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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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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

Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Grain Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 9-11-2013
I am a BIG fan of grain whisky, but I'm always sure to express to customers that it's not for everyone. Grain whisky is much less supple, much less round and rich, and more spicy and herbaceous. In a Scotch and Soda, it's unbeatable. I absolutely LOVE the new Nikka Coffey Still grain whisky in a cocktail. I killed a third of the bottle the first night I opened it. It goes down way too easily. The vanilla notes are rich on the entry, but the finish is more intense. Give it a whirl and see what you think.
Price: $62.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Barkala Ridge Vineyard" Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
Review Date: 7-24-2013
I dare you. Put this in your next Chablis tasting and make sure it's in a paper bag. This will blow out your premier cru bottles that everyone was dying to taste and should bring home the gold. I couldn't believe it when we first tried this wine at our last Aussie event. Bursting with minerality and that classic oyster shell Chablis note, great acidity, lots of green apple tartness, and a lovely, racy finish. I bought myself a few bottles immediately after. L-O-V-E I-T!

Absolut Elyx Single Estate Vodka 1L
Review Date: 5-15-2013
I love it when a brand-oriented whisky customer comes into K&L and I get the chance to talk with them about all of the smaller independents. Nothing feels better than turning a new drinker onto the lesser-known spirits of the world. Almost nothing. There's one thing I actually enjoy even more. I really get a kick when a brand known for bulk production and cheesy gimmickry actually delivers a product that tastes good.I love it when Glenlivet makes a good whisky. I love it when Tanqueray releases a good gin. I love it when gigantic brands show that they're still capable of making something inexpensive, but tasty. Taking a page from the craft spirits movement, Absolut has answered the call for locally-sourced, "handcrafted" (whatever that means these days - in this case I think they're referring to the fact it was manually distilled on a copper still) spirits by offering one of their own. The Elix is made from all-estate (apparently Absolut owns a number of fields in Sweden) grown wheat. It's bottled in a nice package and proofed down to 42.3%, which to me means that they actually tinkered with this thing at various levels to find the one that tasted best, rather than just dropping it down to the defacto 40%. One of the best vodkas I've ever tasted - easily.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Hubert Meyer "Winzenberg" Riesling Grand Cru
Review Date: 3-12-2013
This is one of the biggest slam dunk deals I've tasted in our entire wine inventory. Grand Cru riesling that delivers the goods for $25!!! This wine has numerous layers of fruit that morph as it drifts over the palate. The finish is quite grapey with lush texture. I'm in for as many as I can afford!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Hubert Meyer Cremant d' Alsace
Review Date: 3-12-2013
Wonderfully clean, lithe, and elegant bubbly. Hints of stonefruit dance in now and again. This is a perfect Spring time sipper if there ever was such a thing. Really great wine for the price.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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