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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - December 26th, 2017 - 12/26/2017 - 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 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva $8.99 View
2015 The Opportunist Shiraz South Australia 91 $10.99 View
2016 Trellis (Amelia Park) Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot Margaret River $12.99 View
2013 Château Peyros Madiran Vieilles Vignes 93 $16.99 View
2013 Streicker "Bridgeland Block" Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon Margaret River 93 Price: Hidden View
2017 Amelia Park Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon Margaret River 95 Price: Hidden View
2014 Clairault Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (White Label) 94 Price: Hidden View
2015 Domaine Laroche "St Martin" Chablis 90 $19.99 View
2014 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" Saint-Joseph $19.99 View
2016 Julien Schaal Kastleberg Grand Cru Riesling Alsace 95 $19.99 View
2016 Julien Schaal Rosacker Grand Cru Riesling Alsace 95 $19.99 View
2014 Clairault "Estate" Chardonnay Margaret River (Black Label) 96 $24.99 View
2015 Schwarz "Nitschke Block" Shiraz Barossa South Australia 95 Price: Hidden View
2015 Schwarz "Thiele Road Block" Grenache Barossa South Australia 92 Price: Hidden View
2012 Streicker "Ironstone Block" Chardonnay Margaret River 96 Price: Hidden View
2012 Clairault "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (Black Label) 95 Price: Hidden View
2012 Streicker "Ironstone Block" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River 96 Price: Hidden View
Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne (375ml) 92 $29.99 View
2016 Walsh & Sons "Felix" Syrah Margaret River (Biodynamic) Price: Hidden View
2016 Walsh & Sons "Roi" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (Biodynamic) Price: Hidden View
2015 Bodegas El Nido "Clio" Jumilla 92 $44.99 View
2010 Galland Clark Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $49.99 View
2014 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 $64.99 View
1993 Chateau de la Grangerie 23 Year Old K&L Exclusive Armagnac (750ml) $79.99 View
2016 M. Chapoutier "Barbe Rac" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 98 $79.99 View
2016 M. Chapoutier "Croix de Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 98 $79.99 View
2014 Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 $99.95 View
Còdigo 1530 K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Anejo Tequila (750ml) $99.99 View
2012 Dana Estates ''Hershey Vineyard'' Sauvignon Howell Mountain Price: Hidden View
2006 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 95 $299.99 View
2013 Dana Estates "Helms Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 100 Price: Hidden View
2013 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 $524.99 View
2006 Dana Estates "Helms Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 94 $659.99 View
1983 Port Ellen 32 Year Old "15th Edition Special Release" Cask Strength Scotch Whisky (750ml) $2,100.00 View


2014 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva ($8.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Salice Salentino Riserva is a heavy and concentrated wine with prune, raisin and blackberry jelly. The wine is hearty and dense with sweet flavors on the finish that are interwoven tightly with equally savory characteristics. Despite those big bones, this wine from Cantele ultimately offers good balance and a very clean and correct drinking style. It a great value, too. This dynamic winery in the southern tip of Puglia shows some of the best values across the board in this roundup of Italian wines priced under $25. Congratulations to the winemaking team at Cantele for achieving such remarkable volume versus value margins. (ML)" (08/2017)

K&L Notes: 100% Negroamaro.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2018

Puglia seems a world away sometimes but it is one of the best value regions in Italy, and the indigenous varieties there produce strikingly delicious examples. This wines aromatics are full of Middle Eastern spice, elegant plum, bramble, dried cherry fruit and nuances of fresh Provencal herbs. On the palate the wine is supple, medium-bodied while still being so full flavored, easy to drink; only 13.0% alcohol, yet this multifaceted red always beckons you for another sip, and then another; it is just so tasty. Made from 100% Negroamaro fermented in stainless steel and aged in 1-2 year old barrique for 6 months. This complex yet elegant wine comes from Puglia, the heel of the Italian Peninsula and is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite tomato-based pasta dish.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 20, 2018

If you're having a hunk of ribeye, a wine with more structure and tannins would be a more appropriate match but if you want a Wednesday wine that is a perfect pairing with pizza, this round, rustic red is the bottle for you. This explodes with plump dark fruit, baking spice and sports fine acidity with a snappy finish. Its lip-smacking juiciness is irresistible.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 05, 2018

There is a nice compromise here between the old school/Old World style, and abundance of fruit, which results in a nice and gulpable wine with complexity! The notes of black pepper adds intrigue to this very good wine. An excellent value.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2018

This has been a consistent hit with our customers and Cantele continues to produce high quality wine at very modest price points. Their latest Salice offers up their trademark rich baked red and black fruit with sweet tannins and bright acidity that together make this a wonderful table red. Cantele sets the bar high which is why we sell so much of this wine every vintage.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2018

Warm, baked fruit paired with soft and supple tannins make this an easy week night drinker. The solid structure will go along with a lot of different meal pairings, so grab some pizza and enjoy!

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

Puglia is going through a rebirth when it comes to wine, and all over Southern Italy innovative producers are using indigenous varieties to coax the local terroir flavors out of their soil. These are wines with character, balance, weight and a unique expression of their varietals rarely seen here in the USA. This Salice Salentino is one of those wines, 100% Negroamaro, dark fruit, some spice and lots of acidity, prefect for pizza & pasta.

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2015 The Opportunist Shiraz South Australia ($10.99)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Peter Leske, the original winemaker at Nepenthe who bought that winery and renamed it Revenir, has partnered with Fergal Tynan and Giles Cooke, both MWs and both directors of Alliance Wine in the UK. Together, their projects include Thistledown and One Chain in South Australia, their goal to emphasize freshness by picking just prior to peak ripeness rather than after. They sourced fruit for this shiraz from Langhorne Creek, presenting a wine thats light and just luscious enough to surround all of its spicy, cumin-edged acidity in sour-cherry and plum-pit flavors, as cool as a forest floor."

K&L Notes: A stunning value in Aussie Shiraz. Winemaker's Notes: "As for all of our wines, the fruit for the Opportunist is picked on the way up to ripeness rather than on the way down. This way we achieve freshness and energy but not at the expense of flavour. We retain as many whole berries as possible to increase vibrancy and succulence. Winemaking is simple and is followed by 8 months on oak to increase texture and varietal expression."

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 19, 2018

A dynamite value in Aussie Shiraz. None of the stereotypical over the top ripeness here - Langhorne Creek's ocean influenced climate and the limestone rich soils have given this wine beautiful freshness and balance to go with the juicy black and blue fruit, spice and bramble. The wine is med-full bodied with a succulent texture and lovely purity. Really a stunning value to get this wine for under $10!

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 16, 2018

This is a different take on Aussie Shiraz than most of our customers are used to as it comes from Langhorne Creek in South Australia. The cooling maritime influence this region possesses give this wine a lighter, slightly more saline/mineral-driven style instead of a deep, rich, supple one. There is still plenty of fruit here to showcase the varietal, but it's presented in a different way than from a region such as the Barossa. If you've been avoiding Shiraz from Oz because you think it's too fat or high in alcohol, or if you just want to taste a good, interesting Shiraz, this wine should be your next buy.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 30, 2017

This is not what you would expect looking at the label, and it has an awesome label. This is not a fruit bomb, it has plenty of dark berry fruit with a little bit of earth and touch of spice and a wisp of classic savory Syrah. It has just enough tannin to back the fruit and give a sense of restraint. An ideal middle of the week, red wine.

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2016 Trellis (Amelia Park) Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot Margaret River ($12.99)

Wow! An insane value in Cabernet from famed (Jimmy Watson Trophy Winner) winemaker Jeremy Gordon. Trellis is a new line of wines from Margaret River-based Amelia Park. The fruit, as with all of Amelia Park's wines, is sourced from some of the best vineyards in the region. Most producers in this ultra-premium wine region charge top dollar for their wines; how Amelia Park can deliver this level of quality, for these tiny prices, continues to amaze me. Jeremy makes beautiful, pure, fruit driven wines with excellent richness, balance and polish. This is just ridiculous value in Cabernet that is sure to be a winner with many of our customers. Stunning wine at an everyday price thanks to our Direct Import program.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2018

Amelia Park's "Trellis" Bordeaux blend has been a perennial favorite at K&L since we first brought it in a few years back. The Trellis is the ultimate in high quality to price point ratio. It is particularly hard to find value in the Cab and Cab blend category. This little wine is seriously made, with elegant, honest structure, boisterous black cassis and blueberry fruit, and a healthy dose of eucalyptus and mint notes.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 13, 2018

Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, whether as a single varietal or as part of a blend, is always a pleasure for me to drink. It has a distinct floral, blue-fruited nose that I find immediately identifiable plus there's all of that tobacco, cedar, and plummy goodness that reminds me of Bordeaux. This vintage has an extra kick of spice to it that I am really digging. A fantastic wine.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

They did it again. This is the best Cab value in the store. Medium to full bodied, rich dark fruits, a touch of spice for intrigue and moderate tannins. An any occasion wine.

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2013 Château Peyros Madiran Vieilles Vignes ($16.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Vines up to 50-years-old are the basis of this rich and tannic wine. While it does have some age, it still has a way to go. Big bold tannins show strongly along with ripe black-plum skins. The wood aging has given this wine a smooth elegant edge that contrasts with the still young fruitiness. Drink from 2021. (RV)" (07/2017)

K&L Notes: Chateau Peyros is a 17th century estate situated in the southern part of Madiran. In 1999, Jean Jacques Lesgourgues bought the estate and began the process of modernizing and revitalizing this historic property. Peyros, which means "stony place," sits atop soils of clay and limestone but the vineyards themselves are covered in the large rolled stones (galets roules) left after the last ice age. The 20 hectares of the estate are farmed sustainably, utilizing organic treatments while a herd of sheep walk around the property from May through October grazing the grasses between the rows of the vines and creating manure for enriching the soil. The Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Franc with an average vine age between 40-50 years. The wine spends about 12 months in oak barrels (about 40% new) before it is bottled. This is no shy Madiran. It is full of the power and texture that one associates with the region. With some decanting it is absolutely appropriate with rich dishes of sausage, duck confit and rustic pâtés.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 26, 2018

I have deep and borderline spiritual connection to the south western part of France. I love the people, the food, the brandy and although the regions dominated by the great wines of the Medoc to the northeast, the region offers an incredible array of delicious local wines. There's no question that Madiran stands at the top of the heap. Over the last two decades the Lesgourgues family (The same family making the wonderful Laubade Armagnac in Sorbet) have taken this rustic hard edged wine and turned it into a world class estate. While some technical expertise in the winery has softened the edges, there's no doubt that this full bodied dark fruited red has some classic flavors of the southwest. Chewy dense structure with plenty of spice but not so obvious on the oak. Brambly fruit tempered with subtle earthy gravel. There are few wines in the store with so much stuffing for so little money. This one will get better for 10+ years easily.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2018

The amazing Tannat-derived wines of Madiran could almost be thought of as medicine, as they contain the highest levels of cardiovascular-enhancing anthocyaninsthink resveratrol of any wines. Take heart, as they also possess the added appeal of being absolutely delicious. Peyros is an aromatic, deeply-structured wine, replete with flavors of black plums, cocoa powder, spices and fresh roasted coffee, with plenty of stony minerality to boot. Being primarily Tannat, tannins are still present, but with a few years behind it, this wine is crushed velvet on the finish. Uncork and enjoy with a soulful, wintry beef stew!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

I am falling in love with the wines of Madiran. There has been so much forward progression in the making and styling of these wines, it is hard to keep up. I'm not the only one either. Fans of fuller bodied reds from Bordeaux, Cahors and even California are finding a lot to like here. We have had tremendous success with a few noteworthy producers but for cost to quality, no one beats Peyros. Densely packed, velvety structrue, deep dark fruit and tons of graphite minerality are just a few of my notes when tasting the old vine Peyros. The small percentage of Cabernet Franc adds a little polish but the wine never loses its focus on its Tannat roots. This is bold and savory wine that is at its most harmonious with lush charcuterie, grilled sausages and of course, my favorite winter treat - Cassoulet!

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 07, 2018

A blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cab Franc, the Peyros is one of the most interesting under French reds we have right now. I find touches of charcoal and black fruit on the nose with just a hint of leather. On the palate there is an incredibly pure fruit expression--you could draw similarities to Bordeaux or Chinon, but it has a thing all its own going on. With really mighty tannins, it is highly structured. This is pretty good right now, great, in fact, for the price. But you could just as easily sit on this and watch it evolve into something really special.

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2013 Streicker "Bridgeland Block" Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon Margaret River Price: Hidden

93 points James Halliday: "93 pts *Special Value Selection* Hand-in-hand combination of flavour and texture is the key. Fruit itself has a sweet-edge, almost tropical fruit but not quite, tempered by notes of snow pea and gravel. This sunny-savoury aspect is carried along on creamy texture. the oak in which is was matured adding mouthfeel far more than flavour. The finish is dry. The overall effect delicious." (08/2016)

91 points James Suckling: "A white with plenty of sliced lemon and lime aromas and flavors. An earthy undertone. Full body, bright acidity and a long and intense finish. Lots of character." (03/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Saline and lanolin notes add an appealing savory accent to the core of lemon curd and pineapple flavors, with plenty of intensity. Juicy acidity and a whiff of smoke show on the finish. (MW)" (07/2016)

K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "The fruit for our Bridgelands Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is selected from the best blocks of our Bridelands vineyard in Southern Margaret River. The fruit is handpicked, cold-crushed and pressed to retain freshness and cultivate texture and structure. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic development. The juice is barrel fermented in 33% new, 33% 2nd fill and 33% 3rd fill French oak barriques. The wine is sulphured pre-malolactic fermentation, in order to further preserve fresh fruit aromatics and pure acidity. It is then aged in oak for 9 months and battonaged every two weeks to develop texture and additional palate complexity."

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2017 Amelia Park Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon Margaret River Price: Hidden

95 points James Halliday: "Gin Gin, Davis and Dijon clones from the home vineyard in Wilyabrup, whole bunch-pressed, settled overnight, cloudy juice wild-fermented in French oak, matured on lees for 9 months with minimal stirring. Vibrant, zesty and fresh, with white peach and grapefruit dividing the spoils of the overall flavour set. It is terrifyingly good at its price and origin. *Special Value Selection*" (09/2017)

K&L Notes: From the winery: "At Amelia Park Wines, we produce fine wines from one of Western Australia's most renowned winemaking regions, Margaret River. We combine leading edge techniques with traditional winemaking values and practices. Winemaker Jeremy Gordon believes that success starts with the vine, and he works closely with a select group of premium vineyards to achieve superior and consistent fruit quality. The resulting wines are elegant, fruit-driven varietals, complex in structure yet easily and irresistibly enjoyable." TASTING NOTES The wine has a beautiful combination of pear and passion fruit on the nose. The palate is clean and crisp with lime, citrus and melon. Complexity has been added from wild fermentation giving subtle flinty characters.

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2014 Clairault Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (White Label) Price: Hidden

94 points James Halliday: "There's a nuclear arsenal of black and redcurrant, cassis, wild herb, black olive and charred, tarry tannins in each bottle of this wine, so handle with care. A big rib eye steak might be a good start, and someone to share the bottle. *Special Value Selection*" (10/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Both pretty and complex, Clairaults Cab is a heady mix of cranberry and tart cherry, florals, peppery herbs, pencil lead and some raw meat in the background. The palate is medium bodied and rustic yet elegant. Tannins are big but they seem a product of the skins rather than the oak, and theres a lovely savory, peppery finish. Drink now-2025. *Editors' Choice* (CP)" (02/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Toasty and cedary, Clairault's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up an array of dark, earthy flavors reminiscent of mocha, cola, dark chocolate and cassis. It's full-bodied but smooth and supple with a long, silky finish that bodes well for mid-term aging. (JC)" (12/2017)

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 26, 2018

I'm always on the hunt for Cabernet values, and this lovely wine from Clairault is a great new arrival, that completely blows me away at this price point. Don't hesitate to try this Cabernet--the wine shows serious attention to detail from the cool black fruit, subtle savory herbal notes, through to the well-integrated tannin and fine cut of acidity. Absolutely a food-friendly wine, this Cabernet is one of our very best new bottles!

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

The baby brother to Clairault's (Black Label) Estate Cab this sibling won't easily be outdone. Sharing many of the flagship's traits - juicy dark fruit, bay leaf, tobacco, mint, fine tannin and notable length - this is serious Cabernet for the money. Sourced from Clairault's estate holdings and some neighboring vineyards, this little guy packs some serious bang for the buck. If you like Cabernet from a more moderate to cool climate (think Bordeaux / Santa Cruz Mountains) this wine is more than worthy of your attention. Clairault is a new direct import for us at K&L and you can see the staff are already raving about them. Top value.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 30, 2017

If you are looking for an affordable, quintessentially Margaret River Cab Sauv, look no further than this guy. It shows the classic hints of stemmy, woodsiness many of the Cabs from this area carry, and that is a great thing. These are unique wines and an incredible value from a well-loved estate. Still tasting pretty young, I believe this one to have great aging potential. Well deserved of its 94 point score, Clairault Cabs should be on you radar if they are not already.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 29, 2017

Intense nose with concentrated dark fruits, tapenade, bay leaf and a hint of eucalyptus. The nose is impressive, inviting and complex. Ripe and rich entry with round mouth filling polished tannins with just a hint of oak. The dark fruits are back with a brighter berry nose as well as tapenade and muted herbal notes. What a deal!

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2015 Domaine Laroche "St Martin" Chablis ($19.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chablis St Martin has what you might describe as a "dainty" nose at first, a little timid, but it soon finds it voice courtesy of its apple blossom and fresh pear aromas, perhaps with a hint of peppermint in the background. The palate is well balanced with a crisp line of acidity. I appreciate the tension of this Chablis: taut and linear, quite saline in the mouth and this serves to prolong the finish. This is a well-crafted and very delicious Chablis from Gregory Viennois and his team. This comes recommended. (NM)" (08/2016)

Vinous: "(Laroche chooses the components for this wine based on blind tastings, but Technical Director Grégory Viennois also ages a small percentage of this village offering, as well as his premier crus, in 55-hectoliter foudres 'for concentration and complexity'): Stone and spearmint aromas are more minerally than those of the slightly tart négociant village bottling. Juicy, minty and nicely delineated, offering good intensity to its citrus fruit flavors. Viennois finds this wine less strict but more complex than the 2014 version. (ST)" (07/2016)

Wine Spectator: "Lovely balance and expressive flavors of apple, peach and lemon highlight this juicy white. Leaves a mouthwatering impression on the stony finish. Drink now through 2018. (BS)" (11/2016)

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A ripe yet agreeably fresh nose features notes of pear, apple, white flowers and just enough typical Chablis character to be persuasive. There is both good richness and volume to the delicious, round and acceptably complex flavors that display a hint of bitter lemon on the dry if slightly warm finish. This is perfectly good but not distinguished as the balance isn't what it could be." (08/2016)

Decanter: "For the first time, about 8% of older oak has been used. It has a subdued apricot nose, leading into a fresh, juicy and precise palate. It is very good for generic Chablis, with some welcome minerality. Well balanced and has typicity.Drinking Window 2017 - 2022.(SB)" (12/2016)

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2018

This little wine has a lot to offer! With the warmer vintage in 2015, village level Chablis has shown outstanding quality, and Domaine Laroche's "St. Martin" is one of my favorites of the vintage. This wine is fuller and more robust than your typical Chablis, and has all the structure to age for a few years. It has a character similar to one of the lesser Grand Crus, or a top-tier premier cru, such as Montee de Tonnerre, with poised acidity, full fruit and generous minerality. At this price, I'm tempted to "case up" as we say...

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2014 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" Saint-Joseph ($19.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Leading off the four 2014 St Joseph releases, the 2014 St Joseph La Source comes from a mix of terroirs (both the northern and southern regions of the appellation) and was brought up mostly in concrete. It has a juicy, lively, elegant style as well as lots of granite-induced notes of blackberries, damp earth and crushed rock. (JD)" (12/2016)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 18, 2018

During a recent staff tasting of Rhones, this wine stuck out in terms of Northern Rhone Syrah values. It has a very bright and expressive nose of raspberry, violets, blackberries and black pepper, with good rich fruit but a nice balancing element of acid and earth. This would be a knockout with a wild game meal.

2016 Julien Schaal Kastleberg Grand Cru Riesling Alsace ($19.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Chamomile and ripe, red-apple notes make for an appetizing nose. The palate adds lovely vivid notes of zesty tangerine to this. Aromas of hay flowers also appear on this shimmering, aromatic, tight, taut and linear Riesling. Concentration fills the mouth with wonderfully light but sure-footed brightness and flavor. The dry long finish has a grounding earthy touch. Simply wonderful. Drink 2017 - 2035."

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: " The charm of our Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Kastelberg lies in its elegance its virility, and its delicate, discreet bouquet. Tight, mineral and lemony with good acidity. Really mineral and fresh with a pithy, taut character. Bone dry...This wine exhibits a great length and potential. Kastelberg or "Castle Hill" - is an ancient Grand Cru vineyard, first planted in Roman times (noted in writing in 1064), boasts an especially complex Blue Schist soil unique in Alsace and which is perfect for the production of great Riesling. From 50+ year old vines growing on terraces in the very heart of the Grand Cru this wine is bone dry and utterly classic Riesling that will age for 10 years, longer even. Yields are extremely low here, the resultant concentration and clarity are dazzling."

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 17, 2018

This Riesling from Kastelberg vineyard has distinctive red apple aromas and flavors similar to McIntosh apples, citrus pith, white grapefruit and pomelo with heavier mineral content that comes from schist soil. It's dry, bold and muscular style of Riesling.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 16, 2018

This is delicious, dry, Grand Cru Riesling for $20. Notes of crisp Fuji apple, chamomile and wet stone with a slightly rounder mouthfeel and toned down acidity make this accessible and easy drinking. This wine has great length and a ton of elegance. A definite must for lovers of Riesling.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2018

This wine has a lot to offer for lovers of dry Riesling. There is a beautiful subtle nose. In the mouth are bright and juicy light fruit flavors with a layer of mineral notes. A nice dry finish helps wrap up this package.

Staff ImageJordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 04, 2018

The Kastleberg Grand Cru Riesling is bone dry. A perfect bottle to try if you are interested in expanding your knowledge of Riesling. This wine I would pair with food. A bucket of mussels , Dungeness Crab or White sauce pasta with clams. Nice Bright acidity . Some green apple flavors. Great minerality .

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 04, 2018

Wowza! The Kastelberg from Julien Schaal is an absolutely wonderful expression of dry Alsace Riesling from one of the best vineyards at a price so low that is hard to understand. The wine shows a lovely rich, slightly oily texture. Great exotic notes and loads of power show up mid palate, but with a strong line of racy acidity to hold it all together. This is what Riesling from Alsace is all about!

2016 Julien Schaal Rosacker Grand Cru Riesling Alsace ($19.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A wonderfully aromatic nose presents orange blossom and tangerine zest, Seville orange and ripe mandarin. All of these notions are joyously bundled on the concentrated dry palate that is brightened with even more zesty lemon freshness. There is drive here and an arrow-like structure that is energetic and totally refreshing. Uncompromising freshness, expressed with exuberant citrus charm, enlivens everything. The absolutely dry finish is invigorating and lasting. Drink 2018-2025. (AK)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "Complex, taut and mineral with some spice, apricot, lime and pear. A hint of tangerine, and lovely tingling acidity. Great complexity and balance. Rosacker is among the most celebrated of Alsace's Grands Crus, with descriptions of its wines dating back to 1483. It owes its name to the wild roses, which grow in abundance around the edge of the vineyard. The limestone soils here produce Rieslings that are bone-dry yet which have a rare richness and mouth-filling texture. The vines that produce this wine are 40 years of age. With great complexity and balance this organic wine will easily age for two decades."

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 17, 2018

Beautiful and extremely complex Riesling. On the nose it explodes with aromas of lemon, citrus blossom, honeysuckle and meadow flowers accompanied by mineral notes reminiscent of chalk soil.On the palate it's fry, crisp full-bodied Riesling with juicy mouthwatering citrus fruit and Forelle pear with long lasting mineral finish.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 16, 2018

With 95 points from Wine Enthusiast, The Julien Schaal Rosacker Grand Cru is light, crisp, quite dry, and with a brighter perceptible acid than the Kastleberg Grand Cru from the same producer and vintage. The name "Calcaire" comes from the rose strewn vineyard's limestone, calcium rich soil. With a beautiful light golden hue, the wine displays aromas of faint petrol, lemon pith, under ripe green apple, and orange blossom, with a chalky, mineral finish that won't quit.

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 16, 2018

A lovely and fun Alsatian Riesling that is a perfect choice for your next dinner party. An initial bouquet of orange blossom and wet stones followed by tangerine zest, mandarin, lime, and green apple aromas. Zippy on the palate, with flavors of lime juice, stone minerality, lemon pith, and meyer lemon. The acidity is high, but what makes this wine so inviting is the inherent freshness, making it a great option as both an aperitif or with food pairing applications. An overall great value!

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2018

This is for people who are looking for a excellent dry Riesling. There are beautiful delicate aromas that are subtle and inviting. In the mouth it is pure with nice light fruit, a hint of minerals and a dry finish that gives this wine a nice balance.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 04, 2018

This is one of those wines we don't ask too many questions about the price but buy as much as we can! A beautiful expression of Alsace Riesling Grand Cru, but under $20.... why not! I did recheck the price a couple times to make sure I wasn't making a mistake. Beautiful and a bit rounder than the Kastelberg with a nice touch of yellow fruits and peach stone in the middle. The acidity level balances the whole perfectly. Perfectly dry and refined, this is going to make a lot of friends!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 04, 2018

From one of the top vineyard sites in Alsace, the pedigree of this wine is apparent at the outset. Wonderful minerality with a touch of honey and stone fruit, this is an incredibly linear and focused dry wine with superb balance and length. It hits well above its price.

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2014 Clairault "Estate" Chardonnay Margaret River (Black Label) ($24.99)

96 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* Both this and its '14 sibling come from estate vineyards and are made in similar fashion, yet Clairault's own notes use totally different descriptors for each. It's not a question of volume, although I think that the significantly greater volume/intensity of this wine is the difference. Strange, but then that's the everlasting fascination of wine." (10/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Estate Chardonnay is a rich, opulent wine loaded with scents of toasted hazelnut or almond layered over white peaches and grilled pineapple. It even hints at popcorn on the long, otherwise citrusy finish. It's medium to full-bodied but with ample acidity, which should give it the potential to age well through 2022. (JC)" (12/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Pale gold, almost green tinged, this is is an excellent example of why Margaret River excels at Chardonnay. Its complex, with notes of lemon zest, orange peel, butter and exotic spices that last all the way through to the finish. Its rich with a chalky texture and is age worthy, with enough acidity to take it long into the future. Drink now - 2027."

K&L Notes: 93 points Wine Front: "Made from select blocks of Clairault’s Margaret River vineyards.‘Power and the glory’ style of chardonnay. It has impact up-front but then hones to a lengthy, almost elegant finish. Wheat, stonefruit, grapefruit and sawdusty, toasty oak. Citrus. Straw-colour suggests at the richness to come but to at the wine’s in-built finesse." Winemaker's Notes: "Aromas of cut stone fruit, squeezed lemon and melon with hints of vanilla pod and eastern spice. On the palate it enters clean and precise with sophisticated lines of oyster shell, lime juice and orange blossom. Creamy oak and fine acidity lead to a crisp, lingering finish. The fruit for our Estate Chardonnay is selected from our best blocks of fruit and hand-picked. The fruit is chilled and whole-cluster pressed to retain freshness and cultivate texture and structure. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic development. The juice is barrel fermented in 40% new, 30% 2nd fill and 30% 3rd fill French oak barriques"

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2015 Schwarz "Nitschke Block" Shiraz Barossa South Australia Price: Hidden

95 points James Halliday: "The vines were planted by Jason Schwarz's parents in '68. Picked in two portions, the first 14 Feb, 20% whole bunches, wild yeast open-fermented, 25 days on skins, matured in French hogsheads (25% new); the second picked 24 Feb, 25% whole bunches, 20 days on skins, matured in one new French hogsheads and puncheon, the bunches foot-stomped at the end of fermentation. Sophisticated winemaking, the only question the amount of French oak apparent now, but will regress with more time in bottle." (08/2017)

K&L Notes: From a vineyard planted in 1968. Wild yeast fermented with whole bunches, basket pressed, bottled unfiltered. It’s a nutty shiraz with herbs strewn throughout; whole-bunches have had a clear impact, though they certainly don’t dominate. We’re otherwise straight into earth, black cherry, leather and cocoa territory, a subtle note of animale blending in nicely with those nut/herb/fennel characters. Tannin rumbles through the finish. Oak adds a gentle toastiness. It’s mid-weight and well polished but has just enough darkness, and attitude. It’s all quite exemplary – especially once given a chance to breathe.

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2015 Schwarz "Thiele Road Block" Grenache Barossa South Australia Price: Hidden

92 points James Halliday: "From vines planted '41, wild yeast open-fermented, 20% whole bunches, gentle pumpovers, foot-stomped near the end of fermentation, 25 days on skins, matured in used French oak and a small tank, blended February '16, remaining in tank until bottled Dec '16. Very light colour; fresh, savoury, spicy notes rather than confection is a relief; red fruits on the finish." (08/2017)

K&L Notes: From a block planted in 1941. Open fermented (wild), most of it destemmed but 15% included as whole bunches. Extended maceration by virtue of the fact that the ferment was unhurried. All into French oak thereafter. This is such a bright wine. So lively. It tastes of cherries, oranges, dry spices and undergrowth, the flow and flavour all working quite beautifully. It’s a mouth-watering red. It has savoury complexity but it’s really about juicy fruit. It’s the kind of wine you just want to hook into.

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2012 Streicker "Ironstone Block" Chardonnay Margaret River Price: Hidden

96 points James Halliday: "Shows its oak, no two ways about it, but the length of flavour here is exceptional. The fruit tastes of white peach, pineapple and nashi pear; the oak of cream and smoky cedar wood. It all combines to power on through the finish in blazing style. *Special Value Selection*" (08/2016)

94 points James Suckling: " Here is a Chardonnay that delivers lots of depth and intensity. Full-bodied, layered and gorgeous. Super wine. Great vintage. Screw cap." (03/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "On first taste, this wine shows mouth-puckering acidity. But after some time in glass it chills out and the flinty, toasty, mineral notes start to creep in. Flavors of white pepper, bruised apple and wet stone meld with a bit of textural weight to slightly balance all that acidity. Still very youthful, this wine is clearly in it for the long haul. Drink 20192027. (CP)" (02/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Creamy and intense, with a note of crème fraîche to the peach and lemon core. Details of toast and honeysuckle linger on the long finish. Drink now through 2020. (MW)" (07/2016)

K&L Notes: Winemaker's notes: "100% Gin Gin clone Chardonnay, hand harvested from our Ironstone Vineyard and bursting with the richness and opulence that Margaret River Chardonnay is known for. Ripe nectarines and cut yellow peach with hints of honeycomb, bees wax and brioche lead to bold tones of glazed stone-fruit, French oak and vanilla-pod. This is followed by a persistent finish completed with hints of grain, citrus blossom and nutmeg. The fruit for the Ironstone Chardonnay is hand-picked from the Ironstone Vineyard in the heart of Wilyabrup. The fruit is chilled and whole-cluster pressed to retain freshness and cultivate texture and structure. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic development. The juice is barrel fermented in 40% new, 30% 2nd fill and 30% 3rd fill French oak barriques. 66% of the barrels are sulphured pre-malolactic fermentation, in order to further preserve fresh fruit aromatics and pure acidity. The other 33% are allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation, developing both richer, bolder aromatics and textural elements. It is then aged in oak for 9 months and battonaged every two weeks to develop texture and additional palate complexity."

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2018

The Streicker Ironstone Chard is still bright and refreshing and remarkably youthful. Only 33% Malo leaves a wonderful bright fresh acidity with classic white peach chardonnay fruit and a wafting thread of tropical almost mango fruit right down the middle. Medium weight, rich but not too rich and notes of vanilla from the oak. Very well made, it's a fantastic bargain.

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2012 Clairault "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (Black Label) Price: Hidden

95 points Decanter: "2012 was a showstopper of a vintage for Margaret River and it shows in this wine. The grapes were hand-harvested from the oldest vines on the Clairault Vineyard planted in 1976 and fermented on skins for 10 days before pressing by winemaker Bruce Drakes. The wine was matured in both new and used French oak for 10 months for textured finesse and subtle, rather than overt, cedary aromas. The Clairault property comprises of several vineyards with one of the highest grades of biodiversity in the Wilyabrup area. Dark and cedary, with cola and berry fruit. Really lovely balance and purity, with complex graphite tones, an underlying sweetness, succulent blueberry fruit and white chocolate oak. Superb! *Outstanding*"

95 points James Halliday: "Fermented and macerated on skins for 10 days, matured in new and used French oak for 10 months. Classic Margaret River style made from the original Clairault vines planted in '76; it is Cabernet to its bootstraps with cassis/blackcurrant fruit on a pedestal of firm tannins that are unique to Cabernet; cedary oak adds a further dimension." (10/2016)

92 points James Suckling: " An attractive and neatly cut set of bright and ripe berries and cherries, leaves and dried woody notes. A smooth-honed, plush and very refined palate that drives deep yet elegant. Some creamy oak influence as well as a dark sweet fruit thread to the finish. Drink or hold." (03/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Clean fruit, dried autumn leaves, balsamic vinegar, black olives and cola notes all lead into a full-bodied palate that's chewy with savory, earthy tones and big, well-structured tannins. There's a fair lick of oak here but it should soften with time in cellar. Drink 2019-2032. *Cellar Selection* (CP)" (02/2018)

K&L Notes: 92 points Wine Front: "Perfumed style - which is one of the many good things about Margaret River Cabernet. Dark chocolate, bay leaf and some mint, dark berries, currant and dark cherry with a little vanilla over the top. Medium bodied, ripe fruit - just on the edge of over-ripe flavours really, but in a pleasant dark chocolaty way - sweep of fine grained tannin and satisfying length. Smooth. Very good drinking."

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 14, 2018

A most excellent Margaret River Cabernet, the 2012 Clairault Estate Black Label is unequivocally lauded by critics and connoisseurs alike. Both savory and ripe fruited, this is a wine with firm tannins and a broad palate that will cellar quite well. More dark fruited than red, the wine exudes old world sophistication with new world energy: aromas of dried tobacco and clove commingle with flavors of graphite, black currant and boysenberry, leading to a very dry, powerful finish.

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 12, 2018

2012 was a great vintage in the Margaret River, quite classic in style and expression. The wines are bolder than in 2011 but tend to be more consistent in quality across the region. This 2012 Estate Cuvee is a quintessential Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon; a lovely nose of blackcurrant, dark cherry, plum, and prune. A hint of eucalyptus as well. On the palate, the wine possesses fantastic balance. A nicely lifted red wine, with a good amount of verve and lift. Flavors of ripe and dried plums and dark cherries, as well as eucalyptus once more. Lovely texture; a nicely nuanced expression of Western Australian terroir. One of my favorite Cabernet Sauvignon's in store for under $50

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

In a stacked line up of top notch Margaret River Cabernet this wine from Clairault took out the top honors in Decanter's panel tasting. One sip of this beauty and you'll see why. Selected exclusively from the estate's oldest vines from the original plantings in 1976, this is a perfect rendition of why Margaret River has become synonymous with classic Cabernet the world over. Dark brooding fruits, plum and cassis mingle with subtle camphor and cigar box notes, graphite, sandalwood and mint. Medium-full bodied with super fine but present tannins and elongating acidity drive the wine across the palate. Stylistically dissecting powerful, modern Cabernet and classic, refined Bordeaux - this wine has it all. Drink now with an hours decant or keep in the cellar for anytime over the next 15 years. Exceptional vale.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

This is yet another example of the restrained, polished and classy Cabernets being produced in the Margartet River. There in an effortless flow between the ripe dark fruit profile, savory and spicy notes and the persistent and classy finish. This execution of balance and precision for under $30.00 is rare.

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

There is just so much good Cabernet coming out of Western Australia these days at such good prices that no Cabernet lover can afford to ignore it. The 2012 Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Black Label offers classic appeal with a hint of mint on the nose and ripe, sweet red and black fruits. Superb balance and fine tannins make this eminently drinkable and approachable Cab the perfect choice to accompany dinner tonight.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 30, 2017

The older vine age of the grapes used in this wine are really showcased here with the richness and concentration of fruit in this Cab. It's not hard to see why this is a top wine for Clairault and the high scores are well deserved on this one. This is truly a "wow" wine with great backbone and length and the softness of deep fruit and slight French oak influence to complement it. The few years of age it has already seen make it delicious now and the price point makes it within the reach of every Cab lover.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 30, 2017

A very elegant and focused Cabernet, with the poise of a St. Julien and the cool ripeness that you would expect from Margaret River. The nose is all red fruits backed with cedar-y spicey oak. There is nothing over done with this wine, everything works together seamlessly. The fruit and spice continue on the palate back by ripe dusty tannins. This is a wine for every Cabernet lover, new world and old/.

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2012 Streicker "Ironstone Block" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Price: Hidden

96 points James Halliday: "Open-fermented, 18 months maturation in French barriques. Uncompromisingly full-bodied, with blackcurrant and mulberry supported by a phalanx of firm tannins and French oak on the long finish. Will richly repay cellaring, the longer the better. *Special Value Selection*" (10/2016)

K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "This wine is made from hand-picked fruit from the Ironstone vineyard, located in the heart of the Wilyabrup sub-region. The colour is a dense red with purple tones. Aromas of cassis, raspberry and hints of vanillin intermingle with cedary oak and hints of allspice. The tannins have a firm, yet velvety grip which gently fills the palate and demands protein. This wine is enjoyable now for its youth, freshness, and direct translation of a single site and season. The fruit was hand-picked, de-stemmed and the berries just split to allow for minimal breakdown of the skin and to preserve the natural fruit freshness. The grapes were pumped over three times a day for 18 days, after which the wine was separated from the skins and allowed to finish fermentation in premium French oak barriques. The wine is aged in 45% new oak barrels for 18 months."

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 26, 2018

I may have a new favorite source for classic Cabernets! The Margaret River in Australia is slowly winning my heart with its elegant, structured, and expressive wines. This Cabernet from Streicker is one of the best examples of what this area is capable. Elegant red and black cassis fruit with pleasant ripeness is balanced against herbal eucalyptus notes, and the whole is showcased by fine boned tannin and fresh acidity. Vibrant yet self-contained, this wine is everything I love about classic Cabernet from a truly great region.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2018

The 2012 Streicker Ironstone Cab showed astonishingly well in a tasting of our full lineup. Still lively and young, the Ironstone Cab showed beautiful rich fruit stopping just short of going to flashy - it offers a very carefully crafted level of balance and complexity while still showing a bit of new world perfumed ripeness. Very long and smooth, yet with a strong structured core that bodes well for many years of pleasure to come. I look forward to seeing the layers evolve over the next 5-10 years

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 30, 2017

While I thought all of the Streicker wines I tried were fantastic, this is the one I kept coming back to over and over again. Leaner and more mineral driven than most Cabernets, this went perfectly with my steak dinner as the fruit didn't overwhelm the meal. You can taste the terroir in this one, which is a testament to very little manipulation by the winemakers. A great find in Margaret River Cab, this is a break from the ordinary into the extraordinary. Truly delicious.

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Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne (375ml) ($29.99)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This remains quite fresh with its cool nose of apple, citrus and exuberant yeast elements that continue onto the crisp, intense and energetic flavors that terminate in a saline-inflected, wonderfully complex and beautifully well-balanced finale. In contrast to some '90s today, this is still in terrific shape and should continue to hold if not improve for years to come. In a word, lovely." (10/2015)

92 points James Suckling: "This famous Yellow Label is is in great shape with a really fresh and complex integrated feel to it from head to toe. The nose has plenty of lemon and grapefruit citrus, as well as lightly toasted hazelnuts and ripe, summery fruits. On the palate it has the trademark assertive style, some useful cut and plenty of lemon biscuit flavor. A great all-rounder." (10/2016)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(roughly 50% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay and 20% pinot meunier; Lot 14009913): Light gold. Musky orchard fruits and dried fig on the mineral-accented nose. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering smoky pear and nectarine flavors and a hint of honey. Finishes on a gently spicy note, with very good cling and a touch of bitter lemon pith. Things have definitely begun to turn around for this bottling, which had been lagging behind the winery's vintage offerings for some time. (JR)" (12/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Bright and lightly toasty, this elegant Champagne layers flavors of cassis, crushed hazelnut and lemon meringue pie on the creamy bead. (AN)" (12/2016)

Wine Enthusiast: "The best-selling Champagne in the U.S. follows the Veuve Clicquot house style of softness and ripeness. It's fruity, with an attractive almond and toast edge that suggests this bottle has seen some age. It's immediately drinkable and fresh with balanced acidity at the end. (RV)" (12/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The VC brand ambassador, the NV Brut Yellow Label (an assemblage of 55% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 15% Meunier) is currently based on the 2012 vintage and contains 35% reserve wines. On the nose, ripe and intense (yellow-fleshed) fruit aromas intermix with a very nice maturity from the reserve wines. Disgorged in January 2015 with a dosage of nine grams, this is a medium-bodied, yet round and full-flavored Brut. It possesses biscuit and nutty flavors, and a nice freshness and complexity in the intense, aromatic finish. Indeed, this is very delicate and impressively good. (SR)" (06/2016)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 23, 2015

The best-selling Champagne in the USA in a cute little half is a great entry into the wonderful variety of Champagne.

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2016 Walsh & Sons "Felix" Syrah Margaret River (Biodynamic) Price: Hidden

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 15, 2018

While the label may look a little goofy, the Felix from Walsh & Sons is a serious bottle of wine. Peppery, lean, and packaged with a nice touch of old world flavor, the Felix is a great representation of what Maragaret River has to offer in the already rather complex world of Syrah.

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2016 Walsh & Sons "Roi" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (Biodynamic) Price: Hidden

2015 Bodegas El Nido "Clio" Jumilla ($44.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasting two completely different vintages of the same wine is very revealing, and having the 2015 Clio next to the 2014 showed how each of them revealed the character of the vintage. 2015 is a very complete and balanced year, resulting in classic, powerful wines with concentration and balance, and all that is needed to age in bottle. This is a similar blend as the 2014, mostly Monastrell with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for almost two years in French and American oak barrels. The oak is there, but it feels like the fruit is able to integrate it with some more time in bottle. In general, there is a lot more balance and freshness than in the 2014, and the character of the Monastrell is a lot more noticeable than the Cabernet. This should develop nicely in bottle. (LG) 92+" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: Looking for a consistently over-achieving, full-bodied red? How about this for a track record? Past vintage scores from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 2003 - 96 points; 2004 - 97 points; 2005 - 95 points; 2006 - 95 points; 2007 - 94 points, 2008 - 94 points, 2009 - 90 points. The wine is a blend of 70% old vine Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon that was barrel-aged for 22-26 months in French and American oak. It bears Clio's hallmark opulence, with bold aromas and flavors, a thick, dense palate, and a long finish. A powerful, decadent wine.

2010 Galland Clark Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.99)

Galland Clark is the personal project of Charles Krug winemaker Stacy Clark.

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

If your preference in Napa Cabernet is for a big, full bodied wine with liqueur-like ripeness, this is NOT the wine for you. Don't get me wrong. The 2010 Galland Clark Napa Valley Cabernet, at 14.5% alc, is plenty full-bodied. But it also comes with a hint of violets on the nose, and yes, a bit of - my goodness - green pepper. Very fresh and lively in the mouth with notes of fresh blackberry and licorice, this is honest damn Cabernet you can enjoy tonight.

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2014 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($64.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Layered and subtle with currant, light chocolate, almond and cedar character. Medium body, polished tannins and a flavorful finish, yet this always reserved and polished. Enjoy. Drink or hold." (05/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Phelps is now producing three cuvées of Cabernet Sauvignon-their Napa Valley, their flagship proprietary red Bordeaux blend called Insignia (which they debuted in 1974), and their Oakville steep hillside vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon called Backus. The basic Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. It saw 18 months in a combination of both French and American casks. This is their biggest cuvée (27,000 cases) and it is a beauty. The 2014 is supple, with silky tannins, dark plum, blackcurrant and licorice-infused fruit with a touch of spice, a lushness on the attack and mid-palate, and a silky finish. This wine was meant for early drinking, but there is no doubt it has the concentration and overall balance to age nicely for 15-20 years. (RP)" (10/2016)

91 points Vinous: "Once again, Phelps has done a terrific job with their straight Cabernet Sauvignon. Surprisingly delicate and gracious on the palate, the 2014 is quite feminine in this vintage. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and dark spices build as the wine gains depth and fleshiness with time in the glass. The Cabernet remains one of the very finest values in Napa Valley. (AG)" (09/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Leading with expressive, very well-focused varietal aromas of ripe currants and plums that are invitingly laced with elements of cocoa, caramel and briar, all of which are replayed in its deep and sustained flavors, this well-structured youngster shows an unexpected sense of polish for a Cabernet of its age. It is a wine of precision and careful crafting more than one of raw power, but it wants for nothing in the way of concentration and presence, and, although it is constructed to age famously and thrive with a decade of development, it is so mannerly that it can be enjoyed in but a few years." (12/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Very bright, dark crimson. Polished and luscious on the nose here is a vine variety at ease with itself in this place! Neat, fresh, ripe and already accessible but with ample possibilities for ageing. All pleasure here. 16.5+/20" (01/2017)

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This vintage is stellar. It is sourced from the same vines as the ultra-premium Insignia and aged on a unique regimen of half-French, half-American, half-new oak barrels. It has perfectly ripened fruit with expressive flavors of blackberries, plums, violets, black pepper, mocha, licorice and black tea leaves. The tannins are smooth yet powerful and the great acidity ensures that this gem will age beautifully for years to come.

1993 Chateau de la Grangerie 23 Year Old K&L Exclusive Armagnac (750ml) ($79.99)

Chateau de la Grangerie is a property that was built in the 17th century right next to an old monastery. The church and the housing for its servants was actually built in the 11th and 12th centuries and since the Armagnac is aged inside that facility, it might be the only spirit at K&L matured on hallowed grounds. Like many Tenereze producers, Grangerie distills only ugni blanc for its brandies. However, the sandy and gravel-rich soils are much more like the terrain found in the Bas-Armagnac. They fill about ten barrels a year; two of which are used for Floc de Gascogne and one goes to Pruneau: a prune-flavored brandy made by macerating the Armagnac with the dried fruit also grown on the property. If you were a fan of our now sold out 2001 Grangerie expression, the 1993 is a richer, rounder, softer version of that same flavor profile. The nose is a heady bouquet of brandied fruit and creme brulee, the palate shows a lovely vinous character that packs a supple fruit and oak combination without any additives or caramel coloring. The brandies from Grangerie are some of the prettiest and purest we've tracked down in over five years of digging through Armagnac and we're hoping to continue finding incredible deals like this moving forward.

2016 M. Chapoutier "Barbe Rac" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

95-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Tasted out of tank, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2016 Châteauneuf-Du-Pape Barbe Rac (100% Grenache raised all in concrete) offers a deep, intense bouquet of smoke red and black fruits, garrigue, black pepper and exotic spice. A big, rich, incredibly unctuous tank sample, it has building tannin and sensational purity.The ever-active Michel Chapoutier continue to churn out a huge number of high-quality wines, both from his base in the northern Rhône, but also here in the south. While his top cuvees are always noteworthy, his value releases have soared in quality over the past few years and these are well worth your time and money." (10/2016)

94-96 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Sexy, expansive red berry preserve and floral pastille aromas are complicated by suggestions of cinnamon and star anise. Juicy, focused and pure in the mouth, displaying impressive verve to the mineral-laced raspberry and cherry compote flavors, which deepen slowly on the back half. The mineral element adds lift and cut to a strikingly long, gently tannic finish that leaves spicecake and lavender notes behind. (JR)" (07/2018)

2016 M. Chapoutier "Croix de Bois" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Last of the 2016-barrel samples, the 2016 Châteauneuf-Du-Pape Croix de Bois comes from a parcel on the eastern side of the appellation and is, as always, 100% Grenache brought up in concrete. It's similarly colored to the Barbe Rac and offers the classic ripe, pure, sexy style of the cuvée. Blackberries, blueberries, crushed herbs, pepper and beautiful minerality all emerge from this full-bodied, uber-concentrated, ultra-pure 2016 and like a lot of 2016s might just be another best yet.The ever-active Michel Chapoutier continue to churn out a huge number of high-quality wines, both from his base in the northern Rhône, but also here in the south. While his top cuvees are always noteworthy, his value releases have soared in quality over the past few years and these are well worth your time and money." (10/2017)

94-96 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby-red. Intensely perfumed raspberry liqueur, Asian spice and floral pastille aromas are complemented by hints of musky rhubarb and peppery spices. Palate-staining, densely packed red fruit and spicecake flavors show impressive power as well as vivacity thanks to a core of juicy acidity. The floral quality repeats emphatically on an extremely long, sappy finish that's shaped by smooth, even tannins. (JR)" (07/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "100% Grenache. Cool and peppery on the nose. Very sweet and rich initially on the palate and then rather sophisticated in terms of structure. Polished and cool. Very refreshing." (04/2017)

2014 Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($99.95)

95 points James Suckling: "Aromas of tar, blackberries, cloves and dark chocolate. Perfumed. Full and focused with a beautiful center palate and length. Mostly from Nathan Combs in Coombsville with some Yountville-sourced fruit. Best ever. Drink or hold."

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The base release is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and it comes from multiple sites throughout the valley. Its a killer wine and offers the classic sweet crème de cassis and blackberry fruit that's the hallmark of the vintage. With loads of richness, notes of Asian spices, pencil lead and cedar, full-bodied richness, and sweet tannin, it's already drinking beautifully yet will keep for another two decades or more." (12/2017)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Spot-on in varietal focus and immediately impressing with its compelling nose of cassis, creamy oak and fresh, loamy soil, this exceptionally deep effort follows up on its considerable aromatic promise with very rich and continuous flavors to match. It is solidly structured without being stern and shows a great sense of polish from beginning to end, and, even if sporting the tannins to age beautifully for six to ten years, it is remarkably involving right now. Try to resist its youthful charms and rest it in a quiet corner of the cellar lest it is drunk up before having had the chance to grow into its best. Waiting will be handsomely rewarded." (04/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with fresh, exuberant cassis and crushed blackberry notes plus hints of cigar box, dried Mediterranean herbs, violets and Marmite toast. Full-bodied and built like a brick house, with firm, grainy tannins and lively acid supporting the generous black berry and savory flavors, it finishes with great length and poise. It is drinking beautifully now but has the stuffing to cellar for 12+ years. (LPB)" (10/2017)

91 points Vinous: "Paul Hobbs' 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a gorgeous wine. Beams of tannin give the wine much of its distinctive profile, but that is not especially surprising given that 55% of the fruit is sourced from Hobbs' Nathan Coombs estate. Dark cherry, plum, graphite and savory herbs are some of the signatures. Drink the 2014 over the next decade or so. The interplay of racy fruit and insistent underlying structure is compelling. Dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot round out the blend. (AG)" (12/2016)

Còdigo 1530 K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Anejo Tequila (750ml) ($99.99)

Since its launch into the California market about a year ago, Còdigo has been our top-selling Tequila brand at K&L for a good reason! It's flavor-profile is in line with what today's drinker wants: the spirit is clean, well-made, high in quality, without additives, yet smooth and refined on the palate with richness and weight. It speaks to any Tequila fan, expert or novice. Còdigo 1530 started as a private recipe tequila that had been contracted by a family in Los Cabos for almost a decade, before finally becoming a commercial product in the U.S. Made at NOM 1500 by Tequileria las Juntas, the product was nameless for many years, existing solely as a home brand for family members and friends. Because of our relationship and success with Còdigo thus far, we worked together to do a private barrel edition of the Añejo, available only at K&L. Of the five Tequila expressions available from Còdigo, the Añejo is the one that really showcases the quality of the brand due to its year-long maturation in French oak ex-wine casks. As a result, it's full of that exotic oak spice that only French oak can exert, and the wine influence acts something like a mild sherry note, adding a little hint of chewiness that whisky fans tend to really enjoy. It's a high end Añejo tequila, but it's one that absolutely delivers on all fronts. This single cask expression is rich and supple on the palate with agave notes of savory citrus accented and lifted by the French oak flavors of sweet spice.

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This single barrel is pure, delicious and pretty. It has beautiful citrus aromas. In the mouth it is soft with citrus and pepper notes. The aging in wood seems to have softened the spirit but does not dominate with caramel flavors.

2012 Dana Estates ''Hershey Vineyard'' Sauvignon Howell Mountain - 2 available Price: Hidden

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2006 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($299.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a vineyard situated on the lower hillsides in the St. Helena appellation, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyards dark ruby/purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of crushed rocks, spring flowers, and black currants. The wine exhibits superb intensity, elegance, and richness. This gorgeous 2006 should drink nicely for 15-20 years. (RP)" (12/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby. Slightly liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, melted chocolate, toffee and minerals. Broad, ripe and deep but youthfully austere, with plenty of grip to its blueberry, plum and lightly herbal flavors. Some serious, dusty wood tannins in conjunction with an impression of elevated alcohol give the finish a slightly rustic quality." (06/2010)

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2013 Dana Estates "Helms Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available Price: Hidden

100 points James Suckling: "Unique aromas of citrus fruit such as tangerines and oranges which combine with plums, black cherries, and blackcurrants. Lemon rind, too. Full-bodied with ultra-fine tannins that give the wine a precise and focused finish that lasts for minutes. Laser-guided. A savory and subtle, minerally finish. This redefines the greatness of Napa Valley wine and California." (09/2016)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 57-acre estate vineyard includes the Helms Vineyard in Rutherford, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and usually produces small quantities of less than 300 cases. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms is sensational. Its opaque purple color, which is common among the 2012 and 2013 Bordeaux varietals in Napa, leads to a spectacularly flamboyant and aromatic nose of earth, graphite, blackberry and cassis. The wine is rich, full-bodied, and again, concentrated, pure and dense, with sweet melted tannins nicely integrated, along with the French oak (about 100% new). This wine has a good 30+ years of upside to it. 97+ (RP)" (10/2015)

95 points Vinous: "Dana's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard opens with exquisite, floral-laced aromatics. Rose petal, mint, hard candy, sweet red cherry and cinnamon are all nicely delineated in the glass. Plump, forward and generous, the 2013 Helms is surprisingly approachable today for the year, but there is plenty of stuffing and structure underneath. (AG)" (10/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Though massive and extracted, this is also approachable, as the core of dark berry, cedary oak, dried herb and tobacco leaf gives this a distinct flavor and textural presence. (JL)" (11/2016)

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2013 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($524.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Here is a perfect wine with incredible aromatics showing lilacs, violets and roses. Slate, blueberry and blackberry undertones. Full-bodied, powerful and intense. Blueberry and hot stones. Incredible depth and intensity. This needs at least three to five years to come together. The mountain fruit delivers such structure and richness." (05/2016)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "98+ points. From the valley floor, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage and shows its multidimensional aromatics of violets, forest floor, blueberry and blackberry liqueur. It is backward, vibrant and young -- very much in the 2013 classic style of enormous richness, length and overall weight. However, it cuts a suave and discreet feel across the palate. This is a stunner that wont be ready for a good 4-5 years and could last as long as 40 or more. (RP)" (10/2016)

97 points Vinous: "As it often is, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard is rich, powerful and supple, with a hugely appealing combination of silky tannins and dense, concentrated fruit. The flavors are a bit darker than usual - which is the vintage speaking - but all the elements are in the right place. (AG)" (12/2016)

2006 Dana Estates "Helms Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($659.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard possesses the vintages structure and power. While this vintage is more irregular than the 2005, it has a tendency to produce more masculine-styled wines with loads of concentration, but less charm and finesse (at least at this stage). The 2006s are somewhat reminiscent of the 1996s, which followed the brilliant years of 1994 and 1995. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2006 Helms Vineyard cuvee offers subtle notes of spicy oak intermixed with forest floor and new oak. It exhibits a powerful, dense, rich finish, but overall is less evolved than the seemingly more complex 2005. (RP)" (12/2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby. Sexy aromas of meat, mocha, smoke and tobacco. Suaver and more sophisticated than the Lotus, with a silkier texture and a captivating mineral lift to the ripe flavors of redcurrant, mocha and tobacco. Showing much more personality today. Finishes with broad, ripe tannins and very good energy and lift." (06/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Rich berry, kirsch liqueur and black currant aromas fold over to the palate, providing a deep display of ripe fruit, which is framed by firm tannins that give this structure. Drink now through 2018." (03/2010)

1983 Port Ellen 32 Year Old "15th Edition Special Release" Cask Strength Scotch Whisky (750ml) - 11 available ($2,100.00)

Whisky Advocate: "Matured in refill European oak sherry butts, this years Special Release has more weight than many previous expressions and a fascinating smokiness that comes across like a just-lit fire: fire lighter, burning paper, fire grate, and wood smoke. The more active oak adds walnut skin notes and rich dried fruits before the smoke returns. All very sophisticated with enough sweetness to balance. Excellent, but, ouch, that price! (DB, Winter 2015)"

K&L Notes: The exceptional Port Ellen distillery has recently been tapped to be reopened, but it's unlikely that the new facility will replicate the incredible heights that were achieved there before the closure in the year that this special whisky was distilled. One of the most celebrated modern bottlings of Port Ellen, the 15th release is also the year Diageo really jumped the shark. Suggested retail for this bottle was well above $4000 when it was originally offered to us. It continues to trade world wide for around $3000. We are extremely lucky to get a small amount at this unthinkably low price. It's still very expensive, but it's easily the best price for any Diageo-bottled Port Ellen in the United States and perhaps even the world. This legendary whisky has garnered praise from critics and cognoscenti and represents some of the final stocks distilled before the tragic closure of this special distillery.