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Matthew Callahan

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2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia  
Review Date: 10-24-2014
Get in while the gettin's good with this bottle. This is the best Chardonnay deal since we found the Bernier all those years ago. This is fresh, stonefruit-driven, refreshing white wine with character and nuance for $12.99. This is case wine. This is party wine. This is Thanksgiving wine. You roll into the party and people think you spend $25 a bottle because it tastes so darn good. Your secret is safe with us though. Love it.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 FRAM Pinotage Citrusdal Mountain  
Review Date: 10-24-2014
Pinotage that tastes like elegant, well-made Zinfandel or Rioja? Is it just that I've never tasted good pinotage before? I thought it was supposed to be all smokey and gamey and intense. This tastes like high-end Storybook Zin, or Muga Rioja. A total gamechanger for me.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 FRAM Shiraz Swartland  
Review Date: 10-24-2014
Rich and meaty, but never sweet or over the top. I usually avoid Shiraz at the sub-$20 price point because it tends to be too sweet or rich. The Fram is super complex, however, as the fruit soon turns into iron and a gamey note. Fun stuff.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 FRAM Chardonnay Robertson  
Review Date: 10-24-2014
Unbeatable for the money. Everything you want in high-quality, clean, unoaked, fresh, inexpensive Chardonnay. The purity of the mineral notes are almost Chablis-like. A HOT deal.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Montechiara Prosecco DOC  
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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You can't find a better Prosecco at this price point, clean, fresh, crisp so easy to drink with a wonderfully balanced mousse! This is the perfect afternoon refresher or if you love Aperol Spritz this will be your companion mixer! Friends coming over before dinner aperitif, everyone loves a little Prosecchino!
Drink from 2014 to 2015
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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Rich and decadent wine for a pretty cool and challenging vintage. Strict low yields and careful viticulture of this single vineyard Pinot have ensured great quality and power. Dusty forest fruits, dark cherry, hard ground spices, lovely weight and density to the fruit but with elegance and purity. Some exotic French oak barrel notes and toast showing on the back end which is long and full of spice and earth. Kevin's long winemaking pedigree shows here with the new Greywacke project, allowing him to branch out into these smaller single vineyard projects.

2012 Elderton "Estate" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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Amazing precision and poise for such a powerful and concentrated wine. Over the years Barossa wines have suffered much criticism for becoming too big, too extracted, over-ripe and over oaked...none of this is true about this fine effort from Elderton. Despite its immense concentration and depth from 100+ year-old Shiraz vines, the limestone soils, deft use of strictly 600L puncheon barrels and restraint on ripeness levels and extraction means that this wine remains beautifully balanced and proportionate. Hallmark Barossa black fruit, scorched earth, leather and meaty nuances, lovely mid-palate acidity and fine delineated tannin on the long finish. A superb effort from a great South Australian vintage. A serious value at our special price for K&L customers.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2024

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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Bright, juicy, soft, pure fruit. Amazing quality of fruit and balance for this price. Fleshy dark fruit, exotic spices, a touch of crushed mint and cassis from the dash of Cabernet in the blend. You won't believe how good this wine is for the money...don't just take my word for it...try a bottle...the wine speaks for itself!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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Off the charts good for the money...I seriously think this is one of the best value Chards I have come across in my decade in the wine business. Lovely combination of rich orchard fruits, savory lees, flint, stony mineral tones and beautiful persistence and texture on the palate. Lovely ripeness but fresh acidity, bright drive and linear intensity. This is hard to beat even at $20.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2008 Taylor LBV Port   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-22-2014
This filtered LBV is ready to drink now. Its purple hue reflect the nose of enticing violets, blackberries, blueberries, plums and the faintest hint of peat. Its medium-sweet palate is full of dark plums, figs, dates, cocoa, and exotic spices. A beautiful after-dinner drink or for pairing with dessert.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Elderton "Estate" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia  
Review Date: 10-22-2014
There is a fine sense of proportion and balance to this big, brash wine which offers a measure of restraint to the bold fruit. The flavors and aromas of blackberry, plum, pepper, mint, spice and smoke are lifted by fine grained tannins, moderate acid and a persistent limestone infused finish. In today's market for world class wines, this is a screaming value.

Michel Couvreur K&L Exclusive Overaged Peated Malt Whisky 750ml   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-22-2014
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One of the best bottles of "Scotch" I have had in a long while. I have been moving away from peated malts recently...but this bottle has the perfect marriage of smoke and sherry. The malt has a beautiful chewy texture and richness on the palate (perhaps owing to the fact that they don't remove any of the first fill sherry barrel residue before bottling). It is brimming with red forest fruits, sweet rancio tones, wood spice and earthy nuances. A really complete drop and serious value for the money, in my book.
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Russell's Reserve K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #17 Kentucky Bourbon 750ml  
Review Date: 10-22-2014
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Fantastic, simply fantastic. Sometimes that's all that you need to say. With great Bourbon getting so hard to find I'm sure this will be gone soon, too, so grab some while you can.
Top Value!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 10-22-2014
While this attractive charmer may not quite qualify as the "Hunter Pence" of Chardonnays, it does express his buoyant, infectiously-engaging personality and ability to generate hits with its unabashed aromatics and "give-it-your-all" flavors of ripe, luscious peach, glistening apple, creamy pineapple and mouthwatering citrus. It even manages a kiss of oak to balance the vibrant array of orchard fruits. A surefire hit with your base, and one to keep around for all your post-game and holiday celebrations......
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2011 Clos des Fous "Grillos Cantores" Cabernet Sauvignon Alto Cachapoal  
Review Date: 10-22-2014
This is as elegant an everyday-priced Cabernet Sauvignon as I've had from Chile in a while. It's not the most powerful, not the richest, but certainly the most nuanced, layered, and balanced, with classy red fruited aromas and flavors nicely melding with subtle savory goodness and very polished, fine tannins. If you appreciate Cabernet with subtlety and style (not two words I associate often with under $15 Cab!) then this may be a wine to load up on.

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