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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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Thursday
Jul062006

Great Deals from Spain for the Bargain Conscious!

2004 Gramona Gessami ($11.99) 90 points Robert Parker: “A terrific buy... an intriguing blend of 60% muscat de alexandria, 30% sauvignon blanc and 10% muscat de fontignac that comes across like Spain’s version of a white Hermitage, although it is lighter-bodied. Exotic waxy notes intermixed with notions of rose water, acacia flowers, and minerals jump from the glass of this medium-bodied white. It possesses a fruity, dry, intense, pure, spicy personality.” 2005 Tres Ojos Rosado, Calatayud ($6.99) This rosé made from old-vine grenache is a fantastic wine for the dog days of summer. Packed with plenty of ripe berry fruit and spice, the Tres Ojos is very dry and substantial enough to go with grilled fish with a spicy rub! 2004 Yasa Garnacha, Calatayud ($7.99) This 100% old-vine grenache has loads of blackberry fruit and a long perppery finish. The wine is full on the palate and has plenty of acidity and backbone. I love this red with smoked pork shoulder or grilled chops! 2003 Bodegas Castano Solanera, Yecla ($11.99) 91 points Robert Parker: “... a beautiful blend of 75% Mourvedre and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a smoky, scorched earth-scented nose displaying notions of black cherry jam, licorice, and truffles. Ripe and medium to full-bodied, with wonderful sweetness... it possesses purity, suppleness, and balance. It is another example of why Spain is beating virtually every other viticultural area in the world when it comes to high quality wines that sell for a song. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years.” 2001 Quinta de Roriz Reserva, Portugal ($16.99) 91 points Wine Spectator: “Full-bodied, deep-colored and rich with lip-smacking flavors of dark plum, blackberry jam, cocoa and a hint of French roast as well. Tannins build on the finish, but with an appealing silkiness and dark chocolate notes that go on and on.” Buen Provecho! —Anne Pickett, anne@klwines.com

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Wednesday
Jun282006

Upcoming Tastings At K&L San Francisco

Please join us this summer for Thursday evening wine tastings. Education never tasted so good! July 6th – Matanzas Creek Vineyards and Hartford Sonoma Vineyards. July 13th – Vintage 59. An importer of fine French wines July 20th – Domaine Serene and Ponzi Vineyards July 27th – Tin Barn August 3 – Kathryn Kennedy

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Wednesday
Jun212006

If you loved what you tasted...

At K&L Wine Merchants' Tour of Champagne Tasting held in the San Francisco store June 17, 2006 These were the selections on hand: No. 1- N/V Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs, Brouillet-$29.99 100% Chardonnay. Blend from the 1998 and 1999 vintage. See map-14 miles Northwest of Reims. No. 2- N/V Franck Bonville Brut Selection Blancs de Blancs, Avize-$23.99 (1.5L-$49.99) 100% Chardonnay. Blend from the 2000, 2001 and 2002 vintage. See map. No. 3- N/V Hubert Paulet Brut Tradition, Rilly a Montagne-$27.99 50% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir. 1999/200 vintage. See map-Close to Mailly-Champagne. No.4- N/V Hubert Paulet Brut Prestige Risleus, Rilly a Montagne-$49.99 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay. 1999, 2000 and 2001 vintage. 100% barrel fermentation. No. 5- N/V Philippe Gonet Brut Reserve, Vertus-$27.99 (1.5L-$59.99) 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier. 70% 2001 and 30% 2000 Reserve vintage in the final blend. See map-about 1 mile South of Les Mesnil-sur-Oger. No. 6- Fleury “Carte Rouge” Brut, Courteron-$29.99 (1.5L-$64.99) 100% Pinot Noir. See map-In the Aube 30 miles South of Reims. No. 7- N/V Tarlant Cuvee Louis Brut Prestige, Oeuilly-$39.99 (1.5L-$99.00) 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir. 1996 and 1997 vintage. See map-6 miles West of Epernay in the Valley of the Marne. No. 8- N/V Laurent Perrier “Grand Siecle”, Grand Cru-$74.99 (1.5L-$159.00) 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay. 20% from the 1993 vintage, 20% from the 1995 vintage and 60% from the 1996 vintage. Various vineyard sourcing primarily in the Valley of the Marne. No. 9- N/V Franck Bonville Belles Voyes, Avize-$59.99 100% Chardonnay from Oger. From the 1998 vintage. See map. No. 10- 1985 Rene Collard Cuvee Speciale Rose Brut, Reuil-$69.99 100% Pinot Meunier. 88% vinified as sparkling white and 12% vinified as still red. See map-3 to 4 miles West from Epernay in the Valley of the Marne.

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