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July 28, 2009 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)

  • 2008 Weingut Allram Grüner Veltliner 1.0L ($10.99)
    Wine Club Price: $7.99.

    This years Allram liter is again packaged with the ever popular crown cap and is a fantastic start if you have never experienced Gruner Veltliner. The aromatics are full of pepper and spice with hints of citrus zest and earthy nuances of fresh pea shoots and lentil. A wonderfully fresh and vibrant wine that is snappy but with just the right amount of texture to let the juicy, mouthwatering acid structure take you home! Will get better over the next two to three years….

  • 2007 Santa Ema 'Reserve' Merlot, Maipe Valley, Chile ($9.99)
    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Merlot Reserve is a glass-coating opaque purple. The nose offers up coffee, mocha, and cherry leading to a wine with no hard edges and plenty of character. If all Merlots offered this much pleasure, Pinot Noir would never have become so popular." (12/08) On the nose, the Santa Ema is effusive: sweet mocha, ripe red and dark fruits, fig compote all compete to grab your attention, and just when you think you’ve assimilated the array of aromas, a trace of nutmeg reveals itself with a deeper whiff. Textbook Merlot on the palate, which in my mind is as much about supple, velvety texture as it is the flavor. Flavors are a bit drier than the nose would suggest, a good thing for pairing with food - grilled hamburgers would work great. Ripe plum and cherry fruit flavors are pure and tasty, with very mellow, easy-going tannins on the finish. When it comes to making delicious Chilean wines, which taste like the grape on the front label and consistently over-deliver for value, Santa Ema continues to impress. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

  • 1996 Latour, Pauillac ($599.00)
    100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-black in color, the 1996 is classic Latour at its utmost. The nose offers a tantalizing array of complex notes including dried Chinese plums, toasted nuts, Indian spices and black olive tapenade over a core of dried cherries and aged meat. The palate is pure power that is stunningly balanced giving a generous level of fruit concentration perfectly offset by a high level of very finely grained tannins and seamless freshness. Possessing a finish that just goes on and on, this is as good as it gets." (11/2012) 96 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberries, plums and blackberries. Mind-blowing nose. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long caressing finish. Hard not to drink now, but leave it alone.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010. (Web Only - 2007)" 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Dark berries, violet, licorice and a note of torrefaction. Explosive, pure flavors are almost too big for the mouth. Finishes with big, sweet tannins and expanding, exhilarating flavors of pruneaux and crystallized dark berries. Perfectly integrated oak. A great Latour." (06/1999)

  • 1999 Latour, Pauillac ($339.00)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored with a touch of brick, the nose offers notes of cassis, tobacco leaf and tar with hints of tree bark and earth. The palate is taut and savory / minerally with very firm chewy tannins somewhat dominating the restrained fruit at this stage. (LPB)" (11/2012) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red-ruby. High-pitched aromas of red- and blackcurrant, minerals and leather. Wonderfully harmonious in the mouth, with compelling sweetness of fruit but also superb grip. A lush, rich wine that already displays impressive inner-mouth perfume. Finishes with broad, essentially gentle tannins. Doesn't quite possess the grip or thrust of the '01, but this is wine-of-the-vintage material." (06/2002) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and fresh, with milk chocolate and berry aromas. Subtle and refined on the nose. Full-bodied and very elegant, featuring a solid core of ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. So much finesse here. Still tight, needing time in the bottle to open. No longer big, this is in just the right proportions for the vintage. '89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Best after 2012. (Web-2010)" Jancis Robinson: "Medicinal and sinewy on the nose. Exciting and vibrant. Deep-flavoured. Long but the tannins are still very evident (though in this case there seems to be enough fruit to stand up to them). Ambitious - needs quite a bit of time yet. " (09/2009)

  • 1995 Latour, Pauillac (Was $549.00) ($369.00)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " Deep garnet-brick in color, the nose is well developed, displaying dried berry, leather, vanilla pod and anise notes with a faint whiff of potpourri. The palate is wonderfully fleshy and opulent with velvety, approachable tannins and a long finish. (LPB)" (11/2012) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red color. More expressive aromas of crystallized dark berries, dark chocolate and animal fur. Lush and sweet; thick but delineated. Wonderfully concentrated. This, too, seems rather withdrawn today, but the strength of material is clear to see. Finishes with firm tannins and explosive fruit that goes on and on." (05/1998) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Black licorice, cedar, cigar box and fresh herbs. Full-bodied and very structured, with firm, silky tannins and a long finish. Needs time. (Web-2007)" Jancis Robinson: "Lustrous deep crimson almost right out to the rim still. Hint of mint on the nose -- quite aromatic. Pretty. Charming for a Latour grand vin! Though there is a strong undertow of graphite. More intense than 1996. 18.5/20 points. Drink 2013-2035." (03/2011) K&L Notes: From a great Bordeaux vintage (Wine Spectator rated the 1995 vintage 96 points--a classic), this perfectly cellared Latour demonstrates why this First Growth is one of the most sought-after wines in the world.

  • 2004 Bandol Rouge Domaine Terrebrune ($22.99)
    93 points Wine Spectator: "This big red has a meaty aroma, with chiseled flavors of dark plum, mineral and dried raspberry. The supple finish lingers with white pepper and truffle. Distinctive, balanced and full of character. Drink now through 2013." (5/31/09) K&L's notes - Terrebrune was founded in 1963 by Georges DeLille and is now run by his son Reynald. The domaine now comprises 30 hectares and the grapes are farmed organically and hand harvested. The wine is a blend of Mourvedre, Cinsault and Grenache with classically wild and rustic flavors. Floral tones, smoked meat, black plums and a hint of graphite. This wine will be wonderful with bouillabaise, grilled pork over fennel fronds or anything braised. (Keith Mabry)

  • 2007 Côtes du Rhône-Villages, Grand Veneur "Champauvins" ($16.99)
    91 points Robert Parker: "The top Cotes du Rhone, the 2007 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Les Champauvins, is a serious effort that could easily be mistaken for a Chateauneuf du Pape. Sweet black cherry fruit, seaweed wrapper, licorice, pepper, and spice aromas are followed by a wine with a broad, savory mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and a long finish. It should drink well for 4-5 years." (10/09) Grand Veneur's "Champauvins" is always one of my top picks for those seeking a Châteauneuf-du-Pape-esque wine without the accompanying $30-plus price tag. Broad and expansive, with beautifully fine tannins and a nice thread of underlying acidity, the 2007 Champauvins pulls its all off, despite its prodigious 15% abv. Garlic-studded roast leg of lamb? Grilled sirloin steaks with fresh herbs? A hunk of salami? Anyone? (Mulan Chan-Randel, K&L Wine Merchants) 15% abv.

  • 2007 Vinosia Primitivo di Salento IGT ($9.99)
    90 points Wine & Spirits and named one of that magazine's "Year's Best" and "Top 100 Values": "There's a spicy, peppery edge to freshen the ripe black cherry fruit in this primitivo. The texture is broad and rich, with lasting flavors of blackberry and wild flower honey." (06/09) And, according to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Readers looking for a tasty, value priced red will want to consider the 2007 Primitivo from Vinosia. A juicy, mouth filling red, the wine is loaded with fragrant dark red fruit in a soft, seamless style showing no hard edges. This is a strong candidate for casual, informal drinking and would make a great house wine. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2011." (04/09)

  • 2007 Las Rocas de San Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud ($9.99)
    90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 18,000 cases of the delightful 2007 Las Rocas Garnacha, a wine sourced from Calatayud vineyards ranging in age from 70 to 100 years. Dark ruby in color, it delivers alluring aromas of spice box, mineral, cherry, and black raspberry. Layered on the palate, it has superb depth, succulent flavors, and a pure, lengthy finish. It will provide pleasure over the next three years." (02/09) Consistently one of the most pleasurable wines produced in Spain, the Las Rocas does not dissapoint with their newest release. Sourced from old vine fruit, there is tremendous ripe cherry fruit, mulled spices and a tobacco-laced finish. Always a little stylized but with a beautiful purity of flavor that belies its humble price. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

  • 2006 Paloma Napa Merlot ($49.99)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An excellent Merlot from proprietor Jim Richards, this 2006 reveals flamboyant, sexy, chocolaty, mocha, and coffee notes intermixed with oodles of black cherry and berry fruit. Full-bodied, silky textured, and mouthfilling, this hedonistic effort will provide enormous pleasure over the next 5-8 years. (RP)" (12/2008) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Plush, ripe and elegant, with fragrant currant, caramel and olive aromas and supple, beautifully layered plum, cedar and loamy, toasty oak flavors that are wrapped around a dense, complex core. " (02/2009) K&L Notes: According to K&L's Bryan Brick, this is easily the best Merlot made in California every year. In 2003, the Wine Spectator took that praise one step further, naming the 2001 vintage the wine of the year. The fruit for this wine comes from the Paloma estate, at the tippy top of Spring Mountain, and is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006. The wine is then aged in a combination of 1/3 new French oak barrels and 2/3s 2- to 4-year old French oak barrels. The 2006 vintage is precocious, with lots of up front red and black fruits complemented by a wave of cocoa, tobacco and spice. Wonderfully textured, this wine has great balance and structure, and should age quite well, really starting to show its stuff with another 4 or 5 years in bottle.

  • 2007 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier ($9.99)
    90 points in the Wine Advocate's "Value Issue": "2007 Chenin Blanc/Viognier is a beauty, very perfumed (flowers, melons, tropical fruits), medium-bodied, super pure, with no oak and a dry, crisp finish. Drink it over the next year." (08/08) And, according to Wine Spectator: "Offers pretty jade blossom and peach aromas, with subtle green apple, pebble and lime flavors. Drink now." (07/08) A truly fabulous California blend - combing the best of the Loire and the best of the Rhône to create a wine as light and sun-drenched as the Golden State. White flowers and sweet exotic lychee fruit complement subtler citrus aromas on this chenin blanc-viognier blend. Bright on the palate, fresh pear and citrus flavors are framed by clean, refreshing acidity. The wine's off-dry style lends a touch of sweetness to the otherwise grapefruit-kissed, crisp finish.

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

Austria - Austria and Hungary - Old and Rare

  • 2008 Weingut Allram Grüner Veltliner 1.0L ($10.99)
    Wine Club Price: $7.99.

    This years Allram liter is again packaged with the ever popular crown cap and is a fantastic start if you have never exper