Staff Favorites - Chris Miller

Chris Miller

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2011 Poderi Morini "Savignone" Savignon Rosso
Review Date: 6-30-2013
One of the coolest wines I've come across in a long time. I opened it for the staff and they unanimously fell heads over heels for it as well (usually even if most of the staff loves a wine, there's still at least one "meh", but not this time!) Medium bodied, with zesty red raspberry, dried cherry and a ton of black pepper, rose petal, clove and exotic spice. Good concentration, but with a lively acidity that makes the wine thirst quenching and a natural to pair with a wide variety of foods. Savignon Rosso is an extremely rare grape from the far west of Romagna, near Ravenna on the Adriatic coast (it of course has nothing in common with Sauvignon or Cab Sauv). It is also called "Centesimino", which means "cheapskate", which was the nickname of the farmer who cultivated it back from the verge of extinction. Just for fun, "centesimo" is the old expression for 1/100th of a lira, and if you remember, there were about 2000 lira to the dollar by the time the Euro came around, so to be a "centesimino" or a "little 1/100th of a lira" was to be one heck of a cheapskate indeed. Gotta love Italy!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Giuliano "Terre di Chieti" Pecorino
Review Date: 5-4-2013
Pecorino is a delicious white wine from the east coast of Central Italy. It reminds me a lot of Viognier (peach blossom, apricot and yellow plum aromas) but with much more acidity and crispness on the palate. This wine would be perfect to sip well chilled on it's own as the days get progressivly warmer or with some light fare like salads, white fish, or lighter preparations of chicken (or, as would be fitting, some Pecorino cheese!). Lovely little bottle of wine and highly reccomend you check it out. CM
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart GR 2 BC 0

2010 Amantis "Goghi" Rosso Toscana
Review Date: 9-8-2012
This wine is really, really good. The label is... well... let's just say this is an instance where the old adige "it's all about what's in the bottle" is a very important thing to keep in mind. I'd love to hear the back story of it's inception; my guess is either someone lost a bet or it has something to do with a hallucinogenic drug trip. Anyway, the wine itself is incredibly pretty. Gobs of sweet cherry, sweet tobacco, spice, sweet herbs and a hint of menthol, it's full and voluptious but also has a nice vervy feel that keeps it from being heavy and dull. Lovely length and well stuctured tannins, this would be awesome with some mid wieght chicken, pork or pasta dishes, or really, even on it's own. It will certainly open up with some air, so I recommend decanting it. Also, that way, no one sees the bottle. CM
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 8-29-2012
My exact note from our visit to the winery the evening of February 18th, 2011, when we were there mostly to look at the finished 2006 vintage, but also tasting the newer wines still in barrel; “2007 from botte – wow. wow! wow!! wine is insanely good. great complexity, balance, richness, tannins and length. excellent wine! – might be one of the 2007 normale of the trip” Now keep in mind this was about 7 or 8 at night (after starting at 9 am) on day four of our week in Montalcino, so I had probably tasted somewhere around two hundred wines by this point of the trip. And still this wine elicited such an excited response. Classic Montosoli profile with tarry, woodsy notes on top of the deep black and pretty red cherry fruit. The wine has tightened up a bit after being stuffed in the bottle and making its way over the pond, so if you’re going to enjoy it right away, try decanting it for at least an hour to let it open up. Or better yet, buy a case and watch it evolve over the next 10 to 15 years. Great stuff. CM

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 7-28-2011
This is another scratch my head in wonder deal. In fact, and this is a bold statement, this could be the greatest deal in the store. Wait... bold statement is an understatement, as we have so many head scratching "yougottabefrigginkiddinme" deals is this store. But alas, I think it might be. This could hold its own in a blind tasting with bottles of bubbles two, three or even four times this price. Hell, five times. I implore you to give it a try.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Maui Brewing Company "Bikini Blonde Lager" Hawaii 12oz Cans
Review Date: 7-22-2011
I started working here at K&L about 18 months ago. The only thing that scares me more than trying to calculate how many cans of this I've consumed since that start date, which is also the point at which I discovered this insanely delicious brew, is how much Fernet Branca I drank in the decade I was in San Francisco. I "heart" this beer! CM
Price: $1.83 Add To Cart BC 0

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 2-12-2011
What a value! I love this wine. An excellent little sparkler for any occasion. Celebrating a wedding, an anniversary, a Tuesday, a Sunday morning, tying a shoe, boiling an egg, the sun rising yet one more time, feeling good. This wine will enhance any one of those. A fridge without a bottle of this is an unhappy fridge. Make more happy fridges!! CM
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Sorelle Bronca Prosecco DOCG
Review Date: 6-19-2010
The Bronca sisters knock it out of the park with this wine. I went to a Prosecco Consorzio tasting in San Francisco a few years back and dutifully tasted well over a hundred different Proseccos and this one was easily in the top five (and the least expensive of those; by half, in fact, in one instance!) This is the sole Prosecco imported by famed Italian agent Oliver McCrum, who insists the extra dry style is the only way to truly express the beautiful pear blossom and white peach inherent in the grape. I couldn't agree more Mr. McCrum, so, Mr (or Miss) Customer, please try this bottle of bubbles and experience one of the best examples of this exceptionally lovely wine, a perennial favorite of yours truly, by the way. Salud! CM
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0