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Leah Greenstein
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3 parts nerd. 1 part wordsmith. 1 part wine geek. A pinch of east coast sarcasm. Stir it up in a bright orange Mario Batali-branded bowl and you have K&L's other writer and editor, Leah Greenstein. A graduate of California's Sonoma State University, Leah skipped more than a few Friday nights at Red's Recovery Room in favor of Saturdays listening to Led Zeppelin and drinking gewürztraminer in the Kunde tasting room. After undergrad Leah continued her education in Oregon, making cabernet and merlot in her friend's garage while working on her master's in journalism. Over the years she's written on a variety of subjects—from snowboarding and rock climbing to politics and the arts—managing restaurants, juggling publishing jobs and learning about wine all the while. She joined K&L in June 2007 after working harvest at Pax Wine Cellars in Sonoma County and managing Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's new Los Angeles hot spot, Pizzeria Mozza. These days she spends her time crafting tasting notes for K&L's website and working on the K&L newsletter and trying as many different wines as she can. Already a fan of Rhône reds and all things Italian Leah's been drinking her way through the German, Austrian and Loire Valley sections of K&L Hollywood. She spends most of her spare time cooking, pairing wine with her meals and writing about it for her blog, She also likes to hike, bike and watch Red Sox games.


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1999 Canon-La Gaffelière, St-Emilion
Review Date: 7-15-2014
If you're looking for a bottle of Bordeaux to drink right now, this delivers with some decanting. Notes of fresh-roasted coffee, orange zest, spice and mesquite complement a palate packed with gamey black fruit, espresso and tobacco notes on the finish.

2010 de Chantegrive Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 7-15-2014
I'm really enamored with the 2010 Bordeaux. They're big, but there's so much acidity, and the values we've brought in are so integrated, even now, that they're a joy to drink. The Chantegrive is a case in point. It's full of sweeter fruit, with herbs and spice, and is richer than its 2009 counterpart, but it's also far more complex, in my opinion, with the quintessential Graves graphite/minerality, with a long, coating finish.

2001 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 7-15-2014
An incredible value! This is inky and opaque with just a touch of bretty funk that adds earthiness without being overwhelming. On the palate there's bay laurel to balance the tart cranberry fruit, nice lift and just a scoche of tannin.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Teutonic "Laurel Vineyard - Bergspitze Schwarz" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 7-14-2014
There are plenty of people who will tell you that the 2011 vintage in Oregon was terrible. Horrible. Totally awful. Unfortunately for the winemakers in Oregon, that's all a lot of wine lovers ever hear. Unfortunate, I say, because so many of the wines made from the vintage are actually quite lovely--lean, aromatic and distinctive. Take this Pinot from the folks at Teutonic. It's the color of fire and ice roses, with a stunning, spicy and floral nose that makes me think of Chiavanesca. Taut fruit, this is not for people who like BIG Pinots, but if you like your wines like carefully crafted lace, this is for you.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Bethel Heights "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This comes from the underrated 2011 vintage, and from one of my favorite Oregon producers. Its nose offers a cascade of rose petals, spices, red fruit, mulch and white pepper. On the palate, it's integrated, lovely and spicy, with a subtly tannic foundation that just needs food or a little air to tame it.

2012 Teutonic "Laurel Vineyard - Bergspitze Weisse" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 7-14-2014
I loved both the Bergspitze Pinots we brought in from Teutonic. The 2012 from the Bergspitze Weisse is really gorgeous, with a filigreed bouquet redolent of anise seed, rosewater, roasted fennel, forest floor and green tea, all of which are deftly woven together on the palate with tart black fruit. There's a lot of wine here for the money. If you like your Pinot with backbone and restrained fruit, this is for you.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Teutonic "Crow Valley Vineyard" Willamette Valley Riesling
Review Date: 7-14-2014
I love German Riesling; it gives me the tingles. It's rare that I find domestic Riesling that evokes the same feeling, but Teutonic nailed it with this one. It has a distinctive, citrus and beeswax nose with a subtle underpinning of botrytis. All those characteristics are well-integrated on the palate, which is precise and long. Delicious.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Teutonic "Maresh Vineyard" Dundee Hills Pinot Gris
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This is a super aromatic Pinot Gris made in the Alsatian style, with just a touch of RS. Aromas of citrus and cream carry over to the palate, which finishes flinty and long.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bigallet Viriana China China Amer 750ml
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This is a cane-based French bitter macerated with bitter oranges and distilled three times. The floral orange aromas are complemented by flavors of clove and anise, with added bitterness from China bark. Quite viscous and mouthwatering. Use in place of Aperol in a spritz!
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Nonino Quintessentia Amaro 750ml
Review Date: 7-14-2014
There's a reason this grape distillate-based Amaro from Friuli is one of our biggest sellers, it's the easiest-drinking Amaro I've every tried! Cocoa-dusted orange, cream, butterscotch, roasted nuts, lemon pitch and rosewater notes. Don't waste this in a cocktail, it sips smoothly on its own.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart WE 96 BC 0

Amaro Montenegro Di Bologna 750ml
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This is one of the most popular Amari in Italy. Packed with notes of nutmeg and bitter orange, it's very pretty and soft on the palate. It has a creamy, not-too-bitter creamsicle character. Medium-sweet.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart WE 97 BC 0

Lucano Amaro 750ml
Review Date: 7-14-2014
The last time I ordered an Averna at the end of a meal, I sat considering its medicinal, bitter qualities, and lamenting its syrupy sweetness. The Lucano has the best of Averna's herbaceousness, with earthy, bitter citrus flavors and a light, balanced texture.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Kalinda Rheingau Riesling Qba
Review Date: 9-18-2013
Everyone in my family likes spicy food, even my almost-two-year-old. And while Mexico City style street food like the Pambazos sold down the street from my house call for a creamy and refreshing glass of horchata, in my opinion both Vietnamese and Thai are always better with a tangy, fresh glass of Riesling. The Kalinda, with its sweet-tangy finger lime flavor, mouthwatering acidity and uber-friendly price tag is perfect for take-out pork bun or pad khi mao.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

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2012 Viñedos Culturales "Ramblis Arco" Alicante
Review Date: 9-11-2013
Another stunning wine from this producer, the Ramblis Arco is made from yet another grape that I've never heard of--Forcayat del Arco. Aged in French oak and acacia barrels,the wine has a floral, honeyed tone to complement its aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit. It's very pretty, with great acidity and just enough grip to keep it interesting.
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Caves Messias Santola "Crab Wine" Vinho Verde
Review Date: 9-11-2013
This is my favorite Vinho Verde in the store right now. It has plenty of zesty minerality and lemon-lime freshness. Its dry and racy and, while I'm sure it's fabulous with crab, as the name implies, I think it would pair well with most white-fleshed fish or garlicky pork kabobs hot off the grill.
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