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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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Entries in Personal Sommelier (6)

Monday
Sep272010

Getting to Know: Keith Mabry

Editor's Note: This was supposed to publish last Thursday while I was on the road, but due to a computer glitch, we're getting it up today.

What do you do at K&L?

I am the Assistant Manager in Hollywood. I was hired in February 2007 to help open the sexiest and most exciting wine store in the Los Angeles area!

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Thursday
Aug262010

Getting to Know: Jason Marwedel

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

I am a part of the sales staff at the Redwood City store, and also do some customer support on the phone lines.  I started with K&L in December of 2009.

What did you do before K&L?

Upon graduating college, I managed a specialty food and wine store in the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace. After four years I wanted to experience the corporate world, so I transitioned to the healthcare industry working for a pharmaceutical consulting firm.  It was a challenging two years, but it helped me reaffirm my passion for the wine industry.  Thankfully, K&L saved me shortly after this realization. 

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Monday
Aug022010

Fizzy, Pink & Fabulous


You're finally coming around.

Twenty years ago, you would have balked at the suggestion of a pink wine to pair with tonight's grilled salmon, roast chicken, or Thai takeout.  Not so anymore. Our sales (and your smiles) are proof: you love rosé wine. You love it, and you're drinking it.

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