Chateau Agnel 2014

Chateau Angel 2014Vivino App Ratings

Received from Splash Wines 


Aaron: This featured some really nice berries with a fruit forward nose and subtle greens.  The flavor explodes with bourbon vanilla and rich cocoa powder.  A round, mellow, rich, and full mouthfeel make for a great all-around wine.  92 points

Teri: If you like oaky French wines, this would be a good bottle to try. The wine smells of oak and forest berries with a medium body taste of  grassy blueberry and cedar raspberries with structured tannins. Full and flavorful but richer on the oak tones vs. fruit. 88 points 

 

The Big Kiona Zinfandel 2011

The Big Zinfandel 2011Purchased from the Kiona Tasting Room, $35

Available on Amazon


Aaron: I enjoyed this red which featured a rosy, dark purple nose with wet tree trunks.  The fruit is super jammy and meaty; basically liquid steak tartare with a pinch of pepper.  Chocolate covered strawberries with some herbal undertones make this pretty complex and very very full bodied.  90 points

Teri: This has easily become another one of my favorite wineries. Aaron and I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful tasting room located in the Red Mountain AVA of Washington. Overlooking a beautiful view of the vineyard, we savored many of Kiona’s wines which were just as stunning. Many of their bold Zinfandels and Merlot’s are noteworthy but we took this bottle home because it was my favorite. The chocolate and vanilla nose would make a wonderful candle. On the first sip, your mouth is filled with flavors of raspberry pie, sage, and warm vanilla. Bold and hearty from start to finish with tannins that lay down well this bottle is savory enough to enjoy on its own or paired with mean, cheeses, pastas and hearty sauces. 92 points 

Quinton Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Reserve

Quinton Sauv Blanc NapaPurchased from Cost Plus World Market, $15.99


Aaron:  This is a great white wine!  Lemon and green apple smell with a full and creamy flavor; much more full than expected for the varietal.  There was a surprising amount of alcoholic residue which was a bit harsh but also a ton of vanilla and pear with white, fleshy fruits which were firm and crisp.  91 points

Teri: This sauvignon blanc is warm and inviting. I was impressed by how easy this wine was to drink but still carried an abundance of flavor. I tasted flavors of nectarine and other stone fruits with a hint of warm honey and vanilla. For the price, this wine is a great buy and will please novice and expert wine lovers alike. 93 points 

Sola Syrah 2012

Sola Syrah 2012Purchased from World Market, $14.99

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Aaron: This was ok but not my favorite.  A peppery pomegranate nose was layered with black granite, porous countertops.  The flavor was bold and a bit shocking at first with more tartness than smooth vanilla.  Prominent spices, chili, and pepper.  88 points

Teri: This wine was easy to drink but not a favorite flavor profile of mine (earthy/mineral characteristics). I tasted muted raspberry, smoke and herbs on the wine with additional minerals lingering on the finish. 86 points 

Layer Cake Malbec 2013

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BevMo, $12.99

Total Wine & More, $10.99


Aaron:  Not really my favorite, but functional.  The smell of berries, chocolate, and smokey bark led to a strange spice with lots of plum on the tongue.  Peppers and chili layered the palate with lavender in the background.  88 points

Teri: A jammy chocolate and oaky cherry nose. Flavors of warm cherry, sweet oak, and candy red grape (but not sweet). A complex and flavorful Malbec from a widely distributed label. This is not the best Malbec I have ever tried, but it brings decent quality which is easier to find widely. 89 points 

 

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