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Staff Favorites - Anthony Russo

Anthony Russo

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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

Four Roses K&L Exclusive OESK (10 Year Old) Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 11-29-2017
Another single barrel home run that pulls you in like 100 against 1 tug-o-war. Sweet fruits on the nose are balanced by the lightly spiced "K" yeast strain. A touch of salinity, fresh cigar box with tobacco spilling out, and a bit of candle wax. This one is gonna go fast.
Price: $64.99 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
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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
JS 94 RP 90

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
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2014 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 10-23-2017
Such an interesting bottle of Pinot... Black cherries, spicy cola, and lots of tobacco supported by earthy tones. All of these beautiful flavors intertwine perfectly on the palate with a touch of edginess. This is a great bottle for "spicy" Pinot lovers who are stuck in California or Burgundy lovers who want something different on the table for Thanksgiving.

2015 Penley Estate "Phoenix" Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
Review Date: 10-23-2017
I am a California Cab guy. I find this wine to be utterly mind blowing. I can't buy more because I don't have a wine fridge. The wine: dark purple, explosion of plum, creme de cassis milling around, and a very minute tangy/grapey flavor, almost a touch Amarone-esque. Amazing stuff.

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: $32.99 Add To Cart
CG 90

2012 Perey Chevreuil, St-Emilion
Review Date: 09-25-2017
Fresh aromas of plum, dark berries, and a touch of fresh ground coffee jump out of the glass, indicating it’s seriousness. A few swirls and the smells only intensify (imagine decanting it for a bit...). On the palate, the wine carries medium weight from it’s streamlined acidity and tame ABV (13%). The texture is soft and juicy, leading to a remarkably well balanced bottle for under $20 with a finish that lingers until the next sip!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine Begude "Terroir 11300" Chardonnay Haute Vallée de l'Aude
Review Date: 09-20-2017
Tasty, clean, Chardonnay with a palate weight that would fall somewhere between light and medium. Lime zest, green apple, and a delicate peach tone jump out on the nose. The palate flavors were much more floral than fruity, however, and the mouthwatering acidity led to a satisfying finish. A fantastic weekday drinker!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
DC 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
RP 90

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
JD 94 RP 94

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!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

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
WS 94 RP 90

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.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
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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

2015 Alain Corcia Mâcon-Villages
Review Date: 08-01-2017
Lime zest, tropical fruit notes, and a floral bouquet make this Macon Village stand out from others at the price point. The palate weight suggest a bit of neutral oak, but without any oak or butter flavors. Absolutely delicious.
Price: $12.99 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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2013 Groth Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-01-2017
The deep cassis core in this wine is super attractive, hard to find this note in this price range. Great spice on the nose. The tannin structure is energetic, letting you know the wine can be enjoyed now or set down for some time and develop into something even better. Flank steak 101.
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2015 Domaine du Petit Coteau Vouvray Sec
Review Date: 07-31-2017
As a Chenin Blanc lover, I hate when the wine is either too fruity or not fruity enough; I am drinking it for freshness and vibrancy. This is a knockout, especially for the price. The nose is light, slightly candied (giving the wine its freshness) and the palate is clean, not too texturous, and has a slight mineral drive for structure.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine du Vieil Orme Sauvignon Touraine Blanc
Review Date: 07-30-2017
This organically produced sauvignon blanc is a new staff favorite. Bright melon and peach notes, friendly minerality, and softness are the key components to this easy drinker.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine de la Chaboissière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 07-30-2017
From a sustainable producer, this has got to be the best "sur lie" I have ever tasted for the price. Although the wine spent 18 months on the lees, it remains very light with lifted fruit, zesty acidity, and the characterizing touch of salinity. Great with oysters, but if none are attainable, french fries will do just fine.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-30-2017
Rich, flavorful, and extraordinarily unique! Tons of warming toast on the palate that combines perfectly with the lifted fruit aromas and tastes of bruised pear and baked apples. The finish is long and energetic, providing a smooth swell of slight nuttiness. A memorable go-to for the serious wine drinker looking for richness.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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Stolen Rum "Overproof" 6 Year Old Pot Still Jamaican Rum (375ml)
Review Date: 07-24-2017
Very unique and the KEY ingredient to the best tropical drink! These folks manipulate the pH (completely naturally) in order to give the spirit its striking acidity, which, when combined with the high proof, give off tropical fruit phenols, just like a pineapple!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

Mezcalosfera de Mezcaloteca "Espadin/Mango & Habanero" Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 07-24-2017
I am very lucky to have tasted this spirit as only 287 bottles were produced (for the entire world), and K & L got a handful. The flavors are all natural, infused, and the juice is then distilled a 3rd time. Super smooth, delicate flavors, and light/sweet smoke on the nose leading into the typical firewood in the palate. Awesome.
Price: $159.99 Add To Cart

Hochstadter's Family Reserve 16 Year Old Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-24-2017
A ton going on in this old bottling, making every penny spent on it very worthwhile. Dark, deep, and full of spice, this rye tastes like a kitchen in action.
Price: $189.99 Add To Cart

2015 Kalinda Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-20-2017
The value here is ridiculous; I will be getting a case for myself to enjoy and see how it comes of age. This is the most fulfilling cab in this price point I have ever encountered. Absolutely delicious to the very last drop. Big, full, and structured. The only downfall being that the bottle is only 750 ml.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

The Spirit Guild Astral Pacific Gin 750ml
Review Date: 07-19-2017
The epitome of "farm fresh," although these guys are located in downtown LA, they get all of their citrus for the recipe from their own farm up in Bakersfield. The deliciousness of the grapefruit and pistachio make this gin shine. Bring it to your next pot luck or keep it all for yourself.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

VING "KLC" Kale, Lemon Peel, & Cucumber Infused Organic Farm Fresh Vodka (750ml)
Review Date: 07-19-2017
Didn't think I would find a Vodka I enjoyed (let alone when kale is on the label), but this one really caught me off guard. The kale is infused as opposed to "flavored" and another distillation follows, making the taste subtle and delicate. The cucumber notes really stand out on the palate. This Vodka drinks almost like a super light Gin and would make a great crossover.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2013 Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley "Z Cuvée" Rhone Blend
Review Date: 07-12-2017
Finally a domestic Rhone blend (55% Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre) to rival all those French values in both quality and price! Very fragrant, like blueberry pie, accompanied with fantastic lift and brightness in the palate. Just the right amount of tannin to be approachable, yet they remind you you're drinking a serious wine.
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2014 Gainey "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-06-2017
Outstanding value California Chard for 17.99! Bright fruited and acidic, this bottling also delivers on well-integrated oak to satisfy the craving. Multi-dimensional and fun, this is a great quality wine for the budget.
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2015 Domaine de l'Aigle À Deux Têtes Chardonnay "Derriere la Roche" Côtes du Jura Blanc
Review Date: 05-31-2017
Made from a Chardonnay clone exclusive to Jura, this is a heck of a wine for the price... Made in a non-oxidative style (no "nutty" flavors), this wine manages to express a very rich aroma and flavor without any oak at all. Having covered the entire vineyard to prevent destruction from birds, the workers here have put a lot of effort into this bottle and the price is still very much within reach.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

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