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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Bellussi Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 4/18/2015 | Send Email
The wine offers intensity and precision with focused attention on acidity and freshness. A great party pleaser.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Don Cataldo Rosato Salento Puglia
By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 4/18/2015 | Send Email
here is lots of zippy acidity and a little bit of strawberry at the tip of the tongue and then you feel the rocky soil and limestone of Puglia on the really long finish. A great wine for your 4th of July picnic’s or just summer sipping.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2008 Launois Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
By: Scott Beckerley | Review Date: 4/17/2015 | Send Email
This simply great blanc de blanc is 100% Chardonnay from mid-slope parcels on the Launois estate. Rich, yet clean and crisp with the trademark Launois creamy texture. This is a fantastic vintage for Champagne, so don't miss out! It will age in the cellar extremely well.
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Acumen "Mountainside" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Dell Martinez | Review Date: 4/17/2015 | Send Email
The 2010 Acumen Cabernet is a brooding jewel. Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Atlas Peak AVA this bottling is broad-shouldered and highly structured. An aromatic nose gives way to a velvety black-fruited mid-palate with an exceptionally granular tannic depth and lengthy finish. This gem strikes a balance between austerity and expression, structure and form, fruit and dryness. This is a classy and classic mountain fruit Cabernet that well exceeds its price point. Acquire for both current and long-term usage.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Von Strasser "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 4/17/2015 | Send Email
A perennial favorite at K&L, the 2013 from Rudy Von Strasser has the dark currant flavors and mountain Cab structure that will make even the high-end Cab drinker smile. This wine is a value on the world stage- it is a rare thing to find this kind of complexity and power in a wine under $20. To find it in Cabernet in Napa is unbelievable!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon Margaret River Western Australia
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 4/17/2015 | Send Email
This racy crisp white runs more to the Sauvignon side than the Semillon, and makes a great refreshing wine for drinking on its own or with lighter fare. I love the subtle bass notes that the Semillon brings to this bright, grapefruit and lemon zest Sauvignon!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 94

2006 Drappier "Grande Sendrée" Brut Champagne
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 4/17/2015 | Send Email
This was the star of the show at the Ordere Coteaux Champenois dinner at the Ritz! This is one of the most special single vineyard Champagnes that I have ever had, and shows the blending is not the only way to achieve balance... Sometimes it is just all there in the site, waiting to be coaxed out with great vineyard management and careful winemaking! This wine has both incredible nutella on brioche richness and scintillating chalky minerality. It also has a peacocks tail finish that goes on so long that I feel like I am still tasting it today... 12 hours later! If you want to treat yourself to one of the best bottles in the whole Champagne region, you have found a great example!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $99.00 Add To Waiting List

2013 Von Strasser "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Mahon McGrath | Review Date: 4/17/2015 | Send Email
Ripe plum, gravel, charcoal, and an ethereal vanilla note all feature in the profile of the 2013 Rudy Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium bodied and juicy, this vintage has slightly higher tannins than the previous one, but is still remains moderate overall. A light cedar note rounds out the roast plum that comes out on the finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino
By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 4/17/2015 | Send Email
Love this very user-friendly 2010 Brunelli. Here is a wine to stock up on, and you can drink this bad boy now and for the three to five years (it will help you keep your hands off some of your trophy 2010 Brunellos). Rich with ripe dark fruit, very smooth with soft acidity, the tannins are soft as well and the length on the finish will bring you in to tomorrow. Yum
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 94 JS 91

Amaury Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
By: Scott Beckerley | Review Date: 4/16/2015 | Send Email
This FANTASTIC release of the Cuvee Louis Victor from Damien and Angelique Coutelas is based on the 2012 harvest with vintages from 2007 on up blended in. It has a wonderful butterscotch nose and is rich but, not sweet on the palate. It has a creamy texture and brioche and golden apples notes. Simply delicious! It has a lingers and very lovely finish. This is the best champagne that I have tasted in recent weeks.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

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2012 Bucklin "Old Hill Ranch Ancient Field Blend" Sonoma Valley Red Blend
By: Illya Haase | Review Date: 4/16/2015 | Send Email
It's primarily estate Zinfandel, then throw in the kitchen sink for the rest. But, what great grapes in that sink ! I refer to dry-farmed and certified organic, for one of the most unique red wines in the store . Think of great dark purple hue in the glass, nose of spice box and raked leaves ; much softer than expected on the palate, with a burst of blackberry compote and fantastic acidity. There is a grip of tannins though that finishes this wine . This is truly a one of a kind wine!
Price: $32.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 90

2013 Joseph Swan "Ritchie Vineyard" Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
By: Illya Haase | Review Date: 4/16/2015 | Send Email
What a lovely Sauvignon Blanc! I would put this up against any old world style Sauvignon Blanc's. The nose hits you with pretty herbal notes of lemon grass and lime. Think of great balanced acidity and a surprising weight on the mid-palate. This is a one of a kind wine you will only find in the Ritchie vineyard. Do yourself a favor and get one.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay
By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
If you like the quintessential style of Napa Valley Chardonnay, this is your go-to wine. Ripe citrus, hints of wood and very creamy. It goes quickly.
Price: $33.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Bench Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
I think this is one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon coming out of the Alexander Valley. I have tasted many wines twice the price that don't come close to this wine. Dark blue and black fruit nicely hinted with cedar, spice and chocolate. The tannins are big and soft. This wine is ready to roll.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Ladera "Reserve" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
I can't stop drinking this wine. I'm a big fan of Howell Mountain wines and this wine is one of the reasons why. A rich, deep wine with black fruits, cocoa, mint and vanilla. Tannins are apparent but soften with aeration. Great acidity runs throughout the wine balanced beautifully with the lush fruit. Drink now, drink later. It is a real pleasure.
Price: $69.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Hanzell "Sebella" Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir
By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
A second wine from this legendary Pinot Noir producer. This is a blend of the younger fruit on the Estate which is a little more accessible right away. This is a great opportunity to see the genius of Hanzell without waiting the years it usually takes for the wines to mature. A winery like no other. A true California treasure.
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List

Drappier Carte d'Or Brut Champagne
By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
A rich, toasty Champagne heavy with stone fruit and lively, tight bubbles. The 80% Pinot Noir shows itself with lively hints of red fruit and spice. Very well balanced with a creamy mid-palate and great length. One heck of a treat for $39.99.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91

2013 Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
Although it has taken a $ 5.00 per bottle jump in price, the 2013 Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon is still a good value. With Napa Valley fruit costs out of control, it's amazing to be able to drink a high quality wine at this price.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Fossil Point Edna Valley Pinot Noir
By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
It is always difficult to find good California Pinot Noir for under $20.00. The folks at Fossil Point continually produce a stunning wine year after year. A light red wine with generous cherry and strawberry flavor. Cola, baking spice and a touch of earthiness. ripe but with lovely acidity. A stunner for the price.
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Saint Roch Touraine Rosé
By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
This summer-in-a-bottle bargain is juicy, gulp-able and way too much fun. There are hints of spice and plenty of red fruit and berry flavors and a lip smacking strawberry finish that will keep you going for another sip. 100% Gamay and 100% affordable.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Duckhorn "The Discussion" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
The Discussion represents the pinnacle of the Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot 26 months in 100% French oak, all new barrels.The wine is made up of the best barrels from the estate vineyards, Candlestick, Cork Tree, Monitor Ledge, Patzimaro, Rector Creek and Stout Vineyards. This is opulence and gracefulness nicely meshed together. Black and red fruits beautiful accented with licorice, graphite, cocoa and baking spices. The cedar and vanilla are apparent but not obtrusive. Decant for two hours now or wait 5-10 years.
Price: $124.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Continuum Oakville Bordeaux Blend
By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
The Continuum is the top wine from the Tim Mondavi family of wines. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. 100% grown on their Pritchard Hill estate. Layers of black fruit tightly wound with new oak and vanilla. Opulence is the word here.
Price: $199.00 Add To Waiting List
AG 96

2012 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia
By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 4/15/2015 | Send Email
I just opened this for our staff tasting recently and this little "Puglia blend" stopped the show, with lots of oohs and ahhs from my coworkers. This wine has lots of bang for the buck. This wine is a blend of 40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, medium-bodied with dark fruit, good acidity and a really long finish. Two THUMBS up !!! Guido
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Lirac
By: Daniel Maas | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
This is a beautiful representation of what truly balanced, complex, and powerful Cotes du Rhone can be. From a single vineyard in Lirac, just across the river from the famed vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, here we find a sumptuous array of dark fruit character, highlighted by blackberry and plum. A moderately tannic wine, it also features notable hints of fig and herb. Absolutely gorgeous!
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90

2013 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Tempranillo Rioja
By: Daniel Maas | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
A longtime fan of great Rioja wines, I found myself initially skeptical here. How good can it be for just $9.99? The answer is VERY. An immensely approachable medium bodied wine with bright fruit, moderate herbaceousness, and just enough of a finish, this is the perfect companion to your Wednesday night pizza. Such a deal!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Woodstock Estate Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
The Woodstock Shiraz like the Cabernet shows the winemaking skill of Ben Glaetzer whos Father Colin and Uncle John are highly respected winemaking pioneers in the Aussie wine world, so you know his "roots" run deep! The nose offers blackberry, blueberry, milk chocolate, leather and some meaty notes. Classic McLaren Vale mid-palate acidity ties it all together with fine balance and length.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 94

2013 Clos Henri "Petit Clos" Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
From Sancerre producer Henri Bourgeois, the Petit Clos (the entry tier for Clos Henri) offers a great value for those seeking a traditional more Burgundian style of Pinot Noir. The bouquet shows notes of strawberry, cranberry, clove, forest floor and a whiff of white pepper. On the palate the strawberry component becomes riper with raspberry accents and spice that are supported by fine grained tannins. Really tasty, and yet has a serious edge to it.
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 92

2012 Banshee "Marine Layer" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
The Marine Layer bottling from Banshee is made up of a blend of "lighter, ethereal" barrels of single vineyards around greater Sonoma. The nose is full of fresh picked red berries with light spice and wet stone qualities. The palate continues with pretty red cherry and cranberry fruit, with earthen minerality and salinity. As mentioned, this Pinot really opens up with a decant and will reward cellar time!
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 96 ST 90

2012 Unti "Cuvée Foudre" Dry Creek Valley Rhône Blend
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
The 2012 Cuvee Foudre stole the show for me. This wine is only made during the best Grenache and Mourvedre vintages and the 2012 is the first bottling under the Cuvee Foudre label since 2005! Consisting of the best lots of each varietal, the blend is 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 30% Syrah. Beautiful aromatics of freshly ground pepper, raspberry and blackberry fruits, licorice and dried herbs abound. The palate is juicy and savory, with great mineral, firm tannins and incredible balance. Give it a couple years to really start showing off!
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Unti "Segromigno" Dry Creek Valley Red Blend
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
The 2012 Segromigno is Untis homage to the Tuscan town their grandfather Guiseppe was born. The blend is made up of 76 % Sangiovese and 24% Montepulciano (their 2.5 acres planted is more than anyone in Sonoma County). This powerful wine has brooding black cherry, baking spices, mocha, and an earthy component from the Montepulciano. The power is beautifully balanced by fresh fruits and crisp acidity making it approachable in the near term. This wine begs for braised meats or big pastas!
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Unti Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
Their Zinfandel, a long time customer and staff favorite, shows off their philosophy of blending as a true art form in the winemaking process. The 2012 Unti Zinfandel consists of 76% Zinfandel off the Primitivo vineyard planted in 1998, 12% Petite Syrah for color and body, 7% Barbera for acidity, and 5% Syrah. It has rich, bright red raspberry fruit, a touch of pepper spice, great acid, and a mild tanic finish. This Zin is impeccably balanced and while drinking beautifully now, it will reward a few years in the cellar.
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90

2013 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
With the last couple vintages being tough to beat, the 2013 managed to take the quality up another notch! They continued to source from amazing sites throughout Sonoma County and it really shows. Fresh, pure red fruit, a touch of earth and floral notes, with great acid to keep everything in perfect harmony. It's very hard to find a better Pinot Noir at this price.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Fort Ross "Fort Ross Vineyard" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinotage
By: Bryan Brick | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
It’s not every day that I get to write about Pinotage, more less try the few coming from the States, but this certainly is the best I’ve ever seen. Sweet licorice, blueberry, sage and a touch of beef blood flavors come to the fore with a layered approach. Violets and pinning tannins fill the finish in this bold, intense wine that would be perfect for a bacon wrapped filet.
Price: $37.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Marchione Nero d'Avola Sicily
By: John Downing | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
Marchione represents the efforts of Importer A.I. Selections to create outstanding value priced wines with regional authenticity. The fruit for this wine is sourced from 15-18 year old Nero d'Avola vines located in the Argiento Hills of Sicily. The wine sees no oak and offers a fresh and smoothly textured palate of spicy black cherry, blackberry and plum fruit. This is certainly and ideal daily table red and perfect for outdoor occasions as well. Delicious!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Woodstock Estate Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
By: Jim Chanteloup | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
This is another venture where the deft winemaking hand of Ben Glaetzer is being shown off, and for a modest sum compared to his Glaetzer wines and $100+ Amon Ra. The wine is bright and fresh with cassis, violet, dark cherry, blackberry, cedar and a hint of mint. These notes follow on the palate with good acidity, bittersweet chocolate notes and fine ripe tannins that lead to a long finish. A delicious Cabernet for a great price.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 94

Marguet Pere et Fils "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Champagne
By: Mari Keilman | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
Consisting of entirely Grand Cru fruit from the Montagne de Reims, the Marguet Cuvee Reserve Brut Champagne is the epitome of beauty meets brawn. Even though the cuvee is dominated by 65% pinot noir, the crisp, fresh chardonnay fruit is what maintains the balance; keeping the rich, toasty notes from overwhelming this elegant and bright cuvee. Ripe citrus and baked apple aromatics are accompanied with ample amounts of toast and richness on the palate, making this versatile little bottle of bubbly a must have for any special occasion on a budget.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 91 ST 91

Krug Brut Rosé Champagne
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
This blend of great vintages is perhaps the most consistently great pink wine in the world. Effortless, subtle and elegant, this is not a bottle of wine that is ever flashy or showy. Every time I have had it seems to just vanish without refilling the flutes. The refined strawberry notes and haunting Pinot Noir fruit always seem to take a back seat to the company and the conversation when I have drunk it, but the memory of each experience is as vivid as yesterday. Every lover of the good things in life should try this masterpiece at least once. It is the ultimate rosé!

2013 Banshee Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
90% French Oak/ 10% SS aging, Heintz vineyard fruit. This is a stunning wine for $20. Very textural, rich but not weighty, well integrated oak, bold and focused with great cut and energy. Citrus, mango, and pineapple fruits with a touch of honey.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Banshee Sonoma County Rosé of Pinot Noir
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
Hands down, this should be your go-to 2015 Rose. Fresh, bright, mouthwatering wine from old vines used just to produce rose. What's not to like?!
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 90

2014 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Sancerre
By: Jim Barr | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
A deliciously lush Sancerre, this Gem offers pronounced aromas of tropical fruit, white peach, melons and a filings mineral note, which carries over to an exceptional palate impression with good entry and a viscous mid-palate. Excellent structure and acid, the finish is mouthwatering and crisp. According to Rizzo, this Gem would be perfect with a shellfish dinner or a lighter fish dinner, and she has ordered me to bring home a few cases of this lovely wine. ***** 13% ABV *****
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Waterkloof "Circle Of Life" White Blend Stellenbosch South Africa
By: Jim Barr | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
An unusual blend of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier from a biodynamic “estate” vineyard, that really works great, the incredibly perfumed nose on this lovely white Gem is distinctive and well-defined, showing loads of Chilean jasmine to honey-dew melon to white peach-like aromas. All of this carries over to a richly flavored white that is lush and viscous from entry to finish, yet has definitive structure, depth, and a wet-river stone minerality note to it, without being over-the-top or sloppy fat. I loved this Gem from the first sample we tasted several months ago, at which time I told Ryan Woodhouse to bring in as much as he could get his hands on. This Gem has now become one of my favorite white wines in our store, with The Bean, who thinks it deserves a “nine cat face” rating, is demanding that I bring home cases of this beauty. Do yourself a giant favor: buy this in case quantity. You can thank us at a later time. ***** 13.5% ABV *****
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley South Australia
By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
The perfect intro to dry Riesling. That is how I see this wine. For people that already know the joys of this varietal I don't need to tell you any more than...this is a fantastic price on a wine that has become a benchmark for the region and style. For the rest of you that might be inquisitive about this wine...this is a super accessible, easy to love, juicy, dry, refreshing white wine that is very versatile and should be a part of your summer portfolio. The 2013 Pewsey is a little softer than previous editions. It doesn't have the pithy, racy character that can at times become quite austere...the texture and acidity here is rounder and broader on the palate. The wine still is driven by white blossom, citrus and crunchy orchard fruit, it is still dry, but just riper and less "sharp" on the palate. It has great persistence with some talcy, powdery tannins and wet stone mineral qualities. I think this is a real crowd pleaser and perfect for those looking for a house white alternative to heavy Chardonnay...pair this with shellfish, crab, salads and anything with citrus in the preparation...amazing value at under $14!
Top Value!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 95 JH 91

2014 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch
By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
From the first sip I knew this wine would again challenge for rosé of the year! This wine has just gotten better and better every year...and that's saying something because it was pretty great the first time around! It has the perfect combination of soft expressive, floral notes, tight crunchy berry fruits, citrus peel, spices and granite minerality. Just a fantastically elegant, perfumed and fine wine that has lovely complexity and powerful presence on the palate without being heavy. The folks at Waterkloof got the extraction spot on and this rosé will be a huge hit again this summer. Top Staff Pick.
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

Graham Beck Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine Western Cape
By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
Year after year this is a great value in sparkling wine. It has won over many faithful customers with its easy to drink nature, soft expressive fruit, juicy acidity and fine bubbles. Made in the traditional method of secondary bottle fermentation. A wonderful value and a great party selection!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 89

2014 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon Margaret River Western Australia
By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
Juicy and herbaceous. This is all about fresh cut herbs, lemon grass, cilantro and citrus rind. Lots of white flowers on the nose. The wine has some lovely savory tones, lees notes and bees wax. A denser texture than the nose might suggest with good palate weight and richness. Riper citrus notes come forward as the wine warms in the glass. Really serious wine for the money, lots going on here. We have a great price on this wine, don't miss it!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 94

2013 Boekenhoutskloof "The Wolftrap" Red Western Cape
By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
One of the best value reds in store. A spectacular sub-$10 bottle from this great estate in South Africa. This is made from grapes grown mostly in the Swartland on the west coast north of Capetown. Rhone varietals thrive here in the granite and iron rich soils. The wine has lots of concentrated dark fruits, toasty spices, cocoa nibs, smoked meat hints and stony minerals. The palate is med-full bodied, balanced and fine. Just ridiculous for this price.
Top Value!
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Tempranillo Rioja
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 4/13/2015 | Send Email
Check out this new favorite go-to any day of the week Rioja. Here's a feisty, young and juicy effort filled with ripe cherry and raspberry fruit with a hint of cranberry. The wine is medium bodied with an invigorating freshness and finishes up with a hint of spice and rose petals. Pair it up with a big plate of hot pupusas for an awesome culinary combo on a budget!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion
By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 4/13/2015 | Send Email
One of the new stars in Bordeaux--their wines are lush and fruit-forward. The '12 is full of blackberry fruit flavors and toasty oak. Great value. Decant one hour before drinking.

2000 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
By: Gary Westby | Review Date: 4/13/2015 | Send Email
Last night I took this bottle down to Quattro restaurant for a date night with Cinnamon. Like a broken record, I ordered the 16-oz, bone in, Piemontese ribeye, which never fails to deliver. It was Friday night, and I love my steak and claret!!! The Barton, which had been sitting in the decanter for about an hour before we drank it, was beautifully open and aromatic, with fantastic leather and earthy components on its Cabernet driven, currant loaded nose. In the mouth it was as rich and full as one would expect from a big deal wine from a big deal vintage, with more dark fruit and high class earth. The finish was long, lifted and fresh… The 750ml bottle seemed small, even though it was just the two of us. It is, after all, just a short walk home!
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 Von Strasser "Rudy" Paicines Pinot Noir
By: Krista Johnson | Review Date: 4/13/2015 | Send Email
Sumptuous and polished, this Pinot Noir from Rudy Von Strasser is perfect for summer! Strawberry, cherry and soft pepper lead you into a soft herbal finish. Perfect for lighter summer fare and with spicy grilled foods. Rudy strikes again!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

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