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New Arrivals and Back In Stock Highlights - March 28th, 2017 - 04/04/2017 - Preferred Customer Alerts

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

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2014 Falesco Vitiano Rosso 91 $9.95 View
2014 Castillo de Viñas Crianza Rioja $9.99 View
2013 Cantine di Ora "Amicone" Rosso Veneto Price: Hidden View
2015 Adegas Valtea Albariño Rias Baixas $14.99 View
2011 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja 92 $14.99 View
2016 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rosé 91 $14.99 View
2015 D'Amico NOE Orvieto 91 $16.99 View
2016 Château de Peyrassol "Commanderie" Côtes de Provence Rosé $19.99 View
2016 Château de Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé $27.99 View
2010 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 375ml (Pre-Arrival) 95 $29.99 View
2015 Chappellet "Mountain Cuvée" Napa Valley Red Blend $32.99 View
2014 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon $34.99 View
2015 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville-50th Anniversary" Alexander Valley Zinfandel 95 $37.99 View
2010 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93 $39.99 View
2014 Stolpman "Originals" Ballard Canyon Syrah 95 $39.99 View
2012 Domaine Lionnet "Terre Brulée" Cornas 94 $46.99 View
2013 Bernard Levet "Les Journaries" Côte-Rôtie 94 $54.99 View
2014 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 93 $54.99 View
2013 Bernard Levet "La Chavaroche" Côte-Rôtie 95 $59.99 View
2013 Fuenteseca Huerta Singular "El Maguey" Blanco Tequila (750ml) $79.99 View
1976 LAN "Viña Lanciano" Reserva Rioja $89.99 View
1970 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja $129.99 View
2006 Cain "Five" Spring Mountain District Bordeaux Blend $139.99 View
2014 Continuum Oakville Bordeaux Blend 99 $219.99 View
2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 95 $259.99 View
2013 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 95 $324.99 View
2006 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 94 $499.99 View
1950 Marques de Murrieta Reserva Rioja $499.99 View
1985 Domaine Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Cros Parantoux" 97 $4,999.99 View


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2014 Falesco Vitiano Rosso ($9.95)

91 points James Suckling: "A soft and velvety texture red with orange peel, chocolate and plum aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, fresh acidity and a flavorful finish. Subtle at the same time. This is always one of Italy's excellent value reds. Drink or hold." (07/2016)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 01, 2017

The 2014 Vitiano garnered a well deserved thumbs-up from the Hollywood crew. It's a tremendous value red that offers more than is expected at the price. It's great as always with plenty of concentrated and juicy, ripe black fruit and plum flavors with great length on the finish. Worth stocking up on.

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

It is just the kind of wine you want when you sit down with a little bread and cheese or when you open something to drink while cooking dinner. Rich and complex, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Super Umbria & Super Price !

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 10, 2017

Equal parts Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot create an intriguing, modern Umbria Rosso. While it has some Super Tuscan- like qualities, the wine has softer wood tannins and more fleshy fruit on the palate. The nose is spicy and smokey. The fresh red and black fruit brightens up the palate while the spice elongates the finish.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

The nose of this wine just explodes out of the glass, plums, chocolate and a bit of savory spices. On the palate the wine has waves of lush richness that seem to lap up against your cheeks, boldly fruity with those plumy chocolaty flavors. The finish is complete and leaves a feeling of bold opulence, like youve really had an experience. All in all this is a pretty amazing wine for the price point and the perfect sort of Tuesday night wine!

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2014 Castillo de Viñas Crianza Rioja ($9.99)

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2013 Cantine di Ora "Amicone" Rosso Veneto Price: Hidden

Amicone is made from predominantly Corvina grapes (same grapes that go into Amarone) but are dried for a shorter period and on the vine not on mats like Amarone. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged in French oak tonneaux for 8 months. The result is an easy drinking full-bodied red that has lots of rich soft, smooth texture.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 17, 2017

This is a rich and luscious wine from the Veneto. Dark cherry, plum, subtle herbs and spice and a hint of chocolate on the nose. Soft tannins and enough acidity to tie everything together. This is a hearty red that is easy to drink, think anything from the grill or with a little cheese on a cool and foggy evening.

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2015 Adegas Valtea Albariño Rias Baixas ($14.99)

Our second vintage of this DI Albariño, this wine shows everything we like in the grape: hints of lemongrass, lively stone fruit and a brisk, saline tinged palate. Located in the sub-zone of Condado do Tea, where the days are a bit warmer and evenings are slightly cooler, there is a wonderful mid-palate presence to complement the typically lean and mineral qualities of Albariño. A classic with any shellfish, especially Dungeness crab!

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

Aromas of ripe honeydew melon, orchard fruit and wet stone draw you in. Stone fruit, lime zest, and lemon peel flavors on the palate are complimented by a more round and rich mouthfeel atypical of most expressions of Albariño. Try with shellfish (especially lobster!).

Staff ImageAnthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 29, 2017

The latest Albarino offering from Adegas Valtea is a must-have for anyone who loves the varietal. The thing that most stands out to me is that the wine offers a much fuller approach than most I have tried. A rich and round mouthfeel that has an expressive apple and tropical fruit appeal. Beautifully integrated acid and a nice long, dry finish make this an instant classic.

2011 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja ($14.99)

92 points James Suckling: "Floral and subtle fruit character on the nose follows through to a full to medium body, soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. So refined. Hints of herbs and pepper towards the end. Drink or hold." (12/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Baked, rooty aromas of sandalwood, exotic spices and berry fruits are attractive. Though slightly grabby on the palate, this shows the right structure and build. Flavors of up-front oak, herbal plum and raspberry finish dry, with firm, pinching tannins. Drink through 2021. (MS)" (08/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Pretty fruit flavors of strawberry and raspberry mingle with vanilla, spice and light herbal notes in this alluring red. The tannins are light but firm, while citrusy acidity keeps this fresh through the vanilla-scented finish. Drink now through 2021. (TM)" (05/2016)

Vinous: "Dark red. Dried cherry, blackberry, licorice, game and a building vanilla quality on the perfumed nose. Pliant, appealingly sweet dark fruit and oak spice flavors show good depth and no rough edges. Finishes smooth and gently spicy, displaying a repeating vanilla note, soft tannins and good length. (JR)" (01/2017)

K&L Notes: Bodegas Muriel is located in the town of Elciego in Rioja Alavesa. The vineyards are located in both Alavesa and Rioja Alta and are planted on clay and limestone soils. The wine is aged for 24 months in a mix of French and American oak and then bottled and aged for two more additional years before its release.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

Charming Rioja. Immediately enticing with dark fruit laced with oak and spice. Medium bodied with a suppleness that you do not normally find in Rioja. Moderate tannins, acidity and oak that are well integrated into the dark fruit. It goes down a little too easy and you want to reach for more. I liked it before I knew the price; I liked it even more after I was told $15!

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

This is a fantastic value in Rioja. Supple fruit, with ample body, juicy acidity, and gently spicy flavors just scream Rioja. This is the kind of red you can drink with or without a meal, pour for your guests who drink California reds or those who tend to prefer other stuff, and it will just work out and make everyone happy. Tasty and strongly recommended.

Staff ImageMuriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 07, 2017

First, let me say how cool it is to share my name with Bodegas Muriel. Of course if the wine was bad, that wouldn't be cool. Not to worry, this is a fantastic wine at a great price. I got black fruit and dried sage on the nose. In the mouth, the plum fruit had some warm ground spices that added to the texture. The tannin was subtle with a lengthy finish. I was pleased with this wine, but I was impressed when I re-tasted it 24 hour later, it bloomed. It was smoother and more complex. There was elegance to it that wasnt there the day before. This is a must for any Rioja fan. And again Im not just saying it because my name is on the label!

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

This is a great example of delicious Rioja, drinking beautifully now. Bodegas Muriel makes wine in a darker-fruited style, with a fair amount of body and good sweet spice from the oak aging. On the nose the wine displays gorgeous berry fruit, and gives way to mocha, red earth and baking spice on the palate. The tannins have softened beautifully here, but they still certainly have the structure to age for the long haul.

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2016 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rosé ($14.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "The origins of this estate go back to the 13th century when it was the property of the Knights Templar. The large 400- acre vineyard has produced this fine rich wine, full of ripe red fruits and with a bright herbal edge. It is bone dry, crisp and ready to drink." (06/2017)

90 points Rhone Report: "A year in, year out stellar bottle of Rosé, the 2016 Coteaux dAix en Provence is another winner. White grapefruit, tangerine and citrus all emerge from this juicy, refreshing, deliciously crisp Rosé that has vibrant acidity. This release has racy acidity, yet the fat of the 2016 vintage and a terrific layer of fruit. Drink it over the coming summer. (JebDunnuck.com)" (09/2017)

90 points Vinous: "Light bright orange. Mineral-accented citrus fruit and red berry scents show very good clarity and pick up a suave floral note with aeration. Chewy and tightly wound, offering juicy cherry and red currant flavors that slowly put on weight as the wine stretches out. Shows good tension and cut on the finish, which lingers with strong, minerally persistence. Drink 2017 - 2021. (JR)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: Sustainably grown, certified Qualisud. Bargemone is among the foremost estates of the Coteaux d’Aix, a small fine-wine district in the larger appellation of Provence. A benchmark producer of the delicious, dry rosé for which Provence is famous, the Commanderie was founded by the Knights Templar in the 13th century, and is home to a proud viticultural tradition with more than 160 acres of sustainably grown vineyards. Offering classic aromas of wild strawberries and red currants, with a light, floral character and a crisp, bone-dry palate, this is a rosé of reference, to be enjoyed year-round on its own or with a wide range of lighter fare and Provence-inspired cuisine. Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault from 25+ year-old vines. Stainless steel vinification. Two days settling at cool temperatures followed by a cool, ten day fermentation. No malolactic fermentation. Termed a "perennial favorite" by several leading critics and wine magazines, the wine consistently scores 90-92 in the major press, a sharp showing for a rosé.

2015 D'Amico NOE Orvieto ($16.99)

91 points James Suckling: "A bright and easy white with lemon and pear aromas and flavors. Medium body and crisp acidity. Very pretty wine. Drink now." (11/2016)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 22, 2017

Paolo and Noemia DAmicos winery is situated on the edge of a region tentatively scheduled to be a Unesco World Heritage Site. When you see it you know why. The regions landscape is otherworldly; the area is covered by a giant layer of volcanic tufa that has been dramatically sliced open, leaving the white calanchi which give the area a Badlands look. The DAmico family are shipping magnates and they purchased this land and winery as much for a getaway from nearby Rome as to produce wine. Once they got started, they were committed to making really good wine. They chose their site well. In this stunning landscape, a limestone-filled soil allows for wines of great finesse. With that in mind they hired Alsatian winemaker Guillaume Gelly. Guillaume uses biodynamic farming for the propertys 50 acres of vines. His page 5 light touch with winemaking brings forth vibrant, spice-filled wines. The town of Orvieto is a short drive away from the north end of the DAmico property as it reaches briefly into Umbrias DOC of Orvieto. The 2015 DAmico NOE Orvieto is based on the indigenous Grechetto blended with Trebbiano and a bit of Pinot Grigio. You can tell from the start that the wine is special. The nose smells a bit like an apple pie, those sweet apple aromatics with cinnamon and toasted crust. Yet once the wine is on your palate youll stop thinking of dessert because the wine has a savory character with hints of sage and a bit of saltiness to go along with concentrated pear and

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 10, 2017

A beautiful, aromatic Orvieto with engaging complexity. It has the fresh acidity and minerality often found from the region with wonderful texture and balance from the warm 2015 vintage. All is tied together with layers of spice and savory elements to create a long, enjoyable finish.

2016 Château de Peyrassol "Commanderie" Côtes de Provence Rosé ($19.99)

The name of the estate is the first indication of its long, illustrious past. Located in the heart of Provence, near routes traveled by Crusaders in the early Middle Ages, the Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded by the Knights of Templar who were dedicated to protecting the Crusaders en route to, and in, the Holy Land. The first recorded grape harvest took place in 1256 and winemaking has continued uninterrupted throughout the centuries. When the Templars were brought down in 1311 by the King of France, who was nervous of their power and jealous of their wealth, the Knights of Malta became the fortunate owners of the Commanderie. They remained in control, flawlessly maintaining the vineyards until the French Revolution, when it was taken over by the State. The Rigord family purchased the estate in 1870. The current proprietor, Francoise Rigord, has been making the wines at Peyrassol since 1981 and has now been joined by her son, Francois. This is just what spring and summer weather ordered. Drink it down well chilled and with lots of black olives, tomato-based dishes and fish.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

Some of the benchmark wines we receive every year are the coveted Peyrassol rosés. These are always limited production and disappear quickly. The 2016 is a serious wine as always. Showing light red currant and stone fruit notes, this is just getting started. Beautiful texture and weight lead to a long finish.

2016 Château de Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé ($27.99)

Located in the heart of Provence near routes traveled by Crusaders in the early Middle Ages, the Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded by the Knights of Templar who were dedicated to protecting the Crusaders en route to, and in, the Holy Land. The first recorded grape harvest took place in 1256 and winemaking has continued uninterrupted throughout the centuries. When the Templars were brought down in 1311 by the King of France, who was nervous of their power and jealous of their wealth, the Knights of Malta became the fortunate owners of the Commanderie. They remained in control, flawlessly maintaining the vineyards until the French Revolution, when it was taken over by the State. The Rigord family purchased the estate in 1870. The current proprietor, Francoise Rigord, has been making the wines at Peyrassol since 1981 and has now been joined by her son, Francois. The "Château" wines of Peyrassol are their premium bottlings, selected from the finest plots of the oldest vines at the estate. The winery describes: "Pale in color, with soft rose-tinted overtones, Château Peyrassol radiates freshness. Its subtle nose of citrus, vine peach, apricot and fine floral notes is inviting. It has a beautiful, dense palate, delicate and lively, and is notable for its balance and full body, punctuated by a long, fruity finish. It is the perfect accompaniment to fish soups, carpaccios and all varieties of grilled fish, but will also add sparkle to red berry desserts."

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

Some of the benchmark wines we receive every year are the coveted Peyrassol rosés. These are always limited production and disappear quickly. The gorgeous 2016 Côtes de Provence Rosé has spectacular flavors of white peach and a glycerol texture that persists on the palate.

2010 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 375ml (Pre-Arrival) ($29.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of dried rose petal, orange peel, oyster shell and hints of dark fruits. Full body, very fine tannins with a mineral, berry and orange-peel and Tuscan-dust undertone. A structured, salty, savory finish. Better in 2017." (12/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Castello Banfi's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the ripest wines I have tasted from this vintage. The bouquet opens to chewy tones of cherry or raspberry preserves with dried prunes and figs at the back. This is no surprise considering the softly sloping, sea-facing vineyards located in the lower part of the appellation where temperatures are slightly warmer on average. There is no doubt that this is an impeccably crafted wine (it sees 50-50 aging in French barrique and larger oak casks) that aspires to a great level of intensity, power and fullness. The mouthfeel is round and immediate with sweet fruit flavors. This Brunello will appeal to those who like a softer side of Sangiovese." (02/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of eucalyptus, baked plum, leather and licorice complement the chocolate, leather and tar flavors. On the savory side, with dusty tannins finishing balanced and long. Best from 2016 through 2028. 48,500 cases made. BS" (06/2015)

2015 Chappellet "Mountain Cuvée" Napa Valley Red Blend ($32.99)

Praise from Antonio Galloni: "Quality is on the rise at Chappellet, one of the most historic wineries in Napa Valley. Winemaker Philip Corallo-Titus credits new state of the art optical sorting equipment for much of the upswing in quality. Corallo-Titus adds that the recently built new winery also allows him to keep temperatures low during aging and therefore use less SO2. All I could think while tasting these wines is "What took so long?" Surely the Chappellets have had the means to make these investments for years, if not decades. Then again, running a multi-generational family winery with many stakeholders can't possibly be easy. Still, there is no question the newer wines at Chappellet are terrific." (10/2015)

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 07, 2017

I get a lot of customers who come into the store looking for a bottle of Napa Cab for a dinner they are on their way to. At $30 Napa Cab can be really hit and miss, but this Bordeaux blend is an absolute home run. This wine has tons of intensive fruit, is totally upfront an accessible, and an exceptionally balanced bottle that will wow the table from the moment it is opened. I can't stress enough the quality here, but anyone who loves full-bodied reds from Napa should really consider this a house wine whenever having guests for dinner. If you're looking to wow someone with a bottle, this is a total bullseye.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 01, 2017

All five Bordeaux varietals are blended harmoniously in this dangerously drinkable Chappellet Mountain Cuvée. Chappellet is famous for Bordeaux varietals, with It's high elevation terroir on the Eastern side of Napa, on Pritchard Hill. Here the grapes achieve maximum ripeness, having access to the morning sunlight coming over the Vaca mountain range. Medium bodied yet fruit forward, this wine delights with luscious flavors and aromas of ripe strawberry, cassis and blueberry, caressed by a soft tannin.

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2014 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($34.99)

Provenance Vineyards began all the way back with the release, in the early 2000s, of the 1999 version of this Rutherford Cab. At that point in time I was new in the wine biz and just learning the ropes. I was working at a small shop and we tasted a ton of wine together, which really helped bring my palate along rapidly, and I can still remember tasting the first vintage of this wine. Tom Rinaldi had just left Duckhorn to help start this winery and everyone was intrigued about why he would do such a thing...I mean, he made wine for like 20+ years at Duckhorn and helped them build their brand from scratch. But once we tasted the wine we knew we were in for a fun ride. Now 18 years later or so we are still reaping those rewards. (Bryan Brick, K&L Wine Merchants)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 05, 2017

The nose on this wine lets you know that it is underplaying, yes it's from Napa but there isn't any over the top sweetness to it. There's a subtle mix of earth, spice and fruit, none dominating another. On the palate the wine has a balanced, fresh feel it still has weight and texture but doesn't come across heavy. The finish is clean, balanced with lots of complex flavors, an excellent choice for a Napa Cab in this price point.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 06, 2017

This wonderful newly released 2014 is all about the balance. Lovely, dark berry fruit with nicely done background spice and a touch of minerality. Lush, but very balanced with a lingering, spicy finish to keep everything interesting. A wonderful value!

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

This was definitely one of our top sellers last year and it is good to see it back in the new vintage. For those looking for a little more elegance and honesty in their Cab this is the wine for you. Good acid, red berry and bramble, and a touch rustic this wine showcases the grape over manipulation. All of this and the wine is still only $35 which is almost unheard if these days. I believe that this wine may just fly out of here as fast as it did last year.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

I loved last years Provenance Cab, but this 2014 may be even better. Less showy than the 2013, however it is all you'd want in a California Cab. Dark fruited with baking spices and silky tannins, this is a solid bottle of wine for 35 bucks!

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

Hot on the heels of the wildly popular 2013 vintage, this might even be slightly better! It's a wonderfully structured classic Napa style Cabernet very much in the style you expect from Provenance perhaps slightly less ripe than the 2013 but certainly more balanced. Just beautiful!

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2015 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville-50th Anniversary" Alexander Valley Zinfandel ($37.99)

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Sporting a deep mix of dark fruits that runs from cassis to blackberries along with complexing elements of cocoa and earthy spice, this year's edition of the Ridge Geyserville evokes all the accustomed richness that we have come to expect. It is a well-extracted and eminently ageworthy offering whose tannic, youthfully tight structure warrants a wait, but its astringency is never out of bounds and its insistently fruity finish is the hallmark of a wine guaranteed to repay five or more years of keeping with great dividends. *Three Stars*" (05/2017)

94 points Vinous: "It's hard to believe that Ridge's iconic Zinfandel Geyserville celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2015. Today, the wine is quite deep, powerful and unyielding. Of course, the low yields of the vintage have a lot to do with that. I am not surprised winemaker Eric Baugher decided to give the 2015 a few more months in barrel, as there is a lot of stuffing here. The interplay of fruit, aromatics and acidity is compelling. Red cherry jam, pomegranate, rose petal and woodsmoke infuse the finish. The 2015 is going to need time to be at its best, but it is impressive. (AG)" (08/2017)

92 points Rhone Report: "Another wine from this estate that has a terrific track record for aging beautifully, the 2015 Geyserville checks in as a blend of 70% Zinfandel, 15% Carignan, 12% Petite Sirah, and the balance Alicante Bouschet. It offers elegant, lively notes of spice plums, leather, white pepper and brambly herbs in a medium-bodied, silky, charming, and undeniably elegant style. It stays fresh and lively on the palate, and like most of these 2015 Zinfandel releases, is already a joy to drink. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Big but polished, with floral black cherry and roasted dill aromas and rich, slightly earthy flavors of dark plum, licorice and spicy clove. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet. Best after 2018. (TF)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: 70% Zinfandel, 15% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 3% Alicante Bouschet. Ridge has made the Geyserville as a single-site Zinfandel in every year since 1966.

Staff ImageIvan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

In Ridge's 50th year, they are still proving why they are considered some of the best Zin producers in California. The Geyserville (70% Zinfandel, 15% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, and 3% Alicante Bouschet) is a gorgeously dark and balanced example of what they do so well, showing warm baking spice, black and white pepper, and melted licorice on the nose, while the velvety strawberry and blackberry flavors coat the palate. The tannins are sweet but not without grip, and there is a vein of mouth-watering acidity that keeps things lifted. Incredible value.

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

The 2015 Geyserville is a quintessential example of how great a vineyard and how amazing this wine has been for the last 50 years. Expressive notes of dark red berry and blackberry, clean bramble and savory baking spice explode on the nose but that's what you should expect from any zin-based field blend. The Geyserville is leagues above the rest with its rich, full bodied yet structured and lifted palate. It has fruit and texture while also being simultaneously savory and salty. And the final kicker of this already fabulous wine is the bright, quenching acidity on the finish that lets you know how well this elegant and structured wine will age.

Staff ImageJordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

If anyone has ever asked themselves what is Great California Zinfandel ? Here is the answer . The Geyserville 50th is beautiful a dark purple and has dark fruit flavor with some bramble and earth. Lush & smooth with lift. drink now or lay down

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

Ridge is without a doubt one of the best producers of Zinfandel in California and every year the Geyserville bottling is may favorite. This year proved that once again that pound for pound the Geyserville is my favorite Zinfandel in the store. What I love about this bottling is that there is always a beautiful acid core that drives this wine forward. This year shows lovely cool red fruit with notes of red berry and some spice. The 2015 vintage has excellent structure and like all of Ridge should age but is drinking so well right now it is hard to think about aging when you just want to start drinking.

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

It's Geyserville's 50th anniversary, and the wine is everything you love about Geyserville. Always one of my favorite Zinfandel bottlings from Ridge, Geyserville is full, rich and luscious, without being flabby or sweet. The 2015 is already fairly open and expressive, with boisterous black fruit and subtle pepper spice. I can't wait to see where this vintage goes with a little time, though. There is plenty of structure and elegance here that will certainly make for great aging.

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2010 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($39.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A stunning effort and showing the class of the vintage, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is comprised of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that spent 24 months in foudre prior to bottling. Rich, textured and medium to full-bodied, with ample black cherry, olive tapenade and subtle meatiness, this traditional effort stays pure and lively, with fine tannin emerging on the finish. (JD)" (12/2013)

93 points Vinous: "Vivid ruby-red. Suave, smoke-tinged red fruit and floral pastille aromas show very good clarity and licorice and cracked pepper add complexity. Sweet and focused on the palate, offering sappy, gently chewy raspberry, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors that put on weight and spread out slowly with air. Gentle tannins give shape and grip to the clinging, impressively persistent finish, which leaves notes of berry skin and candied flowers behind. There's less Grenache than usual in this year's bottling, which no doubt contributes to the wine's spine and structure. (JR)" (04/2016)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Long aging in cask and bottle has mellowed this wine into a complex beauty, as notes of smoke, herbs and baking spices weave through the cherry liqueur flavors. The wine lasts with a steak-like savor, meaty and earthy, and holds those flavors strong for a week after opening. That bodes well for its cellar potential, though its also delicious now with a lamb-and-black-olive braise." (02/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A solid, brick-house version, with roasted mesquite and alder notes providing the frame while the steeped plum, raspberry and black currant fruit core waits in reserve. A charcoal accent pins down the finish. Should open steadily with cellaring, though this will likely maintain a pleasantly rugged feel. (JM)" (11/2015)

K&L Notes: Guigal still remains the benchmark by which most Rhone producers are measured. Consistently pulling in the highest scores for their icon wines in the northern Rhone, probably their greatest workhorse and best value lies in the south with this Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Every year it receives high accolades, even taking home a Wine Spectator "Wine of the Year" award for the 1999 release. The 2010 is utterly delicious and approachable, ranking with some of their best vintage releases to date, including 2007, 2001 and dare we say the legendary wine of the year 1999!

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 11, 2017

One of the truly exceptional vintages of the last twenty years. Rich and fragrant nose, full of blackberry and ripe, red fruit with sligh notes of cedar and black pepper. A touch of bacon fat and raucous acdity give way to tighly focused fruit. Nicely structured, young to be sure, but still accessible after a bit of decanting. A well built power-house of a wine with a resonating finish.

Staff ImageIvan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 06, 2017

For such a large, famous winery, Guigal still surprises with its refusal to conform to trends. Eschewing the steroidal fruit and extraction common in this category these days, Guigal is producing well-balanced, deeply complex old-world style Chateauneuf. Classic aromas and flavors of cassis, figs, black raspberry, minty herbs and anise, sandalwood, black pepper, and a swirl of warm spices close out the finish. Still a baby, this bottle could use another 5-7 years in the cellar. Pair with a rack of lamb with mint chimichurri.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

We never can get enough Chateauneuf, especially ones with a few yawning years behind them, having bided their time, waiting for the sudden turn of the knife and twist of the screw. Once released, they often remain reticent, cautious, as they are finally allowed to relax and unravel their veiled charms in the glass. And this Chateauneuf-du-Pape opened slowly, revealing after several hours in the decanter a delicate finesse and suppleness to the pitch-perfect red berried fruit, Provencal herbs, smoky tea and seasonal spice notes, with well-rendered tannins and a wonderful savory finish. A super value in a superb vintage from this renowned producer, drink now or cellar for another decade. Cheers!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 24, 2016

It's so nice that Guigal has the foresight to release this wine with a little bottle age on it. With most producers on to 2013 and just releasing 2014, you get something with a couple more years on it and from a great vintage to boot! The wine is classic Chateauneuf with flavors of roasted cherries, oolong tea, dried blueberries, potpourri, thyme and north African spices. Beautiful perfume and balanced on the palate this wine is perfect for seekers of immediate pleasure and those willing to wait for a few more years.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 23, 2016

The 2010 Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape is such an excellent buy! It delivers amazing aromas of rich, dark fruit with a shade of baking spices and vanilla. Then, on the palate the fruit brightens up and comes alive, blending perfectly with medium-bodied tannins to create a lush wine that's big enough that you know you can hang onto it for several years, but balanced and structured enough so that it is also delicious NOW. I've definitely been less satisfied by more expensive CDPs, making this a MUST BUY if you like the style.

2014 Stolpman "Originals" Ballard Canyon Syrah ($39.99)

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Three Stars and a Good Value Designation* One of the first wineries to see Ballard Canyon's potential as an important locale in which to grow and make wines from classic Rhône varieties, Stolpman is very much an original and continues to produce some of the state's finest Syrahs. This particular effort shows great varietal definition and depth with loads of peppery spice and a strong gamy streak indelibly marking it as nothing other than Syrah. It is a big, intense, fully ripe, well-constructed wine that does not abandon structure and balance in its successful pursuit of richness, and, in the end, it is counted among the more collectable Syrahs of the vintage owing to its precision as much as to power. Be in no hurry to gulp it down." (07/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice" Very savory aromas of roasted lamb, bacon fat, teriyaki and crushed pepper meet with light blueberry and a touch of mint on the nose of this delicious, well-rounded bottling by winemaker Sashi Moorman from the vineyard's oldest blocks. The palate kicks off with a zesty acidity, then come waves of black pepper-crusted beef roast, oregano, bay leaf, dark plum fruit and lavender. The solid structure ensures cellar potential but it's ready to drink today." (03/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Syrah Originals Estate is another outstanding effort from winemaker Sashi Moorman. Made in a ripe, textured and hedonistic style, it has beautiful purity in its blueberry, blackberry, salty mineral and creamy licorice aromas and flavors. Fermented with 65% whole clusters and aged 15 months in neutral French oak, its upfront and ready to go, but will keep nicely for 4-6 years. (JD)" (08/2016)

92 points Vinous: "A dark, fleshy wine, the 2014 Syrah Originals offers up an attractive array of peppery/savory notes that add aromatic top notes to a core of dark fruit. Powerful, dense and rich through to the finish, the 2014 is a big wine that could use a few more years in bottle to fully blossom. The 2/3rds whole clusters are nicely integrated throughout.Peter Stolpman and his wife, Jessica, along with their team headed by vineyard guru Ruben Solorzano and winemakers Kyle Knapp and Sashi Moorman, continue to make important strides at their Ballard Canyon estate. Stolpman describes 2014 as a year with warmer nighttime temperatures and therefore narrower diurnal shifts than are common here. The 2014 Syrahs are generally mid-weight wines (within the context of Ballard Canyon) made with more attention towards finesse than pure power. Stolpman's Roussanne L'Avion (which sometimes includes Chardonnay) remains one of the Central Coast's most distinctive whites. From what I have seen of late here, the best is yet to come. (AG)" (06/2016)

Staff ImageAnthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 24, 2017

Their 'Originals' Syrah is made from the oldest plantings they have and are also the oldest in the Ballard Canyon. Because of the age of the vines and use of dry farming, the yield is less than other blocks on the property. The small clusters of fruit they do produce are both rich and concentrated. They sort the fruit, using mostly whole clusters and ferment in cement, relying on the stem influence to add wood texture and tannin. The wine is elegant, powerful and focused allowing the limestone soil to fully show its influence on the vineyards. Blackberries and blueberries are in the fore front while undertones of pretty red flowers, smoke, and just the right amount of black pepper give the wine complexity and richness.

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2012 Domaine Lionnet "Terre Brulée" Cornas ($46.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made by Ludovic Izerable and crazy good, the 2012 Cornas Terre Brûlée is a stunning Cornas that spent 18 months in 2- to 8-year-old barrels and demi-muid. Offering up notes of black raspberry, cassis, currants, ground herbs, spice and insane minerality, it hits the palate with a full-bodied, rich, yet taunt and pure texture that carries vibrant acidity and length. Still reserved and backwards, give this beauty another 3-4 years and enjoy bottles through 2027+. (JD)" (12/2014)

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2013 Bernard Levet "Les Journaries" Côte-Rôtie ($54.99)

94 points Vinous: "(aged in all older foudres): Dark purple. Powerful, strongly perfumed blackberry and cherry liqueur scents pick up sexy floral and spicecake nuances and a hint of smokiness with aeration. Rich, seamless and broad on the palate, offering concentrated yet lively black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors energized by juicy acidity and an intense mineral quality. Finishes smooth, sweet and extremely long, with velvety tannins and a strong echo of peppery spices and smoky minerals. (JR)" (03/2016)

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 11, 2017

Levet is an old-school producer and this is exactly the style of Syrah that I like. I don't get the point of spending $50 on Syrah anywhere else when this stuff is available! It's not always here but when it is I always grab some. The color is dark purple with flecks of red. Needs some air to really get going, but expect an intoxicating nose of burning incense, dense blueberry jam, exotic flowers, smoked bacon, and fresh spices. In the mouth it's rich but not heavy. Dense pepper and gorgeous dark fruit. The palate is surprisingly lifted and open although the full elegant tannin begs for another few years in the cellar.

Staff ImageIvan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 27, 2017

This is the type of Syrah that reminds me why I love the varietal so much, what with its super-traditional nose of black and blue berries, ground coffee bean, cracked peppercorn, cedar, and even a little smoky bacon. This Rotie is round and powerful, but there is finesse and softness to the velvety fruit, along with comfortably integrated acidity. Top notch Syrah meant for a top notch meal.

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2014 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon ($54.99)

93 points Vinous: "One of the many highlights in this range, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is terrific. The effects of the drought and resulting heat stress come through in the wine's structural feel and bold, incisive flavors. Even with all of its intensity, the 2014 has a certain silkiness in its tannins that makes it approachable today. Of course, the 2014 will be even better in another few years, but opening a bottle on the early side is not a crime. The 2014 spent 27 months in French oak. Readers who are looking for a more affordable alternative to Ridge's iconic Monte Bello should consider the 2014 Estate. Look for the Estate to be a real overachiever in 2014 as well as one of the best - possibly the best - California Cabernet in its price range. (AG)" (08/2017)

92 points Rhone Report: "Moving to the Bordeaux blends, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate from Ridge is an inky colored, ripe, downright sexy Cabernet that gives up ample notes of blueberries, cassis, vanilla bean, and licorice. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, this full-bodied 2014 has a big mid-palate, good freshness and lots of chalky tannin on the finish. It has plenty of baby fat currently, but should round into form with 3-4 years of bottles age. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Made in a style that demands patience and cellaring, this is taut, firm, dense and sturdy. Not showing much now, but like good Bordeaux, this is built to age. (JL)" (07/2017)

K&L Notes: A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, this intense yet balanced wine offers blackcurrant, cherries, clove, toasted oak, and cocoa. Brambly, rich, supple yet firm, this lovely will bring pleasure tonight or for years to come.

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

Ridge Vineyards wines always seem to deliver. This 2014 Estate Cab. is no exception. It offers nice dark fruits that are rich and delicious but it is not too ripe or jammy. It is a dry wine that is a classic California Cab. I think that it will be best with hearty foods.

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

It seems like only the other day we were all crooning over the 2013 releases from Ridge, yet here is another pristine Cabernet from the "Estate" line. 2014 keeps up the same excellent quality and depth that we have all come to expect from the Estate Cabernets, showing lovely resin, rosemary, and green olive aromas, with excellent, full-bodied dark fruit, lithe tannins, and well-placed acidity that highlights rather than overshadows the fruit. I highly encourage all of you to pick up a bottle or two or six! Always under-rated next to the more famous "Montebello", the Estate Cabernet is quite exquisite, and one not to be missed!

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 06, 2017

At our staff tasting of 4/4/2017, this (and three other wines) were my favorites out of about 30 selections. Super big nose of black cherry and boysenberry. On the palate, however, super structured with fine tannin and oak. Black plum, dark red fruits and the (just right) amount of earth and tobacco make this one of the best vintages of this wine that I have ever tasted.

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

I've been buying this wine every year since I first started working at K&L and this 2014 edition might be my favorite edition thus far. It's absolutely lovely. There's plenty of plush plum and dark berry fruit, but with that acidity and earthy spice that make Santa Cruz Mountain cabernet what it is. It's full and supple on the palate, but again that weight doesn't overwhelm or throw off the balance in any way. This is a great mid-range bottle of serious CA cabernet.

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2013 Bernard Levet "La Chavaroche" Côte-Rôtie ($59.99)

95 points Vinous: "Brilliant violet. An explosively perfumed bouquet displays intense black and blue fruit liqueur, incense, olive and floral pastille scents underscored by a smoky mineral quality. Broad, weighty and surprisingly lithe on the palate; sweet, palate-coating blueberry, cherry cola and candied violet flavors show superb concentration and energy thanks to a spine of juicy acidity and repeating minerality. Strikingly vibrant, seamless and persistent on the finish, where the mineral and floral notes emphatically repeat. (JR)" (03/2016)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While no 2012 was presented, I was blown away by Levets 2013 Côte Rôtie La Chavarouche Cuvee Speciale (released as La Peroline in France). Gorgeous on all accounts, with a deep, mineral-laced slant to its black raspberry fruit, cracked pepper, and violet/floral nuances, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, bright acidity and impressive density. It shows more and more tannin with time in the glass, so short-term cellaring is advised here. It should have 15+ years of overall longevity. (JD)" (12/2014)

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 10, 2017

This is definitely the wine of the vintage for Levet, but it's still just a tiny sliver of its potential self. Nonetheless, the nose is extreme and potent. Dark berry, gravelly minerals, sweet fresh vanilla, cocoa, cherry mouth-coating and crunchy. Absolutely stunning stuff. Drink it now and you'll be bowled over, but keep your dirty mitts of it for 5+ years and you'll be wildly rewarded.

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2013 Fuenteseca Huerta Singular "El Maguey" Blanco Tequila (750ml) ($79.99)

What specifically makes Enrique's single-site expression so incredible? Let's start with the aromatics. From the minute you pop the cork and begin nosing the bottle, sweet smells of incense, roasted agave and tropical fruit inundate the senses. Absent entirely are the aromas of pepper, savory spice or vegetal notes that usually accompany the fruitier tones. It's as hedonistic as unadulterated tequila can smell, in my experience; but the spirit is not without spice on the whole. The first sip builds on those enticing aromas, but a huge dollop of baking spices, sweet agave nectar and candied papaya lights up the palate before they take hold. I can't reiterate strongly enough the pure and electric nature of the roasted agave flavor. I'm not sure how many people have ever chewed on a piece of cooked blue agave, but having done so numerous times I can safely tell you that never have I tasted this literal of a translation into the spirit itself. The finish is where all of these elements come into focus. The lift of the baking spices builds with the alcohol and turns into sweet citrus. The roasted agave notes breathe heavily thereafter and the combination lingers for a full minute before fading gracefully. Tasting this blanco is like taking your first sip of Haut-Brion or Richebourg; it's on that level of sophistication. It's the best blanco tequila available, pure and simple, and it sets a new bar for other producers to follow. (David Driscoll, Spirits Buyer)

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 28, 2017

Agave is the magical near mythical thing. No other product (save for the ultra expensive European Eau-de-Vie) can be superlatively good without any intervention or additions from the distiller. What other white spirit with no flavorings or additives is as delicious or complex? A challenge you to find my anything comparable. And within that frame work no product exhibits more purity and expressiveness of terroir than this incredible single field tequila. Rested for several years before bottling, the result is an absolutely unparalleled experience, which extorts the senses and boggles the mind. I'm not going to bother trying to describe how this tastes, but if you love spirits and don't own a bottle you will eventually regret it.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 18, 2017

This is truly a spectacular tequila, one that helps me to realize how good tequila can be and lure me away from my sweet brown booze. I do not take home bottles of expensive tequila because I am really only interested in turning them into a paloma. However, I must admit I am looking forward to taking home a bottle of this blanco. The balance and purity of the agave are singularly impressive, Although I have not actually gotten to bite into blue agave as David has, I can well believe him when he says that this tequila is what that tastes like. As good as the nose and taste of this tequila is perhaps the finish is what truly sells me, long, beautiful, and elegant. A finish that seems to linger on the palate and in your mind.

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

This Tequila offers easy drinking along with layers of complexity to keep it interesting.In the nose it is pure Agave with citrus and savory notes. In the mouth it is soft and supple with beautiful citrus flavors with an addition of fascinating savory accents. This is all put together in a complex package with a nice long finish.

Staff ImageJim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2017

Hot damn, Enrique Fonseca has done it again! The brains behind the majority of our favorite tequilas over the past few years is pushing the boundaries of the agave spirit once more. The intrigue behind his products started with the ArteNom selections in 2011, and grew substantially with the first Fuenteseca release; a blend of up to 21 year old tequila's that I never thought would be topped. Well, today I had a sip of the new Fuenteseca Blanco Singular release, and now I have at least a tie between my two favorite tequila's ever, and from a Blanco no less (I will be revisiting the last few drops of that 21 YO blend tonight, for science)! Do yourself a favor and read the full write up David did for the blog and email, then don't hesitate to buy a bottle and enjoy this piece of history in the making. It is a pure expression of the best Agave Jalisco has to offer, and it is an expressive, structured, magical liquid.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 03, 2017

This is an amazing tequila and it's honestly unlike any tequila I've tasted before. The Fuenteseca Ensamble is one of the my favorites in the store and this blanco version is just as delicious. The fact that this tequila is from a single area with a specific terroir makes it even more unique and special. It's complex and full-bodied, yet it has pure, concentrated agave aroma and flavor. This is a tequila to not miss out on!

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

I'm not sure what I'll need to do to communicate the importance of this tequila in my staff review. SHOULD I WRITE IN ALL CAPS? Should I gush in a never ending river of superlatives and praise? There's never been a tequila like this before at K&L. Never has one producer made dozens of different distillates from various agave fields on various properties, in search of the ultimate single-site (or huerta) blue tequila expression, but that's what this blanco edition of Fuenteseca represents. Enrique Fonseca's quest to find singularity and terroir in tequila, but for the purpose of heightened quality, not some silly modern marketing gimmick to capitalize on locavore fashion. It's what the monks did a thousand years ago in Burgundy. It's what Champagne growers and Cognac distillers have done for centuries. For all this time, producers of fine wine and spirits in Europe have located their top sites and made individual expressions to showcase the heightened quality of those particular parcels. Why is it that no one in Jalisco has thought of doing this? You'll see single vintage tequila, or single estate tequila every now and again, but the reality is that these producers aren't actually choosing between agave fields. They only have one field at their disposal, so there's nothing really special about it. But Enrique Fonseca is the largest single landowner of agave in all of Jalisco! He has more agave fields than any other tequila producer i

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 03, 2017

When David Driscoll, our spirits buyer, shouts grab a glass, Jeff, I need you to taste something as he heads for the tasting bar with an open bottle of booze in his hands, I waste no time in doing as he says. I have learned through good experience over the years that whatever he is pouring is going to be amazing. Today he surprised me with the new Fuenteseca Huerta Singular El Maguey Blanco Tequila. I have been an admirer of Enrique Fonseca ever since we started offering his anejos and extra-anejos. His masterful marriage of agave spirit and wood opened my eyes to the possibilities of the anejo style. And yet suddenly here I was with a glass of his Blanco in my hand. But this was no ordinary tequila. This was unlike any I had tasted before. I have had great blanco tequilas made from agave grown at higher altitudes that had impressive concentration and a sweet, fruity character. I have had blancos made from agave grown at lower altitudes that were wildly aromatic with a more savory quality. This new Fuenteseca Blanco seems to combine the best of both along with a slightly roasted note that somehow brings the whole thing together. There is more concentration and depth here, more sheer complexity, than I have ever tasted in a blanco-style tequila. If you believe that only wood-aged tequilas are worthy of sipping on their own, its only because you have yet to try the Fuenteseca Huerta Singular El Maguey Blanco Tequila.

1976 LAN "Viña Lanciano" Reserva Rioja ($89.99)

Lan first planted their Viña Lanciano vineyard in a meander of the Ebro Riber, just northeast of Fuenmayor. Judging by the quality of this older bottling, as well as more recent ones such as the 2010, this is very solid Rioja Alta terroir. Along with Contino and Remelluri (not to mention the long established Lopez de Heredia and Marqués de Murrieta), LAN was a pioneer of the single vineyard Rioja. These bottles were part of a collection from a Spanish source we have purchased older Riojas from in the past. They arrived to us in early April, in good condition and ready to, ideally recover a bit longer from their journey before being opened and enjoyed.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

As I prefer to do with collections of older wines, I had the opportunity to taste this immediately after delivery, and then to track its evolution over several hours. Needless to say, I was not disappointed! This single vineyard wine, from a vineyard first planted by Lan in a meander of the Ebro River, just northeast of Fuenmayor, it has aged spectacularly well. Aromas of red fruits, damp earth, celery seeds and cocoa lead to an edgy palate, with pomegranates, bright acidity, and a surprisingly youthful, linear quality to it While not the most complex of older Riojas, it delivers a taste of the complexity and vitality inherent in the best examples of fully mature Rioja.

1970 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja ($129.99)

La Rioja Alta's Viña Ardanza has consistently been one of our most popular Riojas. As consistent as these wines are, particularly in great vintages such as 1970, it is no surprise that so many of our customers rely on this delicious Rioja to deliver a great experience, time and time again. If you only know more recent vintages of Viña Ardanza, the older ones are undoubtedly some of the finest older Riojas around. Fortunately, they are still quite reasonably priced given the quality. These bottles were part of a collection from a Spanish source we have purchased older Riojas from in the past. They arrived to us in early April, in good condition and ready to, ideally recover a bit longer from their journey prior to being cracked open and enjoyed.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

As I prefer to do with collections of older wines, I had the opportunity to taste this immediately after delivery, and then to track its evolution over several hours. While I went back and forth between this and the highly underrated (and terrifically priced) '73 Berberana, ultimately the pedigree of the Ardanza coupled with the greatness of the 1970 vintage won out. This is a mature red hitting on all cylinders, particularly once I allowed this recently arrived, slightly shook up bottle to open up in the glass. Pungent, spicy red fruit aromas lead to a crisp, lively energetic palate, one that is full of chalky minerality and acid driven freshness. As with any fully mature red wine, it challenged my perceptions; was there enough fruit left to balance the acidity and tannins, still lightly clinging to the roof of the mouth? I would say so, but needless to say each bottle will present somewhat differently. Having had this wine on a few occasions over the past 7 years, this particular bottle really hit the spot.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

One of the great pleasures in this world is beautifully aged Rioja. The 1970 Vina Ardanza from La Rioja Alta is a perfect example. People who walk into the room will literally stop and ask you what you are drinking (this happened almost immediately after we popped the bottle). The bouquet dominates. It's sweet smelling and full of dried fruits, flowers, and a notable herbal savory quality. The palate boasts both flesh and great freshness from remarkably high acid. The length is tremendous and the finish a touch nutty. You know what else is nutty? The price. It's absolutely crazy to me that one of the world's premier wine regions still has prices this low for prime examples of historic bottles from top producers.

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2006 Cain "Five" Spring Mountain District Bordeaux Blend ($139.99)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark purplish crimson. Appealing juicy fruit with a little overlay of walnuts on the nose. Some personality and a fruity core. Quite dusty and full blooded with slightly rustic tannins. Distinctive! I like the fact that the winemaker has not been afraid of tannin. Quite burly rather than super smooth. Out of the mould so therefore mountain fruit..? I just wonder whether the fruit wont fade a little bit too early for the tannins? Dry finish. But this is serious artisanal wine. (JR)" (03/2010)

K&L Notes: The 2006 Cain Five is a warm, plump, plush wine. It has a nice mouth-filling texture - not exactly silky, but this wine talks to you. The nose is subtle and roasted. It speaks of a warm sun and ripe fruit with no hint of overripe dried fruit, or jamminess. The palate tells the same story with its full, plush tannins that slip right down without grabbing at the back of your throat. Cabernet Sauvignon 46%, Merlot 26%, Petit Verdot 13%, Cabernet Franc 9% and Malbec 6%.

2014 Continuum Oakville Bordeaux Blend ($219.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of blueberries, blackcurrants, sage and mint. Lead pencil and graphite, too. Full body and ultra-fine tannins that are slowly transformed to ripe and beautiful fruit. Super polished and textured. Great finish. Drink in 2022, but it's hard not to drink now. This harkens back to the great Mondavi reserves of the 1970s in texture and construction." (01/2017)

93-96 points Vinous: "A raw, intense wine, the 2014 Continuum reveals serious intensity. Next to some of the more recent vintages, the 2014 is a bit more lithe and linear in feel, but like the 2013, it shows darker tonalities of fruit and terrific energy. Mocha, black cherries, graphite and cloves add the final shades of nuance. Although it is early, the 2014 is shaping up very nicely.The bonds of family run deep at Continuum, where Tim and Marcia Mondavi have created a world-class estate in just a few years. Here, high up on the Vaca Mountains, nestled between Ovid and Stagecoach, the Mondavis are making wines of pedigree and class. Tim Mondavi's daughter, Chiara, runs day to day winemaking, but no detail is too small to escape Tim Mondavi's attention. An increasing emphasis on Cabernet Franc, co-fermentations and less new oak are some of the more recent developments at Continuum. The attention to detail is equaled at only a handful of properties across the valley. Since 2012 Continuum is a 100% estate wine, so it is very much early days. Needless to say, it will be fascinating to watch this latest chapter in the Mondavi family history unfold over the coming years and decades. (AG)" (10/2015)

2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Clos Vougeot Grand Cru ($259.99)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is also quite aromatically restrained with its compact and dense mélange of freshly turned earth, humus, spice and plum-scented nose. There is excellent ripeness displayed by the bold, concentrated and robust broad-shouldered flavors that really vibrate on the complex and equally long finish. I very much like the delivery as this is the epitome of power without weight but it's more refined than most examples of Clos de Vougeot though note well that refined does not mean less ageworthy as this too will need plenty of cellaring to arrive at its peak." (01/2017)

94 points Vinous: "Good dark red Cool, youthfully inexpressive nose dominated by black cherry and smoky minerality; the strictest of these 2014s today (Mallard described it as Cistercian) Densely packed and very rich but classically dry, with savory minerality currently holding the upper hand over the wine's fruit This extremely backward wine is also showing its new oak element (85%) in the early going, with the firmly tannic finish displaying a note of caramel along with a strong impression of saline dry extract. 94+ (ST)" (03/2017)

K&L Notes: The first vintage under the Domaine d’Eugenie label was 2006, shortly after the owner of Château Latour purchased the property. Much work has gone on at the property since. Alex and I tasted this wine on our trip. Notes: Aromatic upfront with a solid core of mid-palate fruit, hints of spice, cola and a touch of mint--this wine has lots of concentration and depth of fruit. (Trey Beffa, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

2013 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) ($324.99)

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

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

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2006 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve - 9 available ($499.99)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Vibrant strawberry, raspberry, anise and floral aromas could fill a room. Juicy and sharply delineated, offering sweet red berry and cherry preserve flavors with compelling accents of licorice, sassafras, lavender and smoky minerals. Extremely elegant wine with outstanding finishing cut and persistence. Not many grand cru Burgundies could match this for finesse. (JR)" (01/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A restrained style, with shadings of sandalwood and rose water weaving through the lightly mulled red currant, raspberry and cherry fruit. Blood orange, vanilla bean and mineral hints check in on the finish. Drink now through 2025. (JM)" (09/2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The elegant 2006 Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape is not as powerful as the 2005 or 2007, but it offers a deep ruby color as well as opulent, fleshy, kirsch and black raspberry characteristics along with hints of spring flowers and loamy soil. A sexy, showy, beautifully balanced, silky effort, it is already approachable, and should drink well for two decades. (RP)" (10/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Truly majestic concentration. Sweet, rich and spicy. Amazingly dense and youthful. Dry with lots of tannin on the finish. Put this away for ages. 18++/20 points" (03/2009)

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1950 Marques de Murrieta Reserva Rioja - 10 available ($499.99)

It is rare to find bottles of 65+ year-old wine of any type, but to find some from such a storied producer as Marqués de Murrieta--laying in its original wooden case, with extraordinary fills--speaks to the quality and stellar conditions of this collection. It is particularly exciting that we came across these wines during a year where we have featured two other great bottlings from this legendary estate in the 2010 Marqués de Murrieta Reserva and the 2007 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

1985 Domaine Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Cros Parantoux" - 1 available ($4,999.99)

97 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A quintessentially Vosne nose of simply unbelievable complexity displays violets, spice, earth and subtle secondary nuances is followed by remarkably fine and pure, velvety, stunningly rich flavors that dance across the palate and the length here is flat out phenomenal. The finish is utterly mouth coating and the aromas of this wine stayed in my mind for a month. Without question the finest vintage I have ever tasted of the Méo Cros. I was in awe." (10/2003)