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90 points Wine Spectator: "*#40 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2015* Graceful, with fragrant orange blossom, ruby grapefruit and white peach flavors that are fresh and lively, set on a light, lithe body. Appealing lime zest and passion fruit accents show on the long finish. Drink now. 38,000 cases made." (11/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Pomelo (only 44,000 cases produced) is elegant, crisp, and probably has some residual sugar, but it is light-bodied, fresh and quite enticing. Drink it now. Mason Cellars certainly knows how to deliver quality and value. The three whites are ...Read More »
"Year in and year out one of our best values is Pinot Noir. If you don't believe me, just ask any K&L customer." (Illya Haase, K&L Staff Member) This wine comes to us from Sonoma County's Martin Ray Winery, owned by Courtney Benham (creator of the Blackstone brand). This multi-county blend of Pinot Noir has been well-received in recent years, maybe not tipping the point-scales over 90, but earning consistent praise for the solid, varietal character it delivers for only a modest fee.
92 points Wine & Spirits: "First produced by the Wetzel family in 1978, Sin Zin now comes from vineyards throughout Alexander Valley, from the valley floor to the benchlands and hills. While this wine’s name might suggest excess, it’s not an excessive Zinfandel at all. In fact, it’s quite clean and balanced, its mouthwatering acidity carrying refreshing black raspberry and bay laurel aromas through a cool, granular structure that feels earthy yet polished." (3/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Slightly less concentrated and savory, but still meritorious is the 2012 Sin Zin, a broad, round, juicy Zinfandel reve ...Read More »
89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a beautiful Zinfandel and the good news is there are over 30,000 cases of it. Coming from three of Gallo’s top Zinfandel vineyards, Stephani, Frei Ranch and Chiotti, most of them in Dry Creek, this blend of 98% Zinfandel and 2% Petite Sirah tips the scales at a lofty 14.8% natural alcohol. The wine has a deep ruby color, and a seductive, peppery, meaty, Côte du Rhône-type nose revealing lavender and roasted herb characteristics. No hard edges are found in this medium to full-bodied, fleshy, nicely concentrated Zinfandel. Drink over the next 2-3 y ...Read More »
From the winery: "Dark purple in color, this 2012 Mambo Red Blend showcases some earthy mushroom and sweet leather aromatics that take a turn to sweet plum and dark blackberry fruit with hints of Herbs De Provence and toasted cedar. In the mouth, the wine has a rich and wonderful depth showcasing flavors of black currants, molasses, tart black cherry, plum sauce, and hints of preserved orange rind, toasted dill, and blackened marshmallow. Our 2012 Hey Mambo red blend brings wonderful rich color and a layered decadent wine to your table. You can see eleme... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This winery deserves kudos for their remarkable cuvées of Fumé Blanc, all of which qualify as values. A fabulous bargain, the 2013 Fumé Blanc Sonoma (25,000 cases produced) is not put through malolactic, 70% is aged in stainless steel and 30% in older oak. It offers flowery, perfumed, melony, caramelized grapefruit and citrus notes, medium body, exuberant, fresh, lively fruit, and outstanding purity as well as texture. (RP)" (12/2014) Antonio Galloni: "The 2013 Fume Blanc is a pretty, aromatic white to drink now and over the next year or two. Green apple, pear and jasmine a ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "Flowery and electric in high-toned grapefruit and peach, this is a crisp, clean white from a consistent producer. Medium-bodied, it holds small percentages of Sémillon and Muscat. The finely hewed texture benefits from 10% of the wine having been aged in neutral oak." (9/2014) Wine Spectator: "This white offers lip-smacking acidity to accentuate the crisp lemon, Key lime pie and ruby grapefruit flavors at its core. Smooth and refreshing, accented by floral and honeysuckle details." (10/2014) K&L Notes: Honig sources fruit primarily from their sustainably farmed vineyard in Rutherford a... Read More »
Dark fruits highlighted with spicy notes of cinnamon and cedar lead into a medium bodied wine with flavors of cassis and licorice. The bright acidity makes this wine go with a variety of foods.
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Fragrant and lively, this dazzling and refreshing wine combines grapefruit, kiwi and honeydew melon flavors with crisp acidity and medium body. With all that fruit flavor, it remains nearly dry and will be quite versatile with food." (9/2015) K&L Notes: This Shannon Ridge Sauv Blanc comes from the winery's Ranch Collection, comes from sustainably farmed Lake County vineyards. It's straw-like color seems tame for a wine so packed with tropical fruit on the nose and palate. Gooseberries, tangerines, grapefruits and melon sing, balanced by solid acidit... Read More »
From the winery: "For three decades, we’ve crafted flavorful Chardonnay grapes from the Edna Valley into award-winning wine. Our Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay displays an attractive bouquet of quince, pear, ripe apple, apricot and light pineapple, with underlying brown spice notes of cinnamon and clove. A fresh mouthfeel, hints of vanilla and a bright acidity combine to form a long, pleasing finish in this medium-bodied wine."
89 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Best Buy** There was no oak used on this stainless steel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc, but it does contain a splash of Viognier. It’s dry, crisp in acidity and savory in lime, orange, kumquat and vanilla flavors that finish long and clean. It will pair with everything from bruschetta with olive tapenade to fried chicken, Chinese food and sushi." (6/2014) K&L Notes: A varietal character-driven Sauvignon Blanc that combines the grape's grassy/herbal characteristics with its mineral, citrusy ones, for a fresh, easy-to-drink wine that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The f... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
From the Winery; The founders of Grayson believe that we can put to work our Napa Valley winemaking skills to create some of the highest quality wines at the by-the-glass price point. We believe that decades of Napa winemaking experience will allow us to create a better bottle of wine at a better price point than what’s generally in the market today. Our wines are carefully crafted by Larry Levin, who is among the most experienced winemakers in the Napa Valley. He has covered the globe by making wine in New Zealand, Chile, and Australia across all price... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "A zesty little Zin, with just enough dried cherry, plum, toasty herb and spice flavors to keep this fun and interesting. Drink now through 2018." (6/2014)
Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* Welcoming and easy to drink, this full-bodied wine has mellow, ripe fruit flavors, light oaky accents and a warm sense of ripeness that doesn’t go over the top. Subtle tannins support the texture while keeping it smooth. The blend includes Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah." (11/2015) Wine Spectator: "Soft and straightforward, with modest notes of raspberry and spicy herb. Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah. (Web Only—2015)" K&L Notes: A juicy blend of California’s of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah, thi... Read More »
Connoisseurs Guide: "*Good Value* Mixing light notes of lemon zest with wet grass and weedy notes in its clean, if modest aromas, this medium-bodied effort comes with more than a bit of early roundness by way of invitation and finds decent balance from mid-palate to finish. It ends with an edge of trailing bitterness, but even that aspect gives it a useful bit of sinew at the back." (12/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Pomelo (55,000 cases) is a more exotic white, it offers notes of tropical fruits, fresh acids, a honeyed mid-palate, and soft, off-dry flavors. This white wine de ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The nose on this wine from nine vineyards ranging from Santa Clara to Santa Barbara reflects much of what the large appellation offers, but in subtle ways: touches of Golden Delicious apples, grilled pineapple, toasted coconut and chalk. The flavors surround a Meyer lemon zest tension, with apple flesh fruits and a zesty acidity that holds throughout without biting." (3/2015)90 points Antonio Galloni: "Calera's 2013 Chardonnay (Central Coast) is absolutely stunning in this vintage. Peach, apricot, wild flowers, honey and spices all meld together in a supple, generous Chardonnay that ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "An almost sweet, ripe fruit character makes this enticing to smell and easy to drink. Though full-bodied and packed with fine tannins, it has a soothingly rich texture. A syrupy oak and fruit flavor lingers on the finish." (2/2015) K&L Notes: From the Winery: "Intense ruby in color, this Cabernet features a redolent bouquet of cassis, blueberry, plum, vanilla bean, toffee, clove and a touch of tobacco. Delectable berry flavors are supported by refreshing acidity which runs through the mid-palate and melts into a long finish. Soft tannins provide a smooth texture, wit... Read More »
According to the winery: "The 2014 California Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of pineapple, ripe stone fruit and citrus. The wine fills the palate with bright fruit flavors and a round fullness, finishing with crisp, refreshing acidity. Throughout California, the 2014 growing season produced one of the best vintages to date. A dry winter followed by light spring rains and a warm, temperate summer caused fruit to mature slightly faster than normal resulting in optimal ripeness with a good balance of sugar and acidity in time for harvest. The warmer tropical a... Read More »
The CHARD PROJECT is hand-crafted from the finest California Chardonnay grapes; a majority of which come from Sonoma County. The wine is about half stainless steel fermented and half barrel fermented (30% of which are new). This combination gives The Chard Project a rich, lovely mouthfeel. Pure CHARD aromas and flavors -- fresh apples and citrus kissed by oak and complimented by just the right amount of spice.
Wine Enthusiast: "This stainless study shows crisp and ripe yellow apple flesh, with white rock and slate minerality. Apples, from Golden Delicious to red, also dominate the flavor profile, which is straightforward and accessible, though not complex." (5/2015) Wine Spectator: "This offers a mix of citrus-infused green apple, pineapple and mango notes, presented in a fresh, snappy style, with flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2019." (6/2015)
According to the winery: "Crisp green apples highlight our Sauvignon Blanc with lively citrus and balanced acidity. It’s deliciously vibrant with a lingering finish, delivering an abundance of evolving aromatics and flavors that continue to change with every mouth feel."
89 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys* An appealing touch of coconut water adds some richness to the peach, melon and citrus flavors, with accents of floral, citrus zest and mango. Drink now." (11/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "This white is quite tropical, with a hot, spicy note of jalapeño. Light in terms of texture and body, it finishes with a suggestion of orange peel and mango." (12/2015)
From the Winery; Aromatic and Crisp, white peaches, green mango and honeydew served with greek yogurt. Touch of goose-berry salt taffy and lime sorbet. Think of Camphor candies. 86% Pinot Gris, 7% Chenin Blanc, 4% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Malvasia Bianca.
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Wine Spectator: "Lip-smacking lemon and lemon zest flavors are bright and refreshing in this crisp, light-bodied wine, showing a hint of lemon thyme on the finish." (10/2014) K&L Notes: Joel Gott's California Sauv Blanc is fresh and fruity, like a tropical breeze with a squeeze of lime. Always a solid value.
Inventory: San Francisco
A delicious, rich-styled Chardonnay. Tons of toasty oak and appley flavors. For those who love a rich, yet balanced Chardonnay this is for you.
Inventory: Redwood City