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Staff Favorites - Alex Schroeder

Alex Schroeder

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2004 l'Avocat "Cuvée Speciale", Graves
Review Date: 06-26-2019
This made using the painstaking “Vinification Integrale” process, where the hand-picked fruit is macerated on the skins inside the barrel for three weeks, then aged in new oak for 18 months. After 15 years, this wine is one seriously sexy sipper for $29.99. It has a rich dark fruit core framed by toasty oak, with hints of smoked meats and aged leather. The tannins are round and silky smooth, and the wine is overall still very fresh and vibrant. As the resident Bordeaux expert Ralph Sands put it after tasting it blind, “We thought it was Margaux, Margaux.”
Price: $31.99 Add To Cart

2018 Canon, St-Émilion
Review Date: 05-24-2019
This is a nicely concentrated claret, with a robust perfume of dark peppery fruit, minerals, black currants and smoke. It's elegant and velvety on the palate with firm yet smooth tannins. It has a subtle balancing acidity and a long dark fruit-driven finish framed by pleasant herbal notes.

2018 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-17-2019
On the nose, very concentrated notes of dark fruit and earthy graphite. On the palate, however, very elegant and round, with great acid and nice grippy tannins. This should be a fantastic wine to age in the cellar.

2018 La Gaffelière, St. Emilion
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This was the star of St. Emilion during the 2018 en primeur campaign. The addition of excellent Cabernet Franc vines shone through with aromas of roses, peppery red fruit and graphite on the nose. The texture was very elegant already with wonderful concentration of fruit and tannin on the palate, and wonderful acidity that lends to a long, fresh and balanced finish.

2018 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This is opulent with dark, purple, plummy fruit, toast and notes of licorice, mocha and herbs. The tannins are soft and elegant up front and then become more grippy on the finish, adding to the structure given by the balancing acidity. Great graphite and minerals underscore the ripe fruit.

2018 Capbern, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This is the best value in St. Estephe. Made by the same winemaking team from Calon Segur, from terroir adjacent to much more expensive properties, it has spicy black fruit, mocha, and licorice on the nose. On the palate, it is very fresh and bright while remaining dark and concentrated at its core. It has very elegant, firm tannins, with nice herbal notes on the finish.

1995 Le Brun de Neuville "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-16-2019
This is aged Sezanne Champagne at its finest! Rich notes of dried lemons and apricots, oloroso sherry notes, hazelnuts, smoke and beautiful earthy minerals all combine perfectly integrated under the bright acidity of the vintage for an incredibly rare experience for an incredibly rare low price.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is a very rare, and very delicious 100% Pinot Gris-based champagne. The pinot gris leaves a clean, floral, mineral-laden bouquet on the nose, but on the palate the strength and power of the fruit are striking: pear and green apple, white flowers and a touch of lemon zest are amplified by serious acidity, and a long, focused finish of minerals and lemony goodness. This is Champagne like you’ve never experienced!​
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
In a direct import program that boasts hundreds of stunning grower-producer Champagnes at incredible values, the “Authentic Assemblage” from Le Brun de Neuville belongs near the top of the list not just in terms of value for the price but in overall quality. It boasts a rich, decadent style that comes from aging on its lees for five years under cork instead of bottle cap, a practice still used by only a tiny percentage of producers in Champagne. This allows for micro-oxygenation, which gives the wine a rich, rounded texture that perfectly balances out the crisp chalky minerals and the rich flavors of nectarine, honeysuckle, brioche and clove. The fact that it is available for such a low price is a miracle.

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
I instantly fell in love with LeBrun de Neuville’s “Authentique” Rosé. The blend, two thirds Chardonnay and one third Pinot Noir, has the best of both worlds: rich and vibrant red fruit flavors along with soft delicate notes of flowers and stone fruit. The acid keeps the blend energetic and the chalkiness of the Sezanne area it is grown in is undeniable.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

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2012 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Revelation" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is amongst the best Blanc de Noirs in the store. It’s made entirely from a very old plot of massale-selected Pinot Meunier vines, and sees time in french oak barrels. It has an amazing bouquet of baking spice, pear, honey suckle and herbs. On the palate, the fruit profile is electrifying and complex, and leads to a long, yeasty bright finish. It has the brightness and concentration of fruit with the precision and cleanliness only the best champagnes display.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
Olivier Bonville carries on the tradition of his grandfather, Franck, producing wines of incredible richness and complexity from his estate vines in the Grand Cru villages of Avize and Mesnil on the picaresque Cote de Blancs. It has the rich flavors of Anjou pear, Meyer lemon, white apricots and a touch of delicate spice. The real magic is in the chalky minerality and zippy acidity that the Cote de Blancs is famous for. When you consider that similar offerings from the Big Houses cost three to four times more, this becomes a must-buy for anyone who loves Champagne.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Grande Sélection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is a value I often like to compare to one of the bigger brands in Champagne (with an iconic orange label) that has a similar grape profile. This has bright distinctively ripe citrus and apricot fruitiness, cream, flowers and toast from the seven years on the lees, and amazing texture from the chalky soils. Throw in that you actually save money for all that quality, and it's a no-brainer!
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is the best value I've ever seen from Champagne. The quality from this flagship of Marne producer Baron Fuente is unbelievable for the price. It has beautiful expressive flavors of apricot, Gala apples, and honeysuckle with a touch of spice and herbs and a rich, subtly toasty creaminess on a finish that just keeps going and going. What a value for the superb quality!

2016 Baron de Malleret, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-15-2019
The second wine from this Haut Medoc property has great depth and concentration, with sweet dark fruit like black cherries, blueberries and licorice with notes of toast and herbs. The tannins give great structure while remaining approachable, and balancing acidity keeps things fresh and drinkable. At this price, the Baron can’t be beat for a middle-of-the-week dinner wine
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2018 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
2018 Brane Cantenac was another favorite of our group at En Primeur week. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Carmenere, 0.5% Petit Verdot. They produced a very elegant, sexy wine this year, with a sweet core of mocha and cola berry, silky tannins to carry the plush fruit, and overall seamless structure. This will go down as one of their greatest wines yet.

2018 d'Issan, Margaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
2018 d’Issan is a lovely wine reminiscent of its 2016 and 2005 vintages. Made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, it has a beautiful bouquet on the nose of briary blackberries, plums, mint and licorice. On the palate it has supple, ripe tannins and nice freshness.

2018 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
2018 Malescot St. Exupery is bold, ripe and very appealing. Made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, it is classically structured. It has spicy black fruit, licorice and herbs on the bouquet, with a very round silky texture from the plush tannins and ripe fruit on the palate, and nice firm tannins on the long finish. This will age beautifully.

2018 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
2018 Labegorce offers an outstanding quality-to-price ratio. Made from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, it has a powerful, concentrated bouquet of black cherry, blueberry, graphite and licorice. On the palate, the powerful fruit is immediately lifted by gentle acidity and delicious, ripe mouth coating tannins.

2009 Valentons-Canteloup "Cuvée Excentrique" Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 05-03-2019
“Cuvée Excentrique” offers Bordeaux lovers the unique Petit Verdot experience, with a blend of 70% Petit Verdot and 30% Merlot. It has rich flavors of blackberries, plums and gravelly minerals with violet and lilac aromas, great acidity and a classic, easy-drinking Bordeaux style. Add 10 years of age and you have one of the best deals in red wine in the store.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine de Verquière Côtes-du-Rhône
Review Date: 05-03-2019
Verquiere CDR is a staple at K&L for a reason. It’s made by 3rd generation winemaking brothers from entirely estate-grown, organic fruit that’s completely destemmed and aged in steel vats for pure, blueberry, plum fruit, silky tannins and subtle lifting acidity on the finish. This is easily the best value in red wine in the store! Great for a summer BBQ!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2017 Lúuma (AKA Wine Co.) Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-01-2019
This is a delicious Sonoma Coast Chardonnay made by 4th generation California farmers, the Mariana brothers. They use only 10% new oak, and 15% malolactic fermentation, for the brightest, purest expression of the excellent Sonoma Coast terroir. Soft citrus, stone fruit, just-there white flowers, a creamy texture from lees aging, and a long bright finish.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

2018 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-01-2019
Given all that this property has going for it— its superb terroir located between Chateau Latour and Chateau Pichon Baron; its winemaking team led by the legendary Claire Lurton; the excellent vintage seen in Pauillac in 2018— it should really be no surprise that this tasted as good as it did during En Primeur week. It showed the power of the vintage with a concentrated black cherry-kirsch core, plenty of gravelly minerals and graphite, notes of licorice and earthy herbs, while still retaining elegance and a long, acid-driven finish. At the price, this is one of the best pre-arrival values from the appellation.

2018 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 04-30-2019
Tasted at Leoville Barton during En Primeur week. Very expressive, bursting with bright briary red fruit, licorice, cola and cranberry, with even a touch of orange. Very expressive and bright with great acidity, and well extracted tannins for great ageability. 13.85% abv.

2018 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 04-30-2019
Tasted at Branaire Ducru during En Primeur week. Immediately out of the barrel this is a pretty wine, with rich, mouth-watering red fruit flavors of cola berry and cherry with herbs and licorice and a very subtle toast. It has perfectly integrated, approachable tannins and a very long fresh finish. 14.3% abv

2018 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-30-2019
One of the top wines tasted at the Union des Grands Crus at Chateau Beauregard in Pomerol during En Primeur week. Clinet has expressive red fruits, cranberries and dark cherries, plenty of smoke and graphite, with a pleasant lingering acid driven finish. There is plenty of structure from the concentrated fruit, robust tannins and bright acidity, so this will age well for at least a couple of decades.

Krug "Grande Cuvée" 167 Ème Édition Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-30-2019
It only takes one small whiff to realize that this is a special wine, but it begs for countless more to uncover all the layers that this blend of over 120 different wines from over 10 vintages provides. The older vintages provide aromas of honey and marzipan and dried apricots, the younger base wine provides fresh citrus and nectarine notes. The texture is perfect after a minimum of 7 years of lees aging and the finish lasts for well over a minute. This isn't the least expensive Champagne on our shelves, but it is by far the best value available for the price.

2016 Marquis d'Alesme, Margaux 6-pack in OWC
Review Date: 04-17-2019
Bordeaux lovers would be hard pressed to find a better deal on a top appellation wine than 2016 Marquis D’Alesme. Already a darling of the critics with a price that has not at all caught up, this blend has a rich profile of sweet black cherries, pie crust, licorice and mint with ripe, grippy tannins and a very long, bright finish. This is truly winemaker Marjolaine Maurice-de-Coninck’s chef d’oeuvre, and I’ve already set aside ample space in my cellar for it.

2016 Raul Perez La Vizcaína "La Poulosa" Bierzo
Review Date: 04-10-2019
Another delicious, refreshing blend from Bierzo producer Raul Perez, “La Poulosa” spends some time in large oak vats, giving a beautiful, subtle oak frame to the fresh red fruits and violets on the bouquet. The ripe fruit remains fresh and bright on the palate with smooth tannins for maximum drinkability. This is a beautiful, lighter take on Spanish red wine that shouldn’t be missed.
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2016 Raul Perez La Vizcaína "Las Gundiñas" Bierzo
Review Date: 04-10-2019
The wines coming out of Bierzo are an exciting and refreshing take on Spanish wine, and this shows why perfectly. It has a beautifully expressive nose of violets, fresh plums and wild red berries with a touch of savoriness, smooth, integrated tannins and acidity that gives overall freshness and pizzaz. Great for a refreshing red on a hot day, and sure to pair well with any Mediterranean fare.
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2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-15-2019
This is one of the bigger hitters from our Direct Import NZ Pinot Noir portfolio. Always handpicked, organic, and estate owned fruit, the result is a beautiful profile of strawberry compote and cherries that starts subtle and builds towards a long, focused finish on the back end. Power, complexity and elegance, this has it all!

2017 TED by Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-15-2019
While the Mount Edward line is a bit bigger, more complex and ageworthy, the TED Pinot Noir is designed to be a bit softer, more supple and utterly drinkable right now. It has a rich bouquet of colaberries, strawberries, cranberries and herbs. It has super smooth tannins and beautiful weight on the palate, but still manages a focused refreshing finish. This is a great deal from one of the best winemakers in the world’s southernmost growing region.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2011 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
This is an amazing value on entirely Grand Cru vintage champagne from one of our best producers! Lovely flavors of white nectarine, cherries with subtle autolytics are balanced out by the chalky minerals of Ay and lively acidity. The balance and elegance are exquisite.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
Everything about the Cuvée Rosé is rich and seductive: the deep pink hue, the lush Pinot Noir fruit flavor, the silky texture. The fruit, entirely Grand Cru Pinot Noir, is destemmed, crushed and left in contact with the skins for an unusually long 72 hours, before being vinified and aged on the lees for four years. The result is a wine rich in the pure flavors of strawberries, raspberries, black cherries and hazelnuts with a creamy texture, crisp bubbles, and incredible length. This is a very delicious — and unique—rosé Champagne.

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
This is magically rich champagne, as about 30% spends time in barrel, and is made from 50% reserve wines that are actually painstakingly aged in magnum sized bottles. The result is a plush, complex profile of dried apricots, pears, peaches and honeyed almonds that are balanced wonderfully by vibrant acidity. The long, arduous production method means that it requires the relatively low dosage of 9g to balance out the rich profile. ​

A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
This champagne, made using a sort of solera-style fractional blending, deserves a good amount of contemplation. It is incredibly precise and delicate with light citrus, apple, exotic fruits, and a hint of herbs with chalky minerality. But its method of production adds notes that are new to me in the realm of Champagne. It has almost a fine indigenous-yeast sherry note to it that I love! I now understand why this Champagne sells out so quickly every time we get it in stock.​
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Billecart-Salmon "Brut Réserve" Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
I love the freshness and precision of the Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve. Designed in a reductive style, this meunier dominant cuvée has beautiful bright expressive flavors of pears, white nectarines, cherries and white floral notes with incredible integration and precision from the time on the lees and the relatively low dosage. The clean, bright fruit makes this my go-to food champagne.

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
The Billecart Rosé is the epitome of the grace and craft that we have come to associate with champagne. Its rich fruit profile of strawberries, cherries and cream is complemented by subtle notes of herbs and a touch of salinity, and the power of the fruit is hoisted effortlessly on the finish by mineral and acidity. This is our best selling rosé for a reason.

Michel Arnould "Reserve" Brut Verzenay Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
I love to compare this to Veuve Clicquot. They both have roughly the same Pinot/Chardonnay percentages, but that’s where the similarities stop. Arnould Reserve is a family made wine, with entirely estate fruit, entirely from Grand Cru vines, aged a full 3 1/2 years. At nearly half the price. This is one of those wines that has an eye-widening effect after the first sip. Bright bing cherry, gala apples, honey and a touch of smoke on the nose, nutty brioche integrated throughout. The grand cru power of the fruit is lifted perfectly by brisk minerals and the nutty fruity finish just goes on and on. You want to know what the fuss about grower champagne is? Here it is, under $35!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Esprit" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2019
I’m prepared to argue that no other house, chateau, domaine, or estate offers the same quality-to-value ratio that Baron Fuenté offers our customers, and the “Esprit” is exhibit A. How many boutique products that take nearly 8 years to make cost less than $40? Not to mention it is made entirely from the top quality, estate-owned, riverside vines of the western Marne Valley. Lemon meringue, cream, butterscotch and a touch of hazelnut on the nose. On the palate, a rich texture that leads to a long, zippy finish with beautiful minerality.

2017 Les Champs de l'Abbaye Mercurey "Les Marcoeurs" Rouge (Previously $30)
Review Date: 02-01-2019
Already a beautiful bouquet on this one: raspberries and cola berry with minty herbs and a touch of baking spice. Beautifully expressive with good weight and zippy acidity, this is a great deal on a red Burgundy that I predict will age gracefully for years to come.
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2015 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 01-31-2019
If you’re searching for an amazing value from a top Left Bank commune, consider 2015 Lilian Ladouys. It has rich cherry and licorice notes with considerable power and structure from the tannins. This will undoubtedly age gracefully for at least another 20 years.

2017 Domaine du Petit Clocher Anjou Blanc
Review Date: 01-17-2019
Thanks to its direct import pricing, this is the best deal in Chenin Blanc you can find right now, period. On the nose, you smell vibrant minerality, pears, and apple compote. On the palate, there’s plenty of generous fruit, but the minerals integrate nicely and there is great lifting acidity for balance. With Chenin being such a great aging white wine, I bought a few to throw into the cellar as well!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould Verzenay Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 11-13-2018
This is a rosé with all of the charm and complexity you would expect from Patrick Arnould in the Grand Cru village of Verzenay. The pinot noir shows power but also freshness and elegance. There are rich raspberry and strawberry flavors, a creamy texture on the palate, and subtle savory autolytic notes from the time on lees. I have just as much fun just smelling this as I do actually drinking it, so it usually takes me awhile to get through the glass. ​
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

2010 Bel-Orme Tronquoy de Lalande, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 10-26-2018
Believe it or not, this affordable, aged gem is the second property of the great second growth Rauzan Gassies. The pedigree is evident immediately on the nose: It has a nice core of cherries and strawberries with notes of mint, leather and spice, and even a little sous-bois and toast. What a knock out for the price!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 Truquet, St-Émilion
Review Date: 10-26-2018
This is an exceptional 80/20 merlot/cab blend from on-average 40-year-old vines on limestone/clay soils. It offers an expressive melange of violets, plums, dark cherry and a touch of toast from oak. It has great balance, with nice sweet fruit and a long, crisp finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Louis Roederer "Brut Premier" Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
Roederer takes great care to make sure they are putting the best fruit possible into this entry level nonvintage brut, and the quality is evident at a very reasonable price, considering. Over 55% of the fruit is estate-owned and environmentally consciously grown. It’s full of rich bright white fruits; pear, nectarine, with note of honey, a touch of smoke and toasty lees that can’t be beat. The juice is partially aged in oak tuns, giving added texture and depth. Amongst our Grand Marque Bruts, this is always a favorite.

2012 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
On paper, this vintage champagne has a lot going for it: entirely grand cru fruit from a top producer and the best vintage since 2008. On the palate, it is even better. It has a beautiful nose of cream, subtle toast, smoke and white fruits. It has electrifying, rich, very powerful yet precise fruit on the palate, with a lovely long finish. Worth every penny, maybe even more.

2009 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Dilection" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is made from 85% Chardonnay, and 15% red wine made from meunier, as evidenced by its deep ruby red color. It is not dosed at all and the result is an incredibly pure, rich, acid driven profile. It has warm creamy notes, with a little baking spice and lovely cherry/strawberry fruit with just a touch of savoriness. Delicious!
Price: $58.99 Add To Cart

2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is one of the great vintage Blanc de Blancs on our shelf right now, with the richness of a great vintage that’s been barrel aged and the beautiful craftsmanship of the one-man-show Alexandre Le Brun. Creme brulée comes to mind on the bouquet, and on the palate flavors of creamy brioche, baked apples with herbs and a subtle underlying toast. The finish is so long and crisp and display the great minerals of the Sezanne where it is sourced.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

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