Staff Favorites - Angie An

Angie An


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2000 Gruaud Larose, St-Julien
Review Date: 2-27-2015
The people who know my palate and eating habits will say this: "there is nothing she wouldn't try once, and when it comes to wine, the dirtier the better." I had the honor to taste through 15 different vintages of 2000 Bordeaux earlier this week and I have to say the Gruaud Larose (very generously provided by our colleague Sean Fernandez) was right up my alley with the earthy, dusty, forest floor and mineral mouthfeel; it still has so much body and power and could lay down for another 10+ years, in my opinion.

2000 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 2-27-2015
I had the honor to join the 2000 Bordeaux wine dinner hosted for K&L employees earlier this week and taste through 16 amazing wines from many different regions and price points. I've always like the price-to-quality ratio for Malescot St-Exupery and their consistency through the years, and the 2000 vintage definitely did not disappoint. It was very approachable and showed a warm, rich and round mouthfeel and a touch of red clay mineral on the finish. Smooth, elegant and very well put-together, it's a great wine to drink now or keep in your cellar for a few more years!

2012 Carpe Diem Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 2-9-2015
Anderson Valley is a very unique place. It offers possibly one of the coolest climates in California, framed by steep hills. In terms the Pinot Noir from the region (when made by great producers such as Goldeneye, Husch, etc.) has a very focused, pure and lively fruit expression that you just don't find anywhere else, and it usually doesn't come cheap. With that said, the Carpe Diem is a great steal for the quality of the fruit and its full/powerful mouthfeel. "Seize the day" and treat yourself to a powerful Pinot!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

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2009 Arnauton, Fronsac
Review Date: 2-8-2015
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I almost didn't want to write a review for this wine, I wanted to kept it a secret and save it all for myself to be honest. A great vintage that could be enjoyed now or hold for 5~10 more years for under $20? Seriously, what's not to like? I have a feeling this wine will disappear very fast..... stock up and grab yours now!
Top Value!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart JS 91 BC 0

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 2-3-2015
I Love our Champagne program here at K&L! Gary Westby (Champagne buyer) established an amazing direct import Champagne program which offers high quality bubbles at really amazing prices. Champagne Aspasie is one of my favorite "go to" bubblies, for sure. I'm a huge Rose Champagne fan, they are usually harder to find and much pricier; being able to enjoy an elegant, pretty, juicy and soft Rose Champagne at this price is pretty awesome. I guarantee this bottle will outperform most Rose bubbles in the same (if not higher) price range. A great bottle to have for Valentine's Day this year! Hey, for the price, you can have Valentine's Day every week! Ha! Cheers!
Top Value!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Lagoon Hill Pinot Noir Martinborough New Zealand
Review Date: 2-3-2015
This bottle is really at a sweet spot right now with a couple of years in the bottle. Good combination of fruit and earthy notes. There is enough acidity to keep the wine feeling lively and refreshing on the palate. New Zealand is really stepping into the spotlight in recent years for producing many great value, high-quality and food-friendly wines. This is a great example of such--drink up and enjoy!
Top Value!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Robert Craig "Affinity" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 2-3-2015
I agree with Robert Parker's comment on Robert Craig being one of the most consistent wineries in Napa Valley in both price point and quality. The 2012 is a bit flashier and upfront compared to other vintages, and demands a BIG, MEATY grilled steak (T-bone anyone?) Lots of flavor and full-bodied on the palate. A steal, really, for the quality of Cabernet you are getting in the bottle. Cheers!

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
Review Date: 2-3-2015
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This is what I served for my wedding back in November, 2014. Yes, it would have been great if I could have served Krug for everyone coming to the wedding but being a bride on a budget, I searched long and hard for the best sparkling wine for an amazing price. After a panel tasting (the panel consisted of our bridal party) the Mas Codina came up as the clear winner. Why did we love it so much? Well, a great balance of apple and citrus combined with a light, nutty toasty touch; small, tight bubbles and a smooth + balanced finish was the key. This wine is made in the traditional Champagne style with a fair amount of bottle age on it. Simply amazing value for the top quality of wine you are getting in the bottle. Cheers!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana
Review Date: 11-25-2014
Toasty warm aromas, full of vanilla, sweet tobacco and hints of dark chocolate. Definitely not shy, this bottle is full-bodied, with a strong tannin backbone, could age for a few more years and will pair amazingly with a grilled tomahawk chop!

2012 Filippi "Castelcerino" Soave Colli Scaligeri
Review Date: 11-25-2014
Serious Soave! With some skin contact this bottle really brings in the body and character! Rich honey and floral notes with a grippy mouthfeel, good acidity and a solid finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Review Date: 11-24-2014
Simply put, the best value Cabernet for this holiday season. Juicy, fruity and easy-drinking, this is a great choice for holiday parties or to have at home as your everyday Cabernet! Who said you can't find a good bottle of Cabernet for under 10 bucks?
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "Oakridge/Whitsend Vineyard" Shiraz Yarra Valley
Review Date: 9-15-2014
Woo! What a spicy little guy. There's fresh black pepper, green tobacco, dash of green olive notes right off the bat along with the classic raspberry. This is NOT your typical big tannin, high alcohol Australian Shiraz at all, but more reminiscent of a Northern Rhone style. Elegant and classy!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2010 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 9-2-2014
Amici is a family-owned winery which produces premium quality wines at really good prices. This Cabernet is sourced mostly from Rutherford and you can taste the dark cherry and the famous "Rutherford dust" in this bottle. One of the long-time staff favorites, and I'm confident to say that this wine will out-perform most of the $50+ Cabernets out in the market!

2012 Clendenen "Stallion Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 5-12-2014
What an unique Sauv Blanc! I put my nose in this glass expecting to get a citrus, grassy note but instead I was greeted with lovely, floral jasmine and white peach. It is one of the fuller, rounder styles of California Sauv Blanc I've ever tasted (without the use of oak). It almost makes me wonder if there is Semillon blended in there to lend it richness. I really have to say, the folks at Clendenen Family really get it. I'm impressed with their entire lineup. Every wine has its own signature and displays top quality. Worth a try!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart AG 90 BC 0

2009 Ici/La-Bas "Les Reveles-Elke Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 5-12-2014
It was very hard to pick our favorite Pinot Noir among so many great choices Ici La Bas offers, but at the end we were charmed by this little Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Small dense ripe cherry fruit, very clean and focus. Savory, baking spices (75% new French barrel) and big lush mouthfeel. There is A LOT of flavor pack into the bottle for only $25 bucks; what's not to love?
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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