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New Arrivals and Back In Stock Highlights - April 18th, 2017 - 04/18/2017 - 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 Delas "Saint Esprit" Côtes du Rhône 90 $9.99 View
2014 Tapiz "Alta Collection" Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 96 $14.99 View
2013 Château Puech-Haut "Cuvée Prestige" Coteaux du Languedoc Rouge (Previously $20) 93 $15.99 View
2016 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Rosé Central Otago 91 $16.99 View
2009 Bouscassé "Argile Rouge" Madiran 93 $19.99 View
2015 Framingham F-Series "Old Vine Riesling" Marlborough (Dry) $19.99 View
2015 Framingham: F-Series Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 92 $19.99 View
2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Rosé Marlborough $19.99 View
2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 94 $19.99 View
2015 Wanaka Road (Mount Edward) Pinot Noir Central Otago 91 $19.99 View
2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) "SV5182 - Single Block" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 95 $24.99 View
2014 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago 95 $26.99 View
2015 Gitton Père & Fils "Montachins" Sancerre 91 $27.99 View
2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough 96 $29.99 View
2014 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 93 $44.99 View
Four Pillars Barrel Aged Gin (750ml) $46.99 View
Four Roses 10 Year Old "OBSV - K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Cask Strength Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) $64.99 View
2013 Inglenook Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 95 $69.99 View
2015 Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault 1er Cru "Genevrières" (Pre-Arrival) 93 $79.99 View
2015 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "La Forest" (Pre-Arrival) 95 $79.99 View
2014 Bella Union Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Price: Hidden View
2014 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 Price: Hidden View
2015 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 98 $129.99 View
2014 Trotanoy, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) 97 $209.99 View
2014 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend 95 $229.99 View
2013 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 100 $299.00 View
2014 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 $299.99 View
2015 Pavie, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) 100 $349.99 View
2015 Domaine Bruno Clair Bonnes Mares Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 97 $359.99 View
2014 Paul Hobbs "Nathan Coombs Estate" Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon 97 $419.99 View
2007 Latour, Pauillac 95 $529.99 View
2015 Palmer, Margaux (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $619.99 View
2013 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 6-pack in OWC 98 $1,259.00 View


2015 Delas "Saint Esprit" Côtes du Rhône ($9.99)

90 points Decanter: "An elegant, floral wine, with dark fruit, spice and pepper notes on nose and palate, and firm, ripe tannins lending poise."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Côtes du Rhône St Esprit is a medium-bodied, peppery and garrigue-scented effort that has medium-bodied richness, plenty of charm and a delicious, refreshing quality. Its another example of the terrific quality of the Côtes du Rhônes in 2015. (JD)" (12/2016)

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 10, 2017

The spirited Mistral whips, darts and slices through the southern French countryside, turning baby strollers into kites, tossing hapless hounds skyward, upending carts and their attached donkeys.... OK, a bit of hyperbole, but this strong wind works wonders in the vineyard, scouring the vines of unwelcome pests and spores, and generating healthy, luscious fruit, the benefits of which are ultimately found in your glass of wine. One of our best-selling Cotes du Rhones year in and year out, the Esprit, with its seamless blend of dark, savory Syrah and hearty, ripe and generous Grenache, expresses the dynamism and sheer potential of the Rhone Valley in a banner year. A good pairing with a bowl of Texas Chili or barbecued spare ribs!

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 08, 2017

Black fruit and liquorice are the first thing to hit the nose, and give way to a strong core of black pepper. A nice savory note a little further down. At 14% ABV, Im really surprised by the balance in this wine. It leans a bit towards big and fruity, but then takes a step back. A vivacious acid element helps put the fruit in place, with just a touch of heat at the end. Tannins are restrained, and not overpoweringpresent, but accessible. Seriously, why would anyone ever spend $10 on a grocery store wine when you can drink a delicious wine like this with quality, history, and sense of place?

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

The stunning quality and structure for this sub-$10 red is evidence of the strength of the vintage in the Rhone Valley. The fruit is, as expected, ripe and rich, but it is perfectly framed by signature Rhone dried herbs and spice and perfectly smooth and integrated tannins. Very impressive for its price-point.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 12, 2017

A recent visit to the northern Rhone was one of the great highlights of our buying trip especially once we visited Delas. They have some extraordinary holdings for the high end bottlings like their famed St-Joseph and Hermitage wines. The attention to detail is amazing with tiny lots of grapes all fermented individually in a variety of vessels ranging from oak tanks, to concrete vats and stainless steel. This attentiveness allows Delas to make great top tier wines but it also delivers some of the best value wines in the market. These mico-lots are compiled together to generate what still remains one of the true standouts for cost to quality Cotes du Rhone. The wine is always Syrah dominant and the 2015 vintage has given this grape some of its most favorable weather conditions to show its best stuff. The wine is plump and juicy with roasted black plum and fig flavors but maintains notes of tobacco and pepper. This thrilling little red delivers a lot of character for not a lot of money and our price is one of the best in the west.

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2014 Tapiz "Alta Collection" Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza ($14.99)

96 points James Suckling: "A wine with lots of depth and fruit now with dark berry and dark chocolate character. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. So much here. Give it four to five years bottle age. Great wine." (05/2016)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Cabernets spice and mint notes mix here with deep cassis flavor. Its tender, with enough depth for long-cooked meat and with tense acidity from its Andean origin in San Pablo, one of the highest areas planted to vines in Valle de Uco." (02/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Alta Collection Cabernet Sauvignon was very fresh and subtle, with perfectly integrated oak, I'd say a European profile gravitating towards elegance and finesse. Very good for what it is. Tapiz has a new winery in San Pablo, and all the wines now are from Valle de Uco, mostly San Pablo; all I tasted this time was from there. In the past, it was a little confusing, as the wines were produced in the same winery as Zolo, as the owners are the same. Jean-Claude Berrout and his son, of Petrus fame, are consultants here (and a little in Zolo too). The wines are improving from vintage to vintage.(LG)" (12/2016)

Wine Spectator: "A taut and muscular red, with dark currant, black olive and dried meat flavors that feature notes of dried mint and sage. The tannic finish has smoky accents. Drink now through 2018. (KM)" (10/2016)

K&L Notes: Tapiz is one of the most renowned and awarded Argentine wineries, made even more famous by the addition of winemaker Jean Claude Berrouet in 2012, recently retired from Petrus after 44 vintages at the revered Bordeaux chateau. To celebrate his addition to the team, Tapiz created a new "Alta Collection" line of wines using fruit that comes solely from Tapiz's sustainably farmed San Pablo vineyard in the Uco Valley. San Pablo is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Mendoza (4,600 feet above sea level). This extreme altitude provides for warm days which impart concentration to the grapes, and cold nights which give natural acidity.

Cliff Spinola | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 08, 2017

As a fan of big Napa Valley Cabs, I am always looking for deals on wines that will deliver familiar flavors and feelings. This wine definitely delivers the familiar fruit and complexity of much more expensive wines. A great value now, and it will only develop further!

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

Sub $15 Cab is plentiful. In fact, Cabernet at any price point is the most common request we here at K&L get. Cult cab, value cab, cab with bottle age...these are all questions we are well equipped to handle. That said, if you were to ask us for 96 point, pure varietal Cabernet for under $20, prior to this year, we would have had nothing for you. Of course this year, that all changed. So what does the Tapiz taste like? It''s good. Plenty of red fruits and hints of eucalyptus, coastal forest aromas on the nose (those who love hiking on the Marin and Sonoma Coasts will feel right at home) lead to a juicy palate which suggests younger vine fruit, but with a poise and structure lacking in most other $15 Cabs that I've had. That's it. Is it life changing? World beating? We'll let you decide. But is it fairly priced, tasty and varietally true Cab? Absolutely.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2017

I think the shocking part for me about the Tapiz Alta Cabernet is how subdued and Bordeaux-like it is. Normally when we see highly-pointed, bargain-priced Cabernet from the Southern Hemisphere it's in a fruit bomb style or it's oaked to holy hell. This wine is neither. At 13.9%, this is a lower alcohol, cooler climate style of Cab that drinks like something in between St. Estephe and Napa. Rarely do I say to customers "you should buy that fourteen dollar Cabernet to lay down in your cellar," but in the case of the Tapiz this is honestly a sub-$20 bottle that should only get better. Right out of the bottle you can feel the structure on your gums, the hints of earth and tobacco that penetrate through the soft and supple texture of the wine. Fans of both the old and new world styles should be pleased. Fans of inexpensive Tuesday night meatloaf Cab will want to load up big.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 14, 2017

I admit I dont have a lot of experience with Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina. In fact, I was surprised to learn that it is the third most widely planted red wine grape after Malbec and Bonarda. What did seem familiar to me was the almost Bordeaux like restraint I found in this 2014 Tapiz "Alta Collection" Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza. The consulting winemaker here is Jean-Claude Berrouet, who made wine on behalf of the Mouiex family at Chateau Petrus in Pomerol and at Dominus in Napa Valley. His deft touch is easy to see in the modest 13.9% alcohol, the perfumed nose, and in the bright red and black fruits that speak of Cabernet. Lovely notes of fresh-picked raspberry here with a hint of bitter chocolate on the structured finish.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 14, 2017

Mr. Suckling's note is right on the money, but I think the wine drinks beautifully right now with just a bit of air. Very tasty!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 14, 2017

This big, ripe powerful Cabernet will thrill fans of Napa wines. It is loaded with cassis fruit, and has plenty of tannic structure on the back end. This is excellent for drinking right now for fans of the big Cabernet style, and priced for any old night. Similar quality from Napa would cost a lot more than twice as much!

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 14, 2017

96 points! $14.99...Wow...I was skeptical as you might be...but this bottle actually delivers. It's very pure fruited, has true varietal character and has excellent balance and poise. It's not over-ripe (13.9% Alc), over-extracted or over-oaked. A quaffable Cab that is sure to be a winner with this combination of points, price and quality to boot.

2013 Château Puech-Haut "Cuvée Prestige" Coteaux du Languedoc Rouge (Previously $20) ($15.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Coteaux du Languedoc Prestige (which was already in bottle at the time of this tasting) is a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Syrah aged all in concrete tank. Fresh, elegant and thrillingly pure, with first rate aromas of blackberry, fresh plum, licorice and ground herbs, it is decidedly sexy and forward, yet stays perfectly balanced, with juicy acidity and fine tannin on the finish. Enjoy this superb value over the coming 4-5 years (although it will evolve longer). Easily one of the top estates in the Languedoc (if not southern France), Chateau Puech Haut lies just outside the village of Saint-Drezery and is owned and run by Gerard Bru, with consulting help from Philippe Cambie. They produce a number of cuvees, with their entry level efforts representing superb values, and their top cuvees being able to stand toe to toe with the greatest wines in the world. (JD)" (02/2014)

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 17, 2017

Puech Haut is an exemplary project constantly demonstrating the highest level of quality that can be achieved from a highly dedicated team which has included some of the great winemakers like Michel Rolland and Philippe Cambie. Speaking of Cambie, Philippe is one of Chateauneuf-du-Pape's most acclaimed winemakers and his touch really shines through on this, the 2013 Puech Haut. Showing the density and weight of a top-tier Southern Rhone, this has all the hallmarks of a Janasse, Clos Saint Jean or Mordoree CDP -- for 1/3 the price! Deep chocolatey black fruit, fig compote and roasted plums erupt from the glass. Not in any way shy, this is a solid candidate for short term aging if you want some of the more nuanced flavors to emerge but at the end of the day, this is pure lush hedonism at its best!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2017

This is a deliciously full flavored Grenache-Syrah blend from the Languedoc. Very deep and pure flavors of plum, violets, blueberry, and blackberry, with a little bit of toast and great acidity for freshness. This is the third vintage Ive tasted and it continues to be one of my favorite reds from the south of France, where great values abound.

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2016 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Rosé Central Otago ($16.99)

90-91 points Raymond Chan: "Mount Edward is one of the bright stars in the Central Otago wine producing region. The 2016 Rose is pale candy-floss pink colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a soft and delicate nose with a gentle core of strawberries, quince and pomegranate, along with nuances of red florals and suggestions of thirst-quenching mineral elements. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has light flavours of strawberries, pomegranate and quince fruit entwined with soft, savoury floral and minerally notes. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with bright acidity and the wine flows along a fine, dry, phenolic-threaded line, leading to a tight finish with nuances of florals and quince. This is a light, subtle strawberry, quince and pomegranate fruited, dry rosé with a fresh mouthfeel and thirst-quenching fine-textured finish. Serve as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 2 years. Hand-picked Pinot Noir from the 'Muirkirk' vineyard, WBP over 5 hours for colour, and indigenous yeast fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and dryness." (04/2017)

K&L Notes: This wine flew off the shelves last year and again we only have a small allocation. This single vineyard wine is hand picked from Mount Edward’s Biogro certified organic Muirkirk vineyard on Felton Rd in Bannockburn. The fruit is whole bunch pressed on a gentle five hour cycle to pick up just a light pink hue and retain elegance. The wine is then fermented with wild yeast in stainless steel at ambient temperatures. This is a strictly dry, light, refreshing style that is the perfect aperitif. Aromas of rose petals, summer berries, baking spice and bramble. The palate is juicy with racy acidity and cleansing length. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 22, 2017

The wine makers of Mount Edward focus their efforts on producing organic, single estate, small production wines that are reflective of the terroir in which they are grown. This attention to detail is evident in this lovely Rose of direct press Pinot Noir. The nose on this wine is incredible and smells like white roses, fresh nectarines and juicy watermelon. The palate is a little softer but still has such incredible, zippy acidity. This is an elegant Rose that truly showcases the best of what Central Otago has to offer.

Staff ImageSarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 18, 2017

Mount Edward brings it again with their killer rose! I've been waiting for this to come back in stock! Strawberry, melon, red cherry, citrus zest, and mineral with bright, zesty acidity. So, so drinkable! Grab a bottle, pull up a chair in the sun, kick off your shoes and toast the spring!

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2017

It's always exciting to see the first of the rosés arriving from the southern hemisphere, and as usual, Mount Edward's Pinot Noir rosé is one of the standouts! This is made in a classic French style with very light color, pretty strawberry and cream notes and gorgeous cherry aromatics. Think Sancerre rosé, or classic Provence style with the added elegance and subtlety of Pinot Noir. Although you could pair this with lighter appetizers or veggie dishes, this drinks beautifully on its own.

2009 Bouscassé "Argile Rouge" Madiran ($19.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* This comes from a parcel of red clay that is not found elsewhere in the region. It gives a powerful and hugely dense wine that boasts good concentration and ripe black fruits. There is no sense of any aging yet on this impressive wine with its acidity and opulent ripeness still intact. Drink now, although the wine will age for many years, certainly until 2025. (RV)" (11/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "This sinewy red shows a savory side of cigar box and fresh leather weaving through the dried red berry and fruit bread flavors. Rich accents of bitter chocolate and espresso marry on the tangy finish. Offers full, supple tannins. Drink now through 2025. (GS)" (11/2016)

K&L Notes: Alain Brumont is one of the stars of Madiran. In 1979 he inherited his father's estate, Château Bouscassé. With little experience in the wine industry, he quickly educated himself and began transforming the landscape of Madiran. Now one of the largest and most important producers in the region, he has four working properties, each distinctive in its own right. Bouscassé represents the most open and polished wine from Alain's holdings. Most of the vines are planted on hillsides with yellow and white clay layered over fissured limestone. The "Argile Rouge" is unique, though, planted on a rare red clay soil for which the wine is named. The wine is a blend of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Fer Servadou from this parcel planted over 40 years ago. It is matured in barrels with 30 to 50% new oak depending on vintage. The "Argile Rouge" is loaded with roasted plum and currant confiture with beautiful polished tannins. It is a sultry rich Madiran just entering its drinking window making it a real pleasure for the here and now. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional Buyer)

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

There is something truly intriguing about Madiran. The powerful structure of the wines is not for the faint of heart. The weight and richness often lead you down a path that at times feels dark and foreboding. But isn't that what builds intrigue? Vigneron Alain Brumont always takes us on a journey with his wines making some of the most successful wines from the region. Originally having no interest in winemaking, Brumont inherited his first vineyard, Chateau Bouscasse, from his father. Alain educated himself in all things Madiran and became one of its biggest advocates in the market illuminating the qualities of the wines and producing most of them in an approachable style. The "Argile Rouge" is special because it is a single parcel planted on red clay, a soil type very rare in the region. This soil creates what they refer to as the "gentle Madiran." That is the case here as the "Argile Rouge" has the polished tannins and supple mouthfeel of a much more aged wine. Sultry notes of smoked alder, graphite minerality, sweet currants and roasted plums lead to a smooth and balanced wine that should charm those that are already fans of the region as well as making many new fans for its polished richness. Like many Madiran, this has the potential for a little bottle aging, but being a 2009 the wine is showing so much of its beautiful potential now.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 25, 2017

For those of you who love bold, full-bodied, dark-fruited wines at a great price point, this is one not to miss! This Madiran from a stellar vintage is perfectly aged, with soft, black plum fruit, well-integrated tannin, and lovely savory, earthy notes on the finish. Madiran may have a reputation for being aggressive and overly tannic, but here is a perfect example of why that stereotype is outmoded. Here is a lovely, silky, smooth and perfectly developed bottle whose tannin is quite well placed, and merely adds to the overall power of the wine.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 24, 2017

I have always had a soft spot for Madiran , and the 2009 Bouscasse absolutely reaffirms it for me. This dense, rich wine with its dark color, delivers generous aromatics of cassis, cigar box, along with a very attractive floral note, and crushed stones. It does have an elegant woodsy/ oak note as well. It is a very balanced wine, that will age beautifully for many years. Indeed this is a great opportunity to put some Madiran away, because it is almost impossible to find aged Madiran this side of the Atlantic.

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2015 Framingham F-Series "Old Vine Riesling" Marlborough (Dry) ($19.99)

Raymond Chan: "The F-Series Old Vine Riesling which employs skin contact, indigenous yeasts and full lees contact, these techniques rarely seen used with Riesling in Australasia. The Old Vine Riesling has become a sought-after release with a near-cult status among many aficionados."

K&L Notes: In a few short years of our direct import relationship with Framingham this wine has become a huge favorite with our staff and you’ll have to beat them to it if you’d like a few bottles! Taken from the oldest block of vines (36 years old) on the organically certified estate, these parcels of fruit are hand selected, mostly whole cluster press, a smaller portion given extended skin contact, the juice is then spontaneously fermented in a combination of small stainless steel and neutral French oak barrels. The wine gets almost a full year on its lees to enhance texture and depth. The finished wine is dry, but texturally rich and broad. Floral notes, ripe citrus, a dash of stone fruit too. Intense riverstone minerals give a long lingering impression on the palate. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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2015 Framingham: F-Series Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough ($19.99)

92 points Raymond Chan: "Fruit from a 0.4 ha block of estate vines, around 8 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented, 65% in seasoned oak and the remainder in stainless-steel barrels to 13.0% alc. and 2.4 g/L RS, the wine aged 10 months on lees without MLF. Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour with pale green-gold hues. This has an elegantly concentrate and intense bouquet with complex aromas of greengages, nectarines and green stonefruits entwined with spicy herbs and subtle, savoury, nutty and smoky barrel-ferment elements. The aromatics grow in density and firmness with aeration. Medium-bodied, this has a tight core of savoury and spicy green stonefruits melded with herb and nutty, smoky layers. This has concentration and drive, and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line with integrated acidity. The palate has richness and a near creaminess to the mouthfeel and carries to a finish that blooms in complexing spice and oak detail. This is a complex, soft and finely concentrated, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc. Serve with Mediterranean cuisine and herb-marinated poultry and pork over the next 3 years. 1,733 bottles made."

K&L Notes: Proudly presented by Andrew as the antithesis of the “typical” Marlborough style Sauv Blanc. This Sauv Blanc comes from a particularly stony, rocky section of the estate vineyard that is farmed specifically to make this wine. Without boring you with the technical detail everything about this wine focused on turning down the volume of the intensely aromatic, fruity, exuberant aspects of NZ savvy and putting the focus on texture, minerality and lees derived complexity. Lots of people attempt this style; very few succeed in creating wines as enthralling as this. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

This is a killy Savvy from one of New Zealand's most exciting producers. The fruit is coming off a malnourished, stony part of the vineyard, which may not sound like ideal conditions, but actually forces the vines the concentrate all their energy into the flavor of the grapes, because they struggle in that environment. The Sauv Blanc is light and bright with great concentrated fruit and no vegetal character thanks to a lot of leafing in the vineyard. Andrew Hedley is a minimalistic winemaker utilizing wild yeast fermentation, neutral barrels and extended lees contact to give depth and body to the wine. Finally, a different expression of the most popular NZ varietal and definitely something to put on your tasting list.

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2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Rosé Marlborough ($19.99)

Sure to be another winner this summer is the new Pinot Noir rosé from our friends at TWR. Once again we have purchased every case we could get our hands on of this tiny production wine with a total of 105 cases produced! This year the wine is sourced from a single hillside block of the Rawiri vineyard in Marlborough’s Omaka Valley. Saignée style, fermented all in stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain lifted floral aromatics and bright berry flavors. Some time on fine lees helps build texture and a savory complexity; ripe, juicy acidity keeps the whole thing dancing on the palate. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ wine buyer)

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

Last year was our first time selling a rosé from TWR, one of our favorite NZ producers. I fell in love with it, and it quickly became my house rosé for the summer. This new 2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Rosé Marlborough is a little more robust in style, a saignée bottling of Pinot Noir from a single block. Lightly savory with notes of spice. Bright red fruits, sweet and ripe, juicy and delicious. A worthy successor to last year's inaugural offering.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 15, 2017

Don't let the bright color of this fuchsia beauty deter you from picking up this fantastic rosé! This is 100% Pinot Noir rosé from Marlborough, made using saignée. There is such a pretty nose of juicy cherry and strawberry. It's crisp, dry and perfect for light summer fare. Delicious!

Staff ImageSarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 18, 2017

Darker in color than the last vintage, but all kinds of character! This year's TWR Rose of Pinot Noir does not disappoint- red cherry, red plum, red currant, strawberry and spice with medium plus acidity and great balance. Looking for a rose to compliment your BBQ'ed ribs, salmon, chicken or steak- or perhaps a plate of cheese & charcuterie? Give this puppy a try! YUM!

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2017

This year's rosé is rather different from last year's, but just as delicious! While the 2015 rosé boasted lighter, classic Provencal style, the 2016 is much darker in hue, made in saignee style from the Rawiri vineyard. The wine shows lovely blackberry and raspberry notes, with some heft and weight. It's still quite dry, but with a peppery spice and richer fruit component that makes this an ideal food wine. Try this with lighter poultry dishes, veggie dishes, and salmon.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2017

There is no more perfect way to usher in the warmer weather than with a fantastic Rosé from one of our favorite NZ producers, TWR. Darker in color than the 2015, this vintage showcases the standout qualities of the single vineyard this wine is sourced from in Marlborough. Rich, juicy fruit is king is this Pinot Noir Rosé, which has a touch of acidity and minerality to balance it thanks to New Zealands cool climate. An excellent choice for a spring or summer dinner, this wine can hold its flavor against many different dishes. This is definitely one of the top Rosé picks in the store!

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2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough ($19.99)

94 points Raymond Chan: "Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is very elegant and finely proportioned with very good depth of pure gooseberry and passionfruit aromas along with notes of fresh herbs and snow peas. This is taut and concentrated, showing minerally elements. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a concentrated core of passionfruit and gooseberries, entwined with fresh herbs and snow peas, the fruit showing richness and sweetness. The mouthfeel possesses a stylish juiciness with fresh, racy acidity, the wine flowing briskly along a refined phenolic line. The flavours retain restraint, and the palate carries to a sustained, dry, mouthwatering finish. This is a stylishly concentrated and refined Sauvignon Blanc with fresh passionfruit and gooseberry flavours along with herb nuances on a fine-textured, thirst-quenching palate. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. 79% of the fruit from the Trelawne Farm vineyard Awatere and 21% from the TWR Home Block, Renwick, cool-fermented in tank with 6% in older French oak demi-muids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged on fine lees."

94 points Sam Kim: "A delightful expression; the inviting bouquet shows grapefruit, feijoa, rockmelon and lemongrass characters with a hint of musky complexity. The palate is beautifully weighted and finely textured, and delivers bright fruit intensity and juicy acidity, finishing impressively long and mouth-watering. The wine offers varietal purity as well as subliminal savoury notes. Grapes were grown in Awatere Valley and Renwick districts, and a small portion (8%) was barrel fermented. At its best: now to 2021."

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc delivers a great intensity of lemon juice and lime leaf notes with underlying dried herbs, crushed stones and pea pod hints. The medium-bodied palate lends a lovely creamy texture and complimentary yeasty notes to the intense citrus and herbal flavors, finishing long and minerally. (LPB)" (02/2017)

K&L Notes: Familiar to many of you by now, TWR is our longest-running Direct Import partner from NZ. Husband-and-wife team Jason and Anna Flowerday run this small organic vineyard in the heart of Marlborough. Truly one of the most incredible wineries in NZ today. The wines are pure, focused, flavorful, and laced with complex minerality. Our Direct Import relationship means that these wines represent one of the best values in the store, when you appreciate the quality of the wines produced and level of commitment shown. This Sauv Blanc is composed from "home block" fruit with a dash of their neighbors' fruit, plus fruit from another grower's vineyard in the Awatere valley. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 29, 2017

A very well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. Tropical fruit notes upfront flanked by jalapeno, lime zest, and lemongrass aromatics. Juicy and lively on the palate, the minerality and freshness of this wine really shines. Unripe guava and passion fruit play with lime juice and grapefruit zest flavors. Great texture and lift to this wine. A quintessential New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for under $20!

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 28, 2017

Cool ripe fruit, clean light green notes, penetrating minerality and snappy acidity. Yes please, can it be chilled and waiting for me when I get home tonight?

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

This is one my absolute favorite Sauv Blancs from any country and it's a bonus that it also comes from one of my all time favorite producers. This wine packs a lot of flavor in, thanks to low cropping in the vineyard, which concentrates all the energy and flavor into the grapes instead of the canopy. It possesses loads of tropical fruit notes and is juicy, bright, and fresh. Subtle herbal character is present thanks to the soils from the Awatere Valley, but overall the vegetal qualities are low thanks to heavy leafing in the vineyard. The people at TWR are farmers and really care about making quality, organic wines instead of something fancy and overblown. A truly great Sauv Blanc.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 13, 2017

This is super intense with snap pea, gooseberry, crushed citrus and lemon-lime aromas and flavors. Palate cleansing, mouth watering and focused, this is as easy to sip as it is food friendly.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 12, 2017

This is my favorite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at any price. It has everything that I want from this now famous style- clean grapefruit and serrano pepper on the nose, medium to light body, and a great bright, long finish with no residual sugar. This is one of our most re-bought wines in the store for a reason... Get out of the industrial production game and try these small production gems. This is a great value!

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2015 Wanaka Road (Mount Edward) Pinot Noir Central Otago ($19.99)

91 points James Suckling: "Attractive and juicy dark cherry fruits in a silky and flavorsome style of approachable pinot noir. Tannins flow velvety and even. There's a little earthy thread too. Unfettered and even. Drink now. Screw cap."

91 points Raymond Chan: "Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and elegantly packed with deep aromas of dark-red berry fruit entwined with savoury notes of thyme herbs and a little earthy detail, unfolding red and violet florals and suggestions of raspberryish whole berry fermentation. Medium-full bodied and well-proportioned on the palate the flavours of red cherry and berry fruits, dark and dried herbs, lifted florals and subtle earthy elements are harmoniously interwoven and balanced. The mouthfeel is supple with moderately extracted, fine tannins and integrated acidity. The wine flows to a gentle, easy finish of red fruits. This is a harmonious and balanced Pinot Noir with soft red berry fruit flavours along with nuances of herbs and florals on a supple palate. Serve with antipasto, tapas and pasta over the next 4-5 years. A barrel selection second tier wine. Fruit from 'Muirkirk', 'Morrison' and 'Montero' sites, indigenous yeast fermented with approx. 10% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 20% new oak."

K&L Notes: Second label of Mount Edward Estate...enough said. OK a little more info...blended from Mount Edward's estate plus a few friends vineyards. Organically farmed, small production, unfined, unfiltered. Serious Pinot Noir at a playful price point. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 31, 2017

I look forward each year to the release of Mount Edwards estate Pinot Noir. It is consistently one of my favorites from the Central Otago region, and one of the better values. I thought they couldnt possibly do any better, and then I tried the 2015 Wanaka Road bottling, their second label. The fruit here is sourced partly from the estate and partly from neighboring vineyards and the results are extraordinary. There may not be a better Pinot Noir on our shelves at this price, from anywhere. Bright, tangy red fruits. Hints of flowers and spice. Burgundian balance with New World flair. Flat out delicious.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 29, 2017

I keep being astounded with the wines from Mount Edward, they are among the best producers we carry out of New Zealand. Their second label is an astonishing value and is almost silly for the price. Soft dark fruit harmonizes with bright raspberry notes before moving into long notes of savory herb and spice. There is layers of acid and a little tannin structure that add to the complexity of this wine while remaining surprisingly soft on the palate.

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

Produced from younger vines, this is spicy, fruit forward Pinot, with flavors of cranberry, juicy acidity, and a freshness that makes me want to drink a lot of it at one sitting! Delicious Pinot Noir for drinking now.

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2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) "SV5182 - Single Block" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough ($24.99)

95 points Sam Kim: "A magnificent rendition of the variety; home-grown, low-cropped grapes were hand picked and hand sorted, and fermented predominantly in large seasoned oak vats, then matured on fine lees. The wine is subtle yet persistent, elegant yet powerful, exhibiting engaging aromas of white stone fruit, lemon peel, sweet basil, hay and a hint of oatmeal on the nose. The palate is concentrated and focused, and offers layers of fine texture and silky mouthfeel, brilliantly framed by seamlessly integrated acidity, leading to an extremely long, sustained finish. This is one of those rare sauvignons that can be cellared, and will improve with bottle age, gaining weight, texture and complexity. At its best: now to 2025. 150 dozen made. Certified organic."

92 points Bob Campbell: "A rich, textural sauvignon blanc, with extra weight and complexity achieved by barrel-fermenting 75% of the juice. Capsicum, melon and passionfruit flavours, with a seasoning of nutty oak and yeast lees character and a subtle struck flint reductive character."

91-92 points Raymond Chan: "Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, very light on the rim. This has a very finely proportioned and presented nose with elegantly concentrated aromas of green stonefruits, greengages and gooseberries, along with piquant, aromatic herbal elements. The nose has stylish intensity and penetration, unveiling hints of tropical fruits, smoke and steely minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, this has a tightly bound core of greengages, green stonefruits and gooseberries, the fruit lifted by aromatic herbs and white florals, and detailed by flint, smoke and mineral nuances. The mouthfeel is refined and poised with fresh, lacy acidity and a very fine textural thread providing a guiding line, leading to an elegant, lingering finish of green stonefruits and minerals. This is an elegant and tightly bound, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with green stonefruit, herb and mineral flavours on a poised and refined palate. Serve with herb-marinated seafood and poultry dished and Mediterranean fare over the next 3+ years. The first release of a Sauvignon Blanc under the SV 5182 label. Hand-picked and sorted fruit from the Home block, 75% warm-fermented in seasoned French demi-muids and 25% in tank to 13.1% alc. and dryness, the wine aged 10 months on lees with some batonnage, and no MLF. Certified BioGro organic. 164 cases made."

K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "This is our inaugural release of a Sauvignon Blanc under our SV5182 designation. We feel that this 2015 release showcases the best expression of our site here at Te Whare Ra and the stellar quality of the 2015 vintage in Marlborough. This wine is the culmination of a 5 year project we have been pursuing with Sauvignon Blanc from our TWR home block. This wine is all about fruit purity and texture which is achieved with low crops, meticulous canopy management and lots of attention to detail with fruit selection. The focus was making a wine which has great texture and fleshiness and which is characterised by lots of layers and complexity with notes of ripe tropical notes with stonefruit and citrus with a lovely line of ripe minerality. This SV5182 release shows white stonefruit and a great florality coupled with lovely ripe tropicals and hints of basil and lime. These follow through to the palate which is fine and weighty with vibrant fleshy fruit and great texture balanced by a ripe, juicy acidity and lingering minerality."

Staff ImageSarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 18, 2017

Granny smith apple, lemon zest, chalky minerality and a bit of toast and texture from lees contact and barrel fermentation, with very refreshing, zesty acidity. This is one drinkable Sauvignon Blanc!

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

A wine that was many years in the making. Talking with owners / winemakers Jason and Anna Flowerday about this wine was very revealing. For many years they have flirted with the idea of making a single block, barrel influenced Sauv Blanc from their home block of vines. They have repeatedly kept a small parcel separate and fermented it in a large 600L neutral French oak Puncheon barrel...but year after year they ended up blending it into the TWR "regular" Sauvignon Blanc bottling. However - in 2015 the wine quality, their confidence and the fruition of the "SV5182" program (a marker that distinguishes their BioGro organic certified estate wines from a couple wines that included growers fruit) meant that this experimental wine finally made it to bottle as a singular expression...and boy was it worth the wait! This is next level stuff. This wine was ultimately conceived in the vineyard; the rows selected for this endeavor are set up from the very beginning with this expression in mind. Super low yielding, hand tended vines mean concentrated fruit with depth and texture. The influence of the barrel is purely for lees contact and oxygen rather than any noticeable oak flavor. The wine has amazing purity, layers of texture, intense minerality and a persistence of flavor intensity that elevates it above it's multitude of Marlborough counterparts. I suspect it will age beautifully as well...certainly putting a case in my cellar to find out!

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2014 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago ($26.99)

95 points Bob Campbell: "Attractive savoury Pinot Noir with floral, fresh herb (thyme?) and cherry flavours. Moderately concentrated wine with a core of appealing sweet fruit. An elegant Pinot Noir."

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir has a pronounced nose of red currants, black cherries and mulberries with underlying notes of yeast extract, tar, beef drippings and game plus a waft of forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate provides a great concentration of complex savory / earthy, red and black berry flavors with a solid structure of firm, ripe tannins and lively acidity, finishing long and layered. 94+ (LPB)" (02/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "A deep, dark cherry and plum style with plenty of depth and interest on offer. A subtly earthy and herbal edge to the nose with a plump and voluminous palate and plenty of flesh. Tannins are velvety, A very attractive, long and satisfying palate. Drink now."

93 points Raymond Chan: "Dark, deep ruby-red colour with some black and purple hues, a little lighter edged. The nose is rich with vibrant dark-red cherry and cherry fruit aromas harmoniously melded with a layer of dried herbs and thyme, along with piquant red florals and subtle whole cluster stalk and peppery suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate possesses rich and succulent dark-red berryfruit flavours entwined with notes of thyme herb and red florals. The mouthfeel has fresh, lacy acidity enhancing the fruit richness, and fine-grained tannin extract provide a balance, integrated core and line. The wine carries to a fresh, lingering finish of red fruits and florals with herb nuances. This is a gently rich and succulent, red-fruited Pinot Noir with subtle herb and floral notes, a fresh mouthfeel and fine tannin structure. Serve with poultry and pork dishes and Asian cuisine over the next 5-6+ years. Dijon clone fruit from the 'Morrison', 'Muirkirk' and 'Pisa Terrace' vineyards indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 15% new French oak."

K&L Notes: Winemaker's notes: "The 2014 Pinot Noir is carefully blended from 3 vineyards in the Lowburn and Bannockburn sub regions; our estate vineyards of Morrison and Muirkirk plus grower vineyard Pisa Terrace. All are farmed using certified BioGro organic practices. The vineyards are planted with a mixture of the Dijon clones and cropped at an average of 35 hectolitres per hectare, all vineyards being planted between 1997 and 2000. The wine was vinified using open fermenters, hand plunging, natural yeasts, and 11 months in French oak (15 % new) before racking and settling in tank for a further 4 months. Fermentation was carried out using de-stemmed fruit including the addition of 25% whole bunches. The wine is perfumed with lovely aromatics, there is a range of complexed fruit notes of darker berryfruit, some spice, savoury tones and dried herbs. It has a silky and lush texture, concentrated fruit power yet finely balanced with fine tannins throughout and long in flavour. No filtration or fining, deposits may form. Organically grown and made."

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 31, 2017

Consistently one of my favorite Pinot Noirs among our selection from New Zealand, and the first bottle I grab when I want to introduce a customer to the wines of the Central Otago region. Big. Bold. Black-fruited. And with a savory element from the inclusion of 25% whole clusters. Absolutely textbook. And an absolute delight to drink.

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

Compared to the Wanaka Rd bottling, you can sense the darker tones to the fruit, the more serious structure, and the fact that this Pinot Noir, while terrific now with a meal (quick suggestion: grilled lamb chateaubriand served with roasted fingerlings), is built to improve in bottle. Mount Edward continues to make the best value Pinot Noir in New Zealand, which in turn places them amongst the best value Pinot Noirs in our selection.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 25, 2017

This is an extremely well-rounded Pinot Noir from one of my favorite Central Otago producers. Mount Edward really puts their focus on high quality fruit coming out of the vineyard so they can practice minimalistic, non-interventionalist winemaking in the cellar. Their gentle, hands-off approach is very evident in the elegance and refinement this wine displays. Twenty-five percent whole cluster adds structure to bright, red fruits and the unfined and unfiltered approach gives depth and intricacies that may otherwise be stripped out. This is a great overview of Central Otago as a three vineyard blend and should be in the house of seasoned Pinot lovers and newbies alike.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 18, 2017

This wine strikes a balance between fruit notes and savory qualities that I really enjoy about New Zealand Pinot Noir. It is clean and pure with plenty of cherry, red currant and blackberry and has a hint of freshly cracked black pepper both in the nose and on the palate. Cheerful acidity and a lasting finish ties everything together, making this a tasty anytime wine.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 17, 2017

I can't think of a better barometer for Central Otago Pinot Noir than this bottling from Mount Edward. This bottle selects fruit from both of Mount Edward's estate vineyards (Muirkirk and Morrison) plus grower's fruit from the esteemed Pisa Terrace Vineyard. All of thee sites are certified BioGro organic and each one is situated in a different sub-region of Central Otago. Therefore from this wine you get a fantastically panoramic vinous expression of the region encapsulating many of its intricate terroirs into one beautifully integrated package. The skill of the assemblage lies with Duncan Forsyth and his trusty right hand gal Anna Riederer. Here they forge a unity between the power and depth of Bannockburn, the silky textures and elegance of Lowburn and the youthfully vibrant aromatics and bright lift of Pisa. It's a fantastic bottle offering richness and intensity of fruit but also some beautifully subtleties and nuances driven by place. The wine is textural and complex; very giving now in its youth but has plenty of stuffing to last a decade in the cellar should you wish. The only flaw with my barometer analogy is that if you chose this wine as your gauge for quality you are likely to be seriously disappointed by the vast majority of other wines even close to this price. With our winery direct relationship this price is ludicrously low given the producer's pedigree, huge accolades and sheer deliciousness of what's in the bottle.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 13, 2017

Central Otago is one of my favorite regions in New Zealand for Pinot Noir particularly. I love the savory yet clean and bright profile that the grape tends to assume in this region. Mount Edward is definitely one of the top examples for Central Otago Pinot. This bottling includes a few key vineyard sites to showcase the power and depth of the area as a whole. Here you have dark, exuberant berry fruit contending with an almost herbal, brambly note and lovely wet clay earthiness. The wine is made with wild yeast, and organic farming, so you have very little manipulation here, allowing the true character of the terroir to shine through.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 12, 2017

Dark and savory Central Otago Pinot Noir! Lush dark cherry fruit backed with a touch of oak and plenty of that savory herbal Central Otagoness. The palate is round with moderate tannins and fresh acidity. The fruit really comes to the forefront with that herbal tone and a nice counter point on the finish.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 12, 2017

This toasty, bacony Pinot Noir from Mount Edward reminded me of some of the bigger, high end Oregon Pinot Noirs, but at half the price! If you love your Pinot with substance, but still dry and long, this is a must try!

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 11, 2017

This organic, unfined and unfiltered wine is deep, dark and somewhat brooding in nature. There is plenty of sweet black cherry fruit to accent the forest floor and spice notes that linger on the bright finish. This is a big, bold bargain that drinks well above its price and should not be missed.

2015 Gitton Père & Fils "Montachins" Sancerre ($27.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Editors Choice** Ostentatiously ripe, this fullbodied wine hardly hides its richness. Its generous and packed with fruitiness. The acidity and the tighter texture are backdrops to this great burst of fruit. Drink now. (RV)"

K&L Notes: Pascal Gitton is the current scion at the helm of Domaine Gitton. The estate began life as a 1.5-hectare parcel near Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre that his grandmother farmed in addition to running a bistro and épicerie. From these beginnings, the total of the family’s various holdings is now close to 27 hectares. Having grown to 3.5 hectares, the foundational site, whose calcareous soil is known as "Caillottes" locally, contributes the fruit for the Les Montachins bottling.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 13, 2017

This is a seriously powerful mouthwatering Sancerre, with great complexity and depth. Notes of green olive and freshly cut grass are buoyed up by a slightly smoky undertone. The palate is rich, but very dry and herbaceous, and infused with a seabed minerality which lingers. This is a wine strong enough to lay down for years, but one I could definitely drink now, and enjoy tremendously!

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

Wow, this is some old school stuff. Gitton is so obviously an exceptional producer, but the wines do require some open mindedness. These are vins de garde style Sauv Blanc that are spectacularly complex now, but deserve to be squirreled away for several years before reaching its full potential. Right now we see a powerful nose of intense mineral, pithy citrus peel and fresh diced shishito. The texture is medium to full but the acidity is monstrous. A totally bombastic style that should develop incredible depth in the cellar after 2-3 years.

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 03, 2017

A fuller-bodied style of Sancerre, Gitton Montachins showcases ripe citrus and mineral aromas with some floral notes. Dry and crisp, it definitely has a slightly softer finish and refined texture. Lovely wine to enjoy by itself or with a salad.

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2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough ($29.99)

96 points Sam Kim: "Famous for their exquisite aromatic whites, Anna and Jason Flowerday have fashioned this gorgeous pinot from grapes grown on their estate vineyard in Renwick combined with the ones from Rawiri vineyard in the Omaka district. The striking bouquet shows dark cherry, smoked game, floral and almond characters with hints of truffle and mixed spice. The palate is concentrated and powerful, within the elegant frame of the variety, exhibiting awesome fruit purity together with seductive savoury nuances, brilliantly framed by loads of polished tannins. This is impressively complex and multi-layered, and seemingly complicated with so many elements in play, yet the wine flows seamlessly through the palate offering one gratifying harmonious voice. This is top notch. At its best: 2018 to 2025."

95 points Raymond Chan: "Darkish ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is very elegant with a beautiful array of red floral fragrances that unfold to provide remarkable volume. The nose has a finely concentrated core of dark raspberry and dark-red cherry fruit entwined with subtle herb and mineral nuances, and suggestions of nutty oak. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with rounded but intensely packed heart of dark raspberry and cherry fruit melded with red florals and subtle herb and mineral nuances. The fruit is rich and sweet, and flows seamlessly along a silky, fine-grained line, the integrated acidity lending energy and drive. The wine carries to an elegant, succulently sweet, sustained finish of dark red fruits and florals. This is a refined and beautifully fragrant Pinot Noir with rich dark-red berry fruits on a silky, seamless palate with fine, flowery tannins. Match with tuna, salmon, poultry and pork over the next 5-6+ years. Fruit from the TWR 'Home Block' (8 clones) and the 'Rawiri' vineyard in the Omaka Valley (4 clones), all hand-picked and hand-sorted, generally destemmed and fermented with a small portion of whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 14 days on skins post ferment and aged 11 months in 30% new French oak. 571 cases made."

94 points James Suckling: "Plenty of sweetly fragrant spices and gentle herbal notes. Sappy and fresh with some attractive rose and violet-like florals. The palate has terrific balance where fleshy fruit is precisely contained in fine yet powerful tannins. This has length and build and just flows. Good wine. Drink now to 2022+." (04/2017)

92 points Bob Campbell: "Moderately weighty and flavoursome pinot noir, with a mix of cherry, berry, savoury, stemmy and herb flavours. A moderately austere and drying wine with some development potential." (05/2017)

K&L Notes: TWR has become a perennial favorite with our staff - it's what we drink with our friends and families. The wine's incredible purity, balance and depth are unmatched in this price point. It also doesn't hurt to know that the family behind the TWR wines (the Flowerdays) are some of the most dedicated, passionate, talented and flat-out lovely people I know! The Pinot is sourced from two small blocks in Renwick and Omaka, Marlborough. Fruit is hand-sorted, mostly de-stemmed and then re-sorted by the individual grape (yes, seriously). Fermented in small, one ton open tanks, matured in fine-grain French oak for 11 months (30% new). It is fragrant, pure, silky and enchanting - everything you want in Pinot. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

Staff ImageJim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

Previous vintages of TWR Pinots that we have brought in have been excellent productions that show some real classic Pinot characteristics bordering on a cross between a really nice Pommard from Burgundy and some new-world qualities without going over the top. But, this 2015 production has kicked up those wonderful qualities of their previous productions threefold to a level that is absolutely superb. Medium-deep ruby in color, the opulent nose is loaded with lush floral fruit notes {rose petals to violets}, black cherry to ripe strawberry to blueberry tones, that is reinforced by creamy to wet river stone mineral qualities. In its complex, silky smooth, rich palate, this exceptional Gem is balanced, elegant, fleshy, and well-structured, has a viscous mid-range, all of which leads to a long, succulent, juicy finish that seems to go on and on, and it is only 13.0% ABV {???}. This is great New Zealand Pinot, and Rusty has ordered me to bring home cases of this exceptional Gem for our consumption over the next seven to ten years. A GREAT VALUE!!! ..A K&L WINE MERCHANTS DIRECT IMPORT ***** 13.0% ABV *****

Staff ImageJason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 08, 2017

Poise, precision and purity - these are the words that immediately come to mind upon tasting this wonderful Pinot Noir. TWR's Pinots are a bit shy upon immediate release, but always pickup steam to reveal their lovely character. Notes of exotic spice and dark red fruit lead to palate of great complexity. This wine is tasting brilliant now, but will continue to evolve.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

This is a very serious Pinot Noir and its complexity rivals that of many $70 Pinot Noirs. The fact that 2015 was a very small, concentrated vintage really is showcased in this wine with layers of flavor unveiling with every sip. The team at TWR care deeply about their wines and how they are farmed and aim to create wines of true place and substance rather than a pretty label. If you're looking for an authentic NZ Pinot, look no further. These guys are putting Marlborough on the the map for stunning, premium Pinot Noir.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 12, 2017

My favorite wines of our very strong New Zealand direct import program are from TWR. The 2015 Te Whare Ra Pinot Noir is full of dark cherry fruit and vinous, savory drive. If you like complexity in your Pinot, this medium bodied, long finishing bottle is a must try.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 12, 2017

Very enticing Pinot. The aromatics Range from bright berries to dark cherries with spice, earth and herbal nuances. It is medium light bodied but with substance, round mouthfeel, sizable but soft tannins pull everything together and let you know that patience will be rewarded, but that dark fruit and rich texture temp you into drinking it all now.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 11, 2017

Every year I review the new TWR Pinot Noir and attempt to put into words why this wine stuns with every vintage. Perhaps its because this lovely Pinot Noir sits at the juncture of several styles, incorporating boisterous fruit, elegant tannin and acidity, clean purity, and savory spice notes into one wine. Or perhaps it is the fact that this wine drinks beautifully now, yet has the potential to age nobly, or that it drinks perfectly on its own, yet pairs with a variety of foods. In any case, we have another great vintage in stock, and I'd highly recommend picking up a case or two.

2014 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A gutsy style, with a frame of brick dust around a core of steeped cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. The back end pulls in dried sage, savory and tobacco notes. The finish lingers over a singed chestnut hint. Rock-solid and unabashedly old-school. Best from 2020 through 2030. (JM)" (05/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "A wild, rustic edge to this assertive and punchy fruit-driven Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A smooth black cherry and blood plum-flavored palate. Appealing tangy freshness to close. The rusticity denotes drink now or as a much older wine." (08/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As to the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée, which is already in bottle, its a medium-bodied, lively and fresh example of this cuvée that offers classic Pégaü notes of cured meats, tapenade, spiced meats and blackcurrant fruits. Clean, complex, with bright acidity and solid concentration, it needs a decant if drinking anytime soon, but should keep for at least a decade.(JD)" (10/2016)

Four Pillars Barrel Aged Gin (750ml) ($46.99)

We've been waiting almost a year for the third pillar of the Four Pillars empire and now it's finally here! Using the same citrus-dominated recipe as the incredible Rare Dry, that gin is transferred into a solera of nine French oak chardonnay barrels, each with its own unique flavor. The solera is tasted every six months by head distiller Cameron Mackenzie who blends a portion to his liking, creating a new expression for each batch. The vanilla tones are light adding hints of cinnamon and baking spice to the citrus. You can sip it neat like a whisky, but it still mixes a fantastic gin and tonic. Try it as a whisky replacement in a Manhattan or as a Cognac replacement in a Sidecar. Any way you drink it, it's pretty darn delicious.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

I will admit that despite my trust in Four Pillars to make excellent gin I was a little skeptical to try the Barrel Aged version. This is mostly due to the fact that I have never really enjoyed barrel aged gin, it just does not hit my sweet spot for what I am looking for in gin. Of course I am always happy to change my mind, and while I still do not love barrel aging gin, I really liked the Four Pillars version. The barrels add lots of complex fruit and citrus notes on the nose. While there is some vanilla here, it thankfully does not dominate. Instead layers of interesting savory spices mix with an almost Meyer lemon citrus with a long finish bolstered with some oak spice. I cannot wait to try it in cocktails, although it is good enough to sip which is something I never thought I would say about gin.

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

This gin is elegant, soft and easy. It has aromas of juniper with a hint of lime and some savory notes. In the mouth it is nice and pretty, with a tasty complex mix of spice and lime. There is a long finish. It is delicious and a little different.

Staff ImageJordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 14, 2017

The Barrel aged Gin from Four pillars is a botanical bonanza . The nose is super floral with some orange peel , Baked apple and pear with citrus and botanical flavors, lightly oaked . This is beautiful gin. Pairs well with fever tree tonic water.

Four Roses 10 Year Old "OBSV - K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Cask Strength Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($64.99)

These OBSVs are becoming harder to find every day. The distillery probably makes more of this recipe than any other because it is used in their flagship "Single Barrel" product. Nonetheless we see this recipe very infrequently when tasting at the distillery. So when they roll one out to be bottled at Cask Strength we take note. It's even better when we get in there and taste a real stunner. OBSV is generally very good and it's a profile we love, with tons of fruit and tons of spice, and a rich creamy texture. Fits right in that profile and will likely sell very fast. Only 156 bottles available.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

The OBSV is bold and spicy with some subtle fruit and lots toasty oak. It has some feeling of really old-timey bourbon, notes of fresh licorice sticks, dark cherries, Sweet Tarts, roasted coffee and sweet oak. The entry is rich and powerful with some fruit at the front before moving drier and spicier than expected. Big bold and not as easy as the OESV, this definitely dominated by the rye grain. The finish moves toward a drying woodsy note that's long and lingers on the dark earthy tones for ages. This is slightly edgier than the OESV, but packs a punch for those that really like a spicy style.

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2013 Inglenook Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($69.99)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is exquisitely layered and nuanced, yet also captures plenty of the vintage's intensity and pure power. Inky dark fruit, licorice, dark spices, menthol and new leather are all laced together in a super attractive, mid-weight wine loaded with nuance and personality. With time in the glass, the 2013 blossoms nicely and acquires more savory, cedar, tobacco and underbrush notes. (AG)" (09/2015)

95 points Wine & Spirits: "This is the wine formerly known as Cask. In 2013, it benefited from the viticultural work Philippe Bascaules and his team undertook to help the vines ripen their fruit more efficiently. Presented as a selection of the best lots that remain in the cellar after the blending of Rubicon, it ages in a combination of French (90 percent) and American oak, half of it's new. It's a remarkably gracious 2013, elegant and bright, with crunchy cool fruit that feels supercharged by the Rutherford tannins, a gravelly growl of energy. Those dark tannins shade the brightness of the fruit, even as the fruit adds tension and verticality to their richness. If you collect Napa Valley Cabernet, this is a wine to cellar, especially at the price." (10/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and minerals. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Linear and crisp. Drink or hold." (05/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Touches of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot contribute to this wine's overall complexity. The cuvée formerly known as Cask, it now emphasizes the historic estate property. Red currant and cedar notes and firm tannins strike first, as bright, underlying acidity provides balance. Tobacco leaf and chocolate flavors mark the long finish. (VB)" (12/2017)

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 08, 2017

The 2013 Inglenook Cabernet is a gorgeous bottle of wine that drinks well above its price. It is composed of all-estate fruit with 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% of Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot with 50% new French oak barrel aging. This wine shows exceptional balance with rich dark fruit that is nowhere near overdone, finishing with dusty tannin and medium acidity. Additionally, there are more layers of graphite, meatiness and cedar. Grab a couple to age in cellar... if you can wait that long!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 08, 2017

Previously known as Cask Cabernet and made from the same estate fruit as the Rubicon, the big difference between the Rubcon and what is now known as simply the Inglenook Rutherford Cabernet is the barrel selection and the use of both American and French oak. While it doesn't have the sweet spices or the exotic scents from that heavier French oak influence, what you get from the standard Inglenook is a wine that has every bit the quality of the Rubicon in terms of fruit, structure, and concentration, but for a price that's about 70% less. The Rubicon typically sells for $170 - $200, but in no way are you settling here taking the Inglenook at $59.99. This wine has an incredible bouquet of dark, juicy Cabernet fruit as well as ripe tannins that reflect the impeccable quality of the 2013 growing season in Napa. However, whereas many of the $50 -$75 wines I taste from Napa today are meant to drink now, the Inglenook is a wine with loads of potential beyond 2017. It has the guts for a serious ten to twenty year run in your cellar, but with some decanting and a nice rib eye you can definitely coax all that gorgeous fruit out of the bottle and into your glass tonight. While my professional opinion would be to wait as long as you possibly can, I'm fully aware that wines this tasty tend to get opened in the short term. Either way, you're going to be very, very happy with the Inglenook.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 08, 2017

The evidence is in the glass...Inglenook is officially back to its glory days of the 40s, 50s & 60s with the 2013 Inglenook Ruther Cabernet Sauvignon. This used to be called the "Cask" Cabernet Sauvignon but now enjoys the Rutherford moniker. The barrels for this wine were culled out of the production of the Iglenook Rubicon the winery's flagship offering. This is an impeccable red, with perfect harmony of tannins, fruit and structure. A gorgeous red, this has the "old-school" Napa Valley cabernet Sauvignon feel that we're always looking for.

2015 Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault 1er Cru "Genevrières" (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

91-93 points Vinous: "Bright pale yellow. An aroma of peach nectar is enlivened by a brisk gingery quality. Thick, rich and sweet but with superb framing acidity. Quite glyceral and rich--even a touch warm--at 13.8% alcohol but has the harmonious acidity to maintain its shape and balance. A serious mouthful of wine. Latour expects that a fining prior to bottling will bring more precision. (ST)" (09/2016)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* (from 40+ year old vines from a huge 2.5 ha parcel in Genevrières Dessus) Hints of matchstick and exotic tea add breadth to the ripe and very pretty white flower and orchard fruit scented nose. The elegant middle weight flavors possess a lilting mouth feel before concluding in a lightly stony, sleek and impressively focused and persistent finish. While this lovely effort isn't exactly a classic Genevrières, it is less obviously marked by the vintage. Drink: 2020+" (06/2017)

2015 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "La Forest" (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru la Forest has one of the more mineral-driven aromatic profiles from Dauvissat this year: very focused with granite and flint-like aromas emerging from the glass. The palate is extremely well balanced, tightly wound at first with outstanding spiciness and mineralité, fanning out wonderfully with a quite compelling finish that lingers in the mouth. This is so cohesive and tensile, the persistence just one of the best you will find this vintage. (NM)" (08/2016)

92-94 points Vinous: "Pale, bright yellow. Initially mute nose grudgingly gives up scents of citrus fruits, rosemary and earth. Sappy and incisive in the mouth, with penetrating citrus-dominated flavors joined by mineral-driven salinity on the long, pure finish. A terrific premier cru in the making, this Forest really stains the palate. (ST)" (07/2016)

94 points Decanter: "Ripe and charming, intense and lifted. Showing purity of fruit and clarity, although the aromas are currently quite subdued. Racy and beautifully poised, with a very long finish. Drinking Window 2018 - 2028" (02/2017)

93 points John Gilman: "I love Vincent Dauvissats La Forest and the 2015 is an absolutely classic version! Thebouquet is pure, nascently complex and very expressive, wafting from the glass in a fine, fineblend of flinty, wet stone minerality, pear, lime, a whisper of the coming beeswax, candiedlemon peel and a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex androck solid at the core, with an open attack, an outstanding sense of reserve at the core, brightacids and excellent lift and cut on the very long, zesty finish. This is fairly open in personalitytoday, but it has additional layers of complexity to offer to those with a bit of patience. 2016-2040. 93+" (11/2016)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Sweet Spot Outstanding* This is aromatically even more complex if perhaps a bit less elegant with its pure array of citrus, iodine, tidal pool, citrus peel and apple aromas. There is excellent punch to the full-bodied and muscular middle weight flavors that possess plenty of mouth coating sap that helps to buffer the moderately firm acid spine. This powerful effort should reward from 6 to 10 years of bottle age and is another in a long line of fine examples of La Forest from Vincent Dauvissat. Drink: 2022+" (10/2016)

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2014 Bella Union Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Price: Hidden

Bella Union was founded in 2012 by the owning partners of Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel. The grapes are sourced from a 25-acre Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Rutherford along Bella Oaks Lane. The Cabernet Sauvignon was complemented by 2% Malbec after spending 16 months in 60% new French oak. From the winery: "The 2014 Bella Union offers hedonistic bright red cranberry, raspberry, boysenberry, dark plum and earth aromas, married with vanilla spice, toast, warm caramel and coffee aromas. The palate expands with concentrated, dark red fruit, black cherry, boysenberry and plum. On the finish, the palate gives way to warm toasted flavors complemented by toffee and coffee notes. This well-balanced wine is structured from start to finish with an enchanting texture that lingers through to completion.".

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 02, 2017

The partners of Far Niente and Nickel and Nickel truly do make a Bella Union, which resulted in a beautiful Cabernet. Sourced from fruit grown in the heart of Rutherford near Bella Oaks Lane, the wine is a nod to the historic Bella Union Roadway and Bella Union Mining Company, both Napa Valley strongholds in the 1880s. The label is befittingly, a nod to Art Nouveau, and quite eye catching. The wine itself is deliciously condensed and floral, lush and aromatic, with notes of dark cherry and tobacco leaf, and fine, dusty tannins unique to Rutherford.

2014 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Price: Hidden

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Blackcurrants, black raspberries, graphite, leafy herbs and even a hint of bay leaf all emerge from the 2014 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon, and it's deep, rich and beautifully concentrated in the vintage. Made from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot, it opens up nicely with time in the glass, has ample tannin structure and a great finish. Give bottles short term cellaring and enjoy through 2034. (JD)" (06/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is a blendof fruit from Seven Hills, Loess, Mill Creek Upland,Leonetti Old Block and Serra Pedace. Aromas ofmineral, black cherry, incense, barrel spice andscorched earth lead to a full-bodied textured palatefull of black-fruit flavors and tightly wound tannins.It drinks quite young now, needing some timeto come into its own. Best from 20242029. *Cellar Selection* (SS)" (09/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Well-structured, yet rich and polished, with rose petal and blackberry aromas and complex flavors of briary wild berry, licorice and pepper that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. (Insider, TF)" (04/2017)

2015 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($129.99)

96-98 points Vinous: "A dazzling, towering wine, the 2015 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has put on considerable weight in just the last few months. Today, the 2015 is vivid and intense, with a huge backbone of tannin and marvelous complexity. In 2015, the Cabernet Sauvignon is pushed higher as the Merlot was less consistent in its ripening. Graphite, charcoal, tobacco, crème de cassis and new leather are some of the signatures in what is shaping up to be a super-classic Pichon-Lalande. Simply put, the 2015 is one of the wines of the vintage. Tasted four times. (AG)" (04/2016)

96-97 points James Suckling: "This is absolutely beautiful with super tannin quality that gives you the most silky texture. Precise. It goes for minutes. Full and concentrated yet all in balance." (03/2016)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that was picked from 10 September with the young Merlot, finishing on 9 October. It includes 12.5% vin de presse (which incidentally was included in the blend). It has a very pure bouquet with expressive Merlot imparting black cherries and wild strawberry aromas that are embroidered with a thread of graphite. I noticed how it errs more towards black fruit with extended aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin on the entry, the Cabernet Sauvignon here in the driving seat despite that level of Merlot trying to get in a look. Together they give a sense of completeness to this Pichon Lalande that has semblances towards the great 1996. Whereas this Pauillac has a tendency to be more approachable than others, in fact, the 2015 has the backbone and substance to suggest that it will require a minimum of ten years' ageing, but patience will be amply rewarded. Nicolas Glumineau has overseen a quite brilliant Pichon Lalande here. (NM)" (04/2016)

94-97 points Wine Spectator: "This has excellent energy, featuring voluptuous blackberry and black currant fruit lined with cassis bush, bay leaf, wet stone and iron notes, with sweet tobacco filling in the background. The finish is broad and long, with a nice graphite edge. This is Pauillac. (JM, Web-2016)"

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a surprisingly tender wine with its opulent Merlot filling out the firmer Cabernet. The acidity cuts to the heart while leaving room for a fresher, crisper character that is juicy and delicious. This will be a very fine wine. (RV)" (04/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "Very sweet and round and velvety. Lots to treasure here. Especially for those in a hurry! Ripe and rich. Lip smacking. But to be avoided by those who like their Pauillacs to have a hint of austerity. 17.5/20 points" (04/2016)

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 13, 2016

One of the best wines of the vintage for me. Gorgeous aromatics, lush fruit, finesse and beauty through and through. A wine that holds up great vintages of the past.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 30, 2016

68% CS and 29%M. . Elegance personified. Black raspberry aromas with a mix of chocolate and earth. Dark fruit flavors, but much softer wine than its neighbor the Baron. This property is returning to its glory days of the 80s. This one a bit like their amazing 1989.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 13, 2016

Pichon Comtesse de Lalande- 68CS 29M 2CF 1PVA far deeper expression here of attractive, elegant blackberry fruit, complex aromas of roses-violets, orange rind and citrus which is always a nice touch. The Comtesse is truly back on top of its game! 2 Stars Ralph Sands

2014 Trotanoy, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) ($209.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Spellbinding aromas of flowers such as lilacs and honeysuckle with strawberries and blackberries. Full-bodied, super tight and polished with wonderful finesse and length. Seamless, fine tannins give this endless mouthfeel. Drink in 2022." (02/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Trotanoy had (que surprise!) closed down on the nose compared to its JP Moueix stablemates. A few swirls of the glass and it reveals very precise, mineral-soaked black fruit laced with black truffle and subtle sous-bois aromas. It soon gathers momentum and the aromas were gaining more and more intensity after five minutes. The palate is outstanding. There is brilliant structure here, immense and almost staggering purity, incredible focus and tension with an electrifying spiciness on the finish. Best Pomerol of the vintage? The only thing wrong with that last sentence is the question mark at the end. (NM)" (03/2017)

95 points Vinous: "A dense, powerful wine, the 2014 Trotanoy wraps around the palate with serious intensity. The flavors are dark and boldly sketched, with plenty of earth-driven undertones that add complexity and nuance. In a vintage that produced so many wines that speak to finesse rather than power, Trotanoy retains its signature broad shoulders and breadth. It will be at least 10-15 years before the 2014 is ready to drink. Readers can look forward to a long drinking window of pure pleasure beyond that. 95+ Points (AG)" (02/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*** Cellar Selection ***This is a powerfully structured wine from a 18-acre property on the plateau of Pomerol. Rich Merlot dominates and gives the wine both its alcohol and its intense tannins and juicy red fruits. The wine is dense with the potential for aging over a considerable time. Drink from 2025. (RV)" (04/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Dense, featuring a loamy edge that runs throughout, while the core of crushed plum, fig and blackberry fruit plays out slowly. Licorice root and warm stone notes pervade the finish. A bit brooding, but give this time, as the lurking fresh bay, tobacco and iron elements should develop with age. Best from 2020 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2017)

2014 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend ($229.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Proprietary Red Les Pavots (3,570 cases) is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot aged in mostly Taransaud barrels with a small helping of Darnajou thrown in. This wine is fabulous in the vintage, although certainly less profoundly concentrated and extracted, as well as structured, compared to the 2013, which was off-the-charts fabulous. This is a brilliant wine, charming, with front-end loaded plum, blackcurrant and black raspberry fruit interwoven with graphite, tar and truffle notes. The wine has sumptuous texture, sweet, velvety tannin, and a long, full-bodied finish. It should drink well for at least two decades. (RP)" (10/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Well-centered on rich, dark berry fruit that is firm and direct, with subtle flavors filling in the gaps and ending with tannins that give the flavors traction and structure. (JL)" (07/2017)

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2013 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($299.00)

100 points James Suckling: "The greatest Opus ever. Terrific aromas of crushed black currants, blueberries and flowers with hints of sweet tobacco. Roses continue to exude opulence and class. Full body, superb balance of ultra-fine tannins and vibrant acidity. Complex aftertaste of black fruits and citrus fruit. Extremely persistent. So approachable now and enjoyable. But will be even better in 2019 and beyond. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec. This will always be beautiful to drink." (09/2016)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Opus One, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, is a beauty. Velvety textured, without a had edge to be found, notes of crème de cassis, blueberry, subtle wood and floral notes gently rise from the wines dense purple color. Beautifully full-bodied and extraordinarily elegant and pure, this is certainly one of their great achievements over the last 37 years. The wine has an exquisite finish and can be drunk now or cellared for 25-30 years. (RP) 97+" (12/2016)

97 points Vinous: "The 2013 Opus One is powerful, dense and super-concentrated, with heady aromatics, intense fruit and an unreal level of richness for this wine. A host of dark cherry, crème de cassis, licorice, smoke and dark spices infuse this decidedly masculine, potent Opus One. Raw and intense to the core, the 2013 is going to require quite a bit of time to fully come into its own. Like so many wines in this vintage, Opus One possesses striking depth of fruit and a level of intensity that nearly covers the tannins. (AG)" (12/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "The product of 18 months in barriques and the same period in bottle before release. Dark crimson. Extremely intense and even savoury on the nose - much less obviously Napa than the multi-vintage Overture tasted immediately beforehand. This has real verve but also wonderfully supple tannins. Heady with an edge of iodine, this is the taste of luxury. (It's not difficult to imagine how much discussion between winemaker Michael Silacci of Opus and Philippe Dhalluin of Mouton went into this.) 18.5/20 points" (09/2016)

2014 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($299.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard offers up a profound and singular nose of loam, rocks and iron ore over a core of black cherries, baked black berries and preserved plums with hints of licorice, dark chocolate, cedar, sautéed herbs and beef broth. Full-bodied, rich and demonstrating great depth with a wonderfully compelling personality, it delivers a multitude of savory meat and toast layers, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins. It finishes with incredible persistence, allowing those provocative mineral nuances to shine through. 844 cases were made.(LPB)" (10/2017)

97 points James Suckling: "Extremely aromatic and beautiful with blueberry and blackerry character that turns to plums and roses. Full body and firm and silky tannins. Linear and intensely citrusy acidity. Long, mineral finish. Wonderful energy to this wine. Drink or hold." (01/2017)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is dark, sumptuous and racy. Silky tannins wrap around a core of dark stone fruit, chocolate, spice, menthol and leather. This is an especially supple, racy 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon with plenty of up-front fruit, but fewer of the layers that are found in the very best wines in this range. (AG)" (12/2016)

2015 Pavie, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) ($349.99)

100 points James Suckling: "For me, this redefines Pavie. The depth and intensity and more important, the clarity, is really something. Full and ultra-fine tannins. It shows such great tannins and finesse. It is the essences of Pavie." (04/2016)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Pavie is a blend of 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon that is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one-year-old barrels. It has a really quite glorious bouquet that is sensual and very well defined and pure. In my opinion, just dialing down the new oak even by 15% is allowing more personality and more terroir-expression to filter through. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe, lace-like tannins and a fine bead of acidity. It feels caressing and sensual in the mouth with superb mineralité and purity on the vivacious and sustained finish. This is unquestionably the best wine from Gérard Perse in 2015: a great Pavie with a very long life ahead, though I would cellar it for at least a decade to witness it in full flight. (NM)" (04/2016)

95-98 points Vinous: "One of the wines of the vintage, the 2015 Pavie is dense, powerful and seamless. A huge, spherical wine, even for the year, the 2015 exudes depth. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 retains striking freshness and nuance, with plenty of bright red stone fruit and floral notes taking center stage. The super-extracted, oak-driven style that was such a Pavie signature a decade ago seems to be giving way to a more refined approach that showcases fruit, richness and purity. This is a superb showing from Gerard Perse and consulting winemaker Michel Rolland. (AG)" (04/2016)

95-98 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers some serious fruit firepower, with blueberry, blackberry and plum notes that pump along authoritatively, pulling the creamy tannins along with them. Echoes of tobacco and violet emerge through the finish, along with a buried mineral accent. A contender for wine of the vintage on the Right Bank. (JM, Web-2016)"

95 points Decanter: "Follows recent vintages with more Cabernet Franc (22%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (18%) in the blend. Fragrant dark fruit and spice notes. Powerful tannic frame but the tannins are really refined. Opulent mid-palate but minerality and tension runs through to a firm, driving finish. Accomplished but needs time. (JL)" (04/2016)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is powerful and concentrated. With its dark tannins and hints of bitter coffee from extraction, it has density and great power. To help the wine's richness there is a delicious amount of acidity that will keep the wine well in balance. (RV)" (04/2016)

2015 Domaine Bruno Clair Bonnes Mares Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($359.99)

97 points Decanter: "From the Morey sector of Bonnes Mares. Lightly toasted nose with raspberries and cherries. Rich and rounded palate with lavish fruit, without being heavy-handed or extracted. The tannins are ripe and the acidity keen and persistent, giving the wine its elegance and poise. (SB)" (02/2017)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru is more expressive on the nose compared to the Clos-de-Beze, as you would expect, with detailed blueberry and blackberry aromas, a light peaty scent all with fine delineation. The palate is very well balanced with crisp black fruit, blood orange and savory/meaty notes underneath. There is good energy on display here and it will need 4-5 years to fully assimilate the new oak on the finish. Very fine. (NM)" (12/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "Bright medium red. Like a wine from another planet following the Clos Saint-Jacques and Clos de Bèze, offering aromas of black raspberry, wild herbs, tar and chocolate. Mouthfilling and solid but less expressive in the mouth than the top Gevreys, with saline minerality, spices and a suggestion of chocolatey ripeness dominating in the early going. This tactile, chewy wine boasts serious but well-integrated tannins and terrific savory persistence. All of the top 2015 Bruno Clair clearly showcase their distinctive terroirs. (ST)" (01/2017)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A discreet application of wood easily allows the liqueur-like dark currant aromas that are liberally cut with earth and spice nuances to be appreciated. Otherwise there is superb richness to the full-bodied, powerful and concentrated broad-shouldered flavors that possess a velvety and mouth coating palate feel, all wrapped in a gorgeously complex and persistent finish. This isn't quite as classy as the Bèze but this it's not far behind and it's entirely possible that one day it will match its stablemate in overall quality. Note well though that this isn't going to be an early drinker so plenty of patience will be necessary." (01/2017)

2014 Paul Hobbs "Nathan Coombs Estate" Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($419.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Having tasted this wine since the inaugural 2012 vintage, one of the aspects I most love about this vineyard is how clearly it stands stylistically apart from Paul Hobbs' St. Helena and Oakville single-vineyard wines--with red fruits entering the mélange, this incredible energy plus a very particular tannin texture--and yet the quality is right up there on the same par. Containing a dollop (2%) of Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate has a deep garnet-purple color and a vibrant nose of red currant and red plum compote, blackberry preserves and mulberries with underlying suggestions of garrigue, Mediterranean herbs, damp earth, lavender and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the tannins on this wine are oh-so-finely pixelated, with a refreshing backbone cutting through the intense flavor layers, finishing with an invigorating lift. I could sit down and drink this right now, but it promises much more to come with 10-15 years cellaring and should hold considerably longer. 97+ points. (LPB)" (10/2017)

96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of cloves and currants with hints of rose petals. Iodine and oyster shell. Full body and polished and velvety tannins. Very linear and focused. A real backbone of fine tannins and acidity and mineral tension. Pinpoint clarity with immense density. Muscular. Needs time to soften. Fantastic. Drink in 2021." (01/2017)

95 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate Vineyard is the most dynamic and intense of these wines. Stylistically, the Nathan Coombs is most similar to the Piedras in its tannic and structural profile. A rush of dark red cherry and pomegranate punctuate the vibrant finish. I very much like the sense of energy here. I will not be surprised if, over time, the Nathan Coombs becomes the top Cabernet for Paul Hobbs, as it is the only estate vineyard in the range, and being in control of all aspects of production is increasingly critical for winemakers who strive to be at the very top. (AG)" (12/2016)

K&L Notes: From the winery: "Situated on gently sloped terrain, this estate Coombsville AVA vineyard produces wine of great character with its moderate climate and unusual soil composition. An inky black color with a vivid purple rim, this wine invites with seductive aromatics of lavender, dried herbs, black cherry and cassis. The palate is vibrant with finely sculpted layers of dark chocolate and blackberry tart interwoven with moist earth and crushed granite. Bold, chewy tannins and balanced acidity complete this wine that offers focus, complexity and powerful structure."

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2007 Latour, Pauillac - 10 available ($529.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A big and powerful wine, with tannins that are compact and dense. The dryness of the tannins go right to the core, surrounded by chocolate, sweet fruit and dark berry flavors. The wine is well structured, big and bold, with plenty of firmness promising aging. (RV)" (04/2010)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Latour was late-released last year, and I reviewed it at that time. This bottle reaffirmed my remarks from a few months ago albeit here within the context of all the other First Growth. I noticed that it has slightly more intensity than the Lafite-Rothschild, a touch of menthol infusing the black fruit, certainly more exotic than the Lafite or Mouton with that subtle hint of black olive. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is good muscle and weight to this Latour, with impressive tension and energy on the saline finish. It will drink well over the next 15 years, possibly longer. (NM)" (06/2017)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright ruby-red. Rather backward nose hints at cassis, black cherry, shoe polish, graphite, minerals and spices. Sweet, broad and rich, but with enticing fresh minerality giving energy to the rather full-bodied middle palate. The wine's cassis fruit is complicated by an almost decadent floral element. Finishes perfumed and very long, with wonderfully lush, supple, fine-grained tannins. (ST)" (08/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Offers floral and berry notes, with currant and licorice. Full-bodied, with a sweet core of fruit. There's silky tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. Reserved and balanced. (JS)" (03/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark core with a wide, soft brick rim. Intense, fragrant, dark-red fruit. Savoury and almost dusty in a rocky minerality. Even a sour note on the palate, more elderberry than blackcurrant, tight and long. The tannins are very very fine, paper-fine and theres terrific freshness in a more austere, dark style yet with a scented supple finish. 18.5/20 points (JH)" (02/2017)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 16, 2010

Tasted at the property. This wine looks to be a cross between 1999 and 2004. Not a monster, but 91% cabernet sauvignon and 9% merlot. 16% press wine in blend...quite high. About normal yields here. This wine has earthy aromas and red fruits on the palate. Good weight on the palate and very smooth. Quite forward for Latour. Pure and not over-extracted. An elegant Latour! 11,000 cases.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 16, 2010

Strong and crisp at front end. Elegant cranberry on palate. Spicy and fresh finish.

2015 Palmer, Margaux (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($619.99)

99-100 points James Suckling: "A wine with incredible character and style with black ink and blueberry aromas and flavors. Full body, extremely fresh and structured with riffing tannins. It is muscular and powerful. White pepper, sea salt, mineral, stone character. A wine built for the long term. The making of the new 1961." (04/2016)

97-99 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is structured and extraordinarily dense. Powerful tannins and a hint of chocolate from extraction give the wine concentration. The richness of the wine is right there, just suggesting alcohol. There is freshness at the end that brings a final, delicious lift. (RV)" (04/2016)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Palmer is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot matured into up to 70% new oak. The official start of the picking was 22 September, finishing on the 7 October with the Petit Verdot and the Cabernet Sauvignon. This has a wonderful bouquet with layers of dark cherry, boysenberry, a faint hint of dark chocolate and minerals. There is superb delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied, but this constitutes a decidedly more structured Palmer than I have encountered in recent years, perhaps a little more masculine due to the slightly higher Cabernet content. This is a classic Palmer made by winemaker Thomas Duroux, symmetrical in some way, poised and effortless on the finish. Those who like the more showy Palmer might not warm to this 2015, but this has real class and sophistication, a Palmer that will repay those with the nous to cellar it for 10-15 years. Expect it to reside at the top of my banded score. (NM)" (04/2016)

94-97 points Vinous: "A dark, voluptuous beauty, the 2015 Palmer is just as beautiful today as it was from barrel a few months ago. Mocha, plum, black cherry, tobacco and cedar are fused together in an effortless, racy Margaux endowed with real pedigree. Sweet tannins round out the plush, seamless finish, but they are there. This is a hugely promising Palmer. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. (AG)" (04/2016)

96 points Decanter: "Superb bouquet of black fruits with dry spice, tobacco and liquorice. Densely textured palate with incredible backbone: 2015 has all the charm we had in 2009 but more precision to make a serious wine without being severe, says CEO Thomas Duroux. (SS)" (04/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "44% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot. Picked 22 September to 7 October. A really massive step above Alter Ego on the nose. Really fresh and polished. Lovely bramble fruit. Not that dense but really complete and beautifully balanced. Silky tannins. Real drive and lift towards the end. Very Margaux. 18/20 points. (JR)" (04/2016)

2013 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 6-pack in OWC - 9 available ($1,259.00)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Insignia (their 40th vintage) is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This wine is aged 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels, and the production can vary from just over 10,000 cases to nearly 20,000 cases in a very abundant vintage. There were 12,300 cases produced in 2013, and this vintage of Insignia is certainly going to turn out to be one of the great ones. The wine offers a stunning inky blue/purple color, a gorgeous nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite, new saddle leather and barrique. The wine has fabulous concentration, a full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel, and tremendous finish with moderate tannin. Its interesting to note that the Phelps winemaking staff had been gradually reducing the amount of Merlot in this wine over recent vintages. The 2013 should hit its peak in 5-7 years and last for 35-50.98+ Points (RP)" (10/2016)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "*** Editors' Choice ***The mighty Insignia shows a vibrancy of purpose and craft in this, its 40th vintage, combining 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. Together they find a higher calling of perfumed violet, dark plum and berry along with graphite and an edginess of dried herb. Firm, structured tannins show tremendous potential for aging and decanting. This is a near-perfect effort from a blockbuster vintage. (VB)" (12/2016)

94-97 points Vinous: "The 2013 Insignia is ripe, forward and explosive, with striking nuance and delineation throughout. Vivid and intense, but also showing admirable restraint, the 2013 is super-impressive. Twenty-four months in 100% new oak has really tamed what was once a powerful, almost over the top wine. Today, the 2013 is still closed and not fully formed, but it is shaping up to be a real gem. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points Wine & Spirits: "Insignia has been built as a regional blend since its first vintage in 1974, becoming an estate-grown wine in 2004. Its based on cabernet sauvignon grown in six vineyards, from Suscol in the south to sites in Oak Knoll, Stags Leap and Rutherford, up to Phelpss Spring Valley Home Ranch in St. Helena. Ashley Hepworth has fine-tuned the style, so Insignia is still a rich wine, but now, especially in 2013, shows the kind of firmness of structure that makes the richness profound. This vintage is fresh and lively, even while it is dense and powerful, as if the power is coming out of the black raspberry fruit as well as the bright, sparkling-fresh mineral tones of the tannins. Delicious now if you give it several hours in a decanter, this is destined to evolve into a classic." (10/2016)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(this wine was bottled at the beginning of February and will not be released until September; from an earlier harvest than 2012, featuring higher tannin levels): Black fruits and violet on the nose, complemented by spicecake and nutty oak. Boasts outstanding purity and density of fruit but the wine's superb sweetness is nicely controlled by its sheer juicy concentration and spice character. Conveys great inner-mouth tension owing to its firm acidity and strong underlying minerality. A terrific early showing considering the recent bottling, with a high-pitched floral element that contributes to the wine's weightless impression. The tannins are beautifully integrated with the fruit but it's hard to imagine that this wine won't shut down at some point. The long, rising finish spreads out horizontally to saturate the palate. Winemaker Ashley Hepworth noted that it was warmer on the home ranch in 2013 than in 2012 but not everywhere elsewhere in Napa Valley?? (ST)" (04/2016)

95 points James Suckling: "Extravagant aromas of crushed blackberries, mint, eucalyptus and flint. Full body, round and velvety textured. Rich and flavorful finish. Lusciousness with form. Reserved palate. Very attractive now but better in 2020." (01/2016)

94 points Connoisseurs Guide: "If its first aromas are a little reluctant when first poured, there is no such hesitance as the nose opens over time and reveals deep, rich, layered notes of red and black currants, hints of olives and cola and background notes of creamy, slightly caramelly oak. The wine is certainly on the full side in palate weight and its supple, almost decadently open impressions on the palate could be taken for slight excess. But it is never weighty or overdone at any point and, indeed, is impeccably balanced both in its underlying acidity and in the way that its not unsubstantial tannins are well-suited to the overall depth and continuity on display from first to last. Like its predecessors, it might seem to encourage drinking up in its early years, but we would strongly caution against that siren lure and, instead, suggest a six to ten year wait in the cellar while its full potential is realized." (12/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and full-bodied, but exhibiting the lift of a brighter red. The dark berry flavors give this an elegant mouthfeel and ease the tannic strength. Tempting now but worth cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2032. (JL)" (10/2016)