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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - February 6th,2018 - 02/06/2018 - 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 Qty Retail Link
2011 Domaine de Nizas Languedoc Rouge 90 >60 $11.99 View
2017 Jax "Y3" Russian River Pinot Noir Rosé >60 $19.99 View
2016 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay >60 $21.99 View
2015 Bernhard Ott "Fass 4" Grüner Veltliner Wagram 91 >60 $24.99 View
2016 Achaval-Ferrer Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 92 >60 Price: Hidden
Wine Club Price: $24.99.
2015 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 93 >48 $28.99 View
Domaine Hubert "K&L Exclusive" Pays d'Auge Vieux Calvados (750ml) >48 $29.99 View
2013 John Duval "Plexus" SGM Barossa Valley South Australia 94 >48 $29.99 View
2014 Substance (K Vintners) "Powerline Estate" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 >60 Price: Hidden View
2012 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino 96 >48 $49.99 View
El Tesoro "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel #158 Reposado Tequila (750ml) >36 $49.99 View
Russell's Reserve "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel #376 Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) >36 $59.99
Wine Club Price: $52.99.
1995 Tobermory 22 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) >36 $89.99 View
Whistle Pig 10 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" 117.1 Proof Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) >36 $89.99 View
2007 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $130) 95 >36 $99.99 View
Compass Box "No Name" Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $170) >36 Price: Hidden View
2004 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne 97 >36 $169.99 View
2015 Valandraud, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival) 99 >60 $169.99 View
2016 Pétrus, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) 100 3 $2,999.00 View

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2011 Domaine de Nizas Languedoc Rouge ($11.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant, with roasted plum and black cherry fruit flavors, showing savory spice, black olive and mocha accents. Bright acidity and integrated tannins add support through to the mouthwatering finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. (KM)" (07/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Syrah, Grenache. Mourvèdre, in oak for 12 months. Grilled black fruit. Cassis/blackberry fruit with a hint of tar. Quite a chewy mouthful tannins but there is velvet too along with a lifted freshness. (TC)" (09/2015)

2017 Jax "Y3" Russian River Pinot Noir Rosé ($19.99)

The next generation of the Jackson Family empire drives this winemaking venture. From the producer: "Brother and sister team, Trent and Kimberly Jackson collaborated with their vintner 'green thumb' father to found their first label in 1996. Over time the two identified their unique niche among next generation wine enthusiasts. Outliers from the dominating short list of old school napa wineries, the two saw an opportunity to buck the 'en vogue' winemaking style of their day and focus on the unique terroir of their family vineyard. After all, 'change comes first at a small scale driven by the smaller more nimble producers.' Soon after, cult Winemaker Kirk Venge was recruited to create balanced wines reflecting varietal character and a sense of place. Passionate about our vineyard site, integral to our clone and rootstalk selections, and now 15 years in, Kirk has reinforced their instinct that focus should always be on 'sense of place' to understand the nuances that allow us to make great wine."

2016 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay ($21.99)

Just south of San Luis Obispo, along California's Central Coast, sits one of the state's most charming and humble wine-growing AVAs: the Edna Valley, home to dozens of small producers that make wonderful wines among the rolling hills of the region. There's a lot to love about the fresh and affordably-priced expressions coming out of Edna right now, which is exactly why we've forged direct relationships with some of SLO's best family-run estates and begun a partnership program of co-sponsored cuvées. For the third year in a row, we've worked out another K&L edition of Edna Valley Chardonnay with Talley Vineyards, a producer renowned for its Burgundian mindset of terroir-focused winemaking from each of its six different vineyard sites. With its facility at the foot of the Rincon Vineyard, Talley is one of the most exciting producers of Chardonnay in the state, making clean and vibrant expressions from holdings all along the coastline. Talley's commitment to "Burgundian winemaking" stems not only from admiration for the Côte d'Or, but also a shared similarity of climate. The cool and slightly foggy conditions of Edna valley, with the chill of the ocean breeze coming through the hills, creates the perfect setting for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They make wines with acidity and drive, reaching maximum ripeness while maintaining a a zippy and refreshing crispness from front to back. But like a fine Montrachet, there's a richness and sense of weight from just the right amount of oak.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2018

As Burgundian as California gets. If you've ever wondered about the tasting note "flinty" check this bottle out. It has a great crispness and flinty minerality, but does not lack for richness and weight. Two hallmarks of great Burgundian Chardonnay. The fruit quality here is excellent. If you're in the ABC crowd (Anything But Chardonnay) It is definitely time to step back into the fold with this gem. It will surprise you!

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2015 Bernhard Ott "Fass 4" Grüner Veltliner Wagram ($24.99)

91 points Vinous: "Honeydew melon, pear, lime and fennel inform the nose and soothing, buoyant but glycerol-rich palate. Lushly textured and ripe in flavor though this is, it delivers delightful refreshment and energy on a finish that also boasts admirable transparency to shifting nuances of lentil, hazelnut, pear seed, mineral salts and iodine. (DS)" (02/2017)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "A textbook Grüner, this is clean, clear and green-fruited, with a whiff of white pepper and enough sense of minerality to keep it svelte." (04/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The nose just hints at green pear but the palate unfolds with quite some power: there is ripe lemon zest, a phenolic midpalate with textured, peppery citrus notes, the rough but ripe peel of Boc pear and quite a bit of heat on the finish. Lemon lingers long. (AK)" (09/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Balances concentration, vibrant structure and flavors of lemon, almond and stone. Persists, with a lingering aftertaste of citrus and mineral. (BS)" (06/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Grüner Veltliner Fass 4 is sourced from the medium parts of the Hengstberg hill and includes parcels from Engabrunn, Feuersbrunn, Gösing and Fels and is almost completely sold for catering. Very clear and precise in its attractive white-fruit aromas and also pretty deep and gently spicy on the nose, this is a lean but mineral and lovely juicy Veltliner with a precise and elegant, salty and stimulating finish. This is a beauty of finesse and elegance. All the musts were fermented separately and assembled in February. This cuvée was bottled in April. Very precise and elegant, but also sensually juicy and round. (SR)" (06/2016)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 12, 2018

This is a big step up from Otts Am Berg for just a few more dollars. It shows nice concentration of citrus, apricot and floral flavors with bristling minerals and nice tension on the finish, which lingers pleasantly.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 02, 2018

If you're familiar with the wines of Bernhard Ott, you may already know that he's referred to as a, "Grüner whisperer" for his ability to make other worldly, single vineyard expressions of the grape. His family has been producing out of the Wagram in Austria since 1889. The Fass 4 is considered to be the first of Ott's "serious" Grüner Veltliners. Full of super fresh mineral notes, crunchy plums, sour orange and yellow flowers on the nose, with a slightly fuller, textured palate rife with bright acidity. A touch bigger and richer than the Am Berg, this is a wine to linger over. Try this with Asian cuisines such as Vietnamese or Thai, seafood based dishes and tricky vegetable pairings such as artichokes and asparagus.

2016 Achaval-Ferrer Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza Price: Hidden Wine Club Price: $24.99.

92 points James Suckling: "Fragrant redcurrants, rose petals, paprika and spice box. Medium to full body, lots of red fruit, firm tannins and a dark-chocolate finish. Drink now." (04/2018)

Vinous: "Bright medium red-ruby. Cool aromas of redcurrant, cherry, menthol, licorice and herbs convey an impression of moderate ripeness. Suave and fine-grained but a tad shallow and green for this bottling. Still quite stylish and nicely delineated but falls off a bit on the back end, which features slightly dusty tannins and a repeating herbal note. Seems less ripe than the 2017 Malbec, but then the mostly late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon struggled in much of Mendoza in 2016. I'd certainly give this wine another year in the cellar--but does it have the stuffing to improve? Drink 2019-2024. (ST)" (07/2018)

K&L Notes: Where can one find mountain-grown Cabernet for a great price? In Mendoza, Argentina, where Achaval Ferrer sources its fruit from mineral-rich mountain soils, resulting in nuanced and beautifully balanced flavors. Bordeaux estates have their eyes on Mendoza. The conditions and Cabernet-friendly climate have shown tremendous and cost-effective results, as evident here in this 2016 Achaval Ferrer Cab, with juicy black fruits, hints of earth and tobacco, and a full-bodied finish. We’d be hard pressed to find a Cabernet this polished and profound at this price locally. Ferrer is a widely respected red wine producer, known for its old-school approach to new-world winemaking. Their wines are textbook in style and varietally correct, as is clear from the first sip of the 2016 Cabernet.

2015 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($28.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of cherries, dried strawberries, plums and raspberries. Medium body, tightly grained tannins and a fresh and juicy finish. Savory. Drink or hold." (12/2017)

93 points Vinous: "Limpid ruby-red. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes ripe raspberry, cherry liqueur, candied flowers, mocha and smoky minerals. Sweet, seamless and lively on the palate, showing impressive depth and clarity to the intense red and dark berry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors. Closes silky, sweet and impressively long; harmonious tannins come in late to add gentle grip. (JR)" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: The Reserve is a blend of all three of Argyles vineyards. These vineyards are based in volcanic, red soils, contributing to its red cherry based core of fruit. Flavors of this wine are enhanced through cold soaking in small, 1.5-ton fermenters, along with aging 16 months in French oak barrel.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2018

With a warmer, riper-fruited year in 2015, Argyle's Reserve Pinot Noir shows a fuller bodied character, with unabashed fruit. And yet it's ebullient character is well balanced with classic acidity and fine boned tannin. With plenty of clean, blackberry and plum notes, this wine reminds me of some of the best Pinots coming from Russian River, but with a lovely Oregon twist.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2018

Those who are familiar with Argyle probably know about their sparkling wines that put them on the Oregon wine map back in 1987. The winery has since then expanded their portfolio to include other wines, like this Reserve Pinot Noir which comes from their estate vineyards throughout Willamette Valley. This inviting Pinot is bursting with bright red fruit, a touch of spice and is silky on the palate with some tannin to pull it together. Incredibly approachable and drinkable.. you won't be disappointed!

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Domaine Hubert "K&L Exclusive" Pays d'Auge Vieux Calvados (750ml) ($29.99)

Astrid Hubert has taken over her family's apple distillation business with a desire to bring Calvados into the modern generation. She wants to make her estate's brandy more fruit-forward and more feminine in style -- "After all, I am a woman!" she told us during our visit in 2013. For $29.99 there has never been an apple brandy this good on the American market. The juicy apple flavor simply bursts on the first sip, the fruit taking front and center stage as the cider-like acidity helps balance out the richness of the wood. Try making a Jack Rose cocktail with this! Considering the cost of most Calvados (even those without the quality of the Hubert) this is the type of spirit you buy two or three bottles of, rather than just one. Our problem won't be convincing people to buy it, it will be getting enough of it across the Atlantic to satisfy demand.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 19, 2017

This was my first time drinking Calvados and instantly fell in love. Apple cider for adults. Distilled in old school, alembic copper stills, I couldn't believe how intense the flavors of cider, brown sugar, and warm apple pie can be found in a spirit at this price.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2014

A wonderful addition to the spirits section. Bright apple aromas are interwoven with subtle floral accents. In the mouth the Hubert Calvados has nice delicious apple flavors. In a few words it is pretty, tasty and a good value.

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2013 John Duval "Plexus" SGM Barossa Valley South Australia ($29.99)

94 points James Halliday: "In beautiful condition and shape. It tastes beautiful. Raspberry, blueberry and blackberry, no alarms or surprises, complemented by woody spice and fine, smoky oak. Everything is where it should, and where you'd hope, it to be." (02/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2013 Plexus (a Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre blend) gives slowly evolving raspberry tart, kirsch, potpourri and garrigue notes with underlying spice box and incense hints. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is velveteen textured with layers of expressive red fruits preserves and exotic spice flavors, finishing very long. (LPB)" (06/2016)

92 points Vinous: "Bright violet color. Vibrant spice- and mineral-accented red fruits and candied flowers on the highly perfumed nose. Silky, seamless and appealing sweet, showing Pinot-like finesse and clarity to its fresh raspberry and cherry flavors. Finishes very long and sappy, with suave tannins coming in late to add gentle grip. (JR)" (03/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Broad, expressive and open-textured, with a sense of restraint to the black cherry, blackberry, floral and wet earth flavors, finishing with density, harmony and persistence. (HS, Web Only-2016)"

Jancis Robinson: "Sweet baked fruit and a clove spice character that complements it nicely. The blend of varieties works very well here and there is proper length and complexity. Sophisticated, authentic, and very enjoyable. (RH)" (09/2016)

K&L Notes: I really enjoyed this latest release from Barossa legend John Duval. I have always admired the purity and balance in his wines but this 2013 release is something else. It's beautifully fresh and energetic with fine but persistent tannins teasing the black and blue fruits long on the palate. Asian spices and a whiff of floral violets add a nice accent. Finishes dry and tight with elegant focus and restraint for such a powerful wine. In a blind tasting I may well have picked this as hailing from a cooler climate than Barossa, it has such poise and energy. I really like this. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L Aussie wine buyer) 93 points Wine Front: "This is a smooth ride. It's a fantastic drink. It smells of black berries, licorice, dried herbs, pepper and earth. It's medium bodied, fringed with satiny tannins, crisp with acidity, long and fine in fruit flavour, finishing sweet and lightly salty. Feels elegant, seamless, flowing and delicious. Fruit is to the fore, though a little sinewy cedar chimes in well too. It's a very complete and highly drinkable blend that shows the warm heart of the region in simple fruitiness, meshed into good structure. So well done. Drink loads. A blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Shiraz comes from old vineyards in Tanunda, Krondorf and Ebenezer, the Grenache comes from Tanunda and Ebenezer, Mourvèdre from Light Pass in the Barossa Valley."

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 20, 2017

This wine is a beautiful example of where Shiraz blends are heading now in the Barossa. This Shiraz, Grenache, Mouvedre blend is elegant, polished, and expressive without being overwhelming or heavy. It is approachable with lively fruit and just enough structure and acid to round out the wine beautifully. The Grenache adds some lighter red fruit quality, while the Shiraz brings depth and interest to the wine. Pay attention everyone, because Shiraz blends in Australia are not the giant fruit bombs people recall. They are refined, stylistic, and most importantly delicious.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 20, 2017

My notes on the wine are above so here I'll just tell a quick story about the man behind the wine. I was at a seminar in San Francisco a while back and a panel of Australian winemakers (including John Duval) were arguing about the use of Syrah Vs. Shiraz. Some said they used Syrah to denote that they were making a cooler climate style, with more restraint like one would typically associate with French expressions of Syrah. Duval interjected saying "we're from Australia, we make fu%&ing Shiraz"..."just because I call it Shiraz doesn't mean it has to be some over-ripe fruit bomb...Shiraz can be just as elegant and perfumed as Syrah...what name you use shouldn't dictate the style you make or vice versa." His comments really struck a chord with me and I see this attitude in his wines. They are authentic expressions of the land they come from but also prove that balance and poise can be found even in the warmer growing regions of the world.

Staff ImageSal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 20, 2017

Impressive, concentrated berries are the first thing I noticed when I took in the aromas. This beauty continues with a dark fruit aroma that is somehow also fresh. Dry, crisp, and still fresh flavors hit the palate with a touch of herb and spice. The finish is clean, earthy, and fresh. A lovely, expressive, delicious wine from the folks out at John Duval.

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2014 Substance (K Vintners) "Powerline Estate" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Price: Hidden

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The new 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Powerline is a new cuvee based around a vineyard in the southern part of Walla Walla. Harvested from tiny yields and aged in mostly neutral barrels, this full-bodied, luxuriously textured, seamless beauty gives up lots of classic Cabernet notes of creme de cassis, licorice, toasted spice and graphite. There's an undeniably sexy style here, and while it will certainly be approachable on release, my money's on it evolving gracefully for 15-20 years.These latest releases from Charles Smith check in at the top of the pyramid and are flat out incredible wines that I wish every reader could taste. Readers should also check out the new label, Wines of Substance, which are also included in this report. Going forward, the K Vintners label will be for the Rhone inspired blends, and all Bordeaux blends will be moved to the Wines of Substance label. (JD)" (06/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is 100% varietal, coming from the winerys young estate vineyard. The aromas are bright, with notes of dried herb, cherry liqueur, anise, black tea and whole bell pepper, seeming ever so slightly dried out. The flavors are plump but still light on their feet, supported by surprisingly soft tannins for the variety. (SS)" (03/2018)

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 28, 2017

This is a full-bodied wine that exhibits beautiful plum fruit, spice, acidity that kicks, and an oak profile that is lightly present but very well integrated. What I really enjoy about the wines of this region is their ability to have so much to offer with appealing balance and restraint.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 26, 2017

Really impressed by the overall balance of this wine. Lots of plum, blackcurrant, and violet on the nose with a hint of herbs. Great core fruit, acidic backbone, round and full, but not overpowering.

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

Wow serious Cabernet here. Brooding and deep on the nose, smoky, dark fruit; plum, blackcurrant, pencil lead, dusty rocks; a hint of tobacco and leather. On the palate the wine shows some redder fruit notes and toasted spice. It has lovely ripeness but is not sweet or overly extracted. Medium-full bodied with great line and length. The tannin levels are perfectly measured with the wines fruit and there is great vibrancy that suggests a long life ahead but without being hard or closed in its youth. I'm really impressed with this wine, it strikes a lovely balance delivering powerful fruit but in doing so does not obscure the varietal expression or mask Walla Walla's dusty, stony minerality.

2012 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino ($49.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Enticing perfumed berry, violet, new leather and a truffle scents emerge in this textbook Brunello. On the savory, full-bodied palate, licorice, clove and chopped herb flavors accent a juicy core of ripe black cherry fruit. Firm, refined tannins provide structure. It's already tempting but hold for even more complexity. Drink 20202032. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (04/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Austere, with dusty tannins corralling the cherry, strawberry, earth and tobacco flavors. The bright acidity keeps this focused, lingering on the dry finish. Very tight, with a lot of savory, balsamic notes. Best from 2021 through 2035. (BS)" (06/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Vivid dark red. Musky and balsamic notes dominate the subtle red fruit aromas and flavors. Showcases a strong earthy component and slightly chunky, coarse tannins that will require lots of patience, but theres enough fruit lurking in the background to last the tannins out. (ID) 92+" (03/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "You can smell the effects of a warm growing season in this one with very ripe cherry and strawberry aromas that follow through to a full body, round and soft tannins and a tangy finish. Almost sweet and sour. Drink now." (02/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Federico Buffi's 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a fine and streamlined expression that puts special focus on the smaller details. The wine offers streamlined simplicity and this is its most attractive quality. Polished aromas of white cherry, grilled herb and forest floor give the wine a bright and slightly menthol-like personality. The finish is long and polished. This Brunello from Baricci offers purity and grace. (ML) 90+" (02/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Lustrous, mid ruby with orange tinges. Closed on the nose and quite backward on the palate, yet there is a great balance between brooding fruit, muscular tannins and just the right dose of acidity. A little stubborn for the moment. (WS) 17+/20 points" (01/2017)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 26, 2018

This first class Brunello has filled out since we tasted it in Italy and is showing its underlying depth and structure at the moment. In my opinion, this is certainly one of the must-buy Brunellos of the 2012 vintage. It combines rich, concentrated fruit with deftly balanced tannins and acidity and will improve with a couple years of cellaring. Francesco Buffi manages to combine exceptional Sangiovese with the best characterictics of the Montosoli zone all in one bottle.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 03, 2018

This Brunello is so unique and awesome. It wafts out of your glass with an intense smoked meat/beef jerky quality and an intense black cherry core. With lively tannins and a plummy finish, you'll definitely want some lamb or a steak.

El Tesoro "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel #158 Reposado Tequila (750ml) ($49.99)

No single distillery visit is more eye opening than the trip to La Alteña distillery in Arandas, Mexico. The beautiful estate is surrounded by agave fields and the rich red soils create an incredible site in contrast to the old brick and vibrant surrounding greenery. La Alteña is a place stuck in time. Built in 1937, the techniques used now are nearly identical to those implemented by the founder Don Felipe Camarena 80 years ago. His grandson Carlos is a legend in the industry. Senor Camarena is the face of La Alteña, but he seems most comfortable in the fields talking about the incredible plant that his family has relied on for decades. He walks through the fields examining his crop with meticulous detail. The fields stretch in every direction, but the first thing you notice about La Alteña is the smell, a pungent mix of earthy roasting cucurbits and sweet tilled soil. It's not clean and sparkling like so many modern distilleries. Carlos insists that every little bit of grime and grit is essential to creating the ultimate flavor of this special spirit. The decade of energy stored in these magical plants and the methods used at La Alteña are without a doubt the best way to capture the soul of this revered plant with true authenticity. Despite trends in modern tequila, controlling the powerful magic store in the rich fibers of the agave plant is not science, but equal parts art and ritual. This single cask represents the most honest and authentic expression of agave anywhere.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 05, 2018

Visiting La Alteña distillery was truly a dream come true for me. Jalisco is one of the most interesting and dynamic places in Mexico and the drive up to Arandas was like a holy pilgrimage. What's striking about the drive from Guadalajara is how gradual the ascent to nearly 6000 is. You barely notice it. You also don't see a lot of Agave growing along the way, a sign that the agave shortage might actually be real. Once you've reach altitude, you begin to see tiny blue green dots contrasting the vibrant red earth. The tiny young agave planted in small fields near homes and around villages on any exposed patch, another sign that some locals are hoping to cash in on the current high prices of agave. Unlikely that they'll be getting the inflated price once those plants are mature, but the haphazard nature of the plantings mirrors the industry's crisis perfectly. Arriving at La Alteña, you notice the incredible security. High agave prices mean potential for agave thieves and our guide Carlos Camarenas eluded to the problem as we walked through the fields. Carlos is a wizard in the fields and his depth of knowledge is astounding. He jokes and smokes a cigarette and the green smell of cut agave wafts through the air. The striking red brick and open air distillery are exactly what you'd imagine an old tequila distillery to look like, blue agave stretches out in every direction. The old way of making great tequila isn't that complicated, but it

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2018

This is truly one of the most unique and delicious tequilas I've gotten to taste so far in my first year here at K and L. Since having access to a more curated selection, I've been obsessed with finding soulful, artisanal, aguave spirits and this bottle easily makes its way right into this category. What is remarkable here is the balance; a touch of spice, with the ageing process timed perfectly. The mellow barrel notes swoop right in to create a super smooth tequila. The grassy/citrus notes are just as delicate, making this sipper one to be best enjoyed on its own. Yet, at the price point, I wouldn't feel bad making a mean Margarita.

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Russell's Reserve "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel #376 Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($59.99) Wine Club Price: $52.99.

We rummaged through the warehouses with both Jimmy and Eddy Russell to dig out this single barrel of Wild Turkey, cask #376, and instantly pulled the trigger once we tasted it. The bourbon has a round and mouthcoating texture, combined with loads of spice and oak char. Originally filled in November of 2008, we bottled this baby right around its ninth birthday, about the time Jimmy Russell believes these Wild Turkey whiskeys show their best. Emptied at 113.7 proof, everything about this whiskey showcases the textbook and trademark characteristics of the distillery style: loads of baking spices, vibrant oak tannins, creamy corn, and a finish of both savory pepper and sweet vanilla. Getting to select a barrel like this with the father and son duo is about as fun as our job gets--if you don't count the part where we actually get to drink it. Only 216 bottles from this barrel, so grab one while supplies last!

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

On the Isle of Mull, just north of Islay along Scotland’s west coast, is host to one of the most unassuming of distilleries called Tobermory, a malt that has quietly made outstanding, straightforward Scotch whisky since 1798. Never the most bold or brash of single malts, neither the loudest nor the most assertive, Tobermory does make a smoky island whisky called Ledaig, but the flagship malt is a fruitier, maltier expression that really starts to sing after two decades in wood. With this 22 year old single barrel edition bottled for us by Sovereign, the oft overlooked attributes of Tobermory come into full focus, beginning with an arousing bouquet of nectarines stewing in freshly-milled barley. That stone fruit goodness emirates from the glass in waves, morphing into a sweet nectar of honey and peach on the palate. The vanilla from the oak aging starts to shape the whisky on the mid-palate, adding spice and richness toward the finish where the barley becomes the star. The malty, creamy finish is lifted by the 50.8% ABV and that extra proof tingles the taste buds for minutes. There’s nothing new to be had from this exceptional Tobermory expression, just a classically-flavored malt whisky for a fabulous price. In a market currently full of anomalies and unique flavors, this is the bottle you’ll return to again and again.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2018

Sweetly fruited nose and a rich and warm palate full of honey, vanilla, and peach blossoms. A spectacular combination of stone fruits and rich honey drizzled granola builds up the bulk of the palate. There is a faint waft of smoke that feels subtle enough to be your imagination, more of an earthy savory note than smoke really. Everything is perfectly in balance at just over 50% ABV. Add to that a distinct maritime character and you've got yourself 20+ year old malt from one of the less well known Hebrides.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 02, 2018

This is a beautiful single malt that is very easy to drink. The nose is very expressive with pronounced aromas of honey and wax. In the mouth it is round clean, soft and pretty with a long tongue coating finish. With a splash of water the nose becomes a touch more sweet and in the mouth a little softer.I like this producer and it is always a joy to have something from Tobermory in stock.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 02, 2018

An increasingly rare chance to get you hands on some island (Mull not Islay) malt with 20+ years of age for under $90!? This is an unpeated expression of Tobermory that dances between golden orchard fruit / stone fruit, toasted barley, peanut brittle and buttercream. Then on the finish some lovely savory, saline nuances kick in to add another layer of coastal complexity. I also love that this single cask came down to a perfect 50.8% alc all of its own accord...pour it...drink it.

Whistle Pig 10 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" 117.1 Proof Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($89.99)

We've got four new single barrels of Whistle Pig 10 year coming in this winter and each cask is very small, thus very limited. This particular cask, our third in the series, comes in at over 117 proof and packs a big dollup of both sweet and savory spices in addition to all the rich oak flavors and vanilla. Only 130 bottles available from this unique barrel.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 02, 2018

This single barrel has a lot of offer to lovers of Rye whiskey. The nose is expressive and powerful and real inviting. In the mouth it is rich and concentrated with lush round flavors and a touch of spice.There is a long sweet finish.

2007 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $130) ($99.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Dried fruits with hints of coffee bean and cedar. Full body, with silky tannins and a tangy, savory finish. Almost salty character with ripe fruits. Complex and succulent on the finish. Drink or hold." (06/2016)

94 points Vinous: "Fuligni's 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is simply stunning. Still deeply-colored, the 2007 continues to grow with time in bottle. Rose petals, sweet tobacco, mint, juicy cherries and pomegranate abound in a dark, voluptuous wine endowed with tons of depth and pure richness. This is a fabulous showing. (AG)" (05/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Black cherry and berry flavors fill the balanced mouth of this riserva. Theres a lot of life in this wine and it will age slowly over the years. The freshness is bright and cleansing, and the tannins tends toward a fine and dusty quality." (05/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and dense, with cherry, black currant and cedar flavors covering the solid grip of tannins. Still closed down, yet there's freshness on the finish, with fruit and spice accents. Best from 2016 through 2032. (BS)" (06/2013)

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Compass Box "No Name" Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $170) Price: Hidden

In late 2017, Compass Box released this outstanding limited-edition whisky called "No Name," a blend of 75.5% Ardbeg, 10.6% Caol Ila, and 13.4% Clynelish with an additional 0.5% French oak-aged Highland malt for extra flavor. We sold through our allocation in a flash, even with the "one bottle limit per customer" dictate slowing things down in the sales queue. Now that the fervor of the Christmas shopping season is over, we managed to consolidate a large chunk of what was left in the States and get it all delivered to K&L. That means no bottle limits, no restrictions, and no risk of running out anytime soon. If you were a fan of the "Flaming Heart" or the "Peat Monster," this is sort of like a combination of the two. You get the clean, focused, highly peated intensity of Ardbeg, tempered ever so slightly by the roundness of Caol Ila and the oiliness of Clynelish.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 13, 2018

Here we go, peatier than the Peat Monster. More like a citrus-y peatiness, like throwing an orange into a campfire. Fruity and oily on the palate with some good strength. This would be a great bottle for the fan of Compass Box or someone who swears by the traditional single malts and wants to try something new in the same style.

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2018

My first thought on No Name was simply: "Peaty AF" and if you're a big fan of smaller batch heavily peated Scotch, then this limited edition of Compass Box is one for you to definitely check out. A slow sipper, this bottle definitely packs a lot of heat, with extremely subtle flavors of fruity sweetness, and bonfires in Autumn on the nose, the No Name is definitely one complex bottle of scotch.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 02, 2018

John Glaser is a master blender and it is always a treat to taste one of his creations. The nose on the No Name is not shy and has nice smoky tones. In the mouth it is complex and layered, with lusty smoke and a pretty creamy undertone. Interesting, with the flavors balanced and working together, this is a single malt to enjoy and think about.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 01, 2018

John Glaser, The Alchemist, has done it again. He takes one thing, adds a little of this and a little of that, and he makes that one thing better and more valuable than anyone thought possible. Drams from Pier Road and Port Askaig come together in the perfect marriage with a drop or two of highland goodness to make one seriously peaty, but eminently drinkable scotch. Campfire, both fresh cut and smoldering dry peat are all bound together by maritime air and the magic that is Islay. There is a medicinal quality that will make you contract a serious case of Munchausen Syndrome. For a limited bottling we've managed to lock down a pretty serious allocation (thank you, David!) but it will be gone before you know it.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

Subtly smoky on the nose with hints of iodine and earth. There's a slightly honeyed topnote that is quite intriguing. Sweet and fruity with notes of honey and stone fruits. A melange of gingerbread spice. There's a rush of smoke on the finish that builds and builds. Damn fine Islay whiskey, and a pretty good argument for blended scotch...so long as someone as talented as John Glaser is behind the mix.

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2004 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne ($169.99)

97 points Decanter: "Yet another masterpiece created by Richard Geoffroy. Unmistakable Dom Pérignon style with unparalleled silkiness throughout the palate. The mousse is worthy of its own chapter and the elegance is striking. Nice minerality and floral notes with citrus overtones. Slightly short now, but time will fill in the small gaps in the beginning of life. This time it tasted intensely toasty and fairly close to the 1983 when I tasted that vintage for the first time at the same age as the 2004 is now. (RJ)" (09/2014)

97 points Vinous: "A wine of nuance, precision and understatement, the 2004 remains all grace. Time has softened some of the contours, but the flavors remain fresh and vibrant. Medium in body, the 2004 can be enjoyed now or cellared for several decades. This is a gorgeous showing from the 2004, a wine that has been captivatingly beautiful from the first time I tasted it years ago. There is something effortless about the 2004 that is hard to capture with words. The 2004 doesn't quite have the obvious breeding of the 2008 and 2002, nor the obvious power of the 2003 or 2006, and yet it is harmonious, sublime and totally sensual. (AG)" (07/2018)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "With all the lush plenitude of the 2004 vintage, this wines explosive flavors give it a bold, broad, layered impression on the palate. But the tight structure and edgy tension of the acidity reins it in, capturing the wines aromatic power and extending it into graceful length. This is a precise and sophisticated Champagne suited to the cellar." (12/2014)

96 points James Suckling: "A return to regular form after the wild 2003 edition, this is business as usual in terms of the composed and complex swagger that is a hallmark of Dom. Good deep autolysis here, toasty yeasty characters wrap around a wealth of grapefruit and pithy lemon citrus notes; the chardonnay rings clear as a bell at around half of the blend. The palate has assertive, driving power and fully formed deep-seated phenolic presence with a chord of acidity steering it through a long, fresh and gently nutty finish. Classic Dom is back! (NS)" (08/2014)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lily-of-the-valley perfume and scents of lightly toasted brioche and almond rise from the glass of Moets 2004 Brut Dom Perignon, along with hints of the apricot, pear and grapefruit that then inform a luscious and creamy yet strikingly delicate as well as consummately refreshing palate. Sweet-saline savor of scallop also already intimated in the nose lends compulsive saliva-inducement to a ravishingly rarified and persistent finish, joined by alkaline, nutty, liquid-floral, and nori seaweed notes for a performance of head-scratching subtlety and intrigue. (In case my description hasnt already made clear, we have here a fantastic sushi wine.) This will be worth following for at least the next 6-8 years, in the course of demonstrating that iconic status as a luxury brand, and elevated (albeit secret) production numbers by no means preclude a wine of understated as well as profound beauty. (DS)" (11/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A graceful Champagne, with minerally drive. Firm acidity and a rich vein of smoky mineral meshes with the plush texture, offering finely woven flavors of mirabelle jam, toasted brioche, crunchy pear, honey and smoked almond. Delivers a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2029. (AN)" (12/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid yellow. High-pitched, mineral-accented aromas of pear, Meyer lemon, quince and jasmine, with smoke and toasted grain qualities adding bass notes. Spicy, penetrating and pure, boasting impressive vivacity to its fresh orchard and citrus fruit flavors. Gains weight and breadth with air while maintaining vivacity, picking up a gingery nuance that carries through a long, smoky finish. I'd bet on this taut, youthful Champagne rewarding many more years of patience. (JR)" (11/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Nose a bit suppressed at this stage. Sturdy. Fine and lively. Quite lacy textured with depth. 18/20 points (JR)" (08/2017)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 03, 2015

When Champagne lovers ask me about what vintage they should think about collecting, I always bring up 2004 first. While many other vintages such as 2002, 2006 and 2007 have produced fabulous wines, they have all been crazy in one way or another. Because of climate change, the only two harvests that could be counted as typical, classic Champagne vintages in the last 25 years are 1988 and 2004. Of course, many vintages in the past 25 years have been great; 1989, 1990, 1996, 2002 and almost certainly 2008 and 2012. All of these vintages have a story, and all of them are odd. Even vintages with plenty of water and slow ripening, which over the last 200 years would be considered typical and classic, are an endangered species. The character of the 2004s is very transparent, revealing of terroir (especially in single vineyard wines), long and light on its feet. The wines do not have the weight and authority of the 2002s or the crazy concentration of the 1996s. What they have is deft, elegant balance and I believe that they will, like the 1988s, prove to be great. The Dom is a great indicator and example of the strength of this vintage. I cant remember liking a vintage of Dom when it was first released as much as this since the 1990, or finding one of such good potential since the 1996. I wanted to make the most out of this chance to drink the 2004 as a preview and decided to prepare a special dinner for Cinnamon and I. I picked up an ounce of Osetra and we started out enjoyin

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 17, 2013

This newest release harkens back to the quality of the 1996 and 2000 vintage DP. A beautiful nose of white flowers, toasted almonds and cocoa. Much cleaner than the 2003 vintage, with clean citrus notes to balance the yellow apple and stone fruit palate. A very nice effort!

2015 Valandraud, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival) ($169.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine that will be a candidate for perfection at maturity, the 2015 Valandraud is a heavenly wine that exhibits a deep, saturated ruby/purple color as well as a sensational bouquet of blackcurrants, cassis, crème caramel, graphite, and chocolate. This full-bodied, expansive, super concentrated 2015 is a hedonistic dream and has exceptional purity, balance, and equilibrium. While it offers pleasure today, it needs short-term cellaring and will keep for 20+ years." (11/2017)

98 points James Suckling: "Plenty of toasty oak and extract here. This has immensely concentrated fruits with powerful yet silky tannins. Blackberry and dark-plum aromas dominate the nose with hints of dark chocolate and candied orange. Flavors follow suit amid fluid, muscular tannins that hold long into the finish. Great wine. Try from 2023." (02/2018)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Since the first vintage in 1991, this wine and its vineyard have travelled far. Now close to the top of the classification tree in Saint-Émilion, this vintage shows the impressive nature of this powerful wine. With a good balance between acidity and black fruits backed up by tannins, the wine is powerful and stylish. Drink from 2027. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2018)

97 points Vinous: "A gorgeous, arrestingly beautiful wine, the 2015 Valandraud delivers on all the promise it showed as a barrel sample, and then some. Soft contours and layers of sumptuous fruit add to its considerable appeal. Readers will have to give the 2015 at least a few years to develop aromatic complexity. Today, the wine's off-the-charts intensity and opulence are attention-grabbing, to be sure, but the best is yet to come. This is a superb showing from Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. The 2015 is 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, all fermented in barrel. (AG)" (02/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Valandraud is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with a profound nose of baked cherries, warm black plums, blueberry preserves and smoked meats with tilled earth, mocha, Indian spices and dried herbs nuances plus a touch of licorice. The mouth is big, full-bodied and powerful with notable, velvety tannins and it is packed with savory and spice flavor layers, finishing with epic length. This big-boned, voluptuous, Rubenesque beauty will blow hedonists' minds! 96+ (LPB)" (02/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Melted licorice, plum sauce and blackberry puree notes flow through here, with ample but velvety structure running underneath. Alluring ganache, violet and tobacco accents add nuance on the finish. Long and beguiling, featuring echoing fruit and a captivating mouthfeel. Drink now through 2035. (JM)" (03/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark purplish crimson. Dried-fruit nose. Very sweet and opulent on palate entry. Slightly astringent on the palate - almost an amphora effect! Interesting. Definitely distinctive." (04/2016)

K&L Notes: 95 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Valandraud has a very perfumed bouquet, quite feisty in the glass with macerated black cherries, griottes, blueberry jam and graphite. It feels impenetrable at the moment and constitutes one of the most opaque Valandrauds that I have encountered just after bottling. The palate is smooth as satin on the entry: well-judged acidity, neatly integrated new oak, quite rich but well balanced with a sumptuous blackberry and cassis finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a classy offering from Jean-Luc Thunevin, although it deserves several years in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2045." (02/2018)

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 13, 2016

Valendraud- Wow! Super ripe, exotic, big juice with very impressive tannins under control. 2 Stars! Ralph Sands

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 13, 2016

The top wine in Jean Luc Thunevin's stable of right bankers. Known for the garagist movement of the 90s, the wines from Jean Luc are definitely on the bigger, more modern style. But these days they are much better balanced and less extracted. This is a big wine with some big scores. Extremely perfumey black fruit aromas with a splash of boysenberry thrown in. Super focused with great texture on the palate. Great value here-could be 100 points someday. 85% merlot.

2016 Pétrus, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) - 3 available ($2,999.00)

99-100 points James Suckling: "This is a muscular Petrus that is so compacted and powerful. Full-bodied, yet tight and intense. I havent tasted something like this for a long time. The tannins are exquisitely fine-grained, the finish mind-binding. Its the combination of violets and dark fruit thats just so enticing. Just crushed grapes and crystal-clear purity." (04/2017)

98-100 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Barrel Sample* A wine with the potential for 100 points, this is velvety, with blackberry fruit and a rich texture. It is intense, seductive and a real charmer, while at the same time, there are hugely dense tannins that support the fruit. It is a superb wine both for its generous character and for its immense structure. Keep for decades. (RV)" (04/2017)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Petrus was picked from 28 September until 11 October and matured in 55% new oak. It has 14.9% alcohol, which is the same as in 2010; however, the pH is much lower at 3.35. For the first 15-20 minutes, the wine was tight-lipped and did not want to come out and play (Olivier passed the time by showing me some interesting videos on his mobile phone). Then it unfolds to reveal very pure blackcurrant and bilberry fruit with a violet and underlying sea spray scent that becomes more and more noticeable. The definition here is very impressive. The palate is medium-bodied with quite juicy and dense tannin, a little edginess on the entry with that marine influence continuing from start to finish. This is a cerebral Petrus, not unlike the 2010 at this stage, the alcohol disguised towards the finish, but lending this volume and an uncommon flamboyance for the vintage that marks it out from nearly every other Pomerol. The key though, is that it retains that freshness and detail. Whether it will match up to the sensational 2015 Petrus, we will have to wait and see. What is for sure is that this is a deeply impressive Pomerol that might just have a few tricks up its sleeve. (NM)" (04/2017)

98 points Decanter: "The nose jumps right out, then the palate starts tunneling down through an array of dark fruit and cut herb expressions, before slowly flattening out on the mid-palate then rising vertically on the finish. An architectural expression of the vintage, ripe and precise but with great freshness. Harvest here took place between 28th September and 11th October, and the challenges of the vintage meant they had to be precise and rigorous at every moment, never letting down their guard. No green harvesting. 40hl/ha yield, 55% new oak. Lots of anthocyanins. This is soft and caressing and majors in those deceptively soft tannins that slowly but surely build up to remind you that this wine has no intention of going away for many, many years. (JA)" (04/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Very very deep crimson. Gorgeous nose. Very intense and rich. Richer than Le Pin and I did not spit. Beautiful balance. More rigour than some vintages. Very long indeed. Unusually structured but no shortage of beguiling flavours. Violets and tar. 19/20 Points (JR)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 01, 2017

For those who have everything and want more. Silky, sexy, precise, pure-all the adjectives you can name for this one. Will be very expensive. Double the normal color this year.