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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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Aug252010

Wine Wednesday: 2009 Guillemarine Picpoul de Pinet

I generally drink cocktails at weddings. Not because I'm trying to get drunk. But because the wines being served, in general, are just not that good (and sometimes they're downright wretched). I don't blame the bride and groom, of course, I blame the countless halls and hotels that don't give them better, more affordable options. There are good, affordable, wedding-friendly wines out there--we wrote a whole post about choosing better wedding wines--but they are too often overlooked.

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