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Matthew Callahan

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2013 Angeline Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 8-7-2014
Hands-down one of the best quality Domestic Pinots available in this price range!
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 8-7-2014
The Bruno Michel wines always deliver, but the "Blanche" with 6 years on the lees will surely please. The bouquet shows toasty baked apple with hints of nutmeg spice and ginger. On the palate the wine has a rich and creamy mid-palate with refreshing acidity and a persistent, long finish. Great bubbles, with that kind of lees age, for $35? Yeah, buddy!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-7-2014
The juicy goodness that is Miguel Merino wine just keeps on comin'! Red plum, cassis, and blackberry with notes of meat and game. Elegantly integrated oak and tannin with balanced medium plus acidity. A really lovely wine from Miguel Merino, who continues to demonstrate that his wines can age with the subtle grace of the best of Rioja.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Zudugarai "Amats" Getariako Txakolina   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-7-2014
Our friends at Zudugarai Amats bring it again! Zippy freshness with a hint of fizz and low alcohol- delish! Lime zest, mineral, green pear with a lively acidity that makes me reach for the bottle to pour another glass. It's time to kick off your shoes, break out the aged Manchego, olives and Marcona almonds, grab a glass, and hit the patio- it's Txak-O'Clock somewhere!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 MOD Wines "Kokumi" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 8-7-2014
MOD is a new winery to me. The name Kokumi is the Japanese word used to describe a flavor concept. "Not a taste in and of itself, but a sensation of richness and balance, enhancing the taste experience." Rumor has it (although not much can be found online) that the winemakers for Marcassin and Kosta Brown are behind this label.
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Lambuena Roble "4 Meses en Barrica" Ribera del Duero  
Review Date: 8-7-2014
Bright fruit, with a savory and herbaceous nose, and fairly big tannins. This would be great paired with a juicy rare steak, seared with a thick crust, and a side of roasted mushrooms flecked with rosemary and garlic.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja  
Review Date: 8-7-2014
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I absolutely love this wine's complex and traditional flavors but what really excites me is its supple nature. Still the classic length but wrapped in a richly textured wild fruit compote that balances that structure perfectly. The balance between the spice, leather, earth and that beautiful fruit is simply magnificent and to get it for this price is amazing. Although I think I could drink this wine on its own I'd suggest grilled meats or some aged Manchego.
Drink from 2014 to 2021
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Dönnhoff Estate Riesling (Feinherb)  
Review Date: 8-7-2014
Just this side of dry, the Riesling is refreshing with peach pit on the palate, and long lingering acidity. This with a bowl of pad thai, or a pile of home made lemongrass and ground pork dumplings would be heaven.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Saint-Jean-des-Graves Blanc, Graves  
Review Date: 8-7-2014
A steely Sauvignon Blanc with great acidity and chalky minerality. Great for a refreshing aperitif on a warm day, and priced for a party.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruno Michel "Les Roses" Brut Rosé Champagne  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
This is not a casual sipping rosé! On various occasions, I have enjoyed this and have it come across as rich and satisfying, or brooding and spicy, on one occasion I think I recall my tasting notes saying "good 1er cru Nuit-St-Georges with bubbles." However you describe it, you cannot argue against this being an intensely flavored, highly original Champagne with real personality.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rosé  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
I am SO excited about this rosé! I had the honor of spending an afternoon with the winemaker at his estate in May, and have been looking forward to this arrival ever since. A timely blind rosé tasting took place recently among several wine professionals, and I'm thrilled to say that my contribution of this bottle came out on top! Bonus that it's a screw top; this wine is just 100 percent enjoyable. Very food friendly and an incredible addition to the stunning lineup of the Noblaie wines.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
Though he is no pilot, I often hear our friend, gifted winery director and noted Rioja Raconteur, Miguel Merino speak of "cruise altitude" in his Riojas. What Miguel means is the moment at which point a wine starts developing real interest and a keen sense of balance between fruit, tannins and complex flavor development. This 2006 Vitola, to throw some Spanglish your way, está en plena "cruise altitude!" Awesome wine; I suggest you try some.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Michel Loriot "Palmyre" Brut Nature Champagne  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
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Ok, if you are a fan of complex Champagne and on a budget, your ship just came in. This is a Brut Nature, but it avoids that lean and mean character, thanks to the ripe estate fruit selected for this cuvee. It has that rich and slightly gamy character I love in Meunier, coupled with the bright focus of Chardonnay. If you think of Champagne as an aperitif, consider trying this with a roasted whitefish such as halibut, and see why it is the perfect accompaniment to a meal.
Top Value!
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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
This 50% Chardonnay 50% Pinot Meunier blend, which is aged over four years on the lees, remains one of my all-time favorite Champagnes we stock here at K&L. This dry bubbly is rich and full with wonderful sweetness to the spiced apple fruit. The finish is so long, complex and persistent you will compare it to bottles costing three to four times as much. Super quality and super bang for the buck here.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne (previously Cuvee Reserve)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-6-2014
Exceptional quality for the money. Remarkably soft and elegant considering that the wine goes through no malo. Ripe orchard fruit and some softer stone fruit elements. Creamy lees texture and great persistence on the palate. One of our best values in all of Champagne.
Top Value!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

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