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New Arrivals and Back In Stock Highlights - March 28th, 2017 - 03/28/2017 - 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 Don Rodolfo Malbec Mendoza 90 Price: Hidden View
2014 Montes "Classic" Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley 90 $9.99 View
2015 Amalaya Malbec Salta 94 $11.99 View
2016 Le Coeur de la Reine Sauvignon Blanc Touraine $11.99 View
2014 Antica Masseria di Sigillo Primitivo di Manduria 90 $13.99 View
2015 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Villages $13.99 View
2015 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré $14.99 View
2015 Les Freres Perroud "Vieilles Vignes" Brouilly 90 $14.99 View
2015 Les Frères Perroud "Amethyste" Brouilly $16.99 View
2014 Capbern, St-Estèphe 93 $19.99 View
2015 Castelgiocondo Rosso di Montalcino "Campo ai Sassi" (Pre-Arrival) $19.99 View
2015 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes 90 $19.99 View
2016 Domaines Ott "By. Ott" Côtes de Provence Rosé 91 $19.99 View
2012 Salwey "Estate" Pinot Noir Baden 94 $19.99 View
2014 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 91 $21.95 View
2013 Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia 96 $24.99 View
2014 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) 94 $29.99 View
2013 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 93 $29.99 View
2013 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Crianza 95 $34.99 View
2012 Abbadia Ardenga "Piaggia" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 $39.99 View
2012 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 $39.99 View
2012 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 $44.99 View
2012 Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 92 $44.99 View
2014 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) 95 $44.99 View
2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 $47.99 View
2012 Armilla Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 $49.99 View
2012 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 93 $49.99 View
2010 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 $49.99 View
2014 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) 96 $49.99 View
2012 L'Aietta Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 $49.99 View
2013 Nada Fiorenzo "Montaribaldi" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) 96 $49.99 View
2014 Woodlands "Margaret" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia 96 $49.99 View
2012 Cordella Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 $54.99 View
2012 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 $54.99 View
2012 Cortonesi "Poggiarelli" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 $59.99 View
2012 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino "Pianrosso" (Pre-Arrival) 97 $64.99 View
2012 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 98 $64.99 View
2012 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 $64.99 View
2005 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 95 $69.99 View
2012 Altesino "Montosoli" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 97 $79.99 View
2014 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) 96 $79.99 View
2014 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) 96 $89.99 View
2012 Domaine Tortochot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 93 $109.99 View
2005 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Laurence" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $129.99 View
2010 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Pre-Arrival) 98 $279.99 View
1986 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial Rioja (Elsewhere $700) 100 $499.99 View
1990 Latour, Pauillac 100 $799.99 View
1990 Margaux, Margaux 100 $874.99 View
2006 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L - 6 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 97 $7,199.00 View
2005 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 98 $8,499.00 View

2015 Don Rodolfo Malbec Mendoza

2015 Don Rodolfo Malbec Mendoza Price: Hidden

90 points James Suckling: "A fresh Malbec with blackberries and dried herbs on the nose. Clean, fun and fruity." (05/2016)

K&L Notes: Grown in the sand, clay and rock of Lujan de Cuyo with fresh water from the snow melt of the Andes Mountains, this plush wine is a deliciously pure expression of Argentinian Malbec.

Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 06, 2017

We all know Malbec can be a great wine for the price, and here is yet another example! The aromas are exuberant and full of fresh, sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit. On the palate, the wine shows some evidence of sweet oak influence, well-integrated with dark berry fruit and just a hint of fresh ground black pepper. This would be a perfect week-day wine! Perhaps a new Tuesday night staple?

Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

Here we go again, another fantastic buy in Argentinian Malbec! Modern and fruity with a lovely perfume on the nose and a truly serious offering for an everyday price. If you're a fan of Malbec you NEED this wine for something easy to reach for all week long

Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 28, 2017

Impressive and sophisticated, the 2015 Don Rodolfo opens with an almost old world feel, presenting a dusty nose and hints of spice, but rings true to Argentinean Malbecs black plum and dark, bold berry fruit through the palate. There is structure and some pepper to the finish, but overall this is a supremely drinkable, juicy option at a surprisingly low price.

Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 26, 2017

We've been utterly spoiled lately by the influx of flavorful Malbecs for under $10 a bottle with qualities way beyond what their price-points suggest. Don Rodolfo continues this trend with aplomb, offering a bottle with richness, structure, and integrity for only $9, and over-delivering on each count. A waft of fresh herbs meets the nose first, along with a spicy Worcestershire note. On the palate, sweet tannins wrap the bold, ripened red berries and spice notes together on the mid-palate while subtle cocoa lingers on the finish.

Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2017

It's not often that we have sub $9 wine we are so excited about that it merits an email, but this Malbec is undoubtedly an exception. Juicy, plummy fruit with just a hint of cracked pepper and underlying wood smoke makes for one gulpable weeknight red. Quite a tasty red on its own, but also this is perhaps the perfect burger wine!

2014 Montes

2014 Montes "Classic" Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley ($9.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "*#42 on the Top 100 wines of 2016, and a 'Best Values' designation* There's minerally freshness to the ripe dark plum, blackberry and cherry flavors, with peppery hints. Well-structured and crisp mid palate, featuring Asian spice and black fig notes on the finish. Drink now through 2020. (KM)"

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I got exactly what I expected from the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Classic Series, a soft, polished, and easy to drink Cabernet that is both straightforward and pleasant. (LG)" (12/2015)

K&L Notes: Having placed in the top 50 of Wine Spectator's 2016 Top 100 list, the Montes Cabernet Sauvignon continues to be one of the world's best for its modest price. Aurelio Montes built up his winery to focus on a number of different varieties and price points, though it is arguably their Syrah and Cab programs which lead the pack. As good as their higher end, famous "icon" bottlings are, this Cabernet is possibly even more impressive for its value and consistency.

Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 06, 2017

This is an honest and delicious little Cabernet from the Colchagua Valley. Full, rich, dark fruit plays well against that classic peppery spice so often found in Chilean wines. This wine is easy-drinking and fun, with polished fruit and excellent balance, but doesn't lose its earthy, Chilean charm. Great buy for the price!

Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

The Montes Classic Cabernet is one of those wines you just can't find fault with. It shows great medium bodied pure cabernet fruit, lovely structure and fine dusty tannins. From such a great producer, it's wonderful to find something in the $10 range that is an astonishing buy. Montes has a huge following due to their higher end wines, so don't hesitate, I don't expect this one to last long

Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 23, 2017

Montes' "Classic" label is one of the most reliable sources for big, flavorful, and super inexpensive reds. The 2014 vintage of Cabernet is seriously built, offering structure and flavor quite rare for Cab in this price-point. Big berries like cherry and black currants pour forth immediately, followed by spicy bell peppers and cedar. The peppery qualities offer some savory characteristics but its the ripe, forward fruit and sweet, velvety tannins that take center stage and make this a true crowd-pleaser. This is bound to become a staple back porch red as grilling season kicks off.

Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2017

Let's give credit where credit is due: Aurelio Montes created loads of interest in his so-called "icon" wines - Montes Folly, Purple Angel, Alpha M - at a time when most wines from Chile were selling for much less. The investment in the high end ultimately paid off, not just for those wines but also for their value oriented wines like this Cabernet. At under $10, it slays most any other sub $10 Cab out there, with aromatic complexity (roasted coffee bean, eucalypt, red fruits), fruit intensity (coupled with a lovely mineral edge, thanks to Colchagua's granite soils) and balance (13.5% ABV sound good?) Yes, while you may have seen this wine around, and we certainly did not discover it, we did re-discover its world beating value.

2015 Amalaya Malbec Salta

2015 Amalaya Malbec Salta ($11.99)

94 points Decanter: "Impressive purity of perfumed fruits, with blackcurrants, boysenberries, cherries, plums and leafy notes. Very expressive mouth, full, juicy and fresh with polished fine tannins, high structure and pure black fruits. Refined, distinctive with a lovely personality."

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The entry-level wine is called 2015 Malbec, even if it still has some 10% Tannat and 5% Syrah in the blend. 2015 saw 140 liters of rain, healthy grapes and good levels of acidity. The grapes come from seven-year-old vines that yielded 9,000 kilos per hectare, 100% from estate grapes. The grapes fermented with neutral yeasts after a four-day cold soak with a total maceration of some 20 days. 25% of the volume matured in used French oak barrels for ten months, while the rest was kept in stainless steel with fine lees. There is a smoky character that I believe comes from the skin of the grapes, which have a high impact from the sun-as with the higher altitude, the rays are much stronger and make grapes develop thicker skins. It made me think of a red from the Northern Rhône, mixing violets, bacon fat and great spiciness. They have replaced Cabernet by Tannat, and I think it has helped remove the herbal aromas and given more character to the blend. The palate is medium-bodied with great freshness and intensity, terribly tasty. This is so easy to drink, it can be dangerous... One to buy by the case, and great for by-the-glass. (LG)" (12/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys* A fleshy red, with concentrated blackberry and dried blueberry flavors supported by fresh acidity. Mineral and dark chocolate notes linger with hints of white pepper on the finish. Drink now through 2020. (KM)" (11/2016)

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 30, 2017

I have always been a huge fan of the wines from Salta. This high altitude climate produces some of the most distinct and flavorful Malbecs from anywhere in the world and that's coming from the guy who focuses on the French Malbecs from Cahors. Amalaya is one of the great producers from Salta as well and this perfumed, floral style has beautiful high tone black and red fruit flavors. Great texture and smooth polished tannins make this one distinctively beautiful red and one of the best values from Argentina.

Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 28, 2017

Subtly savory on the nose and black-fruited though the palate, Amalayas 2015 Malbec is somehow both easygoing and structured, thanks to its 10% Tannat and hit of smoky Syrah. Its as juicy as youd want a red from Argentina to be, but with the fresh acidity and polish that makes wines from high-elevation Salta shine. A bright, quality option for Malbec fans at a price too good to pass up.

Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 26, 2017

Malbecs from the northern Argentine region of Salta are a little rarer than those from Mendoza, and it's therefore a real treat when we get our hands on it. This offering from Amalaya shows a wonderfully complex profile of restrained black fruits: cassis, plum, and black cherry, all tempered by spicy, zesty herbs, bitter cocoa, and savory meatiness. Less fruit-driven and more structured than its Mendoza cousin, Salta Malbec will pair beautifully with your next rib eye or a rustic Bolognese.

Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2017

This is exactly what you want in an easy-drinking weekday red. Malbec is known to be a very approachable varietal, and appeal to a number of palates, but you can certainly run across some poor examples of the grape. Here you have beautiful, quality fruit and fantastic wine making, resulting in an effortless, silky, red fruited wine that feels quite clean and carries just a hint of pepper spice to add to the depth of the wine.

Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2017

There is something about Colome's Malbecs...they are not standard fare Malbecs. They almost seem to suggest the northern Rhone as much as Argentina. It surely has a bit to do with their elevation and intense sun exposure (for this wine, vineyards lie at 5,900 feet above sea level). The stony, calcareous soil is also part of the picture, as is winemaking. Regardless, however, the important take away here is that this wine has no business selling for under $15, let alone under $12. There is way too much savory, meaty, purple fruited complexity on the nose, too much presence, intensity and length on the palate. A good amount of calcareous driven salinity as well on the finish. This is fantastic wine, one to load up on for sure if you are a fan of Malbec, the Rhone valley, or just great value in full-bodied reds.

2016 Le Coeur de la Reine Sauvignon Blanc Touraine ($11.99)

A partnership between Rodolphe and Ludivine Marteau, the fourth generation to make wine from their family's estate. Of their 29 acres, 20 are devoted to Sauvignon Blanc. With vines averaging 20 years and very detail-oriented farming, they harvest the best quality fruit possible. Tasting notes from the importer: "The nose offers an intense 'fruit basket' dominated by citrus scents with a note of blackcurrant bud. In the mouth, all is suppleness and elegance. The final spicy note emphasizes the freshness and the generous length of this Touraine Sauvignon.""

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 01, 2017

Back and better than ever (to my taste) the 2016 La Coeur De La Reine Sav Blanc is a perfect summer picnic/BBQ/slow sippin/guzzling kind of wine. Lovely aromas of citrus and some stone fruit are driven by the acid and touch of grassy notes. This is a wine of wonderful balance to me, the ripe fruit and notes of lemongrass and flinty minerality all being driven by bright acid compliment each other and the nice thing is the price seems to compliment my budget.

Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 30, 2017

I've been anxiously awaiting the new vintage, and the leaner 2016 is finally here! Sancerre-style paired with Touraine's picnic-perfect value, this customer favorite may just be a top pick for Sauvignon Blanc in the store at this price. The last vintage was a hit, but rounder and more fruit-driven, and now the fresh 2016 is just in time for summer, showing sharper but quenching minerality. Bright acid is vividly apparent, balanced by juicy citrus and ripe stone fruit: flavors shine without hiding terroir or flintiness. Plus the label is gorgeous, begging to dress up your table. Le Coeur de la Reine is ready to take along to parties, alfresco dinners and warm weather adventures.

Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 02, 2017

Citus aromas. Full on the palate. Tasty bright fruit - peach, citrus, and even a hint of melon. The touch of grassy flavors and pure Sauvignon fruit will give you a great idea of what the Touraine appellation is all about.

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 13, 2017

Now our third consecutive vintage of this Touraine, the Le Coeur de la Reine remains one of the best over-delivering wines in the store. The promise of the 2016 vintage gives us a laser beam focus of passion fruit, gooseberry and grapefruit evoking the flavors you would find in a top tier Sancerre or Pouilly Fume -but at half their price. Ideal as an aperitif, lighter vegetable dishes or maybe some Indian take-out.

Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 11, 2017

Fresh, crunchy and clean. Full of grapefruit and pomelo with touch of lemon peel. Dry and mineral with just a hint of herbs on the nose. Tasty and easy drinking Sauvignon Blanc.

2014 Antica Masseria di Sigillo Primitivo di Manduria ($13.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "#63 2016 Wine Spectator Top 100: There's a rich, mouthfilling quality to this medium-bodied red, offering a velvety mix of spiced cherry, mulberry and herbed olive, with accents of mocha and graphite. Plush tannins show on the juicy finish. Drink now through 2021." (12/2016)

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

The region of Manduria is known for it's hot and dry weather which creates juicy and opulent primitivos. The regional influence mixed with the slightly cooler growing season in 2014 gives this juicy wine more balance and subtlety than expected. The Antica Masseria vineyards are planted on limestone and clay, unusual for the area, which adds complexity and minerality to the softly structured wine. Full of bold purple fruit flavors with the decadence we come love in primitivos and the more balanced acidity mixes together for an integrated and approachable glass of wine.

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

Primitivo from Manduria is usually too sweet for me, lacks a bit of acidity and can often be flabby but this wine is Rockin! The nose of this wine is stunningly complex, a vibrant blend of spice, fruit and earth that booms from your glass. On the palate the wine has structure, tannin and acidity that combine with the wines richness to give a really focused, long and dynamic palate feel. The flavors are incredible, spiced fruit compote, leather, with enough richness to give one the impression of weight and density but with lift in the finish. Try this beauty with braised or stewed meats and aged cheeses.

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

We receive numerous requests for Primitivo but in our attempt to source excellent, value priced ones the options have been few. Thankfully the 2014 Antica Masseria not only delivers but offers a California style ripeness combined with rich baked fruit flavors. It's a concentrated blend of sun soaked black cherry and mulberry flavors with additional hints of mocha throughout. This one's for those who love big, mouth-filling Zins and riper style fruit-driven wines. Fire up the grill and bring on the BBQ.

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 27, 2017

Reminiscent of a classic Amador county zinfandel, which is appropriate as Primitivo is the progenitor to our California zinfandels, this wine evokes deep berry flavors, roasted figs and Medjool dates on the palate with hints of brushy herbs and savory spices. The Italian sensibility shows through with nice acidity keeping the wine focused and on point. I can think of nothing better than a little osso bucco to go with this juicy hearty red.

2015 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Villages

2015 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Villages ($13.99)

Once in a great while you find wines from the Mâcon so good that tasting them blind you might think they're from a much higher (and more expensive) appellation - and this is such a wine. Domaine Renaud is a small operation, making Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, and stainless for others. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.

Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 11, 2017

This is by far one of the best values in white Burgundy I have seen! This is matured in stainless steel, so it retains a crisp, fresh, mineral-driven quality while still possessing ripe fruit on the nose and palate. With notes of stone fruit, lemon zest and crisp apples, this one is sure to be crowd-pleasing and work well with almost any palate. Perfect if you're tasked to bring a bottle of wine and you're unsure of what the crowds preferences are.

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 26, 2017

The Renaud wines continue to be among my favorite white Burgundies. This is because every year they seem to over deliver considering their price point. The 2015 Macon Villages has all the elements I like a good white Burgundy wine, fresh ripe orchard fruit, with plenty of minerality and driving acid. The richness of the vintage is really shown off here, however the ripeness is held in balance and matched against the freshness of the acid. Just a delightful bottle of wine that tastes a lot more serious than one would think.

John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 31, 2017

Finding a decent bottle of white Burgundy for under twenty-five dollars can be a wine lover's odyssey, but every now and then more often than not we strike gold, or in this case, pale gold, the color of this unassuming Chardonnay from tiny Domaine Renaud. A surprisingly ripe and luscious rendition, with abundant flavors of stone fruit, crisp apples and vibrant citrus, characterized by a gentle spine of acidity. Baked, almond encrusted halibut would be a wonderful match for this overachieving Chardonnnay.

Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2016

Mineral-driven with great texture, this favorite overdelivers for the price. Hints of oak and peach satisfy California Chardonnay fans, while crisp, linear elegance will make Burgundy drinkers very happy.

Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 18, 2016

Having a party and don't want to endeavor into the Domestic Chardonnay realm? Well, look no further. While it is on the riper end of the Burgundian spectrum, it's fantastic for the money. Fresh lemon, stone fruit and subtle mineral notes to cap it off. Really nice little wine.

Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 10, 2016

The most current releases [2015] of the Macons from one of the finest, yet smaller producers of Chardonnay in that appellation have directly arrived, and their productions may be the best that we have imported to date. Distinctive aromas of white peach to Arkansas Black apple fruit, with a touch of slate to wet river stone minerality, all of which carries over to a lush, viscous mouthfeel. This is what we at K&L refer to as a great crossover Chardonnay for those of you who are hung-up on these creamy, rich domestic Chardonnays. It offers the best of both worlds and is thoroughly enjoyable on both ends. The Bean has asked me to bring home several cases of this lovely Gem. ***** 13.0% ABV *****

2015 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré

2015 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré ($14.99)

Wine Enthusiast: "This ripe, yellow-fruit-flavored wine has a smooth, rich texture. Full and flavorsome, it conveys a ripe, nutty character. The wine with its warm fruitiness is ready to drink. (RV)" (10/2016)

K&L Notes: Once in a great while you find wines from the Mâcon so good that tasting them blind you might think they're from a much higher (and more expensive) appellation. Often, such a wine comes from hillside vineyards, with better drainage and cooler nights. This one example, harvested from the slopes below the giant monolith of rock that is Solutré. Domaine Renaud is a small operation, making Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, and stainless steel for others. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.

Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 28, 2017

From high up on the top of a steep slope (the Solutre) these vines suffer extreme stress and dig deep into the rocky soil searching for nourishment and sucking up lots of minerals in the process. 2015 Gave generous heat and warmth but this bottling still shows the pristine clarity and super mineral finish to match all that fruit.

Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 30, 2017

A great followup to the outstanding 2014 vintage, this 2015 Domain Renaud Macon Solutre offers the same classic minerality plus a little extra ripeness and sweetness of fruit. Notes of candied lemon peel and bitter grapefruit pith. Bright and lively and very fresh in style. Lovely weight here without sacrificing focus or intensity. Delicious.

John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 26, 2017

Pascal and Mireille Renaud farm and harvest several parcels within the Pouilly- Fuisse region, and all of their wines are defined by their utter freshness and gracious, refined fruit. Hard to pick a favorite from their stunning lineup, but Macon Solutre possesses a slightly higher degree of acidity and definition, with flavors of tart green apples, nectarines and crisp Asian pears that announce their virtues in the glass. A splendidly crisp white wine that will pair well with seafood, especially that which finds its home in a bivalve shell....

Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 15, 2016

The 2015 Mâconnais single vineyard productions from Domaine Renaud are absolutely fabulous wines and none of them should be missed. We have been directly importing these Gems for at least the last five years and I have been enamored with every production. One of my favorites is this single vineyard offering of Solutre, which offers distinctive richness and a broad set of flavors much more associated with such productions as Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault. Lush ripe white peach to nectarine aromas with a slate-like, chalky mineral undertone are abundant in the nose, and carries across extremely well in the mouth to a deeply flavored, profound set of flavor characteristics, with excellent structure, and superb components presentation to it mouthwatering, long finish. The Bean has demanded that I bring home cases of this wonderful Gem and feels that you need to do the same. AN AMAZING VALUE! >>>A K&L WINE MERCHANTS' DIRECT IMPORT<<< ***** 13.0% ABV *****

Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 14, 2016

The Domaine Renaud porfolio are a go-to value in KL's Burgundy section that should not be missed. The Macon Solutre is drinking fantastically right now! If you are looking for something totally affordable, and love the mineral driven, crisp, fresh side of Chardonnay this is one to stock up on. Super recommended for everyday drinking and a great pick if you are looking for an inexpensive event wine.

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 10, 2016

Always one of my favorite Burgundy values, the Solutre has the fleshier riper notes from what is shaping up to be an outstanding vintage. Full of ripe apple, peach and wet stone flavors, this is destined to become one of my daily drinkers. It should be yours too!

Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 09, 2016

A super value Macon Solutre that expresses its uniqueness. This wine is elegant, crisp and well-structured. This 2015 Chardonnay is chalky with a mineral quality. The wine is mouth-filling and full, with a smooth and supple finish.

2015 Les Freres Perroud

2015 Les Freres Perroud "Vieilles Vignes" Brouilly ($14.99)

90 points Vinous: "Brilliant red. Energetic, spice-tinged red berries and fresh flowers on the fragrant nose. Juicy and precise, offering gently sweet raspberry, cherry and violet pastille flavors that deepen and spread out with air. Clings with very good tenacity on the long, supple finish, which shows just a hint of fine-grained tannins. (JR)" (08/2016)

Wine Enthusiast: "A bright and juicy wine from this often easygoing appellation. The red-cherry fruitiness and attractive acidity make for a wine that is rounded and ripe. It is ready to drink, crisp and fruity at the end. (RV)" (02/2017)

K&L Notes: In addition to collaborating on four acres of fruit in Brouilly, Michel and Robert Perroud took over their father's winemaking estate in Colgny, a family tradition that goes back seven generations all the way to the French Revolution! Over time they've made a few changes to that family legacy, investing in new rootstock, planting additional varietals like chardonnay, pinot noir, and viognier, as well as making a committed effort to organic and sustainable farming.

Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2017

It is really a delight to find Cru Beaujolais available on the market like this old vine production. Nearly fifty years ago, the French seriously considered ripping out the Gamay vineyards in Southern Burgundy because wine sales from that area, for many reasons, had virtually come to a halt. Regardless what you feel about the nouveau wines of Beaujolais, that evolution saved the Gamay vineyards of Beaujolais. Many producers have returned, since then, to making Gamay in the fashion that it was created fifty-plus years ago, much like its clonal parent of Pinot Noir is produced in the heart of Burgundy. This villages Cru is a perfect example as to how the wines from Beaujolais use to be made. Medium ruby in color, the aromatics are distinctive and pronounced with upfront strawberry to clove-like notes with an obvious mild cedary oak {yes, some barrel aging took place} background note, The palate is bright, balanced, yet rich, reductive, and subtle, with silky, very fine tannins and a finish that is long and deep. This Gem would give many villages Burgundy a great run for their money, and, according to Rusty, will be one of our house reds for the next couple of years. A K&L Wine Merchants' Direct Import. A WONDERFUL BEAUJOLAIS BUY! ***** 11.0% TO 14.0% ABV *****

Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

This is very polished and silky Brouilly. "Vieilles Vignes" cuvee is slightly fuller bodied and juicier that "Amethyste" cuvee with darker fruit and richer texture. It's absolutely seamless and glides on the palate from start to finish. It's been awhile since I've had such well-rounded Beaujolais that is easy to enjoy on its own and it can also stand up to grilled meats. Think backyard BBQ this summer!

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

This wine just explodes in your mouth with dark cassis fruit, anise, mineral notes, and a juiciness that speaks to the careful vineyard management by the Perroud brothers. For the price, I would put the VV along side the best red wine deals in the store from anywhere. There's a freshness underneath all that fruit and secondary complexity that accents and highlights the acidity. If you still think Beaujolais is just that supermarket fruit juice you see every November, this bottle should be mandatory in your education. There's a very serious world of "cru" Beaujolais beyond the limitations of the carbonic "nouveau". And we're offering a great example of that seriousness for a very serious price.

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2016

This was perhaps my favorite new Beaujolais to arrive this year, and a perfect wine to get into for the holidays. Rich tart cranberry and ripe cherry are balanced some minerality and texture. Soft and rich on the palate there is lovely touch of tannin and enough acid to help drive the finish. Tis the season of Beaujolais and seeing as this is under $ 15 there is no reason not to stock up on it for all Holiday dinner needs.

Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 12, 2016

Baked cherry fruit, crushed flowers, granite minerality and a trace of iron form the personality of this bottle from a great vintage for Beaujolais. This "Old Vines" bottling is somewhat beefy and chewy, which enhances its hearty nature.

Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 25, 2016

Huge cranberry fruit with just the right amount of tartness and a velvety finish--this is a more serious release from Les Freres Perroud, lush without losing any of its welcome minerality. Complex Gamay from 65-year-old vines, all for barely $15?! A holiday win.

Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 14, 2016

Tis the season for family, turkey and Beaujolais! Heres a super-crowd-pleasing, fruity and mineral-driven top value pick for Thanksgiving festivities from brothers Perroud. Made in tribute to their father, this expression is vibrant with forward, bright, ripe, red fruit that has lush texture and a streak of granite-like minerality that shines through beautifully. Cheerful, bright and ready to drink wine doesnt get easier or more enjoyable to share than this!

Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 13, 2016

What a phenomenal Beaujolais value! This wine is full, and rich, showcasing the strength of the vintage, but without losing the elegant mineral backbone so classic in Brouilly. Deep black and red berry fruit shows on the palate, with very soft, ripe tannin and pleasant weight. Overall a great buy, and should be perfect with a Thanksgiving meal.

Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 07, 2016

For those of you anxiously awaiting the arrival of 2015 Beaujolais you will not be disappointed. Everything you have heard is true and the proof is in the 2015 Domaine Les Freres Perroud Vieilles Vignes Brouilly. Rich and ripe this wine is packed with delicious ripe strawberries and mocha notes along with silky tannins. A seamless wine, it will easily turn the Pinot Noir lover to the Gamay grape.

Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 01, 2016

This 100% Gamay Noir wine comes from a 4 acre vineyard where the average age of the vines are 65 years old. Soil type is clay and red granite sand. This is really a serious Brouilly which shows wonderful fruit, a juicy, lush texture and finishes with spicy ruby red fruits and mineral hints. A nice peak into the quality of the 2015s!

2015 Les Frères Perroud "Amethyste" Brouilly ($16.99)

In addition to collaborating on four acres of fruit in Brouilly, Michel and Robert Perroud took over their father's winemaking estate in Colgny, a family tradition that goes back seven generations all the way to the French Revolution! Over time they've made a few changes to that family legacy, investing in new rootstock, planting additional varietals like chardonnay, pinot noir, and viognier, as well as making a committed effort to organic and sustainable farming. All their young vines are either organically farmed or under organic conversion and all the older vines are farmed sustainably. The Amethyst is located on the southern slope of the Saburins hill in the village of Quincie, one of the six villages of the Brouilly Appellation. Amethyst wine is aged for one year in neutral oak barrels and offers freshness to lovely dark fruit flavors with balanced acidity.

Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 14, 2017

Why the name "Amethyste" for this Cru Beaujolais from Les Frères Perroud? The answer is in the Amethyst strewn soils of the southern slope of the Saburins hill in the village of Quincie, where the Gamay is grown. The wine Itself is beautifully balanced, with expressive notes of black cherry and redcurrant and earthy undertones, but It's sparkling minerality reflective of terroir is the real gem.

Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

There is a layer of amethyst crystal underground giving to the wine each year a unique typicity and distinctive minerality to this vineyard, hence the name. This wine has serious structure and incredible depth for Gamay. I would have certainly mistaken it for true Burgundy in a blind tasting. It's full of earthy dark red cherry fruit with notes of forest floor. This is a wine you can age for another 5 years easily, but in meantime enjoy this powerful and balanced Beaujolais with duck confit or leg of lamb.

Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

The quality of 2015 Beaujolais is really something special. These are wines that we all should be buying and not only drinking but cellaring as well. The Amethyste is a dark and broad wine that has a bit more structure and depth than the Vieilles Vignes. This is the perfect Beaujolais to put a case in your cellar and enjoy over the next 5 years.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

Of all the Beaujolais producers we've begun working with directly over the last year, I'm most smitten with the Perroud bothers. Not only is their portfolio a dynamic and diverse one, all of their wines seem to simply burst with freshness, concentration, and simple charm. The "Amethyste" is a plump and dark fruited Beaujolais that really speaks to the quality of the Perroud family's Brouilly hillside vineyards and the organic and sustainable viticulture they practice. Put this side by side with any other "cru" Beaujolais in the same price point and I think the difference is pretty clear. The "Amethyste" is deeper, darker, denser, and more complex than just about any of its peers. This is quite the find for our Burgundy department.

2014 Capbern, St-Estèphe

2014 Capbern, St-Estèphe ($19.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Packed with the dark tannins and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine, produced by the team of Calon Ségur is intense, concentrated and dark. It has a firm structure, solid and with a luscious aftertaste. The acidity of the year just shows at the end. Drink from 2026. (RV)" (04/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "A self-confident, modern St.-Estèphe with a lot of ripe black fruits and not too much new oak. Its quite bold and generous, but cool and fresh on the finish. Love the spice! Drink in a year or two, but this will age." (02/2017)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Capbern is bold, ripe and quite juicy. Although not especially subtle, the 2014 possesses striking aromatic nuance, power and intensity. Dried cherry, licorice, herbs, tobacco and mint add attractive aromatic topnotes, but it is the wines juiciness that stands out most. This is a strong showing. The 2014 offers plenty of near- and medium-term appeal, but also has enough structure to drink well for at least a number of years. (AG)" (02/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Capbern 2014 (note the new un-appended name that will be introduced with the 2013 vintage) is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. There is appreciable volume on the nose, quite floral with incense developing with time. The palate is smooth and velvety on the entry with sweet tannin. There is a dash of white pepper towards the second half of this well-structured, quite sophisticated Saint Estèphe that sports a long, peppery, slightly earthy, masculine finish. Give this four or five years in bottle to allow those tannins to soften. (NM)" (04/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A fresh, pure style, with an unadorned beam of cassis acting as the main component, while light white pepper, lilac and iron hints fill in the background. Racy finish. Best from 2018 through 2024. (JM)" (03/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Renamed from 2013 - they've dropped the Gasqueton! Not too easy to pronounce. 78% Cabernets, 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. 41 hl/ha, 18 months in 60% new oak. Very floral nose and round and juicy. Punchy and fun. Lots of fruit and very fine tannins...17/20 Points" (04/2015)

K&L Notes: This used to be called Capbern Gasqueton, but the estate changed the name to "Capbern" at the 2013 vintage.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 07, 2017

We've been selling Capbern (formerly known as Capbern-Gasqueton) for several successful vintages at this point simply over-the-counter via in-store recommendations and staff enthusiasm, but it's about time we let the rest of the email list in on the secret. Capbern is Calon Segur's other St. Estephe property that falls between itself and Meyney. What's interesting, however, is that the recent vintages were made by new owners who have invested heavily in the property since purchasing it in 2012. The 2014 vintage is our first look at those advancements and the quality is simply stunning (especially for the price). While we've typically sold Capbern as a "drink it tonight" kind of Bordeaux, the 2014 has the structure and the composition to go five to seven years easily. It's a fleshy and pronounced cabernet-dominated number that packs a lot of power for twenty bucks. I think we'll be making a number of new fans with this release.

2015 Castelgiocondo Rosso di Montalcino "Campo ai Sassi" (Pre-Arrival) ($19.99)

2015 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes

2015 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes ($19.99)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A rich, ripe while still mineral wine, this is concentrated and dense with fruit. It has a good texture as well as a layer of toast that gives extra depth. The wine has spice and a stylish, crisp aftertaste. (RV)" (10/2016)

K&L Notes: Domaine Renaud is a small operation, making Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, and stainless steel for others. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.

Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 30, 2017

Light white flowers, grapefruit peel, and orchard fruit on the nose. DAnjou pear on the palate with yellow plum and apple. Ever-so-slightly minerally with a noted toast characteristic additionally. A great value white Burgundy for just under $20.00.

Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 18, 2016

Easily the best version of this wine in the last 10 years and a great value. This is more forward than past vintages yet also shows greater depth with plenty of crushed citrus and spiced apple fruit and a stony finish. The overt ripeness here is held in check by persistent mineral drive and wonderful vibrancy.

Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 14, 2016

Of the Domaine Renaud wines, this is the richest of the bunch and a total standout. The Pouilly Fuisse is an opulent drinker that shows a judicious use of oak that displays a velvety, soothing texture. On the mid-palate, ripe, honeyed fruit notes of stonefruit and apple shine through while still maintaining it's distinct minerality. Super recommended!

Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 14, 2016

If you are looking for a good, richer Pouilly Fuisse to stand up against Chassagne-Montrachet or Meursault for texture and depth, this is the wine to try! One of the first 2015's we've seen yet in white Burgundy, Domaine Renaud's Pouilly Fuisse old vine is both intense and layered. From the honeyed, fruit laden aromas through the creamy texture and pleasant weight on the palate, this wine over-delivers at every juncture.

Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 13, 2016

The Renaud wines have been my go-to picks for many years now when I am looking for inexpensive refreshing Chardonnay. The Pouilly-Fuisse is made from 50-80 year old vines. This is by far the richest of the line-up. Thanks to the very ripe 2015 vintage, this wine shows tons of concentrated lush fruit along with a creamy texture that coats the mouth. Hints of white peach, green apple and a long mouthwatering finish top it off!

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 10, 2016

Every year the sales staff gets extremely excited about all of the new Domaine Renaud releases. These wines always offer exceptional cost to quality value. We each pick our favorite and covet them because they all sell out so quickly. I love them this year in this case the Pouilly Fuisse may be the best wine I've tasted from them. Ever! Lush apple and pear flavors surrounding by wet stones with a nose of candied ginger and dried lemon peel. Subtle white lilies round out the aromas. The Macons and St. Veran are always top value picks but for a few dollars more, this Pouilly Fuisse competes with some of the biggest names in Burgundy but for a fraction of the price.

2016 Domaines Ott "By. Ott" Côtes de Provence Rosé ($19.99)

91 points James Suckling: "Light salmon color. This is so refined and beautiful with sliced apples, lemon rind and white peaches. Medium body, bright acidity and an ash and lightly fruity finish. Lovely balance to this wine. Drink now." (05/2017)

K&L Notes: Domaine Ott has been a pioneer in rosé since 1912. This graceful blend is 75% Grenache and 25% Cinsault and Syrah. From the winemaker: "BY.OTT is a new wine produced with all the savoir-faire of the Domaines Ott team in the newly constructed cellar of Château de Selle. It is a refined and elegant wine for any rosé enthusiast. The blends originate from select vineyards in Cotes de Provence that have been chosen to ensure that the wine is characterized by fruit and freshness with added finesse and complexity."

2012 Salwey "Estate" Pinot Noir Baden ($19.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Exotic spice and cedar notes mingle amidst plump red cherries and raspberries on the nose of this perfumed Pinot Noir. Firm tannins form a taut foundation to crisp, tart raspberry and currant flavors and savory nuances of dried herb and crushed granite. It's a remarkably elegant, squarely structured wine that should meld beautifully over the next decade. (AI)"

Jancis Robinson: "The Salwey estate has always been an absolute specialist in Pinot, be it Blanc, Gris or Noir. The style has changed somewhat in recent years, replacing an emphasis on power and opulence with greater elegance and structure."

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "The Salwey estate from the Kaiserstuhl area of Baden is truly a family operation, but also quite different. Though the Salwey family’s viticultural roots date back to the 18th century, the winery found international fame in the 1980’s and 1990’s under Wolf-Dietrich Salwey, considered one of Germany’s most outstanding Pinot specialists, and a kind of unofficial ambassador for the unique Pinot wines of the Baden. Now beginning its third generation led by Konrad Salwey, the estate is committed to the classic Kaiserstuhl varietals; Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Konrad is known for experimentation, to take chances with new techniques and procedures in the interest of advancing the style of vinification. The wines are always fermented completely dry and always characterized and defined by the Loess and vulcanic soil of the area. They require the absolute highest standards in tending to the vineyards. 100% of the selection is performed by hand and fermentation is done exclusively with natural yeast mostly in big oak ovals. They avoid fining of the wines and almost always bottle without filtration."

Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

This is true and pure expression of classic Pinot Noir from Baden! Incredibly aromatic it opens up with savory notes of cedar, cloves, forest floor, red cherries and a touch of baking spices. On the palate it's fresh yet savory, full of cherry and spice notes with great length and bright lift at the end. What a treat for such low price!

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 29, 2017

Pinot Noir is one of the world's most prestigious grapes but few are familiar with the versions produced in Germany. Well now, is definitely the time to get on board, as the Salwey delivers the smoky spices that I associate with the Baden region while also delivering ripe red fruit and savory spicy notes. I love cooler climate Pinots for their wilder brushy notes, and the Salwey is reminiscent of the wines of Marsannay and in riper vintages like this, maybe a meaty Pommard. This is exceptional terroir-driven Pinot that is not to be missed.

Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 29, 2017

Nimble, aromatic, rustic yet nuanced this incredibly tasty Pinot Noir from southern Germany seriously overdelivers for the price. Dark with plum fruit initially, the Salwey Estate also has subtle smoke and more obvious spice, with a lingering finish. While it drank beautifully upon first opening, this 2012 only got better with time as the considerable acidity softened and more concentrated berry fruit came forward. Lighter-bodied and focused, this shows off Badens volcanic soil but doesnt come across as sharp, just deliciously bright. I took home two bottles within days of each other, it was so good.

Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2017

This is a great value in Pinot Noir! Don't balk at it's origin! Germany has been producing fantastic Pinot Noirs that tend to slip under the radar for a long time. This lovely wine is lighter in body, with soft, very fine tannin and elegant black cherry notes. Having aged already for a few years, the Pinot is very soft and open, ready to drink without having to decant for hours. This is easily one of the best buys for Pinot in this price range from anywhere in the store.

2014 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico

2014 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico ($21.95)

91 points Vinous: "The 2014 Chianti Classico is a surprisingly powerful, potent wine. Black cherry, smoke, licorice and dark spices fill out the wine's ample frame effortlessly. The sheer depth and intensity are impressive and show why this is such a great site. Sweet rose petal, spice and mint are some of the many nuances that blossom as the wine sits in the glass. Put simply, this is one of the wines of the vintage. (AG)" (10/2016)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "A cool menthol note permeates this wines red berry flavors, adding lift and freshness. The flavors take on more weight with time in the glass, developing baking-spice notes and a braised meat savor. Its a lively match for rabbit ragù." (04/2017)

90 points James Suckling: "A warm red for the vintage with chocolate, spice and berry character. Medium body, soft tannins and a decadent finish. Drink now." (08/2016)

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

Here is one our most popular wines from Tuscany! The 2014 reminds me a lot of the 2004 vintage, black cherries, spicy oak, and a touch of earth. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, with fine concentration, with well integrated & soft tannins. Enjoy tonight (needs decanting time, an hour or so) and over the next few years. Two BIG Thumbs up !!!

2013 Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia ($24.99)

96 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* In my mind, Xanadu has established itself as one of the greatest Margaret River winemakers. Small batch open-fermented, 35% given extended maceration, blended and matured in French oak (40% new barriques) for 14 months. Xanadu paints an unerring landscape of intense, elegant Margaret River Cabernet, with a stream of cassis fruit bordered by gravelly but fine tannins, oak insistently completing the picture. Great value. This year (2017) marks 40 years of Xanadu Wines and following decades of winemaking excellence, it has firmly cemented itself as an Australian wine icon."

94 points Decanter: "Just on the cusp of evolution with sweet toffee, graphite and intense cedar notes, followed by bright fresh horseradish and a kick of blackcurrant. Grippy tanins add dimension; this will settle into something stunning. Drink 2017-2020."

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

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

K&L Notes: *Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon - 2015 National Wine Show of Australia*

Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 09, 2017

2013 was a great vintage in Margaret River, evident in this Cabernet Sauvignon from Xanadu. The nose is bright and expressive. Deeply minty and herbal with some mustard grass notes. Layered with rich, supple dark fruit like cassis and boysenberry as well as hints of mocha. On the palate, big, chewy, and spicy. Dark fruit shines, with mint and herbs present in addition to a tinge of subtle chocolate. Delicious on its own or with herb-roasted lamb

Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

Really drinkable, rich and complex Cabernet. This wine has something for almost everyone. Polished round tannins that create rich and supple mouth feel. Bright fruit that is accented with dusty earth, and subtle oak spice and a eucalyptus high note for those that crave layers to their wines. The wine has plenty of immediate charm and enough stuffing for the collector. All for under $25, if you like Cab, you have to try it.

Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

Wow, the nose on this is gorgeous: with notes of cedar and wet earth, the 2013 Xanadu Estate is reminiscent of walking through a forest, but with the addition of that distinctly Australian eucalyptus hit. Fruit is on the darker side and concentrated, and while this is rich and gutsy, there is restraint, with super soft tannins on the finish. Dusty and drinkable, Xanadu feels more expensive than its price implies, making this a perfect party pick. An old world-style stunner with modern sensibility, this is a spicy, sophisticated Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon that would make Olivia Newton John proud.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

I strongly and passionately feel like Australia is the future of cabernet sauvignon, mainly because it has all the youthful drinkability that California wine lovers appreciate, but with the complexity and depth that we have generally have to wait for with Bordeaux. Because of that dichotomy, the best wines from Margaret River are often compared to the top growths of the Medoc, but as you can see with the Xanadu Estate cabernet here the prices are much, much more affordable (like a fraction of what fine Pauillac would run you). I've tasted this wine about five separate times now and each time I've been taken aback by the concentration of fruit and the subtle accents of earth, spice, and leather. The wine is silky, yet nuanced. It's polished, but in no way sweet or overtly airbrushed. It's just a slam dunk bottle of cab with style and gusto, from a serious plot of land, for a reasonable price, and with a screw cap to boot. It's everything I love about Australian wine right now: panache without pretense.

Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2017

My fetish for Margaret River Cab lives on, thanks to our Aussie Buyer, Ryan Woodhouse. The wines have such a distinctive nose, are not unlike Bordeaux in style and flavor, and have excellent aging potential. The Xanadu is full of notes like cassis, plum, dark cocoa and eucalyptus. There is plenty of the same on the palate, with the addition of baking spices, pepper and gentle tannins towards the finish. There is a lot going on here that makes it ready to enjoy now but it can hang in your cellar for a few more years too. Frankly, at this price you'd be crazy not to stock up with bottles for the upcoming grilling season (which is now, in Southern California) or for that milestone birthday BBQ or pot roast dinner in a few years time.

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 01, 2017

Holy cow. Such an awesome expression of cabernet sauvignon in a true Margaret River style: medium + body, menthol, black fruits, cassis, a hint of white pepper, ripe tannins, and plenty of acid.

Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 01, 2017

Margaret River has been on an absolute tear with great vintages coming thick and fast. The wines often strike a stylistic balance somewhere between Napa Cabernet and Bordeaux but retain their own unique markers at the same time. The fruit is typically rich and concentrated like Oakville; the tannins and poise more reminiscent of Paulliac; the complex aromas of cedar, crushed mint and sandstone are uniquely Margaret River. The quality of these wines hasnt gone unnoticed and huge point scores are amassing! The 2013 Xanadu Estate Cabernet is a slightly more generous, lush style of Cabernet from Margaret River. Saturated dark fruits, blackcurrant, ripe plum, dark chocolate, sweet oak spice and fine broad tannins. Incredible concentration; fantastic value! We bought every case that was available to us as it was just too good to miss at this price!

Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 27, 2017

A truly delicious Cab from a hallmark Margaret River producer. This really is a great value for this complex yet highly approachable wine. It has the structure and earthiness reminiscent of Bordeaux, yet the silky mouthfeel is all courtesy of Aussie fruit. This wine exhibits fantastic balance and is absolutely drinkable now, which is dangerous given its low price point, it'd be easy to pick up a few every week.

2014 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) ($29.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Very aromatic and chalky on the nose with blackberries and blackcurrants. Licorice, too. Full to medium body, savory and chewy tannins, yet this always remains polished with a long and pretty finish. Drink in 2020, but hard not to drink now." (02/2017)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Barde-Haut has turned out beautifully. Dark cherry, mocha, spice, leather and tobacco flesh out in the glass. Effortless, supple and nicely layered, the 2014 hits all the right notes. The midweight style of the year comes through very nicely in this classy, polished Saint-Émilion. Proprietor Hélène Garcin and consulting winemaker Alain Raynaud captured all of the vintage's potential. The blend is 90 % Merlot and 10 % Cabernet Franc. (AG)" (02/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Barde-Haut 2014 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 28 September until 7 October. Matured in 80% new oak, the nose is not a million miles away from the Cathiard family's Poesia: quite upfront in style with cassis, black cherries with just a slight tang of seaweed. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and fine tension. There is good backbone here and a lovely spicy finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. The best wine from Patrice and Hélène Garçin-Léveque this year? Most probably. (NM)" (03/2015)

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2017

With Helene Garcin behind the wheel, this is a property that I've started to buy each vintage regardless of the press. It's a hot value in St. Emilion where I often taste wines at triple the price that don't pack nearly the punch. The soft and supple fruit of the 2014 is more restrained than in riper vintages like 2009 and 2015, but that's actually quite a nice thing. The berries are dark and concentrated and the wine finishes with elegance, much like Helene herself.

2013 Melville

2013 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir ($29.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Light but plump red strawberry fruit mixes with sandalwood, dried sage and thyme on this nose of this estate wine from winemaker Greg Brewer. Lots of spicy herbals show on the palate, from peppercorn and cardamom to thyme and oregano, giving deeper character to the light red-fruit core. (MK)" (12/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the best values in Pinot Noir out there is Melville's 2013 Pinot Noir Estate and it overdelivers in just about every vintage. Firing on all cylinders on this occasion, with complex red fruits, rose petal and sous bois aromas and flavors all soaring from the glass, it's medium-bodied, ripe and expansive, with lots of Sta. Rita character, integrated acidity and a clean, nicely focused finish. Mostly destemmed (60%) and aged 11 months in neutral oak, it's a beauty to buy by the case and enjoy over the coming 4-5 years.Greg Brewer is the genius behind these brilliant wines from the Sta. Rita Hills in Californias Santa Barbara County. I am continually blown away by what they are able to put in bottle, and if you factor in price, these are no-brainer purchases... (JD)" (08/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby-red. Assertive aromas of raspberry, cherry and fresh rose, with Asian spice and woodsmoke accents building in the glass. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering gently sweet red berry flavors and a hint of candied rose. Shows impressive energy and clarity on the long, focused finish, which features a zesty mineral nuance. Really lively for the vintage and balanced to age. (JR)" (06/2014)

92 points Vinous: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills is gorgeous. Bright red berries, red currants, rose petals and mint all lift from the glass in a beautifully delineated Pinot endowed with striking beauty. This is a great introduction to the Melville wines and house style. The 2013 is a blend of 16 clones across the property, done with 35% whole clusters. Winemaker Greg Brewer turned out a gorgeous set of 2013 Pinots at Melville. The wines are consistently of very high quality, something that was not easy to achieve in a year with huge yields. As always, Brewer works with small-lot fermentations, a healthy amount of whole clusters for the Pinots (less for the Syrahs), low levels of new oak and minimal racking, which allows for the personality of each site to come through. (AG)" (06/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "They own 120 acres and Greg Brewer of Brewer Clifton is the winemaker. 100% estate. All neutral oak. A third whole bunch. Very small fermentation vats. Very fluid with violets and freshness. Complete. 17/20 points" (03/2015)

Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 23, 2016

This Estate Pinot Noir from Melville is aromatic and lively, and showcases it's Sta Rita Hills fruit nicely. On the nose you'll find cherry, raspberry, herb and floral notes with underlying baking spices to give it some warmth. This medium-body, ripe, expressive Pinot for just under 30 bucks is a great deal and a solid choice for California Pinot lovers.

Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 21, 2016

Red fruited and herbaceous, this year's estate bottling has plenty of structure and depth to offer. Notes of wild strawberry, dried cranberry and traces of dried rose petals on the finish. Melville parted ways with their head winemaker Greg Brewer (of Brewer-Clifton & La Voix) at the end of 2015 so there's only a few more vintages with his legacy attached to it.

2013 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Crianza

2013 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Crianza ($34.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The wonderful 2013 Crianza from Hacienda Monasterio is one of the great successes from a challenging vintage that resulted in a heterogeneous collection of wines, where you can find the best and the worst. 2013 was a shorter vintage and they didn't do a Reserva or Reserva Especial that year, so the very best grapes from their estate vineyards went into this Crianza. In fact, they sold 40% of their production in bulk. The final blend was 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and they didn't use any Merlot this year. It's a very precise vintage, with symmetry and a chiseled mouthfeel coupled with very good acidity, a little higher than in 2014 and with half a degree less of alcohol. The Monasterio vineyards are south-facing, the warmer exposure in the northern hemisphere, so they have an advantage in cooler years such as this 2013. Since 2012, the vineyards are organically certified, even if they have always been worked that way; the only difference is that they are now officially certified. The fruit is red rather than black and the tannins are super fine and elegant, providing for that laser-cut precision. This is clearly among the best wines from the vintage. In a way it reminded me of the 1996. The severe selection resulted into 134,560 bottles, way below the average, and it really paid off. Bravo! The south-facing vineyards from Hacienda Monasterio are an advantage in cooler vintages, and their 2013 Crianza, from a late and cold vintage, shows it. (LG)" (02/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "So polished and silky with a wonderful texture. Full to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Dark berry and hints of mineral too. Hard not to drink now but better in 2017." (07/2015)

92 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Deeply perfumed aromas of black raspberry, blueberry, floral pastilles and smoky minerals, with hints of cured tobacco and vanilla in the background. Seamless and appealingly sweet, offering energetic red berry and cola flavors and a touch of five-spice powder on the back half. Gains weight with air and finishes on a smoky note, with sneaky tannins adding shape. (JR)" (12/2015)

K&L Notes: Crafted my mastermind Peter Sisseck of Pingus fame, Hacienda Monasterio is a certified organic, no expense spared Ribera that was originally planted with cuttings from Vega Sicilia 20+ years ago and is producing some of the region's great bottlings now that those vines are mature. Not only is it the buy of the vintage in Ribera del Duero, but it might take that title for many vintages before and after it in the region.

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 01, 2017

This dark-colored Ribera packs a lot of punch. Plenty of rich red fruit, earth, spices, chalk, and a soft, round mouthfeel with great texture and an even better tannin profile. Awesome.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 29, 2017

This is the type of bottle you bring to a party where it absolutely destroys every other wine on the table. California fans who appreciate milder Cabs, heavier Pinot Noirs, balanced Zinfandels, and silky tannins from front to back will likely fall head over heels for this lovely little Ribero del Duero. There's a reason the experts have been predicting a Spanish renaissance for years at this point: the quality-to-dollar ratio is absolutely insane (just like partying in Barcelona, you end up getting a carafe of wine, a cheese plate, and endless snacks for like nine dollars). The Monasterio is a seamless wave of absolutely gorgeous red berry fruit that creeps slowly over the palate with precision. I have to imagine the fruit will reside over time and secondary flavors will emerge, but when it tastes this good right now you'd be hard-pressed to lay off. This is beautiful stuff. It's accessible, yet complex. Easy to like, but nuanced and layered. Like I said at the beginning, bring this to a dinner party and set your watch; they'll be oohing and ahhing in a matter of minutes.

Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 29, 2017

There is often plenty of upside to difficult vintages and this bottle is a prime example of such. I'll roll the dice any day when I know that some incredibly high quality (and generally incredibly expensive) fruit is declassified and blended into an entry-level, or estate bottling. This wine is just seamless, showing notes of dark berries, leather and mocha. This should age gracefully for much longer than your average Crianza. This bottle is definitely worth a hard look but frankly, I don't expect it to be here for long.

Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 29, 2017

Never mind Napa, here's a Ribera Del Duero to sink your teeth into! This bold Tempranillo shows power and intensity from start to finish. Framed with ripe, red berry fruit and dark flavored spices, this is lush on the palate with a fine tannin finish. What a killer steakhouse wine, that won't break the bank! Recommended!

Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 29, 2017

Impressive, the nose of this wine is a complex blend of concentrated fruit, spice and earth that reaches out to you and beckons you in. It isnt bursting out of the glass, its pooling under the surface. On the palate this is a really focused, well made wine, in a bit of an international style but for someone like me who doesnt like international style its not over the top. The wine is dense yet very linear, not clunky or fat. Its a powerful, yet supple wine; tannin is evident but with its linear axis aligned the tannins elongate and balance. The finish carries through with a savory, complex fruit character, long and balanced.

Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 29, 2017

A stunning wine, the 2013 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera Del Duero knocks your socks off from the very first sniff from the glass. Loaded with seductive aromas of raspberry, rose petals and spice notes this elegant, delineated wine displays remarkable finesse and complexity. Red fruits, spice notes and cola subtly weave around a core of fine tannins and bright acidity. This wine is delightful and is the perfect match for pork, veal or lamb dishes with its bright red fruit and great balance.

2012 Abbadia Ardenga "Piaggia" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Editors' Choice* Here's a delicious red that opens with appealing ripe plum, blue flower, tobacco and baking spice aromas. Velvety tannins and fresh acidity provide structure and balance, while while juicy black cherry, raspberry compote and licorice flavors envelope the palate. Drink 2019-2032. (KO)" (04/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "I like the dried fruit to this red with blueberry and cherry undertones. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Polished and pretty. Very well done. Drink or hold." (02/2017)

2012 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Beautiful clarity on the nose with lavender, raspberry and violet aromas. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, fresh and simply fantastic finish. Best ever. Better in 2021." (11/2016)

2012 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Dark spice, ripe berry, forest floor, Mediterranean brush and new leather aromas lead the nose on this powerfully structured wine. On the full-bodied palate, baking spice, licorice and pipe tobacco notes accent a juicy black cherry core while firm, velvety tannins provide the framework. Drink 20202030. (KO)" (04/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "Wow. I love the texture and beauty of this young Brunello. Medium to full body with a dense and tightly compacted palate. Dried cherry light cedar and chocolate. It goes on for minutes. Gorgeous now. Excellent acid fruit balance, but will improve with age." (12/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully finessed and elegant wine. It offers a very pleasing sense of balance in which no one characteristic overpowers the next. A dark ruby appearance gives the wine an open and inviting personality. The bouquet produces a subtle medley of wild berry, blueberry, underbrush and toasted almond aromas. The mouthfeel is lean, but it also shows polished and silky persistence. If you don't have the patience to wait, it tastes great even at this early stage. (ML)" (02/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A tight, leafy, balsamic style, delivering strawberry, cherry, underbrush, wild sage, tobacco and iron flavors. Though tannic, this is more fluid than its peers, with a lingering aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2033. 3,750 cases made."

2012 Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a fine expression of sweet cherry fruit, along with tobacco, wild herb and leather flavors. Precocious, with more impact up front than on the finish, yet with a good tannic structure and freshness. Best from 2019 through 2030. 1,666 cases made."

2014 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Tight tannins mask the ripe fruit in a wine that is set for long-term aging, so there is a dry core that dominates at the moment. But not for long: the bold black fruits are insistent and are going to be delicious. (RV)" (04/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "So perfumed with a freshness and beauty that is amazing. Blackberries, black cherries and violets. Full-bodied yet so polished and velvety. Gorgeous finish. A beauty. Best ever in bottle from here?" (02/2017)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Malartic-Lagravière is a gorgeous wine, but it is also flamboyant and exotic, especially in its flavor profile. Super-ripe red cherry and plum make a strong first impression. Sweet floral and spice notes, along with ripe, silky tannins, add to the wine's sensuality. A rich, powerful wine with soft contours and striking depth, the 2014 is a real beauty. It will be even more compelling once the new oak tannins soften a bit further. (AG)" (02/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Malartic-Lagraviere had quite a high-toned, upfront bouquet with kirsch, crushed strawberry, iodine and iris scents that do not hold back. The palate is rounded on the entry with supple tannin, possesses slightly lower acidity than its peers yet remains balanced. There is impressive depth to this Malartic-Lagravière with a subtle white pepper/sage note towards the finish. Though it will be overshadowed by the 2015, this is a well-crafted Pessac-Léognan with the chutzpah that it showed in barrel. (NM)" (03/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Very solid, with a core of dark plum, blackberry and fig preserve notes held in check by tarry grip. Ample singed apple wood and cocoa elements form the frame. Give this time to meld fully. (JM)" (03/2017)

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2017

Malartic Lagraviere is one of about ten Bordeaux producers I would say is undervalued and underpriced given the quality of the wine over the last few years. They've been quietly making some of the best wines in Pessac Leognan and the quality in my opinion has been up there with Smith Haut Lafitte, but the price is about half. The 2014 is another example of that winemaking prowess. It's a beautifully balanced wine with equal parts fruit, minerality, and fine tannins. 2014 is going to be a vintage we look back on and wish we had bought more of for the cellar. This is going to be one of the wines I miss the most when it's gone.

2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($47.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Cherry, leather and iron notes mark this suave, elegant red. A bit reticent now, but the fruit is fresh and long on the finish. The dense tannins leave a mouthcoating impression, but this opens up beautifully over a few hours. Best from 2021 through 2035. (BS, Web-2016)"

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Marking the winery's 40th harvest, this vintage offers classic Sangiovese fragrance: wild berry, blue flower, baking spice and a whiff of new leather. The palate is sleek and elegant, doling out juicy red cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon and star anise, framed by lithe, polished tannins and fresh acidity. It's loaded with finesse and tempting now but will be even better with a few more years in bottle. Drink 20192026. (KO)" (04/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "A juicy Brunello with plum and dark-chocolate character, yet this always remains subtle and fresh. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold." (11/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Altesino is now celebrating the release of its 40th harvest. In fact, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is inscribed with the words 'our 40th Harvest' in gold letters on its front label. This is a truly delicious wine that exceeds my expectations. I love the way it takes full command of the slightly bolder and more opulent dark fruit aromas produced in this hot vintage. Black cherry, plum and crème de cassis converge on the bouquet. Grilled herb, forest floor, licorice and exotic spice play supporting roles. The finish offers moderate acidity on the Sangiovese scale. This means the wine is mush fresher and more tonic than most Tuscan reds. The finish is long and silky. (ML)" (03/2017)

2012 Armilla Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "You could get lost in the enticing fragrance of this wine thanks to wild berry, blue flower, baking spice, chopped herb and saddle leather aromas. The smooth, elegantly structured palate is just as inviting, doling out juicy black cherry, raspberry, cinnamon and white pepper flavors. Polished tannins and fresh acidity lend balance and support. An impressive effort from this wineryone of Montalcino's little known gems. (KO)" (04/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "Dried berries and figs come through on the nose here, underlining the hot growing season. Full body, round and ripe tannins and a dusty finish. Hints of lemon peel. Better in 2019." (02/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Here's an interesting wine from Armilla. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a darkly saturated color and richly intense perfumes of dark berry, dried cherry and spice. The mouthfeel is thickly textured and robust. Yet, the wine also offers a refreshing point of acidity that ultimately gives it a more buoyant and approachable personality. This is a great wine to pair with hearty winter foods by the fireplace. (ML)" (03/2017)

Vinous: "Bright dark red. Dark red cherry and plum aromas with scents of gingerbread and botanical herbs on the nose plus slightly warmer notes of coffee and tobacco. Juicy pure red cherry and saline flavors, this is rather chunky in weight but has a supple texture and a medium-long finish. (ID)" (03/2017)

2012 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of ripe strawberries and spicy tea follow through to a full body, chewy and polished tannins and a succulent finish. Balanced and pretty. Better in 2019." (11/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Frescobaldi family is becoming an ever more important force in the Montalcino territory thanks to recent land and winery investments. The Castelgiocondo 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a soft and supple expression of Sangiovese. This oak-driven wine offers a generous bouquet that is based in part on dark cherry and primary fruit, and in part on spicy tones of toast and smoke. That said, this estate has very much redefined its use of oak and the results show much more balance and purity compared to wines made one decade ago. The brightness of the acidity also comes as a surprise given the warm vintage. That freshness is essential to the wine's aging potential. (ML)" (02/2017)

91 points Vinous: "Good full ruby-red. Perfumed red cherry, herbs and sandalwood on the nose. Enters fresh and juicy, then mountingly tannic with the red cherry and herbal flavors kept under wraps by a strong tannic cloak. This brooding, very youthful Brunello finishes long and crisp, but needs plenty of time to soften and come around. (ID)" (03/2017)

2010 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of oranges, peaches and mahogany follow through to a full body with rich, chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. This is dense, tight, powerful, compressed and incredibly structured. Needs four to five years of bottle age to come out of its dormancy." (01/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a ripe and fruit-forward expression that bursts with energy and red fruit intensity even at this young stage in the wine's life. Thick layers of cherry, blackberry, cassis, vanilla and cinnamon give the wine a bold, opulent personality. The tannins are super tame and docile, even for this more structured vintage. The wine boasts a medium build with bright garnet and ruby highlights. I think Castiglion del Bosco does a great job of executing and delivering this softer style of Brunello that works so well as a companion to the hearty, wintery foods we love most. You can drink it in the near or long term. It has that level of aging flexibility. The 2010 vintage is a great one to taste and buy. Massimo Ferragamo's Castiglion del Bosco shows the fruits of hard labor and major winery investments with the 2010 vintage. This stellar vintage shows us what his vineyards are capable of because the quality of fruit is so good. I can't wait to try the vineyard-designate Campo del Drago Brunello that was not ready at the time of my tasting. The house style favors softness and opulence, but this vintage adds the structure and brightness for truly great wines and longer drinking windows. (ML)" (02/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Complex and elegant, with cherry, licorice, leather and incense flavors. The firm grip of tannins quickly takes over, but this is long, echoing leather and spice. Best from 2019 through 2035. (BS)" (06/2015)

91 points Vinous: "Castiglion del Bosco 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is expressive and beautifully layered in the glass. Crushed flowers, dried cherries, spices, mint and worn-in leather open up nicely in the glass. The flavors are dark and bold throughout, with plenty of mid-palate sweetness that gives the wines its upfront appeal and sense of immediacy. At the same, time, though, there is plenty of supporting structure. This is one of the more open 2010s readers will come across. As such, it is likely to offer its best drinking sooner rather than later. The creamy, textured finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal today. (AG)" (02/2015)

Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 12, 2015

Very user friendly Brunelli, Beautiful blackberry, cherry and lightly toasted oak on the nose. Full and silky, with berry and cherry flavors and soft tannins. This is the 2010 you can drink sooner then later. Stock up on the Bosco, so it will keep you hands off the long-term 2010 Brunellis.

Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 03, 2015

The nose is dense, brooding pools of plum, earth, smoke and hints of wood spice. On the palate the wine is powerful, broad, deep, a muscularly vibrant presence that brings the fruit to life. The wine finishes very long, with a great central focus with hints of wood spice in the finish.

2014 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

96 points Vinous: "I was deeply impressed with these wines from Domaine de Chevalier. The red has a slight upper hand in 2014, but both wines are distinctive and full of character. Olivier Bernard owns one of the crown jewels of Bordeaux, as these wines clearly make evident. The 2014 Domaine de Chevalier is a total knockout. Precise, brilliant and finely sculpted, the 2014 possesses superb intensity. Freshly cut flowers, mint and sweet red berries, along with finessed but persistent tannins, give the wine its regal personality. The 2014 needs a number of years to shed some baby fat and develop the full breadth of its aromatics, but it is a fabulous wine by any measure. The 2014 is 65 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 % Merlot and 5 % Petit Verdot that spent approximately 35 days on the skins. Olivier Bernard noted that the Merlots were brought in between October 10 and 17, which is quite late by the domaine's standards. (AG)" (02/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* The wine is powered both by its tannins and by its great fruit. Dark and dense both in the structure and the black-plum flavors, it is very fine wine juicy and ripe. This is a serious wine with a great future. Drink from 2026. (RV)" (04/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "Anyone who says that the 2014s arent elegant needs to taste this beautifully balanced wine. Ripe redcurrant and delicate herbal aromas with just a hint of spicy oak on the nose precede a fresh, medium-bodied palate with underplayed power and a lot of subtle nuances on the long finish." (02/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Domaine de Chevalier has a wonderful bouquet with pure blackberry, raspberry coulis and iodine-tinged aromas that seem to envelop the senses. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, superb acidity and a sense of symmetry that is uncommon in the 2014 vintage. This is a sophisticated, precise wine from Olivier Bernard that could be one of top wines of the vintage. There is an approachability to this Domaine de Chevalier, which you do not always find, however I would be inclined to give this 3-4 years in bottle. (NM)" (03/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Focused, with a graphite edge that runs from start to finish alongside the dark plum and blackberry purée flavors. Reveals a pretty echo of anise through the finish, which has latent depth. Solid. Best from 2018 through 2026. (JM)" (03/2017)

Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2017

We tasted a barrel sample back in 2015, then again at the UGC just a few weeks ago. The wine is lush and very mineral with lots of earth and red berry. Another winner for this overachiever. Silky tannins and a lingering finish. One of the top values around in Bordeaux reds, These guys know how to make great wines that are also great values.

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

Domaine de Chevalier is one of my all-time favorite properties in Bordeaux, and that sentiment only intensified after visiting the property this past Spring. Not only were Olivier and his wife humble and charming hosts, their wines were just as enchanting. I like buying wine from people who I respect and admire. It always tastes better that way. To say that the 2014 Chevalier Rouge is subsequently better than any of the other vintages I've tasted would be difficult. I've never had a bad vintage from the property and it's one of the few wines from Bordeaux that I'd say I actually "collect." What is abundantly obvious is that the 2014 is significantly cheaper than its 2015 counterpart (at $65) and the 2012 we have in stock now ($55). The wine is easily as good as both those vintages and if you're looking for one of the last real values in Bordeaux, this is it (another reason why I grab bottles when I can afford to). With delicate aromas of red berries along with fine tannins and the classic acidity of Pessac-Leognan, this is a wine that should develop beautifully for decades. It's a wine that allows everyday guys like me to drink the good stuff every now and again; and, believe me, this is the good stuff. If you only buy one Bordeaux from 2014, I would say it's this.

Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 03, 2017

Textbook Dom de Chev! Pure, upfront fruit red fruit with hints of minerals and earth, elegant and as usual perfectly balanced. Lovely wine. Tasted 4-3-15 and again last week in San Francisco 2 Stars from Ralph.

2012 L'Aietta Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Cellar Selection Captivating wild berry, rose, chopped herb and baking spice aromas take center stage in this earthy, stunning wine. The palate mirrors the nose in vibrancy, delivering tight layers of wild cherry, star anise and white pepper notes. Fresh acidity and firm, refined tannins provide a polished framework. It's loaded with finesse and already delicious, but hold for even more complexity. Drink 20202032." (04/2017)

2013 Nada Fiorenzo "Montaribaldi" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

96 points Vinous: "An addition to the range, the 2013 Barbaresco Montaribaldi is magnificent. Dark spices, lavender, sage, menthol and dark cherries are front and center. Large-scaled, ample and super-expressive, the Montaribaldi captures the power and intensity of this site. Sweet mentholated notes round out the finish. What a gorgeous wine this is. The 2013 spent two full years in cask. It needs time to shed some tannin, but it is fabulous even at this early stage.These are some of the best Barbarescos I have ever tasted from Bruno Nada and his son, Danilo. The late harvest produced highly expressive, nuanced wines of a very high level. This year the Nadas have a new wine, the Barbaresco Montaribaldi, which emerges from Cascina Quinto, long considered one of the best and most privileged spots in that site" (10/2016)

2014 Woodlands "Margaret" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia ($49.99)

96 points Decanter: "A graceful and alluring blend which reveals its pedigree slowly, yet with great assurance. A focused core of both black and redcurrant fruit, which is still tightly coiled and reticent. Needs long cellaring."

95 points James Halliday: "79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Malbec. Good hue; this is a dead centre mainstream Margaret River Bordeaux blend; like its SSB, it is a style that Margaret River achieves effortlessly (well, almost), with cassis, dried herb and black olive in a crib of ripe tannins and a dab of new French oak." (10/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Comprised of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 8% Malbec, the 2014 Margaret and is very deep purple-black in color with lovely blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar, violet, cloves and cinnamon stick notes plus a touch of chocolate. Medium-bodied, taut and muscular, this blend has commendably firm tannins with a very long baking spice laced finish. A very classy Bordeaux Blend indeed. 95+ (LPB)" (03/2016)

K&L Notes: Comprised of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. This is one of the estates reserve bottlings sourced entirely from the original home block vineyard. The wine is very concentrated and structured. Deep black fruits at the core with savory tobacco and charred oak. A full bodied wine made with longevity in mind. The moderate 13.5% alcohol is representative of the cool end to the 2014 growing season that allowed extra flavor development in the Cabernet fruit without over-ripening. Interwoven with the brooding fruit is a distinctive mineral presence from Margaret River’s ancient soils. The wine is powerful but also has lovely freshness owing in large part to the sites exposed location and proximity to the rugged southern ocean. All of this is well polished during 18 months in 50% new top quality French oak. Drink 2017-2727. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine Buyer) 96 points Wine Front: "Intense fruit of the blackest kind, spice, tobacco and black olive, with cedar oak and a whisper of violet and chocolate. Medium bodied, but firm and well-knit, with bright acidity, an almost juicy pop of small berries, tobacco oak, and gravelly tannin trailing on a long precise and pulsating finish. Almost a hit of liquorice in the aftertaste? This is right in the slot for Margaret. A great release."

Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 06, 2017

Wilyabrup Valley is essentially the Rutherford Valley of Australia, i.e. it's one of the highest end sites in the region, and this wine definitely lives up to the region's reputation. This is a powerful, but refined Cabernet with plenty of fruit character. Margaret River can at times produce wines that are too woodsy and vegetal, but Woodlands hits the nail on the head by pruning the vines correctly and picking at just the right time. Margaret River wineries are well on their way to perfecting their Cabernets and the "Margaret" from Woodlands certainly deserves the high scores and praise it has gotten. Absolutely delicious wine!

2012 Cordella Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Fascinating aromas of dried oranges, blackberries and black truffles follow through to a full body, fine and integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. Very well-crafted. Made from organic grapes. Drink or hold." (02/2017)

2012 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

95 points James Suckling: "The plum-fruit character with salted almonds here is fascinating. Full body, and this really grows on the palate, showing a powerful depth of fruit and wonderful length. Drink in 2020." (11/2016)

91 points Vinous: "Bright, full red-ruby. Nuanced, scented nose combines raspberry, blackcurrant, tobacco, and an intense flinty note. Suave, juicy and complex, with harmonious acidity giving shape and freshness to the plum and mocha flavors. This subtle midweight finishes with smooth tannins, very god balance and lingering perfume. A big success for Talenti. (ID)" (03/2017)

2012 Cortonesi "Poggiarelli" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and dark Indian tea follow through to a full body, chewy and powerful tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Generous and structured. Try in 2020." (11/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This special vineyard site is located in the southeastern quadrant of the appellation known for more opulent and structured wines. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Poggiarelli lives up to this billing. The bouquet bursts open with immediate intensity. Bold cherry, blackberry, spice, clove and black truffle rise to the top. The mouthfeel shows mid-weight consistency with fine texture and mild freshness. (ML)" (03/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Good bright medium ruby-red. Aromas of raspberry, green tea, licorice and violet. At once smooth, sweet and nicely delineated, with good floral lift to the red berry and lightly saline flavors. Finishes with sweet tannins and sneaky concentration and length. (ID)" (03/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A charming mix of cherry, strawberry, tobacco and underbrush flavors, this turns lean and tense toward the finish, offering firm, dusty tannins, echoes of tobacco and a touch of leather. Best from 2021 through 2035. 334 cases made."

91 points Wine & Spirits: "A dark and savory Brunello built for aging, this wine offers flavors of roasted mushroom and black spice bound together by rigid, earthy tannins. Some black cherry flavors lurk beneath the tannins, mingling with sanguine notes that add to the wines rustic character. Let it rest in the cellar for a few years, or decant and pour with a rare steak." (04/2017)

2012 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino "Pianrosso" (Pre-Arrival) ($64.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This is all about finesse and beauty with such great length and polish. It literally melts in your mouth. Full-bodied yet agile and vivid. So many undertones of cedar, berries, cream and light toffee. Fabulous. Contender for the wine of the vintage." (12/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona is one of the headline estates of Montalcino and the Pianrosso single vineyard is known for its consistency and the steady grace of its performance. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso does not quite reach the heights of the outstanding 2010 vintage. This release comes near in terms of power and purity, although it bears some of the weight of the hot vintage. The darkness of fruit is more pronounced and the tannins are a bit softer. Make no mistake, the thick soils of the Pianrosso site have helped to achieve impressive balance. The long finish offers tobacco, balsam herb and dried fruit. (ML)" (02/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This red balances juicy cherry and plum fruit, tobacco and leather accents, and firm yet pliable tannins. As a result, this is vibrant and long, with earth and iron elements emerging on the aftertaste. (BS)" (04/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Good full red. Captivating nose combines dark red berries, sweet spices, botanical herbs and licorice. Sweet and sappy but still youthfully closed, his conveys a more powerful mouthfilling saline impression of extract than the Brunello classico. Finishes suave and rich, but with a strong underlying acid-tannin spine providing support. (ID)" (03/2017)

2012 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($64.99)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Immensely inviting, this opens with fragrant pipe tobacco, crushed berry, new leather and pressed violet aromas. On the palate, firm, refined tannins underpin juicy black cherry, raspberry and cinnamon flavors, while orange zest accents and an energizing mineral note lift the finish. It's beautifully balanced with bright acidity and will reward a bit of cellaring. Drink 20202032. (KO)" (04/2017)

94 points Vinous: "Vivid dark red. Ripe aromas of red cherry, blood orange and stone fruit. Smooth, dense and juicy, with flavors similar to the aromas but complicated by notes of fresh herbs, sweet spices and hints of flint. Long and suave, with noble but youthfully chewy tannins providing support. Knockout classic Brunello, in fact, one of the years best. 94+ (ID)" (03/2017)

2012 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($64.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made strictly according to the Sangiovese playbook, the Il Marroneto 2012 Brunello di Montalcino shows that exacting Sangiovese precision and personality. This is Alessandro Mori's greatest talent. He takes this workhorse grape and gives it a platform to articulate its most hidden and intricate inner feelings and sentiments. This is a bright and very tight red wine that will benefit from more years to flesh out further. All those budding aromas of wild berry, licorice, cola, and blue flower are strategically in place and ready to explode in time. The wine opens to a luminous dark ruby color and a compact mouthfeel that is spicy and fresh on the close. This is an impressive annata wine that shows the personal evolution of a man and his estate. (ML)" (03/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Forest floor, wild berry, new leather and balsam are some of the aromas you'll find in this bright, linear red. On the palate, firm, polished tannins support ripe red cherry, white pepper, andcrushed mint notes with a hint of black tea. It's still young and tightly wound but already boasts stunning elegance. Drink 20202032. (KO)" (04/2017)

93 points Vinous: "Bright deep red. Youthfully reticent nose offers aromas of strawberry, raspberry, minerals and violets. Clean, fresh and juicy, with knockout inner-mouth perfume to the red berry and cherry flavors. Finishes long, vibrant and multilayered, with a delightfully refined mouth feel. An early candidate for the wine with the finest tannins of the vintage. (ID)" (03/2017)

2005 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most masculine and structured of the group, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is locked and loaded, with serious concentration, big tannin and no shortage of length on the finish. Coming from a year that featured a cool summer and then scorching temps around harvest, this beauty doles out loads of creme de cassis, licorice, graphite and crushed rock-like minerality, as well as a seamless, perfectly balanced profile. (JD)" (08/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Showing beautifully, with intense fig, black currant and boysenberry fruit and dark chocolate, date bread, spice and mineral notes. This is both powerful and pure at the same time, with a superlong finish. Seriously structured. Drink now through 2030. (JM)" (11/2007)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Ripe, powerful boysenberry and blueberry aromas are deepened by musky tobacco and dark chocolate. Weighty dark berry flavors verge on thick; initially brooding but brightens with air, picking up an energetic, stony character. Red fruits build on a long, sappy finish. A serious style, and not for those who demand elegance. 93+ (JR)" (02/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Cask sample. Deep dark black cherry with opaque core. Incredibly dense and dark on the nose. Brooding but inviting but with a hint of pâtisserie sweetness. Terrific fruit density and tightly packed fruit, like a tightly closed door with light behind it. Tannins are dry and fresh and beautifully fine. 18/20 points" (03/2007)

K&L Notes: 96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This sample was opened two days ago but wow, what a wine! This has more intensity on the nose than the 2004, touches of macerated black cherries, stewed figs, a touch of raisin and honey. Very good definition. A powerful, swarthy nose, hints of black olives developing. The palate is full-bodied but with stunning definition and balance. Amazing focus and poise. Firm tannins; a solid Chateauneuf-du-Pape, certainly a vin de garde and is imbued with longer longevity. A little dry on the finish but that merely lends this bravura Chateauneuf so much freshness. A great wine." (01/2009)

2012 Altesino "Montosoli" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Fantastic aromas of blueberries, plums, bark and wet earth follow through to a full body, velvety and polished tannins and a wonderful finish. Refined and persistent on the finish. Drink in 2019 and onwards." (11/2016)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Balancing power and grace, this wine delivers alluring aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry, raspberry compote, grilled herb, licorice and tar. Vibrant acidity and firm, velvety tannins provide freshness and structure, while a hint of pipe tobacco closes the lingering finish. Drink 20202032. (KO)" (04/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This finds good equilibrium between the ripe berry, cherry, tobacco, iron and tea notes. Firm and chewy, with hints of leather and underbrush on the long aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035. (BS, Web-2017)"

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Always a crowd pleaser, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli is a beautifully crafted wine. It shows depth, intensity and loads of authenticity both in terms of grape variety and territory. Dark cherry and blackberry rise from the bouquet with spice, pipe tobacco and moist earth in tow. The wine is layered and nuanced. That Sangiovese authenticity comes through loud and clear on the palate. This is a mid-weight wine with polished but firm tannins and evident acidity. It shows a burst of freshness on the finish. Montosoli ages in large Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. It is fully equipped for a long aging future ahead. (ML)" (03/2017)

91 points Vinous: "Good full red. Pure mineral driven aromas of raspberry and red cherry, with hints of licorice and tar. Nicely delineated and sweet with a strong raspberry quality dominating on the palate, this is more autere but very similar to the entry level wine in its aroma and flavor profile. The finish is long and offers repeating nuances of licorice and tar. 91+ (ID)" (03/2017)

2014 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

96 points James Suckling: "A big black-cherry and bitter-chocolate nose leads into a rich, concentrated palate, where the fruit easily holds sway over the powerful, dry tannins. Its these that drive everything along right through to the assertive, slightly earthy finish; impressive long-term stuff!" (02/2017)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* This is a powerful wine, made to age for a long time, from this estate which is performing in top gear. Complex tannins and dark fruits both make their presence felt. It has weight, ripeness and a dense structure. A great success, it is unlikely to be ready to drink before 2027. (RV)" (04/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This has a generous feel, with ripe fig, boysenberry and blueberry compote fruit flavors that are entwined with alluring roasted apple wood, melted licorice and warm fruitcake notes. The broad, mouthcoating finish has a terrific graphite underpinning to stay honest. (JM)" (03/2017)

94 points Vinous: "In 2014 Smith Haut Lafitte produced an exceptionally soft, sexy Grand Vin. Dark cherry, plum, tobacco, licorice, menthol and red-toned fruit are all nicely delineated, while expressive floral notes give the wine a closing flourish of aromatic intensity. The 2014 is quite pretty, if a touch slender. It will drink well with minimal cellaring given its soft contours and supple, inviting personality. The blend is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. (AG)" (02/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Smith-Haut-Lafitte has a fragrant mulberry and strawberry scented bouquet with cedar and subtle undergrowth scents emerging with time. There is something almost Musigny-like here (written as a complement incidentallywhy not be compared to the greatest Burgundy Grand Cru?). The palate is medium-bodied with a soft and mellow opening. Quite spicy in the mouth with leather-tinged fruit on the open and inviting finish, there is something very approachable about this Smith-Haut-Lafitte, though like the 2014 Pape-Clement, it contains the substance to drink well over 10-15 years. (NM)" (03/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Rich, candied note to the nose - modern and friendly. Black cherry with a barbecue smoke aroma. The wood influence is prominent but not dominant. Finishes with a fine layer of tannin. (RH)" (10/2016)

Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 11, 2015

A very elegant nose of black currant, plums, brown sugar, coffee and graphite, which follows on the palate. It is all a bit restrained now, not surprising being such a young wine, but it is all there. The body is medium to full, and the acidity gives it a nice freshness throughout It will blossom into an incredible wine. I liked very much. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot

2014 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Intense blackberry and blueberry aromas as well as mushroom undertones. Violets, too. Sweet tobacco. Full-bodied and layered with polished tannins. Very long and beautiful. Give it two or three years to show what it has but already a beauty." (02/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pape Clement has quite a potent bouquet with lavish red cherry, kirsch, iodine and pastille-like scents, the oak probably needing another couple of years to fully integrate. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine line of acidity, quite refined and focused with appreciable tension towards the finish that comes laden with succulent, tobacco-infused blackberry fruit. This is a sumptuous and yet refined Pape-Clement that demonstrated the most matière or substance out of all the Pessac-Léognan 2014s that I tasted, except for the Haut-Brion. It is certainly a wine destined for a long future. (NM)" (03/2017)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pape Clément is strikingly beautiful. Dark, sumptuous and creamy, it exudes class. Black cherry, mocha, spice, espresso, menthol and new leather are all pushed forward in a spherical, rich wine that captivates all the senses. As always, this is an overt style, but the purity of the fruit comes through nicely now that the oak has started to integrate. There is plenty of the Magrez trademark richness, but done in a slightly more restrained style than in the past. This is a gorgeous wine by any measure. (AG)" (02/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Ripe and richly fruity, the wine is full bodied with great acidity as well as firm tannins. It will keep for many years. Bold tannins and a fine tension between the fruit and acidity are all promising for the future. (RV)" (04/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Lavish in profile, this sports a range of warm fruitcake, anise and black tea aromatics followed quickly by a gush of raspberry, plum and boysenberry confiture notes. Velvety, showing ample structure through the finish, pulling the fruit and wood notes together. A rare bird, stylistically, in this generally understated vintage. (JM)" (03/2017)

2012 Domaine Tortochot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($109.99)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A pretty and more expressive nose features elegant aromas of assorted red berries, newly turned earth and a lovely floral note, all of which is trimmed in a whisper of oak. There is excellent volume and plenty of punch to the mouth coating and intense medium weight plus flavors that possess plenty of dry extract that coats the palate and imparts a seductive, even silky texture to the balanced, complex and lingering finish. A Charmes of refinement but should drink well both young and old." (01/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru comes from 41-year-old vines. It has an attractive, open-knit bouquet that veers toward a more terroir-driven profile than a more typical fruit-driven one: tart cherries rapidly given way to woodland, autumnal scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and poise. While it does not quite possess the persistency of the Mazis-Chambertin, it is nicely focused and poised. If seeking a more understated Charmes-Chambertin and you are unable to forage one from Denis Bachelet (join the club), then do consider this as an alternative. Drink 2015-2025+ (NM)" (02/2014)

2005 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Laurence" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($129.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence is terrific, and is certainly the finest release since the 98 and 01. The same blend as the classic cuvee (85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and other varieties), it spent a full 48 months in old foudre prior to bottling. Gorgeously complex, with soaring garrigue, saddle leather, beef blood, iron and distinct minerality, this beauty is full-bodied, rich and layered on the palate, with a massive amount of fruit and tannin. Intense, Provencal, layered and decadent, enjoy this beauty over the coming 10-15 years." (02/2015)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This old-school version shows the dense, grippy profile of the vintage, with a great tannic backbone running through the mulled black currant, maduro tobacco, brick and roasted chestnut flavors, all enveloped by lush spice, bacon and espresso notes. All muscle now, but has the seamless balance to cellar for its full potential. Best from 2014 through 2030." (06/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Scents of raspberry, cherry, herbs and dried flowers, plus a hint of black olive. Juicy, finely etched red fruit and anise flavors become spicier with air and pick up a note of white pepper. Finishes with outstanding clarity and impressive thrust, echoing the sweet red fruit notes. Paul Feraud emphasized that the objective in making this wine has always been to provide a bottle that's ready to drink on release." (01/2010)

2010 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Pre-Arrival) ($279.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Shows superb complexity in terms of aromas with cedar, berry, ginger, flower and plum character. Full body and firm and very silky tannins that have been polished to near perfection. This wine just gets better and better with each sip. Better in 2018." (11/2016)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Poggio di Sotto has released one of the wines of the vintage. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva fulfills the promise of its category. Brunello Riservas are aged for six long years before their release, thus insuring extra intensity and complexity. This wine delivers both in abundance. The bouquet is more sophisticated and deeper than the Annata and in addition to dark fruit and blackberry, this wine shows an extra dose of clove and spice. In the mouth, the wine is smooth and silky, but it also shows impressive power and length. This Riserva will deliver its best performance for those who are willing to wait ten years or more." (03/2016)

96 points Vinous: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is rich, powerful and explosive. Dark cherry, plum, spice, menthol and a host of balsamic, mentholated notes flesh out in the glass. As is often the case with the Poggio di Sotto wines, the Riserva has noticeable volatile acidity, but here, is a thread in a very rich fabric with many, many strands. In 2010, the Poggio di Sotto Riserva is unusually dense and virile. It will be interesting to see if it gains a bit more finesse over time." (02/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Initially shows acetone aromas, then opens up to reveal complex flavors of sour cherry, spice and leather matched to a racy, elegant profile. Silky in texture and almost ethereal, with a long, minerally aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2033. 300 cases made. -BS" (06/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Initially shows acetone aromas, then opens up to reveal complex flavors of sour cherry, spice and leather matched to a racy, elegant profile. Silky in texture and almost ethereal, with a long, minerally aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2033. 300 cases made. -BS" (06/2016)

1986 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial Rioja (Elsewhere $700)

1986 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial Rioja (Elsewhere $700) ($499.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is a triumph. An amazing white showing roasted pineapple, dried apple, flowers and hints of lemon curd on the nose. Hints of almonds, too. Full-body, closed and tight with amazing depth and beauty. Waxy, salty, and creamy. Goes on for minutes. 21 years in wood, seven in concrete and then about three years in bottle. First year since 1978. Viura with a hint of malvasia. I have the same mind-tingling sensation tasting this as tasting the 1963 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco. Another perfect wine." (12/2016)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I have been terribly excited about this wine since I first learned that (part of) it was still in cement waiting to be bottled in September 2013. I consider the rare white Castillo Ygay one of the greatest white wines ever produced in Spain, and the 1986 Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial is a great addition to the portfolio of the winery--an historic wine that is coming back to life. I did a vertical tasting of many of the old, historic vintages of this wine, and they are included in a separate article in this very same issue. This 1986 had seen the light as a limited early release bottled in 1992 and sold around 1995, and some bottles might still be found in the market. But most of it remained unbottled and was kept at the winery, where it stayed in oak for 21 years, followed by some six years in cement vats until it was bottled. It has 13.5% alcohol, an extremely low pH of 2.98 and 6.75 grams of acidity (tartaric). It has a very subtle nose and it's a bit shy, a little closed at first. It was only bottled one and a half years ago, and it's not crazy to say that the wine is showing extremely young. The wine shows more open the day after, when it has developed some nuances of mushrooms and verbena tea. This is mostly Viura with perhaps a pinch of Malvasía Riojana (aka Alarije). The palate is both powerful and elegant, with superb acidity and great length, with volume and sharpness, with a mineral, umami-driven finish. (LG)" (08/2016)

96 points Vinous: "Pale gold. Pear nectar, orange zest, beeswax, fennel, vanilla and honey on the explosively perfumed, highly complex nose. Densely packed citrus and pit fruit, candied fig and chamomile flavors are sharpened by juicy acidity and a jolt of minerality. Juicy, penetrating and sappy on the extremely long, spice-laced finish, which eventually leaves behind mineral and orange pith notes. (JR)" (05/2017)

K&L Notes: Depending on whom you ask, Marques de Murrieta is either the oldest, or second oldest continually operating bodega in Rioja. Their wines are fantastic across the board, from the Reserva bottling on up, but this Gran Reserva white is by far their most rare. Incredibly it is a current release wine at 30 years of age! The first 100 point review, a first for a Spanish white, caused quite a stir in Rioja this year. While we applaud the efforts of critics who must put pen to paper to describe this inimitable, long aged white, we will simply say that the wine is a true original, an experience all unto itself.

1990 Latour, Pauillac

1990 Latour, Pauillac - 6 available ($799.99)

100 points Wine Spectator: "This is one of my favorite wines ever. Full-bodied, with layers of silky fruit and masses of currant, mineral and berry character. Amazing. It's a wine with perfect structure, perfect strength. It's 1961 Latour in modern clothes. It's hard not to drink it now. (JS)" (02/2005)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-deep red. Great vibrant nose of redcurrant, licorice, minerals and tobacco, along with a minty austerity. Thick and large-scaled, like an essence of Pauillac. Really explodes in the middle palate. Incredible unfolding peacock tail of a finish. A monumental, powerfully structured wine with great long-term aging potential." (08/2002)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one of the more perplexing Latours to evaluate. It has plenty of sweetness as well as a gorgeous, rich fruitiness, but it lacks the firmness one finds in more recent great vintages such as 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008. There is plenty of sweet, ripe currant fruitiness, abundant glycerin, and full body, but Im still waiting for that extra nuance of complexity to emerge. Its all there, but the wine still seems to be more monolithic than one would expect in a wine approaching 19 years of age. It is not the sure-fire winner I thought it was in its youth, but then again, I dont have any reason to doubt that more complexity will emerge. (RP)" (04/2009)

K&L Notes: From an opulent, well-structured, classic Bordeaux vintage.

1990 Margaux, Margaux

1990 Margaux, Margaux ($874.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1990 Chateau Margaux has turned into a sensational wine that eclipses both the 1988 and 1989...and then some. It has a gorgeous, ethereal bouquet with sumptuous red berry fruit, leather, camphor and licoriceit is the kind of nose in which you just immerse yourself. Is there a hint of brettanomyces here? If there is, I don't really care. The palate is soft and sensual with incredible depth. Fleshy and corpulent for Chateau Margaux, and yet surfeit with breeding and finesse, there are layers or red fruit, kirsch, sage and fig, later tobacco and cloves. I feel that this 1990 Château Margaux is at its peak and yet the harmony, the sheer swagger of this wine just wins you over. Magnificent. Tasted May 2016. (NM)" (10/2016)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Wonderfully perfumed nose combines redcurrant, plum, mocha, minerals and rose petal. Plush, fat and rich, with great sweetness and class. This has utterly compelling mouthfilling richness. Finishes smooth and endless, with great breadth. This wine showed fabulous potential from barrel, but this is the first truly outstanding bottle I've had. Drink 2005 through 2035. (ST)" (08/2002)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A stunner, with a glorious aromatic display of mulled plum, blackberry and cherry notes seamlessly melded with rooibos tea, singed balsa wood and ground vanilla bean accents. The structure is so fine-grained that it's almost hard to find, but the marathonesque length shows it's there. As gorgeous as it is, this remains a hair behind the modern greats in terms of concentration. Still, it should hold at this peak for some time. Awfully close to the '89, but sometimes we have to split hairs. (JM, Web-2014)"

Jancis Robinson: "Very deep flavoured and concentrated with a hint of yeast extract (Marmite). Bold, dark and savoury with some sweetness although the sweet aspects of this wine were not emphasised by the fact that it was served immediately after a Rousseau Clos St-Jacques 1999. Not a wine to turn down. 18/20 points" (07/2016)

2006 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L - 6 pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) - 2 available ($7,199.00)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Best of 2009, Cellar Selection* At the time it was shown as a barrel sample in early 2007, this was the best wine of 2006. That accolade remains. It has all the power of the Cabernet Sauvignon in Pauillac, which was the greatest success of the vintage. That power comes from the dense tannins as well as the black plum and spice flavors and minerality. The texture becomes velvet, giving a final richness, but never losing its long aging potential. In a year that is good, but not at the top, Mouton has made a great wine." (03/2009)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Mouton-Rothschild vertical in London, the 2006 Mouton-Rothschild was really the wine that put winemaker Philippe Dhalluin on the map, in the sense that unlike the 2005 born in a great vintage, this 2006 had to transcend it. It remains one of the standouts of the growing season and actually replicates previous showings just the week earlier and in January. As expected, the nose has quite brilliant delineation with blackberry, graphite, here an almost cold slate-like scent. The palate is harmonious with the carefully judged acidity, fine-grain tannin and immense detail on the finish. Recent bottles suggest that it may close up for several years, in which case, either enjoy this in the next few months or cellar this for a few years and receive vinous dividends down the line. (NM)" (01/2017)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of cassis, blueberry, cedar and graphite. Wonderfully pure and silky in the mouth, with great subtle, slow-building intensity and superb energy and thrust. A real essence of cabernet sauvignon and Mouton terroir This one really rattled my brain-in the gentlest way. As silky as it is, it possesses bottomless depths. Finishes with big but noble tannins and outstanding length. I loved this wine the spring after the harvest, and it's even more impressive today. This should go on for decades, but today it's hard to imagine this wine going through an extended sullen stage. 96+ (ST)" (05/2009)

95 points James Suckling: "This is an eye-opener with a tight core of complex fruit character as well as subtle chocolate and spices. Full body, firm tannins and a classy finish. Holding back. Much better than expected. A vintage forgotten. Better in 2018." (11/2015)

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.

2005 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($8,499.00)

98 points James Suckling: "This accelerates on the palate with incredibly ripe tannins and finesse. Full body, roasted fruit, leather and grilled meat. Dried flowers, too. It shows superb tannin backbone and polish. Tight and youthful. Just starting to open. Currant and berry undertones with lead pencil are impressive. Better in 2018 but so delicious now." (10/2015)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Château Mouton-Rothschild is a deeply impressive First Growth. It has been blessed with a sensational nose that comes racing out of the blocks with audacious scents of black fruit, cedar, smoke and pencil box (Philippe Dhalluin mentioned that the signature smokiness/fireside hearth was tangible in around 80% of the vats during élevage). There is a sense of bravura here, of aristocracy. The palate is medium-bodied with sumptuous black fruit, perhaps beginning to soften in texture, one or two years off its plateau. There are layers and layers of black fruit intermingling with graphite and black pepper, and it wisely reins everything in on the finish that is more classic in style and in keeping with the vintage. If you are fortunate enough to have this wine in your cellar, even though those tannins are starting to be abraded by time, afford it another five or six years. Tasted August 2016." (01/2017)

98 points Vinous: "One of the highlights in this vertical, the 2005 Mouton Rothschild is exceptional. Dark, powerful and explosive on the palate, the 2005 is endowed with magnificent depth and richness. Just at the early part of its drinking window, the 2005 is sure to drink well for many years from here, especially if it is given a little bit of air. The 2005 is a stunning Mouton, but it needs time to fully blossom. Harvest took place between September 21 and October 6. The blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and just 1% Cabernet Franc. 98+ (AG)" (05/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Dark purple black in color. Complex aromas of mineral, licorice, lead pencil and blackberry follow through to a full body, with ultrafine tannins and a caressing, pretty finish. Has a lovely texture. Shows elegance and refinement. (JS)" (03/2008)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Explosive, superripe aromas of black raspberry, currant, graphite and tobacco leaf. Outsized, opulent and generous; this big boy saturates the entire mouth. There's an almost exotic character to the plum and cedar flavors. Spreads out impressively on the back end, coating the palate with ripe tannins. The 2006 is at once finer and more powerful, with more noble tannins, but this is more opulent. (ST)" (06/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Today, if you decant it four hours before, you really can enjoy this vintage -- my favourite in recent years to drink. Dark lustrous ruby. Great energy. Sweet and bloody and maybe a little more transparent than the average Mouton but lots of appeal. Mineral notes. He deliberately made a less extracted wine. Masses of tannin and masses of fruit here. 18.5+/20 points. (JR)" (09/2015)

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