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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - November 7th, 2017 - 11/07/2017 - Preferred Customer Alerts

Whether it is a new allocation or old favorite, below you will find our most recent additions to the diverse selection at K&L Wine Merchants. We receive new opportunities weekly from direct imports to local distributors to carefully inspected back-vintage collections - you'll find the best of our new discoveries below.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Columbia Valley Syrah 91 $9.99 View
2016 Domaine de l'Ermitage "Victor" Costières de Nîmes Blanc $9.99 View
2016 Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Valley Marlborough 96 Price: Hidden View
2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre $18.99 View
2016 Averaen (Banshee) Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 90 $19.99 View
2016 Domaine la Clef du Récit Sancerre $19.99 View
2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Elsewhere $30) 93 $19.99 View
2016 Luciano Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba $19.99 View
2015 Chateau Puech-Haut "La Closerie du Pic" Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint Loup 96 $26.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel 95 $29.99 View
2015 Schiavenza Nebbiolo delle Langhe $29.99 View
Thierry Thibault Brut Champagne $29.99 View
Berry Bros & Rudd "No. 3" London Dry Gin (750ml) 92 $34.99 View
2012 Joseph Carr Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon 92 $34.99 View
Thierry Thibault Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne $34.99 View
2015 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Alexander Valley Zinfandel 95 $37.99 View
2014 Mas Doix "Salanques" Priorat 98 $39.99 View
2014 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92 $43.99 View
George Dickel "K&L Exclusive" 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L7233K1008 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) $44.99 View
George Dickel "K&L Exclusive" 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L7234K1004 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) $44.99 View
2014 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 $49.99 View
2015 Philippe Foreau "Domaine du Clos Naudin" Vouvray Demi-Sec Price: Hidden View
Aberlour 16 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) 95 $59.99 View
2015 Caymus-Suisun Suisun Valley Grand Durif 93 Price: Hidden View
2014 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 $64.99 View
2015 Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay $64.99 View
2015 Marisa Cuomo "Furore Bianco Fiorduva" Costa d'Amalfi 95 $64.99 View
Russell's Reserve K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #089 Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) $64.99 View
Aberlour "A'Bunadh" Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) 98 $68.99 View
2011 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 96 $76.99 View
Lagavulin "2016 Edition" 12 Year Old Natural Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $130) $99.99 View
1977 Quarles Harris Vintage Port $129.99 View
2011 Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino "Piaggione" Riserva 96 $129.99 View
1977 Warre's Vintage Port 94 $139.99 View
1997 Bowmore 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $149.99 View
2009 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne 98 $149.99 View
1977 Dow's Vintage Port 97 $149.99 View
1977 Graham's Vintage Port 93 Price: Hidden View
1967 Krohn's Vintage Port $169.99 View
1977 Taylor Vintage Port 97 $199.99 View
1967 Taylor Fladgate "Very Old Single Harvest" Tawny Port 98 $219.99 View
2012 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 100 $399.99 View
2015 Domaine Hubert Lignier Grand Cru Clos de la Roche (Pre-Arrival) 98 $599.99 View
2012 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L) 97 $849.00 View
2016 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $1,089.00 View
2005 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC 96 $2,379.00 View
Port Ellen 35 Year Old 14th Edition Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $3500) 93 $2,499.99 View
2016 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (750ml) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $3,549.00 View
1934 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC 90 $9,999.00 View


2015 Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Columbia Valley Syrah ($9.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "The aromas in this wine pop, with notes of dried herb, plum, vanilla and smoked meat. It brings a compelling sense of texture, coating the palate from end to end with exquisitely balanced fruit and savory flavors. It's a knockout at this price. *#1 Best Buy 2017, Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys* (SS)" (09/2017)

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2017

Such a fun, clean, and easy-going Syrah from just off the Columbia River. The nose shows plenty of black fruit with a hint of bacon fat, which really pulls you in and gets you excited for the first sip. Great texture and concentration, the touch of black pepper and truffle on the palate flavors will pair brilliantly with some BBQ! At this price, get a few while they last.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 09, 2017

This wine packs a real punch for ten bucks! This Syrah from Columbia Valley in Washington is juicy, bold and the perfect party wine that will surely please your wine guzzling guests. Dark fruits, spice and smoky flavors fill the palate with a finish that is long, flavorful and super smooth.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2017

Talk about bang for your buck! The 2015 Columbia Crest Syrah is a juicy, medium-bodied red that jumps from the glass with flavors of cocoa powder, spice, vanilla bean and black cherry fruit. The lingering finish is smooth and creamy--perfect for those holiday dinner parties where quality and quantity matter!

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2016 Domaine de l'Ermitage "Victor" Costières de Nîmes Blanc ($9.99)

Costières de Nîmes is at the southernmost part of the Rhône Valley, on the opposite bank of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. One of our best new finds is Château de l'Ermitage, which produces three terrific values with imminent drinkability. The estate's history traces back to the 12th century when the winery produced wine for the pilgrims of St-Jacques de Compostelle who were traveling the Santiago de Compostela. The property is now owned by the Castillon family, and today Michel and his son Jerome manage the vineyards and winemaking. The "Victor" is named for the first member of the Castillon family to own the property. The blend is 60% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, and 10% Viognier. The soil consists of large pebbles from the Durance river which long predates the Rhône and vines average 20 years. Expect a richer palate from the Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, with lovely aromatics from the Viognier. The winery is certified Terra Vitis (sustainable).

2016 Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Valley Marlborough Price: Hidden

96 points Bob Campbell: "Flavoursome and very appealing Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, lime and citrus flavours together with a seasoning of nutty lees characters. Concentrated wine with great purity that's emphasised by a backbone of bright, fresh acidity. A high energy Sauvignon that gives a nod in the direction of Sancerre."

96 points Decanter: "This is an intense, pure and appealing Sauvignon with lime, citrus, gooseberry and a subtle, nutty lees character supported by lovely acidity. Reminiscent of a very good Sancerre in style and elegance...This wine has everything; wild ferment characters, lees, mineral...and lovely pristine fruit flavours. It's layered and wild, lengthy and lively...pulled together effortlessly creating a wonderful wine. (Decanter Panel - MB/BC/CD)"

K&L Notes: Winemaker's Noyes: "Aromas of fresh grapefruit and passion fruit follow through on the palate. There is a typical zesty Marlborough acidity combined with pronounced fruit characters and a long, mouth-watering finish. The Wairau Valley, in the heart of the Marlborough winegrowing region, is our home. Shallow, stony and fast-draining soils perfectly suit Sauvignon Blanc and other varietals, providing distinctive, flavourful fruit characters."

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 05, 2017

Rich and focused with an array of yellow fruit flavors and citrus blossom and verbena aromas. As this warms up tropical notes emerge leaning toward mango, lychee, guava with a pronounced note of earthy musk melon. This is very complex and compelling for the price.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2017

One of the few Wairau Valley specific bottlings we have for Sauvignon Blanc, this is a great example of regionality. Wairau is considered warmer than the Awatere Valley just to the south, but the bright juicy acid in this wine will bring to light what a cool climate site NZ really is. This wine is a great alternative for lovers of Greywacke ad Cloudy Bay, as it exhibits those notes that thrust NZ into the Savvy spotlight, including tropical fruit, slight herbaceousness, and stunning minerality.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2017

Soft and pretty nose, not your typical aggressive New Zealand Sauvy. Soft tropical notes, sweet citrus fruit tones, a delicate vanilla note and a mild herbaceousness. The palate is crisp but not tart, with soft tropical and a mild lemon curd notes.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2017

This is a lovely little NZ Sauv Blanc that is just brimming with freshness and vibrancy. Imparting aromas of white peach, lychee, grapefruit, lime peel and minerals - this is one to purchase by the case. You don't often find this much concentration and character from a wine at this price point - quite the opposite in fact.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2017

A classic take on Marlborough Sauv Blanc. Snappy, fresh, citrus fruit, gooseberry, nettle. Super refreshing and palate cleansing. River stone minerals and flinty elements add complexity that exceeds this wine very modest price point. A punchy, zesty style. Easy to see how this stood out from the crowd in Decanter's Panel Tasting of premium NZ Sauv Blanc earning itself 96 points. Thanks to our special pricing this is a serious value and is sure to move quickly.

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2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre ($18.99)

We were first introduced to the wines of Eric Cottat a few years back. He was brought to our attention by one of our long-time friends and winemakers in Sancerre and we brought in a small amount as that was all we were allowed to take at the time. Eric is a one-man show and only produces a small amount of wines each vintage for family, friends, and close customers, and then sells the rest of his fruit off to other eager producers in the region. This Sancerre blanc is always invigorating and fresh, with lemony citrus aromas and flavors accented by delicate white flowers. The palate is full and fresh, with balanced acidity and minerality on the finish. This a style of wine that keeps your palate fresh and alive. Although easy to drink, it has complexity and intrigue up and down the aromatic and palate. You'll want another after the first one has disappeared. Open and enjoy tonight with seafood or fish dishes.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 31, 2018

THE BEST IS BACK! This Sancerre blanc is always invigorating and fresh, with lemony citrus aromas and flavors accented by delicate white flowers. The palate is full yet clean, with balanced acidity and minerality on the finish.Although easy to drink, it has complexity and intrigue up and down the aromatic and palate. You'll want another after the first one has disappeared. Open and enjoy tonight with seafood. Crisp and delicious!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 01, 2018

My visit last year with Eric Cottat was brief but memorable. He has become one of our most desirable producers in Sancerre with each release selling out shortly after it arrives. Eric works his vineyards sustainably with an unerring eye for detail and minimal intervention in the winemaking. This is our last call on the 2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre with its profile of grapefruit, lemon zest, gooseberry and chalky minerality. It is quite pleasurable with its vibrant acidity and crunchy finish.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 28, 2018

One of the friendliest Sancerres that K&L sells. It always has a touch more fruit and is a shade less biting, but it is Sancerre so there is crisp acidity, talc-y minerality and cool citrusy fruit. Always great with a meal but not so austere that it cannot be enjoyed as an aperitif.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 28, 2017

Even in a classic vintage like 2016 this bottling always seems a bit more generous and open than most other Sancerres. This is filled with lemon blossom, honeyed citrus, crushed melon and a mouth watering finish of talc-like mineral. A best buy for sure.

2016 Averaen (Banshee) Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($19.99)

90 points Vinous: "Limpid ruby-red. Ripe, spice-accented cherry and boysenberry scents, along with hints of woodsmoke, mocha and camphor. Fleshy and seamless in texture, offering gently sweet dark berry, mint and spicecake flavors that become livelier with aeration. Closes smooth and smoky, featuring repeating cherry character and gentle tannins that come in late. (JR)" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: Averaen Pinot Noir comes from the folks at Banshee, and is made in Oregon by winemaker Adam Smith, who made Banshee's first batch! They always make a spot-on quality-for-price Pinot, and we're excited to see them in action in Oregon. The winery's vintage notes: "Not unlike the vintages preceding it, 2016 was an early harvest with immaculate fruit conditions yielding almost no disease or bird damage. Thanks to a warm spring, condensed flowering and a record-setting hot August, we were afforded the ability to pick our 'early risers' at ideal flavor maturity, while our later ripeners at higher elevations could unfurl their character more slowly with very little disease or bird pressure. Vintages like 2016 that present us with such a large harvest window has led to wines of incredible complexity, representing the uncanny diversity of the Willamette Valley."

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 05, 2018

From the folks at Banshee, this offering is from one of their newer venture in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The brand Averaen, is wonderful at showcasing what Oregon Pinot Noir can be. Ripe and candied notes of red berries and cherries, intermingle with earthy mushroom and forest floor tertiary characteristics. What is incredibly pleasing of the 2016 vintage is the length of it., allow for ripeness of fruit to develop and freshness to still remain intact. And for under-$20, this continues to be one of our best values in store!

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2016 Domaine la Clef du Récit Sancerre ($19.99)

Winemaker Anthony Girard grew up in his family's Sancerre winery, but spent a number of years learning about production all over the world before returning home to continue working with Sauvignon Blanc. While continuing to help with the namesake Girard label, Anthony wanted to create his own project on the side and eventually purchased a small plot of pristine real estate near the town of Récy with primo Sancerre limestone soils. After acquiring the vines he was given a large key as a symbolic gesture of new ownership, or a "clef du récit," which became the name of the estate. While the heavy limestone content helps the fruit to retain bright acidity, a portion of the vineyard is planted in flintier grounds, which adds minerality to the finish. Anthony's wines have been renowned for their freshness and zip, in true Sancerre fashion.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 01, 2018

Winemaker Anthony Girard has earned the keys to the castle (clef is French for key) with this extraordinary and harmonious Sancerre. It was a breakout star for us in 2015, and the new vintage is a stellar followup with its gorgeous grapefruit nose and mineral-laden palate. The wine captures the nerve and essence of the 2016 vintage and resonates beautifully on the palate. Some next-level Sancerre here.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2017

With ideal weather conditions toward the end of the growing season the 2016 vintage has produced flavorful and fruit driven wines, especially for the Sauvignon Blanc plantings in Sancerre. This years vintage of Domaine La Clef du Recit is juicy and refreshing with an almost passion fruit like tropical note on the nose along with lime zest and ruby red grapefruit flesh. The fruit meets an intense limestone mineral component and the palate has mouthwatering, lip smacking acidity. Perfect for lovers of a zesty Sancerre, but would also satisfy those who gravitate toward Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs.

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2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Elsewhere $30) ($19.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Lovely, sultry black- and dark-berry fruits on the nose, with deep spice, a touch of undergrowth and deep, earthy tones. Lovely shape on the palate as the dark, spicy fruit flows forth. Plenty of spice and meaty notes with an aura of leaf litter and forest floor surrounding the fruit charcters. Perfectly poised on the finish. Give this a good decant and settle in. Drink in 2015." (10/2014)

91 points Raymond Chan: "Dark, deep ruby-red colour with a black-hued heart and lighter garnet on rim. The bouquet is gentle and even with ethereal perfumes of dark red berry fruits and fresh red floral detail interwoven harmoniously with red liquorice and raspberry notes. Medium-bodied, restrained flavours of dark red berries and florals are supported by very fine-grained tannins and supple, dry textures. The acidity is in the background enhancing the soft, rounded mouthfeel. The palate flows smoothly and with a sense of balance and completeness to a soft, dry finish with good length. This is a harmoniously balanced Pinot Noir with ethereal red fruits and soft, dry textures. Serve with poultry and rabbit dishes over the next 5-6 years." (07/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale to medium ruby-purple-colored, the 2011 La Strada Pinot Noir displays a nose of red cherries and red currents with suggestions of tree bark, dried sage and loam. Medium to full-bodied with a good amount of expressive cherry and earthy flavors in the mouth, it has a medium level of chewy tannins, uplifting acid and a finish with good length. (LPB)" (10/2013)

Bob Campbell: "Elegant Pinot Noir with bright red fruits and a hint of floral plus some spicy oak character. Firmly structured with fine, drying tannins that assure the wines ability to develop with bottle age." (07/2013)

K&L Notes: Fromm is a small certified BioGro organic estate in Renwick at the center of Marlborough's Wairau Valley. They have been producing wine since 1992 and strive to make hand-crafted wines that represent unique vineyard expressions. After visiting the property in 2011 I knew that these wines were special. I am delighted that we have developed such a great relationship with GM Will Hoare to offer these wines at fraction of their worth due to a direct winery purchase deal. I hope you enjoy the wines as much as I have. (Ryan Woodhouse, New Zealand buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "Bright and youthful Pinot, good density, ripe, sweet fruit with plum, cherry and spicy aromas. Complex and harmonious with a layered structure."

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 28, 2015

With all the hard work done by New Zealand buyer Ryan Woodhouse, we are spoiled for choice in selecting delicious, well priced NZ Pinot Noir. That being said, anyone looking for exceptional quality and unbeatable pricing ought to be drinking the 2011 La Strada Pinot Noir from Fromm. There is so much on offer here. Ripe red and black fruits. Subtle spice. Real depth and complexity. A reserved, Burgundian style even for an entry level bottling. Do yourself a favor and get this into a decanter for an hour before dinner, then enjoy with grilled salmon or roast chicken. You'll be surprised just how much $20 buys you.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 28, 2015

Another fabulous value for Kiwi Pinot. This is deep powerful Pinot that will scratch the itch for most Cali Pinot drinkers, but not scare away those in love with more expressive terroir-driven style. Earthy, savory dark cherry, great structure with red and black fruit continuing on the palate. Pure and structured, this will easily improve over the next 2-3 years, but shows beautifully right now. For only $20, cases, dude, cases.

Staff ImageSarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 02, 2015

This wine gets better every time I taste it. Beautifully elegant, red rose & red cherry, sandalwood, cassis, currant, mineral and hints of earthiness. Lively acidity and soft, easy tannin. A total no-brainer to stock up on as we start a warm spring!

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 03, 2015

This bright and compelling Pinot from NZ is pretty hard to beat. Truly fantastic Pinots are nearly impossible to find under $20, but this one delivers. It's not a New World "thick" Pinot, rather it shows its varietal characteristics confidently and soundly while offering complex notes of spices, florals and earthy notes floating over a lovely array of red and blue fruits, and with fine tannins and a great acid balance. Bravo!

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 03, 2015

This is a Pinot lovers Pinot...That might sound strange...but in this world of big, black, 15.5% ALC Pinot Noir...this Fromm bottling is a breath of fresh dirt! Much more concerned with dusty red fruits, forest floor, earth and savory tones than high octane, heavily extracted fruit and new oak. The nose sets the scene for the wines precision and focus. Tightly packed red berries, dry leaves and Chanterelles. The wine gains weight with some time in the glass taking time to unfold like all great Pinot should. Dusty dark red berries emerge, leaf litter, bark and river stone. A very Burgundian profile with some tell tale spiced orange peel and clove notes that give away it's Marlborough origins to the experienced observer. I truly believe this wine still has more to give and think it will flesh out further with a few more months / years in the cellar. However even now this wine is bright, fresh, pure Pinot Noir that is a really pleasing style for those looking for a more traditional, elegant expression of this fickle grape. Absolutely exceptional value thanks to our direct import.

2016 Luciano Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba ($19.99)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

This has a great bouquet of crunchy blue and black brambly fruits, with a nice mid-palate weight and beautiful ripeness. Very well balanced in terms of tannin and acidity. If youre a fan of Dolcetto, you wont want to miss this one.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

A Bold, ripe, and aromatic Dolcetto with an outstanding amount of acidity and structure. From the highest vineyards on the hills of Barolo, Sandrone picks grapes for his unique and fragrant wine. Many Dolcettos have moderate acidity but the high elevation brightens this wine and integrates the firm tannins while allowing the fresh violet and purple fruit character to jump from the glass.

2015 Chateau Puech-Haut "La Closerie du Pic" Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint Loup ($26.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Just bottled three weeks ago, the 2015 Pic Saint Loup La Closerie Du Pic is certainly one of the gems in this terrific vintage. Its vibrant purple color is followed by sensational notes of black raspberries, toasted spice, cassis and even a hint of bacon fat. With medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, integrated acidity and a blockbuster finish, drink this straight up fabulous Pic Saint Loup anytime over the coming 7-8 years. Hats off to the team at Puech-Haut, and consultant Philippe Cambie, for this sensational wine! (JD)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

The 2015 Chateau Puech-Haut "La Closerie du Pic" Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint Loup is a limpid red in the glass with enticing aromas of red cherry, raspberry, minerals and spice. The palate is a complex offering of red fruits, spice notes, crushed rocks and the slightest hint of oak. Theres great energy and grace to this wine as it slowly unwinds on the palate. A great value, this is one of the best offerings from the Languedoc I have tasted this year.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

We've had a lot of stellar Rhone-inspired French reds of late that I've really enjoyed, but this has quickly become my favorite. Puech Haut's Closerie du Pic could easily sub in for a $60 bottle of top vintage, highly rated Chateaneuf in a blind tasting. There's great focus, purity, minerality, and depth here even after the cork is just pulled, but it evolves beautifully in the glass and deserves a short decant at this stage of the game. This is one that anybody who enjoys a beautiful bottle of Rhone-inspired wine should grab hold of.

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2015 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel ($29.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese (Golden Capsule) opens with a very clear and aromatic white stone fruit aroma intermixed with clear and smoky aromas. Sweet, lush and intense, this is a concentrated, already densely textured Spätlese with a firm mineral grip and tension that gives this 2015 unreal aging potential and great complexity. Readers should cellar this wine for at least 15- 20 years since there are so many more delicate Rieslings to buy in the category. Molitors Würzgarten, though, will still be young in 30 or 40 years, and thats not due to very generous sulfur doses but thanks to the old, ungrafted vines and the well-elaborated selection for the Spätlese category. Keep in mind, you are already on a top Grand Cru level here, and this wine is in fact a top Auslese. (SR)" (04/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Cress and mint supply high-toned, incisive, cooling presence on the nose, and reconvene on a buoyant palate featuring just enough sweetness to support a vivid impression of luscious, tangy kiwi fruit with seed-crunching invigoration. Seed-tinged ripe pear adds to the fruity generosity of a bottling that finishes with a persistently winsome combination of seductive soothing and vibrant invigoration. Just try resisting the second sip! (DS)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "The "Ürziger" site is traditionally considered to be a specialty among the Middle Mosel vineyards due to its red iron-rich soil mixed with fine slate. This gives the grapes grown here a totally distinctive character, with spice and opulent fruit as well as a crisp, hearty acid backbone, which produces a tremendously full-bodied wine when combined with emphatic residual sugar, particularly in our Spätlese wines."

2015 Schiavenza Nebbiolo delle Langhe ($29.99)

This 100% Nebbiolo bottling from Schiavenza is sourced from plots in the village of Serralunga d'Alba. So yes, this under-$20 bottle is declassified Barolo that was vinified to drink at a young age. The wine spent one year in steel tanks before bottling, upon which time it was bottle aged for another year before release.

Thierry Thibault Brut Champagne ($29.99)

This is a blend of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier from estate grown fruit in the Western Valley of the Marne. It is a dry style, with lots of great nutty toast from three years of sur-lee ageing and good length. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 15, 2017

Yay! Our Champagne buyer has picked up another fantastic grower-producer Champagne that drinks well above its price. Thierry Thibault's Brut is beautifully crisp with flavors of white peach, kiwi and granny smith apple with a solid acid backbone and subtle toastiness. This is definitely a bottle of bubbles I'll be stocking in my fridge for the summertime!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 15, 2017

Thierry Thibault only had 420 bottles of his brut Champagne for the US market from his tiny 11 acre estate. I feel very lucky that we were able to get them. Thierry is the son of one of the giants of Champagne, the late great Daniel Thibault who was chef de cave for both Charles and Piper Heidsieck and pioneered the concept of transparency in non-vintage Champagne with his mis-en-cave bottlings. The estate spans two villages in heart of the western valley of the marne- Verneuil and Passy-Grigny. This Champagne is composed of 1/3 each Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier and is aged for three years on the lees. This is a very bright, fresh style with vibrant acidity, but also with wonderful Chablis like clean earth and complexity. It has a perfect, tight bead and a creamy texture, as well as a very dry and long finish. I was shocked at the price- this is the kind of value that will not last on our shelves!

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

This is classic Champagne, the nose is tight, clean focused with an apply tartness softened with a bit of brioche while remaining super clean. On the palate the wine is very dry, really tart and shows levels of complexity you generally dont find in Champagne in this price range. Its really long, focused and that acidity holds your interest as the complex apple and brioche emerges and gently softens. The finish is remarkably long, direct and boldly lets you know there is no hint of sweetness while spotlighting the complex apple character. Line up your Oysters, this is the wine for them!

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Berry Bros & Rudd "No. 3" London Dry Gin (750ml) ($34.99)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fresh and aromatic, this traditional London dry style gin offers juniper, coriander, grapefruit peel and anise notes. It's versatile and well suited for making gin and tonics. It comes in a distinctive squared-off bottle with a metal key that's embedded in the dark green glass. (KN)" (04/2013)

K&L Notes: Specially bottled for Berry Bros & Rudd in London, this gin was created to exemplify the classic London Dry style. Unabashedly juniper-driven, the riveting No. 3 gets its name from the historic home of Berry Bros at No. 3 St. James Street in London, where they've been operating continuously since 1698. The No. 3 pushes tradition to the extreme using a simple 3 fruit and 3 spice recipe. The nose is all citrus and piney juniper. On the palate the juniper is balanced perfectly with spicy coriander and verdant cardamom. The finish brings the earthy telltale prickle of angelica and continues with surprising length. An exceptional product, distilled for one of the most important wine & spirits businesses in history, by the Brits traditional rivals, the Dutch? I'm sure they weren't expecting that in 1698 - go figure. An excellent collaboration. (David Girard, K&L Spirits Buyer)

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 02, 2017

The wonderful Berry's No 3 Gin is a classic, but there's no better way to experience this special gin than sitting down at DUKES Bar in London's West End and having the illustrious Alessandro Palazzi mix you his famous Martini. The key isn't the way he shakes it, but instead the incredible Amalfi lemon that he uses for his for his garnish. Otherwise, his Martini consists of a vermouth rinse (of course he makes his own) and an ice cold bottle of No 3 right out of the freezer. Nothing more nothing less. You can get 98% percent of that experience by following those simple steps at home with a high quality lemon and a fine Italian dry vermouth. It's pure pleasure.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 30, 2012

As Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant (1698), Berry Bros. and Rudd should know a thing or three about the traditional making of gin. Their No. 3 English Dry Gin is an unabashedly pure blending of fruits and spices selected and distilled in traditional copper pots in Schiedam, Holland. Made from Italian Juniper, Spanish oranges and grapefruit peel, with added spices including angelica root, Moroccan coriander and cardamon pods, this exquisitely crafted yet assertive gin remains, with its distinctively aromatic nose and prolonged finish, a highly-recommended personal favorite. The ideal suitor for a dry Martini or classic Gin and Tonic.

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2012 Joseph Carr Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon ($34.99)

92 points James Suckling: "Aromas of dried berries and green walnuts follow through to a full body, soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Lots of fruit but the tannins give it form and poise. Drink in 2018." (12/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The best of the group seemed to be the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville, the hot, new southern Napa AVA. This wine offers up notes of earth, white chocolate, cedar wood, gravel and blackcurrants. It is medium-bodied with loads of fruit and is an excellent value for a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink to 2020. (RP)" (10/2015)

K&L Notes: The Coombsville area has produced grapes for Napa Valley bottlings for a very long time, but it became one of Napa's newest sub-appellations in 2011. As time goes by, wine drinkers will continue to see more Coombsville-designated bottlings from familiar producers like Joseph Carr. Writing for JancisRobinson.com, Elaine Chukan Brown describes this distinct and cool Napa terroir: "Also in the south, though slightly warmer than Carneros, Coombsville has garnered a rush of recent attention for its unique characteristics. At its best, the cooling climate of Coombsville offers a more refreshing and approachable style for Bordeaux varieties, wines with a more open weave. At the same time, many of the Bordeaux varieties from the sub-AVA offer an intrinsically different structure than those from elsewhere in the valley. The volcanic ash soils create tactile tannins very different from those of benchland soils... Coombsville wines can offer both refreshment and value."

Thierry Thibault Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne ($34.99)

This Champagne is produced exclusively from estate grown fruit and is composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Meunier which is aged for three years on the lees. It has great natural richness, and fantastic red cherry zing, but finishes quite dry and bright. -Gary Westby

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 15, 2017

There are only 150 bottles of this great Champagne for the entire USA. I am so glad that we were lucky enough to get them! This is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Meunier from the tiny 11 acre Thibault estate in Passy-Grigny and Verneuil. This has the texture, richness and power that fans of Blanc de Noirs love, but is also very fresh and balanced. It has tart red cherry flavors as well as subtle brioche toast and quite impressive concentration on the finish. This will make a great pairing for a sashimi night that has lots of salmon and tuna, or for the aperitif with any smoked fish.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2017

The richness of this Blanc de Noirs is readily apparent and a broader, deeper, richer wine than Thibaults Brut yet is still has the snappy acidity. The nose is definitely more Pinot Noir driven, more red fruit character comes through on the nose and in a more relaxed and drifting way in comparison to its strident brother. On the palate the wine is rich, supple and has more spice and fruit, I love the way the mousse rests on your tongue, its luxuriant while still being balanced. This is a wonderful Champagne, for me Id consider this more of a cocktail, just sitting around and drinking in its supple complexity.

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2015 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Alexander Valley Zinfandel ($37.99)

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Sporting a deep mix of dark fruits that runs from cassis to blackberries along with complexing elements of cocoa and earthy spice, this year's edition of the Ridge Geyserville evokes all the accustomed richness that we have come to expect. It is a well-extracted and eminently ageworthy offering whose tannic, youthfully tight structure warrants a wait, but its astringency is never out of bounds and its insistently fruity finish is the hallmark of a wine guaranteed to repay five or more years of keeping with great dividends. *Three Stars*" (05/2017)

94 points Vinous: "It's hard to believe that Ridge's iconic Zinfandel Geyserville celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2015. Today, the wine is quite deep, powerful and unyielding. Of course, the low yields of the vintage have a lot to do with that. I am not surprised winemaker Eric Baugher decided to give the 2015 a few more months in barrel, as there is a lot of stuffing here. The interplay of fruit, aromatics and acidity is compelling. Red cherry jam, pomegranate, rose petal and woodsmoke infuse the finish. The 2015 is going to need time to be at its best, but it is impressive. (AG)" (08/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another wine from this estate that has a terrific track record for aging beautifully, the 2015 Geyserville checks in as a blend of 70% Zinfandel, 15% Carignan, 12% Petite Sirah, and the balance Alicante Bouschet. It offers elegant, lively notes of spice plums, leather, white pepper and brambly herbs in a medium-bodied, silky, charming, and undeniably elegant style. It stays fresh and lively on the palate, and like most of these 2015 Zinfandel releases, is already a joy to drink. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Big but polished, with floral black cherry and roasted dill aromas and rich, slightly earthy flavors of dark plum, licorice and spicy clove. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet. Best after 2018. (TF)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: 70% Zinfandel, 15% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 3% Alicante Bouschet. Ridge has made the Geyserville as a single-site Zinfandel in every year since 1966.

Staff ImageJordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2017

If anyone has ever asked themselves what is Great California Zinfandel ? Here is the answer . The Geyserville 50th is beautiful a dark purple and has dark fruit flavor with some bramble and earth. Lush & smooth with lift. drink now or lay down

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 06, 2017

It's Geyserville's 50th anniversary, and the wine is everything you love about Geyserville. Always one of my favorite Zinfandel bottlings from Ridge, Geyserville is full, rich and luscious, without being flabby or sweet. The 2015 is already fairly open and expressive, with boisterous black fruit and subtle pepper spice. I can't wait to see where this vintage goes with a little time, though. There is plenty of structure and elegance here that will certainly make for great aging.

2014 Mas Doix "Salanques" Priorat ($39.99)

98 points Decanter: "65% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena, 10% Syrah. Tasting notes: Intense, mineral nose with vivacious black cherry, wild thyme and black pepper. Dense, concentrated, lively, fruity palate of black cherries with a perfumed finish. The high alcohol is well integrated." (05/2017)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "Mostly old-vine garnacha and cariñena, this blend includes ten percent syrah off younger vines, all grown around Poboleda. Its a youthful wine, wild in black-cherry and gooseberry flavors, spices and herbs. It feels firm, yet theres enough room for a lovely acidity to make its way through, refreshing the palate. Tight and powerful right now, it needs beef tamales." (10/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "25% old Carignan, 65% Garnacha, 10% Syrah. Bright crimson. Very smart, proper, complex wine. Lovely completeness great combination of ripeness and definition. A licking-llicorella sensation. Very vibrant. 17/20 Points (JR)" (09/2017)

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2017

This is Priorat!! My colleague Chantel and I tasted the 2014 Mas Doix Salanques earlier today and were both impressed - very impressed. While we come to expect rich fruit and structured tannins in Priorat at this price, what made both of us take notice was the extraordinary energy and freshness of the wine, combined with a tactile feel of minerals. While I don't go around licking Llicorella (Catalan dialect for slate) this wine has the feel of a richly fruited Mediterranean red with a tight mineral core. I love it because it's so generous and delicious now, with loads of lively black cherry and raspberry flavors and sweet violet florals lingering on the palate as well. A phenomenal Priorat.

2014 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($43.99)

92 points James Suckling: "The freshness to this is impressive with violets, stones, currants and rose leaves. Medium to full body and firm and silky tannins. Very beautiful for the money." (05/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Juicy and fresh red fruit meets an herbal woodsy component in this wine - a nod to its inclusion of 12% Cabernet Franc. Firm integrated tannins support the full-bodied frame of approachable richness and plush texture, working toward a seamless whole. (VB)" (10/2017)

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 08, 2018

Full throttle with plenty of cocoa, coffee, creme de cassis and vanilla. A wine that keeps its balance and elegance and shows quite nicely right now.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 01, 2018

A consistently outstanding, well scored Cabernet from Napa Valley that is a staff and customer favorite vintage to vintage. 2014 is the third of a trio of killer vintages from the Valley that brings quality, consistency, and early harvest for acidity and structure. You will see all three in the new vintage of Amici alongside it's sense of black berry, currants and sweet baking spices. Purity and finesse from start to finish.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 28, 2018

Classic Napa cab with the wonderful openness of the '14 vintage. Rich berry fruit backed with restrained use of oak and polished tannins. Drink or hold, but it will be hard to do the later.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 02, 2018

Our friends at Amici have produced another beautiful vintage of their flagship Cabernet. If you loved the 2012, the 2014 is quite similar, but perhaps even more outstanding. Whereas the 2013 was a bit more structured and destined for the cellar, the 2014 is open and soft right off the bat, with elegant berry fruit, cassis, eucalyptus, and sweet spice showing on the palate. I would recommend drinking this with a good steak, or another heartier meal to stand up to this big beauty.

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George Dickel "K&L Exclusive" 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L7233K1008 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

When you talk to passionate bourbon drinkers today, most of them are looking for the rich, sweet, boldly flavored, high-proof editions that seem to have completely evaporated from today's market. Part of the reason the Van Winkle expressions (and the Weller bourbons by default) became so beloved, besides the pull of pop culture, has to do with their sweeter profile due to the lack of rye grain in the mash bill as a balance. While not technically categorized as bourbon (Dickel goes by Tennessee whiskey even though it qualifies as such), the distillery's high corn, low rye mash of 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley results in a whiskey brimming with sweetness, with less of the peppery and herbaceous elements. The only thing that's ever kept Dickel from becoming the next big thing in the American whiskey scene is the low proof, but that's where the company's single barrel program comes in: each K&L selected single cask of Dickel comes with a 9 year age statement and 51.5% ABV, dialing up the sweetness and sending serious bourbon fans into a frenzy. Barrel #1008 is like a big bag of toasted caramel corn with power and intensity from the bold proof. Those who love the sweetness of classic Tennessee whiskey with the punch of cask strength Bourbon will be elated with a finish of sweet vanilla and hearty baking spices.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 03, 2017

Barrel 1008 shows the lusty side of the Dickel single barrels. It is big and round with juicy rich flavors of caramel and honey. There is a nice long sweet finish. Another delicious Dickel single barrel selection.

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George Dickel "K&L Exclusive" 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L7234K1004 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

When you talk to passionate bourbon drinkers today, most of them are looking for the rich, sweet, boldly flavored, high-proof editions that seem to have completely evaporated from today's market. Part of the reason the Van Winkle expressions (and the Weller bourbons by default) became so beloved, besides the pull of pop culture, has to do with their sweeter profile due to the lack of rye grain in the mash bill as a balance. While not technically categorized as bourbon (Dickel goes by Tennessee whiskey even though it qualifies as such), the distillery's high corn, low rye mash of 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley results in a whiskey brimming with sweetness, with less of the peppery and herbaceous elements. The only thing that's ever kept Dickel from becoming the next big thing in the American whiskey scene is the low proof, but that's where the company's single barrel program comes in: each K&L selected single cask of Dickel comes with a 9 year age statement and 51.5% ABV, dialing up the sweetness and sending serious bourbon fans into a frenzy. Barrel #1004 has strong aromas of herbaceous, peppery spices on the nose with heavy pencil shavings and toasted oak. It's decidedly less sweet than all of the other Dickel barrels we've featured in 2017 with a robust richness that finishes like a fine bottle of Four Roses. Basically, if you're looking for a 9 year old bottle of cask strength OBSV for $20 less per bottle, this is fine substitute. For serious Bourbon fans.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 03, 2017

I just tasted barrel 1004 and barrel 1008 at the same time. The difference between these single barrels is pronounced. Barrel 1004 has a nose of caramel but it is nuanced and subtle. In the mouth it is on the drier side with the influence of the wood aging showing, adding subtle spice and savory notes. While it is fun to taste the different barrels and how they all age differently, I think that it is good to remember that they are all delicious from a great distillery.

2014 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.99)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "As with the 2015, the base 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a tremendous value. Blueberries, black cherries, licorice and hints of charcoal all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, ripe, opulent red that lacks the sheer grandeur and finesse of the top cuvee, yet packs gorgeous fruit and offers a peek at the quality coming from this estate. The blend is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc aged in 50% new French oak.One of the eye-opening tastings while working on this report was the lineup from Kathryn Halls estate located in St. Helena. Theres a wealth of wines here, yet they all have deep, concentrated, pure profiles as well as singular characters. You could pretty much randomly select from this lineup and be guaranteed to have a brilliant wine. Hats off to winemaker Steve Leveque." (12/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc) represents the least expensive wine in the Hall portfolio at $55. The color is a saturated purple, and the wine rich, chewy and unctuously textured, with ripe tannin and a round, juicy mouthfeel. For a generic Napa, it has plenty of upside to it and will actually benefit from several more years of bottle age and keep for 15-20 years. (RP)" (12/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Among the winery's larger offerings, this wine doesn't hold back on quality, offering tight-grained tannin expression around rounded flavors of plum compote, blackberry bramble, cedar and clove. Bright, focused acidity tempers the ripeness and underlying richness, making for a welcome drinking experience. (VB)" (03/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Dark and rich, with explosive dark berry, mocha, licorice, cedar and crushed rock touches, tilting toward herbal underbrush notes on the finish but never losing focus on the fruit. Drink now through 2032. (JL)" (11/2015)

2015 Philippe Foreau "Domaine du Clos Naudin" Vouvray Demi-Sec Price: Hidden

Philippe Foreau is the third generation of the Foreau family to produce Vouvray from this fabled domaine--arguably the finest domaine in Vouvray--which his grandfather purchased in 1923. Philippe took the reins in 1983 upon the retirement of his father, Andre. These classic wines age remarkably well and each bottling exhibits an extraordinary panoply of flavors and aromas of fruit, floral, and earth elements. Importer Neil Rosenthal waxed rhapsodic about Foreau's 2015 vintage: "Philippe is a trusted soul who does not talk lightly, so when he claims a vintage to be great, we take notice. When he declares a vintage to be perhaps the finest of his lifetime, we know we are witnessing some of the greatest wines of ours. This is the case with 2015. Work was fairly easy in the vineyards, aided by a warm and dry summer. Only four treatments were needed during the entire growing season. Conditions were good at harvest, allowing Philippe to pick grapes with excellent maturity and balance. The most remarkable thing about his 2015 vintage is the whole range of whites which were produced, all showing amazing potential."

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 02, 2018

Rich notes of quince marmalade, honey, chestnuts and the exquisite rich and yet balanced palate offers that perfect Vouvray experience. The wine is fabulously complex, and would elevate a dinner to the highest reaches of a culinary experience. A must for Vouvray lovers.

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Aberlour 16 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "The bouquet is austere and leathery with curious aromas of beeswax, vegetable oil and oaky resin. Palate entry is focused on the resin; midpalate is splendidly multilayered and offers elements of black pepper, dried orange blossom, honeysuckle, dried fruit, sage, fennel and confections. Aftertaste is deep and unabashedly sweet and honeyed. *Superb, Highly Recommended*" (12/2009)

90 points Whisky Advocate: "More subtle and complex than the new 12 year old, and not as sweet. Creamy in texture and floral on the nose, with dried vanilla, gentle spice, nectarine, kiwi, plum, and lemon gum drops. Soft, elegant finish with a hint of mint. Great balance of a variety of flavors and lots of finesse. A well-crafted whisky! (JH, Summer 2008)"

K&L Notes: At age 16, the Aberlour seems to possess maturity that may appeal to a broad spectrum of whisky fans. An aroma as enticing as freshly baked apple pie isn't come by easily in whisky; the blend of "traditional" and sherry casks helps — but the vibrant fruitiness of the Aberlour 16 is a phenomenon that demands to be experienced directly.

Staff ImageJames Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 05, 2014

Apple pie is right--or more like hot apple cider, for me. Warm, spicy holiday punch, with ginger and cinnamon and delicious, caramel and apple flavor. Not as hot and spicy as the A'Bunadh, the dignified Aberlour 16 is a rich, smooth, and delightful companion to, say, a good book; to be sipped and savored.

2015 Caymus-Suisun Suisun Valley Grand Durif Price: Hidden

93 points Wine Spectator: "Dark and plush, this combines structure with polish, offering notes of ripe blackberry, dark chocolate, grilled herb and toasty spice that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. (TF)" (11/2017)

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2014 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($64.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Layered and subtle with currant, light chocolate, almond and cedar character. Medium body, polished tannins and a flavorful finish, yet this always reserved and polished. Enjoy. Drink or hold." (05/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Phelps is now producing three cuvées of Cabernet Sauvignon-their Napa Valley, their flagship proprietary red Bordeaux blend called Insignia (which they debuted in 1974), and their Oakville steep hillside vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon called Backus. The basic Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. It saw 18 months in a combination of both French and American casks. This is their biggest cuvée (27,000 cases) and it is a beauty. The 2014 is supple, with silky tannins, dark plum, blackcurrant and licorice-infused fruit with a touch of spice, a lushness on the attack and mid-palate, and a silky finish. This wine was meant for early drinking, but there is no doubt it has the concentration and overall balance to age nicely for 15-20 years. (RP)" (10/2016)

91 points Vinous: "Once again, Phelps has done a terrific job with their straight Cabernet Sauvignon. Surprisingly delicate and gracious on the palate, the 2014 is quite feminine in this vintage. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and dark spices build as the wine gains depth and fleshiness with time in the glass. The Cabernet remains one of the very finest values in Napa Valley. (AG)" (09/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Leading with expressive, very well-focused varietal aromas of ripe currants and plums that are invitingly laced with elements of cocoa, caramel and briar, all of which are replayed in its deep and sustained flavors, this well-structured youngster shows an unexpected sense of polish for a Cabernet of its age. It is a wine of precision and careful crafting more than one of raw power, but it wants for nothing in the way of concentration and presence, and, although it is constructed to age famously and thrive with a decade of development, it is so mannerly that it can be enjoyed in but a few years." (12/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Very bright, dark crimson. Polished and luscious on the nose here is a vine variety at ease with itself in this place! Neat, fresh, ripe and already accessible but with ample possibilities for ageing. All pleasure here. 16.5+/20" (01/2017)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 20, 2017

This vintage is stellar. It is sourced from the same vines as the ultra-premium Insignia and aged on a unique regimen of half-French, half-American, half-new oak barrels. It has perfectly ripened fruit with expressive flavors of blackberries, plums, violets, black pepper, mocha, licorice and black tea leaves. The tannins are smooth yet powerful and the great acidity ensures that this gem will age beautifully for years to come.

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2015 Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay ($64.99)

Grown in the hills above the Sonoma Valley on well-drained, volcanic soils, this Chardonnay is known for its elegance and balance. About Kistler's winemaking from Robert Parker: "This winery has long featured some of the finest terroirs on the Sonoma Coast and Russian River for Chardonnays, and their approach has clearly been very Burgundian, with full malolactic fermentation, no acid adjustments and letting the vineyard and clonal material push its personality to the forefront. Perhaps the biggest change of all has been the shift to 100% indigenous yeast fermentations for all the wines." (12/2013)

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2017

These wines always change my view when it comes to high-tier domestic whites. Many expressions of Chardonnay at this price point are overblown and heavy, indicating that I am subsidizing the estate's new barrel program rather than paying for a well-made, balanced Chardonnay. I trust Kistler with my money and you should too. These wines are worth every penny and it's clear that the price point is reflective of the quality of the wine and the people behind the production. Arguably the best producer of white wines in California. Period.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2017

The wonderful '15 Kistler Sonoma Mountain lives up to every expectation. A big nose of ripe tropical fruit, well integrated toasty oak, and decadent vanilla cream. The powerful nose makes you expect a total monster on the palate and it is REALLY rich, but there's this lovely lemony zesty side that reminds us, yes indeed this is Chardonnay. Really the total package from the highest quality Sonoma Mountain Chard producer.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2017

Kistler's 2015 Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay was the first Kistler wine I have tasted and I can see why it is so popular. Elegant and balanced, this wine offers all you'd want in a California Chardonnay. The fresh citrus and tropical fruit combined with luscious richness, toasty oak and bright acid come together to make a tasty well-rounded Chardonnay.

2015 Marisa Cuomo "Furore Bianco Fiorduva" Costa d'Amalfi ($64.99)

95 points Decanter: " Amazing white wine with a very intriguing nose of ripe white fruits and Mediterranean bush. Great texture, lovely density, complexity, herbal, peachy notes, very good balance of oak, with a long toasty finish." (06/2017)

K&L Notes: From Robert Parker: "The Fiorduva is a rare coastal white that has tropical fruit inflections, but at the same time, there is more than enough acidity to balance things out...The Fiorduva is 40% Ripoli, 30% Fenile and 30% Ginestra. If you haven’t heard about these indigenous white varieties before, don’t worry about it, neither have most people!...Marisa Cuomo is another Campanian producer making drop-dead gorgeous wines. This small estate is located on the Amalfi Coast, which lends its inimitable ocean influence to the wines."

Russell's Reserve K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #089 Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($64.99)

Wild Turkey does things a bit different than most of the other industrial distillers in Kentucky. They're committed to certain quality standards that other distillers have deemed inefficient to continue in the modern whiskey era. Even with the newly constructed distillery, where the Russells (Jimmy, Eddie, and Bruce) produce the most efficient and consistent whiskey they possibly can, they refuse to give up certain practices that they believe to be crucial to the character and quality of the special Wild Turkey legacy. That's why they put their name right on the bottle - this is the very best whiskey that nearly 100 combined years of whiskey making experience can deliver. But how exactly? First, they insist on a proper souring step, where lactobacillus bacteria is harnessed to adjust the pH of the original mash. Next, they insist on drawing the spirit of the still at lower proof to retain the inherent flavor of the grain, providing texture and depth to the spirit. Finally, they fill their casks at lower proof than the rest, usually 110 proof, providing the perfect environment for the whiskey to mature. That's why we ALWAYS find exceptional casks at Wild Turkey; they simply make some of finest whiskey available. No excuses, no gimmicks, just old fashion sour mash Bourbon at its very best. This spectacular cask is the driest and most herbal of our current single barrel offerings. It was aged in warehouse B on the fifth floor and drawn from the cask at 110.7.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 18, 2017

This is a beautiful cask of Russell's Reserve. It is on the elegant side with a pronounced and refined nose. In the mouth there are the round and delicious bourbon brown sugar notes that one expects, but it is refined with layers of complexity. Not heavy but packed full of flavor.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 11, 2017

What a cool experience in the glass #089 is! Concentrated herbal nose gives way to softer caramel and brown sugar on the palate, with an underlying woodsy character and satisfying peppery finish. While this doesnt need much water to develop, it just gets more complex as the ice melts, if thats your preference. Im happy to have so many bottles of this gem on hand here in Hollywood.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 04, 2017

Barrel 89 is easily the funkiest and most herbaceous of this new batch of wonderful Russell's Reserve single Barrels. While it doesn't enter the full on barnyard funk that sometimes exists in these barrels, it definitely has a bigger spice than the others. Big notes of varnish and antique wood, savory herbs, subtle notes of hay and fresh roasted coffee. Melted brown sugar round out those drier flavors on the nose. The palate continues the orchestra of herbaceous dark flavors. A bit of sweet maple notes on the mid palate keep it from being totally overpowering, but the pepper and spice build again on the finish. For those who like the big bold dry rye driven style WT this is definitely the move.

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Aberlour "A'Bunadh" Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($68.99)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Intriguing and challenging bouquet of aromas of roasted nuts, old leather, black pepper, old oak and dried fruit. Palate entry is aggressive in spirit, but sweet and pruny; midpalate is drier and features tastes of leather and grain. Aftertaste teems with oak resin, hard cheese (meaning, rancio), candied nuts, candied fruit and dark honey. Add mineral water. *Classic. Highest Recommendation*" (12/2009)

Wine Spectator: "Brave the cask-strength heat and be rewarded by a malt that's welcoming and complex. Sherry and cherry dominate at first, but a cereal-granola-honey quality and a licorice note flirt from behind the curtain. The essential candy element returns on the finish." (02/2011)

Whisky Advocate: "Very sweet, with thick hard toffee, stewing dates and figs, molasses, and rum raisin ice cream, before some dark chocolate, dried mint, and orange peel. The palate is a different beast. It ignites on the tongue with a burst of dried pepper flakes, beneath which are cocktail bitters: gentian calamus. It begs for water, when out comes black currant jam (very Aberlour) and a little malt. Now its calm and hugely drinkable, and therefore even more dangerous. Dave Broom (DB, Fall 2015)"

K&L Notes: Pronounced "a-boon-arh," which means "the origin" in Gaelic. Made the way whisky was produced in the 1800s, A'bunadh from Aberlour is not chilled-filtered and is bottled at cask strength. Slowly matured in rare Oloroso sherry butts, this malt is full of rich, smooth, complex flavors.

Staff ImageJames Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 25, 2014

Talk about having your cake and eating your whisky, too. I can't get over how bourbony this scotch is: spicy, cinnamon, allspice and cardamon; Christmas spice cake, intense rancio, sherried nose, and...bourbon. Good bourbon. I know, according to Aberlour, it's aged in all Oloroso sherry barrels. But this one (Batch #46) reminds me of my last Four Roses Single Barrel. Because I'm more of a Balvenie 12 fan, the A'Bunadh is long-lived in my bar. But bourbon fans who haven't ventured back to scotch for a while might want to start here. It is delicious. (And at this proof, a little ice doesn't hurt!)

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 05, 2012

Some people search for certain batches of the Aberlour A'Bunadh, but honestly I rarely taste the Aberlour's various batches without thinking, "Dang!" This is always a monster. If you like Sherry influence, power and intensity in your single malt, this is the product for you. You might just get lucky and get a batch that one of the critics rates extremely highly, but either way you'll have a sold cask strength dram to rely on.

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2011 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore ($76.99)

96 points Decanter: "This wine is a blend of 70 per cent Corvina with 20 per cent Rondinella and just 5 per cent each of Croatina and Oseleta. Its deep black-red in colour, and is dark and forceful, sombre yet voluptuous in aroma: a harmonious weave of black chocolate, sloe and elderberry, with the years in oak bringing a cedary refinement. On the palate, its a vault of a wine: deep, dark and roomy, packed with earthy refinements and black-fruited echoes, both severe yet soft and enticing too. The tannins are ample yet fine-grained, the acidity delicate and sustaining. I wrote about the crocodilian character of grand Veneto dried-fruit reds wine back in April, but the teeth are polished ivory here. This is horizon-altering Valpolicella which would perform outstandingly in any Amarone tasting. (AJ)" (06/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "A powerful and dense red with so much concentration of fruit and chocolate undertones. Hints of toasted oak. Full body and a velvety texture. Fantastic and dense red as usual." (11/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta is a darkly concentrated but carefully balanced expression that only the most expert vintner can pull off with success. Consider that the dry extract is a massive 48 grams per liter. In fact, there is some minor precipitation of color matter even at this relatively young age. This wine was aged in new oak for two years (instead of the standard three years) with four years bottle (instead of three). That extra year in glass served to help the wine integrate and to reduce micro-oxygenation. The bouquet is bright and fragrant with floral notes of rose and violet that are rare to find in Valpolicella. There are faint tertiary notes as well that add to the complexity. You will find cured leather and savory spice. The finish offers enough acidity to refresh the palate, following that considerable density and thickness. (ML)" (05/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Mulled cherry, spice box, dried rose and leather notes are an aromatic entry to this rich and grippy Valpolicella. It's full-bodied, silky on the palate, with a long, saturated finish of fruit, tarry smoke and balsamico notes. Drink now through 2028. (AN, Web-2017)" (02/2018)

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Lagavulin "2016 Edition" 12 Year Old Natural Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $130) ($99.99)

The magic is real. This stellar limited release is Lagavulin's top regular bottling and it drinks like nothing else in the store. Lagavulin's string of 12-year-old releases has always begged the question from consumers: why is the 12 year old $40 more than the older 16-year expression? Good question! For one, the Lagavulin 16 is made in gigantic quantities and sold in every liquor store from San Francisco to Shanghai, making it a competitively priced product. On top of that, the 12 year old is bottled at cask strength and not produced in nearly as high of a volume. Fans of the distillery have long lusted for a higher-proofed version of their beloved Islay legend, and Diageo has sought to pacify that demand with the lovely 12-year expression. Tasting the 12 next to the 16, there's no doubt as to why one is more expensive than the other. Yet more proof that age can be incredibly deceiving.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 03, 2017

Lagavulin is an absolutely magical place. It's incredible just how good Lagavulin is consistently in their 16 year expression. No whisky has made more people scotch obsessed than that one, but what you get in consistency on the 16, the 12 year cask strength doubles in intensity and depth. And quite the opposite from the Distillers Edition this one is not about the interplay of sherry or oak and the rich Lagavulin spirit. Instead, this is all about Lagavulin's most Lagavuliny self. Refill wood here, American Oak likely, white wine in color. An absolute monster of a nose yet somehow linear and unwavering. Dense power tar, peat, tea, earth, salt. The palate is like SpaceX Falcon 9 exiting the atmosphere only to return to earth directly on your palate. Exquisite smoke, dried roasted herbs, citrus pith, and a sense of purpose. I don't love that the price went up a bit on this, but I get it. It's worth every penny, even better than last years. This whisky remains legend of the whisky aisle from that legendary whisky isle.

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1977 Quarles Harris Vintage Port ($129.99)

Jancis Robinson: "Healthy ruby with a brick rim. Quite subtle already; there is some perceptible evolution of colour and flavour here. Mineral rather than fruit flavours dominate. Very big and full. Very, very sweet indeed - in fact I thought it was from a Portuguese house. This wine delivers a pretty good combination of power, interest and, especially, sweetness. This is not a wine to be ignored! But it's a very particular style....without enormous tannic reserves. (JR)" (08/2005)

Wine Spectator: "Medium ruby-garnet. Aromas of fresh cherry and hints of custard pie. Medium-bodied and medium sweet. It shows some alcohol and nutty character. (JS, Web-2008)"

K&L Notes: Founded in the late 17th century, and owned by the original founding family until the 1920's when it was sold to AJ Symington, Quarles Harris is - around these parts, at least - still not particularly well known. These are well made Ports and fine values, particularly in vintages as strong as 1977.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2017

This little known port house is actually one of the oldest, first founded in 1680 and held by the same family up until 1920 or so, at which point the Symington family (who own Graham's, Dow's, and Warre's) purchased it. This wine is in great shape, likely re-conditioned with what appears to be a newer cork. Relatively light on the palate, there is a perfectly balanced sweetness, notes of candied violet, lovely minerality and an overall sense of subtlety and elegant balance. Not a blockbuster, but rather a beauty, Quarles Harris also happens to be the most reasonably priced of our 1977 vintage ports.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2017

Today was my first time tasting Quarles Harris vintage port and I must say, I am extremely impressed. The 1977 is defined by elegance and grace. The first shock was in the color. It's delicate, a clean and bright garnet. It's almost like a Pinot Noir. The aromatics are equally graceful with bright florals and sweet spices. The brandy is perfectly integrated into the wine lending just enough power to carry through the black berries but never overwhelming the fruit notes. From the all-time great 1977 vintageat 40 years old the Quarles Harris does not disappoint.

2011 Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino "Piaggione" Riserva ($129.99)

96 points Vinous: "Good bright, dark red-ruby. Very deep, ripe, pure aromas and flavours of blueberry, blackberry, violet, minerals, tobacco and peppery spices. Densely packed, creamy and firm, almost brooding in fact, with compelling sweetness of fruit but not heavy owing to its firm, harmonious acids. Serious, juicy wine that is still very much and infant and that will require patience. Its also my early candidate for best 2011 Brunello Riserva of the year. -- Ian D'Agata" (03/2017)

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1977 Warre's Vintage Port ($139.99)

94 points James Suckling: "The Warre was beautiful now. It showed lots of dried fruits and Christmas cake character on the nose and palate. Medium sweet. It was full-bodied with loads of flavor and an intensely flavorful finish. It was perfect to drink." (06/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Deep garnet. Very pretty plum and berry aromas, with hints of honey and toffee. Turns to custard. Full-bodied, sweet and fresh. Firm tannins, with elegance and balance. Will age for a long time, but ready. Generous, but subtle. (JS, Web-2008)"

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This house makes rather restrained yet rich, flavorful vintage port and a very good tawny called Nimrod. Their vintage ports seem slow to develop, and while they never quite have the voluptuous richness of a Dow, Graham, or Fonseca, they have a unique mineral-scented character that gives them their own complexity and style. The 1977 is quite powerful, very deep and intense, particularly for Warre. (RP)" (01/1989)

K&L Notes: Warre's is known for their sense of restraint and elegance in their vintage ports. While it sometimes means wines that age very well if not quite as long as the big four houses, the 1977 shows beautiful development and tastes wonderfully now. This is ideally to be enjoyed this holiday season and over the next few years.

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1997 Bowmore 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($149.99)

There are two things that are consistent about Bowmore: the whisky is almost always awe-inspiring and rare editions will most often cost you a pretty penny. The stalwart of Islay is the spiritual home of smoky whisky, known equally for its grace under a peat fire. The Bowmore 25, one of the distillery's most magical expressions, routinely hovers between the $400 -$500 price point on the open market, but for this holiday season we set out to find a more affordable version for our customers who want something special, but not quite that expensive. This cask strength 55.7% 20 year old single barrel edition, while lacking any sherry influence, still manages to offer an incredible amount of sweetness from the refill oak hogshead, coupling with the clean flavors of malted barley and vanilla. The richness overtakes the palate initially, which is rare in an Islay whisky with this much smoke, dominating the flavor profile right off the bat. The peat and campfire notes don't begin until almost halfway through the process, combining sea salt and maritime elements with caramel and ash on the finish. There's plenty of Islay influence here, but it's beautifully balanced by the whisky's inherent maltiness. In a nutshell, it's textbook Bowmore with maturity and power for a fantastic price. It tastes exactly the way the distillery itself smells when you enter it, haunting the senses with equal parts malt and smoke. Our cask is a chance at true single malt royalty for a reasonable entry fee.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 03, 2017

What I like about the Bowmore offerings is that they are balanced and nuanced. This single cask is no exception. It begins with nice smoke and sea aromas that are not heavy or over-powering. In the mouth this Bowmore is concentrated and complex, with rich and round flavors and hints of smoke coming through. There is a nice long finish. I tasted this with a splash of water.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

Getting single casks from major distilleries like Bowmore just makes me so happy. It's a unique way to look at the components of a particular distillery and dive into what makes them so special. This 20 year old Bowmore is no exception. The nose is exquisite. It's loaded with sea spray, sweet fruits, and extinguished campfire. I feel like I can reach out and touch the wet malt on the floor just as the dry smoky air starts to fill the room. It's clean and pure, powerful whisky. The barley song is loud and clear. All off the pieces are there to be examined, yet harmoniously balanced into a whole single experience. This whisky perfectly shows why single malt are so compelling. They are a fascinating way to watch the whole movie, frame by frame, as they age.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

This fantastic refill hogshead of Bowmore has all the complexity that one would expect from a 20 year old Islay, balanced by fresh sea air. This is not a heavy dram, but rather an expansive one, and has the rare peacock's tail finish that I prize in the finest of drinks. It seems to expand after each sip, with the flavor coming on stronger after each sip. I like this best diluted down to about 40%, so I'll get almost a liter of pleasure out of my bottle!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

Im a huge fan of the Bowmore whiskeys, mostly because they display their Islay characteristics with subtlety and grace. The peat is always a soft undertone to the malty complexity. This single cask from Old Particular is faithful to that mission. Flavors of toasted cereals, orange citrus oil, vanilla and briny smoke are robust and sweet on the palate, with incredible integration. Normally sensitive to higher alcohol levels, at 55.7% abv this was very enjoyable neat for me. If you enjoy these Old Particular single cask offerings, this is definitely a winner.

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2009 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne ($149.99)

98 points James Suckling: "The best Dom since 2002. A vintage with very restrained, powerful style that has been released non-sequentially after the 2009. This has a lighter stamp of highly curated, autolytic, toasty aromas than many recent releases. Instead, this delivers super fresh and intense aromas of lemons, grapefruit and blood-orange peel. Incredible freshness here. The palate has a very smoothly delivered, berry-pastry thread with light, sweet spices, stone fruit and fine citrus fruit. This really delivers. Drink now or hold." (09/2018)

96 points Decanter: "Unbroken sun through August and early September helped to shape an idyllic harvest, on 12th September. Superb maturity of fruit in flawless health has produced a wine with wafting scents of both fresh and confit of spiced lemon and wild cherry. Despite the heat, the wine has freshness, vitality and length. Still a youngster, this will grow greatly by 2019. A more stylish son of the '03, and cousin of the slender and charming '06. (ME)" (05/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "There's a subtle power to this graceful Champagne, which boasts a firm, crystalline frame of acidity married to the fine, satinlike mousse and notes of white raspberry, brioche and Earl Grey tea. Seamless through to the long finish of smoke and spice accents, this opens beautifully in the glass. Drink now through 2029. *Collectibles* (AN, Web Only-2017)" (11/2017)

94 points John Gilman: "The 2009 Dom Pérignon is going to be one of those atypically generous vintages of this bottling in its youth, as the warm, solar year of 2009 will make this a star to drink relatively early on. The superb bouquet wafts from the glass in a mix of apple, peach, a touch of orange zest, salty minerality, fruit skin, a touch of iodine and a gently floral topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and very, very long and precise, with a bit more of a fruit-forward personality than most releases, coupled with excellent grip and focus on the backend. The mousse is tight and utterly refined, as is the case with every vintage of Dom Pérignon. A superb wine. This is one vintage where it will not border on a crime to drink the wine young! (Drink between 2018-2065) 94+" (05/2018)

94 points Vinous: "The 2009 Dom Pérignon is open, seductive and radiant, as it has always been. Soft curves, mid-weight structure and tons of plain allure make the 2009 impossible to resist in its youth. This bottle, the best I have tasted so far, offers a distinc citrus and floral-driven profile that adds a good deal of brightness. Above all else, the 2009 is a gorgeous Champagne to drink now and over then next few decades. This is the first time in the houses history that a vintage was not released sequentially. (AG) 94+" (07/2018)

K&L Notes: This is one of the first Dom Perignon offerings to come out of order — they are still ageing the 2008 in their cellars in Epernay!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 28, 2017

The 2009 Dom Perignon is one of the purest and most elegant that I have had of this famous tete de cuvee. I had an opportunity to taste a preview bottle back in March, and I was very impressed. The wine is much less yeasty than the 2006, and has rounder, riper fruit than the more mineral driven 2004. In an unusual move, but certainly a smart one, they decided to release this ahead of the 2008, which is still resting on its lees in Epernay!

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1977 Dow's Vintage Port ($149.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This is really glorious and refined, offering a polished and creamy texture. Complex aromas and flavors with cream, dried fruit and nuts. Medium body. Very beautiful. A refined and glorious 1977 now. Real deal." (01/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977. The 1977, still a baby, is fabulously scented, very rich and concentrated, and has a potential longevity of at least another 30-50 years. (RP)" (01/1989)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Medium brick-red. Aromas of coffee, prune and milk chocolate. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a licorice, berry, custard and cream character. Firm and racy. Long and delicious. Firm and beautiful. (JS, Web-2008)"

Jancis Robinson: "Pale transparent ruby. High toned and subtle orange peel and great freshness. Some treacle and beautifully ready. Hint of roses. Spirit but not too much. Great stuff! 18.5/20 points (JR)" (01/2017)

K&L Notes: Dow produces one of the most consistently long lived ports of all the great houses, and in a vintage as classic as 1977, that means that at 40 years of age, it is truly hitting its stride. A fantastic wine.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 09, 2017

For world-class wines, this is a steal. From a legendary vintage that is drinking in its prime, this is one beautiful bottle of porto. Black cherry, leather, cocoa and herbal mint notes with a beautiful texture and great acidity for freshness and balance. The finish is complex and long. One could easily spend much more on a bottle of wine not nearly as good.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2017

This is an absolutely delicious, impeccably balanced bottle of port from the great 1977 vintage. Dow's style is relatively drier than most of the other houses, except perhaps Taylor's, and after 40 years of ageing, it has reached prime drinking: beautiful florals, perfectly sweet fruits and a graceful mouth feel all combine to make this one of the more memorable vintage ports I have yet to enjoy. A real treat, and a perfect gift to mark that 40th birthday or anniversary.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 10, 2017

A once in a generation vintage. It's utterly superb across the board. The Dow shows remarkably savory with a wonderfully bright acidity and a core of dark fruits. For someone who doesn't drink an enormous amount of vintage port (not for lack of trying...), I was stunned at just how fresh and youthful this 40 year old wine feels. The perfect way to end a meal, not too sweet, but just sweet enough to scratch your itch for dessert.

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1977 Graham's Vintage Port Price: Hidden

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post- World War II era. Their tawnys are quite good rather than exceptional, but their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. (RP)" (01/1989)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This was never a great Graham, but it's outstanding quality nonetheless. Medium ruby-red. Aromas of milk chocolate, plum, mint and violet. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness and lots of berry and cherry fruit. Very fruity and fresh. Long and lively. Delicious now, but will improve. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective. Drink now through 2018. (JS, Web Only-2008)"

Jancis Robinson: "Really perfumed - cedarwood and cigar box. Cedarwood and sandalwood and cinnamon - incense-like. Rich and generous on the palate. Drink 2005-2030. 18/20 points (JH)" (10/2010)

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Graham's Vintage Port from a vintage as strong as 1977 is truly one of the greatest and most long lived wines around. This '77 shows all the trademark richness and generosity on the palate, with a lovely herbal and almost amaro-like complexity which certain fine vintage Ports begin to acquire after 40 years of bottle age. A great bottle of wine and ideal gift for 40th birthdays or anniversaries.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 10, 2017

I've been lucky enough to be around when '77's get opened on several occasions. It really is a stunning vintage. Marked by rain the previous winter, cool and long growing conditions, hotter harvest months with just enough sprinkles to keep things fresh, these wines are beautiful and balanced. The richness of the Graham's is off the charts with tons of sweet red and black fruits, but it's marked by strong savory and herbal undertones. A lively thread of acidity runs through it so that every sip hits all your taste buds. This would be a very special way to celebrate your 40th.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2017

Perfect gift for that fortieth birthday or anniversary. There are not any real good 1977 California or Bordeaux wines.

1967 Krohn's Vintage Port ($169.99)

Krohn's Vintage Ports come from a single harvest. Intense fruit, structure, color and flavor, these ports are bottled two years after the harvest and in many cases spend many years maturing in the bottle. In order to maintain richness and power they are neither fined nor filtered, therefore throwing a large amount of sediment as they mature. For this reason, they should be decanted before being served.

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1977 Taylor Vintage Port ($199.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Good ruby color still. The nose is fresh, with lots of crushed berry and plum, with a hint of piecrust. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a caressing texture. This delivers loads of complex fruit and spiciness. Medium-sweet. A beauty. Will improve for decades, but why wait? (JS, Web Only-2008)"

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades. Their tawnys are also among the very best, though somewhat expensive. The 1977 has consistently been at the top of my list of vintage ports in this great vintage, although the Dow, Graham, and Fonseca are equally splendid. It is a mammoth, opaque, statuesque vintage port of remarkable depth and power, but is should not be touched before 2000. (RP)" (01/1989)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "The most prominently floral wine in the vertical, but that delicacy is amply backed by plush chocolate and dried fruit flavors. The finish is deceptively soft and welcoming, but still shows great backbone and the ability to go many more years. (JC)" (02/2007)

93 points John Gilman: "The 1977 Taylor is quite closed down at the present time, but in contradistinction to the bottle of 1985 we had at our vertical, its quality is manifest and quite easy to read despite its hunkered down nature. The nose is a reticent blend of black cherries, plums, a touch of raisin, tobacco leaf, tar and an herbal streak through it that adds to the complexity. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and closed, with a rock solid core of fruit, excellent acids, firm tannins, and plenty of power on the long, palate staining finish. This is still a good decade away from blossoming, and I would try to give it at least the benefit of ten more years of cellaring prior to having at it in earnest. The potential here is excellent. (Drink between 2017-2100)" (01/2007)

K&L Notes: We believe that Taylor produces the most consistently great ports, and the great 1977 is arguably the wine of the vintage. Terrific style, poise and elegance in a wine that drinks fantastically as it will continue to do for at least another decade.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2017

Powerful and elegant. Just like it'd expect it to be. This is drinking supremely well as its 40th comes to a close. The nose has a great cocoa note to complement the fruit which carries all the way through to the finish. It's lively and still very fresh and the brandy is nicely integrated into the wine. It's a classic wine from a legendary house in a perfect vintage. What more could you ask for on top of the outstanding price?

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2017

Always a favorite of mine from the 1977 vintage, the Taylor is now (2017) drinking beautifully and still showing it's complex house style of plenty of rich mid palate fruit, sweet and dark with an incredible violet and rose petal overlay with a lovely silken finish. The finesse that this port has developed over the years compliments the still noticeable power perfectly.

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1967 Taylor Fladgate "Very Old Single Harvest" Tawny Port ($219.99)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This draws you in, with aromas of warm halva and toasted pistachio giving way to a wide range of buckwheat, toasted sesame, walnut husk, menthol and licorice root notes that refuse to break down in the mouth. Exhibits remarkable length, with ample viscosity matched by steely tension, putting this in rarified air. (JM)" (11/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1967 Very Old Single Harvest Port is Taylor's new release in its ongoing 50-year Colheita program (or, as they prefer to say, "single harvest tawny port"). This should just recently have been released into the marketplace by the time this review appears. It is a typical Douro blend, coming in with 163 grams per liter of residual sugar and 20.7% alcohol. Taylor's series of 50-year single-harvest tawnies are impressive and always on the mark. This year is no exception. This molasses-flavored beauty emphasizes its complexity, seeming elegant in the mid-palate, but remarkably concentrated in flavor. Despite that concentration of flavor, this never seems even a little jammy. It is also wonderfully persistent on the finish. The most notable features here, though, are the smooth, unctuous texture and the complexity--the mature flavors, not only molasses, but a bit of seared caramel. It was interesting revisiting this a few days later, by the way. Some say these long-aged tawnies never change. I never believed that was true and this is a good example. On opening, there was a touch of a hard edge and it was sometimes just a little harsh on the finish. A couple of days later that was literally gone and after a week or more, this seemed remarkably graceful and impeccably balanced. It eventually seemed even a touch understated. This was bottled in 2016 with a bar-top cork. (MS)" (12/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This 1967 is part of Taylor Fladgates regular releases of aged Colheita. It is showing a perfect moment in which the fruit finally passes into old gold maturity. The wine still has hints of sultanas, but now its the fine wood and spice character that is equally important. (RV)" (12/2016)

K&L Notes: Some of the most singular wines to come from Port in the past few years have been Taylor's annual 50 year old, single vintage tawny releases. Thanks to their purchase of Krohn, always known for their extensive library of colheitas, Taylor can now offer first rate, older barrel aged ports which are every bit the equal of their famous bottle aged vintages. A phenomenal wine, a revelation.

2012 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - 11 available ($399.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard, which will probably be released in a few months, displays great minerality, notes of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, poached pear, and white flowers as well as a touch of quince. A wine of great intensity, yet incredibly ethereal elegance, this light greenish gold-colored wine is full-bodied, stunningly rich, and altogether remarkable. When you consider that they use 100% new French oak and 100% heavy toast for both their Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, it is remarkable how little oak appears in these wines. This wine should age well for 10-15 years, as most of the Marcassin Estate Chardonnays have done to date. (RP)" (03/2016)

2015 Domaine Hubert Lignier Grand Cru Clos de la Roche (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($599.99)

98 points John Gilman: "The Domaine Lignier Clos de la Roche is one of the wines of the vintage in 2015. This is a majestic wine in the making, soaring from the glass in a refined constellation of plums, red and black cherries, raw cocoa, gamebird, a stunning base of soil tones, woodsmoke, pungent violets and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with a great sense of reserve, superb backend mineral drive, fine-grained tannins and a very, very long, very refined and energetic finish. Young Clos de la Roche is very rarely this elegant and refined in profile!" (01/2017)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru comes from 0.65-hectare in Montluisants and 0.25-hectare in Les Fremières; it matured entirely in new oak, including 25% whole bunch fruit. It has a very succinct and harmonious bouquet with layers of ripe red berries, cold limestone, a touch of violet and orange blossom. So pure and refined. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, very harmonious in the mouth, quite linear compared to recent vintages, but exuding precision and intensity on the finish that lingers long in the mouth. It leaves a saline residue that urges you back for another sip. This is an outstanding Clos de la Roche that will give 25+ years of pleasure. Chapeau Laurent et Hubert. (NM)" (12/2016)

93-96 points Vinous: "Healthy deep red. Compelling high-pitched perfume of pomegranate, cranberry, minerals, spices and orange zest. Suave and utterly fine-grained on the palate, with its red berry and spice flavors lifted by a rose petal quality that I normally associate with Clos Saint-Denis. Most impressive today on the outstanding slowly building finish, which saturates the palate with sweet red and purple berries and spices and seamless, noble tannins. Not a black-fruit style of Clos de la Roche and not a bit hard. This wonderfully juicy, precise wine leaves the palate vibrating. (ST)" (01/2017)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "As is almost always the case chez Lignier this is the best wine in the range though aromatically it is all but mute at present. On the plus side is the wonderful texture to the sleek, intense and muscular middle weight plus flavors that possess focused power and a fine bead of minerality that continues onto the mouth coating and beautifully persistent finish. This beauty is very backwards but everything is in place such that it should amply repay extended cellaring." (01/2017)

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2012 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L) - 9 available ($849.00)

97 points James Suckling: "Glorious purity of fruit here with black currants, blueberries, dark chocolate, fresh herbs and forest floor. Hints of mint too, plus hazelnut and chocolate. Full body with seamless tannins and balance. Tight and compacted tannins with beautiful fruit and great length. Goes on for minutes. One of the best Opus' in years. Hard not to drink now but better in 2018. October 2015 release. This is 79% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 6% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 2% malbec." (11/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The iconic 2012 Proprietary Red Opus One is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec aged 18 months in French oak. A classy, complex, suave and savory 2012 Opus One, with notes of toasty oak and crème de cassis. This Pauillac lookalike, made by the staff at Mouton Rothschild, is a beauty. They have continued to strengthen the quality of wine and seem to have produced a brilliant, world-class wine. I imagine the 2013 may even eclipse this, but this 2012 is one of their great ones, with a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood all present in this beautiful, full-bodied wine that should drink well for 25-30 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is supple and radiant throughout, with gorgeous suppleness and purity to the flavors. Sweet red cherry, hard candy, raspberry wild flowers and cinnamon are some of the notes that grace the palate. Racy and forward, yet classically mid-weight in structure, the 2012 is likely to drink well pretty much upon release. Once quite rich, the 2012 is developing into a wine of finesse and open-knit sensuality. (AG)" (10/2015)

K&L Notes: 96 points from Jeannie Cho Lee, Master of Wine: "Attractive array of flavors that range from smoked wood to dark cherry and cassis. Focused and pure with generosity and concentration. A beautiful Opus One that will age well over the next 15+ years. Tasted in: Napa Valley, USA. Maturity: Young." (08/2014)

2016 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 10 available ($1,089.00)

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Cos d'Estournel takes the 2016 baton and runs with it. A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet...this fabulous Saint Estèphe will be matured in 60% new oak. The alcohol level this year is 13.07%, which proprietor Michel Reybier reminded me is almost 1.5% lower than in 2010. This is clearly a more classically styled Cos d'Estournel that is completely different than say, the 2009 Cos d'Estournel and the more flamboyant, exotic wines in recent years. It actually bears more stylistic similarities to its neighbor Montrose. It is extremely detailed with blackberry and a touch of boysenberry, the fruit almost "creeping up" on you by stealth and then underneath, an undertow of minerals, wet limestone and even flint. The palate has astonishing: exquisite balance, perhaps the most precise and detailed Cos d'Estournel that I have encountered in many years of tasting at this address. It segues into a Pauillac-like second-half with veins of graphite strafing the black fruit, but what marks this Cos d'Estournel is the palpable energy and tension allied with an effortless nature. The persistence, the reverberation in the mouth is quite magnificent, perhaps even longer on my second visit to the property compared to the first. It really is a brilliant Cos d'Estournel that oozes class and sophistication, moreover, a wine that is going to give serious amounts of drinking pleasure over a very long period of time. Boom-and Cos drops the mic. (NM)" (04/2017)

97-98 points James Suckling: "The finish is something else here. This is a wine thats so powerful and tannic yet at the same time so polished and superb on the finish. Full-bodied, beautifully crafted and precise. This is a wine that really grabs your attention. The agility and power are more than impressive. Wow is the word." (04/2017)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This perfumed wine is stylish and elegant. It is all about the magnificent and sophisticated fruit. At the same time, don't be fooled by the richness: the tannins are all there, a dense and concentrated core at the heart of this seriously ageworthy wine. It demands many years. (RV)" (04/2017)

97 points Decanter: "This is one of the best Cos d'Estournels that I can remember trying at this early stage, it really does have every hair standing up on end. Powerful and deep, with a clear intensity but such delicacy; this is fresh, beautiful and succulent. It moves effortlessly through the palate without ever letting you forget that it's there. Deep black cherries, touches of dark chocolate and graphite are driven forward by a pulse of energy. From a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new oak. (JA)" (04/2017)

92-95 points Vinous: "The beautiful 2016 Cos d'Estournel is one of the most polished, gracious young Cos d'Estournels I can remember tasting. Aromatic freshness and lift, along with a distinctly red fruit profile, are among the signatures. It will be interesting to see if this style of Cos - one in which concentration and textural richness are backed off - is the result of the vintage or an evolution in winemaking philosophy, or perhaps, as is most likely, a little bit of both. (AG)" (04/2017)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2005 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC - 2 available ($2,379.00)

96 points James Suckling: "A meaty and decadent Lynch with very ripe currant aromas on the nose. Full body, velvety-textured tannins and a powerful finish. It shows so much structure and fruit yet remains polished and focused. Lovely now to drink but better in 2017." (11/2015)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "There's a relaxed feel to this wine. Cazes's team can dress Lynch-Bages in the black-tie formality of a first growth, but the wine is still lovely-a touch of gaminess makes it friendly rather than ponderous. There's something ethereal about its tannins, like a chocolate truffle melting in the mouth. (Daniel Llose used 80 percent new oak for this vintage; the yields were short so there were more new barrels to go around, and at a tannic index of 82, the wine could handle it). Pure black cherry flavor saturates the wine with freshness; the complexity is intriguing and silken rather than aggressive. This should be readily accessible at ten to 20 years of age and should thrive for years after." (10/2008)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Classic Lynch-Bages with just a bit of extra power and richness. While the tannins are structured, it is the velvety fruit that rolls around the mouth that is the most dominant character. It is coming together into a wine that will be big and dense, but never over the top. (RV)" (06/2008)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Textbook, with mouthfilling and slightly gutsy black currant, fig and blackberry fruit flavors bound together by singed cedar, iron and tobacco notes. Features a tug of loam followed by a second wave of fruit through the finish. This is just starting to stretch out.--Blind '01/'03/'05 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2017). Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM, Web Only-20118)"

93 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. Delicate aromas of blackcurrant, mocha and graphite are lifted by minerals and violet. Enters pure, dense and round, then shows lively, precise flavors of black fruits, dried nuts, ink and minerals. This has greater volume and flesh than the 2006, along with a brooding, sneaky concentration and a very long, supple finish. The best Lynch-Bages in years, this should prove to be a great wine in time, and a huge success for this estate. (ID) 93+" (01/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As for the 2005 Lynch-Bages, it is a sexy, surprisingly soft and accessible style of wine, with a deep ruby/purple color, loads of crème de cassis, cedar wood and forest floor notes, medium to full body, ripe tannin and a long, fleshy finish. Drink it over the next 15+ years. (RP)" (06/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson - excellent color. Spicy nose. Round, fresh and rich. Luscious and already the tannins seem quite polished but it clearly has potential for even greater development. 17.5/20 points (JR)" (06/2009)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. 94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Château Lynch Bages 2005 has an enthralling graphite and cedar scented bouquet, like a young cousin of the Grand Puy Lacoste. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, one of the most feminine and elegant Lynch Bages in recent years with a lightness of touch on the finish. That is not to say it lacks fruit intensity, but the balance is so assured that is just seems to glide over the mouth. Stylish, assured and meticulous winemaking here." (02/2015)

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 14th Edition Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $3500) - 5 available ($2,499.99)

93 points Whisky Advocate: "Greater levels of cask interaction have added an extra dimension to a whisky that is often skeletal. The smokes in the background, as salted cashew, peppermint, tansy, furniture polish, and smoked meats take center stage. The palate is slowly expanding and smoked, with some chocolate and wax. Finally, a Port Ellen that is truly, classically mature. A killer. (DB, Winter 2014)"

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 13, 2018

This legendary malt from the silent Port Ellen did what few uber-priced malts have ever done for me- delivered on its promise of greatness. The 14th edition has a nose of smokey cured meat that reminds me of walking into my favorite German butcher, but with a glass of nutty old oloroso in my hand. The spice box complexity in the mouth was so well married to the nearly effortless texture of the whisky that I had a hard time both could exist in the same glass at the same time. The finish of this Port Ellen is nearly endless- what a treat!

2016 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (750ml) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 4 available ($3,549.00)

100 points James Suckling: "This is a phenomenal, muscular red that shows incredible power and depth. Full-bodied and with great concentration of tannins but this remains agile and polished. The form to this is stupendous. Such precision and clarity. The new 1986 but better." (04/2017)

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Mouton-Rothschild is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the latter two co-fermented, picked from 26 September and finished on 14 October. As usual, it is being matured in 100% new oak. It has a very intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, cold limestone and crushed violet aromas that if anything, appear to gain vigor with aeration in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, juicy tannin. There is a lot of fruit packed into this Mouton-Rothschild and therefore one can feel the weight in the mouth, yet the acidity keeps everything on tip-toes. The finish has superb precision and opulence, completing a Mouton-Rothschild that will rivet you to the spot. Tasted on two occasions, the second confirming that this is simply a magnificent wine. Whichever artist eventually designs the label is going to be drinking well. (NM)" (04/2017)

98-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "The opulence of this wine is very much in the tradition of the estate. This year, though, there is a level of freshness that's amazing. The generous tannins and acidity give the wine the perfect lift. It's a great wine from this estate, likely to mature for decades. (RV)" (04/2017)

95-98 points Vinous: "On first impression, the 2016 Mouton Rothschild is incredibly reminiscent of the 1986, especially in its aromatics. On the palate, the 2016 naturally reflects the more finessed personality of the year as well as 30 years of continual refinements in vineyard and cellar work. Graphite, grilled herbs, smoke, crème de cassis, bittersweet chocolate and ripe plums are some of the many flavors that flesh out in the glass in an utterly captivating, exquisite Mouton that I had to taste twice and then directly from barrel because of its pure allure. Although it is early, the 2016 Mouton is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. (AG) 95-98+" (04/2017)

98 points Decanter: "For the 2016 vintage, Philippe Dhalluin and his team have wrought a big, rich Mouton full of seductive grilled coffee bean, slate, graphite, tight cassis and bilberry. This has depth and impact and closely approaches the 2010. Astonishing! Clearly powerful but with the beauty and flourish of Mouton. It is a long lasting wine, just stretching out endlessly in front of you. The tannins are ever present and precise with a sweetness to them and a satin edge. This is 100% new oak, but has that 2016 trick of seeming perfectly integrated already. A wine to age then sink into on some happy future date. 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot (the last two were co-vinified, unusually). (JA)" (04/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot picked from 26 September (Merlot) until 14 October (Cabernet Sauvignon). Exceptional crimson. Real lift and transparency. Quite a soaring dry style with great texture and refreshment. Very strong style statement. Infusion of Cabernet. A sort of amalgam of cassis and tar in that very Mouton way but with 21st-century lift and transparency. Quite brave in a way. Bone dry and utterly embryonic compared with most of the 2016s. 18.5+/20 points (JR)" (04/2017)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

1934 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC - 1 available ($9,999.00)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Tastes smooth and elegant, with that difficult-to-describe character that some call finesse. Its straightforward, crisp cherry flavors are overlain with a wonderful, spicy bottle bouquet." (11/1991)