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David Driscoll
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David Driscoll likes to drink alcohol when he is not working at K&L. His main interests include wine, beer, and distilled spirits. Before he worked here he went to college at a decent school, got a masters degree from an OK school, worked as a waiter and taught elementary school in Chinatown. He decided to get into the wine business after reading a few books about wine and realizing that one cannot seriously learn about wine solely through reading. His career goals include: trying to convince K&L customers that he does know something despite his youthful appearance, and learning everything about everything about every single wine ever made.


Reviews

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Singani 63 Bolivian Muscat Brandy 750ml
Review Date: 9-15-2014
The is the do-it-all spirit for your liquor cabinet (and you don't even know what it is!). Fruity, floral, and clean, this can be substituted into a number of different cocktails in place of tequila, vodka, gin, and rum. I've made Singani Daiquiris, Singani Margaritas, Singani Negronis, Bloody Maries, Singani and Tonic, Singani Sangria--they're all fantastic. Bolivia's finest export may indeed be Singani. Now you just need to queue up "Che" on Netflix-instant, imagine you're Soderbergh drinking Singani on the set, and drink until your heart's content.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Kilchoman K&L Exclusive 100% Islay Single Bourbon Barrel #344 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 9-10-2014
This is as Islay as it gets. If you like Islay whisky, it doesn't get any purer. The barley was grown on Islay, right next door to Kilchoman, harvested on Islay, malted on Islay, fermented on Islay, distilled on Islay, matured on Islay. AND it's delicious. Pure, fragrant, wildly savage with tangy citrus and savory peat smoke. Kilchoman whisky is so good that it sometimes blows my mind. The fact that there's such a pedigree to boot makes it all the more fun to sell.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Mas des Agrunelles "l'Indigène" Coteaux du Languedoc
Review Date: 9-5-2014
YUM! Restrained winemaking from the Languedoc? I must have accidentally traveled back in time a few decades. No, wait, this is from the 2011 vintage. What's going on? Beautifully concentrated fruit that showcases the quality of the grape without overripe sweetness, and a bit of black pepper to balance out that lushness. This is a HOT deal if you like Rhone wines with grace and elegance. A stunningly delicious bottle that brings the goods for $20. Top-notch.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Mas des Agrunelles "Les Mauves" Coteaux du Languedoc
Review Date: 9-5-2014
Man this is such a breath of fresh air from the Languedoc! Instead of big, fat, silky, overly sweet fruit we get crisp, fresh, almost spritzy acidity and a load of tangy berries that taste as if they've just come out of the fridge, rather than off that plate you left sitting in the sun all day long. This is wine for people who love fruit, not dessert. This is real winemaking for drinkers who like balance, not richness. Bravo!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Högl "Steinterrassen" Riesling Federspiel Wachau
Review Date: 8-28-2014
Stunning, delicious, varietally-correct Riesling. Textbook in every way. If you're looking to understand what Riesling tastes like then this is the bottle to start with. There's a beautiful balance of acidity and fruit, that hint of white pepper, a smidge of herbaceousness, and a clean, fresh finish. It literally makes your mouth water.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Rieflé "Bonheur Convivial" Pinot Noir
Review Date: 8-28-2014
Beautiful Pinot Noir. Lush, juicy red fruit that explodes in your mouth. Like a simple Burgundy for a much better price.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine Weinbach "Cuvée Théo" Riesling
Review Date: 8-28-2014
Top notch Riesling from one of the finest producers in the world. The Cuvee Theo has more weight than your average racy Alsatian Riesling with lovely ginger notes and a spritz of spice on the finish. Worth every penny.
Price: $31.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Koehler-Ruprecht Pinot Blanc Kabinett Trocken (Dry)
Review Date: 8-27-2014
What an awesome wine. It's like a mellower version of oxidized Orange wine or a fino sherry. It's a nutty, petrol-filled delight with a fat, creamy palate and tons of richness. Like a dessert fino sherry if there were such a thing, or an inexpensive Vin Jaune.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 André Ostertag "Vignoble d'E" Pinot Noir
Review Date: 8-27-2014
Again, in my search for better Burgundy I end up looking to Alsace. My money for cool-climate pinot noir goes much further there and the fruit is much more approachable in its youth. The Ostertag has all the acidity and structure you're looking for in a village wine. Dark red fruits, subtle tannins, and a tangy finish. Perfect for whatever you were planning to pair with a bottle of Burgundy.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Lambuena Roble "4 Meses en Barrica" Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 8-15-2014
I've been saying it for the past seven years: red wine value is centered in Spain. Obviously, there is more to wine than just the flavor. There's intrigue, history, legendary vineyard sites, etc. But there's something to be said for just a great wine at a great price, and with the Lambuena, you're not sacrificing any of the above mentioned characteristics. Lambuena's fruit is grown in one of the best terroir locations in the Ribera del Duero, they add a touch of Merlot, a al Vega Sicilia, and the fruit is bio-dynamically grown. And, again, it's juicy, delicious, deep, and engrossing, and it's $12.99.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Michel Loriot "Les Sources du Flagot" Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 8-7-2014
To get 10-year-old wine this good for this price is a true coup on behalf of Gary Westby. There's no malolactic fermentation, so the acidity of this wine needed a decade of mellowing to finally balance out with the richness of lees aging. The result is a perfect juxtaposition of tart, mouth-watering acidity with rich, bready Champagne goodness. All for a very reasonable price. I'd take this over Dom P, or Cristal, any day of the week.
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Willett Distillery 2 Year Old Kentucky Rye Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 8-1-2014
This is the most exciting young rye I've tasted in years, mainly because it's the first new KENTUCKY rye that actually tastes like rye bread, with that sweet hint of corn. I've given out samples of this to friends from St. George distillery, and other folks that I know who make whiskey for a living; they all have nothing but praise for the Kulsveen's latest project. You have to understand: most of the rye on the market is all from MGP distillery in Indiana, even if it says Bulleit, Dickel, Templeton, or Redemption. It's been purchased in bulk and simply relabeled. The Willett is actual home-made Kentucky rye, a la Rittenhouse and Sazerac, that tastes like real rye whiskey should. Add in the cask strength proof and the fiery spices and you've got one helluva product. I CANNOT WAIT for this to turn four or five years old! Bravo!
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Caves Jean Bourdy Côtes du Jura Rouge
Review Date: 7-23-2014
Oh my God! I love this! A marriage of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir that reminds me of ready-to-drink Premier Cru Burgundy, yet only costs me $25? Sign me up for a case. The subtle, light-bodied fruit is haunting and mysterious, coaxing out all the elements that get me excited about red wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine de la Bastide Blanche Bandol
Review Date: 7-23-2014
Why drink high-end Rhone wine when you can get this awesome Mourvèdre-based selection from Bandol. Instead of over-extracted fruit, you get dark berries, a concentrated core of ripe plum, and lovely accents of black pepper and savory spices. It's a wine that's expressive and easy to like, yet true to its roots.

2012 Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Tradition" Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 7-23-2014
An ever-so-slight oxidative note permeates the soft, clean fruit of this lovely little rosé from Provence. Vinified under a layer of flor, this is almost like rosé sherry! Super cool wine.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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