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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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Aug122010

Warm-Weather Whites: Muscadet and Meteors

I like to check the weather. A lot. In fact, I'm a little obsessed. It started while I was working in Tahoe, where the Weather Channel is like porn for skiers, and carried over to my days working at Pax Wine Cellars, where the changes in weather could make or break the wines we were going to make. These days, I check the weather report to see what to cook for dinner and, more importantly, what wines to have on hand to drink with my meals.

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