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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - November 21st, 2017 - 11/21/2017 - 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
2016 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine $9.99 View
2016 Domaine Lafage "Novellum" Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 92 $10.99 View
2015 Bedouet "Clos des Grands Primos" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie $12.99 View
2014 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill - Old Vines" Monastrell Alicante 92 $12.99 View
Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut $12.99 View
2015 Domaine Petroni Corse Rouge (Corsica) 90 $12.99 View
2016 Domaine du Petit Clocher Anjou Blanc $13.99 View
2016 Domaine des Remizières Crozes-Hermitage 90 $15.99 View
2014 Bedouet "Expression du Pallet Vieilles Vignes" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Price: Hidden View
2007 Malescasse, Haut-Medoc $16.99 View
2015 Seigneurs d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon $16.99 View
2015 Yves Duport "Origin'L Reserve" Bugey Brut Price: Hidden View
2015 Bench Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $19.99 View
2014 Beringer "Estate" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $30) 93 Price: Hidden View
2015 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "Hissez O" Terrasses du Larzac Price: Hidden View
2015 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Chardonnay 96 $34.99 View
2015 Scattered Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 97 $34.99 View
2014 Mindego Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 94 $39.99 View
2014 Mindego Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 95 $39.99 View
2013 Elvio Cogno "Cascina Nuova" Barolo 97 $49.99 View
2013 Cantina del Pino "Albesani" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) 95 $56.99 View
2013 Giacomo Fenocchio "Bussia" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 97 $59.99 View
2001 Marchesi di Barolo "Sarmassa" Barolo 90 $59.99 View
2016 Tardieu Laurent "Cuvée Spéciale" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $59.99 View
2013 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $80+) 98 $64.95 View
2013 Cantina del Pino "Ovello" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) 97 $64.99 View
2015 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Les Trois Sources" (Pre-Arrival) 97 $69.99 View
2012 DuMol "Jack Robert's Run" Sonoma Coast Syrah 95 $69.99 View
1995 Miltonduff 22 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $89.99 View
2015 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 98 $99.99 View
Lagavulin "2016 Edition" 12 Year Old Natural Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $130) $99.99 View
Pol Roger "White Foil - Extra Cuvée de Reserve" Brut Champagne (1.5L) 92 $109.00 View
2014 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 98 $129.99 View
1979 Domaine de Maouhum "28 (really 38) Year Old" Bas-Armagnac (750ml) $129.99 View
1986 L'Encantada 30 Year Old "La Frêche" Bas-Armagnac (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $129.99 View
1989 Talbot, St-Julien $129.99 View
2013 Kapcsandy "Estate Cuvée - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 $134.99 View
2014 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 95 $189.99 View
2015 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 95 $199.99 View
Ardbeg "Twenty Something" 23 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $549.99 View
2013 Kapcsandy Family "Grand Vin - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 $549.99 View
2015 Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos des Ruchottes (Pre-Arrival) 98 $699.99 View
1986 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 100 $2,199.99 View
2005 Latour, Pauillac (3L) 100 $4,099.99 View

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2016 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine ($9.99)

This Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine displays an intense, classic nose of cut grass, pepper and, believe it or not, pineapples and lemons, with plenty of minerality. Very crisp and refreshing, like a cross between a classic Touraine and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, at an astonishingly low price! Perfect with seafood. Grown in an area located between the Loire River and the Cher River and sandwiched between the towns of Tours and Blois, the wine shows the classic characteristics of the rich clay soils that are fortified with flint and limestone. Very bright and cheery and drinks well at any occasion, even those occasions that call for those unfortunate little clear plastic cups that you have to use outdoors.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 07, 2018

"All in the golden afternoon, full leisurely we glide..." Those evanescent words were penned over 150 years ago by Lewis Carroll of Alice fame about an English waterway, but they could as easily apply to the Loire with its shimmering panorama, resplendently grand chateau, and elegant waterfowl. If you cannot for some reason find yourself repairing leisurely down that beautiful river in the heart of France, you can at least venture to open a bottle of this crisply dry, tropical-flinty Sauvignon Blanc, pour yourself a glass, lie back, and enjoy the immediate rapture of being wherever you are. The good ship Vicarious awaits!

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 29, 2017

You can't ask for much more at this price point! Crisp, refreshing and lively, this Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine is full of bright citrus, notes of ripe pineapple and cut grass and an intense minerality. Perfect for any occasion and priced right, this is one to buy a few of and keep around the house!

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 30, 2017

The Touraine AOC is quite large with approximately 5500 hectares of vineyards on both banks of the Loire River between Saumur and Orleans. A broad range of wines are produced white and red and rosé, sparkling and still. For white grapes, there is some Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, but more than 80% of the wine produced is Sauvignon Blanc. The 2016 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine is one of the best values we offer in a Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, a less expensive alternative to the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé which is produced just upriver. Very dry and crisp in style with lively citrus notes. Lightly savory and intensely mineral in expression. Terrific value at this price point.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 30, 2017

Back in stock for spring, the bright Les Roches is a crisp, picnic-perfect value from Loire's Touraine region. This customer favorite somehow shows complex Sancerre sensibilities for under ten bucks. While the last celebrated vintage was a hit, 2016 is even flintier, displaying an intense, classic nose of cut grass, tropical fruit and lemons, with plenty of minerality, sharper than 2015 but just as drinkable. Super refreshing, 2016 Les Roches Sauvignon Blanc is a great choice for parties, alfresco dining, or just to make weeknights more enjoyable.

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2016 Domaine Lafage "Novellum" Chardonnay Pays d'Oc ($10.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sensational wine that will compete with wines five times the price, the 2016 Novellum Chardonnay is the real deal and actually reminded me of a Chardonnay from Mark Aubert in California's Sonoma County. White peach, crushed rocks, spice and brioche notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that has depth, layered texture and length. Buy it. (JD)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 20, 2017

Hands down, this is one of the best pound-for-pound Chardonnays in the store right now. Boasting notes of grapefruit, white nectarine, chamomile and a touch of oily richness - there is no reason that this value white should not be featured on your Thanksgiving dinner table. It's the perfect dinner companion for any occasion really, but especially those coming up in the next few months!

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 17, 2017

Easily one of the best white wine values I have tasted this year, the 2016 Domaine Lafage Novellum is the epitome of what the Languedoc/Roussillon is capable of producing. This rich, textured and complex white is layered in tropical fruit notes and baked apple flavors. The wine unfolds with a seamless feel as fruit note after fruit note blends with soft oak nuances. This is an outstanding value that pretty much blows away anything from California that is even remotely close to its price.

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2015 Bedouet "Clos des Grands Primos" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie ($12.99)

The Bedouet family's history in the region dates back to the 1890's when the estate was created by grandfather, Henri. Grandson, Michel took possession and expanded the holdings when he assumed the reins in 1990. In 2010, he began the conversion to organic farming. The vines for the Clos des Grands Primos are planted on a mix of gneiss, mica and schist soils creating the classic flavor profile of Muscadet. Notes of grapefruit, salted apples, melon and flint expand on the nose and crisp acidity on the palate makes for one of our best Muscadets in the store right now.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 21, 2018

The Clos Des Grands Primos is a must for anyone who loves clean, unoaked, racy white wine at an everyday price. I love the vivacious zip and oyster shell complexity of this surprisingly long finishing wine. This makes a great glass to sip on after work, and is perfect for seafood!

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2014 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill - Old Vines" Monastrell Alicante ($12.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lastly, the 2014 Tarima Hill, from Alicante, is also 100% Mourvèdre aged 20 months in French oak and from the oldest vines of the estate, planted 1935-1975. They are also relatively high elevation, at 2,000 to 2,400 feet above sea level. This wine shows wonderful, pure aromatics of blueberry, black raspberries, chalk and spring flowers. The wine has beautiful, full-bodied texture, impressive ripeness and purity and length. The minerality is present, and the wine a heck of a value. (RP)" (08/2016)

90 points James Suckling: "Intense prune, spice and leather aromas, massive tannins and a huge fleshy body mark this out as a prototypical, modern Spanish monastrell, but it isn't either as heavy nor sweet as many others. Drink now." (07/2017)

Wine Spectator: "Black olive, tar and toasted walnut flavors frame a core of roasted plum and meaty notes in this ripe red. Light, firm tannins and balsamic acidity provide structure. (TM, Web-2016)"

K&L Notes: Bodegas Volver's Tarima Hill Monastrell (Mourvedre) is sourced from estate-grown, ungrafted, organic, dry-farmed vines which were planted between 1935 and 1970 in the shallow limestone soils of Alicante. The grapes are cultivated and harvested entirely by hand and manually sorted at the winery and fermented on indigenous yeast. The wine was then aged for 14 months in primarily new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 29, 2017

Don't be fooled by the price, this is a serious wine that packs a punch. Fleshy and ripe without bordering on off-dry, this is powerful and rich while maintaining a sense of balance. Well integrated tannin and acidity provide lift to the generous fruit. Ripe, juicy blackberry, blueberry and figs, violets, cloves and dried herbs provide the backbone on this incredible offering from Bodegas Volver. If you like big, bold wines, this should definitely be on your list of wines to try.

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

While the 2015 vintage of Tarima Hill placed an impressive #17 on this year's Wine Spectator Top 100 list, it is the 2014 that many winemakers and Spanish critics consider the stronger vintage on the Mediterranean influenced, eastern portion of Spain. As usual, this is all old vine Monastrell, which gives fresh, spicy, satisfying, more deeply pitched red fruit flavors and an underlying citrus peel note, with just a smidge of new oak influence which rounds out the texture and contributes a bit of flavor as well. Deceptively complex for a $12.99 wine - and a wine that I am used to being a bit plumper from its earlier vintages - I found myself editing this review a few times as the wine opened up and developed with time. A delicious, super friendly wine for entertaining - at a great price.

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Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut ($12.99)

Wine Enthusiast: "This blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc is crisp, bright with a lively mousse and clean acidity. It was aged in caves for 18 months before release, giving a chance for some bottle aging while keeping the wine fresh. Drink now. (RV)" (05/2018)

Wine Spectator: "Soft, delivering ginger, brioche and pear notes, with a friendly, open finish. Drink now. (JM, Web only-2013)"

K&L Notes: A pale yellow wine with tiny bubbles, this Cremant de Loire Brut is rounded and delicate with a fine, nervy, complex nose and the freshness of Chenin Blanc, floral Chardonnay and fruity Cabernet Franc from 20- to 30-year-old vines. With its lively attack, it evolves gracefully across the palate with nice aromatic persistence in the mouth and lingering notes of fresh peaches and pear. A great opener to a memorable night! 12.5% abv.

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

Classic Cremant de Loire, and on of the best sparkling wine values we have had at K&L for long, long time. Cool yellow fruits, rich yeast notes and a crisp finish. It drinks well above it's price point.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2016

It's toasty and light, floral and fruity, drinkable and inexpensive. Enough said, right? While lovely all by itself, it's also a bottle that you don't feel guilty adding a dash of crème de cassis to for a brunch-time sparkling cocktail.

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2015

Here's a top holiday pick for the sheer quality to value! Providing a light, elegant entry marked with a streak of refreshing acidity and hint of stone fruit, this is a perfect go-to party bubble. Recommended for any occasion big or small!

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 17, 2013

There is a lot of wine in the bottle for this low price. The Deligeroy Brut is dry,crisp and fairly light. Easy to drink, it will be a pleasure to drink alone or with salads,fish and chicken.

Staff ImageSarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 28, 2012

What a screaming deal at $11.99! This bubbly from the Loire Valley will delight you with its refreshingly pleasant acidity, fine bubble structure, and hints of pear, apple and minerals. Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay & Cabernet Franc. When I first brought this wine home, I admittedly had intended to just mix it with my Mathilde Cassis for a Kir Royale, but I wanted to give the wine its proper due and poured a glass out straight first. A wonderful surprise met me, and I never did add that cassis.... the wine somehow disappeared too quickly! Perfect for holiday entertaining!

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 25, 2012

On the nose you will find generous fruit, releasing hints of apples and peaches. The palate has wonderful balance and elegance, dry & crisp, but admirable fullness and length, closely mirroring the nose. This is an excellent aperitif for all social occasions.

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2011

In our recent staff tasting for sparkling wines. This by far was top of the class! I brought it to start the Thanksgiving Day events. Deligeroy did not disappoint! It went perfect with the root salad!

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2011

The region of Saumur in the Loire Valley of France is the largest producer of sparkling wines outside of Champagne. This blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc is an astonishing value at $11.99. Dry and crisp in style with a rich, creamy texture. Affordable by the case for a special event. Inexpensive enough to enjoy guilt-free any night of the week. Sante!

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2010

A customer came in recently and asked for an elegant, delicate sparkling wine for a wedding celebration. Champagne was beyond his budget, so without hesitation I smiled and recommended this Cremant de Loire, arguably the greatest sparkling wine value in the world. Created with precise restrictions on everything from mandatory hand-harvesting of relatively older vines to aging regimens (a minimum of 12 months) to atmospheres of pressure (3.5 as opposed to 6 for Champagne), the Deligeroy is a finely-beaded beauty, discreetly aromatic, lacy and effervescent. The careful assemblage of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc adds aromatic complexity, giving this wine an added degree of sophistication. Highly recommended!

Staff ImageGary Lai | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 21, 2010

This light and effervescent Cremant is a great party apperitif! A delicate apricot undertone with vibrant acidity, this sparkling goes down fast and easy!

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 03, 2010

Excellent bubbles for a budget! Lively peach and pear fruit with tiny bubbles and an excellent bead. Well-rounded, delicate, with a fresh, crsipy finish. Excellent as an apertif and with a salad. A price too good to pass up!

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2015 Domaine Petroni Corse Rouge (Corsica) ($12.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Lightly rustic, with bramble and dried anise notes weaving throughout. The core of violet plum sauce and raspberry coulis is pure and vibrant, extending through a lengthy finish. A fun, character-filled wine. *Top 100 Wines of 2017* (JM)" (03/2017)

K&L Notes: Domaine Petroni is an estate on the eastern side of Corsica near Lake Diane. Lake Diane is a famous lagoon, where the local aquaculture produces gorgeous oysters and mussels. Now run by the Ramazotti brothers, this idyllic location overlooks the Mediterranean with its vineyards composed of sandy and clay soils. The rouge is a blend of 50% Niellucciu, 35% Syrah, and 15% Grenache. Grapes are fermented in concrete tanks and aged 12 months in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit-driven aspects of the wine.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2017

I visited this property a few years ago on a brief but meaningful trip to Corsica. Petroni's vineyards sit on the hills surrounding Lake Diane, a renowned source for oysters and mussels on the island. While wandering through the vineyards, you can see the Mediterranean sitting to the east just past the lake and when you turn to the west, you see the mountains of Corsica erupting high into the air. It reminds you what an onerous, inaccessible place this island can be. To their credit, Corsica is famously known as the island often invaded but never conquered. It is a scene that illustrates the rugged intensity of the people, their wines and the fascinating flavor profiles those wines deliver. Petroni is a small family estate making their wines at the local cooperative. This gives it the advantage of access to top flight facilities and some of the best wine consultants on the island. Another advantage - without the added cost of the facility, it keeps the cost more affordable! Corsica has gained a bit of a reputation for making great wines but the pricing can be as daunting as conquering the island. The primary grape in the "Rouge blend" is the local grape called Niellucciu, thought to be a lost clone of Sangiovese. The grape offers up the kind of bright acidity, red fruit and savory notes that you usually find in coastal Sangiovese reds. The rest of the blend is made up of Syrah and Grenache, which amplify the weight and density of the wine while adding l

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 27, 2017

Th Corsican grape Niellucciu may be a bit of a challenge to wrap your tongue around, but the wines blended from this lusty, robust variety require little effort to enjoy! A distinct, island variant of Sangiovese, plantings in heavily maritime-influenced Corsica are a product of the unique microclimate, mountainous terrain, and abundant sunlight (more than anywhere on the French mainland), ensuring perfectly ripe, beautifully-structured wines with bursting aromas and flavors of purple plums, raspberries, black pepper and a melange of minerals. Succulent and lingering, and at under $13 a great holiday giveaway, but be sure to keep a case for yourself!

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 26, 2017

When I tasted this wine I guessed that it cost more than it does. There is a lot going on in this wine for this price. In the nose there are bright dark fruit and pepper aromas. In the mouth this continues with dark fruit flavors and a nice spice note.It is dry and balanced and will go well with food.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 19, 2017

If you've been in the store you've probably heard me waxing poetic about the wines of Corsica. They have a lot of personality, delicious depth, and are very versatile food wines. The new vintage of Petroni is here and it has everything I look for in an easy drinking wine. The nose bursts with dusty red raspberries and violets and on the palate is bright with a hint of spice and white pepper and tannins that gently grip. This has great structure. If you loved the Petroni rose last summer, you'll love the Petroni red this fall .

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 17, 2017

Petroni's minerally rosé has always been a summer staple, so I was excited to finally try their take on a red blend. I was not disappointed the Rouge is a complex, value-driven stunner! Black plum fruit up front, with plenty of lift from the Niellucciu (a clone of Sangiovese), this is earthy through the palate with a peppery kick to the finish. Corsican wine feels like rustic Italian wine made with French sensibilities, and the 2015 demonstrates that beautifully.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

Another lovely little value from the coop in Corsica that's making some of the most affordable and approachable wines in the store. This years Rouge is easily the best we've tasted from them. It does away with the brambly dried fruit of the 2014 and replaces it with a vibrant dark berry, tiny hints of fresh tobacco and evergreen. The palate is medium and wonderfully lifted, with the plummy dark fruit taking over from the subtle earthy herbal quality on the nose. Super juicy length and clean. A total joy to drink and priced to move.

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2016 Domaine du Petit Clocher Anjou Blanc ($13.99)

Founded in 1920 by the Denis grandfather with 5 hectares, the property was taken on by his son in 1946, expanding the vineyard to 23 hectares. Maurice Denis undertook the modernisation in the 1950’s, constructing a modern wine cellar, the purchasing the first tractor in 1959…. It was in 1975 that Antoine and Jean-Noel decided to follow in the family tradition and created Domaine du Petit Clocher with their father. They understood very quickly that success comes by developing quality wines, closely monitored from vineyard to bottle. Since 2000, a fourth generation of winemakers has arrived at the company. Stephane, Julien and Vincent follow the family passion and are opening up new markets. Today the domaine cultivates 80 hectares of vines. There are 80 hectares of vines are spread amongst 3 communes within a 6 kilometre radius of the domaine. The vineyard has an average age of 30 years. Has been long maintained by the family. More than half the area is made up of red varieties, (Cabernet Franc 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Grolleau Noir 5% and Gamay 2%) and the rest are predominantly white varieties (Chardonnay 25%, Chenin 18%, Grolleau Gris 12%, Sauvignon Blanc 5%).

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 29, 2018

This has intriguing musky aromas of dried apricots and ripe stone fruits along with hints of fresh white peach. The round rich middle leaves a full palate impression and the just off-dry finish is super food friendly.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 09, 2018

Possibly my favorite new under $20 white from anywhere! This wine is light and clean, without any of the funk that can sometimes crop up in Chenin Blanc. It starts with a lovely honeysuckle and apricot nose, and then expounds on the theme with peach blossom and nectarine on the palate. Though well balanced with a fresh cut of acidity, the wine still has some of the weight and texture commonly seen in wines from the area. This is thoroughly delightful on its own, but will absolutely be food friendly as well.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 15, 2017

This is a well balanced, aromatic and complex wine for under $15. What more could you ask for!? It's round and full but carries a bracing acidity to keep things lifted. It's got a great, driving minerality surrounded by notes of delicious dried apples and apricots. There's also something that reminds me of having steeped black tea alongside a pear upside down cake that I find especially appealing. The 2016 vintage in Loire is regarded as high quality. Throw an Indian summer into the mix which helped the parcels of Chenin Blanc ripen to their full potential, and you've got a particularly noteworthy Loire wine to grab. This would be great with a savory tart or a ham, cheese and asparagus quiche.

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2016 Domaine des Remizières Crozes-Hermitage ($15.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Charming and fresh, with light violet, white pepper and lavender notes leading the way for supple cherry and plum fruit flavors. Silky tannins and a light dusting of sandalwood show on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases made. (JM, Web Only-2018)"

Jeb Dunnuck: "Leading off the reds, the clean, classic and nicely textured 2016 Crozes-Hermitage offers lots of darker fruits, peppery herbs, and dried earth. It's medium-bodied, balanced, has good acidity and a great finish. Its a good value." (01/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled in June, the basic 2016 Crozes-Hermitage comes from Chassis and was aged entirely in foudres. Its a medium-bodied, fruit-forward example of Syrah, marked by bright cherries and peppery spice. Fresh and crunchy in style, its an easy quaff, with some tarry, black olive notes on the finish. (JC)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: The Desmeures family of Domaine des Remizières are fourth-generation winemakers who originally sold grapes to the local cooperative. After completing their winery in 1974, the family began production at their new property. The estate is now managed by Phillipe Desmeures, his daughter, Emilie, and son, Christophe. They have expanded to 30 hectares with vineyards in Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Hermitage. Emilie now oversees the winemaking, with her brother Christophe tending to the vineyards. We were excited to add them to our lineup of Direct Imports last year. The basic Crozes-Hermitage comes from the hills of Crozes, on clay-limestone soils with bits of galets (stones) scattered throughout the vineyards. They use 100% destemmed Syrah grapes, then age in large oak casks. About as close to a pure expression of Syrah one could hope to find from this often-overlooked wine region. Praise for the producer from Wine Advocate: "One of my favorite Crozes-Hermitage estates is the Domaine des Rémizières...This estate needs to be on every reader’s short list." (JD, 12/2015)

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2018

It's hard to find this quality of Syrah for this price anywhere in the world let alone the Rhone Valley. The 2015 of the Remizieres Crozes was a breakthrough wine for us as it gave our clients access to the Northern Rhone for a very reasonable price. No doubt it was special as people came back for more, again and again. It became one of our best selling northern Rhone wines of all time. And from a small estate producer?? But that's what our Direct Import program helps us do - bring you quality wines at great price points. So how does the 2016 measure up? Beyond favorable, it is brighter and more overt than the 2015 which makes it so appealing now. It has great acidity and smoother tannins, sweet black plum fruit and savory spices. The 16 is not as concentrated, as 2015 was a warmer vintage overall, but it is fleshy, vibrant and good to go. I am thrilled we were able to establish this direct relationship with Remizieres. They have continued to wow us at all levels of their production from this humble little red, to their sultry whites to their deeply powerful Hermitage.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 18, 2018

This delicious bargain Syrah seems to be getting a bit richer with each new vintage yet retains the white pepper and violet aromas as well as the palate coating but fresh blue and black fruits. This is an all around great N. Rhone red that over delivers.

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2014 Bedouet "Expression du Pallet Vieilles Vignes" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Price: Hidden

The Bedouet domaine began in 1899 with Henri Bedouet, who was both a cooper and a vigneron. Today, Henri’s grandson Michel farms the family vineyards organically.

Staff ImageKaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 15, 2018

The coastline along Malibu is filled with casual outdoor seafood restaurants. I frequent these locations on my day off (Monday) and Muscadet is my common companion. Watching the waves while feasting on fresh fish requires refreshment and the simple glory of Muscadet is hard to beat. While some may consider these wine as a mere simple refresher, its obvious that if you go deeper, the better producers craft superior wines that will catch your attention. The clean purity of this wine reminds me of the finest Finnish mineral water, with salinity, a spritz of citrus, and a lightly waxy texture. With some aeration, the wine becomes more and more complex.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 26, 2018

Absolutely classic. Very crisp, lots of minerality and even a touch of salinity. A merveille with oysters!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 21, 2018

When we tasted the Expression Du Pallet from Bedouet, I imagined myself in front of a giant plateau de fruits de mer on the coast of Brittany. This wine has serious white fruit power, with a small hint of honey, but is backed by the kind of minerality and nutty lees quality that I usually only expect from expensive Champagne. The values in Muscadet have long been touted here at K&L, but this has an extra special element. What a bottle!

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 19, 2017

Just in time for Dungeness crab season, this fresh, mineral driven offering from Bedouet is the perfect accompaniment to a heaping plate of crustaceans! Notes of chalk, lemon flesh and salted ripe pineapple provide a clean, bright palate with zippy acidity. This would also make a natural pairing for rich cheese, oysters and fish in beurre blanc.

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2007 Malescasse, Haut-Medoc ($16.99)

Jancis Robinson: "Already a bit of evolution on the nose! Sweet, Earl Grey tea character. Mild and with sufficient gentle fruit on the mid palate though pretty chewy on the finish. Pretty low key. 16/20" (04/2008)

K&L Notes: Château Malescasse is an historic property ideally situated on gravel soils close to the Gironde River just north of Margaux. While it is true that 2007 will never have the power or authority of the finest vintages of the decade, the best wines display a remarkable ripeness and an admirable richness of texture. These are medium to full-bodied reds with soft tannins that will make great near to medium-term drinking. They are priced appropriately and many, like this 2007 Malescasse, offer exceptional value.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2018

This is a classic K&L find for Bordeaux--an under rated vintage from a larger appellation which is drinking far above its modest price point. If you're looking for a great weeknight claret that is ready to drink now, you should absolutely try the 2007 Malescasse.

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

The nose on this is amazing! Roses, black cherry, tobacco and minerals with nice aged savory elements. The fruit is fresh on the palate, with enough acid and restraint to make it the perfect food claret. This is THE deal in sub $20 claret at the moment.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2017

This wine is a beauty. The garnet color with some lighter tinges tells us this wine is developing nicely, and very much ready to drink. It has an appealing, sweet fruit note on the nose, but isenveloped by even more enticing woodsy, cocoa and violet notes. It has a medium body, with present but caressing tannins. Above all it is a fresh and classic Bordeaux for the table. I dont usually talk about the prices, as I find it is up to the consumer to decide if it is a good value, but in this case I have to point out that this is a great opportunity to buy, and buy by the case.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 01, 2016

The 2007 is a softer, more forward version of the 2009. There is a lovely floral lift to the nose. Good ripeness was achieved here. There is plenty of bright, sweet black fruit on the palate and surprising weight and richness. Offered at a significant price reduction to the 09, this is a superb example of an affordable, everyday red.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 06, 2016

I love the nose on this wine singing with raw, wild honey and dark coffee, but its the palate that really shows off the cooler 2007 vintage with dark berry fruit, hints of violet, and a structure thats more linear than lush. Medium tannins show up at the finish but subtly grip without being overbearing. Château Malescasse is a delicious and surprisingly complex Bordeaux, especially given the stellar price.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 23, 2016

Here is an amazing bargain approaching 10 years of age and priced to buy by the case. This is very expressive with effusive aromas and flavors of raspberry and rhubarb fruit along with cedar chest and cigar box. Bargain hunters need to taste this crisp, fruity and very complex beauty.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 19, 2016

A perfect score for value Bordeaux to enjoy tonight. This overachieving property makes great wines most any year and 2007 is no exception. I love 2007 Bordeaux-much like 1997 with 10 more years of winemaking expertise. This wine has some violets on the nose and palate. Perfumey and toasty aromas lead to the palate. Some licorice too. 53% Cab and 37% Merlot with some PV and Cab Franc thrown in.

2015 Seigneurs d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon ($16.99)

This is the second wine from Château d'Aiguilhe, in the far east of Bordeaux. Proprietor and winemaker Stephan von Neipperg is also responsible for the greatness that lies in each bottle of Château Canon-La-Gaffelière, Clos l'Oratoire, Château Peyreau and La Mondotte. The cepage is overwhelmingly Merlot, with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc. The property dates back to the 12th century and is linked to the Knights Templar. The current château, a "fortified farmhouse," was built in the 13th century. The Right Bank terroir, with its clay-limestone soils, produce outstanding Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2018

Lush aromatics of cassis, cocoa, wild berries and vanilla let you know this second wine really is second to none! It has a "sweet" palate showing the perfect ripeness of the grapes alongside smoke, blueberry, cinnamon and french vanilla. Rich and complex, this delicious wine is a classic example of what to expect from the excellent 2015 vintage - and I hear the 2016 is even better... Impressive. Really.

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2015 Yves Duport "Origin'L Reserve" Bugey Brut Price: Hidden

Yves Duport is a fourth-generation winemaker based in the town of Groslee, one of the villages located in the not-so-well-known appellation of Bugey. Bugey lies to the west of Savoie, in France's alpine region, with which it shares many similarities. The region is also quite close to Burgundy and Beaujolais, so many of their influences are felt as well. The classic grape varieties from both regions are planted throughout Bugey including Chardonnay, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Altesse and Mondeuse. The region itself is most famous for its Bugey-Cerdon, a slightly sweet but delightfully tangy sparkling wine. This is NOT that wine. Alongside dry wine production and Bugey-Cerdon, there is a great culture of dry sparkling wine production throughout the region and Yves Duport sits right at the top of the heap. All his sparkling wines are made in the Champagne method and the "Origin'L Reserve" is a recently disgorged version of his most popular bubbly. The wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Aligoté coming from Yves' certified organic vineyards which are planted on primarily limestone soils. It spent almost three years on the lees. Not quite Champagne but real close, the wine has a wonderful mousse with a decisive mid-palate. Golden apples and Anjou pears, a touch of ginger and some nutmeggy spices emerge on the nose. When I'm looking to up my game from a basic sparkler but still don't want to spend Champagne money, this is my go-to wine. (Keith Mabry, French Regional buyer)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 05, 2018

If you are a fan of Old World bubbly, this should definitely be in your fridge. It comes from Bugey, which is a cool wine growing area in Eastern France with viticultural origins predating the Romans. Yves Duport runs this small operation with his family, and makes fantastic wines. The OriginL Reserve has zesty minerality with flavors of stone fruit and baked apples, and a touch of toast from 12 months on the lees. Its very clean, crisp and refreshing. For now, Bugey doesnt quite command the prices other famous bubbly regions do, making it a killer value.

Staff ImageElsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 31, 2017

The sparkling wines I've tasted continue to impress my palate and this brut sparkling from Yves Duport is no different. The fruit and floral aromatics are inviting with well-balanced acidity and fruit notes. A great bottle of bubbly for any night!

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2015 Bench Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($19.99)

The 2015 Bench Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir has yet to be professionally reviewed, but the 2014 received a score of 91 pts from Wine Enthusiast with the following review: "This is a steal of a wine, tart and satisfying in its crispness of pine needle, cranberry and pomegranate flavors, and well-crafted in every way. Texturally integrated, it offers approachability within a complex, layered package, lingering on the finish with a tease of cola."

2014 Beringer "Estate" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $30) Price: Hidden

93 points James Suckling: "Very pretty red with plum and forest floor aromas and flavors. Hints of walnut and mushroom. Full body, round and soft tannins and a flavorful finish. Fuller style but all there. Real California Pinot." (05/2017)

K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "The Pinot Noir grapes for this wine were selected from vineyards along the Sonoma Coast region of Sonoma County. Sonoma Coast obtained its AVA status in 1985, and the area extends from San Pablo Bay in the south to the border of Mendocino County in the north. The region is unique and well-known for its cool and sometime foggy climate due to its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. For the 2015 vintage of the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, fruit was sourced from the Grace Benoist Ranch, La Petite Étoile Vineyard as well as the illustrious Emeritus Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. This Beringer Sonoma Coast wine is 100% Pinot Noir and opens with beautiful and inviting aromas of red cherry, strawberry and black tea. The nose leads to a core of juicy fruit flavors where the red fruit flavors standout alongside touches of brown spice adding depth and complexity. The hallmark cool-climate structure is balanced by generous fruit and bright acidity and makes this well-rounded wine very food friendly."

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2015 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "Hissez O" Terrasses du Larzac Price: Hidden

Last Call Before the 2016 Arrives! - The Hissez O is the pinnacle of production for the domaine. Sourced from the highest-altitude, lowest-yielding parcel, the wine is composed of 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache, and 5% Cinsault. The Hissez O is also aged in large, older demi-muid barrels, adding richness and texture to the wine. As with all things Reserve d'O, the farming is certified both Ecocert Organic and Demeter Biodynamic. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional Buyer) *Biodynamic, Natural Wine*

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 12, 2018

I met Marie and Fred Chauffray at an intimate dinner gathering late last year, the small group of us congregating around the kitchen, eventually moving to the dinner table to enjoy a fabulous feast prepared by my colleague (and our French Regional buyer), Keith Mabry. We quaffed several different wines that night but it was this very bottle that made me take an extra long moment to appreciate what was going on in my glass. The color was a deep, rich purple, the aromatics reminded me of violets, some black pepper, with a splash of red fruits. On the palate, this was so beautifully fresh and balanced, with soft tannins, such lovely structure and finesse. We took a few minutes to take it all in - the aromas, the flavors, the personality of the wine, and the special moment of sharing it with its makers amongst friends. Fred then busted out an old banjo, began picking away at a few Prince songs and I found myself singing as I can only after consuming a special bottle. A truly memorable wine.

2015 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Chardonnay ($34.99)

96 points James Suckling: "A dense and beautiful Chardonnay with the focus and presence you expect in a top white from Napa. Full body, yet polished and formed with beautiful ripe fruit, lemon and mineral character. Hints of mineral, toasted oak and caramel. Drink or age. One for the cellar." (03/2017)

92 points Vinous: "The 2015 Chardonnay Private Reserve presents all of the notes that are so typical of this wine. Butter, tropical fruit, vanillin and sweet French oak are all pushed forward. Ample, creamy and expressive, the 2015 is a prototypical California barrel fermented Chardonnay. (AG)" (12/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Beautifully crafted, rich and layered, with tiers of smoky oak, buttery fig and tangerine, showing touches of fig and melon. Adds up to a delightfully lingering aftertaste. (JL)" (04/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chardonnay Private Reserve is all barrel fermented, goes through 100% malolactic, and still comes from the Gamble Ranch in southern Napa. The oak is slightly more subtle than in the previous example, with touches of hazelnut, white peach, honeysuckle and tropical fruits. The oak is there, but delicious and not overdone. This is a big Chardonnay compared to the Luminus. (RP)" (12/2016)

2015 Scattered Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($34.99)

97 points Decanter: "Roasted herb, coffee, black cherry and blackberry fruit compote on the nose. The palate is rich and concentrated but never heavy, with a lively acidity providing a sense of movement. Tannins are mighty and show that this will blossom with more time. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot." (05/2018)

K&L Notes: Winery notes: "Scattered Peaks is a powerful Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon carefully curated and elegantly crafted by legendary Napa Valley Winemaker, Joel Aiken (27 years as winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyards). Bold and full-bodied, Scattered Peaks offers intense black and red fruit aromas bolstered by hints of mountain sage and a touch of anise. On the palate, dark brooding fruit flavors of black cherry and cassis mingle with essence of black licorice and violets as well as espresso and dark chocolate notes. Firm but silky tannins and a touch of vanilla support the long, lingering finish of this classic Napa Valley Cabernet. The wine is composed of: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec and was aged for 18 months in French oak, 50% new."

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 05, 2018

Dense and structured Cabernet with enough flesh and richness to be enjoyed young but surely destined for a long and glorious future. Made by one of the greats of Napa Cabernet, Joel Aiken, this wine is long in pedigree, and class. Smokey, dark fruits, blackcurrant and cassis, scorched earth, cocoa nib, graphite and charred oak. Full bodied and powerful but not a fruit bomb. No excessive ripness here, just pure, concentrated Cab with muscular tannin and warm, earthy undertones. We had been working with this wine long before the huge Decanter score dropped...I love it when an old favorite comes up good! Get it while you can...and plan ahead for a decade of enjoyment.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 07, 2018

This 2015 starts off with dense but very expressive aromatics of deep red/black fruit, forest floor, and vanilla. The palate is layered with brighter red fruit (plum, cherry) and fine grain, mouthcoating tannins. Although the aromatics imply a pretty imposing red, there is a freshness on the palate that highlights a level of refinement. Good balanced Napa Cabernet, and very compelling for the price. With its recent press, this is not long for the shelves.

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2014 Mindego Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay ($39.99)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Chardonnay is one of the most distinctive wines being made in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Graphite, smoke, peach, mint and honey give the 2014 much of its exotic flair. Dramatic in both its flavors and phenolic intensity, the 2014 is absolutely gorgeous. The aromatics are slightly reductive, so I would give the 2014 a good bit of air. There is no question the 2014 is a stunning wine, although it shows the most extroverted, flamboyant side of what is possible in the Santa Cruz Mountains. (AG)" (07/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chardonnay from Mindego Ridge comes from a tiny 1.5-acre parcel and spent 11 months in mostly neutral French oak. Beautiful notes of white peach, pineapple, exotic flowers and hints of mint all flow from this medium to full-bodied, rich, layered, gorgeous Chardonnay that has excellent freshness and vibrancy. Like all 2014s, its upfront and ready to go, with tons of fruit. Drink it over the coming couple of years. The Gollnick family continues to make a brilliant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the estate Mindego Ridge Vineyard. There's not much of these to go around, but they're well worth the extra effort to track down! (JD)" (10/2016)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

I love how both of the 2014 offerings from Mindego Ridge offer up a perfect synthesis of varietal and place. This wine is hand-picked from the estate's tiny 1.3 acre planting of Chardonnay. The wine expresses beautiful ripeness with golden orchard and stone fruit charters. A supple, soft texture on the palate, the wine is rich and mouth-filling. Into the finish the wines' cool climate Santa Cruz Mountain aspect shines through with beautiful focus, glistening saline minerality and lovely line and length. The oak handling is very subtle and alcohol perfect balanced at 13.7%. A stunning, pristine wine that perfect illustrates how special the Santa Cruz Mountains are.

2014 Mindego Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir ($39.99)

95 points Vinous: "As good as the Chardonnay is in 2014, the Pinot Noir is even better. Rich, dramatic and full-bodied, yet with remarkable translucence, the 2014 takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. Violet, lavender, mint, dark spice and leather come together in a crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures that is hard to describe. Readers who can find the 2014 should not hesitate. (AG)" (07/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sporting a vibrant ruby color, the 2014 Pinot Noir has awesome fruit intensity in its bright black raspberry, Bing cherry, lavender and distinct floral characteristics. Upfront, medium-bodied, seamless and polished, with bright acidity and a clean finish, this is a beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir that will be better with short-term cellaring and keep through 2023. The Gollnick family continues to make a brilliant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the estate Mindego Ridge Vineyard. There's not much of these to go around, but they're well worth the extra effort to track down! (JD)" (10/2016)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

I love how both of the 2014 offerings from Mindego Ridge offer up a perfect synthesis of varietal and place. The Pinot Noir immediately communicates is terroir of coastal mountains, coniferous forests and pacific ocean breezes. The wine has such a delicate yet distinctive perfume: crunchy black and red berries, mulling spices, pine needles, fruitcake. One the palate the wine is concentrated but focused, it has feeling of small, tight, clusters of fruit and a perfect balance of ripeness and acidity. Whilst the fruit expression is pure Pinot Noir, I also love that this wine embraces just a dash of the varietals savory side; there's bramble, forest floor and slatey minerals. Such a complete, complex and compelling wine that continues evolving with every sip.

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2013 Elvio Cogno "Cascina Nuova" Barolo ($49.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Aromas of dark berries, flowers and truffles. Full-bodied, super-integrated and refined. Great texture and a fantastic finish. Don't miss this. So approachable now but will be great for years in the future." (07/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Barolo Cascina Nuova is the most accessible of the various single-vineyard Barolos released by the Elvio Cogno winery. But this vintage is a little different. Proprietor and winemaker Valter Fissore says that 2013 reminds him of 1999 for the deeper sense of structure and depth demonstrated by Nebbiolo this growing cycle. The vines are young, averaging 15 years old, and the wine sees a 40-day maceration period with submerged caps. As a result, this wine shows the austerity of young Barolo with vibrant fruit, deep color richness and lingering flavors of dark fruit and spice. Cascina Nuova is not technically a single-vineyard expression, but the folks at this winery treat it as if it were.The growth of the Novello township within the Barolo appellation has been outstanding. Back in 1994, the Elvio Cogno winery was the only one operating in this area that was once considered removed from the production heart of Barolo. Today, nine producers make wine in this village and have brought Novello to the forefront of the Barolo identity. Valter Fissore and Nadia Cogno are largely responsible for bringing Novello out from the shadows. Today, they are dedicating special focus on the Ravera cru that provides the fruit for all their top-shelf wines, including the Barolo Ravera, Barolo Ravera Bricco Pernice and the Barolo Ravera Riserva Elena. (These name changes will be complete within the next two vintages.) (ML)" (08/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Red berry, rose petal, white pepper and chopped herb are just some of the aromas you'll find on this. The bright full-bodied palate delivers crushed raspberry, dark cherry, star anise and tobacco alongside firm refined tannins and vibrant acidity. It's already tempting but will be even better with more bottle age. Drink 2021-2033. (KO)" (09/2017)

91 points Vinous: "Cogno's 2013 Barolo Cascina Nuova is terrific. Bright red cherry, plum, sweet flowers, white pepper all give the Cascina Nuova its distinctive, bright profile. The tannins are naturally a bit raw at this early stage, but the Cascina Nuova is a superb entry-level wine with plenty of Ravera character. (AG)" (02/2017)

2013 Cantina del Pino "Albesani" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) ($56.99)

95 points Vinous: "Usually a rich, bombastic wine, the 2013 Barbaresco Albesani shows more finesse than I remember seeing in the past. There is plenty of the power that is so typical of this site, but at the same time, the 2013 is translucent, super-elegant and refined. Another few years in bottle will do wonders for the Albesani, which, despite its obvious appeal, is very tightly wound at this stage. A persistent, striking finish rounds things out in style. At this stage the Albesani is the most complete wine in the range." (10/2017)

2013 Giacomo Fenocchio "Bussia" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rose, iris, wild berry and baking spice aromas merge with scents of new leather and a balsamic menthol note on this stunning and classically crafted Barolo. The structured, polished palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, pipe tobacco and licorice framed in tightly knit noble tannins and bright acidity. It's going to just keep getting better and better over the next few decades. Drink from 2023 through 2053. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (09/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Barolo Bussia shows tight delineation with crisp fruity aromas that are characteristic of this slightly cooler and longer growing season. Sour cherry, dried raspberry and spice lead to a fresh finale with integrated tannins and acidity. This vintage saw a 40-day maceration period in order to add to the aromatic intensity and the structural fiber of the wine. (ML)" (08/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "Attractive aromas of leather, tar and dark berry follow through to a full body, medium-silky tannins and a juicy finish. Very fine and polished." (07/2017)

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2001 Marchesi di Barolo "Sarmassa" Barolo ($59.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Loads of fruit in this wine with a black pepper undertone. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. Best after 2009. (JS)" (10/2005)

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

If you are looking for ready to drink Barolo- you just found it! The Sarmassa is full of the tar and roses that we love Barolo for, and still has plenty of tannic power and freshness. This will be perfect with rich meaty dishes!

2016 Tardieu Laurent "Cuvée Spéciale" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The tiny production 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale is Grenache dominated and comes from 100-year-old vines planted in the sandy portions of the famed la Crau lieu-dit. It looks to be one of the stars in the vintage. Blackberries, pepper, violets, and earth all emerge from this full-bodied, massively concentrated, Grenache that has sweet tannin, no hard edges and the opulence and purity of this sensational vintage." (10/2017)

94-96 points Vinous: "Bright violet. Expansive aromas of red and blue fruit preserves, exotic spices and incense develop a sexy potpourri element with air. Broad, seamless and deep in the mouth, offering intense black raspberry, cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors braced and sharpened by a core of juicy acidity. The floral note comes back steadily as the wine opens in the glass and carries through a sweet, strikingly long, subtly tannic finish that shows outstanding clarity. (JR)" (07/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Not as deeply crimson as the other two 2016 Châteauneufs from this producer. The sand may explain. Very fragrant and lifted. Already quite expressive on the nose, and apparently not as dense as its stablemates. Very round and charming on the front palate. Masses of both tannin and acidity underneath but its the smoothly polished fruit that grabs the attention. Theres a note of tamarind as well as of red glacé cherries here. All pleasure but it definitely should evolve further. Rich red fruit. Extra complexity already compared with the Vieilles Vignes version. (RH) 18.5/20" (09/2017)

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2013 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $80+) ($64.95)

98 points James Halliday: "It is supremely elegant and finely balanced, and has absorbed the new oak in a manner worthy of a Grand Cru White Burgundy, leaving the fragrant bouquet and finely structured palate of startling length to occupy centre stage. 64% cultured yeast, 36% wild yeast, fermented in and matured for 11 months in new French oak." (01/2017)

97 points Bob Campbell: "Lightish green/yellow hue, restrained for its age, and the bouquet is ultra-fresh and youthful, with almost contradictory intensity thanks to concentrated fruit. Tremendous depth of flavour, which rolls on and on across the tongue. Lightly toasted cashews, subtly mealy, focused and tautly framed. A most impressive chardonnay which has a big future. A stunner! (HH - Real Review)"

96 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant and graceful, this opens to supple lemon and tangerine flavors, accented by spice, cedar, mineral and white floral touches. Everything is precise and supple, with a juicy touch on the epic finish. Drink now through 2026. *Highly Recommended* (MW)" (07/2016)

95 points Vinous: "(raised in 100 percent new French oak) Pale yellow-gold. A highly complex, mineral-laced bouquet evokes fresh citrus and orchard fruits, iodine, toasted brioche and white flowers, and a hint of fennel emerges with air. Shows superb depth and delineation, offering vibrant orange, pear, sweet butter and anise flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Powerful yet graceful, displaying superb focus and thrust on an impressively long finish that features lingering floral and mineral flourishes. (JR)" (10/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "Fabulous flamboyance and opulence yet a freshness and brightness underneath. Full body, lemon curd, apple meringue undertones. Vibrant finish." (03/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chardonnay Art Series is very ripe and rich, with a tropical nose of ginger, brioche and honeyed peach. The medium-bodied palate reveals a pleasant oiliness, which is in synch with the spicy richness. The finish has great length and freshness supporting the many layers. (LPB) 93+" (03/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "As always at Leeuwin Estate, the Art Series Chardonnay is a star. Now incorporating some natural ferments and slightly more solids, the 2013 features some more savory elements than in the past. A hint of pencil shavings highlights the pear and pineapple fruit, which offers plenty of flesh without being overbearing. (JC)" (02/2017)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 03, 2017

I was stunned by the quality of this beautifully crafted Chardonnay. An intriguing bouquet of saffron, baking spice, lemon meringue and green apples hints at its nuance and complexity. On the palate, electrifying acidity enhances the aforementioned flavors, and while there is an underlying richness from the oak regimen, the emphasis is on freshness and balance. Superb craftsmanship.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 03, 2017

I still recall the first time I tried a Leeuwin Estate Artist Series Chardonnay. I was completely astonished at the incredible quality and complexity of the wine. The 2013 is spectacularly consistent with my original feelings. Lovely, classy and refined, but not at all lightweight. The rich body of this wine completely envelops the oak, which feels nutty and creamy. It has a dense apple fruit tinged with tangerine and lemon peel, that goes on and on - the finish is extremely long and laced with fine minerals. You would be forgiven for thinking of a modern Burgundy when tasting this wine, but truly it is all Margaret River from start to finish.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 02, 2017

The reviews on this wine are phenomenal and for good reason. This Chardonnay from one our our top Aussie producers is energetic and dynamic, while remaining elegant and refined. The price on this Chard is lower than you'll find anywhere else and I will be taking advantage and picking up some of it for gifts and elegant dinner parties. It shows fantastic balance and nuance of flavors, with just a touch of oak and brioche flavors complimenting the stone fruit. Even if you are not familiar with the Leeuwin label, I encourage you to give it a try and don't think you'll be surprised that it stands up to any high end Chardonnay from California or Burgundy.

2013 Cantina del Pino "Ovello" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) ($64.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A pretty, firmly structured red, with delicate flavors and subtle power, this evokes floral, red berry, mineral, tobacco and tar aromas and flavors, remaining harmonious and long on the mineral- and tobacco-tinged finish. Best from 2020 to 2036. B.S." (10/2017)

2015 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Les Trois Sources" (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "What will easily be one of the top wines in the vintage, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Trois Source is the finest example of this cuvée Ive tasted. Just massively concentrated and voluptuous, with a huge mid-palate and sweet tannin, it has off the hook notes of black licorice, roasted herbs, black raspberries, blueberries and crushed flowers. While this is a seriously big wine, everything is perfectly balanced, it has no hard edges and a finish that wont quit. It too will have 20-25 years of longevity. Theres few wines Id rather have in my cellar (or better yet, on my dinner table), than the Châteauneuf du Papes from Vieille Juliennes Jean-Paul Daumen. While I suspect hes made the wine of the vintage in 2015, dont miss his Côtes du Rhône Lieu Dit Clavin, or his releases under the Daumen label (which are also reviewed here). (JD)" (10/2016)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Trois Source is flat out gorgeous and one of the 2015s readers should seek out. Black raspberries, black licorice, violets and loads of salty minerality all emerge from this seamless, ultra-fine beauty that has incredible purity and polish to its tannin. Full-bodied, concentrated and perfectly balanced, it's one of the most layered, interesting and enjoyable wines in the vintage.Ive said it many times, but Ill say it again, there are few wines Id rather have in my cellar, or on the table, than a Châteauneuf du Pape from Jean-Paul Daumen. The 2015s are beautiful wines and shine for their elegance and purity. They dont have the sheer wealth of material found in vintages such as 2001, 2005, 2010, or 2016, yet has incredible elegance and purity, as well as balance. Jean-Paul commented that hes never seen a vintage like 2016 and his wines are opulent and hedonistic, yet as with all the wines from this estate, has purity, elegance, and structure. Theyre some of the greatest wines in the vintage." (10/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Seductive raspberry, lavender pastille and Asian spice scents show outstanding clarity and minerally lift. Energetic flavors of red fruit liqueur and spicecake are given spine and definition by a jolt of juicy acidity. The red fruit note carries strongly through a clinging, sharply focused finish that's framed by silky, slow-building tannins. For a wine from a warm vintage, this one is showing impressive vivacity. (JR)" (03/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A blast of plum compote leads off here, followed quickly by raspberry and boysenberry pâte de fruit notes, along with ample licorice and fruitcake accents. The sleek finish is carried by a well-embedded graphite element, giving this some latent grip. Very solid and should age well. (JM)" (04/2018)

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2012 DuMol "Jack Robert's Run" Sonoma Coast Syrah ($69.99)

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Intensely spicy with a wealth of pepper and game tagging it as Syrah in no uncertain terms yet also wonderfully deep in ongoing blackberry-like fruit, this exquisitely structured wine manages to be big, balanced and uncommonly well-polished all at the same time. It is showy in some ways and still nascent in others, and it impresses as a wine with great places to go. It would be a shame to pour it before its fifth or sixth birthday, and it should continue to grow for at least twice as long. *Three Stars*" (11/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Syrah Jack Roberts Run (330 cases aged in one-third new French hogsheads for 18 months) boasts an opaque purple color as well as notes of charcuterie, smoked meats, roasted herbs, espresso, blackberries, graphite and Asian soy. This meaty, full-throttle Syrah hits the palate with a thunderous layer of fruit in a full-bodied manner. Enjoy this beauty over the next decade or more. (RP)" (12/2014)

94 points Vinous: "The 2012 Syrah Jack Robert's Run Gregori Vineyard is polished to the core. Supple and approachable, the 2012 is quite attractive today. Leather, flowers, smoke, tobacco, licorice and menthol wrap around a core of plump dark red fruit. In this vintage, varietal notes take a back seat to an up-front expression of fruit. In this vintage, the fruit was completely destemmed. Overall, I found the 2012 a little less finessed than it was from barrel. I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted at DuMol this year. Winemaker Andy Smith is no longer at Larkmead and is now solely focused on DuMol, which can only be a good thing for these wines. Many of the 2012s, the Pinots in particular, were even better from bottle than they were from barrel last year. The 2012 Pinots spent more time in barrel than normal, and for the most part benefited from the longer elevage. Unfortunately I was not able to taste the 2013 Pinots as they were bottled earlier than normal, just before my visit. DuMol and Andy Smith fans can look forward to two Cabernets starting with the 2014 vintage; the first is from the Montecillo vineyard in Sonoma, while the second is likely to be a blend from two top Napa Valley sites. DuMol occupies a pretty solid position in the middle of the stylistic spectrum, which is one of the reasons they are so delicious. In my view, these wines have never been better." (01/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Offering subtlety with refreshing purity, and good structural balance with length, DuMol's Syrah brings together dark notes with a sense of freshness, lightness on a body of depth, and echoes of red fruit with pink-grapefruit pith. Nicely done with giving flavour, and lots of movement. (ECB)" (01/2015)

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1995 Miltonduff 22 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($89.99)

If you're tired of the same sweet vanilla and soft stonefruit profile of your typical Highland malt, I invite you to check out this 22 year old single barrel release from Miltonduff: a Speyside distillery that sees most of its malt go into the Chivas Blended portfolio. At 57.6% ABV cask strength and with a malty, gristy note, this is a robust and heavy whisky that very much tastes like malted barley smells, but with added notes of dark chocolate and cacao that carries over from the malting process. Intermixed with the malt and mocha notes are hints of toasted nuts and new oak with a classic Scotch whisky finish that is again accentuated from the huge proof. Mixed nuts and roasted cocoa flavors are the calling card of Miltonduff and this 22 year old cask offers both of those profiles with a bold and assertive character. It's definitely not your typical gentle, graceful Highland malt. This is big time stuff.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

This is a complex and structured single malt. It comes across on the dry side with concentrated round and mouth filling flavors. There is a beautiful nose of beeswax and honey and a nice long fresh fruit finish. This single malt is both interesting and tasty.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

For those who like a classic, old school, no frills Highland style, this is perhaps the best value in the store. Full of aromas and flavors of hulled grains, there are also nicely integrated bass tones of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. A delicious and satisfying dram if you don't need tons of smoke or Sherry, but rather are up for a fine, textbook single malt.

2015 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This has a drop-dead gorgeous core of cassis and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors that holds center stage but still allows notes of Lapsang souchong tea, anise, incense and shiso leaf to chime in. Very long, with a sublime feel through the mineral-tinged finish. So seductive already, but this will cruise in the cellar. Drink now through 2040. *Collectables, Top 100 Wines of 2017 #14* (JM)" (08/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled in May, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a floral, elegant, unbelievably complex wine. Roses and violets, cherries and stone fruit, cinnamon and allspice and more are carried across the full-bodied yet almost weightless palate, finishing in a swirl of silky tannins and lingering spice. Drink it over the next two decades. (JC)" (10/2017)

94-96 points Vinous: "(raised in foudres) Deep ruby. Hugely aromatic red and dark berry, potpourri and floral scents are underscored by smoky minerality and an exotic suggestion of Asian spices. Sappy, focused and impressively deep yet lively, offering alluringly sweet raspberry, cherry compote and spicecake flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of blood orange. Puts on weight and spreads out steadily with air, acquiring a succulent herb note that carries through the strikingly long, mineral-laced, gently tannic finish. This beauty is shaping up to be among the standouts of this extremely successful vintage. (JR)" (03/2017)

96 points Decanter: "A superlatively elegant, middleweight, Mourvèdrerich Châteauneuf that glides across the palate like silk, featuring juicy plum and strawberry fruits, lifted juniper and fennel seed freshness. Very fine clay tannins. Intense but not through extraction; generous, but with energy and precision. Effortless.(MW)" (01/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Tasted on three separate occasions, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Paul-Vincent is a classic, elegant, and incredibly complex style of wine reminiscent of a Grand Cru Red Burgundy (Chambolle-Musigny?). Black raspberries, blueberries, incense, pine resin, dried orange and exotic floral notes give way to a medium to full-bodied, ethereally textured 2015 that has moderate tannin, beautiful purity, and a seamless finish. I compared this to an improved 2005 last year when I tasted it from barrel, but Im not sure that comparison holds today, and I struggle to come up with another similar vintage. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful wine that should be at its best from 2020-2030+." (10/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "Impressive and bright mixed summer berry and spiced cherry fruits on the nose in a vibrant, alluringly complex style. The palate delivers succulently ripe red cherry and plum fruit flavors. Plenty of weight. Gently warm and spicy finish. Drink from 2020." (08/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Redcurrant, black pepper, fine tannin and subtle spice. Delicate and balanced and quite restrained overall yet there is a long, deep, persistent finish that has plenty of potential. Resonant and graceful. 17.5/20 points (RH)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 95 points, Oz Clarke in Decanter: "Grenache at its best manages to walk a tightrope between positively raisiny richness and an unlikely, but utterly tempting, red fruit scent. The fruit here is rich, with luscious prunes and crystallised plum, which blends irresistibly with bright, warm red berry scents and a scratch of herbs." (06/2018)

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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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Pol Roger "White Foil - Extra Cuvée de Reserve" Brut Champagne (1.5L) ($109.00)

92 points James Suckling: "Pol Roger's NV offering is looking fresh with gently biscuity aromas and peach and nectarine fruits. The palate offers plenty of flesh in an attractive, easygoing style. Bright and pleasing." (10/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV Brut Réserve, based on the 2012 vintage and disgorged after four years on the lees in July 2017, is very clear, precise and fresh on the nose, with bright fruit and delicate brioche notes. Blending equal parts of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay from 30 different crus and with 25% reserve wines, this is a clear, fresh, tight and finessed Champagne with an intense, powerful but also filigreed finish. This is an impressive, taut and persistent "White Foil" for many opportunities. (SR)" (06/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A firm version, with a smoke-tinged overtone and subtle notes of poached pear and currant fruit. Pastry and lemon meringue details ride the fine and creamy mousse. Elegant. (AN)" (11/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a well-balanced, ripe wine in the producer's rich house style. A brighter, more mineral crispness and acidity also come through strongly in this bottling. The aftertaste brings together a mineral texture and full yellow and apple fruits. *Editors' Choice* (RV)" (12/2016)

90 points Vinous: "Pale yellow. Toasty melon and white peach on the nose, with orange zest and dusty minerals emerging with air. Lively, mineral-laced citrus and orchard fruit flavors show good palate-coating intensity without any excess weight. The clinging finish displays a subtle floral quality and repeating orange and melon notes. (JR)" (01/2015)

Wine & Spirits: "Richer and sweeter than the Pure Extra Brut, this wine is rounded by dosage, lending it broader appeal. The scent is cedary and smoky, the flavors satisfying and complete." (12/2013)

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2014 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe ($129.99)

98 points James Suckling: "If you want to know what St.-Estèphe smells like, this is it. Aromas of spices, black truffles, forest floor, dried strawberries and tar. Its full-bodied yet pinpointed on the palate with fabulous density and richness. Its opulent but in a reserved and checked way. This needs at least five or six years to come around, but its already fantastic. What harmony and structure. Try in 2022 if you can keep your hands off it!" (02/2017)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is an immensely dense wine that is going to be a classic. The dark tannins are still lined with wood aging but that will go because the fruit underneath is also just as dense and intense. Blackberry, black plum and damson plum give power and sweetness. This is a great wine with huge potential. Drink from 2028. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2017)

96 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cos dEstournel has another intense bouquet with blackberry, graphite, tobacco and mint aromas, almost Pauillac in style. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin that exert plenty of grip. This is surfeit with sappy black fruit, graceful and tensile with a beautiful, svelte finish that fans out gloriously. There is real panache to this wine, persistent and satisfying, the aftertaste of graphite and tobacco extraordinarily long. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. (NM)" (03/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cos d'Estournel is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it offers up black currants, spice cake, warm cherries and plum preserves with touches of chargrill and forest floor. Medium-bodied and very firm with ripe, grainy tannins, it has a good core of earthy fruit, finishing with loads of layers and freshness. (LPB)" (02/2018)

95 points Decanter: "There's a clear consistency across Cos dEstournels wines the quality is absolutely unmissable, but dont open the 2014 just yet. Remember that from the end of August the weather really favoured St-Estèphe, with the result that all those key elements - tannins, acidity and fruit - are here in force. It's still young and closed, with tight tannins, but after 10 minutes or so in the glass olive paste and rosemary notes emerge, followed by graphite and bilberry fruit. Give it time, then reap the rewards.Drinking Window 2024-2040. (JA)" (07/2018)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The grand vin 2014 Cos DEstournel is gorgeous, and I think a step up over the 2015. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, this deep, inky-colored 2014 boasts a gorgeous perfume of ripe currants and cassis fruits, loads of chocolaty oak, cedar and scorched earth, full-bodied richness, and building, firm, yet ripe tannin. Its certainly one of the gems in the vintage, as well as one of the more structured, opulent and age-worthy. Give bottles 4-5 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following two to three decades." (11/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Intense, with a roiling core of luscious loganberry, blackberry and black currant fruit. Singed spice, apple wood and black tea accents emerge steadily on the finish. Has a rare combination of density and precision. Will cruise in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2017)

1979 Domaine de Maouhum "28 (really 38) Year Old" Bas-Armagnac (750ml) ($129.99)

(NOTE: label has a misprint of 28 years old instead of 38) Chateau Maouhum is today being completely run by Christelle Lasseignou, who began to take over for her parents more than a decade ago. Don't let her stylish clothes and her good looks fool you, she's a farmer through and through. She does everything at the chateau herself, from the vineyards to the distillation, to the management of the barrels. We were very excited to taste her stuff and even more impressed after we had finished. One of our favorite things about Chateau Maouhum is that the vineyards are just a few steps from the warehouse, so you can get a sense of the property while you taste. Christelle's grapes are all baco and she distills only a few barrels each year. The 1979 has loads of sweet new oak right off the bat, but it dries out quickly into baking spices and turns into dried fruits with a figgy note before more new oak and vanilla light up the finish.

1986 L'Encantada 30 Year Old "La Frêche" Bas-Armagnac (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($129.99)

Rarely has a spirit so affordable provided me with so much overt joy as this special cask from Domaine Le Frêche. L'Encantada scours the countryside for rare gems and finding this is like extracting a perfectly cut diamond directly from the ground. The little village in the department of Landes is home to some of the most expensive and well regarded estates in Armagnac. Just to the northwest is the famous Domaine Boingnères and to the south the excellent Chateau de Ravignan. Boingnères is run by Armagnac royalty and their spirit commands an impressive premium over eau-de-vie from the Gers and Tenereze to the East. There's no question that if Armagnac designated Grand Cru villages Le Frêche would be top of the list. The excellent terroir paired with a high quality new Gascogne oak results in what I can only describe as one of my favorite spirits of the year, maybe the decade. After more than 30 years in the barrel, this eau-de-vie has taken on nuance I've only experienced before in ultra old single malt Scotch. The closest comparison that comes to mind is the heady tropical complexity of 60s Bowmore or 40s Glenlivet. It's this incredible balance between sweet and savory that keeps me coming back for more. While an '86 Boingnères would easily cost you $250+ and Bowmore from the 60s closer to $10000, this wonderful cask is a steal for $130. Very few spirits deliver this level of depth and complexity in such a seemless package and almost none at this price point. A true legend.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 18, 2018

In a lot of ways the 1986 Le Freche is the perfect Armagnac. At the ripe old age of 30 and naturally reduced through evaporation to an extremely appealing and not all challenging 47%, this spirit has achieved near perfection. The elegance and complexity reminds us more of superb old style Highland Malt, subtle sherry-like influences paired with the exotic and delicate nature of the most high end brandies. The raw intensity of the Lous Pibous Casks is substituted for a precision and focus that I've rarely seen matched in my 10+ years buying and tasting spirits. The result is something so unabashedly drinkable. It's extremely difficult to pinpoint exactly why this cask is so special. The simple fact is there's almost nothing in the world that tastes this good at anywhere close to this price. The color is auburn and shimmering garnet. The nose is pure rancio, leather, licorice, stewed plums, salted stone fruits, burning embers. The palate is textured and full. Unctuous and open but not has hard edged as some of these other cask strength. Bold herbal notes revolve around the overripe fruit building toward an almost smoky savory sandalwood finish. This is already a contender for my favorite spirit of 2018!

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1989 Talbot, St-Julien ($129.99)

Jancis Robinson: "Bright bricky garnet. More evidently leafy than the Langoa, and that makes it smell younger, still of blackcurrant leaves and capsicum, even lavender, though there is a light meatiness. Not as long as the Langoa but richer than I expected from the nose. There's still a slight grip in the tannins and I wonder if there always will be. The tannnis may well outlast the fruit. After an hour, more liquorice on the nose and perhaps just a little dry on the palate but not dried out. 17/20 Points (JH)" (07/2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dark ruby with moderately endowed notes of sweet black currants intermixed with licorice, compost, and some weedy tobacco, this medium-bodied wine has low acidity, attractively ripe fruit, but a somewhat short finish. (RP)" (01/2003)

Wine Spectator: "A round and velvety-textured '89 just starting to reach its peak. Slightly rustic. Dark-ruby color. Blackberry and dried red berries. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a chocolate, plum aftertaste. (JS)" (03/1999)

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2013 Kapcsandy "Estate Cuvée - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($134.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The pinnacle for Bordeaux varietals in the 38 years that I have been tasting California wines is 2013. There is just an extra gear in all of the wines, great acids, profound concentration and wonderful integrated tannin and massive concentration that should ensure an incredibly long life for all of the top efforts. In many ways it is a more recent version of 2001. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cuvée State Lane Vineyard, 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, spent 20 months in oak prior to being bottled unfiltered. They made 750 cases of it and it is a fabulous wine that is not far from being another perfect example. A classic, almost Médoc-like blend offers up notes of forest floor, blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, a touch of barrique, a saturated purple color, and, once past the gorgeous aromatics, a wine of phenomenal intensity, spectacular texture, length and overall balance. Look for it to evolve for 30 or more years. (RP)" (10/2016)

96 points Vinous: "The 2013 Estate Cuvée is dark, powerful and explosive, but also super-refined. Floral and spice notes appear first, followed by a host of balsamic-inflected overtones. Beams of tannin and acidity give the wine much of its energy, but the Estate Cuvée is, above all else, a wine of exquisite purity and finesse. I will not be surprised to see the 2013 show even better in another few years. With time in the glass, the 2013 fleshes out a touch, but the best is yet to come. The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points James Suckling: "This shows wonderful tension and form with chocolate, currant and stone aromas and flavors. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Very tight and stylish. Needs time to soften. But beautiful texture. Better in 2018 but who could wait." (05/2016)

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Crafted by the late winemaker Denis Malbec from Chateau Latour in Pauillac, this vintage of the State Lane Vineyard Cuvee from Kapcsandy is reminiscent of the Médoc style, which demonstrates Malbec's depth of experience and artistry. Notes of ripe violet, red juicy apple, chaparral, black cherry and rose petal converge in a condensed but medium bodied palate, with fine, grainy tannin. There is a wonderful balance and elegance to this richly textured and powerful wine, which suggests excellent aging potential. This is one to decant for a few hours and drink now, but will easily cellar for 20+ years.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 17, 2017

Remember back in the day when '07 Dominus was released at $135 and it was the best deal going on in collectible Napa from a top vintage? That's what Kapcsandy '13 Estate Cuvee is today. High scoring, Bordeaux-inspired, elite producer, and immaculately crafted. This is not your inky purple Napa cab but instead a reserved (13.7%), elegant, graceful, and precise style. Silky texture, with deep red-to-black fruits - this is a wine that will develop tremendously over the years. All the parts are there. If you're going to open now decant it for a long time, but I'd advise holding for 5-10 years and drinking over the next two decades.

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2014 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru ($189.99)

95 points James Suckling: "This is a very structured Corton-Charlemagne with phenolic strength and vivid fruit character of lightly cooked apples and hints of straw. So polished yet layered. Like a red wine in mouthfeel. Try in 2022." (04/2016)

94 points Vinous: "Highly complex, soil-driven aromas of lime blossom, menthol, white pepper, mint and musky flowers. Utterly seamless and suave but very youthfully unevolved, with fresh citrus and mineral flavors complicated by sexy brown spices. A wonderfully subtle, lemony, penetrating wine with great flavor intensity and near-perfect acid balance. Most impressive today on the very subtle, slowly mounting, ultimately palate-staining finish. Conveys an impression of nobility without huge weight or power. Bouchard has bottled a splendid set of grand crus in 2014. (ST)" (09/2016)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a huge 3.65 ha plot in Le Corton) Mild notes of wood and reduction mask the underlying fruit though I can say that it appears to be ripe. Otherwise there is outstanding volume and concentration to the big-bodied and openly muscular flavors that exhibit evident power and punch on the hugely long finale. This is presently very compact and like the Perrières very clearly built to age. I should note that while this is certainly going to need time it is not especially austere and I suspect that it will begin to drink well after only 5-ish years or so if that's your preference. Drink: 2024+. *Don't miss!*" (07/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Well-marked by new oak, along with lemon, white peach and mineral flavors, this gets more integrated as the lively acidity drives the long aftertaste. Give this six months to a year to really sing. (BS)" (07/2016)

2015 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($199.99)

95 points Vinous: "Light straw-yellow. Deep, soil-inflected aromas and flavors of white stone fruits, clove, hazelnut, marzipan, white pepper, smoke and minerals, with a note of orange bitters emerging after extended aeration. Wonderfully rich, silky and mouthfilling but not at all heavy, showing considerable baby fat for young Corton-Charlemagne but with a powerful stony underpinning. Seriously rich, ageworthy wine with a touch of dusty tannins and palate-saturating breadth and salty length. This wine is seriously satisfying right now but should undergo dramatic transformation over the years as it burns off some of its baby fat, which it started to do with 72 hours in the recorked bottle. A star of the vintage, showing no sign of heat or blurriness and communicating a very strong if fully ripe impression of terroir. (ST)" (09/2017)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a discreet tropicality to the super-fresh nose of pear, apple, petrol and viognier-like aromas. The exceptionally rich, concentrated and intense medium weight plus flavors possess a lovely sense of vibrancy that continues onto the dry and even slightly austere finale. While not exactly classic in style, this beautifully textured effort is less 2015 in character than one might expect." (06/2017)

92 points Decanter: "The Corton-Charlemagne is quite an ample, large-scaled wine this year, with a bouquet of confit citrus, green apple, white flowers and pineapple, framed by creamy oak vanillin. There is nice grip on the deep, full-bodied palate. There are parallels with the 2009, though the 2015 seems to be a touch more powerful and concentrated at this early stage.Drinking Window 2018 - 2030. (WK)" (02/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has a very pretty, quite seductive bouquet with disarming scents of lemon curd, white peach and Mirabelle, well defined and the oak neatly integrated. The palate is very well balanced with very good weight in the mouth, a lightly brush of honey, praline, hints of almond and a touch of sea salt towards the finish. I appreciate the subtle mineralité here that flourishes as this Corton-Charlemagne opens with aeration. (NM)" (12/2016)

Ardbeg "Twenty Something" 23 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($549.99)

From the distillery: The nearest thing to being able to step back in time to the Ardbeg Distillery of yesteryear, is to taste the spirit it produced. Ardbeg Twenty Something is a rare Limited Edition Committee bottling from 23 long years ago. On the nose, sweet wood smoke and vanilla cream mingle with sherry notes, burning pine cones and chocolate. Take a sip and experience rich chocolate, dried fruits and fennel. The long finish falls away with just a hint of spiciness.

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2013 Kapcsandy Family "Grand Vin - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($549.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Little can be added to the greatness of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine (600 cases) is truly stunning in its dense, crème de cassis and blackberry-scented nose with a hint of barbecue smoke and forest floor. Tasting like a ripe vintage of Château Latour from Pauillac, the wine has amazing richness and a savory, expansive mouthfeel, but tiptoes across the palate like a ballerina. A wine of magnificent richness and intensity, but vibrancy, purity and overall equilibrium, this is a staggeringly great wine and another tribute to the Kapcsándy familys extraordinary professionalism and meticulous attention to detail in their vineyard.The Kapcsándy Family Winery, with their State Lane Vineyard on the Yountville crossroad, burst on the scene just over ten years ago and now has 20 acres planted, producing just four cuvées. The 2015s saw the earliest harvest ever at the estate, commencing and finishing before the end of September, and producing strikingly rich, intense wines that are open-knit and opulent, with sweet, well-integrated tannin. (RP)" (10/2016)

99 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin opens with the most captivating, exquisite aromatics imaginable. A wine of arresting allure and total sensuality, the 2013 simply has it all. Today, the 2013 is a mere infant, but its personality, pedigree and overall class simply can't be denied. An exotic mélange of lavender, violet, sage, mint and wild flowers are laced into the finish. Kapcsándy moves from strength to strength with these current and upcoming releases. The 2012s continue to blossom in bottle, even though this is the lightest-bodied and most accessible vintage of the 2012-2013-2014 trio here. Things get more serious with the 2013s, wines that confirm the towering presence and profoundness they showed when I first tasted them in Spring 2014. (87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot) (AG)" (10/2015)

98 points James Suckling: "Incredible black currant, blueberry, stone, oyster shell and violet. Subtle and complex. Sweet tobacco. Full body, superb density and flavor. Great length and structure. A wine that is complete and complex. So much aging potential. Linear and dense. Better in 2022." (05/2016)

2015 Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos des Ruchottes (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($699.99)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes Grand Cru is quite simply one of the best ever produced chez Armand Rousseau. It has what can only be described as a "stunner" of a nose. It just bursts with ripe red cherries, crushed strawberry, minerals, orange blossom and a hint of blueberry. It just gains more and more intensity in the glass. The palate is beautifully balanced with crushed rock on the entry, superb tension and killer precision on the finish. Just the energy here seems to fizz with excitement. This is a fabulous Ruchottes-Chambertin with a long and prosperous future ahead. (NM)" (12/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "Saturated bright, dark red. A bit tighter on the nose than the Clos de la Roche, conveying a slightly medicinal cast to its aromas of boysenberry, black cherry and leather. Then sweet and surprisingly pliant on the palate if not quite as thick as the Clos de la Roche, offering more inner-mouth lift to the flavors of griotte cherry and dark berries. Still, this silky wine will require more time to show its full personality. The very long, slowly mounting finish is vibrant and pure. Eric Rousseau told me he found this wine a bit heavy at the outset, but not today. (ST)" (01/2017)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(20% new wood). A moderately high-toned nose combines notes of dark cherry, plum, lavender, earth and a lovely array of spice elements. The sleek and intense middle weight plus flavors possess terrific delineation as well as evident minerality before concluding in a racy finish that is even more powerful than usual. This is impressive and the mouthfeel is one of class and grace thanks to the notably fine-grained tannins shaping the finish. This is seriously good high quality juice that is definitely bigger and more full-bodied than usual but even so it is perhaps less marked by the elevated ripeness level of the 2015 vintage despite the presence of a subtle hint of backend warmth. 2030+" (01/2018)

95 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Clos des Ruchottes is stunning this year, with more overt structure than any wine up to this point, but also with the sappy purity of fruit and great transparency of the top wines of the vintage. The bouquet is superb, delivering a great blend of red and black cherries, red plums, cocoa, a complex base of minerality, grilled meats, woodsmoke and a touch of vanillin oak (thirty percent new wood was used this year for this cuvée). On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and tangy, with outstanding sappy depth at the core, great transparency, finegrained tannins and simply stunning backend energy and lift on the focused and complex finish. A great wine. 2027-2085." (01/2017)

93 points Decanter: "Lush, smoky nose with cherry and blueberry aromas. Suave and juicy attack, textured and broad but without any heaviness. There is volume in the mouth, and a good deal of spice and pepper. Good acidity gives a long, harmonious finish. (SB)" (02/2017)

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1986 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) - 2 available ($2,199.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 1986 Mouton-Rothschild is a behemoth that almost has a California-like richness and sweetness of fruit. Offering incredible yet classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings, and wood smoke, this beauty starts out reticent and backward (which is mind blowing for a wine thats 32 years old) yet opens up gorgeously with time in the glass. Full-bodied, deep, rich and unctuous, yet still incredibly pure and lively, its a sensational, benchmark Bordeaux that probably has another 2+ decades of longevity." (02/2018)

100 points James Suckling: "This was the greatest bottle of the 1986 Mouton I have ever drunk. I have been lucky enough to drink it many times, but on occasions it has come across as very tight and reserved, even hard. Yet on this special night last Friday in Bangkok it was perfect the perfect wine that it was purported to be for a very long time. How strange that the owner of Mouton, Philippine de Rothschild, died the same day. Please read my tribute to here. The bottle we drank showed amazing aromas of mushrooms, mint, minerals and dark berries. It boasted a fully body of ultra richness and extraordinary length and beauty. It had an almost chiseled precision to the quality with fabulous length. It lasts for minutes on the palate. My Thai friend decanted it four hours before serving." (06/2016)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1986 Mouton-Rothschild is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked from 2 October until 16 October. Winemaker Philippe Dhalluin, who was not working at the property back then, told me that the pH was fairly low at 3.54 when it is usually around 3.75, due to the natural tartaric acid in the vines. It has a powerful and intense bouquet as always: exemplary graphite and cedar scents, a touch of black pepper and incense. It seems to unfurl in the glass, like a motor revving its engine. The palate is beautifully balanced with its trademark firm tannic structure, a Mouton-Rothschild with backbone and masculinity. Layers of black fruit intermingling with mint and graphite, a hint of licorice emanating from the Merlot, gently fanning out and my God, it is incredibly long. It is not like the 1985 Mouton-Rothschild that is so fleshy and generous. This is serious, aristocratic Mouton, a true vin de garde and yes, I do think drinkers will have to wait until it reaches its true peak. Sometimes that's just the way it is. Tasted September 2016. (NM)" (12/2016)

99 points Vinous: "Philippe Dhalluin served the 1986 Mouton Rothschild to wrap up our vertical. The 1986 remains one of my favorite Moutons. A dark, powerful wine, the 1986 is endowed with a vertical sense of structure that is a marvel to behold. Dark stone fruit, smoke, graphite, mocha, soy and licorice are fused together in a marvelously intense, deep Mouton that promises to drink well for another few decades. Tonight, the 1986 is absolutely stunning. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Harvest started on October 2nd and wrapped up on the 16th. (AG)" (05/2016)

99 points Wine Spectator: "Ageless, yet balanced. Black color. Mint, mineral, berry and cherry. Full-bodied, chewy and tight. Long, long finish. A great, great wine. (JS)" (06/2001)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very deep, saturated ruby with only a hint of garnet at the rim. Ripe red and black fruits, mint, vanilla, minerals and delicate black pepper on the captivating nose. Very rich, big and deep, with a luscious texture and ripe flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes smoothly tannic and very long, with building sweetness. This gorgeous Mouton, though massively built, also reflects the long hang time of the berries, which led to a perfect polymerization of its tannins and a fleshy structure. Still very much an infant: I wouldn't touch a bottle for at least another ten years. I also like the fact that, although it's very sweet and creamy, strong acidity (note the lower-than-usual pH) is keeping it vibrant. This vintage is the first in which Mouton vinified its young vines separately and only used those vats judged to be of grand cru quality. Following a slowdown in physiological ripening during August, the late harvest (October 2-16) permitted a longer growing curve. Tourbier noted that "Petit Verdot needs its head in the sun and its feet in the water, and as it had been initially planted on one of the highest, coolest sites at Mouton, a mistake on our part, it rarely ripened enough to be included in the grand vin, and this explains why we hardly used it in the older vintages. (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot; pH 3.54; IPT 66; 12.5% alcohol; 90% new oak; an 80% selection) 98+ (ID)" (08/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "This was always an exceptional wine, but an exceptionally slow-maturing one. It was served blind and seemed immediately like Mouton with its sweet, light mintiness and spice. This opulent monument of a wine has at least cast off enough tannin to provide majestic drinking now. What a treat to encounter this wine again at this exciting stage of its life. (JR) 19/20 Points." (07/2016)

2005 Latour, Pauillac (3L) - 1 available ($4,099.99)

100 points James Suckling: "A very complex nose of lavender, currants, spices, and hot stones. Full and dense on the palate, with a very tight structure. The tannins have a perfect polish to their density, and the finish is very intense, with wonderful fruit and truffle character. This turns almost decadent, with tremendous energy and a constantly changing profile. This is a very challenging wine to get to know, please leave this for at least ten years." (02/2011)

100 points Wine & Spirits: "How rare to confront a wine of this inner strength and perfect form. Grown at a 116-acre vineyard at the southern border of Pauillac, some of the vines now reaching 100 years of age on a gravel bar overlooking the Gironde, Latour harvests Cabernet Sauvignon with natural power. I could describe it as colors, from glistening ruby to purple-black then back to scarlet tannins that vibrate in red. Or just the pure, unadulterated flavor of black currant, unformed as a child is unformed, beautiful as a child is beautiful. However I might describe it, the wine is stronger than I am and will outlast me by decades. This is the most provocative and most brilliant Latour I have tasted on release." (10/2008)

100 points Wine Enthusiast: "A great wine, the summation of a great vintage in Bordeaux. The core of richness, the dense, bone-dry tannins, the black currants, red berries and black plum skins are the elements, but its the way they have been integrated that makes this such an impressive wine. There is great elegance as well, a fabulous counterpoint to such power. Cellar for at least 15 years, but this will keep forever. *Cellar Selection*" (06/2008)

99 points Wine Spectator: "Dark ruby black in color. Brilliant, intense aromas of mineral, blackberry and currant, with hints of Indian spices and cigar box, lead to a full-bodied palate, with ultrafine tannins and a beautiful balance of blackberry, raspberry and mineral. There's subtlety, yet also great depth. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is a Latour with fabulous tone and vigor. (JS)" (03/2008)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Latour (87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) is a spectacular effort from Château Latour. It has an inky plum/purple color and a gorgeous nose of graphite, crème de cassis, and floral notes with some forest floor in the background. It is full-bodied, super-concentrated, and for my taste, probably one of the two or three most intense, rich, and complex wines of the entire Médoc. The wine has great texture, purity and a finish of close to 40 or 45 seconds. The tannins are surprisingly sweet, even in this large-scaled, masculine wine. Drink it over the next 50+ years. (RP)" (06/2015)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Reticent, brooding aromas of cassis, black plum, graphite and flowers. Then utterly explosive in the mouth, with wonderful sappy complexity of flavor and a thickness of texture that builds and builds toward the back; almost no sign of the new oak here. Offers a near-magical combination of power and refinement, but this extremely primary wine is still an infant. Finishes with extraordinary persistence that leaves the palate vibrating. One of the greatest young Bordeaux I've tasted in recent years, and more complete and classic than the outrageously lush 2003. For his part, Engerer feels that this wine combines the best traits of the 2003 and 2000 Latours. I made the mistake of retasting the 2007 after trying this, and the tannins of the younger wine came off as dry by comparison. (ST)" (06/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid to dark ruby a less impenetrable colour than I would have expected. Savoury, meaty nose. And then some unexpectedly polished tannins. This is far from the monster you might expect from the combination of property and vintage. Quite readable and fine. Quite a surprise. Marked acidity. The building blocks are there but they have yet to be put together. (18/20 points)" (01/2015)

K&L Notes: 98 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Château Latour 2005 has an outgoing and ebullient bouquet with blackberries, wild strawberry, minerals and wilted rose petals. It has great intensity and authority, a bouquet that is polished but not over-buffed. The palate is full-bodied with a silky smooth entry. The acidity is beautifully judged, layers of small red cherries, raspberry and cedar, with graphite revealed towards the long and persistent finish with startling architecture. Outstanding." (02/2015)