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Thierry Thibault Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-27-2018
Yay! Our Champagne buyer has picked up another fantastic grower-producer Champagne that drinks well above its price. Thierry Thibault's Brut is beautifully crisp with flavors of white peach, kiwi and granny smith apple with a solid acid backbone and subtle toastiness. This is definitely a bottle of bubbles I'll be stocking in my fridge for the summertime!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2013 Site Wines "Larner Vineyard" Grenache Ballard Canyon Santa Barbara
Review Date: 09-29-2018
\This is another wine that Jeremy poured for us that was really impressive. Larner Vineyard, dominated by sandy soil, is on the southern end of Ballard Canyon, a warmer wine growing region in Santa Barbara County. Like the Site Syrah, this wine possesses real power with black cherry, blueberry, baking spice and floral notes. Fresh, with fine tannin, this wine will easily continue to age for another 6–8 years.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 VN 91

2013 Site Wines "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Syrah Santa Maria Valley
Review Date: 09-29-2018
This is a stunner of a wine. The fruit source, Bien Nacido Vineyard, is the most famous site in the Santa Maria Valley, dominated by Los Osos clay loam soil and greatly influenced by the nearby Pacific Ocean. Other well-known wineries that grab fruit from here include Sine Qua Non, Jonata, Au Bon Climat and Ojai. About 85% of the fruit was destemmed, 15% foot-stomped, and then it was aged 20 months in new barrique. This Syrah is powerful and concentrated without losing balance of acidity and finesse. Notes of smoked meats, raspberries, spices and herbs really take the stage with ageworthy structure and a long finish that’ll keep you coming back.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 VN 92

2016 Adelaida Adelaida District Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-27-2018
Adelaida’s Zinfandel block was planted in 2003 with cuttings taken from two of the oldest vineyards in Paso Robles (planted in the 1880s). The heritage clones are head-trained and dry farmed at 1,500–2,000 feet in elevation in the district’s mountainous terroir. Lots of brambly fruit, briary notes, lift and freshness from the calcareous soils.
Price: $24.95 Add To Cart

2015 Adelaida Estate "Anna's Red" Adelaida District Red Blend
Review Date: 09-27-2018
An homage to the legendary wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, grown on steep, south-facing slopes at high elevations, this GSM blend has a dash of Petite Sirah. Rich, full-bodied, smoky dark fruits. Leather, dried herbs, scorched earth. Ripe tannins, lovely purity and balance.

2016 Adelaida "HMR Estate Vineyard" Adelaida District Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-27-2018
The Chardonnay from HMR vineyard is quite unlike other Paso expressions of this varietal. The combination of these old vines and shallow, limestone soils really shows on the mineral-infused palate intertwined with fine acidity from the cooling coastal breezes. Remarkably refined and elegant, a surprise favorite for many of us on the trip to the Central Coast.
Price: $34.95 Add To Cart

2015 Deovlet "Sanford & Benedict Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-27-2018
A gorgeous wine and my favorite of our Central Coast trip. Incredibly aromatic and concentrated with plump blackberries, cherries and baking spices, and extraordinary depth and elegance from an amazing vineyard!

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-07-2018
The Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose is one of my favorite rose Champagnes in the store! It comes from all Grand Cru vineyards mostly in the south and north of the Montagne de Reims and is entirely Pinot Noir. It has a gorgeous salmon-pink color in the glass, and is very expressive on the nose and palate. It's full of red fruit character and richness from 5 years aging on the less. Every time I go back to this wine it never disappoints!

2016 Substance "Sunset Vineyard" Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 09-05-2018
This Sauvignon Blanc from Washington was a pleasant surprise. It has an interesting, complex nose that is savory and flinty, reminding me of a French inspired style white. Bright citrus and stone fruits also come through on the palate along with persistent acidity and freshness. The price point is a bonus, making it a great value.

2016 Intrinsic Columbia Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 07-26-2018
This is a Columbia Valley red blend made with Bordeaux varieties but in a unique way. Winemaker Juan Muñoz-Oca aged Malbec juice on Cabernet Franc skins and Cabernet Franc juice on Malbec to make a decadent, layered red. Bold flavors and aromas include black cherries, dark chocolate, fig and raspberry liqour with a smooth, silky mouthfeel and mellow tannin. The balance is simply on point, and can be enjoyed now.

2016 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 07-26-2018
Seghesio's Sonoma Zinfandel is easily one of the best Zinfandels at this price point. Sourcing from all over Sonoma including Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley, this wine is nicely balanced with black and red fruits and lovely spice. A touch of Petite Sirah is added to amp up that classic California Zin character. Pair it with your barbecued meats this summer and you won't be disappointed!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
WS 93

2015 Roserock (Drouhin Oregon) Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-13-2018
I became a big fan of these Roserock wines when I tasted their previous releases and this 2015 did not disappoint. Roserock is a special site on the southern tip of Eola-Amity Hills in the Willamette Valley dominated by ancient volcanic soils. This wine is beautifully balanced with floral, spice, lifted dark berries and a medium tannic structure. I highly suggest this to all the Oregon Pinot fans out there!

2014 AXR Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-12-2018
This is one of my favorite California Chardonnays I’ve tasted recently. This wine is made by Jean Hoefliger, a Swiss native who’s full time job is crafting wines for Alpha Omega Winery. AXR's 2014 Chardonnay shows excellent balance with a round, full palate and driving acidity. This crowd pleaser has complex character with stone fruits, citrus, minerality and a bright, clean finish.

Woodinville Straight 100% Rye Whiskey (750ml )
Review Date: 06-12-2018
Rye fans should definitely check out this Washington handcrafted whiskey. You immediately know it’s rye from the nose by it’s rye bread and spice aromas. On the palate there’s cinnamon, cedar, spearmint, subtly fruity notes and oak character throughout. The overall body is rich and full and is a perfect candidate for your rye cocktails.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 06-12-2018
The coolest thing about this distillery is that they are truly grain to glass. They grow all their own grains, do everything by hand and are meticulous in their craft which really shows in this whiskey. Full of flavor, Woodinville’s Straight Bourbon shows creme brulee, caramel, vanilla, spice and a nice sweet finish. Don’t miss out on this distillery's debut to California.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

2015 Halcón "Cerise Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Anderson Valley is becoming one of my favorite California regions for Pinot Noir because of its cooler climate, lighter, acid driven wines. Cerise Vineyard is a special site of about 12 acres ​situated above the town of Boonville. Halcon's 2015 offering has wild strawberry, violet and earthy tones on the nose while the palate has lively acidity, silky texture and a very long finish. ​A really awesome showing from this vineyard that shouldn't be missed!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2015 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-31-2018
What a truly phenomenal value for top notch Mount Veeder Cabernet! The fruit for this wine comes from the Pym Rae vineyard which is one of the highest in the AVA at over 1800 feet in elevation. This is Robert Craig's last vintage from this property, so I wouldn't hesitate to grab a bottle. The nose just screams Mount Veeder with blackberry, cherry, pencil shaving and eucalyptus character. It has a big, robust palate with firm structure that will begin to show fantastically in a few years.

2016 Halcón "Alturas" Yorkville Highlands Syrah
Review Date: 05-17-2018
The previous vintage of this Syrah from Halcon was stunning, but this 2016 ​is even better. This Syrah has 50% stem inclusion, and also has 3% of Viognier​ co-fermented to give it a beautiful floral lift. There's complexity and balance in this wine with expressed notes of violets, red and black fruit, exotic spice and dried herbs. It's full-bodied with nice structure, so there's definitely aging potential in this Syrah. All this for 30 bucks? You can't go wrong.

2013 Maysara "Cyrus - Momtazi Vineyard" McMinnville Pinot Noir (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 05-12-2018
This is a fantastic Pinot from Oregon, especially if you want to dabble in biodynamic/natural wines. It's an alluring wine that's rustic, savory, floral and doesn't fail to show fruit too. Notes of blackberries, earth, violets, incense, cedar and spice are expressed with a medium body. Shows great with some decanting and even the next day.

Petit & Bajan Nuit Blanche Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-17-2018
When our Champagne buyer comes back from his annual buy trip, we are always eager to see what awesome new wines he has discovered. The Petit Bajan Blanc de Blanc is one of those wines and what a gem it is! Complex and rich in texture, this Champagne expresses lemon peel, stone fruit with a nutty back end and solid acid backbone. Champagne fans should not miss this one!
Price: $42.99 Add To Cart

2014 Keenan "Reserve" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-10-2018
This is an absolutely beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon from the family owned and operated Keenan winery. This solar-powered, sustainably grown property is up in the historic Spring Mountain District where Cabernet thrives and produces concentrated berries and wines that are made to last. This reserve bottling definitely shows that. Rich, dark fruit character with dried herbs and eucalyptus and a solid tannic structure. With some time spent in the cellar, this wine will shine.

2015 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 04-05-2018
Here is a fantastic opportunity to experience Cabernet from the same vineyard as the famous Dominus at a fraction of the cost! This year's Napanook is simply classic with violets, black cherry, cassis, mint and lovely oak integration. It's approachability gives you the opportunity to open this beauty up in a couple years and another in 10 years to see how its evolved.

2015 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-20-2018
This is not your typical California Chardonnay as it's racy and minerally, yet maintains fruit richness. All estate fruit from 3 vineyards in St. Rita Hills contribute orange blossom, ​lime zest, kiwi and mineral flavors and aromas. This sharply focused wine only sees neutral barrels and does not go through malolactic fermentation to keep this wine elegant and fresh. If you lean towards a more French style Chardonnay, I'd say give this one a shot!

2016 Wilson Foreigner "Rorick Vineyard" Albariño Sierra Foothills
Review Date: 03-07-2018
This is an Albarino that is absolutely worth the money! Wilson Foreigner is a collaboration between a Napa based couple and a South African couple who strive to show case true terroir with minimal intervention. The lovely richness of this wine comes from fermenting in neutral French and Hungarian barrels, as well as full malolactic fermentation. Fresh citrus, floral and saline are expressed on the palate and finishes with a nice softness.
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2016 Windchaser "Red Triangle" Mendocino Red Blend
Review Date: 03-07-2018
Berekley based winery Windchaser is a small production winery sourcing from high quality vineyards throughout Northern California. Red Triangle is an interesting blend of Syrah, Grenache and Pinot Noir that work quite well together. Dark fruit, floral, tea and cedar are expressed on the nose and palate with medium-body and freshness. Give this delightful blend a try!
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2016 Hanzell "Sebella" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-23-2018
A year ago I went on the K&L Sonoma buy trip and Hanzell was my favorite property we visited. Sebella was the wine we were first poured and I absolutely loved it. The 2016 Sebella is just as vibrant and zesty as I remember previous vintages with key lime, mineral and bright acid. They used fruit from the younger vines on the Hanzell estate and some from other Sonoma growers. Only neutral oak is used and it does not go through malolactic fermentation. This is one of the best crisp style Chardonnays we have from California!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WE 94

2014 Galerie "Pleinair" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-22-2018
Napa Cabernet at this price does not get any better. I absolutely love the balance of rich fruit, tobacco and baking spices that are shown in this wine. The dusty, earthiness this wine has is compelling and the structure is firm with lovely acidity. This delicious wine can be drunk now, or held for several years.

2015 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-14-2018
Those who are familiar with Argyle probably know about their sparkling wines that put them on the Oregon wine map back in 1987. The winery has since then expanded their portfolio to include other wines, like this Reserve Pinot Noir which comes from their estate vineyards throughout Willamette Valley. This inviting Pinot is bursting with bright red fruit, a touch of spice and is silky on the palate with some tannin to pull it together. Incredibly approachable and drinkable.. you won't be disappointed!
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 VN 93

2014 Amapola Creek "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 02-08-2018
This is an amazing Zinfandel at a great price point. Delicious red cherry, vanilla and spice are shown on the palate with a surprising freshness and brightness. A touch of sweetness is expressed on the mid-palate with the finish being more on the dry side. This is for sure stand out!
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart
RP 94 JD 90

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-05-2017
Canard-Duchene's Authentic Brut is truly an impressive Champagne in the sub-$30 range. The blend here is 43% Pinot Noir, 25% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay​ and has amazing balance and elegance. Flavors of orchard fruits and citrus are paired with lovely richness, nuttiness and bright acidity. THIS IS A CHAMPAGNE STEAL!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-04-2017
​This is a fabulous rosé Champagne that is incredibly crisp, light and finishes super dry. It shows delicate flavors of red fruits like strawberries and cranberries. There is also an intriguing mineral character that comes through on the finish creating freshness along with the bright acidity. You can't go wrong, especially for the price!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2004 Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Alexandra" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-14-2017
Wow! What a beautifully complex Champagne from Laurent Perrier. The Grand Siecle Brut is one of my favorites, so I already knew this rose would be special. The 80% Pinot Noir that's in this wine provides red berry, floral and an overall rich and decadent mouthfeel. With some food, this Champagne will be absolutely delightful!

2014 Taken Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-29-2017
Taken is a lovely blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that's full bodied and would be delicious paired with easygoing dishes like barbecued ribs, pizza or burgers. Zinfandel like qualities are shown in this wine but with more grip and structure. Blackberries, plum, dark chocolate, oak spice are shown on the palate with a smooth and round finish. A great value for Napa Valley reds!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
JS 93

2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-11-2017
The 2014 Pahlmeyer Bordeaux blend really hits the mark when it comes to luxury, elegance and balance, just what we'd expect from a high-end Napa producer. Fabulous aromatics fill the glass of ​black cherries, cocoa powder, licorice and cedar box. On the palate this wine is super silky and concentrated with bold flavors and balanced out with tannin and mid-palate acidity. This wine is sure to age well, but could be enjoyed young as well.

2015 Jax Vineyard "Y3" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-16-2017
This is a great Napa Chardonnay in the $20 range that falls in the middle of buttery/oaky and crisper styles. 100% Chardonnay aged in concrete tanks with complex flavors of lemon zest, caramel, tropical notes, apple and minerality that's full-bodied but with a lovely freshness. There is a lengthy finish that will keep you going back for more.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 93

2013 Thomas Fogarty "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-01-2017
I don't think you could go wrong with this bottle of wine as it is quite delicious and a good deal. This Chardonnay is made from a winery that's been in the business since 1981 and is made of all estate, single-vineyard fruit from the Santa Cruz mountains. Lemon creme, fresh peaches, white floral and ocean spray are interlaced with bright acid and a weighty mouthfeel.

2014 Maison L'Envoyé "The Attaché" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-28-2017
Maison L’Envoye, founded by Mark Tarlov, began in Burgundy and is now making wine in Tasmania and Williamette Valley as well. The Attache Pinot Noir is a barrel selection of the best lots and showcases true Williamette Valley terroir. Lifted and lush with blue and red fruits, the oak and spice add even more layers to this powerful Pinot.

2013 Fuenteseca Huerta Singular "El Maguey" Blanco Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 02-03-2017
​​​​​​This is an amazing tequila and it's honestly unlike any tequila I've tasted before. The Fuenteseca Ensamble is one of the my favorites in the store and this blanco version is just as delicious. The fact that this tequila is from a single area with a specific terroir makes it even more unique and special. It's complex and full-bodied, yet it has pure, concentrated agave aroma and flavor. This is a tequila to not miss out on!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart