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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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Jun152013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: 

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

Greetings all,

Quick in-store tasting news to start things off. Next week, Vibrant Rioja is back in the house to pour some delicious, gluggable, inexpensive Riojas for the summer grilling season. We’ll let you know the line-up next week. Redwood City tasting will be Thursday June 20th from 5-6:30pm. San Francisco on Friday June 21st from 5-6:30pm. I know it’s not our usual tasting day for each store, but the wines we plan on pouring are delicious and amongst the very best of their type. We think you’ll find it worth the trip to have discovered some seriously good values.

It's been a long time since we’ve shown Portugal some love. So this week we are going to correct that and feature two wines from Portugal's cooler climate Atlantic coast D.O.'s of Bucelas and Colares.

Bucelas specializes in whites made from Arinto grapes. Not only are they moderately high in acid, crisp, and refreshing when young, but they gain in depth and intensity of flavor with some bottle age, as the Caves Velhas Bucelas  shows. Portuguese hock, anyone? (see our website for an explanation...)

2007 Caves Velhas Arinto Bucelas - $11.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1130053

Colares, the land of wind blown vineyards, producing wines that barely weigh in at 11.5% ABV and bring to mind a different sort of take on Nebbiolo based wines, is back on our shelves! Check out the Monte Cascas for a beautiful, singular drinking experience to enjoy now or some years from now.

2009 Monte Cascas Ramisco Colares - $69.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1133828

 

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