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Alex Schroeder

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2016 Domaine de Verquière Rasteau
Review Date: 12-07-2018
This has dark plummy fruit, nice earthy undertones and nice spice from the syrah, which also adds plenty of acidity to give the wine lift and drinkability. A considerable step up from the Verquiere Cotes du Rhone in terms of structure and elegance for not so much of a price hike. Killer under $15 red. ​

2017 Oakridge "Over the Shoulder" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
Review Date: 12-07-2018
This has rich strawberry and raspberry fruit and a small touch of savoriness/herbs behind a great texture from the silky tannins and bright lift from the acidity afforded by the cool Yarra Valley climate. Everything is so well integrated and seamless, it’s hard to believe this is such a low price. This is definitely in my top 5 for bringing over to dinner with friends.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Thierry Thibault "Extra Aged" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-30-2018
The Extra Aged Brut is half Chardonnay, half Pinot Noir and Meunier.. Thibault has managed to find the perfect point of elegance and expression, with ripe stone fruits, exotic fruits, spice and herbs, highlighted by chalky texture and toasty autolytic aromas while maintaining an overall freshness with great acidity. This is an delicious, interesting, well crafted champagne at an unbelievable price.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

1996 Bowmore 22 Year Old "Old Malt Cask" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 11-15-2018
Generally speaking, I love the effect extended time in barrel has on peaty Islay whiskies, so I was happy to test out this 22-year-old expression of Bowmore from Hunter Laing. The nose is stunning, but takes a moment to dissect. At first, the peat is strong, but after a couple whiffs, the balance and integration become apparent with notes of apricots, bananas, honey, herbs, and caramel with embers of peat smoke burning off in the distance. This is my whisky of the holiday season!
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

1965 Carsebridge 52 Year Old "Sovereign" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 11-15-2018
This grain whisky is very vivacious on the nose: hints of stone fruit, honey, spice, saw dust, and unsweetened dark chocolate. On the palate, it is naturally proofed down to 43% abv, so it is incredibly smooth to drink. It leaves warm toasty flavors of caramel, cream, vanilla, dark cocoa, and honeyed cereals lingering for over a minute. The complexity and integration are stunning after 52 years sitting in the barrel. What a special treat to taste such an old lively whisky!
Price: $349.99 Add To Cart

2015 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 11-13-2018
This is a rosso from a great vintage that truly feels like a brunello that you can enjoy tonight. It has rich plum, berry fruit with a full texture from the tannins that are softened to perfection by a touch of French barrique. The acidity brings it into laser-like focus.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Louise Brison Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-13-2018
Delphine Brulez tends to her grandmother’s vines with the utmost love and care, and cuts no corners in the cellar. 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay, barrel fermented and aged on the lees at least four years, this has fresh stone fruit and cherry notes, vibrant minerals, subtle toast and a round texture from the oak. This can’t be beat for $34.99!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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Michel Arnould Verzenay Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 11-13-2018
This is a rosé with all of the charm and complexity you would expect from Patrick Arnould in the Grand Cru village of Verzenay. The pinot noir shows power but also freshness and elegance. There are rich raspberry and strawberry flavors, a creamy texture on the palate, and subtle savory autolytic notes from the time on lees. I have just as much fun just smelling this as I do actually drinking it, so it usually takes me awhile to get through the glass. ​
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2015 Lafont-Fourcat, Bordeaux Rouge
Review Date: 11-13-2018
Mostly merlot with a touch of cab and malbec, it has blackberry and raspberry fruit with a touch of baking spice from the oak. The fruit is supple with fine, firm tannins and a fresh, long lasting finish.​ Great deal for the money!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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1999 Gaudin, Pauillac
Review Date: 10-26-2018
The nose on this is so pretty! It has flowers, soft red fruits, leather, wet undergrowth, and just a hint of savoriness. The flavors are seamlessly integrated and still quite fresh despite the age, making this the best deal from Pauillac on our shelves right now. No need to age this one, have it with dinner tonight!​
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2009 Les Violettes, Côtes de Blaye
Review Date: 10-26-2018
This is one of those mind-boggling discoveries you shouldn’t try to figure out how we got, because it’s going to move fast! This little Cotes de Blaye is replete with aromas of violets, plums, leather and spice. It has a very soft texture, but nice sweet fruit that is balanced nicely by acid on the back end.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2010 Bel-Orme Tronquoy de Lalande, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 10-26-2018
Believe it or not, this affordable, aged gem is the second property of the great second growth Rauzan Gassies. The pedigree is evident immediately on the nose: It has a nice core of cherries and strawberries with notes of mint, leather and spice, and even a little sous-bois and toast. What a knock out for the price!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 10-26-2018
This is probably the most affordable, incredibly ageable 2015 we have. If you tasted the 2009 last year, you know that Cantemerle’s second label has serious chops to it. This has beautiful spice notes, crunchy red and blue fruit, amazing structure between the balanced tannins and acid. Stock up on it and put some away, this will age beautifully for at least a decade!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Clos Renon, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 10-26-2018
This is what value Bordeaux is all about! It has the soft, supple character typical of 2015s, with bright ripe red fruit, a touch of oak and spice and lovely structure and texture from the nice tannins. Under $12! I’d enjoy this with pizza, pasta, burgers, tacos, pork chops, meatloaf, ribs, chili, lamb shanks, and many other things.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2015 Hyot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 10-26-2018
We started selling this to much acclaim back in 2017, and it seems to have gotten even better with just the little extra bottle age it has had. Like many 2015s it has such a soft supple character, with subtle flavors of baking spice, ripe cherries and strawberries, but with definite structure from the round juicy tannins. This is unbelievably enjoyable for the price.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Truquet, St-Émilion
Review Date: 10-26-2018
This is an exceptional 80/20 merlot/cab blend from on-average 40-year-old vines on limestone/clay soils. It offers an expressive melange of violets, plums, dark cherry and a touch of toast from oak. It has great balance, with nice sweet fruit and a long, crisp finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2016 Roquefort Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 10-26-2018
Chateau Roquefort is located on an old Gallic fort site built on the limestone plateau in Entre-Deux-Mers. This superb terroir gives us one of the best deals in Bordeaux blanc in the store. Made from 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillion, it is bursting with minerals and has beautiful yet precise lemon, lime and melon fruit flavors and a great acid line for a long satisfying finish. Whether you are looking for a patio pounder or a great food wine, this just can’t be beat for the price.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2006 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvee Louis" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-25-2018
This vintage blanc de blancs is the epitome of the style. 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs, aged 11 years on the lees, it displays freshness, depth, concentration and focus all at once, with aromas of butterscotch, honeysuckle, lemon meringue and fresh apricots. Great weight, complexity and richness, with lift and delicacy to boot.

2001 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 10-16-2018
I can only imagine the look of satisfaction on the face of Louis Miailhe when he finally tasted his new merlot blend back in the ‘30s. See, Chateau Coufran was in veritable crisis mode; the cabernet just wasn’t getting ripe. So he replanted it to 85% merlot, and today you can taste the results and the magic in this 2001 vintage. It has earthiness, savoriness, leather, anise — but at its center is a beautiful blackberry fruit core whose ripeness can be attributed, in part, to Louis Miailhe. A beautiful wine, with a beautiful story at a very affordable price.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

1996 Haut-Bages Libéral, Pauillac
Review Date: 10-12-2018
The bouquet opens with very pretty notes of crushed brambly fruits, violets and just a hint of old school barnyard and toast. The fruit is concentrated and rich on the palate, with great structure from the velvety tannins that seamlessly mell into the soft but structured acid driven finish, which has just a hint of minty green pepper, a classic hallmark of the great ’96 vintage. This is a beautiful wine and would make the perfect steak accompaniment.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
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Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is magically rich champagne, as about 30% spends time in barrel, and is made from 50% reserve wines that are actually painstakingly aged in magnum sized bottles. The result is a plush, complex profile of dried apricots, pears, peaches and honeyed almonds that are balanced wonderfully by vibrant acidity. The long, arduous production method means that it requires the relatively low dosage of 9g/L to balance out the rich profile. ​

Billecart-Salmon "Brut Réserve" Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
I love the freshness and precision of the Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve. Designed in a reductive style, this meunier dominant cuvée has beautiful bright expressive flavors of pears, white nectarines, cherries and white floral notes with incredible integration and precision from the time on the lees and the relatively low dosage. The clean, bright fruit makes this my go-to food champagne.

Louis Roederer "Brut Premier" Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
Roederer takes great care to make sure they are putting the best fruit possible into this entry level nonvintage brut, and the quality is evident at a very reasonable price, considering. Over 55% of the fruit is estate-owned and environmentally consciously grown. It’s full of rich bright white fruits; pear, nectarine, with note of honey, a touch of smoke and toasty lees that can’t be beat. The juice is partially aged in oak tuns, giving added texture and depth. Amongst our Grand Marque Bruts, this is always a favorite.

2012 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
On paper, this vintage champagne has a lot going for it: entirely grand cru fruit from a top producer and the best vintage since 2008. On the palate, it is even better. It has a beautiful nose of cream, subtle toast, smoke and white fruits. It has electrifying, rich, very powerful yet precise fruit on the palate, with a lovely long finish. Worth every penny, maybe even more.

2009 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Dilection" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is made from 85% Chardonnay, and 15% red wine made from meunier, as evidenced by its deep ruby red color. It is not dosed at all and the result is an incredibly pure, rich, acid driven profile. It has warm creamy notes, with a little baking spice and lovely cherry/strawberry fruit with just a touch of savoriness. Delicious!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is one of the great vintage Blanc de Blancs on our shelf right now, with the richness of a great vintage that’s been barrel aged and the beautiful craftsmanship of the one-man-show Alexandre Le Brun. Creme brulée comes to mind on the bouquet, and on the palate flavors of creamy brioche, baked apples with herbs and a subtle underlying toast. The finish is so long and crisp and display the great minerals of the Sezanne where it is sourced.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Solemme "Ambre de Solemme" 1er Cru Brut Nature Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
On the scale of richness, this is a crisp clean and very vibrant rosé, and I love it! Made from vines planted over 50 years ago, this has a beautiful subtle onion skin color, with notes of caramlized green apple, white grapes, and flowers with just a hint of toast.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Solemme "Terre Solemme" 1er Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is a meunier dominant blend from one of the most environmentally conscious producers in Champagne, and the precision and complexity are stunning. It has an endlessly expressive fruit profile of lime, green apple, pears, and white flowers with very subtle, integrated autolytics.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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2008 Fallet-Dart Vintage Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This, the final disgorgement of the Fallet Dart 2008 Vintage Brut had its dosage adjusted down, and the result is a brighter flavor profile of apricots, honey, lemon and toast, with a distinct crisp mineral finish. The richness of the vintage is present, and the finish is long and clean with pure fruit notes for ages.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Jean de La Fontaine "La Flatteuse" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is one of the most exciting rosés I’ve tasted in awhile. It has a very pretty bouquet of flowers and red fruit, with a touch of brioche. The flavors unfold on the palate with cherries, baking spice, pear and even a little tangerine from the meunier dominant blend. The flavors are completely complementary and integrated and display great precision and balance.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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Jean de La Fontaine "L'Éloquente" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is the newest addition to our grower portfolio, and it has our champagne enthused staff very excited! Named after a famous French fabulist, this meunier dominant blend has bright, concentrated flavors of anjou pear, green apple and spring lilies with well-integrated autolytic notes from 3 years on the lees. Don’t be fooled by the low cost, this is bright, complex and meticulous and will impress even the most discerning champagne drinkers.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Trébiac, Graves
Review Date: 09-06-2018
We sell huge amounts of this staff and customer favorite every year, and the 2015 is the best vintage of Trebiac I’ve ever tasted! It has a rich and openly expressive fruit profile of blue and red berries, with notes of mint, herbs, gravel and spice. It has an incredibly approachable and drinkable nature, and is an incredible deal in terms of balance, structure and complexity in the world of red wines.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Lespault-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This wine from a Domaine de Chevalier-owned property and a top vintage is a serious showing of Pessac Leognan power and structure. It has a rich red currant and cherry core with definite minerals and just a hint of toast. As is typical for 2015, it has great tannins for cellar aging, but is actually very approachable and tasty right now.

2015 Laroze, St.-Emilion
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This is an impressive showing of St. Emilion power with rich, dark cherry and black currant fruit with great notes of toast and espresso underlying. It has a lush, rich mouthfeel with plush tannins, but with the acidity and focus to make the finish long and utterly delicious.

2015 La Tour Cordouan, Médoc
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This has the rich, full black and red cherry fruit the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux is renowned for, with a nice touch of toast and minerals. It offers the richness of fruit and tannin with effortless lift from well integrated acidity and a nice, long finish. This is a great bottle of red!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This delicious right-bank blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cab Franc offers a more resplendent, utterly drinkable style of Bordeaux with dense red currant and blueberry fruit, a touch of espresso and toast and a silky tannic texture that lends the wine a real luxurious feel in your mouth. After trying some back vintages from the early 2000s from the same producer, this wine is the real deal and ages beautifully.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Crabitey Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 09-06-2018
A delicious 50/50 Cab/Merlot blend from Graves, this offers everything positive the 2015 vintage has to offer for a great price: very full, round red currant, raspberry and dark cherry fruit richness with great minerals with an overall soft-edge feel and a crisp finish. It will last in your cellar for several years, but this is one you really don’t have to wait to immensely enjoy.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2016 La Roque de By, Médoc
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This 50/50 Cab/Merlot blend is my pick for top deal in red wine in the entire store right now. The red and blue berry fruit is bright, expressive and well integrated with notes of thyme and other spices. The tannins and well-balanced acidity lend a really nice texture and drinkability. The finish is pleasant and long.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2016 d'Arce, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This is an outstanding standout among our early 2016 red Bordeaux. It has rich raspberry and dark cherry fruits with licorice, a hint of toast and serious structure from the tannins and acid…it is displaying the balance and finesse of the ’16 vintage very well.

2016 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 09-06-2018
Croix Mouton can be depended on year in and out for outstanding value reds, and the ’16 overdelivers. It has an expressive fruit melange of jammy blue and red fruits with subtle toast undertones and great acid on the finish to give it lift and great drinkability. This promises to please the Bordeaux-loving palate.

2015 Lespault-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 09-06-2018
Lespault Martillac is a Domain de Chevalier property in Pessac Leognan, and the quality associated with it is evident. It has great weight and phenolic texture, with bristling minerals and great balance between tropical and lemon notes, and a long, crisp finish. This is great Bordeaux blanc!

Launois "Veuve Clemence" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-28-2018
This old-vine, estate-grown Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs is one of the marvels of our Champagne portfolio. It has dried lemon, granny smith apples and honey-dew fruit flavors, with aromas of flowers and subtle toast and an intense mid-palate richness that’s lifted by chalky mineral texture and bright acidity for a long, sumptuous finish.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Quartz" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-28-2018
Launois Quartz is one of this legendary producer’s prestige bottlings. It is made from a single parcel in Mesnil, and is aged at a lower atmospheric pressure level than usual to better showcase the quality of the fruit behind finer bubbles. It has incredible minerality with a touch of saline, beautiful cream, citrus, melon, honey and white floral flavors, and a long precise finish. The elegance, complexity and utter drinkability are what makes this a must-have in prestige Champagnes.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-28-2018
This stands front and center as the undisputed staff and customer favorite of the K&L Champagne portfolio. Made entirely from the Grand Cru Chardonnay grown on the Cotes des Blancs outside Mesnil, this is the pinnacle of quality-to-price value in Blanc de Blancs Champagne. It has a zesty, floral bouquet brimming with chalky minerality, bright citrus and melon fruit, creamy richness and a subtle nutty toast. Only Launois gives you this level of richness and balance for such a low price, which is why it sells out so quickly.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2017 Tenuta Roveglia Chiaretto Rosé
Review Date: 08-01-2018
This incredible Italian rose puts most of our other imported rosés to shame with its depth of flavor and texture, while remaining in essence refreshing and quaffable, not to mention affordable! It has flavors of red currants, dried apples, lemon and just a hint of almond, with stellar acidity for freshness and verve, and a very long pleasant finish. Stock up on this one and ride out the summer.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Gilbert Jacquesson Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-01-2018
This Blanc de Noir, made entirely of massale selected Pinot Meunier planted by Gilbert’s mother back in the 60s and 70s, has a very pretty bright nose of pear, stone fruit, tangerine, flowers and exotic spice. It is equally expressive on the palate with a rich texture, incredible acidity, balance and an seemingly eternal finish. This is Meunier made as well as you might expect someone who was raised with the vines to make.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2008 Nicolas Feuillatte Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-01-2018
Nicolas Feuillatte has become France’s number one growing Champagne house since opening in 1976. I visited and tasted at the very impressive new facility in Chouilly, and while the excellent value NV Brut is impressive in its own right, this 2008 Brut Vintage is a real treat! On the nose, fresh apricot, lemons, white flowers and apple fruit. Lovely texture from the extended aging, though still very fresh. Like many of the 2008 vintage, it's holding up very well and will continue to age well for years to come. The 2008 vintage Champagnes are becoming difficult to find on the open market, and this one represents a great opportunity to grab up a great one at a great price!

2015 Cap St-George, St-Georges-St-Emilion
Review Date: 08-01-2018
This delicious, small production St. Emilion blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, and is medium bodied with tasty, expressive fruit flavors of currants, bramble and dark cherries, and just a hint of toast from new oak barrels. The balance of flavors is impressive and lends the wine a fineness that pairs very well with fine cuisine at a great price.

2012 Louis Brochet "Alain" Millesime Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-25-2018
The precision and longevity of the Champagnes of 2012 are ever present in this incredible millésime from one of the finest grower producers in our portfolio. Louis Brochet is the third generation of his family to produce wines from the family vines in Eceuil, and his expertise at the craft is evident here. 2/3PN, 1/3CH. It has bing cherry, raspberry and apple notes with very subtle toast and a certain roundness on the palate, while chalky minerals and precise acidity focus the finish to incredible length. It has, as Louis Bochet likes to say, “Richesse, finesse, and a bit of sweetness to round it out.” This is another incredible vintage Champagne deal that shouldn’t be missed.​
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Còdigo 1530 K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Anejo Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 07-25-2018
This has a pure sweet agave fruit core, with cinnamon and vanilla integrated seamlessly into the fruit. There’s a hint of a smoke, minerals and guava that give the spicy profile added complexity. Incredibly smooth and easy-sipping, don’t use this one for margaritas.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

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