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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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Friday
Jun132014

Champagne Friday- Taste Thienot with us!

Felix of Champagne Thienot is ready to pour!

Join me for Champagne Friday in Redwood City! Felix Ghoul of Champagne Thienot will be pouring his excellent range of Champagnes and all of the selections except for the Brut Non-Vintage are entirely estate grown. The quality is absolutely top notch. We will be pouring the following:

 

Thienot Brut Champagne $39.99

2005 Thienot "Cuvée Stanislas" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne $99

2006 Thienot "Cuvée Garance" Brut Blanc de Rouges Champagne $99

1999 Thiénot "Cuvée Alain Thiénot" Brut Champagne $99

2002 Thienot "La Vigne aux Gamins" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne $149

 

These bottles are now on ice- at 5pm they will be open!

 

The cost to taste is $10 and the tasting will run from 5pm to 6:30pm. I hope that you can make it! If you are interested in learning more about Thienot, please check out the article I wrote about my visit there here.

See you later today.

A toast to you, and hopefully with you,

Gary Westby

 

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