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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

2010 Terre da Vino "La Casa in Collina" Barbaresco
Review Date: 11-4-2014
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The first thing youíre going to think when seeing this offering is that it canít be real or it's flawed wine somehow or another. Well, I know how you feel, I felt the same. Yet this wine is really good at the price, and you want to know why? Well Terre da Vino is a co-op, made up of co-ops; their economy of scale is incredible and because of that they can offer wines at prices way under the market value. I was skeptical, but after tasting this wine I said OK, this is actually really good! The nose is a classic Barbaresco, leather, spice with hints of rose petals and smoke; on the palate the wine is archetypal, the tannins frame the wine on your palate but are supple, sweet yet give the wine that firm edge that says yes this is Barbaresco. This wine is full-bodied but very well balanced good palate weight and a long smooth finish. Try it with your favorite risotto, hopefully with wild mushrooms, pasta with meat based sauces or with braised meats, youíll love this.
Drink from 2014 to 2022
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Fujanera "Arrocco" Nero di Troia
Review Date: 11-4-2014
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Hands down the best Nero di Troia I've had! OK, so what does that mean to you? An indigenous grape to Puglia that has traditionally been blended into other wines, but by itself this wine is Sensational! Wild, spicy aromatics of cedar, rosemary, leather lead into the palate that shows serious palate presence but only at 13% alcohol. Supple and smooth in the mouth but with a soulful rendition of intrigue and terroir. Truly an exceptional wine at the price point. Try it with roasted chicken, tomato based pasta or grilled sausage.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Arnaldo Caprai Rosso di Montefalco
Review Date: 11-4-2014
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This is a bold and spicy Umbrian wine that shows what high quality Sangiovese can do when given a backbone of Sagrantino (15%). Wild cherry aromatics laced with spicy cedar notes, nutmeg, sage and finishes with hints of vanilla. The wine spends a year in big Slavonian oak barrels and then finishes with four months in French oak barriques. Supple, rich and exceedingly well-balanced, this is a superb wine for the price and is the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats or rich, meat sauce pasta.
Drink from 2014 to 2019

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