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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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Wednesday
Feb272013

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Special Pricing on Marquis de Laguiche Chassagne Morgeot

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

We just picked up a smoking deal on some terrific premier Cru Chassagne Montrachet, and I wanted to let you all know.  I personally love the energy, focus and masculine nature of the 2008s.

There are only a few cases available, it comes directly from the authorized importer, and it is IN STOCK AND ON THE WEB, so click on the link below or call us at 1-800-247-5987 to place an order.

2008 Domaine Marquis de Laguiche (Drouhin) Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru « Morgeot » (Previously $90) $69.95

92 points Wine Spectator

Though glycerol-like in texture, this is more angular in its approach, with vivid acidity driving the lime, baked apple, almond and mineral flavors. Offers fine intensity and length. Best from 2013 through 2022. 900 cases imported (6/ 2011)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outstanding! A subtle application of wood does not diminish the transparency of the resin, peach and white flower aromas that are nuanced by hints of spice and earth, both of which are also found on the rich, full-bodied and tautly muscled flavors that possess good mid-palate density, all wrapped in a moderately austere but lingering finish. This is really quite good and worth a look

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

($99) Ripe aromas of white flowers and white truffle. Boasts a bigger structure and more intensity than the village wines, with sound acidity giving a penetrating quality to the peach, apricot and crushed stone flavors. This is quite suave. (9/ 2010

A Santé,

-Keith

 

Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

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