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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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Jul302010

Around the Blogosphere: Mumu Visits Domaine du Péras

 After visiting Domaine Begude, Mulan traveledto Pezenas to the tiny winery that belongs to that estate's vineyard manager, Laurent Girault, and his wife Murielle. Under the Domaine du Péras label the duo produces a miniscule amount of red and white wine—thousands of bottles, not cases—and we are fortunate enough to bring their Giroflet Rouge into K&L. Learn more about the domaine on Mulan's blog, mumu les vignes, then try a bottle of this Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan and Syrah-dominated blend of 15 varietals from organically grown grapes yourself.

Leah Greensein

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