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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2010 Louis Magnin Gamay Vin de Savoie  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
A wild gamay from one of Savoy's most respected producers. This stuff only alludes to the famous gamay being produced 100km to the west. The nose is like the most concentrated red flowers and in the very background the slightest Chanel No. 9 (in a good way). The palate is all wild red fruit picked off the forest floor. This is an experience to say the least.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Château de Ripaille Vin de Savoie-Ripaille  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
If you want to be refreshed instantly then drink this delightfully crispy and minerally white from the Savoie made from 100% Chasselas from a 1000 year old estate! This reminds me of skiing down the Swiss Alps getting fresh chucks of snow in my face! Yes its just like that!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 JP & JF Quénard "Anne de la Biguerne" Vin de Savoie-Chignin  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
Freshness abounds! Bright mineral, low fruit and clean as a whistle. From the magnificent town of Chignin, the quintessential savoyard Village, this is why these people eat so much melted cheese. On the palate more mineral, tons of pithy tangerine. Clearly a top quality producer.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Franck Peillot "Altesse" Roussette de Bugey-Montagnieu  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
Another fabulous vin de savoie!Peillot is making wildly impressive wines of impeccable intensity and finesse. Bruised mirabelle, fresh fuji apples, slight citrus peel. All that flavor is perfectly framed in a textural and perfectly weighted core. If you're smart you'll buy all of this. If you don't I will.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Château de Ripaille Vin de Savoie-Ripaille  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
This splendid little Ripaille is what Savoie is all about. Subtle but punchy! Not fruity at all with great focus and a lovely lemony mineral quality. Solid aperitif at a great price.
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2010 Seghesio Barolo  
Review Date: 7-24-2014
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This is an absolutely delicious wine and remarkably drinkable now! The Brothers Seghesio have really knocked it out of the park with this wine, aromatically enchanting, full of strawberry and accented by hints of earth and leather. On the palate the wine is supple and smooth with a wonderful palate presence and as more of the complex fruit begins to blossom it is followed by a truffle, smoky, woodsy character that is full of spice while it begins to show a delicate veil of tannin in the finish. Although this wine is drinkable now you’ll be able to drink it over the next 3-6 years. I love this wine with Porcini laced pasta or risotto or with braised meats.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $26.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Rocca di Montegrossi "San Marcellino" Chianti Classico  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
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When Marco Riscasoli’s Great, Great Grandfather Bettino Ricasoli created the original Chianti recipes he would have loved this wine. He originally had three wines, one for current drinking, one for midterm drinking and one powerful wine to age for a decade plus, the San Marcellino is the latter. Mountain Sangiovese fruit just bursts from this wine, what does that mean? Backbone, concentration, focus and power are all squeezed tightly together and then wrapped around the core of this wine where they hold the dark fruit, smoldering fire, underbrush and anise highlighted by wild marasca cherry notes. On the palate the wine shows muscle, but it’s lithe not tight and the flavors gradually expand the length of your tongue and remain enough to really give you the impression this wine is trying to make an impression. I would decant for 4-6 hours ahead of time if you wish to drink now but the best spot will be in your cellar for another 5+ years, you won’t regret it!
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart AG 95 BC 0

2010 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia" Toscana  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
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Deeply textured, extraordinarily flavorful this just might be the best Geremia that Marco Ricasoli has made. While structured and focused with intense mountain fruit the Merlot in this gives the wine first and foremost produces a supple, fleshy character on the palate. While there definitely is rich and drinkable character this wine has backbone for a decade plus, structure yet balanced. A long life ahead for this scintillating Super Tuscan from the Central Tuscan highlands!
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart WS 94 BC 0

2005 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Côtes du Rhône  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
I love it when a producer does the aging for me! This 2005 Baron Louis from Chateau De Montfaucon has a lovely, developed bouquet of cool black fruit and seamless texture that only comes with the passage of time. The wine still has plenty of size and life, and would be great with your next tri-tip grill up!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2012 Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Tradition" Côtes de Provence Rosé  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
If you are ready to try something different in rose, the Clos Cibonne Tibouren Tradition is a great bottle to check out. The aging under flor brings complexity and texture to this very balanced intriguing pink wine. I can't wait to try it with Gratin de Pommes de Terre Provencal- I think it will be perfect with the salty anchovies and zingy tomatoes in this classic recipe. Try it out!
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Caves Jean Bourdy Côtes du Jura Rouge  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
Oh my God! I love this! A marriage of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir that reminds me of ready-to-drink Premier Cru Burgundy, yet only costs me $25? Sign me up for a case. The subtle, light-bodied fruit is haunting and mysterious, coaxing out all the elements that get me excited about red wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Domaine de la Bastide Blanche Bandol  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
Why drink high-end Rhone wine when you can get this awesome Mourvèdre-based selection from Bandol. Instead of over-extracted fruit, you get dark berries, a concentrated core of ripe plum, and lovely accents of black pepper and savory spices. It's a wine that's expressive and easy to like, yet true to its roots.

2012 Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Tradition" Côtes de Provence Rosé  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
An ever-so-slight oxidative note permeates the soft, clean fruit of this lovely little rosé from Provence. Vinified under a layer of flor, this is almost like rosé sherry! Super cool wine.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Hubert Clavelin "Brut-Comté" Cremant du Jura  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
For those in search of bargain "Champagne" this is as close as I've found outside of the actual realm. This 100% Chardonnay wine has all the minerality, yeasty, and bready aromas of true Champagne, yet the price tag of a higher-end French regional selection. The Jura is a fine source of sparklers, but this one outdoes the competition.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Louis Magnin Gamay Vin de Savoie  
Review Date: 7-23-2014
Yes, it's $37 Gamay. But MAAAAAAN is it good. A perfect acidity to fruit ratio, lots of crunchy cranberries and black pepper notes, and just an awesome, awe-inspiring finish. This is better than any Cru Beaujolais we have in stock and many of our top Burgundy selections. One of the best red wines I've had all year -- period.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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