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Staff Favorites - Scott Beckerley
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I wear a number of “hats,” so to speak (covers my bald head well). I am an assistant manager at the SF store. I also manage the SF tasting bar and work sales as well. Working the sales floor allows me to explore different vineyards and regions. Luckily, there are opportunities at K&L to bounce around a lot. I’ve developed a preference for wines that are drier, more tart and more complex. Fruit bombs are not my thing like they were when I was, ahem, younger. I definitely prefer more terrior and wines that are “earthy,” particularly with some age on them. My advice? Trust yourself and try to keep track of what you have had that you like. Don’t let anyone tell you what you are supposed to like. Everyone has a different palate and that’s what makes this business interesting.
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2008 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 7-4-2011
Worth every dollar and it deserves every high rating that it has been receiving. Dense and full, with blackberry and blueberry fruit. Pencil lead (as usual) on the nose with minerality and smoke. It is a joy on the palate with currant and blueberry fruit. Amazingly supple tannins. A cellar pick and I am giving it a Best Buy as it will age for 25 years plus and costs under $100.00.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2040
Billecart-Salmon "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 4-12-2011
It's baaaack! While this wonderful Brut often gets overshadowed by the Brut Rose, it is one that should not be missed! Rich, yet focused, with peach and pear fruit. Ginger spice on the palate, with bracing minerality and firm structure. If you're looking to find almost everything in one Champagne, this is it!
Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 4-12-2011
All Grand Cru fruit in this delicious blanc de blanc. An excellent combination of yeastiness,stone fruits and citrus fruits. Classic finish laden with crisp minerality. Dosage of 8g. This is a slightly bigger style of blanc de blanc for those of you who don't like "Brut Nature" styles of blanc de blanc.
Rare Wine Company Historic Series New York Malmsey Madeira
Review Date: 3-7-2011
I had this Madeira at the same tasting that I had the Savannah from the same series and though different from the Savannah, it is just as intriguing. Where the Savannah tends towards the dry side, the New york tends towards the sweet. Where the Savannah is not bone dry, the New York is not super sweeet. It has a nose of candied oranges, coffee and candied bacon. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, toffee, date and hazelnuts. Like the Savannah, it is worth every cent!
Rare Wine Company Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Madeira
Review Date: 3-7-2011
We recently had a staff tasting of the wines of Spain and Portugal and had the opportunity to taste this excellent Madeira. I absolutely loved it. A nose orange peel and roasted nuts. This one is quite dry,though not bone dry, with flavors of almonds, nectarines and citrus. Worth every penny.
Collard-Picard "Cuvée Selection" Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 2-8-2011
This lovely effort from the grandson of Rene Collard, he of pinot meunier-based Champagne fame, is rich with meunier pear fruit and spices. The finish has surprising minerailty due to the low dosage and the chardonnay that comes from Delphine Picard. A delicious blend of 80% pinot meunier and 20% chardonnay.
J Vineyards "Cuvée 20" Sonoma County Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 2-7-2011
One of my favorite domestic bubblies. A very pretty nose of white flowers and minerals. On the palate, green apples and grapefruit with a samll bubble and a creamy pear finish. All this at a very affordable price.
Gruet Rosé New Mexico Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 1-6-2011
Sparkling wine from New Mexico, you say? Yep, and it's really good, too! The Gruet family makes champagne in France and fell in love with New Mexico when they were visiting. The result of this love is a classically styled Brut Rose with bright strawberry fruit and toasted bread on the nose. Clean, raspberry fruit on the palate with a dry, crisp finish. Only 5000 cases produced. A wonderful bargain!
Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 11-15-2010
An excellent, affordable bubbly that is the perfect way to start a meal. Clean and crisp, with granny-smith apples and bartlett pear fruit. excellent acidity to add zip(!) to the finish. Perfect with finger foods and oysters.
Pommery "Brut Royal" Champagne
Review Date: 11-6-2010
This release from Pommery is an excellent value. It has the signature creamy and soft style of Pommery and a very affordable price. Peach fruit, cream and a hint of citrus zest on the nose. On the palate, pears, vanilla and subtle acidity. For those of you who like an elegant style that is feminine and treads softly.
2007 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 9-16-2010
Another outstanding wine from the superlative 2007 vintage. Deep and dark with black fruits and ample spice. Hints of lavender, smoke and pepper. A favorite of both Robert Parker and The Wine Spectator.
Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 8-3-2010
Excellent bubbles for a budget! Lively peach and pear fruit with tiny bubbles and an excellent bead. Well-rounded, delicate, with a fresh, crsipy finish. Excellent as an apertif and with a salad. A price too good to pass up!
Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 2-12-2010
Okay, I haven't written up a Chamapagne for a long time now, so I'm going to indulge myself. Ruinart has been around since 1729 and makes some of the best Blanc de Blanc and Rosé on the market. The Rosé is a wonderful example of a clean, somewhat delicate, classic style Rosé. Wonderful raspberry, strawberry notes with great depth, acidity and minerality. Well worth the money. Personally, I enjoy it by itself or with a mild, creamy cheese. No need to mask any of the flavors coming from this beauty.
Ariston Aspasie "Cepages d'Antan" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-10-2009
Wow! I can honestly say that I have never tried a Champagne like this before! I first had it at our Champagne Tent Event in Redwood City and again last week (11/3). A very exotic blend of Pinot Blanc, Meslier and Arbane. White fruits such as pear, lychee and white nectarine. Add toasted pine nuts, some chalk and you have it. One of the most interesting Champagnes in the company. You already love the Rose, now try something very different. Versatile enough to start a meal with or to have with a main course. The Ariston family has done it again!
Sorelle Bronca Prosecco DOCG
Review Date: 10-11-2009
Normally, I have mixed feelings about Prosecco and have to be in the mood to drink it. Sometimes, it is a little too fruity for me. However, this Sorelle Bronca is nice and dry and tart! A pretty nose of orange blossoms, mandarin oranges and toasted nuts. Crisp acidity with citrus fruits and minerality on the palate. A great way to start a meal and a great alternative to Blanc de blancs Chamapgne.
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