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Customer Reviews - KLF

KLF
12 year customer of K&L, a serious amateur wine drinker. Passionate about finding value wines that trump the bigger brands of their class. Love all things Rhone, Piedmont, Chianti, Spain and the up-and-comers of California.


Reviews

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2005 Clos Tita "Gironde" Santa Cruz Mountains Red Wine (out of stock)  
Review Date: 9-10-2010
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A value-priced Santa Cruz Mountains classic, with enough bottle age to be drinking beautifully tonight? Yes please. Back up the truck. At $20, its a bargain. At its original $30, its fairly priced among its peers.
Drink from 2010 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2006 Domaine les Pallières Gigondas (out of stock)  
Review Date: 8-17-2010
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At the 23.99 club price, this has to be the best "drink-now" Gigondas value on the market. After 30 minutes decanting, it transforms into an ultra-smooth wine packed with the dark fruit and leathery/gamey flavors that we know and love in this region. After a glass of this, I asked myself: "Why not buy more of the excelent 05 and 06 vintages, which are selling off at a dramatic rate due to the early buzz of 2007?"
Drink from 2010 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List ST 92 BC 0

2001 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand (out of stock)  
Review Date: 7-12-2010
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Very frustrated with this one. Nothing left in this wine, and if the rest of the lot is like this, K&L should know better than to sell off a lot of wine that is tired.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2007 Passopisciaro Passopisciaro Sicily IGT (out of stock)  
Review Date: 7-7-2010
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Hmm. A nice wine, but not $30 nice to me. When there are so many barberas to be had in the 10-20 range, I think this one could easily be skipped. (BTW, not sure what this grape is, from Sicily, but not nero d avola. I would easily misguess it as barbera.)
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List RP 92 BC 0

2007 Tenuta di Biserno Insoglio del Cinghiale (out of stock)  
Review Date: 7-7-2010
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A great super Tuscan value, especially appealing to those who like them more modern and Parkerized in style. This particular vintage is excellent -- could easily pass for $50-60 wines in the same region on average years. The only challenge I have is that I seek more earthy, leathery, herbal flavors in these kinds of wines.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List RP 90 BC 0

2008 Ermacora Friulano (out of stock)  
Review Date: 7-7-2010
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It's a beauty. One of my summer house whites. Great introduction to Tocai Friulano...oops, now just Friulano. This has that steel/acid/minerals gestalt that the US winemakers find it so hard to duplicate.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2008 Alois Lageder Biodynamic Beta-Delta Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio (out of stock)  
Review Date: 7-7-2010
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Chardonnay and pinot gris are often strange bedfellows to me, but not in this case. It's a great summer wine...well, anytime wine.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

Jean-Louis Denois Pinot Noir Brut Rosé (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-20-2010
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A consistent top choice for me in the NV brut rose. Amid the sweet bubbles and typical sparkling rose experience, this one has more weight than the $13 Boillot, offering some very earthy and spicy pinot noir flavors that I just love.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

1999 De Meric "Catherine de Medicis" Brut Champagne (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-20-2010
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For $49.99 this has to be the best vintage Champagne I have ever tasted. It's pinot noir in the attack and midpalate, then transitions to an awesome chardonnay finish. A very distinct tasting experience here. As with most vintage Champagnes, I'll insist that you enjoy this with real food, not just a handfull of almonds. If you have the nerve, leave this wine alone for another 3-4 years...
Drink from 2012 to 2020
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

Perrier Jouët "Grand Brut" Champagne  
Review Date: 5-20-2010
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Just plain excellent every time. This is my go-to $30ish NV Champagne, because it pairs well with so many foods and whoever I serve it to loves it too.

2005 Villa Maria "Cellar Select" Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-3-2010
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Great quality to price ratio. And great that K&L can bring in a value-priced pinot with some bottle age.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2007 Rippon Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand (Biodynamic) (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-3-2010
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Not a fan of this wine at this price. I visited Rippon in January and tried everything they had -- about 10 wines. I simply do not understand how Rippon is priced with the top wines in the region, as it seems this winery has lost its glory. That said, I give it props for being one of the first premium pinot producers in New Zealand.
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2007 Tarras Vineyards "The Steppes Vineyard" Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-3-2010
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Score is based on my assessment of quality to price at the club price of $23. I love NZ Central Otago pinot noir, and this is a great example that comes at half the price that we usually have to pay for this quality... such as Mt. Difficulty and Felton Road. UPDATE: Drink within the same day if you can. Once this baby hits the air, it degrades much more quickly than a typical pinot.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2005 Seresin "Leah" Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand (out of stock)  
Review Date: 4-9-2010
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This is a gorgeous wine, and right on par with the 2006 Quartz Reef from Central Otago that's also $19.99. For you pinophiles looking to stretch outside of cooler climate California and Oregon names, this is a great place to go next. But save some for me!
Drink from 2010 to 2014
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2008 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia (out of stock)  
Review Date: 4-8-2010
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Served as a second bottle at a dinner party for 6 people, all who appreciate European wines. This was not a winner -- 5 thumbs down. I agree with Greg St Clair in that this wine is well made and value priced. But the flavors are simply not my style. Allow ample time for breathing -- a couple hours at least.
Drink from 2010 to 2012
Price: $8.95 Add To Waiting List BC 0

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