Kiona Red Mountain Pioneer Red

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Kiona Winery Website, $25

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Aaron: I’m not normally a blend fan but Kiona does it right.  This is fruity and full with vanilla and a nice, nutty finish.  The juicy velvet is pleasant and easy drinking.  This is full, smooth, and full of flavor.  90 points

Teri: Great smell and flavors on this red wine blend. Cherry and strawberry blend with smoke and butter on the finish. Amazon flavor! 91 points.  Complex yet very easy to drink.

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Barquette Chardonnay 2015

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Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $17.50/bottle

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Aaron: I was impressed with this Chardonnay.  The nose was fruity and tropical with pineapple and the flavor was sweet with honey and syrup.  To avoid an overly sweet experience, this wine adds butter and cream with lots of fruit making it easy to drink and easier to enjoy.  91 points

Teri: Very fragrant honeydew smell greats you first followed by the flavors of pear, stone fruit, tropical citrus, and vanilla. Great flavor and very easy to drink with a nice weight and body to the white wine. 90 points 

Laura Zahtila Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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Purchased from Laura Zahtila (Now Laura Michael) Tasting Room, $55

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Aaron:  We held this bottle for a while and it was worth it.  The fruity nose was mellow and pleasant, featuring tobacco leaves and bark with light mushrooms growing.  The flavor was very fruit forward with blackberries dipped in tar and molasses – as expected from a napa zin.  Some rum raisins and a hint of cinnamon made the finish complex and enjoyable. 91 points

Teri: Aaron and I purchased the bottle over 5 years ago and have let it sit until now; the results were worth it. I smell juicy blackberries and red cherries on the nose. Very smooth tannins with intense flavors of cocoa, raspberry, plum, and tobacco. Rich and delicious but you probably want to enjoy it with food. 92 points 

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016

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La Crema Website, $23

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Total Wine & More, $13.79

BevMo, $14.99


Aaron: I continue to enjoy bottles from La Crema.  For reasonable prices, these are consistently solid.  This bottle had guava, cantaloupe, and pretty much any other tropical fruit you can imagine on the nose.  The flavor was buttery and light in flavor with bananas, orange peel, and a slight nuttiness.  Some vanilla countered a light punch on the finish, but this was not harsh in any way.  90 points

Teri: The smell is filled with honey and cream and the match the flavors on the wine. I tasted buttery, creamy vanilla with some mild oak. Extremely easy drinking. It’s not too complex but full of flavor. Easy to find; Keep this one on hand if you like buttery chardonnay. It would also make a good white sangria too. 91 points