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2018 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough
Review Date: 05-12-2022
A stunning Pinot Noir from Martinborough! This wine is made from old vines from Ata Rangi's vineyards with about a third of the fruit fermenting whole cluster. It's aged in about a third of new French oak which is integrated beautifully in the wine. The nose is very aromatic with floral, red fruit and spice notes. The palate is just as generous with complex flavors of berries, spices and earth. Super balanced with a long life ahead of it.

Louis Roederer "Collection 242" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-03-2021
Just when we thought the Roederer Brut Premier is as good as it gets, here comes Collection 242 to prove us wrong. This new, fabulous cuvee from Roederer is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and dosaged at a lower rate. By blending the 2017 with reserves you get some major complexity all while keeping the freshness and minerality shining through. Coming from a major Champagne house, this comes at a great price, too.

Drappier "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-24-2021
Drappier's Carte d'Or is a Champagne for any occasion. Pinot Noir makes up a majority of the blend which lends a lovely red fruit character on the palate. Stone fruit and brioche notes are also expressed with minerality throughout. It's beautifully balanced and makes a great aperitif. It's a bargain for the quality and not to be missed!

Pierre Paillard "Les Parcelles" Grand Cru Extra Brut Bouzy Champagne
Review Date: 08-27-2020
This is an absolute steal from Pierre Paillard. This bone dry Champagne comes from the Grand Cru village of Bouzy which is known for its Pinot grapes and deep bed of chalk. This wine has wonderful citrus, red fruit and saline notes with a solid mineral backbone. I imagine this bottle of bubbles will drink very well over the next 8 year or so.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 07-21-2020
The Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose is one of my favorite rose Champagnes in the store! It comes from all Grand Cru vineyards mostly in the south and north of the Montagne de Reims and is entirely Pinot Noir. It has a gorgeous salmon-pink color in the glass, and is very expressive on the nose and palate. It's full of red fruit character and richness from 5 years aging on the less. Every time I go back to this wine it never disappoints!

Tentaka Kuni "Hawk in the Heavens" Junmai Sake (720ml)
Review Date: 06-09-2020
Hawk In The Heavens is an incredibly food friendly, earth driven sake perfect for your summer barbecues. On the palate, this Junmai is dry yet rich with flavors of mushroom, walnut and grass. It can be served slightly chilled, or room temperature to accentuate the rounder body and umami character.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-20-2020
Canard-Duchene's Authentic Brut is truly an impressive Champagne in the sub-$30 range. The blend here is 43% Pinot Noir, 25% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay​ and has amazing balance and elegance. Flavors of orchard fruits and citrus are paired with lovely richness, nuttiness and bright acidity. This Champagne is a steal!
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-12-2020
Baron Fuente's Grand Reserve is a K&L staple that you should have in your fridge all the time. It's full-bodied with stone fruit, apple, a hint of toast and finishes dry. It's aged 3 years on the lees, double the aging required for Brut Champagne bumping the quality up even more. This is by far one of our best Champagne deals in the store, and makes the best party wine for any occasion.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2012 Bollinger "La Grande Année" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-12-2020
This is a superb bottle of Champagne that you won't want to miss out on. The 2012 Grand Annee is concentrated and open right out of the bottle. Notes of citrus, brioche and lime zest are shown on the palate, with a mineral and saline layer. It has great depth and a beautiful long finish. It drinks well now and I think you'd also be happy after 5-10 years in the cellar.

Egrot Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-03-2019
What a deal! This Pinot Noir dominant Champagne from Egrot is simply delicious and a great choice for your holiday festivities. It packs a punch with flavors of red cherry and grapefruit along with chalky texture and bright acidity. It has fantastic balance and can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with food.
Top Value!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-04-2017
​This is a fabulous rosé Champagne that is incredibly crisp, light and finishes super dry. It shows delicate flavors of red fruits like strawberries and cranberries. There is also an intriguing mineral character that comes through on the finish creating freshness along with the bright acidity. You can't go wrong, especially for the price!
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2004 Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Alexandra" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-14-2017
Wow! What a beautifully complex Champagne from Laurent Perrier. The Grand Siecle Brut is one of my favorites, so I already knew this rose would be special. The 80% Pinot Noir that's in this wine provides red berry, floral and an overall rich and decadent mouthfeel. With some food, this Champagne will be absolutely delightful!

2013 Hanzell "Estate" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-01-2017
The 2013 Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay is comprised of fruit from older vines on the Hanzell property averaging about 34 years old. This wine has a beautifully expressive nose showing lemon curd, fresh mango, lime zest and brioche notes coming from the lees stirring during the fermentation process. About a fourth of the wine went through malolactic fermentation creating a full, rich texture on the palette but still has that balancing acidity. Drinking fabulously now, this wine also has amazing cellaring potential and can be enjoyed ten or more years from now.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

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