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1975 Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon
Review Date: 1-27-2015
What an incredible treat this beautiful wine was. Deep golden colored. Pungent nose of celery salt, sweet dried quince, persimmons, and honey. Vibrant and clean on the palate with a laser beam of acid to cut through the sweetness. Cannot believe this wine is 40 years old. Feels like it might last another 40 ; ) if you can keep your hands off it.
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2013 Dreissigacker Riesling Trocken
Review Date: 1-23-2015
Having cut his chops working under the famous Peter Keller -one of the Rheinhessen's most celebrated dry wine producers- you'd figure Jochen Dreissigacker had picked up a few tricks. Should we call it a Keller Killer? I might not going that far, but this is my new favorite Trocken riesling under $20 (at least until we get the new Weingut Keller stuff back). Everything is perfectly in place. Very pale yellow color. Absolutely stunning minerality. A magnicifent value by any measure.
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2011 Dr. Wehrheim Muschelkalk Weisser Burgunder (Pinot Blanc)
Review Date: 1-23-2015
I absolutely love a white wine with tons a floral qualitities without seeming perfumed. Few wines achieve this without going over the edge to artificial or overly pungent extracted floral elements. This wine is like taking a wish a of the most freshly picked white wild flowers, honeysuckles, and blooming chaparral (NO GARDINIAS!). As with all Pinot Blanc we worry about acidity, but this one has all it needs and more. Great little bottle that should continue to develope nicely over the next few years.
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2013 Ökonomierat Rebholz Pinot Blanc
Review Date: 1-23-2015
Not surprised that I loved Rebholz' new Pinot Blanc. They're one of the most exciting producers of dry white wine in Germany. Nearly crystal clear in color. Incredible purity and fabulous structure. Clean Pinot Blanc with great acidity, incredible intensity and a fabulous price point. You gotta get into it. Serve it with some rilette or grilled fish.
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2013 Skouras "Salto" Moscofilero Péloponnèse
Review Date: 1-23-2015
This wine totally surprised me! Straw colored. The nose is ALL green veggies (not bell pepper, more like fresh artichoke). Massively complex, yet not austere. Could this be the perfect pair for asparagus? Loving that wild greek yeast!
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2013 Sadie Family Old Vine Series "Soldaat" Grenache Noir Piekenierskloof
Review Date: 1-23-2015
Well when people say this is the DRC of such and such I usually glaze over, but when I heard what these guys were doing down in Swartland, they got my attention. This is one of the most impressive offerings in out store today. Every single wine from Sadie Family makes me shiver. Their is so much depth, yet so much hidden still. Buy this. Hold it. Drink it to remind you why you fell in love with wine. Weep silent happy tears to yourself.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Orgo Rkatsiteli Republic of Georgia
Review Date: 1-23-2015
Medium Gold Color. You can see the weight and power in the glass. Incredible nose of confit citrus, funky dried fruit, and almond butter. Massively tannic (for a white), pithy and focused. Needs something greasy and grilled, but one of the best I've had in this traditional Georgian style.
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2006 Château Musar Blanc Bekaa Valley
Review Date: 1-23-2015
FREAKING LOVE THIS STUFF. Who can argue with native Lebanese varietals? Besides of course stodgy wine critics! Ok I'll admit this isn't for everyone, but if it doesn't fit your palate you might want to consider changing your tastes ; ) Clearly I'm smitten and you will be too if you like any of the Lopez de Heredia white. A triumph in my opinion!
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2013 Musar "Jeune" White Bekaa Valley
Review Date: 1-23-2015
Very balanced wine. Light straw colored. Showing only a hint of the viognier aromatics on the nose, but with the mineral and fruit taking front seat. On the palate, more viognier flowers and stone fruit, but with great acidity to keep it lively. The cleanest white I've had yet from the magnicifent property in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Château Musar "Hochar Père et Fils" Red Bekaa Valley
Review Date: 1-23-2015
I've always been a fan of the controversial wines from this historic producer and we've just opened the new releases in honor of the untimely passing of the family patriache, Serge Hochar. This, his namesake wine, is designed to be slightly more drinkable in it's youth than it's older more expensive siblings, but it nonetheless delivers all the wonderful estoteric qualities that we love (some hate) about Musar. This 2009 is developing perfectly and could last for years in the cellar, but is definitely delicious today. Tannins have softened and the acidity is in balance. No trace of VA and only a slightly bretty under note. SPLENDID stuff for geeks, but not so challenging that you'll lose friends over it.
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2011 Musar "Jeune" Rouge Bekaa Valley
Review Date: 1-23-2015
This is by far the cleanest most open "Jeune" we've tasted. Fun but familiar, it still has some nice gravelly earth underlying the tart red fruit and wonderful acidity. Not altogether what you'd expect from this fabulous estate, but still with tons of character.
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2013 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 1-15-2015
I can't imagine how Mr. Lewis does it every year. The wild intensity of these wines totally run amok with the senses. A true powerhouse from one of Napa's most controversial and respected producers.

1998 Mortlach 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-9-2015
This Mortlach is going to make so many people happy. We were shocked earlier this year when the owners released an 18 year in the UK at £200 for the half bottle. We were equally surprised when Signatory pointed out the 10 casks of Mortlach that had been undergoing a second maturation for over two years in fresh sherry casks. We were allowed to taste one. We bought it immediately. The rugged Mortlach spirit is in perfect balance with the lovely sherry influence. While the whisky isn't as dark as I remember it being, there's still all that rich oloroso influence. The spirit is flamboyant and still showing the great youthful savoriness that Mortlach is known for. So much going on here; a true display of why Mortlach is a true blue chip distillery.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Low Gap 4 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Stitzel-Weller Barrel Wheat Whiskey 750ml
Review Date: 1-9-2015
What a ridiculous score this was. One thing that makes our position at K&L unique among spirits buyers across the country is our ability to not only select great whiskey for our store, but also to create new whiskey. For this one I must commend Mr. Driscoll as what was once an off-the-cuff idea has now become a truly unique product, nearly half a decade in the making. With the first sip of the special sauce you're reminded of the incredible attention to quality Ansley Coale puts into everything he does. This whiskey reminds me of everything and nothing, all at once. It's like you took a bit of the Nikka Coffey, a dab of the Weller 12 year, a pinch of a solid single malt and thimble full of the Stranahan Colorado and mushed it all together. Supple and seductive the nutty oak aromas and the distinct yet understated malted wheat tones are exciting, but nevertheless familiar and satisfying. Good work Double D & Mr Coale. A perfect collaboration.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1995 Glenburgie 19 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 11-18-2014
For me, this is the ultimate Speyside expression. Recently, Speyside has become synonymous big unctuous sherry bombs. That is not what we'd call a typical Speyside, but nonetheless distilleries are changes people perceptions of what a regional character should be. This Glenburgie does a good job of putting the Speyside back into its box. Perfectly floral and lifted, the lightness and elegance is apparent on first nosing. When someone asks you what heather smells like, this is the bottle you grab. Light citrus and fragrant candies, the finesse is mimicked on the palate perfectly. Utterly drinkable and unbelievably classic. While this whisky is not light on flavor, it has tons of light flavors. Know what I mean?
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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