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2012 Filippi "Castelcerino" Soave Colli Scaligeri
Review Date: 11-25-2014
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This is an incredible wine, grown in volcanic soil and partially macerated on the skins. That skin contact adds a tremendous flavor boost, like Granny Smith apple skins on steroids, yet balance with superb acidity and minerality. The wine has weight, complexity, intense flavors and a sensational finish. Long, powerful and something you won't soon forget. Have it with grilled sea bass or lobster, it's an experience.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana
Review Date: 11-25-2014
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After an initial bit of bottle shock upon release this wine has finally come into balance! If you are a fan of Bordeaux or California Cabernet this wine is more similar to them than other Italian Bordeaux blends. The nose if full of blackberry, currant with hints of vanilla and on the palate the 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot blend gives a powerful impression. Layers of fruit, spice, and earth with a smooth and supple texture give this wine a balanced, long but luscious finish. Aged for 18 months in 80% new French oak barriques this wine can surely age for another decade plus but is still very drinkable now.
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2010 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 11-24-2014
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This wine took me by surprise but it needed an equipment change suggested by my dining companion to fulfill its promise. It being Sangiovese-based, I went to my tried-and-true Chianti/Zin glass but this wine struggled--it was tannic and awkward. But switching to a Cabernet/Bordeaux glass opened up this wine's depth and smoothed out the tannins. Layers of spice, dark fruit and leather just flow from the glass and on the palate; the richness and concentrated character adds real length and concentration. Drinking well now, but still capable of aging another decade! Try it with a grilled rib-eye drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
Drink from 2014 to 2022

2013 Blason Friulano Isonzo
Review Date: 11-20-2014
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Giovanni Blason is a dynamo. His small winery on the extreme eastern edge of Italy produces about 3,000 cases annually and Giovanni, with the help of his consulting enologist Andrea Rossi, is producing wines of outstanding quality for bargain prices. His wines have received high marks from Italian critics. I Friulano, this is the Friulian national drink I love the freshness this wine has, the crisp minerality, the hint of tarragon in the finish, lively and fresh on the palate. Sprightly and nicely acidic, it is also somehow creamy with peach and apricot notes and a hint of clover honey on the end. No oak here, thank you. It is so refreshing and sensationally balanced, crisp and refreshing. Enjoy it with sautéed red snapper, grilled vegetables or with some Frico! Frico is fried Montasio cheese that crisps up and is absolutely delicious! (Greg St Clair, K&L Italian buyer):
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart GR 2 BC 0

2012 Erik Banti "Carato" Toscana
Review Date: 11-18-2014
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Erik Bantiís Carato is a Mini Super Tuscan! Itís a blend of 75% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 10% Ciliegiolo aged for 10 months in oak barrels and is just delicious. The wine tastes like it should cost much more, full, smooth, flavorful with excellent balance. A K&L Direct Import that offers you extraordinary value, and at this price you will be saying--Wow!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $7.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Majo di Norante "Contado" Riserva Aglianico di Molise
Review Date: 11-18-2014
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Aglianico is a big, bold powerful grape and in Majo Noranteís Contado Riserva you get a real mouthful for the price. Smokey, earthy nose that seems to deepen as it escapes the glass, full of dense fruit and hints of vanillin. On the palate this wine is powerful, structured and decisive; layers of flavor explode across your tongue and leave you saying holy wow. The wine finishes with a bit of a reassuring grip long lasting flavors. This wine comes from one of Italyís least know Regions called Molise, itís on the Adriatic side of the peninsula between Abruzzo and Puglia.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

Bibi Graetz "Casamatta" Toscana
Review Date: 11-18-2014
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Hard to imagine that you can get such good quality at this price but yes you can! One of the ways is to make a multi vintage blend (non vintage sounds so passé) like this one where one vintageís lesser characteristics can actually balance out anotherís. This wine is full of bold cherry and plum fruit, with lots of soft fleshy richness on the palate, just a wonderful drinking wine! Try it with your favorite pizza, or sausage and pepper pasta.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2008 Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture "Gudarrŗ"
Review Date: 11-18-2014
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I love this wineís complexity, layers of wild brush, smoke, truffle, tar, saddle leather and big bold plumy fruit. Aglianico is a powerhouse grape and the wines that come from Vulture, in Basilicata (the instep of the boot) have origins that come from an ancient volcano and that soil lifts and brightens this tannic variety into a superbly balanced and delicious wine. While definitely having a tannic signature this wine has such great balance that it is really drinking well right now and will age well for another 5-8 years. This is a wine that is perfect for braised meats or hearty pasta dishes.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2012 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 11-17-2014
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The desire to call Sesta's 2012 Rosso a "baby" Brunello is really coursing through my veins, as much as I don't like to use the phrase, but man this wine is something. This wine so complete, with such depth of flavor, so much fruit and such perfect balance; it is stunningly good for the price and remarkably drinkable now, although I'll be aging a six-pack myself for another few years. If you're new to Brunello, this is a great wine to get familiar with the region at a really good price.
Drink from 2014 to 2022
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2013 Fujanera "Bellalma" Falanghina Puglia
Review Date: 11-17-2014
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This 100% Falanghina is delicious, it's fermented in stainless steel, and then kept on its lees for two months before being bottled. The nose is a complex perfume of elderflowers and white peach, with a bit of crushed stone that is couched in a med-full body, and it has a long and decidedly refreshing finish. Perfect with Crab or just by itself!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Erik Banti "Carato" Toscana (1.5L)
Review Date: 11-17-2014
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2012 Erik Banti Carato Toscana IGT $7.99 Erik Bantiís Carato is a Mini Super Tuscan! Itís a blend of 75% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 10% Ciliegiolo aged for 10 months in oak barrels and is just delicious. The wine tastes like it should cost much more, full, smooth, flavorful with excellent balance. A K&L Direct Import that offers you extraordinary value, and at this price you will be saying Wow!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Blason Pinot Grigio Isonzo (1L)
Review Date: 11-17-2014
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Giovanni Blasonís tiny winery is only 10 miles from Italyís eastern border with Slovenia, and here he produces excellent wines for bargain prices! This 2013 vintage was Giovanni's best Pinot Grigio so far, the richness, complexity and balance. This wine recived 2 Glasses in Italy's #1 wine reviewer Gambero Rosso with an additional indication for its unbelievable price to quality ratio. This wine sees no oak treatment just some gentle lees stirring to add a bit of richness. Your holiday go to Pinot Grigio for sure!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-11-2014
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I've sometimes found ABC's wines just a bit lean in their striving for a more Burgundian approach to California wine, and for that I applaud them, but there's something to be said for full flavored California Pinot, and I think with this wine they've done both. There is an extra level of textural pleasure on the palate that one doesn't usually get in ABC but it still has excellent length and that wild touch of complexity that makes it so ABC. Wonderful wine; you should definitely buy this wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Brewer-Clifton/K&L Wine Merchants "B-C. Kessler-Haak Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-11-2014
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One of the best wines I've had from Brewer-Clifton, slightly more reserved, less of the opulent fruit and more complexity. This wine has superb balance, great length and makes a bold statement of flavor, just not over-ripe! Great to drink now, this might end up on my Thanksgiving table for those Pinot lovers.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana (3.0L)
Review Date: 11-11-2014
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La Massaís flagship wine is a powerful, complex and overtly flavorful wine. On the palate its texture is supple yet balanced and well structured and it is eminently drinkable. It shows a density for wines in this price range that is astounding. Yet while the density is obvious it still shows a lively energy. This is no couch potato of a wine; it is vibrant, fresh and has a superb finish. Plus this is easy drinking on its own!
Drink from 2014 to 2018

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