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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.


Reviews

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2001 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 6-8-2014
If you like traditional, earthy, savory Bordeaux that won't cost you an arm and a leg, then this is the bottle for you--and it's a damn good one. If you want the fruit and the oak, then maybe try something younger. This is classic claret for a hot price, with a soft, integrated core of tannins that spreads out nicely over the palate.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 6-5-2014
A wonderful combo of lush fruit and dusty tannins that can definitely hold up another decade. It all depends on when you want to drink it and how you want it to taste. I'd love to try this down the road, say 2020 and see where it is. A great deal from a great producer.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 6-5-2014
Beautiful wine from an overlooked vintage--which means I want to buy it because it's probably under-priced. The 2007 is leaner than the richer 2006, with more herbal notes rising above the fruit line, but the tannins are still soft and fine and the wine drinks very well in its youth. Wait a bit, or dive right in--the water's fine.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

1999 Senejac, Haut-Medoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 6-5-2014
HOT, hot, hot deal. $40 for a magnum of aged Bordeaux juice that tastes this good? Come on! There's still a lovely bit of bright red fruit, some characteristic earthiness, and a lovely mineral note on the finish. This should be $40 for a 750ml.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 6-5-2014
This is as good as a deal as you'll find in 2009. It's just incredible wine with subtlety and finesse, a solid core of sweet fruit, and lovely tannins that almost melt on the finish. Potensac has been overdelivering as a Chateau for the last decade. This is a case-worthy purchase.

Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Gin 375ml
Review Date: 5-1-2014
Up until now, Monkey 47 Schwarzwald gin was only available in Europe, which is why David OG, Kyle, and myself all purchased a bottle while traveling through Scotland earlier this March. I smuggled my bottle home and gave it to my mother -- another esteemed lover of gin, who inherited quite the palate from her mother. I opened the bottle and poured her a glass; her eyes widened and her face went slack. "Wow," she said. "I know!" I answered. "Now you know why I smuggled this tiny little expensive bottle of gin back for you to taste!" When I found out the Monkey was set to hit the states, I made sure K&L was ready. The combination of berry flavors, fresh juniper, heady spices, and the ease with which it flows down is unmatched in any gin I've ever tasted -- and I've had a TON of gin in my life. Now this gin is expensive -- it's $45 a half-bottle (making it a $90 bottle, really). But man is it worth it. You can just drink it straight, no mixer, no ice. My mom and I are in for a case each. I don't ever want to be without this.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 4-16-2014
This wine seems to get better each new vintage we get. The red fruited character of the Crianza shines in the 2008 vintage, but it isn't as big or as obvious as a Rhone wine or as over the top as something California. It's a perfect hint of berry balanced by acidity and minerality. It's the red table wine of the summer, for sure, and it's my new go-to bottle for customer recommendations. You get it all for less than $20.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1999 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 4-16-2014
While we carried the 1999 Reserva in the past, this most recent batch tastes more evolved and the flavors more integrated. The fruit is still there, although it takes a back seat to the soft tannins and the hints of earth that have appeared during maturation. The Puelles wines have always offered supreme value for the money and this wine is no different. Put the 1999 up against a great Bordeaux at your next steak dinner and see which wine wins out.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 4-9-2014
Anyone who enjoys lighter whiskies like the Midleton Rare Irish or our classic Benriach 19 year cask will really appreciate the inner workings of this 25 year old Littlemill. It's a kiss of sweet barley on the initial sip with a delicate burst of vanilla and oak spice on the finish -- nothing more. But it's so integrated, in a way that young whisky simply cannot be. The full proof doesn't get in the way, either, which was surprising to me. You think 25 years, then cask strength, and single barrel, and already we should be talking about $150 or more. But then you throw in the Littlemill name -- a distillery demolished in the 1990s that will never make whisky again -- and now you're talking collector's item. Yet, we still brought it in for $140. That's also quite surprising. A good surprise, however.
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Bladnoch "Young" K&L Exclusive Heavily Peated Single Barrel #57 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 2-27-2014
Three year old whisky? Really? I know that's what you're thinking, but believe me: we wouldn't have bought an entire cask of three year old whisky if it wasn't worth taking! Big smoke, spice, cloves, cinnamon, and fruit. If this is what's laying down at Bladnoch right now I can't wait to see what happens down the line! A preview of fun things to come, but delicious right now.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Glen Carlou Chardonnay Paarl South Africa
Review Date: 1-30-2014
This is just a no-brainer Chardonnay--no matter what kind of Chardonnay you like. It's a richer, Burgundian style, so if you want the oak, it's there, but if you value acidity and crispness, it's got plenty of that, too. For the price, it's crazy.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Mata "Elston" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 1-30-2014
Real deal, Burgundian-style Chardonnay. I've been giving all of my Burgundy customers Southern Hemisphere wine lately because that's where the value is. This is leesy, mineral-driven, snappy Chardonnay with weight and richness. It has depth, complexity, and stunningly clean flavors that pop on the palate. Drink it up, while it lasts.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de la Charrière Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc "Vermots Dessus" Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 1-16-2014
I'm always a big fan of this wine every vintage. It's so light on its feet and fresh on the finish, but without sacrificing flavor or complexity. There's not nearly as much richness or texture as most fuller-bodied Burgundian whites, but there's a fresh fruit and floral note on the finish, possibly added by the small percentage of Pinot Blanc in the mix. Lovely stuff.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de la Charrière Bourgogne Chardonnay Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 1-16-2014
There's a lot of wine for your money in this bottle. It's earthier on the entry, but slowly eases into a rich and mineral-laden palate that finishes cleanly and with finesse. It's much more than a simple drinker. It's a hint of what makes white Burgundy what it is.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Lot 40 Rye 2012 Release Canadian Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-15-2014
Like other "American" rye whiskies, such as Whistle Pig, Masterson's, and Jefferson's, the Lot 40 showcases more of that great Canadian-distilled rye whiskey backstock. I was blown away by this whisky when I tasted it. Then I read Davin de Kergommeaux's amazing review and learned about the story behind the brand. This has been one of the most talked about whiskies by Canadian and European collectors for years. For the entire back story, check out Davin's post here: http://www.canadianwhisky.org/reviews/lot-no-40-2012-release-43-alcvol.html
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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