K-B Market Wine Selection
Bouvet Signature Brut Cremant – Loire Valley – $15
“Bouvet Ladubay, one of the Loire’s largest producers of sparkling wine, is back under Monmousseau family control since 2015, after having been run by a succession of corporate enterprises. This mid-weight rosé, made exclusively from Cabernet Franc grown in the Saumur region of the Loire Valley, delivers spice with a hint of sweetness. This energetic wine would be a good match for spicy food or sushi and a superb way to welcome guests this Thanksgiving.”
88 Michael Apstein Nov 10, 2020
Graham Beck Brut – South Africa NV – $18.25
“This is one of the consistently solid values in the wine world, so when I find it, I usually snap up a bottle or two. It’s made in a zesty style, with forward tart citrus fruit and green apple balanced with stony minerality. As a fan of lime, I really appreciate the fresh lime character push in the finish. If you’ve been wanting to try something from South Africa, this is a fine starter. Contains 51% Chardonnay and 49% Pinot Noir.”
91 points Rich Cook Dec 13, 2022 disggorged August 2022
Jansz Brut Rose – Tasmania NV – $22
“Jansz is one of the first sparkling wine labels out of Tasmania. After hand harvesting, all Jansz wines undergo long, cool fermentation and extended aging sur lie to ensure complexity and freshness, which Jansz refers to as “Methode Tasmanoise.” A blend of 78% Pinot Noir and 22 % Chardonnay, the Jansz Non-Vintage (NV) Premium Rosé has tart, ripe strawberry, raspberry, and bitter apple skin flavors. This style has fine bubbles and crisp acid that is nicely matched against a small amount of dosage (8 grams per liter), finishing long and zesty.”
90 Miranda Franco Nov 1, 2022
Taylor Fladgate LBV Port – Portugal 2016 – $25
Our favorite LBV port – Here’s what the experts say: “One of the original Late Bottled Vintage brands, this continues to set a fine style. This latest release is full of black fruits that have been softened by extra wood aging. At the same time, the richness of the wine shows strongly and emphatically, giving a Port that has density and ready drinkability.” Roger Voss 91pts WE
Gen 5 Old Vine Zinfandel – Lodi 2020 – $10
“Ripe, luscious blackberry and dark-plum flavors saturate this full-bodied and plush-textured wine for a mouth filling, satisfying effect. Fine-grained tannins give it heft without bite.” Jim Gordon WE 91pts
Tall Dark Stanger Malbec – Argentina 2021 – $12
“Argentina continues to take the lead when it comes to budget friendly Malbec. This offering might jump into your basket in the grocery aisle on packaging alone, and if it does you’ll be equally impressed with what’s inside. Black cherry, green peppercorn and savory meat aromas entice, and the fruit takes the lead on the palate with the other characteristics playing a supporting role. There’s a fair amount of oak here, so go with something fatty when pairing to tame the astringency.” Rich Cook 92 pts.
Klinker Brick “BrickMason” – Lodi 2018 – $14.50
“This big but gentle wine based on 80% Zinfandel offers lush, late-harvested fruit flavors, soft tannins and a full body. It feels broad and soothing on the palate, and its rich strawberry and plum notes are delicious.” Jim Gordon WE 90 pts
Klinker Brick Grenache Blank – Lodi 2021 – $15
“This riveting, light-bodied wine blends the best of crisp, tangy acidity with vivid fruit flavors. Lemon and lime zest, green apple and mineral notes all come together on a lively texture.” Jim Gordon WE 91pts.
Sella & Mosca La Cala Vermentino – Italy 2021 – $15
“Vermentino is planted throughout Sardegna, and this example from the northwestern corner of the island delivers rich tropical and floral aromas with contrasting bright lemon notes. The palate shows sapidity, with flavors of lemon, melon and a lingering leafy herb note. There is good purity of character, and it’s priced for value.” Rich Cook 90pts.
Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc – California 2020- $11
“Light, bright, crisp and easygoing, this white wine offers aromas and flavors of sour green apple, lime, just-ripe pineapple, white peach and nectarine.” WE 88Pts.
Gen 5 Sauvignon Blanc – Lodi 2021 – $10
“This substantive, well-concentrated wine boasts vivid, crisp, lemon, grapefruit and parsley flavors on a rather full body. It offers a big flavor impact yet stays well balanced”. Jim Gordon WE 90pts
Three Thieves Pinot Grigio – California 2020 – $10
“This broad-textured wine offers light tutti-frutti aromas, mild honeydew-melon flavors and a rather soft balance”. Jim Gordon WE 87pts
Paul Mas Aurore Rosé 2021 – $12.25
Love Noir Pinot Noir – California 2020 – $11
Ridge 3 Valleys – Sonoma 2019 – $27
Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé – California 2020 – $10
SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc – California 2021 – $12