Staff Favorites - Jim Boyce

Jim Boyce


2009 Capbern Gasqueton, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 01-31-2016
As evidenced by the reviews below, this wine is the real deal! In the first of two stellar back to back vintages, this 2009 Capbern Gasqueton Bordeaux has both the vintage and the winemakers working wonders. Mocha, mellow black cherry and blackberry fruit, and vanilla notes alongside great acid and fine tannins. Deftly balanced, delicious now and for years to come. This wine is worth grabbing a few extra bottles for storage.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2009 Tour Saint-Fort, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 01-31-2016
This excellent 2009 Bordeaux is full of rich, bright cherry and currant fruits, vanilla notes, and soft tannins. The perfect crossover wine for New World palates looking for Bordeaux.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart

2012 Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-31-2016
This tasty mountain Cab is full of bright currant, cranberry, wild cherry fruits and that classic mountain spice and tobacco note. Vibrant throughout, with a touch of oak and broad tannin to lend enough structure for some aging. Beautiful wine.

2014 Oakridge "Over the Shoulder" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley
Review Date: 12-31-2015
This beautiful Pinot Noir from Oakridge - a favorite Australian Direct Import Producer - consists of declassified Pinot Noir fruit; so, fruit that just missed being Estate Single Vineyard bottlings! Bright, crunchy cherry and cranberry fruit with just a touch of spices makes this quite the food friendly Pinot at $14! It will quickly change your perception of Australian wines!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2013 Olema Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-30-2015
From our friends at Amici Cellars comes this impressive Pinot Noir offering. Coming in at $20 and showing beautiful fresh picked wild cherry, raspberry, cola, spices and a bit of oak, this wine is hard to beat. Perfect crowd pleasing wine from a fantastic vintage!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2011 Ugo Lequio "Gallina" Barbaresco
Review Date: 11-30-2015
I will echo my fellow colleagues reviews below as well as the professional reviews above: this is incredible Nebbiolo that is surprisingly approachable now! Cherry fruit, new leather, earth, tar, violet, rose, and tobacco and all present in this complex offering. Decant now, or lay down for years to come.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre
Review Date: 10-31-2015
Vintage after vintage Franck Millet produces some of the staff's favorite Loire valley wines. Great apple and citrus aromatics, chalky mineral and white apricot/ peach notes on a slightly rich palate with a well balanced, lingering finish makes this bottle of Sancerre another success! Another incredible Insolite vintage!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2013 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica
Review Date: 09-30-2015
La Monacesca quickly became a favorite DI property here at K&L. The 2013 Verdicchio is crisp, bright, floral and nutty, with a great mineral backbone and plenty of depth. Truly delicious stuff and the perfect introduction to the property. If you like this style, don't miss the absolutely incredible 2010 La Monacesca "Mirum" offering!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Gundlach Bundschu "Mountain Cuvée" Sonoma County Red Blend
Review Date: 09-30-2015
This Red Blend is a delicious mix of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot added to a kitchen sink blend of varietals. Beautifully balanced and full of mocha, wild herbs, pepper, bacon fat, red currant, and blackberry, with soft tannins and a lingering finish. Great mid week and/or BBQ wine!
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2014 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-30-2015
Impressive yet again, this 2014 Talley/ K&L Chardonnay is blended from five (of 16 - mostly neutral oak) select barrels off the Oliver's vineyard (original planting 1991). Such great focus, balance, texture, and purity of fruit without over-the-top richness, this bottling really reminded the staff of great Burgundy. Do not miss it!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2013 Claiborne & Churchill Edna Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-31-2015
We fell in love with Claiborne & Churchill wines on a trip to the central coast a couple years back! Their wines continue to impress, this 2013 Pinot Noir being the newest arrival to really blow us away! Lively red cherry, strawberry, spice, great acidity and a touch of tanin. It truly is classic Pinot Noir defined!
Top Value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2012 Erik Banti "Carato" Toscana
Review Date: 08-31-2015
This "baby Chianti" from Erik Banti has been a hit since the first 2009 vintage we picked up. Bright cherry fruit, earth, and touch of mineral quality give this 2012 Carato great balance. Untouchable value at $9 for a quality everyday red!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2015
We, along with enough customers (and critics) to quickly sell out the last couple batches, fell in love with the Cut Spike whiskey. The first time we tasted this American Single Malt we were floored. This current bottling is a bit brighter, with great clove, ginger and banana bread spice notes. Grab a bottle while you can! 'Merica!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2013 Saini Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 06-29-2015
This is a hell of a Zinfandel for $20! Hailing from 80+ year old vines from family owned and operated vineyards, this 2013 Saini hits your nose with raspberry jam, fresh picked blackberries, and bright floral notes. The palate has lush, dark fruit with a nice cut of acidity. 2013 is a stellar year for Dry Creek Zin! 50% American oak, 50% French oak.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2011 Palmina "Pressed-Pronto Red" Santa Barbara County Barbera-Dolcetto
Review Date: 06-28-2015
If you are in need of a mid week pizza or pasta red, look no further! This is a 50/50 blend of Dolcetto and Barbera. Fresh strawberry and cherry fruit join dried herbs and a touch earth on the palate to make a really friendly food wine. It's a great wine for a party or BBQ!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
Review Date: 05-31-2015
The Mas Codina Cava is easily a top sparkler in the store at $14. It is the house sparkling wine for most of our staff and has even been the wedding sparkler of choice, which speaks to the quality! Well balanced with a touch of red fruit from the pinot, green apple skin, beautiful mineral qualities, and a dry finish.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2012 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Lirac
Review Date: 04-30-2015
I was just reminded how great this wine is at our last staff tasting. It beat out many other wines at 2+ times the price! Great rose petal & lavender aromatics with beautiful purity and balance. Incredible value!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Unti "Cuvée Foudre" Dry Creek Valley Rhône Blend
Review Date: 04-14-2015
The 2012 Cuvee Foudre stole the show for me. This wine is only made during the best Grenache and Mourvedre vintages and the 2012 is the first bottling under the Cuvee Foudre label since 2005! Consisting of the best lots of each varietal, the blend is 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 30% Syrah. Beautiful aromatics of freshly ground pepper, raspberry and blackberry fruits, licorice and dried herbs abound. The palate is juicy and savory, with great mineral, firm tannins and incredible balance. Give it a couple years to really start showing off!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2012 Unti Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 04-14-2015
Their Zinfandel, a long time customer and staff favorite, shows off their philosophy of blending as a true art form in the winemaking process. The 2012 Unti Zinfandel consists of 76% Zinfandel off the Primitivo vineyard planted in 1998, 12% Petite Syrah for color and body, 7% Barbera for acidity, and 5% Syrah. It has rich, bright red raspberry fruit, a touch of pepper spice, great acid, and a mild tanic finish. This Zin is impeccably balanced and while drinking beautifully now, it will reward a few years in the cellar.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Banshee Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-14-2015
90% French Oak/ 10% SS aging, Heintz vineyard fruit. This is a stunning wine for $20. Very textural, rich but not weighty, well integrated oak, bold and focused with great cut and energy. Citrus, mango, and pineapple fruits with a touch of honey.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2012 Hirsch "San Andreas Fault" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-07-2015
From high atop the Sonoma Coast mountains comes this always incredible 2012 Hirsch S.A. Pinot Noir. It is full of fresh picked wild cherry, baking spices, bright acid, a hint of saline, with great oak integration. This wine will absolutely reward patience in the cellar.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 04-01-2015
Fromm has been crushing it with their Pinot Noir the last couple vintages! Fresh red fruit and rose petal aromatics, vibrant and spicy mid palate, pure fruit without being rich or cloying, and fine tannins on the finish. Every sip continued to impress with overall vibrancy and balance. Outstanding stuff!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Olema Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-02-2015
This second offering from Amici Cellars is a steal year after year! Beautiful Sonoma County fruit with a touch of new French oak. Raspberry, casic, mocha, vanilla, and a clean, softly tanic finish. Classic Sonoma Cabernet!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2013 Bench Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 03-02-2015
It's back! The Bench has been a customer favorite over the last couple vintages. Getting great Sonoma fruit at a $20 price tag is tough to do, and this Pinot really delivers. Pure red fruit, cola notes, some baking spice and a well integrated French Oak finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2012 Ellero "Pisa Terrace" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 03-02-2015
This is a slightly darker fruited Pinot Noir, full of dark raspberry, black cherry and currant, with great spice (30% whole cluster) and floral components. Great acidity keeps the wine fresh and vibrant, while the fine tanin of the finish really lends great depth. This is a complex pinot that is amazing now and will greatly reward a few years of patience!

Marietta "Old Vine Red-Lot #62" Red Blend
Review Date: 02-25-2015
This Red Blend from Marietta truly over delivers year after year. Pure, fresh, and wild berry fruit with a hint of earth and spice. Rich and juicy, but never sweet, this wine can please a crowd or your pickiest friend! With the quality of fruit going into the blend, it is almost impossible to beat at the under $15 price tag.
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 01-26-2015
One of our favorite Direct Import deals, the San Venanzio is full of fresh pear and peaches and cream, with a refreshing, mineral driven finish that will make you wonder how that first glass disappeared so quickly!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 01-26-2015
Grab this wine while it lasts!!! This 2010 Bordeaux benefits greatly from the magnificent 2010 vintage. Pure red fruit, mineral driven mid palate with medium tanin give this wine fantastic structure. Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2009 Malmaison, Moulis-en-Médoc
Review Date: 12-01-2014
An amazing vintage from vineyards managed by the Rothschild family helps make the 2009 Malmaison Moulis a top Bordeaux deal! Pure, rich fruit, great spice, and a long finish. Beautiful wine that should not be missed!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2013 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 11-02-2014
The Chardonnay of the holiday season! This chardonnay, blended from five select barrels off the Oliver's vineyard, is drinking incredibly well right now! Such great focus, balance, and purity of fruit without over-the-top richness, this Talley wine reminded the staff of Chassagne Montrachet! Do not miss it!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2013 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Tempranillo Rioja
Review Date: 11-02-2014
Driving red fruit, laser focus, earth, and a hint of spice makes this wine truly stand alone in the under $10 category! Don't miss out!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould Verzenay "Reserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-02-2014
Rich and toasty, yet fresh and focused, this Champagne is chock full of stone fruit and hazelnut. As mentioned, this is a lot of wine for the price!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 08-29-2013
A great deal in traditional Rioja, this wine is full of red fruit, spice and earthy undertones. This wine has the structure to last quite a while, yet it is drinking beautifully now. All for $20!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-30-2013
Each time the Bruno Michel Blanche retuns to stock the staff becomes a bit giddy to both sell and consume quite a few bottles. Bruno Michel is one of our DI estates that is very, very proud of their meunier and are not afraid to show it. So very complex, this wine shows notes apple, citrus, mineral,toast and balanced all in harmony.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Elisabeth Goutorbe "Cuvée Éclatante" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-28-2013
This Champagne is easily one of our top values. Made up of mostly 2007 fruit, the Pinot Noir really shines. Lots of black cherry with ripe raspberry notes, dry, chalky minerality (as mentioned numerous times), and well rounded acidty really make this an exceptional wine.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales "Seizoen Bretta" Saison, Oregon 750ml
Review Date: 12-31-2012
David Logsdon, the old Full Sail brewer/partner, really hit his stride with these beers. Clean and delicious, the brett really adds a great dry, complex finish to the bright citrus and pear (bottle conditioned with pear juice for natural carbonation) notes. Outstanding beer!
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

Firestone Walker "Double Jack" Double IPA, California (22oz)
Review Date: 10-01-2012
I've missed this beer. Every year Firestone Double Jack DIPA impresses me. Perfectly hoppy with great pine and grapefruit notes. Even after buying and drinking the third or fourth bottle, i haven't grown tired of this beer like i do with quite a few IPA's.
Price: $7.49 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-26-2012
A great toasty, rich, dry brut to serve at any occasion, be it with food or without. Clean and pure, this is well balanced champagne with great apple and nut notes at an unbelievable price.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

Mikkeller "Nelson Sauvin Brut" Bière de Champagne, Denmark 750ml
Review Date: 11-30-2011
This is a phenomenal beer that anyone that enjoys a delicious adult beverage will enjoy. Brewed with New Zealands Nelson Sauvin hops, the aromas of grapefruit and citrus accommodate the bretty funk nicely. The fizzy, champagne-esque palate is full of slightly tart, candied fruit with great acidity and a dry, lingering finish. An absolutely beautiful beer and well worth the hype, this beer is perfect as gifted or sipped at your holiday dinner table.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-30-2011
Fleury is one of K&L staff members favorite Champagne producers hands down. His wines are all of absolute top notch quality. This bottle is full of crisp cherry on the nose and weighty palate. The finish is quite dry yet lingers until the next sip. Fantastic.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Philippe Gonet Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-31-2011
This is a delicious rose champagne. Floral with strawberries dominating the palate. The acidity brings balances out the weight for a serious wine from the beloved Gonet estate.

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 10-31-2011
This is a fresh, mineral and citus noted, delightfully refreshing french sparkling wine without the big price tag. Stock up for your holiday parties!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 06-30-2011
This is another outstanding, easy to like champagne from Bonville. 100% estate chardonnay from three vintages, this bottle intertwines clean citrus and crisp apple with solid, chalky minerality to create some seriously great bubbles. Refreshing alone on a warm summer day or paired with some of your favorite seafood appetizers, this champagne is sure to please.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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Henney's Frome Valley Dry Cider, England (500ml)
Review Date: 04-30-2011
This easy drinking cider is back; time to load up! Always a staff favorite, this bright, crisp and refreshing cider is a crowd pleaser (even though it is on the drier side) and a fantastic warm weather sipper. Works great as an alternative to beer or white wine as well.
Price: $6.99 Add To Cart

Brouwerij De Ranke "Cuvee de Ranke" Belgium 750ml
Review Date: 11-01-2010
Tons of sour funk aromas upon opening and pouring. Tart fruit on the palate with a bitter, almost hoppy finish. Fantastic beer, easy drinking and refreshing!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

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