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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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Monday
Jul192010

Trockenbeerenauswhat?

Look, I don't speak German. Or French or Italian, for that matter. And I'm guessing you might not either. But I do like wine from the countries where those languages are spoken, and I work in the wine business, which makes it doubly-embarrassing when I mispronunce terms or regions. That's why I think the new Enotria Guide iPhone/iPod Touch app is pretty friggin' cool. Created by K&L's very own Melissa Lavrinc Smith, the Entoria Guide is an audio database of more than 200 French, German and Italian wine term pronunciations. From varietals to regions to German QmP styles, this snazzy little guide will help you say it all like a pro, and make you look über-sophisticated in front of wine nerds and neophytes alike. Plus, because it's organized by region and varietal and includes things like Premier Cru classifications, it's a great study guide whether you're just learning about wine or studying for a sommelier exam.  And while I wish it dug a little deeper, and also had Portuguese and Spanish pronunciations, it's a great start. Now if I could just get my dad to download it.

Leah Greenstein

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Please update the Enotria app!!! I really find it useful but it needs to be expanded. thanks
July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRichard P.
I'm sorry, I've been working on it but am having trouble with Apple not having it available in their store. As soon as I do an update I will do another blog post on it.

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