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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: Jim Chanteloup

What do you do at K&L?

I take care of purchasing the wines from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. [This is my 21st] year with K&L.

What did you do before you started here?

I made my living as a freelance drummer living in the Bay Area. I’ve had the chance to work with many jazz greats such as Jimmy Witherspoon, Ray Brown, Joe Henderson as well as burlesque queen Tempest Storm. And of course weddings, bar mitzvahs and everything in between. As they say, soup to nuts.

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