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2016 Julien Schaal Rosacker Grand Cru Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 01-16-2018
With 95 points from Wine Enthusiast, The Julien Schaal Rosacker Grand Cru is light, crisp, quite dry, and with a brighter perceptible acid than the Kastleberg Grand Cru from the same producer and vintage. The name "Calcaire" comes from the rose strewn vineyard's limestone, calcium rich soil. With a beautiful light golden hue, the wine displays aromas of faint petrol, lemon pith, under ripe green apple, and orange blossom, with a chalky, mineral finish that won't quit.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 95

2016 Nicolas Idiart Sauvignon Blanc Touraine
Review Date: 01-13-2018
The 2016 Idiart Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is a classic Loire expression of the varietal. Winemaker Nicolas Idiart, who takes painstaking efforts in his craft, allows the grapes to sit with the skins to extract fresh, lemongrass flavors, and then cold ferments before aging the wine on the lees for a short time. There is a wonderful richness of texture in this spectacular value of a wine, due to the batonnage the wine undergoes during aging. Overall, one can't find a better Sauvignon Blanc at this price point, and lovers of Sancerre will swoon for this Touraine.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2010 En Tirage Extra Brut Blanc de Blanc Carneros Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 01-09-2018
All the Chardonnay that comprises En Tirage is sourced from Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard in Carneros, which is renowned for producing concentrated fruit with bright acidity. This Method Traditionelle sparkling spends seven years on the lees, which imparts a creamy richness and complexity, and the Extra Brut finish ensures the quality of the vineyard shines through. Delicate white florals and a subtle hint of custard lead to a dry, yet creamy palate with a very long finish.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2014 Matthiasson Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 01-09-2018
Steve Matthiasson takes a nuanced, light handed approach to this Napa Cabernet, which is blended from seven vineyards and three AVAs: Coombsville, Oak Knoll and Rutherford. His reason for combining fruit from these specific appellations is to highlight their distinctly unique fruit qualities, and let them shine without being weighed down by oak. As a result, this wine is incredibly complex, with bright, high tone aromatics of spiced raspberry and dried rosepetal, and a palate that is both light and clean, with a long, mineral laden finish.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine du Vieil Orme "Inphini" Sauvignon Touraine Chenonceaux Blanc
Review Date: 12-15-2017
This is one special, complex wine from the Touraine region, which is 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc, but presents a complex bouquet of dried stone fruit, chalky mineral and bright lime blossom. When I tasted it with the staff, we were all compelled by It's oily, waxy texture and rich midpalate, which was tempered by a balanced acidity and distinct minerality. Inphini is ridiculously delicious and surprising, and a must have for those who typically enjoy Vin de Savoie blanc, but want to try something a bit unusual.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2011 Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-05-2017
The Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja from Cvne is crafted with a balance of modernity and tradition in mind. The 2011 is a beautiful expression of that philosophy, with classic aromas of stewed raspberry, red apple skin, dill and spice, but with a pronounced minerality on the palate. A bit lighter and more energetic than you might expect from a Gran Reserva Rioja, this is an elegant, modern interpretation.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
JS 95 W&S 92

2014 Domaine L'Ostal Cazes "Grand Vin" Minervois La Livinière
Review Date: 11-27-2017
La Liviniere is home to the finest vineyards in Minervois, and when Jean-Michel Cazes, owner of Chateau Lynch-Bages, set his eyes on the region, he knew it would produce wines of superior quality. Located along the foothills of la Montagne Noire, the vineyard is Southern facing and planted on soils that alternate with limestone and sandy marl, and experiences a large diurnal shift in temperature. The 2014 L'Ostal Cazes Grand Vin Minervois is a beautiful reflection of complex terroir, with blooming, dark notes of blackberry and black pepper, lavender and garrigue, lifted by a balanced acidity and floral notes of dried rose petal and hibiscus.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
DC 95

2015 Domaine de la Chaboissière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 11-20-2017
This is such a lovely, easy drinking wine at a great price point. Domaine De La Chaboissiere does Muscadet like no one else, with incredible aging potential and balance. Squeaky clean, but with depth and presence, this wine has lingering minerality and crisp notes of lemon peel and wet stone.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2013 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 11-20-2017
The 2013 Felsina Rancia Chianti is even better than last year's wine, which is saying a lot. Bright, lifted notes of black cherry and stewed strawberry burst forth energetically, but are buoyed up by a rich, dark and savory core, with notes of cassis, plum, savory Italian herbs and anise. This is a wine to contemplate and appreciate, but also just as easy to drink (and share) with your holiday and family meals.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
VN 96 RP 95

2016 Fossil Point Edna Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-14-2017
Crafted from cool climate, hand harvested, coastal Pinot Noir planted in calcareous soil, this wine is an immense value. The winemakers at Fossil Point are dedicated to environmental sustainability, and are part of the Central Coast AVA's Sustainability In Practice program, or SIP. Each sip of this wine is better than the next, with notes of bright bing and black cherry and subtle spice, almost impossibly prolonged with a briny, unique minerality. For those who typically like their Pinot on the lighter side, this is for you, as it is beautifully complex, but compellingly unencumbered.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2014 Can Mayol Loxarel "999" Brut Nature Rosat Penedes
Review Date: 11-14-2017
This is the Cava Rosé for the seekers, those who are tired of the fruity pink blandness of the sparkling rosé world. Loxarel brings us the 999 Brut Nature Rosat, made from high elevation, Biodynamically farmed Estate Pinot Noir and Xarel-lo Vermell, aged 12-14 months on the lees. Nutty, chalky aromas abound, with just the slightest hint of frozen raspberry, and the palate is absolutely bone dry, mineral driven and tangy, with wafts of white mushroom and slightly oxidized red apple.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2015 Palacio del Burgo Tinto Rioja
Review Date: 11-13-2017
If you are looking for a lively, energetic, every day red wine to meet all your basic needs, look no further. The Palacio Del Burgo Tinto Rioja is racy, fruit driven and bright on the palate, with notes of raspberry, red apple, stewed cherry, pomegranate and licorice. Tannins in this wine are soft on the palate but somewhat pronounced on the back end, which makes it a wine that can easily transition from hors d'oeuvres to the main course.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
VN 90

2013 Jacob's Creek "Two Lands" Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia
Review Date: 11-12-2017
The concept behind the Two Lands label at Jacob's Creek is to bring together two world class winemakers from California and Australia to create the best of both worlds. Ehren Jordan, the winemaker/proprietor from famed Napa winery Failla, melds his expertise with that of Aussie winemaker Bernard Hickin to create a lush, yet subtly oaked every day Cabernet, with aromas of blueberry, blackberry, and herbaceous undertones.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2014 Burn Cottage "Moonlight Race" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 11-11-2017
This is a lovely Pinot of distinction from Burn Cottage in New Zealand. Ted Lemon, winemaker, is also the founder of Littorai wines in Sonoma County, renowned for their delicious Burgundy varietals. Ted brings that passion and expertise to the heart of this wine, which is fruit driven, light, lifted and clean on the palate, with oodles of exotic spices.

2014 Nalle "Estate" Old Vine Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 11-10-2017
This is a Zinfandel for those who know their Zins, a sophisticated and beautifully lifted elixir with a full, liquidy palate and aromas of wild cherry, candied raspberry and hibiscus, all you would expect from Dry Creek Old Vine Zinfandel. The real kicker is the surprising herbaceous midpalate, which differs from the 2015, which is more fruit driven and restrained. Notes of star anise and white mushroom peek through the fruit laden suspension with a bright and refreshing acidity.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Miquel Pons Cava Brut Penedes
Review Date: 11-06-2017
This energetic Cava is bursting with spicy quince and tart green apple peel, with a fine mousse and a burst of acidity and minerality mid-palate that catapult to a long and racy finish. The Miquel Pons Cava is a fantastic aperitif for your gathering, and has the heft to accompany most seafood, vegetarian or chicken dishes.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2012 Castillo de Viñas Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 11-05-2017
A remarkable direct import from K and L, the Castillo De Vinas, or "Castle of the Vines," label from Rioja strives to produce "Classic Rioja, rich and balanced," which is a fine description of this beauty. Aged a minimum of three years, the 2012 Reserva is a fine value, with lifted spice and floral aromas suspended over bright bing cherry, stewed strawberry, plum and creamy vanilla. The palate is medium bodied, but with a strikingly smooth, rich texture, with fine tannins and a very well balanced acidity. This elegant, effortless wine is just as well enjoyed on It's own with some good conversation as it is with a serious meal.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2015 Penfolds "Bin 389" Cabernet-Shiraz South Australia
Review Date: 11-03-2017
Your holiday wine is here! Penfold's "Bin 389," or "Baby Grange" is a nearly even blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from Coonawarra and Barossa, aged in ex Grange barrels that add depth, heft and weight to the texture. 389 has heady aromas of dill, rich leather, roasted habanero peppers, bright menthol and spearmint, grilled plum and violets, with an expansive, condensed palate laden with cassis and tart cranberry, finished with a persistent tannin that will break down the richest ribeye.

2016 Ribbonwood (Framingham) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 10-30-2017
Named after New Zealand's tallest native deciduous tree, Ribbonwood vineyard in Marlborough was first planted in 1998, and produces Pinot Noir that is unusually expressive and aromatic. Both smoky and lush, but with herbaceous and decidedly rosy aromas and flavors, this Pinot is certain to evoke imagery of a more peaceful, far off place that also practices 100% environmentally sustainable farming. Here's to the years to come.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge
Review Date: 10-27-2017
Bernard Gros of Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur, son of Jean Gros, carries the torch and tradition of crafting high quality Burgundies into the new millenium. The Borgogne Hautes Cotes De Nuits is a lighter, more transparent expression of the region with an elegant acidity, but reflects the ripeness of the vintage with notes of violet, raspberry, and spiced bing cherry. This is an excellent dinner companion, and will stand up to richer dishes in the colder months to come, but will also make a great apéritif!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2013 Raventos i Blanc "de la Finca" Gran Reserva Conca del Riu Anoia
Review Date: 10-21-2017
This is a sparkling wine that has it all: richness on the palate, zero dosage, balance of acidity, and a leesy creamy texture having spent three years in bottle before disgorgement. Raventos creates sparkling wines with character and depth all the way across the board, but the 2013 Gran Reserva has a delightful slight toasty quality which balances with the bone dry character and delivers what many Grand Cru Champagnes do not, at a much lower price point. This is definitely a wine to try in the holiday season!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2014 Raventós i Blanc "L'hereu" Brut Conca del Riu Anoia
Review Date: 10-09-2017
Lovers of dry sparkling rejoice! This Raventos Brut is crafted sans dosage. As a result, the wine emphasizes the natural characteristic of the delicate fruit and the unique ancient marine fossil deposits of the Raventos terroir. Fresh and light, chalky and bone dry, the wine features very fine bubbles and is aged 18 months on the lees.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Tabordet "Calcis" Pouilly Fumé
Review Date: 10-07-2017
Named for the calcareous soils of the Tabordet Estate, "Calcis" is clean and dry, and as you might expect, has a long, mineral driven finish. There is some barrel fermentation in the production, which lends a slightly richer quality to the palate than other Pouilly Fumés, but the overall impression is delicate, with notes of white peach and lemon zest.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

2015 Bel-Air, Pomerol
Review Date: 10-06-2017
This Pomerol is nuanced and expansive, with very spicy aromatics trailed by sage and Ylang Ylang. The palate blooms with ripe blueberry and blackberry, and the tannin structure is soft and fine. The 2015 Bel Air Pomerol is a wine that can absolutely be enjoyed tonight, but will also age beautifully for at least a decade.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
JS 94 - 95

2015 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 10-06-2017
the 2015 Croix Mouton Bordeaux from Jean-Philippe Janoueix is an incredible value in Bordeaux! The property has a very long history which dates back to the ancient Romans, and is predominately clay, limestone and alluvial soils, located just outside of the Fronsac appellation. The blend is predominately Merlot blended with a much smaller percentage of Cabernet Franc, and the result is a full bodied, fruit driven and beautifully structured wine with aromas and flavors of green tobacco, high tone red fruit and rose.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2013 Hunt & Harvest Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-02-2017
This small production, gorgeous Rutherford Cabernet is made from some of the appellation's finest fruit, and can stand up to wines three times the price. With classic dusty, fine tannins and aromas of dried rose petal, strawberry and star anise, this wine is elegant and powerful. It's focused, medium bodied palate with layered complexity make a great pairing with anything from fall stews to braised beef.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2015 Luigi Boveri "Derthona" Timorasso Colli Tortonesi
Review Date: 10-01-2017
The Boveri "Derthona" Timorasso is a wonderful Italian white with a rich, almost oily, yet mineral driven palate. This juxtaposition of body and minerality is one of the reasons I have begun to fall in love with Italian whites, and this Timorasso has star quality in that regard. With green, herbaceous aromas, and crisp, bright citrus notes, this is a refreshing and powerful wine that can ease your transition from light Summer whites into the colder months.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Chehalem "INOX" Willamette Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-01-2017
When I sat down to taste this at the winery, I didn't hear the owner and founding winemaker Harry Peterson-Nedry explain that it was a Chardonnay. I gave the glass a swirl, and aromas of lemon peel and mineral and a very light palate led me to believe that it was perhaps a Riesling. When Nedry explained that it was, indeed, an unoaked Chardonnay, and that "Inox" is French for stainless steel, I was totally floored by the purity of the style. You have to taste this wine.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
VN 91

2016 Domaine Louis Moreau Petit Chablis
Review Date: 09-29-2017
The 2016 Petit Chablis from Louis Moreau is a Direct Import for K&L, and one of the greatest value whites carried here. Pressed from grapes from younger hillside vines, this light-bodied wine displays barely palpable waxy aromas of orange blossom and lemon, and a distinct, chalky minerality. The palate is very well balanced, with bright but well-integrated acidity, and the finish is long and tapered.
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2014 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana
Review Date: 09-24-2017
Behold the mighty Super Tuscan! With all the earthiness of a traditional Chianti and the rich, smoky profile and dense fruit of a Cabernet, comes the Tignanello from Antinori. This wine seems to bloom on the palate, with lush tarry flavors and aromas of tobacco, black cherry and tamarind. Aged in barriques and the first of its kind, this spectacular wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

2010 La Cardonne, Médoc
Review Date: 09-17-2017
La Cardonne is ready to drink, with a lovely expanse on the palate and a fine but firm tannin. With a bright acidity, this wine also shows potential for cellaring. Notes of dried blueberry, blackberry, bell pepper and allspice make for a heady and satisfying experience.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2004 Domaine Les Pins "Le Clos les Pins" Bourgueil
Review Date: 09-17-2017
This earthy Bourgueil is rustic and Bistro ready, with all the characteristics of a classic Cabernet Franc from the region. Savory accords of allspice, umami and green olive give way to a smoky yet light palate with a complexity that only comes with age. Take it to dinner, or pair it with your own attempts at French cuisine!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2013 Paradigm Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-11-2017
To me, there is little in this world that satisfies like Oakville fruit, and in this beauty, fruit is the star. Aromas of spiced blueberry and ripe and stewed strawberry rise from the glass, buoyed on a waft of fresh shiso leaf, vanilla and blackberry. If that weren't enough, violet and rose floral notes spring forth in an aromatic haze, telling the story of a sunny and dusty terroir that can only be found in the heart of Napa Valley. With a broad, classic palate with a firm, balanced tannin that cleans up very nicely, this wine lingers pleasantly in a cherry-cocoa trail.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2014 Spottswoode "Lyndenhurst" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-10-2017
Named for the Linden trees that famously marked the St Helena property before it became the Spottswoode Estate, the "Lyndenhurst" Cabernet is rich, supple and complex. Made with both Estate, Oak Knoll, Oakville and Knights Valley fruit, the wine has depth and power, but with subtle herbaceous and floral aromatics threaded together by a persistent yet balanced acidity. The "Lyndenhurst" tannins are soft enough to complement tonight's meal, but this wine is definitely worthy of aging.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
JS 94 VN 90

2013 Burgess "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-08-2017
The 2013 Burgess "Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon is undoubtedly one of the best values in Napa Cabernet at K&L. Consisting of all-estate fruit from the family-owned Burgess property on the east-facing side of Howell Mountain, this wine shows no lack of depth or power. Brimming with dark fruit and spice, this wine has a great deal of structure and a firm, tannic backbone that make it ideal for aging or drinking with a richer meal. 2013 was considered an early, even and excellent vintage in Napa Valley, and this wine reflects that in its balance and drinkability.
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RP 92 VN 92

2016 Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Rosé
Review Date: 09-08-2017
This delicious, weighty yet refreshing Provence rosé is brought to K and L by the Dragon family, who has crafted rose for generations in Saint Victoire. The vines are planted in predominately shallow, limestone soils, which create subtle aromas in the wine, and racy minerality on the palate. This is certainly one of the finest examples of a Provençal rosé I have tried this Summer, and one which is serious enough to be shared and enjoyed well into the holidays.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2015 Domaine la Croix Belle "Champ de Coq" Côtes de Thongue Rouge
Review Date: 09-04-2017
This wine is in croix belle! In all seriousness, this Syrah dominated Languedoc blend, which also includes a lovely floral Grenache component, is a heady wine. Tart and Jammy black and red fruit aromas swirl from the glass in a waft of baking spices, while the palate is full and rich, with a lighter tannin structure than you might expect from a Syrah dominated blend. There is no skimping on fruit here, with a powerful raspberry, blackberry and dried currant component. A savory/sweet note that is almost like honey dances through the suspension. This is a beautiful companion to stews and braised beef dishes, with the necessary structure and lift to cut the fat, but with the aromatics to enliven an otherwise simple dish.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2013 Columbia Crest "H3 - Les Chevaux" Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend
Review Date: 08-14-2017
"Les Chevaux" is a workhorse wine: a fantastic Columbia Valley red blend with 90+ point scores across the board. A blend of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is heady and fragrant, with perfumed aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry, violet and rose petal. The palate is full bodied with supple soft tannin and ample fruit. This is a great everyday red.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2016 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro-Alvarinho Vinho Verde
Review Date: 08-14-2017
What a charming Vinho Verde from Quinta Da Aveleda! This is the perfect wine for a Summer apertif, and a fabulous accompaniment to lighter dishes like Ceviche, salads and light pasta and fish dishes. With notes of lemon, underripe peach and a hint of pear, this wine is fresh and uncomplicated. Guaranteed to go down easy and dry, with minerality to spare.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2014 Valravn "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 08-14-2017
This is an elegant, yet concentrated interpretation of a Sonoma County Zinfandel, a varietal that is commonly understood to be somewhat of an exhibitionist. Valravn is brought to us by the folks at Banshee, who are known for crafting quality wines from exceptionally good fruit, at smart price points. The 2014 Valravn Old Vine Zinfandel is right in line with the Banshee philosophy, made from Dry Creek and Sonoma vines, some of which have seen over 100 years on this planet. Let them tell you their story!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Momo (Seresin) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 08-14-2017
The 2015 Momo Sauvignon blanc has all the flavor you would expect from the varietal in New Zealand, but with a unique light bouquet of lemongrass, basil and citrus. The wine is unfined and unfiltered, and the natural yeasts that populate the vineyard are allowed to aid in fermentation without disturbance. The result is a Sauvignon Blanc that has texture and depth, but with a light, fresh approach.
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BC 91 RP 90

2013 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-06-2017
The Antica Napa Valley label comes to us from the Antinori family, famed for their bold and expressive Italian winemaking. This is reflected in the style and presentation of the 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet, which is structured very much like a classic Italian wine: dry, with firm tannin, earthy spice and graphite notes. The vineyards of Antica are located high on Atlas Peak, and they are planted on predominately western-facing volcanic slopes. It's no wonder ashy minerality is the standout characteristic of this wine, which sets it apart from the typically fruit- and oak-dominated Napa Valley Cab.

2013 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-05-2017
This is an elegant Pinot with old world intrigue. Sourced from vineyards that range from 400-2,600 feet in elevation and planted on shale soil, the wine has an expansive, smooth and clean palate, with a gamy and spicy undertone. Fermented with naturally occurring yeasts, the wine reflects the Santa Cruz mountain terroir, with rocky minerality and Bing and black cherry aromas and flavors.

2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-04-2017
The 2014 Pahlmeyer Bordeaux is a beautifully balanced and elegant blend of all five varieties, with delicious aromas of candied raspberry and strawberry, balanced by a waft of dense spice, with anise taking the forefront. One of the wonderful characteristics of the 2014 vintage in Napa is the dark, herbaceous quality that seems to be ever-present, and it shines through in the Pahlmeyer, tempering the fruit and creating a fascinating counterpoint. With well-integrated, supple tannin and a thread of bright acid, this wine will definitely age well, but can be easily enjoyed today.

2014 Black Kite "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-04-2017
Crafted from Wente clone Chardonnay grown in the sandy soils of Soberanes Vineyard, this beauty is fruit forward, full bodied and powerful. True to the inherent characteristics of It's fruit source, the wine shows tropical aromas and flavors of ripe mango, fresh pineapple and lemon peel. This is one Chardonnay that has the focus and intensity to pair with richer dishes, but the versatility and flavorful charm to quaff on It's own.

2014 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-31-2017
Crafted from estate fruit from the Turnbull Vineyards in Oakville, this beautifully structured and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best. With a rich dark hue and palate, this wine shows perfumed aromas and flavors of tamarind, dried rose petal, ripe plum and black cherry, black pepper and vanilla. The liberal use of new French oak is evident in the intensity of the bouquet, but the real star is the fruit, which shows bright acidity and great potential for aging.

2014 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 07-25-2017
The Melville Estate is dedicated to the cultivation and sustainability of their cool climate vineyards, which are planted in several blocks on sandy soils. All sixteen clones of Pinot Noir planted at the estate are included in this wine, which creates exceptional complexity. There is 40 percent whole cluster in the fermentation, and as a result, the wine exhibits some Old World charm, with a slightly gamey and smoky undertone. What I really appreciated most about this wine was the way it opened up, like a fine Burgundy, over the course of the evening. With aromas of dried rose petal and cinnamon, and intriguing flavors of blood orange, cinnamon and ripe Bing cherry, this wine is a gem.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WE 94 RP 90

2015 No Curfew California Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-25-2017
The 2015 No Curfew Chardonnay is a perfect wine for those who crave a dry, full-bodied Chardonnay with an abundance of tropical and citrus fruit on the palate, and a kiss of butter. This wine is clean and refreshing, with stony minerality. The No Curfew Chardonnay is undoubtedly one of the best values in California, and competes with wines three times the price!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2014 Seghesio "Cortina" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 07-22-2017
This highly rated Zinfandel is mouthwatering, luscious and clean, with a thread of gorgeous acidity. The fruit is grown in Chen Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, which is known for gravelly soil and breezes that contribute to the high-toned red fruit on the palate. Notes of juicy raspberry, grilled Asian plum, nectarine and blackberry waft in and out, and with its medium-bodied, yet condensed and vibrant mouthfeel, you'll want more than just one glass.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WS 94 RP 90

2015 Kalinda Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-21-2017
The newest Kalinda Rutherford Cabernet is reflective of the 2015 vintage in Napa, which was defined by a warmer growing season and an early harvest. This led to low yields of very high quality fruit with great power and concentration. This elegant Cabernet is rich and condensed, with silky, dusty tannins and classic Rutherford aromas and flavors of bright Bing and black cherry, tobacco leaf and allspice. The quality and drinkability of this wine is undeniable, and finding a Rutherford Cabernet at this price point is next to impossible.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

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