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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2010 Solaria Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
Dense, dark fruit that’s more plum than cherry along with bold strokes of vanilla burst from your glass. They are followed on the palate, by a wine that shows less structure than the nose might portray but has lots of juicy, bold fruit that’s accompanied by fine grain tannin. The finish is full, fleshy and shows a bit of square tannins in the finish. This wine needs a few years to come together to show all the potential it has.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 95 AG 90

2010 Maison Idiart Blanc de Blanc Brut
By: Mahon McGrath | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
Are you’re looking for an emphatically dry sparkling wine, but at an everyday price? Then the Nicolas Idiart Blanc de Blanc Brut is definitely one you should try. Scents of citrus, yeast, and florality on the nose lead the way into a medium weight palate which evokes fresh-baked bread, in a diaphanous vein, before concluding with a welcome snap. Every fridge door this summer should be prepared, for the advent of necessity or whim, with at least a couple bottles of this fizzy delight.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
The nose speaks of sunshine, warmth, sweetness not floral just fruity. The flavors begin to expand on your palate and the simple plumy fruit is transformed to more of a kaleidoscope of flavors, Umeboshi (dried, salted, Japanese plums), wild cherry, iron and leather. While the nose speaks of ripeness the palate presence is freshened by the perfect acidic balance for this wine, just enough to lift without becoming edgy, a long and complex finish that has layers of flavor and textures.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2012 Trellis (Amelia Park) Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Margaret River
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
Wow, what a value for this gorgeous Cab-Merlot blend from Amelia Park. Juicy Merlot blends so well with this cab to give us all this great food friendly wine to enjoy. This is very approachable, with great richness, length on the palate as well as great balanced acidity. The perfect party wine...easy to drink, even easier to enjoy!
Top Value!
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Bodega DiamAndes "Perlita" Malbec-Syrah Mendoza
By: Jim Barr | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
As many of you know by now, our wine buyer for South American wines is Joe Manekin and he does an extraordinary job of selecting wonderful wines from that area. And, as many of you know, our wine buyer for the wines from Bordeaux is Clyde Beffa, and he, too, does an exceptional job with his selections. Once in a great while, Clyde will journey outside his area of expertise and make purchases from other areas and countries, to which we scratch our heads and ask, “What was he thinking when he bought this?” Clyde did the purchasing of this wine and for the first time in a long while, he has made one of finest purchases to be featured in our stores. Medium deep ruby in color, the nose explodes with lush, spicy fruit of a white pepper to anise characteristic, with undertones in the bouquet of mocha, cedar, and a forest floor quality. In its fleshy and flashy mouth presentation, this Gem is viscous, broad, well-integrated, and nicely structured, yet round and soft for near-term drinking. Joe Manekin is even excited about this amazing wine! Don’t miss this Gem! Great Value! 14.5% ABV
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93

Mezcalero Release #11 Mezcal 750ml
By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
All of the Mezcalero releases that I have tasted have been interesting,good,unique and well worth the price. The number 11 is one of the best that I have tasted to date. There are light berry-like aromas that are pleasant and inviting. In the mouth it is round with complex flavors and some subtle smoke. Very good.
Price: $69.99 Add To Waiting List

Michel Loriot "Marie-Leopold" Sec Champagne
By: Heather Vander Wall | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
Seriously good Sec Champagne! Don't dismiss this wine because it has a bit more dosage than a Brut! In fact the slight increase in dosage here allows a broader spectrum of pairings. Last night Gary Westby prepared some foie gras and grilled apricot on toasted brioche for the K&L team--a perfect pairing with this Champagne! I was so thrilled to find a serious Champagne with good levels of acidity and depth of flavor that could stand up to the richness of foie gras and yet compliment a sweeter dish such as grilled apricots. I will be stocking up on this Champagne to pair with future appetizers!
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Saini Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
This is a hell of a Zinfandel for $20! Hailing from 80+ year old vines from family owned and operated vineyards, this 2013 Saini hits your nose with raspberry jam, fresh picked blackberries, and bright floral notes. The palate has lush dark fruit with a a nice cut of acidity. 2013 is a stellar year for Dry Creek Zin! 50% American Oak/ 50% French Oak
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
By: John Majeski | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
You really don’t have to look very far into the exceptional 2010 vintage to discover great wines, and in the Bois Malot we’re happy to offer you an investment in value and flavor that will reward your palate every time you pop the cork. Ballasted by velvety core fruits and a tinge of lovely minerality and spice, this wine is drinking very well now, and will certainly cellar for several more years. The perfect red to both charm and enhance your everyday cuisine, so why wait?
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

Michel Loriot "Marie-Leopold" Sec Champagne
By: Sarah Covey | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
Michel Loriot and his daughter & co-winemaker Marie have created a very special cuvee here. The Marie Leopold Sec (named so after Michel's daughter Marie and their great-great-great grandfather Leopold) has the tiniest dance of sweetness, with beautiful lemon zest, fresh apricot and flaky pie crust notes, with a chalky minerality and vibrant acidity that keep the sweetness from being heavy or dense. If you enjoy Prosecco, but are looking for something different and truly more elegant, try this pretty little cuvee. It's an homage to the Loriot family's history!
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Terre da Vino "Masseria dei Carmelitani" Gavi di Gavi
By: Illya Haase | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Hot summer days and nights call for a crisp white! Terre da Vino "Masseria dei Carmelitani" Gavi di Gavi will answer the call. Terre Da Vino is a top Italian winery which is located in the heart of the Langhe territory in the region of Barolo. On the nose, lovely white flowers and crisp green apples. On the palate, crisp lemon peel and enough body to hold up to any salad or light fish dish. Enjoy!
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Palmina "Pressed-Pronto Red" Santa Barbara County Barbera/Dolcetto
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
If you are in need of a mid week pizza or pasta red, look no further! This is a 50/50 blend of Dolcetto and Barbera. Fresh strawberry and cherry fruit join dried herbs and a touch earth on the palate to make a really friendly food wine. It's a great wine for a party or BBQ!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Oakridge Estate "Over the Shoulder" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
By: Jim Boyce | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
This wine is an incredible value that should not be missed. Floral and citrusy with a vibrant, mineral driven palate. This drinks way beyond the entry level pricing. Another stellar Direct Import selection!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 94

2009 Viña Eguía Reserva Rioja
By: Ivan Diaz | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
I am sometimes baffled by the quality to price ratio found in Rioja. Wineries like Vina Eguia observe the painstaking, traditional techniques of the region and yet still find a way to sell their wines for bargain prices. The Reserva is no exception, sporting a developed palate of spicy red berries, tomato, subtle licorice, and a ribbon of vanilla carrying through to the finish. After several years of aging at the winery, this one is raring and ready to go. A great pairing choice with pork medallions, rack of lamb, or paella.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

Schramsberg "Mirabelle" California Brut Rosé
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
A beautifully lively, expressive brut rose. This is a combination of cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with 18 months of bottle aging to give it more depth and richness. This would pair well with a huge variety of foods. Fresh strawberries and raspberries on the nose and palate, a great long and elegant finish makes this wine the perfect celebratory bottle...for whatever you're celebrating!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90

Michel Loriot "Marie-Leopold" Sec Champagne
By: Ivan Diaz | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
A fresh, lively style of Champagne from a remarkable producer, the "Marie Leopold Sec" actually shows a just a trace of its dosage (20g/liter) on the palate, making it a perfect (read: better and more affordable) substitute for your basic Veuve Clicquot or Moet & Chandon bottlings. Enjoy with appetizers or even dessert!
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Ivan Diaz | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Not quite as tannic or chewy as most Napa bottles at this price, Simi's Alexander Valley Cab is rich and expressive. Loads of red fruit greet the nose and follow through on the palate along with hints of mocha, melted licorice, roasted herbs and fresh spices. This is a stellar bottle at a bargain price, and will pair excellently with all your grilled meats and barbecue this summer!
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

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2014 Touças Vinho Verde
By: Joe Manekin | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Yet another new Vinho Verde (yes, we cannot get enough of this stuff in the summertime!), the Touças is a very tasty, classic, dry style of Vinho Verde. It's crisp and tangy, with the requisite fizz we have come to expect from Viho Verde, but a subtle creaminess on the mid-palate that suggests this wine was not rushed to be bottled the minute after it finished fermenting. This tasty Vinho Verde is great on its own, but is also a terrific brunch white, a sitting on the patio munching on chips or corn nuts white, or a solid choice for grilled, cured, or raw seafood.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Les Chancelieres Vouvray
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
This is pure old vine Chenin Blanc, no residual sugar, completely dry, and just perfect to have around the house for so many different meals. Refreshing acidity, chalky minerality, full bodied and full of stone fruit with a fantastic orange zest finish. This is my new go-to white.
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Christopher Michael Red Wine
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
A very easy to enjoy, approachable Washington Red Blend. Great fruit with balanced acidity. Enjoy this wine with anyone and anything!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2005 Heras Cordon Reserva Rioja
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
There are plenty of exceptional bottles from this heralded vintage, but 2005 Heras Cordon Reserva Rioja is an easy entry, highly-rated and coming in under twenty bucks. Classic in style with a depth of fruit this stands up to food but warrants sipping on its own, thanks to a long finish and round mouthfeel.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Tiny bubbles make me happy. Very happy. They can make you happy too! This $13 Cremant De Loire Rosé is just the ticket to add a little zip to your summer. Remarkably fresh and inviting, this sparkling wine offers sweet cherry, strawberry, and tart raspberry. The minerality, acidity, and structure of this wine is worth so much more than the price tag suggests. Give it a try today, tomorrow, and perhaps every weekend until labor day...
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Deep purple and broodingly aromatic, this Cabernet will have you coming back for more in no time. The dark red fruit is excellently balanced by 6 months in American oak to soften the edges and bring everything together. The tannins are by no means overwhelming, but present enough to give the impression of a well-made California Cab at 2 or 3 times the price.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Les Ligeriens Rosé d'Anjou
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Although first I was skeptical due to the slight amount of RS in this wine, I now LOVE this rosé!! Perfect for just sipping or alternatively, awesome with food with a little spice. Lovely notes of exotic melon, strawberry and rose petal coupled with high acid, salinity and that hint of RS.
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Tongue In Groove "Clayvin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
If you missed these phenomenal wines last year here is your chance to grab some of the highest quality (and coolest) wines coming from NZ. Tongue in Groove is a fairly new project from a group of old wine industry friends. The people involved have all had illustrious careers with other properties but are now pooling their collective knowledge and experience to craft these beautiful wines in exotic packages! The first key partner here is highly regarded viticulturalist Nick Gill. The single vineyard sites chosen for the TIG wines are farmed without the use of herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Clayvin vineyard is certified BioGro organic. The vines are meticulously tended and fruit is grown and handpicked with a huge amount of care and attention. Next up, the winemaker behind the label is ex-Pegasus Bay winemaker Lynette Hudson. Lynette has just about as much experience as anyone crafting Waipara Pinot Noir and Riesling. Lynette’s winemaking style is quite non-interventionist utilizing wild yeasts for ferments, long gentle on skin macerations, natural Spring malo and no fining. For Riesling the juice is wild fermented with a good amount of solids and normally with the inclusion of a small amount of botrytis affected fruit to add a wonderful exotic note to the zesty, fresh flavor profile. Next comes Carolyn Reid who is responsible in large part for the striking label designs and over all aesthetics of TIG… whilst I don’t often advocate buying a wine just because it has a cool label…the label lovers amongst you are gonna love these! Finally we have the very important personality of Angela “the tongue” Clifford…Angela is the social media, marketing whiz that wraps up the whole package and adds an extra layer of polish. She effuses the true spirit of this wonderful region living on an organic, holistic farm, foraging for food and represents an integral pillar of the Waipara food and wine community. These are seriously great wines, grown, made and presented by seriously awesome people, check them out.
Top Value!

2013 Tongue In Groove "The Mound Vineyard" Riesling Waipara Valley
By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
If you missed these phenomenal wines last year here is your chance to grab some of the highest quality (and coolest) wines coming from NZ. Tongue in Groove is a fairly new project from a group of old wine industry friends. The people involved have all had illustrious careers with other properties but are now pooling their collective knowledge and experience to craft these beautiful wines in exotic packages! The first key partner here is highly regarded viticulturalist Nick Gill. The single vineyard sites chosen for the TIG wines are farmed without the use of herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Clayvin vineyard is certified BioGro organic. The vines are meticulously tended and fruit is grown and handpicked with a huge amount of care and attention. Next up, the winemaker behind the label is ex-Pegasus Bay winemaker Lynette Hudson. Lynette has just about as much experience as anyone crafting Waipara Pinot Noir and Riesling. Lynette’s winemaking style is quite non-interventionist utilizing wild yeasts for ferments, long gentle on skin macerations, natural Spring malo and no fining. For Riesling the juice is wild fermented with a good amount of solids and normally with the inclusion of a small amount of botrytis affected fruit to add a wonderful exotic note to the zesty, fresh flavor profile. Next comes Carolyn Reid who is responsible in large part for the striking label designs and over all aesthetics of TIG… whilst I don’t often advocate buying a wine just because it has a cool label…the label lovers amongst you are gonna love these! Finally we have the very important personality of Angela “the tongue” Clifford…Angela is the social media, marketing whiz that wraps up the whole package and adds an extra layer of polish. She effuses the true spirit of this wonderful region living on an organic, holistic farm, foraging for food and represents an integral pillar of the Waipara food and wine community. These are seriously great wines, grown, made and presented by seriously awesome people, check them out.
Top Value!

2013 Maison Idiart Sauvignon Blanc Touraine
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Bright and refreshing, this is a must have for your summer parties. Lovely zippy citrus, lemongrass, mouthwatering acidity accompanied by a nice full texture. Try it with seafood or potentially something richer like seafood risotto.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

1998 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Gran Reserva Rioja
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Classic Rioja and so much age for the price. Inky and interesting with a casky elegance, Lesmos shows dark cherry fruit balanced with easy minerality. Also makes a great gift: Spanish wine fans may happily recognize the traditional style and quality, and the velvety richness should impress Bordeaux and Napa Cab devotees (who might even think you spent a lot more). A winner.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Cane & Fabel 373 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
While the label, with its frighteningly realistic-looking insect, might be polarizing, this balanced California red is anything but. Soft for a Paso Cab but just as juicy and full-bodied, Cane & Fabel is a smaller production, better quality alternative to Justin. Great value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Te Mata "Cape Crest" Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Fun, classically Bordeaux New Zealand SB/Sem blend of the highest order. Musk, funky, melon, tropical fruit. Slight hints of savoriness and jalapeños, but in the most inviting and subtle way. Palate is Meyer lemon and candied guava all the way. The finish is crisp, dry and persistent. Te Mata is one of NZ's most exciting properties and this proves again that we're very, very lucky to represent them stateside.

2013 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawke's Bay
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
This is like the Screaming Eagle of Hawke's Bay, so why the hell do we have the US exclusive? Any why the hell is it so inexpensive? These are not the important questions. Basically you're getting top-tier wine, I mean like Lafite/Latour level quality, for the price of a standard Napa Cab. While not as old school as the wonderful Awatea for twice the price, this is a legendary wine that deserves to be in the best collections regardless of the extremely affordable price.

2014 Framingham "Vendage Tardive" Gewürztraminer Marlborough (375ml)
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
The perfect sweet Gewurz. Magnificent and aromatic without being too perfumed or cloying. Incredible balance and an incredible price. Grab it before it's gone or you'll regret it.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
BC 97 RC 97
Limit of 6 per customer

2013 Domaine de l'Hortus "Val de Montferrand" Grande Cuvée Blanc
By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
You can really taste the Viognier in this sophisticated blend, and that's not remotely a bad thing. Crisp minerality with apple notes and touch of oak make this an unconventional crowd pleaser.
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 94

2013 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Old school in the best way. An amazing value that will tickle the fancy of serious Bordeaux fans as well as the more adventurous international wine lovers. Structured and complex with strong notes of wild dark berries, eucalyptus/mint, gravel and spice. Powerful pepper and wonderful texture. Needs some time to let its full potential unfold, but this is something we should all be buying by the case. Can't have enough around.

2013 Ermitage "Victor" Costieres de Nimes Rouge
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
This wine is going to be a serious competitor for our already beloved Montfaucon. This is Rhone wine with seamless flavors of dark berries and currant, and a juicy character that just hits the spot. Our French regional buyer Keith Mabry was in search of a new K&L exclusive bistro-style wine and he found it. For $10 this is your new party red. Find me someone who doesn't like this wine.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Kalinda "Rawiri Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
A Pinot Noir that offers both value and is a wine that is tasty and a pleasure to drink. Nice red fruit flavors leads to balanced complex subtle earthy tones. The Kalinda Rawiri is dry and will go well alone or with chicken or salmon.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Domaine de l'Hortus "Val de Montferrand" Grande Cuvée Blanc
By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Seriously good, complex wine. This has the minerality and tension of great white Burgundy combined with the richness and exoticism of Viognier. The palate has good weight and richness but also bright, focused acidity. There is a nice flinty, nutty lees component that adds a dimension and teases the wine out long on the palate. This is seriously interesting wine with great style and pedigree.
Top Value!
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 94

2014 Cognizant Pinot Noir Marlborough
By: Ivan Diaz | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
This is the result of a collaboration between us and the winemakers over at TWR (Te Whare Ra). Not to toot our own horn, but it's really good, showing fresh red berries, flowers, and subtle baking spice, all wrapped in bracing acidity. Compared to most domestic bottles this price, the Cognizant is a clear winner.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho Vinho Regional Minho
By: Jeff Garneau | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Here at K&L we don't wait for the solstice to signal the arrival of summer. Each year it's the arrival of the Vinho Verde from Quinta da Aveleda that truly heralds the advent of warmer weather. The perfect wine for our Mediterranean climate. The ideal accompaniment to long, lazy sun-drenched afternoons. Dry. Crisp. Low in alcohol. Affordably priced.
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 S.C. Pannell Grenache McLaren Vale
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
This wonderful wine was one of the biggest surprises of the tasting. Mclaren Vale is a complex region and we tend to pigeonhole all Australian wine as overly extracted and hyper manipulated. This, however, for me captures the essence of Grenache in the Aussie context perfectly. Dense and dark in the glass, the nose has all the intensity of fruit you'd expect, but with a deep minty herbal quality to keep it balanced. The palate is vibrant, structured, earthy and complex. Gigondas adjacent and ultra pure expression of Grenache at an awesome price.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 97
Limit of 12 per customer

2014 Cave de Tavel "Lauzeraies" Tavel
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
A great deal for Tavel rosé with plenty of soft pink fruit, but plenty of crisp acidity to balance it all out. A bit rounder than your standard Provence fare, but just as clean and refreshing. I could drink this all day (and probably will at some point).
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Sato Pinot Noir Central Otago
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
I'm a sucker for natural wines when done right, but I can appreciate the controversy that exists. Natural winemakers must rely on their good senses and an unending attention to detail to create viable wines. The worst are terrible, the best are transcendent. This, for me, captures the goal of natural wine making perfectly without alienating those who don't know or don't care about why it's so incredible that this wine is so SPECIAL. Get what I'm saying? It's just perfect Pinot at a great price. Kiwi meets Burgundy in the best way. In love...
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Clos de l'Anhel "Lolo de l'Anhel" Corbieres
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Our French regional buyer Keith Mabry went to Corbieres in search of a simple, down-home, organic, hands-off table wine and he came back with this stunning little number. Not nearly as fruit-forward and juicy as most Carignan-based wines, the Anhel is a drier, more restrained expression of black currant and subtle earth. It's a great food wine to pair with roasted meat dishes and for the money it's a total steal.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
By: David Othenin-Girard | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Another fabulous value for Kiwi Pinot. This is deep powerful Pinot that will scratch the itch for most Cali Pinot drinkers, but not scare away those in love with more expressive terroir-driven style. Earthy, savory dark cherry, great structure with red and black fruit continuing on the palate. Pure and structured, this will easily improve over the next 2-3 years, but shows beautifully right now. For only $20, cases, dude, cases.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93 RC 91

2014 Ermitage "Victor" Costieres de Nimes Blanc
By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Extraordinarily aromatic - this blend of 60% Roussanne, 20% Grenache, and 20% Viognier is like walking through a field of blooming springtime flowers. Once you actually move past the intoxicating aroma and into tasting the wine, you'll find stone fruit as well as a toasty, biscuity flavor, akin to a well developed champagne. This beautiful white blend is perfect with grilled fish or BBQ'd fruits.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Domaine de l'Hortus "Val de Montferrand" Grande Cuvée Blanc
By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Rich, creamy, and mesmerizingly golden in color, this Chardonnay rivals many a California Chardonnay or Burgundian white. The aromatics are off the chart thanks to a healthy dollop of Viognier: honeysuckle and stone fruit dominate. The Chardonnay gives a rich and powerful texture but has tons of great acid to keep everything focused and provide a wonderfully long finish. An insane value, don't knock this wine for where it comes from. Taste it blind alongside your favorite Meursault or Napa Chard and see for yourself!
Top Value!
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 94

2011 Villa Symposia "L'Origine" Languedoc Rouge
By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
This wine smells like an expensive and well-developed Bordeaux, with a touch of a gamey Beaujolais. Being predominantly Syrah with just a touch of Grenache, this seems a bit strange at first, although very pleasing. The aromas give way to a classic Syrah profile of blackberry, black currants, and peppery spice lifted by the strawberry character of the Grenache. The full-bodied nature and hearty texture of this wine satisfies in a big way.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92

2010 Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Super Tuscan to the rescue, and just in time! For just under $30 bucks, this Old World meets New World blend delivers complex flavors of juicy blackberry, plum, espresso, licorice, bittersweet mocha, vanilla, and earth. The taste is rich and smooth, the tannins firm yet supple, and the brisk finish will make this a super crowd pleaser at the dinner table. Totally recommended!

2013 Domaine Paul Pernot Bourgogne Chardonnay
By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Taste the place of Puligny without the price tag normally associated with it. This is one of the best value white Burgundies we offer. Delicious with zippy acidity, but holds enough body to keep the mouthfeel silky and in balance. The nose is tropical and the mid-palate delivers crisp minerality and lemon and stone fruit flavors. Do yourself a favor and get a bottle before they disappear!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Sobon Estate "Rocky Top" Amador County Zinfandel
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
A great expression of CA Zinfandel from Sobon. Great peppery dark fruits like black raspberry and cherry scream out from the glass. The wine itself has great lightweight mouthfeel, but has an awesome length and aftertaste that gives it richness and personality.
Top Value!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

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