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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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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

Clear Creek McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 10-21-2013
Today more American distilleries are experimenting with single malt whisky than ever before, creating some interesting and highly-creative versions of the spirit. Steve McCarthy has been distilling Islay-style (heavily-peated and smokey) single malt in Portland, Oregon for decades however. More so than any other American producer, his whiskey actually resembles something you'd find in Scotland: rich oak, campfire aromas and earthy peat, with a supple and full-bodied finish. While we're happy to see Steve finally getting the credit he deserves, we're hoping this doesn't become the next Pappy Van Winkle. Luckily we can still get a healthy amount of this stuff, but who knows how long that will last?
Price: $54.99 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

Collard-Picard "Cuvée Selection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-15-2013
The fruit on this CP selection is ripe but it's balanced by amazingly vibrant acidity. The finish is rich and the chardonnay marries beautifully with the pinot meunier. This is one of the better big house bottles I've tasted.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Blason Brut B3 Friuli Sparkling Wine
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: $12.99 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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Launois "Quartz" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 5-15-2013
The Launois Quartz is a perennial favorite here at K&L. One of our cleanest and lightest in style, the Chardonnay flavor really comes through on the nose with a tasty finish that's brimming with crisp acidity. A no brainer for the money.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 5-15-2013
Absolutely delicious bubbly! Bright citrus and stonefruit right on the entry with a richness that finishes cleanly, rather than nutty or oaky. The Launois Reserve is right there with the Bonville Blanc de Blanc and Bruno Michel for best $35-ish bottle of Champagne we carry. A big step up from the Quartz, although both are the same price.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

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