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Staff Favorites - Jeff Garneau
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Jeff has been a member of the sales staff in our Redwood City store for the past four years. His first introduction to wine was as a waiter in an upscale Italian restaurant in Hanover, NH more years ago than he likes to admit. He slowly made his way west to wine country, working his way across the US as a graduate student in geography, a public sector researcher in regional economic development, and briefly, in the wake of the Anderson-Enron scandal, a records management coordinator for one of the remaining Big Five accounting firms. Finally, surrendering to the inevitable, he accepted a position in the wine business here at K&L. His goals for the next four years include drinking more wines from Italy and France and trying to limit the number of open bottles on the dinner table on any given night to fewer than six.
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Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 5-20-2011
The region of Saumur in the Loire Valley of France is the largest producer of sparkling wines outside of Champagne. This blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc is an astonishing value at $11.99. Dry and crisp in style with a rich, creamy texture. Affordable by the case for a special event. Inexpensive enough to enjoy guilt-free any night of the week. Sante!
Collard-Picard "Cuvee Selection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 1-31-2011
This champagne is a real family enterprise, with the Picard family contributing Grand Cru Chardonnay to the blend and the Collard family its famous Pinot Meunier. With 80% of the latter, its the Meunier that really defines the wine. Lightly toasted brioche and cinnamon spice combine with crisp red apple notes. A very dry style but with extraordinary richness.
Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé
Review Date: 12-31-2010
Gorgeous salmon color! Fresh, ripe strawberry nose. Crisp, dry style. Superb Pinot Noir character. Imported directly from the producer in Alsace, this is one of our best values in sparkling wine under $20.
2003 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 7-29-2010
I have long been a fan of the wines of Chateau Lanessan. As a Cru Bourgeois they are always attractively priced, even while the chateau occupies an advantageous position immediately south of Chateau Beychevelle, just outside the St. Julien appellation in the commune of Cussac-Fort Medoc. I have enjoyed the 1996, the 1999, and even the 2000 vintage but had never before tasted the 2003. I was a bit nervous considering the extreme heat of the vintage that the wine would be too soft or overripe but nothing could be further from the truth. The wine shows perhaps a bit more fruit than in other years, but there is ample structure to support it. The estate produced a remarkably balanced wine with very reasonable 13% alcohol. Ripe red fruits – red currant and plum – and a hint of pepper. Delicious, and ready to drink now. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot.
1999 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 1-10-2010
I have long been a fan of this over performing Haut-Médoc estate. Château Lanessan has as storied a history as many classified growths. The current owners, the Delbos-Bouteiller family, can date their ownership of the property back to 1793, and the property itself to 1310. The wines were not included in the Classification of 1855 since the owner at the time, Louis Delbos, neglected to send in samples to the committee. However, it was considered to be the equal of many fifth growths. The property lies just to the south of Château Beychevelle in the commune of Cussac-Fort-Médoc, and has a very St. Julien-like character. This 1999 vintage is surprisingly ripe with firm tannins and impressive dark fruit. With some time in a decanter notes of black currants and cedar emerge on the nose. In the mouth, the fruit is rich and concentrated - blackberry compote and damson plum. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. For Bordeaux lovers this wine represents a tremendous value at less than $20. Drink now or enjoy over the next 3 to 5 years.
2003 Verdignan Rouge, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 1-5-2010
Chateau Verdignan is a small property of 60 hectares excellently situated on gravel soils in Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne, close to the Gironde River just north of the appellation of St-Estephe. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. We are fortunate at the moment to have several different vintages available. The 2003 Chateau Verdignan shows off the ripeness of the vintage. On the nose, ripe blackberry fruit with a soupçon of well-seasoned oak. In the mouth ripe plum, black currant and cassis. The wine is richly textured with a thick, mouth-coating appeal. Lush, sensual, hedonistic. No need to delay gratification here. This is a wine to enjoy tonight.
Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-26-2009
Lovely toast on the nose. Classic pain grille, bright cherry, and hazelnut in the mouth. The ripeness of the fruit is offset by bracing acidity and an intense mineral character. A big, bold wine, this champagne will be the center of attention at any party.
2005 St-Hilaire, Médoc
Review Date: 9-3-2009
I rejoice at the return of the 2005 St-Hilaire, Médoc at $16.99. I believe this was the very first wine of the 2005 vintage to arrive in our Redwood City store way back in August of 2007. It made quite an impression then, and an extra two years in the bottle has only improved it. The wine shows a hint of violets on the nose, ripe red cherry fruits, and good weight and structure. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. Ready to drink.
2005 Au Grand Paris, Bordeaux Superior
Review Date: 7-15-2008
Another from the Entre-Deux-Mers region. 55% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 5% cabernet franc. Designated “Best Value” by WSJ. Big and round in the mouth. Blackberry and licorice notes. Nice minerality on midpalate. Drink or hold.
2005 Château de Sales, Pomerol
Review Date: 5-20-2008
For lovers of the classic Bordeaux style, this wine represents an exceptional value. The higher proportion of cabernet sauvignon means the wine is frequently more austere in its youth than many of its Pomerol neighbors. Moreover, the wine is aged in a combination of cement tank and barrique, with less than 5% new oak. The 2005 vintage displays a youthful violet purple color. Tangy red currants dominate the nose. Lots of ripe, round, mouthfilling fruit and fleshy tannins fill out the palate. The wine is quite closed at this early stage, but promises much. In most vintages the wine reaches perfect maturity in about 8 to 12 years so you won’t have long to wait.
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