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2016 Sidewood Shiraz Adelaide Hills South Australia
Review Date: 09-10-2019
The Sidewood wines are some of our new favorites at K&L. The winery is certified eco-sustainable, and that combined with their meticulous viticulture practices and unique terroir in Adelaide helps them craft lovely wines. Their high elevation gives them an especially cool climate and their vineyards are located on sites of various loamy geologies. Sumptuous red fruits loll out of the glass with raspberry compote, brandy cherries, and dried cranberries. There are warming baking spice aromas that hint toward more savory notes, but it doesn't quite hit the typical meaty character that Aussie Shiraz can. On the palate, the red fruits darken and gain depth. Soft peppercorn flavors emerge and a rich floral character comes out as well. The herbal notes and well-balanced acidity keep the wine wonderfully balanced all the way into the soft tannin and dusted cocoa finish.

2016 Paul Dolan Mendocino County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-26-2019
For this Cabernet, the folks at Paul Dolan are using 100% certified organic grapes and according to vegan viticulture practices with 97% Cab Sauv and 3% Petit Verdot. The nose opens with lovely florality before transitioning into rich black and blue fruits. The wine is quite aromatic, combining earthy and fruity tones nicely along with notes of cherry cough drops (and I mean that in a very good way). The palate is fruity and there's a bit of funk here too in that the earthiness becomes a deeper forest floor and olive tapenade type character. The dark fruits come out as bruised plum and cassis. This wine has great structure and solid tannins, so this will be a great bottle to cellar for years to come allowing the wine to mature quite gracefully. 94 points from Wine Enthusiast.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
WE 94

2017 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 08-20-2019
I'm a bit of a John Duval fan-boy, and my appreciation for this bottling is no exception. The nose starts with a little pepper, big black fruit, and heady potpourri. The palate is more robust and jammy with juicy plum and mixed dark berries. Deeper flavors emerge with more nosing and sipping such as dark cocoa, spicebox, and earthy tobacco. It stays juicy and powerful through the end with good structure and a luscious texture.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
JH 99 WS 94

New Riff "Single Barrel" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-20-2019
Cinnamon, clove, and burnt sugar waft up from the glass on this deceptively easy to drink cask strength Bourbon. I'm pretty used to drinking high-proof whisk(e)y, but this is dang friendly and I'm not sure I would peg it as cask strength if it was handed to me blind. Spearmint and eucalyptus create a lovely relaxing balm with other herbal and medicinal notes. The palate is fairly earthy and herbal with tea notes that then go in a creme brulee direction. Adding water offers exciting changes to the whiskey with more florality emerging and snappy spices. Pepper, dark caramel, and toasted oak spice linger in the very long finish.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-20-2019
Balsa wood, incense, and musky cologne emerge from the glass. Cinnamon, clove, and other earthy spices come to the fore and dominate the nose of this bottled-in-bond Bourbon that's woody and peppery enough to make one wonder if it's a Rye. There's just enough caramel to keep things in Bourbon territory though with freshly sliced vanilla bean and nutmeg creeping in and making the nose a bit more rich and voluptuous. It's woodier on the palate with more bold spice character as well. This is definitely a great whiskey for lovers of high-rye Bourbons.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-20-2019
This bottled-in-bond no chill-filtered Kentucky Rye has a gorgeous and incredibly aromatic nose. It's so floral at the start, but not without spicy and fruity notes. This is a bit of a slow-burner rye, where you almost expect it to be a softy push-over, but rest assured that this grows bolder the more you sniff. After the fresh-cut flowers, apple and cinnamon come out strong. But for me, it's not like a friendly baked apple pie - no, this is fresh ground cinnamon powder dashed onto just-cut green apples. This is intense. There's more spice on the palate that lights you up without blowing your head off. Charred oak meets fresh cut wood with incense before getting spicy again with a dose of cooling mint to spare your tongue from the burn. This is a fun little trip of a rye.
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2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle "50th Anniversary Edition" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Review Date: 08-20-2019
Bold fruit without becoming jammy, this 50th Anniversary Cab rocks blueberry, blackberry, leather, and pepper on the nose. The fruit is concentrated, intense, and dark. The palate is very dry with dehydrated cherries. curry spice, and black licorice. Decanter gave this 93 points, and this wine will pair perfectly with duck, grilled meats, strong cheese, or dark chocolates.
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DC 93

Krug Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
The nose opens with Meyer lemon and pear before moving to scents of soft berries, strawberries & cream, and fresh peaches. The palate has great acid, but the fresh fruit notes from the nose are replaced here by richer and more savory flavors of stewed orchard fruits, baking spices, and gentle florality.

2004 Krug Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
According to the folks at Krug, the 2004 vintage is an underrated standout for Champagne because the weather made grapes that were quite fresh, with the Chardonnay yields becoming especially beautiful and elegant. The nose is wonderfully zippy with scents of fresh Meyer lemon, Bartlett pear, and yellow apples. The bright fruit finds balance with toasted brioche, light caramel richness, and shortbread cookies. The palate is vibrant with bright lemon acidity and tart Granny Smith apples. There’s a good helping of salinity as well, but the lively acid and fruit keeps this Champagne crisp and fresh tasting. This will definitely be a great contender for extensive aging, capable of cellaring for a couple decades.

Krug "Grande Cuvée" 167 Ème Édition Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
With their Grand Cuvee series, Krug tries to make the fullest and most quintessential expression of Champagne, and part of their philosophy embraces that cuvees can evolve and change with the additions of new vintages to the blends. The 167 Eme Edition lives up to the Krug ideals with complex mixtures of bready and fruity notes that span the range of what Champagne is capable of becoming. Freshly baked apple tart jumps out of the gate before the wine heads in an even more bready direction of brioche, lightly buttered toast, nuttiness, and baking spices. The palate is a little yeasty which transitions into chalky minerality. Then more fruit notes emerge like bright lime and lemon zest with a touch of something more tropical plus savory spices. Exquisite.

Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Iteration #24 Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
Iteration #24 of the Grand Siecle blends Laurent-Perrier stocks from their 2007, 2006, and 2004 vintages. The nose is so beautiful and delicate with soft floral notes like a breeze through a field of wildflowers, refreshing lemon-lime zest, and minerality of chalk and sea salt. Given how dainty the nose seemed, the palate’s bold and cutting acidity took my breath away. In addition to the acid, the citrus gets creamy like lemon meringue pie, with stone fruit and interesting smoky nuances.

Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
Grand Siecle is always an impressive way that Laurent-Perrier shows off its mastery of cuvee style Champagnes blending a small number of beautiful vintages with elegance and skill. The Grand Siecle is intensely aromatic with pear, a great yeasty/toasty profile, lemon, and spicy undertones. The palate is elegant in its subtle complexity. It’s very floral and classically fruity, and it’s clean with great texture.

2007 Thiénot "Black Ball" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This Champagne is composed of juice from all old vine Grand Cru grapes on property that used to belong to Krug right in the Cotes de Blanc… so you know they’re working with great land and great fruit. The nose is earthy, almost a little sandy toned, but there’s also good fresh fruit here with scents of citrus peel and Golden Delicious apples. The mouthfeel is soft and supple with a great apple/pear balance that becomes more intense in fruitiness and even borders on tropical flavors before coming to a gradual vanilla finish.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2008 Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This 2008 vintage bottling from Laurent-Perrier hits big with bright citrus, a little fresh dough, Granny Smith apples, and Bartlett pears. The palate is just as bold as the nose boasting bracing acid that’s mouth-puckering, crisp apple, and lemon drop candies. Very sexy Champagne.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Mesnil" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
More Grand Cru glory from Bonville, this Champagne begins with fresh brioche bread then moves to pear and yellow apple. There’s also great minerality with a flinty, slightly smoky aroma casually hanging out in the background. The palate has snappy acid with flavors of grapefruit and citrus pith, ending on a lightly floral potpourri.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
WE 94 RP 93

2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Avize" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
Wow, there is a LOT of fruit going on here! The nose erupts with apple, pear, nectarine, and white raspberries. More nosing reveals scents of raw dough and soft lemon. The palate is very zippy at first, but quickly becomes gentle again and the fruit medley from the nose returns quite friendly and docile, finishing with flavors of fresh apple skins.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
WE 94 RP 92

2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Oger" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This 100% Chardonnay bubbly is all estate grown, Grand Cru, and stainless steel fermented. What starts with light yeast and soft toast scents slides into a bright nose with floral notes, fresh pears, and a mix of stone fruits. The palate has balanced acid that never cuts to aggressively with a lot of minerality, lavender, soft fruits, and a saline finish.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 WE 93

2018 Kalinda Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-16-2019
K&L continues to source quality wines for the Kalinda lineup, including this newest red that’s both organic and biodynamic (and quite tasty too!). This 2018 Pinot Noir melts with soft cherries, black- and raspberries, underbrush, pepper, and yet the nose stays light and easy. The palate is leafy, bright, and spicy with a touch of perfume coming through on the back end.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

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2015 Farella Estate Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This is a deep, dark, heavy Cabernet fit for your next Goth party with a nose of intense baking spice, black fruit, and heady floral aromatics. The palate smacks of blueberry, bramble berries, graphite, spicebox, and strong tannic grip. Beautiful and focused, with 95 points from Vinous.

2014 Immortal Estate (Hidden Ridge) "Slope" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This wine, getting 95-97 points from Parker, is big on stewed fruits of plum and blackberry compote, hefty oak, toasted spices (clove, star anise), and a measured hand of perfumed floral notes. The palate is high-toned, nice’n’juicy, and finishing with some crispy spice. It’s got luscious texture and density made of pure decadence.

2015 Happy Canyon Vineyards "Piocho" Santa Barbara County Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-16-2019
Getting 94 points from Wine Enthusiast, this Bordeaux blend from Cali mixes 56% Merlot, 22% Cab Sauv, 10% Cab Franc, 6% Malbec, and 6% Petit Verdot. The nose is floral and earthy, showing restrained dark fruit notes. There’s great structure to this wine with a foresty and peppery palate with fresh tart berries, plum, black cherries, and cocoa on the finish.
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WE 94

2015 Dierberg "Dierberg Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-16-2019
A beautiful nose begins with Meyer lemon, citrus pith, tropical fruits, and a touch of cream. It gets a little more rich with dried apricot, toasted nuts, and some breadiness. The palate is fruity yet also savory with yellow orchard fruit, hazelnut, toast, chalk, and sea brine. The wine maintains great acidity throughout, making for a wonderful experience.

2015 Samsara Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This is a fun and high-toned Pinot Noir with bold spice, bright red fruit, a little forest floor, and some floral notes. The palate has great structure and acidity, with bramble berries, rose petal, and fresh black pepper.

2014 Jonata "Todos" Ballard Canyon Santa Ynez Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 08-06-2019
Jonata is the undersung side project from the folks producing Screaming Eagle, so if you don't know Jonata yet, then you owe it to yourself to start paying attention to this label. The "Todos" red blend is Syrah-dominant, with all the power one might expect from that. There's big spice on the nose of black pepper and chili, with a good slathering of black fruits. On the palate the fruit notes come more distinctly into focus with tart cherry, blackberry, blueberry, and quince. But this is no juicy pushover: the palate rounds out with savory meaty qualities, a lovely line of salinity, and more bold spice. A standout for sure.

2016 DeLille "Chaleur Blanc" Columbia Valley White Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-06-2019
This offering from DeLille out of Columbia Valley is a blend of 68% Sauv Blanc and 32% Semillon modeled off Bordeaux Blanc in style. This is a wonderfully savory wine with a nose that's very herbal, pithy, and waxy with big sage notes. The palate balances salinity and acidity expertly. The tastebuds swim in lime and fresh floral character leading to a very mineral-driven finish.

Animas Joven Mezal (750ml)
Review Date: 07-30-2019
I've said it many times myself: It's annoyingly difficult to get good, smoky mezcal at a moderate price point. Animas fills that agave-shaped hole in my life. The smoke comes on with moderate strength, giving wafts of charred wood and burnt earth, but it doesn't overpower the agave. Lightly tropical notes unfold the more I sniff with orange, lime, and mango. The palate has a great savory note with a mouth-watering saltiness and earthy minerality.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

The 86 Co. Cabeza Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 07-30-2019
Peppery bold scents meld with gently fruity agave notes. There are light caramel flavors belying the fact that this is a Blanco Tequila. It's got nice citrus acidity and honey tones that make for a well-balanced spirit. Pour it on the rocks and add tonic for refreshing summer beverage.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

The 86 Co. Cana Brava 3 Year Old Panama White Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 07-30-2019
Here's your new go-to cocktail rum. Made from molasses in Panama and distilled in an old copper column still built in Cincinnati in 1922 then aged for a minimum of three years in ex-Bourbon barrels. The three years of aging mean that it has a nice smoothness and subtle vanilla creaminess with just a nip of spice. The filtration makes sure that the rum is clean and fresh and ready for a party. This is going in my next Mojito.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

The 86 Co. Ford's Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2019
A classic gin profile. This London Dry style gin comes straight out of England and starts with UK-grown grain. Bright juniper notes come right at you with pine freshness and a supporting citrus peel character. There's a subtle floral bouquet as well, but it never gets in the way or becomes perfumy. The palate presents the spices and herbaceousness displaying coriander, angelica, and then the citrus elements become more distinctly grapefruit-oriented. This will work in every gin cocktail you can find, and at this price you might as well try them all.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Fukano 10 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Cask Japanese Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2019
What a bright and fragrant nose - this is zippy. Granny Smith apple and coconut battle it out with fresh orange, lemon zest, and yuzu peel. Sandalwood and floral elements emerge and tickle the nostrils. On the palate, the first thing that stands out is the textural experience: it seems so light and thin on the tongue, but then the whisky somehow attaches with waxy grip. Dark honey, lilac, and more apple flavors emerge with a little oak spice. Herbal notes of mint and licorice assert themselves on the midpalate offering dark and cooling notes temporarily. The finish is warming, friendly, and creamy with more honeyed sweetness and moderate oak spice.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

Kaiyo "The SHERI" Mizunara Oak Finished Japanese Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2019
This recent addition to the Kaiyo lineup wants to capture the hearts of those who love rich Sherry finished whiskies. The nose smacks of butter toffee and candied fruits. Stewed apples and syrupy berries come out to play with toasted almonds and dark chocolate. Of course there are also robust scents of oxidization coming from the Sherry finish, all of which downplays the influence of the Mizunara oak aging. The palate starts off like dessert as well with dried fruits, blackberry jam, and more chocolate notes. Towards the finish, leather and charred oak wrap things up.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart

Suntory "Hibiki Japanese Harmony" Japanese Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2019
This whisky contains single malt from both Yamazaki and Hakushu, so there are chops to this blend. Toasted grain, vanilla syrup, new wood, and light tropical fruit notes on the nose with just a touch of spice to keep things playful. The palate has more caramel and honey characteristics balanced by more tingly spice. There's a great salinity here as well with a gentle medicinality and robust malt character.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart
WE 91 WA 90

Rezpiral Tepeztate "Series 4 - K&L Exclusive" (Berta Vasquez) San Baltazar Chichicapam Uncertified Oaxacan Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 07-20-2019
Berta Vasquez is one of the few female mezcaleras out there, and she makes some fantastic agave spirits. For this bottling, she's using Tepeztate, a hard to find wild agave species that favors very steep and very rocky desert cliffs, and she utilizes volcanic rocks in the oven to cook the agave hearts. This is maybe the smokiest mezcal we have in the store right now. There's intense smoky aromas right after opening the bottle and further nosing gives the impression of dying embers from a fire. Mineral and saline characteristics come out next, then multiple green vegetal scents. On the palate, the smoke is very bold again with wood ash and robust green jalapeno spice. Wet stone emerges, but then there's a lovely tropical fruitiness on the back end that ties everything together in the fading fire finish.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart

Barrell Bourbon "K&L Exclusive" 14 Year Old Cask Strength Single Barrel #E522 Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-19-2019
This new single barrel from Barrell Bourbon is BIG on spice and fruit, like a dessert you'd bake in autumn or winter. Cinnamon apples and cobbler come out on the nose with candied citrus and toasted oak. A nice supple mouthfeel is balanced with the spices which hit different points on my palate and light up my cheeks. Rich vanilla coats the tongue before a menthol medicinal finish.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart

Bardstown Bourbon Company - Discovery Series #1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-19-2019
The third in a cool series of projects coming out of the relatively young Bardstown Bourbon Company. Following their Fusion and Collaborative releases, this bottling called Discovery combines Kentucky Bourbons primarily between 10 and 13 years with some 5 year old thrown in as well for a bit of punchy youth. I like that each of the bottlings give details on what's going into the blend regarding age as well as mashbill. In our day and age, we could all use more transparency (whether we're talking about whiskey or politics). After well-polished wood, various fruit notes play on the nose: orange zest, canned peaches, and cherry cough drops. The medium caramel scents blend seamlessly with the vibrant spices. On the palate, the caramel comes out more prominently while the spices get more earthy (clove, coriander, anise) and more herbal (mint, fresh hay), but the finish is boldly peppery.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart

2015 Sixto "Frenchman Hills Vineyard" Columbia Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-19-2019
Oaky-dokey, here's a big Chard for you. Coming out of Washington and sporting 90+ point scores from several outlets, the Frenchman Hills Chardonnay from Sixto has light citrus and honey drizzled over orchard fruits. However, the real stars are the pad of butter and big oak barrel scents. The palate has a full mouthfeel and a lot of richness. Oak spice, toast, and ample creaminess dominate, fading to a waxy honeycomb finish.

2017 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-19-2019
Fans of light Chardonnays, rejoice. Freemark Abbey does not use any malolactic fermentation for this Chardonnay, helping the wine retain its punchy acidity. The nose has Granny Smith apple, light vanilla, lemon zest, and some savory spice. The palate is bright and playful with more citrus that transitions to candied apple and leather with a supple mouthfeel.
Price: $22.95 Add To Cart
RP 94

2018 Massican "Annia" Napa Valley White Blend
Review Date: 07-19-2019
This white wine is so fun and fresh. Composed of a blend of Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, and Chardonnay, this is unlike many white blends out there right now. The nose pops with orchard fruits, cherry stone, and almond with bracing minerality and bright floral tones. The palate contains nectarine, lemon-lime zestiness, and salinity to balance the fruit and acid. The wine keeps up a very tropical vibe all the way through its zippy and spicy finish. I also found this wine fun to be sipped at many different temperatures: served cold it's as crisp and refreshing as you could hope for a summer sipper, but it's really quite enjoyable even right at room temperature possessing added weight and richness. 97 points from Wine Enthusiast
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart
WE 97

Dos Hombres Espadin Mezcal Artesanal (750ml)
Review Date: 07-19-2019
I like the nose on this Mezcal because it strikes a balance between robustness and softer qualities. The smoke is present but subtle, starting like a bonfire before becoming more like BBQ. There’s also a great vegetal note and a touch of that rubber quality that some Mezcals get which I really enjoy. The palate is slightly sweet and spicy like a jalapeno lollipop with the vegetal notes and great minerality.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2017 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-16-2019
Our recent trip to Hartford Court really opened my eyes to their Chardonnays and their Pinot Noirs, converting me into a big fan of their wines. This 2017 Pinot is explosively aromatic with bold spices, nice greenery, and Bing cherry. The palate displays dusty fruit, an exceptional tannin/acid balance, then it all comes together with a spicy and biting finish. This is a fun and tasty wine.
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JD 95

2016 Marietta "Game Trail" Estate Yorkville Highlands Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-16-2019
Goodness. This Cab immediately bursts with crazy perfume and floral aromatics, giving way to leather and forest floor, then very dark fruits. This wine is heavy and serious. On the palate there's just ALL of the berries and black fruit. It's earthy and dusty with dope tannins that will grip you for days. I think this wine is a huge win for Cali Cab drinkers that will also impress Bordeaux fans as well.
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VN 94

Germain-Robin XO Brandy (750ml)
Review Date: 07-09-2019
This isn't quite the same as the Germain-Robin XO you might remember from 10 or 15 years ago, but it's some dang good brandy. Fig and damson plum come out of the glass sticky but not cloying. The oak asserts itself, but then richer fruits come back to the foreground accented by cigar box, citrus zest, and burnt sugar. The palate reminds me of cherry-stuffed crepes I used to get at my favorite Colorado breakfast spot with an orange flambe flare. Assertive oak shows the brandy's boldness and age without undermining its grace.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart

Woodinville "K&L Exclusive" Single Cask #1320 Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-09-2019
This single barrel is leaner and more punchy that the other one we got for K&L. There's still a nice citrus touch here, but gone is the rich caramel lusciousness. This barrel (1320), is much brighter and more austere. The nose offers bold snappy spice with dusty peppercorns, cinnamon powder, and cayenne laid thickly on polished oak. The palate feels even spicier with an excellent bite, yet more nuanced herbal elements offer balance including a cooling fresh mint note. The only richness comes in the form of vanilla bean and butter in the mid palate before the spice and oak tannins return with vigor for a long and tongue-tingling finish.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2007 Don Q "Limited Edition" Single Barrel Rum 750ml
Review Date: 06-24-2019
This single barrel from Don Q is big on scents of brown sugar melted in butter, dark caramel, cinnamon, and clove. Slight tropical fruit tones emerge with overripe banana and grilled pineapple. There's a nip of spice on the nose, but this rum is really just a big softy and wants to be your friend. The palate has rich butterscotch and burnt caramel flavors like a roasted marshmallow. Again the spice asserts itself only briefly before toning back down and getting replaced by charred oak into a caramelized woody finish.
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2018 Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 06-24-2019
This wine is fresh! The nose bursts with juicy fruits across the board. Orchard fruits jump up first with peach, nectarine, and apricot. Then it turns gorgeously floral and somewhat tropical with soft pineapple aromas and underripe melon. Giving these scents structure and support is just the right amount of herbaceousness: a touch of fresh hay, bay laurel, and basil. On the palate, the tropical notes take the foreground. It's refreshing, and I really love the way the wine balances just the slightest sweetness with some sea salt and zippy citrus acid. Hello, Summer!
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BC 95

Woodinville "K&L Exclusive" Single Cask #1307 Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 06-18-2019
Here's a great summer sipping Bourbon. The nose is redolent with scents of fresh orange and lemon zest. Then aromas emerge of herbal cough drops, polished oak, and old leather. The palate presents luscious caramel apple and more herbaceousness. The bright citrus notes remain present through the ride, keeping the whiskey fresh, bright, and lip-puckering.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Basil Hayden's 10 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 06-18-2019
This is a high rye Bourbon that doesn't necessarily drink like one. It's got big smooth caramel running throughout just accented by baking spice. Notes of stewed apples mix with buttermilk creaminess and a bright cherry accent. This is a very smooth Bourbon with a long, earthy finish.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 06-18-2019
Woody and spicy and fruity! Oh my! This newest project from Four Roses is a special blend of six of their mashbill/yeast recipes. It is more robust and richer than the previous standards from Four Roses, lending a heavy-handed approach to a classic. Cinnamon and clove burst out of the glass with heavy oak toast scents and orchard fruits. On the palate, everything is just... more. Hotter spice is also joined by mint, while those orchard fruit notes are intensified and taste like they've been baked into a pie. The wood flavors get heavier too with well charred oak and cedar notes just barely calmed down by vanilla sweetness.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

Legent Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 06-18-2019
Bourbon by way of Japan. It may sound gimmicky or something unnecessarily dreamed up by an advertising team, but the results prove that there's real quality and substance to this bottle. The juice is from Kentucky, but then it gets finished in the Land of the Rising Sun by a Japanese master blender. The whiskey turned out like you might expect: full Bourbon flavors you're familiar with, but with a restraint and elegance that Japanese whiskey has a reputation for. Caramel and clove bats at the nose, yet it's lighter than many typical Bourbons with beautiful floral notes that grow spicier with each sniff. The palate maintains the caramel, but is quite fruity. Overall the whiskey is rich yet restrained, ending with woody toasty notes.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2016 Purlieu "Le Pich" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-07-2019
This is freshhhhhhhhhh. This Cab from Purlieu is juicy, bright, and full of red fruit with just a little leather. On the palate, the ripe fruits turn darker, with notes of scorched earth, and a touch of barrel spice. With those toastier and heavier flavors, the wine never looses its bright characteristics and ripeness. The freshness dominates. This is a great red for summer.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
RP 94

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