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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2013 Ermacora Pinot Bianco Colli Orientali del Friuli  
Review Date: 1-21-2015
Here is one our most popular wineries from Colli Orientali del Friuli, just a few miles from the Slovenian border. I just tasted all of the new Ermacora wines and the first two things I have written down are OMG & Wow! Perfectly balanced, this wine has incredible depth and concentration with focus. There are notes of ripe apples and pears, with minerals on the front palate, and it's very rich and creamy on the mid-palate; great length on the finish. Serve with grilled chicken diablo or a seafood risotto.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Ermacora Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali del Friuli  
Review Date: 1-21-2015
This is our seventieth of bringing Ermacora to you, and way back in 1998 our price on the P.G. was $11.99! We love beating that euro down! And one of K&L’s best sellers since we started bringing them in. The perfect balance of acidity and tremendous aromatics, loaded with pear, apple, citrus and tropical fruit in an elegant, concentrated and superbly balanced wine. This is a great wine for you to start the evening off with some Pecorino, and it will work well with a first course of bruschetta or insalata mista.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 1-21-2015
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This vintage’s savory quality is readily apparent in this wine; the nose is full of the sea, shells, stone, wild brush with hints of wild cherry. The palate is impressively powerful, brooding, and full of saturated flavors that are wound tightly around its core. The flavors start with wild cherry and fresh plum but slide toward that savory, complexity showing more umami character like beef bouillon, marrow and miso. In the finish the combination of fruit and savory bond together forming flavors that link the powerful tannic structure gives definition, focus and direction to the wine. This Brunello has a pedigree that cries out for aging, its powerful structure, concentrated core and amazing flavor breadth is going to be stunning when it comes of age. Capable of aging 10-30 years.
Drink from 2020 to 2040
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart JS 94 BC 0

2010 Il Valentiano Brunello di Montalcino "Campo di Marzo" 1.5L Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 1-21-2015
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A bit shy at first in the nose but slowly this wine begins to release its core; it’s a gentle flow, exuding a composed center, no rush or hurry here. The nose shows hints of its western slope origins with hints of ripeness but this is layered between spice and earth as it delicately flows from the glass. On the palate the wine the has a really savory quality, salty, iron, leather then, slowly, the fruit escapes from its tightly wound core where hints of wild cherry, plum and cocoa powder mix with fine grain tannin to give a really focused palate presence. The long, persistent finish with layer after layer gradually makes its presence felt with superb balance, and a growing flavor crescendo. Drink in 2-3 years but capable of aging 10-20 years.
Drink from 2017 to 2030
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart JS 92 BC 0

2010 Il Valentiano "Campo di Marzo" Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 1-21-2015
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A bit shy at first in the nose but slowly this wine begins to release its core; it’s a gentle flow, exuding a composed center, no rush or hurry here. The nose shows hints of its western slope origins with hints of ripeness but this is layered between spice and earth as it delicately flows from the glass. On the palate the wine the has a really savory quality, salty, iron, leather then, slowly, the fruit escapes from its tightly wound core where hints of wild cherry, plum and cocoa powder mix with fine grain tannin to give a really focused palate presence. The long, persistent finish with layer after layer gradually makes its presence felt with superb balance, and a growing flavor crescendo. Drink in 2-3 years but capable of aging 10-20 years.
Drink from 2017 to 2030
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart JS 92 BC 0

2000 Bel-Air, Pomerol  
Review Date: 1-21-2015
The tiny appellation of Pomerol produced few bargains in the phenomenal 2000 vintage but here is one. This has an evolved nose of red fruit, earth and cedar. The body is plump, smooth, lushly sweet and shows beautiful balance and proportion from beginning to silky, seamless end.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2001 Corbin Michotte, St-Emilion  
Review Date: 1-21-2015
Lots of ripe, red fruits here with a funky dig into the terroir of the St-Emilion/Pomerol border. There are very fine tannins holding the array of cherries and berries together where hints of chalk add persistence to the finish. This is deep, lush and still fresh.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2001 Moulin Haut Laroque, Fronsac  
Review Date: 1-21-2015
This is darkly fruited and quite earthy but with a lush core of sweet, clean and fresh fruit. The tannins are well hidden and there is nice length to the lively finish. This is easy and forward even without decanting.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Raymond Lafon, Sauternes (375ml)  
Review Date: 1-21-2015
Surprisingly viscous, fat and waxy but with great balancing acidity to boot, this seems to hit the sweet spot between flamboyant richness and cool, electric freshness. The pineapple, coconut, honey, citrus and marmalade flavors would be an ideal match for veined cheeses, fruit tarts, pound cake, a plate of butter cookies or my favorite, as an aperitif. The powerful finish here actually leaves an impression of dryness on the palate.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 93 BC 0

2012 Charles Baur Eichberg Riesling Grand Cru   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 1-21-2015
This is a beautiful Alsatian Riesling, bursting with elegance and minerality. The nose provides aromas of pretty little white flowers, peach, nectar, apricot, and wet slate. The palate is full of beeswax and lanolin with fruits like pear and apple and a backbone of minerality like crush wet stone and slate. An absolutely gorgeous wine and a steal at $24.99.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

1998 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan  
Review Date: 1-21-2015
This earthy wine is surprisingly rich and hearty for a 1998 Left Bank Bordeaux. Tobacco, mineral and cherry and plum fruit are far more obvious than the slightly firm edge to the stony finish. Decant this tonight with hearty fare.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Terre da Vino "La Luna e I Falò" Barbera d'Asti Superiore  
Review Date: 1-21-2015
This is classic Barbera with dark ripe black cherries and plum, full-bodied with some minerals and dust on the very long and well integrated finish. I would let this open for an hour or so and serve with a grilled Portobello mushroom or burgers and some great friends.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Poggio al Tufo "Rompicollo" Toscana  
Review Date: 1-21-2015
It is just the kind of wine you want when you sit down with a little bread and cheese or when you open something to drink while cooking dinner. Rich and complex, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon. Super Tuscan & Super Price !

2009 Château Musar "Hochar Père et Fils" Red Bekaa Valley  
Review Date: 1-20-2015
This is a total shocker. It's not like I didn't know that Musar has a reputation for greatness, it's that I didn't think their wines would be this good for the money. The Hochar vineyard gives this great old school Bordeaux flavor, but with a concentrated core of sweet red fruit (almost like a combo of Rioja with Bordeaux). This is a fantastic wine that no one should be afraid to spend money on. It's not esoteric or weird, just classic old school wine with great flavor.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart W&S 92 BC 0

2006 Château Musar Blanc Bekaa Valley  
Review Date: 1-20-2015
If you're going to splurge on a white wine, you want one with complexity and stunning nuance. This is that wine. Slightly oxidative on the nose, the aromas are nutty and slightly earthy. The palate has a bit of subtle oak flavor before moving into a saline note and a bit more mineral of a direction. Fascinating and delicious.
Price: $46.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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