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Staff Favorites - Jim Boyce
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Michel Arnould Verzenay "Reserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 1-2-2014
Rich and toasty, yet fresh and focused, this Champagne is chock full of stone fruit and hazelnut. As mentioned, this is a lot of wine for the price!
2011 Gorman "The Devil You Know" Columbia Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 9-15-2013
I had the privelage of meeting Chris Gorman a year or so ago in Washington and tasting through a majoity of his wines. As Bryan has stated, he has a very distinct style of winemaking along the thin line of brazen and bold yet refined. This wine is Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah based, two varietals that are very stong in Washington. Fresh blackberry and currant are prevalent, with the distinct Syrah notes pepper and spicebox show nicely. Soft tanins bring a great balance to this powerful and refined Washington blend.
2005 Bodegas Casa Juan SeŮor 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!
2012 Trisaetum "Estates Reserve" Willamette Valley Riesling
Review Date: 8-2-2013
A Spatlese style Riesling with plenty of stone fruit and mouthwatering acidity. Terrific.
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!
2001 Qupe "Bien Nacido Hillside Estate" Santa Maria Valley Syrah (1.5L)
Review Date: 3-28-2013
This was another favorite wine of ours from the ABC/Qupe lunch. Dense red cherry and blackberry, currant, plum, bacon fat, game, pepper, and well integrated tanins taking over all senses. I still can't wrap my head around how bright and youthful this 2001 Syrah is showing. Do not miss out on this wine for your next feast! This wine, especially in magnum, will be drinking well for easily another 5+ years!
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.
2010 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 3-21-2013
This blend of five different Brewer Clifton vineyards is a great summation of their style. Green apple and tropical fruits abound with bright acid and floral notes bringing all the pieces together. Round and textural on the palate, this is the most approachable and immediately rewarding of Brewer Clifton's chardonnays.
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales "Seizoen Bretta" Saison, Oregon 750ml
Review Date: 12-31-2012
David Logsdon, the old Full Sail brewer/partner, really hit his stride with these beers. Clean and delicious, the brett really adds a great dry, complex finish to the bright citrus and pear (bottle conditioned with pear juice for natural carbonation) notes. Outstanding beer!
Firestone Walker "Double Jack" Double IPA, California 22oz
Review Date: 10-1-2012
I've missed this beer. Every year Firestone Double Jack DIPA impresses me. Perfectly hoppy with great pine and grapefruit notes. Even after buying and drinking the third or fourth bottle, i haven't grown tired of this beer like i do with quite a few IPA's.
Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 5-30-2012
Exceptional. This bottle can match or outperform champagnes at twice the price. Amazing nose of citrus, green apple, and vanilla. Intriguingly full palate of pear, apple pie, and mineral notes with hints of baking spice. Absolutely delicious, pick a bottle up soon!
Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 2-26-2012
A great toasty, rich, dry brut to serve at any occasion, be it with food or without. Clean and pure, this is well balanced champagne with great apple and nut notes at an unbelievable price.
Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-30-2011
Fleury is one of K&L staff members favorite Champagne producers hands down. His wines are all of absolute top notch quality. This bottle is full of crisp cherry on the nose and weighty palate. The finish is quite dry yet lingers until the next sip. Fantastic.
Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 10-31-2011
This is a fresh, mineral and citus noted, delightfully refreshing french sparkling wine without the big price tag. Stock up for your holiday parties!
Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 6-30-2011
This is another outstanding, easy to like champagne from Bonville. 100% estate chardonnay from three vintages, this bottle intertwines clean citrus and crisp apple with solid, chalky minerality to create some seriously great bubbles. Refreshing alone on a warm summer day or paired with some of your favorite seafood appetizers, this champagne is sure to please.
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