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 Charles Baur Eichberg Riesling Grand Cru  
Review Date: 12-4-2014
Beautiful pear fruit with lots of stony minerality. This has really nice persistence on the palate. Great dry-styled Riesling and perfect for the holiday season.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2012 Charles Baur Eichberg Riesling Grand Cru   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-4-2014
A pretty Riesling, with fabulous acidity! With a tiny hint of sweetness, starfruit, citrus and mineral, this wine really showcases the seriousness of Grand Cru Alsatian Riesling.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2012 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago  
Review Date: 12-4-2014
Simply put, the wines from Mount Edward may be the best direct import we've brought in for the category. The Estate offers aromas of plum, ripe black cherry, clove, some forest floor notes and a hint of dried orange peel. On the palate there is fine, tangy acidity with a light dusting of cocoa powder to the supple tannin structure. Fine balance and drive bring a long persistent finish.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart JS 92 BC 0

Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-4-2014
The sparkling rose is for more than just parties, it can certainly hold up to heavier food and cuisine. Once popped you can smell bright cherries, melon and rose petals, with an underlying salinity. The palate has cranberry and black cherry, but also has an earthy, smoky minerality and intense acidity that can easily hold up to heavier cuisine. Enjoy now.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart WE 89 BC 0

Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-4-2014
Crunchy cranberry and juicy strawberry make this lovely sparkling wine an easy choice for elegant and fun holiday entertaining! Spice things up with this top value rose!
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart WE 89 BC 0

Charles Baur "Emotion" Cremant d'Alsace Brut   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-4-2014
Bright, fresh and elegant, the Chardonnay in this sparkling wine really shines with citrus, pear, apple and mineral. Looking for an affordable, classy wine for your holiday parties? Look no further!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2012 Mount Edward Estate "Muirkirk Vineyard" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago  
Review Date: 12-4-2014
The "Muirkirk Vineyard" is a bit more muscular and shows its Bannockburn spine derived from the schist and dense clay soils there. Wild thyme and spice permeate the black raspberry and dark cherry in the nose with earth and some meaty accents. On the palate the wine already shows a layered complexity that is concentrated and yet poised with superb balance, structure and length.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Mount Edward Estate "Morrison Vineyard" Pinot Noir Lowburn Central Otago  
Review Date: 12-4-2014
The "Morrison Vineyard" brings the brighter side to the single vineyard Pinots with a lifted floral, rose petal bouquet along with plum and red fruit that dominate along with some spice notes. While elegant, there is good mid-palate weight that remains ethereal with signature purity, balance and expressive length.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2012 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica (1.5L)  
Review Date: 12-4-2014
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The 2012 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica* is harvested the first 10 days of October, fermented and aged in stainless and released after a year. The wine is so powerful and intense that bottle aging, or decanting, is needed to get to this powerful wine’s mineral core. The nose is full pear-like fruit spiced with anise, citrus and a bit of brioche-like toastiness, although the wine sees no wood.
Drink from 2014 to 2022
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

1990 Glenfarclas K&L Exclusive Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 12-4-2014
The 1990 vintage is a soft and supple whisky bottled at 100 proof that really captures the rich, cakey, textural elements of Oloroso sherry. A special marriage of sherry butts all chosen from one particularly good year at Glenfarclas, it's a straightforward, easy-to-like, and deliciously round whisky that offers easy accessibility, but also depth. When you're thinking about 24 year old, sherry-aged single malt it's exactly what you hope it will be. Not big, not powerful, not overly-sweet, not sulphured or bitter from too much time in wood, and not all that spicy. Just flat-out awesome in the most basic of ways. This is our replacement to the 18 year old Glendronach casks we used to do annually. We just added an extra 6 years of maturity. Hot deal.
Price: $169.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé  
Review Date: 12-4-2014
How can you go wrong with a rosé sparkler — especially under $20? Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this is jam-packed with crunchy red fruits and spicy strawberry sweetness. Delightful on its own, as an aperitif, with a first course salad, or with a plate of cheese and a hearty loaf of fresh-baked bread. The label should say "A Happy Rosé"
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart WE 89 BC 0

2010 Inglenook "Cask" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 12-3-2014
A great package and superb wine, the 2010 Cask Cab shows classic cedar, leather and spice flavors, mixed in with concentrated black cherry and red currant fruit. It is a full-bodied wine that is firm on the finish but still balanced and very approachable right now.
Price: Hidden View Price AG 91 BC 0

2013 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 12-3-2014
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Nice strawberry and brambly aromas--quite forward and plenty of ripe berry fruit on the palate. Round tannins--ready now and should last several years in a cellar. Smooth and seamless. Excellent balance. Try with a veal roast. Value.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Villegeorge, Haut-Médoc   | Approved
Review Date: 12-2-2014
In my own version of the French language, the word "Bordeaux" simply means "delicious," and this wine is a perfect example of that translation. From the incredible 2009 vintage, this Haut-Medoc bottling has everything one could want: An ample amount of dark fruit perfectly balanced with tobacco, spice box, toasty vanilla, and dark chocolate. Medium-plus acidity and well-balanced tannins throughout the palate lead to a lingering finish sure to warm you up. Simply put, a lovely selection that is showing wonderfully now and will continue to improve with age.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Mount Edward Estate "Morrison Vineyard" Pinot Noir Lowburn Central Otago   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-2-2014
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A tiny production of just 260cs. This wine is hand-chosen from the very best blocks and single barrels from Mount Edward's stunning "Morrison" estate vineyard in the Lowburn sub-region of Central Otago. The vineyard is composed from layers of glacial deposit - schist and quartz gravels. To one side of the vineyard towers the snow-capped Pisa Range Mountains; to the other side, the majestic Lake Dunstan. This really is a magical site for growing grapes! The wine has stunning length and structure. The fruit flavors of ripe forest berries, clove, nutmeg, Porcini mushroom and subtle oak spices are so pure and expressive. The tannins while evident are very refined and polished. Fresh acidity from Central Otago's cool nighttime temps are evident here giving the whole wine lift and vibrancy. This is top quality Pinot really showing winemaker Duncan Forsyth's pedigree. Some of the best Pinot New Zealand produces.
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

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