Ad Lib Treehugger No Oak Chardonnay 2011

Ad Lib TreehuggerWorld Market, $19.99

Vivino.com 


Aaron: I thought this had a really nice pineapple and citrus nose with a lighter flavor of sweet mandarines and honey…lots of honey.  The metallic, steel aftertaste wasn’t my favorite, making this pretty good but not amazing.  89 points.

Teri: This wine puts two things I love together: unoaked chardonnay and Western Australia. This wine carries flavors of red apple, peach, and a slightly metallic finish with honeydew.  Its body rivals that of standard oaked chardonnays but is still crisp and refreshing. Nothing overly stunning but a great easy drinking enjoyable white, plus a humorous name. 89 points 

 

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Rocambolesco Red Wine 2015

RocambolescoLot 18/The Tasting Room, $16/bottle


Aaron: The name is cool, the wine is ok.  Tar, oak, and raspberry made for a sweet but tart nose.  This was pretty tight and never really opened up to me, giving the sense of a tingly strawberry.  While easy drinking and fruity this was not very complex.  Nice for an intro wine but look for something else if you want to impress someone.  88 points

Teri: This bottle is nice to enjoy with cheeses and meaty dishes. It carries a medium body with a smooth finish. The flavors of red berry, leafy mulberry, cranberry and spice on the finish are enjoyable and pair well with food. 88 points 

Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Cab Sauv 2013

Franciscan Estate CabWine.com, $25/bottle

Total Wine & More, $19.97

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Aaron: Drink this wine with food.  It’s really not great as a standalone in my opinion but went great with a nice flavorful cheese.  The bright oak and small, red berries gave me a sense of youth while charred tobacco leaves added some complexity.  I noticed some maple syrup on the nose which was an interesting change but unfortunately, the flavor was not as full as the smell.  A little too much chalkiness is why this wine needs food and the flavor escaped too quickly for my preference.  87 alone, 90 with food.

Teri: This is a hearty but easy to drink bottle. I enjoyed the sweet blackberry flavors with a subtle hint of cedar and firm but smooth tannins and a bit of black pepper. Not too complex but delicious. Bring this one to that dinner party or give as a gift to a friend who enjoys wine. 90 points 

Richards Cellars Cabernet Franc 2014

img_0598Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $16/bottle

William Sonoma Wine Club


Aaron: I love cab francs and enjoyed this one.  Oak, brown and red leaves combined with vanilla for a traditional nose.  The flavor was nice featuring lots of small berries and some sugared allspice.  This was nice and fruity but not too heavy.  91 points

Teri: After a few sips my overwhelming first thought was, “wow this wine is incredibly easy to drink”. It has a tobacco and blackberry nose with a lighter body that carries flavors of white pepper, semi-sweet mulberry, dark raspberry and a bit of earth. Interesting overall and higher points for drinkability. 88 points 

Starret Merlot 2014

Starret MerlotLot 18/The Tasting Room, $16/bottle


Aaron:  This was a good middle-of-the-road bottle for me but nothing to go bonkers for.  The smoked burgundy and blackberry smell also featured a hint of jasmine.  I enjoyed the medium-full body with a little bitter strawberry, rose petals, and cherry rounding out the palate.  89 points.

Teri: This merlot has flavors of mellow juniper berry with a leafy finish. Mild bitter oak melts away to smooth tannins on the finish and a velvety mouth feel. Easy to drink and not too complex. Overall, very approachable. 88 points 

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