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2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Chardonnay   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 3-26-2014
Talley Estate has always over deliver on quality of wines. Their 2012 Estate chardonnay is 70% from their Rincon vineyard planted back in 1984. Expressive lemon, honey, just ripe apple follow by little bit of vanilla and crushed nuts. It's extremely well put together; you can feel the body and intensity, layers of complexity and long finish, but overall very balanced and makes you want to take another sip!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 3-26-2014
I love Au Bon Climat wines! For me they are the perfect bridge between a new world and old world style winery. Their 2012 Chardonnay was just pretty, juicy apple, ripe lemon up front with hints of Burgundy minerality (some chalk, hazelnut notes). My favorite about their wines is always the palate texture, it goes down silky smooth, crisp, elegant, not flabby or heavy at all! Definitely worth a try!!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 3-26-2014
I had the pleasure to visit this winery as they celebrate their 31st anniversary! These people really know what they are doing! This 75% Pinot Gris 25% Pinot Blanc blend kick start the tasting for us that day. Crisp, clean, very elegant with fresh white peach notes, layered with honey and waxy notes. On the palate it shows great balance of fruit and acidity, a perfect white wine to start a meal with!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Bodega Eguren Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra de Castilla  
Review Date: 3-26-2014
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This is a super value red wine. Medium-deep ruby in color, the wine offers a lovely perfume of bright rose petals, black cherry and cranberry fruit qualities with undertones of anise spiciness and a wet river stone minerality. This carries over nicely to a bright, flashy, brilliant flavor presentation with integrated tannins and a refreshing, clean, mouthwatering finish. This will be one of our house reds for the next several months - I will be bringing this home by the case. Lots of cases! Enjoy! 13.0% ABV
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart BC 0

St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur 750ml  
Review Date: 3-26-2014
You know when you taste something, and you just get it? It happens time and time again with these guys. Take-your-breath-away essence of a time or place, in a bottle. All of the magic, and lore, and craft, and beauty, (no pun intended) distilled. This is so pretty, so pure, so nuanced. Not cloying, not over the top, and just a whisper on the finish. You are transported to New Orleans in this glass. This is going to be incredible in cocktails, but so wonderful on its own as an after dinner drink or paired with chocolate or cookies. It's an honor for K&L to know and work with these guys, and experience their mastery in every incarnation.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Americo Nunes Seabra "Americo" D„o  
Review Date: 3-26-2014
Have you had Portuguese wine recently? Though it shares the Iberian peninsula with Spain, whose wines we feature regularly, somehow Portugal unfairly does not garner as much press or respect. We want to change that. Here we have a delicious, balanced (13% ABV) and notable value from the Dao, across the mountains from the Douro and port country. Not only is it a great under $10 value, there is nothing from Spain (or elsewhere) that is at all similar to this unique red.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2012 Neyers "Sage Canyon" Rhone Blend  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
"This is killer." That is what I wrote as my final tasting note for this wine when I first tasted it back in late February. And after tasting it again with the staff recently I think I nailed it on the head. A blend of Carignane, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from some of the truly "heritage" sites from around California, this is a stunning Rhone blend that will easily rival the best from Gigondas or the New World. With its boisterous, expansive nose of fried sage, black pepper, roast pork and crushed lavender, I can't help but think that this is what all the "modern" producers in the Southern Rhone are shooting for but rarely achieve. Fully black fruited and full of juicy richness this is a treat to drink with its unabashed ripeness and the complex spice coming from fermenting 100% of this wine by whole cluster. No new oak was used in making this wine and I donít think it needs it; the raw materials are already intriguing and charming enough on their own. I just canít see any Rhone blend fans not loving this!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

Henri Giraud FŻt de ChÍne Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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Henri Giraud is the only producer in Champagne to use the oak of the Argonne forest for fermenting and aging his wines. This is evident in this gorgeous release of the Fut de Chene, which offers richness, nuttiness, and extreme complexity. The Argonne oak adds to this complexity and it never overwhelms. It is a component that adds depth and richness. Initially full on the forefront and the mid-palate, the almond, apple, brioche and apricot flavors finish with surprising acidity, minerality, salinity and notes of honey. This champagne is perfectly suited to main courses of white and (light) red meats or game bird. Those of you who are Champagne collectors (and lovers) should really consider this beautiful bubbly and step outside of the box! This producer has a very small production of 25,000 bottles, for ALL of their selections, so this bottling is sure to sell quickly. Don't wait!
Drink from 2014 to 2029

2008 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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The 2008 vintage was rated 4* out of 5* by the Consorzio of Brunello di Montalcino, some critics thought a little high but the wines in general are pretty solid. However, a little bad press for the region about not being a stupendous vintage--especially after the spectacular 2006 and 2007 vintages--can really slow the wines down. The 2009 vintage is on its way, and when we were offered the end of this vintage at this ridiculously low price it was a no-brainer. The wine has a very complex blend of fruit and earth with excellent balance really making a Sangiovese statement. Wood aging was in a mixture of barrique and larger barrels for 24 months. I'm generally not much of a fan of barrique aging, but this combination, and especially for this year, really delivers a supple and quasi-neutral wood signature. Superb drinking now or for another 6-7 years.
Drink from 2014 to 2021

2010 Fanti Sant'Antimo Sassomagno  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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OK, maybe you think 4* for a $9 wine is too much, but I ranked it this high because it is such an extraordinary deal! First off, 2010 in Montalcino is a truly sensational vintage and yes, this wine comes from Montalcino but because of its grape blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon it can't take one of the "Montalcino" DOCs. It does, however, have incredible aromatics--bold dark fruit flavors that tantalize your palate as its supple yet very structured core opens across your palate. This spectacular red wine really shows excellent balance and a depth of flavors that is amazing at this price. OK, how can they do that? Because this wine isn't normally at this price; it was the last of the vintage in the California warehouse of a New York importer who decided it would be better if they could move on to the next vintage and move this wine all at once. We swooped in at the opportunity and took all that was left. You should hurry because this wine won't last long!
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2005 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml)  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
Intense coconut, with pineapple and banana. So incredible, and fairly unique for a d'Yquem. Serve with coconut dusted deep fried foie gras lollipops.

2005 d'Yquem, Sauternes Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
Intense coconut, with pineapple and banana. So incredible, and fairly unique for a d'Yquem. Serve with coconut dusted deep fried foie gras lollipops.

2005 d'Yquem, Sauternes  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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The best Yquem I've had in years, complex layers of coconut, pineapple yet focused, not allowing the sweetness to overpower it truly a great one. I'm unsure of how long to put the drinking window on this wine, I'll be long gone by the time it runs out of vigor!
Drink from 2014 to 2070

2010 Jean-Louis Denois "Chloť" Limoux  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
A very intriguing and food friendly wine. Lush ripe juice, savory, a bit stemmy, black fruit, cocoa, and oddly, but somehow not, carrots.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Henri Giraud "Hommage Francois Hemart" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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Rich in style with loads of cream and baked, golden apples and ripe pears. A lot of structure with a nice, long finish. Seventy percent pinot noir with 30% chardonnay added for acidity. Rich, creamy and balanced. Lovely finish with citrus, nuts and floral notes. Giraud is the ONLY Champagne producer to use wood from the Argonne forest. This wine is back in stock after a considerable absence, so for those of you who are discriminating Champagne buyers, it is time to rejoice. (25 March, 2014)
Drink from 2014 to 2021

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