Staff Favorites

If you’re going to have Robert Parker or Stephen Tanzer over for dinner, selecting a wine they’ve rated highly will be a nice choice. However, when you’re buying wines for yourself, we’d love to see you find wines that match up your unique palate and pocketbook. We have a large staff of friendly and knowledgeable wine professionals that taste hundreds of wines each week. They can put you in touch with bottles that you are likely to love, often at a much lower cost than the highly-rated gems that often see a run-up in price and frequent availability issues. Like any great group of opinionated professionals, our staff has varied tastes themselves. Often our customers will find a particular staff member with a style that corresponds to their own. That concept works extremely well in our retail stores, and this section is our effort to bring you the same online. Don’t get us wrong, we love the highly rated wines from the press and will continue to offer them, but we think you’re missing out if you’re not augmenting those selections with picks from our excellent staff. Here are their favorites. (Click on a name to see their other selections - or to drop them a line.) Cheers!

Reviews

  
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2012 Jacques Bavard Auxey-Duresses "Les Clous"
By: Jeff Garneau | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
Lightly floral with hints of toasty oak. Crisp, clean and bright in expression. Citrus and stone fruit notes - lemon oil and peach pit. Delicious Chardonnay from one of the best of our direct imports. Superb value.
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino
By: Kirk Walker | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
2010 Brunello for dinner tonight! You have been reading/hearing the hype about the vintage now try some guilt free. It showcases everything you would want from a Brunello, dark rich fruit, earth, spice and big ripe tannins. Yes you can, and maybe you should, put some in your cellar but it is so good now....
Price: $37.89 Add To Waiting List
RP 93 JS 92

2014 Lake Chalice "The Nest" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
By: Kirk Walker | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
A delicious Kiwi Savignon Blanc. With plenty of riper fruit notes and a touch of minerality and just a faint whiff of something herbal. A versatile everyday white.
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Buchegger Gebling Riesling Kremstal
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
Weingut Buchegger makes dry, stainless steel aged Rieslings with a natural approach to farming their 10 hectares with no pesticides, herbicides or insecticides. Their Gebling Riesling shows aromas of chalk, wet stone and white flowers while the palate has flavors of nectarine and peach and a wonderful piquant and mouthwatering acidity.
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Dr. Randolf Kauer Oberweseler Oelsberg Riesling Spätlese Trocken Alte Reben
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
In the upper middle Rhine valley, which is an UNESCO world heritage site, family estate Weingut Dr. Randolf Kauer farms 3.5 hectares of vines on steep slate ridden slopes. The Dr. Randolf Kauer Riesling Spatlese Trocken is truly terroir driven with aromas of lemon zest, orange blossom and pear, with a palate of tree-fruits, lemon and searing high, juicy acidity.
Price: $26.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay
By: Kirk Walker | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
The Renaud Macon wines are always some of the best value wines at K&L. For me the Solutre has always been my favorite, but over the last to vintages the Charnay has just shined. A little more fruit, a touch more texture, more zip and a slightly longer finish. Buy both, but if you can only have buy one, get the Charnay.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Domaine Les Poëte Quincy
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
Domaine Les Poëte is a small winery with only 6 hectares spread throughout the central vineyards of Loire. The winemaker is a chef turned sommelier turned winemaker, making a Quincy that rivals the best of Sancerre. This bottle is stellar, it had all the staff here smitten. With aromas of smoke, baked apple pie and honeysuckle, and a palate of pear, nectarine, flint and mineral driven finish that just won’t quit. This should be your new go-to summer wine paired with fish, veggies or goat cheese.
Price: $28.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Hatzidakis Assyrtiko Santorini
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
The hatzidakis is 100% Assyrtiko and %100 awesome. It’s less citrus driven than some assyrtikos can be with notes of pear, nectarine, granny smith apples, almonds and chalky minerality. Try this with grilled whole fish, simply prepared.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 90

2014 Argyros Estate "Atlantis" White Cyclades
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
Argyros Estate is a 4th generation family owned winery and they own some of the oldest vineyards on the island. This blend bursts with orange blossom, crushed stone, tangerine and white flowers. With zippy acidity and a fuller body, this wine can be drank on its own or with or with light fare.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Antadze Mtsvane Republic of Georgia
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
This mtsvane has a beautiful orange hue due to skin contact and aromas of apple cider, walnuts and dried apricots with salinity and kumquat on the palate. Yes, this is an “orange wine” and it’s perfect for warm weather and deserves food, try it with mediterranean cuisine.
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90

2000 Arran 15 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky 750ml
By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
We are super lucky here at K&L...we get to taste / drink a ton of great booze. We sip Glen Ellen 30, single casks of Glenfarclas from the 60's and Johnnie's George V...but if I'm completely honest with you, several of the most impressive bottles I have tasted in my time at K&L have come from Arran. I don't know what it is about these whiskies but they just resonates with me. They seem to have such great concentration of flavor, richness, texture and length. The malts have freshness, spicy, honeyed yellow fruits, toasted grains, lovely sherry derived cake spices and rancio tones. It's rich, supple and satisfying but also refined and graceful. Pretty magic stuff at any price point, and at this price...crazy good. If you've skipped over Arran before for its more famous Islay neighbors, you should really give this a try.
Price: $129.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
By: Mahon McGrath | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
The 2013 leads with a nose redolent of low key cherry fruit accented by earth, tar, and dark cocoa powder. The palate adds dried orange peel, pine, cranberry, strawberry-rhubarb, and cinnamon and other spices, with the earthy dimension expressing itself as baked clay. Throughout, the dusty fruit character is never over played. While the mid-palate has just a bit of heft to it, and the finish is supple and creamy, there is nothing approaching over-ripe here, and the oak keeps a low profile, which, at this price, makes this fully dimensional Pinot Noir a hard bargain to beat.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Sequillo (Eben Sadie) Red Blend Swartland
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
Attention all Chateauneuf-du-Pape lovers who are on a budget: here is a wine for you. This bold and lively Rhone blend has layers of crisp and crunchy dark fruit, a rich, smooth texture, balanced weight and a long, compelling finish. Here is a satisfying and delicious naturally crafted wine for less than twenty bucks. Easily the quality of a $40.00 bottle.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Cherrier Père & Fils Sancerre
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
Aromas of wet rock, chalk dust, citrus fruit and lemon verbena jump from this as you swirl the glass. The juicy middle of limestone-infused, crushed pit fruit is palate cleansing and inviting where intense, mouthwatering minerality clamps down on the refreshing finish inviting sip after sip. This is super intense and just delicious.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

Baron Fuente "Galipettes" Brut Champagne
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
This 100% organic Champagne is a knockout and would be a bargain at twice the price. A super expressive nose of wedding cake and buttered toast explodes from this sparkler and with air begins to hint at dark fruit. The mid-palate is rich, ripe and frothy showcasing more dark fruit and ends with mineral drive on the long, intense finish.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 7/31/2015 | Send Email
With the growing trend of modern-style wine in places like Brunello, I have difficulty finding wines that have all that old school earth while still maintaining fruit--it seems producers pick on one side or the other (earth or fruit). But the Fattoria dei Barbi has taken a clean Old World approach while maintaining balance and fruit. Aromas of sandalwood, leather and tar lead to a palate with a core of cherry and a hint of plum surrounded by tobacco, anise and cured meats. The tannins are well integrated and balanced with great acidity making this wine approachable to drink now but will certainly reward those who wait!

2014 Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Cuvée Speciale" Côtes de Provence Rouge
By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Geek Alert! What is Tibouren and why should you care? Basically it is an heirloom variety grown in Provence. It's not particularly easy to work with like Grenache and Syrah so many producers have shied away from using it. Our friends at Clos Cibonne have made amazing roses that are Tibouren based and are some of the most ageworthy in the region. They sell out quickly each year. For the second time ever, we have the Rouge and what a treat! It is loaded with notes of white and pink peppercorns. Brush floral notes and red fruit dominate the palate. There is a fresh tilled earthiness as well. Great acidity and more weight on the palate than you would expect. Really special wine for you adventuresome drinkers out there.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Lirac
By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
We just got more of this back in stock and man is this developing beautifully. The vintage is classically structured, showing a subtle perfume of blackberries, figs and dried rose petals. The wine has fine tannins and is perfectly balanced. Another classic Rhone wine from our friends at Montfaucon!
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90

2013 Valle dell'Acate "Il Frappato" Vittoria
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
I was looking for a Southern Italian wine to pair with penne arrabbiata for an al fresco dinner and this fit the bill perfectly. I'm not even going to specify summer dining since this beauty would be welcome any time of year. Light-bodied with complexity and fresh berry notes, Frappato stands up to spicy foods and strong cheeses but maintains an easy-going quality. Herbal and gorgeous slightly chilled, this dry red is interesting without overwhelming. A winner.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 91

2013 Domaine Gerard Tremblay Chablis Vieilles Vignes
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
I can hardly believe this crisp, lemony beauty is under 20 bucks! While the 2013 growing season in Burgundy suffered rough weather with less than ideal conditions, the whites endured, and the resulting smaller than usual yields show complexity with elegance. This Tremblay balances bracing minerality and great fruit - clean, aromatic Chablis at a bargain price.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Alloy Wine Works "Tin City" Central Coast Grenache Rosé (500ml Can)
By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
3/4 of a bottle of rose in a can for this price? Are you bonkers? Nope! It's the latest thing- get on the bus! 3 glasses in this can make it the perfect thing to bring along to share with a friend on a picnic, hike, at the beach or the pool. Or, splash out and take one down yourself! Pretty strawberry, peach and watermelon with vibrant acidity and total drinkability. It's summer- enjoy it! But watch out- the staff might buy it all first!
Top Value!
Price: $6.99 Add To Waiting List

2008 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja
By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Here's what I love about Miguel Merino- his wines are so incredibly balanced, well-crafted and drinkable, it's crazy that we can offer them at such outstanding prices. This 2008 "Vitola" is in a lovely spot- the wood is well-integrated, and the acidity vibrant and pleasing. Plush, ripe red cherry, Santa Rosa plum, hints of savory leather, and that signature Rioja minerality with fine, integrated tannin and medium plus acidity. Stock up for summer BBQs and in preparation for holiday entertaining! A Top Value for sure!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2004 Château Tirecul la Gravière "Cuvée Chateau" Monbazillac (500ml)
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Oh yeah, lusicous, unxious, sexy Monbazillac. This is an excellent alternative to Sauternes at a fantastic price point. Notes of quince, lemon oil, and fig beam from the glass with a rich palate balanced with great acid. Try this with a strong blue cheese accompanied by fig jam or with savory dishes like foie gras.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 95

2013 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
By: Christie Brunick | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Every year Banshee wines seem to get better and better. They continualy are getting more recognized, more popular, which means they are getting better picks and vineyard sources than they used to. The fruit quality in the 2013 is above and beyond what I've experienced in the past! Not only was 2013 an even better vintage than 2012 in Sonoma, the winemakers and vineyard managers all love the 13's for their elegance, power, and purity of fruit. Classic in color and flavor with medium dark purple/red tone and flavor that portrays sweet summer bing cherries, wild flowers, summer wild berry fields, quenching acidity, and an absolutely stunning texture that's silky and polished. This is California Pinot at its best!
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé
By: Christie Brunick | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Simply the best Provencal Rose I've tasted under $15 all year! Or for the past few years for that matter. This boutique producer we just started importing delivers everything you could want in a Provence Rose and more! Gorgeous light Salmon color, dry, crisp, mineral driven, subtle fruit undertones of grapefruit pitch, pomelo rind, even a touch of white nectar and strawberry seed. Super light and refreshing, perfect pool-side sipper for the long summer ahead! If your looking for a food pairing try it with a summer salad of prosciutto, melon, and burrata! Yum!
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Renaud St-Véran
By: Christie Brunick | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Absolutely my top favorite of all our Direct Import Burgundy producers because year after year, Domaine Renaud consistently over-delivers quality for the price! Which is hard to find in Burgundy, and if your a Burgundy connoisseur you already know this! The Saint Veran is the most seamless and elegant of the bunch, with a freshness about it that the Pouilly Fusse lacks because of its heavier use of oak. The Saint Veran is full of flavor but not new oak. Gorgeous texture and layers of stone fruit, zezsty minerality, and balanced acid that makes it perfect with food. It has the brightness of a Chablis but not the ultra tartness on the finish. It carries itself so elegantly you will fall in love, over and over again with every sip!
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Christie Brunick | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
If you like Big, Massive, Layered, Textured, Sultry, Sexy, Volumous, Full-Bodied and Oaky Napa Cabernet's than the Amici is for you! This is a boutique Napa winery and one that always over delivers quality for price! I call it Caymus for half the price! Only the Amici has way better structure and longevity than Caymus does these days. Tons of Rich, dark, Napa fruit, and plenty of new French Oak that makes this wine scream..I need a steak! Absolutely stunning and you deserve every drop!
Price: $43.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Villa Symposia "Equilibre" Languedoc Rouge
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Whenever the Chateau Montfaucon Cotes du Rhone runs out there's always a mad dash to find a replacement and Keith hit the ball out of the park with this amazing Languedoc red! Loaded with tons of black cherry, dark chocolate and warm baking spices, this organic Southern French red is a true crowd pleaser!
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90 - 92

2014 Domaine Renaud St-Véran
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Don’t tell anyone…but this is truly the best hidden value in the store. This little Saint-Veran from Southern Burgundy is a bargain hunters dream. The mid-palate fills out nicely with an elegant glycerol texture. Follow it up with a fresh tropical fruit finish, and you have a bargain white burgundy that stands it ground next to its heavy priced neighbors.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Franck Millet Sancerre Rosé
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Provencal roses are all the rage but if you're looking for something outside of the box that is just as bright and refreshing, the Franck Millet rose is your answer. Medium-bodied and layered with aromatics of strawberry and blood orange, this rosé finishes with a nice earthy, chalky finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Sancerre Rosé
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
While subtle on the nose, this rosé is full of fresh cherry fruit and a bright, vibrant blood orange-packed palate. Full-bodied and complex, this rosé finishes with a nice chalky finish.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Elephant Hill "Le Phant Rouge" Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
By: Kirk Walker | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
A perfect cross over wine for anyone who loves Cabernet blends, whether you prefer new world or old world wines. Dark fruits, with a little tobacco, structure and minerality. Reasonably priced as well, this is a wine that cannot be passed up.

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
By: Kirk Walker | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
Clean pear fruit backed by fairly intense minerality. There is way more wine in this bottle of bubbles than you would expect from a Prosecco at this price point.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Rosé IGP Pays d'Oc
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
The Begude Pinot Noir Rose is a top rose every summer and the 2014 vintage does not disappoint! Wild strawberry and cherry shines through from the Pinot Noir, with refreshing acidity and a bone dry finish.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Bodegas Puelles Blanco Rioja
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
The Puelles Blanco is undeniably a top white wine deal every year! Vibrant citrus and refreshing acidity shine with nice weight and minerality that keeps you coming back for more. This should be your house white wine for summer!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay
By: John Majeski | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
For those who wish to savor a lusciously rich, buttery California Chardonnay and still cover your kid's tuition, the Napa Cellars will deliver more than enough pure,epicurean pleasure. Lightly barrel-fermented, it has plenty of golden apple, creamy vanilla and ripe pineapple flavors to satisfy anyone who enjoys Rombauer-style Chardonnays. Perfect for dinner parties featuring poultry, stuffed halibut, or a rich risotto. Enjoy!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré
By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
This is the definition of a value wine. Splendid, crisp, clean, delicious, and under 15 bucks. What more could you ask for? The crunchy apple and first stone fruit of the season aromatics are as beautiful and appetizing as the fresh acidity and minerality is mouthwatering. Be sure to grab a bottle out of the cold box the next time its 80 degrees or more. You'll be happy you did.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Rocca di Montegrossi "San Marcellino" Chianti Classico (1.5L)
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
Bold, wild cherry and plumy aromatics are the first thing you smell in this wine then the soil’s impact begins to come forward with a subtle background of leather, cedar and hints of barrel spice. On the palate you realize this is a serious wine, powerful, full-bodied and focused, however this is no tannic monster it is supremely balanced, just coiled for a long life. The finish seems to go on forever, so persistent, and just full of energy. Decant if you’re drinking now for a couple of hours or more.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 93

2010 Rocca di Montegrossi "San Marcellino" Chianti Classico
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
Bold, wild cherry and plumy aromatics are the first thing you smell in this wine then the soil’s impact begins to come forward with a subtle background of leather, cedar and hints of barrel spice. On the palate you realize this is a serious wine, powerful, full-bodied and focused, however this is no tannic monster it is supremely balanced, just coiled for a long life. The finish seems to go on forever, so persistent, and just full of energy. Decant if you’re drinking now for a couple of hours or more.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 93

2011 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia" Toscana
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
The nose of this wine just exudes complexity, the 65% Merlot – 35% Cabernet Sauvignon Super Tuscan blend is full of high toned, focused, dark cherry fruit surrounded by hints of leather, spice and cassis. On the palate the wine is supple, dense but has an incredible lift and brightness but all couched in a concentrated combination of dark fruits and spice. A long, sinuous, muscular finish that is incredibly balanced, and will continue to evolve for a decade plus….if I could stop from drinking it now, it’s so damned tasty!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List

2004 Château Tirecul la Gravière "Cuvée Chateau" Monbazillac (500ml)
By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
The Tirecul has all those classic Sauternes notes with the nominal price tag. Loads of Turkish apricots, flint, botrytis. Succulent and rich on the palate. Really delicious all around dessert wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 95

2010 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino
By: John Majeski | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
Greg St. Clair, our esteemed Italian guru, has brought in an extravagant array of the highly-coveted 2010 Brunellos, and our staff tastings have been filled with more memorable oohs and aahs than you can count. The ostentatious Barbi Brunello showcased impressively savory notes of ripe, black cherries, plums, tabak, spice and tar, picking up earthy minerals and leather on the strong finish. This wine was almost criminally good! A strong cellar candidate, it will develop even greater complexity and velvet over the next several years.

2010 Castelli del Grevepesa Chianti Classico "Panzano" Gran Selezione
By: John Majeski | Review Date: 7/29/2015 | Send Email
With the newly minted 'Gran Selezione' designation now in place in Chianti, the famous black Tuscan rooster on the neck has started power-lifting and is in excellent strutting form, as demonstrated by this rich, muscular, well-wrought Chianti Classico from Panzano. Not just sinew and brawn though, this wine delivers an arresting, perfumed nose and solid scaffold of plum, blackcurrant and cherry fruit and spice to complement the structured, dusty tannins that characterize the long finish. With fine depth and complexity, this brazen Tuscan beauty will evolve for ten years or more.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 96 WS 90

2011 Sobon Estate Amador County Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Another great value red from Sobon Estate. Great luscious richness, light spices and great overall fruit. The mouthfeel and weight on the palate is lighter than most Cabs I've drunk in the past. Just the right amount of wine for the money.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Quarter Acre Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
While Marlborough is the region that put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the map, some can find the wines too "punchy" or savory. In Hawkes Bay, though there are no shortage of aromatics in their "Savvy," texture is what seems to set them apart. The wine was fermented in older puncheons and barrique with wild yeast and then matured 12 months on the lees giving great texture. The nose shows notes of melon, passion fruit, lime blossom and a light flinty mineral accent. The palate is rich and round with a creaminess that is supported by a juicy acid line that cuts through to a long finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Quarter Acre Syrah Rosé Hawke's Bay
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
While this wine shows a little darker color (hey, it's Syrah) than you might expect from most rosé, there is nothing heavy or overdone here. The bouquet offers notes of strawberry, white pepper spice and a hint of orange peel. On the palate, there is refreshing acidity along with a good middle texture that leads to a long finish.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List
SK 90

2011 Quarter Acre Syrah Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
This is a gorgeous expression of Syrah from Hawkes Bay where Rob McDonald employs more Pinot Noir winemaking techniques to create a wine of power and elegance. The nose is lifted with dark plum, blueberry, blackberry, violets and subtle black pepper accents. On the palate, earth and mineral notes combine with the core fruit character with seamless balance and fine texture and length. This is a must for lovers of Syrah.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

Moet & Chandon "Ice Imperial" Champagne
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
My favorite use for the first Champagne made for rocks is this modified "Final Word" cocktail: 1 ounce Chartreuse Green 750m 1 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice 2 ounces Moet & Chandon "Ice Imperial" Champagne Prepare a cocktail shaker with plenty of fresh ice, and a large rocks glass with plenty more. Shake the Chartreuse, Luxardo and Lime in the shaker until well chilled. Pour the mixture through a cocktail strainer over the ice in the rocks glass. Top with the Champagne, stir gently and enjoy. As Champagne is less concentrated than gin, it takes a little bit more of it to bring the drink into balance. Since both the lime and the Champagne are acidic, this drink is very bright and refreshing… Perhaps dangerously so! Be careful with these- I thought I was making a more “moderate” drink, but it is easy to get carried away with these!
Price: $56.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Château du Cèdre "Héritage" Cahors
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Rustic, farmy with great dark fruits. Another great deal from the original birthplace of Malbec. Great balance from start to finish.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 94

2010 Sons Of Eden "Romulus" Barossa Valley Shiraz
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
This a truly amazing bottle right here. The richness, intensity and length all play superbly together, sort of how The Beatles meshed so well when they played alongside each other. The tannins were very well integrated, with what seemed to be either neutral oak influence or just good old fashioned careful winemaking...I'm guessing both. This wine also had a meatiness, or savory character to it that I found most pleasing and fitting with the rich rib-eye steak dish that accompanied my numerous glasses. I see no reason why all the Syrah/Shiraz lovers would not be intrigued and pleased by this wine.

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