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McKenzie Bottled-in-Bond Wheated Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 06-05-2019
Could this be the best wheated Bourbon in the store? You need to try it to find out, but everyone at K&L is on board with that statement. With some of the big names in wheated Bourbon, like Pappy and Weller, now impossible to come by, it's really reassuring to know we can still find something of this incredible quality and taste available. It's great to be able to support the craft distillers in this era of giant conglomerates and McKenzie's attention to detail and dedication to this spirit is evident in this bottling. Not too shabby at all.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2018 Zudugarai "Amats" Getariako Txakolina
Review Date: 05-31-2019
I couldn't design a more perfect Summer white wine than a Txakolina, and this one from Amats really delivers. Light, fresh, a little zippy and low alcohol. With a slight spritz from some carbonation, this a great pool-side sipper for those long, warm days. Spain's answer to Vinho Verde, this is a great pairing to veggies, seafood, and charcuterie, all the things we love in a California Summer.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2017 Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-31-2019
This wine manages to strike that perfect balance that we all search for in California Chardonnay that has been made well. It has just a touch of oak, though doesn't taste toasted or vanillin. The oak highlights the white flower and citrus qualities in the wines and helps polish the body into something soft, yet lively and refreshing. I didn't expect this price point on a Chardonnay from a winery that has been in the Napa Valley for so long, let alone a wine of this caliber under $20. Stags' Leap has been working these vineyards for decades and they certainly know how coax with this precious crop into something delicious.
Top Value!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
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2016 Skyline (Thomas Fogarty) California Red Blend
Review Date: 05-31-2019
This is my new favorite easy-drinking red in the store! What a fantastic blend from Nathan Kandler, one of the top winemakers in California. The team at Thomas Fogarty knows how to find great fruit fromlegendary vineyards in the area and they blended it seemlessly into this under-$15 beauty. This is going to be your ultimate BBQ wine this Summer, but has enough body and interest to really work for any season. Fans of the Sobon Rocky Top and Marietta Lot wines should definitely give this one a go.
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Price: $14.95 Add To Cart

2017 Alain Corcia Bourgogne Rouge
Review Date: 05-31-2019
This is a fantastic find and a great price point for such a stellar red Burgundy. Light and fresh, with dusky tannin and soft earth notes, this is what I image most Burgundians have on their dinner table. Both the red and white are fantastic from Corcia and a wonderful way to experience Burgundy without breaking the bank. I hope this bottling will show what incredible wines Burgundy has to offer in this price point, and that these wines do make a fantastic everyday choice.
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Laphroaig 20 Year Old "Sovereign Wax Top" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 05-30-2019
The Laphroaig name is very well known already within the whisky world because of its devotion to using its own floor maltings and hand-cut peat. This kind of attention and labor does not disappoint in its contribution to flavor. With citrus, pine, and herbal notes, and the classic medicinal character we expect from Laphroaig. Throw in a long finish thanks to the cask strength nature and you have a truly tasty, very unique drink.
Price: $249.99 Add To Cart

Springbank 22 Year Old "Sovereign Wax Top" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 05-30-2019
Springbank is already regarded as one of our favorite distilleries at K&L for their dedication to the labor and time they devote to their whisky. Because we already hold them in such regard, we are always particularly psyched to see these tiny single barrel offerings hit our shelves. With a big, chewy middle (thanks to bourbon barrel aging) and the perfect intertwining of spice and light smoke, this is one of the more unique Scotch's we will offer this year. The smoke carries an earthy, not petroly character, which integrates seemlessly with the other characters. The cask strength brings drive to these flavors and makes for one pretty damn good drink.
Price: $399.99 Add To Cart

Clan Denny Craigellachie 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 05-24-2019
A smashing deal for a single malt Scotch from such a well-respected producer. A little lighter and more elegant than the Fettercairn, this offers a great entry-point into Scotch without having to shell out big bucks. With tons of flavor and a long, smooth finish, this is a great one to share with friends.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

Clan Denny Fettercairn 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 05-24-2019
This is a fantastic bottling for anyone looking to start exploring the world of Scotch Whisky. Super flavorful with rich butterscotch notes and a nice spice kick in the back. With a fantastic price point for a ten year old single malt scotch, this is the perfect Summer offering.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

Mortlach 12 Year Old "The Wee Witchie" Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape)
Review Date: 05-18-2019
Mortlach is known for producing some beefy, big whiskys, and though the 12 year is certainly not lacking in power, there is an elegance and lift to it I haven't seen from Mortlach in the past. A rich mouthfeel thanks to the use of French and American oak brings lingering notes of citrus, light spice, and subtle toast. There is no obvious peatiness, only perhaps a very subtle hint of smoke from the barrel char. The distillery style shows through on the finish, which packs some power, savory game notes, and hints of leather. Overall a great offering from Mortlach at a pretty unbeatable price.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Mortlach 16 Year-Old "Distiller's Dram" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape)
Review Date: 05-18-2019
It’s almost unheard of to find a 16 year old sherry-cask whisky of this caliber from such a well-respected producer at this price point. Spicy, dark, bold, and complex this is Mortlach at its finest. This bottling is a little meatier and with more chocolate notes than the 12 year because of the use of straight sherry cask. Dark, nearly dried fruits meld seamlessly with leather and tobacco notes. The smoke quotient is quite low here, but there is a roasted note coming through. This is complex, smooth, and a great middle ground between the lightness of the 12 year and gaminess of the 20 year.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
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Mortlach 20 Year Old "Cowie's Blue Seal" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape)
Review Date: 05-18-2019
This is one of the truest expressions of a Mortlach whisky, with subtle power, perfectly melded characters, and a rich, lingering palate. Carrying the most umami notes of the three expressions, the meatiness is well balanced by dark plumy fruits and Christmas spice. Blackberry and cacao lead and these flavors are backed by earth, leather, and a very subtle barrel char. Though this is a bit more of a splurge, it’s not too hard to justify from such a classic, highly-respected producer.
Price: $199.99 Add To Cart

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 05-18-2019
There is a high level of dedication to the purity of the product from Cotswolds Distillery and this Single Malt Whisky is no exception. Because this is the first ever whisky coming out of the Cotswolds, they wanted to make sure it showed its terroir by locally sourcing ingredients. Aged in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and red wine casks, the resulting spirit is fruity, with a touch of malty richness. The more sweet preliminary flavors of butterscotch appear on the nose, while the palate shows more influence form the barrels, bringing dark red fruits and deep caramel. If you're looking for something different and a great in between for Bourbon and Scotch, you need to pick up a bottle of this.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

Krug "Grande Cuvée" 167 Ème Édition Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-02-2019
Though 2011 (the base wines for this edition) may not have been the ideal year, that means no other high-end Krug bottlings, such as the Grand Cuvee, were made that year. Instead, all that gorgeous fruit went into this bottle. Krug enthusiasts may seek out the great vintages, but they may be missing out on something as spectacular as this. I expected the Krug 167 to be much tighter out of the gate as its latest release, but it was in fact the opposite. It was open and toasty with the perfect integration of fruit to richness. Krug is without a doubt on top of the list for almost every staff member at K&L for high-end Champagne. They have never missed the mark on quality and the 167 Edition is no exception.
Price: $169.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Rippon "Mature Vine" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 04-18-2019
Coming from what is continuously lauded as some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the world, this vintage from Rippon oozes grace and complexity. Central Otago as a wine region has only been around for about 30 years, which makes the incredible perfection of this wine even more impressive. The nose hits you right away as Central Otago, but the palate shows less dark fruit than many others in the region. The fruit is juicy red and very pretty with a hint of dusky tannin to keep the length. Winemaker Nick Mills is truly one of the best in New Zealand and runs the winery with a lot of consideration and care. The sloping vineyard land helps create structured, yet ethereal Pinots. If you have yet to try the Rippon wines, do not miss this vintage.

Cotswolds Dry Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 04-17-2019
There is a lot of hand labor that goes into producing this gin and the taste certainly reflects those efforts. They peel hundreds of limes and grapefruits every week to get that fresh citrus note in there and all other botanicals are hand-selected for purity of expression. This gin is creamy and lively, showcasing floral and citrus notes, with just a touch of spice. Don't be alarmed if your gin turns cloudy after adding tonic or ice - that's just the incredible amount of botanical oils left in for phenomenal flavor.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Whistle Pig 10 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" 113.9 Proof Barrel #2346 Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 04-09-2019
The classic rye spice unabashedly shines through in this single barrel selection from Whistle Pig. The streak of sweetness present shows graham cracker and cinnamon notes, but there is a nice kick of pepper in the back palate to make this very interesting. With a little more power than the other barrels, this one shows a ton of character and life.
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

Whistle Pig 10 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" 111.3 Proof Barrel 2380 Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 04-06-2019
If you are after a creamy, smooth style of Rye Whiskey, this single barrel of Whistle Pig is the one for you. I expected something much rougher around the edges, but was very pleasantly surprised to find a refined, lighter-style whiskey. After tasting a few of our individual barrels from Whistle Pig, I am so excited how differently each one is presenting. It's fun to discover how warehouse location can make such a profound difference. Pick up a couple and try them out for yourself.
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

5 Sentidos Jabali/Tobala "K&L Exclusive" Mezcal (uncertified) (750ml)
Review Date: 04-02-2019
These two varieties of agave are extremely hard to come across as they are not cultivatable and can only be found growing wild. This makes this a special bottling to begin with, but throw in that all the labor is done by hand in the old-school fashion by a master and all that adds up to an incredible mezcal. This rare mix of Jabali and Tobola intertwines magically to give flavors that are a little bit of everything - fruity, spicy, creamy, floral, and delicate. You won't find this one of a kind blend again, so if you are a mezcal fan, I would advise not missing out on this one.
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

2005 Bruichladdich Peated (Port Charlotte) 12 Year Old "Alexander Murray" Cask Strength Small Batch Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 03-28-2019
Even though Bruichladdich is not normally peated, they may want to consider doing a peated batch under their own label more often given how incredibly smooth and elegant this offering came out. Toasted malt, hazelnut, and sweet caramel show most prominently here, with just a touch of smoke that seems to intertwine itself seamlessly with the other characters, rather than overwhelm them. The very subtle peat note builds up the other flavors to give incredible depth and intricacy. This is truly a unique bottle.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

2015 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 03-09-2019
One of the most acclaimed Australian Chardonnays is back with a new vintage and, dare I say, it may be even better than last year's. Full of mineral-drive, thanks to no malolactic fermentation, this wine stands up to great Burgundies in ageability and precision. The classic hallmark flavors of orchard fruit, mandarin, and white flowers are all present, accompanied by a lush undertone of oak. The palate is clean and sharp with a long finish, indicating this will definitely hold up with cellar aging. Robert Mondavi certainly knew what he was doing when he declared this site in Margaret River perfect for Chardonnay in the 1970s, as evident by this undeniably good wine.

2016 Scattered Peaks Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-06-2019
With fruit from Napa only getting more and more expensive, it's becoming increasingly difficult if not impossible to find a good Cabernet under the $45 mark. That's why I found the Scattered Peaks, with such an illustrious pedigree behind it, an almost unreal deal. Coming from one of the most experienced winemakers in the Valley, this wine holds all the elements of a high-end, complete Cab; no wonder last vintage was one of our best sellers! This is a medium-bodied Cab with notes of blackberry, cedar, and soft cocoa melding seamlessly together. Drinkable now, this Cab is sure to impress as a gift if you can bear to give it away.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart

2017 Tensley "Colson Canyon Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah
Review Date: 03-06-2019
There have been few domestic Syrah's I've tried lately that have impressed me as much as this one. The classic dark fruit character is present and shining, but I was struck by how vibrant the mouthfeel was and how lifted the palate. The oak is in perfect balance and aids in rounding out the structure. I love that Tensley does so many renditions of Syrah as each has their own unique style and traits. "Colson Canyon" is a particularly intriguing one.

2018 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Rosé Central Otago
Review Date: 02-20-2019
Made from Pinot Noir grapes from one of Mount Edward's most esteemed vineyards, Muirkirk, this is our first 2018 Rosé into the store! This block is picked specifically for Rosé (no saignée here) and is light, delicate, and refreshing in its acidity. Not meant to be sweet or fruity, this has a beautiful light color and sophisticated, smooth texture. Rosé makes a great food-pairing wine any time of year and this offering form Mount Edward is no exception. Mount Edward is one of our most exciting Direct Imports and winemaker Duncan Forsyth is one of the first winemakers in the Central Otago region. The unique continental climate of Otago combined with the higher than average sunshine penetration create grapes that are physiologically ripe without becoming overly sweet. The schist soils build an incredible line of acidity making this Rosé lip-smacking and undeniably delectable.
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Bodegas Norton "Privada" Family Blend Mendoza
Review Date: 02-20-2019
While Mendoza is known for their single varietal Malbec, this bottling shows they can do a pretty killer red blend with the varietal as well. Rich in style, but with a healthy backbone of structure and acid for balance, I was impressed with the layers in this wine. The Malbec gives spice and dark fruits, the Merlot adds some softness, and the Cabernet gives a little kick of tannin to give a longer finish. This will make a great crowd-pleasing Bordeaux blend.

2016 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-20-2019
There is a lot of fruit in this Pinot, but the medium weight body means the fruit is delicate and lifted, not overly ripe and flat. Bishop's Peak is one of my favorite values in Domestic wines and offers a lot of complexity for the price. This would be a fantastic choice for a house red or a party as it is easy-drinking and sure to please everyone.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-20-2019
I've always found the Bishop's Peak wines to offer a surplus of flavor for the cost. This Chardonnay is bright and fresh, with an uplifting amount of acidity and truly a lot of intricacy. San Luis Obispo is offering a lot of value and is a great alternative from the ever-increasing prices of NorCal wines.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Nor'Wester (Omihi) by Greystone Pinot Noir North Canterbury
Review Date: 02-20-2019
From acclaimed Greystone winemaker Dom Maxwell comes this pure and precise take on Pinot Noir, equal to any Old World site in terms of quality. This wine is made from small batches of Pinot all fermented using wild yeasts, aged in French oak barrique for ten months, and bottled unfined and unfiltered to maintain complexity and texture. Greystone winery takes great care to gently handle the fruit and to ensure only the highest quality is released. Recently named "Winemaker of the Year" in Gourmet Traveller, Dom Maxwell is pioneering new techniques and gaining fast recognition. With the help of viticulturalist Nick Gill (of Tongue in Groove pedigree), Nor'Wester is displaying itself to be one of the most interesting and friendly wines on the shelf. Dusky tannin, delicate earth notes, dark cherry, with a medium-body and a great line of acidity are the markers of this wine from one of the most under-rated areas in New Zealand.
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2012 Glenelly 'Estate Reserve' Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch
Review Date: 02-19-2019
I'm always excited to find wines from producers who venture out beyond their own backyard to across the globe, because it means they are so passionate and believe that wine region to be so good, they will go to great lengths to make wine there. This exquisite bottling is one such example of that, with May de Lencquesaing of Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande fame, leaving behind Bordeaux to explore the growing South African wine industry. She has taken her years of expertise in Bordeaux and has translated that to this powerful and intricate red blend in Stellenbosch. Anytime someone makes the move from one of the most renowned wine regions in the world to invest in a place she finds to be more exciting, I sit up to take notice of what drew this person to their new passion. This bottling is a delicious blend of classic Bordeaux flavors of cedar, black fruits, and leather, with some quintessentially South African flavors of dried herb, tobacco, and blackberry. The addition of Syrah adds nice softness and fruit and provides a needed contrast to the powerful structure and savory characters of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. If one of the leading ladies of the wine industry thought this was a wine worth making, I am certainly excited to get it into as many hands as possible.
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2015 Beaumont Pinotage Bot River South Africa
Review Date: 02-15-2019
From the cool climate of the Bot River region, the majority of this wine is made from 40-plus-year-old vines. The older vines lend structure and length, while the younger vines contribute bright red fruit and vibrancy. Fermentation occurs in concrete tanks, which helps round out harsh edges without contributing any oak flavor. This one is fresh and absolutely delicious!
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Diemersfontein Pinotage Wellington
Review Date: 02-15-2019
One of the richest and darkest fruited Pinotages on the shelf, this is a blend of fruit from six vineyards in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Dominated by notes of coffee and chocolate, this wine could be paired with lamb stew or prime rib, but the winery really feels it fits best with rich chocolate lava cake.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 FRAM Pinotage Citrusdal Mountain Western Cape
Review Date: 02-15-2019
Coming from the Citrusdal Mountain region north of the Swartland, these Pinotage vines sit in red sandy soil, the hallmark of dry and difficult growing conditions. Thanks to the vines’ struggle for survival, consumers are left with a wine of great length and intensity, with purity of fruit and just the right balance of structure to grace.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 Beeslaar Pinotage Stellenbosch
Review Date: 02-15-2019
From winemaker Abrie Beeslaar comes one of the most critically acclaimed Pinotages on the market. Abrie, who has been named “International Winemaker of the Year” three separate times, also happens to be the winemaker at the premier Pinotage winery, Kanonkop. When he is not making the Grand Cru of Pinotage for Kanonkop, he is doing it for his own label. Elegant, complex, and age-worthy, this is one of the best Pinotages I’ve ever tasted.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2017 Fromm "Clayvin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-15-2019
One of Fromm’s single vineyard offerings, the 2017 Clayvin Vineyard Pinot Noir is much more brooding, with dark, supple fruits, earthy spice, and a long finish, and offers a fascinating contrast to the other single vineyard bottlings.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
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2014 TWR (Te Whare Ra) "SV5182 - Single Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-15-2019
This has some serious complexity and drive behind it. The blend of clones from all estate fruit adds nuance of flavor including red and black fruits, dried herb, and dusty tannin. The BioGro number SV5182 is essentially a zip code for the vineyard, allowing transparency in the origin and farming of the fruit, all-important factors for these biodynamically dedicated farmers.

2015 Mt Beautiful Riesling North Canterbury
Review Date: 02-15-2019
Lauded by many critics as one of the most underrated growing sites in New Zealand, North Canterbury is catching up and bottling up some absolutely beautiful wines. Riesling is the first varietal that Mt. Beautiful grew and released to the public, so not only have they had years to perfect it, but it holds a special place in their heart. A little weightier and denser than the others on the list; orchard and tropical fruits shine and make for a great on-its-own sipper.

2017 Best's Great Western Riesling Victoria
Review Date: 02-15-2019
Best’s was one of the first wineries in Australia to plant Riesling grapes, with the first vineyard being established in the 1860s. Floral notes and citrus (particularly Meyer lemon and lime) dominate with a rich mouthfeel helping to add length and roundness to the acidity. The great tone of minerality from the mountain-grown fruit gives depth and shows this wine could hold its own for many years to come.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2018 Mount Edward Gamay Central Otago
Review Date: 02-13-2019
Winemaker Duncan Forsyth thought of a cherry cordial when making this wine. He wants it to be drunk, not sipped! This is a super fun, refreshing, juicy offering from Mount Edward and is pretty unique given only two people in Central Otago have this varietal. Duncan makes this wine without any added sulphur, as he wants the palate to be broad, not boxed in or framed a certain way. Coming from a single vineyard and aged in both tank and barrel, this wine is not without its intricacies. Though this wine can be held for a couple years in the cellar, it is made to be drunk now and given how smashable it is, it's not hard to oblige. Beaujolais fans will find a lot to like here.
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Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Fromm Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-13-2019
A true expression of Marlborough Pinot Noir, this vineyard blend from Fromm offers up some truly impressive fruit and has the aging potential to rival Burgundy. Showcasing the three sub-regions of Marlborough, from the rich clay soils of Brancott and the Waihopai Valleys to the alluvial gravel and silt of the Wairau Valley, this wine is not shy on flavor. Fromm does make their wines to age, so some time in bottle and aeration will reward the patient. Fromm's dedication to organic farming is reflected in the pure fruit flavors of the wine and the minimalistic winemaking techniques let the region's unique offerings shine through. Winemaker Hätsch Kalberer has been with the winery for more than 25 years and his expertise is resulting in wines of refinement, quality, and strength.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-13-2019
The dedication to their vineyards, the biodynamic farming practices, and the light hand the Flowerday's use in the winery is on full display in this graceful, refined, pure expression of Pinot Noir from Marlborough. We at K&L have long considered TWR to be amongst the top producers in New Zealand and it seems the customers and critics agree, with these wines selling out very quickly after they come off the boat. Because this fruit is sourced from multiple sites as well as clones, it carries a great depth of flavor and intricate layers. Red and black fruits shine here, with a prominent dose of herb and crushed earth. The medium-body, fine tannin, and delicate fruit all meld seemlessly together to create a Pinot of unparalleled quality.
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2016 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 02-13-2019
Very likely the best ever version of this staple Pinot Noir from Mount Edward Winery. These guys were one of the first wineries in Central Otago and, with winemaker Duncan Forsyth at the helm, they are leading the pack of fine wine production from this unique growing region. This wine is made from a blend of vineyards as well as whole cluster techniques. Partial use of 25% whole bunch gives depth and weight to the wine, while some 100% whole bunch ferments go through carbonic maceration, conferring life and delicacy. The Muirkirk vineyard fruit provides a dark ripeness, while the Pisa Terrace fruit is lighter framed, and not as broad or rich. This wine is voluminous, though not big and tannic, and the use of only 15% new French Oak provides just the right compliment to the fruit.
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Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

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2017 TED by Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-13-2019
Recently named on "James Suckling Top 100 New Zealand Wines of 2018" list, it's not hard to see why this wine has so much appeal. 'Ted', the nickname for Edward, is meant to be a younger brother to the single vineyard Mount Edward wines. Totally destemmed to maintain mid-palate weight, but remove structure and harsh tannin, this wine is juicy and lively on the palate. Made to be soft, fine, delicate, and approachable, this is an easy crowd-pleasing Pinot choice.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Mount Edward Riesling Lowburn Central Otago
Review Date: 02-13-2019
This is the first release of Riesling off the Morrison vineyard from New Zealand Direct Import Mount Edward Winery. An off-dry style (though still showing very zippy), the marker of the Morrison vineyard is a mineral pith-like texture and a linear acidity. Central Otago boasts a unique Riesling growing site due to its continental climate, schist soils, and high percentage of UV-ray penetration. These factors combined create very cool nights and warm days, which allow the grapes to get physiologically ripe with becoming overly sweet. There is great drive to this wine and a fantastic texture from the aging on fine lees. I could drink this one all day long.
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Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2018 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 02-13-2019
This wine to me is by far and away the most interesting Sauvignon Blanc on the shelf from any category. It boasts incredible complexity, a lot of texture and power, but feels graceful and ethereal at the same time. While not short on fruit, this wines doesn't feel overly juicy or ripe, but rather lasting and bright. Winemakers and viticulturalists Anna and Jason Flowerday have long demonstrated their passion for organic and biodynamic farming and that dedication to the health of the fruit truly shows in the pure taste of their wines. Uncompromising in quality, TWR is leading others and pioneering styles that are gaining huge amounts of critical acclaim. I can find absolutely no fault in this wine.
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2018 Fromm Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 02-13-2019
A fantastic new vintage of a classic Sauvignon Blanc from one of our longtime New Zealand Direct Imports. Fromm is adamant about organic, minimalistic farming and winemaking practices, and the dedication to care and quality shows in their wines. This sets the standard of Marlborough Savvy with fresh, lean acidity, notes of gooseberry and citrus, and a compelling mineral undertone. With nearly 30 years of winemaking experience under their belts, the team at Fromm has come to master what works in their region and has produced some lip-smacking, exciting wines.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Marqués de Murrieta "Finca Ygay" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 01-16-2019
This is a fresher, brighter take on Reserva Rioja with juicy red fruits pairing seemlessly with soft American oak. Once this bottling opens up I think it will show more breadth and density, but it's plenty intricate and tasty right now. This is an easy go-to for any Rioja fan from a very well respected producer.

2016 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 01-11-2019
Coming from one of the most respected and experienced winemakers in the Barossa Valley, this is a striking Shiraz marking the standard for Barossa wines. John Duval quickly shot to notoriety as the winemaker behind Australia's most famous wine "Grange" when he was winemaker at Penfolds. His years of experience there taught him to craft an ageable, uniquely-styled wine, that he is now showcasing under his own label. Dominated by dark fruit, leather, and fresh herbs, this is reminiscent of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape with its power and elegant, brooding quality, though Duval will be the first to tell you he doesn't try to imitate the French style. Pulling from both cool and warmer climate sites in the Barossa and Eden Valleys, as well as from dominantly older vines, the Entity exhibits great concentration and lift. Duval's flagship Shiraz is not to be missed for any fan of the varietal and is one of my favorite wines on the shelf.

2017 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 01-04-2019
A classic take on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Guava and grapefruit dominate, while fresh gooseberry and river stone round out the back. Incredibly refreshing and, though it's easy to drink, it doesn't lack interest or complexity. Minerals and flint add complexity that exceeds this wine very modest price point. Anyone after a super delicious, Marlborough benchmark Savvy should make sure to get a bottle of this.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
VN 91 WS 91

2015 d'Arenberg "The Dead Arm" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 01-04-2019
Always one of our top-selling high-end Shiraz's, the 2015 'Dead Arm' from d'Arenberg delivers again in this structured, concentrated showing. Named after the Eutypa fungus that affects some vineyards, the 'Dead Arm' refers to one half of the vine that rots and falls off, while the fruit that lives on the remaining arm grows more concentrated and complex. That effect is very evident in this wine, as it showcases unbelievable power and structure. This is not one of the Shiraz fruit-bombs you may associate with Australia. The effect of the Eutypa is certainly on display in this bottling with intense fruit and powerful tannin structure dominating. McLaren Vale sits right on the ocean and is a slightly cooler site than Barossa, making it an ideal location for leaner, lower alcohol Shiraz. This wine is tread by foot, unfined and unfiltered, which adds to the breadth and strength. D'Arenberg is a highly sought after winery in Australia and after tasting this wine, it's not hard to see why.

Jansz "Premium" Brut Rosé Tasmania
Review Date: 12-14-2018
The Tasmanian climate lends itself perfectly to sparkling wines, yet it's surprising how few people know about the phenomenal bubbles they produce. Jansz has always been one of my favorites because of this rosé. This wine is dry and crisp, but the high percentage of Pinot Noir gives great berry flavors and richness, and the barrel aging rounds out the sharp edges and gives a creamy texture and briochy taste. My colleague told me they tasted this wine as part of his WSET training and everyone thought it was Champagne. The cold, windy climate of Tasmania helps keep these wines super fresh and delicate. It really encompasses all those qualities we look for in a fantastic sparkling wine and they even use the traditional méthod champenoise to ensure the highest quality. This is a fantastic Champagne alternative at an easy everyday price.
Top Value!

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