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2011 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 1-14-2014
In 2011, Seven Hills made no reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, instead adding much of that wine to their entry-level Columbia Valley Cabernet. This packs quite a punch for $20. The reserve vineyard wine adds a bit of powerful black fruit, hefty mineral, and darker tannins to the already prevalent plum, raspberry, cocoa and fresh herbs. Fruit-forward, yet focused and well-structured, this is a very strong offering from a superbly consistent winery.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne (previously Cuvee Reserve)
Review Date: 1-2-2014
This Champagne is easily a top 5 staff favoirte. Made from 100% Pinot Meunier, this wine is full of pie crust richness and stone fruit. It is medium bodied, yet crisp and refreshing. A true crowd pleaser!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2011 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 1-2-2014
Another of our recently arrived 2011 Rosso Di Montalcino's, the Sesta Di Sopra has more Brunello qualities than any of the others. Wild cherry, vanilla, spice box, and leather all lend to a superbly balanced wine. Drinkable now, but will easily age another five years!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Patient Cottat "Le Grand Caillou" Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 12-1-2013
Stellar as always, this wine again over delivers for the price. Bright tropical fruit, balanced acid and smooth mineral notes bring the whole wine together beautifully. Stock up!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Porter Creek "Old Vine" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 9-3-2013
Porter Creek has really impressed the staff with their fantastic wines across the board. This Chardonnay, traditionally made from the "George's Hill" 30 year old vines, was sourced from a neighboring vineyard in 2011. This is an intense, well structured wine, with bright apple pie and pear alongside sweet oak.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 8-29-2013
A great deal in traditional Rioja, this wine is full of red fruit, spice and earthy undertones. This wine has the structure to last quite a while, yet it is drinking beautifully now. All for $20!
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2010 Qupé "Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard - K&L Selection" Edna Valley Syrah
Review Date: 7-31-2013
I believe that Qupe is at the top of the Central Coast Rhone varietal game and I'm sure the majority of the staff here at K&L will agree with me! We were fortunate enough to visit Bob Lindquist back in February and, along with tasting plenty of his great wines, came away with a co-branded bottle of Syrah. Black cherry, blueberry, mineral, and black pepper spice round out this killer wine for $20!
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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 5-30-2013
Each time the Bruno Michel Blanche retuns to stock the staff becomes a bit giddy to both sell and consume quite a few bottles. Bruno Michel is one of our DI estates that is very, very proud of their meunier and are not afraid to show it. So very complex, this wine shows notes apple, citrus, mineral,toast and balanced all in harmony.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Mount Eden "Wolff Vineyard" Edna Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 4-30-2013
Although we've brought in less cases than usual during the last couple vintages, this wine has been both a staff and customer favorite for some time. The 2010 makes a strong return with an outstanding wine. Green apple, citrus, and pear dominate the rounder, fruit forward palate that has just enough acid to really keep the fruit in check. This is a very well rounded chardonnay that easily please any wine crowd.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Saarloos & Sons "Hers" Santa Ynez Valley Grenache Blanc
Review Date: 4-29-2013
Visit Saarloos & Sons immediately, enough said! We had a great time with the Saarloos brothers as we learned some family history and drank some kick ass wines! Check out the website to watch the great videos from the vineyards and see a really fun side of winemaking. This Grenache Blanc was a great wine, round and fresh with pear and citrus and acidity lending great balance to the wine.
Top Value!
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2009 Saarloos & Sons "His" Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 4-1-2013
isit Saarloos & Sons immediately, enough said! We had a great time with the Saarloos brothers as we learned some family history and drank some kick ass wines! Check out the website to watch the great videos from the vineyards and see a really fun side of winemaking. This Cabernet is full of bright red berry fruit, great acid and tanin balance, and will be a delight to drink with family and friends at your next feast!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Qupe "Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard" Edna Valley Grenache
Review Date: 3-28-2013
This is a wine that makes me look forward to summer bbq's! Bright red cherry and raspberry fruit, floral and lightly spicy, with soft peppery spice and tanins. A truly refreshing, low abv red to sip outside with chicken or lamb fresh off the grill.

2008 Clendenen Family Vineyards "Le Bon Climat" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 3-28-2013
Rich pear, apple, and citrus abound on a very creamy, textural palate that is balanced nicely by some medium acidity. Finishes quite dry, with nice toasty oak notes.

Elisabeth Goutorbe "Cuvée Eclatante" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-28-2013
This Champagne is easily one of our top values. Made up of mostly 2007 fruit, the Pinot Noir really shines. Lots of black cherry with ripe raspberry notes, dry, chalky minerality (as mentioned numerous times), and well rounded acidty really make this an exceptional wine.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Palmina Santa Barbara County Malvasia Bianca
Review Date: 3-21-2013
The Malvasia Bianca from Palmina has an almost unmistakable aroma. So very floral, with notes of lavender, rose, and orange blossom, this wine screams spring/summer sipper. It is very dry, with citrus, peach, and rose hips notes rounded out by great acid and a fresh saline note that will leave your mouth watering.

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