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Tim Telli

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2018 Vinos del Viento "Old Vine" Garnacha Calatayud
Review Date: 09-28-2020
Classic Grenache flavors of kirsch. I really like how this wine shows the purity of the grape. Definitely a crowd pleasing wine with its ripe fruit profile, yet the fruit is never too sweet nor cloying. Really complex aromas. I would expect a wine with this kind of texture to cost twice the price and this is a wine that could easily go head to head with an entry level Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This Grenache is flat out delicious and a screaming deal at $12. Perfect to drink alone or with a wide variety of foods.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2015 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 08-10-2020
One of the classic wines of the Margaret River. Pure Cabernet flavors with very little oak presence on the nose. Herbs and hints of mint in the background. Plums and blackberries on the palate, with bright fruits and a savory profile with some anise spice. The wine has a great palate texture with very smooth tannins and good length on the finish. Despite being ready to drink now I think there is good ageing potential here.This is not a fruit bomb but a subtle example of Cabernet Sauvignon that is not quite French or American, but perhaps uniquely Australian.

2012 El Coto "Coto de Imaz" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-25-2020
Classic Tempranillo in a more modern style. Dark and concentrated with leather, plums and mulberries with some rich tannins that show there is plenty of youth left here. With some time open it shows a richly textured body, savory yet sweet fruited finsih with enough acid so that its never too heavy on the palate. This is a wine to drink now as well as lay down for many years of drinking pleasure.

2018 First Drop "Mother's Milk" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 07-19-2020
Tobacco, liquorice, dark cherry and hints of mint are dominant in this wine. There is great purity of fruit here and it glides down the palate like silk. A real bargain for those looking for classic Australian Shiraz that is not too ripe or sweet.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2018 Kumeu River "Kumeu Village" Chardonnay Kumeu
Review Date: 07-14-2020
Lemon curds and marcona almonds on the nose, yeasty with hints of ginger, reminds me of the Santa Cruz Mountains fruit profile. There is very little wood character but a little flint reminiscent of some of the best white Burgundy. The long mineral tinged finish really stands out for the price. Perfect with lemon chicken or crab.

Canard-Duchêne Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-19-2020
This wine starts off with a fruity nose and hints of stones. The acid balance on the finish makes it the perfect aperitif and hors d'oeuvres champagne and lingers in the mouth with flavors of orchard fruits. Definitely a crowd-pleaser of a wine due to its easy drinking personality yet with enough complexity and interest to mull over whilst enjoying it. Real champagne for $30! What a deal!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2017 Maryetta "Helluva Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-20-2020
I know the vineyard well and this wine is classic Helluva Vineyard Pinot Noir which is located in Boonville, in the heart of Anderson Valley. Ripe flavors of fresh strawberries and spice, good acid and a lovely texture lead to a wine that drinks well now and will hold for many years to come. We taste a lot of Pinot Noirs here at K&L but this one stood out to me because it was very good and at $20 is a screaming deal!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Bodegas Muga Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 03-13-2020
70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 10% Mazuelo and Graciano. The nose is classic Rioja. Clean fruited blackcurrants and leather notes with a silky texture and a long finish accented by spice notes and hints of oak. There is a freshness to the fruit here that brings me back for another sip, and another... The wines of Muga always exude class in my mind. This is an amazing value and a wine that has many years ahead of it should you decide to lay some down.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2017 Martin Ray Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-28-2020
Soft and supple, cherry and strawberry fruited, with minimal oak flavors, this is an easy drinker and a great value. Its on the jammier side of the fruit spectrum but still has enough body and Cabernet flavor to make us happy. Where else can you find a Napa Valley Cabernet for $20? The perfect daily drinker or party wine to be consumed with or without food.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Esprit" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-18-2020
I really like the complexity that 7 years on the lees gives this wine, which really is an uncommon length of time at this price. Zippy acid and classic brioche flavors are in this elegant champagne that really over-delivers on the price to quality ratio and is the perfect pick for any party.

2017 Artadi Viñas de Gain
Review Date: 01-25-2020
There is a beautiful crimson color to this wine. It is a modern yet classic example of Tempranillo, with a very well balanced combination of oak, fruit and acid. Cherry flavors with a hint of leather. You get a lot of wine for your hard-earned dollars considering that this is under $25. Even though it does not say Rioja on the label, it is indeed from the region. This is quality winemaking as you would expect from a producer such as Artadi.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Mas Codina Brut Rosé Cava Penedes
Review Date: 01-03-2020
This Cava rose is just so easy to drink. You will be hard pressed to find a better rose bubbly in the store at this price of under $15. Crisp fruit and acid show that Pinot Noir grown on chalky soils in the hot climate of Spain can still make an outstanding bottle of wine that is just plain fun to drink and will be empty before you know it. Perfect party wine.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2018 Bonny Doon Vineyard "Le Cigare Volant - Cuvee Oumuamua" Monterey County Rhône Blend
Review Date: 10-29-2019
Randall Graham, one of the original Rhone Rangers, is back with his hommage to Chateauneuf-du-Pape and alien visitors, Le Cigare Volant. The 2018 is a blend of 52% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, and 13% Syrah. The wine is lighter than previous vintages which must be due to the high proportion of Cinsault in the mix and no Mourvedre this year. The wine is bright and fresh with flavors of kirsch and berries, nice acid and is drinking really well right out of the gate. This would be great on the table with Thanksgiving fare or other holiday favorites.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart