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2012 Savage "Red" Western Cape
Review Date: 11-24-2014
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Finely honed flavors and textures all intricately strung out with lovely acidity and silky long tannin chains. This truly reminds me of the glory days of Châteauneuf-du-Pape before high alcohol and new oak took its toll on many of those wines. This wine is about allowing every part of this complex symphony of grape varieties play its part. No one element is trying to out-play the other. Balance, poise and perfect synthesis is at the heart of this wine. Delicious now, but I can't wait to see where is goes with some time in bottle. Intriguing wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2014
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart RP 95 BC 0

2013 Savage "White" Western Cape
Review Date: 11-22-2014
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Very skillfully crafted wine. Containing elements of both subtle minerality and textural power / intensity. As good as this is now, I suspect it will age like great white Bordeaux. Very serious wine of depth and intensity.
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart RP 93 BC 0

2010 Ostler "Caroline's" Pinot Noir Waitaki Valley North Otago
Review Date: 11-14-2014
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This is a highly fragrant wine. Purple flowers, a touch of lavender and anise on the nose. The palate is fresh and vibrant with lifted tones of fresh forest fruits, ground clove, star anise and some juicy raspberry as the mid-palate fleshes out with air. The wine is incredibly exotic and yet very focused and quite structured at the same time. It possesses a bright acidity and the unmistakable vibrancy that comes from deep limestone-rich soils. I can't wait to see how this wine ages; something tells me that it has a decade-plus ahead of it, and yet it is so expressive right now. This type of wine experience illustrates why people persist trying to make wine in very challenging places like the Waitaki Valley...because when things come together, vines on the edge of their existence produce the most exquisite and remarkable wines...just like this one!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

1988 Blair Athol 25 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 11-14-2014
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Don't think about it just buy it. For me the best cask of this "batch" of Signatory bottlings. Rich, textured, layered showing its sherry beautifully with a combination of ripe red fruits, cake spice and sweet rancio notes. An amazing bottle for the holiday season!
Price: $154.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Valandraud, St-Emilion
Review Date: 11-9-2014
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This wine possesses a really good combination of generosity, richness and power combined with structure, acidity and potential longevity. Where so many have failed (in my opinion) to "amp up" Bordeaux styles, losing elegance and balance, this wine has beautifully achieved a synthesis of power and poise. The wine is just about accessible now (with very hearty food a good spell in a decanter) but I think will be a great prospect for another 10+ years in the cellar.
Drink from 2018 to 2028

2012 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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Rich and decadent wine for a pretty cool and challenging vintage. Strict low yields and careful viticulture of this single vineyard Pinot have ensured great quality and power. Dusty forest fruits, dark cherry, hard ground spices, lovely weight and density to the fruit but with elegance and purity. Some exotic French oak barrel notes and toast showing on the back end which is long and full of spice and earth. Kevin's long winemaking pedigree shows here with the new Greywacke project, allowing him to branch out into these smaller single vineyard projects.

2012 Elderton "Estate" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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Amazing precision and poise for such a powerful and concentrated wine. Over the years Barossa wines have suffered much criticism for becoming too big, too extracted, over-ripe and over oaked...none of this is true about this fine effort from Elderton. Despite its immense concentration and depth from 100+ year-old Shiraz vines, the limestone soils, deft use of strictly 600L puncheon barrels and restraint on ripeness levels and extraction means that this wine remains beautifully balanced and proportionate. Hallmark Barossa black fruit, scorched earth, leather and meaty nuances, lovely mid-palate acidity and fine delineated tannin on the long finish. A superb effort from a great South Australian vintage. A serious value at our special price for K&L customers.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2024

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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Bright, juicy, soft, pure fruit. Amazing quality of fruit and balance for this price. Fleshy dark fruit, exotic spices, a touch of crushed mint and cassis from the dash of Cabernet in the blend. You won't believe how good this wine is for the money...don't just take my word for it...try a bottle...the wine speaks for itself!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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Off the charts good for the money...I seriously think this is one of the best value Chards I have come across in my decade in the wine business. Lovely combination of rich orchard fruits, savory lees, flint, stony mineral tones and beautiful persistence and texture on the palate. Lovely ripeness but fresh acidity, bright drive and linear intensity. This is hard to beat even at $20.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

Germain-Robin Small Blend No 3 Brandy 750ml
Review Date: 10-22-2014
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Amazing. I don't feel particularly qualified to review this masterpiece of distillation and blending...but I will try. Just a phenomenal combination of aromatics, flavor, texture and perfectly weighted proof. I swear that if you think long and hard, you can pick out varietal characteristics of all the separate distillates that make up this work of art. Even the dramatically floral and intricate nose of the aromatic varietals that only make up tiny percentages of the final blend. A very complex Brandy, Germain Robin is the pinnacle of "craft" distillation in the U.S. for me.
Price: $285.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Yalumba "The Guardian" Shiraz-Viognier Eden Valley
Review Date: 10-20-2014
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Great value Shiraz showing both richness and restraint. This exceptional wine for the price point shows bright, fresh aromatics, has a juicy, fleshy, med-full bodied mid-palate. It displays lots of bramble fruit, forest berries, spice and scorched earth. The cooler, higher elevation Eden Valley fruit source lends lovely mid-palate acidity to give lift and definition. Exotic spices and earth draw out on the finish. A great deal at the MSRP of $20...a steal at our Insider advantage price of substantially less!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2018

2012 Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 9-23-2014
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Once again delivering amazing quality for a very reasonable price. This is CLASSY Chard that is a real benchmark for the Margaret River region if not Australia as a whole. The wine has a beautiful balance of golden baked orchard fruits and some riper stone fruit aromas and flavors. Subtle toasty oak notes and some lovely nutty, brioche lees characters add complexity and texture. Very long and persistent on the finish. That classic Margaret River stoney minerality and saline quality coming through in spades. I think this is one of the most serious and well-made Chardonnays in the world at this price point. Super versatile with the holiday season quickly approaching, this has a bit of something for everyone!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020

Singani 63 Bolivian Muscat Brandy 750ml
Review Date: 9-15-2014
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Seriously one of the coolest things I have tasted in a while. It's amazing how this retained so much of the pure Muscat flavor profile through distillation. Fantastically floral aromatics, very delicate and yet flavorful all at the same time. Like the finest Muscat-based wines this is not about sweetness but about perfume and delicacy on the palate. I can only imagine what people will think up to do with this intriguing little spirit but it is certainly something worth having on your bar.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 9-9-2014
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Another really solid effort from Banshee. A juicy, richer style of Pinot Noir that still has good lift and balance. Dark cherry, vanilla, clove and baking spice. Soft and supple with good mid-palate weight and texture. Seriously crowd friendly Pinot for holiday parties etc. Very good value for Pinot of this quality in the $20ish price point. Easy to drink, easy to love!
Top Value!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Dog Point Chardonnay Marlborough
Review Date: 9-8-2014
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Very complex and edgy Chard that walks a very interesting and tense line between breadth and linearity. The nose opens with flint, struck match, spicy white oak and freshly picked pears. I expected a very focused linear type wine and yet the palate exploded with rich baked orchard fruits, brioche, even kettle corn-like caramelization...a big rich Chard with soft round texture and weight on the palate. Just when I thought I was fooled back came the stunningly bright acidity and focus. Minerals, citrus zest, flint. A long mouthwatering finish that leaves the taste buds tingling. Wow what a journey in one sip!

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