Staff Favorites - Elisabeth Schriber

Elisabeth Schriber
Elisabeth discovered wine (more specifically Frascati) at age 19 while studying in Rome, Italy. It was cheaper than mineral water and went better with penne all’arrabiata. This was the only dish she ate in Italy, which would seem to be a terrible waste, only it was always excellent and could be relied upon to never contain pancetta, guanciale or any other members of the exhaustive pork fat family. While living in San Francisco in her twenties, Elisabeth’s taste in wine and food broadened. As a frequenter of the Wine House, the Wine Club and K&L Wine Merchants, as well as tasting rooms throughout Sonoma and Napa valleys, she learned to love Alsatian whites, Rhone reds, California Zin and embarked on what was to become her life’s great work—to develop a truly encyclopedic knowledge of and appreciation for rosé. Joining K&L’s San Francisco team in 2004 (brian, is this correct?) was, to quote Dr. Phil, a changing day in her life. Brilliant co-workers and engaged customers, not to mention a wicked discount on already low-priced wine, quickly turned a hobby into a career. As K&L has yet to promote Elisabeth to the head rosé buyer position for which she is so obviously deserving, she currently bides her time working from home as web editor/writer, compiling tasting notes and scores for the thousands of wines currently available at K&L. On her off hours, Elisabeth enjoys feeding and dressing her twin baby boys, August and Leo, and sneaking her carnivorous golden-retriever-Tasmanian-devil mix, Marlowe, onto Long Beach’s eponymous shoreline.

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2012 Palazzone Terre Vinate Orvieto   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-8-2014
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Interesting wine. Soft ripe stone fruits and fresh Hazelnuts on the nose with a toasted grain or even warm bread character that I often get from good Chenin Blanc. The wine has a lovely savory lees character that also gives great texture persistence on the palate. There is a nice balance of richness and tension which is something pretty remarkable for a bottle in this price point.
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Giuliano Pecorino Terre di Chieti   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-8-2014
Quite a ripe nose of tropical fruits, Mango and Lilikoi with a fresh floral note. The palate is soft and broad with nice concentration and texture. The wine has a stoney, even slight chalky mineral character towards the finish that helps give a little more length and balance to some of the exuberance of the fleshy fruit on the mid palate. Good value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart GR 2 BC 0

2010 Sons Of Eden "Romulus" Barossa Valley Shiraz   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-7-2014
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Not sure how to really explain this wine's quality...perhaps I should just start off by saying that for me these two bottlings (Romulus and Remus) are two of the greatest young bottles I have tasted in many years. They are quintessential Barossa wines combining power, purity, balance and authenticity. The concept of doing these two bottlings shows exactly how well The Sons of Eden understand their craft, respect their history and are pushing on with pride into a new era of compelling Australian wines. The Romulus is a big concentrated wine brimming with ripe, dark red fruits, terrarossa warm earth, sweet spice, mocha and toasty oak. The wines breadth and power is kept in balance by a surprising brightness and acidity given the wines ripeness and concentration. It wears its oak very well and will certainly continue to integrate this even further as it reaches adolescence. This wine is so rich and decadent now it is hard to imagine restraining ones self from drinking it, yet I believe keeping this a few years, maybe even 10, will only reward the strong willed. Seriously impressive wine that I would pit against any other Shiraz at any other price point, this is the real deal.
Drink from 2014 to 2022

2010 Sons Of Eden "Remus" Eden Valley Shiraz   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-7-2014
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Not sure how to really explain this wine's quality...perhaps I should just start off by saying that, for me, these two bottlings (Romulus and Remus) are two of the greatest young bottles I have tasted in many years. They are quintessential Barossa wines combining power, purity, balance and authenticity. The concept of doing these two bottlings shows exactly how well The Sons of Eden understand their craft, respect their history and are pushing on with pride into a new era of compelling Australian wines. The Remus is more high-toned than the Romulus on the blue and black fruit spectrum. Think Blackcurrant and cassis, add crushed mint, purple flowers and a lovely pencil shaving and cedar note from the French oak and you have a really lovely wine. The perfect contrast in expression to its more muscular, but equally impressive brother. There is no lack of concentration here, all the intensity is just more linear and focused. A really lovely wine that shows the special qualities of Eden Valley. I suspect this wine will outlive the Romulus and might well see its 20th birthday still in fine form.
Drink from 2014 to 2030

2012 Giuliano Pecorino Terre di Chieti  
Review Date: 4-7-2014
Oh Pecorino! It's a wonder I haven't tasted this varietal (knowingly) until this year. This wine has an explosive aroma. This wine smells like the trays of cut samples of peaches and nectarines, and at the farmer's market at the beginning of Summer, sprinkled with orange blossoms! This is one of those wines that you will want to nose over and over because it is pure bliss. On the palate it is richer and rounder than I would expect it to be. Greg hits the nail on the head in his description and comparing it to a French Viognier (which I also can't get my nose out of). I would serve this with something as simple and enjoyable as a squash blossom flatbread with fresh local ricotta, and a drizzle of walnut oil.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart GR 2 BC 0

2012 Blason Malvasia Friuli-Venezia-Giulia  
Review Date: 4-7-2014
This has a really intriguing nose, and is just as dynamic on the palate. Layers of river rock, white flowers, peach, and almost the suggestion of nuttiness.I would pair this with a caramelized spring onion and Parmesan quiche with a delicate side salad containing castelvetrano olives and avocados for richness. But don't over think the wine, just enjoy it.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart GR 2 BC 0

2012 Palazzone Terre Vinate Orvieto  
Review Date: 4-7-2014
a lovely straw yellow, this blend of hand picked field blend is the perfect refreshing accompaniment to a Spring salad with grilled prawns and a citrus vinaigrette. Packed up in a picnic, or served on the deck to friends, this is a great wine to have on hand as the temperatures rise. (no corkscrew needed)
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Tio Pepe (Gonzalez Byass) Fino Sherry  
Review Date: 4-7-2014
A perfect entry level Fino Sherry. The lightest of the sherries, this can be highly enjoyable with an assortment of delicious, simple nibbles. Prosciutto, olives, fried smelt, marcona almonds, etc.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1989 D'Oliveira Malvasia Madeira  
Review Date: 4-7-2014
I originally tasted this in November 2011, and even then it came across as rich, and viscous, with aromas of kumquat marmalade, toasted walnuts, and Fall leaves. Delicious with hard cheeses and nut cakes. Founded in 1820, D’Oliveira one of the few to Madeira shippers to survive from the pre-phylloxera era. Still owned an operated by the same family, who were once also highly important growers on the island.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2012 Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho "Contacto" Minho  
Review Date: 4-7-2014
Crisp , bright and lively, a taste of the Anselmo Alvarinho is inviting and a perfect pairing with fish and seafood. This wine is clean with citrus, a hint of mineral and a wonderful acidity that will wake up any palate.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

Genius Navy Strength Texas Gin 750ml  
Review Date: 4-7-2014
There are juniper , floral and citrus aromatics. In the mouth, lively softness with a hint of sweetness makes the Genius Gin a flavorful and easy to enjoy gin. This a delicious old tom style gin.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Cypress Estate Syrah Hawke's Bay   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-6-2014
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Ummmm such a great rendition of really juicy, spicy gravelly Hawke's Bay Syrah. For me this is one of the most distinctive varietal / region flavor profiles in the world. This wine has all that regional character and then some. The nose suggests cracked black pepper and spicy red berries. On the palate the flavors readily agree with a nice juicy mid-palate and mouthwatering acidity. There is a lovely gamey, pepper crusted steak quality here that complements the ripe berry fruits. Reminds me of the magic combination of Venison and Huckleberry sauce. What a steal for a wine of this quality. A must try for all lovers of Syrah.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Sons of Eden "Kennedy" Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre Barossa Valley   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-6-2014
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The answer to many critics and even some winemakers who have written off the 2011 vintage in South Australia. The vintage was one of the coldest and wettest on record with weather more like Seattle than Adelaide! However Simon and Corey have crafted a wine that is a shinning representation their grape growing / wine making skills and the ability of Barossa to produce incredibly delicious wines that are fresh, vibrant and a million miles away stylistically from the jammy, sweet fruit bombs that people often associate with the region. Never ones to make over-the-top wines anyway, the cards that mother nature dealt Simon and Cory in 2011 made them focus on purity and balance over bulk and brawn. This wine has fantastic purity of fruit and lovely ripe berry flavors, bramble fruit, loganberry. It also has sweet spice, black pepper and hint of charred steak. The wine is so supple and silky on the palate with super fine tannins and bright but soft acidity. The old vine (50+ yrs) origins of this wine show up on the finish with a lovely rocky, soil driven complexity adding yet another element to this complex wine. This has all the purity of fruit I want from Barossa with the layers and complexity I seek in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A really great bottle I implore you to try.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

2010 Urlar Pinot Noir Wairarapa New Zealand (Biodynamic)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-6-2014
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A new property that we are excited to be working with. These guys have a beautiful estate in Wairarapa on NZ's North Island. The vines are farmed organically and with some biodynamic principles also applied. The wines are precise and vibrant. The Pinot shows a nice dark edge to the fruit from the excellent and concentrated 2010 vintage. Black cherry, plum and even some cocoa powder nuances. There are some savory things here too, pine bark and lichen...? A nice framing from the oak of toasted spices completes the wine. Medium bodied in extraction with good ripeness and balanced acidity. This is a steal in the sub-$20 Pinot category.
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Urlar Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Gladstone New Zealand (Biodynamic)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-6-2014
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A new property that we are excited to be working with. These guys have a beautiful estate in Wairarapa on NZ's North Island. The vines are farmed organically and with some biodynamic principles also applied. The wines are precise and vibrant. The Savy has a lovely snap-pea and lime zest nose with some lees character underneath. The palate is fresh and zippy with lots of drive and freshness. Quite exuberant for the region which can sometimes be more restrained, but the hallmark mineral, crushed rock tinge is also present in the finish. Great value for the $15 price point.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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