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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, SpicySaltySweet.com. She also likes to hike, bike and watch Red Sox games.


Reviews

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2010 Pascal Laffourcade Savennières
Review Date: 8-28-2014
I cannot believe a wine this complex can be had for just $20! I guess it serves us fans of Chenin well that the AOC of Savennieres still flies under the general public's radar. A touch nutty, with bruised apple, lanolin, quince, honeycomb and mushroom on the nose. Softly fruity, almondy and savory on the palate, this finishes dry. Serve this with something fatty. Or with a cheese plate.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2010 Pascal Lambert "Les Chesnaies" Chinon Blanc
Review Date: 8-27-2014
If you're looking for a special wine to serve with cheese at a dinner party that isn't ridiculously expensive, this is sure to impress. A stunning Chenin that smells like orange marmalade and guava paste. Savory and nutty upfront on the palate, with a crisp, dry finish. Yum!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine Cherrier Père & Fils Sancerre
Review Date: 8-27-2014
Fans of the Millet Insolite will also love the Cherrier Sancerre. Grapefruity, grassy, with the rich stone fruit character mid-palate. Chalky and mineral on the finish. This is incredibly complex for the price.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre
Review Date: 8-27-2014
All of the Millet Sancerres are fabulous, but the Insolite really tops them all. Its flinty qualities are subtler than the Vieilles Vignes and regular Sancerre, with stony, peach, honey and orange qualities. Rich and long and utterly delicious.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Le Clos du Château L'Oiselinière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
Review Date: 8-27-2014
Holy deliciousness! This is like no other Muscadet I've ever had--it has more in common with an aged Savennieres or a delicate Sherry. Notes of bruised apple and melon, with a hearty, nutty character. Savory, rich and incredibly long. My favorite wine of the day.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

2013 Domaine Guindon Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire Sur Lie
Review Date: 8-27-2014
There is a common misconception about wine geeks that we spend a lot of money on wine. And while we might be willing to pony up more cash for a special bottle, many of us look for everyday drinking wines that over-deliver for the price. This Muscadet sings! Packed with peachy, nectarine fruit, with a musky undercurrent and a mineral/saline finish. More going on than your average crushed oyster shell Muscadet.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Franck Millet Sancerre Rosé
Review Date: 8-27-2014
This is not a simple summer rosé--I plan on having a few bottles on my table at Thanksgiving this year. I love its pretty, citrusy, strawberry-inflected nose. Juicy blood orange, wild strawberry and cherry fruit are strung together on the palate with tangy acidity. Delightful.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Franck Millet Sancerre Rouge
Review Date: 8-27-2014
This is an unbelievably filigreed Pinot Noir. Lacy plum and rose petal aromas. On the palate this is juicy and delicious, the kind of wine I want at the table every night. Stunning.
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2013 Pascal Janvier "Cuvée du Rosier" Coteaux du Loir Rouge
Review Date: 8-27-2014
Janvier is one of my favorite Loire Valley producers--see note on vintages of his Cuvee Silex, usually one of my top wines each year. But I was taken aback by this rouge, made entirely from Pineau d'Aunis. Even paler in color than the Reynouard version I also tried today, it was also even more fragrant. Notes of cola, raspberry, raspberry leaves and cedar carry over to the palate, which is taut and bright, with a firm grip on the finish. A red wine with the acidity of a white. Try it with a bit of a chill on it.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Guillaume Reynouard "K Sa Tête" Pineau d'Aunis
Review Date: 8-27-2014
I was enchanted by this wine's pretty cranberry/rose petal hue, and once the slight hint of sulfur blew off, equally enchanted with the wine's peppery, red fruited nose. It dances on the palate, with light, tart cherry and cranberry fruit, a squeeze of citrus, and a vein of taut acidity that ties everything together.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 8-13-2014
This beauty is young, but it's already enticing and well-knit. Sanguine, plummy, with black cherry fruit on the nose. This is ripe, but not overripe, with lovely lift and tension. One of my favorite 2010s.

2010 des Annereaux, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 8-13-2014
Fresh, affordable Bordeaux that's made from organically grown grapes to boot? Sign me up! We tasted some pretty high-class wine today, but this $20 gem was one of my favorites. Its Cabernet Franc component shines through on the nose, which also displays incredibly pretty strawberry and raspberry fruit, chocolate and tobacco notes, which carry over to the palate and grow darker. Good acidity, well-integrated tannins. Really delightful.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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.

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.

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