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Matthew Callahan

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2012 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 11-3-2014
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The 2012 Napa Cabernet is out of this world. Rich and lush, exotic fruits fill the glass and dance across the palate. This is a big, structure wine with lots of backbone, but the wine is so polished and seamless, you are not even aware of its size. I expect this wine to sell out quickly; long before its “sure to get” high Spectator score!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart WS 94 BC 0

2012 Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 11-2-2014
Looking for a well made California Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy right now? Here’s one that needs no more time than it takes to buy a bottle, carry it home, and pull the cork. While round and open, it also shows exquisite balance, and boasts an attractive nose of plum, charcoal, and bitter chocolate, accented by a subtle hint of mint. Modest tannins lead to a dry, focused finish which dovetails down to a slight recurrence of the bitter chocolate note.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2013 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 11-2-2014
The Chardonnay of the holiday season! This chardonnay, blended from five select barrels off the Oliver's vineyard, is drinking incredibly well right now! Such great focus, balance, and purity of fruit without over-the-top richness, this Talley wine reminded the staff of Chassagne Montrachet! Do not miss it!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino  
Review Date: 11-2-2014
One of our favorite Direct Import properties, the 2012 Poggiarelino Rosso does not disappoint! Bright cherry and strawberry fruit with the classic Montalcino earthen characteristics. Good now and over the next 5 years.
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Tempranillo Rioja  
Review Date: 11-2-2014
Driving red fruit, laser focus, earth, and a hint of spice makes this wine truly stand alone in the under $10 category! Don't miss out!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Cantine Ascheri Barolo  
Review Date: 11-1-2014
Very approachable Barolo. At a very approachable price! Classic tar, leather and rose petals on the nose. Wonderful mineral and fruit on the palate. Which gives way to a persistent acidity just calling for a prime rib in a porcini mushrooms sauces!
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Château de la Font du Loup Châteauneuf-du-Pape   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-31-2014
This Chateauneuf is beautiful. It’s done in a more restrained style, moving more towards traditional Chateauneuf. Its perfumed nose is extremely complex with notes of rose petals, lavender, ripe plums and spices like black pepper and cloves. The complexities follow through on the palate with violets, chocolate, coffee grounds, forest floor and anise. Perfectly balanced structure, plush fine tannins, ready to drink now or has the capacity to age.

2009 Cantine Ascheri Barolo  
Review Date: 10-30-2014
Very approachable Barolo. At a very approachable price! Classic tar, leather and rose petals on the nose. Wonderful mineral and fruit on the palate. Which gives way to a persistent acidity just calling for a prime rib in a porcini mushrooms sauces!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Château de Maligny Chablis  
Review Date: 10-30-2014
A great $20 Chablis is the "black cocktail dress", the "two-button navy blazer" of your wine collection. Great as an aperitif, superb with seafood, delicious year round. The 2012 Chateau de Maligny Chablis from Jean Durup is 100% unoaked Chardonnay with textbook appeal - classic "oyster shell" minerality with lively fresh citrus notes. Pick up a couple of bottles or a case. This is one you will always want to have on hand.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino  
Review Date: 10-30-2014
Our best buy in 100% Sangiovese from the hill town of Montalcino. Ripe morello cherries explode from the glass. The wine shows enviable concentration and depth, finishing with firm tannins. Works well with your preferred choice of pizza and/or pasta, but will stand up nicely even to more substantial dishes like Bistecca alla Fiorentina. Regular customers will welcome the return of the now famous "Catzilla" label, although that's a matter of perspective, surely.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Bodegas Bilbainas "Viña Zaco" Rioja  
Review Date: 10-30-2014
Once again, same as the tasty 2010 vintage, the Viña Zaco is a quintessential weeknight red--bright with plummy fruit, subtle tannins and enough sense of place and interest to hold your attention. For under $10, this is a very solid value and a great bottle to have as a go to red during the week.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

Fuenteseca Ensamble "2014 Edition" K&L Exclusive Extra Añejo Tequila 750ml   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-29-2014
Mouthwatering Tequila, pure, expressive, complex and very tasty. The nose really jumps, with agave nectar, freshly squeezed lime juice and toasty oak. In the mouth, this graceful, nimble spirit delivers generous and intense flavors of vanilla and freshly crushed piña. The long rewarding finish maintains the remarkable purity and intensity of this wonderfully made spirit. Finishing with the floral notes of a sweet white blossom, vanilla and toasted baking spices; this tequila comes across as curiously complex and captivating.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Montechiara Amarone  
Review Date: 10-29-2014
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If you're a fan of Amarone you might be balking at the price of this wine and think that it is nothing, but it is really a great value, and yes it does taste like Amarone. OK, maybe a mid-week Amarone but you're not paying the Weekend prices either. This wine has a lush palate presence, and a ripe but focused center, not raisiny just dense fruit, if you're a Zin lover this wine will rock your boat!
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Cantine Ascheri Barolo  
Review Date: 10-29-2014
This wine has a vibrant, ruby red hue, with super intense notes of bing cherry, red licorice, exotic Asian spice and black tea. The oak is present, but very well integrated. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with soft tannin's but no astringency. The streak of acidity pulls it all together into a seamless, utterly gorgeous wine. Could easily hold it's own against Barolos twice it's price. The only draw back to this wine is also an attribute, that being that the tannin structure that makes the wine so appealing now means it's one for the short to mid term, not a 20 year wine. So practice that risotto recipe or score yourself some lamb shank and enjoy al fresco with loved ones.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Castello di Verduno "Basadone" Pelaverga  
Review Date: 10-29-2014
I first tried this grape varietal with the 2008 vintage, when I met Mario Andrion (Oenologist) and I soon planed a trip to visit the winery in May of 2010 (www.castellodiverduno.it) they have a great hotel ! Pelaverga has a DOC, in the region of Piedmont in Italy. The small zone has a vineyard area of only eight hectares, and includes the commune of Verduno, as well as parts of the communes of La Morra and Roddi d´Alba in the province of Cuneo. It’s an amazing medium-bodied red, intense fragrant nose, showing spicy overtones with lots of black pepper, as well as fruity sensations reminiscent of black cherries and strawberries. Truly a taste sensation, (I give this a slight chill) and a must try.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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