All posts by aaronandteri

Flor de Naranja Torrontes 2016

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Aaron: This white had a bright smell with lots of mandarin oranges.  This persisted on the flavor which was crisp with a hint of sweetness.  The sweetness turned almost tart as the flavor dissipated and transformed, unveiling subtle green olives in the background.  89 points

Teri: This white wine has a sweet nose of cantaloupe and a citrus kick with flavors of lemon and almond up front with greenery undertones on the finish. Refreshing and interesting. 90 points

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The Needle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Lot 18 / The Tasting Room Wine Club, $22

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Aaron:  I was really happy with this bottle.  The nose starts out as a brushfire with dried bushes and raspberry vanilla in the background.  The fruity velvet flavor is pleasant but the super smooth finish with a hint of pepper won me over.  There’s lots of chocolate and black fruit lingering on the palate; enjoy.  91 points

Teri: The Needle Cab has a juicy red fruit nose with flavors of oaky black cherry, rhubarb, and other dark fruits. I also identified a bit of dried herb (maybe parsley) on both the nose and the finish. This wine is smooth and easy to drink but hearty. Aaron and I enjoyed this with steak and it paired perfectly. 90 points 

Sun River Vintners Tribute 2010

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Purchased from the D’s Wicked Cider Tasting Room in Kennewick, WA, $20

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Aaron:  This is a great bottle with blueberries and burnt tobacco.  The super fruity flavor featured cherries and vanilla with lots of red fruits.  This is easy drinking with a smooth finish and all around excellent.  91 points

Teri: When walking into D’s Wicket Cider Tasting Room I had no idea the company made more than just Cider. I was pleasantly surprised by this red blend under their current label “Sun River Vintners.” The nose carries smells of black cherries and raspberries. There are noticeable tannins which are semi-chalky but mostly smooth. The flavor is hearty and full of tobacco, red fruits, leather, and pepper. This bottle would stand up to hearty meals as a beautiful complement. 88 points 

Harry and David Pinot Gris

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This bottle came with a beautiful fruit arrangement from Harry & David given to us by my friend Sandy.

Vivino Website Info, Avg. Price $14.95


Aaron: Soft white cherry blossoms and some honeysuckle on the nose of this Pinot Gris.  The flavor was pear, with sweet white grape juice.  This is easy to drink but a little syrupy and thick.  I expected a lighter body.  89 points.

Teri: Peach and pear on the nose with a semi sweet finish. This bottle reminded me of Riesling. I tasted green apple, oak, and Rainer cherry with a long finish and a hint of mineral at the end. Very easy to drink and hearty for a white wine. 89 points and will be favorites of those who like their wine in the sweeter spectrum.

Treveri Blanc de Noir

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Aaron:  Red apple and palm trees cloud the nose and this is a little on the tart side but not bitter.  It’s more to say it’s not sweet.  I like that this is an easy-to-drink sparkling which can stand up to food and be enjoyed at any time.  89 points

Teri: Full disclaimer, I’m part of the “bubble club” for Treveri. Everything they make is high quality and a fantastic value (a few of their wines are even served at the White House). Their Blanc de Noir carries a nose of rose petals and raisins with flavors of orange peel, red apple, and floral undertones.  This bottle is excellent on a warm day or to break out for a celebration (even the small ones). Not too sweet and not too dry, the Goldilocks of Brut sparkling wines. 91 points