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Christina Stanley
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2017 Lúuma (AKA Wine Co.) Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-05-2019
What a steal!! Luuma tastes like the best of the coolest parts of Sonoma Coast: ripping acidity, soft texture with just a slight buffer of creaminess, and loads of white rock minerality. Lovers of Scribe, Flowers, Wayfarer, and Fort Ross Seaview Chardonnay can find a bright, delightful everyday alternative in this gem. Buy it now!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

2012 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
A classic, broad shouldered Champagne from a spectacular vintage, the 2012 Roederer Brut is crafted from seventy percent Pinot Noir from Verzenay, and thirty percent Chardonnay from Avize. Aromas of delicate red currant, white mushroom and toasted almond hint at the depth on the palate, but this wine exceeds expectation. The palate is broad and rich, but balanced, with flavors of underripe pineapple, exotic spices, and even hints of black pepper, making this Brut a knockout for those who value power and length in a Champagne.

2009 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Dilection" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
Made from a blend of eighty five percent Chardonnay and fifteen percent Pinot Meunier still wine, Dilection possesses a deep red hue, with zero dosage. Aromas of tart cranberry, tangerine peel and bing cherry give way to a creamy, but dry palate with wafts of bright, high toned red fruit.
Price: $58.99 Add To Cart

2012 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Revelation" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
Made from 100% old vine Pinot Meunier planted between 1902-1950, this wine has much to reveal. Wafts of creamy, leesy almond commingle with darker mushroom aromas, leading to a surprise: a bright, fresh, almost tropical palate with hints of hibiscus! High tone red fruit and chalky minerality abound, and a gorgeous, long finish ties everything together harmoniously.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
Alexandre Le Brun makes some of my favorite direct import Champagnes, which is partially due to site, (Chouilly Grand Cru, close to Cramant) but also his fastidious approach to winemaking. Relying on cold, slow barrel fermentation, Le Brun creates wines of seemingly endless complexity, and the Fascination is no exception. Mushroomy, leesy, savory aromas lead to a broad palate with hints of caramel that never overpower the delicate minerality of the wine.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Avize" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
One of three Blanc de Blancs from Franck Bonville in the house Terroir Series, the "Pur Avize" is classic in profile, with notes of slightly oxidized golden and red delicious apple and spicy walnut. The palate is clean, dry and balanced, with a zippy acidity and a sharp, linear focus. Saline minerality and concentrated spice notes trail in a long finish.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée 1809" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
Named for the year of the house was founded, the 1809 Brut Champagne from Angelique and Damien Coutelas represents the history of the House with grace and refinement. Blended from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fermented in barrique, "1809" offers aromas of delicate almond and golden delicious apple, and a soft, plush texture balanced by leesy, salty minerality.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-21-2018
This is a stunning wine that overdelivers in every way possible. Crafted from a blend of the best of the base wine barrel selections from 2007-2014, the Cuveé Louis Victor displays incredibly complex, condensed flavors and aromas that sensually drift across the palate, leaving a distinct desire for another taste. Notes of Granny smith and golden apple, even hints of red apple skin and nutmeg trail into a leesy, saline finish that lasts and lasts.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Clos du Mont" Brut Champagne (2004)
Review Date: 05-08-2018
"Clos du Mont" boasts a wonderful history dating back to 740, where fruit of the highest quality is cultivated. The 2004 offering is entirely barrel fermented, and shows tantalizing acidity. Aromas of golden sultana, cream, delicate anisette and white pepper make way to a lush, dry palate with endless complexity. Flavors of dark cocoa powder, marine minerality, and hints of clean, almost sherry like oxidation make this a wine that must be experienced by any Champagne lover who has the chance to do so.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
The Authentique Rosé is aged four years on the lees, and is a blend of 67% Chardonnay and 23% Pinot Noir. A light salmon hue, this wine has a pleasant and delicately textured palate with aromas and flavors of red apple, bright bing cherry and dried rose petal. Fine bubbles and a persistent minerality make this rosé easily enjoyable on any occasion.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

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Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
The "Authentique Assemblage" is aged on the lees five years, and is an almost even blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This Champagne emits rich aromas of baked apple, hazelnut and white and yellow flowers, due in part to the 30 percent reserve wines added to the cuvée. The palate, however is lighter than expected: delicate, with a fine bead, and a lusciously creamy back end.

2008 Le Brun de Neuville "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
The 2008 vintage showed immense diurnal shifts in temperature, and a dry growing season. This resulted in fruit with high acidity and great complexity, which shows in the Grand Vintage brut from Le Brun De Neuville. Using only the cuveé, or the first pressing, this blend is almost entirely Chardonnay from the Bethon village in Sézanne, with four percent Pinot Noir included for structure. Aromas of underripe golden apple, subtle nutmeg, and delicate chalky mineral lead to a light bodied, bright, clean palate with hints of spiced raspberry and red currant. The finish is long with abundant, chalky minerality.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2015 Band of Vintners "Consortium" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-29-2018
Consortium comes from a "Band of Vintners" in Napa Valley, a group of seven wine industry insiders in Napa Valley who know their fruit. The result of their collaboration is a wonderfully crafted balance of Old and New World, highlighting their understanding of the region's wine and history. The nose is complex, with hints of ripe fruit, but with a slightly gamey undertone. Aromas of clove, cinnamon, red currant, black cherry, burnt orange peel and star anise come next. The palate, though predictably lush and dark fruit forward, has an unmistakable grilled green poblano note, a tribute to classic old-world Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine finishes big, with opulent gourmet spice, and mouth-gripping tannins.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2016 Arnot-Roberts "Watson Ranch" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-17-2018
Planted on an extreme site as close to the San Pablo Bay as possible, Watson Ranch vineyard has unique soils composed of marine deposits over limestone. It's inevitable that Chardonnay harvested from the site will take on some of the briny, mineral saturated character of It's organically farmed home. In the 2016 "Watson Ranch" Napa Valley Chardonnay there are faintly leesy aromas with wafts of almond, lemon curd and chamomile, and the palate tells another fascinating story. Medium bodied and perfumed, flavors and aromas of star jasmine and seabed minerality dominate.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Antech Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature
Review Date: 02-17-2018
Bubble therapy, anyone? This bone dry, Sans Dosage sparkler with some history will quench your palate and leave no reason for guilt. Feeling stressed? Jump in the bubble bath with a glass, or just whip up some crudité and wash it down with this gem. From Limoux in Southern France, historically famous for Sparkling wine, the Antech Brut Nature is made from 90% Mauzac blended with Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Racy, fresh and energetic, this bottle is universally crowd pleasing, and best of all, won't break the bank.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 02-09-2018
This wine is made from 100% Grand Cru fruit from Avize, Cramant and Oger. The palate is clean and subtly floral, but is fairly robust and has hints of under-ripe tropical fruit, a testament to the warmer vintage. With a dry, soft finish, this is an elegant wine sure to please the most discerning.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-06-2018
Behold, Baron Fuenté Grande Réserve! This wine is easily one of the best values K&L has to offer. With a cépage that is primarily Meunier, the palate is clean, light and slightly spicy, with flavors of crisp, green apple, and a slightly nutty finish with a hint of caramel. The wine spends 3 to 3.5 years on the lees, which creates a fabulous breadth on the palate, not to mention that finish! Persistent and charming!

Baron-Fuenté "7" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-06-2018
The name says it all: 7 years on the lees! With this much time gathering richness and complexity, "7" displays savory, green aromas, and a nutty, slightly oxidative characteristic that only comes from extended aging of a fine Champagne. 100% estate fruit, and a blend of equal parts Chardonnay, Meunier and Pinot Noir, the wine bursts on the palate with flavors of delicate maple, ripe quince and golden apple, and finishes clean, with great length.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-06-2018
Made from 100% estate fruit from Charly Sur Marne, the 2009 "Grand Millesime" is powerful and rich. Hailing from a ripe, sunny vintage, the dosage is low, and the result is a wine that accentuates the natural quality of the fruit. The overall impression of the wine is clean and dry, but with a toasty depth and opulence.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Reserve" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-06-2018
Of all the formats of the Baron Fuenté Grande Réserve, this one is my favorite. With the most time on the lees, the wine is mineral driven, complex and dry, with a broad palate and toasty, savory and slightly green aromatics. This is always a big hit at events and celebrations.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2014 Acumen "Mountainside" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 01-20-2018
Acumen is a highly sought after, small production "cult brand" in Napa Valley, and the 2014 Mountainside Red exceeds expectations, drinking more beautifully than Napa wine twice the price. A Cabernet based Bordeaux blend, the wine is elegant and expressive of Atlas Peak, which sees a significant drop in temperature in the evenings, encouraging acidity and concentration of flavor. With 18 months in 72% new French oak, the wine is artfully balanced and elegant, highlighting the unparalleled abilities of the late, famed founding winemaker Denis Malbec, previously of Chateau Latour.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2010 En Tirage Extra Brut Blanc de Blanc Carneros Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 01-09-2018
All the Chardonnay that comprises En Tirage is sourced from Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard in Carneros, which is renowned for producing concentrated fruit with bright acidity. This Method Traditionelle sparkling spends seven years on the lees, which imparts a creamy richness and complexity, and the Extra Brut finish ensures the quality of the vineyard shines through. Delicate white florals and a subtle hint of custard lead to a dry, yet creamy palate with a very long finish.
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Jean-Louis Denois "Tradition" Extra Brut Reserve
Review Date: 11-20-2017
If you are looking for a fun, bone dry and organically farmed French sparkling wine, this is your chance to experience it all. Crafted from Champagne varietals, but grown near the Pyrenees in the South of France, this sparkling comes from base wines that spend some time in oak barrels, which adds a pleasing richness to the palate.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

Miquel Pons Cava Brut Penedes
Review Date: 11-06-2017
This energetic Cava is bursting with spicy quince and tart green apple peel, with a fine mousse and a burst of acidity and minerality mid-palate that catapult to a long and racy finish. The Miquel Pons Cava is a fantastic aperitif for your gathering, and has the heft to accompany most seafood, vegetarian or chicken dishes.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2013 Trinity Hill "Homage" Syrah Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 09-29-2017
After tasting through several recent vintages of the Trinity Hill "Homage," a Syrah from Hawkes Bay, it was obvious that the 2013 displays the most complexity and depth, which speaks volumes to the ageability of the wine. Unlike the '14 and '15, which expressed condensed fruit and spice notes, the '13 opens up in an evolving potpourri of dried herbs, rose petal and black pepper. The palate of "Homage" is totally bone-dry and full, and the wine is made from the best fruit of the Trinity Hill estate for each vintage.

1999 Fallet-Dart Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-10-2017
Disgorged in July of 2016, this Vintage Brut from Fallet-Dart is exquisitely complex and nuanced, with aromas and flavors of spiced apple tart and walnut. A softer and earlier maturing vintage, this wine offers a richer palate, yet balanced with a lively acidity and an equally bold mineral component. I recommend this wine to lovers of Champagne who appreciate subtle elegance.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Grande Sélection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-09-2017
A more subtly rounded Champagne than the Grand Reserve, the Grand Selection from Fallet Dart is blended with mostly red fruit, like the Grand Reserve, but the small about of high quality Chardonnay in the blend makes an impression, and an important distinction. There is also an extra two years on the lees, with a total of six years aging, which creates a slightly funky nose with a clean, bright palate with a hint of toast, and an earthy, chalky quality.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-09-2017
This delicious Champagne is aged four years on the lees, and crafted from only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The result is a rich, toasty Champagne rich in brioche, red apple and Marcona almond flavors, but with a surprisingly perfumed finish, with slight tropical flavors of white peach and honeysuckle.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-09-2017
The Bollinger Special Cuvee is a Champagne for the connoisseur, as it is created painstakingly from up to forty percent reserve wines, which are stored in Magnums, under half pressure, and hand disgorged before bottling! This is a Champagne of exceptional quality and small production, created from grapes grown on Chalky, south facing soil. Aromas of lightly toasted nuts lead to a broad, very dry palate, with a dominant, chalky minerality and a slightly creamy roundness.

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-06-2017
Laurent Perrier's "La Cuvee" is a more powerful, richer and more focused iteration of their Brut Champagne, with extended aging in the bottle for six months, for a total of three and a half years on the lees. There is a similar clean and citrusy herbaceous quality in the initial aromatics, which speaks to the quality of the Chardonnay that drives the blend. The palate is broader and richer than that of the original Brut, with subtle flavors of white peach and frozen cherry, but a similar, yet more pronounced, chalky minerality comes to the forefront. "La Cuvee" is a beautiful Champagne which will delight lovers of their Brut and new fans alike.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Pierre Paillard "Les Parcelles" Grand Cru Extra Brut Bouzy Champagne
Review Date: 04-11-2017
Bring on the weddings and summer celebrations! Les Parcelles Bouzy Grand Cru is sure to please the most discerning of palates. A beautifully balanced blend of all grand-cru pinot noir and chardonnay, Les Parcelles is very dry with an almost negligible dosage. This Champagne has a rich mouthfeel with flavors of lemon meringue and a dry, chalky minerality. A fantastic value for a grand cru Champagne.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart