Staff Favorites - Kirk Walker

Kirk Walker

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2013 Elephant Hill "Le Phant Rouge" Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 07-30-2015
A perfect cross over wine for anyone who loves Cabernet blends, whether you prefer new world or old world wines. Dark fruits, with a little tobacco, structure and minerality. Reasonably priced as well, this is a wine that cannot be passed up.

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 07-30-2015
Clean pear fruit backed by fairly intense minerality. There is way more wine in this bottle of bubbles than you would expect from a Prosecco at this price point.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Maison Idiart Sauvignon Blanc Touraine
Review Date: 06-21-2015
We just discovered this little jewel from the Loire Valley. Touraine Sauvignon is an exceptional value. Riper and fuller, than some of our other Value Loire white. Aromatic and fresh. This wine is all citrus and lemongrass with mouth-watering acidity and just enough mouthfeel to round out the texture. A great everyday white, especially now that summer is here.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-01-2015
Another great release from Sesta di Sopra. This is more than "baby Brunello". It is bright charming with subtlety and surprising depth. I love their Brunello but I drink way more of this, not just because of the pricing, its moderate body and less assertive tannins mean it is more versatile, not just for super rich and hearty meals. It also ages fantastically.
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90

2012 Lyeth Sonoma County Meritage
Review Date: 05-30-2015
Dark fruit, a touch of spice, oak and chocolate on a medium to full bodied palate with moderate tannins and respectable length. All for $15? You betcha, this is one of the best deals in CA red here at K&L.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
Review Date: 05-30-2015
This is no ordinary Cava. There is a good percentage of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are used in the blend. What that means is that there is breadth and depth to this sparkler that you do not find in similarly priced Cavas. Mix that with clean fruit tones, a moderate amount of yeastiness and a classic Brut finish and you get one of K&L's best sparkling values.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia
Review Date: 05-30-2015
A great everyday Southern Italian dinner red. I love this blend. The "Ne", Negro Amaro, gives it aromatic lift and a brighter fruit component. The "Pri", Primitivo gives it pop and richness. The "Ca", Cabernet Sauvignon, give the wine the structure to marry the other components together. A very satisfying dinner wine that goes down a little too easy.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 05-30-2015
One of our best deals in Spain. Medium bodied with dark red fruits accented with spicy oak and earth, a classic Rioja. Where this wine stands out is the intensity of its flavors, it has the persistence and depth of a wine more than twice its price.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Broadley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-30-2015
Always a favorite producer from the Willamette. With dark red berries and spicy notes. Round, delicate fruit is balanced with bright acid and a touch of tannin. Good depth and nice finish this wine does not disappoint.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Ponzi Willamette Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-24-2015
This is reminiscent of a Marsannay Rose with its concentration and structure, but with more exuberant aromatics and a ripe fresh fruit that pops on the palate. The nose is watermelon, subtle red berries and a delicate floral element, this wine smells like summer! Light and refreshing on the palate with vein of savory extract that makes all the fruit dance on your palate, just like a sprinkle of salt on fresh fruit. This will not last for long, you will want to buy several bottles, I have.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Bench Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-28-2015
This has been a SF favorite for years, and this is the best vintage we have tried yet. Full of dark fruits with oak spice and chocolate tones. It rich and polished with enough tannin to give it heft but no so big that you cannot serve as a cocktail.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Akitu "A2" Pinot Noir Central Otago (White Label)
Review Date: 03-28-2015
Serious, interesting and delicious Pinot for about $20? It doesn't seem to happen often enough so when we tried this I had to stop and do a double take. The wine is driven with a solid core of mineral laced acidity that has gorgeous layers of dark fruit and subtle earthy spice wrapped around it. It is has depth and a unique sense of place, and this is the entry level wine for this estate!
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Woodstock Estate "Octogenarian" Old Vine Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 03-13-2015
Rioja Baja from down under? With old vine Grenache it is too easy to draw a direct comparison with Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but really good Grenache (Garnacha) is also grown in Spain. The brightness of the fruit, the exotic spice and the good structure (not to mention it's blended with Tempranillo!) makes me this Spain not France. Dust off the grill, this wine is crying out for savory smoky goodness.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 96

2012 Penley Estate "Phoenix" Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra
Review Date: 03-13-2015
This is a ridiculous value. Cabernet with structure, complexity, and depth; and it is only $16! Try to find a Cab with similar characteristics from CA for the same price and originating in some of the best Cabernet soils in the world. This is delicious now and it will only get better over the next few years.

2012 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-26-2015
Full Throttle Napa Cab from the people who bring you Quintessa. Dark fruited with plenty of spicy oak and chocolate notes. Rich and opulent, this with is super enjoyable now but still has places to go.
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93 RP 90

2007 Bodegas Puelles Rioja Reserva
Review Date: 02-25-2015
It is almost too easy to overlook this wine when we have the 1999 Gran Reserva on the shelf at the same time. That would be a huge mistake. This wine offer a freshness and power that the other does not have. While the red and dark fruits of the wine are starting to dry, there is still freshness that gives it some pop. It also posses the classic leather and spice of Rioja. Drink it now or hold for a while, this is another great deal from Bodegas Puelles.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90

2012 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-24-2015
This is classic Sonoma Cab. Dark red fruit, a touch of chocolate and spicy oak. Lush on the palate with just enough tannin to give it heft but no edges.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2006 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 02-17-2015
This is one of our sexiest Riojas. The classic richness and spice of the best Reservas but with a riper fleshier fruit component. More effusive aromatics and a lush palate make this a hard red to pass up for $20.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

Michel Dervin Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-29-2012
Blanc de Noirs for a song! Dried stone fruits, brioche on the nose and palate. Concentrated and very dry this is an under- valued over achieving wine.
Price: $32.99 Add To Waiting List

2006 Antonio Sasa "Martina" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 11-29-2011
This is my go to '06 Brunello. Why? Because it is ready to rock 'n roll. Dark, intense with very attractive fruit tones and complexity that is not buried underneath youthful tannin. Drink it tonight with an hour decant or hold onto it for a few more years.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 94

Arran 10 year old Single Island Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 03-29-2011
I often overlook this Single malt; it is easy to do when looking at our shelves, but after trying this recently, no more. This small independently owned distillery is new, just about 15 years old. Their entry level whisky should be in everyone’s liquor cabinet. Medium rich with a great blend of both Bourbon and Sherry barrels; this is a whisky with no edges. It as easygoing and comfortable as a broken-in lay-z-boy. Perfect for kicking back and forgetting about your day, it will not challenge you with its complexity but indulge you with caramel, crème Brule, heather and a touch of apple.
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 12-28-2010
Party bubbles. A touch darker than you'd expect. Dark fruits fine bubbles and a crisp finish.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-28-2010
A great bottle of bubbles. Rich and very dry this Blanc de Noirs is perfect dinner Champagne.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 12-28-2010
Super dry bubbles. This does more than flirt with being austere. That being said, "thank you mistress, may I have another?"
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-06-2010
This is no ordinary rose. Yes, it is beautifully colored, has a great mouse, and is just too easy to drink but there is something else going on here as well. In one word, complexity. This is like drinking beautiful sparkling Burgundy. Wonderful aromatics, multidimensional fruit, a round, generous mid-palate and great length, this is more than special occasion Champagne, this is indulgent, you deserve it, treat yourself (family and friends optional) Champagne!
Price: $72.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 92 WS 92

2003 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 07-24-2010
You really do not have to look further than the label to understand this wine. It is old school from a very warm vintage. Ripe fruit back by rather big tannins that are starting to knit themselves into the wine, dark earthy tones and spice. For under $20 you will be hard pressed to find another Bordeaux with its power, complexity and accessibility.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

Sorelle Bronca Prosecco DOCG
Review Date: 06-23-2010
This is the best off dry Prosecco in the shop, quite possibly the best Prosecco! Clean and pure with just a hint of spice and the right touch of sweetness. This is the perfect wine for almost every occasion!
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 05-13-2010
This could be the best Direct Import Champagne that we bring in! Depending on the day and my mood, it absolutely is! Old vine, single vineyard Chardonnay that spend some time in old Burgundy barrels, what is not to love about this?! It is great now, long complex and tasty, it get even better with bottle age (I had one from the first batch we brought in OM!@@#@$G!)

Sorelle Bronca "Particella 68" Prosecco
Review Date: 12-17-2009
This is the best Prosecco that we sell. Period. It has a richness on the mid-palate that you typically do not find, but more importantly the flavors are pure, clean and delightful. An open bottle is an empty bottle.
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 90 ST 90

2006 Etude Carneros Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-24-2009
Unmistakably Californian, with subtle nuances that speak of a Burgundy. A wine with great fruit, earth spice and balance. A perfect wine for anytime, but aptly suited to the approaching autumn.
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List
CG 90

La Caudrina "La Selvatica" Asti
Review Date: 07-09-2009
This is the best Asti I have ever had! It is happy in a glass. Text book Muscat aromatics but softer, prettier, almost elegant. Perfumy but in a sofisticated way. Light round and soft on the palate with a delicate sweetness. I have drunk more of this just by itself, it never seems to last until the cheese or dessert course!
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List
GR 2