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Ralph Sands
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Ralph is the senior Bordeaux specialist on the sales staff. In between trying to break into professional baseball, Ralph was picking up hours at a K&L store in Millbrae. Back then it was more about kegs and cheap booze, and both Ralph and K&L have evolved since that time. Since those long ago days in 1978, Ralph has visited his beloved Bordeaux 37 times, evaluated 19 straight vintages and has escorted over 200 customers to Bordeaux on his "Taste and Golf the Greats Tours of Bordeaux". Ralph has also conducted tasting seminars in 9 different states as well as in France, Spain and Hong Kong. Ralph's passion for wine reaches far beyond Bordeaux; to the fine wine regions of Burgundy, Loire, Rhone, Germany, Oregon and of course his home state of California.


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2011 Poujeaux, Moulis (1.5L)
Review Date: 4-23-2014
** It is mind-blowing to me how good this wine always seems to be, especially in difficult vintages, and the 2011 is no exception. Sweet, deep black licorice fruit, with no angles or edges. Everything in fine balance. A complete wine.

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 4-14-2014
Sweet raspberries and black fruits, very floral, with herbal notes and earth all pulled together by round, firm tannins and a very long finish. Tasted twice. I'm 56 years old and Cantemerle is now my #1 favorite château, and I seriously doubt that will ever change. The reason is simple: great, complex wine, consistent quality and a fair price. A winner every time! **

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 4-14-2014
Dark fruit and a touch of pepper. Attractive front to back, with good grip and tannin control.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 1-7-2014
It is mind-blowing to me how good this wine always seems to be, especially in difficult vintages, and the 2011 is no exception. Sweet, deep black licorice fruit, with no angles or edges. Everything in fine balance. A complete wine. **

2011 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 9-18-2013
* Concentrated dark fruit, very strong, serious wine.

2010 Cantina Terlan "Vorberg" Pinot Bianco Riserva
Review Date: 6-27-2013
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What a classy, superbly focused wine. The best Pinot Bianco I have ever tasted!
Price: Hidden Add To Waiting List AG 94 BC 0

2012 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-3-2013
** Established in 1525! The 64% Merlot in the blend pretty much tells the story of 2012. They started to pick the Merlot on Sept 17th and in good conditions. This wine is so delicious, rich but not heavy and seriously grapey. This wine is perfectly extracted with a lovely long finish. I love it.

2012 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (3L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-3-2013
** Established in 1725!There is just no stopping the fantastic roll of quality here! The perfectly ripe blueberry and blackberry fruit is focused and is amazingly fresh! Firm but round tannins and new oak is the framework for this great tasting PC that is accessible and invigorating. Hats off to Alfred Tesseron for giving the world good reason to be excited about buying the best wines made in 2012 as he drops his price to 1/3 the price of his 2009 and 2010 now in the marketplace.
Top Value!

2012 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-3-2013
** Established in 1725!There is just no stopping the fantastic roll of quality here! The perfectly ripe blueberry and blackberry fruit is focused and is amazingly fresh! Firm but round tannins and new oak is the framework for this great tasting PC that is accessible and invigorating. Hats off to Alfred Tesseron for giving the world good reason to be excited about buying the best wines made in 2012 as he drops his price to 1/3 the price of his 2009 and 2010 now in the marketplace.
Top Value!

2012 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-3-2013
** Established in 1725! There is just no stopping the fantastic roll of quality here! The perfectly ripe blueberry and blackberry fruit is focused and is amazingly fresh. Firm but round tannins and new oak is the framework for this great tasting PC that is accessible and invigorating. Hats off to Alfred Tesseron for giving the world good reason to be excited about buying the best wines made in 2012 as he drops his price to 1/3 the price of his 2009 and 2010 now in the marketplace.
Top Value!

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-27-2013
Lovely Chamapagne! Super clean and elegant with a very nice dry finish; a real crowd pleaser and fine value.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 10-24-2012
Good, firm, sweet fruit, with fine balance. A great value!

2011 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-17-2012
As usual the great vineyard of Léoville produced three superb wines, and all could be considered for wine of the vintage. Barton and Las Cases show the power, and Poyferré shows the “silky side” of this great vineyard. All demonstrate rich layers of fruit and complexity that most wines in 2011 just do not have. The Poyferré's fruit is blood red and silky. Good weight. A terrific wine. **

2007 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 8-16-2010
Strong and crisp at front end. Elegant cranberry on palate. Spicy and fresh finish.

2000 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 6-13-2009
Tasting good now at 11 years old, this still enjoys much of the youthful vigor derived from this great and powerful vintage. Stick a few away for another five to 10 years. Decant between two and four hours if you want to drink it now.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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