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Alexandre Brisoux

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2010 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
How Guigal manages to produce such a consistently delicious and well priced Cotes-du-Rhone never ceases to amaze me. And with the stellar quality of the 2010 vintage, boy are we in for a added treat. This perenially over-acheiving wine offers up rich dark berried fruit aromatics, along with just a touch of black tea and mineral nuance. A fine texture, and a clean buttoned up finish make for a well balanced wine with ripe tannins and good acidity. And despite its ubiquity, Guigal's rendition still remains for me the most quintessential Cotes-du-Rhone.
Drink from 2014 to 2017

2011 Cameron "Abbey Ridge" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
I'm proud to be the only retailer in California to carry this bottling. Delicious black plums are followed by cracked black pepper, and vegetal and herbal notes that add to the intrigue.

2012 Kirkham Peak Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
A wine made for us by a respected winery that we are huge fans of. This is a bright, rich wine with lovely red fruit, baking spice, leather and cinnamon. A fruit forward wine with a nice backbone to give it balance. An excellent example of the 2012 vintage from the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
Toasted golden corn in the glass. The nose is intense and driven, notes of wood spice, burnt orange, and savory herbs, the sort of mix that only evolves with time. The palate is much less savory; more on the toasty and grainy side. Butterscotch and sweet oak dominate but there are hints of stone fruit at the back that add complexity. A touch of honey and graham cracker round out a very classic “scotchy” flavor profile. This distillery is both closed and demolished, so these remnants of single casks are always a treat to have while they still exist.
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Domaine Hubert K&L Exclusive Pays d'Auge Vieux Calvados 750ml  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
A wonderful addition to the spirits section. Bright apple aromas are interwoven with subtle floral accents. In the mouth the Hubert Calvados has nice delicious apple flavors. In a few words it is pretty, tasty and a good value.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
Great balance, sweet fruit, almost jammy plum and red fruits; minerals, lots of spice. Polished.

2010 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
Vintage after vintage I am shocked at how good this massive production wine is, and how fairly it is priced. The 2010 bottling shows the power of the vintage in a full and chewy style, showing ripe black cherry fruit, kirsch, spice, tapenade and a hint of earth with some food friendly tannin on the finish. For those of you who missed the fantastic 2010 Southern Rhones, here is last call.

2013 Cep (Peay Vineyards) "Hopkins Ranch" Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
Nice Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, layered with pomello, river rocks, and coastal sea breeze.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Valserrano Crianza Rioja  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
Delicious, bright, high toned berry fruited crianza Rioja, here! Thanks to Bodegas de la Marquesa's faithfulness to the classic Crianza style, their extensive vineyard holdings, and a healthy chunk of 10% Mazuelo (Carignane) in this blend, this is a 2009 that begs another sip, and another glass. However, it should age nicely in the short to mid-term as well. Good stuff.

2012 Kirkham Peak Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
This is a bargain from an appellation known for richer, fuller Pinot Noir, but at prices substantially higher than you see here. Bold and smooth with an array of red fruit flavors and a touch of tannin on the finish, this would stand up to hearty food and even summer BBQ. Although drinking well now, short term ageing should do wonders for this delicious value.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Kirkham Peak Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-15-2014
For fans of ripe, fruit-forward California Pinot Noir, here's one for you. This K&L exclusive comes bearing great heaps of red fruited goodness. Dense raspberry and wild strawberry notes are present and mouth filling. This Pinot is incredibly easy to drink and made to be enjoyed today!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Valserrano Crianza Rioja  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
This is a great example of the generous quality the 2009 vintage will offer in Rioja. Achieving a wonderful balance of ripeness and structure, this Crianza offers aromas of bright red fruit with hints of rose, citrus and vanilla. The underlying sweet fruit is framed throughout by very precise acid and tannin. This is a very polished bottle of wine for $15, which you can drink over the next 3-5 years.

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-14-2014
*½ Great nose. So fruity. A fabulous wine.

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-14-2014
Sweet raspberries and black fruits, very floral, with herbal notes and earth all pulled together by round, firm tannins and a very long finish. Tasted twice. I'm 56 years old and Cantemerle is now my #1 favorite château, and I seriously doubt that will ever change. The reason is simple: great, complex wine, consistent quality and a fair price. A winner every time! **

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-14-2014
Along with La Lagune, this property stands out for being a perennial value and a top producer from its commune.

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