Staff Favorites

If you’re going to have Robert Parker or Stephen Tanzer over for dinner, selecting a wine they’ve rated highly will be a nice choice. However, when you’re buying wines for yourself, we’d love to see you find wines that match up your unique palate and pocketbook. We have a large staff of friendly and knowledgeable wine professionals that taste hundreds of wines each week. They can put you in touch with bottles that you are likely to love, often at a much lower cost than the highly-rated gems that often see a run-up in price and frequent availability issues. Like any great group of opinionated professionals, our staff has varied tastes themselves. Often our customers will find a particular staff member with a style that corresponds to their own. That concept works extremely well in our retail stores, and this section is our effort to bring you the same online. Don’t get us wrong, we love the highly rated wines from the press and will continue to offer them, but we think you’re missing out if you’re not augmenting those selections with picks from our excellent staff. Here are their favorites. (Click on a name to see their other selections - or to drop them a line.) Cheers!

Reviews

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2017 Vignoble Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé
Reviwer Picture By: Christina Stanley | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
If you are looking for a crisp, dry rosé that delivers concentration of flavor and minerality, this is your wine. The 2017 Vignoble Dragon "Belle Helene" Cotes de Provence Rosé possesses the aromatic intensity and textural depth one can glean from Cotes de Provence, but with a light, easy touch that makes it perfect for any occasion (or any connoisseur).
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2013 Cascina Ca' Rossa "Vigna Mulassa" Barbera d'Alba
Reviwer Picture By: Kate Soto | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
The Mulassa vineyard is located in Canale d’Alba on the Mompissano hill, where the soil is predominantly clayey. This winery ages its Barbera in big Slovenian barrels. This ruby-red wine has a sensual, plummy quality, with notes of sour cherry, sage, black pepper, and even tobacco. It vibrates with a racy acidity on the tongue. There’s a bit of grip on the finish but the overall impression is of balance. Cascina Ca' Rossa was certified organic in 2012.
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2017 Palafox Rosé Baja California
Reviwer Picture By: Kate Soto | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
Big things are happening down in Baja. Wineries are popping up left and right from both local and international winemakers. With so much quantity, the wines vary wildly, but the best of it is really exciting. One to watch is Lourdes Martinez Ojeda, who was the winemaker for Brane-Cantenac in Bordeaux before she and Henri Lurton decided to open up a winery in Baja. She's also making the wine for several different wineries in the region. Her Mission rose' from Palafox a highly elegant expression of this much misunderstood grape. It’s fun & funky with a golden raisin, beeswax, and mint character on the nose, but also a dry, lifted finish and bright acid. It’s delicious.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2017 Eric Cottat Sancerre
Reviwer Picture By: Christina Stanley | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
Eric Cottat has long been a favorite producer of Sancerre at K&L. His wine is a pure expression of Sancerre terroir: light bodied, with zesty, mouthwatering Thai lime and lemon rind notes, effusive terres blanches minerality and zippy acidity. This is a must try for any Sancerre lover, and 2017 is an excellent vintage for classic Sancerre style.
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Tamagawa "Red Label" Heirloom Yamahai Genshu Sake (720ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Kate Soto | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
This earthy, intense sake is made by the first-ever non-Japanese brewmaster in Japan, Philip Harper. It is very expressive, packed full of umami and mushroom notes. It's full-bodied and gamey, and would be gangbusters with cheese.
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2017 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rosé
Reviwer Picture By: Morgan Laurie | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
A staff favorite year after year, this 100% Pinot Noir Rose from Sancerre displays zesty minerality and crunchy red fruits. The palate is vibrant and zesty with refreshing acidity. The perfect rose for grilled salmon or steamed mussels!
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Miyasaka Yawaraka "Sake Matinée" Junmai Sake 720ml
Reviwer Picture By: Kate Soto | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
This is from a 356-year-old brewery that is very well regarded among sake circles in Japan. The 24th-generation heir to the throne has been very innovative, collaborating with DJs, for instance, and rebranding a few of their sakes. It’s completely 2.0 for the sake business. The Miyasaki family has been making Masumi traditional sake, and he wanted to do something avant-garde, so he introduced the Sake Matinée, made in a session style (as in a session-style beer) with lower alcohol. It has a smooth, mild character and delicate flavors of citrus, wild plums, and vanilla. It's delicious and eminently, dangerously drinkable. Good thing for that low ABV!
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2015 La Source du Ruault "La Coulee d'Aunis" Saumur Blanc
Reviwer Picture By: Kate Soto | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
This is a thoroughly enchanting Chenin Blanc from the village of Saumur, smack in the middle of the Loire Valley. Stick your nose in the glass and you'll be seduced by exotic notes of ginger and pear and grapefruit. Take a sip and it'll flow over your palate with a lively joie de vivre, then finish with some zip. Made by a 7th-generation vigneron who is practicing organic and biodynamic farming, there's a lot to love in this wine.
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Firestone Walker "Pivo" Pilsner, California (12oz)
Reviwer Picture By: Stephen Allison | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
Easily recognizable as a pilsner by its pale straw color, hoppy aroma, and bitterness on the palate which hits like a whip then quickly dissipates. German aromatic hop varieties Spalt and Saphir, the former lending the beer a fresh herbal quality and the latter a spiciness that is essential to the style, gives this pils more character than your typical pale lager. Hoppier than Scrimshaw, lighter than Lagunitas Pils, this is American craft pilsner done right.
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2013 Tenuta Roveglia Merlot
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
I have always loved Merlot from Italy as they are almost never as big and blowsy as Domestic Merlot can often be or as structured and huge as Right Bank Bordeaux. This has ample weight and texture but the lines are cleaner and the finish is crisper and more palate cleansing than most Merlot at almost any price. The dark fruit flavors turn a touch savory and along with the hint of mineral on the finish make this a great no-brainer to pair with the lighter fare and outdoor dining I prefer, This is a perfect Picnic red.
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Barrelworks (Firestone Walker) "Krieky Bones" Wild Ale Fermented w/ Sour Cherries, California (375ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Stephen Allison | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
What a beer! Lactic souring bacteria, tart red cherry juice, and oaky vanillin aromas are all present on the nose.Vienna malt, which is a bit toastier than pilsner or pale malt, was an excellent choice for the beer's base; it doesn't get lost in the mix but rather adds just enough malt flavor to cut through the fruit and acidity. This is a sour that is approachable yet nuanced enough for anyone to appreciate.
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2018 Firestone Walker "Stickee Monkee" Barrel Aged Central Coast Quad, California (12oz)
Reviwer Picture By: Stephen Allison | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
Barleywine-like aromas of medium-roast coffee, soft pretzel and brown sugar. Strong flavors of sweet toffee, caramel malt and candied pecans are emphasized by the beer's low carbonation and bitterness. Serve at cellar temperature with a slice of hot sticky bread pudding.
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Fukucho "Moon on the Water" Junmai Ginjo Sake (720ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Stephen Allison | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
Moon on the Water is a Junmai Ginjo that will show Sake new-comers what the Ginjo styles are all about. Aromas of honeydew melon, bubblegum, cotton candy, grape and sweet apple. Intoxicating aroma, but skillfully avoids "fruit-bomb" territory with hints of subtle spice and steamed white rice. On the palate, the sake is medium-dry with mild acidity and moderate savoriness. Bubblegum and grape flavors last well into the finish. And, unique to this sake, a texture of firm resiliency like a perfectly cooked grain of rice. It's almost chewy, but in a way that feels silky and elegant. Outstanding.
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2015 Cap St-George, St-Georges-St-Emilion
Reviwer Picture By: James Bradshaw | Review Date: 8/17/2018 | Send Email
If you are on the hunt for outstanding value, I highly recommend the satellite appellations in Bordeaux. As in many (if not most) instances, the wines from these lesser-known sites offer all the quality and character of their more illustrious neighbors, but for a fraction of the price. Take for example the astonishingly good 2015 Cap St George. This delightful 2015 hails from St.-Georges-St.-Emilion, a tiny area that covers a mere 190 hectares. Situated next to the famed Right Bank plateau, the soils here consist of an ideal blend of clay and limestone, producing wines of exceptional purity. This 2015 is sleek, fresh, richly fruited, and, above all, perfectly balanced. Crafted in an unabashedly modern style, but not overly done, it will appeal to both old-world and new world fans alike. The Cap St George will cellar quite nicely, but who can wait, as it is a pure joy to drink now.
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2017 Eighty Four Wines Napa Valley Carneros Albariño
Reviwer Picture By: Stephanie Vidales | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
Elias Fernandez and Doug Shafer of the famous Shafer Vineyards have created something super special with this wine. From the first sniff, you immediately know you're drinking Albarino. There are incredible aromatics of orange blossom, peaches, roses, and tart apple. On the palate, its full body is balanced with chalkiness and bright acidity. A great summer wine, ready for light dishes or on its own!
Price: $24.95 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine de Verquière Vacqueyras
Reviwer Picture By: Will Blakely | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
Vacqueyras is one of the most underrated appellations in southern Rhone. For those in the know, its name is synonymous with quality wines that come at fractions of the price of Chateauneuf du Pape. This particular offering from Domaine de Verquière showcases marvelous tension holding lush berries and lovely violets in perfect harmony. The smell of stones and pebbles from the soil in which the grapes mature serves to offset the slight sweetness on the finish, giving the wine unparalleled finesse for this price range.
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2017 Domaine Tabordet "Le Champs des Vignes" Pouilly Fumé
Reviwer Picture By: Will Blakely | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
A sauvignon blanc that, like most old world wine, gives a strong sense of the place it was made. The slight smokey aroma from the flinty soil that gives Pouilly Fume its name tells only part of the story. Grapefruit zest and tart nectarine ride a wave of vibrant acidity that washes over the palate with firm, stony minerals. Whether on its own or accompanying fish, poultry or cheese, the wine compels you to drink until its gone. Over the course of an evening, however, it evolves to show characteristics of a ripe peach - supple and delectable. Ultimately, this is more than a captivating alternative to wines from neighboring Sancerre; it's an expression of how complex the grape can be, as well as a case study on the influence of terroir.
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2010 Belgrave, Haut-Médoc
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
This is dark and deep and shows off the perfection of the vintage with its classy structure and long, polished finish. A few hours of decanting lets the chewy core of sweet, ripe fruit begin to emerge but it would be a shame not to cellar this at least a few more years. Outstanding potential.

2016 Château de Bellet Bellet Blanc
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
This tasty and clean version of 100% Vermentino offers slight musky scents before the ripe stone fruit flavors take over the firm middle. The chalky mineral tug on the finish is a great counterpoint to the textured mid-palate and adds even more intrigue to this interesting wine that makes me think of Chenin Blanc grown in the Jura. Very unique and very tasty.
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2017 Domaine de la Ferme Blanche Cassis Rouge
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
This 100% Mourvedre Bandol wannabe is deep, meaty and leathery with a hearty personality just begging for rich food or braised meats. Chewy dark fruit, spice, dried flowers and ripe, rounded tannins create a substantial mouthful when this is tasted. A bold and delicious wine to decant tonight or lay away for many years.
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2015 Cap St-George, St-Georges-St-Emilion
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
This lush and balanced wine from the tiny satellite region of St. George St. Emilion drinks like a much more prestigious bottle from neighboring St. Emilion but at half the price. Scents of ripe cherry, vanilla and subtle toast blend with a middle of blackberry jam, mineral and sweet tannins with just enough balancing acidity to keep you wanting another sip. Delicious now but three to five years in a cellar should do wonders.
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2015 Pierre 1er, St-Emilion
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
Here is a fabulous value that I don't hesitate to recommend to lovers of Napa Valley Cabernet due to the volume and intensity of the fruit. The substantial middle is smothered with dark berry cobbler and plum jam flavors along with herb and cedar closet scents. This deep and forward bottle is delicious now and should appeal to any lover of big, rich reds.

2017 Santo Assyrtiko Santorini Greece
Reviwer Picture By: Illya Haase | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
I am always on the look out for a under twenty dollar wine that over deliveries. The Santo Assyrtiko fits the bill! With aromas of stone fruit, lemon zest and a hint sea salt. Light and bright with just the right amount of acid, that leaves the palate fresh and clean. Pop of melon, mineral and smoke from that volcanic soil. Leaves you reaching for the bottle. Vivid, with full, well balanced body and distinctive long finish! Grilled octopus, please!
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2016 Fromm "Clayvin Vineyard" Marlborough Pinot Noir
Reviwer Picture By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
It's not difficult to understand why fruit from the Clayvin vineyard is the most highly sought after in Marlborough by nearly every winery after you taste this wine. This bottling is very classic Clayvin, with rich, deep, succulent fruit and a crazy long palate. Not showing quite as brambly or mineral-driven as the "Fromm vineyard", this bottling has the advantage of appealing to almost every style of Pinot drinker. The vines are hitting their stride and producing some very complex wines at this stage, and the breadth is only aided by the power the rich clay soils give. A winner in every sense and one I'll be purchasing a few of both to try now and to cellar.

2016 Fromm "Fromm Vineyard" Marlborough Pinot Noir
Reviwer Picture By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
My colleague Ryan Woodhouse was certainly spot-on when he said this is a Burgundy lovers Pinot Noir. It definitely carries with it a savory undertone, with lean fruit and mineral-backed structure. The soils in the Fromm vineyard are not as giving in rich fruit as the Clayvin vineyard, which I think is great as it provides for a completely different, equally as interesting wine. This one is definitely made for food and lucky for us, it is drinking phenomenally now, but for those who can hold it, your patience will not be in vain.

2017 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Reviwer Picture By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
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76%CS, 13% M, 9%CF, 2%PV. Lovely red fruit and rose petal aromas meshed with some soft, toasty oak. Very sweet palate entry and a forward ripe mid palate. So elegant and refined. Long, lingering finish with a touch of tannin. Superb wine and better than their 2015. Do not miss these northern medoc 2017s.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2016 Carlisle "Palisades Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Sirah
Reviwer Picture By: Kaj Stromer | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
One of the secrets to making great Petite Sirah is the winemakers ability to tame the tannins. Once known as producing fiercely tannic wines, the new wave of better Petite Sirah’s feature both the intense dark fruit the wine is renowned for but framed by firm but ripe and elegant tannins. It’s this structure that makes Petite Sirah so engaging and such a barbeque favorite. The very talented Mike Officer has once again crafted a stunning Petite that is anything but petite but is such a pleasure to drink. This wine won over our entire tasting staff and generated quite a bit of enthusiasm and buzz.

2011 Roda I Reserva Rioja
Reviwer Picture By: Kaj Stromer | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
While this wine is ultimately firmly rooted in Rioja style, I initially thought the wine’s aromatics and flavor profile were more in line with the more muscular wines of Ribera del Duero. However, with a little aeration in the glass, the wine eventually revealed its true Rioja charm. I like how this wine deftly combines the classic old school elegance of traditional Rioja with just a little more punch and power. The wine has muscle but is balanced quite nicely. You can drink it now (decant!) or hold for another 5+ years. You will be rewarded either way.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
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2015 La Source du Ruault "La Coulee d'Aunis" Saumur Blanc
Reviwer Picture By: Kaj Stromer | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
This is one of the most engaging and delicious whites wines I’ve tasted in a while. The aromatics immediately reminded me of my admiration for the Chenin Blancs from Jacky Blot, another star producer from the central Loire. Though firmly rooted in Saumur this wine has a decidedly Burgundian aspect to it. There’s a nervous tension and intensity that reminds me of fine 1er cru level Meursault. The wine is juicy and penetrating on the palate offering up notes of orange zest and stone fruit. The finish is long and lingers sweetly in the mouth. Still, it’s the aromatics of this compelling wine I found so intriguing. This gets a strong “buy” recommendation from me.
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2017 Figeac, St-Émilion
Reviwer Picture By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
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47% CS and 43%M with 10%CF. One of the best of the right bank 2017s. So minty and spicy on the nose. Red berries and boysenberries on the palate. Soft and forward. So sweet. Lovely.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Reviwer Picture By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
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90% CS-This wine is almost as good as their great 2015. Spicy, exotic Asian fruit aromas and flavors. Sexy wine, rip and lush. Tannic at back, but delightful in ten years.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2017 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Reviwer Picture By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
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This might be the best for the money in 2017. Of course I am prejudiced, but Léoville sings in 2017. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon tells the story here—Merlot did not do well in the region. Very spicy on the palate. Suprisingly easy to drink. Not a huge wine, but a seamless, totally enjoyable 2017. Can be enjoyed in the next five years. Bravo to the Barton team and my best to Anthony and Eva Barton.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2017 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac
Reviwer Picture By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
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76% CS and 24%M. Wonderful perfumeon the nose-red roses and toasty oak. Superb entry and great mid palate feel. Very long and sweet. Much better than the Carruades 2017. I love this powerful, yet sweet Pauillac.
Drink from 2021 to 2021

2017 La Gaffelière, St. Emilion
Reviwer Picture By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
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So lush and lovely. It frosted on their lower vineyards and so only their hillside grapes were used in the blend! Precise and focused wine. Reminds me of the 1953 and 1962 that I recently drank ! This wine IS MUCH better than their 2015 or 2016. A must buy
Drink from 2020 to 2020

Tequila Montejima Blanco (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
My new house Blanco! Lovely floral nose, crystaline quality on the palate, great texture, bright, pure, fresh. Can be sipped straight or mixed. Killer value thanks to Andrew's negotiating skills. Great work!
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2011 Roda I Reserva Rioja
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
Interesting that this producer is considered part of the modern wave of Rioja producers. Founded in the late 1980s Roda is a relative baby in a region with a rich history going back centuries. However as Decanter magazine writes: "Roda has become the essence of fine-tuned classicism." Whilst being known for "modern" techniques such as the use of new French oak and detailed, scientific clonal selections of Tempranillo; the wine itself certainly comes across as classic and restrained, even in a hot, dry vintage such as 2011. Dusty dark red fruits, leather, red currant and baking spice. Medium plus bodied with good structure and direction. No easy sweetness, but plenty of fruit and layers framed with a good lick of quality oak. A scorched earth minerality pervades the finish with fine grained tannins suggesting great cellaring potential. Lots to like here and the best is yet to come.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
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2016 Carlisle "Palisades Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Sirah
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
Chardonnay has Le Montrachet, Pinot Noir has Romanée-Conti, Cabernet has the deep gravels of Chateau Latour. If I were to think of the most iconic vineyard for Petite Sirah it would have to be Palisades. I believe this to be the foremost planting of the varietal on the planet. Organic, head-trained, dry-farmed vines planted back in 1968 produce this intense, inky wine. Fragrant lilacs and black roses lift from the glass. The wine is full to the brim with concentrated black and blue fruit, huckleberry, bramble and black cherry. Big saturated texture coats the palate; the tannins are ample but not overbearing or aggressive. This is Petite Sirah you drink not chew! No jammy characters or sweetness, just pure dark fruit and refined tannic power. Very impressive wine. Drink now with juicy smoked brisket or put it away in the cellar for 10+ years.

2016 Substance "Sunset Vineyard" Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Reviwer Picture By: Ryan Woodhouse | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
A bright, crunchy, mineral infused wine with lots of juicy citrus and white peach. Fresh cut herbs add a very Sancerre inspired green tinge. Lots of drive and vivacity on the palate with lingering oyster shell salinity. Not a fruity tropical style but one much more about restraint, minerality and mouth watering acidity. Great value.

2016 Carlisle "Palisades Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Sirah
Reviwer Picture By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
It's been awhile since I've had a Petite Sirah this engaging. Often the wines have skull crushing tannins and a density that says, come back in a few years and maybe I'll be ready. The beauty of this Petite Sirah though is it has the density but those tannins are beautifully managed. All that deep dark purple fruit blasts forward with notes of boysenberry, lavendar and a touch of incense. This is gorgeous Petite and worthy of a bottle or two from this special producer for drinking or short term cellaring.

2011 Roda I Reserva Rioja
Reviwer Picture By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
Roda is one of Spain's more recent icon producers but we don't hear as much about them as others like Muga or Lopez de Heredia. But they keep good company as their facility is just a few hundred feet away. The wines tend towards a mix of modern polished fruit with one eye looking towards the past. My first nose on this said Ribera del Duero in Rioja clothing. The more opulent confiture of fig jam, blackberry and a touch of bittersweet chocolate emerged. The tannins were sweet and supple. After an hour though, I came back to the wine and that classic Rioja nose had come forward. Still dark fruited and rich, the panoply of spices and potpourri were present. This is detailed and expressive and with just a few more years under its belt will offer an incredible drinking experience. But it's pretty damn good now. Think leg of lamb, slow cooked over wood or just some Manchego cheese and plum jam to round off a meal. This will not disappoint.
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2013 Tenuta Roveglia Merlot
Reviwer Picture By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is savory, a mix of salted plums, dried cherries, hints of leather and dried herbs. On the palate the wine shows a richness that fills your mouth while still being focused, it isn’t fat, it’s just richly textured. The flavors develop showing more plum, cassis followed by a complex blend of savory herbs and bits of spice. While being a seemingly lowland wine it’s harvested in the first week of October allowing the grape to become physiologically ripe not just harvested on the sugar bloom. The finish shows more mineral and earth to go along with the rich but savory fruit and the stainless steel fermentation allows the earth and the fruit to come together without any oak getting in the way.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
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1990 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Reviwer Picture By: Steve Bearden | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
The only way to get this taste experience is through a perfectly stored, mature bottle from a great vintage and a fantastic producer-there is simply no other way to replicate it. This wine hits all those parameters and more. This is long, gentle, elegant and wonderfully dry with hints of ceder and leather to go with the burnished dark fruit flavors and smoke tinged mineral on the fine finish. A sophisticated wine for discerning connoisseurs.
Price: $169.99 Add To Cart
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Helios Distillery "Kura The Whisky" Japanese Rum Cask Finished Pure Malt Whisky (750ml)
Reviwer Picture By: Andrew Whiteley | Review Date: 8/14/2018 | Send Email
The perfect new addition to our Japanese whiskey collection. It's pretty, it's peaty, it's incredibly easy to drink and elegant. The rum finish is completely unique and adds a different type of sweetness than you find in sherry aged whiskies. This little number distilled by the Helios Distillery in Okinawa is sure to delight fans of Hakushu and Yamazaki. Factor in the price and just about anyone will be elated!
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2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Diana Turk | Review Date: 8/14/2018 | Send Email
What a gem! Dark with berry and plummy fruit with hints of coffee and a long finish, this Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is surprisingly sophisticated. Though this 2013 shows enough richness and oaky vanilla to please full-bodied Cab fans, there is a lean elegance here that feels fresh and subtly earthy. And single vineyard from a classic producer for less than twenty bucks? Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" is a must-try.

2017 Tenuta Roveglia Chiaretto Rosé
Reviwer Picture By: Sharon Kelly | Review Date: 8/14/2018 | Send Email
Tenuta Roveglia makes one of my absolute favorite Italian white wines (Limne Lugana). After our Italian buyer was at the property earlier this year, he reached out to let me know we would be carrying their rosé too, that it was just as fabulous as their other wines and assured me I'd love it. He was right. The color is a fun shade of pink but don't let that fool you - this is DRY. Wild strawberry, herbs, sensual texture and such vivacious acidity - I can't get enough of this wine. Séverine Bourrier of Château de L'Ou and I quaffed this bottle at our recent staff party - a star winemaker from France endorsing an Italian rosé? Enough said.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Domaine de Biéville (Louis Moreau) Chablis
Reviwer Picture By: Sharon Kelly | Review Date: 8/14/2018 | Send Email
Every year I look forward to the release of this Chablis from Louis and his wife, Ann as it's always so lively and fresh but has a touch more roundness on the texture yet not a speck of oak. This vintage is fabulous, exhibiting cheerful fresh lemon and grapefruit aromas and flavors and the flinty, steely, mineral profile of the limestone terroir. The acidity is bright and energetic; a refreshing accompaniment to this hot SoCal weather. Enjoy with grilled fish, or pasta with clams.
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2015 La Source du Ruault "La Coulee d'Aunis" Saumur Blanc
Reviwer Picture By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 8/14/2018 | Send Email
I met Jean-Noel Millon at a Biodynamic wine fair in Marseilles in 2017. I was immediately struck by the quality of his Cabernet Franc. Beautiful elegant renditions they most certainly are and show his philosophy of low intervention, traditional winemaking and quality terroir. But the wine that made me say, "Oh my GOD, what have we here?" was this 2015 Saumur Blanc. Composed of 100% Chenin Blanc on pure limestone tuffeaux, this is world class! A friend directed me to his table after he tasted it and said "I have found the Meursault Perrieres of Saumur" (yes, even though its' Chenin). The wine spends time in barrique which helps impart texture and richness to the full concentrated style of Saumur. The Coulee d'Aunis is full of roasted pear and apple notes, mandarin orange peel pithiness and notes of carmelized pineapple. It is richly textured but harmonious with that chalky minerality giving it a thread of tension that lingers on the palate. The wine should have some serious longevity too. I visited Jean-Noel months later at his estate and we tasted through some of his older reds and a couple older whites - SUBLIME!!
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2016 Tenuta Roveglia "Limne" Lugana
Reviwer Picture By: Christina Stanley | Review Date: 8/14/2018 | Send Email
When in Lugana, Italy, there is only one wine to drink! Lugana! Crafted from a grape you may not have heard of, Turbiana, (which is actually Verdicchio) this wine is very special, and rare! Nestled at the Southern banks of Lake Garda, the Lugana DOC is rich in mineral saturated clay soils from the ice age. Racy and fresh, "Limne" beckons with aromas and flavors of lime blossom, marcona almond, delicate apricot and lemon zest, underpinned by salty minerality. Texturally this wine really delivers, with surprising depth and drive. Enjoy!
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2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviwer Picture By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 8/14/2018 | Send Email
Even with the size and scale of a producer like Chateau Ste. Michelle, they continue to produce outstanding wines that dazzle and delight the palate. The "Cold Creek" is one of the their prestige sites that produces that rich warm currant and blackberry fruit that are the hallmarks of Washington State Cabernet. A nice touch of vanilla and spices from a little barrel aging rounds out the profile and the wine finishes with a sweet and supple tone that has an immediate appeal. The quality is amazing really, and at this price, cases really are a must!

2017 Torti Pinot Noir Pavia
Reviwer Picture By: John Downing | Review Date: 8/14/2018 | Send Email
Anyone looking for an outstanding Pinot Noir value will definitely want to purchase this latest release from the Torti Family. While there are a handful of top tier Italian Pinot Noirs, they are pricey and can't deliver the bang-for-the-buck that this one does. It's packed with a rounded palate of rich and savory red fruit flavors and a nice touch of acidity that keeps it fresh and lively.
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