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Joe Manekin
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Joe arrived at our doors in February 2007 from far away, Washington, DC to be exact. Just so no one gets the wrong idea, though, he was merely earning a living in DC; Joe’s cultural identity, as well as his professional sports allegiances and, when he has a few drinks in him, his accent, are all Baltimore through and through. After working on the wholesale side of the business for nearly 4 years, Joe decided that he wanted to work wine retail with the best, so he emailed Cindy Westby at K&L and the rest is history. While Joe is well versed in a number of wine regions, he most enjoys the wines of Europe, though he is growing increasingly interested in the great wines of the Santa Cruz mountains. When he is not at K&L, Joe enjoys cooking, traveling, catching up on The Wire, doing occasional PR, booking and recording work for reggae band JohnStone (www.johnstonemusic.com), and writing for his wine, food and music blog, Old world Old School (www.oldworldoldschool.blogspot.com)


Reviews

  
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2013 La Zorra Rufete Vinos de Salamanca
Review Date: 06-03-2015
Grown in slate soils not too far from the university town of Salamanca, Rufete is a little known grape that is capable of producing some very good wines - mineral, with tasty fruit, relatively low pH and high acidity levels, and the ability to complement food very well. While we do not have too much experience with it, we like what we see with this example: pretty dark and red berry fruits, underlying toast and spice accents from a brief stint in barrel, and a nicely lingering finish. We have found this to be a lovely red for sausages and for recipes featuring red pepper and tomatoes. Delicious and worth a try!
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 90

2013 Ametza Txakolina de Alava
Review Date: 06-03-2015
A blend of Petite Manseng and Izarato (Petite Courbu), this is a delicious txakoli! In the typical Alava (also known as Arabako Txakolina) style, the wine is less fizzy and a wee bit higher in alcohol than the stuff from the vineyards closer to San Sebastian, in Getariako Txakolina. Tangy and appley, with just a hint of creaminess and very subtle oxidative notes, this is a great apertive for fans of high acid whites, or a terrific white to pair with Basque style fish dishes - grilled sole, the famous rodaballo (turbot), merluza (hake), all with some olive oil, garlic and parsley, of course!
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Doural Vinho Regional Duriense
Review Date: 06-03-2015
A balanced, discreet nose of red plums and cherries leads to a lovely, juicy palate of bright cherries. This is so easy to drink and a wonderful introduction not only to the Douro, but to the inherent value in a well made Portuguese red. Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca. 12.5% ABV.
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Xavier Clua "El Sola d'en Pol" Rosado Terra Alta
Review Date: 05-21-2015
This is another great bottling of Xavier Clua's rosado, a blend of Garnacha and Syrah. Given the beautiful, relatively paler pink color and fresh flavor profile, it would seem that the maceration is on the shorter side for this rosé, emphasizing juicy red fruit flavors and hints of watermelon. Though the fruit is tasty and up front, this wine finishes nicely dry and would give most any French rosé from similar grapes a real run for its money!
Price: $10.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Terra Rosa Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 05-21-2015
If you are a fan of Patrick Campbell's legendary Laurel Glen wines, then you probably know that he sold the winery. What you may not know, however, is that Patrick continues to source terrific fruit in Mendoza to make some of the best Malbecs around! Terra Rosa has fruit from five vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. This wine boasts expressive flavors of dark fruits with an honest, balanced tannin structure.
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

2007 Vina Santurnia Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 05-21-2015
Based in the Rioja Alta village of Briñas, on the north bank of the Río Ebro opposite Haro and Lopez de Heredia's Viña Tondonia, Viña Santurnia has quietly been producing reliably delicious, authentic, traditionally inspired Riojas. In the cooler, more "Atlantic" vintage of 2007, Viña Santurnia's wine shows crisp bright mixed berry fruit flavors, high toned but not lacking generosity, depth or the subtly sweet baking spice and earthy notes we love in Rioja. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Vale La Pena Malbec Uco Valley
Review Date: 05-21-2015
If you are a fan of Patrick Campbell's legendary Laurel Glen wines, then you probably know that he sold his iconic winery. What you may not know, however, is that Patrick continues to source terrific fruit in Mendoza to make some of the best Malbecs around! For his Vale la Pena bottling, expressive dark berry fruits abound on the nose and palate. The wine manages to be generous while still showing great structure. Fruit comes from a formerly abandoned, low yielding vineyard in the Uco Valley.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Ameztoi "Rubentis" Rosé Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 05-20-2015
While Rubentis will get a run for its money this year from the excellent Txmomin Etxaniz rosé, we must give credit where it is due. Ameztoi virtually created the rosé txakoli category, at least from our vantage point here in the US market. Showing a bit more of a green snap to the fruit this year, the Rubentis also has its usual display of tangy red berry fruits, fizz and bright acidity. This is a wine for charcuterie and cheeses, particularly the best jamón you can find and Pais Vasco's famous idiázabal cheese.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Carballal "Sete Cepas" Albariño Rias Baixas
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Carballal returns to our shelves after a brief absence, and this time we have the pleasure of enjoying the wine after a year in bottle. While freshly bottled Carballal shows a hint of fizz, ripe yellow fruits, sometimes just a hint of banana, this is a wine that gains volume, becomes drier and more balanced if allowed the time to do so. I like both versions, but must admit a preference for this more mature, rounder, less fruit forward and more elegant 7 cepas.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Ameztoi once again produces their trademark, fizzy, refreshing, pack leading Getariako Txakolina in 2014. Given the particularly cool conditions in 2014, this wine is suprisingly delicious and gulpable.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Do Ferreiro Albariño Rias Baixas
Review Date: 05-20-2015
2013 was a cooler, damper vintage, one that presented lots of difficulty on the Iberian peninsula, particularly up north. For Do Ferreiro, though, this may be their best Albariño since 2010. It is classically steely and racy, with a palate staining yellow skinned fruit and citric mid palate, leading to an appealingly subtle bitter lime and mineral laden finish. One for shellfish, of course, as well as a wine that can dress up for a nice meal, but also a great white wine to enjoy with snacks among friends.
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Mas Codina is a humble family operation, and man do they make delicious sparkling wine! They have been slowly ramping up the amount of Pinot Noir in their otherwise traditional cava blend, in order to gain a bit more in color and mid-palate presence. These are very drinkable cavas, wines that strike a great balance between ripe, bright, snappy fruit, weight, and texture. For under $14, the detail and value of this wine is undeniable.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2004 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 05-20-2015
This is a great vintage of Vega Sicilia, really a classic. Though it has been called 'the Latour of Spain,' 'Spain's first collectible wine,' and many other superlatives, the fact remains that this is, historically and presently, Spain's greatest wine. While not inexpensive, it is rare in that it is one of the world's finest red wines, with a long track record, whose price has been relatively stable. Compared with the world's other greatest and most often collected wines, Vega Sicilia is one of the most consistent names out there.
Price: $349.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 98 RP 97

2014 Txomin Etaniz Rosé Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Pink, fizzy, bone dry, low in alcohol...sign me up! This rosé from outside of San Sebastián is, believe it or not, one of three we will be featuring this summer. If you prefer a zippy, very acid driven rosé, with just enough tangy red fruit to have you reaching for a re-fill, then this is a rosé to put in the rotation this summer.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Carmelo Patti Malbec Lujan de Cuyo
Review Date: 05-20-2015
If you’re curious about how to make a delicious, textbook Malbec, with all of the bursting purple fruit, a minimal amount of oak and no overextraction to distract from the wine’s expression, here’s how it’s done. Start with terrific fruit (in this case from Pedriel in Lujan de Cuyo). Ferment with only native yeasts and age one year in concrete. Then age for another year in good quality, primarily used French oak barrels. Finally, another year of ageing in the bottle. It’s that simple, though when you taste the wine your thoughts will likely not be about winemaking, but wine drinking
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 91

2012 Sequillo (Eben Sadie) Red Blend Swartland
Review Date: 05-20-2015
This is a delicious red, full of very dark fruit flavors and a salty, mineral driven quality that seems to be amplified by the serious tannin structure. With some air, the wine freshens up, retaining its dark fruits and licorice notes while picking up red fruits and energy on the mid palate. A serious wine that easily stands toe to toe with some of the best of Chateauneuf du Pape - for less than half the price.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 05-20-2015
We love this Rioja. As one of our favorite direct imports, it pulls off the mean feat of delivering great typicity for it's region, as well as presenting something unique, a different angle on a landscape of wines we thought we had known fairly well prior to finding these folks. Perhaps its the 15% Mazuelo, the particular organic sites in Laguardia and Villabuena de Alava (we are talking about vineyards in great equilibrium, with no need to even add any organic compost), or Angel's exacting winemaking. It all adds up to delicious wine that drinks beautifully now, as it will continue to for years to come.
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipú
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Pascual Toso is based in Maipú, an historic, sun-drenched winegrowing region just southeast of the city of Mendoza. Their Malbec is a standby of the section for its supple, juicy red and dark fruits - solid Malbec for a very solid price!
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

2007 Contino "Viña del Olivo" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 05-20-2015
This is a modern Rioja in terms of fruit intensity and texture, yet even those who tend to favor the more old school Riojas can rally behind Viña del Olivo, a wine that is big and intensely flavored, oaky yet with so much obvious material that you cannot deny its greatness and ageability. Think of this as somewhere between a delicious southern Rhone wine and Rioja, with purple, blue and red fruit, sweet baking spices and minerality.

2009 Vega Sicilia "Valbuena" Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 05-20-2015
Valbuena is not a second wine. It is in fact a vineyard selection from Vega Sicilia's property, one that features some of the best Tempranillo in all the world, farmed meticulously on their estate vineyards, first planned and planted in the latter half of the 19th century. Like Vega Secilia, this wine manages to blend powerful dark fruits with fresh acidity and surprising finesse. It is also able to be cellared for a long time; a few years ago we tasted the 1987 and it was fantastic.
Price: $139.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 94

2005 La Rioja Alta "Viña Ardanza" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 05-20-2015
What is the bottle I most often recommend to those looking for a classic Rioja? The wine I am most likely to order at a restaurant upon touching down in Madrid, heading in the rental car and hitting the wine road? The wine that should you see older vintages is most likely to impress you with it's gorgeous aromatics and fruit? Yes, Viña Ardanza. Very tough to go wrong with this one! This is another strong vintage of Ardanza to follow their very good 2004 and classic 2001 bottlings. The 05 has more dark fruit than usual for this bottling, with a savory/sweet umami quality; cured meat and sweetened soy sauce also come to mind. While this is a fairly large production, and as critic Luis Gutierrez notes there is some variation, I think that the best bottles are transformative and the overall quality still makes this one of the best values in the store.

El Xamfra Mercat Brut Cava Penedes
Review Date: 05-19-2015
We cannot wait to introduce you to our own direct import Cavas, but until then, let this delicious blend of traditional Cava varietals - Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada - tide you over ...
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

1985 Caves Sao Joao "Porta dos Cavaleiros" Dao
Review Date: 05-14-2015
What a fantastic wine! The wines from the Dao, along with those of Bairrada (both red and white, by the way), have long had a reputation for ageability amongst Portuguese wine cognoscenti. As it relates to the Dao, here is further proof that their wines improve for a long time. This wine has developed to show that magical counterpoint of plump, bright mixed berry fruits and savory sweet earth. It is a complete wine, and quite satisfying indeed. For the price, this ought to be in the shopping basket of anyone who loves mature Bordeaux, Rioja and Cabernet.
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 90

2012 Trapiche "Broquel" Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 05-13-2015
This is another juicy, richly fruited bottling of Broquel. 2012 was a very good vintage in all of Mendoza, a year that brought Malbec's crowd pleasing, sumptuous mixed berry and plummy fruit as well as good tannic structure and backbone. Of the 2012's we have featured over the past months, this is perhaps one of the rounder, softer, juicier Malbecs. It is nicely balanced and should work perfectly with a grilled burger or chicken thighs, perhaps with a nice, piquant, herby Chimichurri accompaniment.
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90

2013 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley
Review Date: 05-13-2015
For fans of bright, focused, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, but without any of the green snap sometimes find in this grape variety, Veramonte makes an SB you will like. It's always been a popular one here, but given their recent focus on better farming practices and organic viticulture, this wine seems to be significantly improving year to year. The qualitative uptick is especially noticeable in the very good, cooler, 2013 vintage. This year Veramonte's entry level SB is all delicious, crisp, ripe citrus fruited with both length and balance.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 90

2013 Valdesil "Montenovo" Godello Valdeorras
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Produced from 15-30 year old, massale selection Godello vines (propagated from some of the finest, oldest Godello vines in the area) grown in black slate, this is seriously delicious white wine from one of the premier D.O.'s for white wine in all of Spain. Given its bright, pure fruit and vivid minerality, this reminds me of very good Muscadet.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 90

2013 La Flor y La Abeja Ribeiro
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Ready for a refreshing, Spanish white, something from Galicia but maybe something different than your usual Albariño? This is 100% Treixadura, a grape from Ribeiro, which lies immediately to the east of Rias Baixas. It's a bit warmer here, and while there is some Albariño grown, the grape that takes center stage is Treixadura, and I cannot recall ever tasting as delicious an example of a Treixadura based Ribeiro as this wine. Made by Coto de Gomariz, this organically produced white has lovely, pure yellow fruited flavors which are simultaneously tangy and friendly, not too angular and challenging, but not a simple, fruity, banana-apple jolly rancher of a white wine either. Great flavors, elegant texture, persistence and length, the full package with this white. Delicious. I'll be drinking some this summer!
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 91

2013 Morgadío Albariño Rias Baixas
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Based in the village of Albeos, in the Condado do Tea, sub-zone, Morgadío has produced a lovely and very convincing Albariño in 2013. It shows waxy yellow and orange fruit flavors, star fruit and loquat in particular. The wine is fresh, well balanced between ripe fruit and acidity, and oh so drinkable! This is a unique expression of Albariño from the portion of the D.O. that lies a bit further inland from the coast and borders on the Ribeiro D.O.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 91

2013 Kalinda "Rawiri Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 05-07-2015
What a delicious bottle of Pinot Noir! Produced from a prime vineyard source for our friends at TWR, this Pinot Noir is so well balanced, juicy, and balanced, I can see it going down very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that one may fail to notice the wonderful texture, fruit purity and layers of flavor. The price is certainly right to gulp this one down, but maybe, every now and then, just take a moment to appreciate how great a job the crew down there has done to make this wine.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Bodegas Olarra "Añares" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 05-05-2015
Imagine a spicy, softly textured, traditional Rioja from one of the gold standards which have over time become house favorites here, amongst staff and customers alike. You know these wines by now, no need to name 'em. Then, cut the price in half. That is basically the deal here with this excellent bottling of Añares from Bodegas Olarra. Delicious now, but will it age? I will answer on my own rhetorical with a resounding "Yes, it will!" I drank a bottle of the 1982 last year and it was fantastic.
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 90

2009 Pian dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-08-2015
At Pian Dell Orino, it is apparently all about the farming, meticulous, detail oriented vine by vine farming, with lots of work by hand. It shows in the quality of the wine: ripe and not lacking intensity, but very purely fruited and what I refer to as breathability - a textural quality that does not tire the tongue, the gums or the palate. This is at the higher end of the Brunello pricing spectrum but is so tasty and well made that you may well find it worth the investment.

2009 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-08-2015
Given the savory aromatics, the interplay of ripe red cherries, spice and meatiness, the slight sauvage and barnyardy funk...this could only be Poggiarellino! Love it or leave it, this is, as usual, the most instantly recognizable of our DI Brunello stable. So fire up the grill, throw on a Bisteca, and crack open a bottle of Poggiarellino. Just don't forget to thank the Mayor of Montalcino for his good taste and facilitating this wine's journey from Tuscany to K&L!
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

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2013 San Francesco "Tramonti Bianco" Costa d'Amalfi
Review Date: 04-08-2015
Fresh, linear, and saline wine, this Amalfi Coast white is a great aperitivo and grilled seafood wine. Crisp, thirst quenching and mineral driven, this is just the ticket heading into the spring and summer months.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Ermacora Pinot Bianco Colli Orientali del Friuli
Review Date: 04-08-2015
As is always the case, this is bright, mineral driven Pinot Bianco from the Colli Orientali, the Land of Pinot Grigio! While Ermacora also happens to make very good Pinot Grigio, this delicious, ageworthy Pinot Bianco is almost always the staff favorite. It's ready for most any polenta or pasta dish you want to throw its way, though it would also be great with charcuterie, or perhaps some high quality tinned or smoked seafood.
Price: $15.99 Add To Waiting List

Westland Peated Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 04-07-2015
In a serious line-up of some of the most detail oriented, authentic tasting, and yet wholly original non-Scottish, Scotch style single malt whisky, the Peated Single Malt from Westland especially impressed me. It has noticeable yet balanced peat smoke, coupled with a chewy, viscous, downright delicious flavor and texture that reminds me of Springbank. You should absolutely take notice of this name; they will be a big deal soon but remember where you heard about them first!
Price: $69.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Calyptra "Zahir" Cabernet Sauvignon Cachapoal Valley
Review Date: 04-02-2015
Based in the Alto Cachapoal, about an hour and a half southwest of Santiago, Calyptra has beautiful vineyard sites, located on alluvial and colluvial terraces very close to the Cachapoal river, at over 2,900 feet of altitude in the foothills of the Andes. These are wines that are mineral (thanks to gravelly and slightly calcareous soil) as well as polished. Winemaker Francois Massoc knows his barrels; he is a trained cooper and still produces barrels from wood purchased from his favorite French cooperage, an unusual but highly effective arrangement. 80% Cabernet, 20% Merlot, aged for a little over two years in new barrels, the wine is, surprisingly, not incredibly oaky, a testament to the quality of the fruit as well as Massoc's knowledge of oak cooperage. Full of cherries and kirsch, with great intensity, persistence and length, this rivals some of Napa Valley's best.
Price: $79.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92

1995 Frei Jao "Poco do Lobo" Vinho Regional Beiras
Review Date: 04-02-2015
The Lopez de Heredia whites of Portugal? While we are not yet intimately familiar with this Portuguese producer, we did have the opportunity to taste this white, produced from 100% Arinto grapes, and were impressed by how well it has aged. With a similar bright citric acidity and old time gracefulness to the texture, this is something that we are very excited about.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

Alexandre Le Brun "Tradition" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-01-2015
A finely balanced Champagne, this is all Challah dough on the nose, which leads to a dry, elegant, tasty palate. We like to joke about the recent trendiness of the Aube, or Cotes des Bar, the warmer, southern zone that is closer to Chablis than to Epernay and the rest of Champagne. That said, wines as good as Le Brun's provide serious competition to the established names up north!
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

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2008 Launois Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 04-01-2015
A so called "east wind" vintage, or a year where both ripeness and natural acidity are very high, this 2008 Launois belongs on your table and in your cellar. Bright yellow skinned and citrus fruit flavors are lively and engaging, and the wine's persistence is what we have come to expect and love in the great 2008 vintage. Best to hurry up on this one; it will not last long on our shelves....
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Marguet Père et Fils "Amboniacus" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 04-01-2015
A pretty, pale "partridge eye" color rosé, this is delicious, balanced, on the dry and serious side. It's structured yet not austere, no doubt a reflection of the direction Benoit has been taking Marguet over the past several years. One of my favorite rosés, this is for those who like 'em dry and tense. It's a great food Champagne and should also age well.
Price: $59.99 Add To Waiting List

2000 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva (1.5L)
Review Date: 04-01-2015
A longtime participant in the wine business, having sold wine for wine distributors in the States as well as working as an export manager, Miguel has found success along every step of the way, and then decided that rather than retire, he wanted to fulfill his dream of owning vines and making wine. Based in the Rioja Alta town of Briones, Miguel Merino makes, as he likes to put it, an "updated classic" style of Rioja, all from his own 2 hectares of vines and several hectares of vineyards owned by a close friend. All the fruit is from sloped vineyards (Miguel is a fan of his slopes) within the cooler climate Rioja Alta town of Briones, which makes these wine a terrific showcase of the terroir (especially in a region where wines blended from various villages are more often the norm). This Gran Reserva is from some of their oldest Tempranillo and Graciano vines, planted in 1931 and 1946. We had the opportunity to enjoy this at our company party, and it went down quickly! Too quickly as I did not get much more than a tiny sip from a colleague's glass. Needless to say it's a great wine to enjoy now, with softer tannins, succulent dark cherry fruit and an underlying subtly meaty savor. This bottle is an encouraging sign of the ageing potential of Merino's current release '04 gran reserva.
Price: $79.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Valentin Bianchi "Elsa Bianchi" Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 03-27-2015
Yet another tasty, crisply red fruited Malbec from Elsa Bianchi. One of our most popular Malbecs, year in, year out.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Castillo de Monseran Garnacha Cariñena
Review Date: 03-27-2015
This is a very quaffable red, as usual per this cooperative in the Cariñena D.O., locate in Aragon, the heart and Spain's extensive plantings of Garnacha. Red fruit flavors abound, and at 12.5% ABV this is fresh and easy to drink.
Price: $7.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Banshee "Rice-Spivak Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-19-2015
This is one racy, tangy Pinot Noir, sourced from the Rice Spivak vineyard in Sebastopol. Plenty of acidity and sufficient cut. California Pinot for fans of a lighter, brighter, firmer style. Delicious.
Price: $69.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 90

2013 Akitu "A1" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Black Label)
Review Date: 03-19-2015
Serious, very brightly fruited Pinot Noir, with a core of minerality that lends real structure, but also requires time to open up. I would suggest that you decant for an hour or so. Then you will have a chance to see just how impressive this Central Otago Pinot Noir really is.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
DC 95

2013 Akitu "A2" Pinot Noir Central Otago (White Label)
Review Date: 03-19-2015
Akitu is definitely one of, if not the, Central Otago find of the year. Juicy, spicy, red and dark fruits make this very drinkable, while the acidity keeps it balanced and food friendly. Tough to do better than this in under $25 Pinot Noir.
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Bucklin "Old Hill Ranch - Bambino" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 03-19-2015
This is one great Bambino - juicy, but structured as well, it's not as much of a mouthful as the Old Hill Ranch, but definitely is a great intro to Bucklin, one of the more underrated Zinfandel producers if you ask us.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Unti Dry Creek Valley Grenache
Review Date: 03-19-2015
As usual, this is very well made, dark fruited, structured, yet fresh Grenache from the folks at Unti. Mick and crew continue to do a great job with the Rhone varieties, making wines that are honest, balanced, and great at table.
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Nalle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 03-19-2015
The flagship, old vine Nalle Dry Creek Zin also has a bit of Petite Syrah and Carignane blended in. Delicious berries, balance, this is so drinkable and ageworthy as well for those enlightened few who prefer to stash some Zinfandel away in their cellars.
Price: $37.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Nalle "Vinum Clarum" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 03-19-2015
Classic! This puts the "dry" in Dry Creek, with very fresh fruit, low alcohol (12.8%!) and a crisp drinkable style that many certainly do not equate with Zinfandel. I'll take another glass of Zinfandel, please!
Price: $26.99 Add To Waiting List

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