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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1994 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien  
Review Date: 8-4-2014
Cinnamon and I enjoyed this claret last night with a ribeye steak and potatoes. Cinnamon decided to be avant-garde on this occasion, and instead of peas or green beans served pan seared padron peppers. We put a touch of truffle salt on the steaks after cooking them, and the meal turned out very nicely. How did the Gruaud work? It was predictably great with the food. This 1994 has the poise and power of a great vintage at 20 years old, and seems to just be hitting its stride. It has a huge amount of pure, dark cassis fruit, integrated but very present tannins, and lots of electricity on the long, mineral laden finish. It took discipline for me not to hog the bottle, but it was too good not to share fairly with Cinnamon!
Drink from 2014 to 2034
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Calon Ségur, St-Estèphe Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 8-4-2014
One of my perennial favorite producers. The 2013 vintage has a distinctive Calon Segur-esque feel. The personality of Calon Segur can get obscured in some vintages, but in a challenging vintage like 2013 it really shines through. Berry fruit and notes of intense boysenberry lead, with hints of menthol and spice.

2013 Calon Ségur, St-Estèphe Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 8-4-2014
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2013 Calon Segur shows aromas and flavors of coffee, black tea, red cherries and dried tobacco leaf. This is a rustic style wine in every vintage, but I do find the 2013 to have plenty of fruit to carry through to the finish. Tannins are firm and sturdy. 89-91 points.

2013 Calon Ségur, St-Estèphe (1.5L) Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 8-4-2014
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2013 Calon Segur shows aromas and flavors of coffee, black tea, red cherries and dried tobacco leaf. This is a rustic style wine in every vintage, but I do find the 2013 to have plenty of fruit to carry through to the finish. Tannins are firm and sturdy. 89-91 points.

2013 Calon Ségur, St-Estèphe (1.5L) Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 8-4-2014
One of my perennial favorite producers. The 2013 vintage has a distinctive Calon Segur-esque feel. The personality of Calon Segur can get obscured in some vintages, but in a challenging vintage like 2013 it really shines through. Berry fruit and notes of intense boysenberry lead, with hints of menthol and spice.

2009 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan  
Review Date: 8-4-2014
Lots of perfume, elegant ripe fruit, very attractive.

2013 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine  
Review Date: 8-1-2014
We have carried this wine for a couple years now and I have always enjoyed it. The 2013 just came in last week and...wow! The BEST yet! Three stars from Guido. Lots of limestone and flint on the palate, has wonderful length and is food friendly. This would be a great luncheon wine -- maybe baked goat cheese with fines herbs and baguette?
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho Vinho Regional Minho (formerly Vinho Verde)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-1-2014
As always one of the best value summer whites in the store. Just so fresh, zesty and refreshing. Lime zest, white flower, juicy citrus all enlivened by the little spritz. Very easy to drink with its moderate alcohol. This is a must-have for the summer heat. Exceptional value!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart W&S 91 BC 0

Willett Distillery 2 Year Old Kentucky Rye Whiskey 750ml  
Review Date: 8-1-2014
This is the most exciting young rye I've tasted in years, mainly because it's the first new KENTUCKY rye that actually tastes like rye bread, with that sweet hint of corn. I've given out samples of this to friends from St. George distillery, and other folks that I know who make whiskey for a living; they all have nothing but praise for the Kulsveen's latest project. You have to understand: most of the rye on the market is all from MGP distillery in Indiana, even if it says Bulleit, Dickel, Templeton, or Redemption. It's been purchased in bulk and simply relabeled. The Willett is actual home-made Kentucky rye, a la Rittenhouse and Sazerac, that tastes like real rye whiskey should. Add in the cask strength proof and the fiery spices and you've got one helluva product. I CANNOT WAIT for this to turn four or five years old! Bravo!
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Stolzle Universal Bordeaux Glass (ship as 6pk only)  
Review Date: 7-31-2014
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Here's a fantastic value solution to your wine glass needs. It's a great Cabernet/Merlot shape and we got a fantastic closeout price.
Top Value!
Price: $4.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Tamarack Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 7-31-2014
This may be the least expensive Cab in our stock that will age beautifully for a decade or more, It's solid, well-made, masculine and has a nice acidity to keep it fresh on the palate. Decant and drink now or age for 5-15 years. Just do not miss it entirely and regret it later.
Top Value!

2012 Mount Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Rosé of Cabernet Franc  
Review Date: 7-31-2014
The winery made a tiny quantity of this wine (2 barrels), But we loved it so much we talked them out of 20% of the production for us to sell. Grab yours now, or the staff will buy all that is available of this amazingly fresh and bright rose.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Lagier Meredith Mount Veeder Syrah  
Review Date: 7-31-2014
Fantastic New World Syrah, with a delicious entry, big fruit, but enough acid and structure to make the package balance beautifully. This is not only delicious, it is also approachable now, which is a bonus.

2010 Chehalem "Stoller Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 7-31-2014
For those of you who wrote off the 2010 vintage because it was cool, all I have to say is HAH! For those of you who think Oregon Pinot Noirs cannot age, another HAH! Thanks to too many critics who think that same way, those of us in the know get a smoking good deal. This shows lovely crunchy cranberry fruit on the nose, followed by focused and interesting flavors. If you are looking for a big, jammy pseudo-Syrah, avoid this wine. If you are looking for delicious, bright Pinot Noir with a bit of age, and a lot of character on the finish, GRAB some of this before the staff gets it all. Thanks to our special purchase, we are selling this to you at less than we once paid at wholesale. 'Nuff said.
Top Value!

2013 Cantina Terlan "Terlaner Classico" Terlano  
Review Date: 7-31-2014
This blend of three different grape varieties, grown in the classic district of Terlano (South-Tyrol), is as versatile a wine as you'll find from anywhere, and a seriously good value besides. A blend used quite successfully for over 100 years, this cuvee of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, fermented at controlled temperature in stainless steel vats offers fruity aromatics with light yeasty notes and a taste that is always harmonious though quite strong on the palate and very persistent.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

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