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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Jean-Jacques Lamoureux "Réserve" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 4-1-2015
Gary has hit the ball out of the park with his latest DI offering! The Lamoureux Reserve Brut is sure to please every palate at the party. Elegantly toasty with notes of ripe pear and apple up front, this cuvee continues its decadent journey with a sumptuously sinful palate loaded with white nectarine and exotic starfruit. Couple this with a ridiculously creamy, full bodied texture and ultra fine bead and you have a true 5 star champagne!
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2013 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel  
Review Date: 4-1-2015
One of California's great Zinfandel producers, the Seghesio Family have been at the forefront of Zinfandel production. There Sonoma County Zinfandel is one of the great values in California Zin. Consistency and quality are second to none.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

2004 Smoky & Peaty Tobermory (Ledaig) 8 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml   | Approved
Review Date: 4-1-2015
WOW! As someone who has long loved single malt scotch, and yet is fairly new to the business of REALLY learning about their nuances (Thanks, David), I am super excited to say that this is one of the most interesting things I've tasted in a long time. A full bodied and intense experience, this exclusive bottling of a Tobermory (Ledaig) is balanced and robust. The co-mingling of the earthy smoke, vibrant fruit notes, and long finish make this a superb example of Islay whiskeys! Get one while they last.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese  
Review Date: 4-1-2015
This is what Spätlese from the Nahe is all about. Clear mineral definition wrapped up by well defined juicy layers and a hint of salinity to drive out the finish. Once again, House Dönnhoff, superb job!
Price: $40.99 Add To Cart RP 93 BC 0

2013 Ridge "Geyserville" Sonoma County Zinfandel  
Review Date: 4-1-2015
Ridge has made the Geyserville as a single-site zinfandel in every year since 1966. 73% Zinfandel 17% Carignane , 9% Petite Sirah, 1% Mataro (Mourvedre) Lush black and red fruit, mint,cedar and spice. Good structure with aging potential.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ridge "Three Valleys" Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend  
Review Date: 4-1-2015
Ridge's entry level Zinfandel, the Three Valleys is a Sonoma County blend of predominately Zinfandel with just a touch of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouchet. A great way to start your Ridge wine experience or a great Tuesday night sipper.

2010 Soluve Chianti Classico Riserva  
Review Date: 4-1-2015
In this wine you will find black cherries, plum with minerals and a touch of chestnuts on the finish. Medium-bodied with soft tannins, this is a very user-friendly Chianti that will show well with the pizza and pasta.
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2004 La Temperance, Haut-Medoc   | Approved
Review Date: 4-1-2015
Yet another discovery in the world of ready-to-drink Bordeaux at staggeringly great prices, the 2004 La Temperance is a pure representation of what the Medoc can do. Comprised of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot, this is a full bodied, mature wine that is loaded front to back with black currant, graphite, pencil lead, and bright cherry fruit. Enough tannin to maintain the structure leads to a strong finish! Excellent!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Lamoureux Rosé des Riceys  
Review Date: 4-1-2015
A truly unique rose. Almost more on the color side of a light red. Don't served super chilled. Cellar temperature would be ideal. Flavors of red plum, cherry and raspberry are on the nose. The palate opens to bright fleshy fruit flavors. It has a silky mouthfeel that again make you think of a red wine but has very little tannic structure relying on bright acidity to give it focus. One of the best new French roses I have tried and I try them all.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Jean-Jacques Lamoureux "Réserve" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 4-1-2015
What a revelation! I'm a huge fan our DIs but this new arrival may be one of the best yet. Layers of fruit erupt from the glass including notes of apple, pear, peach and blood orange. A hint of the exotic as well including some starfruit, kiwi and a bit of ginger. On the palate the mousse is creamy with flavors that are generous and keep unfolding. Bravo! (A side note - don't miss the STILL rose that they also make. Truly special!)
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1989 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien  
Review Date: 4-1-2015
This 1989 is still very dark and young, and I am glad that we gave it an hour and a half to air in the decanter. The nose shows off the purity and power of Cabernet Sauvignon from this hallowed area with some of the best dark cassis aromas that I have smelled. In the mouth, the wine is medium bodied, with great texture that has the potential to get even better with more time. The tannins are firm and the acidity fresh- I was very happy to have thick slices of marbled, prime New York steak to act as a foil to this big wine. Our bottle was also layered and complex with a nod to Pauillac showing through in pencil lead hints. Best of all it was super easy to drink despite its size and complexity; a virtue that only wines of great breed have.
Drink from 2015 to 2029
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Quinta do Vallado Douro   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 4-1-2015
Conventional wisdom is that the best red wine values at this price level might come from South America or elsewhere in the New World. But I contend that you can't do better than one of the most important terroirs in the Old World... the Douro. This consistently excellent bottling from Vallado is always good, but the standout 2011 vintage is unstoppable. Firm yet polished, perfumed, expressively mineral-driven, and even a little serious. A case-purchase consideration if there ever was one.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

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Amaury Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 4-1-2015
This multi vintage blend which includes harvests from 2007 through 2012 is a must try for those who like their bubbly on the rich side but with out giving up any complexity. This is chock full of red fruit and berry flavors and there is an additional layer of maturity provided by the inclusion of the older stocks. This is produced using the solera system (as in Sherry) and there is nothing else quite like it.
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Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut  
Review Date: 4-1-2015
One of the finest sparkling wines in the world. Made with great care and precision by winemaker/General Manager Arnaud Weyrich. A leaner style of sparkling wine with a minerality and depth punctuated by a lush mid palate. Approximately 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir. Aged a minimum of two years on the yeast. A tasty sparkling for any occasion.

Alexandre Le Brun "Tradition" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 4-1-2015
A finely balanced Champagne, this is all Challah dough on the nose, which leads to a dry, elegant, tasty palate. We like to joke about the recent trendiness of the Aube, or Cotes des Bar, the warmer, southern zone that is closer to Chablis than to Epernay and the rest of Champagne. That said, wines as good as Le Brun's provide serious competition to the established names up north!
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