Kalinda

Kalinda

Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2016

David T
9.0

Tonight’s bottle a little better than when we had it in June last year.

K&L is a three store Wine Merchant with a store in San Francisco, Redwood City & Hollywood. They have been in business since the early 80’s.

For their Kalinda label, they turn to quality producers they’ve had long term relationships with to make their Kalinda wines. They either buy juice from a quality producer or purchase fruit and have them make their wines & it’s sold under the Kalinda label. Kalinda wines are nice to very good in the $21.99 to $25.99 range...always over achieving on QPR.

The Kalinda name is derived from two women in the owners family circle, Kay & Linda.

The nose reveals; bright yellow & spring florals, slightly sour lemons, green apple, just ripe, green melon, lime zest, understated, pineapple juice, some white peach, touch of unsalted butter cream, vanilla, hints of honey, white spice, toast, nice, soft, chalkiness, sea fossils, grey volcanics & limestone.

The body is medium full and glides across the palate with elegant mouthfeel. slightly sour lemons, green apple, just ripe, green melon, lime zest, understated, pineapple juice, some white peach, touch of unsalted butter cream, vanilla, a little more honey on the palate, caramel notes, white spice with soft palate heat, toast, slivered almonds, nice, soft, chalkiness, sea fossils, grey volcanics & limestone that penetrate the palate perfectly giving it a very good mineral backbone with yellow & spring flowers in mixed greens. The acidity is round and nicely done. The long finish is rich, lush, elegant, well balanced & polished with nice persistence for minutes.

Photos of, sunset over a Burgundy vineyard, the K&L Library wine section in SF, their SF tasting bar and classic Burgundy scenery.
— 2 years ago

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Kalinda

Reserve St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

So this wine beat Harlan, Bond, Colgin, Scarecrow in a blind tasting, scoring in the top bracket with Dalla Valle Maya. Wow! Of all those others, I've only had the pleasure of Colgin. And expert taster though I am not, I also found this comparable to that experience. Speaks classic California Cab to me - nice structure of dark red fruit followed by some cigar/tobacco and finishing with long silky tannins. I volunteer for next blind tasting of this against Screaming Eagle, Harlan, et al.!!! — 7 years ago

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Kalinda

Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Amazing. Buying loads of this stuff.

Update:
Majorly inconsistent wine.
— 9 years ago

Kalinda

Lot 2 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

David T
9.2

Don’t walk, run to buy at least a case of the 16 Napa Lot 2 Kalinda Cabernet. At $22 a bottle, it’s delicious at pop & pour (not to try & sound like @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum) and I can’t wait to experience it’s rounded complexity in 5-7 to years.

I don’t know which Napa producers juice K&L Wine Merchants bottled or had make their 2016 but, it’s delicious. They’ve bottled a Kalinda Cabernet every year since 1984 and have not missed on any bottling that wasn’t worth two or three times + what I paid for it. The 16 is absolutely one of their best.

On the nose, ripe & slightly candied; kirsch cherries, blackberries, dark cherries, poached strawberries, some plum and hues of blueberries. Incense, bright vanillin, cinnamon, clove, smoke, dark, moist soil, limestone minerals and bright dark, red & blue florals.

The body is rich and leaning towards full. Tannins are dusty big. The length, tension, structure and balance are beautiful now and will evolve over the next ten years. Kirsch cherries, dark cherries, blackberries, blueberries, plum, strawberries, big vanillin cream, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, incense, dark spice with heat, licorice/cola, limestone minerals, crushed rocks, dark, rich moist soils, soft leather, wood shavings, cigar, bright, dark & red bright florals, waterfall acidity and a very, rich, long, elegant, well polished & balanced finish that lasts minutes. A steal @ $22. Don’t miss it.

Photos of, the K&L tasting bar in San Francisco, racks of wine in their SF store, Owner of K&L-Clyde Beffa and the marquee Napa sign all tourist stop to take a photo.
— 4 years ago

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@David T David our laws regarding the transport of liquor even across provincial boarders are crazy but they are what they are Cheers 🍷
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Dawn E.

Sooo... wanted to try this...no shipping to Iowa...or Illinois where I have family 15 min. away! I will remain grateful for the wines that will not ship to Iowa but I can ship to my brother in Illinois!! 😅
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@Dawn Emory These shipping laws need to be fixed. People should be able to buy any wines and have them shipped to them regardless of state.

Kalinda

Reserve "Clone 828" Pinot Noir 2013

K&L wine club selection. Concentrated flavor but balanced. — 7 years ago

Kalinda

Unoaked Chardonnay 2011

Great unoaked Chardonnay! — 9 years ago

Kalinda

North Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Love this. My favorite domestic sav blanc this year so far. Super dry, mineral, saline... crisp...the color is pale pale - k and l wines shop label. I guess it's real good fruit from a source that must remain nameless — 5 years ago

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Kalinda

Chardonnay 2014

David T
9.2

The steal of the century in CA Chardonnay. Nice citrus and citrus blossoms. Clue, pay close attention to the KB in the label and imagine who the producer must be! — 6 years ago

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Kalinda

Cuvée Réserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

David T
9.3

So, it's K&L private label night. The 07 Kalinda is more complex than the 07 Kirkham Peak. Black and blue fruits dominate the fore palate. More woody than the 07 Kirkham Peak,l. Tobacco leaf, nutmeg, array of additional spices, leather, good minerality and long finish. The K&L private label is an extreme value. You just have to hold it 8 years plus for it's too potential. — 7 years ago

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Kalinda

Rheingau Riesling 2012

Please had this 8 years ago

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