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A great value in Bordeaux! This bottle is mature enough to drink now, but has time in hand if you want to keep it in the cellar for the future. We love it for its laid back elegance and classic balance. A must try for your next nice steak dinner.

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Free Spirits Tastings at K&L! Now that we have our license for spirits tastings in Redwood City and San Francisco, we’re excited to host regular free spirits tastings in those locations.  Check the Spirits Journal for an updated tasting schedule.

All tastings will feature different products from the Spirits Department and take place on Wednesdays in Redwood City and San Francisco. Visit our events page on Facebook or the K&L Spirits Journal for more information.

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Thursday
Jan122012

Got Malbec? Taste Achával Ferrer including 98-point "Finca Bella Vista" Friday 1/13 at K&L Redwood City!

Whether you've been a long-time fan of the high-altitude Malbecs from this exceptional Argentine producer or are eager to try the wines for the first time, now's your chance! Join us at K&L Redwood City tomorrow, Friday January 13th at 5pm for a special tasting of current releases, including the 98-point "Finca Bella Vista" Malbec, which is currently only available at K&L as a pre-sale.

 

From the December 2011 issue of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:"Achaval-Ferrer, under the direction of CEO Santiago Achaval and winemaker Roberto Cipresso, stands at the summit of Argentina wine producers. The benchmark Finca bottlings are limited (under 1000 cases produced of each) so the best way to discover the pleasures of Achaval-Ferrer are through the entry-level Malbec of which there are 12,000 cases."

The "Finca Bella Vista" will be ready for pickup or shipment in the next 2-3 weeks. 

What: Achaval Ferrer Tasting

When: Friday January 13th, 5pm-6:30pm

Where: K&L Redwood City - Map

 Cost to Taste: $10

Featured wines: 

2010 Achával Ferrer Malbec Mendoza ($18.99)  

91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Malbec was sourced from three vineyards, two of which are 66 and 86 years of age, with the wine aged for 9 months in French oak. It is a super-fragrant offering featuring racy red fruits, spice box, incense, and floral notes. Pure, sweetly-fruited, and elegant in the glass, this intense, lengthy Malbec can be approached now and over the next 6-8 years." (Dec 11) According to the Wine Spectator: "This lovely red displays aromas of violet and crushed raspberry, following through to a medium-bodied palate, which lingers with a pleasant aftertaste of licorice and mint. Drink now. 9,000 cases imported." (10/11)

Achaval Ferrer is one of Argentina's top Malbec producers. Produced from Malbec sourced from vineyards located in Mayor Drummond, La Consulta and Medrano sub-zones of the huge Mendoza region, this blend of distinctive terroirs is just one element of detail that distinguishes Achaval Ferrer's Malbec from others. -Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer

2009 Achával Ferrer "Quimera" Malbec/Cab/Merlot Mendoza ($34.99)

93 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Quimera is a blend of 40% Malbec, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot with yields averaging a minuscule 1.3 tons per acre. The wine was aged in 40% new French oak. Pain grille, pencil lead, Asian spices, incense, violets, and assorted black fruits inform the nose of a complex, intense, layered, spicy, succulent wine with impeccable balance and length. Although it can be approached now, it will benefit from another 2-3 years of cellaring." (12/11)

This blend seems softer, less brash, more elegant this vintage than it has been in the past couple. Tangy mixed berry fruits show loads of freshness and the usually elegant Achaval Ferrer texture in the mouth. -Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer

2009 Achaval Ferrer "Finca Mirador" Malbec Mendoza ($89.99)

96 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Finca Mirador was sourced from vines planted in 1921 and yields of 0.9 tons per acre. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports a captivating nose of sandalwood, exotic spices, espresso, lavender, black cherry, and black raspberry. Layered on the palate with a velvety texture, it conceals enough structure to evolve for at least 3-4 years. This nicely proportioned effort will deliver prime drinking from 2015 to 2029." (12/11) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas and flavors of fresh crushed raspberry, blackberry, violet and graphite expand on the palate, which remains fresh and focused as medium tannins add support to the finish. Malbec. Drink now through 2016. 300 cases imported." (10/11)

Intense purple fruited aromas, show a hint of the exotic, with some dusty cumin notes adding interest. Intense, tight fruit on the palate shows the usual hallmarks of this vineyard site: purple fruit, loads of acidity and minerality. As ever, this particular Malbec shows an elegance and structure reminiscent of Burgundy - particularly the Cotes de Nuits. A must have Malbec for fans of the variety and admirers of wine from Argentina. -Joe Manekin, K&L Latin Wine Buyer

2009 Achával Ferrer "Finca Bella Vista" Malbec Mendoza ($89.99)

98 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Finca Bella Vista was sourced from a vineyard planted in 1910 giving a miserly yield of 0.75 tons per acre. It displays slightly blacker fruit, a bit more depth and opulence, and a finish that seems endless. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and enjoy it from 2016 to 2029+." (12/11)

Aromas of spicy, pure red fruits, with a dried fruit leather quality, lead to a similarly spicy palate. This is a special vineyard site, featuring very old vines and yields that are less than a ton per acre. Of all Achaval Ferrer's wines, this one will often age the best, capable of improving in bottle for a decade or more. - Joe Manekin, K&L Latin Wine Buyer

This tasting is walk-in only. Final lineup and pricing subject to change.

To view all upcoming K&L events and tastings, go to KLWines.com/Local Events

Friday
Nov042011

Brick on Beer: Newness Abounds and Another Craft Beer Tasting

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Beer Buyer

Hey All,

Coming off the success of last week’s beer tasting, and the last minute cancellation from a producer, we decided to schedule another Friday Night Beer Tasting. It will be held in the Redwood City location from 5-6:30 on Friday, November 11th. Cost and line up TBD, but you can bet that some of the new Holiday beers that are rolling in quickly will certainly be featured!

Speaking of which here is the list of new gems that are rapidly disappearing from our shelves:

Aecht Schlenkerla "Oak Smoke" Rauchbier, Germany 500 ml $5.99

AEppelTreow Winery "Barn Swallow" Draft Cider, Wisconsin 750ml $9.99

AEppelTreow Winery "Sparrow" Spiced Cider, Wisconsin 750ml $9.99

2011 Alaskan Brewing Company Smoked Porter Alaska 22oz $7.99

AleSmith "YuleSmith" Holiday Ale, California 22oz $7.99

Anchor Brewing Co. "Brekle's Brown" Single Hop Brown Ale 22oz $3.49

Birrificio Montegioco "Dolii Raptor-The Barrel Theif" Ale Aged in Wine Barrels, Italy 11.2oz $13.99

Brasserie de Blaugies "La Moneuse Spéciale Noël" Holiday Saison Ale 750ml $10.99

Brasserie De La Senne/Allagash "Very Special Belge" Pale Ale, Belgium 330ml $5.99

Brasserie des Géants "Noël Des Géants" Spiced Ale, Beligum 750ml $10.99

Brasserie Fantome "Noel" Saison, Belgium 750ml $14.99

Brouwerij De Ranke "Cuvee de Ranke," Belgium 750ml $15.99

Brouwerij De Ranke "Kriek De Ranke," Belgium 750ml $15.99

2005 De Struise Brouwers "Pannepot Grand Reserva" Old Fishermans Ale Aged in Oak Casks, Belgium 11.2 oz (6 bottle limit) $9.49

2008 De Struise Brouwers "Pannepot Reserva" Old Fishermans Ale Aged in Oak Casks, Belgium 11.2 oz (6 bottle limit) $7.99

2011De Struise Brouwers "Pannepot-Old Fisherman's Ale" Ale Brewed with Spices, Belgium 11.2 oz (6 bottle limit) $6.99

De Struise Brouwers "Tsjeeses Reserva" Belgian X-Mas Ale, Beligum 330ml $8.99

De Struise Brouwers "Tsjeeses" Belgian X-Mas Ale, Beligum 330ml $7.49

Deschutes Brewery "Hop Trip" Fresh Hop Pale Ale, Oregon 12oz $1.59

2011 Deschutes Brewery "Jubelale" Winter Warmer, Oregon 12oz $1.49

Dugges Ale & Porterbryggeriet "1/2 Idjit!" Baltic Porter, Sweden 500ml $8.49

Dugges Ale & Porterbryggeriet "Hiphiphooray!" Pale Ale, Sweden 500ml $8.49

Green Flash Brewing Company Imperial India Pale Ale, California 22oz $5.49

Hook Norton Brewery Co. "Twelve Days" English Christmas Ale, England 500ml $5.49

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales "Noel de Calabaza" Special Ale, Michigan 750ml $14.99

LoverBeer "BeerBrunga" Sour Ale Brewed With Plums, Italy 375ml $21.99

LoverBeer "DuvaBeer" Ale Brewed With Grape Juice, Italy 330ml $17.99

Mikkeller "Barrel Aged Chipotle Porter," Denmark 375ml $13.99

Mikkeller "Bourbon Barrel Aged From Via To" Holiday Ale, Denmark 750ml $14.99

Mikkeller "From/Via To" Christmas Porter, Denmark 750ml $14.99

Mikkeller "Monk's Brew" Dark Ale, Denmark 750ml $14.99

2010 Mikkeller "Santa's Little Helper" Belgian Ale Brewed With Spices and Aged in Rum Barrels, Denmark 750ml $13.99

2011 Mikkeller "Santa's Little Helper" Belgian Ale Brewed With Spices and Cocoa Powder, Denmark 750ml $14.99

Ninkasi "Sleigh'r" Dark Doüble Alt, Oregon 22oz $3.99

Nøgne-Ø Peculiar Yule, Norway 500ml $8.99

Nøgne-Ø Winter Ale, Norway 500ml $7.99

Ridgeway Brewing "Criminally Bad Elf" English Barleywine, England 500ml $6.99

Ridgeway Brewing "Reindeer's Revolt" English Christmas Ale, England 500ml $5.99

Ridgeway Brewing "Santa's Butt" Holiday Porter, England 500ml $5.99

Ridgeway Brewing "Very Bad Elf" Special Reserve Ale, England 500ml $5.99

Scheldebrouwerij "Lamme Goedzak" Blonde Ale, Belgium 750ml $15.99

Scheldebrouwerij "Zeezuiper" Triple, Belgium 750ml $15.99

2011 Sierra Nevada "Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale" IPA, California 24oz $4.99

Stone Brewing Company/The Bruery/Elysian "La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado," California 12oz $2.99

Teufelweizen Weizenbock, California 750ml $13.99

Thornbridge Brewery "St. Petersburg" Imperial Russian Stout, England 16.9oz $8.49

 

As always please let me know if you have any questions about the above beers or need any recommendations!

Cheers,

Bryan

 

K&L Wine Merchants

Redwood City

bryanbrick@klwines.com

(650) 556-2758

Wednesday
Nov022011

Spanish & Portuguese News 11/2/11: Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

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

Alright, we're back at it and at 'em in November!  We've had our first few nights with a Fall chill in the air (well, Autumnal chill by Bay Area standards) and you know what that means - you need to be drinking more wines from Jerez.  But we'll circle back to that suggestion in the weeks ahead.

For now let's talk about some RIOJA events and then our featured winery for the week, the spectacular Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce.

1.) Tasting Events

Friday November 4th

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) in San Francisco store (5-6:30pm). $5  Details

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) in Hollywood store (5:30-7pm). $5 Details

Save the Date! Thursday November 17th

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) in Redwood City. Details

Friday December 2nd

Bodegas Riojanas tasting in Redwood City store (5-6:30pm).  RSVP optional

We will be pouring the whole array of wines we carry from this historic centenarian Rioja bodega.  These wines are truly special, capable of long ageing in bottle, and possessing an uncanny ability to go with food.  To prove this latter point, we will be providing some Spanish snacks !  $8

2.) Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

To say that the wines from Juan Antonio Ponce are delicious, impeccably made, intensely soulful and vastly different from 99.99% of Spain's other red wines would be an understatement.  Ponce's point of view about his wines is simple:  indigenous varieties, intensive proactive biodynamic vineyard work (with minimal copper sulphate treatments, of course), native yeast fermentations in foudres, ageing in used oak barrels, and adding the least amount of SO2 as possible.  We have his full range of reds; they all are highly recommended.

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "Clos Lojen" Manchuela - $15.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078214

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "La Casilla" Manchuela - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1076528

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "PF" Manchuela - $24.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078217

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "Buena Pinta" Manchuela - $24.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078219

3.) The one token white wine

I know that we are no longer in prime txakoli drinking season, but the new one below was just too good to pass up!  It's a style totally different from our others - extended lees ageing, bottle ageing, and as a result a wine that still shows terrific acidity and minerality, with mouthwatering, expansive fruit.

Bodegas Arzabro Ametza Arabako Txakolina - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?&N=0&Nr=OR%28OutofStock%3AN%2CInventory+Location%3ASpecial+Order%29&Ns=QtySoldLast30%7C1

Until next week,

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 

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