Staff Favorites

If you’re going to have Robert Parker or Stephen Tanzer over for dinner, selecting a wine they’ve rated highly will be a nice choice. However, when you’re buying wines for yourself, we’d love to see you find wines that match up your unique palate and pocketbook. We have a large staff of friendly and knowledgeable wine professionals that taste hundreds of wines each week. They can put you in touch with bottles that you are likely to love, often at a much lower cost than the highly-rated gems that often see a run-up in price and frequent availability issues. Like any great group of opinionated professionals, our staff has varied tastes themselves. Often our customers will find a particular staff member with a style that corresponds to their own. That concept works extremely well in our retail stores, and this section is our effort to bring you the same online. Don’t get us wrong, we love the highly rated wines from the press and will continue to offer them, but we think you’re missing out if you’re not augmenting those selections with picks from our excellent staff. Here are their favorites. (Click on a name to see their other selections - or to drop them a line.) Cheers!


Reviews

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2011 Dog Point Pinot Noir Marlborough
 By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 9/5/2014 | Send Email
  While this is quite a big Pinot, it manages to maintain that bright freshness we all love in Pinot. A well balanced wine with notes of fresh blackberry juice, juicy black cherry, pine needles and cloves.

2011 Mas des Agrunelles "l'Indigène" Coteaux du Languedoc
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 9/5/2014 | Send Email
  YUM! Restrained winemaking from the Languedoc? I must have accidentally traveled back in time a few decades. No, wait, this is from the 2011 vintage. What's going on? Beautifully concentrated fruit that showcases the quality of the grape without overripe sweetness, and a bit of black pepper to balance out that lushness. This is a HOT deal if you like Rhone wines with grace and elegance. A stunningly delicious bottle that brings the goods for $20. Top-notch.
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2012 Mas des Agrunelles "Les Mauves" Coteaux du Languedoc
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 9/5/2014 | Send Email
  Man this is such a breath of fresh air from the Languedoc! Instead of big, fat, silky, overly sweet fruit we get crisp, fresh, almost spritzy acidity and a load of tangy berries that taste as if they've just come out of the fridge, rather than off that plate you left sitting in the sun all day long. This is wine for people who love fruit, not dessert. This is real winemaking for drinkers who like balance, not richness. Bravo!
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2013 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré
 By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 9/5/2014 | Send Email
  This vibrant, mineral-laced bargain has been a staff favorite for many years running and always seems to sell out far too quickly. This has more cut and verve than the rounder and richer Macon-Charnay (a non-stop customer favorite) but still has plenty of pear, apple and citrus flavors to temper the palate-cleansing acidity and mouthwatering minerality. Yes, there are still bargains in Burgundy.
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2005 Bodegas Franco Españolas "Rioja Bordón" Gran Reserva Rioja
 By: Sal Rodriguez | Review Date: 9/5/2014 | Send Email
  This is what I love about Spain! Great values, great wineries, and great wines! This gran reserva has a lovely nose of fruit, has the right amount of fruit and savoriness on the palate, and is rounded off by just the right amount of tannin and acid. This is perfect for drinking right now, and by all means, feel free to hold some for later (if you can).

2011 Dog Point Chardonnay Marlborough
 By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 9/5/2014 | Send Email
  The 2011 Chardonnay needs a little air to open up, but patience will reward you with a nose of toasty, brioche, toasted hazelnuts and a hint of pineapples. The palate is bright and forward with notes of apple, white peach, lemon zest and white pepper. Enjoy with chicken dishes or charcuterie.

2012 Pisa Range Estate "Black Poplar Block" Pinot Noir Central Otago
 By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 9/5/2014 | Send Email
  This is a seriously good bottle of wine and I would put it up against any $40.00 Pinot Noir we carry. This has earthy aromas of dark fruits and wild berries touched by herb and spice nuances. The complex array of red and black fruit flavors is followed by a schist-like mineral finish showing fine grained tannins and great length. The impressive depth is tempered by balance and proportion.

2013 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Nr.7" Sauvignon Blanc Sondagskloof
 By: Mike Barber | Review Date: 9/4/2014 | Send Email
  Unmistakably South African--this Blanc is full of lemon peel and asparagus notes with an intensely floral nose. A little Semillon finds its way into HPF's reserve Blanc--and they demand a hefty $15 to enjoy this vibrant and mouthwatering Sauv Blanc. Oh wait, that's not that much money at all!
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2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "Oakridge/Whitsend Vineyard" Shiraz Yarra Valley
 By: Mike Barber | Review Date: 9/4/2014 | Send Email
  This is not a big and rich Aussie Shiraz. This is cool weather, spicy, and complex Shiraz from perhaps the best producer in the Yarra Valley (one of the coldest appellations in Australia). This Shiraz is delicate and crisp, with brambly notes of cranberry and white pepper tightly wound in an elegant package. A fantastic red for $23!
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2010 Scali "Kalkis Vineyard" Pinotage Paarl
 By: Mike Barber | Review Date: 9/4/2014 | Send Email
  Quite possibly the best Pinotage I've ever tasted. This mountain vine beauty has loads of cassis and blackberry flavors that cascade into pepper spice. It is ripe and full with a hint of tobacco, and completely lacks the Pinotage stink that is usually associated with the grape. This is what Pinotage is capable of if planted in the right place!
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2012 Pisa Range Estate "Black Poplar Block" Pinot Noir Central Otago
 By: Mike Barber | Review Date: 9/4/2014 | Send Email
  An excellent addition to our New Zealand Pinot stock! This one has a dark core of wild raspberry and grippy tannin. Racy and bright with a crisp edge to it; a perfect cool weather Pinot.

2013 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay
 By: Jeff Garneau | Review Date: 9/4/2014 | Send Email
  Best in class. This 100% Chardonnay from the Macon never fails to impress. Lovely weight and ripeness. Classic mineral and citrus notes. Superb value vintage after vintage.
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2013 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc Pre-Arrival
 By: Trey Beffa | Review Date: 9/4/2014 | Send Email
  Pretty floral fruit, spicy, red currants, focused and balanced, fresh, tannins are integrated and firm--will be a wine to buy if price is right. 89-91 points.

2013 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc Pre-Arrival
 By: Alex Pross | Review Date: 9/4/2014 | Send Email
  I always love this wine; over-delivers every vintage given its price and quality ratio. Nice berry fruit, impressive complexity and good layers of fruit. Looks to compete favorably with the last few vintages.

2011 Crystallum "Peter Max" Pinot Noir Hemel-en-Aarde Walker Bay
 By: Mike Barber | Review Date: 9/4/2014 | Send Email
  You can tell this one is South African from its very earthy flavors, but it is elegant and delicious with a very long mouthfeel. Another triumph from Walker Bay - and now for just $20!
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2012 Domaine les Grands Bois "Cuvée Maximilien" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne
 By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  Deep dark youthful purple color. Very enticing nose of juicy blueberries, violets, blood orange and sweet vanilla. The palate reveals delicious Asian spices, freshly roasted coffee beans, chocolate and brown sugar. It is full-bodied and ripe, well balanced however by its acidity that holds it all in check. With autumn fast approaching, this beautiful wine will be a perfect paring with game birds and wild mushroom sauce!

2012 Domaine les Grands Bois "Cuvée Maximilien" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne
 By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  What a stellar, beautiful Cotes du Rhone. Its elegant deep purple color is reflected on the nose and the palate with evident notes of fresh violets. The nose is full of minerality, like fresh dirt and wet stones. The wine’s soft, round texture takes over your taste buds with notes of fresh ground pepper, blackberry juice, cloves and a sultry chocolate finish. Easily my favorite Cote du Rhone this season.

2013 Michel Delhommeau "Harmonie" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
 By: Mahon McGrath | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  Dynamite bottle of Muscadet here! Light, lively, and fresh as a spring breeze, the 2013 Harmonie has flavors of lemon, lime, and blossom, with just a suggestion of sweetness to them, and enough body to keep everything from seeming austere when the chalky, wet stone, borderline-saline finish kicks in.
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2013 Michel Delhommeau "Harmonie" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
 By: John Majeski | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  Rocks. So much truth lies in rocks. And these particular ancient volcanic rocks named for a famous Swedish actress (or haven't you ever heard of Greta...Gabbro?), when married harmoniously to the right vines and gently cultivated sensibilities of a magnificent winemaking couple, will turn out splendid, finely-cut wines like the Harmonie, aptly named for both the lovely, leesy richness and tropical fruits that embrace and embellish the palate. These have always been personal favorites and I look forward to their return year after year after year. Enjoy!
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2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "Oakridge/Whitsend Vineyard" Shiraz Yarra Valley
 By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  A Shiraz that will leave you wondering why they didn’t label it Syrah. A very classic expression of cold weather Syrah such as Northern Rhone. Full of baking spices, black pepper, blood orange and a slightly vegetal palate of carrots and tomatoes. An outstanding, complex Shiraz out of the Yarra Valley, very impressive!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Mount Trio Estate Riesling Porongurup Western Australia
 By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  Oysters, clams, ceviche!!! This Riesling is perfect for any fresh or raw seafood! The nose of that classic petrol but the palate provides bracing acidity and salinity, a perfect crisp, dry Riesling for seafood.
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2013 Pascal Janvier "Cuvée du Rosier" Coteaux du Loir Rouge
 By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  An absolutely spectacular expression of Pineau d'Aunis. Extremely terroir-driven; you can taste the forest in this wine. An elegant nose of eucalyptus, tea leaf and cranberry. The palate is well balanced and delicate, yet powerful with flavors of forest floor, cedar, black liquorice, and crunchy, brambly fruits.
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2012 Domaine les Grands Bois "Cuvée Maximilien" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne
 By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  Grands Bois is one of my favorite producers in the southern Rhone and one of the best producers making a Villages level Cairanne. The "Cuvee Max" has a saturated color with layers of black raspberry, violets, Moroccan spices and fresh tilled earth. This is really well balanced, never too overt or heady. The alcohol never dominates and the finish is clean. I would pick up a few bottles, because as accessible as this is now, you'll want to discover a few in your cellar in a couple of years.

2013 Eric Cottat Sancerre
 By: Mahon McGrath | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  Crunchy, not sweet, notes of melon meet up with tarragon, and gravel, in the 2013 Cottat. There is a nice sunny depth to the fruit on the palate, which is not as coolly green as some Sancerres, having more an accent of fresh herb, and with loads of energy underneath it all. Dusty gravel pops up again in the finish, just the way you want it to.
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2013 Michel Delhommeau "Symbiose" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
 By: Mahon McGrath | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  Broader and deeper than its sibling, the Symbiose is full, round, and juicy, but not at all heavy. The flavors of wet, creek-side cobbles, lemon, and a hint of tomato leaf here have a pleasing transparency, thanks to a mouthwatering level of cleansing acidity. I imagine this will even improve given a little time to settle into itself.
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2013 Oustric Picpoul de Pinet
 By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  Pear, mineral, grapefruit zest with medium plus acidity. A juicy, fun and easy introduction to the world of Picpoul de Pinet! Fabulous value!
Top Value!
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2013 Eric Cottat Sancerre
 By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  Green apple, mineral, citrus pith with great focus and acidity. Wonderfully balanced. What a fabulous Sancerre!
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2013 Michel Delhommeau "Symbiose" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
 By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  Richer and deeper than its "Harmonie" counterpart, this is still classic, racy Muscadet. Pear, apple, mineral and citrus with medium plus acidity. Yum!
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2013 Michel Delhommeau "Harmonie" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
 By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  Pear, mineral, saline and citrus pith, this zesty little Muscadet is fresh and lively, with medium plus acidity. Classic Muscadet. Pass the appetizers, please! Oysters, cheese and nuts, oh my!
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2013 Michel Delhommeau "Symbiose" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
 By: John Majeski | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
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  Every time I taste these magnificent Muscadets from Michel Delhommeau I cannot but reflect upon the manifest destiny of the wondrous grape- Melon de Bourgogne, from which they're created. Although it originated in Burgundy, it eventually managed to migrate, swim or magically rediscover its true and lasting home beside the rapturous sea in Muscadet. Imbued with sublime, effortlessly clean, lime pith and minerally-precise flavors, the Symbiose is a slightly weightier, glycerin-textured, richer companion to the excellent Harmonie. Remember, don't be shellfish, and share it with special friends!
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2013 Eric Cottat Sancerre
 By: John Majeski | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  Once knew a very fine fisherman who generously invited us over for fresh-caught salmon, so fresh in fact that it tasted like it leapt from the cold Pacific waters right onto the hot coals. Looking back, I wish I'd had of bottle or two of this beautifully-delineated, expressively-textured, citrus and mineral-enhanced Sancerre at the time to complement the astronomically-gastronomic flavors of the grilled salmon. What a feast!
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Roca Patron Silver Tahona Process Tequila 750ml (ships inside gift box in 1.5L shipper)
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
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  I was really surprised by the purity of this Tequila's aromatics. They are precise and focused in a world where muddled can be a frequent occurrence. While having that preciseness in the nose it is extraordinarily smooth on the palate-- in Tequila, it seems to me, you usually get one or the other. Major kudos for a big name to make a really exciting high end product that isn't merely a marketing extension of the price range!
Drink from 2014
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2013 Sittella Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Margaret River Western Australia
 By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 9/3/2014 | Send Email
  What a well-done blend. I want to drink this wine all day, everyday in the hot LA sun. It’s crisp and dry with great acidity! It’s bursting with zesty, juicy citrus fruits like lemon oil and lime zest but still has excellent minerality like wet stone and some notes of white blossom. A focused a linear wine, for quite a steal due to our direct import price.
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2008 Pewsey Vale "Contours" Museum Reserve Riesling Eden Valley South Australia
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  Dry Riesling is one of the jewels of the Australian wine industry, and probably the least known. I have been lucky enough to have sat in this unique vineyard (drinking the wine of course) which is shown on the label as well as tasting the 1973 last year at a very special event where Robert Hill Smith generously went deep into the Yalumba cellars for a snapshot of the Aussie wine history. The Contours is a "Museum Reserve" version of the regular Pewsey Vale Riesling that always has 5 years of bottle age for the current release. So, if you don't have the patience, they do the waiting for you for a bit of an up charge so you can experience the secondary character that time will develop. The nose shows notes of biscuit, lime blossom, nectarine, apricot and lanolin. On the palate, the wine is still very youthful with great texture, balance and a long finish. And oh yeah...NOT all Riesling is sweet!

2010 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape
 By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  Marcoux is one of those great properties that is very traditional in their winemaking practices but produces wines fashioned for the modern era. There is a depth of fruit here that speaks of blackberry confiture, chambord liqueur and candied figs. A little pinch of Asian five spice powder, some roasted earth and a touch of creosote round out this deep expression of Chateauneuf. Give it a few more years and you will be well rewarded for your patience.

2012 Copain "Tous Ensemble" Anderson Valley Chardonnay
 By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  A great Chardonnay that is lively, fresh and delicious. It has bright round fruit flavors with no oak and butter to get in the way. There is wonderful California fruit but there is balance to round it out.
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2013 Château Viranel "Tradition" Saint Chinian Rosé
 By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  A beautiful rose hue to the wine is inviting and a pleasure to observe. There are nice red fruit flavors that are complemented with subtle spice. The Viranel Rose is medium-bodied and dry.
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1978 Chateau de Pellehaut 36 Year Old K&L Exclusive Ugni Blanc Vintage Tenareze Armagnac 750ml
 By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  I just love this product. It has all that one could wish for in an Armagnac. There are interesting and complex fruit flavors, a dry concentrated finish, and subtle notes of earth. This is a chance to try a well-aged Armagnac at a reasonable price.
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Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
 By: Jeff Garneau | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  I think the Ariston Aspasie Carte Blanche Brut was one of the first grower-producer Champagnes I ever purchased from K&L. It remains to this day our best value in Champagne, and a superb introduction to the grower producer (RM) Champagnes. If your usual Champagne experience is Veuve Clicquot or Moet & Chandon, you owe it to yourself to try the Carte Blanche from Paul-Vincent Ariston. With roughly equal parts of the three classic Champagne grapes, and a retail price comfortably south of $30, this is a no-brainer. Open a bottle for no reason in the middle of the week. You'll feel like royalty.
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2010 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
 By: Angie An | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  Amici is a family-owned winery which produces premium quality wines at really good prices. This Cabernet is sourced mostly from Rutherford and you can taste the dark cherry and the famous "Rutherford dust" in this bottle. One of the long-time staff favorites, and I'm confident to say that this wine will out-perform most of the $50+ Cabernets out in the market!

2009 Domaine de Baron'Arques Limoux
 By: Angie An | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  I'm calling this the "mini Mouton of Limoux". This 31-hectare property was purchased by the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her two sons in December 1998, and has been extensively renovated, producing their first vintage in 2003. Just like at all the other properties they own, everything is held to a very high standard here, including hand-picking of the grapes into small, 12-kilogram boxes to keep them whole throughout the process, just as they do at Mouton-Rothschild, Opus One and Almaviva. The blend is 50% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, 10% Grenache, 10% Malbec and 10% Syrah. The winery also won the Bronze medal at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards. This a one serious red packed into a modestly priced bottle; enjoy now (decant if you can) or hold onto it for another 5~10 years!
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Domaine de Baraillon 20 Year Old K&L Exclusive Armagnac 750ml
 By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  A classic beauty that has both elegance and rustic components. It is round and complex with an interesting earthiness that both intrigues and delights. Old style and honest Armagnac.
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2013 Riposte "The Dagger" Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
 By: Ricky Ruvalcaba | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
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  Great food friendly Pinot Noir! Beautiful blooming red flowers, bursting ripe summer berries, and sweet spices. Both easy drinking and easy on the wallet. I say enjoy what's left of summer barbecues with this awesome direct import. Cheers to our buyer for scoring this one for us all.
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2010 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
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  A minute after I had ordered this wine, I knew I’d screwed up. I should have taken all they had, so I wrote back and ordered the rest. The wine is incredible and so worth the price jump from the 2011.
Drink from 2014 to 2024
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2010 Cantina Terlan "Gries" Lagrein
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  The 2010 Cantina Terlan “Gries” Lagrein is a bold red. Lagrein is the varietal, and to me it most resembles a smoky Syrah, full-bodied with a firmer tannic structure. The 2010 is gorgeous to drink right now. I had this wine with some wild boar ravioli, and the gamey flavors went perfectly with the Lagrein. I’m sure you’ll love it too!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
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2013 Riposte "The Dagger" Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  The "Dagger" is a good name for this wine as it has good cut and gets to the point! The bouquet is bright and lifted with raspberry, ripe cherry, earth and a white pepper spice note. On the palate there is fine definition and focus with a fleshy mid-palate and juicy acidity that leads to a long persistent finish. This is a delicious Pinot from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia and great value.
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2010 Sittella Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  Margaret River Cabernet for $20? Wow, this wine surely punches above its weight! The nose is expressive with black currant, blueberry, cassis, violets, light sage and a chocolate note. There are just enough supple silky tannins on the palate to give a more serious edge to the wine which is beautifully balanced and delivers a long finish. Bravo!
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2013 Mount Trio Sauvignon Blanc Great Southern
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  Usually you expect to find Semillon added to Sauvignon Blanc in Western Australia, but not so here. The nose offers notes of lemon-lime pith, crunchy pear and a hint of tarragon. On the palate there are more tropical accents of melon and mango with a fleshy texture. This is all supported by good acidity leading to a long finish. Drink this wine chilled, but not too cold or you'll lose complexity.
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2013 Muddy Water Sauvignon Blanc Waipara Valley
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  This is NOT your average Kiwi SB. First, it's not from Marlborough. Second, it's farmed organically and uses native yeast for fermentation. And third, it's 90% barrel fermented with more neutral than new oak. The bouquet opens with a flinty and leesy note along with more stone fruit character of white peach and nectarine. On the palate there is good weight, with a figgy richness and creamy texture. Good acidity keeps it juicy and long on the finish.
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2011 Domaine de Laidiere Bandol Blanc
 By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
  White Bandols are tricky animals. They are not inexpensive and doesn't usually fit into the crisp and citrusy category of a Sauvignon Blanc or buttery and creamy category of Chardonnay (not that either of those has to specifically be those things). So where does that leave Bandol blanc? Maybe more like a white Rhone? Possibly, but really it is its own thing. These are wines of texture and weight with subtle aromatics. Hints of peach skin, apricot pit but not full-blown fruit flavors. Subtle citrus with a rocky mineral finish. The Laidiere has those things and more. This is a terrific rendition with an almost full body mouthfeel and deft lively brightness on the tongue. It's like a happy medium. Not too heavy, not too light, just right. So where does it fit? I say in my glass.
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