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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
Apr182013

BDX Files: The First of 2012 Futures! Plus Bordeaux Tastings this Saturday at all K&L Locations

K&L Founder Clyde Beffa (left) with K&L resident Bordeaux expert Ralph Sands tasting Bordeaux in the Redwood City tasting bar.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Bordeaux Expert

I’m freshly back from Bordeaux and should be over my jet lag by Saturday, when we are hosting Bordeaux Tastings in all three stores, with yours truly in Redwood City from 1pm-4pm. The lineup and details are listed below, but first I would love to tell you about the 2012 vintage.

As of this morning we are offering the first wines from the 2012 vintage to be released on a futures/pre arrival basis, the wines will arrive in 2015.

Personally I am quite happy with the price reductions for these wine as they are down from the 2011 vintage and I like the charming vintage of 2012s more than 2011s.

 2012 Ch. Lynch Bages…$99.99

2012 Ch. Rausan-Segla…$59.99

2012 Ch. Mouton Rothschild…$379.99

Link to wines on KLWines.com 

My direct line for any questions on these wines or other wines from 2012 is below. Cheers!

-Ralph

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Saturday April 20th

Bordeaux Tasting in all three stores! 

A continued exploration of the 2009 and 2010 vintages.

Cost to taste: $20

All tastings are from noon to 3pm in San Francisco, 1 to 4pm in Redwood City and 3 to 5:30pm in Hollywood. 

Yours Truly will be pouring the following from 1-4pm in Redwood City. Expect similiar lineups in SF and Hollywood

The Lineup…..

 2011 Clos des Lune Bordeaux Blanc

2009 Ch. Corbin- Montagne-St-Emilion

2009 Ch. Fleur Cardinal- St-Emilion

2009 Ch. Cambon La Pelouse- Haut Medoc

2009 Ch. La Lagune- Ludon Haut Medoc

2009 Ch. Siran- Margaux

2009 Ch. Gloria- St-Julien

2009 Clos du Marquis- St-Julien

1988 Ch. Pape Clement- Pessac/Graves

 

For desert 2009 Ch. Guiraud- Sauternes

Details on K&L Local Events

 

Hope to see you there!

Cheers and Go Giants!

-Ralph

 

Ralph Sands

Bordeaux Expert

Senior Wine Specialist

K&L Wine Merchants

Redwood City and San Francisco Ca.

1-800 247-5987 Ext# 2723

Direct Line 650-556-2723

Email- Ralph@klwines.com

Company Website- klwines.com

 

 

Tuesday
Apr162013

BDX Files: Will Ralph Make It Out Alive?

  

Stay tuned for reports and reviews from Ralph Sands and the K&L Team on Uncorked!

This pretty much sums up my trip to Bordeaux...

 

Ralph Sands

Bordeaux Expert

Senior Wine Specialist

K&L Wine Merchants

Redwood City and San Francisco Ca.

1-800 247-5987 Ext# 2723

Direct Line 650-556-2723

Email- Ralph@klwines.com

Company Website- klwines.com

Thursday
Apr042013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Bodegas Riojanas in the House! Special Tasting Thursday 4/11

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

Greetings all,

BODEGAS RIOJANAS will be in the house here in Redwood City next Thursday 4/11 from 5pm-6:30pm. You will definitely want to join us as we will have some tasty Spanish themed snacks and both Sara (export dept) and Pablo (winemaker) here to explain what distinguishes this traditional, historic Rioja bodega from many others. As you probably know, these are some of our favorite Riojas on the shelf and it's always a pleasure to taste through them, particularly when we have a knowledgeable winemaker to walk us through the line-up. Just $5 to taste and snack!

rsvp on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/klwines?ref=hl#!/events/287689771363901/

link on K&L Local Events: http://www.klwines.com/local_events.asp

Hope to see you there.

 

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

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