K&L Wine Merchants - Email Archives

New Arrivals Email Archive

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

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)

  • 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." (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)

  • 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) Jancis Robinson: "Nose wonderful, complex and open, developed yet youthful, mature damp earth and charcoal hints, dark blackcurrant fruit, cedar wood with cranberry and ripe black cherry, very complex and deep, just starting to open up. Excellent. (18/20 points)" (09/2009)

  • 1995 Latour, Pauillac (Was $549.00) ($369.00)
    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A beauty, the opaque dense purple-colored 1995 exhibits jammy cassis, vanillin, and minerals in its fragrant but still youthful aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, with exceptional purity, superb concentration, and a long, intense, ripe, 40-second finish, this is a magnificent example of Latour. As the wine sat in the glass, scents of roasted espresso and toasty new oak emerged. This classic will require considerable cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050." (06/2000) 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 Only- 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 1995 96 points--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 and one the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009: "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." (02/09) 93 points Robert Parker: "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." (12/08) 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 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….

Chile - Argentina and Chile

  • 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)

France - Alsace/Loire - Old and Rare

  • 2008 Bernier Chardonnay Vins du Pays Jardin de la France ($6.99)
    There are many great bottles of Chardonnay and this is no exception, yet not many leave you with such satisfaction while not draining your wallet. It does not pretend to challenge the established icons of the wine world; it is merely delicious, friendly and under 7 bucks, a perfect bottle for Tuesday night, something to reach for to quench your thirst and that of your friends. The wine is produced by the three brothers Couillaud at the Château de la Ragotière a few minutes from the Atlantic near the mouth of the Loire River where the Maritime climate is ideal for producing whites that are refreshing and bright. The Couillaud's age most of this wine on its lees until bottling to add weight and texture with around 10% being barrel fermented in French oak for the faintest touch of toastiness. You will love the abundant citrus aromas, juicy, slightly rich mouth feel and refreshing mineral finish. The perfect wine for all of your holiday gatherings and a stunning value, buy this buy the case and drink anytime you have a thirst.

  • 2006 Domaine Eric Morgat Savennieres "L'Enclos" ($23.99)
    For the past decade, the young Eric Morgat has quietly been producing some of the Loire Valley’s most interesting and complex Chenin Blancs. Though he has not sought certification, Eric’s viticultural practices are organic and he continues to explore the benefits of biodynamic vine culture. Every vineyard decision is based on attaining the highest quality possible in a given vintage. He severely limits yields, picks by hand and makes a strict selection during harvest despite the economic consequences of reducing production. Quite different from the Chenins of Vouvray and Montlouis grown on limestone chalk, Eric’s Savennières, grown on schist soils, can rival great white Burgundies in richness, complexity and ageability.

  • 2007 Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Sec "Cuvee Silex" ($19.99)
    Since 1875, the Vigneau-Chevreau family has farmed the chalky soils of this 69-acre Vouvray domaine, planted entirely to Chenin Blanc. Jean-Michel Vigneau began steering the family domaine in an organic direction in the early ’90s and by 1999 Vigneau-Chevreau received its biodynamic certification from Ecocert. The most disciplined of organic cultures, tenets of biodynamics include the natural harnessing of universal forces, scheduling specific vineyard work according to the Maria Thun lunar calendar, and use of homeopathic preparations on both vines and in the soil. The Silex is intensely mineral with quarzite clearity and a finish that goes on for miles! According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow. Mineral-driven bouquet of pear skin, white flowers and toasted hazelnut. Pliant on entry but gains a firm edge in the mid-palate and offers dried orchard fruit and lemon rind flavors. Has the power to handle rich foods and finishes with a subtle, faintly dusty mineral quality and an echo of bitter pear skin. These grapes are Ecocert-certified organic." (May/June 10)

  • 2008 Jasnieres, Pascal Janvier "Cuvee du Silex" - 9 available ($18.99)
    92 points in the Wine Advocate: "Janvier’s single-vineyard 2008 Jasnieres Cuvee du Silex is more restrained as well as more delicate, buoyant, elegant, and creamy than his regular bottling, which offers more sheer grip and refreshment. Nectarine, kiwi, and quince tinged with anise, green tea, and citrus zest in the nose lead to a remarkably layered palate, with pit fruits, berries, herbal concentrate, and saline, chalky, alkaline mineral elements all vying for attention, and with a finish of impressive, subtly bitter-sweet persistence. Enjoy this over the next 5-6 years, perhaps longer. I don’t yet have experience with older wines from Janvier, so I have to go on my intuitions and my experience with the Jasnieres appellation." (09/09) If you don't know the appellation of Jasnières, get to know it through the wines of this talented vigneron. Jasnières will never be mainstream. It hails from a tiny, stony hillside along the Loir River (a tributary of the Loire River), north of Vouvray, and the grape grown here is the Pineau de la Loire, otherwise known as Chenin Blanc. Janvier's 'Silex' takes minerality to the extreme, and this wine is redolent with crushed stone and citrus skin aromatics and flavors. Intense, and very clean and long, this will age beautifully thanks to its naturally high acidity.

France - Bordeaux - Old and Rare

  • 2000 Grands Maréchaux, Premieres Côtes de Blaye - 12 available ($14.99)
    According to the Wine Spectator: "Beautiful aromas of bright berries and Indian spices, with a hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, silky finish. Best after 2005." (03/03) According to Robert Parker: "An excellent wine from this backwater appellation, this blend of 70% Merlot with the balance split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc has a medium deep ruby color and a sweet nose of black cherry liqueur intermixed with licorice, spice box, dried herbs, and earth. Spicy, medium-bodied, and tasty, it should be drunk over the next 2-4 years." (03/03)

France - Burgundy - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Mâcon Villages, Domaine des Vercheres ($11.99)
    Wine Specator picks this as a Top Value, writing: "This lively white has fine balance and attractive flavors of peach, legume and grapefruit. Full-bopdied and rich." (WS. 09/09) Our Notes: From two plots, one of which is a clay sub-soil, while the other has more limestone. The result is a pretty Macon with the richness on the plate you want, accompanied by the minerality you desire. Vines average 30 years of age, on south-east facing slopes. The Dupuis borthers plant grass in every second row, and have gone to Guyot pruning to reduce yields, and ferment with wild yeasts. This is a terrific value! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer) Stelvin Closure (Screwcap).

  • 2007 Pouilly Fuissé, Domaine Gilles Morat ($19.99)
    Very lovely and mineral-driven Pouilly Fuissé from Vergisson, with both focus and richness. NIce complexity, long finish. Aged in a mixture of stainless steel tanks and older oak barrels, this is clean and bright, reflecting the terroir of Vergisson. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

  • 2006 Puligny Montrachet, Domaine Henri Clerc ($39.99)
    Lovely, finely detailed and mineral-driven, with toasty oak notes and a long finish. This could only be Puligny! Farmed and made by Vincent Girardin, and a terrific deal! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

France - French Regional Wines - Old and Rare

  • 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)

  • 2008 Jurancon Sec Clos Lapeyre ($14.99)
    This dry and racy white from the French Pyrenees is incredibly fun to drink! Comprised of 100% gros manseng, this is a firm, mineral driven white with notes of fresh herbs, green apple and quince. This Jurancon sec white is delicate and refreshing, however, its complexity and concentration will undoubtedly impress you. Enjoy a glass while cooking dinner, or pair with sizzling garlic shrimp! 13% abv.

France - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2000 Charmail, Haut-Medoc - 9 available ($39.95)
    93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is the finest effort I have ever tasted from this estate. It possesses great intensity, an inky purple color to the rim, a tremendous nose of minerals, white acacia flowers, creme de cassis, and black cherries, with some licorice, vanilla, and smoke in the background. It is truly great stuff, although I would not push its aging capacity beyond 10-12 years. This intense, full-throttle offering is made from a blend of 50% Merlot and equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: now-2014." (04/2003)

France - Rhone Valley

  • 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Grand Veneur ($39.99)
    91 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre from 65-year-old vines) is an exceptionally strong effort. Aged in tank (80%) and small oak barrels (20%), it is a dense, full-bodied wine revealing an inky/purple color along with notes of graphite, blackberries, and cassis. With a sumptuous, layered, full-bodied texture, sweet, velvety tannins, and zesty freshness as well as acidity, it should drink well for 12-14 years." (10/09) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Exotically perfumed nose displays scents of fresh blackberry, white pepper, incense and potpourri. Lush and creamy on the palate, with sweet dark berry flavors supported by slow-mounting tannins. The peppery note repeats on the focused, brisk finish." (Jan/Feb '09) 15% abv.

Germany - German - Old and Rare

  • 2007 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Estate Riesling - 5 available ($22.99)
    According to Wine & Spirits: "From 17 acres in the renowned Scharzhofberger vineyard the Müllers have repeatedly produced stunning wines that have become archetypes of their genres." (2005) The "Scharzho" is an off-dry wine that typically balances its sweetness with minerality from the slate soils and the acidity of the Saar. It is meant to be drunk young, but can be aged for 5 to 8 years. Please note - This wine is a Special Order item and will arrive in 2-4 weeks.

  • 2007 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett - 6 available ($45.99)
    90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Very perfumed and floral, with added scents of lime and strawberry. On the palate, slaty, stony notes and lime flavors balance the considerable sweetness, ending long and stridently tart. The crisp acids give this the backbone to age 10 or more years." (10/09) Wine & Spirits writes: "From 17 acres in the renowned Scharzhofberger vineyard the Müllers have repeatedly produced stunning wines that have become archetypes of their genres." (2005) 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Smoky aromas of peach and lemon oil. The soft, sweet papaya fruit is tweaked by an effusive spiciness. Offers more weight than elegance for a kabinett, and needs some time in bottle. Finishes with appealing length." (Jan/Feb '09) Pair this with sushi, soft cheeses, salmon, lobster, fish, crab and Asian cuisine. Please note - This wine is a Special Order item and will arrive in 2-4 weeks.

  • 2008 Gunderloch "Jean Baptiste" Riesling Kabinett ($15.99)
    Always a spectacular value, this Riesling from Gunderloch packs in the flavor for very little money year after year. According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from among other celebrated sites Hipping, Pettenthal, and Oelberg, the Gunderloch 2008 Riesling Kabinett Jean Baptiste smells of lemon, honeysuckle, green tea, and quince in a manner highly reminiscent of its 2007 predecessor, which it also imitates in its delightful sense of delicacy and refreshment. The sweetness and acidity are a bit unknit, though, and I’d like to revisit this - perhaps not until 2011 -– and expect several years of pleasure thereafter." (02/10)

  • 2008 Schloss Lieser Estate Riesling - 12 available ($15.99)
    90 points Wine Spectator: "In a drier style, this offers plenty of slate, spice, white peach and white pepper aromas and flavors. Fresh and delicate, with good intensity and a lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2014" (06/10) Weingut Schloss Lieser was established around the turn of the century. It was one of 99 holdings under the control of Baron von Schorlemer, Germany's Secretary of Agriculture. His ancestral seat was in his castle (Schloss) in the town of Lieser. At one time the Lieserer vineyards were quite highly regarded, but then followed years of neglect. In 1992, a very successful real estate broker from Cologne, Wolfgang Reichel, acquired the estate. His goal - make wines that live up to the potential of the Lieser vineyards. As manager and cellar master he hired Thomas Haag. Thomas was a recent graduate from Geisenheim and son of Wilhelm Haag, proprietor of the Fritz Haag estate. In 1997 Thomas Haag bought the estate. Thomas Haag's winemaking philosophy is quite closely aligned with that of his father. The vineyards are maintained to yield quality not quantity. Great care in selection during harvest, little handling in the cellar, reductive cellar work and no Suessreserve are standard modus operandi. Thomas wants to achieve wines that exhibit the typical Riesling character: ripe acid structure, vibrant and petillant palate, the pure expression of fruit, racy and light without sacrificing impact on the palate.

  • 2007 Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen Spätlese "303" - 10 available ($49.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a combination of peach and apricot flavors, with a tangy citrus accent. A mineral note emerges as this plays out on the palate. It's elegant overall, with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2022." According to importer Terry Theise: "It hails from a micro-cru called Eiserberg, from which a TBA with 303° Oechsle was gathered in 1920 by Spreitzer’s great-great grandfather, and which was the record must-weight for Rheingau Riesling until 2003 came along. A gauzy rendition of this, or at least it seems so after the obdurate density of the Jesuitengarten, but it isn’t at all slight, just a lovely quiet birch alongside a patriarchal elm. A breezy flutter of spice and this amazing mineral clarity, as if a bouquet were opening its very petals on your palate. Almost too intricate to grasp."

  • 2007 Weingart Bopparder Hamm Ohlenberg Riesling Kabinett ($22.99)
    91 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and delicate, displaying intense flavors of peach, papaya and orange, backed by a vibrant structure. Beautifully integrated and expressive from start to the long aftertaste. Drink now through 2022." (04/09)

Italy - Italian - Old and Rare

  • 2004 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino - 9 available ($45.99)
    91 points Wine Enthusiast: "La Gerla delivers a soft and succulent texture with rich tones of milk chocolate and fudge behind layers of cherry and wild berry. The plush and rich nature of this wine sets it apart and this Brunello is long-lasting and caressing on the close with bright tones of cherry and vanilla." (06/09) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Strawberry and cherry aromas follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Long and full of character, yet balanced. Best after 2010." (Web Only, 2009)

Italy - Italy

  • 2005 Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella - 12 available ($48.99)
    90 points Robert Parker: "The 2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a relatively straightforward wine but I loved it for its superb balance and harmony. Sweet red cherries, herbs, leather, spices and earthiness are buffered by finessed tannins as this soft-textured wine opens in the glass. This is a great introduction to Amarone. Curiously, the 2005 comes across as more advanced than the 2004, and I would choose to drink it on the young side. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2015." (10/08) According to Wine Spectator: "Displays aromas and flavors of raisin and nutty spices on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with a fine texture and clean, spicy fruit on the finish. Best after 2009. 6,000 cases made." (04/09)

  • 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)

South Africa - Misc. Import - Old and Rare

  • 2009 Mulderbosch Rosé, South Africa ($10.99)
    This sexy, sophisticated dry rosé combines mouthwatering flavors of cherry and wild strawberry with graceful notes of lavender and herbes de provence. It's a versatile and accessible pink for all seasons!

Spain - Spain and Portugal

  • 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)

United States - Domestic Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2006 Cakebread Napa Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($69.99)
    Cakebread's 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with fresh, smoky, cassis, blackberry and boysenberry aromas augmented by subtle cedar, black tea spice and sweet oak scents. Supple on entry, the wine’s big, extracted, black fruit flavors coat the palate, while its firm underlying structure transports the rich fruit and zesty black tea spiciness into a long, savory finish. Impressive now, this concentrated, yet elegant Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will age gracefully in bottle for another 5-7 years. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec

  • 2007 Kirkham Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($17.99)
    Wine Club Price: $13.95.

    From the great 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet pool. "Mr. Robert Parker told me and several others in October of 2008 that the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa Valley could be one of the greatest vintages ever! Here is our first entry." (Clyde Beffa, K&L Wine Merchants) Deep ruby in color, the nose explodes with cassis, currants and Rutherford dust which carries over into its hugely complex, broad, viscous, structured, focused mouth presentation. There is a core of sweet varietal fruit here that is supported by cedary oak and really fine, silky tannins. It will age easily another 7 to 10 years. Get some air to it if you plan to drink it near term.

  • 2005 Lancaster Estate Alexander Valley Sophia's Hillside Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon ($34.99)
    Wine Club Price: $24.99.

    Extremely limited availability with only 1,700 cases produced. 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "It's fair to call this a junior version of Lancaster's more expensive, superb Bordeaux-style wines. Like them, it's rich in black currant and cedar flavors, and quite tannic, a wine that needs a few years to come around. Three-quarters Cabernet Sauvignon, one quarter Merlot."

  • 2007 Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon (