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New Arrivals and Back In Stock Highlights - March 21st, 2017 - 03/21/2017 - 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
2014 Villa Pillo "Borgoforte" Toscana 91 $12.99 View
2014 Jim Barry "Cover Drive" Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia (Elsewhere $20) 91 Price: Hidden View
2014 Remo Farina Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Price: Hidden View
2015 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) 94 $24.99 View
2015 Quartz Reef "Bendigo Single Vineyard" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Elsewhere $40) 95 Price: Hidden View
2015 Domaine Durieu "Lucile Avril" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 95 $34.99 View
2013 Argiano "Solengo" Toscana (Elsewhere $60) 94 $39.99 View
2012 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $50) 97 Price: Hidden View
2015 Robert Biale "Black Chicken" Napa Valley Zinfandel 93 $45.99 View
2012 Castellare di Castellina "I Sodi di San Niccolò" Toscana 96 Price: Hidden View
2015 Maison Dominique Laurent Clos de la Roche "Vieilles Vignes" Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 97 $159.99 View
2015 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Champans" (Pre-Arrival) 96 $179.99 View
2015 Chateau de la Tour Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 96 $219.99 View
2015 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 96 $329.99 View
2005 Latour, Pauillac (2017 Ex-Chateau Release) (Pre-Arrival) $895.00 View
2005 Latour, Pauillac (2017 Ex-Chateau Release, 6 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $5,370.00 View


2014 Villa Pillo "Borgoforte" Toscana ($12.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "*#25 on Top 100 of 2016, Best Values* Enticing aromas of violet, black currant and rosemary are accented by licorice and tobacco flavors in this fluid and harmonious red, with fine tannins gracing the long finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2022. (BS)" (11/2016)

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 28, 2017

Fresh, dense crushed cherry and menthol characters jump off the nose of this value Super Tuscan. The meaty, chewy tannins are met with bold acidity that brightens the deep fruit character. Complex & intriguing- especially for the price!

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 24, 2017

The wines of Villa Pillo are always big sellers at K&L as the price/value ratio is stellar. The Borgoforte highlights Cabernet and Merlot blended with 50 percent Sangiovese and all three are apparent. The blackberry and black cherry flavors along with some surprising structure make this ideal with grilled and roasted meats. There's a lot going on at $12.99 and this is a serious Tuscan blend at the price.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

The nose of this wine says Tuscany, hints of wild cherry, sage, rosemary from the 50% of Sangiovese then followed by the plumy, chocolaty depth from the 40% Cabernet Sauvignon with hints of spice from the 10% Merlot. The wine has a linear character, and on the palate it has vibrant depth and structure but opens on the back end showing more breadth and suppleness. This is a remarkable wine for the price point and should probably be more expensive just to give folks a heads up that it isnt to be drunk as simple plonk, its a real wine, powerful, deep, expressive and should be decanted and had with a grilled T-bone or a big cheesy lasagna.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

And now for something completely different! This is a Super Tuscan at a super price. This bad boy is made up of 50% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, and I swear you can taste all of these. On the palate you will find flavors of black cherry, plum and soft floral notes blended with silky tannins. The Cabernet gives this a backbone you can feel and a nice smooth and long finish.

2014 Jim Barry "Cover Drive" Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia (Elsewhere $20) Price: Hidden

91 points Wine & Spirits: "A classic Coonawarra style of Cabernet, this presents ripe currant fruit in a clean, spicy arrow of flavor. Light touches of eucalyptus follow the fruit through a dry finish. Fresh and lasting, this is an approachable Cabernet for rack of lamb." (10/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a terrific value in balanced, ready-to-drink Australian Cabernet. It brings several Bordeaux-ish qualities to the table-medium body, silky tannins and aromas reminiscent of cigar box and Ribena-then adds varietally true flavors and a long finish. Drink now-2025. *Editors' Choice* (JC)" (04/2017)

Vinous: "Deep red. Spicy red currant and cherry scents and flavors are accompanied by subtle floral and herb notes. Juicy, focused and spicy, showing good lift on a nervy, gently tannic finish that echoes the red fruit and spice notes. (ST)" (10/2017)

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 26, 2017

A congenial wine that is chock-full of classic Coonawarra character: blackberry, cherry, mint and baking spices. This is a lip-smacking wine with bright acidity, fine tannin and spice on the finish. Invite friends over, fire up the grill and serve this with those burgers that you're famous for. Summer is here.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 26, 2017

A surprisingly serious Cab from South Australia, this has been consistently good in the past few vintages that I have tasted. Medium-bodied with ripe berry notes, this wine does not get overly ripe or jammy. Instead a lovely acid core drives it forward and fine tannin runs along and coats the palate. Notes of mint and eucalyptus mingle with the layers of currant and blackberry making this a wonderful food wine that will go beautifully with lamb or beef.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 21, 2017

Coonawarra for less than $20!? This has a dark, rich nose with red fruits, oak spice and eucalyptus. Full bodied with plush tannins round mouth feel and a touch of earth on the finish. A great everyday Cab.

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

Classic Coonawarra Cab for a song. Jim Barry is one of the best known wineries in South Australia's Clare Valley. Founded in the 1950's Jim Barry has produced some of Australia's most heralded wines, namely the "Armagh" with more than ten 95-99+ point Advocate scores in it's history. Whilst being recognized as one of the countries top producers, what I love about Jim Barry is the incredible value they can deliver with wines like Cover Drive! As an Englishman myself the name based around a shot one might use during a game of Cricket always makes me chuckle. The vines are planted where the village Cricket field once stood. Deep in this wine's rich red fruit and and exotic spices I think I can still pick up some leather and willow! Bad jokes aside, this is delicious Cabernet with real varietal character and freshness. A classic Coonawarra profile for probably less than half the price I would expect to pay for a wine of this quality. This is a bargain.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

Yeeesssssss.......pure-fruited, elegant, low alcohol (13.5%) cabernet from Coonawarra for fifteen bucks! As a passionate Bordeaux drinker, I have to say I've become a bit smitten with the cabs of Australia over the last year, mainly because they offer many of the subtle nuances and earthy undertones that I enjoy from the Medoc wines. The Barry "Cover Drive" is a great example of that crossover potential. There's fruit, but it's layered with spice and notes of brush, so it's never overtly ripe or too supple. The finish is lean and mean--none of that new oak nonsense and clean with elegant tannins. It's a whole 'lotta wine for the money. Grab a few for the mid-week and save your Pichon-Baron for a fancier weekend dinner.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 20, 2017

Coonawarra is producing some delicious, very easy-drinking wines and this Cover Drive is no exception. It is soft and approachable with lush fruit and just a touch of acidity on the front palate to brighten it up. This Cab Sauv does not overwhelm with overpowering tannin or spice, but glides across the palate with its silky mouthfeel. The Barry family has been making wine here for generations and it's easy to see why their legacy has lasted when you taste this Cab.

2014 Remo Farina Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Price: Hidden

Wine Spectator: "This easy-drinking red is light- to medium-bodied and balanced, offering a creamy mix of crushed cherry, mocha and cream notes. (AN)" (02/2017)

K&L Notes: A distinctive style of wine from Valpolicella in the Veneto, often referred to as the poor man's Amarone. Rather than making wine from dried grapes, as they do Amarone, Rispasso uses an ancient technique where a wine is refermented with the skins and pips of pressed Amarone or Recioto, adding depth and character. Remo Farina's is then aged in 90% Slavonian oak barrels and 10% French and American oak for six months. The resulting wine is leathery and earthy, with plum and cherry fruit, ginger and peppery spice, and a subtle undercurrent of anise. A great value!

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 09, 2017

The aromatics on this wine are so complex, a blend of spiced cherry, ripe plum with hints of cinnamon. On the palate the wine is supple, smooth and elegant all at the same time, the aromatics from the nose are replayed, perhaps intensified yet the wine never loses its balance. The finish is balanced, fresh and light for a wine with so much flavor. A perfect accompaniment to roast chicken or pasta dishes.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 09, 2017

While some may have valid concerns of the 2014 vintage in Valpolicella due to heavy rain and hail, the Remo Farina can put those concerns to rest. In addition to the Farina family's vineyards being at a higher elevation, which kept them open to the gentle summer winds keeping the vines dryer than some, meticulous grape selection kept any botrytis affected grapes out of the pack. Their great positioning and hard effort paid off and created an excellent 2014 Ripasso with an expressive cherry cola and mocha nose and elegant richness on the palate. The time in European oak adds structure and spice to the already intriguing wine.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

Valpolicella has undergone an amazing transformation from the 60s Bolla version with a red-checked tablecloth to the suave and ultra-hip wine region. This ripasso is a midway point between simple and fresh and the power and size of the Amarone taking the best from both. A wine to drink straight from the bottle, with a straw or with roasted rabbit, or complex pasta dishes. Rockin' Ripasso!

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 27, 2017

Claudio Farina's wines have always stressed elegance and purity and this latest release doesn't disappoint. Pure spiced cherry fruit and pleasant cedar aromas translate much the same on the palate where the wine delivers bold flavors with a hint of raisins on the finish. Considering the quality and price of this outstanding Ripasso, it certainly over-delivers.

2015 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) ($24.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Looking at the classic cuvee, the 2015 Gigondas is a wine that readers should buy by the case. A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the balance Mourvèdre and Cinsault, it offers up gorgeous notes of black raspberry, fruit tart, spice and incense in a medium to full-bodied, ultra pure, seamless style that just begs to be drunk. It will keep for over a decade. Readers wanting to get a hold of the best of the 2015 vintage need to latch onto these wines from Domaine des Bosquets. This estate has been brought up to the pinnacle of Gigondas, and the Southern Rhône, by the talent and drive of the Brechet family, namely the young Julien Brechet, and consultant Philippe Cambie... Their traditional cuvee is a normal blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault, from all the estate parcels, and its aged in concrete tanks and older barrels. (JD)" (12/2016)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the 2015s, the classic 2015 Gigondas offers a charming, elegant, yet nicely textured personality to go with lots of black raspberries, spice, incense and dried flower aromas and flavors. Its a beautiful, classic Gigondas that has sweet tannin and a decade or more of prime drinking. The blend is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre and the balance Cinsault, mostly destemmed and aged in a mix of foudre, barrels, and tank. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

2015 Quartz Reef "Bendigo Single Vineyard" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Elsewhere $40) Price: Hidden

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir exudes gorgeous violets, red roses and black cherry notes with underlying Provence herbs, dusty earth and cinnamon stick hints. Medium-bodied, the palate has a firm backbone of ripe, velvety tannins with lively acid supporting the concentrated, multi-layered flavors, finishing long. Spectacular Pinot Noir! (LPB)" (12/2016)

94 points James Suckling: "An impressively lively and flavor-soaked pinot noir, this oozes ripe red cherry fruits, graphite and spice and has a succulent, fleshy disposition with muscular smooth tannins and striking depth. Drink now."

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "Hand-picked from our Biodynamic Demeter Certified Bendigo Estate vineyard; with a vine density of 5,000 - 8,000 plants per hectare on grafted pinot noir clones (10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777 & Abel) planted in 1998. The soils on the beautiful north facing slope are Waenga fine sandy loam with quartz and schist deposits. Each small batch was vinified separately according to clone, with a small percentage of whole bunches being retained, left for 5-7 days cold soak before indigenous yeast fermentation kicked in, peaking at 33°C. Gentle plunging throughout ferment, followed by post-fermentation maceration of up to 12 days to ensure optimum tannin balance. Ferment duration 24 days. Pressing directly into selected French oak barriques; approximately 30% new the balance older. The wine underwent natural malolactic fermentation in spring and was bottled in September 2016. The winemaking was very much in keeping with the traditional practices of the old world. The winemaker, Rudi Bauer, has combined these techniques, and his own personal understanding, to create this unique wine."

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 29, 2017

Potentially the best-ever release of this wine. I have long admired Rudi's wines at Quartz Reef and elsewhere but this wine has the x-factor. Hailing from a single, steep, Biodynamic certified, hillside vineyard in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago, this wine shows the pedigree and structure would would expect from one of Rudi's wines. However its real allure is the purity of fruit and its exuberance both aromatically and on the palate. This sub-region is known for more masculine, structured wines with dark fruit and formidable tannins, but this wine is so accessible and expressive even as a youngster. The tannins are polished, the fruit is bold with perfectly judged ripeness; hints of mineral and wild thyme add a distinctive sense of place; some exotic spice notes from the French oak maturation add a final touch of class. This is a Pinot that you can WOW people with. It captures the classic elements of Central Otago Pinot (as you would expect from one of the region's founding fathers) but also has an international appeal and luxurious quality that way surpasses our stunningly low importer-direct price point.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 27, 2017

The wines made from this site in Bendigo always seem to be a touch richer and fleshier than other Central Otago wines. The nose is luxurious, sappy dark red fruits with a dusting of spice and earth. It is on the fuller side of Pinot on the palate with a lush round mouth feel. There is just enough tannin to pull everything back into a long finish.

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

Quartz Reef's Bendigo vineyard Pinot Noir is an excellent example of the power and expression of Central Otago. In this south island region, Pinot Noir does particularly well, creating wines that are both full-fruited and bright, with great savory notes and elegant spice. This wine opens with exuberant, round blackberry fruit with plenty of structure and a medium palate weight. On the finish the wine has a long, savory note with wild mushroom and hints of exotic spice coming into play.

2015 Domaine Durieu "Lucile Avril" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($34.99)

92-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I loved the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Lucille Avril, and Ive bought and cellared this cuvée for years (the 2007 is killer juice). Big, structured and tannic, yet with sensational purity and classic notes of blackberries, raspberries, roasted meats and roasted herbs, it expands on the palate, is impeccably balanced and will be an age-worthy Châteauneuf du Pape. Ive had numerous splendid bottles from this estate over the past decade and I continue to love the wines from the young Vincent Durieu. (JD)" (10/2016)

91-92 points Vinous: "made with whole clusters and aged in concrete tanks for the Grenache and Mourvèdre and small new oak barrels for the Syrah) Brilliant ruby-red. Powerful, smoke-tinged aromas of dark berries and violet are complicated by subtle floral pastille and garrigue nuances. Fleshy and nicely concentrated, showing very good clarity to the supple red and blue fruit flavors, which are sharpened by a vein of juicy acidity. The floral note repeats on the youthfully tannic finish, which shows impressive energy and closing thrust. (JR)" (03/2017)

2013 Argiano "Solengo" Toscana (Elsewhere $60) ($39.99)

94 points James Suckling: "I have been a fan of Solengo since the mid-1990s. The 2013 vintage shows great generosity in its ripe fruit, with currant and stone character, a firm undertone of tannins and a flavorful finish. Try in 2018 but already very attractive to taste." (11/2015)

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 31, 2017

This is a delicious Tuscan wine that's complex and super flavorful. Dark fruits are integrated with cedar, forest floor and stony minerality in this structured and balanced wine. Richer and riper in style, this wine shows well now but will certainly do well with age.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2017

The word "Solengo" means "lone wild boar," which I think is the perfect name for this austere, meaty, spicy wine. It is full of bold fruit, structure and deep complexity. The deep nose pulls you in with scents blackberry and spice then leads you into a palate of rich dark berries and integrated structure. A backbone of stern acidity carries the wine from start to finish. An elaborate wine to enjoy now or keep.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2017

This is one of my favorite producers from Montalcino. This is their "Super Tuscan" - a very user friendly wine, the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah. There is lots of dark skinned fruit with spice, minerals that complete each other on the nose and palate, a little taste of California from Italy. The wine has pleasantly soft tannins, but good acidity to pull it all together.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 20, 2017

Argianos Super Tuscan blend, was originally created by the famed enologist Giacomo Tachis. they call it Tuscan soil meets French varieties and it's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot e Syrah. The nose is full of aromatics, dense, Syrah spice, then plumy Cabernet followed by perfumed Merlot. On the palate the wine is rich, dense and you can feel the Petit Verdot, it gives the wine a saturated feeling, thick and intense. The richness is nicely offset by a surprisingly refreshing acidity, especially for the weight of this wine, which allows the complex nature of these flavors to blend together. Lots of length, spice, sweet fruit really make this wine a great drink now and at this price its a total steal!

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2012 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $50) Price: Hidden

97 points James Suckling: "This is the Mouton-Rothschild of Australia - with a screw cap! Incredibly complex aromas of blackcurrants, spices, cigar box, and berries. Full body, a fantastic palate and polished tannins. Goes for minutes. Better in 2017." (03/2016)

96 points James Halliday: "The headline, the main text and the footnotes all say one thing and one thing only: purity. And I suppose I should add elegance. They simply don't come better in this mode." (10/2016)

K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Dark ruby red with a black core. Vibrant and concentrated fruit aroma of abundant blackcurrant, dark cherries and mulberry. Beneath the lifted aromatics of anise, cocoa, clove, black olive and earthy wild field mushroom provide elegant layers to a highly expressive and complex nose. Structure and fruit weight work harmoniously on the palate, characterized by a dark fruit core of blackcurrant and forest fruits. Savoury spices of dried sage, cassia bark, and tobacco gives subtle texture, and combines with diligent oak integration and a fine acid line. All components arrive to a finish featuring slightly chalky cocoa powder-like tannins. 2012 was an exceptional vintage for Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. Summer temperatures were above average but with very few hot days, the afternoon sea breeze always a welcome cooling influence. The weather was consistently fine, warm and sunny with little rain. A Margaret River powerhouse, the Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a long lived style due to its ample fruit and sturdy frame. Often described as 'Bordeaux like' the core of the fruit comes from 30+-year-old vines grown in well-draining gravel/granite derived soils. The Art Series range is identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian artists."

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 06, 2017

I could go on and on about this magnificent wine. For the sake of brevity I'll focus on just a few of its qualities so you can click the Add to Cart button to the right of your screen before our inventory is depleted. In the glass is an intoxicating bounty of dark fruits, tobacco, cassis, clove and a hint of eucalyptus. The first sip seduces the palate with black currant, black cherry, warm baking spices and well integrated oak. The acidity is lively, the alcohol level respectable (13.5%), the tannins present yet gentle and the finish perpetual. This wine exudes purity, elegance and finesse. Now click that button.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 03, 2017

My personal barometer for Margaret River Cabernet in any given vintage. This is a benchmark wine with immense pedigree and impeccable consistency. I can absolutely see why one might compare it to First Growth Bordeaux. Not just on the exceptional quality of this release, but on the merit of Leeuwin Estate's unwavering dedication to excellence year in and year out to produce authentic wines that faithfully reflect the season and magical terroir of Margaret River. I feel obliged to mention Leeuwin's entirely pragmatic choice of Stelvin closure. They believe (as do I) that this is the best and most consistent seal for the wine to effectively preserve all the hard work they put into crafting it. The silly myth about not being able to cellar wines under screwcap has been thoroughly debunked long ago and I will be enjoying this wine from my cellar for decades to come.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 21, 2017

The majestic wines of Leeuwin are such a pleasure to consume, we often forget how special they are, whether the reason be the screw top or their limited availability. The potential of Margaret River on full display here, with incredible depth matching stupendous freshness. This is what Cabernet is all about. The wonderful deep dusty cassis fruit, the eucalyptus, the high grade fresh tobacco leaf, fancy leather imply a powerful. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect is that it achieves such depth and complexity, a full bodied experience while remaining elegant and somehow demure. Not bombastic, but a completely encompassing experience nonetheless.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 02, 2017

This may be the most elegant Cabernet Sauvignon in the store from outside of Bordeaux, and gives most of even them a run for their money. The Leeuwin Art Series from Margaret River has very fine currant aromatics framed by an almost pencil lead like mineral component. The wine has perfect texture, medium body and resolved, fine tannin. This would be perfect with filet mignon tonight, or keep for quite a long time in your cellar.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 01, 2017

Year after year I find myself increasingly impressed by the value and overall quality of this wine. Robust, age-worthy, structured - the wine has it all. It's a classically styled Aussie cab, brimming with notes of tomato leaves, dried herbs, licorice, dark fruit and spices on the finish. In the early 1970s the estate was identified by none other than Robert Mondavi (presumably as a prospective buyer) as a premier site for high quality wine production and this bottle is evidence that he was absolutely correct.

2015 Robert Biale "Black Chicken" Napa Valley Zinfandel ($45.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This perennial favorite lives up to its word-of-mouth goodness, offering fistfuls of blueberry and huckleberry with a juicy length and throughput of acidity. Soft and strong, it's supple, floral and memorable in its deliciousness. (VB)" (12/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Zesty and tightly focused, with cherry, licorice and cedar aromas opening to plum and pepper flavors, finishing with dusty tannins. Best after 2018. (TF)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: The Return of the Black Chicken! Robert Biale knows Zin. Since 1937, the Biale family has grown Zinfandel along with assorted other varieties on their farm just outside the town of Napa. Their Zins are famous for a certain breed of intensity and power--the kind you get when you restrict yields to only the best, most concentrated, fully ripe fruit each vintage. "Black Chicken" gets its name from Aldo Biale, who used the name as a code word when he started making the wine on the sly in the '40s and didn't want other members of his family to know. Black Chicken is primarily sourced from Biale's Oak Knoll District ranch estate.

2012 Castellare di Castellina "I Sodi di San Niccolò" Toscana Price: Hidden

96 points James Suckling: "Captivating aromas of dark fruits, cedar and tobacco follow through to a full body, silky and chewy tannins and a flavorful, rich finish. Very intense and pretty. Provocative. A classic Super Tuscan. A blend of Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera. Drink in 2019." (11/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As always, this celebrated wine shows excellent results. The 2012 I Sodi di S. Niccolò (85% Sangioveto and 15% Malvasia Nera) is a young wine that needs time to flesh out. It shows bright berry flavors and fresh acidity that will benefit from more time to relax and integrate. The wine is beautifully stitched together and balanced with soft contours, and has a long, lively mouthfeel. It offers wild berry and red cherry with spice, crushed stone, pressed blue flower and scorched earth. The wine is aged in equal parts new and neutral oak. (ML)" (12/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Castellare's 2012 I Sodi di San Niccolò offers lovely depth and radiance in a silky, open-knit style for this wine. The 2012 doesn't have the explosiveness nor the depth of the very best years, but in exchange, it will drink well pretty much upon release. Polished, silky tannins wrap around the juicy, giving finish. (AG)" (10/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Black cherry, black currant and plum fruit is shaded by tobacco, tar and tea notes in this densely structured red. Dusty tannins line the finish for now, but overall this is fresh, complex and needs time to reveal all its facets. Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera. (BS)" (07/2016)

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

A few months in oak, the nose is classic ripe cherries and strawberries and a hint of coco powder. On the palate of this full-bodied wine, you will find the fruit describe above with a touch of minerals and soft tannins, which gives this wine a very lush feel to the palate and has an incredible long finish

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

An elegant and pure nose pours into a glass full of fresh red fruit and soft balancing acidity in this Super Tuscan. Allowing the Sodi to open up is necessary for it to become the soft and gracious wine it is. The graceful, long finish is filled with gentle earth character and that classic savory Sangiovese element. Beautiful from beginning to end.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2017

"I Sodi" is one of the jewels of Tuscany and among the finest examples of Sangiovese in the region. In most vintages this wine requires some cellaring to allow it to soften and round out yet the 2012 is showing beautifully now. It's soft, supple and captures an elegant and nuanced side of Sangiovese with just the right balance of acidity. Winemaker Alessandro Cellai assured us we'd love it and he was right. We think you'll find it enchanting as well.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2017

At the first whiff of aromatics I was in love with this wine, it speaks of place, of seasons and history, not of barrels or winemaking. The addition of 15% Malvasia Nera takes the Sangiovese to another level, it seems to release scented waves of intense spice, wild roses, lavender, violets and iris. On the palate the wine says Sangiovese; a long linear axis is the focus yet it still shows a sweet, supple balance and now at 5 years old its youthful tannins have faded. The wine is full of flavors crushed, dried flowers, sweet wild cherry, cinnamon, leather and leaves a bit of a roasted chestnut taste in the finish. The Malvasia Nera is pure perfume, it fills the nose with an array of fragrance and yet on the palate it adds facets, highlights to Sangioveses stark structure that seem to weave themselves into the wines core. The I Sodi is supple, characterful, balanced, and expressive while having a hauntingly powerful pull on my emotions; I can feel its call. This is a superb wine, it isnt going to bowl you over it is going to entice you in, to take one sip after another and have a long engaging dialog. I love this wine.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2017

Great aromatic left lift with hints of cinnamon, strawberries, and raisins. Aromas were complimented by a fantastic texture and the classic Italian bite and acid that I look for. This wine has terroir and I love it.

2015 Maison Dominique Laurent Clos de la Roche "Vieilles Vignes" Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($159.99)

94-97 points Vinous: "Ruby-red. Pungent rocky minerality enlivens the aromas of medicinal red cherry, meat and chocolate. Superconcentrated and remarkably sweet, boasting uncommon breadth and depth to its red fruit and salty mineral flavors. Finishes with sweet but serious tannins and compelling rising length and minerality. An epic Clos de la Roche in the making. (ST)" (01/2017)

2015 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Champans" (Pre-Arrival) ($179.99)

93-96 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Mineral-driven aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate and crushed stone, plus a touch of sweet oak. Suave, silky black fruit and violet flavors show absolutely no rough edges. The wonderfully refined tannins arrive late, allowing the fruit to open beautifully on the very long, palate-staining finish. An outstanding wine with a compellingly rich, layered texture, this was racked in July, like the Clos des Ducs." (01/2016)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Champans has a very charming, very pure and seductive bouquet with copious blackberry, raspberry preserve and limestone scents. With a few swirls of the glass it become floral and even more enticing. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. It it not as generous as the bouquet at the moment, but there is purity and verve here, very sophisticated and showing immense precision on the finish. I can imagine this being backward for 3-5 years after bottling, so be prepared to cellar this and reap the rewards later. Guillaume dAngerville presided over a fine set of 2015s that rank amongst some of the finest from Volnay. "From the season standpoint, 2015 started similar to 2014 in terms of the early spring. But then the hydric stress began in May. We had some rain at the beginning of the month and then it became dry and very warm. The flowering was early, taking place around 10 June " (12/2016)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "from a huge 3.98 ha parcel). This is the first wine to exhibit enough oak to warrant mentioning though its not so much to dominate the spicy and earth black cherry liqueur-like aromas. The sleek middle weight plus flavors are given shape by the fine but dense tannins that carry over to the impressively persistent finish that is exquisitely wellbalanced. This is an exercise in harmony and grace that should be approachable after 6 to 8 years if desired. (93-95)/2027+" (04/2017)

93 points Decanter: "The Champans boasts quite a dark-fruited nose, with aromas of black cherry and even cassis mingling with scents of moss and graphite. On the palate the wine is ample, sappy and full-bodied, with a deep core and fine, ripe tannins. Champans can be one of the more structural, powerful Volnay premier crus, but this is quite a supple, generous rendition.Drinking Window 2025 - 2060.(WK)" (02/2017)

2015 Chateau de la Tour Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) ($219.99)

94-96 points Vinous: "Dark red with ruby tones. Penetrating aromas and flavors of black cherry and minerals. Wonderfully creamy and deep but with a compelling juiciness to leaven its velvety sweetness. Utterly mouthcoating thickness here as well as outstanding spicy depth and impeccable balance. Finishes with powerful tannins and great persistence. And bone-dry in spite of its strong impression of sucrosité. This will age for a long time. Labet described this wine as 'like drinking through a funnel: we feel the pressure but it's coming through a small hole.' (ST)" (01/2017)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is aromatically similar to the regular cuvée but there is notably more concentration, power and dry extract that pushes the very firm tannic spine to the background on the hugely long, palate coating and driving finish. This is a manifestly old school Clos de Vougeot that is not only very much built-to-age but is going to require lots of it. In a word, excellent. *Sweet Spot*" (01/2017)

2015 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($329.99)

96 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Clos des Lambrays includes ninety-five percent whole clusters this year and isa stunning wine in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and very expressive out of the blocks,soaring from the glass in a blaze of black plums, sweet cassis, espresso, woodsmoke, gamebird,raw cocoa, a great base of dark soil tones and a nice framing of cedary oak. On the palate thewine is pure, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with laser-like focus, great balance and gripand a very long, fine-grained and vibrant finish. This will take at least a decade to blossom, but itwill be a great wine in the fullness of time." (01/2017)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Clos de Lambrays Grand Cru contains 95% whole cluster fruit, part of the crop with thicker skins deprived of their stems according to winemaker Thierry Brouin. It is being aged in 50% new oak. It has dusky black fruit on the nose, earthier than I was expecting given the growing season, the stem addition lending a subtle undergrowth and moss-like scent. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin and offers succinctly judged acidity. It is certainly harmonious in the mouth with a generous dash of black pepper on the finish, a pleasant prickle in the mouth after the wine has departed. Whilst not the purring engine that is Clos de Tart since it is more rough-hewn perhaps, this Clos des Lambrays has a charm of its own. (NM)" (12/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "Healthy dark red. Subdued but complex, sexy scents of raspberry, mocha, brown spices and earth: a real essence of this distinctive grand cru. Sappy and wild, conveying terrific intensity and precision to its red berry and spice flavors. Tactile, savory, dense and very long, finishing with lovely energy and peppery lift and a lingering element of salty minerality. Beautifully integrated ripe tannins suggest that this will be an outstanding and long-lived vintage for Clos des Lambrays. The pH here is 3.6, which Brouin described as normal. Brouin added that potential alcohol levels following the sorting were around 12.5% in 2015, and that the finished wines will be between 13% and 13.2%. (ST)" (01/2107)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Once again the nose is quite ripe yet very fresh with its layered array of spicy and markedly floral-inflected black cherry and plum scents. There is impressive size, weight and power to the more mineral-driven and refined medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by a distinctly firm tannic spine on the wonderfully persistent and mildly austere finale." (01/2017)

K&L Notes: Tracing their history back to 1365, Domaine des Lambrays holds nearly all of the famous Clos des Lambrays vineyard. Ownership of the domaine has changed hands many times since the French Revolution. Although the vineyard was given Premier Cru classification in 1936, the wines have long been hailed as legendary by critics, and the vineyard was promoted to Grand Cru in 1981. Winery notes: "The Clos des Lambrays is full-bodied, rough and supple, 'a hand of iron in a glove of velvet.' With flavors of black fruits (blackberries and blueberries), it is powerful and elegant with round and noble tannins."

2005 Latour, Pauillac (2017 Ex-Chateau Release) (Pre-Arrival) ($895.00)

2005 Latour, Pauillac (2017 Ex-Chateau Release, 6 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) - 5 available ($5,370.00)

100 points James Suckling: "A very complex nose of lavender, currants, spices, and hot stones. Full and dense on the palate, with a very tight structure. The tannins have a perfect polish to their density, and the finish is very intense, with wonderful fruit and truffle character. This turns almost decadent, with tremendous energy and a constantly changing profile. This is a very challenging wine to get to know, please leave this for at least ten years." (02/2011)

100 points Wine & Spirits: "How rare to confront a wine of this inner strength and perfect form. Grown at a 116-acre vineyard at the southern border of Pauillac, some of the vines now reaching 100 years of age on a gravel bar overlooking the Gironde, Latour harvests Cabernet Sauvignon with natural power. I could describe it as colors, from glistening ruby to purple-black then back to scarlet tannins that vibrate in red. Or just the pure, unadulterated flavor of black currant, unformed as a child is unformed, beautiful as a child is beautiful. However I might describe it, the wine is stronger than I am and will outlast me by decades. This is the most provocative and most brilliant Latour I have tasted on release." (10/2008)

100 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Best of 2008, Cellar Selection* A great wine, the summation of a great vintage in Bordeaux. The core of richness, the dense, bone-dry tannins, the black currants, red berries and black plum skins are the elements, but its the way they have been integrated that makes this such an impressive wine. There is great elegance as well, a fabulous counterpoint to such power. Cellar for at least 15 years, but this will keep forever. (RV)" (06/2008)

99 points Wine Spectator: "Dark ruby black in color. Brilliant, intense aromas of mineral, blackberry and currant, with hints of Indian spices and cigar box, lead to a full-bodied palate, with ultrafine tannins and a beautiful balance of blackberry, raspberry and mineral. There's subtlety, yet also great depth. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is a Latour with fabulous tone and vigor. Best after 2018. (JS)" (03/2008)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Latour has long been a formidable wine. I was granted the opportunity to re-taste the 2005 at the property after their estate released library reserves in February 2017. Now at twelve years of age, it has retained that riveting bouquet of black cherries and black plum, crème de cassis and graphite, although I find less of the latter compared to previous bottles (including the one tasted blind just three weeks earlier). The palate is very well balanced with blackberry, black plum, sea salt, a hint of balsamic, quite spicy in the mouth with a hint of cloves. There is immense weight and presence in the mouth, although I wonder whether the tannins are as fine as say the 2010 or even the nascent 2016 Latour tasted alongside? Either way, it remains a fabulous First Growth destined to last many, many years. (NM)" (05/2017)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Reticent, brooding aromas of cassis, black plum, graphite and flowers. Then utterly explosive in the mouth, with wonderful sappy complexity of flavor and a thickness of texture that builds and builds toward the back; almost no sign of the new oak here. Offers a near-magical combination of power and refinement, but this extremely primary wine is still an infant. Finishes with extraordinary persistence that leaves the palate vibrating. One of the greatest young Bordeaux I've tasted in recent years, and more complete and classic than the outrageously lush 2003. For his part, Engerer feels that this wine combines the best traits of the 2003 and 2000 Latours. I made the mistake of retasting the 2007 after trying this, and the tannins of the younger wine came off as dry by comparison. (ST)" (06/2008)

96 points Vinous: "The 2005 Latour is nowhere near being ready to drink. For example, both the 2001 and 2002 were much more expressive when they were re-released a few years ago. The 2005, on the other hand is quite muted, especially in its aromatics. There is plenty of depth, power and overall persistence, but readers have to be prepared to cellar the 2005 for at least another few years. Its longevity, on the other hand, should not be an issue. (AG)" (05/2017)

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