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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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Nov292012

Sandwich the Dog Reads K&L Wine News. Do You?

Sandwich the Dog reading K&L's Holiday Buying Guide.Sandwich the Dog (who belongs to Eric Story of K&L San Francisco and Alison Smith of Brack Mountain Wine Company and Texacali Wine Company) loves reading the K&L Wine News. This morning dad caught him on camera getting ready to dive into our annual Holiday Buying Guide, a treasure trove of ideas for holiday gifts and wines for holiday parties. Don't get our newsletter? Find out how to sign up for a K&L account here, and have it sent directly to you!

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