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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2006 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja  
Review Date: 2-28-2015
Surely one of the best outcomes of adding a Direct Import program from Spain was the good fortune, indeed the honor, of being able to offer our customers the wines of Miguel Merino. A force of nature, Miguel's passion and energy are revealed through his meticulously crafted wines. The 2006 Miguel Merino Vitola Reserva Rioja is a great example. Polished, generous, elegant. True of the wine. And of the winemaker. Gracias, Miguel.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Meurgey-Croses Mâcon-Uchizy  
Review Date: 2-28-2015
A brand new addition to K&L's collection of great white Burgundy values. 100% Chardonnay from Uchizy in the Maconnais. Very floral on the nose with hints of acacia. Round and richly textured with plenty of weight in the mouth but with a firm, mineral core. Lovely ripe fruit leaning more towards stone fruits - peach and nectarine. Drank this alongside the 2013 Les Heritiers de Comte Lafon "Les Maranches" Macon-Uchizy $32.99. At half the price, the 2013 Meurgey-Croses compares very favorably. Flavor profile is identical, and the Meurgey-Croses is the more immediately accessible of the two. A real value.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Il Valentiano Rosso di Montalcino  
Review Date: 2-28-2015
100% Sangiovese in the classic style from Montalcino. Medium to full-bodied, silky in texture, showing all the ripeness of the 2012 vintage. Bright, sweet, morello cherry notes with a slightly bitter "amaro" finish. For those looking for a traditional Tuscan red at a great price.
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2013 Cave de Saumur Rouge  
Review Date: 2-28-2015
Really delightful Cabernet Franc, from Saumur, medium bodied, and very floral, with an intense nose of crushed rocks, violets and little red fruits. I would suggest serving it a bit chilled. Perfect with Indian food.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Faultline Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 2-28-2015
If someone is looking for our best value in Scotch whisky, there'll be no hesitation on my part in recommending this. There are flavors of vanilla, malty grains, and a gentle touch of peat in the background. This is easy drinking, versatile whisky. How the hell is it $25 while being so good and 50% ABV? I have no idea, but enjoy it while it lasts.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Spellbound California Chardonnay  
Review Date: 2-28-2015
Can’t afford the pricier Rombauer but still want to be treated to a delicious, sun-baked apple-blessed, tropical, toasty and vanilla-imbued wine? Go for the Spellbound my friends, you will find plenty here to enjoy, and it really does the trick, offering plenty of rich wine pleasure for far less than you’d expect to pay. And if you happen to live in California, be sure to stock a few cases away, just in case we run out of, gulp, water....
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva  
Review Date: 2-28-2015
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For some bizarre reason, I never seem to drink enough Italian white wines, probably because I’m always driven to the Killer B’s (Barolos, Barbarescos, Brunellos). But Verdicchio, which sounds like Verocchio, the name of a Renaissance painter who is most famous for teaching Leonardo how to dip his brush, remains one of those quintessential grapes that demands serious respect from both scholar and consumer. And because it has a tendency to ripen slowly when properly planted, Verdicchio develops beautiful acidity and mineral notes to ballast the incredibly complex and succulent flavors of white pear, floral, almond and quince that are characteristic of this superb wine. And remember, the Riserva will continue to evolve for a decade or more, so practiced patience is as virtuous as the wine.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart JS 94 BC 0

2011 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas  
Review Date: 2-28-2015
Do me a favor, just close your eyes and imagine the redolent scents, sights and sounds emanating from that precious corner of paradise that is the Southern Rhône. Now open you lips, eyes still closed, and taste this Gigondas…. all the warmth, generosity and magnificence of that special terroir can be found here, without the bother of security checkpoints, long departure lines and sitting on tarmac for hours. This is serious wine, fleshy, vigorous and traditional Gigondas like they used to make and still do, imbued with luscious flavors of dark brambly fruit, pebbly earth, old leather, licorice, garrigue and spice, a gracious melding of everything good and meaningful and memorable in wine, of why we’re here and drinking it instead of just writing about it….hey, where’s my glass?
Top Value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

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Club Price: $21.99
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2004 La Temperance, Haut-Medoc  
Review Date: 2-28-2015
As owner Clyde Beffa will tell you, few wine pleasures can surpass an aged Bordeaux, and this wine, although still relatively youthful, delivers substance and power with enough suppleness to reward drinking today. Smooth, rich Merlot fruit dominates this sustainable blend, with black cherry, blackcurrant, cedar, gamy and tobacco-tinged flavors working the palate. A solid, silky wine for serving alongside a meaty casserole or fresh grilled beef, vegetable and mushroom skewers.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja  
Review Date: 2-28-2015
Largely because of our courageous buyers who are often physically held down and forced to taste, sample, spit, analyze, and select wines from the far corners of the globe, our direct import program is second to none. Take Joe Manekin, our tried and true Spanish guru, for instance. He somehow discovered a clever fellow named Jesús Puelles in the small hamlet of Abalos in Rioja Alta who makes some of the most savory, well-delineated, sublime wines this side of Siberia, in Iberia. His 2010 Crianza heralds from a fine vintage and is a classic blend of the four signature red grapes of Rioja, headlined by Tempranillo of course, and traditionally aged in 225L older oak for nuance and aroma. Lush, friendly fruit— cherries, mulberries and red plums defined by balsamic notes of sandalwood and incense adorn this tasty crianza, a wine fit for a table decked with Iberico ham, roast chicken, lamb or soft cheeses.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2000 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion  
Review Date: 2-27-2015
The Gaffeliere is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. This dark wine had a giant, oaky, vanillin nose, thick texture and strong tannins. It wasn't pruney or hard however, and many at the dinner found it their favorite of the right bank flight. I would call this an extracted style, but it doesn't go so far as to be over extracted. I would love to check in on this a few years from now. We tasted this at our 2000 Bordeaux dinner.
Drink to 2035

Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon 375ml  
Review Date: 2-27-2015
The best thing to come out of the folks and Maker's in a long time. This is the famous sweet supple and wheated bourbon turned up and made into something completely more spectacular. Gobs of rich red fruit from the wheat, spicy and decadent at the same time, the added proof gives it a mouth coating viscosity. The finish is deep and bold, caramel, toffee, and the unmistakable kiss of creamy sweetness only to be found in wheated bourbons. My only issue is that the bottle is empty too quickly.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Charles Trosset Mondeuse "Harmonie" Vin de Savoie-Arbin   | Public Pending Approval
Review Date: 2-27-2015
Mondeuse should be everyone’s new love affair. It’s sort of like you’re cheating on Old World Gamay or Pinot Noir with a more down-to-earth, funky relative. This Mondeuse has a nose of celery seed, crushed herbs, and violets, a delicate palate with bright acidity, cranberry, bramble, sage and slate. It will make you want to forget about all those other lean varieties and exclusively drink Mondeuse.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1992 Clynelish K&L Exclusive 21 Year Old Cadenhead Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 2-27-2015
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This is a fantastic expression of the Clynelish distillery! A sweet, almost candied-flower nose and flavor begins the experience in the glass, leaving a big, oily impression on the tongue. This is bright Highland whisky with a noticeably spicy finish.
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1995 Craigellachie 18 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 2-27-2015
A terrific buy for the money and one of my favorites in the new Hepburn line of malts. Indian spice notes dominate the palate, and there's a little funk and brine on the nose and the whisky's underbelly. All of this complements big flavors of tobacco, malt, and toasted almonds. The whiskey is a terrific sherried Speyside with just the right amount of rich texture.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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