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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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Feb032012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 2/3/12: Tondonia for $20?

By: Joe Manekin

K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Greetings all,  

While we are not selling Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva for $20 (though, curiously, a colleague mentioned that Maria José Lopez de Heredia was recently interviewed on NPR) we are selling another classic, single vineyard wine made from a vineyard literally one Rio Ebro stone's throw over: Viña Pomal.  

Bodegas Bilbainas has been producing the Viña Pomal Reserva since 1932.  It is all Tempranillo from a beautiful calcareous clay vineyard site in Haro.  It's aged 18 months in American oak, and then another 18 months in bottle (though at this point both wines below have obviously aged considerably longer).  Both of these are from terrific vintages in 2004 and 2005, and would make for a delicious accompaniment to any of your favorite winter stews and braises.  They are wines with great material, rich fruit, well integrated spicy barrel notes, balanced acidity, earthy savor and an unmistakable Rioja Alta minerality.  These wines are also known to age well- I will be grabbing some of each to experiment.  

2005 Bodegas Bilbainas Viña Pomal Reserva Rioja - $19.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1084698  

2004 Bodegas Bilbainas Viña Pomal Reserva Rioja - $19.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1069595   

 

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