Staff Favorites - Kirk Walker

Kirk Walker

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2012 Kir-Yianni "Yianakohori Hills" Red Blend Macedonia
Review Date: 02-05-2016
A "Super Grecian" for lack of a better term. This is a great combination of French and Greek varietals. The Xinomavro is the core of this wine, giving plenty of structure and a hint of earth. The Merlot and Syrah flesh out the wine with a pleasant mix of dark fruits, tobacco and subtle game. Polished with the right amount of French oak, this wine over-delivers for the price.
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RP 90

2013 Amelia Park Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 01-23-2016
An intriguing Chardonnay that delivers the best of the Old and New World. From the new: moderate richness with chilled ripe peach and melon tones. From the old: moderate use of oak and zippy acidity. This wine has good texture, great fruit and a refreshing finish.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
JH 96

2010 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 01-11-2016
Beautiful Cabernet. Great complexity balance and drive. Layers of dark red fruit, spice, and tobacco on top of moderate tannins and good acidity. This perfectly captures the complexity and elegance of Bordeaux with the fresh ripeness of the "New World." If you like Cab, from anywhere, you need to try this.

2013 Framingham "Classic" Riesling Marlborough (Off Dry)
Review Date: 01-08-2016
This wine is worth the hype. Just flat out delicious Riesling. Not complex but with super clean fruit, fresh acidity, an Eskimo kiss of sweetness and a lingering finish the bottle is empty before you realize it!

2014 Framingham Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 01-08-2016
A refreshing different take on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This is a cool, linear SB rather than luscious and round. Winter vs Summer, Glacial vs Tropical. The fruit is ripe but clean, reserved and precise focused by very crisp acidity. Brisk like earlier spring run off. This also shows off a good mineral component.

2014 Wanaka Road (Mount Edward) Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 12-29-2015
Bright, complex, balanced and affordable — what else could you want from a Pinot? This offers lots of red fruit and berries with a dusting of spice and earth. Good acidity drives this wine through to a nice finish balanced with moderate tannin and nice mid-palate texture. Pinot Noir on the pretty side.

2012 Robert Craig "Affinity" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 12-29-2015
Dark, bold and rich. This delivers just about everything you can ask for from a Napa Valley Cabernet blend. Dark-berried fruit, spicy oak, plush texture, and a lingering finish. The only thing missing is the steak to eat while drinking it.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 VN 91

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 12-29-2015
K&l has a lot of great New Zealand Pinot Noir — we are kind of spoiled. The TWR stands out from a group of wines that already stand out. What makes it stand out? Depth and complexity. A little oak spice and a touch of earth will always add dimension to a wine, it does to this. What you do not find very often is underbrush, the leafy, woodsy element that you think of Burgundy or Italian wines possessing. Add that to dark red fruits supple tannin and fresh acidity and you get a terrific, "classic" Pinot that stands out in a world of fruity, simple red wines.

2014 Akitu "A2" Pinot Noir Central Otago (White Label)
Review Date: 12-29-2015
One of the sexiest New Zealand Pinots in the shop now. A rich, polished wine with dark fruits accented with a hint of oak, something woodsy and a healthy dose of minerality. This is the real deal. If you liked the 2013 you will love the '14.

2015 Lake Chalice "The Nest" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 12-01-2015
A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Lots of grapefruit and citrus with a whiff of grassiness and a touch of minerality.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2015 Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley South Australia (Dry)
Review Date: 10-09-2015
This is a light, dry and charming Eden Valley Riesling. Great aromatics of stone fruits with a splash of citrus. Medium light bodied with the same flavors as aromas. Lime and minerals echo on the sneaky long finish. Absent from this is that slight petrol note that I have found in the last several vintages.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
JS 95 - 96

2014 Cognizant Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 09-30-2015
This is a white wine could possibly satisfy every Sauvignon Blanc drinker, unless you only like it when it is fermented and aged in new oak. It is the perfect blend of Loire Valley SB and a traditional Marlborough SB. So, of coarse, it will be crisp and zingy. Where worlds start colliding is that it has a fairly intense mineral component, think France, with riper citrus fruits, a whiff of grass and more weight and texture than you would expect, think NZ. Buy a case and always keep some in the fridge, it goes with almost everything and nothing at all.
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2014 Craggy Range "Te Muna Road" Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough
Review Date: 09-19-2015
This wine has everything that you could want in a Sauvignon Blanc. It is very aromatic, hitting the entire spectrum of the varietals flavors; mineral, floral, a hint of something green and cool intense fruit tones. The palate offers all of the same flavors with a cool seamless texture and a long lingering finish.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
WS 92

2014 David Grenache Paardeberg Swartland
Review Date: 09-16-2015
A member of the Swartland Independent Producers, don't know what that is? Go to their website, it will get you fired up. This is an amazing Grenache. Unadultarated Grenache grown in iron rich granitic soils. We sell more Pinot Noir at and above this price point that do not have the purity, the balance, complexity or subtle intensity of this wine. If that is what you want in wine, put down that $30 CA Pinot, empty your shopping cart of $30 Burgundy and buy this wine. Heck if you want a great wine that is not over extracted or tannic buy this wine. You will thank me then, curse me when you find out that it is all sold out.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2014 David "Aristargos" White Blend Swartland
Review Date: 09-16-2015
A member of the Swartland Independent Producers, don't know what that is? Go to their website, it will get you fired up. To lazy to be bothered, buy a bottle of this! 5 different varietals from 12 different vineyard sites, blended together to create their unique expression of the Swartland. The nose is broad and sappy with a pronounced mineral tang. The palate is rich with pure golden fruit and and dusty minerals that just linger and linger on it lip smacking finish.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
VN 91

2014 Mount Edward Estate "Morrison Vineyard" Riesling Lowburn Central Otago
Review Date: 09-10-2015
I am so sad that I finally tried a bottle of this, now that were are down to the very end of the vintage. This is a terrific bottle of Riesling. Coming in at under 12%ABV this light weight, full intensity Riesling sings! Lime zest, salty minerality and just a faint earthiness on the finish. All that backed up with slap you in the face acidity. I thought the wine evaporated it disappeared so quickly at dinner last night.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 TWR (Te Whare Ra) "Toru" White Blend Marlborough
Review Date: 09-09-2015
This could be a perfect Indian summer white. A fun field--vineyard 5182, to be exact--blend. This has the cool poise and drive of Riesling, the subtle richness of Pinot Gris and finishes with just enough of that Gewurztraminer spice. This is not a sweet wine, there is plenty of fruit and spice but no sugar--do not let the varietals scare you away. There is a lot going on here, but not in stuffy geeky way. Chill this down and drink it up!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart
RC 93

2013 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica
Review Date: 08-26-2015
One of my new favorite direct import producers. Every wine I have had from them is terrific. This year's offering is very aromatic, medium bodied, has delicate but pronounced minerality and a nice lingering finish. A delicious, versatile dinner wine.
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JS 92 VN 91

2010 Bolsignano "Grazia" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 08-26-2015
With so many great 2010 Brunellos available it would be all too easy to overlook this little gem. I would have--I had never heard of the producer until I saw it on the shelf. I am so glad that it was brought to my attention. This has everything that I want from Brunello: complex aromatics, multi-chromatic fruit, savory-earthy Tuscan spice, power, depth and most importantly, elegance. Wow!
Price: $49.95 Add To Cart
JS 95 WE 94

2013 Antech "Emotion" Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé
Review Date: 08-26-2015
Displays a surprising amount of elegance and refinement for such a modestly priced sparkling rosé. With generous bubbles and crisp flavors of strawberries, cherries and toast. This is a bottle for all occasions.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2012 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Lirac
Review Date: 08-26-2015
This is a fantastically balanced, surprisingly rich Lirac that puts most other wines from the region to shame. With dark fruit, subtle earthy tones, ripe tannins and lengthy finish, this is a must-have for anyone who enjoys Rhone wines.
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RP 90 WS 90

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 08-03-2015
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 Cart
WE 90

2013 Elephant Hill "Le Phant Rouge" Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 07-30-2015
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.

2013 Maison Idiart Sauvignon Blanc Touraine
Review Date: 06-21-2015
We just discovered this little jewel from the Loire Valley. Touraine Sauvignon is an exceptional value. Riper and fuller, than some of our other Value Loire white. Aromatic and fresh. This wine is all citrus and lemongrass with mouth-watering acidity and just enough mouthfeel to round out the texture. A great everyday white, especially now that summer is here.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2012 Lyeth Sonoma County Meritage
Review Date: 05-30-2015
Dark fruit, a touch of spice, oak and chocolate on a medium to full bodied palate with moderate tannins and respectable length. All for $15? You betcha, this is one of the best deals in CA red here at K&L.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
Review Date: 05-30-2015
This is no ordinary Cava. There is a good percentage of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are used in the blend. What that means is that there is breadth and depth to this sparkler that you do not find in similarly priced Cavas. Mix that with clean fruit tones, a moderate amount of yeastiness and a classic Brut finish and you get one of K&L's best sparkling values.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2009 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 05-30-2015
One of our best deals in Spain. Medium bodied with dark red fruits accented with spicy oak and earth, a classic Rioja. Where this wine stands out is the intensity of its flavors, it has the persistence and depth of a wine more than twice its price.
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2013 Broadley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-30-2015
Always a favorite producer from the Willamette. With dark red berries and spicy notes. Round, delicate fruit is balanced with bright acid and a touch of tannin. Good depth and nice finish this wine does not disappoint.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Ponzi Willamette Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-24-2015
This is reminiscent of a Marsannay Rose with its concentration and structure, but with more exuberant aromatics and a ripe fresh fruit that pops on the palate. The nose is watermelon, subtle red berries and a delicate floral element, this wine smells like summer! Light and refreshing on the palate with vein of savory extract that makes all the fruit dance on your palate, just like a sprinkle of salt on fresh fruit. This will not last for long, you will want to buy several bottles, I have.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2012 Penley Estate "Phoenix" Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra
Review Date: 03-13-2015
This is a ridiculous value. Cabernet with structure, complexity, and depth; and it is only $16! Try to find a Cab with similar characteristics from CA for the same price and originating in some of the best Cabernet soils in the world. This is delicious now and it will only get better over the next few years.

2012 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-26-2015
Full Throttle Napa Cab from the people who bring you Quintessa. Dark fruited with plenty of spicy oak and chocolate notes. Rich and opulent, this with is super enjoyable now but still has places to go.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 RP 90

2007 Bodegas Puelles Rioja Reserva
Review Date: 02-25-2015
It is almost too easy to overlook this wine when we have the 1999 Gran Reserva on the shelf at the same time. That would be a huge mistake. This wine offer a freshness and power that the other does not have. While the red and dark fruits of the wine are starting to dry, there is still freshness that gives it some pop. It also posses the classic leather and spice of Rioja. Drink it now or hold for a while, this is another great deal from Bodegas Puelles.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2012 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-24-2015
This is classic Sonoma Cab. Dark red fruit, a touch of chocolate and spicy oak. Lush on the palate with just enough tannin to give it heft but no edges.
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Jean-Louis Denois "Tradition" Extra Brut Reserve
Review Date: 08-31-2012
Champagne in all but name? Aged 18 months on it lees, just like NV Champagne. Made by a wine maker trained in Champagne. Grapes grown, well not in Champagne but that's why we can sell it for $15! Toasty, nutty and dry with just a hint of red berries. Buy this buy the case and drink it every night.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Jean-Louis Denois Pinot Noir Brut Rosé
Review Date: 08-31-2012
This is always the first wine from Denois to disappear. Good mouse and great pinot flavor can you ask for more? Yes, and reasonably priced!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Michel Dervin Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-29-2012
Blanc de Noirs for a song! Dried stone fruits, brioche on the nose and palate. Concentrated and very dry this is an under- valued over achieving wine.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

Philippe Gonet Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 12-28-2011
This is classic Gonet, very elegant; with a new twist 100% Pinot! Intense red berry fruit with a floral hint and just a touch of savory to tie it all together. Elegant and intense, that is just what I want in a bottle of Rose Champagne!

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-29-2011
This is the go to value Champagne here at K&L. Dry, toasty with subtle fruit notes. Everything you want from Champagne except for the price tag!
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

Arran 10 year old Single Island Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 03-29-2011
I often overlook this Single malt; it is easy to do when looking at our shelves, but after trying this recently, no more. This small independently owned distillery is new, just about 15 years old. Their entry level whisky should be in everyone’s liquor cabinet. Medium rich with a great blend of both Bourbon and Sherry barrels; this is a whisky with no edges. It as easygoing and comfortable as a broken-in lay-z-boy. Perfect for kicking back and forgetting about your day, it will not challenge you with its complexity but indulge you with caramel, crème Brule, heather and a touch of apple.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-28-2011
This is one of the best non-vintage bubbles we have. Complex and dry, this does not need a special occasion!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 12-28-2010
Party bubbles. A touch darker than you'd expect. Dark fruits fine bubbles and a crisp finish.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-28-2010
A great bottle of bubbles. Rich and very dry this Blanc de Noirs is perfect dinner Champagne.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 12-28-2010
Super dry bubbles. This does more than flirt with being austere. That being said, "thank you mistress, may I have another?"
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Fleury Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 12-28-2010
This is like drinking sparkling red burgundy. Surprise power, depth and subtlety. Worth every penny.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-06-2010
This is no ordinary rose. Yes, it is beautifully colored, has a great mouse, and is just too easy to drink but there is something else going on here as well. In one word, complexity. This is like drinking beautiful sparkling Burgundy. Wonderful aromatics, multidimensional fruit, a round, generous mid-palate and great length, this is more than special occasion Champagne, this is indulgent, you deserve it, treat yourself (family and friends optional) Champagne!
Price: $72.99 Add To Cart
VN 92 WS 92

Sorelle Bronca Prosecco DOCG
Review Date: 06-23-2010
This is the best off dry Prosecco in the shop, quite possibly the best Prosecco! Clean and pure with just a hint of spice and the right touch of sweetness. This is the perfect wine for almost every occasion!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

1999 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-23-2010
This is the bottle of Bordeaux you should take home for dinner tonight! Perfectly aged, medium bodied with soft fruit that is accented with underbrush and tobacco and earth. The tannins are mature and round, the time is right for this bottle.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Sorelle Bronca "Particella 68" Prosecco
Review Date: 12-17-2009
This is the best Prosecco that we sell. Period. It has a richness on the mid-palate that you typically do not find, but more importantly the flavors are pure, clean and delightful. An open bottle is an empty bottle.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 ST 90

2004 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 11-19-2009
This is the first vintage that I have tried from this producer, and wow! This is the real deal at a great price. Dark pure fruits that are supported by great tannins and acid. The finish build with the classic sotto bosco that you would expect from Brunello. Good now with a rich meal but will get better with a few more years in bottle.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
ST 90 WE 90

La Caudrina "La Selvatica" Asti
Review Date: 07-09-2009
This is the best Asti I have ever had! It is happy in a glass. Text book Muscat aromatics but softer, prettier, almost elegant. Perfumy but in a sofisticated way. Light round and soft on the palate with a delicate sweetness. I have drunk more of this just by itself, it never seems to last until the cheese or dessert course!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart
GR 2