Staff Favorites - Mari Keilman

Mari Keilman

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2013 Les Vignerons de Fontès "Prieuré Saint-Hippolyte" Languedoc Rouge
Review Date: 07-15-2015
For fans of BBQs and meaty reds, you're going to love this Languedoc Rouge! The nose is dominated with gamey, savory, bacon aromatics which is bound to please every meat lover out there. Add a dense, rich brooding palate loaded with ripe purple and black fruit and you have an amazing Southern French red for only $11! Snatch up this red while it lasts...
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

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$9.99

2012 Domaine Anne & Arnaud Goisot Côtes d'Auxerre "Cuvée du Manoir"
Review Date: 07-15-2015
An extremely bright and racy Pinot loaded with tons of red currants and cherries on the nose. Throw in a little zippy raspberry on the palate and hint of dusty minerality on the finish and you have amazingly priced little red Burgundy that's perfect for all your summer festivities!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Rosé IGP Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 07-01-2015
A Sancerre-like Pinot Noir rosé for $12.99 that's organic...what's not to love about this wine?!?! Fresh, elegant and crisp, this Pinot Noir rosé shows beautifully ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit with a light touch of minerality on its dry finish.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Jacques Bavard Auxey-Duresses "Les Clous"
Review Date: 07-01-2015
So beautifully understated and elegant, the Bavard wines possess an amazing amount of acidity, integration and complexity. This Chardonnay is so refreshingly terroir-driven on the nose, with a surprising punch of bright Meyer lemon on the palate.
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine
Review Date: 07-01-2015
Bright yellow fruit like starfruit and lemon, with hints of grass, grapefruit and a beautiful river pebble minerality overwhelm the nose of this staff favorite. Hands down, one of the best values in the entire store.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Sancerre Rosé (375ml)
Review Date: 06-16-2015
While subtle on the nose, this rosé is full of fresh cherry fruit and a bright, vibrant blood orange-packed palate. Full-bodied and complex, this rosé finishes with a nice chalky finish.
Price: $7.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 05-29-2015
This Sangiovese is always a clear favorite because it always over-delivers with an immense amount of ripe red currants, wild strawberries and that beautiful sweet leather and spice that is so classic for Sesta di Sopra.
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90

2014 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho Vinho Verde Regional Minho
Review Date: 05-29-2015
Absolutely delicious. Fresh, sparkling & refreshing. Packed with great minerality, pear and lime. Perfect for those hot summer nights.
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Château de la Charrière Santenay Blanc 1er Cru "Beauregard" Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 05-29-2015
This French Chardonnay is the perfect summer white wine, offering up an immense balance of acidity and structure to help carry the bright, ripe citrus and minerality on the palate.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Fossil Point Edna Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-29-2015
Looking for an upfront, friendly Pinot Noir that won't break the bank? Fossil Point is your wine. This Pinot Noir has an extremely supple and smooth mouthfeel of sweet raspberry and strawberry. The rich red fruit and ample acidity on the finish make this the perfect wine to sip alone and to have with dinner.
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Sancerre Rosé
Review Date: 05-29-2015
While subtle on the nose, this rosé is full of fresh cherry fruit and a bright, vibrant blood orange-packed palate. Full-bodied and complex, this rosé finishes with a nice chalky finish.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-13-2015
This is truly the most well-rounded Pinot Noir I've ever had from Foxen. I typically look to Foxen for it's more approachable, upfront fruit style but I'm in love with the intense aromatics coupled by the elegant, sophisticated palate of the 2013 Santa Maria Pinot. Explosive aromatics of wild strawberry and black raspberry are coupled with warm baking spices and crushed flowers. What truly stands out is the beautiful, refined texture and persistently long finish.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 94 AG 90

Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-01-2015
Customers constantly ask me what my favorite champagnes are and I always tell people that each bottle is like a child to me and you can't possibly ask a mom to pick a favorite. But its a pretty well-known secret that Krug has always been a special little "baby" for me. Krug is hands-down my go-to tête de cuvée. While priced for those extra special occasions or a moment when you want to splurge, the Grand Cuvee over delivers and never disappoints. The grandeur of this cuvee is apparent immediately. Aromas of marzipan, Asian spice, white flowers and Meyer lemon are a mere tease of of what this cuvee possesses. The complexity on the nose is followed by a harmonious balance on the palate between the maturity of the oak-fermented reserve wines in juxtaposition with the focused, delineated acidity that comes from suppressing malolactic fermentation. Gorgeous now, even better with age, the Grand Cuvee is a must!

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 04-01-2015
Stylistically, Laurent Perrier is one of my favorite Grand Marques. I gravitate towards their bright, vibrant house style and that's exactly what you get in the Laurent Perrier "Cuvee Rose" Brut Rose Champagne​. While the rose is 100% Pinot Noir and macerated with full skin contact, this rose is surprisingly lifted and understated for receiving such a heavy-handed treatment. The nose and palate are loaded with copious amounts of red berry fruit with ripe strawberries taking center stage supported by a backdrop of clean minerality. The refreshingly tart finish of cranberries and pomegranate make this rose the perfect accompaniment to any special occasion.

2013 Domaine de Bila Haut "Les Vignes de Bila-Haut" Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages
Review Date: 03-11-2015
Such a superb little wine. The nose on this Grenache-Syrah dominated blend is loaded with lavish amounts of ripe purple fruit and sweet mocha, leading one to believe that this cuvee is going to be a fruit bomb when it hits your lips, but the surprising tannin structure and acidity keep this delicious little bargain Rhone blend delightfully playful. At $12 this precious little Chapoutier gem isn’t going to last long.
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 91

2012 Masseria del Feudo "Il Giglio" Nero d'Avola
Review Date: 02-27-2015
Amazing palate full of juicy red fruit with hints of spice and sweet herbs. Perfect for an evening of family-style pasta or pizza.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

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$13.99

2013 Cane & Fabel 373 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-27-2015
This is an amazing $20 California Cab! The palate is loaded with tons of blue and purple fruit with hints of tobacco spice and sweet toast. This wine continues to please with a full bodied palate that can only be described as luscious.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Lewis Cellars "Barcaglia Lane" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-27-2015
Rarely do I ever say this about a California Chardonnay, but the 2013 Lewis Cellars "Barcaglia Lane" RRV Chardonnay is beautiful. Over the top oaky, butter-bombs are at the bottom of my list and it's always a true pleasure when I find a Cali Chard that dares to veer away from that style. The Barcaglia Lane is elegant, sophisticated and in the best way possible, understated. Loaded with notes of tropical fruit and Asian spice, this Cali Chard is sure to please the adventurous Chardonnay drinker that is looking for something unique and special.
Price: $64.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 02-19-2015
Classically Rioja with copious amounts of earth, incense, baking spice and beautiful bright red cherry fruit.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90

Franck Bonville Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 01-29-2015
Looks can be deceiving, as is the case with the Franck Bonville Rose. One glance at the intense pink color would lead anybody to believe that this rose will be an over the top fruit bomb, but this chardonnay dominant rose is exactly the opposite. With 92% chardonnay, this rose is extremely elegant and fresh. Bright notes of strawberry and cherry are delightfully matched with aromas of ripe lemon and lime and the 8% pinot noir shines through in the creaminess on the palate. The perfect rose to please every palate at the party.
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List

2006 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-28-2014
It's a shame that most Cristal is consumed so quickly after it's released because the 2006 is definitely one that will age and show its true beauty and potential with a few years in the cellar! The 2006 is the brightest, most structured vintage that I've had from Cristal in quite some time. Add the signature ripe, sweet fruit, full bodied richness and chalky minerality on the finish and you have a vintage Cristal that will match up to the best of them.

Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-25-2014
The NV Fleury Carte Rouge is a truly exceptional bottle of Champagne. Anyone skeptical of how great biodynamic wines can be, need to try the Carte Rouge. This NV cuvee elegantly expresses the balance between delicate yet rich. The nose is intense with aromatics of strawberry, black cherry and hints of toasted yeast. The surprise of the Carte Rouge is how low the dosage is in comparison to how ripe and expressive the fruit shows throughout the entire length of the Champagne.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

2004 Fleury "Cuveé Robert Fleury" Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-25-2014
The 2004 Fleury “Robert Fleury” Extra Brut Champagne is a true crowd-pleaser. After people get over the initial shock of the 1/3 Pinot Blanc added to the blend of 1/3 Chardonnay and 1/3 Pinot Noir, they will revel in how rich yet playful this Champagne is. This truly rare, barrel-fermented Champagne is a gorgeous display of how unique varietals, unorthodox wine making and sustainable farming practices can lead to a Champagne with vibrant acidity, exquisite depth, voluptuous texture and complex fruit and spice characteristics.
Price: $54.99 Add To Waiting List

Henriot "Souverain" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-31-2014
Beautiful toast aromatics on the nose open up to amazingly fresh green apples and quince on the palate. How a grand marque can make such an elegant cuvee at this amazing a price is truly impressive!

Collard-Picard "Cuvée Selection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-13-2013
The NV Collard-Picard "Cuvee Selection" Brut Champagne which is 80% Pinot Meunier & 20% Chardonnay, is loaded with the signature meunier pear and tons of ripe, fresh apple. This meunier-dominant cuvee conveys how powerful and full-bodied Pinot Meunier can be while the introduction of the Mesnil Chardonnay highlights the clean, mineral-driven finish.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

Tequila Fortaleza Reposado Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 11-08-2013
I'm not much of a tequila drinker and when I do partake it's usually in the form of a margarita, but this tequila is a game changer for me. The Fortaleza is incredibly complex with earth and agave spice notes but is so incredibly balanced that even I can enjoy it neat.
Price: $54.99 Add To Waiting List

Krug Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-03-2013
Krug really doesn't need any extra validation from lil' ol me but I'm going to give it because they're just that great! This Krug rose is truly transcendent. Both sweet and savory at the same time, the Krug rose delivers with beautiful rose petals, sweet orange citrus, toasty lees and intense red fruit.

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 02-28-2013
How can you not love a bottle of Bubbles from the Loire Valley that only costs $13 and tastes this good?!?!? Loaded with tons of fresh berry fruit and copious amounts of tiny, delicate bubbles.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2008 Antech "Cuvee Eugenie" Cremant de Limoux
Review Date: 11-30-2012
I have a love/hate relationship with this cremant; I LOVE it when its here and HATE it when its sold out!!! When you're looking for that fresh, citrus-driven, bright apple and pear laden bottle of bubbles, hands down, this is the best choice!
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

Baron-Fuente "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-29-2012
This delicious Champagne is composed of 60% Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir & 30% Chardonnay and has been aged three years on the lees. Pinot Meunier is always characterized with upfront floral and fruity notes and that is exactly what jumps out of the glass with the Grand Reserve. Loaded with tons of ripe, fresh apple and carmalized citrus, this cuvee conveys how powerful and full-bodied Pinot Meunier can be while simultaneously having a clean and elegant finish.
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91 JS 90

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 07-31-2012
This new direct buy is filled with delicate high tones of floral on the nose and an abundance of upfront pear and peach on the palate. Just found my new BBQ bubble bottle.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

Michel Dervin Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-31-2012
I loved this champagne several years ago but it was really hard to get people on board with the outdated yellow label that was a serious hommage to the early 90's. Now that they've updated the label to a sophisticated black and grey label, this champagne is going to fly off the shelves! Hands down, this the best "full-package" champagne for under 30. Equally as beautiful as the outside, the inside of this bottle is full of fresh, clean, refreshing citrus fruit balanced by a friendly pinot meunier based fruitiness that keeps this champagne fun and playful.
Price: $32.99 Add To Waiting List

Michel Arnould Verzenay "Reserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-31-2012
Michel Arnould's wines are the most harmonious juxtaposition between tension and balance, broadness and precision, elegance and power. The Verzenay Brut with its elegant texture, refined bead and sweet citrus and wild berry palate, lends perfectly for pairing with an eclectic and diverse menu. The Verzenay Brut has a playful nature with the ripe fruit bouncing off of the bracing acidity.
Price: $32.99 Add To Waiting List

Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 07-29-2011
So refreshing...so crisp...so clean...so perfect for those al fresco summer dinners. Or maybe a romantic dinner with a plate of oysters is your cup of tea...
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

Michel Loriot "Marie-Leopold" Sec Champagne
Review Date: 03-01-2011
One word: Brie! Talk about the most heavenly of food and wine pairing experiences. Forget the fact that this bottle of bubbles is just a touch off dry. The Marie Leopold paired so perfectly with the brie, the only saving grace for my hips was that the wedge of cheese was quickly devoured. Its my second time taking home a bottle of this fabulous bottle of champagne and I will be taking home a fourth, fifth, sixth...just so long as there is enough brie in this world!
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-27-2011
Rich, yet exquisitely balanced, the Michel Arnould Grand Cuvée Brut has a subtle minerality on the nose, the classic bright cherry fruit in the mouth and an elegant, seamless hazelnut finish. Try with some seared sea scallops in a citrus cream reduction.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

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$34.99

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 12-29-2010
This is the quintessential bottle of bubbles one is required to always have in the fridge. Done in a zippy blanc de blancs style, the Deligeroy Cremant de Loire offers up aromas of sweet lemon and light apricot followed my an aggressive palate of tiny racy bubbles. Perfect for toasting the New Year's!
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 06-11-2009
This champagne is definitley worthy of being referred to as a "baby Krug". Fresh and bright, yet with amazing aromatics of asian spice, lemon curd, orange zest and a touch of brioche. Always a stellar standout!

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-20-2008
A pinot noir-dominated blend that immediately after opening, has a distinctive leesy, slightly oxidated nose. This is no doubt from the reserve wines that are fermented in oak barrel and then aged in magnums under low pressure. This also lends to the full-bodied, richness of the wine. After several minutes of aeration, the sweet smell of ripe, sun-soaked apples begin to emerge. The predominance of estate fruit (approximately 70% of the assemblage) lends to the broad, rich and intense flavors. Fresh and toasty on the palate with a slight touch of hazelnut, the Special Cuvee has a long finish with a hint of exotic spice at the very end.

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