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K&L Top Ten - November - 11/18/2019 - Monthly Newsletter

Each month we dig through our inventory of several thousand hand-picked wines and spirits, and come up with a list of our Top 10 selections on KLWines.com

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2017 Domaine du Bicheron Mâcon-Péronne 96 $14.99 View
2016 Fèlsina Chianti Classico Riserva 94 $26.99 View
2017 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 95 $29.95 View
2017 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas 93 $34.99 View
Pikesville Straight Kentucky Rye (750ml) (Previously $50) 92 Price: Hidden View
2008 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru "La Grand Récolte" Extra Brut Champagne $54.99 View
2014 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 $59.95 View
2010 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja 98 $59.99 View
2016 Wayfarer "Wayfarer Vineyard" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir 97 $89.95 View
2000 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien 94 $99.99 View

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2017 Domaine du Bicheron Mâcon-Péronne ($14.99)

96 points Decanter: "100% Chardonnay Tasting notes: An explosive core of zesty lemon grapefruit with a touch of orange blossom, fine oatmeal and a stunning stony minerality. Remarkably fresh and succulent with an enhanced saline finish. *Gold Medal Winner Decanter World Wine Awards 2019*" (06/2019)

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 21, 2019

I am loving the white Burgundy values that have been rolling in. Our last value-driven offering flew out of all K&L locations but fear not - our buyer has this one lined up and ready to purchase. This is absolutely delicious with notes of bright citrus and green apple, it's mineral-driven and exceptionally fresh. Rent a u-haul and fill it up before I drink all of this one too.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 16, 2019

Another incredible value! Fresh apples, orchard fruits and saline aromas with a vibrant palate of spiced apples, lemon zest, citrus oil and hazelnut flavors. The finish is long and smooth with layer-upon-layer of fruit unfurling till the very end.

Staff ImageAndrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2019

Beautifully floral, this lovely little wine immediately pulls you in with one of the most expressive noses at this kind of price point. Immediately I pick up notes of stone and orchard fruit with a hint of orange candy and light cream. The palate opens with crunchy apples and a slight note of petrol which bring thoughts of Riesling without the peach. I taste the minerality more towards the back end as the acid makes your mouth water. If you blinded me and asked me to guess the price of this, I would easily overbid by a good margin!

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 11, 2019

Aromatically expressive this pretty little Macon captures your attention immediately with white flower aromas like orange and lemon blossoms, then on the palate it bursts with deep flavors of orchard fruit like Mirabelle plum, Asian pear and Golden Delicious apple, with lovely hints of slightly toasted hazelnuts. It's traditional, easy to drink Macon wine, supple and textured, yet fresh and vibrant.

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2016 Fèlsina Chianti Classico Riserva ($26.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Streamlined and elegant, this mid-weight red trots out notes of grilled herb and dark fruit nuances that segue to spice, tilled earth and savory tobacco, with great complexity. This 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardenga is still a bit closed and tight, but this beautiful wine boasts all the best qualities of this vintage. It shows elegance and power, two contrasting characteristics that only work well together in the world's most achieved expressions. The most satisfying aspect of this Riserva is the crisp acidity on the close that keeps the palate refreshed and ready for the next sip. (ML)" (05/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This red offers density and focus, creating an ideal frame for the cherry, strawberry, almond, leather and earth flavors. A firm backbone of tannins lends structure and the finish persists, leaving an accent of bitter almond. (BS)" (12/2019)

92 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva shows all the quality and pedigree of the year in its layered personality and overall nuance. Cedar, dried cherry, game licorice and tobacco convey the darker, gamier side of Sangiovese that is such a signature at Fèlsina. The 2016 finishes with terrific energy and bright acids that suggest it will enjoy a long life in the cellar, but readers should plan on giving it at least a few years in bottle. (AG)" (08/2019)

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2017 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay ($29.95)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the great values out there, the 2017 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills offers thrilling notes of white flowers, white peach, currants, and toasted bread. This ripe, sexy wine is unquestionably at the same level as the more expensive single vineyard releases, and it will evolve for just as long.This was another thrilling lineup from Greg Brewer, and I consistently rate these wines as some of the greatest in the Sta. Rita Hills, as well as all of Santa Barbara County. In addition to the latest releases, I was also able to taste retrospectives of his Chardonnay 3D and Pinot Noir Machado, which only reaffirmed my belief in the quality and age-worthiness of these wines. These are brilliant wines." (10/2019)

93 points Vinous: "The 2017 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is a gorgeous appellation-level wine from Brewer-Clifton. Creamy and ample, the 2017 is absolutely delicious. Tangerine, mint, lemon peel and sweet spice notes all meld together in a striking, nuanced Chardonnay that hits all the right notes. The 2017 is positively stellar. That's pretty much all there is to it. (AG)" (09/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This appellation blend carries that aromatic hallmark of this winery's Chardonnays, with a streak of walnut oil that decorates the marmalade and toast tones. The palate is bright in acidity, giving energy to the flavors of walnut paste, dried orange peel and sun-dried honeysuckle. (MK)" (09/2019)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 24, 2019

Another absolute benchmark Chardonnay from acclaimed winemaker, Greg Brewer. Very reflective of his style, perfectly ripe fruit, powerful, focused palate, minimal oak and vibrant, racy acidity. Bursting with golden stone fruit, lemon curd, pie crust, ocean spray salinity and lingering mineral underpinnings. It's rich and flavorful but bright and zesty all at once. A perfectly judged wine that is entirely transparent and delicious. Another great addition to Greg's Brewer's significant body of work that has already cemented him as once of Santa Barbara's all-time great winemakers.

Staff ImageJohn Sumners | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2019

This is a textbook appellation-level expression of both the region and producer. Candied citrus rind, honeydew melon, white rose, sourdough, and chalk combine with hints of smokiness and toasted grain from the reductive winemaking style (no new oak usedonly neutral barrels) on the nose. Zesty, intensely focused, and flavor-packed with brisk acidity, it is fabulous now, but will clearly age beautifully. A marriage of California coastal sunshine through a Chablis-like winemaking lens.

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2017 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas ($34.99)

93 points Decanter: "Grown on clay-limestone and marl, the fruit is hand-picked with no destemming, and is aged in old foudres. The wine is pretty, bright and open, with raspberry, strawberry and violet fruits. It's barely medium-bodied, but has a lovely expression of fresh and easy red berry fruits, accompanied by a juicy berry acidity and gentle blackberry-skin tannins on the finish. An easy-going and highly drinkable Gigondas. Just lovely. (MW)" (10/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The classic 2017 Gigondas Tradition cuvée from this estate is a real winner as well as a smoking value. A blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre that wasnt destemmed and was aged all in foudre, it boasts a deep purple color as well as full-bodied aromas and flavors of ground pepper, incense, garrigue, and assorted sweet black fruits. This rounded, sexy, seamless 2017 has polished tannins, a great mid-palate, and a finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. Drink this beauty any time over the coming decade. Drink through 2029." (09/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The aromas that I found exotic and lavender-like last year are now more mundane notes of damp hay and herbs. The 2017 Gigondas Tradition still has plenty of ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, and it remains full-bodied, creamy and lush, though with perhaps a touch of warmth on the finish. (JC)" (08/2019)

K&L Notes: Jean-Baptiste Meunier is the fifth generation winemaker behind the great property of Moulin de la Gardette in the Rhone region of Gigondas. We have been working with him since the mid-90s and the wines have always been some of our favorites from the area. The region itself has stepped out of the shadow of neighboring Chateauneuf du Pape, creating wines of intensity and flavor that are distinctly their own. Gigondas has more south facing slopes and higher elevations as well as varied soils that help distinguish the region. The "Tradition" is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah from vines averaging an age of 40 years. It is aged for about 18 months in mostly used foudre and demi-muid before bottling. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhone Buyer)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 20, 2020

This wine reminded my why I love Rhone reds so much. It strikes the ideal balance of opulence and structure and delivers exceptional complexity. This classic blend weds delicious red and black fruit flavors with additional subtle notes of pepper, olive, smoke and dried herbs. The warmth and personality of the 2017 vintage shine through and make this one of the finer Gigondas we've had of late.

Staff ImageMandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 20, 2020

I can talk about how impressed, intrigued and satisfied I am with this baby Châteauneuf du Pape. Pleasant aromas of freshly watered lawn, white pepper followed by an amazingly powerful but balanced flavors of black Currant, Turkish coffee, Kalamata olives, and savory spices. This vintage is outstanding and this is truly a special wine. Drink some now and hold on to a few bottles or a few cases for that later super special occasion in life.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 28, 2019

This could be the bottling of this wine that I have every tried, I have been with K&L for a while, so I have tried quite a few. If it is not the best, it is definitely my favorite. Lifted dark fruits with spice and earth. On the palate it is spicy and rich without being heavy and has layer and layers of spice and fruit. This is solid and intense with a very nice finish. Not as monumental as last vintages Ventabren, but way more drinkable.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 21, 2019

Another powerhouse wine from one of my favorite producers is back and better than ever. This vintage has a striking combination of deep, black cherry, raspberry and plum fruits, smoke, spice and herbs. The texture is luscious and there is good fruit concentration here but everything is still bright and lifted. All of the elements are so well-balanced and crafted with elegance. This wine is exquisite.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 17, 2019

The 2017 vintage is another benchmark for Moulin de la Gardette. I first tasted this wine out of barrel last year and was blown away by the richness and intensity. The vintage was a drought year, so the wine had a lot of dry extract and concentration. As with most of winemaker Jean-Baptiste's wines though, they get more elegant and refined as they mature before and after bottling. I revisited it again earlier this year and true to form it showed that concentration but much more refined qualities. A panoply of spices and savory black fruit emerged. Now that's it finally here, one more taste and it is showing the best yet. This is pure and expressive Gigondas. The garrigue notes have emerged, showing fragrant floral and dried savory, thyme and fennel. All paired with that elegant black fruit and you will agree, this is another great release from Moulin de la Gardette.

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 17, 2019

Moulin de la Gardette is always my benchmark for Gigondas. And as for Gigondas itself, its a wine Im drinking a lot more of these days. As prices in Chateauneuf creep higher and higher, I have found myself fleeing to Gigondas. The cepage is typically similar, but the aromatics, structure, and the fact that these are still humble, regional wines that deliver huge on quality are all a big draw for me. As for Gardette, their wines are simply the best of the pack. Black fruited with layers upon layers of blackberry coulis, iron, and depth like the bottom of a well. On the palate more charcoal and smoke intermix with fruit, well-set with structure. A big wine that shows off the excellence of Gigondas.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2019

This cuvee has become a "Tradition" at K&L. If you haven't yet tasted this phenomenal Gigondas from this stalwart producer, you must. It is truly one of our best deals in the Rhone and continues to delight year after year. Stylistically Moulin de la Gardette walks a great balance between open, accessible fruit, and a more rustic, gamey side. It's a beautiful marriage of the two, and has a great all around appeal.

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Pikesville Straight Kentucky Rye (750ml) (Previously $50) Price: Hidden

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Look for a rich caramel-maple aroma and spice-forward flavor profile, showing allspice and clove, with a layer of vanilla underneath. Dilution tames this rye to show more vanilla, accented with dry touches of oak, leather and cocoa. Aged at least six years. Sip or mix. (KN)" (07/2016)

Whisky Advocate: "Heaven Hills 80-proof standard Pikesville is a summer favorite, so I was eager to try this. A woody depth to it at 6 years old: 110 proof-hot, stewed plum and horehound candy, and sizzling rye spice behind it. It's a jawbreaker: full and hot in the mouth, with sweet grassy spice, bitter rye grain as it progresses, and crackling sugar near the end, just before it all smooths into a savory layered finish. Exciting ride, great ending. (LB, Fall 2015)"

K&L Notes: First produced in Maryland in the 1890s, this brand moved to Kentucky after Prohibition and is now operated by Heaven Hill. Whisky Advocate named it "Distillery of the Year" and "at the spearhead of the rye resurgence" in 2011. Tasting notes from the producer: "Dusty cocoa notes with oaky smoke underneath. Dry and spicy, with honeyed rye and cloves. Soft vanilla and baking spices."

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2008 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru "La Grand Récolte" Extra Brut Champagne ($54.99)

This wine is composed of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay from two sites that are now being used to make single vineyard wines by Antoine and Quentin Paillard. Both are from their estate in the grand cru of Bouzy on the south facing slope of the mountain of Reims. The Pinot Noir comes from a plot called Les Maillerettes, which was planted in 1970 and the Chardonnay comes from Les Mottelettes, planted in 1961. Both are the mother vines for the massal selections made in-house at Champagne Pierre Paillard and both vineyards are just .8 acres. Old vines like these, in a terroir as special as the Grand Cru of Bouzy, produce great wines even in less special years. But in the vintage of a generation they have given something truly remarkable—a concentrated, streamlined vintage Champagne that will last for generations to come. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2019

Wow. Razor-sharp acidity, gorgeous berry fruit, and a long, chalky finish, the 2008 Pierre Paillard "La Grand Récolte" Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne hits it out of the park. Paillard wines are always excellent - with balance and complexity, and a bit racier than most, thanks to super low dosage - but this release takes a celebrated vintage and elevates it. Layered yet focused, this release showcases all the character and quality of Grand Cru village Bouzy and makes it a stellar cellar-worthy investment. But you wont want to wait to drink it.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 19, 2019

Fans of Pierre Paillard will undoubtedly love this Champagne. It has energy and focus, and is a great representation of the stunning 2008 vintage. It's layered with apple, pear, brioche, a touch of nutty character and long dry finish. This Champagne has a long life ahead of it, so it's a true winner for collectors, but don't be afraid to enjoy it now with your favorite seafood dishes!

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 19, 2019

What do you get when you combine the critically acclaimed 2008 vintage with one of the most innovative and focused families in Champagne? The best sparkling wine I've tasted this year, that's what. Unmistakable in its quality, I bought several bottles of this as soon as it came in before I even tasted it. Best decision ever. The high acid nature of 2008 combined with the low dosage means this wine will continue to age without fault for another couple decades. I hope I can hang onto a bottle or two for a while to see how it evolves, but that seems pretty unlikely given how incredibly tasty it is now. It would be impossible to overstate how good this wine truly is.

Staff ImageCindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2019

I'm lucky to have tasted this wine on two separate occasions this week, and therefore am DOUBLY sure this champagne is firing on all possible cylinders. While we are on to the 2012 and 2014 vintages at some champagne houses, it is especially exciting to see a 2008 vintage in ample quantity for the holiday season. The Paillards have done much of the aging for you - and now there is nothing more to do than enjoy it.

Staff ImageMuriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2019

All I can say is YUM! This is a lively champagne with lots of complexity. It's intense but subtle about showing it. The layers keep changing. On the nose, I get some yeast mixed with dusty hazelnut with there skins. On the palette come a tingling mineral blast that opens up to pear, almond and brioche. The acid is always present to the very end. Like I said YUM!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2019

Like the 2008 Cristal and the 2008 Launois Special Club, this wine has amperage not usually found in any wine. I served this as the aperitif at birthday party, and it was over the top fantastic. This is an extremely long, laser like experience, ideal for shellfish, or with salmon pate, which is how I tried it. That power will in time broaden out and turn into a prized cuvée even in the most star-studded of cellars. This is the quintessential 2008, driven, chalky, and super long. The dosage is just 1.8 grams per liter, making this the driest yet that we have offered from this vintage. A super star for the ages!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2019

This is my Champagne of the year. Is it any surprise? Vintage Grand Cru Bouzy from one of the best years on record. It has a rich bouquet of fruit and minerals, with laser-like precision on the palate and no signs of tiredness despite the 11 years since the fruit was picked. The balance is superb with richness, elegance, distinct fruit and brisk minerals, all while staying focused and fresh. This is a Champagne I plan to experience many times in the years to come.

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2014 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($59.95)

93 points James Suckling: "Attractive red berries and red licorice in this medium-bodied Cabernet. Theres handy freshness and detailed red plums and blackcurrants and a smooth, fine and juicy feel to the finish. Drink or hold." (11/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Representing one of the finest values in Napa Cabernet, this 100% varietal wine is bright and plush, layered in anise and cassis liqueur. A fresh high-toned midpalate evolves to show a softly round ending as a classic style of structure and elegance play out. *Editors Choice* (VB)" (06/2019)

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2010 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja ($59.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Fresh blueberries and brambleberries take center stage, which is striking for a wine of this age. There are also lots of roasted herbs, such as sage, not to mention floral elements, including lavender and dried violets. Then come cedar, sandalwood and tar. The tannins are incredibly round and soft, without the slightest hint of anything dry. This is among the most elegant of Riojas, where the acidity is wonderfully pronounced and cuts right through any touch of dried fruit. Long and powerful, yet subtle on the finish. Drink now, or hold for a very long time." (07/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It seems like yesterday when the superb 2001 was released, and now I already have the 2010 Gran Reserva 904 in my glass. It has to be among the greatest modern time vintages of this mythical bottling, where they aim for a wine that has a long aging potential. This is mostly Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 13.5% alcohol, and it matured in fourth-used American oak barrels for four years, during which time the wine was racked every six months. It has the combination of elegance and power only the best vintages are capable of, with the classical aromas, great detail and nuance, very good balance and persistence. They consider 2010 among the best years of this century, and maybe future generations will talk about 2010 like we talk about the great classical vintages of yesterday today. The palate is polished but shows plenty of energy and tension, the tannins are very fine and elegant, and the flavors are focused and clean. This has to be one of the greatest wines from the vintage. A legend in the making. 150,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2015. Drink through 2035. (LG) 96+" (06/2019)

K&L Notes: Founded in 1890, La Rioja Alta is arguably the traditional Rioja bodega whose entire range of wines is the most consistent, the most readily available, and the most delicious. Their "904" bottling contains Tempranillo and Graciano (no Garnacha) and is every bit as traditional. It sees aging in used American oak barrels for 48 months, racking twice a year, and then further aging in bottle. The wine always has a sumptuous, velvety texture, with more bass notes in place of Ardanza's higher toned, red-fruited profile. Does Gran Reserva Rioja get any better than this?

Staff ImageWill Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 23, 2019

I could not contain my excitement when I saw the new vintage hit our inventory, and this bottling did not disappoint. Toasty American oak gives this heft and a bold structure, but by no means overwhelms. Layer upon layer of ripe fruit, sweet flowers, warm earth, aptly balanced spice and savory herbs seem to extend further and further down a deep well of flavor the bottom of which I cannot find. The wine just keeps giving. It's still in its infancy, so I revisited it several over the course of 36 hours, sampling at as many intervals as I could manage. Every time, without fail, more complexity built up in the glass. So much life in it yet, I cannot wait to see where it will be in 20 years.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 09, 2019

Complex on the nose. Effortless on the palate. This is a special wine. My first reaction to this was, "this is really *#@!ing good!" which I said aloud and it drew a few looks from my colleagues but when I told them what I tried, they nodded in agreement. This is great Rioja. There are layers and layers to the nose kind of like looking into a mirror with a mirror behind you, but for your nose, not your eyes! Effortless is perfect for this wine, every component is there, fruit, tannin, acid, oak, spice, earth, herbs nothing standing out, everything working together and what a finish. Way too much effort went into this review, thankfully there is a glass of this wine for me to enjoy now.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 09, 2019

This is traditional Rioja through and through. Offering gorgeous aromas of dried blackberries, dark cherries, and vanilla, underpinned by a savory plumminess that begs your nose to go back for another whiff. The palate is silky and round, with sweet dark fruits, strawberries, pipe tobacco, and a splash of cola. You can pull the cork tonight or let it run for another two decades. This is a singular red for any occasion.

Staff ImageJames Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 09, 2019

Believe the hype. This 2010 is every bit as good as the critics say. A classic Rioja from top to bottom, it greets the nose with aromas of Bing cherry, dust, lavender, and sage. The palate continues on this theme, further revealing notes of cedar, black raspberry, and herb de Provence. Strikingly youthful and with excellent zip and energy, it glides effortlessly across the palate. I have said it before, and it bears repeating, Rioja offers some of the very best value in terms of collectible, old-world reds. The 904 will be a great wine to follow over the years, as it's sure to gain and range, depth, and complexity. That said, it is such a joy to drink now; it'll be hard to resist popping the cork now.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 09, 2019

This is one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, and for me on a shortlist for one of the best buys in fine wine from anywhere. Copious aromas of dusty red cherry, leather, bay leaf, and crushed red flowers leads to a stunningly bright and fresh palate full strawberry coulis, burnt orange, and red raspberry. The mouthwatering finish carries on easily for a minute. There is so much in reserve, but I wouldn't blame anybody who gets a taste of this gem and decides to start opening bottles now. Enjoy anytime over the next two decades or more.

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2016 Wayfarer "Wayfarer Vineyard" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir ($89.95)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Leading off the Pinot Noirs, the 2016 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard was completely destemmed and spent 15 months in 45% new French oak. It offers a bright framboise, cranberry, exotic flower, and spice-driven bouquet that carries to a medium-bodied, silky Pinot Noir that has everything in all the right places. Showing more floral, spice, and forest floor with time in the glass, incredible tannin quality, and a great finish, its certainly on par with the single parcel/clone driven releases." (06/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This estate-grown beauty is succulent and supple, with a tense body of bright wild strawberry, crushed rock, dried lavender and Asian spice. Robustly rich and deeply layered in flavor and texture, it finishes in a gorgeous dabble of white pepper. (VB)" (11/2018)

94 points James Suckling: "This offers exceptional detail in terms of aromas and flavors with a ripe array of red cherries, framed in seductively spicy oak and fresh, youthful, meaty notes. Theres a long, plush and succulent feel to the palate with elegant, fine-grained tannins, delivered in silky and regal style. Impressive precision. Drink or hold." (10/2018)

94 points Vinous: "The 2016 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard is fabulous. Powerful and beautifully layered in the glass, it offers terrific depth of fruit allied to structure. The 2016 is incredibly tight and unyielding, which is probably a good thing for its cellaring prospects. I would not think of touching a bottle anytime soon. Today, the 2016 is primary, dense and quite concentrated. Hints of red plum fruit, floral and spice notes emerge over time, but with great reluctance. (AG)" (05/2019)

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2000 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien ($99.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "The nose shows loads of plum, spice and meat aromas, as well as hints of licorice. It's full-bodied, with firm, yet velvety textured tannins. It's big and rounded. If you can't afford Las Cases, try some of this. Some might call this a second wine, but it comes from a plot of vineyards not deemed worthy of Léoville Las Cases. So it's like its own estate. *Smart Buy, Top 100 Wines of 2003* (JS)" (03/2003)

91 points James Suckling: "This is very open with plum and sweet tobacco notes, and a round and juicy body. Really just starting to open up." (06/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the great sleepers of the vintage and probably the best Clos de Marquis I have ever tasted, this wine could easily compete with many of the vintage's classified growths. (RP)" (04/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full medium ruby. Superripe, exotic aromas of roasted currant, smoked meat and cocoa powder. Sweet, lush and silky, with compelling depth of texture and an intriguing gamey note. Very long finish features lush tannins. (ST)" (06/2003)

K&L Notes: 92 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Robertson’s Las-Cases vertical. The 2000 displays good intensity on the nose: blackcurrant, pomegranate, a touch of raspberry and vanilla. At present, this is more generous than the 2005, although not quite the same definition and breeding. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannins on the entry, graphite and a touch of tar interlacing the dark fruits. This is very masculine and punchy at the moment, although doubtless it will mellow with another 3-4 years ageing." (7/2011)

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2019

This was my holiday treat this year! What a treat it was. 2000 Clos Du Marquis, I feel, is drinking beautifully right now. Rustic, earthy with a nice balance of fruit to round it out. Big splash of cedar, cassis and cherry. This is very well integrated but still has some big grip and tannin. I would highly recommend a lamb roast be brought to the table.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 06, 2019

To this day some consumers still think of Clos du Marquis as the second wine of the prestigious Léoville Las Cases. It is not. It is made from grapes that come from this specific Clos within the estate of Léoville Las Cases, but with a different terroir. It is what we like to call, old-school, which means lots of spices, pronounced tannins, and a lovely touch of meaty leather. I would suggest decanting this old classic 2000 wine for a couple of hours at least.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 24, 2018

OK-so it is not the second wine of Las Cases, but a separate clos on the property. This wine is vibrant, lively, sweet, and full-bodied. Perfect with your steak tonight.

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