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Ryan Woodhouse

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2015 Roserock (Drouhin Oregon) Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-06-2018
I've tasted this wine on several occasions and it never disappoints. It's a beautifully, balanced, authentic expression of Williamette Pinot Noir. The Roserock property combines some of the maturest vines in the region with Drouhin's four generations of grape growing and wine making experience dating back to 1880 when the family domain was founded in Burgundy. It's a mid weight style of Pinot Noir that really captures the seductive side of the varietal. Floral notes lead into wild berries, woodsy spices, underbrush, dried leaves and subtle lavender. The silky, polished texture is just as seductive as the nose. Mouth filling and rich without any over ripeness or unwanted extraction. Very pure and fluid on the palate, with a long layered finish. An exceptional value given the quality and pedigree.

2016 Felton Road "Bannockburn" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 09-05-2018
A very impressive Bannockburn bottling that combines fruit from all of the winery's estate vineyards along Felton Road and at Cornish Point. Grown and vinified with the exact same care and attention to detail as all of Felton's wines. Biodynamic certified vineyards, gravity fed winery, native ferments, unfined and unfiltered. This wine is the real deal. Combining the exotic nature of Cornish with the more brooding structure of Calvert and MacMuir plus the stony, schist like minerality of Elms. A complex Pinot with many layers, fascinating interplay of fruit and savory, light and dark. Easy to drink and friendly but with plenty of intrigue if you care to look. This will go fast with our special hidden pricing.

2016 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 09-05-2018
A typically forward, exotic, fragrant Cornish Point bottling. Soft, spicy, succulent fruit. Lots of rose petal and Asian spice. Silky, ripe tannin, and elegantly fruit forward palate with nice wet stone mineral underpinnings. Totally drinkable and delicious. A Pinot lovers dream.

2016 Felton Road "Calvert" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 09-05-2018
Always the most coiled and dense of Felton's Pinots but the one that is most sure to provide a decade plus of drinking pleasure. Earthy, dark fruit, wild herbs, thyme and sage. A lovely bramble quality combining juicy, ripe, berry fruits and wild hedgerow notes. Lovely balance of fruit and savory. The tannis are nicely managed but this wine clearly will continue to unfurl and become even more impressive with more years in the bottle.

2015 Raymond "Reserve Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-05-2018
Raymond's Reserve Selection Cab has long been a staple here at K&L. It delivers those big, bold, powerful qualities that put Napa Cab on the map and does it at a price that looks like it's from 1990! I mean how many 2015 vintage, 95 point Napa Cabs can you find for under $30!? Packed with deep, lush valley floor fruit, blackcurrant, ripe plum, bittersweet chocolate and toasted oak. The texture on the palate is velvety smooth and soft (just like the wine's plush label)! There's lots of power and concentration packed into this bottle but it doesn't feel forced or manipulated. Just a bold crowd pleasing style from some great Napa Valley vineyards and plenty of wine making know how. Don't miss this one at a very sharp price!

2017 Ribbonwood (Framingham) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 09-05-2018
Everything you could want in a classic, everyday NZ Sauv Blanc. This wine exemplifies that fresh, crisp, juicy style of Sauv Blanc that put NZ wines on the map. The nose is bursting with white blossom, citrus peel, jasmine and passion flower. The palate is crisp and zesty but also has a soft textural element and more layers of flavor than anyone would expect at this price point. Ribbonwood is the second label of one of my favorite producers in NZ - Framingham. The wines are made by the inimitable Andrew Hedley who is without doubt one of the most exciting, passionate and downright awesome winemakers you could ever meet. Don't settle for mass-produced, commercial, bulk NZ savvy when you can have something like this crafted by a master of his trade.
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Eisele Vineyards "Altagracia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-04-2018
Having tasted many Altagracia bottlings over the years the 2015 is clearly a more refined, site specific expression of this legendary terroir. On a recent visit to the vineyard, General manager Antoine Donnedieu explained how Altagracia now consists of more than 90% estate fruit from four contiguous blocks of the Eisele Vineyard (Tecolote, Piedras, Jardin and Rincon). The fruit is farmed and vinified in the exact same way as the estate's premier bottling. The soils and exposure of these blocks simply lend themselves to a more forward, accessible style of Cabernet and have a different tannin structure than those blocks whose soils are more influenced by the alluvial deposits of Simmons Creek. The wine is simply stunning in its elegance and purity. Whilst the folks at Eisele consider this to be their softer, more open knit bottling; after tasting extensively around the valley on this trip, I found the 2015 Altagracia to be one of the more precise, linear, fine grained expressions of Napa Cabernet I tasted. The intricate character of this storied vineyard is on full show, and the Bordelais sensitivities of its new owners have brought more restraint and refinement to the expression. This is very classy, polished, pure Cabernet that is sure to age beautifully whilst being accessible when young. I tasted it along side 2013, 2014 and 2015 premier Eisele Cabernet bottlings and it showed very well in tough company!
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $139.95 Add To Cart
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2016 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Alexander Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-04-2018
An absolute stunner from Ridge. The 2016 Geyserville and Lytton bottlings are so good it's staggering that they still sell for under $40. Zinfandel from some of the best Zin vineyards on the planet, made by a winery with arguably more pedigree with the varietal than anyone on earth, with a track record going back many decades. Let's be honest, if this was old vine Cab, from one of the best vineyards in Napa, made by an iconic producer we'd be adding a zero to the price tag. After walking both vineyards recently I truly think this is one of the best modern day values in wine.

2015 Venge "Silencieux" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-30-2018
The quintessential bold, powerful, hedonistic Napa Cabernet. This is one for you folks that love wines such as Lewis Cellars, Pahlmeyer, Caymus, Dancing Hares, Mercury Head. Bursting with decadent ripe fruit, cassis, blackcurrant, boysenberry, toasted baking spice, exotic oak. Round and succulent on the palate with huge intensity of fruit. Ripe tannins are wrapped in generous layers of soft texture and polished oak. Fruit for this bottling comes from some prestigious sites across Napa including Venge's famed Bone Ash Vineyard in Calistoga and their estate block in the heart of Oakville. My first impression tasting this blockbuster wine was that it tastes and drinks a lot like many $100-$500 bottlings of cult Napa Cab.

2016 Hahn "SLH" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-30-2018
Year after year this is an exceptional Pinot Noir in the sub-$20 price point. I don't know how Hahn deliver such beautiful, pure fruited, Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir time and time again for this price! The 2016 bottling has a little extra bounce in its step this year after the severe drought broke and California finally got some rain. The vines were obviously replenished as the fruit here is just singing. Pure red berries, ripe raspberry, cherry, sandalwood, clove. Nice richness, weight and forward fruit on the mid-palate but still very "Pinot" in its expression. Silky, expressive and balanced. Drinks well above its price point. Fantastic party wine or daily drinker; lots of character and class for a very modest price.
Price: $18.95 Add To Cart
WE 91 WS 90

2013 Wild Horse "Cheval Sauvage" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-30-2018
There's a lot to love about this top bottling from Wild Horse. As one of the founding wineries of Santa Maria Valley, this release represents the very best fruit from their top two vineyards. Half the fruit comes from Garey Vineyard that sits right next to it's more famous neighbor Bien Nacido. The other half is from Rancho Real (aka Murmur Vineyard) which is quickly becoming known as one of the top sites in the region and sits next door to the iconic Soloman Hills vineyard. Selection of this wine is the creme de la creme of barrels blended as the winemaker's ultimate expression of Santa Maria Valley in a given vintage. The winery sells this top tier bottling at $65. A true expression of cool climate Pinot Noir, wild brambly fruit, dusty dark cherry, dried herbs, forest floor and truffle. The palate is wonderfully elegant and silky; the time in bottle has allowed the tannins to soften and meld into something beautiful textural and soft. Whilst the primary fruit is still shinning the wine is just hitting its stride with more complex secondary characters and subtle nuances beginning to show. This price is just crazy good. You have to taste this to believe it...but don't hesitate...this was a take-all deal...when it's gone it's gone.
Price: $24.95 Add To Cart
WE 93 WS 92

2017 Margerum "Riviera" Central Coast Rosé
Review Date: 08-27-2018
One of the most zesty, dry, refreshing rosés this summer. Tart, crunchy red fruits, citrus, lime peel, white blossom. Zippy and fresh on the palate, zero sweetness and plenty of snappy acidity. A rosé you can sip on all day with its very modest alcohol. Reminiscent of the very leanest, driest Provencal styles. Seafood, fresh goat cheese, even oysters work with this crisp profile. Delicious stuff!
Price: $15.95 Add To Cart
WE 92 W&S 90

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
VN 90

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
JD 92 RP 90

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 glass...study 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 bottling...top 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 Tercero "Camp 4 Vineyard" Santa Ynez Valley Marsanne
Review Date: 07-30-2018
A complex and layered white that really shows off winemaker Larry Schaffer's skills with Rhone varietals. This was one highlight of a brilliant lineup from him tasted recently. Fruit for this bottling is picked from Camp 4 Vineyard in the Los Olivos District of Santa Ynez Valley. The vineyard site is famed for producing world class Rhone varietal wines. It was first planted by Fess Parker, and is now owned by the the Chumash Native Americans. This Tercero bottling is packed with crushed apple, almond paste, chamomile, and honey lemon tea. The palate is rich but quite savory and dry with good phenolic structure and depth. Where so many Rhone whites turn oily and lose definition, this wine keeps driving and remains focused into the long complex finish. A lovely rendition of the varietal from a producer to watch closely.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 94

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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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
WS 93

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
RP 94

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
RP 94 VN 93

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
JS 97 RP 95

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
JD 97 RP 96

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
VN 94 W&S 91

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 wine...how 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
RP 93 WE 92

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
DC 97

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

2015 Calera "40th Anniversary Vintage" Central Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-21-2018
Calera have definitely smashed it out of the park with this 2015 anniversary release of Pinot Noir! What a way to celebrate this California icon's 40th Birthday! This stunning bottling is made up of fruit sourced from some of the very best Pinot Noir vineyards on the central coast including: Bien Nacido, Sierra Madre and Soloman Hills. Fruit from these top quality sources are typically reserved for most winery's vineyard designate releases that generally sell for $40-$60...but here the Calera team have expertly blended these parcels into a seamless expression of coastal California Pinot Noir. 2015 was a small but super high quality vintage and this wine shows it. Exotic berry fruits, Asian spice, bramble notes, hints of forest floor and dried Porcini. The palate is generous with succulent fruit, velvety tannins and juicy acidity. In the finish stony minerals and more savory nuances fade in and out with the bramble fruits and subtle spice. Such a complete and expressive wine that truly shows Calera's masterful handling of Pinot Noir. With all the press on this wine and its incredibly reasonable price point there is sure to be plenty of buzz around it. We're taking everything we can get our hands on...I encourage you to do the same and I'm confident you won't be disappointed.

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
JS 94

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
JH 96 VN 92

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