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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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Super and Second to None!

Greeting once again from the world’s smallest tasting bar, where it is perfectly clear that in the kingdom of wine, size just doesn’t matter! On a rainy Saturday in March, an all-time-record number of customers showed up for our monthly in-store Bordeaux tasting. Everyone was lured by multiple vintages from the great super-second growth Ch. Cos d’Estournel from St-Estèphe, and the chance to taste them, along side the newly hired assistant to the director of Cos. The Cos wines showed well indeed; the new assistant did not show up at all! Rumor has it that she decided to leave the company car at the Bordeaux airport and head to some of the finest resorts in the south of France. As always, the wines of Cos stood tall. Pagodes de Cos 2001 and 2002 (the second wine of Cos) both showed very well, the 2001 Pagodes de Cos ($26.99) was much more elegant, lightly spiced with berries and earth, perfect for drinking now, while the 2002 Pagodes de Cos ($22.99) was much darker, firmer and a couple of years away from its best drinking. With anxious eyes sneaking a peak at the famous 2000 Cos d’Estournel ($114.99) awaiting at the end of the tasting, people were blown away by the complexity and quality of the 2002 Cos d’Estournel (Inquire). The perfect example of why you should throw your vintage charts out with the trash. It tasted almost exactly as it did the first time I tasted the wine at the estate on April 3rd, 2003…a big attack and strike of spicy ripe grapes on the nose, almost thick, very rich and long in the mouth, hitting every area perfectly and finishing very long. This is a great wine, even tastes good now. *** 3 stars (the most I give a barrel sample), reflecting the fact that I believe it will truly be a classic wine of greatness. No joke, this could be the wine of the vintage bar none! The pressure was on the 2000 to perform and the reality is that its prime time is a long, long way down the road. Tightly wound dark fruit that is strong like a bull, unyielding at this young stage. The nose shows great promise. This is Englishmen’s claret. Stay away for at least 10 more years. As a special treat to our attendees, the director of Cos, Jean-Guillaume Prats, invited us to pour the most famous wine his father, Bruno Prats, ever made: 1982 Cos d’Estournel. Right out of the bottle it was delicious and fragrant, so beautifully developed, soft spice, cheese, and earth all perfectly integrated into the wine and the reason you age the great wines of Bordeaux. Our K&L wine dinners are without question some of the greatest culinary and wine deals you will ever experience, and many of our customers travel across the country to attend. Our good friend, the director of Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Mr. Gildas d’Ollone, was recently our guest of honor at the fine Cetrella Bistro in Half Moon Bay. The highlight wines from the five-course meal included the 2003 Ch. Bernadotte ($20.99). This Médoc estate has nice ripeness, elegance as well as firmness—a complete wine and great price. The 1995 and 1996 Pichon-Lalandes served out of magnums are truly great wines, but, much like 2000 Cos d’Estournel, they need time in the cellar, up to 10-plus years to be in their prime. This point was made even clearer when Clyde and I tasted the 1994 out of magnum. The wine is still vibrantly fresh, young and delicious. We both smiled at each other almost laughingly; it was fantastic. I hope you can join us at a tasting or dinner sometime in the upcoming future. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or advice on the wines of Bordeaux at ex 2723 or Cheers and Go Giants! —Ralph Sands

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