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Varner - Incredible 2012 Chardonnay Selections - 07/09/2014 - Chardonnay (domestic)

It's the time of the year when one of our most favorite California Chardonnay producers lets us showcase their stuff. This time it's even more special - these are the wines from the sensational 2012 vintage. Grab while you can. The best of CA Chardonnay!

2012 Varner

2012 Varner "Amphitheater Block" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay ($47.99)

94 points Antonio Galloni: "Honey, lemon peel, hazelnut, spices and savory herbs meld together in Varner's 2012 Chardonnay Amphitheater Block, a wine that adds considerable focus and energy to the classic Santa Cruz structure that is such a distinctive signature here. Today the 2012 is striking, but it will be even better in a few years, once there is a bit more flavor development. These own rooted vines planted with a derivative of the Wente clone often yield Chardonnays loaded with personality. That is once again the case in 2012." (07/2014)

K&L Notes: If you've shopped K&L over the past few years, you probably know that the wines made by Bob and Jim Varner are not only among our favorites, but we think they are among the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs made in California. Every wine comes from the Spring Ridge Vineyard, which is located just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Portola Valley. The grapes are dry-farmed and left to struggle for success without fertilizers or insecticides. The Amphitheater Block is a two-acre, south-facing slope planted with 31-year-old Chardonnay vines, probably Wente clone, that goes through full malo with native years in 25% new French oak. The excellent 2012 vintage will be remembered for its mild weather, which allows the terroir of the individual blocks to really shine in this forward and expressive wine.

2012 Varner

2012 Varner "Bee Block" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay ($47.99)

95 points Antonio Galloni: "Texture takes center stage in the 2012 Chardonnay Bee Block. Lemon oil, white flowers, slate and mint are some of the many notes that blossom in the glass, but it is the wine's silkiness, length and exceptional overall balance that truly elevate the Bee Block to rarified heights among California's most important Chardonnays. The Bee Block is always the most lifted, floral and citrus-driven Chardonnay in the Varner range." (07/2014)

K&L Notes: If you've shopped K&L over the past few years, you probably know that the wines made by Bob and Jim Varner are not only among our favorites, but we think they are among the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs made in California. Every wine comes from the Spring Ridge Vineyard, which is located just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Portola Valley. The grapes are dry-farmed and left to struggle for success without fertilizers or insecticides. The Bee Block is the largest of the Spring Ridge blocks at 3.5 acres. It boasts the youngest vines, a massale selection from the Home Block, at 25 years, and the only ones not planted on their own roots. The sedimentary rock is deepest here.

2012 Varner

2012 Varner "Home Block" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay ($47.99)

94 points Antonio Galloni: "Apricot, peach, mint, chamomile and lightly honeyed overtones take shape as the 2012 Chardonnay Home Block shows off its considerable power and breadth. There is a real sense of phenolic weight in the Home Block, with a Pinot-like sense of richness that flows through to the expressive, resonant finish. What a gorgeous Chardonnay this is." (07/2014)

K&L Notes: If you've shopped K&L over the past few years, you probably know that the wines made by Bob and Jim Varner are not only among our favorites, but we think they are among the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs made in California. Every wine comes from the Spring Ridge Vineyard, which is located just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Portola Valley. The grapes are dry-farmed and left to struggle for success without fertilizers or insecticides. The two-acre Home block is higher in elevation than the Amphitheater or Bee blocks, planted in medium depth sedimentary rock. The 32-year-old vines are on an east-facing slope. The wine undergoes full malo in 25% new French oak.

2012 Neely

2012 Neely "Holly's Cuvée-Spring Ridge Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay ($47.99)

93 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Chardonnay Holly's Cuvee is beautifully lifted in the glass. Lemon, white flowers, pastry and smoke are some of the notes that inform this silky, gracious impeccable Chardonnay. Interestingly, the Holly's is made from a blend of three Chardonnays Bob and Jim Varner bottle under their own label, yet it is lighter in body and more floral than any of those wines. Today, the Holly's Cuvee is a bit tightly wound and inward, but its potential is both evident and significant. Hints of sage, rosemary and mint wrap around the supple, gracious finish. " (07/2014)

K&L Notes: If you've shopped K&L over the past few years, you probably know that the wines made by Bob and Jim Varner are not only among our favorites, but we think they are among the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs made in California. The pair make the Neely label in collaboration with the Neely family, but they use fruit from the same Portola Valley vineyard--Spring Ridge--that goes into their eponymous bottlings. The Holly's Cuvee blends fruit from all three blocks, though predominantly from the Bee Block, with small proportions of Amphitheater Block and Home Block. The 2012 vintage was extremely mild, allowing the terroir of each block to shine through. It's forward and expressive, like the other wines of the vintage.

Pair of Old and Rare Selections - Direct from Bordeaux - 07/09/2014 - Red Bordeaux

1996 du Tertre, Margaux

1996 du Tertre, Margaux ($49.99)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper, Du Tertre's 1996 exhibits a black ruby/purple color, a sweet black fruit-scented nose, medium to full body, well-integrated tannin, and fine purity and depth. This wine should age nicely, yet have a degree of accessibility young. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018." (02/1998)

Jancis Robinson: "Owned by the Gasquetons until 1997. Looks quite evolved. Mid ruby with strong rusty notes at the rim. Very light nose. Lots of gentle evolution. Not in the first flush of youth but this has charm. Needs drinking before the fruit fades though. " (09/2011)

K&L Notes: Neil Martin's notes: "A typical Margaux nose: blackberry and violets. Palate is tannic and very inaccessible now. Good depth on this full-bodied wine. Needs time to smooth out. This is a little coarse, bit still a fine, sturdy, rustic Margaux. Tasted September 2001." And then a decade later, Chris Kissack, Winedoctor.com, says: "This takes three hours to really open up, but it is worth the wait. In the glass this wine still has plenty of red pigment and a nice depth of colour, so there is certainly no great suggestion of age here. The nose is evolved, although it shows only early secondary development, nothing advanced or involved. There is even some really bright blackcurrant fruit behind it all still, a touch of cranberry too, although these fruits are not the most prominent aromas, as fresh scents of pencil lead, cedar, bay leaf and a little iron filing come to the fore. Lively flesh on the palate, not fat or modern but with enough flesh to fill out in the mouth, supported by plenty of savoury structural components, slightly bitter tannins which I like, and a lovely, fresh, stony structure underneath the weight of the wine. Overall this is very classically defined, pithy, and just at the start - for my palate - of its drinking window. It has decades ahead of it yet, though, as evinced by its tannin-infused and subtly fading finish. Very good indeed."

1997 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L)

1997 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L) ($89.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Undoubtedly a sleeper of the vintage, this exceptionally charming, complex, elegant 1997 is neither big, weighty, nor powerful, yet it offers cedar, roasted herb, and sweet plum/cherry fruit in its aromas and flavors. The taster is seduced by the wine's silky, seamless texture, gorgeous aromatics, low acidity, and lovely levels of fruit." (04/2000)

Wine Spectator: "Very good for the vintage. Deep ruby color. Fabulous aromas of berries, spices and tobacco. Full-bodied, with well-defined, soft and succulent tannins and a medium finish." (01/2000)

Montes "Purple Angel" (97 points JS) "This is a crazy red" - 07/07/2014 - Chile

2011 Montes

2011 Montes "Purple Angel" Valle de Colchagua Chile ($59.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This is a crazy red with dried chipotle and red chili pepper character with hints of dark fruits. Blueberry concentration. Full body, with fabulous fruit and an underlying firm tannin structure. Very silky tannins. This is the best Carmenere-based red from Chile. 92% Carmenere and 8% Petit Verdot. " (06/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A fleshy red, with plenty of spicy notes behind the rich, well-sculpted dark plum, cherry and mocha flavors. Dark chocolate and caramel accents emerge on the finish, presenting some savory accents. Carmenère and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2017. " (05/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Intense berry and spice aromas convey a sense of purity that’s a bit generic. Although 2011 was a cool year by Chilean standards, this Carmenère-led blend is plump and voluminous in the mouth, but soft in the middle. Flavors of oaky cassis and herbs finish minty, green and chocolaty, with fresh acidity. Drink through 2018." (08/2014)

Save 33% on Great Rosenblum Zin - 07/07/2014 - Zinfandel (domestic)

2011 Rosenblum Contra Costa County Zinfandel (Elsewhere $15)

2011 Rosenblum Contra Costa County Zinfandel (Elsewhere $15) ($9.99)

Rosenblum is a Zinfandel specialist winery that, like Ravenswood, has a knack for seeking out historic and well-situated old Zinfandel vineyards across California. The 2011 Contra Costa Zinfandel is a representative blend of this unique region from five vineyards that combine some relict, old head-pruned vines with newer Zin plantings to build layers of flavor. Contra Costa County is one of the oldest winegrowing regions in the state, where very old, gnarled vines are deeply rooted in sandy loam soils. Warm days, cool Delta breezes, and Zin with a ripe, peppery and chocolate-spiced fruit profile are typical of the region.

Christie Cartwright | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 03, 2014

If you're looking for your summer BBQ red, look no further! The 2011 Rosenblum Zin is just what the doctor ordered. With plenty of juicy, lush, upfront fruit, and a velvety soft finish, this wine will keep you drinking from pre-dinner cocktail hour all the way through post-dinner chocolate and cigars! Super food-friendly with everything from ribs to pork to rib-eye!

Krista Johnson | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 03, 2014

This is your summer party Zinfandel! This one bursts right out of the glass with ripe black cherry, blackberry and mocha. On the palate, there's plenty of rich texture and a bit of spice....this will stand up to your heartiest BBQ fare. Stock up--your friends will thank you!

Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 03, 2014

Stock up on this great summertime red! It’s perfect for any outing or Tuesday night barbecue. Lovely, deep, dark fruit and hints of mocha. Rounded out by some surprising acidity on the back end. All this for $9.99! Buy it by the case.

Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 27, 2014

Normally $15 and over, this wine is a steal for under $10! The 2011 Contra Costa Zinfandel is almost black in color, with aromas of smoked meats and dried, black fruits. The flavors explode from the glass but are not over the top; helped by the cooler 2011 vintage I am sure. Best paired with big meat dishes, this is perfect summertime BBQ wine!

Beringer Knights Valley - 07/07/2014 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($22.99)

Napa Valley's venerable Beringer Vineyards has been sourcing Cabernet from just over the hill in Sonoma County for many decades. The Knights Valley vineyard is at a higher elevation, in a valley that's tucked in between the northern tip of Napa Valley and Alexander Valley, directly underneath Mount Saint Helena. It's considered among the winery's flagship varietal wines.

Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 07, 2014

Beringer, which is located in Napa Valley, has been producing this wine from Sonoma County's Knights Valley appellation for some time now, and it has always remained a consistent value in California Cabernet. The vineyard lies at a higher elevation than Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, and manages to combine the suppleness of that AVA with the fine tannin structure of Knights Valley. The bouquet offers black cherry, dark plum, cassis, earth and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. On the palate, there is the previously mentioned supple tannins blended with a fine dusting of cocoa powder, bringing the finer-grained, firmer tannin structure. It's all framed by lightly toasted oak that is well-integrated, with good length.

Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 07, 2014

The 2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cab is an great example of the quality to come with the 2012 vintage in California. Upfront the wine smells like classic California Cab; hints of toasty oak, plum, black licorice and cocoa powder. The tannins are present but integrated and sweet, while the finish is long and lingering. Excellent, straightforward Cabernet that will not disappoint!

Christie Cartwright | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 03, 2014

I have to admit I was pretty impressed when I tasted the latest vintage of the Knights Valley Cabernet. It had more structure and depth than I anticipated. Loads of the gorgeous dense black fruit as always, but with the integrated tannins and grip of a Napa Cab twice its price. Pair this with something fatty like a New York or rib-eye steak!

Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 03, 2014

Cherry, spice and everything nice! Silky, chocolaty tannins, fruits reminiscent of black cherry, raspberry, plum, and fresh figs. A crowd pleaser for any hearty, robust meal!

Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 02, 2014

Classically rich and full bodied. Lots of lush currant fruit and black cherry too. You can see the excitement behind the 2012 vintage showing through with this luscious and delicious domestic Cabernet. Very pleasing style.

Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 01, 2014

This iconic Napa Valley producer has done well with this 2012 Knights Valley. Sourced from vineyards in Sonoma County, Beringer has been making this wine for years. If you love California Cabernet, this wine is for you. Big, bright and extracted with generous spice. Vanilla and cedar are generous with the tannins being very soft and approachable. Enjoy now or for the next 5 years.

Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 01, 2014

Nestled slightly to the east of Alexander Valley and to the north of Calistoga, Knights Valley straddles the imaginary line delineating Sonoma from Napa Valley. An emerging hotbed for great Cabernet Sauvignon values, Knights Valley offers a nice alternative to all the $50+ Cabs from Napa Valley. The 2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at $22.99 is the perfect example of the kind of values that can be found in Knights Valley; this exact wine with the words Napa Valley would easily command upwards of $50 a bottle! A nose of dark cherry kirsch, mocha and tobacco give way to a richly-textured palate of black cherries, plum, spice and seductive chocolate notes. This wine is packed with dark berry fruit and luscious notes of mocha and chocolate with good acidity, silky tannins and bright fruit notes. The finish is long and energetic with lingering berry notes and just a hint of spice and milk chocolate. A killer value, this Cabernet Sauvignon definitely over-delivers given its modest price.

Special Feature - South America - K&L's Wine News - 07/06/2014 - Monthly Newsletter

View Special Feature Chile and Argentina Inspire a Renewed Sense of Discovery - over the upcoming months we are doubling down on our investment of resources and dollars devoted to these two countries and their wines. We believe there is tremendous potential way beyond what's already in the marketplace. Diverse soil types, widely ranging elevations, strong agricultural traditions - these are just some of the reasons we predict a massive resurgence on the international wine scene. Learn more and check out what we have currently available.

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Orin Swift Locations "E2" Spain ($14.99) 93 points WA - 07/03/2014 - Spain

Orin Swift Locations "E2" Spain ($14.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I reviewed these Locations offerings from Dave Phinney of Orin-Swift Cellars last year, who is going against all conventional wisdom of vineyard and vintage dating wines. Terroirists will claim the devil has possessed Phinney, as his offerings from France, Italy and Spain are all blends from different sectors of each country. If you judge wines on how they taste and the degree of pleasure they offer, they are all incredible efforts. The three new cuvees I tasted are among the finest wine values one could hope to find. Moreover, there are 50,000 cases of each, no easy feat given the grapes Phinney has accessed and the quality he has turned out. As of now, Dave Phinney might be my “value winemaker of the year” candidate. P.S. It’s too expensive for this report, but I am including it as an hommage to what Dave Phinney has achieved. If there are better wines for under $20 a bottle in the world today, please share that information with The Wine Advocate. These are all remarkable efforts. Kudos to Dave Phinney! The 2011 Orin-Swift D66 VdP Cotes Catalanes, a blend of 80% Grenache, 12% Syrah and 8% Carignan (from 60- to 100-year-old vines), comes from the schist and limestone soils around the village of Maury. Aged in 100% French oak (25% new), this 10,000-case cuvee retails for around $43 a bottle, but I suspect discounters will offer it in the mid- to -upper $30 range. This black/ruby/purple-colored wine boasts a terrific perfume of creosote, camphor, charcoal, blackberries, acacia" (06/2014)

K&L Notes: Locations is Orin Swifts second label, dedicated to making playful and eclectic wines from different locations in the world. "E-2", their second Spanish production, draws inspiration from Spain's great regions--Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero--in a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Monastrell, and Cariñena sourced from premium vineyards and aged for ten months in barrel. Winemaker's notes: "An alluring cast of blooming crimson and deep red shades are immediately present in the glass. Complimenting the appearance is an impressive intensity on the nose with elevated dark cherry and exotic spice notes. The entry is rich with youthful berry compote, floral, and plum flavors, complimented with bright acidity. The finish is expansive and pleasing with a persistent mocha tinge and silky tannins."

Highly-Rated (and affordable) Italian Reds - 07/03/2014 - Italy

These are both due late this fall. Lock in your bottles as we cannot guarantee how long they'll be available.

2009 Contucci Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Pre-Arrival) ($22.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Editors' Choice* This is a classically crafted wine made by one of Montepulciano’s most historic estates. It has an alluring bouquet of violet, rose petal, cassis and nutmeg. The palate delivers an intense wild-cherry flavor layered with white pepper and cinnamon, all impeccably balanced by firm tannins and vibrant acidity." (10/2013)

2007 Mastroberardino "Radici" Taurasi (Pre-Arrival) ($34.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Taurasi Radici boasts stunning richness, depth and power, yet remains relatively accessible and approachable for such a young Taurasi. Juicy dark cherries, cinnamon, plums, spices, incense, tobacco and a myriad of aromas and flavors saturate the palate as this big, textured wine opens up in the glass. Despite its considerable richness and plushness, the 2007 never loses its classical sense of structure. If that combination sounds appealing, believe me, it is. This is a flat-out stunner from Mastroberardino. Best of all, it will drink beautifully pretty much right out of the gate. I imagine the 2007 will be a total home run in restaurants or in other settings where young wines are opened as a matter of necessity. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032. " (02/2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Cellar Selection** This gorgeous wine from southern Italy shows the true potential of native grape Aglianico. It opens with an intense fragrance of black cherry, leather, truffle, underbrush and spice. The dense, velvety palate delivers blackberry, raspberry and white pepper with a hint of espresso. It’s already delicious but hold for even more complexity. Drink through 2027. " (07/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This full-bodied red mixes ripe plum and racy wild berry flavors with layers of spicy underbrush, game, ash and dark tobacco notes. Shows fine length, with a smoky aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. " (12/2012)

K&L Notes: Made from 100% Aglianico, the traditional grape of the volcanic Taurasi region. Founded in 1878, Mastroberardino is the oldest continually operational winery in the region. "Radici" means 'roots,' signifying the winery's devotion to history. In one project, they partnered with archaeologists to uncover ancient Roman wine bars in Pompeii.

New Arrival - Rhetoric 20 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 07/02/2014 - Other Distilled Spirits

Don't expect this to last in stock for long. Due to bottle shape it has to ship as if it was a magnum (1.5L) bottle.

Rhetoric 20 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey 750ml (ships as 1.5L) ($99.99)

Another 20 year old release from Diageo's Orphan Barrel series that showcases ultra-mature Bourbon from Bernheim Distillery. Whereas the Barterhouse 20 year began with a soft and rounded profile, showcasing the extra oak from two decades of aging, the Rhetoric is far more balanced with less initial sweetness and more peppery spice. The tobacco and herbaceous notes carry through to the finish, which is decidedly longer and more intense than what the Barterhouse offers. Considering both stocks originate from the same distillery, it's interesting to taste how Diageo has chosen to blend together the remaining barrels. Fans of the richer, more supple style of Bourbon might lean towards the Barterhouse, but those in search of what's ultimately underneath the sweetness will prefer the Rhetoric without question. The baking spices on the nose are more alluring, and the complexity of flavor far more interesting. (NOTE: Due to the width of the Rhetoric bottle all shipping orders will be charged as 1.5L bottles)

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 03, 2014

What is there not to like about this bourbon? It has nice aromas of caramel and spice that are inviting and interesting. The Rhetoric is warm, spicy and dry and has a nice long finish.

Great Champagne under $30 - 07/02/2014 - Champagne

Getting a good bottle of Champagne for under $30 is a challenge. Getting a great bottle of vintage Champagne for under $30 is next to impossible. Today we have an unbelievable offer for you on a great bottle that we recommend highly. It also has a very nice review from the Wine Spectator as well. We bought this wine direct from Baron Fuente, and because of our long term great relationship with this high quality house, we are able to cut out the export brokers, import companies and distributors and pass the savings on to you, the Champagne lover. This Champagne is a treat, and an incredible value. It will go fast! - Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer

2006 Baron Fuente

2006 Baron Fuente "Grand Millésimé" Brut Champagne ($29.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Firm and focused, this structured version offers a well-meshed range of dried apricot, almond biscotti and cassis flavors, showing a clean chalkiness to the texture. Drink now through 2026." (03/2014)

K&L Notes: Baron Fuente is a négociant that owns almost 90 acres of vines and purchases another 90 acres "sur pied," meaning that they pick the grapes. This is an important distinction since many négociants buy "sur lattes," meaning in bottle! The Grand Millésimé is a blend of 45% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier and 15% Pinot Noir that spent more than five years on the lees. -Gary Westby

Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 02, 2014

Tasting this wine for the first time in Epernay with Baron Fuente's Eric de Brissis was a great experience. I loved the wine for its poised creaminess, lovely nutty flavors and clean, long finish. This is a very elegant, subtle bottle of wine that will impress the most jaded of palates. In my notebook from that day, I wrote "tastes expensive"... Then he showed me the price. Deals like this don't come every day, and I would suggest that you join me in buying a case, or maybe two!

Melissa Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2014

Richer, rounder, and a touch more RS than the other Baron Fuente bottlings. Another stunning champagne at an incredible price.

Barolo - Highly Rated 2010's from Scavino - 07/01/2014 - Italy

These incredible 2010 Barolo selections from Scavino are now on sale and being offered on a special pre-arrival basis. They're due late this fall.

2010 Paolo Scavino Barolo (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $55) ($37.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Extremely fruity and intense with blueberry, strawberry and hints of cedar aroma. Full body, very tannic and rich with loads of fruit. Fresh finish. Starting to close up now. Try in 2016 when the wine will be more open and softer." (04/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright medium red. Pure, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice, violet, menthol and pepper. Supple but a bit youthfully reduced, showing lovely vinosity to its medium-bodied dark fruit, licorice and floral flavors. Much juicier and less evolved than the 2009 version. Finishes with substantial suave tannins that reach the front teeth." (11/2013)

91 points Antonio Galloni: "Scavino's 2010 Barolo is supple and open, even in this vintage. Sweet red cherries, savory herbs, tobacco and mint meld together in an approachable Barolo that will drink well pretty much right out of the gate. The 2010 is all about polish, finesse and delicacy. Sweet spices and crushed flowers meld into the expressive finish. The main vineyard sites are Rocche Mariondino, Vignolo, Altenasso, Terlo, Vignano and San Bernardo. The Scavino Barolo is a wonderful lens through which to get an early sense of the vintage." (01/2014)

2010 Paolo Scavino "Bricco Ambrogio" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

93 points Antonio Galloni: "Dark red cherries, plums, smoke, mocha, licorice and cloves blossom in the 2010 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio. Plump and juicy to the core, the 2010 boasts gorgeous depth and resonance, all backed up by plenty of minerality and acidity. All the elements are beautifully balanced in the glass. I expect the 2010 will drink well with relatively minimum cellaring." (01/2014)

93 points James Suckling: "A potent red with dried-strawberry, floral and spice character. Full body with round, integrated tannins and fresh finish. Better in 2016." (04/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "91+: Good dark, bright red. Red berries and tobacco on the vinous but reticent nose and palate. Silky and plush, with complex saline quality giving this a savory rather than sweet impression. Not showing quite the lift today of the Carobric but this will need time to express itself. Today the tannins are a bit dusty. This wine comprises a blend of Monvigliero and La Morra fruit. Scavino purchased the latter vines in 2001, noting that the previous owner used too much chemical fertilizer. The wine, he added, has shown considerable improvement in the last three or four years. " (11/2013)

2010 Paolo Scavino "Monvigliero" Barolo (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $75) ($64.99)

95 points Antonio Galloni: "95+: A round, supple Barolo, the 2010 Barolo Monvigliero is beautifully expressive. Today the Monvigliero is incredibly primary and intense, especially in its fruit, while the typical Monvigliero notes aren't fully developed. The 2010 is going to need some time to come together, but it is a beauty. With time in the glass some of the more floral and savory notes that are typical of this site begin to emerge, but only with great reluctance. Today the Monvigliero impresses for its texture, silkiness and exceptional overall balance." (01/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "94+: Good bright, dark red. Complex, showy aromas of raspberry, smoke and minerals. Juicy, pure and tightly coiled, offering very fresh flavors of red berries, red cherry, mint and menthol lifted by minerality. Finishes with suave, ripe, building tannins and a sexy complicating suggestion of leather. This has the energy for a long and graceful evolution in bottle but is already very expressive." (11/2013)

K&L Notes: The Scavino family purchased this Monvigliero cru (south-east facing) in the commune of Verduno on Barolo's northern border in 2007. They had been buying the grapes since 2000 and blending it into the "Classic" Barolo and since 2007 it has been bottled as a separate cru. To quote the Scavino family, this is what they think of their vineyard: "Great finesse and aromatic complexity, distinctly floral spicy, savory, balsamic in its expression. The nose is vivid and compound. The texture is focused. An extremely elegant cru, feminine and full of character."

2010 Paolo Scavino "Carobric" Barolo (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $85) ($79.99)

96 points Antonio Galloni: "Scavino's 2010 Barolo Carobric stands out for its focus and clarity. Sweet red berries, mint, crushed rocks and rose petals are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. The 2010 Carobric is bright, aromatically lifted and gorgeous in its precision. Today the 2010 is an infant, but it has gorgeous intensity and length. All the elements are in the right place. This is one of the best vintages of Carobric I can recall tasting. As a reminder, Carobric is a blend of fruit from Cannubi, Rocche di Castiglione and Bric del Fiasc." (01/2014)

93 points James Suckling: "This is super-elegant and refined with very fine tannins and a long, long finish. I love the subtle character of strawberry, white truffles and dried berries. Better in 2016." (04/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very reticent nose exudes a red berry and smoke perfume. Suave, round and pliant if a bit youthfully reduced and not yet demonstrating its inherent nuance. But the balance and sweetness of this Barolo, not to mention its fine tannins and lovely length, suggest it will be a charmer with four or five years of cellaring." (11/2013)

2010 Paolo Scavino "Bric del Fiasc" Barolo (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $90) ($84.99)

95 points Antonio Galloni: "Dark red fruit, iron, smoke, incense and orange peel are some of the many notes that flesh out in the 2010 Barolo Bric del Fiasc. A deep, fleshy Barolo, the Bric del Fiasc is incredibly polished and refined, with perhaps a bit less power than previous vintages, but more in the way of finesse. At this stage, the Bric del Fiasc comes across as not fully formed. It will be interesting to see what the next year brings." (01/2014)

95 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of black fruits and shitake mushrooms with hints of bark. Full body, with wonderful firm tannins that are polished and refined. Needs at least three or four years of bottle age. " (04/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "94+: Good full red. Knockout ineffable nose combines red berries, smoke, pepper and herbs. Pure silk on entry, then rather compact and closed in the middle despite its serious density and underlying richness. Most impressive today on the savory, echoing back end, where the tannins are buffered by red fruits and smoke. This wonderfully supple, full, youthfully medicinal wine needs time in bottle to express itself. " (11/2013)

2010 Paolo Scavino "Cannubi" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($84.99)

95 points Decanter: "As good as the Rocche dell’Annunziata Riserva is, Scavino’s Cannubi has become his best wine, blending grace and power as only Cannubi can do. "

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "95+: Good deep, full red. Wonderfully vibrant nose hints at raspberry, flowers, minerals and pepper. Sappy and vinous in the mouth, with insinuating sweetness to its flavors of red cherry, raspberry and dried flowers. Not as large-scaled as the Bric del Fiasc but this energetic, sharply delineated wine expands impressively with aeration and finishes with terrific building length. Lay this one down for fireworks in about eight years." (11/2013)

93 points James Suckling: "A Barolo with pure berry, cherry and ripe-plum character. Full body with chewy tannins and a chocolate-powder, berry and plum aftertaste. Balanced and fresh. Better in 2017" (04/2014)

92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2010 Barolo Cannubi is the hardest of these wines to read at this stage. Here it is the Scavino house style that seems to dominate over the characteristics of the site. Smoke, tar, licorice and menthol are some of the notes that take shape at first. Sage, rosemary, new leather and tobacco follow, adding nuance to the rich, resonant finish. The silky tannins are suggestive of Cannubi, but otherwise the vineyard's signatures aren't expressive. Today, the Cannubi comes across as extremely powerful, dark and not fully formed. I look forward to tasting it again in another 6-12 months." (01/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Barolo. Concentrated mid ruby. Confident, sweet and finely perfumed nose. Almost a little exotic. Lots of fruit framed by powerful tannins. A little brash for Cannubi, and with a huge length but also boasting a near-perfect balance. (WS)" (04/2014)

Dumol's 2012s - Special Presale - 07/01/2014 - Preferred Customer Alerts

2012 DuMol Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 0 available ($54.99)

Dumol was established in 1996 by Kerry Murphy and Michael Verlander. Winemaker / Partner Andy Smith joined as winemaker in 2000 and partner in 2005. Most of the grapes are sourced from the Green Valley appellation where DuMOL has a 25-acre Estate Vineyard, with other grape sources originating in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Since the beginning, Dumol has striven to make well balanced wines. Known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnays, they also do small amounts of Syrah and Viognier. For much of the winery's existence, the wines have generally been sold direct or to restaurants. With the growth of production, we are finally seeing the wines available to retail. The 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are perfect expressions of the the Russian River Valley. We are lucky enough to get a generous allocation of the wines and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 26, 2014

Dumol offers you a tasty treat with this 2012 Chardonnay. Winemaker Andy Smith has been weaving magic at Dumol for 14 years, but the 2012 wines could be his masterpiece. Power and finesse combine nicely. The bright fruit is wrapped with soft acidity and just a touch of cedar. Apple, pear and a hint of melon with lovely hints of spice. A touch of mineral is found throughout. A wine that can age 2-3 years or opened tonight and enjoyed as well.

2012 DuMol Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - 0 available ($67.99)

Dumol was established in 1996 by Kerry Murphy and Michael Verlander. Winemaker / Partner Andy Smith joined as winemaker in 2000 and partner in 2005. Most of the grapes are sourced from the Green Valley appellation where DuMOL has a 25-acre Estate Vineyard, with other grape sources originating in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Since the beginning, Dumol has striven to make well balanced wines. Known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnays, they also do small amounts of Syrah and Viognier. For much of the winery's existence, the wines have generally been sold direct or to restaurants. With the growth of production, we are finally seeing the wines available to retail. The 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are perfect expressions of the Russian River Valley. We are lucky enough to get a generous allocation of the wines and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 26, 2014

We have been waiting with bated breath for many of the 2012 wines to hit the market and the 2012 Dumol wines are at the top of many a list. The Pinot Noir explodes out of the glass with lovely red fruits and rose petals with just a touch of clove and cinnamon. The mouth bursts with ripe red fruits, cola, cinnamon, mushroom and a touch of cedar. This is a wine with great backbone and balance, a wine of amazing grace and style. It's one of the prettiest wines I have tasted in a long time and probably the best Russian River Pinot Noir I have tasted from Dumol. Andy Smith has found the promise land with this one. The wine is approachable right away but can age for 3-5 years. Dumol followers will be very pleased. If you haven't tasted the wines before, now is the time.

Seven Hills Vineyard Cab (94 WE - $37.99) "exceptional complexity, balance and length" - 07/01/2014 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

2011 Seven Hills

2011 Seven Hills "Seven Hills Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($37.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Cellar Selection** This vineyard designate, showcasing the oldest vines from the oldest vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, piles on the details of earth, grape and barrel. There’s cassis, blackberry and fig in generously layered profusion, along with substantial components of dried herbs, cedar and pipe tobacco. The exceptional complexity, balance and length make this a sure-fire candidate for cellaring until 2024 or more. " (08/2014)

K&L Notes: From Seven Hills: "2011 was one of the coolest vintages in Northwest winegrowing history. Fortunately, it concluded with a long, mild fall allowing for a tremendously long growing season with fully ripe berries offering great structure, balance, and complexity. This old vine Cabernet has a dark garnet gem color and a broad nose of ripe plum fruit and elegantly integrated French oak. After a few swirls, it reveals additional aromas of blackberry, black cherry, red plum, violet, cedar bark, sage, iron shavings, cocoa, marzipan and licorice. The mouth-feel is round and generous with a broad spectrum of ripe black and red fruits across the velvety textured mid-palate all well framed with firm tannins and a bright, lifting finish. This wine will reward cellaring of an additional 6-10 years after release."

Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 01, 2014

Seven Hills has long been one of favorite Washington producers here at K&L and one of my personal faves for about as long as I’ve been in this business. This first generation Washington winery has made great wines, seemingly continuously, since its founding in 1988 in all price points and from all varietals. However I think that this winery really shines with its Cabernet Sauvignon. There is a depth, richness and texture to their wines that rivals some of the best America has to offer, yet they do it for a fraction of the cost that we’ve come to expect from Napa or even comparative Sonoma Cabs. The Seven Hills Vineyard bottling is from the “Old Blocks” on this prestige site in Walla Walla Valley and while these old blocks may not be 100 years old they are certainly mature vines of the highest quality that you’ll find in Washington. Deep, inky and powerful this wine initially comes off as a bit of a brute, however as it develops in the mouth you realize just how complex and nuanced it really is. Layers of oak toast, dried black currants, road tar and black olive are tightly woven together with a long, persistent finish. This is a wine that needs a bit of air if you want to drink it right away so make sure you have a decanter handy, but if you have the time, patience and space I can’t think of a wine right now, for this sort of value, that would be better lived in your cellar for the next 5-10 years.

2011 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "There will be no reserve Cabernet from Seven Hills in this vintage and, as is sometimes the case, the regular bottling is all the better for it. Here the addition of fruit from Klipsun, Artz and other blocks, generally used in the Pentad bottling, adds heft and depth. Lovely aromas of raspberry and cherry, highlights of basil and other fresh herbs, and bracing natural acidity create a perfect mix of flavors that remain delicate yet penetrating." (11/2013)

Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2014

I was really impressed by this wine's balance, focus and complexity. The aromatics were pure and restrained but were perfectly integrated with the delicate hints of barrel spice. Really long on the palate with a long aftertaste, outstanding wine from this up and coming region for the price.

Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2014

Has there been a more consistent Cabernet Sauvignon at the $20 price point than the Seven Hills Columbia Valley bottling? Pretty much every year for the last decade this bottling has been top notch, rivaling bottles that are twice its cost. In 2011 a cold growing season, maybe the coldest on record in Eastern Washington, many wineries decided to not produce their top wines. This is exactly what Seven Hills did, funneling all of their best fruit into the lower tier bottlings. This Columbia Valley Cabernet comes from fruit throughout the massive appellation focusing on fruit from Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain and Walla Walla Valley, mostly from great declassified lots. This blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Carmenere, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, and it over-delivers greatly for $20. It's showing just how fantastic Cabernet can still be in this price point. Exciting and vital on the nose, this has alluring aromatics of crushed violet, old leather, Bing cherry, bay leaf and black olive. On entry the wine is lithe and accepting, it sort of waves you in with its cocoa powder, black raspberry, Oolong tea and crème brulee flavors. Softly tannic this is a wine that you can drink instantly but will also continue to develop over the next 3-7 years. I would be hard pressed to find a better Cab for $20 from Washington or anywhere else for that matter.

Angie An | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 21, 2014

One word, FOCUSED! Washington knows good Cabernet! This plot was planted back in 1980. The wine shows beautiful dark current, black berry, and hints of mocha. I love the secondary flavors of pencil shavings, the earthy mineral components. Long finish with good acidity level. I would drink this Cabernet over many of the highly extracted over-ripe (and more expensive!!!) competitor any day of the week!

Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 14, 2014

In 2011, Seven Hills made no reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, instead adding much of that wine to their entry-level Columbia Valley Cabernet. This packs quite a punch for $20. The reserve vineyard wine adds a bit of powerful black fruit, hefty mineral, and darker tannins to the already prevalent plum, raspberry, cocoa and fresh herbs. Fruit-forward, yet focused and well-structured, this is a very strong offering from a superbly consistent winery.