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Top Ten Picks - March - 03/20/2017 - Monthly Newsletter

Each month we dig through our inventory of several thousand hand-picked wines and spirits, and come up with a list of our Top 10 selections on KLWines.com

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2014 Domaine Thomas Morey Bourgogne Blanc $19.99 View
2015 Cantina Terlano "Terlaner Classico" White Blend Alto Adige 91 $21.95 View
2014 Obsidian Ridge "Obsidian Ridge Vineyard" Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon 92 $25.99 View
2014 Benmarco "Expresivo" Red Blend Valle de Uco 96 $29.99 View
A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne 90 $39.99 View
2014 Clos Saint Jean "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 94 $39.99 View
2014 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 $59.99 View
2010 Gloria, St-Julien 93 $59.99 View
Old Forester "1920 Prohibition Style" Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml) 91 $59.99 View
2013 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 $159.99 View


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2014 Domaine Thomas Morey Bourgogne Blanc ($19.99)

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "The citrus and floral-infused nose flirts with a trace of reduction though I doubt that it will last for long. The clean, intense and well-detailed middle weight flavors exude a subtle salinity on the sleek, balanced and notably complex and persistent finale. This is really a very good Bourgogne and worth considering. *Outstanding Top value*" (06/2016)

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 22, 2017

Another well-made, super-value white Burgundy contender is the 2014 Thomas Morey Bourgogne Blanc. This wine has a delicious nose, ripe with spice, citrus and stonefruit. The palate shows a good balance of richness vs. acidity, with generous layers of green apple, wet stone and salinity. Overall, a totally solid release!

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2015 Cantina Terlano "Terlaner Classico" White Blend Alto Adige ($21.95)

91 points Vinous: "A wine of precision and nuance, the 2015 Terlaner Classico once again shows why this is one of Alto Adige's most compelling and delicious wines. The Pinot Blanc/Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc blend that has worked so well here for decades yields a white endowed with striking focus. White flowers, lemon peel, ripe orchard fruit, apricot pit, almond, mint and chamomile form a super-appealing fabric of aromas, flavors and textures. There is a lot to like here. The Terlano has a level of precision that none of these varieties show on their own. Then again, that is the magic of blends. (AG)" (05/2016)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "Flavors of fleshy white peach meld with citrus, melon and green apple in this blend of Pinot Blanc with 30 percent Chardonnay and ten percent Sauvignon Blanc. Its vinified solely in stainless steel, giving a wine that feels sunny and lifted." (10/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2015 Alto Adige Terlano Classico is a delightful wine on all levels. It offers a fresh and clean approach with zesty tropical fruit, dried sage, preserved lemon and a touch of natural rubber at the back. Some 20% of the wine is aged in large oak casks. The quality of the bouquet is bright and splendid. The refreshing mouthfeel is capped by a playful hint of mint leaf. This historic white blend has been in production since 1893. I am happily impressed with the entire line of new releases offered by Cantina Terlano. (ML)" (07/2016)

Wine Spectator: "Sleek acidity frames this well-knit white. A streak of stony minerality underscores flavors of Honeycrisp apple, pink grapefruit granita and fresh ginger. Zesty finish. Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Drink now through 2020. (AN)" (02/2017)

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 30, 2016

While this Terlaner is only aged in 20% large oak barrels, I find the nose to be greatly influenced from that oak. It is rich with lemon butter and white flowers. I found the palate surprisingly bright in lemon acidity and to be almost effervescent while keeping that wonderful floral note. It had a long, clean finish that kept me wanting more!

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 29, 2016

We've been smitten with the wines of Cantina Terlano since their entrance into California in 1999, and are once again reminded why with the arrival of their sensational 2015 "Terlaner" Bianco. This is one of their finest in years offering signature aromas of elderflower, gooseberry, citrus and mineral and a medium-bodied palate of exceptional fruit and incredible acidity that carries it to a very long, mineral-driven finish. In my opinion, Terlano consistently makes some of Italy's finest white wines and this one exceeds expectations.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 29, 2016

This latest release from the cooperative in northeast Italy is a uniquely fun one! Made from 60% Pinot Bianco, supplemented by Chardonnay and a little Sauvignon Blanc, it has a great weighty texture holding up rich tropical fruit flavors like mandarin and banana with a subtle but satisfying acid finish that spreads evenly over the whole palate. I kept revisiting to make sure I wasnt missing anything and can confirm - this wine is VERY drinkable!

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 29, 2016

The nose on this wine is so enticing, so inviting I can hardly hold back from just swallowing, while waves of white flower, quince, kiwi, Bartlett pear pour from the glass. On the palate it is the weight and lushness that first grabs your attention but quickly the focus changes to the vibrant acidity and minerality that drive the wine across the full length of the palate. Then the flavors just explode, swirls of exotic fruits mixed with crushed quartz like minerality enveloping your palate. The finish is intense; full of vibrant fruit flavors a lingering minerality and an incredible sensation of viscosity that just doesnt go away. This blend of grapes isnt a new thing the folks in this village have been making this exact blend of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for more than 100 years. A sensational wine from the truly sensational 2015 vintage.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 04, 2016

This blend of three different grape varieties, grown in the classic district of Terlano (South-Tyrol), is as versatile a wine as you'll find from anywhere, and a seriously good value besides. A blend used quite successfully for over 100 years, this cuvee of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, fermented at controlled temperature in stainless steel vats offers fruity aromatics with light yeasty notes and a taste that is always harmonious though quite strong on the palate and very persistent.

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2014 Obsidian Ridge "Obsidian Ridge Vineyard" Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon ($25.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is also a winner, slightly more open and precocious, but with plenty of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, striking minerality (no doubt from the Obsidian rocks) and a full-bodied, luscious, juicy style with a voluptuous texture. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.The black rocks of Obsidian Ridge in Lake County, at an elevation of 2,600 feet, make it one of the more distinctive terroirs in Northern California. Geologists have said that the soils have to be a minimum of 10,000 years old, which perhaps explains the high quality of these wines, which are selling at modest prices. (RP)" (10/2016)

K&L Notes: Don't let this wine's reasonable price scare you off. Paying top dollar for a Napa wine isn't the only way to get a top-quality Cabernet. The offering from Obsidian Ridge is a blend of six blocks from their own vineyard in Lake County, aged in Hungarian oak barrels for 18 months, and blended with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. The fruit is pure and bright, tending toward the blackberry and plum end of the spectrum and underscored by mocha, cinnamon and warm nutmeg spice. The tannins are big but ripe, and just need a little air or time in your cellar to soften. This wine has the bones to last for up to a decade.

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2017

There are some wines you recommend because they fit a certain style and/or price point that a customer is looking for and there are some wines you recommend because you really like them. The Obsidian Ridge checks all of those boxes. This is my go to California Cab. I love the spice from the Hungarian oak. I love the full body richness that comes from the Lake County AVA. I love the concentration of fruit yet fresh acidity that comes from the 2600ft above sea level vines. I just love this wine.

Staff ImageJim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 23, 2017

Once again, what is this Obsidian Ridge Cabernet bottle far surpasses the price point! The fruit for this wine comes from an incredible, obsidian glass laden vineyard and is aged in Hungarian Oak. Fresh blackberry and black currant fruit, with a hint of blueberry, jumps out of the glass, with layers of baking spices, minerality, beautifully integrated oak, and medium tanin lending plenty of complexity and intrigue. Lake County has long been supplying fruit to many favorite Napa wineries, so put aside the designation and try this wonderful cab for what is inside the glass and not on the label - you will not regret it!

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 21, 2017

This Cabernet from Lake County is a truly delicious find! The texture is round, structured and rich with deep, dark fruit and a lovely sweet spice component. The 100% Hungarian oak that's used gives this wine a unique character and isn't seen much in domestic cab production. This is one of my favorite cabs under $30!

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 19, 2017

This great value cabernet from Lake County instantly makes it's presence know with a full, dark fruit bouquet, matching its deep ruby color. On the palate, black berry, cherry, and plum flavors are supported by inviting, ripe tannins and lively acidity that will leave you wanting another sip from the glass or bite of saucy pastas and juicy meats.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 18, 2017

I invite you to find a high elevation, single vineyard Cabernet from Napa that won't set you back less than one-hundred dollars. It simply doesn't exist. This wine is dense and structured, with notes of black fruit, blackcurrant, fennel seed and minerals. Many forget to consider the fact that Lake County is bordered by Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma Counties, three high profile designations that command a higher price point. To me, Lake County is synonymous for Value Town, and I plan to exploit the price to quality ratio for the benefit of my cellar until the masses finally catch up.

Staff ImageAnthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 18, 2017

This Cabernet is exactly what I expect from California. On the nose, there is loads of blackberries that is accompanied by subtle hits of coffee, and licorice. On the palate, rich velvety tannin is balanced with elegant dark berries, a touch of cinnamon, and juicy acid. This is one of my favorite Cabernet's for the price. Pick one up for now and second one for a couple years from now.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 17, 2017

Easily one of the best values in refined, detailed, and delicious domestic cabs in the store. It has a profile that would sell for twice as much if it were labeled Napa and is one of the reference-point Lake County bottlings. Aromatically it is pure Cabernet all the way as black and blue fruits line the palate. It is the textural refinement that steals the show as it adds a signature and dimension to Obsidian Ridge that other wines in this range just don't have. Always a best-seller, the 2014 is another home run.

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2014 Benmarco "Expresivo" Red Blend Valle de Uco ($29.99)

96 points James Suckling: "This is great wine with fabulous transparency and clarity showing blackberry, blueberry and floral character. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a superb finish. 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Franc. A wine that gives pleasure now but will be even better in 2020." (05/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The one blended wine in the BenMarco line that I tasted was the 2014 BenMarco Expresivo, in this case it's 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Franc from Gualtallary, from a young vineyard that gives low yields. The fermentation was completely natural, without any added yeasts, and the élevage was extended to 14 months, also in used French oak barrels. There is more influence from the élevage here, with some smoky, toasty and spicy notes over the core of violets, cherries and just a tiny herbal twist. The palate shows some abundant fine-grained tannins that point at the need to give it some more time in bottle and enjoy it with some hearty food. (LG)" (12/2016)

90 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Blackberry, bitter chocolate and violet aromas showcase the wine's sizable Cabernet Franc component. Sweet, spicy and fine-grained, with cassis and blackberry fruit flavors complicated by spices, smoky oak and dusty herbs. A very complex blend, showing much more new oak than the two varietal bottlings. The wine's lovely fruit- and spice-driven sweetness gives it early appeal in spite of its firm tannic structure. This wine was fermented in a combination of cement eggs, open-top wood fermenters, 5,000-liter cubes and 500-liter barrels. Finishes with firm, very fine-grained tannins, a suggestion of licorice and excellent length. These BenMarco 2014s show the greater tension of calcaire wines, plus a slightly herbal quality from the 2014 vintage. Incidentally, Susana Balbo has a long-term lease for this fruit; she pays by surface rather than tonnage, which is still rare in Argentina, and leaves a lower crop level. (ST)" (03/2016)

K&L Notes: Dominio del Plata, the winery which produces Crios and Susana Balbo's eponymous bottlings, also produces Benmarco, wines which are the vision of head winemaker and viticulturist Edy del Popolo. We've met Edy, and can tell you that, besides being an engaging, thoughtful, passionate and very likeable wine guy, he knows his stuff, and the proof is in this bottle! Featuring Malbec and Cabernet Franc grown in the chalky soils of the Uco Valley's Gualtallary district, this wine has loads of sumptuous dark fruit, and sees its fair share of new oak. The quality of the fruit and terroir shines through, though, and as a result this rich, generous, full-bodied red does not seem outsized or overmatched by oak. It's as much a tribute to Edy as it is to the quality of terroir in the Uco Valley.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 18, 2017

Benmarco head winemaker and viticultorist Edy del Popolo is a rare talent, someone who not only knows his region (the Uco Valley, Argentina) and its great terroirs, but viticulture, winemaking, and the increasingly diverse world of fine wines as well. What makes this Malbec and Cabernet Franc blend so special is the calcareous terroir in Gualtallary, the juicy, rich mixed berry fruited mid palate, and the sense of freshness towards the finish. Richness with a sense of balance. If you're a fan of California's higher end, mixed red blends, you should absolutely try this wine and see what you've been missing in Argentina's Valle de Uco. And if you're already keen on Malbec, then this is a must try.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2017

Deep, rich and powerful, this is a Malbec/Cab Franc blend for those who love big and bold styles. A generous use of oak adds a good amount of sweet spice and mocha notes to the naturally soft black fruit of the wine. The tannins are restrained, though present enough to work well with a good cut of meat. Excellent expression of the richer, bolder style of Uco Valley wines.

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A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne ($39.99)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fermented in wood and with the addition of a high proportion of reserve wines, this rich bottling displays a creamy texture and good acidity. It hints at the wood and is on the dry side. (RV)" (12/2016)

K&L Notes: The Louis Victor from Coutelas is made in the solera style, from one large barrel containing a perpetual blend. Coutelas lists this as composed of 1/3 each Chardonnay, Meunier and Pinot Noir, but in fact, it is refreshed with 1/4 of the best wine vinified in a given year, while another 1/4 is taken out and bottled. This means that we know a lot more about the age than the varietal blend! This solera was started in 2007, and the current batch has wine as young as 2012 in it. Angelique and Damien have 17.5 acres, mostly in Villers-sous-Chatillon, but also in Ambonny, Bouzy, Vitry-la-Francois and Troissy. Their family has been growing since 1809 and started making their own Champagnes in the '20s. The majority of their vines are over 60 years in age, and all the work in the vineyards and cellar is done by hand.

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 30, 2017

Rich, flavorful, and extraordinarily unique! Tons of warming toast on the palate that combines perfectly with the lifted fruit aromas and tastes of bruised pear and baked apples. The finish is long and energetic, providing a smooth swell of slight nuttiness. A memorable go-to for the serious wine drinker looking for richness.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 25, 2017

Here's a very unique, complex and rich Champagne that any Champagne lover needs to try. Powerful with rich hazelnut, exotic fruits and spice box notes, lovely citrus peel and a layer of beautiful sweet chalky minerality. The long ageing in a solera style adds to the unusual complexity and intrigue of this Champagne. All this at an unbelievable price for the quality.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2017

Bright green apple shines on the nose, followed by more exotic fruit through the richer palate. There is a subtle sherry quality to this complex Champagne, but despite that lush feel, the finish is snappy and quite dry, with pleasing chalkiness. Coutelas delicious "Cuvée Louis Victor" always sells out quickly, and given the price for such a well-made offering, I can see why.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2017

This Champagne, made using a sort of solera-style fractional blending, deserves a good amount of contemplation. It is incredibly precise and delicate with light citrus, apple, exotic fruits, and a hint of herbs with chalky minerality. But its method of production adds notes that are new to me in the realm of Champagne. It has almost a fine indigenous-yeast sherry note to it that I love! I now understand why this Champagne sells out so quickly every time we get it in stock.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 20, 2016

This bottling is a blend of 2007 through 2012 vintages with three years of ageing on the lees. It is a brassy gold color and has a generous nose of fresh forest aromas and brioche toast. In the mouth it has a round, rich, seamless texture and an amazing array of flavors It is easily one of the most complex Champagnes that we have on the shelf. The truly amazing thing to me is the focus of the wine. It stays completely refreshing, vibrant and mineral on the long finish, which makes the 750ml format seem to small! This Champagne is produced out of one 8000 liter barrel and every year about 100 cases is bottled, and the barrel is refreshed with the best wine of the next harvest.

Staff ImageCindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 03, 2016

This champagne is very good company. Endlessly complex, revealing different dimensions with each sip. Starting its savory story when the glass is full and cold, all the way until the final delicious drop, a bit warmer and with some of the bubbles subdued. An absolute STEAL for the price - and a must-try for all champagne lovers.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 07, 2015

A blend of Chard, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, what makes this Champagne unique is that the wine comes from a single 6,000 liter foudre, which is fractionally blended so that in includes more vintages than your typical NV Champagne. Interestingly earthy on the nose, the palate is rich, with flavors of apples and, maybe this is just the power of suggestion given the fractional blending (which is sort of like a one barrel version of a solera) but it has some very gentle oxidative and Manzanilla like notes. A great value Champagne for those looking for great quality and originality.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 12, 2015

This multivintage blend which includes harvests from 2007 through 2012 is a must try for those who like their bubbly on the rich side but without giving up any complexity. This is chock-full of red fruit and berry flavors and there is an additional layer of maturity provided by the inclusion of the older stocks. This is produced using the solera system (as in sherry) and there is nothing else quite like it.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 16, 2015

This FANTASTIC release of the Cuvee Louis Victor from Damien and Angelique Coutelas is based on the 2012 harvest with vintages from 2007 on up blended in. It has a wonderful butterscotch nose and is rich but, not sweet on the palate. It has a creamy texture and brioche and golden apples notes. Simply delicious! It has a lingers and very lovely finish. This is the best champagne that I have tasted in recent weeks.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 01, 2015

A very interesting concept in Champagne and one that delivers quality and flavor-wise beyond the unique approach. This wine is basically a single vessel "solera" where each year 100 cases worth of wine are removed from the large oak barrel and then an equal amount of vin clair is added back. Current disgorgement is 2007-2012 base. The wine has tons of pure, juicy fruit, lovely floral high notes and great richness on the palate. The finish is defined by taught acidity and good chalky structure. A wine with real presence and persistence on the palate.

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2014 Clos Saint Jean "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($39.99)

92-94 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. A powerfully scented bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, incense and pungent flowers, and a smoky Indian spice nuance builds in the glass. Fleshy and broad on entry and then tighter in the middle, offering juicy, concentrated black raspberry and boysenberry flavors given spine by juicy acidity. Rich yet energetic, finishing with outstanding clarity and sweet persistence and shaped by smooth tannins. (JR)" (04/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Richer, darker and also slightly more polished, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is another beautiful wine and is one of the few gems in the vintage to seek out. Licorice, dried earth, black cherries, raspberries and spice are just some of the nuances here, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, impressive balance and ripe tannin. (JD)" (10/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator: "An elegant style, with a perfumy garrigue note leading the way for a core of red currant, blood orange and cherry fruit flavors. Dusty tannins carry the finish, letting the fruit meld with light herb and floral hints. (JM)" (10/2016)

Staff ImageIvan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2017

The new vintage of a classic producer's Old Vine bottling is a vibrant example of Chateauneuf-du_Pape that is at once traditionally structured, and more modern in its plush, fruit-forward character. This is surprisingly open-knit right now; brambly red and black raspberries coat the palate with the help of some chewy but surprisingly sweet tannins. Melted licorice, roasted herbs, and warm spices round out the robust palate, finishing long and rich. Pair with all things slow-cooked or pepper-crusted.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 27, 2017

As far as vintages go, 2014 has not garnered much attention from the critics other than it sits in the shadow of 2015. What has been said, is that you should buy selectively and that the wines have lots of charm that makes them more accessible in the short term. That brings us to the Clos Saint Jean Vieilles Vignes. Every year, even in the tough ones, this wine is a performer. Though not stridently difficult, winemaker Phillipe Cambie opted not to produce the icon wines, Deus Ex Machina and Combe des Fous choosing to use the fruit to bolster the VV. A smart move indeed because it makes for one of the best and most approachable wines of the vintage. The nose is a panoply of rich fruit with layers of Maraska cherries and blackberry compote. Carmelized figs, potpourri and brushy garrigue round out the nose. Loads of classic terroir flavors will continue to evolve if given a little time. It is long, creamy and supple. It is more than one could hope for in this quietly charming vintage. Oh and one more thing. We have a throwback price on this wine! Usually floating closer to the $50 mark, we're just below $40 making this yet another reason to stock up on a few of these beauties to enjoy now or over the next 10 years.

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2014 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($59.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries, mushrooms and spices. Full and very intense with lots of fruit. Firm and silky. Plenty of tension. Layered and intense. Love it now, but this will be better in 2020." (01/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9/% Petit Verdot and the rest Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, is a classic example of Pritchard Hill, Chappellet and of Napa Valley. Brilliant purity, a dense purple color, superb blackberry and floral-infused blueberry fruit and cassis, a full-bodied mouthfeel, moderate but sweet tannin and a long, layered, texture and finish make for a profound Cabernet Sauvignon that actually sells at a bargain price for what is in the bottle. Moreover, look for it to evolve graciously for another 20+ years. (RP) 94+" (12/2016)

93 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is fabulous. A host of graphite, smoke, licorice, lavender, crème de cassis and exotic spice give the wine its characteristic savory and mineral-drenched flavors. Medium in body and exquisitely layered in the glass, the Signature is a real head-turner. Best of all, it is a superb value. And I do mean superb. (AG)" (12/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A big yet graceful style that manages to rein in the tannins and let the supple dark berry, herb, black tea and cedary oak flavors display their complexity. Ends with an appropriate level of tannins. Best from 2019 through 2029. (JL)" (08/2017)

K&L Notes: Very few Domestic Cabernets have outperformed the Chappellet Signature bottling over the last few years. Both the 2012 and 2013 were gigantic hits with our customers and staff, selling out quickly and having both asking for more. We think 2014 is every bit as good, if not better in its youth, and should be received with plenty of fanfare and merriment.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 28, 2016

Wow. The 2014 Chappellet Signature is strikingly approachable right now. Showing notes of dark berry fruit, bramble, red licorice, parsley leaf and mocha. Most releases from Chappellet (especially their flagship cab blend) need a year or two to settle in but this young wine is fresh, vibrant and drinking very well already. I have a strong feeling that this offering from Chappellet is going to garner high praises from the critics so it may be advisable to stock up now while they're still available.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 28, 2016

The main story here is that this is a great vintage of Chappellet Signature. Ask the professionals (especially Galloni and Parker) and the amateurs alike and this is the first name that you'll usually hear for a wine that can rival some of the Napa Cabernet colllectibles and cults but still rewards the price point. This vintage is a bit cooler and more accessible than the 2013 to date. The flavors are a bit primary (it is a 2014 after all) but the texture, structure, and depth all play up to a seriously impressive Cabernet that showcase the caliber and class of this label. It will compete with some of their best vintages but perhaps will find its drinking window a bit sooner. It's hard to follow in the footsteps of their monumental 2013, but this one fits the bill and won't have trouble finding the same kind of acclaim and adoration in 2014.

Staff ImageJames Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 28, 2016

Wow! Don't know that I've ever had a wine that carried such a strong note of baking chocolate - in a super good way. Behind the chocolate are plenty of ripe, fleshy flavors of boysenberry, plum, and loads of cassis. The tannins even at this young age are soft and supple making for a very smooth approach and finish. The longevity in this wine will most certainly come from its solid core of acidity. It is amazingly lively and youthful and will likely remain that way for many years to come. This is an amazing value in Napa Cab you won't want to miss.

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2010 Gloria, St-Julien ($59.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Gloria is an ass-kicking, fabulous value once again from this estate, which would probably be classified if the 1855 hierarchy of the wines of the Medoc were ever done again. Abundant notes of cedar wood, fruitcake, flowers, creme de cassis and kirsch are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, dense, dark ruby/purple wine. It is slightly more restrained than the flamboyant 2009, but equal in quality. This is a juicy, well-proportioned, sensationally concentrated, super-ripe Gloria to drink over the next decades. Of course, it is a sleeper of the vintage, given the reasonable price it normally sells for. (RP)" (02/2013)

90-91 points James Suckling: "A little coarse, with chewy tannins, but velvety in texture. Full body, with plenty of fruit and bright acidity. Intense and interesting." (04/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright, full ruby-red. Captivating nose combines cassis, kirsch, coffee, game, spices and sexy smoky oak. Densely packed and bright, with a fine-grained texture to the flavors of cassis, black cherry, licorice and chocolate. Concentrated wine with lovely sweetness buffered by framing acidity. Finishes with a hint of fresh herbs and dusty, building tannins. A superb and generous vintage for this property: ripe, rich and sweet. (ST)" (08/2013)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The wine shows considerable new-wood influence at this stage. However, this wood emphasis brings out polished fruit that is deliciously smooth and blackberry-like in profile. This is likely to develop relatively quickly. (RV)" (02/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Juicy and direct, with a relatively friendly feel to the plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit, all coated with a ganache note that hangs through the finish. Surprisingly accessible, and not quite as grippy as when tasted from barrel. Drink now through 2023. (JM)" (03/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark, toasty oak does not stop the pure dark fruit, mildly herbal, shining through. Lovely combination on the palate of savoury dark fruit and cool freshness. Full flavoured in a taut and elegant framework with a touch of leafy fragrance at the very end. Delicious." (03/2012)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 12, 2015

Our favorite Gloria in many years. And the price is better than ever.

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Old Forester "1920 Prohibition Style" Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "The perfect proof. Rich in color, aroma, and flavor. It begins with powerful caramel, baking spice, chocolate, cherries, cinnamon, and toffee. Then nuance and complexity. Honey, jalapeño, rosemary, crème brûlée, malt, and fruit, from the spicy citrus of grapefruit to prunes and dried apricots. Hard to believe this is over 100 proof, as you never sense the strength challenging you to find whats next amidst the subtlety. Extremely long finish with cherry, cinnamon, and caramel. Value Pick.(FM, Winter 2016)"

K&L Notes: As one of the few distilleries allowed to remain operational during Prohibition, Old Forester is celebrating this part of its history with with its Whiskey Row series. According to the distillery: "The 115 proof expression represents a barrel sample that company president Owsley Brown I would have batched at the beginning of Prohibition. The nose is an intense medley of cherry preserves, drippy caramel, dark chocolate, thickened maple syrup and seasoned oak spiciness. Dark caramel coats layers of malt nuttiness and sweet graham cracker all warmed by green peppercorn and coriander spice brightened with a hint of cedar. Tart apple crispness gives way to a long smoky finish full of toasted marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker sweetness."

Staff ImageJulio Santos | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 04, 2017

This is an amazing bottle of bourbon. On the nose a powerful aroma of oak, red fruits and spice. The rich palate is even better; it starts off with baking spices, some nuttiness and continues with maple syrup and baked cinnamon apples. It slowly fades to a spicy, oak and caramel finish. Because of the intense characteristics I found it easy to enjoy this 115 proof bourbon neat, or you can add an ice cube or two and still taste every part of this great juice. I am amazed by this bottle this bourbon has it all!

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 03, 2017

The Old Forester 1920 is as fabulous as it is frustrating. Yes, it's no age statement! Some of the marketing has alluded to it being an old expression, but nothing concrete can be found. The mashbill remains a mystery, though we can assume it's the modern Old Forester recipe (72%, 18% Rye, 10% Malt), Brown-Foreman isn't above experimenting. All we know about this stuff is that it's high proof, it's got something to do with Prohibition and it's absolutely delicious. Big powerful nose of pepper and rye spice unfolds into caramelized apples and dark exotic spice. The spice takes front and center on entry, but brings in some red fruits and burnt sugar as it lingers toward a long soft finish of nutmeg, cloves and green apples. The only other fact we know for sure is that we'll all be kicking ourselves when we finish our bottle and realize we should have bought more.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 03, 2017

This was my favorite single Bourbon release of 2016 and I'm thrilled we were able to get another large allocation of it. Regardless of whether you want to get wrapped up in the story about how this was based on the Prohibition era recipe, there's no doubt about it: this is a delicious bottle of American whiskey and it easily stands out from the crowd of currently available options. There's a weight and a richness that coats the palate and the 115 proof brings plenty of punch with a flurry of baking spices. I love the graham crackery goodness as well. I don't taste a lot of Bourbons these days that really have a deeply concentrated flavor of dark grains. This has it in spades. Add this to your short list of new and exciting Bourbons right now.

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2013 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($159.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: " *Top 100 Wines of 2016, Collectibles* Zeroes in on a rich, hedonistic core of wild berry, blackberry, plum and currant, with a graceful, elegant mouthfeel and supple, caressing tannins leading to a long, powerful and refined aftertaste that keeps reverberating while maintaining a strong personality. (JL)" (07/2016)

92 points James Suckling: "The full-throttle character is here as expected with lots of ripe fruit and toasted oak. Sage and mint. Silky tannins; the ripe fruit dominates. But it shows form and juiciness." (05/2016)

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