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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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Aug192010

Getting to Know: Elisabeth Schriber

What’s your position at K&L?

I’m the senior editor. Most of my time is spent updating notes, scores and reviews for all the wines, beers and spirits on KLWines.com. I’ve been at K&L for seven years.

What did you do before K&L?

I was an editor and copywriter, with perhaps the weakest gift for spelling of any writer before or since.

What do you do in your spare time?

Spare time is for the childless. I change diapers and worry about the BPA content of food-safe plastics.

What’s your favorite movie?

Heavenly Creatures, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or The Reader (notice a theme?).

What was your “epiphany wine?”

It was a Frascati, most likely. During my junior year of college in Rome. It was my first experience with the local wine and food movement. I grew up in Dayton, Ohio.

Describe your perfect meal. What wine(s)would you pair with it?

Not at home. Not anywhere in the vicinity of a two-and-a-half-year old. It would be in Old Nice, near the water. Outdoor table. It might begin with a nostalgic and toxic cigarette. Followed by cold rosé (any) and various plates containing shellfish and fish.

How do you think your palate’s changed over the years?

It is the only thing on my person that’s gotten progressively more firm.

What do you like to drink?
High acid whites from Northern Italy and the Loire Valley. Chilled reds from the same. And rosé and sparkling wine from pretty much anywhere.

What words of advice do you have to offer people just getting into wine?

Don’t buy a Vinotheque unless you have a garage.

If you could have dinner with any three people in history, who would you invite? What would you serve each of them?

I’d have Dr. Seuss over for sparkling Shiraz and roast beast. I’d have my kids fast-forward 18 years from today. They’d get macaroni and cheese with white truffles and some 2007 Rhône wines I’ve been putting away from their birth year. And finally, Kate Winslet, for whom I’d make some perfect and truly inspiring dish served with zero dosage Champagne.

 

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