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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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Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 2/16/2011: Spring Cleaning (AKA Closeouts), Alfredo Maestro, and Rioja Tasting Next Friday

By: Joe Manekin

K&L Spanish, Portuguese & South American Wine Buyer


Greetings all,

 Alright, I'm back from last week's stay-cation and am ready to serve.  In keeping with today's wildly popular, twice a year closeout email you just received from us, I have several closeout values in the section which I think are especially worthy of your attention.  They happen to be right in line with what is often my personal preference for wines at table:  light to medium-bodied, higher acid, lower alcohol, a bit esoteric but full of personality and charm.  A few other delicious items on the horizon, read on a bit further down.


1.) Spring Cleaning (AKA CLOSEOUTS) 


2009 Viña Tobia Joven Rioja - $7.99||QtySoldLifetime%7C1


2010 Gurrutxaga Bizkaiko Txakolina Rosé (previously $20)- $15.99


2010 Gurrutxaga Bizkaiko Txakolina - $15.99


2009 Juan Matias Torres Vid Sur Negramoll La Palma - $15.99


2.) ALFREDO MAESTRO - Very cool wines, soon to be back in stock

Remember those wonderful wines from Alfredo Maestro?  New releases of these wines will soon be back in stock, in limited supply.  More to come later.  For now, though, we do have just a little bit of inventory left in Hollywood.||QtySoldLifetime%7C1 


3.) ISLAS CANARIAS - Canary Islands

For those of you who read up on these in Chiara's newsletter column, only to find us a bit short in stock, we do plan on picking up a few new wines for you to try within the next week.  I encourage you to try 'em out, scour your cookbooks and the internet for some Canary Island recipes (delicious food, very different from mainland Spain) and go to town.  Perhaps the subject of a future email?

4.) Bodegas Y Vinedos Tasting Friday 2/24 at K&L Redwood City

Join us on Friday 2/24 from 5pm-6:30pm in Redwood CIty to taste the wines of Bodegas y Vinedos. These are some of truly distinctive and fascinating wines. Check K&L Local Events for updates:


I will be starting one up shortly.  I am starting to find some more interesting wine from here, well made wines often of very good balance and with lots to say (more than just overextracted fruit, additives and oak).  Value cabs and pinot noirs that more than give California a run for their money, a wide variety of Malbecs, even those wacky, but seriously structured and tasty tannat based wines from Uruguay.  If you're a fan of Argentine, Chilean and Uruguayan wines, then let me know and you'll be on the list.  If not, I encourage you to sign up and explore these wines.  I think we will continue to see ever increasing amounts of interesting wines from these parts.

Please email me at if you would like to be added to the South American list.


Cheers, y salud,



Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748


Keith's Burgundy Hotline: 2009 Vincent Mongeard Mugneret Wines Arriving!

By: Keith Wollenberg | Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

Contact: | +1-650-556-2724 Direct Line


Hello Burgundy Lovers,

I wanted to let you be the first to know about the arrival of limited quantities of terrific red burgundies from Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret.  Vincent Mongeard has done a terrific job with the vintage.

These are NOT yet on the Web, so please call or email me directly to order them.

The wines: 

2009 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Savigny-lès-Beaunes 1er Cru "Narbantons"  Price: $37.99

Allen Meadows scores this 88-91 Points, and writes: "As one would reasonably expect, this offers a step up in aromatic refinement with a broader and more complex range of red currant, blue pinot and earth undertones that can also be found on the rich, supple and very generous medium-bodied flavors that possess good levels of dry extract, all wrapped in a nicely powerful and focused finish that possesses dusty tannins." (Burghound, 01/11)  BH 88-  91


2009 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru "Iles de Vergelesses"   Price: $39.95

Allen Meadows writes: "Vincent Mongeard describes 2009 as a "very clean crop and thank goodness because if this size crop had been less than clean, the sorting job would have been monstrous, in fact, so much so that we would undoubtedly have had to use refrigerated trucks the way that we did in 2003. I elected to begin picking on the 9th of September and brought in very ripe fruit, indeed it's the first time that I have ever seen this kind of quality linked to this kind of quantity and that includes both 1990 and 1999. Had the quantities been lower I wou... Read More » 


2009 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Vougeot 1er Cru "Les Cras" Price: $69.95

This vineyard has a very solid limestone soil, thus the name. It is just across the road from the Grand Cru. The wine tends to be firm in character, with a mineral note at the finish.  This structured vineyard site is particularly well-suited to the soft and more forward character of the vintage in 2009.


2009 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Petits Monts" Price: $71.99

Allen Meadows scores this 89-92 points, and writes:: "Generous if not completely dominant wood still allows the cool red and blue pinot fruit to reveal itself. The stony, precise, ripe and fleshy medium-bodied flavors possess excellent intensity and length. Again, the wood should integrate in time as there appears to be a sufficiency of mid-palate concentration." (Burghound, 01/11)  BH 89-  92


2009 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Boudots" Price: $71.99

Allen Meadows scores this 89-92 points, and writes: "Ample, but not dominant, wood fights with the spicy black and red liqueur of pinot fruit nose that precedes rich and relatively powerful medium weight plus flavors that possess good mid-palate fat and are shaped and supported by the mocha-infused finish and prominent but ripe tannins. This is long if not especially refined and should reward mid-term cellaring." (Burghound, 01/11)  BH 89-  91


2009 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Suchots" Price: $71.99

Suchots is considered by many to be among the very best of the 1er Cru vineyards in Vosne. As Jasper Morris writes: "Suchots begins with the the real perfume of a great Vosne-Romanée, but just when you expect it to build in the mouth it seems to fade away. Yet it does not die, and just as you are about to confess a slight feeling of deception you become aware that the subtle flavours still linger on the palate in a most entrancing fashion." (Inside Burgundy) 


2009 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Echézeaux Grand Cru "Vieilles Vignes"   Price: $109.95

Allen Meadows scores this 90-93 points, and writes:: "from vines in Les Rouges du Bas planted in 1929 - Mongeard indicated that in 2009 he used 25% whole clusters. Somewhat surprisingly given the high percentage of new wood, this is reduced. As is usually the case however, the big-bodied and extremely concentrated flavors are brimming with extract which confers a seductive mouth feel to the austere and long but ever-so-mildly warm finish. The wood isn't shy on the finish but if there is any wine in the range that can successfully integrate its oak treatment, this is it." (Burghound, ...BH 90-  93


2009 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Price: $134.99

Allen Meadows scores this 90-92 points, and writes:"Much more temperate wood influence allows the fresh and intensely earthy red currant and humus suffused aromas to shine and does not alter the texture of the sappy, focused and overtly powerful flavors that possess fine complexity and excellent length. This is a classic Clos de Vougeot." (Burghound, 01/11)  BH 90-  92


2009 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Grands-Echézeaux Grand Cru Price: $149.95

Allen Meadows scores this 91-93 points, and writes:"This is also quite reduced and it's impossible to fairly assess the nose. The big-bodied flavors are also admirably concentrated and quite serious with a brooding character as well as a very firm yet ripe tannic spine that is well-buffered by the ample sap. Like the old vines Ech, this should be capable of absorbing its wood if given a few years in bottle first." (Burghound, 01/11)  BH 91-  93


2009 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Richebourg Grand Cru Price: $289.95

Allen Meadows scores this 91-94 points, and writes: " A notably floral, spicy and very cool nose is trimmed in noticeable but reasonable wood and leads to very rich, round and velvety big-bodied and powerful flavors that culminate in a moderately oaked but strikingly long finish. Again, the oak is not subtle on the palate but there appears to be more than enough concentration to handle it." (Burghound, 01/11)  BH 91-  94


A santé,




Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

+1-650-556-2724 Direct Line



Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Pristine Older Burgundies from the Cellars of Comtes Lafon!

Keith Wollenberg

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne


Hello Burgundy Lovers,

Today I am excited to offer you some older red and white Burgs acquired directly from the cellars of Domaine des Comtes Lafon.  If you love older Burgundy (and who doesn’t?), or want to know where the wine has been all its life (and who doesn’t?), then this offer should interest you.

These wines come directly from Dominique Lafon’s cellar, where they have rested quietly since bottling.  They were shipped over in a refrigerated container, and are arriving next week to K&L.

As you would expect, quantities are EXTREMELY limited on all of these wines.  In some cases, we have only a bottle (or magnum) or two to offer.

Please email me your request, and I’ll do the best I can, with what little wine we have.  There are a couple of cases of some of the Volnays and only a bottle or two of some others.


The Red Wines:

1990 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes", $225.00

          Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in refrigerated containers, in perfect condition!  Parker writes: "The 1990 Volnay-Clos des Chênes is a wine with a thick, dark ruby color, as well as a huge nose of super-ripe, jammy cherries, spices, and minerals. It is long, rich, full-bodied, and brilliantly well-balanced. The finish exhibits considerable tannin, so be prepared to lay this wine away for 4-5 years. It should keep for several decades. Sadly, only 100 cases were produced. And you thought this man only made extraordinary Meursaults! I have long admired the red wines of Comte Lafon, but they are less renowned than the magnificent white burgundies that emerge from these cold cellars. The 1990 Lafon reds are the finest I have tasted from this domaine." (12/92)


1990 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Champans", $239.95

            Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in refrigerated containers, in perfect condition! 91 Points Robert Parker: "The 1990 Volnay-Champans, made from 69-year old vines (150 cases produced), reveals a saturated, opaque ruby/purple color. The sensational nose offers up aromas of over-ripe cherries and plums, as well as toasty, smoky oak and roasted herbs. Boldly flavored and super-concentrated, this rich, dense wine manages to retain an extraordinary degree of elegance despite its size and stature. The finish is long, moderately tannic, and pure. Anticipated maturity: 1997-2015. " (12/92)


1990 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots", $269.95

          Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in refrigerated containers, in perfect condition!  94 points from Parker "Comte Lafon's spectacular 1990 Volnay Les Santenots retains a dense dark ruby color as well as stunning aromatics of cherry liqueur, minerals, spice box, and vanillin. Fleshy, full-bodied, muscular, youthful, and vigorous, this exuberant, stunningly proportioned and concentrated red Burgundy can be drunk now, but it will benefit from another 1-2 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2015" (02/02)


Large Format Bottles :  All Large formats are limited to one per person, as we have only 2 Magnums of each!!


1993 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots-Du-Milieu" (1.5L), $350 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON

            Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in refrigerated containers, in perfect condition!  Allen Meadows scores this 92 and  writes: "Dominique Lafon is justifiably famous for his white wines but he has a deft touch with his reds as well and this is an excellent example. Wonderfully pure and spicy fruit and while not as primary as it was on release, it appears to have only barely budged. The flavors are deep, rich, concentrated and very long. An exceptionally fine effort that will require at least another 5 years in the cellar and perhaps more."(Burghound 10/01)


1995 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots-Du-Milieu" (1.5L), $330 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON

            Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in refrigerated containers, in perfect condition!  Allen Meadows writes: "This is by far the best of the three Lafon Volnay 1ers in 1995 with a stunningly gorgeous nose of elegance and purity that is mostly if not completely primary, offering seductive red and violet fruit aromas before introducing vibrant and rich medium weight flavors that possess very good phenolic ripeness for the vintage and excellent length. To be sure, this is not a truly great Lafon Santenots but in the context of a highly variable vintage, it's a very fine effort and one that could still use another two to three years of cellar time.|" (Burghound 07/08)


1996 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots-Du-Milieu" (1.5L), $399 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON

          Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in refrigerated containers, in perfect condition!  Allen Meadows writes: "Though this has always had a wonderfully sweet red and black fruit and still does, the aromas are beginning to take on subtle secondary notes. The middle weight flavors are delicious, pure, edgy and possess evident breed though the finish is a bit short as the acidity has begun to become much more evident. While this should be capable of living for years, I would be inclined to be drinking it over the next 5 years or so as the finish risks drying out as the acidity is no longer subtle if not actually intrusive or harsh. Consistent notes." (Burghound 02/08)


1999 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots-Du-Milieu" (1.5L), $499 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON

            Direct from Comte Lafon, in perfect condition! 94 Allen Meadows: While the Clos des Chênes performed as expected relative to the cask sample, the final Santenots was even better than the cask sample. Wonderfully expressive with massive amounts of spicy black fruit and seductive flavors; the wine has an enormous amount of underlying material and is incredibly complex. But it's the length that that defines this wine as it simply goes on and on. It's not hard to see why Lafon believes this is one of the finest wines ever produced at the Domaine. Simply magnificent" (04/02) 94 Tanzer,: "Saturated medium ruby. Explosive, profound aromas of redcurrant, cherry and dark chocolate, complicated by enticing oak tones of smoke and exotic spices. Superripe but not roasted; superrich but impeccably balanced and lively. Red fruit flavors nicely accented by chocolate and minerals. Finishes with terrific persistence. ... Perhaps the most complete red wine made to date by Lafon" (04/02)  Rovani: "This is Volnay as it should be, combining the ripeness and power of Pommard with the definition and elegance of a stony, hillside terroir. Violets, blueberries, and dark cherries make up this muscular yet refined wine's aromatic and flavor profiles. It is medium to full-bodied, has exceptional length, and will improve with age. I had it decanted each time I drank it and found it ameliorated with two hours of air, a sure sign that cellaring it for 10 years will pay huge dividends." (01/03)


2001 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots-Du-Milieu" (1.5L), $249 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON

            Direct from Comte Lafon, in perfect condition! Allen Meadows writes: " trace of oak frames a tighter and less expressive nose of earth, black cherry fruit and kirsch notes followed by complex, long and beautifully intense flavors that deliver impressive concentration. Delicious yet serious and this is most impressive by comparison to most of the examples from this vineyard in 2001. The harmony and balance should permit this to mature gracefully over the medium term." (04/04)  And in Parker's Wine Advocate: "Candied black cherries can be found in the nose of the 2001 Volnay Santenots du Milieu. Light to medium-bodied, it offers gorgeous purity of fruit, excellent depth, and a silky-textured core of cherries. Projected maturity: now-2009. Dominique Lafon is on fire, in a zone, on top of his game. He’s never made better wines, and he improves with each passing vintage." And Tanzer says: "Good full red. Deeper, riper aromas of plum, cherry and licorice, with hints of rose petal and leather; pure and nuanced for a Volnay from this difficult year. Fat, sweet and rich, with nicely integrated acidity and solid underlying structure. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins and lingering sweetness" (04/04)


White Wines :

2000 Domaine Comtes Lafon Meursault "'Désirée'", $149.95

            This comes from Volnay Santenots Dessous, from old vines before they were torn out in 2005.  Allen Meadows writes: "This has remained extremely fresh and pretty with the same spicy, fresh, clean and nicely complex nose leading to still tight, almost nervous and vibrant medium weight flavors that are underpinned by racy, ripe acidity and a beautifully persistent finish. This is really a lovely effort and I have marginally raised my rating. As to maturity, I would be inclined to give this one to two more years in the cellar first as it's still unfolding." (8/06)  Parker writes: "The medium to full-bodied 2000 Meursault Desiree has a sweet white fruit and candied lemon-scented nose. Citrus fruits, gravel, minerals, and stones can be found in this medium to full-bodied wine's well-defined personality"  And Tanzer writes: "Soft citrus fruits on the tangy nose. At once richer and less evolved than the regular village wine, with soft citrus flavors nicely framed by firm acid structure. Intensely flavored, tightly wound and quite stylish, with very good length. The pH here is in the rather low 3.15 to 3.2 range, according to Lafon." (09/02)


1998 Domaine Comtes Lafon Montrachet Grand Cru, $649 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON

          Steve Tanzer scores this 92-95, writing: "Roasted aromas of vanilla and iodine. Thick, sweet and minerally; not quite as round as the '97 but a wine of superb flavor intensity and texture. Already displays lovely inner-mouth fruit and floral perfume. Very densely packed, fresh and long. Will be a superb '98, and should offer early accessibility" (10/99)  Parker scores it 91-94, and writes: "Dominique Lafon's parcel of Montrachet produced his highest yields (30 hectoliters per hectare) in 1998. Four and a half barrels of this magnificent nectar were made. Harvested at 14% natural potential alcohol, it reveals pears, peaches, apricots, and flowers in its intense aromatic profile.  Medium to full-bodied, expansive, and palate-coating, this elegant, classy, and rich wine is crammed with spices, white fruits, and minerals. It has outstanding presence, detail, and focus. It is not a muscular wine, yet possesses extraordinary underlying power in its precise character. This tour de force has an extraordinarily long, delineated, and mineral-laden finish. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2012+."


2000 Domaine Comtes Lafon Montrachet Grand Cru, $1599 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON 

            Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in a refrigerated container, in perfect condition!  96 Points Burghound: "Moderately deep golden color. A fascinatingly complex nose offers up aromas of pear, peach, oriental spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary and a background note of dried sage that is followed by flavors that are concentrated, rich and muscular but not especially showy. This does a slow build from the mid-palate to an incredibly intense finish that literally lasts for minutes. This will need another 2 to 5 years to be at its best though it will drink well for at least another decade after it reaches its peak. Another recent bottle was drop-dead gorgeous and while this hasn't yet peaked, it has developed enough to be already quite enjoyable." (06/09)


A Santé




Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

+1-650-556-2724 Direct Line