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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - January 9th, 2018 - 01/09/2018 - 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
2012 Haras de Pirque "Hussonet" Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva Maipo Valley 92 $9.99 View
2015 Momo (Seresin) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (Elsewhere $15+) 91 Price: Hidden View
San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut (Elsewhere $20) 91 $12.99 View
2016 Tenuta Roveglia "Limne" Lugana 90 $12.99 View
2015 Yves Cheron "Les Dentelles" Côtes du Rhône 92 $12.99 View
2015 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino $14.99 View
2015 Tenuta di Sesta Rosso di Montalcino 93 $14.99 View
2013 Bersano "Mantico" Barbaresco 91 $17.99 View
2014 Tenuta Roveglia "Vigne di Catullo" Lugana Riserva 93 $17.99 View
2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre $18.99 View
2015 Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 92 $19.99 View
2015 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino 95 $19.99 View
2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rouge $19.99 View
2015 Buehler Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 90 $24.99 View
2015 San Polo Rosso di Montalcino 90 $24.99 View
2015 Trinoro "Le Cupole" Toscana 92 $34.99 View
2013 Silverado Vineyards Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 $39.95 View
Charles Ellner "Qualite" Extra Brut Champagne $39.99 View
2011 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Grand Cru Champagne $39.99 View
2016 Hartford Court "Four Hearts Vineyards" Russian River Valley Chardonnay 96 $39.99 View
2013 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $50+) 97 Price: Hidden View
2013 Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro "Il Bosco" Syrah Cortona (Pre-Arrival) 96 $39.99 View
George Dickel "K&L Exclusive" 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L7233K1007 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) $44.99 View
2015 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $44.99 View
2014 Poggio Scalette "Il Carbonaione" Alta Valle della Greve (Pre-Arrival) 95 $45.99 View
2008 Aultmore 9 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $49.99 View
2016 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 96 $49.99 View
Daniel Bouju "Royal" Brut De Fut Grand Champagne Cognac (750ml) (Elsewhere $150) $69.99 View
2007 Hampden 9 Year Old "Golden Devil" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Jamaican Rum (750ml) $69.99 View
2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 99 $89.99 View
2006 Elio Altare Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 92 $89.99 View
2006 Elio Altare "Ceretta Vigna Bricco" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 96 $127.99 View
2005 Elio Altare "Ceretta Vigna Bricco" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) $127.99 View
Kentucky Owl 11 Year Old Rye Whiskey (750ml) $139.99 View
Krug "Grande Cuvée" 160 Ème Édition Brut Champagne $159.99 View
Krug "Grande Cuvée" 164 Ème Édition Brut Champagne 97 $159.99 View
Daniel Bouju Tres Vieux "Brut de Fut" Premier Cru de Cognac Grand Champagne Cognac 750ml (Elsewhere $240) $179.99 View
2004 Krug Brut Champagne 97 $269.00 View

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2012 Haras de Pirque "Hussonet" Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva Maipo Valley ($9.99)

92 points James Suckling: "Aromas of lemon rind, spice, sweet tobacco and hints of currants. Full to medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Light spicy aftertaste to this." (05/2016)

Wine Spectator: "A taut red, featuring firm tannins behind the dark currant and dried cherry flavors. Dark chocolate and mocha notes show on the fleshy finish, with black olive accents. Drink now through 2020. (KM)" (07/2017)

K&L Notes: While the 2011 vintage Hussonet took everyone by storm. We believe the 2012 vintage, with its greater volume, added structure, and superior balance, to be even better. Simply put, there are few under-$10 Cabs that deliver the true varietal character, subtle savory nuances, and overall balance that this one does. Highly recommended.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 23, 2017

This is a wonderful, classic and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon for a very reasonable price. It is soft and ready, with round dark fruit flavors that help make this wine a pleasure to drink. The Hussonet drinks well alone or will go well with hearty foods.

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

Here is a fantastic follow up to the 2011 version of this overachiever and an amazing value. Once again this is a wine of balance with the sweet blackberry and currant fruit tempered by the fine tannins and fresh acidity. The husky aromatics give way to a firm , rich and earthy middle laced with savory herb and tobacco. The Antinori pedigree is obvious in the long, dry and detailed finish.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 06, 2017

While the 2011 is a tough act to follow, this 2012 absolutely brings it; actually I find the 2012 to be far better. This vintage shows a fruit quality that is more penetrating, with greater volume, persistence and length on the palate than the comparably softer 2011. Tannins, fruit and acidity are impeccably balanced, and in fact I would be hard pressed to find a Cab that is this well put together for $15-18, let alone one that comes close to this at $10. Bold statement, I know, but this Cabernet is a category killer! This would make as nice a pairing with grilled skirt steaks this summer as it would with low oven heat, high flame pan finished rib eyes 3-4 years from now. Real Cab for a real value price. Load up.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 25, 2017

Oddly enough about a week ago I had a customer mention that we had carried an excellent Cab that was really well priced from South America and that they wanted to get another case, I told them it was the Hussonet and unfortunately we had been sold out of it for a while and no I did not know if it would ever be back. Then yesterday Joe's ears must have been ringing because he said he had the new vintage of Hussonet to taste. That is correct, Hussonet is back! The year it has all of the same qualities that people loved in 2011 but with a little more structure and length. Leafy notes of tomato lay alongside the plum and berry notes. This is not a big juicy bomb, this is a cab that exudes structure and green notes to match the ripe fruit and is finished with silky tannins. Best of all we get to keep the $10 price tag.

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2015 Momo (Seresin) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (Elsewhere $15+) Price: Hidden

91 points Bob Campbell: "Soft-textured, accessible and flavoursome sauvignon blanc with sweet grassy, fresh herb and ripe tree fruit flavours. An attractive wine with an appealing soft and very fresh texture."

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Organic Sauvignon Blanc is beginning to show a little development with honey and lanolin notes over a core of peaches and lemon curd plus a waft of dried herbs. The medium-bodied palate gives excellent intensity with a satiny texture and plenty of verve, finishing on a honeyed lemon note. (LPB)" (12/2016)

K&L Notes: I think the best release of Seresin's "Momo" to date. The low yields and excellent vintage conditions in 2015 have combined to produce a stunning wine with the crispness and focused acidity I expect from Seresin but with a little more mid-palate texture and richness than I have seen in previous renditions. Top notch stuff...and a screaming deal at $9.99! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 14, 2017

The 2015 Momo Sauvignon blanc has all the flavor you would expect from the varietal in New Zealand, but with a unique light bouquet of lemongrass, basil and citrus. The wine is unfined and unfiltered, and the natural yeasts that populate the vineyard are allowed to aid in fermentation without disturbance. The result is a Sauvignon Blanc that has texture and depth, but with a light, fresh approach.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 06, 2017

One of the best deals out there in NZ Sauv Blanc. Momo (meaning "offspring") is the 2nd label of Seresin Estate; this is organic and biodynamically certified wine, from one of the top producers in the country at $15.99! The Momo SB has all the classic hallmarks of Marlborough Sauv Blanc but with extra mineral complexity and great textural presence on the palate. Hand-crafted, artisanal wine at a better price than most of the mass-produced generic stuff.

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San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut (Elsewhere $20) ($12.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Delicately scented, this alluring sparkler opens with aromas of white flowers and freshly picked orchard fruit. The vibrant, linear palate delivers crisp apple, pear and a citrus note accompanied by racy acidity and an elegant perlage. *Editors' Choice* (KO)" (12/2015)

K&L Notes: San Venanzio has won many awards over the years. At K&L they get the coveted "Guido" award two thumbs up and three stars for value. On the nose, there are generous notes of apples, peaches, tropical fruits and pear blossom. It’s wonderfully balanced and elegant, with a pleasurable spiciness. The palate is rich and creamy, with pretty fruit closely mirroring the nose and admirable fullness and length. This is balanced, elegant and an excellent apéritif. (Mike Parres K&L San Francisco) 9,00 g/l.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2018

I was stunned by the superlative quality in this vintage of San Venanzio: 2016 has been just an exceptional vintage across Italy and most of Europe and it didnt skip Valdobbiadene. The fruit in the nose of this wine is so pure, clean and vibrant it outgrows the appellation, the wine has so much minerality, clean focus yet still retains that Prosecco elegance and balance. Sensational finish!

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 10, 2017

This is a delightful little Prosecco that delivers a lot for a small price tag. Fruity and floral, this wine has notes of ripe pears, peach blossoms and key lime pie. It's dry and crisp with a creamy mouth feel and a touch of sweetness to balance the bracing minerality. Truly a steal at $12.99!

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2017

The San Venanzio is an excellent Prosecco. It is bright and refreshing with a kiss of sweetness that is accented with subtle mineral notes. It is great to drink for any occasion and will go well lighter foods.

Staff ImageSarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 12, 2016

This Prosecco never fails to impress me. Pretty citrus, pear, spice and golden delicious apple nose, lovely minerality. A clean and refreshing Prosecco for your summer entertaining! Try it with fresh black figs wrapped in proscuitto, tiny goat cheese & fontina grilled cheese sandwiches, or simply to toast a fun night with friends.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2016

This very pretty, rich and creamy Prosecco has been a favorite here for a while now. It has a mouthwatering nose of peaches and nectarines with just a hint of Key lime. The palate follows the characteristics of the nose, but has the addition of cream with a citrus finish. Don't miss this one!

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 10, 2015

This is a wine of great balance and elegance and an excellent aperitif for all social occasions. A must have this holiday season, for yourself and if guests drop by.On the nose you will find generous fruit, releasing hints of apples, peaches and tropical fruit, plus wisteria blossoms, wonderful balance and elegance complement a pleasurably spiciness. The Palate is velvety, crisp, and fruity, admirable fullness and length, closely mirroring the nose.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 10, 2015

While the classic Italian Prosecco is "Extra Dry", with just a touch of sweetness on the finish, this charming sparkling wine from San Venanzio is made in a "Brut" style more familiar to American palates. At a mere 11.5% alcohol and at the very attractive, direct import price of $12.99, it's easy on both your palate and your wallet. Crisp, bone dry, refreshing. Low in alchohol. Low in price. An ideal aperitif you can enjoy every day.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 03, 2015

Clean pear fruit backed by fairly intense minerality. There is way more wine in this bottle of bubbles than you would expect from a Prosecco at this price point.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 10, 2015

This is stunning for the price. Light, airy, a touch of stone fruit with a hint of what seems like sweetness, but really is just ripeness. It's fresh and dry and lovely. And the price!

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

One of our favorite Direct Import deals, the San Venanzio is full of fresh pear and peaches and cream, with a refreshing, mineral driven finish that will make you wonder how that first glass disappeared so quickly!

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 31, 2012

This new direct buy is filled with delicate high tones of floral on the nose and an abundance of upfront pear and peach on the palate. Just found my new BBQ bubble bottle.

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2016 Tenuta Roveglia "Limne" Lugana ($12.99)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fragrant and refreshing, this savory white opens with delicate scents of white spring flower, orchard fruit and a whisper of crushed herb. The tangy palate delivers white peach, yellow pear and a hint of nectarine that linger on the crisp finish. (KO)" (08/2017)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 03, 2017

This wine excites me: the nose is floral, spicy, and a bit of beeswax and honey flow from the glass. On the palate the wine has weight and a distinct richness yet you immediately feel the snap of acidity, that vibrant center-palate zing that just lights up your mouth, and a rarity to find wines that have that richness but are so clean on the palate, and at only 13.0%. The flavors are spice, lees, braised fruit, all offset by the focused central acidity that add lift and drive to the palate presence. The finish is long, mineral driven, and shows incredible balance; layers of fruit, spice and floral notes are consistently blossoming in the finish. This Lugana Limne is capable of aging very well for another 2-4 years, the Riserva up to 10 years.

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

Tenuta Roveglia is the most recent addition to our Italian direct import portfolio and their wines are already turning heads. My colleague Greg St. Clair alerted me some time ago as to just how impressive Roveglia's Luganas were and he was right. Over the years I've found most Lugana to be either a bit lean or conversely more akin to oaky new world Chardonnay with few rising above. Neither is the case with Roveglia. Their "Limne" is a value priced Lugana that weds crisp acidity with flavorful honeyed fruit and is vibrant on the palate from start to finish. We were expecting this to retail closer to $20 and were astonished to find otherwise. This versatile white drinks nicely as an aperitif but will pair nicely with shellfish, white meats and lighter Asian style dishes. Impressive.

2015 Yves Cheron "Les Dentelles" Côtes du Rhône ($12.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I was blown away by the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Yves Cheron les Dentelles. Made from 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah aged all in cement, its a big, rich, full-bodied beauty thats loaded with notions of kirsch, blackberries, toasted spices and white pepper. Deep, rich, concentrated and impeccably balanced, its the real deal. (JD)" (12/2016)

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

I continue to be surprised by the $15 and under Cotes-du-Rhones from 2015. Expecting rich, sweltering wines, I continue to find them exceptionally balanced with soaring aromatics and bright fruit. The Yves Cheron displays a bright, floral nose with blackberry notes and forward acidity that brightens the fruit on the palate. I was especially pleased that the wine had just a touch of tannic structure to frame everything and bring the wine together. At its price point, this is definitely my favorite Cotes-du-Rhones on the shelf.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 06, 2018

This is a lot of wine for $12.99. The nose is composed of blackberry coulis and black cherry with a spicy, white pepper and violet note thanks to the Syrah. Dry and full of complexity, this wine has great length. The cement aging leaves it bright and clean with wonderful acidity and great fruit on the palate. A really beautiful wine for everyday drinking.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

Delicious aromas of soft, bruised fruit with a violet edge, this wine has great concentration and a lot of flavor without being too heavy. I would consider this wine to have a touch more body than a lot of catch-all Cotes-du-Rhones, which makes it super fun and versatile.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

A boisterous and delightful style to say the least, this Grenache-Syrah blend captures the essence of both the region and the quality of the 2015 vintage. Composed of fruit around Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise and Gigondas, the wine is named for the famous jagged limestone monoliths along the ridge of the Montmirail, the "Dentelles." Packed with flavors of raspberry coulis and peppery spices, the wine is open and inviting, giving you sweet fruit and length. It is a worthy wine of the region which harkens to some of the best that producers like St. Cosme and the Perrin family create.

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2015 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino ($14.99)

Affectionately named "Catzilla" by our staff because of the seemingly oversized orange cat adorning the label, the Baccinetti hails from south slope Montalcino vineyards adjacent to Lisini. The Baccinetti family has worked their family farm south of Montalcino since 1935, but 2004 was their first vintage of estate-grown wine. Planted with 100% Sangiovese, the vineyard comprises 3 hectares of young vines that go into their rosso bottling. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then spends 12 months in barrel before bottling.

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

Baccinetti Rosso di Montalcino is very likely to be one of our best values from Tuscany this year. It far exceeds its price and delivers a level of complexity and depth of fruit we don't normally find at $15. Thanks to the 2015 vintage, this wine has all of its usual irresistible features of spiced red fruits, sandalwood and forest floor yet with greater weight and concentration on the palate. It's a real sleeper pick from one of our favorite Montalcino families.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 05, 2018

We've gotten in another amazing vintage of Baccinetti Rosso! This small winery is one of K&L's favorites in Montalcino, and for good reason. Add to the high quality of the wine making an almost flawless growing season and vintage in 2015, and you have a recipe for excellence! The wine has generous fruit, but is well balanced by the classic structure and earthy/sandalwood notes of the region. You could certainly enjoy this wine now, but if you forget about it in your cellar for a couple of years, you won't be sorry!

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

2015 was by all accounts an exceptional vintage in Montalcino. The Brunellos may very well come to rival the unprecedented 2010 vintage. The only problem is you wont be able to find them on store shelves until 2020. However, the 2015 Rossos are in stores now, offering a delicious sneak peak at the 2015 vintage, and at a much lower price than you will eventually pay for the 15 Brunellos. The 2015 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino offers a classic expression of the Sangiovese grape. Savory notes of leather and spice on the nose. On the palate, bright red fruits with hints of morello cherry. Excellent ripeness with good concentration. Firm, fine tannins. Direct import pricing makes this an excellent value.

Staff ImageJim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 30, 2017

About a year ago, I made the profound decision that with this great vintage {2015} of Rossos and Brunellos coming from Montalcino I would buy in small lots {i.e., 3 to 4 bottles each} of those wines that I really liked the best due to the fact that I am sitting on over 200 cases of wine in my wine room and do not have that much space left. Welllllll, it began that way with some of early arriving Rossos and would have continued that way, until this Gem arrived from Baccinetti. Okay, I will buy six bottles of this beauty, I said to myself, before I broke down and ended up buying a case. Medium-deep ruby in color, the opulent, flashy nose is loaded with wild black cherry to forest floor to spicy anise characteristics with undertones of cedar and clove-like herbal notes. Broad and lush across the palate, this amazingly complex, deeply flavored, well-structured, yet balanced though powerful declassified Brunello is a stunning wine that shows well now, but will age easily (which I plan to do) for another ten-plus years. Rusty has told me to bring home at least another case, maybe two, of this exceptional Gem, which I think I will. A PHENOMENAL VALUE!!! ..A K&L WINE MERCHANTS DIRECT IMPORT.. ***** 14.5% ABV *****

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 16, 2017

It's back--but for how long? When K&L introduced this producer to you last year, everyone who bought a bottle came back for quantities and it sold out quickly. This 2015 will be no exception. This wine is full of ripe Sangiovese fruit, plum, spicy blackberry, and cassis with cocoa powder, coating the palate with a little Tuscan dust on the finish of this full-bodied wine that is showing great acidity and very well-balanced tannins.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 02, 2017

The nose of this wine is full of sandalwood, wild cherry liqueur and wild Tuscan brush that are bold statements bursting from the glass. On the palate this is a big, rich wine with a luxurious feel, fine grain tannic structure yet still has excellent balance. The finish shows a powerful structure that is enveloped in a muscular body; the long axis lifts in the finish and lengthens the wine. This is a powerful wine for the price point and perfect for grilled meats, especially Italian sausage or your favorite pasta's flavor will be emboldened by pairing with this wine's amazing depth of flavor. For the locals... this is Catzilla, you'll know what we mean when you see the label! The 2015 Rosso di Montalcino are excellent, an outstanding vintage with a real insight to the upcoming vintage for Brunello di Montalcino.

2015 Tenuta di Sesta Rosso di Montalcino ($14.99)

93 points Decanter: "Pale Sangiovese shade. Perfumed, floral nose with notes of cherry and iris. Bone dry and precise on the palate, with firm tannins and great concentration on the finish. Classic." (10/2017)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

Tenuta di Sesta 2015 Rosso di Montalcino (along with Baccinetti Rosso) is one of the best deals going in our Italian section. It's as pure of an expression of Sangiovese as you're likely to come across at this price and akin to the "gift that keeps on giving." It's already flying off the sales floor so we don't expect the supply to last long. Simply delicious.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

This Rosso was aged for one year in 20hl Slovenian oak barrels and unites the imposing structure of Brunello with the freshness and vivacity of a young wine; classic ripe strawberries, cherry-cola, and cranberry with a hint of leather and spice on the finish. This can be drunk young, but will evolve over the next couple of years. WARNING! This is one of those wines that will make you think: how did that bottle empty itself?

2013 Bersano "Mantico" Barbaresco ($17.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Subtle aromas of leafy underbrush, leather, truffle and red berry come together on this while the full-bodied palate delivers juicy red cherry, raspberry compote, baking spice and grilled herb. Chewy tannins provide the framework while a note of star anise closes the finish. (KO)" (10/2016)

90 points James Suckling: "This shows delicate aromas of rosemary with red licorice and dried berries. This is delicate and light-bodied with almost no tannins, good freshness and a nice, fruity finish. Really enjoyable. Drink now." (11/2016)


Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 16, 2018

Our best value Barbaresco is back! At $20 this ruby color wine starts with a perfect blend of fresh fruit and earth aromatics while hints of anise intensify the savory aspect of the wine. A bright acidity meets the medium body and medium tannin structure on the palate. A touch of toasted oak spice keep the wine fragrant with coriander and fennel seeds while the dense red fruit keep the mid-palate gently weighted.

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

The 2013 Bersano Barbaresco represents outstanding value with the convergence of a great vintage and an exceptional price. This authentic Nebbiolo highlights classic characteristics of earthy red fruits, licorice, dried florals and a hint of leather. It's light on its feet yet has deceptive tannins and acidity that bring it together. It's perfect for meats, cheeses and pasta dishes.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

I love the 2013 Piemontese wines; they are amazing values. The wines perfume is pure Nebbiolo: raspberry fruit and dried rose petals with a touch of tobacco and lots of cedar, tar and minerals, displaying outstanding depth and fine overall balance. This wine will drink well now and over the next few years, best with the heartiest meats or stews. Better yet, serve after dinner with some great aged cheeses (Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano or Asiago) and an olive tapenade.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2018

The nose is full of leather, earth, cedar, cinnamon and hints of red fruit, although this is a subtle wine, more classically Piemontese it isnt ebullient fruity, its subtle, hidden and above all shy. On the palate you see this is Nebbiolo, and old school Nebbiolo at that, gritty, astringent, did I say shy? Yet the wine has a center that shows a bit more weight, it is balanced, has depth but is inherently reticent. Once on the palate this wine begins to expand shows a bit of that earthy, gritty, leathery character comes out with hints of smoke and mushroom. The more time this wine spends in a decanter or a glass it opens exponentially, adding little twists and turns, more grit and then wafts of violet and rose. This isnt a Gaja Barbaresco at $20 a bottle, its a $20 Barbaresco but it has real intrigue and character and for me would be great with a wild mushroom risotto.

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2014 Tenuta Roveglia "Vigne di Catullo" Lugana Riserva ($17.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Made from old vines, this stunning wine opens with heady aromas of ripe apple and fragrant white flower. Round and creamy, the palate delivers Bartlett pear, white peach and nectarine zest alongside fresh acidity. A white-almond note graces the persistent finish. (KO)" (08/2017)

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 06, 2017

Pure and fresh, this is a delicious dry white wine. Lugana is one of Italy's most popular white wines, probably because the good ones like this are so smooth, light, and easy to drink. This wine comes from the southern shores of Lake Garda. This is the perfect wine for your summer sipping and Sunday brunches.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 27, 2017

The nose of this wine is sensual, it initially seems somewhat like stone fruits but its beyond that theres almost a texture in the nose, it fills the air around you not with a floral component but a heady, musky almost humid richness. On the palate you see the wine is full immediately, all stainless steel but theres a richness that gives creaminess to the wine that is ultra pleasing to the palate. Not that the wine is flabby it has excellent acidity with hints of minerality to lift it on the end of the palate. The flavors are a bit of peach, nectarine and pear subtle but substantive highlighted with dried white flowers. The finish is long lasting and replays the wines richness, complex stone fruits all lifted to an excellent finish.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2017

After tasting this new arrival I would never have guessed it was a 2014 but rather a 2015. It's bold and intensely concentrated with a surprising amount of acidity that makes it the complete package. Although it's full and round, it's also light on its feet. Rich honey and minerals emerge on the palate and continue on a long finish. It reminded us somewhat of a well made Chenin Blanc with the uniqueness that makes it truly Italian. Seafood, white meats and egg dishes with this one.

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2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre ($18.99)

We were first introduced to the wines of Eric Cottat a few years back. He was brought to our attention by one of our long-time friends and winemakers in Sancerre and we brought in a small amount as that was all we were allowed to take at the time. Eric is a one-man show and only produces a small amount of wines each vintage for family, friends, and close customers, and then sells the rest of his fruit off to other eager producers in the region. This Sancerre blanc is always invigorating and fresh, with lemony citrus aromas and flavors accented by delicate white flowers. The palate is full and fresh, with balanced acidity and minerality on the finish. This a style of wine that keeps your palate fresh and alive. Although easy to drink, it has complexity and intrigue up and down the aromatic and palate. You'll want another after the first one has disappeared. Open and enjoy tonight with seafood or fish dishes.

Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 21, 2017

This is a lovely wine from the Loire Valley in France. It is full of lively acidity, pretty aromatics of delicate white flowers, and fresh squeezed citrus. A great paring with fresh shellfish.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 28, 2017

Even in a classic vintage like 2016 this bottling always seems a bit more generous and open than most other Sancerres. This is filled with lemon blossom, honeyed citrus, crushed melon and a mouth watering finish of talc-like mineral. A best buy for sure.

2015 Altesino Rosso di Montalcino ($19.99)

92 points James Suckling: "Ripe strawberries, treacle and hints of herbs on the nose. Full body, plenty of black fruit, round tannins and a fruit-forward finish. Drink now or hold for a year." (09/2017)

2015 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino ($19.99)

95 points Decanter: "Lovely floral Sangiovese nose. Ripe on the palate with great intensity and balance. Black fruit and a touch of almonds on the finish. Very young and vibrant. Great example of the vintage." (10/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Concentrated mid ruby. Reluctant nose with hints of dark earth and brooding fruit. Gorgeous rich cherry fruit that is not heavy. Beautiful balance and real chew on the finish. Quite a stunner. 18/20 Points (WS)" (11/2017)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 14, 2018

If there was one visit during our travels in Italy in 2016 where I stopped taking notes, it was at the Baricci Estate. They are not only one of my favorite Montalcino producers, but also their wines are among the finest examples of Sangiovese from this storied region. Their 2015 Rosso could almost be mistaken for a Brunello and it's a prime example of how great the 2015 vintage is to Montalcino. It's full, expressive and one of the best Rossos of 2015.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2018

The long awaited 2015 Rosso from Baricci has finally landed! And since it did JUST arrive, when I first opened the bottle it was a little shaken and unsure, but giving it about two hours to breath it really came into its own. An impressive nose of rich cherry fruit and skins, lots of dry spice and fresh flowers leads into a juicy yet structured wine. The great thing about 2015, is the unbelievably ripe fruit character it gives to the wines without steering away from the formidable acidity Sangiovese is known for. The full body of this Rosso shows its impressive aging potential while the dense, deep fruit allows for enjoyment now. Get yourself a few bottles and watch this wine progress!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2018

This spectacular rosso has the scale, power and structure of great young Brunello! It is hard to believe that this fabulously focused and full bodied sangiovese is priced so low. I love the earthy aromas that frame the core of high quality fruit here, as well as the bright acid that lifts the firm tannic structure. This has serious class, and will go the distance in the cellar, if you can keep your hands off of it- it just tastes too darn good right now to resist!

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

Most of the 2015 Rossos have come and gone by now, but we save a few of our favorites to carry us into 2018.Woo-hoo! Bariccis is back in town! Ever time I raise a glass of this wine to my lips; it brings me back to Montaclino. Why? because there is so much Montaclino in the glass. This Rosso reveals perfumed ripe fruit of plum, cassis and kirsch, some leather and cassis, mid- pallet and earthiness that meld into ripe strawberries, spices and minerals on the long finish. ( Warning !!! this will sell out quickly and yes, I am going to put some down).

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2018

I Love Baricci Rosso di Montalcino, but not as much as longtime K&L employee Jim Barr did, Jim passed away last month but he was the #1 Fan of Baricci Rosso di Montalcino. Jim would hound me every year for an arrival date he was always so anxious, I had told Jim how good the 2015 was it truly saddens me to think that he missed this 2015 vintage which for me is the winerys most impressive Rosso to date. Ive thought a lot about Jim lately and I thought for this review Id like to post what he wrote about Baricci Rosso di Montalcino.Cheers JimFor decades, now, I have been regularly advising customers who collect and maintain a wine cellar collection to keep records of what is in that collection. It is wise and creates less frustration, particularly if you ever need to stay on top of what needs to be drunk now or, if damaged, information for any insurance company. And, I have been, over that time, thanked by many of you who have done this. Welllll, can you deduce who has essentially seldom, if at all, done this during the last four decades? If you conjured up a belief that it might be Jim Barr, you have hit the nail on the head! Several months ago, I decided that I really needed to deal with this "problem," and as quickly as possible since I turn 69 in a few months and I was looking at around 200 cases+/- in my temperature control wine room. And, I am still collecting and making the stuff. As my wife, Christine, keeps telling me, "Well never be able to d

2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rouge ($19.99)

We were first introduced to the wines of Eric Cottat a few years back. He was brought to our attention by one of our long-time friends and winemakers in Sancerre and we brought in a small amount as that was all we were allowed to take at the time. Eric is a one-man show and only produces a small amount of wines each vintage for family, friends, and close customers, and then sells the rest of his fruit off to other eager producers in the region. Last year I had the opportunity to pay Mr. Cottat a visit and quickly became enamored by how he goes about doing things. The Sancerre rouge is Pinot Noir. Typically, it's a super fresh style with lots of red spice and textural mineral. Lighter in color and body but with really nice focus and drive. Open this and decant for about an hour so the purity of fruit can open up and really shine.

2015 Buehler Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($24.99)

90 points James Suckling: "Tar, dark berry and tile aromas follow through to a medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy finish. Drink now." (12/2017)

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 08, 2018

For as long as Ive worked at K&L, Ive been consistently wowed by how much Cabernet these wines deliver for the dollar and I was reminded again of that qualitative bargain this past week while tasting the recent 2015 vintage: yet another example, loaded with dark fruit, fine tannins, and real California grit, yet without all the fancy marketing and exaggerated hype. Simply put, its a Cabernet for people who like to drink real Cabernet. Made with 30% estate-grown fruit near St. Helena, its a blend of 90% Cabernet with 10% Merlot just to soften the edges a bit and bolster some of that fruit character.The best part about the Buehler Cabernets (on top of the quality and the price) is the fact that you can age them for another decade or drink them now with some decanting. Buehler is one of the true family-owned gems of the Napa Valley, a winery that for almost three decades has been producing honest expressions from its 300 acre hillside estate just above Conn Valley. The prices remain reasonable from vintage to vintage because producing value-oriented wines is part of Buehler's philosophy. In an era where getting the most money for your bottle has become commonplace in Napa, it's refreshing to find a bit of that throwback mentality.

2015 San Polo Rosso di Montalcino ($24.99)

90 points Decanter: "Dark, youthful appearance. Open, fruit-laden nose with notes of blackberry and cherry brandy. It has soft tannins on a round and textured palate with a glossy finish." (06/2017)

2015 Trinoro "Le Cupole" Toscana ($34.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Le Cupole feels downplayed next to the other new releases from Tenuta di Trinoro in this exuberant and opulent 2015 vintage. This blend of Bordeaux grapes is slightly more immediate and accessible in approach. That said, it is far more sophisticated and richly textured compared to the great majority of wines from the surrounding hillsides of Tuscany. Black cherry, sweet spice and tarry earth converge on the bouquet. The mouthfeel is slightly sweet and rich in texture." (10/2017)

2013 Silverado Vineyards Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.95)

94 points Decanter: "A refined and memorable nose shows layers of blackcurrant, damson and black cherry in a powerful and forward style. A massive wine, but it is all in harmony and well integrated. Delightful." (10/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "A polished and pretty 2013 Cabernet that delivers blueberry, slate and blackberry aromas and flavors. Full-bodied yet reserved and tight. Drink or hold."

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Jon Emmerich blends this wine from three estate vineyards-Stag's Leap, Mt. George and Oakville Station. It's a deeply mineral-inflected wine, with chipped-stone tannins that are neither pushed nor heavily extracted, but gracious in their taut structure. The purple fruit may be concentrated, but it also has a pretty side, hinting at redder tones and green-olive salinity underneath. Probably best enjoyed over the next five years, this is built for roast lamb."

Charles Ellner "Qualite" Extra Brut Champagne ($39.99)

Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe and immediately attractive, this is an apple and lime flavored wine. Weight from the Pinots in the blend gives a rich, full-bodied backdrop. There is just a hint of toast in this bottling, showing it is very ready to drink. (RV)" (09/2015)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 30, 2017

Champagne Charles Ellner is one of the largest vineyard holders in Epernay, and wine comes exclusively from these vines. It is composed of 50% Pinot Noir, 30%Chardonnay and 20% Meunier, is aged for almost five years on the lees and is treated to an addition of 1/3 reserve wines. This has great red cherry Pinot Noir fruit framed by baguette toast from the long ageing, as well as surprising snap and length. This is an ideal aperitif, and will go fantastically well with gougers, parmesan crisps and all manner of finger foods.

2011 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Grand Cru Champagne ($39.99)

This Champagne used to be called Elisabeth Goutorbe. Elisabeth changed the name over to her married name Egrot when she and her husband moved out of her parents facility in Ay, and into their own.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 30, 2017

This Champagne comes from the impossibly steep slopes of Ay grand cru in the heart of the Marne Valley. It is composed of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay from some of the chalkiest soil in all of Champagne. While this vintage proved challenging for many, some of the best plots in the grand crus did exceptionally well, producing wines of both power and finesse. This is one of those wines, and has plenty of richness for drinking on its own, but also the backbone of minerality to pair with the best salmon or tuna fillets.

2016 Hartford Court "Four Hearts Vineyards" Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($39.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Already in bottle, the 2016 Hartford Court Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyard opens with lemon tart, pink grapefruit, pineapple and ripe apple notes with touches of nutmeg and croissant. Medium to full-bodied, rich and with a pleasantly oily texture, it delivers ripe tropical fruit flavors and a long, creamy finish. (LPB)" (12/2017)

2013 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $50+) Price: Hidden

97 points Bob Campbell: "Deep red/purple: an outstanding color in depth and hue. The bouquet is clean, freshand alive, with bright black fruit and violet aromas, touches of cedar and toasty oak, the palate verydeep and concentrated, with lush fruit and abundant tannins, which counter-balance the fruit andsweetness. A powerful yet elegant cabernet with a very long and distinguished future ahead of it. Anoutstanding, profound wine. (HH - Real Review)" (06/2017)

96 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* The unadorned purity of this cabernet follows precisely in the footsteps of its predecessors.The '13 regional vintage was highly rated at the time, a rating justified today. Destemmed, crushed, matured for 12 months in French oak (40% new)."

96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of black licorice, black berry and rust. Hot stone. Full body, layered and juicy with loads of fresh fruit and chewy tannins. Sexy, muscular cabernet with tone and focus. Screw cap. Hard not to drink now. Better in 2022 but gorgeous now." (07/2017)

94 points Decanter: "Ripe, sweet blackcurrant fruit that is wonderfully concentrated, deep and long, with impressive weight. This has elegance, great finesse and finishes gently firm."

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Leeuwin's 2013 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon may be the best version of this wine I've ever tasted. It manages to be ripe and rich while still being svelte and medium-bodied. Baking spices and cedar appear on the nose, but this isn't an oaky wine - those elements are just seasoning for the red and black currant fruit. A creamy note builds the mid-palate without adding excess weight, while hints of sage and bay leaf linger on the silky finish. (JC)" (12/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A bright mouthful of cherry, raspberry and currant flavors, full of energy and transparency to the notes of mineral, dried herb, toast, vanilla and dense espresso. Shows plenty of power on a velvety frame. Drink now through 2025. 250 cases imported. (MW)" (12/2017)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

One of the more generous offerings from Leeuwin within the string of great vintages Margaret River has enjoyed over the last decade. Sappy dark red fruits, sweet tobacco notes, exotic French oak tones. Though Suckling called this property the Mouton Rothschild of Australia last year, I might suggest this vintage is more like the Opus One of Australia! A little more dark, sweet fruit than I'm accustomed to in this bottling. A broad, dense, exotic mid-palate, plum, cassis, blackcurrant preserve. Some subtle cedar and mint notes linger reminding you this is still Margaret River Cabernet but certainly a more expansive, decadent expression of place this year without losing the structure and balance that has made this wine so legendary.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

This wine is consistently great, there is a reason Leeuwin has the reputation that they do. This is the boldest, richest wine that I have had from them. It still has that classic red fruit but it is heavier and darker, it is almost dank, in the best possible way. The fruit is accentuated with a savory earthy, spice notes, you cannot keep yourself from going back to nose it again and again. The heaviness of the nose is not echoed on the palate. It is full and intense but structured and delineated. Rich, complex, great fruit foiled by savory complexity, bold but not heavy. This is great Cab from a Great producer and the best thing about it is drinking great now. That was a lot of greats, and it deserves every one of them.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

I reviewed the 2012 vintage of this wine nearly a year ago and my adoration of the property has only magnified since then. A perennial over-achiever, this gem has the chops to withstand a few decades of cellaring and at the price-point, there isn't much to compare it to. This beauty shows classic Margaret River structure and notes of dried herbs, menthol and dark fruits. There's a very good reason Robert Mondavi was mulling over the notion of purchasing the estate back in the '70s - as it produces world-class wines with each passing vintage. This one is a no-brainer. Drink now and over the next twenty years.

Staff ImageBrian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

Leeuwin Estates is one of Margret Rivers founding wineries, and the grapes classified by the winemaker as Art Series worthy are only selected from the pinnacle of the estate fruit. The sandy, loamy soils of these vineyards force the vine roots down into the fractured granite below insuring vine stress and true mineral expressions. This terroir can only produce profound wines when paired with persistent cold winds like the ones howling off the Indian Ocean through these same Leeuwin vineyards. The 2013 Art Series Cab greets you with boysenberry, blueberry, and eucalyptus that is decorated with the clear aromas of broken rock and thin, dusty soils. Secondary notes of twiggy bay leaf, raspberry, and coffee percolate as you return for sniff after revealing sniff. The palate is well structured with mid-weight tannins and an even presence through the mid palate and the ample finish. Beautiful on its own, but I can see this wine being even more enjoyable as a partner with a meal and several glasses!

2013 Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro "Il Bosco" Syrah Cortona (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Plenty of smoke and berry character with dark tea and sweet tobacco. Full body, silky and fine tannins and a beautiful finish. Seriously classy." (06/2017)

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George Dickel "K&L Exclusive" 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L7233K1007 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

When you talk to passionate bourbon drinkers today, most of them are looking for the rich, sweet, boldly flavored, high-proof editions that seem to have completely evaporated from today's market. Part of the reason the Van Winkle expressions (and the Weller bourbons by default) became so beloved, besides the pull of pop culture, has to do with their sweeter profile due to the lack of rye grain in the mash bill as a balance. While not technically categorized as bourbon (Dickel goes by Tennessee whiskey even though it qualifies as such), the distillery's high corn, low rye mash of 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley results in a whiskey brimming with sweetness, with less of the peppery and herbaceous elements. The only thing that's ever kept Dickel from becoming the next big thing in the American whiskey scene is the low proof, but that's where the company's single barrel program comes in: each K&L selected single cask of Dickel comes with a 9 year age statement and 51.5% ABV, dialing up the sweetness and sending serious bourbon fans into a frenzy. Barrel #1007 is the corniest of the bunch (in a good way) with lots of sweet grainy aromas and notes of buttered popcorn with baking spices on the palate. It's never sweet or overtly rich, however, in spite of those characteristics. The finish is spicy and lively with hints of barrel char and rich oak that linger for minutes. It's a whiskey for those looking for Bourbon-like alternatives that still retain their favorite flavors.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

George Dickel is like your favorite musician. Any album they put out you just have to listen to because they're all so damn good. This new barrel is no exception. It might be because I've been drinking so much of it that the twists and turns a new barrel brings stand out in interesting ways, but I think this is the best barrel of the season (and I'm afraid our last for a while). There is a darker caramel note here - almost fudge like. The wood spice takes a back seat to the sweetness of the corn itself. Endlessly smooth and still peppy at 103 proof this is another home run.

2015 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($44.99)

Established in 1979 by William Turnbull, the winery is still family owned and family run. Owning roughly 200 acres of land between 4 vineyards in Oakville and Calistoga, Turnbull focuses primarily on Cabernet Sauvignon. Earning consistently high scores (and receiving a 100 pt score from Robert Parker) the tasting room is home to the largest collection of Ansel Adams photography in the world.

2014 Poggio Scalette "Il Carbonaione" Alta Valle della Greve (Pre-Arrival) ($45.99)

95 points Vinous: "95+ points: The 2014 Il Carbonaione is one of the truly exceptional wines of this challenging season. Lithe and aromatic on the palate, with fabulous energy and overall brightness, it stands out for its superb balance. In many vintages, Il Carbonaione can be a bit bombastic. The 2014, on the other hand, is all finesse. Violet, lavender and cloves add shades of nuance to this bright, beautifully persistent Carbonaione. The 2014 won't be at its best for at least a few years, but its potential is evident." (01/2018)

94 points James Suckling: "Such purity in this 2014 with ultra-fine tannins and a depth of ripe fruit. Lots of cherry and raspberry character. Medium body and a fresh finish. Serious for the vintage. Drink or hold." (10/2017)

2008 Aultmore 9 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($49.99)

Aultmore isn't one of Scotland's most recognizable whisky names, but ever since Bacardi's move to establish the Dewar's distilleries as veritable single malt brands, names like Craigellachie, Royal Brackla, Aberfeldy and Aultmore are moving more to the forefront on the global stage. Originally founded in 1896, Aultmore was sold by Diageo to Bacardi over 100 years later as part of the big Bombay gin deal, resulting in a rarely seen 12 year old edition half a decade later. Located in the Speyside region, the distillery's sherried malts are often described as having flavors of "milky coffee" and that's most definitely the case with this heavily-sherried 9 year old expression. Coffee in both its color and its aromas, the nose is pungent with heavily-roasted aromas and savory Oloroso rancio. Don't be confused by the color, however, because despite its dark hue this is no supple, sweetly-flavored Sherry bomb. In fact, it's a robust malt, dry on the finish and almost savory in its profile. The mid-palate is loaded with toasted almonds, tobacco, and bitter orange, but the finish is short and simple. While many of our casks are meant to be pondered and savored, this 9 year old Aultmore is very much to the point. It's a cask strength, sherry-matured edition of everyday quality single malt, priced to drink and enjoy in volume. The high proof is almost unrecognizable with the saturation of the sherry and its very much drinkable at full strength.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

WOW! Aultmore is kind of one of those sleeper malts you just don't think about much, but I'm going to be dreaming of it now! This ultra dense style sherry reminds me of samples of young sherried 'farclas or Mac. There nose at first gives off a little amontillado funk which pairs perfectly with the underlying dark malty tones. On the palate its big, supple, and powerful. I found a nice dollop of water is exactly what I want in this whisky. The fruit comes forward and the malt takes a slight back seat to the complexity of whatever special butt this aged in. It's not so old, but this ones a cracker by any measure.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

This is a single malt to set back with and enjoy. It has sweet sherry and bees wax aromas that are pretty and inviting. In the mouth it is full of flavor, rich and round. The sherry barrel aging comes through making this an excellent joice for fans of sherry aged single malts.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

I remember sitting in the office in Scotland, tasting through these Sovereign samples, and looking up information on Aultmore distillery as I approached this 9 year old cask sample. It was a bit of an odd duck, but I appreciated it because it was so different in its character: dry and herbal rather than sweet and supple, the opposite of what I expected from such a dark and saturated sherry-matured whisky. The Single Malt Whisky Yearbook had tasting notes from other expressions of Aultmore that they described as having the flavor or coffee or even "milky coffee" and then I went back and tasted the 9 year old cask sample again.....there it was. Coffee. Not only in its color, but in its aromas and flavors! While the price is indeed incredible, this is a one trick sherry pony for sure. It's big and spicy right off the bat, but that initial sweetness quickly fades and turns into herbaceous notes of dried herbs, pepper, toasted nuts, with a very dry finish. It's a whisky meant purely as a bang-for-your-buck bargain and I couldn't pass it up. It's so different from anything else on the shelf and I get a kick out of that coffee note! Those of you who enjoyed some of our older Glenfarclas Family Casks of yesteryear may get a bit of nostalgic bliss from this earthier sherry expression. It's definitely of the same ilk as that robust 1970 vintage barrel we did a while back.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 10, 2018

Let the people drink whisky!! This seems to be the theme of stuff I have been getting to taste recently, super tasty whisky for the sake of whisky that is actually affordable. Case in point, this delightful bottle of Aultmore from our friend Hunter Laing. On these chilly grey evenings this is going to be a spectacular bottle to become friends with. The aromatics practically leap out of the glass, big rich nutty and almost amaretto notes from the heavy sherry casking here are layered with some dark fruit. The age of this bottling really comes through in fantastic richness and power, itis bombastic but balanced. The casking allows the youth to shine without making you feel like it is too young. Rich barley sweetness, vanilla, clove and cinnamon all enhance each other and at cask strength there is a bite and spice that never overwhelms. Simply put, this is a drinking Scotch, perfect for here and now.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 08, 2018

This is a big first fill sherry cask for those who like a dry and savory whisky. This is your Granddaddy's whisky. It's loaded up with cigar box, cedar woods, toffee, coffee, tobacco, rancio, and dark baking chocolate fudge. The finish is dry - like a finely aged Bordeaux, not your Napa red blend. There is a nod to the sweetness of the malt in a dry orange Curacao sort of way. At $50 I'm taking it home to make a proper Rob Roy right now. Dynamite and not to be underestimated.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 08, 2018

What...a 9 year old, single cask, full proof, sherried single malt under $50!? You're kidding me right? Nope. This is the real deal. A dark, rich malt with notes of burnt caramel, glazed apple, spice cake, coffee and savory, rancio sherry notes. This is not a sweet fruity, sherried whisky; it shows more of the oxidative, nutty, saline sherry components rather than sweet fruit. It's way more complex and "umami" than one might expect from bottle of this price point. I don't know how our boys keep digging up these casks but long may it last!

2016 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Possibly the finest vintage of this cuvée to date, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Origines (50% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, and the balance Syrah) offers a full-bodied, unctuous, yet thrillingly pure style in its black raspberry, cassis, licorice and spice aromas and flavors. It has a smoking good mid-palate, building, ripe tannin and a huge finish. 94-96+" (10/2017)

Daniel Bouju "Royal" Brut De Fut Grand Champagne Cognac (750ml) (Elsewhere $150) ($69.99)

The wonderful Daniel Bouju has become renowned to our customers for his light and ultra fresh "Fine Savuer" offering. But what makes Bouju famous in Europe and around the world are actually his ultra old, unfiltered and cask strength offerings. The Royal Brut de Fut is one of the most sought-after and well regarded high proof Cognacs made today, but it's been years since we've seen it in California. Nothing is added nor taken away from this high proof blend with a minimum of 15 years of age. It's dark, dry, powerful stuff, but not with out a nuanced elegance that's really the most impressive part. Despite the ultra dark color, it's not syrupy sweet like most cognacs this color. We're not quite sure how Bouju does it, but we know we're extremely lucky to have received the last stocks of this special cognac at an extremely special price. Previously this bottle sold briskly for upwards of $150, now we have the California retail exclusive and we think the new price will make it taste even better. This is one of the most unique offerings in brandy today, but the stocks are extremely limited. Once the last bottle is sold we will not have access to anymore.

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

I tasted this Cognac once straight out of the bottle and once with a splash of water. I enjoyed it most with a little water. There are soft and delicate aromas with a hint of sweetness. In the mouth it is round and rich but not heavy, with hints of dried fruit flavors that are delicious, on the dry side and inviting. This is for those looking for a classic Cognac but one without out too much sweetness.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2018

This is a monster. We rarely see high proof cognac that's both affordable and delicious, but the Royal is exactly that. The Royal is bottled at an astonishing 120 proof, yet the nose exhibits no alcohol or burn. Instead we get a pungent mixture of dried stone fruit, varnishy old wood, tobacco and wooden cellar. The palate is ultra textured and concentrated with a building peppery spice that overwhelms the fruit by the finish. Heavy almost thick and sweeter than expected entry leads to a bold spicy dry finish. It's an absolute treat. Bouju claims to add absolutely nothing to this special cognac and that big dry finish might confirm his claims.

2007 Hampden 9 Year Old "Golden Devil" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Jamaican Rum (750ml) ($69.99)

With Hampden distillery's reputation for complex and intensely-flavored pot still rum on the rise, we've been working hard to track down as many full proof, unadulterated single barrels as possible. Our last cask sold out in less than 48 hours and we're expecting a similar cult-like customer response to this potent 9 year old edition: a 62.7% rum that's brimming with all the characteristics we've come to love about this funky Jamaican spirit. The nose is a swirl of petrol, tropical fruit, and the trademark ester-driven, banana-esque bouquet we've come to love about Hampden. The palate has the perfect amount of sweetness from the oak maturation, softening the edges and letting the aforementioned aromas expand to electric levels of intensity. There are notes of olive, grass, sugar cane, and anise all merging together under the guise of a tropical fruit umbrella. It's one of the world's most bizarrely invigorating spirits coming to life in a cask strength, unbridled expression. Not for the faint of heart or the unadventurous!

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 08, 2018

I wanted to finish my other tasting duties for the day before hitting this cask strength bad boy. I had poured a glass earlier in the day when the bottle was open and left the glass on my desk. I actually had to move it to another room while tasting other items. It's perfume will absolutely take over the room. There is a reason Hampden is being called the world's most complex spirit. The list of tasting notes is long and seemingly unconstrained. I taste banana's and cream, parfait, flowers, apples, fruit salad, a bready/yeasty quality, a nutty oxidative note, petrol, wet sidewalk, gumballs, raw sugar cane...and that's just the start of the list. If you love pot still rums and want to geek out on the world's finest or just want to make the best damn tiki drink you can come up with, this is the rum to take you there.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 08, 2018

The masses have demanded more Hampden from our spirits team at K&L and so we went out and found another cask of the rum world's most notoriously ester-laden pot still rum. Hampden is to esters, the chemical compounds that form when alcohol molecules merge with acids during distillation, what Ardbeg or Laphroaig are to peat: high octane and unbridled. This 9 year old edition is full of candied pineapple mixed with petrol, along with crazy combinations of brine, bitter, and sweet. Olives and mango? Banana and scorched earth? Call them crazy, but these potent and in your face flavors are exactly what the rum world is geeking out about at the moment. Do not expect an easy ride from this 62% ABV beast of a rum. Expect to have your horizons expanded and your mind blown.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

This is an interesting and different Rum. It offers aromas of earth and herbs with a touch of sweet. After water is added the sweet aromas are more pronounced. In the mouth it is dry with flavors of golden dried fruit , earth and herbs. It is complex and there is a nice long finish. I tasted this with a touch of water.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

The single barrel selections we have been getting from Golden Devil, and for me in particular the Jamaican ones, have gotten me to rethink buying rum. The 9 year old Hampden opens immediately with a wonderful fruity butterscotch nose, powerful and inviting. There is a lot of wood tanning here that will immediately cling to the palate, however within that lovely fruit and floral notes complement the warm vanilla components. The butterscotch on the nose comes back at the finish with pineapple and baking spice.

2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is sensational, with notes of blackberry jam, blueberries, crushed flowers, licorice, and graphite all soaring from the glass. Deep, rich, unctuous and still structured, with masses of tannin, it's a beast of a wine, yet stays impeccably balanced, pure and clean. It's going to need 4-5 years of cellaring. 96-99+" (10/2017)

95 points Decanter: "A remarkable combination of freshness, concentration and lightness of touch. Very long, with vivid aromatics and lovely balance. It's hard to fault really, but is painfully young at this stage. The tannins are grippy but fully ripe, the acidity is juicy and precise, and the fruit is concentrated. Impressive.Drinking Window 2022 - 2037.(MW)" (10/2017)

2006 Elio Altare Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, featuring plum and black cherry flavors, laced with spice and tobacco. This is kept honest by the upright tannins and lively acidity. There is power, but also grace. Fine length. Best from 2013 through 2025. (BS)" (02/2011)

90 points James Suckling: " The raspberry, fresh fruit and flowers on the nose excite me. The red is full and silky, with lots going on. Racy. Better after 2013." (01/2011)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Barolo is a medium-bodied offering with attractive, perfumed fruit. Though somewhat slender, the wine offers excellent balance, albeit in a smaller-scaled style than is normally the case. The wine opens up nicely in the glass, yet it remains a touch compact. Over nearly a decade of visiting Altare on a regular basis I have tasted just about every wine made here, including many from lesser vintages. The surprises have always been on the upside, so it will be interesting to see what happens here. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026. (AG)" (02/2010)

2006 Elio Altare "Ceretta Vigna Bricco" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($127.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and aromatic, this red is packed with sweet cherry, leather, clove and iron flavors. Fused to a bed of stiff, mouthcoating tannins, with a long aftertaste of sweet spice and mineral. Still a baby, but well-balanced and beginning to develop. Best from 2015 through 2035. 500 cases made. BS" (03/2013)

2005 Elio Altare "Ceretta Vigna Bricco" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($127.99)

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Kentucky Owl 11 Year Old Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($139.99)

Extremely limited.

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Krug "Grande Cuvée" 160 Ème Édition Brut Champagne ($159.99)

Jancis Robinson: "Smooth and jazzy and utterly swallowable. Long and richly savoury. Fabulous! Open. Perfect now. Rich and exciting. 19/20 points (JR)" (02/2017)

K&L Notes: This 160th batch of Krug Grand Cuvée is based on 2004. Almost all of it was sold as Grand Cuvée, but a small amount was set aside to be sold in a six pack of Krug editions, which we split up to give more Krug lovers access to it. Going forward, each new batch of Krug will feature not only the ID on the back, but also the edition on the front, counting up from the foundation of the house in the 1800s. Since this was dated posthumously, it is bound to become a collectors item...That being said, it is all the better to drink it! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

This is one of my favorite bottlings of Grand Cuvée, and after a few years of time on the cork, entering its prime drinking window. This is composed of 12 different vintages spanning 1990 to 2004, and the cepage is 44% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 23% Meunier. The chef de cave points out the 1995 Avize in this blend as particularly important, and I can't help but think I can taste the vivacious complexity of old Grand Cru Chardonnay in this spectacular Krug. If you are looking for bountiful toasty generosity, kaleidoscopic complexity and wonderful refreshment, it is all here in this bottle. I think this drinks far better than the 2004 vintage right now -- and better than almost all of the more expensive Champagne that we carry. Don't miss it!

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Krug "Grande Cuvée" 164 Ème Édition Brut Champagne ($159.99)

97 points Vinous: "Krug's NV Grand Cuvée 164 Edition is a total knockout. Based on the 2008 vintage, the 164th Edition shows all the crystalline tension and energy that is such a signature of the year. At times, the 164 reminds me of the 2008 vins clairs I tasted after harvest. The flavors are brisk, delineated and pulsing with energy, while the more oxidative notes that are such a signature of Krug Champagnes are not especially evident. A wine of total pedigree and class, the 164 reminds me of some of the great Grand Cuvées of the 1960s and 1970s I have been lucky to taste over the years. No Champagne lover will want to be without this spectacular, captivating wine. All that said, readers should be patient, as the 164 is painfully young, austere and in need of serious cellaring. (AG)" (07/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A seamless Champagne, with vibrant acidity and flavors of toasted almond, baked currant and golden raisin. Long and mouthwatering, with a finely detailed bead carrying the flavors to the lasting finish, with accents of spice, pastry cream and coffee. Disgorged spring 2016. Drink now through 2027. (AN)" (11/2017)

95 points John Gilman: "The 164th Edition of Krug Grande Cuvée is absolutely brilliant and one of the bestiterations of this iconic wine that I have ever had the pleasure to taste. This is not surprising, as itis from the base year of 2008, though the team at Krug utilized reserve wines all the way back to1990 in this version. The final cépages is forty-eight percent pinot noir, thirty-five percentchardonnay and seventeen percent pinot meunier, with the wine spending eight years in the Krugcellars sur latte. The beautiful bouquet wafts from the glass in a blend of apple, white peach,fresh-baked bread, very complex soil tones, white flowers, incipient smokiness and just a hint ofthe caraway seed to come with bottle age. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied andseamlessly balanced, with a great core, utterly refined mousse, superb focus and grip and a very,very long, complex and zesty finish. The vibrancy of the exceptional base year of 2008 is verymuch in evidence here and this is destined to be one of the all-time great Grande Cuvées. 2017-2065+" (07/2017)

90 points Decanter: "By Krug's endlessly patient precepts, this is still a baby. The base is 2008, a great year that needs a lot more time for the assembled reserve wines to bring balance and maturity. Today, the wine is very linear, brisk, fresh and invigorating, but some way from its peak. Worth keeping for at least another decade.Drinking Window 2017 - 2030. (ME)" (09/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Based on 2008. Very dense mouthful with a significantly dry finish. Decidedly intellectual rather than a wine for glugging. 18/20 points" (08/2017)

K&L Notes: This long awaitied edition of Krug Grande Cuvée is based on the 2008 vintage and composed of 48% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 17% Meunier.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 10, 2017

Krug never fails to impress, and the racy 164 Ème release based on the cooler, dazzling 2008 vintage is destined for greatness, although right now is just a baby. Upon first sip, it lacks the rounded, easy accessibility of the 163rd, instead presenting sharp minerality that showcases the special chalky soil of Krugs vineyard sites. This is a bottle to cellar, and I have no doubt will reward you with the classic Krug brioche, pear fruit and almond complexity after a few more years of age. Drink the 163 Ème for your next celebration, and save this gorgeous 164th edition for the future.

Staff ImageIvan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 07, 2017

What a treat it is to work in the wine industry and taste new bottles of Krug on a random Thursday. After tasting at work where it showed crisp, clean flavors of crunchy red apples and fresh minerality, I was lucky enough to take the bottle home where it continued to reveal all the depth and complexity expected of this legendary producer (and then some). With some air time, this wine offers ripe pears and white peaches, honeyed almonds, toasted brioche, subtly funky beeswax, and a pretty floral tone giving the impression of lithe elegance for such a full-bodied, voluptuous Champagne.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 31, 2017

The 164th edition of Krug is only the second comercial release with the edition on the front label- and what an addition it is! Based on the fantastic 2008 vintage, this spectacular Champagne is composed of 11 different vintages going all the way back to 1990. While the 163rd edition drinks better today, this great bottle of Champagne will eclipse nearly anything that a collector could buy at this price after a few years in a good cellar. Not only does this have the breadth and depth of power that we all love in Krug, it has the chalky electric energy of the 2008 vintage. This is already becoming a legend in its own time... But in a few years, look out!

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 31, 2017

Krug Grand Cuvee has long been a go-to for me when it comes to a luxury Champagne. It has the magic combination of brand recognition (aka "bling factor") but also consistently maintains exceptional quality (something that can't be said for some of it's peers). Krug is the benchmark for richer styles of Champagne. It has a crowd pleasing nutty, toasty character but also a beautiful acid line and lingering minerality. This house is also undoubtedly THE master of blending. They have a staggering amount of reserve wines from different villages, single parcels and past vintages. You might think that the mastery of this blending technique would be kept close to the chest as a proprietary secret...and yet the opposite is true! Krug has embraced full transparency when it comes to what components make up their Grand Cuvee placing an ID number on each and every bottle that details its composition. They have now started noting what "Edition" the wine comes from front and center on the label. My take is that when you do everything with the true diligence and commitment to detail that Krug does then I guess you don't have anything to hide! Finally (talk about burying the lead...) this 164th Edition of the Grand Cuvee is largely based on 2008 with reserve wines back to 1990! The focus, tension and linear nature of the legendary 2008 vintage is clear to see in this bottling. This is a seriously good and very distinctive bottling of Grand Cuvee and I believe

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

While this wine is based on 2008, the oldest of the 11 vintage blend is 1990- my birth year, so I find this wine lucky from the start! 8+ years on the lees and almost half Pinot Noir, the Grand Cuvee 164 has undeniable earth undertones intermingling with a mix of tart lemon zest and sweet meyer lemon.Angular but complex, allowing this wine come into its own will be rewarding for all.

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

Not at all a surprise, this edition of the Grande Cuvée based on the now legendary 2008 vintage is stunning. Saffron, pears and brioche, thrilling acidity and precision rarely seen in lesser champagnes make this a must-buy for collectors and connoisseurs.

Daniel Bouju Tres Vieux "Brut de Fut" Premier Cru de Cognac Grand Champagne Cognac 750ml (Elsewhere $240) ($179.99)

The unprecedented Tres Vieux Brut de Fut is one of the most memorable and unique offerings from any producer in Cognac. Bouju is well known for speaking out in the region against the use of additives and has carved out a niche as one of the few Grand Champagne producers willing to offer unfiltered, uncut full strength cognac. This brandy is the house's top offering and represents some of the oldest stocks with a minimum age of 40 years. The color is dark like coffee and when we confronted him about that insanely dark color he explained that his use of new oak long term aging and practice of avoiding reduction concentrates the eau-de-vie in a way such a way that none of his neighbors can replicate it without using caramel and sugar. We don't care exactly how he does it because it tastes so good. No question this is a cognac for whiskey drinkers. The nose is full of exotic wood, dried herbs and bold spice. The entry is ultra textured and dense like few other brandies I've ever tried. With a brandy this rich you expect extreme sweetness as sugar is added for texture and to balance any bitterness, but in this case we've got tons of bold dried fruit and big powerful spice without any saccharine quality you'd preceive the very old cognacs from the big houses. Those Cognacs at often sold for 10 times this price and pale in comparison to this spectacular offering from Bouju. And the big houses wonder why they have trouble converting whiskey people? Here is their guide.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 18, 2018

This is no light, easy, fruity cognac that I had come to associate with Bouju, this is dark, rich and intense. The nose immediately shows the long slow aging of this spirit, with dried fruit, baked cinnamon, cardamom, and old leather. The power and concentration here are unforgettable, flavors of old oak and concentrated fruit that linger long on the tongue.

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

This Cognac has a deep dark color that reflects the extended aging. Delicate aromas lead to a Cognac that is complex and full bodied with concentrated dried fruit flavors that are not sweet but lively and tasty. There is a lot going on here. This is one to sit down with, sip and think about.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2018

This insane offering has always been something we've wanted to carry, but the very high price tag (upwards of $250) made it seem out of reach. Now that we're able to offer it at a somewhat more reasonable price, it might be one of the most exciting cognacs we've ever stocked. It's a total bomb, not suited for cognac drinkers looking for something easy and sweet, but will easily win over lovers of old unobtainable American whiskey. This is a selection from Bouju's oldest stocks with a minimum age of around 40 years and a significant proportion of brandies much much older, maybe 80-100 years old. It's bottled without additives according to the producer and not filtered or reduced before bottling. Mr. Bouju insists the reason for the excessively dark color is the lack of reduction, something that normally happens several times during an eau-de-vie's maturation and blending. Instead, he says, he distills and reduces slightly before barreling and does absolutely nothing else for over 4 decades. When it hits 100 proof naturally, the resulting cognac is a force of nature. This nose puts us square in bourbon land, dense dry woodsy with fruit compote (figs & plums), cacao nibs, sweet herbs, all kinds of baking spice. Relatively gentle on the palate considering the high proof, but very dry, dark fruits and a big minty herbal finish. A benchmark by any standard. 5 Stars.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 10, 2018

The color is so intense and intriguing and the nose is nothing short: mint, dried stone fruit, and dark molasses. The Cognac is vibrant on the palate; the flavors really stick to the taste buds and continually evolve and show different complexities. Super interesting. All this without any additives. An amazing example of how deep and complex a Cognac with the right age can be.

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2004 Krug Brut Champagne ($269.00)

97 points John Gilman: "The new release of 2004 Krug is absolutely beautiful and is already quite elegant andopen on both the nose and palate and is drinking with great finesse. I had expected this wine tobe a bit more steely in structure out of the blocks, but the refinement of the blend this year hasproduced a wine that is already a joy to drink at age thirteen, though it will continue agegracefully for many, many decades to come. The cépages in 2004 is thirty-nine percentchardonnay, thirty-seven percent pinot noir and twenty-four percent pinot meunier, with the winehaving been disgorged in the winter of 2016. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a refined mixof apple, a touch of walnut, warm bread, lavender, a superb base of soil tones and a topnote ofsmokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and utterly seamless, with vibrant acids, great focus and grip, a lovely core, refined mousse and a very long, complex, racy and energeticfinish. There is marvelous precision here on both the nose and palate, not to mention a sense ofharmony and grace that is fairly rare in the 2004 vintage. Chapeau! 2017-2060." (11/2017)

97 points Vinous: "Krug's 2004 Vintage is absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focused, with a translucent sense of energy, the 2004 captures all the best qualities of the year. Moreover, the 2004 is clearly superior to the consistently underwhelming 2002 and the best Krug Vintage since 1996. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it is a magical bottle. (AG) 97+" (12/2017)

95 points Decanter: "Fresh, zesty spiced lemon and citrus notes of top Meunier and elegantly built Chardonnay, with a hint of honeysuckle and spice. Supremely subtle mouthfeel, showing textural quince and plum flavours.Optimally ripe, not heavy, with magical, very Krug-like acidity. It's so fresh. From a fine Chardonnay year, it has the ideal blend of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir and 24% Pinot Meunier. Great potential. (ME)" (09/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "ID 216022. 39% Chardonnay, 24% Meunier, 37% Pinot Noir. They thought this would be ready before the 2002, so they had some bottles disgorged in 2014. The 2004 growing season benefited from 2003 when there was such a small yield post frost that the vines built up reserves, meaning that 2004 was a very generous crop and selection was permitted. Very pure and greenish straw. Savoury nose. Very dense but flyaway linseed nose. Quite rich on the palate. Tight knit. Very solid with baked-apple flavours. Lots of density. Called luminous freshness by the Krug team. Masses of energy. (JR) 18+/20 points" (09/2017)

K&L Notes: The much-anticipated 2004 vintage release from Krug is composed of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir and 24% Meunier. It was first disgorged after 12 years of ageing on the lees, and held for another year in the cellar before release. As the Maison articulates, "The wines of the year [2004] were at once highly expressive, bright and undeniably elegant. The vivacity, tension and citrus notes of the Meuniers and the shining Chardonnays combined with the backbone of the Pinot Noir gave rise to a very balanced year. Combining generosity and precision, elegance and character, Krug 2004 tells the vibrant story of a fresh year."

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 16, 2017

Next to the legendary 2002 vintage Krug, this 2004 is also a star. Very, very, bright with generous acidity that combines with white stone fruit and almond flavors. It still retains the elegant mousse and brioche of classic vintage Krug, but, the acidity is the star player here. Super fresh, and clean, and bracing. This bottling has the potential of being the star of your cellar and may even overshadow the 2002 eventually. If you prefer to drink it without cellar time, give it a few minutes to air in your glass so that the glorious texture has a chance to come out and say "hi". The 2004 is a classic and will be remembered as being one of Krug's best!

Staff ImageCindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 15, 2017

I was lucky enough to taste the Krug 2004 Vintage right next to the Krug Grand Cuvee Edition 160 - which has 2004 as its foundation. It was a joy to contemplate the artistry of both approaches. The Grand Cuvee featuring the expert blending of reserve wines back to 1990 to create the top expression of this house. Contrasted with the purity of the 2004 Vintage. A glimpse into that particular growing season, like a portrait representing a moment in time that will be referred back-to again and again. The 2004 Vintage is exquisite, vibrant and fresh - a prime candidate for cellar ageing. And when compared to some of its peers from other regions like Burgundy or Bordeaux, a supreme value!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2017

The latest vintage release from Krug since the legendary 2002 release is a different animal altogether. It comes from a vintage that fully benefited from the poor crop output of 2003, using the unspent energy for amazing crop yields across Champagne in 2004. It offers fineness, intensity, complexity and real aging power. Upon its release, some 13 years after production, it is vibrantly youthful and fresh, with nuanced notes of citrus, yeasty toast, saffron and dried apricots. This will go for many more years.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 23, 2017

Tasting the new 2004 Krug next to the 2002 was a revelation for me. This has the power and mid-palate presence that we all love from this great house, but it is married to the extraordinary freshness, minerality and purity of the 2004 vintage. As soon as I touched my lips to the glass I was transported back to the moment over a decade ago when I tasted the 1988 on release. The 2004s and 1988s are like peas in a pod, and I think this will be a vintage that collectors will be kicking themselves for not paying enough attention to. The finish on this bright, lively Krug is still with me the morning after drinking it. It is a Champagne for the ages.