Staff Favorites - Chris Miller

Chris Miller


2011 Poderi Morini "Savignone" Savignon Rosso
Review Date: 06-30-2013
One of the coolest wines I've come across in a long time. I opened it for the staff and they unanimously fell heads over heels for it as well (usually even if most of the staff loves a wine, there's still at least one "meh", but not this time!) Medium bodied, with zesty red raspberry, dried cherry and a ton of black pepper, rose petal, clove and exotic spice. Good concentration, but with a lively acidity that makes the wine thirst quenching and a natural to pair with a wide variety of foods. Savignon Rosso is an extremely rare grape from the far west of Romagna, near Ravenna on the Adriatic coast (it of course has nothing in common with Sauvignon or Cab Sauv). It is also called "Centesimino", which means "cheapskate", which was the nickname of the farmer who cultivated it back from the verge of extinction. Just for fun, "centesimo" is the old expression for 1/100th of a lira, and if you remember, there were about 2000 lira to the dollar by the time the Euro came around, so to be a "centesimino" or a "little 1/100th of a lira" was to be one heck of a cheapskate indeed. Gotta love Italy!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Hirsch "San Andreas Fault" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-01-2013
Interestingly enough, with about 5 or 6 hours left before departing to Italy for my annual buying trip, I found myself at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, at a tasting called "In Pursuit of Balance", essentially an exploration of cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonny put on by my old buddy Raj Parr and Jasmine Hirsch. I've made no bones about finding many Califonia Pinots too overly extracted, overly oaked and just plain overly done where they're barely discernable as Pinot Noir, but I was nothing less than amazed by the across the board quality of the producers in attendance at this event. I didn't get a chance to taste this wine there, but was very impressed when we opened it here at the store. Bing cherry, hints of forest floor and spice, full bodied but elegant with fine tannins and a nice zesty streak of acidity, there is a touch of course oak on the finish that will certainly integrate with another half year or so in bottle. In fact, as well as it's drinking now, it would be very fun to watch this wine evolve over the next three to seven years. David Hirsch in undeniably a pioneer for this style of Pinot, and this wine is right in line with what he's all about. Very nice indeed. CM
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List
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2006 Terre da Vino "Essenze" Barolo
Review Date: 11-26-2011
This is a no brainer Barolo at a no brainer price (no brainer price for a Barolo I should add). We visited this "winery" last winter and it was quite startling after visiting so many small, family run estates producing wines underneath the house or in essentially converted garages. This place looked as if it could be running various expermiments for NASA or the Jet Propolsion Lab here in SoCal. But make no mistake; this is juice from some of the most esteemed vineyards in Barolo and tasting this wine blind, there is no way I would guess anything but well made Barolo or Barbaresco. Lots of the classic ripe cherry, tarry cherry pipe tobacco, cedar, licorice and game on the nose and palate, with firm but ultra fine tannins and a pleasant streak of acidity. Could be a little more dense and rich on the mid palate, but I would still be pleased if told this was in the $40 to $50 dollar range, so an absolute steal at this price. We sold out of this wine in less than a month last vintage so jump on this one quickly. CM
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
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Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 07-28-2011
This is another scratch my head in wonder deal. In fact, and this is a bold statement, this could be the greatest deal in the store. Wait... bold statement is an understatement, as we have so many head scratching "yougottabefrigginkiddinme" deals is this store. But alas, I think it might be. This could hold its own in a blind tasting with bottles of bubbles two, three or even four times this price. Hell, five times. I implore you to give it a try.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

Maui Brewing Company "Bikini Blonde Lager" Hawaii 12oz Cans
Review Date: 07-22-2011
I started working here at K&L about 18 months ago. The only thing that scares me more than trying to calculate how many cans of this I've consumed since that start date, which is also the point at which I discovered this insanely delicious brew, is how much Fernet Branca I drank in the decade I was in San Francisco. I "heart" this beer! CM
Price: $1.99 Add To Waiting List

Sorelle Bronca Prosecco DOCG
Review Date: 06-19-2010
The Bronca sisters knock it out of the park with this wine. I went to a Prosecco Consorzio tasting in San Francisco a few years back and dutifully tasted well over a hundred different Proseccos and this one was easily in the top five (and the least expensive of those; by half, in fact, in one instance!) This is the sole Prosecco imported by famed Italian agent Oliver McCrum, who insists the extra dry style is the only way to truly express the beautiful pear blossom and white peach inherent in the grape. I couldn't agree more Mr. McCrum, so, Mr (or Miss) Customer, please try this bottle of bubbles and experience one of the best examples of this exceptionally lovely wine, a perennial favorite of yours truly, by the way. Salud! CM
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List