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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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2009 Bordeaux Roundup: Wines to Buy Now

By: Chiara Shannon      

There's a lot of hype about the 2009 Bordeaux vintage. From Robert Parker's pronouncement that 2009 is "unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted" (he went on to issue a whopping nineteen 100 point scores) and rival critic James Suckling's assertion that it is "the vintage of my career as a wine specialist" (Suckling awarded nine 100 point red wine scores), there is no scarcity of points and praise for countless wines from this vintage.

Incredibly, it's all true.

Perfect weather stretched over a long growing season in 2009, allowing for fruit to develop its full phenolic potential while also achieving absolute ripeness. Ideal conditions at harvest yielded fruit of impeccable quality, from the high rent districts to the satellites. While prices have soared for the top wines, superb quality exists across the board, and there are some incredible buys for the budget-minded consumer. 

The beauty of the 2009s is that they are loaded with ripe fruit and thus immediately tasty, but possess firm tannins and the structure to age. Though it is hard to tell beneath the omnipresent fruit, 2009 was the most tannic vintage in Bordeaux to date (eclipsed in average tannin level only by 2010). Ripe and powerful, these wines will always be good.

For wines to drink now over the next 3-5 years, you will get the most bang for your buck shopping the modest appellations - Côtes de Bourg, Bordeaux Superiour, Médoc/Haut-Médoc, etc. Spend a little more, and you can obtain some gorgeous wines in the $30-$60 range to hold for 5-7 years and enjoy over the next 15-20. 

With so many options, it might be hard to decide what buy! So, I've rounded up some of our favorite under- the-radar values to share with you (as pictured from left to right) tasted this week at our last Bordeaux staff tasting. These are in stock now and guaranteed to offer years of drinking pleasure, that is if you snag yours before K&L staffers buy them all...


2009 Roc de Cambes, Côtes de Bourg ($69.99) 


2009 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc  ($21.99)

Also in magnum ($39.99):


2009 Capbern Gasqueton, St-Estèphe  ($22.99)


2009 Poitevin, Médoc  ($13.99)

Also in magnum ($24.99):


2009 Coufran, Haut-Médoc ($24.99)


Shop all K&L 2009 Bordeaux wines in stock now!

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