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Diana Turk

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Dassai "50" Junmai Daiginjo Sake (300ml)
Review Date: 06-25-2019
This is my go-to sake for elegance and value. With more “ricey” character than many Daiginjo options, Dassai 50 is so named for 50% of the Yamada Nishiki rice being ground away, making this extraordinary quality sake for the price. Tropical melon fruit shines through the textured palate, giving way to a long finish. Fans of dry style sake will love the weight and finesse here.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2012 Ayala Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-25-2019
Wow, what a stunning offering from Champagne Ayala, another exceptional house based in the grand cru village of Aÿ! Chardonnay fruit is sourced from the “miracle vintage” 2012, and is the first harvest-specific release under winemaking prodigy Caroline Latrive. At a recent tasting, Ayala’s Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne stole the show with its creamy, toasty brilliance. It’s vibrant with racy acidity but maintains a velvety texture and a long finish. If you liked the 2010, wait until you try this beauty.

Dassai "50" Junmai Daiginjo Nigori Sake (300ml)
Review Date: 06-25-2019
One of the driest Nigori sakes I've ever tasted, Dassai's 50 Junmai Daiginjo is made only for the US market, and we’re lucky enough to carry it. Fresh with cantaloupe fruit and a super satisfying creamy texture, this is subtly sweeter than unfiltered sake, yet the finish is bright and crisp. Lovely.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 06-25-2019
Red-fruited with pure cranberry notes, this 2016 Te Whare Ra Pinot Noir shows complexity, with a bright core of acidity and an earthy finish. One of my favorite Southern Hemisphere Direct Imports, TWR’s quality is unbelievable for the price – biodynamically farmed, handpicked, balanced, and most importantly: delicious.

Old Forester K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #4093 (Warehouse H, Floor 5) Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 06-25-2019
I don’t know if whisky is considered to showcase terroir, but when drinking this woodsy, caramel-laden single barrel release, you can’t help but feel its location in the warehouse. There’s a pleasant mustiness there, with notes of tobacco on the nose, which gives way to classic Bourbon brown sugar and velvety texture. Old Forester is one of my favorite selections for value and pure Kentucky character, and the price on this single barrel is unbelievable. Spice up your Old Fashioned!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2004 Old Pulteney 13 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" Single Cask No. 231 Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Whisky 750ml (ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 06-25-2019
Heady with caramel and the subtlest hit of herbaceous aromatics, 2004 Old Pulteney 13 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" Single Cask No. 231 Cask Strength Highland Single Malt is somehow both easygoing and heavy-hitting. The combination of toast, crème brulée and lively salinity make this a joy to experience, and the proof is just enough to give it depth without feeling hot. Add water and watch it go down a little too easily. If you have a Macallan drinker in your life in search of something a bit more complex, you can’t go wrong with this exceptional under the radar option.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart

2012 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Revelation" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-14-2019
What incredible Champagne! Cuvée Revelation easily soars above any concerns that Pinot Meunier isn’t as elegant as its Blanc de blancs counterparts. While the nose does show some of that characteristic earthiness, the palate is airy yet textured, with a velvety mouthfeel and ultra delicate bubbles. This has everything: celebrated vintage, fruit from 100+ year old vines, a vivid snap of acidity and a long, lifted finish, plus the harmony of lean lemon fruit and a hint of welcome toastiness. Revelation is the perfect name for this stunning offering from one of our favorite Direct Imports, Alexandre Le Brun: welcome to a higher level of winemaking featuring Meunier. In fact, when I poured this first at a recent Champagne tasting, customers claimed it ruined the rest of the lineup – nothing else compared to the balance and interest seamlessly joined together in this remarkable release.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2015 Tongue in Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley
Review Date: 05-07-2019
This is a gorgeous, underrated wine. The 2015 shows spice and texture, while staying focused. This is a clean, light-bodied style that still feels substantial. Great purity of fruit, savory and herbal notes, lower alcohol and racy minerality makes this a great food red. Plus the winemaker is a woman who excels at minimal interventionist (dare I say natural?) winemaking with a sophisticated edge. Although there is no shortage of interesting Pinot Noir here at the store, I find myself reaching for the Tongue in Groove offerings again and again.

2017 Cantina Andrian Pinot Grigio
Review Date: 05-07-2019
Wow! Pinot Grigio isn’t always the flashiest of varietals, but this lovely Alto Adige version really sings. The 2017 Cantina Andrian smells of river rock and white floral; the palate is brimming with crisp minerality and citrusy fruit, which carries through to a surprisingly lush – but of course dry – finish. If you’ve eschewed Pinot Grigio in the past, let this little stunner be your gateway back to the grape.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Domaine de Fondrèche Ventoux Rouge
Review Date: 05-01-2019
Domaine de Fondrèche is a new producer for us, and currently exclusive to K&L. I’ve already fallen in love with their elegant rosé, and now this complex Rouge is gracing our shelves. Beautifully herbal on the nose with that signature Ventoux character, the 2017 shows great berry fruit and garrigue notes through to the pleasantly dry finish. Fondrèche is a delicious addition to our Rhône lineup, and value-priced to boot! I'm already planning my next meal around this soon-to-be staple red.

2018 Château de Peyrassol "La Croix des Templiers" Mediteranée Rosé
Review Date: 05-01-2019
Holy grail rosé! This brand new release has everything you're searching for in a rosé: vivid minerality, that oft-requested light color, bright fruit, and a dry finish. Hints of white nectarine and lively acid shine through the palate, continue to crisp finish. Plus, there’s the incredible pedigree of Provencal superstar Château Peyrassol, at a bargain price. Buy a case of La Croix des Templiers for your next party, or simply keep some on hand for beach days or dining alfresco. One sip and you’ll know: you have chosen well.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine Lafage "Novellum" Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-29-2019
Novellum is always a runaway hit for us, but the newly released 2017 stands out as even better than the last vintage! Less tropical than before, this year crunchy pear and golden apple fruit take center stage. While oak is definitely there, it feels better-integrated, and adds texture through to the finish. Like most Lafage wines, Novellum isn’t subtle, but it if balanced, and if you’re looking for a showy, creamy Chardonnay at a bargain price, this is it.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Brancaia "Ilatraia" Rosso di Toscana
Review Date: 04-17-2019
What is this awesome Rosso?! The nose is dusty and subtly herbal, the palate plush with dark plum and blackberry fruit, yet the wine stays agile through to the long, structured finish. There is roundness and oak, plus food-loving tannins. Interestingly, the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot feels more reminiscent of Bordeaux than Italy, but the hint of savory olive reminds you that this release is definitely Tuscan. This could be both a crowd-pleasing wine as well as an option for connoisseurs looking for something new. Either way, the 2015 Brancaia Ilatraia is a delicious must-try.

2016 Domaine de l'Amandine Côtes du Rhône-Villages Seguret
Review Date: 04-17-2019
What a value! This is a complex Rhône blend, with high-toned berry fruit and a great peppery finish, thanks to 60% spicy Syrah. This vintage of Domaine de l'Amandine is vibrant but earthy, fruit-forward yet herbaceous, full-bodied and versatile. And although it’s easygoing enough to drink tonight, the 2016 will also age beautifully.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Lepiane "Black Oak Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Grenache
Review Date: 04-13-2019
Punchy, vibrant Grenache with solid earthiness through to the finish, this is a fun yet still incredibly elegant wine, from dynamo winemaker Alison Thomson. Berry fruit shows up in a big way, but still feels light, tempered by the herbaceous quality of including 50% whole cluster. Alison has taken on the task of growing Old World varietals in a classical style, here in Santa Barbara County. This wine is aromatic and textured, sourced from a single vineyard, and crafted with precision and heart. Only 63 cases produced! Look for great things from Lepiane.
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart

2017 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-10-2019
Another gorgeous release from Ridge! The 2017 Chardonnay is a bit creamier than previous vintages, but still feels fresh with a lively core of acidity, thanks to the cooler climate Santa Cruz Mountain appellation. The oak is present, but perfectly balanced by rounded Bartlett pear fruit and expressive minerality. Beloved California producer Ridge is always a great choice - elegant and welcome as a sophisticated gift but still easygoing enough for a crowd - and this Chardonnay is no exception.
Price: $49.95 Add To Cart
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1995 Charles Heidsieck "Blanc des Millénaires" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-05-2019
Champagne Charlie does it again! Only a handful of vintages have been deemed worthy of being called Blanc des Millénaires: 1983, 1985, 1990, and 1995 (and now 2004), and this release lives up to the name. Made entirely with grand cru fruit from Côtes des Blancs, the 1995 is gorgeous, with honey and apricot notes and a core of lemon freshness. While this is a heady, textured Champagne with richness through the palate, there is an undercurrent of salinity and bright acid, which makes it feel surprisingly youthful. Plenty of brioche toastiness and an intoxicating smokiness round out the complex flavor profile. Plus it’s aged over 20 years on the lees in Heidsieck’s legendary Crayères! Incredible.

2017 La Posta del Viñatero "Pizzella Vineyard" Malbec Mendoza
Review Date: 04-03-2019
A great option for fans of South American Malbec, the La Posta del Viñatero "Pizzella Vineyard" shows depth and richness through the palate but finishes dry. Although dense cassis fruit is there, the 2017 is not quite as jammy as Mendoza can be, thanks to the higher altitude vineyard site. Plus, there are notes of baking spice and licorice and lovely integrated tannins, giving this wine a lot of complexity for the price.

2008 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-02-2019
I have yet to be disappointed by Bollinger, but this release is especially spectacular. Powerful and luxurious, the 2008 Grande Année mirrors Bollinger’s Pinot-driven house style but adds a layer of racy complexity thanks to the colder (and highly anticipated) 2008 vintage. On the nose, white floral notes mingle with honeycomb, while pear fruit shines through the lush palate. There’s a distinctive berry note, too, thanks to the 71% Pinot Noir, while the 29% Chardonnay feels electric. Delicate bubbles provide finesse that balances the heady palate and vivid acid. This is all estate fruit, aged for nearly 10 years on the lees, the bottles are hand-riddled… wow. The quality and care that goes into this Champagne – especially for the price – is exceptional.
Price: $119.00 Add To Cart
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2007 Bollinger "La Grande Année" Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 04-02-2019
2007 is the vintage that keeps on giving, with its Champagnes changing beautifully as they age. Fresh with watermelon fruit, Bollinger’s "La Grande Année" Rosé nevertheless feels restrained, with a minerally backbone and subtle salinity, plus luxurious hints of honey throughout the palate. There is juicy fruit present, but the finish is dry. It has strength to stand up to food with finesse, and evolves in the glass. If I could afford to drink this with every meal, I would.

Pierre Mineral Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-02-2019
Not-so-secretly made by legendary producer Philippe Gonet, this all-estate grown Champagne is composed of 30% Chardonnay, 60% Pinot Noir and 10% Meunier. It ticks so many boxes: elegant, crisp, balanced, subtly yeasty, and priced to party. Pierre Mineral shows delicate bubbles, impressive minerality, plus that coveted toastiness - all for under $30. Incredible.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2017 Mount Edward Riesling Lowburn Central Otago
Review Date: 03-29-2019
Nimble and racy, with that classic petrol nose, grapefruit notes and big acid on the finish, this Mount Edward release almost feels like a German Riesling. But the unique terroir of Central Otago and wild yeast fermentation give this lively 2017 a fresh style all its own. At 8 g/L residual sugar, it walks the line between dry and off dry, which only makes it all the more versatile – it’s especially good with spicy food!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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Trudon "Emblematis" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-28-2019
What an awesome addition to our Meunier lineup! While the grape is often coveted for darker fruit and an almost rustic, unctuous quality, Jerome Trudon makes a cleaner style of Meunier, deeply elegant and supremely drinkable, with complexity throughout and a clean, laser sharp finish.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine de Verquière Côtes-du-Rhône
Review Date: 01-29-2019
This incredible Côtes du Rhône is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, grown in chalky clay soils, which give this stunning red lift and minerality. Plus, there's copious spicy red fruit. This entry-level member of the Verquière lineup is overt and immediately accessible but still has all the classic structure that keeps the wine focused. It is one of our best values in the store and a longtime favorite. So excited the new vintage is here!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut
Review Date: 01-19-2019
Expressive on the nose, with hits of white flowers and tropical fruit, this 100% Pinot Gris (!) Champagne displays its uniqueness right out of the gate. The palate shows lush but snappy citrus - think mandarin oranges - followed by a creamy texture through to the super long finish. There’s enough crunchy minerality here to remind you that this is classic Champagne, but it’s balanced with an easygoing drinkability. Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut would be great with food, and is delicious enough to be a crowd-pleaser that’s a bit out of the ordinary.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2012 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 01-09-2019
Another stunning vintage release! Although Roederer's MO is to only produce rosé when conditions are right, the Grande Marque has recently experienced so many great harvests that the hits keep coming. The 2012 Roederer Rosé is elegant and accessible, somewhat softer and more cherry-fruited than the crisp 2010, but no less fresh. Hailing from Champagne’s “miracle vintage,” this release uses the labor-intensive saignée method, resulting in a more textured palate without sacrificing any minerally acidity. This is concentrated but bright, and great with food.

2012 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 01-09-2019
Another stunning vintage release from one of our favorite of the Grandes Marques! Although Roederer's MO is to only produce rosé when conditions are right, they recently experienced so many great harvests that the hits keep coming! The 2012 Roederer Rosé is elegant and accessible, somewhat softer and more cherry-fruited than the crisp 2010, but no less fresh. Hailing from Champagne’s “miracle vintage,” this release uses the labor-intensive saignée method, resulting in a more textured palate without sacrificing any minerally acidity. This is concentrated but bright, and great with food. Plus, a bonus with this half-bottle size is that it ages a bit quicker than larger formats, so you can fast forward the complexity development!

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 12-05-2018
Crisp and linear with an incredible, almost creamy, texture, the nuanced Launois Cuvée Réserve over delivers every time. This Champagne is magical: Grand Cru Chardonnay from chalky soils shows minerality, but that racy backbone is balanced by moussy elegance. There's a sparkly acidity that will impress Blanc des blancs connoisseurs while still pleasing a crowd. I've even paired it with weeknight takeout and it's been perfect. When we say buy as much as you can now, we mean it: this sells out incredibly quickly! I am so proud to support Séverine Launois and her family's tradition of exceptional wines - do not miss this value-driven stunner.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 12-05-2018
Do not sleep on this: our best selling Direct Import Champagne in an age-worthy size! Crisp and linear with an incredible, almost creamy, texture, the nuanced Launois Cuvée Réserve overdelivers every time. This Champagne is magical: Grand Cru Chardonnay from chalky soils shows minerality, but that racy backbone is balanced by moussy elegance. There's a sparkly acidity that will impress Blanc des blancs connoisseurs while still pleasing a crowd. I've even paired it with weeknight takeout and it's been perfect. When we say buy as much as you can now, we mean it: this sells out quickly! I am so proud to support Séverine Launois and her family's tradition of exceptional wines - do not miss this value-driven stunner.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart

Còdigo 1530 K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Anejo Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 11-27-2018
Blossoming with vanilla and cinnamon, this is an easygoing Añejo that feels like the holidays, but is light enough to enjoy year round. Subtly toasted oak on the nose with a nimble palate and great pure agave fruit, our exclusive barrel release from staff favorite Còdigo is an elegant addition to an already stellar lineup.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

2016 Domaine des Rémizières Crozes-Hermitage
Review Date: 11-27-2018
I adored – and personally purchased many bottles – of the delicious, smoky 2015 Domaine des Remizières Crozes-Hermitage, and wasn’t sure if the new vintage would live up to expectations. I am happy to report this vibrant entry-level Northern Rhône overdelivers. Subtly floral on the nose with notes of violet, dark berry fruit, and a spicy finish, the 2016 is both sophisticated and approachable, leaner than the ripe 2015 but just as complex. Drink now and impress your Syrah-loving friends.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Spellbound California Chardonnay
Review Date: 11-27-2018
Oaky, buttery perfection! A venture from winemaker Rob Mondavi, Jr., Spellbound is consistently one of our most popular Chardonnays, winning fans with its combination of value and decadence. This is a showy crowdpleaser at a bargain price, with caramel corn notes up front, tropical fruit, a textured palate, and that coveted toasty finish. A California classic, Spellbound will impress fans of pricier Rombauer, and is a must-have at your holiday table. Buy it by the case!​
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-28-2018
Incredible quality and a crowd-pleasing style, this exceptional release from our friend Paul Fallet (come meet him at the Champagne Tent Event!) is fresh with vivid lift and plenty of structure, yet still easygoing and beautifully accessible. Grower-producer Champagne that is somehow less than $30?! Don't toast without it!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2008 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-13-2018
What a beauty this Champagne is: exciting and elegant right out of the gate! Raw honey on the nose, with a hint of white floral alongside coveted yeasty notes, the 2008 vintage Dom Pérignon shines from the very first sip. Heady aromatics give way to sparkling minerality and bright lemon fruit on the palate, with surprisingly nimble richness. While the hallmarks of the racy 2008 vintage come through with laser precision, there is a roundness present as well, making this feel opulent yet vivid, all the way through the long, chalky finish. I can only imagine how incredible this will be with age. Plus, it’s 95% grand cru fruit, with the remaining 5% 1er cru from Hautvillers included as an homage to village of Dom Pérignon's abbey. Historic and celebrated, this 2008 is a stellar release and an experience not to be missed.

1998 Haut Franquet, Moulis
Review Date: 06-30-2018
Mineral-driven and leaner than many fleshier Bordeaux thanks to Moulis' chalky soil, Haut-Franquet is sophisticated and nimble, delicious and smooth, yet savory with green woodsy notes throughout. Plus the price for a twenty year old wine is amazing.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Brasserie Dupont "Saison Dupont" Farmhouse Ale, Belgium (750ml)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
The original! Six or seven breweries in Belgium make true Saisons, and the undisputed classic of the style is Saison Dupont. While there may be some hipper variations that seem more in demand lately, this holds its own against the hyped versions. Saison Dupont is refreshing, with a brightness that is balanced by underlying earthiness. Plus the price is a steal considering the quality, and the fact that this is a 750 ml bottle. At once both crisp and funky, Saison Dupont is a clean, yeasty, satisfying beer, perfect for summer nights.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
This tastes like what sitting by the Mediterranean, dining alfresco on olive tapenade must feel like. The botanicals are fresh up front, with a notable lavender floral component, but the finish is textured and mouth-coating. This is a unique take on gin that enhances cocktails or could easily be enjoyed with just a bit of ice and soda.
Price: $33.99 Add To Cart

Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
Layered and heady, this Brut Champagne is composed mostly of reserve wines dating back to the 1990s, yet still shows a crisp core of minerality, with a satisfyingly long finish. There's even that coveted hint of brioche character. This format is perfect for aging, and the price is a steal for a House of this caliber.

2017 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvèdre Rosé Stellenbosch (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 06-30-2018
South Africa's answer to elegant Bandol, this Mourvedre rose is just as light and crisp as you'd want a summer quaffer to be, yet still shows dark fruit character and flinty complexity. Plus it's biodynamic, and the screwcap is ready to take along on your outdoor adventures! A winner all around.
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Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 06-30-2018
Layered and heady, this Brut Champagne is composed mostly of reserve wines dating back to the 1990s, yet still shows a crisp core of minerality, with a satisfyingly long finish. There's even that coveted hint of brioche character. The value here is really incredible, especially considering Charles Heidsieck's smaller operation, storied history, legendary caves, and quality.

Laurent-Perrier "Harmony" Demi-Sec Champagne
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Very bright considering the higher dosage, this elegant release from Laurent-Perrier is a natural for dessert, balancing sweetness with lift, and pairing with everything from appetizers to cake.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (187ml)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Small in size but not in taste, this adorably-sized version of L-P is everything I love abouttheir classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point. Perfect for party favors!

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Picnic perfect! This is everything I love about Laurent-Perrier's classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point, even in the half bottle. Drink now!

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Wow! This is everything I love about Laurent-Perrier's classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point. Plus the Magnum ages beautifully, much appreciated with the larger Chardonnay component. A beautiful choice for your next party.

Fallet-Dart "Clos du Mont" Brut Champagne (2004)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Ten years - TEN YEARS - on the lees for less than $100? Less than $80, even? Incredible. This is a sophisticated, yet hugely accessible Champagne, with depth, texture, and a honeyed quality saved from being too fruity by the 80% Chardonnay and a backbone of acidity and that coveted toastiness. I first met Paul Fallet at our annual Champagne Tent Event in 2017, where he charmed with his shy, sincere personality, and then dazzled us with his high quality wines. Fallet-Dart is a great family-run Direct Import house to support, and even without the backstory, I'd want to drink these delicious, complex Champagnes. Plus, this is fruit from a Clos, based on the 2004 vintage! We always have customers come too late to this party, and only realize how lovely this Champagne is when our limited quantity is gone. Don't let that be you.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-04-2018
Wow! This is everything I love about Laurent-Perrier's classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvee boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point.

2016 Domaine de Pallus "Messanges" Chinon
Review Date: 05-02-2018
Wines like this lovely, complex Messanges remind me why Loire Valley is my favorite region for Cab Franc. Fresh with crushed violets and bright cherry fruit, the 2016 Domaine de Pallus has herbal notes of thyme plus supple tannins and just enough structure to stand up to just about any food. Medium-bodied but nimble, and soft yet earthy, this hits all the marks of classic Chinon – for under $20!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Casa Smith "VINO" Columbia Valley Sangiovese Rosé
Review Date: 03-31-2018
Lively and bright, with a pleasant streak of acidity thanks to Sangiovese, Casa Smith "VINO" Columbia Valley Rosé is a welcome addition to our domestic lineup. Don’t let the deeper color fool you – this is light with a super dry finish and, perhaps most importantly, the 2017 is already here! Perfect for warmer weather and party-priced.
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2011 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-31-2018
As vintages go, 2011 is not as celebrated as its neighbors, but our friends at Egrot – namely winemaker Elisabeth Goutorbe – worked some magic with a difficult year. This release, composed of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay, is both crisp and rounded, showing off baked apple fruit balanced with chalky minerality. As with all Goutorbe wines, this has a delicate bead, an elegant, dry finish and overdelivers for the price.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "7" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-23-2018
Leesy with coveted brioche notes, pear fruit, and bright acid – and much more vivid than the other offerings by one of our favorite Direct Import producers – the “7” is the most sophisticated Baron Fuente I’ve tasted. It’s aged for seven years on the lees and it shows: this is astonishing quality for the price, with lovely texture and focus.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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