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Tuesday
Jun182013

K&L Electronic Newsletter 4th Edition - Bordeaux: The King of Wines

K&L Wine News June 17 2013: Bordeaux K&L Wine News

June 2013

Electronic Newsletter Fourth Edition

Bordeaux: The King of Wines 

The 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux vintages are two of the best ever back-to-back vintages  in Bordeaux we've ever seen! This issue features highlights and recommendations from our expert staff, a preview of 2012 vintage, and links to browse our incredible selection of stunning values. 

Click the image or follow the link at the end of the page to read more! http://www.klwines.com/staff/3005pdf/June13-Bordeaux.pdf

Wednesday
Jun122013

New Wonders from the Central Coast: Saarloos & Sons 

 Left to right: K&L Domestic Buyer Bryan Brick, staff members Jeff Garneau, Jim Boyce and Sarah Covey, with Rarig Ross and Keith Saarloos.Featured in the June 03 2013 Edition of the K&L Electronic Newletter! Click to read

New Wonders from the Central Coast: Saarloos & Sons 

By: Jeff Garneau, K&L Staff Member

When I walked into the Saarloos & Sons tasting room in Los Olivos a couple of months ago, I wasn't sure quite what to expect. Which, in hindsight, is just as well, since Keith and Brad Saarloos are pretty good at defying expectations, challenging preconceptions, and gleefully poking with a stick anything that smacks of convention and pretense.

We tasted a lot of great wines, most of which I don’t remember well because Keith insisted I stop taking notes. At some point he also insisted I stop spitting, so tasting became drinking.

So we drank and we talked. About wine, about grapes, about music, art, and life.

 

It is worth noting at this point that Saarloos & Sons are farmers first and foremost. They grow grapes of exceptional quality, most of which they sell to other winemakers. A small amount they hold back every year to make their own wine. They sell exclusively direct to consumer, not through retail wine shops. But at the end of that evening they paid us the ultimate compliment. They offered us a couple of wines to make available to our K&L customers: the 2009 Saarloos & Sons "His" Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.99) and the 2010 Saarloos & Sons "Hers" Santa Ynez Valley Grenache Blanc ($26.99). I absolutely recommend a visit to their tasting room in Los Olivos to taste their full selection, but until your next trip we are honored to share these two wines with you.

Saarloos & Sons is a very special find for us here at K&L. Family owned & operated since its inception, the focus stays on family & quality grape growing. Keith Saarloos says, "We pay homage to those that have gone before and honor those that are to come". Each wine created honors a family member, and are named accordingly. Try the 2009 Saarloos & Sons "His" Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.99) with a juicy grilled steak - in stock now at K&L! I enjoyed the  2009 Saarloos & Sons "His" Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.99) at dinner the other night with my nephew. We grilled a 2 lb “Fred Steak” from Schaub’s in Palo Alto, serving it with roasted baby Yukon potatoes and fresh local asparagus. The Cab was a perfect companion to the spicy, smoky meaty deliciousness that is Fred steak. A hint of violets and new wood on the nose. On the palate the wine has a rich, silky texture with notes of blackberry jam and cassis. Imagine the blackberry jam your grandmother used to make, heading out before dawn to her secret spot to pick fresh wild blackberries, then spending the rest of the day canning blackberry preserves. There is a sweetness of fruit, a ripeness perfectly offset by a liveliness and a freshness that keeps the wine in perfect balance. The finish is framed by fine tannins that lie lightly on the tongue, caressing the palate like a finely woven cotton blanket on a cool summer night. If there is a perfect California Cabernet Sauvignon, this is it. Expertly crafted, and a pure joy to drink. 

 

 

Saarloos & Sons are farmers first and foremost. They grow grapes of exceptional quality, most of which they sell to other winemakers. A small amount they hold back every year to make their own wine. They sell exclusively direct to consumer, not through retail wine shops, but they have offered us two special wines to make available to our K&L customers!

This STUNNING Grenache Blanc, "Hers" is made in honor of Keith Saarloos's grandmother.

2010 Saarloos & Sons “Hers” Santa Ynez Valley Grenache Blanc ($26.99) K&L Notes: "Each wine created honors a family member, and are named accordingly. This is 100% Grenache Blanc from the Saarloos estate. It is deep and rich, perfectly pitched in its offering of ripe pear and lemony citrus aromas and flavors. Breadth on the palate is balanced by fresh acidity that drives toward a textured, mineral-laced finish. Rhone-like in elegance, with California approachability, this makes a statement about the potential for Grenache Blanc in California."

Saarloos & Sons has some great videos about their wines and winemaking on their website, too. To check them out and learn more about this great family producer, click here.

Cheers,

-Jeff

Thursday
Jun062013

Taste the Central Coast: Ancient Peaks Tasting Tomorrow!

Ancient Peaks produces true terroir wines from their estate Margarita Vineyard in Southern Paso Robles that overdeliver in quality for value. Their wines are some of the Central Coast’s best kept secrets.

We hope you are enjoying the current edition of the K&L Electronic Newsletter -  New Wonders, Old Favorites, and Staff Highlights from California's Central Coast - in which we share with you our top picks from the region. Click to read if you haven't already!

In this newsletter we profiled Ancient Peaks, one of our favorite producers for value wines that continue to fly under the radar. Tomorrow (Friday, 6/7) we are excited to welcome Amanda from the Ancient Peaks family to our tasting bar to pour current releases in stock. These were highlighted in the newsletter and now we're opening them for you to try! We hope you can join us and get to know these wines and the folks behind them.  

Ancient Peaks Tasting in Redwood City: Friday June 7, 5pm-6:30pm | $5  details  share 

Cost to taste: $5. Walk in only. Final lineup and pricing subject to change.

 

The ancient sea bed soils of Ancient Peaks' Margarita Vineyard.

Under the Radar: Ancient Peaks  (from K&L Wine News, June 03 2013)

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member

The Margarita Vineyard, part of the Ancient Peaks estate that was originally planted by Franciscan missionaries in 1780, is truly a site to behold. Located in the southernmost corner of Paso Robles with the Santa Lucia mountain range to the east and the Pacific Ocean fourteen miles to the west, this is one of the coolest vineyards in the region.

There are five distinct soil types here: shale, sedimentary, ancient sea bead, volcanic and granitic throughout the vineyard. The ancient sea bed soils are the most impressive—massive white oyster fossils everywhere on top of the soil! The diverse soil types, combined with Ancient Peaks’ sustainable practices of cover crops, natural composting, and deficit irrigation (among others) lend depth and character to the wines that can only come from this unique site.

These are true terroir wines, and remain some of the Central Coast’s best kept secrets for value:

2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc ($11.99) Round and refreshing, with nice ripe pear and gooseberry notes and great acidity.

2010 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot ($13.99) Refined red raspberry and black currant with a bit of barrel spice, this elegant Merlot is a steal.

2010 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel ($13.99) Fresh and jammy with lots of red fruits and bright acid—perfect for BBQs! Top Value!

2010 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon ($13.99) Easily one of our best domestic Cab deals in the store. With plenty of black currant, blackberry, and vanilla flavors, nice acid and tannin, this has depth and structure that is hard to find at this price. Top Value!

Ancient Peaks Margarita Vineyard.

Soil types at Ancient Peaks.

We love the wines of Ancient Peaks because they offer a lot of characer, substance, and flavor for very modest prices compared to the vast majority of California wines. They are made in a balanced, food-friendly style and complement a variety of dishes. Enjoy!