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New Arrivals and Back In Stock Highlights - March 7th, 2017 - 03/07/2017 - Preferred Customer Alerts

Whether it is a new allocation or old favorite, below you will find our most recent additions to the diverse selection at K&L Wine Merchants. We receive new opportunities weekly from direct imports to local distributors to carefully inspected back-vintage collections - you'll find the best of our new discoveries below.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2016 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $13.99 View
2015 Ronco Blanchis Pinot Grigio Collio 92 $14.99 View
2015 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie 92 $17.99 View
2015 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel 90 $21.99 View
2010 Cune Gran Reserva Rioja 95 $24.99 View
2012 Provenance Napa Valley Merlot $24.99 View
2015 Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon 93 $29.99 View
2012 Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino $29.99 View
2013 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $40) 95 Price: Hidden View
2011 Bodegas Muga "Selección Especial" Reserva Rioja 95 $34.99 View
2012 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 93 $39.99 View
Hennessy Limited Edition "Master Blender's Selection - No. 1" Cognac (375ml) $39.99 View
2012 Delas Freres "Domaine de Tourettes" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 95 $49.99 View
2009 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne $49.99 View
2009 Gitton Père & Fils "Galinots" Sancerre $56.99 View
2015 La Ferme du Mont "Côtes Capelan" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $59.99 View
2005 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 $59.99 View
High West Bourye Bourbon/Rye Whiskey (750ml) 96 $69.99 View
2014 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 93 $89.99 View
2012 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 $94.99 View
2006 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 97 $99.99 View
2007 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 98 $99.99 View
2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 $109.99 View
2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 99 $118.95 View
2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 $118.99 View
Old Pulteney 21 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $159.99 View
2005 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 96 $209.99 View
2010 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 100 $218.99 View
2010 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Pre-Arrival) 100 $218.99 View
2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 99 $237.99 View
2009 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 95 $249.99 View
2014 Lail "J. Daniel Cuvée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 Price: Hidden View
Kavalan "Amontillado" Cask Strength Single Barrel Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $599.99 View
2009 La Conseillante, Pomerol 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 97 $1,299.00 View
2010 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 98 $1,450.00 View
Macallan 25 Year Old "Distillery Bottling" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $1,699.99 View
2005 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 12-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 99 $2,850.00 View
1995 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 96 $3,295.00 View
1996 Pichon Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 97 $3,495.00 View
2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien 12-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $4,000.00 View
2009 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 12-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $4,200.00 View


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2016 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough ($13.99)

The winemakers at Kim Crawford tend towards the more herbaceous end of the flavor profile, aiming for a classic expression of crisp, grassy, and snappy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Thus it follows that specific vineyard sites in New Zealand's Marlborough region are carefully selected each year to produce this wine. Fruit is night-harvested, when the temperatures are cool to minimize oxidation, making it easier to manage in the winery. Look for what you know and love about this refreshing Kiwi staple: upfront herbaceous aromas, backed by ripe fruit flavors of melon, passion fruit and crisp acidity.

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2015 Ronco Blanchis Pinot Grigio Collio ($14.99)

92 points James Suckling: "Complex aromas of sliced apples, lemon curd and hot stones. Medium to full body, beautiful fruit and a bright finish. I like the layered texture to this." (11/2016)

Wine Enthusiast: "White spring flower, white stone fruit and a whiff of crushed stone come together on this. Bright and savory, the medium-bodied palate presents ripe Bartlett pear, golden apple and tangerine zest while a hint of aromatic herb wraps up the finish. (KO)" (08/2017)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

A wine of this quality and pedigree from Italy's Collio region is normally several dollars higher in price so we're doubly delighted to offer this top tier Pinot Grigio at $15. Because it's from Collio, you'll notice a bit more complexity, weight and texture than is normally found in most Pinot Grigios and it continues to impress our customers. Although it's wonderful as a starter wine, don't hesitate to pair it with fish, soups, poultry and egg dishes.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

A bold nose filled with the spice and minerality common from the soil of the region. The palate is long and clean with lifted citrus notes and a long mineral finish. There is also a beautiful weight on the mid palate stemming from the exceptional 2015 vintage that grows and develops with complexity as the wine opens in the glass.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 13, 2017

What a steal! This is a perfect example of the marl and clay from the Collio DOC. Not only do you have the great fruit of golden apples and citrus - but you get a wonderful minerality and salinity too. A little more textural than you might expect for the typical Italian style of Pinot Grigio, there is just enough body to satisfy and stand up to a rich meal. Top marks.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 13, 2017

The Collio region is usually thought of as one of Italys premier white wine growing areas and the bounty of incredible wines from the stellar 2015 vintage continues with this exceptional Pinot Grigio. The nose is full of white flowers and ripe pear that are forceful and dynamic, too often I find PGs to be rather one note and simple but this wine has real depth in its aromatics. On the palate the wine has weight, and a luscious texture, it has no wood yet still shows a creamy texture but accented by vibrant acidity that brings the focus back to the center. The finish is lengthy, a replay of pear and spice highlighted by the crisp acid that slices into the wines luscious richness.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2017

The 2015 Pinot Grigio has really nice concentration, ripe apple, and peach stones, with hints of lemon peel and wet stone. Medium-bodied, with a good grip and a long, memorable finish, great for just sipping on in the evening or would love something with a lot of spice.

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2015 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie ($17.99)

92 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Heady red and blue fruit, potpourri and fruitcake aromas show excellent clarity and pick up a minerally nuance with air. Combines power and finesse with a deft hand, offering palate-staining black raspberry and boysenberry flavors that spread out slowly on the back half. Shows real intensity and a suave floral pastille quality on the youthfully tannic finish, which leaves a sappy blue fruit note behind. (JR)" (08/2016)

90 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette from Alain Coudert is a ripe and flamboyantexample of the vintage, wafting from the glass in a sappy mix of black cherries, pomegranate,chocolate, dark soil tones, gamebird, a hint of lavender and a smoky topnote. On the palate thewine is deep, full-bodied, plush on the attack and a bit chewy on the backend, with a sappy core,fairly low acids for this bottling, fine focus and grip and a long, nascently complex and fairlypowerful finish. The label here claims thirteen percent octane, but this is a bigger boy than thatand is probably at least fourteen percent. It is plenty ripe in personality, but very well-balanced inits broad-shouldered style and quite tasty. It is as ripe as the 2009, but chewier and a bit denser inprofile. 2016-2025+. 90" (02/2016)

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 16, 2017

Buy this! I swear you won't regret it. From arguably one of the best producers in Fleurie, this wine presents all the voluptuous hallmarks of the warm 2015 vintage. Offering a deep colored, richly textured body, this wine is lush on the palate with ripe red raspberry and blackberry fruit yet stays in graceful balance with light tannins and hints of Fleurie-esqe pink graphite minerality. Pair with a plate of charcuterie at your next party for a sure fire hit. Super Recommended!

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2017

The 2015 Clos De La Roilette has more depth and concentration than most Gamays on the market. Packed with blue fruit and crushed granite on the nose that continues gracefully onto the palate. An exquisitely dense and structured wine considering how hot 2015 was in Fleurie. Check this wine out, it's well worth the money.

2015 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel ($21.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "This is loaded with zesty blackberry and raspberry fruit, offering a vibrant structure and appealing accents of toasted sage, white pepper and licorice. Drink now through 2027. (TF)" (03/2017)

K&L Notes: Seghesio blends Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel into the Sonoma County bottling, with loads of dark fruit supported by brambly flavors and a structure that keeps this wine elegant and food-friendly.

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2010 Cune Gran Reserva Rioja ($24.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Certain wines exude a sense of elevated excellence. This one gets to that level via aromas of spice cake, baked plum and tobacco aromas. A stocky saturated palate is structured and built to age, while this tastes of cool blue fruits, herbs, coffee and chocolate. A smoothly textured finish deals cocoa and mocha notes. Drink through 2040. (MS)" (04/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: " *Top 100 of 2016, Highly Recommended* This generous red shows a traditional character, with leafy, dried herb, tea and spice notes framing dried cherry, licorice and leather flavors. Firm tannins and balsamic acidity impart structure, and this shows plenty of depth, with a juicy, spicy finish. Drink now through 2025. (TM)" (06/2016)

92 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby-red. Textbook Rioja scents of cherry, cedary oak, vanilla and candied rose, joined by a smoky nuance that builds in the glass. Sweet and focused on the palate, offering cherry liqueur, vanilla bean, licorice and floral pastille flavors that are lifted and braced by juicy acidity. The smoke and cherry notes echo strongly on the gently tannic finish, which shows excellent clarity and strong persistence. (JR)" (05/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cune Gran Reserva is a blend of 85% Tempranillo 10%, Graciano and 5% and Mazuelo, which matured in barrel for two years and in bottle for three. There is more American oak here with sweet spices, some roasted and tar aromas, with hints of leather and less finesse than in other Gran Reserva from the house; Viña Real, Imperial and Contino play in a different league. (LG)" (08/2016)

K&L Notes: Cune is one of the historic wineries located in the famed "barrio de estación de trenes." Their Imperial bottlings still are some of the best examples of classic, ageworthy Rioja. That said, this entry-level Gran Reserva has hit all the right notes of late, particularly with two great vintages in 2009 and the current 2010.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

This is a super solid bottle of wine from Cune. Black cherry, blackberry and plum fruit fill the nose along with dried herbs, tobacco and bittersweet chocolate notes. On the palate, the fruit and earth notes are generous and balanced with fine tannins. This is drinking deliciously now!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

The Cune is a far more restrained and serious Rioja than the price gives it credit for. This isn't that soft and sultry little Tempranillo that loads up the fruit and oak up front for a short finish on the back. No, no, no! This is a structural, brooding, mouthful of everything we love about Rioja's rustic roots. There's a lovely amount of dried cherry fruit to bolster the wine, but it's accented with firm, but chewy tannins and secondary flavors of earth and spice. I keep telling Bordeaux drinkers that Rioja is their next great adventure (and it's a helluva a lot cheaper). Wines like the Cune show you can still find serious selections with age and depth that are cellar-worthy and will only get better with time. The 2010 Reserva has a lot in common with some of the medium-bodied Bordeaux blends at twice the price.

Staff ImageJason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

Hailing from the excellent 2010 vintage, this Gran Reserva will scratch your deepest Rioja itch! Poised and balanced, it offers loads of red fruit on the nose plum and fig with notes of herbs, cedar and exotic spice. Medium weight and full of life, this wine will be incredibly versatile at the table year round. Another classic offering from one of my favorite Rioja producers!!!

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

This is a classic bottling from an iconic producer! I never fail to be impressed by the Cune wines, and this new vintage of their Gran Reserva is a steal at this price! The wine opens with aromas of red berry, plum and baking spices, accented by a subtle game-y note. On the palate the wine still shows plenty of structure and bright berry fruit, though tempered and softened with the time in barrel and bottle. This wine will no doubt age for years to come, but at the same time is opening up rather beautifully just now.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 07, 2017

I tasted this yesterday (3/6/2017) and it was the best of both worlds. It has the savory notes and earthy spice that I expect of traditional Rioja but, the overall character also has juicy, dark red fruits, supple tannin, and an unexpected smoothness. It was opened about two hours before I tasted it. At this price, a real bargain! Will also be super versatile at meals. Pair with pork, chicken, lighter beef and hearty vegetarian dishes.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 06, 2017

It's tough to get an authentic Gran Reserva Rioja for this price for a simple reason: Gran reservas cost! A minimum of two years' barrel ageing and three years in the bottle means that a winery must taste and manage the wine in barrel, then sit on inventory for a total of at least five years before selling it. With this release, Cune is cementing their reputation as a winery that can produce delicious, yet authentic and convincing, entry level Gran Reserva for a value price. As you've often heard us say, 2010 was amazing in Rioja and this wine shows it: expressive aromas of dark and red fruits on the nose, with subtle hints of cedar and vanilla, lead to an open knit, precise palate of fresh, lively fruits. The bright, intense quality to this wine speaks to the vintage and Cune's know how. This is nearly pitch perfect for drinking now, though it will improve mid-term if you would like to cellar. Delicious!

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2012 Provenance Napa Valley Merlot ($24.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Merlot Barrel Select ratchets up things rather nicely, with more mocha, black cherry fruit, slightly more body, deeper color and more substance and depth. This wine should turn out to be quite nice. (RP)" (10/2014)

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2015 Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon ($29.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Morgon has a clean and vibrant bouquet with perfumed dark cherries, redcurrant, a touch of gravel and touches of rose petal. The palate is nicely structured, brimming over with energy. The acidity is very well judged, quite sturdy as Morgon should be, no hard edges here but just the background 'hum' of tension from start to finish. This is just a superb Morgon from Mathieu and Camille Lapierre. (NM)" (07/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Bright magenta. An expressive, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits and candied flowers, and suggestions of smoky minerals and Asian spices add vivacity. Concentrated, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering juicy, mineral-laced raspberry, boysenberry and violet pastille flavors and a subtle white pepper quality that builds on the back half. Finishes with superb focus and tenacity, leaving an echo of sappy red berries behind. (JR)" (01/2017)

K&L Notes: Wine is due July 2016. From the Cru Beaujolais region of Morgon, the Domaine Lapierre Morgon vineyard is planted in soils of decomposed rocks and crumbly schist. Owned and run by Marcel and Mathieu Lapierre, the vines are raised without the use of artificial fertilizers or herbicides, and the father-son team have also been experimenting with Biodynamics on some of their older vines. This natural wine is full of red fruit, with a lushness and freshness that set it apart from many Beaujolais. If you haven't tried a Cru Beaujolais before, this gem is a great place to start.

Staff ImageJordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 05, 2016

From the Cru Beaujolais region of Morgon. A Delightful and Refreshing wine. Medium weight . Bright Rasberry & Cherry with peppery notes. Effortless finish. Perhaps a slight chill before serving?

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 04, 2016

One of the nicest Cru Beaujolais I've encountered in some time. The wonderful medium full weight and blueberry/cherry fruit is complimented by dark spices and hints of rich savory notes underneath. This is a great Pinot-like Morgon - very Burgundian and complex. A perfect pairing wherever you would use a medium weight Burgundy. Make no mistake, this is very serious and complex - if you haven't tried a Cru yet, this will show you how nice these wines can be.

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2012 Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino ($29.99)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red. Ripe, slightly high-toned aromas of raspberry, chocolate and minerals. Large-scaled, intensely flavored and well-delineated, showing a pronounced flinty aspect to the fresh red and darker berry flavors. Finishes pure and long, with a firm tannic backbone that avoids coming off as dry. (IDA)" (12/2014)

Vinous: "The 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is soft, silky and expressive. Floral notes meld into soft red fruit in a pretty, delicate Rosso to drink now and over the next few years. (AG)" (02/2015)

Wine Spectator: "Starts out with cherry and earth notes, turning tight and austere on the finish. Food will help tame this, as will a little time in the bottle. (BS, Web-2014)"

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 25, 2017

A wonderful Rosso from a great vintage. The 2012 Valdicave Rosso is big and round with nice red fruit flavors. This is enhanced with mineral tones. Dry and ready to drink now, it will be best with hearty foods. If you can decant this wine.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 25, 2017

This Valdicava is full-bodied, with silky, caressing tannins and intense fruit and mineral flavors; well-crafted Buy two the first bottle empties quickly. YUM!

2013 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $40) Price: Hidden

95 points James Halliday: "Interesting, very interesting. The colour, the freshness of the aromas and flavours, the finely sculpted tannins and the overall harmony suggest 13.5% alcohol, not 14.5%. All this conjecture is, of course, irrelevant: it is the outcome that matters - here a distillation of elegance." (02/2016)

93 points James Suckling: "Classic red fruits and chocolate here, boysenberry and bright cassis too. Really upbeat and bright, with a little gravel thread. Super refined palate with smooth and fleshy texture. The tannins spread fine and even and there is plenty of red berry fruit and chocolate through the finish. Really fine. Best from 2019." (03/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is firm, dusty and seemingly built for the cellar. Toasty, cedary and chocolaty oak frames dark fruit, yet it remains fresh in character, not dried or overripe. The finish is long, tannic and reminiscent of fine Bordeaux. Try after 2020. *Cellar Selection* (JC)" (02/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Fresh cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering sappy, concentrated black currant and cherry-vanilla flavors that pick up a smoky nuance with aeration. Closes spicy, smoky and very long, featuring a lingering licorice note and dusty tannins that come in late. (JR)" (10/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has a blackcurrant and herb laced nose with suggestions of cloves, anise, cedar, tobacco and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with generous black fruit and spice flavors with a chewy backbone and great vitality, finishing with lingering Bay leaf hints. (LPB)" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: 94 points Wine Front: "One of the great ‘go to’ cabernets out of Margaret River. This release is bang on. It’s curranty, it’s tannic, it’s varietal, it’s soft, it’s satisfying. You can ask for little more. There’s no point defining the ins and out; it’s a "buy", if you’re in the market for such things." Winemaker's Notes: "92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. This wine expresses the distinct regional profile of Margaret River. Cabernet Sauvignon and the site characters it takes from the Vasse Felix vineyards, with a focus on Wilyabrup. It was the first red wine produced in Margaret River and has been made every year since 1972. Cabernet is a robust variety ideally suited to Margaret River's climate and deep, well drained soils. The wine is medium deep ruby red. The nose is restrained but deep; complex perfumes of blue-black small berry fruit, floral potpourri, river stone, orange pith, dry jarrah twigs and hints of venison, dried mushroom and choc mocha. On the palate the wine has a smooth plush entry leading into juicy mouth-watering acidity and following is a blanket of fine powdery cuddly tannin, drying but not overpowering. Flavours reminiscent of blackcurrant, nori and toasty cedar remain. A ripe, soft tannin vintage with savoury expression."

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 20, 2017

Vasse Felix has a long history in Margaret River and their Cabernet is consistently one of the better red wine values within the region. Under the direction of winemaker Virginia Willcock, the Cabernet is a tad more opulent and approachable in its youth yet manages to retain its depth, structure and longevity. It's a very solid pick for Cabernet lovers and a definite choice for anyone looking to try Australian Cabernet for the first time.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 20, 2017

A wine of serious proportions. This has enough richness and power to appeal to Napa Cab drinkers but a structure and length more akin to great left bank Bordeaux. Deep saturated black and blue fruits abound; blackcurrant, cassis, damson plum wrapped up in shaved cedar, cigar box, toasted spices and subtle vanilla oak polish. The fruit is rich but ample tannins mean this will go the long haul. The best Vasse Felix Cab I've tasted in years. I'm just astounded we can offer it at this price. Given the quality, pedigree and ageing potential this is a steal.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 19, 2017

I've become quite fond of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. It has plenty of fruit, body and structure that is just so fresh, precise and elegant. This bottle in particular offers such a variety of aromas and flavors: violets, black currants, cherries, pencil lead, eucalyptus in the nose. Cassis, tart cherry, dark cocoa, cedar and black pepper on the palate. The tannins are delicate and the finish lasting. A distinctive and delicious wine.

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 18, 2017

Great example of the cabernet varietal picked at the optimal ripeness: clean, bright, aromatic, acidic, with Australia's classic pepper notes. Pair it with that food you've been craving and some Van Halen on a warm spring evening.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 17, 2017

Margaret River is known for producing some killer Cabernets and the Vasse Felix is an amazing example of that reputation. While this wine is still a baby and can certainly be held for years to come, it is showing amazingly well now. It has great structure and power, with deep fruit notes and slight acidity to balance it out. This Cab competes with any other region in terms of outstanding quality and will certainly find a place in my cellar.

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2011 Bodegas Muga "Selección Especial" Reserva Rioja ($34.99)

95 points James Suckling: "A complex nose of dried strawberries with slate and white-truffle undertones. Hints of Spanish cedar. Full body, juicy tannins and bright acidity that follows through to a long, clean and earthy finish. A great wine that shows structure and complexity. Drink or hold." (12/2016)

93 points Vinous: "(aged for 26 months in French oak casks) Bright ruby. Fresh red berry, cherry, mocha and floral scents are complicated by suggestions of cola and vanilla. Intense black raspberry, bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors deepen and pick up a sweet hint of mocha on the back half. The lively, emphatically fruity, impressively long finish displays very good finishing clarity; dusty, firming tannins lend shape and gentle grip. (JR)" (01/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This red has a firm backbone and a solid texture, with harmonious flavors of plum, blackberry, licorice, cocoa and espresso. Concentrated yet graceful, showing alluring mineral and floral notes on the finish. Drink now through 2026. (TM)" (03/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Reserva Selección Especial, from a warmer and drier year compared with the average (as well as the previous harvest), has a similar blend as the regular Muga Reserva; it is 65% Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, and it was fermented in small vats with indigenous yeasts. The different varieties and grapes are fermented and aged separately, the first year in new oak and the second one in used barrels. 2011 is a powerful vintage for this cuvée, which now shows quite marked by toasty aromas. Warm vintages usually need longer in bottle to integrate the oak, but experience shows that it gets absorbed and in fact the evolution of this wine in bottle is very good. Even if the nose recommends to wait, the palate is very balanced, with remarkably ripe tannins for such warm year, which can sometime produce some harsh tannins. Not the case here, where the wine shows good elegance and balance. This is a very reliable cuvée, quite stable across vintages. (LG)" (08/2016)

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 17, 2017

Muga is one of the quintessential Rioja producers and this 2011 dishes up classic Tempranillo flavor in a style that should appeal to just about anyone. The balance of fruit, earth, fine tannins, and cocoa remind me of all the flavors I love in Cabernet as well, making the Muga a potential crossover Spanish option for California or Bordeaux lovers who want to try something new. You'll be impressed.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 07, 2017

This Muga offers up an incredible richness and expression and is in my opinion one of the best Riojas in the store. The palate and rich and fruity while the oak adds structure and depth to help round out the wine. The fruit is juicy and deep and is highlighted by some bright acidity that helps balance tannins. This wine has some great weight, not too ripe or grippy, but eloquent and striking. Don't miss this.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 07, 2017

I have a new obsession with Riojas and this Muga is bringing me in deeper. The prominent nose is filled with fresh red fruit, baking spice and dry earth. The smooth but impactful structure is elongated on the side palate with flavors that match the nose. A mix of dried herbs and deep, engulfing fruit adds a vivid strength to the finish. This is a gorgeous food wine that is easily enjoyed now!

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 06, 2017

Deeply concentrated nose of dark cherries, boysenberries, cedar, and stone. The palate is expansive, both bright and complex. It shows layered notes of cola, cherry, blueberry, mocha, cedar box, tremendous minerality and length. The finish is dry, with slightly dusty tannin but lengthy. It definitely leaves you wanting another sip, and perhaps a bite of a succulent roast. If you're not familiar with the incredible value that Muga has to offer - this is the place to start. This is a hugely versatile wine that would make a great cocktail party or complement your favorite meal - not to mention convert all your friends to Spanish wine lovers.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 06, 2017

When I think back to the first great red wines I tasted in my early twenties - the wines that would ultimately shape my palate and send me into the wine business - the reserva Riojas from Muga might have been the most influential. Not only were the flavors rich, robust, textural, and complex, they were within reach of my limit budget back then. There was no way I could ever splurge on a $150 bottle with my elementary school teacher salary at the time, but I did find a way to scrape together thirty bucks or so for the Muga, a wine that I think represents the essence of what makes Spanish reds so attractive: their quality-to-value ratio. The 2011 Especial Reserve is the best of two worlds, in my opinion. It has fine tannins, a bit of earth, and a rusticity that should please Bordeaux lovers, but it has lush fruit, hints of oak, and a fleshiness that should appeal to those who like riper California reds. More importantly, it's a wine that extends over the party lines and unites all drinkers under one umbrella. I'd be hard-pressed to find a cab or merlot lover who didn't enjoy immensely the character of the tempranillo-dominated Muga. It's so versatile and friendly in so many ways. The point, however, is that I think Muga is a gateway wine. It's a wine that expands horizons and opens doors to exciting new worlds. Without Muga, I never would have found my way to K&L, that's for sure.

2012 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Fattoria dei Barbi 2012 Brunello di Montalcino offers a clear and bright quality of fruit. This wine really hits the high notes better than most others in its class. Stefano Cinelli Colombini and his team have done a fine job with this Brunello annata. Beyond the dark cherry and cassis are elegant tones of dried herb, tar and rose petal. The bouquet reaches harmony and finesse. In fact, you'd hardly know just how warm this summer growing season was because the fruit appears not to have suffered one bit. The tannins are delicate and silky. (ML)" (02/2017)

91 points Vinous: "Good bright red with pale rim. Racy aromas of spicy red berries, sour red cherries and rhubarb on the nose. Crisp, bright and juicy, with an enticing easy-going sweetness characterizing the fresh and tasty red berry and mineral flavors. This medium-bodied wine is quite tangy and penetrating today with fresh acids but avoids coming off as hard; an excellent showing. (ID)" (03/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "Ripe and savory Brunello with plum, spice and grilled-meat character. Full and chewy. A little rustic now but will come into its own in three or four years." (02/2017)

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Hennessy Limited Edition "Master Blender's Selection - No. 1" Cognac (375ml) ($39.99)

This unique Cognac was crafted as a single batch by Yann Fillioux, 7th generation Master Blender, using hand-selected Eaux-de-vie and is aged in both young and old French barrels. It is bottled at 43% ABV to release powerful aromatic tones combined with delicate spicy notes. A full-bodied and refined blend.

2012 Delas Freres "Domaine de Tourettes" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Just a small step back from the Les Bessards, the 2012 Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes is a stunning effort that exhibits blockbuster notes of toasted spice, leather, peppery herbs and sweet black and blue fruit. Seeing 16 months in 60% new French oak, it's a powerful, concentrated and full-bodied effort that has lots of tannin, but more than enough fruit to handle it. Like the Les Bessards, shorter-term cellaring is advised here and it will have over two decades of longevity. (JD)" (12/2014)

92 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Expansive, highly perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, incense and olive paste, with a minerally element coming up slowly. Sweet and penetrating in the mouth, offering black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that spread out and gain sweetness on the back half. The floral quality drives a long, sappy, seamless that finish that's firmed by dusty, fine-grained tannins. (JR)" (02/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Well-packed, with raspberry and blackberry pâte de fruit notes, studded with anise and briar details. Dense yet racy. Mouthwatering acidity drives the finish, which reveals ample grip in reserve. (JM)" (04/2015)

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2009 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($49.99)

Franck Bonville today is run by Olivier Bonville, the great grandson of Franck who acts as the proprietor of his family's estate. With 20 hectares of vineyards in the villages of Avize, Oger, Cramant and Mesnil, Bonville's wines are made entirely from Grand Cru-level Chardonnay and therefore labeled as Blanc de Blanc. Their wines always have a wonderful richness balanced by an incredibly chalky minerality that pierces through the Chardonnay flavor. The standard Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc is one of the most popular and successful wines in the history of K&L, a perpetual customer favorite that our Champagne shoppers come back to time and time again.

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 24, 2017

Franck Bonville is one of our most popular producers of Champagne that we offer here at K&L. Their 2009 vintage of Blanc de Blancs fails to disappoint. Lemon curd, roasted Brazil nuts, and nectarine play wonderfully with an upfront and pleasant chalky minerality. Slight creaminess on the palate, though it finishes crisp and fresh. Minerality really comes through, as does lemon zest and golden apple pastry. This Champagnes elevated acidity lends it to being an ideal choice as an aperitif or pairing with hors doeuvres (especially shellfish). Easily one of my favorites!

Staff ImageMuriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2017

One word, WOW! Tasting this champagne is an experience not to be missed. The flavors are intense and in sync with the acid which dances on your tongue. The finish stayed with me long after the champagne was gone. I just cant get enough of this one! This may sound silly but I actually got goose bumps.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 17, 2017

I have not had a Champagne form Franck Bonville that is not well crafted and delicious. The 2009 is no exception to this experience. It has the nice aromatics of a Bonville Champagne, is nice and dry, and has nice medium body. It is layered and shows a lite touch of round mid palate flavors.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

Yeasty with caramel notes right from the top, the 2009 "Millesime" Brut is every bit the toasty, mineral-driven Champagne weve come to love from Bonville, with the added accessibility of a rich, easygoing vintage. While the extra time on the lees really comes through, this still a bright Blanc de Blancs with tiny mousse, lemon and green apple fruit, and a clean yet lingering finish. This is an incredible addition (Grand Cru! Avize!) to our Direct Import lineup.

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

Apples and pears backed by a refreshing toast. Soft bubbles, round texture, crisp, and lean. Very nice!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2017

It really made my day when our buyer Gary Westby informed us we had a special batch of the 2009 vintage from my favorite Grand Cru Avize producer, and that it had been aged on the lees an extra two years! The fruit is broad and rich on the palate, with lemon, honey and marzipan, with a creamy toastiness and impressive levels of crisp acid and chalk. Great richness and depth while retaining remarkable freshness and drinkability. A true feat of craftsmanship!

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 07, 2017

This is a beautiful example of how a vintage Champagne can showcase both the richness and brioche qualities of an aged sparkling, with the brightness and minerality that balance it so well. Personally, I am a fan of younger Champagnes, as I tend to shy from the nutty quality often found in older ones. I found this Bonville to be the best of both worlds with the vibrant fruit shining through and the yeasted creaminess adding body and structure. This is one that will appeal to every Champagne drinker and will be welcomed at any occasion.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 04, 2017

Sometimes you need a miracle during the month of March and sometimes Someone hears you and you get Champagne that was aged longer than intended. Well that has happened, one of our favorite DI, Bonville, from champagne has found some 2009 that was aging in his cellar for longer than usual. What happens when an amazing producer has his wine age for an extra two years on the lees? Pure magic my friends. This wine has length and plenty of minerality and drive with a beautiful dry finish. However, those extra years add a richness and roundness that is absolutely delicious. Seriously this is good.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 04, 2017

I just tasted this a few minutes and boy, what two added years on the lees will do! It still has that Franck Bonville snap of acidity but, it has a wonderful, white flower nose with an underscoring lushness of white and yellow fruits with vanilla, cream and brioche notes. One of the best vintage Franck Bonville's that I have ever had. Enjoy!

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 04, 2017

We have found a hidden treasure! I couldn't be happier that more of this incredible vintage was found hiding at the winery. The extra few months on the lees has added complexity, weight and longevity to the bright and lively blanc de blanc. The 2009 vintage is known to be richer and more full bodied than previous vintages, but I've found this champagne to be full of fresh acidity and a younger profile than excepted. An easy wine to enjoy now with the ability to age!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 04, 2017

We drank a bottle of this last night while closing the store, and I was surprised at just how good this Champagne showed. This has the focus and snap of many 2008's, and an incredibly long, mineral driven finish. Most of the 2009's I have had have been much broader and lower in acid than this all Avize Grand Cru super star. While it is showing great now, I think this has a lot of potential for the future!

2009 Gitton Père & Fils "Galinots" Sancerre ($56.99)

Gitton was established in 1945 with an eye toward producing traditional, single-vineyard Sancerre and has never wavered in its commitment to excellent wines. From one acre at their founding, they've grown to nearly 60 of the best in the region. All of their wines are estate grown and vinified with native yeasts. The Galinot is hand harvested from nearly 60-year-old vines in Sparnacian flint soil. There is something of virtue-in-necessity to the vineyard’s story. Planted in 1959, this hillside site is less than a hectare of flinty, silex soil, which makes this plot far more difficult to work than the softer, chalky limestone soil downslope. It was, however, all that was affordable when Pascal Gitton’s father, Marcel, was initially looking to expand the domaine’s holdings. The extra trouble paid a handsome dividend: the wines from Galinot were the best in the cellar! This is a wine made to develop with bottle age.

2015 La Ferme du Mont "Côtes Capelan" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better than the Vendange cuvee, and I suspect one of the wines of the vintage, Stephanes 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Côtes Capelan is the top wine of the estate and is made from 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, raised 70% in concrete and 30% in barrels. Theres under 500 cases of this beauty and it reveals a deep purple color as well as decadent notes of blackberries, blackcurrants, crushed rocks and melted licorice. Full-bodied, thick, unctuous and massively concentrated, with ripe tannin and a killer finish, dont miss it! If you havent figured it out yet, Stephane Vedeaus La Ferme du Mont is one of the up and coming superstars of the Southern Rhône. (JD)" (10/2016)

2005 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige is a blockbuster that competes with the top wines in the vintage! Loaded with notes of ripe blackberry-like fruit, roasted meats, olive tapenade and truffle, this puppy hits the palate with full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannin, and a seamless, downright sexy texture that keeps you coming back for another drink. Gorgeous now, enjoy it anytime over the coming decade or more. (JD)" (02/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very silky and focused, with a beam of dark fig and plum fruit layered with cocoa, spice and mineral notes. Seems forward at first glance, but there's solid grip that should help this age nicely and allow the extra incense and black tea notes to develop fully. Drink now through 2025. (JM)" (11/2007)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Explosively perfumed aromas of vivid, mineral-dominated redcurrant, strawberry and tangy blood orange; smells like Burgundy. Tangy red fruit flavors offer impressive clarity and flavor impact, with no excess weight. Fresh, precise and persistent on the strikingly sweet, clinging finish. (JR)" (01/2008)

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High West Bourye Bourbon/Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($69.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "The 2017 limited edition release of this bourbon-rye blend, all a minimum of 10 years old, perfectly balances sweetness and spice. Rich caramel and brown sugar lead on the nose and palate, finishing with clove, nutmeg and cinnamon sizzle, plus a hint of orange peel. (KN)" (07/2017)

92 points Whisky Advocate: "Straight bourbon and rye whiskeys aged from 10 to 14 years, this nicely balances its dry oak, almost cedary, aromas with bourbon sweetness and a rye finish. The initial hit of orange peel, caramel, and vanilla flan yields to a spicy finish of lemon zest, peppercorns, and ginger. (JL, Summer 2017)"

K&L Notes: High West's latest batch of Bourye, a marriage of bourbon and rye adorned with the elusive jackalope - a cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope, is back for another limited run. The Park City, Utah outpost only releases the Bourye when they have sufficient quantities of the necessary ingredients, which are getting more and more difficult to secure in today's market. This latest batch is bottled at 46% ABV and consists of rye and bourbon whiskies aged 10 to 14 years from MGP Distillery in Indiana, formerly known as LDI and Seagrams. Considering that a simple ten year old American rye whiskey seems to be worth its weight in gold, the fact that High West has included casks of a much older heritage is no simple task. The balance between both the richness of the bourbon and the spiciness of the rye is quite wonderful here. There are no rough edges, the flavors meander from mellow oak to toasted with vanilla, all with a backbone of peppery rye goodness. We never have the Bourye in stock for long and we're always handling questions about when we'll get more. David Perkins continues to captivate us with his American whiskey blends, now considered the gold standard of the industry.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 24, 2017

The excellent Bourye is always a special treat. There are so few opportunities to taste old American whiskey at a reasonable price. The Bourye is always a reminder that High West is really an American blending house. Sure, they distill stuff, but what they're good at is figuring out the precise proportions to maximize the impact of each component of a blend. The new Bourye is no exception. The heady spice of old rye and the rich, woodsy sweetness of well-aged bourbons are mingled perfectly for one of the most obvious and delicious bottles on the shelf today. Has this wonderful old-style feel to it and represents quite a good value considering many aged-stated rye and many bourbons are asking upwards of $100.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 25, 2016

A wonderful and delicious whiskey. It is rich and round and full bodied. The bourbon seems to dominate with the spice of the rye having a secondary influence. The only problem with this whiskey is that it is too easy to drink.

2014 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon ($89.99)

93 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five offers up scents of lavender, cloves, menthol, licorice, spice and graphite. Savory, delineated and tightly wound, the 2014 is a picture perfect example of the vintage. Winemaker Elias Fernandez adds that the drought was more severe in 2014 than it was in 2013. This is another strong showing from Shafer. (AG)" (12/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five shows beautiful purity, not the weight, profound depth and structure of the 2013, but it is still medium to full-bodied, elegant, graceful and a classic example of the Stags Leap appellation. (RP)" (10/2016)

2012 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($94.99)

96 points James Suckling: "I like the ripe-fruit and smoked-meat aromas to this. Subtle and complex. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and chewy finish. Needs time to soften. Very structured for the vintage." (11/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Valdicava represents its own school within the greater Brunello philosophy. This estate (under proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese) crafts contemporary and modern wines with noticeable density and ever-present aromatic intensity. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a dark and inky appearance with bright ruby highlights that break through the background darkness with brilliance. The nose is generous and robust with dark cherry fruit, plum, Indian spice, mocha and espresso bean. These elements are stitched together with seamless transitions. Despite that grand approach, Sangiovese's prickly and often nervous personality shines through nonetheless. The variety adds delicate berry nuances and bright acidity that give this wine profound depth. This is a very well-made wine that promises a long aging future. (ML)" (02/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, dense and muscular version, this reveals plum, black cherry, leather and tobacco notes, with a hint of chocolate on the finish. The assertive tannins need time, but already, with air, this is pulling together. (BS)" (04/2017)

2006 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Love the nose on this with blackberries, sweet tobacco, blueberries. Full body, with soft and silky tannins and a light jammy finish. Lots of dark fruits. Long finish. Loads going on in this one. Give it three to five years. Or more." (01/2011)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino flows with gorgeous layers of dark red fruit. This is one of the more muscular, virile wines of the vintage. Slow to reveal its character, the Valdicava Brunello will require significant patience, but I have seen the wine blossom beautifully, even in the smallest of vintages. A blast of iron, smoke, tar, licorice and new leather inform the deep, intense finish. This is a hugely promising, brilliant Brunello from proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese, but it needs to be buried in the cellar for at least a few years. Readers who cant wait should open the wine a few hours in advance, which will allow the fruit to emerge. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. 95+ (AG)" (05/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Though rich and round, the cherry, black currant and violet flavors in this Brunello are pure and focused. This is beautifully textured, displaying bright acidity and refined tannins that drive the long mineral aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2025. (BS)" (07/2011)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Rich and complex with a long aging future ahead, this beautiful Brunello from Valdicava offers tight, crisp acidity, solid tannins and a bouquet that is richly packed with black fruit, cherry, spice and tobacco aromas. Pair this wine with succulent cuts of beef." (04/2011)

2007 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)

98 points James Suckling: "What beautiful clear fruit here, with plums and spices and hints of flowers. Class. Full- bodied and luscious, this Brunello fills your mouth, with polished velvety tannins and gorgeous fruit. So wonderful and gorgeous. Irresistible." (01/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is gorgeous. Dark red cherries, plums, spices, leather and tobacco wrap around the palate as this dense, powerful wine starts to open up. Expressive aromatics are woven throughout, giving the 2007 a measure of polish and sophistication that is not always present in this wine when it is young. Finessed, suave tannins reinforce an impression of elegance. The 2007 can be enjoyed with minimum cellaring, but it will also age gracefully for many years. Readers who want to try the 2007 today should give the wine plenty of air, as the more refined qualities only emerge over time. When tasted next to the 2006, the 2007 shows redder tonalities of fruit and less sheer muscle. Hints of tobacco, crushed flowers and spices wrap around the sensual finish. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027. (AG)" (04/2012)

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2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($109.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beaucastels 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out even better out of bottle than I predicted. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruits fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This full-bodied effort still displays considerable tannin, no doubt because of the relatively high Mourvedre content. It should resolve its tannins in 2-4 years, and last for 25 or more. (RP)" (10/2009)

96 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles* This extremely dense red delivers layers of melted fig, mulled boysenberry and black currant fruit, all laced with notes of charred mesquite, hoisin sauce and Kenya AA coffee. The long, silky mouthfeel belies the latent power in reserve and there's a lot of it, with waves of grip driving the finish. Best from 2010 through 2030. (JM)" (12/2009)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Powerful, pungent aromas evoke kirsch, blackberry, smoky herbs and dried flowers. Energetic, penetrating cherry and dark berry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and given spine by a tangy mineral quality. A floral quality sneaks in with air, along with notes of allspice and star anise. The finish is sappy, focused and very long, with herbs and flowers lingering. (JR)" (01/2010)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* At first glance, this is not particularly impressive; it's slightly herbal and rustic, with a raisiny edge to the fruit. But this really improves with air, fleshing out on the midpalate and losing the raisiny notes in favor of plum and savory notes. Give it four or five years in the cellar and drink it over the next 15 or so. (JC)" (10/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Wonderful coffee, cream and opulent red fruit with smoke and spice. Lovely softness to the tannin, and there is loads of appeal here - although there is a bit of warmth to finish. 17.5/20 points (RH)" (10/2016)

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2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino ($118.95)

99 points James Suckling: "Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plums and flowers. Licorice and mushroom It's full body, with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It's powerful and structured yet shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture is phenomenal." (12/2014)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Effusive aromas of incense, green olive, sweet strawberry and cherry, licorice and leather mark this structured version. The tannins are on the beefy side, but this finishes long, with enough fruit and spice for balance. Best from 2018 through 2032. *Collectibles* (BS)" (04/2015)

94 points Vinous: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the very best wines I have tasted here in recent years. Dark red cherries, mint, game, smoke, tobacco and licorice are all deeply expressive in a mid-weight, very classic feeling Brunello long on class and personality. Big yet silky tannins frame the dramatic, intense finish. The Valdicava wines are always big, but the 2010 is a bit pulled back, and striking. (AG)" (02/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The gamy 2010 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job of presenting intensity and elegance all in the same delicious package. That's not easy to do and the excellent 2010 fruit plays a big role in achieving this goal. The wine offers a long succession of aromas that span from ripe fruit, to smoked meat, to grilled herb and soft spice. Delicate tones of licorice, cola and anise seed add life and energy. The list goes on. The wine's mouthfeel is best characterized by softness and structure, a two-fold approach that gives high hopes for the long aging potential of this wine. Valdicava's Brunello will appeal to those who love earthy and leathery notes in their Brunello. (ML)" (02/2015)

2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($118.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Lovely black licorice, flowers, and ripe fruits on the nose. This is very aromatic. Full bodied but tight, this has gone to sleep for the moment." (01/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Displays complex aromas of blackberry and cherry, with a hint of licorice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a delicious finish of wonderful yet subtle fruit. Well-integrated and beautiful. Everything is in the right place. (JS)" (04/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is simply beautiful. Now that the wine is in bottle it is even better than when I tasted it from barrel. Firm but silky tannins frame a core of ripe dark fruit as this powerful yet elegant Brunello opens up in the glass. Smoke, cured meats, earthiness and graphite develop in the glass, adding further complexity. Sweet roses and spices linger on the long, refined finish. This is a big, structured Brunello, and like all of Abbruzzeses wines, it needs at least a few years of bottle age before it offers its finest drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (AG)" (06/2009)

K&L Notes: What can one say about the quality of Valdicava? It is superb. I've known owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese since 1995 and have visited his winery most every year since, I'm convinced the wines are stupendous and this 2004 will be at the top of the class again. 98 points for his 2001, 100 points for his 2001 Riserva from the Wine Spectator. James Suckling got this one correct! (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian Wine Buyer)

Old Pulteney 21 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($159.99)

Whisky Advocate: "Very mouthcoating in texture, with notes of dry vanilla, fat barley, coconut, citrus fruit, and pineapple. Long, intensely appetizing, dry salty finish. As an aperitif, or perhaps with seafood. (Vol. 16, #1)"

K&L Notes: Rated the #1 Whisky in the World by Jim Murray's Whisky Bible for 2012. Get it while you can because there's likely to be a run on this once the word gets out. Aged in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, the 21 year has loads of dried apricots and a supple mouthfeel. The expression, which was created at the Pulteney distillery in Wick, Caithness, scored a record-equaling 97.5 points out of 100 and, in doing so, became only the third single malt to have claimed the title since its inception in 1994.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2017

Extremely weighty and rich on the palate. This Maritime malt is brimming with vanilla cakes, honey, and Kosher salt. There is beautiful spice and dried stone fruit weaving in-between the robust maltiness. An excellent treat for yourself or a friend if you're in the market for something special yet classic.

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2005 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac ($209.99)

96 points James Suckling: "A meaty and decadent Lynch with very ripe currant aromas on the nose. Full body, velvety-textured tannins and a powerful finish. It shows so much structure and fruit yet remains polished and focused. Lovely now to drink but better in 2017." (10/2015)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "There's a relaxed feel to this wine. Cazes's team can dress Lynch-Bages in the black-tie formality of a first growth, but the wine is still lovely-a touch of gaminess makes it friendly rather than ponderous. There's something ethereal about its tannins, like a chocolate truffle melting in the mouth. (Daniel Llose used 80 percent new oak for this vintage; the yields were short so there were more new barrels to go around, and at a tannic index of 82, the wine could handle it). Pure black cherry flavor saturates the wine with freshness; the complexity is intriguing and silken rather than aggressive. This should be readily accessible at ten to 20 years of age and should thrive for years after." (10/2008)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Classic Lynch-Bages with just a bit of extra power and richness. While the tannins are structured, it is the velvety fruit that rolls around the mouth that is the most dominant character. It is coming together into a wine that will be big and dense, but never over the top. (RV)" (06/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Displays very beautiful aromas of crushed blackberry and dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee. Full-bodied, with a tightly wound palate of ripe tannins. Long and caressing. (JS)" (03/2008)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Delicate aromas of blackcurrant, mocha and graphite are lifted by minerals and violet. Enters pure, dense and round, then shows lively, precise flavors of black fruits, dried nuts, ink and minerals. This has greater volume and flesh than the 2006, along with a brooding, sneaky concentration and a very long, supple finish. The best Lynch-Bages in years, this should prove to be a great wine in time, and a huge success for this estate. 93+ (ID)" (01/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As for the 2005 Lynch-Bages, it is a sexy, surprisingly soft and accessible style of wine, with a deep ruby/purple color, loads of crème de cassis, cedar wood and forest floor notes, medium to full body, ripe tannin and a long, fleshy finish. Drink it over the next 15+ years. (RP)" (06/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Magnum but surprisingly accessible. This was served next to a Ch La Gay 1989 and a Penfolds Grange 1989 and seemed relatively loose and open! Dark crimson and perfumed. Sweet and quite rich on the palate with some tannins but certainly not in excessive quantity. Quite a surprise." (05/2015)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 09, 2017

After a dozen years, this Pauillac powerhouse is just hitting its full stride. Acid and tannin are both powerful, but fully balanced and integrated into the rich, unctuous texture. The flavors linger over the palate for more than a minute. Violets, cassis, pencil shavings, mulberries, cigar tobacco, and anise. This will go for another coupleo decades at least.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 08, 2017

First note, tasted at the estate 4-4-2006 8:45am. 72%CS 13%M 15% CF 80% New Oak. Very attractive, juicy sweet almost tropical, round red/black fruit with hints of pomegranate, fleshy and supple mid-palate, fine tannin integration, not a blockbuster in style but superb tasting. New Note...9-8-2017 at my desk. At 12 years old this wine is just a beauty, the fruit has mellowed and the wine has fully integrated into a balanced and beautiful wine. Showing soft spice, sweet black current and touch of the famous Lynch Bages cigar box character. 2005 Lynch is in a sweet spot now and will hold easily 15-20 more years but many of my friends and customers will love the way the wine now tastes now! It reminds me of a young 1989!

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 08, 2017

The 2005 Lynch Bages Pauillac is exactly what you want from one of Bordeaux's premier properties. 2005 was a fantastic vintage in Bordeaux and the 2005 Lynch Bages is a monumental wine. Blood red in color with spice and scorched earth notes the palate slowly unwinds to savory berry fruit notes and fine, smooth tannins. Notes of black licorice and mocha complete the long, smooth finish. This is a classic Lynch Bages in every sense.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 08, 2017

I started a penpal relationship with Lynch-Bages owner Jean-Michel Cazes earlier this summer as a way to practice my French and in doing so ended up educating myself about the history of Lynch-Bages in the process. I brought a bottle of the 2005 Lynch-Bages to dinner and the other night and watched my friends swoon, after reading an email from Jean-Michel about the harvest and wanting to experience the wine for myself. He reminisced about the ease of the 2005 growing season, and about how the long summer thankfully never resembled the heatwave of 2003. It was "textbook" vintage, he told me, and the agreeable September weather allowed the Cabernet grapes to reach their maximum maturity. You can taste the perfection of that Cabernet in every sip of the 2005 at this point with its power and drive still fully intact. This wine has a long life ahead of it still as the tannins are still showing their might even twelve years after the vintage, but man oh man does this wine taste good right now. Brooding dark fruits, a bit of iron and graphite, and a core of concentrated Cabernet splendor.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2015

Fabulous wine. I have a case in my cellar. Will cellar well for many, many years. Cedar and pencil shaving aromas with cassis flavors. The finish lasts a minute.

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2010 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ($218.99)

100 points James Suckling: "A wine with superb finesse and depth. So subtle and understated yet powerful and long. The tannin intensity is amazing. It just builds like a massive wave. Superb. Give this time in the bottle. The length is endless. Better in 2018." (11/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A pure, focused style, with a beam of black cherry anchoring the leather, mineral, hibiscus tea and earth flavors. Well-structured, young and fresh, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit, mineral and woodsy details. Best from 2019 through 2035. *Collectibles* (BS)" (06/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Here is a big wine with lofty ambitions and an impactful presentation. The Valdicava 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano hits all the right buttons. The wine shows a profound sense of elegance and poise with subtle berry notes that blend into spice, licorice and tar. Those bright and lively aromatic components fold gracefully within the wine's tight texture, its sheer power and the silky nature of the tannins. This wine promises a long and steady aging future ahead. (ML) 95+" (08/2016)

93 points Vinous: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a classic Valdicava wine built on power, intensity and depth. Black cherry, smoke, licorice, dark spices and menthol make a strong first impression, followed by huge waves of tannin and acidity that will require at least a few years to settle down. In a part of Montalcino that is known for finesse, the Madonna del Piano is decidedly powerful, concentrated and extracted. Readers will want to give the 2010 a good bit of air, as the Madonna del Piano needs quite a bit of time to open up. (AG)" (02/2016)

2010 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Pre-Arrival) ($218.99)

100 points James Suckling: "A wine with superb finesse and depth. So subtle and understated yet powerful and long. The tannin intensity is amazing. It just builds like a massive wave. Superb. Give this time in the bottle. The length is endless." (11/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles* A pure, focused style, with a beam of black cherry anchoring the leather, mineral, hibiscus tea and earth flavors. Well-structured, young and fresh, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit, mineral and woodsy details. (BS)" (06/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Here is a big wine with lofty ambitions and an impactful presentation. The Valdicava 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano hits all the right buttons. The wine shows a profound sense of elegance and poise with subtle berry notes that blend into spice, licorice and tar. Those bright and lively aromatic components fold gracefully within the wine's tight texture, its sheer power and the silky nature of the tannins. This wine promises a long and steady aging future ahead. (ML)" (08/2016)

93 points Vinous: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a classic Valdicava wine built on power, intensity and depth. Black cherry, smoke, licorice, dark spices and menthol make a strong first impression, followed by huge waves of tannin and acidity that will require at least a few years to settle down. In a part of Montalcino that is known for finesse, the Madonna del Piano is decidedly powerful, concentrated and extracted. Readers will want to give the 2010 a good bit of air, as the Madonna del Piano needs quite a bit of time to open up. (AG)" (02/2016)

2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) ($237.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plums and flowers. Licorice and mushroom It's full body, with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It's powerful and structured yet shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture is phenomenal." (12/2014)

96 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles* Effusive aromas of incense, green olive, sweet strawberry and cherry, licorice and leather mark this structured version. The tannins are on the beefy side, but this finishes long, with enough fruit and spice for balance. Best from 2018 through 2032. (BS)" (06/2015)

94 points Vinous: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the very best wines I have tasted here in recent years. Dark red cherries, mint, game, smoke, tobacco and licorice are all deeply expressive in a mid-weight, very classic feeling Brunello long on class and personality. Big yet silky tannins frame the dramatic, intense finish. The Valdicava wines are always big, but the 2010 is a bit pulled back, and striking. (AG)" (02/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The gamy 2010 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job of presenting intensity and elegance all in the same delicious package. That's not easy to do and the excellent 2010 fruit plays a big role in achieving this goal. The wine offers a long succession of aromas that span from ripe fruit, to smoked meat, to grilled herb and soft spice. Delicate tones of licorice, cola and anise seed add life and energy. The list goes on. The wine's mouthfeel is best characterized by softness and structure, a two-fold approach that gives high hopes for the long aging potential of this wine. Valdicava's Brunello will appeal to those who love earthy and leathery notes in their Brunello. Vincenzo Abbruzzese's Valdicava presents a fantastic tag team of wines representing the 2009 and 2010 vintages respectively. (ML)" (02/2015)

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The bold nose shows so much wild cherry, sweet earth, dried flowers coupled with a fuller plumier breadth. On the palate the wine has deep, saturated flavors of spiced plum, along with a pool of savory, porcini, dried meat and leather flavors. The wine is full of power, incredible depth and its richly textured palate presence is awesome. The finish is powerful, full and shows incredible length and layer after layer of spice, fruit, herbs, leather and earth. A truly spectacular wine.

2009 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($249.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful aromas and flavors of sandalwood, rose, strawberry and raspberry are married to an elegant, lacy frame. Intense, yet light-weight, with fine complexity and a long, fruit- and spice-filled aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2035. (BS)" (06/2012)

94 points Vinous: "The 2009 Clos des Lambrays is ripe, radiant and totally representative of the vintage. Silky tannins frame an expressive core of fruit in this generous, open Clos des Lambrays. The 2009 possesses striking depth and tons of richness allied to a muscular personality. I underestimated the 2009 when I tasted it from barrel. Although very much in the flashy style of the year, the 2009 also has more than enough structure to support mid-term aging at the very least. A round, caressing finish leaves a lasting impression. (AG)" (04/2012)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An intensely floral and spicy nose that is wonderfully elegant and admirably pure speaks of red currant, blue berry, game, smoke and warm earth. The silky-textured, precise and mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors possess copious extract that does a fine job of buffering the very firm tannins and allowing for perfect balance on the mouth coating and impressively persistent finish. A seductive and relatively accessible Clos des Lambrays that should be approachable with only a decade of cellar time yet last for 25 to 40 years." (01/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Clos des Lambrays continues to shine. The self-effacing Thierry Brouin has conjured an exquisite bouquet of wild strawberry, scorched earth, small red cherries and a touch of undergrowth. Brouins style is to keep everything contained, natural and unpretentious and so you get a comparatively conservative Clos des Lambrays that is underpinned by light, tensile tannins, with a veneer of red fruit, not great weight but rather weightlessness that is unusual for this vintage. It is in keeping with the domaines approach to Pinot Noir, one that I have learned to appreciate more and more with passing years. (NM)" (06/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Enticing aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, game, crushed rock, pepper and brown spices. Silky on entry, then delineated and energetic in the middle in the context of the year, with intense pepper and spice character currently keeping the wine's fruit element under wraps. Finishes quite dry, with a fine dusting of tannins and a hint of youthful bitterness. This calls for a good eight to ten years of cellaring. (I was unable to taste the estate's premier cru, which manager Thierry Brouin told me was sold out.) (ST)" (03/2012)

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2014 Lail "J. Daniel Cuvée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Price: Hidden

97 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Cabernet collectors take note! Here is an incredibly deep and exceptionally structured rendition that more than deserves the much-overused term classic, and its marvelous combination of stamina, strength, layering and precise, terrifically sustained varietal fruit is one that is rarely equaled let alone surpassed. As great wines will inevitably do, it reveals a bit more of itself with each sniff and sip, and, even though it shows an unexpected sense of polish and manages to avoid the pronounced tannic harshness of youth, this is one that is some time away from living up to its certain promise. It is not inexpensive, but it makes good on the boast that its price tag poses." (04/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship wines include the 2014 J. Daniel Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from three sources the family vineyard called Molehill at a 1700-feet elevation on Howell Mountain, the Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard and Heimark Vineyard in Calistoga. A gorgeous 2014, with notes of graphite, mulberry and blackcurrant, this full-bodied, opaque purple wine offers terrific fruit purity, sweet tannin, and a long finish of a good 45+ seconds. It was aged 19 months in 75% new French oak and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are 1,064 cases, and it can be drunk now or cellared for another 25 years. (RP)" (10/2016)

95 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon John Daniel Cuvée turned out beautifully. In fact, it is even better from bottle than it was from barrel. Deep, unctuous and powerful, but with good freshness, the 2014 hits all the right notes. Specifically, the 2014 offers tons of richness, but without the heaviness or raisinated character that has defined some previous years.This is a striking set of wines from Robin Lail and her longtime winemaker Philippe Melka. The 2014 Cabernets are among the highlights. Those wines capture all the intensity that is typical here, but with less of the overripe quality of some past years. (AG)" (10/2016)

Kavalan "Amontillado" Cask Strength Single Barrel Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml) - 12 available ($599.99)

The recent release of special single casks from Kavalan are without a doubt some of the most special single casks that have ever come to market. This whisky in particular has pedigree to spare. Winner of the World Whisky Award's Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky, we're lucky to get access to a tiny amount of this special cask. Their tastings notes, "Hints of raisin and coconut on the nose, but essentially what we have here is a toffee smoking a cinnamon flavoured cigar. The palate opens with a nice burst of sweet fresh fruit, guava and melon - front to mid palate, after which the wood takes over; a Christmas pine hit, the fruit now acting as flamboyant outriders, the caramels rushing in to fill the gap. The finish is long and dry and punches into the throat." One of 515 bottles available worldwide.

2009 La Conseillante, Pomerol 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 4 available ($1,299.00)

97 points James Suckling: "Blackberries, violets and licorice, with hints of lavender. Full body, with phenomenal texture of ultra-fine tannins and subtle and intriguing fruit character. Goes on for minutes. Try in 2020." (02/2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The competition between the 2009, 2005 and 2000 La Conseillante will be interesting to follow over the next twenty years. There was more of a selection process at this estate in 2009 than there was in 2000, resulting in a beautiful Pomerol offering notes of mulberries, sweet cherries, spring flowers, raspberries and truffles. The color is a healthy deep plum/ruby/purple and the wine is medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, a broad, layered mouthfeel and wonderful freshness as well as length. This gorgeous, complex, Burgundian-styled Pomerol will be drinkable in 4-6 years and should keep for 30-40. (The 1970 is still alive and that was not nearly as well made as the 2009.)" (02/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers stunning toasted spice, mocha and black tea aromas, while the core of plum, blackberry and fig flavors is still rather reticent. The long finish is liberally laced with a racy graphite note, while the perfumy accent pervades. This will be a suave head-turner when it rounds into form. Best from 2018 through 2030. (JM)" (03/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Knockout perfume of red berries, dark cherry, minerals, flowers, licorice, tobacco and tarragon, complemented by sexy sweet oak. Suave, glossy and silky, but given energy and lift by its cabernet franc component. Captivating vanilla, coconut and spice notes add complexity and lift to the vibrant fruit flavors. No excessive sweetness here. Still a baby but already boasts lovely early balance. Wonderfully smooth Pomerol with terrific finishing lift." (07/2012)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Densely rich, very sweet wine. It has some smoky tannins that give structure, along with a dark core of dry raisin and wood flavors. It has concentration and an opaque texture. (RV)" (02/2012)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2010 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 4 available ($1,450.00)

98 points James Suckling: "Theres clarity and beauty to this wine as always with pure dark berry, stones and spices. Some clove too. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long finish. Pure and precise wine with so much class. Try in 2020." (10/2016)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 is a more structured, restrained, less flamboyant version of the 2009. A final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14.5% natural alcohol, this wine (which represents only 55% of the estate's production) is full-bodied, classic and built along the lines of the 2000 (although that wine was made before Reybier acquired the estate and upgraded quality significantly). This wine exhibits beautifully pure notes of creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite and hints of toast and vanillin. The wine is full and rich, and although aged in 80% new oak, the wood is a subtle background component. This beauty will take longer to round into shape than the dramatic and compelling 2009. Forget it for 5-8 years, and drink it over the following three-plus decades. 97+ (RP)" (02/2013)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A great contrast to the '09, this feels even denser, with dark plum, black currant and fig sauce flavors that pump along. The spine is all graphite and chalk, giving this a riveting feel through the finish. The cut is terrific, no easy feat considering how dense the fruit is. A stunning wine.Non-blind Cos-d'Estournel vertical (December 2015). Best from 2025 through 2045. (JM, Web-2016)"

93-96 points Vinous: "Captivating, intense aromas of dark berries, red cherry, mint and tobacco. Dense, sweet and fruity in the mouth if still a bit youthfully tight, with great purity to the flavors of red and dark berries, exotic herbs and licorice. Finishes smooth and extremely long, with wonderfully silky tannins. This very big wine will need plenty of time, but I have no doubt this will be remembered as a great Cos. (ID)" (05/2011)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a complex and rich wine dominated by superripe fruit. It is a wine of extremes, of fruit, of dark tannins allied to some bitterness from the black chocolate extract. Ripe plums and sweet black fruits are given a lift at the end with bright acidity. (RV)" (05/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full, bright ruby. Superripe but vibrant nose offers liqueur-like cassis, graphite, mocha and exotic oak scents; smells thick! Then plush, dense, large-scaled and seamless, offering extraordinary breadth and a 3-D texture to its dark fruit, graphite and mineral flavors. This very modern style of Cos finishes with outstanding, building, palate-saturating persistence and utterly sweet tannins. 94+" (08/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Very healthy deep crimson. Luscious fruit. Very beguiling. Spreads right across the palate. Extremely seductive. Just slightly inky on the finish at the moment but there is masses of ripe fruit and tannin here. (18/20 points)" (01/2014)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

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Macallan 25 Year Old "Distillery Bottling" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) - 3 available ($1,699.99)

Wine Spectator: "An intense candy treat of a whisky that announces itself with rose petal, honey and hard candy on the nose. On the palate this cycles through a number of candied notes-fruity for the most part, with cherry character, but including butterscotch and a slight pine forest flavor. The long finish serves as another tour of the palate, with a nutty element. Sherry casks. (Jack Bettridge, Owen Dugan)" (02/2011)

K&L Notes: Extremely limited! Macallan's 25-year-old sherry casks are a modern classic.

2005 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 12-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 2 available ($2,850.00)

99 points James Suckling: "The purity of fruit in this is fascinating with plums, currants and other dark fruits. Then there is another layer of spices and chocolate. So much cassis. Full and very layered with chewy polished tannins and a long, long finish. Just starting to open. Changes all the time." (10/2016)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Cos dEstournel is another great success from this property, which is owned by Michel Reybier. A superstar of St.-Estèphe in this vintage, this wine has a dense ruby/purple color, beautiful, sweet cassis and blackcurrant fruit, some floral notes, spice and a touch of oak in a full-bodied, layered, impressive multi-dimensional style. The tannins are surprisingly sweet and well-integrated, as is the acidity, alcohol and wood. This is a beauty and certainly the top wine of St.-Estèphe. Drink it over the next 25+ years. (RP)" (06/2015)

97 points Vinous: "I have been fortunate to taste the 2005 Cos d'Estournel three times in recent weeks and it has never been anything less than stunningly beautiful, as it is once again on this night. The interplay of dark, ripe fruit and the more mineral, savory-inflected nuances typical of Saint-Estèphe yield a compelling, wonderfully complete Bordeaux that simply has it all. An exotic mélange of graphite, gravel, smoke, cured meats and dark-fleshed fruits flow through to the explosive finish. Riveting today, the 2005 Cos will continue to thrill those fortunate enough to own it for several decades. Given its price vis-à-vis many of the high-flying wines of the year, the 2005 Cos remains a terrific relative value in its class. (AG)" (11/2015)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Best of 2008* St-Estèphe has a reputation for tannins, and this 2005 Cos lives up to that. But it does much more, because the tannins add richness along with intensely ripe black fruits, dark plums and figs. The dense tannins are finely balanced with fresh acidity, and a long-lasting aftertaste. Impressive. (RV)" (06/2008)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This is a big one, with a large core of dark plum, currant and blackberry paste flavors that has yet to unwind fully, coated with hefty charcoal, bay and alder notes. Shows serious grip, featuring a bolt of graphite through the finish. This will need another decade before it really starts to strut its stuff. (JM, Web-2016)"

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good ruby-red. Knockout nose combines currant, plum, minerals, licorice and graphite. Wonderfully sweet, rich and deep, but with near-perfect balancing acidity to frame the wine's lush fruit. This superb 2005 has it all. Finishes with noble, sweet tannins and palate-saturating persistence. On my most recent visit, Prats told me he considered 2005 to be superior to the 2003, and that the '05 may be 'our best wine ever.' (ST)" (06/2008)

96 points International Wine Review: "Elegant, with beautiful floral, berry and spice aromas. Full-bodied, with lovely silky tannins and a complex finish. One for the Ages."

95 points Wine & Spirits: "Jean-Guillaume Prats allowed the vintage to steer Cos toward unprecedented power in 2005; the wine comes in at 13.95 percent alcohol, and it's grand in every sense. It smells like first-growth juice, with the kind of oak integration that accentuates the wine's beauty rather than masks it. You can feel the tart black cherry fruit and the black tannin along with a burn in the end that is distinct to this vintage. With several days of air, the tumble and rush of the structure settles and the fruit becomes all-powerful, a taut density of sweet purple plum. There's little doubt this will be an astonishing wine at 12 to 15 years of age; its ripeness leads into uncharted territory after that, which makes Cos one of the more interesting wines of the vintage to watch." (10/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Really rich, exciting, dramatic wine that did not seem cowed by the terrine of rabbit with polenta, morels and wild garlic. Real life and a bit too young really but with real jewelly precision of its many ingredients. 18.5/20 points" (04/2015)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. 96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Château Cos d’Estournel 2005 has a more opulent and riper bouquet compared to the Montrose ’05 with blackberry, Morello cherries, dried orange peel and then with further aeration, sage and leather notes combining beautifully together. This is quintessential Cos d’Estournel, one that has meliorated in the last couple of years. The palate is full-bodied with very fine tannin, a little easier-going than Montrose but that detracts nothing from the freshness and energy in this Saint Estèphe. You could argue it has a mote more precision than Montrose but there are just two sides of a very shiny coin." (02/2015)

1995 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 2 available ($3,295.00)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "What sumptuous pleasures await those who purchase either the 1996 or 1995 Pichon Lalande. It is hard to choose a favorite, although the 1995 is a smoother, more immediately sexy and accessible wine. It is an exquisite example of Pichon-Lalande with the Merlot component giving the wine a coffee/chocolatey/cherry component to go along with the Cabernet Sauvignon's and Cabernet Franc's complex blackberry/cassis fruit. The wine possesses an opaque black/ruby/purple color, and sexy, flamboyant aromatics of pain grille, black fruits, and cedar. Exquisite on the palate, this full-bodied, layered, multidimensional wine should prove to be one of the vintage's most extraordinary success stories. (RP)" (02/1998)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a juicy, lively core of plum, cassis and blackberry, studded with anise, violet and singed vanilla notes. Everything pulls together seamlessly on the finish, with a well-embedded graphite spine. Sneakily long.Non-blind Pichon Lalande vertical (July 2014). Drink now through 2035. (JM, Web-2014)"

Jancis Robinson: "Mid bright crimson. Low key but very classy nose. Nothing out of place. Very sweet with luscious tannins -- much less fierce than in most other 1995s. A very attractive gamey wine with perhaps quite a high proportion of Merlot. Polished finish -- sweet but not tarty. Very persistent. 18/20 Points (JR)" (02/2011)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

1996 Pichon Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 2 available ($3,495.00)

97 points Vinous: "The 1996 Pichon Lalande is stratospheric from the very first taste. The deep, layered bouquet alone is deeply transfixing. Smoke, mocha, dark spices, lavender, crème de cassis, a host of dark-fleshed fruits and a touch of warm, resonant sweetness from the French oak draw me in. All of those sensations follow through to the palate, where the wine is massive, intense and totally enveloping. Time has softened the tannins to the point the 1996 is ready to drink, but there is enough sheer concentration here to support another 20-30 years of exceptional drinking. I am not sure I possess the vocabulary to describe just how captivating the 1996 is, but I do know this: If I had an opportunity to pick up a few well-stored bottles I would take it in a nanosecond. Readers holding the 1996 should be thrilled. The 1996 Pichon Lalande is a magnificent wine with plenty of upside. In word: fabulous. 97+ Points (AG)" (02/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Pichon-Lalande has long been one of the high points of this Pauillac estate and now at 20 years of age it is firing on all cylinders. You cannot have any complaints against the nose: intense blackberry, cedar and graphite, all beautifully delineated, demand your attention. The palate offers exquisite balance, refined and yet intense, the Cabernet Sauvignon clearly in the driving seat but assisted by the Merlot that imparts the crucial fleshy texture on the finish. Red berry fruit, cigar box, mint, juniper berries ... this is a complex and riveting Pauillac wine that is going to cruise along its drinking plateau for many years. This is outstanding. (NM)." (10/2016)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2009 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien 12-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 2 available ($4,000.00)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou will eclipse the brilliant wines produced in 2005, 2003 and 2000. It will be interesting to see how the 2009 fares against the 2010 after twenty years of aging, but my money is on the 2009. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, this inky purple, unctuous wine possesses classic aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, blueberries, violets, licorice and Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied and intense with Ducrus inimitable elegance and purity, it should firm up in the bottle after 7-10 years of cellaring and last for 40-50 years. Magnificent! (RP)" (02/2012)

96 points James Suckling: "The purity of fruit is wonderful in this, with plums, currants and hints of fresh mushrooms. Hints of cloves too. Full-bodied, with chewy, creamy tannins and a bright fresh finish. Super energy and intensity. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. Better in 2018." (02/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Features plenty of flash and sizzle, with gorgeous, inviting mocha, espresso and chocolate notes up front, backed by a dense core of plum sauce, cassis, blackberry puree and blueberry reduction accents. Long, showing terrific polish, with a lovely lingering loam note and a buried singed apple wood edge that keeps everything driving through the finish. (JM)" (03/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Intense mineral high notes complement aromas of cassis, smoke and quinine on the deep, very pure nose. Then seamless and graceful in the mouth, with very smooth, glossy, ripe black fruit and mineral flavors lifted by bright harmonious acidity, which confers a sense of refinement to all the plush fruit. The very long finish shows a persistent note of violet. Though this is an atypically big and creamy Ducru, it manages a precise delivery of archetypical Saint-Julien flavors and refinement. 95+ Points" (07/2012)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2009 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 12-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 2 available ($4,200.00)

100 points James Suckling: "This is amazing as always with layers of fruit and firm, velvety tannins. Full body, incredible depth of fruit and length. Currants, raspberries and Indian spices. It goes on for minutes. A monumental Cos. Greatest ever from here. Better in five years, but amazing." (10/2016)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted, the monumental 2009 Cos d'Estournel has lived up to its pre-bottling potential. A remarkable effort from winemaking guru Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot (33%) and a touch of Cabernet Franc (2%) was cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare. It boasts an inky/black/purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of white flowers interwoven with blackberry and blueberry liqueur, incense, charcoal and graphite. The wine hits the palate with extraordinary purity, balance and intensity as well as perfect equilibrium, and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity, wood and alcohol. An iconic wine as well as a remarkable achievement, it is the greatest Cos d'Estournel ever produced. It is approachable enough at present that one could appreciate it with several hours of decanting, but it will not hit its prime for a decade, and should age effortlessly for a half century. (RP)" (02/2012)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This shows why everyone loves the vintage. Features a gorgeous display of perfectly melded plum, red currant and blackberry fruit that flows beautifully over very creamy tannins. Still nearly all fruit, with flecks of warm stone and iron on the finish. This could easily sit in this phase for some time, but will be hard to resist. Totally modern and beautifully done.Non-blind Cos-d'Estournel vertical (December 2015). Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM, Web-2016)"

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated dark ruby. Exotic, port-like aromas of blackberry liqueur, mocha and grilled meat. Fat, lush, saline and sweet, conveying an impression of extreme port-like ripeness. Huge, mouth-saturating flavors of dark berries and chocolate. Not heavy but doesn't exactly dance on the palate. Does this need years to shed some of its baby fat or will it always be a bit monolithic? Finishes with a boatload of ripe, broad tannins and palate-staining fruit. In a distinctly extreme style, and yet this maintained its sweetness of fruit for days in the recorked bottle. This is bound to be one of the most controversial wines of the vintage. I look forward to checking back in on it in 10 or 15 years. 92+ Points" (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid ruby. Dry and restrained on the palate. Pretty firm tannins and dark, inexpressive fruit. Powerful and brooding. Not austere though has a softness and approachability. (RH)" (11/2013)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.