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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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Dec012011

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 12/1/2011: Bodegas Riojanas tasting this Friday 12/2!

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

Hey everyone,

This week we are focused on one thing and one thing only: the special Bodegas Riojanas tasting with Luis Moya of Vinos Unico this Friday at 5pm in our Redwood City store.  In addition to having some delicious tapas prepared courtesy of Chef Raquel Hermosilla of Spain at Home Catering, we will be featuring a full line-up of Bodegas Riojanas wines, including the '78 Viña Albina and legendary '64 Monte Real Gran Reservas.  Those two bottles alone, if they were for sale (they're not, we're pouring them just for fun and educational purposes) would likely go for $200 each. 

The price of the tasting is only $8. 

Here is the line-up: 

2004 Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina Reserva Rioja - $19.99

2001 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja - $34.99

1998 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja - $39.99

1998 Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina Gran Reserva Rioja - $39.99

1978 Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina Gran Reserva Rioja (not for sale)

1964 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja (not for sale)

I look forward to seeing you all there and enjoying some terrific, traditional Riojas with you.

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

http://www.bodegasriojanas.com/en/bodega.php

 

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