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Staff Favorites - Andrew Tobin

Andrew Tobin

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Bapt & Clem 12 Year Old "Savanna Distillery" Réunion Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 06-15-2019
It is a rare day when we get to try Rum from Savanna Distillery in the US. Bapt & Clem's have done a fantastic job sourcing and aging this little beauty. the nose is full of ginger and baking spices, green grass and herbs, and if you let it linger for a moment you get hints of caramel. the palate is bright and dry, beautifully spiced with just a hint of sweet vanilla and caramel before fading into an even and dry finish. This is the perfect gift for any rum drinker!
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

2012 Le Brun de Neuville "Grand Vintage" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-07-2019
Now this wine is a bit of a math problem. It starts with 2/3 Chardonnay, and then they ferment 17% of the remainder as red Pinot Noir, and the remaining as white Pinot Noir giving it a pinkish orange hue. The nose is all strawberry and strawberry shortcake with hints of cherry. The palate has a biting minerality that is chalky and wonderful. The strawberry is there with light cherry blossom and white flowers.
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1995 Charles Heidsieck "Blanc des Millénaires" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-07-2019
Now this is a treat! 100% chardonnay from 1995? Yes Please! The nose jumps out with notes of kettle corn, cornbread, and toast. After you swirl it in the glass a little the heavy toast blows off giving way to cherry blossom, caramel, and brown sugar. The palate is soft and round with baked apples, baking spice, and brown sugar. If you want a beautiful bottle to celebrate with and you like chardonnay based champagne, look no further!

Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut
Review Date: 05-07-2019
In the world of champagne, painfully few varietals are permitted to be turned into the lovely sparkling wine that we all love. When we got to try this bottle though, I was shocked to find that it is made entirely of Pinot Gris. Unlike almost any other sparkling I have tried, this will hold a place in my memory for its maple nose mixed with cherry, and slight sherry note. The palate is beautiful with a combination of bright green apple, and round spiced golden apples.I would recommend anyone give this a try, you are not likely to see much like it again!
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1995 Le Brun de Neuville "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-07-2019
It's not often that you see a bottle this age laying around, and definitely not at the $100 range. After spending 22 years (yes years) on the lees what we have here is a delicious round and toasty bottle even though it hasn't seen any oak. The nose is of brown sugar and brown butter, almost reminiscent of cookie dough with a soft nuttiness. The palate has lovely notes of baking spice and graham cracker. This majority chardonnay wine is another winner from the co-op!
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2008 Le Brun de Neuville "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-07-2019
This might be one of the oddest blends I've seen from champagne. Now I have had Syrah with just a touch of Viognier blended in to soften it up a bit, but never before have I seen a 97% Chardonnay and 3% Pinot Noir Champagne. Nevertheless the oddity of the wine makes it all the more interesting. The nose opens with Vanilla and Brown sugar, apple blossoms with a hint of cinnamon come with a bit of air. The palate is lovely and rich with a hint of graham cracker. Champagne fans really should give this bottle a try, you won't see much else like this!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-07-2019
Here at K&L we are fortunate to have several direct imports from some really fantastic producers. Le Brun is a rather large co-op that we bring in, and that means we get some amazing wine for unbelievable value! The Authentique is a make up for 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir with a wonderfully nutty round nose, notes of ginger and baking spice that translates beautifully to the palate with a hint of stone fruit.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Revelation" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-07-2019
Pulling fruit from vines planted in 1950, it is rare to find a 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne these days, which is a real shame as it is such an unsung hero of the region. With so few grapes approved to be in champagne, the almost total domination of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (though delicious) seems like it might be limiting, so I am thrilled to see a producer of this caliber producing something truly unique. The nose is of cherry and marzipan, with notes of apple blossom, and fresh crushed apples. It has a tight and mineral driven palate with notes of apple, and stone fruit skin. Anyone who loves champagne really should give this bottle a try and see what can be done with Pinot Meunier!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Alexandre Le Brun "Tradition" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-07-2019
Alexandre Le Brun grows some spectacular fruit, and something around 70% goes to Bollinger, and keeps the best for himself. The vines are averaging 40 years of age now, maturing beautifully and producing amazing fruit. The Tradition is rich and toasty on the nose, with notes of pastry cream, almond, and sweet nut butter. the palate though comes through with wonderful acidity, tart apple, and under-ripe berries. This is a classic and elegant champagne that is as perfect for celebration as it is for winding down and relaxing at the end of an evening.
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Fallet-Dart "Grande Sélection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-07-2019
The Faillet family have been known wine growers since the early 17th century, but it wasn't until the marriage of Gaston Faillet and Genevieve Dart in 1970 that the house of Faillet-Dart was formed. the Grande Selection is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir, and the and even split of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier to round it out. The nose is toasty with notes of white florals, browned butter, and apples. The palate is rich with notes of under ripe stone fruit, apples, and a round marzipan finish.
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2014 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru "Beauroy"
Review Date: 05-07-2019
Bright and beautiful, this is a wonderful example of what Chablis has to offer at incredible prices! La Chablisienne is a rather large Co-Op that produces a number of fantastic wines from village level, all the way to Grand Cru. the nose is laden with citrus, limestone, and restrained tropical notes. The palate is clean, driven by notes of green apple, lemon, and a long mineral driven finish. You will be hard pressed to find another premier cru this delightful and approachable in this price range!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
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1988 Cambus 29 Year Old "Sovereign" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 05-06-2019
I can't tell you how surprised and excited I was at first opening this bottle. Cambus has a long history of amazing whisky, but unfortunately was closed in 1992, making examples of its work harder and harder to find these days. "Ghost" distilleries always make for interesting buys, and I'm always nervous to open the bottles, for fear of falling in love, and being unable to find more, but I couldn't resist this one. Just looking at the beautiful golden straw hue of this bottle makes you smile, and seeing how low proof it is for a cask strength is just as enticing. The nose is delicate, with notes of toffee, coconut, creme brulée, and vanilla. The palate is round and warm, with the toffee and vanilla opening up the front end. The finish is coconut, and a long, elegant custard, with notes of orange. What a truly beautiful bottle!
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2017 Lúuma (Scribe) Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-06-2019
Chardonnay seems to be one of the most divisive grapes on the market today, and I regularly have customers tell me they don't like it because of how buttery and oaked it is. While there are those Chards out there, it can also fall on the exact opposite end of the spectrum. The Luuma is a wonderful example of how bright and complex the grape can be. Sourcing fruit from Scribe, the wine only sees 20% oak, 10% of which is new. The rest is aged in stainless steel, making for a Chardonnay with notes of bright green apple, lemon, tropical pineapple, and white flowers. This is a perfect summer wine that regular chardonnay drinkers will love, and might change some minds if you're willing to give it a try!
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2016 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Aux Fournaux"
Review Date: 05-06-2019
This vintage of Aux Fournaux is beautiful, the nose opens with lovely ripe red and purple fruit mixed with purple flowers, harkening back to memories of summer and sunshine! Warm baking spice and cinnimon follow, reminding me of blackberry pie. The palate is bright and vibrant, with notes of cherry, blackberry, and gripping minerality. The back palate fades towards a metallic iron quality, telling me that this is a wine that will love food, and if decanted, will soften up and be perfect for a cheese plate with friends! Drink it now, or let this be an inexpensive way to grow your collection, and let it lay down for a few years, it will only get better with age!
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2014 Xanadu Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 04-20-2019
Australia is one of the New World powerhouses for wine, with Shiraz (Syrah) leading the charge for their red wines, flourishing in the warm climates. Cabernet Sauvignon, as in most other major New World regions, makes up a large portion of their red wine production though. And like in every major region, they lend their own voice to the much-beloved varietal. Xanadu has to be one of the most unique Cabernets I have ever tasted from any region. Xanadu is situated on the Margret River, about four kilometers from the Australian coastline. The gravel-based river soil that the vineyards are planted on, combined with its unique maritime climate, combine to make a one-of-a-kind Cabernet. Right off of the bat, spearmint jumps out of the glass, drawing you in. As you continue you will notice notes of anise, licorice, and menthol. The palate has notes of dark plum and blackberry, and the tannin is silky. This is truly a unique example of Cabernet, the likes of which you won't find in many places around the world.

2017 Kumeu River "Maté's Vineyard" Chardonnay New Zealand
Review Date: 04-16-2019
We had the pleasure of tasting three different Kumeu Chardonnay's in a row to really get a full grasp of what they are doing. The consensus among the staff was a resounding "wow", especially the "Mate's Vineyard". The nose is round, with notes of buttered popcorn, honeysuckle, green apple, and lemon meringue. The palate is bright, with a biting acid, lovely salinity, and finishes with rounder notes of honey, popcorn, and lemon rind. If you are a California Chardonnay fan who is looking to branch out, you need to try this! For any fans of new Zealand, this is a must have!

Mortlach 16 Year-Old "Distiller's Dram" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape)
Review Date: 04-09-2019
Mortlach Distillery, nicknamed "The Beast of Dufftown," is a very unique whisky for Speyside. Many of its neighbors produce elegant, softer Scotch; Mortlach comes to the table with familiar Speyside qualities, but it brings the weight of Highland Scotch. The nose opens with notes of raisin, roasted apples, nutmeg and cinnamon, dates, and light chocolate. The palate is rich and weighty, with notes of apples, baking spice, dried fruit, and OlorosO Sherry (likely due to its aging in ex-sherry casks). This is one of my favorite standard release (not that any Mortlach is standard) Scotches I have had in a long time. If you are a whisky lover at all, this is a Scotch that needs to be experienced.
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2017 Joyce "Submarine Canyon" Monterey County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 04-06-2019
Joyce has been growing in and around Monterey County since 1986, now over 30 years later, Russell Joyce, son of founder Francis Joyce, is now their winemaker, and focused on sourcing the best fruit from unique vineyard sights all over the area to create wine that is both delicious, and entirely individual. The Submarine Canyon is full of cherry, spice, notes of cola, and Potpourri. The palate is soft and light with lovely floral notes and a long, cherry finish. If you're looking for an easy drinking and effortlessly happy Pinot, this will be sure to please!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
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2017 Domaine Jean-Michel Dupré "Haut Ronze" Régnié Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 04-06-2019
We had the privilege of sitting down with Jean-Michel Dupre here in the store, and there is always something special that happens when the man who made the wine tells you what his intention with each bottle was. Walking in I was excited, as I am a big fan and avid proponent of Beaujolais and Gamay as a grape. The 2017 Regnie did not disappoint. the nose opened with spiced strawberries, notes cherry, baking spices, and a hint of woody toast. On the palate the wine makes its presence known with bright cherry and strawberry that move towards a more savory back palate or spice, toast, and soft tannin. This is a perfect light bodied red that will be just as versatile with food as you could ask for.
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2016 Auteur "Green Acres Vineyard" Carneros Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-02-2019
The grapes in this wine have been cloned from the original Wente plantings in 1969, so there is a fair bit of California history that goes into this bottle, and you can really taste it! A perfectly balanced Chardonnay, the nose is even, with notes of bright green apple, round oak, butter, lemon grass, and a curious herbaceous quality. the palate is the perfect example of a California Chardonnay with a bright acidic start, that mellows out into rounder notes of browned butter, lemon, green apple, fresh herbs, and a soft vanilla.
Price: $49.95 Add To Cart
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2015 DeLille "D2" Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 04-02-2019
What a spectacular example of wine making, not only as a process, but as an art form. This vintage of the DeLille "D2" is a Merlot heavy Bordeaux blend, coming in at 58% Merlot, 35% Cab Sauv, 6% Cab Franc, and finished with a splash of Petit Verdot. The nose jumps out of the glass with notes of plum, bramble fruit, baking spice, and cedar. The palate is round and velvety, with a wonderful herbaceous quality. DeLille has gone to insane lengths to produce a wine of this caliber by blending 60 individually fermented wines to get the exact profile and style they were going for. This is a wine for both old world and new world fans and we here at K&L can't recommend it highly enough!

2005 Balblair 13 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" Cask No. 224 Cask Strength Single Cask Highland Single Malt Whisky 750ml (ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 03-30-2019
Distilled in 2005, this 13 year Balblair is something to behold. The nose is fruity and welcoming, with notes or orange, apricot, kumquat, and almond that adds a lovely creaminess to the bouquet. On second sniff you get baking spice and a hint of cleaner. The palate is warm and spicy with a slight hint of peat, malt, and a lovely nutty finish. All I can say is that for $90 this is one Scotch that you can't go wrong with!
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2016 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Savigny-lès-Beaune
Review Date: 03-30-2019
This new vintage of Savigny-Les-Beaune is an absolute winner for its price range. whether you are looking for a nice Burgundy to sit and sip on a spring day, or a wine to bring to a dinner party, you can't go wrong here. With a nose of tart cherry and cranberry, roasted red apple, and subtle baking spices that intermingle with light red and purple florals; a palate that is round, driven by cherry, with a bit of a leather and mushroom, you will be hard pressed to find a more pleasant red burgundy for under $30.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2017 Brea Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-25-2019
The 2017 Brea SLH Chardonnay is a whole lot of wine for $17. Not only is it biodynamic, so as natural of a production as you can find, it's from an AVA that has made a name for itself by growing incredibly balanced, and honest Chardonnay. The nose is bright, with notes of apple, honeydew, honeysuckle, lemon, and lime zest. the palate is equally complex, with the addition of some white apple blossom, and the perfect hint of butter on the tail end, solidifying this as truly Californian. This is a wine that should please any fan of California Chardonnay, without that butter bomb that can sometimes plague the style. Bright enough to handle food, and soft enough to be drunk on it's own, this is a bottle you can't afford to pass by!
Price: $15.95 Add To Cart
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Kilchoman 9 Year Old 100% Islay Barley K&L Exclusive Cask #549 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 03-19-2019
Hand selected by our very own buyer here at K&L, this is a special experience. The nose is bold, with a sweet, salty, and somewhat briny nature that invites you in for a second draw; upon which the fruit jumps out of the glass with notes of apricot, that play off the sea notes for a balanced bouquet. The palate is incredibly balanced, with a smokey, sweet, and perfectly peated finish that lingers in the most pleasant way. Not only is this a unique example of Islay Scotch, but it is one that you will remember. Any serious Scotch drinker will revel in its complexity and balance, while anyone looking to try a nice bottle for the first time will not be disappointed!
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

2015 Calluna "Cuvée CVC" Chalk Hill Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 03-16-2019
Dominated by Merlot, this California Bordeaux Blend has a lot to offer for its price range. The nose opens with lovely notes of plum, bramble fruit, violet, and carrot puree. The palate is soft and balanced with round tannin's, notes of baking spice, chocolate, and leather. If you're looking for a nice Bordeaux blend with a clear Californian voice this is an easy decision!

2017 Alfaro Family Vineyards "A" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-16-2019
This is a fun and unique Chardonnay for the Santa Cruz Mountains. With hints of green apple and lemon meringue, the palate rounds out towards notes of butter and cornbread. Sure to tickle the palate of anybody who enjoys the richer Napa Chardonnay, but doesn't necessarily want something quite so bold. A perfect pairing for white fish, or to be enjoyed on a warm spring day!
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2016 Mas de Sainte Croix "Douceur de Fruit" Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
Review Date: 02-27-2019
A beautiful and approachable Rhone blend, this vintage of Douceur de Fruit jumps out of the glass with a bouquet of of bright cranberry, and blackberry, reminiscent of a winter jam. The fruit fades into more savory notes of cracked pepper and purple florals that I most associate with Granache-dominant wines like this one. The palate is light and not as bright as the nose. The blackberry comes through with notes of ash, white pepper, and savory salted pork. This is an absolutely ideal wine to have with a plate of cheese and charcuterie or roasted pork.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

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