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We have been chopping off the tops of Champagne bottles as fast as we can drink them- who needs a stopper when you are ready to commit to finishing the bottle! One of our favorites was this magnum ($84.99) of Franck Bonville Brut Rosé that Mellyn expertly decapitated on Christmas Eve. It also comes in regular 750ml ($39.99) and half bottles ($21.99). Olivier Bonville adds 8% Pinot Noir Rouge from Ambonnay superstar Paul Dethune to his top class assembelage of grand cru, estate Chardonnay to create this fabulous rose. This is one of the most elegant, bright, refreshing rose Champagnes that we carry, yet it does not lack red cherry Pinot Noir authority. We can’t get enough- bring another to the block!

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Entries in Brunello di Montalcino (6)

Wednesday
Apr222015

*NEW* 2010 Brunello Producer - Albatreti

Thank you Ryan for posting this for me...I’ll get my own login soon! - Greg St.Clair

The moment I put my nose in this wine I knew it was extraordinary, effortless, graceful, and classic, everything you’d want in a Brunello and more…and well…without being “More”. My colleague Mike “Guido” Parres and I tasted the wine simultaneously and both had the same reaction “WOW” who is this? We’ve been travelling to Montalcino together for more than 20 years and have tasted a veritable ocean of Brunello. We’d never even heard of this producer, the first vintage was the 2009 and we hadn’t seen it in the market at all. We re-tasted another bottle just to make sure we didn’t get mis-poured, and the second time we had a “Double Wow”!

So we went out to meet the producer, Gaetano Salvioni and found a self proclaimed “Hobbyist”. He makes 5300 bottles of Brunello, that’s not cases that’s bottles. He ages the wine for 12 months in barrels not bigger than 5HL then 2 years in botte, that’s a really big barrel. His vineyards are about 30 years old and just southwest of the town of Montalcino in a rocky outcrop in some of the highest elevations in Montalcino.

The nose on this wine is scintillating, so pure it is hard to put into words to, yet it seems like waves of aromas of wild cherry, Tuscan brush, leather, rosemary and Middle Eastern spices. On the palate the wine is so graceful, respectful and calm it reminded me of Gaetano himself.

Sangiovese’s long core of acidic structure gives this wine just incredible length and around this foundation the wild cherry flavors seem to wrap themselves around this center and then peel back into the flow of the wine.

On the palate the wine has real body, weight and a richness that is so texturally pleasing it’s hard to believe it seems so delicate at the same time. In the mouth the wine has so much flavor or so many flavors it would seem to be a Bulldozer but this wine’s great charm and character is its delicacy, it’s no Bulldozer it’s a Symphony.

The fruit is so well integrated into the wine it doesn’t seem to have layers or waves it is just one very complex flavor that includes wild cherry, leather, porcini, earth, oyster shells, smoke, rosemary, dried meats, spice and that wild Tuscan brush. Great balance as well, you can drink this wine now or age for another decade plus, it is a real steal!

 

2010 Albatreti Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) $34.99

Ciao, Greg St.Clair K&L Italian Wine Buyer

 

 

Tuesday
Jul022013

K&L Electronic Newsletter 5th Edition - Italy: Open Your Heart to New Experiences

K&L Wine News July 01 2013: Italy

K&L Wine News

July 2013

Electronic Newsletter Fifth Edition

Italy: Open Your Heart to New Experiences

Italy is the world’s most diverse winegrowing region, from racy whites in the north to luscious reds in the south. In this issue, our Italian team invites you to embrace life like an Italian and try something new!

Click the image or follow the link at the end of the page to read more:

http://www.klwines.com/staff/3005pdf/July13-Italy.pdf

Thursday
Nov152012

Special Brunello Tasting Tonight in Redwood City with Pian dell'Orino! 

Image courtesy of Pian dell'Orino.Join us tonight at K&L Redwood City for a special Brunello tasting with the folks behind famed Brunello producer Pian dell'Orino!

Details:

Pian dell'Orino Brunello Tasting

 When: Thursday November 15th, 5pm-6:30pm

Cost to Taste: $5

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Our friends Caroline Probitzer and Jan Erbach from Pian dell'Orino have finally left the homestead in Montalcino to come and visit.

They have been one of our favorite Brunello producers for years and are now receiving the praise they so justly deserve!

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has given their last two Brunello 97 points!

Join us to taste the following:

2010 Pian dell’Orino Rosso di Montalcino

2005 Pian dell’Orino Brunello di Montalcino

2007 Pian dell’Orino Brunello di Montalcino

2004 Pian dell’Orino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

2006 Pian dell’Orino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

 

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