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 Fanti Sant'Antimo Sassomagno  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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OK, maybe you think 4* for a $9 wine is too much, but I ranked it this high because it is such an extraordinary deal! First off, 2010 in Montalcino is a truly sensational vintage and yes, this wine comes from Montalcino but because of its grape blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon it can't take one of the "Montalcino" DOCs. It does, however, have incredible aromatics--bold dark fruit flavors that tantalize your palate as its supple yet very structured core opens across your palate. This spectacular red wine really shows excellent balance and a depth of flavors that is amazing at this price. OK, how can they do that? Because this wine isn't normally at this price; it was the last of the vintage in the California warehouse of a New York importer who decided it would be better if they could move on to the next vintage and move this wine all at once. We swooped in at the opportunity and took all that was left. You should hurry because this wine won't last long!
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2005 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml)  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
Intense coconut, with pineapple and banana. So incredible, and fairly unique for a d'Yquem. Serve with coconut dusted deep fried foie gras lollipops.

2005 d'Yquem, Sauternes Pre-Arrival  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
Intense coconut, with pineapple and banana. So incredible, and fairly unique for a d'Yquem. Serve with coconut dusted deep fried foie gras lollipops.

2005 d'Yquem, Sauternes  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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The best Yquem I've had in years, complex layers of coconut, pineapple yet focused, not allowing the sweetness to overpower it truly a great one. I'm unsure of how long to put the drinking window on this wine, I'll be long gone by the time it runs out of vigor!
Drink from 2014 to 2070

2010 Jean-Louis Denois "Chloé" Limoux  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
A very intriguing and food friendly wine. Lush ripe juice, savory, a bit stemmy, black fruit, cocoa, and oddly, but somehow not, carrots.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Henri Giraud "Hommage Francois Hemart" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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Rich in style with loads of cream and baked, golden apples and ripe pears. A lot of structure with a nice, long finish. Seventy percent pinot noir with 30% chardonnay added for acidity. Rich, creamy and balanced. Lovely finish with citrus, nuts and floral notes. Giraud is the ONLY Champagne producer to use wood from the Argonne forest. This wine is back in stock after a considerable absence, so for those of you who are discriminating Champagne buyers, it is time to rejoice. (25 March, 2014)
Drink from 2014 to 2021

2010 Château Thénac Bergerac Blanc  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
Rich, with pineapple cream and white flowers on the palate, finishes with a refreshing acidity.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine Fontsainte "Gris de Gris" Corbières Rosé  
Review Date: 3-25-2014
An excellent rose that tastes of green strawberries. Great texture.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Villa Pillo Toscana Sangiovese (3L Bag-in-a-Box) (cannot ship)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 3-24-2014
I bought this 3L box of Sangiovese to take with me on a recent camping trip. (I also bought our GoVino plastic stemless wine glasses to go with it....a perfect match). I was so pleased with how good this wine was! Fresh, tart cherry, floral aspects and an earthy balanced finish. And when camping, no glass bottles to knock over into the fire :) Of course, this box of joy isn't restricted to being enjoyed in the Great Outdoors. It's a fantastic party wine, something to bring to the BBQ, or just simply to have on hand. It'll keep for a couple months (the plastic bladder the wine is kept in is airtight), so it's great if you just want a glass of red without worrying about having to finish a whole bottle. So versatile!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc Rosé  
Review Date: 3-24-2014
Can you hear me smiling? Come closer. Forget "Add to Cart"--add to everything! Mulan has done us all a great service by introducing us to the lovely and affordable wines of Domaine Begude. It is with asparagus-bated breath I wait for these exceptional roses every spring. Do as those in the know do and pick up this rose by the case. No corkscrew needed.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Domaine Begude Sauvignon Blanc Vin de Pays d'Oc  
Review Date: 3-24-2014
A consistently delicious and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from the south of France. No corkscrew necessary for this crowd pleaser.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1989 Cragganmore 23 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-24-2014
Beautiful honey and floral aromas flow out of the glass. The taste of honey and nuts continues the joy of this lively and delicious single malt. There is a nice long finish.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 3-21-2014
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This lower dosage, clean and linear Brut is one of the best that we carry, in my opinion. Green apple, bright cherry and lemon meringue notes on the nose. Bright apples, zippy lemon/lime and candied ginger flavors on the palate. It has a finish laden with chalk and minerals. When we have them, do NOT miss the magnums! They priced extremely reasonably and will age for another 10 years. As it is, this little beauty in the 750 ml bottle will age well for 6-7 more years. Do NOT wait to buy any of our Pierre Paillard selections! We receive them in limited quantities and they sell out quickly!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2023
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2004 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Vintage Champagne  
Review Date: 3-21-2014
This is champagne that should sell for $100+. It is made entirely from Grand Cru fruit, averaging more than 45 years of vine age. It is all from Bouzy, a village known for its Pinot Noir, with south-facing vineyards (which is important in this high latitude). The nose promises red fruit and hints of brioche. It is rich and complex on the palate. But what really excites me is the acidity--2004 is a cooler vintage, with great promise for aging. If you are in Bouzy, this means that you have the ripeness and richness, but also have the focus, drive and energy that makes this truly exciting.
Top Value!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 3-21-2014
Non-vintage Champagne does not get better than this. The Paillard family makes a statement with this great cuvee and show how very serious that they are about quality. All of the details have been studied and sweated over to make this wine, from planting only massal selected vines, to working towards an organic certification. This is Champagne that has power without losing its drinkability, and richness without sweetness. If you are only going to try one new Champagne this year, this should be it!
Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

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