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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - November 14th, 2017 - 11/14/2017 - Preferred Customer Alerts

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

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2014 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia $8.99 View
2015 Palacio del Burgo Tinto Rioja (Elsewhere $15) 90 $9.99 View
2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur $10.99 View
2015 De Brousse, Cotes-De-Castillon $14.99 View
2014 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana 91 $14.99 View
2014 Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe, St-Émilion 95 $15.99 View
2009 Valentons Canteloup 'Cuvee Excentrique' Bordeaux Supérieur $15.99 View
2016 Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio Alto Adige $17.99 View
2014 Beaulieu Vineyard "Reserve" Carneros Chardonnay 93 $19.99 View
2016 Carrick "Unravelled" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago (Biodynamic) $19.99 View
2015 Jax "Y3 Taureau" Napa Valley Red Blend 90 $19.99 View
2015 Valravn "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel $19.99 View
2015 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Karia" Napa Valley Chardonnay 90 $24.99 View
2015 Gary Farrell "Russian River Selection" Russian River Valley Chardonnay 95 $29.99 View
2015 Bosquet des Papes "Tradition" Chateauneuf-du-Pape 92 $34.99 View
2010 d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon 93 $34.99 View
2012 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 96 $39.99 View
2014 Domaine de la Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $45) 97 Price: Hidden View
2013 Kay Brothers "Hillside" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $55) 95 Price: Hidden View
2012 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru "153rd Anniversary Cuvee" (Elsewhere $60) 94 $44.99 View
2015 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough (Elsewhere $60+) 99 Price: Hidden View
2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 94 $49.99 View
2013 Schiavenza "Cerretta" Barolo 94 $54.99 View
2009 La Couspaude, St-Emilion 93 $59.99 View
2012 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 98 $69.99 View
2012 d'Issan, Margaux 95 $69.99 View
Maker's Mark 46 "K&L Exclusive - #2" Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) $69.99 View
Macallan Classic Cut "2017 Limited Edition" Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $79.99 View
Wathen’s Special Release "Barrel Proof" K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) $79.99 View
2000 Haut-Batailley, Pauillac 92 $89.99 View
1989 Dauzac, Margaux $99.99 View
1970 Poujeaux, Moulis $109.99 View
2006 Bollinger Rosé Champagne 94 $119.00 View
2009 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion 95 $119.99 View
1985 Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Medoc 91 $119.99 View
2015 Far Niente Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon $139.99 View
2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac 95 $149.99 View
1983 Poujeaux, Moulis (1.5L) $179.99 View
2012 Giacomo Conterno "Francia" Barolo 98 $184.99 View
1985 Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Medoc (1.5L) $239.99 View
2009 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion 100 $289.99 View
1967 Darroze Domaine Bellair 50 Year Old Vintage Cask Strength Armagnac (750ml) $299.99 View
2015 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée da Capo" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 99 $379.99 View
2005 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien 12-pack in OWC 93 $829.00 View
2005 Canon, St-Emilion 12-pack in OWC 95 $1,629.00 View
Macallan 25 Year Old "Distillery Bottling" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $1,699.99 View
2005 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC 96 $2,269.00 View
2012 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion 6-pack in OWC 97 $2,899.00 View


2014 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia ($8.99)

Wine Spectator: "A lively, light- to medium-bodied red, with light, crisp tannins and flavors of strawberry, orange zest and spice. Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon. (AN)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 09, 2017

I just opened this for our staff tasting recently and this little "Puglia blend" stopped the show, with lots of oohs and ahhs from my coworkers. This wine has lots of bang for the buck. This wine is a blend of 40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, medium-bodied with dark fruit, good acidity and a really long finish. Two THUMBS up !!! Guido

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

It is hard to believe that a wine at this price point can carry the quality level it does, but the Antinori family has centuries of experience to back them. This wine is a blend of NE (Negroamaro) PRI (Primitivo) and CA (Cabernet), hence the Neprica name. Negroamaro is Puglia's most important grape and provides the size and frame and structure of the wine, the Primitivo gives it a rich dose of fruit and the Cabernet adds backbone and complexity, all told for the price this wine can't be beat! The 2014 vinatge has a little more freshness than previous vintages, tasty!

2015 Palacio del Burgo Tinto Rioja (Elsewhere $15) ($9.99)

90 points Vinous: "Bright violet. Vibrant red and dark berry scents are complemented by hints of cola and candied flowers. Fresh and energetic on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that deepen and become sweeter on the back half. Gentle tannins build slowly on the clinging finish but are no match for the plush, primary fruit. This delicious Rioja drinks surprisingly well already. (JR)" (05/2017)

K&L Notes: Palacio del Burgo is produced by Burgo Viejo, one of the more serious producers of value oriented Rioja in the entire region. From their base in the Rioja Baja village of Alfaro, this family owned company has a range of vineyard holdings, from clay sites to very stony ones reminiscent of Châteauneuf-du-Pape with the abundance of rounded stones and the strongly Mediterranean climactic influence. We have worked with this winery over the years with various bottlings and have found that the wines always over deliver and are consistently terrific values.

Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2017

This is a fun and flirty Rioja! Lively lush fruit, with balanced tannin and acid. Hints of violets, juicy red berries and little cola on the nose. This wine does not see any oak, so it is very fresh and ripe on the palate. A great party wine, and under $10!!

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2017

This is exactly the type of Rioja I seek out when the holidays come our way: inexpensive, brightly fruited, no oak whatsoever, juicy and surprisingly structured, with a fresh acid structure that makes it sing with food. Unoaked Tempranillo is not always the easiest wine to produce, as it can show a heat stamp in warmer years and be reductive and firm in cooler ones. In great vintages like 2015, however, unoaked wines represent one of my favorite types of Rioja as they accentuate the grape's delicious inherent fruit, and show off the pleasing lightly tannic grip of a young red wine. For under $10, this won't break the bank, and you can afford to stock a case to have plenty of wine on hand for visiting friends and family. Highly recommended, sub $10 house red!

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

If you are looking for a lively, energetic, every day red wine to meet all your basic needs, look no further. The Palacio Del Burgo Tinto Rioja is racy, fruit driven and bright on the palate, with notes of raspberry, red apple, stewed cherry, pomegranate and licorice. Tannins in this wine are soft on the palate but somewhat pronounced on the back end, which makes it a wine that can easily transition from hors d'oeuvres to the main course.

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2017

This under-$10 Rioja is here just in time for the holidays. Bright fruit is front and center in this tinto from Palacio del Burgo, as it does not see any new oak aging whatsoever. Berry medley, baked cherry, grilled plum, and bramble aromas to start. A slight hint of dark roast coffee as well. On the palate, its freshness is apparent. Im a big fan of the elevated acidity, as it balances nicely against the ripe fruit quality. Blackberry and ripe plum flavors are accented by a slight leather note on the finish. This wines price point is perfect for parties, as you can easily buy a dozen or so without breaking the bank. Two thumbs up for this value Spanish red!

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2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur ($10.99)

Winner Best Of Class, Gold Medal, in the Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition, 2013. Château Bois-Malot is located in St-Loubes and situated on the shoreline of the Dordogne River. The soils are clay and light limestone with a subsoil of red pebbles and clay. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc. It is aged for eighteen months in large vats and then an additional six months in oak.

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

A wine that I will be keeping around the house! Great value from a superb bordeaux vintage-- lots of dark, red fruit makes this wine very approachable and easy to drink while still showing the typical signs of depth and complexity of the great bordeaux grapes.

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

Who says a good Bordeaux has to cost an arm and a leg! 2010 was a good all around vintage for Bordeaux lending structure and power to the wines. This wine is a fantastic value and shows especially well with a little air. There is a nice balance of dark, rich fruit, freshness and earth. At the price point this wine is at, buy one for your next steak and keep one to open in the future and see how it evolves over the next few years.

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

Great everyday Bordeaux. It shows off the vintage with it's dark rich fruit and moderate tannins. A touch of earth and juicy freshness make this a go to weeknight red.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2017

An absolute super value. The Bois-Malot is juicy and round with nice dark fruit flavors. It shows how good reasonable priced wines can taste. Great alone it will go well with hearty foods.

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

From 10 hectares of vineyards on the banks of the Dordogne River, about 15 km from the city of Bordeaux itself, 3rd generation vigneron Jacques Meynard produces this incomparable Bordeaux Supérieur . I have found it to be remarkably consistent vintage to vintage, quite good even in years when the weather is less accommodating. Given the very favorable conditions of the extraordinary 2010 vintage, however, this little vin ordinaire is a surprisingly substantial wine! At first showing only ripe fruit with a slightly savory component, the wine decanted really opened up over the course of an hour. Sweet, ripe, almost jammy red fruits tasting of cherry preserves combined with a delightful note of fresh mint. A typical Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, and the Cabernet really takes the lead here. This is a big, full-bodied effort with lively acidity and firm tannins. Greatly outperforms the price point.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 08, 2016

There's good reason as to why this wine is a perennial staff and customer favorite. It's a dark fruited, earthy, intense Bordeaux blend (50% Cab, 30% Merlot & 20% Cab Franc) at a very approachable price point. Pair this wine with a juicy hamburger or red meat of your choice. This is an absurdly serious wine for less than fifteen bucks.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 03, 2015

This best-seller is dark, smooth and filled with rich, round fruit and a touch of earth. 2010 is a slightly more powerful vintage and this shows in the extra intensity and richness to the mid-palate but does not detract from the freshness on the finish. A super value to buy by the case.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 29, 2015

You really dont have to look very far into the exceptional 2010 vintage to discover great wines, and in the Bois Malot were happy to offer you an investment in value and flavor that will reward your palate every time you pop the cork. Ballasted by velvety core fruits and a tinge of lovely minerality and spice, this wine is drinking very well now, and will certainly cellar for several more years. The perfect red to both charm and enhance your everyday cuisine, so why wait?

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 25, 2015

A petit chateau owned by the Perrin family, this herbal beauty is so good for the price. An earthy nose with hints of black pepper on the palate thanks to 20% Cabernet Franc, Bois-Malot still presents gorgeous fruit, velvety mouthfeel, and a subtle whoosh of vanilla from its six months in oak. A stellar find that will impress.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 18, 2015

The perfect everyday drinker for this summer and barbecue time. Very fruity and fruit forward for the vintage. And also availability in magnums for your summer parties.

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 23, 2015

In 1916 Jules Armand purchased the property located at Valenton St Loubès, a small town 25 km from Bordeaux. A stone's throw from the influence of the two rivers (the Garonne and Dordogne). It's these two rivers that add an early ripening and deeper concentration to the grapes. Great fruit and spice which gives way to a super dry finish. Perfect weekday wine.

Staff ImageJim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2015

Grab this wine while it lasts!!! This 2010 Bordeaux benefits greatly from the magnificent 2010 vintage. Pure red fruit, mineral driven mid palate with medium tanin give this wine fantastic structure. Top Value!

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2015 De Brousse, Cotes-De-Castillon ($14.99)

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2014 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana ($14.99)

91 points James Suckling: "Silky and savory red with light chocolate, cedar and berry character. Medium body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Subtle and pretty. Drink now or hold. Delicious." (07/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Warm tones of ripe cherry, loam and sweet spice give way to a dense, muscular structure in this solid red. Succulent and long. Enjoy this while the fruit is still present. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2020. (BS)" (03/2017)

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 09, 2017

Concentrated Sangiovese fruit with layers of subtle earth and mineral scents in a soft and forward body. Wonderful to drink now! Two Thumbs up !

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 30, 2017

Giampaolo Motta has continued his string of impressive wines with the release of his 2014 La Massa. Although the 2014 is finer in texture and tone than the recent vintages, it offers no shortage of concentration, length and acidity. Excellent to drink now but will hold well for several more years.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 25, 2017

Another fireball vintage from La Massa, while the 2013 was deeper and more lush, the 2014 is full bodied with bold acidity rivaling the bold wood structure from time in new french oak. Notes of fresh raspberries and cherry skins are chased by freshly grated baking spice and purple flowers. A great Toscana to try if you love those bold California cabs!

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 16, 2017

This wine is an absolute bullseye, every single time. The level of concentration, richness and power is totally unheard of at this price range. It makes a perfect bottle to bring over to a friends for dinner, or as an everyday house red--either way its going to impress. I found it to be beautifully aromatic, with flavors of black pepper, cherries, dark fruits and dry herbs. Totally polished, sleek and effortlessly smooth, there is plenty of acidity, making it an exceptional pairing wine, and it is also jam-packed with fruit flavors, resulting in a wine that is undeniably delicious.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 16, 2017

La Massa is a K&L "staple". Year after year we've found this wine to be extremely versatile, friendly, and appealing to many palates. With all the earthy/savory elements of Sangiovese and the power and richness of Cabernet and Merlot, this super tuscan has much to offer. The 2014 is no different, and at this price, you really can't go wrong. Although the wine has all the right components now, I would recommend holding onto it for another year or so to reach its peak drinking window.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 16, 2017

You can really tell the breeding in this wine, the aromatics and flavors are so well defined and focused. The wine is a base of Sangiovese about 60% then Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante make of the rest. The nose says Tuscany, wisps of leather, hints of violet the a bit of wild cherry show off the Sangiovese then the plumy richness of the Cab and Merlot squeeze in. On the palate the wine shows its richly textured body, supple mouth-feel and great drinkability while still showing that central focus one expects in Tuscan wine. On the palate the complex blend of fruit and earth come together with porcini, leather and wild cherry dominating accented with lilac, rosemary and a bit of that Tuscan dust. Agile and focused this wine is ready to drink but will easily age another 5 years, try it with your favorite pasta or like me it will be a Pork Tenderloin and roasted potatoes!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 28, 2017

K&L is crowded with values, but this La Massa stands out. It has the supple texture to drink on its own, but also plenty of acidity for Italian cuisine. I love the mix of dark cherry fruit and authentic galestro earthiness in this modern Tuscan red. Quality like this is rare even in our fantastic Italian section at this price!

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2014 Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe, St-Émilion ($15.99)

95 points Decanter: "Complex aromas burst through, refined sleek oak overlaying herbaceous dark fruits and a savoury iron background. Black plums and cherries dominate the spicy cocoa palate, with crystalline minerality and a long, confident, peppery, finish. *Platinum Medal - World Wine Awards Best Right Bank Bordeaux*" (08/2017)

90 points James Suckling: "I like the aromas of blackberries, mushrooms and bark that flow through to a palate with a medium body, fine-grained tannins and a fresh finish. A thoroughly delicious wine from Château Tour Saint Christophe." (02/2017)

K&L Notes: Château Tour Saint Christophe is located in St-Christophe-des-Bardes at the border of St-Émilion. The vineyard is unique as it is partly planted on narrow terraces and tended in tight rows. The cascading landscape unfolds on the hillside of Cassevert overlooking the St-Laurent valley. The property is home to beautiful centuries-old dry stone terraces on a clay-limestone terroir. About 1.5 km of dry-stone terraces have been repaired by hand, a two-year process. The vineyard, with vines of an average age of 30 years, is orientated south-southwest and benefits from an ideal exposure to sun and perfect natural drainage conditions. Les Terrasses de Saint Christophe is the second label of Château Tour Saint Christophe.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2017

I sometimes help customers either bewildered by the the sheer number of Saint-Émilions - Grand Cru or otherwise - or certain that they will have to pay a fortune for a decent bottle. I understand their cautiousness, and more often than not I show them this bottle. It certainly isn't pricey, and it is unquestionably good. Here we have a 2nd wine from a Grand Cru estate that delivers the quintessential flavors of the appellation if not its upmost complexities. Cherry and cocoa, with a dusty, earthy minerality, framed by nicely ripe tannins. Ready to be enjoyed with any meat dishes or those delicious fall roasted vegetables.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

The 2nd wine of Saint Christophe is earthy, smooth, rich and filled with blueberry and cherry fruit. This shows a deft touch of limestone and ripe tannins that will stand up to hearty food and allow for a short time in the cellar. Great value here.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

A perfect score for value vs quality. We tasted this wine on our April 2007 trip. This is the second wine of Tour St Christophe which is a rising star in Bordeaux. Fantastic aromas of blackberries, flowers, earth, and blueberries. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Absolutely delicious wine now with decanting and it will cellar well for several years. Unfortunately most all of the 2017 vintage was lost because of a devastating frost in St Emilion.

2009 Valentons Canteloup 'Cuvee Excentrique' Bordeaux Supérieur ($15.99)

Chateau Valentons-Canteloup Bordeaux Superieur is a family-owned property that sits just along the Dordogne river in Bordeaux. It is owned by the Meynard family and Jacques Meynard makes all the wine on the property from white to rose to red. Jacques also makes a wine under the label of Chateau Valentons-Canteloup that he calls "Cuvee Excentrique", and it is truly eccentric for a Bordeaux Superieur, made from Petit Verdot (70%) and Merlot (30%).

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

Here is an unusual blend of 70% Petit Verdot and 30% Merlot that is a delicious wine in its own right. The middle of baked cherry compote eases into a fine lingering finish of great restraint. This is smooth, plush and ready for tonight.

2016 Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio Alto Adige ($17.99)

Many European vineyards have a long history of being connected to monastic traditions. Remarkably, Abbazia di Novacella in Italy's Isarco River Valley still carries on similar traditions today. The abbey was originally founded by the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular in 1142! To this day the monks continue to support themselves by farming vegetables and fruits, including grapes for winemaking. While humble in some regards, including the price, the wines of Abbazia di Novacella have an acclaimed international reputation, and in 2009 the enologist Celestino Lucin was named Winemaker of the Year in Gambero Rosso, Italy's premier wine and food guide. The Pinot Grigio is both classic and sophisticated. The majority is fermented in stainless steel, but 1/3 is fermented and rests in neutral oak casks adding depth and texture to what is Italy's time-honored, refreshing white wine.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2017

Italy produces an ocean of Pinot Grigio and Ill have to say most of it is not very exciting, this wine however is STUNNING! The 2016 vintage is one of Italys best. The nose is wow, full of a blend of complex stone fruit and waves of Alpine flowers. On the palate this wine has everything, richness, incredible balance and a long, long finish, it truly out does the entire category.

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2014 Beaulieu Vineyard "Reserve" Carneros Chardonnay ($19.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Typical Napa chard with lemon rind, apple and hints of lime follow through to a medium body. Firm backbone of acidity and minerality with a linear phenolic backbone. A beauty. The real deal. Drink now." (03/2017)

K&L Notes: Beaulieu Vineyard is a historically significant winery in California's Rutherford AVA that has been producing wine for more than a century. During Prohibition, it managed to obtain a contract to supply sacramental wine to churches (increasing their business fourfold), meaning it was able to remain in production between 1920 and 1933 when the Volstead Act was repealed. This makes Beaulieu one of the longest continually operational wineries in the United States. Winery note: "With its perfect balance of creamy opulence and bright acidity, our 2014 Reserve Carneros Chardonnay shows off our finest vineyards in the Los Carneros region. Lush aromas of white peach, exotic tropical fruit, crème brûlée, honeycomb and white flower lead to round, fruit-intense flavors that flow across the palate. Barrel fermentation and sur lie aging enhanced the wine’s rich texture and flavor complexity while integrating vanilla and oak spices that linger on the finish."

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

California Chardonnay sometimes gets a bad rap. And yes there are some pretty appalling examples out there. This wine from BV however takes a classic flavor profile, that has taken the wine world by storm over the last few decades, and delivers a faithful rendition with notable balance and length. It's a rich wine with plenty of tropical fruit, baked apple pie and creamy notes. But there is also a nice saline component, a core of bright acidity, the oak is well judged and not overbearing. This is going to make a lots of classic CA Chardonnay drinkers happy especially at our super sharp pricing.

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2016 Carrick "Unravelled" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago (Biodynamic) ($19.99)

The wine makers at Carrick place high importance on having their own winery, right there in the vineyards. That way, they can make harvesting decisions based on what is best for the wine, rather than following some outside template. This gives them the flexibility and control to process their grapes in the best possible way: gently and organically. Winery note: "Carrick Unravelled is our early drinking offering for Pinot Noir lovers. It's essentially a declassification of wine from the Carrick vineyards, so it has all the care and attention of the other Pinots, but bottled earlier with less new oak."

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2015 Jax "Y3 Taureau" Napa Valley Red Blend ($19.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah and 5% Zinfandel, the 2015 Proprietary Red Blend Y3 Taureau is a deep purple-black color with a warm plums, mulberries and black cherries-scented nose with hints of spice box, cloves and aniseed plus a waft of thyme. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated on the firm palate, it shows lovely vivacity and freshness on the long finish. (LPB)" (10/2017)

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 11, 2017

Holy cow!(See what I did there) just in time for Holiday season the Jax Y3 blend is back and it is even better than I was expecting. I really enjoyed the 2014 and 2013 bottlings from our friends at Jax but this is the best one I have tasted. Beautiful cherry and spice on the nose lead to a silky, seamless palate. The wine has a lushness that never falls into jam and coats the mouth with very soft fully integrated tannins. What is so spectacular about this bottling though is the balance and freshness it delivers even as the warm red fruits are at the front of this wine. This wine is not overly rich and definitely not flabby, there is a sophistication and balance not often found in red blends at this price point here in California. A perfect bottle to have around for this time of year.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2017

If I owned my own California bistro, I know what my table wine would be year in and year out: the Jax Y3 Taureau. It's been one of the work horse reds of the domestic department here for the last three years and I've yet to have a bottle that didn't get the job done. A blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest being Zin and Syrah, this is the PERFECT California red table wine that offers down-to-earth drinkability with a boutique level of detail and attention to care. It's a fleshy, fruit-forward wine, but it has acidity and character. It's balanced and it tastes like a more sophisticated wine than the price point would have you believe. It tastes good with everything, but is particularly suited to meats and heartier dishes, and it's so darn affordable. I love the Jackson family as well, a local member of our community, so like I said earlier: if I had my own restaurant, this would be the backbone of my menu.

2015 Valravn "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel ($19.99)

Valravn is a small project by the folks behind Banshee Wines, with one clear mission: helping the Zinfandel grape live up to its potential glory. Their dry-farmed, bush-pruned vines range from 50 to 105 years old. Made by hand on a small scale, these wines are the antithesis to the jammy mass-produced Zins you can often find on the market. From the winery: "Layers of richness and complexity wrap around a core of wild strawberry and raspberry. Intoxicating aromatics with scents of ripe red berries and savory spices. Rich on the palate with flavors of raspberry, blackberry compote, and hints of licorice-laced black pepper. Valravn shows the weight of top quality dry-farmed Zinfandel, balanced by a the freshness that is the hallmark of these ancient vines."

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 10, 2017

"Old vine" is one of those terms you see on wine bottles that I'm not sure everyone understands, but nevertheless is used as a marketing tool by wineries to tout the quality of their hooch. It's kind of like "small batch" for Bourbon in that it implies something special or unique, but there's no real regulation regarding either term; it's really up to the integrity of the producer when it comes to the usage. What's so special about old vines then? It depends on which winemaker you talk to (as it can be a controversial subject), but old vines often give more concentrated fruit and a better sense of place when it comes to terroir, as the root networks extend deep into the soil, criss-crossing like veins through the heart of their terrain. Some winemakers say that old vines have a better ability to cope with diverse weather conditions because of their life experiencethey have wisdom, so to speak. With every vintage, they gain a better understanding of their environment; plus, there's a reason they're still around after decades and decades, right? Someone must think they're pretty special to have left them in place for so long, while other vineyards get ripped up, replaced, and replanted. 2015 Valravn Old Vine Zinfandel: a wine that really impresses. It's made by the same team behind the Banshee project, focusing on 50 to 105 year old bush-pruned vines in Sonoma County that are all hand-harvested to preserve the varietal

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2015 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Karia" Napa Valley Chardonnay ($24.99)

90 points James Suckling: "Aromas of white peach, lemon rind and green apple follow through to a medium body, tangy fruit and a green tea undertone. Lighter style. Enjoyable." (03/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chardonnay Karia is an elegant, restrained, understated style of Chardonnay with good, crisp citrus fruit, poached pear, a touch of honeysuckle, and a delicate, discreet oakiness. This medium-bodied wine is refreshing, well-made and attractive. (RP)" (06/2016)

Wine Spectator: "Zeroes in on spicy apple, pear, melon and honeysuckle flavors. Still a touch raw and pithy, with a citrus skin texture. (JL)" (07/2017)

2015 Gary Farrell "Russian River Selection" Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($29.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*#1 in WE Top 100 Wines of 2017* A scent of French butter offers an immediate invitation to this excellent wine. Austerity on the palate gives way to a juicy core of invigorating tangerine and white peach flavors. The gravelly minerality on the midpalate finishes softly and with ease." (11/2017)

K&L Notes: ***Wine Enthusiast #1 Wine for 2017*** Over the years, Gary Farrell Russian River Chardonnays have been anchored by three iconic Russian River Valley vineyards: Rochioli, Allen and Westside Farms. More recently, vineyards like Olivet Lane, Bacigalupi and Durell have also been a part of the mix. The 2015 marries several outstanding vineyards from around the Russian River Valley, taking advantage of varied climates, with each vineyard contributing its unique site characteristics to the extended layers of richness and complexity.

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2017

Gary Farrell was my entry and love into California wine - really propelled me into the wine industry. I guess you can blame Gary Farrell for that. Tasting the 2015 Gary Farrell "Russian River Selection" Chardonnay really brought all those wonderful memories back! What finesse!! This is an amazing glass of wine. Please don't try to pigeon hole it into a new world-old world thing. Captivating nose that dances back and forth with toasted notes and bake apple, then crisp apple and grapefruit notes. Great lift and acidity on the palate. Cinnamon and clove lead to this great mineral, saline-like character seamlessly intertwining together. This is one heck of a wine no matter what the price.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2017

No wonder Wine Enthusiast named this wine #1 for 2017... It's beautifully balanced with bold fruit flavors, bright acidity and a supple mouthfeel that is sure to please a crowd. Honey, citrus and butter aromas are paired with a touch of oak spice and nuttiness that linger in the finish. Overall, a satisfying wine, especially for the price!

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2017

Vivid citrus fruit and great texture make the 2015 Gary Farrell "Russian River Selection" reminiscent of an orange creamsicle. Theres a silky mouthfeel but the bright acid clearly reflects the cooler climate, plus just enough toastiness to the finish to remind you that this is California Chardonnay. Just in time for the holidays, here is a balanced, enjoyable option from a classic producer at an astounding price.

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2017

It's only natural when you taste a California Chardonnay this good that you instinctively begin to compare it to its Burgundian counterparts, but this Chardonnay is in a class of its own! This Chardonnay is everything I love about a well made California wine. California has the ability to produce wines that possess intense fruit matched with vibrant acidity, rich texture paired with focused flavors, and power and depth balanced with elegance and precision - and the Gary Farrell is all that! There's a reason why this wine is #1!

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2017

Bruised apple, pineapple, orange peel, and a touch of vanilla grace the nose. Great supple texture that seems to melt on the palate. Balanced oak that adds to the nuances without covering anything up. Number one on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100? At this price? Nothing more I can say.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2017

I mean, "WOW!" I haven't had a chardonnay from California this engaging and expressive in a long time. Especially without paying $75. Beautiful layers of pineapple, lemon rind, Granny Smith apples and cardamom erupt from the glass. The oak is beautifully integrated offering just a light dusting of spice, adding yet another layer. Not a big and buttery bomb, this wine has acidity and probably offers its greatest appeal for fans of a more French style. Not to say it won't bring pleasure to people who love a classic Cali Chard. This is reminiscent of some of the greats from Montelena, Talley, Talbott and Stony Hill. And let's not forget Gary Farrell, they were making great Chardonnay for a long, long time. It's a pleasure to see this winery making wines in this style again.

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

For many years this wine has been a staple for us at K&L...in fact upon checking I noticed that we have carried this wine each and every vintage since the 1999 release. The list of vineyards that go into this regional bottling reads like a who's who of Russian River vineyards - Olivet Lane, Rochioli, Martinelli...to name but a few. The 2015 bottling is a beautiful marriage of richness and restraint. The nose is full of ripe orchard fruit, Bosc pear, baked pie crust and fresh squeezed citrus. On the palate the wine has weight, mouth filing texture and power but then draws into a beautiful linear, focused finish with more juicy citric nuances, toasted grains and minerals. Winemaker Theresa Heredia's time at Domaine de Montille in Burgundy is on full display here focusing the regions bountiful fruit and power into a focused laser beam of flavor and intensity. Impressive wine that will give many MUCH more expensive wines a serious run for their money.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2017

There are very few California Chardonnays that I can drink more than 1 glass of. Even with oaky Chardonnays slowly coming out of fashion, I still find many of them a bit too heavy for my tastes. The Gary Farrell Russian River Chardonnay remains as one of the wines I can enjoy multiple glasses of. Its cool climate roots are able to maintain plenty of acidity and freshness for my tastes, along with the use of only around 35% new oak. This is a delicious mouthwatering wine that is sure to please people with different tastes.

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2015 Bosquet des Papes "Tradition" Chateauneuf-du-Pape ($34.99)

90-92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. High-pitched, spice-accented red fruit aromas are complicated by floral and herb nuances that build with air. Sweet, penetrating raspberry and cherry flavors show very good depth and energy, while licorice pastille and white pepper qualities develop slowly. Rich yet lively in style, finishing with very good focus and gentle tannins that frame the appealingly sweet fruit. This wine is an excellent example of a "basic" Châteauneuf." (03/2017)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the 2015s from bottle, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a blend of 75% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and the balance a mix of varieties, that was partially destemmed and aged in a mix of foudre, demi-muids, and concrete tank. It's a classic wine from this estate and offers textbook peppery garrigue, olive, and games notes, ample currant and blackberry fruit, medium to full-bodied richness, sweet tannin, and a good finish. In short, it's an outstanding, classic Châteauneuf du Pape that will drink well for a decade or more. This estate is managed by the larger than life Nicolas Boiron and his wines span the gauntlet from very traditional and old-school (Chante le Merle) to polished and modern (La Folie). This common theme across all the releases is incredibly high-quality. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another in a long line of textbook wines from this estate, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition displays subtle peppery, cinnamon and cherry notes on the nose. It's velvety in texture, turning to silk on the long, spicy finish. This full-bodied wine is 75% Grenache from ten different lieux-dits, primarily on galets roulés. (JC)" (10/2017)

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2010 d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon ($34.99)

92-93 points James Suckling: "This is so good already. What an amazing precision of fruit for this wine, with a blackberry and blueberry character as well as minerals. Full and super silky with lovely fruit. Gourmand. Tasty. I want to drink it. Always great value!" (04/2011)

92 points Vinous: "Fully saturated inky-ruby. Somewhat oak-dominated on the nose presently, with aromas of red cherry, rose petal, graphite and brown spices. Rich and lush but less obviously fruit-driven than usual in this vintage, combining sweeter mocha and earth tones with ripe delicate dark fruit flavors. The slightly granular, mounting tannins will need several years of bottle aging, but there's enough depth of fleshy fruit here to reassure me. (ID)" (05/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Very lush and expressive, with caressing plum sauce, mulled blueberry and blackberry fruit and melted licorice and warm fruitcake flavors, all gliding together through the finish. Offers lovely range and a seductive mouthfeel. Drink now through 2019. (JM)" (03/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the brilliant proprietor Stephan von Neipperg, the 2010, a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc that hit 15% natural alcohol, is ripe and intense but exhibits good minerality and freshness as well as lots of blueberry and blackberry fruit, with hints of charcoal, licorice and asphalt. Rich and full-bodied, with no hard edges, this wine should drink beautifully for 10 or more years. The good news for consumers is that there are over 11,500 cases of this wine, which was produced from the plateau of Saint Philippe d'Aiguilhe, planted on pure limestone and clay. (RP)" (02/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Bright crimson. Savoury and intense on the nose. Lots of juice and richness. Punchy and salty but needs time." (01/2014)

K&L Notes: *V 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc.

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2012 Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino ($39.99)

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

2014 Domaine de la Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $45) Price: Hidden

97 points Decanter: "Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr make their Pinots taste effortlessly elegant, but its a fine-tuned approach in the cellar and ultra-attentive viticulture that achieve those mouthwatering results. Their estate bottling is like a juicy cross between Burgundys Volnay and Beaujolais Morgon. (CD)" (12/2016)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman farm several former Evening Land vineyards, planted in 2007 in the far western Santa Rita Hills. You can taste the extremity of these cool, windy sites in the wine: a salty crunch, the acidity bright and appetizing, like biting into pomegranate seeds, the aromas clean and invigorating, like rosemary and borage. Its a coastal match for white fish, like halibut or seabass." (10/2016)

90 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is an absolutely delicious wine that also captures the essence of the house style. Lifted and gracious, the 2014 offers striking purity in its flavors, not to mention impeccable overall balance. Citrus, cranberry, strawberry and expressive floral notes grace the taut, salivating finish. (AG)" (09/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "A blend of each of the Domaine de la Côte estate vineyards, vinified with 50% whole cluster and no new oak. Aged for almost two years in barrel. Star-bright ruby colour. Light aromatics. Savoury, red-fruit palate integrated through with sweet spice and plenty of savour, with a sour-cherry finish that opens to notes of strawberry and dark chocolate. Approachable and drinkable now. *Good Value*" (09/2016)

K&L Notes: Domaine de la Cote is a collection of vineyards planted over to over sixty acres of a south-facing slope at the western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. It's managed by Raj Parr, the former wine director for the Mina group. The Domaine has been organically farmed since 2007 and during the 2017 growing season it transitioned to biodynamic practices. The winemaking philosophy is "add nothing; take nothing away." The 2014 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot is a Burgundian style, low alcohol, light-bodied wine with pure crunchy fruit and bright, vibrant acidity. Fans of Gevry-Chambertin will want to take note.

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I was intrigued at first by the latest vintage of Domaine de la Côte not because of it's reviews from the American press, but rather due to its massive 97 point score from the British-based Decanter magazine. The Brits tend to celebrate classic, true-to-form wines rather than big, brash, in-your-face pomposity and I was curious as to why they were lavishing a California Pinot Noir with such praise. Then I realized that Domaine de la Côte was Raj Parr's estate, the former wine director for the Mina Group and renowned sommelier who spearheaded his own old world project in the Santa Rita Hills. The domaine is collection of vineyards that makes up more than 60 acres on a south-facing slope at about 700 feet, roughly seven miles from the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Barbara area has long been a Mecca for California winemakers looking for cooler climates to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Tasting the 2014 Santa Rita Hills expression (a blend of all the estate vineyards), you could tell you were getting serious Pinot Noir just by looking at the color in the glass. Lighter in hue (classic Côte de Beaune rouge), lower in alcohol at 12.5%, and aromatic on the nose, I could have been easily fooled had someone passed this off as French. The wine has tremendous acidity, concentration of crunchy red fruits, and real old world character. Sometimes it's hard to remember that Pinot Noir like this is still being made in California! Those of you looking for a mid-range Th

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2013 Kay Brothers "Hillside" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $55) Price: Hidden

95 points James Halliday: "Open-fermented, basket-pressed, matured for 18 months in American and Balkan oak. This is a distillation of all things McLaren Vale shiraz, a poached plum, blackberry and dark chocolate ragout, softly, but insistently, painting every corner of the mouth, the masterstroke the mouthwatering tannins simultaneously freshening and lengthening the finish. Drink this, cellar its big brothers."

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color, the 2013 Hillside Shiraz has a lovely, somewhat coy nose of red currants, black plums and kirsch with suggestions of chocolate box, incense, Provence herbs and fragrant earth. The medium-bodied palate has a solid foundation of grainy tannins and lively acid supporting the muscular fruit and finishing multilayered, with a hint of cedar poking through. (LPB)" (08/2016)

92 points Vinous: "Bright violet. Incisive scents of fresh dark berries, cherry pit, pungent flowers and cracked pepper; a subtle vanilla nuance builds in the glass. Juicy and broad in the mouth, showing strong lift and solid punch to the bitter cherry and black currant flavors. Aeration brings out olive and licorice qualities that carry through a very long, youthfully tannic finish. (JR)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 95 points Wine Front: "Super example of earthy, dark chocolaty and savoury McLaren Vale Shiraz. It has a perfume to it, which includes lavender and liquorice, plenty of spice and juicy blackberry fruit. Full bodied, though certainly not overweight, with clean acidity, a mass of fine grained ferrous tannin, toasty oak in support, and a clean tannic finish of mighty length. Love the rugged and tannic appeal of many a 2013. This has it, and a little bit more."

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2017

Kay Brothers continue to deliver the very essence of McLaren Vale. This is absolutely a regional classic that optimizes varietal and place. The perfume sways back and forth from dark fruit, to earth, to floral tones and back to savory smoked meat tones. Deep plummy fruit invades the palate with briary / garrigue notes, toasted spice, cured meat and liquored cherry. The palate is lush and concentrated, with fine, supple tannin and beautifully sustained length thanks to the wines natural acidity. This is an absolute joy to drink now and assured to go another decade in the cellar if you wish.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2017

This is the very definition of a classic Shiraz from one of the most well-respected and oldest producers in McLaren Vale. It has a rugged, yet polished feel to it, clearly letting the land the grapes were grown in shine through. The centuries of practice this winery has had to perfect it's Shiraz have clearly paid off with a wine that showcases the best the varietal has to offer. Rich, but not fat, earthy, but not harsh, this is the epitome of balance and a beautiful example of what happens when McLaren Vale fruit and years of winemaking experience meet up.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2017

Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz is truly one of the iconic wines of Australia's McLaren Vale and a perennial favorite. Violets, chocolate and intense plum dominate the palate, however layers of dried meats, cracked pepper and fragrant spice are interwoven throughout. It is long and deep with mouthwatering, savory layers emerging in the glass and a nicely balanced level of acidity and fine tannin. Uou will be forgiven for thinking of the great syrahs of the northern Rhone when tasting this beauty.

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2012 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru "153rd Anniversary Cuvee" (Elsewhere $60) ($44.99)

92-94 points Vinous: "Building off the considerable success of their 2009 Beaune 150th Anniversary 1er Cru, Jadot has decided to make the wine again in top years. One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 boasts stunning power, depth and harmony. The lifted aromatics recall the Ursules, but here the fruit possesses more volume and creaminess. An explosive, layered finish rounds things out in style. Some of the parcels in the blend are Avaux, Cent Vignes, Pertuisots, Vignes Franches, Perrières, Toussaints and Chouacheux. (AG)" (01/2014)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A subtle touch of wood sets off ripe and relatively elegant notes of earth, dark cherry and spice. The mid-palate is dense, serious and powerful with plenty of mouth coating sap that helps to buffer the very firm tannic spine on the moderately austere, backward and built-to-age finale. While this is presently backward it should be approachable after 6 to 8 years of bottle age though note that it should live for a very long time. For readers having a child or grandchild in 2012 this would be a good choice to buy in quantity at a price that wont break the bank. *Outstanding*" (04/2015)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 26, 2016

Jadots 153rd Anniversary bottling is a very intriguing bottle of wine. On a primary level its a delicious, accessible, polished and expertly crafted bottle of Pinot Noir. If thats enough to convince you this is the bottle for you read no further! However, I think its much more than just that. What it really represents is a true homage to Jadots roots (both literally and metaphorically). This bottling is a celebration of Jadots home the village of Beaune. The wine includes fruit from the very first vineyard the Jadot family purchased in 1829 Clos Des Ursules. It also includes parcels of fruit from the other 18 Premier Cru sites that Jadot works with in this commune.The precisely parcellated, demarcated, hierarchical vineyard classification of Burgundy has become the dominant winemaking model around the globe. This philosophy, grounded in the Cistercians keen eye (and palate) for distinct terroirs, has formed the basis for codification of specific geographical origins thought the wine world. Beyond the legal codifications, the single vineyard or single block wine has become the most sought after concept in almost every market across the globe. Almost every winery you can think of starts their offering with a broader blend of fruit sources for their most commercial bottling, then regionally specific, then single vineyardthen the ultra premium releasethe single block. What Jadot have done with this release is flip the whole paradigm on its headinstea

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 25, 2016

There is no place in the world that values specificity of site like Burgundy, and it is rare to see a blend of 1er Cru sites like this. Jadot has created a cuvee that is greater than the some of its parts for their 153rd anniversary, and this is without a doubt the best value in fine red wine for your cellar that we have at K&L today. If you love finesse, delicacy and balance in your Pinot Noir, this wine will give you great pleasure right now. If you are willing to wait, this wine will doubtless gain power, breadth and texture over the next couple of decades and turn into a real "blood making" Beaune. I am putting buying a case for myself, I recommend that you do too.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 25, 2016

I just tasted this lovely Burgundy, and what a value it is! It has a lovely nose of rose petals, dark red fruits and just a hint of earth. Very structured on the palate with nice, structured acidity, cherry fruit with a hint of cranberry and spice. Very accessible, but will also age very well. Dense and spicy. Affordable Burgundy is not an oxymoron any longer!

2015 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough (Elsewhere $60+) Price: Hidden

99 points Bob Campbell: "Very seductive Pinot Noir combining a sensual, silken texture with layers of complex fruit and savoury flavours. The wine has structure but it is deeply buried within a core of sweet fruit. Dark-fleshed plum, violet, cherry, spice and very subtle fresh herbs are among the more obvious flavours in this supremely complex wine. Outstanding!" (08/2017)

99 points Raymond Chan: "Full, very dark, deep, ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a deep, dense core of well-ripened dark-red cherry and berry fruit seamlessly melded with subtle dark-red florals, dark herbs, spices and oak elements, unfolding black-berried fruits. The aromatics are exceptionally harmonious and integrated, and the nose is quite complete. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and succulently sweet flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruits along with black fruits lifted by dark-red and violet florals and subtle notes of dark herbs. Suggestions of spice and oak emerge. The flavours are beautifully precise, detailed and harmoniously balanced, and the mouthfeel very supple and fine-textured with flowery tannin extraction. The acidity is integrated and provides vitality for the refined core and line. The wine flows seamlessly to a long and sustained, complete finish. This is a beautifully rich and multi layered and detailed Pinot Noir of precision and harmony, with succulently sweet fruit and refined structure, enabling accessibility, and showing completeness. It will develop fine complexities over the next 7-10 years. Serve with poultry, pork, lamb and venison dishes. 40% Abel clone, the remainder 5, Dijon clones and 10/5 from the companys oldest vines, indigenous yeast fermented with 35% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 20-26 days on skins and 11 months in35% new French oak."

98 points Sam Kim: "A symphonic offering, once again, exhibiting red/black cherry, mushroom, mixed spice and vanilla characters with nuances of black tea and floral on the nose. The palate is superbly structured and seductively expressed, offering lovely fruit purity together with sensual mouthfeel and savoury undertones. Perfectly proportioned and impeccably balanced, this is another super-star in the making. At its best: 2019 to 2030."

97 points James Suckling: "A complex and giving wine that was born of a low-yielding, dry vintage, this is testament to the character of these older vines. The nose carries a deep-set spiciness in the cinnamon and baking spice spectrum with plenty of ripe red plum, some red cherry and spiced plum pastry, too. There's a greater savory and spice emphasis this vintage. The palate has plenty of tannins, gently chewy and assertive, and it carries a core of tangy cherry pip-flavored fruit and nutty ripeness through the finish. Drink now and for some years to come."

Jancis Robinson: "40% whole-bunch pressed. Will be released in May 2017. Juicy, round, lively and fleshy. Hint of milkiness on the nose. Firm underneath. Very exciting." (02/2017)

K&L Notes: 94+ Wine Front: "Rosy, dark cherry, ripe and fleshy, a slip of vanilla oak. Medium bodied, smattering of orange peel and blood orange juice, silky tannin, gentle warmth, and a bold and sappy finish. Personality plus. Needs a couple more years in bottle before it comes into its own."

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

My first time trying wine from this producer. 2015 was a hotter, drier than usual vintage in Martinborough. This was evident seeing the flavor profile of this wine. A nose of bramble fruit, cranberries, and spiced plum juxtapose to a bouquet of potpourri, bay leaf, tarragon, and clove. On the palate, there is definite power, with moderate tannins and ripe fruit notes including red cherries and berries. I love the inherent juiciness, with a nice little touch of cola and clay flavors on the finish. Would drink even better with at least 5 years of aging. If opened and enjoyed now, I'd recommend decanting for at least 30 minutes. Easily one of my new favorite Pinot Noirs in store

Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2017

2015 was a dry year that reduced the yield and concentrated the efforts of each vine to produce only a handful of bunches per plant. The wine is graceful and poised but not timid on the nose; a serious wine to be contemplated not gulped. Black cherries and blue plum ease out of the glass partnered with soft glove leather and dusty loam notes. On the palate you find a classic old world styled pinot: balance, earthy, beautiful savory expressions, spice box hints and only wisps of light oak to fill in the corners.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2017

Lifted red fruits; cherries and cranberries with a pleasant super fine resin note. Very enjoyable nose, it is both bright and dark at the same time, keeping you coming back for more. It is medium light on the palate, with good acidity, fine tannins and good extract, this wine lingers! Sticky red fruits and berries, very subtle oak spice and a dash of minerality. This wine is clean, modestly rich, fresh and long with a great finish. It is a show stopper without being flashy.

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

A perennial favorite of mine, Ata Rangi is the perfect bridge between old-world Burgundy and serious Pinot Noir from the US. This wine has the chops to stand up to a decade-plus in your cellar and the delicacy to rip open this evening. Red fruits, bramble, herbes de Provence, moderate tannin and a medium body - in the grand spectrum of things, this is a wine with everything. Considering the price point and the wine's versatility, there is nothing but upside here.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2017

If you normally pull your New Zealand Pinot's from Marlborough, it's time to look to the North Island into Martinborough for their stunning expression of this varietal. This wine is deep and powerful and the Abel clone really shines through in this bottling. Still showing bold tannin, this wine has the potential to age for decades, thanks to the small, but concentrated vintage of 2015. Made from grapes grown on older vines, this wine is big dichotomy from their Crimson bottling, which shows more lightness and red fruit. This is a pretty spectacular wine and a great showing from a very highly regarded winery.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2017

I had a conversation with two of my K&L colleagues this morning about what it might take to convince American customers to start spending as much money on a bottle of New Zealand Pinot Noir as they would for a wine from California or Oregon. I'm sure twin 99 point reviews will help (as is the case here), but even without the hype and the press the Ata Rangi is one of the prettiest, most haunting, and awe-inspiring Pinot Noirs we carry from anywhere in the world and you don't have to read one word of critical praise to figure that out on your own. All you need is to smell the glass and take a sip. It's all pretty self evident from that point on. Stunningly gorgeous aromas of cherries, herbs, and spices leap from the glass. Delicate and nuanced flavors dance across the palate. It's a superstar Pinot Noir on every level, textbook in its character and divine in its expression. It's always been that way, however. It's just taken us Americans a bit longer to come to terms with spending $50 on a screw cap from New Zealand. It's tragic that we've been depriving ourselves for this long!

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

Another stellar effort from Ata Rangi and the third in a string of exceptional vintages for the Martinborough region as a whole. This has the power and grace I have come to expect of this legendary wine. Coming from organically farmed, old vines (direct decedents from DRC's "La Tâche" vineyard in Vosne-Romanée) on the deep gravel soils of the Martinborough terrace. The wine unfolds to show complex layers of forest berries, bramble fruit, exotic spice, Chanterelle mushrooms, and fresh picked herbs. The wine is medium bodied with considerable weight and structure from the low yielding vintage. This is just hitting it's stride now but is assured 10+ years of improvement in the cellar. A stunning wine that more than stands up to it's legendary status.

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2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc ($49.99)

94 points James Suckling: "A wine with blueberry and mineral aromas follows through to a full body, with fine tannins and a juicy finish. Best for years from here. Needs at least three years of bottle age to soften. Could be better than 2009 in the long run." (02/2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The wine needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 30 more years, but this is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now). Stunningly deep ruby/purple, with a beautiful nose of spring flowers intermixed with perfumed raspberry and blueberry notes, it exhibits a sort of cool-climate character. Broad, rich and intense on the palate, the wine has plenty of tannins, but they are sweet and well-integrated. Everything is delicately entwined into this beautiful, medium to full-bodied, dense purple wine, which shows stunning character and a prodigious potential for development. This is definitely a major sleeper of the vintage and even better than I thought from barrel. With its 2010, this classified growth located in the southern end of the Medoc may well have made a modern-day version of their legendary 1949. (RP) 94+" (02/2013)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A great success for this southern Médoc chateau, this is fine, elegant and perfumed. It bursts with a black fruit flavor, balanced by smooth tannins and acidity. It's a wine for medium-term aging over the next six years. *Best Buy* (RV)" (02/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a sappy feel, with deliciously pure notes of kirsch and blackberry preserves. Lightly toasted spice and singed anise accents lead to the long, graphite-fueled finish. Should age gracefully. (JM)" (03/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby-red. Musky aromas of black cherry, blueberry, espresso, menthol and licorice, lifted by a cool floral element. Densely packed and savory, displaying sappy energy to its intense dark berry flavors. With a serious structure and no easy sweetness today, this vibrant wine will need a good five to seven years in the cellar and should last well. This may eventually merit an even higher score. (ST) 90+" (08/2013)

K&L Notes: The 2010 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. The vineyard is situated on deep gravel deposits in the Macau and Ludon villages of the appellation and has 9600 vines per hectare. A dense and rich yet elegant Cantemerle from a great vintage.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2017

The very first wine I bought for my cellar from this historic 2010 vintage. The 2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc embodies everything that is great about the vintage - astonishing depth of color and flavor, big fruit, profound structure. One of the rare Haut-Medoc chateaus to be included in the classification of 1855 this cinquieme cru is one of Bordeaux's great values. Don't miss a chance to add some to your cellar.

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

Without a doubt the best Cantemerle since the legendary 1949. Packed with cassis fruit with perfect acid balance and plenty of latent tannin to insure twenty more years cellaring. But you can drink it now with 2 hours decanting. More approachable than most 2010 Bordeaux. I love it.PS-please also look at the 2015 that is selling on futures-right up there with the 2010.

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2013 Schiavenza "Cerretta" Barolo ($54.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Truffle, new leather, wild berry, forest floor and balsamic notes are just some of the aromas youll find on this fragrant, fantastic red. Fresh and juicy, the palate doles out Marasca cherry, raspberry, cinnamon and pipe tobacco set against a tannic backbone and fresh acidity. Its firmly structured but alsoboasts balance and elegance. *Editors' Choice* (KO)" (09/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Rose, cherry, plum and spice flavors languish effortlessly in this deceptively solid red. The beefy tannins take over midway as this unfolds, yet the lasting impression is balanced, revealing tobacco and underbrush notes. (BS)" (11/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "A pleasant and smoky red with plum and chocolate character and dark tea. Full body, round and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink in 2020." (10/2017)

90 points Vinous: "The 2013 Barolo Cerretta is gracious, aromatic and perfumed. Sweet red cherry, plum, iron, smoke and incense add character throughout in this attractive, mid-weight Barolo. This is an especially lifted, aromatic style for a site that tends to yield deeper, richer wines. Even so, all the elements are nicely balanced. Drink it over the next decade or so. (AG)" (10/2017)

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2009 La Couspaude, St-Emilion ($59.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The best La Couspaude I have ever tasted, the opaque purple 2009 exhibits nicely integrated toasty oak/pain grille in addition to cassis, kirsch, raspberries and earthy undertones. Full-bodied, with beautiful integration of acidity, alcohol and tannin, this is a robust, exuberant, somewhat flamboyant style of St.-Emilion that is clearly modern, but quite frankly, delicious. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. (RP)" (02/2012)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Pure blackberry and currant fruits, lots of ripe and juicy flavors. Intense, concentrated and smoky. (RV)" (08/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A broad, fleshy style, with cocoa, mulled plum, fig and blackberry fruit draped over briar and toasty spice notes. Stays lush and velvety through the finish, with flashy spice notes. For the hedonistic crowd. (JM)" (03/2012)

2012 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

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

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

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Conti Costanti 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sure bet even if you are a Sangiovese novice. This is a richly extracted and beautifully layered red wine that imparts generous fruit tones supported by ample spice and tobacco. The effect is supple and round, especially with regards to the bouquet. I am perhaps a little more hesitant when it comes to the mouthfeel. I tend to notice the overripe fruit here and there is a sour cherry flavor that reinforces this impression. The wine is soft and supple in texture, so basically it offers a mixed bag of mostly positive vinous sensations that make it attractive for near-term consumption. (ML)" (02/2017)

90 points Decanter: "A touch closed yet refined and complex with aromas of black fruit, dried herbs and tar. Full-bodied, still reticent and tight yet clean and long. Needs time to show its best." (08/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Healthy, concentrated ruby. Firm, but closed nose and tannic, concentrated fruit on the palate. Really gripping, unpolished and youthful. Long, chewy finish. Grows on you. (WS) 17+/20 points" (01/2017)

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2012 d'Issan, Margaux ($69.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Château dIssan, builds on the richness of the second wine and adds more body, structure and density. It has an inky purple color and a stunning nose of spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as touches of incense and graphite. Medium to full-bodied and stunningly concentrated, this 2012 is a great success in the vintage, one of the superstars. Moreover, its precociousness suggests it could be drunk in the next 4-5 years or cellared through 2025. I underrated this wine dramatically in my report of April, 2013 (Issue 206). (RP)" (04/2015)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. A ripe and fruity wine with some chocolate extract as well as black-currant fruitiness. This is a soft wine with attractive final acidity. (RV)" (04/2013)

92 points James Suckling: "This is an excellent red now with sweet tobacco, truffles and berries. Full body, vevlety tannins and a savory finish. This shows the Issan character of decadence and richness." (03/2015)

92 points Vinous: "The 2012 d'Issan is dark and beautifully layered in the glass. Plum, crème de cassis, leather, herbs and cloves open up in in a silky, polished wine that impresses with its balance and overall poise. The d'Issan is a bit dark for Margaux, but that is a detail; the 2012 is a gorgeous wine in every way. The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot. This is terrific showing from d'Issan and winemaker Eric Boissenot. (AG)" (01/2016)

90 points Decanter: "Lovely deep colour and beautifully fragrant and pure nose, a classic feminine Margaux of great class. (SS)" (04/2013)

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 13, 2016

This might be the deal of the vintage. This is real solid uncompromising style of Margaux for a very reasonable price. I really can't believe it's still in stock because this is both drinking and cellaring Bordeaux at a fraction of the cost of some of it's neighbors. Big notes of coffee, violets, dark plum and vanilla. The perfect silky texture and wonderful ripe tannin. The whole thing is balanced and lifted with a great freshness! An open bombastic style without the sense that it's modernized or international in style at all.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 05, 2016

Routinely one of my favorite Chateau, d'Issan delivers again in 2012. The hallmark of d'Issan for me isn't the beautiful violets, dark plum, and sweet cassis that I find in almost every vintage, but the extreme elegance they have upon release and lasting long into old age. The great pricing, even for older vintages doesn't hurt either. It's part of the reason I love picking up every bottle of d'Issan I can. Enjoy one today!

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

The 2012 Bordeaux wines are showing fabulously these days. They are so fruit forward and sweet-and the prices are quite low. d'Issan is one of my favorites for sure. That soft toasty aroma is intriguing and the wine has nothing but gobs of fruit on the palate. The vilolets of margaux wines is present and the finish is long and lingering.. So good I have it in my cellar.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2016

Tear up your vintage chart and tear into this 2012 d'Issan the next time you have a special steak night- you will be glad that you did. It is very rare for such a young wine to charm me as much as this great Margaux. This excellent Bordeaux is amazingly open and balanced for drinking right now, and perhaps the best fruit driven Cab we have from anywhere at this price point. If you like a wine with sexy dark fruit and seamless texture, this is a great choice. I love the coffee house oak and seamless texture in this bottle!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2016

This wine is absolutely gorgeous in every possible way: delicate violet notes, soft plum, subtle structure, and an elegant finish. It's everything I expect from high-end Bordeaux, especially from Margaux. The caveat here is you're getting a wine that, in my opinion, completely outshines the 2009 Issan, yet is priced $30 less per bottle. It will easily hold up for a decade or more and should offer stunning complexity once the layers begin to unfold. This wine is a clear and shining example of why vintages must be assessed on a producer-by-producer basis, rather than as general blanket statements.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2016

Last year I had the opportunity to visit Chateau dIssan for the first time and I was absolutely blown away by both the beauty of the Chateau as well as the deliciousness of the wines. The 2012 dIssan Margaux for $49.99 is a flat-out steal and is easily one of the better values I have tasted for under $50. A beautiful nose of rose, raspberry cream and subtle hints of mocha follow thru to a delicate and pretty palate of dark raspberry, graphite and crushed flowers. Great structure and delineation lead to a soft and supple finish. Bravo!!

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Maker's Mark 46 "K&L Exclusive - #2" Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($69.99)

When Maker's Mark invited me to do a custom K&L barrel of Maker's 46 (their enhanced Bourbon that sees additional aging with seasoned oak staves), I was practically itching to go; especially because I knew they were going to let us bottle the whiskey at full proof. If there's one thing we can't get enough of at K&L these days, it's high octane wheated Bourbon, especially since the Van Winkle craze of the past decade has gutted most of the available supply. Because wheated Bourbons substitute wheat for rye as the flavor grain in the mash bill, the result is a creamier and sweeter whiskey that really pops on the palate at cask strength. The really cool part about the Maker's 46 custom barrel program is that they allow you to choose between a number of different staves, three of which are exotic french oak flavors. Barrel #2 used 8 Maker's 46 staves with 2 French oak staves to create a sweet and baking spice-laden Bourbon that accentuates everything we love about high-proof wheaters! It's bursting with cinnamon, clove, sweet vanilla, and it coats the palate with a creamy texture. Barrel #1 is the drier, cocoa-packed, rich and robust creation, but Barrel #2 is classic wheated Kentucky Bourbon turned up to 11 on the volume. You'll have to control your impulses with this bottle; it's almost too delicious.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 08, 2017

The Maker's Mark delivers again. The stunning thing about these casks is that the basic juice is so good, and the extra stave aging adds a different twist every time, that they don't ever seem to lose their appeal. A home run for fans of creamy, sweet wheaters. It's layered with cinnamon, pumpkin spice, vanilla, and a peppery kick that I'm confident comes more from the high proof than the wood, although there is decidedly a presence of oak spice. This is a killer gift in time for the holidays. I'm taking one to Thanksgiving and giving another for Christmas.

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

If you're a fan of wheated whiskies, not because you just happen to think Pappy Van Winkle tastes better, but because you honestly enjoy the sweeter and creamier bourbon profile, then this is a bottle you won't want to miss. This new 55% ABV cuvee we put together is a mouthful of creamy vanilla goodness and baking spices galore with tons of power on the finish. There are only about 200 bottles of it and once it's gone, that's it. By the time you realize how much you like it, you'll be crying about not having enough. I wish we could have made 10 of these barrels, but allocations are tight in Kentucky. Just enjoy it while we have it!

Macallan Classic Cut "2017 Limited Edition" Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($79.99)

This limited edition Macallan harkens back to an older and much lauded regular release, The Macallan Cask Strength. Adopting the royal crimson colored label - a color made famous by its predecessor - is a warning of the impending intensity of this exceptional Highland Single malt whisky. The Macallan Classic Cut is aged exclusively in sherry seasoned oak from Jerez and bottled without the addition of any water prior to bottling. This preserves the extraordinary character of this most exalted of Highland malts. The higher proof adds texture and depth, highlighting the quality sherry and bold malt flavors produced at the Macallan. Like all Macallan single malt, the Classic Cut is bottled without the use of color additives.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 26, 2017

This single malt is big and juicy with lusty mouth coating sweet flavors. The sherry influence is pronounced adding a layers of both flavors and aromas.This is concentrated Macallan. There is a nice nutty finish.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2017

Let's see...heavily sherried Macallan, at 58% ABV, with saturated flavors of toffee and Oloroso sherry, chewy and mouthcoating on the finish, in a limited edition package, for $79.99. How many can we buy? Less than 200 bottles? That means buy one, or three, or six. ASAP.

Wathen’s Special Release "Barrel Proof" K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($79.99)

The exceptional Wathen's brand is unique in that they're one of the few non-distiller producers that is contractually authorized to run their contracted distillery to their own specifications. That's because the owner and 7th-generation bourbon has earned the respect of his colleagues. He ran the Owensboro DSP-KY-10 plant until 1991, and after its closure made many attempts to restart the old distillery. Eventually the distillery sold, and the Wathen's sold the old stocks as they secured contracts for future production. Charles Wathens Meldey and his son Sam have slowly built the Wathen's and Medley brand, choosing to stick to their core brands rather expand the portfolio. We've had a great relationship with them over the years, but one thing they've never done for us is bottle full strength single barrel... until now! We're very lucky to be selected as one of only 25 accounts across the country to be offered a single barrel of cask strength Wathen's. In fact, only one other account in California got a crack at these special barrels. They're selected from a special experimental batch of barrels that were filled at significantly lower proof than normal. Medley usually fills at 117 and this special batch went in at 105. Lower entry proof means more maturity and depth in less time. This is one of the most inviting and complex cask strength barrels we've ever come across. After tasting at full proof I'm convinced it's Buffalo Trace though they won't confirm. An absolute triumph!

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

This amazing cask of Wathen's is one of the most exciting releases of the year. We've been hounding the Medleys for a cask-strength single barrel for years and this special batch couldn't have been a better introduction for the brand. The reason I'm so excited about this cask isn't simply that it's crazy rare and sought-after by collectors, but because the whiskey is exactly what I love to drink. This Wathen's is brimming with character, tons of savory sweet complexity on the nose and a wildly boisterous profile on the palate, but what strikes me most about it is perfect balance between all the elements. The result is something that's ultimately difficult to describe because none of the elements stand out beyond the others. They meld together in a perfect sphere of bourbon deliciousness. This really reminds me of some of the older dusty bourbons I've had. At one moment the nose seems nutty, buttery and woodsy. The next it's all dried stone fruit and spice. The whiff, literally gone, a void. For a moment it seems overtly sweet, almost like jam, but before you know it a gravely earthiness has taken over. There's so much there and so much to tease from the whiskey, I'm literally spending hours tasting and re-tasting to try to get a handle on it. That additional time in the glass is crucial because it absolutely loves air. Ultimately, though I have to admit that this bourbon beat me, I must stop thinking about it and just experience

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2000 Haut-Batailley, Pauillac ($89.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Best wine from this estate in decades. Attractive chocolate, berry and currant aromas follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with medium-fine tannins and a pretty berry, chocolate aftertaste. Seriously good value. Best after 2009. (JS)" (01/2003)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the finest Haut-Batailleys ever made (it certainly rivals the 1996), this deep ruby/purple-colored wine is a beauty. Notes of raspberries, liquified minerals, cassis, and tobacco jump from the glass of this attractive, velvety-textured wine. Some tannin is there, but it is abundantly fruity, low in acidity, and is a quintessentially elegant style of Bordeaux. (RP)" (04/2003)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-deep color. Aromas of blackcurrant, licorice and exotic spices. Dense, sweet and creamy, with notes of dark chocolate and jammy berries. Lively acids give this lovely vinosity. Finishes with lush tannins, sweet oak notes and very good length. (ST)" (05/2003)

K&L Notes: Lots of blackberry and black raspberry aromas. Sweet palate entry and nice middle. Good focus and it should be a value.

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1989 Dauzac, Margaux ($99.99)

Wine Spectator: "Not as big as I remember, but delicious. An aromatic '89 of rose petal, berry character. Medium-bodied, with medium-chewy tannins and a medium finish. (JS)" (05/1999)

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 21, 2016

Love this old-school style with tons of perfumed fruit and deep mineral quality. Extreme elegance and stupendous depth with the tiniest hint of earthy brett. This wine easily bests several more renowned chateaux at multiples of the price.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 19, 2016

Incredibly alive and well, and very impressive as well. Beautiful sweet floral notes on the nose, followed on the palate by appealing notes of leather and truffles and exotics spices. Still have plenty of fruit and life ahead of it.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 17, 2016

From the great '89 vintage and now at the peak of maturity, this is one of the best deals in an older Bordeaux we currently offer. A perfect marriage of youthful fruit and aged character developed slowly over time in bottle. Sweet cherry notes combine with more savory "sous bois" character and hints of exotic spice - sandalwood and cinnamon. Fine tannins, now nearly fully resolved, frame the finish. A lovely, older Margaux that you should enjoy with beef or lamb and plenty of good company.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 07, 2016

This little known 5th Growth Margaux was a hit at my recent tasting in San Francisco and deserves some respect for being such a great value. The quality of the '89 vintage shines through here and a quarter century of age lands this at perfect maturity. This is elegant, soft and floral with hints of truffle, balsom, cedar, dried flowers and brown sugar drifting through the silky, sweet fruit.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 07, 2016

Old school Margaux wine from the great 1989 vintage for under $100. We tasted it in April and bought all we could find on the spot. If you like old school Bordeaux without all the oak and extract, try this one. Some violets on the nose and palate. A food wine for sure--try it with a piece of prime rib.Update-just tasted it on Sept 5th with famous Bordeaux negociant and we loved it. So sweet up front and a lingering finish. perfect with my duck confit and his salmon.

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1970 Poujeaux, Moulis ($109.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1970 Poujeaux was proffered by current proprietor Mathieu Cuvelier when I was over on the Right Bank. Old vintages of this Moulis can be a surprise. This 46-year-old wine was a little faded, but still yielded pleasure, the nose earthy, a little bony perhaps but still with vestiges of tart red cherries. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannins, light in the mouth but balanced and fresh, leafy and herbaceous towards the finish. It held up for 30-40 minutes in the glass before taking its final breaths and oxidizing. Old school for sure, at the end of its plateau, without doubt, but I would still welcome it again for the next 4-5 years. Tasted March 2016. (NM)" (07/2016)

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2006 Bollinger Rosé Champagne ($119.00)

94 points Decanter: "The excellent 2006 vintage encouraged Bollinger to create a vintage rosé to reflect the quality of the grapes, especially the Pinot Noir. The fruit comes from 84% grand cru vineyards and 16% premiers cru vineyards. The wine was barrel fermented before spending over 10 years maturing in the bottle. It has a delicious Pinot character, with mulchy red fruits, accompanied by a soft Chardonnay note of delicate bruised apple and some woody breadth. It has a delicious streak of raspberry acidity, and comes across as a finessed and structured champagne that is only at the start of its life. (JB)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: This is a blend of 72% Pinot Noir and 28% Chardonnay, exclusively from Bollinger's estate vineyards. The color comes from 7% Ay Pinot Noir that is vinified red. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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

Not to be confused with the pricier Grand Annee rosé, this limited edition release sourced entirely from the stellar 2006 vintage is special. Aged on the cork and 100% barrel-fermented, its leesy and subtly oxidative, with toasty richness, yet also precise with linear minerality. Pinot Noir-driven, it showcases serious berry fruit, a hit of racier orange, and a luxuriously long finish. This powerful Champagne is ready to drink now, and will work beautifully with food.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2017

This super rich, all barrel fermented Champagne from Bollinger is usually sold as "La Grande Année" Rosé for $60 more a bottle. Since the team at Bollinger does not feel that this ripe 2006 will last a generation, they decided to sell it as regular vintage- a first for them. Since it was originally made as "La Grande Année" Rosé, this wine it has been aged all the time on the lees on a cork rather than a crown cap. This is a full, toasty, powerful dry style that will thrill fans of this house, at a price that is too good to miss!

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 14, 2017

It was such a treat to try the '06 rose from Bollinger. Aged on cork, not crown cap, the aromatics fill the nose with gentle spice and saltine cracker. Tart raspberry and that nice toasted spice dance on the palate. And while the wine was barrel fermented for elegance, a soft note of sweet lemon keeps palate elongated and making you go back for more!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 09, 2017

When youre on the market for a rich rosé, how can you go wrong with a barrel fermented gem from the decadent 2006 vintage? This one from Bollinger is superbly executed, with notes of roses and strawberries, and oxidative richness and toast from the barrel. Spectacular stuff.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 08, 2017

This superb Rose from Bollinger will not be arriving until this Fall but, I had the opportunity to preview it today, 8 August. It has a super interesting nose of bright strawberry, orange peel and Fino sherry. On the palate, follow-up strawberry, blood orange and almond flavors. Very dry, with fine acidity and very elegant balance. Very bright for a 2006 vintage. Not to highlight the price too much but, this one is exceptional at this level of pricing!

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2009 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion ($119.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An absolutely spectacular effort, the 2009 is one of the all-time great La Gaffelieres produced. One would have to go back to the 2005, 1947 or 1961 to find this level of quality from this ancient, historic vineyard planted adjacent to the walls of St.-Emilion, on the Cote Pavie. Dating back to the 1400s, this estate has been owned for over three centuries by the Malet-Roquefort family. Composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon (in the past it was two-thirds Merlot and the rest split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc), the 2009 reveals compelling elegance, tremendous intensity and opulence and more viscosity than one normally sees. While I thought the alcohol was well past 14%, the Chateau claims it is only 13.5%, which is relatively modest in this vintage. Lots of kirsch, licorice, incense, truffle, asphalt, blackberry and cassis notes dominate the aromatics and flavors of this full-bodied, viscous, fabulously pure, flamboyant St.-Emilion. Drinking it now may be considered infanticide by some consumers, but it is already attractive, and should last for 3-4 decades. 95+ points. (RP)" (02/2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Straight down the line, this wine shows fruit and acidity. The tannins are relatively soft while the fruit is forward. Blackberries, coffee and licorice notes all come together. (RV)" (02/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Very fleshy, with lush, velvety-textured plum sauce, currant paste and melted licorice notes, woven with toasty spice and backed by a dark chocolate bark note on the finish. (JM)" (03/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Tea leaves and mellow on the nose. Round and mellow. Quite fresh. Lots of lusciousness. Firm and structured. Serious wine. Quite long. Vibrant and eminently drinkable. (JR)" (01/2013)

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1985 Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Medoc ($119.99)

91 points John Gilman: "I adored Poujeaux back in the decade of the 1980s, when it was one of the greatest steals to be found on the Left Bank, and the 1985 showed beautifully at our big tasting of the vintage here in New York in October. The bouquet is deep, complex and utterly classic for this fine Moulis property, wafting from the glass in a mix of cassis, cigar ash, incipient notes of chipotle peppers, a touch of coffee and a topnote of graphite. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish, complex and beautifully tangy, with a fine core of fruit, melting tannins and outstanding focus and grip on the very long and vibrant finish. I really love the backend energy of this wine, which is now at its apogee, but which still has decades of life ahead of it. This was truly a wine back in the day, before Stéphane Derenoncourt was brought in (IMO) to screw up the proceedings. (Drink between 2014-2035)" (10/2014)

Wine Spectator: "A firm, tightly packed Bordeaux. Spicy, slightly herbal aromas with solid fruit flavors that fight to the front. Tobacco and cedar notes add complexity." (09/1988)

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2015 Far Niente Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($139.99)

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2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Château Grand Puy Lacoste is an exceptional wine from Xavier Borie. It has a brilliant nose of blackberry, crushed stone, graphite and cedar. Putting it to one side for ten to 15 minutes reveals subtle mint-like aromas that whisk you straight to Pauillac. The palate is smooth and silky, cloaking the tannic frame of this GPL so that you barely notice it. But that will stand it in good stead for the long-term, the cornerstone of all great wines from this estate. Then there is that hint of spice on the aftertastethe show ain't over yet. Served alongside a magnum of Pichon Baron 2000, I would say that at the moment, it does not quite possess the same level of precision. However, it remains a magnificent Pauillac to cherish long-term. Tasted January 2016. (NM)" (07/2016)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby-red. Exotic black fruits and spices on the nose, with notes of chocolate, smoke and game; showing its 29% Merlot component today. Rich, broad and chocolatey; sweet, creamy and superripe. A big, mouthfilling vintage for this chateau, combining a classic Pauillac medicinal character with the chocolatey ripeness of the vintage. Thick but nicely delineated, finishing with very broad, sweet tannins and excellent length. Like a more refined version of the 1990, says Francois-Xavier Borie. (ST)" (06/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A lovely, elegant version, with sweet tobacco and lightly singed cedar notes now taking the lead, while dried currant and warmed blackberry preserve flavors still have their say. The lengthy finish has a gentle, supple edge, with the dried fruit showing a sweet hint. Textbook aged Pauillac. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 01, 2016

We tasted quite a few 2000 Bordeaux one evening on the 2015 Bordeaux evaluation tripwhat a treat, as the wines were stunning, especially the Giscours and this 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste. We bought them and here they arelimited availability, of course. The Giscours was sweet and lovely, with the GPL having more strength and some tannins. Both were showing great, and they held up to Ch. Margaux and Ch. Haut-Brion, which were served at the same tasting.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2016

A powerful and very elegant wine. Developed aromatics of truffles, brown sugar, along with sweet coffee, crème de cassis, plums and wet earth. On the palate it is almost creamy and incredibly soft, but still framed by the caressing tannins. Think of it as one of those rare wines you could drink now or leave in your cellars for another 20 years easily. It is excellent!

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1983 Poujeaux, Moulis (1.5L) ($179.99)

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2012 Giacomo Conterno "Francia" Barolo ($184.99)

98 points James Suckling: "A gorgeous nose of orange peel, plums and light walnuts. Some wet earth. Full to medium body with a compacted center palate. A tight ball of ripe, fine tannins. Minerals and hot stones underneath. Serious structure. No Monfortino was made so it's all here. Better in 2022." (11/2016)

97 points Vinous: "The 2012 Barolo Francia is wonderfully expressive today. Much more open than the Barolo Cerretta tasted alongside it, the Francia bristles with energy. Floral and mineral overtones add to an impression of brightness, yet there is plenty of underlying tannin and overall structure. In 2012, Roberto Conterno did not bottle his flagship Barolo Monfortino. Instead, the cask that would have been destined for Monfortino was blended into the Francia. Historically, that decision has often resulted in a 'super Francia.' It will be interesting to see if the 2012 gains volume and depth in aging. I have to say, the wine is surprisingly accessible in the early going, although it has just been bottled and is likely to close down at some point. All the promise the 2012 showed in cask comes through loud and clear. (AG)" (10/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Since the 2010 vintage, this wine is named Francia (not Cascina Francia) to keep with the new Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive (or official cru naming) in Barolo and Barbaresco. The 2012 Barolo Francia is a seductive and silky expression that flows gracefully over the palate with power and determination. The nose is expressive, and decidedly more articulate than many of the more muted wines made by neighboring estates in this warm vintage. The quality of the mouthfeel is of special interest. This beautiful Barolo already shows stunning texture, richness and integrity, despite this very early preview tasting. I tasted this wine in barrel shortly before bottling. (ML)" (06/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles* Richly textured and spiced, this red features cherry, licorice, tar and leather flavors. Direct and almost fleshy, with a lingering finish that echoes leather, tar, tobacco and cocoa notes. A firm grip of tannins seals the deal. Best from 2020 through 2040. (BS)" (04/2017)

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1985 Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Medoc (1.5L) ($239.99)

According to the Wine Spectator: "A firm, tightly packed Bordeaux. Spicy, slightly herbal aromas with solid fruit flavors that fight to the front. Tobacco and cedar notes add complexity." (09/98)

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2009 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion ($289.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "After tasting it three times from bottle, I am convinced this prodigious wine is one of the greatest young Bordeaux I have ever tasted. Inky blue/purple with notes of camphor, forest floor, blackberry, cassis, sweet cherries, licorice, the wine has stunning aromatics, unctuous texture and an almost inky concentration, but without any hard edges. With considerable tannin and just enough acidity to provide definition, this wine transcends even its premier grand cru classe terroir. It is certainly the finest Clos Fourtet ever produced. Give it 5-7 years of cellaring to allow some of its baby fat to fall away. There is certainly enough structure underneath to keep for 30-50 years. Bravo! From my barrel score of 95-98, I suppose I should have seen this perfect score coming, particularly considering what proprietor Philippe Cuvelier and estate manager Tony Ballu have accomplished over the last decade. This is one of the great terroirs of St.-Emilion, nearly 50 acres high on the clay beds and deep limestone plateau of the region, just a stones throw from the luxury hotel and restaurant Hostellerie de Plaisance. Yields were moderate at 34 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend is 88% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon (somewhat unusual) and the rest Cabernet Franc, aged 18 months in 80% new oak. (RP)" (02/2012)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Elegant as well as rich, this is a beautiful wine. It has great depth of flavor, the sweetest fruit, deliciously ripe. At the same time, the tannins are an underlying sustenance to the impressive ageworthiness. *Cellar Selection*" (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep ruby. Slightly porty yet fresh on the hugely ripe nose, offering scents of medicinal cherry, minerals, licorice and roasted meat. Plush, seamless and wonderfully deep, with sexy sweetness leavening by strong minerality. One of the fullest and most mouthfilling wines of this fleshy vintage. Not hugely complex--in fact a bit youthfully monolithic today--but wonderfully dense wine with fully ripe, sweet tannins and superb persistence. (ST)" (07/2012)

94 points James Suckling: "Lots of wet earth and minerals on the nose with hints of sliced meat. Dark fruits galore. Full bodied, with a beautiful velvety texture and a juicy and delicious finish. Try after 2017. 94+" (11/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Rather ripe, but nicely framed by singed apple wood, which keeps the core of damson plum, black currant and black cherry flavors at bay for now. Licorice root and black tea notes undercut the finish, which is on the grippy side. This opens steadily in the glass, too. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2027. (JL)" (03/2012)

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** Super-balanced wine. Wonderful! At UGC: Fine rich texture, silky, with layers of fruit. Elegant!

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Loved it every time we tasted it. Sweet, silky dark purple fruit.

1967 Darroze Domaine Bellair 50 Year Old Vintage Cask Strength Armagnac (750ml) ($299.99)

What Marc Darroze's family has created is a negotiant Armagnac house with a number of these small producers where, in exchange for a large percentage of the distillate, they come and do the actual distillation at each farm. The result is vast library of casks and vintages from which they can blend or bottle single vintage, single estate expressions as needed. Needless to say, no one in the world has an inventory of Armagnac as deep or as eclectic as Darroze. This new set of vintage brandies is all the evidence you need. This 50 year old is a brandy through and through, but with the complexities of new oak one typically finds in a Bourbon. It's a heavy spirit oozing with fudge, cocoa, dark chocolate, and all those desserty things, but never sweet. This is one of the better old Armagnacs I've tasted in that it offers the decadence without ever tasting tired or over the hill. A true winner.

2015 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée da Capo" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($379.99)

96-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Da Capo is smoking good. Blackcurrants, lavender, garrigue, violets, cured meats and saddle leather all flow from this rich, unctuous, incredibly decadent 2015 that has sweet tannin, a huge mid-palate, and more concentration than just about every other wine in the vintage. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Slated to be bottled in January 2018, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo is an impressively endowed wine by any measure. Aromas? Floral, fruity and spicy. Flavors? Black cherries and plums with hints of meat and licorice. Weight and texture? Ample and silky. Finish? Never-ending and nuanced. This big but balanced beauty should drink well for at least two decades. (JC)" (10/2017)

95-97 points Vinous: "Saturated ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe dark berries, incense and garrigue , accented by a sexy Asian spice nuance in the background. Plush, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering intense black raspberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that reach every corner of the palate. Smooth, seamless and deeply concentrated but lively as well; velvety tannins add shape to an extremely long, spice- and mineral-accented finish. The interplay of richness and vivacity here is awfully impressive. (JR)" (03/2017)

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2005 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien 12-pack in OWC - 5 available ($829.00)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Langoa Barton 2005 offers plenty of concentration on the nose: blackberries, blueberry, a touch of cedar and tobacco emerging from the glass, opening and gaining intensity all the time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This is beautifully balanced in the mouth, perhaps just a little conservative but with great precision and length. It has the freshness and vitality to be approachable now, though I would prefer to leave this for another 4 or 5 years. (NM) 93+" (02/2015)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "This vintage emphasizes dark chocolate and French roast coffee scents. Its luscious cherry flavors give a soft, round impression in the middle, then it lightens up a little, needing time for the flavors to extend. The fineness of Langoa is there, and should be more apparent in ten years' time." (10/2008)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big, ripe, almost exotic, this has developed impressively over the past 18 months. Its tannins are certainly huge, but so is the fruit, warm, rich and enticing. Very powered, it thrusts black currants and acidity right up front. (RV)" (06/2008)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderful aromas of licorice, crushed blackberry and mineral. Full-bodied, with very well-integrated tannins and vanilla, berry and aniseed flavors. Has a long, long finish. (JS)" (03/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Very fragrant and winning. Dense, with coffee notes. Mint too. Ambitious. Very sincere. (JR)" (02/2017)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. Barrel Tasting Notes: ** Absolutely stunning wine. Deep color. Sweet red licorice and cranberry nose. Very, very elegant. A lot of Merlot. More feminine style. Tasted four times with consistent notes. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)

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2005 Canon, St-Emilion 12-pack in OWC - 3 available ($1,629.00)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Château Canon vertical, the 2005 Canon is evolving into a quite gorgeous Saint Emilion. One can still discern those brown spices infiltrating the ripe red and black fruit. There is fine mineralité here, great focus, perhaps just a hint of dried blood that develops with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin. It is a very complex Saint Emilion with immense purity and style, a wine that you have to keep coming back to in order to understand. It's at that pivotal stage between primary and secondary notes, the red and black fruit being overtaken by cedar, morels and a touch of game. It gently lifts and fans out to a quite captivating finish. Dare I say that the 2005 Canon is the pick of the three over 2009 and 2010? There...I've said it...it is a quite brilliant wine. Tasted October 2015. (NM)" (03/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of fresh cep mushrooms, berries, spices, roses, and sous bois, give way to hints of milk chocolate and vanilla. Full and rich, with beautifully balanced tannins and a long finish. Loads going on in this wine, yet it remains subtle and beautiful. This needs time. Pull the cork after 2015." (05/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Shows coffee, light toasty oak and milk chocolate. Full-bodied, with layered tannins and a woody, ripe fruit aftertaste. Rich, chewy and very powerful. Impressive. Gets better and better. Best after 2014. (JS)" (03/2008)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Freshness and richness combine in this wine. Theres a eucalyptus freshness that goes with the intense acidity. But alongside this is the dark, dense blackberry fruit that layers with the hints of wood. Keep this for six years before tasting, and then for many more. (RV)" (06/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Sexy, high-toned nose shows a very sweet maraschino cherry quality. Then juicy and energetic, with a vinosity that almost comes as a shock following the nose. The subtle flavors of currant, graphite and minerals linger nicely." (06/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson. Sweet and perfumed. Savoury, edgy but informed more by vineyard than by winemaking tricks. Solid expressive stuff." (01/2015)

K&L Notes: They are on the road back to making fine wines. Soft and pure and a bit old school style. Very well-made. * (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer) PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

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Macallan 25 Year Old "Distillery Bottling" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) - 6 available ($1,699.99)

Wine Spectator: "An intense candy treat of a whisky that announces itself with rose petal, honey and hard candy on the nose. On the palate this cycles through a number of candied notes-fruity for the most part, with cherry character, but including butterscotch and a slight pine forest flavor. The long finish serves as another tour of the palate, with a nutty element. Sherry casks. (Jack Bettridge, Owen Dugan)" (02/2011)

K&L Notes: Extremely limited! Macallan's 25-year-old sherry casks are a modern classic.

2005 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC - 2 available ($2,269.00)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "Baron was trapped in its oak en primeur, seeming flashy, luscious and soft. Now bottled and shipped, it has the unremitting tannic power of the vintage, balanced by unrelenting purity of fruit that somehow manages to anesthetize the monstrous tannin, to soften the extremely dry, mineral-bound finish into a caress. The wine may be bombastic, but it's also succulent and as sweet as a ripe black raspberry. It's easy to imagine this wine 50 years from now, in impeccable condition." (10/2008)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "A great, classic Pauillac, with its dark, dense, almost black currant flavors stirred together with immense tannins. The layers of dryness, fresh fruits, acidity and ripeness are all coming together into a magnificent structure. Age for at least 20 years. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (06/2008)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers crushed currant and blackberry on the nose, turning to tar and licorice. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and seamless tannins. Goes on and on. Very, very beautiful. A cross between the 2000 and fabulous 2003. (JS)" (03/2008)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red-ruby. Multidimensional nose offers deep aromas of currant, cedar, coffee, tobacco and minerals. The palate offers a rare combination of sweetness, energy and depth, with superb grip and a layered texture to the flavors of plum, cedar, tobacco and minerals. The finish features sweet, noble tannins and outstanding length. I find this more complete and ultimately more exciting than the 2003, but this will need at least a decade of cellaring. (ST) 94+" (06/2008)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Pichon Baron has a dense ruby/purple color, sweet crème de cassis fruit, lots of cedar wood and forest floor, medium to full body, ripe tannin, and a long finish of a good 30+ seconds. This is a beauty and one of the most successful Pauillacs of this vintage. Drink it now through 2035. (RP)" (06/2015)

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2012 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion 6-pack in OWC - 2 available ($2,899.00)

97 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cheval Blanc boasts stunning power and a vertical, imposing sense of structure that is quite rare in this vintage. Dark and almost brooding in style, the Cheval is a rare 2012 that absolutely demands cellaring. Smoke, tobacco, incense and dark spices open up with time, but the 2012 is a reticent, tannic wine that is only showing the barest hints of its ultimate potential. This is a magnificent showing and one of the clear highlights of the year. (AG)" (01/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "With a wonderful 45% blending of fragrant Cabernet Franc, this is a sumptuous, perfumed wine. Its rich with a velvet texture that hides the dark tannins while bringing out the rich plum flavors. The dense texture is balanced by some fresh acidity and a fruity aftertaste. Drink this deceptively approachable wine from 2024. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (05/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This wine is gorgeous in all facets, offering a simultaneously loamy and creamy mouthfeel, seamless layers of red and black currant, cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit, and a long, tobacco-fueled finish that features alluring hints of black tea and incense. The fruit and terroir shine in this broad, deep and defined style. Best from 2018 through 2030. (JM)" (03/2015)

94 points James Suckling: "A Cheval Blanc with an impressive center palate of blueberries, chocolate, almonds and spices. Full body, a solid core of fruit and a long, long finish. Goes on for minutes. Beautiful wine. Seamless tannins. Needs a few years of bottle age. Better in 2017." (02/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at the 2012 Southwold tasting, the 2012 Cheval Blanc has a perfumed, outgoing, almost "glossy" bouquet that wants to be noticed, lavished with damson, wild strawberry, fig jam and crème de cassis scents that are totally seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, succulent, sensual red cherries and wild strawberry fruit, though perhaps the finish showed some superfluous hubris that just erased some of the potential delineation and focus. On this occasion it was pipped to the post by Ausone, but let us see how it matures, because the white horse always repays those that are patient. (NM) 93+" (10/2016)

Decanter: "Understated, fresh, elegant nose. Beautifully pure fruit on the palate - blueberry and blackberry notes. Plump mid-palate then lovely, silky tannins. A notch better than a very good 2011. The winemaker compares it to 2000. 18.75/20 points (JL)" (04/2013)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. Cheval Blanc is a Premier Grand Cru Classé A—one of a small number of elite St-Emilion producers at the top of their classification. Holding a pretty impressive 91 acres of land in this small appellation, it is also one of Bordeaux's most profound and collectible wines. Cheval Blanc is often (and understandably) confused with Bordeaux's First Growths, but the 1855 classification did not extend to St-Emilion. The deserved praises of Cheval Blanc have been sung for quite some time, notably by Robert Parker, having a great effect on the popularity of the wine. The vineyards are planted to 66% Cabernet Franc and 34% Merlot. The 2012 cuvée is 46% Cabernet Franc and 54% Merlot.