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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - November 12th, 2019 - 11/12/2019 - Preferred Customer Alerts

Whether it is a new allocation or old favorite, below you will find our most recent additions to the diverse selection at K&L Wine Merchants. We receive new opportunities weekly from direct imports to local distributors to carefully inspected back-vintage collections - you'll find the best of our new discoveries below.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2017 Alain Corcia Bourgogne Rouge $14.99 View
Charles Baur "Emotion" Cremant d'Alsace Brut 93 $17.99 View
2015 Carmel Road "North Crest Panorama Vineyard" Monterey Pinot Noir (Previously $55) 92 $19.99 View
2017 Liparita Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $60) $19.99 View
Benromach Organic Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $65) $44.99 View
2015 Von Strasser Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon $44.99 View
2016 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 $49.95 View
2018 Bodega Chacra "Cincuenta y Cinco" Pinot Noir Rio Negro Patagonia 98 $49.99 View
2016 Edward Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $75) 95 Price: Hidden View
Benromach 15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $80) 93 $59.99 View
1997 Ledaig 21 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Unchill-filtered Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $149.99 View
2005 Laphroaig 13 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Unchill-filtered Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $159.99 View
1997 Benriach 21 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Rum Barrel Finish Cask Strength Unchill-filtered Speyside Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $169.99 View
2004 Ardbeg 15 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Ex-Bourbon Barrel Cask Strength Unchill-filtered Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $239.99 View
1995 Caperdonich 24 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Unchill-filtered Speyside Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $399.99 View
1986 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien 100 $499.99 View
2009 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) 100 $899.99 View
2000 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 99 $899.99 View
Laphroaig 30 Year "Limited Edition" Old Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $899.99 View
2016 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 6-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $955.00 View


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2017 Alain Corcia Bourgogne Rouge ($14.99)

Alain Corcia founded his négociant company back in 1983. Originally focused on bottling Burgundy, they expanded their grower relationships to include wines from the Rhône, Bordeaux and even Champagne. Our relationship with Alain goes back over three decades, and he and his wife Patricia have supplied us with some of our greatest values from their respective regions. As a négociant, Mr. Corcia is very hands-on with the wines, making each one in its home region and choosing not to blend across appellations, all the better to reflect each wine's true terroir.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 31, 2019

This is a fantastic find and a great price point for such a stellar red Burgundy. Light and fresh, with dusky tannin and soft earth notes, this is what I image most Burgundians have on their dinner table. Both the red and white are fantastic from Corcia and a wonderful way to experience Burgundy without breaking the bank. I hope this bottling will show what incredible wines Burgundy has to offer in this price point, and that these wines do make a fantastic everyday choice.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 31, 2019

Alain Corcia is a negociant with whom we've had the pleasure to work for many years now. His Burgundy portfolio is stunning, both on the high end of the spectrum, as well as the entry level wines. If you're looking for a perfect little red Burgundy to become a house staple, or to adopt as your new go-to, this is the wine for you. Elegantly balanced, with just the right amount of bright fresh berry fruit and subtle earthy spice notes, this wine drinks beautifully right out of the bottle.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2019

This is a great addition to our "Burgundy under $20" selection. It has a solid balance of delicate strawberries and black cherries along with a charming earthiness and bright acidity. This a fantastic buy for anyone wanting a wine with every dinner at a price point that doesn't hurt. 2017 is a great vintage for drinking in the now and this is a bottle you can pop open while cooking and it will be ready to consume by the time you plate your meal.

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Charles Baur "Emotion" Cremant d'Alsace Brut ($17.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "There is a hint of wet chalk stone on the nose, along with crisp apple and a touch of lemon. The palate then amplifies both the chalky impression and the creamy mellow richness of the apple and the autolysis. This is restrained but very classic, understated but deeply satisfying with its creamy mousse, a hint of stone and the fruit-accentuated backdrop. The mousse is fine and the finish is wonderfully dry. (AK)" (11/2018)

90 points Vinous: "Pale straw with a persistent mousse. White stone fruit and fresh citrus on the delicate, precise nose. Very austere and clean in the middle, then slightly richer and toasty on the long, vibrant finish. A very vertical style of Crémant, this spends 36 months on the lees. About 90 percent Chardonnay and 10 percent Pinot Blanc, all from the Eichberg grand cru, in a colder microclimate near Husseren-les-Chateaux. A real Blanc de Blancs offering plenty of clarity and cut; will make a wonderful aperitif. (ID) 90+" (03/2017)

K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Made up of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Blanc, with zero dosage, this pretty sparkling has very classy and feminine aromatics and is very nicely textured along the palate, with classic Chardonnay character that's lightened up on the finish by the small addition of Pinot Blanc and a vibrant mineral quality." A fantastic substitute for you Champagne lovers on a budget. Organically grown grapes.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 18, 2018

Zesty & bright with excellent richness and subtle hints of minerals and petrol notes. Expansive on the palate this is the ideal sparkler to start off your Thanksgiving fun with family and friends.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 20, 2016

The color is a beautiful pale straw. The bubbles are lively. There is a generous toasty nose to make the champagne lover blush. The Chardonnay dominates with green and golden apples, a touch of pear on the palate and a satisfying autolytic character. The bracing acidity gives a lemon lime zest and leaves this bubbly extremely refreshing. A great party-time sparkler.

Staff ImageSarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 04, 2014

Bright, fresh and elegant, the Chardonnay in this sparkling wine really shines with citrus, pear, apple and mineral. Looking for an affordable, classy wine for your holiday parties? Look no further!

2015 Carmel Road "North Crest Panorama Vineyard" Monterey Pinot Noir (Previously $55) ($19.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Opening in the glass with notes of blackberries, blood orange and sweet soil, the 2015 Pinot Noir Panorama Vineyard North Crest is one of the deeper, more fruit-driven wines in the range this year, with a medium-bodied, succulent palate and a generous core of fruit. (WK)" (04/2018)

K&L Notes: Once considered too cool for vineyards, Monterey has become the "hot" spot for sleek Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Here Carmel Road Winery crafts vibrant wines that capture the essence of this remarkable region. They've been producing some of the region's most exciting wines since 1999. Not only are the wines racy and charming, Carmel Road Winery is dedicated to the well-being of the area, being both SIP (Sustainability in Practice) and CCSW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) certified. The Panorama Vineyard in Arroyo Seco is comprised of high density planting. This vine spacing practice mirrors some of the top producers in Burgundy. Close spacing forces vines to compete for water and nutrients, resulting in wines with heightened aromatics, greater concentration and more complexity.

Staff ImageKaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2019

Here comes one more (and final?) amazing offer from our friends at Carmel Road. These offerings are the best Pinot Noir opportunities Ive come across all year. The pedigree of these wines is without question. This offers up a lovely aroma of juicy berries with a hint of spice and a touch of forest floor. The wine is elegant on the palate but delivers loads of flavor, complexity, and a long lingering finish. At $20 per bottle, these wines are the Pinot Noir bargain of the year. This one came along just in time for the holidays as we roll into Thanksgiving and the rest of the winter months. So if youll be entertaining over the next couple of months, or just enjoy opening bottles of fine Pinot Noir, I strongly encourage you to load up.

Staff ImageShelby Griffiths | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2019

Carmel Road has once again delivered a stunning, classic Pinot from the North Crest block of the Panorama Vineyard. Fresh and juicy, this wine shows perfectly ripe raspberries, cherries with a hint of pomegranate. Complemented by uplifting floral aromas of white blossom, hibiscus, and beach grass. The wine perfectly captures the area of Monterey in a glass, and would be the talk of the table at Thanksgiving dinner. Best of all, we are able to offer this wine for an incredible value of $20, when it sells at the winery for $55.

Staff ImageWill Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2019

This is a lot of wine for not much money. The nose starts off a bit gamy and herbal, but that pastoral whiff quickly subsides as it is overcome by delectable purity of fruit. Brambly and fleshy, the texture is delightful. A mouthful of juicy cherry and ripe cranberry with just a hint of clove and allspice washes across the palate showing impressive concentration. The finish brings just enough vanilla and orange peel to compliment the other flavors without compromising their integrity. Mix that with vibrant, mouthwatering acid, and you've got a real winner. It'll be everyone's favorite with turkey dinner, so make sure to get a few extra bottles.

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2017 Liparita Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $60) ($19.99)

The historic Liparita label traces its origin all the way back to the late 1800s. The founder, William Keyes, was an early pioneer in the history of California winemaking, having been among the first to designate an appellation wine with his Howell Mountain Claret. Unfortunately, the combination of Prohibition and then phylloxera took its toll on many wineries early on, including Liparita. The label was revived several times over the past century, but it was Napa Valley grower Spencer Hoopes who finally resurrected the historic name in 2006 by bringing Liparita back to the luster of its glory days. He's been producing stylish appellation designated Cabernets since. Anne Vawter began as the winemaker with the 2012 vintage.

Staff ImageSean Reilly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 29, 2019

Liparita has been one of our best-sellers over the past year. It provides an exceptional example of cab characteristics for the money. When I first tried this 2017, it was a tad tight and tannic. Those attributes have departed and there's a wonderful harmony to this wine. Full-bodied with classic black cherry nuances, this is a must buy.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2019

Maybe the most charming of the three wines we have offered to date, the Rutherford is the most elegant by far. It has wonderful red currant, cherry and spice tones. It has more of that old-school Napa charm that feels like a much more restrained wine. A few minutes in the glass and the wine opens with even more fruit on the palate. This is a bit more medium- to full-bodied than its predecessors but should fit beautifully on the table with a whole host of Holiday Meals, from richer fowl dishes to pork and even that standing rib roast.

Staff ImageKaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 12, 2019

Few wine offers in K&L history have been as hugely successful as our Liparita string of victories. This historical brand was resurrected by long time Napa native Spencer Hoopes as a way to produce sub-appellation designated, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from some of his best sources. This time around, were offering a $20 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford; land of the famed Rutherford dust. The appellation is in the center of Napa Valley and has been home to some of the regions most historic and world-renowned wineries such as Beaulieu Vineyards, Rutherford Hill, Raymond Vineyards, and the Inglenook Winery. The wine is fruit forward and generous displaying all the tell-tale Cabernet characteristics of black currants (cassis), blackberry, black cherry, dried herbs and a touch of cedar. This may be our last chance to go to the well for these amazing Cabernet Sauvignon values. Buy early and buy often. Come back for more before the party ends.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 12, 2019

The latest wine in an unprecedented run of discounted Liparita Cabs found by our SoCal Domestic Buyer, Kaj. Again this delivers a rich, fruit forward, easy to like Cab for a serious value. Rutherford AVA for less than $20!? This crowd pleaser is sure to be another top seller heading into the holidays.

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Benromach Organic Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $65) ($44.99)

From Speyside, matured in virgin oak casks. Tasting note from the producer: "Creamy pepper and sweet fruit flavours, particularly ripe bananas. Add a trickle of water to release the whisky and take in the aroma with water: fresh and malty with darker, delicious hints of coffee and cocoa. You may smell some vanilla notes, and a touch of the fruit bowl coming through once again - this time with citrus fruits, especially lemons....a mouth-watering balance with a smooth and long finish. Our whisky is certified organic from start to finish, meeting rigorous UK Soil Association standards for growing the ingredients, distillation, maturation and bottling. Unique on launch in 2006, it is still very rare today."

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2015 Von Strasser Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon ($44.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain has a medium to deep garnet-purple color with scents of cassis, cinnamon stick and earth with a hint of cedar. The medium-bodied mouth is rounded with plenty of juicy fruit and good length. (LPB)" (12/2017)

Wine & Spirits: "Bold and juicy cherry flavors brighten this wine, while the iron-filing power of its tannins supplies the richness. That earthy extract begins to dominate the wine and constrict the fruit as it takes on air, suggesting this will need years in the cellar for the tannins to mellow." (10/2018)

K&L Notes: Rudy von Strasser, founder and winemaker of Von Strasser Winery, has made his mark on the Napa wine scene with his highly acclaimed Diamond Mountain Cabernets. Sitting on the northwest side of Napa, Diamond Mountain District is a part of the Mayacamas Range, dividing Napa Valley from Sonoma Valley, and produces some of the most characterful Cabernets, with very long aging potential. When Rudy purchased the old Roddis Estate Winery on Diamond Mountain back in 1989, he chose this location for its potential to produce refined, classic Cabernet with the structure and depth to age like Bordeaux. As the first American allowed an internship at Château Lafite-Rothschild, Rudy was profoundly impressed by the elegance and craft he witnessed. He seeks to portray something of this character in his own wines, always considering the unique climate and fruit of his vineyard. The 2015 vintage was particularly fine in Napa, and although the Von Strasser Cabernets are built to age, this wine is showing so many fine characteristics already that it’s difficult to wait for a future date to open and enjoy it.

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2016 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.95)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A smoking value, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley offers classic notes of blackcurrant and blackberry fruits intermixed with more earthy, tapenade, and olive-like aromas and flavors. It too is full-bodied, has remarkable purity, a seamless texture, and a beautiful finish. It tastes like it cost 2-3 times the price." (01/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon delivers open-knit notions of Black Forest cake, crème de cassis and black raspberries with hints of tar, smoked meats and menthol plus a hint of tree bark. Full-bodied, the palate has a firm frame of grainy tannins and soft acidity supporting the savory black fruits, finishing earthy. (LPB)" (09/2019)

92 points Vinous: "Hall's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a terrific introduction to the vintage. Pliant, supple and racy, the 2016 has a lot to offer. Macerated cherry, red plum, flowers, cinnamon and a kiss of new French oak all run through this succulent, plush Cabernet Sauvignon. Readers who want to understand why the 2016 vintage is so compelling would do well to start with this superb appellation-level Cabernet from Hall. (AG)" (12/2018)

2018 Bodega Chacra "Cincuenta y Cinco" Pinot Noir Rio Negro Patagonia - 0 available ($49.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Cincuenta y Cinco follows the breathtaking 2017 with an extra degree of elegance and filigree. This wine has reached an amazing level of sophistication and nuance. There are tannins there, and there's more power and clout than the lightish color and perfumed nose might point at. 2018 was an easier vintage to ferment; they had very good yields and natural balance in the grapes that were extremely healthy. They didn't need to cool down the grapes because the weather was colder, even if they picked a little earlier to avoid the need for any acidification; in Patagonia acidity can go down very quickly in the vine, so if you pick too late you need to acidify. The full clusters fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the tannins seem to be driven more by the stems than by the pips; the stems are always ripe because the luminosity in Patagonia is amazing, but the wine is at a low 12.5% alcohol. This is very low in sulfur, as they have lowered the addition of it after the experience with the Sin Azufre. Twenty-five percent of the volume matured in concrete and the rest in used barrels. The wine was kept with the lees and never racked for the eight months the élevage lasted. There is cleanliness, there's purity and, again, light and energy, and there is no reduction. (LG)" (10/2019)

97 points James Suckling: "Very attractive, complex Pinot that has plenty of rich red and dark cherries on offer and a palate that carries striking purity, freshness and detail. Superb Pinot thats long and seamless. Finishes so fresh." (03/2019)

K&L Notes: Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, the grandson of Sassicaia founder Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, ended up in Patagonia after tasting a bottle of Pinot Noir he fell in love with, and was told came from old vines in Patagonia. This wine comes from 60 year-old, head pruned vines in the Rio Negro Valley of Patagonia. Fermented in very small enamel lined tanks, and then transferred to French oak barrels (20% new), this is a beautiful, bright and nuanced expression of Pinot Noir, with succulent fruit and elegant texture. An eye opener for the potential of Pinot Noir in northern Patagonia. *Organic and Biodynamic Certified*

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2019

Some wines are so good that they make me weak in the knees, more often than not those wines are Pinots. This is one of those wines. The aromatics make me melt, the purity, complexity, and depth. There is so much there that you sniff harder to get at everything, but you can't. So you sniff slower, but you still can't. Know matter what you do you cannot fully capture all the aromatics. The palate follows the nose, deep red fruits, fine herbs, and a floral lift. An intriguing savory mineral tone builds on the mid-palate which focuses all the other elements. This does all the things that I want Great Burgundy to do at a fraction of the price. This also provides the perfect counterpoint to the Sin Azufre. Both wines from the same vineyard made two completely different ways. This is a very clean minimally intrusive way but still considered conventional and the Sin Azufre done without sulfur or in a "natural" way. It is rare that we are given the opportunity to see both visions from the same source. I love it!

Staff ImageChris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2019

Without the weight of history or tradition, Bodega Chacra has become one of the most respected producers in the wine world by making really, really good wine, year in and year out. The "Cincuenta Y Cinco," (from vines planted in 1955) has soft but present tannins and tons of deep red fruit on offer; with great secondary notes of cola and umani. The wine jumps out of the glass on the nose. If this is the vanguard of new-world Pinot production we should all be extremely excited.

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2016 Edward Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $75) Price: Hidden

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "All three of these wines from Edward Snider (Lewis is Edwards middle name) are brilliant. The 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, brought up all in new oak) offers a gorgeously rich, textured, yet also weighty style as well as impressive Cabernet fruit, tobacco, and earthy aromas and flavors. It has a layered, balanced texture, fine tannins, and a great, great finish, and as Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon goes, its a smoking value." (01/2019)

K&L Notes: Before founding Edward Lewis Cellars in 2016, Ed Snider founded Beau Vigne in 2002, a hidden gem in the Atlas Peak AVA, which is well known for its top-scoring Cabernet Sauvignons. Although Beau Vigne has flown somewhat under the radar their history runs deep in Napa Valley. Ed's grandfather arrived in Napa Valley in 1913 after having trained as a winemaker in Italy. To his credit, Ed, along with winemaker Kirk Venge have produced a string of brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon's including their epic 100 point (Robert Parker) 2013 Reserve.

Staff ImageKaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 05, 2019

Attention lovers and collectors of bold Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon! This might just be the Cabernet deal-of-the-year...so far. Edward Lewis is the micro-boutique winery created by Ed "Lewis" Snider of Beau Vigne. Much like the beloved wines from Beau Vigne, this is bold, plush, classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon crafted by famed winemaker Kirk Venge. It's replete with a bowl full of red and black berries. The wine is deep purple, structured with notes of cherry, fig, and rose petals. Hints of dark chocolate and wood spice give the wine ample frame and structure. The 2016 vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was truly special. You can taste it in the wine.

Staff ImageBlake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 05, 2019

While there is definitely a Pretty Woman movie connection with this bottle of cab and the "Pretty Woman" from Edward Lewis, stylistically this cab is a completely different beast, in style and flavor profile. Much more robust on the palate, the tannins are quite present and chalky. Not that that's a bad thing. This is definitely a bottle of cab I'd want to buy more than several of, and keep revisiting year after year to see how much this will evolve over time. I know it's going to be awesome. If you're looking for fantastic Napa cab to cellar, this is at such an awesome price currently, I wouldn't pass this up.

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Benromach 15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $80) ($59.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This amber-hued whisky offers caramel, oak and a hint of black cherry on the nose and mouth. The drying palate leads with black cherry and creamy honey, finishing taut, with leather, cigar wrapper, dark chocolate and clove heat. (KN)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: The excellent Benromach 15 year was added to the core line in 2015. It's one of the best values for old Speyside on the market today. Designed to capture the old style of Speyside using both ex-bourbon and sherry casks, the Benromach 15 year offers something for every malt lover. Big malty spice, round rich fruit, bold complex oak and an unbeatable price. Winner of the 2018 World Whisky Awards "Best Speyside Single Malt," Benromach should be considered a staple of any serious back bar. 94 Points from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Serge Valentine of Whisky Fun describes it eloquently, " Nose: ah this typical sooty note, not quote smoky, or at least not quite peaty, rather around coal, then sour cigars, soot, ashes, shoe polish, diesel oil… Once again we're on the axis of the waxy, which, as well know, starts in Campbeltown. Mouth: big umami, black and green tea, chalky and waxy broths (should some one ever prepare that), bitter oranges, Jerusalem artichokes, burnt Brussels sprouts (not joking), a little burnt caramel too… There really is an oddness to this make, but that really is an asset here. Finish: long and bitter, on concentrated turnip and spinach extracts. Yeah I know. Comments: extremely singular, at some point this baby would make Springbank taste like Glenkinchie. Quite. Unchanged."

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1997 Ledaig 21 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Unchill-filtered Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($149.99)

The odd and wonderful Tobermory distillery is one of Scotland's most picturesque and divisive. Only the Jura Distillery has more disperate opinions of their products. But something that almost every peat lover can agree on is the fact that the distiller's peated line, Ledaig, is an absolute dream. And it's remained in relative obscurity until recently. We've had a good deal of independents offer us Ledaig over the years, but it's almost always young stocks in very quiet hogsheads. That's simply because the mark is only produced a few weeks out of the year and is turning out to be pretty sought-after by drinkers across the world, so we're not seeing high quality older expressions very often. When we do it's NEVER in sherry. This distillery needs these barrels for their limited releases and rightfully so - there's nothing better than an old smoldering Ledaig in an active sherry. No cask this year will offer more deliciousness for your dollar. Old peated, cask strength sherry butt from a tiny distiller for under $150.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2019

This cask of Ledaig from Tobermorey Distillery is expressive, interesting and inviting. Without water there are smoke, malt, and a hint of mineral-like flavors. With a little water it opens up and comes together. In the nose there is smoke with aromas of brine and malt. In the mouth, the smoke, malt, and brine flavors create a single malt that is delicious and lively. This cask of Ledaig is something to sip and think about.

Staff ImageJackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2019

This dram from Ledaig was extremely robust. The aromas from the glass dominated the room with iodine, tanning leather, bakers chocolate and preserved cherry. I got an undertone of funk mixed with the iodine, which dissipated with time and caused me to revisit the glass a few times. The palate still exhibited signs of iodine detected in the nose but added in pencil shavings and peppered jerky. After the addition of water, sweet schezuan peppers and cherries appeared but for a brief moment. As expected from the nose, the finish was long and reminded me of fruity Korean beef jerky.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 08, 2019

One of the great peated whiskies of Scotland, but sadly often overlooked. This particular cask smells of apple crisp and quality tobacco burning hot. Cooked fruits mingle with caramel, burnt orange peel, nutmeg, a sprinkling of seasalt and a faint background of iodine and herbs. A bit of water and it opens into more of a saddle shop complexity of leather and oil. The savory components make this a perfect whiskey for deep contemplation. It's more subtle than many an Islay dram. A dream for any lover of island malts.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2019

This absolutely gorgeous Ledaig is going to easily qualify as one of the best buys of the year. It's hard to argue that Ledaig isn't one of the most exciting spirits coming out of Scotland these days, but the distillery bottlings are getting more and more expensive. The Tobermory Distillery has also been closed for the last two years, doesn't do anything to ease the price pressures of this small operation. Regardless of the incredible price compared to distillery bottlings, this cask will almost certainly be a total sleeper. Not because it lacks merit in any sense, but simply because it's not as flashy or obvious as the rest of the line up from Chieftain's. Nonetheless, for those who take the plunge they'll be rewarded with one of the most complex whiskies in our portfolio this year. A nose of smoldering cigars and high-end soy sauce. It's not so abruptly peaty on the nose, but deeply umami with wide range of savory aromas that make you instantly salivate. The sherry is definitely there, but we're on the sweet roasted orange peel side of the spectrum rather than the raisins and roasted nuts. On the palate the saltiness starts to take over and definitely more obvious peat. Smoked fish, smoked herbs, smoked meats, salty, dense sooty and savory. Some dried citrus, nut butter and sweet barrel spice to balances out the absurdity of it all. This one may not be for everyone, but it's goddamned delicious and absolutely unique.

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2005 Laphroaig 13 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Unchill-filtered Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($159.99)

The magical distillery on the south shore of Islay, like all south shore distillers, is quite unlike any other. But Laphroaig has a certain place in the hearts of the hardest core peat lovers. They're the last distiller down there to malt a portion of their barley on site. Their complex system of tiny stills create the most peculiar and enticing peated spirit in the world. The quality and consistency of their casks is second to none. But over the last decade, what was once a staple in the independent bottling repertoire has completely disappeared. Laphroaig is simply not selling casks any longer. And when we do find casks they're usually in very inactive hogsheads and declassified to their trade name, "Williamson." Now that's not a huge problem because Laphroaig always tastes good, but bottlers can't replace even those few casks the prices have gone absolutely bonkers. Signatory recently bottled a sister cask those we sold here just three years ago for $200, Laphroaig from the Fall of 1997, for $700. And by God those bottles sell. But a beautiful butt for a not completely abhorrent price, we jumped all over it. Thank the Lord of the Isles that we did, as it's a complete and utter masterpiece. Some purists askew the idea of Laphroaig in active sherry, but much of the experience is limited to low proof distillery bottlings and finishes. It's truly a stupendous find and going to be one of those casks that people remember for years to come. Collectors and drinkers alike take note

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 23, 2019

Laphroaig very infrequently releases anything new, let alone a single cask of something new. Fans of the classic Laphroaig style will not be disappointed here, but will also be pleased to find new tastes and expressions. Rich texture and creamy peat notes get a kick from a slight jalapeno pepper spice in the back. This extremely limited and special release could retail for much higher given its scarcity. Lucky for us it doesn't.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 23, 2019

Every so often time stops, a dizzying array of pieces fall into place, and you're left with one special moment. Such is drinking this masterpiece. Tragically, Chieftain's is going away. One of the most storied and high quality bottlers in Scotland has pulled out all of the stops for it's swan song. Aged to perfection this cask toes the line perfectly between every facet of Laphroaig. It's equally salty, malty, fruity, floral, and smoky in that amazing way that only Laphroaig can be. In addition there is a splendid cigar box spice provided by an amazing barrel of the highest quality and perfectly matched to the whisky. Not overpowering, it is just robust enough to blend seamlessly with everything on offer from the spirit. My best Laphroaig drinking experience was having John Campbell, Distillery Manager, walk me through the classic 10 year, a single cask bourbon barrel roughly 14 years old, and the legendary 30 year. The insights those 3 carefully chosen whiskies provided into the soul of Laphroaig is something I will never forget. It set off a personal and more indepth study of the whisky behind the smoke and iodine that the distillery is so famous for. This one cask highlights the traits that makes the the malt from this special place so complete and such a rarity in the flavor spectrum without giving up that core profile. Tasting this malt and then going back to Laphraoig 10 will forever unlock for the drinker the often overlooked and underappreciated glory

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 18, 2019

Since barrels of single malt age differently and produce a range of flavors it is always a treat to taste something and see the variation on a theme from the regular releases.This tasty barrel is very interesting and fantastic. The nose has a burst of smoke that is almost pretty ( a word not usually associated with Laphroaig) with toasty undertones. In the mouth it is classic Laprhoaig with smoke , iodine, salt and malt. With water it opens up and becomes softer. There is a long finish with an interesting touch of spice.This single barrel is unique and interesting.

Staff ImageJackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2019

If my family drank, this is a bottle Id take with me to our holiday dinners. This bottle screams autumn with notes of ume plum, burnt caramel, oak spice, and cinnamon graham crackers on the nose. The palate is fatty, savory, and sweet and I can imagine it going perfectly with turkey and stuffing. Its warm and inviting, I just want to cuddle up with it next to a fire and look longingly at the glass.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2019

Laphroaig is one of those incredible things that is both polarizing and unifying, sometimes between the same people at the same exact time. I personally adore almost everything I taste from this special distillery. Yes there are some underwhelming distillery bottlings that might feel a bit over manipulated, but the whisky is never ever bad. The great heights that can be achieved by Laphroaig are truly unbelievable. And uniquely, some of the very best from this special distillery are not even very old. The very best Laphroaig I've ever had the great pleasure of tasting are no more than 10 years old, given they'd have been distilled 40 or 50 years ago, but the fact remains that Laphroaig is often more special in its youth. For years Laphroaig has felt like a bit of a secret that you weren't sure you wanted to share with everyone you know. Particularly that was true of the special single casks that we'd come across in warehouses and whisky shops throughout Scotland. But in the current climate, where the distillery itself has no need or use for trading or brokering excess production, what was once a special secret to find and share is now an endangered species completely. So when we get offered casks like this we expect them to be unfathomably expensive. But even if this were twice the price I'd still have bought it. This is that perfectly idiosyncratic Laphroaig, apt to have you disagreeing with yourself. Deep wafting peat, a mix of bitter herbs, salty ocean

1997 Benriach 21 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Rum Barrel Finish Cask Strength Unchill-filtered Speyside Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($169.99)

We once could bottle wonderful casks of Benriach distillery direct at extremely reasonable prices with no trouble. This unusual distillery has always been a favorite of ours, filled with experiments left over from their corporate past and their adventurous new owners. One of the few Speysides to still boast a malt floor, it was always exciting to see the unusual experiments that were hiding in the old warehouses at Benriach. But at some point in the last five years, the prices climbed into the stratosphere and when the distillery sold to Brown Forman, our hopes of seeing reasonably priced old single casks dwindled. Honestly you can't really blame them for raising their prices, but it is difficult for us to justify continuing to purchase single casks at significantly higher prices. Our customers are too savvy for that. Not to say there isn't a market for it, but we simply can't sell 20-year-old malt for $500 unless there's something seriously special about it. So, it's particularly satisfying to see exceptional casks work their way out of the system. This wonderful Benriach aged for 21 years and finished in fresh rum barrel for more than 3 years is our cask strength answer to the Balvenie 21 year. The malty beast that is Benriach is trained into perfect submission after years in an old rum barrel. The resulting whisky is extremely polished, supple and packed full of tropical fruit. The price is astonishing, but this whisky is about more than just value. Only 220 bottles.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 04, 2019

Most of my notes for the last of the Chieftain's barrels include the word 'holy' followed by words unfit for print. The Benriach 21 year beast is no different. It's insane. There is nothing like it available anywhere - certainly not at this price point. 3 years in rum cask has done something profound to an already exceptional whisky. The richness and intensity here is unmatched. There is a bit of good funk - in the way the finest pot stilled rums bring the funk, and it balances the fruity and oily malt nature. There are bunches of vanilla bean and a creamy full fat milk of the highest quality - lush, textural, and coating. Fruit runs amuck. The finish is big, but restrained. It's a travesty to think Chieftain's won't be around any longer bringing us bottles like this one.

Staff ImageNeal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 03, 2019

This whisky is light and bright and full of tropical notes. For a 21 year old this Scotch is surprisingly fresh and lively, and the core characteristics of BenRiach's spirit marries quite well with the rum cask it was matured in. Waves of vanilla meld with macadamia nut, banana, and pineapple. The palate has great salinity and mixes with the vanilla notes to taste like a cookie crumble crust. More fruits come through with gentle spice and new leather. Lovely

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2019

Absolutely delicious. The nose is very expressive and alive with bees wax and floral notes. It is a pleasure to just set and smell this single malt. In the mouth is is rich and round with the bees wax and honey flavors. It is full bodied and has a long finish. A little water opens it up and makes it softer but one can enjoy this product with and with out water.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2019

This lovely cask of Benriach is the first we've bottled from the distillery in sometime. While it's nothing like the densely sherried monsters we once bottled, it is one of my favorite Riach's to date. An incredibly fresh nose of clean roasted malt and tropical fruit. I'd add a tiny drop of water to start. There's no estery funk, which I was kind of hoping for, but instead more of an agricole HOGO quality. Around that a buttery creaminess that is unbelievably decadent. Massive bouquets of yellow flowers, honeysuckles and sunflowers, papaya and pineapple. ON the palate, rich and textured, full of malt spice and fruit. The oak surprisingly taking a back seat despite more than 3 years in rum casks. It's hard to say exactly what the rum did or didn't do here, but the ultimate result is absolutely dreamy. Textured, silky, supple, sublime.

2004 Ardbeg 15 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Ex-Bourbon Barrel Cask Strength Unchill-filtered Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($239.99)

The wonderful Chieftain's brand from Ian Macleod had been one of our primary sources for several years. They've got a knack for finding special casks. This is the first barrel of Ardbeg we've bottled from the "new" regime and only the second exclusive Ardbeg we've ever managed to extricate from the clutches of this very stingy distiller. Who can blame them for keeping every drop? The Ardbeg brand is still on fire and there's absolutely no reason for them to be selling to brokers or blenders. Yet here we are. Their new release, a 19-year-old version that sold out in moments at $300 a bottle is nowhere close to as intense or unique as this amazing single cask. 15 years in first fill bourbon and bottled at cask strength, there's absolutely nothing on the market in the US like this. In Europe, similar bottlings from other suppliers are selling for more than twice this price. This special cask only held 162, so don't be surprised once it disappears. This malt itself isn't particularly rare, Ardbeg is a staple for any serious shop or bar program, the fact that it's bottled as a full-strength single cask makes it one of the world's rarest bottles. You won't find purity and intensity coupled so perfectly anywhere else in the Scotland. A cask like this is exactly how Ardbeg fans become fanatics. If only there was much much more of this, the world would be a better place.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 02, 2019

This cask of Ardbeg was aged to perfection. With and with out the addition of water it is lively and complex and there is a long finish. With out water it is more intense and with a little water there is a softer and more lush mouth feel. This product offers smoke, brine and a juicy malt aspects, all of which work together and make this a excellent offering for lovers of big, powerful peated scotch..

Staff ImageJackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2019

This was a fun expression from Ardbeg, combining classic notes of their original bottlings with a bourbon influence from the single barrel. This is a big, hot Islay scotch and I did opt to add a nip of water to my dram. The nose was very grassy and peaty right out of the bottle with burnt sugar being another big player, partnering with an orange blossom honey note. The palate followed the nose, with a nice full texture. Again, peaty and grassy on the palate along with a flavor that reminded me of bbqd smoked brisket. The finish was long and smokey, a pleasant sipper for any Islay lover.

Staff ImageAndrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2019

Once while out with friends I decided to order a dram of the ever popular Uigeadail with my dinner. I offered one friend a taste and they immediately followed with the note that "it tastes like an oil spill on the ocean", one which I will never forget. As I approached this glass that always lives in the back of my mind because Ardbeg is a personal favorite and has such a range of whiskeys and profiles. My first reaction is how sweet, soft and inviting the nose is with notes of fresh vanilla, baked scones, and clotted cream. Salted apple, baking spice and pie crust come out on the second and third wiff which makes me more excited for the palate. For it's proof this doesn't bit back at all, very warm clearly the palate is savory. spiced, and herbaceous like a roast. Salt and a bit of olive brine are present but fade quickly towards rich and round wood and with a lingering hint of smoked maple bacon. Ardbeg has always had my heart and palate, and this is a wonderful addition to their lineage!

Staff ImageWill Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2019

This bottling is on another tier altogether from standard Ardbeg releases in terms of sophistication and concentration. Deep, intense flavors of golden raisin, dried seaweed, graham cracker and barbecued meat rise up, break and wash across the palate like a large wave meeting the shore. Aromas of leather and sandalwood give the perfectly charred peat more dimension, letting it meld with the creme brulee character of the sweet malt in a way that enhances every flavor rather than each vying for attention and drowning each other out. I want to revisit this to rein in my fanboy excitement, but right now, I can't get over how the taste lingers 20 minutes after I've stopped sipping. If you love Ardbeg as much as I do, you have to get a bottle before they're gone.

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1995 Caperdonich 24 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Unchill-filtered Speyside Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($399.99)

Bottlings from the enigmatic Caperdonich Distillery are extremely rare. It was built in 1897 and named "Glen Grant #2," Caperdonich by J. & J. Grant in the town of Rothes. Only five short years later, the Pattison whisky crisis shuttered the gleaming new distillery. It lay dormant for 60 more years before Glenlivet rebuilt it and resumed production. The name Caperdonich, meaning "secret well," was adopted due to new regulations prohibiting multiple distilleries from sharing the same name. It was purchased again in 1977 by Seagrams, who sold it to Pernod Ricard in 2001. Pernod ultimately closed the relatively small output distillery the following year along with Braeval, BenRiach and Allt-A-Bhainne. Those three siblings would find second lives in the subsequent whisky boom, but Caperdonich was not so lucky. Eventually demolished completely in 2010, Caperdonich has not really achieved cult status in the whisky collector's pantheon because of a complete lack of availability. It's so rare that few modern collectors have even had the chance to taste it. In its short life it never had an official bottling, but certain casks have become legendary. When we tasted this, we knew we had to have it. On the label, the cask type is listed simply "Hogshead," but the dark color and heady sherry notes can't be missed. Caperdonich and sherry are an absolute match made in heaven, and this is a very active 2nd fill hoggie here. You won't regret becoming part of Caperdonich's hidden legacy.

Staff ImageNeal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 03, 2019

Caperdonich has had an odd, jerky history. Opened in 1898 by William Grant it closed almost immediately and remained that way until reopening in 1967. Sadly, it ceased operation yet again in 2002 and was subsequently demolished. It's a shame because these can be really tasty whiskies. This 24 year old bottling we currently have from Chieftain's is dark, weighty, and bold. There seems to be a lot of Sherry influence here with scents of praline nuttiness and dried fruits of plum, fig, and cherry. There's also a nice element of wood polish that imparts the feeling you're enjoying this dram in an old British drawing room. The varnish notes are more pronounced on the palate with oak spice. The dark fruits come back through in the midpalate with the addition of a citrus twist, continuing on to the medium-length finish. I'm not sure how much stock the current owners are sitting on for future releases, but after nearly twenty year being gone you might want to get your hands on this before Caperdonich becomes a unicorn bottle.

Staff ImageJackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 19, 2019

Admittedly, Im amongst those who had never had a chance to try this ghosted distillery (unless it was in an unnamed blend) and boy do I feel like Ive been missing out. So many layers on the nose and the longer it was in the glass, the more it changed. Initially I got baby diapers (fresh and clean, no poopiness) followed by raisins, mission fig skin, preserved plum, fennel frond, Nerds candy, and stewed strawberries. It seems to encompass a bright fruitiness with a musty sweetness that just goes so damn well together. The palate was soft and elegant and just a bit chewy, bringing out notes of crisp green apple, quince, wild strawberries enrobed in semisweet chocolate, brandied cherries, and a subtle oak influence. The finish was just long and lovely with toasted sugar mixed with dried strawberries. With this being some of the last of its kind, any sherried scotch lover needs to have this in their collection.

Staff ImageAndrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2019

Ghost distilleries are becoming a bit of a cult fascination in the last few years, so much so that even Johnnie Walker is cashing in on the idea with their Ghost & Rare line. With several famous distilleries being forced to close their doors in the late 70's and early 80's and we are seeing some of the last juice ever produced by these wonderful houses. Now the price is something to balk at until you consider the age and rarity of this whiskey, you won't be able to find it again. the nose is fruity with hints of orange peel, peach, cherries, and hazelnut chocolate. The palate bursts with chocolate, spice, candied orange peel and a int of coffee at the end. For collectors this is priceless, and as we approach the holiday season those looking for a gift that will be unforgettable for the whiskey drinker in your life, this is a sure winner!

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 08, 2019

Welcome to the club. One of the greatest secrets of Scotland is briefly available here at K&L. The refill hoggie yielded just 155 bottles and this rarity is worth every penny. It's intensely sherried, laden with dried figs, candied orange peels, sultanas, and the complex aromas of an unlit Cuban cigar. This is a malt you can pick apart all night long. At 55% ABV if needs no water, although it doesn't harm anything to add a small drop. While long lost distilleries often pique my curiosity and are always fun to taste and talk about, they rarely deliver on this level. Active sherry and unctuous oily malt - a stunning combo to be sure - have never been quite this good.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2019

I was not expecting to see what I saw when we received this sample. When I saw old expensive Caperdonich on the list, I figured it had been just like the other handful of Caperdonichs we'd seen over the years. That is to say, subtle and overpriced. The ones that tended to pop up were in 3rd and 4th fill and while they were often delicious, they were too ethereal to merit that high prices. But when I saw the color on this monster I knew we'd stumbled on something else completely. This bad boy is absolutely packed full of dark roasty flavors. Big bold spice, smoldering embers, high quality pipe tobacco, caramelized apple and burnt citrus peel. This was a very active cask indeed. Big oily rich and long in the mouth, with lots of peppery and sweet raisin-y stone fruit. Finish has a savory quality that's hard to pin point - maybe some wasabi or habanero in the tiniest most perfect addition to the massively complex package. Of course many will balk at the price, but once this is a rarity that actually deserves the inflated price point. You'll be one of only 150 people in the world to experience what will undoubtedly be one of the last sherried Caperdonichs we'll ever see.

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1986 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien - 0 available ($499.99)

100 points Decanter: "Michel Delon, then owner, believed this to be the greatest wine he ever made. It's not often the case that wines with this much expectation riding on them live up to the hype, but this one did. A stunning wine that, at 33 years old, still feels fresh, concentrated and with a long way left to go. The tannins have the characteristic Las Cases weight and definition to them, giving form and shape to the sweet berry fruit, but the overall impression is of welcoming, juicy pleasure. Harvested from 1 to 17 October. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend. (JA)" (05/2019)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The late Michel Delon always thought that this was the greatest vintage he had produced. We often tasted it side by side with the 1982, because I always preferred the latter vintage. Of course, the two vintages are quite different in style, with the 1986 a monument to classicism, with great tannin, extraordinary delineation, and a huge, full-bodied nose of sweet, ripe cassis fruit intermixed with vanilla, melon, fruitcake, and a multitude of spices. The wine has always been phenomenally concentrated, yet wonderfully fresh and vigorous. The wine still seems young, yet it is hard to believe it is not close to full maturity. It is a great example of Leoville Las Cases, and another compelling reason to take a serious look at the top Cabernet Sauvignon-based Medocs of 1986. (RP)" (01/2003)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated dark ruby. Cassis, shoe polish, camphor and rose petal on the nose; this reminded me of a great vintage of Latour. Dense and extremely concentrated; explosive yet totally backward. There nothing playful about this infant claret. Finishes with extraordinary, slow-building persistence. Very serious juice; one of the great Bordeaux of the 1980s. (ST) 97+" (08/2002)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Firm and focused, with beautifully articulated currant, raspberry and nutmeg aromas and flavors; very supple for such a lean-textured Bordeaux. (HS)" (02/1992)

K&L Notes: 98 points, Neal Martin in The Wine Advocate: "The 1986 Leoville-Las Cases is still so youthful in appearance after 30 years, with only a thin bricking on the rim giving away its age. The bouquet is magnificent: extraordinarily pure and delineated, bewitching black fruit laced with cedar and graphite, the latter lending an almost Pauillac-like personality. The palate is exactly as I have found the previous dozen or so bottles I have tasted: structured, delineated, intense, aristocratic and imperious. It is less formidable than say, ten years ago, so it has probably just stepped onto its drinking plateau. The acidity is perfectly judged lending freshness and tension, crucial to counterbalance those layers of spicy black fruit that fans out with cedar and graphite (again) towards the finish. You come away with the feeling of having consumed a wine with immense energy, yet with so much more to give over the next three decades, and knowing this property, perhaps even the three decades after that! I would agree with the late Michel Delon: the 1986 Léoville Las-Cases is the summit of the 1980s." (12/2016)

2009 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($899.99)

100 points James Suckling: "Aromas of forest floor, currants and blueberries, with hints of fresh tobacco and sliced mushrooms. Turns to orange peel and blueberries. Full-bodied, with incredible structure. This is so powerful in tannins, yet so polished. This is the most structured Haut-Brion that I have ever tasted. This has 15% Cabernet Franc, which is more than normal and perhaps giving the wine a little more tannic structure. A monumental Haut-Brion made to age for centuries. I have never tasted a young Haut-Brion, with such spellbinding power and depth. A modern 1945 or 1961 HB? Better than the legendary 1989? Try in 2021." (02/2012)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "What a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful, one day, the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex, concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at this estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning embers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, wet gravel, plums, figs and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palate, it is hardly a letdown. This unctuously textured, full-bodied 2009 possesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good news is that there are 10,500 cases of the 2009, one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half century or more. Readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger, richer, more massive wine, but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic attractions. (RP)" (02/2012)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This enormous young wine is among the most backward of the vintage at this early stage, with iron-clad grip holding the broad, deep core of blackberry, cassis and roasted fig notes in check for now. The finish is a torrent of dense, almost compressed layers of tobacco leaf, hot paving stone, singed bay leaf and tar that will take at least a decade to massage together fully. This one is for the kids born in 2009. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2012)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid deep ruby. Knockout fruity nose offers blackcurrant, strawberry, rosemary, truffle and a stony note. Then very closed in the middle, with cabernet sauvignon-dominated flavors of cassis, cigar box, cedar and minerals. Finishes long and deep, with massive but smooth tannins and a lingering note of violet. This will need plenty of time in the cellar but should be an outstanding, memorable Haut Brion. Offhand, I do not recall a better pair of wines from any estate in 2009: millionaires will have a lot of fun trying to choose between La Mission and Haut Brion in 20 years' time. (ST) 97+" (07/2012)

97 points Vinous: "The 2009 Haut-Brion has a less precocious but more detailed bouquet, more nuanced perhaps with warm slates baking in the summer sun, tilled loam and cedar infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, perfect acidity, layers of mineral-rich black fruit. This seems to have gained more complexity in recent years and is beginning to flirt with perfection. Its not there yet, but it is moving in that direction. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' Ten Year On tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Such a generous and ripe wine, with a dark core of tannins surrounded by opulent fruit. Black fruits, coffee, very concentrated flavors, a powerhouse of structure and richness. The warmth of the wine is palpable, as is the aging potential. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2012)

K&L Notes: 100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown in the Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Haut-Brion is deep garnet colored and slightly closed and shy to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal sensuous notions of warm blackberries, plum preserves, mulberries and blackcurrant cordial with touches of star anise, mocha and damp soil. Full-bodied, taut and tightly wound in the mouth, the palate delivers mouth-coating black fruit and mineral layers with a very firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and earthy. This needs time!" (03/2019)

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K&L's Notes: **½ Violets on the nose and quite minerally. Elegant style, but seems tannic at back.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2010

This wine was so layered, complex and powerful, with abundant dark fruits and an incredibly floral and seductive nose.

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2000 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan - 0 available ($899.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted from an ex-château bottle in Bordeaux, I was not surprised to find the 2000 Château Haut-Brion flirting with perfection. The nose is simply breathtaking - quintessential Haut-Brion with ebullient red berry fruit, roasted herbs, gravel, terracotta tiles on a warm summer's day...it is simply wave after wave of intoxicating scents that could bring even the most stoic person to tears of joy. The palate displays heavenly balance, pitch-perfect acidity, perhaps spicier than previous bottles that I have tasted, and what depth and dimension in this outstanding wine. That hint of graphite on the finish is a cheeky nod to Pauillac, as if to thumb its nose at the First Growths, because alongside Château Latour, almost by stealth, the Haut-Brion is one of the greatest Bordeaux in this millennial year. (NM) 99+" (07/2016)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From a year in Bordeaux that started out with poor weather yet finished under ideal conditions, the 2000 Haut Brion is a gorgeous, incredibly classic wine from this estate that everything you could want. Blackcurrants, plums, scorched earth, tobacco and lots of mineral and earthy characteristic emerge from this gorgeous, still youthful, elegant, yet powerful 2000. The blend is 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc, and while certainly beautiful today, it has another two to three decades of longevity." (12/2017)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red-ruby. Roasted plum, currant, tobacco and minerals on the nose. Compellingly dense and thick but almost miraculously lively and light on its feet. Has a texture like liquid velvet, coating the entire palate. Wonderfully unmanipulated wine, with perfectly integrated acids giving it superb subtle vinosity and thrust. Finishes with outstanding building persistence, with the substantial tannins perfectly supported by the wine's fat middle. (ST)" (05/2003)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "For an Haut-Brion, this is huge. Every characteristic suggests power, from the dark color, through the knock-out perfumes, full of dark, brooding fruits. The flavors are black, intense and ripe. It is a delicious wine, surprisingly ready to drink. And yes, just at the end, there is a small hint of the delicacy and elegance that is true Haut-Brion. (RV)" (06/2003)

95 points James Suckling: "This 2000 starts with aromas of citrus fruit, currants, flowers, and fresh mushrooms. The palates leads off full and rich, with round tannins and a dusty texture. Plenty of fruit and sliced mushrooms on the palate, but it is still tight." (04/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is well-endowed with a large core of fig, blackberry and black currant fruit that has light mulling spice, bay and tobacco nuances peeking out, while the tarry finish cuts a broad and deep swath. Obvious heft, but the elegance wins out in the end, with a lilting sandalwood and sweet tobacco-infused finish that just sails on and on. (JM, Web-2016)"

94 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "Trademark warm bricks on the nose with quite a bit of acidity obvious on the nose too. This is still very young and tight, but obviously very elegant and complex. Lighter and nervier than La Mission 2000, this just soared wonderfully out of the glass eventually. Very fine in Haut-Brion's delightful way. Very savoury. Vine density is 8,000 plants per hectare, we were told. 18+/20 points (JR)" (03/2010)

K&L Notes: A previous 99-point Wine Advocate review from Robert Parker: "Its bigger sister, the 2000 Haut-Brion (a blend of 51% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc) showed incredibly at the tasting, and for me is one of the three or four most prodigious wines of the vintage. A compelling nose of roasted herbs, scorched earth, sweet blueberries, plums, black currants, and a hint of graphite is followed by a deep, layered, sumptuously textured, full-bodied Haut-Brion, but one with extraordinary complexity. This wine seems more evolved and approachable than I had expected it to be at age 10. My window of maturity seven years ago was 2012-2040, but I would change that to 2010-2050." (06/2010)

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Laphroaig 30 Year "Limited Edition" Old Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml) - 6 available ($899.99)

From the distillery: "In 2016, Laphroaig 30 Year Old was launched and in 2017 the 27 Year Old Double Matured Laphroaig continues this series. The entire range is presented in white wooden boxes with hand carved images of the distillery inside. To make this exquisite liquid, mature Laphroaig previously aged in refill hogsheads was transferred into first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and refill quarter casks. Patiently aged in Laphroaig’s famous Warehouse No. 1, these casks were then hand selected for a final maturation. This rare whisky features a touch of Laphroaig’s trademark peat smoke tempered by lime and sea salt. Each and every sip will be well worth the wait."

2016 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 6-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) ($955.00)

100 points Wine Enthusiast: "A voluptuous wine, this is rich and fruity yet properly balanced by a magnificent structure. Pure, crisp and packed with a black currant flavor, this will be a remarkable wine as it develops. Still young, it needs many years to develop. Dont think about drinking before 2025. *Editors' Choice* (RV)" (05/2019)

99 points Vinous: "The 2016 Pontet-Canet is absolutely breathtaking. Powerful, ample and racy in the glass, the 2016 is one of the most exquisitely well-balanced young Pontet-Canets I can remember tasting. Savory, high-toned aromatics and brisk mineral notes lend energy and delineation as this vivid wonderfully alive wine opens up in the glass. The flavors are dark and incisive, but it is the wine's total sense of harmony that is most compelling. All of the elements are simply in the right place. The 2016 is tremendous. It's as simple as that. As is often the case, Pontet-Canet is one of the most singular wines in Bordeaux. Alfred Tesseron could have chosen to play things safe when he took over the management of the estate in the mid-1990s. Instead, he chose a very different path. No proprietor in Bordeaux has taken more risks over the last two decades than Alfred Tesseron. A commitment to biodynamic farming, sustainability across the entire estate more broadly, and the adoption of new concepts for Bordeaux, such as aging a portion of the wine in terra cotta, set Pontet-Canet apart from other properties in Pauillac and the Left Bank. Not surprisingly, the wine is also starkly different from the wines of neighboring estates. (AG)" (01/2019)

98 points Decanter: "The 2016 is a vintage that shows off the best of Pontet, and is similar in feel to their 2010. Gorgeously rich right from the first nose, it opens stunningly in the glass, showing waves of tight black fruits, touches of redcurrant, liquorice and aniseed, fine tannins and mouthwatering salinity. It manages to remain balanced without losing the punch and concentration of Pauillac, rising up through the palate. It's hard not to fall in love with this wine, and it will clearly age with grace and ease. Bottled in July 2018. (JA)" (10/2018)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Reminding me of the 2010 and, I suspect, a wine that will merit a triple-digit rating in a decade or so (I tasted this on multiple occasions and thought it was perfect on one of them), the 2016 Château Pontet-Canet comes from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Petit Verdot that spent 16 months in 50% new French oak, 35% in concrete amphora, and the rest in second fill oak. Thrilling notes of pure crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, crushed mint, graphite, and crushed rock notes all emerge from this deep, powerful, yet elegant Pauillac. The style of this wine has become more and more finesse-driven and pure, yet it hasnt lost a beat on concentration or length. This singular, beautiful Pontet-Canet needs 7-8 years of cellaring (it has some accessibility today given its purity and balance) and will keep for 4-5 decades. 98+" (02/2019)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The blend of the 2016 Pontet-Canet is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Around 55% of the wine was aged in new French oak barrels, 15% in two-year-old barrels and 35% in cement amphorae for 16 months. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with opulent scents of plum preserves, spice cake, hoisin and crème de cassis with fragrant wafts of potpourri, wood smoke and rose hip tea. Medium to full-bodied, rich and decadent, with loads of spicy layers, it has a firm, velvety texture with great freshness and incredible depth, finishing very long and on a compelling mineral note. (LPB)" (11/2018)

97 points James Suckling: "The aromas of ripe blackcurrants, iodine, sweet tobacco and fresh flowers are spellbinding. Full-bodied with mouth-expanding, massive and natural tannins. Impressive fruit with hints of prunes. The finish is long and powerful. Needs six to seven years to soften and come together. Try from 2025." (02/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is sappy and rich in feel, with waves of red and black currant preserves, raspberry and bitter plum coulis. The long finish drips with sweet tobacco and anise notes, while a brambly layer courses underneath. The vivacious finish kicks into second gear as the fruit and grip come together. Best from 2023 through 2038. (JM)" (03/2019)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark crimson. More savoury and sumptuous than many of its neighbours. Blackberry compote and very round and rich and satiny. Very round. Almost too sweet but that is to complain needlessly. Already rich and enjoyable but masses of tannins too. Long and throbbing. Excellent with freshness and cleanliness and round. Pretty sweet though so it's a definite style. 18/20 points. (JR)" (04/2017)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. 96 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2016 Pontet-Canet was bottled in July 2018. Jean-Michel Comme says it is the best vintage in recent years, a reference point for the estate, with more definition and precision than the 2010 Pontet-Canet. I do like the bouquet here: very pure and precise, the oak nicely integrated, subtle floral scents emerging with time. In the background there is a touch of fresh fig, conveying the warmth of that summer but not impeding upon the terroir expression. The palate is very well balanced and extremely pure, with fine tannin and an almost satin-like texture; the acidity here is well judged. A subtle spiciness becomes more pronounced toward the finish, which exerts gentle grip. This is a very sophisticated Pontet-Canet, easily the finest from Alfred Tesseron and winemaker Jean-Michel Comme in recent years." (01/2019)