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Château de Brézé has a long and storied history, first being mentioned in texts in 1068, lauded by King René of Anjou in the 15th century and served at all the royal courts. In 1957, when the AOC of Saumur Champigny was established, the owner of Château de Brézé refused to be part of the appellation, saying that his estate's vineyards were the best and deserved an appellation all their own. And he was probably right. Unfortunately, the wines from those exceptional vineyards were terrible. Lucky for us, the winery sold in 2009 to Le Comte de Colbert, who recruited Arnaud Lambert from nearby Domaine de Saint Just to make the wine. He changed the vineyards over to organic farming and began producing truly stellar wines worthy of their source. The 2012 Château de Brézé Clos David is all estate-grown Chenin Blanc raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness. It has the slightly-oxidized note of a great White Burgundy and a lovely richness that allows it to pair with a variety of foods.

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Brick's Picks: "Need to Know" Cabs from Washington and California 

Last Saturday, K&L Domestic Wine Buyer Bryan Brick took Redwood City's annual domestic Cabernet tasting in a new direction, eschewing the expected in order to highlight his personal top picks in domestic Cabernet right now. His lineup brings together Cabernets that are "big" in more ways than just oak and points.  

It's tough to pin Mr. Brick down for a chat, but we caught up with him right before the tasting (fortunately with the camara rolling!). Watch as Bryan shares the inside scoop on what makes these wines unique, and why you need to know about them. 

To learn more about the wines featured in Bryan's lineup, order online to try at home, or browse our selection of Domestic Cabernets, click on the links below. Many of these are small production wines that are limited in quantity and availabilty, so don't delay!

The Lineup:

2009 Guardian “The Wanted” Columbia Valley Red Wine ($39.99)

2009 Mark Ryan Winery “Dead Horse-Ciel du Cheval Vineyard” Red Mountain ($49.99)

2009 Von Strasser Winery “Rudy” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.99) 

"This is Von Strasser's second label, and it may be one of the most complete, Bordeaux-like Napa Valley Cabs for $20 that we've tasted this year. That's not too surprising, since ownder Rudy Von Strasser's first gig out of UC Davis's enology program was an internship at Lafite Rothschild, and the property the fruit comes from is one of the most remarkable sites on Diamond Mountain. But don't let the wine's mountain origins, or the very ripe 2009 vintage fool you into thinking it's a bruiser. The 2009 Rudy is exceptionally balanced, with good tension between the acid, tannins and fruit. It's 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 17% Merlot and 4% each Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah in supporting rolls. Drink now and over the next five years.

2007 York Creek Vineyards Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($29.99) "Recently I was sitting at my desk thinking about some of the wines I’ve had from what I believe to be truly great wineries in the fine state of California. One wine kept popping into my head which was the Estate Cab from York Creek. The saddest part is that I hadn’t carried the wine for a couple of years due to lack of distribution. So I picked up the phone and made a call, long story short James Beard Award winner, beer icon and an all around great man Fritz Maytag was at my desk a couple of weeks later showing me the lineup from his estate high upon Spring Mountain. There were a lot of great wines that day, some of which you will probably see at K&L in the not so distant future, but the wine that really resonated with the staff and me was the 2007 York Creek Vineyards Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. This is just tremendous wine at a truly ridiculously price, I used to sell this wine happily at $59.99 in past years. Deep set foresty aromas of pine needle, mushroom, muddled mint and redwood encapsulate a rich core of blackcurrant fruit and fennel on the nose. Instantly drinkable, but asking politely for some air, this cab is layered with meshed flavors of sandalwood, cassis, olive flesh and bay leaf. I truly believe that this wine is something club members should be re-ordering by the case and our non-club members may want to think about doing so as well. I bet many of you will thank me later."

2009 Ridge Vineyards “Estate” Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon ($38.99)

2008 Mount Eden Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.99)

2007 Heitz Cellar “Bella Oaks” Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ($59.99)

2009 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($71.99)

2001 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99)

2009 Arnot-Roberts “Bugay Vineyard” Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon ($89.99) "We're really excited to finally have a line on the exceptional wines from Arnot-Roberts, the joint venture between childhood friends Duncan Arnot-Meyers and Nathan Roberts. The "Bugay Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a cool, low-yielding vineyard in the Mayacama Range known for its rocky volcanic soils. Structured and refined, this age-worthy beauty has a real sense of place that will win over Bordeaux and California wine fans alike."





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Special Tasting this Saturday for a Great Cause: THIRST Cabernet with SF Giants Legend JT Snow

J.T. Snow with niece, Raquel Gebel, Wolfram syndrome patient

If you are planning on stop by K&L for some vino for the long weekend, why not make it this Saturday 5/26 to meet and taste with San Francisco Giants great and the 6 time Gold Glove winner J.T. Snow...all for a great cause!

Join us from 1-4pm in our Redwood City store tasting bar on Saturday May 26th, with former San Francisco Giants first baseman J.T. Snow. He has a new Cabernet that is part of a fundraising effort to aid his neice Raquel and others suffering from Wolfram Syndrome, a rare and tragic disease which initially presents as Type I Diabetes and ultimately progresses to vision, hearing and brain loss. The money raised by the Snowman fund goes directly to the Washington University School of Medicine researchers and their Wolfram Clinics, for the benefit of children everywhere affected by this disease. Dr. Permutt and his team believe they are very close to identifying potential treatment options.

Special Tasting with JT Snow - Fundraiser to battle Wolfram Syndrome - Redwood City May 26th (1 to 4pm) ($10.00)

Special Tasting with JT Snow to benefit the Jack and JT Snowman Fund. 100% of all proceeds will go to the Snowman Fund foundation, who direct the money to Washington University's School of Medicine for research to battle Wolfram syndrome. Featured will be the 2008 Toolbox JT Snow "Thirst" Cabernet Sauvignon. You will be able to taste the *Thirst* CabernetThe tasting will take place from 1 p.m to 4:00 p.m. Cost to taste: $10 plus tax.


According to Ralph: 2011 Bordeaux Vintage Overview

As we write our 2011 Bordeaux vintage report, Ralph Sands offers a quick overview of the vintage from K&L World Headquarters!

Got a question for Ralph? Send him an email!