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2013 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Review Date: 01-15-2019
Silver Oak consistently creates Cabernet of singular distinction, and the robust 2013 Napa Valley is a standout. Signature aromas of toasted American Oak, dill, grilled plum, subtly sweet tobacco, and earthy cocoa bean open to a plush, broad palate that manages to show elegant restraint and balance. Subtle dark fruit essences of cassis and black cherry are enveloped in fine, dusty tannins and graphite minerality, displaying a finesse and power that are hallmarks of the style.
Price: $249.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2013 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (6L)
Review Date: 01-15-2019
Silver Oak consistently creates Cabernet of singular distinction, and the robust 2013 Napa Valley is a standout. Signature aromas of toasted American Oak, dill, grilled plum, subtly sweet tobacco, and earthy cocoa bean open to a plush, broad palate that manages to show elegant restraint and balance. Subtle dark fruit essences of cassis and black cherry are enveloped in fine, dusty tannins and graphite minerality, displaying a finesse and power that are hallmarks of the style.
Price: $1,199.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2015 Black Slate "Porrera" Priorat
Review Date: 10-16-2018
Vinified from organically farmed Garnatxa, Carinyena and Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted at 300-500 meters, Black Slate Porrera Priorat is fresh, well balanced and polished. The wine is aged a year in neutral French and Hungarian oak, which allows the natural depth of the ripe fruit to show through. Tart fruit aromas of fresh cranberry and red currant contrast with darker, riper flavors of damson plum, blackberry and cassis. A subtly herbaceous heat lifts the fruit out of the glass and sustains the palate to a long, stony, mineral finish.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
JD 93 RP 91

2017 Pollerhof Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel (1L)
Review Date: 10-13-2018
Pollerhof Grüner Veltliner is a tried and true favorite, with classic earthy notes of daikon radish, white pepper and salty minerality. The winery is located in the Westernmost part of Weinviertel, and is known for their flamboyant Cabarets in the cellar! As if this weren't enough reason to try the wine, Pollerhof comes to us in a liter format, which ensures your party won't end early.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2009 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Dilection" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
Made from a blend of eighty five percent Chardonnay and fifteen percent Pinot Meunier still wine, Dilection possesses a deep red hue, with zero dosage. Aromas of tart cranberry, tangerine peel and bing cherry give way to a creamy, but dry palate with wafts of bright, high toned red fruit.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
Alexandre Le Brun makes some of my favorite direct import Champagnes, which is partially due to site, (Chouilly Grand Cru, close to Cramant) but also his fastidious approach to winemaking. Relying on cold, slow barrel fermentation, Le Brun creates wines of seemingly endless complexity, and the Fascination is no exception. Mushroomy, leesy, savory aromas lead to a broad palate with hints of caramel that never overpower the delicate minerality of the wine.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Solemme "Nature de Solemme" Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Brut Nature Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
Based on the 2013 vintage, based on one of the latest harvests of recent history, this Brut Nature Champagne is bone dry. Chardonnay planted in the early 1960's offers aromas of underripe pineapple and faint daffodil. The light bodied palate is loaded with saline minerality, and finishes long with elegant purity.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Solemme "Terre Solemme" 1er Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
Crafted from biodynamically farmed fruit cultivated in Montagne de Reims, Terre Solemme is fifty five percent Pinot Meunier, rounded out by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The palate is light and driven by acidity, but earthy aromas of white mushroom and white pepper keep things intriguing.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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2008 Fallet-Dart Vintage Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
As a big fan of the 2008 Brut from Fallet Dart, I was very excited to try the Extra Brut, with a lower dosage. Very focused, with a tight acid line, this wine accentuates the more delicate qualities of the Chardonnay in the blend. This is a wine for those who appreciate subtlety and freshness, as the palate is dominated by persistent, stony minerality.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Jean de La Fontaine "La Flatteuse" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
With three years on the lees, this delightful Rosé Champagne opens with subtly leesy aromas intermingled with underripe peach and tangerine, while the palate is lightly creamy, and spiked with a surprising tinge of anisette and lemon pith. This is an undeniably fun Champagne, and one best suited for oysters or a day in the sunshine.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

Jean de La Fontaine "L'Éloquente" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
Jean de La Fontaine, our newest direct import Champagne, is neighbors with Fallet Dart in the furthest reaches of the Western region of Vallée de la Marne, known for Pinot Meunier. "L' Eloquente" is Meunier dominant, and shows the varietal's spicier qualities with notes of cloved apple, quince and redcurrant. The palate is clean and dry, densely fruited and is trailed with a distinctly chalky minerality.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2016 Lieu Dit "Sans Soufre" Santa Maria Valley Cabernet Franc
Review Date: 08-24-2018
No sulfur? When eliminating sulfur from the winemaking process, there is an element of unpredictability of outcome. In the case of the Lieu Dit "Sans Soufre" Cabernet Franc, nature's efforts have produced a truly beautiful result! Clean, ripe aromas of raspberry, tobacco leaf and subtle strawberry lift from the glass, with a slightly brackish undertone reflective of the coastal terroir. The palate is light, though juicy midpalate, with fine tannins and a mineral driven finish. This is an example of what really excellent natural winemaking looks like.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart
VN 94

2012 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
This 2012 vintage Champagne is an excellent value, with six years on the lees. Expansive and surprisingly weighty on the palate, this is a dry, clean Blanc de Blancs with a bit more fruit. Aromas and flavors of green and golden apple and subtle pear lead to a soft finish.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Avize" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
One of three Blanc de Blancs from Franck Bonville in the house Terroir Series, the "Pur Avize" is classic in profile, with notes of slightly oxidized golden and red delicious apple and spicy walnut. The palate is clean, dry and balanced, with a zippy acidity and a sharp, linear focus. Saline minerality and concentrated spice notes trail in a long finish.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
WE 94 RP 92

2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Oger" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
This is a delicate Champagne that stands alone. Sourced from Grand Cru Chardonnay from Oger, this Champagne is subtly elegant, an excellent wine to pair with a seafood dish. Aromas of mirabelle plum and muted golden apple lead to a steely, mineral driven palate with hints of barely perceptible, creamy walnut.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 WE 93

A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
This is a stunning wine that overdelivers in every way possible. Crafted from a blend of the best of the base wine barrel selections from 2007-2014, the Cuveé Louis Victor displays incredibly complex, condensed flavors and aromas that sensually drift across the palate, leaving a distinct desire for another taste. Notes of Granny smith and golden apple, even hints of red apple skin and nutmeg trail into a leesy, saline finish that lasts and lasts.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

2012 Gilbert Jacquesson Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
100% Pinot Meunier never tasted better, with six years lees aging and a low dosage. Delicate aromas of underripe golden apple, leesy notes and marcona almond lead to a medium bodied, very fresh, energetic palate with zippy, focused acidity and a sustained, mineral driven finish.
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2015 Neyers Carneros Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-19-2018
The Family owned Neyers Vineyards produces exceptionally high quality wine from their own estate, and some of the finest vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. Fruit for the 2015 Neyers Carneros Chardonnay is sourced from the Jim and Del Yamakawa Ranch, Sangiacamo Vineyard, and Noviellero Vineyard, which is the Westernmost vineyard in Carneros AVA. The philosophy behind this wine is to produce the most flavorful Chardonnay possible, starting with high acidity, thicker skinned Wente clone grapes, and letting nature do the rest of the work. The result is a delicious, impeccably balanced Chardonnay with length and depth: simply anything one could want from a Carneros Chardonnay.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2017 Vignoble Dragon Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 08-17-2018
If you are looking for a crisp, dry rosé that delivers concentration of flavor and minerality, this is your wine. The 2017 Vignoble Dragon "Belle Helene" Cotes de Provence Rosé possesses the aromatic intensity and textural depth one can glean from Cotes de Provence, but with a light, easy touch that makes it perfect for any occasion (or any connoisseur).
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2017 Eric Cottat Sancerre
Review Date: 08-17-2018
Eric Cottat has long been a favorite producer of Sancerre at K&L. His wine is a pure expression of Sancerre terroir: light bodied, with zesty, mouthwatering Thai lime and lemon rind notes, effusive terres blanches minerality and zippy acidity. This is a must try for any Sancerre lover, and 2017 is an excellent vintage for classic Sancerre style.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2017 Leone de Castris "Five Roses" Rosato
Review Date: 07-29-2018
The very first rosé to be bottled and sold in Italy, the Leone de Castris Five Roses Rosato is Italian to its core. With a blend of 90 percent Negroamaro and 10 percent Black Malvasia, the wine shows great depth and intensity, with a weighty, full mouthfeel, and playful aromas and flavors of Bing cherry, rhubarb and summer strawberry. Juicy and fresh, this rosé manages to be simultaneously opulent and jaunty, with an energetic and effusively mineral palate.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2015 Lavinea "Lazy River Vineyard" Yamhill-Carlton Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-27-2018
The prevailing concept behind Lavinea production of single vineyard wines: wines that express a sense of place and terroir. With this mission in mind, Winemaker Isabelle Meunier (previously of Evening Lands, Felton Road and Domaine de la Vougeraie) founded Lavinea with co founder Greg Ralston (former managing director of Chateau Montelena). The 2016 Yamhill-Carlton Lazy River Chardonnay is a wonderful example of this winemaking philosophy, reflecting the cool climate and low vigor riverbed soils of the vineyard that contribute to the bright acidity, concentration and intense minerality of the wine. This is a leesy, clean, slightly nutty Chardonnay with mouthwatering notes of underripe spiced mango and tangy lemon peel.
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart
WE 97 VN 93

2014 Cristom "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-23-2018
This wine is an unbelievable value from Cristom Estate! The blend is based on barrel selections from several Estate blocks in Eola Amity Hills. 2014 was a warmer vintage in Willamette Valley, and the complex aromatics and relatively juicy palate reflect this. Aromas of fresh rose petal, orange blossom, ripe strawberry, tamarind and umami lead to a medium bodied, but beautifully structured palate. This wine is unfined and unfiltered, and as a result, subtly dark herbaceous notes peek through the bright fruit. With balanced acidity and powerful minerality, this wine finishes clean, in a flourish of fine, firm, mouth coating tannins.

2013 Ordaz Family Wines "Montecillo Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-29-2018
We only have a very small allocation of this wonderful single vineyard Cabernet from Ordaz Family. Chuy Ordaz, who planted the fifty year old vines of Montecillo vineyard, passed his love of wine and viticulture to his son Eppie, who created the Ordaz family label. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is varietally spot on, with aromatics of brooding animalistic umami, green peppercorn, tobacco leaf and dusty chaparral. Stunning red and black fruit and floral aromatics weave in and out of the composition, making a very condensed, complex impression. Bright acidity freshens the palate, and a sandy, fine, mouthcoating tannin leads to a spicy finish.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

2015 Laventura "Lanave" Rioja
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Brian MacRobert came to Rioja from South Africa, where he was raised, and had already established his name as a fine winemaker. In 2013, the Rioja venture MacRobert and Canals was established, with a focus on producing wines with a modern bent and a grounded, traditional foundation. The 2015 Lanave Rioja is an even blend of hand harvested Grenache and Tempranillo, and is vinified in open top fermenters, concrete, and finished in oak. The result is a medium bodied Rioja with very expressive ripe fruit and floral aromas of strawberry, violet leaf and wild berries, and a wonderfully persistent limestone mineral component that gives this wine lift and zest.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

Alfred Gratien Brut Classique Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
We are offering the esteemed Gratien Brut Classique at the lowest price in the entire country, and this is a Champagne you must try at least once. Based on the 2012 vintage, the wine is 100% barrel fermented and uses only the cuvée or the first pressing, and is blended with a third reserve wine aged in a solera! Yeasty aromas swirl in a haze of white and yellow flowers, and lightly nutty golden apple, and the palate packs an acid driven punch of green herbaceousness. The finish eases up a bit in intensity, and leaves a refreshing impression.

2013 Maysara "Cyrus - Momtazi Vineyard" McMinnville Pinot Noir (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 05-04-2018
In the world of Biodynamic and Natural wines, often times farming and vinification practices seem to matter more than quality and quaffability, but this is a wine that manages to reflect It's natural roots while remaining complex and maintaining balance. The nose is laden with umami aromas, with subtle black mushroom, tart raspberry, bing and black cherry, white pepper, and an animalistic, almost gamey undertone. The palate is surprisingly broader than expected from a wine with moderately low alcohol, and boasts an effusive, stony minerality, finishing long, with demure tannins.

2015 Smith Story "Pickberry Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-04-2018
Smith Story brings us one beautiful, deep violet hued, perfumed Cabernet, with subtle wafts of mint that commingle with aromas of black cherry, ripe raspberry, fresh tobacco leaf, pomegranate, anise and black pepper. Such complex aromas are commonly found in Cabernet of Sonoma Mountain AVA, with It's volcanic soils and extreme diurnal shifts in temperature, but this wine is particularly elegant, and sings on the palate with fine, balanced acidity, earthy undertones of green peppercorn, and mouthcoating, silky tannins. This is a wine that can easily cellar for 10 years and continue to evolve.
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VN 95

2015 Chalone Vineyard "Estate Grown" Chalone Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-21-2018
Chalone Vineyard is a very special site on California's Central Coast, with low nutrient, decomposed limestone soils and high elevations. The Heritage Clone Pinot Noir grown in this site possesses a distinctive minerality and concentration of flavor, due in part to the soil and cooler climate, but also the diurnal temperature shifts. The wine at first glance looks on the darker, more extracted side, and offers heady aromas of peony, tea rose and black cherry, but the palate is remarkably light and energetic, with balanced acidity and fine, mouth coating tannins.
Price: $24.95 Add To Cart

2016 Arnot-Roberts "Watson Ranch" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-17-2018
Planted on an extreme site as close to the San Pablo Bay as possible, Watson Ranch vineyard has unique soils composed of marine deposits over limestone. It's inevitable that Chardonnay harvested from the site will take on some of the briny, mineral saturated character of It's organically farmed home. In the 2016 "Watson Ranch" Napa Valley Chardonnay there are faintly leesy aromas with wafts of almond, lemon curd and chamomile, and the palate tells another fascinating story. Medium bodied and perfumed, flavors and aromas of star jasmine and seabed minerality dominate.
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart
VN 94

2013 Site Wines "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Syrah Santa Maria Valley
Review Date: 03-09-2018
What a Syrah! Produced from cool climate Bien Nacido fruit, this wine is dark and inky, with notes of grilled plum, Hoisin, black pepper, ripe blackberry and cassis. With a massively broad palate, and firm, but supple tannins, the wine is the definition of balance. A bright acidity and an almost briny minerality prolongs the finish.
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RP 94 VN 92

2013 Site Wines "Larner Vineyard" Grenache Ballard Canyon Santa Barbara
Review Date: 03-02-2018
Larner Vineyard is home to some of the finest Grenache in California, and in this 2013 Site Wines bottling, we are fortunate enough to experience it. Jeremy Winetraub, winemaker for Adelaida, started Site Wines as his passion project, and this wine is certain to inspire passion in any who imbibes. Nearly black in color, with hints of magenta, the wine is very extracted and full bodied, yet perfectly in balance. Bright acidity, effusive minerality, and firm, sandy tannins act as counterpoint to the opulent, full bodied palate. Complex aromas and flavors unfold and evolve in the glass, both intensely floral and ripe fruited, but with gamey, almost smoky undertones. This is a wine with exceptional quality and power, that could arguably stand up to wines ten times the price.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 VN 91

Antech Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature
Review Date: 02-17-2018
Bubble therapy, anyone? This bone dry, Sans Dosage sparkler with some history will quench your palate and leave no reason for guilt. Feeling stressed? Jump in the bubble bath with a glass, or just whip up some crudité and wash it down with this gem. From Limoux in Southern France, historically famous for Sparkling wine, the Antech Brut Nature is made from 90% Mauzac blended with Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Racy, fresh and energetic, this bottle is universally crowd pleasing, and best of all, won't break the bank.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2013 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-17-2018
Silver Oak consistently creates Cabernet of singular distinction, and the robust 2013 Napa Valley is a standout. Signature aromas of toasted American Oak, dill, grilled plum, subtly sweet tobacco, and earthy cocoa bean open to a plush, broad palate that manages to show elegant restraint and balance. Subtle dark fruit essences of cassis and black cherry are enveloped in fine, dusty tannins and graphite minerality, displaying a finesse and power that are hallmarks of the style.
Price: $114.95 Add To Cart
WS 90

2014 Amapola Creek "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 02-12-2018
High elevation Monte Rosso Vineyard wines are historically higher in acid, which makes them ideal candidates for long term cellaring and aging. The 2014 Amapola Creek Zinfandel is no exception: lithe and lively, with fantastic aromas and flavors of ripe peach, apricot, asian plum, chaparral, spicy quince, molasses and raspberry. This Zin is zippy, perfumed, clean and bright, with a lighter texture than many and room to smell (and taste) the roses!
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart
RP 94 JD 90

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 02-09-2018
This wine is made from 100% Grand Cru fruit from Avize, Cramant and Oger. The palate is clean and subtly floral, but is fairly robust and has hints of under-ripe tropical fruit, a testament to the warmer vintage. With a dry, soft finish, this is an elegant wine sure to please the most discerning.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

Gilbert Jacquesson "Cuvée Prestige" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-06-2018
This is a Champagne with real depth! The cépage of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier sees some time in barrel, which imparts creaminess and delicate spice notes. With aromas and flavors of subtle fennel and ripe, clean Granny Smith apple, the Cuvée Prestige is very well balanced and has a long, spicy finish.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-06-2018
Behold, Baron Fuenté Grande Réserve! This wine is easily one of the best values K&L has to offer. With a cépage that is primarily Meunier, the palate is clean, light and slightly spicy, with flavors of crisp, green apple, and a slightly nutty finish with a hint of caramel. The wine spends 3 to 3.5 years on the lees, which creates a fabulous breadth on the palate, not to mention that finish! Persistent and charming!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
JG 90 W&S 90

Baron-Fuente "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2018
This is such a delightful little version of one of our most sought-after Champagnes, with light aromas of goldenrod, Golden Delicious apple and chalky minerals. The blend is 60 percent Meunier, which accounts for the distinctly delicate, clean and spicy quality of the fruit. With 2.5 years in the lees, there's just enough aging on the lees to create a perfect balance.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
JG 90

Gilbert Jacquesson "Cuvée Eugénie" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 02-06-2018
Part of Vigneron Independant, Jacquesson adheres to strict standards of production, and the result is a fine rosé Champagne at an affordable price point. Made from 100% Meunier, the palate is light and obtains its color from a bit of skin contact. With intriguing notes of frozen Bing cherry and savory white pepper, this is not just another pretty rosé in the crowd.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "7" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-06-2018
The name says it all: 7 years on the lees! With this much time gathering richness and complexity, "7" displays savory, green aromas, and a nutty, slightly oxidative characteristic that only comes from extended aging of a fine Champagne. 100% estate fruit, and a blend of equal parts Chardonnay, Meunier and Pinot Noir, the wine bursts on the palate with flavors of delicate maple, ripe quince and golden apple, and finishes clean, with great length.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
WE 93

2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-06-2018
Made from 100% estate fruit from Charly Sur Marne, the 2009 "Grand Millesime" is powerful and rich. Hailing from a ripe, sunny vintage, the dosage is low, and the result is a wine that accentuates the natural quality of the fruit. The overall impression of the wine is clean and dry, but with a toasty depth and opulence.
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WE 91

2014 Acumen "Mountainside" Napa Valley Red Wine
Review Date: 01-20-2018
Acumen is a highly sought after, small production "cult brand" in Napa Valley, and the 2014 Mountainside Red exceeds expectations, drinking more beautifully than Napa wine twice the price. A Cabernet based Bordeaux blend, the wine is elegant and expressive of Atlas Peak, which sees a significant drop in temperature in the evenings, encouraging acidity and concentration of flavor. With 18 months in 72% new French oak, the wine is artfully balanced and elegant, highlighting the unparalleled abilities of the late, famed founding winemaker Denis Malbec, previously of Chateau Latour.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

2011 Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-05-2017
The Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja from Cvne is crafted with a balance of modernity and tradition in mind. The 2011 is a beautiful expression of that philosophy, with classic aromas of stewed raspberry, red apple skin, dill and spice, but with a pronounced minerality on the palate. A bit lighter and more energetic than you might expect from a Gran Reserva Rioja, this is an elegant, modern interpretation.

2016 Fossil Point Edna Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-14-2017
Crafted from cool climate, hand harvested, coastal Pinot Noir planted in calcareous soil, this wine is an immense value. The winemakers at Fossil Point are dedicated to environmental sustainability, and are part of the Central Coast AVA's Sustainability In Practice program, or SIP. Each sip of this wine is better than the next, with notes of bright bing and black cherry and subtle spice, almost impossibly prolonged with a briny, unique minerality. For those who typically like their Pinot on the lighter side, this is for you, as it is beautifully complex, but compellingly unencumbered.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

Miquel Pons Cava Brut Penedes
Review Date: 11-06-2017
This energetic Cava is bursting with spicy quince and tart green apple peel, with a fine mousse and a burst of acidity and minerality mid-palate that catapult to a long and racy finish. The Miquel Pons Cava is a fantastic aperitif for your gathering, and has the heft to accompany most seafood, vegetarian or chicken dishes.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2014 Spottswoode "Lyndenhurst" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-10-2017
Named for the Linden trees that famously marked the St Helena property before it became the Spottswoode Estate, the "Lyndenhurst" Cabernet is rich, supple and complex. Made with both Estate, Oak Knoll, Oakville and Knights Valley fruit, the wine has depth and power, but with subtle herbaceous and floral aromatics threaded together by a persistent yet balanced acidity. The "Lyndenhurst" tannins are soft enough to complement tonight's meal, but this wine is definitely worthy of aging.

2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-04-2017
The 2014 Pahlmeyer Bordeaux is a beautifully balanced and elegant blend of all five varieties, with delicious aromas of candied raspberry and strawberry, balanced by a waft of dense spice, with anise taking the forefront. One of the wonderful characteristics of the 2014 vintage in Napa is the dark, herbaceous quality that seems to be ever-present, and it shines through in the Pahlmeyer, tempering the fruit and creating a fascinating counterpoint. With well-integrated, supple tannin and a thread of bright acid, this wine will definitely age well, but can be easily enjoyed today.

Fallet-Dart "Grande Sélection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-09-2017
A more subtly rounded Champagne than the Grand Reserve, the Grand Selection from Fallet Dart is blended with mostly red fruit, like the Grand Reserve, but the small about of high quality Chardonnay in the blend makes an impression, and an important distinction. There is also an extra two years on the lees, with a total of six years aging, which creates a slightly funky nose with a clean, bright palate with a hint of toast, and an earthy, chalky quality.
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Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-09-2017
The Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siecle" Brut Champagne is the Tete de Cuvee of the Laurent-Perrier house. This small production Champagne is multi-vintage, with the earliest vintage being reserves from 1997-1999, imparting a rich texture and aromatic quality to the wine. The nose is herbaceous, with aromas of earthy white mushroom and faint lemongrass. A balanced blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, "Grand Siecle" has a very fine mousse, and the palate is extremely clean and dry, mineral driven and smooth. I pick up a hint of delightful nutmeg, which melts into a rich and easy finish. This is a complex and sophisticated Champagne.

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