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90 points Wine & Spirits: "Scents of black currant have a pleasing accent of sassafras and unsweetened chocolate. The flavors are fully in the red cherry spectrum; it’s a high-toned red for pork loin." (10/2014)90 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and inviting, with delicacy to the cherry and floral flavors as they dance deftly into the finish. Drink now through 2019. 5,226 cases made." (2/2015) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A fresh and cool nose features notes of mostly deeply pitched plum and dark raspberry along with pronounced briar and earth nuances. There is good volume to the round and relatively suave medium-bodied flavors that possess ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* This is an impressive effort, especially considering it is the winery’s mass-production cuvée. All in proportion, it’s built upon an acid/mineral base, with tangy, just-ripe berry fruit. It feels quite delicate, yet has the persistence and structure of a more substantial wine. Aged for 10 months in one-quarter new French oak, it’s worth tucking a few bottles away for a long-term look." (12/2014)92 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys* Taut, tart and surprisingly generous, blooming with juicy, cranberry-accented blackberry, cherry and spice flavors that linger easi ...Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice" Fine-tuning a legacy, second-generation winemaker Jason Lett’s wines are clean, elegant, poised and balanced. This is textbook Pinot Noir, with just-ripe raspberry and cherry fruit, vivid acidity, savory herb, and a foundation of clay and clean earth. Drink now-2024." (10/2014)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is now supplemented by purchased fruit from outside the estate, fermented mostly in small 4- and 8-hectoliter vats to enable a cool ferment as the heat escapes from the top before it has time to build. It has plenty of earthy ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* The lovely wines from this pioneering estate, now in the capable hands of second-generation winemaker Jason Lett, are generally priced well below any comparable efforts. Here the texture and minerality evoke surpassing elegance. Lime, grapefruit, a bite of pineapple all come into play, with the depth and balance that suggests several years of life ahead." (2/2015)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Pinot Gris Estate is from vines planted in Rolling Green Farm and Daphne Vineyard (the first plantings in the United States from four cuttings) and for the first time, ...Read More »
Great Buy - Just Reduced! On our recent trip to Oregon this summer we certainly found plenty of great wines and met with a multitude of amazingly talented people. Many of the wines we found on that trip have already come in and sold out mostly due to our sheer excitement about the quality of wines we found. One of the most exciting opportunities from that trip was to work closely with our friends at Bethel Heights to put together a Pinot Noir exclusive to K&L as part of our burgeoning Co-Branded project. This 2013 Bethel Heights/K&L Wine Merchants Eola-A... Read More »
Evesham Wood harvests their entry-level 2013 from several vineyards in Northern Willamette Valley. With a focus on quality viticulture, these vineyards are all dry-farmed and cultivated sustainably. Grapes are harvested and sorted by hand, fermented in small lots, and aged in French oak (10% new) for 10 months before bottling. This adds up to an excellent value for deftly handmade and terroir-driven Pinot Noir. The winery describes the profile as "Bright and crunchy with cranberry, red cherry and cinnamon with a bit of firmness on finish."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Pinot Gris comes from several sustainable vineyards, fermented in stainless steel with 5.7grams per liter residual sugar. It has an uncomplicated bouquet with light waxy scents, touches of yellow flowers emerging with continued swirling, the kind of bouquet that does not want to create a lot of fuss. The palate is medium-bodied with light pear skin notes on the entry and a fresh but simple, crisp apply finish. This feels light 'n' breezy. Drink over the next year or two." (3/2015) K&L Notes: Recognized as one of Oregon’s most consistent Pinot Gris producers ... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* This is an impressive effort, especially considering it is the winery’s mass-production cuvée. All in proportion, it’s built upon an acid/mineral base, with tangy, just-ripe berry fruit. It feels quite delicate, yet has the persistence and structure of a more substantial wine. Aged for 10 months in one-quarter new French oak, it’s worth tucking a few bottles away for a long-term look." (12/2014)92 points Wine Spectator: "Taut, tart and surprisingly generous, blooming with juicy, cranberry-accented blackberry, cherry and spice flavors that linger easily on the sha ...Read More »
From the Winery "This Pinot works hard for the working people. Telling a truly Oregon story, the wine draws from vineyards across the state. Each site adds its unique mark to the final Underwood blend, which highlights the rich juicy flavors of Oregon Pinot at an extraordinary price. The perfect wine to enjoy anywhere, any day of the week. Underwood is fast-becoming one of Oregon’s best values in Pinot Noir. Light and pretty raspberry fruit gains mass and flavor interest with well-integrated veins of stem and earth. It’s nicely balanced and true to varie... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Mt Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir comes from vines located above the winery augmented by purchased fruit from notable vineyards. It contains around 40% whole-cluster fruit (one of the central tenets at Cristom), and only undergoes one racking during its 12 months in barrel: one just before filtration and then just before bottling. It has an attractive tertiary/woodland-scented bouquet with dried rose petal notes coming through, much less fruit driven than many other 2012 Pinot Noirs. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. It is ...Read More »
90 points Wine & Spirits: "**Best Buy** This wine’s dark cherry aromas are supported by a pronounced oak frame, as dark as bitter chocolate. It’s intense and brooding, with oak playing more of a supporting role in the texture and flavor. Cellar and let the wood settle for a year." (8/2014) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Black raspberry, musky flowers and anise on the nose. Juicy and light on its feet, offering slightly jammy dark berry and cherry flavors and a touch of spiciness. Closes with good breadth, a touch of warmth and gentle sweetness. This fruit-centric pinot would be good with a light chil ...Read More »
Growers Dick & Deirdre Shea were known for producing some of the finest Pinot Noir fruit in Oregon before they started their own winery in 1996. They still provide fruit to renowned producers such as Penner-Ash, Ken Wright, and St. Innocent, but Dick and Deirdre now keep about 25% of the fruit they grow for their own label. The 2012 Estate Pinot Noir is sourced from 13 blocks of their vineyard which includes Wädenswil, Pommard, and 3 different Dijon clonal selections. The wine was made with 6% whole clusters and aged in 48% new French oak. From the winer... Read More »
McKinlay is a small, 1,000-case family winery on the slopes of Parrett Mountain in Oregon's Willamette Valley that crafts exquisite Pinots. Made by Matt Kinne, the great-grandson of Oregon orchard farmer George Angus McKinlay, who uses native yeasts, minimal new oak and no additives. The wines are unfined and unfiltered. Don't let this wine's affordable price lead you to believe it's anything but stellar. No matter the vintage, Kinne crafts wines of elegance and delciousness.
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Cuvee du Tonnelier comes from the Ribbon Ridge AVA from the Pommard clone. The vines are now 22 years old and this vintage included 10 percent whole-cluster fruit and was matured in 35% new oak. Very pure in color, it has a generous, floral bouquet with quite precocious scents of redcurrant and cranberry fruit, rose petals and a puff of chalk dust. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. The acidity is very well judged with touches of marmalade infusing the pure red fruit with fig developing toward the refined finish. Gorgeous ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A fruity but attractively complex and softly spicy nose mixes both red and dark currant aromas with briar and earth hints. There is a sleek and restrained mouth feel to the equally fruity middle weight flavors that that offer reasonably good length though not the depth suggested by the nose. This is attractive in its fashion and could be enjoyed now." (1/2015) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant red. Red berries and herbs on the spice-inflected nose and palate. Tangy and focused, showing a slightly tart edge to its red fruit and good back-end cut. Serve this one slightly chilled. ...Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The widely available Yamhill Cuvée is bright and polished, showing a tangy mix of cranberry and strawberry fruit. It’s built with precision, accenting the crisp fruit with streaks of lemon, orange and grapefruit." (2/2015) K&L Notes: The winery calls it the "little sister" to their Evenstad Reserve, but it often scores within a few points of that bottling. The 2010 earned accolades and a 90 point score in Wine Enthusiast.
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Light and elegantly crafted, this iconic release is the textbook example of well-made cool-vintage Oregon Pinot Noir. It’s aromatic, floral and sillky. The tangy berry fruit is clean and ripe, though definitely on the lighter side. Pretty berry and cherry flavors are set against tart acids, with just a touch of milk chocolate from barrel aging." (2/2015) K&L Notes: You may recall the superb 2010 vintage of this wine, which received 95 points from Wine Spectator and was ranked #3 in the Top 100 Wines of 2013 along with a Highly Recommended designation. Domaine Serene ... Read More »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "White peach, apricot, and quince make for a lusciously fruity impression that is in turn wreathed in honeysuckle and heliotrope; laced with brightly juicy, enlivening lime and orange; bedded on a silken, creamy pillow; and suffused with saliva-liberating salinity in a long, lip-smacking, 'could we please do that again!' finish. And this is from young vines (albeit, note, of considerable clonal diversity)! Of course, Dominique Lafon knows a thing or two about Chardonnay. And I have every reason to believe in the special talents of both Isabelle Meunier an ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 SEXT Riesling, which has just a tiny bit of pétillance, contains 7% alcohol and 7.4% residual sugar. It has a "direct" bouquet of dried pineapple and beeswax aromas that are nicely defined, though not as complex as the Wind Ridge Riesling. The palate is intriguing (in a positive way) because the "sparkle" is more noticeable than I expected and it instantly refreshes not just the mouth, but your body from head to toe. No, it's not an intellectual Riesling, but what a perfect aperitif." (3/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "Turning to Moscato-levels of sweetness and alcohol, th ...Read More »
94 points Wine Spectator: "Supple, ripe and expressive, unfurling ripe blueberry, plum and spice flavors on a bed of velvety tannins. Finishes with persistence and elegance. Drink now through 2022. 1,500 cases made." (2/2015)
From the brewery: "Our inaugural release. Sometimes you just need a dry, slightly tart, and ridiculously bretty farmhouse ale. This is Bokonon (pronounced bow-cone-in). Bokonon is crafted with mainly Belgian pilsner malt and raw wheat. Oats are added to provide a little body, and give something for the wild yeast to interact with. It is lightly hopped to 25 IBU's with noble varieties. With a french saison yeast strain, and a warm fermentation, the beer ferments completely dry. It is then aged with the wild yeast, Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, and after a ... Read More »
From the brwery: "'Style is whatever you want to do, if you can do it with confidence' - George Clinton. Funkatronic; this beer is a blend of styles and it's a little difficult to describe. It's a Belgian style beer with late late kettle additions of Nelson Sauvin, that's then dry hopped to absurdity with more of the same until it finally receives a nice dose of Brett. It's designed to put the funk in your face. With this Funky Wild IPA it's not about the IBU's, it's all about the aromatics."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is matured 100% in oak for 11 months of which 20% is new. It is a little more backward on the nose compared to the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir '13, probably because it had only recently been bottled. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin that ensure this is very easy drinking. No hard edges here: smooth in the mouth with strawberry and raspberry coming through on the finish." (3/2015) K&L Notes: The Drouhin family were the first Burgundians to get a foothold in Oregon after the wine world noticed that great Pinot Noir was be... Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "Light and silky, bright with cherry, raspberry and cinnamon, coming together harmoniously against refined tannins on the expressive finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 8,000 cases made." (2/2015)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This bottling occupies the middle step between Ponzi’s Tavola and reserve-level Pinots. The exceptional 2012 vintage delivers a wine with unusual concentration for its price. It presents a refreshing mix of briary berry, mineral, hints of chive, pepper, chocolaty barrel notes and a suggestion of yeast, and is finished with fine-grain tannins." (2/2015)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby-r ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "The aromas are ripe and rich, offering plum, currant and roasted potato notes as the flavors come together and finish with precision against firm tannins. Best from 2017 through 2022." (2/2015)90 points Wine & Spirits: "A vinous Pinot Noir, this is quiet and mildly tense, its scents of dried cherries carried on a sleek texture. It needs some cellar time and then something delicate to match, like arctic char." (8/2014) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant ruby-red. Spice-accented red berry and floral pastille aromas show good clarity and a touch of succulent herbs. Silky and sweet on the palate, offering juicy ...Read More »
Elk Cove Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in Oregon and they produce one of the best examples of Pinot Gris from the Pacific Northwest. The Willamette Valley's cool climate is perfect for delicate, slow ripening Pinot Gris, offering just enough sunlight and warmth to fully develop sugars, with cool night temperatures that help retain acidity and varietal character. Hand-harvested, whole-cluster pressed, and fermented at cool temperatures in small stainlesss steel tanks, this is offers delicate peach and citrus aromas framed by fine acidity. A deli... Read More »
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Appealing, expressive aromas of black raspberry, cherry compote and candied flowers are lifted by a hint of white pepper. Pliant red and dark berry flavors become sweeter with air, picking up spice and cola nuances. Shows very good energy and cut on the spicy finish, which is firmed by silky, harmonious tannins." (8/2014)
This is classic Oregon Pinot Noir at a price that will make any sized wallet smile. It's bright, vibrant, and savory, with a touch of Old World structure and a hint of New World drinkability. This is my Thanksgiving party pick! (Christie Cartwright, Hollywood Buyer) From Sean Minor; "Our Pinot Noir fruit is a blend from carefully selected vineyards in the Willamette Valley and Umpqua Appellations in Oregon. All grapes are hand-picked at optimal ripeness level. Our Oregon Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with strawberry, cherry and raspberries aromas. It is ... Read More »
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. High-pitched red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by white pepper and allspice. Silky and seamless in texture, offering energetic redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors that slowly gain sweetness as the wine opens with air. Closes on a subtly smoky note, with very good clarity and fine-grained tannins." (7/2014)91 points Wine & Spirits: "The Eola-Amity Hills excels in this sort of smoky, mineral-driven red, a Pinot with brooding density. While marked by lavish oak, that doesn’t take away from the vibrancy of its fruit. For the moment it’s exhibiting mostly structur ...Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As with Pinot, there is no "Summum" bottling from selected rows or barrels this year, so Evening Land’s 2011 Chardonnay Seven Springs La Source reflects all of their best vines and lots. White peach and citrus dominate a luscious, creamy yet vibrantly juicy palate whose sense of richness and sheer density go beyond that of the "regular" Seven Springs bottling, yet without sacrificing clarity, or sheer juicy refreshment - though in buoyancy and mouthwatering salinity that ostensibly "lesser" wine holds the edge. There are more piquant elements incorporate ...Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard, which is often the first and last fruit to be harvested because part of the vines lack sunshine late in the afternoon. It has a well-defined and very natural bouquet with ebullient red berry fruit intermixed with rose petals and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, wonderful focus and superb tension right to the finish. This feels a little more compact and backward than Cristom's other 2012, but there is clearly breeding and sophistication here." (3/2015)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
From the brewery: "This is our take of the renowned Bohemian-style pale lager that you might find in Bavaria or the Czech Republic. Ours is a little more golden, rounder, and a little more malt driven than many other versions. The beer possesses strong hop character that is balanced by its rich, round, malty palate. Refreshing and balanced, this beer is a favorite of our winery friends during harvest."
Inventory: Redwood City
From the brewery: "'And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts, and I looked to behold a Pale horse, and the name that set on him was Death, and Hell followed him.' (Revelations, Ch. 6) Open the Fourth Seal and partake in the luminous pungency of dank tropical forest. Aromas of ripe kiwi, mango, and pineapple consort with the coriander and orange peel of the Ardennes yeast. A noticeable bitterness hangs in balance with a hint of malt sweetness hiding in the vast, pale orange foundation. And yet, it finishes dry for a beer of this formidable stat... Read More »
Whisky Advocate: "3 year old peated malt whisky, aged in Oregon oak. Rich nose of peat—burning leaves, a touch of sweet diesel—and fresh oak. There's no stinting on the peat; it's young, it's in your face. Whiskey to stand toe-to-toe with Portland's hopped-to-blazes beers. Not just peat: creamy malt makes a solid floor and an exit that may be the most complex part of the experience. Refined for a 3 year old. Limited annual release. (Vol. 22, #4)" K&L Notes: The new Fall 2014 release of McCarthy's is here and it's the last batch that will come from the actual McCarthy era. While Steve ... Read More »
Harry Peterson-Nedry's Gamay Noir is up there with best of them--think Cru Beaujolais from Marcel Lapierre or Jean-Paul Thévenet. Wildly complex, the nose is full of fresh red fruits and purple floral tones, with an undercurrent of green, leafy vegetation. Tangy, acidic and vibrant, this is the kind of wine I want to drink by the bottle and often do. Fresh cherry/raspberry fruit combines with notes of fennel pollen and sweet tea to round out this food-friendly wine. (Bryan Brick, Domestic wine buyer)
Ovum's 2012 Homage to Z Gewürztraminer is a savory and mineral-driven wine with a bright freshness and just a hint of residual sweetness to enrich the profile. The quality of the fruit straight off the vine was so apparent in this fine vintage that Ovum allowed half of the fruit to have two days of skin contact with the pressed juice with no fear of extracting bitter flavors. The wine was fermented in neutral wood and the results are a rich and versatile Oregon Gewürztraminer.
Wine Enthusiast: "Done entirely in stainless, this offers crisp, clean green apple fruit flavor, with suggestions of pear, ginger and a dash of sweet spice. It’s pleasant, just a bit dilute, and ready for immediate enjoyment." (2/2015)
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Based on a 1979 Pommard planting peripheral to the estate, supplemented by younger vines from elsewhere on the property, the Bethel Heights 2011 Pinot Noir Estate displays tart-edged dark plum and cherry with a glowingly cyanic enhancement from their pits. Infusions of fresh ginger, black tea, iris root and citrus oils are as vintage-typical as the wine's brightness of fruit. Firm yet polished at mid-palate, this finishes with zesty invigoration and interactive complexity, benefiting from the levity and prominent acidity that are likewise vintage hallmar ...Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Cellar Selection** An elegant take on what is generally considered a big (as in ripe) vintage. The wine keeps the fruit in proportion and aims for overall finesse. Pretty raspberry, cherry and mocha flavors are accented with a dash of dried herb. Its compelling length suggests that it will reward cellaring up until 2024." (6/2014)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby-red. Assertive aromas of raspberry, Indian spices and underbrush are lifted by a suave floral note. Supple and light on its feet, with juicy acidity enlivening rich, gently sweet flavors of red and dark berries, ...Read More »