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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne $34.99One of our best non-vintage Champagnes, this organically grown blend of half each Chardonnay and Meunier comes entirely from Bruno Michel's estate. It has been aged for six years on the lees and shows wonderful natural toasty quality as well as incredible vibrance! This was the big hit of our most recent staff Champagne tasting and we think you will love it too.

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Friday
May112012

Champagne Friday: Visiting Marguet Pere & Fils, Ambonnay

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

Champagne Marguet Pere & Fils, Ambonnay

A visit with the intelligent, diligent and thoughtful grower and winemaker Benoit Marguet is always illuminating. In this video he discusses his custom-made egg shaped foudres. Benoit, like all of the great vignerons is obsessed with every detail of his vines and wines.

His estate vineyards, centered in Ambonnay are all organically farmed and plowed by horse. He uses a very high percentage of wood fermentation for the wines, both in the large foudres in the video above and in small barriques, which he buys used so as not to get to much wood flavor. His wines are uniformly dry, precise and fine, with exceptional transparency and a strong sense of place.

Currently we have on hand:

Marguet Pere et Fils "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Champagne ($34.99) It is very rare to see an all Grand Cru Champagne at this price, but with our direct buy (from Mr. Benoit Marguet) we are able to offer a spectacular value with this wine. 

 

 

 

Marguet Pere et Fils Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne ($39.99) One of the most fun wines we carry. It's light without being unsubstantial, and has a clean refreshing personality. The mousse is exceptional, with tight fine streamers normally only seen in much more expensive bottlings.

 

 

 

2006 Marguet Pere et Fils Grand Cru Brut Champagne ($49.99) Composed exclusively of Grand Cru Mountain of Reims fruit, this is rich and toasty brut displays magic equilibrium. It is surprising how dry the wine finishes for the amount of decadent flavor on the mid palate.

 

 

 

2007 Marguet Pere et Fils Brut Rosé Champagne ($49.99) Unlike most rosé Champagnes, this is neither a saignée method whereby dark grapes are kept on the skins for a short time, after which the juice is bled off, nor made by the addition of still red wine, but rather by a combination of the two! The 2007 is one of the best rosés we have regardless of price. It is, unfortunately, extremely limited!

 

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Wednesday
May022012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 5/2/12: Back from Spain!

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

Greetings everyone,

Let's go with the classic 1, 2, 3 bullet point format for today:

1.) Back from Spain!

My K&L Hollywood colleague Keith Mabry and I just returned from our trip to Spain (primarily spent in Rioja, with a little time in Penedes) and we are very much looking forward to some new wines coming in as a result.  New direct imports to expect some time in the next few months include:

- An often overlooked, historic bodega in Rioja (dates back to the 14th c) with a lovely traditional range of wines. 

- A new bodega who produces terrific, expressive, judiciously oaked wine in Rioja (and, interestingly, also distributes wines from Paul Pernot, Michel Lafarge, and other Burgundy producers in Spain)

- A killer 1999 gran reserva from Bodegas Puelles (don't worry, we will surely email you when it arrives in a few months)

- Two fantastic, smaller cava producers from Penedes.  More details on those later as we finalize our orders.

For any of you planning trips to Spain, I encourage you to contact me for suggestions on places to stay, eat, and of course winery visit recommendations.

2.) Miguel Merino:  He's once again carrying a bag

"Carrying a bag" is industry speak for working "on the street," which is slang for selling wine wholesale to retail and restaurant accounts.  If you know the Merino story, you know that he used to carry a bag selling Riojas for $2 a bottle at a time when 1st growth Bordeaux probably cost $30 per bottle.  Well, we convinced him to dust off his old wine bag, head back to the States and tell his story (as well as the story of his delicious Rioja wines made all from Briones fruit in Rioja Alta).  We will likely have an in-store tasting in Redwood City on Tuesday June 19th and a dinner in San Francisco on Wednesday June 20th. Final dates still TBD, but please mark your calendars as both of these events should be lots of fun (especially dinner).  Miguel tells great stories and the best stories invariably are told over good food and drink.  Hope that you can join us.

3.) On third party reviews and TWA's new Spain critic

While all things third party and 100 point scale are typically verboten on my email list (not to criticize, just that I prefer this to be a more personal, subjective format) I do think it's worth a quick mention that I read the recent Wine Advocate Catalunya round-up from new Spanish critic Neal Martin, and found it quite interesting.  Neal's take on wines, the evident seriousness with which he approaches his work, the journalistic and academic rigor he seems to apply should all be good things for Spanish wine.  His more conservative scoring may not turn farmers into ferrari drivers, but his intellectual curiosity, wit and writing will certainly result in some more lively reading.

Alright, that's it for this week.  We'll be selling stuff again next week.

Un saludo,

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

Wednesday
Oct122011

Iberian Wine News 10/12/2011: Sherry Master Class this Friday at K&L RWC

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member
Spanish & Portuguese news:  10/12/11

Muy buenas tardes and greetings from "The West Wing" here at K&L Wine Merchants World HQ in beautiful unincorporated Redwood City/Atherton, CA!
 
As usual, we've got some news for you.
 
1.)  Friday 10/14 SHERRY Tasting/Master Class featuring JJ Clifton of Estate Wines
(Redwood City, 5-6:30pm)
 
This will be serious.  It will be fun.  It will be serious fun.  In all seriousness, I have not been as excited for a store tasting as I have been for this one in a long while.  Unfortunately, I will be 3,100 miles away in Baltimore, but don't worry about me - I have tasted and enjoyed these wines many times.  In order to vicariously experience this tasting, I intend to drink at least one of these in Bawldimer, MD.
 
Known as an instigator of the #sherryrevolution, importer Andre Tamers of De Maison Selections  represents the sherries we will be pouring this evening.  He extolls the virtues of volatility, respects the almacenista and respects the flor.  If none of this makes sense to you, then I encourage you to ask JJ for an explanation.  For $5, you will taste some of the best wines in the world, one of whose average age exceeds 50 years.  Also, how about some Rioja from Remelluri? Here is our anticipated line-up:
 
2007 Remelluri Reserva Rioja - $34.99
 
Grant Fino "La Garrocha" El Puerto de Santa Maria (375ml)
 
El Maestro Sierra Fino Jerez de la Frontera (375ml)
 
El Maestro Sierra Amontillado 12 Year Jerez de la Frontera (375ml)
 
Gutierrez Colosia "Sangre y Trabajadero" Oloroso El Puerto de Santa Maria (375ml)
 
Gutierrez Colosia Palo Cortado "Viejisimo" VORS El Puerto de Santa Maria (375ml)
 
2.) Killer Garnacha from outside Madrid
 
Anyone remember that delicious, inexpensive garnacha we sold with the picture of the woman, glass in hand, on top of a bear?  Well that wine would be the 2009 Camino de Navaherreros,  a garnacha based wine produced from fruit grown in high altitude vineyards around the village of Sanmartín de Valdeiglesias, a bit south of Madrid.  We should be carrying the 2010 Camino de Navaherreros shortly (this is their entry level), but we just brought in two of their single vineyard garnachas.  I'm generally not a grenache fan, but if you tend to favor the bright, intense yet higher acid, mineral, transparent, more elegant expression of this grape, DO NOT PASS THESE UP. They are not cheap, but they are great.  Drink now or cellar for a decade.  I rarely encounter (if ever?) young grenache as tasty as this.
 
2009 Bernabeleva "Arroyo del Tortolas" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid - $39.99
 
2009 Bernabeleva Garnacha De Viña Bonita Vinos de Madrid - $49.99
 
3.) Some events we're looking forward to
 
Sunday October 16th Vibrant Rioja walkaround tasting at Campanile Restaurant, Los Angeles (4-6pm)
$25 to taste at least 25 wines, including some top producers and our new direct imports from Miguel Merino and Bodegas Puelles. Tickets available online:
 
Thursday October 20th (5-6:30pm in Redwood City) -
Rioja tasting featuring our new DIs:  Puelles and Miguel Merino!
 
Friday, December 2nd (5-6:30pm in Redwood City) - Bodegas Riojanas! 
More details later.  There will be food for this one:  chorizo, jamón, maybe even paella?  Stay tuned and check the event link on facebook for updates. 
 
4.) Portuguese sure shots
 
Both of these are inexpensive, interesting, and sure to be a success at table.
 
2010 Luis Pato Maria Gomes - $11.99
I'd offer something enticing and snappy, but Susan Thornett already did that with her own terrific review:
 
2009 Marques de Montemor Alentejo - $11.99
A lot to like here, read about it in the link below
 
Saludos,
Joe
 
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Joe Manekin
Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer
K&L Wine Merchants
Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748