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Here at K&L we love dry rosé. We especially love rosé from France, and we really love French sparkling rosé. But we really, REALLY love French sparkling rosé that sells for less than $20! This is quality, too. Made in the traditional methode (Champenoise) from 100% Pinot Noir. Wonderful strawberry fruit and a crisp, flowery tang. Just the thing on a romantic evening that just happens to fall on a regular old Tuesday.
90 points Antonio Galloni: "Bright golden yellow. Intense aromas and flavors of ripe tropical fruits and sweet spices. More explosive than the 2012, with even better lift and precision. Finishes clean and long, with serious peppery bite. “I sell ten times as much abroad as I do in France,” Olivier Humbrecht told me, a consequence of the fact that this is a classically dry wine (in France, they like their Gewürztraminers on the sweet side). Made with grapes from the early-ripening Herrenweg site, which Humbrecht picked in the last days of August and beginning of September." (4/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "T ...Read More »
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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A truly aromatic Riesling that has a wonderful series of fruit and spice perfumes. It’s ripe and full in the mouth, offering a strongly mineral edge as well as rich apple and citrus. Textured and still very tangy, the complex wine needs to age, so drink from 2017" (11/2014) Wine Spectator: "Notes of subtle white peach, lemon preserves, smoke and paraffin mix with fresh acidity in this well-layered white. Balanced, offering a clean finish accented by a tang of sea salt. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: This Grand Cru Alsace Riesling comes from 30-year-old vines grown in a combination of clay and ... Read More »
93 points Wine Spectator: "A seamless white, light-weight and silky in texture, with mouthwatering acidity enlivening the subtly honeyed flavors of peach skin, orange sorbet and ground ginger, all underscored by rich, minerally notes of stone and smoke that echo on the finish. Drink now through 2029. 125 cases imported. –AN" (11/2014)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale, bright yellow. Lovely lift and freshness to the aromas of grapefruit, rose and smoke. Fresh and juicy on entry, then spicy and full in the middle, combining an impression of strong extract with a weightless quality. Wonderfully racy Gewürztramine ...Read More »
Run by Colette Faller and her two daughters Cathy and Laurence since 1979, Domaine Weinbach has holdings in some of the most prestigious vineyards in Alsace, including their monopole Clos des Capucins and the Grand Crus Schlossberg and Furstenstum. All of their wines are made entirely of estate fruit and are biodynamic. From the winery: "The Domaine's Riesling wines have a fine and delicate fruitiness, they are racy, nervy, dry but at the same time they are mature and long on the palate. Riesling is such a prestigious grape variety that it is considered ... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Hubert Meyer is one in a long line of vignerons in his family. Since the 17th Century, from generation to generation, the Meyers have maintained a passion for wine. Hubert succeeded his father Andre as head of the domaine in 1976 and with his wife Jocelyne helped foster a new regard for the wines. In, Hubert's son, Pierre, finished his viticulture and oenology studies and has joined the domaine full-time, infusing the energy of the next generation into the wines.
Wine Enthusiast: "A new brand produced by the Sparr family, Baumann’s fruit comes from Riquewihr. This easy Pinot Gris is soft and medium sweet, with attractive hints of spice and minerality. It’s a ripe wine, finished with acidity. Drink now." (4/2015)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "So elegant, a wine with just a fine balance. It has creamy apple fruit flavors, hedgerow fruits, with a line of crisp acidity to cut through the fruitiness and give a more mineral edge. It will be worth aging this wine for 2–3 years. Drink after 2014." (10/2014) K&L Notes: This organically grown Alsatian Riesling comes from the Glintzberg vineyard in Bergbieten, which is essentially the same terroir at the more famous Altenberg Grand Cru - the exposure is just more east-facing than the south-facing Altenberg. Cookie spices typically frame this wine's tropical nose an... Read More »
This wine comes from one of the most famous Grand Cru vineyards of Alsace. Gravelly soils with rich deposits of magnesium give the wine elegance, finesse and freshness. Well-balanced and concentrated, the wine displays aromas of rose, acacia and exotic fruits. It is best served with poultry, fish dishes and fruity desserts.
89 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is deliciously fresh and full. Red fruits are laced with intense acidity and a crisp, clean texture. It gives instant fruity pleasure and a light and bright aftertaste. — R.V." (12/2014) K&L Notes: Most people outside of the region don't think about Alsace for sparkling wine, and neither did we until Armand Baur popped a bottle of his Cremant d'Alsace on our very first visit. He actually said: "You probably have no interest in this, but maybe you would like to try"? Of course we said yes all the while maintaining a stone cold business face. And the rest is his... Read More »
This white is soft, creamy and lush, a bit reminiscent of lemon meringue pie, with sweet citrus scents and flavors wrapped in spice. Delicious on its own, this is not a wine that needs a three-course meal to taste good. Try it as an alternative to Chardonnay at your next party. Pinot Blanc has a long tradition in Alsace, and this is an easy-going example to get to know.
This is the entry-level Riesling from Zind-Humbrecht, one of the most respected producers in Alsace. The Riesling is made from estate fruit and boasts intense fruit and mineral notes with a core of acidity that makes it fresh and drinkable--perfect with your favorite spicy Thai dish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale straw-green. Clean, fresh lime and jasmine aromas on the uncomplicated nose. Easygoing and straightforward on the palate, with lemon, green apple and papaya flavors accented by mineral touches on the zippy, moderately persistent finish. Bott calls this range of wines Les Elements as he considers the main four grape varieties of Alsace to be like the four elements. From grapes grown mainly in Riquewihr, Ribeauville and Zellenberg." (11/2012) K&L Notes: Classic Alsatian Riesling that shows crystilline minerality in both the aromatics and on the finish. Lime aroma... Read More »
Vintage notes: "Osterberg, exclusively areas on the edge of Ribeauvillé. Hillsides facing East South-East at an altitude of 250 to 350 metres, and on average to steep slopes which benefit from excellent levels of sun. Osterberg is a well-known wine-growing area, mentioned in documents from the Middle Ages. The Lords of Ribeaupierre cultivated their vines there. This wine presents a very expressive nose with citrus combined with hints of tropical fruits and flinty flavors. On the palate, the fruit explodes immediately and fills the palate. The freshness f... Read More »
Wine & Spirits: "Flinty, floral and cardamom-spicy at first, this comes across as heady in all its perfume, finishing dry and a little blunt. Bosky apple and white cherry fruit fill out the midpalate. For alpine cheeses." (12/2012) Wine Enthusiast: "This is a bright and fruity, red-fruit flavored wine. It has a touch of tannins to give some texture, along with bright acidity and a crisp aftertaste. Drink now." (3/2014) Wine Spectator: "An aromatic sparkler, with floral overtones and subtle flavors of peach, strawberry and raspberry. Light and crisp. Pinot Noir. (Web-2011)"
Antonio Galloni: "Bright straw with a gold tinge. Peach, tea and spice on the forward nose. Rich, ripe and suave, with lovely tropical fruit flavors that persist nicely at the back, with a touch of alcoholic heat becoming apparent with aeration. The grapes for this wine are sourced from three main areas: Saint Hippolyte (on soils rich in granite and clay that yield wines with less acidity), Bergheim (slightly bigger, richer wines), and a few small plots between Riquewihr and Béblenheim. (ID)" (4/2015)
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is pure Riesling, very mineral, steely and direct. With intense acidity as well as the crispest green and citrus fruits, it’s still very young. The fresh current gives an initial lift while keeping the concentrated texture in mind. Drink from 2017. —R.V." (11/2014)
Florian Beck-Hartweg, along with parents Michel and Yvette, aim to make their great wines starting in the vineyard. Fermentation and aging is completed only in old oak casks that don't interfere in any way with the taste of the wine--some casks are 100 years old or so!. Fermentation is with natural yeasts, and there's no other addition to the wine other than SO2, in small quantity, of course. This newly imported producer follows the organic chart: using no chemical products in the vineyards and absolutely no fertilization (chemical or organic) because Fl... Read More »
According to the winery: "Our Pinot Blanc is produced from our usual Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois blend (35%/65%) originating from both Herrenweg vineyard (50%) and Rotenberg vineyard (50%). This combination works perfectly as the later ripening red limestone of the Rotenberg brings structure and acidity, whether the warm precocious alluvial Herrenweg brings richness and aromatics. Pinot Blanc will probably become more important as it keeps better acidity balance in warm vintages. In 2013, there was no such concern and it was easy to obtain the perfect bala... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Light-bodied and tangy, this dry version meshes expressive notes of mandarin orange, fresh ginger, peach, stone and dried herbs. Drink now through 2018." (10/2013) K&L Notes: All of the fruit comes from the Herrenweg vineyard in Turckheim.
Wine Spectator: "Lightly juicy and balanced, this easy-drinking Gewürz is underscored by stone and spice details and hints of lime blossom, apricot and melon. Subtle finish. Drink now. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: Jean-Baptiste Adam may be a new name on our shelves, but they are celebrating their 400th anniversary of grape growing! This wines features exotic floral aromatics and a well-defined, balanced texture. Very well done Gewürz! Vin biologique.
This organically grown Pinot Gris is harvested mostly from the Glintzberg vineyard in Bergbieten, which is essentially the same terroir at the more famous Altenberg Grand Cru (its exposure is just more east-facing than the south-facing Altenberg). This is a classic, dry Alsatian Pinot Gris, with aromas and flavors of pear and tropical fruit accented by nutty notes and subtle spice. Fleshy and unctuous, this wine shows excellent weight and richness in the mouth, but its lively acidity lifts and lengthens the finish, keeping everything in balance. Super fo... Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Lively and well-balanced, with an aromatic note of fresh earth layered with flavors of peach skin, Meyer lemon, ground ginger, paraffin and smoky mineral. Drink now through 2020." (10/2014)
Wine Enthusiast: "This soft wine is full of yellow fruits and spiced lemon, with a light, tangy texture. It’s rich while having a crisper side. Drink in fall 2016." (4/2015) Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, with hints of honeysuckle and sage, this fleshy white is framed by well-knit acidity, offering a palate of subtle pear, almond, stone and lemon curd flavors. Drink now through 2019. 1,250 cases made." (11/2014)
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The wine is rich, full in the mouth and delicious. With its creamy texture, baked apple flavors and sprinkling of spice, it’s a dense and ripe wine that could be drunk now, but which will be better in 2016." (12/2014) Wine Spectator: "Floral and lightly honeyed, this fresh white is focused by racy acidity and a streak of stony mineral. Lacy and lithe, with ripe apricot and blood orange notes. Drink now through 2017." (10/2014)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is ripe and smooth, with a generous creamy texture. Spice and apple combine to give a tangy edge that will soften and integrate as the wine ages. It’s full of potential. Drink from 2017." (12/2014)
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is made from a mix of 13 different grape varieties in a field blend. It’s a totally terroir driven wine, full of mineral and gritty textures in its youth. Behind this structure is a wild range of flavors—spice, apples, pears and apricots—waiting to show through." (3/2014)89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Incorporating all of the local cepages, pressed together, then vinified in multiple, subsequently assembled lots – nicely fits his conception, with its subtly oily texture and expansiveness conveying a sense of richness allied to levity. Apple and celery supply primary juiciness ...Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Hugel’s 2007 Riesling Jubilee is even more intensely bright and citric than its 2005 counterpart, although their level of acidity is the same, and indeed – Mark Hugel points out – vintage-to-vintage regularity in gross chemical make-up is a characteristic for the estate’s top Schoenenbourg Riesling. Tangerine zest, thyme, pepper cress, and fusil and marine aromas prepare the way for a satiny palate saturated with illusive mineral as well as pungently herbal and citric flavors. The sense of palpable extract here is formidable, which – along with its prono ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bott’s 2010 Pinot Gris Sonnenglanz exhibits a deep gold color with scents of lichen, both of which characteristics point toward the presence of botrytis, which adds spice, caramel and honey to peach and smoked meat flavors on an expansive, polished and glycerol-slicked palate. Finishing with sweet persistence, this V.T.-like bottling strikes me as likely to be best enjoyed solo and by 2018. (DS)" (8/2014)89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright golden yellow. Delicate tropical fruits, licorice and sweet brown spices on the subdued nose. Somewhat soft and diffuse on the palate, with licori ...Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fresh peach and citrus lusciously inform the Deiss 2010 Schoenenbourg, whose creamy texture and honeyed richness, are matched by vivacious juiciness. White pepper, chalk, quinine, and shimmering mineral matter offer invigoration and counterpoint in a sustained and dynamically complex finish. The sweetness here is supportive without remotely getting the upper hand, so that I can well imagine over the 20-25 years during which this beauty will deserve to be admired, its versatility at table will vary inversely with a diminishing sense of sweetness." (8/2014) ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "Fragrant wine, attractively perfumed, crisply fresh. It is full of ripe apples, layered with intense acidity and balanced with a warmer peach flavor. Ready to drink." (10/2013)
93 points Wine Spectator: "**Highly Recommended** This harmonious version walks a fine line between lightly sweet flavors of ripe green melon, pear, clover honey and toasted almond, accented by dry and zesty hints of ground spice, herb and smoky mineral. Lacy and elegant throughout, thanks to firm, well-meshed acidity. Drink now through 2023." (10/2014)
Minerals, minerals and more...minerals! But in case you think this grand cru Riesling offers nothing in the way of fruit and body, you need not fear. Floral notes mix with the minerals here, along with racy acidity and lots of citrus notes. Try one now with something rich and cheesy (raclette would be ideal), and buy a few to age in your cellar.
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Run by Colette Faller and her two daughters Cathy and Laurence since 1979, Domaine Weinbach has holdings in some of the most prestigious vineyards in Alsace, including their monopole Clos des Capucins and the Grand Crus Schlossberg and Furstenstum. All of their wines are made entirely of estate fruit and are biodynamic. From the winery: "The Domaine's Riesling wines have a fine and delicate fruitiness, they are racy, nervy, dry but at the same time they are mature and long on the palate. Riesling is such a prestigious grape variety that it is considered... Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Overtly sweet even at 14% alcohol, the Mann 2009 Gewurztraminer incorporates much of this year’s crop from the Altenbourg. Celery seed, litchi, rose petal, and saline, marine breeze in the nose lead to a full, subtly creamy, palpably low-acid, but fortunately persistently juicy palate, finishing somewhat simple and obviously sweet. Jacky Barthelme insists "this is too good for a generic," and I sympathize in terms of his willingness to declassify cru material, but in terms of the wine’s performance, it seems to me to have been classed correctly. Drink it ...Read More »
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Josmeyer’s 2006 Riesling Le Dragon exhibits a fungal hint in the nose typical for many wines of its vintage, but offers a for 2006 surprisingly juicy and transparent impression of white peach and lime through which are perceived piquant hints of caraway, peach kernel, citrus zest, and chalk. I’d plan to enjoy this refreshing Riesling over the next couple of years. Jean Meyer and his son-in-law Christopher Ehrhart are among the many passionate proponents of biodynamic viticulture who insist that this regimen is responsible for their being able to harves ...Read More »
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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "While this is a nonvintage wine, it is still very young and will benefit from time in bottle. That will allow the rich apple and crisp lemon flavors to round out, calming the intense acidity. The potential of this rich wine is considerable. — R.V." (12/2014) K&L Notes: Made up of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Blanc, with zero dosage, this pretty sparkling has very classy and feminine aromatics and is very nicely textured along the palate, with classic Chardonnay character that's lightened up on the finish by the small addition of Pinot Blanc and a vibrant mineral qua... Read More »