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2013 Au Contraire Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 12-22-2014
Au Contraire is a brand new project that has turned out a fabulous debut Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. I love the balance and freshness of this wine. In the mouth the wine is creamy with hints of tropical fruit, lime and toast. It is balanced and the finish is long and lingering. Excellent buy!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart WE 93 BC 0

2010 Inglenook "Cask" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 12-3-2014
A great package and superb wine, the 2010 Cask Cab shows classic cedar, leather and spice flavors, mixed in with concentrated black cherry and red currant fruit. It is a full-bodied wine that is firm on the finish but still balanced and very approachable right now.
Price: Hidden View Price AG 91 BC 0

2013 Brewer-Clifton/K&L Wine Merchants "B-C. Kessler-Haak Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-20-2014
Fans of Santa Rita Pinot Noir will love this wine. This unique blend from the Kessler Haak vineyard is loaded with red fruits, Asian spice and cola notes. The texture is lush and round in the mouth while the finish is supple and smooth. Even though this Pinot Noir is still very young it is drinking great right now and should develop even more complexity with some extra time in the bottle. A very cool wine to serve friends as it is a unique item that can only be found at K&L!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Daou Vineyards Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-14-2014
This is the most bang for the buck you can get in California! Loaded with black licorice, mocha, black cherry, cola and Asian spices, the 2013 Daou really blew me away. The concentration of this wine is deep and intense, while still keeping a round, seamless mouth feel. When you taste this wine it is hard to believe it is under $25!

2005 Valandraud, St-Emilion
Review Date: 11-11-2014
One of our suppliers was kind enough to hold this wine for several years before we purchased it for a ridiculous price (that is one way to look at it). A few extra years in the bottle has really rounded out and opened up the wine. It is just starting to hit its stride now as there is still plenty of tannin and structure underneath the enormous amount of fruit and toasty oak. Still, with a little air this wine is delicious right now!

2012 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-4-2014
The 2012 Napa explodes from the glass, while the texture is rich, decadent and lush in the mouth. There is lots of structure and tannin here but the tannins are juicy and ripe. Still a baby, this is a big wine that is surprisingly drinkable at this stage but will keep improving in the bottle over the next 5-10 years.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Turnbull Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 11-4-2014
The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Turnbull shows lots of citrus flavors with a mid-core of creamy fruit. The finish comes back with some zing and is bright and fresh. Love this wine at 12.7% ABV.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-4-2014
In warm vintages such as 2007, I feel Insignia is too much for me. The cooler 2011 vintage really allows this wine to still have that typical Phelps fruit but with much more restraint and a bit more elegance and finesse. This is a solid effort for the vintage!

2012 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-4-2014
Fans of California Cabernet will love this wine. It is rich, concentrated in the mouth with blackberry fruit, graphite and spicy oak, which lingers in the back. What I loved about this wine is the richness of fruit without being sweet. There is structure and tannin but it is balanced, seamless and silky on the finish

2012 Lewis Cellars "Mason's" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-3-2014
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Only 800 cases of the Mason’s Cabernet were produced in 2012. This 100% Cabernet screams from the glass with rich, mocha laced red fruits, hints of vanilla bean and black cherries. In the mouth the wine is lush and mouth coating with a long spicy finish.

2012 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-3-2014
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The 2012 Napa Cabernet is out of this world. Rich and lush, exotic fruits fill the glass and dance across the palate. This is a big, structure wine with lots of backbone, but the wine is so polished and seamless, you are not even aware of its size. I expect this wine to sell out quickly; long before its “sure to get” high Spectator score!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart WS 94 BC 0

2011 Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-16-2014
The 2011 Barnett Spring Mountain Cabernet is a solid effort for the vintage! It is a focused, balanced and study wine that shows a ton of complexity and minerality. Plenty of fruit fills out the mid-palate while the tannins give the finish a good grip and structure. A Cab drinker's Cab and a great buy for under $40!
Price: Hidden View Price AG 91 BC 0

2013 Kalinda "Clone 828 Reserve" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-7-2014
Exotic, spicy and ripe aromas jump from the glass. The mouthfeel is lush, explosive and layered. The finish is spicy, silky and long. This is flat-out delicious Pinot Noir!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 9-4-2014
Pretty floral fruit, spicy, red currants, focused and balanced, fresh, tannins are integrated and firm--will be a wine to buy if price is right. 89-91 points.

2013 Calon Ségur, St-Estèphe Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 8-4-2014
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2013 Calon Segur shows aromas and flavors of coffee, black tea, red cherries and dried tobacco leaf. This is a rustic style wine in every vintage, but I do find the 2013 to have plenty of fruit to carry through to the finish. Tannins are firm and sturdy. 89-91 points.

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