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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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2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 7-16-2014
Once again, the TWR Sauvignon Blanc becomes the best Sauvignon Blanc we carry for the money with its return to inventory. You think you don't like NZ SB because it's too grapefruity or herbaceous? Let the TWR blow your mind and change it simultaneously. There's citrus, of course, but it's subtle and nuanced, balanced completely by a stony minerality and vivacious bouquet of fruit. The price for a wine this good is also ridiculous.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Teutonic "Laurel Vineyard - Bergspitze Schwarz" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 6-10-2014
Spatburgunder finally comes to Oregon! Rather than a dark-fruited, brooding, and structured Pinot Noir from the Pac NW, we're witnessing a German-styled red wine that's light in color, lush-fruited, and elegant in style. This is like German Pinot Noir in every way, with lovely aromatics and hints of baking spice.
Price: $39.99 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

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

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

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

Lot 40 Single Pot Still Canadian Rye 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

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

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

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