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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2012 Viña Robles "Estate" Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc  
Review Date: 7-31-2014
Clean, modern in style and focused like a laser beam. For this price, this is close to a no-brainer as I have seen in a while.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2013 Cantina Terlan Pinot Bianco  
Review Date: 7-31-2014
This is from a hillside in the town of Terlano in the Alto-Adige, where the soil is sandy, gravely and calcareous. A great place to plant grapes? This is what makes the wines of this region so unique. This Pinot Bianco is full-bodied, delicately fragrant and mildly floral, with ripe honeydew melon and Bartlett pear and lots of minerality, balanced by acidity. This can keep very easily over the next five years, but you will want to drink lots of it these last days of summer.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2013 Cantina Terlan Lagrein Rosé Alto Adige  
Review Date: 7-31-2014
Spicy and bursting with bright fruit and even a touch of mineral, this is not your everyday pink wine. Hearty enough for food, even red meat, this Lagrein rosé is made by one of the Alto Adige's finest wine producers. It will elicit oohs and ahhs from all of your summertime guests.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Cantina Terlan "Gries" Lagrein  
Review Date: 7-31-2014
This Lagrein is made in the Alto Adige. This wine has an elegant perfume, subtle even, with fruit, vanilla and violet notes. On the palate it is a touch austere and quite full bodied, just the thing to match the rustic, rich foods of the mountainous region like lamb with rosemary and hard cheeses.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 7-30-2014
In the barrage of barrel samples that we tasted over the trip, 50-plus on the day we found this little gem alone, I had somehow forgotten how much I liked this. After tasting it in a lineup of far more heralded and expensive single malts, this reminded me why I love Bowmore so much. The perfect balance of richness and complexity, not too much sherry as to cover up the sweet grain and spice notes, but enough nutty richness to lend a seductive and soft mouth feel. The smoke is dark and brooding like Bowmore should be, perfectly integrated and stunning.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1997 Glenlivet 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Sherry Butt Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 7-30-2014
Sherry aged whisky was the battle cry this year. That’s what people want to drink, so that is what we set out to find. And boy, does this cask deliver all the sherry goodness you could ask for. The sister cask to this barrel was the fastest selling barrel from Signatory last year, and I fully expect this to follow in those footsteps. This barrel has everything I want from a sherry cask, decadence, richness, a mouth feel so soft you want to wrap yourself up in. The nose evokes memories of Christmas morning, gingerbread cookies, spice cake, freshly brewed coffee. The palate moves on to notes of cocoa and toasted pecans, toffee and almond brittle, finishing long and soft, a warm hug of a whisky.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 7-30-2014
Melville was established by Ron Melville and his two sons in 1996, developing 82 acres just outside of Lompoc, California. Planted to mostly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this vineyard has become a prized grower/producer in the Santa Rita Hills appellation. With winemaker Greg Brewer at the helm, the wines have become some of the most sought after in the region. The 2012 Estate Pinot Noir is an explosion of bright red fruit, Asian spice and cinnamon. Touches of cedar, mint and orange peel add to this silky, opulent Pinot Noir.

2012 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir   | Approved
Review Date: 7-30-2014
Winemaker Greg Brewer consistently coaxes lovely aromatics from his wines; it's one of the reasons I like them so much. Right out of the gate scents of rose petals, lavender, and sweet earth beckon. On the palate this wine is beautifully plush with notes of black cherry, cinnamon, and just a touch of smoke. If you've never tried Melville Pinot Noir, you should. If you're already a fan, don't miss this one!

2013 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Nr.3 Bergblokke" Sauvignon Blanc Sondagskloof  
Review Date: 7-29-2014
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If you can pronounced the name of this wonderful SB, we might sell you a bottle or two or twelve. Unlike those coming from New Zealand with gobs of grapefruit and lemon tones, this South African Gem offers a lovely melon-like to clove-like presentation in the nose and on its dry, clean, crisp, well-structured, yet mouthwatering presentation and finish. The Bean has told me that we need cases of this Gem and that if you bypass this beauty, you might as well stop drinking wine. A non-linear, completely satisfying SB that will rival many of the wonderful SB wines coming from Sancerre and Graves, and at a super low price. 13.5% abv.
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Underwood by Union Wine Co. Oregon Pinot Gris (375ml can)  
Review Date: 7-29-2014
I was skeptical, but as someone who is easily intrigued and swayed by unique packaging, I didn't hold off long. I was going to save it for my weekly kayaking trip but ended up opening it for friends at dinner the other night and served it with an appetizer of parsley and basil pesto on grilled crostini with fresh mozzarella, passing the can between us like a group of chic hobos. Great quality, interesting concept, and easily chilled in a stream or backyard creek.
Price: $5.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Relyea-Wood Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 7-29-2014
Santa Cruz Mountains Cab for only $15?! With only five barrels made of this 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from R&W Vineyards on Montebello Ridge, it is the very definition of a boutique wine, but one without the extravagant price tag of many Napa bottlings. The cooler summer in 2011 meant harvest was delayed until early November. For all that, the wine is surprisingly full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit. Bright, sweet red fruits – sour cherry and plum and fresh-picked raspberry. Notes of tobacco and blackcurrant leaf. A balanced, well-built wine with nicely integrated oak and a very reasonable 13.2% alcohol. A terrific value.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Jardesca California Aperitiva 750ml  
Review Date: 7-29-2014
Looking for your summer aperitif wine that's local, light, aromatic, complex, and wont give you a hangover?! This small production aperitif is made in Northern California's Sonoma County and is loaded with natural aromatic botanicals like basil, Kaffir lime, fresh herbs, mint, flowers, and citrus. This is a drier style aperitif wine whose cocktail combinations are endless! Splash of soda, lime, fruit, or lavender, and you've got yourself one complex concoction! I've been enjoying it on my deck during sunset for an immediate summer refreshment! You must try! You will be hooked.
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Château de Ripaille Vin de Savoie-Ripaille  
Review Date: 7-29-2014
Have you ever stood next to a mountain stream and wanted a wine to have that fresh vibrant quality? Probably not, but if you did, this would be the wine. This 100% Chasselas is the epitome of alpine freshness. Light citrus notes, good viscosity, tons of clean minerality, it's pretty brilliant stuff. It's freshness personified.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 JP & JF Quénard "Les Damoiselles" Vin de Savoie-Chignin Bergeron  
Review Date: 7-29-2014
My favorite Roussanne (the local name in Savoie is Bergeron) on its own as a grape variety is Beaucastel's Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes. With that wine approaching the $200 mark, I can't say it is a fair comparison, but for about 10% of that cost, you can get a LOT of wine in the "Les Damoiselles." What I'm trying to say is, this is one of the sexiest, most intriguing Roussannes on the market at any price. Copious amounts of stone fruit flavors with notes of dried mango and a nice thread of chalky minerality. You gotta try it.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay  
Review Date: 7-29-2014
This is a taste of the real thing. The Domaine Eden is one of the most perfectly balanced Chardonnays that we carry. It has excellent quality lime-like fruit, nice medium-to-light weight and a long finish. If you are looking for well-balanced wine, you have found it!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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