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.
Tasting with Oliver Krug
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We're all fired up for the 25 Grapes extravaganza tomorrow, October 21st, at K&L Hollywood (5:30-7 p.m.), a fantastic tasting being hosted in partnership with one of our favorite Iberian importers, Vinos Unico, and Eastern European wine powerhouse Blue Danube. To get your tastebuds-a-tingling, this week's Wine Wednesday pour is Vinos Unico's unbelievably affordable Viña Tobia Joven Rioja ($9.99).
Editor’s Note: Check out our video interview with Mike Benizger, as well as photos from the property and more. Then join Kathy Benziger at K&L San Francisco on November 4th to taste their current line-up.
Name: Mike Benziger
Winery: Benziger Family Winery
Number of years in business: 37
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