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The Freewheel line with a couple of English friends.

It takes a lot of beer to keep the wine business running smoothly. Here in Redwood City, we are very fortunate to have a great English style ale producer right in our backyard: Freewheel Brewing Company. The staff of K&L are fictures at our local pub, and it is a rare moment when one of us isn't there having a pint and a bite of their excellent food. We are also lucky enough to be the first place to offer their bottled beer for sale. If you have never had it, the Freewheel Brewing "FSB" Freewheel Special Bitter, California (500ml) is the benchmark in fresh, balanced, smashable ale. We will do our best to keep some in stock for you, the customer too!

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Ch. d’Angludet: A Margaux for the Purist

The wine world as it exists today in 2006 is just bursting with a phenomenal amount of great quality wines, from every corner of the world and in every style imaginable. For the wine lover it is a dream-like marketplace. The commune of Margaux in Bordeaux is where two of France’s six great rivers meet, the Garrone and the Dordogne to form the Gironde. The glacial deposits over thousands of years, has always created great diversity in the style and quality of wines produced here. Not so very long ago, the perception of style and quality was real easy; there was good and there was bad. A typical work day was to taste at Ch. Margaux, Palmer, maybe Rauzan-Segla and then head north to St-Julien. There were so many underachievers with famous names that it was shame; but even in those days we would stop and taste the wines of Ch. d’Angludet. Now it is a whole different story, and Margaux is a perfect reflection of our wine world today. A vast selection of fine wine made throughout the entire commune, in different styles and price ranges. Wonderful re-emergence of estates like Ch. Lascombes, Giscours, du Tertre and Cantenac Brown that feature new the world style of abundantly forward ripe fruit and oak, Ch. Malescot St. Exupéry with its bold and rich feel, the same can be said for Ch. d’Issan. Brane-Cantenac is once again the epitome of elegance and purity, owning up to its reputation and 2nd growth status, very similar to Ch. Kirwan and the outstanding smallest classified growth, Ch. Ferriere. Top to bottom this large commune finally has got it all. Clyde and I have always loved the quiet estate and classically styled wine produced at Ch. d’Angludet in Margaux. We sold many vintages in the early years of K&L, 1978, ’79, ’80, ’81, ’82, ’83 and ’85, and we continue today with this consistent performer with a fine track record and aging potential. In fact I’ve bought many, and they are great with age. We taste every year at the chateau with the co-owner James Sichel, the son of the late Peter Sichel who was a great ambassador of Bordeaux wine. The wines of d’Angludet are firm and focused. They feature flavors of deep blackberry/black cherry fruit with a solid core of tannin and lots of mineral tones. Ch. d’Angludet is a K&L favorite and also a favorite of the great Master of Wine, Michael Broadbent from the UK. This trio of vintages we’ve just received are perfect examples of each vintage. The 1999 d’Angludet ($34.99) shows the supple roundness for early drink ability with an hour decant-ing. The 2001 d’Angludet ($34.99) is lively, bright and fresh as well as perfectly balanced and it will drink very well for numerous years. The 2000 d’Angludet ($39.99) shows you the brooding power of this vintage. Broad, dark and deep, this wine is the one for extended aging in the cellar. I’m sure you will enjoy all of them as they are well made wines for the purist. Warm New Year’s wishes to everyone, and please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or advice on the wines of Bordeaux at ex # 2723 or Toujours Bordeaux! —Ralph Sands

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