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Staff Favorites - Alex Schroeder

Alex Schroeder

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2014 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 09-19-2019
This is an excellent bargain for classic left bank Bordeaux. Lilian Ladouys is owned by the folks at Chateau D'Issan and the winemaking pedigree is evident immediately, with a bright, expressive and rich St. Estephe profile. Cherry kirsch, graphite, smoke and herbs, with bright, lifting acidity that leads to a long lasting finish.

2016 Sidewood Shiraz Adelaide Hills South Australia
Review Date: 09-10-2019
There's no mistaking the Aussie Shiraz character in this gem! After a couple hours of breathing time, beautiful notes of cherry kirsch, smoked game, eucalyptus, mint, and smoky pepper unfold. Beautiful ripe tannins coat the mouth, purple fruits take the center stage on the palate and the structure and acid lead to a bright, long lasting finish. A top deal in Shiraz!

Fallet-Dart "Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-05-2019
This Blanc de Noirs is one of the best-kept secrets of the Western Marne Valley. Made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and aged for a particularly lengthy four years on the lees, it has wonderful fresh pear, Bing cherry and apple fruit profile, a broad presence on the palate, and a crisp finish that left a nice yeasty flavor lingering for over a minute...all for under $30! If you’re on the grower-producer train, this is an essential.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2016 Kalinda Paso Robles Red Blend
Review Date: 09-05-2019
I was pleasantly delighted by the delicious drinkability of this very inexpensive Paso blend in the Kalinda portfolio. On the nose it has plenty of ripe, fresh red fruit: strawberries, rainier cherries and raspberries with thyme undertones. It is very drinkable with a super smooth texture and just a touch of acidity. This is a very fun wine to keep a case of around!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

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2013 Kaesler "Stonehorse" Shiraz Barossa Valley
Review Date: 09-05-2019
This is truly this week's deal-of-the-century and it comes in the form of a value Shiraz from Barossa. The complexity and expressive quality of this Barossa put others at thrice the price to shame! On the nose, black pepper, currants, smoke, roses, licorice and a touch of cocoa. The texture is filled out and plush with ripe tannins and the structure is completed to perfection with livening acidity. The finish is so long! I wouldn't hesitate to jump on this deal, it's going to go quick.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2018 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-30-2019
The quality of this southern French Pinot is amazing for this price point. It's richly fruited with strawberries, plums, and violets, and still has a surprising amount of verve and lift from great acidity. It still has a classic French profile, though, with a soft texture and emphasis on balance.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2017 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 08-20-2019
This beautiful wine from a veritable master of Shiraz is a beautiful iteration of the grape from down under. It has the concentration and depth of a high-dollar, luxury Syrah while showing off its beautiful terroir with wonderful expressiveness and lift. Aromas of plums, black currants, black pepper, eucalyptus, mint, and licorice lift from the glass. It has a fantastic silky texture with ripe tannins and balancing acidity, and the finish goes on for ages.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
JH 99 WS 94

Chateau de Bligny "Cuvée Six Cépages" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2019
This unique blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Arbanne, Meslier and Pinot Blanc has an intriguing nose of banana, pear, toasted brioche, flowers and tangerines. The fruit is bright, ripe and robust with vibrant minerals and a long finish.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
WE 93 WS 90

Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Iteration #24 Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2019
Since 1955, only 23 blends of Grand Siecle have been released until now! The latest is based on 2007 with reserve wines from 2006 and 2004, aged 11 years on the lees! The nose is an intriguing blend of pear, citrus, even tropical fruit, a hint of flinty smoke and cream, and of course vibrant minerals. This is one of the expensive bottles that is absolutely worth every penny.

Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2019
The Grand Siècle (literally “Great Century”), is named after the age of King Louis XIV of France, and represents the awe and splendor that was known under his reign, during which Versailles was built. One of my absolute favorite prestige cuvées, it is composed entirely from Grand Cru sites, blended from three great vintages then aged on its lees for the entirety of a decade. Wow. Made from 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir, it has quince, green apple and citrus fruit with honey, almond and biscuit notes from the long aging. It has delicious toasty yeasty character and vibrancy from the great acid. This should be in every Champagne lovers cellar, ready for that perfect, or any, Champagne moment!

2007 Thiénot "Black Ball" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2019
This is a rich, creamy style of blanc de blancs with bright fruit notes of pear and apple, honeysuckle, toast and intriguing notes of spice. This is a great vintage champagne aged to perfection!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2008 Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2019
LP has finally released its much anticipated 2008 vintage champagne and it is as delicious as expected! It has beautiful floral elements on the nose, bright pear, green apple and cherry fruit notes, vibrant minerals and the bright acidity that is a hallmark of the vintage. Vintage Champagne collectors won’t want to miss out on this one!
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Oger" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2019
One of three “terroir-series” Champagnes created as a passion project by Olivier Bonville in light of the stellar 2012 vintage on the Cote de Blancs. “Oger” displays a particularly chalky mineral texture alongside the incredible, bright pear and apple fruit, notes of spice and a long, electric finish.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 WE 93

2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Mesnil" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2019
Another in the “terroir-series” passion project of Olivier Bonville. The value on these single-vintage, single-varietal, single-village Blanc de blancs can’t be overstated. These were executed perfectly so that the terroir of each village is distinctly displayed in the wines. If you are looking to go down the Champagne terroir rabbit hole, this is a great place to start. “Mesnil” really showcases the kimmeridgian minerals alongside ripe, bright citrus and apple fruit with an intriguing line of saline, and great acidity from the stellar vintage.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
WE 94 RP 93

2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Avize" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2019
The highly anticipated results of Olivier Bonville’s 2012 passion project have finally arrived and they are fantastic. Each showcases the unique terroir of three different villages nestled on the eastern-facing Cotes de Blancs. “Avize,” (also Olivier’s hometown) showcases powerful, open-knit pear and apple fruit flavors with accenting floral and spice notes, minerals and a bright, stellar finish.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
WE 94 RP 92

2018 Eric Cottat Sancerre
Review Date: 08-07-2019
Rich, vibrant fruit, stony minerality, refreshing acidity and a long finish make this one of the bet Sauvignon Blanc deals in the store. Killer Sancerre for under $20?? Yes please!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Jacques Bavard Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 08-07-2019
Jacques Bavard comes from a long line of growers in Puligny Montrachet and makes one of the best values in Bourgogne Blanc in the store! It’s lean and mineral with classic flint notes but with a nice lees-y texture and plenty of green apple, fresh pear and lively acidity on the finish. Don’t miss!ou
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Tongue in Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley
Review Date: 08-07-2019
You’d be hard pressed to find a better value than this in Pinot Noir. Made from the famous Cabal Vineyard on the North facing slopes of the Waipara Valley, this has rich aromas of crushed strawberry, cherry and cola berry with a touch of savory scorched earth. It has a lovely combination of lush, soft texture and fresh, lifted, vibrant aromatics. Truly World Class Pinot at a great price!

2016 Momo (Seresin) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 08-07-2019
I contend that dollar for dollar, nothing comes close to the completely organic MoMo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in quality for value. It has vibrant minerals, deep citrusy...almost tropical...fruit, refreshing acidity and is entirely quaffable at 12.5%. This is the quintessential summer wine!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2006 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-07-2019
Yet another amazing Bordeaux bargain from legendary winemaker Helen Garcin Leveque (of Clos l’Eglise & Barde Haut fame). Beautiful cherry/red currant fruit with graphite, smoke, leather and tobacco. Limited Stock!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
RP 91 ST 90

2016 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 07-18-2019
This is a seriously impressive display of the finesse, power and complexity that can be achieved with New Zealand Pinot Noir. The nose is beautiful with fruity aromas of cherry and mulberry with lifted aromatics of lilacs and violets with a touch of smoke and earth. The palate is well balanced, with beautiful tension between the silky texture, ripe but grippy tannins and vibrant lifting acidity.

2016 Craggy Range "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 06-27-2019
I am happy to report that this sub $20 Bordeaux blend is very deserving of its high critical scores. Merlot dominant, it has rich, plummy fruit with hints of mint and licorice, gravelly minerals and an overall refinement and elegance worthy of a much higher price point. If rich, elegant, Bordeaux style wines ever make it to your dinner table, then this is one worth stocking up on. After tasting, one probably will not be enough.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
DC 97 JS 93

2007 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-26-2019
This is the best price on a great classic Pessac powerhouse that I’ve seen. It has an intoxicating nose that includes red cherry, cigar box, dusty minerals, smoke and cedar. Sweet cherry kirsch comes out on the palate along with silky tannins and a wonderful integration of flavors. This will continue to age gracefully.

2007 Rieussec, Sauternes
Review Date: 06-26-2019
The Lafite group took Rieussec to the next level in 2007. Rich and layered with notes of dried honey, lemon citrus, apricots and white flowers, it definitely has great sweetness but also lift and vibrancy from the acidity. This is definitely one of the most enjoyable Sauternes on our shelves right now.

2007 Raymond-Lafon, Sauternes
Review Date: 06-26-2019
Rich, lush and sweet with honeycomb, dried apricots and tangerine notes, and great acid/sweetness balance. This is a remarkably on-point, aged Sauternes for $29.99
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 WS 92

2007 Branas Grand Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 06-26-2019
From the famed Grand Poujeaux vineyard in Moulis, this merlot-dominant left bank blend has plenty of ripeness! It boasts rich red fruit with just hints of tertiary leather and smoke. It has thus far aged very well. The tannins are big and ripe and coat the mouth, keeping the sweet red fruit on the palate for quite a long time. This is a very good wine for the price.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2007 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-26-2019
This is what we call “Old-School Bordeaux” at its best. It has plenty of lovely earthy flavors in addition to the dark-currant core: cloves, smoke, minerals, and a nice peppery freshness. The tannins are soft, and converge with the acidity on the finish for a surprisingly long finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2007 La Prade, Côtes de Francs
Review Date: 06-26-2019
What a knockout in the under-$20 category! Rich plummy fruit, smokey game, leather and an incredibly robust, silky texture. Despite the richness, it has great balance at 13.5% abv and grippy tannins that coat the mouth on the long finish.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2016 l'Avocat Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 06-26-2019
This is already drinking great. It is very expressive with loads of fresh berries, cranberries and a hint of orange peel on the nose. The fruit is fresh with just a pleasant hint of vanilla from the oak. It is bright, ripe and fresh with great acidity and balance.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2009 l'Avocat "Cuvée Speciale", Graves
Review Date: 06-26-2019
The 2009 Château l’Avocat “Cuvée Speciale” is from one of the best vintages of that decade, and it shows. It has pure, rich wild berry fruits on the nose with a hint of toast. It is a rich, plush wine but still has plenty of freshness and verve, and a pleasant finish that goes and goes. Again, at $29.99 this would easily hold its own at any high-end dinner party.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2004 l'Avocat "Cuvée Speciale", Graves
Review Date: 06-26-2019
This made using the painstaking “Vinification Integrale” process, where the hand-picked fruit is macerated on the skins inside the barrel for three weeks, then aged in new oak for 18 months. After 15 years, this wine is one seriously sexy sipper for $29.99. It has a rich dark fruit core framed by toasty oak, with hints of smoked meats and aged leather. The tannins are round and silky smooth, and the wine is overall still very fresh and vibrant. As the resident Bordeaux expert Ralph Sands put it after tasting it blind, “We thought it was Margaux, Margaux.”
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2018 Canon, St-Émilion
Review Date: 05-24-2019
This is a nicely concentrated claret, with a robust perfume of dark peppery fruit, minerals, black currants and smoke. It's elegant and velvety on the palate with firm yet smooth tannins. It has a subtle balancing acidity and a long dark fruit-driven finish framed by pleasant herbal notes.

2018 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-17-2019
On the nose, very concentrated notes of dark fruit and earthy graphite. On the palate, however, very elegant and round, with great acid and nice grippy tannins. This should be a fantastic wine to age in the cellar.

2018 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This was one of our last stops on the en primeur campaign and it seemed by design. This was one of the best wines of the entire trip. The power and concentration were immediately evident, as rich notes of dark fruit, graphite and minerals took over the bouquet. On the palate the fruit took more of a red tone with nice sweetness, minerals and herbs, and the structure was impeccable as the tannins and acidity were already well integrated and balanced with a beautiful fruit driven finish.

2018 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This is full of dark, concentrated fruit and peppery graphite on the nose, with just a touch of baking spice and toast. On the palate, more red fruits come out with nice herbs and spice underlying, and great elegance and precision from the firm tannins and great acidity. Another shining example of the greatness from St. Julien in 2018.

2018 La Gaffelière, St. Emilion
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This was the star of St. Emilion during the 2018 en primeur campaign. The addition of excellent Cabernet Franc vines shone through with aromas of roses, peppery red fruit and graphite on the nose. The texture was very elegant already with wonderful concentration of fruit and tannin on the palate, and wonderful acidity that lends to a long, fresh and balanced finish.

2018 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This is opulent with dark, purple, plummy fruit, toast and notes of licorice, mocha and herbs. The tannins are soft and elegant up front and then become more grippy on the finish, adding to the structure given by the balancing acidity. Great graphite and minerals underscore the ripe fruit.

2018 Capbern, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This is the best value in St. Estephe. Made by the same winemaking team from Calon Segur, from terroir adjacent to much more expensive properties, it has spicy black fruit, mocha, and licorice on the nose. On the palate, it is very fresh and bright while remaining dark and concentrated at its core. It has very elegant, firm tannins, with nice herbal notes on the finish.

1995 Charles Heidsieck "Blanc des Millénaires" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-16-2019
Nothing makes my eyes widen and mouth water more than a bottle of this gem about to be opened. It has rich toasty aromas that surround a beautifully taut core of green apples and citrus meringue, with added notes of hazelnuts and smoke. The aging process has imparted perfect integration and balance, and the acidity has preserved the wine from any signs of tiredness. This is the kind of Champagne I could waste an entire evening simply smelling. On the palate the acid is still vibrant and vivacious, and the mineral texture is a marvel unto itself. This is an experience well worth the price of admission.

Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is a very rare, and very delicious 100% Pinot Gris-based champagne. The pinot gris leaves a clean, floral, mineral-laden bouquet on the nose, but on the palate the strength and power of the fruit are striking: pear and green apple, white flowers and a touch of lemon zest are amplified by serious acidity, and a long, focused finish of minerals and lemony goodness. This is Champagne like you’ve never experienced!​
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
In a direct import program that boasts hundreds of stunning grower-producer Champagnes at incredible values, the “Authentic Assemblage” from Le Brun de Neuville belongs near the top of the list not just in terms of value for the price but in overall quality. It boasts a rich, decadent style that comes from aging on its lees for five years under cork instead of bottle cap, a practice still used by only a tiny percentage of producers in Champagne. This allows for micro-oxygenation, which gives the wine a rich, rounded texture that perfectly balances out the crisp chalky minerals and the rich flavors of nectarine, honeysuckle, brioche and clove. The fact that it is available for such a low price is a miracle.

Alexandre Le Brun "Tradition" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is one of the smallest production Champagnes in our portfolio. Made from a third each of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, it offers a delicacy and prettiness you usually have to pay much more for. The fruit profile is of apricots, lemons and toasty lees with a delicate spice from the barrel aging. You will be hard pressed to find this kind of value for the money on a traditional Champagne like this.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
Olivier Bonville carries on the tradition of his grandfather, Franck, producing wines of incredible richness and complexity from his estate vines in the Grand Cru villages of Avize and Mesnil on the picaresque Cote de Blancs. It has the rich flavors of Anjou pear, Meyer lemon, white apricots and a touch of delicate spice. The real magic is in the chalky minerality and zippy acidity that the Cote de Blancs is famous for. When you consider that similar offerings from the Big Houses cost three to four times more, this becomes a must-buy for anyone who loves Champagne.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

Fallet-Dart "Grande Sélection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is a value I often like to compare to one of the bigger brands in Champagne (with an iconic orange label) that has a similar grape profile. This has bright distinctively ripe citrus and apricot fruitiness, cream, flowers and toast from the seven years on the lees, and amazing texture from the chalky soils. Throw in that you actually save money for all that quality, and it's a no-brainer!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2016 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-15-2019
Grand Pontet is situated right next to major St. Emilion powerhouses like Chateau Canon, Chateau Beausejour Becot, and Chateau Clos Fourtet, but costs a fraction of the price. Owned by the Becot family, the winemaking team is even the same as at Chateau Beausejour Becot, and it shows. It has cherry kirsch, red currant fruit with hints of tobacco and underbrush, subtle toast from oak and a long, lingering bright finish. What a great deal for a serious St. Emilion!

2016 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is one of the best right bank values on the market. The Bouard family (think Chateau Angelus) has poured a ton of money into renovating the facilities and the vineyards here, and since 2012, longtime friend of K&L Coralie de Bouard has been in charge of production. This is the best vintage yet. It shows gravelly minerals, fresh plums and blueberries with mocha undertones and seriously balanced structure. It is drinking great right now, but will continue to age with the best of them.

2016 Siaurac, Lalande de Pomerol
Review Date: 05-15-2019
I’m perennially impressed by this wine. Siaurac is located on an extension of the Pomerol plateau and has a relatively high proportion of Cabernet Franc at 20%. The result is a very complex, expressive wine with a beautiful perfume, bright flavors of red and blue fruit with mint and herbs, and great structure from a generous but balanced oak regimen. If you’ve tried any of the recent back vintages we have (like the 2010, in stock now) you know it ages superbly.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 VN 91

2016 Marsau, Côtes de Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
If right bank merlot is your jam, 2016 Chateau Marsau is for you. It is from a relatively small 12 hectare property that produced this 100% Merlot, plush, voluptuous-style red with strawberry/cherry compote flavors with nice spice and great acid on the long finish. This is one of the best merlots I’ve had in awhile.

2016 Fourcas Hosten, Listrac
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This might be one of the best left bank deals of the vintage. The team at Chateau Fourcas Hosten has been moving towards sustainability and organic methods for over ten years, and the quality really shows in this vintage. It has mouthwatering, expressive blue and black fruit, herbs, a plush smooth texture from the ripe tannins, and a long bright finish. Such balance and elegance!

2016 Bibian, Haut -Médoc
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This Cru Bourgeois Superieur has made vast improvements since being purchased by the Meyre family in 1999. The 2016 shows strength, elegance and a touch of modernity—quite impressive for under $15. The nose explodes with red fruit like wild cherries and raspberries with some toasty oak, mellow vanilla and spice that add complexity on the palate. The ripe tannins complement the sweet fruit for a rich, balanced, utterly drinkable red.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
VN 92 JS 91

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