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David Driscoll
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David Driscoll likes to drink alcohol when he is not working at K&L. His main interests include wine, beer, and distilled spirits. Before he worked here he went to college at a decent school, got a masters degree from an OK school, worked as a waiter and taught elementary school in Chinatown. He decided to get into the wine business after reading a few books about wine and realizing that one cannot seriously learn about wine solely through reading. His career goals include: trying to convince K&L customers that he does know something despite his youthful appearance, and learning everything about everything about every single wine ever made.


Reviews

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2008 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 4-16-2014
This wine seems to get better each new vintage we get. The red fruited character of the Crianza shines in the 2008 vintage, but it isn't as big or as obvious as a Rhone wine or as over the top as something California. It's a perfect hint of berry balanced by acidity and minerality. It's the red table wine of the summer, for sure, and it's my new go-to bottle for customer recommendations. You get it all for less than $20.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart RP 89 BC 0

1999 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 4-16-2014
While we carried the 1999 Reserva in the past, this most recent batch tastes more evolved and the flavors more integrated. The fruit is still there, although it takes a back seat to the soft tannins and the hints of earth that have appeared during maturation. The Puelles wines have always offered supreme value for the money and this wine is no different. Put the 1999 up against a great Bordeaux at your next steak dinner and see which wine wins out.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2013 Bodegas Puelles Blanco Rioja
Review Date: 4-16-2014
The best white wine deal in the store -- period. Hands down. End of story (drops microphone and walks off stage). The refreshingly citric acidity is zippy and lively on the palate, but there's plenty of stonefruit and mineral goodness on the finish. For $9.99 you're getting a whole lot of wine for your money. Case up. 12 bottles still won't be enough.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 4-9-2014
Anyone who enjoys lighter whiskies like the Midleton Rare Irish or our classic Benriach 19 year cask will really appreciate the inner workings of this 25 year old Littlemill. It's a kiss of sweet barley on the initial sip with a delicate burst of vanilla and oak spice on the finish -- nothing more. But it's so integrated, in a way that young whisky simply cannot be. The full proof doesn't get in the way, either, which was surprising to me. You think 25 years, then cask strength, and single barrel, and already we should be talking about $150 or more. But then you throw in the Littlemill name -- a distillery demolished in the 1990s that will never make whisky again -- and now you're talking collector's item. Yet, we still brought it in for $140. That's also quite surprising. A good surprise, however.
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Bladnoch "Young" K&L Exclusive Heavily Peated Single Barrel #57 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 2-27-2014
Three year old whisky? Really? I know that's what you're thinking, but believe me: we wouldn't have bought an entire cask of three year old whisky if it wasn't worth taking! Big smoke, spice, cloves, cinnamon, and fruit. If this is what's laying down at Bladnoch right now I can't wait to see what happens down the line! A preview of fun things to come, but delicious right now.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Oakridge 864 Single Block Selection "Drive Block: Funder and Diamond Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 1-30-2014
If you had to blow $50 on a bottle of Chardonnay, you could do a lot worse than this--mainly because most California Chardonnays of this quality would cost you $100 rather than $50. The Drive Block has toast and a bit of popcorn on the palate, but it's completely balanced by a flinty minerality and vibrant acidity that prevent it from being too oaky or flabby. This is what I wish CA Chardonnay tasted like. I guess I'll just have to keep having it shipped up from thousands of miles below the equator however.

2012 Glen Carlou Chardonnay Paarl South Africa
Review Date: 1-30-2014
This is just a no-brainer Chardonnay--no matter what kind of Chardonnay you like. It's a richer, Burgundian style, so if you want the oak, it's there, but if you value acidity and crispness, it's got plenty of that, too. For the price, it's crazy.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir Cheviot Hills
Review Date: 1-30-2014
This is a showstopper Pinot Noir for $20. It's like a vibrant red Burgundy with cleaner fruit and less earth. Tart cranberry, light in body, and with a foresty note that brings to mind Chorey les Beaune. What a deal.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Mata "Elston" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 1-30-2014
Real deal, Burgundian-style Chardonnay. I've been giving all of my Burgundy customers Southern Hemisphere wine lately because that's where the value is. This is leesy, mineral-driven, snappy Chardonnay with weight and richness. It has depth, complexity, and stunningly clean flavors that pop on the palate. Drink it up, while it lasts.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 1-16-2014
Wonderfully crisp and clean, made from 60-year-old vines left from his grandfather's plot. This is world-class Chardonnay for C-H-E-A-P! Fresh and vibrant on the finish.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de la Charrière Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc "Vermots Dessus" Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 1-16-2014
I'm always a big fan of this wine every vintage. It's so light on its feet and fresh on the finish, but without sacrificing flavor or complexity. There's not nearly as much richness or texture as most fuller-bodied Burgundian whites, but there's a fresh fruit and floral note on the finish, possibly added by the small percentage of Pinot Blanc in the mix. Lovely stuff.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de la Charrière Bourgogne Rouge Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 1-16-2014
The Pinot Noir fruit for this wine comes from the village of Marange, which is south of the Cotes de Nuits, near Santaney. It's important because it's where the so-called "Golden Slope" comes to an end--meaning the chalky limestone in the soil (part of what makes great Burgundy wines what they are) turns more brown. It's not so much a lesser wine growing area as it is just unknown. That's why you only have to pay $15.99 for this little gem. It's juicy and full of dark berries on the nose with a bit of structure and an earthiness on the palate. I love it for the price.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Jacques Bavard Meursault
Review Date: 1-16-2014
Meursault seems to get more expensive every vintage, as Burgundy fans are flocking to its richer mouthfeel and pronounced character. I'm not always a fan of that extra richness, but I found Bavard's version quite striking. It's clean on the entry with fresh fruit flavors and zippy acidity before moving later into richer, nutty flavors of toasted almond and mineral accents. I would hard pressed to keep my hands off of this one, even though I know it will taste better in a few years. Great wine.
Price: $41.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de la Charrière Pommard "Cuvée Tradition" Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 1-16-2014
This is a combination of wines from four different sites around Pommard, from whom Girardin was able to source fruit. The nose is pure cherry with a meaty and savory note on the palate, along with dark fruit. It's mineral on the finish, almost with a hint of graphite. It's good now. It will be great in a few years and, compared to the $60 price tags we usually see for Pommard, it's a steal.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de la Charrière Bourgogne Chardonnay Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 1-16-2014
There's a lot of wine for your money in this bottle. It's earthier on the entry, but slowly eases into a rich and mineral-laden palate that finishes cleanly and with finesse. It's much more than a simple drinker. It's a hint of what makes white Burgundy what it is.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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