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2012 Tongue In Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley
Review Date: 12-2-2014
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Tongue in Groove is an amazing new project from some of the savviest folks in the NZ wine biz. Ex-Pegasus Bay winemaker Lynnette Hudson leads the team creating these spectacular wines from some of the best vineyards in the country. Her many years of experience and expertise crafting Pinot Noir and Riesling (Tongue in Groove’s obvious focus) show in these stunning wines with silky textures, purity and depth. The “Vine Tender” is Nick Gill, is one of the most talented viticulturalists in NZ. As we know, one of the most important elements of any wine is what goes on in the vineyard! Managing Director is Angela Clifford, she is the one who pulls together Tongue in Groove’s wacky personality and hones it into one pretty slick package! The distinctive labels each represent a different character from the group of friends behind TIG and the designs illustrate their individual personality traits; just like the character of the wondrous, diverse, expressive wines inside the bottles!

2013 Savage "White" Western Cape
Review Date: 11-22-2014
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Very skillfully crafted wine. Containing elements of both subtle minerality and textural power / intensity. As good as this is now, I suspect it will age like great white Bordeaux. Very serious wine of depth and intensity.
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart RP 93 BC 0

2010 Ostler "Caroline's" Pinot Noir Waitaki Valley North Otago
Review Date: 11-14-2014
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This is a highly fragrant wine. Purple flowers, a touch of lavender and anise on the nose. The palate is fresh and vibrant with lifted tones of fresh forest fruits, ground clove, star anise and some juicy raspberry as the mid-palate fleshes out with air. The wine is incredibly exotic and yet very focused and quite structured at the same time. It possesses a bright acidity and the unmistakable vibrancy that comes from deep limestone-rich soils. I can't wait to see how this wine ages; something tells me that it has a decade-plus ahead of it, and yet it is so expressive right now. This type of wine experience illustrates why people persist trying to make wine in very challenging places like the Waitaki Valley...because when things come together, vines on the edge of their existence produce the most exquisite and remarkable wines...just like this one!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2005 Valandraud, St-Emilion
Review Date: 11-9-2014
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This wine possesses a really good combination of generosity, richness and power combined with structure, acidity and potential longevity. Where so many have failed (in my opinion) to "amp up" Bordeaux styles, losing elegance and balance, this wine has beautifully achieved a synthesis of power and poise. The wine is just about accessible now (with very hearty food a good spell in a decanter) but I think will be a great prospect for another 10+ years in the cellar.
Drink from 2018 to 2028

2012 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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Rich and decadent wine for a pretty cool and challenging vintage. Strict low yields and careful viticulture of this single vineyard Pinot have ensured great quality and power. Dusty forest fruits, dark cherry, hard ground spices, lovely weight and density to the fruit but with elegance and purity. Some exotic French oak barrel notes and toast showing on the back end which is long and full of spice and earth. Kevin's long winemaking pedigree shows here with the new Greywacke project, allowing him to branch out into these smaller single vineyard projects.

2012 Elderton "Estate" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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Amazing precision and poise for such a powerful and concentrated wine. Over the years Barossa wines have suffered much criticism for becoming too big, too extracted, over-ripe and over oaked...none of this is true about this fine effort from Elderton. Despite its immense concentration and depth from 100+ year-old Shiraz vines, the limestone soils, deft use of strictly 600L puncheon barrels and restraint on ripeness levels and extraction means that this wine remains beautifully balanced and proportionate. Hallmark Barossa black fruit, scorched earth, leather and meaty nuances, lovely mid-palate acidity and fine delineated tannin on the long finish. A superb effort from a great South Australian vintage. A serious value at our special price for K&L customers.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2024

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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Bright, juicy, soft, pure fruit. Amazing quality of fruit and balance for this price. Fleshy dark fruit, exotic spices, a touch of crushed mint and cassis from the dash of Cabernet in the blend. You won't believe how good this wine is for the money...don't just take my word for it...try a bottle...the wine speaks for itself!
Top Value!
Price: Hidden View Price JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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Off the charts good for the money...I seriously think this is one of the best value Chards I have come across in my decade in the wine business. Lovely combination of rich orchard fruits, savory lees, flint, stony mineral tones and beautiful persistence and texture on the palate. Lovely ripeness but fresh acidity, bright drive and linear intensity. This is hard to beat even at $20.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

Germain-Robin Small Blend No 3 Brandy 750ml
Review Date: 10-22-2014
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Amazing. I don't feel particularly qualified to review this masterpiece of distillation and blending...but I will try. Just a phenomenal combination of aromatics, flavor, texture and perfectly weighted proof. I swear that if you think long and hard, you can pick out varietal characteristics of all the separate distillates that make up this work of art. Even the dramatically floral and intricate nose of the aromatic varietals that only make up tiny percentages of the final blend. A very complex Brandy, Germain Robin is the pinnacle of "craft" distillation in the U.S. for me.
Price: $285.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Yalumba "The Guardian" Shiraz-Viognier Eden Valley
Review Date: 10-20-2014
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Great value Shiraz showing both richness and restraint. This exceptional wine for the price point shows bright, fresh aromatics, has a juicy, fleshy, med-full bodied mid-palate. It displays lots of bramble fruit, forest berries, spice and scorched earth. The cooler, higher elevation Eden Valley fruit source lends lovely mid-palate acidity to give lift and definition. Exotic spices and earth draw out on the finish. A great deal at the MSRP of $20...a steal at our Insider advantage price of substantially less!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2018

Singani 63 Bolivian Muscat Brandy 750ml
Review Date: 9-15-2014
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Seriously one of the coolest things I have tasted in a while. It's amazing how this retained so much of the pure Muscat flavor profile through distillation. Fantastically floral aromatics, very delicate and yet flavorful all at the same time. Like the finest Muscat-based wines this is not about sweetness but about perfume and delicacy on the palate. I can only imagine what people will think up to do with this intriguing little spirit but it is certainly something worth having on your bar.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 9-9-2014
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Another really solid effort from Banshee. A juicy, richer style of Pinot Noir that still has good lift and balance. Dark cherry, vanilla, clove and baking spice. Soft and supple with good mid-palate weight and texture. Seriously crowd friendly Pinot for holiday parties etc. Very good value for Pinot of this quality in the $20ish price point. Easy to drink, easy to love!
Top Value!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Zudugarai "Amats" Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 8-29-2014
Racy and delicious! Love this zesty, fresh, mouthwatering little wine. Lime peel, coriander, white flowers and crunchy green apple. Great seafood wine, ultimately refreshing and palate cleansing. Ummmmm!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Mount Langi Ghiran "Billi Billi" Shiraz Grampians Victoria
Review Date: 8-26-2014
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A great deal in Shiraz. From the cooler climate of the Grampians Mountain range in Victoria, this is a balanced style of Shiraz with plenty of fruit and concentration but also great structure and brightness. Mostly red fruited with some meat and black pepper nuances. Good mineral structure from the granitic soils and long, temperate growing season. Mt. Langhi's high end wines have a long held reputation of utmost quality but this entry level bottle shows they can hold their own in the value category as well! Fantastic value at $9.99! Crazy!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

2013 Riposte "The Dagger" Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
Review Date: 8-26-2014
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Screaming deal! Rich, medium-full bodied Pinot with great purity of fruit and silky smooth texture. Lots of exotic dark red fruits, toasted spices, suave oak, bramble fruit and cocoa dust. Really packs lot of flavor for such an inexpensive bottle, drinks above it's price point for powerful Pinot. Perfectly ripe and rich but without too much Alc (only 13.5%). Direct from the Importer pricing and big points means this is deal to be snapped up ASAP!
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

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