe tannins. Velvety mid texture with good acidity to hold it.

2009 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc – Creamy, lush and juicy, this wine shows a voluptuous texture and a racy finish. Delicious!

Trey Beffa



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