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2012 Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-9-2014
The Textbook wines are made by Jonathan and Susan Pey, owners of several wine labels such as Pey Marin, Forager and Spicerack. Textbook wines focus on the Napa Valley with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay on offer. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of St. Helena, Oak Knoll and Oakville fruit. The wine spent 16 months in barrel, a small percentage in new wood. The wines consistently over-perform for the price point and have generated a great following at K&L.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2013 Charles Smith "Kung Fu Girl" Columbia Valley Riesling
Review Date: 11-3-2014
Charles Smith knows how to make wine that always outperforms the price point. This is a user friendly Riesling vintage after vintage. Fresh stone fruits, great acidity and just a touch off dry. If you need a glass for take away Chinese or Thai, a picnic or just something on a Wednesday night, this is your girl.

2012 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-3-2014
Lewis Cellars is consistently a customer favorite at K&L Wine Merchants. This is just what all were hoping for, an epic 2012 from Randy and the gang. A ripe forward Cabernet Sauvignon with great layers of flavors. Cedar, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Hints of tobacco and earth finish of the kaleidoscope of flavors. Napa Cabernet fans rejoice!!!!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart WS 94 BC 0

2012 Joseph Jewell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 9-22-2014
I first brought in the Joseph Jewell wines back in the 2009 vintage. I always thought the wine was well made and our customers have always enjoyed them. The 2012 Russian River has reached new heights for the winery. A very feminine style of Russian River Pinot Noir with lovely cherry fruit, baking spice and just a hint of vanilla and cedar. Earthy notes show nicely throughout the mouth and the generous acidity weaves well through the lovely ripe fruit. Adrian and Micah have added another notch on their belt with this one.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart W&S 95 BC 0

2010 Von Strasser "Estate" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 9-22-2014
A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and 4% Merlot, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain is a gem. A blend of five vineyards from Diamond Mountain which Rudy has complete control of. Dark black and blue fruit with touches of cedar and spice with soft tannin and a lovely mineral backbone. Decant for an hour or hold for 3-5 years.

2011 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 9-22-2014
If I had to pick a Napa mountain that I love the wine from, Howell Mountain would be at the top of my list. Dunn, Ladera, Neal Family, O'Shaugnessey and of course Robert Craig. Bright blue fruit combined with chocolate, menthol, pepper and cedar. The wine is deep and powerful with incredible length. A cellar candidate for sure.

2012 Von Strasser "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 9-22-2014
How does a winery make a wine of such beauty and balance for only $ 19.99? Rudy Von Strasser can. A nice balance of Diamond Mountain structure and acidity with valley floor ripeness just kissed with a touch of wood. One of my favorite wines on our California shelf.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Viņa Robles "Estate" Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 8-19-2014
Vina Robles is regularly seen at K&L. A winery with quality wines at fantastic prices. Everything produced by Vina Robles is from their estate vineyards. The Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Jardine Vineyard, which is a 280-acre vineyard planted between 1997-2000. The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is a clean, crisp white with lovely acidity. Citrus, stone fruit a hint of richness in the mid-palate gives this wine a lovely mouthfeel.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2012 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 7-30-2014
Melville was established by Ron Melville and his two sons in 1996, developing 82 acres just outside of Lompoc, California. Planted to mostly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this vineyard has become a prized grower/producer in the Santa Rita Hills appellation. With winemaker Greg Brewer at the helm, the wines have become some of the most sought after in the region. The 2012 Estate Pinot Noir is an explosion of bright red fruit, Asian spice and cinnamon. Touches of cedar, mint and orange peel add to this silky, opulent Pinot Noir.

2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 7-1-2014
This iconic Napa Valley producer has done well with this 2012 Knights Valley. Sourced from vineyards in Sonoma County, Beringer has been making this wine for years. If you love California Cabernet, this wine is for you. Big, bright and extracted with generous spice. Vanilla and cedar are generous with the tannins being very soft and approachable. Enjoy now or for the next 5 years.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2011 Fossil Point Edna Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 6-26-2014
We have seen a tremendous amount of good Chardonnay coming from the Edna Valley region over the last couple of vintages. Fossil Point needs to be included in that group. Light cedar and a touch of butter married well with bright tropical fruit, and a lovely touch of acidity rounds it out. This is a wonderful Chardonnay for the price and should be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2012 DuMol Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 6-26-2014
Dumol offers you a tasty treat with this 2012 Chardonnay. Winemaker Andy Smith has been weaving magic at Dumol for 14 years, but the 2012 wines could be his masterpiece. Power and finesse combine nicely. The bright fruit is wrapped with soft acidity and just a touch of cedar. Apple, pear and a hint of melon with lovely hints of spice. A touch of mineral is found throughout. A wine that can age 2-3 years or opened tonight and enjoyed as well.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2012 DuMol Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 6-26-2014
We have been waiting with bated breath for many of the 2012 wines to hit the market and the 2012 Dumol wines are at the top of many a list. The Pinot Noir explodes out of the glass with lovely red fruits and rose petals with just a touch of clove and cinnamon. The mouth bursts with ripe red fruits, cola, cinnamon, mushroom and a touch of cedar. This is a wine with great backbone and balance, a wine of amazing grace and style. It's one of the prettiest wines I have tasted in a long time and probably the best Russian River Pinot Noir I have tasted from Dumol. Andy Smith has found the promise land with this one. The wine is approachable right away but can age for 3-5 years. Dumol followers will be very pleased. If you haven't tasted the wines before, now is the time.
Price: $67.99 Add To Cart CG 91 BC 0

2012 Evening Land Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 6-26-2014
Tally Vineyard fruit. Check. Soshi Moorman, winemaker. Check. 2012 Vintage. Check. The only thing wrong with this wine would be the price you would have to pay. $ 15.99. Check. There isn't a reason in the world not to buy this wine. Apple and pear notes with just hints of citrus, vanilla and cedar. A touch of acidity rounds out the beautiful balance. A fantastic value which we sell out very quickly.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 5-1-2014
The Seghesio Family have been making excellent wines from Sonoma County since the establishment of the label in 1983. The family itself has been growing grapes in Sonoma County since 1895, and long before that, in Italy. The 2012 is a bright, forward Zinfandel with beautiful black fruit with hints of cinnamon, black pepper and anise which give the wine a beautiful depth and balance. It's 87% Zinfandel, with the remainder Petite Sirah. This is a great Zin deal.

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