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2012 Nalle "Vinum Clarum" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel  
Review Date: 3-18-2015
I thought that Zinfandel in this style had gone extinct. Luckily our California team is out looking for great stuff all the time, and their recent trip to Dry Creek reacquainted them with a classic; Nalle. This is perfect barbecue wine, with lots of wild, brambly fruit, low tannin, good acid and excellent poise and balance. The long finish on this wine surprised me- it has California soul!
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2007 Joseph Swan "Trenton Estate" Russian River Valley Syrah  
Review Date: 3-18-2015
I love it when Bryan Brick finds wines like this- aged to perfection, and priced to drink! This suave Syrah from Swan has a steak au poivre and blueberry nose and a supple texture from time-resolved tannin. If you are looking for a complex, multi-layered Syrah, look no further!

2012 Joseph Swan "Trenton Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 3-18-2015
The Trenton Estate is always top notch, but often a backward wine that needs a lot of time to show its stuff. The precocious 2012 is an exception and shows very well not, and should have the legs to age for as long as you want to cellar it. This is one of the very best California Pinot's that we have at any price, made in the old school way, with plenty of savory, brambly intrigue to go with its solid California fruit. The finish is almost endless. This is a must try for any Califoria Pinot lover.
Drink from 2015 to 2027
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2014 Banshee Sonoma County Rosé of Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 3-18-2015
This was a knockout, and perhaps my favorite wine from our domestic staff tasting this past Tuesday. I don't like many domestic rose's as they are usually to heavy and way to expensive compared to their French counterparts. Not this Banshee Sonoma County Rose Of Pinot Noir! This has the high toned fruit and mineral drive of a great Sancerre Rose, but with more mid-palate presence. This is top notch stuff!
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2013 Do Ferreiro "Cepas Vellas" Albariño Rias Baixas  
Review Date: 3-18-2015
Proprietor and long-time grape grower Gerardo Mendez is rightfully proud of his 2013 Cepas Vellas. As usually is the case for this bottling from his home vineyard, featuring 200+ year old (yes you read correctly, 200!) pie franco, pre-phyloxera vines, this is intensely mineral and high in acid, but also high in fruit intensity and dry extract as well. 2013 was a tricky vintage in Rias Baixas, featuring a cooler and damper summer than usual in the north of Spain, but as usual this wine is delicious and a real treat. Incredible as it is now, try to stash away a few bottles to open in another few years, or longer. This is one of those sneaky agers that will absolutely impress with 8-10 years in bottle.
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2010 Bodegas Muga Reserva Rioja  
Review Date: 3-18-2015
Muga's entry level wine is always delicious, but in a very good to great vintage like 2010, expect a bit better than delicious! It has mixed berry and darker cherry fruit flavors, a bit more on the darker side in most years, but with a mouth feel and tannin structure that nod towards modern day Rioja, while its spice, minerality and soul speak to traditional Rioja. A solid choice for Rioja fans and newbies alike, Muga's 2010 Reserva bottling is drinking well now and should age nicely over the next 5-7 years as well.

2012 Borsao "Tres Picos" Garnacha Campo de Borja  
Review Date: 3-18-2015
Tres Picos is its usual, richly red fruited self in 2012. Borsao's Tres Picos has a loyal following, and if you like a lot of fruit framed by generous, sweet/spicy barrel notes, you will see why this is consistently one of our more popular Grenache based wines.

2012 Luca Malbec Uco Valley  
Review Date: 3-18-2015
Laura Catena's Luca Malbec continues to bring the goods. Dark fruited, with nice barrel spice overtones and serious structure, this is a great Malbec from a very good vintage in 2012, a year that gives this wine even better bones than usual. A terrific Malbec for those who prefer reds with more body and lots of flavor.

1998 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja  
Review Date: 3-18-2015
Based right in the middle of Rioja Alta, in the village of Cenicero, Bodegas Riojanas is one of the region's centenarian bodegas, a winery with a rich history that continues to uphold their high standards for traditionally made Gran Reserva wine. Monte Real has been made for decades, and is one of the winery's two flagship wines, produced from primarily Tempranillo grown in Cenicero. This is always a more intensely fruited counterpart to the earthier Viña Albina. The '98 is drinking terrifically now, arguably at its apex, though it should continue to provide pleasure for at least the next 5-7 years.

1998 Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina Gran Reserva Rioja  
Review Date: 3-18-2015
Based right in the middle of Rioja Alta, in the village of Cenicero, Bodegas Riojanas is one of the region's centenarian bodegas, a winery with a rich history that continues to uphold their high standards for traditionally made Gran Reserva wine. Viña Albina always has a stronger imprint of Mazuelo, with a pleasant earthy/savory interplay of fruit, spice and leathery notes. While the wine is a proven ager, this 1998 is in a great spot for drinking now.

2013 Lora Tempranillo Syrah Vino de la Tierra de Castilla  
Review Date: 3-17-2015
Made from organic grapes farmed on the cooler, high meseta in Cuenca, in the far east of Castilla La Mancha, this dark fruited blend is nicely round, juicy, and bursting with fruit, without being at all overripe or overoaked. It's simply a delicious and easy red for mid-week enjoyment. Also of note is that Miguel Merino Navajas, the son of one of our favorite Rioja producers Miguel Merino, makes this wine.
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Jefferson's K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Reserve Very Old Bourbon 750ml  
Review Date: 3-17-2015
This is quite lush, a soft and savory palate of oak and herbaceous notes that, to me, tastes like it might come from Heaven Hill. It's not a whiskey that impresses you with power, but rather with restraint. I haven't had a bourbon in this style for quite some time. I rather miss it.
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Knappogue Castle K&L Exclusive 12 Year Old Single Barrel Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml  
Review Date: 3-17-2015
In the vein of Glenmorangie or Clynelish, this is 100% single malt whiskey with a soft vanilla flavor and a lovely, rich smack of stone fruit on the finish. In classic Cooley fashion, there's a note of white wine, Sauvignon Blanc maybe, and a kiss of sweet barley on the finish. I wish wea had access to more stuff of this quality and this concentration, but the occasional cask will have to do!
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2013 Lora Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc Vino de la tierra de Castilla  
Review Date: 3-17-2015
This is a brightly fruited, crisp, delicious blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo, straight out of the Rueda regional playbook. Made from organic grapes as well. Unlike in Rueda, though, where good Verdejo shines on its own, in Castilla La Mancha the Sauvignon Blanc adds some additional bright acidity and citric fruit notes to perfectly complement Verdejo's richer, riper, profile. For an aperitive before dinner, something to accompany seafood, or a perfect foil to a lighter meal of salad, cheese and bread, it does not get much tastier!
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Alexander Jules Amontillado "Singular" K&L Single Barrel 19/27 Sanlucar de Barrameda  
Review Date: 3-17-2015
I don't have too much more to add to the notes I entered last year (yes, this has been a rather long-term project for us!) other than the fact that I love Amontillado, it is one of the wine world's truly great, inimitable classics, and this is one of the best I've ever had (and I've had a lot of 'em!) This is the second of two knockout barrels we selected at the bodega earlier this year. Compared to the 4/27, this one is perhaps more masculine, with spicier and headier aromatics, yet linear on the palate, with a clear flor and salt driven personality that speaks both to its Sanlucar origins and the highest quality of Argueso's old Amontillado. Very limited, when it's gone it's gone! Don't miss the chance to own this rarity and take part in a small slice of K&L history ! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer)
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