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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2009 Caves Jean Bourdy Côtes du Jura Rouge  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
Everytime I open a bottle of the Bourdy Rouge, I do a snorty laugh cry. It's sooo good. He's sooo old school. It's my perfect wine. Don't buy this, I want it all.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
TWR is coming up. Solid little offering for what will surely one day be known world wide as one of Marlborough's best. Right now be one of the lucky few who know how special these wines are. Top quality.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Domaine Berthoumieu "Charles de Batz" Madiran  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
This is about as approachable as any Madiran I've ever had. Clearly made in the "modern" style, but not lacking in structure. It will soften over the next few years rather than the several decades of more traditional Madiran. That said, if you're looking for something bold and structured to pair with gamey grilled meat, look no further.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine de Millet Cotes de Gascogne Blanc  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
The perfect summer guzzler. Like the best $8 SB you've ever had. Super fresh and super cheap!!!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Louis Magnin Gamay Vin de Savoie  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
A wild gamay from one of Savoy's most respected producers. This stuff only alludes to the famous gamay being produced 100km to the west. The nose is like the most concentrated red flowers and in the very background the slightest Chanel No. 9 (in a good way). The palate is all wild red fruit picked off the forest floor. This is an experience to say the least.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Château de Ripaille Vin de Savoie-Ripaille  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
If you want to be refreshed instantly then drink this delightfully crispy and minerally white from the Savoie made from 100% Chasselas from a 1000 year old estate! This reminds me of skiing down the Swiss Alps getting fresh chucks of snow in my face! Yes its just like that!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 JP & JF Quénard "Anne de la Biguerne" Vin de Savoie-Chignin  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
Freshness abounds! Bright mineral, low fruit and clean as a whistle. From the magnificent town of Chignin, the quintessential savoyard Village, this is why these people eat so much melted cheese. On the palate more mineral, tons of pithy tangerine. Clearly a top quality producer.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Franck Peillot "Altesse" Roussette de Bugey-Montagnieu  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
Another fabulous vin de savoie!Peillot is making wildly impressive wines of impeccable intensity and finesse. Bruised mirabelle, fresh fuji apples, slight citrus peel. All that flavor is perfectly framed in a textural and perfectly weighted core. If you're smart you'll buy all of this. If you don't I will.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Château de Ripaille Vin de Savoie-Ripaille  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
This splendid little Ripaille is what Savoie is all about. Subtle but punchy! Not fruity at all with great focus and a lovely lemony mineral quality. Solid aperitif at a great price.
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2010 Seghesio Barolo  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
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This is an absolutely delicious wine and remarkably drinkable now! The Brothers Seghesio have really knocked it out of the park with this wine, aromatically enchanting, full of strawberry and accented by hints of earth and leather. On the palate the wine is supple and smooth with a wonderful palate presence and as more of the complex fruit begins to blossom it is followed by a truffle, smoky, woodsy character that is full of spice while it begins to show a delicate veil of tannin in the finish. Although this wine is drinkable now you’ll be able to drink it over the next 3-6 years. I love this wine with Porcini laced pasta or risotto or with braised meats.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $26.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Rocca di Montegrossi "San Marcellino" Chianti Classico  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
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When Marco Riscasoli’s Great, Great Grandfather Bettino Ricasoli created the original Chianti recipes he would have loved this wine. He originally had three wines, one for current drinking, one for midterm drinking and one powerful wine to age for a decade plus, the San Marcellino is the latter. Mountain Sangiovese fruit just bursts from this wine, what does that mean? Backbone, concentration, focus and power are all squeezed tightly together and then wrapped around the core of this wine where they hold the dark fruit, smoldering fire, underbrush and anise highlighted by wild marasca cherry notes. On the palate the wine shows muscle, but it’s lithe not tight and the flavors gradually expand the length of your tongue and remain enough to really give you the impression this wine is trying to make an impression. I would decant for 4-6 hours ahead of time if you wish to drink now but the best spot will be in your cellar for another 5+ years, you won’t regret it!
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart AG 95 BC 0

2010 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia" Toscana  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
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Deeply textured, extraordinarily flavorful this just might be the best Geremia that Marco Ricasoli has made. While structured and focused with intense mountain fruit the Merlot in this gives the wine first and foremost produces a supple, fleshy character on the palate. While there definitely is rich and drinkable character this wine has backbone for a decade plus, structure yet balanced. A long life ahead for this scintillating Super Tuscan from the Central Tuscan highlands!
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart WS 94 BC 0

2005 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Côtes du Rhône  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
I love it when a producer does the aging for me! This 2005 Baron Louis from Chateau De Montfaucon has a lovely, developed bouquet of cool black fruit and seamless texture that only comes with the passage of time. The wine still has plenty of size and life, and would be great with your next tri-tip grill up!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2012 Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Tradition" Côtes de Provence Rosé  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
If you are ready to try something different in rose, the Clos Cibonne Tibouren Tradition is a great bottle to check out. The aging under flor brings complexity and texture to this very balanced intriguing pink wine. I can't wait to try it with Gratin de Pommes de Terre Provencal- I think it will be perfect with the salty anchovies and zingy tomatoes in this classic recipe. Try it out!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Caves Jean Bourdy Côtes du Jura Rouge  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
Oh my God! I love this! A marriage of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir that reminds me of ready-to-drink Premier Cru Burgundy, yet only costs me $25? Sign me up for a case. The subtle, light-bodied fruit is haunting and mysterious, coaxing out all the elements that get me excited about red wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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