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Alex Schroeder

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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

1996 Tamdhu 20 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 09-02-2017
On the nose, there are aromas of freshly squeezed apples with cracked wheat, wild honey, and floral notes. On the palate there is sweet honeyed cereal, barley, vanilla toffee and baking spices like clove and cinnamon. This is very intensely flavored and complex with a wonderful round texture that will have your palate begging for another sip.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

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: $21.99 Add To Cart

1988 Haut-Bages-Averous, Pauillac
Review Date: 08-23-2017
One of the best deals in aged Bordeaux right now! This is what Lynch Bages used to call its second label, before the switched it to l’Echo de Lynch Bages in 2008. This has deep cherry notes, a little bit of game, and leather seamlessly integrated underneath soft tannins. This is one wine to look forward to on Steak and Claret night!
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
WS 93

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

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

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

2012 Michel Arnould "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-09-2017
This “Gold Card” blend from our favorite Verzeney producer Michel Arnould is made from half estate-grown Grand Cru Pinot Noir, half Grand Cru Chardonnay from the Côte de Blancs. The vintage showcases rich, concentrated white-fleshed fruit notes with vibrant acidity and the balance only true craftsmanship and extended aging on the lees can produce.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Rose" Brut 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.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

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.

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

2010 Poggio dell'Otto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 07-21-2017
Honoring the legend of the 2010 vintage in Montalcino, this dynamic Brunello vastly outperforms its modest price point. I am three days into this bottle and this Sangiovese is belting out the high notes! The intro showcases ripe flavors of Maraschino cherries, plums and cola berries, which bridge beautifully into tertiary characteristics like dried cranberries, aged leather and savory herbs. It is truly lyrical! The tannins and acid are firm, but are beginning to relax. Another decade of age will enhance this wine. You will be well-off opening this bottle a few hours before drinking time; there is a boisterous wine inside that deserves a warm up before the show begins.
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.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 - 92

2014 Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-13-2017
Made from equal parts Calistoga and Oakville fruit, this cab has everything people dish out the big bucks for in Napa: beautiful ripe dark fruit flavors of black currants, cassis, and mulberry with graphite notes and plenty of cocoa and tobacco. Tannins are powerful but silky and integrated, and the great acid gives the rich fruit a refreshing edge. This is one of the best values in the Valley!

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

2009 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 07-08-2017
Steak & Claret is a sacred weekly tradition here at K&L, so choosing a good claret is a task we do not take lightly. That's why I was reluctant to choose this sub-$20 2nd label from 5th Cru Cantemerle last Friday. I'm so glad I did! Ripe and powerful black currant, blueberry fruit with subtle minty herb notes, and the perfect amount of toast and oak. It was the star of the meal, which is impressive considering it cost less than the steak. This is one value to case up on.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 90

2014 Domaine Aurelien Verdet Hautes Côtes de Nuits "Les Prieure" Rouge
Review Date: 07-08-2017
An amazing display of aromas for such an entry-level Burgundy: flowers, violets, cranberries and currants. On the palate the flavors are powerful and concentrated without any loss of expression. I never thought I would end up writing this, but for the money, this Burgundy may be the best Pinot Noir available in our store.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

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2001 Beaumont, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 07-06-2017
This is the type of wine K&L is famous for: perfectly aged, affordable and delicious claret. This has rich, ripe red fruit, baking spice, some methol and other amaro herb flavors, smoke and gamey meat notes. After 15 years it’s so smooth and plush on the palate with balancing acid, I could sit and sip on it all night.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

2008 Le Brun de Neuville "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-05-2017
Bright and poised pear, apple and lemon zest fruit flavors with a voluptuous mid-palate texture and just a hint of red fruit from the Pinot Noir on the back end. The acidity, like every vintage 2008 Champagne I’ve had so far, is electric and stimulating, amplifying the fruit flavors for an almost never-ending finish. Incredible value from this grower champagne from what is quickly becoming a legendary vintage.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart Brut Rose Champagne
Review Date: 06-27-2017
This Marne rosé is the rich delicious result of the maceration method, where the skins of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are left in contact with the wine for two days, giving it its rich pink color and round texture. The flavor profile is a great combination of bright red fruit with darker herbal elements for a very complete and satisfying rosé experience. ​
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2014 Knez Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-21-2017
Rich and poised cranberry, strawberry and cola berry flavors with a smooth tannic disposition and a bright, subtle acid lift on the back end. This is a delicious, well-structured and richly fruited Pinot Noir from a great appellation. Don’t miss it.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
VN 93

2014 Walter Hansel "North Slope" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-21-2017
This is such a beautiful, bright and expressive Pinot Noir. It’s perfumed with rich cherry, raspberry, and cola berry flavors, with plenty of underlying herbs, thyme and garrigue, and subtle baking spice from the French oak. And for all it’s delicate expressiveness, it can also be described as rich and powerful, with grippy tannins for structure and ageability. This will be fun to revisit in five years.​

2014 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-20-2017
This vintage is stellar. It is sourced from the same vines as the ultra-premium Insignia and aged on a unique regimen of half-French, half-American, half-new oak barrels. It has perfectly ripened fruit with expressive flavors of blackberries, plums, violets, black pepper, mocha, licorice and black tea leaves. The tannins are smooth yet powerful and the great acidity ensures that this gem will age beautifully for years to come.

2014 Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-20-2017
The 2014 Joseph Phelps Freestone Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was showing great during our recent buying trip to Napa Valley, when the K&L team had the privilege to talk with Will Phelps, grandson of Napa Valley icon Joseph Phelps and current executive manager of the Joseph Phelps estate. Phelps explained how they picked from two different plots with different levels of sun exposure to create a complete and complex Pinot profile. Fresh, crunchy, ripe red fruit like raspberries, strawberries and plums with savory elements of spicy earth, forest floor and a touch of salinity make for a beautiful, well-crafted and powerful Sonoma Coast Pinot.

2013 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-20-2017
Unlike most other Napa wineries, the winemaking at Corison follows a philosophy of finding the peak of expression through restraint. You will not find any wines above 14% alcohol. This, combined with the near-perfect 2013 vintage makes for an incredible, expressive wine that has primary flavors of black currant, blueberries and figs combined with a lovely gamey quality that has plenty of licorice and wild herbs underneath. The flavors continue to unfold as the wine breathes. If this is so good in its infancy, I can hardly imagine how good it will be with some decent age on it.

2014 Domaine de l'Aigle À Deux Têtes Savagnin "Naturé" Côtes du Jura Blanc
Review Date: 06-20-2017
The Jura region remains one of the best places to find hidden, undervalued gems, and this is one of my favorites. The quality and complexity here for under $20 are stunning. Fresh flavors of lemon merangue are followed by subtle notes of honey, almonds and white flowers. It is light bodied enough to enjoy on a hot afternoon but substantive so that it would go great with a rich meal.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2015 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-20-2017
You have to take note when a premium winery like Flowers releases a biodynamic/organic Chardonnay from my favorite appellation for the varietal, Sonoma Coast. This is a beautiful wine that is at once creamy and toasty, refreshing, and full of secondary flavors of spices like clove and cinnamon from 11 months in 35% new French oak. Have this gem with some roasted chicken and fennel.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
VN 91 WE 91

2014 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-20-2017
Made from Dijon clones planted in the Sonoma Coast appellation, this is showing great power and concentration, and lifted aromas of red fruit and baking spice with wild herb notes. It’s both powerful and precise, which makes for a wine that you can enjoy tonight, but will also blossom as it ages.​
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
WE 93 W&S 90

2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Rosé
Review Date: 06-20-2017
Right in line with the style of the other Flowers wines, the Pinot Noir Rosé can be described as richly fruited but precise and elegant. You’ll find red fruit flavors like strawberries and red currants with roses, lemon citrus acidity and a creamy rounded texture with great balance and length. It’s probably one of the best domestic rosés on the market.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

2005 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 05-31-2017
I know calling this wine the best value in our store would be a bold statement, but it’s one I’m prepared to stand behind. It spent two years in barrel, another decade in bottle and it is showing its age beautifully. From a particularly warm vintage in Europe, the fruit is rich and layered but still retains its freshness and vibrancy with a bright acidity and smooth, integrated tannin. It has savory notes of mushroom, forest floor and crushed gravel and that wonderful perfectly integrated Puelles oak profile. Nothing compares at this price point.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2010 Famille Perrin "Domaine du Clos des Tourelles" Gigondas
Review Date: 05-30-2017
A back vintage from one of my favorite southern Rhone appellations by the renowned producer of the Beaucastel line? I had a feeling this would be good, and it is! The richness of the vintage is evident with robust, savory, ripe strawberry and raspberry jam flavors, with fully integrated wild herb and garrigue notes. It has great weight and richness on the palate and just the right amount of acid to cut all that rich fruit. A+ for style, structure, drinkability, and further aging potential.

2005 Verdignan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-30-2017
I love this claret! Plenty of savory dark red fruit, mocha and licorice with earthy elements of graphite, forest floor and mushrooms. 2005 was not a shy vintage, nor are the flavors in this wine. The tannins and acid are right where they need to be, I’d take advantage of the sub-$20 price tag and enjoy this tonight!​
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2015 Noemia de Patagonia "A Lisa" Malbec Rio Negro
Review Date: 05-24-2017
On the nose, dark cherries, blackberries, ripe strawberries, crushed gravel, cocoa and a hint of toast. On the palate, great balance between the rich fruit, plush, silky tannins and acid that provides lift and a crisp, long finish. This is a delicious Malbec that would raise any meal a culinary notch or three.

2011 Proprietà Sperino Lessona
Review Date: 05-24-2017
At its base, easily recognizable Nebbiolo traits like silky, savory dark fruit and grippy tannins are at the helm. The Vespolina blended in quickly makes itself known, however, adding expressive red-fruited acidity and minty herbal notes that make the Lessuna an immediate pleasure to enjoy and contemplate.
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WE 96

Glenmorangie "Bacalta" Private Edition Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 05-10-2017
The latest in Scotch innovation from Glenmorangie is Madeira-cask aged, in casks that they sourced which were filled with Malmsey Madeira and then seasoned in the sun for two years themselves. Talk about quality control! This is beautiful whisky, both in appearance and flavor profile. At the base, there is a viscous creamy maltiness with dried apricots, almonds and honeycomb flavors in the background. The finish is fresh and fruity, and rounds out the richness perfectly. Very fun bottle of whisky!
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart
WA 91

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