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2011 Villa Creek "Bassetti Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah
Review Date: 5-12-2014
If the Villa Creek "Willow Creek" is supposed to reflect a Chateauneuf-Du-Pape wine, this Bassetti Vineyard 100% Syrah would certainly reflect a Cornas. Again, made in a more modernistic style. This 9-acre vineyard is located only 4 miles from the ocean. Made with 70% stem inclusion and 20% new oak, the wine offers plenty of intense black olive, pepper, big black fruit and some violet florals. There's a bittersweet chocolate note that came from the oak, finishing with solid tannins. I believe the wine has ageability and will be even more delicious in a few years!

2011 Denner "Ditch Digger" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Review Date: 5-12-2014
This wine is big, expressive, and super aromatic. I get a mixture of red cherry, raspberry, black plum, black olive, some pepper and lots of nutmeg and sandalwood. Spicy and juicy with a strong tannin backbone. Enjoy with stew meat and decant before serving.

2012 Vina Robles "WHITE 4" Paso Robles White Blend
Review Date: 5-12-2014
This wine brings me to Hawaii (mentally)!!! Ripe tropical fruits such as banana and pineapple right off the bat, then the honeysuckle, peach pit, peach skin, and some fresh ginger. Super lively and easy to drink and has a long finish. Just take a sip and close your eyes... we are in Hawaii.....
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Price: $11.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2012 Château Pesquié "Le Paradou" Grenache Vin de France
Review Date: 5-9-2014
Old vine power!!! Grenache, for me, are usually very flashy, high in alcohol and super fruity/juicy... Not exactly what I would consider a "serious" wine, rather than more of a "fun" wine. However, Chateau Pesquie utilizes 75+ year-old vines to produce this concentrated, earthy, spicy and complex little wine. Don't let the price tag fool you, there's a lot of wine for the low price!
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2011 Kenneth Volk Touriga Nacional
Review Date: 5-5-2014
In case you were wondering, Touriga Nacional is one of the main grapes used in making Port. Technically, the winery is not supposed to have the word "Touriga Nacional" printed on label according to EU law (for now, it's "administratively approved" by our own TTB bureaucracy, however--sorry, EU!). And it is extremely rare for a winery outside of Portugal to even plant this varietal. In any case, this wine is quite a treat, a combination of blackberry, blueberry and floral violets bursts out of the glass followed by hints of earth and a lively mouthfeel and finish with some soft, mocha notes. It was quite a unique experience, worth a try for sure!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Kenneth Volk Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Easily one of the best Cabernets under $25 in the store! The character of the fruit is ripe blackberry and red currant, with some spicy oak notes (but not overly sweet). This wine is fresh and lively; I notice tons of red roses behind the fruits. Solid tannin, full-bodied, long finish and has age-ability.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 3-26-2014
Ancient Peak is truly an amazing property full of history. Total of 17,000 acres but only 850 planted under vine, there are so many micro-climates, aspect and soil type it will blow you away. their wines comes at great value for the depth and complexity it offer! The 2011 Cabernet is a solid value Cab! Classic green olive tone, red current, spicy nutmeg and cinnamon on the palate with meaty, tobacco flavors. Great value delicious cabernet!
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Vina Robles "Red 4" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Review Date: 3-26-2014
Vina Robles is located at the eastern boundary of the city of Paso Robles, planting started in 1999 with total of 19 varieties. Their 2011 Red 4 (Red to the power of 4) stands for the 4 grapes in the blend (35% Syrah, 25% Petite Sirah, 25% Mourvedre and 15% Grenache) and aged 16 months in 30% new French and American oak. The wine show case warm and baked raspberries and cranberries; with secondary earthy notes of smoke and leaves. Ripe and full bodied mouth also lively and easy drinking, easily one of the best value red in our store!
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2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Chardonnay
Review Date: 3-26-2014
Talley Estate has always over deliver on quality of wines. Their 2012 Estate chardonnay is 70% from their Rincon vineyard planted back in 1984. Expressive lemon, honey, just ripe apple follow by little bit of vanilla and crushed nuts. It's extremely well put together; you can feel the body and intensity, layers of complexity and long finish, but overall very balanced and makes you want to take another sip!

2012 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Review Date: 3-26-2014
I love Au Bon Climat wines! For me they are the perfect bridge between a new world and old world style winery. Their 2012 Chardonnay was just pretty, juicy apple, ripe lemon up front with hints of Burgundy minerality (some chalk, hazelnut notes). My favorite about their wines is always the palate texture, it goes down silky smooth, crisp, elegant, not flabby or heavy at all! Definitely worth a try!!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 2-4-2014
As the new Rhone and French Regional liaison at K&L I decided to purchase and try out all the sparkling wines from my section for the new year (with some help from friends of course). The Brut Nature from Antech was my favorite by far of the entire lineup. The wine was crisp, bone dry with elegant fine bubbles, reminds me of a Blanc de Blanc Champagne with little or no dosage. Extremely well put together, and I could not believe it was sold for only $12.99!
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2007 Marques de Legarda Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 1-21-2014
Rioja, Rioja, Rioja... The wines from the region can offer endless styles from the juicy Crianza to earthy Gran Reserva; From big and oaky to soft and smooth. I've always been more old school and am constantly looking for the more traditional style. Marques de Legarda is the oldest winery in Rioja making delicious and well balanced expressions of Rioja. I've had their 2001 Gran Reserva and the 2008 Crianza but my heart and palate favors the 2007 Reserva. The fruits are present, pronounced but well integrated with the oak profile. The wine truly showcases the elegance of the Tempranillo grape and makes me crave chorizo paella and Spanish tapas. I'm drooling now.....
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 1-21-2014
One word, FOCUSED! Washington knows good Cabernet! This plot was planted back in 1980. The wine shows beautiful dark current, black berry, and hints of mocha. I love the secondary flavors of pencil shavings, the earthy mineral components. Long finish with good acidity level. I would drink this Cabernet over many of the highly extracted over-ripe (and more expensive!!!) competitor any day of the week!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

Montechiara Prosecco DOC
Review Date: 12-3-2013
As the name suggest (Montechiara= Clear Mountain) this Prosecco is clean and easy drinking, great on its own or did someone said mimosa? Try this for your next party: make some orange popsicles in the freezer from fresh OJ; then place it into wine glasses and pour Montechiara Prosecco over it. Now sit back and watch your party guest be WOW'd !!
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Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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