Staff Favorites - Jim Boyce

Jim Boyce

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2014 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-08-2017
Delicious wine from a superb vintage, this 2014 Argyle Pinot Noir is firing on all cylinders. Beautiful floral and mild herbal aromas show as the wine hits your glass. Bing cherry, raspberry and oak spices on the medium palate, with moderate tanin, plus a solid mineral vein and earthen quality from the intriguing volcanic soils balancing out this fantastic Pinot. Argyle continues their long run of top notch Pinot Noir with this offering!
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart
WS 93 JS 92

2013 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-05-2017
Seven Hills has delivered a wine that packs way more punch than it's $20 price tag. Expressive aromas of black berry fruit and oak spices hint at the power of this vintage. Black currant and fresh raspberry fruits, black tea, graphite follow, with a lovely acidity and healthy dose of tanin to wrap up the entire package. This 2013 Cabernet should easily last a decade!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2014 Sobon Estate "Rocky Top" Amador County Zinfandel
Review Date: 02-28-2017
The Sobon Estate Rocky Top just may be the most consistent K&L staff favorite Zinfandel every release. This all estate, single vineyard wine has an incredible nose of dark cherry, blackberry, and baking spices. Blue fruits shine on the palate, alongside beautiful oak spices. This is clean and focused zinfandel that is perfect with any red meats on any day of the week!
Top Value!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

2014 Artezin "Old Vine" Mendocino County Zinfandel
Review Date: 02-28-2017
Mendocino Valley Old Vine Zinfandel from the Hess winemakers at $13?! Sign us up! Full of lush and jammy blackberry and blueberry fruits, cracked black pepper, slight tanin, and enough acid to keep it from being over the top, this wine is a no brainer for zin fans.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
WE 92 VN 91

2014 Husch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-28-2017
If you have shopped at K&L in the last few years looking for cool climate Pinot Noir, it's almost a guarantee that one of our staff members have handed you a bottle of Husch! Long a staff favorite, this 2014 is off the charts with bright cherry and cranberry fruits, a fantastic spice profile from 25% whole cluster and French oak aging, finishing up with a touch of tanins. Overall, this is a simply delicious, must try wine that will please all Pinot Noir fans.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 92

2015 Routestock Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 02-28-2017
Fresh gooseberry, citrus, and tangerine on the nose, followed by juicy tropical notes of pineapple and mango fruits on the palate. Combine those with refreshing acidity and a nice oak notes, this is a CA SB lovers dream wine!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2014 Maison L'Envoyé "The Attaché" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-23-2017
This mid tier offering from Maison L'Envoye shows aromas of fresh cherry and raspberry, baking spices, and a slightly savory, smoked meat quality that was particularly intriguing. Again, fresh red fruits shined with perfectly integrated oak and a hint of tanin on the back end. This is a seductive Pinot Noir; very pretty fruits and a bright palate, yet layered and quite powerful!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Obsidian Ridge "Obsidian Ridge Vineyard" Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-23-2017
Once again, what is this Obsidian Ridge Cabernet bottle far surpasses the price point! The fruit for this wine comes from an incredible, obsidian glass laden vineyard and is aged in Hungarian Oak. Fresh blackberry and black currant fruit, with a hint of blueberry, jumps out of the glass, with layers of baking spices, minerality, beautifully integrated oak, and medium tanin lending plenty of complexity and intrigue. Lake County has long been supplying fruit to many favorite Napa wineries, so put aside the designation and try this wonderful cab for what is inside the glass and not on the label - you will not regret it!
Top Value!
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2013 Chardenet "Durell Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 12-13-2016
Hailing from one of the most sought-after Sonoma Coast vineyards, this Chardenet Durell vineyard has notes of baked apple, pear, caramel, tropical fruit in that luscious California Chardonnay style. Coming in at a fraction of the price that other Durell vineyard wines are going for, this wine is an easy buy for any fan of the style!
Top Value!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Chardenet "Coteau Blanc" Carneros Chardonnay
Review Date: 12-11-2016
Both of these Chardenet Chardonnays are classic California offerings. The Coteau Blanc, a Carneros region vineyard plated on a partial Limestone deposit, has a very expressive nose of white flowers and apple. The palate is well balanced, with golden delicious apple, citrus, and tropical notes with a clean, oak integrated finish.
Top Value!

2014 Ancient Peaks/K&L Wine Merchants Paso Robles Zinfandel
Review Date: 11-15-2016
We have been anxiously awaiting the return of the Ancient Peak's / K&L zinfandel, and this second iteration absolutely lives up the hype! It is on the refreshingly lighter, prettier side of zin, with fresh picked plum and blackberry, lively acidity, and light tannin on the finish. Beautifully balanced and easy drinking, this wine should easily find it's way to the front of your mid week and weekend selections.
Top Value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

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!

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 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
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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 91 WE 90

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 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

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

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

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: $10.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould "Reserve" Brut Verzenay 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
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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

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

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

Wine Club

$34.99
VN 91

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
WE 91 WS 90

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