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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2008 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino  
Review Date: 7-15-2014
For me, the wine of the tasting in our recent Italian line-up. Very nicely perfumed, with macerated dark cherries dominating and multiple layers of fragrance and balanced flavors on the palate. As 2008 is not a press love fest of a vintage, nor is Baricci a household name for Brunello, this beauty can be had for under $30, which undoubtedly makes it one of the best red wine deals in the store right now.

2013 Corte Gardoni Bardolino Rosato Chiaretto  
Review Date: 7-15-2014
Light, juicy, playful rosato, this is definitely one to gulp down this summer while working the grill, snacking on cheese, pruning your tomatoes, etc. A thirst quenching rosé that is priced for regular enjoyment.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Tintero "Grangia" Bianco  
Review Date: 7-15-2014
Sort of a Vinho Verde by way of Italia, this is delicious, dry, citric, lightly fizzy white. Fresh and party ready....
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino  
Review Date: 7-15-2014
Year in, year out, Baricci is a staff favorite and go to recommendation for most of us. In a vintage like 2009, where the wines are relatively forward and supple, Baricci manages to thread the needle between immediate deliciousness and classic structure for mid-term cellaring. Given this wine's wonderful aromatics, with beautiful dark cherries and scruffy herbs, as well as its effortless balance, I think the 09 Baricci will drink well near term and perhaps surprise those who strictly adhere to vintage charts with its ability to improve in bottle.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

2012 Lange Willamette Valley Pinot Gris   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-15-2014
Tropical fruit, Bartlett pear, citrus, mineral with notes of white flowers and lively acidity. Juicy and ridiculously drinkable! A spectacular example of real Oregon Pinot Gris. Love those Langes!
Top Value!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1999 Canon-La Gaffelière, St-Emilion  
Review Date: 7-15-2014
If you're looking for a bottle of Bordeaux to drink right now, this delivers with some decanting. Notes of fresh-roasted coffee, orange zest, spice and mesquite complement a palate packed with gamey black fruit, espresso and tobacco notes on the finish.

2010 de Chantegrive Rouge, Graves  
Review Date: 7-15-2014
I'm really enamored with the 2010 Bordeaux. They're big, but there's so much acidity, and the values we've brought in are so integrated, even now, that they're a joy to drink. The Chantegrive is a case in point. It's full of sweeter fruit, with herbs and spice, and is richer than its 2009 counterpart, but it's also far more complex, in my opinion, with the quintessential Graves graphite/minerality, with a long, coating finish.

2001 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc  
Review Date: 7-15-2014
An incredible value! This is inky and opaque with just a touch of bretty funk that adds earthiness without being overwhelming. On the palate there's bay laurel to balance the tart cranberry fruit, nice lift and just a scoche of tannin.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Nairac, Sauternes  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This sensational wine combines aromas and flavors of clover honey, saffron, pineapple, orange spice tea and sweet scented wildflowers. Full-bodied without being unctuous, an oily sleekness holds the mid-palate and a mineral/acid tension glides along the long finish. This really over-delivers for the price.

2013 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Nr.7" Sauvignon Blanc Sondagskloof   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
I adore this winery, they farm biodynamic, ensuring their estate is lined with indigenous flowers, plants and animals adding to their unique terroir. With high elevation for a cooler climate and a unique topsoil called "fynbos," which gives their wines a distinct vegetal, black olive quality, this Sauv Blanc is killer. It’s more reminiscent of cool weather Sauv Blanc, with crisp acidity, zesty citrus fruits like orange and lime but with a unique green nose with hints of jalapeno, black olive and lemon rind. An excellent, well-done wine, a must-have for 2013.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
I am already a fan of the TWR wines, but this 2013 Pinot Noir elevated their quality to another level with the same great price! The 2013 was an amazing vintage for New Zealand, but I think what really made a difference this year is the addition of a second vineyard in this wine. The new addition is a vineyard from a steep, north facing slope (which is the sunny side in the Southern Hemisphere) with clay soils. The clay soil brings a silky mouth feel that I love! This wine has a great balance of red and dark currant, with a lot of spice, flint and earth. The complexity far exceeds the price. Enjoy!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Underwood by Union Wine Co. Oregon Pinot Gris (375ml can)   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 7-14-2014
OK people, have a little faith in us, here--this wine is incredibly quaffable and delicious! Perfect for a summer picnic in the park, in the ice bucket poolside, on a hike up to a beautiful sunset or even backpacking in the woods, this little half bottle in a can delivers all of the freshness you would hope for. Melon, citrus, peach and medium acidity! I'm in! Just be careful--it's two glasses in one can!
Price: $5.99 Add To Cart BC 0

El Dorado 12 year old Demerara Guyana Rum 750ml  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
A great rum that is distilled from molasses. It is rich, round, sweet and delicious. While this rum is on the sweeter and richer side, it is not sugary and has complexity to balance it out.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Cave de Tavel "Lauzeraies" Tavel  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
A wonderful rosé for any occasion. It is dry, bright, round and packed full of deep red fruit flavors. It is great alone and will go well with Mediterranean style foods.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

El Dorado 15 year old Demerara Guyana Rum 750ml (ships in a 1.5 box)  
Review Date: 7-14-2014
This rum is both tasty and interesting. It has the winning sweetness that one would expect from a rum from Guyana. The El Dorado 15 is also very complex, with layers of flavors from sweet to an almost subtle earthiness.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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