Staff Favorites - Ryan Woodhouse

Ryan Woodhouse


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2014 Giant Steps "Applejack Vineyard" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
Review Date: 10-19-2016
A wonderfully wild and aromatic Pinot Noir. There is a deliciously intriguing underbrush or briary note to this wine that transports it to realms of complexity and depth uncommon for this price point. Every swirl of the glass bring out new characters: bramble, sandalwood, sage, forest berries, some savory smoky notes and a hint of gaminess. Then come toasted spices, riper red fruit and some lifted whole cluster ferment notes. Really complex, fascinating wine. On the palate it's energetic, lithe and polished; an elegant wine with lovely natural acidity and refined structure. This is delicious now but I think it will only get better with time and I wouldn't mind betting this will be a top-notch 10-year wine. Not a blockbuster fruit bomb style; rather a wine that really evokes the true nature of Pinot Noir with all of its complex facets and dimensions.
Top Value!

2014 Giant Steps "Sexton Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
Review Date: 10-18-2016
I have long been a fan of the Giant Steps wines but this 2014 Sexton Vineyard Chard might be the best yet I have seen from them. It combines the typical flinty mineral tones I expect from the wine but also seems to have an extra textural element and concentration to the fruit. There is a real drive and persistence to the wine's flavors of golden tree fruits, baked pear, toasted barley, tangerine peel and wet stone minerals. Fluid and assertive on the palate with real presence and verve; it goes on and on. Seriously good stuff.
Top Value!

2014 Te Mata "Cape Crest" Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 10-12-2016
Back again a perennial favorite at K&L the Te Mata "Cape Crest" Sauvignon Blanc. This is no typical NZ Savvy; this is white Bordeaux in disguise; think Dom. Chevalier Blanc. Here we have a fully barrel-fermented wine consisting of Sauvignon Blanc (85%) with contributions from Semillon and Sauvignon Gris. The composition is actually a reflection of Te Mata's mature vineyards (25-30yrs) that are actually inter-planted field blends of these varietals draped across the slopes of the Havelock Hills. The fruit here is concentrated and ripe expressing yellow tree fruits, nectarine, poach pear and lilikoi with a subtle citrus cut. The French oak fermentation adds spice, texture and a rich yeast / lees component elevating the wine to another level. The presence and length on the palate is astounding. Whilst drinking beautifully now prior experience tells me this is also a wine that will only continue to improve with mid-term cellaring...I have some 2011 Cape Crest that is just singing right now. This is a very serious wine for a very economical price point. We have sold out of this wine fast in all prior vintages at K&L and it has amassed quite a loyal following with our customers and staff alike. Don't miss it.
Top Value!

2014 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 10-12-2016
The second wine to the great Te Mata "Coleraine." This wine is made from the same vineyards, made in the same cellars, with the same techniques as the mighty, multiple 100-point Coleraine. It is simply one of the best bargains around in Cab and Cab-based blends. The 2014 Awatea finds the perfect balance between power and restraint. There are rich Cabernet flavors of plum, cassis and blackcurrant but also whiffs of tobacco, cedar and pencil shavings (quite Pauillac like I think). The wine has lovely upfront fruit but also considerable structure and integrated tannins; that means it can stand up to a few years in the cellar or the heftiest cut of steak you can muster. If you enjoy more classic renditions of Napa Cab or Left Bank Bordeaux, you owe it to yourself to check out this wine—it will reset how some people perceive NZ wine...this is a game-changing bottle.
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Baron Fuente "Esprit" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-07-2016
Another highlight of a recent Blanc De Blanc tasting...The Baron Fuente Esprit BdB doesn't come from where you typically find Chardonnay planted in Champagne (Cote de Blanc) fact this property actually lies so far west it's within the Paris district! Nevertheless it is loaded with all the freshness and minerality I expect from BdB plus Baron Fuente's signature richness of texture. Ummmm good stuff.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Boulard-Bauquaire "Trepail" Brut Blanc de Blancs Vieilles Vignes Champagne
Review Date: 10-06-2016
This was the highlight of a recent Blanc De Blanc tasting at K&L. This wine is so fine, aromatic and complex. I just loved the delicate floral aromas, lingering minerals and elegant texture this wine expressed. Just remarkable quality for a small grower Champagne of this pedigree and from an old vine parcel to boot. Awesome!
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2013 Shaw + Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills
Review Date: 09-29-2016
Stunning Shiraz from the cooler coastal region of Adelaide Hills. What I love about this wine is that it captures the power and richness of Aussie Shiraz but with very aromatic, lifted tones of violets, baking spice and subtle smoky nuances harping back to the grape's northern rhone roots. There is plenty of soft, succulent fruit here but it's balanced by lovely natural acidity and some savory complexity. A great relationship with the importer means we can offer you this knockout Shiraz sub $30!
Top Value!

2013 Plantagenet Chardonnay Mount Barker Western Australia
Review Date: 09-15-2016
This would be very impressive Chardonnay at twice the price! I can't believe the deal we got on this 95 point Chard. This bottling comes from Plantagenet's oldest blocks of vines planted in the late 1960s — early 1970s. This is a wine of great concentration and power yet it retains bright, fresh, energetic acidity as the best Chardonnays do. Toasty, nutty aromas lead into baked orchard fruit, nougat, buttered toast and pie crust. The initial and mid-palate are quite rich and broad but as the wine flows across the palate some more citric elements lift the wine to a juicy, mouthwatering finish. Serious, complex and balanced Chardonnay at ridiculously low pricing thanks to our special end of vintage deal.
Top Value!

2015 Arboleda Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa
Review Date: 08-10-2016
There is really great value in this very complete little Chardonnay. I wasn't familiar with the producer or region when our South American buyer Joe showed me this wine but I was immediately impressed by its balance of richness and restraint and good persistence on the palate. The flavors are in the orchard fruit spectrum with nice cashew like lees personality. Lots of class and length at a bargain price.
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DC 95 JS 93

2014 Tongue in Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley North Canterbury
Review Date: 08-10-2016
Fantastic Pinot yet again from Tongue in Groove. These guys are on a tear right now making some of the most compelling and delicious Pinot in NZ. Fruit is hand selected from a vineyard with limestone rich clay soils. This has wonderful aromatic lift, floral tones, musk, woodsy spices and wet clay. The fruit is deep, rich and succulent, a broad texture, perfect extract and whole bunch derived structure and length elongating the whole thing on the palate and adding a wild "sauvage" character. Mineral inflections linger in the long, powerful finish with a kiss of French oak. This is very serious Pinot and a step up from last years more pure fruited, easy drinking Cabal that was already a huge hit with our staff and customers. This edition has all the fruit and purity the 2013 had but adds another layer of complexity and structure on top. Just awesome.
Top Value!

2013 Crystallum "Peter Max" Pinot Noir Hemel-en-Aarde Walker Bay
Review Date: 08-01-2016
This wine shows South Africa’s potential with this varietal. Dusty raspberries and pomegranate fruit; a deliciously savory wine with wild herbs and smoky meaty nuances; some sweeter berries emerge with air. Very elegant with defined acidity begging for food. Seriously classy Pinot Noir with lovely balance and texture.
Top Value!
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RP 90

2013 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-01-2016
Ripping good Cab for the money. Fresh blackcurrant, briary notes, some toasty oak. The palate has good weight, richness and texture. The tannins are ripe and fine but give nice presence on the finish. I like how the rich fruit plays well with some of the leafy, green tobacco notes and says: "hey - I'm a real bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon". This has genuine varietal character that is lost in so many CA Cabs these days.
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JS 91

2013 Olema Sonoma County Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-01-2016
Miraculous CA Chard for the price. The guys at Amici really over deliver with the Olema wines. This is easy drinking, fruit forward, subtly oaked Chardonnay with nice purity and restraint. An all rounder that will suit many occasions and palates.
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2014 Radley & Finch Cabernet Sauvignon Western Cape
Review Date: 07-29-2016
I'm stoked on these new wines from Radley & Finch! The labels are quirky and fun but the wine inside is way more serious than the sub-$10 price point suggests. Radley & Finch is a new project / partnership between young gun, rising star winemaker Thinus Krüger and boutique S. African wine importer Pascal Schildt. Basically they got sick of cheap, poorly made S. African wines flooding the market and decided to do something about it. Thinus makes the majestic FRAM wines that we also sell at K&L and has access to great fruit. Pascal has the know how to get the wines here economically so we can sell this premium juice at super sharp price points. The Cabernet is fruit forward and juicy with soft tannins and some nice varietal tobacco, wintergreen, charred oak characters alongside the primary fruit. Perfect for burgers fresh off the grill or carne asada tacos.
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2015 Radley & Finch Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape
Review Date: 07-29-2016
I'm stoked on these new wines from Radley & Finch! The labels are quirky and fun but the wine inside is way more serious than the sub-$10 price point suggests. Radley & Finch is a new project / partnership between young gun, rising star winemaker Thinus Krüger and boutique S. African wine importer Pascal Schildt. Basically they got sick of cheap, poorly made S. African wines flooding the market and decided to do something about it. Thinus makes the majestic FRAM wines that we also sell at K&L and has access to great fruit. Pascal has the know how to get the wines here economically so we can sell this premium juice at super sharp price points. The Sauv Blanc is a zesty citrus driven wine with clementine, mandarin and zippy acidity. Some subtle herbaceous edges are balanced out by a dash of Chenin Blanc in the blend that adds depth and texture. Porch pounder / summer sipper...have at it!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2015 Radley & Finch Chenin Blanc Western Cape
Review Date: 07-29-2016
I'm stoked on these new wines from Radley & Finch! The labels are quirky and fun but the wine inside is way more serious than the sub-$10 price point suggests. Radley & Finch is a new project / partnership between young gun, rising star winemaker Thinus Krüger and boutique S. African wine importer Pascal Schildt. Basically they got sick of cheap, poorly made S. African wines flooding the market and decided to do something about it. Thinus makes the majestic FRAM wines that we also sell at K&L and has access to great fruit. Pascal has the know how to get the wines here economically so we can sell this premium juice at super sharp price points. The Chenin Blanc has all the varietal character you would expect in a more expensive bottle. Ripe yellow stone fruit, white peach, yellow plum and Graham Cracker / pie crust lees nuances; with a stoney granite mineral infused finish. Juicy, easy, quaffable and classy - a steal for every night drinking.
Top Value!
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2012 Seresin "Rachel" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 07-29-2016
Very impressive Pinot from Seresin. This is serious, deep, structured Pinot made to age and develop in bottle. Tasting great right now but has a long life ahead still. From select parcels of fruit in all three of Seresin's estate vineyards but mostly from Raupo Creek vineyard in the southern valleys. Lots of saturated dark fruit, earth, truffle and leaf litter. Powerful but not in a brawny or over-extracted way. Certainly not a fruit bomb style, just one of depth, layers and concentration. A really engaging, complex bottle of Pinot.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2014 Momo (Seresin) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 07-29-2016
This has long been one of my go-to Marlborough Sauvs. Seresin are certified organic and biodynamic and have a fantastic estate bridging the Renwick and Southern Valleys subregions of Marlborough. This wine incorporates a dash of barrel fermented Semillon to add texture and intrigue. The entire wine is very naturally made with wild yeast ferments and minimal intervention. The best thing is that this vintage the price has actually decreased allowing us to sell this little beauty under $20! It's now ever easier to recommend to anyone.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
BC 92

2015 Rogers and Rufus Grenache Rosé Barossa (Dry)
Review Date: 07-27-2016
Inspired by the great Grenache-based rosés of southern France, the Rogers & Rufus takes the fruit purity and mineral intensity these old vines give and sharpens it into a wonderfully precise and dry rosé. One of the more complex rosé wines I have tasted from the 2015 vintage. Exceptional value.
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2014 Oakridge Estate "Willowlake Vineyard" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley
Review Date: 07-25-2016
I love the delicacy of this Pinot Noir. If you are looking for a big "fruit bomb" Pinot...this isn't it. If you are curious about cool climate, elegant, balanced expressions of this majestic varietal...this is a pretty great place to look. Oakridge's wines are pure, restrained faithful expressions of vineyard site. This bottling shows the more feminine side of the varietal; the extraction is light, the fruit pure but not sappy or extracted. The wine expresses lots of the finer, more savory aspects of the grape with an array of fresh picked herbs, smoky spice, volcanic mineral tinges and leaf litter. For years now a bottle of Oakridge Pinot and a roast chicken has been a rite of passage at K&L in Redwood City...this great Willowlake bottling will no doubt continue that honored tradition.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JH 96

2015 Riposte "The Dagger" Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
Review Date: 07-22-2016
The nose on this wine lets you know exactly what's in store on the palate. It's literally bursting with vibrant, ripe berries, Christmas cake spice and raspberry compote. You can smell the bouquet inches from the glass. On the palate the wine has beautiful "pinosity" combining the sweet red fruits from the nose with some darker tinges and lovely soft, mellifluous texture. My favorite attribute of this wine (and it seems like a perennial achievement of Tim Knappstein) is how it combines ripeness of fruit profile without excessive extract or alcohol. The wine is pure and fruit forward but without being heavy; and the alcohol checks in at a balanced 13.5%. This is such an easy drinking wine that will surely be a serious crowd-pleaser once again.
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JH 94

2014 Fromm Winery Riesling Spätlese Marlborough (Medium)
Review Date: 07-19-2016
A cult wine in NZ. Wonderfully pure citrus flavors, spiced ginger, jasmine and preserved lemon. Knife edge precision balancing sweetness with a focused beam of mineral-infused acidity. Infinitely quaffable…thankfully it’s only 7% alcohol. One of my favorite Rieslings from anywhere in the world.
Top Value!

2014 Fromm "La Strada" Syrah Marlborough
Review Date: 07-19-2016
This wine is all violets and peppered bacon. A wonderfully complex juxtaposition of floral tones and savory meaty aspects. Bright and vibrant on the palate. A must try for those who appreciate cool climate renditions of this varietal. Fromm is one of a few producers that make Syrah in the region (neighbors TWR a notable other) but once again with this wine they prove that not only is it possible to produce Syrah here...they can make GREAT Syrah here!
Top Value!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
SK 94 BC 93

2014 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 07-19-2016
Quite forward and richly fruited on the nose and palate; bright red berries, with darker edges, lovely generosity of flavor and texture. Toasted spices, warm earth and wild herb notes gain momentum with decanting. Fantastic Pinot drawn from some of the Marlborough’s best Pinot Noir sites delivered at a bargain price. Fromm's pedigree on display here.
Top Value!

2014 Palliser Estate Pinot Noir Martinborough
Review Date: 07-07-2016
Fantastic Pinot from this iconic Martinborough estate. Palliser are one of the founding wineries in this region and their pedigree shows in this wine. It has a perfect balance of fruit purity, generosity, restraint, savory aspects and minerality. Driven by perfumed and quite exotic ripe red fruits with some darker fruit and smoky spices in the background. A beautifully refined style with the freshness and dynamic energy this grape can possess. Really over delivers for the price point...a benchmark wine for pure "pinosity"!
Top Value!

2012 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 07-06-2016
A perfect example of how good some of the 2012s can be even at the low end of the price spectrum. This has great concentration and structure; classic left bank gravelly flavors, firm acidity and subtle barrel influence. Top value.
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WE 92

2014 S.C. Pannell Syrah Adelaide Hills South Australia
Review Date: 06-29-2016
It's always scary when a wine wins a huge award--how will it be judged in future vintages...? Will it ever be able to live up to that reputation? The 2013 of this wine won Australia's most coveted award - the "Jimmy." In a testament to Steve's integrity, the 10cs of the wine I had ordered just prior to the wine winning the award was still delivered to us and the price remained the same. When the award was announced the wine pretty much sold out overnight...the 120 bottles making their halfway around the world might have been the last unpurchased bottles in existence! That didn't last long...when they hit our shelves that sold in an instant. This follow up from Steve is at least the equal of its much revered predecessor. As another commentator notes here - "this could be a nose in front in terms of quality." The basics are the same, this is quintessential cool climate Syrah. Elegant, floral, packed with violets, spice, savory, smoky fruits and pipe tobacco. A lithe mid-weight palate with vibrant acidity and a beautiful openness / drinkability. The price has yet again remained the same and thanks to our direct import relationship this is a serious deal in world class Syrah.
Top Value!

2014 Oakridge Estate "Willowlake Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 06-29-2016
Without straying too far from the classic Oakridge style we have come to know and love, this bottling from Willowlake is just a whisker more generous that some previous single vineyard expressions. While remaining at just over 13% abv, the flavors are slightly riper here, with less citric cut and a dash more roundness to the palate. Still focused, with bright acidity and wonderful drive on the palate...I think this is one of the more "crowd friendly" Oakridge Chards we have had to date and it's got the score to prove it! Insane value from our direct relationship.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JH 97

2015 The Blacksmith "Barebones" Cinsault Swartland
Review Date: 06-29-2016
Super cool wine from an inspired young winemaker. This is a unique expression of Cinsault made very naturally (wild yeast, no fining, no filtration). Starting with some carbonic maceration to give the wine it's bright, aromatic lift and textural delicacy. Minimal maturation keeps everything fresh and juicy. The stems in the ferment add a nice tannic backbone and make this super food friendly...this is certainly going to be a staple for me with grilled pork and chicken this Summer / Fall. Something deliciously different and very affordable.
Top Value!
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2014 Corofin "Carter Ashmore Vineyard - North Corner" Chardonnay Marlborough
Review Date: 06-29-2016
Really classy Chardonnay from an intriguing old block of vines farmed (organically) by Dog Point. The Mendoza clone of Chardonnay that features here is famous for its ability to convey rich, complex, exotic flavors whilst maintaining precise and vibrant acidity. The clusters have a mixture and large and small berries, the latter being very concentrated with high acidity. The delicate winemaking of Corofin has simply allowed the detail of this site and this magnificent clone to shine. Rich but focused, subtle and refined. Nice savory lees notes complement the ripe orchard and golden stone fruit profile, nice toasty, pie crust like elements but without any excess fat or weight. The old vines bring Marlborough's deep alluvial stony soils into play in the mineral infused finish. Great stuff - but they only made two barrels!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RC 92 RP 90

2015 S.C. Pannell "Arido" Rosé Adelaide Hills
Review Date: 06-29-2016
Juicy ripe berries abound in this snappy little Rose. Perfect fresh picked Raspberries, bramble leaf, clove, spiced citrus peel and some softer Alpine Strawberry notes as it warms slightly in the glass. A lovely gentle texture on the palate, dry but not overly austere, celebrating the purity of fruit. The addition of the Pinot Meunier seems to add an extra dimension of complexity. Delish!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
JH 93

2014 S.C. Pannell "Old McDonald Vineyard" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 06-28-2016
One of the purest most dynamic expressions of this varietal I have ever tasted. Steve's absolute dedication to championing this grape is fully evident in every swirl of the glass and sip of this vinous nectar. Effusive aromatics of liquored berries, sweet spices, dark rose petals, cured meat savory nuances. On the palate the wine is remarkably refined, polished and pure. Mid-weight fruit, with lovely "fruit sweetness" but without any actual residual sugar. The extraction is perfectly measured and oak very subtle so as not to detract from the delicacies of fruit. In the tail the wine has just a swipe of those "fine, gritty tannins" that Steve describes adding a lovely textural cut and extra definition to the wine. Simply stunning - world class.
Top Value!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
JH 96 JS 96

Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Cask #76 K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 06-24-2016
We're all in agreement here at K&L, the Kavalan whiskies are straight up delicious. Whether one puts that down to the skill of the distiller, the shape of their still, the heat and humidity in which the barrels are matured or another multitude of variables that affect whisky is anyone's guess...but one thing's for sure...there is something magic here. The whiskies have texture and richness more akin to spirits at least twice their age. The integration of the barrel spice and the seamless feel they have on the palate is just awesome. If really pressed to declare a favorite of the three current casks I would pick this #76. However, to be honest, if I tasted them a third time I might have another favorite again. Each cask has something to offer, with just subtle nuances defining them. It's so awesome that we have access to doing single barrel cask strength bottlings with these guys...they're the real deal.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

2012 Wakefield (Taylor's) "St. Andrews" Single Vineyard Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
Review Date: 06-22-2016
One of the winningest wines to ever come from South Australia. This wine has garnered over 20 GOLD MEDALS at major wine awards both at home in Australia and overseas. It has also picked up some massive point scores to boot. The "St. Andrews Vineyard" Shiraz comes in part from some of the oldest vines on the estate planted as far back as the 1890s! Big, smoky dark fruits abound...exotic spice, sweet mocha oak tones, mouth coating lush fruit but also fine structure and enlivening natural acidity to balance all the luxurious fruit. This tastes expensive...very polished and finely tuned. Working directly with the importer means we can offer this significantly below the winery SRP...this is Cadillac Escalade shiraz at Honda Civic pricing.
Drink from 2012 to 2012

2013 Wakefield (Taylor's) "Jaraman" Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley South Australia
Review Date: 06-22-2016
Just a screaming deal in Cabernet. Wakefield (known as (Taylor's in Australia) is one of THE go-to Cab producers in the country. They are famous for knocking out delicious Cab at insane prices. We are now working direct with their USA importer to make these values even more astounding. This is big, rich, bold Cabernet that has lashings of black and blue fruit, dark chocolate, fresh picked mint and tobacco. The palate is juicy and rich with nice fine mouth coating tannins that bring real length and presence to the finish. Cab lovers rejoice...this quality costs you at least twice the price normally.
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JH 94 RP 90

2005 York Creek Spring Mountain District Petit Verdot
Review Date: 06-17-2016
A super inky, concentrated wine showing the typical power of this varietal. Many winemakers that work with Bordeaux grapes speak of how a little Petit Verdot in a blend goes a long way...well here is the 100% version...turned up to 11! Exotic purple fruit, cedar, spice, plummy fruit...mouth coating texture and concentration. A wine just bursting with life and richness. All of this exuberance is tempered just a touch by those classic mountain tannins.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2012 Paolo Caciorgna "N'Anticchia" Sicily Rosso
Review Date: 06-07-2016
Serious wine that deserves a place in anyone's cellar. Amazing purity as evidenced in all of Paolo's wines. Here there are just extra layers to the fruit and robust structure. This wine has immaculate balance; easily possesses the stuffing to age gracefully for 20 years...maybe more. You could almost treat this like a classic Nebbiolo-based wine, but it may even have a little more approachability in its youth. Top-notch stuff.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin 750ml
Review Date: 06-02-2016
The number one thing that impresses me about these Four Pillars gins is the textural richness they have. As gin is typically an un-aged spirit it can often be bursting with bright flavors but lacking any real softness or texture on the palate. Four Pillars has serious flavor and mouthfeel. The use of small copper pot stills instead of larger column stills has allowed this spirit to retain a rich round texture and the use of "whole" botanicals, right in the still means the flavors and super vibrant too. The last gin that got me this fired up was the Monkey 47...that gin was more than twice the price of this bottling...I'm loading up for summer!
Top Value!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin 750ml
Review Date: 06-02-2016
The big boy of the two Gins we have right now from Four Pillars is this "navy strength" number. As it says on the label: "stronger gin requires stronger flavors" and this certainly delivers on that! A huge burst of citrus flavor, eucalyptus hints, a sage(ish) savory element and big robust texture. I love that this gin not only has the flavor but also the textural mouth feel to balance the high 118 proof. Serious stuff that is taking our spirits world by storm.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2015 GeorgeTown Pinot Noir Rosé Central Otago
Review Date: 06-02-2016
Specially selected from one block of the vineyard and given a short soak on the skins to pick up this subtle salmon pink hue. This wine isn't your typical strawberries and cream rose; it's a bit more serious. Ripe stone fruit characters, bramble fruit, Raspberry, clove and nutmeg nuances. Lots of savory minerals and citrus bursts. Quite a presence on the palate. Lovely rose taken quite seriously.
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Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
BC 94

2015 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Rosé Central Otago
Review Date: 06-02-2016
The pure essence of Pinot Noir captured in a rose. Lifted forest berries, floral notes, spice, wild Thyme. Easy, juicy fruit on the palate but with lots of linear drive and intensity too. Finishes with real panache and schist minerals. An instant staff favorite at K&L (we're buying it all for ourselves)!
Top Value!
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2015 Fromm "La Strada" Rosé Marlborough
Review Date: 06-02-2016
Very classic strawberry and melon nose. Bramble fruit character and mulling spice. Lovely texture and presence on the palate. Dry, crisp, lip-smacking finish with moreish acidity. Great wine for the heat this summer...drink this now right through until Turkey Day! Yummm!
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Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
BC 93 SK 93

2015 Elephant Hill Tempranillo Rosé Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 06-02-2016
Complex rose. Lots of ground spice and peppercorn on the nose. Spiced orange peel, watermelon, strawberry leaf. Dry, very mineral and long on the palate. Super intriguing wine that keeps you going back for another taste.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2011 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 06-02-2016
Once again a great value for money from Lesmos. Classic combination of earthiness and fruit. Medium bodied, super versatile; a work horse wine that turns every night value into a much more engaging experience than you might think!
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Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2014 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 06-02-2016
After the massive success of the 2013 TWR Pinot I wasn't sure we (K&L) or they (TWR) could top this best selling wine that simply stole the hearts and minds of our staff and customers. But after tasting the individual barrel components of this wine with owners / winemakers Jason and Anna Flowerday, I realized that they at least had done their part and then some! The 2014 TWR release is an even more refined, pure, incandescent reflection of their dedicated work in the vineyard and winery. I can hand on heart say there is no one in NZ that I know who is more dedicated to quality than these guys and it shows in the wines. The purity, delicacy, and just sheer drinkability of this Pinot is incredible. The aromatics are like the freshest farmers market berries, dew soaked rose garden, and exotic Asian spice box. There is wonderful ripeness here but also freshness and florality. The texture of the wine is pure finesse; fine tannins and perfectly ripe acids weave through the melange of forest fruit, wild bramble and loganberry. A lick of tight grain French oak adds another subtle but important dimension while never detracting from the purity of fruit that is center stage. With this wine (and the imminent release of the TWR 5182 single block Pinot) Te Whare Ra have deservedly and unanimously entered the very upper echelons of NZ wine. While I (and most other winemakers in NZ) have long considered their wines at the very pointy end of New Zealands's pyramid, there seems now to finally be a consensus among the press and consumers that these are some of the finest wines in the country standing toe-to-toe with names like: Ata Rangi, Felton Road and Rippon. Our continued direct import relationship with TWR means that our pricing on this wine belies its quality and pedigree. Give it the respect and ceremony you would a $50 Premier cru Burgundy (decant, proper glassware etc) and it will repay you in kind.
Top Value!

2014 Corofin "Settlement Vineyard - East Slope" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 06-02-2016
The miniscule production Corofin wines are dedicated to producing bright, elegant representations of single block parcels through Marlborough's intricate patchwork of sub-regional terroirs. This tiny parcel is from one of Dog Point's vineyards. Farmed organically, this hillside parcel produces highly aromatic Pinot bursting with exotic red fruits, bramble, baking spice and warm earth tones. The palate has the concentration one would expect from this steep, exposed site. The quality of the viticulture is apparent by the purity of fruit to be found here and beautiful balance of natural acidity. A succulent, deep Pinot with tons of varietal character and charm.
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RC 92 RP 91

2014 Corofin "Cowley Vineyard - Main Slopes" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 06-02-2016
A lovely expression of this great site in Marlborough's southern valleys. The miniscule production Corofin wines are dedicated to producing bright, elegant representations of single block parcels through Marlborough's intricate patchwork of sub-regional terroirs. The Cowley Vineyard is one such unique parcel. Set against the mountain range dividing the Wairau Valley from the Awatere Valley this south facing slope is perfect for utilising the pure sunlight NZ has to offer while the clay soils give the wines great malleability and mid-palate breadth. As with all the Corofin wines the perfume is haunting. Lots of violets, sweet spice and agar wood. On the palate there is a cacophony of soft summer berries, clove and spiced orange peel. The texture is soft and acidity vibrant. This wine has a lovely generosity of fruit but without any excessive extraction or weight. It finishes with drive, precision and a lovely floral lift from the whole cluster component. This is dynamic and expressive Pinot of top quality...shame there isn't much to go around!
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2014 Fromm "Fromm Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 06-02-2016
While only being a few miles away - Fromm's home block (Fromm Vineyard) is quite different in character to the Clayvin Vineyard bottling. The soil here is more defined by layers of graduated silt and alluvial deposits and has less clay than up in the southern valleys proper. To me this allows the wine to express itself in a more layered, detailed, compact fashion. Where Clayvin Vyd is broad and soft Fromm Vyd is more linear, faceted and has a more defined "grain". It's almost as if the wines' textures mimic the soil profile with Clayvin echoing the smooth, supple, fine clays and Fromm representing the more grainy texture of the gravelly deposits. Both are refined and elegant Pinots faithfully and accurately representing their terroir. The fruit here is less exotic, more mineral, savory and coiled. The aromas are less of fruit and flowers and more of earth, bracken and bark. A stony mineral undercurrent is undeniable. Darker, dusty berries emerge with air; there is a wild sauvage character here that is fascinating. No more structured than Clayvin, but perhaps less flesh over the skeleton. A very fine and thought provoking wine.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2013 Domaine Parent Pommard 1er Cru "Les Chanlins"
Review Date: 06-02-2016
Bold, almost sappy red fruits. Quite big and brash by Burgundian standards. Lots of concentration, spice, richness. Dense and round on the palate. Admirable weight and power for the vintage.
Price: $67.99 Add To Cart
BH 89 - 92

2014 Domaine Tortochot "Cuvee Fine Selection" Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 06-02-2016
This wine has what we all hope for when we pick up a bottle of Bourgogne Rouge...a nice accessible style showing the class and quality that Burgundy can offer but in a super expressive and affordable package! Raspberry coulis, lifted forest berries, Asian spice, a lick of oak. Soft, supple, not wrought with tannins nor austere acidity. Just darn drinkable, pure Pinot Noir.
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