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In December, we drink Champagne at closing at K&L- and we prefer to drink it out of magnum when possible. The highlight this year was the Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (1.5L) magnum ($74.99) that we had on Christmas eve. This single vineyard beauty comes from the Gouttes d’Or, a very steep east facing parcel in the little village of Brouillet. It was creamy, delicate and perfectly refreshing! We all say to cheers to you, and hope your holiday is filled with fun and friends!

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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