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Anthony Russo

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2016 Domaine de Rimauresq Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Blanc
Review Date: 09-21-2017
Texture texture texture! What a cool wine: zippy acidity from the bright lemon zest alongside a fantastic waxy mouth feel from Vermentino that is reminiscent of neutral barrel aging. Versatility for food pairing is one of its main assets.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
DC 95

2016 Domaine Begude "Terroir 11300" Chardonnay Haute Vallée de l'Aude
Review Date: 09-20-2017
Tasty, clean, Chardonnay with a palate weight that would fall somewhere between light and medium. Lime zest, green apple, and a delicate peach tone jump out on the nose. The palate flavors were much more floral than fruity, however, and the mouthwatering acidity led to a satisfying finish. A fantastic weekday drinker!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
DC 90

2015 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Review Date: 09-19-2017
The CDP earned an easy "A" on my tasting score sheet: classic profile and perfect structure. Although still relatively young, all of the elements (fruit flavors and aromas, tannin, alcohol, and acid) are super well blended and integrated. Classic CDP spiciness, soft and approachable tannins, and great depth to the core fruit flavors all contribute to how much the entire staff loved this bottle. And the price; that's a bonus. Stock up on these for the fall/winter!

2015 Chateau de L'Ou Chardonnay "Infiniment" Côtes Catalanes Blanc
Review Date: 09-19-2017
This is a great choice for California Chardonnay lovers who want to try something new or more Old World palates who want something different. The wine is more on the rich side with lots of banana notes on the nose. Not buttery or oaky flavors, however, and the key word here is balance. The structure of the wine match it's tropical aromatics perfectly. Drink it with a seafood covered pasta in butter sauce and watch it truly open up!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2014 Château Saint Jacques d'Albas "Le Chateau d'Albas" Minervois
Review Date: 09-19-2017
70% Syrah 30% Grenache from a very cool region of France (Google Minervois photos; it is beautiful). The nose on this wine instantly boasts it's uniqueness: for true soda fans, it has a root beer/cherry cola undertone! Despite being largely Syrah, the wine has a lifted freshness to it to appease lovers of either lighter or bolder Syrahs. Think Thanksgiving meal...
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
DC 90

2015 Chateau de L'Ou "Velours Noir" Côtes Catalanes Rouge
Review Date: 09-19-2017
I love Syrah when it is neither too gamey nor too thin. This one falls in the middle. The "Velours Noire" comes entirely from vines planted on the hillside on top of a black schist soil, which results in an incredibly velvety wine. The tannic profile is present, but not overwhelming, making this gorgeous bottle something to enjoy either now or a few years down the road. As for pairing, think roasted pork, duck, turkey, or BBQ lamb.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 RR 94

2015 Clos de l'Anhel "Lolo de l'Anhel" Corbieres
Review Date: 09-18-2017
I fell in love with this wine because the "kitchen spice" aromatics and flavors remind me of the smells coming out of the kitchen on a cool, lazy fall day. It is composed of 81% Carignan, which gives the wine a great "lift," (think raspberry bush) and the rest is Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, which round out the blend very nicely. Don't be fooled by the word "Carignan", though, the wine has tons of depth, great displays of darker fruits, and a long, elegant finish. Although I would consider it full bodied, you could pair this bottle with anything from roasted chicken to pizza, burgers, meatloaf, lasagna, etc. Enjoy!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2011 Columbia Crest "Reserve" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-13-2017
HUGE bang for the buck. People always ask "How can I spend $(low amount) and get $(high amount)'s worth of flavors?" This is one of those wines. The nose is very fragrant, lifted and bright with plenty, but not too many, red fruits and plum. Palate has tons of depth to it, each layer showing softness and delicious flavor that indicate the wine's readiness to drink. Grab some before they're all gone!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
WS 91 RP 90

2014 Seghesio "Cortina" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 09-02-2017
You could attribute it to the dry farming methods, the old/perfectly located vines, or the careful and meticulous production, but either way, this wine shows some of the most elegant depth I have ever tasted. Blueberries, blackberries, and black cherries are carried by a white pepper spice throughout a long, enjoyable finish.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WS 94 RP 90

Old Forester K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #2023 Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 08-30-2017
Admittedly not having gotten into the "bourbon game" until I started working at K&L (Feb. 2017), I previously had not realized the level of quality that backs the Old Forester brand. So much history and legacy, I'd say 177 years is plenty of time to perfect a recipe and process. This bottle is a delicious single barrel expression of this proud American label; it packs a punch, but every nuance is in beautiful harmony. Get 2 bottles because the first won't last.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2014 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot
Review Date: 08-27-2017
I love this merlot! Satisfies the "deep and brooding" craving very well. It boats a dark color and an intense kitchen spiciness, like meatloaf in the oven or something slow cooking in the Dutch oven. Would pair amazingly with these dishes, by the way. The spicy and long finish make you sit back and feel very happy with your wine and food choices.

2015 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-27-2017
An easy going pinot for any time of day; this San Luis Obispo pinot is fairly light in color and has a clean, fruity aroma. Much more depth on the palate, however, where a juicier mouth feel and mineral aftertaste present themselves. A sub-$20 California pinot you can be confident about.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2015 Shafer "Red Shoulder Ranch" Carneros Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-27-2017
The good stuff. This is a fantastic bottle to save for a special dinner; slightly lighter on the fruit profile (think red apples, citrus zest), a mild level of new oak, and a slightly buttery flavor give the juice enough weight and freshness to stand up to almost any meal. Except heavy meats, stews, and BBQ sauce.

2016 Kalinda Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-27-2017
Clean, somewhat floral aromas intertwined with pineapple, red apple, and stone fruit. The citrus pop on the palate, combined with a balanced level of acidity, make this chardonnay the perfect compliment to any lighter meal or appetizer. The lack of oak/butter flavors make a lawn chair and music a great pairing as well.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Old Weller "Antique" 107 proof K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #140 Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-23-2017
This one is dangerously easy to drink... The barrel is smooth, full of light caramel and toffee notes, with a sweet spice that carries all the way through. A touch of rusticity helps to give it some serious structure.
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1990 Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Medoc
Review Date: 08-14-2017
Wow... Famous name, famous vintage, and pure deliciousness make this bottle a knock-out. I'm typically not as much of an "older wine" (savory, leathery) kind of guy, but I thought this was an impressive wine. The aromas are mellow, yet alive and lifted, filled with plum, blackberries, mint, graphite, vanilla, bell pepper, and leather. The palate is just as well supported; the oak held up nicely and definitely help this bottle retain its drinkability. Dark fruit flavors, forest floor, and cassis round everything up to a nice and easy finish.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc
Review Date: 08-05-2017
Although bit of a frost touched the region, Mother Nature's hiccup was not enough to deter producers from this classic AOC from creating yet another exceptional expression of Sauvignon Blanc, and Franck Millet's is no exception. With perfect concentration and balance, the soft fruit notes are paired with racing acidity and a slight grassy tang at the end, giving it a sense of place.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2015 Alain Corcia Mâcon-Villages
Review Date: 08-01-2017
Lime zest, tropical fruit notes, and a floral bouquet make this Macon Village stand out from others at the price point. The palate weight suggest a bit of neutral oak, but without any oak or butter flavors. Absolutely delicious.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine de Biéville (Louis Moreau) Chablis
Review Date: 08-01-2017
Beautiful gold color with a great freshness on the nose that wafts out of the glass. Green apples, peaches, a touch of palate weight, and a not-overly-acidic pH make this a great summer dinner wine or pool side sipper.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2010 Gulfi "Nerosanlorè" Nero d'Avola Sicilia
Review Date: 08-01-2017
This wine has so much character, it was hard to pin it as just "nero d'avola." On the nose, it presents a sweet spice as well as a cooking spice, almost like rosemary, raspberries, and a touch of red bell pepper. The palate opens up with a darker fruit tone and a bit of salinity, which would make it a great pairing for lamb or even pasta with a buttery clam sauce.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
VN 95

2013 Groth Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-01-2017
The deep cassis core in this wine is super attractive, hard to find this note in this price range. Great spice on the nose. The tannin structure is energetic, letting you know the wine can be enjoyed now or set down for some time and develop into something even better. Flank steak 101.
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JS 93 WE 91

2013 Raymond "Reserve Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-01-2017
Impressed by this Raymond release! The concentration is extremely well balanced - the fruit is alive, but is retained by the structure. Plum, spicy oak, and blackcurrant tie this wine together. Would make a great pairing alongside a dry-rubbed meat.

2015 Domaine du Petit Coteau Vouvray Sec
Review Date: 07-31-2017
As a Chenin Blanc lover, I hate when the wine is either too fruity or not fruity enough; I am drinking it for freshness and vibrancy. This is a knockout, especially for the price. The nose is light, slightly candied (giving the wine its freshness) and the palate is clean, not too texturous, and has a slight mineral drive for structure.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine du Vieil Orme Sauvignon Touraine Blanc
Review Date: 07-30-2017
This organically produced sauvignon blanc is a new staff favorite. Bright melon and peach notes, friendly minerality, and softness are the key components to this easy drinker.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine de la Chaboissière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 07-30-2017
From a sustainable producer, this has got to be the best "sur lie" I have ever tasted for the price. Although the wine spent 18 months on the lees, it remains very light with lifted fruit, zesty acidity, and the characterizing touch of salinity. Great with oysters, but if none are attainable, french fries will do just fine.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-30-2017
Rich, flavorful, and extraordinarily unique! Tons of warming toast on the palate that combines perfectly with the lifted fruit aromas and tastes of bruised pear and baked apples. The finish is long and energetic, providing a smooth swell of slight nuttiness. A memorable go-to for the serious wine drinker looking for richness.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

Stolen Rum "Overproof" 6 Year Old Pot Still Jamaican Rum (375ml)
Review Date: 07-24-2017
Very unique and the KEY ingredient to the best tropical drink! These folks manipulate the pH (completely naturally) in order to give the spirit its striking acidity, which, when combined with the high proof, give off tropical fruit phenols, just like a pineapple!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

Hochstadter's Family Reserve 16 Year Old Kentucky Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-24-2017
A ton going on in this old bottling, making every penny spent on it very worthwhile. Dark, deep, and full of spice, this rye tastes like a kitchen in action.
Price: $189.99 Add To Cart

2015 Kalinda Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-20-2017
The value here is ridiculous; I will be getting a case for myself to enjoy and see how it comes of age. This is the most fulfilling cab in this price point I have ever encountered. Absolutely delicious to the very last drop. Big, full, and structured. The only downfall being that the bottle is only 750 ml.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

Domaine Pacory "K&L Exclusive - Reserve" Domfrontais Cask Strength Calvados (750ml)
Review Date: 07-19-2017
Another insane K&L exclusive pricing on a unique and mouthwatering spirit. The high pear percentage of this recipe make a gorgeous contrast to the more typical apple flavors and make this a must try. Growing pears apparently takes a lot of patience, enjoying this takes none.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Domaine Hubert "K&L Exclusive" Pays d'Auge Vieux Calvados (750ml)
Review Date: 07-19-2017
This was my first time drinking Calvados and instantly fell in love. Apple cider for adults. Distilled in old school, alembic copper stills, I couldn't believe how intense the flavors of cider, brown sugar, and warm apple pie can be found in a spirit at this price.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

The Spirit Guild Astral Pacific Gin 750ml
Review Date: 07-19-2017
The epitome of "farm fresh," although these guys are located in downtown LA, they get all of their citrus for the recipe from their own farm up in Bakersfield. The deliciousness of the grapefruit and pistachio make this gin shine. Bring it to your next pot luck or keep it all for yourself.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

VING "KLC" Kale, Lemon Peel, & Cucumber Infused Organic Farm Fresh Vodka (750ml)
Review Date: 07-19-2017
Didn't think I would find a Vodka I enjoyed (let alone when kale is on the label), but this one really caught me off guard. The kale is infused as opposed to "flavored" and another distillation follows, making the taste subtle and delicate. The cucumber notes really stand out on the palate. This Vodka drinks almost like a super light Gin and would make a great crossover.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2012 Altvs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 07-19-2017
Plush and lush! Better hold on to your seat when taking a sip of this powerhouse. The color is deep and attractive with legs for days. Heavy elements cassis, plums, oak, and rough tannins make an extensive wine worthy of the heftiest meal.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2015 Rustenberg Chardonnay Stellenbosch South Africa
Review Date: 07-19-2017
A great South African Chardonnay that reminds me of Chablis, but with a touch of light and well integrated oak; no buttered popcorn here. Lemon zesty, lots of granny smith apples, acidic, and sharp aromas make this a great accompaniment to soft cheeses, fatty light meats, or just on its own.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
DC 95 VN 91

2013 Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley "Z Cuvée" Rhone Blend
Review Date: 07-12-2017
Finally a domestic Rhone blend (55% Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre) to rival all those French values in both quality and price! Very fragrant, like blueberry pie, accompanied with fantastic lift and brightness in the palate. Just the right amount of tannin to be approachable, yet they remind you you're drinking a serious wine.
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WE 91

2014 La Chablisienne Chablis "Les Venerables" Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 07-01-2017
Great value - riper fruited and texturous, this Chablisienne appears to carry more weight to it than its siblings. Delicious and crisp with ripe bruised apple and pear notes.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
DC 90 WE 90

2014 La Chablisienne Chablis "La Sereine"
Review Date: 07-01-2017
A mouthwatering example of how multi-dimensional Chablis can be. The Chardonnay is gorgeous and elegant; the fruit aromas and flavors show beautifully, but are perfectly restrained. What makes this wine in particular so special are its racing acidity, mineral drive, and salty finish.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2015 Hahn "SLH" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-10-2017
Nice, full bodied, juicy Pinot to tear through the craving. Complemented by some oak-derived flavors, this multi-dimensional bottle can follow you through all of your evening stages, from cooking, to eating, to relaxing on the couch.
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WE 91 WS 90

2014 Gainey "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-06-2017
Outstanding value California Chard for 17.99! Bright fruited and acidic, this bottling also delivers on well-integrated oak to satisfy the craving. Multi-dimensional and fun, this is a great quality wine for the budget.
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VN 92

2015 Domaine de l'Aigle À Deux Têtes Chardonnay "Derriere la Roche" Côtes du Jura Blanc
Review Date: 05-31-2017
Made from a Chardonnay clone exclusive to Jura, this is a heck of a wine for the price... Made in a non-oxidative style (no "nutty" flavors), this wine manages to express a very rich aroma and flavor without any oak at all. Having covered the entire vineyard to prevent destruction from birds, the workers here have put a lot of effort into this bottle and the price is still very much within reach.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine Les Pins "Les Rochettes" Bourgueil
Review Date: 05-31-2017
A great and FRESH cabernet franc that is just as affordable as it is delicious. The herbal aromas and fresh fruit make this an easy go to for any oven roasted bird.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
WE 91

2014 Le St-Estèphe de Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-30-2017
Value alert!!! This is the 3rd wine from Chateau Montrose, in St-Estephe. A big wine with a lot of fruit that needs decanting, this bottle is perfect for someone who likes a full bodied wine with some earthiness.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

2012 de Chambrun, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 05-30-2017
Awesome, awesome Merlot from Pomerol... New World style, shows a little cocoa and vanilla on the palate alongside a waterfall of black fruit. Delicious,
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
JS 90

Truetap - Waiter's Corkscrew Burgundy K&L Logo
Review Date: 05-30-2017
This is a super-solid corkscrew. Built with metal parts, it'll take a lot of abuse before cracking and falling apart, unlike its plastic competitors. We use it all the time ourselves for tastings and these have yet to let us down! The best feature is the dual pivot point, making the actual cork-pulling process easy, and smooth.
Price: $6.99 Add To Cart

2015 D'Archambeau, Graves
Review Date: 05-30-2017
Inexpensive Bordeaux can get risky, but not this one! Merlot dominant with a lot of fruit and tang, this wine is fantastic in flavor and price to be your weeknight Bordeaux.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
RP 88 - 90

2010 Brillette, Moulis
Review Date: 05-30-2017
2010 was such a big vintage, its nice to see a wine with such beauty and restraint. The wine shows a lot of spice and that touch of green bell pepper that lets you know the cabernet was picked at the perfect ripeness.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 WS 90

2014 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-20-2017
I wasn't sure I wanted to jump onto the bandwagon, but I'm definitely on board now... Elegant aromas of some sort of violet-y-black-olive-marmalade give this wine a sophisticated sense right upon pulling the cork. Full bodied, but balanced, flavors of blueberry, plums, blackcurrant, and coffee align with a perfectly ripened core. Awesome now, even better in years to come.

1982 Miltonduff "John Milroy" K&L Exclusive 34 Year Old Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 05-20-2017
Awesome complexities: soft stone fruit, dried tobacco wood, butterscotch, all leading to a lightly prickly, smooth finish. Make this your "Friday night and not sharing with anyone" special bottle.
Price: $229.99 Add To Cart

2008 Fallet-Dart Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2017
Beautifully unique flavor profile sure to put a smile on everyone's face. The nose boasts age with a brooding, yet not overwhelming toast and marmalade complexion that instantly pulls you in. The palate is similar in that the nuances seem unending, but in a lean and structured order. Love this.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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