Staff Favorites - Ryan Woodhouse

Ryan Woodhouse


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Tequila Montejima Blanco (750ml)
Review Date: 08-15-2018
My new house Blanco! Lovely floral nose, crystaline quality on the palate, great texture, bright, pure, fresh. Can be sipped straight or mixed. Killer value thanks to Andrew's negotiating skills. Great work!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

2011 Roda I Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 08-15-2018
Interesting that this producer is considered part of the modern wave of Rioja producers. Founded in the late 1980s Roda is a relative baby in a region with a rich history going back centuries. However as Decanter magazine writes: "Roda has become the essence of fine-tuned classicism." Whilst being known for "modern" techniques such as the use of new French oak and detailed, scientific clonal selections of Tempranillo; the wine itself certainly comes across as classic and restrained, even in a hot, dry vintage such as 2011. Dusty dark red fruits, leather, red currant and baking spice. Medium plus bodied with good structure and direction. No easy sweetness, but plenty of fruit and layers framed with a good lick of quality oak. A scorched earth minerality pervades the finish with fine grained tannins suggesting great cellaring potential. Lots to like here and the best is yet to come.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Carlisle "Palisades Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Sirah
Review Date: 08-15-2018
Chardonnay has Le Montrachet, Pinot Noir has Romanée-Conti, Cabernet has the deep gravels of Chateau Latour. If I were to think of the most iconic vineyard for Petite Sirah it would have to be Palisades. I believe this to be the foremost planting of the varietal on the planet. Organic, head-trained, dry-farmed vines planted back in 1968 produce this intense, inky wine. Fragrant lilacs and black roses lift from the glass. The wine is full to the brim with concentrated black and blue fruit, huckleberry, bramble and black cherry. Big saturated texture coats the palate; the tannins are ample but not overbearing or aggressive. This is Petite Sirah you drink not chew! No jammy characters or sweetness, just pure dark fruit and refined tannic power. Very impressive wine. Drink now with juicy smoked brisket or put it away in the cellar for 10+ years.

2016 Substance "Sunset Vineyard" Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 08-15-2018
A bright, crunchy, mineral infused wine with lots of juicy citrus and white peach. Fresh cut herbs add a very Sancerre inspired green tinge. Lots of drive and vivacity on the palate with lingering oyster shell salinity. Not a fruity tropical style but one much more about restraint, minerality and mouth watering acidity. Great value.

2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-09-2018
If this wine were from a top producer in Napa it would easily hold its own at $100. The level of concentration, power, structure, rich fruit and fine but plentiful tannin drinks so far beyond this wines price point it's shocking. Honestly if you run this up against top notch Cabernet from around the world I don't think you'll find a better pound for pound bottling out there. Sourced from a single block of vines planted back in 1972 (one of the oldest, original plantings on Cab in WA) this wine shows its historic pedigree through and through. Packed with blackcurrant, cassis, graphite, shaved cedar, charred oak, cigar box and dried herbs. A full bodied wine with surges of ripe, black fruit, a plush mouth coating texture and lovely fine yet impressive tannins. Explosive and expressive right now but certainly has the stuffing to go another 10-15 years. An absolutely ridiculous value given our deeply discounted pricing...we went all in on this wine after being simply blown away by its quality and price point.

2016 Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-08-2018
A very complete bottle of Chardonnay beautifully representing the balance between richness and restraint, power and elegance. The Freestone project from Joseph Phelps represents an entirely dedicated estate, winery and winemaking team in the hills surrounding the small town of Freestone in the western part of the Sonoma Coast towards Bodega Bay. These fog soaked hillsides produce elegant wines with impeccable balance and purity. This 2016 Chardonnay evokes notes of dew soaked apples and orchard blossom that fills the air in this part of Sonoma. Riper notes of nectarine and poached pear are balanced by saline minerals and subtle toasty oak. Flavorful yet focused and energetic. This has the lovely fruit one expects from Sonoma Coast Chardonnay but with a little finer balance and more detail than most. A very well executed, top level California Chardonnay that I consider a bench mark for the region.

2016 TED by Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-08-2018
Year after year Mount Edward deliver some of the best value Pinot Noirs in our entire inventory. The 2016 Ted is no exception. Made from organically grown vineyards throughout a few different sub-regions of Central Otago and hand crafted by the small team at Mount Edward HQ in Gibbston Valley. Brambly notes, wild thyme, juicy dark cherry fruit, Asian spice and clove. Pure fruit, bright acidity and wonderful silky texture. Hard to beat at this price!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Tenuta Roveglia Chiaretto Rosé
Review Date: 08-08-2018
A juicy, quaffable rose from the shores of Lake Garda. Rose water, alpine strawberry, red Jolly Rancher and baking spices. A nice interplay between soft, plush fruit and crunchy acidity. A fuller, fruitier style of rose but certainly still refreshing and infinitely drinkable! Great value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Celler de Capçanes "Mas Donis" Old Vines Montsant
Review Date: 08-08-2018
Another stellar value from Capcanes. This Tuesday night drinker is full of dusty, earthy black fruits, leather, dried herbs and spices. Medium bodied with a nice balance of fruit and savory notes. On old vine value that's tough to beat and super food friendly.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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Cutty Sark "Prohibition Edition" Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 08-08-2018
An exceptional value in brown liquor. This blended Scotch from Cutty Sark ticks a lot of boxes for a minuscule price point. Tasty enough for three finger pour to drink straight...high enough proof to make a great mixed drink. This may have just pushed aside Bank Note as one of my staples in the home bar.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2010 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-08-2018
Roederer's vintage Blanc de Blanc represents by far the smallest bottling the house produces. Made entirely from estate grown fruit, from two Grand Cru villages - Avize and Chouilly - this is pretty magic stuff. The nose starts off super fresh and focused with lots of white flowers and citrus notes. On the palate the wine expands with caramelized apple tart, almond paste and saline minerals. Driving acidity and beautiful length on the palate. A very strong showing from Roederer at a fraction of the price compared to the iconic Cristal.

2016 Intrinsic Columbia Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 08-01-2018
Brought to you by the same folks as the Borne of Fire Cabernet, that exploded into a top selling wine last month, comes the 2016 Intrinsic Red Blend. These guys just keep on coming through with rich, bold flavors and screaming values. This time Cabernet Franc and Malbec play the leading role with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Again extended time on skins has extracted rich exuberant flavors and allowed the tannins to smooth out into silky strands. This blend is jam packed with blackcurrant, ripe plum, black raspberry and cassis. Med-full bodied, soft tannins, lush texture. Has the feel of a much more expensive wine.
Top Value!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
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2016 Fromm "Clayvin Vineyard" Marlborough Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-01-2018
Another stunning edition of this iconic wine. Always the most exotic and powerful of the Fromm Pinots. This fruit comes from a prime north facing hillside with heavy clay soils. The vines are planted at a high density and are now 27 years old. Brassy, deep red fruit, some black cherry, Asian spice, warm soil, sweet floral notes. Richly flavored with a fleshy mid-palate but a bright, pure, line of acidity running throughout. Tannins are fine but present in good numbers. Maybe a little more focused and restrained in comparison to some recent Clayvin bottlings; a real vitality an lift to the fruit. This will live a long time in the cellar.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2016 Fromm "Fromm Vineyard" Marlborough Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-01-2018
I always find this wine the most compact and subtle of Fromm's upper tier bottlings. I'm not sure if it's vine age or the layered alluvial gravel soils that bring about this expression, but it's a beautiful contrast to the more bold, exotic Clayvin release. The 2016 is again all about intricate detail and finesse. A burgundy lovers Pinot. Earthy elements, chanterelles, bramble fruit, high toned floral notes. The tannins are a bit more grainy than Clayvin but I think that actually gives good definition and contrast. A wine that loves air and time in the it over a few hours and it will keep revealing new secrets.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2016 Fromm "Cuvée H" Marlborough Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-01-2018
The 2nd edition of this homage to winemaker Hätsch Kalberer may even outshine the inaugural bottling and will almost certainly out live it. Stunning focus and purity, bright fresh aromas of ripe raspberry, crushed cherry, dry leaf litter, toasted spice, agar wood and clove. Super fine tannins and an energetic acid line. Whilst totally delicious now, this is obviously a young wine that will unwind and continue to improve for the next decade at least. I love this new notch, world-class Pinot by any measure.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2017 Torti Pinot Noir Pavia
Review Date: 07-31-2018
A friendly, fruit driven Pinot at a great price. Northern Italy might not be at the top of many people's lists for Pinot Noir but this bottling certainly shows promise and for a very modest price point. Juicy, easy fruit, cherry, sweet baking spice, soft round texture. It's a quaffer for sure!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2014 Cristom "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-30-2018
An absolute knockout from Cristom! A rare bottling from them made possible by the exceptional quality of the 2014 vintage that has gone down as one of the best in recent history. This wine is composed of all estate fruit from Cristom's diverse patchwork of blocks in the Eola-Amity Hills. Fruit from these blocks typically goes into their top tier single block releases: Eileen, Jessie, Marjorie, and Louise. However in 2014 they chose to take some of those best barrels and make a wine that faithfully represented the entire estate in one wine; the result is this 2nd ever release of an "Estate" bottling that encompasses all their Pinot Noir blocks. The result is simply stunning. Crunchy forest berries, black cherry, hard ground spice, sandalwood, bramble, dark rose petals and forest floor. The wine has reams of whole cluster derived tannin and beautiful aromatic lift. It still feels youthfully compact and focused but its potential is unfurling by the day. I think it has at least a decade of beautiful drinking ahead of it. On a recent trip to the Willamette Valley I tasted several hundred top Pinot Noirs and this wine made my top three.

2013 Weatherborne Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-30-2018
Lovely floral, cherry fruited Pinot Noir with a stony, mineral underpinning. This wine comes from one of the most famed sites in the Sta. Rita Hills - "John Sebastiano Vineyard." Soils here are that magic mix of clay loam over limestone, just like those in the Pinot's ancestral home in Burgundy. The vineyard's aspect is also exposed to coastal breezes both moderating temperatures and building thick skins for concentrated flavors. A few years in bottle have let this wine unwind and show its true colors, softening tannins and developing layers of complexity. It's in a perfect spot for drinking now. A tiny production wine, bought directly from winemaker, Cris Carter - a fantastic price for an artisanal wine like this.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Lavinea "Lazy River Vineyard" Yamhill-Carlton Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-30-2018
This wine has stunning drive and focus; filigreed acidity and tension; quince, subtle struck match, white flowers, wet stone; and is full of verve and intensity on the palate. With air and warming in the glass the palate picks up weight and texture. Compelling Chardonnay.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Hartford Court "Land's Edge" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-26-2018
From two vineyards right on the coast, just a few miles from crashing surf. A beautifully lifted, pure, freshly fruited Pinot Noir with bramble, Asian spice, ripe red berry fruit, raspberry puree, clove and shaved truffle. Juicy acidity and vibrancy bestowed by cooling sea breezes. Medium bodied, forward and expressive from the get-go. Perfectly balanced and pure; the very best of quintessential Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

2016 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-26-2018
What...a Hartford Court wine that we can actually get enough of to do an offering!? After years of massive scores and shrinking allocations were compounded by this year's double 100 point score (JD & WA) on the Far Coast Vineyard Chardonnay, I was thrilled to get my hands on some of this stunning little wine. As with all of the Hartford Court Chardonnay bottlings the magic is really in the crystalline, shimmering energy the wines have. Glistening citrus, golden delicious apple, white peach and preserved lemon. Subtle oak, perfectly judged acidity and length for days. Plenty of weight and richness, but effortless, pure and balanced on a knife edge. Really compelling wine from a producer that is at the top of their game.
Top Value!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 07-26-2018
One of the most consistently delicious Zinfandels out there. Seghesio's 2016 bottling is right on the money. Perfectly ripe, juicy, lush Zin flavors but without seeming heavy or jammy. Pure fruit, lovely balance, incredibly versatile food wine...maybe the ultimate summer BBQ grillin' wine?
Top Value!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
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2015 Domaine de Bila Haut "Occultum Lapidem" Côtes de Roussillon-Villages Latour de France
Review Date: 07-26-2018
Big saturated black fruit, licorice, baking spice, mocha with some scorched earth and a pinch of dried herbs de provence. Full bodied and rich but not overblown. Soft, lush fruit but no unwanted sweetness. This is a crowd pleaser for sure and destined to be a top seller.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Walter Hansel "Cuvee Alyce" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-26-2018
A perennial favorite at K&L always delivering rich, powerful, vibrant Russian River Valley Chard at a price point that amazes me. Hansel are definitely near the top of the pile when it comes to quality California Chardonnay and yet the prices remain very reasonable. This wine walks the line between ripe citrus and tropical fruit elements with perfectly integrated flashes of oak, spice, hazelnut, and warm brioche. Soft, supple mouthfeel with nicely judged acidity to keep it bright and refreshing. Lots to love about this one. Classic CA Chard done very well. Limited availability due to low yields in 2015.
Price: $34.95 Add To Cart
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2009 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 07-25-2018
Just a baby but this wine is starting to hit it's stride. Lovely earthy, brooding red to black fruit. Savory leather notes, exotic spice, red dust, dried leaves. Medium bodied with effortless structure and warming fruit on the mid-palate. The wine becomes more lifted and aromatic with time in the glass...crushed red rose petals, and sandalwood notes emerge. Lots of material here, give it time to emerge and you're sure to be impressed. A potential classic.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Louis Brochet "Alain" Millesime Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-25-2018
This Champagne has a lovely balance of weight and verve. There is a powerful concentration of fruit, rich texture, but also electric acidity and saline minerals. Made predominantly from a village specific clonal selection of Pinot Noir with small clusters; you can feel the concentration in the wine. This is one of the best bottles of Champagne I've tasted this year. I loved the intensity of flavor but also knife edge poise and focus.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2016 Mas Codina Xarel-lo Penedes
Review Date: 07-24-2018
Wow this wine was a show stopper at a recent staff tasting. Though I have long enjoyed Mas Codina's wonderful Cava this was my first taste of a still white from them. Native Xarel Lo grapes grown organically on clay / limestone soils make for a vibrant wine bursting with saline minerality, green and yellow tree fruits, savory lees and good phenolic cut. The extended elevage has given a boost and rounded edge to the texture of this wine that seriously over delivers on its price point. Something different, utterly compelling and utterly delicious.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 07-24-2018
Classic Chianti combining dusty red fruits, spice, leather, thyme and earth. A wine with real focus and intensity; lovely structure and acidity. Begging for rich food, braised meats, strong cheeses etc. A baby, put this one away for 5-10 years to see its real potential.

2015 Long Shadows "Feather" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-23-2018
Intensely powerful, concentrated Cabernet. Thick with black and blue fruit, cassis, blackcurrant, blueberry compote; mineral, graphite undertones, charred oak and hints of dark chocolate. Suave mouthfeel with plush fruit and plenty of ripeness then the muscular "Dunn" like tannins come surging through from underneath. Big, dense tannin structure reigning in all that opulence and richness. This will age a long time. It's not that you couldn't drink it right now with the right steak and decanting, but there are formidable tannins here for long cellaring and plenty of fruit to go with them. Lovers of Randy Dunns Howell Mountain bottlings don't want to miss this. It shares a lot of the same characteristics but with perhaps a dash more ripeness and accessibility in it's youth.
Drink from 2019 to 2019
Price: $59.95 Add To Cart
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2015 Frog's Leap "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-18-2018
A pillar of poise and balance. A wine that never falters in keeping the tradition of classically styled Napa Cabernet alive and well. Archetypal "Rutherford Dust", dry tobacco leaf, blackcurrant, bramble, leather and loamy earth. Medium bodied with firm but groomed tannins, refreshingly bright acidity and fine, elegant persistence on the palate. This isn't Napa Cab that you have to scrap off your tongue, it's one that invites you to take another fresh, vibrant sip and keep working on that New York Strip. A phenomenal value when you consider the pedigree and all estate Rutherford fruit.
Price: $49.95 Add To Cart
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2016 Fromm "La Strada" Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 07-12-2018
Another world class offering from this Marlborough icon - Fromm Winery. Picked from some of the maturest vines in the region; this block surrounding the winery consistently produces one of NZ's finest expressions of Sauvignon Blanc. Juicy citrus fruit, passion flower, kumquat, fresh cut herbs, stony minerals. Electrifying acidity and mouthwatering freshness. A perfect example of why Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is famous the world over. Thanks to our direct import relationship we can bring you this estate grown, organically certified wine for less than $17!

2015 Tongue in Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley
Review Date: 07-12-2018
The Cabal Vineyard bottling from Tongue in Groove continues to go from strength to strength. A few years back it was clear to see the potential from this site with its purity of fruit, exotic spice and suave mouth feel. Now it seems winemaker Lynette Hudson is teasing even more depth, structure and nuance out of the wine. This is the most complex and compelling showing yet. A darker fruited, more concentrated wine this year with forest berries, ripe plum, mole, and clove. Lovely weight on the palate with fine silky texture from the clay rich soils. So layered and luscious finishing with floral tones and a juicy mouthwatering lift. There is so much "pinosity" crammed into this bottle. Drinking beautifully now but sure to delight for another 5-8 years. K&L Staff Favorite.

2016 Pence Ranch Estate Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-09-2018
Great Pinot Noir under $20 is rare. Great estate grown, organically farmed, Sta. Rita Hills AVA Pinot Noir is like Unicorn rare! I had to ask our supplier three times over if this was the right could it taste this good, be so inexpensive and have huge critical acclaim...something had to be wrong...but nope, it was just one of those special moments when things that are too good to be true actually happen! Fresh red fruits, spice, loamy earth, underbrush, and a bright floral lift. A fruit forward and accessible Pinot but one that retains elegance and some lovely savory aspects along with the purity of fruit. Expertly crafted by famed winemaker Sashi Moorman (Sandhi, Domaine de La Cote). One of the best deals on our shelves today.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-06-2018
The 2016 Substance Cab from K Vintners is yet again an exemplary bottling showing how impressive even entry level price point Washington Cabs can be. Packed with black and blue fruit, currant leaf, cigar box, dried herbs and spice. Lovely varietal definition, refined tannins and plush texture. As Jeb Dunnuck suggests: “Just pretend you paid three times the price.”
Top Value!

2015 Scattered Peaks Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-05-2018
Dense and structured Cabernet with enough flesh and richness to be enjoyed young but surely destined for a long and glorious future. Made by one of the greats of Napa Cabernet, Joel Aiken, this wine is long in pedigree, and class. Smokey, dark fruits, blackcurrant and cassis, scorched earth, cocoa nib, graphite and charred oak. Full bodied and powerful but not a fruit bomb. No excessive ripness here, just pure, concentrated Cab with muscular tannin and warm, earthy undertones. We had been working with this wine long before the huge Decanter score dropped...I love it when an old favorite comes up good! Get it while you can...and plan ahead for a decade of enjoyment.
Top Value!
Price: $34.95 Add To Cart
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2017 Eisold-Smith "Guilt" El Dorado County Zinfandel Rosé
Review Date: 06-26-2018
From 40-year-old Zinfandel vines in the Sierra Foothills. The fruit is hand-picked and direct pressed to keep the color light; gently settled then spontaneously fermented. It spent five months on less and did not go through malo. As the winery says: “This is not your Aunt Joan’s White Zinfandel!” A lovely Zin rosé—dry, fresh, crunchy, lovely ripe soft red fruits but mouthwatering acidity to keep it super refreshing. Amazing value for everyday drinking. My pick for Fourth of July celebrations for a truly American take on rosé.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2016 Kaiken "Ultra" Malbec Mendoza Las Rocas
Review Date: 06-21-2018
Loaded with gobs of purple fruit, plum, cassis, blackcurrant all wrapped up in exotic spice and mocha oak tones. Explosive and hedonistic but with enough acidity and structure to keep it from going over the top. A remarkable value given the obvious quality of fruit and oak. A modern, flashy expression that is sure to make a lot of friends especially at this sharp price point.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Mount Langi Ghiran "Cliff Edge" Shiraz Victoria
Review Date: 06-21-2018
This wine allows you to get a taste of one of the most highly acclaimed estates in all of Australia for an absolute song! This wine is crafted entirely from estate fruit on Mt. Langi's property in Victoria's Grampian Mountains. Showing a lot of the same characters as its big brother, the 2015 Cliff Edge is wildly aromatic with juicy black and blue fruit, lifted spices, cracked black pepper and violets. On the palate this mountain grown Shiraz is concentrated and fruit forward but never loses focus with bright acidity and beautiful line and length. Such an energetic and vibrant wine exuding wave after wave of exotic fruit and spice. Rich but light on its feet with long fine tannins and floral lift in the finish.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Bodegas Abanico Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja
Review Date: 06-21-2018
What a value! I was shocked when I saw the price tag of this delicious little Rioja. It delivers juicy, bright fruit, dusty earthy notes, dried spice, and a lick of woodsy notes to round it out. Beautifully balanced and drinking perfectly right now. This will be a go-to for many of us this summer. A super versatile wine that over-delivers in many ways.
Top Value!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart
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2012 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-21-2018
Real, authentic Brunello at a steal of a price. This bottling of La Fortuna delivers plenty of what Brunello drinkers know and love - deep, brooding, dusty red fruit; scorched earth, worn leather, dried herbs. Medium - full bodied, drinking well now but has the stuffing to age for another decade. Great value.

2014 AXR Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-14-2018
This is a wine of pedigree. Made by Jean Hoefliger the winemaker of celebrated Napa winery Alpha Omega. This dynamic Chardonnay sits stylistically between a rich, powerful white burgundy (think Corton ish) and a more restrained California expression of Chardonnay. It has powerful concentration with baked orchard fruit, nectarine, quince, cornmeal, and spiced apple pie. There is some classy French oak present but playing a supporting role to the fruit, never interrupting. The wine has a beautiful acid line adding tension and retaining focus into the long, persistent finish showing beautiful clarity. If this were could expect to pay at least twice this price...maybe significantly more.
Top Value!

2016 Martin Ray Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-13-2018
This delivers everything you could ask for in a classic Sonoma Pinot Noir at a ridiculously low price. Our longtime partners at Martin Ray have simply packed this wine full of juicy, brambly, spicy red fruit. Hints of warm earth, baking spice and summer berry compote fill the palate. Fruit forward and crowd pleasing, yet with enough restraint and fresh acidity to appeal to lovers of more restrained Pinot also. The fruit comes from some of the most highly regarded vineyards in Russian River and Carneros. I'm not sure how they made such a dynamite Pinot for this price point...but I'm certainly not complaining!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2010 Calera "de Villiers" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-13-2018
I'm just ecstatic to be able to offer this bottling direct from the winery and in pristine condition. I've long been a fan of Calera and the true magic of these wines often takes time to reveal itself. This 2010 release of De Villiers is drinking beautifully at 8 years of age with a captivating nose just staring to show some secondary aromas of dried mushroom, forest floor and leather. On the palate the wine is still concentrated and vibrant. Lots of dark berries, dried fruits, meaty elements. Plush and rich in texture, with beautifully resolved soft tannin. Decant for 30 mins to let the wine unfold and you'll be delighted by how many layers this has to show off.

2013 Jonata "Todos" Central Coast Red Blend
Review Date: 06-06-2018
I love this wine from Jonata as it really shows the quality of what is going on at this incredible estate. Todos meaning "everything" is a conceptual wine that is designed to capture the entire vineyard in one bottle by incorporating all the varietals that are planted here. Jonata's vineyard is the sandiest spot in Ballard Canyon a small AVA quickly becoming known as one of the best places to grow Rhone varietals in all of California. The blend is dominated by Syrah (78%) bringing rich dark fruit, muscular structure, smoky, meaty nuances and scorched earth. Other varietals seem to add some floral nuances, spice, and soft silky tannins to embrace that powerful core. A really complete, balanced and expressive wine. In 2013 Jonata sacrificed almost 75% of their initial fruit set in favor of keeping yields very low and concentrating the wines. This absolute dedication to quality is clear to see in this wine.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2015 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 06-06-2018
Could this be the best ever Mount Edward Pinot Noir? It's fairly early to say but it might just be! This is showing beautifully right out of the bottle; a perfect varietal mix of bright, floral, perfumed, exotic fruit combined with wild thyme, brambles and earthy nuances that are utterly seductive. Central Otago Pinot Noir almost always has great fruit but very few have the layers and complexity this wine possesses. On the palate the texture is silky and svelte; fresh, juicy and expressive as a young wine but clearly packed with character and intrigue that will continue to unfold for many years to come. Mount Edward has long been a staff favorite and perennial best seller here at K&L and this wine will no doubt cement that position - it's rocking wine I couldn't be happier recommending.
Top Value!

2014 Ramey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-05-2018
Another stellar release from this Napa Valley stalwart; Ramey's 2014 Napa Cabernet is yet again an immaculate rendition of what makes this valley so special for growing Cabernet. Packed with deep, brooding, smokey dark fruit; plum, cassis, dried herbs, graphite, embers and cedar shavings. Full bodied but dry and nicely structured around well defined tannins. Nice purity of fruit with a nod back to a time of more classically styled wines; it shows a lovely combination of ripe fruit and generous texture without becoming jammy or over the top. At our special hidden price this is a Napa Valley classic you don't want to miss!
Top Value!

2016 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-04-2018
A brisk nose of salt air, chamomile, quince paste and rye toast. This is a racy, bright wine beautifully the expresses the cool, coastal influenced position of Bien Nacido Vineyard in the foggy Santa Maria Valley. The palate has drive and verve with stony minerals and bright yellow tree fruit. Some savory stone ground flour like notes add complexity. A swipe of citrus acidity tingles on the palate. Focused and poised but with ample layers and depth from the old vines. The wine is notably devoid of oak influence allowing the sense of place to take center stage. A very faithful and delicious rendition of this legendary vineyard.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart
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2016 The Burn "Borne of Fire" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-23-2018
What a first release of this wine! Pure Cabernet flavors of blackcurrant, cassis, loganberry, freshly picked mint and dusty earth tones. Medium bodied with fantastic purity and grace. The tannins are fine and silky keeping this lively wine flowing across the palate. Mouth-filling and satisfying yet not at all sweet or jammy. Subtle oak, moderate alcohol and 13.5%, this wine really lets the purity of fruit do all the heavy lifting. An unbelievable value given the quality.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-17-2018
This stunning release from Robert Craig reinforced to me once again that Mt. Veeder is my favorite sub-region in Napa for Cabernet Sauvignon. Cool breezes from the pacific ocean and poor, rocky mountain soils bring forth a classic, balanced, structured expression of the grape. The aromatics boast briary, dark red fruit, pipe tobacco, shaved cedar and dry spices. The palate is powerful, but quite linear and focused. Nothing jammy or sweet about this flavor profile; instead it's much more restrained and savory then many modern expression of Napa Cab. Redcurrant, plum, mulberry and dried fig. The tannins are long and polished and acidity beautifully integrated with the fruit. All the components are beautifully tuned and working in unison; an effortlessly powerful wine with regal pedigree. Don't miss this last of an era Pym Rae vineyard Robert Craig release, it's quite a swan song.

2016 Halcón "Alturas" Yorkville Highlands Syrah
Review Date: 05-16-2018
One of the finest examples of this varietal to grace our shelves here at K&L. This is a truly spectacular expression of Syrah regardless of place or price point. The purest nose of crushed violets, mulberry, seared steak and ground spices. On the palate the wine is beautifully focused, elegant and vibrant. The tannins are notable but not at all aggressive or astringent, instead they are perfectly refined to give length and grip that will assure a long life. With time in the glass the wine unfurls showing off layer after layer of black and blue fruits, exotic spices, floral high tones and meaty, smokey bass notes. The real deal. I'm so glad to see the folks at Halcon getting the critical acclaim they have long deserved.

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