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 Saint-Jean-des-Graves Blanc, Graves  
Review Date: 8-7-2014
A steely Sauvignon Blanc with great acidity and chalky minerality. Great for a refreshing aperitif on a warm day, and priced for a party.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruno Michel "Les Roses" Brut Rosť Champagne  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
This is not a casual sipping rosé! On various occasions, I have enjoyed this and have it come across as rich and satisfying, or brooding and spicy, on one occasion I think I recall my tasting notes saying "good 1er cru Nuit-St-Georges with bubbles." However you describe it, you cannot argue against this being an intensely flavored, highly original Champagne with real personality.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rosť  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
I am SO excited about this rosé! I had the honor of spending an afternoon with the winemaker at his estate in May, and have been looking forward to this arrival ever since. A timely blind rosé tasting took place recently among several wine professionals, and I'm thrilled to say that my contribution of this bottle came out on top! Bonus that it's a screw top; this wine is just 100 percent enjoyable. Very food friendly and an incredible addition to the stunning lineup of the Noblaie wines.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
Though he is no pilot, I often hear our friend, gifted winery director and noted Rioja Raconteur, Miguel Merino speak of "cruise altitude" in his Riojas. What Miguel means is the moment at which point a wine starts developing real interest and a keen sense of balance between fruit, tannins and complex flavor development. This 2006 Vitola, to throw some Spanglish your way, está en plena "cruise altitude!" Awesome wine; I suggest you try some.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Michel Loriot "Palmyre" Brut Nature Champagne  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
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Ok, if you are a fan of complex Champagne and on a budget, your ship just came in. This is a Brut Nature, but it avoids that lean and mean character, thanks to the ripe estate fruit selected for this cuvee. It has that rich and slightly gamy character I love in Meunier, coupled with the bright focus of Chardonnay. If you think of Champagne as an aperitif, consider trying this with a roasted whitefish such as halibut, and see why it is the perfect accompaniment to a meal.
Top Value!
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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
This 50% Chardonnay 50% Pinot Meunier blend, which is aged over four years on the lees, remains one of my all-time favorite Champagnes we stock here at K&L. This dry bubbly is rich and full with wonderful sweetness to the spiced apple fruit. The finish is so long, complex and persistent you will compare it to bottles costing three to four times as much. Super quality and super bang for the buck here.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne (previously Cuvee Reserve)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-6-2014
Exceptional quality for the money. Remarkably soft and elegant considering that the wine goes through no malo. Ripe orchard fruit and some softer stone fruit elements. Creamy lees texture and great persistence on the palate. One of our best values in all of Champagne.
Top Value!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2013 Kalinda Napa Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
If you are tired of soft, blowsy California Chardonnay and have almost given up on the category this will surprise and refresh you. This is firm and toasty with stone fruit and lemon oil flavors, a touch of honey and a complex leesy note on the finish. There is wonderful freshness and vibrancy to this rich and beautifully balanced wine.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Churchill's "Estates" Douro  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
While many of the top, legendary 2011 vintage ports are beginning to disappear, we are continuing to see a deluge of excellent, top quality dry Douro reds. Given the terrific quality of the 2011 Port vintage (literally a once in a generation type of vintage) in this region, there is no reason not to dip your toes into the dry red wines from the same year; you will not be disappointed. Tasting this wine next to the 2010 vintage was very instructive: while the 2010 is a solid wine, 2011 has so much more intensity, volume, and length. It's a textbook Douro red from a great vintage, a wine that is impressive now and should cellar well in the mid term as well. There is no better vintage than 2011 to check out the unique dry red wines from the Douro.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart WS 93 BC 0

2012 Tikal "Jubilo" Mendoza  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
As with all things chez Tikal, this is a bigger, powerful wine. Smoky/savory oak aromas show mocha and some dark caramel, with the fruit lying in the background, but on the palate...different story. Chunky red and dark plum fruits show drier than what the nose suggests. Clearly there is good quality fruit used here, no surprise given that a Catena (Ernesto) is involved! Definitely a solid fuller bodied wine for your next cookout or grilled steak.

2012 Chehalem "Ridgecrest Vineyards" Ribbon Ridge Gamay Noir  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
Slightly esoteric, fully delicious. Very pretty nose,and great acidity frame this dynamic wine giving endless possibilities for food pairings. Something as pedestrian as juicy hamburgers with charred green chilies and Monterrey Jack mixed into the patty, to cote de boeuf with potatoes gratin and crispy shallots. Or maybe even a grilled cheese with caramelized onions and comte.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Chehalem "Sext-Ridgecrest Vineyard" Ribbon Ridge Riesling  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
An exquisite wine. Serve this with a salad of mixed greens, grilled nectarines, and wild boar sausage!
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Fleury "Carte Rouge" Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
Very rich, very concentrated in style. Lovely champagne from a biodynamic grower. Just flat-out excellent and an amazing value.
Top Value!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BH 90 BC 0

Bruno Michel Premier Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
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From a single vineyard, with old selectoin massale vines (not commercial clones), planted a half-century ago. 1/2 has been through ML, half has not. It comes from a vineyard high on the hill, almost on the border with Epernay, so it is a cooler, more mineral rich enviforment. The vineayrd is a 1er Cru one, called Les Brousses. This has a modest 8g/liter of dosage, but such great drive and minerality it shows as a most amazing champagne. This is a Don't Miss! for me.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruno Michel Premier Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne  
Review Date: 8-6-2014
This Champagne is from a site that is so cold, it typically has searingly high acidity (always in balance with the fruit in my opinion) which makes it one I love but that I recommend judiciously, only to those who love acidity as much as I do. I say "typically," though, because our most recent bottling is based on a warmer vintage, and combined with the colder vineyard site, this becomes a richer, yet still bright and vibrant Blanc de Blancs to recommend to many more people. This is always one of my favorite expressions of Chardonnay on our shelves.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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