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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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May232013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: K&L'sFirst Spain-Focused Electronic Newsletter!

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

Greetings all,

For anyone who missed our first Spain focused online newsletter emailed earlier this week, here is the link:

http://www.klwines.com/staff/3005pdf/May13-Spain.pdf 

It's Memorial Day weekend, and while beer is the customary cookout tipple for many, there of course must be wine! Here are some quick picks chosen for optimal refreshment.

2011 Vega de Ribes Sauvignon Blanc Penedes - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1114664

Tired of SB's tendencies towards the tropical, grassy, one could even say obnoxious if you're a real SB hater...try this. Fully ripe but delicious sauvignon blanc from around the Garraf near Sitges (about half hour drive south of Barcelona) that refreshes and will wow for its fullness of flavor, intensity and overall balance.  Both fans and critics of Sauvignon Blanc should agree on this one. Organically farmed and very low total sulphur as well, I'm thirsty just thinking about this wine.

2011 Morgadio Albariño Rias Baixas - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1127503

If you're looking for the real thing, something beyond the juicy fruit and hint of CO2 sparkle of a more basic, starter Albariño, Morgadio is the way to go. It cuts a wide, bright, tangy citric and yellow stone fruited swath across the palate, with acidity that is not at all shy but remains balanced with the fruit and granite minerality. Good vine material, native yeast fermentation and patient ageing on the lees in tank separate this from a host of its competitors in the region.

2012 Xavier Clua "El Sola d'en Pol" Rosado Terra Alta - $10.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1130012

Syrah and Grenache rosado that is not shy with the red berry and watermelon fruit, but does not go to a nearly bubblegummy rosé place; it finishes clean, mineral and dry. Xavier Clua makes very good, affordable wines in his southern Catalan locale. The staff is starting to buy this up and drink it down - usually a good sign.

2010 Viña Zorzal Graciano Navarra (previously $14.99) - $12.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1088241

A juicy, fruit forward and satisfying rendition of what is more often a blending grape in Rioja, an oddball red variety in Rota near the Sherry triangle, and even a popular grape variety on the island of Gran Canaria. To further entice you to try for yourself, we've knocked a few dollars off the price.

Saludos and happy holiday weekend everyone,

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