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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Villa Sandi "Il Fresco" Rosť  
Review Date: 8-25-2014
This light pink bubbly is dry and refreshing. It is full of live and energy and should add sparkle to any occasion. It will go well with light foods or alone.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Pisa Range Estate "Black Poplar Block" Pinot Noir Central Otago  
Review Date: 8-23-2014
This is a big, darker fruited, structured Pinot Noir. While it's certainly densely structured, there are also pretty floral notes, real fruit purity and an expression of place that even in an area as well regarded for PN as Central Otago, is not necessarily a given. Great Pinot Noir for a special occasion or for your cellar!

2012 Oakridge Single Vineyard Series "d'Aloisio Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley  
Review Date: 8-22-2014
Super fresh, with twenty percent new oak and ten months on the lees this has just the right amount of softness surrounding a cornucopia of tropical fruit.

2013 Muddy Water Sauvignon Blanc Waipara Valley   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-22-2014
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Really pretty special Savvy. So rich and full of flavor and excellent lush texture. Juicy ripe fruit, mandarin, melon and Meyer lemon plus a fascinating lees element from the barrel ferment and maturation. Just a touch of yeasty tones and very subtle suggestion of oak means this is a very complex wine beyond the initial fruit attack. Organically farmed. Wild yeast ferment. Very minimal intervention winemaking. Excellent stuff!
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 91

2009 Kerrigan + Berry Cabernet Sauvignon Western Australia  
Review Date: 8-22-2014
A dark, rich, and seductive Cabernet from two parcels in Western Australia. The bottle we tasted threw quite a bit of sediment, which I am attributing to their exceptional natural wine making practices, and should not be seen as a sign of fault in the wine itself.

2013 Mount Trio Sauvignon Blanc Great Southern  
Review Date: 8-22-2014
Another great and inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc. Nice citrus ripeness, clean, and a little grassy, notes of apricot with fresh acidity on the finish.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart JH 92 BC 0

2012 Mount Trio Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Great Southern   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-22-2014
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Wow, seriously $11.99! One of the best value Cabs I have tasted from anywhere...ever! From a small family estate in Porongurup (a region that is quickly establishing itself as one of the most exciting cool climate areas in Australia). Dense, concentrated dark fruits, sweet spices, chocolate hints and pipe tobacco. Broad and fleshy on the palate with excellent power and definition. Ripe tannins that are soft and silky, fresh acidity to balance the richness of the fruit. Really exceptional value for big cab drinkers. Would be a great deal at $20 so at this price it's a steal!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Spring Vale Estate "Melrose Vineyard" Pinot Noir Tasmania  
Review Date: 8-22-2014
Light and elegant, really beautiful, floral, and aromatic. One of the best pinots I've tasted in quite a while. This will also be excellent served with just a touch of chill on it as well.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Sittella Shiraz / Grenache / Tempranillo Swan Valley Western Australia  
Review Date: 8-22-2014
Nice complexity; balanced fresh ripe fruit with just the right amount of oak that contributes the proper amount of spice.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Mount Langi Ghiran "Billi Billi" Shiraz Grampians Victoria   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-21-2014
A wine of this quality for $10 is a crazy good deal! The Mounth Langi Ghiran Shiraz is brimming with juicy black and blue fruits, chocolate, forrest floor earthy notes, and herbs. The bright acidity juicy tannins make this wine a very delicious and easy drinker. This would be a great choice for a wedding or other party, as well as a weekday sipper!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

2012 Pisa Range Estate "Black Poplar Block" Pinot Noir Central Otago   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-21-2014
This Pinot Noir from Pisa Range is so delicious! This wine is very complex with floral notes such as rose petal and violet, dark cherry and raspberry fruit, baking spices, and minerals. The palate is both elegant with refined tannins, and zesty with medium plus acidity. The tannins are well integrated, which allows for this wine to drink well now, but the lively acidity will help this wine age beautifully.

2012 Framingham Pinot Noir Marlborough   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-21-2014
Thanks to hard work of our buyers, this is another great value Pinot Noir! This concentrated wine offers dark berry fruit, earthy, spice, and a slight smoky note. There were two Framingham wines in our staff tasting the other day and they were both delicious. Itís only a matter of time before this winery takes off!
Price: Hidden View Price WS 90 BC 0

2009 Kerrigan + Berry Cabernet Sauvignon Western Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-21-2014
This is one sexy wine! Your experience begins with an amazing nose of bright fruit and floral notes. Black fruit and cranberry, lavender, apricot, spice, mint and a hint of smoke envelope your palate. The silky smooth tannins with a long finish complete this very decadent wine. This wine is so well balanced and elegant, it is one of my favorite Cabernet Sauvignons I have tasted in a long time!

2012 Mount Trio Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Great Southern   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 8-21-2014
Attention Cab lovers! This wine is loaded with ripe purple fruit, mint, eucalyptus and spice with well integrated tannins. All this equates to a great value wine! Whether you are looking to keep a delicious everyday drinking wine around the house, or to buy for a party (hello wedding wine!), I highly recommend stocking up on this gem.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Mount Langi Ghiran "Billi Billi" Shiraz Grampians Victoria  
Review Date: 8-21-2014
This big, rich, bold Shiraz over-delivers on every level! This beauty has wonderful dark fruits, a touch of spice and lively acidity. With such a smooth, satin textured finish, it's going to be easy to drink an entire bottle alone. If you're going to spend less than 15 dollars on a red wine to drink tonight, this should be on your list of contenders!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

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