Staff Favorites

If you’re going to have Robert Parker or Stephen Tanzer over for dinner, selecting a wine they’ve rated highly will be a nice choice. However, when you’re buying wines for yourself, we’d love to see you find wines that match up your unique palate and pocketbook. We have a large staff of friendly and knowledgeable wine professionals that taste hundreds of wines each week. They can put you in touch with bottles that you are likely to love, often at a much lower cost than the highly-rated gems that often see a run-up in price and frequent availability issues. Like any great group of opinionated professionals, our staff has varied tastes themselves. Often our customers will find a particular staff member with a style that corresponds to their own. That concept works extremely well in our retail stores, and this section is our effort to bring you the same online. Don’t get us wrong, we love the highly rated wines from the press and will continue to offer them, but we think you’re missing out if you’re not augmenting those selections with picks from our excellent staff. Here are their favorites. (Click on a name to see their other selections - or to drop them a line.) Cheers!

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2010 Von Hövel Oberemmeler Hütte Riesling Spätlese
By: Illya Haase | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Von Hovel is into the 7th generation of the family run estate. Oberemmeler Hütte is a monopole of the estate. With that wonderful slate soil which is perfect for the Riesling grape. Great nose of honey and tropical fruit. The palate is where it really shines. Fresh grapefruit peel and green apple with a haunting acidity that keeps me going back for more. Makes me long for my Mom's red cabbage and pork roast. With a super long finish it is only fitting for a great meal that only Mom can make!
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
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2010 Von Hövel Oberemmeler Hütte Riesling Spätlese
By: Daniel Maas | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Wow!I'm reporting from what must be the twilight zone, as I'm taking a break late in the day to share just how much I enjoyed this SEMI-SWEET wine. Who knew? A lovely rielsing, this is crisp, with vibrant fruit notes, just enough tannin, and a strong finish which leaves you eager for the next sip. Like I said, the sweetness is clear, and yet balanced enough to make this a fully integrated expeience. Absolutely lovely!
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
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2010 Von Hövel Oberemmeler Hütte Riesling Spätlese
By: Olivia Ragni | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
What a perfect wine for something spicy, fatty or sweet. Aromas of honeycomb, candied apple, and sweet pear lead to a zingy palate of lemon, green apple and peaches. The sweetness of this late harvest is balanced beautifully by searingly high acid that provides a little effervescence and is sure to cut through spicy Thai food, foie gras or triple cream cheeses!
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2010 Von Hövel Oberemmeler Hütte Riesling Spätlese
By: Keith Mabry | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Von Hovel has always delivered a great cost to quality ratio. The 2010 definitely fits the bill. The wine has copious amounts of yellow apple fruit, white flowers and flinty notes on the nose. Electric and nervy on the palate, this Spatlese has all the stuffing for long term aging.
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ST 90 WS 90

Bellussi Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Excellent quality Prosecco at a bargaine price. This bubbly is from Valdobbiadene, the classic center of the historical Prosecco growing zone. Bright, clean, fresh, and on the drier side of Extra Dry. Excellent mousse to give you that rich feeling without that expolosive CO2 release. Great Prosecco for just about any time!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Château les Valentines "Le Caprice de Clémentine" Côtes de Provence Rosé
By: Dave Genevro | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
This traditionally produced Rose is a great bargain wine! The fresh fruit flies at your nose...with even more fresh fruit on the palate. This wine boasts 50% Grenache and 50% Cinsault (perfect for using in roses). Great streamlined acidity and balance. Not to mention, the producers are certified organic. What's not to love about this wine for this hot and dry season?
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Secoli Valpolicella Ripasso
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
This wine is really forward, lush and spicy a remarkable price point for an excellent Ripasso. The nose is full of plum, spice, cherry, and those flavors carry onto the palate where the supple richness is accented by hints of Amarone. If you're unfamiliar with Ripasso think Zinfandel that's more complex and has a little better balance. Lovely with most anything off of your grill.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Don Cataldo Rosato Salento Puglia
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
I was so surprised by the freshness and balance of this really tasty Rose and then I saw it was a 2013. Normally I would only look at current vintages but this wine is rockin for this price point! Lots of cherry/strawberry flavors, excellent balance and really good finish. Just sayin, at this price you should buy a case!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Weingut Allram "Papageno" Wiessburgunder (Pinot Blanc) Kamptal
By: Mahon McGrath | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Apple blossom, lemon verbena, pea shoots, tangerine and meyer lemon scents emerge from the glass as you swirl this Austrian Pinot Blanc. “Emerge” doesn’t quite do it justice; there is a bodacious richness to the aromatics here. This firms up a bit on the palate, with the weight and flesh snapped into line by high acidity. Pleasantly juicy, there is just a wisp of something like almond-hazelnut lurking on the margins, before it finishing clean and fresh. If you like Chardonnay’s power, but are burned out on oak and butter, this Weissburgunder could be your lifeline.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Von Hövel Oberemmeler Hütte Riesling Spätlese
By: Mahon McGrath | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
The Oberemmeler Hutte Spatlese leads with what appears at first to be an intensely petrol note. As you continue to sniff, however, it begins to resolve more in the direction of some hypothetical eau de parfum of wet rock. Besides this, there is a wealth of spice, bracing lemon, and honey and stone fruit. After this initial impact and drama, the palate is a halcyon idyll, with spice, and light quince-like notes that have a gossamer translucency to them. The impression is aided, no doubt, by the wine being more robustly acidic than it is ripe and sweet. The wine has already seemed to change, judging by what the published critical notes circa 2012 reveal, and will continue to evolve for many years to come, though it is more a question of how patient you are, than one of waiting for perfection: it already has charm to spare.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
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2011 Vigne Surrau "Sincaru" Cannonau Sardinia
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
The winery is just a few kilometers from Porto Cervo along the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), the Costa Smeralda is an International Jet Set destination for most of the year and you can see enormous yachts parked alongside trendy hotels most every day of the week. The entire northeast corner of Sardegna is known as Gallura, this rugged region that is 150 to 450 feet above sea level and where Vigne Surrau’s vineyards are in the center of Gallura and the soil is crushed granite. Very difficult soil to grow grapes in but once every other year they apply a layer of manure to add a bit of nutrient to the ground. The lack of fertile soil is a natural growth restrictor allowing the vines to produce fewer but more concentrated grapes naturally without having to do a severe green harvest. Their Cannonau Sincaru, Sincaru means sincere in Sardo, the Sardinian dialect and Cannonaou is actually the Grenache grape but called Cannonau in Sardinia. I was really taken with this wine’s purity richness and authentic character, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and then spends several months in cement tanks lined with epoxy. Cement tanks are the rage in winemaking now at one time they were replaced by the supposed ease of stainless steel but they seem to be more susceptible to electrostatic charge and vibration, needless to say Cement is back in vogue. The wine is really rich however has excellent balance and persistent freshness to go with the very complex aromatics and supple mouth feel. The flavors are full of the Mediterranean maquis that wild, gamey herbal wind that is so enticing. I really feel this wine is perfect for grilled lamb kebab, merguez sausage or maybe just plain old Italian sausage!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

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2011 Vietti "Castiglione" Barolo
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Luca Currado is making wines at his family estate that are incredible, the most delicate hand, not intervention but gentle guidance. He would tell you his vineyards produce the wines and they are exceptional. 2011 is a more forward, richer and more drinkable at an early age wine. It will still last for 20+ years but if you're looking for a Barolo now its primary fruit character and supple balance make it an ideal choice!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Amantis "Birbanera" Montecucco
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Paolo Vagaggini his wife Bernardetta have their own winery just across Montalcino’s southern boundary, the Orcia River. It’s in the Montecucco DOC. The 2010 Amantis Birbanera Montecucco Rosso is slightly more than 60% Sangiovese, blended with a combination of Canaiolo, Colorino, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged for a few months in 2nd and 3rd passage French barriques. The result is a wine full of rich fruit, soft and supple on the palate but still with excellent acidity to balance it out. It is easy to drink by itself, or with grilled meats, I like it with grilled Italian sausage.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

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2014 Saracco Moscato d'Asti
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Saracco is one of the best Moscato d'Astis around, their wines are always balanced and with more of a lime like freshness than the peachy, fleshy character so many cheaper versions have. Superb as an aperitif or with dessert.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (3L)
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Produttori's reputation as a quality producer has been going strong for decades. The 2009 vintage is drinking well now but can age easily for another decade plus. Classic Nebbiolo flavors of leather, earth, smoke, tobacco and roses are evident with a supple and easy richness on the palate. This BIG bottle is a great deal and will make you look like you're "Living Large"!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $169.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 93 RP 92

2010 Acumen "Mountainside" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Michael Jordan | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
The 2010 vintage is one of my favorite vintages in Napa Valley. Richness with structure and acidity. It is a vintage that will age yet can be enjoyed young. The Acumen is a dark, rich Napa Cabernet with layers of flavor. The tannins are fine and lush which gives the wine accessibility now. Plum, cassis, vanilla and cedar. A fantastic wine that needs about 2 hours decanting or a couple of years.
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino
By: Jeffrey Jones | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
This is one of my favorite direct imports from Italy. At this price this is a chance to taste a wonderful Brunello and see how special they are. Bright dry cherry flavors with a hint of earth round out this wine. It is drinkable now but would be best if decanted an hour or two before consuming. The 2009 Poggiarellino Brunello will be a great pairing with meat or pasta.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

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Mezcalero Release #10 Sierra Negra Mezcal 750ml
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
A rare combination of power and suave in the mezcal category. Big spice, lots of spice, but a mouthfeel that is creamy and smooth in texture. A wonderful and very limited batch of agave spirit from the people at Danzantes and Germain-Robin.
Price: $74.99 Add To Waiting List

Casa Dragones Sipping Tequila 750ml (Ships as a 1.5L due to bottles shape)
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
One of the truly great luxury products out there--and there aren't that many of them. Casa Dragones is worth the extra money if you want pristine beauty and are willing to pay for it. Clean, fresh, elegant, and smooth on the finish. A true masterpiece.
Price: $249.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 96

Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey 750ml
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Four Roses makes this lovely little number for the boys at Bulleit. It's still a great bargain for a light, easy drinking, mixing bourbon.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List
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Glenmorangie 12 year old Lasanta Extra Matured Range Sherry Cask 750ml
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
This is the original 10 and 2 whisky--10 years in bourbon casks, with 2 years finishing in sweet sherry wood. Glendronach, Balvenie, and Aberlour all do it down, but Glenmorangie did it first and they're still the best at it. Lovely spice cake and dark toffee notes round out the finish.
Price: $47.99 Add To Waiting List
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Basil Hayden's Bourbon 750ml
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
The best and the most classic of the Beam bourbon portfolio. Big oak flavor, smooth and rich on the palate, and a finish that brings baking spices and vanilla goodness. YUM!
Price: $36.99 Add To Waiting List

Guillon Painturaud VSOP Cognac 750ml
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
This is still my go-to VSOP Cognac. In fact, it might be the best Cognac we carry for the money. Textural, oily, and round on the palate with a viscous mouthfeel and rich vanilla flavors. All estate-grown fruit, all estate-distilled brandy, and nothing added on the back end. No caramel, no boise, all natural. What's not to love here?
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List

1995 Domaine d'Esperance 17 Year Old Bas Armagnac 750ml
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Big bourbon-like flavor from this 17 year old brandy. Esperance is putting their Armagnac into new wood, so the oak is powerful and the spices bright and lively on the finish.
Price: $89.99 Add To Waiting List

Bulleit 10 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey 750ml
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Bulleit 10 offers big spice and rounded oak flavors to bourbon fans looking for polished and balanced nuance rather than power and high proof. Good stuff.
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List
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Faultline Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Every batch of Faultline Bourbon that John Little blends for us here at K&L gets better and better each time. The more we do this, the better we get at doing it. We're putting out some of the softest, richest, most delicious bourbon on the market and it's only for K&L customers at a fantastic price. If you haven't bought a bottle yet, you're really missing out.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve Canadian Whisky 750ml (ships as 1.5L due to bottle shape)
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Forty Creek boss John Hall planted an entire forest just to make sure he had enough wood for the special Canadian oak barrels he planned on aging his whisky in. Just that fact alone makes me want to get a bottle.
Price: $54.99 Add To Waiting List

Bulleit Rye Whiskey 750ml
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Of all the LDI-distilled bargain ryes on the market, the Bulleit has reigned supreme due to its low price and high quality of flavor. It's hard to justify buying more Templeton when Bulleit is the same stuff for almost 10 dollars less.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90

Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey 2014 Release 750ml
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
The tete de cuvee from Jameson: an elegant, refined, and classic version of Irish whiskey from Midleton Distillery. If you like Redbreast, Green Spot, or just plain old Jameson Irish Whiskey, this is the king of them all.
Price: $139.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Don Cataldo Rosato Salento Puglia
By: Mike Parres | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Here is lots of zippy acidity and a little bit of strawberry at the tip of the tongue and then you feel the rocky soil and limestone of Puglia on the really long finish. A great wine for your 4th of July picnics or just summer sipping.
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2010 Ceretto "Bricco Rocche" Barolo
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Bricco Rocche for me has always been the pinnacle for Ceretto wines, so much power while at the same time so much finesse. The nose is captivating, swirls of rose, leather, smoke and truffles flow from your glass. On the palate the wine is gracious, tannic structure sure it's Barolo, however the flavors come in waves that caress rather than grip your palate. Sweet leather, earth, porcini and touches of wild herbs accented with rose hip flavors. Long, long finish a wine that is truly spectacular. This is the perfect wine for Brasato al Barolo, Italian Pot Roast, Barolo style!
Drink from 2015 to 2015

1985 Quinta Do Noval Vintage Port
By: Adam Winkel | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Really ready to drink, spicy and earthy, sweet but not too much. Great value. 1985 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port. As prices escalate for old and rare wines it becomes difficult for a wine merchant to present customers with mature bottles that offer true value. This begins to explain our excitement over the recent acquisition of this 1985 Quinta do Noval vintage port. So many 85's were able to hide their firm tannins behind what seems like orchards of ripe, heady fruit notes. The wines seemed to drink well in their youth despite being a bit simple. But now, at 22 years of age the richness and over the top sweetness has been honed to an understated complexity, and promises good drinking for many years to come. Enjoy.
Price: $119.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Acumen "Mountainside" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By: Mahon McGrath | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
The 2010 “Acumen” Cabernet Sauvignon lives up to its name, showing the felicitous results of mindful wine making applied to attentively farmed, mountain-grown fruit. The resultant wine is dry, focused and structured, with natural fruit counter-pointed by menthol and roast herb notes, along with woodsy spice. The key here is balance. It neatly misses the pitfalls of excessive ripeness and over-obvious oak, and I’d wager it will even be significantly better as the years wear on, the tannins begin to melt in, and the wine begins to stretch out and unfurl its full array of flavors.
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Ca'Viola "Vilot" Dolcetto D'Alba
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Beppe Caviola’s wines always show lots of fruit and supple textures but what really sets them apart from a lot of other similar wines is the level of complexity. Yes the fruit is vibrant but just below the surface are so many facets of flavor that if you are a bit patient come to the surface and take this easily drinkable Dolcetto from simple to WOW and one sip. The perfect grilled sausage, I love it with polenta, wine or most anything off the grill, outstanding value!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91

2011 Bibi Graetz Testamatta Rosso
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
If you love vibrant, international styled Super Tuscans this is your wine. Bibi Graetz is really talented in securing leases on spectacular old Sangiovese vineyards. This wine is made from a blend of 35 to 80 year old vines and that structure and character come through. Outstanding length is the first thing you notice followed by wildly pure wild cherry aromatics that then bring in hints of vanilla that lead you to its palate richness. Powerful, broad and dramatic on the palate with loads of complex fruit. The 2011 vintage gives such a lush, richness to the wines they are hard to resist now but this wine will still age for years to come.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $109.99 Add To Waiting List
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2012 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rouge
By: Eric Story | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
We were first introduced to the wines of Eric Cottat a little less than a year ago. They were brought to our attention by one of our long time friends and winemakers in Sancerre and we brought in a small amount as that was all we were allowed to take at the time. Eric is a one man show and only produces a small amount of wines each vintage for family, friends, and close customers and then sells the rest of his fruit off to other eager producers in the region. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to pay Mr. Cottat a visit and quickly became enamored by what and how he goes about doing things. He speaks no English (my French is laughable) but he actually took the time to handwrite a cheat sheet of important translations and made sure that I wasn't going to leave until I got it. So, we tasted through all three of the wines a few times over - blanc, rosé and rouge. And, well, I got it! Right then and there I tried to order up as much as of his wines as I could and had no hesitation of making his wines as part of our core Loire program. And, thank you, Mr Eric Cottat! You are my type of people!
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2010 Castello di Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
The nose shows leather, smoke, Middle Eastern spices and a hint of Tuscan earth all gently flowing from the glass. On the palate the wine is long; you feel it before you taste it, then that hint of salt, oyster shell, leather followed by wild cherry and plum. The wine is vibrantly long; it has a feeling of supple power as it begins to expand across your palate. A young wine and although not harsh or closed now it will grow considerably over the next decade.
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2010 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
This is the best Verbena I’ve ever tasted, period. The wines shows lots of wild brush, herbs, plums and stone in the nose while on the palate the depth of this vintage begins to show. The layers of flavors, spice and herbs are the first thing you sense on the palate then the fruit, dried plum accented with wild cherry, hints of leather, bits of vanilla flow across your palate with more of that umami character coming to a point in the back palate. The finish is long, full and layered, and shows that aging will add more depth and breadth to the wine. 1,275 cases produced
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 94 RP 91

2010 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
One of Chianti Classico's most important wineries and their most important Chianti. I love the Rancia's richness, structure and captivating aromatics and persistence. However what really sets this wine apart is its aging potential. If you've been lucky as I have to taste many older vintages this wine blossoms into something truly special. It is at this stage the wine's pedigree shows and its tremendous complexity. Then this is the 2010 vintage....it's great! Don't wait.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Pasetti "Tenutarossa" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
This is a powerful, rich and complex wine, made with 100% Montepulciano grapes and aged for 18 months in small French oak barrels. The results are wondrous, luscious fruit combined with an earthy intrigue framed by hints of toasty oak. The wine has a long, full finish where the richness and complexity dominate. This is in the Grilled Meat Zone, but if you're a Vegan a nice piece of Tofurkey and Gravy would be great with this too!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Zaccagnini "Tralcetto" Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
I visited this winery in October 2013 and was impressed on so many levels, their commitment to nature,quality of production and the inclusion of Art in their everyday lives. You should google them and check it out, and after you drink this absolutely delicious wine you'll want to know everything you can about them. The wine has lots of up front fruit, great mid palate richness and a long spicy finish. So tasty, You'll love to have this with your favorite pasta, roasted chicken or just by itself.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 91

2010 Sella e Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
This is such a superb wine for the price point, 100% Grenache that is different from its Rhone cousins, it is spicier, earthier and has a bit of the salt air in its genes. Very supple on the palate, long finish with lots of character. One of the best values you can buy.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Perticaia Umbria Rosso IGT
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Nestled in the middle of Italy’s only landlocked or foreign borderless region of Umbria, the Perticaia winery is situated almost equidistant between Spoleto, Todi and Foligno just outside of the Sagrantino famous town of Montefalco. The owner and winemaker Guido Guardigli chose the name Perticaia with an admirable philosophical intent; he chose the word that means plow from an ancient Umbrian language. This was the tool that transformed the onetime Umbrian grazing lands for sheep into productive farm land, Sig. Guardigli envisions the “Petricaia” opening the earth to bring for the richness of the land and into his wines. Guido Guardigli believes in “Penso Positivo” (Positive Thinking) for his “Progetto Perticaia” (Perticaia Project) and evidently alliteration as well. He has 35 acres of vineyards planted to 17 Sagrantino, 10 Sangiovese, and the rest to Colorino, Merlot, Trebbiano and Grechetto. I was attracted to this winery initially because of his consulting enologist Emiliano Falsini, I’ve had many wines from wineries that Emiliano consults with and his delicate hand winemaking has always made me sit up and take notice. This wine the 2013 Perticaia Umbria Rosso IGT is made from 80% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino and 10% Merlot. This fresh Rosso is fermented on the skins in stainless steel for one week and does not see any wood. The result is a vibrant freshness that shows Sangiovese’s typical cherry like aromatics but coupled with the lushness of the Colorino and Merlot the wines’ natural acidity is balanced and leaves a broad, appealing palate presence. Wondrous with charcuterie light pastas or roasted chicken!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Vigne Surrau "Sciala" Vermentino di Gallura Superiore
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
Sardinia or Sardegna in Italian is one of the least understood regions in Italy, being an island it is naturally isolated, Sicily is an island as well but only 5 miles separates it from the mainland where Sardegna is about 120 miles from the mainland. The history of Sardinia even in the briefest of discussion would go on for pages, it is a literal who’s who from almost every tribe and society that has inhabited part of Europe for the last 10,000 years, yet to sum it up the most important part of its recent history was from 1323 to 1720 when Spanish Kings and Princes ruled the island. It became part of Italy in 1861 when the country was created or as the Italians say reunified. Vigne Surrau is a new company that bills themselves as “a new venture with age-old roots”, using predominantly indigenous grape varieties and mostly stainless steel aging they are looking to produce wines that speak of their origin, the soil and terroir. The winery also wishes to blend the land and art into one expression and the construction of their winery with wood, stone and glass is an attempt at joining the two. They are also very committed to the Arts both in the winery and also sponsoring an annual photographic competition as well as hosting both Sardinian and International art presentations in the winery. The winery is located in the north east corner of Sardinia just behind the Costa Smeralda (emerald coast), incredibly beautiful, rugged land called Gallura. Here Vermentino produces wines that have a breath of salt from the sea, a hint of the dried Mediterranean brush and luscious fruit. The 2013 Vigne Surrau “Sciala” Vermentino di Gallura is fermented in stainless steel and has extended aging on the lees with regular batonage. This lees contact adds a dimension to the wine, giving it body, depth and richness while the wine still retains its freshness and acidity. Perfect as an aperitivo by itself but I liked it with BBQ’ed Scampi, the combination of grilling with the richness of the wine makes me salivate now!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

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2012 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
It is hard to believe that a wine at this price point can carry the quality level it does, but the Antinori family has centuries of experience to back them. This wine is a blend of NE (Negroamaro) PR (Primitivo) and CA (Cabernet), hence the Neprica name. Negroamaro is Puglia's most important grape and provides the size and frame and structure of the wine, the Primitivo gives it a rich dose of fruit and the Cabernet adds backbone and complexity, all told for the price this wine can't be beat!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Villa Pillo Sangiovese Toscana (3L Bag-in-a-Box) (cannot ship)
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
I was really taken by surprise at the quality of this wine, really well balanced, lots of fruit just a delicious wine, and at the price that's $5.00 a bottle, that will last in your fridge for months!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Ceretto "Prapò" Barolo
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
The 2010 Barolo vintage produced many great wines and this wine comes from one of Serralunga's top crus and Ceretto's interpretation is truly a classic. I love the elegance; the balance of this wine, the nose is full of leather, spice and porcini with floral hints as the bouquet wafts toward your nose. On the palate the wine is long, balanced and carries the same flavor profile through as the nose. A long and lively finish show this wine is going to grow into a really serious Barolo. While this wine is drinkable now the best drinking window for maximum appreciation will be 2020-2035.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino
By: Greg St. Clair | Review Date: 4/19/2015 | Send Email
Patrizio Cencioni, Capanna’s owner, is a man of very few words, he lets his wine do the talking for him, he’s the strong, silent type, and you never quite know what’s going on behind his eyes. I wouldn’t play poker with him, yet I’d buy his wine. Capanna is a powerhouse; the nose is an array of wild cherry, chestnut, cinnamon, smoked meats, plum and cocoa. This is a wine with tannic structure yet so in balance it doesn’t really stand out and that is because it is so well balanced, all the pieces line up elegantly. On the palate the wine is a cauldron of molten fruit, spice, and leather and displays an extraordinary density. This is a powerful wine, it has everything, fruit, spice density, palate presence it is a marvel to behold, however this is a wine you’ll need to hold onto for awhile, this isn’t a pretty wine this is a stunningly gorgeous wine that will take a bit of time to take it all in. Drop it in your cellar for another 5-10 years, or if you have anyone you need to gift a Birth year wine for, this is it.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $46.99 Add To Waiting List
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2008 Bolaire, Bordeaux Superieur
By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | Review Date: 4/19/2015 | Send Email
What a great red wine value from an underrated year. The hardness of the vintage is a perfect match for the fruit forwardness of the property. Spicy and oaky and semi new wave, but the acidity keeps it in balance. Best with hearty steak dinner.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

Paul Giraud VSOP Cognac 750ml
By: David Driscoll | Review Date: 4/19/2015 | Send Email
The great deal in Cognac at the moment. We managed to work out a deal for this grower/producer brandy straight from the source, making this unmanipulated and elegant spirit one HOT deal. It's a lighter, cleaner, less sweet, and more fruit-forward Cognac from the finest of all terroirs in the region. Don't miss this deal.
Price: $40.99 Add To Waiting List

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