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2013 Domaine Pas de l'Escalette "Les Petits Pas" Languedoc  
Review Date: 7-22-2014
It seems like forever since the last time I tasted a southern French red like this! The Pas De L'Escalette Les Petits Pas has the funky, old school, spicy, earthy fruit that I remember in Chateuneuf of days gone by. Usually I expect heat and jam from Languedoc wines, but this dry table wine is free from those distractions. It will make a great partner for a leg of lamb!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Domaine de Montbourgeau l'Etoile  
Review Date: 7-22-2014
AWESOME wine -- if you like fino sherry, that is. I love the oxidized, salty, briney flavors of fino sherry, hence I went crazy for this Jura substitute. Have it with olives, nutty cheeses, and anything else that pairs well with salt!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Ducluzeau, Listrac  
Review Date: 7-22-2014
Dark garnet with hints of purple. Ducluzeau is definitely a gentle style of Listrac, and that's what they aim for. It is a proud 98% Merlot without any hint of flabbiness at all. Dark berries and a pretty note of vanilla on the nose. Followed by enticing sweet fruit on the palate, such as juicy plum, and cassis, along with coffee notes. Medium tannins and a medium to high acidity, gives it a nice frame of structure to its softness and elegance. All of that makes the 2009 Ducluzeau a quite appealing wine, that shows off the perfect ripeness of the vintage.
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2010 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-22-2014
Remember your last trip to Tuscany...a great bottle of Chianti, bread, olive oil, cured meats and cheese...then you came home and tried to recreate it but never could get the wine to taste right...It's an experience that many have. Often the ambiance simply isn't right. Other times the wines just aren't available. However as soon as I tasted this Monsanto Riserva I was transported back to that place, sitting in the Boboli Gardens smelling the herbs and warm Tuscan earth. This wine has all that rustic charm that you often find in Chianti but with just a touch more purity and poise than the table wine served by the liter that you fell in love with back in Firenze! Aromatic red fruits, scorched earth, leather and spice. Medium bodied with nice fresh acidity and a good balance of fruit and savory. This might just be the one that you have been looking for!

1992 Bruichladdich 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 7-21-2014
This single malt tastes like it comes from a specific location. It has complex aromas that hint of the sea and of being on an island. The island experience continues with saline and enticing musty flavors. This is one of the most interesting and pleasing single malts that I have tasted recently.
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1997 Benrinnes 17 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 7-21-2014
This single malt is an absolute joy to drink. It has pretty, sweet and expressive aromas. In the mouth there are fresh, round pure flavors to please. The Benrinnes 17 is all about enjoyment and is for those who are looking for no smoke in their single malt.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Penfolds "Bin 8" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz South Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-21-2014
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A classic Australian blend with an explosion of rich dark fruit. Aged in the same barrels as Bin 389, 128, and 28, this wine carries its oak nicely both on the nose and palate. Smooth tannins and a long finish allow for lovely drinking now but you can also lay it down for years to come. At this price why not do both.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

2011 Mauvesin-Barton, Moulis  
Review Date: 7-21-2014
Medium Garnet color. Nice soft entry. Juicy plum and roasted coffee, cocoa and a touch of cassis. Soft medium tannins at first but quite sneaky on the finish. The cépage is 46% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The soil of this beautiful property owned by the Barton family is mostly clay and limestone, which explain the higher amount of Merlot in the blend. Very well done wine and extremely drinkable right now.

2010 Gressier Grand-Poujeaux, Moulis  
Review Date: 7-21-2014
Dark garnet color. Nice aromatic nose full of blackberries, cocoa and cassis. The palate follows the nose with sweet dark fruit, coffee, and a touch of pepper. Medium tannins and a very soft finish. Accessible now, but it will age beautifully. I did not decant it, and it was delicious from the get go.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

1998 Laphroaig 15 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 7-19-2014
$169 seems steep when you're talking about 15 year old single malt, but trust me when I tell you that old casks of iconic distilleries like Laphroaig are not going to be available much longer -- at least for a retailer like K&L to purchase. This is a huge, in-your-face version of Laphroaig; no water added, not diluted in any way. Big peat, big smoke, big Islay in a bottle. The fact that this was aged in sherry is icing on the cake.
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2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-18-2014
It takes a lot for a Chardonnay to make my toes curl, and this one does! This New Zealander begins with buttery musk, dried stone fruit, and has a creamy smooth mid-palate. It's followed by a mineral driven chalky finish...what's not to adore?
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2009 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Die Arnoldus" Bordeaux Blend Sondagskloof   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-18-2014
My oh my oh my.....how I love this wine. A Bordeaux blend from South Africa, this vino beholds all 5 grape varietals. It pours the color of oxblood and has legs that would rival Tina Turner's. The nose explodes with green and black olives brined with wild savory herbs. The mid-palate is richly textured yet grippy, and full of black currant and black cherry skin. The smokey, saline, spicy finish goes on and on. Absolutely marvelous!
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2011 Ferrero Toscana Rosso  
Review Date: 7-18-2014
This wine is absolutely delicious. It has bright red fruit aromas and flavors but also offers balance and structure. It is ready to drink now, but like many Italian wines, it will taste better if it is opened at least one hour before serving. The Ferro Rosso will go well with pasta or red meats.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Bedrock Wine Company "Ode to Lulu" Rosť  
Review Date: 7-17-2014
There is no question Morgan hit a home run with the 2013 Bedrock Rose! Aromatically enticing with notes of fresh picked strawberries and herbal spices with mint, wild raspberry, and watermelon following and the creamy, yet bright, mineral streaked palate. This wine is so focused and texture driven it really is incredible. Plus, it is extremely food friendly to boot! Open a bottle and you will be on your second glass before you know it!

2013 Rocca di Montegrossi Rosato  
Review Date: 7-17-2014
I am so stoked on this wine! For almost five years I have been thoroughly enjoying their reds, and am so excited to see that they are producing more of their exceptional rose that I can't get enough of. With such limited production despite the increase, this is going to be gone in a blink.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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