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Château de Brézé has a long and storied history, first being mentioned in texts in 1068, lauded by King René of Anjou in the 15th century and served at all the royal courts. In 1957, when the AOC of Saumur Champigny was established, the owner of Château de Brézé refused to be part of the appellation, saying that his estate's vineyards were the best and deserved an appellation all their own. And he was probably right. Unfortunately, the wines from those exceptional vineyards were terrible. Lucky for us, the winery sold in 2009 to Le Comte de Colbert, who recruited Arnaud Lambert from nearby Domaine de Saint Just to make the wine. He changed the vineyards over to organic farming and began producing truly stellar wines worthy of their source. The 2012 Château de Brézé Clos David is all estate-grown Chenin Blanc raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness. It has the slightly-oxidized note of a great White Burgundy and a lovely richness that allows it to pair with a variety of foods.

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Tuesday
Jan292013

Behind the Wine: Big Basin Vineyards Tasting this Friday!

Join us in Redwood City this Friday, February 1st from 5pm-6:30pm, for a special tasting featuring the wines of local family owned and operated Santa Cruz Mountain producer Big Basin Vineyards. We've been a fan of these hand-crafted, expressive wines for some time, and are excited to invite you down to our tasting room to taste and meet the folks behind the wine. Even if you can't make the tasting, you can still go behind the scenes and check out this short video with winemaker and proprietor Bradley Brown, above.

Excited to taste the wines? We are! Here's a sneak peak at Friday's lineup:

2009 Big Basin Vineyards "Alfaro Family Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir ($39.99)

2009 Big Basin Vineyards "Lester Family Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir ($42.99)

2010 Big Basin Vineyards "Paderewski Vineyard " Paso Robles Rhone Blend $64.99

2010 Big Basin Vineyards "Homestead" Santa Cruz/Monterey Red Blend ($35.99)

2008 Big Basin Vineyards "Coastview Vineyard" Monterey Syrah ($47.99)

Cost to taste: $10  details 

More About Big Basin Vineyards 

A bird's eye view of the Big Basin Estate Vineyard.

Big Basin Vineyards is located at the geographic center of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. Their Estate Vineyard is Certified Organic, and is the only vineyard in the AVA planted entirely to Rhone varietals (Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne and Viognier).

Their second largest vineyard source, the Coastview Vineyard (below), is located 6 miles due south of Calera’s Mount Harlan at the same elevation (2,200 -2,400 ft), with nearly identical soils (decomposed granite and limestone). They also source fruit for their three single vineyard Pinots from the cool Corralitos region at the southern tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains, 3-4 miles from Monterey Bay. Lastly, they also source fruit for their single vineyard GSM blend from Epoch Estate’s Paderewski Vineyard (a Justin Smith project) on the Westside of Paso Robles.

Coastview Vineyard Big Basin specializes in Syrahs, Rhone inspired blends and single vineyard Pinot Noirs that have consistently garnered high praise from some of the most notable wine critics. In the August 2012 issue of Robert Parker Jr’s Wine Advocate, Antonio Galloni had this to say: “I tasted a bevy of gorgeous wines with proprietor Bradley Brown this year. These new and upcoming releases are impeccable and strongly suggest Brown is one of the up and coming stars of the region.” 

Rattlesnake Rock Vineyard.From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: “From the famed Bordeaux influenced reds produced at Ridge and other nearby estates to the extraordinary, age worthy Chardonnays and Pinots of Mount Eden, to the younger wineries like Rhys, Varner and Big Basin, there is no doubt in my mind the Santa Cruz Mountains is the single most exciting place to visit in California. No other region offers the same mix of history, innovation and what appears to be virtually unlimited potential. To be sure, these hillside sites are capricious and hard to work with. But they are also capable of producing riveting, emotional, world-class wines." – Antonio Galloni

We hope to see you at Friday's tasting! And if you're ever in downtown Saratoga, be sure to stop in and visit Big Basin's tasting room, on Big Basin Way.  Cheers!

Thursday
Jan172013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Tastings and Tajinaste

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

Greetings all,

Thanks to everyone who made it to our tastings last week. We had a great time in Redwood City, with people especially enjoying the dueling 1964's (Gomez Cruzado Gran Reserva Rioja and Torres Coronas). In SF and LA, folks tasted the spectacular 1970 Franco Españolas Royal Tete de Cuvee Gran Reserva Rioja and for a delicious gran reserva at everyday prices, the ’99 Puelles. I'm looking forward to the next tasting; clearly we want to continue to mix it up a bit and not hesitate to pull corks on the good stuff.

Speaking of mixing it up and good stuff...it has been a long while without any mention of wines from the Canary Islands. One of our customers recently tried the tinto from Tajinaste, and felt compelled to email me back about how unique, delicious, and decidedly un-obvious the flavor profile was. While it is limiting and simplifying to generalize, more often than not we as wine merchants are compelled to do so; therefore if I were to boil down the carefully chosen Canary Island wines which make it to the States these days to a few choice words they would be refreshing, savory and honest. My first Canary wine experience was with Tajinaste, it still hits the spot, and I think it is arguably the producer with the most consistent style and crowd appeal.

 

Tajinaste Blanco Valle de la Orotava (Tenerife) - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1120334

 

Tajinaste Tinto Tradicional Valle de la Orotava (Tenerife) - $23.99

 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1086750

 

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
Jan102013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: TASTINGS

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

Greetings all,

Did I mention last week that we have TASTINGS coming up this Saturday January 12th in all of our stores? TASTINGS, in ALL CAPS, which is code for "Joe is not messing around" (and, apparently, referring to himself in the third person). In other words, it's going to be good and I strongly recommend that you join us (particularly if you appreciate the occasional fine, mature vintage).

One of the wineries we will be featuring on Saturday hails from the Monterei D.O. in Galicia. These are not inexpensive, but they are hand sewn wines of great purity, individual character and finesse. Though our sales do not (yet) indicate it, Galicia represents the future of fine wine production in Spain.

2009 Quinta da Muradella "Alanda" Tinto Monterei - $32.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1118920

 

2011 Quinta da Muradella Alanda Blanco Monterrei - $32.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1118919

 

We will also be pouring a vintage Madeira.  I would be hard pressed to think of a more classy way to finish a meal, accompany the reading of a classic novel or - why not, now that it's back on the air- enhance your enjoyment of season three of Downton Abbey, than to pour yourself a glass of Madeira.  By way of reminder, these four Madeiras are regularly in stock, have wine as old as 30 years in them, and represent lots of value and near vintage level quality for a non-vintage Madeira price.

Rare Wine Company Historic Series Charleston Sercial Madeira - $49.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1069709

 

Rare Wine Company Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Madeira - $49.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1063545

 

Rare Wine Company Historic Series Boston Bual Madeira - $49.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1061379

 

Rare Wine Company Historic Series New York Malmsey Madeira - $49.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1020385

 

Alright, hope that we see you this Saturday in the bar.

Oh yeah - go Ravens, beat those Broncos!

 

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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