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Tuesday
Jan102012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News - 1/11/12: Bodegas Las Orcas

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

Greetings all,  

Let's start off by thanking everyone who made it to our tastings this past Saturday.  The first tasting of the year can be a tough one to guage - will people turn out, excited to once again have a Saturday tasting after a few weeks without one?  Or perhaps people would want to take it easy after the holidays? 

Well, as it turned out a lot of people wanted to taste some wines from Rioja and Ribera del Duero.  And, since we only have the opportunity to do this a few times a year, we had the chance to open some good bottles:  1996 Viña Sastre Pagos de Santa Cruz Ribera del Duero, 1996 Bodegas Las Orcas Reserva Rioja, 1996 Finca Allende "Aurus" Rioja.  In Redwood City we were fortunate to have a bottle of 1970 Viña Tondonia Blanco, a rare relic which, frankly, I was tired of passing by in the jewel rack without pulling it out and opening it for curious customers and staff.  

Let's keep that Rioja feeling going this week.  Based in the Rioja Alavesa town of Laguardia, Bodegas Las Orcas farms tempranillo as well as a bit of garnacha and graciano.  Their wines are delicious, though at the same time they are serious and built for the long haul.  Amongst tasters' favorite wines last Saturday was the 1996 Bodegas Las Orcas Reserva Rioja.  At 15 years old, it has developed into a beautiful, aromatically complex, medium weight, silky wine, still showing fruit but with plenty of mushroom and sous bois notes to grab your attention.  We hardly have any more of this wine left, grab some before it disappears. 

People also enjoyed the younger and fruitier 2006 Bodegas Las Orcas Crianza Rioja.  This is tasty now, though our experience with this wine suggests that, for those who prefer softer tannins and a bit more savory nuance, its optimal drinking period will not begin for another few years, and will continue through its 10th birthday. 

Finally, the 2001 Bodegas Las Orcas Reserva Rioja is drinking great now, though it too will continue to reward cellaring.   

2006 Bodegas Las Orcas Solar de Randez Crianza Rioja - $14.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1075877  

2001 Bodegas Las Orcas Solar de Randez Reserva Rioja - $24.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1049887  

1996 Bodegas Las Orcas Solar de Randez Reserva Rioja - $29.99 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1058127  

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

Thursday
Dec292011

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News - 12/29/11: 

By: Joe Manekin

K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Hopefully no one minded (or had time to notice) the radio silence during the past few weeks.  We had what was easily our busiest holiday season, and are enjoying the steady, but much less frenzied and high pressure week between Christmas and NYE.  If you have some time to see us and need to stock up on anything - Cava, Sherry, Rioja, Champagne, beer, Muscadet, pineau d'aunis, whatever - come on in, we'll be happy to see you!

I thought that I would take a (temporary) hiatus from the sales pitch (sort of), and instead use this email to wish you all the best for 2012.  Here are just a few things we're looking forward to next year:

 - Hosting our new Riojano friend Miguel Merino, likely in March.  We will surely have a few events featuring Miguel and these delicious direct imports, so stay tuned.  Also, please be sure to check out our interview with him in our February newsletter.

- Adding some new direct imports from Rioja and perhaps further afield.  One in particular I'm very excited about; we've had the wines in the past and will soon be their exclusive US importers. 

- Continuing to spread the Sherry gospel.  Maybe a direct import here as well?

- Tasting the good stuff with you all.  To that point, our first tasting of the year (Redwood City, San Francisco and Hollywood) will focus on some of the classics from Rioja and Ribera del Duero, and will be Saturday January 7th so mark your calendars!  Just a heads up, this tasting may be a fancy one (in terms of wines, not price!)  We might could pop open some fine vintages to get folks out the first week in January.  You should check it out. Check K&L Local Events for more details: http://www.klwines.com/local_events.asp#5

 Thanks for all of your support in 2011, and best wishes for the New Year.

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

Wednesday
Nov092011

Spanish and Portuguese News 11/9/11: It's All About Jerez

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

Greetings all,

It's all about Jerez (sherry) and Rioja this week.

1.) SHERRY

Last March, I visited one of my favorite young Spanish winemakers.  We were talking restaurants, and he mentioned a well known seafood spot in a town named Sant Feliu de Guixols, along the Costa Brava north of Barcelona.  This is not a Michelin starred restaurant; it is the type of spot with amazing, simple, local ingredient focused cuisine, likely frequented by owners of other Michelin starred restaurants, winemakers, locals, and food savvy tourists.  This restaurant, he said, is owned by a crazy guy who is known to regularly throw fish back at his fishmongers in the unfortuante event that it is not what he is looking for.  The owner is similarly passionate about wine and his list features two types of wine:  Burgundy and Sherry.

Hearing this caused me to think more about these two styles of wine, both so endlessly fascinating yet only one (Burgundy) taken seriously by collectors and a majority of oenophiles.  If Burgundy is often cited as the ultimate wine of terroir (of course one could make the argument for others, but Burgundy is the most popular), then I would offer that Sherry is the ultimate wine of method in the cellar, where so many variables come into play and decisions are made by master blenders with years of acquired knowledge.  In a region where the amount of time to produce the younger, fresher style of wine, fino, still takes four years, most amontillados take at least 8 years, and there are many soleras featuring wine over 50 years old, there is not surprisingly a sizeable talent base of winemakers who know and understand how wines develop in barrel over many years.  Given the amount of time it takes to make these wines, their originality and impossible to replicate flavors, sherries continue to be real bargains in the world of fine and collectible wine.

Yesterday, the staff tasted some sherry, here are two highlights with staff commentary:

Herederos de Argueso Amontillado Sanlucar de Barrameda - $24.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1061689

"I am a fan of the dryer Amontillados, and this just sings.  The salty character reminds one of a Manzanilla, but the nutty, citrus, burnt sugar notes can only be Amontillado.  Fully dry, but complex, long ans simply lovely.  Don’t miss this.  For under $25 it is a steal." (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

"This ultra dry, penetrating Amontillado is exactly the right wine to have on hand for an elegant aperitif. With a bright rancio nose and flavor to spare, this is one great example of the fantastic value that Sherry provides to fans of older, complex wine. It has a finish that one cannot get any other way than with patience, it is so long and full of nuance. I recently added a few ounces to chicken stock for some leeks that I was braising and the leeks stole the show away from my fancy wild salmon! Great Amontillado!" (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

1979 Gonzalez Byass Palo Cortado Añada Jerez - $129.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1070645

"Again, one gets the salty notes I find so appealing, but this time combined with amazing length.  This has complexity, and a finish that simply goes on forever.  Elegant, wonderful, and oxidized but fresh at the same time.  This is simply incredibly impressive sherry." (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

"30 years of tasting sherry did not prepare me for the experience this wine provided!  Wow, so complex, such richness, but for me it was the length and balance that set this wine apart, it is really special" (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

 

2.) RIOJA tastings

Thursday November 17th: Vibrant Rioja III

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all reservas and gran reservas!) in Redwood City store (5-6:30pm). $5 Details

 

Friday December 2nd: Bodegas Riojanas

Join us in Redwood City at 5pm on Friday December 2nd for a closer look (and taste) of one of Rioja’s most well respected traditional bodegas:  Bodegas Riojanas.  As with the best of traditionally made Riojas, these are wines which drink terrifically upon release, and then continue to improve and age for decades. 

To illustrate this, we will be pouring most of the winery’s range of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines.  For those who get there early enough, we will even be offering tastes of their terrific 1978 Viña Albina Gran Reserva and the legendary 1964 Monte Real Gran Reserva (both for educational purposes only; we do not have these wines for sale).  We will have some Spanish themed snacks to accompany the wines.  This should be a real treat – get there early for a taste of the old wines and a prime spot in the bar! 

5pm-6:30pm. $8. This is a walk-in tasting, but you can RSVP here to let me know you're coming.

 

Back with more good stuff next week, until then take care.

 

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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