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2013 Domaine Remi Jobard Bourgogne Blanc Nouvelle Vigne
Review Date: 08-20-2015
This wine comes from newly acquired parcels planted with, what the winery describes as "young vines”. At 35 years old I am not sure I quite get the “young vine” reference, but what really matters is what is in the bottle. This is a tremendously fresh, lively and crisp Bourgogne Blanc that shows clean, rich and complex fruit, along with its citric backbone. Very serious Bourgogne Blanc!
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2012 Domaine Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 08-18-2015
Henri Boillot's son Guillaume is now overseeing the production of the reds for both the Maison and Domaine operations. 2013 vintage required a ton of work in the vineyards, in the cellars and on the sorting table. Guillaume did a fine job with this wine as it shows the pretty fruit of the vintage, along with a wonderful freshness and purity that lingers on the finish.
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AG 88 - 90

2012 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey "Clos Rond"
Review Date: 08-18-2015
The Mercurey Clos Rond comes from a single vineyard in Mercurey that is owned completely by Faiveley. Quite a lot of body here for the money, the “Clos Rond” shows red cherry and strawberry fruit upfront , with lots of minerals and earthy notes that linger on the finish. This wine has a nice little punch to it and opens up nicely with some air or decanting.
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2012 Maison Roche de Bellene "Vieilles Vignes" Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 08-18-2015
Maison Roche de Bellene is a new project in Burgundy founded by famed winemaker Nicholas Potel. His focus is on individual terroirs from old vines (40 years or older) that are farmed responsibly. This is a wonderfully fresh and clean wine that blends fresh, bright red fruits with hints of minerals and spice. It is an easy wine to pair with lighter summer dishes.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Albert Bichot Savigny-Les-Beaune
Review Date: 08-14-2015
This is a followup to the hugely successful Bichot Chablis deal we did in early August this year. Always a difficult category to find value reds, this 2012 Savigny-Les-Beaune from Bichot shows plenty of red and black fruits, spicy undertones, with hints of minerals and earth. This wine shows a fair amount of structure and concentration for a $20 bottle. This is a great value for a wine that doesn’t show that overly sweet fruit characteristic that so many $20 California Pinots have!
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2014 Domaine de Biéville (Louis Moreau) Chablis
Review Date: 08-12-2015
Great Value! This mineral-driven wine is crisp, flinty, bright and lively. The finish grabs you and seems to awaken the taste buds. Delicious!
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2013 Domaine Latour-Giraud "Genevrieres" Meursault 1er Cru
Review Date: 08-11-2015
Domaine Latour Giraud owns 2.5 hectares of the 16 hectare Genevrieres vineyard in the heart of Meursault. I had a chance to taste this wine in Early August and it showed terrific. Initially upfront the nose is quite toasty with an almost exotic fruit component. In the mouth, hints of wild flower, sage and creamy fruit coat the palate, while the finish is vibrant and focused. This wine shows well now but its sweet spot may still be a few years away.

2012 Grable Vineyards "House Creek" Knights Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-10-2015
Grable Estate Vineyard sits 510 feet above sea level at the base of Mount St. Helena in the Knights Valley appellation. Grable Vineyards' focus is on Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietals. The 2012 House Creek Chardonnay is extremely rich and layered in the mouth. It shows a ton of ripeness balanced by a deep core of minerality and citrus hints. Only 20% of the French oak is new, so most of the texture and creaminess is coming from the fruit, not the wood. To me this wine shows similar to a Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay, even though the two vineyards are nowhere near each other.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Grable "Liquid Twitter" Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-10-2015
Grable Estate Vineyard sits 510 feet above sea level at the base of Mount St. Helena in the Knights Valley appellation. Grable Vineyards' focus is on Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietals. The Liquid Twitter is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc. This wine shows a wonderful purity of fruit that feels almost silky in the mouth. Its soft, fleshy texture is well balanced and the finish is fresh and not heavy.
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2014 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay
Review Date: 08-05-2015
The Macon Charnay is another winner from Domaine Pascal & Mireille Renaud. All of their 2014 whites are extremely fresh, pure and clean. The Macon Charnay shows hints of tropical fruit, with excellent mid-palate richness followed by a crisp, mineral driven finish. Very solid wine for the money!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Domaine Renaud St-Véran
Review Date: 08-05-2015
Great value! The 2014 Renaud Saint Veran shows super creamy and rich upfront fruit, which is followed by flavors of pear, coconut, Asian spice and fresh green apples. This is a wonderfully fresh and lively expression of Chardonnay, which drinks more like a Sauvignon Blanc from Loire Valley. Excellent food wine.
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2012 Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur Clos Vougeot Grand Cru "Musigni"
Review Date: 05-06-2015
One of my favorite producers is Domaine Gros Frère & Soeur. The style of the property is pretty straightforward: Big, rich and ripe fruit with a healthy dose of new oak. In good vintages, the wines of Gros Frère are voluptuous, bordering exotic. His wines drink and show well young, which is another reason I really like this property—as patience is not one of my virtues. The 2012 Musigni is a serious wine, jam- packed with intense fruit, lots of spicy undertones, hints of bacon fat, smoke and black cherry fruit. This wine shows quite a bit of structure and power, so you might want to put it in the cellar for 5-10 years.

2012 Olivier Leflaive St-Aubin 1er Cru "Charmois"
Review Date: 05-06-2015
In the mouth this wine really shows explosive richness and depth of fruit. The round entry is balanced out with a wonderfully crisp, acidic backbone; hints of lemon, green apple and a slightly toasty edge really make this wine a pleasure to drink.
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2012 Snowden "The Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-10-2015
This is a very approachable and drinkable 2012 Cabernet! It is loaded with supple, juicy fruit along with hints of minerals, cedar and spice. The wine shows excellent balance and acidity, which allows the wine to remain focused and fresh. The blend for the 2012 is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Delicious Napa Cab!

2012 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Proprietary Red
Review Date: 02-26-2015
The 2012 Altagracia shows a focused core of red currant fruit intertwined with minerals and graphite flavors. Not made with a heavy hand, this wine shows a wonderful purity of fruit and balance that lingers on through to the finish. This classic Bordeaux blend from Araujo will improve with some extra bottle age and be delicious over the next 5-10 years.

2012 Anaba Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-04-2015
A terrifically fresh, well balanced Chardonnay that shows layers of lemon, pineapple and other tropical fruit flavors. The wine is 60% barrel fermented and 40% stainless fermented, which adds the perfect balanced between the acidity and vanilla bean flavors, which linger on the palate. Nor heavy or fat in the mouth, this wine is an excellent pick to pair with food.
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RP 93

2012 Adelsheim Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 01-28-2015
The 2012 Adelsheim Pinot Noir is another winner from the excellent 2012 vintage in Oregon. This wine is delightfully fresh and bright, with a juicy mid-core of red cherry fruit that lingers on through the finish. I love the silky mouthfeel of this wine, while it still has that lively, crisp, food friendly appeal. Delicious!

2013 Charles & Charles Washington Chardonnay
Review Date: 01-27-2015
A screaming deal from the 2014 Wine Enthusiast “Winemaker of the Year” Charles Smith and Charles Bieler of Three Thieves wine company! This little gem of a Chardonnay shows flavors of fresh green apples, pear and wet stone. There is plenty of richness in the mouth with hints of melon and lime, which linger on through to the finish. This cool climate Chardonnay sees about 22% barrel fermentation and aging to help round out its bright and fresh acidity. Great buy +!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 90

2013 Au Contraire Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 12-22-2014
Au Contraire is a brand new project that has turned out a fabulous debut Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. I love the balance and freshness of this wine. In the mouth the wine is creamy with hints of tropical fruit, lime and toast. It is balanced and the finish is long and lingering. Excellent buy!
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 93

2013 Brewer-Clifton/K&L Wine Merchants "B-C. Kessler-Haak Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-20-2014
Fans of Santa Rita Pinot Noir will love this wine. This unique blend from the Kessler Haak vineyard is loaded with red fruits, Asian spice and cola notes. The texture is lush and round in the mouth while the finish is supple and smooth. Even though this Pinot Noir is still very young it is drinking great right now and should develop even more complexity with some extra time in the bottle. A very cool wine to serve friends as it is a unique item that can only be found at K&L!
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2013 Daou Vineyards Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-14-2014
This is the most bang for the buck you can get in California! Loaded with black licorice, mocha, black cherry, cola and Asian spices, the 2013 Daou really blew me away. The concentration of this wine is deep and intense, while still keeping a round, seamless mouth feel. When you taste this wine it is hard to believe it is under $25!
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RP 90 - 92

2005 Valandraud, St-Emilion
Review Date: 11-11-2014
One of our suppliers was kind enough to hold this wine for several years before we purchased it for a ridiculous price (that is one way to look at it). A few extra years in the bottle has really rounded out and opened up the wine. It is just starting to hit its stride now as there is still plenty of tannin and structure underneath the enormous amount of fruit and toasty oak. Still, with a little air this wine is delicious right now!

2012 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-04-2014
The 2012 Napa explodes from the glass, while the texture is rich, decadent and lush in the mouth. There is lots of structure and tannin here but the tannins are juicy and ripe. Still a baby, this is a big wine that is surprisingly drinkable at this stage but will keep improving in the bottle over the next 5-10 years.
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2011 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-04-2014
In warm vintages such as 2007, I feel Insignia is too much for me. The cooler 2011 vintage really allows this wine to still have that typical Phelps fruit but with much more restraint and a bit more elegance and finesse. This is a solid effort for the vintage!

2012 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-04-2014
Fans of California Cabernet will love this wine. It is rich, concentrated in the mouth with blackberry fruit, graphite and spicy oak, which lingers in the back. What I loved about this wine is the richness of fruit without being sweet. There is structure and tannin but it is balanced, seamless and silky on the finish
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 92 WE 91

2013 Kalinda "Clone 828 Reserve" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-07-2014
Exotic, spicy and ripe aromas jump from the glass. The mouthfeel is lush, explosive and layered. The finish is spicy, silky and long. This is flat-out delicious Pinot Noir!
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2013 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 09-04-2014
Pretty floral fruit, spicy, red currants, focused and balanced, fresh, tannins are integrated and firm--will be a wine to buy if price is right. 89-91 points.

2013 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 08-04-2014
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2013 Calon Segur shows aromas and flavors of coffee, black tea, red cherries and dried tobacco leaf. This is a rustic style wine in every vintage, but I do find the 2013 to have plenty of fruit to carry through to the finish. Tannins are firm and sturdy. 89-91 points.

2013 Calon Ségur, St-Estèphe (1.5L)
Review Date: 08-04-2014
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2013 Calon Segur shows aromas and flavors of coffee, black tea, red cherries and dried tobacco leaf. This is a rustic style wine in every vintage, but I do find the 2013 to have plenty of fruit to carry through to the finish. Tannins are firm and sturdy. 89-91 points.

2011 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-21-2014
The 2011 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet is a super effort! In a vintage like 2011, if a winemaker tries to do too much with the wine in the cellars, the wine will come out rough, unbalanced and green. The 2011 La Jota was created with a light hand. It shows tons of spicy red currant fruit, minerals and cedar hints. There is a wonderful freshness that explodes from the glass! This is an earlier drinking wine that shows great right now with some air.

2013 Margerum "K&L Blend" Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 05-20-2014
Wow! This wine came out fantastic! We blended this wine back in early February with Doug at the winery. We had 6 lots to taste. We ended up choosing a blend of 3 of the lots. The wine is a great example of what kind of Sauvignon Blanc can be grown in California. While still having a tropical fruit element upfront, the acidity is what keeps this wine together and focused. It is rich, fruity and loaded with citrus on the backend. Although a great wine for summertime sipping, it shows so much complexity and richness, that this wine would even be better paired with food.
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2013 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-14-2014
This wine has a crazy nose. My first thought was a young J. Swan Zinfandel - that is how ripe this wine was in the nose. In the mouth it calms down a bit, revealing its Cabernet backbone and displaying surprising freshness and acidity. This is a very interesting wine that should drink well young. 91-93 points.

2013 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-14-2014
Composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, the 2013 is an open-knit, dark and lush wine that coats the palate with fruit and flavors of mocha and black currants. Tannins are integrated and ripe but still firm. It's a tad strong, but really a solid effort, bordering on the exotic. 91-93 points.

2013 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-14-2014
Classic Pauillac, with black licorice and black currant aromas and flavors. There's lots of fruit and tannin but it stays balanced, with nice, silky mid-palate fruit and a tannic finish. 89-91 points.

2013 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-14-2014
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. The 2013 Montrose is tight, tannic and closed right now. Rustic. The fruit was hard to find. We tasted this wine twice and I have similar notes. English tasters seemed to think the wines was excellent, however. Maybe not for the American palate?

2013 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 05-14-2014
46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. Lots of cola, licorice, red currants, smoke and cedar. Good fruit, ripe tannins, medium bodied, balanced and fresh. Fine tannins. Good value! Early drinker. Long, fresh and lingering finish. Sleeper. 91-93 points. Ralph: I'm absolutely wild about this wine! So much more sweet fruit to enjoy, hints of passion fruit and perfectly ripe grapes. Round and lush, this wine may not live as long as the first wine but it is flat out delicious and will be the first wine I buy. **

2013 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-14-2014
The 2013 Cos is a solid effort. On the nose, the wine reveals toasty and exotic aromas with hints of coco powder and graphite. The fruit is spicy, full and balanced on the palate with firm but ripe tannins which hold the wine together. I would expect this will to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage. 91-93 points.

2013 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-13-2014
For the first time ever, Pichon-Lalande is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is very lush and rich in the mouth, showing classic sweet herb, coffee flavors and hints of mocha. Tannins are ripe and sweet with a lingering finish. Should be an early drinker! 91-93 points.

2013 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 05-12-2014
A solid effort for the vintage! Plenty of upfront fruit, spice and hints of toasty oak, this wine has plenty of structure and tannin that is still integrated into the wine. The 2013 is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 30% Merlot. 87-89 points.

2013 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-09-2014
Loaded with flavors of crushed berries, sweet bright high toned fruit and ripe, juicy tannins. Shows well! 88-90 points.

2013 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-08-2014
Big wine, lots of power and depth of fruit, spice. Silky midpalate but then grabs you on the finish. 88-90 points.

2013 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux
Review Date: 05-08-2014
Big and chewy, dark, meaty fruit, smoke, big tannins, masculine wine; 88-90 points.

2013 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-05-2014
A blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the VCC was showing excellent on the day we visited the property. It was delicious even at this young stage and I imagine it will be a wine that will show well early in its life. Lots of lush, mouthwatering fruit that lingers onto the finish. Tannins are integrated and ripe. 92-94 points.
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WE 94 - 96 AG 90 - 93 WS 90 - 93
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2012 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-05-2014
When we tasted this wine I thought it was a bit shut down on the nose, but the palate was showing everything it had. Very rich and intense, the fruit showed a bit of a meaty quality along with flavors of black cherry, smoke and cassis. It is a darker, juicier style wine that does show some bigger tannins on the finish. Still balanced, this wine should be a good early- to mid-term drinker.

2011 Mauvesin-Barton, Moulis
Review Date: 05-04-2014
Good fruit, very fresh, lively. A bit light, but clean and not green. Elegant. Good Value! We tasted this three times, and it was very good all three times.

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-02-2014
Great balance, sweet fruit--almost jammy plum and red fruits--minerals, lots of spice. Polished.

2012 Margaux, Margaux
Review Date: 05-01-2014
A seductive nose with floral aromas leads to a fine, elegant and polished wine. The 2012 Margaux shows some power but this wine is defined by its elegance and purity. Tannins are integrated and supple. This wine should show well upon release but still manage to develop in a cellar for up to 20 years.

2013 Margaux, Margaux
Review Date: 05-01-2014
The 2013 Margaux is not as opulent as usual and a bit closed now. Nevertheless, it has a juicy texture and fine tannins, displaying ripe plum flavors accented by cola notes. It's not not super concentrated and I was hoping for more, but this is an early drinking vintage. 90-92 points.

2013 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-01-2014
The 2013 Margaux is not as opulent as usual and a bit closed now. Nevertheless, it has a juicy texture and fine tannins, displaying ripe plum flavors accented by cola notes. It's not not super concentrated and I was hoping for more, but this is an early drinking vintage. 90-92 points.

2013 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-01-2014
A solid wine. Shows quite a bit of power. The fruit is laced with flavors of graphite, tar, tobacco leaf and minerals. It has lots of grip, but also balance and the structure to hold up. This may be one of the longer-lived '13s. 91-93 points.

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