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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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Spanish & Portuguese News 2/23/12: Taste the Wine of Bodegas Y Viñedos Ponce

By: Joe Manekin

K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

 

Good afternoon, everyone,

Just two things to mention this week:

Our Friday tasting in Redwood City will feature some of the most exciting wines in Spain, those of Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce.  Working primarily with organically farmed, old vine Bobal in the D.O. of Manchuela (a few hours SE of Madrid), Ponce has quickly built up a reputation in Spain as being one of the most talented and serious vignerons in the entire country.  Here are some other producers that his bottlings occasionally remind me of:  Jean Foillard, Chateau Pradeaux, and Domaine Gramenon.  OK, now that we got your attention, get over to Redwood City tomorrow at 5pm

Tasting lineup and details: http://www.klwines.com/local_events.asp#4

If you can't make it, then you still really need to try these wines.  Read more, here.

 

As for wines of the week, my thoughts this week are why not keep it simple?  Just one wine ought to do it.  What a wine, though! If you're a fan of Riojas from Lopez de Heredia, Peciña, La Rioja Alta, Riojanas, etc, then I'm nearly certain you will love it.

1999 Viña Valoria Gran Reserva Rioja - $34.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1086703

 

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