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Staff Favorites - 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.
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2005 Bodegas Puelles Reserva Rioja
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.
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!
2009 Clement Pichon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 11-25-2013
Another great 2009 value, this wine comes from a property found just north of the city of Bordeaux itself. Big and round in style, the ripe, sweet, dark fruit really makes an impression. Oak influence shows in a ready toastiness that is neither obvious nor overwhelming and should integrate nicely with just a few years in the cellar. A superb value that really makes the most of the vintage.
2012 Angeline 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.
2009 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 11-7-2013
Easily the best $20 Bordeaux in the store. Why? Well, the 2009 vintage was the best since 2005 for wines at the $10 to $20 price point. And Chateau Cantemerle is one of only five Haut Medoc properties that are designated "cru classe", in fact it is a fifth growth. Finally, the quality of the 2009 vintage was such that even second wines like the "Les Allees" really excel. Loads of dark fruit here, blackberry and cassis. Superb Cabernet character. I was shocked by how well this is drinking already. If you really want to get your money's worth, though, tuck this away in the cellar for a few years. You won't regret it.
2012 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré
Review Date: 11-1-2013
The wines from the Mâconnais are consistently some of the best values in Chardonnay from Burgundy. This 2012 Macon Solutré from Domaine Renaud is no exception. Crisp, clean, mineral-driven with surprising depth and concentration. Astonishing value for a mere $12.99.
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.
2012 Cave de Tavel "Lauzeraies" Tavel
Review Date: 10-31-2013
Tavel is one of the classic French rosés, from one of the rare appellations which make rosé exclusively. The 2012 Cave de Tavel "Lauzeraies" Tavel represents our best price on this versatile wine. Possessed of a lively minerality and a profusion of red fruits, this Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Mourvedre produces a hearty style of wine which makes Tavel the perfect rosé to bridge the warm days of summer and the cooler days of autumn.
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.
2013 Lake Chalice "The Nest" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 10-16-2013
I must say I genuinely liked the 2012 vintage of this Lake Chalice "The Nest" Sauvignon Blanc. It showed good regional character and real varietal typicity. Classic NZ Sauvignon Blanc in fact at an excellent price. But this 2013 vintage! Wow! If the previous vintage was the warm up act then this is the star of the show. Gorgeous ripe gooseberry notes, sweet and tangy along with wonderfully savory notes of fresh herbs, tarragon and Thai basil. This is a bold, unapologetic wine that is an absolute delight to drink. Maybe the best $10 Sauvignon Blanc in the store right now and my new House White.
2009 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien
Review Date: 10-15-2013
Elegant and intriguing. 2009 is the 'vintage of the second wine.' This is easily one of the best.
1995 Fettercairn 17 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 10-8-2013
One of the best of this year's selection of single malts direct from Scotland. On the nose, intriguing notes of vanilla, honey, and orange creamsicle. But the real story here in on the palate. Soft, subtle texture, like falling into a featherbed in a 4 star hotel. Weightless, luxurious, pure pleasure.
2005 Island Distillery 7 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 10-8-2013
No, I don't know who made it so don't ask me. What I can tell you is this. This whiskey is the perfect reply to all those who think that "older is better". This is a brash, youthful, impetuous effort, still redolent with the grassy, floral notes of the malted grain. Wreathed in smoke, head bent intently over a battered Moleskine notebook, writing furiously...who is this guy? An anarchist? A poet? or the billionare founder-to-be of the next great Internet startup? Share a glass, and find out for yourself...
2009 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 9-11-2013
Exceptional concentration and length. Rich, dark fruit, sweet and ripe. Very fine tannins.
2009 Martinat, Côtes de Bourg
Review Date: 8-31-2013
From the heart of the Côtes de Bourg on the Right Bank of the Gironde River comes the 2009 Chateau Martinat. The blend is 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Malbec. This is a big, full-bodied red wine, impossibly huge with surprising weight and a rich, velvety texture. Ripe, mouth filling fruit reminiscent of a freshly baked plum tart. Fresh, lively, and balanced with fine tannins. Drink now or over the next 5 years.
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