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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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Nov022011

Spanish & Portuguese News 11/2/11: Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish and Portuguese Wine Buyer

Alright, we're back at it and at 'em in November!  We've had our first few nights with a Fall chill in the air (well, Autumnal chill by Bay Area standards) and you know what that means - you need to be drinking more wines from Jerez.  But we'll circle back to that suggestion in the weeks ahead.

For now let's talk about some RIOJA events and then our featured winery for the week, the spectacular Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce.

1.) Tasting Events

Friday November 4th

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) in San Francisco store (5-6:30pm). $5  Details

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) in Hollywood store (5:30-7pm). $5 Details

Save the Date! Thursday November 17th

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) in Redwood City. Details

Friday December 2nd

Bodegas Riojanas tasting in Redwood City store (5-6:30pm).  RSVP optional

We will be pouring the whole array of wines we carry from this historic centenarian Rioja bodega.  These wines are truly special, capable of long ageing in bottle, and possessing an uncanny ability to go with food.  To prove this latter point, we will be providing some Spanish snacks !  $8

2.) Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

To say that the wines from Juan Antonio Ponce are delicious, impeccably made, intensely soulful and vastly different from 99.99% of Spain's other red wines would be an understatement.  Ponce's point of view about his wines is simple:  indigenous varieties, intensive proactive biodynamic vineyard work (with minimal copper sulphate treatments, of course), native yeast fermentations in foudres, ageing in used oak barrels, and adding the least amount of SO2 as possible.  We have his full range of reds; they all are highly recommended.

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "Clos Lojen" Manchuela - $15.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078214

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "La Casilla" Manchuela - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1076528

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "PF" Manchuela - $24.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078217

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "Buena Pinta" Manchuela - $24.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078219

3.) The one token white wine

I know that we are no longer in prime txakoli drinking season, but the new one below was just too good to pass up!  It's a style totally different from our others - extended lees ageing, bottle ageing, and as a result a wine that still shows terrific acidity and minerality, with mouthwatering, expansive fruit.

Bodegas Arzabro Ametza Arabako Txakolina - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?&N=0&Nr=OR%28OutofStock%3AN%2CInventory+Location%3ASpecial+Order%29&Ns=QtySoldLast30%7C1

Until next week,

Joe

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Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

joemanekin@klwines.com 

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