Staff Favorites - Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith
Growing from a Redwood City sales position in 2009, to the company sake buyer in 2011, and then to the Head Sommelier in 2013 my love of wine spreads the gamut from mineral laden Sancerres to California Zinfandels aged over 20 years, Urban wines to classic Bordeaux, and 99% of the spirits that we carry. As a CIA trained chef I spent 15 years in some of the top kitchens in the country until my love of wine won out and I transitioned to the wine industry in 2004 where I began utilizing my skills as an instructor, a writer, and a restaurant consultant after passing the introductory level exam of The Court of Master Sommeliers. In 2010, I developed the first iPhone app for wine pronunciation, the Enotria Guide. In 2011, I became one of the few certified Sake Sommeliers in the country through the Sake Education Council. Outside of K&L I run private and corporate wine and spirits events around the Bay Area, consult on private cellars, and attempt to write professionally.

Page:  <<  prev  6  7 8  9  10  next  >>
2009 Caronne Ste-Gemme, Haut-Médoc  
Review Date: 3-23-2015
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
We love this property and 2009 was their best ever. Can be enjoyed now with a steak.
Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

1997 Potensac, Médoc  
Review Date: 3-23-2015
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
Our biggest selling Bordeaux the past two years. Still young and lively-Buy cases.
Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux  
Review Date: 3-23-2015
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
Under $100 for this beauty? Packed with fruit and a firm structure underneath, this will reward the patient collector.
Drink from 2018 to 2035

2009 Potensac, Médoc  
Review Date: 3-23-2015
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
Drink the 1997 now and cellar this one a few years. From the Delon crew, this wine is polished and fruity.
Drink from 2016 to 2025

2009 Gloria, St-Julien  
Review Date: 3-23-2015
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
½* More gritty and smoky, with integrated tannins. Quite nice. Along with the great 2010, this wine harkens back to the glory days of Gloria in the 60s. Sweeter than 2010 but will age superbly.
Drink from 2016 to 2025

2009 Pédesclaux, Pauillac  
Review Date: 3-23-2015
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
One of the best values from this great vintage. This property is on a roll.
Drink from 2016 to 2030

1998 Latour, Pauillac  
Review Date: 3-23-2015
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
One of the best of the Medoc 1998s-excellent wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2013 Lynch Bages Blanc, Bordeaux  
Review Date: 3-23-2015
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
Great balance and fine acidity, this is the best Lynch Bages Blanc ever.
Drink from 2015 to 2017
Price: $46.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2011 Petit Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml)  
Review Date: 3-23-2015
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
Wow! This wine is a baby Guiraud for one fifth of the price. Some coconut and pineapple aromas and flavors. Honeyed flavors and incredible acidity. Perfect balance.
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2008 Pauillac de Latour, Pauillac  
Review Date: 3-23-2015
Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image Reviewer image
Our fourth vintage to sell of this outstanding third wine from Chateau Latour. After twenty years of begging the property to sell the Pauillac, here it is and the 2008 vintage is quite good and priced well under the 2009. Powerful red fruit aromas with some cassis. The palate impression is powerful with some tannins to settle out. perfect acid balance-cellar it five years minimum. You can buy 2 bottles of latour or a case of this beauty. -Clyde beffa
Drink from 2020 to 2025
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 McClean X "Simone" Paso Robles Zinfandel   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 3-22-2015
McClean X Vineyards has done a tremendous job with this Zin based red blend. It has an expressive nose with notes of mocha, coffee bean, toffee, and blackberry fruit. The mouthfeel is velvety plush. Rich flavors of juicy dark fruit, blueberries, and chocolate make this so easy to enjoy.The wine has hit a really nice point in its life and is ready to drink now. For $20, it's a keeper.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart WE 93 BC 0

2013 Eric Cottat Sancerre   | Approved
Review Date: 3-21-2015
Looking for a snappy expression from Sancerre for under $20? Look no further, here is a simple yet great representation of a wine that displays that inimitable mineral sensation that only Sauvignon Blanc from this region embodies. Perfumed with white flowers and a tangy, crisp citrus palate, this is a total go-to white that never disappoints.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Marisa Cuomo "Ravello" Costa d'Amalfi Bianco   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 3-21-2015
Marisa Cuomo makes so of my favorite whites, period. The Ravello emanates notes of lemon oil, white flowers, crushed wet stones and peach fuzz. The palate expresses lemon zest, white peach, and nectarine, but that’s just the beginning. Honeysuckle, almond skins, pithy and chalky minerality integrate perfectly with the high acid and beeswax texture. Try it with a seafood risotto!!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Rosado Rioja   | Approved
Review Date: 3-21-2015
From the Rioja Alta comes a totally affordable, fun and vibrant rosado. Brightly colored pink with the scent of strawberries, the palate is tangy with flavors of red berries, and a refreshing acidity. This is a total slam dunk to pair with your favorite taco truck fare especially tacos al pastor! Think of this as your dry, adult version of Jarritos -- not too serious just totally enjoyable. Salud!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Kalinda Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 3-20-2015
If you haven't already heard, the 2013 vintage is even more exciting to Napa winemakers than 2012! Hard to believe I know, but wait to you taste our new release of the 2013 Kalinda Yountville Cabernet you will need to sit down for this! It's coming from one of my favorite producers in Napa Valley making balanced age-wothy Bordeaux style Cabernet. All the fruit used is second from this powerhouse estate and it is stupid-good for the money. I can't wait to put a case away and see how it develops over the next few years!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Page:  <<  prev  6  7 8  9  10  next  >>