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2010 Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac $49.99
95 points Decanter: "World Wine Award Gold Medal; Beautiful damson and vanilla on the nose, with hints of clove and violets, the palate is equally complex and satisfying, with loads of jammy cassis and plum fruit, superb wine, has everything and all in harmony."
95 points James Suckling: "Ripe and intense aromas of strawberries and blackberries with hints of black ink. Savory notes, too. Full-bodied, chewy and focused with linear fruit and character. Very finely crafted. Drink or hold." (12/2016) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Viña Alberdi is a Tempranillo blend from different vineyards from what they consider an extraordinary vintage. This wine is matured in American oak barrels built by their own coopers, the first year in new barrels and the second one in third-year barrels with four manual rackings. This is the younger of their wines, with even some red berr ...Read More »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Ranked #9 in Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2016, Cellar Selection* The home vineyard of Madiran's star, Alain Brumont, has yielded a superb wine that is full of dark tannins and with a considerable ability to age. It is balanced, concentrated and touched by spice and toastiness from the wood aging. In tandem with that are generous fruits within a dense structure that is just beginning to smooth out. Drink from 2018-2038. (RV)" (6/2016) K&L Notes: Alain Brumont is one of the stars of Madiran. In 1979 he inherited his father's estate, Chateau Bouscass... Read More »
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre has a stern and stony bouquet, very Chablis in style, intense and a bit mean maybe. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, hints of apricot and fresh white peach; there is great tension here that lends to the focus and penetration. With the salinity kicking in on the finish, this forms a great little Montée de Tonnerre that should age nicely over 8-10 years. (NM)" (8/2016)
96-97 points Raymond Chan: "Pale straw colour, even. The nose exudes richness allied to elegance, with layers of spicy green stonefruits interwoven with subtle oak and minerally detail, the flintiness quite subdued. Elegantly presented on palate with tight and concentrated flavours of citrus fruits and spicy green stonefruit. The layers of interest and detail as on nose. Excellent acidity and lifted herbs unfolding, this has real power and drive. Clearly much more interest to emerge, but already with great fruit and depth." 96 points Bob Campbell: "This oak fermented and matured Sauvignon Blanc has a cult fo ...Read More »
Ripe yet succulent...D'Anjou pear, gardenia blossom, sweet mineral spice and toasty brioche aromas come singing through. Creamy textured with leesy flavors, the wine reaches great depth while maintaining precision and serious structure. This will only become more interesting with age. Or, if you must, open a bottle tonight with a wedge of baked brie topped with apricot preserves and almond slivers. Oh...my....
Albarino is the perfect summer white, but its naturally crisp acidity and peachy citrus flavors make it enjoyable year-round as an aperitif or paired with a variety of foods, particularly shellfish and seafood. It hails from the Rias Baixas zone of Gallicia, on the northwest coast of Spain. Walk through any given fishing village along the "rias" (fjords) in this beautiful, cool, maritime-influenced region and you will find fresh grilled "pulpo" (octopus) vendors at every corner! A classic Albarino nose of white peach, citrus and mineral aromas gives way ... Read More »
YOLA Mezcal has reached perfect balance between authenticity and aesthetics. Created in collaboration between Yola Jiminez (of La Clandestina Mezcaleria fame), Lykke Li (Swedish songwriting sensation), and Gina Correll Aglietti (chef and stylist), YOLA counters the patriarchal system which is so ubiquitous in the Oaxaca. YOLA is run by women and bottled by women. We've seen time and again that no palenque succeeds without the aid of a strong women, and YOLA provides a place where the women of Oaxaca can have steady work. In addition, they happen to be ma... Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys* Very suave, with rich minerality and luscious flavors of plum tart and cherry compote. Cedary notes are accented by lots of white pepper and spice on the zesty finish. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca. Drink now through 2020. (KM)" (6/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Papa Figos (Casa Ferreirinha) is a blend of 30% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional, 25% Tinta Roriz and 30% Tinta Barroca, all sourced from Douro Superior. About 20% of the juice was aged in used French oak for six months. Clean and fruity, this lower priced red ha ...Read More »
90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "No wallflower, this one. The intensity of the bouquet starts right with the pour as waves of prunes and raisins rise from the glass; air contact stirs deeper aromas, most notably orange rind, peppermint and roasted nuts. This rich, heavyweight brandy features layers of flavor, including cocoa, toffee, caramel, cream Sherry and oaky vanilla. Finishes as large and robust as it started." (12/2002) K&L Notes: There is no better way to spend a winter evening than sipping on a nice glass of brandy. Cardinal Mendoza Brandy is produced in Jérez, Spain. Founded in 1781, Cardi... Read More »
96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Bold and well structured, this Bourbon features warming vanilla and caramel accented by orange peel, stone fruit and a dry baking-spice finish. Sip it with a chunk of ice, or mix up a round of juleps. The trademark round, faceted bottle with the horse-topped cork is perfect for Derby Day. (KN)" (9/2014) Wine Spectator: "Custard, pepper, orange peel and grassy rye fill the nose. In the mouth, it's a breakneck ride: an initial rush of dry corn and grassy rye, a broad wave of sweeter corn in the middle, and a finish of sugar and rough spearmint. One of the first specialty Bou ...Read More »
99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 ratchets up the level of complexity, richness and density. Magnificent floral notes intermix with blueberry, blackberry and cassis, and there is no hint of new oak. A full-bodied opulence on the palate, great purity and personality make for a prodigious example of Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 30+ years. Kudos to Stags Leap Wine Cellars. (RP)" (12/2016) 96 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon CASK 23 is another total knock-out from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. Sculpted and nuanced, the 2013 presents a striking mélange of ty ...Read More »
This Special Reserve is the bottle of bourbon that our staff take home and enjoy! W.L. Weller replaces the rye in their bourbon recipe with wheat, creating a Kentucky straight bourbon with an exceptionally smooth, full-bodied taste.
Jancis Robinson: "Salt, fresh green apple, iodine and mushroom with a winning creamy texture and lovely clarity. Excellent, as usual. (RH)" (11/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Talking about which, the NV Tio Pepe Fino is an icon of Sherry wine. Produced from Palomino grapes aged in the Tio Pepe solera for an average of four years under flor. It has a light nose of dried flowers, almonds and olives, in a subtle way and a dry palate dominated by the chalky notes. Light and easy to drink, it is a good introduction to Fino Sherry. (LG)" (8/2013) Wine Spectator: "Shows a rounded edge for a fino, with blanched almond and wh ...Read More »
93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Two Stars* Darioush Cabernets are among the richest, deepest, and tastiest that are produced in these parts, and that might be good enough on its own to make them likeable, but the reason why they have been so very popular is that they also have carried plenty of juicy, well-focused varietal fruit. And, this wine is not only clearly made in the winery style, but it is among their most impressive yet. Its generous aromas of black cherry, cola and graphite are lifted by lashings of creamy oak, and its full-bodied sense on the palate is supple to start wit ...Read More »
According to the distillery: "Björk liqueur and Birkir snaps are made from birch and birch sap and boast a uniquely smooth, earthy flavour. The honey colouring, sweet taste and subtle nose provide a novel alternative for casual sipping and mixed in drinks. Björk is a fragrant liqueur handcrafted from distilled grain spirit, infused with Icelandic birch handpicked in the spring and with a finish of Icelandic birch syrup."
The herb that gives its name to this liqueur plays a very special role in the life and imagination of the inhabitants of Provence. Farigoule is a traditional liqueur in Provence. Many families, and farmers in particular, make it from harvesting thyme and distilling marc. The name Farigoule comes from the Latin fericula meaning, "small wild herb." This infusion consists of Provençal thyme (Thymus vulgaris) spirit and sugar cane in a grape-spirit base. The thyme is picked just when it blossoms in the spring or early in the autumn. It is macerated then dist... Read More »
95 points Wine Spectator: "*Hot Wines* Focused and expressive, this is layered with wet stone, tangy citrus, pear and green guava flavors that swirl through an expansive finish, gaining momentum and extra dimension with each sip. Drink now through 2024. (Wine Spectator Insider, 10/19)" (10/2016) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "An explosion of fruit flavors incorporating creamy peach, apple and pear are the highlights, nicely balanced by lemony acids. It seems to gather strength and focus as it weaves through the palate, deliciously framed by toasty oak." (12/2016)
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the two flagship cuvées, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is a fabulous wine. Obviously, this is the one wine that received the most meticulous attention from their outside consultant Michel Rolland. A great effort in 2013, as one might expect in this vintage, this wine needs 5-6 years and seems capable of lasting 30-40 or more, given the history of the great BV Private Reserves. Inky purple to the rim, with an extraordinary nose of créme de cassis and kirsch, licorice, cedarwood, and a touch of underbrush, the wine hi ...Read More »
VINEYARD NOTES: "This appellation is widely described as “sprawling” as it encompasses half or more of the county. Our fruit comes from two of the coolest, most coastal parts of this appellation: the low coast, west of Sebastopol on the edge of the Petaluma Gap; and the high coast, the first or second ridge inland from the ocean farther to the north. These sites are united by the direct influence of the Pacific‘s cool, marine air, delaying ripening well into October."
90 points Wine Spectator: "This is round, balanced and juicy, sporting apple, peach and lemon flavors accented by light spice notes. Cruises along on the finish. (BS, Web-2016)" Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding Top Value* There are subtle notes of petrol and earth to the nose of pear, apple and herbal tea aromas. There is fine intensity and detail to the very lightly mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that possess better than average depth and length on the ever-so-slightly warm finish. This fine villages is worth considering." (6/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Ripe lemon fragrance, verging on pineapple. Deep and a little ...Read More »
From the historic Louis Roque distillery located in the sleep town of Souillac. Imported by the legendary Charles Neal, Roque specializes in Vieille Prune from Gascony. Perhaps the finest in class, certainly the best of what's available in the states, the spirit is distilled using only the best Gascone Plums. With the depth of a cognac and the finesse of a plum brandy, this Vieille Prune has an unparalleled richness. Bursting with Asian spice and ripe fruit, you'll want to keep this one in stock once you've tried it.
Producer notes: "Named after the father of Bourbon Rev. Elijah Craig this limited release Small Batch, twelve-year-old Bourbon is bottled at Barrel Proof and without chill filtering, preserving the natural flavors produced during the aging process. At full Barrel Proof, you can enjoy the Bourbon much the same way our Master Distiller does when he samples straight from the barrel or, if you choose, add water to reduce the proof to your liking."
99 points James Suckling: "Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plums and flowers. Licorice and mushroom It's full body, with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It's powerful and structured yet shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture is phenomenal." (12/2014) 96 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectible* Effusive aromas of incense, green olive, sweet strawberry and cherry, licorice and leather mark this structured version. The tannins are on the beefy side, but thi ...Read More »
This is a traditional recipe from Thomas Bernard-Reymond's Grand Father. Thomas hand picks the flowers from the Ecrin National Park, one of the few producers permitted to do so. He produces two tiny batches each year and has specifically decided to remain true to the original recipe rather than expand at the expense of quality. This is truly one of the highest quality Alpine liqueurs available on the market. Only 5500 liters are produced annually.
Jancis Robinson: "This is the 160th creation of Krug Grande Cuvée, code 212018, based on the 2004 vintage. The oldest wine is from 1990 and the youngest 2004 with 121 wines from 12 vintages. Reserve wines this year lend harmony, completing the blend without modifying the predominant characteristics of the year. 44% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 23% Pinot Meunier. Dosage 6 g/l. Disgorged spring 2012. Tasted blind. Really exciting nose. Deep gold. Lots of evolution. Mellow, burnished, savoury gold. Great balance. Smoky. Racy. But broader than wine number 5 (which was the Krug ...Read More »
A new incarnation of Black Maple Hill from Oregon rather than Kentucky.
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This vintage of Drappier’s top cuvée is showing signs of delicious maturity. With tropical fruits morphing into toast and ripe almonds, it’s a wine on the cusp of greatness. For now, there is still plenty of freshness there, tight acidity and the ripe character that’s typical of Champagnes from the Aube. (RV)" (12/2014) 93 points Wine Spectator: "An elegant version, with a smoky underpinning and finely knit flavors of black raspberry, candied kumquat, toasted almond and biscuit, layered with vivid acidity. Long and lacy on the lightly spiced finish. Disgorged February 2014. (AN) ...Read More »
A new incarnation of Black Maple Hill from Oregon rather than Kentucky.
Randy Lewis's Lewis Cellars might be better known for their brawny reds, but they make a vibrant, tropical Sauvignon Blanc that shouldn't be overlooked. If you like your SB's plush with stone fruit and mango scents spiked with vanilla and that same fruit, with bright acidity and a creamy texture, you'll like this. The winery's note: "Soaring with super-ripe tropical fruit, hot-house blossoms and seductive spice, our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is showier than ever. Beaming with native acidity and sweet stone mineral the wine is pure satin in texture, finishing ... Read More »
100 points James Suckling: "(Vintage) The much-anticipated 2002 has impeccable detail and depth with a lot of chalky, stony and flinty elements on the nose as well as a very fresh edge. The nose is very complex and wound up tight but presents itself as very integrated and compressed. There are aromas of lemon rind, lime juice and a lime custard all at once, complemented in turn by a super-restrained hazelnut-like edge. Undertones of brown mushrooms, chalky minerals and lemon leaf. The palate has a core of sizzlingly intense, concentrated chardonnay framed whitin a powerful phenolic ...Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "Very pretty balance and refinement with black currant, leather and hints of toasted oak. Full body, delicate tannins and a savory finish. This makes you want to drink it." (1/2016) 89-91 points Vinous: "Sequoia Grove's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is dark, fleshy and supple, especially for the year. Plum, blackberry, sage, mint, mocha and leather open up in a dark, brooding Cabernet that should drink well with minimal cellaring. The blend is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec and 1% Syrah. (AG)" (10/2015) Wine Spectator: "A solid effort, ric ...Read More »
92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is also sufficiently reduced as to render a proper assessment of the nose impossible. The palate impression of the delicious and round full-bodied flavors is one of elevated ripeness along with plenty of sappy dry extract that buffers the citrusy if slightly less complex finale. This too should drink well relatively early on." (6/2016) 91 points Vinous: "Colin-Morey has a métayage arrangement on this 13-year-old vineyard, which was recently purchased by American wine collector Wilf Jaeger, who is also a part-owner of RN74 in San Francisco): Bright, light yellow. Aromas ...Read More »
Using hand-roasted coffee from various artisanal producers and made with Chardonnay-based brandy, this spirits smells, tastes and gives you the caffeinated-effect of a high-quality homebrewed cup--except this one has alcohol in it. The nose is pure roasted beans and the palate only has a hint of sweetness. Say goodbye to "coffee flavored" liqueurs and get ready for the first true alcoholic java experience. Can you imagine the White Russians you could make with this?
Our staff tasted the cognac from Dudognon and fell in love with them. Imported by Charles Neal this is a cognac not to miss. 100% Grande Champagne, incredible rich and complex aromas and flavors with a length that just goes on and on.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 is an elegant, finesse-styled, medium-bodied effort revealing lovely strawberry and currant fruit with a hint of sour cherries, a judicious touch of oak, medium body, and excellent purity. It creeps up on the taster in subtle increments. I always laugh when critics of Michel Rolland, the great international oenologist who has done so much to improve wine quality throughout the world, say that his wines all taste the same. Do these ignorant observers realize he is the consultant for this stylish, restrained St.-Emilion? (RP)" (8/2002) Wine Spectator: "Mineral, spic ...Read More »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This voluptuously seductive wine is also elegantly balanced. Citrus, wet stone and sea salt lift the minerality to pronounced levels, accented by a crispness of lemon peel and papaya wrapped in blossoming jasmine. Many of the vines on the site date back nearly 40 years, a demonstration that in age there is beauty. (VB)" (9/2016) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is a rather complex blend of multiple heritage clones from California, such as the Wente, Robert Young, Rued, the U.C. Davis Clone 4, and the Spring Mountain Clone. The wine offers up plenty of whit ...Read More »
Small-batch brewing from San Francisco, California. This light and crisp Kolsch-style ale is all about balance: made from Warrior and Saphir hops to give it an American-style bitterness, plus German malts to provide balance a with creamy toastiness.
98 points James Suckling: "This is the best wine ever from Poggio Antico. Aromas of blackberries and flowers follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a polished tannin mouth-feel. This is really structured, yet elegant. Wonderful purity." (1/2012) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Altero is a gorgeous, sleek wine laced with dark red cherries, kirsch, menthol, pine and spices. Sweet floral notes wrap around the silky finish. The 2007 stands out for its finessed texture and impeccable overall balance. I can’t remember a more polished, elegant vintage of Altero. Poggio ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Elegant, luscious, herbaceously-tinged red and black currant fruit is found in this light to medium-bodied 2007. Drink this charmer over the next several years. (RP)" (4/2010)
93 points James Suckling: "This is big and juicy with lovely blackberry and chocolate character. Full and round with pretty fruit and a long finish. A beautiful wine from Castillon. Fabulous. From owner of Pavie and Pavie Decesse." (4/2012) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a gorgeous effort, made from a blend of 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Cropped at 22 hectoliters per hectare from their clay over limestone soils, the wine displays oodles of new oak, crushed chalk, and blueberry and blackberry fruit with hints of raspberries and pen ink. It is full-bodied and layered, with ...Read More »
The world's best Champagne stopper? It just might be. From Le Creuset, this was specifically requested by our Champagne buyer. With a single motion, the Champagne Crown Sealer locks carbonation inside champagne and sparkling wine bottles, preserving contents for days with its airtight rubber seal. Airtight seal retains carbonation in a partly-used bottle. Slides easily onto the neck of the bottle. Beautiful design makes for an eye-catching stopper!
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Hewitt's 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is a large-scaled, structured effort displaying plenty of dusty, earthy notes intermixed with chocolate, licorice, spice box, black currant, and new oak smells. With an opaque purple color as well as terrific depth and intensity, this seriously-endowed 2006 will require some cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2035. (RP)" (12/2009) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and full-blown, rich and concentrated, with a rustic, earthy edge to the dried currant, sage and underbrush notes. The depth and dimension of the flavors are cloaked in chewy tannins, r ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "This strikes the right balance between bold and graceful, with ripe apricot and mango flavors providing a fleshy texture, showing details of peach blossom and yellow apple, with refreshing acidity. (MW)" (3/2016) K&L Notes: An expressive, eclectic varietal from a maker of big, sumptuous wines, Darioush's "Signature" Viognier nevertheless has become leaner in recent years, and it's aged in 85% neutral French oak, 10% stainless steel barrels, 5% Acacia barrels instead of new oak. The 2014 Signature Viognier is plush yet vibrant. It exhibits an exotic and tropical fla... Read More »
91 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 shows just how compelling this vintage is, even at the entry-level. Black cherries, plums, menthol, lavender and licorice flow across the palate in a dark, sumptuous wine endowed with real depth and nuance. Fleshy and supple, but with plenty of supporting acidity and vintage 2013 energy, the 1882 is a terrific introduction to the vintage. This is a very serious wine. (AG)" (10/2015)