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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - March 6th, 2018 - 03/06/2018 - 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 Retail Link
Deligeroy "La Petite Marquise" Cremant de Loire Brut $12.99 View
2015 Mount Veeder Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 $28.99 View
2013 Fable Mountain Syrah Tulbagh (Elsewhere $50) 92 Price: Hidden View
2008 Fluteau "Symbiose" Brut Champagne 92 $39.99 View
2013 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 $44.99 View
2013 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 $44.99 View
Douglas Laing's Big Peat "Christmas" Limited Edition Cask Strength Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $80) $49.99 View
2013 Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 $54.99 View
2013 Banfi "Poggio alle Mura" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 $59.99 View
Douglas Laing's Scallywag 13 Year Old Limited Edition Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $80) Price: Hidden View
2015 Christophe Billon "Côte Rozier" Côte-Rotie (Pre-Arrival) 97 $63.99 View
2015 Argiano "Solengo" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 97 $67.99 View
1991 Cameronbridge 25 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $79.99 View
2015 Christophe Billon "La Brocarde" Cote Rotie (Pre-Arrival) 97 $79.99 View
1997 Auchentoshan 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $89.99 View
2014 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 96 $99.99 View
2015 Clos Erasmus Priorat 100 $174.99 View
2015 Delas Frères "Les Bessards" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 100 $219.99 View
2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $3,299.00 View
2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (12-pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $3,299.00 View

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Deligeroy "La Petite Marquise" Cremant de Loire Brut ($12.99)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staff ImageJim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2011

This is a fresh, mineral and citus noted, delightfully refreshing french sparkling wine without the big price tag. Stock up for your holiday parties!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Mount Veeder Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($28.99)

93 points James Suckling: "A very pretty and layered young cabernet with blackcurrant and berry aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, fresh and focused. A lovely finish. Hard not to drink this now. You'd want to catch the vibrant fruit now, but it will be better in 2020." (05/2018)

93 points Vinous: "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and burly, but also quite pleasing for a young Mt. Veeder Cabernet. Inky blue/purplish fruit, licorice, lavender, bacon fat spice and licorice fill out the wine's mid-weight frame nicely. Plush and unctuous through to the finish, Mt. Veeder's Cabernet Sauvignon is a real overachiever in this vintage, as the extra kick of volume gives the wine an unusual level of opulence that works nicely to balance some of the more imposing structural elements in the wine. (AG)" (03/2018)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and the rest Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah, all of which was brought up in French oak. Its a beauty that delivers the goods, especially at the price. Violets, blueberries, spice, and underbrush notes all give way to a plump, rounded, sexy red that shows the upfront fruit of the vintage, yet stays light and nicely balanced on the palate. It should keep for a decade. (JD)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: From the winery: "Mount Veeder Winery was one born from the hard work and dedication of Michael and Arlene Bernstein. The Bernsteins first discovered the rugged property in the early 1960s and later bought it as a rustic retreat. In the ensuing years they transformed it into an enviable vineyard, almost by accident. After farming the property’s prune orchard for the first few years, a farmhand who lived on the property presented the Bernsteins with a bundle of cast-off grapevine cuttings. Michael stuck the unrooted cuttings into the ground and never gave them a drop of water. Miraculously, of the 60 cuttings planted, 58 lived. Michael turned his full attention to the vines and built his land into a thriving vineyard, ultimately making history as the first vintner in Napa Valley to plant one property to all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties."

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 28, 2018

Mt. Veeder Cab at this price point is almost unheard of. Add the fact that 2015 produced wines of powerful concentration but low, low yields and this price seems even more ludicrous. The wine shows the classic brambly, tobacco laced Cabernet fruit the appellation is known for but with a little more richness, softness and accessibility then one might expect from mountain fruit. This is a killer value for drinking now or in 5-10 years - don't miss it.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2018

At elevations of 1,000 to 1,600 feet, the mesoclimate up on Mount Veeder is completely different than the valley floor. You can definitely taste this in the wine. 2015 was a warm year with tons of fruit, so this wine can be enjoyed now if you are looking for something to pair with your grilled meat dishes. This is a dense, full and sturdy Cabernet that should hold up well in a cellar as well.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 04, 2018

A killer Napa cab at a killer price. Good to go now with its ripe, juicy tannin, leather, and layers of tobacco notes. The density of the deep, dark fruit notes are mouthwatering. If you like cabs that have a personality and swagger, this is for you.

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2013 Fable Mountain Syrah Tulbagh (Elsewhere $50) Price: Hidden

92 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Pungent, pure aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and herbs. Dense, saline, concentrated and juicy but silky and fine-grained too. Dark berry and violet flavors show terrific energy and definition, with pepper and herb notes providing additional lift. A touch of smoked meat adds another dimension but this wine stands out most for its terrific purity of fruit, inner-mouth perfume and building, subtle length. I'd give it a year or two of additional cellaring to resolve its firm tannins; it should age gracefully. (ST)" (05/2017)

90 points James Suckling: "Black cherries with ripe strawberries on the nose. Balanced with lots of fresh strawberries. A bit of green at the end and quite short. Drink now." (08/2017)

K&L Notes: 94 points Falstaf: "Strong ruby-garnet, violet reflexes, subtle edge brightening. Dark forest berry confit, delicate red berry accents, but also some elderberries, spicy nuances reminiscent of fynbos, a touch of orange zest. Juicy heart cherry fruit, ripe and harmonious, silky tannins, extra-sweet reverberation, already very well developed, a versatile food companion with good aging potential."

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 23, 2018

This is a classic Syrah in the vein of Cote Rotie, with powerful black and red fruit, firm, mouthcoating tannins, and penetrating minerality. The fruit is biodynamically farmed, and the Tulbaugh Estate animals roam freely in the vineyards, adding to the unique ecosystem. There is a pleasantly rustic quality to the wine as well, particularly in the aromatic profile, and the palate offers a hefty portion of tart red fruit and fresh acidity, which makes this wine especially food friendly.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 16, 2018

Wow! That is what you can expect with your first sniff of this wine. The nose is heavy it is so rich. Dark macerated cherry and pomegrante backed with sweet woodsy notes, whiffs of tar and then laden with lots of pepper. The wine is big but polished with an almost creamy roundness, just no cream. More blue fruits come to play on the palate and again big spice. This is an intense wine, that doesn't require an intense meal. A perfect bridge for anyone who loves Rhone wines and wants to try some of the best wine coming from South Africa at a crazy reasonable price.

2008 Fluteau "Symbiose" Brut Champagne ($39.99)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This impressive Champagne is rich while tight and mineral-textured. Creamy and ripe, it balances the weight of Pinot Noir with the elegance of Chardonnay. The producer's location in the relatively warm Aube region gives its wines extra fullness. This one is just now ready to drink. *Editors' Choice* (RV)" (06/2017)

2013 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Fantastic aromas of orange peel and dark berry with plenty of plum and cherry. Sweet tobacco and mushrooms. Full body, juicy and fruity with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Complex and gorgeous. Fine and very long. Drink now." (11/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino shows laser focus and a precise delivery of aromas that makes an immediate and satisfying first impression. This is a delicately assembled wine that shows the deft hand of the winemaking team behind the scenes. Bright fruit and cherry is connected, in a careful embroidery, to spice, leather, tar and cured tobacco. There are subtle tones of ash and crushed mineral as well. (ML)" (02/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Chopped herbs, new leather, underbrush and a whiff of star anise lead the nose. The firmly structured, chewy palate delivers ripe blackberry, juicy Marasca cherry, licorice and a dollop of vanilla set against a backbone of firm, polished tannins. Drink 2021-2028. (KO)" (05/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator: "An elegant style, offering ripe cherry, plum, leather, almond and subtle chocolate flavors. Harmonious and long, with an aftertaste evoking cherry, iron and tobacco. Fine balance. (BS)" (04/2018)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2018

The nose is full of a plummy fruit showing bits of earth. Argiano from the southwestern quadrant of Montalcino, an this property shows a bit more richness, but the fruit is much more umami than simple, while the finish is long and savory.

2013 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Ripe cherry and walnut with fresh herb undertones and spice. Full body, extremely fine tannins and a silky, textured finish. Very classic and balanced. Beautifully crafted. Drink or hold." (11/2017)

Wine Enthusiast: " Forest floor, wild berry, coffee and toasted oak aromas come together on this. The medium-bodied palate is on the lean side, offering sour cherry, tobacco leaf, espresso and a saline note alongside lithe tannins. Drink 2020-2028. (KO)" (05/2018)

Vinous: "Bright dark red. Savory herbs, tar and red cherry on the simple but pleasant nose. Flavors similar to the aromas and a suave, bright, easy-to-drink quality make for a Brunello that can be enjoyed now. (ID)" (04/2018)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2018

The company that made Brunello famous, the Mariani family, since purchasing Banfi in 1978 have made Brunello a household word. This is their classic restaurant-friendly example, with lots of soft, forward fruit and a bit of tannic structure in this vintage.

Douglas Laing's Big Peat "Christmas" Limited Edition Cask Strength Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $80) ($49.99)

The exceptional Big Peat Christmas 2017 is arriving with perfect timing to avoid any holiday gifting or sharing with unappreciative relatives. The 2017 Christmas Edition of Big Peat is the probably the best received of these always-beloved annual releases. This is a blend of seven Islay single malts including the rare closed Port Ellen distillery. Douglas Laing has confirmed Bowmore, Caol Ila and Ardbeg, so that leaves Kilchoman, Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Bunnahabhain for us to speculate about. High quality blended malt bottled at full strength from these rare special distilleries, we'd expect a hefty price tag. Since we have the California exclusive, we can offer you this amazing whisky for the best price anywhere in the world. Enjoy it now or stock up for the 2018 holidays.

2013 Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Aromas of plum, dried meat, flower and figs. Full body, velvety and chewy tannins. So much fruit and intensity. I love the generous fruit and form to this wine. Drink in 2021." (11/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Poggio San Polo 2013 Brunello di Montalcino offers bright and sweet cherry fruit that pops out with pretty intensity as soon as you lift the glass to your nose. This wine offers beautiful fruit definition and a snappy personality that sings loud and clear. So many Brunellos can taste flat and evolved, but this wine is jazzy and very lively instead. The wine is fermented in cement vats and later aged in large oak casks and tonneaux for two years. (ML) 93+ points." (06/2018)

92 points Vinous: "Deep red. Woodsy nuances of underbrush and potpourri complicate aromas of cherry kirsch and licorice. Then youthfully chewy in the mouth, featuring red cherry and licorice flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes with lively acidity and repeating licorice notes on the long back end, which also delivers some alcohol-derived heat. (ID)" (04/2018)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2018

Excellent wine this vintage for San Polo, whos been on an uptick quality wise for several years. The nose shows lots of red fruit with hints of vanillin, while on the palate it is balanced, with sweet ripe fruit and hints of spice and earth, this is a very solid wine.

2013 Banfi "Poggio alle Mura" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Intense aromas of blackberry and black truffle follow through to a full body, firm and silky tannins and a gorgeous finish. Plenty of dried cherry to close. A pretty and focused red that needs two or three years to soften." (11/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Deep red. Violet, sour red cherry and flint on the lively nose. Then flavors of savory herbs, ripe red cherry and underbrush are nicely lifted and extended on the long finish by bright, harmonious acidity. Lovely Brunello that, unlike many other past vintages of Poggio alle Mura Brunellos marked by dark fruit aromas and flavors, echoes with fresh red fruit reminders. For my money, there is simply no comparison between this beauty and some of the inky, very savory, herbal Poggio alle Mura wines of the past. This is a smashingly good Brunello. (ID)" (04/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: " Aromas of ripe plum, blue flower and a whiff of baking spice unfold in the glass. The vibrant elegant palate offers dried Marasca cherry, cranberry, star anise and a hint of toast while fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity provide support. Drink 2021-2028. (KO)" (05/2018)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2018

The nose is full of pure, elegant wild cherry backed up by a flow of umami like flavors dominated by salted plums. On the palate the wine is warmer, suppler, with rounded edges but also a core of Sangiovese purity that holds the center together and bonds the flavor. The finish shows a bit of tannin, a sign of the vintage and an intriguing, savory finish, excellent wine.

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Douglas Laing's Scallywag 13 Year Old Limited Edition Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $80) Price: Hidden

The Scallywag blended malt has been well received by Scotch lovers and critics alike for its elegance and nuance. It's a blend of the great Speyside distilleries, like Macallan, Mortlach, Glenrothes and many more. Typically a small amount of sherried whisky is included in the blend with the majority coming from refill hogsheads and bourbon barrels. The Limited Edition Scallywag, however, has spent 13 long years entirely in Sherry butts from Jerez. It is indeed what some might term as Sherry forward, yet it wouldn't rank as a true bomb thanks to its eminent balance. Expect a nose of dense dried fruit, Christmas cake, tobacco spice and an underlying nuttiness. The palate adds some herbal spice, sweet molasses, and texture for days. Absolutely absurd that we can sell this for less than the standard offering. A totally perfect way to spend a cool winter evening.

2015 Christophe Billon "Côte Rozier" Côte-Rotie (Pre-Arrival) ($63.99)

97 points Decanter: "Inky, dark berry fruit plunges through the nose. Sleek palate and handsome tannins. Top grade; a triumph. (JLL)" (03/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Moving to the reds, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Côte Rozier is a serious, masculine, structured effort thats not going to be for those looking for instant gratification. Gunpowder, crushed rocks, smoked black fruits and background meatiness all give way to a concentrated, tannic red thats going to require 5-7 years of bottle age. This vintage includes 2% Viognier, was partially destemmed and will see over two years in 50% new barrels.This was a sensational lineup of wines from Côte Rôtie-based Christophe Billon. (JD)" (12/2016)

94 points Vinous: "Dark purple. Deep-pitched dark berry liqueur, licorice, smoked meat and floral pastille aromas are complemented by peppery spice and olive nuances. Sappy and impressively concentrated on the palate, offering bitter cherry, cassis and fruitcake flavors that are given backbone and lift by a core of juicy acidity. A smoky note comes out on an impressively long, dark-fruit-driven finish framed by youthfully chewy tannins. 9JR0" (04/2018)

K&L Notes: One of our great new finds this year came from our visit at Christophe Billon in Côte-Rotie. Residing in the lieu-dit of Côte Rozier, Billon has flown under the radar for far too long. While working at Guigal, Christophe and his wife Maryline began this side project in 1991. He left Guigal in 2008 to dedicate his full time to their estate vineyards. Christophe now makes three Côte-Roties along with an entry-level Syrah, Viognier and a beautiful Condrieu. When we visited, he took us on a little cellar tour, climbing up and down barrels to pull tasting samples with his wine thief. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhône buyer)

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

This is the first vintage this wine has been bottled as a single lieu-dit (designated vineyard site). It is everything one could hope for in a Côte-Rotie with its aromas of grilled meats and crushed rocks. The wine is superbly complex but will require a little patience with its firm tannins.

2015 Argiano "Solengo" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ($67.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Fantastic aromas of flowers such as violets and roses with dark purple fruits and hints of stones, too. Full body with ultra-fine tannins and a long and linear finish. This is a return to the great Solengos of the mid-1990s. The best since 1997. Cabernet sauvignon 50%, petit verdot 30%, merlot 15% and sangiovese 5%. Drinkable now but better in 2020." (08/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Argiano has been doing terrific work lately with this historic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Syrah and Merlot. The 2015 Solengo is especially exuberant, concentrated and dark in this warm and sunny vintage. The previous vintage (2014) is perhaps more veiled and subtle, whereas this wine plays its cards in an immediate and upfront manner. It shows confidence and determination. This is a softly enriched red wine with black fruit, dried blackberry aromas, exotic spice, savory smoke and cured tobacco. (ML)" (02/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is rich, dense and almost impenetrable now, yet vibrant and imbued with blackberry and black currant fruit. Supple, firmly structured and balanced, this ends with black currant and tobacco notes. (BS)" (05/2018)

1991 Cameronbridge 25 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($79.99)

Cameronbridge is one of Diageo's workhorse grain whisky distilleries, creating the backbone for its world famous brands like Johnnie Walker and White Horse, while simultaneously serving as the home for grain neutral products like Tanqueray and Pimm's. The dual purpose site is one of the biggest producers of spirit in the UK and because of that volume we were able to snag a very hot price on a 25 year old single grain Scotch barrel, mellowed naturally at a very drinkable 45.9% ABV cask strength. Those who enjoy the simple pleasure that is grain whisky will find nothing new here, just a great value from the still misunderstood genre. Loads of vanilla and caramel mix with candied orange and spicy oak to create a smooth and supple finish. Imagine drinking the foundation of Johnnie Walker Blue on its own, with no water added, and that about summarizes the experience here. It's magical on the rocks.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2018

This should please fans of grain whiskey. It has a lot of offer in terms of both flavor and aromatics. The nose has a nice caramel and rich nuance. In the mouth this whiskey is round and concentrated with soft caramel and honey flavors with a touch of sweetness. With a splash of water it opens up adding a soft creamy element.

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

At first blush I thought this to be another straightforward grain cask. Delicious, cheap, rich, smooth, and very crushable. Upon returning to it the next day I've found a surprisingly complex dram. Still all vanilla and richness upfront, but underneath there is an herbaceousness that I didn't really see before. It reminds me just a touch of funky rum with a little hint of banana and floral esters coming through. Need a big age statement to add to the collection and serve to guests but don't want to break the bank? This is the ticket.

2015 Christophe Billon "La Brocarde" Cote Rotie (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In the same qualitative ballpark as the Côte Rozier, yet possessing more elegance, the 2015 Côte Rôtie La Brocadre (95% Syrah and 5% Viognier, mostly destemmed and aged in new barrels) offers lots of raspberry and black raspberry notes, as well as new saddle leather, cassis, toasted spice and dried flowers. Full-bodied, pure, layered and downright silky, its a brilliant wine that will have two decades of longevity. This was a sensational lineup of wines from Côte Rôtie-based Christophe Billon. (JD)" (12/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Highly perfumed black and blue fruit, mocha, olive paste and floral pastille scents show excellent clarity and pick up a peppery note with air. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering intense blueberry, cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors and a touch of candied violet. Supple tannins build steadily on an impressively long, smoky finish that emphatically echoes the floral note. (jr)" (04/2018)

K&L Notes: One of our great new finds this year came from our visit to Christophe Billon in Côte-Rotie. Residing in the lieu-dit of Côte Rozier, Billon has flown under the radar for far too long. While working at Guigal, Christophe and his wife Maryline began this side project in 1991. He left Guigal in 2008 to dedicate his full time to their estate vineyards. Christophe now makes three Côte-Roties along with an entry-level Syrah, Viognier and a beautiful Condrieu. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhône buyer)

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

Coming from his most select parcel in Côte Brune, the young tannic structure was present but it could not conceal the aromas of blueberry, potpourri and leather. It was highly expressive and an exceptional way to finish this round. We left the cellar incredibly smitten with the Billon wines and we cannot stress enough that its time to get on board before this train leaves the station.

1997 Auchentoshan 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($89.99)

Auchentoshan, while typically overlooked as a light-bodied Lowlander, has been on the ups over the last few years thanks to a shot in the arm from Beam-Suntory who have rediscovered the dependable whisky as of late. In a series of new expressions, from the American Oak to the recently-released Bartender's Malt, the focus on value has been front and center, while improving the quality of the malt, which in our opinion has never been better. Thanks to a new appreciation for Auchentoshan with our customers, we've been digging deep into some of Scotland's warehouse archives, hoping to continue that value streak with some older, single barrel, cask strength additions and we've found yet another winner with this new 20 year old cask. Bold at 57% ABV and with loads of vanilla from the oak, this is Auchentoshan with heft and punch, but simultaneously easy to drink with lighter fruity notes and heather on the finish. While pricing for NAS cask strength whiskies is now creeping up near $100 a bottle, we're thrilled to move ahead with actual 20+ year old selections from top distilleries for the same cost. Those looking for value have come to depend on Auchentoshan as of late, and they'll find more of the same in this expression.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 08, 2018

Another great offering from Old Particular. This is a single cask selection that should please a broad range of people. It has a nice nose of wax and honey. In the mouth the 20 years of aging has given this cask some concentration with the nice malt and honey flavors . It is balanced and not overly sweet. I tasted this with a splash of water.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 04, 2018

The drinker's malt. Auchentoshan is has been a long favorite of mine and is absolutely one of the most underrated distilleries in Scotland. I'll tell anyone that can listen: if you like to drink tasty and balanced whisky with nuance and supple drinkability, Auchentoshan is the best value out there. From the $43 Bartenders Malt (that I seriously thought was over 100 bucks when I tasted it) to this 20 year old gem STILL under 100 bucks, the distillery delivers over and over again. Loaded up on that creme brulee coat sweetness and with a strong gristy edge to it, this cask is a pure delight. The 57% natural proof brings home the strong and long finish and gives this whisky more power than I'm typically used to in Auchentoshan.

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2014 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($99.99)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Checking in as a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec, that was brought up in 90% new French oak, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is another gorgeous wine from winemaker Chris Carpenter. Brought up in 90% new French oak, this classic, tight, focused beauty boast sensational notes of crème de cassis, graphite, toasty oak, and ample minerality. These all flow to a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, layered, tannic 2014 that has remarkable purity, impeccable balance, and a great, great finish. Its classic, old-school, yet awesome Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that needs 3-4 years of bottle age and will keep for 2-3 decades. 96+" (12/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is 75.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec, aged in 89% new French oak. The wine displays the great fruit that is possible from these two sites owned by the Jacksons. It has an opaque purple color, a big, sweet kiss of crème de cassis and blackberry with a touch of lead pencil shavings, vanilla and incense. It is full-bodied and dense, with moderately high tannins but beautiful sweetness and fruit. Drink it over the next 25-30 years. (RP)" (10/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Blended with small percentages of 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, and then aged in 90% new French oak for 19 months, this stellar effort offers reduced oak, bark, toast and clove aromas and flavors alongside sizable, structured tannin and hearty ripeness. Black currant and chocolate dust a layer of tobacco. Enjoy best 2024 through 2034. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (05/2018)

93 points James Suckling: "A dense and fruity red with blackcurrant and strawberry character. Full body and a round and chewy finish. Needs two to three years to soften. Try in 2020." (05/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Graphite, smoke, incense, lavender, plum and sweet French oak hit the palate in La Jota's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Chris Carpenter has done a tremendous job in crafting a Cabernet that is both deeply expressive of Howell Mountain, but with enough sweetness in the tannins and overall juiciness to drink well with minimal cellaring. (AG)" (12/2016)

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Winemaker Andy Erickson brings us a remarkably expressive portrait of site and place in the 2014 La Jota Howell Mountain Cab. With a dark magenta hue, this wine is extracted and deep, with rich flavors and aromas of ripe black cherry, anise, cinnamon, clove and leather, and possesses a brooding, volcanic minerality that only serves to bolster and frame the profusive palate. The wine is unmistakably full bodied, but is endowed with a soft, sandy tannin and energetic acidity that makes it accessible today, or years from now.

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2015 Clos Erasmus Priorat ($174.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Clos Erasmus has a similar level of purity to the 2013, yet is a riper, sexier wine that has an incredible voluptuousness and depth on the palate thats hard to believe. Kirsch, blackberries, cassis, graphite, liquid rock, dusty earth, and violet characteristics all emerge from this sensational, full-bodied, expansive Priorat that has sweet tannin and a huge finish. While its a very different wine than the 2013, its just as perfect. The 2015 is 75% Garnacha and 25% Syrah, aged 20 months in 40% new French Taransaud barrels, with 5% in clay amphorae. There are roughly 250 cases produced and its a heavenly, singular wine to drink over the coming 15-20+ years. Hats off to winemaker Daphne Glorian!" (02/2018)

K&L Notes: The story of Clos Erasmus, one of the founding group of "Clos" (tiny estates) to place a huge bet on the rustic and rural Priorat region 30 years ago, is one of the modern wine world's modern day legends. Proprietor Daphne Glorian picked up her things and moved her life from the French side of the Pyrenees to Priorat. While the remoteness and rugged conditions of Priorat do not necessarily make for what is the good life, it is safe to say that Daphne's bet was well placed. This single village, three vineyard (Escales, Aubagues and Socarrats) cuvee always earns scores in the high 90s. In fact, this vintage's perfect score is not its first, having earned the same 100 point scores in 2013 (in two publications), 2005, and 2004. Apart from scores, the story of Clos Erasmus and the resurgence of a once largely abandoned region in southern Catalunya is one of romance, renewal, entrepreneurial spirit, and hard work, as well as lots of delicious, intensely fruited Priorat wine, of course!

2015 Delas Frères "Les Bessards" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($219.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The top cuvée from Delas is the 2015 Hermitage Les Bessards, and it's always 100% Syrah from the steep, broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit. Aged 18 months in 30% new barrels, its purple/plum color is followed by a huge nose of blackcurrants, graphite, toasted spice, crushed rocks and saddle leather. Powerful, massively concentrated, and tannic, it has a broad, expansive, heavenly texture, a thick mid-palate (you could almost use a fork for this beauty), and a great finish. Despite the richness level, it stays balanced and graceful on the palate, and is never over the top or heavy. It's a perfect Hermitage that will start to shine with 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for three decades or more. Bravo!" (12/2017)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With approximately 500 cases produced, the 2015 Hermitage les Bessards is probably among the most available of the vintage's top wines. Jump on it if your means allow, as I suspect this wine will be a candidate for perfection once it sheds some tannin. It's perfumed on the nose, concentrated on the palate and amazingly long yet also elegant from start to finish. And amid the power, oak and massive cassis and blackberry fruit, it also manages to include hints of crushed stone evocative of its granitic terroir. It's breathtaking stuff, virtually guaranteed to bring a smile to any wine lover's face. (JC) 99+" (12/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby. Complex, expansive aromas of blackberry liqueur, incense, smoky minerals and Moroccan spices. An array of fresh black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors show impressive energy and focus. Picks up allspice and star anise nuances with air, along with a suggestion of candied flowers that carries through the extremely long, sweet finish; smooth tannins make a late appearance. (ST)" (04/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "The granitic Bessards character is strong here with dark slate and dark, lustrous blackberry and plum fruits on the nose. The palate has a swathe of fine, long and powerful, yet velvety, tannins. Oak is nicely integrated. Very fresh. A great wine. Drink from 2020." (07/2017)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Delas Frères releases a wine from this patch of granite only in years the team considers outstanding. In 2015, the wine started with a two-day maceration before fermentation in open-topped vats; regular punch-downs and pump-overs further extracted even more flavor. It shows this extraction in its dark, inky scents and its sweet density; it feels thick in its concentrated purple fruit, with a full complement of oak from a year in new and one-year-old barrels. Rich and sumptuous, it telegraphs winemaking ambition and rarity. Only 6,000 bottles made." (02/2018)

2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 7 available ($3,299.00)

100 points James Suckling: "The aromas to this are incredible with blueberry, minerals, dried flowers, and stones. It goes to dried meat and spices. Full body and incredibly integrated with blackberry, licorice, and minerals. There's a wonderful purity to this. It goes on for minutes. The quality of tannins is amazing. Seamless...Try after 2018." (02/2013)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An absolutely amazing wine, from grapes harvested between the end of September and October 17, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot has close to 15% natural alcohol. It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes. The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. (RP)" (02/2013)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dense, yes, but this is also a handsome wine that balances complex tannins with pure black currant fruits that shine. This biodynamic wine has a generous, full and rich feel, ripe with just a touch of restraint. The greatness of the wine shows in its purity with a deceptive simplicity that hides the final complex tannins and structure. (RV)" (03/2013)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This is big, broad and powerfully rendered, but remarkably polished and refined at the same time. An enormous core of roasted fig, blackberry and black currant fruit is suavely wrapped with roasted apple wood and sandalwood, while dark espresso, loam and warm paving stone notes drive the finish. Very long, with a great tug of scorched earth at the end. A terrific combination of power and precision. (JM)" (03/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Superripe, soil-driven aromas of currant, plum, cherry pie, mocha and minerals; almost liqueur-like in its ripeness, in a 1947 way. Then huge, sweet and plush, with great volume and depth to its flavors of cassis, flowers, minerals, game and olive. Finishes with big, ripe, horizontal tannins and great mounting length. This remarkably thick wine is actually a bit youthfully stunted today and should really be cellared for ten years. It should go on for three or four decades in a cool cellar. (ST) 95+" (07/2013)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (12-pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) - 4 available ($3,299.00)

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)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (RP)" (02/2012)

98-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "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)

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)

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)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.