Staff Favorites - Elisabeth Schriber

Elisabeth Schriber
Elisabeth discovered wine (more specifically Frascati) at age 19 while studying in Rome, Italy. It was cheaper than mineral water and went better with penne all’arrabiata. This was the only dish she ate in Italy, which would seem to be a terrible waste, only it was always excellent and could be relied upon to never contain pancetta, guanciale or any other members of the exhaustive pork fat family. While living in San Francisco in her twenties, Elisabeth’s taste in wine and food broadened. As a frequenter of the Wine House, the Wine Club and K&L Wine Merchants, as well as tasting rooms throughout Sonoma and Napa valleys, she learned to love Alsatian whites, Rhone reds, California Zin and embarked on what was to become her life’s great work—to develop a truly encyclopedic knowledge of and appreciation for rosé. Joining K&L’s San Francisco team in 2004 (brian, is this correct?) was, to quote Dr. Phil, a changing day in her life. Brilliant co-workers and engaged customers, not to mention a wicked discount on already low-priced wine, quickly turned a hobby into a career. As K&L has yet to promote Elisabeth to the head rosé buyer position for which she is so obviously deserving, she currently bides her time working from home as web editor/writer, compiling tasting notes and scores for the thousands of wines currently available at K&L. On her off hours, Elisabeth enjoys feeding and dressing her twin baby boys, August and Leo, and sneaking her carnivorous golden-retriever-Tasmanian-devil mix, Marlowe, onto Long Beach’s eponymous shoreline.

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2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
One visit to the Ancient Peaks vineyards in Santa Margarita, and it becomes abundantly clear how special the land, the people and these wines truly are! Dark fruit and leather on the nose with hints of cacao, bay leaf and exotic spice. Texturally it offers richness, but finishes dry with fine silky tannins. Those of you who “don’t drink Merlot,” need to give this wine a try!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Another great Bishop’s Peak Pinot! A core of lovely red fruit and some subtle savory notes, it maintains lovely texture and weight on the palate. Finishing dry, with balanced acidity and freshness on the back-end, this is one of the best Domestic sub-$20 Pinots in the store!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2012 Back Nine Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
K&L killed it this time! Coming from a producer we all love and know far too well...but can't tell, this is classic Napa Chardonnay with its big burst of stone and citrus fruit, buttercream, and toast, but not burnt, just toasty, this is the perfect Cakebread for half the price! Take a bottle while golfing, the Beffas approve!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Fort Ross "Symposium" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
To see this Sonoma Coast winery and its vineyards in the newly formed Fort Ross Seaview AVA reinforces what makes these wines so unique: complex, poor soils on sloped vineyards, proximity to the Pacific, and the region's sense of remote beauty - how disappointing would it be if Pinot Noir from here was anything other than memorable and delicious? Fortunately, as expected Fort Ross' Symposium Pinot Noir is indeed a terrific expression - with bright, clean berry fruit flavors, given a subtle savor and depth of darker berry flavors from a small amount of Pinotage grapes. This is a delicious wine heading into the spring and summer season - not to be missed.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart RP 93 BC 0

2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
One visit to the Ancient Peaks vineyards in Santa Margarita, and it becomes abundantly clear how special the land, the people and these wines truly are! The Ancient Peaks Zinfandel is marked by incredible fruit purity. Bright fresh strawberry and white pepper dominate these lifted aromatics. Textually it is ripe on the palate, but maintains enough acidity to keep it fresh. Absolutely delicious!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
One visit to the Ancient Peaks vineyards in Santa Margarita, and it becomes abundantly clear how special the land, the people and these wines truly are! Highly charming and expressive, it offers classic cab character of dark plumy fruit, cedar, bay leaf, and olive. Texturally this wine is juicy, but well framed by gentle tannin, acidity and mineral drive.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Vina Robles "Red 4" Paso Robles Rhône Blend  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
The Vina Robles Red 4 offers a lot character for $15! Very reminiscent of a village-level Cote du Rhone, it bursts from the glass with notes of red fruit, casis, cedar, herbs and smoke. This wine has plenty of ripeness and concentration on the palate, but finishes dry and honest. This is a great wine to keep in mind as we head into the summer party season.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Incredible growers and equally skilled winemakers, the Talley family has crafted another wonderful Estate Pinot Noir! Aromatically it displays red fruit, floral notes and lovely spice. On the palate it exhibits concentration and richness, while maintaining a level of poise and polish that is quite pleasing. Though lovely now, a few years in the cellar are recommended.
Price: $33.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Chardonnay  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Talley continues to produce some of my favorite Chardonnays in California, and the 2012 Estate bottling is no exception. Texturally this Chardonnay displays great balance and refinement. The oak is well integrated, adding weight without becoming overtly rich. Maintaining lively focus throughout, the lovely citrus notes and mineral drive are on full display.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Back Nine Cellars Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Plush, classic Rutherford dusty fruit, well structured yet easy drinking, this is a steal for 100% Napa Valley Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
I do love the wines of Araujo. This is so rich and luscious, like liquid cashmere. Dark and inky with flecks of light, soft and elegant, with single origin cocoa on the palate and wild flowers on the nose. This is drinking incredibly well now, but will continue to age beautifully.
Price: $124.99 Add To Cart AG 92 BC 0

2011 Poujeaux, Moulis (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Dark and chewy, with plenty of sweet fruit, cocoa and graphite in this mineral-driven wine. Good balance and fresh, ripe tannins.

2011 Poujeaux, Moulis (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
** It is mind-blowing to me how good this wine always seems to be, especially in difficult vintages, and the 2011 is no exception. Sweet, deep black licorice fruit, with no angles or edges. Everything in fine balance. A complete wine.

2011 Poujeaux, Moulis (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
Easily the best wine to come out of Moulis, Poujeaux has a very distinctive style. Black licorice and black cherry, with hints of herbs. This wine also has layers of fruit and a nice, long finish.

2011 Fonplégade, St-Emilion  
Review Date: 4-23-2014
This is an up-and-coming property. They have a new rich American owner and a great young director in Jean-Christophe Meyrou, and with the help of famed oenologist Michel Rolland some great things are happening here. Besides being an incredible value, it is also one of the best wines we tasted on our entire trip. Black raspberry, plum, spice and red berry fruit, all perfectly integrated. Noticeable tannins, but layered and integrated well. Very tasty and racy; this wine is so sleek and seductive it feels like a super model.

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