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2012 Domaine Cyrot-Buthiau Santenay 1er Cru "Clos Rousseau "
Review Date: 2-3-2015
A lovely ripe nose is followed by dark red fruits and a bit of earthiness. This lovely Santenay comes form the border with Maranges and shares that regions rich fruit character. The wine has very gentle tannins and a darker color due to the fermentation technique called delestage. A ripe, concentrated and lovely wine at a most reasonable tariff. Try a Premier Cru Burgundy from the original home of Pinot, for less than many Oregon Pinot Noirs, thanks to K&L's Direct Import program. 2/2015
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Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Les Sétilles"
Review Date: 2-3-2015
Sourced from over 60 plots, all located in Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, this rich white Burgundy is a terrific value. It has focused fruit, white flowers on the nose and a lovely toasty mineral note on the back palate. 2012 is a rich and concentrated vintage, and this wine, from vines of an average age of 35 years, is a wonderful value in white burgundy, the original home of Chardonnay. It is aged 70% in oak barrels (15% new oak), with the remainder done in tank to preserve freshness and vitality. 02/2015
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2001 Domaine Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Feusselottes"
Review Date: 2-3-2015
This delightful Chambolle is showing beautifully. it reflects the linear nature of the vintage, with focused red fruit notes and a subtle elegance that speaks of Chambolle-Musigny. Purchased directly from France, it is in beautiful condition and drinking well. I have had it twice in the last week, and loved it both times. 2/1/2015
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Price: $74.95 Add To Cart BH 91 BC 0

2012 Domaine Marius Delarche Corton-Renardes Grand Cru
Review Date: 1-29-2015
For me, renardes, Bressandes and Clos du Roi are without equal among the grand cru reds from Crton. To findone, from a great vintage, at this price is only possible because of our direct purchase. The rich texture, drive and weight all reveal clearly tha tthis is Grand Cru. The palate impression is very rich, with ripe tannins. There is just a hint of sauvage/foxy notes that this vineyard is known for. Bravo Etienne! (03/2014)
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2012 Domaine Delarche Aloxe-Corton
Review Date: 1-29-2015
As is often the case, there is a bright core of acidity here in the Aloxe, and more prominent red fruit notes. The tannin structure is very fine, and the finish persistent. Thi sis an elegant wine which will benefit from some time in the cellar. The color is deep and limpid, and athe lovely cherry fruit is most charming. (03/2014)
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Valandraud, St-Emilion
Review Date: 11-9-2014
If you like your Bordeaux old-fashioned, earthy and not too powerful, this is NOT for you. But, if you love modern, rich, full-throttle Bordeaux, where they manage to find the balance of new oak, fruit and density, this IS for you. A dark and inky hue shows just a touch of ruby around the edge as the wine reaches almost ten years of age. This big, ripe, fleshy, almost burly wine shows toasty oak in the back palate and the material needed for hedonism today or a long nap in your cellar. A cult wine like this at 1/2 price, with bottle age already on it--what's not to like?
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Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-6-2014
Very rich, very concentrated in style. Lovely champagne from a biodynamic grower. Just flat-out excellent and an amazing value.
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Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruno Michel Premier Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 8-6-2014
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From a single vineyard, with old selectoin massale vines (not commercial clones), planted a half-century ago. 1/2 has been through ML, half has not. It comes from a vineyard high on the hill, almost on the border with Epernay, so it is a cooler, more mineral rich enviforment. The vineayrd is a 1er Cru one, called Les Brousses. This has a modest 8g/liter of dosage, but such great drive and minerality it shows as a most amazing champagne. This is a Don't Miss! for me.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Tamarack Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 7-31-2014
This may be the least expensive Cab in our stock that will age beautifully for a decade or more, It's solid, well-made, masculine and has a nice acidity to keep it fresh on the palate. Decant and drink now or age for 5-15 years. Just do not miss it entirely and regret it later.
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2012 Viña Robles "Estate" Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 7-31-2014
Clean, modern in style and focused like a laser beam. For this price, this is close to a no-brainer as I have seen in a while.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 7-11-2014
This organically and biodynamically-grown Pinot Noir shows a bit more flesh than past vintages, as it comes from two vineyards. One has gravelly soil, the other is a steep slope with more clay. The result is a Pinot of both finesse and power, at a very reasonable price for the quality. Bravo!

Bruno Michel Brut Rosé Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 6-19-2014
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OK, folks, this is a story that you have to love. It takes years to produce a champagne like this, and to have a single vintage one in magnum is unusual. Thanks to the bankrupt importer who had these specially made and whose failure allowed us to pick them up at a bargain price. 100% Pinot Meunier, from a biodynamic and organic grape-grower. This is absolutely delicious, and I am most definitely taking some home.
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Price: $89.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2000 Krug Brut Champagne
Review Date: 2-7-2014
This has a most attractive bouquet, with notes of pear, rose hips and seashells. On the palate it walks a beautiful line between richness and tension. Plenty of focus and acidity, but also lots of mid-palate weight. this is subtle champagne and beautifully balanced. And the finish, well that is truly something. It fans out on your palate and lingers for a long time. Bravo!

Lot 40 Single Pot Still Canadian Rye Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-15-2014
This is one of the best Ryes I have tasted in years. It starts with a slightly fruity nose, then moves to a note like a sourdough rye bread I used to bake. On the palate it is subtle and balanced, with a note of candied Kumquats on the finish. The only experience like it I have had was when tasting a bottle of Prohibition Canadian Rye Whisky I found in a secret cupboard at my Grandfather's house in San Francisco in the mid 1970's, with the notation on the bottle that it could be dispensed only for medicinal purposes. The combination of malted rye and rye yields a focused, delicious dram. Miss this and you will be sorry.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1999 Thienot "Cuvée Alain Thiénot" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-6-2013
This is a study in long aging on the lees, and the complexity that results. It as that calssic, yeasty nose, but on the palate it is complex and balnced, showing the ripenss of the vintage, but avoiding that clumsiness I sometimes found in 2005s (back when others were still bottling them). It is a real choice for me whether to go with age and power here, or elegance and delicacy with the 2006 Garance. Perhaps both, just with different courses?

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