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2012 Felton Road Chardonnay Bannockburn
Review Date: 2-24-2015
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One of NZ's best Chardonnay producers. Felton's "Bannockburn" Chardonnay is from their vineyards dotted around the small village of Bannockburn at the southern end of the Cromwell Basin in Central Otago. The village has a perfect north facing aspect and a mixture of schist and heavier clay and silt soils. Much of this wine comes from the Elms Vineyard...home to the famous "Block 2" Chardonnay and in many ways this wine shares a lot of the same characteristics. Crunchy orchard fruit, spiced pear, mineral, a touch of flint or struck match...and just a lick of citrus acidity to make the mouth water. This bottling is not as keenly focused at the Block 2, but that actually makes it more expressive in its youth and perhaps even more enjoyable upon release than its prestigious stablemate. If you haven't explored NZ Chardonnay...this would be a very good place to start!
Top Value!

2013 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc Swartland
Review Date: 2-24-2015
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A perennial favorite of mine. Classic Swartland Chenin Blanc. Pure, unadulterated, amazingly drinkable white wine. There is so much easy soft fruit here with Chenin's slightly honeyed stone fruit characters and toasted grain notes. The wine is dry, but has a round, juicy character that makes it just so quaffable. Underneath this primary ripe fruit is a lovely underpinning of minerality from the old vines digging deep into those decomposed granite soils for which this region is becoming known. A fantastic value and a wine that I would recommend to just about any white wine drinker.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Meerlust "Rubicon" Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch
Review Date: 2-24-2015
Classic Stellenbosch Bordeaux blend. Smokey dark fruit, graphite, stony minerals and a touch of cedary oak. Medium bodied with good tannin structure and considerable cellaring potential. This is showing great now but has another decade ahead of it I am sure.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

2012 Bodegas Castaño "Hécula" Monastrell Yecla
Review Date: 2-23-2015
Big, powerful, inky black / blue wine overflowing with juicy dark fruit, chocolate coated blueberries and sweet spice. Saturated and full-bodied but with a nice fresh lift and brightness thanks mostly to the region's limestone rich soil. A solid value for fans of these old vine Monastrell bottlings that often deliver a whole lot of wine for the money.
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2012 Woodstock Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 2-21-2015
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This is a near perfect example of classic McLaren Vale Shiraz flavor profile. Plush, rich texture, power, exotic fruit, spice and that unmistakable lift and brightness that elevates the wine and balances all that perfectly ripe fruit. This is a full bodied wine that is sure to please folks who are looking for a rich saturated wines with tons of power and fruit. However, there is also and elegance and drive on the palate with ripe acidity and fine structural tannins, that draws out the wine long on into finish. An exceptional value thanks to our importer direct pricing. This wine will be a staple with me this summer when the grill comes out.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2013 Woodstock Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 2-21-2015
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Looking for killer value in Cabernet? Look no further! McLaren Vale is a regions known for world class Shiraz...but this wine proves they can do it with Cab too! Highly aromatic Blackberries, Blackcurrant and cassis are dominant on the nose and palate. Also some tobacco, cedar, dark chocolate...all the hallmarks I look for in great Cabernet based wines. Mouth filling texture, long, fine tannins wrapped in luscious fruit, with beautifully integrated french oak nuances. Unbelievable value...this could be $50 Napa Cab...don't take my work for it..try it for yourself. One of the best sub $20 cabs I have tasted in many years.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 2-20-2015
It can sometimes be easy to overlook the most obvious brands when looking for new wines. Sure Cloudy Bay is a far larger producer than decades ago when they rose to fame...but one must consider the pedigree and vineyard holdings that an established producer like Cloudy Bay has. These guys were in the game before most people even thought you could grow grapes in Marlborough! They have some of the most revered parcels of land in the region and a 30 year track record as one of the most influential producers that helped put New Zealand on the world wine map. This Pinot Noir is a minuscule production compared with their world famous Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit was carefully selected from particular vineyard holdings in the Southern Valleys (an area quickly becoming recognized as the best sub-region for Pinot Noir in Marlborough). The vines are cropped to just two tons per acre. The wine has plenty of rich, dark fruit, leafy notes, toasted spices and a lick of French oak. The palate is mid weight with good concentration and ripe soft tannins. This is sure to please a lot of people just as it pleased the worlds top wine critics with multiple 96 point scores!

2006 Sapience Brut Champagne
Review Date: 2-17-2015
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Phenomenal wine. Hard to put into words. Has such a haunting presence and energy on the palate. Rich yet focused, toasty yet finely honed and mineral intensive. A truly great bottle of Champagne. This crushes the big brands in quality and complexity.
Price: $189.00 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 2-17-2015
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Lovely wine. Bright, fresh, excellent combination of chalky, zestiness and nutty, toasty lees quality. The texture is fine and really drawn out on the palate. I am a fan of Aspasie's "entry level" Carte Blanche...but this is a cut above and worth the small increase in outlay.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Marguet Père et Fils "Amboniacus" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 2-11-2015
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I think Benoit Marguet's Champagnes are some of the most fascinating and complex wines we sell. There is just something about them that has limitless energy and drive. From the vintage wines, to NV, to Rose...they all have a theme of both richness and tension. Lovely toasty lees components but all have a very taught structure and firm acid line. I can't quite put my finger on what it is that makes these wines so special...perhaps that is part of the intrigue...if you're a Champagne enthusiast, do not miss this producer.
Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Marguet Père et Fils "Amboniacus" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 2-11-2015
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I think Benoit Marguet's Champagnes are some of the most fascinating and complex wines we sell. There is just something about them that has limitless energy and drive. From the vintage wines, to NV, to Rose...they all have a theme of both richness and tension. Lovely toasty lees components but all have a very taught structure and firm acid line. I can't quite put my finger on what it is that makes these wines so special...perhaps that is part of the intrigue...if you're a Champagne enthusiast, do not miss this producer.
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Petit Clos (Henri Bourgeois) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 1-15-2015
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Fantastic Savvy! Grown on a close-planted, organically farmed estate in Marlborough's Southern Valley sub-region. Clos Henri is a project owned by master vigneron family Domaine Henri Bourgeois from Sancerre. The wine is a lovely combination of New Zealand's typically overt, bright fruit and Sancerre's more classic, restrained personality, with focus and minerality. We really liked this wine and took a serious position on it to bring you the best pricing around. This is a real bargain for lovers of dry, crisp, refreshing whites.
Top Value!

1990 Glenfarclas 24 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 12-17-2014
Stunning. Has some similarities to the "Faultline Casks" bottling but with more refined flavors and more developed, savory rancio characters. The texture is supple and elegant. Whilst this doesn't seem to have the chewy texture and raw "youthful" exuberance of the 9-10 year old bottling, it oozes subtle flavor intensity, focus, and purity. The sherry quality shows a little drier and more nutty rather than sweet and fruity. A beautiful bottle and crazy good for the age / money in today's climate!
Price: $169.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Glenfarclas "The Faultline Casks" K&L Exclusive First Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 12-11-2014
This should come with some kind of warning..."Dangerously drinkable"..."Caution: contents will disappear quicker than intended"..."Drinking this bottle will impair your ability to judge other releases fairly". It's seriously that good. Rich, soft, full of flavor and texturally enticing and just an out-and-out "crowd pleaser." You can search high and low and you won't find a better holiday gift than this bottle. It has brand recognition, it's limited edition, it's cask strength(ish) at 57% alc...and it tastes great!
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Langmeil "Blacksmith" Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Review Date: 12-2-2014
Great deal in Cabernet. Rich black fruit, touches of cedar, tobacco, dark earth and graphite. Med-full bodied with nice acidity to balance the dark fruit. This will keep a lot of people happy. This is not a simple fruit-driven wine by any means--there are some good tobacco notes and herbal edge complexity here. Great pricing on this bottle from a top-quality vintage.
Top Value!

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