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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2012 Penfolds "Bin 8" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz South Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-21-2014
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A classic Australian blend with an explosion of rich dark fruit. Aged in the same barrels as Bin 389, 128, and 28, this wine carries its oak nicely both on the nose and palate. Smooth tannins and a long finish allow for lovely drinking now but you can also lay it down for years to come. At this price why not do both.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

2011 Mauvesin-Barton, Moulis  
Review Date: 7-21-2014
Medium Garnet color. Nice soft entry. Juicy plum and roasted coffee, cocoa and a touch of cassis. Soft medium tannins at first but quite sneaky on the finish. The cépage is 46% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The soil of this beautiful property owned by the Barton family is mostly clay and limestone, which explain the higher amount of Merlot in the blend. Very well done wine and extremely drinkable right now.

2010 Gressier Grand-Poujeaux, Moulis  
Review Date: 7-21-2014
Dark garnet color. Nice aromatic nose full of blackberries, cocoa and cassis. The palate follows the nose with sweet dark fruit, coffee, and a touch of pepper. Medium tannins and a very soft finish. Accessible now, but it will age beautifully. I did not decant it, and it was delicious from the get go.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

1998 Laphroaig 15 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 7-19-2014
$169 seems steep when you're talking about 15 year old single malt, but trust me when I tell you that old casks of iconic distilleries like Laphroaig are not going to be available much longer -- at least for a retailer like K&L to purchase. This is a huge, in-your-face version of Laphroaig; no water added, not diluted in any way. Big peat, big smoke, big Islay in a bottle. The fact that this was aged in sherry is icing on the cake.
Price: $169.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-18-2014
It takes a lot for a Chardonnay to make my toes curl, and this one does! This New Zealander begins with buttery musk, dried stone fruit, and has a creamy smooth mid-palate. It's followed by a mineral driven chalky finish...what's not to adore?
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Die Arnoldus" Bordeaux Blend Sondagskloof   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-18-2014
My oh my oh my.....how I love this wine. A Bordeaux blend from South Africa, this vino beholds all 5 grape varietals. It pours the color of oxblood and has legs that would rival Tina Turner's. The nose explodes with green and black olives brined with wild savory herbs. The mid-palate is richly textured yet grippy, and full of black currant and black cherry skin. The smokey, saline, spicy finish goes on and on. Absolutely marvelous!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Ferrero Toscana Rosso  
Review Date: 7-18-2014
This wine is absolutely delicious. It has bright red fruit aromas and flavors but also offers balance and structure. It is ready to drink now, but like many Italian wines, it will taste better if it is opened at least one hour before serving. The Ferro Rosso will go well with pasta or red meats.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Bedrock Wine Company "Ode to Lulu" Rosé  
Review Date: 7-17-2014
There is no question Morgan hit a home run with the 2013 Bedrock Rose! Aromatically enticing with notes of fresh picked strawberries and herbal spices with mint, wild raspberry, and watermelon following and the creamy, yet bright, mineral streaked palate. This wine is so focused and texture driven it really is incredible. Plus, it is extremely food friendly to boot! Open a bottle and you will be on your second glass before you know it!

2013 Rocca di Montegrossi Rosato  
Review Date: 7-17-2014
I am so stoked on this wine! For almost five years I have been thoroughly enjoying their reds, and am so excited to see that they are producing more of their exceptional rose that I can't get enough of. With such limited production despite the increase, this is going to be gone in a blink.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico  
Review Date: 7-17-2014
Great minds think alike! The great complexity and liveliness of this wine, with homemade pizza topped with crumbled spicy Italian sausage and sweet roasted red peppers, yum.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Bedrock Wine Company "Ode to Lulu" Rosé  
Review Date: 7-17-2014
Morgan Twain-Peterson may be the most talented young winemaker in United States. How could he not be growing up in vineyards besides his well-known father, winemaker Joel Peterson (Ravenswood). Morgan has done exceptionally well in the eyes of the press, and us here at K&L, with his label Bedrock. His wines are thoughtfully crafted small production bottlings from old vines located in “Heritage” vineyards throughout California. Hard to come by, these Bedrock wines already have a loyal and rabid following that just keeps growing year after year. This year we were lucky enough to secure a solid amount of one of Morgan’s least talked-about wines in the Bedrock series, his lovely Mouvedre-dominated Rosé. This year Morgan headed to Mendocino County to find fruit from “soils that had a bit more edge in them.” Still based in old vine fruit from his estate Bedrock and Pagani Ranch, this year’s rose is bolstered by Grenache planted in the 1880s in McDowell Valley and Carignane planted in the 1950s from Ukiah. With its lovely salmon color and intriguing aromatics of fresh mint, red currant, granite and lavender this is pure rosé that is certainly in the realm of great southern French rosés yet it has more depth and structure than most. Earthy to its core with a wealth of bay leaf, anise seed and caraway over a stony core this is bone dry and screaming for food. As the wine opens, and comes up to cellar temperature, the fruit hidden away at the beginning comes out showing tart plum, white cherry and red apple skin. This is about as structural as any Bandol I’ve seen in years and just as good for a lot less money. Don’t miss out!

2010 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia" Toscana  
Review Date: 7-17-2014
Reminiscent of a wine from Howell Mountain or Spring Mountain above Napa Valley, very reflective of the mountain terroir with pristine mountain fruit.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart WS 94 BC 0

2009 Rocca di Montegrossi "San Marcellino" Chianti Classico  
Review Date: 7-17-2014
Big, rich, masculine wine that will be excellent with red wine braised rabbit over Gorgonzola polenta and green beans sauteed with shallots. AKA fancy hunter's food.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart AG 95 BC 0

2012 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (1.5L) Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 7-17-2014
* Big wine. Powerful and full-bodied. This wine will need some years in the cellar, but it should be great.

2012 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (1.5L) Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 7-17-2014
The 2012 Barton shows classic Léoville-Barton color and flavor profile. Dark, with almost black fruits, the 2012 has a purity of fruit that I like, along with an almost velvety mid-palate. Tannins are definitely present and the wine shows a firm structure, which leads me to believe this will be a good wine to cellar for the mid- to longer-term for the vintage.

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