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Scott Beckerley
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I wear a number of “hats,” so to speak (covers my bald head well). I am an assistant manager at the SF store. I also manage the SF tasting bar and work sales as well. Working the sales floor allows me to explore different vineyards and regions. Luckily, there are opportunities at K&L to bounce around a lot. I’ve developed a preference for wines that are drier, more tart and more complex. Fruit bombs are not my thing like they were when I was, ahem, younger. I definitely prefer more terrior and wines that are “earthy,” particularly with some age on them. My advice? Trust yourself and try to keep track of what you have had that you like. Don’t let anyone tell you what you are supposed to like. Everyone has a different palate and that’s what makes this business interesting.


Reviews

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2012 Joseph Jewell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 9-22-2014
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Very pretty nose of red cassis, dark cherry, cream and light earth. Unfined and unfiltered, yet, not blocky or chunky. Bright cherries on the palate, with notes of spice and earth. Excellent acidity on the finish that adds grace and balance. A very substantial, and delicious, effort.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart W&S 95 BC 0

2006 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-19-2014
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Ripe nose of fragrant white flowers, stone fruits and almonds. Light and delicate and soft on the palate. Rich and smooth, with a very small bead. Long finish. Quite drinkable now but, should age very well in the cellar. Should be available over the course of a year from now. Like the 2005, this one is rarin' to go right out of the chute.

2012 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Pinot Noir Waipara
Review Date: 8-19-2014
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I just tasted this today (8/19) with Ryan Woodhouse, our Australia, New Zealand and South Africa buyer. It is quite stunning and is a step away from the usual style of NZ Pinot Noir. This is a riper effort with full, fairly lush red fruits and an amazing finish. Dark cherry fruit with balancing acidity makes this Pinot more substantial than many from the area. It is NOT, however, over-extracted or sweet. It IS a very drinkable, mouthfilling wine that will be just fine by itself or with a nice roasted chicken. Don't miss out on this one, as production is fairly small.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 96 JS 93

Michel Loriot "Palmyre" Brut Nature Champagne
Review Date: 8-5-2014
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This lovely Extra Brut is not your typical animal. It is dosaged at the highest point to be labeled Extra Brut, 6 grams per liter. So, this is a richer style of Extra Brut with bright pear and lemon flavors and a very clean, moderately acidic vintage. This is a great bridge between Brut and those teeth-chattering, no-dosage Brut Nature Champagnes.
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2002 Bruno Michel "Cuvee Millésime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-5-2014
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I just tried this wine (again) today (8/5) at a staff tasting and it is magnificent! We have had releases of this over the past several years and this latest one has an ultra-low dosage of under 4 grams per liter. It is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Meunier. The Chardonnay comes from vines that are 45 years old and the Pinot Meunier is from vines that are over 70 years old! Despite the low dosage and amazing acidity, this wine is amazingly rich, balanced and elegant. We likened it here to lemon cheesecake! A wonderful effort from a great winemaker!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Ariston Aspasie Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-5-2014
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Another great vintage wine from Paul Vincent Ariston! Wonderfully bright, with stone fruits, lychee and green apple fruit. Lovely, very long and clean finish laden with salinity. A blend of 1/3 each of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. The best vintage since 1996! Collectors, take note!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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Lehmann "Jamesse Prestige" Grand Champagne mouth blown wine glass
Review Date: 5-27-2014
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I had the chance to try these fantastic, mouth-blown glasses in Reims in April of this year. They are fantastically light and concentrate the nose beautifully! They are also very visually pleasing and elegant. I have a set of, shall we say, much more expensive (over $100 a stem) and well-known glasses that are inferior to these at home. They will remain in their boxes forever more! These GREAT glasses are sommelier certified!
Price: $37.50 Add To Cart BC 0

Lehmann "Jamesse Reference" Grand Champagne glass (ship as 6pk *in styrofoam only)
Review Date: 5-27-2014
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Earlier this Spring, I was able to visit Lehmann glass in Reims one (fairly early) morning. After the initial eye-googling in their showroom, where the array of glasses and their collection of glass Champagne buckets dazzles, we were able to sit down and look at the Jamesse line. The star of which, for me, is their Champagne series. The "Reference" Grand Champagne glass is the little brother to the "Prestige" glass. He is just as attractive as his big brother but, a little heavier. Not overweight, of course. Just more sturdy. Like his brother, he has a great nose and bubbly personality. He's also less expensive to have around. Seriously, for me, this is THE glass to have at home for your everyday Champagne needs. It is beautiful to look at, Sommelier certified and very, very affordable. So, you won't feel bad if you break one after that mag of Cristal!
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Walter Hansel "Cuvee Alyce" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 5-8-2014
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Although I am strongly biased towards the wines of Walter Hansel, this one is the best Pinot that I have tried from this estate. It has bright and balanced red and black cherry fruit, minerality and lush mid-palate balance. It finishes up with lingering acidity and spice. This likely the most Burgundian California Pinot Noir that I have had, ever. Robert Parker was not wrong in giving this 94 points, so buy it while we have it.

Henri Giraud Fût de Chêne Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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Henri Giraud is the only producer in Champagne to use the oak of the Argonne forest for fermenting and aging his wines. This is evident in this gorgeous release of the Fut de Chene, which offers richness, nuttiness, and extreme complexity. The Argonne oak adds to this complexity and it never overwhelms. It is a component that adds depth and richness. Initially full on the forefront and the mid-palate, the almond, apple, brioche and apricot flavors finish with surprising acidity, minerality, salinity and notes of honey. This champagne is perfectly suited to main courses of white and (light) red meats or game bird. Those of you who are Champagne collectors (and lovers) should really consider this beautiful bubbly and step outside of the box! This producer has a very small production of 25,000 bottles, for ALL of their selections, so this bottling is sure to sell quickly. Don't wait!
Drink from 2014 to 2029

Henri Giraud "Hommage Francois Hemart" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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Rich in style with loads of cream and baked, golden apples and ripe pears. A lot of structure with a nice, long finish. Seventy percent pinot noir with 30% chardonnay added for acidity. Rich, creamy and balanced. Lovely finish with citrus, nuts and floral notes. Giraud is the ONLY Champagne producer to use wood from the Argonne forest. This wine is back in stock after a considerable absence, so for those of you who are discriminating Champagne buyers, it is time to rejoice. (25 March, 2014)
Drink from 2014 to 2021

Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-21-2014
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This lower dosage, clean and linear Brut is one of the best that we carry, in my opinion. Green apple, bright cherry and lemon meringue notes on the nose. Bright apples, zippy lemon/lime and candied ginger flavors on the palate. It has a finish laden with chalk and minerals. When we have them, do NOT miss the magnums! They priced extremely reasonably and will age for another 10 years. As it is, this little beauty in the 750 ml bottle will age well for 6-7 more years. Do NOT wait to buy any of our Pierre Paillard selections! We receive them in limited quantities and they sell out quickly!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2023
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2002 Thienot "La Vigne aux Gamins" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-20-2014
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Wow! This bottling of Champagne Thienot's "Gamins" has it all. The traditional elements of a superb blanc de blancs and so much more! Both green and golden apples are present (more so for the latter) as well as clay and dough notes on the nose. Lush lemon curd, light honey and nutty flavors on the palate. Wonderfully long finish! This bubbly would be a stellar addition to any cellar and should last another 20 years or so. Extremely impressive and worth every penny. For me, it is right up there with Krug and Salon.
Drink from 2014 to 2034

2005 Thienot "Cuvée Stanislas" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-15-2013
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Our cup runneth over! Here is another outstanding Blanc de Blanc from Champagne Thienot! This particular version is quite rich, with baked apple fruit, a large smattering of cream, and lemon meringue. Honey and peaches round out the mid-palate with a finish of smoke and minerals. Another interesting entry from this uber-boutique producer.

2006 Thienot "Cuvée Garance" Brut Blanc de Rouges Champagne
Review Date: 11-15-2013
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This 100% Pinot Noir offering from Thienot is just amazing with duck, as I found out at Ame restaurant recently. It has a fascinating nose of pomegranate, apricot and peach. A graceful palate of dark, red fruits, toasted nuts and (yes!) minerality. Initially lush, with a tightly wound finish. Pretty much everything here to satisfy any Champagne lover!

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