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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2012 Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
 By: Keith Wollenberg | Review Date: 3/11/2015 | Send Email
  A bit of a wild beast, with exuberant and ripe fruit, and an explosive presence on the palate. An infant, certain to resist being stuffed in a bottle, but what a ride this will be ...

2014 Cognizant Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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  A fantastic first release for this new label (even if I do say so myself...I helped blend it!). What we were searching for here is a really great example of "quintessential" Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. We wanted to capture those bright, bold flavors that put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the map but we wanted to do it with class and authenticity. This wine uses Awatere Valley fruit for its punchy, snappy, flavor profile of lime zest, ripe citrus, tomato leaf and fresh cut herbs. Then in combination with this we blend a portion of some richer, riper fruit from the warmer Wairau Valley. This adds some tropical tones to the fruit and fleshes out the palate. Finally the 20% barrel ferment gives great concentration and excellent texture to the wine. Feedback from our staff and customers has been excellent. The wine has really hit the mark as a crowd pleasing style but with enough complexity to appeal to the more serious NZ wine aficionado.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Proprietary Red
 By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
  The amazing 2012 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Red Wine has just arrived and we couldn't be happier. The wine is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 4% Malbec. The wine is bold and vibrant with incredible purity of fruit. Black and blue fruit with hints of red berry, cassis, graphite and a touch of menthol. Cedar and vanilla wrap around the wine with great fervor. Tannins are very apparent but soft enough to approach this wine in the next couple of years.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart RP 91-  93 BC 0

2009 Trapaud, St-Emilion
 By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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  A delicious value Bordeaux from the great vintage of 2009. Blackberry aromas and flavors. Enjoy now with a hamburger.
Drink from 2015 to 2019
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Walter Hansel "Cahill Lane" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
 By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
  What can you say about a man that makes brilliant wine, year after year, which people adore. That's what Stephen does with the Walter Hansel label. The Cahill Lane is the most tropical of the 2012 Chardonnay. Balanced and well crafted, this is a Chardonnay for all palates.

Sean Thackrey "Pleiades XXIII" Old Vine Red Blend
 By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
  A little of this, a little of that. Throw it all together and you Pleiades. The 23rd version of the famous wine from Sean Thackrey is better than ever. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah.... I'm sure it's all in there. The art is in the blend and Sean Thackrey is a master blender. Enjoy today or 5 years from now. Beautiful.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart ST 92 BC 0

2014 Copain "Tous Ensemble" Anderson Valley Rosé
 By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
  Yet another beautiful Rose' from our friends at Copain. Light pink in color, the wine is bright and fresh with lovely light strawberry and pomegranate. The acidity is lively and the mid palate has a little more flashiness than the 2013. This wine won't be around for long.
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2010 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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  Patrizio Cencioni, Capanna’s owner, is a man of very few words, he lets his wine do the talking for him, he’s the strong, silent type, and you never quite know what’s going on behind his eyes. I wouldn’t play poker with him, yet I’d buy his wine. Capanna is a powerhouse; the nose is an array of wild cherry, chestnut, cinnamon, smoked meats, plum and cocoa. This is a wine with tannic structure yet so in balance it doesn’t really stand out and that is because it is so well balanced, all the pieces line up elegantly. On the palate the wine is a cauldron of molten fruit, spice, and leather and displays an extraordinary density. This is a powerful wine, it has everything, fruit, spice density, palate presence it is a marvel to behold, however this is a wine you’ll need to hold onto for awhile, this isn’t a pretty wine this is a stunningly gorgeous wine that will take a bit of time to take it all in. Drop it in your cellar for another 5-10 years, or if you have anyone you need to gift a Birth year wine for, this is it.
Drink from 2020 to 2040
Price: $46.99 Add To Cart JS 94 BC 0

2010 Chateau de Gourgazaud "Cuvée Tradition" Minervois
 By: Jacques Moreira | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
  Every now and then I taste a wine that takes me right back to the place where it was made. The de Gourgazaud does just that, and the place in question is none else than the beautiful south of France. An array of spices on the nose along black olive tapanade and dark berries. The fruit is framed by medium tannins and an exotic note of "animale". A lot of wine for this price.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie "Cepages d'Antan" Brut Champagne
 By: Kyle Kurani | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
  History in a bottle. I have never had a Champagne made with these grapes, it is truly a walk back in time, and a delicious one at that. I try to find every occasion possible to open this bottle. When the cork is popped this bottle of bubbles is tightly wound, full of chalk and notes of stone and orchard fruit. As is warms up and breaths, the Pinot Blanc starts to shine through, ripe orchard fruits lend weight and depth. A beautiful, almost waxy mouth feel, is balance by an almost saline line of pure minerality running from start to finish. Completely unique, and absolutely stunning.
Price: $99.00 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Mauro Molino "Bricco Luciani" Barolo
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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  Mauro Molino’s Barolo are not overly tannic, they always show more elegance, balance with a supple and drinkable feel to them. The nose is an array of spice, herbs, and flowers with hints of leather and camphor. On the palate his wine is graceful, lush and gives one a sense of ease and grace. The finish shows a bit of tannin but overall the wine is very easy to drink for most Barolo, and an excellent introduction to Nebbiolo.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2009 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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  The 2009 Madonna has all of the classic Valdicava character in the nose, that gamey, sweet earth, wild cherry mélange that is so identifiable for this producer. On the palate the fruit begins to expand and it releases more spice, plum, leather, smoked meats but still that wild cherry shows the way and lengthens it across your palate. The wine is powerful, structured with very fine grain tannin, but the wine’s core of acidity pulls the wine down your tongue where those signature flavors are once more displayed. The finish is supple, long and still shows layers of flavors just piqued by a bit of that very fine grain tannin in the finish, an altogether excellent wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2029
Price: $224.99 Add To Cart RP 95 BC 0

2010 Chateau de Gourgazaud "Cuvée Tradition" Minervois
 By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
  Delightfully classic Minervois with blackberry, currants, black olives and notes of lilacs and garrigue. There is a an underlying sauvage character that says I am old school and not afraid. Tremendous buy for under $12.
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2006 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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  This wine is absolutely stunning so full of wild cherry, a sweet earthy, fresh cut leather, plums, spice just incredible nose. On the palate it is big, long yet shows outstanding balance and length. While there is a fair amount of structure the tannins are very fine grain and add an intriguing background for the rich fruit and spice. The finish is simply superb, a wine for the ages and while you might think this is really expensive, but when you compare it to a First Growth Bordeaux....you're stealing it.
Drink from 2015 to 2036

2009 Aldo Conterno "Colonnello" Barolo
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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  The Colonnello is a little more closed texturally than the Cicala, higher toned plum, rose and spice are in the nose but on the palate the fine grain tannin shows itself and if you're going to drink this now you're going to need a big piece of meat or a big bowl of a very rich risotto. Nevertheless the wine is breathtaking on the palate and in the nose.
Drink from 2017 to 2030

2009 Aldo Conterno "Cicala" Barolo
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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  The wines of Aldo Conterno are always so well balanced, so effortless I can't think of another Barolo that is always so pleasing. The 2009's are a little more foward and approachable but still show the layers of flavors and textural richness of a great Barolo.
Drink from 2015 to 2029

2012 Urbanite Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
 By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
  Carlos Moya of Vinos Unico continues his pursuit of great California wines at fantastic prices. The man who gave you Redart and Amplio now gives you a delicious 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Bright dark fruit balanced with hints of cedar and vanilla. A true bargain in California Cabernet Sauvignon.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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  The nose of this wine is just super elegant, full of rose petals, wild cherry with hints of middle eastern spices. On the palate the wine is lively, fresh and savory all at the same time, the wild cherry turns deeper into plum, smoked meats and leather but always propped up by high toned cherry and rose notes. The finish is just stupendous, so complex, so full, so long, it is hard to choose between these two wines but I like this one just slightly more than the Altero, but both super.
Drink from 2015 to 2030

2010 Poggio Antico "Altero" Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
 By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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  Poggio Antico comes from one of the highest vineyards in Montalcino and the ethereal fragrance in this wine is just amazing. The fruit is a combination of savory wild cherry, hints of leather, spice, smoke and a bit of porcini. On the palate the wine has body, richness but it is the balance and length that stretch out and gives this wine such an elegant mouth feel. The finish just seems to go on and on, so balanced, so flavorful, one of the Best of the vintage.
Drink from 2015 to 2030
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart JS 96 BC 0

2013 Castillo de Monseran Garnacha Cariñena
 By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
  Medium-bodied, it is characterized by fruity notes (cherry and raspberry) and hints of spices and herbs,sort of like a cross between Beaujolais and Bourgeuil. It is mouthwatering and savory. I like to give this a slight chill and pair it with grilled poultry or just sip it on the porch with some salami and salty cheese.
Price: $7.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
 By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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  Massive wine that will age gracefully for 30 more years. Packed with cedar oak and pencil shaving aromas. Cabernet at its best, but if you drink it soon, decant for 2 hours.
Drink from 2020 to 2050

1963 Warre's Vintage Port
 By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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  1963 is the best vintage for Port in the last 52 years. The Warre is sweet and delicious right now. Make sure to decant before serving.
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $249.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2011 Guiraud, Sauternes
 By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
  Guiraud is our biggest selling Sauternes-by far. The 2011 is as good as the great 2001 and 2005. perfect balance of flavors with some citric notes as well as coconut flavors. Will age well for many years.
Drink from 2016 to 2036

2013 David Givaudan "La Bête" Côtes-du-Rhone
 By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
  The wine may be named "la Bete" (the Beast) but it is no over the top style to be certain. Plenty of fresh cherry and strawberry fruit with dried blueberries and thyme. On the palate it begins to unfold with layers of white pepper, tobacco and a touch of sassafras. This is a friendly medium bodied style with old-school restraint. One of my favorite Rhones right now.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Ariston Aspasie Brut Champagne
 By: Kyle Kurani | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
  I cannot get enough of the '08 vintage, an exquisite mixture of sun kissed ripeness and shining acidity. The Aspasie is both generous and vibrant, bready notes, baguette,thick crusted sour dough, coupled with a dense, almost glycerol palate presence. Truly a wine ahead of the pack, something that will reward patience, there is already some in my cellar.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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1999 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart" Brut Champagne
 By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 3/9/2015 | Send Email
  This Champagne is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay and is 1/3 barrel fermented. It is aged for three years on the lees and is dosed at a tiny 3g/l of sugar. It has a pretty white gold color and an incredible bouquet of cream, high quality toast and even some Nutella. It is rich Champagne with plenty of texture, but the very low dosage snaps it right into focus. It has all the complexity one could ask for in a Champagne.

2012 Charles Smith "Boom Boom" Washington Syrah
 By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 3/9/2015 | Send Email
  A knockout Syrah from Charles Smith! This is really drinking well right now. With big, bold juicy fruit and a tiny bit of spice, this is not a Rhone Valley Syrah. Enjoy this wine soon after you purchase it - 2012 was not a bad vintage at all for Washington State Syrah. So next time you are picking up a bottle of Kung Fu Girl, grab a bottle of Boom Boom! and be blown away for less than $20!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Philip Togni "Estate" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
 By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 3/9/2015 | Send Email
  In my top 5 producers of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley, the 2012 is a beautiful medium bodied wine with vibrant blue and black fruit, tobacco, cedar with just a touch of red fruit and vanilla. The wine is young and I would suggest 7-13 years of aging.

Talisker Distiller's Edition Isle of Skye Single Malt Whisky 750ml
 By: James Knight | Review Date: 3/7/2015 | Send Email
  Of all the expressions of Talisker I've enjoyed so far, I believe that this may be my favorite. It's got the ashy peat, the caramel and sherry, and the chili pepper heat. My tasting notes don't record a kippers/smoked fish character, however: more like cream soda, cinnamon spice, and peat that smells like a spaded-up dry lawn, not like the iodine or burning leather like some Islay single malts that you may have tried. If you would like to sniff some smoky peat in your whisky, but don't like it too dry, hot, or ashy, I recommended Talisker, by all means: get both the Talisker 10 and the Distillers for comparison; both are immediately enjoyable on the caramel-sherry, subtle smoky peat and salty sense-of-place spectrum. 2002 version, bottled 2013.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
 By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 3/7/2015 | Send Email
  Love the user friendliness of this producer. The wine is highly pleasurable for the integrity of its fruit and its round, enveloping personality. Clean, mineral notes frame the finish, giving the wine a lovely sense of balance and proportion.

2010 Antinori "Pian delle Vigne" Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
 By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 3/7/2015 | Send Email
  Clean style of Brunello with loads of crushed fruit on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a pretty & smooth finish.

2010 Mastrojanni "Vigna Loreto" Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
 By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 3/7/2015 | Send Email
  A very plummy yet elegant red, with leather and spices on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with a sleek and refined tannin structure and a long finish. Yum !
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart JS 97 BC 0

Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 year old Blended Malt Whisky 750ml
 By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 3/7/2015 | Send Email
  Yes, it's Johnnie Walker, but that doesn't mean it's a blended whisky! The Green label is actually a blended MALT, meaning it's comprised only of single malt whiskies from Diageo's prestigious chain of malt distilleries. Rich, creamy, supple malt flavor, brimming with fruit and soft toffee come strong on the entry. The finish shows a trace of smoke from the addition of Caol Ila to the formula, but it's never more than a whisper. Considering the size and scope of the Green's production, the quality is incredible. I'd easily drink this over a number of pure single malts in the same price range. Great stuff.

Faultline Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml
 By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 3/7/2015 | Send Email
  This is a great choice for those that want a blended Scotch with some smoke that is integrated and fun. It is soft and very easy to drink and enjoy. The Faultline Blended Scotch would be great with soda water.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1996 Tobermory 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml
 By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 3/7/2015 | Send Email
  This is one of the best 18 year old single malts in the store right now. It is a pleasure to drink, offering soft malt flavors with a hint of saltiness. A complex and long finish completes the picture.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Renieri Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
 By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  A Brunello that is very terroir-driven, with lots of earth, minerals & soft fruit. A big steak with this bad boy; drink over the next five years.

2013 Fossil Point Edna Valley Pinot Noir
 By: Scott Beckerley | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
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  This great little Pinot Noir was a serious star in our stores for the 2012 vintage. The good news is that the 2013 is even better! It has tart strawberry fruit and ripe cherry fruit with a light dose of wood to make things interesting. Smooth texture, though the 2013 has brighter acidity on the finish than the 2012 did. This is one of those rarities....inexpensive and delicious California Pinot Noir!
Top Value!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Drappier Charles de Gaulle Brut Champagne
 By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  The Charles de Gaulle might be the best deal in top notch grand marque Champagne at K&L. It is composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and is one of the most leesy, layered powerhouses in the building. If you like wines like the Bollinger vintage and the Pol Roger Winston Churchill, you should definitely try this Champagne. I found it to be very complex, with hazelnut, fine toast and Kimmeridgian minerality all in great balance. The texture and bead are as good as it gets. This is the first batch of this wine that is non-vintage, the last vintage dated Charles de Gaulle was the 2006. I am guessing that this is based on 2007 with reserves, but I don’t know for sure.

2012 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Proprietary Red
 By: Christie Brunick | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  Looking for a perfect balance of power and beauty, a little Cali mixed with a little Bordeaux style, this delivers all the goods. Stunning structure, rich, bold, beautiful classic Cabernet fruit with structure and sweet oak that will keep this wine aging for years to come! To me it's just perfect! Drink while your Eisele Vineyard ages!
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2010 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
 By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  I am giving this two thumbs up ! ROCKIN Brunello, beautifully layered, expressive wine bursting with sweet, ripe strawberries, Vanilla, black cherries intermingled with subtle earth and toasted oak notes, minerals and a hint of bitter chocolate on the finish; round and ripe tannins and a long aftertaste. YUM !!!
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2014 Pipeño Pais "Coronel de Maule" Maule Valley (1.0L)
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  Super cool wine. Old Mission varietals from farmers in the Maule Valley. This wine is full of brambly fruit, spice, blacker fruit edges and notes of charred meat. Lovely soft, juicy palate and moderate acidity. A great option for drinking something out of the norm (read, interesting for wine geeks) but still very crowd-pleasing for just about any palate. Great value, especially in the liter bottle!
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2010 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
 By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  Gioberto Zannoni and his son Angelo have hit another one out of the ballpark with this vintage. Gorgeous core of perfumed ripe fruit, plum, cassis and kirsch, some leather and cola mid-palate and earthiness that melds into bitter cocoa powder, spices and minerals on the finish. Lush, and flows across your palate, long finish--just WOW! This is a classic 2010 Brunello, and needs HOURS to open up or some years of aging.

Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon 375ml
 By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  What a shock this was! I've always found the standard makers to be a bit on the sweet side, but this new cask strength version is just perfect. Very close to some of the excellent old wheaters of days passed. No Old Fitz, No Pappy, no Weller, no problem! Grab these while they're here cause we've got no limit and no telling when we'll get more.
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2012 Bodegas Chacra Pinot Noir "Cincuenta y Cinco" Rio Negro
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
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  I applaud Joe's work (and confidence) to bring this wine in. Sure we don't have a huge market for $50 Chilean Pinot...but this wine is sure worth every penny. Lovely brooding, savory nose with damp earth, dark fruit...I thought quite Chambertin like. The wine has beautiful texture, ultra fine tannins and plenty of well proportioned texture on the palate. On the finish the vine age (planted 1955) really shows through with more savory earth / mineral tones. Very well executed Pinot Noir.
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2010 Tenuta del Cerro (La Poderina) Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
 By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  This is old world Sangiovese with lots of fruit, ripe blueberries, flowers and red raspberries, earthy with Tuscan dust and minerals, and soft acidity and well balanced tannins and sweet wood and beautiful viscosity. This can keep for several years in the cellar or I would let it open for three to four hours. A must have for 2010 Brunelli,
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2011 Clos des Fous "Grillos Cantores" Cabernet Sauvignon Alto Cachapoal
 By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  Serious Cabernet for the money. Packed full of dark fruit, blackcurrant, graphite and hints of new leather. The mid palate is plush and soft, but in the finish there are some nice grippy tannins that elongate the wine. Excellent value for money.
Top Value!

2013 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Blanco Rioja
 By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  A great Rioja Blanco from Pedro Martinez! This is crisp, dry and is showing great fruit with a balanced acidity. If you drink Riojas and want to try something new during this beautiful weather we have been enjoying...get a bottle at $9.99!
Top Value!
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Lamoureux Rosé des Riceys
 By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  This still, 100% Pinot Noir rose is made in tiny quantities in the town of Riceys in the heart of the Aube department. This manages to have both the bright, tannin free high tones of cool climate rose and the fuller, darker cherry fruit of a near-red Pinot Noir. This is an absolute must try for any complete imbiber of the wines of the Champagne region. To quote a great customer, it is a “Unicorn Wine”.
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Drappier Rose Brut Champagne
 By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  This all Pinot Noir Champagne is made with a three day long maceration, rather than more common method of adding red wine for color and flavor. It is vinified in only stainless steel vats and moved by gravity to avoid oxygen and preserve freshness, and dosed at a fairly low 7g/l. This Champagne has a wild nose with plenty of black cherry Pinot authority and savor. In the mouth it is spicy, extroverted and fresh.

Drappier Carte d'Or Brut Champagne
 By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
  This Champagne is composed of 75% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay and 10% Meunier with about 5% barrel aged reserve wines in the blend. The fruit comes almost exclusively from the Aube department. I found the wine to have an explosive nose, with clean aromas of baguette and nectarine. This is an extraordinary negociant bottling, on the level of Louis Roederer or Bollinger in quality, but with a style all its own. In the mouth the Carte d’Or has red maraschino cherry from the generous use of Pinot, and an almost Chablis like minerality on the finish. It balances richness, detail and freshness perfectly. Don’t miss trying this one.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

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