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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - January 2nd, 2018 - 01/02/2018 - 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 (Elsewhere $25) 93 Price: Hidden View
2017 Amelia Park Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon Margaret River 95 $19.99 View
2014 Clairault Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (White Label) 94 $19.99 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 $24.99 View
2015 Schwarz "Thiele Road Block" Grenache Barossa South Australia 92 $24.99 View
2012 Streicker "Ironstone Block" Chardonnay Margaret River (Elsewhere $35) 96 Price: Hidden View
2012 Clairault "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (Black Label) 95 $29.99 View
2012 Streicker "Ironstone Block" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (Elsewhere $40) 96 Price: Hidden View
Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne (375ml) 92 $29.99 View
2016 Walsh & Sons "Felix" Syrah Margaret River (Biodynamic) $29.99 View
2016 Walsh & Sons "Roi" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (Biodynamic) $34.99 View
2015 Bodegas El Nido "Clio" Jumilla 92 $44.99 View
2010 Galland Clark Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $49.99 View
Lagavulin 8 Year Old Limited Edition Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $59.99 View
2014 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 $64.99 View
2015 Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay $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
2014 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 95 $119.00 View
2013 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 $119.99 View
1983 Port Ellen 32 Year Old "15th Edition Special Release" Cask Strength Scotch Whisky (750ml) $2,100.00 View

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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)

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 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 ImageBrian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

Deep and brooding with dried plumb, cranberries, hits of sun baked, fresh raisins and a nice toasty essence that pulls it all together. On the palate the wine is lush and fruit driven with additional notes of bakers spice, and a distant camp fire in a woodsy setting echoing in the distance. The tannins are gentle but the outside label is certainly anything but

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.

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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 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 (Elsewhere $25) 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)

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 ($19.99)

95 points James Halliday: "95 pts *Special Value Selection* 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." (09/2017)

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2014 Clairault Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (White Label) ($19.99)

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)"

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 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 ImageBrian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

Margret River Cabernet is the gold standard on the continent for refined expressions and Clairault is a champion of that superior style. The white label wines are a good entry point into the Clairault lineup of wines and the 2014 cab delivers on their promise. Blackberries and spice pour out of the glass and the bouquet develops clarity with each inviting sniff: dried cherry, bay leaf, potpourri, hints of tar and a dusty earthiness all jockey for attention. On the palate the wine continues its bold features with a round yet balanced presence that includes medium weight tannins and the introduction of cassis in the fruit profile.

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 ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 17, 2018

A super focused, racy, bright rendition of Alsatian Riesling thanks to its Blue Schist origins. Spring blossom, crunchy orchard fruits, citrus peel, wet stone. Dry and zesty but with weight and texture too. Stunning value for Grand Cru 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 ImageBrian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

Any French House dedicating themselves solely to Grand Cru wines must have extraordinarily high standards in the vineyards and the cellar while maintaining a clear understanding of their stylistic goals in the bottle. Julien Schaal indeed does work with the whos-who of vineyard sights, has built a state of the art new cellar in 2011, and proudly proclaims their signature style of terroir driven, Grand Cru expressions in full bodied tones. If I were to taste the Kastelberg Riesling blind (I did not) I would have guesses Pinot Blanc with the first sniff; deep round tones of yellow plumb, brine and lemon peel come rolling out of the glass in a wave. The floral tones that build are also bolder and richer than the typical white flowers you see in the familiar, sharp, tense Rieslings of Germany (or Alsace). This wine belongs with the main course at dinner not just the seafood appetizer! On the palate I am of course re-convinced that yes this is indeed Riesling, but a more muscular, palate filling, unconscious version. This is the essence of why Grand Crus are isolated and exalted; they are uniquely expressive in their own poetic way! White flowers, defined precision, ripe apple and white pepper all come out of hiding to greet you on the first sip in a gentle, lower acid environment that has a very strong mid-palate and a long mineral finish.

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!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

Between this wine and the other Schaal Riesling we have in stock right now, life is pretty good for us white wine aficionados. While I know most folks are going to get swept up in the St. Hune vineyard origin of the Rosacker (and rightly so), the Kastleberg was my favorite of the two when tasted blindly. It's so mineral and vibrant in its profile, electrifying my palate with racy acidity and leaving me salivating for more. I was utterly stupefied by this wine. It's SOOOOOOOOOO good and it comes from one of Alsace's grand cru vineyards loaded with blue schist, the rocky soil known for its ability to translate laser-like acidity into the wine itself. The proof is in the pudding here. You buy a bottle first, then you come back for the case.

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 ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 17, 2018

I just couldn't believe this wine when I tasted it...I was even more stunned when I learned the price! Almost certainly one of the best deals on any wine in our inventory. A truly world class Grand Cru Riesling from one of the most prestigious vineyards on the planet for $20!? Piercing chalky minerality, a generous, powerful mouthfeel but loaded with tension and coiled intensity. The old vines really express themselves here. An ultimately terroir driven wine from one of the most distinctive and celebrated terroirs of them all the Clos St. Hune.

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.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

This is the white wine deal of 2018 and we're only in January! For those of you wondering what the big deal is I'd do web search for the Trimbach Clos St. Hune riesling and see what that runs you per bottle. Then come back and have a look at the $19.99 price tag we're running for the Schaal "Rosacker," a wine made from fruit from that exact same vineyard. When you taste the precision of the acidity, the concentration of the minerality, and the delicacy of the fruit here, there's no doubt you're drinking something super high end. However, your brain might not understand why it is you're paying so little for something so wonderful. I haven't quite wrapped my head around it either, do don't feel bad. What I'm trying to do at this point is map out my wine budget. I could drink this wine every day and never get tired of it. The stony, steely flavors of the clean and crisp fruit gliding over my palate endlessly! If you've never bought a bottle of Alsacian riesling in your life, this is the one to start with. Either this one, or the Kastleberg which is equally as good in my mind.

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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 ($24.99)

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 ($24.99)

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 (Elsewhere $35) Price: Hidden

96 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* 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." (08/2016)

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."

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2012 Clairault "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (Black Label) ($29.99)

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)

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 ImageBrian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

A pretty, well structured wine that showcases both the perfection of the 2012 vintage and the oldest vines on the Clairault Estate. The bouquet opens first as warm cherry and raspberry pie and then quickly builds in darker secondary aromas of blackberry and black cherry. Tertiary notes abound with herbaceous spearmint, fresh bay leaf, vanilla bean and white pepper. The complexity of the bouquet and continuous evolution were playful and brilliant in the glass. On the palate the wine is round and full bodied. Dark chocolate and cassis now enter the picture with vanilla playing a bigger role and the herbs certainly persist. There is a clear harmony from the winemakers skill to balance fruit richness and acidity, expose medium ripe tannins and leave you with a persistent finish. Side note: the wine is under a new modern style screw cap that is heftier than those Ive seen is the past; a more serious closure for a refined wine.

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 (Elsewhere $40) Price: Hidden

96 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* 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." (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."

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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) ($29.99)

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2016 Walsh & Sons "Roi" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (Biodynamic) ($34.99)

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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. 92+ points. (LG)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: Looking for a consistently over-achieving, full-bodied red? How about this for a track record? (all 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.

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2010 Galland Clark Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.99)

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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Lagavulin 8 Year Old Limited Edition Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

Whisky Advocate: "Light in color it may be, but this is no wimp. The nose goes straight to the shore with mineral and salt, but its also sweet, which allows it to be fresh, lively, yet balanced. The palate delivers some menthol, bay laurel, more brininess, a hint of malt, and Parma violet. Everything remains very breezy, with peat smoke being blown from a kiln into salt-laden air. I prefer it to the 12 year old and the price is fantastic. (Summer 2016, Dave Broom)"

K&L Notes: The 200th anniversary bottling of Lagavulin is finally here! A limited edition eight year old single malt whisky that packs all the peat, smoke, salt, and classic Islay flavor of the beloved distillery into a younger, brighter, more assertive expression. Sure to sell fast and sure to be one of the more popular whiskies we sell this year! The special edition celebrates a visit to the distillery be Alfred Banard (author of the classic "The Whisky Distilleries of Scotland"), where he recollected tasting a delicious eight year expression.

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

This 8 year version of Lagavulin is even more quintessentially Islay than the 16. It's fresher, livelier, peatier, and simply more dynamic on the palate. I also love that Lagavulin paid homage to the classic whisky travel book "The Whisky Distilleries of Scotland" by Alfred Barnard, a writer who visited all 150 active distilleries in the UK back in the late 19th century. He specifically mentions an "exceptionally fine" Lagavulin 8 year expression, and it's clear from tasting the modern rendition why he felt so strongly. It's a lovely whisky and it very much speaks to the strength of what may be Scotland's top producer.

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

Absolute magic! I've always been a bigger fan of the out of control cask strength 12 year old over the (still wonderful) standard 16 year. To be able to get an affordable, if slightly tame version of that is an exceptional score! There's just SO much going on here. This is real deal stinky briny, sooty oily Lagavulin. I'm not even going to bother attempting to describe this further, but this is without a doubt one of the best peaty whiskies on the shelf at any price. Forget the age and focus on the flavor. $60? Laphroaig Cask Strength and Ardbeg Uiggy have another for contender here for best bang for your buck peater in the store and I'm leaning toward the man in the middle. Good old laggy, lag, we don't deserve you.

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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 Points (JR)" (01/2017)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 20, 2017

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.

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2015 Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay ($64.99)

Grown in the hills above the Sonoma Valley on well-drained, volcanic soils, this Chardonnay is known for its elegance and balance. About Kistler's winemaking from Robert Parker: "This winery has long featured some of the finest terroirs on the Sonoma Coast and Russian River for Chardonnays, and their approach has clearly been very Burgundian, with full malolactic fermentation, no acid adjustments and letting the vineyard and clonal material push its personality to the forefront. Perhaps the biggest change of all has been the shift to 100% indigenous yeast fermentations for all the wines." (12/2013)

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 01, 2017

The 2015 Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay is everything you could want in a classic Cali Chard. Intense tropical and citrus notes along with a judicious amount of caramelized toast and brioche are matched on the palate with a full body, and glycerol creaminess. And just when you think this wine is about to go over the top, the bright, zippy acidity from the Sonoma Mountain AVA keeps it in check and creates a complete and balanced crowd-pleaser Chardonnay.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2017

These wines always change my view when it comes to high-tier domestic whites. Many expressions of Chardonnay at this price point are overblown and heavy, indicating that I am subsidizing the estate's new barrel program rather than paying for a well-made, balanced Chardonnay. I trust Kistler with my money and you should too. These wines are worth every penny and it's clear that the price point is reflective of the quality of the wine and the people behind the production. Arguably the best producer of white wines in California. Period.

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

The wonderful '15 Kistler Sonoma Mountain lives up to every expectation. A big nose of ripe tropical fruit, well integrated toasty oak, and decadent vanilla cream. The powerful nose makes you expect a total monster on the palate and it is REALLY rich, but there's this lovely lemony zesty side that reminds us, yes indeed this is Chardonnay. Really the total package from the highest quality Sonoma Mountain Chard producer.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2017

Kistler's 2015 Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay was the first Kistler wine I have tasted and I can see why it is so popular. Elegant and balanced, this wine offers all you'd want in a California Chardonnay. The fresh citrus and tropical fruit combined with luscious richness, toasty oak and bright acid come together to make a tasty well-rounded Chardonnay.

Staff ImageAnthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2017

Kistler wines are synonymous with high quality wine. This is one of Sonoma's premier wineries and I am proud we carry this Chardonnay. Sourced from the family's mountain vineyards, this wine delivers a unique Burgundian style. Juicy lemon and honey are well integrated with a rich creamy, almost meringue texture. A long clean finish polishes off this outstanding wine. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a Chardonnay lover!

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2017

This is the perfect entry into one of the most recognizable Chardonnay producers of California, giving you a lovely overview of why Kistler is so highly rated. Made from a cuvee of all of the terroir Kistler works with, this is the overview wine that allows people to glimpse what this winery has to offer. Rich fruit on the nose gives a hint to the power and focus of this wine. Lots of stone fruit, with little hints of tropical lushness and wet rock are carried forward on a core of acid the leads to a long finish. Well balanced and very clean despite being a big wine in some ways.

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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)

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)

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 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."

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."

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

Since its launch into the California market about a year ago, Codigo has been our top-selling Tequila brand at K&L for good reason: it's flavor-profile is in line with what today's drinker wants. The spirits are clean, well-made, high in quality, without additives, yet smooth and refined on the palate with richness and weight that speak to any Tequila fan, expert or novice. Codigo 1530 started as private recipe tequila that has 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 the house brand for family members and friends. Beacuse of our relationship and success with Codigo thus far, we worked together to do a private barrel edition of the anjeo, available only at K&L. Of the five Tequila expressions available from Codigo, the anejo 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 like a milder Sherry note, adding that little hint of chewiness that whisky fans tend to really enjoy. It's a high end anejo 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 and citrus accented and lifted by the French oak flavors of sweet spice.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

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.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 21, 2017

I reached out to Codigo for a single cask of anejo because I knew if I could find the right barrel and negotiate the right price, we could introduce our customers to the NEXT GREAT $100 TEQUILA. The Codigo is an updated and better version of Don Julio 1942, a bellwether Tequila that has for over a decade been the go-to gift bottle for those looking to present a loved one or friend with Mexico's finest distillate. This single cask of Codigo smashes that paradigm wide open, bringing all the smooth-textured, rich oak of a classic anejo, but with none of the sticky-sweet viscosity. It's loaded with decadent flavors, notes of chocolate, citrus peel, and exotic spice, but it's still clean and spicy on the finish. Simply put, it's a 100% pure expression of Tequila that tastes luxurious while maintaining its roots in classic production. I'm just sad we don't have more of it. It's going to be a HUGE hit.

2014 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($119.00)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is made from a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon from the famous historic site, with 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It startles in beauty and grace, with plenty of power and concentration. It's a charismatic wine, bright in red currant and black cherry and a soft, supple texture that holds an underlying grip and toasty oak spice." (02/2018)

93 points James Suckling: "This shows some valley floor dusty texture with blueberry and currant character. Medium body, fine and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Shows the To Kalon magic. Drink in 2019." (12/2017)

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2013 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($119.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of black currants, violets, lavender, and stone follow through a full body, chewy tannins and toned muscular structure. This is a Mondavi reserve that harkens back to the great years of the 1970s. A tribute to the 50th anniversary of the winery. Try in 2022." (05/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the To Kalon Vineyard celebrates the 50th anniversary of the great Robert Mondavi and his extraordinary vision to create something special in the heart of Napa Valley. A beautifully polished wine, with a dense ruby/purple color, it is still tightly knit and showing high-quality oak. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with outstanding depth, ripeness and purity. There is plenty of backbone and tannin for 25-30 years of cellaring. The wine shows notes of chocolate and plenty of blackcurrant fruit and blackberry. This is a beauty and certainly a great reserve and worthy homage to the legendary Robert Mondavi. Give it another 2-4 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 30 years. (RP) 95+" (12/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve comes across as quite restrained today, with most of its power lurking in the background. There is no shortage of depth or intensity, though. Hints of iron, smoke, leather and savory herbs open up gradually, but the 2013 needs at least a few years to uncoil and will drink well for another two decades or so beyond that. This is an especially refined expression of the famed To-Kalon vineyard. The Cabernets are the stars in this lineup from Robert Mondavi Winery. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A wine marking the 50th anniversary of Robert Mondavi Winerys founding, this shows the grandeur of the man, the vineyard and the vintage. Full bodied and robust, its intense in bark, tar and black licorice, with dottings of coconut. Aromatically inviting, its dusty and soft, with acres of complexity and structure. Enjoy it in 2023 and beyond. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (02/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "A defining element of the greatness of Napa Valleys 2013 vintage is apparent in the wines that were not pushed and hyper-extracted: They show their provenance with clarity. This wine does not lack for extract, but carries it with the effortless grace of a classic Oakville Cabernet. Geneviève Janssens selected the fruit for this Reserve from her favored blocks at To Kalon, Mondavis estate vineyard behind the winery in the western benchlands of Oakville; this vintage comes from blocks replanted between 1996 and 2000. The black plum fruit is almost tarry in its warm, smoky tannins, but theres a red core that emerges, a pungent center that darkens and deepens at the edges. Decant it if you open this now, to serve with dry-aged beef." (12/2016)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, saturated ruby. Very dark, highly perfumed aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, cassis, licorice, minerals and spices, lifted by a peppery nuance (winemaker Geneviève Janssens noted that Robert Mondavi always liked Cabernet Franc, even back in 1966). Extremely tight and savory, showing an herbal element and conveying an impression of strong acidity. This strikes me as not especially ripe in the context of the vintage but it's extremely backward today. Finishes with big, mouth-clenching tannins and a note of youthful bitterness. Decant this if you plan to open it in its youth--or, better yet, forget it in the cellar for six or seven years. This large-scaled but rather opaque wine is almost painful today but holds out considerable potential and may ultimately merit a significantly higher score. (ST-Vinous) 92+" (05/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. Toasty dark aromatics. Dense palate with all dark notes blackcurrant, dried herbs, black olive, and a dark rocky minerality accented by iron and dry cocoa all clothed in a body of crushed dark velvet would prefer a bit more freshness. Incredibly dense and taut palate currently. Allow time in the bottle to open and reveal more. 17.5/20 points (ECB)" (06/2016)

1983 Port Ellen 32 Year Old "15th Edition Special Release" Cask Strength Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($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.