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1997 Glenrothes 17 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 11-9-2014
You rarely see independent casks of Glenrothes, and even more rare are ones with this much age that are this good. This whisky is molasses over buttered toast--with a round, smooth texture. The finish is short and leathery, but the malt is extremely enjoyable, unique, easy to drink, and very well priced!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1998 Mortlach 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 11-9-2014
The legendary, elusive Mortlach distillery is with us yet again! You will never see a distillery bottling of this malt--most of the production goes straight to Johnnie Walker Blue. A big, sweet vanilla nose leads into a whisky packed with cedar and Indian spice notes. The sherry cask influence is noticeable--it tastes like dried apricot and leather dipped in chocolate.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1990 Bruichladdich 23 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 11-9-2014
This barrel must be from the days when Jim Beam owned the Bruichladdich distillery--it's much different than other bottlings on our shelf. When you sip it, you are reminded of fresh cut grass and heather, with slight coffee, oaky, and wet vanilla notes to finish. This one is bright, with little to no peat notes at all. The last of the old heritage of a great distillery.
Price: $159.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Hewitson "Miss Harry" GSM Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 11-6-2014
One of the best deals in the store, and one of the must buys of our Australian selections this year. Hewitson always offers an incredible wine for a great value in their miss harry release. The fact that this one comes from a perfect vintage is even better! Loads of nuanced spice and lush strawberry are evened out by bright acidity and a hint of menthol. There is a little tannic backbone to lend structure and complete this well crafted surprise.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2017

2013 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Nr.7" Sauvignon Blanc Sondagskloof
Review Date: 9-4-2014
Unmistakably South African--this Blanc is full of lemon peel and asparagus notes with an intensely floral nose. A little Semillon finds its way into HPF's reserve Blanc--and they demand a hefty $15 to enjoy this vibrant and mouthwatering Sauv Blanc. Oh wait, that's not that much money at all!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "Oakridge/Whitsend Vineyard" Shiraz Yarra Valley
Review Date: 9-4-2014
This is not a big and rich Aussie Shiraz. This is cool weather, spicy, and complex Shiraz from perhaps the best producer in the Yarra Valley (one of the coldest appellations in Australia). This Shiraz is delicate and crisp, with brambly notes of cranberry and white pepper tightly wound in an elegant package. A fantastic red for $23!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2010 Scali "Kalkis Vineyard" Pinotage Paarl
Review Date: 9-4-2014
Quite possibly the best Pinotage I've ever tasted. This mountain vine beauty has loads of cassis and blackberry flavors that cascade into pepper spice. It is ripe and full with a hint of tobacco, and completely lacks the Pinotage stink that is usually associated with the grape. This is what Pinotage is capable of if planted in the right place!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Pisa Range Estate "Black Poplar Block" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 9-4-2014
An excellent addition to our New Zealand Pinot stock! This one has a dark core of wild raspberry and grippy tannin. Racy and bright with a crisp edge to it; a perfect cool weather Pinot.

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough
Review Date: 7-16-2014
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Unmistakably Chardonnay, the wine has aromas of almond and wet gravel and a slight straw color. But Te Whare Ra's Chardonnay is more elegant than the nose would have you believe--a racy and bright wine filled with lemon flavors and a slight hint of oak that is sure to satisfy any fan of cool weather whites.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 7-16-2014
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Another triumph from one of our favorite producers in New Zealand. This Blanc is edgy and very sharp, with quintessential New Zealand bright citrus and slight grassy flavors, complemented by fig and lychee aromas. This biodynamic beauty has so much to offer fans of Sauvignon Blanc; one of TWR's best yet, and still at a great price!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 7-16-2014
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This is a Pinot with structure--a nervy and delicious cool weather red with lean red fruit flavors but plenty of mouth-coating tannins. The fruit notes here are slightly bitter, lean raspberry and plum resting behind cassis and lavender, leaving a wonderfully long impression on the palate. The winemakers at Te Whare Ra took full advantage of the excellent 2013 growing season to craft this mouthwatering Pinot.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2019

2011 Don Ventura "ViŮa Caneiro" Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 5-15-2014
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An excellent price for an excellent wine! Just a bit leaner than some of our other Ribeira offerings, but not lacking in flavor and intensity, the Caneiro benefits from its steep, slate filled vineyards and is loaded with minerality. Its flavors of elegant and bitter raspberry are backed up by mouth-coating tannins.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2019
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2009 Remelluri Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 5-15-2014
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This Tempranillo is rounder and more lush than some of our other Riojas, but its old vine pedigree shines through in its complexity. Its soft plum and fig flavors and mellow acidity are wrapped in a long finish of white pepper. It's a remarkable wine from a good vintage and a legendary vineyard.
Drink from 2014 to 2034

2008 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Calvert" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 5-15-2014
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Pulling fruit from the same source as the famous Felton Road label, the minimalist winemaking team at Pyramid has crafted a unique and delicious wine very different from the Felton expression. This Pinot is full of earth and spice, a layered drink of Indian spices, blueberry, and tobacco with a lifted finish of menthol and bright acidity. Definitely one of my favorite New Zealand Pinots on the shelf--and one with a little bottle age too.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

2011 Te Mata "Estate" Cabernets/Merlot Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Review Date: 3-8-2014
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This is a fantastic value for any fan of hearty Cab/Merlot blends. A rich, dark fruit core and just enough tannin structure and spice make this a very serious wine for not a lot of money.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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