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Staff Favorites - Diana Turk

Diana Turk

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2017 Domaine de Verquière Côtes-du-Rhône
Review Date: 01-29-2019
This incredible Côtes du Rhône is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, grown in chalky clay soils, which give this stunning red lift and minerality. Plus, there's copious spicy red fruit. This entry-level member of the Verquière lineup is overt and immediately accessible but still has all the classic structure that keeps the wine focused. It is one of our best values in the store and a longtime favorite. So excited the new vintage is here!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

Knob Creek 9 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #7022 Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 01-29-2019
Knob Creek has always been a reliably delicious Bourbon choice, and Barrel #7022 is magical! Right away, you notice that the color is significantly darker than usual - tipping you off that there is some age here, possibly more than the label implies. Cinnamon and other aromatic baking spices mingle with caramelized brown sugar on the nose and give way to a silky palate, but the 120 proof hits with just enough heat on the back end to keep it lively. This is a serious Bourbon that somehow feels easygoing and decadent at the same time. DOG did a stellar job selecting this barrel, and the quality for the price is outstanding. Even if you've dismissed Knob Creek in the past, this is an offering you don't want to miss.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut
Review Date: 01-19-2019
Expressive on the nose, with hits of white flowers and tropical fruit, this 100% Pinot Gris (!) Champagne displays its uniqueness right out of the gate. The palate shows lush but snappy citrus - think mandarin oranges - followed by a creamy texture through to the super long finish. There’s enough crunchy minerality here to remind you that this is classic Champagne, but it’s balanced with an easygoing drinkability. Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut would be great with food, and is delicious enough to be a crowd-pleaser that’s a bit out of the ordinary.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2012 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 01-09-2019
Another stunning vintage release! Although Roederer's MO is to only produce rosé when conditions are right, the Grande Marque has recently experienced so many great harvests that the hits keep coming. The 2012 Roederer Rosé is elegant and accessible, somewhat softer and more cherry-fruited than the crisp 2010, but no less fresh. Hailing from Champagne’s “miracle vintage,” this release uses the labor-intensive saignée method, resulting in a more textured palate without sacrificing any minerally acidity. This is concentrated but bright, and great with food.

2012 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 01-09-2019
Another stunning vintage release from one of our favorite of the Grandes Marques! Although Roederer's MO is to only produce rosé when conditions are right, they recently experienced so many great harvests that the hits keep coming! The 2012 Roederer Rosé is elegant and accessible, somewhat softer and more cherry-fruited than the crisp 2010, but no less fresh. Hailing from Champagne’s “miracle vintage,” this release uses the labor-intensive saignée method, resulting in a more textured palate without sacrificing any minerally acidity. This is concentrated but bright, and great with food. Plus, a bonus with this half-bottle size is that it ages a bit quicker than larger formats, so you can fast forward the complexity development!

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 12-05-2018
Crisp and linear with an incredible, almost creamy, texture, the nuanced Launois Cuvée Réserve over delivers every time. This Champagne is magical: Grand Cru Chardonnay from chalky soils shows minerality, but that racy backbone is balanced by moussy elegance. There's a sparkly acidity that will impress Blanc des blancs connoisseurs while still pleasing a crowd. I've even paired it with weeknight takeout and it's been perfect. When we say buy as much as you can now, we mean it: this sells out incredibly quickly! I am so proud to support Séverine Launois and her family's tradition of exceptional wines - do not miss this value-driven stunner.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 12-05-2018
Do not sleep on this: our best selling Direct Import Champagne in an age-worthy size! Crisp and linear with an incredible, almost creamy, texture, the nuanced Launois Cuvée Réserve overdelivers every time. This Champagne is magical: Grand Cru Chardonnay from chalky soils shows minerality, but that racy backbone is balanced by moussy elegance. There's a sparkly acidity that will impress Blanc des blancs connoisseurs while still pleasing a crowd. I've even paired it with weeknight takeout and it's been perfect. When we say buy as much as you can now, we mean it: this sells out quickly! I am so proud to support Séverine Launois and her family's tradition of exceptional wines - do not miss this value-driven stunner.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart

Còdigo 1530 K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Anejo Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 11-27-2018
Blossoming with vanilla and cinnamon, this is an easygoing Añejo that feels like the holidays, but is light enough to enjoy year round. Subtly toasted oak on the nose with a nimble palate and great pure agave fruit, our exclusive barrel release from staff favorite Còdigo is an elegant addition to an already stellar lineup.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

Còdigo 1530 K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Rosa Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 11-27-2018
One of my favorite tequilas we carry, Còdigo Rosa is a unique drinking experience that nevertheless shows classic, sharp tequila flavors of pepper and agave throughout. Berry sweetness sings up front, with bright citrus on the palate. The pink color (from aging in Napa Cabernet Sauvignon barrels) not only looks pretty in the glass but really has notes of red wine. Juicy, with a long yet clean finish, our exclusive barrel is delicious: smooth enough on its own but will really shine in a cocktail with a well-salted rim. A must-try for any tequila aficionado.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine des Rémizières Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 11-27-2018
I adored – and personally purchased many bottles – of the delicious, smoky 2015 Domaine des Remizières Crozes-Hermitage, and wasn’t sure if the new vintage would live up to expectations. I am happy to report this vibrant entry-level Northern Rhône overdelivers. Subtly floral on the nose with notes of violet, dark berry fruit, and a spicy finish, the 2016 is both sophisticated and approachable, leaner than the ripe 2015 but just as complex. Drink now and impress your Syrah-loving friends.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-27-2018
Foxen’s 2015 Pinot Noir shows up big with red fruit: bright strawberry on the nose tempered by baking spice through the palate with subtle minerality and a long, slightly earthy finish. This is rich California red Pinot to be certain, but with blue floral aromatics, Santa Maria’s cooler climate, and Foxen’s light touch, this is a nuanced version. Plus the winery is always worth a visit!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Vignoble Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 11-27-2018
Domaine Dragon has been a solid player in our Provençal rosé lineup since 2014 vintage, but this release hits it out of the park. Juicy strawberry fruit up front with lively citrus notes and even more minerality than the crisp 2016, Dragon shines with focused acidity, that often-requested pale salmon color, and a refreshing dry finish. Everything you want in a French rosé, for less than $15!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2016 Spellbound California Chardonnay
Review Date: 11-27-2018
Oaky, buttery perfection! A venture from winemaker Rob Mondavi, Jr., Spellbound is consistently one of our most popular Chardonnays, winning fans with its combination of value and decadence. This is a showy crowdpleaser at a bargain price, with caramel corn notes up front, tropical fruit, a textured palate, and that coveted toasty finish. A California classic, Spellbound will impress fans of pricier Rombauer, and is a must-have at your holiday table. Buy it by the case!​
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2017 Guy Farge "Bouquet de Syrah" Ardeche Rouge
Review Date: 11-24-2018
Subtly tart black fruit and an enjoyably earthy structure make this nimble red a complex little Syrah, especially for the price. This has classic Northern Rhône style but feels more accessible than some of bigger names in the region. Give it some air, pair with something grilled, and prepare to be impressed.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2006 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvee Louis" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 11-06-2018
Elegant and expressive, with pear and apricot fruit through the palate and shining acid typical of Billecart-Salmon’s fresh house style, this Blanc de blancs has tension and lift, balanced by a rounded texture and the rich, easygoing qualities of the excellent 2006 vintage. A blend of Chardonnay from four coveted Grand Cru villages in the Côte des Blancs – Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil, and Mesnil Sur Oger – and aged in stainless steel, this somehow feels both racy and opulent. We loved it so much, K&L bought everything that was available! Celebrate the season with this stunner.

2008 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-13-2018
What a beauty this Champagne is: exciting and elegant right out of the gate! Raw honey on the nose, with a hint of white floral alongside coveted yeasty notes, the 2008 vintage Dom Pérignon shines from the very first sip. Heady aromatics give way to sparkling minerality and bright lemon fruit on the palate, with surprisingly nimble richness. While the hallmarks of the racy 2008 vintage come through with laser precision, there is a roundness present as well, making this feel opulent yet vivid, all the way through the long, chalky finish. I can only imagine how incredible this will be with age. Plus, it’s 95% grand cru fruit, with the remaining 5% 1er cru from Hautvillers included as an homage to village of Dom Pérignon's abbey. Historic and celebrated, this 2008 is a stellar release and an experience not to be missed.

2015 Domaine de l'Enchantoir "Le Pied à L'Étrier" Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame Rouge
Review Date: 07-31-2018
Easygoing yet just as herbaceous and aromatic as you'd want from a Cab Franc, this Loire Valley stunner is bursting with bright berry fruit and an earthy finish, and is especially delicious chilled.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Tenshen Central Coast White Blend
Review Date: 07-28-2018
Tenshen is not just a clever name for this California Rhone-style white blend: there's great lift and yes, tension in this 2016 Central Coast white. But while there's good acidity, it doesn't overpower the friendly fruitiness. This wine is a beautiful balance of heavier textured Roussane, floral Viognier, rounded Grenache Blanc, and the unusual but welcome addition of bright Chardonnay. And it's priced under twenty bucks! This is a great summertime white to impress both Francophiles and domestic wine lovers.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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Brasserie Dupont "Saison Dupont" Farmhouse Ale, Belgium (750ml)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
The original! Six or seven breweries in Belgium make true Saisons, and the undisputed classic of the style is Saison Dupont. While there may be some hipper variations that seem more in demand lately, this holds its own against the hyped versions. Saison Dupont is refreshing, with a brightness that is balanced by underlying earthiness. Plus the price is a steal considering the quality, and the fact that this is a 750 ml bottle. At once both crisp and funky, Saison Dupont is a clean, yeasty, satisfying beer, perfect for summer nights.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2017 Maritma "The 4 Old Guys" Sangiovese Toscana
Review Date: 06-30-2018
A classic for a reason, The 4 Old Guys – so called because the label displays the portrait of group of elderly Italian friends – is what you imagine Sangiovese to be when you dream of a perfect rustic table wine. Fresh with bright cherry up front, there is lively acid here, but there’s enough darker fruit notes and tannin to make this feel like a substantial red. Easygoing and crowd-pleasing, this is perfect to pair with pair with simple weeknight dinner, but still impresses.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
This tastes like what sitting by the Mediterranean, dining alfresco on olive tapenade must feel like. The botanicals are fresh up front, with a notable lavender floral component, but the finish is textured and mouth-coating. This is a unique take on gin that enhances cocktails or could easily be enjoyed with just a bit of ice and soda.
Price: $33.99 Add To Cart

2017 Meyer-Näkel Spätburgunder Rosé Ahr
Review Date: 06-30-2018
Wow! Sweet-tart raspberry fruit with vivid, almost spritzy acid, this German producer is one of my favorites, and their reliable Pinots overdeliver. Though Ahr is so far north that it could easily be too cold to ripen grapes, the sun bounces off the slate soil and warms the vines enough to create magic. Try this beauty while you can - there's not much available.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2017 Zudugarai "Amats" Rosé Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 06-30-2018
Wow! 2017 Amats rose is like a pleasant punch in the mouth, with searing acidity and racy lift, plus a touch of spritz. More dry and lean than fruity, this vivid Basque favorite is refreshing, and would be great with charcuterie.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
Layered and heady, this Brut Champagne is composed mostly of reserve wines dating back to the 1990s, yet still shows a crisp core of minerality, with a satisfyingly long finish. There's even that coveted hint of brioche character. This format is perfect for aging, and the price is a steal for a House of this caliber.

2017 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvèdre Rosé Stellenbosch (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
South Africa's answer to elegant Bandol, this Mourvedre rose is just as light and crisp as you'd want a summer quaffer to be, yet still shows dark fruit character and flinty complexity. Plus it's biodynamic, and the screwcap is ready to take along on your outdoor adventures! A winner all around.
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Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 06-30-2018
Layered and heady, this Brut Champagne is composed mostly of reserve wines dating back to the 1990s, yet still shows a crisp core of minerality, with a satisfyingly long finish. There's even that coveted hint of brioche character. The value here is really incredible, especially considering Charles Heidsieck's smaller operation, storied history, legendary caves, and quality.

2002 Thienot "Cuvée Alain Thiénot" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-31-2018
This is a monster of a Champagne, in the best possible way. We opened it at a recent customer tasting, and it displayed a quicksilver quality, starting lean and opening up to honeyed complexity. Structured, this could age easily for another decade, but was a treat to drink now, with air and preferably a meal. It showcases the strength of the stellar 2002 vintage while staying true to Thienot's powerful house style.
Price: $99.00 Add To Cart
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Laurent-Perrier Demi-Sec Harmony Champagne
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Very bright considering the higher dosage, this elegant release from Laurent-Perrier is a natural for dessert, balancing sweetness with lift, and pairing with everything from appetizers to cake.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (187ml)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Small in size but not in taste, this adorably-sized version of L-P is everything I love abouttheir classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point. Perfect for party favors!

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Picnic perfect! This is everything I love about Laurent-Perrier's classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point, even in the half bottle. Drink now!

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Wow! This is everything I love about Laurent-Perrier's classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point. Plus the Magnum ages beautifully, much appreciated with the larger Chardonnay component. A beautiful choice for your next party.

Fallet-Dart "Clos du Mont" Brut Champagne (2004)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Ten years - TEN YEARS - on the lees for less than $100? Less than $80, even? Incredible. This is a sophisticated, yet hugely accessible Champagne, with depth, texture, and a honeyed quality saved from being too fruity by the 80% Chardonnay and a backbone of acidity and that coveted toastiness. I first met Paul Fallet at our annual Champagne Tent Event in 2017, where he charmed with his shy, sincere personality, and then dazzled us with his high quality wines. Fallet-Dart is a great family-run Direct Import house to support, and even without the backstory, I'd want to drink these delicious, complex Champagnes. Plus, this is fruit from a Clos, based on the 2004 vintage! We always have customers come too late to this party, and only realize how lovely this Champagne is when our limited quantity is gone. Don't let that be you.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-04-2018
Wow! This is everything I love about Laurent-Perrier's classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvee boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point.

2017 Casa Smith "VINO" Columbia Valley Sangiovese Rosé
Review Date: 03-31-2018
Lively and bright, with a pleasant streak of acidity thanks to Sangiovese, Casa Smith "VINO" Columbia Valley Rosé is a welcome addition to our domestic lineup. Don’t let the deeper color fool you – this is light with a super dry finish and, perhaps most importantly, the 2017 is already here! Perfect for warmer weather and party-priced.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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2011 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-31-2018
As vintages go, 2011 is not as celebrated as its neighbors, but our friends at Egrot – namely winemaker Elisabeth Goutorbe – worked some magic with a difficult year. This release, composed of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay, is both crisp and rounded, showing off baked apple fruit balanced with chalky minerality. As with all Goutorbe wines, this has a delicate bead, an elegant, dry finish and overdelivers for the price.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-24-2018
Don't let the new look fool you! This release was formerly called Elisabeth Goutorbe, named for the pedigreed winemaker who charmed guests at many a Champagne Tent Event. She's ventured out on her own and while the label underwent a makeover, what's inside the bottle is as impressive as ever. Crisp with red cherry Pinot fruit, this is both chalky with elegant mousse, and shows complex leesiness tempered by bright acid and structure. This nonvintage release is drinking beautifully now, and the price - especially for Ay - is nearly impossible to beat.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Reserve" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-24-2018
Incredibly, a magnum of Baron-Fuente is priced lower than some bigger name 750 ml bottles of Champagne – the value is almost unbelievable! Concentrated fruit with a hint of spice, luxurious toastiness, and creamy finish, this Meunier-based Champagne is both expressive and easygoing, with more pronounced acidity in this larger format. And while there’s technically better aging potential to the 1.5L, it’s tough to keep this cellared when it’s so exciting (and affordable) to pop at a party.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-24-2018
While 2008’s strength was structure and acidity, 2009 shines with supreme drinkability and luxurious texture. Buttery notes on the nose with pure pear fruit through the palate, plus hints of lemon and leesy toastiness, this release of Baron-Fuente’s "Grand Millesime" finishes cleaner than expected for such a rich style. A welcome addition to our Direct Import Champagne collection, and a killer value as well.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

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$24.99
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Baron-Fuenté "7" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-23-2018
Leesy with coveted brioche notes, pear fruit, and bright acid – and much more vivid than the other offerings by one of our favorite Direct Import producers – the “7” is the most sophisticated Baron Fuente I’ve tasted. It’s aged for seven years on the lees and it shows: this is astonishing quality for the price, with lovely texture and focus.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Les Terres Blanches "Anjou Demon" Anjou Rouge
Review Date: 02-22-2018
Anjou Demon is a terrific wine, especially for the price, and a perfect first foray into the non-interventionist winemaking world. While that sounds pretentious, this lively red is actually pretty accessible. Less fruity than the 2015, with more pure cab franc earthiness, the 2016 is herbal, with red berry notes and great lift. This was the hit of our New Year’s natural wine tasting event, and while it certainly shows some funky character, there is enough easy drinkability to win fans of all palates.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2014 Pasetti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Review Date: 02-20-2018
A delicious Italian stunner, the Pasetti Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is the a charming red to make any meal special. No matter your menu or guest list, Montepulciano is a sophisticated yet crowd-pleasing option at a price that won't bust your budget. Pasetti's vineyards lie in the heart of Italy's Abruzzo, an area with a favorable climate, varied terrain and chalky soil, ideal conditions to create complex wine. Plus their vines are inside a national park! The perfect interesting but easygoing weeknight red, Pasetti is a minerally, elegant choice to impress at your next party. Buon Appetito!​
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould Verzenay "Brut Tradition" Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 01-27-2018
Bright cherry fruit really comes through on the nose of the Michel Arnould "Brut Tradition" half bottle, which lent an almost Northwest vibe when I paired it recently with salmon. Although there is structure and that hallmark hazelnut toastiness unique to Verzenay, this is a refreshing, crowd pleasing option, with a crisp finish. Clean, but with a richness that almost defies its stainless and enamel aging, Michel Arnould has delivered a creamy, picnic-ready Champagne. The great price, especially for Grand Cru fruit, makes this little beauty go down even easier.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2010 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-05-2017
Biodynamically farmed and sourced from the celebrated Grand Cru Chardonnay villages of Avize and Cramant, this focused Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling powerhouse from a great vintage. Bottled at a slightly lower pressure than most Champagne, Roederer’s 2010 release has more delicate bubbles and a subtly coating mouthfeel through the palate. It was dosed at 9g/L and feels like it, with heady golden fruit and supple texture, but still shows all the bright acid and coveted chalkiness of a killer high-end Brut Champagne.

Pol Roger "White Foil - Extra Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-29-2017
An exceptional, value-priced offering from a house with clout, “White Foil” is subtly smoky and weightlessly creamy, with rich apple fruit balanced by enough acid to maintain focus through to the snappy but long finish. Pol Roger is the Champagne of royalty, and the care that goes into this cuvée is apparent. Aged 48 months on the lees and based on key spectacular vintages, this shows hints of toastiness, despite seeing no oak, and – like all Pol Roger releases – is still hand-riddled. This is one of our most requested Champagnes in Hollywood, and for good reason.

Jardesca California Red Aperitiva (750ml)
Review Date: 11-28-2017
Surprisingly nimble and not at all cloying, Jardesca Red is a welcome addition to this California producer’s lineup, and was the hit of a recent customer tasting. Rounded and rich with enough body to stand up to a variety of additions, this Zinfandel-based apertif is a mixologist’s dream for the holidays: festive color, crowd-pleasing drinkability, and infinite versatility. Try it with a twist of orange or a cinnamon stick for seasonal take.
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2006 Bollinger Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 11-07-2017
Not to be confused with the pricier Grand Annee rosé, this limited edition release – sourced entirely from the stellar 2006 vintage – is special. Aged on the cork and 100% barrel-fermented, it’s leesy and subtly oxidative, with toasty richness, yet also precise with linear minerality. Pinot Noir-driven, it showcases serious berry fruit, a hit of racier orange, and a luxuriously long finish. This powerful Champagne is ready to drink now, and will work beautifully with food.
Price: $119.00 Add To Cart
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2007 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-13-2017
Green almond on the nose, with vivid citrus and hints of rounder stonefruit fruit through the palate, this Grande Année feels significantly sharper than the 2005 – thanks to a cooler 2007 vintage – but keeps the honeyed, vinous character Bollinger does so well. This is a substantial Champagne with a structured backbone of acidity, while the delicate mousse keeps it lively and elegant. Fresh-drinking for now but with real aging potential, this bright release was a hit at the last customer tasting, and is a worthy addition to any cellar.

2005 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 06-06-2017
Puelles is a classic Spanish producer that in previous releases has straddled the line between modern, fruit-forward drinkability and more traditional dusky Rioja. The 2005 – a killer vintage – feels like a throwback to the older style, more restrained than the powerful 2004 but just as enjoyable. There is balance here, with a distinct savory quality, but Tempranillo’s bright cherry fruit still shines through, with hints of tobacco and leather on the finish and noticeable (though well-integrated) oak. Puelles is a Direct Import that truly is a crowd pleaser: a rich but easy going Gran Reserva that sings with quality, unbelievably only $20.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

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$16.99
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Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-25-2017
With a dramatic bottle shape and sometimes limited-edition packaging, Laurent-Perrier’s tête de cuvée is a prestige Champagne that feels like it. Aged ten years on the lees, Grand Siècle is sourced from 100% Grand Cru vineyard sites, and is a multi-vintage blend: the latest release includes reserve wines from 1997, 1999, and the coveted 2002 harvests! Light straw yellow in color, this is bright with vivid stonefruit, and although undoubtedly fresh, the most notable quality is the honeyed, leesy depth – you can feel its storied age. Grand Siècle is sumptuous and yet still nimble, effervescent and easy-drinking. While I’d feel confident laying this down, my guess is you won’t want to; I received a bottle as a birthday gift, and though I tried to hold out for a "Grand" occasion, LP turned out to make an ordinary lazy Sunday special.

2014 Valle dell'Acate "Tenuta Ibidini" Nero d'Avola Sicilia
Review Date: 03-29-2017
Dusty on the nose, with that unmistakable licorice note that only comes from Nero D’Avola, "Tenuta Ibidini" opens with concentrated dried currants followed by dark berry fruit – both blue and black – and lively acid. I paired this fruit-forward Sicilian red with a garlicky penne arrabiata and it balanced the heat beautifully.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

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