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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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Thursday
Jun212012

{Terra Ignota} Get Kiwi Savvy on Sauvignon Blanc Day!

Te Whare Ra, Marlborough NZBy Jim Chanteloup | K&L NZ Wine Buyer

"Sauvignon Blanc is a strange grape. It evokes strong reactions. Those who love it, love it with a passion. Those who find its flavours less than subtle, tend to be less than subtle in their criticism of it." -Jancis Robinson

Can you tell the difference between Marlborough and Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc? Tasted blind, you might not be able to guess that latter was also from New Zealand. Under the right conditions, Sauvignon Blanc is a superb example of terroir, and nowhere is this trait more obvious than in New Zealand itself, where Sauvignon Blanc is king. While the region of Marlborough has become synonymous with the benchmark Kiwi style, you will find quite a different expression in New Zealand's more under-the-radar winegrowing regions, depending on factors of microclimate and soil-type.  

If you are curious about learning more about the varietal traits of Sauvignon Blanc, or have ambitions to one day become a Master of Wine like Jancis Robinson, do yourself a favor and get "Kiwi Savvy" by checking out the stylistic difference from Marlborough, Martinborough and Nelson with these wines recommended below. All three represent great character from their respective regions within New Zealand.

2011 Craggy Range "Te Muna Road" Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough ($18.99)

The limestone soils of Craggy Range's Te Muna Road vineyard in Martinborough lend minerality and elegance to this sophisticated single-vineyard Sauvignon Blanc from one of New Zealand's most esteemed producers. Fermented in 100% stainless steel and aged briefly for three months in used French oak, the 2011 exhibits classic Te Muna chalky minerality, which underscores inherently crisp citrus and green apple aromas and flavors accent by note of fresh cut hay and flowering herbs. Tangy acidity and a fleshy midpalate lead toward a focused finish. Enjoy this dry, refreshing, classic Martinborough SB with fresh seafood!

2011 Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand ($18.99)

Te Whare Ra is a small, organic, family-run winery in Marlborough's Wairau Valley that we loved so much that we decided to import them directly! That means more bang for your buck. Their Sauvignon Blanc combines tropical passion fruit and lychee notes with cooler qualities of elderflower, citrus and gooseberry from the Awatere fruit. Great mid-palate texture and fresh, yet restrained, acidity on the finish.

2011 Neudorf Sauvignon Blanc Nelson ($16.99)

Neudorf Sauvignons are dry, with concentration and length reflecting low cropping rates, and a degree of mid palate texture and creaminess from a portion of (neutral) barrel ferment. This is intense and highly aromatic, with zesty blackcurrants, pineapple guava and lime aroma and flavors, and a touch of  flinty minerality. A textured entry leads to a palate that is smooth and round in the mouth, with a full creamy finish.

Ok, now that you're officially "Kiwi Savvy," it's time to raise a glass and join todays global tasting on Sauvignon Blanc Day!

Cheers,

-JC

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June 21, 2012: Sauvignon Blanc Day Global Tasting

Taste with K&L and Sauvignon Blanc fans worldwide on Twitter! Pop open a bottle of your favorite Sauv Blanc, or buy a bottle of something new to try. Pour some wine and join the conversation on Twitter by tagging posts about your wine selections with #SauvBlanc. 

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Terra Ignota is Latin for "Unknown Land". It was the name for the South Pacific region during intial mapping and exploration of Australia and New Zealand. As we are going to be exploring new and exciting wines from this region, we think this is a fitting title for our blog series on wines from this part of the world. Stay tuned for more!

 

Shop the Blanc: Check out our complete selection of over 200 Sauvignon Blancs in stock now on KLWines.com!

Thursday
Apr262012

Warm-Weather Whites: Italian Edition

When most wine lovers think of Italy, they think of sultry reds--hearty Brunelli made from Sangiovese and grippy-but-aromatic Barolos made from Nebbiolo--but with the weather slowly warming up, I think it's high time we devote some attention to the "lighter" side of Italy: its white wines. 

Last week, Chris Miller, K&L Hollywood's Italian wine specialist, poured some pretty incredible whites at our staff tasting, and just in time for the weekend's little heat wave. These aren't the cheapest white wines we have in inventory, nor are they simple poolside sippers, but instead complex white wines made for long al fresco dinners on the deck after the kids have gone to bed. There's not much to go around right now, but maybe if you show some interest Chris will order more!

2010 Cascina Le Preseglie Lugana "Hamsa" ($16.99) This citrus-scented white is made from Trebbiano de Lugana grown in the Lugana DOC near Lake Garda in the Veneto. It has nice texture on the palate, without being heavy (who wants to drink heavy wine when it's hot out?), good acidity and juicy tangerine flavors. Try pairing with freshwater trouth stuffed with treviso, herbs and citrus and grilled.

2010 Masseria Li Veli "Askos" Verdeca ($18.99) You don't often seen Verdeco bottled on its own, but then you don't often find Apulian whites with as much nerve and structure as this one. The folks at Masseria Li Veli started making varietal Verdeco in 2009 from 32-year-old vines battered by breezes of the Ionian and Adriatic seas, which helps the grapes maintain their acidity through the hot summer. The wine smells like honeysuckle and jasmine laid out on wet rocks in the sun. There's a citrusy burst in the mouth, which has a pleasant pithy bitterness, mineral accents and just a touch of ocean air.

2010 Carpineti "Collesante" Lazio Bianco ($18.99) If your most recent experience with white wine from Lazio was an innocuous Frascati or Est! Est! Est! (though there are good versions of even these wines, they remain, to many wine drinkers, a reference point for boring), then you absolutely must try Marco Carpineti's Collesante. From an estate just 45 minutes from Rome, the Collesante is made from an obscure, nearly-extinct varietal called Arciprete, which means "Archpriest." Back in the 1700s, when much of the land around Rome was still the property of the church, the Archpriest was tasked with finding wine for Mass--and the wines from this grape were chosen for their tension and perfume. And it's no wonder. In Carpineti's modern iteration, scents of lychee, licorice and chalk are inviting, while the palate has crisp Fuji apple and nectarine flavor, refreshing acidity and a toasted brioche note. This would be perfect for dishes loaded with springtime goodies like fave beans and artichokes.

2010 Elio Ottin Petite Arvin Valle d'Aoste ($22.99) If your idea of relaxing involves jagged mountains, sweeping valley vistas,  alpine wildflowers and glacial lakes, then you'll love this Petite Arvin, which to me is the vinous equivalent. The grape, Petite Arvine, is grown predominantly in Switzerland's Valais region, but it may reach its pinnacle in the Valle d'Aoste in northwestern Italy, on the Italian side of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc). This is incredibly zippy and stony. 

Leah Greenstein

Tuesday
Jan032012

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Fabulous Chablis in Stock!

By: Keith Wollenberg

K&L Burgundy Buyer

 

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

Happy New Year to you all! 

Lots of folks think of red wines and port this time of year.  But oysters are in season and delicious, and Dungeness Crab is on everyone’s mind on the West Coast.  And for both of these delicacies, my preference is a crisp Chablis, with that bracing acidity and minerality that is the hallmark of this cool-climate, Kimmeridgian soil based terroir.

And one of the masters in Chablis is Christian Moreau.  We have a number of his wines to offer, but all in limited quantities, as always. 

These wines are in-stock and available on the web at www.klwines.com or by calling 800-247-5987. 

2009 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis $22.99 

Outstanding Top value from Allen Meadows: "A green fruit and tidal pool nose also evidences a hint of grassiness that can also be found on the fresh, intense and punchy middle weight flavors that display a hint of minerality on the saline and tension suffused finish. This is excellent and while a bit riper than the '08 version, is still very much Chablis in character." (Burghound 10/10) 


2009 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"   $34.99

92 Points in Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Chablis Vaillons is a round, textured wine that impresses for its harmony and sense of proportion. Sweet, open aromatics meld into a generous core of yellow stone fruits. Hints of smoke and crushed rocks add further nuance on the pliant mid-palate and finish. This is quite suave and elegant throughout. It should drink well right out of the gate. Approximately 35% of the wine was aged in oak. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019." Allen Meadows writes: "A typical Vaillons nose of spice, floral and citrus aromas l... Read More »  RP 92 BH 88-  91 ST 89


2009 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur"   : $61.99

91-93 points and a "Don't Miss!" from Allen Meadows: "A less forthcoming but similar nose marries into richer yet more detailed middle weight flavors that are admirably fresh and pure before culminating in a palate staining, balanced and driving finish of striking length. This should make for a really lovely wine in a few years." (Burghound, 10/10) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Chablis Valmur emerges from the glass with tiny bursts of energy and vibrancy. This is a minimalist, understated wine graced with tremendous classiness from s... Read More »  BH 91-  93 RP 92 ST 92


2009 Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"   : $64.99

91-94 points and "Don't Miss!" from Allen Meadows: " Moderate wood influence that should integrate quickly still allows the white flower, spiced pear and citrus-infused aromas to shine. The rich, full and serious flavors possess excellent concentration as well as ample amounts of the hallmark minerality on the detailed, energetic and explosive finish." (Burghound 10/10) 93 points Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Chablis Les Clos is fabulous. This seamless wine caresses the palate from start to finish, with fine, silky tannins that support layers of se... Read More »  92 Points Tanzer

A santé,

-Keith

 

Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

http://www.klwines.com

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