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Joe Manekin
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Joe arrived at our doors in February 2007 from far away, Washington, DC to be exact. Just so no one gets the wrong idea, though, he was merely earning a living in DC; Joe’s cultural identity, as well as his professional sports allegiances and, when he has a few drinks in him, his accent, are all Baltimore through and through. After working on the wholesale side of the business for nearly 4 years, Joe decided that he wanted to work wine retail with the best, so he emailed Cindy Westby at K&L and the rest is history. While Joe is well versed in a number of wine regions, he most enjoys the wines of Europe, though he is growing increasingly interested in the great wines of the Santa Cruz mountains. When he is not at K&L, Joe enjoys cooking, traveling, catching up on The Wire, doing occasional PR, booking and recording work for reggae band JohnStone (www.johnstonemusic.com), and writing for his wine, food and music blog, Old world Old School (www.oldworldoldschool.blogspot.com)


Reviews

  
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2014 Touças Vinho Verde
Review Date: 06-28-2015
Yet another new Vinho Verde (yes, we cannot get enough of this stuff in the summertime!), the Touças is a very tasty, classic, dry style of Vinho Verde. It's crisp and tangy, with the requisite fizz we have come to expect from Viho Verde, but a subtle creaminess on the mid-palate that suggests this wine was not rushed to be bottled the minute after it finished fermenting. This tasty Vinho Verde is great on its own, but is also a terrific brunch white, a sitting on the patio munching on chips or corn nuts white, or a solid choice for grilled, cured, or raw seafood.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

1982 Bodegas Olarra "Cerro Añón" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 06-24-2015
Quite simply, this is the most satisfying bottle of fully mature wine I have enjoyed this year (I should note for the record, that it has been a particularly good year for enjoying older wines, so this wine had quite a bit of competition!) Aromas of darker berry fruits and a slightly wild, gamey side distinguish this bottling from my past experience with Bodegas Olarra’s Cerro Añon. The darker berried fruit continues to the palate, which shows quite a bit of intensity and depth, lifted by brightly balanced acidity and the chalky minerality I expect in great, aged Rioja. My initial impressions were of a very good Nuits St George 1er, maybe with a suggestion of Hermitage, something familiar yet transposed to a sunnier, more Spanish place… For fans of perfectly aged, old school reds, I cannot recommend this wine highly enough.
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List

1982 Bodegas Olarra Añares Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 06-24-2015
This is spectacular, fully mature Rioja. Produced from a very famous year in 1982 (same of course as in Bordeaux), it is definitely not a particularly well known name to many people, except the few Rioja insiders who have been in the business for over three decades and know who has made wine, when, and where. In this case none other than the legendary Ezequiel "El Brujo" García made the wine. This is as elegant as they come, with dark cherry fruit offset by umami rich sweet soy sauce, spices, pipe tobacco. Great intensity, presence and structure, yet with the elegance you'd expect north of 30 years old. A great wine.
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho Vinho Verde Regional Minho
Review Date: 06-23-2015
One of the larger producers in Portugal, and certainly in the Vinho Verde region, Quinta da Aveleda is also among the most consistent. This slightly fizzy white shows bright, lively flavors of ripe citrus and hints of stone fruit. It is fruity, yet dry, incredibly easy to drink, and basically spring/summertime in a bottle. If you are one of the few people not yet familiar with this value white, I suggest you take home a bottle, crack it open, enjoy in good company and perhaps observe how quickly the wine disappears!
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2005 Heras Cordon Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 06-23-2015
When our supplier mentioned that they recently received the winery's remaining stock, I decided to bring this one-time customer favorite back in. It's from a spectacular Rioja vintage in 2005, and at 10 years of age is truly hitting its stride. Showing a combination of sweetly earthy, savory flavor development with the slightly richer fruit of a modern Rioja, this wine should please fans of both styles.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92

2014 Mayu Pedro Ximenez Elqui Valley
Review Date: 06-18-2015
Produced from vineyards at 6,000 ft above sea level, just across the Andes from Argentina's famously high Salta region, this dry, racy PX is fresh and lively, with tangy citric and green fruit flavors, think slightly underripe kiwi. Racy and refreshing, this is something new for summer sipping, not to mention your year-round crispy white aperitive needs.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Luna Beberide Mencía Bierzo
Review Date: 06-16-2015
This wine is so delicious, so full of bright, expressive, mineral driven, and yet intensely fruited, spicy, Mencía fruit, that if it happened to say "Syrah" on the label and come from California, I know this would have multiple high scores and sell for nearly twice the price. Fortunately for the value seekers out there, a lesser known grape variety means a great wine for a very friendly price. Load up!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 91 AG 90

2014 Anselmo Mendes "Contacto" Alvarinho Minho
Review Date: 06-16-2015
This is an impressive and serious style of 100% Alvarinho wine. Compared to the very good 2012, this one is a little bit showier, with spicy yellow fruits, apricots and apples on the nose leading to a juicy, ripe, persistent palate of stone fruits. There is an unmistakable granite-driven intensity to this wine's flavors and aromatics. Portuguese Alvarinho and Spanish Albariño do not get much better than this.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Bodegas Hinojosa "H" Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 06-12-2015
This is a terrific everyday red, offering plenty to like for both those experienced and new to Argentinean Malbec. Bright purple-fleshed fruit flavors are generous and wondefully fresh, a hallmark of the 2011 vintage. Soft, supple, vibrant fruit, hints of baking spices, perhaps a touch of candied violet. For $15, there is indeed a lot to like in this bottle of wine.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2006 Bodegas Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 06-12-2015
A classic bottling from Muga, the Prado Enea in 2006 shows its usual complement of mixed berry fruits and black cherry, so rich and intense that it is nearly as though they were simmered down, though with the minerality, acidity and delineation of flavor that remind you this is a great wine from a great vineyard. The nice thing about 2006 is that it is very approachable, so you do not have to feel guilty about checking in on a bottle every now and then - assuming of course that you have bought at least 6 bottles!

Caves Messias Santola "Crab Wine" Vinho Verde
Review Date: 06-12-2015
Beware the crab! This inexpensive summer sipper is a delicious, sweet-tart apple, slightly fizzy vinho verde and amongst our most popular wummer whites. Refreshing and so easy to drink!
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 P+S Prats and Symington "Chryseia" Douro
Review Date: 06-12-2015
A perennial critic's darling, this is a Douro collaboration between Bruno Prats (formerly of Cos d'Estournel) and Rupert Symington (scion of the Symington family owned Graham's and Dow's, amongst other houses). Dark fruited, structured and yet very polished, this is one for fans of rich, full bodied, impeccably made red wine.

2006 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Cubillo" Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 06-12-2015
Cubillo is a great introduction to the beauty of Rioja and the magic that happens in the cellars of Lopez de Heredia! Though it is always the most recent vintage of all their wines, it sees two years in used American oak barrels and another two in bottle prior to release, making it nearly old enough to be classified as a Gran Reserva. And while I would rather drink this bright, juicy, traditional Crianza than many Gran Reserva wines, it still retains a relatively youthful personality compared to Lopez de Heredia's more cerebral whites and longer aged red Reservas and Gran Reservas, which gives it a personality all its own. As per the house style, Viña Cubillo always has particularly bright fruit and more pronounced acidity than other Crianzas.
Price: $25.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Bodega DiamAndes "Perlita" Malbec-Syrah Mendoza
Review Date: 06-08-2015
Supple, round, juicy, and spicy, this is a very tasty blend of Malbec and Syrah. Clyde Beffa-approved and party-ready, the Perlita will not disappoint!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93

2013 Algueira Joven Mencia Ribeira Sacra
Review Date: 06-08-2015
Algueira proves with this wine that they not only excel at making first-rate, oak-aged wine from their Ribeira Sacra holdings, but a delicious unoaked example as well. Spicy dark cherry fruit aromas are also quite peppery, leading to a fresh palate of crisp fruits, with nice initial attack, lovely minerality and admirable persistence. The New York Times has cited this as a top value from the region, a statement with which we tend to agree. Very highly recommended!
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Marques de Murrieta Capellanía Blanco
Review Date: 06-08-2015
Composed of 100% old vine viura grown in very stony soil on the Ygay estate, this wine is a delicious example of traditional, barrel aged white Rioja. Golden fruited, spicy, aromas, with dried coconut accents as well, lead to a generous, rich, bright and toasty palate. The contrast between stony minerality, lively acidity, and barrel notes is what makes this wine so intriguing. For fans of Lopez de Heredia, Graves, even white Burgundy, this is a true original, a great value for drinking and cellaring!

2012 Suertes del Marques "El Ciruelo" Valle de la Orotava
Review Date: 06-04-2015
This is produced from a single parcel, at the property's highest elevations (around 500 meters), and features only the oldest vines of Listan. Compared to the "7 Fuentes" bottling, this wine has richer, darker-berried fruits, with more intensity if less of the spicy/floral intrigue. Either way, it's delicious and one of the single tastiest, most purely fruited Spanish reds I've tried recently, Canaries or otherwise!
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92 ST 92

2013 La Zorra Rufete Vinos de Salamanca
Review Date: 06-03-2015
Grown in slate soils not too far from the university town of Salamanca, Rufete is a little known grape that is capable of producing some very good wines - mineral, with tasty fruit, relatively low pH and high acidity levels, and the ability to complement food very well. While we do not have too much experience with it, we like what we see with this example: pretty dark and red berry fruits, underlying toast and spice accents from a brief stint in barrel, and a nicely lingering finish. We have found this to be a lovely red for sausages and for recipes featuring red pepper and tomatoes. Delicious and worth a try!
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ST 90

2013 Ametza Txakolina de Alava
Review Date: 06-03-2015
A blend of Petite Manseng and Izarato (Petite Courbu), this is a delicious txakoli! In the typical Alava (also known as Arabako Txakolina) style, the wine is less fizzy and a wee bit higher in alcohol than the stuff from the vineyards closer to San Sebastian, in Getariako Txakolina. Tangy and appley, with just a hint of creaminess and very subtle oxidative notes, this is a great apertive for fans of high acid whites, or a terrific white to pair with Basque style fish dishes - grilled sole, the famous rodaballo (turbot), merluza (hake), all with some olive oil, garlic and parsley, of course!
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Doural Vinho Regional Duriense
Review Date: 06-03-2015
A balanced, discreet nose of red plums and cherries leads to a lovely, juicy palate of bright cherries. This is so easy to drink and a wonderful introduction not only to the Douro, but to the inherent value in a well made Portuguese red. Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca. 12.5% ABV.
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Xavier Clua "El Sola d'en Pol" Rosado Terra Alta
Review Date: 05-21-2015
This is another great bottling of Xavier Clua's rosado, a blend of Garnacha and Syrah. Given the beautiful, relatively paler pink color and fresh flavor profile, it would seem that the maceration is on the shorter side for this rosé, emphasizing juicy red fruit flavors and hints of watermelon. Though the fruit is tasty and up front, this wine finishes nicely dry and would give most any French rosé from similar grapes a real run for its money!
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Terra Rosa Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 05-21-2015
If you are a fan of Patrick Campbell's legendary Laurel Glen wines, then you probably know that he sold the winery. What you may not know, however, is that Patrick continues to source terrific fruit in Mendoza to make some of the best Malbecs around! Terra Rosa has fruit from five vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. This wine boasts expressive flavors of dark fruits with an honest, balanced tannin structure.
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

2007 Vina Santurnia Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 05-21-2015
Based in the Rioja Alta village of Briñas, on the north bank of the Río Ebro opposite Haro and Lopez de Heredia's Viña Tondonia, Viña Santurnia has quietly been producing reliably delicious, authentic, traditionally inspired Riojas. In the cooler, more "Atlantic" vintage of 2007, Viña Santurnia's wine shows crisp bright mixed berry fruit flavors, high toned but not lacking generosity, depth or the subtly sweet baking spice and earthy notes we love in Rioja. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Vale La Pena Malbec Uco Valley
Review Date: 05-21-2015
If you are a fan of Patrick Campbell's legendary Laurel Glen wines, then you probably know that he sold his iconic winery. What you may not know, however, is that Patrick continues to source terrific fruit in Mendoza to make some of the best Malbecs around! For his Vale la Pena bottling, expressive dark berry fruits abound on the nose and palate. The wine manages to be generous while still showing great structure. Fruit comes from a formerly abandoned, low yielding vineyard in the Uco Valley.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Ameztoi "Rubentis" Rosé Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 05-20-2015
While Rubentis will get a run for its money this year from the excellent Txmomin Etxaniz rosé, we must give credit where it is due. Ameztoi virtually created the rosé txakoli category, at least from our vantage point here in the US market. Showing a bit more of a green snap to the fruit this year, the Rubentis also has its usual display of tangy red berry fruits, fizz and bright acidity. This is a wine for charcuterie and cheeses, particularly the best jamón you can find and Pais Vasco's famous idiázabal cheese.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Carballal "Sete Cepas" Albariño Rias Baixas
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Carballal returns to our shelves after a brief absence, and this time we have the pleasure of enjoying the wine after a year in bottle. While freshly bottled Carballal shows a hint of fizz, ripe yellow fruits, sometimes just a hint of banana, this is a wine that gains volume, becomes drier and more balanced if allowed the time to do so. I like both versions, but must admit a preference for this more mature, rounder, less fruit forward and more elegant 7 cepas.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Ameztoi once again produces their trademark, fizzy, refreshing, pack leading Getariako Txakolina in 2014. Given the particularly cool conditions in 2014, this wine is suprisingly delicious and gulpable.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Do Ferreiro Albariño Rias Baixas
Review Date: 05-20-2015
2013 was a cooler, damper vintage, one that presented lots of difficulty on the Iberian peninsula, particularly up north. For Do Ferreiro, though, this may be their best Albariño since 2010. It is classically steely and racy, with a palate staining yellow skinned fruit and citric mid palate, leading to an appealingly subtle bitter lime and mineral laden finish. One for shellfish, of course, as well as a wine that can dress up for a nice meal, but also a great white wine to enjoy with snacks among friends.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Mas Codina is a humble family operation, and man do they make delicious sparkling wine! They have been slowly ramping up the amount of Pinot Noir in their otherwise traditional cava blend, in order to gain a bit more in color and mid-palate presence. These are very drinkable cavas, wines that strike a great balance between ripe, bright, snappy fruit, weight, and texture. For under $14, the detail and value of this wine is undeniable.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2004 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 05-20-2015
This is a great vintage of Vega Sicilia, really a classic. Though it has been called 'the Latour of Spain,' 'Spain's first collectible wine,' and many other superlatives, the fact remains that this is, historically and presently, Spain's greatest wine. While not inexpensive, it is rare in that it is one of the world's finest red wines, with a long track record, whose price has been relatively stable. Compared with the world's other greatest and most often collected wines, Vega Sicilia is one of the most consistent names out there.
Price: $349.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 98 RP 97

2014 Txomin Etaniz Rosé Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Pink, fizzy, bone dry, low in alcohol...sign me up! This rosé from outside of San Sebastián is, believe it or not, one of three we will be featuring this summer. If you prefer a zippy, very acid driven rosé, with just enough tangy red fruit to have you reaching for a re-fill, then this is a rosé to put in the rotation this summer.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Carmelo Patti Malbec Lujan de Cuyo
Review Date: 05-20-2015
If you’re curious about how to make a delicious, textbook Malbec, with all of the bursting purple fruit, a minimal amount of oak and no overextraction to distract from the wine’s expression, here’s how it’s done. Start with terrific fruit (in this case from Pedriel in Lujan de Cuyo). Ferment with only native yeasts and age one year in concrete. Then age for another year in good quality, primarily used French oak barrels. Finally, another year of ageing in the bottle. It’s that simple, though when you taste the wine your thoughts will likely not be about winemaking, but wine drinking
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 91

2012 Sequillo (Eben Sadie) Red Blend Swartland
Review Date: 05-20-2015
This is a delicious red, full of very dark fruit flavors and a salty, mineral driven quality that seems to be amplified by the serious tannin structure. With some air, the wine freshens up, retaining its dark fruits and licorice notes while picking up red fruits and energy on the mid palate. A serious wine that easily stands toe to toe with some of the best of Chateauneuf du Pape - for less than half the price.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipú
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Pascual Toso is based in Maipú, an historic, sun-drenched winegrowing region just southeast of the city of Mendoza. Their Malbec is a standby of the section for its supple, juicy red and dark fruits - solid Malbec for a very solid price!
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 90

2007 Contino "Viña del Olivo" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 05-20-2015
This is a modern Rioja in terms of fruit intensity and texture, yet even those who tend to favor the more old school Riojas can rally behind Viña del Olivo, a wine that is big and intensely flavored, oaky yet with so much obvious material that you cannot deny its greatness and ageability. Think of this as somewhere between a delicious southern Rhone wine and Rioja, with purple, blue and red fruit, sweet baking spices and minerality.

2009 Vega Sicilia "Valbuena" Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Valbuena is not a second wine. It is in fact a vineyard selection from Vega Sicilia's property, one that features some of the best Tempranillo in all the world, farmed meticulously on their estate vineyards, first planned and planted in the latter half of the 19th century. Like Vega Secilia, this wine manages to blend powerful dark fruits with fresh acidity and surprising finesse. It is also able to be cellared for a long time; a few years ago we tasted the 1987 and it was fantastic.
Price: $139.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 94

2005 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 05-20-2015
What is the bottle I most often recommend to those looking for a classic Rioja? The wine I am most likely to order at a restaurant upon touching down in Madrid, heading in the rental car and hitting the wine road? The wine that should you see older vintages is most likely to impress you with it's gorgeous aromatics and fruit? Yes, Viña Ardanza. Very tough to go wrong with this one! This is another strong vintage of Ardanza to follow their very good 2004 and classic 2001 bottlings. The 05 has more dark fruit than usual for this bottling, with a savory/sweet umami quality; cured meat and sweetened soy sauce also come to mind. While this is a fairly large production, and as critic Luis Gutierrez notes there is some variation, I think that the best bottles are transformative and the overall quality still makes this one of the best values in the store.

El Xamfra Mercat Brut Cava Penedes
Review Date: 05-19-2015
We cannot wait to introduce you to our own direct import Cavas, but until then, let this delicious blend of traditional Cava varietals - Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada - tide you over ...
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

1985 Caves Sao Joao "Porta dos Cavaleiros" Dao
Review Date: 05-14-2015
What a fantastic wine! The wines from the Dao, along with those of Bairrada (both red and white, by the way), have long had a reputation for ageability amongst Portuguese wine cognoscenti. As it relates to the Dao, here is further proof that their wines improve for a long time. This wine has developed to show that magical counterpoint of plump, bright mixed berry fruits and savory sweet earth. It is a complete wine, and quite satisfying indeed. For the price, this ought to be in the shopping basket of anyone who loves mature Bordeaux, Rioja and Cabernet.
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 90

2012 Trapiche "Broquel" Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 05-13-2015
This is another juicy, richly fruited bottling of Broquel. 2012 was a very good vintage in all of Mendoza, a year that brought Malbec's crowd pleasing, sumptuous mixed berry and plummy fruit as well as good tannic structure and backbone. Of the 2012's we have featured over the past months, this is perhaps one of the rounder, softer, juicier Malbecs. It is nicely balanced and should work perfectly with a grilled burger or chicken thighs, perhaps with a nice, piquant, herby Chimichurri accompaniment.
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90

2013 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley
Review Date: 05-13-2015
For fans of bright, focused, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, but without any of the green snap sometimes find in this grape variety, Veramonte makes an SB you will like. It's always been a popular one here, but given their recent focus on better farming practices and organic viticulture, this wine seems to be significantly improving year to year. The qualitative uptick is especially noticeable in the very good, cooler, 2013 vintage. This year Veramonte's entry level SB is all delicious, crisp, ripe citrus fruited with both length and balance.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 90

2013 Valdesil "Montenovo" Godello Valdeorras
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Produced from 15-30 year old, massale selection Godello vines (propagated from some of the finest, oldest Godello vines in the area) grown in black slate, this is seriously delicious white wine from one of the premier D.O.'s for white wine in all of Spain. Given its bright, pure fruit and vivid minerality, this reminds me of very good Muscadet.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 90

2013 La Flor y La Abeja Ribeiro
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Ready for a refreshing, Spanish white, something from Galicia but maybe something different than your usual Albariño? This is 100% Treixadura, a grape from Ribeiro, which lies immediately to the east of Rias Baixas. It's a bit warmer here, and while there is some Albariño grown, the grape that takes center stage is Treixadura, and I cannot recall ever tasting as delicious an example of a Treixadura based Ribeiro as this wine. Made by Coto de Gomariz, this organically produced white has lovely, pure yellow fruited flavors which are simultaneously tangy and friendly, not too angular and challenging, but not a simple, fruity, banana-apple jolly rancher of a white wine either. Great flavors, elegant texture, persistence and length, the full package with this white. Delicious. I'll be drinking some this summer!
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 91

2013 Morgadío Albariño Rias Baixas
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Based in the village of Albeos, in the Condado do Tea, sub-zone, Morgadío has produced a lovely and very convincing Albariño in 2013. It shows waxy yellow and orange fruit flavors, star fruit and loquat in particular. The wine is fresh, well balanced between ripe fruit and acidity, and oh so drinkable! This is a unique expression of Albariño from the portion of the D.O. that lies a bit further inland from the coast and borders on the Ribeiro D.O.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 91

2013 Kalinda "Rawiri Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 05-07-2015
What a delicious bottle of Pinot Noir! Produced from a prime vineyard source for our friends at TWR, this Pinot Noir is so well balanced, juicy, and balanced, I can see it going down very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that one may fail to notice the wonderful texture, fruit purity and layers of flavor. The price is certainly right to gulp this one down, but maybe, every now and then, just take a moment to appreciate how great a job the crew down there has done to make this wine.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 CVA "Gordo" Monastrell-Cabernet Sauvignon Yecla
Review Date: 05-06-2015
This blend of Monastrell (Mourvedre) and Cab combines dark and red fruits, smoke and warm earth, fresh and savory flavors. It's a lot of wine for the money and a truly satisfying bottle. Rich and full-bodied, but not without nuance, and so drinkable! Great value.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 91

2009 Bodegas Olarra "Añares" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 05-05-2015
Imagine a spicy, softly textured, traditional Rioja from one of the gold standards which have over time become house favorites here, amongst staff and customers alike. You know these wines by now, no need to name 'em. Then, cut the price in half. That is basically the deal here with this excellent bottling of Añares from Bodegas Olarra. Delicious now, but will it age? I will answer on my own rhetorical with a resounding "Yes, it will!" I drank a bottle of the 1982 last year and it was fantastic.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 90

2009 Pian dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-08-2015
At Pian Dell Orino, it is apparently all about the farming, meticulous, detail oriented vine by vine farming, with lots of work by hand. It shows in the quality of the wine: ripe and not lacking intensity, but very purely fruited and what I refer to as breathability - a textural quality that does not tire the tongue, the gums or the palate. This is at the higher end of the Brunello pricing spectrum but is so tasty and well made that you may well find it worth the investment.

2009 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-08-2015
Given the savory aromatics, the interplay of ripe red cherries, spice and meatiness, the slight sauvage and barnyardy funk...this could only be Poggiarellino! Love it or leave it, this is, as usual, the most instantly recognizable of our DI Brunello stable. So fire up the grill, throw on a Bisteca, and crack open a bottle of Poggiarellino. Just don't forget to thank the Mayor of Montalcino for his good taste and facilitating this wine's journey from Tuscany to K&L!
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

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2013 San Francesco "Tramonti Bianco" Costa d'Amalfi
Review Date: 04-08-2015
Fresh, linear, and saline wine, this Amalfi Coast white is a great aperitivo and grilled seafood wine. Crisp, thirst quenching and mineral driven, this is just the ticket heading into the spring and summer months.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

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