K&L Wine Merchants - Email Archives

New Arrivals Email Archive

Interested in receiving these as soon as they go out? Get signed up.

August 31, 2010 New Arrival Email

The following is a list of new arrivals that have come into our inventory within the last seven days, with at least one bottle in stock at the time of this email. We've split the list into three 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. Finally, there is a list of old wines and items we've sold previously that have just returned to our inventory.

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

  • 2009 Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc Rapel Valley ($9.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright gold. Pungent aromas of lime zest, jalape n o, minerals and fennel. Tangy and precise in the mouth, offering energetic citrus and mineral flavors and a kiss of succulent herbs. This lively and impressively pure wine finishes with excellent clarity and dry, mineral-driven persistence." Reviewer Josh Raynolds is a conservative scorer; 90 from him is very often a solid and hard earned 90 in my book. And there is little I can add to the tasting note as I find it spot on. This is definitely as restrained, precise, crisp, mineral driven and thirst quenching a new world sauvignon blanc as you are likely to find out there right now. Serve as an aperitif or to accompany spicy grilled shrimp or fish.

  • 2007 Staglin Family Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($179.00)
    98 points Wine Spectator: "(Ranked #16 on the Top 100 Wines of 2010) A pure and seductive style, with enticing aromas of mocha, baking spices, melted chocolate, ripe plum, black cherry and black licorice that are supple, elegant, balanced, rich and layered, ending with an amazingly long and persistent finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases made." (10/2010) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The sensational 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (their 25th anniversary selection) may be the best wine Staglin has ever made. Tasting like a classic Margaux or St.-Julien, it offers up notes of new saddle leather, cedar, spice box, black currants, black cherries and hints of graphite and wood. This full-bodied, intense 2007 is still extremely young, but it is beautifully proportioned with a seamless integration of all the component parts. A brilliant effort, it admirably reflects its appellation. Moreover, it should drink beautifully over the next 20-25 years." (12/2010)

  • 2007 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 1.5L - 9 available ($319.00)
    98 points Robert Parker: "94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. It is ironic that Christian Moueix, the practitioner of utterly profound Merlot-based wines from St.-Emilion and Pomerol, eschews Merlot from his Napa vineyard, recognizing that it is Cabernet Sauvignon, and to a lesser extent Cabernet Franc, that hits the high notes in Napa. A prodigious example of Dominus, the 2007 represents a hypothetical blend of a Pomerol, Pauillac, and a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby/purple-colored with a sweet nose of incense, cedar wood, black currants, black cherries, licorice, and a subtle hint of roasted herbs, it is an expansive, savory, opulent wine with a full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and sensational concentration. A legend in the making, it should evolve for 25-30 years, possibly longer given the fact that his vintages from the early eighties are still going strong, and the wines today are better made given Moueix's Napa experience and the estate winery he did not have 25 years ago." 94 points Tanzer: "Good deep red-ruby. Ripe, rich aromas of black raspberry, coffee, menthol, licorice and smoked meat. Much more velvety and seamless than the Napanook, with more thoroughly integrated acidity and enticing inner-mouth floral lift. Not a particularly opulent style but very suave and complex, finishing with noteworthy rising length and very sweet, fine-grained tannins. This beauty has the balance for a long and graceful life in bottle."

(items coming into our inventory for the first time)

Canada - Other Misc. Imports

  • 2008 Henry of Pelham Baco Noir ($13.99)
    You may not be familiar with this varietal, a specialty of the Americas, and uniquely acclimated for the Niagara Peninsula. It is, at heart, and incredibly versatile red, great with aged cheddar, game meats, beef with horseradish or mustard, spicy food or strawberries dusted with black pepper. An odd pairing, maybe, but truly addictive. This 2008 is deeply colored, with spicy, blueberry compote flavors, currant and briar patch fruit. Displays startling intensity that will increase in complexity over the next 5 years.

  • 2008 Henry of Pelham Cabernet Franc Ice Wine (187ml) ($39.99)
    Only in this part of Canada are conditions just right for the production of this oddball but very sumptuously delicious Cabernet Franc-based Ice Wine. It is intense by definition, with vibrant fruit aromas and flavors, exhibiting strawberry and raspberry above all others. Terrific with fruit based desserts and soft cheeses, it is also wonderful in sparkling wine for a new take on a Kir Royale.

  • 2008 Henry of Pelham Pinot Noir ($16.99)
    Who would have thought that the shores of Lake Ontario would be ideal for Pinot Noir? But ideal, they are, as evidenced in this silky, slightly sappy Pinot with cherry and bramble notes and a long, varietally correct finish.

  • 2008 Henry of Pelham Select Late Harvest Riesling 375ml ($29.99)
    Intense citrius fruit including ruby red gfrapefruit and lime jump from the glass of this concetrated Canadian beauty. Pear and peach characteristics are followed by spicy, lingering pear notes on the finish. Fantastic now with fruit-based desserts, this will also age beautfully for a decade.

Chile - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2009 Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc Rapel Valley ($9.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright gold. Pungent aromas of lime zest, jalape n o, minerals and fennel. Tangy and precise in the mouth, offering energetic citrus and mineral flavors and a kiss of succulent herbs. This lively and impressively pure wine finishes with excellent clarity and dry, mineral-driven persistence." Reviewer Josh Raynolds is a conservative scorer; 90 from him is very often a solid and hard earned 90 in my book. And there is little I can add to the tasting note as I find it spot on. This is definitely as restrained, precise, crisp, mineral driven and thirst quenching a new world sauvignon blanc as you are likely to find out there right now. Serve as an aperitif or to accompany spicy grilled shrimp or fish.

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Les Setilles" - 10 available ($17.99)
    Allen Meadows picks this as a Top Value!, and writes: " A fresh, airy and really quite pretty nose of earth, floral and a lemon peel note merges into delicious, energetic and punchy flavors that are not especially dense but offer good cut and persistence on the dry finish where the citrus character resurfaces. More than respectable quality." (Burghound, 06/09) It comes from a blend of vineyards in the villages of Puligny-Montrachet (60%) and Meursault (40%).

Germany - German - Old and Rare

  • 2009 Mönchhof Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese - 12 available ($32.99)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Alluring aromas and flavors of citrus pâte de fruit, fresh apricot and a salty, mineral component mark this ripe yet slim Riesling, which is harmonious and approachable now, but will only improve with time. Drink now through 2036." –BS This shows a rich nose of juicy pineapple and white peach, a tick more concentration than in the Spätlese. On the palate the wine offers a lushly styled body, supported by racy acids. It offers much of the same notes that the Spätlese does, but it is delivered in a broader less filigreed fashion.

  • 2009 Ökonomierat Rebholz Pinot Blanc - 12 available ($19.99)
    According to the importer: "There is a light citrus perfume, very pure and bright nose. This translates to the palate very well where the wine is crystalline pure, with fresh lemon and pear notes, and it is nicely balanced."

  • 2009 Ökonomierat Rebholz Riesling Trocken (Dry) ($19.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "This is a solid version, delivering grapefruit, apple and white pepper aromas and flavors. Racy and a bit severe right now, yet intense and persistent. Needs time to come together. Best from 2013 through 2022." (12/10) The biggest news at Rebholz in 2009 is that many of the wines have been officially certified organic! This dry Riesling offers a stony terroir in the nose, with lemon curd and lemon rind notes. On the palate it is textbook Rebholz Riesling, with persistent, piquant minerality, all drenched in lemon and lime citrus notes. The finish is so intense, with both broader stony notes and also a finer saltier minerality. A very reductive example of Dry Riesling.

Germany - Germany

  • 2008 Messmer Spätburgunder 1L ($16.99)
    According to importer Terry Theise: "Blessings rain upon you and all your farm animals for making this insane PN value a hap’nin little fella; the silky texture is beguiling, the burning-leaf smokiness is fetching; then there’s the apposite combo of pale color with deep flavor, with a char that doesn’t carry the overripe gluey sweetness of many New World examples. So, don’t mind me, keep on buying it."

  • 2008 von Buhl Estate Pinot Noir ($22.99)
    According to the importer: "On the palate there are dark cherry notes, all very pure tones with no bitterness and very soft tannins. For a basic Pinot, this wine has substance and length. We feel this example marks a huge step forward for the von Buhl estate, and delivers excellent value for basic Pinot Noir."

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 2009 Contini Nieddera "Valle Tirso" Rosato ($10.99)
    This rarely seen pink wine comes from the local Nieddera vine, cultivated in the lower Tirso river Valley since ancient times. It makes a delicate rosé, fresh and invigorating and it draws its characteristic qualities from the favorable environmental conditions and a particular type of vinification with must fermented at a very low temperature. It should be served chilled and is excellent with grilled fish, fish stews, soups, starters and white meat.

  • 2009 Contini Vermentino di Gallura - 12 available ($15.99)
    Vermentino di Gallura is Sardinia's only DOCG-classified wine, and was given this exalted status thanks to its ideal conditions for the grape. A hot, dry wind rages through the region aiding the grapes' ripening and concentration. This wine, from the great Attilo Contini is ideal with fish, and its minerality, salinity and citrus notes make it a breeze with assertive specimens such as salmon.

  • 2009 Contini Vermentino di Sardegna - 12 available ($10.99)
    From a selection of vineyards cultivated in the Gallura region, a few kilometres from the granite peaks of Mount Limbara, this wine reeks of its place of origin, and in a very good way! The nature of the terrain and the wooded surroundings, in which aromatic Mediterranean herbs abound, constitute the basic elements characterizing this Vermentino, which is produced by means of very gentle pressing and low temperature fermentation. Its intense, fruity perfume and its fresh, smooth taste make it excellent for serving with starters and fish dishes or, more simply, as an aperitif.

  • 2008 Lis Neris "Fiore di Campo" (1.5L) - 9 available ($38.00)
    The Lis Neris winery and Vineyards are located in the Village of San Lorenzo with Slovenia to the North and the Isonzo River to the South. White wine country, without equal! This "field of flowers" white is 100% Tocai, hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine remains on the lees for 6 months in tanks and is bottled 8 months after the harvest. Starw green in color and fragrance, it is bracing, herbal and citrusy, with acidity galore to cut through cheeses and rich seafood dishes.

  • 2009 Tenuta Mazzolino Camarà Chardonnay ($11.99)
    This is 100% Chardonnay from Italy's Lombardy region and it straddles with old world and new world stylistically with a fresh perfume of subtle white fruits and flowers and a finish that rings with minerals and refreshing acidity. Unbeatable as a very elegant aperitif, it is also wonderful with antipasti and fish dishes.

Italy - Italy

  • 2007 Antinori Chianti Classico "Peppoli" ($24.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Offers floral, ripe black fruit aromas and a delicate chocolate powder note. Full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins and plenty of fruit on the finish. Fruity and very pretty. Drink now. 50,000 cases made." (10/09)

  • 2006 Contini "Inu" Cannonau Riserva - 12 available ($19.99)
    Attilio Contini is one of the very best producers of wine in Sardenia, and in fact ranks right up there in all of Italy. This is his top Cannonau, a selection of the best grapes from the single vineyard of Ovuddai di Oliena. It was aged for 12 months in small and medium oak casks, and a further 8 months in bottle. If you are a fan of game and slightly stinky cheeses, you will want to give this savory and rustic red a try.

  • 2007 Contini Nieddera "Valle Tirso" ($16.99)
    89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 08: "Dark red. Intense tomato- and mint-accented black cherry and blackberry aromas are deep and pungent. Dense, wild and complex, with a remarkably fine grain to its savory flavors of smoked meat, sassafras, and plum sauce. At once viscous and juicy, finishing with suave tannins, fine acids and a lingering hint of caramel coffee. A very good wine, this is the deepest, richest nieddera I have ever tasted and not just from this producer."

  • 2007 Contini "Tonaghe" Cannonau di Sardegna ($11.99)
    Not yet rated, last vintage of this very particular and geeky (also delicious) red got 90 points from Parker's Wine Advocate, which had this to say: "The 2006 Cannonau Tonaghe is a great introduction to one of Sardinia’s most compelling indigenous grapes. This deeply-colored, brilliant red reveals an intriguing array of black cherries, sweet herbs and licorice in a medium-bodied style. The Tonaghe offers tons of complexity and precision, especially at this price point, where it over-delivers on quality and sheer pleasure. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2012."

  • 2009 Tenuta Mazzolino Bonarda Frizzante ($12.99)
    Creamy smooth with notes of blackberries, and exotic spice, a finishing hint of bitter almond keeps the wine fresh and ideal with foods such as meat- or cheese-filled ravioli.

  • 2006 Tenuta Mazzolino Pinot Nero "Noir" ($34.99)
    This estate in Italy's Lombardy region imported Pinot Noir vines directly from Burgundy in the late 1980s. Now fully mature, these plants are responsible for this insanely complex red offering notes of red berries and stone fruit, wild roses, animal hide and forest floor along with a palate that is full bodied, dense and long. Hide this away for years if you can, or drink now after decanting to allow all those aromas to come to the fore.

  • 2009 Tenuta Mazzolino Pinot Nero "Terraze" ($13.99)
    With its exquisite perfume of intense violet-like fruit along with mature plum and deep cherry, this full bodied Pinot Noir from Lombardy is soft, voluptuous even and lightly spicy. Made for the regional cuisine of its birthplace, this is terrific with roasted meats and pasta tossed in rich cheese sauces.

  • 2006 Villa Antinori Toscano Rosso ($17.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Complex aromas of blackberry and mushroom, with hints of grilled meat. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and juicy, rich fruit. Harmonious and long in the mouth. Delicious already. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Best after 2010." (10/09)

Mexico - Tequila

  • Tequila Fortaleza Anejo Tequila 750ml - 6 available ($81.99)
    This tequila is aged two to three years in oak barrels and has a beautiful silky smooth character that does anejo right: rich, but not cloyingly sweet. Guillermo Erickson Sauza, a fifth-generation family member, produces Tequila Fortaleza, using traditional techniques. This is a beautiful artisan hand-crafted, stone milled tequila. Tequila Fortaleza is produced entirely within the walls of their estate, using centuries old traditional methods which, although are very labor intensive, create a tequila which is unequaled in taste and smoothness. Using an old oven with its meter thick brick walls, they cook their agave for thirty-six hours. Then they crush or mill the agave as Guillermo's Tatarabuelo did over 135 years ago in our stone mill called the Tahona. The crushed agave is then washed with the pure mountain water from the Volcán de Tequila to separate the pulp from the woody fibers to create an agave juice called mosto. The woody fibers of the agave, called bagazo, are removed at this time and taken to the fields to use as compost. The agave mosto is then fermented naturally for five days in small wood vats, and then double distilled using small, labor-intensive copper pot stills. The result is authentic tequila, created by people who care about keeping it traditional. This tequila garners our highest possible recommendation. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

New Zealand - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2009 Babich Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand ($10.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Bright and lively, with green pepper and herb character around a light core of lime and pear. Drink now." (02/10)

Scotland - Single Malt Scotch

  • Glen Grant 15 Year Old, Gordon & MacPhail, Speyside Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 6 available ($65.99)
    Gordon & MacPhail has introduced a new line of classic malts with fantasticly old school labels attached, adding cool retro vibe to their whiskies. The Glen Grant 15 is a light, straw colored malt with subtle sweetness, great hints of stone fruit, and nuance of flowers. Mostly, however, this is just great whisky with the sweetness from the malted barley taking front and center stage. Back before we all got carried away with wine cask finishing and heavy peat, this style of whisky was the standard. I find myself gravitating more and more back to this style of whisky as of late, and I love that the 1960's style of label allows me to pretend I am actually in a more simple past. A great dram at a reasonable price. -David Driscoll, K&L Wine Merchants

Spain - Spain and Portugal

  • 2008 Bodegas Numanthia-Termes "Termes" Toro ($24.99)
    92 points Wine & Spirits: "Toasty oak is prominent at first, but there's recompense for the patient: With several hours of air, earth and truffle scents emerge along with blackberry flavors. It's a friendly monster, with tremendous fruit weight supported by a tense web of tannin. Termes is a selection of the youngest Numanthia vines, with an average age of 30 years." (06/2011) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "An excellent wine for an off vintage, with licorice, balsam, black fruit galore and coconut aromas. The feel is plush, layered and smooth for Toro, with blackberry, mocha, lemon peel and coconutty flavors. Toasty on the finish, with a final wave of vanilla and chocolate. Drink now through 2014." (10/2011) 91 points Wine Spectator: "This bold red matches ripe blackberry and currant flavors with toast, dark chocolate and oak notes. The tannins are firm and well-integrated, and the smoky mineral note is alluring. Drink now through 2016." (11/2010) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Termes offers up a sexy perfume of cedar, spice box, violets, incense, espresso, and blackberry. Savory, concentrated, and well-balanced, this flavorful effort will benefit from several years of additional cellaring but can be approached now." (06/2011) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced dark berries and fresh flowers on the nose, along with notes of cola and star anise. Lush, palate-coating blackberry and candied cherry flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and gain sweetness with air. Fine-grained tannins add shape to the lush fruit flavors and carry through a long, spicy finish. Give this a bit of air if you plan to open it any time soon." (10/2010)

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2007 Staglin Family Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($179.00)
    98 points Wine Spectator: "(Ranked #16 on the Top 100 Wines of 2010) A pure and seductive style, with enticing aromas of mocha, baking spices, melted chocolate, ripe plum, black cherry and black licorice that are supple, elegant, balanced, rich and layered, ending with an amazingly long and persistent finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases made." (10/2010) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The sensational 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (their 25th anniversary selection) may be the best wine Staglin has ever made. Tasting like a classic Margaux or St.-Julien, it offers up notes of new saddle leather, cedar, spice box, black currants, black cherries and hints of graphite and wood. This full-bodied, intense 2007 is still extremely young, but it is beautifully proportioned with a seamless integration of all the component parts. A brilliant effort, it admirably reflects its appellation. Moreover, it should drink beautifully over the next 20-25 years." (12/2010)

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2007 Brooks Willamette Valley Riesling - 10 available ($17.99)
    This wine is not your typical Riesling? it is an initiative to restore the reputation of old world German Rieslings and to showcase how well old vines can grow in the Willamette Valley. It reveals terrior more than any other white varietal and carries through with finesse and elegance. Impossible to sum up this wine succinctly. Imagine green apples, minerals, beeswax, wet stones, nectarine skins, white flowers and spice with aromas of orange and lime blossoms, almonds, white currants and chestnut honey wrapped up in a crisp and clean finish.

  • 2008 DeLille Cellars "Chaleur Estate" Blanc Columbia Valley ($29.99)
    94 points from Wine Enthusiast: "DeLille’s take on a first-growth Bordeaux Blanc really shines in this excellent vintage. Toasty and firm, it captures the lushness of the Sémillon fruit while mixing in bright citrus. The barrel aging adds warm brioche, toasted almond and caramel. There is just a tiny suggestion of honey in the finish, a rush of tropical fruits." (8/1/2010) 93 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Sexy aromas of orange blossom and almond, plus a whiff of Rainier cherry. Sweet, concentrated and fat, with a subtle honeyed quality to the sexy fruit and smoke flavors. A leesy complexity adds to the wine's appeal. This boasts terrific intensity for Washington State white wine and finishes with superb persistence. The percentage of new oak used for this cuvee has declined steadily from 100% in 2005 to 60% in this 2008, and I applaud this strategy." (Nov/Dec '09) 90 points from Wine Spectator: "Polished in texture, with a smoky barrel-fermented feel to the pineapple and pear flavors, lingering enticingly on the citrusy finish. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now through 2012. 2,400 cases made." (Jun. 30, 2010)

  • 2008 DeLille Cellars "Doyenne" Red Mountain Roussanne ($29.99)
    93 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale, bright gold. Aromas of honey, minerals and fresh herbs complicated by a saline quality. At once pliant and gripping on the palate, with complex flavors of pear, lemon and spices. This big wine boasts terrific fruit intensity and persistence. From Ciel du Cheval fruit." (Nov/Dec '09) 92 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "This is a great vintage for this wine, pure Roussanne from Ciel du Cheval vineyard grapes. It opens with high-toned jasmine, lemon and chamomile aromas, lightly touched with honey. Limes, pears and orange marmalade fill the midpalate, opening into a long, lingering finish dotted with white pepper." (8/1/2010) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The one white wine is the 2008 Roussanne, a light gold-colored wine with lovely aromas of bee’s wax, honeysuckle, hazelnuts, and melon. Mouth-filling and concentrated, this ripe, lengthy effort will provide much pleasure for another 3-4 years." (08/10)

  • 2009 Eaglepoint Ranch Mendocino County Albarino ($15.99)
    From the San Francisco Chronicle: "Eaglepoint Ranch really is different from most vineyards. The 1,250-acre ranch has just 82 acres of vineyards in more than a dozen small blocks laid out on gentle slopes along the side of the mountain. There are plenty of wine companies that would grow many more acres of grapes here if they owned the property. But Scharffenberger's vision was formed at Stony Hill Vineyard in Napa Valley, where he worked as a college graduate in 1972, and in Europe, where he had traveled. He wanted small, sloping blocks with a maximum of personality and a minimum of disruption to the environment. The result is a startling mix of old and new, high and low, dense and open. Some vines go back to the 1970s and 1980s, some blocks are just a few years old and some are bare earth ready for replanting. In some blocks, the rootstocks have had two or three different grape varieties grafted onto them." (Thursday, October 27, 2005)

  • 2009 Frostwatch "Kismet" Bennett Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($18.99)
    91 points and two stars from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Even though very young and still a bit tight at the edges, this carefully crafted Sauvignon hits all the varietal marks smartly from its moderately deep, green-melon character to its lightly-laid-on grassiness to its bright, cleansing finish. Firm in balance and showing fine fruity volume, it has the sense of a wine that can get better with age. It will work in the short term with any number of herb-accented seafoods, but it would be a good idea to set a few bottles aside." (August 2010) 90 points from Wine Spectator: "Vivid passion fruit, nectarine, fig and Meyer lemon flavors are bright and refreshing, with a wonderful freshness, rich texture and floral details that come on strong on the finish. Drink now. 210 cases made." (Jul. 31, 2010)

  • 2009 Loos Family "Galleron Road Vineyard" Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($24.99)
    Aromas of tropical fruits, elderflower and honeysuckle draw interest. Crisp citrus notes include Lisbon lemon, Colima lime and grapefruit zest that give way to pinneapple, mango, melon and herbs. A subtle mineral definition follows. This is a truly refreshing wine with bright acidity and a clean finish! An ideal companion to cold veggies, shellfish, brie, sushi or spicy Asian dishes.

  • 2008 Rusack Santa Barbara Chardonnay ($21.99)
    The truly distinctive flavors from the cool Northern and Western extremes of Santa Barbara County come together in this bottle. You'll find a marriage of exceptional fruit aromas with carefully balanced acidity, capturing the best qualities of the area. Honeydew melon, Asian pear, orange blossom, as well as citrus notes are highlighted in this appealingly crisp white wine.

United States - Domestic Other Misc. Red

  • 2007 DeLille Cellars "Doyenne-Aix" Red Mountain Red Blend ($34.99)
    The 2007 Aix is a wine-lover’s wine, with charm to spare. On the nose, black fruits, a wide array of spices, and a hint of lavender come to the fore, with deep smoky and earthy accents from the syrah. The palate is delicate and mouth-watering, with tones of black raspberries, plum, pomegranate, and earth featured. The structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon shines through in the mid-palate and finish. This wine will be delicious upon release and be able to lie down nicely for 5-8 years. 61% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Mourvèdre. 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Aix is made up of 61% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Mourvedre sourced entirely from the Red Mountain AVA. It gives up a splendid, slightly exotic nose of smoke, spice box, lavender, grilled meat, black currant, and plum. Forward, plush, and spicy, this full-flavored, pleasure-bent offering can be enjoyed now and over the next 6-8 years. " (08/10) 89 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is locked up tight upon opening; plan on giving it a good couple of hours in the decanter. Peppery and firm, the compact berry, cherry and plum fruit shows a touch of leather in the nose. The addition of Cabernet seems to mute the brightness of the Syrah." (8/1/2010) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Dark and juicy, offering a lively mouthful of plum, spice and mineral flavors that remain jazzy through the long, vivid finish. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2013." (10/10)

  • 2007 Tofanelli Napa Valley Charbono - 12 available ($27.99)
    One of the finest examples of Charbono on the market; dedicated fans of this rare varietal will be very pleased. Aromatic layers include wild blueberry syrup, warm short bread and ultra ripe peach, along with sweet hints of wisteria and pipe tobacco. Incredibly black in the glass, this wine has a super round mouth feel framed by firm tannins. Subtle flavors of black cherry juice and candied apple freshen the palate while toasty oak layers lengthen the overall silkiness. A meaty, chewy finish will invite you back for more. Pairs deliciously with soft, fragrant cheeses such as Italian Dolce Gorganzola.

United States - Domestic Pinot Noir

  • 2008 Kenwood Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 5 available ($12.99)
    Generous aromas of blueberry, red currant, lavender and vanilla give this wine immediate appeal. Medium-bodied red currant and cherry flavors are accented by a rich note of cedar.

  • 2008 Rusack Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir - 12 available ($27.99)
    This wine is packed with bright spicy flavors of strawberries, coffee, and caramel. This makes for a very approachable food friendly wine and a local favorite. The Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir was bottled unfiltered, given a few months of bottle aging to allow the wine to integrate and released in the following spring. 792 cases were produced.

United States - Domestic Syrah and Petite Sirah

  • 2007 The Real L Word California Syrah ($16.99)
    The Domenico Winery in San Carlos, California is behind this wine, together with "The Real L Word" tv show and Showtime. There are three wines in the collection, a Chardonnay, a Syrah and a dessert wine. This is tasty, a little funky, easy to get down and a great way to show your support for the girls you love, and love to hate!

United States - Domestic Zinfandel

  • 2008 Outpost Howell Mountian Zinfandel - 12 available ($44.99)
    90-93 points Robert Parker: "The surprisingly seamless, full throttle 2008 Zinfandel reveals lots of red and blue fruit, pepper, and spicy underbrush notes." (12/09)

(items we've carried in the past that have just arrived again)

Australia - Australia

  • 2005 d'Arenberg "d'Arry's Original" Shiraz-Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia ($13.99)
    93 points Wine and Spirits: "Francis d'Arenberg Osborn, better known as d'Arry, developed this style in the 1960s; his son, Chester, who makes the wine today, has taken some creative directions with other styles while continuing to defer to his father with this wine. And he nailed it in 2005. It's classical McLaren, with full-bore strawberry and raspberry fruit blowing through curtains of tannins that feel fresh despite their earthy weight. Rustic and pretty. Buy a case or more. You won't grow tired of it." According to Robert Parker: "The 2005 d'Arry’s Original Shiraz (50%) / Grenache (50%) was aged for 12 months in French and American oak. It is purple-colored with aromas of violets, meat, black cherry, plum, and blueberry. Medium to full-bodied, it offers plenty of spicy red and black fruits, silky tannins, and good depth. It has several years of aging potential but can be enjoyed now. It is an excellent value." (10/07) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 07: "(a 50/50 blend of shiraz and grenache) Bright purple. Youthfully grapey on the nose, offering vibrant dark berry and cherry scents. Firm, restrained blackberry and cassis flavors display excellent focus and clarity, with fine-grained tannins giving the wine a firm structural underpinning..." According to Wine Spectator: "Bright in flavor and refined in texture, with plum and rhubarb notes mingling with cedar as the slightly gamy finish lingers. Drink now through 2010."

Canada - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Henry of Pelham Riesling Reserve ($12.99)
    This single vineyard, estate grown wine comes from vineyards that were shovel planted by the Speck Brothers in 1984. Dry and fuller bodied with more intense acidity. Apple, citrus and spice on the palate. Attractive in its youth this wine will develop secondary characteristics and improve with 3 to 8 years cellaring.

Canada - Other Misc. Imports

  • 2007 Henry of Pelham Riesling Ice Wine Niagra 375ml (was $58) ($44.99)
    Produced like the 2005, but this time from naturally frozen Riesling grapes harvested from Henry of Pelham's own Niagara Escarpment vineyards annd from another vineyard on the Beamsville Bench. All botrytis-affected fruit is removed prior to harvest.

  • 2005 Henry of Pelham Vidal Ice Wine 375ml (was $50) ($39.99)
    This ice wine comes from naturally frozen Vidal grapes (a hybrid of Ugni Bland and another hybrid called Seibel) from select Niagara vineyards. Its tropical bouquet is dominated by scents of pineapple and mango. The palate is pleasantly tangy and very rich, layered and long. Very limited production. Usually sells for more than twice the price!

France - Champagne - Old and Rare

  • 1998 Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" Brut Champagne - 11 available ($109.00)
    93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Seemingly a bit livelier than the typical Grande Dame, but still a rich wine based on its Pinot Noir heritage, it combines an admirably strong mousse with plenty of acidity and a dried toffee, nutty overlay of burgeoning complexity. Lovely." (12/2008) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow with a steady bead. Orange, lemon, apple, smoky minerals and yeast on the nose. Fleshy orchard fruit flavors coat the palate and are energized by dusty minerals and a fresh jasmine quality. An energetic version of this bottling, with good finishing grip and lingering floral qualities. This gained weight with air: I'd hold off on popping the cork for at least another three years." (12/2008) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A superbly ripe Champagne that has all the open generosity of the 1998 vintage. Peach and apricot aromas are followed by flavors of hazelnuts, honey and spices. Of course, it is still very young, and, like all vintages of La Grande Dame, it will age for many years." (11/2006) 92 points Wine Spectator: "There's plenty of finesse in this sleek Champagne, along with an airy texture and loads of grip. Graphite, lemon, toast and mineral aromas and flavors prevail, and this takes on a chalky edge on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2010 through 2028." (12/2008) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The house's 1998 La Grande Dame reveals notable clarity and precision. This focused, poised wine emerges from the glass with well-articulated flowers, pears, smoke, crisp apples and minerals in a medium-bodied style. The wine appears to have enough freshness and sheer depth to support another decade or so of aging. La Grand Dame represents a significant step up from the estate’s other wines. In 1998 La Grande Dame is 64% Pinot Noir (Ay, Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy) and 36% Chardonnay (Avize, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger). This is Lot 510 2572, disgorged between December, 2006 and January, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018. " (12/2008) K&L Notes: 64% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay.

France - Other Spirits

  • Lucid Absinthe 750ml - 6 available ($54.99)
    Special Discounted price from the distributor. Limited to quanity on hand only! Buy Now! Lucid represents a breakthrough product for the U.S. market, as it is the first true, Grande Wormwood- based Absinthe of its type since before prohibition. Unlike imitators in the U.S. and many of the so-called "Absinthe" products that litter the international markets, lucid is crafted directly from select whole herbs, including Grande Wormwood, and never from cheaper assemblages, macerations, extracts or oils. Interesting name for something that will render you anything but lucid after drinking it!

Greece - Greece

  • 2007 Thimiopoulos "Uranos" Xinomavro Naoussa - 6 available ($29.99)
    The Thimiopoulos family has owned vineyards in Naoussa for several generations. Until recently, the family grew grapes and supplied wineries with their fruit. Upon matriculation from The University of Athens oenology program, Apostolos Thimiopoulos returned to his family’s vineyards and began producing wine for his own label, Thimiopoulos Vineyards and the wine was called Ghi kai Uranos (Earth & Sky). Uranos (the US.. name), is similar in style to a modern Barolo-powerful and concentrated ripe fruit aromas with balanced acidity and tannins. This is a new and exciting style of Xinomavro. Deep purple in color, the aromas of ripe berry, chocolate, spice and vanilla are powerful and complex. Medium to full bodied with balanced, medium acidity with flavors consentient to the palate. The depth and structure of this wine are excellent and reveal its aging and development potential.

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 2008 Hello Kitty Brut Rosé (Pinot Noir) - 5 available ($29.95)
    That's right, the Hello Kitty brand is now branching into the fine wine field, with a trio of tasty wines with cute names but serious palate impressions. It's hard to believe that this Pinot Noir-based sparkling rose will be anything to anybody except a gimmick. But truly this is tasty and very fun to drink from its deeply pink color to its rose petal aromatics and fruity but dry finish.

Italy - Italy

  • 2008 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia ($8.95)
    Antinori moves south! Piero Antinori has been one of the leaders of the Italian wine industry for decades. He was involved in starting the Super Tuscan movement, developing coastal Tuscany and now he has turned his focus to Puglia. Antinori however sees the potential for quality at an exceptional price and with their incredible base of knowledge and skilled winemakers they have crafted some unique and delicious wines. The Tormaresca "Neprica" is made for 40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Negroamaro and Primitivo by themselves sometimes lack balance or their flavors are too forceful yet with the addition of the Cabernet Sauvignon to the mix, well...Wow! Rich, complex, with loads of fruit yet balanced with a veil of structure that makes it eminently drinkable! (Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian buyer)

Scotland - Single Malt Scotch

  • 1968 Springbank 39 Year Chieftain's Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 6 available ($375.99)
    Sheer whisky perfection. Only 132 bottles came out of this single