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Ryan Woodhouse

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2013 Clos des Fous "Cauquenina" Maule Valley
Review Date: 07-28-2016
Very complex wine. I like this wines unabashed opulent nose with lashings of dark fruit, sweet spices, warm earth and graphite. The palate is saturated and intense but with nice line a length. The structural component balances the richness of fruit perfectly. I think the age of the vines comes into play here; old vines can typically produce these types of concentrated fruit flavors whilst still maintaining balanced acids bringing lift and freshness to the wines. For the depth, power and balance the Cauquenina displays this is a great value.
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JS 94 RP 93

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 Crystallum "Peter Max" Pinot Noir Hemel-en-Aarde Walker Bay
Review Date: 07-27-2016
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.
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ST 91

2014 Crystallum "The Agnes" Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde / Overberg
Review Date: 07-27-2016
A flinty, saline, yellow stonefruit-dominated wine with plenty of wet stone minerals and subtle almond skin nuttiness. Lovely textural weight on the palate but without being saturated with oak or drowned in butter. This has beautifully judged restraint and delicacy in a world of over-the-top Chards. A true pleasure to drink and a screaming value.
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ST 90

2014 Crystallum "Mabalel Vineyard" Pinot Noir Hemel-en-Aarde Walker Bay
Review Date: 07-27-2016
From a truly special single vineyard site that produces refined Pinot Noir with ultra-fine texture and truly delectable flavors. There is nothing in-your-face about this wine—it’s light in color and body but has show-stopping “Pinosity.” Mabalel is delicately fragranced with rose petals, Asian spice, musk and pristine, small red fruits. Silk-like texture, very light extraction but plenty of flavor intensity. It dances on the palate—an ultimately seductive Pinot Noir.
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RP 91

2014 Frankland Estate "Isolation Ridge" Riesling Frankland River Western Australia
Review Date: 07-27-2016
A perennial benchmark Aussie dry Riesling. As the critics' huge scores suggest this is one of Australia's most revered white wines. It represents a family's absolute dedication to viticulture and winemaking. This bright, zesty, mineral rich Riesling is pure liquid rock. Selected from one certified organic block of old vines growing in ironstone gravel soils. It spends 6 months on fine lees building texture and more savory complexity. The acidity is laser focused drawing out the wines phenomenally long finish. An absolute joy with shellfish. Enjoy now or cellar for decades.
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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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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.
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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!
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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.
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2015 Fromm "La Strada" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 07-15-2016
Really special Marlborough Sauv Blanc with concentrated citrus and yellow stone fruit flavors. Crushed herbs and pronounced flinty minerals add lovely complexity to the wine that has exquisite balance and persistence on the palate. A very fine example of why NZ Sauv Blanc is so celebrated.
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2015 S.C. Pannell Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills South Australia
Review Date: 07-15-2016
A pure, crisp, racy style. Vibrant, mouthwatering acidity, citrus peel, yellow flowers, feijoa, green gauge plum and flinty minerals. From the cool, coastal Adelaide Hills, and area that is renowned for this varietal. Great with shellfish, crudités, or skewered lime shrimp. Great value thanks to our direct import relationship.
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JH 95

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"!
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2009 Moulin La Lagune, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 07-06-2016
Back in stock again...one of our best selling mid-priced 2009s. I don't know where the King of the Medoc keeps finding these deals on '09s but I'm not complaining...this is a steal.
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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 90 - 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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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.
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JH 96 JS 96

2014 S.C. Pannell "The Vale" Shiraz-Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 06-28-2016
Wow...this is an explosive wine. The purity of the fruit is incredible. Exotic ripe berries, raspberry coulis, bramble, Asian spices and burnt brown sugar. On the palate the wine is medium-full bodied with ripe, soft tannins, plush, rich texture and decadent flavor. All of this lavish, pure fruit and spice is underlined by fresh, juicy acidity and fantastic aromatic lift. There is just the right amount of structure here to give form to the perfectly ripe flavors. The wine has beautiful silky length on the palate and the concentration of fruit is long and energetic.
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JS 96 JH 95

2014 Felton Road "Bannockburn" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 06-27-2016
A stalwart year after year. I look forward to tasting Blair, Mike and Gavin's wines each year in June as an indicator of how the season was in the Cromwell Basin. Classic Felton here again, lovely richness, power, texture, but with vibrant acidity and structure. The 2014s seem quite forward at this stage and are drinking beautifully as young wines.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

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.
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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.
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2005 York Creek "Madrone" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-17-2016
Classic Cab from Spring Mountain...York Creek yet again providing insane value for money in perfectly mature, stylish Napa Cab. This is one of my favorites that we've had from York Creek - "Madrone" - combining richness and concentration with just the right amount of structure and some true varietal character. Drinking great now but still has plenty left in the tank for another 5-10 years of cellaring.
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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
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2013 Paolo Caciorgna "Ciauria" Etna Rosso
Review Date: 06-07-2016
Beautiful wine. Very lifted, perfumed and pure. Quite focused, spicy, bright red fruits. Dense minerality and complex soil tones from Etna's volcanic gravels. Very minimal winemaking employed - but when the farming / fruit is this good, who needs tricks in the cellar!?
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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!
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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.
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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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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)!
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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

2014 Fromm "Clayvin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 06-02-2016
A majestic Pinot Noir from one of the best vineyards in all of New Zealand if not the world. The Clayvin Vineyard is hallowed ground for NZ Pinot. The gentle north facing slope of ancient clays overlying alluvial gravels is perfect for this variety. The vineyard planted over 20 years ago is very high density, a la Burgundy, to reduce crop levels and concentrate the fruit. The vineyard has been farmed under organic certification for over a decade. Fromm Winery has long been the guardian of this parcel and their wines have been the flag bearer for Marlborough Pinot Noir. The 2014 is everything I expect from an exceptional vintage from an exceptional vineyard. Dark forest berries dominate the nose with some floral highlights, bramble and sandalwood. The palate is broad, rich and mouthfilling whilst remaining dynamic and lithe. Fine but notable tannins provide ample structure for hearty food or a decade plus in the cellar. Some interesting, complex savory notes show with air; truffle, morel mushroom...very complex wine. Very small production - limited availability.
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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.
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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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2014 Chateau Vitallis Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 06-02-2016
Serious Pouilly Fuisse...truly speaking of the terroir. Dominated by the distinctive limestone characters; this is fascinating. Very focused with tons of drive and linear clarity. A must try for fans of this intensely mineral driven style.
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DC 91

2014 Jacques Bavard Santenay Rouge
Review Date: 06-02-2016
Just an instantly likable wine from Bavard. Highly perfumed, expressive and open knit. Floral notes of sweet rose petal, ripe Raspberry and baking spice. Silky, supple texture with fine tannins and plenty of juicy mid-palate fruit. While staying in the red fruit spectrum, this wine has a nice ripeness to its expression giving it great early appeal. Very quaffable.
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2014 Jacques Bavard St-Romain Blanc "Sous le Château"
Review Date: 06-02-2016
One of my faves from this year's Bavard line up but you have to appreciate its finer boned structure. This parcel high on the slope in St-Romain always seems to give a more elegant, mineral driven style with a more linear mouthfeel and delicate floral top notes. The oak fills in nicely on the finish giving great persistence and just subtly taking the edge of this wines piercing acidity. Good stuff!
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2014 Jacques Bavard Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 06-02-2016
Another great Bourgogne Blanc from Bavard. This shows his signature style...medium fruit weight, great drive and purity, a nice cut of acid (the 2014s aren't short on natural acidity). Mostly showing dry / baked apple, spiced pie crust and hazelnut. Hints of citrus cut from the lingering acidity. Pretty serious wine for the price.
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2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Rosé Marlborough
Review Date: 05-27-2016
A very complete and delicious Rose. I asked Jase and Anna at TWR if they would make a Rose for us and as per usual they totally knocked it out of the park with this number! The fruit is from selected from blocks pruned and managed specifically for making Rose. The destemmed Pinot Noir is given a short, gentle maceration on skins before spending some time on fine lees for added texture. As with all the TWR wines there is so much aromatic intensity here; stunning purity of fruit and energy. Summer berries, strawberries and cream some toasted barley notes, spiced citrus peel and bramble leaf. Great texture and presence on the palate; it finishes soft and dry. I can't think of a wine that I plan on drinking more of this summer - period.
Top Value!
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