Reviewers


K&L Email Alerts

Sign up to receive custom alerts, new arrivals and the latest happenings from K&L Wines

Staff Favorites - Olivia Ragni

Olivia Ragni
Olivia Ragni  | Send Email  |   Subscribe to My Sommelier Service
My roots are in Philadelphia, and to a greater extent, Italy. Wine has always been a focal point of my Italian-American culture, and the years I spent working in Philadelphia’s fine dining scene piqued my interest in the wine industry. Prior to Los Angeles, I was a resident of Portugal, Turkey, and Germany, three stops on my tour of Europe as an English teacher. Portugal was my first locale and the one that left the greatest impression. The wine culture of Portugal is so rich and so storied; I was completely taken by the people’s passion for wine. I decided to explore the vast expanse of European wine regions, including Italy, Andalusia, and Croatia. In each of these locations I discovered wines and cultures that I had previously not known and discovered my affinity for the bold sherries of Jerez de la Frontera and the crisp, maritime whites of Vrbnik. My hope is to share my love of these old world wines with people who have not yet had the pleasure of discovering them.


Reviews

2016 Domaine de Rimauresq Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Rosé
Review Date: 06-13-2017
This is the perfect choice for those who are looking for classic Provence style rose, with that super mineral-driven quality. This has flavors of chalk, wet river rocks, rose petals, yet with a soft, rich texture that adds a layer of complexity.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
DC 97 VN 90

2015 Domaine Les Pins "Les Rochettes" Bourgueil
Review Date: 06-01-2017
Les Pins is a small producer out of Bourgueil, in the Loire Valley, a small region you may never have heard of, but ought to pay attention to. It is the neighboring region to the famous Chinon. I find the wines of Bourgueil to be a bit more pretty, less fleshy and more structured - and typically of greater value. The "Les Rochettes" is no exception, perfumed with notes of violets, sage and blackberry which leads into a palate of tilled earth, red plums, raspberries and a thread of black pepper. This medium-bodied, lifted red pairs perfectly with pork loin, mushroom based dished, and even game meats.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2016 Terra Santa Ile de Beaute Rosé (Corsica)
Review Date: 05-27-2017
Corsican Rose has got me smitten over the past few years, with esoteric native varietals and a price tag that provides crazy value, and the 2016 vintage may just be the best yet for this little bottle. The Terra Santa is one of my favorite rosés in the store, and for under $10 the quality out-performs the price immensely. In the glass this is a beautiful rose petal pink color. Notes of white cherry, slate-like minerality and watermelon are coupled by juicy, crisp acidity and a bone-dry finish. This unusual rosé is perfect to have around the house, and a great conversation starter when people find out it's from the island of Corsica!!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2010 Famille Perrin "Domaine du Clos des Tourelles" Gigondas
Review Date: 05-11-2017
A solid example of Gigondas, with notes of cloves, licorice, lilacs and berry fruit, this has some rustic tannins and a fuller body. This can pair lovely with pork shanks and steak alike.

1995 Glen Garioch 20 Year Old "John Milroy - K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 04-30-2017
The John Milroy bottling of Glen Garioch is quite elegant and insanely complex. The different aromas and flavors just go on forever. Fresh fennel, candied orange peel and lemongrass jump from the glass while on the palate notes of candied lemon peel, mint and sugar cookie come through. A stunning single malt.
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

2013 Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-28-2017
On the nose are alluring notes of black currants, cassis and sweet cocoa along with hints of fresh vanilla. The intense dark, concentrated fruit on the mouth-coating mid-palate misleads you into thinking that this wine is going to be massive and extracted but this Cab is exquisitely balanced. The intensity, focus and concentration of fruit is what takes this Napa Valley Cabernet from being simple AVA wine to excelling over those that are even single vineyard expressions. Just grab a steak and a wine glass and you're ready for a great evening.

2013 Domaine Baud "Ancestral" Côtes du Jura Rouge
Review Date: 04-19-2017
This Trousseau blend embodies the distinct earthiness the wines in this region can exude. This wine is aromatic, like walking through a forest, with aromas of crunchy berries, pine and fallen leaves. With one sip you can taste cherry, clove, cured meats and graphite while enjoying bright acidity, a medium body and soft tannins. Pair this unique red with roasted duck or game bird.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2006 Mortlach 10 Year Old "John Milroy" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 03-30-2017
Mortlach continues to be one of my favorite single malts, especially this unique John Milroy bottling. The Mortlach has an ever so faint note of smokiness and cured meats. It has an elegant balance of lemon zest and green apple with some more funky notes of petrol and charcoal. This is an incredibly complex single malt that has nuances that last for days.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2014 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-09-2017
The beauty of Willamette shines through in this Pinot with aromas of smoke and violets. The palate provides a mix of crunchy red fruits and dark fruits with lovely tobacco spice, slate-like minerality and spice.

2014 Clos Saint-Jean "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 02-05-2017
The Clos Saint Jean Chateanueuf is not for the faint of heart. This wine has power and persistence. It is quite young and would cellar well, but is also surprisingly expressive in its youth. Aromas of blueberry compote, rhubarb, lavender, and clove pop from the glass. Flavors of blackberry jam, star anise, and cassis are surrounded by structure, and power. Enjoy with a hearty oxtail stew!

2014 Domaine Drouhin "Arthur" Dundee Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 01-27-2017
This is beautiful terroir-driven, French-style Chardonnay that exudes elegance. It is a clean, pure expression of Chardonnay from Willamette with aromas of fennel and white flowers, and flavors of pith, wet stones, almonds and white nectarines. And you get all of that ethereal beauty for under $30.

Writer's Tears Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 01-06-2017
This is absolutely lovely pure pot still Irish Whiskey. Aromas of flowers, tea and bananas lead to a palate of chestnuts, caramel, malt and spice. This is rich, full-bodied and textural whiskey that is extremely smooth and easy to drink. The only problem is the bottle will be gone faster than you intended, so stock up!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2015 Veronique Anne Perret Vin de Savoie Apremont
Review Date: 01-06-2017
Some of the best value whites in the world are coming from the Savoie. I absolutely love this wine, there is some much complexity for so little money. It is truly the taste of the alps. This wine is full of minerality, with aromas of chalk, and a palate that seems like you're licking wet stone and slate. This is all accompanied by aromas of beautiful white flowers, tea and flavors of lemongrass, pith and great acid and texture. Extremely versatile with food, great for fondue!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2014 Sylvain Gaudron "La Butte du Trésor" Vouvray Sec
Review Date: 01-06-2017
Year after year this is one of the best valued dry Vouvray offered. It delivers all the things you want from Chenin Blanc, high acid and opulent weight plus more ripe notes of peach skin, white nectarine and jasmine.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2009 Roederer Estate "L'Ermitage" Anderson Valley Brut Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 12-21-2016
The 'L'Ermitage' is a sparkling wine that can truly stand amongst Champagne. Lightly autolytic aromas of bruised apples and caramel lead to soft, moussey palate of quince, yellow apples, and a hint of cherry on the finish. What and delicious and impressive California sparkler.
Price: $45.99 Add To Cart
WS 92 W&S 90

Ohishi "'K&L Exclusive"' Single Sherry Cask #1023 Japanese Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-15-2016
What I love about the Ohishi is the combination of the beautiful texture you get from distilled rice and the wonderful balance of sherry characteristics imparted from aging in sherry barrels. Aromas of white flowers and almonds lead to a soft palate of cocoa, almond skins, toasted walnuts, and raisins.
Price: Hidden View Price

2015 Malat "Furth-Palt" Grüner Veltliner Kremstal
Review Date: 12-03-2016
Bright, zippy, fresh peeled lemon zest, prickly pears and white pepper make this zingy Gruner perfect to have around the house for parties and friends.
Price: Hidden View Price

2015 Schmelz Pichl Point Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wachau
Review Date: 11-17-2016
This is not your juicy, easy going liter bottle of Gruner, this is serious Gruner Veltliner. This is a powerful, rich Gruner with lots of acid and lots of potential to age. Exotic spices, green peas, Asian pears, and stone fruit dance on your palate. Grab a few for Thanksgiving dinner and add a bottle to the cellar to try in 10 years, if you can wait that long.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

2015 Schmelz Steinriegl Riesling Smaragd Wachau
Review Date: 11-17-2016
The single vineyard Riesling from the Steinriegl vineyard comes from one of the few sites in Wachau that has special limestone silicate marble soils which Riesling thrives in. This terroir driven wine is aromatically captivating with notes of Meyer lemon, orange blossom, and beeswax beaming from the glass. On the palate, notes of river stones, white nectarine and chalk are coupled with racy acid, full body and a long, dry finish. This Riesling is gorgeous, and had the whole staff enamored.
Price: Hidden View Price

2015 Schmelz Stein am Rain Riesling Federspiel Wachau
Review Date: 11-17-2016
In Austria, Gruner Veltliner seems to get all the spotlight, but don't forget that Austria makes some exquisite, dry Riesling. This is Johann's entry level Riesling coming from the vineyard of Stein Am Rain that has alluvial and sandy soils which Rieslings does great in. This dry, juicy Riesling shows notes of honeysuckle, lemon, white peach and salinity. While there is great acid on this wine, the 2015 vintage provides this wine with big body and texture to balance.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2014 Ancient Peaks/K&L Wine Merchants Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 11-16-2016
Not over ripe, jammy or too high in alcohol, this is a beautifully balanced Zinfandel. Cassis, figs, plums, berries and baking spice coat your palate with juicy acidity and soft, rich texture. This is elegant Paso Zin!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Wine Club

$19.99

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 10-30-2016
We have been working with Aspasie for years, as they were our first direct import Champagne producer. Their wine continues to be of the highest quality, making it the best value Champagne in the store. Year after year, the rosé is my favorite rosé in the store. With flavors of black cherry, ripe cranberry, rosemary and an earthier backbone, this rose is beautiful both as an aperitif and especially fantastic with food. Try it with a roast duck or heavier fish like salmon or tuna steak.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

Charles Ellner "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-13-2016
The whole lineup of Charles Ellner blew us away with complexity and elegance all around. The Carte d’Or is my favorite of the bottlings. It is a little different from your typical Brut Champagne, they intentionally hold back malolactic fermentation making for a Champagne with loads of character. There are flavors of nuts, minerals and fino sherry, balanced with notes of white nectarine, cranberry and a hint of caramelized apples. This is an incredibly complex Champagne for under $35 a bottle.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WS 91 VN 90

Cruz Vieja Viña Roble Amontillado Jerez
Review Date: 10-01-2016
Cruz Vieja makes some of the most intricate, complex wines of the region, with such attention to detail and care for every step of the process. This Amontillado is elegant and complexly layered with flavor. It is extremely aromatic, revealing notes of hazelnuts, white flowers and bitter cocoa with flavors of salt, honey, roasted almonds and a long finish. Food pairings are endless with this wine, anything from olives to artichokes, to cured meats, to even heavier meats like pork or lamb.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
RP 91 WS 90

2014 Heinrich Spindler Pechstein Riesling Trocken (dry) Grosse Lage Pfalz
Review Date: 08-15-2016
Fermented entirely in stainless steel, the Pechstein is elegant and concentrated, with aromas of smoke, chalk and red fruits like tart cherry plums. The waxy texture of the wine captivates your palate and wraps it in flavors of white peach, white cherry and a finish of white flowers.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2015 Allram Grüner Veltliner Kamptal (1L)
Review Date: 07-17-2016
Ah the classic Austrian table wine in its liter bottle with an easy access crown cap, making for the perfect party wine! This gruner is full of citrus: lemon, grapefruit, orange and hints of apple and pear with juicy, mouthwatering acidity, perfect for the heat! Allram continues to make incredible quality gruner every year, making this a perennial staff favorite.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin 750ml
Review Date: 06-23-2016
The Navy Strength compared to the Rare Dry has more zesty notes of orange and lemon rind, lemon grass, sea salt and anise. At 118 proof, this is serious stuff that should be stocked in every cocktail enthusiast's bar.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 06-23-2016
Beautiful and bright, the Rare Dry has notes of fresh squeezed blood oranges, sweet herbs, sage, juniper and a hint of basil. It's the perfect gin for tonic or citrus heavy gin cocktails.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WE 92

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-25-2016
We have been working with Aspasie for years, as they were our first direct import Champagne producer. Their wine continues to be of the highest quality, making it the best value Champagne in the store. Year after year, the rosé is my favorite rosé in the store. With flavors of black cherry, ripe cranberry, rosemary and an earthier backbone, this rose is beautiful both as an aperitif and especially fantastic with food. Try it with a roast duck or heavier fish like salmon or tuna steak.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2009 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Émile" Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 04-03-2016
With 7 years of age, the Cuvee Frederic Emile is just beginning to develop. The nose burst with aromas of white flowers, honeycomb, herbs and a subtle hint of petrol. On the palate a smack of minerality like wet stones shows first, with white tea, rhubarb and white nectarine shining through. While this Riesling is drinking exceptionally now, it is structurally sound, with bright acid and big texture, ready to sit in your cellar for a few more years. Enjoy it now with some Szechuan food.

2006 Taittinger "Comtes de Champagne" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 03-11-2016
Aromas of yellow apples, caramelized pears and toast are very expressive immediately after popping the bottle. The palate shows more white nectarine and peach with bright acidity, soft moussey bubbles and a long, rich finish of baked apples.

Seikyo Omachi "Mirror Of Truth" Junmai Ginjo Namazake (720ml)
Review Date: 03-11-2016
Just an absolutely awesome sake that shows elegance and earth all at the same time. Aromas of white flowers, sea water and green tea lead to a palate with notes of pears, almonds, and fresh mushrooms. These flavors are all brought together by a soft, creamy texture and lingering finish. Excellent.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
Limit of 1 per customer

2012 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 10-14-2015
Incredibly elegant and complex with aromas of violets, fresh herbs and ripe cherries. The palate has an elegant soft texture while maintaining structure and expresses notes of fresh ground coffee, cassis and pencil shavings. This 2012 is a stunning bottle of elegant, classic Bordeaux that is integrated enough to drink now and complex enough to hold on to for a number of years.

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 07-17-2015
Yes, it back!!! Light and refreshing, hints of brioche and laser sharp acid! The perfect sparkling wine for mimosas, celebrations and any morning that ends in day!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould "Reserve" Brut Verzenay Champagne
Review Date: 07-15-2015
I'm still sticker shocked at the price for this Champagne, I can't believe it's only $33. This bubbly has such complexity and elegance. The nose provides notes of apple, pith and chalky minerality while the palate is classic Verzenay with black cherry and hazelnut. The palate is rich with a beautiful creamy texture, yet this wine sees no oak. A gorgeous wine for such a steal!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

West Cork 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 05-20-2015
This is some serious whiskey for less than $40. The nose is full of complexity; malted barley, spice and some fruit showing through. The palate is rich and spicy with notes of roasted chestnuts, raw cane sugar, allspice and nutmeg. Not sure how they are selling this for only $37 but happy there are!
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

West Cork Bourbon Cask Blended Irish Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 05-20-2015
A fantastic, easy going Irish whiskey to have around the house for making cocktails but also soft enough to drink straight at the end of the evening! New favorite for under $30!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

Rey Fernando de Castilla "Antique" Palo Cortado Jerez (500ml)
Review Date: 05-20-2015
The Rey Fernando de Castilla Palo Cortado is over 30 years of average age with both tremendous aromatics and flavors. Aromas of cocoa, roasted chestnuts, tiramisu, and nutmeg beam from the glass. The palate is bright at first, showing it’s years aged under flor with a beautifully tangy acidity, lemon rind and burnt orange peel. The palate turns to flavors of almonds, mocha and espresso on the finish. Potentially the finest example of Palo Cortado that exists. A must try bottle for Sherry lovers. Oh and properly stored, this bottle will keep well once opened for a couple of months.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 WS 92

Lustau Dry Amontillado "Los Arcos" Solera Reserva
Review Date: 10-22-2014
This dry Amontillado is a perfect accompaniment to cured meats and other Spanish style snacks. With its beautiful amber color, this Amontillado has pungent aromas of roasted nuts, coffee and dried figs, while the palate includes candied orange peel, seawater, toffee and butterscotch. Its pronounced flavors open up your pairing possibilities to more than just snacks, it could even hold up to a full array of grilled meats.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 WS 90

La Cigarrera Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda (375ml)
Review Date: 08-27-2014
A true Manzanilla with a bouquet full of oysters, clams and salted toffee. A flavor intense palate of oceanic salt and seaweed, peanut butter, bitter almonds and squash. Impeccable quality, a crazy value. What a steal!!!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

El Maestro Sierra Fino Jerez de la Frontera (375ml)
Review Date: 08-27-2014
At this stage, this delicate Fino has subtle notes of pecans, fresh apples, pie crust, and toasted pumpkin seeds with a mildly salty palate of butterscotch, almonds and bitter orange peel. Great companion to a tomato, basil salad!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
W&S 91 RP 90

2013 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc Swartland
Review Date: 07-05-2014
Year after year, The Badenhorst Family consistently makes quality value wines, the 2013 vintage might be the most impressive yet. A bit reminiscent of Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, this Chenin expresses aromas of honey, nuts, aloe and lemon grass. Flavors of stone fruits dominate the palate, with apple, pear, and nectarine while great minerality and acidity form a great structured, well balanced and extremely quaffable wine.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
W&S 90