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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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Blason Brut B3 Friuli Sparkling
Review Date: 10-2-2013
This might be the best deal on sparkling wine we've ever had, and we've had a lot of great deals (J Laurens, Denois, etc). What gives the edge to the Blason is the clean fruit and the lovely, fresh finish. There is nothing harsh or off-putting about the wine whatsoever. It would be good at $20, but it's $12. That's a hot deal in my book.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Rey Fernando de Castilla Amontillado Jerez
Review Date: 9-19-2013
This is a crazy complex sherry full of candied caramel, nutty almondy flavors, and a rich, deep, long-lasting finish. Super good.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Goyo García Viadero "Viñas de Anguix" (Viñas de Arcilla) Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 9-19-2013
This wine is one of three simply stunning Goyo Garcia wines we carry. The Vinas de Anquix is in between the other two selections. It has more fruit than the Peruco, but it's less rich than the Valdeolmos. Frighteningly good.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Goyo García Viadero "Finca Valdeolmos" Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 9-19-2013
These Goyo Garcia wines are simply amazing. This Finca Valdeolmos is even better than the wonderful Finca el Peruco. It's more balanced with riper fruit and a complex mingling of baking spices with deep, rich, berry fruit on the finish.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Goyo García Viadero "Finca El Peruco" Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 9-19-2013
This is serious, serious, serious wine. This is like a fine Burgundy Grand Cru from Spain. The aromas are floral, lavender with red fruits and spice. The palate brings plenty of acidity, tartness, and medium-bodied weight with fine tannins. This is amazing stuff.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Finca El Encinal Crianza Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 9-19-2013
This is one of the great deals in red wine at K&L. A Spanish gateway that will likely lead you into the exciting world of tempranillo. The nose on the Finca has a large amount of new oak, but the palate is less intense. The fruit takes center stage with loads of fresh cherry on the finish. YUM!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart W&S 94 BC 0

2012 Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho "Contacto" Minho
Review Date: 9-19-2013
I love this wine. It's fresh, fruity, full of life, with the classic saline note of Alvarinho.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

2001 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 9-19-2013
2001 continues to be my vintage of choice from the new millennium. The wines are drinking well now and the Potensac is living proof of that. It's just a great combination of soft, integrated fruit, accents of earthiness, and the secondary development you want from a mature Bordeaux red wine. And it's affordable. What are you waiting for?
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart WS 89 BC 0

2005 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 9-19-2013
The merlot dominates this wine, but in the best way possible -- it's fleshy, plumey, but balanced by earth and a little old school Bordeaux funk. Get some before it's gone. This will last a solid decade in your cellar.

2010 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 9-19-2013
Those looking for something affordable to lay down from the 2010 vintage should consider the Potensac as a serious candidate. This wine is built for the long haul, showing a solid core of fruit, but plenty of minerality and tannic structure. A surefire winner for those of us priced out of the higher growths.

2006 Michel Loriot "Pinot Meunier Vieilles Vignes" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 9-19-2013
The aromas of the PMVV are incredible -- freshly cut pears, lots of citrus, bready accents. I'm becoming more and more of believer in Loriot the more we taste his wines. The quality is always top-notch for what you pay. The palate follows up on the wonderful nose and delivers all the flavor you were promised on the front end. A smoking deal.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart ST 92 BC 0

2005 Michel Loriot Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 9-19-2013
Those looking for a richer, more full-bodied style of champagne with balanced acidity should look here to Michel Loriot. The finesse and flavor of this wine are never lost to the round and supple fruit and barrel flavors. A sleeper in a section full of terrific products.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Taittinger "La Francaise" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 9-19-2013
I was quite taken aback by the quality of wine in this major brand-labeled bottle. The Taittinger "La Francaise" is a wonderful combination of leesy richness with firm acidity, that glides effortlessly over the palate, hitting all the right notes. The finish is full of citrus and rich, bready flavors. It tastes like it should cost twice as much. It tastes way better than 2003 Dom, which does cost twice as much.

2010 NXNW Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 9-19-2013
In the quest to find delicious, top-quality cabernet for $20 or less, our discovery of the new NXNW brings another awesome selection to that category. In the vein as the Rudy Cabernet or Hedge's Three Valley Red, the NXNW has plenty of dark fruit, that little hint of coffee bean, but decidedly more structure. It's a wonderful addition to the genre and something I think will please almost any type of red wine drinker.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ancient Peaks/K&L Wine Merchants Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 9-19-2013
This stuff is unbelievable. It's refined and elegant in the way that Storybook Zins are, but the Ancient Peaks is even more graceful, almost blurring the line between pinot noir and zinfandel. It has lovely red fruits, a soft texture, but enough acidity to balance it out. One of the best zins we have, period, and one of the most exciting California wines I've tasted in some time.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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