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2006 Clarendon Hills "Romas" Grenache
Review Date: 3-24-2014
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A powerfully aromatic wine showing purple fruit, exotic spice, floral notes, sandalwood and faint white pepper. Immediately on the palate, the wine shows vibrancy and youthfulness. The tannins, though fine, are still refreshingly grippy, and the mid-palate acidity is fresh and precise. No simple, confectionery flavors here. The wine finishes with some red fruit character and a rare biltong gamey note. A lovely wine that surprised me with its vibrancy.

2010 Giusti e Zanza "Perbruno" Syrah Toscana
Review Date: 3-12-2014
Treading a fine line between ripe, rich and extracted Syrah and a more savory, balanced incarnations. Big, dark, rich fruit, with roasted earth, smoked meat and dark spices. A full-bodied wine with just enough acidity to keep it in line. Already showing well now but might soften with a few more years in bottle.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart WE 95 BC 0

2006 d'Arenberg "Coppermine Road" Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 3-11-2014
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Very serious, powerful Cabernet. Black and blue fruit, iron notes, textural tannin and no lack of concentration. This is a rich, structured wine but the edges have softened beautifully with time in bottle. Layers of dark fruit, spice and cocoa coat the palate as the more lifted blue berries and spice elevate the finish. Some hints of development in the way of sweet leather and tobacco creep in, but the wine is largely still in the primary phase of its long life. Compelling stuff from d'Arenberg.
Drink from 2014 to 2022

2009 Bladnoch "Young" K&L Exclusive Heavily Peated Single Barrel #57 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 3-4-2014
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Super unique stuff! I looked at David after tasting this and said "is it weird that this almost shows Agricole Rum or even Gin like botanical notes!?" This has a fresh cut grass quality, even a slight herbal component. Really interesting and unique. I can see why the Davids are so excited about some of these young malts, they are something that everyone should check out!
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1990 Bladnoch 23 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #1054 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 3-4-2014
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Phenomenal Scotch! My personal favorite from this excellent batch of K&L special bottlings. Very soft and supple on the palate, at that perfect stage when you can clearly see the benefit of the spirits age but before the vibrancy and freshness starts to succumb to more wood orientated and secondary flavors. This is still showing lovely fruit and honeyed malt characters. Very layered and complex.
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Mata "Elston" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 3-3-2014
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An excellent Chard that walks the perfect line between richness and decadence with very fine acidity and lovely mineral aspects. It shows crunchy orchard fruits, pie crust, spicy oak tones and toasted brioche. After spreading out broad and rich on the palate the wine folds back in and drives into a long and more linear finish with the fresh acidity of a cooler vintage shinning through. More Chassagne than Puligny but to be honest the fruit has a slightly more exotic character that is all Hawke's Bay and I love it for that!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 3-3-2014
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An exceptional value for a serious and structured wine of really high quality. The second wine to the legendary Coleraine the Awatea is a classic Bordeaux blend that is made in a slightly more soft and generous style. Lovely rich dark red fruits, plum, currant, bitter-sweet chocolate, subtle barrel spice an a hint of cigar box. A very good partner for red meat. I think this wine really appeals to people that like a more classic style of old school Napa Cab.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Mata "Cape Crest" Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Review Date: 3-3-2014
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A really interesting style of Kiwi SB. This wine has much more in kind with white Bordeaux than the typical style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that most people are familiar with. Snappy citrus fruit meets a subtle oak spice and intense mineral aspects. Despite the very focused acid line the wine has considerable weight and broad texture on the mid palate from extended lees contact in barrel. Really great wine that is refreshing and versatile.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 3-3-2014
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One of the most impressive Bordeaux style reds from anywhere in the world, at any price. This is very serious wine with tons of concentration, power, focus and layers and persistent flavor and texture. Made from the estates top parcels of fruit and raised in the very best cooperage. This wine shows crushed blackcurrant, cassis, mint and sweet tobacco. The subtle oak frames the fruit perfectly with some nice gravelly tones showing through on back. The tannins are fine, silky long-chain tannins but give this wine plenty of structure to age for a decade plus. Any lover of Pauillac or St. Julien should try this wine, it truly deserves a place in the cellar along side those famous Bordeaux bottles.
Drink from 2014 to 2030
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 96 JS 93

2010 Amelia Park Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Probably in my top three $20 Cabs in the store from any region. Pure blackcurrant, cassis, crushed mint and a touch of toasty oak. Full bodied, rich, ripe tannins but with enough grip to draw out the length on the palate and make it a formidable opponent to a big hunk of red meat. Try this, you won't regret it.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Guerin Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Beautifully focused Chardonnay with minerality in spades. Winemaker David Bicknell has a very distinctive style of crisp, linear Burgundian type Chardonnay. This wine is all about tension and focus with citrus notes, spices, hints of buttered toast and flint. The wine is a must try for fans of Chablis and less obviously oaky, buttery chardonnay. One of the brightest most zippy Chards we have.

2010 Crystallum "Paradisum" Rhone Blend, Paardeberg
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Forget Châteauneuf-du-Pape this wine is the most exciting Rhone blend I have had in a while and its from South Africa! Sourced from old dry famred bushvines the wine has a wonderfully exuberant nose of violets, spice, leather and ripe blackberry. On the palate the wine is super fine and silky. Ripe tannins and vibrant acidity keep it lively on the palate. Med-full bodied, not heavy, but concentrated and rich. I loved this with Duck Confit the other night but I think it would go with most roasted meats or casserole dishes.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Botanica Chenin Blanc Western Cape
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Remarkable wine from remarkable vineyards. The source for this wine are some of the most rugged and remote vineyards in South Africa. 50+ yr old gnarled, dry farmed vines produce tiny yields of this intensely flavored juice. Winemaker Giny Povall simply lends a very gentle guiding hand crafting it into a wonderfully pure and transparent wine. Firm stone fruits and barley grains form the main flavor profile, the acidity freshens on the back end like squeeze of Kafir lime like zestiness. A crushed granite mineral element adds complexity to an immensely drinkable wine!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2010 Botanica Pinot Noir Elgin South Africa
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Wow! This is serious Pinot at a modest everyday price. A vibrant high toned nose, lovely pure rich red fruits, some warm toasted spice and dry earth. Great juicy fruit weight but nothing overly heavy. There is nothing but true Pinot character here. This is very, very hard to beat at this price from anywhere in the world and has been a true stand out at recent K&L staff tastings.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Alheit Vineyards "Cartology" Chenin Blanc Western Cape
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Super interesting wine. A young couple dedicated to white wine pushing the boundaries of minimal intervention wine making. Their philosophy is proudly 99% vineyard, 1% winemaking! This is sourced from very old Chenin Blanc and Semillon vines in the remote Western Cape and Franschhoek Valley. The wine is a pure reflection of the incredible old dry farmed vineyards from which the fruit is sourced. Tightly focused, mineral infused stone fruit nectar with added weight and texture from the Semillon component. Complex and intriguing wine that unfolds layer upon layer. A very limited production of only 20 barrels.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

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