Purchased from Costco, $20
Convergence Zone Website, $29
Wine Magazine Write Up
Aaron: I enjoyed this bottle but the flavor was a little light. Strawberry and light tan bark with eucalyptus on the nose. The flavor was slightly tannic with stones from a rocky riverbed. Tart red berries on the finish. 89 points.
Teri: Aaron and I met this winemaker while at Costco (he was only selling bottles at the site for a few days). We mentioned we appreciate most bottles from Red Mountain and he suggested this one. Most of the fruit is from Red Mountain, although not enough to place it as the AVA on the bottle. He wasn’t wrong! This wine is bold and smooth with a nice finish. I tasted black currant, raspberry, creamy brie, and some mushroom. 93 points!
The Tasting Room Profile, $15
Aaron: This has a mango, guava, and generally tropical nose. The flavor is crisp but a little wider than a brisk pinot gris. The light melon and shitake mushroom flavors were surrounded by tons of fruit making it pretty easy drinking. 89 points
Teri: This wine isn’t extraordinary but nice and the winemaker supports a good cause. There is apricot on the nose and the wine brings flavors of mixed fruit and citrus: apricot, pineapple, and lemon. Overall very refreshing. 89 points
Terra Blanca Website, $65
Aaron: The bright strawberry and sunflower nose was unique. Chocolate is prominent and surrounds blueberries and creamy blackberries. This is very appealing and easy to drink. Not a ton of earth but a hint of wet tree bark from a hiking trail. This is really good. 91 points
Teri: This wine tastes of currant, mild strawberry, rhubarb, and soft white spicy pepper. Smooth tannins, medium bodied, and very easy to drink. This is good for an everyday wine, except for the price point. 88 points
Purchased from Kiona Winery Tasting Room, $20
Aaron: This was tasty. White pineapples and grapes with light green leaves. There’s a slight butter and citrus flavor, which is generally appealing and flowery. Pretty good. 90 points
Teri: Kiona’s Zeus – Version 2 – Is a verticle blend (multiple years together) which is why they put version numbers instead of a year on the bottle. The white blend has creamy flavors and good body. I taste Bartlet pear, peach, and pine nuts along with pineapple on the finish. Very easy to drink but rich and full. 90 points