Charles Smith Website
Total Wine & More, $11.47
Aaron: Lots of dark raisins with chocolate and damp tobacco. Juicy berries with a full, smooth flavor. Mellow tannins and very rich, vanilla, oak flavor that’s bursting with blackberry. This is decently complex without losing the fruit forwardness that makes it really tasty. 91 points
Teri: Charles Smith is a “bigger” wine producer out of Washington and does this Syrah justice. It has a smell of dark red fruits, a vanilla aftertaste and a full, but smooth, body that yields flavors of red apple peel, leather, and a hint of spice on the finish. 90 points for the taste and the price point.
Purchased from Van Camp Cellars, $49.99
Aaron: Lots of fruit with some seawater and oak barrels. There weren’t many “trees” but definitely oak from the barrel. The flavor is huge, featuring lots of berries and absent most earthy tones. There were some mild mushrooms at the end but mostly dark, dense fruit. 89 points
Teri: Flavors of blackberry pie and vanilla on the nose and body. The wine is fruit forward with some spice on the back end. I enjoyed tasting the flavors of black cherry, plum, and just a hint of licorice. 90 points
Kiona Winery Website, $25
Wine Enthusiast Info
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.
Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $17.50/bottle
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