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2013 Michel Delhommeau "Harmonie" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 9-3-2014
Pear, mineral, saline and citrus pith, this zesty little Muscadet is fresh and lively, with medium plus acidity. Classic Muscadet. Pass the appetizers, please! Oysters, cheese and nuts, oh my!
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2013 Michel Delhommeau "Symbiose" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie  
Review Date: 9-3-2014
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Every time I taste these magnificent Muscadets from Michel Delhommeau I cannot but reflect upon the manifest destiny of the wondrous grape- Melon de Bourgogne, from which they're created. Although it originated in Burgundy, it eventually managed to migrate, swim or magically rediscover its true and lasting home beside the rapturous sea in Muscadet. Imbued with sublime, effortlessly clean, lime pith and minerally-precise flavors, the Symbiose is a slightly weightier, glycerin-textured, richer companion to the excellent Harmonie. Remember, don't be shellfish, and share it with special friends!
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2013 Eric Cottat Sancerre  
Review Date: 9-3-2014
Once knew a very fine fisherman who generously invited us over for fresh-caught salmon, so fresh in fact that it tasted like it leapt from the cold Pacific waters right onto the hot coals. Looking back, I wish I'd had of bottle or two of this beautifully-delineated, expressively-textured, citrus and mineral-enhanced Sancerre at the time to complement the astronomically-gastronomic flavors of the grilled salmon. What a feast!
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Roca Patron Silver Tahona Process Tequila 750ml (ships inside gift box in 1.5L shipper)  
Review Date: 9-3-2014
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I was really surprised by the purity of this Tequila's aromatics. They are precise and focused in a world where muddled can be a frequent occurrence. While having that preciseness in the nose it is extraordinarily smooth on the palate-- in Tequila, it seems to me, you usually get one or the other. Major kudos for a big name to make a really exciting high end product that isn't merely a marketing extension of the price range!
Drink from 2014
Price: $57.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Sittella Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Margaret River Western Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 9-3-2014
What a well-done blend. I want to drink this wine all day, everyday in the hot LA sun. It’s crisp and dry with great acidity! It’s bursting with zesty, juicy citrus fruits like lemon oil and lime zest but still has excellent minerality like wet stone and some notes of white blossom. A focused a linear wine, for quite a steal due to our direct import price.
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2008 Pewsey Vale "Contours" Museum Reserve Riesling Eden Valley South Australia  
Review Date: 9-2-2014
Dry Riesling is one of the jewels of the Australian wine industry, and probably the least known. I have been lucky enough to have sat in this unique vineyard (drinking the wine of course) which is shown on the label as well as tasting the 1973 last year at a very special event where Robert Hill Smith generously went deep into the Yalumba cellars for a snapshot of the Aussie wine history. The Contours is a "Museum Reserve" version of the regular Pewsey Vale Riesling that always has 5 years of bottle age for the current release. So, if you don't have the patience, they do the waiting for you for a bit of an up charge so you can experience the secondary character that time will develop. The nose shows notes of biscuit, lime blossom, nectarine, apricot and lanolin. On the palate, the wine is still very youthful with great texture, balance and a long finish. And oh yeah...NOT all Riesling is sweet!

2010 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape  
Review Date: 9-2-2014
Marcoux is one of those great properties that is very traditional in their winemaking practices but produces wines fashioned for the modern era. There is a depth of fruit here that speaks of blackberry confiture, chambord liqueur and candied figs. A little pinch of Asian five spice powder, some roasted earth and a touch of creosote round out this deep expression of Chateauneuf. Give it a few more years and you will be well rewarded for your patience.

2012 Copain "Tous Ensemble" Anderson Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 9-2-2014
A great Chardonnay that is lively, fresh and delicious. It has bright round fruit flavors with no oak and butter to get in the way. There is wonderful California fruit but there is balance to round it out.
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2013 Château Viranel "Tradition" Saint Chinian Rosé  
Review Date: 9-2-2014
A beautiful rose hue to the wine is inviting and a pleasure to observe. There are nice red fruit flavors that are complemented with subtle spice. The Viranel Rose is medium-bodied and dry.
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1978 Chateau de Pellehaut 36 Year Old K&L Exclusive Ugni Blanc Vintage Tenareze Armagnac 750ml  
Review Date: 9-2-2014
I just love this product. It has all that one could wish for in an Armagnac. There are interesting and complex fruit flavors, a dry concentrated finish, and subtle notes of earth. This is a chance to try a well-aged Armagnac at a reasonable price.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 9-2-2014
I think the Ariston Aspasie Carte Blanche Brut was one of the first grower-producer Champagnes I ever purchased from K&L. It remains to this day our best value in Champagne, and a superb introduction to the grower producer (RM) Champagnes. If your usual Champagne experience is Veuve Clicquot or Moet & Chandon, you owe it to yourself to try the Carte Blanche from Paul-Vincent Ariston. With roughly equal parts of the three classic Champagne grapes, and a retail price comfortably south of $30, this is a no-brainer. Open a bottle for no reason in the middle of the week. You'll feel like royalty.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 9-2-2014
Amici is a family-owned winery which produces premium quality wines at really good prices. This Cabernet is sourced mostly from Rutherford and you can taste the dark cherry and the famous "Rutherford dust" in this bottle. One of the long-time staff favorites, and I'm confident to say that this wine will out-perform most of the $50+ Cabernets out in the market!

2010 Solar Viejo "Monólogo" Crianza Rioja   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 9-2-2014
This juicy little 100% Tempranillo is almost completely sold out! At only $12.99 it's hard not to love it. Juicy, bright, and easy drinking -- a perfect wine for summer BBQ!
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2009 Domaine de Baron'Arques Limoux   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 9-2-2014
I'm calling this the "mini Mouton of Limoux". This 31-hectare property was purchased by the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her two sons in December 1998, and has been extensively renovated, producing their first vintage in 2003. Just like at all the other properties they own, everything is held to a very high standard here, including hand-picking of the grapes into small, 12-kilogram boxes to keep them whole throughout the process, just as they do at Mouton-Rothschild, Opus One and Almaviva. The blend is 50% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, 10% Grenache, 10% Malbec and 10% Syrah. The winery also won the Bronze medal at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards. This a one serious red packed into a modestly priced bottle; enjoy now (decant if you can) or hold onto it for another 5~10 years!
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

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Domaine de Baraillon 20 Year Old K&L Exclusive Armagnac 750ml  
Review Date: 9-2-2014
A classic beauty that has both elegance and rustic components. It is round and complex with an interesting earthiness that both intrigues and delights. Old style and honest Armagnac.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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