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2013 Mount Trio Sauvignon Blanc Great Southern   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-16-2014
Fresh, juicy, crisp Sauvignon Blanc at a stunning price. Citrus, white florals, lemon grass and fresh crushed herbs. Super refreshing, crisp and dry. A great everyday white that is perfect with seafood, spicy cuisine or just by itself! Exceptional value.
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart JH 92 BC 0

2013 Maimai Chardonnay Hawkes Bay  
Review Date: 8-15-2014
I was given a bottle of this to taste, and ended up building a dish around it that ended up working really well--a very simple garden zucchini soup that was blended and finished with a squeeze of lemon and a dollop of creme fraiche. The rich textures were great together, the chill of the Chardonnay against the warm soup; the pureness of the ingredients really brought out the minerality in the wine as well. So good, I went back for seconds of both.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 8-15-2014
Here is our latest entrant in American craft whiskey, a very tasty, skillfully made whiskey from Nebraska. Nebraska? Yes, Nebraska! As mentioned earlier, this is stylistically a Bourbon-meets Sherry-barrel-aged Single Malt. Lovely richness, lots of sweetness and spice from new American oak barrels, but most importantly, the balance, drinkability and elegance of a well made single malt Scotch. These folks clearly studied how things are done in Scotland, and it shows. Very cool new whiskey that is well worth a try!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Lambuena Roble "4 Meses en Barrica" Ribera del Duero  
Review Date: 8-15-2014
I've been saying it for the past seven years: red wine value is centered in Spain. Obviously, there is more to wine than just the flavor. There's intrigue, history, legendary vineyard sites, etc. But there's something to be said for just a great wine at a great price, and with the Lambuena, you're not sacrificing any of the above mentioned characteristics. Lambuena's fruit is grown in one of the best terroir locations in the Ribera del Duero, they add a touch of Merlot, a al Vega Sicilia, and the fruit is bio-dynamically grown. And, again, it's juicy, delicious, deep, and engrossing, and it's $12.99.
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Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 8-15-2014
This rich, layered whisky shows just how good young craft malt can be. I am not a believer in paying a high price for young stuff just because it comes from a small hands-on distillery. It has to be in the bottle, and the Cut Spike has the stuffing to justify the price. It is rich and textural without being over the top, and has layers of complexity that caught me by surprise. If you are interested in seeing how good a new distiller can be, check it out!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 8-14-2014
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Fantastic! This didn't really take too long to grow on me, I was hooked at the first waft of the wonderful vanilla and malty aromatics. Long and rich with a great touch of sweetness--who knew the Nebraskans had been hiding this gem? It's definitely Scotch-like, but with a wonderful, smooth, rich twist that more than hints at its American roots.
Top Value!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 8-14-2014
The Louis Roederer Cristal is a famous Champagne, and deserves to be an even more famous wine. This all estate grown Champagne comes from fifty hectares of the chalkiest, oldest vine sites on Roederer's 240 hectare estate. They farm these vineyards especially for Cristal, restricting the yields, and for many of the plots farming organically. This 2006 reminds me very much of the 2002 when it was this age; creamy and very mineral at once. It manages to have a full body and retain an extraordinary chalky freshness--I think this will be one of the greats.
Drink from 2014 to 2056

2011 Thierry & Pascale Matrot Bourgogne Blanc   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-14-2014
I love this white Burgundy. The palate is full of pear, white stone fruits and is held together with a creamy mid-palate. The finish is lively, with a vein of acidity that is so satisfying!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2004 Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame-Silhouette Box" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 8-14-2014
This is exceptional stuff, made entirely from Grand Cru vineyards, and from a vintage that we have not seen the likes of since 1988, or after 2004. It is composed of 61% Pinot Noir from Ay, Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy and 39% Chardonnay from Avize, Oger and Mesnil. It has a lovely hazelnut nose, with high quality croissant toast, and a clean, long, crisp impression on the palate. This will be great for a special occasion tonight, or for many, many years to come.
Drink from 2014 to 2029

Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 8-14-2014
When the guys from Cut Spike first sent us the sample of their whiskey, they said, "Take your time with it. It grows on you." I would pass that advise along to any K&L customer who buys a bottle. The first time you taste the Cut Spike single malt you'll likely say, "That's pretty good." It's later, however, that you start to really fall in love with the flavors. The new oak adds a dimension that's somewhat between Scottish single malt and Bourbon, but the finish is so rich and integrated that it does indeed remind you of something like Glenmorangie. Personally, I think the Cut Spike whiskey is tremendous, but I can imagine others not being nearly as enthused. It ultimately will come down to personal interest and preference, but I love knowing this whiskey was made 100% in the USA with Scottish techniques and a little American new oak char. That makes it all taste better in my glass.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Shoofly Wines Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-13-2014
Remarkable value Pinot! It's very hard to find solid Pinot Noir in the sub-$20 zone, let alone the sub-$10! Easy juicy fruit, lots of fruit, spice, subtle smoky, earthy characters that make this undeniably Pinot Noir (something that can't be said for all wines in this price point)! It also shows its Yarra Valley heritage with elegant structure and cool profile fruit. I have no idea how these guys make such solid wines from premium growing areas like Yarra and get them on the shelf for $9.99. This is a total no-brainer.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2013 Zudugarai "Amats" Getariako Txakolina  
Review Date: 8-13-2014
Serious props are in order to Mikel and his crew at Zudugarai, for organically producing a delicious, thirst quenching, picture perfect Txakoli in a very challenging 2013 vintage. With production down significantly, and demand every bit as strong locally, Zudugarai still maintained their pricing, which means that we can do the same and once again offer to you one of the tastiest, most gulpable dry whites around for a price that is much lower than most other Txakoli. Buy it by the case, which now that I think of it is only 6 bottles so better make it two!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux  
Review Date: 8-13-2014
This beauty is young, but it's already enticing and well-knit. Sanguine, plummy, with black cherry fruit on the nose. This is ripe, but not overripe, with lovely lift and tension. One of my favorite 2010s.

2010 des Annereaux, Lalande-de-Pomerol  
Review Date: 8-13-2014
Fresh, affordable Bordeaux that's made from organically grown grapes to boot? Sign me up! We tasted some pretty high-class wine today, but this $20 gem was one of my favorites. Its Cabernet Franc component shines through on the nose, which also displays incredibly pretty strawberry and raspberry fruit, chocolate and tobacco notes, which carry over to the palate and grow darker. Good acidity, well-integrated tannins. Really delightful.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Trisaetum "Wichmann Vineyard" Dundee Hills Riesling  
Review Date: 8-13-2014
An exceptional Riesling with great, juicy acidity, Meyer lemon, and just a touch off dry. Thrilled that this is a California exclusive for us! Homemade Chinese Orange Chicken over jasmine rice would be incredible with this wine. You can even cheat and order takeout.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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