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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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Oct062011

Wine of the Week: 2006 Belisario Rosso San Leopardo ($24.99; $21.99 with Club Discount)

Review By: Matthew Callahan | K&L Staff Member

The 2006 Belisario Rosso San Leopardo ($24.99; $21.99 for Wine Club Members) is a complex and intriguing blend of 50% Sangiovese, 20% Cab, 20% Merlot and 10% Cilegiolo. There's fruit without being overly extracted, with earthiness and spice that belies its modest price. This has to be one of the better values in Rosso in the store. Pick one up and experience the balance, intensity and restraint of this beautiful wine.

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Reader Comments (1)

This bottle really deserves to be Bottle of this Christmas also. great stylish and hope will give great taste as like its look.
December 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersuper sale

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