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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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Thursday
Sep222011

Wine of the Week: 2009 Domaine Anne & Arnaud Goisot Bourgogne Côtes d'Auxerre Pinot Noir ($12.99)

The Goisot Burgogne is back! I love the Goisot wines for their purity, and at such a great price their Côte d’Auxerre Pinot is a wine you should buy by the case. It opens up as soon as the cork is pulled. The nose is fragrant with cherry and strawberry aromas, and the palate is filled with beautiful cherry fruit. It has an elegant mouthfeel and finishes with some soft tannins. This is a lovely Pinot Noir for only $13! - Steve Greer, K&L Staff Member | 9-16-2011

Côtes d'Auxerre is the northerly region in Burgundy adjacent to Chablis where the cool climate and Jurassic limestone terroir combine forces to produce light-bodied, perfumed, low-alcohol (and thus very food-friendly) wines. Light, bright, and fresh, the 2009 Goisot Bourgogne Côtes d'Auxerre Pinot Noir ($12.99) -- a K&L Direct Import -- is an exceptional example of the quality and value that can be found there.

Made from 30+ year old vines, this unoaked Pinot Noir presents textbook Côtes d'Auxerre red berry and earth spice aromatics. The palate is lively and fresh but not austere, showing just-ripe fruit flavors with spicy licorice accents, thanks to the excellence of the 2009 vintage. While sometimes the red wines from this region can be quite high in tannin and lacking in fruit (after all, Auxerre is one of the most northerly sites for red wine production in the world!) there was enough sunshine in 2009 to produce the body to balance the tannins and acidity. Enjoy this charming light-bodied wine young with a variety of foods (coq au vin or bœuf bourguignon are recommended) or hold for up to 10 years and savor it with gamier dishes -- pheasant, wild duck, rabbit -- or with a creamy brie cheese.

 

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Step It Up!  K&L's Steve Greer  has come a long way since his days of drinking Blue Nun in the '80s.  Based in Hollywood, Steve specializes in Bordeaux, but has a soft spot for fun, food-friendly wines of all shades, especially when the price is right. Could your own collection or wine buying strategy use some improvements?  Join the K&L Personal Sommelier Service for customized monthly wine selections and service with Steve as chosen sommelier (did we mention it's free to join?) or visit the K&L Staff Review Page to browse recent wine reviews by Steve and the K&L staff.

Thursday
Jul282011

Wine of the Week: 2010 Weingut Allram Grüner Veltliner (1L) $10.99

Pick up a bottle of the 2010 Weingut Allram Grüner Veltliner (only $10.99 for a liter!) for your next garden party. In stock now at K&L Q: What has the snap of Sauvignon Blanc, the fleshiness of Chardonnay, and is guaranteed to please lovers of both while perfectly complementing the season's fresh green beans, peas, and peppers?

A: 2010 Weingut Allram Grüner Veltliner (1L) ($10.99)

Unoaked and sealed with a crown-cap, the 2010 Allram Gruner Veltliner (a K&L Direct Import) comes in a liter-sized bottle and is about as lively, fun, and fresh as the popular Austrian white wine can get.  The nose is textbook Gruner: filled with spice and white pepper, snap pea and grapefruit. It is sleek, focused and juicy owing to the wonderful bright acid structure of the vintage. 4th generation winemaker Michaela Haas, along with her husband Erich, took control of the family's 15 hectare estate in 1992 and today produce wines wines from some of the top sites in the Kamptal.

"The Allram Gruner is exactly the kind of wine I look forward to drinking over the summer. Bright and refreshing, this wine has a hint of spice, a crisp mouth feel and a brilliant clean finish. Pair with light summer dishes, or Asian inspired cuisine, or just a Tuesday night." -Kyle Kurani, K&L Staff Member (7/22/2011)

 

Thursday
Jun302011

Wine of the Week: 2009 Domaine Stephane Magnien Bourgogne Passetoutgrains "Cuvée Densité" ($14.99)

*As a K&L Direct Import, we are able to bring this unique wine to you for only $14.99 - a steal! Kudos to our buyer Keith Wollenberg for securing both of the two barrels produced.

Editor's Note: We'd be remiss if we didn't suggest of a Wine of the Week that wasn't Fourth of July friendly, and this pick by Chiara Shannon hits on every level. It's affordable (check). It's barbecue friendly (check). And it has the lighter body and easy-drinking personality we crave on hot days (check). Want to know what it is? Read on.

Fans of the spectacular 2009 Beaujolais Crus, and anyone looking for an easy-drinking but complex wine for the upcoming holiday weekend, should not miss the charming Bourgogne Passetoutgrains "Cuvée Densité" from Domaine Stephane Magnien ($14.99).  As the name "Cuvée Densité" suggests, this blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Gamay from Stephane Magnien* is denser and more complex than previous bottlings, really showing off the quality of the vintage.  Alluring aromas of juicy black raspberry and earth spice sing from the glass. On the palate, Pinot's bright acidity and fine tannins frame the wine, while supple Gamay fleshes things out in all the right places. At only 11.5% ABV, this is exactly the kind of wine to serve at your next summertime soirée.  We're invited, right?