Wine at the K-B Market

 Wine Selection Week of August 1 2022

Quinta de la Rosa 10 year old Tawny – $34

“This is filled with plenty of peppery overtones to the dried white fruit and spice flavors. Chocolate and mincemeat notes mark the long finish. Drink now” Wine Spectator 90 points

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

Caposaldo Prosecco Rosé Brut – Italy 2020 – $14.50

 “It may sound like a brilliant marketing ploy, but Prosecco Rosé is a new recognized category with its own DOC.  As with all Prosecco — and wine in general, for that matter — there will be an enormous range of quality and style.  The regulations for this DOC require the wine to be vintage-dated and to contain Pinot Noir, two requirements that likely will push the price.  Which makes this bottling all the more attractive. This crowd-pleasing, pale pink bubbly leads with delightful floral aromatics and finishes with a pleasing freshness.  Though labeled Brut, it had a roundness to it.  This light and lively Prosecco is ideal for summer entertaining.”         
89 Michael Apstein Aug 3, 2021

 “With its pale pink color and gentle hints of citrus and berry flavors, this gentle Italian sparkling wine sets just the right tone for spring and summer refreshment.  With its refreshing acidity, low alcohol content (11%), and crisp texture, Caposaldo Prosecco Rosé makes a perfect aperitif and/or accompaniment to light summer fare including salads and soufflés”.    90 Marguerite Thomas Apr 19, 2022       

Enrique Foster “Ique” Malbec – Argentina 2020 – $12

“IQUE is fresh, young and with fruity characteristics. Intense purplish red. Spiced, reminiscent of fresh cherry with a subtle touch of oak. Young and very fruity with balanced acidity.”  – Winery’s Notes

Finca Las Moras – Barrel Select Cabernet – Argentina 2020 – $13.50

“Ripe-blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, tight-grained…”

                    James Suckling

Pacific Redwoods Red Blend – NV California – $12

“This medium-bodied wine bursts with jammy grapey aromas that lead to similar fresh flavors and a lively texture. It’s pretty much pure, straight-ahead tasty berries and plums. No added sulfites”. Jim Gordon  85pts WE

Jeff Runquist 1448 Red Blend – California 2020 – $16.25  (2 left)

“The “1448” has a deep, rich color that clings to the inside of a wine glass. The hues are youthful, with an edge of magenta. The aromas display blue and red fruits, most notably black raspberry and blueberry. The bouquet features hints of vanilla, spice, violets and lavender. The flavors are succulent and juicy, with plenty of soft ripe fruit framed by a toasted oak creaminess. The tannins are mature and add richness and texture to a finish that has beautiful acid balance.”  Winemaker’s notes

“Aromas of bright red ripe fruit along with notes of oak and cream. On the palate you are slammed in the face with a basket of berries, mellow tannins, and the subtle oaky vanilla finish.”

**New**  Bodini Malbec – Argentina 2021 – $9

“Ripe and succulent with sweet black fruit flavors in a broad, creamy body. Ready now to accompany beef empanadas in the winter.”  Patricio Tapia 88pts

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  90pts WE

Klinker Brick “Bricks and Roses” Rosé – 2021 California – $13.50

“Lively herb and citrus flavors come with good, tangy acidity in this light-bodied, refreshing wine made from four red Rhône grape varieties.”  WE 87 points

Chateau d’Aqueria rose – Tavel France 2021 – $18

“Opulent and juicy, this full-bodied Tavel highlights the fleshy red plum and cherry flavors of Grenache against the peppery, herbal spice of Syrah and a flash of citrusy Clairette. Deep, dusky pink in color, it’s a concentrated, thirst-quenching rosé that will drink well into the autumn and winter months.”  93 points WE

**New**  Boschendal Rose “The Rose Garden” – South Africa 2021 – $14.50

“Most wine regions offer wonderful scenery, but the Cape Winelands of South Africa is in another league with majestic mountains wearing mounds of white clouds surrounding lush green valleys.  The folks at the Boschendal wine estate have been making wines for over 300 years.  This Rosé is named for their rose garden containing rose plantings from England’s Kew Gardens.  It is a luscious blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Shiraz, 25% Pinotage, featuring bright and lively strawberry, Meyer lemon fruit with mineral saline notes.  Pale pink and bone dry, it is mouthwatering and ready for grilled shrimp or a summer pasta salad.”       
90 Rebecca Murphy Jul 5, 2022

Mary Taylor Wines Agenais Rosé – France 2020 – $10

From MT: “IGP Agenais was established in 2011 to capture the typicity of the wines from the Lot-et-Garonne area of Southwest France.  This rosé from the lovely Christophe Avi, our source of Buzet wines, is made from his younger Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon vines.  It offers nuanced notes of minerally orange blossom, wet stone, and lime leaf, with lots of grip.”

**New**  Bodini  Rosé of Malbec – Mendoza 2021 – $9

“Fragrant and delicious floral, red fruit and orange zest aromas are on the nose. This refreshing rosé made with Malbec grapes comes from Luján de Cuyo. It’s elegant and inviting. The palate delivers plenty of bright strawberry, red plum and raspberry flavors. It finishes with fresh fruit notes.” Jesica Vargas  WE 89pts

**New**  Juliette la Sangliere Rosé – France 2021 – $13

From the winemaker: Juliette is a delicious and crisp rose wine that has an initial fruit-forward taste of raspberries and berries that give the wine an attractive open feel. Juliette is refreshing and elegant, bone dry rosé wine, with layers of lively fruit and a bright, smooth finish – just the way a true rosé wine from Southern France should be.

14 Hands Sauvignon Blanc – Columbia Valley 2020 – $11

“The aromas bring notes of kiwi, citrus, papaya, herb and banana. Ripe, rounded, juicy fruit flavors follow. Vibrant acidity ties it all together. It’s still settling in. Give it a flash decant.”  90 pts WE

**New** Joao Portugal Ramos, Vinho Verde DOC (Portugal) Loureiro 2020 – $11

 “Until I was invited to judge in a competition in Portugal in 2013, I had never tasted a Loureiro wine.  As I noted in my July 2 column that year, titled The High-End Lowdown on Vinho Verde, “It was interesting to see that three of my highest scoring wines were made from a grape called Loureiro.  To this point, the only encounters I have had with this grape was as part of the blend in some Rias Baixas wines from Spain.”  This very affordable wine is a perfect example with its floral, orange blossom, citrus aromas and peachy, orange fruit flavors and lively, crisp acidity.  Pair it with pulled pork tacos or a summer chicken salad.”        
94 Rebecca Murphy Jul 26, 2022

Also available:

Love Noir Pinot Noir 2020    $11

Ridge 3 Valleys – Sonoma 2019 – $27

SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc – California 2021 – $11

3 Thieves Pinot Grigio – Callifornia – $9

Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé – California 2020 – $10

Barnard Griffin  Sangiovese Rosé – Washington 2021 – $12

Cotes Mas Rosé – France 2021 – $13.50 liter bottle