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2012 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill" Monastrell Alicante Top Pick!
2012 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill" Monastrell Alicante

92 points Antonio Galloni: "Opaque ruby. Heady, seductively perfumed aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry-cola, Indian spices and candied violet, with a smoky mineral nuance adding vivacity. Sweet, penetrating and seamless on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and mocha flavors underscored by juicy acidity. At once rich and energetic, finishing with strong thrust, supple tannins and a whiplash of floral pastilles."91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The outstanding 2012 Tarima Hill is 100% old-vine Mourvèdre from a vineyard planted between 1935 and 1970, whose vines are largely ungrafted. It was aged 20 mont ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse San Francisco Special Order

2015 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch Top Pick!
2015 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch

Now a perennial favorite with staff and customers alike at K&L, this is one of our best selling and most raved about rosés every year. Hand-picked from Biodynamically farmed, old Mourvedre vines in a cool coastal sub-region of Stellenbosch, it's a fresh, elegant wine that does a fantastic impression of Bandol (which is also predominantly made from Mourvedre) but at a fraction of the cost! Waterkloof is a stunning property working with very natural, non-interventionist methods, the wines are pure, expressive and precisely balanced. I am excited to work wi... Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2012 Domaine de la Bastide Blanche Bandol Top Pick!
2012 Domaine de la Bastide Blanche Bandol

92 points Wine Spectator: "Rock-solid, with dark bay and roasted chestnut leaf notes leading the way, followed by a muscular core of black currant and blackberry confiture flavors. Worn leather and dried anise details line the finish, while the fruit smolders. On the old-school side of the spectrum. Best from 2017 through 2024. 800 cases imported. -JM" (7/2015) K&L Notes: From the importer: "In the early ‘70s Michel and Louis Bronzo acquired the property of the Bastide Blanche, with an eye to produce from appellation Bandol wines the equal of more famous appellations like Chateauneuf. Their pa... Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
WS 92

2012 Bodegas Castaño "Hécula" Monastrell Yecla

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The basic offering from proprietor Ramon Castano Santa, who owns a whopping 1,000 acres in Yecla, is the 2012 Hecula, which is sourced from a non-irrigated, single vineyard planted with 100% Monastrell. Aged in both tank and French oak, it comes from 60-80-year-old vines planted in limestone soils at a relatively high elevation of over 1,600 feet. Its opaque purple color is followed by copious aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, camphor, licorice, white flowers and a chalky limestone/dusty character. Full-bodied, rich and well-balanced, it is an in ...Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

2013 Casa Castillo Monastrell Jumilla

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Yields for the 2013 Monastrell (100% Monastrell aged six months in neutral French oak barrels, concrete and foudres) were 16 to 25 hectoliters per hectare, which is about half of that permitted in Burgundy. An amazing value, this wine boasts a dense blue/purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of blueberries, blackberries, scorched earth, licorice and forest floor. Stunningly pure and medium to full-bodied with oodles of fruit, this is a remarkable value to drink until the cows come home. Consume it over the next 2-3 years. Considered by many observers ...Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

2013 Capcanes "Mas Picosa" Montsant Spain (Previously $11)

Capcanes winery has an interesting story that mirrors those of many European wineries. Cooperatives allowed small family wineries that might otherwise have been driven under by financial obligations, to survive. They pool their resources and use one main facility to process their grapes and make their wines. Thanks to that system, many growers were able to continue to farm through tougher times. Now thanks to fresh investment, many have broken away from the cooperatives to produce very high-quality artisan wines. Capcanes winery produces many wines. The ... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City

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2012 CVA "Gordo" Monastrell-Cabernet Sauvignon Yecla Top Pick!
2012 CVA "Gordo" Monastrell-Cabernet Sauvignon Yecla

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A fabulous value from Patrick Mata, the 2012 Gordo is a blend of 70% Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from an organic vineyard planted in 1970. Aged three months in French oak, it showcases the brilliant quality of the Mourvèdre grape from this sunny appellation. The wine boasts an opaque ruby/purple color along with notes of lead pencil shavings, blackberries, black raspberries and a hint of blueberries. The sensational fruit characteristics are pure as well as vivid. This full-bodied, opulent, stunningly savory, expansively flavored 2012 can be dr ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

2012 Bodegas Olivares "Altos de la Hoya" Jumilla

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Smoky, deeply pitched dark berry compote, licorice and bitter chocolate scents show very good clarity, picking up a sexy floral note with aeration. Stains the palate with intense black and blue fruit flavors, with a lavender pastille quality emerging on the back half. At once rich and energetic on the finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and smooth tannins. A remarkable value, from a country known for delivering bang for the buck" (10/2014)  

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse

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ST 91

2010 Château Pibarnon Bandol (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2010 Château Pibarnon Bandol (Pre-Arrival)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Moving to the classic cuvee and even more impressive (it was one of the top wines I was able to taste for this report), the 2010 Bandol, which is over 90% Mourvedre, sees partial destemming and aging in oak casks, offers both gorgeous aromatic complexity and superb richness and depth on the palate. Giving up notions of pepper, Provencal herbs, underbrush and leather, with a solid core of dark fruit, this medium to full-bodied, pure, layered and beautifully balanced effort needs another 2-3 years of bottle age, and will easily keep for a decade or more pa ...Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 W&S 92

2014 Bedrock Wine Company "Ode to Lulu" Rosé

From the winery: "Like the last few years, this rosé comes from vines planted prior to 1940 (or perhaps we should say prior to FDR's third term). Picked specifically for rosé, at lower potential alcohol and whole-cluster pressed, this pale and perfumed rosé belies its lighter color and has plenty of density. It bears a strong resemblance to the 2010 and 2011, both of which are still showing nicely now. The backbone of the wine is the ancient Mourvedre--with all of its coniferous perfume and spice--with dashes of Cemetary Vineyard Carignane for salty crun... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $20.99 Add To Cart

2009 Domaine Bunan "Moulin des Costes" Bandol

The "Moulin des Costes" is a force to be reckoned with. Coming in at 14.5% ABV, this Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah blend delivers on more than one front. It shines in the glass with a dark blood red hue. Rich cloves and dark fruit characterize the inviting, intriguing and intricate nose. This wine’s ripe and generous fruit are immediate, yet an iron-like chalkiness and hint of dark spices flows through the finish. The tannins are bold, maintaining elegant grip all the way through. This big and delicious wine will age another 10 years with ease. (Dave Gen... Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood San Francisco

Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2013 Shania Monastrell Vino de la tierra de Murcia (3L bag in box) (cannot ship)

Produced by Gil family estates, this is a delicious red wine in this newly (finally!) popular large format. At less than $7 per liter, dare I say that red wine does not get much more delicious and gulpable than this? Pioneers in the production of wines from Monastrell grapes grown in the southeastern portion of Spain, the Gil family know this grape and Jumilla's calcareous vineyard sites as well as anyone. And since they have grown steadily over the years, their expertise and scale combine to make this truly one of the best dollar-for-dollar reds we've g... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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2011 Domaine du Gros Noré Bandol

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Both of the reds are brilliant and most likely the wines of the vintage, the 2011 Bandol comes from 30-year-old vines and is a blend of 80% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache and 5% Cinsault. Aged 18 months in foudre, it’s a dense, concentrated 2011 that offers notions of black cherry, blackberry, earth and ground herbs on the nose. This flows to a full-bodied, gorgeously put together palate that has considerable structure, superb purity of fruit and a knockout finish. Give it another 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following 15 years or more. Created ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 WE 90

2013 Bodegas Castaño Monastrell Viñas Viejas Yecla (Previously $12)

In the southeast of Spain sandwiched between Jumilla and Alicante, wines from Yecla have most prolifically come from what happens to be the largest co-op in Spain. However the Castaño family stands as the most important and ambitious privately owned winery in the D.O., and they have gone to great lengths to push the quality from the often coarse wines for which this region was previously known. Bodegas Castaño started small and has nurtured their old vine plantings, which has done much for their Yecla renaissance. Their four prime estate vineyards now co... Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

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2011 Château Jean-Pierre Gaussen "Cuvée Longue Garde" Bandol

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Bandol Longue Garde was rock solid. A blend of 95% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache (completely destemmed) that’s aged 18 months in foudre, it also shows a slight oxidative quality, yet offers massive amounts of fruit, licorice and crushed rock-like aromas and flavors that flow to a full-bodied, deep and structured feel on the palate. Unique, and most likely not for everyone, it has loads of texture and length while staying enjoyable and very drinkable. (JD)" (2/2014)  

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse San Francisco

Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2012 Hewitson "Baby Bush" Mourvèdre Barossa Valley South Australia

93 points James Halliday: "No mistaking its appeal. Berried flavour, complexing notes of tobacco leaf and leather, a general savoury/earthy/spiciness and the sweetness of fruit to keep you tipping back for more. Integrated tannin. More or less unresolved on the finish but time will take care of that."  

Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JH 93

2013 Primitivo Quiles "Cono 4" Monastrell Alicante

Here is a perfect example of what Spain's many lesser-known D.O.s are capable of when good vineyards are combined with sensible, traditionally-minded work in the cellar. Composed of 100% Monastrell, this wine is all black olives and meaty, savory characteristics on the nose, with a dark cherry fruited palate that also boasts balanced acidity, very good minerality and a complete dryness, a lack of any cloying ripeness or oak derived sweetness, which I find incredibly refreshing and appealing, particularly for a wine of this modest price. Try this with bra... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2013 Cline "Ancient Vines" Contra Costa County Mourvèdre

Cline's "Ancient Vines" series comes from their treasured old vineyards that are planted in sandy soil in the Delta region--not quite Central Valley, and just southeast of Napa Valley. Mourvedre, now a hit with Central Coast Rhone Rangers, and fans of the wines of the south of France, was popular many decades ago, too. This wine, from low-yielding old vines, was aged in 30% new American oak. 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse

Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2013 Yangarra Estate Mourvedre McLaren Vale

93 points James Halliday: "Excellent combination of polish and grunt. Smooth-skinned wine with blackberry, plum and leather flavours laid on, well complemented by more savoury-accented notes of clove and dried spice. Creamy oak makes for a silken ride through the finish. No lack of tannin. Very good release." (7/2014)  

Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
JH 93

2000 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol

95 points James Suckling: "I am really loving the nose here, sweet ripe fruit, raspberries and strawberries, and flowers. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and great freshness on the long finish. This is starting to open up now, this is pure and precise with just a hint of fresh herb showing the Cabernet Franc character. This still needs five years. Pull the cork after 2015." (5/2012)95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A gorgeous wine of grace, elegance, and power, this youthful 2000 will benefit from another five years of cellaring. It appears to have 25 more years of life ahead of it. A deep ruby/purple color is just ...Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse

2011 Kenneth Volk "Enz Vineyard" Lime Kiln Valley Mourvedre

Connoisseurs Guide: "Here is an easy going, very approachable Mourvedre that shows a lighter, livelier gait than typical versions are wont to do, and it juxtaposes a bit of berry-like fruit with suggestions of dried leaves, chocolate and dusty soils. It is a little sparing in richness when compared to a good many of its cousins, yet it is constant and comfortably filled, and it is balanced to make friendly drinking over the next couple of years." (3/2015)  

Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2010 Chimère (Sine Qua Non) Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (OWC)
Bid on this magnum of 2010 Chimère (Sine Qua Non) Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (OWC - 98RP, (93-95ST)) in original wood. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another amazing offering is the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Chimere, a blend of 93% Mourvedre, 5% Grenache and the rest white varietals. Packaged in a distinctive Italian glass bottle, this inky/purple-colored 2010 exhibits notes of blueberries, charcoal, roasted herbs and scorched earth. The complex aromas are followed by a full-bodied, super intense, young, unevolved wine that was bottled April 26, 2012, but still resembles a barrel sample. As the wine sits in the glass, aromas of blueberries, licorice and graphite emerge. While the tannins are sweet, they are abundant. This remarkable effort came from one 300-liter foudre. Forget it for 4-5 years and drink it over the following 3 decades. By the way, it is about 16% natural alcohol so it is actually less powerful than the 2011. Kudos to Manfred Krankl, Pascal and Vincent Maurel, and Phil 

This lot contains the following items:
2010 Chimère (Sine Qua Non) Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (qty: 1)

Auction Start Date: Oct 6 2015 5:00PM PT   

Starting Bid: $1715.00
RP 98 ST 93 - 95

2013 Paix Sur Terre "The Other One" Paso Robles Mourvedre

The Other One is a barrel selection of the most site specific and mineral driven barrels of Glenrose Mourvedre in our cellar. The Mourvedre from the upper and lower terraces was picked within three days of each other during the first week of October. 100% whole cluster and aged in 85% neutral oak and 15% new French oak, The Other One has plenty of black cherry fruit with notes of sagebrush, roasted meats, and mouthwatering minerality. 

Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $39.99 Add To Cart