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Anthony Russo

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2016 Chateau Vitallis Macon-Fuissé
Review Date: 02-21-2018
Mouthwatering acidity, honeyed/spicy fruit, mineral driven, with just a tiny, subtle touch of light oak. This estate is known for its old vines, some well over 65 years old. The vineyards sit 750-900 ft above sea level, allowing the grapes to retain acidity, aroma, and freshness. Stainless steel fermented and aged in a mix of old and new oak barrels, but always as a light touch. Great Chardonnay!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2014 Banshee Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-20-2018
A heavyweight Napa cab at an outstanding price. The fruit is sourced from Howell Mountain (brightness, minerality), Calistoga (distinct aromas), St. Helena (fleshy texture), and Rutherford (depth of flavor), which are some of the most sought-after regions in Napa. It is rich with blackberries and cassis, so make sure to decant it for a couple of hours and watch it unfold. Cellar it for up to 20 years, so brag a few!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Montechiara Prosecco
Review Date: 02-20-2018
The perfect bubbles to pop for any occasion without breaking the budget. "Extra Dry" is the minimum level of dosage to create the secondary fermentation, so no excess sweetness on this Prosecco. Fresh fruit flavors, zippy acid, and a dry mouthfeel, what more could you want for the price?
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2009 Valentons Canteloup "Cuvée Excentrique" Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 02-20-2018
Easily (in my opinion) the best sub $20 Bordeaux I've tasted so far. The label itself could use a bit of work, but as soon as you taste the juice, you quickly forget about the cosmetics and focus on how the flavors speak so much louder than the price point. Its classic Bordeaux spice and woody notes stand out on the nose and the palate is simply covered in light fruit teamed up with earthy/savoury-ness. Awesome vintage, awesome wine.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2015 Andrew Murray "Tous les Jours" Santa Ynez Valley Syrah
Review Date: 02-20-2018
An affordable and complex wine for any weeknight's meal, the Andrew Murray "Tous Les Jours" Syrah packs a lot of complexities in a small price point. Black and red cherries, plums, and mulberries make up most of the bouquet. On the palate, the wine has a slightly chewy texture, a touch of Earthy black fruit, and leans toward the fuller bodied side.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2013 Bersano "Mantico" Barbaresco
Review Date: 01-31-2018
If you're looking for something fantastic to have with your pasta/risotto tonight or diving into the world of Barbaresco/Barolo, make this your first stop. A great expression of Nebbiolo that gives you an idea of what the region is all about, but in a more "ready to drink" style. A touch juicier, but with all of the structure Barbaresco is known for.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Tenuta di Sesta Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 01-31-2018
Great value wine from a celebrated producer! This Rosso manages to balance drinkability, classic favors, and complexity all at once; very savory with a gentle depth, woody spice, and just the right amount of fruit.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Silverado Vineyards Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-24-2018
Glad to see another well made and super interesting Napa Cab come in at under $40! Toasted mocha, burnt caramel, and chewy tannins give this wine tons of complex, interesting, and satisfying flavor and mouth feel. The acidity is balanced, making this a perfect dinner pairing for a protein, especially one covered in a sweeter sauce, whether it be BBQ or fruit-based.

2014 Bonny Doon "A Proper Claret" Red Blend
Review Date: 01-16-2018
This is going to be a knockout with K&L fans; highly regarded by Wine Enthusiast with the quality to show for. The fruit make up on the nose along with the woodsy spice is very reminiscent of Bordeaux, but with a California touch. On the palate, the core shows beautifully and is very well balanced with a good support of acid and supple texture from the soft tannins. Full bodied, good fruit, lots of complexity, and, again, incredibly well balanced.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 01-10-2018
The cool, coastal influence shows beautifully on this well balanced Pinot. The "up front" fruit on the nose show tons of depth, pointing to this wine's great complexity. Velvety on the palate with a touch of bramble fruit make for an exciting Pinot that can pair up to a lot of different foods.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 01-10-2018
For fans of Aubert who want to spend a fraction of the money! Seamless, round and ripe fruit glide right along the palate. Cherries, cola, and a touch of stone make this Pinot very Burgundian at heart, but with a California flare. Grab a bunch and put it away; the core of flavor will be amazing in 5-8 years.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Stolpman "Para Maria" Santa Barbara County Red Blend
Review Date: 01-10-2018
Deep purple color and sleek, ripe, purple fruit greet the nose with a slight rustic prickle. Just the right amount of richness on the palate with a touch of tannic grip and lively acidity. This is a wonderful wine with loads of character for a great price; no wonder it made the Wine Enthusiast's "Top 100" list.

2014 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva
Review Date: 01-09-2018
Warm, baked fruit paired with soft and supple tannins make this an easy week night drinker. The solid structure will go along with a lot of different meal pairings, so grab some pizza and enjoy!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2015 Antinori "Cervaro della Sala" Chardonnay Umbria
Review Date: 01-09-2018
Have that friend that claims they hate Chardonnay? Pour them a glass of this and watch the conversion happen before your eyes! Absolutely gorgeous crisp and floral bouquet hides its varietal on the nose. On the palate, the wine is round and very texturous with juicy weight. The alcohol level is perfectly balanced, making this bottle super versatile. From post-work, to dinner, to the night cap, this is an awesome bottle of Italian white than can do it all.

2014 Barter & Trade Red Mountain Merlot
Review Date: 01-09-2018
Deep and fleshy dark fruits alongside warm cocoa and a hint of vanilla is sure to reel in anybody looking for a bold wine. The palate shows come roasted coffee, a touch of anise, and a long, complex, and interesting finish. Before i knew the price, i pinned it to be a higher price point.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2014 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-06-2018
Best winery in Napa, year after year, and this is yet another perfect example as to why. Energetic aromas of plum, wild blackcurrant, pencil shavings, and mint jump out of the glass. On the palate, this Cabernet has plenty of structure: balanced acid, ripe tannins, and lively, but not forward, fruit flavors. All crucial parts of the equation that lead to a beautiful, balanced wine with lots of terroir that will age delicately. All this for one of the more competitive prices for the area.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Yves Cheron "Les Dentelles" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 01-03-2018
Delicious aromas of soft, bruised fruit with a violet edge, this wine has great concentration and a lot of flavor without being too heavy. I would consider this wine to have a touch more body than a lot of catch-all Cotes-du-Rhones, which makes it super fun and versatile.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

FiftyFifty Brewing Company "Session 267" IPA, California (16oz cans)
Review Date: 12-30-2017
Light citrus burst on the aroma and gentle bitterness on the palate with a medium mouthfeel. At 4.7%, this is easily my new go-to for "more than 1 or 2 in a sitting." Finally, a flavorful Session for the session.
Price: $3.49 Add To Cart

Modern Times "City of the Sun" IPA, California (16oz cans)
Review Date: 12-30-2017
Such a solid IPA when the craving strikes. Medium bitterness and the weight falls somewhere in between and East and West coast IPA. Very crowd friendly.
Price: $2.79 Add To Cart

2014 Substance (K Vintners) "Powerline Estate" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 12-26-2017
Really impressed by the overall balance of this wine. Lots of plum, blackcurrant, and violet on the nose with a hint of herbs. Great core fruit, acidic backbone, round and full, but not overpowering.

2013 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 12-08-2017
Deep, violet aromas of plum, blackcurrant, blackberry and blueberry. Soft and velvety on the palate supported by fresh, juicy tannins. A delicious and easygoing Napa Cabernet that will please everyone around the table for a great price.

Blank Brewing "Your Phone Number" IPA Brewed w/ Fruity Pepples, New York (12oz Cans)
Review Date: 12-08-2017
One of the few brewed-to-be-weird beers that is actually super tasty without being too funky. The brewers nailed the aromas - Fruity Pebbles through and through supported by a backbone of orange zest. On the palate, the fruit aroma translates into a nice rhubarb bitterness that gives the beer structure and seriousness.
Price: $3.99 Add To Cart

2016 Ca' del Baio Langhe Nebbiolo
Review Date: 12-08-2017
Sure-shot for Nebbiolo lovers who want something for "now." I am still learning all of the intricacies of Italian wines, but even I could tell this was classic Nebbiolo; the structure is all there with a tiny extra layer of soft fruit that makes this otherwise tannic wine a bit more approachable early. Why spend $70 and wait 8 years when this is good to go now?
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart

2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Chardonnay
Review Date: 11-14-2017
This Chardonnay is bright and lifted, showing green apple, pear, with touches of banana and vanilla. The oak is there, but very well integrated and doesn't interfere with the fruit notes, which are the highlights. Because of the oak, the texture coats the mouth beautifully and is well supported by zippy acidity and a touch of sweet spice. This wine would crush paired with oven baked salmon.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Columbia Valley Syrah
Review Date: 11-13-2017
Such a fun, clean, and easy-going Syrah from just off the Columbia River. The nose shows plenty of black fruit with a hint of bacon fat, which really pulls you in and gets you excited for the first sip. Great texture and concentration, the touch of black pepper and truffle on the palate flavors will pair brilliantly with some BBQ! At this price, get a few while they last.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2014 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-09-2017
A big Napa Cabernet with loads of personality at an affordable price point. The aromas are intensely deep and flaunt blackberries, plum, and spicy blackcurrant. The tannins are fleshy and satisfying, which pair nicely with the balanced acidity. A touch of vanilla on the palate opens the road for a long and smooth finish. A great bottle to put down and watch develop or to enjoy now with a nice juicy steak or burger.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Cortonesi "Poggiarelli" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-30-2017
Chocolate covered blueberries, healthy loam, Dr. Pepper, and strawberries on the nose, which all come together harmoniously on the palate. Perfect tannin structure, supportive acidity, and a long and delicate finish. This is a beautifully unique Brunello that is sure to spark a conversation.

2014 Domaine Tourbillon "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 10-24-2017
This is one of those really cool wines at an awesome price... Lots of baking spices, a touch of rhubarb, a hint of leather, Grenache at it's finest! The roundness and depth of the lead varietal truly unfolds on the palate where the soft and supple fruit flavors shine. It's got the perfect richness, more typical of what Chateauneuf should taste like, with a loooooooong finish.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Château Bouscassé Madiran
Review Date: 10-24-2017
This is great Madiran starting with the fact that the winemaker holds the vintage for a few years before release (this 2012 is the latest) to make sure it has reached its optimal drinking window. As for this style in particular, it is gorgeously approachable while being very true to style: Tannat is the driving force here, staining the glass with its purple depth and satisfying the taste buds with each sip of its structured style. Stock up for the Holidays!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 94

2014 Star Lane Santa Ynez Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-18-2017
Yummy stuff here; cherry cola, vanilla, crushed plum, and a touch of leather make up the nose. The alcohol is very well integrated, you can take a big sniff without burning your nose. On the palate, this Cabernet is very elegant, balancing it's elements of fruit and spice. I like it because although it would match a meal perfectly, you don't NEED food to enjoy it.
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2014 Carpe Diem Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-17-2017
Though still on the light side (it is Pinot Noir, after all), I find the Carpe Diem to have just a bit more texture than most Pinot Noirs of it's caliber. These added dimensions are beautifully obvious on the nose, where aromas of cool strawberry pie pull you in immediately. Likewise on the palate, the extra texture is super smooth, but doesn't disappear without making some it's delicate nuances known. Perfect for Pinot fans who need something with a touch more weight for a meal or Merlot/Cabernet fans who want something a bit lighter.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Woodward Canyon "Artist Series #22" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-17-2017
Fragrant on the nose, lots going on here including peppered cassis, strawberry chews, and a bit of dark licorice. The palate is soft, chewy, and fruity with just the right amount of acid for support. Along with a great tannic bite, this makes a great option for newer California drinkers looking to step their game up a notch.

2014 Taken Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 10-02-2017
Great nose of deep cassis; a bouquet blend of floral and fruit notes, mainly led by plum. On the palate, everything about this wine is so well integrated. The tannins are soft, but the liquid has a nice little grip to it. Flavors are just as beautiful as the nose. At this price, it's a no-brainer.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Trinity Hill "The Trinity" Red Blend Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 09-27-2017
A buffet consisting of almost all of my favorite varietals. This inexpensive bottle is a great find for casual weekday meals and gatherings because it is full of flavor with little fuss. Deep color, tame alcohol, bright and friendly aromas with a touch of hint of a tobacco note that add to it's depth. The ripe tannin profile gives it a sense of seriousness. Tasty.

2014 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-27-2017
Elegant ruby/purple color with a nose full of raspberries, currant, and forest floor. The use of oak is so well integrated; you can smell a hint of vanilla, but it is very light. The fruit notes reflect on the palate, but are supported with a touch of tobacco and vibrant acidity. This is a bottle that will develop nicely.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
CG 90

2015 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 09-19-2017
The CDP earned an easy "A" on my tasting score sheet: classic profile and perfect structure. Although still relatively young, all of the elements (fruit flavors and aromas, tannin, alcohol, and acid) are super well blended and integrated. Classic CDP spiciness, soft and approachable tannins, and great depth to the core fruit flavors all contribute to how much the entire staff loved this bottle. And the price; that's a bonus. Stock up on these for the fall/winter!

2015 Chateau de L'Ou Chardonnay "Infiniment" Côtes Catalanes Blanc
Review Date: 09-19-2017
This is a great choice for California Chardonnay lovers who want to try something new or more Old World palates who want something different. The wine is more on the rich side with lots of banana notes on the nose. Not buttery or oaky flavors, however, and the key word here is balance. The structure of the wine match it's tropical aromatics perfectly. Drink it with a seafood covered pasta in butter sauce and watch it truly open up!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Château Saint Jacques d'Albas "Le Chateau d'Albas" Minervois
Review Date: 09-19-2017
70% Syrah 30% Grenache from a very cool region of France (Google Minervois photos; it is beautiful). The nose on this wine instantly boasts it's uniqueness: for true soda fans, it has a root beer/cherry cola undertone! Despite being largely Syrah, the wine has a lifted freshness to it to appease lovers of either lighter or bolder Syrahs. Think Thanksgiving meal...
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
DC 90

2015 Chateau de L'Ou "Velours Noir" Côtes Catalanes Rouge
Review Date: 09-19-2017
I love Syrah when it is neither too gamey nor too thin. This one falls in the middle. The "Velours Noire" comes entirely from vines planted on the hillside on top of a black schist soil, which results in an incredibly velvety wine. The tannic profile is present, but not overwhelming, making this gorgeous bottle something to enjoy either now or a few years down the road. As for pairing, think roasted pork, duck, turkey, or BBQ lamb.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Clos de l'Anhel "Lolo de l'Anhel" Corbieres
Review Date: 09-18-2017
I fell in love with this wine because the "kitchen spice" aromatics and flavors remind me of the smells coming out of the kitchen on a cool, lazy fall day. It is composed of 81% Carignan, which gives the wine a great "lift," (think raspberry bush) and the rest is Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, which round out the blend very nicely. Don't be fooled by the word "Carignan", though, the wine has tons of depth, great displays of darker fruits, and a long, elegant finish. Although I would consider it full bodied, you could pair this bottle with anything from roasted chicken to pizza, burgers, meatloaf, lasagna, etc. Enjoy!
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2014 Seghesio "Cortina" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-02-2017
You could attribute it to the dry farming methods, the old/perfectly located vines, or the careful and meticulous production, but either way, this wine shows some of the most elegant depth I have ever tasted. Blueberries, blackberries, and black cherries are carried by a white pepper spice throughout a long, enjoyable finish.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot
Review Date: 08-27-2017
I love this merlot! Satisfies the "deep and brooding" craving very well. It boats a dark color and an intense kitchen spiciness, like meatloaf in the oven or something slow cooking in the Dutch oven. Would pair amazingly with these dishes, by the way. The spicy and long finish make you sit back and feel very happy with your wine and food choices.

2015 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-27-2017
An easy going pinot for any time of day; this San Luis Obispo pinot is fairly light in color and has a clean, fruity aroma. Much more depth on the palate, however, where a juicier mouth feel and mineral aftertaste present themselves. A sub-$20 California pinot you can be confident about.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Shafer "Red Shoulder Ranch" Carneros Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-27-2017
The good stuff. This is a fantastic bottle to save for a special dinner; slightly lighter on the fruit profile (think red apples, citrus zest), a mild level of new oak, and a slightly buttery flavor give the juice enough weight and freshness to stand up to almost any meal. Except heavy meats, stews, and BBQ sauce.

2016 Kalinda Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-27-2017
Clean, somewhat floral aromas intertwined with pineapple, red apple, and stone fruit. The citrus pop on the palate, combined with a balanced level of acidity, make this chardonnay the perfect compliment to any lighter meal or appetizer. The lack of oak/butter flavors make a lawn chair and music a great pairing as well.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

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Old Weller "Antique" 107 proof K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #140 Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-23-2017
This one is dangerously easy to drink... The barrel is smooth, full of light caramel and toffee notes, with a sweet spice that carries all the way through. A touch of rusticity helps to give it some serious structure.
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1990 Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Medoc
Review Date: 08-14-2017
Wow... Famous name, famous vintage, and pure deliciousness make this bottle a knock-out. I'm typically not as much of an "older wine" (savory, leathery) kind of guy, but I thought this was an impressive wine. The aromas are mellow, yet alive and lifted, filled with plum, blackberries, mint, graphite, vanilla, bell pepper, and leather. The palate is just as well supported; the oak held up nicely and definitely help this bottle retain its drinkability. Dark fruit flavors, forest floor, and cassis round everything up to a nice and easy finish.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc
Review Date: 08-05-2017
Although bit of a frost touched the region, Mother Nature's hiccup was not enough to deter producers from this classic AOC from creating yet another exceptional expression of Sauvignon Blanc, and Franck Millet's is no exception. With perfect concentration and balance, the soft fruit notes are paired with racing acidity and a slight grassy tang at the end, giving it a sense of place.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine de Biéville (Louis Moreau) Chablis
Review Date: 08-01-2017
Beautiful gold color with a great freshness on the nose that wafts out of the glass. Green apples, peaches, a touch of palate weight, and a not-overly-acidic pH make this a great summer dinner wine or pool side sipper.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2010 Gulfi "Nerosanlorè" Nero d'Avola Sicilia
Review Date: 08-01-2017
This wine has so much character, it was hard to pin it as just "nero d'avola." On the nose, it presents a sweet spice as well as a cooking spice, almost like rosemary, raspberries, and a touch of red bell pepper. The palate opens up with a darker fruit tone and a bit of salinity, which would make it a great pairing for lamb or even pasta with a buttery clam sauce.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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