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September 2, 2014 New Arrival Email

The following is a list of new arrivals that have come into our inventory since our last email a week ago, with at least one bottle in stock at the time of this email. We've split the list into four sections. First we show a limited number of our top picks for the week. Next, we display all new arrivals coming into our inventory for the first time. Then there is a list of old wines and items we've sold previously that have just returned to our inventory. Lastly, we list the new (live) auction lots from the past seven days. For complete tasting notes for every wine listed below, view the Email Archive page on KLWines.com

TOP PICKS...
(a handful of our favorites also listed in the New Arrivals and Back in Stock sections)

  • 2012 Domaine Lafage "Tessellae Old Vines" Côtes Catalanes ($12.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The only red presented at this tasting, the 2012 VDP Cotes Catalanes Tessellae is 100% old vine Carignan, aged ten months in concrete tank, that comes from vineyards in Maury and Les Aspres (both of which have schist soils). An old-world styled fruit-bomb, with its massive and decadently-styled blackberry fruit, spice, licorice and plum, this full-bodied effort has no hard edges, beautiful purity of fruit and a seamless texture that stays nicely focused and clean. Enjoy this sexy, voluptuous beauty over the coming 4-5 years (although I suspect it will last longer as well). (JD) " (02/2014)

  • 2013 Patient Cottat "Le Grand Caillou" Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99)
    Sancerre at half the price! The Fournier family, with roots as deep as their vines in this region, seem to be related to just about everyone in some way. They've been farming and producing wines in Sancerre for generations. We are pleased to have been offered this wine, yet again, at such a great price. Soft, subtle mineral notes are wrapped up in aromatics of melon and citrus. Clean, bright and refreshing, this is a perfect little Sauvignon Blanc. Tropical fruit, citrus and spice aromas and flavors, with vibrant acidity and minerality. Perfect for goat milk cheeses or seafood.

  • 2012 Domaine la Garrigue "Cuvée Romaine" Côtes du Rhône ($13.99)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A year-in, year-out spectacular value, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Romaine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah that spends 10-12 months in concrete prior to bottling. A custom cuvee made by importer Eric Solomon and consultant Philippe Cambie, it comes from 60- to 90-year-old vines and is basically a declassified Vacqueyras (at a Cotes du Rhone price). Loaded with garrigue, saddle leather, herbes de Provence and both kirsch and blackberry fruit, it is medium to full-bodied, layered and supple on the palate, with fine tannin emerging on the finish. Showing the vintage nicely and loaded with character, it should be purchased by the case and consumed over the coming 4-6 years. (JD)" (02/2014)

  • 2008 Il Valentiano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ($44.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva feels like a wine made from a whole other producer and a different environment when compared to the estate’s 2009 Brunello Campo Marzo. While that wine is thin and fraught, this Riserva on the other hand, is bountiful and generous especially where the use of oak is concerned. Some 48 months in barrel adds cinnamon and vanilla over dark cherry and blackberry. It is meant for near-term consumption. Drink: 2014-2021. (ML)" (02/2014)

  • 2009 Il Valentiano "Campo di Marzo" Brunello di Montalcino ($29.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Focused and balanced, it opens with a fragrance recalling ripe berries, wet soil, red rose, blue flower and baking spices. The spicy palate delivers wild cherry, cinnamon-spice, white pepper, hot red pepper and a mineral note alongside brooding tannins and just enough fresh acidity. Drink 2016–2021. — K.O" (05/2014) 90 points James Suckling: "Very pretty, savory Brunello with plums, and hints of jam and balsamic character. Full body with a velvety texture and a long finish. Drink or hold." (02/2014) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep red. Enticing aromas of raspberry and fresh flowers are lifted by a steely mineral note. Fresh, vibrant and nicely delineated, showing sneaky concentration and energy. Has the backbone for a graceful evolution in bottle but this wine is hard to resist now." (08/2014)

  • 2010 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva ($34.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Green-tinged gold. Musky, lees-accented aromas of yellow apple, melon and cinnamon, with a suggestion of buttered toast. Supple and expansive, offering fresh lime and richer baked apple and guava flavors. Finishes with very good energy and focus, along with a note of vanillin oak. This is an impressively rich white wine, but terroir lovers may find that it fails to evoke Matelica's high-altitude, mineral personality. 90(+?) points." (03/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Real zip and density with a most agreeable blend of richness and structure. Still very young. But should have a long life. " (09/2013) K&L Notes: Sometimes those critics are aren't correct and miss the picture entirely.Tanzer's Italian reviewer Ian d'Agata writes "along with a note of vanillin oak" well that must have been left in his glass from the previous wine because these wines don't see any oak at all. He loves the Collestefano Verdicchio di Matelica (as well as I do) but his claim about ther regions character "terroir lovers may find that it fails to evoke Matelica's high-altitude, mineral personality " I find incorrect as well. Collestefano is like that but every other Matelica Verdicchio I have had shows more richness than a prickly acidity. Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian Buyer

  • 2011 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva ($26.99)
    This is wonderfully special white wine is made only in select vintages. La Monacesca uses extra ripe Verdicchio that is highly aromatic, resulting in a rich wine that typically displays roasted nuts, a hint of brioche, and lemon and honey on the palate. Drink it with fresh cheeses, affetati platters or veal saltimbocca.

  • 2013 Silvano Follador "Cartizze" Brut Prosecco ($24.99)
    A K&L staff favorite! Silvano Follador's "Cartizze" is a single vineyard offering, kept bright and lean thanks to a low dosage, and it takes the place of Champagne at the table just beautifully. Creamy and crisp, seemingly disparate notes come together seamlessly on this peach-scented bubbly from Follador. (Just a note to clear up some nomenclature issues with this brand. Follador has added an extra word to their label, "Nature." It means less than 3gpl of residual sugar, so even though their wines are Brut, Brut can be decidedly higher; Nature is a designation that is more definitive. Most Prosecco is Extra Dry and that is 12-20gpl which could go from dryish to outright sweet, Follador is looking to distance themselves from the rest of the pack. Follador is one of the very few non-sweet wines from Cartizze, a very large single vineyard, 260 acres, and 20-35gpl. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

  • 2013 Silvano Follador Prosecco Brut DOCG ($18.99)
    This is a perfect wine year-round, and it has been one of K&L’s best sellers since we started bringing it in about eight or nine years ago. There are melon, green apple and citrus notes, and it is crisp and floral on the palate, with a long finish and a subtle mousse that makes this delicious wine a sure bet for the dinner table. This Prosecco works well as a Champagne alternative, as well as for sitting and sipping on the porch watching the last days of summer roll by. Buy a few extra bottles to have around to impress unexpected guests. Mike Parres K&L San Francisco

  • San Venanzio Prosecco Brut ($12.99)
    Wine Enthusiast: "Here’s a Prosecco Brut with a fuller, more generous personality that comes across in the form of peach, nectarine and grapefruit aromas. The wine has a light, golden color and offers frothy cream backed by a tight citrus finish. " (07/2009) 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

  • 2012 Bodegas Castano "Solanera Vinas Viejas" Yecla ($13.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even more remarkable is the 2012 Solanera Vinas Viejas, a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Grenache aged 10 months in a combination of French and American oak. A custom cuvee that is only available through importer Eric Solomon, this amazing red wine displays notes of lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, black raspberries, blueberries and black currants. This full-bodied, intense 2012 tastes like it should cost three to five times as much. Full-bodied, stunningly pure and textured, it should last for 4-5 years, possibly longer. These two remarkable cuvees have been reviewed favorably in the past, but the 2012s seem to ratchet up the quality to even more impressive levels. (RP)" (11/2013)

  • Four Roses K&L Exclusive OBSK (9 Years Old, 6 Months) Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon 750ml ($59.99)
    Another feather in our Four Roses cap comes in the wonderful cask of the OBSK (60% corn, 35% rye, 5%). This recipe has gained some notoriety for its part in the well regarded 120th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch. This bourbon features the high rye recipe and the spicy K yeast strains. The full throttled style on display here is packed to the brim with sweet woody aromas. Like fresh oak resin laced with layers of baking spice and doused in fresh cream, the complexity is surprising at this age. Bottled half way through its 10th year, this cask is a real treat for those who enjoy a dryer style with tons of dark power flavors like gravel, graphite, vanilla bean and dark roasted cacao. Literally, the dark horse of this current batch of barrels, so get up there and hold on tight!

  • Four Roses K&L Exclusive OBSV (11 Years Old, 4 Months) Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon 750ml ($59.99)
    We're amassing a collection of cask strength Four Roses because it's one of the best bourbons in production and they keep sending us these choice casks. We can't keep these in stock so it's been hard to consistently offer all ten recipes. Everything these guys put in the barrel is gold. We just can't get enough. This Recipe, OBVS, may be the most important for the distillery. Their regular offering, Four Roses' Single Barrel, is exclusively made from OBVS. It's probably the best readily available bourbon on the market. Renowned for its creamy rich body and delicate character, we're lucky to have come across this cask strength version of this special bourbon. Get this quick as we rarely see OBVS over 11 years old.

  • Four Roses K&L Exclusive OESK (10 Years Old, 4 Months) Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon 750ml ($59.99)
    The OESK (70% corn, 20% rye, 5% malt) recipe is full and spicy. It, like all Four Roses' bourbons, goes through an exacting souring process including rigorous testing for quality before being parceled out between the distilleries 24 fermentation tanks. K yeast tends to create bourbons of great power and depth. It's one of the two yeasts strains present in the distilleries Small Batch offering, which contains both high and low rye bourbons fermented with either the K or O yeast strains. This excellent cask balances that spicy earthiness out with a rich texture and a round sweet finish. Powerful aromas of sandalwood & cinnamon on the nose and persist throughout the palate. Only at the very end does a sweet Werther's Original like caramel note raise its voice. It's a veritable concerto of spice and oak.

  • 2011 Shafer "Relentless" Napa Valley Syrah ($84.99)
    94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " From a more challenging vintage, the 2011 Relentless exhibits a similar opaque blue/purple color as well as remarkable concentration and balance. With stunning perfume, purity, texture and full-bodied richness, the 2011 is slightly more evolved and softer than the 2010, but it offers much of the same character. This compelling effort is one of the superstars of the vintage in 2011. (RP)" (10/2013) 92-94 points Antonio Galloni: "Blackberry jam, wild flowers, graphite, pencil shavings and orange peel all jump from the glass in the 2011 Relentless. Here the flavors are quite a bit more aromatic and savory than in the 2010, with firm tannins that will preserve the wine for years. Another super-impressive wine from Shafer, the 2011 is showing beautifully today. Readers will need to be a little patient in allowing the wine to fully come together in bottle. The blend is 91% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah. " (11/2013)

NEW ARRIVALS...
(items coming into our inventory for the first time)

Chile - Argentina and Chile

  • 2012 Clos Ouvert "Primavera" Maule Valley ($15.99)
    91 points Wine & Spirits: "Full of earthy aromas, nuances of spice and radiant red fruit, this is not your typical $20 Chilean red. Louis Antoine Luyt blends this from old, dry-farmed vines, focused on País and Carignan. It’s rustic in the best way, with no sign of new wood and little sweetness to distract from its focus on earth and fruit." (02/2014) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Smoky cherry and black raspberry aromas are sharpened by notes of white pepper and floral oil. Juicy, focused and appealingly sweet, offering spice-accented red berry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of blood orange. Closes on a peppery note, with very good energy and silky tannins. " (02/2014) K&L Notes: Having worked some years with Marcel Lapierre, Louis-Antoine Luyt is very familiar with how to make wine in as hands-off and non-manipulative, yet controlled, experienced and skillful a way as possible. He sources fruit from dry-farmed, organically tended vineyards that are plowed by horse, and he harvests for acidity first, typically picking several weeks prior to his neighbors. A melange of plump cherries and other dark-skinned fruits show a lovely combination of savor and spice, freshness and funk. Maule and Morgon. Country and Rock. You catch my drift. Some may call this wine "funky" or "quirky" but I just find it to be laden with personality and drinkability. One of those bottles that is gulped down all too quickly before you have a chance to pour another glass. In other words, buy more than one bottle. (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinean & Chilean wine buyer)

  • 2011 Cousiño-Macul "Antiguas Reservas" Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley ($13.99)
    90 points James Suckling: "Aromas of chocolate, berries and light vanilla follow through to a full body with velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Drink or hold." (08/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The 2011 Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine that made a name for Cousino Macul when it was fermented and aged in big Rauli wood vats that were abandoned around 20 years ago in favor of stainless steel and barriques, where the wine now ages for one year. This is now a medium-range wine, and their best grapes are used for the Lota brand. This is a classical Cabernet Sauvignon from Macul and Buin, with a clear Maipo character offering notes of tobacco, cedar wood, mint, chocolate, roasted coffee, blackberries and a touch of black pepper and paprika. The palate is medium-bodied, with fine-grained, dusty tannins and enough acidity. Drink now-2017. (LG)" (06/2014) Wine Enthusiast: " Rubbery dark-fruit aromas are surrounded by hints of olive, minerals and spice. This feels round as well as fair and balanced; flavors of loamy blackberry are smooth and come with chocolate notes. Coffee, spice and herbal flavors work the finish. " (08/2014)

  • 2013 Louis-Antoine Luyt "Coelemu" Cinsault Maule Valley ($20.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The 2013 Coelemu Cinsault is a fresh, irreverent, happy and drinkable Cinsault which reminds me of a good Morgon (ha, ha, what a surprise!) with aromas of strawberry and cherry candy, turning into beeswax and pollen, produced from a coastal zone of Itata, with a light to medium-bodied palate, spicy, lively flavors with very good acidity and some fine but rustic tannins that should do great with food. Excellent! Drink now-2016. (LG)" (06/2014) K&L Notes: Having worked some years with Marcel Lapierre, Luyt is very familiar with how to make wine in as hands-off and non-manipulative, yet controlled, experienced and skillful a way as possible. He sources fruit from dry-farmed, organically tended vineyards that are plowed by horse, and he harvests for acidity first, typically picking several weeks prior to his neighbors. Cinsault is a joy when well made, as this undoubtedly is. Aromas of dark plums, cherries and lavender lead to a blue and purple fruited palate, bursting at the seams with fresh floral inner mouth aromas to complement the fruit. This is really lovely, pure, understated, rather linear and entirely delicious. Highly recommended! (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentina & Chile wine buyer)

France - French Regional Wines

  • 2012 Domaine Lafage "Tessellae Old Vines" Côtes Catalanes ($12.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The only red presented at this tasting, the 2012 VDP Cotes Catalanes Tessellae is 100% old vine Carignan, aged ten months in concrete tank, that comes from vineyards in Maury and Les Aspres (both of which have schist soils). An old-world styled fruit-bomb, with its massive and decadently-styled blackberry fruit, spice, licorice and plum, this full-bodied effort has no hard edges, beautiful purity of fruit and a seamless texture that stays nicely focused and clean. Enjoy this sexy, voluptuous beauty over the coming 4-5 years (although I suspect it will last longer as well). (JD) " (02/2014)

France - Loire

  • 2013 Patient Cottat "Le Grand Caillou" Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99)
    Sancerre at half the price! The Fournier family, with roots as deep as their vines in this region, seem to be related to just about everyone in some way. They've been farming and producing wines in Sancerre for generations. We are pleased to have been offered this wine, yet again, at such a great price. Soft, subtle mineral notes are wrapped up in aromatics of melon and citrus. Clean, bright and refreshing, this is a perfect little Sauvignon Blanc. Tropical fruit, citrus and spice aromas and flavors, with vibrant acidity and minerality. Perfect for goat milk cheeses or seafood.

France - Rhone Valley

  • 2005 Domaine de Cristia "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 3 available ($79.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the vintage's most compelling efforts is Cristia's 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. It boasts a dense purple hue along with spectacular aromas of camphor, creosote, incense, blackberries, and caramelized cherries. Made from 100% old vine Grenache and aged in neutral small oak casks, this spectacularly rich wine exhibits a multilayered texture, fabulous density, and a finish that lasts nearly 60 seconds. It is an amazing, even prodigious Chateauneuf du Pape, but patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025+. " (10/2007) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Very fleshy and flamboyant, with well-rounded boysenberry confiture, fig paste and crushed currant flavors laced with fruitcake, red and black licorice and aged tobacco notes. The long finish has the dense grip of the vintage, with great drive as well. Grenache. Best from 2010 through 2030. (Web-2009)" 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Explosively perfumed nose offers an exotic array of ripe dark berry preserve, incense and mineral scents. Flavors of cherry-vanilla and creme de framboise are deep, sweet and chewy, with the finish showing youthful tannic grip. Fans of restraint might not dig it but this is showing plenty of seductive charm today." (02/2008)

  • 2012 Domaine la Garrigue "Cuvée Romaine" Côtes du Rhône ($13.99)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A year-in, year-out spectacular value, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Romaine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah that spends 10-12 months in concrete prior to bottling. A custom cuvee made by importer Eric Solomon and consultant Philippe Cambie, it comes from 60- to 90-year-old vines and is basically a declassified Vacqueyras (at a Cotes du Rhone price). Loaded with garrigue, saddle leather, herbes de Provence and both kirsch and blackberry fruit, it is medium to full-bodied, layered and supple on the palate, with fine tannin emerging on the finish. Showing the vintage nicely and loaded with character, it should be purchased by the case and consumed over the coming 4-6 years. (JD)" (02/2014)

  • 2011 Stéphane Ogier Syrah "d'Ogier" Collines Rhodaniennes ($17.99)
    Wine & Spirits: "Grown on young vines across the river from Côte Rôtie, this is purple and juicy, with a Bretty earthiness permeating its dark, floral Syrah fruit. It wants a steak, ample fat around the edges." (02/2014) K&L Notes: From Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes in the northern Rhône.

Italy - Italy

  • 2010 I Favati Campi Taurasini "Cretarossa" - 12 available ($22.99)

  • 2006 Il Valentiano "Campo di Marzo" Brunello di Montalcino ($39.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Darkly concentrated, boldly aromatic and intense, this pretty Brunello delivers modern aromas of chocolate, espresso bean, ripe fruit, blackberry and rum cake. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and the wine maintains its momentum thanks to the softness of its texture. " (05/2012) 90 points Wine Spectator: "This polished red displays bright cherry, raspberry and oak spice aromas and flavors, matched to an elegant frame. A vibrant wine, cruising to a long finish. Best from 2013 through 2024." (08/2011)

  • 2008 Il Valentiano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ($44.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva feels like a wine made from a whole other producer and a different environment when compared to the estate’s 2009 Brunello Campo Marzo. While that wine is thin and fraught, this Riserva on the other hand, is bountiful and generous especially where the use of oak is concerned. Some 48 months in barrel adds cinnamon and vanilla over dark cherry and blackberry. It is meant for near-term consumption. Drink: 2014-2021. (ML)" (02/2014)

  • 2009 Il Valentiano "Campo di Marzo" Brunello di Montalcino ($29.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Focused and balanced, it opens with a fragrance recalling ripe berries, wet soil, red rose, blue flower and baking spices. The spicy palate delivers wild cherry, cinnamon-spice, white pepper, hot red pepper and a mineral note alongside brooding tannins and just enough fresh acidity. Drink 2016–2021. — K.O" (05/2014) 90 points James Suckling: "Very pretty, savory Brunello with plums, and hints of jam and balsamic character. Full body with a velvety texture and a long finish. Drink or hold." (02/2014) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep red. Enticing aromas of raspberry and fresh flowers are lifted by a steely mineral note. Fresh, vibrant and nicely delineated, showing sneaky concentration and energy. Has the backbone for a graceful evolution in bottle but this wine is hard to resist now." (08/2014)

  • 2010 La Monacesca Camerte Marche Rosso ($25.99)

  • 2012 La Monacesca "Ecclesia" Chardonnay ($21.99)

  • La Monacesca "Mirum" MV Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva 20th Anniversary ($39.99)
    A unique blend of 85% verdicchio from the 2008 vintage, with 15% verdicchio coming from the 2000-2001-2002-2004 vintages. The result is a concentrated marriage of depth and balance, created to celebrate the 20th vintage of Mirum. From the producer: "Notes of caramelised apricot, passion fruit, and toasted almond on the nose introduce a palate with a perfect harmony of alcohol and acidity, tremendous intensity and rare persistence."

  • 2010 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva ($34.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Green-tinged gold. Musky, lees-accented aromas of yellow apple, melon and cinnamon, with a suggestion of buttered toast. Supple and expansive, offering fresh lime and richer baked apple and guava flavors. Finishes with very good energy and focus, along with a note of vanillin oak. This is an impressively rich white wine, but terroir lovers may find that it fails to evoke Matelica's high-altitude, mineral personality. 90(+?) points." (03/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Real zip and density with a most agreeable blend of richness and structure. Still very young. But should have a long life. " (09/2013) K&L Notes: Sometimes those critics are aren't correct and miss the picture entirely.Tanzer's Italian reviewer Ian d'Agata writes "along with a note of vanillin oak" well that must have been left in his glass from the previous wine because these wines don't see any oak at all. He loves the Collestefano Verdicchio di Matelica (as well as I do) but his claim about ther regions character "terroir lovers may find that it fails to evoke Matelica's high-altitude, mineral personality " I find incorrect as well. Collestefano is like that but every other Matelica Verdicchio I have had shows more richness than a prickly acidity. Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian Buyer

  • 2011 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva ($26.99)
    This is wonderfully special white wine is made only in select vintages. La Monacesca uses extra ripe Verdicchio that is highly aromatic, resulting in a rich wine that typically displays roasted nuts, a hint of brioche, and lemon and honey on the palate. Drink it with fresh cheeses, affetati platters or veal saltimbocca.

  • 2011 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva (1.5L) ($49.99)
    The Mirum is a big league wine. The level of flavor saturation, power, density and age-ability is remarkable. Mirum is harvested the third or fourth week in October, assuring the maximum amount of flavor, focus and richness on the palate, all coming together in a focused, textured, seamless experience. The wine is fermented in stainless steel for 20 days and then remains there for 18 months sur lie. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

  • 2012 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica ($17.99)

  • 2012 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica (1.5L) ($34.99)

  • 2011 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri ($189.99)
    94 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of freshly sliced coastal rosemary and currants follow through to a full body, with integrated tannins and a fine finish. This shows so much finesse and beauty. But there is a solid backbone of tannins and length. Reminds me of some of the underrated Sass of the 1980s such as 1982, 1983 or 1987. Try after 2018. " (05/2014) 19 points Jancis Robinson: "Juicy and sweet on the nose, full of the promise of youthful fruit. Fine spices with super definition – each is distinct, yet they integrate beautifully – vanilla, clove, allspice. And sumptuous but savoury fruit too. (19/20 points)" (03/2014)

  • 2013 Silvano Follador "Cartizze" Brut Prosecco ($24.99)
    A K&L staff favorite! Silvano Follador's "Cartizze" is a single vineyard offering, kept bright and lean thanks to a low dosage, and it takes the place of Champagne at the table just beautifully. Creamy and crisp, seemingly disparate notes come together seamlessly on this peach-scented bubbly from Follador. (Just a note to clear up some nomenclature issues with this brand. Follador has added an extra word to their label, "Nature." It means less than 3gpl of residual sugar, so even though their wines are Brut, Brut can be decidedly higher; Nature is a designation that is more definitive. Most Prosecco is Extra Dry and that is 12-20gpl which could go from dryish to outright sweet, Follador is looking to distance themselves from the rest of the pack. Follador is one of the very few non-sweet wines from Cartizze, a very large single vineyard, 260 acres, and 20-35gpl. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

  • 2013 Silvano Follador Prosecco Brut DOCG ($18.99)
    This is a perfect wine year-round, and it has been one of K&L’s best sellers since we started bringing it in about eight or nine years ago. There are melon, green apple and citrus notes, and it is crisp and floral on the palate, with a long finish and a subtle mousse that makes this delicious wine a sure bet for the dinner table. This Prosecco works well as a Champagne alternative, as well as for sitting and sipping on the porch watching the last days of summer roll by. Buy a few extra bottles to have around to impress unexpected guests. Mike Parres K&L San Francisco

Mexico - Tequila

  • Ocho Cientos Blanco Sotol 750ml - 11 available ($42.99)
    The global interest in spirits is finally expanding to the more remote regions of Mexico, beyond Jalisco and Oaxaca, and into the state of Chihuahua where Ocho Cientos is distilled from the Sotol plant. Known as the "Desert Spoon," Sotol produces a more savory, rustic flavor than the standard Blue Agave Tequilas. Ocho Cientos is one of the most polished versions we've ever tasted, but it never loses the tangy, roasted flavor of cooked Sotol. Similar to mezcal, the blanco offers big, spicy pepper, a mouthful of roasted cactus, and a dry, almost tannic finish that one can almost sink their teeth into. It's potent stuff and it mixes beautifully into cocktails, adding an accent of savoriness that is often missing from a Margarita (hence, why some like to add salt).

  • Ocho Cientos Reposado Sotol 750ml - 12 available ($47.99)
    The global interest in spirits is finally expanding to the more remote regions of Mexico, beyond Jalisco and Oaxaca, and into the state of Chihuahua where Ocho Cientos is distilled from the Sotol plant. Known as the "Desert Spoon," Sotol produces a more savory, rustic flavor than the standard Blue Agave Tequilas. Ocho Cientos is one of the most polished versions we've ever tasted, but it never loses the tangy, roasted flavor of cooked Sotol. The wood maturation adds just a touch of sweetness to the wild, roasted flavors of the Sotol spirit and rounds out the spice. The finish is dry, herbaceous, and full of zest.

Portugal - Spain and Portugal

  • 2011 Quinta dos Roques Malvasia Dao ($15.99)
    Quinta dos Roques has about 5 hectares of Malvasia vines which produce this refreshing white. With its bright, clean, subtly floral aromas, and refreshing, mineral driven palate, it may remind you of Italian renditions of this grape variety. It certainly would be an ideal sipper for any grilled fish you throw its way, or simply with some snacks as an aperitif. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)

  • 2010 Quinta dos Roques Touriga Nacional Dao ($29.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The 2010 TOURIGA NACIONAL is a fine expression of Touriga Nacional, floral and typical, elegant and beautiful. If not as dense as some of the early iterations of this wine, it has fine balance and loads of charm. In its youthful exuberance, it is a pleasure just to smell. I think it is a beauty, with development still to come in the cellar. Drink now-2024. (MS)" (12/2012) 90 points Wine Spectator: "A full-bodied and focused red, showing plenty of muscle between the dried berry, wild plum and savory herbal flavors. Features a snap of black licorice and green olive, with dark chocolate notes on the finish. Drink now through 2019." (07/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Deepest elderberry juice. Sweet, dark, spicy and intense. Dry, savoury and mineral on the palate. Much better level of fruit ripeness than on the 2003. Still pretty oaky but lovely dry texture and scented mid palate even though it is so dark and withheld in youth. (JH) (17.5/20 points)" (03/2013) K&L Notes: Consisting of over 40% of their total acreage, Touriga Nacional is Quinta dos Roques' most important grape variety. It is also indigenous to the Dao (not the Douro) and many would argue that it is here where the grape reaches its maximum potential. Dark fruit aromas lead to a structured, serious palate showing tasty blackberry fruit flavors, multiple layers and tannins that frame the wine and should provide for great aging potential over the next 7-8 years. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)

Scotland - Single Malt Scotch

  • Mortlach Rare Old Single Malt Whisky 750ml (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape) - 12 available ($109.99)

Spain - Spain and Portugal

  • 2013 CVA "Liquid Geography" Rosé Bullas ($10.99)
    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light orange. Ripe citrus fruits and strawberry on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Pliant and seamless in texture, showing good breadth and depth as well as vivacity. A touch of white pepper adds bite to the taut, refreshingly brisk, persistent finish." (06/2014) Wine & Spirits: "A project from Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata (of Olé Imports), Norrel Robertson, MW, (a Scot making wine in Spain) and Charles Bieler (of Bieler Père et Fils), this 'Provence-style' rosé is crisp and lean, with sour cherry fruit and light herbal notes. All proceeds go to the TJ Martell Foundation, funding research on cures for cancer, leukemia and AIDS." (08/2014) K&L Notes: Looking for a delicious rosé? This one is classic, dry, with a combination of red fruits, a touch of spice, and a decidedly mineral character from mature Monastrell (Mourvedre) vines grown in higher elevation, limestone and clay-rich soils in the southeastern Spanish D.O. of Bullas. While it's delicious on its own, this would be ideal with so many foods: grilled eggplant with pesto, salmon, pan fried sardines with lots of fresh herbs, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. The list goes on and on. I cannot recommend this highly enough! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)

  • 2012 Pinyolet Garnacha Montsant ($14.99)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "he 2012 Pinyolet Garnacha, which comes from vines planted in limestone soils in 1945, was aged six months in stainless steel. It displays a classic Grenache character of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, lavender, pepper and a distinct sandy, earthy undertone. Medium to full-bodied, rich, supple and silky with impressive purity, it should drink nicely for 2-3 years. (RP)" (08/2013) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Smoky red fruits, rose and Asian spices on the nose. Fleshy and sweet, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of candied flowers. Brisk acidity adds lift and cut to a sweet, persistent finish. There's something pinot-like about this wine's delicacy and vibrant red fruit. " (10/2013) K&L Notes: This is a bigger, darker fruited Garnacha, whose intensity of flavor and generous palate come more from grape variety and the soil these vines are planted in, rather than oak treatment and any particular regimen in the winery. In short, my kind of Grenache! Dark cherry fruits, as previously mentioned are deeply pitched and powerful, but give way to nice tannin structure and the calcareous minerality of the Montsant D.O. Highly recommened not just for fans of Grenache, but for those looking for a medium plus to full bodied red with lots of character/complexity for the price! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer).

  • 2013 Tampesta Albarin Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon ($14.99)
    Produced from an unusual variety in Albarín, which is indiginenous to northern Spain and occasionally tends to show floral traits, sometimes spicy, though here it is all about ripe yellow stone fruits, tinned mandarins and a generous, slightly viscous quality. My notes read: "Chenin meets Albariño." There is a hint of sweetness, which makes the wine playful as well as very food friendly. Try it with grilled salmon, chopped herb butter and pan fried rounds of roasted sweet potatoes. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)

United States - Bourbon and Rye

  • Four Roses K&L Exclusive OBSK (9 Years Old, 6 Months) Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon 750ml ($59.99)
    Another feather in our Four Roses cap comes in the wonderful cask of the OBSK (60% corn, 35% rye, 5%). This recipe has gained some notoriety for its part in the well regarded 120th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch. This bourbon features the high rye recipe and the spicy K yeast strains. The full throttled style on display here is packed to the brim with sweet woody aromas. Like fresh oak resin laced with layers of baking spice and doused in fresh cream, the complexity is surprising at this age. Bottled half way through its 10th year, this cask is a real treat for those who enjoy a dryer style with tons of dark power flavors like gravel, graphite, vanilla bean and dark roasted cacao. Literally, the dark horse of this current batch of barrels, so get up there and hold on tight!

  • Four Roses K&L Exclusive OBSV (11 Years Old, 4 Months) Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon 750ml ($59.99)
    We're amassing a collection of cask strength Four Roses because it's one of the best bourbons in production and they keep sending us these choice casks. We can't keep these in stock so it's been hard to consistently offer all ten recipes. Everything these guys put in the barrel is gold. We just can't get enough. This Recipe, OBVS, may be the most important for the distillery. Their regular offering, Four Roses' Single Barrel, is exclusively made from OBVS. It's probably the best readily available bourbon on the market. Renowned for its creamy rich body and delicate character, we're lucky to have come across this cask strength version of this special bourbon. Get this quick as we rarely see OBVS over 11 years old.

  • Four Roses K&L Exclusive OESK (10 Years Old, 4 Months) Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon 750ml ($59.99)
    The OESK (70% corn, 20% rye, 5% malt) recipe is full and spicy. It, like all Four Roses' bourbons, goes through an exacting souring process including rigorous testing for quality before being parceled out between the distilleries 24 fermentation tanks. K yeast tends to create bourbons of great power and depth. It's one of the two yeasts strains present in the distilleries Small Batch offering, which contains both high and low rye bourbons fermented with either the K or O yeast strains. This excellent cask balances that spicy earthiness out with a rich texture and a round sweet finish. Powerful aromas of sandalwood & cinnamon on the nose and persist throughout the palate. Only at the very end does a sweet Werther's Original like caramel note raise its voice. It's a veritable concerto of spice and oak.

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2012 Bishop's Peak "Paso Robles" Cabernet Sauvignon ($15.99)
    Antonio Galloni: "Dark red cherry, plum, spice cake and dried flowers jump from the glass in the Bishop's Peak's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2012, the blend includes a fair amount of Petit Verdot, which adds character and complexity. This juicy, supple Cabernet Sauvignon is a fabulous wine for the money. " (07/2014) K&L Notes: Bishop's Peak wines are handcrafted by Talley Vineyards "to capture the unique diversity of the greater Central Coast region." They offer fabulous quality at unbeatable prices. From the producer: "Deep ruby in color, this Paso Robles cabernet sauvignon reflects vivid aromas of ripe blackberry and blueberry, balanced by notes of dried fig and rich spices. The wine has a rich texture with flavors of bright plum and juicy raspberry, and the wine finishes with smooth, soft tannins. Enjoy this medium bodied cabernet with grilled hanger steak and garden fresh vegetables."

  • 2006 Justin "Isosceles" Paso Robles Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($54.99)
    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Sexy aromas of cherry-vanilla, cola, brown spices and licorice. Sappy cherry and dark berry flavors are framed by velvety tannins and show a lot of smoky, sweet oak influence. I like this wine's depth and sweet fruit but wonder about the oak element. " (11/2009) Wine Enthusiast: "Very ripe, almost overripe, with an edge of raisins. But the structure of tannins and acids is fine, and the pruniness acts as a foil against the blackberries, cherries and cedar wood. Drink now." (10/2009) K&L Notes: Justin Isosceles has been one of the closest things to a can't-miss domestic Bordeaux blend over the last decade. Add the fact that it so much less expensive than most of its Napa brethren and you have a great bargain on your hands. This year's blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, leading to a much richer and fuller bodied wine than in recent years, when the bottling has been a smidge less Cab-driven. Full of mocha, anise, graphite and highlighted with some lovely white floral laces the nose is wildly expressive for a wine this young. I can only imagine how this facet will build complexity over time. Rich and loaded with plump, lush flavors of blackberry, coffee bean, pastilles, kirsch and hardwood smoke this has plenty to please now, but would be served well with another month or two in bottle, although 7-8 years would also not be out of question. This is a perfect wine for grilled meats and strong flavored California cuisine or for those that would like to impress their Napa-driven Cabernet friends. (Bryan Brick, K&L Wine Merchants)

  • 2009 Meyer Family Cellars "Bonny's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($124.99)

  • 2012 OENO Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.99)
    From OENO: "Oeno (ee- no) is a private label project by Amy Atwood. Unable to find affordable domestic wines made with native yeasts and neutral oak, she sought out CA winemakers who would make these wines to her specifications. Dan Fitzgerald made the below wines in Sebastopol, California. The Oeno Cabernet uses Native primary fermentation and Native MLF-100% Destemmed, 100% whole berry-Fermentation length ~24 days-100% neutral French Oak, -Unfined and unfiltered."

  • 2012 Prisoner Wine Co. "Cuttings" Red Wine ($49.99)
    Winemaker Jen Beloz (previously at Ravenswood) has been crafting unique, expressive blends at Prisoner Wine Co. since it landed under new ownership in 2009. From the producer: "Inspired by the age-old method of using cuttings from a vineyard to propagate new vines, this new Cabernet-based blend is unique and special. Cuttings combines the richness, complexity and depth of Cabernet with the structure and intensity of Petite Sirah and Syrah, all the while channeling the robust character of Zinfandel. Powerful and structured, the blend evokes notes of ripe black fruit, bing cherry, and mocha."

  • 2011 Ridge "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 2 available ($299.99)
    93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Monte Bello (87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc) emerges from the glass with tobacco, grilled herbs, smoke, incense and plums melding together in this soft, beautifully textured Monte Bello. The 2011 is a wine of exceptional textural finesse. The 100% new oak is totally integrated. In 2011, Ridge used a total of 18 of a possible 24 lots for the final blend. The presence of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon is the highest since the 1980s. I expect the 2011 to be a relatively early drinking Monte Bello, but time will be the judge. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2031. (AG)" (08/2012) 93 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Monte Bello is quite open in this vintage. Silky, soft and accessible, the 2011 appears to be built for medium-term drinking. Sage, rosemary, lavender, licorice and menthol add complexity to a core of dark plum and cherries as the 2011 opens up in the glass. Overall, the 2011 is a solid Mont Bello, if a little less exciting than it was last year. In 2011, the blend is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. " (07/2014)

  • 2011 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml) ($74.99)
    93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Monte Bello (87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc) emerges from the glass with tobacco, grilled herbs, smoke, incense and plums melding together in this soft, beautifully textured Monte Bello. The 2011 is a wine of exceptional textural finesse. The 100% new oak is totally integrated. In 2011, Ridge used a total of 18 of a possible 24 lots for the final blend. The presence of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon is the highest since the 1980s. I expect the 2011 to be a relatively early drinking Monte Bello, but time will be the judge. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2031. (AG)" (08/2012) 93 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Monte Bello is quite open in this vintage. Silky, soft and accessible, the 2011 appears to be built for medium-term drinking. Sage, rosemary, lavender, licorice and menthol add complexity to a core of dark plum and cherries as the 2011 opens up in the glass. Overall, the 2011 is a solid Mont Bello, if a little less exciting than it was last year. In 2011, the blend is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. " (07/2014)

  • 2007 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($94.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright dark red. Complex, lively aromas of cherry, licorice, chocolate, tobacco leaf and spices. A juicy, spicy midweight with excellent tension and finesse to its youthfully imploded fruit, spice and chocolatey oak flavors. A very successful offering from Silver Oak, finishing with substantial dusty tannins, noteworthy length and a light touch. Aged for a full two years in 100% new American oak, but the oak element is not at all overbearing. " (05/2012) Wine Enthusiast: "Lots of nice blackberry, cassis, plum and new oak flavors in this dry, tannic Cabernet. It hews to an old-fashioned style, with an earthiness that suggests time in the cellar. Try after 2014. " (05/2012) K&L Notes: 2007 is a classic vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet. Wine Spectator rated the overall vintage 99 points! The only other vintage to ever receive a near perfect score was the legendary 1997 vintage. In addition to the Wine Spectator's assessment of '07, Robert Parker has rated the 2007 vintage higher than the legendary 1997 vintage for California. Here's another opportunity to collect a professionally stored Silver Oak Napa Valley from the '07 bottling. If you want to round out your Napa Cab collection, or you'd like to pick up one of most frequently requested luxury gift items we sell each year, it would be wise to act quickly while this remains available.

  • 2006 Spring Valley Vineyards "Uriah" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($44.99)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This new Uriah marks a return to form; big, brawny, chewy and complex, yet generous and complete. The blend continues as before-54% Merlot, 33% Cab Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, and 6% Malbec, all estate-grown. The wine opens with barrel scents and flavors of tea, tobacco and wood smoke. The cherry-flavored fruit saturates the tobacco notes, gaining mass and turning into cherry cobbler as it does." (08/2009) 93 points Wine Spectator: " *Top 100 Wines of 2009* Smooth and focused, with a cigar box character to make the ripe blackberry and currant fruit more interesting, finishing with polished tannins. Has great presence without being pushy, and the finish doesn't quit. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2014. (Web-2009)" K&L Notes: "Uriah" is made in the style of a Right Bank Bordeaux and has consistently offered amazing flavors, complexity and promise for the future for a fraction of the price you'd find St-Emilion or Napa bottlings of the same ilk. With a nose packed full of graphite, black cherry and dried herbs, this is a treat to swirl and dissect over a few hours sitting in your favorite chair. Add in the boisterous but balanced flavors of olive, vanilla, wild berry, sage and cedar and this becomes a real treat. In my mind there hasn't been any other wine this consistently great over the past 10 years coming out of Washington; do yourself a favor and find out why. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

  • 2011 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($79.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " (a blend of clones 7 and 337; includes 4% Petite Sirah): Good deep red-ruby. Perfumed aromas of currant, espresso and smoky, nutty oak, plus a hint of prune. Suave, dense and juicy, showing a milk chocolatey quality that reminded me of Merlot. Plenty of sweet oak here but has enough supporting currant fruit. 90 points " (05/2014)

  • 2011 Vino Valpredo Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon ($14.99)
    This is an amazing value for California Cabernet lovers who want a wine that is not only well balanced, but also versitle to drink on its own, or with many food pairings. This lovely Cabernet does just the trick. Not overripe or jammy, cool climate vinage and the Sonoma AVA gives great texture and depth to the wine. Integrated oak with juicy acid and tannin structrue gives just the right amount of pop! This is my new every day red for sure! (Christie Cartwright, Domestic Buyer) From the winery: "Made from grapes grown on a hillside vineyard in Sonoma County, These grapes have historically made our Fritz Winery Cabernet but we have since discontinued making Cabernet under that label and have dedicated those grapes to our new Sonoma County brand Vino Valpredo. Made from grapes grown on a hillside vineyard in Sonoma County, this rich, fruit driven Cabernet Sauvignon shows bright flavors of red currants, plum and cassis. The finish lingers and the flavors satisfy."

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 2004 Col Solare Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($39.99)
    92 points Robert Parker: "Purple-colored, the expressive bouquet reveals pain grille, pencil lead, mineral, black currant, and blackberry. The wine glides across the palate smoothly and the flavors are savory. There is enough tannin to support 4-6 years of evolution but the finish is slightly muted and compressed. The wine's balance suggests that a few years of cellaring should round it out and it should continue to provide pleasure through 2025." (06/08) 92 points and "An Editors' Choice" Wine Enthusiast: "Tasted right after bottling, this new release from the high-profile Ste. Michelle/Antinori Red Mountain project may be the finest Col Solare to date. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and a splash each of Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. Half is Horse Heaven Hills fruit, one quarter Cold Creek and one quarter Wahluke Slope. This is a chewy, muscular wine, dense with plummy fruit, and layered with flavors of earth, soy and black tea." (08/07) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Firm and chewy, with a generous layer of currant and blueberry fruit that runs through the tannins. Shows hints of cedar and sage as the flavors persist on the finish. Needs time to soften, but the elements are there to develop well. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best after 2009." (03/08)

United States - Domestic Chardonnay

  • 2011 Littorai "B.A. Thieriot Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 1 available ($119.99)

  • 2012 Littorai "B.A. Thieriot Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 1 available ($124.99)

  • 2012 Littorai "Mays Canyon" Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 1 available ($124.99)

  • 2013 OENO Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($17.99)
    From Oeno: "Oeno (ee-no) is a private label project by Amy Atwood. Unable to find affordable domestic wines made with native yeasts and neutral oak, she sought out CA winemakers who would make these wines to her specifications. Dan Fitzgerald made the wines in Sebastopol, California. Oeno Russian River Chardonnay is cold settled 24 hours, uses native primary fermentation and native malolactic, and 25% tank fermented/stainless steel. 75% barrel fermented." 75% MLF 25% no MLF, unfined.

  • 2011 Pahlmeyer "Jayson" North Coast Chardonnay ($44.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Offers medium-weight ripe pear and green apple flavors, with a dash of butterscotch. An elegant, understated style, delivering a persistent finish accented by green fruit and subtle oak. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2013)" K&L Notes: Winemaker notes: "The 2011 Jayson Chardonnay, bright golden in hue, opens with luscious aromas of apricot, white peach and toasted brioche. Lemon zest turns juicy and creamy on the palate, framed by fresh, cleansing acidity."

  • 2012 Reuling Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($69.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* This gorgeous rendering comes from the owners of Reuling Vineyard itself, made famous years ago by the likes of Mark Aubert. Here, in winemaker Matt Taylor’s hands, the wine recalls orange blossom and steely wet stone. Layers of mid-weight pear and almond paste deliver aching complexity on through the fig-infused finish. This is one to cellar 2019-2024. " (10/2014) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow. Mineral-accented aromas of honeydew, nectarine and orange zest, with sexy floral and iodine notes adding complexity. Offers palate-staining pit and citrus fruit flavors and notes of anise and toasty lees. Shows both richness and vivacity on a penetrating finish that is sharpened by a gingery quality and a hint of bitter lemon pith." (06/2014) 90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Rich oak abounds here as does plenty of fully ripe fruit, and if the wine's combination of sweet apples, pears, crème brûlée and vanilla smacks ever so slightly at a bit of confection, this bottling stops well short of being too much. It will not likely be embraced by those who define Chardonnay success by acidity first and flavor second, but the rest will enjoy its juicy richness and supple, well-polished style." (05/2014) Wine Spectator: "Very ripe and fleshy, this version is almost sweet, with a mix of white peach, nectarine, apple and clove notes. Ends with a long, graceful finish. Drink now. 350 cases made." (07/2014)

United States - Domestic Merlot

  • 2011 Keenan Napa Valley Merlot - 11 available ($31.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The 2011 Merlot reveals a wonderful smoky espresso-scented nose with a hint of black cherry liqueur. Medium-bodied and moderately colored, it is not terribly rich or profoundly deep, but it is lush, velvety and endearing. I suspect most wine consumers may prefer this Merlot to some of the more highly rated and concentrated vintages that require a few years of bottle age. This can be enjoyed in its first 3-4 years of life. (RP)" (10/2013)

  • 2011 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot - 12 available ($54.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Silky and juicy, with briary dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors framed and lifted by nicely integrated acidity. Finishes with serious oak tannins and excellent length. Offers a lovely balance of ripeness and freshness." (05/2014) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a sleek and fleshy texture, with black cherry and dusty herb aromas. The flavors are focused and somewhat tight at the core, presenting notes of red currant, bitter chocolate, cedar and mineral. Best from 2016 through 2020. (Web-2014)"

United States - Domestic Other Misc. Red

  • 2013 Bedrock "Evangelho Vineyard Heritage Wine" Contra Costa Red Blend - 6 available ($34.99)

  • 2011 Epoch "Ingenuity Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend ($59.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Ingenuity is 55% Syrah, 17% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and the balance Petite Sirah. Aged in barrels and puncheons, it offers a gorgeous, seamless, layered and full-bodied style to go with notes of black raspberry, chocolate, spice-box and hints of pepper. I love the overall purity here, and it’s incredibly silky and polished on the palate, with fine tannin. Enjoy this beauty over the coming 7-8 years. I was blown away by these 2011s from winemaker Jordan Fiorentini, and they showed uncommon depth and richness in the vintage. For the most part, they’re ready to go, yet should evolve gracefully. Moving on to the reds and starting with the 2011s, these showed beautifully from barrel, and didn’t disappoint from bottle. They’re up there with the creme de la creme of the vintage. The 2012s are tighter, with a chewier, savory tannin profile that will be something to watch. They’ll need a year or two in the cellar once released. " (08/2014) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(55% syrah, 17% grenache, 15% mourvedre and 13% petite sirah; 45% new oak): Dark purple. Sexy smoke- and spice-accented aromas of black and blue fruits and potpourri, with a suggestion of incense building with air. Lush and expansive in the mouth, offering deeply pitched but lively cassis and mulberry flavors and a suave floral pastille nuance. The spice and floral notes come back strong on the finish, framed by smooth, harmonious tannins. " (12/2013) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* It’s another inky Rhône monster with aging potential from Epoch and their historic Paderewski Vineyard. This Syrah-led blend throws off inviting aromas of black cherry pie, violet, fennel and balsamic vinegar reduction. Once sipped, layers of flavor emerge steadily, with blackberry fruit roll-up, wet pipe tobacco, candied nuts, lingering herbs and a slight vanilla finish. Serve with osso buco or otherwise roasted pork." (09/2014) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers a graceful, harmonious mix of dark berry, cedar, raspberry and licorice flavors, supple in texture and lingering on the finish, gaining depth and nuance. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2022. 974 cases made." (07/2014) 92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Ingenuity is quite pretty in this vintage. Dark red cherry, plum, cloves, menthol and new leather meld together in a supple, vibrant wine with terrific balance of fruit and acidity. Fine, silky tannins support the juicy, expressive finish. The blend is 55% Syrah, 17% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and 13% Petite Sirah. Jordan Fiorentini is one of the most thoughtful winemakers in Paso Robles, so it is not surprising to see quality continue to improve in a meaningful way at Epoch. Today, Fiorentini is likely to use a significant portion of whole clusters and more neutral vessels like cement, both of which allow the purity of the fruit to come through with greater transparency. All of that has happened while Epoch continues to expand under the leadership and vision of owners Bill and Liz Armstrong. Epoch's new winery on York Mountain is now nearly finished. Epoch's newest estate vineyard, Catapult, which lies next to L'Aventure and Booker, is now contributing fruit to some of these wines. The Armstrongs have spared virtually no expense in getting Epoch off the ground. What they have achieved in just a few years is truly remarkable, but my sense is that it is just the beginning. In addition to these wines, I also tasted the 2012 Zinfandel, which had just been bottled and was understandably very tight." (07/2014)

United States - Domestic Pinot Noir

  • 2011 Cobb "Coastlands Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 2 available ($69.99)

  • 2011 Cobb "Rice Spivak Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($64.99)

  • 2012 Littorai "Savoy Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir - 1 available ($119.99)

  • 2013 OENO Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($19.99)

  • 2012 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($39.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Brilliant ruby-red. Intense raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by white pepper, allspice and smoky minerals. On the palate, juicy, sharply focused red fruit flavors stretch out and gain weight with air. Finishes on a lively spicy note, with very good length and sneaky tannins. Distinctly elegant for the vintage and very enjoyable now. " (07/2014)

  • 2010 Williams-Selyem "Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch 30th Anniversary Cuvée" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir - 1 available ($99.00)

United States - Domestic Syrah and Petite Sirah

  • 2012 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Estate" Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah ($28.99)
    93 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate is absolutely delicious. The addition of 10% Zinfandel has softened the typically burly Petit tannins, resulting in a wine that delivers tons of pure pleasure. Menthol, cloves and lavender wrap around a core of blue/purplish fruit in a gorgeous Petite with soft contours (for Petite) and terrific overall balance. " (07/2014)

  • 2011 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard "Pierce Ranch" San Antonio Valley Petite Sirah - 12 available ($17.99)

  • 2011 Shafer "Relentless" Napa Valley Syrah ($84.99)
    94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " From a more challenging vintage, the 2011 Relentless exhibits a similar opaque blue/purple color as well as remarkable concentration and balance. With stunning perfume, purity, texture and full-bodied richness, the 2011 is slightly more evolved and softer than the 2010, but it offers much of the same character. This compelling effort is one of the superstars of the vintage in 2011. (RP)" (10/2013) 92-94 points Antonio Galloni: "Blackberry jam, wild flowers, graphite, pencil shavings and orange peel all jump from the glass in the 2011 Relentless. Here the flavors are quite a bit more aromatic and savory than in the 2010, with firm tannins that will preserve the wine for years. Another super-impressive wine from Shafer, the 2011 is showing beautifully today. Readers will need to be a little patient in allowing the wine to fully come together in bottle. The blend is 91% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah. " (11/2013)

United States - Domestic Zinfandel

  • 2013 Bedrock "Old Vine" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel ($24.99)
    Many of the grapes for Bedrock Wine Company's Old Vine Zinfandel are sourced from the historic Bedrock Vineyard--and as for being "historic," that's no marketing gloss. Bedrock was founded as pre-war business venture between buddies William “Tecumseh” Sherman and Joseph “Fightin’ Joe” Hooker in 1854, then replanted in 1888 by Senator George Hearst, father of publisher William Randolph Hearst. Besides Zinfandel, there's an eclectic mix of black grapes in the blend, including Petite Sirah, Abouriou and Alicante Bouschet. The 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel scored 90 points with Robert M. Parker, who also noted: "Morgan Twain Peterson, the son of Ravenswood's Joel Peterson, has hit the wine scene with a bang, producing vibrant, personality-filled, delicious wines from extremely old vines and, in some cases, virtually unknown grapes, such as Aubun, Teredalgo, Trousseau Noir, Le Noir, Mission, Trousseau Gris, Grand Noir and Abouriou, as well as Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Carignan, Alicante Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo. Many of these sites are heritage terroirs from the ancient past which, until Peterson's arrival, were largely ignored or were co-mingled into some innocuous industrial blend. Bedrock's portfolio is filled with exciting wines."

  • 2012 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ($34.99)
    93-95 points Antonio Galloni: "Another totally sexy, voluptuous wine, the 2012 Lytton Springs is endowed with serious power. A bit more structured than the Geyserville, the Lytton Springs stands out for its impeccable balance and class. Layers of dark red fruit build to a powerful finish laced with distinct Petite Sirah overtones. " (07/2013) K&L Notes: Renowned for its rich, complex Zinfandels and endowed with a remarkable set of terroirs, Ridge has been producing the Lytton Springs Zinfandel since 1972, from vines planted at the turn of the century. Winemaker notes for the 2012: "Black cherry, vanilla, toasty oak and mint aromas. Complex of raspberry, black olive, licorice with chalky tannins. Long finish with intriguing notes of pepper and spice." 70% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane, 3% Mataro; 14.4% alcohol by volume.

  • 2012 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Zinfandel (1.5L) - 11 available ($74.99)
    Renowned for its rich, complex Zinfandels and in possession of a remarkable set of terroirs, Ridge has been producing the Lytton Springs Zinfandel since 1972, from vines planted at the turn of the century. Winemaker notes for the 2012: "Black cherry, vanilla, toasty oak and mint aromas. Complex of raspberry, black olive, licorice with chalky tannins. Long finish with intriguing notes of pepper and spice." 70% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane, 3% Mataro; 14.4% alcohol by volume.

  • 2012 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Zinfandel (3L) - 1 available ($179.99)

  • 2012 Saucelito Canyon "Backroads" San Luis Obispo County Zinfandel ($14.99)

United States - Gin

  • Venus Spirits Gin 750ml - 7 available ($29.99)
    We just picked up an exciting new local distiller called Venus Spirits, located in nearby Santa Cruz. Sean Venus has taken over the old Sarticious space and installed his own 600 liter Spanish alembic still to make a number of interesting concoctions. It's a snappy, fresh, citrus-oriented spirit at a very good price point. The creaminess of the gin is quite lovely and the lavender comes strong on the finish. Certified organic as well, so all of the botanicals come from a good place. Easily one of the most-polished and easy-to-like small production gins we've seen in some time.

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ANY - Jugs, Vermouth, Hazerai

Canada - Other Misc. Imports

  • 2008 Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine Niagara Peninsula (375ml) - 12 available ($79.99)
    89 points Wine Enthusiast: "A very pretty, very varietal wine with notes of strawberry, cherry and jalapeno pepper. The palate is full of luscious, candied red fruit flavors that lead to a spice-filled finish." (12/2013)

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 1982 Margaux, Margaux - 1 available ($824.99)
    98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Consistently scoring between 98-100, the superb 1982 Margaux may be slightly bigger, bolder, and more masculine than vintages produced over the last 15-20 years. Its dark plum/purple color is followed by notes of melted tar intermixed with sweet cassis and floral underpinnings. Very full-bodied and dense for a Chateau Margaux, with a slight rusticity to the tannins, it boasts blockbuster power, richness, and impressive aromatics. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life." (06/2009) 97 points James Suckling: "What a youthful ruby color. And it's fresh and young on the nose with currants, plums, mints, and flowers. A full-bodied red, with slightly tight and firm tannins, it opens to a long and satisfying finish. What freshness. Leave it five years, or decant three or four hours in advance before serving." (11/2010) 96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby. Vibrant aromas of boysenberry, violet and licorice. Pure silk in the mouth, with great sappy verve. Hugely concentrated and compellingly sweet. Utterly spherical wine, finishing with outstanding mounting fruit. Drink now to 2030. 96(+?) " (07/2002) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Firm and rich. Dark ruby. Mint, mineral and currant aromas. Full-bodied, with solid and fine tannins. Better with a bit more age? Perhaps not as opulent as expected." (06/2001) Jancis Robinson: "Well-coloured garnet. Initial nose is still surprisingly oaky and youthful. Under that sweet spice, there’s a touch of leather and dried herbs but the sweetness persists. So silky and plenty of bright expressive sweet red fruit with a delicate leathery overlay. Very very long, and its the fruit that persists not the tannin. Spreads across the palate and extends way back like water filling every nook and cranny. 18.5/20 points. Drink to 2028." (04/2010)

  • 2004 Pétrus, Pomerol - 1 available ($1,899.99)
    97 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* Is a classic. Vintage 2004 has given beautifully ripe Merlot, perfectly poised, but also showing the dryness and power. It is hugely intense, structured, bringing in blackberry flavors, fresh acidity and complex wood, perfumed and rich, concentrated. The aging potential? At least 20 years. " (06/2007) 95 points Wine & Spirits: "By far the most concentrated of the '04 Pomerols, Pétrus carries its extract with opulence and grace. It feels intense while tasting vibrant, the buoyancy of its floral red fruit a clear match for the resonant tannins. There's nothing showy about it; in fact, the wine closes off with air. Pétrus requires patience and may not begin to show itself completely until it closes in on 20 years." (10/2007) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Offers crushed berries, with chocolate and light vanilla. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit, silky tannins and a caressing texture. Very harmonious and pretty, with a balanced palate." (03/2007) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dark plum/ruby-tinged 2004 Petrus possesses high acidity as well as copious amounts of sweet cherries and black currants intermixed with hints of cola, earth, and truffles. Deep, medium-bodied, concentrated, ripe flavors are excruciatingly firm and tannic. This backward, structured, muscular Pomerol requires a decade of cellaring, but it possesses the potential to be the longest lived wine of the vintage, lasting 30-40 years. (RP)" (06/2007) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep medium red. Subtly complex aromas of mulberry, red cherry, toffee, caramel, iron and flowers. A bit narrow on entry, then expands in the middle palate without any loss of focus. A very firmly built, vibrant and classy 2004 with a tight mineral core and ineffable spice character. This is by far the most backward 2004 in the Moueix portfolio. Finishes with terrific aromatic persistence and subtlety. This will surely evolve in the direction of toffee and truffle and may ultimately merit an even higher rating." (06/2007)

  • 1989 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 1 available ($249.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Both the 1989 and 1990 vintages exhibit opaque, dense purple colors that suggest massive wines of considerable extraction and richness. The dense, full-bodied 1989 is brilliantly made with huge, smoky, chocolatey, cassis aromas intermingled with scents of toasty oak. Well-layered, with a sweet inner-core of fruit, this awesomely endowed, backward, tannic, prodigious 1989 needs another 5-6 years of cellaring; it should last for three decades or more. It is unquestionably a great Pichon-Longueville-Baron." (02/1997) 95 points Wine Spectator: "What a nose here, from crushed mulberry to tanned leather to tar. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins that are soft and caressing, like cashmere. This is so tight and powerful still; it seems to be holding back. Be patient, because it will open with another five or six years of bottle age. Hard to wait. So why do it? (2009)" 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Impressive saturated ruby color. Pure, classic Pauillac aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate, menthol and flowers. Very intensely flavored, precise and penetrating, with an extremely primary flavor of cassis. Almost magically light on its feet owing to its rather strong acidity. A very young, extremely long wine with great tensile strength." (07/2002)

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 1997 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin "Au Velle" - 1 available ($99.99)

  • 1997 Domaine Denis Mortet Marsannay "Les Longeroies" - 1 available ($49.99)

  • 2001 Pommard, Rugiens, 1er Cru, Vincent Girardin (Elsewhere $56) ($49.99)
    89-92 points Stephen Tanzer: "($56) Bright ruby-red. Deep black cherry and menthol aromas offer good verve. Sweet, sappy and fruit-driven, with flavors of black fruits and licorice. Offers good precision and verve, and a lingering, firm finish. Very strong for the vintage." (Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 03)

France - Champagne

  • Agrapart 7 Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($39.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " Based half-each on vintages 2010 and 2009, and with 10% Pinot Noir 'smuggled in,' Agrapart’s NV Brut Blanc De Blancs 7 Crus E13 – named for the seven Cote des Blancs villages from which it is sourced, and in this instance disgorged in May, 2013 – displays uncommon delicacy, buoyancy, tension and nuance for an 'intro-level' cuvee, and that uncannily combined with a sense of richness and purity to its white peach and grapefruit. Almond and pistachio cream lend allure; chalk and salt along with piquancy of peach kernel and toasted pumpkin seed impart interest, invigoration and saliva-inducement to an effusively juicy, succulent and refreshingly sustained finish. Seven grams of residual sugar, incidentally, is fairly high by estate standards but perfectly complements this wine’s forward fruit without engendering any sense of outright sweetness. This exceptional value in Champagne should remain irresistible for at least the next couple of years, and I shall be anxious to experience what happens further down the pike as I revisit the bottles I recently purchased (because older 'intro-level' bottles are not usually something that growers – or, for that matter, most self-styled wine collectors – can lay their hands on to pour for you). (DS)" (11/2013) 90 points Antonio Galloni: "Agrapart's NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru 7 Crus is quite powerful and intense in this release. The addition of 10% Pinot Noir now gives the 7 Crus a baritone depth this wine has previously not had, in a sense moving it away slightly from the trademark Agrapart style. This release is equal parts 2010 and 2009, from Avize, Oger, Oiry, Cramant, Avenay Val d’Or, Bergères les Vertus and Mardeuil, which equates to roughly 70% Grand Cru and 30% Premier Cru. Dosage was 7 grams per liter. This bottle was disgorged on July 2013." (11/2013) Jancis Robinson: " Complex, well-settled nose and lightly soft on the finish but with lots of interest on the way. Grapefruit peel on the finish after much throatwarming." (11/2013)

  • Louis Roederer "Brut Premier" Champagne Jeroboam (3L) - 4 available ($299.00)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a particularly good bottling of Brut Premier. Drawing on Roederer's famed reserve wines, it has a touch of toast that adds a round character to well as fresh, vivid lemon and grapefruit flavors. Drink this delicious, rich wine now. " (12/2013) 91 points Wine Spectator: "A smoky note of minerality complements the flavors of dried cherry and black currant, almond financier and gumdrop in this refined, creamy version. The delicate yet persistent acidity is well-integrated, leading to a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2018. " (11/2013) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(roughly 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier; L037415C108930): Bright yellow-gold. Mineral-accented lemon curd and green apple on the nose, with a spicy topnote. Penetrating and dry on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering intense orchard fruit and buttered toast flavors with a touch of bitter cherry pit. Shows impressive focus and lift on the taut, stony finish, which features a suave floral quality. This bottling is consistently among the very best big-house "basic" NV Champagnes." (12/2013) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "A plump, rich take on the Roederer style, this is the pretty blond Parisian who manages a smile when you pass by: a little pithy, a little smoky, a little tangy with the scent of candied roses. The wine’s sweetness and acidity balance each other out, leaving a clean impression. A great start to a dinner party. " (12/2012) Decanter: " *Gold Medal & Non-vintage Champagne Trophy at 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards* Rich, biscuity nose with a hint of dried plum, candied and red fruit. Excellent flavours of brioche and toast with a fabulous fine mousse, very attractive complexity and a super minerally finish. A top class NV. (2013) " Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A whiff of sulfur fortunately quickly dissipates from the glass of Roederer’s NV Brut Premier L036325A103612, making way for intimations of the lemony brightness and sappy fruit of peach close to the core that go on to dominate this fruit-forward, mouth-filling blend of four vintages and just over half Pinot Noir. Hints of toasted almond, bitter Seville orange and tangy sweat add interest on an attractively persistent finish. " (11/2013) K&L Notes: From the makers of Cristal, this is a rich, toasty style. Roederer grows two thirds of the fruit that it needs for this Champagne on their own extensive 500 acre estate. Their vineyards are spread throughout the Champagne region with holdings in the Cotes de Blancs, Valley of the Marne and Mountain of Reims. The Brut Premier comes only from grand and premier cru sites, and does not go through malolactic fermentation. It is 56% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 10% Meunier. It is aged three years on the lees and a generous six months on the cork before release. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

  • Moet & Chandon "Nectar Imperial" Rosé Champagne ($59.99)
    Wine & Spirits: "This rosé's sweet strawberry flavors balance a kick of spice and rich undertones of nuts. The acidity is ample enough to support the waxy texture and sweet fruit. Serve with a tart aux fraise or strawberry shortcake." (12/2009) Wine Spectator: "Creamy, with honeyed flavors of passion fruit, guava and spice that show a hint of candle wax. There's good intensity to the acidity in this exuberant rosé, and it just balances the tropical overtones, with an off-dry, moderate finish. Drink now. (Web-2012)"

France - Champagne - Old and Rare

  • 1998 Dom Pérignon P2 Brut Champagne ($349.00)
    97 points James Suckling: "A P2 release indicating it has been matured to the 2nd Plenitude, the middle stage of Dom Perignon's three-phase life as defined by Richard Geoffroy. This is a wine with some real tension between complexity and freshness that makes for incredibly engaging drinking. The nose offers up a little white peppery edge from the pinot; oyster shell saline freshness, red florals, sweet smelling woody spices and brioche, spiced biscuits and subtle roasted coffee notes - impressively complex. The phenolics register on the palate as a discreetly mineral, saline character, there's sorbet-like texture through the middle before finishing with comet-like line and length." (08/2014) 95 points Antonio Galloni: "The 1998 Dom Pérignon P-2 (formerly Oenothèque) is quite reticent today. What else is new? These second -plenitude wines are often very tight when they are first released, which is very much the case here. Still, it is quite evident the 1998 is a bit more tender and pliant than the 1996. Today, the 1998 still hasn't turned the corner, but it is quite pretty and expressive. This is a terrific offering." (05/2014) K&L Notes: The Dom Perignon P2, short for Plenitude 2, replaces the Oenotheque in Moet & Chandon's DP line. Oenotheque translates to "wine library" in English, and when Moet first released older bottles of Dom Perignon with extra ageing on the lees, they used this name. Before, this cache of old treasures was only used by the winemaking team as a reference. Now that the wines are being sold, the team wanted more precision in the name, and decided to use "plenitude" to describe the three phases of evolution of the wine. According to Merriam Webster, plenitude means "a large number or amount of something" or "the state of being full or complete." The current releases, now 2004 in white, and 2003 in Rose, they consider the first plenitude of Dom Perignon, while the 1996 Moët & Chandon "Dom Pérignon Oenothéque" Brut Champagne and the soon to be released 1998 Dom Pérignon P2 have entered their 2nd phase of development. This wine is in a completely different league than the initial release of 1998; gone is the big hit of yeast and instead the wine shows elegance that I rarely associate with this vintage. It has a gorgeous store of pin point streamers and a generous nose of black cherry Pinot. The finish goes on and on. Expected to arrive in late August. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

France - Loire

  • 2011 Domaine Guiberteau "Les Arboises" Saumur Rouge - 4 available ($64.99)

  • 2013 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc - 12 available ($31.99)
    With their old vines, quality organic viticulture, and modern winemaking, Domaine Guiberteau has quickly become a leading estate in the Loire's Saumur. The family has grown grapes in Saumur for more than 100 years, and for much of that time they provided the fruits of their labor to the local winemaking co-op. Current proprietor Romain Guiberteau is the third generation of vigneron since the family officially founded their own label, and their vines were planted by his father and grandfather just after World War II. According to importer Becky Wasserman, "Romain Guiberteau owns some of the best land in Brézé, and makes dry chenins of punk rock violence, yet of Bach-like logic and profoundness. He is creating quite a stir." How can that not pique your interest?

France - Other Spirits

  • Louis Roque Vieille Prune 750ml ($44.99)
    From the historic Louis Roque distillery located in the sleep town of Souillac. Imported by the legendary Charles Neal, Roque specializes in Vieille Prune from Gascony. Perhaps the finest in class, certainly the best of what's available in the states, prune uses only the best Gascone Plums. With the depth of a cognac and the finesse of a plum brandy. Esoteric, yet familiar, this Vieille Prune has an unparrelled richness. Bursting with asian spice and ripe fruit, you'll want to keep this one in stock once you've tried it.

France - Rhone Valley

  • 2005 Domaine de Cristia "Renaissance" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($69.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Renaissance (70% old vine Grenache aged in neutral wood and 30% Mourvedre aged in small oak casks) possesses a dense purple color as well as complex aromatics of soy, blueberries, blackberries, charcoal, and truffles. Deep, concentrated, dense, and rich, it has even more structure than the Vieilles Vignes cuvee (no doubt due to the Mourvedre component), but is somewhat more forward in the mouthfeel. Again, patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025. (RP)" (10/2007) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Muscular and crammed with black Mission fig, hoisin sauce, roasted plum and freshly brewed espresso notes, this is plenty weighty, but still fresh and driven, with a long graphite edge framing the mouthwatering, spice-filled finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2010 through 2030. 500 cases made. –JM (Web Only-2009) " 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Ripe dark berry and cherry liqueur aromas are complemented by vanilla, mocha and mace; a cured tobacco quality builds with air. Fat and round, with sweet, velvety red and dark berry preserve flavors, soft tannins and a long, gently spicy finish. This is already drinking well but ought to repay a few years cellaring. " (02/2008)

France - Sauternes - Old and Rare

  • 2001 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes - 2 available ($64.99)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Lots of lemon curd and vanilla character, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, sweet and very fresh, with a spicy, honey aftertaste. A beautifully balanced Sauternes. Spicy and chunky on the finish. Best after 2008." (04/2004) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow. Exotic, expressive aromas of apricot, honey, white raisin and caramel. Superripe and moderately thick but with sound acids giving it excellent balance. Flavors of toffee, caramel, honey, grilled nuts and spicy oak. The very long finish features a superripe suggestion of marzipan but also lovely limey lift. " (08/2004) K&L Notes: 13.8% alcohol and 130 grams sugar per liter. Fresh yellow gold in color, honey, pineapple, coconut and citric tones coat the palate. Fat and thick on entry, but balanced and elegant on the finish, this wine shows tremendous finesse and freshness. Should age well. Value!

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 1997 Falesco Montiano Lazio Umbria - 1 available ($44.99)

  • 2001 Feudi di San Gregorio "Serpico" Campania - 1 available ($69.99)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "Bold and structured red. Dark color; black licorice, raspberry and mineral character and hints of dried flowers; full-bodied, with spicy fruit and undertones of black pepper. Chewy finish. This is fantastic." (02/2004) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Serpico is another wine that appears to need more bottle age. Today it is in an in-between stage where the fruit is no longer primary but the tertiary notes aren’t fully developed either. The 2001 is a powerful Serpico with impressive tannic clout that will require further cellaring to soften. With time, hints of wild cherries, herbs, chocolate and leather emerge but only with great reluctance. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023. 92+ points." (08/2010) K&L Notes: Red Blend

  • 2001 La Spinetta (Rivetti) "Vürsù Vigneto Starderi" Barbaresco - 1 available ($109.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The masculine and brooding 2001 Barbaresco Starderi is unquestionably the most complex and complete of the La Spinetta Barbarescos. The wine is dark and deeply expressive, with a huge palate of dark roasted fruit, tar, spices, licorice and a lingering note of menthol. This is modern-style Barbaresco at its best." (10/2006) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "From vines of the same age, similar soil, and the same barriques Good full red. Spicy aromas of red berries, tobacco and peppermint. Rich, fat and vinous, with lovely generosity of flavor and balance. Offers a compelling three-dimensional tex ture and complex inner-mouth perfume. Finishes more backward than the Gallina, with a more obvious tannic spine. " (12/2004) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Extremely fresh on the nose, with fruit and raw meat character. Almost leafy underneath. Full-bodied, with big, chewy tannins, but they're round and caressing. This is a big red with a lot of heart. " (12/2004)

Italy - Italy

  • Ca' del Bosco "Cuvée Prestige" Franciacorta Brut ($32.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Cuvée Prestige has a fragrance of toasted bread crust, apple and pear. The creamy palate has a great depth of flavors: Golden Delicious apple, lemon drop, honey and pastry. The wine finishes on an almond note." (12/2013) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Though rich and creamy, this wine is focused by finely cut acidity, resulting in a lithe version overall. The smoky mineral undertow mixes with flavors of poached apple, toasted brioche, lemon curd and vanilla, followed by a lasting finish. Drink now through 2018. " (11/2012) Jancis Robinson: "Immediate, appealing yellow fruit and bread-crust nose. Fine bead and slow to emerge lemon fruit. Very competently made. Long, fragrant and at the drier side of the spectrum. Drink 2013-2016." (08/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV Brut Cuvee Prestige is an excellent introduction to the sparkling wines of Ca’ del Bosco. Sweet floral notes meld into an expressive core of fruit in this polished, attractive entry-level sparkler." (02/2012) K&L Notes: Carefully selected grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir) result in a fresh, very fragrant product with a wide range of aromas. It also has a firm structure, rich attractive mousse and persistence. With an intense aroma, very refined and enduring, which brings to mind lime blossom underlined by apple and peach. The flavor is elegant, soft, and delicate with acidity is in perfect balance and a note of ripe fruit driving into the finish.

  • San Venanzio Prosecco Brut ($12.99)
    Wine Enthusiast: "Here’s a Prosecco Brut with a fuller, more generous personality that comes across in the form of peach, nectarine and grapefruit aromas. The wine has a light, golden color and offers frothy cream backed by a tight citrus finish. " (07/2009) 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

  • San Venanzio Prosecco Brut (1.5L) ($26.99)
    Wine Enthusiast: "Here’s a Prosecco Brut with a fuller, more generous personality that comes across in the form of peach, nectarine and grapefruit aromas. The wine has a light, golden color and offers frothy cream backed by a tight citrus finish. " (07/2009) K&L Notes: A direct buy makes this Brut level Prosecco a no-brainer, and quality conscious winemaking (several secondary fermentations take place per year to ensure freshness) makes it a pretty delicious choice as well. Stock up for parties!

New Zealand - Vodka

  • Broken Shed New Zealand Whey Vodka 750ml ($24.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This New Zealand vodka—distilled from whey—is smooth, clean, sweet and surprisingly full bodied for a vodka, featuring light vanilla and anise notes. " (02/2013) K&L Notes: You read correctly, this vodka is distilled from whey! Before you start thinking of Little Miss Muffet, let me tell you that this might be the best vodka we carry in the entire store, period. The purity of the distillate and the clean finish will destroy all faith in big brand loyalty. Try a bottle of the Broken Shed and just try going back to your standard vodka selection. This is as impressive as vodka gets.

Other International - Rum

  • Appleton Estate Extra 12 year old Jamaican Rum 750ml - 12 available ($34.99)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Top 50 Spirits of 2012* Hailing from Jamaica, this smooth 12-year-old rum features a sticky dark-toffee aroma accented by almond and peach notes. On the palate, look for a nice rounded caramel flavor that flashes lots of clove and cinnamon tones on the finish." (12/2012) K&L Notes: Since 1749, Appleton Estate has been located in the Nassau Valley of Jamaica, where they grow varieties of sugar cane specially suited to their rum-making. With their unique and custom-made copper stills, proprietary yeast culture, and soft water from a limestone spring on the property, Appleton's rums are unique and terroir-driven. Aged in used American whiskey barrels, Appleton ages every cask for this bottling for a minimum of 12 years in the tradition of the traditional English laws. Like a fine X.O. Cognac, it is excellent for sipping neat or with a splash of water. From Appleton: "Dark mahogany hue, bold character and soft elegant flavor of orange peel, vanilla, toasted oak and a hint of almond."

Spain - Spain and Portugal

  • 2012 Bodegas Castano "Solanera Vinas Viejas" Yecla ($13.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even more remarkable is the 2012 Solanera Vinas Viejas, a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Grenache aged 10 months in a combination of French and American oak. A custom cuvee that is only available through importer Eric Solomon, this amazing red wine displays notes of lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, black raspberries, blueberries and black currants. This full-bodied, intense 2012 tastes like it should cost three to five times as much. Full-bodied, stunningly pure and textured, it should last for 4-5 years, possibly longer. These two remarkable cuvees have been reviewed favorably in the past, but the 2012s seem to ratchet up the quality to even more impressive levels. (RP)" (11/2013)

United States - Bourbon and Rye

  • Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Rye Whiskey 750ml - 6 available ($41.99)
    Another batch of delicious LDI rye bottled this time by our friends at Smooth Ambler. Spicy and ready to mix!

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 1998 Dehlinger Russian River Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($34.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (which includes a touch of Merlot in the blend) reveals a certain austerity along with hints of dried herbs, coffee beans, and red currants. It is medium-bodied, with a dry, spare finish." (08/2002) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby, less deep than the '97. Moderately ripe aromas of berries, dark chocolate and fresh herbs. Ripe and supple, but smaller-scaled and less nuanced than the '97. Still, this has good middle-palate texture and balance for the vintage. Finishes with dusty tannins and good but not outstanding length." (06/2001) Wine Spectator: "Ripe and well-balanced, with juicy plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit that's elegant, rich and well-defined. Avoids being overly herbal or tannic, though a touch of bell pepper comes through on the finish." (10/2001)

  • 2004 Dovetail Ashley Vineyard Cabernet Suavignon Oak Knoll District - 3 available ($29.99)

  • 2004 Meyers "Bonny's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 6 available ($229.99)
    You may remember Bonny's Vineyard from a Silver Oak bottling that spanned some years. Now, Justin and Bonny Meyer's son Matt with his wife Karen make wine in Mendocino County. More about the vineyard from the winery: "The Bonny’s Vineyard Cabernet was one of the country's first and deservedly best examples of a single vineyard designate wine. Over thirty years ago these precious four acres stood out among thousands that Justin Meyer cultivated in the heart of the Napa Valley's Oakville Appellation. The old creek which runs nearby deposited gravely soils which cause the vines to struggle and produce the most beautifully intense fruit imaginable. This is not a wine we make, but rather one we watch develop itself during its five year ageing process. Whereas we are actively developing the style of the Syrah, when it comes to the Bonny’s we stay true to the techniques Justin Meyer used many years ago. Rather, when each vintage is tasted it is a way of looking back to the year in which it was grown."

  • 2003 Pina "Estate" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($44.99)

  • 1998 Pride Mountain "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($129.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The opaque purple-colored 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is extraordinarily full-bodied and powerful, with unbelievable finesse and harmony for a wine of such great extract and richness. Pure creme de cassis intermixed with licorice, minerals, smoke, and incense is accompanied by sweet tannin, well-integrated acidity, wood, and alcohol, and a stupendous finish lasting nearly 45 seconds. The wine is approachable, but should age easily for two decades. The limited production Reserve cuvee (450 cases) is an expression of California winemaking at its most compelling." (06/2002) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Saturated purple-ruby. Restrained but complex aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet, licorice, bitter chocolate and minerals. Juicy and very firmly built; conveys a stronger impression of acidity. Black fruits complicated by mocha and dark chocolate notes. Less broad than the reserve claret but subtler and longer. Finishes with nobler tannins and slowly mounting, extremely persistent flavor. 92(+?) points." (05/2001) 92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Dark in color, optimally ripened and long on richness with no hint of excess, this bottling is beginning to show a touch of softening and displays a bit of aged complexity as well. That said, it is still nicely balanced with a slightly tannic grip that prescribes further keeping, and, while quite tasty now, it is a wine that will confidently keep for another ten years. It is a good reflection of a vintage that has shown far better than initial projections by those who rate vintages rather than wines." (02/2012) Wine Spectator: "Mature, with complex dried currant, new leather, sage and black licorice flavors that are complex. Turns tannic and simpler midpalate, but very enjoyable.--1998 California Cabernet retrospective. (Web-2009)" K&L Notes: The cult following for Pride Mountain has been in full force for years now. Situated high up at the top of Spring Mountain, the winery straddles the Sonoma/Napa county line and commands a spectacular view of Mount St Helena. The property was a winery well over 100 years ago, and now produces some of the more sought-after wines in California. The reviewers tend to agree with the collectors, as the wines regularly achieve fantastic scores in numerous respected publications.

  • 1995 Rochioli "Neoma's" Russian River Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99)
    According to James Laube's California Wine book: "Showed steady improvment. Earlier vintages were hrad, tight and austere, but recent offerings were riper, as the winery began to pay more attention to this wine. In 1997, however, the wine was discontinued.

  • 1999 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($79.99)
    87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep fresh ruby-red. Brooding aromas of currant syrup, licorice, naphtha and tobacco leaf. Fairly intense flavors similar to the aromas. Still quite youthfully tight, but offers solid concentration and very good length. Just a hint of greenness on the end; the firm tannins reach the teeth." (06/2002) Wine Spectator: "Displays notably oaky dill and mocha aromas. Full-bodied and firmly tannic, with dried currant, mineral, sage and cedary dill flavors showing on the finish. The best of two bottles tasted.-1999 California Cabernet blind retrospective (2009). (Web-2009)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley exhibits a deep, saturated ruby/purple color. The wine possesses aromas of sweet toasty oak, earth, spice box, cherries, and currants. It is a soft effort for this vintage. The wine has medium body, and good fruit and flavor. (RP)" (08/2002)

United States - Domestic Chardonnay

  • 2012 Aubert "Ritchie Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 1 available ($139.99)
    95-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Mark Aubert farms 39-year-old vines in the famous Ritchie Vineyard. At 1,200 cases, the 2012 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is the largest production cuvee of these Chardonnays. It reveals a more evolved nose of smoky hazelnuts, honeysuckle, and tropical fruits, less minerality, and full-bodied unctuosity buttressed by crisp acids. It is a fatter, richer, complex, more California-styled Chardonnay that should drink well for 6-8 years....I don’t think I have ever tasted a greater group of Chardonnays than his seven cuvees of 2012....Aubert uses high percentages of new French oak in the upbringing for his Chardonnays, but you would never know that when tasting. These wines- are all simply remarkable....(RP) " (12/2013) 95 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is a wine of pure texture. Lemon, white flowers, dried pears, mint and spices meld together in the glass. Absolutely nothing is out of place here. The flavors are vivid, intense and layered. Readers may notice a slightly cloudy color in the 2012, which is the result of one tank that had an especially late malolactic fermentation. I tasted these wines right after bottling, and it is entirely possible over time the color will settle a bit. The wines are never fined or filtered here, so from time to time the color can be cloudy, as consumers who have bought these wines in the past know. In any event, the 2012 Ritchie is gorgeous. " (01/2014)

  • 2011 Kistler "Vine Hill" Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 1 available ($109.99)
    93-95 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard is intensely mineral from the very first taste. A wine built on energy and finesse, the 2011 displays remarkable precision in its chiseled fruit. Smoke, incense and crushed rocks are layered into the vibrant finish." (07/2013) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From Kistler’s home property, not far from the winery, the 2011 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard bursts from the glass with superb aromas of tangerine oil, white peach, pineapple and wet stones. With good acidity, a long, full-bodied finish, and a precocious personality, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 3-4 years. (RP)" (12/2013)

United States - Domestic Merlot

  • 2011 Ehlers Estate St. Helena Merlot - 12 available ($35.99)
    From the winery: "Another luscious, full, and rich Merlot that illustrates the full potential of the Ehlers terroir. A complex of licorice, morning toast, earl grey tea, vanilla, dark chocolate, red raspberry defines this vintage."

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2002 Beaux Frères "Beaux Frères Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - 6 available ($74.99)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "*Highly Recommended and ranked #25 on Wine Spectator's Top 2004* Big and ripe, a mouthwatering wine with tingly acidity bringing harmony to a wash of plum, blackberry, cherry and dusky spice flavors, which persist on the fine-grained, not terribly tannic finish." (05/2004) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red. Enticingly sweet aromas of black raspberry, tobaccco, flowers, camphor and chocolatey oak. Supple, spicy and very lively, with sappy, concentrated flavors of red fruits and flowers, complemented but not dominated by oaky torrefaction notes of chocolate and coffee. Ultimately less thick than the Upper Terrace, but also more delicate and sophisticated, with sharper definition and more obvious backbone, and more successful integration of oak. This, too, offers impressive mid-palate energy for Oregon pinot noir, particularly one at this level of ripeness" (04/2004) Connoisseurs Guide: "Ripe red cherry aromas with wild cherry and minerally nuances are filled out by a background of creamy, slightly toasty oak, and the wine is similarly cast on the palate save for a slight peppery bite that shows up towards the somewhat hot finish. The wine carries some last-minute coarseness and will want a few years of bottle aging to fully round out." (10/2004)

  • 2002 Beaux Frères "Upper Terrace" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - 6 available ($59.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Lithe, supple style has a meaty edge to the dead-ripe blackberry, strawberry and plum flavors, all beautifully balanced with fine-grained tannins as it lasts on the finish." (05/2004) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Tangy wild berries, cola, meat and pungent oak scents on the nose. Dense, thick and fat, but with more energy, spice and depth than the Shea Vineyard bottling. Delivers the flavor intensity of this very promising vintage. Spicy, building finish. Serious pinot." (04/2004)

  • 1996 Beringer "Sbragia-Limited Release" Napa Valley Chardonnay - 1 available ($39.99)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "A big, ripe, rich and intense style, concentrated and full of exotic pear, fig, melon and toasty oak flavors. Another tremendous Chardonnay from Beringer (and winemaker Ed Sbragia), it's remarkably complex, turning elegant and supple on the finish. Bravo." (07/98)

  • 2001 Chateau Montelena Napa Chardonnay ($29.99)
    90-92 points from The Wine Advocate! - "The 2001 Chardonnay offers up gorgeously fresh citrus oil notes intermixed with a striking steely minerality, medium to full body, and a long, layered, backward finish displaying vibrant acidity yet loads of subtle, crisp flavors."

  • 1998 Dehlinger "Reserve" Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 5 available ($24.99)

  • 2001 Flowers "Andreen Gale" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 6 available ($29.99)
    Andreen Gale is the new name for Flowers' estate vineyard (formerly known as Camp Meeting Ridge). Here vines planted to ancient marine and volcanic soils bathed in coastal mountain sun and tempered with cool ocean breezes, help to create one of California's most coveted Chardonnays and Pinots. These 2001s are a surefire bet for collectors.

  • 2000 Flowers "Camp Meeting Ridge" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 11 available ($23.99)
    In 1989 Walt and Joan Flowers, with great expertise in agriculture and nurseries, turned their attention and passion to the beautiful Sonoma Coast and its perfect position for growing both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir . Their success in this venture is quite well known in the wine collector world now, and they produce some of the most striking Sonoma wines around. They produce both Estate wines from their Camp Meeting Ridge and Sea View Ridge vineyards, and wines from vineyards they carefully oversee and control in Sonoma. Their wines always show the beautiful side of their Sonoma origins and are wonderful examples of why vineyards along the high coastal ridges are special. Cool coastal fog and warm summer temperatures combine for a perfect climate for ripening both varietals to perfection.

  • 1997 Flowers "Porter Bass" Sonoma County Chardonnay - 5 available ($39.99)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Displaying roasted hazelnuts and toasty smoke aromas, the ostentatious 1997 Chardonnay Porter Bass Vineyard is a sexy, lush, full-bodied, lavishly rich Chardonnay to enjoy now and over the next 4-5 years. This enterprise with well-placed Sonoma Coast vineyards (next to the Marcassin Vineyard and Martinelli's Blue Slide Vineyard) displays considerable promise. " (01/2000) K&L Notes: 93 points from the Wine Spectator… 'Sharply focused, with brilliant flavors of ripe, tart pear, nectarine, peach, fig and spicy, buttery oak that gain depth and nuance. Drink now through 2003. 180 cases made. (Jul-99)' Also got 91 points from Parker… 'Displaying roasted hazelnuts and toasty smoke aromas, the ostentatious 1997 Chardonnay Porter Bass Vineyard is a sexy, lush, full-bodied, lavishly rich Chardonnay to enjoy now and over the next 4-5 years. This enterprise with well-placed Sonoma Coast vineyards (next to the Marcassin Vineyard and Martinelli's Blue Slide Vineyard) displays considerable promise. (Jan-00)'

  • 1998 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 4 available ($29.99)

  • 1999 Flowers "Talmage Ranch" Mendocino Zinfandel - 6 available ($34.99)

  • 1997 Jarvis "Estate Grown" Napa Valley Merlot - 4 available ($39.99)
    100% Merlot! It is bottle unfined and unfiltered delivering flavors of dark cherries, chocolate, cassis and exotic flowers. Barrell aged for 10 months in 100% New French Haute Futaie Oak. Wine Critic Robert Parker noted that this wine was "made in a restrained (the winemaker would probably say "elegant") style. Technically correct and flawless it is, exciting and hedonistic it is not. Exhibiting direct appeal, the dark ruby-colored 1997 Merlot Estate offers a chocolatey/berry-scented nose. Although pinched in the mouth, it provides fine purity and freshness along with an attractive spicy component." (01/00)

  • 2004 Meyer Family Cellars Yorkville Highlands Syrah 1.5L - 4 available ($59.99)
    Wine Enthusiast: "Marked by extreme dryness and tannic astringency, this 100% Syrah might benefit from time in the cellar, although there can be no guarantees with an unknown producer. It has a good core of black currants, black pepper and baker’s chocolate. Try after 2009." (12/2008)

  • 1998 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay - 2 available ($39.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Unfiltered appearance. Very complex aromas of apple, pear, clove, acacia flower and butterscotch. Still quite tight in the mouth, but already shows intensity and grip, thanks to lively acids. Notes of lime, butterscotch and menthol. Quite light on its feet and not at all dominated by oak. Finishes with excellent persistence." (06/2000)

  • 2000 Paloma Napa Valley Syrah - 2 available ($39.99)

  • 2000 Paloma Syrah Napa Valley - 2 available ($39.99)

  • 2003 Robert Foley Napa Valley Petite Sirah - 5 available ($54.99)
    92 points Robert Parker: "The 2003 Petite Sirah is a classic. Opaque purple to the rim, with a big, sweet nose of blackberries, white flowers, crushed rocks, vanilla, and smoke, ferociously tannic but enormously concentrated and extracted, this wine needs 5-6 years of bottle age and will handsomely repay two decades of aging." (12/05) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Lots of exotic spice, wood and hazelnut aromas lead to a rich, supple, polished core of harmonious wild berry and blackberry fruit. It's so refined and elegant you'll be surprised that this is a Petite Sirah, though the tannins on the finish will remind you of this grape's chewy personality. Drink now through 2010. 400 cases made." (11/05)

  • 1998 Rochioli "Sodini" Russian River Valley Zinfandel - 3 available ($29.99)

  • 2000 Scherrer "Helfer Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 6 available ($19.99)

  • 2004 Sea Smoke Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay (1.5L) - 1 available ($124.99)
    This very limited Chardonnay bottling from Sea Smoke is only released in magnum format. It is sourced from Wente Clone Chardonnay vines in Sea Smoke's estate vineyard. The wine is fermented and aged in new French oak barrels and is identical to the estate's Gratis bottling. This 2004 release is the debut of this wine from Sea Smoke.

  • 1997 Shafer "Red Shoulder Ranch" Carneros Chardonnay - 3 available ($29.99)
    One of California's finest Chardonnays. This wine Chardonnay is loaded with fruit… ripe peaches, juicy melon, honey, and nectar. Shafer says that the 1997 vintage was on of the finest they've ever seen. The quality of this wine bears out that statement. It's an intense and rich Chardonnay. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE.

  • 2004 Tandem "Ritchie Vineyard" Russian River Chardonnay - 3 available ($15.95)

  • 2001 Turley "Hayne" Napa Valley Petite Syrah - 1 available ($89.99)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard’s black/purple color is accompanied by a compelling bouquet of black fruits, graphite, and white flowers reminiscent of a top-flight Hermitage. Tremendously rich, full-bodied, and viscous, with 13.2% alcohol, sweet tannin, and well-integrated wood, this profound Petite Syrah will be at its finest between 2008-2020+. This is truly magnificent stuff with great purity, length, and intensity." (08/2003) 93-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated black ruby. Knockout nose combines dark fruits, bitter chocolate, violet, espresso and pepper. A sappy, sweet fruit bomb with a layered texture and superb intensity. Extremely long on the finish, with strong but surprisingly sweet tannins. Another superb example from this outstanding site, where the vineyard character typically is as clearly expressed as the grape variety." (06/2003) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Dense and concentrated, a bit restrained, with muscular tannins holding tight to the core of earthy blackberry, plum and mineral flavors. The fruit makes one big push at the end, giving it a long, tannic finish." (02/2004)

  • 2001 Turley "Hayne" Napa Valley Zinfandel - 2 available ($109.99)
    97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The saturated purple-colored 2001 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard (16.4% alcohol) boasts a glorious bouquet of flowers, blackberries, raspberries, and cherries backed up by enormous body, great purity, tremendous texture, and a finish that lasts for 40-45 seconds. Usually one of the stars of this impressive portfolio, it is seamlessly made with tremendous integration of acidity, tannin, and spice. This fruit-dominated Zinfandel should last for a decade, although it can be enjoyed in its youth. It is a profound effort. " (10/2003) 94-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-purple. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, black cherry and flowers. Creamy-sweet and thick but with gripping acids giving clarity to the powerful, highly concentrated fruit. Like an essence of fresh dark berries. The big, ripe tannins are buffered by the wine's fruit of steel. Certain to rank among the best zins Jordan has yet made at Turley Wine Cellars." (06/2003) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Magnificent; vivid, lively and enticing, with cascading flavors that are tight and focused, with a medley of zesty blackberry, wild berry, raspberry and exotic floral and spice nuances. Intense and firmly tannic, too." (04/2004)

  • 2001 Turley "Library Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Syrah - 1 available ($49.99)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A new offering, the 2001 Petite Syrah Library Vineyard (14% alcohol) possesses an evolved nose of sweet blackberry liqueur intermixed with spice and sweet oak. Surprisingly, the palate is closed, and the finish hard and tannic. While this effort does not appear to have the potential of its siblings, there is still a lot to it. Perhaps I caught it on a closed day. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2015. " (08/2003)

  • 2003 Turley "Vineyard 101" Alexander Valley Zinfandel - 2 available ($59.99)
    91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From Alexander Valley, the 2003 Zinfandel Vineyard 101 is a tiny lot of 200 cases tipping the scales at 15.4%. This vineyard, planted in alluvial, loamy soils, provides classic Zinfandel characteristics of briery fruit, freshly ground pepper, and hints of Allspice, plum, and berries. Elegant, medium-bodied, and one of the most feminine 2003 Turley Zinfandels, it should drink well for 5-6 years. " (02/2005)

  • 2003 Williams Selyem "Allen Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 1 available ($89.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A gamey offering, the 2003 Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard offers up hints of strawberries, wild flowers, earth, mushrooms, and pomegranates. Tart acidity provides definition in this strongly flavored, concentrated Pinot. It should drink well for 7-8 years. " (12/2005) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red-ruby. Restrained aromas of plum, raspberry, cola and earth; a very ripe style of Allen. Broad, suave and rich, with a fine-grained texture and complex flavors of mocha, iron, smoke, truffle and underbrush. Suave, spherical and attractively sweet pinot with impressive palate coverage. " (06/2005) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "If you’re into aging Pinot Noir, here’s one to lay down with a reasonable certainty. It’s young, with a silky texture, and the oak, acids, alcohol and fruit haven’t knit together yet. But it’s massive in dark cherry, pomegranate and blackberry flavors. If you must drink it now, decant it. Even overnight isn’t too long." (03/2006)

  • 2003 Williams Selyem "Bacigalupi Vineyard" Russian River Zinfandel - 1 available ($49.99)
    94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Like a zinfandel syrup on the nose, with a penetrating peppery quality lifting the cassis fruit. Superconcentrated wine with terrific fruit, given shape and thrust by strong acids. Finishes firmly tannic and long, with repeating flavors of cassis and pepper. This will likely be long-lived." (06/2005) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard exhibits a huge nose of crushed black raspberries, cherries, pepper, and spice box. Full-bodied, unctuously-textured, rich, decadently ripe, and fruit-driven, it should be consumed over the next 4-5 years." (12/2005) Wine Spectator: "Serves up a tasty mix of black cherry, boysenberry and raspberry jam notes that push ripeness to the edge without going overboard. Shows some heat on the finish. " (08/2005)

  • 2003 Williams Selyem "Forchini" Russian River Valley Zinfandel - 4 available ($49.99)
    92 points Robert Parker: "The 2003 Zinfandel Forchini Vineyard exhibits a dense purple color, big, gamey, sweet, briery fruit, full-bodied, powerful flavors, and a huge finish. A big, in-your-face style of Zinfandel, it should drink well for 5-8 years." (12/05)

  • 2003 Williams Selyem "Hawk Hill" Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 4 available ($39.99)
    According to Robert Parker: "The 2003 Chardonnay Hawk Hill Vineyard exhibits a light green-tinged straw color as well as crisp mineral, lemon blossom, grapefruit, and stone notes. While very good, it has nowhere near the concentration and expansiveness of the 2002." (Feb 2005)

  • 2003 Williams Selyem "Peay Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($59.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Here’s a dark, dense Pinot, brooding under its cloak of tannins and acids. It’s absolutely dry, with intense cherry pie, cola, root beer and oak flavors. If you drink it now without decanting, you’ll find a tough, hard wine. Let it breathe for a day, and it will begin to suggest its charms. Or let it develop naturally in the cellar for six years. " (03/2006) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Tightly wound, intense without being overbearing, with dense mineral, black cherry and wild berry. Sharply focused and deeply concentrated, the finish is rich and persistent, with wonderful detail and length." (05/2006) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The acidic flavors of the deep ruby/purple-colored 2003 Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard are accompanied by cranberry, raspberry, red currant, and cold steel characteristics. Clearly a cool climate Pinot with striking minerality, high acidity, and a pure, delineated style, it should age for a decade or more. (91+, RP)" (12/2005) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very good medium ruby color. Wild black fruits, violet and smoke on the nose. A dense, muscular wine that delivers a real whack of fruit. Quite powerful and penetrating if not yet especially complex. Lifted by a tangy note of cranberry. This structured, large-scaled wine has a lower pH (3.45) than this winery's other 2003 pinots and is quite distinct in style. From a very cool site that clearly offers considerable potential." (06/2005)

  • 2002 Williams-Selyem Russian River Chardonnay - 3 available ($19.99)
    92 Wine Spectator: "Beautifully crafted and deftly balanced, with a complex mix of ripe, spicy pear, a touch of pineapple and a hint of citrus, ending with a dash of hazelnut. Supple, rich and creamy, it zooms along on the finish, caressing the palate. Drink now through 2008. 308 cases made." (08/04)

  • 2005 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 3 available ($49.99)

United States - Domestic Other Misc. Red

  • 2011 Epoch "Estate Blend--Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend ($39.99)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Looking at the 2011s from bottle, and always a rock-solid bottle of wine and a great entry into the style here, the 2011 Estate Blend offers up plenty of ripe plum, licorice, crushed flowers and violet-like nuances as well as a medium to full-bodied, balanced profile in the mouth. Showing the cooler vintage with its overall freshness and focus, it’s beautifully done and should drink nicely for 3-5 years, Drink now-2018. An estate that continues to go from strength to strength, Epoch is owned by Bill and Liz Armstrong, with the wines made by Jordan Fiorentini. All of their wines come from their estate Paderewski Vineyard, and both their 2010s and 2011s are incredibly strong, with the edge going to the 2010s at the moment. You can’t go wrong here, though, and these are serious, top-flight wines." (08/2013)

  • 2012 Prisoner Wine Company "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend (3L) - 2 available ($279.99)
    A perennial favorite as a crowd-pleaser and fun Napa red, the 2012 Prisoner is Zinfandel-based (46%) blend with a balance of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and just a splash of Charbono. It was sourced from well-known vineyards such as Heitz Ink Grade, Somerson, Solari, and York Creek. The wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak (30% new) before bottling. This eclectic wine has found a following from lovers of fruit-forward and jammy wines, but it has enough substance to please those who prefer their California reds a bit more structured. Not just a cocktail wine, this hefty red pairs very well with braised meats and barbecue. From winemaker Jen Beloz: "The wine has a deep ruby red hue that is framed in rich crimson. Aromas of black cherry and plum, surrounded by roasted coffee beans and vanillin oak accents. The entry is powerful and lush with flavors of bing cherry, blueberry and cocoa. Soft and velvety tannins round out the finish making this wine approachable and inviting."

United States - Domestic Pinot Noir

  • 2010 McHenry Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir ($24.99)
    Henry and Linda McHenry consider the 2010 vintage their best ever, with the most perfect grapes they've ever seen. Aged in French oak barrels, this Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir reflects the coolness of the vintage with beautiful acidic backbone and tannic structure with core of focused fruit. Good now, but this will be better with a few years of aging.

  • 2012 Peay "Pomarium" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($62.99)
    94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Seductive aromas of raspberry liqueur, Asian spices, potpourri and blood orange, with a note of bright minerality adding lift and vivacity. Dry, nervy and very precise, offering intense red fruit and rose pastille flavors with no excess fat. Finishes silky, pure and very long, with outstanding tenacity, gentle tannins and resonating mineral and floral notes." (05/2014)

  • 2010 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards "Bailey's Branciforte Ridge Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir - 12 available ($27.99)
    This comes from the Bailey's Branciforte Ridge Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was planted in 1999 and is located in the Vine Hill area near the original Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards winery on Jarvis Road (current owner Jeff Emery sold the original winery in 2004). This vineyard yields complex, earthy Pinot Noir with a solid sense of Santa Cruz Mountains terroir. For fans of Pinot with character and complexity, this has a lot to offer. Recent vintages have garnered praise from top critics, and the 2009 was a Silver Medal award-winner from the San Francisco Chronicle in 2012, signaling that word is spreading about this superb value in Pinot Noir.

  • 2009 Sea Smoke "Botella" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 5 available ($84.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir Botella sweeps across the palate with deep, rich layers of dark fruit. Smoke, licorice, incense and leather develop in the glass. The Botella is one of the more extroverted, juicy Pinots in this lineup. The wine’s persistence, depth and overall sense of harmony are all first-rate. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. (AG)" (08/2012) K&L Notes: From the winery: "An immediately approachable wine, offering bright aromas of candied cherry, rose petal, and pomegranate tea. On the palate, soft flavors of crushed strawberries and the signature minerality of the ‘Botella’ clay soils for which this wine is named."

  • 2008 Sea Smoke "Botella" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 10 available ($99.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Smooth and spicy, turning rustic and firm, with pebble-laced dried currant and berry flavors that are slow to unfold, retaining a crisp edge. (2011)" K&L Notes: Impressive and rare as can be, this is one of the most collectable Pinots from a cult producer of this up and coming, uber hot region. An immediately approachable wine, offering aromas of crushed cherries, forest floor and toasted pine nuts. On the palate, flavors of macerated blueberries and the signature minerality of the 'Botella' clay soils for which this wine is named. Made to age, this wine has long term potential in your cellar. If you can wait that long!

  • 2007 Sea Smoke "Botella" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 12 available ($99.99)
    Wine Spectator: "Offers ripe, spicy notes reminiscent of strawberry jam and rhubarb pie, before turning earthier... Solid, balanced and complex. (Web-2010)" K&L Notes: Winemaker's notes: "...offering aromas of strawberry compote and bright cherries that give way to black berries and fresh forest floor. On the palate the 2007 Botella displays flavors of raspberry and hints of cinnamon, finishing with the signature minerality of the heavy clay soil for which this wine is named."

  • 2005 Sea Smoke "Botella" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 12 available ($109.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, ripe and spicy, with a mix of dark fruits, blackberry and wild berry, with an attractive floral scent. Gains richness and depth while holding its focus. The tannins provide structure and a nice mouthfeel." (09/2007) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Spicy cherry and raspberry on the nose, with exotic cola and cinnamon qualities adding complexity. Sweet red berry and kirsch flavors are open-knit, juicy and lightly firmed by silky tannins. Gains a peppery, spicy quality on the finish, which is smoky, sweet, broad and long. "The lots for this bottling are chosen for being fruit-driven and requiring less time to open," said winemaker Kris Curran." (12/2007) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The lightest of Sea Smoke’s trio of Pinots, the ’05 Botella starts with ravishing aromas of red fruit confections like cherry pies and raspberry tarts, with notes of gingerbread and cinnamon sugar. Tastes as good as it smells, just a deliciously gentle, pure Pinot Noir. " (12/2007) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A lush and opulent nose redolent of a spice bazaar features very ripe red, blue and violet aromas that are in keeping with the silky and round medium weight plus flavors that are really quite stylish if not nearly as concentrated as those of its two stable mates, all wrapped in a delicious, pure and tangy finish that carries the considerable alcohol with more grace than one might guess." (10/2007)

  • 2005 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 10 available ($114.99)
    95 points Wine Enthusiast: "The most balanced of Sea Smoke’s three new Pinots, Southing was aged in about two-thirds new oak, which gives rich caramel, toasted coconut and exotic spice notes to the ripe fruit flavors. The wine explodes with cherries, raspberries, mulberries and even chocolate mint, finishing long and spicy, and leaving the impression of wholesomeness and completeness. Now showing its peak of youthful vivacity, this should develop for an additional six years." (12/2007) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Spicy, peppery wild berry aromas carry over to the palate, with firm tannins. Tight and compact, this is an austere style that's rich and full-bodied, with enough depth and complexity to merit short-term cellaring." (09/2007) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Zesty raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by cinnamon, black cardamom and violet. The perfume built with air, gaining depth and power. Lush kirsch and blackcurrant flavors seem vaguely syrah-like, but there's excellent mineral tang keeping things in check. Finishes with impressively sweet red fruit flavors, supple tannins and striking persistence." (12/2007)

  • 2008 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 2 available ($99.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A big, extracted and somewhat ponderous Pinot Noir. Could be Grenache, such is the weight. But it’s very good and delicious and dry, with raspberry and cherry flavors, and lots of smoky oak. Give it 4-6 years in the bottle." (02/2011) 92 points Wine Spectator: "This full-bodied red combines richness with depth and subtlety, delivering complex, expansive flavors of spicy earth, cedar, blueberry and dark berry." (07/2011) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby red. Red and dark berry preserve aromas are complemented by notes of rooty sassafras, vanilla and smoky Indian spices. Sweet raspberry and boysenberry flavors stain the palate and pick up a spicy quality with air, along with a note of candied rose. In a weighty style but not lacking for energy or freshness, with strong finishing thrust and a persistent note of candied flowers." (11/2010) K&L Notes: The seductive nose of Sea Smoke's 2008 Southing exhibits clove, dusty blueberry, cola, violets and hint of pineapple/guava. The voluptuous mouthfeel and fine tannins are balanced by the estate vineyard’s characteristic cool climate acidity. Wow.

  • 2007 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 12 available ($99.99)
    95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A fabulously rich and approachable Pinot Noir that offers everything now, yet will also age. The considerable tannins will protect it in the cellar for a good 6-8 years, but it's so fresh and vibrant in cherries, red currants and oak-inspired red licorice that it's hard not to drink it now. Hard to exaggerate the deliciousness factor." (03/2010) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Expressive aromas of cherry compote, blackberry, licorice and smoky herbs. Lush, creamy cherry and dark berry flavors provide very good palate coverage and are framed by velvety tannins. A plush, weighty style of pinot that is energized by juicy acidity and finishes with very good focus and grip." (11/2009) Wine Spectator: "Elegant, well-proportioned and full-bodied, with spicy sour cherry, fresh earth, mineral and dusty sage notes. Very tight, firming up on the finish. Should only get better. Best from 2010 through 2016." (02/2010) K&L Notes: Allocated is putting it lightly! If you manage to secure a bottle or two or this highly collectible gem from Sea Smoke the gods are surely shinning upon you! As Robert Parker writes: "this up-and-coming Santa Barbara County producer demonstrates considerable potential." At once smoky and sweet, this is exotic full-throttle Central Coast Pinot Noir at its finest. Delicious now, but with patience this red will turn into a serious beauty, and become more collectable still!

  • 2009 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 3 available ($104.99)
    92 points James Suckling: "Pretty aromas of ripe strawberries and citrus character. It shows a beautiful purity of fruit on the palate with very fine tannins and a long silky finish. Pretty acidity too. Firm. Better in 2014. " (12/2011) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sea Smoke's 2009 Pinot Noir Southing is gorgeous. It possesses striking textural depth and finesse. Juicy dark cherries, spices and flowers take shape beautifully as the wine fleshes out in the glass. The finish turns a bit fleeting as floral elements become more pronounced, but this is still a very pretty, nuanced Pinot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. " (08/2012) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep violet color. Intense, oak-spiced aromas of dark berries, cherry liqueur, potpourri and woodsmoke. Deeply pitched black raspberry and cherry cola flavors show good breadth, surprising vivacity and a silky texture (this has a low pH of 3.3, by the way), with notes of candied lavender and sassafras coming up with aeration. In a ripe but energetic style, finishing with very good cling and lingering spiciness." (10/2011) Wine Spectator: "Complex aromatics, tighter on the palate. Fresh and snappy, with a loamy earth edge to the dried berry, crushed rock and spicy-peppery scents, ending with cleansing acidity. Drink now through 2021. (2012)"

  • 2007 Sea Smoke "Ten" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 11 available ($159.99)
    97 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* This very dense, tannic Pinot Noir represents a triumph for both the winery, the vintage and the region it represents. A multi-clone blend (hence the name) with high, cool-climate acidity and aged in 100% new oak, it’s still young, fresh and tight. The astringency throws a cloak over the raspberries, cherries, rosehip tea and Indian spice flavors, which reveal themselves only reluctantly. But they’re there, in an imposing texture of velvet and silk. This enormous wine demands time. The window seems to be 2012 - 2015." (03/2010) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated red. Powerful, smoky aromas of dark berries and cherry compote, with exotic spice and incense notes adding complexity. Deeply concentrated black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are enlivened by a suave mineral quality and framed by velvety tannins. Distinctly rich pinot with very good finishing breadth and a lingering note of candied licorice." (11/2009) Wine Spectator: "Intense, ripe and vibrant, exhibiting a mix of blueberry, wild berry, black cherry, spice, mineral and crushed rock. Elegant, balanced and tight. Needs time." (02/2010)

  • 2008 Sea Smoke "Ten" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 3 available ($99.99)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby. Deep, pungent aromas of black raspberry, cherry pie, vanillin oak and smoky Indian spices. Sappy, palate-coating cherry and dark berry compote flavors show an exotic floral pastille quality and hints of clove and mocha. A distinctly rich, fleshy pinot that will aggravate Burgundy purists, but this wine makes quite a statement." (11/2010) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A little heavy and dense now. Not showing well for its dry tannins. Almost rustic, with sour candy raspberry, cherry, cranberry and cola flavors weighted with tart astringency. Could surprise. Try after 2013. " (02/2011) Wine Spectator: "Road tar and melted licorice notes are firm, dry and savory, full-bodied and grainy. Intense and persistent, but shy on finesse and delicacy. Drink now through 2017. (Web 2011)" K&L Notes: A brooding and intense wine. The aromas begin with notes of sweet black plums, dried black cherry and lavender, then dusty cocoa and rose water. Firm, mature tannins--evidence of this wine's ageability--are followed by a long, velvety finish.

  • 2006 Sea Smoke "Ten" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 6 available ($134.99)
    96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Only a Burgundian ideologue would find anything not to like about this mouth-filling Pinot that captures the essence of Santa Rita Hills. It’s as voluptuous as any Pinot in California, offering waves of ripe, fleshy cherries, red currants, licorice and smoky vanilla that just don’t stop in palate appeal. For all that, the wine is elegant, silky and refined. Delicious now, although a little tannic, and will benefit from decanting and aging. Bring on the steak." (12/2008) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Combines a mix of bold, ripe and richly flavored black cherry, wild berry, plum and blackberry fruit with touches of spice, cedar and wild berry. Ends with a long, elegant, detailed finish." (09/2008) 92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Nothing short of a powerhouse Pinot that is unstinting in both deep fruit and rich oak, this very plush, full-bodied bottling pulls back from the brink of runaway excess and shows remarkably good balance for the very big wine that it is. Still a bit gruff and a touch taut at the finish, it never lets go of its wonderfully keen fruit, and all signs point to an impressive peak some five or six years down the line." (10/2008) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright red. Sexy raspberry, blackberry and kirsch on the nose, with fresh rose and vanilla scents adding complexity. Broad and deep, offering sexy dark berry and Asian spice flavors, with velvety tannins lending shape. A big, rich pinot, but with gentle acidity adding cut and lift to the back end. Finishes with suave blackberry liqueur and bitter cherry notes and excellent persistence." (11/2008) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The medium ruby-colored 2006 Pinot Noir Ten (which signifies the 10 different clones from which it is produced) reveals a sumptuous perfume of raspberries, black cherries, strawberries, underbrush, and spice. Volnay-like in the mouth with loads of red fruits, medium to full body, sweet tannins, and good acidity, this complex, evolved Pinot should be consumed over the next 3-4 years." (12/2008)

  • 2005 Sea Smoke "Ten" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 3 available ($139.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Ten is Sea Smoke’s biggest Pinot, a barrel selection chosen for sheer volume. It easily handles its 100% new oak coating. Needs decanting; even 15 minutes in the glass brought a unifying process, integrating the cedar and smoke with the explosive blackberry, cherry and chocolate fruit, and revealing the rich, dense, satiny texture. Should age well for up to eight years." (12/2005) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Exotically perfumed nose offers a wild array of dark berry, cherry, incense and floral scents. Spicy red and dark berry flavors are refreshingly bitter but became sweeter with air, gaining a white pepper and baking spice character. Really stains the palate, finishing with outstanding cling and length. I was looking for oakiness but didn't find it. Curran noted that she's as meticulous as possible with her winemaking, leaving as little as possible to chance. As she put it: "Spontaneity isn't a good idea when you're making red expensive wine." (11/2007) 93 points Wine & Spirits: "Ten takes its name from the number of pinot noir clones planted at Sea Smoke's estate vineyard at the west end of the Santa Rita Hills. The wine feels buff in its youth, sitting firmly in its oak for now. But after a day of air that youthful vigor begins to shine, revealing flavors of persimmon and exotic spice, as well as aromas that recall the coastal chaparral of Santa Barbara County. It's a big wine, with an intriguing blend of cool and warm, much like California's south coast. Built and balanced for several years in the cellar." (04/2008) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Bold, intense, big and expressive, yet for all its size this is well-proportioned, with a mix of ripe berry, plum and earthy mineral notes that unfold gracefully. Tightens up on the finish, so best to cellar short term." (09/2007) 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A distinctly ripe yet not surmature nose features hints of spice, black currant and noticeable but not dominant wood influence that continues onto the big, rich, bold and sweet flavors that possess excellent volume on the delicious, sappy and chocolaty finish that has both a subtle tang and more than a touch of warmth. What elevates this beyond the ordinary though is the fine sense of underlying complexity as well as the much better than average length. In sum, this is no ballerina and it's not my style but it does make a statement." (10/2007)

  • 2011 Shea Wine Cellars Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($37.99)

  • 2005 Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - 1 available ($54.99)
    94 points Wine & Spirits: "This has the delicate strength that pinot noir takes on in the most aristocratic settings. Blended from (CK JG: lots of places, most notably, perhaps, the Drake vineyard, but that seems like a thin premise to back up the first sentence), the fruit yields floral scents of strawberry while the tannins seem imperceptible but strong. The flavors are as sunny and lacy as breaks in the coastal fog. If you like far coast pinot, don't miss this 2005." (06/2007) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Similar to the winery’s ’05 Russian River bottling in the ripeness of the fruit and tannins, but somehow fresher, although it’s still a big, full-bodied Pinot Noir. Maybe it’s the acidity that makes the framboise and cherry flavors come alive. Deeper notes of Portobello mushrooms and balsamic suggest moderate aging possibilities." (08/2007) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Vibrant strawberry and raspberry on the nose, with a sexy jolt of fresh rose and cinnamon. The energetic red berry and cherry flavors show impressive depth, with fine-grained tannins giving support. Finishes bright, quite broad and long." (06/2007) Wine Spectator: "Floral, cherry and spicy sandalwood scents are intense and vivid, keeping a focus on the berry flavors and finishing with lively acidity and good length." (06/2007)

United States - Domestic Zinfandel

  • 2012 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Sonoma Zinfandel (3L) - 1 available ($179.99)
    92-94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Zinfandel Geyserville is drop-dead gorgeous. Dark and fleshy, yet backed up by significant structure, the 2012 impresses for its pure polish and finesse. Raspberry jam, flowers, cloves and menthol wrap around the juicy, expressive finish. The 2012 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Wow! The blend is 70% Zinfandel, 21% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mataro (Mourvedre). " (07/2013) K&L Notes: A pillar of their lineup, Ridge has bottled Geyserville every year since 1966. Grapes are sourced from three adjoining vineyards on a contiguous strip of gravelly soil on the western edge of Alexander Valley. A traditional field blend, the wine is dominated by Zinfandel but is also marked by the inclusion of Carignane, Petite Sirah, and Mourvedre. The vineyards include vines of over 130 years old... the oldest that Ridge farms. Winemaker Eric Baugher describes the 2012 bottling as such: "Aromas of bramble fruit, wintergreen, licorice, and sweet toasted oak. Rich black cherry fruit on entry with elegant chalky tannins, gravel/rock, and ginger root. A layered, sensuous finish."

  • 2005 Williams Selyem "Bacigalupi" Russian River Valley Zinfandel - 2 available ($44.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Similarly styled, but less concentrated than the Feeney is the richly fruity 2005 Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard. Excellent richness and depth are found in this pretty, somewhat Burgundian-styled Zin (although it has more power than most Pinot Noirs). " (12/2007) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Enormously ripe berries characterize this wine; it explodes with wild raspberries, cherries, blackberries and dark chocolate, with a peppery, minty finish. But it’s young and vigorous in rich, dense tannins, suggesting ageability. Best now, with decanting, and for several years." (09/2007) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and juicy, with wonderful fruit purity and an elegant sense of restraint. Offers fresh boysenberry, spice and anise notes, with fine tannins that build to a tart, cedary finish." (05/2007) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Warm and ripe, with dense dark berry aromas and a bright, peppery quality. Broad dark berry and cherry flavors show impressive density and power, with soft tannins adding support on the finish. With air this took on a more elegant red berry quality. Cabral says that the vines in this warm site are about 90 years old." (06/2007)

  • 2005 Williams Selyem "Feeney" Russian River Valley Zinfandel - 2 available ($49.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Zinfandel Feeney Vineyard possesses a deep ruby color in addition to sweet, gamy, briery, peppery notes. With outstanding richness, surprising power for the vintage, and a lush finish, it can be drunk over the next 4-5 years." (12/2007) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Deep and ripe but also vibrant on the nose, with energetic red and dark berry scents. Fleshy in texture, with sweet blackberry and blueberry flavors supported by velvety tannins. Really suave, seamless wine that Cabral says was made using the same methods as the winery's pinots. This is frighteningly easy to drink." (06/2007) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big, raw and frankly not really showing its best now, this young Zin needs time in the bottle. It has everything that it takes for two or three years aging, at least. Aromas and flavors of crushed pepper, fennel seed and cardamom spice up the blackberry, roasted coffee and bitter chocolate flavors, while the tannins are hefty, but negotiable. " (09/2007) 90 points Wine Spectator: "This is supple, balanced and juicy, showing raspberry, boysenberry, pepper and toasty licorice notes, with an appealing balance between the bright acidity and ripe tannins. Who says Zinfandel can't be elegant? " (05/2007)

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