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Staff Favorites - Alex Schroeder

Alex Schroeder

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2015 Cantina di Gallura "Genesi" Vermentino di Gallura
Review Date: 11-16-2017
This is one Italian white you don’t want to miss this holiday season. It is stunning! On the nose, flowers, bright orange citrus, cream, exotic spice and leesy richness. The texture is supple and satisfying, but with stellar acidity to bring that richness into focus on the finish, which just keeps going and going. This may be the best Vermentino I’ve ever tried.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2013 Stefania Barbot Ion Aglianico Irpina
Review Date: 11-16-2017
This is an excellent southern Italian Aglianico, with beautiful purity of fruit flavors like plums and blueberries that are rich and robust but still fresh and expressive from the great acidity. The tannins are strong, as you’d expect with Aglianico, but after almost 5 years, they are fully integrated into the wine, and lend towards the crisp, long lasting finish. This is an exceptionally executed wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

1977 Dow's Vintage Port
Review Date: 11-09-2017
For world-class wines, this is a steal. From a legendary vintage that is drinking in its prime, this is one beautiful bottle of porto. Black cherry, leather, cocoa and herbal mint notes with a beautiful texture and great acidity for freshness and balance. The finish is complex and long. One could easily spend much more on a bottle of wine not nearly as good.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 WS 92

2015 Domaine Pierre Gelin Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 11-09-2017
This was a definite standout at our Holiday Staff Tasting. For an entry-level priced Burgundy, it has rich red fruit, a smooth, full-bodied texture, hints of black tea leaves and a touch of earth on the finish. Yet it remains light and crisp enough to pair great with any Thanksgiving fare. And it's priced to share with the extended family!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2009 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-07-2017
Among the prestige cuvées in Champagne, Louis Roederer’s Cristal stands out for its delicacy, purity and precision. It is made entirely from mid-slope Grand Cru vines, with no malolactic fermentation and seven years of lees aging. Even in its relative youth, the 2009 displays a meticulous nature: mouth watering, fresh citrus fruit and white flower flavors with subtle underlying pastry notes that meld seamlessly with the richness from the long lees aging. This impressive vintage will last at least 30 years, so set a couple aside!

1997 Bowmore 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 11-02-2017
I’m a huge fan of the Bowmore whiskeys, mostly because they display their Islay characteristics with subtlety and grace. The peat is always a soft undertone to the malty complexity. This single cask from Old Particular is faithful to that mission. Flavors of toasted cereals, orange citrus oil, vanilla and briny smoke are robust and sweet on the palate, with incredible integration. Normally sensitive to higher alcohol levels, at 55.7% abv this was very enjoyable neat for me. If you enjoy these Old Particular single cask offerings, this is definitely a winner.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine Trapet Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 11-01-2017
The Trapet Rochelandet family has seven acres in Gevrey-Chambertin and uses fruit from the lieu-dit “Pruniers” for their Bourgogne Blanc. They farm biodynamically and use native yeast, to create a beautiful classic Burgundian Chardonnay. On the nose, green apples and lemon, with a hint of butterscotch, baking spice and leesy toast. The acidity, which is the signature of the 2014 vintage, highlights and electrifies the rich fruit and leaves the flavors lingering for over a minute. Pick this up for a wine with real pedigree at bargain pricing!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2014 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
Review Date: 10-31-2017
When the Garcin family presented their wines at a K&L dinner a couple months back, I was amazed at the grace and style with which Barde-Haut aged. The 2014 should be no different: It offers amazing aging potential at great value. It has great fruit, blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, with toast from the oak regimen and a slightly smoky character with spice that adds complexity and layers.

2014 No Curfew California Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-25-2017
Amici Cellars is one of the best wineries in the valley, and they are known for consistently offering value beyond price, but the No Curfew Pinot Noir is ridiculous in this regard. It has great fruit flavors of plums, cola berry and raspberry and a richness to acidity balance reminiscent of much pricier wines. This is my go to California red for everyday house wine. ​
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine de Biéville (Louis Moreau) Chablis
Review Date: 10-25-2017
Louis Moreau is the sixth generation of his family to make great Chablis, and the pedigree shows in this well-priced 2016 vintage of “de Biéville.” Made entirely in stainless steel, it spends about 4 months on the lees which gives it a rich texture, with a crisp edge from brisk acidity. Rich flavors of green apple, honeydew melon, meyer lemon, and white flowers are expressive and focused, with great calcareous minerality. I think this is the best Chardonnay deal in the store. ​
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2010 Louise Brison Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-23-2017
One of the first grower-producers I ever tasted, Louise Brison’s vintage Champagnes hold a special place in my heart. The 2010 continues the legacy of vintage greatness with vibrant pear, lemon and toasted brioche flavors alongside a stellar acidity for length and structure. ​
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Jean-Jacques Lamoureux "Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-23-2017
Stone fruit and Anjou pear flavors are broad and pure on the palate. Lively acidity on the crisp finish makes the flavors last for a minute. The fruit is pronounced and very clean, with just a hint of autolytic flavors mingling with the fruit on the back end. Delicious Blanc de Noirs!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Four Pillars "Faultline" K&L Exclusive Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 10-04-2017
Tasting this gin made me incredibly happy! I love gin for its refreshing nature, and Four Pillars have proven to be masters of the balanced, refreshing fruit-based gin profile. This has delicious flavors that lean a little more towards fresh fruit, with citrus, strawberry and orange peel flavors, fleshed out with subtle spices and botanicals. It’s amazing in mixed drinks.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-04-2017
The Authentique Rosé from Canard Duchêne has a soft, rich strawberry and raspberry fruit profile offered by the great Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims. The texture is lush and round, complemented by chalky minerality and kept in balance by refreshing acidity on the back end.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-04-2017
Canard Duchêne has experienced a renaissance of sorts since being purchased from Veuve Clicquot by Champagne Thienot in 2003, more than doubling sales since the purchase. The clear reason is the higher quality of the product. Made predominantly from Pinot Noir, the grape of Ludes, on the Montagne de Reims, the Authentique shows powerful, rich red-fruited flavors with a hint of Meyer lemon sweetness. The texture is brimming with minerality and a lively acidity.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2014 Hyot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 09-28-2017
Bright flavors of bramble, black raspberry, spice, violets, leather and oak. Very smooth tannic profile and enough acid for structure and freshness. It's tasting great now, but in 5 to 10 years it will be singing!

2010 Gulfi "Nerosanlorè" Nero d'Avola Sicilia
Review Date: 09-27-2017
I literally wrote “Wow” in my tasting notebook for this wine. On the nose, mature fruit notes like dates, raisins, and dried cranberries with roses. On the palate, there’s serious structure and freshness with plush, smooth tannins.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
VN 95

Charles de Cazanove Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-27-2017
Very impressive Pinot dominant blend at a great price. The fruit comes mostly from the famous Montagne de Reims, where Pinot reigns supreme. It has beautiful, soft red fruit like cherries, strawberries, blood orange and marmalade that mingle perfectly with the toasty yeast. The fruit pops with vibrant acidity and the rich texture keeps you reaching for more.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
WS 92

Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 09-27-2017
In a lineup with 12 other Grand Marques, Champagne Charlie was at the top of my list of favorites. The Brut Reserve uses up to 20-year-old reserve wines for 40% of its blend and combines the flavors of fresh stone fruit and pears with quince and dried apricots for a rich, but ultimately refreshing and vibrant profile.

Taittinger "La Française" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-27-2017
This is one nonvintage brut from a Grand Marque that is well worth the money. The blend is 40% Chard, 35% Pinot, 25% Meunier and spends nearly 4 years on the lees in stainless steel. The result is vibrant, pure flavors of apples and pears with an underlying toastiness that accents the fruit.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 WS 90

Deanston 10 Year Old PX Sherry Finish Highland Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 09-27-2017
I have been absolutely loving my Pedro Ximenez-finished Benriach, and this whiskey from Deanston is just as exciting! It has that wonderful PX funkiness: savory cedar, anisette, umami, butterscotch and banana notes, flavors that are powerful but fully integrated. It is a little hot at 57% abv, but this is immensely enjoyable stuff.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Foursquare Distillery Real McCoy 12 Year Old Single Blended Barbados Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 09-27-2017
Transparency is becoming a powerful factor in consumer decisions in the spirits world, and Real McCoy Rum has embraced this. Made using the pot and column stills at Criterion, then aged 12 years in charred Bourbon barrels, this has a beautiful amber brown color and a clean, smooth flavor profile of wet brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and slight grassy spice. It is bar none unmatched for smoothness.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2005 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 09-09-2017
After a dozen years, this Pauillac powerhouse is just hitting its full stride. Acid and tannin are both powerful, but fully balanced and integrated into the rich, unctuous texture. The flavors linger over the palate for more than a minute. Violets, cassis, pencil shavings, mulberries, cigar tobacco, and anise. This will go for another coupleo decades at least.

2012 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-07-2017
The Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is a testament to the quality Napa wines can achieve with precise winemaking and the pristine fruit of the Valley. It showcases ripe, savory red currant, cherry and raspberry fruit flavors with slight thyme and rosemary herb elements. The French oak is well integrated and lends a subtle spice profile to the elegant wine. The tannins are still strong, and combined with the great acid, will help this bottle age beautifully for years.
Price: $114.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2002 Balvenie 14 Year "Peat Week" Vintage Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 09-01-2017
One of the best whiskies I have tasted in some time, this is a rare peated offering from Balvenie, where they set aside one week each year to heavily peat their barley for such bottlings. On the nose there is mentholated smoky sweetness, barley and oak. On the palate, the peat smoke is so well-integrated it is almost absorbed completely into the flavor profile, which has a sweet, savory malt base. It is so good, round and complete that I anticipate the bottle emptying very quickly, despite its hefty 49% abv level.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

2016 Loyasson, Bordeaux
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The Bordeaux region is flexing its value wine-producing muscles with this gem that is absolutely delicious and only $10.99. It has a complex and tasty flavor profile with notes of smoky game, herbs, red fruit and licorice with a great balancing acid and nice earthy spice on the finish. This would make for a great house wine and can proudly be shared with guests.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2014 St Estephe de Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 08-23-2017
This is a ludicrous value in great reds. This third label of Calon Segur has flavors of black cherries and candied strawberries with very smooth rich fruit. It is medium bodied with great tannins and acid, drink now or lay down for a few years!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2005 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose on this wine is powerful and quite compelling! Honeyed toast, black cherries, cola berry and leather, all integrated wonderfully. This is a powerful wine from a great vintage, don’t feel obligated to drink it now, it has plenty of aging potential left in it!

2004 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 08-23-2017
This is a great candidate for Steak and Claret night this week. The 2004 is right on point with a great perfume on the nose, then great minerality, black cherries and minty herbs on the palate. The acids have softened a bit and the oak has perfectly integrated with the fruit. You do not need to wait on this one, it is in a perfect spot right now.

2014 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 08-23-2017
Black cherries, cola berries, minty herbs and anise make for an amazing flavor profile and long finish on this powerful and elegant claret. It is certainly a pleasure to drink right now, but it has the structure and acidity to age gracefully for, oh, a few decades or so. Wines this good usually cost a lot more.

2007 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-23-2017
What a great price for a wine from this level of producer! The Pessac-Leognan powerhouse makes long lived claret, and the 2007 is in a good place. It is brightly fruited with cherry and red currant flavors, a little game and earth, and great sweetness of fruit. The acid would go with a rich steak perfectly.

2014 Fonplégade, St-Emilion
Review Date: 08-23-2017
This opens with a nice spiced perfume on the nose. The palate shows black fruits, plums, toasted oak, and herbal undertones with very soft texture that comes into focus on the back end with nice tannins and balancing acid. This is an immensely drinkable, mostly Merlot (95%) St. Emilion.

Krug "Grande Cuvée" 164 Ème Édition Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2017
Not at all a surprise, this edition of the Grande Cuvée based on the now legendary 2008 vintage is stunning. Saffron, pears and brioche, thrilling acidity and precision rarely seen in lesser champagnes make this a must-buy for collectors and connoisseurs.​
Price: $159.99 Add To Cart
VN 97 JG 95

2006 Bollinger Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2017
When you’re on the market for a rich rosé, how can you go wrong with a barrel fermented gem from the decadent 2006 vintage? This one from Bollinger is superbly executed, with notes of roses and strawberries, and oxidative richness and toast from the barrel. Spectacular stuff.
Price: $119.00 Add To Cart
DC 94

2004 Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2017
I love when back-vintages of Champagne show up in our warehouse, all aged and more ready-to-drink than ever! This Grand Cru charmer from 2004, a classic vintage in every right, is in a beautiful spot right now. It is displaying beautiful chalkiness, meyer lemon notes, pear and a very subtle, intriguing toast. This is a delicate and subtle bottle of bubbles, worthy of a discerning palate.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
VN 92 WS 91

2006 Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2017
For those who enjoy a more decadently-styled Champagne, 2006 is your vintage. This Grand Cru offering from Laurent Perrier is a richer and rounder style, with pear, apple and lemon flavors, a lavish mouth feel and lovely toastiness.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
WS 92

2007 Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2017
This ten year old vintage offering from one of my favorite Grand Marques is drinking great! Made entirely from Grand Cru Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it has a complex, rich flavor profile of green apple, pear, bing cherry and toasty brioche. The balance is on point, making this one of the most immediately-drinkable vintage champagnes available.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
JS 92

Trudon "Rosephile" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2017
This is a beautiful rosé champagne from the Marne region in Champagne. It has very pretty, delicate flavors of white cherry and strawberry, highlighted by creamy chalkiness and racy acidity. A delightful addition to our import portfolio at under $35.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Trudon "Emblematis" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2017
Our latest direct import from the Marne is true to the style of the region, with Meunier dominating the blend followed by Pinot Noir. This Blanc de Noir showcases real exoticism and spice, with pear, apple and cherry flavors and a rich, decadent texture. The finish just stays and stays. Another sub-$30 Champagne miracle from our direct import program.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2017
I fell instantly in love with LeBrun de Neuville’s “Authentique” Rosé. The blend, two thirds Chardonnay and one third Pinot Noir, has the best of both worlds: rich and vibrant red fruit flavors along with soft delicate notes of flowers and stone fruit. The acid keeps the blend energetic and the chalkiness of the Sezanne area it is grown in is undeniable.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Jean Josselin "Cuvée des Jean" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2017
Bright, vibrant and chalky Blanc de Noirs under $30? Welcome to the K&L direct import program. Compare any of the big brands with similar attributes — entirely estate grown fruit, notable Kimmeridgian chalkiness, over 3 years on the lees — and you will undoubtedly pay at least twice the price. This has rich red apple and white cherry fruit flavors with beautiful acid, and impeccable balance. If you are shopping for Champagne, do yourself and your bank account a favor and try this grower-producer.
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2016 Les Vignerons de Fontès "Prieuré Saint-Hippolyte" Languedoc Rosé
Review Date: 08-08-2017
The depth and vigor of this Languedoc rose are seriously astounding for under $10. Rich flavors of cherries, strawberries and watermelons with a round creaminess are amplified by a precise and lively acidity. This, as in years past, is undoubtedly one of the best deals you will find anywhere in roses.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2014 Quintessa Rutherford Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-04-2017
Make some room in your cellar for this spectacular Rutherford blend. Premium Napa blends are made for aging, and this one will do so beautifully. At this early stage in its long life, you will taste powerful, fresh black fruit and violets, minerally graphite, peppers and anise with just a hint of menthol. The tannins are perfectly extracted to be powerful but silky as they drift across the palate, and the acid balances and heightens all the flavors on the back end. Truly a wine that matches the stunning aesthetics of the winery itself…which is impressive.
Price: $174.99 Add To Cart
JS 97 RP 94

2013 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 08-03-2017
I was stunned by the quality of this beautifully crafted Chardonnay. An intriguing bouquet of saffron, baking spice, lemon meringue and green apples hints at its nuance and complexity. On the palate, electrifying acidity enhances the aforementioned flavors, and while there is an underlying richness from the oak regimen, the emphasis is on freshness and balance. Superb craftsmanship.

2016 Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini Greece
Review Date: 08-03-2017
This wine, made on the windy island of Santorini in the Mediterranean, is both powerful and nuanced, with a beautiful style unique to the region. It is intensely aromatic, with flavors of stone-fruit and melon, lemon citrus and white florals. On the palate it has medium weight, with high acidity and vibrant minerals that highlight the powerful fruit. The acid-driven finish goes on and on. If you’re having white fish for dinner, it would be a mistake not to pair it with this.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
RP 95

Leopold Bros. "Summer" Limited Edition Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 08-02-2017
This is the perfect gin to finish the dog days of summer with. Juniper, blood orange, coriander and lemon myrtle compose the flavor profile, lending this Colorado libation a great balance between refreshing fruitiness and plenty of intriguing spice.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2011 Mount Edward Estate "Muirkirk Vineyard" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago
Review Date: 07-21-2017
This Pinot is loaded with flavors, depth, personality and place. The vineyard of origin is at a very high mountainous elevation in Central Otago, which is quite cold, but still receives unimpeded sunshine through the thin atmosphere. What results is phenolic magic. It has beautiful, rich fruit flavors of blueberries, cola berries, blackberries and cherries with hints of fresh thyme, dried coriander and wild game — and cool-climate acidity that provides the wine a fresh vigor. This is an absolute steal for a single-vineyard Pinot of this caliber and age.​

2015 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas
Review Date: 07-20-2017
Always a favorite Rhone blend of mine, this 2015 vintage is remarkably on point! It has those deep brambly, blackberry flavors from 80% Grenache, with the classic garrigue/herb profile often found in great Gigondas. The depth of fruit is well balanced by refreshing acidity from Gigondas’ high eleveation, and the tannins are pronounced but well integrated. This would definitely benefit from some time in the cellar.

2015 Bois-Malot Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 07-11-2017
I was doubly blown away by this white from Bordeaux, first by the overall quality and then again by its low price. It is rife with fresh lemon, lime blossom, green apple and melon flavors with very distinct minerality on the palate. The richness of the vintage is evident with its ripe phenolic texture and rich fruit, that, when combined with the balancing acidity, lasts for nearly a minute on the finish. If you are looking for a seriously high quality summer white at a steal, this is your winner.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

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