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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - November 26th, 2019 - 11/26/2019 - 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
2018 Château Le Rey Les Argileuses Cotes de Castillon 92 $18.99 View
2015 Terroir al Limit "Torroja" Priorat 93 $29.99 View
2010 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza - Selección Especial" Reserva Rioja 96 $31.99 View
2015 Galia "Villages" Tierra de Castilla y León 95 $39.99 View
Mortlach 9 Year Old "Old Malt Cask" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $54.99 View
2016 Fèlsina "Fontalloro" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 98 $59.99 View
2010 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja 98 $59.99 View
2015 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 $59.99 View
2003 Glen Scotia "Malts Festival 2019 Limited Edition" Rum Cask Finish Peated Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $109) 93 $69.99 View
2018 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $79.99 View
2007 Fine Pot Distilled Jamaican (Moneymusk) 11 Year Old "Thompson Bros." K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Jamaican Rum (750ml) $79.99 View
2015 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Rouge $89.99 View
2014 Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 97 $124.95 View
2015 Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 97 $134.95 View
1998 Orkney (Highland Park) 20 Year Old "Thompson Bros." K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $149.99 View
2018 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 6-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 97 $479.94 View
2008 Latour, Pauillac 2019 Ex-Chateau Release (Pre-Arrival) 98 $629.99 View
2015 Canon, St-Emilion (1.5L) 3-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $2,000.00 View
2009 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 100 $2,699.99 View
2003 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 100 $3,099.99 View


2018 Château Le Rey Les Argileuses Cotes de Castillon ($18.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Les Argileuses has fragrant truffles, potpourri and new leather notions over a core of baked cherries, mulberries and blueberry compote. Full, concentrated and packed with savory layers, it has a soft texture and a nice long finish. (LPB)" (04/2019)

Jeb Dunnuck: "The deep purple/plum-colored 2018 Château Le Rey Les Argileuses has a fleshy, full-bodied profile that packs serious richness in its blackcurrant, plum, and graphite aromas and flavors. Plump, rounded, and fleshy, it's impressive and stays balance on the palate while still offering a terrific texture." (05/2019)

Staff ImageMandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 08, 2020

A beautiful aromatic wine that smells like Christmas morning. Cinnamon, spice and nutmeg. Dark sweet blackberries and and has no Oak! It is a satisfying lovely wine for under 20 dollars.

2015 Terroir al Limit "Torroja" Priorat ($29.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Plenty of blue fruit and granite aromas with hints of violets on the nose. Full body, firm and linear with very fine tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Vertical and focused." (07/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Dominik Huber selects Garnacha and Cariñena from vineyards between 50 and 70 years old for this village wine. He begins the vinification with whole clusters, letting ambient yeasts do the work, then moves the juice into cement tanks and foudres to finish fermenting. Its a pure and deliciously fresh expression of Priorat, the flavors focused on ripe red fruit, with delicate floral and herbal notes in a generous texture. Theres a sense of the regions slate soils in the wines mineral tones but, at the same time, its easy and refreshing to drink." (10/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rose and violet aromas sit comfortably with tight, gritty cherry and plum scents. A tight medium-to-full palate is the staging ground for fresh plum and berry flavors that are powerful but not heavy. A long, warming finish maintains the wine's core potency. (MS)" (11/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A tad lower in acidity but surprisingly fresh, the 2015 Torroja Vi de Vila is fruit-driven with a caressing texture. It is a 50/50 blend of Cariñena and Garnacha from different vineyards on slate llicorella soils, fermented in oak and matured in foudre until bottling in late June 2016. It's a little closed, possibly because of the recent bottling, as Dominik likes to work in a reductive way, which in the long term adds ageability in bottle. There's something savory in the nose here, perhaps iodine, hints of licorice and a mix of flowers. It's very tasty, with deep flavors and very good persistence. This has great elegance and freshness. There are 16,800 bottles produced. This is great for a slightly warmer vintage. Here the aim is also to reach around 20,000 bottles per vintage and stop there. (LG)" (10/2016)

92 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby color. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe red berries, candied lavender, incense and allspice, with a smoky mineral overtone. Sappy and energetic in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that slowly put on weight while maintaining vivacious character. The floral quality repeats emphatically on the finish, which clings with real tenacity and persistent spiciness. (JR)" (04/2019)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 26, 2019

Terroir al Limit has been one of my favorite producers over the last few years. The no-compromise approach turns a lot of Priorat stereotypes on their head. This is a beautifully expressive wine with floral, spice, and red fruit notes that are echoed in a lively, fresh, and complex palate. Medium bodied, there is a purity and spine of acidity that makes me think of elegant, traditional Châteauneuf that exudes depth over weight. Still, it shows a unique character all its own, which makes it a great wine for those looking to explore the best of terroir-driven Priorat.

Staff ImageChris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 26, 2019

At their best, the wines of Priorat can blow you away with power even as they impress with a finesse and poise usually found in much smaller, delicate wines. At their, best the wines of Priorat are also usually found with a price tag that matches that level of routine excellence. The "Torroja" bottling from Terroir al Limit captures the character and verve of Priorat perfectly, with dark black fruit notes and lifted acidity which bodes well for the bottle's future. The licorice, saline finish is simply phenomenal, and the longer the bottle is open, the cassis, herbal mid-palate develops even more personality. Cold winter nights need warm hearty bottles; this should be a couple of yours.

Staff ImageAndrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 26, 2019

For those of you in the know Priorat needs no introduction, but for the uninitiated this is a gem of a region that never seems to get the attention that its cousin to the northwest, Rioja, gets. This blend of Garnacha Tinta, with just a splash of Cinsault, has a nose full of strawberry and licorice candy, cracked black pepper, dust, and a note of redwood bark. Nostalgic, warm, and welcoming, this wine is so inviting! The palate is rustic. A bright hit of red fruit fades quickly into the pepper, and smoked wood notes come through with hints of cured meat. A savory finish. Medium-bodied reds like this are always so much more approachable and equipped for a wide variety of circumstances, it amazes me they aren't the most popular wines in the world!

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2010 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza - Selección Especial" Reserva Rioja ($31.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Dried cherries, cedar, sandalwood, tar, treacle tart, cinnamon and vanilla. Medium body, fine-grained and very silky tannins for a wine of almost 10 years of age, bright and transparent acidity and a long, very spicy finish. Like going back in time and touching an ornate tapestry. The texture is mesmerizing." (07/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "2010 was a great vintage in Rioja in general and seems to be exceptional here, with a 2010 Viña Ardanza Selección Especial (what used to be Reserva Especial) that can challenge any of the recent vintages and hopefully can develop in bottle to reach the heights of years like 1973 or 1964. The wine is expressive, aromatic, very elegant and clean, with classical Rioja aromas of long aging in barrel and slow oxidation through the years in wood. The palate is polished and sleek but shows plenty of energy, with very fine, mostly resolved tannins and very good harmony and persistence. There is great complexity, and you could start smelling spice and smoke to move to earthy tones, hints of beef blood, cherries in liqueur, curry, diesel, old furniture and forest floor. A great Viña Ardanza! (LG)" (06/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Polished and graceful, balanced and lively, this red offers cherry, dried strawberry, cedar, spice and vanilla flavors that mingle over light, firm tannins and orange peel acidity. The silky texture and juicy flavors find a graceful middle ground between the traditional and modern styles. *Smart Buys* (TM)" (06/2019)

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2019

A tremendous offering (again!) from La Rioja Alta. There's a reason that the Seleccion Especial is offered only in a few key vintages and when you taste the wine, it is all summed up in the glass. This is overt and rich with deep red cherry fruit surrounded by allspice, coconut and sandalwood. This tannins are sweet and the acid provides all the background structure. The wine is explosive and sexy now but should continue to evolve for decades to come. I'm just starting on my 2001s, so I recommend putting a few of these away, you know I will!

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2019

I was very excited to hear that another version of the Reserva Especial was being released. I loved the 2001, I still have a few bottles left in the cellar! Vina Ardanza is always great, it is the answer to the question, "what is a great affordable Rioja". This wine delivers on the promise of the special naming. The aromas move fruit fresh to dried fruit, lots of spice, earth, and oak. It makes me do one of my favorite things great wines do, catch you off guard that you have spent so much time with the glass up to your nose before it has ever touched your lips. the palate is rich and round with plenty of tannins but they have settled into the periphery of the wine. This wine shines. There are layers to this wine that keep unfurling the longer that it is opened. Ready tonight, but try to save a few bottles, this has long, long term cellar potential.

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2019

Rioja doesnt get more legit than this. You can definitely feel the complexity from its maturation in bottle. The American oak on this is extremely well done, with lots of vanilla, cedar and allspice in the forefront with darker tones of blackfruit and savory meatiness lurking in the background. On the palate the wine is nicely softened, with even more savory tones punching through to a bright, crisp finish. Excellent concentration and great power.

2015 Galia "Villages" Tierra de Castilla y León ($39.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The regular Galia has been renamed and is now the 2015 Villages since there are two more reds in the portfolio this year. It's a blend of grapes from different soils in all the villages they work (Piquera de San Esteban, Fuentelcesped, Hontangas, Cuevas de Provanco and Trigueros del Valle), trying to represent the Duero Valley as a whole. It has an intoxicating, perfumed and really attractive nose full of flowers, wild herbs and spices. The palate is medium-bodied and has the elegance and poise the nose was pointing out, with ultra refined tannins, great balance and freshness. It has to be one of the most elegant wines produced from the Ribera del Duero zone, and it doesn't show any of the heat from the warm and dry 2015 vintage. They included the white grapes from their vineyards in Piquera, Fuentelcesped and Trigueros, so the estimated breakdown of the blend is 88% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 2% Albilloand 100% produced in their own, brand new winery. All this must have contributed to a more relaxed wine, with perfectly integrated oak and a sense of harmony and elegance despite the 15% alcohol and relatively high pH (3.8). It fermented with indigenous yeasts, with some full clusters and aged in oak barrels and vats of different sizes for some 20 months. 14,559 bottles and 196 magnums were filled in June 2017. I was really blown away by this. (LG)" (08/2018)

K&L Notes: It is hard to comprehend that Ribera del Duero the official DO has only existed since 1982, but they have been making wine in this region for centuries and one of the greatest wines of all Spain, Vega Sicilia, for well over 150 years. It's also home to relatively new Producer Galia. This is Jerome Bougnaud's project—not familiar? If you like Ribera del Duero he has worked with Peter Sissek at Pingus and Quinta Sardonia. While working there he came up with his project by seeking out small old vine parcels in and around the Duero. All of his parcels are old, some almost 100 years, all have a calcareous elements to their soils, all with elevations between 750-1000 meters elevation. They are mostly Tempranillo but there is a little Garnacha and Albillo in the mix, and some are ungrafted. The raw material going into these wines is amazing. The winemaking, a small amount of new oak in 600L barrel and small portions of whole cluster, elevate and focus these wines. These are wines of purity and power with dazzling aromatics and seductive length. All of their wines are Vino de Mesa even if they could technically be Ribera del Duero. This is not a criticism of the region, but rather an elevation of the sites outside of it.

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

This is the first wine Ive had the pleasure to try from this producer. The wine is darkly hued with gorgeous aromatics of plums, black cherries, and wood spice. I like the brooding aspect of this wine. Its firm, hearty and robust in one very complete, seamless package. The wines of the region are assertive and bold. Yet this wine has a velvety texture that makes it a true pleasure to drink. Id pair this with grilled lamb chops.

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

Wine is Romantic, it is one of the reasons that makes it so captivating to so many of us. What is romantic will be different for all of us, again, that is why it is great. One of the most captivating things about wine, to me, is the rescuing of old vines. All anyone has to do it say "neglected old vines", from any region in the world and you will have my undivided attention. That is why I was entranced with the wines of Galia. These wines are essentially made from micro-plots of old vine Tempranillo. This wine is so expressive. It has a warmth and generosity that reminds me of summertime. There is a sitting on a grassy hill on a sunny but not too hot of a day warm clean earthiness rising from beneath the decadent, ripe dark berry fruit of this wine. It is summer. The fruit and earth are accented with spice and superfine herbal thing too. The wine just smells delicious. On the palate even more summery with more fruit and less earth but lots of intrigue. It is full, round and solid, built to impress but not bully. The fruit pops over a savory earthy minerality. The beautiful dark Tempranillo fruit sings. This wine is very much akin with its neighbors in the Ribera del Duero but there is a clarity and focus that sets it apart.

Staff ImageAndrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2019

Well, I have to admit I'm perplexed, the wine is amazing, but not at all what I was expecting upon first approach. The nose is spiced, beautifully so with rich dark fruit, muddled baking spice, and an enticing hint of an ever-so-savory something. The palate on the other hand is much bolder, live with velvety tannin, dark graphite, a hint of fruit, and a savory soy finish that lingers and softens into a warm inviting back palate, daring you to come back and explore further. Unique, but not unfamiliar, the Galia Villages is a must have for Spanish wine lovers!

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

A rich, complex wine that is showing beautifully well now, one imagines this is the bottle Jerome Bougnaud wants you to be uncorking while you wait for his single vineyards to come to their full potential. A vineyard set, producer, and process I was all entirely unfamiliar with, this is an incredibly delicious bottle of grape juice. The wild sage, dust, BBQ and floral nose is just a polite introduction to a phenomenally constructed palate of dark blue fruit and light oak notes that weave around the gamey core. The tannins are persistent but soft and pretty; with a higher acidity that provides a wonderful refreshment at the end of the pleasantly long finish.

Mortlach 9 Year Old "Old Malt Cask" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($54.99)

Nobody ever believes us when we say we've found a delicious young Mortlach. Everyone wishes it was heavily sherried and 30 years old, but they can't all be beasts. This special whisky is no less impressive than one of its older siblings—just for different reasons. The wonderful distillery on edge of Dufftown is one of the few that we haven't yet been allowed to visit. Their recent release of some proper single malt at an relatively affordable price point is one of the most successful new offerings from Diageo and a complete reversal from the dismal attempt they made to over-premiumize the distillery a few years ago. That said, no one questions the inherent quality of the top notch spirit coming out of Mortlach. We're always looking to offer something from them, young or old, because we know that no matter who picks it up, there's a great chance they'll enjoy it. The beefy, almost savory style isn't simply the result the distillery's predilection for sherry barrels, but the result of an unusual distillation schema equating to 2.81 distillations. We usually expect more distillation to offer a softer smooth product, but in this case the odd mixture of distilled heads and tails blended offers something far from expected. Never a slouch even if not coupled with the sherry it loves so well, this gorgeous cask offers you the true nature of this wild distillate on full display. A relatively active hoggie does little to tame the beast within. Bottled at 57.8%, add a bit of water.

2016 Fèlsina "Fontalloro" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Amazing aromas of licorice, wet earth, orange peel and lavender. Full body, tight and super compact and polished. Goes on for minutes. Clearly great." (06/2019)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Fontalloro is the best vintage of this landmark wine that I have tasted thus far. This is a very elegant vintage, with more volume in the mouth and precise notes of tar, licorice, camphor ash, resin and Indian spice. In a race between the highly competitive 2015 and 2016 vintages, I give a slight advantage to this wine. The warmer 2015 vintage shows more richness and exuberant fruit. However, this wine from 2016 offers a more focused and chiseled delivery. I am hopeful that this wine will continue to evolve and sharpen as it ages in the bottle. This is a beautiful wine to put aside in your cellar for ten years or more. (ML) 98+" (05/2019)

96 points Vinous: "The 2016 Fontalloro is bold, hearty and deeply flavored, with all of the Sangiovese wildness that is so typical of Fontalloro. Ripe dark cherry, grilled herbs, smoke, leather, game and incense are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up in a potent, virile Fontalloro loaded with personality and character. In so many ways, 2016 is THE archetype of what Fontalloro is - a Sangiovese that is a bit wild and unruly but also full of charm. (AG)" (08/2019)

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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.

2015 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Beautiful ripeness, but also balance on the nose, which features cinnamon, dried cedar, dried plums, dark chocolate and licorice. Expansive and comprehensive on the palate with outward-veering tannins and lots of treacle-tart undertones. Chewy and decadent." (10/2019)

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2003 Glen Scotia "Malts Festival 2019 Limited Edition" Rum Cask Finish Peated Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $109) ($69.99)

93 points Whisky Advocate: "The nose has sweet smoke and more prominent aromas of banana, vanilla, guava, papaya, jasmine, hibiscus, and citrus oil, with some salinity and chalky minerality. The palate is consistent: intense tropical fruitguava, mango, coconutplus hazelnut, smoked almonds, milk chocolate, and salty kelp. It finishes with smoked nuts, toasted tobacco, chalky minerality, dry oak, and persistent fruitiness. Lots to unpack here, and it develops beautifully with watertake your time. (SSB, Fall 2019)"

K&L Notes: Once hailed as the whisky capital of the world, Campbeltown has seen its number of distilleries reduced to just three. All three make peated and unpeated whisky in a unique style that gives credence to Campbeltown's designation as a unique whisky producing region in Scotland. This 2019 limited release for Campbeltown's Malts Festival spent 15 years in American oak hogsheads and then an additional eight months in demerara Guyana rum barrels. The results are stupendous—sweet peat jives with malty goodness loaded with orange peel and sweet baking spices. The mellow smoke goes perfectly with the caramel and brown sugar notes of the American hoggies. Bottled at cask strength and unchillfiltered with no coloration, this is a pure celebration of Campbeltown from Glen Scotia.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2019

This is the most expressive, balanced peated single malt I've tasted in a while. Aromas of bright tropical fruits like pineapple and mango mixed with honeycomb, wet gravel, toasted wheat, and scorched earth, with a rich mouthfeel and super-smooth profile. What a pleasure to sip!

Staff ImageNeal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 11, 2019

Bountiful butterscotch and wisps of earthy smoke characterize this tasty Scotch. Glen Scotia is one of only three operational distilleries in the Campbeltown region, and I'm very happy they're carrying on the tradition and keeping distillation alive in this historically important area in Scotland. Of course, none of that history matters much if the whisky isn't good, and thankfully this bottling is great. The peat is very moderate (unlikely to scare away too many folks) and exquisitely proportioned with the influence of the rum cask finishing. Tropical aromas of freshly-opened vanilla bean morphs into salted caramel that then becomes rich butterscotch. Scents of buttery dessert biscuits topped with pepper-peach jelly make my mouth water. The palate has more dessert flavors without becoming cloying at all. Then that peat comes in, yet it always stays in check and never dominates the other flavors. It's earthy, robust, and leathery with just a little medicinality. The rum and peat continue to roll over each other again and again on the palate, and it seems like there's just no stopping this Scotch. There's not really a finish in a sense because the whisky just melts into the tongue and stays with you.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 11, 2019

I fell in love with this whiskey months ago when I tasted a preview sample. Now that's it's here I simply cannot get enough of it. It's the perfect sweet peater, in fact it should be the definition of "easy peat." There is just enough smoke to frame the presentation of the other aromatics and to bolster the intensity of the wonderful citrus and tropical fruit that takes over the nose. Sweet baking spices and molasses coat your palate. There is a bit of salinity, particularly on the finish, that leaves you satisfied and yet going back for sip after sip. While most other places are selling this at $110 bucks, we backed up the truck and are able to offer it at just $69.99! I suggest you do the same since this limited Malts Festival release won't be around for long.

2018 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another in a string of top vintages, Beaucastel's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape was produced from Grenache yields of only eight hectoliters per hectare ("normal" is about 28 hectoliters per hectare, according to Marc Perrin). The final blend I was shown is almost candied in its fruity intensity of raspberries and cherries, yet it has a potent underpinning of more savory elements, like tapenade, grilled meat and dried spices. Full-bodied, with fine, silky tannins, this shows tremendous length, reverberating with hints of crushed stone on the finish.(JC)" (08/2019)

96 points Decanter: "This is a towering, muscular Beaucastel this year with more depth, intensity and black fruit, pushing towards blackcurrant. Its very dense and extremely concentrated in 2018, more than most but it has the energy and the vibrancy to thrust it front and forward ending with a saline finish. Grenache and Cinsault fermented in cement, Syrah and Mourvèdre fermented in foudre. Drinking Window 2026 - 2036. (MW)" (09/2019)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape has slightly less Grenache than normal (10%) and has a Mourvèdre-dominated bouquet of blue fruits, crushed violets, charred meats, and a distinct minerality. This was a challenging vintage, particularly for Grenache, yet this estate has produced a brilliant wine that has medium to full body, a layered, deep, concentrated mid-palate, ripe tannins, and a gorgeous finish. As with most 2018s, its going to have plenty of upfront appeal, yet I suspect it will also age gracefully.One of the reference point estate in the Rhône Valley, as well as the entire wine world, is that of the Perrin Familys Château de Beaucastel. Located in the northern, cooler part of the appellation, the estate covers roughly 100 hectares of vines from which they produce a red and white Côtes Du Rhône (from vines just outside the appellation), two Châteauneuf du Pape whites, and two Châteauneuf du Pape reds. Looking at the Châteauneuf du Papes, both whites are Roussanne dominated, with the Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc being roughly 80+% Roussanne, and the Roussanne Vieilles Vignes cuvée being 100% Roussanne. The Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is one of the greatest whites made in the world in just about every vintage and while it drinks beautifully young (a recent bottle of the 2014 was off the charts) it also has the capacity to evolve for decades. As to the reds, the classic cuvée comes all from vines around the estate and is unique for its high Mourvèdre content, with the blend" (08/2019)

92-94 points Vinous: "Deep ruby-red. Ripe dark berries, cherry liqueur and hints of garrigue, smoked meat and potpourri on the mineral-accented nose. Palate-staining black currant and cherry pie flavors show excellent clarity, chewy texture and a hint of spicecake that builds as the wine opens up. The energetic, impressively long finish repeats the floral and dark fruit notes, and youthfully chewy tannins add shape and solid closing grip. (JR)" (12/2019)

2007 Fine Pot Distilled Jamaican (Moneymusk) 11 Year Old "Thompson Bros." K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Jamaican Rum (750ml) ($79.99)

The gents in Dornoch Castle have one of the most impressive operations going anywhere in the world. In the beautiful refurbished castle they operate an incredible bed and breakfast. Downstairs they have one of the world's best bars with an exceptional single cask selection. Out back is the "distillery" - basically a shipping container and an old stone shed that produces one of the best gins on the planet and a boatload of fascinating whisky. On top of all of this - the Thompson brothers also function as one of the most boutique independent bottlers in Scotland. The synergy of their operation is incredible. Every single aspect works to make the others even better. In particular, their impressive bar: ranked as No. 1 Whisky hotel, Whisky bar of the year in 2014, and 2016, Pub of the Year many years in a row, and a zillion other accolades, works to attract an impressive array of single barrel opportunties. While it's easy to focus on whisky in Scotland, this 11 year old Moneymusk cask caught our attention in a big way and we just had to have it. Pot distilled Jamaican Rum, especially at high proof and unadulterated, offers some of the very best drinking to be found. A complex and heady aroma of tropical fruit basket and sesame combined with cream and baking spices tied together with a little sea salt make for a perfect classic daiquiri. It's a very approachable pot still rum but doesn't lack for the intensity sought out by the most serious Tiki-heads.

Staff ImageAndrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2019

This is one serious bottle of Rum. I can't tell you how long it spent aging in the tropics but I can certainly tell you that it spent some time in Scotland, and it shows! The nose is powerful and full with just a hint of the Jamaican funk we love so much but the palate, the palate really has something to say! Almost more like a single malt, this Rum makes me think less of rum funk and more of the Islay brine. Rum drinkers delight, you have another bottle that is a must for your collection and to all our Scotch drinkers out there, this will be a rum to turn your head!

Staff ImageJackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2019

This is definitely a rum to ponder over while it sits in the glass. While the proof isnt exceptionally high, the fumes take a few minutes to blow over but I noticed that as I waited, the aromas evolved as well. This rum started with strong notes of burnt rubber and that was about it, however, as it settled in the glass things began to change. Spice notes of clove and pepper came out, overripe pineapple (almost to the point of fermentation), caramel apple and a savory, salty note that reminded me of salami. Sweet and funky notes played on the palate, largely translating the burnt rubber note from the nose and combining it with caramel apple and plantains. The clove starts to show up again as the finish transitions into straight up bananas foster, which lingered until I felt like I needed to actually make bananas foster for desert tonight. If you like your Jamaican rums, youre going to love this one.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2019

This is a fantastic rum and shows how really good rum can be. The nose has the savory earthy funk that fans of Jamaican rums love. In the mouth this rum is very complex, with layered spice and savory notes that are delicious and intriguing.It is on the dry side with a touch of fruitiness. With a splash of water it has the same flavor profit but has a creamy moth feel. There is a long finish.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

The wild high ester pot distilled spirit from Clarendon Distillery is not something we get access to very often. This is one of the many different rums coming out of this distillery and is presumed to be somewhere between 200-300 ppm of esters putting it right up there with many of the heady Hampden's that have been so well loved. Whatever the total ester content, there's absolutely nothing like high-ester aged Jamaican rum and while Monymusk doesn't have the same commercial weight yet as Hampden has, the rum itself is second to none. The nose is an earth-shattering mixture of overripe banana, mandarin orange, guava, toasted cloves and fresh lime juice. A bold linear character on the palate with dense green olives, sweet exotic spices, wild tropical fruit, a long citrus note on the finish which builds toward a warm herbal finish. We won't be getting any other old Jamaican this year, but anyone who loves a good powerfully flavored rum is going to enjoy this masterpiece.

Staff ImageWill Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2019

It is an increasingly rare treat these days to find properly aged pot still Jamaican rum, and this provides the perfect example of what that age can do. Like a fruit salad someone lit on fire, the aromas are intense, varied, and wild. It triggers an impulse in some primitive part of my brain that is at once terrified and enchanted. Waxy funk carries cherries jubilee, cinnamon stick, eucalyptus, and Thai basil across the palate, unabashed and unrepentant. It assaults all the senses and takes them prisoner, and I find myself succumbing to Stockholm Syndrome. A healthy dose of water reveals delicate citrus, banana and pineapple, as well as subtler sage and teak flavors, showing that this beast does have a tender side. No matter how you drink it, this a fantastic rum, and it won't last long.

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

The perfect introduction to Jamaican pot distillate. This rum is intense yet approachable. You'd never guess it's bottled at 56% ABV even when sipping it neat. The nose is complex, yet wholly enjoyable, even for a novice rum drinker. No robust fusel notes here, just a gentle umami underpinning insane fruit and spice. Mix it with just a bit of simple syrup and a healthy dose of fresh lime juice and crushed ice and you have yourself the simplest and most refreshing of daiquiris. A dash of bitters and a sugar cube? A Rum Old Fashioned you and your guests won't forget. The complexity of the spirit does all of the hard work for you. It's a well balanced and rich tapestry of flavor, all you have to do is highlight it.

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2015 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Rouge ($89.99)

Jancis Robinson: "2017 release. Smoky bonfires on the nose and fresh fruit with some gaminess and fine tannins. Very delicate and ambitious for its appellation. 16.5/20" (03/2018)

K&L Notes: Robert M. Parker writes: “I have said it so many times that it may seem redundant, but if you missed it in my 1990 tome, Burgundy, Lalou Bize-Leroy stands virtually alone at the top of Burgundy’s quality hierarchy. Because she is a perfectionist, and because she has had the courage to produce wines from low yields and bottle them naturally, without fining or filtration, she has been scorned by many Burgundy negociants, and even by the proprietors of other top domaines. Not only are they jealous, they are frightened of Bize-Leroy because they fear increasing pressure for lower yields and bio-dynamic farming. Anyone who loves great Burgundy, must realize that her wines embarrass much of what is produced in Burgundy.”

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2014 Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon ($124.95)

97 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackcurrant, mushroom, wet earth and bark follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a stone, berry, chili and spice aftertaste. Muscular and chunky. Very serious. Almost no new oak. This shows the Mayacamas DNA." (01/2018)

96 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is savory, fresh and super-inviting, as so many wines are in this vintage, Bright red cherry, iron, smoke, mint, wild flowers and anise all lift from the glass. Medium in body, taut and wonderfully focused, the 2014 is going to reward readers lucky enough to own it for many, many years. I especially like the pure energy and vibrancy that runs through the 2014. (AG)" (12/2018)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "An incredible wine that reminds me of a great vintage of Lafite, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a step up over the 2012, with more depth, richness, and elegance as well as texture. Stunning notes of red and blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, cigar tobacco, and cedar all emerge from this incredibly elegant, ethereal, yet layered 2014 that has present yet polished tannin, impeccable balance, and sensational purity of fruit. It certainly offers pleasure today (more than the 2012) yet will benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age and keep for 2-3 decades. Its a brilliant, classic, old-school styled Napa Cabernet done perfectly!" (01/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This packs in a lot of juicy black currant and blackberry paste notes, with lively licorice snap and bramble accents filling the available space. A roasted apple wood accent lends a mouthwatering edge while a tarry echo at the very end adds range and length. Should cruise in the cellar. *Collectibles* (JM, Web Only-2018)" (02/2019)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "After transitioning from Bob Traverss long reign at this 465-acre mountain estate, Mayacamas comes to its 125th vintage under the organic viticultural practices of Phil Coturri and the winemaking skills of Andy Erickson. They continue to present the wine as a muscular, youthfully impenetrable cabernet, harvested on the early side of ripeness, requiring long development in the cellar. Its built like a marathon runner, austere in the power of its mountain-grown tannins, formidable in its foresty red-berry fruit." (06/2019)

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

A perennial winner in the world of timeless Cabernet. Never the biggest, boldest Cab at the table...but certainly one of the most complex, layered and age-worthy. These fabled vines toiling in the rocky Veeder soils have given forth some of the most storied wines of Napa. Perhaps more akin to some left bank Bordeaux wines than its modern cult Cab counterparts that elegantly proportioned wine faithfully speaks of varietal and place. Briary fruits laced with cedar, bay leaf, dry tobacco and ferrous notes. medium bodied and linear in form with long, fine tannins and beautiful acidity. This wine will have a long and glorious drinking window so enjoy one now and lay some away for the future.

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2015 Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon ($134.95)

97 points Vinous: "Another stellar wine from Mayacamas, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon continues to be quite reticent, which is probably a very good thing for its long-term prospects. Even so, the 2015 is dense, powerful and super-concentrated, with a level of finesse in its tannins that separates it from so many wines in this challenging vintage. Time in the glass brings out graphite, menthol, licorice, sage and spice notes that add a sense of gravitas. I would prefer to cellar the 2015 for at least a few years to allow some of the baby fat to melt away. I expect the 2015 will always remain an exotic, full-throttle wine relative to the norm here. I can't wait to see how it ages. (AG) 97+" (12/2018)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Youthfully compact, with tightly wound black currant, bitter plum and dark blueberry notes, this needs time to meld with the charcoal, bay leaf and tar streaks, but the mouthwatering cut on the finish suggests that won't be a problem. Offers a long echo of juniper at the end. Best from 2023 through 2040. (JM)" (08/2019)

1998 Orkney (Highland Park) 20 Year Old "Thompson Bros." K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($149.99)

The wonderful Dornoch Distillery sits hidden on the main drag in the tiny town of Dornoch. Behind the majestic Dornoch Castle Hotel and its famous whisky bar sits one of Scotland's tiniest and most exciting distilleries. Founded by brothers Simon and Phil, the distillery is completely contained in one tiny stone shed. While the brothers might not have the resources and capital of many of Scotland's new distilleries, they do have an incredible vision and the unwavering support of the single malt-loving community. In that little shed a truly unique experiment is underway. The Thompsons are trying to make whisky the old way. The distillery was funded without any outside investment and pre-sales of the first casks were crowd sourced online. The contrast between extreme forward thinking and commitment to tradition makes the Dornoch Distillery one of Scotland's most exciting new distillers bar none. We've got years before their malt is ready to go and in the meantime the brothers are distilling and selling an incredible malted gin and trafficking in some seriously delicious single casks. This HP is part of the great wave of unnamed Orkney that's hit the market recently. They nabbed some of the very best and somehow offer it up at a reasonable price. Other bottlers offer versions of the same whisky for twice this price and none we've had taste as good as this. It's got everything, balanced excellently. Delicate Orkney peat, bold malt, gorgeous maritime quality—a real island dream.

Staff ImageJackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2019

I cant tell if the stick figure on the bottle is going into battle or partying but either way, its capturing what Im getting from this unique Orkney single malt. I dig the label and I dig the juice. The nose gives off a pretty perfume of baked Bartlett pear, cinnamon, vanilla, toasted marshmallow, and sassafras. The palate provides that same baked pear profile combined with chocolate covered toffee with a full-bodied texture. The finish leaves you with a nice, spicy tingling sensation on the tip of the tongue with spicy cinnamon notes and as I begin to regain feeling a subtle juicy pear jelly belly note clings as the breath escapes. This is the kind of scotch I could see myself drinking all day in a ski lodge surrounded by friends.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2019

This single malt is elegant and pretty. It is very complex and this comes out when one first smells it. There are aromas of sea,bees wax and sweet malt . In the mouth it is again complex with malt and sea notes and a hint of savory. On the light side, this selection is about finesse and layered flavors. With a touch of water it becomes a little sweeter but it was very good without an addition of water.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

We've had some up and downs with Highland Park recently. We've secured some incredible old stock with the distillery name on it, but also had offers for no named stuff at ridiculously high prices. Needless to say we're always game from some HP. It's really one of the very best distilleries out there and these incredible 'no name' bottlings have been some of the very best values on the market today. Yet some of our suppliers feel comfortable charging well above what another no name might cost from another distillery. Of course, they're looking at this like a business opportunity. They have high quality juice, that can be implied to be from one of Scotland's great distilleries, and most people are probably willing to pay it, but we've mostly avoided these offerings since we've been securing 'named' versions in the $250-300 range consistently for the last two seasons. It wouldn't make any sense for us to sell a similar product no name for the same price. These products must offer value. So we've generally passed on several casks due to the very high prices. But now it seems our supply of distillery bottlings is becoming more and more scarce. We had to say no to a 21 year old Hogshead this year from Old Particular due to the incredibly high price. And at the same time, our friends in Dornoch came knocking with this stunner. The fun labels poke fun at the new aggressive viking style of the distillery bottlings, but do nothing

Staff ImageWill Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2019

Perhaps I've grown jaded or entitled (or both) from so many high-proof cask-strength offerings of late, so when I saw this clocked in at only 50% ABV, I was less enthusiastic. This gorgeous whisky made quick work of showing me what a fool I'd been. Turns out that in the 20 years of barrel aging, its alcohol reduced to 50% naturally, packing all that exquisite flavor into every coveted drop. This isn't your hedonistic sherry bomb or caramel-sweet bourbon barrel like the distillery release 17 years - what tumbles elegantly out of this bottle is superbly refined. Sultana, baked apricot, sea spray, and windswept grain build on the palate with the perfect amount of heat and ashy smoke. The finish is long, but not rushed, lingering with that oily texture we've come to love from properly aged Highland Park. Considering the price, this should be on everyone's short list this season.

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

HP20 is going to be delicious no matter what. At 150 bucks, it's all the sweeter. This number is particularly interesting as it is a hogshead filled from same day vattings before it was sold off onto the independent market - a number of these casks have come up as Edrington has divested stocks, rumor has it, to pay for the budget sucking massive new Macallan distillery. It's classically salty and has that beautiful medium intensity heather driven peat that the distillery is known for, although it shows most on the finish and not up front. Apricots and other stone fruits in varying levels of dehydration play across the entire experience from nose to palate and intermix beautifully with the floral smoke on the finish. Coming in at an even 50% ABV at cask strength, it's a very sippable whisky neat. With a touch of water the oils come crashing out of solution as do the grain notes. The aromas suddenly explode with honeyed barley and a whole new drinking experience begins. An extremely good first showing from our new partners in Sutherland, the Thompson Brothers.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2019

I was just calling our Bunnahabhain 30 single cask our best whisky when Andrew plopped a bottle of this in front of me. Now I'm reconsidering. A single cask of 20-year-old Orkney Highland Park that is smooth as milk at 50% abv, with a very bright and distinct apricot, honey & apple core with a very subtle gravelly smokiness enveloping the fruit. I just can't stop nosing it. The Thompson Bros. label is big bonus, too.

2018 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 6-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) ($479.94)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another in a string of top vintages, Beaucastel's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape was produced from Grenache yields of only eight hectoliters per hectare ("normal" is about 28 hectoliters per hectare, according to Marc Perrin). The final blend I was shown is almost candied in its fruity intensity of raspberries and cherries, yet it has a potent underpinning of more savory elements, like tapenade, grilled meat and dried spices. Full-bodied, with fine, silky tannins, this shows tremendous length, reverberating with hints of crushed stone on the finish.(JC)" (08/2019)

96 points Decanter: "This is a towering, muscular Beaucastel this year with more depth, intensity and black fruit, pushing towards blackcurrant. Its very dense and extremely concentrated in 2018, more than most but it has the energy and the vibrancy to thrust it front and forward ending with a saline finish. Grenache and Cinsault fermented in cement, Syrah and Mourvèdre fermented in foudre. Drinking Window 2026 - 2036. (MW)" (09/2019)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape has slightly less Grenache than normal (10%) and has a Mourvèdre-dominated bouquet of blue fruits, crushed violets, charred meats, and a distinct minerality. This was a challenging vintage, particularly for Grenache, yet this estate has produced a brilliant wine that has medium to full body, a layered, deep, concentrated mid-palate, ripe tannins, and a gorgeous finish. As with most 2018s, its going to have plenty of upfront appeal, yet I suspect it will also age gracefully.One of the reference point estate in the Rhône Valley, as well as the entire wine world, is that of the Perrin Familys Château de Beaucastel. Located in the northern, cooler part of the appellation, the estate covers roughly 100 hectares of vines from which they produce a red and white Côtes Du Rhône (from vines just outside the appellation), two Châteauneuf du Pape whites, and two Châteauneuf du Pape reds. Looking at the Châteauneuf du Papes, both whites are Roussanne dominated, with the Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc being roughly 80+% Roussanne, and the Roussanne Vieilles Vignes cuvée being 100% Roussanne. The Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is one of the greatest whites made in the world in just about every vintage and while it drinks beautifully young (a recent bottle of the 2014 was off the charts) it also has the capacity to evolve for decades. As to the reds, the classic cuvée comes all from vines around the estate and is unique for its high Mourvèdre content, with the blend" (08/2019)

92-94 points Vinous: "Deep ruby-red. Ripe dark berries, cherry liqueur and hints of garrigue, smoked meat and potpourri on the mineral-accented nose. Palate-staining black currant and cherry pie flavors show excellent clarity, chewy texture and a hint of spicecake that builds as the wine opens up. The energetic, impressively long finish repeats the floral and dark fruit notes, and youthfully chewy tannins add shape and solid closing grip. (JR)" (12/2019)

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.

2008 Latour, Pauillac 2019 Ex-Chateau Release (Pre-Arrival) ($629.99)

98 points Decanter: "This takes a heartbeat to kick in, and then the weight and impact of this wine slowly kicks in. Those Cabernets have lift and punch, and although it's not ethereal like the Ausone or even the Lafite, it has power, structure, impact and kick, and you know it's going the distance. It has really lovely menthol notes which play around on the finish, preceded by layers of cassis and liquorice. It's more accessible than many Latours at 10 years old - just give it another couple of years to fully get into its stride. (JA)" (12/2017)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The brilliant 2008 Château Latour has the classic stature and regal style of the estate front and center. A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc, its still purple-colored and brilliantly concentrated, offering medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors of blackcurrants, tobacco, lead pencil, and graphite. Dense, perfectly balanced, with ripe tannins, its a few years away from prime time (although it certainly offers pleasure) but will drink well for another 2-3 decades. Drink through 2049." (02/2019)

96 points Vinous: "The 2008 Latour has a more bold and concentrated bouquet compared to the Lafite-Rothschild, scents of blackberry, bilberry, iris, cigar humidor and cold wet stone that all surge from the glass. This is beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with firm in tannin, a light marine influence infusing the black fruit, a little spice towards the finish with superb persistency. It is an authorative Latour as usual, one now beginning to enter its stride although naturally it will last for two or three decades with ease. (NM)" (02/2018)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Expressive fruit aromas and wood perfumes announce this wine. With 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a complex wine marked by purity of black fruits, berries, toast and tannins. It has power, richness and a lovely edge of spice to go with the acidity. The wine is firmly structured, while bursting with fruit and freshness. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2011)

95 points James Suckling: "Gorgeous aromas. Sandalwood and flowers, so perfumed and beautiful. Spices and currants with cassis too. Amazing nose. Such beauty and density with an iron and pure fruit character. Solid and racy. Best after 2015." (12/2010)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 0.75% Cabernet Franc and 0.25% Petit Verdot, the 2008 Latour gives a medium to deep garnet color and slips sensuously out of the glass with Chinese five spice, unsmoked cigars, sandalwood and dried roses scents over a core of warm cassis, Black Forest cake, chocolate mint and smoked meats plus a waft of black olives and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is well-sustained in the middle with generous black fruits and lovely red fruit sparks, layered with savory nuances and a firm, grainy backbone, finishing with bags of perfume and freshness. Drink through 2044. (LPB)" (04/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is dense and muscular, but balanced, with the flesh to offset the sinew, as pure mulled black currant, melted fig and crushed plum fruit is caressed by substantial but fine-grained structure. The long, iron- and tobacco-filled finish has excellent focus and drive. This could rival LLC for longest-lived wine of the vintage. (JM)" (04/2011)

2015 Canon, St-Emilion (1.5L) 3-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($2,000.00)

100 points James Suckling: "Seductive. The nose draws you in deep: Its like staring into a well of pristine dark cherries, dark plums, blackberries and mulberries. All the oak is perfectly subsumed. The palates flawless with immense depth and power and its so balanced as to appear to float. Immaculate fresh dark-berry and plum flavors. Silky and deep, ribbon-like finish. Perfect. *2018 Wine of the Year*" (02/2018)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Canon was a benchmark wine that seemed to revitalize this historic estate. I was crossing my fingers that it would not disappoint in bottle and I am glad to say that it delivers the goods. It has a very intense bouquet (just as it showed out of barrel) with laser-like precision offering wild strawberry, raspberry preserve, wet limestone and hints of truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, clean and fresh with pure black and red fruit whose every atom appears infused with minerals. The mouth is tingling long after the wine has exited and your brain is thinking...when is the next sip coming? It is frankly heads and shoulders above almost every Saint Émilion this vintage, to reaffirm, a benchmark for this historic estate that will give pleasure to many over the coming years. Astonishing. (NM)" (02/2018)

100 points Vinous: "From the very beginning, the 2015 Canon has made an eloquent case for itself as one of the wines of the vintage. Multiple tastings from bottle only confirm what several early tastings hinted at: the 2015 Canon is simply extraordinary in every way. Sumptuous and exotic, with no hard edges and exceptional balance, the 2015 grabs hold of all the senses and never lets up. A rush of red fruit intermingled with floral notes, spice and smoke notes effortlessly runs up the wine's vertical structure as the 2015 thrills with every twist and turn. The 2015 Canon is a rare wine that is both hedonistic and intellectual - well, maybe it is a bit more hedonistic-leaning. It doesn't matter. Don't miss it. This 2015 is masterpiece from General Manager Nicolas Auderbert and his team at Canon. (AG)" (02/2018)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the wines of the vintage is the 2015 Château Canon which is 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc that spent 18 months in 70% new French oak. It offers a perfect example of the old saying iron fist in a velvet glove and boasts gorgeous notes of black cherries, framboise, spring flowers and exotic spices. All these lead to a full-bodied, ultra-pure, seamless 2015 that marries incredible richness and depth with a sense of purity, elegance, and weightlessness that needs to be tasted to believed. This multi-dimensional, seamless 2015 needs forgotten for 4-5 years and will keep for three decades or more. Bravo! 98+" (11/2017)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 3 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 3-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.

2009 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) - 6 available ($2,699.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is what the Medoc is all about. The freshness and delicacy of this wine in combination with its serious concentration and firm core are totally stunning. Time has already worked its magic and this is already delicious, but has decades in front of it." (02/2019)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A tight, but potentially gorgeous nose of graphite, black currants, licorice and camphor is followed by a full-bodied wine revealing the classic elegance, purity and delineated style of Lafite. It is phenomenally concentrated with softer tannins than the 2005, the 2003's voluptuous, broad, juicy personality, and low acidity. There are several vintages that I thought were a replay of their colossal 1959, most notably 1982 and 2003, but 2009 is also one to keep an eye on. It is still extremely youthful and seems slightly more backward than I would have guessed based on the barrel tastings, but it needs 10-15 years of bottle age, and should last for 50+. (RP)" (02/2012)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This is stunning for its ability to take massively endowed fig, currant paste and crushed plum fruit flavors and harness them with ultrasuave freshly roasted espresso, black tea and ganache notes. A seductive style, long and velvety, with the dense core of black fruit and smoldering iron just waiting and waiting." (03/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Classic Lafite aromas of cassis, cedar and graphite are lifted by a fragrant violet note. Then pure and vibrant on the palate, with seamless flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar, iron and flint. The very smooth tannins provide plenty of support to the fruit flavors, while the wine's harmonious acidity really draws out the finish. This outstanding Lafite is all about grace--in contrast to Latour's power. (ID) 96+" (07/2012)

96 points Vinous: "The 2009 Lafite-Rothschild is quite high-toned and expressive on the nose, perhaps the most ostentatious of the top flight 2009s with upfront black cherry and boysenberry fruit, lavish new oak and touches of violet. The palate is sleek and satin-like in feel with copious dark cherry and boysenberry fruit, fig and dates, almost honeyed in texture towards the precocious finish that has an opulent bent, almost hedonistic, unusual for this First Growth. But it is kinda irresistible. (NM)" (03/2019)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "A powerful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, solid in structure. The wine is rich and concentrated, very textured. Great spice go with just enough fresh acidity, in this big wine. (RV)" (08/2010)

93-95 points John Gilman: "The 2009 Lafite-Rothschild is a beautifully crafted wine that is all poise and seduction. This is the worlds ultimate luxury wine these days, and while the style has changed rather dramatically from the great Lafites of the decade of the 1980s, there is little here to complain about, as everything is done as perfectly as is humanly possible. The bouquet is deep and stunning, as it soars from the glass in a blaze of cassis, blackberries, coffee, tobacco smoke, a great base of gravelly soil tones and a generous coating of nutty, smoky new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, very suave and utterly complex, with a great core of pure fruit, moderate, refined tannins and stunning length and grip on the utterly seamless and completely seductive finish. This wine is crafted like a truly great Swiss watch, and consequently it offers up unprecedented accessibility at a very young age for those that will not be able to defer gratification, but it is so poised and beautifully balanced that it will also have no difficulty aging for many, many decades. Whether one prefers the old style of Lafite that took decades to really blossom or this new style that is the ultimate in seduction from the start is really just a matter of personal taste. There is certainly nothing in the makeup of the 2009 that is anything but exemplary in nature, and this is a beautiful wine." (03/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Crimson with a weak rim. Sweet and racy. Minerals and life. Dry, even slightly drying, tannins and not yet ready but all is tucked in there for a lovely stony future. Sinewy. So long and fresh. 19/20 points (JR)" (02/2019)

K&L Notes: 97 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown for Wine Advocate: "The deep garnet colored 2009 Lafite Rothschild bursts from the glass with red and black currant preserves, warm plums, mulberries and kirsch scents plus suggestions of sweaty leather, cigar box and menthol. Medium-bodied, elegant and firmly structured, it has wonderful freshness and a long earthy/meaty finish." (03/2019)

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2003 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) - 3 available ($3,099.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 Lafite Rothschild comes as close to perfection as any of the great Lafites made over the past three decades (1982, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010). This sensational effort came in at 12.7% natural alcohol, it is made in the style of one of this estates great classics, the 1959. Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color to the rim along with a luxurious bouquet of cedarwood, lead pencil shaving, white chocolate, cocoa and cassis. Fat, rich, opulent and full-bodied with low acidity and stunning seductiveness and complexity, this noble wine possesses a bountiful, generous, heady style. It is just coming into its plateau of maturity where it should hold for 20-25 years. This is one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage make no mistake about that. These are two great successes in this vintage that have aged well and surprised me by their intensity and overall complexity. (RP)" (08/2014)

98 points James Suckling: "Spicy and rich, with a tobacco and berry character on the nose and palate I love the nose. Full bodied, with soft velvety tannins that give you so much. This goes on and on. Sexy and exciting right now, but leave this for five or six years." (03/2011)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a splendid wine. Yes, it is more powerful than the usual aristocratic Lafites, but it still manages to retain a special air of great elegance and presence. The fruits are black, the tannins immensely powerful, the flavors are of black figs, dates, cocoa. At the end, there is a vibrant acidity that shows through, which promises a great life for this great wine. (RV)" (05/2006)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Subtle, complex aromas of berries, licorice and currants. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Very well-integrated wine. Lovely stuff. Wonderful length and finesse. (JS)" (03/2006)

96 points Vinous: "The 2003 Lafite-Rothschild famously shrugged off the merciless heat of that infamous summer when the temperature at the estate nudged 42° Celsius. It has a lovely bouquet of black plum, pressed iris, a touch of glycerin and (for Lafite) exotic scents of blood orange. The palate is powerful and intense as you would expect. There is great depth and volume with glossy black fruit laced with orange zest, smoke and melted tar. You can almost feel the summer in this Lafite-Rothschild but unlike many of its peers, it has requisite acidity to maintain freshness and avoid cloyingness on the finish. Whilst not my pick of modern-day Lafites, I have to doff my cap because it was and still is, one of the finest Left Banks of the vintage. Tasted at the Lafite-Rothschild 150th anniversary dinner at the estate. (NM)" (07/2018)