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Staff Favorites - Tim Telli

Tim Telli


Krug "Grande Cuvée" 167 Ème Édition Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-18-2020
We were lucky enough to drink this side by side with the 168th edition at a recent staff tasting (cheers Gary!). Based on the 2011 vintage, this cuvee is a blend of 12 vintage wines going back to 1995. 47% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay & 17% Pinot Meunier. A rich nose with buttered toast, fine bubbles, elegant and refined, this is weightless on the palate yet has a long lingering finish that goes on and on. This is classic Krug.

Baron-Fuenté "Esprit" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-18-2020
I really like the complexity that 7 years on the lees gives this wine, which really is an uncommon length of time at this price. Zippy acid and classic brioche flavors are in this elegant champagne that really over-delivers on the price to quality ratio and is the perfect pick for any party.

2018 Passionate Wines "Del Mono" Tinto Tupungato
Review Date: 01-28-2020
This is a really interesting wine that is a very unusual blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Syrah and is raised in concrete eggs. Passionate Wines strive to make experimental wines that express terroir, in this case the Uco Valley. It is lighter bodied but still has plenty of fruit with a touch of pepper and spice and a soft finish with no hard edges. The blend works really well and for under $12 it is a real bargain and makes a nice change of pace.
Price: $11.49 Add To Cart

2017 Artadi Viñas de Gain
Review Date: 01-25-2020
There is a beautiful crimson color to this wine. It is a modern yet classic example of Tempranillo, with a very well balanced combination of oak, fruit and acid. Cherry flavors with a hint of leather. You get a lot of wine for your hard-earned dollars considering that this is under $25. Even though it does not say Rioja on the label, it is indeed from the region. This is quality winemaking as you would expect from a producer such as Artadi.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Thistledown "Cunning Plan" Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Review Date: 01-15-2020
This is a lot of wine for $15. Black and blue fruits on the nose with some oak spice and barrel notes in the background. Subtle hints of eucalyptus and violets add to the complex flavors. It finishes with some nice acid that keeps it fresh and light on the palate. This is classic Australian Shiraz that would be awesome with some smoked brisket or barbecue ribs.
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Mas Codina Brut Rosé Cava Penedes
Review Date: 01-03-2020
This Cava rose is just so easy to drink. You will be hard pressed to find a better rose bubbly in the store at this price of under $15. Crisp fruit and acid show that Pinot Noir grown on chalky soils in the hot climate of Spain can still make an outstanding bottle of wine that is just plain fun to drink and will be empty before you know it. Perfect party wine.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2017 Akitu "A1" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Black Label)
Review Date: 12-31-2019
Quite a dark color. Some stems are apparent on the nose as this sees 38% whole cluster inclusion which gives plenty of aromatic lift to the wine. Super complex with herbal and spicy undertones and a dark cherry, velvety texture that leads to a tangy finish. Just classic mineral-driven Central Otago Pinot Noir that rides that fine line of ripeness and savory character the region is so well known for. This drinks well on its own but would also be great on the dinner table, especially with roast chicken or duck confit. There is a reason this is a favorite among the staff at K&L.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

1979 North British 40 Year Old "Old Particular" Single Refill Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 11-23-2019
Only 257 bottles of this single cask 40-year-old whisky were filled. This reminds me of a British custard cream biscuit. Honey and floral aromatics give way to a warming finish. This would be a perfect dram to drink by the fireplace on a cold winter's night. A single malt with this much age would cost a heck of a lot more than this.
Price: $299.99 Add To Cart

2018 Bonny Doon Vineyard "Le Cigare Volant - Cuvee Oumuamua" Monterey County Rhône Blend
Review Date: 10-29-2019
Randall Graham, one of the original Rhone Rangers, is back with his hommage to Chateauneuf-du-Pape and alien visitors, Le Cigare Volant. The 2018 is a blend of 52% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, and 13% Syrah. The wine is lighter than previous vintages which must be due to the high proportion of Cinsault in the mix and no Mourvedre this year. The wine is bright and fresh with flavors of kirsch and berries, nice acid and is drinking really well right out of the gate. This would be great on the table with Thanksgiving fare or other holiday favorites.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

2018 Bodegas Puelles Blanco Rioja
Review Date: 09-09-2019
100% Viura. Crisp and clean with notes of green apples, citrus and herbs with good minerality and acid with zero oak influence. A great little wine for $12.99. This is a super refreshing bottle of white Rioja that could be a great replacement for a Sancerre or a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. People often overlook white Rioja but one taste of this and you will realize that is a mistake.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2015 Tongue in Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley
Review Date: 08-21-2019
A full-bodied single vineyard Pinot Noir from New Zealand that delivers on quality and price. It has plenty of fruit but is well balanced with a nice bouquet of savory spices on the nose with some silky tannins on the finish that lead one to think it can be drunk now or kept for another 5-8 years.

2016 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana
Review Date: 07-30-2019
This wine has lovely fruit flavors of plums and black currants. It has great weight and density all framed by nice acidity, making it very well balanced. I would love to lay some down and see it evolve over the next 5-7 years. A lot of wine for your money. Highly recommended!