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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2010 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 11-29-2014
Kudos to Joe Manekin, our Spanish buyer, for the work he has done to develop our Spanish direct import program. It has yielded astonishing results in just a few short years with some truly amazing wines available to our customers at incredible prices. Case in point? The 2010 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja at a mere $12.99. 100% Tempranillo lightly accented with oak. (Bodegas Puelles neatly bridges the traditional vs modern divide in Rioja and uses a 50/50 mix of American and French oak.) This 2010 vintage is by far the best we have offered, and really over delivers at this price point. A great introduction to the wines of Spain or to the Rioja region, and a superb value.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2013 Rickshaw California Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-29-2014
Good California Pinot Noir under $20 is increasingly rare. Finding good California Pinot Noir for under $15 is like winning the lottery. And this 2013 Rickshaw California Pinot Noir is just the ticket. Ripe, sweet, almost candied red fruits – bright cherry and raspberry with just a hint of spice. Unbeatable quality at this price.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine Cherrier Père & Fils Sancerre
Review Date: 11-29-2014
I will always have a soft spot for Sancerre. It was the first Loire Valley wine I discovered, leading me to eventually explore the entire region in all its vinous diversity. Unfortunately over the years prices on Sancerre have continued to rise. $20 to $30 per bottle is now typical. In order to keep prices low, we now have three different Sancerres that we import directly from France. The least expensive of these and the best value in my opinion is the 2013 Domaine Cherrier Père et Fils Sancerre at $16.99. This is classic Sancerre with ripe, tangy gooseberry and tart, fresh grapefruit notes. It is lively and fresh, and intensely mineral in expression with hints of fresh herbs like tarragon and savory. Try it with your favorite local goat cheese and a fresh sourdough baguette.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne (previously Cuvee Reserve)
Review Date: 11-29-2014
"You had me at Meunier..." So rare to have a chance to enjoy Champagne that is 100% Pinot Meunier. As if that weren't enough, this is one of the few non-vintage cuvees we sell that is more than 50% reserve wine. Oh, and at less than $30 one of the best deals among our directly imported grower producer Champagnes. Still not sold on this one? Each bottle is sealed with genuine 16k gold foil. OK. That's not actually true. But everything else, you bet. What are you waiting for?
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart ST 90 BC 0

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 11-29-2014
Always my favorite rosé champagne here at K&L. Drank it with Thanksgiving dinner this year. Quite dry with a pronounced red fruit character - crisp red apple and tart cherry. For die hard Pinot fans - 50/50 Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Kalinda "Cuvée Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-29-2014
The quality of the vintage really shines through on this 2012 Kalinda Cuvee Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, a stunning collaboration between our domestic wine buying staff and the very talented folks at Trisaetum Winery in Oregon. Intriguingly floral on the nose with hints of earth and spice. Tons of ripe red and black fruits. Impressive weight and a rich, silky texture that you want to linger over. A superb effort and a terrific value at private label pricing.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Valandraud, St-Emilion
Review Date: 11-6-2014
The flagship wine of garagiste Jean-Luc Thunevin, this 2005 Chateau Valandraud, St-Emilion is a superb example of both the vintage and the "modern" style of Bordeaux winemaking. It offers loads of dense, dark fruit, black fig and damson plum, with a bit of spicecake thrown in for good measure. Rich, almost silky in texture, finishing with fine tannins. A very well made wine, generous in every way but with excellent balance. Needs another five to ten years in the cellar but will more than reward the patient connoisseur.

2012 Château de Maligny Chablis
Review Date: 10-30-2014
A great $20 Chablis is the "black cocktail dress", the "two-button navy blazer" of your wine collection. Great as an aperitif, superb with seafood, delicious year round. The 2012 Chateau de Maligny Chablis from Jean Durup is 100% unoaked Chardonnay with textbook appeal - classic "oyster shell" minerality with lively fresh citrus notes. Pick up a couple of bottles or a case. This is one you will always want to have on hand.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-30-2014
Our best buy in 100% Sangiovese from the hill town of Montalcino. Ripe morello cherries explode from the glass. The wine shows enviable concentration and depth, finishing with firm tannins. Works well with your preferred choice of pizza and/or pasta, but will stand up nicely even to more substantial dishes like Bistecca alla Fiorentina. Regular customers will welcome the return of the now famous "Catzilla" label, although that's a matter of perspective, surely.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 10-4-2014
While the Mâconnais district is well known as a great source of value-priced white Burgundy, the 2012 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes may very well be one of the best Chardonnays under $15 in the store right now regardless of region of origin. While 2012 was a challenging vintage for red wines in Burgundy, the white wines are quite good, and this wine is no exception. Wonderfully mineral in character with hints of wet stone and earth. Bright, fresh citrus notes. Round and smooth textured with surprising concentration and persistence. The old vine character really makes itself felt here. An extraordinary value at a mere $12.99.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-2-2014
If you have not had this wine recently this is the perfect vintage to renew your acquaintance with this unparalleled Napa value. Since 2009 Phelps has shifted entirely to estate grown fruit, reducing their overall production and improving quality. They now consider their estate wine something of a "second wine to Insignia" at one third of the price. This 2012 vintage is stunning, with loads of dark fruit and fine tannins. If you are a fan of Napa Cabernet, this is a "must try." Do not miss out.
Top Value!

2014 Lake Chalice "The Nest" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 10-2-2014
Our third vintage of this NZ classic and still one of our best values in a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc. The slightly cooler 2014 vintage produced a more aromatic wine with tart gooseberry notes, a more pronounced mineral character, and a peppery finish.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay
Review Date: 9-4-2014
Best in class. This 100% Chardonnay from the Macon never fails to impress. Lovely weight and ripeness. Classic mineral and citrus notes. Superb value vintage after vintage.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 9-2-2014
I think the Ariston Aspasie Carte Blanche Brut was one of the first grower-producer Champagnes I ever purchased from K&L. It remains to this day our best value in Champagne, and a superb introduction to the grower producer (RM) Champagnes. If your usual Champagne experience is Veuve Clicquot or Moet & Chandon, you owe it to yourself to try the Carte Blanche from Paul-Vincent Ariston. With roughly equal parts of the three classic Champagne grapes, and a retail price comfortably south of $30, this is a no-brainer. Open a bottle for no reason in the middle of the week. You'll feel like royalty.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir
Review Date: 8-30-2014
I am a big fan of the Talley Vineyard's wines. We have been stocking their second label Bishop's Peak wines for several years now, and the 2012 Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir may be the best vintage yet. It is frankly tough to find great California Pinot Noir for less than $20, and the Bishop's Peak 2012 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 ST 90 BC 0

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