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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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2016 Buena Vista "Château Buena Vista" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Wine of this quality, at this price is increasingly rare in Napa Valley, especially from a truly great vintage like 2016. Buena Vista is one of the most historic properties in all of California. Founded in 1857 the original winery is now a registered historic landmark. The modern era of the winery has been crafted by Jean-Charles Boisset who has restored the Buena Vista name to its former glory. The Chateau Buena Vista range focuses on classically styled wines that pay homage to the estates significant roll in establishing Napa Valley as a premium wine producing region. The bottle is packed with dusty red fruits, ripe plum, redcurrant, dried herbs and subtle spicy oak. The palate is full bodied with ample structure and tannic frame. Beautifully balanced, layered and persistent on the palate. A timeless style that is faithful to this property's long legacy. Nothing short of spectacular for this price point.
Top Value!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2016 Bootleg Napa Valley Red Blend
Reviwer Picture By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
We get to benefit from the abundance of fruit the Jackson family got in 2016 by drinking Bootleg, made with declassified fruit from all their best wineries including Mt. Brave and Freemark Abbey. The composition changes every year and this is the best version I have ever tasted. Fans of "The Prisoner" red blend will love this one, especially at $20 cheaper.
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2017 Harvey and Harriet (Booker) Paso Robles Red Blend
Reviwer Picture By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Made with a ripe flavor profile, this is for all those looking for soft, smooth, fruit-forward wines. No harsh tannin or acid here, just sweet Paso fruit, but without over-extraction or a flabby mouthfeel. Booker delivers what they know their followers will love with this bottling.
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart

2016 Round Pond "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
From acclaimed winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown comes this phenomenal representation of Rutherford Cab. Very classic in style and definitely indicative of place, this wine has rich, dark fruit, and a strong backbone. It is drinking lovely now, but will definitely hold for another 10 years if desired. Don't miss out on the great discounted price on this one.

2016 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Jennifer Lee | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
This is a quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - exactly what you expect it to be...BIG, BOLD, and VELVETY. The Amici Cab is smooth, luscious and slides right off your palate in a very easy to drink pairing with food or own its own. Ready to drink now, this bottle is a dinner table pleaser as juicy red fruits of berries, herbs and chocolate hits your palate. Perfect balance of oak and smoke makes this wine very well-balanced. I could see this vintage aging quite well too for at least another 5-10 years. Easily buy a case for your cellar or gifting for any occasion. Pairings include: red meats, seafood, heavy cheeses. Sip and enjoy!

2018 Domaine de Verquière Côtes-du-Rhône
Reviwer Picture By: Lauren Seward | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
The new vintage is in! Domaine de Verquiere is one of the most consistent value producers we sell at K&L, and the latest vintage of their Cotes du Rhone is another great example of their attention to quality without sacrificing affordability. Estate-grown organic fruit (80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, the same make up of the 2017 vintage) comes together harmoniously in this aromatic CDR, showing aromatic notes of red fruit, wet rock, stewed strawberries, and rosehip oil. On the silky smooth palate I notice wild strawberries, a light minerality, wet earth (classic to the region) and a subtle hint of mint. There is a particularly interesting/flinty kick in the wine's acidity that really wakes up the palate and lengthens the wine's finish.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

Doc Swinson's 15 Year Old "Rare Release" Exploratory Cask Series Nonchillfiltered Small Batch Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Jackson Lee | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
We didn’t get a whole lot of information on the provenance of this bourbon, which bothers me as both a bourbon drinker and a whiskey nerd but I quickly let it go; you don’t see too many bourbons with a 15 year age statement on the bottle these days. The nose is herbaceous and not what I expected from a 15 year old bourbon. Initially I got golden brown sugar follow by the herbal qualities of ginseng, cola nut, and salted black licorice. After it had some time in the glass, the nose kept enticing me back with its sweet brown sugar and boiled peanuts came into play. The palate has a full, almost oily quality to it, which I quite enjoyed and keeps that brown sugary sweetness I got on the nose. Then, spicy cinnamon and the Dr. Pepper note came in with some heat behind it before settling down for the finish. The end was oaky and grippy with a grassy sweetness to it.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

2016 Lafont-Fourcat, Bordeaux Rouge
Reviwer Picture By: Chris DePaoli | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Solid Bordeaux at a laughably low price, this has all the things more serious Bordeaux drinkers want along with the accessibility you'd expect from this producer. With a noticeable sweet fruit note but also a savory backing, this can run the gamut of food pairings. Floral notes mix with black tea on the nose, while the sweet cedar flavors rise out of the palate along with cherry and smoke. With tame tannins for its youth, you don't have to wait to drink this at all.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2018 Jouanin, Cotes de Castillon
Reviwer Picture By: Chris DePaoli | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Mocha, cherry and raspberry nose preceding a floral and ground coffee palate all in a lighter, prettier style of Bordeaux. This wine has got a long life ahead of it for the price point but also opens up incredibly well for a wine so young, the lighter body invites all sorts of left field wine pairings and would work perfectly for an office happy hour
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2016 Buena Vista "Château Buena Vista" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Buena Vista was established in 1857 and is considered by many to be the first premium winery in California. It's no surprise Boisset saw this incredible legacy and took Buena Vista under their legacy group. Driven by velvety, slightly sweet fruit, this feels like a classic and new California take on Cabernet simultaneously. With a hint of tannin for structure on the finish, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser at under $30. This is a hard price point to find from such a historic winery.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2016 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Pound for pound one of the very best bottles of classically styled Napa Cabernet around. Larkmead is a property with an esteemed history and yet the wines continue to go from strength to strength with Dan Petroski at the helm. This has everything you could want from Napa Cabernet without any of the excesses that plague many present day contemporaries. This is pure, age worthy, refined Napa Cab at it's finest. The wine is composed from blocks spanning the property's diverse soil types giving a a full picture of the vineyard in a given season. Whilst Larkmead's single block or soil type bottlings offer a step up in power and concentration, I actually love how this Estate bottling is expressing itself and find it every bit as compelling as the significantly more expensive Olomo, Solari and Lark releases. Remarkably fresh aromatics of blue fruits, shaved cedar, cigar box, mint, graphite and loamy earth. Mid-weight, fine but considerable tannins and perfectly judged to frame the elegant, precise fruit. This is very classy stuff that I think really deserves to be discussed among the very best wines being made in modern day Napa Valley...and I write this review just days after tasting many hundreds of wines at Premiere Napa Valley 2020. Buy with confidence, drink this now or over the next 20+ years.

2016 Bootleg Napa Valley Red Blend
Reviwer Picture By: Lilia McIntosh | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Bootleg is back! And it's even more delicious than the last vintage we had. The composition had changed a bit, it is Merlot based now, and I think it has more complexity and more intrigue as well. Wine is packed with rich wild forest berry notes and supple mulberry fruit. It's juicy and bright on the finish thanks to a healthy acidity and silky tannins give wine amazing drinkability.
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2017 Roquefort Blanc, Bordeaux
Reviwer Picture By: Chris DePaoli | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
An exceptional value in white Bordeaux, the 2016 Roquefort is round and rich, with lemongrass, mango, and peach notes all over the nose, with the fruit tones joining an awesome hint of roasted almond on the palate that carries through the finish. Light-bodied, with pleasant but not roaring acid, this is a porch sipper extraordinaire.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Reviwer Picture By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Not for the faint of heart, Domaine Giraud’s “Tradition” is a flashy, full-bodied red that nevertheless feels balanced, with a rush of concentrated black fruit giving way to a vibrant, almost mineral-driven palate and long, velvety finish. The complex 2017 opens with an aromatic nose full of violets and baking spice, followed by a plush mouthfeel that's tempered by black pepper and apparent-but-integrated oak. There is a lot going on here that will refine beautifully with time. Domaine Giraud is a perfect ambassador for this legendary region, showcasing classic CDP style while staying accessible.

2018 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Sancerre
Reviwer Picture By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Crowd-pleasing yet sophisticated, this bargain priced Sancerre is a dream. Although Sancerre can be a region that hits above budget, the Domaine Des Côtes Blanches Sancerre showcases the best parts of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc while staying under $20. Crisp, bright, and elegant, this is minerally perfection, with that chalky limestone soil creating a lively backbone of acidity to balance 2018's juicy, almost tropical, fruit. Plus, this family-owned winery practices organic farming, so the vibrant Côtes Blanches Sancerre is great for both the planet and your next meal. Cheers!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Canned Oregon (Stoller) Oregon Pinot Noir (cans - 375mls)
Reviwer Picture By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Whoa, this is better than you’d think canned wine could be. Bright red berry fruit cues you into the classic Willamette flavor profile, with subtle herbal notes and a balanced, earthy finish. While there is depth through the palate, Stoller’s rosy Pinot Noir stays supremely crushable, without a hint of the dreaded aluminum taste. These easygoing cans are ready for a field trip!
Price: $5.99 Add To Cart

2017 Eyrie Dundee Hills Pinot Gris
Reviwer Picture By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
This is a special wine. Bright and linear, with hits of lime fruit, Eyrie's Dundee Hills Pinot Gris shows both texture and nimble acid through the palate, and finishes refreshingly dry. The 2017 Dundee Hills release feels more substantial than any Pinot Gris I’ve ever tried, but is light enough on its feet to stay crisp and lean. This is a perfect wine to drink al fresco and a lovely pairing with a wide range of foods. Plus, the quality for the price – especially from a landmark Oregon producer – is astonishing. Don’t miss out on this secret weapon white.
Price: $16.95 Add To Cart

Doc Swinson's 15 Year Old "Rare Release" Exploratory Cask Series Nonchillfiltered Small Batch Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Destined to be one of our top spirit offerings this year, you would be foolhardy to overlook the gem that is Doc Swinson's 15 year. On its face, it is everything a hardcore Bourbon enthusiast is looking for with its age statement and almost nebulous backstory. But, where it really delivers is in the glass. This has a beautiful and layered intensity that delivers waves of flavors. I tasted from a single pour over several days and each time I went back to it, it offered me something new. From brown sugar to vanilla to maple, the sweetness on the nose is defined. The aromas of caraway, chicory, orange peel and cherry pits are equally engaging. The palate is seamless and even at a cask strength of 59.1% abv, this is smooth and lifted. The finish is minutes if not hours long. A tremendous offering that needs to be on your back shelf.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

2015 Carus Baldéro Chianti Classico
Reviwer Picture By: Jennifer Lee | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
COLOR: red berries, light and bright red. NOSE: fresh, tart and fruity. TASTE: Tart, fresh, round, complex and notes of cranberry and cherry are delicious with nice acid. Conclusion: YUM! I love this chianti that's composed of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot because it's easy to drink, full of bright flavors and great, light finish. Excellent pairing with a light tray of cheese, seafood appetizers or honestly on its own too! Get a case and time to stock up!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

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2015 Carus Gaudio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Reviwer Picture By: Jennifer Lee | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
NOSE: Yes... dark, complex, layered, sweet and herbaceous. TASTE: elegant, oak-y, highly complex, smooth and well-structured. This Gaudio Gran Selezione is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot that is well concentrated in the middle and would be perfect with food. I highly enjoyed the complex flavors and would age beautifully for a couple years. Excellent deal at $30, get it while supplies last!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Reviwer Picture By: Lauren Seward | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
Another lovely addition to our CDP offerings. This Grenache-heavy GSM is full-bodied, super velvety, and has a seductive aroma of black cherries, washed stone, cool mint, anise, and candied plums. There is a noticable oak presence, without it taking over the flavor profile. Notes of licorice, dark fruit, and wet rock flavors swirl about as the wine opens up - I suggest a short decant of about half an hour for it to reach its peak.

2018 Cristom "Mt. Jefferson Cuvée" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Reviwer Picture By: Lilia McIntosh | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
This is some serious structured Pinot Noir! Fresh, firm with snappy red cherry, red plum and blood orange juiciness. It has distinctive Oregon earthiness with savory finish and pretty floral aromas. Definitely a steal for the price if you are a fan of classic Oregon Pinot Noir.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart

2016 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
The best value we have in Domestic Chardonnay, period. Calera has incredible pedigree in winemaking and vineyard sources. Take this bottle for example; it is comprised of fruit from Bien Nacido, Talley Rincon, Sierra Madre and many more top notch vineyards throughout the central coast. These vineyards are highly sought after and typically reserved for high-end, $40-$50 single vineyard bottlings! The wine has power and richness but also bright, mineral accented acidity and beautiful length on the palate. Flavors of baked orchard fruit, peach cobbler, toasted bread, barley flour and hazelnut. Broad, rich and flavorful but underpinned by brisk, saline, coastal climate acidity. This drinks WAY beyond our national low price point and is definitely one to stock up on if you enjoy a great bottle of Chardonnay at an everyday price point.
Top Value!
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2016 Buena Vista "Château Buena Vista" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Lilia McIntosh | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
This is super attractive, well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon: it has textbook flavor profile, full of bright red fruit, juicy red cassis and hint of spice from barrel aging. With just 20% of new oak used wine shines with brightness and Cabernet fruit is lovely and supple and not hiding behind tannins. I think this Cab is truly delightful and easy to drink, yet over-delivers for the price and suitable for any occasion: from casual BBQ to sit down steak dinner.
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2018 Cristom "Mt. Jefferson Cuvée" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Reviwer Picture By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
This Cristom always over-delivers for the price and exhibits all the classic Oregon flavors. Made from mostly estate fruit, this wine is snappy, dusky, and well-balanced with dark red fruits. The edition of around 40% whole cluster gives nice structure and some punchy earthiness that makes it stand out. One of my favorite Oregon labels time and time again.
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2017 Domaine Lafage "Narassa" Côtes-du-Roussillon
Reviwer Picture By: John Majeski | Review Date: 2/24/2020 | Send Email
If wines had wings, this extraordinary red from Lafage would surely take flight and soar out the door, especially at this unbelievable price point. Done in an opulently ripe 'ripasso' style, it delivers a warmth of dark, confitured fruits, soft spice and a touch of Roussillon wildness, ballasted by velvety tannins and an ultra-smooth finish. Drink this redolent red wine with a mountain of slow-braised ribs and be thoroughly seduced.
Top Value!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2016 Casino di Sala Rosso dei Tatanni Rosso Toscano
Reviwer Picture By: Chris DePaoli | Review Date: 2/24/2020 | Send Email
This savory, full Toscano is textbook Italian. The firm herbal notes opening up and pushing over to the darker, dusty minerality that keeps evolving in the glass toward the spiced plum skin finish. The red fruit beam that just flits through the entirety adds an unexpected complexity at this price point, while the tannin and acid structure is all ready for you to enjoy right now. A boar ragu would be ideal, but in the event you are not in the heart of Tuscany, Pork Roast, Brisket, or Tri-tip wouldn't be out of place.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2017 Fèlsina Chianti Classico
Reviwer Picture By: Chris DePaoli | Review Date: 2/24/2020 | Send Email
A phenomenal Chianti, and one of the most dependable Sangiovese producers in the building, Felsina is a perennial staff favorite that backs up its reputation every vintage with rich, round Sangio that begs for a classic Italian pairing like Pasta Bolognese . The big red fruit and bombing smoke all coil around the fine spice notes that hint at the aging ability in the bottle. The silk textured mid-weight palate is world class and the finish longer than any reasonable person could expect at twice the price point.

2016 Tenuta Roveglia "Vigne di Catullo" Lugana Riserva
Reviwer Picture By: Chris DePaoli | Review Date: 2/24/2020 | Send Email
Like almost every other staff member at K&L, I love Lugana, and live for the good ones. This "Riserva," bottling by Tenuta Roveglia is their dressed-up option - giving you all the crunchy Asian pear notes you should expect from any good Lugana, but also a weight and creaminess that pushes it into the serious wine category. The background on the palate of white stone and pleasant but present acid add to the experience immensely. A little bit of everything in the glass for the group of friends that all have different palates.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Reviwer Picture By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 2/24/2020 | Send Email
Every year I go to Chateauneuf du Pape, one of my must visit places is Domaine de Marcoux. They make some of the most pristine and charming wines year after year and they never lose their sense of place. The 2017 is another great success following the gorgeous 2015 and stunning 2016. As always the wines leans towards more red fruit - loaded with brambly strawberry, plum and red currant flavors. The palate is awash in roasted fig surrounded by notes of dried thyme and marjoram. It finishes with that whisper of potpourri that will continue to grow as the wine ages more. Showing exceptional balance for this concentrated vintage (I expect no less!), this is another exquisite wine from Marcoux.

2016 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Reviwer Picture By: John Majeski | Review Date: 2/23/2020 | Send Email
"What is a sheep only millions of little bits of sheepness whirling around and doing intricate convolutions inside the sheep?"- Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman. Ruminate upon those shaggy ruminants as we journey to New Zealand’s South Island, to Central Otago, a spectacularly isolated region of rugged landscapes and lovingly-tended vines, populated with not just sheep, but colorful, iconoclastic characters like winemaker Duncan Forsyth of Mount Edward. His expertly crafted, biodynamically-farmed Pinot Noir, sourced from a trifecta of superb vineyards displays both finesse and gravitas, owing to the addition of whole clusters during fermentation and judicious use of new oak. This is a true winemaker's wine of place, poise and purity.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2017 Maison les Alexandrins Crozes-Hermitage
Reviwer Picture By: Lauren Seward | Review Date: 2/23/2020 | Send Email
This is a lot of wine for $19.99. This is an undeniably Northern Rhone-styled Syrah with a full texture, herbacious and peppery aromas, and flavor notes of juicy dark fruit, black pepper, and meat, all wrapped up with a mouthwatering finish. It is wines like this that prove that Syrah is one of the most diverse varietals out there.

Old Forester K&L Exclusive Single Barrel "#4478 (Warehouse O, Floor 1)" Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Shelby Griffiths | Review Date: 2/23/2020 | Send Email
I am always blown away by the complexity and value our barrel picks have to offer, and this pick from Old Forester is no exception! The nose offers uplifted notes of tangerines, cherry blossom & pith, with a touch of light brown sugar. The palate at the start is so plush and creamy vanilla, finishing with a snap of raw almonds and nutmeg. A barrel pick like this would make a great gift for any fans of Old Forester, or whisky lovers alike!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Fukano 10 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Cask Japanese Whisky (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Jennifer Lee | Review Date: 2/23/2020 | Send Email
I was very surprised to learn there was such a thing as a rice whiskey! Oh what a delightful treat this is... beautifully silky smooth and aromatic. This 10 year old Fukano left me wanting more because 1) you can tell it's made from rice and therefore very delicate and smooth 2) bouquets of floral notes fill your senses with an enigmatic draw that almost puts you in a trance 3) Drinks so smooth. The viscosity is a perfect balance between accents of light vanilla oak, flowers blooming, light toffee notes that all just works! Definitely stock up while supplies lasts.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

Doc Swinson's 15 Year Old "Rare Release" Exploratory Cask Series Nonchillfiltered Small Batch Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Shelby Griffiths | Review Date: 2/22/2020 | Send Email
In two words, completely shocked. I have never experienced a bourbon quite like this before. On the nose I found red apple skins, eucalyptus, vanilla mint, and pandan leaf. Playing a harmonic game of tug of war between the cool and warm aromas filling the glass. The palate is electrifyingly energetic, leaving a warming tingle with a rush of cinnamon, pink peppercorns, and touches of banana. It's incredibly rare to come across a bourbon like this, and with 15 years of age on it, it would be a sin to not take home a bottle at this incredible value.
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2017 Famille Perrin "Les Cornuds" Vinsobres
Reviwer Picture By: Lauren Seward | Review Date: 2/22/2020 | Send Email
If you're on the hunt for a good go-to dinner red from the Rhone, look no further. This Grenache/Syrah blend comes from the northernmost AOC in the southern Rhone, Vinsobres, which is generally known to produce wines that lean more toward the northern Rhone style. It is grippy and highly textured with aromatics of red and blue fruit, dark florals, and hints of cola and spice. The palate opens up to reveal red berries, dried spice, and a beautiful minerality that is commonly found in wines from this area. This is the kind of wine whose finish gives and gives and gives!
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2016 San Giusto a Rentennano "Le Baròncole" Chianti Classico Riserva
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Moses | Review Date: 2/22/2020 | Send Email
What a wine. I've been following the wines of San Giusto a Rentennano over the past couple years, and they've received nearly every winemaking benchmark you can imagine (multiple 100-pointers, WS Top 10, etc). Even at this modest price level, it's easy to see why the wines are so cherished. It has a bit of the wild side of Sangiovese with dark red to black fruits, a bit of an herbal note, and racy acidity. But it is rich and deep, with resounding waves of fruit, in a way that makes me think of top-notch Super Tuscans at twice the price instead of a Chianti. This offers a ton right now with a healthy decant, but will age beautifully over the better part of two decades.

2017 Domaine Lafage "Narassa" Côtes-du-Roussillon
Reviwer Picture By: Lauren Seward | Review Date: 2/21/2020 | Send Email
New to the French Regional category is this smooth, fuller-bodied red from one of our favorite value producers, Lafage. I have to agree with fellow K&L-er Kaj that this is akin to a quality CDR Villages. It features soft aromatic notes of dark berries, warm spice, and a little bit of an animal/meaty characteristics. The flavor profile is equally elegant, balanced, and silky, and concludes with a delicate acidity and a soft, even finish. This would be a great casual red to have available to serve to guests whose wine preferences you are unaware of, or at a party/social gathering. It is appealing, inexpensive, and easy-drinking.
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Chateau de la Grangerie K&L Exclusive Armagnac (1L)
Reviwer Picture By: Will Blakely | Review Date: 2/21/2020 | Send Email
This bottle is consistently one of the best values in the store. Any customer in need of a versatile cocktail brandy, especially for batches, I point to La Grangerie. Delicate and oh-so drinkable but by no means simple, expect to find layers of flowers, stone fruit and almond with a pleasing texture and a honey-like finish. Whether using it as an ingredient or looking to end your day with a spirit that's not challenging, you cannot find a better, easier brandy for this price.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2012 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne
Reviwer Picture By: Jennifer Lee | Review Date: 2/21/2020 | Send Email
This wonderful treat is well worth the price! Traces of crisp apple, lemon and floral notes hits your senses and leaves them tingling for more! Super easy to drink and pairs well with mostly anything,.. this champagne is ready to drink now and would be absolutely lovely even 5-10 years from now. Savor and enjoy!
Price: $124.99 Add To Cart

2019 Allan Scott Family Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Reviwer Picture By: Jennifer Lee | Review Date: 2/21/2020 | Send Email
This SB has got some zing to it! Super crisp, green apple,apricot and nectarine aromas come across so clearly in this New Zealand wine.What I love is that it tastes like a fancy summer “sitting on the porch” wine without the extravagant price one would expect to accompany such a tasty treat.Fruit forward, elegant and light – easily a regular “go to” chilled white wine to accompany your warm California days. Definitely a wine to stock before it’s all gone~ cheers and enjoy!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2016 Sidewood Estate Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
Reviwer Picture By: Jennifer Lee | Review Date: 2/21/2020 | Send Email
Adelaide Hills a pronounced wine producing region in Southern Australia that churns out some of the best pinot noirs out there. The terroir and climate allows the grapes to fully ripen and mature and this 2016 vintage is chock full of fruity aromas: raspberry, blueberry and some leathery notes mixed with a hint of toasted oak mix together beautifully for a complex mouthfeel. You expect a pinot to possess lighter ruby colors in your class and this one hits the mark. I absolutely loved it and would want to share this delicious wine with all my friends. Easy to drink now with your favorite dishes or on it’s own. Enjoy!
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1989 Chateau de Pellehaut 30 Year Old K&L Exclusive Tenareze Armagnac (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Jackson Lee | Review Date: 2/21/2020 | Send Email
Smooth operator- that’s what I’m calling this one. From the nose to the palate this baby is smoooooooth. On the nose I got bright fruit notes of green banana upfront layered on top of apple sauce. There’s an unmistakable sweetness that was reminiscent of demerara sugar, it almost felt like I was huffing the stuff. The palate is sweet, and as briefly mentioned, smooth from start to finish. It’s full and soft and tastes like eating a brownie drizzled in caramel with apple slices on top. The finish is mild but long, if someone has ever made a barrel aged fruit punch, that’s what I got at the end. These Armagnacs continue to impress with age.
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

1999 Meyney, St. Estephe
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 2/21/2020 | Send Email
This opens with aromas of damp soil, dark plums, black cherries and a touch of smoke. The wine is plump and juicy with nice mid-palate weight and no hard edges. There is a surprisingly crisp edge to the sweet and lingering finish of this soft and delicious middle aged Bordeaux that is ready right now.
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2017 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Reviwer Picture By: Will Blakely | Review Date: 2/20/2020 | Send Email
Another stunning example of Chateauneuf du Pape, the 2017 Giraud delivers on every level. Sticky black fruit, sumptuous and decadent, balanced by sufficient spice and river rock minerals. The oak is present without feeling overwhelming thanks to concrete aging on a sizable portion of the final blend. Though this could age for years to come, I would encourage anyone crack it open right now, make some cassoulet and go to town.

2017 Susana Balbo "Crios" Malbec Mendoza
Reviwer Picture By: Kirk Walker | Review Date: 2/20/2020 | Send Email
Dark cherry fruits backed with a little oak and spice. The Crios has been a go-to Malbec for what seems to be forever! Built like an easy-drinking Cabernet with dark and rich red fruits, just a little Argentine spice, earth, easy tannins, and a clean finish. This is an uncomplicated delicious wine. A wine for all occasions, but right now I am thinking about drinking this with take-out Kebabs.

2017 Susana Balbo "Crios" Malbec Mendoza
Reviwer Picture By: Will Blakely | Review Date: 2/20/2020 | Send Email
Few things satisfy like a juicy, well-made Malbec. Susana Balbo has been one of the most celebrated winemakers in Argentina for some time, and bottles like this spread word of her legendary skills far and wide. How can something so cheap be so tasty?? With superb balance, it gracefully delivers dark, brambly fruits and just enough flowers and herbs to lift the profile. Unmistakable quality and an uncanny value, this is one you should pick up by the case.

2016 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 2/20/2020 | Send Email
This deep purple colored wine is rich, flashy and sweetly fruity yet manages to finish dry and firm. Slightly modern in style but absolutely delicious and an amazing bottle for less than $25.

2011 Chairman's Reserve 8 Year Old "Master's Selection" K&L Exclusive Barrel #151 John Dore Pot Coffey Column Blended Single Barrel St Lucia Rum (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Will Blakely | Review Date: 2/20/2020 | Send Email
What a treasure this fiendish bottle is. Expect a hell of a lot of rum for the price, but keep in mind how volatile and oily these tropics-aged barrels can be. Exquisite vanilla, toasted almond, fleshy coconut and a touch of baker's chocolate waft across the sticky, funky molasses of the John Dore distillate. Combined with the column still juice that provides an almost crystalline sweetness, layers of complex fruit and spice rise and fall in waves. This sip shows baked banana dipped in sticky brown sugar; the next, caramel coated nuts crumbled atop charred banana leaves with a sprinkling of acetone. Remember also that air and water are best friends for these types of brooding, impossibly deep spirits. They prop him up, remind him of his best qualities, and let the rest of the world appreciate the beauty inside.
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Maker's Mark 46 K&L Exclusive "Equal Parts Baked American Pure 2 & Maker's 46 Barrel" Private Select Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Will Blakely | Review Date: 2/20/2020 | Send Email
Every day, I encounter folks looking for the big-name, low-volume bottles that cause all of us whiskey fans to salivate and shake in anticipation or anguish. So often those seeking one or two particular bottles that long since sold through our tiny allocation will leave empty-handed without giving a second glance to our freshly stocked shelves. Yet bottles like this Private Select continue to deliver the quality and endless drinkability of the coveted few, only with sufficient availability that you don't feel guilty when you find your bottle empty. This thing is so soft it's almost criminal. Caramel and baked apple tussle with tons of well-integrated vanilla, forming a rich, enticing palate. There's plenty of salted nuts, ripe banana and cinammon spice on the back to keep things interesting even after multiple glasses. Anyone can enjoy it, but wheat lovesr will absolutely devour this with abandon. What strikes me is how it seems so unpretentious and wholesome. Like slipping under a cozy blanket with a fire going, this makes me feel safe, warm and nurtured. Sure, it's no Pappy, but what else is? Do we really need Pappy? I'd rather have a 6-pack of this - just wake me up when it's all gone, because I will have slept through several alarms.
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