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2017 Joseph Drouhin Mâcon Villages
Review Date: 03-15-2019
It's so exciting to see the 2017 Burgundies hit the shelf after such great anticipation of the fantastic vintage. What better one to start with than one of our favorite producers, Joseph Drouhin. Done all in stainless steel, this wine takes the slightly richer flavors of Macon and brings freshness and vibrancy with tank fermentation and aging. This producer is always on point, and with soft peach, zesty lime acid, and subtle white flower notes, this is truly a great Burgundy for this sub-$15 price point.
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Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 03-09-2019
One of the most acclaimed Australian Chardonnays is back with a new vintage and, dare I say, it may be even better than last year's. Full of mineral-drive, thanks to no malolactic fermentation, this wine stands up to great Burgundies in ageability and precision. The classic hallmark flavors of orchard fruit, mandarin, and white flowers are all present, accompanied by a lush undertone of oak. The palate is clean and sharp with a long finish, indicating this will definitely hold up with cellar aging. Robert Mondavi certainly knew what he was doing when he declared this site in Margaret River perfect for Chardonnay in the 1970s, as evident by this undeniably good wine.

2016 Scattered Peaks Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-06-2019
With fruit from Napa only getting more and more expensive, it's becoming increasingly difficult if not impossible to find a good Cabernet under the $45 mark. That's why I found the Scattered Peaks, with such an illustrious pedigree behind it, an almost unreal deal. Coming from one of the most experienced winemakers in the Valley, this wine holds all the elements of a high-end, complete Cab; no wonder last vintage was one of our best sellers! This is a medium-bodied Cab with notes of blackberry, cedar, and soft cocoa melding seamlessly together. Drinkable now, this Cab is sure to impress as a gift if you can bear to give it away.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart

2017 Tensley "Colson Canyon Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah
Review Date: 03-06-2019
There have been few domestic Syrah's I've tried lately that have impressed me as much as this one. The classic dark fruit character is present and shining, but I was struck by how vibrant the mouthfeel was and how lifted the palate. The oak is in perfect balance and aids in rounding out the structure. I love that Tensley does so many renditions of Syrah as each has their own unique style and traits. "Colson Canyon" is a particularly intriguing one.

Mortlach 20 Year Old "Cowie's Blue Seal" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape)
Review Date: 02-28-2019
This is one of the truest expressions of a Mortlach whiskey, with subtle power, perfectly melded characters, and a rich, lingering palate. Carrying the most umami notes of the three expressions, the meatiness is well balanced by dark plumy fruits and Christmas spice. Blackberry and cacao lead and these flavors are backed by earth, leather, and a very subtle barrel char. Though this is a bit more of a splurge, it’s not too hard to justify from such a classic, highly-respected producer.
Price: $199.99 Add To Cart

Mortlach 16 Year-Old "Distiller's Dram" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape)
Review Date: 02-28-2019
It’s almost unheard of to find a 16 year old sherry-cask whiskey of this caliber from such a well-respected producer at this price point. Spicy, dark, bold, and complex this is Mortlach at its finest. This bottling is a little meatier and with more chocolate notes than the 12 year because of the use of straight sherry cask. Dark, nearly dried fruits meld seamlessly with leather and tobacco notes. The smoke quotient is quite low here, but there is a roasted note coming through. This is complex, smooth, and a great middle ground between the lightness of the 12 year and gaminess of the 20 year.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
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Mortlach 12 Year Old "The Wee Witchie" Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape)
Review Date: 02-28-2019
Mortlach is known for producing some beefy, big whiskeys, and though the 12 year is certainly not lacking in power, there is an elegance and lift to it I haven't seen from Mortlach in the past. A rich mouthfeel thanks to the use of French and American oak brings lingering notes of citrus, light spice, and subtle toast. There is no obvious peatiness, only perhaps a very subtle hint of smoke from the barrel char. The distillery style shows through on the finish, which packs some power, savory game notes, and hints of leather. Overall a great offering from Mortlach at a pretty unbeatable price.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2018 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Rosé Central Otago
Review Date: 02-20-2019
Made from Pinot Noir grapes from one of Mount Edward's most esteemed vineyards, Muirkirk, this is our first 2018 Rosé into the store! This block is picked specifically for Rosé (no saignée here) and is light, delicate, and refreshing in its acidity. Not meant to be sweet or fruity, this has a beautiful light color and sophisticated, smooth texture. Rosé makes a great food-pairing wine any time of year and this offering form Mount Edward is no exception. Mount Edward is one of our most exciting Direct Imports and winemaker Duncan Forsyth is one of the first winemakers in the Central Otago region. The unique continental climate of Otago combined with the higher than average sunshine penetration create grapes that are physiologically ripe without becoming overly sweet. The schist soils build an incredible line of acidity making this Rosé lip-smacking and undeniably delectable.
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Bodegas Norton "Privada" Family Blend Mendoza
Review Date: 02-20-2019
While Mendoza is known for their single varietal Malbec, this bottling shows they can do a pretty killer red blend with the varietal as well. Rich in style, but with a healthy backbone of structure and acid for balance, I was impressed with the layers in this wine. The Malbec gives spice and dark fruits, the Merlot adds some softness, and the Cabernet gives a little kick of tannin to give a longer finish. This will make a great crowd-pleasing Bordeaux blend.

2016 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-20-2019
There is a lot of fruit in this Pinot, but the medium weight body means the fruit is delicate and lifted, not overly ripe and flat. Bishop's Peak is one of my favorite values in Domestic wines and offers a lot of complexity for the price. This would be a fantastic choice for a house red or a party as it is easy-drinking and sure to please everyone.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-20-2019
I've always found the Bishop's Peak wines to offer a surplus of flavor for the cost. This Chardonnay is bright and fresh, with an uplifting amount of acidity and truly a lot of intricacy. San Luis Obispo is offering a lot of value and is a great alternative from the ever-increasing prices of NorCal wines.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Nor'Wester (Omihi) by Greystone Pinot Noir North Canterbury
Review Date: 02-20-2019
From acclaimed Greystone winemaker Dom Maxwell comes this pure and precise take on Pinot Noir, equal to any Old World site in terms of quality. This wine is made from small batches of Pinot all fermented using wild yeasts, aged in French oak barrique for ten months, and bottled unfined and unfiltered to maintain complexity and texture. Greystone winery takes great care to gently handle the fruit and to ensure only the highest quality is released. Recently named "Winemaker of the Year" in Gourmet Traveller, Dom Maxwell is pioneering new techniques and gaining fast recognition. With the help of viticulturalist Nick Gill (of Tongue in Groove pedigree), Nor'Wester is displaying itself to be one of the most interesting and friendly wines on the shelf. Dusky tannin, delicate earth notes, dark cherry, with a medium-body and a great line of acidity are the markers of this wine from one of the most under-rated areas in New Zealand.
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2012 Glenelly 'Estate Reserve' Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch
Review Date: 02-19-2019
I'm always excited to find wines from producers who venture out beyond their own backyard to across the globe, because it means they are so passionate and believe that wine region to be so good, they will go to great lengths to make wine there. This exquisite bottling is one such example of that, with May de Lencquesaing of Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande fame, leaving behind Bordeaux to explore the growing South African wine industry. She has taken her years of expertise in Bordeaux and has translated that to this powerful and intricate red blend in Stellenbosch. Anytime someone makes the move from one of the most renowned wine regions in the world to invest in a place she finds to be more exciting, I sit up to take notice of what drew this person to their new passion. This bottling is a delicious blend of classic Bordeaux flavors of cedar, black fruits, and leather, with some quintessentially South African flavors of dried herb, tobacco, and blackberry. The addition of Syrah adds nice softness and fruit and provides a needed contrast to the powerful structure and savory characters of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. If one of the leading ladies of the wine industry thought this was a wine worth making, I am certainly excited to get it into as many hands as possible.
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2015 Beaumont Pinotage Bot River South Africa
Review Date: 02-15-2019
From the cool climate of the Bot River region, the majority of this wine is made from 40-plus-year-old vines. The older vines lend structure and length, while the younger vines contribute bright red fruit and vibrancy. Fermentation occurs in concrete tanks, which helps round out harsh edges without contributing any oak flavor. This one is fresh and absolutely delicious!
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Diemersfontein Pinotage Wellington
Review Date: 02-15-2019
One of the richest and darkest fruited Pinotages on the shelf, this is a blend of fruit from six vineyards in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Dominated by notes of coffee and chocolate, this wine could be paired with lamb stew or prime rib, but the winery really feels it fits best with rich chocolate lava cake.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 FRAM Pinotage Citrusdal Mountain Western Cape
Review Date: 02-15-2019
Coming from the Citrusdal Mountain region north of the Swartland, these Pinotage vines sit in red sandy soil, the hallmark of dry and difficult growing conditions. Thanks to the vines’ struggle for survival, consumers are left with a wine of great length and intensity, with purity of fruit and just the right balance of structure to grace.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 Beeslaar Pinotage Stellenbosch
Review Date: 02-15-2019
From winemaker Abrie Beeslaar comes one of the most critically acclaimed Pinotages on the market. Abrie, who has been named “International Winemaker of the Year” three separate times, also happens to be the winemaker at the premier Pinotage winery, Kanonkop. When he is not making the Grand Cru of Pinotage for Kanonkop, he is doing it for his own label. Elegant, complex, and age-worthy, this is one of the best Pinotages I’ve ever tasted.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2017 Fromm "Clayvin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-15-2019
One of Fromm’s single vineyard offerings, the 2017 Clayvin Vineyard Pinot Noir is much more brooding, with dark, supple fruits, earthy spice, and a long finish, and offers a fascinating contrast to the other single vineyard bottlings.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
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2014 TWR (Te Whare Ra) "SV5182 - Single Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-15-2019
This has some serious complexity and drive behind it. The blend of clones from all estate fruit adds nuance of flavor including red and black fruits, dried herb, and dusty tannin. The BioGro number SV5182 is essentially a zip code for the vineyard, allowing transparency in the origin and farming of the fruit, all-important factors for these biodynamically dedicated farmers.

2015 Mt Beautiful Riesling North Canterbury
Review Date: 02-15-2019
Lauded by many critics as one of the most underrated growing sites in New Zealand, North Canterbury is catching up and bottling up some absolutely beautiful wines. Riesling is the first varietal that Mt. Beautiful grew and released to the public, so not only have they had years to perfect it, but it holds a special place in their heart. A little weightier and denser than the others on the list; orchard and tropical fruits shine and make for a great on-its-own sipper.

2017 Framingham "Select" Riesling Marlborough
Review Date: 02-15-2019
While Framingham makes a few other varietals, Riesling is where they really shine. The 2017 vintage was a tough one in Marlborough, but winemaker Andrew Hedley took full advantage of the dumping rain and made the entire Prädikatswein of Riesling, ranging from trocken to trockenbeerenauslese. This Select is one my favorites, sitting in the middle at a spätlese level and the perfect pairing for Thai food.

2017 Best's Great Western Riesling Victoria
Review Date: 02-15-2019
Best’s was one of the first wineries in Australia to plant Riesling grapes, with the first vineyard being established in the 1860s. Floral notes and citrus (particularly Meyer lemon and lime) dominate with a rich mouthfeel helping to add length and roundness to the acidity. The great tone of minerality from the mountain-grown fruit gives depth and shows this wine could hold its own for many years to come.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2018 Mount Edward Gamay Central Otago
Review Date: 02-13-2019
Winemaker Duncan Forsyth thought of a cherry cordial when making this wine. He wants it to be drunk, not sipped! This is a super fun, refreshing, juicy offering from Mount Edward and is pretty unique given only two people in Central Otago have this varietal. Duncan makes this wine without any added sulphur, as he wants the palate to be broad, not boxed in or framed a certain way. Coming from a single vineyard and aged in both tank and barrel, this wine is not without its intricacies. Though this wine can be held for a couple years in the cellar, it is made to be drunk now and given how smashable it is, it's not hard to oblige. Beaujolais fans will find a lot to like here.
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Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2017 Fromm Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-13-2019
A true expression of Marlborough Pinot Noir, this vineyard blend from Fromm offers up some truly impressive fruit and has the aging potential to rival Burgundy. Showcasing the three sub-regions of Marlborough, from the rich clay soils of Brancott and the Waihopai Valleys to the alluvial gravel and silt of the Wairau Valley, this wine is not shy on flavor. Fromm does make their wines to age, so some time in bottle and aeration will reward the patient. Fromm's dedication to organic farming is reflected in the pure fruit flavors of the wine and the minimalistic winemaking techniques let the region's unique offerings shine through. Winemaker Hätsch Kalberer has been with the winery for more than 25 years and his expertise is resulting in wines of refinement, quality, and strength.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-13-2019
The dedication to their vineyards, the biodynamic farming practices, and the light hand the Flowerday's use in the winery is on full display in this graceful, refined, pure expression of Pinot Noir from Marlborough. We at K&L have long considered TWR to be amongst the top producers in New Zealand and it seems the customers and critics agree, with these wines selling out very quickly after they come off the boat. Because this fruit is sourced from multiple sites as well as clones, it carries a great depth of flavor and intricate layers. Red and black fruits shine here, with a prominent dose of herb and crushed earth. The medium-body, fine tannin, and delicate fruit all meld seemlessly together to create a Pinot of unparalleled quality.
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2016 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 02-13-2019
Very likely the best ever version of this staple Pinot Noir from Mount Edward Winery. These guys were one of the first wineries in Central Otago and, with winemaker Duncan Forsyth at the helm, they are leading the pack of fine wine production from this unique growing region. This wine is made from a blend of vineyards as well as whole cluster techniques. Partial use of 25% whole bunch gives depth and weight to the wine, while some 100% whole bunch ferments go through carbonic maceration, conferring life and delicacy. The Muirkirk vineyard fruit provides a dark ripeness, while the Pisa Terrace fruit is lighter framed, and not as broad or rich. This wine is voluminous, though not big and tannic, and the use of only 15% new French Oak provides just the right compliment to the fruit.
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Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

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2017 TED by Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-13-2019
Recently named on "James Suckling Top 100 New Zealand Wines of 2018" list, it's not hard to see why this wine has so much appeal. 'Ted', the nickname for Edward, is meant to be a younger brother to the single vineyard Mount Edward wines. Totally destemmed to maintain mid-palate weight, but remove structure and harsh tannin, this wine is juicy and lively on the palate. Made to be soft, fine, delicate, and approachable, this is an easy crowd-pleasing Pinot choice.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Mount Edward Riesling Lowburn Central Otago
Review Date: 02-13-2019
This is the first release of Riesling off the Morrison vineyard from New Zealand Direct Import Mount Edward Winery. An off-dry style (though still showing very zippy), the marker of the Morrison vineyard is a mineral pith-like texture and a linear acidity. Central Otago boasts a unique Riesling growing site due to its continental climate, schist soils, and high percentage of UV-ray penetration. These factors combined create very cool nights and warm days, which allow the grapes to get physiologically ripe with becoming overly sweet. There is great drive to this wine and a fantastic texture from the aging on fine lees. I could drink this one all day long.
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Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2018 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 02-13-2019
This wine to me is by far and away the most interesting Sauvignon Blanc on the shelf from any category. It boasts incredible complexity, a lot of texture and power, but feels graceful and ethereal at the same time. While not short on fruit, this wines doesn't feel overly juicy or ripe, but rather lasting and bright. Winemakers and viticulturalists Anna and Jason Flowerday have long demonstrated their passion for organic and biodynamic farming and that dedication to the health of the fruit truly shows in the pure taste of their wines. Uncompromising in quality, TWR is leading others and pioneering styles that are gaining huge amounts of critical acclaim. I can find absolutely no fault in this wine.
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2018 Fromm Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 02-13-2019
A fantastic new vintage of a classic Sauvignon Blanc from one of our longtime New Zealand Direct Imports. Fromm is adamant about organic, minimalistic farming and winemaking practices, and the dedication to care and quality shows in their wines. This sets the standard of Marlborough Savvy with fresh, lean acidity, notes of gooseberry and citrus, and a compelling mineral undertone. With nearly 30 years of winemaking experience under their belts, the team at Fromm has come to master what works in their region and has produced some lip-smacking, exciting wines.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Tania & Vincent Carême "Terre Brulée" Chenin Blanc Swartland
Review Date: 01-18-2019
The Swartland is already the most exciting wine region in South Africa right now, but throw in the expertise of a respected Vouvray producer and you have an undeniably winning combination. Vincent Carême makes Chenin Blanc out of the Loire that can run $30-40+, but we are so excited to be able to offer this stunning wine of South Africa for a fraction of that price. The staff was blown away by the complexities this wine has to offer with honeysuckle meeting granite notes combine with bright orange blossom and lemon rind. Vincent's passion for the region is evident and this bottling shows elements that are uniquely South African terroir. This is a fun cross-over between two Old-World sites and I am so excited to give our K&L customers a chance to experience it.
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2014 Marqués de Murrieta "Finca Ygay" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 01-16-2019
This is a fresher, brighter take on Reserva Rioja with juicy red fruits pairing seemlessly with soft American oak. Once this bottling opens up I think it will show more breadth and density, but it's plenty intricate and tasty right now. This is an easy go-to for any Rioja fan from a very well respected producer.

2016 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 01-11-2019
Coming from one of the most respected and experienced winemakers in the Barossa Valley, this is a striking Shiraz marking the standard for Barossa wines. John Duval quickly shot to notoriety as the winemaker behind Australia's most famous wine "Grange" when he was winemaker at Penfolds. His years of experience there taught him to craft an ageable, uniquely-styled wine, that he is now showcasing under his own label. Dominated by dark fruit, leather, and fresh herbs, this is reminiscent of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape with its power and elegant, brooding quality, though Duval will be the first to tell you he doesn't try to imitate the French style. Pulling from both cool and warmer climate sites in the Barossa and Eden Valleys, as well as from dominantly older vines, the Entity exhibits great concentration and lift. Duval's flagship Shiraz is not to be missed for any fan of the varietal and is one of my favorite wines on the shelf.
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2017 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 01-04-2019
A classic take on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Guava and grapefruit dominate, while fresh gooseberry and river stone round out the back. Incredibly refreshing and, though it's easy to drink, it doesn't lack interest or complexity. Minerals and flint add complexity that exceeds this wine very modest price point. Anyone after a super delicious, Marlborough benchmark Savvy should make sure to get a bottle of this.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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2015 d'Arenberg "The Dead Arm" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 01-04-2019
Always one of our top-selling high-end Shiraz's, the 2015 'Dead Arm' from d'Arenberg delivers again in this structured, concentrated showing. Named after the Eutypa fungus that affects some vineyards, the 'Dead Arm' refers to one half of the vine that rots and falls off, while the fruit that lives on the remaining arm grows more concentrated and complex. That effect is very evident in this wine, as it showcases unbelievable power and structure. This is not one of the Shiraz fruit-bombs you may associate with Australia. The effect of the Eutypa is certainly on display in this bottling with intense fruit and powerful tannin structure dominating. McLaren Vale sits right on the ocean and is a slightly cooler site than Barossa, making it an ideal location for leaner, lower alcohol Shiraz. This wine is tread by foot, unfined and unfiltered, which adds to the breadth and strength. D'Arenberg is a highly sought after winery in Australia and after tasting this wine, it's not hard to see why.

2014 Leeuwin Estate "Prelude" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Review Date: 01-04-2019
From one of the top wine estates in Margaret River, the Leeuwin "Prelude" Cabernet Sauvignon is the yardstick by which the varietal should be measured. The site for Leeuwin was sought by Robert Mondavi and declared to be a premier location for growing Cabernet and Chardonnay. Leeuwin has taken advantage of this unique terrior where the Indian and Southern Oceans collide to produce wines of elegance and depth. The Prelude Cab is one of their first to be released each vintage and comes across as approachable and fresh. With the quintessential herbality characteristic of the area, this wine also exhibits red and black fruits, dusky tannin, and polished structure. While the "Art Series" Cabernet is a very special wine, this is a fantastic, affordable choice for a weeknight.
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Jansz "Premium" Brut Rosé Tasmania
Review Date: 12-14-2018
The Tasmanian climate lends itself perfectly to sparkling wines, yet it's surprising how few people know about the phenomenal bubbles they produce. Jansz has always been one of my favorites because of this rosé. This wine is dry and crisp, but the high percentage of Pinot Noir gives great berry flavors and richness, and the barrel aging rounds out the sharp edges and gives a creamy texture and briochy taste. My colleague told me they tasted this wine as part of his WSET training and everyone thought it was Champagne. The cold, windy climate of Tasmania helps keep these wines super fresh and delicate. It really encompasses all those qualities we look for in a fantastic sparkling wine and they even use the traditional méthod champenoise to ensure the highest quality. This is a fantastic Champagne alternative at an easy everyday price.
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2016 d'Arenberg "The Stump Jump" Shiraz McLaren Vale
Review Date: 12-07-2018
When you come across any wine priced at under $10, most of us wouldn't expect much in the way of complexity or intensity, just something cheap and easy drinking. This bottling, however, coming from one of the most respected producers in McLaren Vale, blew all expectations of a $10 wine out of the water. Surprisingly structured and crisp, this is not the fat and flabby style many people associate with Oz. Made mostly from very old bush vines, the Stump Jump does have concentrated fruit and a weighted body, but is accompanied by dusky tannin, and a significant amount of spice. McLaren Vale sits right on the coast to the south of Adelaide and the cooling ocean breezes and southerly latitude give this wine real breadth and freshness.While some would consider a $10 price tag to suggest an inferior wine, it would be a mistake to assume that of this wine. It is in fact truly delicious and shattered my expectations in the best way.
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Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Chateau de L'Ou "Infiniment" Côtes Catalanes Rouge
Review Date: 12-06-2018
I was really impressed by this wine because it manages to balance so many elements simultaneously in perfect harmony. It has a full, encompassing mouthfeel, but a medium (not heavy) weight, mouthwatering acidity, juicy fruit, and just a touch of grip for balance. This is most definitely be added to my list for customers looking for a crowd-pleasing, interesting red this holiday season.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine de Verquière Rasteau
Review Date: 12-06-2018
This bottling encompasses pretty much every element I would want and look for in a Rasteau. Fruity on the nose with bright natural acid, savory herbal notes, and nice length, this is a great contrast to the lighter wines of Gigondas and the rustic ones of Vaqueyras. If you have yet to explore the single village bottlings of Rhone, this is a great way in and I think offers a lot for the price.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2011 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-06-2018
Coming from the Village of Briones, one of the best locations in Rioja Alta, this special bottling from Miguel Merino is sure to impress. The Gran Reserva is uniquely made from the best old vineyards, whose chalky soils and gnarly vines lead to great depth and complexity in the wines. Dark fruited with lots of structure and definitely some grip, this wine has a long life ahead of it. Impressive given the warmth of the vintage. This is another impressive bottling from one of my favorite Rioja producers.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2015 Miguel Merino "La Loma" Rioja
Review Date: 12-06-2018
It's really fun to be able to see the Miguel Merino transition generations, while both father and son are still producing wines. In this first solo attempt by Junior, we get to see a leaner, lighter style, showcasing more natural acidity, cooler ferments, and larger format barrel use. Still from the same great old vines they use in their high end wines, the "La Loma" is still quintessential Merino and a great addition to their line of beautiful wines.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Black Slate "La Vilella Alta" Priorat
Review Date: 12-04-2018
I have been impressed by all of the Black Slate offerings so far, but this might be my favorite yet. This wine definitely exhibits the classic, dark fruit, but features a medium weight body and a ton of acidity that keeps it fresh and juicy instead of heavy and brooding. This is a really great tasting wine and with the complexity it features I expect the price point to be a lot higher. Fantastic find from Priorat.
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Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Domaine Petroni Corse Rouge (Corsica)
Review Date: 11-28-2018
Domaine Petroni has quickly become a top staff recommendation for their white, red, and rosé. It seems like a bit of an underdog, as Corisca is not the most marketed region for wine, but the quality of their wines keeps staff and customers coming back for more. Fruity on the nose, this wine offers fresh flavors and nice minerality. The use of concrete and stainless steel is genius here, as it really allows the blend of the grapes and their purity of fruit to shine through. This is a perfect ushering into Fall wine and the medium weight body makes it easy to keep on sipping.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

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2016 Domaine de la Fruitière "Gneiss de Bel Abord" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 11-28-2018
Muscadet always seems to be one of those varietals that flies under the radar and when I get the chance to taste one, I always remember just how delicious they actually are. Though there is definitely fresh, bright acidity and a zippiness to this wine, I was blown away by the texture and richness this bottling had to offer. There was weight and interest to this wine that hits multiple notes. The sur lee again aids in giving it the length and density it needs, while the natural flavors of the grape bring liveliness and minerality. A tasty, easy to like alternative that's great at cocktail hour or dinner.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Miguel Merino Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 11-28-2018
Holding out to release a wine until 6 years after its made can be tough (both financially and labor-wise) for any winery, let alone a man doing this as his retirement project. That patience has definitely paid off here for Miguel, whose Reserva bottling shows great concentration and depth of flavor. Deep, dark fruits marry seamlessly into the oak, and the power behind the Tempranillo has rounded out to become supple and velvety. Miguel Merino's wines are always an easy choice for me to recommend due to their consistent commitment to excellence and naturally fantastic flavors.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2012 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 11-28-2018
Miguel Merino is always a label I can turn to from Rioja and know I will find a clasically-styled, clean, delicious wine in the bottle. They are always consistent in their quality, but absolutely don't follow a set recipe, so discovering the variations of what's in the glass vintage to vintage is something I look forward to. This vintage showed a great balance of acidity and dark fruit, with a medium structure, enough to support the wines, while keeping it smooth and intriguing. Though these wines are not shy on oak, it brings a smile to your face because it is so quintessentially Rioja, that it would lack something with it. Whether you are new to Rioja or an old-hand, Miguel Merino is a trusted one to turn to for something delightful.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Còdigo 1530 K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Rosa Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 11-15-2018
What a fun and different take on a high-end tequila that many tequila enthusiasts will never have had before. Blanco tequila aged in high end Napa Cabernet barrels, this bottling has a gorgeous pink hue that sets it apart on the shelf and in the bar cart. This bottling still carries all the fresh, light citrus elements of a Blanco, but has some lovely berry and red fruit notes that make it truly unique. Còdigo has always been one of my top recommended tequilas to customers because of the delicate hand they use in production. They don't put any additives in, they willingly disclose the location of their agave fields (many won't as they are pulling unripe agave plants), and they use lightly toasted French oak barrels. I love this tequila as a different take on the classic spirit and mostly because it is delicious!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Còdigo 1530 K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Anejo Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 11-15-2018
Còdigo is always one of my go-to recommendations for customer looking for a nice, high-end tequila because of the amount of delicate, hands-on care that goes into it. Many distilleries don't want you to know where there agave is sourced from since there is actually an agave shortage and they have to throw in a bunch of additives to make it taste matured. Còdigo tells you exactly where their agave comes from with their NOM number, so if you're curious, you can find the exact geographical location. On top of that, they don't have any additives of sugar or other elements to beef it up. All the flavor comes from the pureness of fruit and gentle touch of the makers. This version in particular is so pure and unique, and as it a single barrel instead of a blend, you won't find anything else exactly like it anywhere. Soft, rich and spicy, this is one I'm going to be giving to my tequila loving friends this holiday season.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

2017 Gentilini Robola of Cephalonia Greece
Review Date: 11-13-2018
Bright, zippy acidity is the backbone and dominating note of this wine. That being said, it's not too light or airy that the acidity overwhelms. This wine has some richness and weight on the palate, which complements the crisp citrus and white peach notes. Wile it is not overly complicated, it has a crazy long finish that would be a great accompaniment to food. Most people will not have every had this varietal, but after tasting it I wonder, why are we not already familiar it?
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

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