Staff Favorites - Jim Boyce

Jim Boyce


2014 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-21-2016
This Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir is consistently one of the, if not the, best "entry level" Pinots in the game! Sourced from incredible vineyards across the coast (Bien Naciedo, Laetitia, Solomon Hills among others), this Pinot shows fresh picked cranberry and Bing cherry, pretty herbal notes, and mild toast on the finish. Both of the central coast offerings in 2014 are incredibly strong and not to be missed!
Top Value!

2014 K Vintners "Milbrandt" Wahluke Slope Syrah
Review Date: 09-02-2016
A few years ago I was fortunate enough to make a winery trip Washington wine country, culminating in a visit with Charles Smith of K Vintners/ Charles Smith/ Casa Smith/ etc. We struggled to keep up as he flew around the old vehicle-repair- shop-turned-tasting-room, swinging open "walls" revealing office areas, running to the back to crank Soundgarden over the speakers (drawing a few eye rolls from the desk workers), then opening seemingly every bottle in sight! As we drank through magnums of 2002 and 2006 Syrahs, which were incredible, I quickly realized that his wines truly are an extension of the man making them: bold, and full of life, in your face, but in tune with the land and incredibly well made. This Milbrandt is an "entry level" Syrah for K Vintners, but you wouldn't guess it! This wine is incredibly complex, showing layers of pure fruit, an array of spices, savory notes, and barrel integration. If this sounds intriguing, stock up as they won't last long.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
RP 94

2014 Maldonado "Farm Worker" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-31-2016
This is the "quintessential California" profile that so many Chardonnay drinkers prefer, but at under $18 and in a truly well-made style! It has the "buttery" profile, but with nice acidity to keep it from crossing into the "too heavy" territory; oak integration that doesn't overwhelm, and the classic tropical fruit notes that shine, all working in a well-balanced harmony. A true crowd-pleaser for your next cocktail hour event!
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2014 Akitu "A2" Pinot Noir Central Otago (White Label)
Review Date: 08-31-2016
There is a multitude of specs below and above, so I'll give the short and sweet breakdown: There isn't a better at $25 in the store that will impress every person that takes a sip. This wine fires on all cylinders; the fruit, acidity, barrel character, and spices all shine as one. Simple delicious Pinot Noir.
Top Value!

2011 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 08-31-2016
One of our favorite house wines is back! This Crianza is loaded with mixed berries, vibrant acidity, an array of spices, a touch of earthiness, and perfect oak notes to wrap it all up. Bonus: you can open it up any day of the week and be impressed! Great food wine, perfect to load up on for your next gathering.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2013 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Review Date: 08-31-2016
Are you a cab fan? Do you enjoy structured, well balanced, older vine, single vineyard (it's a big vineyard, but it still counts) cabernet? While all that may sound like it will put a dent in your wallet, this wine will only cost you $10 and it is precisely all of the above. Dark red fruits, balance and great oak integration leads to a stunning wine for the money!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2013 Olema Sonoma County Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-01-2016
The guys behind the Amici label have done it again! This Olema second label offering, focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is yet another incredible value. The 2013 vintage was both exceptional and plentiful, leading to some fantastic excess fruit from around California that makes up this year's Olema Chardonnay. Notes of fresh golden apple and citrus fruits, with great acidity and perfect oak balance. Easily our go to Chardonnay this summer!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

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

2010 Plaisance "Cuvée Alix", Bordeaux
Review Date: 06-08-2016
Sleeper of the vintage, indeed! This $15 2010 Bordeaux is full of juicy red fruit, casis, oak spice, and coating tannins. Great value for a tasty any-day wine
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

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 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.
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RP 90

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 Estate "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

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

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 Cart

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!

2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 01-26-2015
Grab this wine while it lasts!!! This 2010 Bordeaux benefits greatly from the magnificent 2010 vintage. Pure red fruit, mineral driven mid palate with medium tanin give this wine fantastic structure. Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

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: $49.99 Add To Cart

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

2010 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-17-2013
This is delicious, true cab from a tough vintage. Blackberry, menthol, spicebox on the nose. Beautiful black, velvety fruit up front followed with great acidity and fine tanins gives this bottle some true depth and complexity. As mentioned, this is approachable now but will reward some time forgotten in the cellar. Amazing California cabernet!
Top Value!

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

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!

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
VN 91

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

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 06-30-2011
This is another outstanding, easy to like champagne from Bonville. 100% estate chardonnay from three vintages, this bottle intertwines clean citrus and crisp apple with solid, chalky minerality to create some seriously great bubbles. Refreshing alone on a warm summer day or paired with some of your favorite seafood appetizers, this champagne is sure to please.
Price: $34.99 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" Sour Ale, 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