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 Tenuta di Sesta Rosso di Montalcino  
Review Date: 10-27-2014
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What a bargain for the price, classic Sangiovese aromatics, that cross between plum and cherry, Montalcino's south face's warmth and richness allow this wine to flow across your palate, so supple and easy to drink! However decant this wine for an hour and simple suppleness turns to complexity filled. Long, balanced and so flavorful this wine is an ideal wine for roasted pork tenderloin with a bit of rosemary, sea salt and black pepper, so good you'll need to buy more!
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2009 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino  
Review Date: 10-27-2014
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The ever so subtle character of this estate's wine is sometimes lost if you're not patient. Decant! It would seem that a powerhouse wine would do better with aeration but in actuality this wine's delicacy, balance and extraordinary long finish blossom with oxygen. Ever so subtle at first but then the depth of Montalcino's south face comes forth, the supple texture luxuriates on your palate but then the wine lengthens, exposing the mineral, earth and wild herbs that are the core of this wine. Complexity wells up and shows the depth of this wine's power, subtle power, drinkable now but will age very well.
Drink from 2014 to 2025

2013 Domaine de Millet Cotes de Gascogne Blanc   | Approved
Review Date: 10-27-2014
While exploring more white wines, I was introduced to this by a fellow staff member. It has a great peach smell with a cider-like crisp to it. This is a great find, plus it is less than ten dollars!
Top Value!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-26-2014
What a killer holiday party wine! Red plum, red cherry, currant and blackberry notes with medium plus acidity & soft, easy tannin. Quite the charmer!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-26-2014
An amazing value for a delightful little wine. Apple, pear, mineral with a textural note absent in many inexpensive Chardonnay. Medium plus acidity and very quaffable!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

Glendronach 12 year old Distillery Bottling Single Malt Whisky 750ml   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-25-2014
This whisky just keeps getting better, in my estimation. Rich and sherried, reminiscent of summer and winter treats: caramel apples and roasted, candied nuts. The Glendronach 12 has spicy, rum-raisin aromas, roasted nuts--filberts, Brazil nuts--and baked apple and pear notes, which repeat on the palate, so cotton-candy smooth, and the fruit flavors deepen toward the dry, smoky finish. Similar to: Aberlour 16. More flavor than: Glenlivet 12. Fiercer, less smooth than: Macallan 12 or Glenmorangie 10. More easygoing but in a somewhat similar profile to: Glendronach Allardice, Aberlour A'Bunadh. A standby, a classic.
Price: $47.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-25-2014
This Malbec is such a steal; a must-have for Malbec lovers. Its juicy acidity and fine tannins are well balanced with ripe, dark fruits of fresh blackberries and figs and beautiful notes of spices such as black licorice, cracked pepper and clove. Certainly the best Aussie Malbec Iíve ever had!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-25-2014
The 2012 Greywacke Pinot Noir could easily be compared to a Russian River Pinot Noir that costs twice the price! Rich dark cherry and raspberry fruits, with forest floor earthy notes, and freshly ground spices envelope your palate. This wine has a lot of structure and yet is elegant at the same time. While this wine is lovely now, I believe it will get better with at least 2-5 more years of aging.

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-25-2014
The ďAvant GardeningĒ Malbec is another great value wine from Ad Lib! Juicy dark cherry and plum fruits are the dominant flavors, but itís not overly sweet as the fruit is balanced out with violet and soft spices. This wine is full bodied, but the tannins are well integrated, which makes this wine very easy to drink alone or with food. Stock up on this wine for your holiday cocktail party!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 10-25-2014
This Chardonnay is a steal and just in time for the holidays! The Ad Lib ďHen and ChickenĒ is a fruit-forward style Chardonnay, which is bursting with stone fruits and white flower notes. There is bright acidity and minerality which freshens up the palate. I highly recommend stocking up on this wine before this gem is gone!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Avant Gardening" Malbec / Cabernet Western Australia  
Review Date: 10-25-2014
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Another great find from Ad Lib, the Malbec is a lovely juicy Malbec with a medium body and broad appeal. Great dark fruits with a touch of rose petal and spice makes this one a perfect accompaniment with our upcoming holiday dinners.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia  
Review Date: 10-25-2014
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What a price! This will be making a lot of party guests happy this year. Great medium intensity and concentration with nicely balanced acidity. The wood is there for texture only, not a big oaky component and the entirety comes off as a much more expensive wine. My go-to holiday white!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Ad Lib (Larry Cherubino) "Hen & Chicken" Chardonnay Western Australia  
Review Date: 10-24-2014
Get in while the gettin's good with this bottle. This is the best Chardonnay deal since we found the Bernier all those years ago. This is fresh, stonefruit-driven, refreshing white wine with character and nuance for $12.99. This is case wine. This is party wine. This is Thanksgiving wine. You roll into the party and people think you spend $25 a bottle because it tastes so darn good. Your secret is safe with us though. Love it.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 FRAM Pinotage Citrusdal Mountain  
Review Date: 10-24-2014
Pinotage that tastes like elegant, well-made Zinfandel or Rioja? Is it just that I've never tasted good pinotage before? I thought it was supposed to be all smokey and gamey and intense. This tastes like high-end Storybook Zin, or Muga Rioja. A total gamechanger for me.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 FRAM Shiraz Swartland  
Review Date: 10-24-2014
Rich and meaty, but never sweet or over the top. I usually avoid Shiraz at the sub-$20 price point because it tends to be too sweet or rich. The Fram is super complex, however, as the fruit soon turns into iron and a gamey note. Fun stuff.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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