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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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Apr122010

2009 Bordeaux: The K&L Team's Top 10s

Editor's Note: Now that our team has settled back in after their rigorous trip to Bordeaux - all that tasting is tough, guys, we know - they've put together their personal Top 10 lists. Here we go:

Clyde Beffa's Top Ten (other than the First Growths)

1) Léoville-Las Cases

2) Malescot-St-Exupéry

                 3) Pavie-Macquin

                 4) Cos d'Estournel

                 5) Troplong Mondot

                 6) Ducru-Beaucaillou

                 7) Pontet-Canet

                 8) Haut-Bailly

                 9) Palmer

                10) Calon-Ségur


Trey Beffa's Top Ten

1) Pétrus

2) Latour

                 3) Léoville-Las Cases

                 4) Margaux

                 5) Ducru-Beaucaillou

                 6) Palmer

                 7) Lafite

                 8) Mouton

                 9) Pontet-Canet

                10) Malescot-St-Exupéry

 

Jeff Garneau's Top Ten (other than the First Growths)

1) Malescot-St-Exupéry

2) Cos d’Estournel

                 3) Léoville-Las Cases

                 4) Calon-Ségur

                 5) Pontet-Canet

                 6) Smith Haut Lafitte

                 7) Ducru-Beaucaillou

                 8) Haut-Bailly

                 9) Troplong Mondot

               10) Trotanoy

 

Alex Pross's Top Ten (other than the First Growths)

1) Malescot-St-Exupéry

2) Troplong Mondot

                 3) Calon-Ségur

                 4) Montrose

                 5) Léoville-Las Cases

                 6) Pontet-Canet 

                 7) Trotanoy

                 8) La Violette

                 9) Haut-Bailly

               10) Nenin

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