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Staff Favorites

If you’re going to have Robert Parker or Stephen Tanzer over for dinner, selecting a wine they’ve rated highly will be a nice choice. However, when you’re buying wines for yourself, we’d love to see you find wines that match up your unique palate and pocketbook. We have a large staff of friendly and knowledgeable wine professionals that taste hundreds of wines each week. They can put you in touch with bottles that you are likely to love, often at a much lower cost than the highly-rated gems that often see a run-up in price and frequent availability issues. Like any great group of opinionated professionals, our staff has varied tastes themselves. Often our customers will find a particular staff member with a style that corresponds to their own. That concept works extremely well in our retail stores, and this section is our effort to bring you the same online. Don’t get us wrong, we love the highly rated wines from the press and will continue to offer them, but we think you’re missing out if you’re not augmenting those selections with picks from our excellent staff. Here are their favorites. (Click on a name to see their other selections - or to drop them a line.) Cheers!

Reviews

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2018 Domaine de Verquière Vacqueyras
Reviwer Picture By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 10/19/2020 | Send Email
This is a new WOW wine from Verquiere! I have long been a fan of this producer since we started importing it a few years ago, but this new Vacqueyras bottling is one of the best wines I have yet tasted from our most favored QPR producer. After acquiring a small lot in Vacqueyras, winemaker Thibaut Chamfort has sussed out the essence of this cru region with a generous dollop of lusty raspberries and cherries on the nose, but it is that seamless red and black fruit and garrigue driven palate that makes it pure Vacqueyras. It is rich, fruit filled and generous. If you have enjoyed the Rasteau and Sablet like I have, you must treat yourself to a bottle of this. I normally suggest a food pairing but this is a wine that just drinks with pure gusto on its own. But sure, grilled sausages and some crusty bread would help put something in by stomach so I can drink more of this delicious wine!

2017 Domaine de l'Enchantoir "Le Pied à L'Étrier" Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame Rouge
Reviwer Picture By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 10/19/2020 | Send Email
Sitting a little higher in elevation may not seem like much in Saumur but that distinction seems to lend a little more tension and perfume to the wines of Puy-Notre-Dame. And so much the better! I am a fiend for Cabernet Franc, especially when it's this lovely. Gone are the days of overtly hard and herbaceous styles (though with some age, I have seen many of them become so lofty and intriguing). The best parts remain, the black cherry, the black olives, the sage, the perfume of violets. This has it all and a seamless structure that invites you back for more. This is an elegant and perfumed wine that will find a happy home on all tables filled with fall flavors from butternut squash soup, to herb roasted fowl (I'm looking at you turkey!), to braised pork dishes. This has the fruit to and structure to pair beautifully with so many things.
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2016 Tolaini "Al Passo" Toscana
Reviwer Picture By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 10/19/2020 | Send Email
I have had past vintages of this wine and was always looking for a little more, I am a Sangiovese purist and with those predominantly Sangiovese bottlings something really was lacking. The winery has now changed the makeup of this wine and it is now more or less equal parts of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that are aged in a mix of 20% new 80% older French barriques and some larger casks as well. I must admit I was pretty stunned by the quality; I hadn’t expected the grace and balance this wine shows and it is about as complete as an under $20 Super Tuscan can be. The nose of this wine has depth it shows lots of plumy ripeness and the chocolaty overtones that go along with that, but it hasn’t given up its’ Tuscan soul, bits of dried sage and rosemary. On the palate the wine shows a lush, supple flow across your tongue, but it is supported by an excellent acidic balance that keeps it fresh and buoyant. The plumy richness begins to focus and show more complexity, spice, leather, and wild cherry as it remains in your mouth. The finish is very well balanced and shows length and lots of intrigue but just a long pleasing memory of richness.

1981 The Rare Armagnac Collection "Mars" (Domaine de Pouchegu) 39 Year Old K&L Exclusive Vintage Armagnac (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 10/19/2020 | Send Email
We knew that the incredible Domaine de Pouchegu was a star from the moment we first sipped this exquisite spirit with Pierre Laporte in his well-appointed, but tiny office. The impeccably kept property was more picturesque than most of the smaller farms in the Tenarèze, but was not ostentatious\or regal whatsoever. The property, which Pierre was so proud of, had been cultivated for the production of Armagnac since at least 1863 when his family purchased the estate. He believed that the site was occupied for grape cultivation for more than 1000 years before that. An ancient kiln and fragments of Gallo-Roman pottery were proof of such. In addition, Pierre was a lover of agricultural history, collecting tools and antique machines which he kept in a small museum. His love of brandy was an extension of the his devotion to the vines he tended, his main commitment was of course to the plants on that property. The elevage was dictated by what he believed to be the most traditional and expressive for the wonderful eau-de-vie produced there. Nearly 100% of the products were aged full term in new Limousin oak, While there's some dispute currently about the grape varietals planted, it seems that Pierre cultivated both Baco and Ugni Blanc on the propety. I remember him saying that his armagnac was built around 100% baco, but the current bottlers seem to believe that the spirits was distilled from Ugni. In any case, when this excellent producer passed away, I was deeply saddened. Amazingly, his exquisite brandy lives on, through the Rare Armagnac company. The 1981 is fitting follow up to the exceptional 1980. Very much in the same style as that excellent product, but perhaps more balanced and lifted. The nose is packed full of deep red fruit and dark roasted coffee. Exotic spice and old mahogany furniture found out the bold and boisterous nose. On the palate, less astringency than the much more angular 1980 vintage, while still boldly wood driven. Black currants with the stems, leather, cocoa powder and finishing with some seville oil and Moroccan mint. Extremely long, textured and complex. The perfect warmth envelopes the body as it finishes. The high proof is evident but not overpowering. This is easily one of the best vintages we've ever had from the exceptional Domaine.
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2018 Mt. Beautiful "12 Barrels" Sauvignon Blanc North Canterbury
Reviwer Picture By: Thomas Smith | Review Date: 10/19/2020 | Send Email
I was thrilled when we had the opportunity to bring in this totally unique wine from Mt. Beautiful. The estate is widely known for crafting beautiful, mineral-driven Sauvignon Blanc from the Waipara region of New Zealand's southern island. They are an excellent counter-point to the explosive, tropical wines of Marlborough and show the breadth and depth of Sauvignon Blanc styles being made in New Zealand today. But the "12 Barrels" is something particularly special. This reserve bottling from Mt. Beautiful is made from the top blocks in their vineyard and only the top 12 barrels make the cut for this bottling. The house-style of Mt Beautiful is definitely on display here, but elevated. What I find particularly wonderful is the inclusion of two new French Oak barrels in the blend, adding hints of passion fruit to tangerine and wildflower, marrying the bright mineral-driven style with Bordeaux-blanc inspired richness. Despite the depth of fruit it is still light and energetic with bright acidity. This is stone-cold delicious. Originally this was made for only restaurants, but with conditions as they are, we were able to secure an unbelievable deal on this. It's not often that you see a winery's reserve wine at the same price as it's entry level--but when you do, act quick. After all, there were only 12 barrels of this exquisite Sauvignon Blanc made.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2017 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Reviwer Picture By: Chris DePaoli | Review Date: 10/19/2020 | Send Email
Possibly the best vintage ever for this NZ stalwart. This wine always leans into savory, earthy tones but in the best years, (and this year especially) has rich, dark red fruit notes to counter that herbal and dusty quality and balance out the finish. This has at least five to seven good years in it, but drink it now. With cherry skin and mountain potpourri leading the way towards a sweet earth and baking spice core that spirals out lean and long in the back of the palate. One of the top Central Otago's I've had this year.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2018 Mt. Beautiful "12 Barrels" Sauvignon Blanc North Canterbury
Reviwer Picture By: Chris DePaoli | Review Date: 10/19/2020 | Send Email
Incredible Sauvignon Blanc. Layered complexity lent by a carefully curated oak treatment offers an extraordinary nuance to this world-class bottle. Elegant and poised with the warmth and roundness of the barrel nicely integrated, this has the classic Waipara flavors pushed into a Bordeaux style body. Less tropically fruit driven than most New Zealand Sauv Blanc with an awesome orange-mango finish. Excellent.
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2019 Siete Fincas Malbec Mendoza
Reviwer Picture By: Chris DePaoli | Review Date: 10/19/2020 | Send Email
Siete Fincas has come on strong here at K&L recently, with their superb 2016 "Gran Secreto" bottling and now this, a killer value number that gracefully strikes the delicate cord between opulence and precision. Bright fruit and some pepper lifts out of the glass on the nose, preceding a floral underbelly that takes the lead role on the palate, reversing the progression of the bouquet. Richly textured with a definite weight, this is card-carrying Malbec that should do nicely for any number of hearty winter dinners.
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2017 Vietti "Perbacco" Nebbiolo Langhe
Reviwer Picture By: Dejah Overby | Review Date: 10/18/2020 | Send Email
This beauty is a palate pleaser right out the bottle. A bountiful fruit bouquet of red licorice, sour cherry, compressed candied fruit, cedar leaf and lavender/rosemary oil. Delicate yet complex and relatable flavors finishing silky and sumptuous in its texture. Over time the suppleness softened, so I recommend enjoying the day of opening with a porchetta panini or some spicy mozzarella stuffed arancini. The simpler the dish is the best for this wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2018 Francesco Rinaldi Langhe Nebbiolo
Reviwer Picture By: Dejah Overby | Review Date: 10/18/2020 | Send Email
Approachable and expressive Langhe Nebbiolo. An intro of significant amounts of mission fig, Tulare cherry, aged balsamic, rosemary oil and touch of dust and clay aromas. It started out slightly compressed in the beginning but over a three day period the flavors became softened and lengthier. Oxygen is this wines best friend as slight nuances of coco and kirsch hung around over the course of the days opened. Quite enjoyable and absolutely pairable with a well marbled roasted prime rib roast, rich demi glace and caramelized root vegetables. Gustare!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Kolsch, Oregon (16oz can)
Reviwer Picture By: Greg Dudley | Review Date: 10/17/2020 | Send Email
Just an all around solid Kolsch. Well balanced, good crispness and light hoppiness. Very sessionable and great for a hot day. Lawnmower beer. If you like IPAs and are looking for something new, in the same vein, but lighter body, this is a great place to start.
Price: $3.79 Add To Cart

2017 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Reviwer Picture By: Neal Fischer | Review Date: 10/17/2020 | Send Email
If organic wine matters to you then get this. If organic wine doesn't matter to you, then STILL get this wine. Mount Edward is a producer I love, and this is a great new vintage of Pinot Noir. Right now it tastes so ripe and so savory, and I think this is going to age amazingly as well. The nose is beautifully herbaceous, a bit stemmy in a great way with dark berries, especially wild strawberries. The palate hits with excellent spice upfront and then that spice carries the whole way through, making it so much fun. Alongside the spice you get nice acidity, catnip pops up, strawberry jam unfolds, followed by blueberry crumble, and then more savory spice humming into the finish.
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Pierre Sparr Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé
Reviwer Picture By: Dejah Overby | Review Date: 10/16/2020 | Send Email
Another fantastic Alsatian sparkler of 100% Pinot Noir. Bright raspberry, red plums and cherry blossoms spring forward from the glass. An abundance of candied cherry and ripe watermelon with a touch of lychee encompass the palate finishing dry and lingering. This is a perfect paring for charcutier of the spicy kind and cremont cheese with dried figs.
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2010 Bel-Orme Tronquoy de Lalande, Haut-Médoc
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 10/16/2020 | Send Email
This easy to like bottle shows the quality of the vintage at an easy to digest price. Husky black cherry fruit, earth, leather, mineral and light cedar tinged smoke fill the slightly rustic middle yet there is good freshness and a fine chalky grip to the finish. Decant and enjoy this bargain from an amazing vintage.
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2016 Bel-Orme Tronquoy de Lalande, Haut-Médoc
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 10/16/2020 | Send Email
This is absolutely delicious and very classic for the vintage. The wine is floral and clean with copious bright cherries and ripe raspberries in the sleek middle. The finish is crisp and dry with sweet, ripe tannins that display elegantly across the fine finish.
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Pierre Sparr Crémant d'Alsace Brut
Reviwer Picture By: Dejah Overby | Review Date: 10/16/2020 | Send Email
This is an absolute superb Alsatian sparkling made up of 80% Pinot blanc and 20% Pinot Auxerrois. Lined with an abundance of spiced pear, baked apple and a sprinkling of cinnamon on the nose, then leaning into a more tropical taste on the palate of pineapple, agave and honey. Finishing dry, bright and yeasty. Great mouthfeel and a perfect aperitif if paired with light snacks or just mid day enjoyment.
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2017 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Reviwer Picture By: Alex Schroeder | Review Date: 10/15/2020 | Send Email
Made in tiny quantities from two premium, organically farmed vineyards in Central Otago, the Mount Edward Pinot Noir is one of the best values in Pinot in any vintage. 2017 rises another step above. Ripe, vibrant aromas of cola berries, savory strawberries, herbs, baking spice and scorched earth are perfectly balanced and almost intoxicating. On the palate, the fruit is generous, but well framed by nuances of earth, mineral and great acidity. The finish is long, pure and a little too conducive to the next sip -- my bottle disappeared rather quickly! If you love NZ Pinot, this should be at the top of your shopping list.
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2017 Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Reviwer Picture By: Thomas Smith | Review Date: 10/15/2020 | Send Email
There are few wines out there as unique as Bordeaux blanc. The blend of bright Sauvignon Blanc with the richness of Semillon aged in barrel to gently coax its aromatics is truly like nothing else out there. And even among the Bordeaux Blanc, there are few wines that are as consistently profound as Carbonnieux. There's a wealth of crisp, tropical fruits on the nose with pineapple, pasison fruit and keffir lime. The palate follows up with soft, plush notes of guava and vivid acidity. On occasion, I find some Bordeaux blanc can have slightly reductive aromas, but this is pure, clean and beautiful. Fantastic, fantastic wine.

2017 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Reviwer Picture By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 10/15/2020 | Send Email
The superlative 2017 vintage in Central Otago should not be missed by any Pinot fans, not just those who make a point of enjoying one of New Zealand's finest exports. Duncan Forsynth has truly outdone himself with the flagship Pinot this year. The fruit is super pure and bright. Black cherries and succulent plums mingle with blue fruits and are hung perfectly on fully ripe silky tannins from front to back. In addition to the fruit profile, the earthy savor on this wine is out of control. It's got zip and minerality to go with sous bois and braised meats. It's rare to find a Pinot that works equally well as a cocktail wine and a food pairing wine, but this hits the nail on the head.
Top Value!
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2015 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino
Reviwer Picture By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 10/15/2020 | Send Email
The nose is dark cherry mixed with a plumy ripeness and has a rather savory, umami filled cockiness to it and shows vibrant now. On the palate the blend of wild cherry and plum are dominant at first they it adds a saline dimension, salted plum, oyster shell then the Tuscan herbs, and hints of fresh leather begin to emerge. The wine has definitive mid-palate weight and density but flows smoothly across your tongue making it delicious to drink now. The purity of fruit is a hallmark of La Fortuna Brunello, the blend of the bright wild cherry eastern estate (adjacent to Fuligni and Siro Pacenti) fruit and plumy richness of their vineyards on the south face (below Ciacci and Uccelliera)and combine to form a gorgeous aromatic profile. Very easy to drink now with a bit of decanting but best after 2025.

Pierre Sparr Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé
Reviwer Picture By: Alex Pross | Review Date: 10/15/2020 | Send Email
Love everything about Rose Champagne except the price? I have the perfect solution for you, drink Pierre Sparr Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose which at more than 50% off most Roses from Champagne gives you an almost identical experience. Sour cherry, spice, red licorice and subtle red flower aromas greet you on the nose while the palate is fresh and bright with cherry, red licorice and spice notes all intertwined perfectly against a brisk backdrop of acidity and verve. Surprisingly complex and full-bodied this a wonderful Rose that you can afford to drink more often.
Top Value!
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Pierre Sparr Crémant d'Alsace Brut
Reviwer Picture By: Alex Pross | Review Date: 10/15/2020 | Send Email
This wine is an exceptional value!! It easily stands toe-to-toe with any sparkling wine from around the world in a similar price point. A rich, creamy mousse is followed up by white flower and zesty citrus notes with an underlining note of limestone that echoes throughout this wonderful sparkler. A great everyday or special celebration wine I cannot believe the quality here for such a low price, if you have been buying Prosecco, Cava or sparkling wines from other regions of the world you owe it to your self to check out the Pierre Sparr Cremant d'Alsace Brut.
Top Value!
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2018 Domaine Sylvain Langoureau Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune "Clos Marc"
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 10/14/2020 | Send Email
This is super expressive with ripe cherry fruit, tar, earth, underbrush and a whiff of Violette showing all through the long, classy body. The finish is fine and sweet with well integrated and ripe tannin lurking underneath. Its difficult to find this much Pinot for $20.00 from anywhere: to find it in Burgundy is amazing.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Pierre Sparr Crémant d'Alsace Brut
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 10/14/2020 | Send Email
This offers a full mousse filled with green apple, lilac and honeysuckle that is mouth filling and refreshing. There is a citric tug on the finish which hints at green tea, talc and limestone minerality. This is a great value and an overall delicious bottle of bubbly.
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Pierre Sparr Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 10/14/2020 | Send Email
This amazing value starts with high toned aromas and flavors of Bing Cherry and sweet cranberry that carry right through the full, creamy and frothy middle. There is a wonderful sweet/tart counterpoint on the bracing finish. A well made over-achiever.
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2016 Addendum "Stagecoach Vineyard" Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 10/14/2020 | Send Email
I don't know about you but I love it when Cab really tastes like Cab! So many these days seeking power and intensity ripen the varietal to the point where it can just taste like generic jammy red wine. Not this beauty from the famed rocky soils of Stagecoach Vineyard...this is real Cabernet Sauvignon though and through. Hailing from the high hillsides of Atlas Peak, planted in rugged volcanic rock they had to blast with dynamite when planting this vineyard, comes this explosive Cab from Addendum. The nose is bristling with black and blue fruits, pine needle, shaved cedar, cigar box, and graphite. On the palate the wine is rich and powerful but maintains the beautiful varietally correct profile the nose alluded to. Waves of deep, shimmering cassis, mulberry, and sloe liqueur flow across the mid-palate. The tannis are well judged and give an adequate framework without corseting the fruit expression. The rocky undertones speak loudly of this wine's mountainous terroir. This is a very serious bottle on wine from one of the most distinctive and celebrated mountain sites in all of Napa. Winemaker, Blair Fox absolutely nailed this one, what a wine. Drink now with a good decant and stash some away for the coming decade or more.
Price: $89.95 Add To Cart

2018 Vivier Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 10/14/2020 | Send Email
Knowing the illustrious background of winemaker Stephane Vivier I had high expectations for this wine. High expectations that had been further fortified by the glowing Wine Advocate review I read a couple days earlier! So I'm very happy to report that from the first sniff to the last drop, this bottle was everything I had hoped it would be and then some! An absolute masterclass in Pinot Noir. This wine is so aromatic, fine, pure, elegant and enchanting...everything one could hope for from this seductive varietal. The nose is very lifted with fresh flowers, clove, star anise, crunchy red berries, rose water. The palate is ethereal yet powerful at the same time. Beautifully focused with incredible purity and grace. There is terrific energy here, the wine feels positively alive and vibrant. One of the finer expressions of the grape I've come across this year. Bravo!
Price: $36.95 Add To Cart

2016 Migration "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 10/14/2020 | Send Email
If you love Pinot Noir for its silky, soft, plush texture this wine should be right up your alley! The folks at Migration have fashioned a stunningly beautiful Pinot from one of my favorite vineyards in the state. From the first sip this wine is so polished and sleek on the palate. Aromas and flavors of beautifully ripe raspberries, redcurrant and alpine strawberry take on weight with air. Baking spice and saffron meld into the juicy fruit. In the finish there's hint of that wild bramble and undergrowth quality that is so distinctive of this Grand Cru site in Santa Maria Valley. An exquisitely well made wine that is typically reserved for mailing list only members at the winery, however, we grabbed a parcel direct from the property at a sensational price! This is guaranteed to be a best seller going into the holiday season, what a wine for the price and 95 points to boot!
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2005 Von Strasser "Sori Bricco Vineyard" Diamond Mountain District Bordeaux Blend (6L)
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 10/14/2020 | Send Email
If you’re having a gathering this holiday season and you like to impress with a big bottle, the six-liter should be on your short list! From the absolutely stellar 2005 vintage, now with 13 years resting in bottle, this wine is rocking. OK, granted, I didn’t taste it from a Methuselah (folks don’t normally send 6L samples!) but I enjoyed the wine immensely. It’s quite red-fruited compared with some of its kin; bold, pretty youthful still, full-flavored; with lots of dusty dry earth characters, leather, cigar box. Perfect tannins for a juicy piece of red meat—prime rib, anyone?
Price: $349.00 Add To Cart

2019 Château Vitallis Macon-Fuissé
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 10/14/2020 | Send Email
The aromatics here are bright, fresh and lead to a warm, juicy middle of ripe citrus and crushed stone fruits. This is a generous, refreshing bargain with a delicious long, pebbly finish that will have you reaching for another sip.
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2017 Walt Wines "La Brisa" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 10/14/2020 | Send Email
A powerhouse Pinot Noir for those who like richer, more fruit forward wines but without the big tannis of Cabernet etc. Walt's "La Brisa" is filled to the brim with exotic dark fruits, scorched earth, vanillin oak tones and toasted spices. Med-full bodied with lots of weight and concentration on the palate, and a whisp of coastal acidity to keep it fresh. With Thanksgiving just around the corner this is a great option for those that like to enjoy bigger wines but without overpowering the noble Turkey!
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2017 Westwood "Annadel Gap Vineyard" Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Reviwer Picture By: Blake Conklin | Review Date: 10/14/2020 | Send Email
I can't think of a more outstanding pinot noir I've enjoyed this year than the Annadel Gap Vineyard pinot from Westwood. And for the price we are selling it, we are simply giving you an offer you can't refuse. With a fantastic mouthfeel, and brilliant acidity, I remember why I tend to lean towards Sonoma pinots the most. Subtle aromas of lavender, and followed by incredible flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and touches of spice (nutmeg particularly) this is not only a complex pinot, it's also an outstanding value, dare I say steal of the century?
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2016 Artezin "Collins Vineyard" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Reviwer Picture By: Blake Conklin | Review Date: 10/14/2020 | Send Email
Having spent the earlier years of my career working in Sonoma Wine Country, I always loved exploring the difference between Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley vs. Zinfandel from Russian River Valley. While Dry Creek generally gives you the text book definition of Zin (spicy, big, bold, and jammy) there were always different flavor profiles in Russian River zin that made me love it just a little more. Lighter in style and a little more focused on acidity, zin from the Russian River tends to be more aromatic and elegant in style... just like this Collins Vineyard Zin from Artezin. Being under the $20 dollar price point, this 2016 Zin is quite honestly one of the biggest bangs for your buck, Packed with delicious flavors of boysenberry, licorice, and black cherry, this is a bottle not to be missed, and worthy of being a plus one (or two) at your next BBQ!
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2010 Capbern Gasqueton, St-Estèphe
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
Now known as Château Capbern, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage,is stunning St-Estèphe, with its classic tobacco, incense, deep dark fruit, elegant round tannins, just a seamless beauty. Excellent choice for the cellars and to buy by the case, as will only get better.

2010 Prieur de Meyney, St-Estèphe (1.5L)
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
A well known adage in the wine business is the incredible value the second wines present in the top vintages. The Prieur de Meyney, the second of the prominent Saint-Estèphe producer Château Meyney is no exception, and it as vintages go, it doesn’t much better than 2010.
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2010 Lestage, Listrac-Médoc
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
Chateau Lestage vineyards has a prime location on the slopes of the highest point of the Médoc, the Puy de Menjon, which provide perfect drainage for its vines. This well-respected Cru Bourgeois is another example of a classic old-school Bordeaux. I advise to decant it to let it reveal its beautiful woodsy aromatics.
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2016 Bellegrave du Poujeau, Haut-Médoc
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
This is the first time I seen this hard to find wine, from a tiny vineyard only 12 miles from downtown Bordeaux. It was once part of Château Duthil, but now this 10-acre property is owned and managed by Jean-Pierre Cantelaube. Jean-Pierre has done a complete renovation of its cellars and changed the name back to its original “Bellegrave du Poujeau”.The gravelly terroir surrounded by a pine forest has an ideal microclimate that particularly favors Cabernet Sauvignon. A powerful nose of sweet cassis, blueberries, chocolate and incense, that’s reflected in its elegant palate.Indeed one of the top Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve tried this year, for a price that it’s easily half of the cost of what one might expect of a wine of this quality.
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2010 Bel-Orme Tronquoy de Lalande, Haut-Médoc
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
This is a second domaine of the famous Margaux producer Château Rauzan-Gassies, 2nd Growth. The Bel Orme though is located further north, in the famous terroir of Saint Seurin de Cadourne, a sweet spot for me, for the high quality of the wines and the value it always offers. Very intriguing nose of an intermingling of fruit and woodsy character. Vanilla spice, violets, along the notes of cassis, cocoa, and tobacco. Decant or cellar for a few more years. A very good value.
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2010 Le Jard, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
This gem of property has been run by the same family for more than 100 years, and it is located in the best terroir of Lalande-de-Pomerol, with the very same clay soil, that produces the silky wines of Pomerol without the hefty price tag. Lalande-de-Pomerol has been under the radar to many wine drinkers, but here at K&L we are determined to change that. A rich, velvety Merlot dominated blend, full of plums, chocolate, and cherry liquor. A quintessential Right-Bank that will be a star with any roasted pork, chicken dishes, game and even a chocolate dessert. This is a must have for its unbeatable price/quality.
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2010 Valentons-Canteloup Bordeaux Supérieur
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
We decanted the 2010 and it opened up to a high-toned, floral aromatics, with plenty of cassis. Perfectly aged and a classic pair with some aged hard cheese.
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2015 Valentons-Canteloup, Bordeaux Supérieur
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
Valentons-Cantelouphas always been a tremendous value in our Bordeaux inventory. Especially for those who like an old-school wine. The fruit here takes a backseat to a more dried leaves, earthy tones. This will pair very well with any mushroom sauced dish for this fall.
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2016 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe (3L)
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
Considered one of the best vintages of Tronquoy-Lalande, the 2016 is definitely in its youth still. To drink it now I would advise to decant it. But it’s all there, alluring aromatics of blueberries, cassis and incense; rich, full body palate with plenty of spices. For the cellars, by the case!
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2016 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe (1.5L)
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
Considered one of the best vintages of Tronquoy-Lalande, the 2016 is definitely in its youth still. To drink it now I would advise to decant it. But it’s all there, alluring aromatics of blueberries, cassis and incense; rich, full body palate with plenty of spices. For the cellars, by the case!

2016 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
Considered one of the best vintages of Tronquoy-Lalande, the 2016 is definitely in its youth still. To drink it now I would advise to decant it. But it’s all there, alluring aromatics of blueberries, cassis and incense; rich, full body palate with plenty of spices. For the cellars, by the case!

2017 Labégorce, Margaux
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
After the outstanding 2015 and 2016 vintages, Labégorce was left with a hard act to follow with the more challenging 2017. And yet, they did it. … The stunning floral aromatics with the classic Margaux notes of violets, immediately wafts from the glass, followed by cocoa and coffee. After decanting the wine is ready to be enjoyed now in its pretty youth, but you can cellar it as well. Here is a perfect example why you should not overlook wines from a less than stellar vintage, as it can offer innumerous buying opportunities
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2019 Chateau Guiraud "G" (dry) Bordeaux Blanc Sec
Reviwer Picture By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 10/13/2020 | Send Email
The Guiraud “G” Sec, is made of fully ripened grapes, but not botrytised. Fermented in barrels that were used in the élevage of the Sauternes Grand Cru. It has a seriousness about it that goes beyond the delicious citrus, peaches and cream sorbet notes. Perhaps it is due to the lees stirring and barrel aging. It has the richness of a wine made with very ripe grapes, but is it never heavy, and it's completely dry.
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2018 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes-du-Rhône
Reviwer Picture By: John Majeski | Review Date: 10/12/2020 | Send Email
Unlike a Mozart or mathematical savant, some things take time to reach their potential. Understood. Mourvedre is a grape that, like many members of the human community, benefits from ‘late ripening’, reaching its full generous nature and maximum depth of character only after a leisurely ‘growing’ season. And as it makes up to 30% of the vibrant blend in Coudoulet de Beaucastel, Mourvedre lends a plethora of plummy black-fruits and earthy, licorice-scented spicy notes to the wine. A worthy, memorable introduction to the 2018 vintage, with the finesse, length and balance to please any palate. Share it with someone special, a little night music and a savory wild mushroom tart or grilled beef and vegetable brochettes.

2018 Domaine Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Folatières"
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 10/10/2020 | Send Email
Toast, ripe stone fruit, hibiscus and warm curd mark the body of this fine and classy wine. There is subtle complexity right through to the long, sweet butterscotch tinged finish. This shows wonderful concentration along with deft precision.
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2018 Domaine Sylvain Langoureau St-Aubin 1er Cru "En Remilly"
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 10/10/2020 | Send Email
Crushed citrus and stone fruit, flower blossom and light spice come together with a unique chalky counterpoint in this wine of weight and texture. Even in its youth this tastes quite complete and of Grand Cru quality. As you would expect, the finish picks up steam where the the sensation of talc and mineral really shine.
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2018 Domaine Sylvain Langoureau Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune "Clos Marc"
Reviwer Picture By: Robert Cash | Review Date: 10/10/2020 | Send Email
This is an absolutely screaming Burgundy deal! I bought this wine a few weeks ago without knowing much about it and I was so impressed I bought several more. Impeccably balanced, beautifully aromatic classic style Burgundy with subtle spices, ripe cherry notes and a long finish. This wine evolves beautifully in the glass over time if you can resist the urge to prematurely finish it. A single vineyard Burgundy for under $20!?? But this by the case. Spectacular value!
Drink from 2020 to 2020
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