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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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Apr122013

St. Clair vs. Suckling - K&L Takes the Suckling Wine Challenge Round 2: Italy

K&L Wine Challenge Round 2: Italy!

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

Challenge #2: Italy

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.

In this edition of the Wine Challenge, Greg chose three wines from Italy for James to taste blind. All three must meet the price requirement of being $30 or less.

What wines did Greg choose? How did they show? Click the picture above to watch the video from Challenge #2 and find out what wines succeeded and how they scored. 

(We've also posted a cheat sheet of the results with links learn more about each wine below.)

K&L Challenge #2: Italy - Suckling's Scores and Reviews

Click the links to learn more about these wines currently in stock at K&L:

Wine #1

91 pts   2008 Cantine Ascheri Barolo ($29.99)  A wine with really lovely fruit and a citrus and berry character. Full body, with firm tannins and a juicy finish. Long and delicious. So pretty, balanced. Drink now. So right now.

Wine #2

93 pts   2010 Anna Maria Abbona "Maioli" Dolcetto di Dogliani ($20.99) This is crazy with a subtle berry and juicy character. Full and very balanced with fine tannins and complex flavors. Turns firm and gorgeous.

Wine #3

93 pts   2010 Riecine Chianti Classico ($23.99) A wine with fresh fruit and chocolate, berry and juicy character. Lovely undertones of sliced orange. Long. Intense.

 

Links to Past Challenge Videos

K&L v. Suckling Challenge #1

 

Stay tuned for more Suckling Wine Challenge videos and related posts on Uncorked...

 

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

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