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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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Mar172011

Bordeaux Tastings Saturday at All K&L Locations

Whatever your plans are for the weekend, make sure you set aside enough time to attend the Bordeaux tasting at the K&L store nearest you. Our Bordeaux team has been working diligently to put together a list of wines to taste that will appeal to Bordeaux afficiandoes, and be a great jumping off point to those looking to explore the region. And, because we're between vintages, you'll have the opportunity to taste wines from as far back as the 1962 vintage (if you're in Redwood City). Aged Bordeaux is where it's at, so if you've never gotten the chance to taste something other than the current release, this is a tasting series you won't want to miss. For more information on K&L in-store tasting and special events, visit our Local Events page or call your local store.
 
At K&L Hollywood (3-5:30 p.m.) Steve Greer will be pouring:
2008 Ch. Bonnet Blanc
2008 Ch. Ormes de Pez 
2005 Ch. La Bienfaisance
2005 Clos Marsalette
2001 Ch. Camensac
1999 Ch. Kirwan
1998 Ch. Lalande-Borie
1994 Ch. Ormes de Pez
1993 Ch. Léoville-Barton
2006 Ch. Doisy-Védrines
 
At K&L San Francisco (12-3 p.m.) Steve Bearden will be pouring:
2007 Ch. L'Avocat Blanc
2007 Ch. Lafaurie-Peyraguey
1999 Ch. Haut-Bailly
1994 Ch. Corbin Michotte
2005 Ch. Clos Marsalette
2005 Ch. La Bienfaisance
2008 Ch. Lugagnac
2006 Ch. La Fleur de Boüard
2008 Ch. Tour maillet
2004 Ch. Cos d'Estournel
 
And, at K&L Redwood City (1-4 p.m.) Ralph Sands will be pouring: 
2007 Ch. L'Avocat Blanc
2009 Ch. Belian Giraud
2009 Ch. de Colombier
2005 Ch. La Bienfaisance
2005 Ch. Clos Marsalette
2004 Ch. Cos d'Estournel
2003 Ch. d'Angludet
1991 Ch. Léoville-Las Cases
1981 Ch. Léoville-Las Cases
2007 Ch. Lafaurie-Peyraguey 
1962 Ch. Doisy-Védrines (Only one bottle will be poured; so be early.)

 

Leah Greenstein