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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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Wednesday
Jan122011

Friday Night Tastings at K&L Redwood City

Above: Mike Dunn pours a vertical of Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon to K&L customers in the Redwood City tasting bar.

Folks in the know keep their calendars open every Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. when K&L Redwood City opens its tasting bar to the public. These tastings are fun, casual events geared towards introducing customers to our favorite winemakers and importers from around the world.  

The cost to taste? Typically $10 or less.

The opportunity to hear Randall Graham (of Bonny Doon fame) recite poetry from his Vinthology "Been Doon So Long" while sipping on biodynamic Albariño, to fall in love with Nebbiolo all over again thanks to the wit, charm (and excellent Italian wine imports) of Oliver McCrum, to taste why it's worth waiting for that Dunn Cab to come around, or to develop a new appreciation for Chilean Carmenere with the master Mauro Von Siebenthal himself?

Priceless.

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Check out what's coming up this month!

Friday, January 14:  First Class German and Alsatian Riesling with K&L Buyer Eric Story    

Friday, January 21:  LIOCO with co-founder Matt Licklider. Get to know the natural, terroir-driven wines of this great California producer.

*note: lineup and details are typically posted to KLWines.com and K&L on Facebook the week of the scheduled tasting.

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