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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2011 Teutonic "Laurel Vineyard - Bergspitze Schwarz" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
There are plenty of people who will tell you that the 2011 vintage in Oregon was terrible. Horrible. Totally awful. Unfortunately for the winemakers in Oregon, that's all a lot of wine lovers ever hear. Unfortunate, I say, because so many of the wines made from the vintage are actually quite lovely--lean, aromatic and distinctive. Take this Pinot from the folks at Teutonic. It's the color of fire and ice roses, with a stunning, spicy and floral nose that makes me think of Chiavanesca. Taut fruit, this is not for people who like BIG Pinots, but if you like your wines like carefully crafted lace, this is for you.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Pirramimma "Old Bush Vines" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
All of the Pirramimma wines are crazy good for the money, and have some bottle development as well. I have always been a fan of the '04 vintage which was a bit cooler and offered fine balance and structure. This Grenache has a lifted nose with smoky raspberry, dark cherry, cedar, clove, nutmeg and some meaty notes. On the palate there are supple tannins with good length.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Pirramimma Petit Verdot McLaren Vale South Australia  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
Oddly enough, Petit Verdot has always been the "sleeper" varietal for this property. There is a fine bouquet with cedar, pencil lead, dark plum, red currant, pomegranate, some high-toned floral notes, tobacco leaf and a hint of dark chocolate. On the palate there is moderate acidity with fine-grained tannins and very good length. Very cool wine, and a steal at $15.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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I love Sauvignon Blanc but as one might expect I am overly picky (who would have guessed) about the overtly grassy ones--for me, what so many NZ versions taste of is Jalapeno Jelly. For me, TWR's wines don't have that character but still taste like they're from NZ. The wines have body, drive and aromatic correctness but without that under-ripeness that I so dislike. Enough about the negatives, the wine is so pungent, savory, just decidedly flavorful, with sultry aromatics that segue onto the palate and those flavors give way to a textural density coupled with a good, mineral-driven center. The wine then has a long finish that brings the flavors and texture to a crescendo. Very, very good wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Pirramimma "Old Bush Vines" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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I really liked this wineís smoky aromatics: savory, meaty, beef stew; almost just a rush of saturated flavors. On the palate the wine has a fleshy, supple and plush feel yet is balanced by a forceful acidity that brings the wine together on the palate. Soupy Aussie wines donít do it for me but this wine crossed over into a really fun, rustic BBQ wine that will be sure to please lots of different palates.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Bethel Heights "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This comes from the underrated 2011 vintage, and from one of my favorite Oregon producers. Its nose offers a cascade of rose petals, spices, red fruit, mulch and white pepper. On the palate, it's integrated, lovely and spicy, with a subtly tannic foundation that just needs food or a little air to tame it.

2004 Pirramimma Petit Verdot McLaren Vale South Australia  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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I don't get a chance to taste much pure Petit Verdot but when I do I sometimes find them overly extracted or having very high tannin levels. This wine isn't anything like that; I really enjoyed this wineís character; deep flavors flowing into a bold, lush palate presence where those powerful flavors seemed to accumulate into one big bass drum pounding a thick, rich and pleasing mouth-feel. Definitely a BBQ wine and for the price this is really worth checking out.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

2011 Lange "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
Red cherry, sandalwood, red plum, red currant and thyme with medium plus acidity and soft, elegant tannin. This wine is classic Dundee Hills Pinot!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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Benchmark Marlborough Savvy. Sure there are plenty of quirky styles now coming from New Zealand that are equally exciting but this quote from the winemaker Jason Flowerday sums up the wine perfectly: "Hand on heart, I love Sauvignon Blanc, it should be juicy, it should be ripe, it should be able to age, I donít want to make "alternative" Sauvignon, I just want to make it as good as it can be. We want Sauvignon Blanc that makes your mouth water and makes you want another glass"...as this baby sure does that!
Top Value!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Teutonic "Laurel Vineyard - Bergspitze Weisse" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
I loved both the Bergspitze Pinots we brought in from Teutonic. The 2012 from the Bergspitze Weisse is really gorgeous, with a filigreed bouquet redolent of anise seed, rosewater, roasted fennel, forest floor and green tea, all of which are deftly woven together on the palate with tart black fruit. There's a lot of wine here for the money. If you like your Pinot with backbone and restrained fruit, this is for you.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Teutonic "Crow Valley Vineyard" Willamette Valley Riesling  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
I love German Riesling; it gives me the tingles. It's rare that I find domestic Riesling that evokes the same feeling, but Teutonic nailed it with this one. It has a distinctive, citrus and beeswax nose with a subtle underpinning of botrytis. All those characteristics are well-integrated on the palate, which is precise and long. Delicious.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Teutonic "Maresh Vineyard" Dundee Hills Pinot Gris  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This is a super aromatic Pinot Gris made in the Alsatian style, with just a touch of RS. Aromas of citrus and cream carry over to the palate, which finishes flinty and long.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Gaston RiviŤre Francois 1er Vieux Pineau Des Charantes 750ml   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
All I can say is: wow! Notes of mushroom, marshmallow, orange and lemon. This is refreshing and delightful, and just a touch funky.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bigallet Viriana China China Amer 750ml  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This is a cane-based French bitter macerated with bitter oranges and distilled three times. The floral orange aromas are complemented by flavors of clove and anise, with added bitterness from China bark. Quite viscous and mouthwatering. Use in place of Aperol in a spritz!
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Nonino Quintessentia Amaro 750ml  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
There's a reason this grape distillate-based Amaro from Friuli is one of our biggest sellers, it's the easiest-drinking Amaro I've every tried! Cocoa-dusted orange, cream, butterscotch, roasted nuts, lemon pitch and rosewater notes. Don't waste this in a cocktail, it sips smoothly on its own.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart WE 96 BC 0

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