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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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Aug022013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 8/2/2013: Not fresh meaning 'Meh' but fresh meaning FRESH! 

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

Greetings and Happy Friday Everyone,  

August is here, which in most parts of the country means long, hot days and hopefully a comfortable cooldown at night. In the Bay Area, of course, along with other coastal spots in the Golden State, it means that while we may luck out with some occasional warm days, our real summer is just one more month away!

Depending on your mood, your food, and yes, the weather, what you drink could be white, pink, bubbly or red. My only requirement this time of year (OK, all year 'round, but especially in August) is that the wine be fresh.  Based around Alicante, near Spain's middle Mediterranean coast, Rafa Bernabe is making some of the most energetic, alive, complete, and completely gluggable wines in Spain. Organic cultivation, check. Minimal intervention in the cellar, check. Interesting vineyards with old, indigenous vines, some of which I had never heard of prior to tasting (Merseguera or Fourcayat anyone?), check. While these wines have quietly been on our shelves for the past few weeks, they are very limited, affordable at $25 each, and not likely to last too long once word gets out about their quality. Year to date, this is my Spanish wine revelation.  

2012 Vinedos Culturales "La Viña de Simon" Alicante - $24.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1135866  

2012 Vinedos Culturales "Viñedos Culturales "Musikanto" Rosado - $24.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1135867  

2012 Viñedos Culturales "Ramblis Arco" Alicante - $24.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1135868  

2012 Viñedos Culturales "Ramblis" Monastrell Alicante - $24.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1135870  

 

Un saludo,

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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