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Staff Favorites - Kirk Walker

Kirk Walker

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2015 Bella Union (Nickel & Nickel) Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 12-29-2018
Soon to be classic from Far Niente. Dark rich Napa Cab with everything that you want from Napa. Dark fruits framed by luscious oak accented with herbs and spice. It is hard to find another wine from Napa that does what this wine does for under $100.

2015 Tormaresca "Neprica" Super Puglia
Review Date: 12-29-2018
This wine is just delicious. Dark red fruits, Italian dusty earthy notes and enough tannin to let you know that they are there but will not intrude. This is a perfect weeknight red.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2015 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 12-29-2018
This could be one of the best deals for red wine in the store. Bright and dark fruits backed with spice and earth. Medium bodied with enough structure to stand up to the richest food but not so much that it cannot be enjoyed by itself.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 Foxglove Central Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 12-29-2018
Best Chard in the store for the money, and has been so for almost a decade. Bright ripe fruit with subtle leesy richness.

2016 Farnetella Lucilla Toscano Rosso
Review Date: 12-29-2018
Everyday Super Tuscan. Good fruit and structure with enough complexity that keeps you coming back for more.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Aurore Dezat Sancerre
Review Date: 12-29-2018
Focused, pure and minerally Sauvignon Blanc. This is the most exciting $20 Sancerre that I have tried in quite some time.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Quartz" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-23-2018
It is hard to choose a favorite Launois wine. All of them are so good. What makes the Quartz stand out, other than it being unique in that it has few ATM's of pressure in the bottle, is the brightness of the fruit. There is a dazzling purity that make you want more and more! The mousse is soft and you couldn't guess that there is less pressure, and the finish is terrific. Grab some while we still have it.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 08-08-2018
Clean pear fruit backed with a hint of minerality. There is way more wine in this bottle of bubbles than you would expect from a Prosecco at this price point.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
DC 91

2017 Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio Alto Adige
Review Date: 07-25-2018
This is really good Pinot Grigio. It is not Pinot Grigio that is putting on French Pinot Gris aires. It is bright with some intrigue on the nose. Crisp with just enough weight to keep it from being sharp. It has clean flavors that pleasantly linger. A wine that can wash down the simplest or most complex fare or just enjoy by the pool. This is Italian Pinot Grigio.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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2014 D'Arce, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 04-29-2018
Soft and approachable with lots of bright fruit backed with tobacco and earth. Medium-full with just enough tannic grip. This wine will charm you with its lifted aromatics and its surprising complexity.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
JS 91 RP 90

2014 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-28-2018
Classic Napa cab with the wonderful openness of the '14 vintage. Rich berry fruit backed with restrained use of oak and polished tannins. Drink or hold, but it will be hard to do the later.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 03-29-2018
This is one of the benchmark Chardonnays of the world. There is not a Chardonnay lover nor, I will assume winemaker, who will not be impressed with this wine. This is a wine purity balance and dances effortlessly on the palate. It makes most of the white Burgundy that I have had recently look like they are dancing with two left feet.

2015 Catena DV "Tinto Histórico" Mendoza
Review Date: 03-29-2018
I am really enjoying what Catena is doing right now. I am totally fired up with the appellation releases that they have done. I think that the time is right for us in the US, and elsewhere, to really dig into the dirt of Mendoza, and Catena is giving us a master class at a really affordable price. While this wine is not digging into the soils of Mendoza it is looking at the roots of the industry. Bonarda and Malbec were and are the pillars that Argentine wines stand on. It is delightful to see them blended together like they used to be. There is a real synergy here. The aromas are heavy but lifted with dark fruits, a floral note, and a savory almost grilled meat tone. The palate is rich but not heavy build around pleasantly aggressive tannins and more of that dark, pretty fruit. A hearty yet friendly wine that is easily enjoyed by itself but it really wants you to have something rich and meaty so it can help you wash it down.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Franz Keller "Franz Anton" Spätburgunder Baden
Review Date: 03-28-2018
Let me tell you a secret, "the best value Burgundies at K&L are found in the German section". I know that this is a very controversial thing to say but there is a lot of truth to it. While there are good many good red Burgundy's to be had at this or lower prices those wines do not have lift, charm, poise, complexity, nor purity that this wine does. This wine lives up to the expectations that the appellation "Burgundy" classically has. The one thing that this wine does not have, is a library of books examining the uniqueness of the regions "Terroir". There will be, we just have to wait for them. Think I am crazy? You might be right, but you'll have to try a bottle to confirm it. You will not regret it.

2013 Fable Mountain "Night Sky" GSM Coastal Region
Review Date: 03-23-2018
A delightfully textural wine. There are no edges here, but it is not flabby. Dark fruits with a spice and a touch of South African spice. If you like rich wines from the South of France, this is something that you must try.
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JS 90 VN 90

2013 Fable Mountain "Tulbagh Estate" Syrah Western Cape
Review Date: 03-16-2018
Wow! That is what you can expect with your first sniff of this wine. The nose is heavy it is so rich. Dark macerated cherry and pomegrante backed with sweet woodsy notes, whiffs of tar and then laden with lots of pepper. The wine is big but polished with an almost creamy roundness, just no cream. More blue fruits come to play on the palate and again big spice. This is an intense wine, that doesn't require an intense meal. A perfect bridge for anyone who loves Rhone wines and wants to try some of the best wine coming from South Africa at a crazy reasonable price.
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VN 92 JS 90

2015 Corofin "Cowley Vineyard - Main Slopes" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 03-16-2018
The Cowley vineyard is in the Southern Valleys region of Marlborough, specifically Ben Morvan. These Valleys are where the some of the most interesting Pinots of Marlborough come from. The mix of Greywacke, Loess and clays and the cooler, drier climate give the varietal more depth, texture and complexity. Just one sniff and you can see how special it is; blueberries, strawberries with a floral lift and the most delicate spice and mineral tones. It is a structured wine, think Burgundian, high acid with framing tannins, there is a suppleness but it has a firm hand this is dinner wine or something to put in your cellar for a few years. The long finish plays out with darker red berries and black fruits that dance along with fine dusting minerals and crushed herbs. This is a wine that requires a little more effort on the drinkers side, several hours of decanting, medium term cellaring and appropriate food pairing it is well worth it and the rewards exceed that of and comparably price French wine.

2015 Jax "Y3 Taureau" Napa Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 02-28-2018
A full bodied, but mellow tannined red from Napa. Ripe and rich fruit with intrigue and a nice touch of spice. A red you can reach for for almost any occaision.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley
Review Date: 02-28-2018
Alto Maipo might be the bridge that connects the structure, presence and poise of left bank of Bordeaux to the ripe and pure fruit of the West coast of the Americas. I can smell and taste that connection, I will let the physcist try to explain how this particular is made and maintained, (and don't cop out with Bordeaux train French enologist and that the vineyards are in Chile, that is not fun and too easy!) This has ripe high-toned red Cabernet fruit, think Pauillac or Spring Mountain, and a savory mountain scrub/herbal note. The wine is dry, French dry not CA dry with a slight edginess to the tannins but with a nice finish for red fruit and dusty earthy tannins. This is dinner wine, not a cocktail wine, and it requires 30 mins or more in a decanter to really open up and show you what it is all about. A good wine, a great bridge from the new world to the old.

2016 Roberto Henriquez "Pipeño" Pais Bio Bio
Review Date: 01-31-2018
Pipeño is a traditional style of wine, winemaking and wine drinking from Chile, especially from Southern Chile. Just to look at the raw material before digging into anything else about this wine should pique most people’s curiosity; 200+ year old Pias vines! Most commercial vineyards are old at 20 years! Most wines made from 100 year old vines are 4 times the price of this wine. For those whom this is important to, the vineyards are more than organically farmed. Additionally the wine is made with minimal intervention. Fermentation is partial carbonic, done in traditional Rauli barrels with native yeasts. This qualifies it for most “natural wine” consumers. Meaning this wine has a little of that funk, but in the best way, I’ll get back to that later. As mentioned, Pipeño also refers to a style of drinking. Taking young fresh wines, and mixing them with non alcoholic beverages, just to be enjoyed with food and good company. While this is not something to be mixed, it is light and refreshing and can go down as quickly and as enjoyably as any “spritzer”. Here is where I want to talk about that funk, it presents itself like a hint of vinegar, think like a shrub, a strawberry rosemary shrub! This wine has soft dusty fruits, with slightly tangy acid, and just enough framing tannins. It is fresh and savory and mouth watering, you cannot help yourself from going back and taking another sip. Being less than 12% alcohol abv, you will not feel bad about how fast the wine disappears. While this may not be for everyone, this is not only a cork dork wine. Simply, this is an unusual wine that begs to be shared with good friends and good food.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2013 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 01-11-2018
This wine is consistently great, there is a reason Leeuwin has the reputation that they do. This is the boldest, richest wine that I have had from them. It still has that classic red fruit but it is heavier and darker, it is almost dank, in the best possible way. The fruit is accentuated with a savory earthy, spice notes, you cannot keep yourself from going back to nose it again and again. The heaviness of the nose is not echoed on the palate. It is full and intense but structured and delineated. Rich, complex, great fruit foiled by savory complexity, bold but not heavy. This is great Cab from a Great producer and the best thing about it is drinking great now. That was a lot of greats, and it deserves every one of them.

2016 Cascina Alberta Langhe Nebbiolo
Review Date: 12-06-2017
This is something that anyone who loves Piemontese wine needs, a charming everyday Nebbiolo. Red fruits with high-toned spice components and subtle herbs. The nose is very pretty and intriguing. It is medium- to light-bodied, and the fruit is darker than the nose suggests. Easy tannins make their presence known but are not intrusive. Grab some now — unfortunately we didn't get a lot of this.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 04-28-2017
Great everyday Bordeaux. It shows off the vintage with it's dark rich fruit and moderate tannins. A touch of earth and juicy freshness make this a go to weeknight red.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2015 Helen's Hill "Ingram Road" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
Review Date: 02-24-2017
Cherries, wild strawberries, subtle spice with a lovely dusting of earth on the nose. Round ripe fruits greet you immediately on the palate, all ripe red berries. A dusting of oak and spice on a clean and easy finish. Way more expressive than any CA Pinot at the same price point.
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BC 90

2014 White Rock Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-15-2016
A very refined Napa Chardonnay. A wine that has restrained richness and intensity that is driven by fresh acidity. Citrus, apple and stone fruit aromatics with a touch of oak. On the palate it is long and intense with cool fruits and a very subtle touch of oak. Like everything they do at white rock, it is an incredible old world interpretation of Napa.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart
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2014 David & Nadia "Aristargos" White Blend Swartland
Review Date: 09-16-2015
A member of the Swartland Independent Producers, don't know what that is? Go to their website, it will get you fired up. To lazy to be bothered, buy a bottle of this! 5 different varietals from 12 different vineyard sites, blended together to create their unique expression of the Swartland. The nose is broad and sappy with a pronounced mineral tang. The palate is rich with pure golden fruit and and dusty minerals that just linger and linger on it lip smacking finish.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 VN 91

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: $12.99 Add To Cart

Jean-Louis Denois Pinot Noir Brut Rosé
Review Date: 08-31-2012
This is always the first wine from Denois to disappear. Good mouse and great pinot flavor can you ask for more? Yes, and reasonably priced!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

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: $59.99 Add To Cart
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Arran 10 Year Old Island Single Malt Scotch 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 Cart

Bruno Michel "Assemblée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-28-2011
This is one of the best non-vintage bubbles we have. Complex and dry, this does not need a special occasion!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

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Deligeroy "La Petite Marquise" 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 Cart

Antech Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature
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 Cart

Fleury Brut Rosé de Saignée Champagne
Review Date: 12-28-2010
This is like drinking sparkling red burgundy. Surprise power, depth and subtlety. Worth every penny.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
WS 92 VN 90

Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne (ships as 1.5L due to shape of bottle)
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!

Sorelle Bronca Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry
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: $19.99 Add To Cart
VN 90 W&S 90

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: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 07-09-2009
It is hard to miss this wine with its great packaging, but more importantly it is the juice between the bubbles. Ever since I started working for K & L, first bottle I took home was this wine!, I have been a big fan. Broad rich on the palate with a great bead. The flavors lean towards white Burgundy, what's not to like?
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

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: $19.99 Add To Cart
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