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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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Oct102013

It's Back! 2012 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvèdre Rosé $16.99!

The weather this time of year here in the Bay Area is perhaps the worst kept secret about Northern California. The dog days of summer have passed, fog is all but a distant memory, there's no need to even check the weather report, we know it's going to be 75-80 and clear until at least November! So...I say lets enjoy one last round of Rosé Season.

The 2012 Waterkloof "Cape Coral" Mourvèdre Rosé from Stellenbosch, South Africa was hands-down one of the most exciting Rosés of the year for me. Made from 100% Mourvèdre grapes from Biodynamically farmed 50-year-old dry farmed bush vines, this elegant, dry, complex rose did a fantastic impersonation of top quality Bandol Rosé and many of you (our customers) realized what a fantastic deal it was at $16.99! There are just a few cases left of this wine before it goes away for another vintage. I think it will also be a fantastic Rosé pick for Thanksgiving (the unofficial last hurrah of Rosé season) being a fantastic pairing with the old stuffed bird. So grab some while you can. Below are some notes on the wine for those of you who missed it the first time around, plus a link to the Blog about the producer Waterkloof Estate (which is a fantastic Biodynamic, world class producer that we secured a K&L Exclusive import from!) Please check it out.

2012 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvèdre Rosé, Stellenbosch, South Africa $16.99

This wine is produced from Biodynamically farmed, 50 year old, Mourvèdre bush vines overlooking the ocean in the cool Helderberg sub-region of Stellenbosch. There is an old saying that notes "Mourvèdre loves a sea view" relating to it's tempramental qualities and the fact that it thrives looking out over the Mediterranean in the town of Bandol. Waterkloof follows time-honored traditional winemaking techniques in its state-of-the-art gravitational cellar and in their pursuit of more terroir driven wines. The team relied on natural, wild yeast fermentation which took five months to complete. The wine was left on the primary lees for another five months to add further complexity before bottling. The wine is incredibly elegant, crisp, dry, with orange peel and fresh Provencal herbs. This wine has tons of minerality and for what it deliberately eschews in fruitiness, it makes up for in complexity and persistence on the palate.

Waterkloof's Winery and Restaurant Over Looking False Bay

As with all of Waterkloof’s wines this Rosé is made very much with food in mind. Waterkloof is a fantastic estate that we have recently partnered with to bring some of their wines in to the USA exclusively for K&L. See a previous blog post about then HERE. Buy some of this incredible Rosé HERE, or come into any of our stores and pick some up in person!

Cheers!

-Ryan

Ryan Woodhouse

South Africa, New Zealand & Australia Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants - Redwood City

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