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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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Apr132012

Champagne Friday: Gary Makes Tuna Mousse 

Join K&L Champagne buyer Gary Westby at home for a cooking demonstration on the preparation of one of his favorite pairings for Champagne: Tuna Mousse! It's easy to make and pairs perfectly with a rich, expressive vintage bubbly like Michel Arnould's Vintage "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne. Gary says he likes to serve it with breadsticks, but it works great on crackers as well!

2005 Michel Arnould Vintage "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne $59.99

This Grand Cru vintage, made from this estate's oldest Verzenay vines and the the Côte des Grands Blancs vines, and only wines from an exceptional year. A maturing process of at least 3 years donates all that is necessary to allow this vintage to be called 'Carte d’Or'.

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