Staff Favorites - Susan Thornett

Susan Thornett
I’ve been with K&L since summer 2007, moving to retail from a restaurant background. I love coming up with fun food and wine pairings! I tend to enjoy and review wines that convey something interesting about their region of origin, and I usually prefer subtle, savoury wines. That said, dessert wines are always a particular weakness of mine! Often my reviewed wines- aperitif, main course or pudding- will be from France, Germany, or Austria. You will also see me recommending heaps of beers- so if you always dreamed of having a personal beer sommelier you can sign up for that. My ideal beer is a crispy English session ale but I enjoy exploring many different styles, from Californian double IPAs to sour Belgian Gueuzes. I’m not a beer expert by any means but we have a great selection here at K&L and I’m having a great time working my way through - hope you can join me!

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2013 Valle dell'Acate "Il Frappato" Vittoria  
Review Date: 12-26-2014
Made from grapes known also as Frappato di Vittoria, this wine is fragrant, fresh and bursting out, intense notes of cherries, blackberry and raspberry. The palate impression is bright and fresh, light but persistent; with small black and red fruits coating the mouth. Wonderful with all cheeses, it is equally at home when served with fish. Give a slight chill.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Villa Pillo Sangiovese Toscana (3L Bag-in-a-Box) (cannot ship)  
Review Date: 12-26-2014
The nose is classic ripe cherries and strawberries and a hint of coco powder. On the palate of this medium-bodied wine, you will find the fruit describe above with a touch of minerals and soft tannins, which gives this wine a very lush feel to the palate and has an incredible long finish. Turn down the heat in your house; this will keep you warm on chilly Winter evening!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 12-24-2014
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I find that Tenuta di Sesta’s wines are always overlooked upon release, they are never the loudest, tallest or heaviest the just seem to be pleasant. Yet after years of tasting their wines I find they are just slower to develop and end up morphing into silky, elegant masterpieces. In this the 2010 vintage their Brunello shows far more upfront earth and mineral than usual at this stage, yet the pure Sangiovese aromatics of wild cherry and plum cut in behind the earthy elements along with hints of dried roses and freshly cut leather. On the palate the wine is graceful, seemingly plump yet the acidity is present in the finish and the longer the wine is in your glass the deeper and more profound the flavors become and the longer the aftertaste. This wine always puts a smile on my face it just feels so good, never pushy or demanding just there growing with each minute in the glass. I can’t wait to see this wine in another 5 years, stunningly good.
Drink from 2015 to 2030
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart JS 95 BC 0

2010 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 12-24-2014
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One of the curious attributes of the stellar 2010 vintage is that most wines are darker in color than normal, Ferrero is no different and the lustrous sheen should prep you for what is coming up. The nose is full of tight black cherry aromatics, focused, vibrant and penetrating. On the palate the first thing I noticed was the length and balance, normally in Ferrero I usually find it’s the weight and richness in the first sensation but this wines’ incredible balance just jumps out at you. The flavors are saturated, dense, layered and all held in perfect balance, the black cherry is accented with hints of earth and spice and the finish goes on and on. The best wine Ferrero has produced.
Drink from 2015 to 2030
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart JS 95 BC 0

1998 Mortlach 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-23-2014
It is a peculiarity that there's still plenty of this old Mortlach available, while the pricier 25 year Blair Athol that came in about the same time is completely sold out. Exactly the opposite has occurred in my liquor cabinet, after I purchased both: The Mortlach is going much faster than the near-full Blair Athol. The latter may be more concentrated, with rancio and spicy wood notes, but the Mortlach is silkier, with butterscotch warmth and a piney top note. I even prefer it to the current Glenfarclas 105.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Cicada by Chante Cigale IGP Méditerranée   | Approved
Review Date: 12-23-2014
A wonderful introduction into the world of Southern French country wine, this blend of Grenache and Carignan is chock full of bright red fruit, spice, earth, and super soft tannin. Awesome with a spicy pizza!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruno Michel "Les Roses" Brut Rosé Champagne   | Approved
Review Date: 12-23-2014
A wonderful example of a brut rose, this bottling is slightly fuller than some others, with a subtle hint of spice on the back palate. Lovely!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Fourcas Dupré, Listrac   | Approved
Review Date: 12-22-2014
A gorgeous under-the-table Bordeaux from a great vintage that doesn't get a lot of attention, the 2006 Fourcas Dupre from the Listrac area of Medoc is medium to full-bodied, and chock full of dark fruit, cocoa, and herbaciousness.
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Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chillfiltered Single Malt Whisky 750ml   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 12-22-2014
It's been many months since I had the normal Aberlour 12, so I can't remember if it's something that I want to forget exists--if that makes sense! But what I can sense is this: the Aberlour non-chill-filtered 12 is redolent of chocolate chip cookie dough, a chocolate cordial with gooey orange liqueur filling, and a medium measure of rancio-fancy sherry wood. A little spicy on the finish, but not too much, it's well blended, nicely oily--if you like that--and is a nice stand-in for, or contrast to, the lovely but only slightly higher-priced 16-year. All in all, this has the Aberlour power.
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2010 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 12-22-2014
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I love the complex earthiness, which has a sort of cherry tobacco, plum mixture that graces the elegant and lithe body. This wine favors grace over power, and needs a curious mind to delve into the layers of spice, earth and fruit. It is a wine without a need to speak loudly and leaves itself to be discovered rather than shouting out its own name. Those who like Baricci, love this complexity and find reward in the effort to understand it. This is a Great Baricci--you should definitely buy a case to put away. I will.
Drink from 2015 to 2030
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2010 Castello di Bossi "Berardo" Chianti Classico Riserva  
Review Date: 12-22-2014
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If you like the 2009 version of this Chianti Classico Riserva you’re going to LOVE this one! The 2010 vintage is producing many outstanding wines and Castello di Bossi is no exception. The nose just flows from the glass and envelopes you in a cloud of plumy fruit with hints of blackberry and barrel spice that flows onto the palate, where there is an extra layer of supple richness; a depth where the flavors become more saturated and expansive. The finish is long, penetrating and finishes with a vibrant crescendo of flavor. Drink now with an hour or so of decanting or you can age another 10+ years, this is a well-built wine. I’d have it with grilled New York steaks.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2010 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 12-22-2014
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The nose is dark cherry, yet intertwined with earth, Tuscan herbs, and hints of fresh leather in a relaxed flow from the glass. On the palate it is the texture that grabs your attention, it isn’t dense but energetic, fruit …the fruit in this vintage is hard to explain, it tastes less fruity and by that I mean it is more complex, less simple, not just sweet and squishy, it is more developed, nuanced--I hesitate to use the word layered, because it seems too simple, but it is enchanting. The wine has tannic structure that is evident but is in the background as the acidic balance lengthens and lengthens the finish. Such balance and power yet so effortless, the wine is a pleasure to drink now, yet the greatness will be down the road another 5-10 years. The Best La Fortuna Brunello ever.
Drink from 2015 to 2030
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart JS 96 BC 0

2013 Au Contraire Russian River Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 12-22-2014
New Kids on the block Au Contraire have come out of the blocks swinging. A solid Russian River Valley Chardonnay with all that you want for a Chardonnay from that region. Citrus focus flavors wrapped with a nice combination of creme brulee, cedar and vanilla. A nicely balanced wine with a great price point.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart WE 93 BC 0

2013 Au Contraire Russian River Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 12-22-2014
Au Contraire is a brand new project that has turned out a fabulous debut Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. I love the balance and freshness of this wine. In the mouth the wine is creamy with hints of tropical fruit, lime and toast. It is balanced and the finish is long and lingering. Excellent buy!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart WE 93 BC 0

2012 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon   | Approved
Review Date: 12-21-2014
Looking for an incredibly rich and complex Napa Cab? Look no further than the 2012 bottling from this famed producer, more well known for their QUINTESSA brand. A dense and full bodied wine, get ready for black currant, cassis, tobacco, and perfectly balanced oak treatment. A long finish on a wine that will age beautifully over the years.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

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