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Staff Favorites - Illya Haase
2010 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 3-10-2014
This was my first introduction into Italian wines. I have loved Chianti ever since. This particular vintage is the best I have tasted. This is text book Tuscan earth. With a richness of spice and black cherry. It is worthy of any red meat or roast you can throw at it! So if you are going to pick up just one bottle this is the one. Trust me you will be back for more.
2012 Blason Pinot Grigio Isonzo (1L)
Review Date: 3-7-2014
Move over Grüner! You are not the only liter in town. Great aromatic's of floral and Autumn fruit. Wonderfully round mouth feel and succulent acidity. This is the perfect poolside wine!
2011 Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 3-7-2014
This was one of the highlights at K&L's recent tasting. Just lovely fruit and structure that go seamlessly together. Beautiful accents of red cherry and Tuscan herbs. With integrated tannins and acidity. This should be your go to weekday wine!
2008 Masi Brolo di Campofiorin Oro
Review Date: 12-26-2013
What a amazing bottle of wine. So much going on. Visually, it dances in the glass with ruby and plum hues. The nose itself, you know you are in for a world of flavors! Earth and floral aspects of crushed violets and underbrush. In the mouth silky smooth, with accents of blue and black berry compote. On the long lasting finish you get a bonus of crushed rock. This wine will work with any roast or just open it up with friends.
2010 Montechiara Amarone
Review Date: 12-16-2013
Happy Holidays!!I LOVE Amarone! Not a lot of wine can you use the words. Big, powerful and elegant. Well, that is what you are getting in this wine. Firm but balanced tannins and very fine acidity help round out the flavorful finish. This traditional blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes that are partially air dried prior to ferment. Once again big, rich, saturated style of wine ready for some hearty winter fare. At this price we will go through this wine before the first nip of winter. This wine can hold up wonderfully for the next 10 to 15 years. So buy it by the case!
Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth 1L
Review Date: 7-29-2012
One thing I learned in my twenty years of bar tending is. The better the ingredients, the better the drink. So, if you are making a Manhattan or one of those crazy whiskey drinks from your local mixologist. Keep the Carpano on hand. It make's any cocktail, ten thousand times better! You will not find a better vermouth!
21st Amendment Brewery "Bitter American" IPA, California 12oz Cans
Review Date: 5-28-2012
I am Over hopped beer's. Enough already! So, when I open up the 21st Amendment's Bitter APA I was not expecting much. Nice burst of citrus in the beginning. Well balanced hop's and malt. A great bitter finish. One more bonus 4.4 percent ABV. So I can have more than one.
2005 Verdignan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 5-28-2012
This is my affordable steak wine. Now, while I am not a high roller. If I am going to spend money on a great NY strip. The wine hold's up it's end of the bargain. Great acid and silky tannins. Matches perfectly with the steak.
Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters 5oz
Review Date: 4-30-2012
It's citrus time at the Hollywood Farmers Market. There is nothing better on a lazy Sunday than a greyhound! This grapefruit and vodka cocktail is an ideal choice for a summertime brunch. The beauty of this mixed drink is in its simplicity. But, I like to spice mine up with a little Scrappy's Grapefruit bitters. It is that little extra that goes a long way!
2009 Roland la Garde Tradition, Premières Côtes de Blaye
Review Date: 3-29-2012
I love the 2009 Bordeaux. Great, big red fruit! Roland wine has seamless structure. A beautiful balance of acidity and oak! I could have this with food or just on it's own. Do believe the hype!
2004 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 1-8-2012
This was such a hit at my recent tasting!! This bottle went up against some of the major house's in Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Thanks to Joe this is a direct import for K&L! From three vineyards, two planted in 1931 and the third “La Loma”- planted in 1946. Only the best hand harvested grapes go into this bottle. Beauitful sweet red fruit and a great backbone minerality! Perfect for any pork dish! Enjoy!
Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 11-25-2011
In our recent staff tasting for sparkling wines. This by far was top of the class! I brought it to start the Thanksgiving Day events. Deligeroy did not disappoint! It went perfect with the root salad!
Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 2-3-2011
This is well-balanced in the mouth and enhanced by a fresh but subtle finish. It also has tiny little bubbles, which always makes me happy! I love Cabernet Franc for sparkling wine, it has some great body and lovely fruit. For the price, buy a case!
Collard-Picard "Cuvee Selection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 1-28-2011
Collard-Picard is a relatively new Champagne house, but with very old ties, which means they are getting a hold of some great fruit and, in turn, are making some great wines! I just love the toasty notes in this Champagne. It has also got a backbone of mimerality and acid that can stand up to meal.