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Staff Favorites - Shaun Green

Shaun Green

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Nicolas Maillart "Platine" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-21-2020
Lovely citrus and white blossom nose and a palate of bright and crisply citrus fruit, but with a nice texture and flavor and a modest component of oak. Quite dry and refreshing and extremely pleasing finishing with a clean, clear Meyer lemon wash

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 07-21-2020
You don't become one of the world's best selling Rose Champagnes for no reason. The all Pinot Noir, all Grand Cru LP Rose is truly a gem - rich and plenty powerful, with a palate of lightly spiced raspberry and wild strawberry fruit and a creamy finish and framed by perfect acidity. Somehow LP manages to combine richness and elegance into one stunning Champagne

Canard-Duchêne Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-19-2020
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What a deal for a Brut Rose. Perfectly dry and crisp with red currant/strawberry fruit and a crisp clean finish
Drink from 2013 to 2013
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-19-2020
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What a value! Another great find by Gary Westby. Lovely bread/cracker notes, fairly rich but with a good highlighting tartness. Clean finish and a lovely texturaly fine mousse
Drink from 2013 to 2013
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Wilderness Trail (Yellow Label) Bottled In Bond Sweet Mash Wheated Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 02-05-2020
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All the technical details are above so I'll spare you those, however this is an absolutely beautiful and surprisingly elegant Bourbon. I wish I had more experience with sweet mash Bourbons in order to identify what exactly it contributes but in the end what matters is in the glass. The smooth creamy lightly carameled and mid bodied palate weight is very easy to drink even neat, it comes off with a finesse that is hard to resist
Top Value!
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

2007 Thiénot "Black Ball" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-02-2020
The Black Ball is not only an amazing way to support a fine children's charity, it's a absolutely lovely high-end Champagne at a great price. With aromatics and flavors of brioche, light spice and laced with gentle honeysuckle, the Champagne is both complex and elegant in style with an unmistakable feeling of pedigree. And for good reason: the fruit came from one of the most famous, super high-end Champagne houses, which sold off some parcels in three Grand Cru villages at a time when they needed cash flow. The style is wonderfully different but the quality is immediately evident
Top Value!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Lanson "Black Label" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-16-2019
Lanson is back and with a bang! What a wonderful thing it is too. Nice richness, apple/peach fruit a lovely bready edge and a very nice texture. This is a Champagne that is easy to love.
Top Value!

Old Potrero "K&L Exclusive Barrel #13" 63.21% Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 10-09-2019
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A wonderfully delicious and layered rye. It's amazing that the difference between this and the 13 is only the barrel. It's softly sweet, and a wonderful cinnamon spice stand out. It is very, very sippable, even neat. In fact, our lovely office colleague Frances took a small sip and immediately announced she was having a little more!
Price: Hidden View Price

Fallet-Dart "Grande Sélection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-05-2019
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The Fallet-Dart Champagnes all represent fantastic values, and there are a number to choose from depending on your preference and budget. Each on shows a lovely toasty note from their preference for long lees contact.The Grande Selection adds 15% Chardonnay to the cuvee but still has the Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier dominant. It shows a bit more of a creamy refined character with lovely plump white fruits and a tangerine hint on the edges. It shows a nice bold mouthfeel and a long finish.
Top Value!
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-05-2019
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The Fallet-Dart Champagnes all represent fantastic values, and there are a number to choose from depending on your preference and budget. Each on shows a lovely toasty note from their preference for long lees contact. The Grand reserve is rich but has a lovely crunchy crispness of fresh citrus over red apple fruit. It finishes up with a very refreshing clean snap
Top Value!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Jean-Jacques Lamoureux Pinot Blanc Champagne
Review Date: 06-19-2019
How exciting to have an all Pinot Blanc Champagne! Beautiful florals and light brioche on the nose with a silky elegant yet somewhat tropical palate of enticing fruit. Fine and elegant in the mousse as well, with a slight touch of peach stone at the finish. An absolutely delicious and luxurious Champagne.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
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Who doesn't love Bolli! 007, The gals from Ab Fab, and us! Seriously this has always been a favorite, likely due to its generous use of reserve wines and meticulous winemaking, the bold rich and nutty presence and light zesty lemon peel highlights are truly hard to resist
Top Value!

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
Billecart Salmon is one of the most consistent and ever reliably great rose Champagnes. A constant favorite with customers and staff alike, it's hard to find fault with anything about this one. Richly bold and lovely red fruit flavors dominate this true classic.

Billecart-Salmon "Brut Réserve" Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
K&L has a long and happy relationship with Billecart Salmon and the Brut Reserve is as lively and exuberant as ever. Lovely lemony fruit and an enticing candied citrus peel not are lifted by the brightness and clarity. Always a hit!

Michel Arnould "Réserve" Grand Cru Brut Verzenay Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
Verzenay has the distinction of being north facing, yet decidedly warmer and able to produce wonderful Pinot Noir. The Michel Arnould Reserve uses this (75% Pinot Noir) to produce a wonderfully rich and mouth filling champagne with a charming fruit profile combining white peachy fruit and red berries. A layer of creamy nuttiness is the perfect compliment and lovely acidity holds it all together perfectly.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2017 Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese
Review Date: 01-22-2019
A beautiful example of Spatlese in the elegant Donnhoff style. Elegant and pretty but with a nice somewhat rich middle giving a juicy fleshiness. The acidity is beautifully matched and crisps up the sweetness. The fine slate minerality flows through from start to finish and the purity of fruit lingers in a long finish.
Price: $42.99 Add To Cart

Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut
Review Date: 01-16-2019
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We all know Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay from Champagne, but a small fraction (less than 1%) of the vines are of 4 other heritage varietals including Pinot Gris (Fromenteau) from which this beauty is made. This rare gem is a definite must for the lover of history and heritage crops and of course any Champagne lover. The Champagne really surprises right from the initial aromas which are remarkably rich. The flavors follow through with very lively acidity, absolutely dancing on the tongue and a clear bright palate of apple, pear and quince. The wonderful influence of lees compliments the palate perfectly and a lingering finish lures you back for more. What a great find!
Top Value!
Price: Hidden View Price

Launois "Cuvée Réservée" Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-23-2018
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There's not a lot more to say about this one, it a no-brainer! Grand Cru Champagne of this quality at this price is just not to be missed.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Quartz" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-23-2018
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This lower pressure Champagne, coming from the single vineyard Chetillons is another astounding deal from Launois. The soft creamy feel of the mousse and the long lingering palate feel showing sweetcake and creamy apple richness mid-palate flows to a long lingering finish (another Grand Cru at this price!) .... what's not to like?
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie "Réserve" (formerly Carte Blanche) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-27-2017
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Ever since I had this wine at my wedding in 2008, it has been getting more and more impressive. This current cuvee is the most amazing value yet in a truly first class Champagne. You owe it to yourself to try one if you haven't yet. My number one pick of Champagne values in the store!
Top Value!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2002 Chateau de Ravignan Folle Blanche Armagnac (750ml)
Review Date: 11-22-2017
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The 15 year old Bas-Armagnac from Ravignan is a great chance to try a incredibly well made all Folle Blanche version of Bas Armagnac with a rich spicy nose, a bold and full-bodied palate full of dark spices and a sweet barrel edge. The back palate brings me back to my youth and cinnamon oil-soaked toothpicks -- zesty, spicy and yummy and just a bit flashy. Delicious, and at a price that really can't be beat!
Top Value!
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-08-2017
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Fighting well above its weight class, this Champagne is a lovely example of a great find, unknown to many that is a must try for any Champagne lover. Rich and complex with classic Champagne notes of light savory and biscuit over lovely rich apple-y fruit - all at a price that makes it a 'go to' Champagne for me. One glass and you'll see the quality level available at reasonable pricing when you look beyond the grand marques of Champagne.
Top Value!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-06-2017
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How do you make a classic pleasing Champagne even better? Bring in some new spectacular fruit sources including a lot of Grand Cru Chardonnay and add 'La Cuvee' to the name. The replacement for the LP Brut is just fantastic! It shows a more creamy nose next to the previous LP, and a finer more mineral driven palate impression. The round and fairly ripe apple and peach middle has an appealing steely core, and a chalky minerality underpinning it all. Even more refined than the Champagne it replaces, LP has an even better winner on their hands here.
Top Value!

Siembra Valles "Ancestral" Blanco Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 11-21-2016
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OK, I have to admit I'm more of a Scotch and Cognac drinker so a Tequila has to be off the charts to make me think I want to write up something. This is THE best Tequila I have ever sipped. Pure, bright and elegant are not always the descriptors you expect of a Tequila, but this fits the bill precisely. The nose is absolutely charming with a pure agave quality interlaced with aromas of lime, spice and a note of aromatic pine. On the palate it is wonderfully complex, a bit smoky, oaky and spicy with citrus and that beautiful quince like fruitiness great Tequila always shows me. The story is captivating enough to make you want to try it, but the experience will bring you back for more. Bravo!
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

Boulard-Bauquaire "Trepail" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 10-04-2016
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Oh wow, I tasted this and immediately bought a case. It's amazing to find any Champagne from seriously old vines at all, much less at this price. Rich and creamy as you would expect from all my colleagues' reviews and one of the best deals in Champagne in the store.
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Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 05-17-2016
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Simply delicious, the Charles Heidsieck Champagnes have improved so drastically lately that if you haven't tried them recently you owe it to yourself to try one now. Bold nutty, toasty and rich, but not lumbering or cloying - it has a lovely acidity to finish it off. Bravo!

Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 02-04-2016
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A very cool and unusual gin from Spain! Distilled from Olives, Thyme, Rosemary and Basil, this gin is almost a martini in itself. The thyme is the forward aromatic so the herbal notes are very fine, and wonderful citrus overtones provide freshness and zip. There is a fantastic and equally fresh subtly minty quality on the finish that I love. Absolutely delicious.
Top Value!
Price: $33.99 Add To Cart

Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-22-2015
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Wow, this 3rd evolution of Cut Spike is a little different but even better. Tropical fruits, ginger and a wonderful spicy wood on the nose move along to a beautiful mid palate of soft fruity lime and papaya, gentle Asian spice and lemon grass, then flow through to a smooth finish showing orange blossom, kaffir lime and notes of that wonderful vanilla the last offering had. Very unique and impressive - and a must for any whisky lover.
Top Value!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

The Durand Corkscrew for Removal of Old Corks with Confidence
Review Date: 06-23-2015
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Simply the best corkscrew we have ever offered, and the best I've ever used.
Price: $124.99 Add To Cart

Lehmann "Jamesse Prestige" Grand Champagne Mouth-Blown Wine Glass #45
Review Date: 05-20-2014
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When our Champagne gurus Gary and Scott came back from Champagne this year raving about the glassware designed by Philippe Jamesse, I certainly took notice. These Champagne glasses are a bit more open and less flute like than standard flutes, and highlight the complexity of Champagne beautifully. Among the best Champagne glasses we've ever used, they are also an incredible value for both the mouth blown and machine made versions. If you love Champagne you owe it to yourself to try this glass.
Top Value!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Thienot Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-12-2013
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Light and crisp on the nose and moving on to an absolutely wonderful zesty palate of citrusy/tangerine like fruit - it has a wonderful mousse and a great finish. Drink like a movie star! This was the Champagne for the 2013 Oscars.
Drink from 2013 to 2013