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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.


Reviews

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Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 12-27-2008
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There is simply no better Blanc de Blanc in the store at this price! Classic Avize minerality with crisp apple-y fruit, lemons, limes and wet stone aspects. A wonderful Chamnpagne with caviar or baked Brie. Too good of a value to pass up. We can also go for months without having this sparkler in stock. Also available in 375ml and magnum. It also comes in a gorgeous 2002 vintage as well!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 12-26-2008
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Fresh off de boat! Just tried this last Saturday night (4th of July). Those of you who are fans, don't be confused by the new Aspasie label! It's the same wine you have loved for years! Loads of raspberry, strawberry and bing cherry fruit. Hints of minerality hit the tongue and make this a winner for those of you who like the Billecart-Salmon style at a greatly reduced price. We always sell out of this one!
Top Value! Drink from 2009 to 2012
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé
Review Date: 10-8-2008
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A fantastic buy in bubbles! A delicate nose of raspberries and roses. In the mouth, a very fine bead with a slight hint of minerality, more raspberries, vanilla and tart cherries. A really great bubbly to have by itself or with a light, fruit-based tart.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart WE 89 BC 0

Collard-Picard "Cuvée Selection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-2-2008
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A round and full Champagne, with loads of rich fruit. Amazing bubbles, clean and linear. Toasted hazelnuts, sea salt and grapefruit zest on the nose. In the mouth, brown butter, caramel, spice and clean citrus fruit. The finish is where the Chardonnay stands out. Unlike other Pinot Meunier-based Champagnes, this one has the unmistakable minerality of fruit from Mesnil to enhance the zippy finish. I highly recommend this Champagne for those of you who are curious about Meunier-based sparklers. It is also an ideal pairing for fowl and rustic smoked meats where other Champagnes tend to fall flat.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-2-2008
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Once the bottle is opened, a nose of lemon curd, citrus and brioche wafts up at you, immediately letting you know that there is a lot going on with this wine. Nutty background notes lend interest and make this a memorable Champagne. In the mouth, apricot, pineapple and cream are the primary flavors with Granny Smith apples and hazelnuts in the background. The citrus aspect of the chardonnay really comes out on the finish and lends a bit of zippiness to the overall impression.

Henriot "Souverain" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-2-2008
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Although the majority of the blend is pinot noir, the crisp chardonnay fruit stands out on the nose. Refreshing citrus, green apples and minerality are the dominant characteristics and they create refreshing and clean scents that are reminiscent of a fine blanc de blanc. On the palate, there is also a crispness that makes for a lighter style of sparkling wine. Pears, limes, nectarines and (again) a hint of minerality are at the forefront. On the finish and at the back of the palate are cream and vanilla from the pinot noir. This is a very solid Champagne at an excellent price; it’s a one-time deal, so when we run out, it’s finis!

Launois "Quartz" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-2-2008
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The NV Launois “Quartz” is a half-pressure (three atmospheres of pressure versus the typical six) bottling in the cremant style. It is at once both delicate and mouthfilling. Composed of 100% chardonnay from the world-renowned chardonnay producing area of Mesnil (and Aviz and Oger), it has flavors of apples, brioche and lemon zest. Loads of cream and vanilla at the back of the palate make this a great way to start a meal with light appetizers.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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