Staff Favorites - Jim Boyce

Jim Boyce

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2013 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-08-2016
Amici Napa Cabernet has been a favorite for quite some time now. The 2013 vintage was superb for cabs in the area and it really shows in the bottling. Blackberry, blueberry, cassis, a touch of vanilla and oak spice. Drinking well now and will reward another 10 years in the cellar.
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 WE 92

2013 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-02-2016
Another of our recently arrived 2013 Rosso Di Montalcino's, the Sesta Di Sopra almost has more Brunello qualities than Rosso! Wild cherry, vanilla, spice box, and leather all lend to a superbly balanced wine. Drinkable now, but will easily age another five years!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 90

2014 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-19-2016
Looking back at my notes from the 2013 WOS Cabernet and this new 2014 vintage, the same sentence stood out: "How the hell is this (still) $15?!" Washington has long passed Napa and Sonoma for having the most consistent bang-for-your-buck Cab/Syrah/Merlot wines in the $10-$30 price range, but this offering is just ridiculous. A big and powerful wine overall, this 2014 WOS shows plenty of dark berry and currant fruit, with a smattering spice and toasty French Oak. This is a perfect companion to any backyard BBQ in the months ahead!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 - 92

2014 Saini Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 04-07-2016
This is a hell of a Zinfandel for $20! Hailing from 80+ year-old vines from family owned and operated vineyards, this 2014 Saini hits your nose with raspberry jam, fresh picked blackberries, and bright floral notes. The palate has lush, dark fruit with a nice cut of acidity. 2014 is yet another stellar year for Dry Creek Zin!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

2013 Saini "Pear Block-Old Vine" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 04-07-2016
The second of the two single blocks from Saini (Apple Block being the first), this Zinfandel changes things up with higher toned fruit, slightly less spice, and a bit more minerality without sacrificing any power or finesse. Very floral on the nose, bing cherry and fresh picked raspberry shine along softer pepper spice. These are two incredible single block Zins that shouldn't be missed.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
RP 94

2015 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch
Review Date: 04-03-2016
A must try for any Bandol rosé fan, this 100% Mourvedre rosé is a winner! Crisp, dry, touch of herbs, mouthwatering minerality, and incredible persistence. We look forward to this rosé every year!
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2010 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-03-2016
This 2010 vintage has no shortage of incredible wines with this Agostina Pieri Brunello easily jumping into the top 10. Dense and driving now, with black cherry, cedar, cassis dominating. There is a touch of herbs and forest floor alongside a nice mineral streak. Really nice wine that will reward a few years in the cellar.

2013 Michael David "7 Deadly Zins" Lodi Zinfandel
Review Date: 03-11-2016
From my earliest days in the wine business this Michael David 7 Deadly Zins has offered up top value in the world of California Zinfandel. The 2013 stays true to the brand with a lush palate of rich, jammy fruit, plenty of spice, and just enough tannin to reel it all back in. It's a no-brainer for the spring BBQs right around the corner.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2013 Castillo de Monseran Garnacha Cariñena
Review Date: 02-29-2016
This wine has been a top value for quite some time now and the 2013 vintage does not disappoint! Rich fruit with a little spice that goes down smooth! Stock up!
Top Value!
Price: $7.99 Add To Cart

2013 Smith & Hook Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-29-2016
Delicious, sub-$20 Cabernet is a tougher find these days, yet the Central Coast finds a way to crank out multiple offerings each year. This Smith & Hook bottle fits the bill, and then some. Big blackberry and black currant fruit dominate alongside vanilla, espresso, chocolate, and sweet oak. Rich, yet never overbearing, this is a crowd-pleasing Cab at a wallet-friendly price!
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
WE 92

2012 Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-31-2016
This tasty mountain Cab is full of bright currant, cranberry, wild cherry fruits and that classic mountain spice and tobacco note. Vibrant throughout, with a touch of oak and broad tannin to lend enough structure for some aging. Beautiful wine.

2013 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia
Review Date: 12-31-2015
This Tormaresca Neprica Puglia blend is quite the value! This blend of Negroamaro (Ne), Primitivo (Pri), and Cabernet Sauvignon (Ca) brings together lovely cherry and currant fruit, perfect richness, and a bit of cola and chocolate. It truly fits the "daily drinker" category!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2014 Oakridge "Over the Shoulder" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley
Review Date: 12-31-2015
This beautiful Pinot Noir from Oakridge - a favorite Australian Direct Import Producer - consists of declassified Pinot Noir fruit; so, fruit that just missed being Estate Single Vineyard bottlings! Bright, crunchy cherry and cranberry fruit with just a touch of spices makes this quite the food friendly Pinot at $14! It will quickly change your perception of Australian wines!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2013 Jacques Bavard Auxey-Duresses Rouge
Review Date: 10-31-2015
The wines from Jacques Bavard are no longer a secret to the majority of our customers. The quality for the price of his Burgundian expressions is extremely tough to beat. This is a bright and focused Pinot with great red cherry and barrel spice notes. Approachable now but will reward patience.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre
Review Date: 10-31-2015
Vintage after vintage Franck Millet produces some of the staff's favorite Loire valley wines. Great apple and citrus aromatics, chalky mineral and white apricot/ peach notes on a slightly rich palate with a well balanced, lingering finish makes this bottle of Sancerre another success! Another incredible Insolite vintage!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2012 Gundlach Bundschu "Mountain Cuvée" Sonoma County Red Blend
Review Date: 09-30-2015
This Red Blend is a delicious mix of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot added to a kitchen sink blend of varietals. Beautifully balanced and full of mocha, wild herbs, pepper, bacon fat, red currant, and blackberry, with soft tannins and a lingering finish. Great mid week and/or BBQ wine!
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2014 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-30-2015
Impressive yet again, this 2014 Talley/ K&L Chardonnay is blended from five (of 16 - mostly neutral oak) select barrels off the Oliver's vineyard (original planting 1991). Such great focus, balance, texture, and purity of fruit without over-the-top richness, this bottling really reminded the staff of great Burgundy. Do not miss it!
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2012 Erik Banti "Carato" Toscana
Review Date: 08-31-2015
This "baby Chianti" from Erik Banti has been a hit since the first 2009 vintage we picked up. Bright cherry fruit, earth, and touch of mineral quality give this 2012 Carato great balance. Untouchable value at $9 for a quality everyday red!
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2015
We, along with enough customers (and critics) to quickly sell out the last couple batches, fell in love with the Cut Spike whiskey. The first time we tasted this American Single Malt we were floored. This current bottling is a bit brighter, with great clove, ginger and banana bread spice notes. Grab a bottle while you can! 'Merica!
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Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
Review Date: 05-31-2015
The Mas Codina Cava is easily a top sparkler in the store at $14. It is the house sparkling wine for most of our staff and has even been the wedding sparkler of choice, which speaks to the quality! Well balanced with a touch of red fruit from the pinot, green apple skin, beautiful mineral qualities, and a dry finish.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2012 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Lirac
Review Date: 04-30-2015
I was just reminded how great this wine is at our last staff tasting. It beat out many other wines at 2+ times the price! Great rose petal & lavender aromatics with beautiful purity and balance. Incredible value!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 WS 90

2012 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-02-2015
This second offering from Amici Cellars is a steal year after year! Beautiful Sonoma County fruit with a touch of new French oak. Raspberry, casic, mocha, vanilla, and a clean, softly tanic finish. Classic Sonoma Cabernet!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2013 Bench Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-02-2015
It's back! The Bench has been a customer favorite over the last couple vintages. Getting great Sonoma fruit at a $20 price tag is tough to do, and this Pinot really delivers. Pure red fruit, cola notes, some baking spice and a well integrated French Oak finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2012 Ellero "Pisa Terrace" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 03-02-2015
This is a slightly darker fruited Pinot Noir, full of dark raspberry, black cherry and currant, with great spice (30% whole cluster) and floral components. Great acidity keeps the wine fresh and vibrant, while the fine tanin of the finish really lends great depth. This is a complex pinot that is amazing now and will greatly reward a few years of patience!

2009 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 03-02-2015
With a property bordering (sometimes crossing into) the Pauillac region, the 2009 Peyrabon offeres a lot of wine for a small price tag! Straight forward blackberry and casis with a hint of blueberry, great minerality and soft tanin to boot. This wine is the definition of value!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 01-26-2015
One of our favorite Direct Import deals, the San Venanzio is full of fresh pear and peaches and cream, with a refreshing, mineral driven finish that will make you wonder how that first glass disappeared so quickly!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2009 Malmaison, Moulis-en-Médoc
Review Date: 12-01-2014
An amazing vintage from vineyards managed by the Rothschild family helps make the 2009 Malmaison Moulis a top Bordeaux deal! Pure, rich fruit, great spice, and a long finish. Beautiful wine that should not be missed!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2013 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 11-02-2014
The Chardonnay of the holiday season! This chardonnay, blended from five select barrels off the Oliver's vineyard, is drinking incredibly well right now! Such great focus, balance, and purity of fruit without over-the-top richness, this Talley wine reminded the staff of Chassagne Montrachet! Do not miss it!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-02-2014
This Champagne is easily a top 5 staff favoirte. Made from 100% Pinot Meunier, this wine is full of pie crust richness and stone fruit. It is medium bodied, yet crisp and refreshing. A true crowd pleaser!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
ST 90

Michel Arnould Verzenay "Reserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-02-2014
Rich and toasty, yet fresh and focused, this Champagne is chock full of stone fruit and hazelnut. As mentioned, this is a lot of wine for the price!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 08-29-2013
A great deal in traditional Rioja, this wine is full of red fruit, spice and earthy undertones. This wine has the structure to last quite a while, yet it is drinking beautifully now. All for $20!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 92

Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-30-2013
Each time the Bruno Michel Blanche retuns to stock the staff becomes a bit giddy to both sell and consume quite a few bottles. Bruno Michel is one of our DI estates that is very, very proud of their meunier and are not afraid to show it. So very complex, this wine shows notes apple, citrus, mineral,toast and balanced all in harmony.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Tablas Creek "Esprit de Beaucastel" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Review Date: 04-01-2013
45% Mourvedre, 30% grenache, 21% syrah and 4% counoise. Spicy, floral perfumed nose. White pepper, mineral, blackberry, tar, and leather notes on the palate are finished with nice firm tanins on the back end. This is a big wine with plenty of depth and structure. Delicious!
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 ST 92

Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-28-2013
This Champagne is easily one of our top values. Made up of mostly 2007 fruit, the Pinot Noir really shines. Lots of black cherry with ripe raspberry notes, dry, chalky minerality (as mentioned numerous times), and well rounded acidty really make this an exceptional wine.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales "Seizoen Bretta" Saison, Oregon (750ml)
Review Date: 12-31-2012
David Logsdon, the old Full Sail brewer/partner, really hit his stride with these beers. Clean and delicious, the brett really adds a great dry, complex finish to the bright citrus and pear (bottle conditioned with pear juice for natural carbonation) notes. Outstanding beer!
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

Firestone Walker "Double Jack" Double IPA, California (22oz)
Review Date: 10-01-2012
I've missed this beer. Every year Firestone Double Jack DIPA impresses me. Perfectly hoppy with great pine and grapefruit notes. Even after buying and drinking the third or fourth bottle, i haven't grown tired of this beer like i do with quite a few IPA's.
Price: $6.99 Add To Cart

2011 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-20-2012
It's back and better than ever. Bright cherry, well integrated acid, great earthen notes show the balanced blending of Talleys' winemakers. Hell of a Pinot deal!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 05-30-2012
Exceptional. This bottle can match or outperform champagnes at twice the price. Amazing nose of citrus, green apple, and vanilla. Intriguingly full palate of pear, apple pie, and mineral notes with hints of baking spice. Absolutely delicious, pick a bottle up soon!

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-26-2012
A great toasty, rich, dry brut to serve at any occasion, be it with food or without. Clean and pure, this is well balanced champagne with great apple and nut notes at an unbelievable price.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

Mikkeller "Nelson Sauvin Brut" Bière de Champagne, Denmark (750ml)
Review Date: 11-30-2011
This is a phenomenal beer that anyone that enjoys a delicious adult beverage will enjoy. Brewed with New Zealands Nelson Sauvin hops, the aromas of grapefruit and citrus accommodate the bretty funk nicely. The fizzy, champagne-esque palate is full of slightly tart, candied fruit with great acidity and a dry, lingering finish. An absolutely beautiful beer and well worth the hype, this beer is perfect as gifted or sipped at your holiday dinner table.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-30-2011
Fleury is one of K&L staff members favorite Champagne producers hands down. His wines are all of absolute top notch quality. This bottle is full of crisp cherry on the nose and weighty palate. The finish is quite dry yet lingers until the next sip. Fantastic.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Philippe Gonet Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-31-2011
This is a delicious rose champagne. Floral with strawberries dominating the palate. The acidity brings balances out the weight for a serious wine from the beloved Gonet estate.

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 10-31-2011
This is a fresh, mineral and citus noted, delightfully refreshing french sparkling wine without the big price tag. Stock up for your holiday parties!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

Henney's Frome Valley Dry Cider, England (500ml)
Review Date: 04-30-2011
This easy drinking cider is back; time to load up! Always a staff favorite, this bright, crisp and refreshing cider is a crowd pleaser (even though it is on the drier side) and a fantastic warm weather sipper. Works great as an alternative to beer or white wine as well.
Price: $6.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-27-2011
Crisp and clean with light fruit on the palate, this Ariston Blanc de Blanc is a real crowd pleaser! Apple nose and a creamy body balanced with a solid mineral mid palate makes for a slightly more complex blanc de blanc thats affordable. Grab a couple bottles for your next occcasion!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Brouwerij De Ranke "Cuvee de Ranke" Belgium (750ml)
Review Date: 11-01-2010
Tons of sour funk aromas upon opening and pouring. Tart fruit on the palate with a bitter, almost hoppy finish. Fantastic beer, easy drinking and refreshing!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart