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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - January 23rd, 2018 - 01/23/2018 - 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
2013 Château Pesquié "Terrasses" Ventoux (Elsewhere $14) 91 $9.99 View
2016 Stolpman "Para Maria" Santa Barbara County Red Blend 93 $18.99 View
2014 Amapola Creek "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 94 $29.99 View
2014 K Vintners "Roma - River Rock Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $50+) 94 $39.99 View
2015 Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) 96 $47.99 View
Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne 93 $49.99 View
Ardbeg "An Oa" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) 93 $59.99 View
2014 Fontodi "Vigna del Sorbo" Chianti Classico Gran Selezione (Pre-Arrival) 95 $69.99 View
2014 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 95 Price: Hidden View
2013 Poderi Colla "Bussia Dardi Le Rose" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 96 $69.99 View
2013 Charles Smith Wines "King Coal - Stoneridge Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Elsewhere $100) 95 Price: Hidden View
2014 Pietradolce Etna Rosso "Vigna Barbagalli" (Pre-Arrival) 97 $79.99 View
2014 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 96 $94.99 View
2015 Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) 98 $124.99 View
2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) 97 $139.99 View
2015 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 98 $159.99 View
2015 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 98 $159.99 View
2004 Krug Brut Champagne 97 $269.00 View

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2013 Château Pesquié "Terrasses" Ventoux (Elsewhere $14) ($9.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Ventoux Terrasses offer gorgeous garrigue, white pepper, underbrush and sweet berry fruit to go with a forward, seamless, elegant style on the palate. Year in and year out this cuvee is an incredible value and a no brainer that readers need to buy. (JD)" (01/2015)

Wine Spectator: "Engaging, with a briary note up front, followed by sappy plum, kirsch and blackberry fruit flavors lined with anise and tobacco details. An anise edge hangs on the finish. (JM)" (10/2014)

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

Ventoux is one of those appellations that often confuses many a wine-enthusiast. Most don't know where it is or what it's about. The region sits on the southeastern end of the Rhone appellation just below Mont Ventoux. It is to the east of Gigondas and south of all the other Cotes du Rhone appellations. This oversized region has a diversity of microclimates and soil types that heavily influence the individual estates of the region and are less affected by vintage variation. Pesquie sits above 300 meters between the Mediterranean to the south and the Alps just to the north. Mont Ventoux is part of the pre-alps and is the largest mountain in the region. This confluence of mountain and Mediterranean is what makes the terroir and wines of Pesquie so special. The wine itself is a beauty of brambly black fruit, Indian spices, toasty tobacco and grilled meat. This little savory wonder captures the essence of Ventoux with its cooler climate flavors emboldened by the warm Mediterranean afternoons. A spectacular rendition from the Rhone.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 28, 2017

While the last vintage was delicious, it was a bit heavy-handed on the baked fruit. This 2013 feels much more balanced and a touch greener, with surprisingly bright acid and a hit of Provencal herbs. The fruit shows as more vivid blackberry, but retains the classic dark plum flavors and structure of previous releases. A perfect BBQ wine that still has enough brooding sophistication to impress dinner guests, Château Pesquié "Terrasses" is a value-priced summer staple to pair with meals well into cooler seasons as well.

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2017

The nose points towards savory characteristics: bloody, charcoal, charcuterie. A perfect pairing for a murder mystery. Dark and brooding, on the palate there are plenty of black fruits with a slightly sweet undertone. This is exactly the kind of wine I really like and will totally end up taking home on a Tuesday.

2016 Stolpman "Para Maria" Santa Barbara County Red Blend ($18.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This Syrah, which is enhanced by 15% Petit Verdot, is one of the better wines from the region on the market for less than $25. Awesome aromas of pepper, blackberry and charred beef are intense and deep, while the palate is lifted by bountiful acidity and flavors of boysenberry, white, black and green peppercorns, incense and sagebrush. (MK)" (12/2017)

88-90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Not yet bottled, the 2016 Para Maria Red Wine is a partnership between vineyard managers Ruben and Maria Solorzano and the Stolpman Family. Its a mix of 88% Syrah and 12% Petite Verdot that was fermented with some stems (just for the Syrah) and was aged in neutral barrels. It has lots of stem and pepper notes as well as tons of dark fruit, medium-bodied richness, firm tannin, and plenty of character. Its an excellent value and will keep for 3-5 years." (08/2017)

K&L Notes: Wine Enthusiast Top 100 List - #51 and Editor's Choice

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2018

Stolpman has always been a fundamental part of K&L Hollywood ever since we opened our store a little over 10 years ago. In the last few years, Stolpman's renewed commitment to quality and a reinvestment back into those individuals who have supported their success, have put them on a whole 'nother level. They started the ball rolling with the La Cuadrilla Red Blend which started out as a learning opportunity for the vineyard crew to take ownership and to learn first hand, without expert assistance, how to manage a vineyard block solely on their own trial and error, with all of the profits going back to the La Cuadrilla vineyard team. The next endeavor to showcase their staff was to partner with those who know their grapes and vineyards the best, vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano and his vineyard forewoman wife Maria on the Para Maria Red Blend. The Para Maria is a selection of their juiciest, most approachable blocks of Syrah, with just a hint of Petite Verdot. The Para Maria is chock full of the expected black, wild berries, black pepper, and purple violets, but there is a pleasant twist in the bright,crunchy fruit that displays itself on the palate. This is most likely due to the partial carbonic fermentation that they utilize with a small portion of the Syrah to keep this fun red blend lifted, playful and delivering way more than the under $20 price tag denotes. It's a no brainer why Stolpman and this cheap and cheerful red made it onto the Wine Enthusiast To

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2018

After spending my first three years working all over Napa and Sonoma County in the wine industry, one could say my palate is slightly burnt out on Napa and Sonoma wine; however, I still love seeking out new and exciting wines from the Central Coast and Santa Barbara, and the Para Maria from Stolpman is definitely a crowd-pleaser. Fruit forward, yet well balanced with acidity, for under 20 bucks, this wine is a very pleasant experience. Want to bring something nice to a dinner party without breaking the bank? Look no further. The Para Maria is an outstanding red blend, truly showing just how good Santa Barbara wine is.

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

Deep purple color and sleek, ripe, purple fruit greet the nose with a slight rustic prickle. Just the right amount of richness on the palate with a touch of tannic grip and lively acidity. This is a wonderful wine with loads of character for a great price; no wonder it made the Wine Enthusiast's "Top 100" list.

2014 Amapola Creek "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel ($29.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard...is dense opaque purple, with a big, sweet blackberry and cassis nose of camphor, roasted meats and hints Provençal herbs and pepper, this rich, full-bodied, inky Zinfandel should drink nicely for at least a decade as well. (RP)" (03/2016)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 20, 2018

Given this vineyard's age, pedigree and quality...plus the winemakers, age, pedigree and quality...you'd be forgiven if you thought this price was a typo...but no...we're selling Amapola Monte Rosso Zin for $29.99...125 years old vines...expertly crafted by Rick Arrowood (50+ years making wine)...for less than $30. This wine is packed with ripe, succulent, plush red fruits, sandalwood, Asian spice, sweet bramble fruit. A piece of California's vinous heritage, crafted by one of the industry's masters, all yours for such an insignificant price it makes modern day Napa Cab producers blush. This is rock star, ancient vine zin for a song.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2018

This is ripe, sweet and spicy with great acidity to temper the old vine density. The wine is not done in a jammy style, rather it is lithe, lively and surprisingly complex for the price. Drink now or age a few years.

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 13, 2018

A delicious Zinfandel that pays homage to California wines of old. Sourced from the Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso vineyard that is over 125 years old, the quality is thusly reflected in the wine. Aromas of berry medley, plum, peach preserves, and vanilla extract. On the palate, unripe peach, ripe pluots, boysenberry, black cherry, and bay leaf on the palate. Lighter and less weighty on the palate than other California Zinfandels Ive tried recently. A fantastic option for grilled chicken and other light BBQ fare

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 12, 2018

High elevation Monte Rosso Vineyard wines are historically higher in acid, which makes them ideal candidates for long term cellaring and aging. The 2014 Amapola Creek Zinfandel is no exception: lithe and lively, with fantastic aromas and flavors of ripe peach, apricot, asian plum, chaparral, spicy quince, molasses and raspberry. This Zin is zippy, perfumed, clean and bright, with a lighter texture than many and room to smell (and taste) the roses!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2018

What we need to realize about Zinfandel as California citizens is that this wine IS OUR HERITAGE! This is what we do; it's what makes our wines unique in the world. We have old vines around the state that are more than a century old, as is the case with Monte Rosso Vineyard, a site in Sonoma that was originally planted in the 1880s. It's an incredibly historic source of fruit and the grapes have been used in expressions from Ravenswood, Biale, Ridge, Rosenblum, and Martini over the decades. This specific 2014 edition from Amapola Creek is like a mouthful of California history in your glass, running the gambit of flavors from sweet blackberry to savory spice and everything in between. This is a wine I'd like to sit outside with on a warm California evening while grilling up a few burgers. These are the wines that make me proud to be a Californian.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2018

This is an amazing Zinfandel at a great price point. Delicious red cherry, vanilla and spice are shown on the palate with a surprising freshness and brightness. A touch of sweetness is expressed on the mid-palate with the finish being more on the dry side. This is for sure stand out!

2014 K Vintners "Roma - River Rock Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $50+) ($39.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Deftly combines refinement with muscle, offering expressive black cherry and crushed stone aromas and deeply structured plum, roasted herb and spice flavors that finish with big, polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2019 through 2025."

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Coming from the RocksDistrict, this wine is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah. The aromas are brooding on first pour, opening up over time, with notes of blackberry, kirsch, high-toned barrel spice, herb and scorched earth. The flavors are concentrated and rich but still bring a sense of deftness, lingering on the finish. It has a long life in front of it. *Editors' Choice* (SS)" (03/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from a terrific site in the Rocks region of Walla Walla, the 2014 Roma River Rock Vineyard has a sweet, perfumed, yet savory character in its black cherry, olive, tobacco, lavender and spice. Supple and polished, drink this sexy blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah anytime over the coming decade."

91 points Vinous: "(the Syrah is fermented with whole clusters, the Cabernet Sauvignon with whole berries, both in upright foudres; bottled in August of 2016): Bright ruby-red. Wonderfully polished nose offers sexy oak-spicy lift to the aromas of redcurrant, sweet cream and dried rose. Then quite tight and imploded in the mouth, showing less fat and more minerality than the nose would suggest. The Cabernet is really dominating today. Firm tannins and harmonious ripe acidity are accentuated by an almost citrussy verve on the long back end. In a rather feminine style but in need of a couple years of cellaring. (ST) 91+" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah. Winemaker's Notes: "For my mother, Roma. A list to describe this wine: Earth, floral, black tea, crushed rock, cocoa and black cherry. A wine distinct of character and sense of place that comes together in a fresh resounding harmony." One of my absolute favorites in the K Vintner's lineup for 2014 releases. Has a little more elegance and refinement than one might expect from a Charles Smith Walla Walla bottling. There is still tons of sweet fruit and exotic spice, the tannins are fine and silky and the wine has great aromatic lift. Super drinkable but with plentty of power and stuffing. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Domestic Wine Buyer)

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

K Vintners are known for their knockout red wines from Washington. This Red Blend of 80% Cabernet and 20% Syrah goes down a different but equally as satisfying path. Aromas of berries galore: raspberry, boysenberry, and strawberry. Accented by notes of Dutch cocoa powder, bay leaves, and stone. On the palate, flavors of ripe and dried cherries play with boysenberry notes. The wine possesses a great texture and is juicier and more lifted than I initially expected. If youre looking for a wine with big flavor with some added liveliness, try this for your next red blend purchase!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2018

This wine will win you over immediately with its lush, soft mouthfeel and concentrated dark fruit flavors that glide with ease over your palate, but never become too saturated or sweet. As my colleague Ryan noted, it's not overly extracted, yet there's an incredible depth of fruit flavor with the addition of the whole cluster Syrah. If you're a fan of delicious, full-bodied, American red wine first and foremost, I have to imagine you're going to go gaga for this. Imagine a better version of the Prisoner.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2018

This wine really delivers for the price point, with expressive, unadulterated single vineyard Cabernet. "Roma" is named for the mother of winemaker Charles Smith, and she is a beauty. Light and lifted, with aromas of subtle dried bay leaf, dried raspberry and star anise, and mouthwatering stony minerality, the wine is a delicate and intricate interpretation of the varietal. With fine tannins, and flavors of ripe blueberry and dried Bing cherry, "Roma" reveals her secrets in her own time, and tells a fascinating story.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2018

An absolute standout for me in a very serious lineup of 2014 K Vintners releases. Pretty much all of the K wines have power, richness, purity and polish...this wine however had an extra level of lift and brightness just elevating and freshening the saturated black and blue fruit, scorched earth, briary notes, blackberry compote, lavender and exotic spice. It's ripe and full bodied but not heavy or extracted. A real highlight for me...I went back to it time and time again. Great wine.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2018

This is a whole lot of wine for the money, and one of my favorite wines from K Vintners that I've tried. This Cabernet from Washington has 20% Syrah blended in which adds lovely perfumed elements and an overall balance to this wine. This Cabernet has intense, bold fruit flavors such as raspberry liqueur, sour cherry, dark chocolate, a hint of smoke and medium tannin structure. If big, juicy wines are your thing, give this a try!

2015 Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) ($47.99)

96 points Decanter: "One of the best vintages I have tried from Prieure Lichine - this was excellent during en primeur and even more so now it's in bottle. Restrained elegance and precision are on display, balancing out the oozing, rich damson fruit and the well placed liquorice edging. Well balanced, the fruit is cleanly cut and held, the ripe black fruits spliced in two. Poised, with good ripeness, a standout for me. 50% new oak barrels, Stéphane Derenoncourt consults. (JA)" (11/2017)

96 points James Suckling: "Some very ripe dark-plum aromas with a wealth of sweet spices and earthy notes. The palate has an impressively rich, suave and smooth core of black fruit with a powerful palate that delivers concentrated and intense structure. This is superb Margaux. Try from 2022." (02/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a perfumed wine, rich in black currants and acidity as well as firm tannins. It is concentrated and dense while also elegant. The aftertaste boosts the ripe fruit and balanced acidity. Drink from 2025. (RV)" (12/2017)

91-94 points Vinous: "The 2015 Prieuré-Lichine is all class. Nuanced, delicate and silky in the glass, the 2015 speaks to the finesse that is such a signature of Margaux. All the elements are in the right place. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice and floral notes mesh together in an effortless, gracious wine with a bright future. This is the first vintage Stephane Derenoncourt and his team made in the new cellar. (AG)" (04/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A fleshy, seductive, fruit-driven style, featuring layers of warm fig, boysenberry and blackberry compote gliding along. Lovely black tea and licorice notes gild the finish, with a flash of very fine-grained alder weaving in as well. Shows good latent depth here despite the forward style, so no rush at all. Best from 2022 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "A Stéphane Derenoncourt wine. Bright crimson. Particularly refreshing. Well balanced and lively. Very juicy and energetic. Great balance. Lovely persistence." (04/2016)

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 28, 2018

Pure and lovely, elegant almost sexy in style, the Priere Lichine stood out even among the fantastic lineup of 2015 Margaux offerings. Everything about this wine suggests grace and silkiness, with red and black fruits dancing on the tongue revealing lovely rose petal and delicate spices, finishing long and effortless. Very well made and ready for a few years in the cellar.

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Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne ($49.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This vibrant version shows a range of toasted brioche, baked cherry, crystalized honey, grated ginger and coconut flavors, remaining light-footed and lively throughout. Beautifully balanced, with a lasting, mouthwatering finish. (AN)" (10/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This ripe Champagne is deliciously balanced between the rich white fruits and good acidity. Zingy texture gives it a crisp edge. Full, fruity, and with the ability to age, it is ready to drink. *Editors' Choice* (RV)" (12/2016)

92 points James Suckling: "A wealth of trademark complexity that makes for an immediately engaging Champagne. Bright little red berries and poached peaches plus flinty reductive notes and baked caramel nut biscuits. Makes a composed and focused impression to start with citrus, strawberry and stone fruit flavors all here; really fluffy foamy texture fills it out and then it rolls through richer savory notes to close." (07/2015)

91 points Vinous: "Bright yellow. Potent smoke-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by notes of tarragon, toasted brioche and pungent flowers. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering juicy pear and nectarine flavors and a bracing kick of chalky minerals. This rich yet lively Champagne finishes with very good thrust and length and repeating smokiness. (JR)" (01/2015)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "The reserve wines in this blend show in its richness and deep bass notes. Its a complex Champagne that holds its mature flavors with cleanness and clarity, making it as refreshing as spring water. Scents of green apples and toasty lees add to the firm juiciness. For roast scallops." (12/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Blended with a high percentage of matured reserve wines, this NV Brut Reserve is based on 2008 and was disgorged in 2014. Clear and complex on the nose, this is a round and elegant, highly finesse-full and lifted cuvée with a silky texture ,and delicate nougat and herbal flavors. The minty finish reveals a remarkably good structure. (SR)" (06/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "Based on 2007 vintage and the first new formulation, launched in 2012. 60% of 2007, a third of each variety. 60 crus. Far fewer crus than in the past - the principle difference from the old days. Reserve wines are half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir, 8-10 years old. Kept in big containers. Minimum 36 months in crayères. 11 g/l dosage for all cuvées. Complex nose and very well balanced palate. Seems definitely ready. 17.5/20 points (JR)" (05/2014)

K&L Notes: It is funny to call this the "new" Charles when it actually has more old wine in it! The first difference between this wine and the old label is that is made from just 60 vineyard sites in Champagne rather than the previous 120. It is still composed of a third each Chardonnay, Meunier, and Pinot Noir and includes 40% reserve wines that average 10 years of age, up from the eight-year average previously. This Charles has more of the depth and power that fans of the Charles have come to love, but also much more freshness and elegance--a coup for a wine that is actually older. This is a great bottle of multi-vintage Champagne for the price and a testament to the blenders' art. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 27, 2017

In a lineup with 12 other Grand Marques, Champagne Charlie was at the top of my list of favorites. The Brut Reserve uses up to 20-year-old reserve wines for 40% of its blend and combines the flavors of fresh stone fruit and pears with quince and dried apricots for a rich, but ultimately refreshing and vibrant profile.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 17, 2016

Simply delicious, the Charles Heidsieck Champagnes have improved so drastically lately that if you haven't tried them recently you owe it to yourself to try one now. Bold nutty, toasty and rich, but not lumbering or cloying - it has a lovely acidity to finish it off. Bravo!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 03, 2015

My jaw almost dropped when I learned the story of the new Charles Heidsieck from Cecile Bonnefond, the CEO of both Charles and Piper. Instead of the normal package change / price increase rationalized by increased international demand this wine had been improved at great cost to the producer before the price went up! The new package contains a selection of half the vineyard sites of the old one, and older reserve wines. The result is non-vintage Champagne that is better than most big house vintage wines and a stronger value now at the current price than the old Charles was at $34.99. When we poured this at a recent in-store tasting on House Style it was one of the stars of the night. This Champagne has depth, combining maturity and freshness, nutty intrigue and minerality!

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Ardbeg "An Oa" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

93 points Whisky Advocate: "Ardbeg doles out occasional limited releases for their avid fans, but for nearly a decade the core range consisted of just three whiskies: 10 year old, Uigeadail, and Corryvreckan. The addition of An Oa, matured in a combination of virgin oak, Pedro Ximénez sherry, and bourbon barrels, and married in a French oak gathering vat prior to bottling, marks a reason to celebrate. An Oa is a more approachable Ardbeg. It lacks some of the typical oiliness, but flavor and complexity abound with hot peat, black tea, and peppery cloves. Die-hard Ardbeg fans should have no complaints, and new converts have a real treat in store. *Top 20 Whiskies of 2017* (GS)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: For the first time in a long time, we’ve got a permanent new member of the Ardbeg portfolio to tell you about. This isn’t some new committee release or another $100+ bottle of limited edition, space-themed, gimmick-oriented Islay malt. This is the new “An Oa,” a reasonably-priced and absolutely delicious new addition to the trio of 10 year, Uigeadail, and Corryvreckan that not only brings value back into the LVMH peated empire, but also serious flavor and enjoyment. Believe it or not, it’s not always easy to enjoy a bottle of whisky when it costs you three figures, you can only buy a limit of one bottle, and you’re scared to drink each sip for fear you’ll never be able to replace the experience. With the An Oa, Ardbeg is bringing not only functionality back to their core range, they’re bringing fun and flavor, to boot. The distillery's notes: "A welcome new addition to the Ultimate range. Ardbeg An Oa is singularly rounded, due in no small part to time spent in our newly established bespoke oak Gathering Vat where whiskies from several cask types - including; sweet Pedro Ximenez; spicy virgin charred oak; and intense ex-bourbon casks, amongst others - familiarise themselves with each other. The result is a dram with smoky power, mellowed by a delectable, smooth sweetness. Hallmark Ardbeg peat, dark chocolate and aniseed are wrapped in smooth, silky butterscotch, black pepper and clove, before rising to an intense crescendo of flavour."

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 30, 2017

The An Oa is the best new Ardbeg Ive tasted in more than five years and its the roundest and easiest to drink of the regularly available editions. While it doesnt pack the power that both the Uigeadail and Corryvreckan offer with their bold proofs, it makes up for it with richness and a rounded sweetness on the finish. You get all the peat, brine, smoke, and salt that you could ever want, but with more texture and perhaps finessenot something we normally associate with the beastly Islay profile. In any case, this is the first bottle of Ardbeg in some time that Ive been adamant about buying for my own personal daily enjoyment, not just my collection.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 20, 2017

I'm so thrilled this has arrived! I was fortunate enough to taste a sample 3 weeks ago and I've been hounding David about the release date ever since! Better yet, this isn't a flash in the pan. This is part of the new core lineup at Ardbeg and boy does it live up to my high expectations for Ardbeg flagship products. Beautifully married, this blend sings with sea salt brine, extinguished bonfire, malty goodness, and toasted brush. It's even better on the palate. The sweetness of the PX casks really livens up the mix. Cocoa notes and a bourbon spice profile play beautifully with a candied granola that is blanketed in the smooth smoky profile of Ardbeg you already love. Did I mention this is here to stay? I only have to buy one today, because after I finish it I can buy another next week. And the week after. Glorious.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 19, 2017

This incredibly elegant and sophisticated Ardbeg retains the peaty personality of the distillery while showcasing a suaver side of Islay. I enjoyed my little taste of this immensly, and I can't wait to take it home and drink it my favorite way- after dinner. Any fan of Islay malts should have a bottle of this generous, textural Ardbeg!

2014 Fontodi "Vigna del Sorbo" Chianti Classico Gran Selezione (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

95 points Vinous: "A powerful, structured wine, the 2014 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo won't be ready to drink for a number of years, much less be at its best. In recent years, the Sorbo has been much more forward, but the 2014 is decidedly austere and ungiving. Graphite, smoke, black cherry, plum and licorice notes infuse the dark, mysterious finish. (AG) 95+" (01/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Exotic spice, pipe tobacco, dark-skinned berry, forest floor and a whiff of French oak all come together on this structured red. The elegant, full-bodied palate evokes Marasca cherry, black raspberry, licorice and white pepper while vibrant acidity and firm, fine-grained tannins provide balance. Its still young, with great energy and will benefit from more time in the bottle. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (03/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I tasted this wine as a preview about eight months ago, and it has fleshed out considerably since then. The 2014 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo impresses for the depth and the intensity of the fruit. The bouquet is shapely and round with dark cherry nuances, blackberry, grilled herb and sweet spice. You also get a lingering moment of strong firmness and power on the close. This wine does the vintage proud. (ML)" (10/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "An elegant version, with a keen edge of tannins underlining the pure cherry, blackberry, leather and earth flavors. Turns more polished with air, finishing up with a hint of bitter almond. (BS)" (10/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "A slightly lean Gran Selezione with cherry and chocolate character. Some cedar. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish." (10/2017)

2014 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon Price: Hidden

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The star of the show is clearly the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and it has everything you could want from a Mountain Cabernet. Cassis, blueberries, violets, leafy herbs, and graphite notes all emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated, yet plush, forward, incredibly sexy 2014. With no hard edges, impeccable balance, and a great finish, drink this beauty anytime over the coming 15+ years." (12/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The top score, though, has to go to the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest small quantities of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. This wine has an opaque purple color, a big, sweet kiss of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, some graphite, a juicy, full-bodied, savory mouthfeel, and excellent purity and underlying balance. This seamlessly rich mountain Cabernet Sauvignon should age effortlessly for two decades or more. (RP) 95+" (10/2016)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is the most reticent of these wines from Mt. Brave. Powerful, explosive and tightly wound, the Cabernet offers notable intensity and plenty of depth. Readers should expect to cellar the 2014 for at least a few years. This is one of the better relative values among the high end wines in the Jackson portfolio. Hints of lavender, espresso and bittersweet chocolate round out the nuanced finish. (ST) 92+" (12/2016)

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2018

If you've read any of my staff reviews on California Cabernet selections at K&L, you'll notice a constant theme: the supremacy of mountain fruit. There's a big difference between what's grown on the hot valley floor and what's allowed to ripen more slowly on the slopes of the various ranges. This 2014 Mt. Brave expression comes from the hillsides of Mount Veeder and --MAN OH MAN-- can you taste the difference in this baby! This is a gritty, chewy, mouthful of thick mountain fruit, absolutely brimming with blackberry, smoke, savory herbs, and concentrated Cabernet goodness. This is a showstopper wine, pure and simple. It tastes far more expensive than it actually is, but you don't have to tell anyone what you really paid.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2018

Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet comes to us from winemaker Chris Carpenter, who had great success as winemaker at Lokoya and Cardinale. As a result of Carpenter's expertise and the magnificent high elevation vineyard site, this wine is a cellar-worthy expression of Mount Veeder Cabernet that rivals wines twice the price. With aromas of cassis, fresh mint, delicate allspice, violet and rose petal, and a palate sustained by a relentless, rocky minerality trailed by graphite, this is a powerhouse.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2018

It can be difficult to find high quality Mt Veeder Cabernet that is both delicious and affordable. That being said, Mt. Brave's Cabernet from this famous Napa sub-appellation is stunning and we have it at a price that's much less than other wines from the area. Beautiful aromatics of dark fruits and graphite are shown with a juicy, rich mouthfeel that is nicely balanced with acidity and tannin. Hold on to this for at least a few years and I'm sure it'll evolve beautifully!

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

One of the most concentrated, powerful and structured boutique Napa Cabs that has passed my lips this year. This has the inky, ultra concentrated, polished feel that often accompanies wines with a price tag of 5 to 10 times this price point. Winemaker Chris Carpenter of Lokoya / Cardinale fame is crafting this wine that tastes like its costs waaaayyyyyy more than it does. I love that this Mt. Veeder fruit has power and richness but also maintains beautiful varietal structure and a gravelly minerality that is lost in so many over-ripe renditions Napa Cabernet these days. No expense spared on the slick oak that rounds out the experience. Really special mountain Cabernet for an almost everyday price point.

2013 Poderi Colla "Bussia Dardi Le Rose" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

96 points Vinous: "Colla's 2013 Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose is a knock-out. Intensely sweet and perfumed, the 2013 reminds me of some of the most profound Barolos and Barbarescos I have tasted. Ripe red cherry, pipe tobacco, mint, dried rose petal, orange peel and anise are some of the endless nuances that seem to develop in the glass. The 2013 is a wine of depth, pedigree and class. It should provide thrilling drinking for a number of years. This is a regal wine in every way. Don't miss it. Drink 2023-2043...I was deeply impressed with the three vintages of the flagship Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose I tasted. The 2013 leads the pack, but the 2012 and 2011 are also superb, especially within the context of their respective vintages. Readers in search of a top-flight, traditionally-styled Barolo will find much to explore in these very fine, noble wines from the Colla family. (AG)" (10/2017)

95 points James Suckling: "Here is a Barolo with extremely perfumed aromas with spice, leather and dried flowers. Hints of dried fruits such as fig and cherry. Full body yet linear and racy with lots of berry, mushroom and orange peel character. Drink now or hold." (07/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Truffle, underbrush, new leather and chopped herb aromas slowly emerge in the glass. The bright, elegantly structured palate delivers tart cherry, licorice and tobacco alongside vibrant acidity and tightly wound noble tannins. It's still youthfully austere so give it time to develop. Drink 20232033. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: Remniscent of "2013 reminds me of some of the most profound Barolos and Barbarescos I have tasted" according to Antonio Galloni, Poderi Colla's Le Rose is a reference-point Barolo in this celebrated vintage. A classic rendition of one of Piedmont's finest terroirs (Bussia) it is one of the great sweetspot buys of this Barolo campaign.

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2013 Charles Smith Wines "King Coal - Stoneridge Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Elsewhere $100) Price: Hidden

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon King Coal Stoneridge Vineyard, which is always a 70/30 mix of Cabernet and Syrah, is a beauty. Giving up lots of black currants, smoked earth, olive and background meatiness, its rich, voluptuously textured and concentrated, with tons to love. Its approachable now due to all the fruit, but this puppy will cruise in the cellar over the coming couple of decades.These latest releases from Charles Smith check in at the top of the pyramid and are flat out incredible wines that I wish every reader could taste." (06/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Syrah, brooding aromas of ground stone, herb, brown stem and black fruit give way to dense layered blackberry flavors. It shows great focus, poise, texture and exquisite length. (SS)" (02/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and spicy, centered on rich currant and blueberry fruit at the core, shaded with hints of baby powder and mint as the finish sails on expressively. Has presence, depth and distinction. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. (HS)" (12/2016)

2014 Pietradolce Etna Rosso "Vigna Barbagalli" (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It's hard not to be moved by the extraordinary 2014 Etna Rosso Vigna Barbagalli. This wine is soaring in character and quality and is fast on its route to becoming one of the icons of vino Italiano. It's hard to know where to start. Many great Etna reds are Burgundian in character, but oddly, this wine appears more Bordelaise, especially in this excellent vintage. The wine is beautifully conditioned and fine, yet it is exuberant and fruit forward at the same time. It opens to delicate aromas of dried flowers, spice, wild berry and black currant. The tannins are extremely well managed and they appear silky and firm on the close. The wine has all the right qualities, from acidity to pristine primary fruit, to promise a long aging window. (ML)" (08/2017)

94 points James Suckling: " A very pretty red with berry, cherry and floral character. Some chalk, too. Medium body, firm and lightly chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. From ancient vines. Drink or hold." (10/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Made from pre-phylloxera Nerello Mascalese vines, this compelling wine boasts enticing scents of blue flower, exotic spice, menthol and wild berry. It's dense and concentrated but also elegant, delivering mouthfuls of black cherry marinated in spirits, raspberry compote, licorice and well-integrated oak. Firm, close-grained tannins provide the tight framework. Drink 20192029. (KO)" (02/2018)

92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of red currant, raspberry and spicecake. Showcases a cool-climate personality, featuring very refined, gently sweet, spice-accented red berry flavors brightened by a tangy mineral and orange zest nuance. Finishes with noteworthy spicy and mineral elements gaining strength in the glass and carrying through on the lingering, floral finish. Just a trace of heat at the back, but much better balance than the Contrada Rampante. Mainly Nerello Mascalese planted at roughly 900 meters above sea level. 92+ (ID)" (12/2016)

2014 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ($94.99)

96 points Vinous: "The 2014 Flaccianello della Pieve will probably drink well a bit earlier than the Vigna del Sorbo, as it has more midpalate creaminess, softer contours and a slightly more immediate personality. Even so, the translucent finesse of the vintage is very much in evidence. A rush of black cherry, plum, tobacco, licorice, chocolate and spice infuses the sweet, creamy finish. The 2014 spent 18 months in oak (less than was once the norm), 80% of it new. (AG)" (01/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Balancing structure and finesse, this full-bodied red delivers aromas and flavors of black-skinned berry, licorice, exotic spice and raspberry compote. Tightly knit, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity provide the ageworthy backbone. Drink 20202024. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (03/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Like the Vigna del Sorbo, the 2014 Flaccianello della Pieve spends a few additional months in botte grande than usual. The wine still breathes in large oak cask, but the environment is slightly more reductive (oxygen-free) compared to smaller barrique, thus allowing for a more complete and slower integration that is necessary in a cool vintage like this. The result is a beautifully complete wine that takes a few minutes to spread its wings. The bouquet starts off with a timid personality, but soon reaches a full regime of red fruit and spice that is so specific to this celebrated selection of Sangiovese from Panzano in Chianti. The September heat (following a gray, soggy summer) helped to eventually achieve fully ripened tannins. There is no greenness or astringency to disturb the soft and velvety mouthfeel. Thanks to severe fruit selection, production of the 2014 Flaccianello della Pieve is one-third less than average. Giovanni Manetti calls 2014 'a vintage of opportunity.' Although Panzano saw less average rainfall in 2014 compared to neighboring villages, Fontodi vineyards required double the work that year. This is an impressive achievement. (ML)" (04/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Well-marked by toasty, vanilla-scented oak, this red boasts a core of cherry, floral, tobacco and graphite flavors. Pure and intense, with fine harmony and an aftertaste that echoes fruit and a smoky, minerally element. Terrific length. Sangiovese. Best from 2021 through 2040. (BS)" (10/2017)

93 points James Suckling: " This is an excellent 2014 with beautiful linear fruit and silky, firm tannins. Full body, tight and bright. A lot of new wood showing now but should come around nicely. Drink in 2019." (08/2017)

2015 Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) ($124.99)

97-98 points James Suckling: "This is a very polished and precise young wine with beautiful depth and intensity. Full and sexy. It shows blueberry and black currant character with walnut and chocolate undertones. The tannins have a lovely texture. Joy to taste." (03/2016)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is adorned with a special label to celebrate the 650th anniversary of the château and the 25th vintage made under the ownership of Daniel and Florence Cathiard. It is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, picked between 23 September until 12 October with the Cabernet Franc. Matured in 65% new oak (although technical director Fabien Teitgen mentioned that he could have added more if he felt it would benefit), it has a very intense, blueberry and crème de cassis scented bouquet, a touch more opulent than its peers with hints of freshly shucked oyster shell developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin couched in gorgeous, satin-textured black cherry and cassis fruit, tinged with cedar and pencil shavings. It lingers very long and sensually in the mouth, completing a sophisticated and powerful Smith Haut-Lafitte that should age in splendid fashion. (NM)" (04/2016)

93-96 points Vinous: "The 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte is superb. Dark, powerful and towering, the 2015 exudes richness and a level of intensity in all directions that is remarkable. This is an especially dark, brooding Grand Vin built on serious depth, intensity and structure, and yet there is more than enough richness in the fruit to balance things out. The extreme heat of the year appears to have baked out some of the aromatic nuance. It will be interesting to see if that dimension opens up. For now, the 2015 is massively shut down. Readers will have to be especially patient, as the 2015 won't be ready to drink for some time. Both en primeur samples I tasted were less expressive than the separate components were when I tasted them from barrel in late January 2016, so I won't be surprised at all if the bottled wine comes in at the top of this range. Tasted two times. (AG)" (04/2016)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is dense in expressive, dark fruit and solid tannins which give it a rich, enveloping feel. With its spicy score and crisp acidity, there is great potential for aging. (RV)" (04/2018)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This pumps out some serious blackberry, boysenberry, raspberry and black currant fruit flavors, with the texture of compote and a racy edge thanks to a terrific bolt of graphite that runs throughout. Waves of anise, roasted apple wood and tobacco drive the finish, with the fruit keeping pace easily. Destined for a long life. Best from 2025 through 2045. *Highly Recommended* (JM)" (03/2018)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another wine from the Cathiard family I was able to taste on multiple occasions is the 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte and its brilliant stuff readers should snatch up. Offering a huge nose of chocolatey dark fruits, roasted herbs, graphite and flowers, this big, rich, opulent beauty has building tannin, loads of structure and great mid-palate. It will drink nicely for 20+ years. 96+" (11/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "New black label to celebrate the Cathiards' anniversary and that of the property. Very dark. Comfortable base and lots of perfume. Round and sweet. Tense and tight. An excitingly taut package that promises well. (JR) 18/20 points" (04/2016)

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 05, 2016

**One of the wines of the vintage** Dark and deep robe. Begins with a brooding, massive core of pure dark fruits, blackberry coulis, crème de cassis, black cherry, espresso crema, and graphite. Intense and built with a weighty mouthfeel and firm tannins. For the Cathiards, no detail is overlooked from whole cluster fermentation, gravity flow, optical sorting, and even the state of the art use of satellite imagery to assist in optimal harvest times. Pessac-Léognan made stunning wines in 2015 and Smith Haut Lafitte is one of the finest.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2016

Smith Haut Lafitte- 63%CS 33M Round and broad with loads of grapey ripe-sweet fruit that coat the entire mouth with hints of licorice and spice. Long finishing and very tasty. Another delicious SHL! 2 Stars!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2016

I consider anything above fifty bucks to be a splurge bottle, but with Bordeaux anything that drinks as well as the 2015 SHL for less than a hundred dollars is a hot deal! This wine was right there with the Pape Clement for me personally. It's a complex wine--all about the relationship between the fruit and the potent minerality. The tannins are soft and round on the palate and the wine is silky on the finish. Finesse is a word you'll hear a lot when describing the 2015 Bordeaux vintage. There are few better examples than this wine here.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

The all black label for the 2015 will represent the 25th year anniversary of the Cathiards buying the property. The 2015 is dark, black in color with a rich, nearly exotic fruit profile, hints of graphite, cassis, chocolate and Asian spice. The tannins are fleshy and juicy; this is a delicious wine!

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2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) ($139.99)

97 points James Suckling: "All 13 grapes. This has a dark fruited, blueberry and blue plum nose with wide swinging tannins. Some white peppery elements, violets, brooding dark spices, blue fruits and dark plums. Builds from the ground up. Dark stones. Impressive, powerful wine. Drink from 2025. *Top 100 of 2017*" (08/2017)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A stunner from the get-go, with waves of thoroughly seductive boysenberry, plum, blueberry and raspberry reduction forming the core, while roasted apple wood, rooibos tea, bergamot, and anise notes flash throughout. Has plenty of bass, with a Turkish coffee accent and a hint of alder driving underneath. Everything moves in lockstep through the seriously long finish. (JM)" (09/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled in late July, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is an amazing effort, especially when one considers the production volume. Loaded with black cherry fruit and cola-like spice, this full-bodied, richly textured wine never seems heavy or warm, while exotic Indian spice notes linger on the finish. It should drink well for at least 20 years. (JC)" (10/2017)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a blend of 30% each of Mourvèdre and Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, and theyre more and more keeping the stems with Syrah component. This is a beauty that offers more depth and richness than just about every other wine in the vintage. Blackberry, black raspberries, garrigue, spice and hints of saddle leather all flow to a full-bodied, rich, layered 2015 that has a stacked, concentrated mid-palate, ripe, sweet tannin and an undeniable opulence thats missing from too many 2015s. Marc Perrin compared this cuvée to 2001, and I cant disagree with him. Drink this blockbuster beauty anytime over the coming two decades. The Perrin family continues to knock it out of the park and have produced some of the wines of the vintage in 2015. 96+ points." (10/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Spice-accented aromas of ripe red fruits, candied flowers, earth and smoky minerals; a zesty white pepper quality emerges with aeration. Sweet, expansive and energetic on the palate, offering intense raspberry, spicecake and lavender flavors and a subtle touch of smoke. Completely stains the palate and shows outstanding clarity on the strikingly long, focused finish, where smooth tannins make a late appearance. (JR)" (03/2017)

95 points Decanter: "Depth and detail on the dark-fruit nose. Stylish, balanced and very persistent, delivers crunchy, spicy fruit. (JL)" (04/2017)

2015 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($159.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Reminding me of the 1990, the 2015 Château Pichon Baron is a sensational bottle of wine made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot that spent 18 months in 80% new French oak. Boasting a deep purple color as well as awesome notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, cassis, lead pencil shavings, tobacco leaf and building minerality, this full-bodied, concentrated 2015 has sweet tannin, a great texture, and a big, big finish. Pauillac all the way, with both opulence and finesse, forget bottles of 4-5 years and enjoy anytime over the following two to three decades. This is a match for the 2009, 2000, and 1990." (11/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pichon-Longueville Baron is enticingly scented of chocolate-covered cherries, crushed red currants and mulberries with touches of baking spices, potpourri and bay leaves plus a hint of fallen leaves. Sumptuously elegant, refreshing and medium-bodied with gorgeous, expressive, perfumed red fruits and very fine, very firm tannins, it has a persistent, perfumed finish. Its remarkable intensity, freshness and very firm frame suggest a long-lived Pichon Baron, which should cellar gracefully for 30+ years. (LPB)" (02/2018)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "The increasing quantity of Cabernet in this top wine from Pichon-Longueville shows in the purity of fruit and in the firm, dark tannins. It is dark, dense and concentrated with very fine acidity and a pure line of black currant fruits. Despite its fruitiness, it will certainly age well and long. (RV)"

93-96 points Vinous: "A wine of total seduction, the 2015 Pichon-Longueville Baron possesses exceptional richness, power and intensity, all in the suave, inviting style of the year. Silky, voluptuous and creamy, the 2015 is totally spherical on the palate. This is an undeniably charming Pichon-Baron that should drink beautifully for several decades. Hints of lavender, mint, violet and crème de cassis add the closing shades of nuance in this seamless, racy Pauillac. (AG)" (04/2016)

95 points James Suckling: "This is a muscular edition with attractive, deeply ripe blackberries and plums set amid firm and assertively linear tannins that hold the finish long and on point. Cool-fruited finish. Theres great potential here. Try this from 2023." (02/2018)

94 points Decanter: "This is big, with well-worked tannins and real impact. It showcases an impressive architectural feel replete with backbone and power. A little burly at this early stage as you would expect, but it is certainly a wine to get carried away by, and it is beautiful to sit back and admire the way it takes on complexity and depth in the glass. 80% new oak. (JA)" (11/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A juicy, well-knit style, with energetic plum and black currant compote notes that are studded with anise and black tea accents. Has a muscular edge through the finish, with brambly grip holding sway for now. There's more than enough fruit to put this away for a bit. Best from 2022 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Notably darker than most other 2015s shown at this London Union des Grands Crus tasting. First-growth intensity on the nose. Very sweet maybe not quite the freshness of some vintages but definitely first growth in terms of build. Great stuff! Pure pleasure. The first wine I was tempted to drink. 18+/20 points." (10/2017)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 08, 2016

This is a lush mouth coating wine; hints of coco and vanilla bean in the nose is followed by fleshy fruit that feels broad in the mouth and carries through to the finish; there are no holes in this wine; the tannins are firm but ripe and are hidden by the copious amount of fruit. This is a very solid effort.

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 07, 2016

**Dont Miss** Deeply black fruited with notes of crème de cassis, black currant, lead pencil, graphite, and earth. This is intense and powerful yet the firm tannins are balanced with an intense core of fruit and purity. Classic proportion, rich, and masculine styled Pichon-Baron.

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

77% CS and 23%M.Intense nose and powerful wine with lots of spice on the nose. Big boy that needs cellaring- but still sweet and sexy.Cassis aromas and a core of red fruit flavors on the palate. Easy to taste-reminds us of the great 2005. Bravo jean Rene.

2015 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($159.99)

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

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I tasted the 2015 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande on three separate occasions rating it 97 twice and 98 once. Checking in as a final blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this is a nuanced style of wine that grows on you with time in the glass, and the larger Merlot component always gives it a more supple, seductive texture. Crème de cassis, black raspberries, spring flowers, leafy herbs and lead pencil notes all flow to a full-bodied, ultra-pure, seamless beauty that builds on the palate, has fine tannin and a great, great finish. As classy as they come, it will continue to impress for two to three decades." (11/2017)

97 points James Suckling: "This shows spices, pepper, blueberries and blackcurrants on the nose. Full body, very polished tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Shows such gorgeous texture. Precise and transparent. Try in 2022." (02/2018)

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

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is the new taste for this estate: richly endowed while remaining elegant and suave. Certainly, there is great concentration here as well as rich black fruits. But they are given a sense of style and poise that will remain with this wine as it ages. Drink from 2026. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (12/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A fresh and focused style, with a terrific beam of black cherry and black currant compote flavors. Strong graphite and black tea notes harness the finish, ending with alder and tobacco echoes. This has serious length without losing any drive along the way. Best from 2022 through 2038. (JM)" (03/2018)

95 points Decanter: "I love the burnished damson fruit on the nose. This has that sexy, charred damson and charcoal thing going on, with smooth silky tannins and real impact. Great Pauillac typicity with a floral flourish. It turns up the dial fairly high and has real impact, but just manages to err on the right side of restraint, with savoury herb notes bringing elegance. It has a juicy, creamy texture, which is not true in all Pauillacs in 2015. (JA)" (11/2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.