Kiona Estate Red Mountain – Pioneer Red – Version II

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Purchased from Kiona, $23

Kiona Wine Info

Great Northwest News Article


Aaron: This is a great blend.  Red, small berries with cedar chips.  Fruity and full with vanilla and a nutty finish.  The juicy, velvet on the swallow is pleasant and easy to drink.  The flavor is smooth and full, very enjoyable.  90 points

Teri: I love this wine! We are wine club members with Kiona and I just added more of these bottles to the most recent release. It has a beautiful smell which is followed by flavors of cherry and strawberry on the wine. Then a smooth smokey/buttery finish. Complex yet easy to enjoy. 91 points. 

Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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Duckhorn Website, $30

Total Wine & More, 19.97

Wine Magazine Write Up

BevMo, $26.99

Vivino Info


Aaron: This is really nice and smooth but crisp like a sav blanc.  I enjoyed the subtle melon and pineapple with a pleasant surprise.  This is a good, solid bottle that’s easy to enjoy.  90 points

Teri: You will find tropical fruits along with some lemon on the smell. The wine feels ‘full” for a white (often I like to say these ‘drink like a red wine’). I enjoy the flavors of lime, peach, and some apricot with its crisp finish. Very easy to drink with nice complexity. 90 points.

Boom Boom Syrah 2016 (Charles Smith Wines)

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Total Wine & More, $11.47

Vivino Info

BevMo, $15.99


Aaron: Lots of dark raisins with chocolate and damp tobacco.  Juicy berries with a full, smooth flavor.  Mellow tannins and very rich, vanilla, oak flavor that’s bursting with blackberry.  This is decently complex without losing the fruit forwardness that makes it really tasty.  91 points

Teri: Charles Smith is a “bigger” wine producer out of Washington and does this Syrah justice. It has a smell of dark red fruits, a vanilla aftertaste and a full, but smooth, body that yields flavors of red apple peel, leather, and a hint of spice on the finish. 90 points for the taste and the price point. 

Josh’s Swill 2016

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Purchased from Van Camp Cellars, $49.99


Aaron:  Lots of fruit with some seawater and oak barrels.  There weren’t many “trees” but definitely oak from the barrel.  The flavor is huge, featuring lots of berries and absent most earthy tones.  There were some mild mushrooms at the end but mostly dark, dense fruit.  89 points

Teri: Flavors of blackberry pie and vanilla on the nose and body. The wine is fruit forward with some spice on the back end. I enjoyed tasting the flavors of black cherry, plum, and just a hint of licorice. 90 points