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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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Dec292011

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News - 12/29/11: 

By: Joe Manekin

K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Hopefully no one minded (or had time to notice) the radio silence during the past few weeks.  We had what was easily our busiest holiday season, and are enjoying the steady, but much less frenzied and high pressure week between Christmas and NYE.  If you have some time to see us and need to stock up on anything - Cava, Sherry, Rioja, Champagne, beer, Muscadet, pineau d'aunis, whatever - come on in, we'll be happy to see you!

I thought that I would take a (temporary) hiatus from the sales pitch (sort of), and instead use this email to wish you all the best for 2012.  Here are just a few things we're looking forward to next year:

 - Hosting our new Riojano friend Miguel Merino, likely in March.  We will surely have a few events featuring Miguel and these delicious direct imports, so stay tuned.  Also, please be sure to check out our interview with him in our February newsletter.

- Adding some new direct imports from Rioja and perhaps further afield.  One in particular I'm very excited about; we've had the wines in the past and will soon be their exclusive US importers. 

- Continuing to spread the Sherry gospel.  Maybe a direct import here as well?

- Tasting the good stuff with you all.  To that point, our first tasting of the year (Redwood City, San Francisco and Hollywood) will focus on some of the classics from Rioja and Ribera del Duero, and will be Saturday January 7th so mark your calendars!  Just a heads up, this tasting may be a fancy one (in terms of wines, not price!)  We might could pop open some fine vintages to get folks out the first week in January.  You should check it out. Check K&L Local Events for more details: http://www.klwines.com/local_events.asp#5

 Thanks for all of your support in 2011, and best wishes for the New Year.

Saludos,

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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Reader Comments (1)

Congrats and a toast on that exclusivity deal. Happy new year and more success for your business!

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