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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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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.
Franck Bonville "Brut Selection" Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 2-9-2010
This may be the best deal in Champagne that K&L offers. 100% Chardonnay. 100% Grand Cru fruit from some of the best vineyards in the Côte des Blancs. Don't write this wine off because you didn't pay more for it! This is an outstanding Champagne at an unbelievable price. It will delight you with its rich, creamy texture. Ripe pear and chalky mineral notes give way to toasty, fresh baked apple tart on the mid palate. The wine finishes with a crisp, zingy citrus note of Meyer lemon. Enjoy this wine alone, as a refreshing aperitif or together with chilled, cracked Dungeness crab.
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.
Veuve du Vernay Brut
Review Date: 7-28-2009
This is our best bargain in bubbles and the most exciting thing to come out of France since Jerry Lewis was awarded the Legion of Honor Medal in 2006. Very dry and crisp style. Ripe pear and apple notes. The perfect sparkling wine to drink when you're counting every penny.
1999 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 6-18-2008
1999 has always been the “middle child” of Bordeaux vintages—friendly, likeable, never making a fuss, but frequently overlooked. Château Labegorce’s vineyards lie just to the north of Château Lascombes and Château Margaux. An old property of excellent reputation, it was nevertheless left out of the 1855 classification, meaning its wines carry a much lower price tag today. The 1999 is forward, aromatic, charming and approachable. Classic Bordeaux at a great price.
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