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Jacques Moreira
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Having been born in Rio de Janeiro into a very proud French/Portuguese family, and living in France and the USA for almost 25 years, gave me the best of all worlds, one very old, and another very new. I’ve always had three different perspectives on everything growing up, three different opportunities to understand the world around me and to try to make sense of it all. From Ipanema Beach, to the bluest of seas in the Côte d'Azur and Nice, to the wonderful Big Sur. Caipirinha and Feijoada, codfish and Vinho Verde, Daube and Bandol, and the always present Rosé, and…beer for those 110 degree summertime days in Rio! I always worked in the food business, in Paris, Nice and San Francisco. While working at Jules Verne in Paris, I decided to devote my career solely to wines and eventually got my Sommelier certification through the International Sommelier Guild.


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2014 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine
Review Date: 08-01-2015
Nice and zippy, with aromatics that remind me of a softer New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with lots of elegance. Perfect for appetizers, salads, outdoor events and parties.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Echo de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 07-20-2015
A dusty "crushed stone" minerality on the nose, with the fruit still a bit restrained. On the palate it reveals more exuberance of fruit, also it shows the firm presence of its gripping tannins. It needs some time, as all best wines do. A great choice to try a second wine.

2012 Château du Cèdre "Héritage" Cahors
Review Date: 07-20-2015
This Cahors will turn heads of those Malbec lovers not familiar with its home in France. Woodsy and earthy yet possessing a intensity of fruit that it is sure to please anyone. Pomegranate, dark berries and a touch floral as well. Very nice indeed!
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WE 94

2014 Domaine de la Mordorée "La Dame Rousse" Tavel
Review Date: 07-20-2015
A classic Tavel with its enticing notes of raspberry and strawberries, followed by a palate that is of course dry, but reveals its noble Tavel roots with its richness and gourmand appeal. A rosé for the table for sure!
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RP 93 AG 90

2013 Clos de l'Anhel "Les Dimanches" Corbieres
Review Date: 07-20-2015
I was very impressed by the finesse of the wines of l'Anhel, they all possess a finesse that is not common in the Languedoc. The cuvée "les Dimanches" shows a very aromatic nose of black pepper, black currant and beautiful notes of violets. The palate follows the profile of the nose, and is fully integrated with its tannins and acidity. It will definitely age, but it is a pleasure to drink such beautiful wine right now.
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2014 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho Vinho Verde Regional Minho
Review Date: 07-13-2015
I must confess I have a soft spot for Vinho Verde (pron. VEEN yo VAIR deh or in Bra-PT: VEEN yo Ver.dji, just for fun!) It has definitely been part of my growing up. Back then those wines were very thin and almost watery, but we loved them anyways. Today, with much better wine making techniques and knowledge, Vinho Verde, the good ones, are indeed light, refreshing, zingy and even a bit pétillant, lemony and perfect in hot weather. And that's the accurate description of the Aveleda. A must try with cod fritters by the beach!
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2014 Château Viranel "Tradition" Saint-Chinian Rosé
Review Date: 07-13-2015
One of my favorite rosés of this season for sure. I find it full of flavor, some richness, dry but not austere and just a pleasure to drink really. For the pairings, besides those suggested above I would add a salt cod with garlic and roasted potatoes, sweet and sour chicken, seafood pizza, and a grilled polenta with garlic shrimp and rosemary. All of which I had the pleasure to enjoy with this very same wine.
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 90

2012 J.L. Chave Selection "Mon Coeur" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 07-13-2015
This is one of my favorite Côtes du Rhônes year after year. I anticipate its arrival because it always has the most pleasing red and black fruit flavors and garrigue aromatics, pepper and violet notes on the palate. It also exhibits an elegance that is quite unique and reveals its high pedigree.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 90 WS 90

2010 Haut Charmes, Sauternes (375 ml)
Review Date: 07-01-2015
The lifting acidity balancing the beautiful amalgamation of fruits and honey, makes this Sauternes a perfect choice to accompany a Pâté/foie appetizer - at the beginning of the meal instead of at the end! Although, of course it will work wonders with dessert or as "the dessert" with nuts and cheese. A great choice of wine for those with an adventurous sense of the culinary.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipú
Review Date: 06-30-2015
Very exciting aromatics of vanilla, chocolate and dark berries, which follow on the palate as well. It is a rich wine without being heavy. Good for the dinner table as well for the dinner party!
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JS 90

2014 Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-11-2015
A profound nose of dark fruit, blackberry, kirsch and graphite. Very aromatic. It is however more restrained on the palate, although the fruit display a richness and suppleness that will come out of its shell. Very good wine.

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-08-2015
It is showing very elegant aromatics of cassis, cigar box, crushed stones and leather. On the palate, its sweet dark fruit reveals itself with its dark cherries, cassis, a touch of wood smoke and leather. The tannins are quite rounded and in perfect tune with the acidity. It is a delicious wine and one of my favorites for its quality/price. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon - 36% Merlot - 6% Petit Verdot - 2% Cabernet Franc.

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-08-2015
It is showing very elegant aromatics of cassis, cigar box, crushed stones and leather. On the palate, its sweet dark fruit reveals itself with its dark cherries, cassis, a touch of wood smoke and leather. The tannins are quite rounded and in perfect tune with the acidity. It is a delicious wine and one of my favorites for its quality/price. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon - 36% Merlot - 6% Petit Verdot - 2% Cabernet Franc.

2012 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 06-08-2015
Owned by the Bécot brothers from Beau-Sejour- Bécot in Saint-Émilion, this property is located in a rather privileged terroir in Castillon. It has loads of dark cherries in its aromatics along with cocoa powder and kirsch, very Right Bank indeed. The palate shows a bit more restraint, but still the chocolate, spicy oak and plums abound along with its firm tannins. 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (3L)
Review Date: 06-08-2015
It is showing very elegant aromatics, of cassis, cigar box, crushed stones and leather. On the palate, its sweet dark fruit reveals itself with its dark cherries, cassis, a touch of wood smoke and leather. The tannins are quite rounded and in perfect tune with the acidity. It is a delicious wine and one of my favorites for its quality/price. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon - 36% Merlot - 6% Petit Verdot - 2% Cabernet Franc.

2012 Clarke Rothschild, Listrac
Review Date: 06-08-2015
This Cru Bourgeois, owned by the Rothschilds, has always had an early appeal. Rich aromatics of vanilla, licorice and plenty of oak spices. The palate offers spicy cinnamon and exotic incenses, very dark fruit with plenty of cassis and leather, medium tannins and a full-on concentration. 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 La Dauphine, Fronsac
Review Date: 06-08-2015
This one is not holding anything back; it is a full, rich wine with the aromatics showing off its cherry and cocoa notes. The palate reveals its fullness with chocolate, kirsch and underbrush notes. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. A steal at this price!
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 90 RP 90

2012 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-08-2015
A staple at K&L – Showing elegant notes of crushed stones, wood spices and cassis. On the palate, it is medium body, with cassis fruit, dark cherries. The touch of spices and earthiness lend its elegance. An absolute no-brainer.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-08-2015
A staple at K&L – Showing elegant notes of crushed stones, wood spices and cassis. On the palate, it is medium body, with cassis fruit, dark cherries. The touch of spices and earthiness lend its elegance. An absolutely no-brainer.
Price: $35.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Haut Rian Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 06-08-2015
A very nice and refreshing white wine for the summer. Delicate muskmelon and pomelo aromatics, with the palate showing an almost ethereal crispiness, an almost sweet pétillant sensation on the tongue that is absolutely charming and refreshing. It has a nice balance between the sharpness of the Sauvignon Blanc and the suppleness of the Sémillon. All of this for 10 dollars!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-02-2015
A very polished nose of berries, currants and graphite although a bit subdued at its very young age. The palate is quite profound with cocoa, blackberries, cherries, blackcurrants and pencil lead. Very fine tannins and perfect acidity. All of this making it an exquisite wine.
Price: $179.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 93 - 96 RP 93 - 95 WS 92 - 95
JS 93 - 94
Limit of 24 per customer

2014 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 05-19-2015
Very pure, bright and focused. Pineapple, limes bring a touch of crispness that I found very exciting. It is not heavy at all in spite of its concentration and power. A great Sauternes and a great value!

2014 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-19-2015
Very pure, bright and focused. Pineapple, limes bring a touch of crispness that I found very exciting. It is not heavy at all in spite of its concentration and power. A great Sauternes and a great value!

2014 Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 05-19-2015
As always Guiraud shows why it's one of my favorites Sauternes. The exquisite aromatics, of honey, apricots, marmalade, beeswax and the sensation of ripe peaches just melting in the mouth is an experience hard to forget. Perfect balance between the acidity and the sweetness. Fantastic!

2014 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-19-2015
As always Guiraud shows why it's one of my favorites Sauternes. The exquisite aromatics, of honey, apricots, marmalade, beeswax and the sensation of ripe peaches just melting in the mouth is an experience hard to forget. Perfect balance between the acidity and the sweetness. Fantastic!

2014 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-19-2015
Lighter bodied than say... 2010, but possessing a very enticing aromatics of raw meat, and crushed stones. The palate reveals its still rigid structure, with the tannins quite prominent. The fruit is still, as I like to say... Sleeping. It needs time to round it all up, and time it will have in the barrels. I enjoyed the aromatics and believe this will become a very good wine indeed.

2014 Gazin, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-18-2015
Displaying plums, dark berries and kirsch at first, with a touch of earthiness that adds complexity. On the palate it reveals some smoke and its ripe tannins. That's a fine Gazin.

2014 Bourgneuf, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-18-2015
Showing a lot of wood at this young age, still the nice notes of plums, cherries and exotic spices carry on the palate. It needs to loosen up its tannins which in the next 28 months in barrels will certainly do.

2014 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-18-2015
A charming lifted aromatics of fresh cherries followed by a touch of raw meat, earth and exotic spices. Very attractive indeed. The palate is rich and round, with ripe tannins and juicy acidity. It will age beautifully.

2014 Puy-Blanquet, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-18-2015
It was pure pleasure to taste this wine. Full of dark cherries and chocolate. Medium tannins, and a good acidity to balance the fruit. It is easy to drink and a no brainer for a couple of cases or more!
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 89 - 90

2014 Le Petit Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-18-2015
A very classic Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wine. Cedary notes along with capsicum, pencil lead and roasted coffee. The tannins are quite grippy, and the acidity is high. This is an elegant wine which shows very much its lineage. It will require time and it will last for a long time.

2014 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Rosé IGP Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 05-18-2015
The Begude rosé has always been of our best selling rosé every year, and there is a reason for it. I'd like to tell people that this is the other style of French rosés. Not Provençal at all. It is more racy, more delicate, and bone dry. More reminiscent of a Sancerre rosé, not just because of the cépage, Pinot Noir, but the style. Dried rose petals, raspberry lots of minerality and even a touch of salinity which is quite beguiling. I can think of no other type of wine to drink on a hot California day!
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Lagrange, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Still a little restrained on the nose, but showing dark berries and blueberries on the background. Elegant and balanced on the palate, which is medium bodied, with dark fruit and graphite framed by fine grained tannin structure.

2014 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Showing more deeper dark fruit, blackberry, dark plums and blood orange. the palate is all about integration of the fruit and its structure. Medium body, fine medium tannins and high acid. It will develop into a beauty for sure

2014 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-12-2015
A very polished nose of berries, currants and graphite although a bit subdued at its very young age. The palate is quite profound with cocoa, blackberries, cherries, blackcurrants and pencil lead. Very fine tannins and perfect acidity. All of this making it an exquisite wine.

2014 Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-12-2015
A profound nose of dark fruit, blackberry, kirsch and graphite. Very aromatic.It is however more restrained on the palate, although the fruit display a richness and suppleness that will come out of its shell. Very good wine.

2014 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (3L)
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Although not surprisingly a little closed up on the nose, one can still notice the elegant style of Lynch Bages, with its pencil lead, and black currants in the background. Very refined tannins and the high acidity on the palate make this wine a classic for this vintage, not opulent, but quite alluring!

2014 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Although not surprisingly a little closed up on the nose, one can still notice the elegant style of Lynch Bages, with its pencil lead, and black currants in the background. Very refined tannins and the high acidity on the palate make this wine a classic for this vintage, not opulent, but quite alluring!

2014 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Although not surprisingly a little closed up on the nose, one can still notice the elegant style of Lynch Bages, with its pencil lead, and black currants in the background. Very refined tannins and the high acidity on the palate make this wine a classic for this vintage, not opulent, but quite alluring!

2014 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Lifted fruit notes on the nose with blackberries, kirsch, oak notes, and spicy cinnamon. On the palate the fruit is very much still firmly under he tannin structure, no surprise here being such a young wine. The wine will blossom in the next couple of years in barrel. And it will be a very good one!

2014 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Lifted fruit notes on the nose with blackberries, kirsch, oak notes, and spicy cinnamon. On the palate the fruit is very much still firmly under he tannin structure, no surprise here being such a young wine. The wine will blossom in the next couple of years in barrel. And it will be a very good one!

2014 Labégorce, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-12-2015
A nice lifted fruity aromatics followed by an inviting palate full of blackberry, a touch of coffee and cocoa. Very fine tannins, giving it an appealing all round texture. Just beautiful!

2014 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A nice lifted fruity aromatics followed by an inviting palate full of blackberry, a touch of coffee and cocoa. Very fine tannins, giving it an appealing all round texture. Just beautiful!

2014 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Quite lifted aromatics of blackberries and blueberry kirsch. The palate one can taste the nice sweet fruit through the very firm structure of tannins. It is a beautiful wine that without a doubt will improve immensely after its passage in the barrels.

2014 d'Armailhac, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Classic Pauillac, with cassis, violets, coffee and vanilla on both nose and palate. Medium bodied, and medium tannins; sweet and easy, a pleasure to drink! 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

2014 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
An alluring flowery nose, full of violets, cedar, graphite and cassis. All of that follows on the palate along with beautiful blue and dark berries, as well as coffee. Quite structured by the tannins and acidity. It showed beautifully at the tasting in Bordeaux. I expect it to gather very good reviews. Excellent wine for the long term.

2014 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (3L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
An alluring flowery nose, full of violets, cedar, graphite and cassis. All of that follows on the palate along with beautiful blue and dark berries, as well as coffee. Quite structured by the tannins and acidity. It showed beautifully at the tasting in Bordeaux. I expect it to gather very good reviews. Excellent wine for the long term.

2014 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-11-2015
An alluring flowery nose, full of violets, cedar, graphite and cassis. All of that follows on the palate along with beautiful blue and dark berries, as well as coffee. Quite structured by the tannins and acidity. It showed beautifully at the tasting in Bordeaux. I expect it to gather very good reviews. Excellent wine for the long term.

2014 Pibran, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Made with a higher amount of Merlot than usual, the Pibran has an enticing lifted nose of plums and blue fruit. On the palate, roasted coffee, medium tannins and plums. Although it does have a nicely framed structure, it is an easy wine to please.

2014 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A beautiful nose of dark fruits, like cassis, blackberry, plums and an elegant note of pencil lead. The palate not only follows the nose but also offers plums, tobacco and cedar. My exact notes about the palate was: "beautiful fruit behind a fine veil of tannins and earthy minerality". I think that describes the elegance of this sumptuous wine.

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