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2013 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 12-3-2014
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Nice strawberry and brambly aromas--quite forward and plenty of ripe berry fruit on the palate. Round tannins--ready now and should last several years in a cellar. Smooth and seamless. Excellent balance. Try with a veal roast. Value.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Villegeorge, Haut-Médoc   | Approved
Review Date: 12-2-2014
In my own version of the French language, the word "Bordeaux" simply means "delicious," and this wine is a perfect example of that translation. From the incredible 2009 vintage, this Haut-Medoc bottling has everything one could want: An ample amount of dark fruit perfectly balanced with tobacco, spice box, toasty vanilla, and dark chocolate. Medium-plus acidity and well-balanced tannins throughout the palate lead to a lingering finish sure to warm you up. Simply put, a lovely selection that is showing wonderfully now and will continue to improve with age.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Mount Edward Estate "Morrison Vineyard" Pinot Noir Lowburn Central Otago   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-2-2014
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A tiny production of just 260cs. This wine is hand-chosen from the very best blocks and single barrels from Mount Edward's stunning "Morrison" estate vineyard in the Lowburn sub-region of Central Otago. The vineyard is composed from layers of glacial deposit - schist and quartz gravels. To one side of the vineyard towers the snow-capped Pisa Range Mountains; to the other side, the majestic Lake Dunstan. This really is a magical site for growing grapes! The wine has stunning length and structure. The fruit flavors of ripe forest berries, clove, nutmeg, Porcini mushroom and subtle oak spices are so pure and expressive. The tannins while evident are very refined and polished. Fresh acidity from Central Otago's cool nighttime temps are evident here giving the whole wine lift and vibrancy. This is top quality Pinot really showing winemaker Duncan Forsyth's pedigree. Some of the best Pinot New Zealand produces.
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2010 Langmeil "Blacksmith" Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-2-2014
Great deal in Cabernet. Rich black fruit, touches of cedar, tobacco, dark earth and graphite. Med-full bodied with nice acidity to balance the dark fruit. This will keep a lot of people happy. This is not a simple fruit-driven wine by any means--there are some good tobacco notes and herbal edge complexity here. Great pricing on this bottle from a top-quality vintage.
Top Value!

Glenfarclas "The Faultline Casks" K&L Exclusive First Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 12-2-2014
The Faultline Casks expression is deceptive in that the 57% alcohol overpowers the sherry at first, to the point that you get mostly malt and grain. With water, the magical flavors are immediately unlocked and all the Christmas cake and fudge begin oozing out of their hiding place. Super fun stuff and very holiday-oriented. What I love most about this, and our other Glenfarclas expression, is that there aren't many whiskies on the market that taste like this. It's a big, explosive flavor that isn't just dark sherry sweetness and oversaturation. It's still a very balanced whisky.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 12-2-2014
Last year’s Co-Branded Pinot Noir from Au Bon Climat was such a hit we couldn’t help but to make it again! Once again we think Jim Clendenen and his wildly talented crew at Au Bon Climat has out done themselves with the quality of the components that they allowed us to make this wine from. Just like last year this wine is 100% fruit from the famed Bien Nacido Vineyard, with both components coming from Block 2, which was planted in 1994. Made from 50% Clone 113 and 50% Clone 115, of which 50% was whole-cluster fermented, this was actually the first blend we put together once we ran through all of the components we had available to us. That’s right; we nailed this blend on the first go around! We certainly tried to improve it but it always lingered on our palates as the best of the bunch. Instantly drinkable this is packed with boisterous red fruits on the nose of Bing cherry and muddled raspberry with a hint of sassafras, tarragon and finely ground white pepper. Mouthfilling and with no roughness, which is impressive in its youth, this is one easily gulpable wine but it’s so much more serious than what you’d first expect. With velvety fine tannins and a persistent mouthwatering acidity this wine has plenty of structure to get better over the next 4-8 years. However if you drink it now you’ll be able to experience plenty of delicious flavors like red plum, dragonfruit, cola, violets and Rainier cherries. Long and lasting on the palate with a likeable plush texture we think this Pinot has a little something to please everyone. Go ahead prove us wrong.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Mount Edward Estate "Muirkirk Vineyard" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-2-2014
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Another majestic bottling from winemaker Duncan Forsyth at Mount Edward. This tiny vineyard sits in potentially the most highly regarded micro-region of Central Otago - Bannockburn. Here the combination of schist and heavy clay soils with the hillsides mostly northerly aspect produces wines of richness and intensity. This wine has a more opulent expression than the finer more elegant Morrison Vineyard release. The Muirkirk bottle has a mouth filling texture, riper red fruits, wild thyme, a "gamey" or "sauvage" character that so often signifies Bannockburn as the place of origin. The wine still has lovely balance and acidity but just seems more forward to me than the other single vineyard bottling. I have no favorite either way, but I love the exquisite sub-regional delineation captured by Duncan's gentle winemaking. Really special wines.
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-2-2014
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A beautiful bottling from Mount Edward. This is a combination of select barrels and parcels from each of their estate vineyards and the Pisa Terrace Vineyard, in different sub-regions of Central Otago. All of the vineyards are certified BioGro Organic. The blend skilfully combines the structure and length of Morrison Vineyard, the delicacy and detail and Pisa Terrace vineyard (both in Lowburn) with the broader riper flavors from the slightly warmer subregion of Bannockburn where the Muirkirk Vineyard is situated. The wine is very aromatic with ripe red fruits, sweet baking spices, clove and rose petal. The palate is juicy and medium bodied with soft expressive red fruit flavors and some darker edges. The purity of fruit is nicely punctuated with wild Thyme, warm earth and sandalwood notes. The tanins are super fine and silky soft. This is so drinkable and delicious!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart JS 92 BC 0

2012 Tongue In Groove "The Mound Vineyard" Riesling Waipara Valley   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-2-2014
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Tongue in Groove is an amazing new project from some of the savviest folks in the NZ wine biz. Ex-Pegasus Bay winemaker Lynnette Hudson leads the team creating these spectacular wines from some of the best vineyards in the country. Her many years of experience and expertise crafting Pinot Noir and Riesling (Tongue in Groove’s obvious focus) show in these stunning wines with silky textures, purity and depth. The “Vine Tender” is Nick Gill, is one of the most talented viticulturalists in NZ. As we know, one of the most important elements of any wine is what goes on in the vineyard! Managing Director is Angela Clifford, she is the one who pulls together Tongue in Groove’s wacky personality and hones it into one pretty slick package! The distinctive labels each represent a different character from the group of friends behind TIG and the designs illustrate their individual personality traits; just like the character of the wondrous, diverse, expressive wines inside the bottles!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Tongue In Groove "Clayvin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-2-2014
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Tongue in Groove is an amazing new project from some of the savviest folks in the NZ wine biz. Ex-Pegasus Bay winemaker Lynnette Hudson leads the team creating these spectacular wines from some of the best vineyards in the country. Her many years of experience and expertise crafting Pinot Noir and Riesling (Tongue in Groove’s obvious focus) show in these stunning wines with silky textures, purity and depth. The “Vine Tender” is Nick Gill, is one of the most talented viticulturalists in NZ. As we know, one of the most important elements of any wine is what goes on in the vineyard! Managing Director is Angela Clifford, she is the one who pulls together Tongue in Groove’s wacky personality and hones it into one pretty slick package! The distinctive labels each represent a different character from the group of friends behind TIG and the designs illustrate their individual personality traits; just like the character of the wondrous, diverse, expressive wines inside the bottles!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 96

2012 Tongue In Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-2-2014
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Tongue in Groove is an amazing new project from some of the savviest folks in the NZ wine biz. Ex-Pegasus Bay winemaker Lynnette Hudson leads the team creating these spectacular wines from some of the best vineyards in the country. Her many years of experience and expertise crafting Pinot Noir and Riesling (Tongue in Groove’s obvious focus) show in these stunning wines with silky textures, purity and depth. The “Vine Tender” is Nick Gill, is one of the most talented viticulturalists in NZ. As we know, one of the most important elements of any wine is what goes on in the vineyard! Managing Director is Angela Clifford, she is the one who pulls together Tongue in Groove’s wacky personality and hones it into one pretty slick package! The distinctive labels each represent a different character from the group of friends behind TIG and the designs illustrate their individual personality traits; just like the character of the wondrous, diverse, expressive wines inside the bottles!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 95 JS 95

2013 Brewer-Clifton/K&L Wine Merchants "B-C. Kessler-Haak Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir   | Approved
Review Date: 12-1-2014
A man walks into a bar and says, "Give me the best Pinot Noir you have". The bartender quickly retorts, "Why, that's the 2013 Brewer Clifton, straight from the Kessler Haak vineyard in St. Rita Hills." Not a very good joke, but a truly PHENOMENAL wine. Medium-bodied and chock-full of alluring red fruit, vanilla, cola and perfectly balanced spice, this is a Pinot for those craving something a bit MORE. Simply delicious!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja  
Review Date: 12-1-2014
Rioja that's ready to drink now, drinkable on its lonesome, perfectly food-friendly, and costs -$$? What? This is an amazing value for the holidays, or any time of year, for that matter. Super-classic aromas of dusty red fruit and old man cigars, lightly savory and earthy with a touch of chocolate. This is delicious!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2011 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-1-2014
Wow, what a rich, decadent wine. The nose provides some herbaceous, mineral-driven notes with plenty of black cherry, blackberry and violet to balance. The body is plush and juicy with fine, well-integrated tannins and notes of chocolate, fresh ground coffee, cherry, blueberry and cassis. A glass, maybe a bottle, of this as dessert sounds about right.

2011 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana  
Review Date: 12-1-2014
What a wonderful find in some of the best vineyard sites of the Chianti Classico region (Conca D’Oro). On the hillsides of the town of Panzano this IGT first pops with vibrant color in the glass and lovely shades of violet and plum. On the nose it burst with floral, spice and seamlessly layered oak! Deep, rich and alluring mouthfeel. It keeps you reaching for the glass. Espresso roast, cassis, blueberries, blackberries and a hint of smoky tar rounds out the finish. This is one full-bodied wine! But, with that great Italian acidity. A fantastic gift for the holidays or any day for that matter! Enjoy--I know I am.

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