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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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Tuesday
Mar052013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Special Cune & Contino Rioja Tasting Tuesday March 12th

By: Joe Manekin | Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Greetings all,

 Let's get back onboard with a few Rioja events, one in our Redwood City store and another put on by our friends at Vibrant Rioja, up in SF. Mark your calendar for these dates:

Contino & Cune Tasting Tuesday March 12th (5-6:30pm, REDWOOD CITY, $5) - Join us in welcoming Contino winemaker Jesús Madrazo as we taste a few current releases, as well as go into the vaults for some library releases (which we will be offering on a pre-sale basis) of Contino and Cune. Jesús is one of the most knowledgeable winemakers in Rioja and it is a very educational experience to taste with him. My only regret is that I will not be here to taste these classics (don't feel too bad for me though - I'll be in Rioja....)  Let us know you're coming & rsvp here.

Saturday March 23rd (6:30-8:30pm) - From Vibrant Rioja: "Join Vibrant Rioja's Nina Sventitsky at Elite Audio SF for an evening of Rioja wines and great music. Listen to your favorite vinyl, cd's, iTunes on the best hifi systems in San Francisco. Charcuterie and cheeses by Boccalone." event link

And now, for some spring cleaning. We need to make a little room for the bounty of new whites and rosés that are just starting to trickle in. Here are a handful of last year's picks. They're all delicious and marked down so give one or more a try:

 

2011 Abad "Abad Dom Bueno" Godello Bierzo - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1110612

  

2011 Adega Cooperativo Regional de Monçao "Muralhas de Monçao"  Vinho Verde - $11.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1093696

 

2009 Monasterio de Corias Grandiella Albarín Blanco Tierra de Cangas - $17.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1112485

 

2010 Seculo Godello y Doña Blanca Bierzo - $9.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1089330

 

2011 Viña Zorzal Rosado Navarra - $9.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1088243

 

2011 Aphros Vinhão Rosé Vinho Verde - $12.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1109049

 

Saludos,

Joe

 
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Joe Manekin
Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer
K&L Wine Merchants
Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

 

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