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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
Sep292011

Wine of the Week: 2010 Cave de Tavel "Lauzeraies" Tavel  ($13.99)

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member

The 2010 Cave de Tavel "Lauzeraies" Tavel at $13.99 is our best price on this unique wine. It is composed of 50% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre. It is quite crisp and dry, with lovely, tart red fruits. Excellent on its own but best paired with everything from summer salads to heartier fare.

Tavel is one of the world’s great rosé wines. It comes from the Rhône Valley of France from the sole appellation devoted exclusively to the production of rosé. Tavel is a blend of several grapes, principally Grenache and Cinsault, though Syrah and Mourvèdre may be included as well. Tavel is deeply colored and often more robustly flavored than other rosés. Tavel is made using the saignée method, which allows for extended skin contact with the grapes in order to extract more color and flavor before the young wine is "bled" off to make a rosé.

 

Jeff Garneu is the resident Bordeaux expert at K&L Redwood City, but he isn't afraid to drink pink now and then, especially when the occasion calls for it. 

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Monday
Jul192010

Trockenbeerenauswhat?

Look, I don't speak German. Or French or Italian, for that matter. And I'm guessing you might not either. But I do like wine from the countries where those languages are spoken, and I work in the wine business, which makes it doubly-embarrassing when I mispronunce terms or regions.

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