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Buying ready to drink 1er cru Burgundy is not easy. For a couple of years I did the Old and Rare wine buying here at K&L and found it easy to find California Cabernet and even Bordeaux from collectors. But Burgundy… Forget it. They had to die, get a divorce or have doctors orders to part with the king of all Pinot Noir! This bottle of 2007 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits St-Georges 1er cru Les Boudots ($99) comes direct from the property from our friends at Atherton, and like most of the 2007’s, drinks fabulously right now. This wine showed excellent sweet beet fruit, savory depth, and incredible finesse and length. The tannins are completely resolved, and went perfectly with duck crepinettes from the fatted calf in San Francisco. This is the kind of Burgundy that gets people hooked- you have been warned!!!! –Gary Westby

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Thursday
Nov172011

Spanish and Portuguese Wine News 11/16/11: Talking Turkey

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

Greetings from Iberilandia,

Let's talk turkey.  We've got some new stuff that I think would make terrific turkey day wine.  Also, our last Vibrant Rioja Thursday tasting to look forward to this Thursday in Redwood City.  Finally, we have some new sherries – one everyday Manzanilla as well as a few special occasion/collectible things from Equipo Navazos.

1.) Thanksgiving wines

I have found that Albariño works wonderfully with the Thanksgiving meal.  The wine's ripe, juicy fruit seems to complement nearly everything on the table, and the acidity invigorates your palate and keeps you focused on the most important business of the holiday: eating. 

2010 Carballal Albariño Rias Baixas - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1072339

 

2009 Do Ferreiro Albariño Rias Baixas - $24.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1065195

 

Rioja is my default Thanksgiving red (to satisfy the French side of my euro inclined palate, I'll usually pick a good Beaujolais as well).  There is something about the generosity of Rioja's fruit and the gently balanced acidity which just works great at table, whether you're going Spanish style with lamb and roasted potatoes or American style with turkey and mashed spuds. 

2007 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja - $15.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1072531

 

2001 Señorio de Peciña Reserva Rioja - $29.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1069149

 

2001 Señorio de Peciña Reserva Rioja (1.5L) –  $59.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1079798

 

Finally, my pick for something a bit different.  Think of this as one of Spain's best winemaker's response to Beaujolais.

 

2010 Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "Clos Lojen" Manchuela - $15.99

 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078214

 

2.) New Sherries

How about a fresh, recently bottled Manzanilla?

La Guita Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda - $14.99

 http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?&N=0&Nr=OR%28OutofStock%3AN%2CInventory+Location%3ASpecial+Order%29&Ns=QtySoldLast30%7C1

 

And, some rare, rare wines, for the collector with a sweet tooth.

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Pedro Ximenez #11 Jerez - $79.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1079258

 

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Pedro Ximenez #12 Montilla Moriles - $79.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1079267

 

3.) Vibrant Rioja

Join us in Redwood City tomorrow (Thursday 11/17) for our final Vibrant Rioja tasting (featuring all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) 5-6:30pm. $5 RSVP and/or invite friends, or roll solo - it's going to be well worth the $5.

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

 

Wednesday
Oct052011

Iberian Wine News 10/4/2011: 

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member
 
 
Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 10/4/2011

Plenty of new stuff this week.
 
1.) Great wines from Michael Sullivan/Beaune Imports
 
At the risk of leaving out any number of our terrific suppliers, I do not intend to regularly feature any one importer's wines, but this week warrants an exception.  Beaune Imports, whom you may recognize as the importer of many top French properties including:  Clos Rougeard, Didier Dagueneau, Francois Chidaine, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Domaine de Montille and others, has recently expanded his Spanish selections.  We have enjoyed Sullivan's Spanish wines over the years, but Michael has dug a bit deeper this time and added some very cool wines.
 
Francois Chidaine "Tres P" Tempranillo y Monastrell Bullas - $15.99
Rich, sauvage, exotic, yet balanced.  For the braised meat!
 
2010 Adega Vella Mencia Ribeira Sacra - $15.99
Bright and snappy, precise red fruits.  Yes.
 
2010 Diego de Lemos Mencia Ribeira Sacra - $21.99
Deeper bass tones, quite mineral, impressive depth of flavor, all without any oak and at 12.5% abv. 
 
2.) Madeira
 
Need a fairly dry madeira to cook with?  I recently made one of the tastiest soups I have ever cooked:  onions, garlic, bacon, black lentils, san marzano tomatoes, water, smoked paprika, parsley, kale and a few healthy glugs of Barbeito 3 Year Old Seco.  So simple, but so good.  I also was reminded that, as an aperitif served at cellar temperature, this madeira is delicious.  Staff really enjoyed this one; even Jim Barr (not always the biggest fan of the fortifieds) liked it.  This is my fortified wine of the moment.
 
Barbeito 3 Year Old Seco Madeira - $17.99
 
3.) DI update
 
We tasted the Miguel Merino wines and I was very happy with how the Redwood City staff received them.  Lots of good feedback.  And, to my relief, I would agree that the wines were showing well - still recovering from their journey but certainly ready to go now if need be (personally I would wait another few weeks to let them settle in).  Especially tasty were the 2005 Miguel Merino Reserva and the 2008 Miguel Merino Viñas Jovenes.  Even the staunchest of Rioja traditionalists will appreciate the textures and purity of fruit in these - as Miguel describes them - updated classics.
 
2008 Miguel Merino "Viñas Jovenes" Rioja
 
2005 Miguel Merino Reserva Rioja - $29.99
 
4.) Tasting events
  
Friday October 7th 
Vibrant Rioja tasting (featuring a few of the new DI's!) in San Francisco store (5-6:30pm). $5
Vibrant Rioja tasting (featuring a few of the new DI's!) in Hollywood store (5:30-7pm). $5
Bodegas Ontañon (great up-and-coming Rioja property!) tasting in Redwood City store (5-6:30pm). $5
 
Friday October 14th
Sherry focused tasting  in Redwood City (5-6:30pm).  From quaffers to collectibles. We will be pouring Remelluri's terrific Rioja as well. Price TBD.
 
Sunday October 16th
For the SoCal people and folks who may happen to be in Los Angeles this weekend. Vibrant Rioja walkaround tasting at Campanile (4-6pm).  $25 to taste at least 25 wines, including some top producers and our new direct imports from Miguel Merino and Bodegas Puelles. Tickets available online:
 
Thursday October 20th
Vibrant Rioja tasting in Redwood City store (5-6:30pm). $5
 
Have a great week everyone.
 
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