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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - December 12th, 2017 - 12/12/2017 - Preferred Customer Alerts

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

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Cognizant Pinot Noir Marlborough (Te Whare Ra) (Previously $20) Price: Hidden View
2016 Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Valley Marlborough 96 Price: Hidden View
2016 Chateau Vitallis Macon-Fuissé $16.99 View
2015 Domaine La Loyane Lirac 92 $17.99 View
2015 La Honda Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 92 Price: Hidden View
2015 La Honda "Sequence" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 92 $19.99 View
2015 Capbern, St-Estèphe 93 $21.99 View
2016 Château Vitallis Pouilly-Fuissé 91 $21.99 View
2014 Foley Johnson "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 91 $29.99 View
2015 Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $40) 96 $29.99 View
2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Serpentières" $34.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru "Clos des Myglands" (Monopole) 93 $36.99 View
2013 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 92 $39.99 View
El Tesoro Anejo Tequila (750ml) $42.99 View
Ocho Plata Tequila (750ml) $42.99 View
2012 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru "153rd Anniversary Cuvee" (Elsewhere $60) 94 $44.99 View
2014 Spring Valley Vineyards "Frederick" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend 94 Price: Hidden View
2015 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Cuvee Vieilles Vignes" (Pre-Arrival) 95 $49.99 View
2015 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale" (Pre-Arrival) 96 $49.99 View
2015 Penfolds "Bin 389" Cabernet-Shiraz South Australia (Elsewhere $63) 97 Price: Hidden View
Suntory "Hibiki Japanese Harmony" Japanese Whisky (750ml) 91 $59.99 View
2015 DuMol Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 90 $68.99 View
Suntory 12 Year Old "Hakushu" Japanese Peated Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Previously $90) 91 $68.99 View
2016 E. Guigal "La Doriane" Condrieu (Pre-Arrival) 96 $79.99 View
2015 Trinity Hill "Homage" Syrah Hawke's Bay 99 $79.99 View
1999 L'Encantada 18 Year Old "Lous Pibous #145" Bas-Armagnac (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $89.99 View
2014 Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 94 $89.99 View
1993 L'Encantada 24 Year Old "Lous Pibous #13" Bas-Armagnac (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) $99.99 View
Park 28 Year Old "Lot 28" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #401 Cask Strength Grand Champagne Cognac (750ml) $109.99 View
2014 Blackbird Vineyards "Paramour" Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine 95 Price: Hidden View
2013 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 $119.99 View
2015 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 94 $159.99 View
2014 Pavie, St-Emilion 96 $259.99 View
Kavalan "Fino Sherry Cask" Cask Strength Single Barrel Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $459.99 View
2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $1,699.99 View

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2015 Cognizant Pinot Noir Marlborough (Te Whare Ra) (Previously $20) Price: Hidden

2015 Cognizant Pinot is made specifically for us at K&L by one of the top producers in NZ - Te Whare Ra (TWR). This is the second release of Cognizant Pinot Noir after the last one sold out in a hurry after TWR's Pinot was rated the highest in NZ by Decanter Magazine. This is a beautifully fresh, fragrant, pure fruited, silky Pinot Noir. The fruit comes from TWR's home block in Renwick and a neighboring hillside block called "Rawiri Vineyard". Only 112 cases of the stunning little Pinot were made. Floral, lifted, exotic spice notes dominate the explosive nose. Juicy, ripe berries, some darker edges, very soft and luscious on the palate but without any "heaviness". This is such a great quaffing wine; very versatile with a wide array of foods. This is an exceptional value in Pinot Noir. Ryan Woodhouse (K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 01, 2016

'Why can't we all just get along?' Well, it's nice to see this hopeful thought works somewhere in the world. Take for instance, wine, where for several seasons now our resident Kiwi guru Ryan Woodhouse has collaborated with the fine folks at Te Whare Ra in Marlborough to create superbly crafted, small production bottlings from select fruit. Their achievement is your gain, as this modestly-priced Pinot Noir possesses varietally pure aromatic elements, evocative of wild berries, black plums and cherries, with a savory, mid-weight mouthfeel and excellent delineation on the smooth finish. Coming in at only 13.5% ABV, it would make an excellent, well-balanced red for Thanksgiving dinner and throughout the holidays.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2016

Basically declassified TWR (Te Whare Ra) showing bright black cherry and dark plum fruit, anise, pepper and other spices and a full, layered mouth-feel. This is an amazing deal in a Pinot of depth, complexity and weight.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 03, 2016

It is light in color and very aromatic, almost perfumed; a very pretty wine. Cola, cherry, plums on the palate. Medium body. I would serve it with a very light chill with spicy foods or even richer fish.

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2016 Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Valley Marlborough Price: Hidden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 Chateau Vitallis Macon-Fuissé ($16.99)

Founded by the Dutron family in 1835, Chateau Vitallis is run today by winemaker Dennis Dutron. From the importer: "They have 27 acres in Pouilly, 5 acres in Fuisse, 5 acres in Macon Fuisse, 2 1/2 acres in St Veran and 1 acre in Macon Vinzelles. The estate is known for its old vines, some of which are over 65 years old. The average age is 35 years. The vineyards are situated on Southeast facing slopes at an altitude of 750 to 900 feet in the villages of Fuisse and Solutre...They use traditional methods in the vineyards and and temperature-controlled cellar. The use of stainless steel vats assures a long cool fermentation and preservation of the fruit and aromas. Aging continues in new and old oak barrels but always with a light touch."

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

Very classic Fuissé showing delicious hazelnut, white flowers, citrus, flint and plenty of minerality. Try with smoked salmon, grilled bass with herbs and sure, Japanese food! Great chance to stock up on some good quality/value Burgundy.

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 21, 2018

Scented with a touch of flora and honey, this super bargain Macon Fuisse is one of my go-to Chardonnays for its value, complexity, and versatility. On the palate, the wine has lovely viscosity with notes of oak spice and yellow grapefruit. Overall, it's a well-made, perky wine perfect for any day of the week dinner.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 21, 2018

Mouthwatering acidity, honeyed/spicy fruit, mineral driven, with just a tiny, subtle touch of light oak. This estate is known for its old vines, some well over 65 years old. The vineyards sit 750-900 ft above sea level, allowing the grapes to retain acidity, aroma, and freshness. Stainless steel fermented and aged in a mix of old and new oak barrels, but always as a light touch. Great Chardonnay!

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 13, 2018

Chateau Vitallis continues to shine with another great vintage in 2016! This bottling of their entry level white is light, fun, flexible and complex. With a lovely nose of honeysuckle and papaya, delicate orchard fruit on the palate, and crisp, refreshing acidity, the wine is built to complement food. It's easy to pair this with anything from seafood to poultry to cured meats.

2015 Domaine La Loyane Lirac ($17.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A welcome find in blind tasting through some 46 Liracs was Domaine La Lôyane's 2015 Lirac, which featured intoxicating aromas of cherries and chocolate. This full-bodied, cedar and richly tannic wine finishes with flourishes of cherry and vanilla. It's a bit modern and ripe but frankly delicious. (JC)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: Romaine Dubois began his tutelage in winemaking at the ripe age of 15 under the watchful eye of his father. Some twenty years later, he now has about 75 acres of property straddling the appellations of Lirac and Tavel where Romaine and his wife Laure farm organically. The Lirac bottling is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that is brought up in a mix of stainless steel and used 600L oak barrels preserving the freshness and character of the wine and the appellation.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

The nose on this wine is full of deep, penetrating, dark fruit, and its not bashful. The fruit however is not sweetish, it smells refreshing, focused and layered. On the palate this wine has a distinct richness that is harnessed by some sweet tannins and refreshing acidity giving the wine a more faceted palate presence. A long and powerful finish, highlighted by the saturated fruit character, bits of spice and that dynamic structure. The wine is a mouthful and will be best served with richer meat or casserole dishes but is still delicious to drink now. A few years of age will do this wine a world of good.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

So many of our customers are excited about buying the 2015's from the Rhone, and the La Loyane Lirac is a great example of why. This is dense, rich southern Rhone, but still has great earthiness and enough acidity to balance its tannin. If you are looking for a great Rhone to pair with grilled meats, or even cassoulet, this is a great choice. It will also reward medium term cellaring, so if you like it as much as I do, get a couple extras for years to come.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

You may often read our poetic waxing about Chateau de Montfaucon, so sometimes I worry that we talk a little too much about their often overlooked region of Lirac. But there is still so much to say, especially when you have an intriguing new discovery like Domaine La Loyane! Lirac as a region sits across the river from famed Chateauneuf du Pape, that has similar soil structure and hillsides with all the same grape varieties grown in tandem. It even has the historic significance of being one of the main export routes out of the region even before the Catholic church decided to move the papacy to Avignon. The region was even recognized with Cru status just a few years after Chateauneuf. But maybe we shouldn't say too much more as most of the prices in Lirac are depressed compared to what you would pay for a CDP of comparable quality. Double the price on the La Loyane and you would easily mistake it for a top producer across the river. Somewhere along the spectrum of Pegau or Le Vieux Donjon with beautiful blackcurrant fruit and notes of fig. A light sauvage character of earth and spice fills the glass. The Loyane is supple, not too sweet with just enough rusticity to remind you that you are definitely drinking French Rhone wines. Now cut the price in half and here we are back in Lirac, getting the same quality juice and character for a fraction of what the old Pope would have paid.

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2015 La Honda Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay Price: Hidden

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Key-lime rinds, pink grapefruit, crisp pluot, just-ripe pineapple, nectarine and a steely gunmetal aroma show on the nose of this bottling. There's an intriguing touch of sweet onion to the sip. The laser-sharp precision would pair well with shellfish, but a slightly buttered warmth makes the bottling quite versatile. (MK)" (03/2017)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 21, 2018

A complex nose dancing between toasted hazelnut and saline oyster shell notes; spiced pear, autumn barley and crushed rock. A very mineral driven style, very Chablis like. It has a keen acid line and verve to it; great for Dungeness crab I imagine (I'll have to test it out)! Such a stunning value for Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay. Hand-selected from a patchwork of small, local vineyards around the appellation skillfully and seamlessly woven together by winemaker Colin McNany.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2018

Winemaker Colin McNany has crafted a gem in this 2015 Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay, which opens with notes of dried pineapple, orange blossom, papaya and tangerine skin, and displays a clean, dry palate with bright acidity that balances the viscosity and adds a fresh element. The fruit is sourced from three vineyards: Saratoga, Woodside and Los Altos Hills, each of which lend unique characteristics to the wine. Overall this is a beautifully crafted Chardonnay, and a great value that will appeal to those who appreciate balance and a sense of terroir.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 04, 2018

La Honda Winery has access to some very small and exclusive vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains and I relished the opportunity to taste wine from vineyards no one else has can utilize. This is a great balance between bright and fresh flavors, with a nice acid line form the partial malolactic fermentation, and just enough richness, texture, and depth from the oak use. The Santa Cruz Mountains are fast gaining recognition for their sophisticated Chardonnays and La Honda is no exception. It's amazing to have such tasty wines in our own backyard and at such an affordable price.

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2015 La Honda "Sequence" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir ($19.99)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "There are a lot of intriguing and unique aromas on the nose of this bottling, from candied pomegranate and wild blueberry to olive, rosewater, cinnamon and carnation. Those deep fruits and exotic spices show on the sip as well, where a tense acidity leads into a tart cherry finish." (10/2017)

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2018

"Sequence" is named for the series of vines along Skyline on the perimeter of Silicon Valley, planted in clay and sandy soils. There is a distinctive saline minerality in this wine that you might find in a Santa Cruz Pinot three times the price, and a concentration of fruit and balance of acidity that makes this wine a good candidate for extended cellaring, if you were inclined. That said, it's a wonderful quaffer now, with classic smoky aromas of black and white pepper, dried rose petal and violet, and flavors of pomegranate, black and Bing cherry, and tart and ripe raspberries.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2018

This starts out rather husky, with earth tones, rhubarb and mushroom before brighter notes of red fruits fill the middle and finish. The wine is medium-bodied with lively texture and some intriguing hints of spice and forest. This is a satisfying and food-friendly bargain.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 04, 2018

This is a great find from the Santa Cruz Mountains from vineyards exclusively farmed by La Honda Winery. This Pinot has great freshness and a juicy line of fruit backed by the 10% whole cluster, which adds just enough structure to this wine. I think they added the perfect amount of new oak to this wine, because while I get the texture and strength from oak aging, I don't taste any oak characteristics, such as vanilla or coconut, which leaves the fruit to be the shining star. This is a great value in Santa Cruz, a region that is quickly gaining recognition for its sophisticated Pinot Noirs. A great find and addition to our California portfolio.

Staff ImageAdam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 14, 2017

This is exactly the kind of Pinot Noir that I love having piled around the house. This example from La Honda is simultaneously savory and energetic with a persistence and juiciness that begs another sip. It has plenty of stuffing and a certain seriousness to the profile, but this bottle doesn't depend on cellaring to shed superficial baby fat. I find that to be a rare virtue, not a knock. The complexity here is really highlighted by the wine's purity. Such is the virtue of the Santa Cruz Mountains, which experienced particularly low yields of exceptionally high quality Pinot Noir in 2015. This bottle is equally fun for the SCM geek, or as a "gateway" wine for the uninitiated to get into the region's Pinots for a steal of an entry fee.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

Highly perfumed crushed red berries. Brambly fruit, orange peel, Christmas cake spice. Lifted aromas of Redwood grove and fresh rain. Pure, long, elegant on the palate, weighing in at 13.7% alc. A lovely combination of fresh fruit and savory forest floor notes. It finishes clean, supple and bright with moreish acidity.

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2015 Capbern, St-Estèphe ($21.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Produced by the team of Calon Ségur, this wine is stylish and elegant while also full of the Saint Estèphe tannic structure. Fresh and fruity, it is also firm and tannic. Drink this spicy, juicy wine from 2025. (RV)" (04/2018)

92 points James Suckling: "This is structured and very linear with superfine and polished tannins. Its full-bodied yet reserved and held back with such tension and focus. Full-bodied, fine and chewy on the finish. Better in 2020." (02/2018)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A rocking wine from the northern Médoc is the 2015 Château Capbern and its 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new barrels. This medium to full-bodied, ripe, impressively concentrated beauty boasts outstanding notes of ripe black cherry and currant fruits intermixed with lots of crushed flower and damp earth/clay-like nuances. It has terrific purity and ripe, yet present, tannin and will benefit from a couple years in the cellar. Its a little gem that will be loved by old-school Bordeaux lovers." (11/2017)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 04, 2018

I never thought that I would be able to say this, but St. Estephe is the home of value for thoroughbred Bordeaux! This concentrated, even chocolaty, exotic claret has power and dark fruit to spare. It also has a surprisingly elegant, long, dry finish and very good complexity. If you are looking for a great bargain in 2015 for the cellar, look no further!

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2017

This is phenomenal wine for the price-so sweet, warm and fresh with plenty of ripe, fine tannin on the finish. Decant this tonight or lay some away for 10+ years.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 09, 2017

The first wine we tasted on the 2016 Bordeaux trip and we loved it. In fact we preferred it to the Marquis de Calon. It has just arrived and wow is it good. These 15s are easy to drink, but they are young so decant one hour on this one. It is sweet and silky. The finish screams St Estephe. Great balance and tremendous depth of flavor for just over $20. Buy a case and taste it in three years.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 05, 2017

Within seconds of tasting Ch. Capbern at Calon Segur on April 2nd 2016 the entire K&L team was in full agreement to buy all we could get our hands on! This is a wine of great freshness and fruit, and will be joy to drink young. A Fantastic Value! Ralph Sands

2016 Château Vitallis Pouilly-Fuissé ($21.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A beautifully ripe wine, this is textured and packed with fruit at the same time. It shows a classic mineral character of Pouilly-Fuissé along with generous yellow and citrus fruitiness. Produced by the Dutron family, who have been growers since the 19th century, this wine could age. *editor's choice* (RV)" (02/2018)

Wine Spectator: "There is ample richness and fruit here, aligned with a racy profile. Apple, melon, lemon and mineral flavors unravel through the long finish. Drink now through 2021" (02/2017)

Decanter: "Fresh, waxy lemon rind aromas, with a peppery hinth. The palate is fleshy and open, with soft apricot, minerals, and oak-influenced spice.Drinking Window 2018 - 2020.(PT)" (02/2018)

K&L Notes: There are still treasures to be found in the Mâcon, where small producers fly under the radar. One such gem is Château Vitallis. In classic Burgundian fashion, the Dutron family has been growing vines since 1835, and now owns some of the oldest and best parcels in the village of Fuissé in the Pouilly-Fuissé district. Our buyers happened upon the château during a trip to Burgundy a few years ago, and it was quite evident upon their return that they’d found something special. Perhaps it was the haste with which the samples were chilled and opened, or the irrepressible smiles, but this was evidently a good breakthrough for our Burgundy buying team. In the glass, the wines live up to the hype: subtle, like any good white Burgundy, but complex, mineral-driven and poised. Natural yeast fermentation, aged on the lees, with 70% in stainless steel tanks and 30% in French oak.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 19, 2018

A fantastic Burgundy value, the Les Vignes du Chateau delivers exactly what you want out of a fine Pouilly Fuisse. There's a wonderful balance of ripe, soft stone fruit notes, subtle aromas of barrel toast and vanilla and lemon zest like citrus. A wonderfully elegant weeknight wine!

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 04, 2018

Of the 2016s, this one is a favorite. The nose is utterly gorgeous with white flowers, white nectarine and freshly peeled orange and lemon rinds jumping out of the glass. On the palate it is racy and vibrant with pure fruit freshness and great length. The texture is not as opulent than the Vielles Vignes or Les Perrieres but the flavor concentration is powerful and balanced.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 05, 2018

A classic Burgundy in every way. It is broad, with its richness of fruit perfectly balanced by its minerality and oak spice notes. Very nice with broiled lobster tails.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2018

Chateau Vitallis is located in the heart of Fuisse with numerous vineyard holdings and vines with an average age of 35-75 years they have great raw materials at their disposal. The 2016 Pouilly-Fuisse "Vignes du Chateau" is a fantastic wine with beautiful notes of stone fruit and golden delicious apples on the nose with a richly-textured palate of orchard fruits and mineral notes. A classic Pouilly-Fuisse that deserves your attention.

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 21, 2018

Here's a total bargain! If you are a fan of richer style chardonnay, this Pouilly Fuisse is a great example of that approach. The wine offers a warm toasted oak character that is paralleled in perfect harmony with lemon-like acidity. The palate shows nice volume and with flavors of minerals and citrus fruits. Recommended!

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2014 Foley Johnson "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($29.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Readers looking for a terrific value in Napa Cabernet Sauvignon should check out Foley Johnsons 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford. Attractive dark black cherry and black currant fruit nicely complemented by subtle oak and spice is followed by a medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, layered wine with a dark purple color, gorgeous fruit, and a long texture and finish. Theres nothing out of place or rustic in this elegant but authoritative Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. It is a sleeper of the vintage. (RP)" (12/2016)

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2015 Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $40) ($29.99)

96 points James Halliday: "From Vasse Felix's premier vineyards focused on Wilyabrup, fermented and matured in French oak (42% new) for 9 months. The bouquet is still developing, but the palate guarantees the medium to long-term future of a chardonnay with exceptional length and intensity, pear, white peach and grapefruit combining to make light work of the oak. Restrained like a lion on a leash." (09/2016)

94 points James Suckling: "A vivid and bright chardonnay with cooked apple, lemon and mineral character. Hints of vanilla and cream. Full body, clean and lively." (07/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Vasse Felix farms Chardonnay at three of its four vineyard sites in Margaret River, including the Home Vineyard in Wilyabrup, where Tom Cullity planted the region's first vines in 1967. This 2015 has the woodsy scent of acacia blossoms and the cool feel of the Margaret River's coastal forest. The fruit is tight until, with air, its lemon severity opens toward finesse, detailed floral notes and lasting tart citrus flavors. Pour it with grilled abalone or other fresh shellfish." (10/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Hard to believe this isnt Vasse Felixs top Chardonnay, but instead lies in its middle tier. Its complex, rich and age worthy. Notes of melon, stone fruit, butter and toast march straight into a tangy, toasty palate that is both opulent and elegant. And the salty, briny finish is seemingly endless. Drink now2025. *Editors' Choice* (CP)" (02/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Intriguing, offering a fragrant mix of toast, saline and lemon curd flavors that are juicy and focused, with good intensity. Bracing acidity opens up the flavors on the finish, showing transparency and energy. Drink now through 2027. (MW)" (11/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The middle tier of the Vasse Felix Chardonnays, the 2015 Chardonnay features hints of struck match on the nose along with notes of stone fruit and tangerine. It's medium-bodied but gives a greater sensation of richness and ripeness than either of the 2016 Chardonnays reviewed this issue. The finish is perhaps a bit chunky and less precise than it could be, but this wine still delivers plenty of character and flavor. (JC)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: 93 points Wine Front: "Struck match, almond, bran, nectarine and citrus. Glossy and viscous, but green apple acidity keeps it trim. It has flavour - almost tropical - but doesn't step over the line. It's very Chardonnay and kind of refined too. Easy to like and enjoy."

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 03, 2018

Vasse Felix is deservedly a well known name in Margaret River. Sometimes its tempting to pass by the big names in search of something new and exciting, but when it comes to Margaret River Chardonnay, I come back every time to Vasse Felix. It's really not to fair to this incredible region to draw comparisons to Burgundy, but still the word "Meursault" keeps popping into my head. I think its because there is such a strong sense of mineral drive combined with elegant fruit and a slight nuttiness that is perfectly married.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 14, 2017

An icon in Australian Chardonnay. The 2015 Vasse Felix "Premier" Chardonnay (not to be confused with the lower tier "Filius" Chardonnay) is the culmination of many decades of vineyard development, vine age and rock star winemaker Virginia Willcock's endless pursuit of Chardonnay perfection. This wine is both beautifully representative of classic Margaret River chardonnay but also a stunningly refined example of Virginia's inimitable wine making style. Baked pear, toasted barley, some slightly tart peach notes and plenty of signature stony minerals. Whisps of struck match, and split white oak. Such a complex wine but so quaffable and refreshing at the same time. Concentrated and flavorful but brisk and lively. Exceptionally good Chardonnay especially at our too low to show pricing.

2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Giboulot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Serpentières" ($34.99)

Jean-Michel Giboulot took over the family business in 1982 and has put together one of the best bang-for-your-buck portfolios in all of Burgundy over the last three-plus decades. His wines are known as great values out of Burgundy's Savigny-lès-Beaune appellation and both the reds and whites are equally strong. Giboulet's wines straddle the line between traditional and modern with reds that have crunchier fruit and fine tannins, but plenty of ripeness and pureness of fruit. The whites are done in a feminine style with rounder fruit and a certain elegance that lingers long on the palate. His domaine holdings outside of Savigny are some of the best in the region with eastern exposures that allow for full ripeness and plumpness of flavor. About the domaine from Allen Meadows: "Jean-Michel is the third Giboulot to head the family estate in Savigny-lès-Beaune, presiding over the 12 ha in Beaune, Pommard and Savigny since 1982. The domaine recently converted to organic farming and a program of more destemming." (10/2017)

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2015 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru "Clos des Myglands" (Monopole) ($36.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of plums, orange peel and stones. Full-bodied, round and soft with a juicy finish. A deep and rich pinot. Fantastic wine. Made from six hectares. Best ever?" (04/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and pure, featuring cherry, blackberry, raspberry, mineral and light toast notes. Balanced and intense, playing out on the long, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. *Top 100 Wines of 2017* (BS)" (12/2017)

88-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A ripe and attractively fresh nose features notes of violet, plum, earth and dark currant. There is both good detail and energy to the sleekly textured middle weight flavors that deliver solid length on the balanced finish that displays only a touch of rusticity. *Top Value*" (01/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This ripe and fruity wine comes from Faiveley's wholly-owned vineyard in Mercurey. A touch of tannin gives structure to the cherry fruits and ripe acidity. (RV)" (09/2014)

Vinous: "Medium red. Pungent aromas of redcurrant, pomegranate, tobacco and brown spices. A wine with moderate weight and fleshiness; dusty, spicy flavors of redcurrant, iron, tobacco and earth convey the ripeness of the vintage. Shows good breadth but not yet especially filled in. Hints of leather and earth add complexity. This satisfying, soil-driven wine is already quite expressive, Finishes with dusty tannins and a very good saline persistence. (ST)" (01/2018)

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This might just be the best red Burgundy we have in-stock for under $40. The Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru "Clos des Myglands" has a beautiful nose of hibiscus, red berry and spice notes with a firm palate of red fruits, cinnamon, iodine and a cool rush of red fruit and wintergreen on the finish. A classically-styled red Burgundy that's priced for drinking tonight.

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

This is a premier cru super value! Expressive and juicy is Clos Myglands located in the Mercurey appellation of Cote Challonaise. With lovely concentration and ripe black cherry notes, this offers great texture and drinkability that will be the perfect addition to your holiday meal this year!

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2013 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($39.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot, and 3% Syrah, shows a dense ruby/purple color, super concentration, chocolate, a touch of oak and a medium to full-bodied impressively concentrated style. Its approachable now, but perhaps will be better in 4-5 years and last 20. Hall has quickly become one of the great superstars in the Napa Valley firmament. 92+ points. (RP)" (12/2015)

Vinous: "Hall's Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is dark, powerful and succulent. Black cherry, mocha, spice and leather all flesh out in an open-knit, layered Cabernet that captures the essence of the year. Drink this fleshy, inviting Cabernet Sauvignon over the near term, while the fruit remains vibrant. The Napa Valley Cabernet emerges mostly from a site in Pope Valley. (AG)" (10/2015)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 27, 2017

Hall made the scene, so to speak, with their RP95 Napa Cab in 2008 and quickly became one of the great go-to value Cabs on the market. But what is more exciting is the overall jump in quality at the winery to rival some of Napa's greatest wines. I think that is the story with the 2013 Napa Cab more than any score that's been put on it. Straight out of the bottle there's pure cassis and vanilla aromas. The palate is very soft with explosive red and black fruit, well-integrated tannins, and a string of acidity that carries an impressive finish. I would decant now for 2-4 hours or leave in a cool cellar for five years, but I'm sure those that see this to maturity will have a gem in their collection that will defy the sub-$50 price-point. For those looking for a sweet spot wine in 2013 Napa Cabernet, it doesn't get much better than this.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 22, 2016

This rich, smooth and creamy wine is classic Napa Valley floor through and through. Oodles of plush and sweet fruit smother the ripe tannins as this glides across your palate. Go ahead and decant but don't feel you need to wait on this in-your-face and approachable bottling. Lovers of Caymus take note.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 25, 2016

This young, age-worthy Cab certainly needs a few years to develop, but after an aggressive decant (2+ hours) some lovely dark fruit/dark berry, toasted almond and cocoa notes really start to jump out of the glass. On the palate, black currant, dried cherry, licorice and mocha. Follow this wine (and production) over the next five to ten years and prepare to be impressed.

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El Tesoro Anejo Tequila (750ml) ($42.99)

Wine Enthusiast: "A pale gold, light-bodied spirit with a brisk feel and hearty alcohol sting. The scent landed somewhere between smoky and menthol, bringing to mind menthol cigarettes. But the flavor was warm and honey-like." (05/2011)

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Ocho Plata Tequila (750ml) ($42.99)

Ocho's tequilas are made by Carlos Camarena, a third-generation Tequilero, and Tequila Ambassador Tomas Estes. And each vintage -- yes, these are vintage designated tequilas -- comes from a single estate with its own mesoclimate, making them the most terroir-driven tequilas on the market. The NOM 1474 or Tequilera Los Alambiques actually represents the very same facility where the famous Tapatio and El Tesoro are made, the famous La Altena Distillery. This collaboration seeks to distill the purest form of agave to highlight the distinct flavor differences between agave grown in different terroir. Carlos uses estate grown agave and traditional methods to slow ferment and distill his specially selected agave. (Estate and vintage pictured do not represent current stocks. Current vintages and estates change regularly and will not be indicated in our system).

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2012 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru "153rd Anniversary Cuvee" (Elsewhere $60) ($44.99)

92-94 points Vinous: "Building off the considerable success of their 2009 Beaune 150th Anniversary 1er Cru, Jadot has decided to make the wine again in top years. One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 boasts stunning power, depth and harmony. The lifted aromatics recall the Ursules, but here the fruit possesses more volume and creaminess. An explosive, layered finish rounds things out in style. Some of the parcels in the blend are Avaux, Cent Vignes, Pertuisots, Vignes Franches, Perrières, Toussaints and Chouacheux. (AG)" (01/2014)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A subtle touch of wood sets off ripe and relatively elegant notes of earth, dark cherry and spice. The mid-palate is dense, serious and powerful with plenty of mouth coating sap that helps to buffer the very firm tannic spine on the moderately austere, backward and built-to-age finale. While this is presently backward it should be approachable after 6 to 8 years of bottle age though note that it should live for a very long time. For readers having a child or grandchild in 2012 this would be a good choice to buy in quantity at a price that wont break the bank. *Outstanding*" (04/2015)

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

Burgundy, of course, is often sited as the origin of the "single vineyard" concept. In many other regions, producers will blend fruit from various sites to achieve a certain style. It is rarely done in Burgundy, except for lesser "rouge" wines. But here we have an exception--Louis Jadot blends fruit from various 1er cru vineyards in Beaune to accomplish something greater than the sum of its parts. With six years aging, this wine is just starting to come into its own--elegant, beautifully balanced, and layered with complexity. One of the best deals for red Burgundy currently on the shelf!

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 26, 2016

Jadots 153rd Anniversary bottling is a very intriguing bottle of wine. On a primary level its a delicious, accessible, polished and expertly crafted bottle of Pinot Noir. If thats enough to convince you this is the bottle for you read no further! However, I think its much more than just that. What it really represents is a true homage to Jadots roots (both literally and metaphorically). This bottling is a celebration of Jadots home the village of Beaune. The wine includes fruit from the very first vineyard the Jadot family purchased in 1829 Clos Des Ursules. It also includes parcels of fruit from the other 18 Premier Cru sites that Jadot works with in this commune.The precisely parcellated, demarcated, hierarchical vineyard classification of Burgundy has become the dominant winemaking model around the globe. This philosophy, grounded in the Cistercians keen eye (and palate) for distinct terroirs, has formed the basis for codification of specific geographical origins thought the wine world. Beyond the legal codifications, the single vineyard or single block wine has become the most sought after concept in almost every market across the globe. Almost every winery you can think of starts their offering with a broader blend of fruit sources for their most commercial bottling, then regionally specific, then single vineyardthen the ultra premium releasethe single block. What Jadot have done with this release is flip the whole paradigm on its headinstea

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 25, 2016

There is no place in the world that values specificity of site like Burgundy, and it is rare to see a blend of 1er Cru sites like this. Jadot has created a cuvee that is greater than the some of its parts for their 153rd anniversary, and this is without a doubt the best value in fine red wine for your cellar that we have at K&L today. If you love finesse, delicacy and balance in your Pinot Noir, this wine will give you great pleasure right now. If you are willing to wait, this wine will doubtless gain power, breadth and texture over the next couple of decades and turn into a real "blood making" Beaune. I am putting buying a case for myself, I recommend that you do too.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 25, 2016

I just tasted this lovely Burgundy, and what a value it is! It has a lovely nose of rose petals, dark red fruits and just a hint of earth. Very structured on the palate with nice, structured acidity, cherry fruit with a hint of cranberry and spice. Very accessible, but will also age very well. Dense and spicy. Affordable Burgundy is not an oxymoron any longer!

2014 Spring Valley Vineyards "Frederick" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend Price: Hidden

94 points Wine Spectator: " Refined and impeccably structured, with floral black cherry and dusty dried spice aromas, and complex plum, olive and mocha flavors that glide toward polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2023. *Top 100 Wines of 2017* (TF)" (08/2017)

92 points James Suckling: " Aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants and chocolate. Some fresh flowers, too. Medium body, dusty tannins and a juicy finish. An attractive and soft red." (05/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of my favorites in the lineup, the 2014 Frederick checks in as a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. It has classic notes of cedary spice, lead pencil shaving and currants as well as medium to full-bodied, richness, solid overall balance and building tannin. I suspect it will benefit from short term cellaring and keep for a decade. (JD)" (06/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Bright, dark red. Discreet scents of raspberry, cherry, rose petal and cedar. Plush and ripe but showing less obvious easygoing sweetness and a bit more structure than the Uriah or Katherine Corkrum bottlings. Juicy cherry, licorice and spice flavors reveal a complicating savory quality. Finishes with building dusty tannins and excellent spine and length. (ST)" (10/2017)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "Spring Valleys Cabernet Sauvignonheavy estate blend has a cedary, cinnamon-stick coating of spice, with velvety, dark plum fruit. The texture feels oak derived, but pleasingly lean and elegant as a result, buoyed by enough acidity to keep the wine lively and linear." (10/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. Aromas of cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, wood spice, graphite and herb lead to sweet full-bodied plum and coffee flavors. It has a lot of textural appeal, with lightly chalky tannins providing support. (SS)" (09/2017)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec, the 2014 Frederick Red Wine also offers an herbal edge yet has more purity and freshness. Blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, leafy herbs, and damp earthy notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, balanced, thoroughly enjoyable red that will continue drinking nicely for a decade or more." (04/2018)

K&L Notes: The winery's notes: "20 months in 100% French oak, 50% new. This blend has a muscular structure. Notes of blackberry, almond paste, licorice and vanilla and rich in fruit and tannins. Spring Valley Vineyard fruit is hand-picked, hand-sorted and gently de-stemmed by gravity. During the 10-20 day fermentation, each tank is tasted daily until Spring Valley Vineyard. Winemaker Serge Laville decides it is time to press using wooden cage basket presses. In keeping with Spring Valley tradition, originally instituted by founding winemaker Devin Corkrum Derby, hand punch-downs occur twice a day until the end of alcoholic fermentation. The wine is transferred by pump into barrels for secondary fermentation and gets racked several times for clarity. Finally, the different lots are blended to create our six distinctive labels."

2015 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Cuvee Vieilles Vignes" (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Even and supple red to dark cherry and red plum fruits with a palate presence that has powerful ripe tannins that are presented in a smooth, balanced style. Extremely concentrated. This is terrific. Best from 2020." (08/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A lovely licorice snap note leads off, followed quickly by crushed raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Rich yet restrained, with light shiso leaf, iron and incense details weaving throughout. The silky finish lets the fruit linger with a sustained hum. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2035." (11/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Richer and more deeply textured than the other cuvées from Charbonnière, 90% of the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes comes from 70- to 100-year-old Grenache vines in La Crau, supplemented by 10% Mourvèdre off 45-year-old vines. It has the same estate signature of red cherries and stone fruit, with just hints of spice on the long, velvety finish. The Maret family at Domaine de la Charbonnière is now into their fourth generation, as I met sisters Véronique and Caroline at the estate for a Sunday morning of tasting with their enology consultant, the ubiquitous Philippe Cambie. The estate now consists of 30 hectares in total, with 19.5 of them in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and six in Vacqueyras. Like many vignerons in the Southern Rhône, they are using whole clusters more and more, getting more complexity and freshness into the wines.(JC)" (10/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, and from the oldest vines of the estate and the La Crau plateau, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is the most structured and tannin in the line (which is common), yet is balanced, elegant and impeccably made. Black cherries, dried soils, dried herbs and savory spice characteristics give way to a medium to full-bodied, straight and focused Grenache that needs 3-4 years of bottle age, and will evolve gracefully for 10-15 years." (10/2017)

2015 Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale" (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

96 points James Suckling: "A masterpiece of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The fruit power leads this wine and lends that effortless sense of power and length that only old vines can muster. Oak adds spice but the blood plum and dark cherry fruits take center stage here. Best from 2020." (08/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "My favorite of the multiple cuvées was the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale. It's the most floral and expressive of the Charbonnière 2015s, with scents of garrigue and violets accenting raspberry and cherry fruit. Full-bodied yet supple, it comes to a finely focused, elegant and lingering finish with no apparent heat. It should drink well for up to 15 years. (JC)" (10/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous, with red currant, fig, boysenberry and blackberry paste flavors that run along in unison, while tightly focused graphite, oolong tea and singed anise hints run underneath. Drips with fruit but has energy and persistence, with a mineral echo adding cut on the finish. (JM)" (11/2017)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A 60/40 blend of Grenache and Syrah, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hautes Brusquières reveals a medium ruby color as well as ample notes of strawberries, dried garrigue, and dried flowers. It's medium to full-bodied, elegant and silky on the palate, with nicely integrated acidity. It's elegant and charming, yet not one of the top vintages for this cuvée." (10/2017)

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2015 Penfolds "Bin 389" Cabernet-Shiraz South Australia (Elsewhere $63) Price: Hidden

97 points James Halliday: "Matured for 12 months in American hogsheads (32% new). Unapologetically made with the don't fix if it isn't broken aphorism. It is tightly structured, with faultless attention to detail - wheels within wheels stuff, but inexorable in sending its black fruits (blackberry, blackcurrant) flavour message. Despite its full body, and its far-reaching longevity, it's tailor-made for the saltbush lamb shoulder of tonight's dinner. *Special Value Selection*"

96 points James Suckling: "Cabernet just has the upper hand in the blend at 53%; this continues as a rising star in the Penfolds family of reds, showing a very attractive fusion of Cabernet and Shiraz. Cassis, blackberry, red plums and red currant fruits, the palate isn't overplayed in terms of weight or extract, but it's very complete and nicely rendered. Best from 2020-2030+." (10/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Blended of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Shiraz and sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz Bin 389 South Australia has a bombastic nose of crushed blueberries and black currants with hints of vanilla pod, dried Provence herbs, lavender and cigar boxes. Medium to full-bodied, the palate simply sings with exuberant black and blue fruits, supported by grainy tannins and a refreshing backbone, finishing with a pleasant herbal lift. (LPB)" (10/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A lip-smacking mix of vibrant berry and cherry flavors that give way to green tea, toasted herb and cedar notes. Finds plenty of harmony on the finish, with the juicy acidity blending in with the dense, chewy tannins. (MW)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: 96 points Wine Front: "It’s a wine with a ‘wow’ introduction. It throws beautiful, beautiful aroma. It’s distinguished by it. It’s sweet, pudding-like, like fresh vanilla, like lemon delicious. I went to taste this wine and couldn’t get past the nose; I just wanted to go on enjoying its aromatics. It’s smells every bit Penfolds but every bit itself. The palate is true to established form, with blackcurrant and bay leaf notes rigged to a powerful motor of tannin. Creamy/vanillin oak gets on with business too but again the fruit stares it down. From every angle this is a belter of a Bin 389. It’s best consumed any time between now and the apocalypse, or thereabouts."

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 05, 2017

What an unconventional, but genius combination of varietals to blend into one wine! Often what is missing from Shiraz can be the erathy tones and structure that Cab showcases so well, and Cab Sauv's fruit can be lost behind the tannin and savory notes. To combine these two perfectly balances the best qualities of both so the sum is greater than their parts. This has the fruit from the Shiraz that makes this big wine more approachable now, but the backbone from the Cab to hold up to whatever you pair it with. Nothing flabby or overdone here. Just extremely well-balanced, tasty, tasty wine.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 03, 2017

I have been eagerly awaiting the new Penfolds releases as the 2015 vintage has been turning out some stunning wines in South Australia. With Penfolds' unrivaled strength in depth across the premium growing regions of the state I suspected their wines would be some of the best from them in recent years (or decades). Once the scores started to drop I couldn't wait to get my hands on some bottles to see if the wines tasted as good as the hyperbolic reviews suggested. Finally this week I got them in my glass and across my palate, and boy are you in for a treat. This Bin 389 is often a top pick from the stable. Affectionately known as "Baby Grange" this wine is matured in American Oak Hogsheads that held the prior year of Penfolds' iconic "Grange". This means top notch oak, the best money can buy, polishing this wines long, fine tannins. Bin 389 is a selection of premium parcels of Cabernet and Shiraz from vineyards in Coonawarra, Barossa, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully. The Cabernet provides and beautiful structural framework and the Shiraz fleshes out the rest. Aromas of black and blue fruit, huckleberry, tobacco leaf, mint and cedar. On the palate the fruit is generous, juicy, bright; the wine is medium-bodied with a long, linear mouth feel. Fine tannin focuses the wine and perfectly tempers the expressive the fruit. Here's a wine that will be very long lived; this can be kept 15+ years but is also delicious now. Classy, delicious, complete

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 03, 2017

Your holiday wine is here! Penfold's "Bin 389," or "Baby Grange" is a nearly even blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from Coonawarra and Barossa, aged in ex Grange barrels that add depth, heft and weight to the texture. 389 has heady aromas of dill, rich leather, roasted habanero peppers, bright menthol and spearmint, grilled plum and violets, with an expansive, condensed palate laden with cassis and tart cranberry, finished with a persistent tannin that will break down the richest ribeye.

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Suntory "Hibiki Japanese Harmony" Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "The newest blended whisky offering from Hibiki is burnished gold in the glass and has a bold aroma that mixes vanilla, fresh pear and a hint of smoke. The smokiness comes forward at the first sip, wrapping around a core of oak and vanilla custard and finishing long, with a mouthwatering bitter chocolate note. *Best of 2016* (KN)" (03/2016)

90 points Whisky Advocate: "Poised and complex, with typically lifted fruitiness: strawberry ice cream, pineapple, peach, balanced by delicate oak, bamboo shoot-like delicacy, then lemon. The palate is more rounded than that very forward nose, with toffee notes adding some weight. A touch of smoke comes along in the mid-palate, before fruits and caramelized coffee biscuits. Water allows the flavors to flood the palate. Exemplary blending skills and classically Hibiki. (DB, Winter 2015)" (12/2015)

Wine & Spirits: "You cant be a Japanese whisky enthusiast without having noticed that theres a shortage of the stuff. What once was readily available is now hard to find. What once was affordable now costs various bodily limbs. It is due to more than a fad. The best Japanese whisky is remarkable stuff, and none are better than the top single malts from Suntory, Yamazaki, Hakushu and the blended whisky Hibiki. Hibiki comes in 12-, 17- and 21-year-old expressions, but even the youngest of these is now allocated. Harmony, the newest release, carries no age statement, indicating that it contains younger whiskies than other bottlings. Nevertheless, this is a welcome concession, with Suntorys classic sense of balance, nuance and delicacy. *Best of 2015* (JM)" (11/2015)

K&L Notes: The newest incarnation of Suntory's hugely popular Hibiki series, this time without an age statement attached. The same soft, mellow, vanilla-laden flavor is still here, however. It's a true harmony of pure Hibiki flavor.

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2015 DuMol Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($68.99)

90 points Vinous: "The 2015 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) is a tasty, appellation-level wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Succulent, racy and forward, the 2015 has much to offer. Silky tannins wrap around a core of dark red and purplish fruit in this racy, expressive Pinot. (AG)" (04/2018)

Wine Spectator: "Raw, tannic and youthful now, with complex earthy berry flavors that gain depth and length. Time should be an asset. Best from 2018 through 2023. (JL, Web Only-2017)"

Connoisseurs Guide: "DuMOL certainly has earned its cred after years of making wines that rank near the top of the ratings list, and, while there is not a thing wrong with this bottling, it is not as deep and dramatic as its predecessors. To be sure, the top DuMOLs are vineyard designated, not its 'appellation' bottlings, but even then, this clean, fairly precise but less-than-fully-stuffed bottling focuses on specific red cherry fruit with a dollop of creamy oak for some added richness, and it has the energy to grow a little with a few years of aging." (10/2017)

K&L Notes: Since their first harvest in 1996, the team at DuMol has thoughtfully assembled an incredible collection of vineyard sites. Winemaker Andy Smith has this to say about the 2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir: "Beautifully fragrant, aromatic Pinot: Cranberry, pomegranate, fresh raspberry and classic black cherry. Licorice, rose petal, thyme and graphite complexity, freshly-turned earth. Sweet fruit entry, broad rich and tactile but remains lively and supple. Rhubarb compote, darker cassis, baked plum — deep layered intensity. Subtle red-apple-skin tannins and lingering anise perfume. Persistent resonating finish. Drink between late-2017 and 2024."

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Suntory 12 Year Old "Hakushu" Japanese Peated Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Previously $90) ($68.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This golden, silky single malt mingles vanilla and honey with fresh apple and pear aromas. These notes are echoed on the palate alongside a wave of peat smoke. Add a splash of water to offset the modest but persistent alcohol heat and further coax out the fruity-smoky flavors. (KN)" (12/2015)

Wine Spectator: "This Suntory distillery is located in a mountain forest in the southern Japanese alps. The whisky has cool, mint/basil, bamboo, kiwi and green melon aromas with the faintest hint of smoke." (10/2014)

Whisky Advocate: "Although only two years older, this expression of Hakushu the first to be launched in the U.S. shows a fleshier side to the distillerys wares. While it has retained the freshness of the 10 year old, it shows more pineapple and grapefruit on the nose, with a little fragrance of jasmine and osmanthus. On the palate, its fresh and lively with a hint of persimmon and a tickle of smoke. Recommended. (DB, Spring 2012)"

K&L Notes: The newest Japanese whisky to hit the U.S. market is Suntory's Hakushu--known as the "Forest Distillery." Built in 1973 as a sister distillery to Suntory's Yamazaki distillery (previously the only Japanese single malt available in the U.S.), the facility is located at a high-elevation site next to the "pristine waters" of the Ojira River, which are used to dilute the whisky itself. Hakushu distillery uses different styles of oak barrel to age their single malt, but mainly Hogshead, which, according to the distillery, is "suitable to the clear air and cool humid climate." The 12-year old from Hakushu is lightly peated and very delicate in its flavor profile. The light and fruity style of the whisky is quite similar to the Yamazaki 12, but the smoke really makes up for the lack of richness. Because most of Japan drinks their younger malts with ice and water, the Hakushu is definitely another whisky designed for that purpose, which may turn off some of the single-malt sippers Stateside. However, even straight at room temperature, the Hakushu really delivers quality flavors for the price point. Think Talisker, but distinctly less round or supple. So far I've really enjoyed tinkering with it in different forms--as a Highball, with an ice cube and just plain neat. This is one of the most enjoyable bottles I've purchased in some time. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

2016 E. Guigal "La Doriane" Condrieu (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The flagship 2016 Condrieu La Doriane also shows the freshness and more classical style of the vintage. Citrus blossom, crushed rocks, honeysuckle, and orange blossom give way to a medium to full-bodied, incredibly elegant Condrieu that gains depth and richness with time in the glass. It will be better this time next year and keep for 7-8 years." (01/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled in June 2017, the 2016 Condrieu la Doriane is entirely barrel-fermented in new oak. This vintage seems more restrained and less rich than some others, but it remains marked by smoky, grilled apricot aromas and flavors. Its nicely balanced and not overly opulent, retaining a sense of elegance on the long, spicy finish. (JC)" (12/2017)

93 points Decanter: "All estate fruit from Côte Chatillon, Colombier, Valon, Coteau de Chery and Veron, which has spent nine months in 100% new oak barrels. It's very much about the cashew oak on the nose, while the palate is very full and fat, flowing and silky, with a mineral hint on the finish. It's long, with a strong oak influence, but the fruit beneath is pristine, though not as concentrated as some vintages. This has guarded enough acidity and freshness to make a successful Condrieu. Opulent, full, flowing and very rich. (MW)" (12/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Spicy oak influence which gives toasty, smoky overlay on the stone fruit. Thick, rich and impressive and the oak and fruit integrate very well. A big step up from their standard Condrieu. 17.5/20 points (RH)" (10/2017)

2015 Trinity Hill "Homage" Syrah Hawke's Bay ($79.99)

99 points James Suckling: "A superb wine. Quite possibly the greatest expression of Syrah that New Zealand has produced to date. The level of complexity and concentration, the layering of flavors and textures, the length of tannins there is so much to admire in this wine. Fruits are in the raspberry, red plum and blackberry spectrum, doused in pepper and every imaginable woody spice. Hints of chocolate, too. A thrilling and vibrant Syrah." (11/2017)

99 points Raymond Chan: "Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with purple-black hues, near impenetrable. The nose has incredibly intense and penetrating aromas of ripe blackberry fruit with subtle dark raspberry and blue fruit notes, lifted by an array of red, violet and black florals, melded with fine spice elements and a suggestion of black pepper. The aromatic components are seamlessly interwoven and harmonious in presentation. Medium-full bodied, the palate is richly sweet and succulent with ripe, vibrant and lively fruit flavours of blackberries entwined with dark-red and blue fruit notes, along with dark-red, violet and black florals, melded with notes of liquorice, spice and black pepper forming a complex amalgam. The fruit is fine and beautifully concentrated with intensity and depth, the lusciousness balanced by considerable extraction, the tannins very fine-grained and flowery in texture. The acidity is ripe, and softly integrated, and the wine carries with great linearity and drive to a long and sustained finish of black fruits, florals and spices. This Syrah has a remarkably intense and perfumed nose with a beautiful array of floral aromatics, on a rich, succulently sweet black, red and blue fruited palate with considerable, but refined extraction. Match with slow-cooked game meat and Middle Eastern fare over the next 10 years."

99 points Sam Kim: "Another compelling rendition of the variety from Trinity Hill, the impressively complex bouquet shows dark plum, spiced cherry, black olive, violet and game characters with beautifully infused cedary oak nuances. The palate is powerful and concentrated, while remaining perfectly proportioned and structured, and delivers exceptional fruit purity combined with seductive spicy/savoury undertones, brilliantly structured by fine, chalky tannins. The wine is gratifying and engaging at the same time, and destined to evolve magnificently. At its best: 2020 to 2030."

98 points Bob Campbell: "Tasted with a vertical of five vintages of Homage. Rich and intense Syrah with violet, black pepper, dark berry, plum and oak flavours. Dense, sweet fruit nicely balances a solid backbone of ripe, round tannins. A youthful, intense and potentially complex red that promises to age well."

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Raised in 60% new oak, the 2015 Homage Syrah has completely soaked that up, showing only plenty of dark, plummy fruit and ample spice on the nose. Hints of black olive and mocha show up on the medium to full-bodied palate, bolstered by silky tannins. This is not a huge, blockbuster year for Homage, instead showing a suppler, gentler side of the Gimblett Gravels. (JC)" (02/2018)

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 16, 2018

Easily one of my favorite wines I have tried within the past year. The origins of Homage have their roots in the northern Rhône, with founding Winemaker John Hancock working there during the 1996 harvest. Trinity Hill first planted Syrah vines in 1995 at Gimblett Gravels, with cuttings from Hermitage specifically being planted in 2001. Both the original plantings and subsequent Hermitage vines are used to make Homage. The nose invites you with aromas of perfectly ripe blackberry, plum, and boysenberry. The bouquet is wide ranging, exhibiting spicy black pepper and floral potpourri, to woodsy characteristics, grilled meat, and charcuterie. On the palate, the wine possesses both power and grace. Berry medley, currants, and plum flavors are accompanied by lingering fine tannins. There is a noted herbal and garrigue flavor, with elevated acidity as well. The spicy flavor notes and robust nature of this wine make it suitable with North African cuisine. Think lamb tagine as a possible food pairing. This New Zealand Syrah clearly demonstrates its ability to last another 10-20 years with proper cellaring. An all-around showstopper of a wine

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 16, 2018

The top scores across every publication are well deserved given the incredible complexity and quality of this wine. While it is showing a little tight and structured now, it most definitely has the capacity to age beautifully. The smaller yields of 2015 give this wine great concentration and definite black pepper spice at this stage in its life. It is lean and bright and a little grippy, but will open up, show its fruit, soften its tannins and will become an absolutely phenomenal wine in a few years time. The cool New Zealand climate has done its work here and given us a wine with depth and intricacy. One of the stand-outs from Hawke's Bay and any lover of past vintages should jump on this one as well.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2018

The past two vintages of this remarkable Syrah sold out in a matter of days and it's very easy to see why. On the palate, this is dead ringer for a refined, cool, and vibrant Northern Rhone collectible - a young and extremely promising bottling. Perhaps a bit more lift and tension than the past few vintages, it has all the structure and depth to age for a few decades but will turn heads even now with a good decant. If you're looking for finesse in Syrah, or value in collectible, ageworthy reds, this is a bottling that needs to be on your radar.

1999 L'Encantada 18 Year Old "Lous Pibous #145" Bas-Armagnac (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

The famous Lous Pibous estate was easily the most sought-after brandy of 2017. We've sold more than 1000 of bottles from this tiny estate since we started importing these products early last year. Lous Pibous is particularly special but few of the previous casks we've sold have matched this 18 year old Lous Pibous in terms of intensity. The bold nose is bursting with spice, the highest quality tobacco, wild honey candied stone fruits, and nutty rancio oxidative quality. Something of a crushed sweet tart quality and an attractive mineral quality with faint whiffs of old metal. The palate is thick and textured, with a striking dusty tannin that reminds me of old rye whiskey. Indeed, the old American whiskey thing is very much at play here (a quality that's attracted such a massive following), but it also exhibits some really wonderful parallels with a quality old Highland malt. While L'Encantada does not bottle the most affordable Armagnac available, they truly deliver an experience that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 09, 2018

Just an absolute monster. Unctuous, bold and full of life - this brandy makes me sad for all the high quality small estate Armagnac that's wasted in crap blends for the French market. We still have suppliers come in and try to sell those style Armagnacs to us and I just don't get why they think it's going to work. This brandy, however, will easily flip the most ardent American Whiskey lover into an Armagnac freak. The owners of the Lous Pibous estate are extremely private and don't accept visitors, but I'm planning to visit early this year. Nonetheless, replicating an experience like this one again might be difficult, but we'll keep trying until we've tasted every cask.

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2014 Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($89.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Another triumph of fine winemaking, this appellation wine is leathery and full bodied, wild and savory in tea, strawberry hull and rocky earth. It shines in subtle acidity and plenty of structure, with ample body to support its angular temptations. (VB)" (09/2016)

1993 L'Encantada 24 Year Old "Lous Pibous #13" Bas-Armagnac (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)

Independent bottler L'Encantada understands what Armagnac lovers want because that's exactly what they are. This group of Armagnac loving friends realized that some of the regions small estates were throwing away legendary eau-de-vie to blends made by the big negociants. They offered those estates a premium to retain the stocks for bottling as single casks at full strength. Many of these estates had never bottled Armagnac nor had any interested in marketing their precious eau-de-vie. But, our friends at Encantada realized that the soul of Armagnac exists in its terroir, history and culture. By blending these exceptional brandies into large blends you strip them of the very soul that makes this drink so special. They've committed to supporting small estates producing traditional Armagnac and bottling single casks at full strength. The results are some of the most special spirits we've ever come across. Their most prized estate is likely the gorgeous estate in Mauléon, "Lous Pibous." The estate is planted exclusively to the special Folle Blanche grape, renowned for its great depth and openness, but very rare due to its susceptibility to disease. Lous Pibous fills exclusively new oak barrels resulting in one of the most opulent and generous styles of Armagnac. Lovers of great whiskey and full throttle flavors will certainly appreciate the incredible complexity. We're extremely lucky to import the excellent brandy bottled by Encantada directly from the source exclusively for K&L.

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Park 28 Year Old "Lot 28" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #401 Cask Strength Grand Champagne Cognac (750ml) ($109.99)

The Tessendier Family is BACK with another set of incredible single casks selected from their revered Cellar No 8. Only the very finest and most elegant eau-de-vie are aged in this special cellar and K&L was lucky enough to have access to some of the family's most special single casks. The big daddy of the bunch is this special single cask of Grand Champagne Cognac aged a minimum of 28 years and bottled at a whopping 44.5% alcohol. This fine cask requires a bit of time in the glass to really open up and will stand up nicely to a drop of spring water. At first, expect strong mint and deep, dark oak aromas, lacquer box, pipe tobacco, and a big, long, dry mouth feel. With the addition of the tiniest smidge of water and some air this bad boy really opens up with tons of tropical fruit (dried and fresh mango, passion fruit), dark earthy wood notes, and dried citrus peel (tangerines). The palate is long, bringing more spice and those dried fruit flavors to the finish. Definitely the most intense and powerful of the three casks and truly an EXTREME value considering the age and quality of the Cognac inside.

2014 Blackbird Vineyards "Paramour" Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine Price: Hidden

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another terrific example of Blackbird is the 2014 Proprietary Red Paramour, a fabulous blend of 84% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. The Cabernet Franc comes from the Stagecoach Vineyard. Consultant Aaron Pott said he thinks they have a magical spot for it on that large eastern Napa Valley mountain site. This is terrific stuff from the super-intense fragrance of white flowers and forest floor to the blueberry, black raspberry and graphite notes. The wine hits the palate with dazzling fruit intensity, loads of glycerin, a round, juicy, succulent mouthfeel, a layered personality and a long, supple finish. Drink it now or over the next 15+ years. (RP)" (10/2016)

94 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Generous in well-extracted fruit but also a wine of genuine sophistication, the 2014 Paramour is a weighty, yet stylish offering that matches power with great finesse. It slowly unfolds in the glass and shows layer upon layer of concentrated currant and black cherry fruit infused with lovely, wholly sympathetic oak and accents of woodsy spice, and, while moderately tannic, it is never rough or abrasive and evokes an inviting sense of winemaking polish from entry to finish. It is not, however, a wine to consider for drinking in the near future and will only begin to reach its full potential after another half-dozen years have passed." (04/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blend of 84% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Merlot, the 2014 Paramour is a seriously impressive bottle of wine from winemaker Aaron Pott. Blackcurrants, chocolate, lots of earthy minerality and loamy soil notes give way to a ripe, polished, plump Cabernet Franc that has solid balance and texture. A blend of 84% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Merlot that spent 21 months in 75% new French oak, give it 3-4 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following 15-20 years." (12/2017)

92 points Vinous: "The 2014 Paramour is one of the more tightly wound wines in this range. Sweet herbs, mocha, tobacco and cedar open up first. Beams of firm, youthful tannin give the wine its sense of proportion. Long and nicely delineated, the 2014 is going to need a few years to come into its own, but it is quite pretty, even today. (AG)" (12/2016)

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2013 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($119.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of black currants, violets, lavender, and stone follow through a full body, chewy tannins and toned muscular structure. This is a Mondavi reserve that harkens back to the great years of the 1970s. A tribute to the 50th anniversary of the winery. Try in 2022." (05/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the To Kalon Vineyard celebrates the 50th anniversary of the great Robert Mondavi and his extraordinary vision to create something special in the heart of Napa Valley. A beautifully polished wine, with a dense ruby/purple color, it is still tightly knit and showing high-quality oak. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with outstanding depth, ripeness and purity. There is plenty of backbone and tannin for 25-30 years of cellaring. The wine shows notes of chocolate and plenty of blackcurrant fruit and blackberry. This is a beauty and certainly a great reserve and worthy homage to the legendary Robert Mondavi. (RP) 95+" (12/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve comes across as quite restrained today, with most of its power lurking in the background. There is no shortage of depth or intensity, though. Hints of iron, smoke, leather and savory herbs open up gradually, but the 2013 needs at least a few years to uncoil and will drink well for another two decades or so beyond that. This is an especially refined expression of the famed To-Kalon vineyard. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A wine marking the 50th anniversary of Robert Mondavi Winerys founding, this shows the grandeur of the man, the vineyard and the vintage. Full bodied and robust, its intense in bark, tar and black licorice, with dottings of coconut. Aromatically inviting, its dusty and soft, with acres of complexity and structure. Enjoy it in 2023 and beyond. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (02/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "A defining element of the greatness of Napa Valleys 2013 vintage is apparent in the wines that were not pushed and hyper-extracted: They show their provenance with clarity. This wine does not lack for extract, but carries it with the effortless grace of a classic Oakville Cabernet. Geneviève Janssens selected the fruit for this Reserve from her favored blocks at To Kalon, Mondavis estate vineyard behind the winery in the western benchlands of Oakville; this vintage comes from blocks replanted between 1996 and 2000. The black plum fruit is almost tarry in its warm, smoky tannins, but theres a red core that emerges, a pungent center that darkens and deepens at the edges. Decant it if you open this now, to serve with dry-aged beef." (12/2016)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, saturated ruby. Very dark, highly perfumed aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, cassis, licorice, minerals and spices, lifted by a peppery nuance (winemaker Geneviève Janssens noted that Robert Mondavi always liked Cabernet Franc, even back in 1966). Extremely tight and savory, showing an herbal element and conveying an impression of strong acidity. This strikes me as not especially ripe in the context of the vintage but it's extremely backward today. Finishes with big, mouth-clenching tannins and a note of youthful bitterness. Decant this if you plan to open it in its youth--or, better yet, forget it in the cellar for six or seven years. This large-scaled but rather opaque wine is almost painful today but holds out considerable potential and may ultimately merit a significantly higher score. (ST) 92+" (05/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. Toasty dark aromatics. Dense palate with all dark notes -- blackcurrant, dried herbs, black olive, and a dark rocky minerality accented by iron and dry cocoa all clothed in a body of crushed dark velvet -- would prefer a bit more freshness. Incredibly dense and taut palate currently. Allow time in the bottle to open and reveal more. 17.5/20 points (ECB)" (06/2016)

2015 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($159.99)

94 points James Suckling: "A very flinty, stony and minerally edge with white peaches and yellow citrus fruits,leading to a palate with a very powerful, dense and rich core of white peaches. Very long, phenolic drive. Impressive. Drink or hold until 2025." (02/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has a composed, citrus peel, granitic bouquet that feels a little "cooler" than others that I have encountered, the altitude and clay soils lending this the reserve to counterbalance the precocity of the growing season. The palate is well balanced with pleasing acidity, tightly-wound with a noticeable marine element that becomes more pronounced towards the finish. It has the weight and intensity you expect from a Corton-Charlemagne and it should repay those who cellar it for 5-7 years. This is a fine effort in such a warm vintage. (NM)" (12/2016)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is perhaps the freshest wine in the range and the least marked by the high ripeness of the vintage with its wonderfully pure nose of citrus elements that combine with floral and green apple scents. There is fine intensity to the muscular, dense and powerful broad-shouldered flavors that even manage to display a certain refinement on the sleek, dry and wonderfully long finish. Good stuff and while I wouldn't describe this as classic in style, it still offers much to like. *Sweet Spot*" (06/2017)

90-93 points Wine Spectator: "At the grands crus level, we started with the Corton-Charlemagne, from above Le Corton, a cold, east-facing site with marly soil. Reserved in aroma, its flavors evoked butterscotch and stone, backed by fine acidity. (BS)" (02/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Pale, bright yellow. Pungent aromas of lemon drop, white peach, nutmeg, talc and flint. Powerful, ripe, concentrated Corton-Charlemagne with a strong menthol quality and complicating savory minerality to its citrus and floral flavors. Boasts considerable body and palate presence for young Corton-Charlemagne (the label says 14%) and the dusty finish displays excellent mounting length. A bit youthfully aggressive, though, and in need of bottle aging. This is very good for the year but is clearly a 2015 in its thickness of texture and power. (ST)" (07/2017)

2014 Pavie, St-Emilion ($259.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Incredible blueberries, violets, fresh wild mushrooms and sandalwood. Dried tannins. Full-bodied, yet tight and refined with a beautiful center palate of fruit and chalk character. Love the pinpointed palate. Excellent acidity. Gorgeous now but wait at least five years." (02/2017)

96 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pavie is silky, powerful and intense, with all of its elements in the right place. In 2014, Pavie is exceptionally polished, with plenty of richness but less of the bombastic style of some years past. Part of that is, of course, the personality of the vintage, but at the same time, there has been a move toward a bit more finesse here in recent years. A rush of raspberry jam, pomegranate, mint and white flowers leads into the vivid, richly textured finish. The 2014 is a gorgeous Pavie loaded with personality. (AG)" (02/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This gushes with boysenberry, açai berry and blackberry confiture notes, but they are quickly harnessed by fine chalky minerality that stays well-buried throughout, imparting mouthwatering cut despite the copious fruit. Features lavish spice and licorice, and the fruit and minerality is there. If you've got it, flaunt it. (JM)" (03/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a perfumed ripe wine, packed with generous tannins that still give a style and elegance that is a remove from the older overripe style of Pavie. It is balanced, complex and with great potential. The wood and the tannins are in harmony with the black fruits. With its structure, it will certainly age well. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pavie is clearly the star of Gérard Perse's portfolio this year. The aromatics are the most complex and absorbing, a mixture of red and black fruit, graphite and black truffle, a faint marine influence emerging as it unfolds in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied and demonstrates less substance and glossiness than the Bellevue-Mondotte. In fact, if you had this blind you might describe it as a more "classic" Saint Emilion, underpinned by quite firm tannin that provide this with impressive backbone. There is a toughness to this Pavie, but it retains balance. It has its sights set on longevity and for that we will have to wait, but it will be worth it. (NM)" (03/2017)

Kavalan "Fino Sherry Cask" Cask Strength Single Barrel Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml) - 11 available ($459.99)

The most prized possession in the Kavalan portfolio, the Fino Cask Solist utilizes sherry butts from the most restrained and elegant style of Jerez wine and puts them on the top floor of the Taiwan distillery's warehouse, where the heat is at its most intense. Known as the "the church", partly because the vaulted ceiling resembles a cathedral (and partly because miracles seem to happen inside the sherry butts resting in this room), the temperature reached inside this chamber helps to excrete more nutty, almond flavor out of the fino barrel and into the Kavalan single malt resting inside of it. A number of Scottish distilleries have used fino sherry butts in the past, but none were able to capture the essence of the sherry so intensely in their whiskies due to the colder aging conditions in Scotland. Taiwan, on the other hand, with its tropical climate has proved to be holy ground for this type of cask maturation. The Kavalan Fino is indeed heavenly. Rich and malty, with a turn towards salted caramel, toasted almond skins, toffee, and creme brulee, this is a side of sherry-aged whisky that we rarely ever see. Hedonistic and other-worldly, indeed. Bottled at 57% cask strength.

2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 3 available ($1,699.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine Ive been lucky enough to have numerous times since release, the 2009 Pontet Canet is one of those magical efforts that wine lovers encounter far too infrequently. From one of the greatest vintages for the region ever, this deep, saturated purple-colored effort offers an incredible bouquet of crème de cassis, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, damp earth, and graphite. This gives way to a full-bodied, powerful Pauillac that carries a massive amount of sweet fruit yet stays light and beautifully balanced on the palate. With ripe, sweet tannin, an expansive texture, and awesome mid-palate depth, as well as incredible purity, freshness, and delineation, its as good as wine gets and can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 4-5 decades. Hats off to proprietor Alfred Tesseron and the team at Pontet Canet!" (02/2018)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: "98-100 Barrel sample. A superb wine, with the purest fruit, great freshness and ripeness. It is certainly structured with dry tannins, but the blackcurrant freshness is all there. The wine has a great limpid, flowing feel, but also power. (RV)" (08/2010)

98 points James Suckling: "Stunning aromas of fresh flowers, with blueberries, blackberries and currants that follow through to a full body, with super balance and finesse. The tannins are super polished. Such class here. Best ever from here. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try in 2018." (03/2012)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2009 Pontet-Canet is a wine that I have tasted several times throughout the year. Here, it is clearly bestowed a very powerful and intense bouquet with raspberry jam, boysenberry, graphite and cold, wet limestone aromas - very well defined and focused, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, in a funny way more like a 2010 towards the finish thanks to its structure. It still feels quite backward and with much more to give, a sense of coiled up energy conveyed upon the extremely persistent finish. It remains a deeply impressive Pauillac with decades ahead of it. Tasted December 2016. (NM)" (02/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This is amazingly expressive now considering how huge it is, with stunning espresso and warm fig confiture aromas followed by lush layer after layer of blackberry paste, cassis and plum sauce. A terrific loam underpinning strides in on the finish, which is weighty but sports serious cut. Equal parts fruit and earth. (JM)" (03/2012)

96 points Vinous: "Bright, full ruby. Pure, vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite and leather. Like liquid velvet on entry, then energetic and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with penetrating minerality intensifying the pristine dark berry flavors. Most impressive today on the extremely long, perfumed finish, which shows suave, noble tannins and a magically light touch for such an intense wine. This wine is remarkably tastable today but it's also built for 30+ years of aging. (ST)" (07/2012)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. Robert Parker's initial 100-point review after the wine's release: "An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2075." (2/2012)