Staff Favorites - Doug Burress

Doug Burress
After many years of shopping at K & L, I finally decided to spend even more time at my favorite store! I first came on board at "the shop" a little over a year ago working Friday nights and Saturdays. Now, as a full time member of the Redwood City staff, my wine education continues five days a week! My favorite wines in the world include the awesome grower-producer champagnes we carry, earthy pinot noir from the Burgundy region of France, as well as the excellent pinots from Oregon and California. I dream of one day having my own land on the Dundee Hills of Oregon and producing terrior driven pinot noirs! Most recently I have dedicated more time to tasting and studying wines from Italy. It is a complicated wine country with many grape varietals, regions, and laws, but one that produces some of the best wines in the world! This education is most certainly worth the effort! I have always been a big fan of beer and the large selection of beers we carry from all over the world is yet another reason I am excited to be working here and helping you choose from our super selection of brews! I look forward to tasting and learning more about our wonderful world of wines and helping you find the right wine, at the right price, for any occasion. From a Sunday barbeque with family and friends, to that special bottle for a birthday, anniversary, or other occasion, we can help you find it here at the shop!

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2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 7-16-2014
Since Mr. Garneaus' review cannot be topped, I will go ahead and agree with everything he said. I tasted through David's selections, all stellar, and promptly bought the Bowmore 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Whisky. Truly amazing stuff.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Riesling "D" Marlborough  
Review Date: 7-16-2014
This is always one of the prettiest wines we receive in each year. The juxtaposition of lime pith and cocktail fruit balances the fruit-forward nature of the wine. There's no sweetness whatsoever, yet the wine is zesty and fun in a way that sweet Rieslings can usually be. Again, as is the case with all the TWR wines, the price is quite generous.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Can Mayol Loxarel "999" Cava Brut Rosé Penedes  
Review Date: 7-16-2014
This is our go to household pink bubbly. It is unapologetically dry, yet so flavorful, explosive and authoritative on the palate, that it is hard to believe we are dealing with under $15 bubbles here. Tangy red fruits, perhaps a suggestion of hibiscus, combine with a nice bead and pleasing texture to make this such a great sparkling wine for the money. As this is a DI, I have been to the property, seen the care with which these vines are grown and the wine is made, and can only say that all of the Loxarel wines, including this one, have my highest recommendation.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart W&S 91 BC 0

2011 Fillaboa "Finca Monte Alto" Albariño Rias Baixas  
Review Date: 7-16-2014
Albariño has transformed itself into Spain's most popular, serious white wine export because of wines like this. This single vineyard bottling from Fillaboa has delicious fruit, marked minerality, and more than a nod to the saltwater inlets (or "Rias") that shape coastal Galicia. Drink this wine with clams steamed in wine and garlic, whole grilled fish, or any fresh seafood you can get your hands on. I can assure you that it will be a food and wine pairing you'll come back to time and time again.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart W&S 94 BC 0

1997 Glenlivet 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Sherry Butt Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 7-16-2014
This is the type of whisky you buy two or three of because you're going to finish the bottle faster than you expect and the K&L supply will be gone when you come back for more. Sherry-aged whisky of this provenance and quality is becoming incredibly difficult to find, which is why we took as much of it as we could. The round, rich, raisined mouthfeel is what a majority of whisky drinkers are craving right now and none of the regular Glenlivet releases have this much weight. This is more like dessert Macallan. It's going to FLY outta here, so load up.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough  
Review Date: 7-16-2014
The TWR Chardonnay is basically white Burgundy for a fair price. Rather than overpay for Meursault or Chassagne that won't drink well for another decade, why not indulge yourself now with the Te Whare Ra? The richness from oak aging is apparent, but it's not the focus of the palate. The piercing mineral notes are at the forefront and the fruit offers a counterbalance to the refreshing acidity. Great stuff.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 7-16-2014
You stumble at the foot of the stairs, eyes struggling to adjust in the dim interior of the nightclub. Somewhere a piano plays an old jazz standard. You are certain you have heard it before but you can’t recall where or when. Soft voices murmur in the darkness, the words themselves indistinct. Suddenly a cigarette flares nearby, illuminating a face of porcelain etched in shadow. Smoke winds upward, disappearing into the gloom. Silk whispers against soft flesh as she raises a hand, gesturing to the chair opposite. You move to sit. The night is full of mystery and possibility. Who knows what might happen? Each year as I taste through the latest single malt offerings from Scotland painstakingly selected by our K&L Spirits team, one bottle in particular will inevitably speak to me. I never really know which one it will be. This year I was shocked to discover it was the 2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Whisky. Although I enjoy peated whiskies, I am usually more of a Speyside fan. Yet this Bowmore had that extra something – something indefinable, ineffable – something that makes you take a step back, set down your notebook, and just – stop – for a moment. Incredibly soft and silky with a weight you want to savor forever on the tongue. And smoke. Not the raw choking smoke of mistakenly sitting downwind of the campfire. Something deliciously subtle. A memory of old peat fires, permeating the roof beams of a favorite pub. A stolen kiss, the flavor of tobacco on soft lips. A suggestion, a hint, a grace note. Remarkable. Transcendent.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 7-16-2014
WOW! This is waaaaay better than I remember it tasting back in the Signatory warehouse. Reducing this cask down to 46% was the right move. With the water added the hypnotic flavors of classic Bowmore come to life - sweet creamy barley, a load of oily fruit, and a heavy dollop of smoke on the finish. It's magical stuff and it's going to be one of the best-received casks we offer this year.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Foucher-Lebrun "Petit le Mont" Sauvignon Blanc   | Approved
Review Date: 7-16-2014
A super delicious combination of lemon zest, green apple, and a hint of minerality make this wine almost too easy to love. Looking for a Sancerre stunt-double? Look no further.
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough  
Review Date: 7-16-2014
The TWR savvy is bright with aromas of white grapefruit, passion fruit, gooseberry and a hint of tarragon. On the palate there is good texture and vibrant acidity that lead to a snappy, zesty finish with fine length. As good as it gets in a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Foucher-Lebrun "Petit le Mont" Sauvignon Blanc   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-16-2014
Green granny smith apple, green pears, citrus and zesty mineral with medium plus acidity. A screamin' deal for a proper Loire Sauvignon Blanc!
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

1982 Miltonduff 30 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-15-2014
There's no accounting for this single malt, according to what I've read about the Miltonduff distillery. Its supposed light and bright notes do carry over in the spicy apple cidery, apple cinnamint notes on the nose, but it's chewy and meaty on the palate; something of dried beef almost! On the whole, compelling, a whisky for serious contemplation and fishing trips.
Price: $159.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Balvenie 12 year old Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-15-2014
Lovers of Glenlivet and Glenfiddich who are looking for something a little different and even a little prettier on the palate might look here. The Balvenie 12 single barrel has a light hue, with pretty aromas of wildflower honey, dates and dried figs, with buttery pear, and a really nice, silky finish. I enjoyed this Balvenie.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-15-2014
Not that the "Corry," as the malt nerds call it, needs any more props to sell out every bottle--especially at these prices. But what about the rest of us, maybe exploring Scotch whisky but a little hesitant to spend an extra $10-$20 on a bottle, no matter the fine pricing? Well, after trading up from the Ardbeg 10 to the Uigeadail in perfect succession, I tried the Ardbeg Corryvreckan. Indeed, this whisky presents aromas and a perfectly sippable, lux palate of vanilla, caramel, and maybe a hint of chocolate liqueur--but I don't sense some of the over-the-top characteristics that earlier reviewers have. Maybe it's me; maybe it's the current bottling. In any case, I found it a bit spicy and intense but perfectly enjoyable, and note to the Islay-iffy among you: the peatiness is not strong in an iodine and shoe leather way, it's quite integrated within the sweet sherried aroma profile. For sure, the next time I have enough spare change to be able to decide between purchasing a Talisker 18 or the Corry, I am likely to experience some cognitive dissonance--and I mean before I have had any whisky!
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart WA 96 BC 0

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