Staff Favorites - Susan Thornett

Susan Thornett
Iíve 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. Iím not a beer expert by any means but we have a great selection here at K&L and Iím having a great time working my way through - hope you can join me!

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2012 Girard "Old Vine" Napa Valley Zinfandel  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
Remember the good old days when you could get a briary juicy Zinfandel for under $10? Well here's some roll-back pricing! The Girard is pure pleasure in a glass. Sweet cherry and blackberry fruit, subtle pepper spices and a touch of baking spice. It's like mom's cobbler with a little extra kick. Perfect for the season's foods. Braise some short ribs in this wine and drink it along side. This is definitely a case buy!
Price: Hidden View Price WS 90 BC 0

2012 Turnbull Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Turnbull shows lots of citrus flavors with a mid-core of creamy fruit. The finish comes back with some zing and is bright and fresh. Love this wine at 12.7% ABV.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
In warm vintages such as 2007, I feel Insignia is too much for me. The cooler 2011 vintage really allows this wine to still have that typical Phelps fruit but with much more restraint and a bit more elegance and finesse. This is a solid effort for the vintage!

2012 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 11-4-2014
Fans of California Cabernet will love this wine. It is rich, concentrated in the mouth with blackberry fruit, graphite and spicy oak, which lingers in the back. What I loved about this wine is the richness of fruit without being sweet. There is structure and tannin but it is balanced, seamless and silky on the finish

2013 Charles Smith "Kung Fu Girl" Columbia Valley Riesling  
Review Date: 11-3-2014
Charles Smith knows how to make wine that always outperforms the price point. This is a user friendly Riesling vintage after vintage. Fresh stone fruits, great acidity and just a touch off dry. If you need a glass for take away Chinese or Thai, a picnic or just something on a Wednesday night, this is your girl.

2012 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 11-3-2014
Lewis Cellars is consistently a customer favorite at K&L Wine Merchants. This is just what all were hoping for, an epic 2012 from Randy and the gang. A ripe forward Cabernet Sauvignon with great layers of flavors. Cedar, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Hints of tobacco and earth finish of the kaleidoscope of flavors. Napa Cabernet fans rejoice!!!!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart WS 94 BC 0

2012 Lewis Cellars "Mason's" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 11-3-2014
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Only 800 cases of the Masonís Cabernet were produced in 2012. This 100% Cabernet screams from the glass with rich, mocha laced red fruits, hints of vanilla bean and black cherries. In the mouth the wine is lush and mouth coating with a long spicy finish.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

2012 Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 11-3-2014
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The 2012 Napa Cabernet is out of this world. Rich and lush, exotic fruits fill the glass and dance across the palate. This is a big, structure wine with lots of backbone, but the wine is so polished and seamless, you are not even aware of its size. I expect this wine to sell out quickly; long before its ďsure to getĒ high Spectator score!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart WS 94 BC 0

2012 Textbook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon  
Review Date: 11-2-2014
Looking for a well made California Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy right now? Hereís one that needs no more time than it takes to buy a bottle, carry it home, and pull the cork. While round and open, it also shows exquisite balance, and boasts an attractive nose of plum, charcoal, and bitter chocolate, accented by a subtle hint of mint. Modest tannins lead to a dry, focused finish which dovetails down to a slight recurrence of the bitter chocolate note.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2013 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay  
Review Date: 11-2-2014
The Chardonnay of the holiday season! This chardonnay, blended from five select barrels off the Oliver's vineyard, is drinking incredibly well right now! Such great focus, balance, and purity of fruit without over-the-top richness, this Talley wine reminded the staff of Chassagne Montrachet! Do not miss it!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino  
Review Date: 11-2-2014
One of our favorite Direct Import properties, the 2012 Poggiarelino Rosso does not disappoint! Bright cherry and strawberry fruit with the classic Montalcino earthen characteristics. Good now and over the next 5 years.
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Tempranillo Rioja  
Review Date: 11-2-2014
Driving red fruit, laser focus, earth, and a hint of spice makes this wine truly stand alone in the under $10 category! Don't miss out!
Top Value!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Cantine Ascheri Barolo  
Review Date: 11-1-2014
Very approachable Barolo. At a very approachable price! Classic tar, leather and rose petals on the nose. Wonderful mineral and fruit on the palate. Which gives way to a persistent acidity just calling for a prime rib in a porcini mushrooms sauces!
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ch‚teau de la Font du Loup Ch‚teauneuf-du-Pape   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-31-2014
This Chateauneuf is beautiful. Itís done in a more restrained style, moving more towards traditional Chateauneuf. Its perfumed nose is extremely complex with notes of rose petals, lavender, ripe plums and spices like black pepper and cloves. The complexities follow through on the palate with violets, chocolate, coffee grounds, forest floor and anise. Perfectly balanced structure, plush fine tannins, ready to drink now or has the capacity to age.

2009 Cantine Ascheri Barolo  
Review Date: 10-30-2014
Very approachable Barolo. At a very approachable price! Classic tar, leather and rose petals on the nose. Wonderful mineral and fruit on the palate. Which gives way to a persistent acidity just calling for a prime rib in a porcini mushrooms sauces!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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