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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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Dec132010

From Our Spirits Department: Best of 2010 Awards

The end of the year is nearing, and that means Top 10 lists and year-end awards and reviews. K&L's Spirits department, run by the creative and daring duo of Davids (Othenin-Girard and Driscoll), have already started posting their "Best of" awards for the year over on our companion blog, the Spirits Journal. Head on over there today to see what they have to say about the year's best whisky distilleries, liqueurs, tequilas and more! 

Inspired by the LA Times recent article "What sommeliers will bring to holiday parties" we'll be back tomorrow with what libations our sales staff will be bringing to holiday gatherings.

Leah Greenstein