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95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I always love the two blockbuster Syrahs from this estate, both of which need to be sought out by readers. Tons of black olive, smoked and salted meats, as well as ripe dark fruits all emerge from the incredibly polished, elegant and layered 2014 Syrah Estate, which is just an off the hook value. Inky colored, layered, yet graceful and light on its feet, with gorgeous fruit, drink this beauty over the coming 4-5 years, although I wouldn't be surprised to see it evolve for longer. (JD)" (7/2016)
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A softer, more lush and voluptuous texture can be found in the 2013 7 Deadly Zins, which is also 100% Zinfandel from Lodi. The production here is 280,000 cases! To produce such a high-volume wine of this quality is pretty remarkable winemaking. Loads of ripeness, fruit, glycerin and medium to full-bodied silky mouthfeel make for a delicious effort.... Year in year out, this is one of the best value wineries in the entire world. Working from grape sources in Lodi, they offer an assortment of wines, but their top cuvées are always the rather solid, full-fl ...Read More »
96-97 points Raymond Chan: "Very dark, deep, purple-red colour. The nose is near decadent in richness, with well-ripened black berry fruit. I see plums, hints of boysenberries and black pepper. Black and violet florals lift the aromatics. Nuances of oak spice and complex savoury hints add detail. The palate features the very ripe fruit. Is this verging on showing some over-ripe notes? If so, it works extremely well, as there are still lovely perfumes. The extraction and structure are more a feature on the palate than last showing. The tannins are very fine-grained and powdery. Grea ...Read More »
95 points James Suckling: "Aromas of dark chocolate, berries, toasted nuts and vanilla bean follow through to a full body, firm tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of intense, beautiful fruit. Tight, layered red. All there. Better in 2017." (11/2014) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Fontalloro is a pure expression of Sangiovese with fruit sourced from the Chianti Classico area and the Colli Senesi area. It ages in new and once-used barrique for up to 22 months. Aromas flow with authority, spanning a large swath of fruit and oak-related attributes. The best part, however, is the aromatic layering: Slices of br ...Read More »
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94 points James Halliday: "Good hue; a medium-bodied wine that meets all reasonable expectations. The cassis, black olive and bay leaf aromas and flavours are clear and uncluttered, but do not deny the oak and tannins their place at the table. I have every confidence the wine will richly repay five to 10+ years in the cellar." 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of Clare Valley and Coonawarra fruit, the deep garnet-purple colored 2013 Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon opens with tons of minted blackcurrant and black cherry notes with some chocolate and clove hints. The medium to full-bodied palate is filled with juic ...Read More »
This small-batch, hand-crafted Pinot is made with sustainably farmed grapes from small vineyards that surround the Monterey Bay.
Located in the town of Roa, which is part of the Burgos district, Lambuena is a producer of D.O. Ribera del Duero wines and is one of our newest Spanish direct imports. Ideally situated in the central growing region of the Ribera del Duero, in an area known for the very high quality of its chalky clay soils and its extreme continental climate, Lambuena makes big, generously fruited, yet structured and ultimately classic Ribera del Duero wines, very difficult to find these days in this D.O. A careful hand harvest and native yeast fermentation in tank fo... Read More »
94 points Sam Kim: "This is stunning. The bouquet is beautifully perfumed, displaying blue/blackberry, floral, game and spice notes with elegantly infused cedary oak. It's concentrated, succulent and supple on the palate with velvety texture, finishing extremely long, backed by plenty of cushioned tannins. A young beauty showing excellent harmony and integration, making it so approachable now but will no doubt age with grace." 93 points Bob Campbell: "Few wines manage to be rich (big, mouth-filling and mellow) and vibrant (tangy, bright, fresh and full of energy) but Craggy Range Syrah somehow manage ...Read More »
92 points Rhone Report: "The 2008 Martinelli Syrah Hop Camp Vineyard "Gravel Lens" (Grave lens refers to the rare soil characteristic of alluvial soil layers interleaved with layers of gravel) is a big, beautifully fruited Syrah that possess touches of northern Rhone like qualities mainly on the nose. Blackberry, cracked pepper, mineral, and hints of chocolate all emerge, and this fleshes out over the evening and gains floral and violets characteristics, as well as notable complexity and a layered profile. This full-bodied, beautifully textured Syrah has an overall seamless feel ...Read More »
A special price on "The Brothers Reserve" bottling from Giesen. Sourced from the estate's top parcels across both the Wairau and Awatere valleys. Absolutely quintessential "Marlborough Sauv Blanc"...packed full of juicy, gooseberry, citrus, tomato leaf, and stony minerals. Tons of flavor, great mouthwatering acidity, and a clean mineral finish. This bottle really shows the high quality of the 2013 vintage. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ Wine Buyer)
We were so happy with the 2013 Kalinda Napa Cabernet that we went back to the same well for the 2014. From another exceptional year for Napa Cabernet, this wine is lush and quite rich with tons of cassis on the nose and palate. Still quite young and showing some rounded tannins, I would cellar this beauty for five years minimum, but if you must drink it, decant one hour at least and serve with a hearty meat course. One hint: the property whence the grapes came is located quite close to a town that really does not have a wine shop in it. - KL Staffer Dri... Read More »
94 points Wine & Spirits: "Jay Heminway got his start in Bordeaux as a college student in the 1960s, working a summer with Alexis Lichine. He founded Green & Red in the eastern hills of Napa Valley in the 1970s, focused on zinfandel. This wine grows at the highest vineyard on the estate, topping out at 1,800 feet, where he planted a northeast-facing slope in the late 1990s. It’s a fruit-driven zin, the freshness and sunny aspects pointed up by his team’s work at the new sorting table installed in 2013. All that fruit seems to glow from within, surrounded by scents of bay and wild ...Read More »
89-90 points James Suckling: "Pretty blackberry and blueberry character with medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish." (4/2014) Decanter: "Good fresh red and black fruits, some depth and class. An elegant southern Médoc." (4/2014) Jancis Robinson: "Pure and refined fruit - combines a crunchy fresh style with riper, more cooked elements. Light on the palate, and finishes without incident, but this has a good honesty about it, and is a very pleasant drink." (10/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An elegant, attractive wine, with a dark ruby color, red and black currant fruit and dusty, loamy soil undertones, this mid-weight, stylish re ...Read More »
90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The straight 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon should be another outstanding vintage of this cuvee and it has full-bodied richness, beautiful concentration and lots of dark chocolate, plum and smoked herb aromas and flavors. It has more obvious structure than the 2014 did at this stage as well. (JD)" (8/2016) 90-91 points Vinous: "Dark purple. Energetic, spice-tinged aromas of dried cherry, red currant, mocha and licorice. Juicy and tightly focused, showing very good energy and lift to the bitter cherry and red berry flavors. Becomes spicier and deeper with air and finishes on a youthful ...Read More »
A gem from Gigondas, the Jaufrette is 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from an exciting vintage. It’s held in the winery’s own cellar until it’s ready for release. Blackberries, Maraska cherries, garrigue, cocoa powder and coffee lead to a mouthfilling wine. The more this opens, the more you’re pulled in. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhone buyer) More on the domaine, from the importer, Paris Wine Company: "The wines of Domaine de la Jaufrette are resolutely old-fashioned, as the domaine has refused to change the winemaking style since the André and Paulet... Read More »
91 points Vinous: "The 2013 Le Cupole di Trinoro hits the palate with racy dark cherries, mocha, plums, espresso and new leather. Radiant and deeply expressive, the 2013 is a great introduction to the Tenuta di Trinoro wines. Cherry compote and cinnamon are some of the notes that shape the super-ripe, opulent finish. Le Cupole is the second selection of fruit and barrels that don't make it into the top wines. It also happens to be a terrific value. (AG)" (3/2016)
Winner of the Bronze Medal in the 2013 International Wine Challenge. From the winery: "Garnatxa Blanca Old Vines is for those who seek a bit of extra body and richness in white wines. Vineyards located in the Albera Nature Reserve Area. This wine is aromatic, showing notes of apricot, vanilla, aniseed and fennel. The mouthfeel is round, rich and mouth-coating. For those who know that youth isn't everything..."
93 points James Suckling: "A super bright wine in the glass, this has a pristine bright red and dark cherry nose, really neatly expressed, there's an undercurrent of dark toasted spice here too. The palate delivers tangy acid freshness that drives bright cherry flavour, tannins roll in with delicious grainy texture, builds nicely to the finish. Great wine." (4/2014) 92 points Wine & Spirits: "Blended from the varied blocks at this Bannockburn estate, this 2012 shows a spark of mineral power that cuts through the kind of oaky scent a young grand cru Burgundy might offer. It’s peppery black, with rooty tannins ...Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "Intense aromas of blueberry and blackberry. Hints of minerals. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. A firm and well-formed red with interest. Better in 2019. (JS)" (1/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, has a deep ruby/purple color, a sweet blueberry and blackcurrant fruit-scented nose...medium to full body, good purity, lushness and an attractive price for Napa. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. (RP)" (12/2015) Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauv ...Read More »
A 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Marc estate in Fleury-la-Riviere in the heart of the Marne valley. This is aged for five years and treated with a low dosage to preserve its crisp character. The Grand Cuvée has the texture and complexity of a big house tête de cuvée and, surprisingly, also the restraint. I love the elegance of this wine--it manages to balance brioche richness with chalky raciness and do it effortlessly. If you like long finishing, subtle Champagne on the drier side, you will love this. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer... Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bigger and richer, with more black fruits, ground pepper, forest floor and resinous scrub brush, the 2011 Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Les Obriers (65% Cinsault, 35% Carignan) is medium-bodied, layered and textured on the palate, with a terrific finish. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years. One of the reference point producers in the Languedoc, and in my view, easily one of the top estates in all of France, La Peira en Damaisela was created in 2004 by Australian composer Rob Dougan, with the talented Jeremie Depierre making the wines. Coverin ...Read More »
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 »
95 points Bob Campbell: "An elegant pinot noir with gentle cherry, violet, raspberry and spicy oak flavours. Light in colour but not lacking power, as evidenced by its lengthy finish. Lovely purity. An ethereal wine that is a delight to drink now but will age well." 93-95 points Raymond Chan: "Light ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a tight and elegantly expressed nose with ethereal aromas of dark-red berry and cherry fruits entwined with subtle layers and nuances of dark herbs that form a core with depth and brooding density. Notes of liquorice, earth and minerals emerge with a ...Read More »
96 points James Halliday: "You can't make great wine by numbers, but the seamless balance of the wine stems from the perfect ripeness linked to its alcohol (or vice versa). Having taken on board the complex white flowers bouquet, it flows across the palate like a shower of confetti, dispensing stone fruit, grapefruit and splashes of balanced acidity." (9/2015) 92 points Vinous: "Light yellow-gold. Complex scents of pear skin, peach pit, tangerine, chamomile and iodine, with a smoky mineral flourish building in the glass. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering intense, mineral-tinged citrus and o ...Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This second wine of the Haut-Brion's newly acquired Château Quintus is rich, with layers of black plums and dense juicy tannins. A dark Merlot-dominated wine, it's smooth and likely to be ready soon. (RV)" (5/2015) 90 points James Suckling: "A solid wine with blackberry, plum and berry character. Full and chewy. Solid." (3/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Their second wine, called Le Dragon de Quintus, has elegant raspberry and blueberry notes in a blue-fruited style. Minerality is present, and the wine is perfumed, floral, medium-bodied ... (RP)" (4/2015) Vinous: "The 2012 Le Dragon de Quintus is deep, fleshy and nuanced ...Read More »
Jean-Pierre Seguela's family spans seven generations as growers in the Roussillon. The vines age ranges from 25 to 100 years of age and are planted on a mix of gneiss and schist soils and farmed biodynamically. In 1999, they began vinifying the wines themselves with a focus on expressing the terroir to its fullest. The "Cuvee Jean Julien" is a blend of 60% Syrah, 30% Carignan and 10% Grenache. The wines are pure and have a vibrancy and freshness that is the hallmark of their house style.
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Lifted, fresh notes of peach on nose and palate somehow manage to pull off a wine of utter freshness that is soft, mellow and rounded at the same time. The peachy fruit pervades the entire palate which has just a smidgeon of residual sweetness and a helpful, balancing edge of pleasant bitterness. (AK)" (4/2016) Wine Spectator: "Ripe Honeycrisp apple, spring blossom and apricot notes lead the way in this light- to medium-bodied white, with mineral and spice accents underscoring the fruit and lingering on the clean-cut finish. Drink now through 2017. 330 cases made. (Web Onl ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "The vodka inside the pretty rainbow-shaped bottle reads almost like a light rum. It has a sweet, marshmallow-like fragrance as well as a sweet vanilla flavor, unmitigated by ice. Very smooth. Made from organic white corn and distilled seven times." (7/2011)
Made from the Malvasia of Schierano, a black skinned Malvasia that is cold macerated on the skins for 2 days and then gently pressed to preserve its aromatics. The result is nothing short of marvelous, extraordinary aromatics likened to Dog Rose and because it has a bit of tannin from the skins the wine feels remarkably dry. I really think this is an exceptional accompaniment to spicy Asian beef dishes, the sweetness absorbs a bit of the shock from the spiciness and the tannic grip and aromatics go exceptionally well together.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A tasty Haut-Medoc with notes of black currants, loamy soil, tobacco leaf and underbrush, this wine should drink nicely for 10 or more years. (RP)" (2/2012) Wine Spectator: "A fruity and attractive young red, with plum and currant on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins. Clean red. (Web Only—2010)" K&L Notes: 89-91 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot, this has a fine crisp dark brambly nose: good definition with hints of black olive tapenade and a touch of smoke. The palate is medium-bodi... Read More »
Monterey's first winery sits atop the Gavilan Mountains and boasts vines planted in the highly-desirable granite and limestone soils found there. Perhaps this is why winemaker Robert Cook says, Chalone isn’t a label; it’s a place on earth.
95 points James Suckling: "Lots of berry, dried-mushroom and cedar aromas follow through to a full body with super-integrated tannins and layers of dried berry, chocolate and cedar on the finish. Delicious and intense. Drink now or hold." (12/2014)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Tightly structured and quiet in oak, this wine instead exudes bright notes of lemon peel and orange blossom, offering plenty of well-traced minerality on the palate. It finishes lean and crisp, refreshing enough to enjoy all night long.(VB)" (11/2015)
A blend of black Pallagrello and Casavecchia grapes. Notes from the winery: "The wine is a beautiful bright pink color, with delicate scents with notes ranging from floral eglantine roses with hints of cherry and sour black cherry. Its flavor is characterized by a remarkable freshness supported by good acidity that nicely extends the persistence."
Inventory: San Francisco
From the producer: "Monferrato proved to be an excellent area for white grapes that here ripen well and, if harvested early, give a top quality product maintaining a balanced sugar and acidity ratio. This Chardonnay shows all of the character of the terroir in terms of “muscatés” scents; on the other hand, it is also recognaizable for its bouquet of orange blossoms, acacia, linden, banana and honey. The palate is dry, fine and ample not having aged in the barriques: when this is the case, the wine expresses its best character after two to five years of a... Read More »
Special order items are not in stock and are dependent upon quantity available from distribution. All special orders are final and non-refundable. Originally known as Extra Special Old Highland Whisky, Johnnie Walker Red label is a favorite, everyday whisky. Spicy and smoky, this is a robust Scotch whisky best as a long drink.
95 points James Halliday: "Very good colour, slightly deeper than Applejack; a vibrantly savoury pinot, with cherry-accented fruit woven through a spicy/foresty palate of excellent length and persistence. Will richly reward 5 years in the cellar." 92 points Vinous: "Vivid red. Displays sexy, spice-accented red fruit and floral pastille scents and suggestions of dried flowers, anise and woodsmoke. An undercurrent of zesty minerality gives focus and lift to the plump raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, which flesh out and sweeten with air. The spicy quality comes back on the subtly tannic finish, which ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
94 points Decanter: "This wine could also be in my 12 greatest Riberas. Delicious, complex, finely sewn, open. Top quality, and at a bargain price. (PBT)" (1/2016) 92 points Vinous: "Opaque purple. Exotic aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, cherry-vanilla, licorice and peppery spices. Plush and open-knit, offering deeply concentrated dark fruit flavors and hints of candied flowers and spicecake. Supple tannins build with air and add shape to a very long, supple finish that leaves cassis and mocha notes behind. This suave wine has the depth to age but drinks very easily now; it was aged for ...Read More »
While St. George was first to the American absinthe market once the ban on wormwood spirits was lifted back in 2007, they've only ever released their mainstay formula since that time. This special K&L exclusive Faultline edition of St. George absinthe marks the first time the distillery has released any other form of absinthe since that historic first launch. Darker, greener, yet surprisingly much softer on the palate, the anise is toned down in favor of more herbaceous flavors, giving it almost a Chartreuse-like flavor profile, albeit without the sweetn... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Inside the handsome, hefty bottle are spice-rack aromas. But the flavors are light and complex, interlacing honey with lime zest, mineral and faint white flowers that float off at the end. A top pick for pitchers of high-end margaritas." (5/2014) K&L Notes: Frank Mendez called me one day and told me he'd like to come present his new family project: Gran Dovejo tequila. While Frank and his cousin don't come from a tequila making background, they consider themselves aficionados and feel the same exasperation I do towards the current state of Big Tequila. They said to ... Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted out of bottle, the 2012 Deusyls de La Peira Blanc is a blend of Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne that was fermented in concrete and aged in small barrels. Medium-bodied, pure, layered and elegant, with fabulous citrus blossom, white flowers, vanilla, creme and assorted toasty nuances, it’s a smoking white that deserves a classy meal. (JD)" (4/2014)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir is delicately scented of kirsch, red currants and cloves with hints of potpourri and cinnamon. Light to medium-bodied, it has elegant red berry and spice flavors supported by silky tannins and gentle acidity, finishing softly...(LPB)" (3/2016)
Mainly Paso Robles Cab with a twist, this 2014 is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Syrah, from four vineyards: 48% Jack Knife, 25% Blind Faith, 21% Stones Throw and 6% Spanish Springs. The winery's note: "This is a deeply colored, purple hued, densely colored red wine with a lot of nice aromas...classic scents of red currant and blackberry with subtle notes of sage and coriander. This is a food friendly Cabernet Sauvignon with gentle, fine tannins and a lingering finish of small dark-red berries."
Vinous: "The 2013 Syrah is another pretty, plummy, entry-level wine with lovely fruit to match its mid-weight personality. Drink the 2013 over the next year or two, while the flavors remain bright and focused. The Syrah is the only Cep wine that is made 100% from Peay estate fruit. (AG)" (1/2016)
Inventory: San Francisco
95 points James Halliday: "The relatively light color and perfumed bouquet are typical of this Upper Yarra vineyard, as is the understated elegance and finesse of the palate, spicy/savory red fruits and silky tannins in a back-up role. If 250 dozen had been made, not 245, it would have won the Jimmy Watson Trophy." (9/2015) 92 points Vinous: "Vivid red. Vibrant, spice-accented red and dark berry scents pick up notes of succulent herbs and minerals with air. Juicy, focused and energetic on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors with hints of five-spice powder and mocha. Clos ...Read More »
94 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and open-textured, offering juicy, pear-accented blackberry, licorice and black tea flavors, finishing harmoniously and with pinpoint focus. Has presence and depth without great weight. Best from 2017 through 2023." (9/2016) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A wine that just screams "The Rocks" is the 2013 Syrah River Rock Vineyard and it is about as classic a representation of this terrific terroir located around the town of Milton Freewater as I could imagine. Medium to full-bodied, fresh, focused and with fine, polished tannin, it has tons of pepper, bloody meats, olive and ripe d ...Read More »
91 points Vinous: "(70% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot): Bright red-ruby. Cassis, blackberry, licorice, chocolatey oak and violet on the nose, with a suggestion of almost liqueur-like ripeness. Then extremely fine-grained and suave on the palate, showing insidious intensity and captivating inner-mouth floral lift to its dark berry and licorice flavors. A prime example of the slow, steady ripening that was possible in the 2013 growing season. Finishes classically dry and rather powerful, with sweet tannins and excellent length. Another ...Read More »
Brewed with locally grown Jamaican ginger.
90 points Wine Spectator: "Dried cherry, licorice, tobacco and tea flavors mingle in this maturing red. The texture is round and polished, with a light grip and bright, orange peel acidity. Harmonious and still vibrant." (2/2015) Wine & Spirits: "A mature gran reserva, this has fragrant cedar and cigar box notes when first poured, bright and sunny, ready to light up a lamb chop. It turns smooth and Porty with air..." (12/2014) K&L Notes: Bodegas Muriel is located in the town of Elciego in Rioja Alavesa. The vineyards are situated in both Alavesa and Rioja Alta and are planted on clay and limestone soils. Their 2... Read More »