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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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Thursday
Apr062006

Italian Tasting

K&L San Francisco April 8th, 2006 $20.00 for 10 selections Noon to 3 p.m. No. 1-N/V- Silvano Follador- Prosecco, Valdobbiadene Brut $10.99 No. 2-2004 Garlider – Muller Thurgau, Alto-Adige $18.99 No. 3-2004 Cos “Pithos” – Nero d’Avola, Cerasuolo di Vittoria $36.99 No. 4-2004 Gulfi- “Rossojbleo”- Nero d’Avola $14.99 No. 5-2004 Corino – Dolcetto d’Alba $14.95 No. 6-2004 Ermacora- Refosco, Friuli $15.99 No. 7-2004 Ruggeri Corsini- Barbera d’Alba $13.99 No. 8-2001 Corte Rugolin – Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso $16.99 No. 9-2003 Cascina Val del Prete – Barbera d’Alba “Carolina” $33.99 No. 10- 1998 Isole e Olena – Vin Santo 375ml $35.99 Oleificio Chianti Olio Extra Vergine “Buonsapore”1ltr - $24.99

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Tuesday
Apr042006

Bordeaux Report: 2005s Round One

So far the wines have very expressive aromas and tons of fruit up front with lots of tannin and acid and fruit on the palate. Alcohol levels are very high but wines do not show it. The combination of high tannin and high acid make for dry sensation on the palate. Tannins are integrated. Pichon-Baron and Petit Village were great. Petit Village, Pomerol Their best in long time. 75% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc, very high cabernet sauvignon content. Spicy, clove-like aromas with some allspice notes. A touch of chocolate on palate. Tons of fruit. Very bright and lively. A touch tough at back. *1/2 Pibran, Pauillac 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot. Cabernet did better here, and they used a lot in the final blend. Very expressive nose of black raspberry with cranberry undertones some orange zest on palate. A touch rustic, but should be a value. Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 64% cabernet sauvignon, 3% cabernet franc, 33% merlot. 13.6 alcohol and low pH of 3.7-means high acid. You do not taste the alcohol because of massive fruit, acid and tannin content. Very spicy aromas of red fruits and cassis-some cranberry notes. Deep color and very sweet entry to palate. Some dry tannins at back but they are integrated. Tobacco notes. Rich, lingering finish. ** S de Suduiraut, Dry White Bordeaux Had a wonderful spicy pear aroma that followed to the palate. Very rich wine with sweet tart flavors and lingering finish. Quite deep. 70% sauvignon blanc and 30% semillon. Suduiraut, Sauternes Otherworldly and delicious already. 90% semillon and 10% sauvignon blanc. Coconut and honey and pineapple aromas. Unctuous on the palate. Tons of balancing acid to go with the fruit. Creamy rich mid palate. A complete wine that is wonderful already. -Clyde Beffa

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Tuesday
Apr042006

Update from Bordeaux: April 4th, Morning & Lunch

Met Jean Michel Cazes and Sylvie Cazes at Lynch Bages at 7:45 am and went to their new bistro "Lavinal" in the village of Bages (which the Cazes family owns. In fact, they own the town and are fixing it up to accomodate guests and locals alike). Lavinal is a great looking place-like Paris bistro. It has been open one week-and they have a cooking school above the bistro. To Cos d'Estournel for lunch-with Fieuzal Blanc 1992 with the fine lotte (monkfish) main course and 1982 Cos with the cheese. Also had dessert of berries in a light sauce (aka fruit cocktail sauce) and a bit of discussion about the trade in Bordeaux and the role of the negociant and courtier in modern Bordeaux wine sales. Off to Pichon-Lanade and Latour... Easy day so far! -Clyde Beffa

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