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2012 Carlos Diaz "Estrela" Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 7-8-2014
Amazing value thanks to Joe's direct buy! A fresh wine with lots of floral notes, juicy raspberry fruit, lots of fresh spices, a hint of green tobacco and some darker edges of blackcurrant. There is a a real purity to the wine with some soil nuances coming through to add complexity to the eminently drinkable juicy fruit.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Brangero "Monvigliero" Barolo
Review Date: 7-8-2014
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My best descriptor for this wine is "authentic." Unfortunately this does very little to characterize the wine. It does however relate to how the French often compliment wine in a way that doesn't translate very well into English. They often say a wine is "typique" or "typical." While this could be taken as meaning "standard" or even "average" a more suitable translation is that the wine is a true reflection of its place and history. For me this wine from Brangero speaks purely of the soil from which it grew, unadorned by winemaking tricks and manipulation. This "sense of place" is often pretty much impossible to put into words so you are just going to have to buy a bottle and see how it speaks to you personally.
Drink from 2016 to 2036
Price: $66.99 Add To Cart JS 91 BC 0

2010 Oddero Barolo
Review Date: 7-8-2014
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Lovely wine showing the purity and focus of the vintage. The 2010s are not showing as the biggest most masculine wines that often garner high scores. Instead they seem to be about purity, drive and subtle but substantial power. This wine has all the hallmarks of great Barolo, some floral highlights, dark fruit, scorched earth, worn leather and actually some quite exotic clove and cumin spice with sandalwood accents. The tannins are present but are long, fine silky chains that are not at all aggressive after being beautifully refined for years in large wood vessels. Classic Barolo in a very polished package.
Drink from 2014 to 2030
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart JS 95 BC 0

2012 Envinate "Lousas" Vino de Aldea Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 7-8-2014
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A great nose of hard ground spices, clove, anise, nutmeg and sandalwood leads you into polished dark berries, purple fruit, plum and even blackberry. There is cedar, and cigar box also. A complex wine that keeps revealing new elements with every sniff. On the palate it is vibrant and dynamic. Mid-weight with plenty of structure but nothing too astringent. The wine broadens and picks up density towards the back end as more layers emerge. A rich and layered wine focused into a remarkably elegant package. Another standout Ribeira Sacra from a recent tasting.
Top Value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Dominio do Bibei "Lalama" Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 7-8-2014
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A wine of lovely supple texture and exquisite purity. Very Pinot Noir like in weight with fresh crunchy forest fruits and leaf litter. Bright acidity and fine tannins elongate the wine beautifully on the palate. This wine has nice textural layers that unfold gracefully with some savory lees influenced nuances and lovely balance. A wine that really shows the potential of Ribeira Sacra to make world class wines.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Seghesio Barolo
Review Date: 7-8-2014
Wow what a great intro to Barolo at a steal of a price! Fresh accessible bramble fruits, spice, supple leather and fine tannins. Very much a mid-weight wine, pretty, floral and elegant but with plenty enough structure and grip to go with rich foods. This wine shows the brightness and quality of the 2010 Barolo vintage without breaking the bank or requiring you to wait half a lifetime to drink it!
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $26.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Henry's Drive "Pillar Box Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon Padthaway
Review Date: 6-17-2014
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Really exceptional Cabernet at this price. Lashings of dark blue and black fruits, a lovely cedar spice and a touch of pipe tobacco. The ripe tannins are fine and silky giving good texture whilst remaining supple and juicy on the palate. This is a great wine for grilled meats but equally drinkable when you just want a big glass of full-bodied Cab. Drink up!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2018

2011 Domaine Delarche Pernand Vergelesses Rouge
Review Date: 6-2-2014
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A bargain in Burgundy! Pure, focused, expressive and eminently drinkable. Red fruited with quite crunchy acidity. The fine, silky textured tannin adds a nice softness to balance the notable acidity. All the edges are polished nicely by some time in French oak. A very complete wine for a seriously competitive price.
Top Value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet
Review Date: 6-2-2014
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Another great bottle from Pernot. A really fragrant wine with lots of orchard blossom and baked Pears. Quite focused and linear on the palate but without being to strict or abrasively acidic. Full of those distinctive Puligny soil tones and more delicate than its Chassagne sibling. Excellent persistence on the palate.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine Thomas Morey Saint Aubin
Review Date: 6-2-2014
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A lovely bottle of wine showing that quality that this underrated village can offer. The wine is almost ethereal on the palate. So supple and elegant, showing ripe orchard fruit bordering on fleshy stone fruits. There is a gently savory lees element and suggestion of mineral. Sure the wine has lovely flavor concentration but for me it is the silky texture on the palate that sets this wine apart from many of its competitors in this price point.
Top Value!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine Delarche Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru "Les Vergelesses" Rouge
Review Date: 6-2-2014
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A fantastic bottle of wine from this young winemaker. I have loved these Delarche wines for the last few years and this is no exception. Highly perfumed nose of dark rose petals, Raspberry liqueur and exotic Asian spice. On the palate is has more density / flesh and a darker edge to the fruit than the (also quite delicious)village bottling. It has fine silky tannin and ample acidity to aid structure. Expressive now but also sure to give lots of enjoyment over the next 6-10 years.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2022
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Oldenburg Vineyards Chardonnay Stellenbosch
Review Date: 6-2-2014
A powerful, rich, full bodied Chardonnay from Oldenburg, an exciting new producer that we have just started working with direct. I love that this wine has the creamy texture and plenty toasty oak that people love in some of California's greatest Chardonnays. However it also has lovely acidity, purity and drive on the palate that balances all the up-front richness. This wine will make a lot of people happy and the price is an absolute steal thanks to our direct import.
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

2012 Alfaro "A" Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 5-29-2014
I have long been a fan of Alfaro since living in Santa Cruz for my first few years in CA. They have a great vineyard in the Corralitos Hills, an area that produces very distinctive, elegant Pinot Noirs. There is often a softness and plush texture to the wines of this region even when they are not big or over-ripe. It is the combination of both restraint and softness that I love about this wine. It is elegant and yet the fruit is not crunchy or lean. It has a remarkable concentration and richness but remains almost ethereal on the palate. Superb Pinot that is true to its origin and delivers a huge amount of pleasure for a very modest price.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 ProprietÓ Sperino "Uvaggio" Costa della Sesia
Review Date: 5-5-2014
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Just an enchanting wine. Fresh, bright floral aromatics with plenty of crushed dark fruits, ground spice and Agar wood. The wine has power, tension, focus and poise. There is a wonderful interplay of dark and light; deep rich fruit and earth contrasted by floral aspects and high toned perfume. There is plenty of structure here but the tannins are fine and not austere in anyway. This can be enjoyed now with some decanting or put away for a decade. Really special wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2025
Price: $27.95 Add To Cart AG 94 BC 0

2012 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Pinot Noir Waipara
Review Date: 5-5-2014
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A dramatic nose of concentrated black cherry, dark rose petals, crushed red currants and curry leaf. The palate is dynamic, with juicy dark red berries, dusty spices, damp loamy, earthy notes and lovely, subtle hints of charred wood. The limestone-rich soil of these fantastic vineyards is notable in the wine's fresh and vibrant acidity putting the exotic nose and exuberant palate in perfect balance with a drawn-out, mouthwatering finish. The wine is layered and complex, as every sip reveals a different characteristic, the sign of truly great Pinot Noir! I can absolutely see how this wine has achieved such great acclaim from the judges at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards! I am delighted that we can offer it to our customers on a K&L exclusive Direct Import basis!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 96

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