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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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Nov082012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 11/8/2012: Upcoming SF Tasting & Vega de Ribes

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

Greetings all,

First order of business is to remind everyone in and around San Francisco of our participation in a Rioja tasting this Friday November 9th at 18 Reasons, in collaboration with Bi Rite Market and Vibrant Rioja. What better way to spend International Tempranillo Day than in a great event space, with tasty snacks from Bi Rite Catering paired with great Rioja? We will be pouring Merino, Peciña, Remelluri, Riojanas and Abel Mendoza, a terrific new producer from José Pastor. We are there from 6-8pm. $15. For more info, or to purchase an advanced ticket, go here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/278465 

Second, we continue to get LOTS of new stuff in these days. Way too much to mention everything, so as usual we'll focus on just a few things, and let your in-store and/or web browsing take care of everything else. This week it's all about Enric Bartra's Vega de Ribes, a winery dating back to the 15th century in the Garraf sub-section of Penedes, just a few kilometers from the Mediterranean and close to everyone's favorite Catalan beach town, Sitges. The winery collaborates with Rafael Sala to make delicious sparkling wine from indigenous grape varieties under the Ancestral label. From pure, ripe and lovely, minimally sulphured sauvignon blanc, to chestnut fermented and aged xarel-lo and no added tirage or dosage chestnut fermented xarel-lo sparkling wine (all of which are organic) Vega de Ribes, Clar de Castanyer and Ancestral are making some of the best whites and sparklers in Spain right now.

2011 Vega de Ribes Sauvignon Blanc Penedes - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1114664

2010 Clar de Castanyer Xarel-lo Penedes

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1114790

2008 Vega de Ribes Ancestral Xarel-lo Brut Penedes - $21.99

Need to add a special note for this wine.  Until recently, I have yet to find truly artisanal, no dosage added cava even approaching this level of quality (now we have this in stock and our own DI, Loxarel, coming soon...) I think that even the all Champagne all the time crowd (yes even you, Champagne Westby!) will have to admit...this wine is pretty darn good.

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1114675

2008 Vega de Ribes Ancestral Malvasia de Sitges Brut Penedes - $21.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1114676

 

Finally, for those of you patiently waiting for our Rioja DI's, they should be here in 2-3 weeks. If you're wondering about any of these wineries below, please add them to your wait list text items and feel free to ask for help if you do not know how to do this.

Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos ('06 crianza, '05 reserva, 1.5's, 98 gran reserva, '11 carbonic "cosecha" wine)

Bodegas Puelles ('99 gran reserva)

Bodegas de la Real Divisa Marques de Legarda ('08 crianza and '01 gran reserva)

 

Thanks for reading, have a great rest of the 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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