Staff Favorites - Jim Boyce

Jim Boyce

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2014 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Rosé IGP Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 07-30-2015
The Begude Pinot Noir Rose is a top rose every summer and the 2014 vintage does not disappoint! Wild strawberry and cherry shines through from the Pinot Noir, with refreshing acidity and a bone dry finish.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Bodegas Puelles Blanco Rioja
Review Date: 07-30-2015
The Puelles Blanco is undeniably a top white wine deal every year! Vibrant citrus and refreshing acidity shine with nice weight and minerality that keeps you coming back for more. This should be your house white wine for summer!
Price: $9.99 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!
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Saini Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 06-29-2015
This is a hell of a Zinfandel for $20! Hailing from 80+ year old vines from family owned and operated vineyards, this 2013 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. 2013 is a stellar year for Dry Creek Zin! 50% American oak, 50% French oak.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Palmina "Pressed-Pronto Red" Santa Barbara County Barbera/Dolcetto
Review Date: 06-28-2015
If you are in need of a mid week pizza or pasta red, look no further! This is a 50/50 blend of Dolcetto and Barbera. Fresh strawberry and cherry fruit join dried herbs and a touch earth on the palate to make a really friendly food wine. It's a great wine for a party or BBQ!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Oakridge Estate "Over the Shoulder" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 06-28-2015
This wine is an incredible value that should not be missed. Floral and citrusy with a vibrant, mineral driven palate. This drinks way beyond the entry level pricing. Another stellar Direct Import selection!
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List
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2010 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-01-2015
Amici Napa Cabernet has been a favorite for quite some time now. The 2010 vintage was fantastic 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 Waiting List
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2013 Zudugarai "Amats" Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 05-31-2015
Citrus, apple, salinity, and mouthwatering acidity will have you coming back for glass after glass! Great pricing to boot thanks to our Direct Import program. Another wine to load up on for summer.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

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: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Allram Grüner Veltliner (1L)
Review Date: 05-31-2015
Crisp, clean, and refreshing wine in a one liter, crown cap bottle, this annual staff/customer favorite is perfect for any event from warm weather sipping to backyard parties. Load up!
Top Value!
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

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 Waiting List
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2012 Banshee "Marine Layer" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-14-2015
The Marine Layer bottling from Banshee is made up of a blend of "lighter, ethereal" barrels of single vineyards around greater Sonoma. The nose is full of fresh picked red berries with light spice and wet stone qualities. The palate continues with pretty red cherry and cranberry fruit, with earthen minerality and salinity. As mentioned, this Pinot really opens up with a decant and will reward cellar time!
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List
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2012 Unti "Cuvée Foudre" Dry Creek Valley Rhône Blend
Review Date: 04-14-2015
The 2012 Cuvee Foudre stole the show for me. This wine is only made during the best Grenache and Mourvedre vintages and the 2012 is the first bottling under the Cuvee Foudre label since 2005! Consisting of the best lots of each varietal, the blend is 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 30% Syrah. Beautiful aromatics of freshly ground pepper, raspberry and blackberry fruits, licorice and dried herbs abound. The palate is juicy and savory, with great mineral, firm tannins and incredible balance. Give it a couple years to really start showing off!
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Unti "Segromigno" Dry Creek Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 04-14-2015
The 2012 Segromigno is Untis homage to the Tuscan town their grandfather Guiseppe was born. The blend is made up of 76 % Sangiovese and 24% Montepulciano (their 2.5 acres planted is more than anyone in Sonoma County). This powerful wine has brooding black cherry, baking spices, mocha, and an earthy component from the Montepulciano. The power is beautifully balanced by fresh fruits and crisp acidity making it approachable in the near term. This wine begs for braised meats or big pastas!
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Unti Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 04-14-2015
Their Zinfandel, a long time customer and staff favorite, shows off their philosophy of blending as a true art form in the winemaking process. The 2012 Unti Zinfandel consists of 76% Zinfandel off the Primitivo vineyard planted in 1998, 12% Petite Syrah for color and body, 7% Barbera for acidity, and 5% Syrah. It has rich, bright red raspberry fruit, a touch of pepper spice, great acid, and a mild tanic finish. This Zin is impeccably balanced and while drinking beautifully now, it will reward a few years in the cellar.
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List
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2013 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-14-2015
With the last couple vintages being tough to beat, the 2013 managed to take the quality up another notch! They continued to source from amazing sites throughout Sonoma County and it really shows. Fresh, pure red fruit, a touch of earth and floral notes, with great acid to keep everything in perfect harmony. It's very hard to find a better Pinot Noir at this price.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Banshee Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-14-2015
90% French Oak/ 10% SS aging, Heintz vineyard fruit. This is a stunning wine for $20. Very textural, rich but not weighty, well integrated oak, bold and focused with great cut and energy. Citrus, mango, and pineapple fruits with a touch of honey.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 04-01-2015
Fromm has been crushing it with their Pinot Noir the last couple vintages! Fresh red fruit and rose petal aromatics, vibrant and spicy mid palate, pure fruit without being rich or cloying, and fine tannins on the finish. Every sip continued to impress with overall vibrancy and balance. Outstanding stuff!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
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2011 Willowbrook "Altes Vineyard" Sonoma County Syrah
Review Date: 03-30-2015
We don't receive the Willowbrook wines too often, but when we do they never fail to over-deliver! For $10, you are getting pure, delicious Syrah from a great Sonoma Valley site. Bacon fat, cracked black pepper, and a touch of smoke as soon as the cork is pulled. Pure black fruit, rich but not at all sweet, and savory notes with great balance. Dollar for dollar, this may be the best deal in the store right now!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Rickshaw California Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-02-2015
The Banshee guys are killing it with the fruit sources for these pinots! Rich, ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, a touch of earth, and just enough acid to keep it from getting too sweet. Great party wine!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

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 Waiting List

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 Waiting List

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 Waiting List

2013 Angeline California Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-02-2015
Pinot Noir that tastes like Pinot Noir for $12! Juicy cherry and strawberry fruit with enough acidity to balance it out. Bottom line: it's a great crowd pleasing party wine to stock up on!
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

Marietta "Old Vine Red-Lot #62" Red Blend
Review Date: 02-25-2015
This Red Blend from Marietta truly over delivers year after year. Pure, fresh, and wild berry fruit with a hint of earth and spice. Rich and juicy, but never sweet, this wine can please a crowd or your pickiest friend! With the quality of fruit going into the blend, it is almost impossible to beat at the under $15 price tag.
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List
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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 Waiting List

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 Waiting List

2013 Patient Cottat "Le Grand Caillou" Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 01-08-2015
Stellar as always, this wine again over-delivers for the price. Bright tropical fruit balanced by great acid and mineral notes that bring the wine together beautifully. Stock up!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

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 Waiting List

2013 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Tempranillo Rioja
Review Date: 11-02-2014
Driving red fruit, laser focus, earth, and a hint of spice makes this wine truly stand alone in the under $10 category! Don't miss out!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Ici/La-Bas "Les Reveles-Elke Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-20-2014
Ripe cherry, raspberry, oak toast on the nose. The palate is quite savory, full of spicebox, wild red fruit, and underbrush. Medium weight, with a long, earthy finish. Anderson Valley fruit really shows here!
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Kenneth Volk Touriga Nacional
Review Date: 05-12-2014
This wine is very floral, rose and violet notes, alongside black cherry and blackberry fruit. The palate is leaner, but full of fresh currant, rich cherry and plum fruit, with an earthy, lightly tannic finish. A very interesting and delicious wine!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-16-2014
The 2012 Chardonnay from ABC is just unfair to other Chardonnays in the $20 range. Everything is done right with truly impeccable balance; creamy mid palate, texture, citrus and stone fruit, mild toast, and great mineral and acid to really round out the whole package. Serious wine for $20!
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Shenandoah Vineyards "Special Reserve" Amador County Zinfandel
Review Date: 03-09-2014
Our longtime staff and customer favorite Zinfandel from the Sobon Estate winemakers returns better than ever in 2012! Brambly and full of lush red fruit, this zin is ready to take on any picnic or backyard bbq. Shenandoah is an awesome party wine and crowd pleaser at $10. Stock up!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

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 Waiting List

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 Waiting List
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2010 Fromm Winery "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 04-23-2013
After selling a few bottles of the '08 over the last couple months, I was pleased to finally try the 2010. It did not disappoint! Black fruit, spice box, earthy and floral notes, and a solid, lingering finish makes for quite the drinking experience for $22. Do not miss out on these bottles!
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List
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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 Waiting List

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: $7.49 Add To Waiting List

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!

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 Waiting List

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 Waiting List

Great Divide Brewing "Colette" Farmhouse Ale, Colorado 12oz
Review Date: 05-31-2011
Slightly tart and spicy on the nose, this is a standard farmhouse style ale. Plenty of citrus and grassy notes along with hints of banana and pepper on the light palate makes for a refreshing beer with a crisp finish (just as intended). Load up on a few for the warmer weather ahead!
Price: $1.99 Add To Waiting List

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 Waiting List

Haandbryggeriet "Haandbakk" Wild Ale, Norway 500ml
Review Date: 12-31-2010
I love this sour beer! Tart, vinegar-esq, funky aroma on this dark brow sour. Solid, not over the top acidity joins the tart cherry /slight strawberry flavors on the palate with just enough carbonation to go down smoothly. A great sour to start off with and my favorite for the $$.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

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 Waiting List