Category Archives: 90+ points

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

Vivino Website Rating


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 

Treveri Blanc de Noir

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Treveri Cellars Website


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 

Willow Crest Pinot Gris 2015

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Purchased from the Willow Crest Tasting Room, $15

This wine featured on Wine Enthusiast 

Total Wine & More, $12.29


Aaron: This is really fruity.  Pineapple, white raspberries, just generally pleasant nose.  The flavor is a little sweeter with honeysuckle and some orange-lemon citrus.  The flavor is crisp and clean but with a very acidic, alcohol flavor on the finish.  90 points

Teri: Fruity nose, good body, and ample stone fruits on the body of the wine. I tasted papaya, lemon, pineapple and a hint of sweet banana. Refreshing and full bodied with nice acidity on the finish. 91 points Perfect to pair with a hot day outside!

7 Fold Vino Da Tavola Bianco

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Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $15


Aaron: Nectarine and apricots flooded the nose while the flavor was mildly tart – though not in a harsh way.  The lingering finish reminded me of purple violets and apple cider vinegar.  This wasn’t anything special but was a nice crisp white for summer.  88 points

Teri: Smooth flavors of stone fruits (apricots and nectarines) with a hint of mineral, close to granite. I enjoyed the smell of apricot on the nose and the smooth finish. Tasty and delicious. 90 points