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Mike Parres

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2015 Treves Petite Arvine Val d'Aosta
Review Date: 08-18-2016
Floral and citrus aromas give way to lengthy finish that hints of salt. plane & simple, but the wine is not
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

2013 Cantina Valle Isarco Sylvaner "Sabiona"
Review Date: 08-18-2016
A little pricey, but worth ever penny and till the last drop. This Sylvaner shows a rich complex bouquet, with suggestions of green apples, citrus/cedar rind and geranium. The mouth feel is generous yet fresh and impeccably balanced, with consistent flavors of both yellow and green fruit, mountain herbs and stones.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2014 Benanti Etna Rosso
Review Date: 08-18-2016
YUM ! A fun medium bodied red blend, dark fruit, spice and that Etna ash, makes a GREAT combo. Buy two the first bottle empties quickly.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Cicada by Chante Cigale Méditerranée
Review Date: 08-18-2016
A wine with lots of cassis, kirsch, pepper, and even an intriguing floral note, the wine is medium to full-bodied , silky smooth, and a truly delicious, hedonistic and intellectually satisfying wine that is a remarkable bargain.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2015 Maritma "The 4 Old Guys" Sangiovese Toscana
Review Date: 08-16-2016
I just recently poured this at a staff tasting, to remind my colleges what a Super Value this is, sometimes this gets look over because it has been around K & L for many years ( some vintages are better than others) and this 2015 is Rocklin’ . On the palate you will find, black cherries with a touch of earth. In the mouth, the wine is Medium-bodied, with fine concentration, and soft tannins. I give this two thumbs up, a perfect wine for the Burgers or grilled portabella.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2012 Cantina Terlan "Porphyr" Lagrein Riserva
Review Date: 08-13-2016
This Lagrein is made in the Alto Adige. This wine has an elegant perfume, subtle even, with fruit, vanilla and violet notes. On the palate it is a touch austere and quite full bodied, just the thing to match the rustic, rich foods of the mountainous region like lamb with rosemary and hard cheeses.
Price: $46.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Cantina di Ora "Amicone" Rosso Veneto
Review Date: 08-13-2016
Valpolicella has undergone an amazing transformation from the 60s Bolla version with a red-checked tablecloth to the suave and ultra-hip wine region. This wine is a midway point between simple and fresh and the power and size of the Amarone taking the best from both. A wine to drink straight from the bottle, with a straw or with roasted rabbit, or complex pasta dishes.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2012 La Collina dei Ciliegi Amarone
Review Date: 08-13-2016
Distinctive notes of traditional fruit like wild cherries, blackberry jam with vanilla. In the back of the palate, you will find walnut and hazelnuts; on the finish it has a sweet & luscious impact and a pleasurable dry ending note on this Medium-bodied Amarone. This will work well with Dried and Blue chesses, some dried fruit, toasted nuts and someone special.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré
Review Date: 08-09-2016
A super value Macon Solutre that expresses its uniqueness. This wine is elegant, crisp and well-structured. This 2015 Chardonnay is chalky with a mineral quality. The wine is mouth-filling and full, with a smooth and supple finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Cantina Terlano "Terlaner Classico" White Blend Alto Adige
Review Date: 08-04-2016
This blend of three different grape varieties, grown in the classic district of Terlano (South-Tyrol), is as versatile a wine as you'll find from anywhere, and a seriously good value besides. A blend used quite successfully for over 100 years, this cuvee of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, fermented at controlled temperature in stainless steel vats offers fruity aromatics with light yeasty notes and a taste that is always harmonious though quite strong on the palate and very persistent.
Price: $21.95 Add To Cart
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2015 Allram Grüner Veltliner Kamptal (1L)
Review Date: 08-03-2016
Great aromatics on this rich, yet dry and quaffable wine. Perfect for vegetable dishes, lighter fish dishes, or spicy Asian cuisine.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

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2014 Villa Pillo Sangiovese Toscana (3L Bag-in-a-Box) (cannot ship)
Review Date: 08-03-2016
The nose is classic ripe cherries and strawberries and a hint of cocoa powder. On the palate of this medium-bodied wine, you will find the fruit described above, with a touch of minerals and soft tannins, which gives this wine a very lush feel to the palate and an incredible long finish. Turn down the heat in your house; this will keep you warm on chilly winter evenings!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Tormaresca "Calafuria" Salento Rosato
Review Date: 07-22-2016
Most of our customers know Tormaresca label for their GREAT inexpensive red and now we introduce you to their Rose’. Yea!!! It’s 100% Negroamaro, a light salmon pink color, fascinating aromas of wild mountain strawberries, some herbal notes and lots of great acidity and with a touch of mineral on the long-lasting aftertaste. Buy a few—the bottle empties quickly. This is a great wine for the brunch crowd or just sipping some while sitting on the porch with a favorite book.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2012 Cantine Ascheri Barolo
Review Date: 07-19-2016
This wine has a vibrant, ruby red hue, with super intense notes of Bing cherry, red licorice, exotic Asian spice and black tea. The oak is present, but very well integrated. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied with soft tannin's but no astringency. The streak of acidity pulls it all together into a seamless, utterly gorgeous wine. Could easily hold its own against Barolos twice its price. The only draw back to this wine is also an attribute, that being that the tannin structure that makes the wine so appealing now means it's one for the short to mid term, not a 20 year wine. So practice that risotto recipe or score yourself some lamb shank and enjoy al fresco with loved ones.
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2013 Farnetella Chianti Colli Senesi
Review Date: 07-13-2016
Chianti Colli Senesi is perhaps Chianti's most unsung subzone, located on the hills surrounding Siena and I love what his area does to Sangiovese. This Farnetella is just bang for your buck, medium- bodied, dark fruit and a little bit of Siena on the palate. Buy a couple for you next Bar-B –Que, bugers or fowl would love this.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Felsina Chianti Classico
Review Date: 07-13-2016
From the very user friendly 2013 vintage, this is one of our best values from Tuscany, black cherries, spicy oak, and a touch of earth. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, with fine concentration and a dry finish, with well integrated and soft tannins. Enjoy tonight and over the next couple years.

2010 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana
Review Date: 07-13-2016
This 2010 Fontalloro is 100% Sangiovese sourced from few different vineyards and is simply beautiful. The opulent, forward fruit that is typical of the year is present, but a firm sense of structure keeps things from going over the top. If that sounds appealing you’ll love this wine. Dark red fruit, flowers, minerals and spices come together beautifully and with 2010 structure should age very well, tuff to keep your hands off this wine.

2011 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 07-13-2016
This boasts a deep ruby/purple color, lots of black cherries, raspberries, and currants with hints spice, Tuscan dust and minerals. There is a great texture on this full- bodied wine; it has a long, authoritative finish that combines power with elegance. I would drink this over the next couple of years.

2013 Vermillion by Helen Keplinger California Red Wine
Review Date: 07-07-2016
Châteauneuf-du-Pape in California ? Really a fun wine that reminds me of a good neuf du pape. Dark fruit, spicy, full-bodied and great length of the finish.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2010 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 07-06-2016
The wines of Poggio Salvi are rich, ripe, dense and full, but retain their balance and elegance. The 2010 Riserva Brunello is a stellar example of the vintage, and an exceptional bargain at this price. The palate has pretty black cherry fruit with nice earthy, leather, iodine and spicy notes, great structure and good balance of acidity and tannins, and an aftertaste that is incredibly long. Rockin 2010 !

2012 Grattamacco "L'Alberello" Bolgheri Superiore
Review Date: 07-06-2016
The 2012 Grattamacco "L'Alberello" Bolgheri Superiore captures the pure essence of Bolgheri, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. You will find black fruit with leather, tobacco and herbal notes on the dry full-bodied wine. A big Florentine steak will do just fine with this.

2011 Riecine "Riecine" Toscana
Review Date: 07-06-2016
Greg & I tasted this last year at the winery and I have been waiting its arrival ever since. This wine is 100% Sangiovese and a small marvel of class and power, especially when the vintage is taken into account. There is wonderful richness of fruit, which melds beautifully with the aristocratic oak, giving spicy scents which come through on the palate with Tuscan dust and soft tannins and its long and lingering finish. Full-bodied and very user friendly, buy a couple the first bottle will empty quickly.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana
Review Date: 07-06-2016
This wine is 100% Sangiovese and a small marvel of class and power, especially when the vintage is taken into account. There is wonderful richness of fruit, which melds beautifully with the aristocratic oak, giving spicy scents which come through on the palate, dark-fruit, ripe strawberries with concentrated aromas of blackberries, dark coco powder and stony minerals. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and an incredibly long finish, will age very well.

2013 Luce Della Vite "Lucente" Toscana
Review Date: 05-26-2016
This is one of my favorite producers from Tuscany. This is their "Super Tuscan" - a very user friendly wine, the blend is Merlot and Sangiovese. Lots of dark skinned fruit with spice, minerals that complete each other on the nose and palate. The wine has pleasantly soft tannins, but good acidity to pull it all together. $20 bucks WooHoo !!!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
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2014 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-25-2016
Here is a classic California Chardonnay. This wine has exhilarating aromas of honeysuckle, pear and green apple, with hints of pineapple. On the palate, this wine is crisp and medium-bodied, with lively fruit and a refreshing, long, lingering finish.

2013 Taken Napa Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 05-25-2016
This is a great California meritage, wonderful layers from the grape varietals, rich and ripe dark fruit very luscious and dry finish. Great wine for all the Bar-B-Ques this Summer, pull the cork and you are good to go!

2013 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico
Review Date: 05-21-2016
Here is one of our most popular wines from Tuscany! The 2013 reminds me a lot of the 2004 vintage: black cherries, spicy oak, and a touch of earth. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, with fine concentration, with well integrated and soft tannins. Enjoy tonight (needs decanting time, an hour or so) and over the next few years.

2014 Terre da Vino "Masseria dei Carmelitani" Gavi di Gavi
Review Date: 05-21-2016
This is Cortese (the region is Gavi in Piedmont) it has very delicate perfumes of apples and apricots. It is un-oaked and crisp, with citrus and peach fruit and notes of herbs and is wonderfully delicate but with great structure, love its length & balance as well as its complexity. Salute Guido!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2014 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-18-2016
Here is a classic California Chardonnay. This wine has exhilarating aromas of honeysuckle, pear and green apple, with hints of pineapple. On the palate, this wine is rich and full-bodied, with lively fruit, sweet vanilla, butterscotch flavors and a refreshing, long, lingering finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2013 Von Strasser "Rudy" Paicines Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-30-2016
Fragrant, floral with black-cherry fruit, this 2013 Pinot Noir exhibits the delicacy and allure of this captivating varietal. Hints of rose petal and forest floor weave through the jammy fruit core. The mid-palate is pleasant and smooth, Great value wine. Two thumbs up !
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Montechiara Prosecco DOC
Review Date: 04-20-2016
Italian bubbles for ten bucks, what did we just step back in time? Nope just another Great bargain wine from K & L! This is the perfect wine for all your spring holiday parties, for there is nothing better than Prosecco, for crowd pleasing and value. This has a light straw yellow hue and has a fine mousse and delicate, with a long-lasting bead. On the nose you will find generous fruit, releasing hints of pear and nectarines. The palate has wonderful balance and elegance, dry & crisp, but admirable fullness and length, closely mirroring the nose. The perfect party wine all year long.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2010 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-08-2016
A spice-driven wine that makes ample room for leather, cola, cedar, pipe tobacco, licorice, dark plum and barnyard notes. There’s an earthy, dusty quality to the mouth that amplifies the wine’s smoothness.

2013 Brancaia "Tre" Toscana
Review Date: 04-06-2016
This is just the kind of wine you want when you sit down with a little bread and cheese or when you open something to drink while cooking dinner. Rich and complex, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Super Tuscan & Super Price !
Price: $16.95 Add To Cart
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2011 Agostino Bosco "La Serra" Barolo
Review Date: 04-01-2016
This wine brings aromas of dried cherry, and rose’s and on the palate you will find raspberries, tar, tobacco, truffle, and a little Langhe dust with a good tannin structure. I love the elegance to this wine, and with all of its varietal purity here, I still might want to decant it for a couple hours or can even age for a couple of years (up to five or six years if you are that patient), and I am thinking it would show best with a wild mushroom risotto or a barbecue tri-tip.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Sesta di Sopra Sangiovese Toscana
Review Date: 04-01-2016
From one of our all-time-favorite Brunello producers. This wine could easily compete with wines twice the price. Drinkable now, utterly delicious in fact, but could age beautifully if you wanted to lay a couple bottles down. Highly recommended.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2013 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-01-2016
This rosso was matured in French oak barriques and aged in bottle for three months before release. It has the classic rich and ripe black fruit, strawberry and toasty vanilla notes, Sesta’s terrior, a little earthy with minerals and incredible length on the finish. Buy now, it won't be around long!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2011 Fratelli Barale Barolo "Cannubi"
Review Date: 03-29-2016
This Barolo Cannubi emerges from the glass with surprising richness and weight. Berries, flowers and spices flow effortlessly from this rich, textured Cannubi. The wine shows quite a bit more depth than is usually the case for a vineyard that tends towards the feminine, but the textural elegance and silkiness on the mid-palate and finish serve to provide a sense of proportion. Fine, elegant tannins frame the close.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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2011 Agostino Bosco "Neirane" Barolo
Review Date: 03-29-2016
This wine’s perfume is pure nebbiolo: raspberry fruit and dried rose petals with a touch of tobacco and lots of cedar, bursting with sweet fruit, tar, minerals, displaying outstanding depth and fine overall balance. This wine will drink well now and over the next few years, best with the heartiest meats or stews.

2013 Zaccagnini "Tralcetto" Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva
Review Date: 03-25-2016
I recently showed this for a small consumer tasting and sold four cases in just less than 3 hours and these were people buying quantities of this wine. (Have to do this one more time. Montepulciano the grape has nothing to do with Montepulciano- the Tuscan town.) I gave it two stars**. There are aromas of blackberries, and floral notes; on the palate you will find smoke, wild cherries and minerals, with plenty of dark fruit that carries through to the finish. There is outstanding depth here, not to mention terrific overall balance.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2011 Bersano "Nirvasco" Barolo
Review Date: 03-25-2016
I love this wine and the very user friendly 2011 vintage from Barolo and at such a GREAT price. This is rockin Nebbiolo! of great quality. Beautifully balance; the wine is medium to full bodied, but has richness and extraordinary aromatics (dry rose petals), with a seemingly unending finish. On the palate you will find tobacco, leather, raspberries with touches of anise and walnuts. This wine will drink well over the next five to eight years or so, but you will want to drink this now with friends and family. Buy plenty and stash a few away.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Lyeth Sonoma County Meritage
Review Date: 03-11-2016
Black fruit and pomegranate aromas and flavors; soft tannins and some spice; clean finish. Cab gives this a nice backbone, fullness from the Cab Franc and Merlot, and spice from the Petit Verdot and Malbec. What is not to like? A real crowd-pleaser!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2013 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-09-2016
Woo-hoo! Baricci’s is back in town! Ever time I raise a glass of this wine to my lips, it brings me back to Montalcino. Why? because there is so much Montalcino in the glass. This Rosso reveals perfumed ripe fruit of plum, cassis and kirsch, some leather and cassis, mid- pallet and earthiness that meld into ripe strawberries, spices and minerals on the long finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Crater Rim Pinot Noir North Canterbury
Review Date: 01-29-2016
Wow! This is really one of the best Pinot Noirs I've tasted at this price point, and from one of the original regions to put New Zealand Pinot on the map no less. The bouquet has notes of plum, dark strawberry, clove, chocolate and earth. On the palate there is beautiful balance, with good acidity, silky tannins and very good length. If your a fan of Pinot, don't miss this great value. This Pinot rocks! For $20 bucks, this is your new house wine. Buy a few!!!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2009 Capbern Gasqueton, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 01-29-2016
This shows lovely depth of fruit and fine tannins. Lots of subtle fruit with spices, cedar, and berry. Hints of chocolate. The texture is gorgeous. Same producers as Calon Segur. Two thumbs up !!!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Valle dell'Acate "Il Frappato" Vittoria
Review Date: 01-15-2016
Made from grapes known also as Frappato di Vittoria, this wine is fragrant, fresh and bursting out, intense notes of cherries, blackberry and raspberry. The palate impression is bright and fresh, light but persistent; with small black and red fruits coating the mouth. Wonderful with all cheeses, it is equally at home when served with fish. Give a slight chill.

2014 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 12-11-2015
Wow! This is really one of the best Pinot Noirs I've tasted at this price point from Sonoma in a long time. The bouquet has notes of plum, dark strawberry, clove, chocolate and earth. On the palate there is beautiful balance, with good acidity, silky tannins and very good length. If your a fan of Pinot, don't miss this great value.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart

2014 Bava Malvasia "Rosetta" Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Review Date: 12-09-2015
A slightly effervescent, extremely aromatic red wine with low alcohol (5.5%). Bava's version shows off an unusual marriage of freshness, weight, and aromatic complexity. Wild red berry fruit is gloriously evident on the nose, along with fascinating hints of blossoms, particularly wisteria and iris. Served well chilled, and buy two—the first bottle empties quickly.
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2010 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 12-01-2015
A few of these will go down in my cellar next to their older siblings (the 2001s) and will try to forget that they are there. Gioberto Zannoni and his son Angelo have hit another one out of the ballpark. This is a classic 2010 Brunello. It needs a couple of hours to open up.

2013 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia
Review Date: 11-10-2015
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: $9.99 Add To Cart

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut (1.5L)
Review Date: 11-10-2015
This is a wine of great balance and elegance and an excellent aperitif for all social occasions. A must have this holiday season, for yourself and if guests drop by. On the nose you will find generous fruit, releasing hints of apples, peaches and tropical fruit, plus wisteria blossoms, wonderful balance and elegance complement a pleasurably spiciness. The Palate is velvety, crisp, and fruity, admirable fullness and length, closely mirroring the nose.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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