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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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Monday
Jan072013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Spanish Tastings in all three stores Saturday January 12th!

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

Greetings and Happy New Year!

Let's get down to brass tacks and get you up to speed on the latest and greatest.

-Spanish tasting in all stores Saturday January 12th!

As always, we will be featuring many new faces and likely at least one older, old school Rioja to enjoy (BTW, this is not the hip-hop older than 5 years definition of old school, I mean older than 20 years). Here is our link with times for each store:

http://www.klwines.com/local_events.asp#5

 

-Three picks under $10

I know I am biased. However, Spain continues to produce the best value wine under $10. My colleagues here and elsewhere in the wine business would likely agree with that. Here are three that will not break the bank, and will satisfy your need to replenish your "drink now" stocks of wine after the busy holiday season.

 

Bodegas Puelles Blanco Rioja - $9.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1111379

 

2011 Bodegas Riojanas Canchales Joven Rioja - $9.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1108242

 

2009 Riotajo Tempranillo Garnacha Vinos de Madrid - $9.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1092054

 

-Next week...

Rare, Galician wines from the Monterei D.O.

 

Saludos, y salud,

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

Thursday
Sep202012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Come Taste this Saturday 9/22 at K&L!

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

Greetings all,

 

It's September, the shelves are full of new arrivals as well as reliable favorites, and of course we are gearing up for a busy Iberian tasting season beginning this Saturday in all of our stores. 

1.) Spanish & Portuguese Tasting this Saturday, September 22nd  in all K&L stores

While the exact selections will vary slightly from store to store, the basic theme this go 'round is northern whites and southern reds.  We'll be highlighting a terrific, biodynamic Portuguese vinho verde producer, not by pouring a typical, lighter fizzy vinho verde but instead opting for their full on bubbly (methode champenoise) and mouth watering, tongue tingling  rosé.  We will also focus on great Galician whites other than albariño.  In SF and Redwood City we'll have one of Spain's great cult whites, the new release of Emilio Rojo Ribeiro.  Worth $60?  You be the judge. Reds will feature some excellent young producers, challenging the popular, yet stupid notion (which admittedly, I have been guilty of from time to time!) that wines above 14% alcohol are never balanced. 

Spread the word, invite your people: http://www.facebook.com/klwines#!/events/244447439011032/ 

View listing on K&L Local Events:  http://www.klwines.com/local_events.asp#5

 

2.) Vibrant Rioja Fall Tastings

It's going to be a great season for Rioja fans.  In October and November we will be partnering with Vibrant Rioja to pour first Thursdays in SF and LA, first Fridays in RC. Visit K&L Local Events or K&L Events on Facebook for lineups and more details as the dates approach.

For all of you up in San Francisco, I will also be joining a few of our favorite suppliers as well as pouring some of our brand new direct imports with Vibrant Rioja at a special event in November. This will be on Friday November 9th from 6-8pm, at 18 Reasons on 3674 18th St. Mark your calendars, it should be lots of fun.

 

3.) New wines to stock up on

Valdesil Montenovo Godello Valdeorras - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1112601

 

Bacalhao Azeitao "JP" Vinho Regional Setubal - $8.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1112472

 

Primitivo Quiles "Cono 4" Jumilla - $11.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1112484

 

Saludos,

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<mailto:joemanekin@klwines.com>

 

Thursday
Jul192012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: World Class Grenache from Jimenez-Landi

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

Hi all,

Some pretty amazing garnacha based wines are coming from the D.O. of Mentrida, just outside of Toledo, Spain. While it may not be garnacha weather for some of you, for anyone in SF and in the cooler coastal areas most evenings are fair game for these surprisingly elegant wines.  And, for the rest of you, these wines are so good that you might just want to claim a few before cooler Fall weather arrives; I seriously doubt we willl have any of these left by then.

Daniel Gomez Jímenez-Landi studied winemaking at university in Madrid, and he has quickly become, along with the likes of Marc Isart (Bernabeleva, see other K&L garnacha emails), one of the hottest young Spanish winemakers out there.  Together they are proving that high end Spanish wines need not be: 1.) Traditional, long established Rioja 2.) Heavily marketed, carefully concocted soulless corporate juice or 3.) Over priced, overripe cult wine from Rioja, Ribera del Duero or Priorat. 

Rather, Jimenez-Landi makes wines that he wants to drink.  And, judging by these wines, I would imagine that he wants to drink good Burgundy, traditional Barolo, cru Beaujolais, Loire red, etc.  In other words, not the usual Spanish references for world class wine, and in turn these are not your usual high end Spanish wines.  They have great acidity and finesse, tons of character, and are made with some techniques more commonly found across the border in France:  whole cluster fermentations, long, cool macerations, a purposeful reduction in the use of sulphur in the cellar, ageing in more neutral, larger wood.  These are some of Spain's best wines right now, and in my opinion easily join the ranks of our very best grenache based wines in the store.

2009 Jimenez-Landi "Pielago" Garnacha Mentrida - $34.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1107179

2009 Jimenez-Landi "Cantos del Diablo" Garnacha Mentrida - $69.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1107184

2009 Jimenez-Landi "El Reventon" Garnacha vino de la tierra de Castilla y Leon - $69.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1107183

Un saludo,

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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