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Aaron: Honey … lots of honey.  Plus some lemon and other citrus flavors.  This was definitely not as sweet as the smell, more like zucchini doused in citrus juice.  Frankly, there wasn’t much going on and this wasn’t great.  I’m hoping some of the other World Market brand wines will be better.  86 points.

Teri: This riesling has a light honeysuckle nose with flavors of lemon-honey, apricot, and a little melon. It is on the sweeter side but not too sweet. It would pair well with spicy or Chinese food and is very easy to drink. Great bottle for new wine drinkers or to enjoy with a variety of meals. 89 points for an easy versatile go-to wine. 

 

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Le Ruse Renard Cotes Du Rhone 2014

Lot 18, $15


Teri: Aaron and I have different viewpoints on this wine. The nose was full of black cherry and spice while the flavor was smooth plum and white pepper with tartness on the finish. Not very complex and a bit too oaky for my personal taste. 86 points

Aaron: The nose reminds me of black tar coating berries on a plank of oak.  The flavor is mild and smooth with some pepper at the end.  This was pleasant but still a little complex and I felt it was a nice middle of the road bottle.  90 points.

Genoa Cellars ‘The Boom’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased from Genoa Cellars Tasting Room in Woodinville, WA, $35


Aaron:  I really enjoyed this.  There’s a powerful smell of damp berries and leather.  The full flavor matches the strength of the nose with lingering tannins.  Lots of oak and big juicy red berries dance with a hint of mushroom in the background making this a fun journey.  91 points.

Teri: Warm and spicy oak on the nose with flavors of plum, sweet oak (on the finish), vanilla and tart cherry. There are noticeable tannins but they give good structure to the wine. Complex and hearty. 90 points. Overall, I enjoyed most of the wines from this winery. We will go back! 

Karma Lion NV Vinho Espumante

Lot 18, $18.49


Aaron: This isn’t super complex, but it tastes pretty good.  Honey and melon on the nose, followed by a sweet, syrupy flavor.  There is more honey, plus brown sugar on the palate with some peach, making this super easy drinking.  90 points

Teri: Sweet peach and red apple with an almost ‘sticky’ mouth feel. This sparkling wine is good but on the sweeter side. Not too complex. Fruity. 89 points. 

Il Conte D’Alba Stella Rosa Rosso

Purchased from World Market, $12.99

Total Wine & More, $8.79

BevMo, $9.99


Aaron:  This is basically sparkling cranberry juice.  Definitely not my favorite and not something I’d recommend unless you’re really new to wine and like sour-ish juice.  There is minimal smell and this was not complex at all.  It’s almost sparkly, I guess that’s fun.  82 points 

Teri: This is a very easy to drink wine. The low alcohol content paired with slight effervescence makes it similar to festive juice. A good starter wine, or for someone who says they don’t like “wine.” It is heavier than a sparkling wine, but not by much. There is no depth but an abundance of sweeter raspberry and bing cherry flavors. Only 5.5% alcohol makes it a great outdoor summer wine and very easy to enjoy. 87 points for drinkability and price.

 

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