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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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Getting to Know: Christie Cartwright

What’s your position at K&L and how long have you been with the company?

I am the domestic liaison for K&L Hollywood. I was hired in the Fall of 2009. I’ve been with K&L for a year now, and I love it!

What did you do before you started working here?

Before I joined K&L, I was working in San Luis Obispo County at a variety of wineries and wine shops, such as Four Vines, Tolosa and 15 degrees. I loved the area so much after finishing at Cal Poly I wanted to make a go for it and stay as long as possible…which ended up being two-and-a-half-years before it became clear to me it was a place for students, the independently wealthy or small business owners.

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