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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2013 Sittella Verdelho Swan Valley Western Australia
 By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
  Serious wine lovers should take note of this extraordinary and very serious Swan Valley Verdelho from Sittella. Out of 33 wines from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in our staff tasting, I thought this was the most compelling. Be prepared--it is a high acid style and the last thing I would recommend for folks who prefer buttery, soft whites. I reminds me very much of the best, old vine Aligotes from Burgundy with its concentration, high-toned fruit and laser-like focus... All it needs is some oysters!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JH 92 BC 0

2010 Scali "Kalkis Vineyard" Pinotage Paarl
 By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
  This is hands-down the finest expression of this varietal I have ever tasted. This smells like a clean, classy N. Rhone Syrah with its sweet, dark raspberry fruit, spice and iron minerality on the finish. This is sophisticated, perfectly proportioned and delicious. If you hate Pinotage or love Pinotage or have never tasted Pinotage, do yourself a favor and try this tonight.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Mount Langi Ghiran "Billi Billi" Shiraz Grampians Victoria
 By: Shaun Green | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
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  Another great deal, perfect for summertime grilling & parties. Beautiful berried Syrah, fresh and juicy with surprising structure for a wine at this price. A bit of spice and mouthwatering acidity round it out for a great overall package.
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Price: $9.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

2006 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
 By: Scott Beckerley | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
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  Ripe nose of fragrant white flowers, stone fruits and almonds. Light and delicate and soft on the palate. Rich and smooth, with a very small bead. Long finish. Quite drinkable now but, should age very well in the cellar. Should be available over the course of a year from now. Like the 2005, this one is rarin' to go right out of the chute.

2012 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Pinot Noir Waipara
 By: Scott Beckerley | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
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  I just tasted this today (8/19) with Ryan Woodhouse, our Australia, New Zealand and South Africa buyer. It is quite stunning and is a step away from the usual style of NZ Pinot Noir. This is a riper effort with full, fairly lush red fruits and an amazing finish. Dark cherry fruit with balancing acidity makes this Pinot more substantial than many from the area. It is NOT, however, over-extracted or sweet. It IS a very drinkable, mouthfilling wine that will be just fine by itself or with a nice roasted chicken. Don't miss out on this one, as production is fairly small.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 96 JS 93

2011 Framingham "Classic" Riesling Marlborough
 By: Sal Rodriguez | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
  Classic is right in the name. This is the complete Riesling! It's got the typical nose that belies its tasty, youthful profile. It has the fruit - but not too much. It has the acidity - but not too much. It has the sweetness - but it's not too much. In a word - balance! I've had the chance to taste some very tasty Rieslings from some of the best growers, and this bottle is making me reconsider how much a delicious Riesling has to cost. I don't expect this to last long!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Framingham Pinot Noir Marlborough
 By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
  Today's staff tasting was full of some of the best values in Pinot Noir I have tasted in a long time. The Framingham was one of the stars of the day. This big, spicy bacon and maple, ripe black fruit Pinot showed that their is more than just subtle style being made in Marlborough. If you like the wines of Santa Lucia, but are open to spending $25 instead of $50, you should check this big, charming Pinot out!
Top Value!

2013 Spring Vale Estate "Melrose Vineyard" Pinot Noir Tasmania
 By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
  Most of the time, when Pinot Noir is under $20, we only hope that it is red, wet and tastes OK. This Tasmanian wine from Springvale Vineyards breaks the price barrier with very good quality, generous, beet and cherry aromatics as well as good weight and fruit on the palate. A must try for Pinot Noir lovers looking for everyday wine!
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Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Sittella Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Margaret River Western Australia
 By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
  This clean, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon blend from Margaret River in Western Australia offers incredible value. The Sittella is very poised, light bodied exceptionally long finishing. I loved the subtle honeyed notes and poised texture and can't wait to server it with a lobster roll or just by itself!
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Riposte "The Dagger" Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
 By: Amy Monroe | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
  Who knew sub-$20 Pinot Noir could taste this good? Cherry, vanilla, and just a hint of mint. A surefire crowd-pleaser that's perfect for your next dinner party.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

2012 Pisa Range Estate "Black Poplar Block" Pinot Noir Central Otago
 By: Amy Monroe | Review Date: 8/19/2014 | Send Email
  From the world's southernmost winegrowing region comes an exceptional effort in Pinot Noir that is not to be missed. Violet, black cherry, plum, a hint of minerality, and an amazing texture. If you can keep your hands off it, this is a wine that will be doubly rewarding after a few years in the cellar. If you can't, give it a splash in a decanter, and then prepare to be impressed.

2013 Spring Vale Estate "Melrose Vineyard" Pinot Noir Tasmania
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/18/2014 | Send Email
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  Super cool Pinot Noir from Tasmania. Very elegant, bright and juicy. Lovely, fine, soft structure. Pure fruit, sweet spice and a sprinkle of dusty earth. A perfect wine for lighter dishes when you still feel like a glass of red. For grilled salmon, chicken etc. Super easy-drinking and the price is spot-on for everyday enjoyment. I will be drinking this wine regularly this summer / fall. An exciting (and excellent value) first direct import from Tasmania!
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Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1988 Domaine de Baraillon 26 Year Old K&L Exclusive Folle Blanche Armagnac 750ml
 By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 8/18/2014 | Send Email
  Excellent classic Armagnac that is authentic and special. It has nice fruit flavors with a wonderful rustic earthiness. The finish is long and interesting.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Pisa Range Estate "Black Poplar Block" Pinot Noir Central Otago
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/17/2014 | Send Email
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  Profound Pinot. Very deep and layered. Starts out with its quite beautiful bright purple / red color and vivid hues. The nose is haunting with spiced violets, thyme, black cherry compote and crushed slate. On the palate the wine is rich and energetic. Layers of dark berries, black cherry, damson plum, and toasted spices. Under all of these flavors is a fascinating vein of raw minerality and slightly wild bramble character. Plenty metamorphic soil qualities showing here in flavor and texture. Despite being quite concentrated and powerful there is nothing heavy or highly extracted about the wines, it is not viscous on the palate but rather lithe and dynamic. This wine again shows the incredible quality to be found in the 2012 Central Otago Pinots. Many believe it is the best vintage ever for the region and after glass of wine like this I can see why!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2012 Mount Trio Estate Riesling Porongurup Western Australia
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/16/2014 | Send Email
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  Limey, juicy, floral and fresh. Lovely pure, dry Riesling. Tons of citrus flavors, preserved lemon, marmalade laced with stoney minerals and white blossom. Real drive and presence on the palate with med+ acidity and a mouthwatering finish. Exceptional value in Riesling. This wine just makes me wonder more than ever why Riesling isn't very popular...I could drink this every night! It also shows how this region is producing some of Australia's most exciting aromatic whites.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2011 Mount Trio Estate Shiraz Porongurup Western Australia
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/16/2014 | Send Email
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  Rich, ripe, juicy Shiraz with wonderfully bright aromatics and tons of soft fleshy mid palate weight. Quite a fruit driven style but with lovely savory / earthy nuances to keep it varietally correct and not moving into "fruit bomb" territory. Big, bold flavors but with ample balance and freshness. Asian spices show on the finish that is long and silky. This is sure to be a hit and won't last long.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2013 Mount Trio Sauvignon Blanc Great Southern
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/16/2014 | Send Email
  Fresh, juicy, crisp Sauvignon Blanc at a stunning price. Citrus, white florals, lemon grass and fresh crushed herbs. Super refreshing, crisp and dry. A great everyday white that is perfect with seafood, spicy cuisine or just by itself! Exceptional value.
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Price: $11.99 Add To Cart JH 92 BC 0

2012 Lambuena Roble "4 Meses en Barrica" Ribera del Duero
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 8/15/2014 | Send Email
  I've been saying it for the past seven years: red wine value is centered in Spain. Obviously, there is more to wine than just the flavor. There's intrigue, history, legendary vineyard sites, etc. But there's something to be said for just a great wine at a great price, and with the Lambuena, you're not sacrificing any of the above mentioned characteristics. Lambuena's fruit is grown in one of the best terroir locations in the Ribera del Duero, they add a touch of Merlot, a al Vega Sicilia, and the fruit is bio-dynamically grown. And, again, it's juicy, delicious, deep, and engrossing, and it's $12.99.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
 By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 8/14/2014 | Send Email
  The Louis Roederer Cristal is a famous Champagne, and deserves to be an even more famous wine. This all estate grown Champagne comes from fifty hectares of the chalkiest, oldest vine sites on Roederer's 240 hectare estate. They farm these vineyards especially for Cristal, restricting the yields, and for many of the plots farming organically. This 2006 reminds me very much of the 2002 when it was this age; creamy and very mineral at once. It manages to have a full body and retain an extraordinary chalky freshness--I think this will be one of the greats.
Drink from 2014 to 2056

2008 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
 By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 8/14/2014 | Send Email
  This entirely estate grown Champagne comes from Avize, Mesnil and Cramant and is harvested riper than most. It sees about 25% wood fermentation, and is made at a lower pressure, about 4 atmospheres, than most Champagne. This is the smallest production wine from Champagne Louis Roederer, and the 2008 is very special, with extraordinary, voluminous white flower and baguette aromas. The wine has a perfect texture and bead, and the finish that one would expect from one of the best and highest acid vintages in a generation. It is long, serious stuff!
Drink from 2014 to 2048
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame-Silhouette Box" Brut Champagne
 By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 8/14/2014 | Send Email
  This is exceptional stuff, made entirely from Grand Cru vineyards, and from a vintage that we have not seen the likes of since 1988, or after 2004. It is composed of 61% Pinot Noir from Ay, Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy and 39% Chardonnay from Avize, Oger and Mesnil. It has a lovely hazelnut nose, with high quality croissant toast, and a clean, long, crisp impression on the palate. This will be great for a special occasion tonight, or for many, many years to come.
Drink from 2014 to 2029

2013 Shoofly Wines Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/13/2014 | Send Email
  Remarkable value Pinot! It's very hard to find solid Pinot Noir in the sub-$20 zone, let alone the sub-$10! Easy juicy fruit, lots of fruit, spice, subtle smoky, earthy characters that make this undeniably Pinot Noir (something that can't be said for all wines in this price point)! It also shows its Yarra Valley heritage with elegant structure and cool profile fruit. I have no idea how these guys make such solid wines from premium growing areas like Yarra and get them on the shelf for $9.99. This is a total no-brainer.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2013 Zudugarai "Amats" Getariako Txakolina
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 8/13/2014 | Send Email
  Serious props are in order to Mikel and his crew at Zudugarai, for organically producing a delicious, thirst quenching, picture perfect Txakoli in a very challenging 2013 vintage. With production down significantly, and demand every bit as strong locally, Zudugarai still maintained their pricing, which means that we can do the same and once again offer to you one of the tastiest, most gulpable dry whites around for a price that is much lower than most other Txakoli. Buy it by the case, which now that I think of it is only 6 bottles so better make it two!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
 By: Leah Greenstein | Review Date: 8/13/2014 | Send Email
  This beauty is young, but it's already enticing and well-knit. Sanguine, plummy, with black cherry fruit on the nose. This is ripe, but not overripe, with lovely lift and tension. One of my favorite 2010s.

2010 des Annereaux, Lalande-de-Pomerol
 By: Leah Greenstein | Review Date: 8/13/2014 | Send Email
  Fresh, affordable Bordeaux that's made from organically grown grapes to boot? Sign me up! We tasted some pretty high-class wine today, but this $20 gem was one of my favorites. Its Cabernet Franc component shines through on the nose, which also displays incredibly pretty strawberry and raspberry fruit, chocolate and tobacco notes, which carry over to the palate and grow darker. Good acidity, well-integrated tannins. Really delightful.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Nr.3 Bergblokke" Sauvignon Blanc Sondagskloof
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
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  The best value for money white wine in the store! Fantastic Savvy with perfect balance and multiple layers of complexity. Fresh, juicy, bright, brimming with fruit and minerality. Easy to drink party wine but with tons of depth and persistence if you want something a bit more engaging. Winemaker Bartho Eksteen is truly a master of this varietal and our direct import means the price is ridiculously low. Please don't be put off by how inexpensive this wine is--it's the real deal. From steep mountainside vineyards and blended with a touch of Sémillon to give texture and power. I don't know another bottle of wine that gives so much interest for such little cash.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Nr.7" Sauvignon Blanc Sondagskloof
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
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  Another awesome expression of Sauvignon Blanc from Mr. Eksteen. The Nr.7 is his more herbaceous, mineral driven style...made in a very Sancerre-esque way. Tons of stoney minerality, crushed herbs, tomato leaf and citrus peel. Excellent wine for shellfish. Lovely, precise acidity and drive on the palate. A beautiful, more focused and restrained expression of the varietal.
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
 By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
  Dark crimson with hints of violet color. Wow... Tobacco, mushroom, cocoa, along with dark cherries and berries and sure enough...earth! On the palate, all of that, with black olives and cocoa more pronounced. The tannins and acidity are very much present without any sign of harshness. On the contrary, this wine is refined and elegant, surely showing the pedigree of a very classy 2nd wine from a classified cru.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2013 Sittella Verdelho Swan Valley Western Australia
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
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  Something different and super tasty. This great Verdelho from Sittella combines the richness of the varietal with great purity and freshness. This grape can easily get overripe and lose definition but skilled winemaker Colby Quirk has mastered it with this great bottle. Rich stone fruit and round, soft texture but with just enough zesty edges to keep it bright and refreshing. Really interesting wine from an up-and-coming talent in Swan Valley.
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JH 92 BC 0

2013 Sittella Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Margaret River Western Australia
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
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  Fresh, pure, crisp with lots of drive and length on the palate. Margaret River really excels with this classic white Bordeaux style blend and I love Sittella's rendition! Just-squeezed Mandarin and citrus peel, fresh cut herbs, stony mineral tones and a whisper of savory lees. Really punchy, vibrant wine, very easy to quaff!
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Sittella Shiraz / Grenache / Tempranillo Swan Valley Western Australia
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
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  Interesting wine with lovely precision and brightness. Lots of spicy, bramble fruit and forest berries. Medium bodied and perhaps surprisingly elegant for what is undoubtedly quite a warm region. Once again showcasing winemaker Colby's ability to craft wines with power and concentration without making them clumsy or over-extracted. Châteauneuf-du-Pape meets Rioja...with a juicy, pure Aussie edge.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Sittella Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
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  Classic Margaret River Cab. Black and blue fruit. Cassis, blackcurrant, plum with overtones of tobacco, bittersweet chocolate and crushed mint. Juicy, ripe tannins that have softened nicely with time in bottle. Lovely full bodied, polished Cab for a super reasonable price.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Oakridge 864 Single Block Series "Guerin Block 4" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
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  Exceptional Pinot Noir. Perfect varietal correctness, wonderful elegance, purity and layers of complexity on the palate. Floral, spicy perfumed nose with savory earthy tones underpinning the freshness of the fruit. Silky, supple texture, ultra-fine tannins. Ripe, small forest berries, dusty spices, clove, pine bark, nutmeg. A medium bodied wine (as Pinot should be in my opinion) that is feminine and elegant on the palate with layers of nuance and depth and the potential to improve over the next decade-plus.
Drink from 2014 to 2025

2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "Guerin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
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  Wow! I can see why a block was chosen from this vineyard to be Oakridge's prestigious 864 Single Block in 2012. A remarkably attractive Pinot with a super-pure, ripe berry fruit nose. Baking spices, dry leaves, subtle oak touches and dusty earth. Such a fragrant wine, a true Pinot bouquet. On the palate the wine matches up: Ripe berries in the dark red fruit spectrum, clove, subtle cinnamon stick, warm earth and new leather. A tight core of minerality adds another dimension on the finish that is fresh with lovely bright acidity. Beautiful, elegant Pinot, designed with food in mind, remarkable restraint and purity.
Top Value!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "Oakridge/Whitsend Vineyard" Shiraz Yarra Valley
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
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  Such an exciting expression of really cool climate Aussie Shiraz. I think in a blind tasting this would have pretty much everyone thinking: Northern Rhone. Peppercorn-rubbed red meat, violets and clove come forth on the nose. The palate is savory and brooding. Freshly crushed black fruits, some red, almost raspberry nuances sneak in along with more cracked black pepper, garrigue, thyme and warm dark earth. The wine has that lovely meaty / gamey edge that I just can't get enough of in Syrah / Shiraz.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Veramonte "Ritual" Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley
 By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
  Bright, juicy red cherry, cassis, strawberry and black currant. Medium-plus acidity and soft tannin. So drinkable! Fabulous with burgers, BBQ ribs, salmon, grilled chicken or even just to start your cocktail hour, this fun little Pinot is a guaranteed hit at your next party!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2012 Kerrigan + Berry Riesling Mt Barker Western Australia
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
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  Super racy, mineral-infused dry Riesling. Linear, focused and super zesty. Lovely bright acidity, real depth of flavor from the old vines. Amazing wine for shellfish. Will age for a decade plus.

2010 Mount Langi Ghiran "Billi Billi" Shiraz Grampians Victoria
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
  The Billi Billi is a screaming deal for $10! The bouquet is packed with dark plum, blackberry, blueberry, violets and a hint of chocolate. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied with good balancing acidity keeping it bright, fresh and juicy. The perfect house red to keep on hand. Buy a case!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

2013 Shoofly Wines Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 8/12/2014 | Send Email
  In Australia there are just three major regions that are known for producing Pinot Noir: the Mornington Peninsula, Tasmania and Yarra Valley. So, $10 for Yarra Valley Pinot is pretty crazy. The nose is bright and lifted, with raspberry, cherry, earth, dried tangerine peel, spice and a hint of minerals. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied with supple, silky tannins and good length. This is a super value for a daily drinking Pinot Noir. If you're a fan of California's Rickshaw or Angeline, you've got to give this a try.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2009 Kerrigan + Berry Cabernet Sauvignon Western Australia
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/11/2014 | Send Email
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  Short and sweet...one of the best bottles of Cabernet I have had in quite sometime. Pure, rich, layered and with precise balance and wonderful length.
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "d'Aloisio Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/10/2014 | Send Email
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  Classic Oakridge. Focus, drive, precision and ethereal texture. From the d'Aloisio vineyard, this wine shows a little more breath and generosity than some of the other SVS wines. The acid line is touch less firm and the fruit profile riper and slightly rounder. All of this is relative of course as winemaker David Bicknell crafts all of the Oakridge wines with linear persistence and restraint as his guiding mantra. Tastes like great white Burgundy...and will cellar like one too! The low pricing is reflective of our direct import deal cutting out all middle men. This is very serious Chardonnay.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2024

Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
 By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 8/7/2014 | Send Email
  The Bruno Michel wines always deliver, but the "Blanche" with 6 years on the lees will surely please. The bouquet shows toasty baked apple with hints of nutmeg spice and ginger. On the palate the wine has a rich and creamy mid-palate with refreshing acidity and a persistent, long finish. Great bubbles, with that kind of lees age, for $35? Yeah, buddy!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja
 By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 8/7/2014 | Send Email
  The juicy goodness that is Miguel Merino wine just keeps on comin'! Red plum, cassis, and blackberry with notes of meat and game. Elegantly integrated oak and tannin with balanced medium plus acidity. A really lovely wine from Miguel Merino, who continues to demonstrate that his wines can age with the subtle grace of the best of Rioja.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Zudugarai "Amats" Getariako Txakolina
 By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 8/7/2014 | Send Email
  Our friends at Zudugarai Amats bring it again! Zippy freshness with a hint of fizz and low alcohol- delish! Lime zest, mineral, green pear with a lively acidity that makes me reach for the bottle to pour another glass. It's time to kick off your shoes, break out the aged Manchego, olives and Marcona almonds, grab a glass, and hit the patio- it's Txak-O'Clock somewhere!
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Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 8/7/2014 | Send Email
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  I absolutely love this wine's complex and traditional flavors but what really excites me is its supple nature. Still the classic length but wrapped in a richly textured wild fruit compote that balances that structure perfectly. The balance between the spice, leather, earth and that beautiful fruit is simply magnificent and to get it for this price is amazing. Although I think I could drink this wine on its own I'd suggest grilled meats or some aged Manchego.
Drink from 2014 to 2021
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruno Michel "Les Roses" Brut Rosé Champagne
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 8/6/2014 | Send Email
  This is not a casual sipping rosé! On various occasions, I have enjoyed this and have it come across as rich and satisfying, or brooding and spicy, on one occasion I think I recall my tasting notes saying "good 1er cru Nuit-St-Georges with bubbles." However you describe it, you cannot argue against this being an intensely flavored, highly original Champagne with real personality.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja
 By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 8/6/2014 | Send Email
  Though he is no pilot, I often hear our friend, gifted winery director and noted Rioja Raconteur, Miguel Merino speak of "cruise altitude" in his Riojas. What Miguel means is the moment at which point a wine starts developing real interest and a keen sense of balance between fruit, tannins and complex flavor development. This 2006 Vitola, to throw some Spanglish your way, está en plena "cruise altitude!" Awesome wine; I suggest you try some.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Michel Loriot "Palmyre" Brut Nature Champagne
 By: Keith Wollenberg | Review Date: 8/6/2014 | Send Email
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  Ok, if you are a fan of complex Champagne and on a budget, your ship just came in. This is a Brut Nature, but it avoids that lean and mean character, thanks to the ripe estate fruit selected for this cuvee. It has that rich and slightly gamy character I love in Meunier, coupled with the bright focus of Chardonnay. If you think of Champagne as an aperitif, consider trying this with a roasted whitefish such as halibut, and see why it is the perfect accompaniment to a meal.
Top Value!
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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
 By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 8/6/2014 | Send Email
  This 50% Chardonnay 50% Pinot Meunier blend, which is aged over four years on the lees, remains one of my all-time favorite Champagnes we stock here at K&L. This dry bubbly is rich and full with wonderful sweetness to the spiced apple fruit. The finish is so long, complex and persistent you will compare it to bottles costing three to four times as much. Super quality and super bang for the buck here.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne (previously Cuvee Reserve)
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/6/2014 | Send Email
  Exceptional quality for the money. Remarkably soft and elegant considering that the wine goes through no malo. Ripe orchard fruit and some softer stone fruit elements. Creamy lees texture and great persistence on the palate. One of our best values in all of Champagne.
Top Value!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

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