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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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Wednesday
Jun202012

{Terra Ignota} Great Estate Chardonnay from Mt. Difficulty - 50% Off!

Yep New Zealand makes killer Chardonnay too! We've just secured an unbelievable 1/2 price deal ($9.99!) on some 2008 Mt. Difficulty Estate Chardonnay from this legendary Central Otago prodigy. Sourced entirely from their selection of estate vineyards in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago. The grapes are grown in very sparse soils made up of Bannockburn and Molyneux gravels with veins of clay.

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The growing season in 2008 was consistent and warm leading to perfect ripeness. The juice was pressed off and 100% barrel fermented with 75% going through malo. A very precise lees stirring regiment was utilized to give this wine its rich and textural mid palate. This wine checks so many boxes, it's balanced and bright enough for some, yet toasty and rich enough for others! If you’ve never had any Mt. Difficulty wines before this is a perfect and very economical introduction to one of the top producers in the region.

Templars Hill VineyardI visited the winery last year and got to check out a few of their vineyards also. They have some truly unique terroir and the wines reflect this. This wine is really quite ridiculous at $9.99! I don’t think there is another Chard in the store that can touch it for that price. There’s only 25 cases left so get it while you can!

Cheers!

-Ryan

 

Ryan Woodhouse

NZ & Aussie Wine Specialist

K&L Wine Merchants - Redwood City

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Terra Ignota is Latin for "Unknown Land". It was the name for the South Pacific region during intial mapping and exploration of Australia and New Zealand. As we are going to be exploring new and exciting wines from this region, we think this is a fitting title for our blog series on wines from this part of the world. Stay tuned for more!

 

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