Staff Favorites - Jeff Garneau

Jeff Garneau
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Jeff has been a member of the sales staff in our Redwood City store for the past four years. His first introduction to wine was as a waiter in an upscale Italian restaurant in Hanover, NH more years ago than he likes to admit. He slowly made his way west to wine country, working his way across the US as a graduate student in geography, a public sector researcher in regional economic development, and briefly, in the wake of the Anderson-Enron scandal, a records management coordinator for one of the remaining Big Five accounting firms. Finally, surrendering to the inevitable, he accepted a position in the wine business here at K&L. His goals for the next four years include drinking more wines from Italy and France and trying to limit the number of open bottles on the dinner table on any given night to fewer than six.


Reviews

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2013 Meurgey-Croses Mâcon-Uchizy
Review Date: 2-28-2015
A brand new addition to K&L's collection of great white Burgundy values. 100% Chardonnay from Uchizy in the Maconnais. Very floral on the nose with hints of acacia. Round and richly textured with plenty of weight in the mouth but with a firm, mineral core. Lovely ripe fruit leaning more towards stone fruits - peach and nectarine. Drank this alongside the 2013 Les Heritiers de Comte Lafon "Les Maranches" Macon-Uchizy $32.99. At half the price, the 2013 Meurgey-Croses compares very favorably. Flavor profile is identical, and the Meurgey-Croses is the more immediately accessible of the two. A real value.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Il Valentiano Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 2-28-2015
100% Sangiovese in the classic style from Montalcino. Medium to full-bodied, silky in texture, showing all the ripeness of the 2012 vintage. Bright, sweet, morello cherry notes with a slightly bitter "amaro" finish. For those looking for a traditional Tuscan red at a great price.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Duluc de Branaire-Ducru
Review Date: 2-20-2015
I have a vague memory of some famous British wine critic opining that the "sole purpose of a second wine is to improve the quality of the Grand Vin; one is never supposed to actually drink it". Fair point, but it would be a shame to miss out on second wines in a vintage like 2009. The quality of the vintage is such that they really shine, offering exceptional value for money. The 2009 Duluc de Branaire Ducru perfectly mirrors the vintage as a whole, offering fresh, ripe fruit, smooth, silky texture, and fine tannins. Branaire Ducru remains one of the great values in St Julien, the second wine even more so.
Price: $31.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Arnaud, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 2-20-2015
While great vintages like 2010 produce some of the most famously expensive wines in Bordeaux, they also produce a wealth of drinkable, affordable wines of exceptional quality. This inexpensive AOC Bordeaux from Chateau Arnaud is one such. Round and ripe red and black fruits with just a hint of black licorice and a firm finish. You'll enjoy every bottle twice. Once when you drink it, and again when you recall you only paid $10.99 for it.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Gigault "Cuvée 'Viva" Premières Côtes de Blaye
Review Date: 2-20-2015
One of the great Right Bank values from the Cotes de Blaye. Always a wine to look for. Difficult to follow the outstanding '09 and the unparalleled '10, but the 2011 Gigault Cuvee Viva makes the most of a challenging vintage, offering rich, upfront fruit. Soft, ripe, and juicy, this wine is already drinking well and should continue to do so over the next few years.
Price: Hidden View Price JS 91 BC 0

2011 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 2-18-2015
Tasted blind in a recent K&L weekly staff tasting along with the 2000 Pontet Canet. Thank god Clyde decided to taste us blind on this 2011 Pontet Canet or I likely would have allowed my feelings about the vintage as a whole to color my perceptions. The class and breed of the exceptional terroir at Pontet Canet along with the incredible work done by the Tesseron family over the past twenty years really shines through here in a wine made under very challenging conditions. Youthful character, remarkably sweet fruit, and firm but not astringent tannins. And what length! Quite possibly the wine of the vintage.
Top Value!

2012 Von Strasser "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 2-14-2015
Without reservation, without equivocation, without fear of contradiction I can genuinely say that the Von Strasser "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best $20 Cabs on our shelves. This is the second label from the Von Strasser winery in Calistoga. Their top Cabs sell for $50 and $80 respectively. At a mere $19.99 the "Rudy" offers plenty of sweet fruit balanced by tart acidity with notes of fresh picked raspberry and bing cherry. A deft use of oak lends a little spice. Fine tannins frame the finish. Really shows off the strength of this 2012 vintage. We opened a bottle with dinner last night "just to taste" and ended up drinking it to the dregs. If you are looking for a great bottle of California Cabernet that you can enjoy tonight without paying a fortune, look no further.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie "Prestige Vielles Vignes" Champagne
Review Date: 2-10-2015
The wines of Paul-Vincent Ariston were the first from Champagne to be imported directly by K&L some 15 years ago now, and the Ariston Aspasie Prestige Vielles Vignes is still one of the best values on our shelves. The current cuvee, though not vintage dated, is composed entirely of fruit from the exceptional 2008 vintage (certainly the best vintage in Champagne since 1996, and perhaps even surpassing that much-heralded year). A blend of all three principal varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier) from 65 year old vines, the old vine character really shines through here, yielding a wine of surpassing concentration and depth. This is one to savor, or perhaps to cellar for a few years. You can congratulate yourself on your foresight in the years to come.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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2013 Haut-Bergey Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 2-3-2015
Just 2 hectares of the nearly 30 hectare estate of Haut Bergey are planted to white wine grapes, roughly 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. This limited production Bordeaux Blanc is fermented in stainless steel tanks then spends 12 months in barrel, about 30% new. On the nose, exotic, tropical notes of guava and melon. Bright, tangy fruit on the palate, mango and cara cara orange. Ripe and round in the mouth with good weight. Mineral in character with a firm finish. Delicious now and an excellent value in a classic white Bordeaux.

2004 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 2-3-2015
2004 is one of those often overlooked vintages. Not in the top rank for the decade but solidly good, with quite a few well-priced wines of superb quality. The 2004 Chateau Haut Bergey from Pessac-Leognan is certainly one of these. It possesses lovely weight and richness with plenty of ripe red and black fruits, cherry and plum. There is an intriguing note of green tobacco, at once both comfortingly familiar and beguilingly exotic.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2013 Domaine du Tariquet "Classic" Cotes de Gascogne Blanc
Review Date: 1-31-2015
I discovered the wines of the Cotes de Gascogne almost by accident. I thought I was picking up a bottle of white Bordeaux when I noticed the difference in the label. The whites of Gascony can include Sauvignon, Semillon, and Muscadelle, just as in Bordeaux. However, you are just as likely to find Ugni Blanc, Colombard, or Gros and Petit Manseng. These wines are crisp, dry, refreshing, and almost universally inexpensive. The 2013 Domaine du Tariquet Classic Cotes de Gascogne Blanc is a superb example. From one of our top Armagnac producers.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1995 Poujeaux Moulis-en-Médoc
Review Date: 1-27-2015
Always one of the great Bordeaux values, and along with Chasse Spleen one of the two top properties in Moulis. This 20 year old '95 Poujeaux is a perfectly aged Bordeaux at the peak of its powers. Wonderfully aromatic. Lovely floral notes. An explosion of violets leapt from the bottle as soon as I withdrew the cork. Plenty of ripe black fruits, currant and blackberry. Very fresh and fine. Firm tannins. This is drinking beautifully now and should hold its own for a while yet though likely without improving substantially. Enjoy!
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

1995 Calon-Ségur, St Estèphe
Review Date: 1-27-2015
It's hard to believe this vintage is now 20 years old. '95 and '96 were the two top vintages of the decade and as they reach their twentieth birthday no doubt many of the wines will receive renewed scrutiny. 20 to 30 years old is prime maturity for most Bordeaux wines and many will be reaching their peak over the next decade. That being said, the 1995 Calon Segur, St-Estephe still seems very youthful with still firm tannins and just a hint of aged character emerging. The oak is nicely integrated at this point with lovely spice notes. Plenty of sweet, ripe fruit and classic Cabernet character of blackberry and cassis. As my colleague Ralph Sands notes, all the reasons we drink Bordeaux can be found in this bottle. I love this wine.

2004 Meyney, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 1-27-2015
What is it about St-Estephe? There are so many great properties that are able to offer top notch Bordeaux at a reasonable price - Ormes de Pez, Phelan Segur, and of course, Meyney, among others. I have a soft spot for Chateau Meyney because I have enjoyed so many great bottles over the years. My nephew, an '89, loves the wine from his birth year. I added a case of the 2009 to the cellar immediately after tasting it. What a find then this 2004 Chateau Meyney, St-Estephe was. While '04 was not one of the great vintages of that decade it was solidly good, in my opinion, and produced some very good wines. At just over 10 years old, the '04 Meyney is still coming together. The oak will no doubt become better integrated with time and the already very fine tannins will no doubt soften a bit. Still, even now the wine has a remarkable freshness, a positively silky texture, and a ripeness of fruit that tempts one to consume it earlier.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2010 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Cowley" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 1-27-2015
At $30 one of the best overall values in Pinot Noir in the store, bar none. This vineyard shows a side of Pinot Noir I simply love - bright red fruits like cranberry and sour cherry, rhubarb and pomegranate with plenty of spice and a hint of something a bit more exotically floral. I fell in love with the 2009 vintage due to its exceptional ripeness. I am working my way through the last few bottles of my third case of that wine. I was eager to try the 2010 version, from a vintage I knew to be more typically cooler. Less overt ripeness here but a lot more concentration and complexity. A more serious wine in every way. Approachable now with some time in the decanter but will doubtless reward a few years in the cellar. An extraordinary wine at this price.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

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