Staff Favorites - Illya Haase

Illya Haase


2014 Neyers "Left Bank Red" Napa Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 07-25-2016
I talk about cross over wines all the time. But, it is usually in regards to trying old world wines. For example, if you like Napa Cabernet you should try this 2009 Bordeaux. So let us flip the script! This is a great opportunity for people who like old world wines to try something similar in style from Napa. Neyers "Left Bank Red" is that wine. Crushed floral, red berry fruit and hints of oak linger in the glass. There is nothing overpowering, just a really balanced wine. Balance is the key word that kept coming back to me from beginning to end. This wine has great acidity along with black and blue fruit that dances on the palate. Seamless tannins finish off this unique traditional Bordeaux-style wine from the Napa Valley. This wine is not to be missed.
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2015 Kalinda Riesling Rheingau
Review Date: 07-22-2016
Wow, the 2015 Kalinda Rheingau Riesling is outstanding! Classic racy mineral, well balanced acidity, and the aromatic fruit character that I look for in my Rheingau Riesling. From a quick read, sounds like the 2015 vintage is going to be a good one. This bottle will be my go-to for any sushi night!
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Uberach "Assemblage" Alsace Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 07-22-2016
Being a Kentucky boy, it is difficult giving any other whiskey a chance, other than bourbon. I am always willing to try any whiskey David puts in front of me. But, France and whiskey? Bottle #147 of 160 of the Uberach single malt from Alsace was a lovely surprise. The nose is fresh baked apple pie with a scoop of vanilla on top. The mouth is a balance of fruit, spice and good weight on the palate. Nice little kick of heat at the end too! You can add a cube or a drop of water for all you non George T Stagg drinkers. SOLUTE!!
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2010 Bava Barbaresco
Review Date: 07-17-2016
This single vineyard Barbaresco is ready to go. Aging in small oak barrels gives this wine soft and silky mouth feel. Red fruit and spice continually ring throughout the wine. Rounded out by smooth and balanced tannins. Perfect with a wild mushroom ragu!!
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2014 Spellbound California Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-24-2016
Year in and year out Spellbound Chardonnay always delivers! Classic California Chardonnay with a soft touch of oak. Tropical fruit, vanilla and creme brulee burst in the glass. A backbone of acidity brings the perfect balance to the wine. Love this wine with some Thai food.
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2014 Clos de l'Anhel "Lolo de l'Anhel" Corbieres
Review Date: 06-20-2016
Sophie is one of those winemakers that you just fall in love with. The way she talks about her wines, it is like her babies. She will even show you pictures of the vines if you ask. She is so passionate and her winemaking style is hands-off. Let the grape and the place speak for itself. The nose in the glass is lovely red fruit, lavender and earth. Taste it and it mirrors the nose. Such great expression that I find in organic farming. This would go great with a grilled skirt steak. Heck, it is just awesome on its own!
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2015 Chateau les Valentines "Le Caprice de Clementine" Cotes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 05-20-2016
It is Rosé season!!! My favorite time of the year. Chateau les Valentines "Le Caprice de Clementine" is always one of my first bottles that I open. The grapes used are traditional to the area, such as: Cinsaut for its lightness, elegance and fruity aromas of berry and citrus, and Granache for its warmth and snap of freshness. Certified Organic! It is the perfect summer aperitif.
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2013 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia
Review Date: 05-20-2016
Tuesday night pizza wine anyone!! This red delivers with great red ripe wild berries, floral and herbal spice. A lovely balance of acidity and tannins. With summer right around the corner. It is amazing with any grilled meats too! Sure to please at any event. From pizza and a movie on the couch or outdoor event with all your great summertime eats!
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2005 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 02-23-2016
Oh, the magic of Rioja! If I was trapped on a deserted island and I could have only one wine to drink it would be Rioja. This bottle is such a quintessential showing of old school Rioja. It just jumps out of the glass from the beginning. The nose is delicate and intense at the same time. Coffee, leather, crushed floral, vanilla and mineral-driven red fruit. That is just the nose. The palate is full-bodied with crisp acidity slicing through the pure blackberry and cassis fruit. Don't forget the super long finish. This wine is built for the long haul. What a pleasure it was to sit back and enjoy with short ribs and polenta.

2010 Cune "Imperial" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 02-04-2016
There is no other wine like the Rioja from Alta! The moment you pour the glass and it hits your nose, you know exactly where you are. Aromas of subtle spice linger in the glass. Violets, cinnamon and dried cherries are the benchmarks for an old world Rioja. As it is relatively young, the fruit is a little more seductive, but the underlying earth, leather and sweet crushed floral are the highlights. Rounded out by amazing acidity and polish tannins this is the ultimate food wine! Start out with Morcilla and end with a roasted leg of lamb. Nothing could be more perfect!

2009 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Grand Cru Champagne
Review Date: 12-31-2015
If you need a party Champagne, look no further. It is here! Elisabeth Goutorbe Champagne is a classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and is light, bright and beautifully made. Citrus fruits jump out of the glass, followed by lovely, freshly-baked biscuit flavors. This can be served on its own, or with party nibbles. Amazing with seafood, too.
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Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 11-27-2015
This is as dry as it gets folks. Zero dosage. Which means outstanding acidity! Perfect for that signature cocktail at your holiday party. Did I mention bone dry and a amazing ability to pair with everything on the holiday menu. Keep a case on hand for all the events on busy holiday calendar.
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2014 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc
Review Date: 08-17-2015
Year in and year out Franck and Betty Millet makes some of my favorite Sancerres. Great mineral from limestone-clay soil. The nose pops with wonderful citrus and grassy aromatics. But, it is not just acidity, there is a nice palate weight to this young wine. Goat cheese tart would be a wonderful match.
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2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 02-26-2015
I love Rioja! With a vintage like 2005 you can't go wrong. This is very traditional bottle with wonderful earth and spice. The oak is very well integrated, so it is not over powering the plush fruit and spice on the palate. Rounded out by good acidity and super dry finish. Perfect for lamb or the next taco truck you hit.
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2011 Obsidian Ridge "Obsidian Ridge Vineyard" Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-26-2015
Score one for California! This Cabernet was such a wonderful surprise for me. Of course big black but that leads into spice and forest floor. Great acidity and a complexity of tannin that never overpowers the wine. When people talk about cross over wines. This would be a great one if you are a Bordeaux lover.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 02-23-2015
In 1916 Jules Armand purchased the property located at Valenton St Loubès, a small town 25 km from Bordeaux. A stone's throw from the influence of the two rivers (the Garonne and Dordogne). It's these two rivers that add an early ripening and deeper concentration to the grapes. Great fruit and spice which gives way to a super dry finish. Perfect weekday wine.
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2014 Valentin Bianchi "Elsa Bianchi" Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 02-23-2015
One of the top selling reds in the store year after year. Wonderful nose of dark fruit ( black cherry ) and spice ( dark mocha ). This is a big, rich, wine with a luscious mouth feel. The ultimate in silky smooth finish! Perfect party wine!
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2011 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana
Review Date: 12-01-2014
What a wonderful find in some of the best vineyard sites of the Chianti Classico region (Conca D’Oro). On the hillsides of the town of Panzano this IGT first pops with vibrant color in the glass and lovely shades of violet and plum. On the nose it burst with floral, spice and seamlessly layered oak! Deep, rich and alluring mouthfeel. It keeps you reaching for the glass. Espresso roast, cassis, blueberries, blackberries and a hint of smoky tar rounds out the finish. This is one full-bodied wine! But, with that great Italian acidity. A fantastic gift for the holidays or any day for that matter! Enjoy--I know I am.

Blason Isonzo Bianco (3L Bag-in-a-Box) (cannot ship)
Review Date: 10-01-2014
Lucky for us in Los Angeles it is a never ending summer. So, no reason not to have this one on hand for family and friends! Heck or just hanging poolside. Wonderful floral and acidity. Super long finish to stand up to any finger food you throw at. Don't forget because of the magically bag it last for weeks in the fridge! Great for camping trips too. Enjoy!!
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2009 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2014
One of the most approachable Brunellos in the bunch. Intense dark berry color meets you in the glass. Rounded fruit with hints of plum and floral notes. Great acidity and velvety tannins. This is a balanced and powerful wine ready for any cut of meat you want to throw at it.
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Carpano "Antica Formula" Sweet Vermouth (1L)
Review Date: 07-29-2012
One thing I learned in my twenty years of bar tending is. The better the ingredients, the better the drink. So, if you are making a Manhattan or one of those crazy whiskey drinks from your local mixologist. Keep the Carpano on hand. It make's any cocktail, ten thousand times better! You will not find a better vermouth!
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart
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2005 Verdignan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-28-2012
This is my affordable steak wine. Now, while I am not a high roller. If I am going to spend money on a great NY strip. The wine hold's up it's end of the bargain. Great acid and silky tannins. Matches perfectly with the steak.
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Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters (5oz)
Review Date: 04-30-2012
It's citrus time at the Hollywood Farmers Market. There is nothing better on a lazy Sunday than a greyhound! This grapefruit and vodka cocktail is an ideal choice for a summertime brunch. The beauty of this mixed drink is in its simplicity. But, I like to spice mine up with a little Scrappy's Grapefruit bitters. It is that little extra that goes a long way!
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Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 11-25-2011
In our recent staff tasting for sparkling wines. This by far was top of the class! I brought it to start the Thanksgiving Day events. Deligeroy did not disappoint! It went perfect with the root salad!
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Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 07-29-2010
For me, one of the best finds at our recent Champagne tasting! It's off-dry, with beautiful fruit and a nice toasty nose. All this from third generation winemaking family whose holdings consist of 15 hectares of Grand Cru vineyards. The winemaking here is all about elegance and finesse and allowing the terroir to speak for itself and it shows.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart