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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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Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-15-2014
With the prices of almost all single malt whisky brands increasing by $2 every few months, it's rare to see a brand actually going down in price. But the new owners of Glenrothes (Berry Bros & Rudd, the K&L of London) want to get competitive with their new label and we've been able to bring the select reserve down to sub-$40. Many of us at K&L cut our teeth on this malt. It's soft and supple due to the sherry aging, and easy to drink. It's a huge step up over Glenlivet 12, but not as expensive as say Macallan 12. For an everyday sipper, it's pleasant and simple, hitting all the right sweet spots. It's Scotch that tastes like Scotch for people who like Scotch and it's a very fair price.
Price: $38.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Fuenteseca Reserva K&L Exclusive Extra Añejo Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 12-4-2013
Never have I received such feedback about a spirit we've offered at K&L like I have about the Fuenteseca. I knew that the tequila was good (because just tasting the various components you knew you were playing with magical stuff), but I never expected people to go so crazy for this stuff. I've received more than 100+ emails from people writing back to talk about how much they enjoyed drinking the Fuenteseca, many of whom said it was by far the best tequila they'd ever tasted -- and maybe the best tequila ever made. I can't go that far in my own praise, but I will say that there is nothing else like this on the tequila market and I don't know that there ever will be. The only producer with 20+ year old tequilas in his arsenal is Enrique Fonseca, and so far he's only releasing them to K&L.
Price: $189.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1995 Glendronach 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single PX Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 11-26-2013
This is what we call the Macallan 18 killer. It's softer, more supple, more complex, and surprisingly less sweet than what you'd get from the renowned Highland giant. Our barrel is incredibly cakey -- as in full of Christmas spice cake. Lovely stuff that just about any one can enjoy, especially at a lower-than-normal 52% alcohol. This one glides right over the tongue and into the belly -- quickly and easily. A no-brainer.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1973 Bodegas Olarra Cerro Añon Crianza Rioja (slightly torn labels, some corroded capsules)
Review Date: 11-19-2013
This wine is incredible. If you're upset about being priced out of the Bordeaux or Burgundy market (much like I'm being priced out of the Bay Area real estate market) then you need to jump on what older Rioja like this can offer you: savory herbaceous notes, beautifully integrated fruit, complex secondary notes like sandalwood and spice, and an elegant finish. Plus, the wine pairs well with a number of food. Get in now, or be priced out forever.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Launois "Spécial Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 10-15-2013
There's a load of rich, round, wonderfully tasting fruit right on the entry of the 2005 special club. The steely minerality balances it all out, however. Lots of biscuity goodness on the back end. I love this.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Michel Arnould Vintage "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-15-2013
Stunning champagne! The aromas are bready, leesy and full of life. There's more of that on the palate with a rich and savory finish that goes on forever. The acidity is piercingly refreshing and the fruit never fades underneath it. Wonderful stuff!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-2-2013
Always the most elegant and refined of our Tuscan Rosso producers, the 2011 vintage from Sesta is no different. Everything is in perfect balance: the fruit, the acidity, the tannic structure, and the earthy notes on the finish. Absolutely wonderful wine, year after year.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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 W&S 95 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 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

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 Française" 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.

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