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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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Entries in 2005 Bordeaux (2)

Thursday
Apr212011

Wine of the Week: 2005 Ch. La Garde

K&L Hollywood's Steve Greer, fresh back from the 2010 Bordeaux En Primeur tastings and excited for this weekend's Bordeaux tastings submitted the 2005 Ch. La Garde from Pessac-Léognan ($24.99) as this week's Wine of the Week. Here's what he had to say:

Since it seems like it is "Bordeaux Week" at K&L with articles on the 2010 UGC tastings, staff tastings on new arrivals and a public tasting this Saturday I thought the Wine of the Week should be a stand-out from yesterday's staff tasting at the Hollywood store. The 2005 La Garde from the Pessac was one of the stand-outs for our Hollywood staff.

It has a beautiful nose of smoke, perfume, floral, spice, cedar and blackberry. The heady black fruit and incense continues on the palate with a long, spicy and cedary finish. The tannins are still evident, of course, but the wine isn't overly astringent.

A beautiful wine for only $24.99.

Steve Greer

Tuesday
Oct122010

Wine Wednesday: Oh Mylord!

It's been months since New York Times' wine writer Eric Asimov publicly suggested that Bordeaux was becoming irrelevant among the next generation of wine drinkers. Pricing themselves into obsolescence, as it were. And while I don't entirely disagree -- I'll likely never be able to afford a first or second growth Bordeaux unless something catastrophic happens in the wine market -- I don't really care that much. And it's not because I think Bordeaux is irrelevant, it's that those pricey, classified wines represent just a small percentage of what's made in Bordeaux. To overlook the more affordable wines of the region, which Asimov acknowledged in a later article titled the "Soulful Side of Bordeaux," is just as much a sin as over-valuing the others.

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