Lot 18, $15
Teri: Aaron and I have different viewpoints on this wine. The nose was full of black cherry and spice while the flavor was smooth plum and white pepper with tartness on the finish. Not very complex and a bit too oaky for my personal taste. 86 points
Aaron: The nose reminds me of black tar coating berries on a plank of oak. The flavor is mild and smooth with some pepper at the end. This was pleasant but still a little complex and I felt it was a nice middle of the road bottle. 90 points.
Purchased from Genoa Cellars Tasting Room in Woodinville, WA, $35
Aaron: I really enjoyed this. There’s a powerful smell of damp berries and leather. The full flavor matches the strength of the nose with lingering tannins. Lots of oak and big juicy red berries dance with a hint of mushroom in the background making this a fun journey. 91 points.
Teri: Warm and spicy oak on the nose with flavors of plum, sweet oak (on the finish), vanilla and tart cherry. There are noticeable tannins but they give good structure to the wine. Complex and hearty. 90 points. Overall, I enjoyed most of the wines from this winery. We will go back!
Lot 18, $18.49
Aaron: This isn’t super complex, but it tastes pretty good. Honey and melon on the nose, followed by a sweet, syrupy flavor. There is more honey, plus brown sugar on the palate with some peach, making this super easy drinking. 90 points
Teri: Sweet peach and red apple with an almost ‘sticky’ mouth feel. This sparkling wine is good but on the sweeter side. Not too complex. Fruity. 89 points.
Purchased from World Market, $12.99
Total Wine & More, $8.79
Aaron: This is basically sparkling cranberry juice. Definitely not my favorite and not something I’d recommend unless you’re really new to wine and like sour-ish juice. There is minimal smell and this was not complex at all. It’s almost sparkly, I guess that’s fun. 82 points
Teri: This is a very easy to drink wine. The low alcohol content paired with slight effervescence makes it similar to festive juice. A good starter wine, or for someone who says they don’t like “wine.” It is heavier than a sparkling wine, but not by much. There is no depth but an abundance of sweeter raspberry and bing cherry flavors. Only 5.5% alcohol makes it a great outdoor summer wine and very easy to enjoy. 87 points for drinkability and price.
Purchased from Lot 18/The Tasting Room
This bottle on Cellar Tracker
Aaron: I really like this one. Light yellow grass nose with dusty rocks and celery. Flavor The flavor gets bigger in your mouth like a wave. Lots of berries and some spice for body but not overwhelming. Dark tobacco leaves coated in molasses and cocoa. Really nice. 92 points
Teri: Plum and herb on the nose with a nice balance of fruit and herb on the finish. Round and noticeable but smooth tannins. Cassis, plum and a hint of blackberry. Delicious. 91 points