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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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Oct042010

Winegrower Interview: Mike Benziger

Editor's Note: Kathy Benziger will be at K&L Hollywood pouring Benziger's current line-up on Thursday, October 7th and at our San Francisco store on Thursday, November 4th. Visit our local events page for more details.

When was the last time you tried a wine from Benziger Family Winery? Think back? Was it five years ago? Ten? If it was, or if it's been so long you can't remember, I think it's time you took another look.

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