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Joe Manekin
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Joe arrived at our doors in February 2007 from far away, Washington, DC to be exact. Just so no one gets the wrong idea, though, he was merely earning a living in DC; Joe’s cultural identity, as well as his professional sports allegiances and, when he has a few drinks in him, his accent, are all Baltimore through and through. After working on the wholesale side of the business for nearly 4 years, Joe decided that he wanted to work wine retail with the best, so he emailed Cindy Westby at K&L and the rest is history. While Joe is well versed in a number of wine regions, he most enjoys the wines of Europe, though he is growing increasingly interested in the great wines of the Santa Cruz mountains. When he is not at K&L, Joe enjoys cooking, traveling, catching up on The Wire, doing occasional PR, booking and recording work for reggae band JohnStone (www.johnstonemusic.com), and writing for his wine, food and music blog, Old world Old School (www.oldworldoldschool.blogspot.com)


Reviews

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2010 Bodegas Muga Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 3-18-2015
Muga's entry level wine is always delicious, but in a very good to great vintage like 2010, expect a bit better than delicious! It has mixed berry and darker cherry fruit flavors, a bit more on the darker side in most years, but with a mouth feel and tannin structure that nod towards modern day Rioja, while its spice, minerality and soul speak to traditional Rioja. A solid choice for Rioja fans and newbies alike, Muga's 2010 Reserva bottling is drinking well now and should age nicely over the next 5-7 years as well.

2012 Borsao "Tres Picos" Garnacha Campo de Borja
Review Date: 3-18-2015
Tres Picos is its usual, richly red fruited self in 2012. Borsao's Tres Picos has a loyal following, and if you like a lot of fruit framed by generous, sweet/spicy barrel notes, you will see why this is consistently one of our more popular Grenache based wines.

2012 Luca Malbec Uco Valley
Review Date: 3-18-2015
Laura Catena's Luca Malbec continues to bring the goods. Dark fruited, with nice barrel spice overtones and serious structure, this is a great Malbec from a very good vintage in 2012, a year that gives this wine even better bones than usual. A terrific Malbec for those who prefer reds with more body and lots of flavor.

1998 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 3-18-2015
Based right in the middle of Rioja Alta, in the village of Cenicero, Bodegas Riojanas is one of the region's centenarian bodegas, a winery with a rich history that continues to uphold their high standards for traditionally made Gran Reserva wine. Monte Real has been made for decades, and is one of the winery's two flagship wines, produced from primarily Tempranillo grown in Cenicero. This is always a more intensely fruited counterpart to the earthier Viña Albina. The '98 is drinking terrifically now, arguably at its apex, though it should continue to provide pleasure for at least the next 5-7 years.

1998 Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 3-18-2015
Based right in the middle of Rioja Alta, in the village of Cenicero, Bodegas Riojanas is one of the region's centenarian bodegas, a winery with a rich history that continues to uphold their high standards for traditionally made Gran Reserva wine. Viña Albina always has a stronger imprint of Mazuelo, with a pleasant earthy/savory interplay of fruit, spice and leathery notes. While the wine is a proven ager, this 1998 is in a great spot for drinking now.

2013 Lora Tempranillo Syrah Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Review Date: 3-17-2015
Made from organic grapes farmed on the cooler, high meseta in Cuenca, in the far east of Castilla La Mancha, this dark fruited blend is nicely round, juicy, and bursting with fruit, without being at all overripe or overoaked. It's simply a delicious and easy red for mid-week enjoyment. Also of note is that Miguel Merino Navajas, the son of one of our favorite Rioja producers Miguel Merino, makes this wine.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Lora Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc Vino de la tierra de Castilla
Review Date: 3-17-2015
This is a brightly fruited, crisp, delicious blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo, straight out of the Rueda regional playbook. Made from organic grapes as well. Unlike in Rueda, though, where good Verdejo shines on its own, in Castilla La Mancha the Sauvignon Blanc adds some additional bright acidity and citric fruit notes to perfectly complement Verdejo's richer, riper, profile. For an aperitive before dinner, something to accompany seafood, or a perfect foil to a lighter meal of salad, cheese and bread, it does not get much tastier!
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Alexander Jules Amontillado "Singular" K&L Single Barrel 19/27 Sanlucar de Barrameda
Review Date: 3-17-2015
I don't have too much more to add to the notes I entered last year (yes, this has been a rather long-term project for us!) other than the fact that I love Amontillado, it is one of the wine world's truly great, inimitable classics, and this is one of the best I've ever had (and I've had a lot of 'em!) This is the second of two knockout barrels we selected at the bodega earlier this year. Compared to the 4/27, this one is perhaps more masculine, with spicier and headier aromatics, yet linear on the palate, with a clear flor and salt driven personality that speaks both to its Sanlucar origins and the highest quality of Argueso's old Amontillado. Very limited, when it's gone it's gone! Don't miss the chance to own this rarity and take part in a small slice of K&L history ! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer)
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Alexander Jules Amontillado "Singular" K&L Single Barrel 4/27 Sanlucar de Barrameda
Review Date: 3-17-2015
I don't have too much more to add to the notes I entered last year (yes, this has been a rather long-term project for us!) other than the fact that I love Amontillado, it is one of the wine world's truly great, inimitable classics, and this is one of the best I've ever had (and I've had a lot of 'em!) Of the two barrels, this one has more dried and candied fruits on the nose, and a softer palate that is bone dry, but more supple and giving than the 19/27. Very limited, when it's gone it's gone! Don't miss the chance to own this rarity and take part in a small slice of K&L history !
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2012 Bodegas Alto Moncayo "Veraton" Garnacha Campo de Borja
Review Date: 3-17-2015
This is a perennial customer favorite: big, ripe, red and dark fruited Grenache that has a healthy dollop of oak. Veraton is a decidedly international take on this Spanish and French grape variety.

2013 Antucura Cabernet Sauvignon Vista Flores
Review Date: 3-12-2015
Very, very good Cabernet. This is so supple, round, and easy to drink, that you may find it hard to believe that it is such a young wine, and a Cabernet based on at that. However, given the Uco Valley's warm, sunny, dry conditions, with just enough cooling late afternoon and evening to allow the grapes a breather, it is possible to produce such a Cab, given attention to detail in the vineyards and cellar. For those who like their Cabernet fuller bodied and on the smoother side, this is one to buy in quantity.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart DC 95 BC 0

2012 Meli Carignane Maule Valley
Review Date: 2-18-2015
Chile is so hot right now. Both literally (it's summer there now) and yes, in the Zoolander sense as well. Meli is a perfect example of what Chile is bringing to the table these days. In their dry farmed Maule Valley vineyards, proprietor Adriana Cerda produces beautiful Carignane, richly fruited and with the sort of fresh acidity one would expect from this grape. Such a fun, delicious value red! Roast chicken, roasted veges, grilled sausages, all would work terrifically with this wine.

2009 Antaño Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 2-18-2015
This wine is always a very tasty, authentic, inexpensive little Rioja, but in 2009 the quality is clearly kicked up several notches, making this a no brainer, by the case type of red. We have relatively little available to us, so I would hurry up if you're a fan of the $10 traditiona red value. This will not last long.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

2013 Ritual Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley
Review Date: 2-17-2015
Supple, juicy, cherry fruited Pinot Noir for those who like their Pinot Noir on the fruit forward side of things. Think Russian River valley, perhaps even Santa María Valley on this wine. Cambria Julia's vineyard PN in Coastal Chile....
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart JS 94 BC 0

2010 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Review Date: 2-17-2015
Produced from a 25+ year-old Cabernet vineyard in La Mancha, there is a lot to like with this Cab, especially the fact that for under $10 you are getting tasty fruit but some honest tannins providing backbone and real structure. Somewhere between California and the Medoc lies this beauty.
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