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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2009 Valserrano Crianza Rioja  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
Delicious, bright, high toned berry fruited crianza Rioja, here! Thanks to Bodegas de la Marquesa's faithfulness to the classic Crianza style, their extensive vineyard holdings, and a healthy chunk of 10% Mazuelo (Carignane) in this blend, this is a 2009 that begs another sip, and another glass. However, it should age nicely in the short to mid-term as well. Good stuff.

2012 Kirkham Peak Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-15-2014
For fans of ripe, fruit-forward California Pinot Noir, here's one for you. This K&L exclusive comes bearing great heaps of red fruited goodness. Dense raspberry and wild strawberry notes are present and mouth filling. This Pinot is incredibly easy to drink and made to be enjoyed today!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Valserrano Crianza Rioja  
Review Date: 4-15-2014
This is a great example of the generous quality the 2009 vintage will offer in Rioja. Achieving a wonderful balance of ripeness and structure, this Crianza offers aromas of bright red fruit with hints of rose, citrus and vanilla. The underlying sweet fruit is framed throughout by very precise acid and tannin. This is a very polished bottle of wine for $15, which you can drink over the next 3-5 years.

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-14-2014
*½ Great nose. So fruity. A fabulous wine.

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-14-2014
Sweet raspberries and black fruits, very floral, with herbal notes and earth all pulled together by round, firm tannins and a very long finish. Tasted twice. I'm 56 years old and Cantemerle is now my #1 favorite château, and I seriously doubt that will ever change. The reason is simple: great, complex wine, consistent quality and a fair price. A winner every time! **

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)  
Review Date: 4-14-2014
Along with La Lagune, this property stands out for being a perennial value and a top producer from its commune.

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc  
Review Date: 4-14-2014
*V Tons of ripe fruit. Super flavor. Great value! This is stunning wine for the vintage.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc  
Review Date: 4-14-2014
Dark fruit and a touch of pepper. Attractive front to back, with good grip and tannin control.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc  
Review Date: 4-14-2014
This is one of the great classics as far as values go-always good and dependable. It has a racy nose with hints of herbs, flowers and loads of red fruits. Nice creaminess. This is classic.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Armas de Guerra Mencía Rosado Bierzo  
Review Date: 4-14-2014
The texture of this is almost indulgent! Creamy, with ripe lush fruit, intense minerality, and bright, refreshing acidity. 100% Mencia from Bierzo. This is completely coming camping with me this weekend. Whipped feta dip with grilled asparagus, hot dogs with my friends homemade pepper relish, even just the fresh air will go great with this wine!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough  
Review Date: 4-10-2014
There is not questioning whether or not this is a Pinot! Beautiful light structure, forest floor, olives, crushed currents, stoney, this is much closer to a Burgundy than a typical New World Pinot. Textbook and honestly made.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Mata "Elston" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay  
Review Date: 4-10-2014
The Elston shows some tropical pineapple notes along with citrus highlights. While barrel fermented with full malo, the wine remains elegant and fresh with the oak serving to frame and not overwhelm the heart of the wine. There is excellent acidity and balance with a long finish.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay  
Review Date: 4-10-2014
Here's the "little brother" to the Coleraine and one that you can enjoy on the earlier side. Showing a similar core of fruit with plum, cherry and minerals, it is more medium bodied with a hint of savoury herbs as well. There is still fine grained tannins, but with a softer edge to the structure.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Te Mata "Bullnose" Syrah Hawkes Bay  
Review Date: 4-10-2014
Hawkes Bay and the Gimblett Gravels specifically, offer one of the worlds great expressions for Syrah. And, the Bullnose is one of the best. The bouquet is lifted with red and black fruits, a meaty game note, white pepper, cedar and a hint of tobacco. On the palate there is good acidity, a fine structure and great length. I'll be putting some away for sure!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 97 JS 90

2010 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay  
Review Date: 4-10-2014
The is one of the icons of the New Zealand wine industry...and deserves it! A gorgeous blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 6% Cabeenet Franc, the Coleraine offers notes of cedar, dark plum, black cherry and minerality. There is seamless balance with fine grained tannins and a long persistent finish. Buy it, put it away for a while and reap the rewards. You'll be glad you did.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 96 JS 93

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