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Matthew Callahan

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1999 Canon-La Gaffelière, St-Emilion  
Review Date: 7-15-2014
If you're looking for a bottle of Bordeaux to drink right now, this delivers with some decanting. Notes of fresh-roasted coffee, orange zest, spice and mesquite complement a palate packed with gamey black fruit, espresso and tobacco notes on the finish.

2010 de Chantegrive Rouge, Graves  
Review Date: 7-15-2014
I'm really enamored with the 2010 Bordeaux. They're big, but there's so much acidity, and the values we've brought in are so integrated, even now, that they're a joy to drink. The Chantegrive is a case in point. It's full of sweeter fruit, with herbs and spice, and is richer than its 2009 counterpart, but it's also far more complex, in my opinion, with the quintessential Graves graphite/minerality, with a long, coating finish.

2001 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc  
Review Date: 7-15-2014
An incredible value! This is inky and opaque with just a touch of bretty funk that adds earthiness without being overwhelming. On the palate there's bay laurel to balance the tart cranberry fruit, nice lift and just a scoche of tannin.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Nairac, Sauternes  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This sensational wine combines aromas and flavors of clover honey, saffron, pineapple, orange spice tea and sweet scented wildflowers. Full-bodied without being unctuous, an oily sleekness holds the mid-palate and a mineral/acid tension glides along the long finish. This really over-delivers for the price.

2013 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Nr.7" Sauvignon Blanc Sondagskloof   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
I adore this winery, they farm biodynamic, ensuring their estate is lined with indigenous flowers, plants and animals adding to their unique terroir. With high elevation for a cooler climate and a unique topsoil called "fynbos," which gives their wines a distinct vegetal, black olive quality, this Sauv Blanc is killer. It’s more reminiscent of cool weather Sauv Blanc, with crisp acidity, zesty citrus fruits like orange and lime but with a unique green nose with hints of jalapeno, black olive and lemon rind. An excellent, well-done wine, a must-have for 2013.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
I am already a fan of the TWR wines, but this 2013 Pinot Noir elevated their quality to another level with the same great price! The 2013 was an amazing vintage for New Zealand, but I think what really made a difference this year is the addition of a second vineyard in this wine. The new addition is a vineyard from a steep, north facing slope (which is the sunny side in the Southern Hemisphere) with clay soils. The clay soil brings a silky mouth feel that I love! This wine has a great balance of red and dark currant, with a lot of spice, flint and earth. The complexity far exceeds the price. Enjoy!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Underwood by Union Wine Co. Oregon Pinot Gris (375ml can)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
OK people, have a little faith in us, here--this wine is incredibly quaffable and delicious! Perfect for a summer picnic in the park, in the ice bucket poolside, on a hike up to a beautiful sunset or even backpacking in the woods, this little half bottle in a can delivers all of the freshness you would hope for. Melon, citrus, peach and medium acidity! I'm in! Just be careful--it's two glasses in one can!
Price: $5.99 Add To Cart BC 0

El Dorado 12 year old Demerara Guyana Rum 750ml  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
A great rum that is distilled from molasses. It is rich, round, sweet and delicious. While this rum is on the sweeter and richer side, it is not sugary and has complexity to balance it out.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Cave de Tavel "Lauzeraies" Tavel  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
A wonderful rosé for any occasion. It is dry, bright, round and packed full of deep red fruit flavors. It is great alone and will go well with Mediterranean style foods.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

El Dorado 15 year old Demerara Guyana Rum 750ml (ships in a 1.5 box)  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This rum is both tasty and interesting. It has the winning sweetness that one would expect from a rum from Guyana. The El Dorado 15 is also very complex, with layers of flavors from sweet to an almost subtle earthiness.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Pirramimma "Old Bush Vines" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
I was so pleasantly surprised by all the Pirramimma wines and the pricing is just CRAZY good! This pure Grenache is from a vineyard called the "Prisoner of War" which was planted in 1944! These vines have produced a fine, rich, wild bramble flavored wine. Lots of gamey meaty notes reminiscent of the Southern Rhone. Toasted spice and dark-edged fruit fill the mid-palate. Beautifully polished tannins that have benefited from time in bottle. The wine finishes with a sandalwood note that lingers long on the palate. Exceptional value on this K&L exclusive deal.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Nr.3 Bergblokke" Sauvignon Blanc Sondagskloof  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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I was really surprised by the elegance and flavor integration of this wine. I like Sauvignon Blanc but I don't like the overtly grassy versions or the exceedingly neutral, pseudo-Chardonnay styles either. This wine (once you get past the name) has energy, with fresh, almost citrusy flavor showing a brighter more focused wine. I love this style of wine with richer seafood or a grilled calamari, or with a runny poached egg over grilled asparagus. This isn't the first place you'd probably look for Sauvignon but it will be on your list after you have this wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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Pure, elegant, focused, silky, layered and exotic. The descriptors could go on and on but all you need to do is buy a bottle and see for yourself. Next level quality from TWR; one of the best NZ Pinots I have tasted, period.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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NZ Chard is something that I think people don't understand. With all the hype about Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, Chard and Riesling from down here don't get the attention of praise they deserve. TWR's 2013 Chard is tightly focused and precise. The wine combines richness and exotic fruit from the 35-year-old vines with flinty mineral tones and firm acidity. Certainly a Burgundy lover's wine rather than a butter bomb, but I think this will put on weight as the months and years go by. I really love Jason and Anna's ambition for their few rows of magic Chardonnay vines.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Teutonic "Laurel Vineyard - Bergspitze Schwarz" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
There are plenty of people who will tell you that the 2011 vintage in Oregon was terrible. Horrible. Totally awful. Unfortunately for the winemakers in Oregon, that's all a lot of wine lovers ever hear. Unfortunate, I say, because so many of the wines made from the vintage are actually quite lovely--lean, aromatic and distinctive. Take this Pinot from the folks at Teutonic. It's the color of fire and ice roses, with a stunning, spicy and floral nose that makes me think of Chiavanesca. Taut fruit, this is not for people who like BIG Pinots, but if you like your wines like carefully crafted lace, this is for you.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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