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Staff Favorites - Leah Greenstein
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3 parts nerd. 1 part wordsmith. 1 part wine geek. A pinch of east coast sarcasm. Stir it up in a bright orange Mario Batali-branded bowl and you have K&L's other writer and editor, Leah Greenstein. A graduate of California's Sonoma State University, Leah skipped more than a few Friday nights at Red's Recovery Room in favor of Saturdays listening to Led Zeppelin and drinking gewürztraminer in the Kunde tasting room. After undergrad Leah continued her education in Oregon, making cabernet and merlot in her friend's garage while working on her master's in journalism. Over the years she's written on a variety of subjects—from snowboarding and rock climbing to politics and the arts—managing restaurants, juggling publishing jobs and learning about wine all the while. She joined K&L in June 2007 after working harvest at Pax Wine Cellars in Sonoma County and managing Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's new Los Angeles hot spot, Pizzeria Mozza. These days she spends her time crafting tasting notes for K&L's website and working on the K&L newsletter and trying as many different wines as she can. Already a fan of Rhône reds and all things Italian Leah's been drinking her way through the German, Austrian and Loire Valley sections of K&L Hollywood. She spends most of her spare time cooking, pairing wine with her meals and writing about it for her blog, SpicySaltySweet.com. She also likes to hike, bike and watch Red Sox games.
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2008 Can Mayol Loxarel "Refugi" Reserva Brut Nature Penedes
Review Date: 12-12-2012
From a small producer that specializes in Xarel-lo, the Refugi boasts a small amount of Chardonnay. It also spends 30 months sur lie, which explains its leesy aromas and texture. It smells like a cross between Champagne and dry cider, with a firm bead, great acidity and a slightly prickly texture. A stellar Cava and a great buy!
Caveau du Mont July Bugey Cerdon Rosé
Review Date: 2-10-2010
I'm not sure I know anyone who loves Bugey Cerdon more than my friend Matt from the blog Mattbites.com, but after drinking this beauty from Caveau du Mont July at today's staff tasting I'm going to say that I'm a close runner up. Its aromas of wild raspberries, apricots, Winesap apple and tart Granny Smiths has me drooling like one of Pavlov's dogs, and its mouthwatering acidity, super-fine bead, low alcohol and delightful palate presence made it difficult not to spit it out. So I didn't. Buy yours before Matt and I buy it all!
2006 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 2-25-2009
If you're in the market for Bordeaux, you shouldn't miss the '06 Cantemerle. If someone was willing to subsidize my wine collection, I would by multiple cases of this gem. Remarkably affordable, this may very well be THE wine of the vintage. I love it's barnyard-y nose and melange of plum, cherry and coffee flavors on the palate, kissed by a healthy, but not overwhelming, dose of oak spice and vanilla. Amazing, long finish.
Jean-Louis Denois Brut "Tradition"
Review Date: 7-9-2008
We tried this bubbly at a recent staff tasting and it blew me away. A blend of 50% chardonnay and 50% pinot noir done in the traditional Champagne method, this sparkler from the Languedoc could easily pass itself off for Champagne. It was crisp on the nose and palate with limestone and slate minerality, apple fruit and a generous texture from attack to finish. A recent convert to bubbles, I’m going to keep plenty of this on-hand for impromptu celebrations.
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