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David Driscoll
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David Driscoll likes to drink alcohol when he is not working at K&L. His main interests include wine, beer, and distilled spirits. Before he worked here he went to college at a decent school, got a masters degree from an OK school, worked as a waiter and taught elementary school in Chinatown. He decided to get into the wine business after reading a few books about wine and realizing that one cannot seriously learn about wine solely through reading. His career goals include: trying to convince K&L customers that he does know something despite his youthful appearance, and learning everything about everything about every single wine ever made.


Reviews

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1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 4-9-2014
Anyone who enjoys lighter whiskies like the Midleton Rare Irish or our classic Benriach 19 year cask will really appreciate the inner workings of this 25 year old Littlemill. It's a kiss of sweet barley on the initial sip with a delicate burst of vanilla and oak spice on the finish -- nothing more. But it's so integrated, in a way that young whisky simply cannot be. The full proof doesn't get in the way, either, which was surprising to me. You think 25 years, then cask strength, and single barrel, and already we should be talking about $150 or more. But then you throw in the Littlemill name -- a distillery demolished in the 1990s that will never make whisky again -- and now you're talking collector's item. Yet, we still brought it in for $140. That's also quite surprising. A good surprise, however.
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Bladnoch "Young" K&L Exclusive Heavily Peated Single Barrel #57 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 2-27-2014
Three year old whisky? Really? I know that's what you're thinking, but believe me: we wouldn't have bought an entire cask of three year old whisky if it wasn't worth taking! Big smoke, spice, cloves, cinnamon, and fruit. If this is what's laying down at Bladnoch right now I can't wait to see what happens down the line! A preview of fun things to come, but delicious right now.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Oakridge 864 Single Block Selection "Drive Block: Funder and Diamond Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 1-30-2014
If you had to blow $50 on a bottle of Chardonnay, you could do a lot worse than this--mainly because most California Chardonnays of this quality would cost you $100 rather than $50. The Drive Block has toast and a bit of popcorn on the palate, but it's completely balanced by a flinty minerality and vibrant acidity that prevent it from being too oaky or flabby. This is what I wish CA Chardonnay tasted like. I guess I'll just have to keep having it shipped up from thousands of miles below the equator however.

2012 Glen Carlou Chardonnay Paarl South Africa
Review Date: 1-30-2014
This is just a no-brainer Chardonnay--no matter what kind of Chardonnay you like. It's a richer, Burgundian style, so if you want the oak, it's there, but if you value acidity and crispness, it's got plenty of that, too. For the price, it's crazy.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir Cheviot Hills
Review Date: 1-30-2014
This is a showstopper Pinot Noir for $20. It's like a vibrant red Burgundy with cleaner fruit and less earth. Tart cranberry, light in body, and with a foresty note that brings to mind Chorey les Beaune. What a deal.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Mata "Elston" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 1-30-2014
Real deal, Burgundian-style Chardonnay. I've been giving all of my Burgundy customers Southern Hemisphere wine lately because that's where the value is. This is leesy, mineral-driven, snappy Chardonnay with weight and richness. It has depth, complexity, and stunningly clean flavors that pop on the palate. Drink it up, while it lasts.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 1-16-2014
Wonderfully crisp and clean, made from 60-year-old vines left from his grandfather's plot. This is world-class Chardonnay for C-H-E-A-P! Fresh and vibrant on the finish.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de la Charrière Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc "Vermots Dessus" Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 1-16-2014
I'm always a big fan of this wine every vintage. It's so light on its feet and fresh on the finish, but without sacrificing flavor or complexity. There's not nearly as much richness or texture as most fuller-bodied Burgundian whites, but there's a fresh fruit and floral note on the finish, possibly added by the small percentage of Pinot Blanc in the mix. Lovely stuff.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de la Charrière Bourgogne Rouge Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 1-16-2014
The Pinot Noir fruit for this wine comes from the village of Marange, which is south of the Cotes de Nuits, near Santaney. It's important because it's where the so-called "Golden Slope" comes to an end--meaning the chalky limestone in the soil (part of what makes great Burgundy wines what they are) turns more brown. It's not so much a lesser wine growing area as it is just unknown. That's why you only have to pay $15.99 for this little gem. It's juicy and full of dark berries on the nose with a bit of structure and an earthiness on the palate. I love it for the price.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Jacques Bavard Meursault
Review Date: 1-16-2014
Meursault seems to get more expensive every vintage, as Burgundy fans are flocking to its richer mouthfeel and pronounced character. I'm not always a fan of that extra richness, but I found Bavard's version quite striking. It's clean on the entry with fresh fruit flavors and zippy acidity before moving later into richer, nutty flavors of toasted almond and mineral accents. I would hard pressed to keep my hands off of this one, even though I know it will taste better in a few years. Great wine.
Price: $41.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Jacques Bavard Monthelie Rouge
Review Date: 1-16-2014
This is always one of the staff's favorite wines and it's easy to see why. Just a gorgeous nose of fresh cranberry, a vibrant acidity on the mid-palate, and a fresh, fruity finish. Monthelie is a small village that lies between the better-known communes of Volnay and Auxey-Duresses in the Cote de Beaune. There are fifteen premier cru sites in Monthelie, but I've never tasted a wine from them as pretty as this Bavard.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de la Charrière Pommard "Cuvée Tradition" Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 1-16-2014
This is a combination of wines from four different sites around Pommard, from whom Girardin was able to source fruit. The nose is pure cherry with a meaty and savory note on the palate, along with dark fruit. It's mineral on the finish, almost with a hint of graphite. It's good now. It will be great in a few years and, compared to the $60 price tags we usually see for Pommard, it's a steal.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de la Charrière Bourgogne Chardonnay Domaine Yves Girardin
Review Date: 1-16-2014
There's a lot of wine for your money in this bottle. It's earthier on the entry, but slowly eases into a rich and mineral-laden palate that finishes cleanly and with finesse. It's much more than a simple drinker. It's a hint of what makes white Burgundy what it is.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Lot 40 Rye 2012 Release Canadian Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-15-2014
Like other "American" rye whiskies, such as Whistle Pig, Masterson's, and Jefferson's, the Lot 40 showcases more of that great Canadian-distilled rye whiskey backstock. I was blown away by this whisky when I tasted it. Then I read Davin de Kergommeaux's amazing review and learned about the story behind the brand. This has been one of the most talked about whiskies by Canadian and European collectors for years. For the entire back story, check out Davin's post here: http://www.canadianwhisky.org/reviews/lot-no-40-2012-release-43-alcvol.html
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-15-2014
With the prices of almost all single malt whisky brands increasing by $2 every few months, it's rare to see a brand actually going down in price. But the new owners of Glenrothes (Berry Bros & Rudd, the K&L of London) want to get competitive with their new label and we've been able to bring the select reserve down to sub-$40. Many of us at K&L cut our teeth on this malt. It's soft and supple due to the sherry aging, and easy to drink. It's a huge step up over Glenlivet 12, but not as expensive as say Macallan 12. For an everyday sipper, it's pleasant and simple, hitting all the right sweet spots. It's Scotch that tastes like Scotch for people who like Scotch and it's a very fair price.
Price: $38.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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