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New Price - A Steal! A rich, but not over-the-top Chardonnay from a prominent Napa Valley winery who has also made wine under our Kalinda label. Creamy and toasty with a fine core of acidity makes for easy drinking. For those who like a full but not too full-bodied Chardonnay. (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L Wine Merchants Co-Owner)
Inventory: Redwood City
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Best Buy** Richness, depth and generosity are good traits of this full-bodied but smooth-textured Cabernet. Light oak accents don't cover up the ripe, juicy, almost jammy blackberry and cherry flavors that fill the mouth and linger on the finish. It's an all-around crowd pleaser that has everything in balance." (1/2015)
"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.
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 »
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 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.
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 »
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 »
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 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)
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)
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 »
Willowbrook is a largely under-the-radar label from Joe Otos, winemaker at Owl Ridge Wines in Sebastopol. We've got some great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from choice vineyards from Willowbrook in the past, and now this Syrah. It comes from the Altes Vineyard, located in the Rincon Valley area in the middle of Sonoma County--not far from the hot Kick Ranch vineyard.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chardonnay Charm Acres is an exuberantly fruity effort displaying hints of tropical fruits, white peaches, no evidence of oak, and crisp, fresh, pure flavors. While not particularly complex, it will provide satisfying drinking over the next several years. It should be immensely popular among consumers." (12/2013) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Tasting Notes: "A big impressive Chardonnay with toasty oak, bread dough, lemon curd and lime zest. Rich with lively acid and great weight, mineral-laden and hints of lychee and pear on its long finish."
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.
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.
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) K&L Notes: Honig sources fruit primarily from their sustainably farmed vineyard in Rutherford along with some other nearby vineyards. From the winery: "A crisp, fresh Sauvignon Blanc created in the classic Honig style. Peach, lemon grass, hints of jasmine and pea shoot are balanced by grapefrui... Read More »
A 17 barrel production of Alsatian inspired Gewurtz from Dan Tudor at Tudor Wines.
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Sure, now everyone's doing it, and it's not such a big deal. But Folie à Deux are really good at it, and that's saying something--given how popular they've got because of it. The "Menage à Trois" Red Blend was one of the early cork-finished, 750ml wines that offered a sexy spin on an old California favorite pastime--a hearty red blend based on Zinfandel (formerly a jug wine standard). "Menage à Trois" also includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the smooth, sure-fire casual dinner party blend--while a lot of the newer, popular "red blends" include a hi... Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Richard Jennings (rjonwine.com) "Very light yellow color; focused, tart peach, nectarine nose; tasty, tart nectarine, light peach, yellow cherry palate; medium finish 87+ points." (9/2011)
Inventory: Main Warehouse