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July 29, 2008 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)

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

  • 2002 Wolf Blass Cabernet Sauvignon Gold Label ($10.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Even tasted blind, this excellent Cab's smooth, velvety-clay feel says 'Coonawarra.' It's a restrained, balanced wine with pencil eraser and red plum fruit flavors, and cherry brightening the finish; even still, it's the texture you'll remember." (12/04) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar listed this wine at $23 and had this to say on its behalf: "Medium ruby. Varietally accurate scents of cassis, cherry skin, licorice, hot asphalt, cigar box, eucalyptus and peppermint. Firm, tangy and tightly structured, with redcurrant and fennel notes on the palate." According to the Wine Spectator: "Supple and appealing for its gentle balance, with fine tannins surrounding ripe currant and dusky, earthy overtones, finishing with just a touch of sweet vanilla from oak. Drink now through 2008." (09/04)

  • 2000 de Moulin a Vent, Graves ($16.99)
    Lovely and elegant red from the famed 2000 vintage. This is full of finesse and also boasts plenty of minerality. The fact that it is 100% organic makes it extra appealing. This is not in-your-face, California style Bordeaux, but rather Old School wine with rather low alcohol content (13.5).

  • 1986 Cos d'Estournel, St.-Estèphe ($199.00)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted 7 Times Since Bottling With Consistent Notes. The 1986 is a highly extracted wine, with a black/ruby color and plenty of toasty, smoky notes in its bouquet that suggest ripe plums and licorice. Evolving at a glacial pace, it exhibits massive, huge, ripe, extremely concentrated flavors with impressive depth and richness. It possesses more power, weight, and tannin than the more opulent and currently more charming 1985." (10/1994) 92 points Wine Spectator: "No tasting note given. Awarded 93 points in 1989 with the following note: 'Smells terrific, with great concentration of berry and cassis aromas, but the prominent tannins tend to cover the flavors, requiring cellaring until at least 1995. On balance, the concentration of fruit wins in the end.'" (05/1990)

  • 1996 Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognan ($99.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A great wine that has put on considerable weight and continues to show more and more depth and complexity, the dark plum/ruby colored 1996 Pape Clement has a gorgeous nose of barbecue spices intermixed with black currant, plum, coffee, and a hint of white chocolate. The wine is exceptionally rich, fill-bodied, and a fabulous success, particularly in the Pessac-Leognan sector. The tannin is sweet and the wine full-bodied, with tremendous richness and length. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020. Last tasted, 4/02." (01/2003) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Superripe aromas of roasted plum, black raspberry, woodsmoke and humus. Dense and rather unevolved, but with sound acidity giving it excellent vinosity. Full, quite dry and serious; the substantial dusty tannins coat the entire palate." (06/1999) Jancis Robinson: "Very light nose. Very dusty tannins becoming even more evident as the fruit fades. But there is a convincing middle to this wine. Quite a kick. Mellifluous texture." (10/2006)

  • 2005 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac ($154.99)
    96 points Wine & Spirits: "Baron was trapped in its oak en primeur, seeming flashy, luscious and soft. Now bottled and shipped, it has the unremitting tannic power of the vintage, balanced by unrelenting purity of fruit that somehow manages to anesthetize the monstrous tannin, to soften the extremely dry, mineral-bound finish into a caress. The wine may be bombastic, but it's also succulent and as sweet as a ripe black raspberry. It's easy to imagine this wine 50 years from now, in impeccable condition." (10/2008) 96 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* A great, classic Pauillac, with its dark, dense, almost black currant flavors stirred together with immense tannins. The layers of dryness, fresh fruits, acidity and ripeness are all coming together into a magnificent structure. Age for at least 20 years." (06/2008) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers crushed currant and blackberry on the nose, turning to tar and licorice. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and seamless tannins. Goes on and on. Very, very beautiful. A cross between the 2000 and fabulous 2003. Best after 2013." (03/2008) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As usual, this superb Pauillac possesses an inky/blue/black color in addition to a big, sweet nose of graphite, charcoal, burning embers, black currant liqueur, and toasty vanillin from new oak casks. Full-bodied with high but sweet, well-integrated tannins, the 2005 Pichon Baron is more backward than the blockbuster 2003 or prodigious 2000. Nevertheless, it is a superb effort whose power, length, and tannic structure suggest it should be at its peak between 2015-2035." (04/2008) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red-ruby. Multidimensional nose offers deep aromas of currant, cedar, coffee, tobacco and minerals. The palate offers a rare combination of sweetness, energy and depth, with superb grip and a layered texture to the flavors of plum, cedar, tobacco and minerals. The finish features sweet, noble tannins and outstanding length. I find this more complete and ultimately more exciting than the 2003, but this will need at least a decade of cellaring." (06/2008)

  • 1830 Quinta de Serrado Malmsey Madeira (Christie's bottling, cracked capsules) - 4 available ($1,299.00)
    Madeira is maybe the longest-lived wine out there. Yes, it can even go upwards of 150 years, as this Maderia will prove. A Christie's offering, this perfectly preserved Malmsey is not as sweet as one would guess, appearing almost more Bual in style. Its nose shows chocolate aromas and the taste is unbelievably fresh, and even brightly acidic after all these decades. Notes of nuts and caramel add to the intense and long palate. This is history in a bottle, but besides all that, this is as enjoyable and delicious as it is rare!

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

Australia - Australian/NZ/South Africa - Old and Rare

  • 2002 Wolf Blass Cabernet Sauvignon Gold Label ($10.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Even tasted blind, this excellent Cab's smooth, velvety-clay feel says 'Coonawarra.' It's a restrained, balanced wine with pencil eraser and red plum fruit flavors, and cherry brightening the finish; even still, it's the texture you'll remember." (12/04) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar listed this wine at $23 and had this to say on its behalf: "Medium ruby. Varietally accurate scents of cassis, cherry skin, licorice, hot asphalt, cigar box, eucalyptus and peppermint. Firm, tangy and tightly structured, with redcurrant and fennel notes on the palate." According to the Wine Spectator: "Supple and appealing for its gentle balance, with fine tannins surrounding ripe currant and dusky, earthy overtones, finishing with just a touch of sweet vanilla from oak. Drink now through 2008." (09/04)

  • 2004 Wolf Blass Gold Label Cabernet Sauvignon ($9.99)
    Big, bold and... yes, in fact, beautiful. This value-priced number will appeal to all those who favor fruit, ripeness and that certain jammy character that put Aussie wines on the map. Low in acid and soft-ish in the tannin department, this is a Cab that does just as well on its own as it does with food. And when food is happening, it has a special affinity for hamburgers cooked outside and topped with cheddar and bacon!

France - Alsace/Loire - Old and Rare

  • 2006 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fumé Buisson Renard Demi-Sec - 12 available ($74.99)
    Didier and his cousin Serge are the fourth generation of wine makers in the Dagueneau family beginning with his great-grandmother Léontine Dagueneau. Didier left the village from 1978-1982 to compete in motorcycle side-car racing on the international circuit. This passion was later replaced by international dog-sled racing which currently occupies much of his time in the winter. He has won both the European and world championships in recent years. If you've seen one pciture of this dude, with his long flowing hair and equally impressive beard, you know this is not your average French winemaker. And one taste of his wines, and you know his work is singularly special. This cuvee comes from one parcel located mid-slope on the southwest side of Saint Andelain, the highest village in the Pouilly-Fume appellation, and the only one to possess soil containing the perfect balance of clay and flint (silex). This is the first release of a demi sec wine from this site. Concentrated and divine, it joins the roster of amazing wines under Dagueneau's crowded umbrella.

  • 2006 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Silex 1.5L - 3 available ($235.99)
    This is Dagueneau's Grand Cru if you will. Produced only from plots high on the slopes of Saint Andelain, and only from vineyards that possess high amounts of silex. Vines here range from 15-50 years of age and are cropped to lower yields than in some other vineyards. Barrel fermented and aged in 450, 600 liter and cigar barrels. New oak in this bottling is similar to the Pur Sang. Because of the lower clay content in the soil, this wine tends to be more austere in its youth than the Pur Sang which explains why it often receives lower scores in its youth from wine journals that rate how a wine drinks today. Do not be fooled! Those familiar with older vintages of Silex will attest to the fact that if given the time in bottle, it will always rise above the rest.

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 2000 de Moulin a Vent, Graves ($16.99)
    Lovely and elegant red from the famed 2000 vintage. This is full of finesse and also boasts plenty of minerality. The fact that it is 100% organic makes it extra appealing. This is not in-your-face, California style Bordeaux, but rather Old School wine with rather low alcohol content (13.5).

  • 2000 La Clemence, Pomerol (1.5L) - 6 available ($164.99)
    91 points Robert Parker: "This looks to be the strongest effort to date from the Dauriac-Rolland team. Deep, opaque purple-colored, with a tight but promising nose of truffles, licorice, underbrush, incense, and black fruits, this big, huge, dense, full-bodied Pomerol shows no compromising for readers looking for something immediately drinkable. As the French would say, a true vin de garde. This backstrapping, muscular wine is loaded, but patience is most definitely a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022+." (04/03)

France - Bordeaux - Red

  • 2005 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac ($154.99)
    96 points Wine & Spirits: "Baron was trapped in its oak en primeur, seeming flashy, luscious and soft. Now bottled and shipped, it has the unremitting tannic power of the vintage, balanced by unrelenting purity of fruit that somehow manages to anesthetize the monstrous tannin, to soften the extremely dry, mineral-bound finish into a caress. The wine may be bombastic, but it's also succulent and as sweet as a ripe black raspberry. It's easy to imagine this wine 50 years from now, in impeccable condition." (10/2008) 96 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* A great, classic Pauillac, with its dark, dense, almost black currant flavors stirred together with immense tannins. The layers of dryness, fresh fruits, acidity and ripeness are all coming together into a magnificent structure. Age for at least 20 years." (06/2008) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers crushed currant and blackberry on the nose, turning to tar and licorice. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and seamless tannins. Goes on and on. Very, very beautiful. A cross between the 2000 and fabulous 2003. Best after 2013." (03/2008) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As usual, this superb Pauillac possesses an inky/blue/black color in addition to a big, sweet nose of graphite, charcoal, burning embers, black currant liqueur, and toasty vanillin from new oak casks. Full-bodied with high but sweet, well-integrated tannins, the 2005 Pichon Baron is more backward than the blockbuster 2003 or prodigious 2000. Nevertheless, it is a superb effort whose power, length, and tannic structure suggest it should be at its peak between 2015-2035." (04/2008) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red-ruby. Multidimensional nose offers deep aromas of currant, cedar, coffee, tobacco and minerals. The palate offers a rare combination of sweetness, energy and depth, with superb grip and a layered texture to the flavors of plum, cedar, tobacco and minerals. The finish features sweet, noble tannins and outstanding length. I find this more complete and ultimately more exciting than the 2003, but this will need at least a decade of cellaring." (06/2008)

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 2004 Aligote, Domaine François Mikulski - 12 available ($15.99)
    "Outstanding!" from Allen Meadows: "A very fresh and spicy nose leads to punchy light to barely medium weight flavors that possess a lovely trace of finishing minerality." (Jul 01, 2006)

  • 2006 Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc, "Cuvee Marine," Domaine Anne Gros ($29.99)
    I always love this wine. Anne told me she named the cuvée after all the fossilized seashells in the soil. And that minerality comes through on the palate. If you prefer subtlety and elegance to being hit over the head, this is the wine for you! Allen Meadows writes: "A deft touch of wood frames exceptionally fresh and airy green fruit aromas that complement the detailed and notably minerally light to barely middle weight flavors that possess lovely balance, punch and finishing persistence. Worth a look"

  • 2003 Nuits-St-Georges, Maison Louis Latour (Was $54.99 Elsewhere) ($28.99)
    Allen Meadows writes: "in 2003, the large majority of the wines reviewed here are not typical of the Latour style with their dramatically deep colors, dense and intense concentrations and firm structures that should enable them to age well. In short, 2003 is a vintage to consider giving the best wines thorough consideration."

  • 2006 St. Veran, Roland Thevenin ($16.99)
    Roland Thevenin is something of a legend in the wine world. Though he is no longer with us in body, his spirit is absolutely alive and his legacy in Burgundy lives on, thanks to his huge contribution to the region at large and his village of St. Romain, in particular. This white woud do the man proud, as it offers great varietal character (chardonnay, of course), wonderful acid and fruit balance, and incredible purity, all at an astoundingly fair price.

France - Burgundy - Red

  • 2006 Chambolle-Musigny, Combe d'Orveau, Domaine Anne Gros - 3 available ($69.95)
    Combe d'Orveau is a high altitude vineyard, just a stone's throw from Musigny, and evn closer to Grands Echezeaux. Steve Tanzer writes: "Moderately saturated medium red. Sappy aromas of raspberry and boysenberry, with a liqueur-like aspect. Supple, sweet red fruit and mineral flavors show lovely inner-mouth perfume. Juicy, tight and persistent on the back end: a real high-altitude style in spite of its pliant middle palate texture. " Allen Meadows writes: "A more elegant and higher-toned nose of appealing and distinctly cool red pinot fruit aromas merge into nicely detailed and minerally light to barely middle weight flavors that posses fine balance and focus on the persistent finish. A pretty wine that is very Chambolle in character and while it is lighter in body, the fine focus enables it to pack a punch." (Burghound 01/08)

  • 2006 Clos Vougeot, "Le Grand Maupertuis", Grand Cru, Domaine Anne Gros - 7 available ($169.95)
    91-93 points and "Don't Miss!" from Allen Meadows: "A background touch of wood frames an earthy and notably complex, layered and densely fruited nose that merges into rich, full, sweet and mouth coating flavors that are exceptionally fresh and intense on the beautifully long finish. This has already eaten most of its wood and I like this for its completeness." (Burghound, 01/08) 90-93 points Stephen Tanzer: "Good full red. Highly perfumed aromas of cherry, minerals and mocha. Ripe, smoky and rich on entry, then broad and classically dry in the middle, with the spicy fruit flavors currently a bit cut off by substantial tannins. This won't match the 2006 Richebourg but it may require every bit as much bottle aging to show what it's made of. Yes, that's the spelling on the label. " (International Wine Cellar, 03/08)

  • 2006 Richebourg, Grand Cru, Domaine Anne Gros - 2 available ($364.99)
    92-94 Points and "Don't Miss!" from Allen Meadows: "An elegant, pure and reserved spicy, cool and equally layered black and blue fruit nose nuanced by hints of smoke, soy and crushed herb that are also picked up on the mineral-driven flavors that possess really lovely intensity, balance and outstanding length. This is perhaps not quite as dense as the Clos de Vougeot but the sense of harmony and overall transparency are better still. In sum, this is very impressive." (Burghound, 01/08) And Steve tanzer gives it 93-95 Points: "Deep red. Captivating aromas of crushed raspberry, minerals and spices. Wonderfully pure and dense yet weightless, with explosive, highly aromatic flavors of raspberry, violet and minerals; this really saturates the entire palate. Despite its impressive tannic grip and obviously serious structure for aging, there's nothing aggressive about this Richebourg. With its voluptuous, tactile mouth feel I could have sucked this up straight from the barrel. A great 2006 in the making." (International Wine Cellar, 03/08)

France - Loire

  • Francois Chidaine Touraine Pétillant ($18.99)
    This unusual 100% Gamay bubbly is as festive as they come. Slighty off-dry, brilliantly refreshing, beautiful salmon color. Notes of strawberries and raspberries. Nice fresh acidity. Think Bugey-Cerdon produced in the Loire!

New Zealand - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Daniel Schuster Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand ($19.99)
    Fruit for this Marlborough Sauvignon blanc was selected from premium sites on gravel soils of the region. Highly aromatic fruit is derived from hot sunny days followed by cool night temperatures. This cool climate Sauvignon blanc achieves a complete, well-defined expression of the variety, region and its vintage year. It combines the purity of New Zealand fruit flavors with the traditional dry style European concepts of classical, 'seafood wine' structure. Yum! 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale color. Sancerre-like aromas of lemon, talc and white flowers. Juicy, spicy and sophisticated, with brisk lime and crushed stone flavors. Very pretty, balanced wine, finishing classically dry, understated and long. Conveys an impression of chalky soil. Perhaps a tad leaner but more penetrating than the excellent 2006 example." (Sept/Oct 08)

Portugal - Spain - Old and Rare

  • 2006 Encostas do Limo Vinho Verde (Portugal) ($9.99)
    Encostas do Lima is produced at Adega Cooperativa de Ponte de Lima, a beautiful small town with a Roman bridge and medieval towers. Vinho Verde country is located in northeastern Portugal and is the largest demarcated wine region in Portugal (61,750 acres in size). This refreshing quaffer is 80% Loureiro and 20% Trajadura, and like all Vinho Verde (or green wines, meaning young, not green in flavor) it is best drunk young and with a ceretain degree of abandon! This is fresh, crisp, lively and has a touch of spritz. With its low alcohol, it's a natural as an aperitif or with seafood. Definitely a summer drink!

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2005 Pride Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($229.00)
    96 points Wine Spectator: "(#35 on the Top 100 Wines of 2008) Rich and complex, brimming with dense, opulent yet elegant layers of mocha, black cherry, blackberry and wild berry fruit that's pure, focused, deep and persistent, ending with mouthcoating flavors and ripe, fleshy tannins. Drink now through 2015. (2008)" 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is the densest, most tannic of Pride’s new releases, obviously meant for the cellar. You could drink it now, because it’s so lush, but the tightness suggests that the winemaker doesn’t want you to. Buried under the astringency are masses of cassis, dark chocolate, sweet fresh herbs and smoky oak." (07/2009) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is more backward, but promising. It exhibits an inky/blue/purple color as well as notes of lead pencil shavings, toasty oak, charcoal, sweet roasted herbs, and background wood. Rich, full-bodied, and moderately tannic, it will benefit from 1-3 years of bottle age, and should last for 15+." (12/2008) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full medium ruby. Crushed black fruits, licorice, sandalwood, tobacco and cocoa powder on the nose. Sweet and silky but juicy, with dark fruit and exotic spice flavors offering lovely inner-mouth aromatic character. This has a distinctly briary mountain berry aspect. The longest of these offerings, with ripe acidity and rather powerful tannins giving it a big structure." (06/2009) 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

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 2002 DeLille Chaleur Estate Yakima Valley Red - 2 available ($59.95)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lead pencil shavings and candied black fruits are found in the nose of the 2002 Chaleur Estate (red). An exceptional wine, it is medium to full-bodied, thick, hugely concentrated, and powerful. Its inky, tarry core of fruit displays waves of cassis and blackberry liqueur as well as copious quantities of ripe tannin. I’m convinced this effort will shut down soon before roaring back with a vengeance in a few years, when the tannin has melted into the fruit. Projected maturity: 2012-2025. " (04/2006) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, generous and tightly packed with ripe currant, blueberry and gentle spice flavors, lingering against chewy tannins on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot." (08/2005) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Currant, rose petal, licorice and nutty oak on the nose. Plump and generous; full and ripe. Comes across as rather soft but with no shortage of underlying spine. Sweet red fruit and floral flavors are lifted by a note of fresh blackberry. Finishes with fine-grained tannins." (12/2005)

  • 1999 DeLille Chaleur Estate Yakima Valley Red - 1 available ($49.95)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Supple, polished and seductive, playing out its pretty currant, cherry and exotic spice flavors on a velvety frame. Achieves a pinpoint balance, echoing the flavors harmoniously on the long, long finish." (07/02) 91 points and a Cellar Selection Wine Enthusiast: "his is DeLille’s ultra-premium Bordeaux blend, a dense, complex, luxurious red wine composed of fruit from Klipsun, Ciel du Cheval and Boushey—three of the best vineyards in Washington. A lush bouquet of fresh fruits, spices, chocolate, coffee, leather and sweet vanilla gets things rolling. The wine is generous to a fault, with layers of expressive, tangy fruit, smoky oak and soft tannins. Not quite as ripe as the ’98, it is perfectly balanced and cellar-worthy for at least a decade. Cellar Selection." (06/02) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Red berries, plums, blackberries, and spices can be found in the aromatics of the medium to dark ruby-colored 1999 Chaleur Estate. This densely concentrated, masculine wine is foursquare and firm. Broad shouldered, it is packed with cassis, blackberries, and spices. Projected maturity: 2005-2014." (12/02)

  • 2002 DeLille D2 Yakima Valley Red - 2 available ($39.95)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Undoubtedly the finest D2 to date, the 2002 bursts from the glass with sage-laced dark fruits. It is a blend of 49% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. Dense, rich, and medium to full-bodied, it is a broad wine with satiny layers of blackberries, spices, and brambleberries. An immensely impressive effort, it is big, lush, complex, and friendly. Drink it over the next 10 years." (04/06) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red. High-toned, aromatic nose combines raspberry, cassis, graphite and nutty oak, all lifted by a floral nuance. Lush, pliant and generous, with expressive flavors of raspberry, currant and tobacco. Conveys an enticing impression of mid-palate warmth. Finishes with sweet tannins that seem more giving than some past vintages of this bottling." (Nov/Dec 05)

  • 1999 DeLille Harrison Hill Yakima Valley Red - 2 available ($49.95)
    90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Harrison Hill Vineyard's medium to dark ruby color is followed by aromas of blackberry syrup. On the palate, leather, Asian spices, and copious quantities of cherries and blueberries can be found intermingled with prodigiously ripened tannin. Medium to full-bodied and lush, with an impressively long, pure finish, it will be its peak between 2004-2012." (10/01) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Earthy, smoky and slightly gamy notes weave through this dark red, surrounding but not overpowering the ripe currant and berry fruit at the core. Needs time to settle down, but has years ahead of it." (07/02)

  • 2001 DeLille Harrison Hill Yakima Valley Red - 3 available ($49.95)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This single-vineyard wine from DeLille is a rare evocation of old- vine, classic Washington fruit. Perfectly ripe, plummy fruit is backed with layers of iron and earth; the fruit has mixed elements of herb and tart red fruits. This is special." (09/04)

  • 2002 DeLille Harrison Hill Yakima Valley Red - 3 available ($49.95)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2002 Harrison Hill, which sports a nose of spices, cedar, blackberries, and cassis, is silky-textured and medium to full-bodied. Incredibly pure, detailed flavors of cassis liqueur and blackberries are found in its broad character. Graceful yet muscular, this gorgeous effort possesses a surprisingly long, angle-free finish. Drink it over the next 12-15 years." (04/2006) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Redcurrant, tobacco and nutty oak on the nose; showing more wood today than the Estate Red. Then fat, plush and round, with good creamy depth of plum, redcurrant and tobacco flavors. Finishes with a suggestion of leather. Offers a slightly smaller tannic structure than the Estate Red but shows surprising acidity. This is the most enjoyable set of red wine releases from DeLille Cellars in many years, with sweeter fruit and more yielding texture than most wines from recent vintages here." (12/2005)

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2007 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Chardonnay - 12 available ($16.99)
    91 points from Wine Spectator: "Crisp and tightly wound, with sleek pineapple, melon and green apple notes that are firm, focused and full-bodied. This is most impressive on the finish, where the flavors are juicy. Drink now through 2013." (Tasting Highlights, May 6, 2009) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright yellow. Initially shy orange, pear, honeysuckle and mineral aromas gain strength with aeration. Light-bodied orchard and pit fruit flavors are easygoing but a bit loose-knit, with vague bitter/sweet qualities on the back end." (Nov/Dec '08) Au Bon Climat winemaker Jim Clendenen has been a driving force for high quality wines in Santa Barbara County since the early '80s. His signature style, which deftly merges Old World sensibilities with New World flair manifests in tasty, well-crafted wines from regional blends like this one, to the most sophisticated single-vineyard bottlings. Using top notch fruit from the county's best vineyards, including the famed Bien Nacido vineyard, the 2007 Santa Barbara Chardonnay is graced with a delightful tension between the tropical fruit and buttered toast nuances that epitomize California chardonnay and the bright acidity and minerality of a white Burgundy. Priced for frequent drinking, this chardonnay will pair well with roasted chicken or a rich fish, like turbot paired with roasted leeks.

BACK IN STOCK...
(items we've carried in the past that have just arrived again)

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 1966 Cos d'Estournel (Mid shoulder fill) - 1 available ($129.00)
    Four Stars Michael Broadbent in Vintage Wine: "From the start a splendid wine, the start being February after the vintage, so it was probably de Luze jumping the gun again. Ten consistently good notes through the 1970s and 1980s, hitting a high (5-star) spot in 1990. Since then just a couple of notes. A bottle recorked in 1988, bought at one of Christie's auctions in 1996 and served at my Bordeaux Club dinner in 1998. I see that I gave it a lot of air, drawing the fork at 4pm, decanting at 6pm and pouring at 8.20pm. It was really worth it for the bouquet was wonderfully fragrant, cedary, tea-like; sweet, delicious, easy and charming yet with a sustaining core…Claret at its best."

  • 1986 Cos d'Estournel, St.-Estèphe ($199.00)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted 7 Times Since Bottling With Consistent Notes. The 1986 is a highly extracted wine, with a black/ruby color and plenty of toasty, smoky notes in its bouquet that suggest ripe plums and licorice. Evolving at a glacial pace, it exhibits massive, huge, ripe, extremely concentrated flavors with impressive depth and richness. It possesses more power, weight, and tannin than the more opulent and currently more charming 1985." (10/1994) 92 points Wine Spectator: "No tasting note given. Awarded 93 points in 1989 with the following note: 'Smells terrific, with great concentration of berry and cassis aromas, but the prominent tannins tend to cover the flavors, requiring cellaring until at least 1995. On balance, the concentration of fruit wins in the end.'" (05/1990)

  • 1975 Gruaud Larose, St-Julien (375ml) (low shoulder fill) - 1 available ($49.95)
    According to Robert Parker: "This massive, backward wine appears to resist aging. Still bitterly tannic, impressively-colored (dark garnet with no amber), and monstrous on the palate, this wine will either turn out like the outstanding 1928 and begin to reveal some charm and character around age 40, or it will dry out, much like the 1948. It needs another 5-10 years of cellaring... It is likely to be appreciated only by the most patient Bordeaux enthusiasts. I would not be surprised to see some wine writer touting its greatness around 2025, long after most of it had been consumed and found to be pleasureless. Owners should try not to touch a bottle before 2005."

  • 1975 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (5cm fill) - 2 available ($99.99)
    According to Robert Parker: "This massive, backward wine appears to resist aging. Still bitterly tannic, impressively-colored (dark garnet with no amber), and monstrous on the palate, this wine will either turn out like the outstanding 1928 and begin to reveal some charm and character around age 40, or it will dry out, much like the 1948. It needs another 5-10 years of cellaring... It is likely to be appreciated only by the most patient Bordeaux enthusiasts. I would not be surprised to see some wine writer touting its greatness around 2025, long after most of it had been consumed and found to be pleasureless. Owners should try not to touch a bottle before 2005."

  • 1978 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (high neck fill) - 8 available ($89.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Garnet rim. A big, rich, ripe, generous yet tannic claret with fragrant tar cedar, ripe cassis and tobacco flavors. Not ready yet, but showing good evolution. Should be a lovely, classic wine in a few years, but can be drunk now.--Gruaud-Larose vertical." (02/91)

  • 1989 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (low neck fill) - 1 available ($99.95)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers fabulous aromas of crushed red fruits, with leather, tar, tobacco and mint. Full-bodied, offering supersoft and silky tannins, as well as a beautiful polish. Open and luscious, with amazing richness of fruit and decadence at the same time. (Web Only- 2010)" 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red with a pale amber rim. Spice and floral notes lift delicate red cherry and redcurrant aromas. Bright and juicy on entry, then sweeter and richer in the middle, with chunky red berry and cherry flavors complicated by spices, underbrush and lemon zest. Lively acidity and a saline touch extend the gentle flavors on the moderately tannic finish, but this wine ultimately comes across as a bit lean. I wonder if the grapes weren't harvested too early. This lighter-style Gruaud is drinking well now, and there appears to be little to be gained by holding onto it much longer." (04/2013)

  • 1970 Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan - 1 available ($175.00)
    According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In a 1970 claret tasting held several years ago, Haut-Bailly performed well, indicating that this is probably the best vintage for the chateau between 1964 and 1979. It still has that in-your-face, up-front, smoky, sweet, herbaceous fruit, medium body, soft, velvety tannins, and a long, smooth, alcoholic finish. Anticipated maturity: Now." (Bordeaux book, 1998)

  • 2000 La Clemence, Pomerol ($79.99)
    91 points Robert Parker: "This looks to be the strongest effort to date from the Dauriac-Rolland team. Deep, opaque purple-colored, with a tight but promising nose of truffles, licorice, underbrush, incense, and black fruits, this big, huge, dense, full-bodied Pomerol shows no compromising for readers looking for something immediately drinkable. As the French would say, a true vin de garde. This backstrapping, muscular wine is loaded, but patience is most definitely a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022+." (04/03)

  • 1983 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc (some soiled labels, some top shoulder fills) ($69.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Extremely well crafted with a firm, polished structure. Grapey, vanilla and chocolate aromas and flavors with a full body and long caressing finish." (10/94)

  • 1975 La Tour Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan (top shoulder fill) - 1 available ($350.00)
    96 points Robert Parker: "The 1975 La Tour-Haut-Brion has consistently been a great wine. As many wine enthusiasts have done, I have made the mistake of drinking it too early. I have only two bottles (from a case and a half) remaining in my cellar. The wine is more developed than La Mission-Haut-Brion, exhibiting a huge, sweet, cedary, tobacco, mineral, chocolatey, smoky, cassis-scented nose and flavors. It is massive and full-bodied, with well-integrated tannin (because of the wine's sweet, jammy fruit). The wine exhibits good grip and that firm edge found in almost all the 1975s. It is a wine of extraordinary extract and aging potential that should drink well for another 20+ years. Last tasted 10/97." (01/98)

  • 1970 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien (high shoulder fill) - 1 available ($89.95)
    According to Michael Broadbent: "An excellent wine, still fairly deep, rich but showing some maturity. A soft, harmonious, slow-to-emerge but cedary, fragrant smoky bouquet, full rich, fleshy yet still tannic." 89 points from the Wine Spectator: "Deep garnet; concentrated cedar and tar nose, with hints of volatile acidity; very concentrated, with chewy cassis and cedar flavors; short of its peak; promising." (05/93)

  • 1979 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac - 1 available ($99.95)
    Oh-so-rare to find a perfectly mature wine from Latour's stable of reds for less than $100. Les Forts is Latour's second wine, made from the same AMAZING raw materials as its big brother and offering more than a hint of Latour's concentration and manly grace. A terrific choice for a birthday or anniversary bottle, too!

  • 1985 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (signs of very slight seepage, some stained labels) - 12 available ($229.00)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "** Wine of the Year in 1988 ** Today it shows loads of fruit, with blackberry, licorice and fresh herb character. Full, round and velvety. Long and delicious. (Web-2007)" 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fully mature with some amber at the edge, the medium-bodied, elegant 1985 offers notes of bay leaves, roasted herbs, black currants and sweet cherries. This vintage has always had an early appeal and seductiveness. It is unlikely to get any better, so owners should consume it over the next 5-7 years." (08/2011) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red with a hint of amber at the rim. Aromas of blackcurrant, coffee, green bell pepper and leathery dried herbs. Rich, round and peppery in the mouth, with similar flavors to the aromas and a long, clean finish...solidly made, with a soft, ripe texture typical of the vintage and of Lynch-Bages." (01/2012) Jancis Robinson: "We had a case of this once but finished it ages ago, it was so delicious. Three bottles, all bought recently from Berry Bros, were opened. The first was stunning, absolutely all the subtlety, balance and ripe fruit you expect from a top claret. The second was just like it but at 85% intensity...The score relates to the first bottle. Drink 1992-2017. (18/20 points)" (02/2013)

  • 1970 Lynch Bages, Pauillac (some top shoulder fills) - 3 available ($229.00)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "I drank a lot of this in Paris when I lived there in the mid-1980s. And I had a bottle this summer as well. Always outstanding. Shows intense aromas of prune and licorice. Full, velvety and long. This is a beautiful Bordeaux. At its peak.--Lynch-Bages non-blind vertical. Drink now. (Web-2007)" 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1970 is an old style Lynch Bages with plenty of dry tannin in the finish. Compellingly aromatic, it offers aromas of cedar wood, spice box, tobacco, earth, black currants, and new saddle leather. Spicy, concentrated, and burly, with mouth-searing tannin, this big, thick wine is a terrific example of Lynch Bages made in an older style. It will continue to last for 10-15 years, but look for it to become increasingly austere and attenuated. Anticipated maturity: now-2015." (06/2000)

  • 1973 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (high shoulder fill) - 1 available ($250.00)
    Chris Kissack's TheWineDoctor.com: "Phillippe Rothschild called it '...the monstrous injustice' of Mouton's second growth status. For years the labels stated simply 'Premier ne puis, second ne daigne, Mouton suis,' or 'First I cannot be, second I do not deign to be, I am Mouton'. It was clear from the great vintages produced in the 1860s and 1870s that the 1855 classification was already outdated, and that change was long overdue. But no such review of this classification will ever take place, and it was only thanks to the tireless campaigning of Philippe that Jacques Chirac, then Minister of Agriculture, passed a decree conferring the status of first growth upon Mouton-Rothschild in 1973. At last the wrong had been righted, and from then on Mouton's labels bore a new inscription, 'Premier je suis, second je fus. Mouton ne change,' or "First I am, second I was. Mouton does not change'."

  • 1996 Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognan ($99.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A great wine that has put on considerable weight and continues to show more and more depth and complexity, the dark plum/ruby colored 1996 Pape Clement has a gorgeous nose of barbecue spices intermixed with black currant, plum, coffee, and a hint of white chocolate. The wine is exceptionally rich, fill-bodied, and a fabulous success, particularly in the Pessac-Leognan sector. The tannin is sweet and the wine full-bodied, with tremendous richness and length. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020. Last tasted, 4/02." (01/2003) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Superripe aromas of roasted plum, black raspberry, woodsmoke and humus. Dense and rather unevolved, but with sound acidity giving it excellent vinosity. Full, quite dry and serious; the substantial dusty tannins coat the entire palate." (06/1999) Jancis Robinson: "Very light nose. Very dusty tannins becoming even more evident as the fruit fades. But there is a convincing middle to this wine. Quite a kick. Mellifluous texture." (10/2006)

  • 1982 Prieure Lichine, Margaux - 11 available ($99.00)
    89 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and delicious. Dark ruby-garnet color, with an amber rim. Loads of crushed berry character, with hints of new wood. Full-bodied and very chewy, with masses of fruit and a long, long finish." (11/1998)

  • 1975 Trotanoy (1.5L) (Corroded capsule, soiled label) - 1 available ($799.00)
    96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(95% merlot and 5% cabernet franc): Fully saturated ruby-red. Pungent minerality lifts the aromas and flavors of blueberry and black cherry, with hints of ink, tar, cedar, coffee and violet providing further complexity. Enters the mouth wonderfully dense, structured and almost austere, with the tangy minerality providing cut and shape to the massive mouthfilling mid-palate. A very big and rich yet vibrant wine with a rising finish featuring noble tannins, excellent energy and lingering notes of black fruits, herbs and coffee. Still an infant and developing at a snail's pace. Interestingly, Jean-Claude Berrouet feels that this great wine is a technological masterpiece: at the time, Moueix and Berrouet decided on an exceptionally short cuvaison for the very small, thick-skinned berries of 1975 (only 11 days!), and the limited extraction enabled the wine to avoid picking up harsh, angular tannins." (03/2012) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The exquisite 1975 Trotanoy gets my nod as one of the three finest wines produced at this estate in the last 25 years (the others being 1970 and 1982). This wine has been drinking splendidly for several years, exhibiting fabulous mocha/toffee/jammy black-cherry aromas in a complex, sweet, fragrant bouquet. Full-bodied, splendidly concentrated, velvety-textured, with a firm finish, this is a weighty, rich, complex, great vintage for Trotanoy. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Like so many top Pomerols in the 1975 vintage, there is a sweetness and jamminess to this wine's fruit that is not found in most 1975 Medocs. This is a glorious Trotanoy!" (02/1996)

  • 1975 Trotanoy, Pomerol (1.5L) (some top/high shoulder fills, soiled labels) - 3 available ($999.95)
    95 points Robert Parker: "The exquisite 1975 Trotanoy gets my nod as one of the three finest wines produced at this estate in the last 25 years (the others being 1970 and 1982). This wine has been drinking splendidly for several years, exhibiting fabulous mocha/toffee/jammy black-cherry aromas in a complex, sweet, fragrant bouquet. Full-bodied, splendidly concentrated, velvety-textured, with a firm finish, this is a weighty, rich, complex, great vintage for Trotanoy. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Like so many top Pomerols in the 1975 vintage, there is a sweetness and jamminess to this wine's fruit that is not found in most 1975 Medocs. This is a glorious Trotanoy!" (02/96)

  • 1975 Trotanoy, Pomerol (no labels, top/high shoulder fills) - 5 available ($275.00)
    95 points Robert Parker: "The exquisite 1975 Trotanoy gets my nod as one of the three finest wines produced at this estate in the last 25 years (the others being 1970 and 1982). This wine has been drinking splendidly for several years, exhibiting fabulous mocha/toffee/jammy black-cherry aromas in a complex, sweet, fragrant bouquet. Full-bodied, splendidly concentrated, velvety-textured, with a firm finish, this is a weighty, rich, complex, great vintage for Trotanoy. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Like so many top Pomerols in the 1975 vintage, there is a sweetness and jamminess to this wine's fruit that is not found in most 1975 Medocs. This is a glorious Trotanoy!" (02/96)

France - Bordeaux - Red

  • 2005 Monbousquet, St-Emilion ($79.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a less than noble terroir in Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens, Gerard Perse has accomplished miraculous things at Monbousquet. Prior to his acquisition of this property in the mid-nineties, this wine tasted like watered-down Beaujolais, but Perse has turned it into one of the more stunning, modern-styled wines of Bordeaux. A blend of approximately two-thirds Merlot, one-third Cabernet Franc and 8-10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 exhibits plenty of toasty oak, roasted herb, meat juice, blackberry, cherry, and spice characteristics along with a touch of incense. Full-bodied and opulent, with an atypically rigid structure, this is a remarkable achievement for such a humble terroir. It admirably reflects Gerard Perse's obsessive commitment to excellence. Look for this 2005 to hit its stride in 7-8 years, and last for 15-20." (04/2008) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, smoked meat, mocha and licorice. Wonderfully sweet, dense and fat but with excellent vinosity and inner-mouth perfume to the flavors of berries, mocha and licorice. A compellingly tactile vintage for Monbousquet, with the substantial but sweet tannins buffered by the wine's chewy mid-palate material...Really transcends its less-than-ideal terroir in Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens." (06/2008) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Shows beautiful aromas of crushed blackberry, currant and sultana. Full-bodied, with superfine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced and beautiful. Best after 2012." (06/2008)

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 1959 Grands Echezeaux, Grand Cru, Leroy - 1 available ($1,300.00)
    A superb wine to offer that very special wine lover on his or her birthday, especially if their birth year happens to be 1959. In case you don't remember back that far, '59 was an excellent year throughout Burgundy, producing wines of wonderful fragrance and complexity. You could no no better that to aquire a '59 from the Grand Cru site of Grands Echezeaux made by the hands of the estimable Domaine Leroy. Impressive and very well cellared!

France - Champagne

  • Laurent-Perrier Brut Rosé - 7 available ($84.00)
    96 points Connoisseurs Guide: "***Three Stars*** Elegant and fruity at the same time with a quick invitation from bright, pure cherryish notes and then filled out handsomely by whiffs of chalky soils and well-integrated, rich and uplifting yeast-driven scents, this wine manages to be both vigorous and layered at one and the same time. Its bubbles are insistent, finely carved and add to the early sensations of lightness and energy yet also carry the wine long into a balanced, refined finish. And its latter palate grip is exactly what one should expect from the genre. While service with light foods would be our first choice, this one has the beauty to stand alone." (12/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright orange-pink. Toasty strawberry and raspberry aromas are accented by iodine, floral oils and dusty minerals. Broad and supple in texture, with sappy red berry and blood orange flavors supported by a firm spine of minerality. Finishes spicy, silky and long, with a late rose pastille note adding an exotic twist." (12/2013) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Shows fine balance, with a vibrant tanginess to the flavors of black currant, strawberry, licorice and candied ginger. Features a fine, creamy bead, revealing a lasting note of smoky mineral on the finish. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes." (11/2013) 90 points The Wine News: "Moderate salmon hue with an active bead. Shy nose with whiffs of cherry and vanilla. Bright flavors of cherry pie, strawberry and creamy vanilla shine on the palate and offer a toasty appeal. Tart cherry fruit joined by tangy citrus elements in the finish. " (06/2011) K&L Notes: Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes from a total of ten 100% rated Grands Crus villages, this Champagne gets its glorious pink color and rounded red fruit flavors from a process known as "saigneé," in which the skins of the grapes are left in contact with the juice for three days. Laurent-Perrier's Cuvée Rosé not only makes a delicious apéritif, but is also a good match for a variety of different dishes. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

  • Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne ($78.00)
    91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(a roughly 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir; L53PZ110143): Light yellow. Tightly focused lemon/lime and quince aromas give way to deeper melon and nectarine with air. Shows impressive clarity and lift on the palate, offering bitter citrus pith and pear skin flavors and a hint of anise. Lingers with impressive tenacity, leaving notes of smoky minerals and sweet butter behind. " (12/2013) Wine Spectator: "Smoke and sous-bois notes highlight hints of black licorice and currant pâte de fruit, with a moderate bead and a firm finish. Drink now. (Web-2013)" K&L Notes: The Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut is one of the very few Champagnes shipped naked, with no dosage (finishing sugar) at all. It is a very special blend, made only from exceptionally ripe harvests. This cuvee is based on the 1999 vintage, although not labeled as a vintage, and is composed of half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir from exclusively grand cru vineyards. This Champagne is dry and precise without being strident or harsh. It has great chalky grip, a rich underlying yeast quality and finish that goes on forever. It is especially fantastic with sushi! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

France - Champagne - Old and Rare

  • 1995 Perrier Jouet "Fleur de Champagne Belle Epoque" 3L - 1 available ($549.00)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "There's depth and power here, along with a firm structure underlying the honey, vanilla and bread dough aromas and flavors. Seems to be on the dry side, but that may just be very high acidity. Fine length..." (02/2000)

  • 1999 Roederer "Cristal" Rosé Brut Champagne 1.5L - 1 available ($1,199.00)
    96 points Wine & Spirits: "Classical Champagne, this is predominantly pinot noir from old vines in Cumières, creating a wine that focuses its flavors high in the mouth. It feels sleek and lively and lasts for minutes. The floral scents of strawberry and brisk taste of toasted lees provide a transparent flavor that magnifies the minerality of the wine. The perfect form makes it lovely to drink on its own, or with slices of sashimi." 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark pink. Rich and complex on the nose, showing an array of red berries, cherry pit, fruitcake and pungent rose scents. Fresh, strikingly pure and spicy, with vibrant cherry and raspberry flavors deepened by notes of floral honey and nutmeg. This has real size and a rich, chewy texture but it's also impressively balanced, with equal parts finesse and power. Finishes with an exotic spicy note and superb length." (Nov/Dec 06)

France - Sauternes - Old and Rare

  • 1971 Coutet, Barsac (1.5L) (slightly corroded capsule, slightly depressed cork) - 1 available ($225.00)
    According to Robert Parker: "The 1971 is a gorgeous example of a Barsac that is not that powerful, but has an authoritative presence in the mouth and wonderful, fresh, crisp acidity that admirably balances the apricot, honeyed flavors..." (Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition)

  • 1971 Coutet, Barsac (1.5L) (some soiled labels, some slightly corroded capsules)) - 9 available ($229.00)
    According to Robert Parker: "The 1971 is a gorgeous example of a Barsac that is not that powerful, but has an authoritative presence in the mouth and wonderful, fresh, crisp acidity that admirably balances the apricot, honeyed flavors..." (Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition)

  • 1975 Coutet, Barsac (375ml) ( High to top shoulder,some torn capsules, some pressed corks - 7 available ($39.95)
    A fabulous vintage of Coutet! According to Robert Parker: "Every bit as good as the more open-knit and expressive 1976, the 1975 is lighter and more typically Coutet in its proportions, with a graceful, fresh taste, very good concentration, and years of evolution ahead." (01/98)

  • 1967 Coutet, Barsac (high shoulder fill, soiled label, oxidized capsule) - 1 available ($249.95)
    From a very fine vintage in Sauternes and Barsac, this Coutet emphasizes the drier, more elegant side of stickies. Very much alive and kicking after 40+ years in the bottle!

  • 1967 Coutet, Barsac (mid shoulder fill, oxidized capsule) - 1 available ($200.00)
    From a very fine vintage in Sauternes and Barsac, this Coutet emphasizes the drier, more elegant side of stickies. Very much alive and kicking after 40+ years in the bottle!

  • 1967 Coutet, Barsac (some oxidized capsules) - 4 available ($269.95)
    From a very fine vintage in Sauternes and Barsac, this Coutet emphasizes the drier, more elegant side of stickies. Very much alive and kicking after 40+ years in the bottle!

  • 1990 d'Yquem, Sauternes - 1 available ($469.00)
    99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An extraordinary effort, Yquem's 1990 is a rich and fabulously superb, sweet wine. This wine also possesses lots of elegance and finesse. The wine's medium gold color is accompanied by an exceptionally sweet nose of honeyed tropical fruits, peaches, coconut, and apricots. High quality, subtle toasty oak is well-integrated. The wine is massive on the palate, with layers of intensely ripe botrytis-tinged, exceptionally sweet fruit. Surprisingly well-integrated acidity, and a seamless, full-bodied power and richness have created a wine of remarkable harmony and purity. Certainly it is one of the richest Yquems I have ever tasted, with 50-100 years of potential longevity. An awesome Yquem! Anticipated maturity: 2003-2050+." (04/1999) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Truly superb. Yellow with a gold hue. Intense spice, honey and dried orange peel aromas.Full-bodied, very sweet and very alive. Vibrant Sauternes that goes on and on on the palate. Doesn't get much better than this. Beautiful now,but wait.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010." (08/2000) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full-blown aromas of caramel, toffee, honey, white chocolate and damp earth; slightly Tokaj-like. Hugely concentrated and layered in the mouth; extraordinary sweetness cut by harmonious acidity. As with the best vintages of Yquem, the finish goes on for a minute or more. Stains, and stuns, the palate." (08/1998)

  • 1967 Sigalas Rabaud, Sauternes - 2 available ($149.00)
    According to Robert Parker: "...this has always been one of my favorite vintages of Sigalas Rabaud. The antithesis of a powerhouse, oaky, viscous Sauternes, the 1967 is moderately sweet and has a honeyed bouquet of pineapples. Medium bodied and concentrated, but surprisingly light, this is a textbook example of Sigalas Rabaud..." (Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition)

France - Vodka

  • Jean Marc XO Vodka 750ml - 5 available ($52.99)
    Hand crafted by Jean-Marc Daucourt in the Cognac region of France, Jean-Marc XO Vodka marries cutting edge French spirits and winemaking techniques to create an extraordinary Vodka possessing a floral bouquet, complex & elegant wheat flavors, a silky texture and very long finish. Jean-Marc XO Vodka is distilled nine times in very small batches using traditional French copper Alambic stills. The entire process takes several weeks from start to finish. Jean-Marc Daucourt selected four particular French wheat grains for their delicate and harmonious flavors. They are called Ysengrain, Orvantis, Azteque, and Chargeur. Each wheat grain is separated from its chaff before distillation in order to eliminate any bitterness and reveal the wheat varietal's flavor. Jean-Marc XO uses only pure Gensac spring water from the Cognac area, filtered naturally for centuries through Grande Champagne limestone. To create as pure and natural a spirit as possible, Jean-Marc XO is micro-oxygenated just after distillation. This innovative technique was borrowed from First Growth winemakers in nearby Bordeaux. To finish, Jean-Marc XO Vodka is charcoal-filtered through Limousin oak, using special Daucourt family techniques learned over generations of spirits-making. To best enjoy Jean-Marc XO Vodka, serve it shaken in a very dry martini, on the rocks, or neat in a Cognac glass.

Germany - German - Old and Rare

  • 1976 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese (soiled & slightly torn label) - 1 available ($149.00)
    From a classic vintage, this proves how long quality Riesling can go, and to what great effect, too. Powerfully petrol, its acid now tempered from 30+ years in the bottle. The label might be messy, but the wine has been stored well, and is in immaculate condition. Open now for a very special birthday boy or girl.

  • 1976 Schloss Vollrads Auslese #13 (soiled & torn label) - 1 available ($89.95)

  • 2004 Schmitt's Kinder Randersackerer Sonnenstuhl Sylvaner Kabinett Trocken - 12 available ($17.99)
    Dry sylvaner is one of the most wonderful, under-utilized white grapes of the world! This one comes from the warm shell limestone soils of Randersacker, which give the wine its special characteristics, and make it just the thing to wash down copious amounts of shellfish!

  • 1976 Weingut Weinkellerei Kallstadter Saumagen Auslese (signs of seepage, some soiled & slightly torn labels) - 5 available ($49.95)

  • 1976 Weingut Weinkellerei Kallstadter Saumagen Auslese (signs of seepage, torn capsules, slightly depressed corks) - 5 available ($49.95)
    1976 was one of those legendary vintages in Germany where pretty much everything went just right for Riesling. This wine is a testament to that fact, and also proof, as if we needed it, that German Auslese and above can live for decades and then some with little sign of wear or tear. Evolved and showing characteristic petrol and honey notes, there is still vibrant acidity on this beauty and much to love and admire.

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 1990 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo - 2 available ($350.00)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "1990 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo—Medium red. It is always a joy to drink to taste Bartolo Mascarello’s Barolos when they are on. The 1990 Barolo offers a mature nose of roses, leather, tobacco, cedar and coffee with sweet dark fruit and earthy notes in an irresistibly ethereal style. Medium-bodied and delicate, it shows plenty of supporting structure..." (05/06)

  • 1964 Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico - 1 available ($250.00)
    Bertani, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, was founded in 1857 by brothers Gaetano and Giovan Battista Bertani. Prosperous wine merchants who believed that quality winemaking held the key to the future, the Bertanis invested their funds in buying some of the finest vineyards in the province and making their own wines. Consequently, unlike many other local producers, Bertani owns its own vineyards and so is able to oversee the entire winemaking cycle from start to finish. Carefully selected grape bunches are hand-harvested in Bertani's best Valpolicella vineyards in Fumane, Marano and the Novare Valley. Unlike most leading Amarone producers, who buy grapes from outside growers, Bertani's harvest originates entirely in the firm's own vineyards. With their marly-calcerous soil sheltered by surrounding woodland, these vineyards offer the ideal terroir for nurturing the quality of grapes necessary for producing a world-class Amarone.

  • 1983 Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico - 1 available ($150.00)
    Bertani, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, was founded in 1857 by brothers Gaetano and Giovan Battista Bertani. Prosperous wine merchants who believed that quality winemaking held the key to the future, the Bertanis invested their funds in buying some of the finest vineyards in the province and making their own wines. Consequently, unlike many other local producers, Bertani owns its own vineyards and so is able to oversee the entire winemaking cycle from start to finish. Carefully selected grape bunches are hand-harvested in Bertani's best Valpolicella vineyards in Fumane, Marano and the Novare Valley. Unlike most leading Amarone producers, who buy grapes from outside growers, Bertani's harvest originates entirely in the firm's own vineyards. With their marly-calcerous soil sheltered by surrounding woodland, these vineyards offer the ideal terroir for nurturing the quality of grapes necessary for producing a world-class Amarone.

  • 1975 Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico - 9 available ($89.95)
    Produced from the three Valpolicella grape varieties (Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara) cultivated high on its hillside terraces. The traditional "pergola veronese" method of training the vines is utilized, and only the best and most mature clusters are selected. The grapes are placed directly onto small open racks and brought to the open sided building where they are dried by the cool breezes of autumn and winter until the following February. The Tommasi Amarone undergoes a period of aging of at least three years in oak barrels before being placed in bottles for a further period of aging of at least anther year. To produce Amarone means to embrace a labor of love which is not completed at the time of harvest but continues through the winter months. During these months the grapes are reduced in a period of "active lethargy". They seem to be still but within them there are changes taking place that enrich them, giving them new aromas and a deep full flavor, losing about 50% of weight and concentrating the level of natural sugar. This lengthy and expensive endeavor also allows this wine to age once bottled for years, and yes, decades, from the vintage. A birthday bottle best enjoyed with aged cheeses and good friends!

  • 1977 Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico - 1 available ($89.95)
    Produced from the three Valpolicella grape varieties (Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara) cultivated high on its hillside terraces. The traditional "pergola veronese" method of training the vines is utilized, and only the best and most mature clusters are selected. The grapes are placed directly onto small open racks and brought to the open sided building where they are dried by the cool breezes of autumn and winter until the following February. The Tommasi Amarone undergoes a period of aging of at least three years in oak barrels before being placed in bottles for a further period of aging of at least anther year. To produce Amarone means to embrace a labor of love which is not completed at the time of harvest but continues through the winter months. During these months the grapes are reduced in a period of "active lethargy". They seem to be still but within them there are changes taking place that enrich them, giving them new aromas and a deep full flavor, losing about 50% of weight and concentrating the level of natural sugar. This lengthy and expensive endeavor also allows this wine to age once bottled for years, and yes, decades, from the vintage. A birthday bottle best enjoyed with aged cheeses and good friends!

Mexico - Tequila

  • Jose Cuervo La Familia Reserva Tequila 750ml - 2 available ($89.99)
    96-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "First nosing passes pick up incredibly zesty and harmonious aromas of dill, fennel and pepper; another seven minutes sees the bouquet turn elegant, oaky and herbal. Palate entry is semisweet, with deft traces of caramel and vanilla; by midpalate the flavors include marzipan, hard candy, dried herbs, green pepper and vanilla. Finish is long, luxurious and stately. A brandy-like Tequila that’s slightly richer than the terrific 2002 Reserva de la Familia."

Portugal - Port and Madeira - Old and Rare

  • 1955 Graham Vntage Port (1.5L) (Illegible label, damaged capsule, vintage not shown) - 1 available ($1,600.00)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "A big, rather brutish wine packed to the brim with fruit. Medium ruby-garnet, with a licorice and violet nose, full-bodied, with tough tannins and a balance of generous sweet fruit flavors. Will improve with age." (Web only, 1989)

  • 1830 Quinta de Serrado Malmsey Madeira (Christie's bottling, cracked capsules) - 4 available ($1,299.00)
    Madeira is maybe the longest-lived wine out there. Yes, it can even go upwards of 150 years, as this Maderia will prove. A Christie's offering, this perfectly preserved Malmsey is not as sweet as one would guess, appearing almost more Bual in style. Its nose shows chocolate aromas and the taste is unbelievably fresh, and even brightly acidic after all these decades. Notes of nuts and caramel add to the intense and long palate. This is history in a bottle, but besides all that, this is as enjoyable and delicious as it is rare!

  • 1945 Sandeman Vintage Port (soiled & slightly torn label) - 1 available ($399.00)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "It can't get much more enjoyable that this. The color is youthfully ruby-garnet, while the nose shows intense aromas of boysenberries and almonds. Full-bodied, with very focused, sweet fruit flavors, great concentration and a silky mouth-feel. (Web-1989)"

  • 1955 Sandeman Vintage Port (vintage stamped on capsule, vintage on torn label slightly illegible (3L) - 1 available ($1,300.00)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "This wine can range from very good to sublime. It is always a very sweet, mouthfilling Port with lovely raspberry aromas and rich, round fruit on the palate. It is delicious now but will continue to improve with age." (Web only, 1989)

  • 1948 Taylor Vintage Port (No label, vintage stamped on capsule) - 1 available ($799.00)
    99 points Wine Spectator: " have had this numerous times and I have always been bowled over by its great quality. It is teeming with plum aromas and flavors. Deep ruby-red, with coffee, cocoa, violet and plum aromas, full-bodied, with ripe fruit flavors, medium tannins and a balanced finish. Very firm and refined, it will age on and on." (Web only, 1989)

Portugal - Spain - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Adega Ponte de Lima "Adamado" Vinho Verde, Portugal ($9.99)
    One of Bon Appetit Magazine's Great Bargain Bottles! When the temperatures are high most people stray away from wine turning to beer, refreshing cocktails like mojitos or margaritas or, heaven forbid, water, to quench their sun-induced thirst. But most don't know about the low alcohol (this one clocking in at 10% ABV), thirst quenching number called Vinho Verde. These traditional wines from the north of Portugal have snappy, bright acidity and a touch of fizz to them that makes them even more appealing, at least in my humble opinion. The "Adamado" is from a co-op by the name of Ponte de Lima, a conglomeration of more than 2,000 growers that began in 1962. Made from a blend of traditional varietals (Loureiro, Trajadura and Pedernã) this wine is all about unabashed, tangy lime flesh. Add the slightest bit of effervescence and minerality and subtract the lack of cloying, sugary sweetness and this is one of the best wines from Vinho Verde on the market today. Our staff has taken to this wine like a fish to water, some of whom may have even been spotted drinking this straight from the bottle. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

  • 1960 Vega Sicilia "Unico", Ribera del Duero - 4 available ($399.00)
    To lovers of Spanish wines, Vega Sicilia needs no introduction. The 100 hectares estate is by far the most prestigious wine producer in Spain, ranking with the world's greatest names. The property is located 100 miles north of Madrid in the shallow Duero (Douro) river valley on the high remote plateau of Castilla Léon. The altitude is some 700 meters above sea level, creating a unique climate; the cold nights and hot days during the crucial ripening period in September largely contribute to the uniqueness of Vega Sicilia. World wide demand is at least 4 times the quantity available. The grape varieties, 60% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot completed with some Malbec, are from very old vines ... for the Valbuena, at least 20 to 25 years old and the Unico over 50 years old ... with some at 80 years old.

  • 1960 Vega Sicilia "Unico", Ribera del Duero (top shoulder fill) - 1 available ($379.00)
    To lovers of Spanish wines, Vega Sicilia needs no introduction. The 100 hectares estate is by far the most prestigious wine producer in Spain, ranking with the world's greatest names. The property is located 100 miles north of Madrid in the shallow Duero (Douro) river valley on the high remote plateau of Castilla Léon. The altitude is some 700 meters above sea level, creating a unique climate; the cold nights and hot days during the crucial ripening period in September largely contribute to the uniqueness of Vega Sicilia. World wide demand is at least 4 times the quantity available. The grape varieties, 60% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot completed with some Malbec, are from very old vines ... for the Valbuena, at least 20 to 25 years old and the Unico over 50 years old ... with some at 80 years old.

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 1986 Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (slightly oxidized capsule) (Was $110.00) - 1 available ($99.99)
    89 points Wine Spectator: "Balanced and lively, with aromas of plum, mint, flowers and shells. Full-bodied and velvety, with a very good but slightly one-dimensional fruit structure and a long finish.--Georges de Latour Private Reserve vertical. Best after 2000." (02/2000) K&L Notes: Founded by Georges de Latour in 1900, Beaulieu Vineyard is one of the original grand Napa Valley estates. This is the 50th anniversary bottling of this flagship wine.

  • 1975 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (frayed & slightly faded label) - 1 available ($425.00)
    98 points Robert Parker: "Few wineries in the world can boast such an enviable record of consistent excellence as that of Caymus." (10/93) A remarkable wine in a challenging year, this is a well-made wine. According to Wine Spectator: "Poured from magnum, it exhibits lively if dry earth and dried currant and cherry fruit. Holds together fairly well, ending with a dusty fruit and anise aftertaste." (Web 05)

  • 1998 DeLille Chaleur Estate Yakima Valley Red - 1 available ($59.95)
    91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The medium to dark ruby-colored 1998 Chaleur Estate offers sultry spice, violet, and jammy cherry aromas. This velvety-textured, medium-bodied red reveals loads of muscle to its underlying, candied cherry, raspberry, and blueberry character. An elegant, well-detailed offering, it combines gorgeous layers of sweet, bright, fresh fruit with a delightfully harmonious personality as well as an extensive, pure finish. Enjoy it over the next ten years." (10/01) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Though it has been on the market for some weeks, this wine is wrapped up tight as a drum. Firm fruit suggests black cherry, blackberry and cassis, and it shows underlying streaks of dark, mineral-saturated Red Mountain terroir. The weight and dimension of this wine, borne out in past vintages, is not immediately apparent in this latest release—give it time to breathe and it begins to open gradually, revealing layers of smoke, tar, spice and coffee underneath the tight fruit." (06/01) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Juicy, lively style packs plum, cherry and strawberry flavors into a bright core that lingers on the extended finish, framed by subtle tannins." (Web 02)

  • 1997 DeLille Harrison Hill Yakima Valley Red - 3 available ($49.95)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "What is Harrison Hill, and why does it cost so much? One of the oldest (planted in ’62) vineyards in Washington, it includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot vines, all of which are used in this blend. Along with the cassis, black cherry and sweet chocolate/bitter coffee flavors one might expect from a high-end Washington red, there is an indefinable taste of terroir-flower, stone, earth, stable - that elevates the wine to the next level." (06/00)

  • 1998 DeLille Harrison Hill Yakima Valley Red - 4 available ($49.95)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "arrison Hill includes a small amount of the second oldest Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in Washington state, which form the backbone of this blended red wine. Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Franc (11%) from the same vineyard complete the mix. Soft, plummy scents, reminiscent of old vine Zinfandel, rise from the glass. Harrison Hill is a cool site, and the grapes are often not harvested until November. The gentle flavors of plums, pie cherries, rose petals and anise reflect the extra hang time. Elegant, light and seductive." (06/01) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dark-colored 1998 Harrison Hill Vineyard was produced from vines planted in 1962. Black cherries, blackberries, and spices can be discerned in its aromatic profile. This plump, seamless, refined, light to medium-bodied, pure 1998 is filled with red and black fruit flavors. There are no hard edges. It is not a powerful wine, but one that delivers oodles of pleasure through its symmetry and detail. Drink it over the next decade." (10/01)

  • 2004 DeLille Harrison Hill Yakima Valley Red - 3 available ($59.99)
    This wine comes from a single vineyard site in the Yakima Valley that is the second oldest in the state of Washington. These old vines produce an intense, hearty wine that is best to cellar for a number of years. Made up of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The 2004 Harrison Hill is a darker and denser version than normal, with cracked black pepper, Bordeaux-style herbs, and classic black cherries in the nose. There is also a gravelly minerality that adds to the complexity. In the mouth this wine is classic Harrison Hill with black cherries, leather, red plums and vanilla oak tones. Because of great concentration, wonderful structure and lengthy finish, this wine will give enjoyment for a long time. 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Sour cherry, rock and an almost delicate earthy quality define the entry. In the mouth it has a pleasing granularity, warmed by soft, sweet fruit, and it sits on its mid-palate flavors for a long, long time. Then, slowly, it fades into a tart, somewhat high-toned finish; hinting at wild berry, spicy plum and even a bit of tobacco." (03/07)

  • 1984 Diamond Creek "Gravelly Meadow" Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($139.00)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The saturated ruby/purple color is followed by an intensely concentrated, closed, unevolved wine that is lighter than either the Red Rock Terrace or Volcanic Hill bottlings. Nevertheless, the Gravelly Meadow vineyard has produced a super-concentrated, rich, and potentially profound Cabernet Sauvignon..." (08/1994) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Tight and well focused, with complex currant and berry-laced flavors that pick up intensity on the finish.--Diamond Creek vertical. Drink now through 2005." (06/1998)

  • 1977 Diamond Creek 'Gravelly Meadow' Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($125.00)
    A star from a difficlt drought year. This wine comes from the five-acre Gravelly Meadow vineyard, a prehistoric river bed filled with well-drained, stony, gravelly soils. A low-yielding site and the second coolest of Diamond Creek's vineyards, it produces earthy, ripe wines with lots of spice.

  • 1989 Diamond Creek "Volcanic Hill" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($89.95)
    Al and Boots Brounstein founded Diamond Creek Vineyards in 1968. The three vineyards Brounstein planted have produced some of the most long-lived, elegant wines from the state of California, wines that make the case "that Diamond Creek is the finest producer of Cabernet Sauvignon in America," according to wine writer Pierre DuMont. This bottling comes from the eight-acre Volcanic Hill vineyard, which is comprised of ashy volcanic soils deposited by the eruption of Mt. Konocti eight million years ago. The wines from this site are Diamond Creek's longest lived, "loaded with intense ripe berry fruit, cassis, violets and a smoky richness," according to the winery.

  • 2003 Karl Lawrence Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($59.99)
    91 points The Wine Spectator: "Complex and complete, with ripe currant, spice box, cedar and blackberry fruit. Tight, firm and focused on the palate, this is deeply fruity and ends with ripe, structured tannins. Drink now through 2012." (06/07) 90 points Robert Parker: "Four impressive Cabernets from founding partners and friends, Michael Karl Trujillo and Bryan Lawrence Henry, include the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a juicy, succulent mid-palate, silky tannin, and a judicious touch of spicy oak. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years." (12/06) The Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon is made from two renowned vineyards. The combination and blending of the Morosoli grapes and the Lamb Family grapes define the unique Karl Lawrence Cabernet style. The grape combination produces a wine that is rich and full-bodied, well balanced, and enhanced fruit and spice characters. A wine to remember!

  • 2001 Karl Lawrence Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($79.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a big, dry, plush, ripe and very fine Cabernet, but it’s an infant in serious need of time. There are numbing tannins that frame deliciously sweet black cherry, blackberry and herb flavors. Try after 2010." (10/04) This 2001 is a rock star vintage and expresses all the great characters of 1997 and 1999 vintages blended together. It is full, rich, bold, and forward, with aromas of currant, black fruit, sweet dark chocolate, and spice. The wine is well structured with the right amount of acid and tannin to carry this wine for many years of improvement. For the first time, this Karl Lawrence Cabernet is made by the artful blending of three different Napa Valley vineyards. This 100% cabernet sauvignon is a blend of 76% Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford, 16% Herb Lamb Vineyard, just off Howell Mountain, and, for the first time, 8% from the Beckstoffer-To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. Robert Parker: "Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by hints of new saddle leather, cassis, and spice. Medium to full-bodied, but not as impressive as its siblings, it should be consumed over the next decade." (12/2006)

  • 2004 Kelly Fleming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($83.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "A seductive style that's firm, intense and concentrated. Tight and focused, with a core of minty currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit, framed by rich, earthy and chewy tannins." (06/2008) K&L Notes: There are just 500 cases of Kelly Fleming Estate Cabernet Sauvignon in the world, far from enough to go around. Produced from fruit grown on a 12-acre, organically farmed vineyard tucked between two canyons on a rocky slope. Primary aromas of spiced plum and berry syrup fill the nose, which also shows hints of cookie spices and toasted almonds. The wine is rich and concentrated on the attack, revealing balanced, vibrant berry flavors mid-palate. Complex without being heavy and 100% delicious, you'll wish there was enough to drink a bottle every day, for a long, long time.

  • 1978 Robert Mondavi Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 3 available ($299.95)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, ripe and flavorful, with a complex array of mature dried cherry, plum, anise and cedar notes. Shows a measure of restraint and finesse and finishes with an aftertaste that echoes its mature but complex flavors. —1978 California Cabernet Retrospective..." (11/98) 90 points Robert Parker: "With repesct to older vintages, in October I tasted three of Mondavi's more renowned Cabernet Sauvignons. The 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has consistently been a 90 point wine. It remains a beautiful Cabernet, displaying cedar, tobacco, and black currant fruit. Medium to full-bodied and fully mature, with sweet ripeness on the attack, excellent purity, and a long, supple finish, this wine should keep for another 7-10 years." (12/97)

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2006 Chehalem Willamette Valley Pinot Gris - 12 available ($15.99)
    90 points Wine & Spirits: "Bright with an enticing scent of spiced apple cake, this exuberant gris is ripe and creamy but doesn't feel pushed. The flavors deepen to juicy pear and apple, ample yet elegant." 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light yellow color. Spicy citrus and stone fruit aromas are complicated by white pepper, lemon zest and honeysuckle. Light-bodied Meyer lemon and tangerine flavors show very good depth and pleasing mineral snap, picking up bitter quinine on the back end. Gains flesh and weight on the long, sappy finish, leaving a note of dried pear behind." (04/08) 89 points Wine Spectator: "A tangy, refreshing style, with a vibrant core of distinctive honeydew melon and green tea flavors that linger with some zing of acidity to balance. Drink now through 2009. 2,790 cases made." A fresh spring mixture of white blossoms and effusive, sweet fruit aromatically, with a richness on the palate from full ripeness that is at once emollient and bracing. Look for hints of waxy jasmine or orange blossom, accents of lime and other citrus peel, and weight that could float boats. Borderline threshold in residual sugar, it’s the driest and best balanced from this great Oregon estate in memory.

  • 2006 Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Chardonnay ($23.99)
    A fruit-forward chardonnay that is reminiscent of a sun-kissed tropical day, with notes of papaya, mango and almond. Rich, but not too buttery (only about 65% of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation), this is a complex chard for fun-filled sipping.

United States - Domestic Other Misc. Red

  • NV Sean Thackrey Pleiades XVI ($22.99)
    Finding information to share about Sean Thackrey's wines is about as challenging as locating Thackrey's Bolinas property, which is located an hour north of San Francisco in western Marin County. Thackrey's rustic winery-in-a-eucalyptus grove is only accessible via a twisting road that ends at the Pacific's edge, according to the Wine Spectator. The highly-allocated results are made in Thackrey's distinctive style: powerful and intense with rugged tannins using methods culled from ancient texts, mostly translated (Thackrey reads seven languages). The easiest to find and most affordable of Sean Thackrey's wines; this is the sixteenth vintage of the Pleiades blend. Named for the Pleiades star cluster (also called the Seven Sisters) this wine is a blend of syrah, sangiovese, mourvèdre, barbera, carignane, petite sirah and viognier, among others. Thackrey blends by taste and doesn't keep track of the fruit that ends up in each blend so it's different from year to year. Juicy fruit, earth and Thackrey's signature eucalyptus note.

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July 22, 2008 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.

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

  • 2007 Petrus, Pomerol Pre-Arrival - 9 available ($1,299.00)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "This offers pure, subtle fruit, with blackberry, sliced mushroom and blueberry notes. Full-bodied and balanced, with silky tannins, a pretty finish and just the right amount of wood. Powerful for the vintage. Best after 2014." (03/10) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Scented nose offers violet, minerals, menthol, tobacco leaf and pipe tobacco. The palate displays lovely subtle intensity and inner-mouth perfume, with precise flavors of red fruits, minerals and mint expanding and rising on the firm back end. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and a light touch. With 24 hours in the recorked bottle, this showed a somewhat darker, deeper fruit quality, with the menthol and mineral notes coming to the fore. Should repay a few years in the bottle but shows the fairly soft structure characteristic of the year." (Jul/Aug 10) 91 points Robert Parker: "The delicious 2007 is the first Petrus in a number of years that can be drunk immediately. Relatively big for the vintage, it offers a dark plum/ruby/purple color as well as aromas of mulberries, black cherries, cedarwood, and soil undertones, loads of fruit, a plump, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and low acidity. It should drink nicely for 15 or more years." (04/10) Please note - 2007 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2010 and Dec 2010. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

  • 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grand Veneur ($44.99)
    91 points Robert Parker: "A sleeper of the vintage, the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is a seductive effort offering plenty of earth, tapenade, and spice as well as black cherry and cassis fruit. Deep, full-bodied, rich, chewy, and totally seductive, it can be enjoyed over the next decade." (10/08) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "A lavishly fruited blend of Grenache (70 percent) with Syrah (20) and Mourvedre (10), this is as red as raspberry jam deepened with a swirl of dark chocolate...a modern style approachable now with fillet mignon. 88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Smoky cherry and mocha aromas are brightened by baking spices and blond tobacco. Fresher on the palate, with energetic red fruit qualities and juicy acidity adding lift. Offers a nice marriage of ripeness and vivacity." (Jan/Feb 08) The 2006 vintage in France's Rhone Valley produced wines of elegance and balance, with plenty of stuffing to age for decades. 15% abv.

  • 2002 Waterford Kevin Arnold Shiraz, Stellenbosch South Africa (Was $29.99) ($17.99)
    89(+?) points Stephen Tanzer: "($38; includes 10% mourvedre) Ruby-red. Raspberry, black cherry, gunflint, tree bark and eucalyptus on the slightly sauvage nose. Ripe, fat, dense and dry, with flavors of black fruits, violet and gunflint. Nicely sweetened by the 50% American oak component. Finishes with intriguing gunflint and mineral notes. Very impressive for the vintage." (Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 05)

  • 2000 Joseph Swan Zinfandel Lone Redwood Ranch ($24.99)
    Wine Club Price: $19.99.

    The vineyard-designated zinfandels from Joseph Swan are often closed when young, only revealing their subtle nuances and vineyard characteristics with a little bottle age. This 2000 zinfandel from the Russian River's Lone Redwood Ranch is a perfect example— it's just starting to shine now. Aromas of minced meat pie, brambly spice and plum fade into a palate that bursts wih layers of apricot, plum, cinnamon and clove flavors. Balanced and imminently drinkable, we recommend trying this wine with grilled meats like pork or lamb at your next dinner party. According to Wine Spectator: "Focused and lively, a robust style with intense plum, dried wild berry, fresh ground pepper, mustard seed and cherry flavors that blend into harmonious toasty oak and ripe structure, finishing with dry tannins." (Web 04)

  • 2006 Mueller "LB" Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($29.99)
    93 points from Wine Spectator: "Smooth and creamy, with a minerally edge to the ripe pear, apple and melon notes that are tight and focused, with a touch of mineral, anise and spice. Has excellent length. Drink now through 2012. 941 cases made." (Mar 31, 2008) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright gold. Ripe melon and peach aromas are complicated by floral honey, sweet butter and toasted nuts. Round and sappy, offering sweet honeydew and pit fruit flavors and a gently pliant texture. Finishes with broad tropical fruit and melon flavors and decent persistence." (May/June '08)

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

Argentina - Argentina and Chile

  • 2007 Achával Ferrer Malbec Mendoza, Argentina ($19.99)
    91 points from Wine Spectator: "Rich, with delicious raspberry and macerated currant fruit enlivened by a strong violet aroma and piercing mineral streak long, dark, juicy finish is very vivid and racy. Drink now through 2009. 4,300 cases imported." (Tasting Highlights, 9/12/2008) 91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The entry-level 2007 Malbec (a blend of four vineyards) delivers a superb bouquet of pain grille, mineral, floral notes, and black cherry. This leads to an impeccably balanced wine with a sleek palate feel, serious depth, succulent flavors, and a lengthy finish. It will evolve for several years but can be enjoyed now." (12/08) From the second this pours out of the bottle the powerful nose, perfectly balanced between sweet and spicy, fills the room. With blueberry, black currant, red plum, cinnamon stick, clove, Oolong tea and finely ground black pepper there is plenty here to smell and enjoy. Add to that the bold, mouthfilling texture, the exuberant personality of the layers of black fruits and baking spices found on the mid-palate and the signature acidity of the 2007 vintage on the finish and this is something pretty special. Overall what you have here is not so much a sense of the winemaking, but of the vineyards, of the actual raw materials from which this wine is made from. To me that is much more interesting, I hope it will be to you as well. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

Australia - Australian/NZ/South Africa - Old and Rare

  • 2003 Kilikanoon Reserve Shiraz ($59.99)
    96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The stunning 2003 Shiraz Reserve was fashioned from low yields of one ton of fruit per acre, and aged in 100% new French oak hogsheads. It boasts an inky/purple color, off the charts concentration, and a spectacular, full-bodied nose of blackberries, blueberries, graphite, and smoky espresso. Rich and intensely concentrated, with an inky taste as well as tremendous thickness, it's not for everybody, but it is neither over the top nor out of balance. Patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+. " (10/2005) 95 points James Halliday: "Dense red-purple; full-bodied, and similarly massively concentrated, but has more light and shade, not as all-consuming power; still has layer-upon-layer of flavour. A tiny parcel from Green's Vineyard." (03/2006) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Superripe, slightly volatile aromas of blackberry eau de vie, boysenberry and coconut candy, with accents of licorice and smoked meat; with air, the fruit gains in clarity but there's also a distinctly rude quality to the nose that may freak out more sensitive winos. Then powerful on the palate, with liqueur-like dark berry flavors joined by smoky, musky oak and underbrush tones and some serious spice and vanilla notes on the back. Undeniably impressive, idiosyncratic shiraz that's sure to satisfy as many as it will perplex. " (08/2006)

  • 2006 Penfolds Chardonnay Thomas Hyland ($9.49)
    Wine Club Price: $8.49.

    This is not your typical Australian chardonnay. The 2006 Penfolds Chardonnay Thomas Hyland shows admirable balance and crisp fruit. Penfolds is well known for making one of the world’s greatest wines, their Hermitage-like Shiraz offering, which they call 'Grange.' They are also known for making many excellent affordable wines. The Thomas Hyland Chardonnay has a wonderful core of bright fruit with aromas of lanolin, white flowers and crushed stones which creates a harmonious and well-balanced wine.

France - 2007 Pre-Arrival Bordeaux

  • 2007 Petrus, Pomerol Pre-Arrival - 9 available ($1,299.00)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "This offers pure, subtle fruit, with blackberry, sliced mushroom and blueberry notes. Full-bodied and balanced, with silky tannins, a pretty finish and just the right amount of wood. Powerful for the vintage. Best after 2014." (03/10) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Scented nose offers violet, minerals, menthol, tobacco leaf and pipe tobacco. The palate displays lovely subtle intensity and inner-mouth perfume, with precise flavors of red fruits, minerals and mint expanding and rising on the firm back end. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and a light touch. With 24 hours in the recorked bottle, this showed a somewhat darker, deeper fruit quality, with the menthol and mineral notes coming to the fore. Should repay a few years in the bottle but shows the fairly soft structure characteristic of the year." (Jul/Aug 10) 91 points Robert Parker: "The delicious 2007 is the first Petrus in a number of years that can be drunk immediately. Relatively big for the vintage, it offers a dark plum/ruby/purple color as well as aromas of mulberries, black cherries, cedarwood, and soil undertones, loads of fruit, a plump, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and low acidity. It should drink nicely for 15 or more years." (04/10) Please note - 2007 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2010 and Dec 2010. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

France - Alsace/Loire - Old and Rare

  • 2001 Charles Joguet Chinon Varennes du Grand Clos ($29.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Nice and supple, with deep black cherry and currant fruit, firm tannins, and notes of minerals, tobacco and olive paste that add extra dimension. Solid grip on the finish." (12/03) Since it was founded by Charles Joguet in 1957, the domain has been seeking to highlight as best possible the Chinon terroirs (a combination of soil and microclimate), with a simple idea in mind: each wine is the expression of a particular terroir. Les Varennes du Grand Clos is at the foot of the gravelly terrace formed, in part, by the erosion of the limestone slope, this very particular silico-clay and silico-calcareous terroir lies on the left bank of the Vienne, in Sazilly. These 4.5 ha of vines planted between 1962 and 1976 have an average yield of 40 hl/ha.

France - Bordeaux - Red

  • 2005 Croix de Rambeau, St-Emilion (1.5L) ($43.99)
    We're so excited to have this wine back in stock, in magnums no less! Made mostly of merlot (90%), this inexpensive Bordeaux is so immediately likeable it's like meeting an old friend. Simply raising a glass brings a smile to your face. According to the Wine Spectator: "...Good currant, berry and fresh herb character. Medium-bodied, with a firm finish. Best after 2010." (Web only, 2008)

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 2006 Chablis 1er Cru, Cote de Lechet, Domaine Daniel Dampt ($29.99)
    "Outstanding! Top value" and 90 points from Allen Meadows: "This is usually the best wine chez Dampt but in 2006, it is only among them. A soaringly elegant, ripe and pure nose of orange blossom and lemon rind marries into round, rich and nicely voluminous flavors that are perhaps a bit less racy than usual but the detail and minerality confer a certain classiness to the delicious finish. This is a relatively powerful wine for the vineyard with real density and punch. Overall, Dampt fans will find this to be a bit less elegant than usual but attractive in a different way in '06." (Oct 01, 2007)

  • 2006 Chablis, "La Forest", 1er Cru, Domaine Dauvissat-Camus ($42.99)
    93(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow. Very closed nose hints at spice. Wonderfully dense and energetic, with superb lift and penetration to the flavors of orange zest and powdered stone. Perhaps most impressive on the backward, classically dry, very long finish, which throws off notes of white peach, lemon, flowers and minerals." (Jul/Aug 08)

  • 2006 Chablis, "Vaillons", 1er Cru, Domaine Dauvissat-Camus (René & Vincent) - 4 available ($42.99)
    92(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow. Utterly seductive aromas and flavors of white peach, mandarin orange zest, ginger and sexy spices, plus a whiff of mocha; calls to mind an off-dry Alsace riesling with a touch of gewurztraminer. Silky on entry, then surprisingly tight and reserved in the middle palate despite its seamless texture. Quite classic on the long finish, which is all about citrus zest and crushed stone." (Jul/Aug 08) "Outstanding!" from Allen Meadows: "A nose built on primarily ripe floral notes nuanced by the natural spiciness of Vaillons that offers real breadth plus a beguiling note of sea shore merges into supple, forward and delicious flavors that tighten up suddenly on the detailed finish that delivers both real cut and ample punch. Lovely and balanced with a slightly more robust character compared to that of the Séchet." (Oct 01, 2007)

France - Champagne

  • Leclerc Briant "La Ravinne" Single Vineyard Brut Champagne ($41.99)
    Wine Club Price: $34.99.

    This is a brand new release from Leclerc Briant. It is as distinctive as Champagne gets, and one that will impress lovers of the unusual and esoteric. La Ravinne is 100% Pinot Meunier, 100% biodynamic. K&L Champagne Buyer Gary Westby says: "It's my personal favorite of the Leclerc Champagnes. This all-Meunier vineyard is located in Verneuil and is the farthest west of all the sites. It is the polar opposite of the mushroomy style of Rene Collard, instead showing a sweet, almost pear eau-de-vie-like clean fruit on the nose and very racy acidity on the back. It is one of the ultimate aperitif Champagnes in the store."

France - French Regional Wines

  • 2006 Corbieres "Campagnes" Maxime Magnon - 10 available ($22.99)
    This is 100% carignan, at its lip-smacking best! Profound, rich, elegant and supple. This young vigneron is onto something! Here's what importer Kermit Lynch has to say on the subject of this new discovery: "Saint Martin is a splendidly restored château and has the means to invest whatever it takes to make the wine they want to make. Now we go to another kind of story. Maxime Magnon started four years ago with no vines and no money. He rents vineyards in the Corbières appellation, rents an abandoned shed, and tries to keep afloat pursuing his passion. If he sold his wine for less, he wouldn't eat. Well, at least he gets to live in an old unspoiled village built along a gorgeous river not far from the Mediterranean. What he is producing, no one else is. He has a style all his own, but I detect the influence of Jean Foillard, up in Morgon. That is one tasty influence!"

  • 2005 Madiran Laffitte Teston ($19.99)
    Tannat in all its manly glory here, and 100% tannat, too. So you can be sure this brawny number will satisfy even the burliest of wine palates. And while Laffitte Teston's Madiran is seriously masculine, that does not mean it lacks grace. Fine, harmonious aromas of coffee, chocolate and vanilla add interest, while oak ageing lends a hand with an additional 'sweet' hint barely disguising the power and rusticity of this wonderful, dark-fruited red. 13% abv.

France - French Regional Wines - Old and Rare

  • 2006 Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Laffitte Teston ($19.99)
    The grapes may not be familiar to most--petit manseng, gros manseng and petit courbu--but the flavors of this very dry, very easy to drink white are as approachable as any domestic sauvignon blanc out there, and at a price that would give your favorite Chardonnay a heart attack! On the nose, white flowers along with roasty notes of toast and vanilla from aging in barrique with lots of batonnage. On the palate, citrus, pineapple, and a long, rich finish. 13% abv.

France - Loire

  • 2005 Charles Joguet Chinon Chene Vert ($41.99)
    According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Assembled and returned to barrel (from which it will be bottled unfiltered), the Joguet 2005 Chinon Clos du Chene Vert – from a dramatically steep right-bank site just outside Chinon itself, and not far from the Clos de Neore – mingles aromas and flavors of black currant, licorice, bitter-sweet flowers and blackberry." (08/07)

  • 2005 Charles Joguet Chinon Dioterie ($41.99)
    This will be a mriaculous wine (from a wonderful vintage, bien sur) once it has settled down, as evidenced by notes in Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 from the domaine’s oldest vines, in the Clos de la Dioterie, was still in pieces, in malo-lactic fermentation (‘though the 2006 had finished!) in a heated section of the cellar, and suffering reduction when I tasted it early this year, so while its concentration, ripeness, and sound structure were encouraging, a more detailed tasting note cannot be essayed. The contents of a single new barrel had completed malo, and exhibited a sweetness of black cherry fruit and florality that went beyond the other Joguet 2005s." (08/07)

France - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2004 Maestracci "E Prove" Rouge (Corsica) - 11 available ($19.99)
    Winemaker Michel Raoust hails from the Rhône Valley, and you can taste the Rhone influence in this rustic, brawny red, which is a mix of native varietals such as nielluccio and schiacarello. Herbacious and full of chunky red and black fruits, with a subtle note of leather and garrigue, we suggest simple grilled food like T-bone steaks or rosemary rubbed chicken. Great acid and tannin balance on the end. 14% abv.

France - Rhone Valley

  • 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grand Veneur ($44.99)
    91 points Robert Parker: "A sleeper of the vintage, the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is a seductive effort offering plenty of earth, tapenade, and spice as well as black cherry and cassis fruit. Deep, full-bodied, rich, chewy, and totally seductive, it can be enjoyed over the next decade." (10/08) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "A lavishly fruited blend of Grenache (70 percent) with Syrah (20) and Mourvedre (10), this is as red as raspberry jam deepened with a swirl of dark chocolate...a modern style approachable now with fillet mignon. 88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Smoky cherry and mocha aromas are brightened by baking spices and blond tobacco. Fresher on the palate, with energetic red fruit qualities and juicy acidity adding lift. Offers a nice marriage of ripeness and vivacity." (Jan/Feb 08) The 2006 vintage in France's Rhone Valley produced wines of elegance and balance, with plenty of stuffing to age for decades. 15% abv.

  • 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grand Veneur "Origines" ($59.99)
    94 Robert Parker: "A candidate for wine of the vintage is Grand Veneur-s 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines. A dense plum/purple color is followed by an intoxicatingly heady perfume of ground pepper, spice box, garrigue, meat juices, and copious quantities of red and black fruits. In the mouth, it exhibits superb texture, silky tannins, and a long, full-bodied, powerful finish with no hard edges. Consume it over the next 10-15 years." (10/08) 90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby. Rich, chocolatey cherry and blackcurrant aromas, with vanilla and baking spices adding nuance. Fat, round and sweet, showing distinctly oak-spiced dark fruit flavors, with firm tannins framing the finish. Impressive in its material but the oak is a bit strident today." (Jan/Feb 08) The 2006 vintage in France's Rhone Valley produced wines of elegance and balance, with plenty of stuffing to age for decades. 15% abv.

  • 2006 Lirac Domaine de la Mordorée "La Dame Rousse" ($22.99)
    Domaine de la Mordorée (woodcock), located in the town of Tavel, in the Southern Rhône Valley, is a consistent producer of top-quality wine, in every price point. In 1986, the brothers Christophe and Fabrice Delorme decided to dedicate themselves to their passion for wine. They started their own estate with the objective to produce the best wines in each appellation while preserving the environment. Parker says: ""Christophe Delorme's objective as a winemaker is to be unintrusive and maintain total respect for his terroir and the fruit it produces. His dream is to achieve a perfect balance between concentration, terroir and flavors. Delorme seems to be moving in the direction of biodynamic farming. He represents the best of an enlightened approach to winemaking that has one foot in the traditions of the past and one in the future." Their Lirac "La Dame Rousse" is equal parts hand-harvested grenache and syrah from 40-year-old vines. It shows raspberry, black-currant and violet aromas and is full bodied, rich and ample on the palate. Nice concentration and a long finish Pairs well with red meats, grilled meats, game and cheeses.

Greece - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Domaine Tselepos Moschofilero, Mantinia ($16.99)
    Fresh as a summer's morning or a baby's breath or whatever your favorite analogy may be… this wine is all about freshness. Add to this a heaping degree of natural acidity, and you have the perfect tipple to go with seafood salads and fresh grilled fish. You know those blossoms that appear on a lemon tree just before the fruit evolves?

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Feudo Arancio Grillo ($6.99)
    Awarded a "Best Value" from the Wine Spectator: "Fresh apple and pear aromas follow through to a medium body with good fruit and a clean finish in this appealing Italian white. Drink now." (08/08) A "Best Buy" designate from Wine Enthusiast: "This luminous, hay-colored Grillo imparts measured notes of banana and exotic fruit that add extra richness and dimension to what is a simple and easy-drinking white wine overall. You could pair this wine with a long list of seafood, vegetable and pasta recipes—and you can’t beat this low price." (11/08) In the event that you have never tried a 100% grillo-based white, this is typically an elegant while thoroughly fruity wine. Arancio's newest edition of Grillo is both of these things, offering aromas of jasmine and other dainty white flowers along with flavors of tropical fruit, wrapped up with a very vibrant and fresh finish. Wonderful with pasta tossed in a seafood- or vegetable-based sauce.

Italy - Italy

  • 2005 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" ($179.95)
    95 points and a 'Collectibles' designation from Wine Spectator: "Displays beautiful aromas of ripe fruit, with currant, plum and blackberry. Complex and full-bodied, with soft, polished tannins and a long, long finish. This shows a deft hand in the winemaking. Best after 2012." (08/08) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The medium-bodied 2005 Ornellaia shows plenty of delineation in its dark cherries, blueberries, spices, minerals and crushed rocks... My impression is that this will be a relatively early-maturing vintage of Ornellaia, which is not a bad thing, considering the age-worthiness of the two vintages which surround it. In 2005 Ornellaia is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. It is a big success in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020." (06/08)

Other International - Rum

  • Rhum JM Vieux Agricole VSOP Martinique 90 Proof 750ml - 11 available ($57.99)
    95 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Top 50 Spirits 2013* Rich and succulent caramel and orange lead into dry flavors of chocolate, espresso and clove. This supersoft aged rum is flavorful and well balanced, and excellent for sipping." (08/2013) K&L Notes: This rum from Martinique is distilled from fresh sugar cane juice and aged 4-5 years at the distillery in used whisky and bourbon barrels. Golden brown, with spice, coffee and fig aromas, with vanilla, spice and candied citrus flavors. Very balanced, with a creamy, buttery finish. This is a velvety rum you'll want to sip.

Scotland - Single Malt Scotch

  • 1974 Glenfarclas Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 6 available ($239.99)
    K&L had a lovely visit from George Grant, who tasted us on the Glenfarclas line-up. Everything was delicious but the 1974 Vintage was stunning! It consists of only three barrels with are fresh sherry, refill sherry and a plain neutral cask. The combination of these three barrels gives the 1974 impeccable balance. Your nose is filled with deep dried fruits of figs, prunes and raisins. Then come the citrus notes of fresh squeezed lemons. At 31 years of age this malt is very youthful and lively. The marriage of these three casks balances out the richness sherry and makes this one of the best Speyside malts I have tasted! If you have anyone who has a birthday or anniversary in 1974, this is the malt for you! 57.4% ABV

South Africa - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2004 De Wetshof "Lesca" Chardonnay Robertson South Africa ($9.99)
    A classical, lightly structured, steely dry wine with strong lemony, yeasty flavors and a lingering nutty aftertaste. Served in 1st Class on British Air!

  • 2002 Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond Bordeaux Blend Western Cape South Africa ($25.00 a bottle in South Africa) ($14.99)
    90 points Stephen Tanzers IWC: " Saturated, bright ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black cherry, licorice, graphite and musky tobacco. Lush, broad and sweet, with a very suave texture enlivened by perfectly integrated acidity. Not the ripest vintage for this wine, but this is delicious today, and has the balance to age for at least several more years. "

  • 2004 Rupert & Rothschild Classique Bordeaux Blend Western Cape South Africa (Elsewhere $24.99) ($11.99)
    89 points The Wine Spectator: "Plush and smoky, with lots of cocoa and grilled herb notes leading the way for dark plum and currant fruit followed by a slightly firm, smoky finish. Much better than previous vintages, which were muddled. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2008. 1,000 cases imported." J.M. 89 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "A 60/40 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Deep red-ruby. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, currant, shoe polish, licorice and herbs, with a hint of overripeness. Then pliant, broad and rich, with lovely intensity and sweetness and considerable early sex appeal. Finishes with big but ripe tannins and excellent length. "

  • 2005 Waterford Winery Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch South Africa ($6.99)
    89 points Wine Spectator: "Chiseled and pour, with lime, flint and gooseberry flavors that run through a racy finish. Drink now." (12/06)

  • 2006 Waterford Winery Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch South Africa (Elsewhere $17.99) ($9.99)
    90 points The Wine Spectator: " Restrained, with a chiseled feel to the salt, lime and chalk notes, which are followed by hints of sweet pea and mache. The nice long, bony finish begs for seafood. Drink now. 3,500 cases made." J.M.

South Africa - South Africa

  • 2006 Wildekrans Pinotage Walker Bay, South Africa ($14.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Light and forward, with good red cherry and vanilla notes. Drink now." (05/08)

Spain - Spain - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Cortijo III Rosé Rioja, Spain ($9.99)
    Bodegas y Viñedos de Aldeanueva owns 4.2% of estate owned vineyards in the DOC of Rioja, which makes for an awful lot of acreage. Their Cortijo brand is aimed at simple 'easy drinking' wine for 'everyday' consumption with intense fruit driven character, supple tannins and well-balanced structure. This rosé fits the bill and then some, with lots of ripe fruit of the 100% garnacha variety, and a dry herb-accented finish. Great with food in the summertime, or without food in the summertime!

  • 2007 Falset Marca Garnacha Rosé Monsant, Spain ($9.99)
    90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (02/08) This broad and rich rosé is 100% Garnacha (from more than 100 year old vines) growing in pretty much ideal conditions on a vineyard with 11% slopes made up in large part of slate, granite, sand, clay and limestone. It's unnusual in this region for such care to be taken for what is destined to become a pink wine. Aha, but not just any pink wine is this! Big and hefty enough for nearly any food, including red meat, though it is particularly nice with pork cooked out of doors!

  • 2006 Viña Sila, Naia, Rueda Blanco - 11 available ($11.99)
    Tank fermented 100% Verdejo here, and what that means, on top of its gloriously low price tag, is a crisp, refreshing, clean and bright white designed for warm-weather sipping, especially alongside seafood. With a lemon zesty nose and flavors that run the gamut of citrus and herb, this is just the thing to wash down copious amounts of chilled shrimp, for example.

  • 2007 Vinos Sin-ley "Valleclaro" Prieto Picudo Rose Valle de Benavente, Spain ($12.99)
    90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Valle Claro Rose comes from the newly created D.O. of Valles de Benavente. It is made from 100% Prieto Picudo, a grape variety which is starting to garner more attention. Dark pink in color, it has an expressive perfume of darker fruits including black cherry and black raspberry. Dry, very ripe, and concentrated, this Rose has lots of flavor and a lengthy finish. Sin-Ley means "without law"; the focus of the project is to innovate without being bound by D.O. regulations. The Rose series features wines from 5 D.O.s made with 5 different grape varieties." (Feb. 2008) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Lurid pink. Exotically perfumed scents of black raspberry and dried flowers. Deep and round, with rich dark berry flavors and an exotic suggestion of candied flowers. Gains weight on the finish, with the dark berry note repeating. I'd serve this with rich, spicy foods, treating it like a light red wine." (Sept/Oct '08)

Spain - Spain and Portugal

  • 2005 Artero Tempranillo La Mancha, Spain ($11.99)
    What a deal in Spanish red, even with the absurdly bad exchange rate! This one shows an attractive nose with aromas of ripe to bursting pomegranate, red currant and an interesting touch of grass and scrub (garrigue La Mancha style). The palate is ample and mild red fruits, dried fruit and accents of licorice. Persistent and balanced through the finish. No one need no how little you forked over for this beauty!

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2005 Sbragia Cabernet Sauvignon "Andolsen Vineyard" Dry Creek ($29.99)

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 2003 Jospeh Phelps "Insignia" (1.5L) - 5 available ($279.00)
    97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Joseph Phelps has been an iconic producer of great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for over three decades. That fact jumped out at me when I looked at the 2003 Insignia (30th Anniversary), and I remember them all - with good reason. The 2003, a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 3% Malbec, aged 24 months in 100% new French oak, is a stunner. Velvety-textured, full-bodied and opulent with abundant notes of creme de cassis, licorice, incense, flowers and subtle background oak, this rich, impeccably pure, well-balanced Cabernet is just about everything you would want in a world-class red. Drinking well already, it should continue to provide immense pleasure for another 20-25 years. Keep in mind that I once predicted that their 1974 Insignia (the debut vintage) would not last past ten years. I gave it a great review and told readers to drink it up. Well, it-s still drinking well at age 39! The 2003 is a staggeringly great Insignia that is performing better now than it did early on - always a sign of great winemaking. " (06/2013) 96 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* One of the first, if not the first, of the proprietarily named Napa Bordeaux blends, Phelps Insignia has been one of California’s greatest Cabs for decades. This is their 30th anniversary bottling, and it’s worthy of the tradition. Ultrarich and smooth, with a mouthfeel that’s pure velvet, it's fairly thick in tannins now, suggesting cellaring. But it's huge in blackberry, dark unsweetened chocolate and spicy plum fruit, and will easily hold for a very long time. Best now, if carefully decanted, and through 2020." (03/2007) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(a blend of 84% cabernet sauvignon, 10% petit verdot, 3% merlot and 3% malbec) Full ruby-red. Slightly jammy aromas of blackberry, mocha and dark chocolate. Not especially dense or fleshy but has an attractive juicy quality and good life. Dominated by a flavor of black raspberry. Finishes with big, firm, rather fine tannins." (06/2006) 92 points Connoisseurs Guide: " **Two Stars** Not surprisingly, this year's Insignia again takes its accustomed place near the head of its class. It is a very deep and involving wine with a genuinely complex interplay of ripe cherries, sweet smoke, subtle herbs and notes of dusty soil running its length. As always, it displays hallmark polish and exemplary balance, yet it is never wanting for richness or strength. It deserves to be set aside for at least four or five years and has a very good shot at improving for a decade or more." (12/2006) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Supple, polished and harmonious, though not in the class of the 2002. Nonetheless, delivers a complex range of rich currant, berry and cherry fruit, cedary oak, hints of anise and sage, and a persistent, lingering finish. Mildly tannic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot." (10/2006)

  • 1999 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knight's Valley Red (1.5L) - 1 available ($349.00)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Very complete, this is wonderfully complex, smooth and well-focused, with currant, fresh tobacco leaf and sweet pepper flavors, ending on a pleasantly earthy note.-Non-blind Les Pavots vertical (March 2011). Drink now through 2015." (Web Only - 2011; Spectator first scored this 96 points and ranked it #29 in Top Wines of 1999) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Full bright ruby. Vibrant, pure aromas of cassis, blackberry, mocha, tar, bitter chocolate and violet. Round, rich and sweetly oaky; a large-scaled, mouthfilling wine with lovely fresh fruit and nicely restrained sweetness. Still youthfully tight and in need of time to develop more complexity. Finishes with big tongue- and toothdusting tannins." (May/Jun 02) 90 points Robert Parker: "The dense purple-colored 1999 Les Pavots exhibits sweet aromas of cassis, tapenade, cherries, licorice, and subtle wood. It is medium-bodied, with a cool climate textural profile, noticeable tannin, and a Bordeaux-like finish. It will be drinkable between 2004-2015." (08/02)

  • 2003 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knight's Valley Red (1.5L) - 1 available ($425.00)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " This wine has filled out very nicely. Nearly 3,000 cases were produced of this flowery, tar, camphor, incense, blackberry, black currant, espresso and chocolate-scented beauty. A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, a whopping 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, this full-bodied, opulent 2003 is just entering its plateau of full maturity. It is better at age ten than it was early in life from cask and post-bottling. (RP)" (06/2013) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Cassis, dark chocolate, licorice and flowers on the nose. Lush, broad and wonderfully ripe but classically dry, with terrific intensity of currant, chocolate, cedar and leather flavor. Distinctly suave wine, finishing with broad, dusty, building tannins and excellent length. And not at all flat despite the extravagant pH." (06/2006) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Tannic and closed to the point of inaccessibility, this Cab-based blend, which contains Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, comes from low-yielding vines grown 1,700 feet above Knights Valley. It all comes down to a question of ageability. The answer is it will age quite nicely. The balance is superb, and the core of fruit is there. Do not open this wine until 2010; it should continue to develop for another 10 years at least." (09/2006) Wine Spectator: "Dense and cedary, austere and tannic, with drying dark berry, mint, cedar and cigar box notes....Drink now through 2019. (Web-2013)"

  • 2002 Ridge "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (3L) - 1 available ($479.00)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2002 Monte Bello Proprietary Red is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. It tastes as if it hasn’t changed since I first sampled it in late 2003 and then again in bottle two years later. The color is healthy ruby/purple, and the wine displays some dusty, oaky, vanillin notes that jump out of the glass along with a touch of white chocolate as well as red and black currants and hints of cedar and forest floor. Extremely young and full-bodied, with some wood char still present, it is unevolved and tastes like it could be a barrel sample, except that it has been in bottle for nearly ten years! This is a blockbuster Ridge Monte Bello that still needs a minimum of another 10 years of bottle-age and should keep for 50+ years. Only for the young and patient!" (06/2012) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(74% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot and 8% petit verdot) Deep, full ruby. Explosively perfumed nose combines black raspberry, violet and dark chocolate. Wonderfully layered and penetrating, with expressive flavors of raspberry, currant, bitter chocolate, spices and tobacco. Still an infant, but already offers a rare combination of sweetness and inner-mouth energy. Finishes very fresh and very long, with big, dusty tannins and great lift. This is high in alcohol for Ridge at 13.3%, but a full degree or more lower than virtually any other collectible California cabernet from this vintage." (08/2004)

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2007 Alpha Omega Sauvignon Blanc ($28.99)
    Alpha Omega is a new boutique winery on Napa's Rutherford Bench that released its first wine in July of 2006. This 2007 Sauvignon Blanc comes from vineyards with absorptive high clay soils that allow for dry-farming most of the time. Aged in 20% neutral French oak for eight months and 80% stainless steel for a wine that is fresh, delicate and elegant. Its evocative bouquet is reminiscent of a day in the mountains, full of granite and wild flowers. Tropical fruit notes like litchi and mango complement the stony aromas. In the mouth the wine is fresh and clean with nutty undertones and lots of apricot, mango and orange zest flavors. Beautifully balanced, this is a wonderful food wine. Only 590 cases produced.

  • 2000 Joseph Swan Zinfandel Lone Redwood Ranch ($24.99)
    Wine Club Price: $19.99.

    The vineyard-designated zinfandels from Joseph Swan are often closed when young, only revealing their subtle nuances and vineyard characteristics with a little bottle age. This 2000 zinfandel from the Russian River's Lone Redwood Ranch is a perfect example— it's just starting to shine now. Aromas of minced meat pie, brambly spice and plum fade into a palate that bursts wih layers of apricot, plum, cinnamon and clove flavors. Balanced and imminently drinkable, we recommend trying this wine with grilled meats like pork or lamb at your next dinner party. According to Wine Spectator: "Focused and lively, a robust style with intense plum, dried wild berry, fresh ground pepper, mustard seed and cherry flavors that blend into harmonious toasty oak and ripe structure, finishing with dry tannins." (Web 04)

  • 2006 Mueller "LB" Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($29.99)
    93 points from Wine Spectator: "Smooth and creamy, with a minerally edge to the ripe pear, apple and melon notes that are tight and focused, with a touch of mineral, anise and spice. Has excellent length. Drink now through 2012. 941 cases made." (Mar 31, 2008) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright gold. Ripe melon and peach aromas are complicated by floral honey, sweet butter and toasted nuts. Round and sappy, offering sweet honeydew and pit fruit flavors and a gently pliant texture. Finishes with broad tropical fruit and melon flavors and decent persistence." (May/June '08)

  • 2007 Pavilion Napa Valley Oakville Chardonnay ($13.99)
    From Robert Parker's "Value Issue:" "The lovely 2007 Chardonnay from Oakville offers a touch of toasty oak along with attractive honeysuckle and butterscotch characteristics, serious concentration, excellent acidity, and a rich, heady finish. A wonderful discovery, Pavilion appears to be making some terrific wines at incredibly low price points." (Aug. 2008) This is a wonderfully crisp Oakville chardonnay, with vibrant peach and pear aromas and flavors, highlighted by a stony minerality and light vanilla note. Rich, lingering and well-balanced, try this with lobster and drawn butter or summer squash off the grill.

United States - Domestic Pinot Noir

  • 2006 Mueller "Emily's Cuvee" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($39.99)
    Emily's Cuvée comes from Jim Ledbetter's Vino Farms, near the banks of the Russian River, a site that benefits entirely from the cooling fog that climbs up the river's banks. This is a crimson-colored pinot that smells like early June at a California Farmers' Market: all strawberry, raspberry and sweet cherry fruit. The wine's tannins are soft and well-integrated and there's a lovely burst of acidity that brings it all together. While drinking beautifully now, this wine will definitely gain complexity in bottle over the next few years.

  • 2005 Willakenzie Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (375ml) (was $16.00 elsewhere) ($9.99)
    According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Pinot Noir is the entry level bottling. It spent 10 months in barrel. Medium ruby-colored, it offers up smoke, damp earth, and red and black cherry fruit. Medium-bodied, the wine has a broad belt of sweet fruit to balance the elevated acidiy and tannin of the vintage. It is made in an elegant style, ideal for near term drinking over the next 3-5 years. Over the past 15 years Willakenzie Estate (named for the soil type on which the winery sits) has been a consistently excellent source for Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and particularly, Pinot Noir. The quality has been solid and the prices have been fair." (10/07) According to Wine Enthusiast: "Estate-grown, high-density vines supply the juice for this entry-level wine from this outstanding Oregon producer. It’s supple and juicy, with bright fruit flavors that mix berries, cherries and even a hint of Concord grape. This has some of the velvety texture of more expensive wines, and beyond the fruit there are hints of earth, soy and leather that add interesting details to the finish." (11/07)

United States - Domestic Syrah and Petite Sirah

  • 2006 Novy Sonoma County Syrah ($20.99)
    90 points from the Wine Spectator Insider: "Notably peppery, but joined by fresh plum and wild berry fruit that's supple, graceful, complex and spicy, gaining length and traction on the finish. Drink Now through 2012." (07/08)

  • 2006 Novy "Susan's Hill Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah ($39.99)
    94 points from Wine Spectator Insider: "Bold, rich, intense and spicy, with vivid wild berry, blackberry, pepper, spice, sage and mineral notes, framed by firm, ripe tannins and ending with a long, focused and lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2012." (July 16, 2008) One star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Its provenance may be known best as the source of dense Pinots Noirs, but this big, impressively filled wine makes the case for Santa Lucia Syrah as well. Very ripe yet fairly well-balanced for such a big wine, and convincingly keyed on blackberries and spice, it runs into a fair bit of coarseness and heat at the end without abandoning its deep fruit. Service with heartier, well-seasoned meats should help tame it, but the best remedy is a few years of age." (07/08)

United States - Domestic Zinfandel

  • 2005 Mueller "Old Vine" Russian River Valley Zinfandel ($34.99)
    90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Inky ruby. Dark berries, cherry skin and dark chocolate on the nose, with subtle baking spice accents adding complexity. Fleshy and ripe, offering spicy dark fruit flavors, soft tannins and building sweetness. Rich and velvety on the finish, which leaves behind powerful blackberry and cassis flavors. Very sexy wine, with no rough edges." (May/June '08)

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Chile - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Cono Sur "Visión-Grafted Block" Viognier Colchagua Valley, Chile ($11.99)
    Intense, gorgeous yellow in color, the nose on this one is a balanced amalgam of citrus, azahar flowers, apricots and peaches. The fruit character acts alongside a woody element brought in by the 7 months aging in barrel (40% of the wine, that is). It remains a fresh mouthful of a white, displaying elegance, complexity and balanced acidity along with a fine mineral ending.

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 1989 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien - 3 available ($169.95)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers lots of tanned leather and spices, with very ripe fruit, from dried strawberry to raisin, turning to jam. Full-bodied, offering a very fresh palate of exotic fruit, currant and raisin as well as silky and polished tannins. So long and beautiful. Why wait? But it has a long life ahead. (Web-2010)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ducru's 1989 was one of the more tannic, backward wines in the blind tasting. It is cleanly made, and well-crafted, with plenty of black-raspberry and cassis fruit nicely touched by minerals and a fragrant, floral component. Medium-bodied, elegant, and well-endowed, this is a potentially outstanding wine if all the tannin melts away over the next 5-6 years. One of the least flattering 1989s to drink at present, it requires 4-5 more years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2020." (02/1997)

  • 1975 Gruaud Larose, St. Julien (375ml) (low shoulder fill) - 1 available ($49.95)
    According to Robert Parker: "This massive, backward wine appears to resist aging. Still bitterly tannic, impressively-colored (dark garnet with no amber), and monstrous on the palate, this wine will either turn out like the outstanding 1928 and begin to reveal some charm and character around age 40, or it will dry out, much like the 1948. It needs another 5-10 years of cellaring... It is likely to be appreciated only by the most patient Bordeaux enthusiasts. I would not be surprised to see some wine writer touting its greatness around 2025, long after most of it had been consumed and found to be pleasureless. Owners should try not to touch a bottle before 2005."

  • 1978 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (high neck fill) - 10 available ($89.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Garnet rim. A big, rich, ripe, generous yet tannic claret with fragrant tar cedar, ripe cassis and tobacco flavors. Not ready yet, but showing good evolution. Should be a lovely, classic wine in a few years, but can be drunk now.--Gruaud-Larose vertical." (02/91)

  • 1985 Gruaud Larose, St-Julien (low neck fill) - 2 available ($89.95)
    90 points Robert Parker: "The delicious 1985 Gruaud-Larose has evolved beautifully. It exhibits a lovely, sweet, fragrant bouquet of berry fruit, truffles and smoky oak. On the palate, the wine is fat, long, forward for Gruaud, medium to full-bodied, and deep. Anticipated maturity: Now-2003." (05/93)

  • 1989 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (low neck fill) - 4 available ($99.95)
    94 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers fabulous aromas of crushed red fruits, with leather, tar, tobacco and mint. Full-bodied, offering supersoft and silky tannins, as well as a beautiful polish. Open and luscious, with amazing richness of fruit and decadence at the same time. (Web Only- 2010)" 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red with a pale amber rim. Spice and floral notes lift delicate red cherry and redcurrant aromas. Bright and juicy on entry, then sweeter and richer in the middle, with chunky red berry and cherry flavors complicated by spices, underbrush and lemon zest. Lively acidity and a saline touch extend the gentle flavors on the moderately tannic finish, but this wine ultimately comes across as a bit lean. I wonder if the grapes weren't harvested too early. This lighter-style Gruaud is drinking well now, and there appears to be little to be gained by holding onto it much longer." (04/2013)

  • 1982 Gruaud Larose, St-Julien (low neck fills) - 3 available ($189.00)
    98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet/purple color offers up scents of beef blood, steak tartare, cassis, herbs, tobacco, and underbrush. One of the most concentrated wines of the vintage (as well as one of the most concentrated Bordeaux’s I have ever tasted), it is a huge, full-bodied, weighty, rich wine whose tannins are getting silkier and silkier. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life. This behemoth is a singularly profound example of Gruaud Larose that continues to justify its legendary status." (06/2009) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Very complex, perfumed aromas of plum, leather, meat and minerals. Sweet, lush and young; really stuffed with fat, meaty fruit. Broad without being really thick, with impressive precision of fruit. The most complex of these three vintages of Gruaud-Larose. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and palate-staining sweet fruit." (08/2002) 94 points Wine Spectator: "One of the best wines ever made at this estate. Dense ruby color with a slight amber edge. Intense grape, berry and raspberry aromas. Full-bodied, with loads of velvety tannins and a long, ripe fruit and mineral aftertaste." (11/1998) Jancis Robinson: "Cool and very fresh with a seam of graphite. Drier than the Grand Puy Lacoste 1982 served blind alongside. More intense but with more obvious acidity. It may be drying out but I have given it the benefit of the doubt. 18/20 points." (07/2012)

  • 1975 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (mid to low neck fill) ($99.99)
    According to Robert Parker: "This massive, backward wine appears to resist aging. Still bitterly tannic, impressively-colored (dark garnet with no amber), and monstrous on the palate, this wine will either turn out like the outstanding 1928 and begin to reveal some charm and character around age 40, or it will dry out, much like the 1948. It needs another 5-10 years of cellaring... It is likely to be appreciated only by the most patient Bordeaux enthusiasts. I would not be surprised to see some wine writer touting its greatness around 2025, long after most of it had been consumed and found to be pleasureless. Owners should try not to touch a bottle before 2005."

France - Bordeaux - Red

  • 2005 Monbousquet, St-Emilion ($79.99)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a less than noble terroir in Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens, Gerard Perse has accomplished miraculous things at Monbousquet. Prior to his acquisition of this property in the mid-nineties, this wine tasted like watered-down Beaujolais, but Perse has turned it into one of the more stunning, modern-styled wines of Bordeaux. A blend of approximately two-thirds Merlot, one-third Cabernet Franc and 8-10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 exhibits plenty of toasty oak, roasted herb, meat juice, blackberry, cherry, and spice characteristics along with a touch of incense. Full-bodied and opulent, with an atypically rigid structure, this is a remarkable achievement for such a humble terroir. It admirably reflects Gerard Perse's obsessive commitment to excellence. Look for this 2005 to hit its stride in 7-8 years, and last for 15-20." (04/2008) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, smoked meat, mocha and licorice. Wonderfully sweet, dense and fat but with excellent vinosity and inner-mouth perfume to the flavors of berries, mocha and licorice. A compellingly tactile vintage for Monbousquet, with the substantial but sweet tannins buffered by the wine's chewy mid-palate material...Really transcends its less-than-ideal terroir in Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens." (06/2008) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Shows beautiful aromas of crushed blackberry, currant and sultana. Full-bodied, with superfine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced and beautiful. Best after 2012." (06/2008)

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 1990 Musigny, Vieilles Vignes, Grand Cru, Comte de Vogüé - 2 available ($699.00)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Bordeaux-like, saturated dense ruby/purple color is followed by a tight-fisted nose and flavors of black fruits, underbrush, minerals, smoke, and new oak. Although extremely concentrated, the wine is broodingly backward, and not fun to drink ... yet. This loaded effort should prove to be one of the longest-lived red Burgundies made in the last twenty years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025." (02/2002) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red-ruby. The purest of these three 2003s today on the nose: blackberry, black raspberry, minerals and mint. Huge and broad in the mouth, with a flavor of slightly jammy blackcurrant. Not at all flat, but Millet notes that the acidity here is a bit lower than that of the 1990 Musigny. Finishes with a major load of late-arriving tannins." (04/2006) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Solid and chewy in texture, with firm tannins and layers of black cherry, mushroom and orange-peel flavor, getting really decadent on the long finish. Has a sense of grandeur, even if some of the flavors are funky." (05/2008)

France - French Regional Wines

  • 2005 Irouleguy Rouge Domaine Etxegaraya "Cuvee Lehengoa" (was $19.99) - 8 available ($17.99)
    This dark monster is from 150-year-old Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon vines! Marianne Hillau says her ancient vines regularly produce huge one-kilo grape bunches year after year and have no diseases or ailments to speak of. The blend in this cuvée is 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it boasts palatestaining dark, earthy fruit that has great structure and balance, refreshing acidity, plenty of rusticity, and a hearty yet well-ripened tannin. The reds chez Etxegaraya are proof that the Tannat grape doesn't have to produce a harsh, hypertannic wine but is capable of much more. This 2005 is a bravura performance. You won't believe it unless you taste it.

France - Rhone Valley

  • 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine De La Charbonnière "Cuvée Mourre des Perdix" ($39.99)
    94 points Wine Spectator: " *Highly Recommended* A seamless red, with a torrent of raspberry and boysenberry fruit racing along lip-smacking licorice, mulled spice and graphite notes. The superlong, racy finish has great latent structure. Enticing now, but built for the cellar." (12/2007) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Mourre des Perdrix’s dark ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by notes of black raspberries, black currants, cherries, pepper, and incense, medium to full body, and a long, concentrated, layered finish. This is one of the most well-run estates in Chateauneuf du Pape thanks to the meticulous and passionate efforts of proprietor Michel Maret (readers should not overlook is Vacqueyras, one of the finest wines of that appellation)." (10/2007) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Seductively aromatic nose offers vibrant strawberry and raspberry scents along with fresh flowers and minerals. Shows pinot-like clarity to its sweet red fruit flavors and finishes long and sappy. This medium-bodied wine is already very attractive." (02/2008)

France - Sauternes - Old and Rare

  • 1987 d'Yquem, Sauternes (1.5L) (very top shoulder) - 1 available ($450.00)
    According to Wine Spectator: "From what's considered an average vintage in Sauternes, this is a surprisingly good Yquem. Lively, with good acidity, of medium body and with lemon, pineapple, orange and chocolate notes. It reveals its vintage pedigree in the slightly pedestrian finish. Yquem vertical. Drink now through 2010." (05/99)

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 1990 Prunotto Barolo "Bussia" (1.5L) - 1 available ($275.00)
    92 points Robert Parker: "Prunotto has followed the gorgeous 1989 Barolos with three superlative performances in 1990. The 1990 Barolo Bussia is the most closed of the trio of large-scaled, traditionally made wines. Crammed with rich, glycerin-imbued, sweet, jammy fruit, considerable body and extraction, and a monster finish, it needs 4-5 years of cellaring. It is a candidate for 25+ years of aging. Prunotto, now owned by the Tuscan firm of Antinori, continues to turn out superlative examples of Piedmontese wines." (04/94)

Portugal - Port and Madeira - Old and Rare

  • 2000 Graham's Port - 5 available ($72.99)
    98 points Wine Spectator: "Smells like freshly picked orchids, with loads of ripe, clean fruit. Full-bodied, medium sweet and very powerful and racy. It lasts for minutes on your palate. Yet there's a balance and class to this young Vintage Port. This is the greatest glass of Graham I have ever tasted, young or old." (05/2003) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Grapy, unformed, black raspberry liqueur and licorice-infused cassis notes leap from the glass of this opaque purple-colored wine. Sweet, plush, rich, and accessible, it is a forward, lush, concentrated effort that should drink well for two decades...it should evolve rapidly, providing immense crowd appeal." (10/2002) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated black-ruby. Superripe, bottomless nose of black fruits, mocha, bitter chocolate and flowers. Hugely sweet, dense and rich. A port of outstanding opulence and creamy texture; deceptively easy to taste. Substantial, sweet, spreading tannins are buried under a wave of fruit. Extremely long, fruit-driven finish." (01/2003) Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson with a slightly weak rim. Rich, slightly volatile, evolved nose. Polished and dense and explosive. Interesting contrast with Noval 2000. More of a Fonseca style in its opulence. Lots of fun! Great richness. I would love to discover this in fact comes from somewhere other than Portugal! Complete. 18.5/20 points." (12/2012) K&L Notes: 93+ Neil Martin: "This seems to have more volatility on the nose than the other 2000s although it is not distracting from the ripe toasty black fruit infused with liquorices and creme de menthe. The palate is full-bodied with exceptionally smooth tannins, very refined and harmonious. A sensuous Grahams with black cherry, black olive, fruitcake, California raisin and damson towards the finish. Primal of course, but great potential. Drink 2012-2040. Tasted May 2009." (Wine Journal)

South Africa - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2003 De Wetshof Estate "Bateleur" Chardonnay Robertson South Africa (Elsewhere $31.99) ($14.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Bold and forward, with lots of honey, pear tartine, piecrust and graham notes, but enough freshness and acidity to stretch out the finish and allow for dried tropical fruit notes to linger. Drink now through 2007. 100 cases imported."

  • 2005 Pecan Stream (Waterford Estate) Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch South Africa ($6.99)
    According to Food & Wine magazine: "South African winemaking star Kevin Arnold of Waterford Estate sources the grapes for his Pecan Stream wines from local growers rather than from his estate vineyards. This vibrant, slightly honeyed Chenin is a great all-season aperitif." (01/06)

  • 2006 Waterford Chardonnay Stellenbosch South Africa (Was $17.99) ($12.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "Bright and racy, with pineapple and melon fruit offset by fresh acidity and a vibrant, minerally spine. Judicious toast frames the finish. Has nice purity. Drink now through 2008." (07/07)

  • 2002 Waterford Kevin Arnold Shiraz, Stellenbosch South Africa (Was $29.99) ($17.99)
    89(+?) points Stephen Tanzer: "($38; includes 10% mourvedre) Ruby-red. Raspberry, black cherry, gunflint, tree bark and eucalyptus on the slightly sauvage nose. Ripe, fat, dense and dry, with flavors of black fruits, violet and gunflint. Nicely sweetened by the 50% American oak component. Finishes with intriguing gunflint and mineral notes. Very impressive for the vintage." (Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 05)

  • 2003 Waterford Shiraz Stellenbosch South Africa (Elsewhere $25-$30) ($12.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Large-scaled, with bittersweet cocoa covering dense plum, fig and black currant fruit backed by game, tar and mineral notes. Thick but ripe tannins drive the lengthy finish. Drink now through 2010. 700 cases imported." (12/05)

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon - Old and Rare

  • 1987 Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($225.00)
    The 1987 vintage of Beaulieu's signature wine is deeper and richer than the 1986, full of lovely cedar and mint aromas and fresh-tilled soil on the nose. A tightly wound wine upon bottling, this needed time for the acidity and tannin to integrate so that the mint, mineral and sweet berry fruit could really come through. 91 points Wine Spectator: "Generous, soft and big, with a dark ruby color and mint, plum and smoke character. Full-bodied and very velvety, with lots of ripe berry and chocolate flavors and a long, long finish.--Georges de Latour Private Reserve vertical. Best after 2002. 14,200 cases made." (02/00) The larger format bottles are ideal for big dinner parties or special events. Gorgeous.

  • 1996 Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5L) - 2 available ($275.00)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh, with herbal dill and currant aromas, this is fresh and concentrated on the palate. Intense, with vivid currant, anise, herb and cedar notes. Ends with a complex aftertaste, firm tannins and good structure. The best of five bottles.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective. (Web-2007)" 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Insignia (83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot) exhibits a dark purple color in addition to an elegant nose of cedar wood, fruitcake, coffee, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, with a firm underpinning of tannin, classic black currant flavors, and a long finish, this effort is impressive, but tight and narrowly-constructed. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2020." (01/2000) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby. Rich aromas of dusty black cherry, chocolate and cedar; slight suggestion of crystallized fruit. Fairly full in the mouth, with sweet flavors of plum and cedar. Substantial chewy tannins come late on the palate. Not as complex or fine as the '95 Insignia, but another very good vintage for this bottling." (06/1999)

  • 1994 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Proprietary Red (1.5L) - 1 available ($450.00)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1994 Insignia (a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc) is spectacular. I have had the wine a half-dozen or more times, and it is unquestionably opulent, sexy, flamboyant, explosively rich, concentrated, and a thrill to drink. Already gorgeous, it promises to evolve gracefully for two decades or more. The color is a healthy saturated dark purple. The spicy nose offers aromas of black currants, allspice, pain grille, and soy, with scents of a burning wood fire thrown in for additional complexity. This full-bodied, opulent, dazzling wine is exhilarating to drink." (12/1998) 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, cedar, coffee, tobacco and bitter chocolate. Lush and smooth on entry, then dense and juicy in the middle, with intense, layered, sharply delineated dark berry and dark chocolate flavors saturating the entire palate. A powerful wine that is already quite expressive. Builds impressively on the back half, showing superb extract and a sweet finishing flavor of dark chocolate. This is consistently one of California 's very few great cabernet-based wines that is not from a single vineyard. Williams ranks this '02 with the winery's top recent vintages: 2001, 1999, 1997, 1994 and 1991. " (06/2005) 93 points Wine Spectator: "A tremendous wine that combines dark, rich, deeply concentrated flavors with a sense of grace and finesse. This is still a bold, potent youngster, with a wealth of currant, mocha, anise and sage flavors. The tannins are big, too, but they're ripe and they let the rich flavors push through." (11/2004)

  • 2002 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Proprietary Red (6L) - 1 available ($2,200.00)
    100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2002 boasts an inky/purple color along with notes of graphite, violets, blackberries, creme de cassis and hints of charcoal and barbecue in addition to a full-bodied, multilayered mouthfeel that builds incrementally with great purity, staggering fruit concentration, and a long, velvety, 50+-second finish. This prodigious effort should continue to drink well for 20+ years. (RP) " (12/2013) 96 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Highest Ranking - Three Stars* Once again showing the extraordinary combination of polish, fruity depth and wonderfully rich oak that is particular to the very best of the Insignia lineup, this concentrated, intensely aromatic wine comes up long on character and style. Its evident ripeness is manifest in a touch of last-minute heat, but its fleshy feel, superb balance and neatly fit tannin bring it a peerless sense of refinement that will tease us all long before this stunningly compelling bottling reaches its finely polished peak some five to seven years hence." (12/2005) 96 points Wine Spectator: " *#1 Wine of the Year in 2005* Rich flavors fan out, the way you hope for, coating the palate with layers of currant, fresh earth, mineral, cedar, tobacco, mocha, black licorice and espresso. The tannins are firm and the structure built for a longer haul. Very much in its infancy still at age 10, it finds that unusual bridge between dense Napa fruit and a Bordeaux build. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.—2002 California Cabernet blind retrospective (May 2012). Drink now through 2032. (Web-2012) " 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "a blend of 78% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot, 7% petit verdot and 1% malbec) Ruby-red. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, cedar, coffee, tobacco and bitter chocolate. Lush and smooth on entry, then dense and juicy in the middle, with intense, layered, sharply delineated dark berry and dark chocolate flavors saturating the entire palate. A powerful wine that is already quite expressive. Builds impressively on the back half, showing superb extract and a sweet finishing flavor of dark chocolate. This is consistently one of California 's very few great cabernet-based wines that is not from a single vineyard. Williams ranks this '02 with the winery's top recent vintages: 2001, 1999, 1997, 1994 and 1991. " (06/2005) 93 points Wine & Spirits: "A luscious vintage of Insignia, this '02 has the sleek feel of fine Napa Valley cabernet. There's fragrant red berry and forest-floor character at the center of the wine, then blacker currant flavors and tannin softened by luxurious oak in the end. Touches of super-ripeness add to the richness without diminishing the wine's freshness. Readily enjoyable now, and balanced to mature through 2010." (02/2006) K&L Notes: "The Backus Vineyard is planted in the red soils of the steep hillsides of Oakville, overlooking Screaming Eagle and Rudd Estate," notes Robert Parker. "Joseph Phelps' most famous wine, which first debuted in 1974, is their proprietary red wine blend called Insignia."

  • 2002 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knight's Valley Red (1.5L) - 1 available ($599.00)
    99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " A great, great success (and of course, this is Knight’s Valley material), the 2002 Les Pavots, which I loved from barrel as well as bottle, still has a good 20+ years of life ahead of it. At this point, it is tasting like a vigorous young adolescent in its evolutionary development. The blend in 2002 from the winery was 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. Moreover there are just under 3,000 cases of this spectacular wine, which I’m hoping many readers have cellared away. Inky black/purple, with a nose of incense, licorice, balsamic and Asian soy notes interwoven with blackberry, blueberry and hints of truffle and camphor, this wine is full-bodied, opulent and voluptuously textured, with sensational mid-palate, depth and richness. This is a killer Bordeaux-styled, ripe, exuberant, flamboyant red from Peter Michael that stands as one of the all-time great Les Pavots cuvees ever made. It ideally needs another 3-4 years of cellaring, although it is quite accessible and should keep for a minimum of 20 or more years. Bravo!" (06/2012) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Cooler on the nose than the 2002 despite showing a near-roasted ripeness, with aromas of black raspberry, licorice, minerals and flowers. Thick, dense and superripe, with compelling sweetness and layers of dark fruit flavor. Wonderfully full and deep wine with extraordinary palate coverage. The finish offers explosive persistence and the thoroughly ripe, sweet tannins reach the front teeth. This has really delivered on its early promise." (05/2005) 92 points Wine Spectator: "This is a much better wine than in its youth, with more to like now than earlier on. Very ripe, with currant, black cherry, blueberry pie and spice flavors that are supple and refined. The finish is a bit clipped.—Non-blind Les Pavots vertical (March 2011). Drink now through 2017. (Web-2011)"

  • 2002 Ridge "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($110.00)
    95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2002 Monte Bello Proprietary Red is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. It tastes as if it hasn’t changed since I first sampled it in late 2003 and then again in bottle two years later. The color is healthy ruby/purple, and the wine displays some dusty, oaky, vanillin notes that jump out of the glass along with a touch of white chocolate as well as red and black currants and hints of cedar and forest floor. Extremely young and full-bodied, with some wood char still present, it is unevolved and tastes like it could be a barrel sample, except that it has been in bottle for nearly ten years! This is a blockbuster Ridge Monte Bello that still needs a minimum of another 10 years of bottle-age and should keep for 50+ years. Only for the young and patient! As most passionate amateurs of California wine know, this is one of the longest-lived red wines produced in California. Having reviewed close to 40 vintages of their flagship wine, the mostly Cabernet Sauvignon blend from their Monte Bello vineyards, I can only concur that this wine ages as well as a great first-growth from Bordeaux. It can often need a good 20 years minimum before it sheds its overlay of wood and tannin." (06/2012) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, full ruby. Explosively perfumed nose combines black raspberry, violet and dark chocolate. Wonderfully layered and penetrating, with expressive flavors of raspberry, currant, bitter chocolate, spices and tobacco. Still an infant, but already offers a rare combination of sweetness and inner-mouth energy. Finishes very fresh and very long, with big, dusty tannins and great lift. This is high in alcohol for Ridge at 13.3%, but a full degree or more lower than virtually any other collectible California cabernet from this vintage." (08/2004)

  • 1999 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 2 available ($275.00)
    92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of boysenberry, iron and mocha. Dense but tightly wound and not overly sweet; has a silky texture despite possessing a strong acid spine. Finishes with palate-cleansing acids and a late spicy character. This very young wine will need a good decade of cellaring, but even today there are no rough edges. 92(+?) points " (05/2002) 92 points Wine Spectator: "A wine of great balance, finesse and grace. Well-focused, the ripe, tart, rich blackberry and currant fruit is intense yet elegant, picking up earth, mineral and sage notes, and finishing with fine, well-integrated tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot." (10/2002) Jancis Robinson: "Fragrant, perfumed, fresh and cedary, still so fragrant and youthful on the nose. More Bordeaux-like than the other two vintages tasted. Rich, deep and so complex but without loss of freshness. Again some minerality and cedary damson sweetness of fruit still there. Long and remarkably fresh. Holds your attention. 18/20 points." (12/2009)

  • 1978 Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (3L) (top shoulder fill) - 1 available ($299.00)
    Wine critic Michael Broadbent rated 1978 as a four-star vintage, describing it as: "A very good, substantial and late vintage." It was also an exciting time at Robert Mondavi's winery. It was the year that Mondavi struck a deal with Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Bordeaux's Chateau Mouton-Rothschild to launch Opus One and the year he regained controlling interest from beer giant Molson Rainier. This is an aged Napa cab to enjoy now with a little decanting. Whn last reviewed by Wine Spectator (1998) there were still notes of dried cherry and plum, with hints of anise and sage.

  • 1986 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (5L) (cracked capsule, slightly frayed label) - 1 available ($1,699.00)
    90 points Robert Parker: "Another impressive showing for this consistently stylish, authoritatively powerful wine, Shafer's 1986 Hillside Select exhibits a deep ruby/purple color with minor lightening at the edge. The fragrant aromatic profile includes scents of blackcurrants, chocolate, hickory smoke, and herbs. Thick, jammy, ripe flavors are full-bodied, layered, and delicious. This wine comes across as youthful, but powerfully assertive, well-knit, and balanced." (08/96) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, ripe, rich and intense, it's one of the more complex and concentrated '86s, with a long life still ahead. The core of currant, mineral, cherry, coffee and herb flavors is young and lively and the tannins are ripe and vibrant.--1986 California Cabernet horizontal. 2,000 cases made." (12/96)

  • 1987 Shafer Hillside Select Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (3L) - 1 available ($699.00)
    90 points Robert Parker: "This was the first Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon to spend 30 months in oak casks. It is an intriguing wine with a muted bouquet that is attractive... in the mouth the wine is superb, exhibiting far greater richness, intensity, and complexity than the shy, backward aromatics suggest. The youthful, opaque dark purple color is followed by a restrained nose (due to sterile filtration?), and a pure, rich, intense wine with adequate acidity, moderate tannin, and layers of ripe, highly-extracted fruit in the finish." (06/95) 91 points from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "This comparatively polished, fully developed wine is both open and well-appointed with fruit at this point. It is supple and rounded in feel with scattered suggestions of olives, loam and tea running its length, and if fairly mature, it is in no danger of fading away soon." (03/07)

  • 1999 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 2 available ($169.95)
    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..." (08/2002) 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)

  • 2001 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 2 available ($119.00)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley (by the way, all of the Alexander Valley offerings are 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a big, sweet, oaky nose and a seductive panoply of spices from cedarwood to plum pudding and fruitcake notes. It is a sexy, sensual, broad, flavorful Cabernet lacking serious depth, but offering attractive fruit, plenty of ripeness, and a big wallop of American oak. Drink it over the next decade." (02/2005) 89 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of dill, macaroon and coconut fold in nicely with a rich band of currant, plum and black cherry fruit. Excellent structure, depth and concentration, ending with firm, chewy tannins. Best to cellar short-term. Best from 2006 through 2012." (11/2005) 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-deep red. Exotic American oak tones of bourbon, coconut and cocoa butter dominate the nose. Then fat, lush, suave and dry, with no excess weight. Impressive more for its mid-palate texture than its fruit. Most complex today on the back end, which features broad, fine tannins and notes of cherry, candied raspberry, milk chocolate, espresso and bourbon. A very good vintage for this bottling." (06/2005)

  • 2003 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 2 available ($129.00)
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Alexander Valley cuvee is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new oak. The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley reveals an exaggerated tannin profile along with sweet plum, cherry, and currant fruit as well as notes of licorice, dried herbs, spice box, and toasty American wood. It could use a bit more flesh and depth, but it is certainly a very good, aromatic, spicy wine to consume during its first 8-9 years of life." (12/2005)

  • 1990 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3L) - 1 available ($599.00)
    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1990 Alexander Valley Cabernet offers aromas of fruitcake, black-cherries, cassis, and spice. Dense, rich, opulent, and supple, this is a wine to drink during its first 10-12 years of life. This wine, first reviewed in issue #89, is repeated to remind readers that the 1990 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley and Napa cuvee, as well as the 1989 Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet have finally been released." (10/1994) K&L Notes: A great value for a large format bottle from a four-star vintage.

  • 1990 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (6L) - 1 available ($1,199.00)
    91 points Robert Parker: "The 1990 Alexander Valley Cabernet offers aromas of fruitcake, black-cherries, cassis, and spice. Dense, rich, opulent, and supple..." (10/94) A great value Methuselah from an four-star vintage.

  • 2001 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 2 available ($199.00)
    92 points Robert Parker: "The Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is more limited in availability than the Alexander Valley, but there are now close to 33,000 cases being produced. The 2001 (31,430 cases of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot) offers a big, smoky, herb, black currant, tobacco, spice box, and barbecue spice-scented bouquet, and broad, medium to full-bodied, concentrated, sweet, jammy flavors with plenty of sexy, toasty American oak in the background. It is a hedonistic fleshpot of a wine to drink now and over the next 10-12 years." (02/05) According to Wine Spectator: "Notable for its smoky coconut, vanilla bean and wood aromas, the currant and herb notes work in well with the wood on the palate, ending with a dry chicory aftertaste. Drink now through 2012." (06/06)

  • 1996 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($325.00)
    89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Spicy aromas of cassis, black plum, black cherry, roasted nuts and shoe polish. Fat and sweet, with good depth of flavor and harmonious acidity. Thick but ripe tannins coat the tongue." (06/1999) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, .5% Merlot, and 1.5% Petit Verdot) has a dark ruby/plum color and a gorgeous, complex nose of cedar, spice box, cherries, jammy plums and cassis. The wine is fleshy, medium to full-bodied, seductive, and filled with glycerin. The finish is all silk. This low acid, big, spicy, lavishly wooded, chewy wine should drink well for another 10-14 years. " (12/2000) Wine Spectator: "Scents of dill, coconut and dried currant carry over to the palate, offering intensity and depth, yet finishing with a firm wall of tannins. (Web Only- 2007)"

  • 1994 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($349.00)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc) reveals toasty sweet oak in the nose, bombastic levels of black currant fruit and spice along with a hint of mint in the background. Supple and full-bodied, with delirious levels of cedar and unctuously-textured fruit, this fleshy, gorgeously made Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for 14-15 years." (12/1998) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, plush and concentrated, with a decided coconut and oak accent mixed with complex plum and berry flavors. Finishes with a rich, focused, generous aftertaste, with fine length. Deftly balanced.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. " (11/2004) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red color. Very ripe aromas of roasted plum, red raspberry, maple syrup, smoke and scotch. Dense but bright and youthful. Flavors are still rather primary and high-pitched. Finishes rather tannic, but the tannins are smooth. This wine should undergo an interesting evolution in bottle-in contrast to some past vintages of this wine, which have not gained noticeably in complexity with bottle aging." (06/1999)

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 1997 Kalin Cellars "Cuvee DD" Sonoma County Pinot Noir - 7 available ($44.99)
    92 points from Burghound and listed as one of the "Burghound.com’s 49 California Pinot Noir Selections: "A fully mature and relatively elegant nose that is right at the turning point of going from secondary to tertiary in character moves into delicious and completely resolved but not unfocused or unduly soft flavors that possess perfectly balance and excellent length." (Oct. 2008) 91 points from Robert Parker: "The Burgundy-styled 1997 Pinot Noir Cuvee DD exhibits smoky, gamy, forest floor, herb, fresh mushroom, meat, plum, fig, and cherry characteristics. Made in a northern Cote de Nuits style with zesty acidity, ripe tannin, and a dark plum/garnet color, this beautiful wine should last for another decade." (Dec. 2007) 91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red with an orange rim. Cherry, strawberry, minerals, clove, spices and underbrush on the captivating, slightly decadent nose. At once firm and exotic, with strong acidity framing the flavors of red fruits, orange peel and minerals. This has a distinctly dry edge and finishes with dusty tannins but there's also lovely aromatic persistence. With its terrific cut, this idiosyncratic pinot calls out for food. Try it with a spicy Chinese duck dish." (May/June '07)

  • 1994 Kalin Cellars "Cuvee LD" Sonoma County Chardonnay - 10 available ($29.99)
    92 points from Robert Parker: "Leighton’s 1994 Chardonnay Cuvee LD is made from an old Wente clone. It exhibits notes of subtle pineapples, poached pears, citrus oil, and background oak and charcoal scents. Crisp and full-bodied with impressive balance and harmony, it should continue to evolve for 8-10 years. The idiosyncratic Terry Leighton, who has produced some magnificent wines that have stood the test of time for nearly two decades, releases his wines 2-10 years later than most producers. I have always loved them, and I have been remiss in not reporting on them as frequently as I should. (Dec 2007) 92 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow-gold, with a green tinge. Fresh, ineffable aromas of ginger, candied orange peel, lavender and pine nut. Fat, sweet and deep, with a real 3-D texture. Like liquid velvet yet possesses excellent cut. A wine of great sucrosity, but kept fresh by its shell of acidity. Finishes very long and brisk." (May/June 2005)

  • 1995 Turley "Black-Sears" Zinfandel (slightly torn label) - 1 available ($125.00)
    95 points Wine Spectator: "This Turley Zin is characteristically intense and deeply concentrated, showing off complex cherry, berry and plum flavors, with distinct pepperlike and herbaceous accents, and a long, lingering aftertaste. Bravo. 700 cases made." (07/97) 94 points Robert Parker: "The 1995 Zinfandel Black-Sears Vineyard, which has a northeasterly orientation on Howell Mountain, weighs in at 16.1% alcohol. Harvested on November 15 (because of the vineyard's cool climate elevation of 2400 feet), this is a fabulously rich, full-bodied, powerful Zinfandel. The deep saturated purple color and gorgeous, fragrant nose of black-raspberries, pepper, and spice are suggestive of a top vintage of Pomerol from Bordeaux's right bank. This wine is enormously rich, full-bodied, super-concentrated, with a creamy texture, and layers of glycerin-imbued, rich fruit. Its seductive power makes it one of the most hedonistic, dry, full-bodied Zinfandels I have ever drunk. It should continue to drink well for at least a decade, but who has the discipline to squirrel away a few bottles for that long? The 1995 Zinfandels are the products of extraordinary vineyards and genius winemaking - no doubt about it." (06/97)

  • 1996 Turley "Hayne" Zinfandel - 1 available ($129.00)
    97 points Robert Parker: "Representing the essence of Zinfandel, this wine boasts a dark saturated purple color, mind boggling fruit extract and concentration levels, compelling harmony and overall balance, particularly for a wine of such massive size, and a whoppingly long finish. The dominate characteristics are its blackberry/black raspberry/cherry liqueur-like flavors, voluptuous texture, and seamless integration of wood, alcohol, and acidity. I am not a great believer in the capability of Zinfandels to age, but this wine, although accessible now, should last well beyond a decade. Kudos to Turley!" (08/98) 95 points Wine Spectator and one of their Top 100 Wines of 1998: "Here's a big, ripe mouthful of Zinfandel from a winery specializing in the variety. You can feel the energy in this seductive wine--dense, chewy and jam-packed with rich, concentrated plum, black cherry, blackberry and spice character. From a 90-year-old vineyard." (07/98)

United States - Domestic Other Misc. Red

  • 2006 L'Aventure Paso Robles Estate Cuvée - 10 available ($69.99)
    97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A thrilling, nearly perfect efforts is the 2006 Estate Cuvee. A blend of 49% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2006 Estate Cuvee may be even better. Tasting like a superb example of a premier grand cru St.-Emilion made from California's limestone soils, it exhibits a dense purple color as well as a perfume of sweet creme de cassis, fruitcake, licorice, incense, tobacco leaf, and spice box. A voluptuous texture, fabulous opulence, and thrilling concentration as well as purity make for a prodigious example of blended red wine that will provide enormous pleasure and complexity for 12-15+ years." (06/2008) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "($85; 52% syrah, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 8% petit verdot) Opaque ruby. Deep, smoky aromas of blackcurrant, cherry-cola, black pepper, vanilla, tobacco and smoked meat. Broad, chewy red and dark berry flavors gain sweetness with air while picking up strong, chewy tannins. Finishes long and impressively sappy. The 2005, which I retasted next to this, is more brooding and will need more patience. " (12/2008) 90 points Wine Spectator: "A touch rustic, but in a pleasing way, with gravelly mineral, pebble, pepper and crushed wild berry flavors that are intense and firm, yet the fruity flavors push through on the finish. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot." (10/2008) K&L Notes: Still a bit tightly wound on the nose, the wine slowly reveals aromas of black fruit and lightly toasted bread. A bit more revealing on the palate, there are focused blueberry and blackberry flavors on the attack, lifted by notes of brighter red fruit like strawberry and raspberry, woven together seamlessly with a thread of anise and leather, long, soft tannins and a hint of minerality. To fully appreciate this wine, give it a decade or so in your cellar.

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July 15, 2008 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.

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

  • 2005 Elderton "Nurioopta" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia ($27.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Shiraz "Nuriootpa" is purple/black with a brooding nose of smoke, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied and voluptuous, it is dense and concentrated, with gobs of spicy black fruit flavors. It will evolve for 3-5 years and drink well through 2020." 90 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth and focused, with a peppermint edge to the red cherry and blackberry flavors, finishing with a layer of sweet spices. Drink now through 2013. " (02/2009) K&L Notes: Elderton is also organic and solar-powered. It's one of Australia's two carbon neutral wineries! It was founded in 1982 after years of supplying fruit to other wineries in the area. Located in Nuriootpa ("Nuri" to the locals) the Ashmead family has tended and continually refined their wines over the years. Winemaker Richard Langford, who came to work for them in 2003, has certainly had a hand in this. I've noticed a better integration of wood and an elegance of structure in the wines since he started. This is not to diminish accolades of the past with numerous Jimmy Watson (an honor of the highest order in Australia) awards under their belt. The wine is classic Barossa with warm plum and blackberry fruit framed by notes of chocolate, mocha and some Asian spice. The palate is juicy and rich with impeccable balance and great persistence on the back end. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Australian Wine Buyer)

  • 2007 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc ($16.99)
    The wines of this family domaine have been a staple here at K&L since the 1994 vintage when Franck and Betty Millet drove from Sancerre to Bordeaux (a long way) to meet Clyde and crew to present the wines. The wines were great even in that tough vintage and the rest is history. We love these wines for their freshness, charm and affordability. Our best value Sancerre in the store. From soils of clay and chalk in the village of Bue near the Domaine. A wine of freshness, lift and snap, one that keeps you coming back for more, it is vinified entirely in stainless steel to preserve the wonderful citrus and slightly grassy aromatics and the gentle mineral finish.

  • 2007 Grange Tiphaine Touraine-Amboise Bel Air Sec ($13.99)
    Damien Delecheneau's future is bright. He is respected widely and thought of as one of the most promising young vignerons in the Loire Valley. Damien continues the work of his family domaine in the Touraine-Amboise appellation but with renewed vigor and respect for the vines. He is fortunate to have 11 ha of vineyards with an average age of 60 years which he farms without the use of chemicals. Harvest is done by hand, fermentation is carried out by native yeast and there is no pumping after the initial pressing. Both he and his wife studied winemaking and did a stage here in California, he at Clos Pegase and she at Cain. He also plays the clarinet quite well, hence the musical references on the bottles. The Bel Air Sec is 100% Chenin Blanc from vines 60-70 years old on an east facing hillside, it does not go through malo and is bottled with a minimum of SO2. This is as vigorious and pure as a wine gets, and the fact that it remains under $15, with the exchange rate what it now is, etc, is really pretty astounding. Serious wine here, at a seriously amazing price.

  • 2006 Franck Millet Sancerre Insolite ($22.99)
    The wines of this family domaine have been a staple here at K&L since the 1994 vintage when Franck and Betty Millet drove from Sancerre to Bordeaux (a long way) to meet Clyde and crew to present the wines. The wines were great even in that tough vintage and the rest is history. We love these wines for their freshness, charm and affordability. This is the reserve cuvee, made from Millet's chalkiest limestone soils. There is a long maceration at very low temperatures to extract as much flavor and terrior as possible. The resulting wine is charged with mineral and stony flavors, is very intense and full of bright citrus notes, and due to the amazingly warm and ripe vintage, is quite soft, with layers of rich fruit. Ready to drink now and over the next three to five years.

  • 2006 St-Jean-des-Graves Blanc, Graves ($13.99)
    A spectacular value for Sauvignon Blanc, from a wonderful vintage for both red and white Bordeaux. Owned by Jerry David, owner of Sauternes property Ch. Liot. The vineyard is situated along the western bank of the Ciron river (stream). This wine is 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon, It has a citric (grapefruit) undertone on the palate. A great value Graves white to enjoy in the near term. Only 5,000 cases produced. We think that this 2006 is the best we've gotten from them and this is our 10th vintage. Screw top also.

  • 2005 Brown, Pessac-Leognan ($34.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Well-balanced, this is a wine that already shows the considerable improvements made at Brown under the Mau family ownership. There is a delicious lightness of touch, with black currant fruit flavors shot through with fresh acidity." (06/2008) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Has a beautiful nose of crushed blackberry and raspberry, with mineral undertones. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. The best in a long time from this estate. Best after 2012." (03/2008) 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This lower pedigree wine represents undeniable quality/value rapport in 2005. This vintage is so deep in quality among the better run, less heralded estates, that these wines should appeal to readers looking for terrific values from Bordeaux. Most of these wines are Merlot-based and will be drinkable young. Sleeper of the vintage." (04/2006) Jancis Robinson: "Restrained, a little fragrant, dusty and slightly leafy dark fruit. More depth on the palate than expected. Very fresh and fruit still fresh. Tannins still gripping but smooth and chocolate textured. Juicy and finely balanced. Good length. Drink 2010-2019." (11/2009)

  • 2005 Larruau, Margaux ($29.99)
    One of the most underrated Chateaux in all of Bordeaux. Most of the vineyards owned by Chateau Larruau surround those of 1st Growth Chateau Margaux. Robert Parker declares the wines "intensely concentrated" and says that one of his "personal goals is to taste more wines from Bernard Chateau," the owner and winemaker of Larruau. This is the last 30 cases of this wine in existence! Will sell out fast!

  • 2005 Valrose 'Cuvee Alienor', St-Estèphe ($31.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Deep plum, dark chocolate and currant aromas follow through to a full body, with soft, velvety tannins. This is long and beautiful, with loads of fruit and texture. A very pretty wine. Best after 2011." (03/2008)

  • 2005 Mylord, Bordeaux ($10.99)
    "Sleeper of the vintage" from Robert Parker, and more recently from Parker: "A charming petit Bordeaux with lovely currant and cherry fruit, some delicate spice, and beautiful, silky texture, this pure, mid-weight wine is already delicious and best drunk over the next 1-3 years." (08/08) This is one of our biggest sellers - a hit at our Saturday Bordeaux tastings!

  • Fleury Brut Rosé Champagne ($49.99)
    The Fleury rosé is made entirely of Pinot Noir from Courteron, in the southern part of Champagne. Locals proudly say that their town is closer to Chablis than Reims, and the style of wine owes as much to Burgundy as the stylish bottle does to the grand marques of Champagne. The vineyards, which are all owned by Fleury, are farmed 100% biodynamically, the strictest form of organic viticulture. The base wine is entirely from the 2008 vintage. This Champagne, composed of 100% Pinot Noir, is made by maceration, with all of the skins in contact with all of the juice. Most rosés made in this style are very big, but this one is the exception; it is very elegant. Mr. Fleury contends that his organic methods allow him to get great skins, and thus a very clean rosé as a result. Anyone who loves the pink stuff must try this at least once. In the glass it has a wonderful, fresh Pinot Noir nose of strawberry fruit and forest air intrigue. On the palate it has a great small bubble texture with magnificent depth and terroir. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

  • 1996 Fleury Brut Vintage Champagne ($79.99)
    93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Yellow-gold. Highly complex, pungent scents of poached pear, yellow plum, brown sugar and singed orange, with smoky lees and honey notes in the background. Fully mature, palate-coating orchard and exotic fruit flavors are complicated by notes of cherry pit, toasted nuts and bitter orange. The finish is clinging, smoky and very long. Intriguing stuff, with the depth to handle rich white meat or poultry dishes, maybe even washed rind cheeses. " (12/2010) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and floral, with a smoky undercurrent enriching flavors of apple pie filling, quince paste, honey and orange granita on the lightly grained palate, while racy acidity provides juicy focus through to the spiced finish. Drink now through 2021." (12/2011) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "Fully mature, this mouthwatering wine delivers an acid impression that is milder than the 1995 Extra Brut's, yet still potent. Savory scents of toasted nuts and taffy show its maturity; fresher notes of green apple, sage and lime focus it on food. For sage-rubbed pork loin." (12/2010) K&L Notes: One of the last available of this great vintage--maybe the greatest in a generation from one of K&L's favorite Champagne producers. An recently disgorged (RD) release; it is STUNNING. The 1996 vintage blends 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay fermented in stainless steel and measures a very high 6% total acidity, even after full malolactic fermentation. The sur lie aging takes place on a cork rather than a steel cap, and all the bottles are hand-disgorged. The color is like dark hay and the nose reminds me of the fresh brioche that I have been treated to all too often on my trips to Champagne. It also has a fruit confit element that does not detract at all from its freshness. It is INTENSE on the palate and tight and still tight at 17 years old. The surest sign of its quality is the finish, which expanded like a peacock's tail, fanning out to become stronger after the wine had left my mouth. It would not quit! This is not cheap or plentiful, but this is GREAT Champagne! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

  • 2006 Coteaux du Languedoc-Pic Saint Loup Mas Bruguière "La Grenadière" ($19.99)
    This family estate was one of the founding fathers, so to speak, of the appellation Pic St-Loup, and as such, had much to do with putting the area on the fine wine map. La Grenadiere is the winery's top red. It is a blend of syrah, mourvedre and Grenache, which is hardly unusual for this part of France. What is more unique, however, is the wine's depth and impressive stick-to-your-ribs-ness. Layers of black fruits and an elegant finish along with ripe aromas of black cherries and currants, make for a very supple and likeable drink. 14% abv.

  • 2004 Les Baux de Provence Rouge Chateau d'Estoublon ($22.99)
    Chateau d'Estoublon is a grand chateau in every sense of the word, having been constructed in the fourteenth century as a maison de retraite for the monks of the nearby abbey of Montmajour. The present day grounds consist of approximately 10 hectares of vines and thirty five hectares of olive trees, and makes red and white wine from varietals such as grenache blanc, ugni blanc, grenache noir, cinsaut, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. A guiding principle of the Chateau is to craft wines which are delicious, rich and yet always retain a signature elegance. The 2004 Chateau d'Estoublon rouge is primarily composed of grenache and syrah, and exhibits ripe raspberry aromatics and flavors along with moderate tannins on the finish due to the addition of cabernet sauvignon. The wine is supple and fleshy, however it maintains the requisite amount of mineral drive and acidity to keep things interesting. A lovely and unique wine from one of the leading producers in the quality driven A.O.C. of Les Baux de Provence. For more information on this grand estate, its' oils and organic wines please go to www.estoublon.com 13.8% abv.

  • 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Marcoux ($54.99)
    93 points Robert Parker: "2005 was a fabulous year for Marcoux, and the 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape boasts a dark plum/purple color along with beautiful bouquet filled with scents of flowers, truffles, roasted meats, blueberries, black raspberries, and licorice. This opulent, intense wine possesses heady alcohol as well as a sweet, soft, full-bodied, moderately tannic finish. This beauty is one of the finest traditional cuvees made over the last decade. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020+." (10/07) 93 points Spectator: "Supersilky, this has alluring raspberry and boysenberry fruit layered with linzer torte, spice, mocha and mineral notes that just won't quit on the long, perfumy finish." (11/07) Domaine de Marcoux is one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's originals, with family vineyards dating back to 1344. Today, the property is run and managed by sisters Catherine Armenier and Sophie Estevenin. Together, they share the winemaking responsibilities and oversight of their extremely old vines, which are farmed biodynamically. The average age of the vines is 50 years old, with 10 acres of 95 year-old-vines. The domaine is comprised of 57 acres spread across various zones of the appellation. The sisters are partial to cement tanks and all wines are fermented in these before passing into barrel. As the property prefers a more restrained style to the wines, none of the cuvées are macerated for extended lengths of time. There is no malolactic fermentation for any of the wines. 15% abv.

  • 2005 Cornas Domaine Durand "Empreintes" ($34.99)
    90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Suave, potent creme de cassis and blackberry aromas lifted by baking spice accents and a strong vanilla note. Lush and creamy in texture and very sweet, with concentrated dark berry and black cherry flavors and late notes of gingerbread and mocha. The fresh, juicy finish features velvety tannins and excellent length." (Jan/Feb 07) 91 points Wine Spectator: "There's solid grip, but this manages to stay elegant, with a range of dark currant, tobacco, olive and sage notes followed by a meaty edge on the finish. The latent richness begs for a cassoulet. Best from 2009 through 2015." (03/08) 90 points Robert Parker: "The 2005 Cornas Empreintes possesses good density and power as well as high tannin, sweet cherry and blackberry fruit, and hints of coffee, bay leaves, and crushed rocks. It will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring, and drink well for 10-12 years." (02/08) 17+ Jancis Robinson: "Healthy evolved ruby. Sweet and heady and utterly pleasurable already with quite a lot of development. Lovely balance – super-easy to drink, Great texture and balance. It’s very ripe, almost roasted Syrah with a dry finish but it’s so ripe that it slightly reminds me of a non European Syrah. The finish is French, dry and appetising however. Not obviously hot or alcoholic at all. Bravo!" 13.5%abv.

  • 2007 Côtes du Rhône Domaine de la Maurelle ($10.99)
    Always a favorite here at K&L, the 2008 Domaine de la Maurelle Cotes du Rhones exhibits juicy berry fruits along with very subtle hints of tapenade, grilled herb and mineral notes. A direct buy makes this an even better deal, but even at a significantly higher price, this delicious Rhone red (based on grenache) would be a steal. You will want a case of this on hand to go with pizza, pasta, ribs, chicken...whatever you tend to eat on, say, a Tuesday! 14%abv.

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

Argentina - Argentina and Chile

  • 2007 Bodega Noemía de Patagonia "A Lisa" Malbec Rio Negro Valley, Argentina ($21.99)
    91 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "The least ambitious among the trio of wines from Noemia is also the most radiant, withcharming notes of red cherries and mouthwatering acidity. Its young tannins will meld with a biffe de chorizo." (10/08) 90 points from Wine Spectator: "Racy and delicious, with vibrant raspberry and blueberry fruit stretched over sweet vanilla and graphite notes. Has a really fresh finish. Malbec and Merlot. Drink now through 2009. 2,500 cases made." (Web Only, 2008) From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 A Lisa Malbec is dense purple-colored with a bouquet of violets, scorched earth, toasty oak, and black cherry. On the palate it is forward, ripe, and layered. While a long way from subtle, it delivers plenty of in-your-face flavor. Drink it over the next four years. The lengthy finish goes on for 40-seconds. Drink this impressive effort from 2012 to 2021. These are among the more interesting wines emerging from the cooler climate region of Patagonia." (Dec. 2008)

  • 2007 Bodega Noemía de Patagonia "J. Alberto" Malbec Rio Negro Valley, Argentina ($49.99)
    93 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "Deep, generous flavors of cherries and sweet spice fill this malbec's irresistibly creamy texture. The tannins succumb under the weight of the radiant red fruit, while the wine's freshness only increases the pleasure. A great red to age five or six years, or drink now with beef bourguignon." (10/08) 91 points from Wine Spectator: "Very focused, with a pure beam of blackberry and boysenberry fruit that is kept honest by a superracy graphite note. The long, juicy finish lets mineral and purple licorice notes linger. Lots of fun to drink. Malbec and Merlot. Drink now through 2011. 839 cases made." (Web Only, 2008) 91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Malbec J. Alberto offers up aromas of pain grille, mineral, violets, black cherry, and licorice. Dense and concentrated, it is the most structured of these wines and should evolve for 4-6 years at the least.The lengthy finish goes on for 40-seconds. Drink this impressive effort from 2012 to 2021." (12/08) Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "A deep-berried wine with penetrating fruit character and very smooth tannins. In fact, this is such a smooth wine that it almost registers as thick and syrupy. But down deep, at its very core, there’s just enough pulse to make it vital. Still, there’s no denying the blackberry, dark plum and raisiny richness on this Patagonian Malbec. Drink now through 2009." (11/1/2008)

  • 2005 Trapiche "Viña Eleodoro Aciar" Malbec Perdriel, Argentina ($45.99)
    93 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Malbec Vina Elodoro Aciar was sourced from 95 year old vines and spent 18 months in French oak (as did all of the single vineyard Malbecs). Dark ruby-colored, it exhibits a superb perfume of wood smoke, damp earth, pencil lead, blueberry, black cherry, and black raspberry. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, smooth-textured, elegant wine with layers of spicy fruit, outstanding depth and grip, and a 45-second finish. Although it can be enjoyed now, it will develop for several more years and provide optimal drinking from 2011 to 2025." (Dec. 2008) Established in 1883, Trapiche is one of the most widely recognized Argentinean wine producer in the world. Located in Mendoza at the foothills of the Andes mountains, Trapiche has some of the most extensive landholdings in the area, with over 2,500 acres of its own vineyards. Under the guidance of Chief Winemaker, Daniel Pi, Trapiche has consolidated all of its winemaking and viticulture, creating a synergy between winemaking and agriculture. This vineyard reflects the meticulous personality and the attention to detail of Eleodoro Aciar. Located in Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo, his estate rests at an altitude of 920 meters. The vineyard is 95 years-old and is blessed with a microclimate shaped by the elevations to the south of the property, different from the rest of Perdriel.

  • 2005 Trapiche "Viña Fausto Orellano" Malbec La Consulta, Argentina ($45.99)
    94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Malbec Vina Fausto Orellana is sourced from the coolest of the three single vineyard sites. The sexy bouquet delivers pain grille, mineral, pencil lead, lavender, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas. This leads to an elegant yet powerful wine with serious density, richness, and grip. Its considerable structure is well-concealed under a blanket of velvety fruit. This lengthy, beautifully rendered wine will profit from another 5-7 years of cellaring and be in its prime from 2014 to 2030." (Dec. 2008) 92 points from Wine Spectator: "This has ample toast, but it's polished and sleek, with lots of fig, currant and plum fruit layered with mocha, black licorice and loam notes. Long, dark finish. Drink now through 2013. 1,215 cases made." (06/08) 92 points and a "Cellar Selection" from Wine Enthusiast: "Our favorite of the Trapiche 2005 single-vineyard Malbecs is this one from Fauto Orellana. Winemaker David Pi has made a brawny but savory wine with structure, core acidity and bold flavors. The palate is chunky and exapansive, but also smooth and well directed. Some unabsorbed oak, tannins and more indicate that this bruiser is here to stay. Best from 2009 through 2014." (11/08)

  • 2005 Trapiche "Viña Francisco Olivé" Malbec Agrelo, Argentina ($45.99)
    94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:" The 2005 Malbec Vina Francisco Olivo offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile but with a bit more weight on the mid-palate. It has gobs of sweet fruit, incipient complexity, and enough structure to evolve for 4-6 years. This lengthy effort will be at its best from 2013 to 2025." (Dec. 2008) 92 points from Wine Spectator: "Rich and concentrated, but very pure, this relies more on a raspberry and red currant fruit profile backed by red licorice, floral and mineral notes, than sheer strength. It's densely layered, but bright on the finish thanks to fresh acidity. Drink now through 2013. 1,189 cases made." (06/08) 91 points and an "Editors' Choice" from Wine Enthusiast: "Big, dark and masculine, with shoe polish, coconut, cola and burnt toast aromas accenting intense plum and blackberry. All of Trapiche's single-vineyard signature wines have been excellent in recent years, and this one from Francisco Olivé's vineyard is robust and shows all the requisite and familiar dark berry, cassis and barrel characteristics. A huge, modern, steak-friendly red to drink now through 2012." (11/08)

Argentina - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2005 Catena "Alta" Chardonnay Mendoza, Argentina ($24.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Really enticing nose, with flavors of pineapple, cherimoya and yellow plum fruit. Has a suave grilled hazelnut streak and a long finish that shows excellent clarity. Drink now through 2009. 2,000 cases made." (02/08) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Alta Chardonnay comes from the Adrianna Vineyard at 4850 feet of elevation. It is 100% barrel-fermented using natural yeasts and went through full malolactic fermentation. It was aged sur-lie for 12 months in 60% new French oak. Light to medium gold in color, it has a distinguished aromatic profile of mineral, white flowers, toast, vanilla, apple, and poached pear. This is followed by a medium-bodied, concentrated, layered Chardonnay with flavors of fig and citrus also emerging on the palate. The wine has great balance and should evolve for another 2-3 years. It should age in the manner of a top-level white Burgundy and provide pleasure through 2014." (12/07) 92 points and an "Editors' Choice" from Wine Enthusiast: "Since we last tried this wine, Catena has dialed back the new oak and pumped up the natural acidity. And the result is pleasantly akin to fine Burgundy. Now the emphasis is on refined, Dijon-style apple and peach flavors with great mouthfeel. Drink now. (8/08)

Australia - Australia

  • 2005 Elderton "Nurioopta" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia ($27.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Shiraz "Nuriootpa" is purple/black with a brooding nose of smoke, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied and voluptuous, it is dense and concentrated, with gobs of spicy black fruit flavors. It will evolve for 3-5 years and drink well through 2020." 90 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth and focused, with a peppermint edge to the red cherry and blackberry flavors, finishing with a layer of sweet spices. Drink now through 2013. " (02/2009) K&L Notes: Elderton is also organic and solar-powered. It's one of Australia's two carbon neutral wineries! It was founded in 1982 after years of supplying fruit to other wineries in the area. Located in Nuriootpa ("Nuri" to the locals) the Ashmead family has tended and continually refined their wines over the years. Winemaker Richard Langford, who came to work for them in 2003, has certainly had a hand in this. I've noticed a better integration of wood and an elegance of structure in the wines since he started. This is not to diminish accolades of the past with numerous Jimmy Watson (an honor of the highest order in Australia) awards under their belt. The wine is classic Barossa with warm plum and blackberry fruit framed by notes of chocolate, mocha and some Asian spice. The palate is juicy and rich with impeccable balance and great persistence on the back end. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Australian Wine Buyer)

  • 2007 Two Hands "Angels Share" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia ($28.99)
    Listed in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2008! 92 points Wine Spectator: "Big, bold and expressive, with some unexpected transparency to the black cherry, raspberry, red plum and Asian spice aromas and flavors, lingering on the open-textured finish. The aftertaste just keeps coming. Drink now through 2015." 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Red berries, cherry, fresh rose and smoky bacon on the varietally expressive nose. Vibrant raspberry and blackcurrant flavors are concentrated, clean and brisk, boasting impressive juicy lift. I can't find any tannins. The zesty red berry notes carry through on the sharply focused finish." (Jul/Aug 08) 91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Shiraz Angel’s Share reveals a Cote-Rotie-like nose with its scents of mineral, meat, game and bacon. On the palate there is plenty of sweet, spicy blueberry fruit, silky tannin, and incipient complexity. Give it 1-2 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2010 to 2017.

Australia - Australian/NZ/South Africa - Old and Rare

  • 2006 Slipstream, Adelaide Hills, Chardonnay (Australia) ($15.99)
    According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright straw. Vibrant citrus and pear on the nose, with subtle accents of baking spices and white flowers. Refreshingly dry and crisp, with fresh orchard and pit fruit flavors and a lively citrus zest lift on the back. This subdued but elegant chardonnay shows very good persistence." (Jul/Aug 07) According to the Wine Spectator: "Bright and juicy, with pear and white peach flavors on a lively frame, finishing with a refreshing lilt. Drink now through 2011." (Web only, 2007)

  • 2006 Woop Woop "V" Verdelho (Australia) ($10.99)
    According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale straw. Pungent scents of tangy citrus fruits and minerals. Firm and wound-up on entry, then quickly fills out to show crisp citrus and salty mineral flavors of impressive cut and energy. The finish offers notes of blood orange and honeysuckle. Very good value." (Jul/Aug 06) According to Robert Parker: "The 2006 V (100% tank-fermented and aged Verdelho) reveals copious amounts of crisp, melony, tropical fruit notes as well as a hint of flowers in its medium-bodied, zesty personality. It should be consumed over the next year." (10/06)

France - Alsace/Loire - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc ($16.99)
    The wines of this family domaine have been a staple here at K&L since the 1994 vintage when Franck and Betty Millet drove from Sancerre to Bordeaux (a long way) to meet Clyde and crew to present the wines. The wines were great even in that tough vintage and the rest is history. We love these wines for their freshness, charm and affordability. Our best value Sancerre in the store. From soils of clay and chalk in the village of Bue near the Domaine. A wine of freshness, lift and snap, one that keeps you coming back for more, it is vinified entirely in stainless steel to preserve the wonderful citrus and slightly grassy aromatics and the gentle mineral finish.

  • 2007 Franck Millet Sancerre Rosé ($15.99)

  • 2007 Grange Tiphaine Touraine-Amboise Bel Air Sec ($13.99)
    Damien Delecheneau's future is bright. He is respected widely and thought of as one of the most promising young vignerons in the Loire Valley. Damien continues the work of his family domaine in the Touraine-Amboise appellation but with renewed vigor and respect for the vines. He is fortunate to have 11 ha of vineyards with an average age of 60 years which he farms without the use of chemicals. Harvest is done by hand, fermentation is carried out by native yeast and there is no pumping after the initial pressing. Both he and his wife studied winemaking and did a stage here in California, he at Clos Pegase and she at Cain. He also plays the clarinet quite well, hence the musical references on the bottles. The Bel Air Sec is 100% Chenin Blanc from vines 60-70 years old on an east facing hillside, it does not go through malo and is bottled with a minimum of SO2. This is as vigorious and pure as a wine gets, and the fact that it remains under $15, with the exchange rate what it now is, etc, is really pretty astounding. Serious wine here, at a seriously amazing price.

  • 2007 Grange Tiphaine Touraine Rosé Riage Tournant ($9.99)
    Damien Delecheneau's future is bright. He is respected widely and thought of as one of the most promising young vignerons in the Loire Valley. Damien continues the work of his family domaine in the Touraine-Amboise appellation but with renewed vigor and respect for the vines. He is fortunate to have 11 ha of vineyards with an average age of 60 years which he farms without the use of chemicals. Harvest is done by hand, fermentation is carried out by native yeast and there is no pumping after the initial pressing. Both he and his wife studied winemaking and did a stage here in California, he at Clos Pegase and she at Cain. He also plays the clarinet quite well, hence the musical references on the bottles. The delicious Riage Tournant is from an old vineyard block containing mostly Grolleau, with Gamay, Cabernet Franc, and Côt rounding it out, all picked at the same time like they would do generations ago. This mélange creates a wonderfully rich palate of flavors, from wild strawberry to rhubarb to fragrant herb.

  • 2003 Hugel Pinot Noir Jubilee (was $45.99) ($21.99)
    89 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and velvety, this exhibits black cherry and blackberry flavors, a ripe tannic structure and full body. Fine depth and complexity, with tannins on the finish. This should develop well. Drink now through 2009. 350 cases made." (10/05) 89(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Blueberry, blackberry, licorice and spices on the nose; much fresher than the classique Supple on the palate, with terrific sweetness of dark fruit flavor and good snap from shockingly sound acidity (the pH of 3.53 here is lower than normal for this cuvee Here the substantial tannins arrive later, allowing the black fruit flavors to linger impressively on the back. This serious pinot needs a good five years of further bottle aging. In theory, the Jubilee is a selection of the best juice from Hugel's 1.5 hectares of pinot noir, but Marc Hugel noted that it's usually made from the same parcel of 45-year-old vines in Rosenbourg, planted on a thin, porous layer of limestone over soft granite and clay." (Nov/Dec 06)

  • 2006 Lucien Crochet Sancerre ($21.99)
    The Crochet domaine evolved through the marriage of the Crochet and Picard families, with the latter family having commenced its vineyard holdings in the Sancerre district as early as 1765. It was the great-grandfather of Lucien Crochet who first installed that part of the family in the region and it was in 1934 that the first bottling of wines occurred at the domaine. The domaine now is under the direction of Lucien Crochet and his son, Gilles. Much of the Crochet holdings are located in the fabled vineyards of the "Clos du Chene Marchand" [vines of 35 years average age produce approximately 20,000 bottles per annum of "Le Chene"] and the "Clos du Roy" [again 35 year vines and 20,000 bottle annual production of the "Croix du Roy" cuvee]. Harvest is done manually. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are crushed in a pneumatic press; juice is racked off the heavy lees 18 to 24 hours after crushing; fermentation proceeds under controlled conditions at low temperatures. The wines remain on the lees in stainless steel until March of the following year. The wines are lightly fined and filtered and bottled just prior to the next year's harvest.

  • 2006 Lucien Crochet Sancerre "Croix du Roy" ($24.99)
    The Crochet domaine evolved through the marriage of the Crochet and Picard families, with the latter family having commenced its vineyard holdings in the Sancerre district as early as 1765. It was the great-grandfather of Lucien Crochet who first installed that part of the family in the region and it was in 1934 that the first bottling of wines occurred at the domaine. The domaine now is under the direction of Lucien Crochet and his son, Gilles. Much of the Crochet holdings are located in the fabled vineyards of the "Clos du Chene Marchand" [vines of 35 years average age produce approximately 20,000 bottles per annum of "Le Chene"] and the "Clos du Roy" [again 35 year vines and 20,000 bottle annual production of the "Croix du Roy" cuvee]. Harvest is done manually. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are crushed in a pneumatic press; juice is racked off the heavy lees 18 to 24 hours after crushing; fermentation proceeds under controlled conditions at low temperatures. The wines remain on the lees in stainless steel until March of the following year. The wines are lightly fined and filtered and bottled just prior to the next year's harvest.

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 2004 Brown Blanc, Pessac-Leognan ($29.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Lots of wood. A little waxy, but some good ripe fruit character. Full-bodied, thick and oily... interesting. Drink now." (Web only, 2008)

France - Bordeaux - Red

  • 2005 Bois Martin, Pessac-Léognan ($14.99)
    Chateau Bois Martin is in a superb location quite close to the village of Léognan, just off the main road. This small vineyard is bordered by two Great Growths, Chateau Fieuzal and Chateau Malartic-Lagravière. The estate has belonged to the Perrin family since 1998.

  • 2005 Brown, Pessac-Leognan ($34.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Well-balanced, this is a wine that already shows the considerable improvements made at Brown under the Mau family ownership. There is a delicious lightness of touch, with black currant fruit flavors shot through with fresh acidity." (06/2008) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Has a beautiful nose of crushed blackberry and raspberry, with mineral undertones. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. The best in a long time from this estate. Best after 2012." (03/2008) 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This lower pedigree wine represents undeniable quality/value rapport in 2005. This vintage is so deep in quality among the better run, less heralded estates, that these wines should appeal to readers looking for terrific values from Bordeaux. Most of these wines are Merlot-based and will be drinkable young. Sleeper of the vintage." (04/2006) Jancis Robinson: "Restrained, a little fragrant, dusty and slightly leafy dark fruit. More depth on the palate than expected. Very fresh and fruit still fresh. Tannins still gripping but smooth and chocolate textured. Juicy and finely balanced. Good length. Drink 2010-2019." (11/2009)

  • 2005 Larruau, Margaux ($29.99)
    One of the most underrated Chateaux in all of Bordeaux. Most of the vineyards owned by Chateau Larruau surround those of 1st Growth Chateau Margaux. Robert Parker declares the wines "intensely concentrated" and says that one of his "personal goals is to taste more wines from Bernard Chateau," the owner and winemaker of Larruau. This is the last 30 cases of this wine in existence! Will sell out fast!

  • 2005 Sansonnet, St-Emilion ($54.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Dark chocolate and blackberry aromas follow through to a full body, with lots of juicy fruit, soft tannins and a long aftertaste of coffee and berry. Best after 2012." (03/2008) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby. High-toned aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice. Lush and sweet but quite primary, with firm acids giving shape to the black cherry and brambly dark berry flavors. Just a tad hard today. Finishes with firm tannins and lingering notes of licorice and black fruits." (06/2006) K&L Notes: Needs a little cellar time for the firm tannins to soften; a beautiful wine.

  • 2005 Valrose 'Cuvee Alienor', St-Estèphe ($31.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Deep plum, dark chocolate and currant aromas follow through to a full body, with soft, velvety tannins. This is long and beautiful, with loads of fruit and texture. A very pretty wine. Best after 2011." (03/2008)

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 2005 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru, Caillerets, Domaine Blain Gagnard - 7 available ($53.99)
    91 points and "Outstanding!" from Allen Meadows: "As it always is, this is much finer and more elegant with airy citrus, rosemary and floral aromas complementing perfectly the intensely mineral-suffused flavors that are focused, balanced and driving, particularly on the vibrant finish that exudes that wonderful sense of underlying tension." (Jul 01, 2007)

  • 2005 St. Aubin, Domaine Alain Chavy ($29.99)

France - Burgundy - Red

  • 2006 Beaune 1er Cru, Greves, L'Enfant Jesus, Bouchard - 1 available ($84.99)
    93 points Wine & Spirits: "This has always been one of Bouchard's prime terroirs, but the wine usually took a decade to show its strengths. This '06 is concentrated, densely packed with refreshing red fruit flavor-like tiny wild raspberries bursting in the mouth. The red berry flavor runs straight through to the end, cool and lasting beyond the effects of the serious oak treatment this wine received. It has an elasticity that bodes well for long aging." (10/2008) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A racy wine, juicy, fresh and fruity. The lively red fruits are totally dominant. There is structure, but it is the delicious fruit that speaks. " (12/2008) 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: " ** Sweet Spot Outstanding ** Interestingly, Prost elected to serve this last, which means after the Clos de Bèze and I must say that it did not suffer unduly despite coming after a string of grands crus. A complex, fresh and layered nose of red berry fruits, spice and earth merges gracefully into rich, full, sweet and intense red cherry-infused flavors that are vibrant and unusually powerful while wrapped in a focused, mouth coating and superbly well balanced finish brimming with dry extract. A wine that will age for a long time." (04/2008) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With the 2006 Beaune Greves L'Enfant Jesu – which, as usual Bouchard presents at the close of a tasting, after their grand crus – they certainly make a case for the superiority of these vines, if not for the enormous price differential vis-a-vis the other Beaune premier crus at this address. Seven parcels were tapped for this, and around 20% of the juice or young wine was declassified into the Beaune du Chateau. Imagine roasted, still bloody lamb seasoned with pungent herbs and accompanied by a tart compote of black fruits and you have the overall impression of this deeply rich cru with its persistent layering of flavors. I would expect it to reward 6-8 years of attention. (DS)" (12/2009) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium red. Musky spices, strawberry, cherry and tobacco on the nose. Silky-sweet and dense, with excellent breadth and volume to the suave red fruit flavors. Offers a rather refined texture and finishes with very smooth tannins. Very classy Beaune wine. " (03/2009) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Shows nice bright cherry and strawberry flavors, with good flesh and firm tannins. There's finesse and balance, as the finish ends on a sweet fruit note. Best from 2011 through 2020. " (04/2009) Jancis Robinson: "Deep ruby with some evolution at the rim already, thoroughly satisfying and quite complex nose. Racy and ethereal with great balance and ripe fruit. Some but not excessive acidity. Not that much tannin but a little. Really confident. Very fine on the finish - not bitter at all. Pretty subtle too. " (10/2009)

  • 2006 Beaune 1er Cru, Greves, L'Enfant Jesus, Bouchard (1.5L) - 3 available ($169.95)
    92 Points and Sweet Spot Outstanding from Allen Meadows: "Interestingly, Prost elected to serve this last, which means after the Clos de Bèze and I must say that it did not suffer unduly despite coming after a string of grands crus. A complex, fresh and layered nose of red berry fruits, spice and earth merges gracefully into rich, full, sweet and intense red cherry-infused flavors that are vibrant and unusually powerful while wrapped in a focused, mouth coating and superbly well balanced finish brimming with dry extract. A wine that will age for a long time." (Burghound, 01/08)

  • 2006 Corton, Grand Cru, Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils - 7 available ($91.99)
    93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: " *Don't Miss!* A reserved and relatively cool nose of wild red berries, game, underbrush and crushed herbs introduces earthy, intense and impressively broad scaled and powerful flavors that are dense, balanced and vibrant and really stain the palate on the explosively long finish that is youthfully austere. A stunner that should age beautifully well." (04/2008) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Corton is the largest grand cru in Burgundy (all of 240 acres) and its style can vary widely. Bouchard has gone for a relatively soft style, emphasizing fruits, raspberry, myrtle and black currants, topped with acidity. It is a light, delicious wine, but probably not for aging. " (12/2008) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Pure aromas and flavors of cherry and red currant are accented by spice and a touch of earth in this firm, racy red. The fruit is locked in by the tensile structure. Its potential is revealed on the long, spicy aftertaste. " (04/2009)

  • 2006 Volnay 1er Cru, Caillerets, Ancienne Cuvée Carnot, Domaine Bouchard - 7 available ($64.99)
    90 Points from Allen Meadows: "A more deeply pitched nose of red and blue fruit aromas that include hints of warm earth, floral notes and stone that are also expressed by the rich, full and powerful flavors that seem built on a base of minerality that runs the length of the wine and culminate in a serious, austere and slightly dry finish that I attribute to the recent bottling." (Burghound, 04/08)

  • 2006 Volnay 1er Cru, Clos des Chênes, Domaine Bouchard - 6 available ($57.99)
    91 Points and Sweet Spot Outstanding from Allen Meadows: "A slightly riper nose features a violet floral nose along with blue and red pinot fruit that precedes very rich and relatively powerful medium plus-bodied flavors that offer excellent volume and ample mouth coating sap and while the finish is not as precise, there is perhaps even better overall depth. A choice." (Burghound, 04/08)

France - Champagne

  • Fleury Brut Rosé Champagne 1.5L ($109.00)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "A superfine mousse heralds this elegant, vibrant rosé. Vanilla accents, with berry and spice flavors. Glides to a firm finish. Terrific balance and integration. Drink now." (12/2006) K&L Notes: The Fleury rosé is made entirely of Pinot Noir from Courteron, in the southern part of Champagne. Locals proudly say that their town is closer to Chablis than Reims, and the style of wine owes as much to Burgundy as the stylish bottle does to the grand marques of Champagne. The vineyards, which are all owned by Fleury, are farmed 100% biodynamically, the strictest form of organic viticulture. This Champagne, composed of 100% Pinot Noir, is made by maceration, with all of the skins in contact with all of the juice. Most rosés made in this style are very big, but this one is the exception; it is very elegant. Mr. Fleury contends that his organic methods allow him to get great skins, and thus a very clean rosé as a result. Anyone who loves the pink stuff must try this at least once. In the glass it has a wonderful, fresh Pinot Noir nose of strawberry fruit and forest air intrigue. On the palate it has a great small bubble texture with magnificent depth and terroir. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

  • Fleury Fleur de l'Europe Brut Champagne ($49.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV Brut Fleur de l’Europe emerges from the glass with hints of dried pear, hazelnuts, dried flowers and spices. Rich, creamy and expressive, the Fleur de l’Europe impresses with its gorgeous overall balance. Slight oxidative overtones give the fruit a burnished patina that is highly appealing. There is plenty of complexity and personality in the glass. This release is 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay, vintages 2003 and 2002. Disgorgement date: December 12, 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015. " (11/2012) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(90% pinot noir and 10% chardonnay): Light gold. A pungent, spice-accented bouquet evokes poached pear, cherry pit, anise and musky herbs. Shows good depth and energy to its powerful orchard and pit fruit flavors, lifted by a refreshing touch of bitter rhubarb. A weighty, masculine rendition of Champagne, with strong finishing punch and the power to work with rich poultry dishes or pungent cheeses." (12/2012) 90 points Wine Spectator: "A tang of sea salt and bright acidity enlivens this balanced version, featuring aromatic notes of toasted raisin bread, marzipan and yeast, with glazed apricot, lemon curd and chalk accents. Subtle finish. Drink now through 2016." (11/2013) K&L Notes: Champagne Fleury is a biodynamic producer from Courteron, a small village in Champage that's closer to the northern Burgundy region of Chablis than it is to Reims. Fleury's winemaking philosohy is more Burgundian too, focused on creating great wine in the vineyard and less in the cellar. It has clean, black cherry fruit and very deep pinot noir savour, with a toasted coconut finish. This is a step up in both texture and length from the Carte Blanche, with extra complexity from the longer sur-lie ageing. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

  • Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne 375ml ($39.99)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Ruinart’s Blanc de Blancs is structured and intensely minerally, but with a rich, full, creamy palate. It is finely balanced—elegant yet fruity—with a bright, crisp aftertaste. Drink now. " (12/2013) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Beautifully balanced and refined in texture, this displays exotic ground spice and floral accents to the flavors of poached white peach, Meyer lemon and candied ginger, with hints of pastry and honey. Offers a lasting, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2023." (11/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow. Complex, high-pitched aromas of orange zest, lemon pith, iodine, smoky minerals, anise and jasmine. Sappy and tactile on the palate, offering impressive volume to its ripe citrus and orchard fruit flavors accented by smoke and minerals. Finishes tangy and long, with lingering smokiness and an echo of anise." (12/2013) 92 points Wine & Spirits: "If chardonnay could be a red wine, it might have the red fruit flavors of this blanc de blancs. Perhaps it’s the floral aspects that turn its chamomile and yellow flower notes toward violets, or the deep earth tones adding color to the flavor. The fruit is persistent, sunny in the middle, then shaded by an almost tannic character to the lees that places the wine with food, particularly roast veal." (12/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Ruinart NV Brut Blanc de Blancs LAHMTA1JE is appealing in a rather simple, fresh apple and lemonade way – attractively garlanded in honeysuckle and heliotrope – its dominantly fruity character arguably influenced by the high proportion lots from Champagne’s relatively outlying Sezanne and Vallee de la Vesle, and certainly by the completion of malo-lactic conversion. A salty tang and piquant twist of lemon rind lend some invigoration to the finish and help temper the surprisingly noticeable sweetening effect of nine grams residual sugar. This is definitely for consumption over the coming year. " (11/2013) K&L Notes: Ruinart is one of Champagne's oldest houses, founded by Nicholas Ruinart in 1729, himself a descendent of Dom Thierry Ruinart, the other "Dom" responsible for so much of the early viticulture progress of the appellation. Only Gosset is older, but apparently it was Ruinart that was first to base his business on sparkling, rather than still Champagne. This Blanc de Blancs is made exclusively from Grand and Premier Cru Chardonnay, much of which is estate fruit from the biggest landholder in all of Champagne: Ruinart's parent company LVMH. The feature that sets this stainless steel fermented wine apart from other Blanc de Blancs is the combination of grapes from both the Côtes de Blancs and the Montagne de Reims, giving it a more rounded style. I find some chalky minerality in this Champagne, but also lychee fruit and texture. It seems sweeter than the claimed dosage of 8 grams per liter. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

  • Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne 375ml ($39.99)
    93 points Wine & Spirits: "This deep pink rosé starts off from a delicate scent of spice and roses, strawberries and the freshly turned earth of a garden. It grows more powerful and grand with air, building fresh raspberry pinot vinosity, a fragrant essence of limestone and fruit that lasts." (12/2013) 93 points Wine Spectator: "There's lovely precision to the integration of this elegant rosé, offering a fine backbone of acidity and a light mousse. The flavors of poached pear, black cherry, fleur de sel, lemon zest and ginger are finely meshed, with a subtle vein of smoky minerality. Drink now through 2023." (11/2013) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(roughly 55% pinot noir and 45% chardonnay; LAHLF): Light orange. Red berries, potpourri, toasty lees and orange peel on the highly fragrant nose. Lively and precise, with very good focus to its wild red berry and floral pastille flavors. The orange note comes back strong on the long, penetrating finish, which features a sweet raspberry quality." (12/2013) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a full-bodied and fruity wine. It has ripe red berry fruits as well as layers of warm citrus and fresh acidity. It’s the richness that shows most strongly here, from the fruit to the texture, very much a house style of Ruinart. Drink now." (12/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ruinart’s NV Brut Rose LAHLFA9HB – just over half of which is Pinot, and close to 20% of which constituted red wine – offers almost kir-like scents (I beg that this not be taken as derogatory!) of fresh apple infused with framboise liqueur. A tang of fresh (and, naturally, prominently seedy) pomegranate and a bittersweet twist of orange rind lend vivacity and invigoration while helping balance the wine’s roughly nine grams of residual sugar, leading to a finish of delightful and unabashed fruitiness allied to subtle sweetness. Amusingly, here is both a relatively rare instance of the premium that is asked by a famous Grand Marque for rose being modest, as well as of its being qualitatively justified. Enjoy this one over the coming year. " (11/2013) K&L Notes: From the oldest shipper of bubbly Champagne, this is a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay entirely from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards. About 18% of the Pinot is vinified red and blended in for the color and rosé flavor. It has a dark color--almost like blood orange juice, and a soft, full bodied texture. It is rich and satisfying, despite the deceptively high proportion of Chardonnay. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

France - French Regional Wines

  • 2006 Coteaux du Languedoc-Pic Saint Loup Mas Bruguière "La Grenadière" ($19.99)
    This family estate was one of the founding fathers, so to speak, of the appellation Pic St-Loup, and as such, had much to do with putting the area on the fine wine map. La Grenadiere is the winery's top red. It is a blend of syrah, mourvedre and Grenache, which is hardly unusual for this part of France. What is more unique, however, is the wine's depth and impressive stick-to-your-ribs-ness. Layers of black fruits and an elegant finish along with ripe aromas of black cherries and currants, make for a very supple and likeable drink. 14% abv.

  • 2005 Coteaux du Languedoc-Pic Saint Loup Mas Bruguière "La Grenadière" (1.5L) ($39.99)
    This family estate was one of the founding fathers, so to speak, of the appellation Pic St-Loup, and as such, had much to do with putting the area on the fine wine map. La Grenadiere is the winery's top red. It is a blend of syrah, mourvedre and Grenache, which is hardly unusual for this part of France. What is more unique, however, is the wine's depth and impressive stick-to-your-ribs-ness. Layers of black fruits and an elegant finish along with ripe aromas of black cherries and currants, make for a very supple and likeable drink. 13.5% abv.

France - French Regional Wines - Old and Rare

  • 2004 Les Baux de Provence Rouge Chateau d'Estoublon ($22.99)
    Chateau d'Estoublon is a grand chateau in every sense of the word, having been constructed in the fourteenth century as a maison de retraite for the monks of the nearby abbey of Montmajour. The present day grounds consist of approximately 10 hectares of vines and thirty five hectares of olive trees, and makes red and white wine from varietals such as grenache blanc, ugni blanc, grenache noir, cinsaut, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. A guiding principle of the Chateau is to craft wines which are delicious, rich and yet always retain a signature elegance. The 2004 Chateau d'Estoublon rouge is primarily composed of grenache and syrah, and exhibits ripe raspberry aromatics and flavors along with moderate tannins on the finish due to the addition of cabernet sauvignon. The wine is supple and fleshy, however it maintains the requisite amount of mineral drive and acidity to keep things interesting. A lovely and unique wine from one of the leading producers in the quality driven A.O.C. of Les Baux de Provence. For more information on this grand estate, its' oils and organic wines please go to www.estoublon.com 13.8% abv.

  • 2004 Les Baux de Provence Rouge Chateau d'Estoublon (1.5L) ($49.99)
    Chateau d'Estoublon is a grand chateau in every sense of the word, having been constructed in the fourteenth century as a maison de retraite for the monks of the nearby abbey of Montmajour. The present day grounds consist of approximately 10 hectares of vines and thirty five hectares of olive trees, and makes red and white wine from varietals such as grenache blanc, ugni blanc, grenache noir, cinsaut, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. A guiding principle of the Chateau is to craft wines which are delicious, rich and yet always retain a signature elegance. The 2004 Chateau d'Estoublon rouge is primarily composed of grenache and syrah, and exhibits ripe raspberry aromatics and flavors along with moderate tannins on the finish due to the addition of cabernet sauvignon. The wine is supple and fleshy, however it maintains the requisite amount of mineral drive and acidity to keep things interesting. A lovely and unique wine from one of the leading producers in the quality driven A.O.C. of Les Baux de Provence. For more information on this grand estate, its' oils and organic wines please go to www.estoublon.com 13.8% abv.

France - Loire

  • 2006 Franck Millet Sancerre Rouge ($17.99)
    From one of K&L's favorite direct import producers! Red wines make up only 20% of the appellation of Sancerre. They are produced exclusively from Pinot Noir and in ripe years they can be positively captivating. These are never big bruisers but elegant ladies, supple and light in color, but never short on flavor. This is one you should not miss... it is full of rich dark cherry fruit, a hint of smokiness and supple round tannins. Think roasted chicken; sausages on the grill, fresh salmon... the possibilities are endless.

  • 2007 Grange Tiphaine Touraine-Amboise Les Cassiers ($12.99)
    Damien Delecheneau's future is bright. He is respected widely and thought of as one of the most promising young vignerons in the Loire Valley. Damien continues the work of his family domaine in the Touraine-Amboise appellation but with renewed vigor and respect for the vines. He is fortunate to have 11 ha of vineyards with an average age of 60 years which he farms without the use of chemicals. Harvest is done by hand, fermentation is carried out by native yeast and there is no pumping after the initial pressing. Both he and his wife studied winemaking and did a stage here in California, he at Clos Pegase and she at Cain. He also plays the clarinet quite well, hence the musical references on the bottles. Les Cassiers is a bottling of pure Gamay from flint soils with clay that he ferments using carbonic maceration. It is fresh and juicy with aromas of wild cherries, blackberries and spice, no tootie fruity gamay here, this is the real quaffable deliciousness your looking for.

  • 2007 Grange Tiphaine Touraine Côt Vieilles Vignes ($16.99)
    Damien Delecheneau's future is bright. He is respected widely and thought of as one of the most promising young vignerons in the Loire Valley. Damien continues the work of his family domaine in the Touraine-Amboise appellation but with renewed vigor and respect for the vines. He is fortunate to have 11 ha of vineyards with an average age of 60 years which he farms without the use of chemicals. Harvest is done by hand, fermentation is carried out by native yeast and there is no pumping after the initial pressing. Both he and his wife studied winemaking and did a stage here in California, he at Clos Pegase and she at Cain. He also plays the clarinet quite well, hence the musical references on the bottles. The Côt Vieilles Vignes, yes that is right Malbec, is from a plot of vines 127 years old and could be my favorite among this very strong lineup. This wine is explosively aromatic with a core of sweet cassis, a sappy "old vine" intensity and chewy rich texture. It is dense and packed with flavor, a wine to drink now or over the next 10 years.

France - Rhone Valley

  • 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Marcoux ($54.99)
    93 points Robert Parker: "2005 was a fabulous year for Marcoux, and the 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape boasts a dark plum/purple color along with beautiful bouquet filled with scents of flowers, truffles, roasted meats, blueberries, black raspberries, and licorice. This opulent, intense wine possesses heady alcohol as well as a sweet, soft, full-bodied, moderately tannic finish. This beauty is one of the finest traditional cuvees made over the last decade. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020+." (10/07) 93 points Spectator: "Supersilky, this has alluring raspberry and boysenberry fruit layered with linzer torte, spice, mocha and mineral notes that just won't quit on the long, perfumy finish." (11/07) Domaine de Marcoux is one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's originals, with family vineyards dating back to 1344. Today, the property is run and managed by sisters Catherine Armenier and Sophie Estevenin. Together, they share the winemaking responsibilities and oversight of their extremely old vines, which are farmed biodynamically. The average age of the vines is 50 years old, with 10 acres of 95 year-old-vines. The domaine is comprised of 57 acres spread across various zones of the appellation. The sisters are partial to cement tanks and all wines are fermented in these before passing into barrel. As the property prefers a more restrained style to the wines, none of the cuvées are macerated for extended lengths of time. There is no malolactic fermentation for any of the wines. 15% abv.

  • 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Marcoux (1.5) ($119.99)
    Domaine de Marcoux is one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's originals, with family vineyards dating back to 1344. Today, the property is run and managed by sisters Catherine Armenier and Sophie Estevenin. Together, they share the winemaking responsibilities and oversight of their extremely old vines, which are farmed biodynamically. The average age of the vines is 50 years old, with 10 acres of 95 year-old-vines. The domaine is comprised of 57 acres spread across various zones of the appellation. The sisters are partial to cement tanks and all wines are fermented in these before passing into barrel. As the property prefers a more restrained style to the wines, none of the cuvées are macerated for extended lengths of time. There is no malolactic fermentation for any of the wines. 93 points Robert Parker: "2005 was a fabulous year for Marcoux, and the 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape boasts a dark plum/purple color along with beautiful bouquet filled with scents of flowers, truffles, roasted meats, blueberries, black raspberries, and licorice. This opulent, intense wine possesses heady alcohol as well as a sweet, soft, full-bodied, moderately tannic finish. This beauty is one of the finest traditional cuvees made over the last decade. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020+." (10/07) 93 points Spectator: "Supersilky, this has alluring raspberry and boysenberry fruit layered with linzer torte, spice, mocha and mineral notes that just won't quit on the long, perfumy finish." (11/07) 15% abv.

  • 2005 Cornas Domaine Durand "Empreintes" ($34.99)
    90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Suave, potent creme de cassis and blackberry aromas lifted by baking spice accents and a strong vanilla note. Lush and creamy in texture and very sweet, with concentrated dark berry and black cherry flavors and late notes of gingerbread and mocha. The fresh, juicy finish features velvety tannins and excellent length." (Jan/Feb 07) 91 points Wine Spectator: "There's solid grip, but this manages to stay elegant, with a range of dark currant, tobacco, olive and sage notes followed by a meaty edge on the finish. The latent richness begs for a cassoulet. Best from 2009 through 2015." (03/08) 90 points Robert Parker: "The 2005 Cornas Empreintes possesses good density and power as well as high tannin, sweet cherry and blackberry fruit, and hints of coffee, bay leaves, and crushed rocks. It will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring, and drink well for 10-12 years." (02/08) 17+ Jancis Robinson: "Healthy evolved ruby. Sweet and heady and utterly pleasurable already with quite a lot of development. Lovely balance – super-easy to drink, Great texture and balance. It’s very ripe, almost roasted Syrah with a dry finish but it’s so ripe that it slightly reminds me of a non European Syrah. The finish is French, dry and appetising however. Not obviously hot or alcoholic at all. Bravo!" 13.5%abv.

  • 2007 Côtes du Rhône Domaine de la Maurelle ($10.99)
    Always a favorite here at K&L, the 2008 Domaine de la Maurelle Cotes du Rhones exhibits juicy berry fruits along with very subtle hints of tapenade, grilled herb and mineral notes. A direct buy makes this an even better deal, but even at a significantly higher price, this delicious Rhone red (based on grenache) would be a steal. You will want a case of this on hand to go with pizza, pasta, ribs, chicken...whatever you tend to eat on, say, a Tuesday! 14%abv.

  • 2006 Saint-Joseph Domaine Durand "Les Côteaux" ($24.99)
    90 points Robert Parker: "The outstanding, dark plum/ruby-colored 2006 St.-Joseph Les Coteaux reveals sweet, gamy, black cherry and black raspberry fruit as well as hints of cassis, licorice, and pepper. Lush, succulent, and medium to full-bodied with no hard edges, it should drink nicely for 5-7 years." (04/09) Domaine Durand is a family owned domaine run by brothers Eric and Joel Durand. The estate is comprised of 13 hectares of syrah vines, 8 of which are located in Saint-Joseph, and 5 hectares in Cornas. On these predominantly granitic slopes, and in the hands of these two talented brothers, the noble syrah grape finds fantastic expression. The 2005 Saint-Joseph "Les Coteaux" comes from select vineyard sites planted in the southern end of the appellation near Châteaubourg. After a manual harvest, the grapes undergo a cold maceration, followed by a 15 to 21 day vinification. The wine is then aged in casks of 225 and 600 liters for 12 months before bottling. "Les Coteaux" is chock full of crushed red fruits, spice and damson plums. The tannins are fine and supple, which facilitates this lovely Rhone to be consumed now and over the next few years with grilled quail, duck or leg of lamb. What a lovely example of northern Rhone syrah from Saint-Joseph. 13%abv.

  • 2006 Vacqueyras Domaine Mas du Bouquet ($14.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator. "Well-structured, with a good core of black currant, fig, graphite, coffee and tobacco notes pushed by solid, grippy tannins. Drink now through 2010." (Mar 31, 2008) his appellation was created in 1990 and is located in the Southern Rhone region. The Mas du Bouquet Vacqueyras is often a Gold Medal winner at French wine competitions. This is comprised of 65% Grenache, 35% Syrah and exhibits length and bright raspberry fruit flavors meshed with underlying spiciness. On the palate it is rich, earthy and round. Excellent value, and a K&L direct import. Serve with hearty fare such as a stew or cassoulet. 14.5%abv.

France - Rhone Valley - Old and Rare

  • 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Domaine de Marcoux ($59.99)
    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc was aged almost totally in tank except for two small barrels of Roussanne. It is a superb, full-bodied, dry white that was not put through malolactic, and therefore reveals very good acidity. A gorgeous perfume of honeysuckle, rose petals, currants, and white peaches is followed by a wine with beautiful texture, freshness, and purity. Enjoy this superb dry white over the next 4-5 years, although I tend to underestimate the aging ability of these whites. This brilliant estate in the northern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape is admirably run by Sophie and Catherine Armenier. They continue to fine tune the wines produced at this biodynamically farmed vineyard, and their white Chateauneuf du Pape is now one of the three or four finest of the appellation. Sadly, they only make about 4,000 bottles of this blend of 66% Roussanne and 34% Bourboulenc." (10/2007) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light yellow. Intensely mineral nose projects a complex bouquet of citrus and orchard fruits, lavender and jasmine. Racy, sharply defined lemon and Anjou pear flavors marry depth and cut. A wine of real finesse, finishing with impressive delicacy and length." (01/2008)

France - Sauternes - Old and Rare

  • 2005 Haut Charmes, Sauternes (375ml) ($13.99)
    Haut Charmes is a very special Sauternes bottling, made from the younger vines of the region's most legendary château. While we aren't allowed to actually reveal the source, it's safe to say its location in the Ciron Valley exposes the sauvignon blanc and sémillon fruit to conditions perfect for the development of botrytis. Charming, elegant and an exceptional value for what's in the bottle; Wonderful pineapple and coconut aromas that follow to the palate—stunning wine just like its big brother. This is the best sticky value in the world— if you knew its provenance you'd buy it by the case!

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 2003 Antinori Guado al Tasso ($79.95)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful aromas of blackberry, meat and light toasty oak follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a rich, decadent aftertaste. Opulent and stylish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and others. Best after 2007." (10/06) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tenuta Belvedere is the Antinori family’s estate in Bolgheri. The property is vast, with over 300 hectares under vine, some of which I was able to visit with Allegra Antinori, who shares a similar passion for the pigs she raises on the estate’s grounds. Winemaking is overseen by Renzo Cotarella. The 2003 Guado al Tasso opens with a lovely nose redolent of spices and flowers followed by layers of sweet dark fruit, toasted oak and chocolate that reveal themselves in the glass. Still intensely backward, it presents hard tannins that should soften somewhat in the bottle. This blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Syrah and other varietals spent 14 months in 100% new French oak. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019." (02/07)

  • 2007 Collestefano Verdicchio di Matelica ($15.99)
    Collestefano is situated in a hilly belt in the hinterland of the Marches, 420 m above sea-level. This narrow land is watered by the Esino river and bounded on the east and on the west by the mountain range of the Appennini Umbro-Marchigiani (1479 m above sea-level). Not being affected by the mitigating influence of the Adriatic Sea, the region is characterized by a cold, dry microclimate with high temperature ranges, ideal for the growing of Verdicchio di Matelica, which has been grown in this district since ancient times and here ripens late from the second half of October. The vineyards are managed following the methods of organic farming. No malo-lactic fermentation keeps this wine fresh and bright, with fine acid and structure. A pale yellow wine with greenish tones and a delicate scent of country herbs and apple, its taste has a fresh sour trace which makes this wine particularly fragrant and food friendly.

  • 2007 Convento Muri-Gries Pinot Grigio ($14.99)
    If you think Pinot Grigio has to be simple, neutral white with very little to no backbone, think again! Thanks to a direct import, K&L offers this Pinot Grigio from Muri-Gries at a price far lower than many a bathwater Pinot Grigio, but this one has such minerality, verve, acidity and length, as well as apple and pear notes. A wonderful white with or without food.

  • 2003 Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana ($56.99)
    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 Barolo Pajana opens with extraordinary aromatics. Sweet and long, it reveals intense layers of ripe dark cherries, chocolate, spices and menthol in a powerful, authoritative style. It is a terrific effort in this vintage, and should mature faster than the Ciabot Mentin Ginestra. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018. " (10/2007) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and very clean, with crushed blackberry and spices that follow through to a full-bodied palate, with hints of jammy and cedary character. Balanced and pretty, with a long, long finish. Best after 2011." (10/2007) 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red, with a hint of development. Lower-toned nose shows a more roasted, liqueur-like character to the red fruit, mocha and oak char aromas. Impressively rich and expressive on the palate, but ultimately less silky in texture than the Ginestra. This comes across as drier and warmer on the back, finishing with substantial tannins. Here one can imagine the effect of heat and drought in '03." (12/2003)

  • 2003 Giovanni Manzone Barolo Barolo Bricat ($49.99)
    92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers aromas of rose and berry, with a full body and lots of flavors, from tar and berry to licorice. Long and caressing. This is a gorgeous wine already. Best after 2010. 560 cases made." (10/07) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 Barolo Bricat Le Gramolere is made from the upper portion of the Gramolere vineyard. It is sweeter and richer than the Gramolere, with a touch more new oak, and an attractive expression of vibrant dark fruit, herbs, menthol and licorice. It offers outstanding concentration and lovely overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020." (10/07)

  • 2006 Terre del Vulcano Fiano di Avellino ($18.99)
    Wine Club Price: $14.99.

    Valentino Sciotti and Camillo de Iulis are not unlike some of their young Californian counterparts. Not everyone is blessed with an inheritance of acres of vineyards and a winery that your great-great-grandfather built and is paid for! They are negociants who work closely with growers in several regions looking to produce wines of character, from vineyards that aren’t tied to any one winery. They can offer more for the grapes because they have little overhead, they rent space as they need it, and because they are getting paid more the growers are more willing to listen to their suggestions and requests about how to care for their vineyards. They started their project in the Alto Adige and now are making wines in Campania and to honor the region they call this label Terre del Vulcano and appropriately the Fiano di Avellino is called Lava! Where most Italian white varietals exhibit greener flavors like tarragon, or pea sprouts or aromatic flowers, This fiano has more earthy, meaty flavors most often described as nutmeats, specifically hazelnut. Its color is generally richer, more straw than green showing its native bronzed muscularity. The cuisine of Campania is about fish, and this white is perfect for fish especially the delicately fleshed Mediterranean fish. Those of us on the west coast have more cold water fish and they don’t get the sweetness of their warm water brethren, but never fear, this one is versatile!

  • 2007 Terredora Falanghina ($13.99)
    #59 Wine Spectator Top 100 90 points Wine Spectator ""A vivid white, with peach. lemon, mineral and light honey. Full-bodied, with lots of fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Very delicious. Very good value as well. Drink now." (08/08) Campania is exploding with quality, vibrant varietals and perfect whites for summertime fish fries! This falanghina has all of the classic character that falanghina is supposed to have. I've always thought of it as a little like viognier; it has that wafting floral aromatic and soft rich body, but with good acidity and some mineral character. I often think of this wine as a great match for calamari fritti. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian Wine Buyer)

Italy - Italy

  • 2006 Castello di Querceto Chianti ($7.99)
    Castello di Querceto is about 7 kilometres far from Greve in Chianti, at about 470 metres above sea level. Its land extends over 190 hectares: 60 are planted with vineyards, 5 with olive trees while the remaining are woods, mostly of oak and chestnut trees. In the bottom of the valley there is a little fishing lake. In short, this is the ideally pastoral locale for producing wonderful Chianti, far better, in fact, than the lowly price tag would suggest! This Chianti is made from a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Trebbiano, and it performs extremely well, especially when paired with simple pastas or pizza!

  • 2006 Gualdo del Re "Eliseo Rosso" Val di Cornia ($13.99)
    According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Eliseo (80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo) is a pleasing, easy-going wine made in a plump, fruit-forward style. It should drink well over the next year or two. It is an excellent value. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010." (06/08)

  • 2005 La Casaccia Monferrato Freisa ($14.99)
    La Casaccia is an old winery with historic cellars carved out of the solid rock beneath the winery. It was taken over recently by Giovanni Rava and his wife Elena. Their wines are carefully made and very expressive of their variety and 'territorio'. Freisa is a native Piedmontese variety with a middling red color, a broad red-fruit aroma and flavor, and a structure somewhere in between Barbera and Grignolino (moderate tannin and acidity). The Oxford Companion describes Freisa as having a 'decisively purple color (and) aroma of raspberries and violets...' and Hugh Johnson calls it 'hugely appetising.' This is a perfect everyday drinking wine to pair with substantial, flavorful food.

  • 2006 La Caudrina Moscato d'Asti ($19.99)
    If you ever wondered what to do with Panettone, those odd Italian cakes sold in huge colorful cardboard boxes around the holidays, here's a tip: Enjoy a slice of Panettone with a chilled glass of this excellent dessert wine from La Caudrina. At 5.5% alcohol, you could have the bottle without too much harm. A nice balance between sweetness and welcome acidity makes it dangerously easy to do just that!

  • 2007 La Caudrina Moscato d'Asti 500ml ($14.99)
    If you ever wondered what to do with Panettone, those odd Italian cakes sold in huge colorful cardboard boxes around the holidays, here's a tip: Enjoy a slice of Panettone with a chilled glass of this excellent dessert wine from La Caudrina. At 5.5% alcohol, you could have the bottle without too much harm. A nice balance between sweetness and welcome acidity makes it dangerously easy to do just that!

  • 2005 La Mozza "Aragonese" - 12 available ($37.99)
    91 points Robert Parker "The 2005 Aragone naturally displays greater depth and richness than the Morellino. It offers outstanding length and notable poise in its expression of sweet black cherries, wild herbs and earthiness. Though full-bodied and expansive on the palate, the 2005 doesn’t quite have the clarity or precision of the gorgeous 2004, but that is simply a factor of the weaker vintage. Aragone is 85% Sangiovese, with smaller portions of Alicante, Syrah, Ciliegiolo and Colorino. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2017. Jun 2008 Antonio Galloni Wine Advocate # 177"

  • Rotari Brut "Talento" (187ml) ($3.29)
    It's hard to beat the price of this dry and elegant sparkling wine, but don't let the pitiable amount of bucks fool you; this is quality stuff, and just the sprightly sparkling thing to serve at big summer parties (especially weddings).

  • 2005 Sella & Mosca Cannonau Riserva ($11.99)
    In the most outstanding vintage years, Sella & Mosca produces a Riserva version of its Cannonau, made from grapes picked in selected portions of its Cannonau vineyards. Aged three years in oak prior to release, this aristocratic red will sustain a decade or more of aging. It offers a mesmerizing scent that is redolent with violets. On the palate this rustic red is abundantly fruity (think heirloom plums), assertive and intense, with a sustained finish that calls out for lamb seasoned with rosemary!

Japan - Jugs, Vermouth, Hazerai

  • Yuki No Bosha Junmai Ginjo Limited Release Sake 720ml - 5 available ($32.99)
    This junmai daiginjo is light and soft with notes of peaches and strawberries. It is best served chilled and complements sushi and sashimi, as well as grilled meat or fish. Junmai ginjos tend to be light and fruity. They are made with rice that has been refined to 60% or less of its original size. This junmai ginjo is made with rice that has been refined to 50%.

Mexico - Tequila

  • Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol, Reposado 750ml - 6 available ($27.99)
    In the vast northern deserts of Chihuahua, lies one of Mexico's best kept secrets. Here lays a wild Agavacea species scientifically known as "Dasylirion" or the Desert Spoon. It can take up to 12-15 years for these wild plants to mature! They're actually more closely related to Yucca then Agave. After harvesting, the Dasylirion is cooked very slowly for at least 72 hours in clay ovens and crushed. It is then fermented for at least 3 days using champagne yeast and distilled in a double column copper still. The reposado is aged six months in new French oak casks. Less pepper and fruit than a tequila with a nuanced earth tone thoughout, the key is that the oak does not obstruct the unusual yet pleasurable flavors of the special desert spoon.

Scotland - Single Malt Scotch

  • Ardmore Peated "Traditional Cask" Highland Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 6 available ($38.99)
    Whisky Advocate: "A distillery bottling of Ardmore finally comes to the U.S. This one is non-chill filtered and finished in a "Quarter Cask", similar to Laphroaig Quarter Cask (same owners). Ardmore remains one of the few Speyside whiskies made with peat-smoked malt. Chewy, almost oily-textured, with sweet notes of toffee and caramel up front, followed by emerging damp, earthy peat and bourbon-like notes. The oaky, resinous bourbon lingers through the finish. The bourbon oak intensity dominates to a degree, disrupting the harmony of the remaining flavors. A whisky of great potential, but still waiting to achieve some of it. (Vol. 17, #3)" Wine Enthusiast: "The nosing passes find aromas of malted barley, Ritz crackers, bacon fat, butterscotch, black pepper and lumber. Palate entry offers pleasant tastes of breakfast cereal, new honey and light toffee; at midpalate flavors of light fudge, caramel, banana nut bread and traces of tobacco leaf are added. Finish is medium sweet, sturdy and lightly smoked." (08/2009) Wine Spectator: "Drink this if you think Highlands can't do peaty. The smoke is right out in front on the nose, along with an olive oil note and the region's expected candy. Peat crosses the palate to be joined by loads of spice and more sweetness, while the vibrant finish extends the spicy element, with anise, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla. Quarter-cask finish. " (02/2011) K&L Notes: This is our staff choice from a peaty Highland whisky for under $40.00! Perhaps best known as the signature malt in the famous and distinguished Teacher's Highland Cream Blended Scotch Whisky, the Ardmore "Traditional Cask" delivers lovely Highland Malt flavor with a peaty twist. In fact, Ardmore has been producing 100% peated Highland malt whisky since 1898. This current release is matured for a final period in small, 19th century-style quarter casks like Laphroaig (also owned by the US company Fortune Brands) for a whisky with beautifully rounded flavors. Medium amber in color with a balanced palate of smoke and sweetness, the "Traditional Cask" is non-chilled filtered and bottled at 46% ABV. Enjoy neat, on the rocks or even with splash of water. (Susan Purnell, K&L Wine Merchants)

  • Ledaig 10 year old Isle of Mull Single Malt Whisky 750ml - 11 available ($43.99)
    Ledaig is created in the only distillery on the island; the Tobermory distillery, founded in 1798. The distillery is also home to the world famous Tobermory single malt. White it has its trademark un-peated malted barley taste, the Ledaig brand represents the peated side of single malt from the island. Ledaig’s character owes it’s quality to many sources: the traditional 18th century distillery, the maturation for the full 10 years in superior oak wood casks (laid in ancient vaults that ensure each year passes without so much as a whisper or movement in its midst), the dark and aromatic lochan water source situated high on the mountains, the malted barley that has been exclusively peat dried, and the 43% alcohol by volume that complements the smokiness of the palate perfectly. This is a many-layered masterpiece. Ledaig 10 Year Old tasting profile: Color: A bright lemony gold. Nose: Immediately pungent with sweet tar and creosote aromas that release wood smoked fragrances with hints of liquorice and leather. Palate: Sweet, smoky flavors with an explosion of spicy pepper, then boasts a savory salty maltiness. Finish: Liquorice and cloves combine into a medium length smoked pepper finish. An ideal balance of peat, smoke and wood. Sweetness -6 Peatiness - 9

  • 1982 Port Ellen 25 year old, UnChillfiltered Gordon & Macphail Single Malt 750ml - 2 available ($349.99)

South Africa - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2005 Brahms Chenin Blanc (South Africa) ($16.99)
    Fans of Savennieres or Vouvray Sec will be delighted by this dry-styled Chenin from South Africa. This wine is alredy showing lovely complexity for a wine with just a few years of bottle age on it. Classic notes of quince, meyer lemon peel, candied ginger, the Brahms has vibrant acidity and a lovely finish. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

  • 2004 Stellekaya Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa) ($26.99)
    This intense full-bodied Cabernet has a complex cassis-spiced richness. This is supported by a balanced generous structure that ensures good cellaring potential.

South Africa - South Africa

  • 2005 Villiera Pinotage (South Africa) ($14.99)
    Pinotage is suddenly in vogue and being a uniquely South African grape (a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut - originally called Hermitage) it is in demand on many overseas markets and is also receiving a lot of attention locally by producers and consumers. The fruit used for this one came from largely old vines with a yield of 8 tons/ha. After primary and malolactic fermentation it was racked to a mix of American and French oak barrels for a period of 12 months. The wine has a rich purple colour, showing youth. This is a new-style Pinotage with subtle oak spice, plums and vanilla on the nose with soft tannins on the palate.

  • 2006 Weltevrede Gold Muscat (South Africa) ($13.99)
    This is a full sweet white wine, which was picked as late as 28 degrees Balling. Fortified after 24 hours skin contact, there is no doubt this is a stickie, though it retains plenty of its fresh Muscat grape flavors. Serve with crème caramel or brulée to best enjoy its spicy and creamed honey flavors. Or, for something entirely different, drink on its own with crushed ice and a slice of lemon.

Spain - Spain and Portugal

  • 2006 Viña Valoria Joven, Rioja ($15.99)
    Viña Valoria is a boutique winery in the Spain's Rioja Alta region. Started in 1860 in Logroño, a historically rich winemaking town, the winery is owned by the Perez Foncea family. This is a blend of 80% tempranillo, 10% graciano and 10% mazuelo (aka carignan). Meant to age, this joven (young) wine will drink well for years to come.

United States - Bourbon and Rye

  • Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof Bourbon 750ml - 6 available ($46.99)
    93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Pour this single-barrel Bourbon some time in advance to allow it to open up and reveal crème caramel aromatics while you eye the rich topaz color in the glass. Sweet and smooth, this whiskey finishes with dry espresso, dark chocolate and black-tea notes. Mix into classic cocktails. " (07/2013) 92 points Whisky Advocate: "A fuller-bodied, sweeter encounter than Barrel #55-6F reviewed below. More rounded and even-keeled throughout, too! Chewy toffee, rummy molasses, and nougat, with underlying notes of dark, berried fruit, accentuating spice, and supple leather. The heavyweight of the group. Barrel #87-6L. (Vol. 16, #4)" Wine Spectator: "This is floral and somewhat herbal in the nose. Maintains that in the mouth, adding a dry licorice edge and finish that would be just the thing after a meal. This single barrel bottling is a chance to taste one of Four Roses' 10 "blending" Bourbons on its own." (02/2012) K&L Notes: An award-winning Single Barrel Bourbon, most recently named "Best Bourbon Whiskey: No Age" by Whisky Magazine. Distiller's notes: A premium Single Barrel Bourbon with a taste you'll want to savor again and again. Complex, full bodied and surprisingly smooth with a delicate long finish that’s unbelievably mellow. Contains hints of ripe plum and cherry tastes with fruity, spicy aromas including maple syrup and cocoa. Drink straight up or on the rocks. 100 proof.

  • Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon 750ml - 6 available ($38.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This blended Bourbon starts smooth and sweet, with sasparilla and maple sugar, then explodes with bold cassia, cinnamon and cayenne razzle-dazzle. " (07/2013) Whisky Advocate: "A soft, delicate bourbon -- especially when compared to its single barrel siblings here. Subtle notes of candied fruit and creamy sweet notes (vanilla, coconut, light toffee, and caramel corn) are nicely interwoven. Some integrated, gently-dried spice dances throughout and lingers on the finish. An easy-to-embrace bourbon with nice balance. (Vol. 16, #4)" K&L Notes: Named American Whiskey Distiller of the Year 2010, 2011 by Whisky Magazine. From Master Distiller, Jim Rutledge: "Mingling, or blending, of multiple Bourbon flavors is an art in itself. Four Roses small batch is comprised of four of the ten distinctively different Bourbon flavors Four Roses distills and matures separately each year. Within the four flavors the barrels we use for small batch are super selected to generate another great Four Roses sipping Bourbon. Enjoy some mellow moments with some friends and sip small batch neat, or you might want to improve the taste of a few ice cubes."

  • Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon 80 Proof 750ml - 6 available ($21.99)
    94 points Wine Enthusiast: " **Top 50 Spirits 2013 & Best Buy** Consider this blended Bourbon for dessert pairings or a fruit-spiked Old Fashioned. Look for caramel and dried-cherry aromas and a flavor akin to dark chocolate-covered cherries. The long, mouthwatering finish is dark and decadent, evoking chocolate, espresso, Port, leather, nutmeg and clove. " (07/2013) Wine Spectator: "The nose is standard Bourbon: corn, vanilla, with notes of mint and oak dryness. On the palate, there's more corn, vanilla and a bit of cocoa; the mint is more pronounced. The finish shows off the oak. Simple, straightforward, unpretentious. " (02/2012) K&L Notes: **World Whisky Award Winner: Best Bourbon 7 Years and Under (2010)** **Malt Advocate Distillery of the Year Award (2008)** Located in Lawrenceburg, this storied distillery has a long history dating back to 1818. It is run by Jim Rutledge, one of the best distillers working in the business today. They are a very unique distillery because they make ten different Bourbon formulas--two different mash bills with five different strains of yeast--and are known for their more mellow and delicate style of Bourbon. Yellow Label is the only one of their whiskies to feature a blend of all ten formulas. It is an outstanding example of elegance and restraint even with the toasty barrel influence. This is a favorite American Bourbon choice among bartenders the world over because it mixes so well and adds a sophisticated flare to any drink. Try Master Distiller Jim Rutledge's 'Perfect Manhattan': "3 parts Four Roses Yellow Label, 1 part dry Vermouth, 1 part sweet Vermouth. Shake ingredients over ice. Pour into chilled Martini glass. Serve with twist of lemon or orange (lemon is the traditional garnish, however, orange treats the flavors of the Bourbon more gently.) It's not too sweet. Just right with a little bit of citrus that works perfectly with the mellow flavors of Four Roses Yellow Label. This drink is something that adds a mellow touch to just about any social occasion. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits buyer)

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2005 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($27.99)
    Made mostly from mountain fruit grown in Sonoma's Alexander Valley, the cabernet that does into this wine benefits from the coastal morning fog, warm days and the shallow, rocky soils found at higher elevations. The 2005 vintage also includes small amounts of cabernet franc, syrah and petit verdot, for a full-bodied, complex wine that's a little austere in its youth, but holds a lot of promise. Aromas of English breakfast tea, fennel seed, cocoa and dusty earth follow onto a rich,black-fruited mid-palate. Currant and buttered toffee flavors, ripe tannins and wood spice linger on the wine's finish.

  • 2005 Stephanie Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.99)
    93 points from Wine Spectator: "A complex, rich and creamy-textured style, with layers of currant, mocha, wild berry and vanilla-laced oak, all folding together nicely. Tightly focused, long and persistent, with an excellent balance of tannins and acidity. Best from 2009 through 2015. 930 cases made." (06/08)

United States - Domestic Merlot

  • 2005 Pedestal Washington Merlot ($49.99)
    91 (+?) points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(Michel Rolland's project, consisting of 80% merlot, 13% cabernet sauvignon and 7% cabernet franc) Bright ruby. Aromas of blackberry, cocoa powder and flowers. Lush, smooth dark fruit flavors are complemented by sexy sweet oak tones. I love this dense, fat wine's restrained sweetness, its almost medicinal reserve, and its slow-mounting finish. Highly concentrated but still youthfully tight today and in need of time to resolve its substantial tannins. Vinification featured a good percentage of whole berries." (Nov/Dec '08) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Big, rich and distinctive for its blackberry and cream flavors, wrapped in slightly gritty tannins, with mocha notes woven through the long, generous finish. The gritty texture is surprising for this usually polished red. Just needs time. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. Best from 2009 through 2015." (06/08)

United States - Domestic Old Misc.

  • 2007 Alpen Cellars Trinity County Chardonnay ($12.99)
    If you've been reading K&L's newsletter over the past few months, you'll already recognize this Trinity County winery as one that has quickly become a K&L fave. Like their pinot noir and riesling, this chardonnay really over-delivers for the price. Winemaker Keith Groves suppresses malolactic fermentation on this barrel-fermented wine, which is aged in oak for only six months. The resulting wine is fresh with citrus and green apple fruit on its bouquet. It's snappy on the palate, with flavors tending toward vanilla-poached pear. Perfect with a meal or on its own, get as many bottles as you can, because while supplies are limited you'll wish you had bought this by the case.

  • 2007 Barber Cellars "Lazarie" Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($15.99)
    This small production gem is something special... a crisp, food-friendly white with sharp acidity and minerality. This sauvignon blanc is a powerful expression of what this grape can accomplish in the Dry Creek Valley area, an AVA that is perfect for sauvignon blanc production. Crafted entirely in stainless steel with five months on the lees, the wine is well balanced and very focused. Aromas of lemon curd and tropical fruit lead into citrus-driven flavors of grapefruit, fig and green apple, with a lingering finish and great mouthfeel. Filtered before bottling to preserve the wine’s excellent acidity, but unfined to preserve its powerful flavor. This is a strong, expressive, but balanced white wine, perfect with seafood, Asian cuisine, fruits, light cheeses and picnics. 200 cases made from a sustainably farmed vineyard close to the creek.

  • 2007 Château St. Jean Sonoma Chardonnay ($11.99)
    Chateau St Jean's Sonoma County Chardonnay uses fruit from all over the county, including the Carneros and Russian River Valley, but fruit from the acclaimed Robert Young vintage plays an integral role again and again. By using fruit from these varied regions, Chateau St Jean is able to make the most of the vintage. The wine is fermented in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak and a bit more than half undergoes malolactic fermentation. Stopping malo in a portion of the wine helps it maintain its acidity and preserve the pear and tropical fruit notes. Creamy on the mid-palate it also shows aromas and flavors of vanilla and clove and finishes clean. This is an excellent everyday wine that is consistent across vintages, making it a great value.

  • 2007 Hamacher Wilamette Valley Pinot Noir Rosé ($16.99)
    This pale, copper-colored rosé of pinot noir for Oregon's Willamette Valley is just what the doctor ordered. A vibrant bouquet of dried rose petals and summer lavender is punctuated by zest orange peel. The wine's floral qualities continue in the mouth, which is fresh and bright with lip-smacking cherry and wild strawberry fruit.

  • 2004 Hendry "Block 28" Napa Zinfandel - 11 available ($27.99)
    92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Celebrates its lusty volume proudly as a big, gutsy Zinfandel that makes no apology for high alcohol and extract. The flavors are huge, of ripe blackberries, loganberries, mulberries, red licorice, figs, black olives, Asian spices and oak, but despite all that, the wine finishes fully dry and balanced. Drink now through 2010." (02/08)

  • 2007 Husch Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc (375ml) ($6.99)
    From the oldest winery in Mendocino's Anderson Valley, Husch has been producing sauvignon blanc in 1980. The excellent 2007 vintage and 5% barrel aging creates a sauvignon blanc with a softer mouthfeel that still maintains vibrant acidity. Inhale aromas of lemongrass, grapefruit, lime and melon and then enjoy a tangy minerality with ripe melon on the palate and a hint of grassiness to balance the fruit and acidity.

  • 2006 Martinelli "Zio Tony" Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($59.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Previously recommended, but no tasting note given. In an earlier 93-point review: Honeyed tropical fruit, brioche, roasted hazelnut, and floral characteristics are found in the 2006 Chardonnay Zio Tony Ranch along with a voluptuous texture, good acidity, and a subtle touch of new oak. This is the fullest, richest, most intense of Martinelli’s Chardonnays. It should be consumed over the next 3-4 years. " (12/2008) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light yellow. Smoky minerals, orange and baking spices on the nose. Deep, densely packed citrus and pit fruit flavors are energized by dusty minerals, which add lift and cut. Combines power and vivacity deftly, finishing with excellent cut and outstanding length. I suspect that this will reward cellaring but there's a lot going on right now." (06/2008) 91 points