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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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Aug102014

Blind Pinot Noir Tasting Results!

The results of our Blind International Pinot Noir tasting on the 2nd of August are in! Thank you all so much for coming out to give the blind tasting experience a try! Folks in all three stores had a blast, and this makes us very happy.

And now, for the winners…

In Redwood City, the clear winner was the 2009 Kingston Family Vineyards "Alazan" Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley $29.99!

In San Francisco, the clear winner was the 2011 Castelfeder "Glener" Pinot Nero Trentino-Alto Adige $26.99!

In Hollywood, the clear winner was the 2009 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Cowley" Pinot Noir Marlborough $29.99!

Thank you again to everyone who came out to support the tasting! Next up on the blind tasting calendar is Old & Rare in September. See you there!


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