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Steve Greer
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I think I started down the path into the wine world with my first job, at 16, bussing tables in a Chinese restaurant. Blue Nun Riesling was the big seller (this in 1985, so don't laugh). While the Blue Nun Riesling was not an "epiphany" wine, I drank a lot of it. It was a magnum of Robert Sinskey Claret that I shared with friends while watching the 1994 World Cup that got me started reading about wine (Brazil won). My first "wow" wine was that same year, when a customer gave me a glass of 1982 Haut Brion. It was amazing. Next I found pinot noir, specifically a 1994 Whitcraft Bien Nacido, and I was hooked. I knew I wanted to sell wine so I moved from restaurants to wholesale wine sales, working for Metamora in Ohio and Kentucky. But after continued consolidation of distributors and the realization, that in wholesale you wear blinders, tasting only the wines you sell, I knew I wanted to move to the retail side. I would like to say I moved from Cincinnati just for K&L but I left the "Red" state for Los Angeles (a Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals fan in San Francisco just would not do) and I was very lucky to find the K&L store in Hollywood. The rest is history.


Reviews

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2004 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 4-3-2012
Speaking of elegant and old school, the ’04 from Lanessan has arrived. Secondary aromas dominated the wine for the first couple of hours, so please decant this to wake up the fruit. Mushroom dust, earth and gamey aromas preceed cedar and cherry. The elegant texture still showed some acidity, but the tannins are integrated. The past vintages of Lanessan (’97, ’99, ’01) have always been a hit, so don’t miss out on this.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Moulin Haut Laroque, Fronsac
Review Date: 4-3-2012
Made by Michel Rolland, this displays some modern richness, but at $30 it is a value for its quality. Rich dark fruit dominates the nose with a bit of oak spice. The palate shows plenty of the black fruit, but there is an underlying rocky mineral flavor as well as more spice. The astringent finish is long, dominated by the oak spice. This is a big, modern Bordeaux.

2009 Maison Blanche, Médoc
Review Date: 3-27-2012
Here is another great value of the 2009 vintage. The nose shows cedar, spice and bright fragrant raspberry aromas. The palate is opulent with nice tannins showing lots of bright red fruits and held up with nice structure.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

2005 Elisabeth Goutorbe Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-2-2012
After the Big Tent event in Hollywood customers were crowed around trying to get the last of this Champagne it was like stock traders in the pit. HA! This seemed to be the hit of the annual Champagne tasting and it is back. I loved this Champagne for its richness and elegance. Beautiful black cherry nose and flavors on the palate with an underlying spice and brioche. The finish is very long with an underlying savory note.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Reynon "Old Vines" Bordeaux Blanc
Review Date: 11-4-2011
This usually needs time to settle, and it did, in fact, show sulphur when it arrived. Now it’s bright and fresh with citrus aromas and flavors, a crisp palate and a long, lingering finish. This is a terrific value.

2003 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 11-4-2011
This soft, ripe version of Coufran drinks well now. Boasting ripe blackberry, chocolate and spice on the nose and palate, this wine is sweet and rich.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2000 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 11-4-2011
This was my favorite of the three vintages. The nose is fragrant, with bright red fruit, spice and coffee. The tannins are still evident with plenty of red fruit on the palate, finishing with mineral and spice.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1995 Grand Mayne, St-Emilion
Review Date: 9-6-2011
This was my favorite of the tasting and I enjoyed it that evening with dinner. The nose still showed oak spice, cola, and ripe plum. The elegant mouth feel was fully integrated with rich ripe plum, cola, mocha and spice leading to a long finish filled with mocha and ripe fruit. This is a lovely wine.

Bruno Michel Premier Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 8-4-2011
It is always a pleasure when Gary Westby the Champagne Buyer comes down to lead the staff tasting since there is always something I didn't know about our grower producer Champagnes. The Bruno Michel Blanc de Blanc is from grapes produced in Epernay which is the coldest place in Champagne so the Chardonnay is planted on the steepest slopes to prevent frost. This was also one of my favorites from the tasting. This goes through full malolatic fermentation and sits on the lees for 4 years giving a creamy mouth-feel. Apple and spice on the nose and palate with a long mineral finish. This is a gorgeous Champagne.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 7-19-2011
I think this is turning out to be the company's favorite under $15 sparkling. It is finally back. There is a great balance between mineral, citrus, fruit with a nice mouth-feel.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Hosanna, Pomerol
Review Date: 7-5-2011
I think this wine still needs some time to settle into itself, but the nose alone should give Pomerol fans what they are looking for. Plus, the wine is more than half the price of Hosanna in the “great” vintages. The nose is beautiful and fragrant, with floral, spice, wood, resin and dark plum fruit. The palate was more restrained, but the rich, dark plum fruit comes through. Give this wine some time.

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 6-7-2011
This is our best value Champagne in the store. Comprised of all three grapes this Champagne shows you can have both good value and great taste. Nutty, brioche and apple fill the nose and palate with a mouth filling mousse. Only $24.99 and I promise everyone you poured this for would enjoy it.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Henri Giraud "Hommage Francois Hemart" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 6-7-2011
This was a surprise hit for all the staff at the lastest Champagne tasting. This showed off layers of citrus, nuts, orange peel, cherry and an almost herbal finish. Very nice!

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 6-7-2011
Every year this is one of my favorite Champagnes. Green apple and mineral on the nose and palate and the 3 years on the lees provides a fantastic mouth feel with plenty of acidity keeping it very crisp and clean. 100% Grand Cru fruit for only $34.99. Crazy.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Reignac, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 4-2-2011
This showed well at the tasting. Aromas of oak spice and ripe plum fruit fill the nose with a slight tobacco/herbal note. The toasty oak is the dominant flavor on the palate, with the red and black fruit sitting in the background. The astringency is only felt at the finish, which is of good length, with black fruit and more spice.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

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