OC Wine Tasting

We were very excited to try the self serve wine tasting at OC Wine Mart.  We had the pleasure of tasting with Wendy who also enjoys full bodied reds like Aaron.  Tastings at the store range from $1.00 – $5.00 depending on the bottle (usually about 10% of the bottle price).  Because we tasted so many wines, we provide simply the key information, a brief description of our opinions and a score (otherwise you would possibly lose interest and we don’t want that).

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Ceja Vineyards Chardonnay: Napa valley, 2008. 
Aaron: Rich and buttery 92 points
Teri: Lemon/Grapefruit, crisp, full, and smooth. 90 points

Pfeffingen Gewurtztraminer Spatlese, 2008
Aaron: Super sweet.  87 points
Teri: Semi-sweet, floral and cantaloupe 90 points

Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon: Nappa Valley, 2009:
Aaron: Great nose, decent flavor. 89 points
Teri: no tasting notes

Orin Swift Cellars Abstract Blend (Sauvingon blanc/muscat), 2011:
Aaron: Close but not quite there.  86 points
Teri: Melon and medium bodied. 88 points

Elements by Artesa, Merlot 2007:
Aaron: Smells better than it tastes. 86 points
Teri:Warm and full bodied of plum and spice. 87 points

Argiano non confunditur: Italy, 2009:
Aaron: Intense but needs to be smoother.  84 points
Teri: no tasting notes

Robert Hall “Hall Ranch” Meritage: 2007:
Aaron: Mild and consistent, good for a party 87
Teri: Medium bodied, rich and hint of bananna. 89 points

Dona Paula Estate Malbec: 2010:
Aaron: Enjoyable, but didn’t knock my socks off.  88
Teri: no tasting notes

Fritz Pinot Noir: 2009:
Aaron: Full for a pinot.  90 points
Teri: Fruit forward, spice on the back. 89 points

Alpha Omega II: Napa Valley, 2008:
Aaron: Great Taste! 93 points
Teri: Cherry and fruit forward. 90 points

Las Rocas de San Alejandro: Spanish red blend, 2009:
Aaron: Very smooth and fruity. 90 points
Teri: Spicy and earthy. 88 points

Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvingnon: Sonoma, 2007:
Aaron: Good, needs the recommended 15 years of aging. 90 points
Teri: no tasting notes

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