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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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Feb282011

Thinking on Drinking: Collecting

At last count, which was just a couple of weeks ago, I'd lived in 26 different houses/apartments in seven states (some duplicates) over the past 11 years, not including places where I'd been for just a couple of months. My lifestyle wasn't exactly an ideal pairing for collecting wine, but for half that time I toted around a bottle of 1997 Limerick Lane Zinfandel given to me by a fellow wine-loving friend when I graduated from Sonoma State University. I was supposed to drink the wine when I published my first book of poetry. After a few years and a few states I downgraded that requirement to the publication of my first book, period. I finally opened the bottle in 2006 when I published my first big article in the San Francisco Chronicle; it was on pomegranate cocktails. The wine, a bit rusted at the edges, was just starting to decline, but it had lovely (and appropos) pomegrante fruit notes, plus earthy tones and hints of violet and lavender that were buried beneath the bold fruit upon release. 

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Leah Greenstein