Staff Favorites - Jeff Garneau

Jeff Garneau
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Jeff has been a member of the sales staff in our Redwood City store for the past four years. His first introduction to wine was as a waiter in an upscale Italian restaurant in Hanover, NH more years ago than he likes to admit. He slowly made his way west to wine country, working his way across the US as a graduate student in geography, a public sector researcher in regional economic development, and briefly, in the wake of the Anderson-Enron scandal, a records management coordinator for one of the remaining Big Five accounting firms. Finally, surrendering to the inevitable, he accepted a position in the wine business here at K&L. His goals for the next four years include drinking more wines from Italy and France and trying to limit the number of open bottles on the dinner table on any given night to fewer than six.


Reviews

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2013 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir
Review Date: 3-31-2015
I am a big fan of the Talley Vineyards wines. Their single vineyard bottlings from Rincon and Rosemary's vineyards are benchmarks for great Central Coast Pinot Noir. While these wines justifiably command premium prices, we have also been stocking their slightly more affordable second label Bishop's Peak wines for several years now. It is frankly tough to find great California Pinot Noir for less than $20, but the Bishop's Peak 2013 bottling really over-delivers. Plenty of ripe red and black fruits and intriguing spice notes. Rich and round in the mouth with lovely weight. Complex and multidimensional. Great Pinot Noir character at a terrific price.
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico
Review Date: 3-31-2015
It should tell you something that the only Chianti K&L imports directly from Italy are the wines of Rocca di Montegrossi. From the heart of the Chianti Classico zone in Gaiole, Marco Ricasoli meticulously produces some of the finest wines to be found between Florence and Siena. The 2012 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico is a classic blend of 90% Sangiovese and 5% each of Canaiolo and Colorino, aged 12 months in French oak for a polished, elegant style.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Akitu "A2" Pinot Noir Central Otago (White Label)
Review Date: 3-31-2015
I couldn't be more excited about the new Akitu wines from central Otago in NZ. The A2 is the less expensive, "entry level" Pinot Noir, but DO NOT be fooled by the price. This is serious wine. Classic Central Otago character. Loads of dark fruit with plenty of weight. Lovely concentration and depth. I took a bottle of this wine home shortly after it arrived on our shelves. I frankly underestimated it until about an hour in the decanter when it suddenly opened up like bright sunshine breaking through the clouds on a rainy day. I am not certain but it is entirely possible I heard a faint sound of distant trumpets. If you are a fan of NZ Pinot Noir you can't afford NOT to try the Akitu A2 given the price. And if you have yet to discover the wines of Central Otago, this is the perfect opportunity to see what you have been missing. Oh, and yeah, almost forgot - the label is totally cool.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Larteau, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 3-31-2015
If you are seeking evidence of the extraordinary values available from the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux, look no further than the 2009 Chateau Larteau, Bordeaux Superieur. Notes of fresh black plum - so ripe and sweet you can practically feel the juices running down your chin - and jammy, sour cherry preserves. Classic '09 - fresh and lively with a silky smooth texture and fine tannins. 100% Merlot aged for 18 months in French oak. An unbeatable bargain at a mere $10.99.
Top Value!
Price: Hidden View Price BC 0

2013 Elephant Hill Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 3-31-2015
You're flying first class with this 2013 Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc from Elephant Hill. Plenty of extra room to stretch your legs or recline your seat. Settle in for a comfortable trip with generous, ripe fruit - classic gooseberry accented with exotic, tropical fruit notes. Bright and fresh, yet luxuriously appointed with a rich, smooth texture. From first sip to final glass, you'll appreciate the extraordinary value of this classic NZ Sauvignon Blanc. First class quality. Economy class pricing.
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart AG 90 BC 0

2013 Meurgey-Croses Mâcon-Uchizy
Review Date: 2-28-2015
A brand new addition to K&L's collection of great white Burgundy values. 100% Chardonnay from Uchizy in the Maconnais. Very floral on the nose with hints of acacia. Round and richly textured with plenty of weight in the mouth but with a firm, mineral core. Lovely ripe fruit leaning more towards stone fruits - peach and nectarine. Drank this alongside the 2013 Les Heritiers de Comte Lafon "Les Maranches" Macon-Uchizy $32.99. At half the price, the 2013 Meurgey-Croses compares very favorably. Flavor profile is identical, and the Meurgey-Croses is the more immediately accessible of the two. A real value.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Il Valentiano Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 2-28-2015
100% Sangiovese in the classic style from Montalcino. Medium to full-bodied, silky in texture, showing all the ripeness of the 2012 vintage. Bright, sweet, morello cherry notes with a slightly bitter "amaro" finish. For those looking for a traditional Tuscan red at a great price.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Duluc de Branaire-Ducru
Review Date: 2-20-2015
I have a vague memory of some famous British wine critic opining that the "sole purpose of a second wine is to improve the quality of the Grand Vin; one is never supposed to actually drink it". Fair point, but it would be a shame to miss out on second wines in a vintage like 2009. The quality of the vintage is such that they really shine, offering exceptional value for money. The 2009 Duluc de Branaire Ducru perfectly mirrors the vintage as a whole, offering fresh, ripe fruit, smooth, silky texture, and fine tannins. Branaire Ducru remains one of the great values in St Julien, the second wine even more so.
Price: $31.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Arnaud, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 2-20-2015
While great vintages like 2010 produce some of the most famously expensive wines in Bordeaux, they also produce a wealth of drinkable, affordable wines of exceptional quality. This inexpensive AOC Bordeaux from Chateau Arnaud is one such. Round and ripe red and black fruits with just a hint of black licorice and a firm finish. You'll enjoy every bottle twice. Once when you drink it, and again when you recall you only paid $10.99 for it.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Gigault "Cuvée 'Viva" Premières Côtes de Blaye
Review Date: 2-20-2015
One of the great Right Bank values from the Cotes de Blaye. Always a wine to look for. Difficult to follow the outstanding '09 and the unparalleled '10, but the 2011 Gigault Cuvee Viva makes the most of a challenging vintage, offering rich, upfront fruit. Soft, ripe, and juicy, this wine is already drinking well and should continue to do so over the next few years.
Price: Hidden View Price JS 91 BC 0

2011 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 2-18-2015
Tasted blind in a recent K&L weekly staff tasting along with the 2000 Pontet Canet. Thank god Clyde decided to taste us blind on this 2011 Pontet Canet or I likely would have allowed my feelings about the vintage as a whole to color my perceptions. The class and breed of the exceptional terroir at Pontet Canet along with the incredible work done by the Tesseron family over the past twenty years really shines through here in a wine made under very challenging conditions. Youthful character, remarkably sweet fruit, and firm but not astringent tannins. And what length! Quite possibly the wine of the vintage.
Top Value!

2012 Von Strasser "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 2-14-2015
Without reservation, without equivocation, without fear of contradiction I can genuinely say that the Von Strasser "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best $20 Cabs on our shelves. This is the second label from the Von Strasser winery in Calistoga. Their top Cabs sell for $50 and $80 respectively. At a mere $19.99 the "Rudy" offers plenty of sweet fruit balanced by tart acidity with notes of fresh picked raspberry and bing cherry. A deft use of oak lends a little spice. Fine tannins frame the finish. Really shows off the strength of this 2012 vintage. We opened a bottle with dinner last night "just to taste" and ended up drinking it to the dregs. If you are looking for a great bottle of California Cabernet that you can enjoy tonight without paying a fortune, look no further.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie "Prestige Vielles Vignes" Champagne
Review Date: 2-10-2015
The wines of Paul-Vincent Ariston were the first from Champagne to be imported directly by K&L some 15 years ago now, and the Ariston Aspasie Prestige Vielles Vignes is still one of the best values on our shelves. The current cuvee, though not vintage dated, is composed entirely of fruit from the exceptional 2008 vintage (certainly the best vintage in Champagne since 1996, and perhaps even surpassing that much-heralded year). A blend of all three principal varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier) from 65 year old vines, the old vine character really shines through here, yielding a wine of surpassing concentration and depth. This is one to savor, or perhaps to cellar for a few years. You can congratulate yourself on your foresight in the years to come.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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Club Price: $34.99
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2013 Haut-Bergey Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 2-3-2015
Just 2 hectares of the nearly 30 hectare estate of Haut Bergey are planted to white wine grapes, roughly 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. This limited production Bordeaux Blanc is fermented in stainless steel tanks then spends 12 months in barrel, about 30% new. On the nose, exotic, tropical notes of guava and melon. Bright, tangy fruit on the palate, mango and cara cara orange. Ripe and round in the mouth with good weight. Mineral in character with a firm finish. Delicious now and an excellent value in a classic white Bordeaux.

2004 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 2-3-2015
2004 is one of those often overlooked vintages. Not in the top rank for the decade but solidly good, with quite a few well-priced wines of superb quality. The 2004 Chateau Haut Bergey from Pessac-Leognan is certainly one of these. It possesses lovely weight and richness with plenty of ripe red and black fruits, cherry and plum. There is an intriguing note of green tobacco, at once both comfortingly familiar and beguilingly exotic.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

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