These are not going to be the run-of-the-mill “party wines” bought by the case for your office Thanksgiving party. These wines are, however, suitable for that special event where you can savor every drop with some fantastic home cooking. One of our favorite châteaux at K&L is Pichon-Lalande, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to most of our loyal customers. Their second wine is no less than outstanding as well. The 2002 Reserve de la Comtesse ($24.99) is a beautiful wine displaying a peaked red berry tone on the nose and a lasting yet integrated acidity. This has great brightness of fruit. We also have the 1995 Reserve de la Comtesse 1.5L ($119.00) , which displays similar bright berry tones but much more of a rich, iron-like base. This is pure elegance wrapped around a tightly coiled spring of structure. Another of our faves is Cos. The 1993 Cos d’Estournel, St-Estèphe ($79.99) , from a vintage panned by critics, is a beautiful wine today with its powerful cigar-y core, savory minded fruit and surprising youthfulness. The 1996 Cos d’Estournel, St-Estèphe ($104.99) is still a baby, maybe a wine for the holidays of 2010. Compact and struggling to fight its way out of the glass now, this wine hollers cabernet sauvignon. Weighty black currant is slathered atop the firm tannin still present here. If you have someone to impress at the dinner table the Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien ($149.95) would be happily received by any wine snob. Black plum, cola spice and boysenberry are all on display here, but what is really exciting is the creamy mouth-filling texture that betrays its age. This blew me away, talk about layered flavors—it’s all here. Oh and for the pumpkin pie (my personal favorite), the 2002 de Fargues, Sauternes ($69.99) . The interplay of cashew and nutmeg along with its creamy richness will be a perfect foil for the earthy pumpkin encased in a buttery, flaky crust. —Bryan Brick
Hopefully our Hollywood store will be open before this newsletter becomes out of date. If so we have over $7M of great inventory from which you can choose. The containers have been many and often, and we are stocked to the rafters with French, Italian, Spanish, Aussie, Kiwi and California wines. Our old and rare wine inventory has never been bigger or better. We have wines for all tastes, food pairings and pocketbooks. Just ask one of our experienced colleagues in any store or on the phone. If you know what you want, use the easy and fast way through the web. Have a great holiday season! —Clyde Beffa Jr
Mark Thursday January 18, 2007 on your calendar and plan to attend this outstanding event. Last year we sold out quickly. Nine châteaux (Poujeaux, Chasse Spleen, Phelan Segur, Potensac, Siran, Haut Marbuzet, Ormes de Pez, de Pez and Labegorce Zede) and their owners/winemakers will come to San Francisco with their 2004 vintage and an older vintage for a grand tasting and dinner at The University Club. $125 inclusive. Tickets on sale November 1. This should again be a great event!
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