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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.
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JD 93 RP 91

2016 Belle Glos "Dairyman" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-14-2018
Named for It's bucolic past, the Dairyman vineyard is located in one of the coolest regions of the Southern Russian River Valley, where sunny days and cool foggy nights and mornings allow fruit to ripen evenly and maintain acidity levels. The wine is full bodied and ripe, but incredibly complex and balanced. Ripe fruit aromas and flavors of black cherry and raspberry are tempered by earthy spice notes and mouthwatering acidity. This is a wine that will surely be appreciated by lovers of more generous styles of Pinot Noir.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

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2017 Villa Poggio Salvi "Caspagnolo" Chianti Colli Senesi
Review Date: 10-13-2018
Viva Colli Senesi! The 2017 offering of Poggio Salvi's "Caspagnolo" Chianti is charming, dry and dark fruited with bright acidity balanced by earthy rusticity. Mostly comprised of Sangiovese, the wine is blended with Merlot from the Estate in Siena, which rounds the palate somewhat. Truly a wonderful value, this wine is a perfect accompaniment to any weekday meal or holiday party.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

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.
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2011 Michel Arnould "Memoire de Vignes" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
This Blanc de Noirs is 100% Verzenay Pinot Noir from two of the finest plots in the region. In classic Verzenay fashion, this wine possesses an earthy, stemmy quality that adds dimension and power. Just picked red delicious apple, subtle walnut and sharp, leesy aromas lead to an incredibly earthy palate that persists in a long, briny finish.
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2012 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
A classic, broad shouldered Champagne from a spectacular vintage, the 2012 Roederer Brut is crafted from seventy percent Pinot Noir from Verzenay, and thirty percent Chardonnay from Avize. Aromas of delicate red currant, white mushroom and toasted almond hint at the depth on the palate, but this wine exceeds expectation. The palate is broad and rich, but balanced, with flavors of underripe pineapple, exotic spices, and even hints of black pepper, making this Brut a knockout for those who value power and length in a Champagne.

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 "Ambre de Solemme" 1er Cru Brut Nature Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
This 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne from Solemme is earthy and very dry, with notes of tart red currant and spiced apple. The palate is permeated by deep, clay like minerality, and finishes with a kick of bright acidity, making it a perfect wine for fattier dishes, or those who enjoy appetizers on the spicy side.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Levo "Right to Bear Flowxrs" Santa Barbara County Grenache
Review Date: 09-23-2018
You have the right to bear Flowxrs! This delicious Grenache is blended with small percentages of Syrah and Petite Sirah, which give the wine smoky depth that pulls through the midpalate, leaving a lengthy impression. Heady aromas of rosepetal and underbrush lead to a refined, balanced palate with notes of black and sour cherry and bright pomegranate. The wine drinks like a perfectly ripe Chateauneuf du Pape, with polished, soft tannins.
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2016 Carlisle "Palisades Vineyard" Napa Valley Petite Sirah
Review Date: 09-09-2018
Palisades Vineyard in Calistoga is the premiere site in Napa for Petite Sirah, where It's Northwest exposure ensures deep pigment and fruit development inherent to the varietal. Carlisle's 2016 bottling showcases the best characteristics of old vine Petit Sirah, with deep, sensuous aromas and flavors of violet and rose petal, ripe blueberry and raspberry coulis. Truly the epitome of balance, this wine is medium bodied with firm, fine tannins, beautifully integrated acidity, a kiss of barrel spice, and a dense, stony minerality.

2017 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 08-31-2018
TWR Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite direct imports here at K&L. Sourced from a small, organic and biodynamically farmed vineyard, this zesty classic is produced by husband and wife winemaking duo Jason and Anna Flowerday. With mouthwatering notes of lime and lemon zest, gooseberry and hints of poblano pepper, this is a Sauvignon Blanc chock full of stony minerality, with refreshing gushes of acidity. A fabulous apéritif or just a bright spot in your day!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2015 Venge "Silencieux" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-28-2018
"Silencieux" by Venge Vineyards possesses an interesting juxtaposition of subtlety and flamboyance. This Cabernet is definitely not shy, with lush Oakville Estate fruit, particularly midpalate. Sourced from seven different vineyards, the Cabernet is classic Oakville, with notes of mint and tobacco leaves, ripe blueberry and boysenberry trailed by focused graphite minerality that cuts through, leaving a dry, lasting impression. Fermented by native yeasts in stainless steel, concrete and open top barrel, the complex Oakville fruit shines bright, and barrel spice is minimal.

2015 Talley "Estate" Arroyo Grande Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-28-2018
The 2015 Talley Arroyo Grande Chardonnay is shockingly good. With finesse and balance, the wine shows bright acidity, saline minerality and structure, indicating potential for long term cellaring, yet possesses generosity of complex ripe and tart fruit, with a subtly creamy texture. This is a wine that drinks and performs well above It's price point, with a light straw hue, and aromas and flavors of orange blossom, lemon curd and green mango.

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.
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VN 94

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.
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WE 90

2008 A.D. Coutelas Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
Sourced from two forty year old plots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from one of the most superb vintages in recent Champagne history, the 2008 AD Coutelas shines with an understated elegance. A perfect balance of ripeness and acidity is apparent upon first sip, with a clean, expansive palate and gentle aromas of wildflowers and cream. This is a crowd pleaser and certainly a wine to share with those closest to you.
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WE 91

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

2014 Leviathan California Red Blend
Review Date: 08-18-2018
Unleash the Kraken! Leviathan, a big, brooding red blend with the namesake of a sea monster of biblical proportions, comes to us from winemaker Andy Erickson, formerly of the equally legendary Screaming Eagle. The fruit that comprises this wine comes from some of the finest vineyards in Northern California, and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Year after year, this wine is consistently fine, and a fantastic value for anyone who wants a big, deep, powerful wine at a reasonable price point.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
VN 90

2017 Eighty Four Wines Napa Valley Carneros Albariño
Review Date: 08-18-2018
Eighty Four wines was established by Doug Shafer of the famed Shafer Vineyards in Napa, who partnered with vineyard manager Elias Fernandez in 1984 to start their passion project. Fast forward to 2017, and these two have created the highest scoring Albariño ever received in Wine Enthusiast, and with Carneros fruit, nonetheless! Aromas of dried peaches and orange blossom are propelled by an earthy minerality reflecting the region, and the palate is broad and juicy, but dry, clean, and pleasantly refreshing.
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WE 95

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).
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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.
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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: $39.99 Add To Cart
WE 97 VN 93

2016 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-27-2018
The 2016 Russian River bottling from Hartford Court straddles the line between impeccable balance and focused strength. At first waft, aromas of cerignola olive, lemon peel, underripe lychee and marcona almond entice, while hinting at the underlying complexity of the palate. Juicy, bright, and built around the acid line, this Chardonnay finishes in a powerful flourish, driving home with stony, mineral driven precision.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart
VN 93 JS 91

2015 Long Shadows "Feather" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-23-2018
Put together some of the most highly regarded vintners in the world, and give them access to the finest Columbia Valley fruit. That was the premise that gave rise to Long Shadows, a consortium of heavy hitters: Randy Dunn, Phillipe Melka and Michele Rolland to name a few. What we have in the "Feather" bottling is a Cabernet of great depth and saturation, with aromas of black cherry, cassis, tobacco leaf and licorice. Ripe strawberry, plum, blackberry and blueberry glide across the ample palate, but powerful acidity and intense, mouth gripping tannins ensure this wine will stand up to the richest of dishes.
Price: $59.95 Add To Cart
JD 97 RP 96

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.
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2016 Ojai "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-25-2018
I was completely taken aback by this Chardonnay, which is both impeccably balanced, crisp and light, yet maintains an intriguing palate density somewhat reminiscent of a Grand Cru Chablis. The 2016 Ojai Bien Nacido possesses a distinctly saline mouthwatering minerality which evaporates on the palate, leaving a squeaky clean impression.

2016 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Villages
Review Date: 06-23-2018
Fresh, crisp and mineral driven, the 2016 Renaud Macon Villages sees no oak vinification, and the result is a clean, unfettered expression of dry Chardonnay. A reflection of the leaner vintage, the wine is light and energetic, making this wine a perfect choice for gatherings and parties. Those who like Chardonnay will love it, those who typically favor lighter wines will love it as well.
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2015 Château Saint-Roch "Chimères" Côtes du Roussillon-Villages
Review Date: 05-18-2018
This is an unreal value in Cotes du Roussillon, with equal parts lush, perfumed Grenache and bright, high toned Carignane, rounded by smoky, gamey Syrah and deep, garrigue laden Mourvèdre. The distinctive black schist soils on which the vines of Saint Roch are planted impart an intensely mineral character to the full bodied, luxurious palate. Black fruit abounds, with aromas and flavors of lavender, strawberry preserves, stewed plum and black pepper, and a bright acidity throughout drives the finish home.
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RP 93

2012 Clairault "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Black Label)
Review Date: 05-14-2018
A most excellent Margaret River Cabernet, the 2012 Clairault Estate Black Label is unequivocally lauded by critics and connoisseurs alike. Both savory and ripe fruited, this is a wine with firm tannins and a broad palate that will cellar quite well. More dark fruited than red, the wine exudes old world sophistication with new world energy: aromas of dried tobacco and clove commingle with flavors of graphite, black currant and boysenberry, leading to a very dry, powerful finish.

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.
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RP 90

2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rouge
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Eric Cottat is one of our perennial favorites for Sancerre, and his approach to Pinot Noir is so fun and fresh. Pressed from Loire Valley fruit, the palate is very light and dry, with aromas and flavors of juicy red apple, tangerine pith, anisette and carnation. There is a delightful energy and lift to this Pinot... Throw on a slight chill and It's a great Summer evening apéritif!
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Fallet-Dart "Clos du Mont" Brut Champagne (2004)
Review Date: 05-08-2018
"Clos du Mont" boasts a wonderful history dating back to 740, where fruit of the highest quality is cultivated. The 2004 offering is entirely barrel fermented, and shows tantalizing acidity. Aromas of golden sultana, cream, delicate anisette and white pepper make way to a lush, dry palate with endless complexity. Flavors of dark cocoa powder, marine minerality, and hints of clean, almost sherry like oxidation make this a wine that must be experienced by any Champagne lover who has the chance to do so.
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2010 Fallet-Dart Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
The 2010 Fallet Dart Brut is classic and opulent, with rich aromatics of red apple skin, walnut and spiced cherry. The palate is balanced, but ripe, with mild acidity and fine bubbles. What I enjoy most about this wine is the surprising finish, which offers an almost tannic pull, which makes it a wonderful wine to pair with fatty fare like foie gras.
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Alfred Gratien "Cuvée Paradis" Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
If I could have a day in Paradise, I would choose to take a bottle of the Paradis rosé with me. There is no way I would miss the opportunity to savor the obscenely delicate palate that wafts aromas of creme brulée my way, only to entice me with lusciously spiced red delicious apple that sneaks into a lingering finish of bing cherry and summer strawberry. This is a wine based on the 2007 vintage, and offers bright acidity balanced with a toasty, textured quality that is unsurpassed.

Alfred Gratien Brut Classique Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
Based on the 2013 vintage, this Rosé Champagne from Alfred Gratien is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and equal parts Meunier and Pinot Noir. The assemblage is created by blending in reserves from a solera, which adds interesting complexity to the palate. This is not a rosé for the meek: savory aromas of white mushroom and delicate rhubarb are underpinned with a slight warm funk, and the palate is rife with acidity and minerality, but balanced by understated notes of frozen cherry and red currant.

2005 Alfred Gratien Brut Vintage Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
This Champagne is a rarity: aged eleven years on the lees, on a cork, rather than crown cap. This allows for less influence from oxygen, and though 2005 was a warmer vintage, this wine retains racy acidity. A blend of 65% Chardonnay, 18% Meunier and 17% Pinot Noir, the wine opens with light aromas of quince and warm candied hazelnut. The palate strikes a juxtaposition with faint, delicate herbaceousness and sous bois characteristics, with elegant minerality and a creamy finish.
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RP 93 WS 93

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.

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
The Authentique Rosé is aged four years on the lees, and is a blend of 67% Chardonnay and 23% Pinot Noir. A light salmon hue, this wine has a pleasant and delicately textured palate with aromas and flavors of red apple, bright bing cherry and dried rose petal. Fine bubbles and a persistent minerality make this rosé easily enjoyable on any occasion.
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Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
The "Authentique Assemblage" is aged on the lees five years, and is an almost even blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This Champagne emits rich aromas of baked apple, hazelnut and white and yellow flowers, due in part to the 30 percent reserve wines added to the cuvée. The palate, however is lighter than expected: delicate, with a fine bead, and a lusciously creamy back end.
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WE 92 WS 90

2008 Le Brun de Neuville "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
The 2008 vintage showed immense diurnal shifts in temperature, and a dry growing season. This resulted in fruit with high acidity and great complexity, which shows in the Grand Vintage brut from Le Brun De Neuville. Using only the cuveé, or the first pressing, this blend is almost entirely Chardonnay from the Bethon village in Sézanne, with four percent Pinot Noir included for structure. Aromas of underripe golden apple, subtle nutmeg, and delicate chalky mineral lead to a light bodied, bright, clean palate with hints of spiced raspberry and red currant. The finish is long with abundant, chalky minerality.
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WE 94 WS 91

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.

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