Staff Favorites - Jeff Garneau

Jeff Garneau
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Jeff has been a member of the sales staff in our Redwood City store for the past four years. His first introduction to wine was as a waiter in an upscale Italian restaurant in Hanover, NH more years ago than he likes to admit. He slowly made his way west to wine country, working his way across the US as a graduate student in geography, a public sector researcher in regional economic development, and briefly, in the wake of the Anderson-Enron scandal, a records management coordinator for one of the remaining Big Five accounting firms. Finally, surrendering to the inevitable, he accepted a position in the wine business here at K&L. His goals for the next four years include drinking more wines from Italy and France and trying to limit the number of open bottles on the dinner table on any given night to fewer than six.


Reviews

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2012 Erik Banti Morellino di Scansano
Review Date: 3-29-2014
The ultimate Wednesday night pizza/pasta wine? Perhaps. Affordable? Direct import pricing at $12.99. Check. Food friendly? Bright and lively with a moderate 13% alcohol. Check. Tasty and delicious? This blend of mostly Sangiovese with a little Merlot and a dollop of Ciliegiolo explodes from the glass with ripe, fresh raspberry notes and finishes smoothly with soft tannins. Check and check. Pick up a few bottles to have on hand for those nights when "preparing dinner" means a phone call to your favorite local pizzeria. You can enjoy a glass while you wait.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Truchard Carneros Pinot Noir
Review Date: 3-29-2014
One of the most successful wines from the difficult 2011 vintage I have yet tasted. Very pretty with bright cranberry and rhubarb notes. Very well done.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Carlos Diaz "Estrela" Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 3-29-2014
Kudos to the buyer of our Spanish wines, Joe Manekin, for launching a direct import program. So far his hard work has yielded a great lineup of delicious, affordable wines. The 2012 Carlos Diaz "Estrela" Ribeira Sacra is one of the latest. Mostly Mencia, unoaked, and just amazingly good for under $20. A little earthy, a little floral, a little spicy. Bright and lively with good grip. What a find!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine Paul Pernot Bourgogne Chardonnay
Review Date: 3-29-2014
As a fan of Puligny Montrachet, I always look forward to the arrival of the Paul Pernot wines. Made entirely of declassified Puligny fruit, the Bourgogne blanc at $21.99 is consistently one of the best Chardonnay values in the store. This 2012 vintage is similar in style to the 2011 - forward and approachable but with more richness and weight. Classic Puligny with superb minerality and fresh citrus notes. My new house white.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ancient Peaks/K&L Wine Merchants Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 2-22-2014
Tucked away in the southernmost part of the Paso Robles AVA are the remarkable vineyards of Ancient Peaks Winery. With 21 different varietals planted on over 800 acres, the best wine produced is--in my humble opinion--the Zinfandel. The folks at Ancient Peaks chose the best lots of the extraordinary 2012 vintage to sell exclusively to K&L, to the good fortune of our customers. Bright and lively with red and black fruits, fresh raspberry and sour cherry. Characteristic spiciness with fine tannins. At a restrained 13.5% alcohol, this is a food-friendly Zin to enjoy with rich dishes like spare ribs or pork shoulder. A terrific value at under $20.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine Gerard Tremblay Chablis "Vieilles Vignes"
Review Date: 2-19-2014
A different side of Chardonnay? You bet. Chablis is not contiguous with the rest of Burgundy, and that geographic distinctiveness is reflected in the wines of the region. They are more intensely mineral in character. In addition, oak is used more sparingly or not at all. The 2011 Domaine Gerard Tremblay Chablis Vielles Vignes is a perfect expression of Chardonnay in this unique terroir. Classic "oyster shell" minerality. Lively citrus notes with riper stone fruits emerging as the wine warms in the glass. The old vine character is evident in the depth and concentration here. A terrific value for under $20. Ready to drink now. Enjoy with our local Dungeness crab for a genuine treat.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart ST 89 BC 0

2012 Domaine Cherrier Père & Fils Sancerre
Review Date: 2-19-2014
I love Sauvignon Blanc. It is grown all over the world in every type of climate and every type of soil, and it reveals a different side of itself in every case. For me though, the epitome of great Sauvignon Blanc will always be Sancerre from the Loire Valley of France. This 2012 Domaine Cherrier Pere et Fils Sancerre is a perfect example of why I feel that way. It offers ripe, tangy gooseberry and tart, fresh grapefruit notes. It is lively and fresh,and intensely mineral in expression with hints of fresh herbs like tarragon and savory. And due to direct purchase we are able to offer this wine at $10 to $15 less than one would typically pay for most Sancerres. A tremendous value and a superb wine. Try it with your favorite goat cheese (I like the California Crottin from Redwood Hill Farm) and a fresh baguette.
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de la Charrière Bourgogne Rouge Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 1-29-2014
The cooler 2011 vintage in Burgundy has produced wines that are lighter in style than the '09s and softer and more immediately drinkable than the '10s. The 2011 Chateau de la Charriere Bourgogne Rouge Domaine Yves Girardin is a great example. Medium bodied with notes of flowers and earth, bright red fruits and a hint of spice. Well priced and drinking well now.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1998 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 1-29-2014
Bordeaux Insiders Tip #112 – the 1998 vintage. 1998 was a difficult vintage in the Médoc and the generally low prices for these wines reflect this. However! 1998 was a much more successful vintage on the Right Bank and in the Graves, producing some surprisingly good wines at bargain prices. The 1998 Haut Bergey, Pessac-Leognan is a great example. Lovely aged notes of cedar and truffle on the nose. Good weight in the mouth with deliciously ripe, red fruits - sweet cherry and tart currant. Classic Graves minerality. Tannins fine but firm offering some grip on the finish. A nicely aged claret still possessed of youthful, ripe fruit that you can enjoy tonight with your entrecôte de boeuf.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1999 York Creek Spring Mountain District Meritage
Review Date: 12-31-2013
What are the odds of finding a perfectly aged California Cabernet blend direct from the winery for less than $25? Pretty damn good if you shop at K&L. Fritz Maytag opened up the cellars at York Creek to reveal this extraordinary 1999 Meritage bottling. For Bordeaux lovers who may have given up on CA Cabs. For CA Cab lovers looking for a food friendly wine to pair with a perfectly grilled ribeye. Decant for one hour and enjoy!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Bodegas Puelles Rioja Reserva
Review Date: 12-6-2013
One of our new direct imports from Spain, and one of our best values in a Reserva level Rioja. The Puelles wines sit comfortably astride the divide that separates “traditional” and “modern” wines. They are aged in a combination of French and American oak. One detects typical Tempranillo notes of red fruits and leather but with subtle tones of vanilla as well. The sweet cherry fruit has an almost candied quality, reflecting partly the winemaker’s style and partly the ripe, very accessible 2005 vintage. A delicious wine that will please both longtime fans of Rioja as well as newcomers to the region’s wines.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2010 Antech "Cuvée Eugenie" Cremant de Limoux
Review Date: 11-29-2013
Our best value in a French sparkling wine, the 2010 Antech Cuvee Eugenie Cremant De Limoux displays extraordinary character for a mere $13.99. Production using the Champagne method and twelve months on the lees lends a lightly toasty, English tea biscuit note. On the palate, tart Granny Smith apple and fresh Meyer lemon notes. Superbly focused, dry and crisp with a fine bead of bubbles. A fine choice for large parties during the holidays or for enjoying guilt free mid-week when you need to hear the sound of a popping cork. Santé!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Angeline California Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-14-2013
The rising price of Pinot Noir grapes in California has made it increasingly difficult for us to find great wines under $20. Fortunately, a bountiful crop of exceptional quality in 2012 has made our task much easier, at least for now. The 2012 Angeline Pinot Noir by Martin Ray may just qualify as the best value in Pinot Noir for 2012. Exotic spice on the nose. On the palate ripe, sweet fruit, Rainier cherry and raspberry. There is a charming floral component that evokes candied rose petals. Delicious to drink and very attractively priced.
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Rickshaw California Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-31-2013
Our fourth vintage of the very popular Rickshaw Pinot Noir and certainly their best yet. Plenty of ripe red fruits here - cranberry and rhubarb, pomegranate and cherry. Nicely integrated oak adds a bit of spice and a hint of cocoa. A fine effort and a superb value.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Castillo de Monseran Garnacha Cariñena
Review Date: 10-30-2013
Still one of the best deals on an everyday red we offer. Bright, youthful fruit. Lightly spicy grenache character. Good weight and ripeness. Easily outperforms the price point.
Price: $7.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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