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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: $12.99 Add To Cart 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

Michel Couvreur K&L Exclusive Overaged Peated Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 10-22-2014
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One of the best bottles of "Scotch" I have had in a long while. I have been moving away from peated malts recently...but this bottle has the perfect marriage of smoke and sherry. The malt has a beautiful chewy texture and richness on the palate (perhaps owing to the fact that they don't remove any of the first fill sherry barrel residue before bottling). It is brimming with red forest fruits, sweet rancio tones, wood spice and earthy nuances. A really complete drop and serious value for the money, in my book.
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart 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!
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Price: $12.99 Add To Cart 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!
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Price: $17.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

2013 Muddy Water Sauvignon Blanc Waipara Valley
Review Date: 8-22-2014
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Really pretty special Savvy. So rich and full of flavor and excellent lush texture. Juicy ripe fruit, mandarin, melon and Meyer lemon plus a fascinating lees element from the barrel ferment and maturation. Just a touch of yeasty tones and very subtle suggestion of oak means this is a very complex wine beyond the initial fruit attack. Organically farmed. Wild yeast ferment. Very minimal intervention winemaking. Excellent stuff!
Top Value!
Price: Hidden View Price BC 91

2013 Spring Vale Estate "Melrose Vineyard" Pinot Noir Tasmania
Review Date: 8-18-2014
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Super cool Pinot Noir from Tasmania. Very elegant, bright and juicy. Lovely, fine, soft structure. Pure fruit, sweet spice and a sprinkle of dusty earth. A perfect wine for lighter dishes when you still feel like a glass of red. For grilled salmon, chicken etc. Super easy-drinking and the price is spot-on for everyday enjoyment. I will be drinking this wine regularly this summer / fall. An exciting (and excellent value) first direct import from Tasmania!
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Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Pisa Range Estate "Black Poplar Block" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 8-17-2014
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Profound Pinot. Very deep and layered. Starts out with its quite beautiful bright purple / red color and vivid hues. The nose is haunting with spiced violets, thyme, black cherry compote and crushed slate. On the palate the wine is rich and energetic. Layers of dark berries, black cherry, damson plum, and toasted spices. Under all of these flavors is a fascinating vein of raw minerality and slightly wild bramble character. Plenty metamorphic soil qualities showing here in flavor and texture. Despite being quite concentrated and powerful there is nothing heavy or highly extracted about the wines, it is not viscous on the palate but rather lithe and dynamic. This wine again shows the incredible quality to be found in the 2012 Central Otago Pinots. Many believe it is the best vintage ever for the region and after glass of wine like this I can see why!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2012 Mount Trio "Estate" Riesling Porongurup Western Australia
Review Date: 8-16-2014
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Limey, juicy, floral and fresh. Lovely pure, dry Riesling. Tons of citrus flavors, preserved lemon, marmalade laced with stoney minerals and white blossom. Real drive and presence on the palate with med+ acidity and a mouthwatering finish. Exceptional value in Riesling. This wine just makes me wonder more than ever why Riesling isn't very popular...I could drink this every night! It also shows how this region is producing some of Australia's most exciting aromatic whites.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: Hidden View Price JH 94 BC 0

2011 Mount Trio Estate Shiraz Porongurup Western Australia
Review Date: 8-16-2014
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Rich, ripe, juicy Shiraz with wonderfully bright aromatics and tons of soft fleshy mid palate weight. Quite a fruit driven style but with lovely savory / earthy nuances to keep it varietally correct and not moving into "fruit bomb" territory. Big, bold flavors but with ample balance and freshness. Asian spices show on the finish that is long and silky. This is sure to be a hit and won't last long.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

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