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David Driscoll
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David Driscoll likes to drink alcohol when he is not working at K&L. His main interests include wine, beer, and distilled spirits. Before he worked here he went to college at a decent school, got a masters degree from an OK school, worked as a waiter and taught elementary school in Chinatown. He decided to get into the wine business after reading a few books about wine and realizing that one cannot seriously learn about wine solely through reading. His career goals include: trying to convince K&L customers that he does know something despite his youthful appearance, and learning everything about everything about every single wine ever made.


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2012 Lambuena Roble "4 Meses en Barrica" Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 8-15-2014
I've been saying it for the past seven years: red wine value is centered in Spain. Obviously, there is more to wine than just the flavor. There's intrigue, history, legendary vineyard sites, etc. But there's something to be said for just a great wine at a great price, and with the Lambuena, you're not sacrificing any of the above mentioned characteristics. Lambuena's fruit is grown in one of the best terroir locations in the Ribera del Duero, they add a touch of Merlot, a al Vega Sicilia, and the fruit is bio-dynamically grown. And, again, it's juicy, delicious, deep, and engrossing, and it's $12.99.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 8-14-2014
When the guys from Cut Spike first sent us the sample of their whiskey, they said, "Take your time with it. It grows on you." I would pass that advise along to any K&L customer who buys a bottle. The first time you taste the Cut Spike single malt you'll likely say, "That's pretty good." It's later, however, that you start to really fall in love with the flavors. The new oak adds a dimension that's somewhat between Scottish single malt and Bourbon, but the finish is so rich and integrated that it does indeed remind you of something like Glenmorangie. Personally, I think the Cut Spike whiskey is tremendous, but I can imagine others not being nearly as enthused. It ultimately will come down to personal interest and preference, but I love knowing this whiskey was made 100% in the USA with Scottish techniques and a little American new oak char. That makes it all taste better in my glass.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Michel Loriot "Les Sources du Flagot" Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 8-7-2014
To get 10-year-old wine this good for this price is a true coup on behalf of Gary Westby. There's no malolactic fermentation, so the acidity of this wine needed a decade of mellowing to finally balance out with the richness of lees aging. The result is a perfect juxtaposition of tart, mouth-watering acidity with rich, bready Champagne goodness. All for a very reasonable price. I'd take this over Dom P, or Cristal, any day of the week.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Willett Distillery 2 Year Old Kentucky Rye Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 8-1-2014
This is the most exciting young rye I've tasted in years, mainly because it's the first new KENTUCKY rye that actually tastes like rye bread, with that sweet hint of corn. I've given out samples of this to friends from St. George distillery, and other folks that I know who make whiskey for a living; they all have nothing but praise for the Kulsveen's latest project. You have to understand: most of the rye on the market is all from MGP distillery in Indiana, even if it says Bulleit, Dickel, Templeton, or Redemption. It's been purchased in bulk and simply relabeled. The Willett is actual home-made Kentucky rye, a la Rittenhouse and Sazerac, that tastes like real rye whiskey should. Add in the cask strength proof and the fiery spices and you've got one helluva product. I CANNOT WAIT for this to turn four or five years old! Bravo!
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Caves Jean Bourdy Côtes du Jura Rouge
Review Date: 7-23-2014
Oh my God! I love this! A marriage of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir that reminds me of ready-to-drink Premier Cru Burgundy, yet only costs me $25? Sign me up for a case. The subtle, light-bodied fruit is haunting and mysterious, coaxing out all the elements that get me excited about red wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine de la Bastide Blanche Bandol
Review Date: 7-23-2014
Why drink high-end Rhone wine when you can get this awesome Mourvèdre-based selection from Bandol. Instead of over-extracted fruit, you get dark berries, a concentrated core of ripe plum, and lovely accents of black pepper and savory spices. It's a wine that's expressive and easy to like, yet true to its roots.

2012 Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Tradition" Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 7-23-2014
An ever-so-slight oxidative note permeates the soft, clean fruit of this lovely little rosé from Provence. Vinified under a layer of flor, this is almost like rosé sherry! Super cool wine.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Hubert Clavelin "Brut-Comté" Cremant du Jura
Review Date: 7-23-2014
For those in search of bargain "Champagne" this is as close as I've found outside of the actual realm. This 100% Chardonnay wine has all the minerality, yeasty, and bready aromas of true Champagne, yet the price tag of a higher-end French regional selection. The Jura is a fine source of sparklers, but this one outdoes the competition.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Louis Magnin Gamay Vin de Savoie
Review Date: 7-23-2014
Yes, it's $37 Gamay. But MAAAAAAN is it good. A perfect acidity to fruit ratio, lots of crunchy cranberries and black pepper notes, and just an awesome, awe-inspiring finish. This is better than any Cru Beaujolais we have in stock and many of our top Burgundy selections. One of the best red wines I've had all year -- period.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Domaine de Montbourgeau l'Etoile
Review Date: 7-22-2014
AWESOME wine -- if you like fino sherry, that is. I love the oxidized, salty, briney flavors of fino sherry, hence I went crazy for this Jura substitute. Have it with olives, nutty cheeses, and anything else that pairs well with salt!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1998 Laphroaig 15 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 7-19-2014
$169 seems steep when you're talking about 15 year old single malt, but trust me when I tell you that old casks of iconic distilleries like Laphroaig are not going to be available much longer -- at least for a retailer like K&L to purchase. This is a huge, in-your-face version of Laphroaig; no water added, not diluted in any way. Big peat, big smoke, big Islay in a bottle. The fact that this was aged in sherry is icing on the cake.
Price: $169.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Riesling "D" Marlborough
Review Date: 7-16-2014
This is always one of the prettiest wines we receive in each year. The juxtaposition of lime pith and cocktail fruit balances the fruit-forward nature of the wine. There's no sweetness whatsoever, yet the wine is zesty and fun in a way that sweet Rieslings can usually be. Again, as is the case with all the TWR wines, the price is quite generous.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough
Review Date: 7-16-2014
The TWR Chardonnay is basically white Burgundy for a fair price. Rather than overpay for Meursault or Chassagne that won't drink well for another decade, why not indulge yourself now with the Te Whare Ra? The richness from oak aging is apparent, but it's not the focus of the palate. The piercing mineral notes are at the forefront and the fruit offers a counterbalance to the refreshing acidity. Great stuff.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 7-16-2014
Once again, the TWR Sauvignon Blanc becomes the best Sauvignon Blanc we carry for the money with its return to inventory. You think you don't like NZ SB because it's too grapefruity or herbaceous? Let the TWR blow your mind and change it simultaneously. There's citrus, of course, but it's subtle and nuanced, balanced completely by a stony minerality and vivacious bouquet of fruit. The price for a wine this good is also ridiculous.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 7-16-2014
WOW! This is waaaaay better than I remember it tasting back in the Signatory warehouse. Reducing this cask down to 46% was the right move. With the water added the hypnotic flavors of classic Bowmore come to life - sweet creamy barley, a load of oily fruit, and a heavy dollop of smoke on the finish. It's magical stuff and it's going to be one of the best-received casks we offer this year.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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