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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* The fruit flavors are apparent, fresh and lively in this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced brut. Light pear and pineapplearomas are followed by richer pear and citrus flavors, and subtle hints of baking spices, almonds and a nice earthy touch emerge." (12/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buy* Sleek and charming, with yeasty apple torte and floral cherry aromas and rich, crisp flavors of lemon curd, spicy vanilla and fresh ginger." (10/2015) Connoisseurs Guide: "As always a very bright and vital wine and, in this case, one that emphasizes freshness more than yeasty complexity, th ...Read More »
According to the winery: "With the color of freshly cut cantoulope, our 2015 “Tous Ensemble” Rosé evokes distinct aromas of racy citrus fruits and delicate white flowers. On the palate, juicy watermelon and fresh strawberries are supported by lively acidity to give this gorgeous wine a food friendly structure. The 2015 vintage will be remembered for high quality and lower yields. The growing season started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in late winter and early spring. Cooler temperatures in May caused some uneven fruit set that contributed to s... Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Unusually dry and crisp, this gives up tangy green apple, kiwi and lemon flavors backed by electric acidity, rather light body and a touch of enervating astringency that’s unusual in a white wine. Fresh oysters, please." (2/2015) Connoisseurs Guide: "Bright and brisk from the outset and a wine that reins in ripeness without sacrifice of keen Chardonnay fruit, this tangy offering is true to the racy Carpe Diem style and sports plenty of acid yet never wanders into lemony austerity. It shows a nice sense of polish and is complete without being big and bold, and it will make a fi ...Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Lighter, leaner flavors like cranberry, rhubarb and tart cherry light up this wine from the first sniff through the tangy finish. Balanced on the fresher, crisper side of the spectrum, it has firm tannins, an appetizing dry texture and medium body. The focused fruit flavors and light spicy accents make it distinctive. (JG)" (10/2015) Wine & Spirits: "This is simple and approachable, with a soft red cherry flavor that ends with spark of alcohol, the fruit accumulating just enough sandy grip to hold everything together." (4/2016) Wine Spectator: "Well-focused on a narrow mix ...Read More »
Toulouse’s scenic vineyard is established as a proven site that has produced 94 point wines. Their fruit is purchased by some of the most renowned winemakers in Anderson Valley, such as the McPhail Family Wines, Phillips-Hill Estates, and Baxter Winery.
Wine Spectator: "Lemon, melon and peach flavors are fleshy and juicy. Mouthwatering on the intense finish. (MW-Web-2016)"
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*#36 in Wine Enthusiast's "The Enthusiast 100 of 2015"* Very fruity and fresh in aroma, this elegant wine has light, crisp apple and lemon flavors, fresh-baked bread accents and lively acidity. A layered texture seems to blend in accents of almond and vanilla, increasing complexity with each sip. It’s one of California’s bluechip bubblies." (12/2015) 93 points Wine Spectator: "*#60 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015* Impeccably refined and elegant, with floral aromas of fresh brioche, baked apple and roasted hazelnut. The flavors are layered and well-focused, showing notes of min ...Read More »
90 points Vinous: "The 2013 Syrah Tous Ensemble is fabulous. Inky dark blue/purplish fruit, smoke, licorice, grilled herbs jump from the glass. A dollop of whole clusters adds gorgeous aromatic/savory overtones. Drink this juicy, lifted Syrah over the next few years. This is a terrific showing from Copain, not to mention a tremendous value. (AG)" (1/2015) Wine Spectator: "Offers lively acidity and a tight focus, with accents of cherry and cranberry plus spice and herb. Crushed stone notes underscore the dry tannins. Drink now through 2023. 1,680 cases made." (3/2016)
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* 0 The fruit flavors are apparent, fresh and lively in this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced brut. Light pear and pineapple aromas are followed by richer pear and citrus flavors, and subtle hints of baking spices, almonds and a nice earthy touch emerge. (JG)" (12/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and charming, with yeasty apple torte and floral cherry aromas leading to rich, crisp flavors of lemon curd, spicy vanilla and fresh ginger. (TF)" (12/2015) Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* As always a very bright and vital wine and, in this case, one that emphasizes freshness more than ye ...Read More »
Banshee changed things up a bit in 2015, and for the first time sourced their rosé from Mendocino County when they found some exciting new vineyard sources. Banshee takes their rose production very seriously, and employs hand-harvesting and whole cluster pressing of Pinot Noir grapes designated for rosé from the beginning, rather than bleeding some runoff juice of a wine destined to be a red. The primary new vineyard source for this aromatic and bright rose is biodynamically farmed, and the attention to detail from start to finish shows through in the bo... Read More »
From the producer: "The nose reminds us of fall, with bright ripe cranberry notes, hints of forest, brown sugar, golden brown marshmallows, and cinnamon. This Zinfandel has a dominant presence right when it hits the front palate, which leads into a broad mid palate and enjoyable mouthwatering finish. The acidity perfectly balances out the bright fruit from the core and makes this wine perfect for food pairings or enjoying on its own."
Inventory: San Francisco
93 points Wine & Spirits: "The Husch family planted the first pinot noir in Anderson Valley in 1971, before selling the winery to the current owners, the Oswalds, in 1979. Vineyard manager Al White has farmed the firm’s grapes since 1974. That wealth of experience and history pays dividends in this bright, refreshing pinot noir from five vineyards, including the Husch estate in Philo and Ferrington in Booneville. The wine is sunny and red-fruited, with a crisp structure, moderate ripeness and a lovely floral aroma that lasts: pure Anderson Valley." (12/2015)
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* A complex and complete wine with everything in place, this tastes delicious from the first whiff to the lingering finish. It has fresh-baked bread and light peach aromas and white-cherry flavors. Well balanced, it’s layered on a subtle level and harmonious." (12/2015) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Vibrant and focused, with aromas of strawberry and mineral leading to crisp flavors of raspberry, nectarine and spice." (12/2015) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale orange. Orange zest and rhubarb on the spice-accented nose. Dry and chewy, with good clarity to its bitter red fruit and citrus pith flavors. ...Read More »
92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Sativa, 100% old-vine Carignan from Mendocino County, is one of the most striking wines in this range. A host of inky blue and purplish-hued fruits, mint, spices and leather make a strong first impression. The 2014 boasts fabulous energy that gives the wine its sense of freshness and vitality. This is another strong showing from Lioco, not to mention a wine reader will not want to miss. (AG)" (2/2016)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This lovely Mendocino sparkler, crafted from two-thirds Chardonnay and one-third Pinot Noir, has lilting apple and honey aromas buoyed by a thick head of mousse. There is a pleasing follow-through from aroma to flavor and a core of ripe apple. Dry, soft with a long finish, this is a hard-to-resist food-friendly wine ready to pair widely." (12/2013) 90 points Wine Spectator: "A delightfully racy sparkler, with tart apple and floral anise aromas leading to zesty lime and lemon flavors, presenting accents of cinnamon and spicy ginger. (TF)" (12/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright gold. Green apple and ...Read More »
The 2014 vintage had early rains, a warm spring, and an early harvest. Once the grapes were gently pressed, the wine was fermented in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak. All of this resulted in a ripe, balanced Chardonnay with elegance and a lively lemon zestiness. Look for aromas of green apples and honeysuckle, then pair this delectable offering with a chilled cucumber and cream soup.
91 points Decanter: "Stern cherry nose, underlaid by sweet oak. Rich and fleshy with good concentration and typicity and a lively, spicy finish. Assertive and long but not heavy. (GH)" (8/2015) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Red-cherry and strawberry aromas meld with rich fruit and warm baking-spice flavors to make this full-bodied wine hard to resist. The style is in the ripe, pastry shop mode, and soft tannins and acidity complete the picture." (8/2016)
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* This serious and concentrated wine has plenty of ripe fruit aromas and flavors, with a smooth texture, and lingering fruitiness on the finish. It resembles black plums and cloves in flavor, and has excellent balance and depth." (12/2015) Wine Spectator: "Offers zesty flavors of bright cherry, smoky herb and lots of cracked pepper. Packs in a lot of character. Drink now through 2018. 11,475 cases made." (6/2015)
The K&L Kalinda wines are consistently among the best values in our store. We work closely with top producers to bring you first-rate wine at reasonable prices. We can't reveal our sources, but we can say that this is a steal.
Made with certified organically grown grapes, this Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc from vines aged 37 years was fermented mainly in stainless steel, with just 7% in neutral French oak barrels.
92 points Wine Spectator: "The subtle intensity builds and gains depth, holding focus and delivering a mix of dusty wild berry, plum, black licorice and cassis notes. Impressive on the finish. (JL)" (6/2015) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a taut and trim wine, but with plenty of toasted oak aromas and rich maple and cherry flavors to fill out its firm frame. Flavors combine cinnamon, cardamom, plum and Bing cherry. The texture is moderately tannic and firmly crisp for an attractive, lip-smacking quality. (JG)" (12/2015) K&L Notes: If it looks like a duck, that's because Goldeneye is indeed part of the Duckhorn Vineyar... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Wine Enthusiast: "This is a big, dry Rhône-style wine with a medium color. It offers aromas of wild berry, earth and oak, along with clove and pomegranate-juice flavors and a firm, tannic texture. It’s not what you’d call a cocktail wine, but it should be versatile at mealtime with meats and pastas. (JG)" (12/2015)
91 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir La Selva is a fabulous appellation-level Pinot from the Cerise and Klosterman vineyards in Anderson Valley. Pliant and accessible, the 2014 stands out for its impeccable balance, purity of fruit and overall depth. A host of dark red and purplish hued stone fruit nuances open up as this fleshy, substantial wine shows off its personality. The 2014 La Selva is another of the overachieving wines in this range. This is a terrific set of wines from Lioco, a project headed by Matt Licklider and Kevin O'Connor. Winemaker John Raytek shows a d ...Read More »
90 points Wine & Spirits: "An elegant wine with tart and juicy sour cherry flavors, this has the full fatness of ripe California fruit. Yet it's harmonious, not aggressive, a finely balanced sparkler for duck meatballs." (12/2009) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Impeccably dry, with a delicate salmon hue and strawberry and lime aromas. Flavors are vibrant and crisp, with notes of watermelon and graham cracker. (TF)" (12/2011) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light peach skin color, with a slow bead. Musky orange peel and herb aromas, with a hint of white chocolate. Fleshy, weighty and smooth in texture, offering ripe citrus and pit fruit flavors an ...Read More »
Whole cluster fruit, native yeast fermentation, 828 Pommard Rochioli clones. Aged for 12 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 35% new oak. From the winery: "Maryetta Wines is a boutique winery specialising in organic wines from Mendocino County. We make complex, balanced wines that are made in the vineyards. The wine is aged in French oak barrels, and sits for almost a year before it reaches bottling. Maryetta Pinot Noir is unfiltered, which allows the wine to retain many flavors and aromas that would normally be filtered out. The result is an authentic Pi... Read More »
Bolinas-based Sean Thackrey has made a Petite Sirah from the Eaglepoint Ranch since 1997, and are we glad he has! This is a wine to put away in your cellar (or closet) for however long you can stand it! When you do get around to opening it, watch it explode from the glass and change over the hour or two it takes for you two drink the bottle, offering such an array of aromas and flavors it is impossible to catalog them here. Sean Thackrey is one of the most influential people in the Bay Area Food & Wine community, and has been for nearly three decades. Al... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Wine & Spirits: "From a collection of vineyards in Anderson Valley’s cool Deep End, this is tight at first, with flinty earth tones and tart chokecherry acidity, the oak feeling a bit raw. With air, the fruit gains some suppleness, and it may turn out to be a layered, complex wine with some additional time in bottle." (4/2016) K&L Notes: Praise from Wine Advocate: "Paul Gordon and winemaker Scott Shapley (who also makes the wines for Roar in the Santa Lucia Highlands) continue to make superb, Northern Rhone-inspired wines from the Mendocino and Yorkville Highlands regions of Californ... Read More »
The three friends behind Antill Farms met while working at Williams-Selyem after various stints as cellar rats across the country, so they have California Pinot in their DNA. In 2004, they opened up Anthill Farms to pay homage to small growers by producing single-vineyard Pinots (and one Syrah). They also produce two appellation wines, and this alluring bottle showcases the cool, coastal terroir of Mendocino County. From the winery: "With this Pinot, we look to create a food-friendly, nuanced wine that represents the unique character of the Anderson Vall... Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Editor's Choice** Somehow this wine is bold, full bodied and superripe—yet balanced, sleek and structured. Tart, vibrant fruit aromas like raspberry and cranberry are followed by rich, almost sweet strawberry and red cherry flavors. A layer of fine tannins adds grip to the mouthfeel, and firm acidity keeps everything from being heavy. (JG)" (12/2015) Wine Spectator: "Tart and zesty, with notes of red plum, tomato leaf and smoky spice. Drink now through 2020. 2,200 cases made. (TF) Web Only-2016"
Wine Spectator: "The plum and black cherry flavors are plush and velvety, showcasing a minerally edge. Dried floral details emerge on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2030." (5/2016)
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An explosion of blueberry liqueur, black raspberries, and exotic floral scents soars from the glass of the spectacular inky/purple-colored 2002 Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard, a vineyard that is proving to be a tremendous source for many different varietals. Although this cuvee possesses 14.9% alcohol, it is well-concealed by the wine’s full body, awesome richness, great purity, and tremendous sense of fruit as well as place. There is a remarkable vigor and intensity, yet it does not taste over the top or heavy. (RP)" (12/2003) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby. Musky aromas of b ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Natural wine is the order of the day from Broc Cellars, with this wine coming from vines that are over 100 years old.
90 points Vinous: "The 2013 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley) is quite floral, lifted and delicate in style. Raspberry, crushed flowers and mint are some of the notes that grace this pretty, entry-level offering from Knez. Today, the 2013 comes across as a bit ethereal, with plenty of influence from the 50-60% whole clusters. The wine's mid-weight personality leads me to think it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. The 2013 is approximately 2/3rds Cerise and 1/3rd Demuth fruit. (AG)" (1/2015)
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Heady aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, lavender and incense are sharpened by a zesty mineral quality. Offers vibrant boysenberry and cola flavors and a hint of licorice, along with a suave floral character. Acts a lot like an elegant northern Rhone syrah, but with pinot's delicate touch. Closes with strong sappy persistence and a sweetening vanilla nuance." (5/2014) 91 points Vinous: "A gorgeous wine, the 2012 Pinot Noir Demuth is all about balance. Here, the more favorable growing season yielded a Pinot long on class and elegnace. Bright cranberry, flowers ...Read More »
89-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from the northern edge of California, the 2014 Pinot Noir Oppenlander was harvested October 1 and saw 30% whole clusters and 25% new French oak. it has a deeper ruby color to go with classic Pinot Noir notes of black cherries, forest floor, violets and incense. Medium-bodied, supple, elegant and beautifully textured, it has good acidity and some chewy, rustic tannin on the finish. It should be relatively approachable on release, yet benefit from short term cellaring and have 8-10 years of longevity. It's a rock-solid Pinot Noir. Paul Gordon and w ...Read More »
93 points Vinous: "Another super-expressive wine, the 2013 Chardonnay Dupratt Vineyard brings together gorgeous textural richness and vibrant, pulsating acidity. Orange peel, lemon and floral notes blossom in a perfumed, exotic Chardonnay that hits all the right notes. Drink this pliant, mid-weight Chardonnay over the next handful of years. I was quite taken with the wines I tasted from Copain and proprietor Wells Guthrie this year. The Tous Ensemble range delivers outstanding value, while the best Syrahs and Pinots soar with exceptional beauty and a sense of weightlessnes ...Read More »
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from the cool-climate Theopolis Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands, the 2013 Petite Sirah Tierra is a blend 100% Petite Sirah that was aged in 25% new oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Its inky purple color is followed by lots of black and blue fruits, violet, pepper, graphite and hints of underbrush on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, supple, pure and polished, it's a beautifully civilized, if not elegant, expression of Petite Sirah that will have 10-15 years of longevity. Paul Gordon and winemaker Scott Shapley (who also ...Read More »
Producer notes: "Complex and delicate, sophisticated and focused, the inaugural vintage of Moonglow Pinot Noir features an immediate drinkability but yet has the structure to improve with short term aging. Velvety tannins surround a perfectly ripe, plummy core; with wild berry and dusty herb flavors in reserve. Enjoy with a wide variety of cuisine."
92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "The 2003 Pinot Noirs of this accomplished winery share a terrific sense of concentrated fruit and the subtle specifics that district can bring regardless of provenance, and, even when fairly ripe as this bottling is, that fruit is unstinting and a careful winemaking hand shows in terms of structure and balance. Smelling strongly of violets, ripe cherries and wisps of sweet cedar, this one is kept surprisingly bright by a fine spine of acidity, and its riper aspects are not allowed to run wild. As with most of siblings, it is both immediately inviting and ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
90 points Wine & Spirits: "Situated at the northwestern border of Anderson Valley, the Wendling Vineyard is among the coolest in the appellation. Winemaker Wells Guthrie draws on 15 acres of vines planted in 2008. The 2013 is a tightly wound wine, emphasizing dark fruit flavor and gripping texture, like blueberry and plum skin. For all its tannic density, it has forward propulsion, a mouthwatering brightness that gives the dark flavors energy. Decant it for pork chops. (600 cases)" (4/2016)
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Williams-Selyem’s 2001 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard exhibits a lovely nose of raspberries and blueberries in its medium-bodied, elegant, stylish, pure personality. Wild mountain fruit characteristics are supported by a well-defined wine offering a hint of minerals, good sweetness, firm tannin, and decent acidity ... All things considered, 2001 and 2002 are the finest back-to-back vintages I have tasted from Williams-Selyem. (RP)" (12/2003) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby. Wild aromas of cherry jello, game and espresso, lifted by a floral topnote. Then dense and thick i ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
94 points Vinous: "Dense, meaty and powerful to the core, the 2013 Syrah Hawkes Butte is a wine built on structure. The contours are a bit angular, but there is nevertheless plenty of depth, resonance and pure power. This is one of the more massive wines in the range, but there is quite a bit to admire in the wine's dark, mysterious personality. The 50% whole clusters are nearly buried by the intensity of the fruit and firm tannins that need at least a year or two to soften. I was quite taken with the wines I tasted from Copain and proprietor Wells Guthrie this year. The T ...Read More »
91 points Decanter: "Stern cherry nose, underlaid by sweet oak. Rich and fleshy with good concentration and typicity and a lively, spicy finish. Assertive and long but not heavy. (GH)" (8/2015) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Red-cherry and strawberry aromas meld with rich fruit and warm baking-spice flavors to make this full-bodied wine hard to resist. The style is in the ripe, pastry shop mode, and soft tannins and acidity complete the picture. (JG)" (8/2016)
Long before it was a buzzword in natural wine circles, quirky and irreverent Peterson Winery was touting their "Zero Manipulation" red wine, bearing the distinctly unnatural image of a "jackalope" on the label. Sourced from the Tollini Vineyard north of the winery in Mendocino County, this is a zippy "bistro wine" made with Carignane, Grenache and Syrah. Unfined and unfiltered — naturally!
91 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and vibrant, with aromas of creamy apple, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. The finish lingers." (9/2013) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "Roederer Estate’s Brut is reliably open and delicious, this year’s cuvée bursting with concentrated apple flavor. It’s clean and dry with a long, delicate finish enhanced by the barrel-aged reserve wines that winemaker Arnaud Weyrich blends in. Its bold flavors and vinous texture would be great with cracked crab." (12/2014) Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Taking its usual place among the better basic Bruts ...Read More »
Whitethorn Winery is a small, family-owned winery devoted to capturing the essence of Mendocino's terroir by making high-quality single-vineyard Pinot Noir. From the winery: "Located just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the vines for this Pinot Noir were planted in 1982, on both southwest and northwest facing gentle slopes, and include fruit from the the Pommard #5 and Martin Ray, sometimes called “Romanee Conti,” #37 clones. Soil is former upland pasture, dense sandy loam and fractured sandstone from the Franciscan Formation."
Inventory: Redwood City
92 points Wine Spectator: "The subtle intensity builds and gains depth, holding focus and delivering a mix of dusty wild berry, plum, black licorice and cassis notes. Impressive on the finish. Drink now through 2021. (Insider)" (6/2015) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a taut and trim wine, but with plenty of toasted oak aromas and rich maple and cherry flavors to fill out its firm frame. Flavors combine cinnamon, cardamom, plum and Bing cherry. The texture is moderately tannic and firmly crisp for an attractive, lip-smacking quality." (12/2015) K&L Notes: If it looks like a duck, that's because Goldeneye is indeed part... Read More »
91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Two Stars, Good Value* Rich in ripe apple fruit and long on sweet oak with touches of toast, roasted grain and a note of fresh lemon tossed in for good measure, Fel's Anderson Valley appellation bottling is a deep and generous wine of real ambition. It is moderately full-bodied with a firming streak of fruity acidity keeping it lively and vital, and, if still on the young side and all of its parts are not yet knit together, this is a Chardonnay with pieces aplenty and a fine future ahead. It commends keeping for at least a year or two, and it has the po ...Read More »
Noted winemaker Pax Mahle sought to return to traditional methods for his Pax label (while his Wind Gap label is geared toward more esoteric varietals.) Working with distinctive organically farmed cool-climate sites, Mahle's focus is on small production, minimal-intervention winemaking, with native-yeast fermentations, and no fining or filtering. He seeks to let the terroir and the vintage speak through the wine. Alder Springs is a high-elevation, sandstone vineyard with a long, cool growing season.
Inventory: Main Warehouse
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby color. Enticing nose combines dark raspberry, a whiff of apricot and black pepper. Suave and sweet in the mouth; less obviously powerful than the Terraces example but distinctly less brutal as well. Less concentrated but more pliant and more drinkable. (ST)" (5/2006)
Inventory: Main Warehouse