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One of the most serious English Sparkling producers. This historic estate has been in the Goring family since 1743. The tiny 16-acre vineyard is close-planted on a steep south-facing chalk escarpment described as 'similar to the Côte des Blancs' in Champagne. The fruit is picked very selectively with quality being the absolute focus. The grapes are pressed gently using a traditional Coquard press. After three years on the lees this wine, composed of 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay & 22% Pinot Meunier, is hand disgorged and balanced with a minimal dosage of just 4g/L. It has a fine counterbalance between toasty richness and power from the wines élevage in Burgundian French Oak barrels, with racy acidity, tension and a focused chalky minerality.

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Wednesday
Jun222011

Wine of the Week: 2010 Adegas Cooperativos de Monção "Muralhas" Rosé Vinho Verde ($9.99)  

2010 Adegas Cooperativos de Moncao "Muralhas" Rosé Vinho Verde ($9.99)

When a Personal Sommelier customer emails me a picture of one of her recent personalized selections with the subject "AMAZING WINE!" and places an order for more, I get that warm and fuzzy feeling of a job well done.  

Of course, she's not the only one who has gone gaga over the 2010 Adegas Coopertivos de Monção "Muralhas" Vinho Verde Rosé ($9.99).  In our last rosé-themed staff tasting in Redwood City, this unabashadly pink, slightly fizzy rose from the Monção subregion of the Vinho Verde DOC in Northern Portugal, emerged as a clear favorite, eliciting comments from otherwise professional K&L staffers like "I wouldn't mind taking a bottle of this to the dome," "not too much wrong with that for $10!" and "this just makes me happy."

Made from a blend of traditional Portuguese grape varietals including Alvarelhao, Pedral and Vinhao, this rosé has a lovely vibrant pink color and enticing bouquet of sun-kissed raspberries and ripe melon. Racy acidity and a bit of spritz makes this slightly off-dry, fizzy wine finish clean and with the perception of dryness.

Pick up a bottle.  Served chilled, this lower alcohol (only 11% abv) and incredibly food-friendly rosé just might amaze you, too.

Tuesday
Jan042011

Top 10 White Wines Under $25 to Start the Year

While a large majority of us drink more red wine in the winter, it's still nice to have white wines on hand for when the weather warms up or the meal calls for it. Here are our top 10 best selling white wines under $25 to help you get started. Is it me, or do these deals seem even better in the "off-season?"

10. 2009 Kalinda Rheingau Riesling Qba ($10.99) A staff favorite (we're almost all sluts for Riesling). K&L's Chiara Shannon says it best: "With moderate alcohol, bright lime and floral aromatics and flavors, and unctuous acidity to balance the subtle residual sugar, this wine tastes great with just about anything. It is especially handy for take-out and leftover nights, or when you are feeling like having a little wine with lunch...at $10.99 this should be a kitchen staple."

9. 2006 Jo Pithon "Les Bergères" Anjou Blanc ($11.99) From K&L's David Othenin-Girard: "This is what I want to be drinking all the time...It begins with an intense nutty aromas, backed by spice and carmelized pear. As the bottle aerates, the nuttiness takes a back seat, and more vibrant citrus comes forward. Versatile and complex. At this new price (previously $26), this is one of my favorite wines int he store right now.

8. 2008 Patient Cottat "Le Grand Cailliou" Sauvignon Blanc ($10.99) I served the 2007 at my wedding and wowed quite a few people with this wine's freshness and versatility. Like a Sancerre for half the price!

7. 2007 Domaine André Auvigue Pouilly-Fuissé "Solutré" ($17.99) I bet you didn't expect to see a Pouilly-Fuissé on this list! Offered elsewhere at $45, this tasty white Burgundy is a steal at nearly half the price, with distinguishing hazelnut, mineral and floral notes to complement the Chardonnay fruit.

6. 2008 MaRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($19.99) If you prefer fuller-bodied, richer California Chardonnays, then this is up your alley. It's still balanced, with good minerality and acidity, and green apple rather than tropical fruit notes. 

5. Domaine Vocoret Chablis 1er Cru "La Forêt" ($19.99) The second white Burgundy on this list, and this time it's a Premier Cru. This wine sells for $30-35 elsewhere, and its character definitely belies even that more expensive price. Plenty of energy and richness, with classic Chablis limestone minerality.

4. 2009 Grüner by Etz Kamptal Grüner Veltliner (1L $11.99) Who doesn't love a big, juicy botlle of GrüVe? A staff favorite for lazy afternoons, this is lively, with white pepper, melon and ginger notes. Easily one of the best deals at K&L.

3. 2008 Talbott "Logan" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay ($15.99) An wine under $20 with Parker points is a rare breed. This is a rich, fruit-driven California Chardonnay with tropical fruit and hints of oak spice.

2. 2008 Bernier Chardonnay Vins du Pays Jardin de la France ($6.99) This is NOT for the Rombauer fan, but instead for those who like their Chardonnays minerally, crisp, bright and quaffable. 

1. 2009 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay ($12.99) K&L's Mike Jordan says: "Tired of the oaky, buttery Chardonnay? This is the wine to try: unoaked, but with great mid-palate weight and acidity. This is the style of Chardonnay I love, and I think you will too."

Leah Greenstein

Monday
Jan032011

Top 10 Red Wines Under $25 to Start the Year

'Tis the time of year where we all take stock--of goals, mistakes and, if you're anything like me post-holiday season, depleted wine collections. Replenishing your wine stores is easy at K&L, even if you're on a budget. To get you started, we've put together a list of our 10 best selling red wines under $25. Tomorrow, the whites!

10. 2009 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipu Valley ($9.99) K&L's Susan Thornett says: "It's interesting to taste a really expensive wine and to try to figure how much of the wealth of winemaking and vinegrowing expertise, perfect fruit and state-of-the-art facilities cost out. So that's how they achieve such richness, fine structure, body, velvety texture and approachability. But inevitably someone always points out, Yes, but Pascual Toso can do that for 10 bucks."

9. 2009 Urbanite Cellars "Amplio" California Cabernet Sauvignon ($10.99) From K&L's Jacques Moreira: "I tend to shy away from those over-the-top, high alcohol, heavily oaked domestis wines regardless of how many points they are awarded. And that's why I enjoyed this Cabernet. It drinks so well with food or simply by itself..."

8. 2008 Alta Maria Vineyards Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir ($22.99) K&L's Adam Parry says: "This Pinot Noir is a complex little creature. It has a fantastic spicy minerality, with subtle hints of wild cherries and raspberries...it's a tough little guy with a heart of gold!"

7. 2006 Bodegas LAN Crianza Rioja ($9.99) #44 on the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2010 and only 10 bucks. Need we say more?

6. Urbanite Cellars "Redart" Red Blend ($9.99) Another value from Luis Moya's Urbanite label, and a staff favorite. K&L's Doug Davidson sums it up best: "What a great everyday, all-around drinker! This delicious Cab/Syrah/Zin blend is just the thing for BBQ season...or for Tuesday night pizza."

5. 2007 La Maialina Chianti Classico Riserva ($19.99) A 92-point Chianti Riserva? Parker's Italian wine reviewer Antonio Galloni nailed it when he wrote: "When you factor in the price, these are some of the most stunning values to come out of Tuscany, or anywhere for that matter."

4. 2008 Étoile du Rhône (Stephane Vedeau) Côte du Rhône ($10.99) David Driscoll, who writes K&L's Under the Radar column (and is also one of our amazing spirits buyers) says: "A steal of a deal while it lasts...this '08 from Vedeau is fantastic--mouthfilling fruit, peppery spices and a long finish make for a top-notch bistro-style wine at a friendly price."

3. 2008 Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino-Lake County ($11.99) K&L's Wine Club director, Alex Pross, knows a good deal when he sees one. He says: "The 2008 Bonterra Cab is the perfect example of wine that over-delivers. This wine has juicy red fruit with great balance and subtle hints of vanilla and spice. The finish is long with good lift and there's just enough acidity to make this a perfect food wine. A great everyday Cab that's organic to boot."

2. 2006 Penfolds Limited Release (Koonunga Hill Seventy-Six" Shiraz-Cabernet South Australia ($9.99) A special bottling commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Koonunga Hill from Penfolds, with a retro label and even more depth and concentration than the reglar Koonunga HIll. More of this is coming in soon, so sign up for the waitlist to guarantee you'll get yours.

1. 2005 Terra da Vino "Essensze" Barolo ($19.99) A 92-point Barolo for only 20 bucks? You can see why this has topped the charts here at K&L since it came in. Italian buyer Greg St. Clair says: "This is a full-bodied wine, with lots of dense, forward fruit, a touch of earth and a classic Barolo structure...It has enough fruit to enjoy now, but it's also got plenty of life ahead of it, too. 

Leah Greenstein

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