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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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Feb042011

K&L Picks the Steelers to Win the Super Bowl

While it pains me to say it, K&L unofficially officially picks the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the Super Bowl on Sunday. Why? Because more of you voted for the Rittenhouse "Pennsylvania-style" Rye than the utterly delicious Death's Door Gin from Wisconsin, but not by much. It was three votes to two. (Perhaps the outcome, as someone rooting for the Packers, would have been more to my liking had more people weighed in, but even my husband shut me down so who knows.) 

So there you have it. The game will be close, but the Packers will take it. And it least I'll have a Sazerac with one of the best ryes on the market to drown my sorrows in. 

Leah Greenstein

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