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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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Mar162013

St. Clair vs. Suckling: K&L Takes the James Suckling Retail Challenge!

 

St. Clair vs. Suckling: K&L Takes the Suckling Retail Challenge!

Challenge #1

When noted wine critic James Suckling challenged K&L to his retail challenge, our Italian buyer Greg St. Clair was on the first flight to LA to meet him at our Hollywood store to take him up on it.

What wines did Greg choose? How did they show? Click the image above to watch the video from Challenge #1 (out of 8) and find out how which wines succeeded.

The results for each challenge will be posted on Uncorked in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for more Suckling Retail Challenge videos and related posts! 

 

 

K&L Italian buyer Greg St. Clair and James Suckling in the K&L Hollywood store.

                  

Cram session: James Suckling prepares for the Challenge.  

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