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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
Mar012012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 3/1/12: Portuguese News, Finally!

By: Joe Manekin

K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Greetings all,

This week, we are making up for lost time, giving Portugal its well deserved propers.   With about a decade of age on them, the wines below from Quinta dos Roques and Quinta das Maias, in the Dao region, should appeal to the more curious amongst you and those of you who, like me, love to see how wines develop after years of bottle age.  In the Dao, it is more common to see red wines with moderate alcohol (typically 13-13.5%), good acidity, and obvious minerality than in the wines of their northern neighbors in the Douro.  You may remember the 03 Quinta dos Roques Reserva we offered some time ago.  These wines are a little spendier but arguably more mineral, more youthful tasting, more interesting.  Quinta dos Roques also produces a lovely, refreshing white wine with a sneaky ability to age gracefully at least 5-6 years beyond the vintage.

 

2010 Quintas dos Roques Encruzado Dao - $16.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1086754

 

2002 Quinta das Maias Jaen Dao - $18.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1086752

 

2003 Quinta dos Roques Touriga Nacional Dao - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1086753

 

Saude (that's "Salud" in Portuguese),

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