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Kirk Walker

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2015 Fromm "La Strada" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 07-29-2016
Another facet of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has subtle concentration and richness, minerality and great cut. It is not your typical lush, grassy Sauvy, in fact we sell Sancerres that can only dream of being this good!

2014 Oakridge Estate "Willowlake Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 07-29-2016
This wine is "Burgundian" but that is such a loaded and sometimes misleading term. I would rather say we have Chardonnay wines in the store, made in Burgundy, that are "Yarra Vallian". Better yet they wish they were more like this wine! Focus, purity, subtle richness, complexity and length you typically have to spend $40 or more to get a Burgundy that delivers all that wine wine does.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JH 97

2015 Neyers "304" Sonoma County Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-07-2016
This is a natural beauty of California Chardonnay. By that I mean that it is not hiding behind any toasty oak. Ripe clean fruit that backed with just the right amount of leesy richness.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2004 Heitz Cellar "Trailside" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-07-2016
Beautiful older Napa Cab, just what you would expect from Heitz. This wine dances on the palate, it seamlessly integrates bright red fruits with tobacco, spice and leather. It is full bodied but the tannins are polished and elegant. This has lots life left in it but it will be hard to keep you hands off of it.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart

2013 Green & Red "Tip Top Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 07-07-2016
This is the Green and Red Zin with the most intrigue, the most spice, the most texture and structure. Great old school Napa Zin. A mixture of dark berries and lifted red fruits, the play out with wild herbs and pepper spice on a long finish.
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W&S 94

2012 Keenan "Reserve" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-07-2016
I thought that the regular Napa cab was great, this is way better. All Spring Mountain fruit and it shows. This has structure, richness and length. Lots of dark berry and dark cherry notes with this intriguing spice note which I will call Spring Mountain spice. There is a lot of wine here, and not for the faint of heart if you drink it when it is young. This will be a classic wine, hold for a decade plus.

2012 Keenan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-07-2016
What a treat. The nose is rich with lots of dark red fruits and a wild spicy tone. On the palate it starts of with bright red fruits that slowly darken to a dusty berries. This wine is built, great tannins and structure with a long tobacco spice finish. Really good now, I's this will be even better in 5-10 years!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
VN 93 RP 90

2012 Storybook Mountain "Mayacamas Range" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 07-07-2016
This is the classic, the first wine that comes to mind when thinking about the winery and the exemplar of the house style, structured. I like to describe it as Zin made like Cabernet rather than fruit compote. Brambly dark fruit with snap, lots of spice that hangs of good tannic structure. It is full and bright with a long lingering finish.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
CG 90

2012 Wakefield (Taylor's) "St. Andrews" Single Vineyard Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
Review Date: 06-27-2016
This, like the Jaraman, is a ridiculous value. But it is playing a completely different game: this wine is in the big leagues and it is ready to compete with the best of the best. This is a dark and rich, full-bodied Shiraz, with lots of bright complex red fruits that are wrapped in exquisitely polish oak. This wine is built to impress and that is what it does. It will require a little decanting, an hour or so, but be patient. It is totally worth it.

2013 Wakefield (Taylor's) "Jaraman" Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley South Australia
Review Date: 06-26-2016
I know we have been conditioned to Shiraz when it comes to Australia, but I am starting to think Cabernet. This year has been ridiculous for Australian Cabernet at K&L...At all price points, but on the value side especially. The Jaraman is continuing with the new tradition. It has a great nose, dark and red fruits backed with a eucalyptus note. The palate it no ripe fruit bomb, rather it is full but linear, showcasing restraint and brightness. Flavors of dark cherry, cassis, tobacco and a hint of mineral. There is nothing locally made that can compete with this wine at this price point.
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JH 94 RP 90

2014 Neyers "Chuy's Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-23-2016
White Burgundy from California. If I were served this wine blind, I would guess that it was white Burgundy. The aromatics of Golden delicious apple, delicate white flowers, mineral and soft vanilla tone. The palate is broad but not heavy. it has sneaky richness that is balanced with great acidity. It has a long mouthwatering finish. Really special CA Chardonnay. Let it breath, decant for at least 30 minutes.
Price: $41.99 Add To Cart

2014 Neyers "Evangelho Vineyard" Contra Costa County Carignane
Review Date: 06-21-2016
This wine pops. It is intensely colored and the fruit and spice aromatics leap out of the glass. On the palate it has lots of sappy red fruits, and berry flavors that are heavily spiced with herbal spice and pepper. This is a summertime in the back yard grilling and BBQing kind of wine. Or if you cannot do that, at least it will put you in that head space.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2012 Keenan Napa Valley Merlot
Review Date: 06-20-2016
This is Merlot made by people who love Merlot, and it shows. Keenan is always my "go to" Napa Merlot. It is pure, complex, and structured. Dark red fruit leap from the glass, peppered with spice and earth. This is not fleshy and soft but rather poised and linear. While you can drink this as a cocktail you should serve it with steak.
Price: $35.99 Add To Cart
W&S 91

2012 Brown Estate Chiles Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 06-20-2016
Bright and very spicy; very Chiles Valley. Rich, complex, textured, and balanced; very Brown Estate. This a great wine, for me that is. Anytime/any wine when you spend almost more time trying to tease apart the aromatic than you spend tasting the wine, it is great. The best thing is, it is not a cerebral wine, it is meant to be enjoyed! Let the cork dorks sniff away, the rest of you drink up it is lip-smacking good.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

2012 White Rock Napa Valley Claret
Review Date: 06-20-2016
This is a vibrant, complex blend with good texture and better length. Bright red fruits with floral and tobacco tones on the nose. The flavors are a little darker with lush tannins and a little spice. This wine sings.
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2014 Green & Red "Catacula Vineyard" Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 06-20-2016
Not your typical California SB. Yes it has plenty of citrus fruit, a faint whiff of grassiness, a hint of vanilla. It is light bodied, with a little extra texture from lees contact, but there is more extract. There is a darker, almost apricot-like note, with snap and texture. While this would be a great aperitif, this is an even better dinner wine.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2013 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-20-2016
One of the best values that you will find from the 2013 vintage. High-toned dark red fruit with layers of aromatic complexity: dark cherry, pomegranate?, dusty herbs, minerals and subtle oak spicing. On the palate it is darker, with plenty of structure to support the rich, brambly, spicy fruit. This will be a go-to Cab for as long as it is on the shelves.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2015 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 06-18-2016
A perfect summer sipper! Citrus fruit backed with a more reserved tropical note. Light, bright and fresh.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Neyers "El Novillero" Carneros Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-17-2016
This wine has a dramatic range of flavors from delicate pear, to caramelized pineapple, delicate mineral to butterscotch. There is the right amount of creaminess that acts a lubricant taking your from fresh fruit to lush almost dessert tones. This a classic rich and full CA Chardonnay that handles it weight as if it were a professional dancer.
Price: $41.99 Add To Cart

2012 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-17-2016
Pure dark cherry fruit with a touch or earth and sweet spice on the nose. On the palate it pops with bright cherry and slowly starts to darken, and deepen with dark cherry, spice and earth all on top of super fine tannins. Classic Heitz, long, elegant and subtle.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2014 Neyers "Placida Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-17-2016
I knew I was going to love this wine at first sniff. Sappy, spicy, floral, wild strawberries, soft oak spice; all of which is very intense but delicate at the same time. How can you not like that? On the palate the wine has that same paradoxical nature bright delicate fruit, strawberries and rhubarb, that it lifted and jump right out at you. Then slowly the richness builds with dark fruit and oak spice appearing from the periphery. The wine mouth watering acidity gives it great length and the flavors seem to roll over and over again on and on.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2013 Brown Estate "Chaos Theory" Napa Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 06-16-2016
Built to thrill or a party in a glass, but nothing that you'll regret tomorrow. With Zin, Cab and a little Petite Sirah, this is rich, spicy and complex. It is busy but not loud and full but not heavy. It tastes a little too good and goes a little to fast. We need more wines like this.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2014 Amici Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-15-2016
A Sonoma beauty. Cool apple, pear fruit notes with a hint of pastry, vanilla and spice. Full on the palate with nice rounded texture that is balance with good acidity. With flavors that range from apple turnover to lemon bars, my mouth is watering just thinking about this wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 WE 90

2013 Green & Red "Chiles Mill Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 06-15-2016
Old school Napa Zin. Hillside vineyards, high enough that you would think twice before not climbing them, you have to like where this is starting off point. This is a full and rich Zin with plenty of "mountain spice". For me what make this stand apart from the rest are the tannins. This is a wine with plenty of tannic structure, it carries and lifts the fruit and spice. This is a wine with plenty of character that moves with a slow deliberate grace. Old school.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart

2014 White Rock Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-15-2016
A very refined Napa Chardonnay. A wine that has restrained richness and intensity that is driven by fresh acidity. Citrus, apple and stone fruit aromatics with a touch of oak. On the palate it is long and intense with cool fruits and a very subtle touch of oak. Like everything they do at white rock, it is an incredible old world interpretation of Napa.
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart

2014 Brown Estate Napa Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 06-10-2016
A show-stopper of a Zin, with a deep nose with lots of brambly red fruits and dark berries and spice. Rich and full with a round mouthfeel, polished tannins, and good acidity. This wine deftly carries all of its intensity through to a very fine finish. It is hard not to drink it now, but having recently tried the '97, do yourself a favor and buy a few extra for later!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2015 Spottswoode Napa-Sonoma Counties Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 06-10-2016
In a sea of intense rich Chardonnays, this stands out like a lighthouse on a dark and stormy night. The aromatics are bight and lighted with apple, melon, citrus and just a hint of that "wildness" that you sometimes find in Sauvignon Blanc. It has great intensity on the palate, with a touch of creaminess that rounds out and almost seems to focus all the fruit tones. This is one of the best expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, period.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2012 Storybook Mountain Vineyards ''Antaeus" Napa Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 06-10-2016
If I were asked to give one wine to someone who wanted to know what Napa Valley red wine is all about, this would be it. It is the past present and future and it is affordable. The past is the beautiful dark berry Zin with its accompanying spice. The present is the Cab, Merlot and Petit Verdot with their structure, lift and richness. And the future is the marrying of of the two. A wine for all wine lovers, it is accessible, layered and deep, suitable for dinner or your cellar.
Price: $42.99 Add To Cart
CG 93

2013 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 06-10-2016
Best value Cab that we have right now? Probably. This wine really delivers. Bright dark berry fruit, laced with minerality, spice and a whiff of something herbal. Medium tannins and fresh acidity, this wine has great balance and pops.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 WS 92

2014 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-10-2016
Clean and elegant Chardonnay, as it should be, seeing where it is coming from. It smells of Honeycrisp apples, lemon and a subtle pastry note (lemon bars?!). It is medium bodied, and it is here where you pick up a light touch of oak and the fruit is just a little riper. Clean and persistent, this is a very nice aperitif or dinner wine.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart

2014 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 06-10-2016
Holy Moly! This is great Pinot. It has everything, aromatics, texture, complexity and length. If you want to focus on one of these: texture. This wine, with some decanting, is seamless. Somewhere between crushed velvet and silk. It is the perfect medium for the dark berry, mineral and spice notes. This is luxury Pinot Noir that is very affordable.

2012 Terra Sancta "Mysterious Diggings" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 06-10-2016
Nose of crushed raspberries and strawberries. Snappy, light-bodied Pinot with red fruits, sweet spice and a hint of something savory. Mild, polished tannins. This wine glides across the palate.
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JS 92 VN 90

2012 Terra Sancta "Estate" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago
Review Date: 06-10-2016
This is a slightly bigger more intense expression than the Mysterious Diggings. Brighter, snapper fruits veer more towards cherry. More polish, more length, and a little more breadth across the palate.

2009 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-09-2016
Classic. This is everything that it should be and more, it's Martha's. Lifted dark red fruits, a touch of earth, and nice spice accents. It is full bodied with darker fruits than the nose would suggest. Nice richness that is supported by good dusty tannins. A great finish that just goes and goes. It is so good you wouldn't mind getting run over by a mini van after tasting it.
Price: $189.99 Add To Cart
VN 93

2014 Ladera Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 06-08-2016
Classic Napa Valley SB. This does not want to be anything other than what it is, and I love it for that. Green apple, melon and citrus fruits on the nose, no grassyness (this is Napa not Marlborough), no stoniness (this is not the Loire). Medium bodied with a small amount of barrel fermentation to round it out. It finished bright and clean. Late summer in a glass!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2013 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 06-01-2016
It is crazy to think that this is a second wine. This wine has more structure, complexity and polish than most wines that are significantly more expensive. While "Bordeaux blend" is often used to describe the varietals used in a blend, it almost never make me think of Bordeaux wine. Here is does, this is Napa Valley Bordeaux. Dark fruits, earthy mineral tones, cigar box; sounds like Bordeaux right, wrong its Napanook. This has great concentration and structure, drink it now or cellar it for a decade. Just like a great Bordeaux, only better? Once you taste this you'll understand where I am coming from. Oh, and by the way, all the grapes for this wine come from the same vines as Dominus.
Price: $79.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 97 VN 95 RP 93
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2014 Andrew Murray "Tous les Jours" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah
Review Date: 05-31-2016
This is a rich and juicy Syrah with lots of dark cherry and blackberry fruit accented with soft tannins, a little smoke and a hint of herbal spice. Grilled meat anyone?
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
WE 92

2012 White Rock Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-31-2016
A dazzling Cabernet. The aromatics are worth the price alone. It is so pure and clean and so complex and you'll spend minutes nosing this wine before you remember to take your first sip, and then you will wonder why it took you so long to try it in the first place. This wine is 100% Napa but it has an old world soul, it is the perfect combination of great Napa and great Bordeaux. Bright, complex, aromatic, savory, long, structured, pure.... words fail.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
VN 92

2012 Keenan Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc
Review Date: 05-31-2016
This is what Napa Cabernet Franc should be. Not wanna be Merlot not Cabernet Sauvignon light, but honest Cab Franc. Aromatics that jump out of the glass, red and dark berries spice and earth almost as if it were perfumed. Medium to full bodied with just enough oak to frame the fruit and polish the tannin without overwhelming it. The dark zesty fruit lingers with a touch of spice on the finish. Yes it is not inexpensive but it is worth every penny.
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RP 90

2012 Storybook Mountain "Reserve" Estate Napa Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 05-31-2016
I cannot remember the last time I had a Zin that evoked this response from me. It has very ripe fruit, think warm from the sun fresh from the vine, ripe. The purity of the fruit is enhanced by the spice, it is very spicy but is a pleasant herbal vegetal sense. It is full but in a linear way, more Cab like than what you normal think of Zin. Good tannins, good acidity this is a wine of structure, fruit and complexity. Drink now but this is a Zin for the ages.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
W&S 94 CG 90

2013 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 05-31-2016
This is not a just a Rosso di Montalcino, most producers do not put the care and effort into a entry level wine. This is pure Sangiovese that has been polished with the help of a little French oak. High toned red fruit, Tuscan spice and minerals, oak spice, and soft tannins. This wine will elevate any meal.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 90

2012 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-31-2016
A full-bodied Cabernet from Napa for people who do not want to sacrifice balance for power. Not that it lacks intensity, rather it focuses it. Lot's of dark berry, cassis, spicy oak tones that play out long on the palate rather than bold and juicy and then fade away. A serious wine for a serious meal.
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart
WE 91 WS 90

2014 Boekenhoutskloof "The Wolftrap" Red Western Cape
Review Date: 05-31-2016
A South African "Cotes-du-Rhone", and quite possible the best Cotes du Rhone, for the money, that we have in the store. Dark berries, red fruit, a touch of spice, smoke, soft tannins and hint of earth.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2012 Koan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-31-2016
This wine delivers a $70 California Cabernet experience for almost half the price. It has the blackberry, cassis, smoke, earth, and spice. It is full bodied with polished tannins, and enough acidity to lift the flavors and a long lingering finish. It is very expressive wine, showing power and restraint.
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2012 Gundlach Bundschu "Mountain Cuvée" Sonoma County Red Blend
Review Date: 05-31-2016
Claret with a California twist. Rich dark fruit, full bodied with soft tannins and hints of savory and sweet spices. Perfect for BBQ, grilled or smoked meats, or take out burgers!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2013 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "La Réserve d'O" Terrasses du Larzac
Review Date: 05-31-2016
This wine is something special. It has a sense of place, complexity, nice texture, real depth and is organic/biodynamic. While reasonably priced this wine will repay medium term cellaring, but it really just wants to be enjoyed slowly. Let this wine open up and savor it with friends.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Rosé Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 05-31-2016
This is always my favorite wine from this producer. Bright red berries, delicate floral tones, light bodied, and lip smackingly refreshing. Summer is here!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2014 Spellbound California Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-31-2016
Everyday, sometimes twice a days, California Chardonnay! Value priced but lacking nothing. Barrel fermented, this wine has body, mouth-feel, and depth. lots of apple, pear, vanilla and toast, this wine has everything without being heavy handed.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2014 Sirkel (Scali) Chenin Blanc Voor-Paardeberg Paarl
Review Date: 04-30-2016
I don't know how to start this so.... think South African Savennières, that is super enjoyable when young. It has lots of mineral, apple, pear and a floral note. The fruit is fleshier and fresher than any young Savennières. This a crazy good Chenin Blanc.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2010 La Prevostura "Muntacc" Coste della Sesia Rosso
Review Date: 04-27-2016
This could be my favorite Piedmontese wine in the store right now, regardless of price. This wine is a go to for anyone who wants to drink Nebbiolo tonight, even though it is not 100% Nebbiolo. Dark fruit, mineral, spice, earth, a floral tone do you want anything else? Oh yeah, friendly tannins. There is no need to age this wine, you could and it will get better but drink it up.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

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