Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina 2010

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Wine.com, $25.99

Total Wine & More, $19.99


Aaron:  A wet oak nose reminded me of what old-world wines should smell like.  This was rounded out with a somewhat thin tar and blueberry.  The flavor was pretty dry with moderate tannins.  Tree bark and earthy notes dominated with a hint of strawberry encompassing the backdrop.  89 points

Teri: Oaky blueberries on the nose and an overall hearty wine but easy drinking. Medium and noticeable tannins with flavors of juniper berries, tannic raspberries, and white pepper. Hearty, flavorful and better with food. This bottle would stand up to heavy meals. 89 points 

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Foodies Pinot Noir 2014

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Aaron:  I was excited to try this World Market branded wine.  There was lots of juicy raspberry and some brown sugar and cocoa on the nose which made it very pleasant, almost like a wild garden bush.  The flavor has lots of leather and tobacco but enough fruit that these weren’t overpowering. This is light to medium bodied though there is a lingering spice on the finish.  It’s pretty good on its own but great for the price.  90 points

Teri: This Pinot has a round flavor, light tannins and is quite drinkable. It tastes of semi-ripe raspberry and strawberry; fruit forward with subtle oak on the finish. Very drinkable but not too complex. 88 points overall 90 points for value.

Zhigalova Cabernet Franc 2014

Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $16

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Aaron: Rocky mountains of granite with chili peppers make up the nose of this Cab Franc.  Tart, red berries hit the back of the throat while spicy chili powder and harissa-covered cherries glide through after the initial shock.  The spiciness tends to linger for a long time.  89 points

Teri: White pepper and raspberry nose with a medium body and a smooth but slightly bitter flavor. I tasted tart cherry, rhubarb, and white pepper with leafy greens on the finish. Nothing extraordinary on this wine. 86 points

Abalone NV Espumante

Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $16


Aaron:  This is a great bottle for those looking for something sweet; maybe not the best for experienced wine drinkers.  There’s lots of bright green apple on the nose with some Himalayan rock salt.  The flavor was super sweet, like liquid candy and featured syrupy honey.  88 points

Teri: This sparkling doesn’t have much smell on the nose but an explosion of honey and apricot on the flavor that lingers in your mouth. Good amount of bubbles and a semi-sweet (not dry) flavor. This bottle is a great choice for those who like sweeter wines or would be a great choice with juice for mimosas. 89 points 

 

The Bellhop Petite Sirah 2014

Lot 18, $17


Aaron:  This has a floral nose with dark, dry wood and thorny berries.  The flavor is pretty big with lots of thick tar, tobacco, and leather.  Some black molasses and hints of berries follow but this is really best for those who don’t want a very fruit-forward wine.  90 points

Teri: Leather and black current on the nose. A night blend of pepper, fruit and blueberry leather (if there is even such a thing). 88 points. 

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