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Staff Favorites - Alex Schroeder

Alex Schroeder

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Pierre Mineral Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-10-2018
With fruit sourced from the Marne, the Montagne de Reims, Sezanne and the Cote de Blancs, this is truly a champagne of Champagne! 60% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, the precision/power balance is remarkable! Delicate and pretty on the nose with light toasty notes, lemons and white flowers, berry undertones and exotic quince. It has great great precision and delicacy married with rich fruit flavors. Stunner for the price.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-14-2018
I have grown to love the opulence and pizzaz of the 2009 vintage Champagnes, and Baron Fuente's really drives the point home. It showcases the richness of the vintage with concentrated flavors of dried apricots, ripe persimmons and exotic spice but with a balancing acidity and incredible texture and toast from the long lees aging. To find vintage Champagne of this quality under $30 is truly a miracle, don't miss out on this one!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Reserve" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-14-2018
This is the best value I've ever see 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 on such a crowd pleaser!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2013 Bersano "Mantico" Barbaresco
Review Date: 01-31-2018
This is the deal of the year on honest-to-god Barbaresco, made old school by Bersano since 1907. Aged in giant Slovenian barrels for a year, then several more in bottle, this has classic Nebbiolo character and power that is actually drinking great now. Rich cranberry, cherry fruit with the classic mint/amaro herb notes you often get from a great Barbaresco. It has plush, grippy tannins and the acidity to ensure several years of aging potential. If you are into the “wine of the kings” you ought to take advantage of this one while it lasts.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "7" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-12-2018
How exciting! A new release from the baron of great values in Champagne, Baron Fuente! Correction, a new OLD release from Baron Fuente. The 7 began a journey that would eventually lead to our shelves (and hopefully your champagne glass) almost eight years ago, and the story it tells fun, intriguing and ultimately one I plan to revisit many times. The barrel aging of 20% of the Chardonnay gives the blend a beautiful creamy, viscous texture to go along with aromas of dried fruits, pear, honeysuckle and almond, all finished by great acidity. This is definitely a wine that makes keeping your guests' flutes full a real challenge.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-27-2017
A great amount of effort and care goes into Aspasie’s Carte Blanche, and it is instantly clear when you taste it. Low temperature macerated in small volume, then lightly filtered and aged for at least five years on the lees, it is a true wonder that the cost is not much higher than it is. Bright, pure flavors of Anjou pear, granny smith apple, toasted pastry dough, and hisbiscus, with a light creamy texture and crisp acidity.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

Pol Roger "White Foil - Extra Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-29-2017
Pol Roger, long the favorite Champagne House of the Royal Family of Great Britain, takes special steps towards exceptional quality in their Brut Reserve. The nonvintage cuvée is an equal blend of the three allowed varieties, which are double cold-settled and slow fermented in the particularly cold cellar (9°C) entirely in stainless steel. The result is incredibly pure fruit flavors of lemon citrus, apples and stone fruit with a generous, creamy texture from the 9g/L dosage and extended lees aging, during which each bottle is hand-riddled. Considering the process, this is and always has been a great value in bubbles. ​

1977 Dow's Vintage Port
Review Date: 11-09-2017
For world-class wines, this is a steal. From a legendary vintage that is drinking in its prime, this is one beautiful bottle of porto. Black cherry, leather, cocoa and herbal mint notes with a beautiful texture and great acidity for freshness and balance. The finish is complex and long. One could easily spend much more on a bottle of wine not nearly as good.

2014 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
Review Date: 10-31-2017
When the Garcin family presented their wines at a K&L dinner a couple months back, I was amazed at the grace and style with which Barde-Haut aged. The 2014 should be no different: It offers amazing aging potential at great value. It has great fruit, blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, with toast from the oak regimen and a slightly smoky character with spice that adds complexity and layers.

Four Pillars "Faultline" K&L Exclusive Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 10-04-2017
Tasting this gin made me incredibly happy! I love gin for its refreshing nature, and Four Pillars have proven to be masters of the balanced, refreshing fruit-based gin profile. This has delicious flavors that lean a little more towards fresh fruit, with citrus, strawberry and orange peel flavors, fleshed out with subtle spices and botanicals. It’s amazing in mixed drinks.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-04-2017
The Authentique Rosé from Canard Duchêne has a soft, rich strawberry and raspberry fruit profile offered by the great Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims. The texture is lush and round, complemented by chalky minerality and kept in balance by refreshing acidity on the back end.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

Canard-Duchêne Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-04-2017
Canard Duchêne has experienced a renaissance of sorts since being purchased from Veuve Clicquot by Champagne Thienot in 2003, more than doubling sales since the purchase. The clear reason is the higher quality of the product. Made predominantly from Pinot Noir, the grape of Ludes, on the Montagne de Reims, the Authentique shows powerful, rich red-fruited flavors with a hint of Meyer lemon sweetness. The texture is brimming with minerality and a lively acidity.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 09-27-2017
In a lineup with 12 other Grand Marques, Champagne Charlie was at the top of my list of favorites. The Brut Reserve uses up to 20-year-old reserve wines for 40% of its blend and combines the flavors of fresh stone fruit and pears with quince and dried apricots for a rich, but ultimately refreshing and vibrant profile.

2005 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 09-09-2017
After a dozen years, this Pauillac powerhouse is just hitting its full stride. Acid and tannin are both powerful, but fully balanced and integrated into the rich, unctuous texture. The flavors linger over the palate for more than a minute. Violets, cassis, pencil shavings, mulberries, cigar tobacco, and anise. This will go for another coupleo decades at least.

Trudon "Rosephile" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2017
This is a beautiful rosé champagne from the Marne region in Champagne. It has very pretty, delicate flavors of white cherry and strawberry, highlighted by creamy chalkiness and racy acidity. A delightful addition to our import portfolio at under $35.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Leopold Bros. "Summer" Limited Edition Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 08-02-2017
This is the perfect gin to finish the dog days of summer with. Juniper, blood orange, coriander and lemon myrtle compose the flavor profile, lending this Colorado libation a great balance between refreshing fruitiness and plenty of intriguing spice.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

Jacopo Poli Sarpa di Poli Con Tubo Grappa (750ml) (Cannot ship- in store pick up only)
Review Date: 02-23-2017
When I started working in the wine industry, I managed a store owned by a Greek family in Texas. Every year they would visit the mother country and bring back a true cornucopia of artisanal Greek paraphernalia: Kalamata olives, feta cheese, dried figs and wild oregano, olive oil and candied fruits. What I most looked forward to, though, was the grappa that an uncle made that came to me in a big plastic soda bottle. This stuff was the elixir of the gods. When I quickly and inevitably ran out I could never find a commercially available substitute…until I tried Jacopo Poli’s Sarpa di Poli. See, this grappa is made with as much care and in equally small batches in Schiavon, Italy as the Greek grappa that came in the soda bottle. It’s made from the pomace of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and has deep penetrating aromas of jasmine, sweet pear, green fruits, coriander and anise. It’s bone dry and super clean on the palate but maintains that rich flavor profile for over a minute on the finish. I love all the spirits of the world, from rich Highland Single Malts to funky agricole Rhums, but when all is said and done, nothing is as exciting and satisfying for me as an artisanal grappa like this.
Price: $52.99 Add To Cart

Boulard-Bauquaire "Carte Noire" Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne
Review Date: 02-22-2017
Power and depth are the hallmarks of Boulaird Bouquaire’s Carte Noir, a Blanc de Noir made from 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Pinot Meunier. The texture on the palate is round and lush, with deep rich flavors of honey, baked wheat, clove, hibiscus, lemon zest, apricots and ripe red fruit. The finish is long and supple and lends itself to making the bottle disappear a lot quicker than expected. Another phenomenal value from the K&L Direct Import Champagne program!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Bruno Michel "Assemblée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-07-2016
I tried this at K&L Champagne buyer Gary Westby’s suggestion and I’m glad I did. It’s not every day a wine gives you a veritable “Wow” moment, but this one took me aback. Bruno Michel has been a pioneer in organic, biodynamic vine growing since the 1980s, and apparently putting prodigious amounts of tender love and care into them makes a stunningly good bottle of bubbly. Roughly half Meunier, half Chardonnay, the aroma profile is unique and complex: sweet flaky pastry, lemon zest and a hint of cocoa melded together by a rich lees quality. The acidity doesn’t necessarily stick out, but rather gives the wine the perfect sense of balance, tying together all the rich and complex flavors of quince, toasted pie crust, cloves and baked apples perfectly. They may not have the marketing power of the “Grand Marques” but Bruno Michel’s champagnes would stand up to the very best of them in any tasting panel.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 12-07-2016
Every year, the K&L staff finishes each incredibly busy day of December over a bottle of champagne. We kicked it off this year with this gem, and it was a sight to behold. Every member of the team took a quiet moment to contemplate and appreciate the beauty and elegance of this rosé with closed eyes and furrowed brows, followed by a “whoa…” Rich, creamy red fruit flavors…black cherry, strawberry, raspberry…a soft and rounded texture and just a tiny hint of toast. At this price, I’m tempted to finish all my busy days with Bonville Rosé. ​
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 10-30-2016
I recently enjoyed this while relaxing in a hot tub on a nice summer evening in California; it was perfect! Fresh and pronounced flavors of pear and apricot combine with a crisp acidity and lush creaminess for a wine fresh and approachable in style. The perfect accompaniment to any moment of leisure, at a price far below its value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Boulard-Bauquaire "Trepail" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 10-07-2016
The Chardonnay used in this Blanc de Blancs comes from the illustrious Montagne de Reims, and the quality of the fruit is evident. Lovely aromas of roasted almonds, butterscotch and sweet baked pastry lift from the glass; on the palate a soft chalky minerality rides alongside nicely balanced acidity. Another fantastic addition to our Direct Import roster and outrageous value for the money. Don’t miss this one!​
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-16-2016
This bone dry offering from the prestigious Laurent Perrier house is elegant, fresh and satisfying. This no-dosage cuvée consists of 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir from high quality vineyards that display a subtle toasty quality over clean green apple and fresh citrus flavors. Wonderful expression of the Champagne terroir and one of my favorite takes on the style.

Drappier Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature Zero Dosage Champagne
Review Date: 09-16-2016
Made from 100% Pinot Noir. The minerality in this low sulfite, no-dosage Brut Nature is vibrant alongside the dry, bright red fruit flavor of the Pinot Noir. The clean, crisp finish seals this as one of the best Brut Natures in stock.

2008 Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-16-2016
The 2008 vintage for Champagne manifests itself incredibly well with Veuve Cliquot’s millesime rosé. It has an energetic acidity that converges with the ripe red berry notes at a beautifully crafted point of inflection on the back palate. 5% of the wine was aged in giant oak foudres to lend a rich texture undertone with subtle spice notes, and its yeast character is a delicate supplement to the lively fruit. I would love to revisit this Champagne in five, even 10 years!

Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (Ships as a 1.5L Due to Bottle Size/Shape)
Review Date: 09-16-2016
Ruinart’s flagship wine is built in a style that emphasizes a very crisp, clean, and elegant Champagne experience. Made in a reductive style so that the high quality Premier Cru juice sees very little oxygen during vinification, the clean flavors of citrus and stone fruits dominate against a backdrop of pronounced minerality and crisp acid. If your looking to impress company, no matter how discerning the palates, pick this up.

Jean-Louis Denois Pinot Noir Brut Rosé
Review Date: 11-29-2015
High quality and a low price make this one of the funnest bottles of bubbles available! Made from 100% Pinot Noir, it has great structure and rich flavors of strawberries, raspberries and cherries. It has a rich, creamy mousse and a dry, crisp acidic finish. Credit to Denois for making good everyday bubbles a possibility!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

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