Stay Connected
What We're Drinking

 

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. 

Recent Videos

Tasting with Oliver Krug

Upcoming Events

We host regular weekly and Saturday wine tastings in each K&L location.

For the complete calendar, including lineups and additional details related to our events, visit our K&L Local Events on KLWines.com or follow us on Facebook.  

 

Visit our events page on Facebook or the K&L Spirits Journal for more information.

>>Upcoming Special Events, Dinners, and Tastings

See all K&L Local Events

Archives
« Getting to Know: Jim Chanteloup | Main | Winemaker Interview: Peter Rosback of Sineann »
Wednesday
Oct202010

Wine Wednesday: 2009 Viña Tobia Joven Rioja

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).

Bodegas Tobia is located in Spain's Rioja Alta, near the town of San Asencio, and is 100% Tempranillo fruit from the winery's 42 acres of dry-farmed vineyards. The Bodegas' winemaker, Oscar Tobia, is part of the new guard in Rioja, making traditional wines with a modern twist. His "Joven" or Rioja Tinta, is a case in point. Like most classic, Joven-style Riojas, this is completely unoaked, which helps to preserve the fresh, easy-drinking and approachable character of the fruit. But Tobia takes the style up a notch, employing a cold, two-day carbonic maceration, which helps to further accentuate the wine's raspberry, currant and cherry aromas and flavors. This is not to say this wine is simply a jammy fruit-bomb. On the contrary, it's got hints of violet and licorice, a medium-bodied structure and a luscious, round mouthfeel that bounces across your palate like a Super-Ball. Nonetheless, it's fantastic with a little chill on it, and goes down so smooth that you might want to buy at least two bottles, so you can continue enjoying after the first one quickly and inevitably runs out.

Leah Greenstein

 

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.