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New Arrivals and Back In Stock Highlights - March 14th, 2017 - 03/14/2017 - 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
2015 Domaine de Bila Haut "Les Vignes de Bila Haut" Côtes du Roussillon Villages 93 $10.99 View
2013 Simi Sonoma Valley Merlot $12.99 View
2015 Birgit Eichinger Hasel Grüner Veltliner Kamptal 92 $14.99 View
Beefeater London Dry Gin (750ml) 92 $15.99 View
2014 Saint Roch "Kerbuccio" Maury Sec 93 $15.99 View
2009 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja $19.99 View
Glenlivet 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $37) 90 $29.99 View
2012 Malaspina Palizzi Calabria IGT $29.99 View
Collard-Picard "Cuvée Selection" Brut Champagne $34.99 View
Aberlour 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) 97 $39.99 View
2010 Anderson's Conn Valley "Eloge" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $85) 93 Price: Hidden View
Aberlour 16 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) 92 $59.99 View
2014 Roberts + Rogers "Louer Family" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 $59.99 View
Glenlivet 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) 93 $89.99 View
Glenmorangie "Bacalta" Private Edition Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $109.99 View
2012 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 $219.99 View
2011 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 6-pack in OWC 94 $899.00 View
2003 Latour, Pauillac (6 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $5,850.00 View
2003 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L - 3 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $6,000.00 View
2000 Latour, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $6,480.00 View
2004 Latour, Pauillac (12 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 97 $6,500.00 View
2000 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L - 3 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $6,600.00 View
2009 Latour, Pauillac (12 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $18,250.00 View
2010 Latour, Pauillac (12 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $18,250.00 View
2010 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L - 6 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $19,195.00 View


2015 Domaine de Bila Haut

2015 Domaine de Bila Haut "Les Vignes de Bila Haut" Côtes du Roussillon Villages ($10.99)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The jaw-dropper in the lineup was the quality of the 2015 Haut Cotes de Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut. While the entry level wine from this estate, the quality here is incredible, especially at the price point. Made from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Carignan from a mix of the estates terroirs, aged in concrete tanks and stainless steel, it offers a rich, concentrated and serious feel to go with fabulously pure notes of blackberries, black raspberries, crushed rock and melted licorice. Thick, unctuous and luxuriously textured, this will certainly be the greatest vintage of this cuvee to date. (JD)" (04/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "This has finesse, with an iron core surrounded by blackberry, cassis, plum and garrigue flavors. Full tannins offer structure, with details of olive and bay leaf that linger into the savory finish. Drink now through 2020. 60,000 cases made. (GS)" (02/2017)

Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2017

Berry jam right up front, followed by darker plum through the palate peppered with subtle notes of licorice. Velvety tannins offer grippy structure without hindering approachability. Bila Haut is a big boy in Chapoutiers lineup, showing plenty of black fruit and spice, and when combined with the stellar 2015 vintage, really delivers. Plus the price is great!

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 20, 2017

Michel Chapoutier may be one of the masters of the northern Rhone but he has rapidly become the master of Roussillon. The 2015 "Les Vignes" represents about the eighth one of this entry wine from this project that we have worked with and (not trying to sound hyperbolic) this is the best one to date. Chapoutier began this project over 10 years ago sensing the potential in the Roussillon with its diverse soil types and consistently warm weather. It is an ideal growing place for Grenache and Syrah. The Les Vignes, itself, has always been a wine of pure pleasure but that is simply not enough for Mr. Chapoutier. Pushing the quality and selection higher each year the wine has gotten fresher, deeper and more complex. Now 2015 represents a new benchmark in Roussillon for vintages and here is that perfect storm of quality production and great vintage colliding. The wine is simply gorgeous with its rich cherry liqueur-like fruit and savory Indian spices. It walks the tight rope of intensity and weight but the harmonious tannins and fine acidity keep the wine perfectly in balance. We are treated to many great values like this from Roussillon like Lafage, Mas Karolina, Cabirau. This stridently sits at the top of the heap with the best of them.

Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 19, 2017

Aromas of freshly made blueberry compote, white flowers and anise pop from the glass. Flavors of sweet plums, figs, blackberries and a thread of black pepper grace the palate. Soft, supple tannins round out this incredibly gulpable wine. A perfect everyday drinker to keep around the house.

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

This wine packs some heat. Aromas of violets and plums lead into baked fruits and a soft mouthfeel. Crank up the Led Zeppelin, toss the meat on the grill, kick your feet up, and relax.

Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

If you've ever driven through rural Pennsylvania in the dead of summer, you've probably seen a small town diner, or bakery. If you knew what was good for you, you would have ordered a slice of blackberry pie. Picked from local berries at the peak of ripeness, and cooked down inside the crust into an unctuous liquor of sugary sweetness with a whip of tart acidity. The 2015 Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon encapsulates that experience. There is a power to the fruit: the taste of blackberries and boysenberries that dominate the palate. The acidity is almost startling, adding freshness and crisp snap. This is a simple and delicious wine, and for me, perfect for a summer evening.

2013 Simi Sonoma Valley Merlot ($12.99)

Much of the fruit for this luscious red comes from Simi's Red Fan and Los Amigos estate vineyards in Alexander Valley, with the remainder sourced from across Sonoma. The 2013 growing season was particularly friendly to red grapes, allowing them to develop concentrated, elegant flavors and bright acidity. Tasting notes for the 2013 vintage from the winemaker: "Deep garnet with a ruby edge, our 2013 Sonoma County Merlot has rich, dark notes of blackberry and plum with cocoa, nutmeg, and earthy hints of cedar and bay laurel. Smoky bacon notes frame bright fruit aromas into a compelling mixture of bright fruit with exotic spice and toast. Red and dark fruits play off each other with layer after luscious layer—both youthful and concentrated. 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec."

2015 Birgit Eichinger Hasel Grüner Veltliner Kamptal

2015 Birgit Eichinger Hasel Grüner Veltliner Kamptal ($14.99)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The nose barely hints at the subtle joys contained in this concentrated, fresh but generous wine. Ample fruit-think yellow pear and yellow plum-is held at the core, tightly corsetted by fresh citrus. Full of verve, savoriness and joy. (AK)"

91 points Wine Spectator: "A powerful and savory white, with concentrated green peach, apple and white cherry flavors, accented by sage and white pepper notes. Lemon curd and chamomile details show on the finish. Drink now through 2020. (KM)" (09/2016)

Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

This Gruner opens up with Golden Delicious apple, Bartlett pear and hints of spices. On the palate it has lovely creaminess and juicy acidity. It's done in stainless steel with no maceration, which gives it a lot of freshness and purity of Gruner Veltliner. As days are getting warmer this wine should be a necessary addition to your spring and summer drinking.

Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 23, 2017

A lovely, well-balanced Gruner that hits all the right notes! This wine has the classic fresh acidity and tangy power that you look for from the varietal, but at the same time there is a lovely creaminess on the palate, and a soft fruit note that pulls the wine together beautifully. With the added complexity of some time on the lees, this is a great example of Gruner with both a soft richness, and a light, crisp style.

Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 22, 2017

This wine spring in a bottle. Cool, crisp, subtly green and hinting at sun-ripened goodness. Great Gruner aromatics, floral, spicy with a burst grapefruit tone that makes me so happy. The palate it cool stone fruit, cool pear, and sweet green pea notes. It is clean and mouth wateringly refreshing. Something that I want waiting for me in my fridge when I get home at night.

Beefeater London Dry Gin (750ml)

Beefeater London Dry Gin (750ml) ($15.99)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* Setting the benchmark for London dry-style gins, look for a fresh, clean scent and flavors of lemon peel and juniper, accented by white pepper, ginger, cayenne and coriander before fading to zingy lemon and a mildly sweet exit. At 47% abv it reads a little hot, but it's ideal for drinks with a bit of dilution, like a classic Gin & Tonic. (KN)" (09/2016)

K&L Notes: *Gold* 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. From the Beverage Testing Institute: "93 points--*Exceptional and a Best Buy*-- Vibrant aromas of citrus custard pastry, juniper and citrus blossoms, and exotic peppercorns with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, highly polished interplay of juniper, pepper, anise powdered sugar, dried citrus and grassy herbs, and minerals. Classic." (7/2012)

2014 Saint Roch

2014 Saint Roch "Kerbuccio" Maury Sec ($15.99)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Carignan that was aged in 50% new demi-muids, the 2014 Kerbuccio Maury Sec has an inky color to go with lots of upfront black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wilder herbs and violet-like aromas and flavors. Coming all from the black schist soils of the newly created Maury Sec AOC, this full-bodied, sexy, supple and yet still fresh and lively 2014 will drink nicely on release and have 4-5 years or evolution. I dont think it has the depth of the 2013, but its not far off. Jean-Marc Lafages Maury-based estate, Saint Roch pulls from vines planted on the black schist soils around Maury, but ALSO from the more cooler, more granite-dominated terroirs around the villages of Lesquerde and Saint Paul de Fenouillet. As I stated last year, these wines represent incredible values. (JD)" (04/2015)

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 02, 2017

Jean-Marc Lafage delivers once again from his OTHER property located in the Maury appellation of the Roussillon. This smaller estate produces richer wines which the region of Maury is itself famous. The black and brown slate soils are ideal for Grenache and produce gorgeous full-bodied reds. The Kerbuccio itself is full of ripe blue and black fruit flavors, with subtle notes of fresh thyme, rosemary and Indian spices. This is a slight step back in intensity from the 2013 which to me, adds more immediate appeal. It is beautifully fruited, savory and ready to drink with an herb crusted leg of lamb or some medium rare pork chops straight off the grill.

John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 20, 2017

Maury recently underwent a Sec change! Not a typo, but a reference to the Roussillon-based AOC that split in 2011, with the original region named Maury Doux (for its fortified Vin Doux Naturel wines) and the new one Maury Sec (dry table wines). Cultivated on unique schist and granite soils, this embracing, dark and unambiguously seductive red reflects the distinct terroir of the ruggedly beautiful Agly Valley. A dazzling kaleidoscope of wildflowers, fruit and spices from cherries, blueberries and plums to violets, potpourri and balsamic flood the palate, with mineral notes that bring to mind the scent of spring rains. Plenty to admire here, so dazzle yourself with a bottle or two. Live wine and prosper!

Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

I had certain expectations for the 2014 Chateau Saint Roch before I tasted it. I've had plenty of Syrah/Grenache/Carignan blends in the past--but this one really surprised me. I got a ton of lighter red fruits: small red cherries, and strawberries on the nose, complemented by a graceful floral note that I wasn't expecting at all. Topping it all off there was a clear note of brown sugar emanating from the glass. Great body and texture, there was a touch of heat on the finish. The clean fruitiness of the Mourvedre and Carignan really shines in this wine and ultimately leads to a drinking experience that is distinctive, sleek and modern. That's a whole lot of wine for $16.

Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 09, 2017

Floral and dark , this wine is enticing and sexy with aromas of lavender and blueberry compote that reel you into a palate of violets, cassis, black pepper and coffee. Soft, integrated tannins and a fresh acidity provides lift and balance. This is one great value to keep around the house.

2009 Miguel Merino

2009 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja ($19.99)

A K&L Direct Import! This is our latest arrival from Miguel Merino, whom we like to call "the hardest working man in Rioja." Having begun his humble "retirement project" in the early 1990s by restoring an older bodega just down the hill from the historic town of Briones, Miguel either owns or rents to own a total of around 8 hectares of vines, all of which are located in Briones; not only is this village specific Rioja, but it happens to come from one of the most sought after villages in all of Rioja Alta, where many top bodegas have some of their most prized, older vineyards. For Vitola, Miguel uses fruit from vines (primarily Tempranillo with a bit of Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo) averaging 40 years of age. He is going for a modern classic style of wine, structured but both ageworthy and drinkable upon release. This 2009 really brings the fruit! Given that we are in Briones, Rioja, however, the wine also has intensity, chalky minerality and the authority of Rioja Alta fruit from mature vines. Some quick vine growing/winemaking notes: Organic (non-certified) vineyards, native yeast fermented, regular barrel topping, no fining and a very gentle filtration employed. Do not be shy about popping this open now, though it will certainly continue to improve and hold well for at least another 5 years. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2016

I had the great pleasure of visiting Spain this last summer, and one of the highlights was meeting The ManThe MythThe Merino. Miguels winery is located in the timeless hilltop village of Briones, in La Rioja Alta. The most gracious of hosts, I am a huge admirer of the man and his wines alike. I have tasted the 2009 Vitola three times this year, and can say it has come into its own as of late. This wine displays the hallmark ripeness of the 2009 vintage, with the poise and polish Miguel does so well. On the nose it is highly aromatic, showing the classic interplay of fruit and savor I love so much. The wine has weight, but is anchored well by silky tannins and fresh acidity. Enjoy now, but dont be afraid to lose a few in the cellar for the future. You wont be sorry!

Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 10, 2016

I can't think of a bottle of red wine under $20 that can compete with the Vitola from Miguel Merino. It has plenty of rich, dark fruit, is framed very nicely with a touch of vanilla oak, and finishes with great lift. This wine has great body and texture, and will be great with any number of meaty dishes, or just to drink after work. If you haven't had a Spanish wine in a while, try it! If you know you like Rioja, don't hesitate and take a case before it is gone!

Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 10, 2016

The fruit used to produce this Reserva Rioja came from vines planted in the 1970s, and the concentration and depth are evident. I get notes of cocoa, vanilla and espresso underneath loads of concentrated dark fruit like blueberries, mulberries and blackberries. Theres solid tannin, but its well rounded by the extra year in bottle and lends to the great structure typical of a Miguel Merino wine. Age and structure like this at a price so low should get our bargain-hunters pretty excited!

Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 09, 2016

Miguel Merino's Vitola has always been a hit here at K&L, but I think this is the best vintage we've had yet! Gorgeous black berry aromas and savory, earthy notes combine with good, clean, round fruit to present a unified, yet complex whole. Whether you've been a fan of past vintages of Vitola, or are just getting into Riojas, this is a wine I wouldn't miss!

Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 09, 2016

This is the perfect transition wine for those fond of American wines who are looking to try something new or are simply tired of paying a premium for wines with a Napa Valley designation. It's full bodied, rich and dark fruited. The wine has been aged for at least three years with at least one in barrel. A top quality, progressive style of Rioja.

Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 09, 2016

This is a great, young Vitola! 2009 was a fantastic vintage in Rioja Alta, and it shows with this wine's rich fruits, full volume in the mouth, and elegant balance of density and freshness. For fans of Napa reds, there is a lot to like here and this would make for a great intro to Rioja. That said, Given the quality of Miguel's vineyards and winemaking, Rioja fans should also jump on this wine. Hint: it will age very well....

Glenlivet 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $37)

Glenlivet 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $37) ($29.99)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Vibrant gold with orange highlights, fruity scent of apples and pears plus a whiff of vanilla. Soft, velvety feel. This is a pleasant and drinkable Scotch, but the flavors are relatively muted. It mixes well with other flavors, making it a good contender for cocktails. Good value. (KN)" (12/2011)

Whisky Advocate: "As with the Fiddich (reviewed in this issue), heres a malt where an improved wood policy has brought a dram to life and added complexity. The Glenlivet has always been about lightness, but the trick is to have sufficient solid base to allow its flower to blossom, so as well as lily, orchid, and pineapple, theres a thick creaminess that gently beds all of these flighty flavors down. With water, theres mandarin and rose petal, and a sneeze of white pepper. Simply lovely. Value Pick."

K&L Notes: The Glenlivet was the first legal distiller in Scotland (1824) and the only one allowed to be called "The Glenlivet." What Grande Champagne is to Cognac, the glen of the river Livet is to Speyside--the most famous Speyside highland malts. For shipping orders these ship as a bottle only, no gift box or packaging will be included.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 29, 2017

Glenlivet 12 is the ubiquitous favorite of so many, there's just nothing wrong with it. It's a benchmark whisky and responsible for defining an entire style and introducing an entire generation of drinkers to single malt. It remains a wonderful value and one of best-selling whiskies in the store.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 28, 2015

Glenlivet is removing the 12 year old from many major markets in favor of the new "Founder's Reserve", which has no age statement and a higher price. Get your Glenlivet 12 before it goes the way of the Dodo.

2012 Malaspina Palizzi Calabria IGT ($29.99)

This wine is a blend of 50% Calabrese Nero and 50% Nocera. Fermentation in steel tanks for 10 days under a controlled temperature. Aged for six months in Allier oak barrels.

Collard-Picard

Collard-Picard "Cuvée Selection" Brut Champagne ($34.99)

This new husband-and-wife Champagne house is the product of two venerable Champagne families. Olivier Collard is the grandson of the great René Collard in the village of Reuil, one of the most respected récoltant-manipulants in all of Champagne. His wife, Caroline Picard, is the cousin of Chantal Gonet of Champagne Phillipe Gonet in Mesnil. Their heritage gives them access to some of the best fruit in the entire region. Olivier's vineyards are in the western valley of the Marne, where Pinot Meunier is king, and there is no family with more mastery of this native plant than the Collards. Delphine's vineyards are in the hallowed, pure chalk soils of Mesnil-sur-Oger, the most famous of all the grand crus for Chardonnay. This bottling is all from Olivier's side of the family holdings and is 50% Meunier and 50% Pinot Noir. The base wine is fermented in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation. The reserve wines are aged in giant foudres (3000 liter or larger barrels) to encourage some contact with oxygen but to avoid flavoring the wine with barrel spice. This is a fresh Champagne with a straw color and a subtly pear-like nose from the Meunier. On the palate it is round and full, with plenty of richness and body from the Pinot Noir. The wine is still fresh and vibrant on the finish, and makes a great aperitif. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2013

The NV Collard-Picard "Cuvee Selection" Brut Champagne which is 80% Pinot Meunier & 20% Chardonnay, is loaded with the signature meunier pear and tons of ripe, fresh apple. This meunier-dominant cuvee conveys how powerful and full-bodied Pinot Meunier can be while the introduction of the Mesnil Chardonnay highlights the clean, mineral-driven finish.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 15, 2013

The fruit on this CP selection is ripe but it's balanced by amazingly vibrant acidity. The finish is rich and the chardonnay marries beautifully with the pinot meunier. This is one of the better big house bottles I've tasted.

Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2011

This champagne is a real family enterprise, with the Picard family contributing Grand Cru Chardonnay to the blend and the Collard family its famous Pinot Meunier. With 80% of the latter, its the Meunier that really defines the wine. Lightly toasted brioche and cinnamon spice combine with crisp red apple notes. A very dry style but with extraordinary richness.

Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 28, 2011

Collard-Picard is a relatively new Champagne house, but with very old ties, which means they are getting a hold of some great fruit and, in turn, are making some great wines! I just love the toasty notes in this Champagne. It has also got a backbone of mimerality and acid that can stand up to meal.

Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 31, 2010

Brioche dough aromas are prominent. Flavors here are delicious: ripe citrus and a hint of orange. Serious champagne, yet great length and a high gulpability quotient. Very good.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 28, 2009

Ever since Gary Westby found this Champagne it has been one of my favorites. The Collard-Picard is made from 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. The nice round nutty richness of the Pinot Meunier is balanced out with crisp mineral flavors of the Chardonnay. Enjoy this lovely Champagne alone or with fish or chicken.

Cindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 29, 2008

I love the family resemblance between the Rene Collard and the Collard-Picard wines! Still the earthy and savory meunier flavor, but with a lighter hand and more zing! This wine is a great choice when you want that mature champagne flavor, without the wait!

Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 02, 2008

A round and full Champagne, with loads of rich fruit. Amazing bubbles, clean and linear. Toasted hazelnuts, sea salt and grapefruit zest on the nose. In the mouth, brown butter, caramel, spice and clean citrus fruit. The finish is where the Chardonnay stands out. Unlike other Pinot Meunier-based Champagnes, this one has the unmistakable minerality of fruit from Mesnil to enhance the zippy finish. I highly recommend this Champagne for those of you who are curious about Meunier-based sparklers. It is also an ideal pairing for fowl and rustic smoked meats where other Champagnes tend to fall flat.

Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 21, 2008

The NV Collard-Picard Cuvee Selection Brut is a blend of 80% pinot meunier and 20% chardonnay. The pinot meunier is from the Collard side of the family, from Oliviers vineyards in the western Marne Valley. Nobody else in Champagne has such mastery over the native-to-Champagne varietal as the Collard family does. Renes vintage champagnes were made only in the best of years and carried on the tradition of the 19th century style of champagne. Several writers refer to those wines as being in the British style (truffles, cognac, sherry and caramel), though we have many Americans who shop with us who claim it as their own.

Aberlour 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

Aberlour 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($39.99)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aged in oak and former Sherry casks, this enticing Scotch has a ripe red-apple scent and rich salted caramel and butterscotch on the palate. Its powerful, with a thick, buttery feel and a long finish of lip-smacking spice cake and sea brine notes. (KN)" (12/2015)

Whisky Advocate: "Somehow this 12 year olda mix of sherry and American oakis overlooked by malt lovers heading straight to the mental world of aBunadh. This is Aberlour at a crucial point in its growth: youve lost the maltiness of the 10 year old, but theres none of the heavy toffee and licorice of aBunadh or older expressions. Here its sweet fruits in charge: red apple, black currant, plum. The sherry has added depth, the American oak honey. Length and balance.(DB, Summer 2013)"

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 29, 2017

Aberlour 12 year is a fine little whisky from the tiny distillery in the town of the same name. At this price it's hard to argue with their Double Cask Matured entry level. It's a great alternative to Balvenie Doublewood or even the 'Farclas 12 year each at $10 more than the Aberlour. Expect a good malty base note, subtle fruit framed around easy sherry influences, dried fruit, dark chocolate, and baking spice spice. Solid stuff.

2010 Anderson's Conn Valley

2010 Anderson's Conn Valley "Eloge" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $85) Price: Hidden

93 points Vinous: "Grilled herbs, tobacco, menthol, licorice and plums all take shape in the 2010 Eloge. Rich, layered and expressive, the 2010 is resonant and deeply expressive throughout. Gently spiced notes appear on the finish, adding dimensions of complexity and nuance. Today the 2010 is a bit closed in on itself and a touch compact, while the aromatics aren't quite as precise as they could be. I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted at Conn Valley this year. The wines are often terrific, but at the same time, they have also occasionally suffered from the presence of brett, something that can add character up to a certain point when it starts to mask the fruit. Under the guidance of new winemaker Robert Hunt the Conn Valley wines seem cleaner, purer and much more expressive, all great things for those of us who love these wines. Conn Valley fans will note an addition to the range with 2012, the Merlot Signature, which now sits next to the Cabernet Sauvignon Signature at the top of the lineup. It is going to be exciting to see how things develop at Conn Valley over the next few years. We may very well be at the beginning of a new chapter for this distinguished, Napa Valley estate. 93+ (AG)" (11/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Eloge program has always been Andersons Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blend. From a late harvest (through the first week of November), the 2010 Eloge is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot aged 24 months in wood. Its dark plum/ruby color does not possess the saturation of the Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. Plenty of jammy blueberry, black cherry and wild mountain berry fruit set it apart from previous vintages of this cuvee. Medium-bodied and more Euro-centric in style, it is an attractive albeit lower-keyed, down-scaled version of Eloge. It should drink well for 10-12 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

K&L Notes: Wines at the apex of their drinkability, this sort of hallowed idea is talked about sort of like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, there is a lot of people that think they have seen it but there is no way to prove it one way or another. Well, add me to that list because I felt exactly that way when I tried the 2010 Anderson's Conn Valley "Eloge" recently. This blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot was just singing, so much so that we bought all that was left in the state. We simply could not pass up letting you know about this special wine and the even better opportunity that our new price allows. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

Subtle eucalyptus on the nose, with darker berry and plum fruit balanced by just enough acidity and structure, the 2010 Eloge is a sophisticated blend, as classically Bordeaux as Napa gets. Spicy with tobacco and pepper notes, plus elegant tannins through the finish, this is a beauty from Conn Creek at a killer price.

Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

I love the nose on this wine, with all of its ripe figs, black raspberries, violet and herbs. The palate reflects more restraint than the nose and I find myself pondering what's in the glass a lot longer than normal. This is a good thing. Velvety, great supporting acidity and a lingering finish. Run, don't walk to the store because this will not last long.

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

Beautiful red and black fruit, feminine and not overpowering, very well supported. Long, delicate finish. I could have sat and just smelled it for hours. A Bordeaux blend perfected by Napa.

Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

This is an incredibly ethereal, balanced California Bordeaux blend. You will find aromas of black currents, tobacco and fresh cracked black pepper on the nose. The palate provides flavors of black plum, savory cooked meat and blackberry. There is a fruit purity with a thread of earth, loads of acidity and fine tannin structure. Simply, beautiful.

Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 14, 2017

Anderson's Conn Valley has always been a Napa favorite of mine but for some reason unbeknownst to me, they fell off my radar for a brief moment. But the second I tasted the 2010 Eloge Bordeaux Blend, all those warm fuzzy feelings I had about Anderson's Conn Valley came rushing back to me. This wine is freakin' amazing and is such a classic example of what makes this winery so fabulous! I was instantly hit with explosive aromatics of dark cassis, tobacco, savory spice, celery root and hints of garrigue on the nose. The palate is surprisingly chock full of a lifted saltiness and umami driven flavors that are a test to how beautifully these wines age. This wine is a must have!

Aberlour 16 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

Aberlour 16 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The bouquet is austere and leathery with curious aromas of beeswax, vegetable oil and oaky resin. Palate entry is focused on the resin; midpalate is splendidly multilayered and offers elements of black pepper, dried orange blossom, honeysuckle, dried fruit, sage, fennel and confections. Aftertaste is deep and unabashedly sweet and honeyed." (12/2009)

90 points Whisky Advocate: "More subtle and complex than the new 12 year old, and not as sweet. Creamy in texture and floral on the nose, with dried vanilla, gentle spice, nectarine, kiwi, plum, and lemon gum drops. Soft, elegant finish with a hint of mint. Great balance of a variety of flavors and lots of finesse. A well-crafted whisky! (JH, Summer 2008)"

K&L Notes: At age 16, the Aberlour seems to possesses maturity that may appeal to a broad spectrum of whisky fans. An aroma as fresh as fresh-baked apple pie isn't come by easily in whisky; the blend of "traditional" and sherry casks helps--but the vibrant fruitiness of the Aberlour 16 is a phenomenon that demands to be experienced directly.

James Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 05, 2014

Apple pie is right--or more like hot apple cider, for me. Warm, spicy holiday punch, with ginger and cinnamon and delicious, caramel and apple flavor. Not as hot and spicy as the A'Bunadh, the dignified Aberlour 16 is a rich, smooth, and delightful companion to, say, a good book; to be sipped and savored.

2014 Roberts + Rogers "Louer Family" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($59.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Louer Family hails from St. Helena. Slightly more backward and dense, this is a more substantial 2014, with a dense ruby/purple color, loads of crème de cassis, black cherry, earth and spice. It is full-bodied, rich, concentrated and impressively endowed. It is accessible enough to drink now, but promises to be better in 3-4 years and evolve for up to 15 or more. (RP)" (12/2016)

Glenlivet 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

Glenlivet 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($89.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Vibrant orange-amber color and a warm, citrusy scent. Expect lots of honey and caramel from the get-go, winding into an interestingly dry and lingering finish entwining leather, cocoa, coconut and ginger. Good value. (KN)" (12/2011)

Whisky Advocate: "Theres no doubt that this is from Glenlivet; theres still that pure combination of fruit and flowers, now given a little nudge toward a more concentrated expression: the flowers are dried and heathery, the fruits tinned pineapple, windfall apples. An added cedar/nutmeg note adds to the complexity. Liquorous and tongue-clinging with custard tart notes before the autumn fruits come through. A sense of the curtains being drawn and a settling in for the winter. Recommended.(DB, Fall 2015)"

K&L Notes: A very special Glenlivet. The bouquet is remarkably flowery, clean and soft. The taste is light-bodied with a delicate balance between sweetness and malty dryness. Flowery, peachy, notes of vanilla with a restrained, long gently warming finish.

Glenmorangie "Bacalta" Private Edition Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($109.99)

The eight release in the award winning Private Edition series, which are created to showcase the depth and versatility of the Glenmorangie line. Each Private Edition is highly limited and are designed to showcase Glenmorangie's - and their illustrious head of whisky creation Dr Bill Lumsden - most special and successful experiments. The Bacalta, meaning "baked" in Gaelic, is truly a product of solar power. First spending many years in bourbon casks, before being transferred to custom casks which once held Malsmey Madeira, the great sunsoaked wine of that special archipelago off the north African coast. The result is ultra honeyed and brimming with ripe stone fruits, candied citrus, and rich creamy fudge. These always sell out, so grab it while you can.

Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 10, 2017

The latest in Scotch innovation from Glenmorangie is Madeira-cask aged, in casks that they sourced which were filled with Malmsey Madeira and then seasoned in the sun for two years themselves. Talk about quality control! This is beautiful whisky, both in appearance and flavor profile. At the base, there is a viscous creamy maltiness with dried apricots, almonds and honeycomb flavors in the background. The finish is fresh and fruity, and rounds out the richness perfectly. Very fun bottle of whisky!

2012 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($219.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection.* This tremendous 100% varietal wine hails from Oakville and was aged over three years in oak. Juicy red-cherry fruit and a compelling hint of caramel greet the palate, framed by elegant, fine tannins and a subtle minty tone in the background. Balanced and rewarding from start to finish, it has years ahead of it to develop further nuance. Enjoy 20222030. (VB)" (07/2017)

K&L Notes: "Martha's Vineyard" has been an icon in Napa Valley for decades. Opulent texture, polished fruit, and that trademark "hint of mint," have made this wine internationally adored and sought after. Note from the winery: “Showcasing the authentic varietal character of this incomparable Cabernet is an important part of the legacy. Martha’s Vineyard has become the most well known Cabernet around the world for its unique mintiness, its rich layers of complexity and its remarkable overall balance.” (Kathleen Heitz Myers, President)

2011 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 6-pack in OWC - 10 available ($899.00)

94 points Vinous: "Savory herbs, menthol, smoke and licorice are some of the aromas that open up in the glass in the 2011 Dominus. This is a relatively immediate, expressive Dominus with plenty of near-term appeal. The style is open and succulent for the year, with lovely balance and poise. Crushed rose petals and dried herbs linger in the close. With time in the glass, the 2011 fleshes out nicely. In 2011 Dominus is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. (AG)" (11/2013)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "Christian Moueix and his team at Dominus have experience with rainy vintages in Bordeaux. They also farm a site that is particularly well adapted to draining excess water. So they produced a remarkable 2011, a late vintage challenged by rain close to harvest. Its proof that a challenge met can create something sublimelike this floral, red-raspberry-scented vintage of Dominus. Its a tense chord of flavor incorporating green herb, tobacco, cassis and raspberry in a lasting harmony. The sophisticated structure suggests it will age with grace, while the gentleness of that structure will make it accessible along the way. A great bottle for lamb." (10/2014)

93 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of tobacco, currant, berry and mineral. Ink and lead pencil. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely texture and freshness. Not the amazing 2010 but excellent. Better in 2015." (05/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(86% cabernet sauvignon, 9% petit verdot and 5% cabernet franc): Bright red-ruby. Riper on the nose than the Napanook bottling, offering scents of redcurrant, espresso and bitter chocolate. Sweeter in the mouth as well, showing considerably more fat and attractive floral lift to its flavors of dark berries, herbs, pepper, licorice and spices. Fine-grained and concentrated but still a bit youthfully compact, in need of at least a few years of bottle aging to absorb some of its tannins. 90+ Points" (05/2014)

2003 Latour, Pauillac (6 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($5,850.00)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Administrator Frederic Engerer says the 2003 is 'the sexiest Latour ever made.' He also described it as 'the 1990 without any brettanomyces.' I loved this wine from the barrel and was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a small quantity, enjoying every bottle I have had. A profound example of Chateau Latour, the full-bodied, opulent 2003 is already performing well at age eleven, which is somewhat atypical. The pH is a relatively high 3.8, which also indicates low acidity. The wine is very ripe, but not over-ripe, offers great freshness, and lots of creme de cassis and camphor as well as hints of blackberries and chocolate. Dense, thick and unctuously textured, this staggering Latour is undeniably the most sumptuous, opulent wine made here since the 1982 or 1961. Drink it over the next two decades. (RP)" (08/2014)

99 points James Suckling: "Fascinating nose of fresh flowers, currants, and sandalwood. Full bodied, with a seamless core of fruit that goes on and on. Love the polished tannins and the beauty here. A powerful and rich wine with so much class and finesse for such a hot vintage." (03/2011)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "What makes a great Latour is a sense of completeness, of restrained power and of levels of complexity which the other first growths rarely achieve. That's why Latour 2003 is a great wine. (RV)" (06/2004)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of blackberry, licorice, currant and mineral. Full-bodied, with very well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Very refined and beautiful. Goes on for minutes. This reminds me of the fabulous 1996. But even better. (JS)" (03/2006)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Explosive aromas of plum liqueur, currant, minerals and lead pencil. Huge, lush, sweet and utterly seamless; this has the palate-caressing texture of liquid velvet. About as deep as this extreme vintage gets. Finishes with noble, compellingly sweet tannins and great length. This is amazing wine, and only its exotic character prevented me from giving it an even higher score. (ST)" (06/2006)

Jancis Robinson: "Released 2015. Blackish ruby with a rusty rim and lots of evolution. Sweet and intense. Super sweet and yet with sufficient fresh. A minerally, iron-rich edge. Tannins still in evidence." (07/2015)

K&L Notes: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. 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. 97 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index's "10-Year On" tasting in London. The Chateau Latour 2003 has to be one of the best wines of the vintage. There is a sense of grandeur on the nose, one of those rare Latour vintages that is so sensual and extraordinarily pure. There are subtle graphite notes, cedar and brambly black fruit that are supremely well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, perfectly judged acidity and a beautifully composed, focused finish." (05/2013)

2003 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L - 3 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) - 2 available ($6,000.00)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Administrator Frederic Engerer says the 2003 is the sexiest Latour ever made. He also described it as the 1990 without any brettanomyces. I loved this wine from the barrel and was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a small quantity, enjoying every bottle I have had. A profound example of Chateau Latour, the full-bodied, opulent 2003 is already performing well at age eleven, which is somewhat atypical. The pH is a relatively high 3.8, which also indicates low acidity. The wine is very ripe, but not over-ripe, offers great freshness, and lots of creme de cassis and camphor as well as hints of blackberries and chocolate. Dense, thick and unctuously textured, this staggering Latour is undeniably the most sumptuous, opulent wine made here since the 1982 or 1961. Drink it over the next two decades. (RP)" (08/2014)

99 points James Suckling: "Fascinating nose of fresh flowers, currants, and sandalwood. Full bodied, with a seamless core of fruit that goes on and on. Love the polished tannins and the beauty here. A powerful and rich wine with so much class and finesse for such a hot vintage." (03/2011)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "What makes a great Latour is a sense of completeness, of restrained power and of levels of complexity which the other first growths rarely achieve. That's why Latour 2003 is a great wine. (RV)" (06/2004)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of blackberry, licorice, currant and mineral. Full-bodied, with very well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Very refined and beautiful. Goes on for minutes. This reminds me of the fabulous 1996. But even better. (JS)" (03/2006)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Explosive aromas of plum liqueur, currant, minerals and lead pencil. Huge, lush, sweet and utterly seamless; this has the palate-caressing texture of liquid velvet. About as deep as this extreme vintage gets. Finishes with noble, compellingly sweet tannins and great length. This is amazing wine, and only its exotic character prevented me from giving it an even higher score. (ST)" (05/2006)

Jancis Robinson: "Released 2015. Blackish ruby with a rusty rim and lots of evolution. Sweet and intense. Super sweet and yet with sufficient fresh. A minerally, iron-rich edge. Tannins still in evidence." (07/2015)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 3 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 3-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. 97 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index's "10-Year On" tasting in London. The Chateau Latour 2003 has to be one of the best wines of the vintage. There is a sense of grandeur on the nose, one of those rare Latour vintages that is so sensual and extraordinarily pure. There are subtle graphite notes, cedar and brambly black fruit that are supremely well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, perfectly judged acidity and a beautifully composed, focused finish." (05/2013)

2000 Latour, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($6,480.00)

100 points James Suckling: "Latour has made truly great wines in the past two decadesand this is one of the best. It has fabulous aromas of black truffles, currants, raspberry and dried flowers. Mind-blowing on the palate, its an emotional and soulful red." (04/2014)

99 points Wine Spectator: "The fruit here is still very much in the primary phase, with a decidedly racy feel to the raspberry coulis, cassis and blackberry reduction notes that are streaked with violet, iron and graphite flavors. The superlong finish alternates between a tug of sweet earth and a velvety feel, as the fruit and grip are still melding together, but there's so much vivacity here, there's no concern with waiting it out. The wait may be a while though. Rather stunning that this can separate itself so clearly from the rest of 2000's high-class field. (JM, Web-2016)"

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is such an expressive wine, with elegance a major factor in its character. It is certainly huge, rich and dense. But there is much more to it. You can peel layers of fruit and tannins away, and still never get to the end of the wines complexity. At every stage of its life, it will reveal a new character, but for now it is dominated by powerful tannins and huge, black, fruit. (RV)" (06/2003)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Latour (a relatively abundant 14,000 cases compared to what they produced in 2009, 2008, or 2005) is 'packed and stacked.' The extremely rich, black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine with some subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of vanilla, and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight scorched earth character. Broad, savory, and rich, the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink well for at least 40-50 more years. A great effort, probably eclipsed only by 2003 and 2009. (RP)" (06/2010)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Wonderfully sweet, rich aromas of cassis, minerals and bitter chocolate. A huge wine with almost painful intensity; solid as a rock and at the same time utterly sensual and creamy, with great inner-mouth complexity and depth of flavor and a complete absence of rough edges. 'Almost too easy today,' says Engerer. Sweet notes of roasted nuts and chocolate add to the wine's early appeal. A powerful, hugely rich Latour with a great building finish and perfectly suave tannins. (ST)" (06/2003)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2003)

Decanter: "Big concentrated red, still very young, fine Cabernet concentration with great finesse and vineyard definition, robust yet elegant with superb length. 19/20 points" (03/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Light, bracing nose. Not the most intense Latour vintage but it is at least more 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Just ageing at the rim. Savoury and beautiful. Mellow and refined. Bone dry. Racy finish. Kicks up its heels. 18/20 points" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: 99 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color, the 2000 Latour has aromas of kirsch, creme de cassis and dried mulberries with nuances of leather, incense, salami and fertile loam. The palate is just starting to mature into a wonderfully satiny texture, with layer upon layer of berry preserve, baking spice and earth notes resulting in a wine of incredible poise." (02/2012) 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. 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.

2004 Latour, Pauillac (12 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($6,500.00)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "There are tannins, structure and power, but also supreme elegance. The 2004 acidity comes through in the sweet cassis flavors, supported at the back by dry tannins. Currently, the wine is closed up, losing some of its fresh fruit, but this is a moment in its slow evolution towards a classic Latour. (RV)" (06/2007)

95 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles* Captivating aromas of currant, black licorice and spices, with just a hint of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Structured and racy. (JS)" (03/2007)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Latour is perhaps evolving slower than I expected, although it remains one of the finest Left Bank wines of the vintage. It has that quintessential graphite-scented bouquet intermixed with blackberry and cedar, although the liquorice note that I observed previously has receded. Again, there is wonderful definition. The palate is full-bodied but surprisingly more sultry than I expected, especially here where I was able to directly compare it with the other 2004 First Growths. It delivers the "authority" you expect from Latour, although I might be inclined just to give it another 2-3 years in bottle. (NM)" (02/2017)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Classic aromas of currant, plum, graphite and minerals. Suave and smooth in the mouth, with a compelling sweetness and lushness for the vintage. At once easygoing and wonderfully complex, conveying a powerful soil character. The finish is ripely tannic, sweet and very long. This is wonderfully expressive today but the young 2006 may have even longer aging potential. Along with Chateau Margaux, my candidate for wine of the vintage. (ST)" (06/2007)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "The modern Latour has a vast architectural presence. The edges of ferrous power here are tamed on a supple texture, though the choice seems to have been to trade some freshness for that textural grace. The tannins have the potent austerity that grows out of Latour's deep hill of stones. Closed off for now, the fruit aspect of the wine will not likely show for more than a decade, and the wine will likely need 20 years to reach maturity." (10/2007)

93 points James Suckling: "This is surprisingly approachable, especially from a big bottle. Its soft and fruity with balsamic and sweet tobacco character. Full and round mouthfeel. It will obviously improve with age, but why wait? Served from imperial bottle." (03/2012)

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.

2000 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L - 3 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) - 2 available ($6,600.00)

100 points James Suckling: "Latour has made truly great wines in the past two decadesand this is one of the best. It has fabulous aromas of black truffles, currants, raspberry and dried flowers. Mind-blowing on the palate, its an emotional and soulful red." (04/2014)

99 points Wine Spectator: "The fruit here is still very much in the primary phase, with a decidedly racy feel to the raspberry coulis, cassis and blackberry reduction notes that are streaked with violet, iron and graphite flavors. The superlong finish alternates between a tug of sweet earth and a velvety feel, as the fruit and grip are still melding together, but there's so much vivacity here, there's no concern with waiting it out. The wait may be a while though. Rather stunning that this can separate itself so clearly from the rest of 2000's high-class field. (JM, Web-2016)"

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is such an expressive wine, with elegance a major factor in its character. It is certainly huge, rich and dense. But there is much more to it. You can peel layers of fruit and tannins away, and still never get to the end of the wines complexity. At every stage of its life, it will reveal a new character, but for now it is dominated by powerful tannins and huge, black, fruit. (RV)" (06/2003)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The extremely rich, black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine with some subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of vanilla, and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight scorched earth character. Broad, savory, and rich, the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink well for at least 40-50 more years. (RP)" (06/2010)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Wonderfully sweet, rich aromas of cassis, minerals and bitter chocolate. A huge wine with almost painful intensity; solid as a rock and at the same time utterly sensual and creamy, with great inner-mouth complexity and depth of flavor and a complete absence of rough edges. 'Almost too easy today,' says Engerer. Sweet notes of roasted nuts and chocolate add to the wine's early appeal. A powerful, hugely rich Latour with a great building finish and perfectly suave tannins. This was really the last vintage of Latour with a meaningful percentage (3%) of Cabernet Franc, as the old franc vines were removed after 2000. But Engerer noted that Latour planted 1.5 hectares of Petit Verdot, which can be expected to represent up to 4% of the blend by 2004. (ST)" (06/2003)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Just ageing at the rim. Savoury and beautiful. Mellow and refined. Bone dry. Racy finish. Kicks up its heels. 18/20 points" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 3 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 3-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 Latour, Pauillac (12 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($18,250.00)

100 points James Suckling: "A breathtaking combination of dried flowers and minerals, with dark fruits such as currants and blackberries. Full-bodied, with fabulous fruit concentration, yet its compacted. Velvety tannins. So much fruit and beauty. It's the quality of the tannins that are magic. It is the famous 1959 all over again. Amazing. Try in 2022." (03/2012)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 91.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.7% Merlot with just under 14% natural alcohol, the 2009 Latour is basically a clone of the super 2003, only more structured and potentially more massive and long lived. An elixir of momentous proportions, it boasts a dense purple color as well as an extraordinarily flamboyant bouquet of black fruits, graphite, crushed rocks, subtle oak and a notion of wet steel. It hits the palate with a thundering concoction of thick, juicy blue and black fruits, lead pencil shavings and a chalky minerality. Full-bodied, but very fresh with a finish that lasts over a minute, this is one of the most remarkable young wines I have ever tasted. Will it last one-hundred years? No doubt about it. Can it be drunk in a decade? For sure. (RP)" (02/2012)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Best of 2012, Cellar Selection* A big, powerful wine that sums up the richness of the vintage. It is densely fruity, spicy with an enormous black plum and berry fruit character to go with the acidity. It's concentrated while still showing such wonderfully pure fruit. The aging potential is immense. (RV)" (02/2012)

99 points Wine Spectator: "This seems to come full circle, with a blazing iron note and mouthwatering acidity up front leading to intense, vibrant cassis, blackberry and cherry skin flavors that course along, followed by the same vivacious minerality that started things off. The tobacco, ganache and espresso notes seem almost superfluous right now, but they'll join the fray in due time. The question is, can you wait long enough? Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep purple-ruby. Pungent floral and spice notes enliven complex aromas of dark plum, cocoa and minerals. Large-scaled and juicy, with lively acidity giving sharp definition to the uncommonly deep, pure flavors of black fruits, forest floor and dark spices. The impressively ripe, powerful finish features youthfully chewy tannins and outstanding persistence. This big boy will require a lot of patience: forget about it in the cellar for at least 15 years. 96+ (ST)" (08/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Very fine indeed. The long-lived minerality and structure of Latour allied admirably with the ripeness of 2009. A surefire winner. 19+/20 points" (03/2013)

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. 97 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Latour '09 has a comparatively exotic bouquet with macerated small dark cherries, mango sorbet, and blackcurrant and vanilla pod. There is a floral component that lends it a Margaux like veneer. The palate is medium-bodied with firm grip on the entry. There is a pleasing saline edge, firm grip with a pleasing crescendo towards the opulent but controlled, delineated finish. Perhaps it is showier than its peers, but why not? And there is enormous grip and weight on the finish, making this an impressive Latour for long-term ageing." (07/2013)

2010 Latour, Pauillac (12 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($18,250.00)

100 points James Suckling: "The aromas of flowers such as roses, violets and lilacs jump from the glass then turn to dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries. It's full-bodied, with velvety tannins and dense and intense with a chocolate, berry and currant character. This is juicy and rich with wood still showing a bit, but it's all coming together wonderfully. Muscular yet toned. Another perfect wine like the 2010. Try in 2022." (02/2013)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the perfect wines of the vintage, Frederic Engerer challenged me when I tasted the 2010 Latour at the estate, asking, If you rate the 2009 one hundred, then how can this not be higher? Well, the scoring system stops at 100, (and has for 34 years,) and will continue for as long as I continue to write about wine. Nevertheless, this blend of 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Merlot, and .5% Petit Verdot hit 14.4% natural alcohol and represents a tiny 36% of their entire production. The pH is about 3.6, which is normal compared to the 3.8 pH of the 2009, that wine being slightly lower in alcohol, hence the combination that makes it more flamboyant and accessible. The 2010 is a liquid skyscraper in the mouth, building layers upon layers of extravagant, if not over-the-top richness with its hints of subtle charcoal, truffle, blackberry, cassis, espresso and notes of toast and graphite. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet tannin, it is a mind-boggling, prodigious achievement that should hit its prime in about 15 years, and last for 50 to 100. (RP)" (02/2013)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Stern, almost severe initially, this great wine takes time to show its immense fruit power. Black currant and blackberry notes are packed into the wine, along with an impressive array of spices from new wood that gives a more exotic element. At the end, though, it has a fine, structured sense of proportion. Obviously for aging over decades, so dont drink before 2022. (RV)" (03/2013)

99 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles* Unbelievably pure, with distilled cassis and plum fruit that cuts a very precise path, while embers of anise, violet and black cherry confiture form a gorgeous backdrop. A bedrock of graphite structure should help this outlive other 2010s. Powerful, sleek and incredibly long. Not perfect, but very close. Best from 2020 through 2050. (JM)" (01/2013)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red. Brooding nose hints at plum, cassis, brown spices and cedary oak. Sweet, fresh and highly concentrated, with brisk, intense Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar and cocoa powder. Vibrant acidity gives this wine terrific lift and energy, but it's currently hard as nails. Finishes impressively long, with noble tannins and palate-staining concentration; nutmeg and licorice nuances emerge slowly with aeration. A knockout, but forget about it in your cellar for another 15 years. While I think the 2009 Latour has a magic spicy charm, the 2010 is more in keeping with this great estate's DNA. 96+ (ST)" (08/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark indeed. Concentrated black-fruit essence plus terroir. Round and supple. Lots of angularity. Latour? Great refreshment factor and lots of minerality. Very clean finish. Thick and admirable. 19/20 points" (01/2014)

K&L Notes: 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Petit Verdot. 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.

2010 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L - 6 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) - 2 available ($19,195.00)

100 points James Suckling: "The aromas of flowers such as roses, violets and lilacs jump from the glass then turn to dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries. It's full-bodied, with velvety tannins and dense and intense with a chocolate, berry and currant character. This is juicy and rich with wood still showing a bit, but it's all coming together wonderfully. Muscular yet toned. Another perfect wine like the 2010. Try in 2022." (02/2013)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the perfect wines of the vintage, Frederic Engerer challenged me when I tasted the 2010 Latour at the estate, asking, 'If you rate the 2009 one hundred, then how can this not be higher?' Well, the scoring system stops at 100, (and has for 34 years,) and will continue for as long as I continue to write about wine. Nevertheless, this blend of 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Merlot, and .5% Petit Verdot hit 14.4% natural alcohol and represents a tiny 36% of their entire production. The pH is about 3.6, which is normal compared to the 3.8 pH of the 2009, that wine being slightly lower in alcohol, hence the combination that makes it more flamboyant and accessible. The 2010 is a liquid skyscraper in the mouth, building layers upon layers of extravagant, if not over-the-top richness with its hints of subtle charcoal, truffle, blackberry, cassis, espresso and notes of toast and graphite. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet tannin, it is a mind-boggling, prodigious achievement that should hit its prime in about 15 years, and last for 50 to 100. (RP)" (02/2013)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Stern, almost severe initially, this great wine takes time to show its immense fruit power. Black currant and blackberry notes are packed into the wine, along with an impressive array of spices from new wood that gives a more exotic element. At the end, though, it has a fine, structured sense of proportion. Obviously for aging over decades, so dont drink before 2022. (RV)" (03/2013)

99 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles* Unbelievably pure, with distilled cassis and plum fruit that cuts a very precise path, while embers of anise, violet and black cherry confiture form a gorgeous backdrop. A bedrock of graphite structure should help this outlive other 2010s. Powerful, sleek and incredibly long. Not perfect, but very close. Best from 2020 through 2050. (JM)" (01/2013)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red. Brooding nose hints at plum, cassis, brown spices and cedary oak. Sweet, fresh and highly concentrated, with brisk, intense Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar and cocoa powder. Vibrant acidity gives this wine terrific lift and energy, but it's currently hard as nails. Finishes impressively long, with noble tannins and palate-staining concentration; nutmeg and licorice nuances emerge slowly with aeration. A knockout, but forget about it in your cellar for another 15 years. While I think the 2009 Latour has a magic spicy charm, the 2010 is more in keeping with this great estate's DNA. 96+ (ST)" (07/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark indeed. Concentrated black-fruit essence plus terroir. Round and supple. Lots of angularity. Latour? Great refreshment factor and lots of minerality. Very clean finish. Thick and admirable. 19/20 points" (01/2014)

K&L Notes: 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Petit Verdot. 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.