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2010 Maison Blanche, Médoc
Review Date: 1-15-2015
This is a fantastic, Merlot-based Bordeaux at a fantastic price. The wine is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from the fabulous 2010 vintage. Red and blue ripe fruit with healthy notes of chocolate, tobacco and cedar wrapped by brilliant acidity. Tannins are alive and on the harder side but an hour in a decanter and this baby will open up and taste great.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2013 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 1-7-2015
Since the 2008 Sonoma Coast and Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noirs, we have been great supporters of the Banshee label. Whether it's the everyday wines or the single vineyard wines, the quality is second to none. We have always believed in the label and the great people behind it. The 2013 Banshee is a beautiful, predominately red fruited Pinot Noir with lovely notes of forest floor, black tea and rhubarb with just a touch of plum and cedar. The 2013 reminds me of the 2010 and 2011 with it's higher acid levels,candied red fruit and less blue and black fruit. Fresh, vibrant with lovely layered flavors. One heck of a Pinot Noir for $ 23.00
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Au Contraire Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 12-22-2014
New Kids on the block Au Contraire have come out of the blocks swinging. A solid Russian River Valley Chardonnay with all that you want for a Chardonnay from that region. Citrus focus flavors wrapped with a nice combination of creme brulee, cedar and vanilla. A nicely balanced wine with a great price point.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart WE 93 BC 0

2012 Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-9-2014
The Textbook wines are made by Jonathan and Susan Pey, owners of several wine labels such as Pey Marin, Forager and Spicerack. Textbook wines focus on the Napa Valley with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay on offer. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of St. Helena, Oak Knoll and Oakville fruit. The wine spent 16 months in barrel, a small percentage in new wood. The wines consistently over-perform for the price point and have generated a great following at K&L.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2013 Charles Smith "Kung Fu Girl" Columbia Valley Riesling
Review Date: 11-3-2014
Charles Smith knows how to make wine that always outperforms the price point. This is a user friendly Riesling vintage after vintage. Fresh stone fruits, great acidity and just a touch off dry. If you need a glass for take away Chinese or Thai, a picnic or just something on a Wednesday night, this is your girl.

2012 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-3-2014
Lewis Cellars is consistently a customer favorite at K&L Wine Merchants. This is just what all were hoping for, an epic 2012 from Randy and the gang. A ripe forward Cabernet Sauvignon with great layers of flavors. Cedar, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Hints of tobacco and earth finish of the kaleidoscope of flavors. Napa Cabernet fans rejoice!!!!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart WS 94 BC 0

2012 Joseph Jewell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 9-22-2014
I first brought in the Joseph Jewell wines back in the 2009 vintage. I always thought the wine was well made and our customers have always enjoyed them. The 2012 Russian River has reached new heights for the winery. A very feminine style of Russian River Pinot Noir with lovely cherry fruit, baking spice and just a hint of vanilla and cedar. Earthy notes show nicely throughout the mouth and the generous acidity weaves well through the lovely ripe fruit. Adrian and Micah have added another notch on their belt with this one.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart W&S 95 BC 0

2010 Von Strasser "Estate" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 9-22-2014
A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and 4% Merlot, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain is a gem. A blend of five vineyards from Diamond Mountain which Rudy has complete control of. Dark black and blue fruit with touches of cedar and spice with soft tannin and a lovely mineral backbone. Decant for an hour or hold for 3-5 years.

2011 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 9-22-2014
If I had to pick a Napa mountain that I love the wine from, Howell Mountain would be at the top of my list. Dunn, Ladera, Neal Family, O'Shaugnessey and of course Robert Craig. Bright blue fruit combined with chocolate, menthol, pepper and cedar. The wine is deep and powerful with incredible length. A cellar candidate for sure.

2012 Von Strasser "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 9-22-2014
How does a winery make a wine of such beauty and balance for only $ 19.99? Rudy Von Strasser can. A nice balance of Diamond Mountain structure and acidity with valley floor ripeness just kissed with a touch of wood. One of my favorite wines on our California shelf.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Viña Robles "Estate" Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 8-19-2014
Vina Robles is regularly seen at K&L. A winery with quality wines at fantastic prices. Everything produced by Vina Robles is from their estate vineyards. The Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Jardine Vineyard, which is a 280-acre vineyard planted between 1997-2000. The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is a clean, crisp white with lovely acidity. Citrus, stone fruit a hint of richness in the mid-palate gives this wine a lovely mouthfeel.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2012 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 7-30-2014
Melville was established by Ron Melville and his two sons in 1996, developing 82 acres just outside of Lompoc, California. Planted to mostly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this vineyard has become a prized grower/producer in the Santa Rita Hills appellation. With winemaker Greg Brewer at the helm, the wines have become some of the most sought after in the region. The 2012 Estate Pinot Noir is an explosion of bright red fruit, Asian spice and cinnamon. Touches of cedar, mint and orange peel add to this silky, opulent Pinot Noir.

2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 7-1-2014
This iconic Napa Valley producer has done well with this 2012 Knights Valley. Sourced from vineyards in Sonoma County, Beringer has been making this wine for years. If you love California Cabernet, this wine is for you. Big, bright and extracted with generous spice. Vanilla and cedar are generous with the tannins being very soft and approachable. Enjoy now or for the next 5 years.

2011 Fossil Point Edna Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 6-26-2014
We have seen a tremendous amount of good Chardonnay coming from the Edna Valley region over the last couple of vintages. Fossil Point needs to be included in that group. Light cedar and a touch of butter married well with bright tropical fruit, and a lovely touch of acidity rounds it out. This is a wonderful Chardonnay for the price and should be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2012 DuMol Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 6-26-2014
Dumol offers you a tasty treat with this 2012 Chardonnay. Winemaker Andy Smith has been weaving magic at Dumol for 14 years, but the 2012 wines could be his masterpiece. Power and finesse combine nicely. The bright fruit is wrapped with soft acidity and just a touch of cedar. Apple, pear and a hint of melon with lovely hints of spice. A touch of mineral is found throughout. A wine that can age 2-3 years or opened tonight and enjoyed as well.

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