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Shaun Green

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2011 Chalone Vineyard Monterey County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 12-3-2013
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Hot on the heels of our fantastic Chalone Chardonnay deal, this Pinot from Chalone is seriously the absolute best deal in Pinot I've seen in a very long time. Soft and pretty and completely correct Pinot Noir. Just a touch of spice complimenting the crisp red fruits and a gentle smooth palate feel. Just in time for the 2013 Holiday Season and the perfect wine for gatherings that require a bit more budgeting.
Drink from 2013 to 2015
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2011 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana
Review Date: 10-23-2013
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Wow! What a deal in a rich modern Super Tuscan. This is a super unctuous, wonderfully deep fruited Sangiovese based beauty with a lovely modern character. It's the Caymus Special Select of Tuscan Sangiovese blends! Nicely layered and smooth on the palate with blackberry, blueberry and black plum fruits with a little touch of smoke and savory to tell you its origin. It drinks too well right now to convince anyone to save much, but will be fine with a few years too. Big points, little price, delicious wine - you can't go wrong.
Drink from 2013 to 2020

2005 Launois "Spécial Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 10-15-2013
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The Launois 'Special Club' has regularly been a giant hit with our staff and customers alike and the 2005 is right in line. A bit richer than the 2004, it's really showing its old vine source (50+ year old vines)Fantastic creamy richness even right from the start and a long vanilla and nut cream component on the palate. Lots of brioche and a wonderful expression of its 100% Mesnil Chard. You can't go wrong with this one!
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2002 Thienot "La Vigne aux Gamins" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-13-2013
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Stunning perfection. The 2002 La Vigne Aux Gamins elegance and purity rise this Champagne to a level rarely seen. Without the need for blousy opulence or extensive lees character, the Champagne sings. It's a counter tenor compared to the more commonly seen baritone version of great Champagnes. No offence to the rich and toasty champagnes out there, I love those sometimes, but this is cerebral and special, a bright and vivid expression of Champagne, showing extremely refined minerality, delicate white florals and wonderfully focused fruit that is both delicate and profound at the same time. Don't miss this one!
Drink from 2013 to 2035

2009 Au Bon Climat "Talley Vineyard-Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection" San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay
Review Date: 5-22-2013
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Here's a chance to try one of the great ABC Chards that you normally can find only at the winery. It has a lovely bright nose showing the more elegant side of Chardonnay, with lovely peach notes mingled with white flower aromas. On the palate you get a great balance of juicy white peach fruits, soft and modest oak treatment and bright acidity. This is an extremely lovely and uncommonly balanced version showing the best of the varietal and the best of the new world's ability with it. Delicious!
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Pierre Moncuit "Cuvée Nicole Moncuit Vieilles Vignes" Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 3-20-2013
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I couldn't go home without a bottle after tasting this spectacular Champagne. Opulent but with spectacular verve, fine focus and a rich creamy middle, Ripe pears, delicate spices and orange blossoms linger on the nose and through the palate. All the characteristics of Mesnil from amazingly old vines and half the price of the most famous Mesnil Champagnes - and a very strong competitor to them.
Drink from 2012 to 2040

2005 Pierre Moncuit Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-20-2013
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We always know to pay attention when our Champagne buyer, Gary, says we need to try something. The Moncuit Delos BdB 2005 was one of those and how fantastic is this. A vintage Mesnil of this quality at this price is a rare find. Spectacular focus and balance - white peach and minerals with a lingering tangerine finish. Rounder than the NV, and less opulent than the VV, this marks a sweet spot in Grand Cru Champagne you could expect to pay twice as much for. Treat yourself on your next special occasion and you won't regret it.
Drink from 2012 to 2017

Thienot Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-12-2013
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Light and crisp on the nose and moving on to an absolutely wonderful zesty palate of citrusy/tangerine like fruit - it has a wonderful mousse and a great finish. Drink like a movie star! This was the Champagne for the 2013 Oscars.
Drink from 2013 to 2015
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-12-2013
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What a value! Another great find by Gary Westby. Lovely bread/cracker notes, fairly rich but with a good highlighting tartness. Clean finish and a lovely texturaly fine mousse.
Drink from 2013 to 2018
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1995 Charles Heidsieck "Blanc des Millénaires" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-26-2012
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Exactly what I want in special occasion Champagne - rich hazelnut cream, spicy baked apple, notes of honey and a wonderfully toasty overlay, yet it has great acidity and is still fresh - a wonderful balancing act. Perfect bubbles and silky palate texture,this is perfection in a bottle. Heidsieck has spent a huge amount of effort on quality across the range of their Champagnes, and this is absolutely spectacular!
Drink from 2012 to 2025

2005 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-7-2012
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I'm no pushover for big names, but man is this a beautiful Champagne. This is the one for special gifts, anniversaries, or just splurging on a true luxury. I have to admit being surprised at just how good this Champagne is, and can heartily recommend this for all of your special holiday Champagne gifts - it's a rare occasion of linking truly great bubbles with an incredibly impressive luxury label.
Drink from 2012 to 2025

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 6-10-2009
I can give this no better recommendation, working for K&L I have a lot of choices, and this was the wine for my wedding. You'll always find it in my cellar and I love this Champagne.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0