Purchased from Kiona, $23
Kiona Wine Info
Great Northwest News Article
Aaron: This is a great blend. Red, small berries with cedar chips. Fruity and full with vanilla and a nutty finish. The juicy, velvet on the swallow is pleasant and easy to drink. The flavor is smooth and full, very enjoyable. 90 points
Teri: I love this wine! We are wine club members with Kiona and I just added more of these bottles to the most recent release. It has a beautiful smell which is followed by flavors of cherry and strawberry on the wine. Then a smooth smokey/buttery finish. Complex yet easy to enjoy. 91 points.
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
Duckhorn Website, $30
Vivino Info, $20
Total Wine & More, $18
Aaron: This was great! Really smooth but crisp and balanced. I enjoyed the subtle melon and pineapple flavors with what I can only describe as a sunrise (yea…corny I know). Solid bottle that’s easy to enjoy, especially if you can find for a little discount. 90 points
Teri: This Sauvignon Blac is easy to drink with nice complexity overall and a crisp finish. It carries a nice smell of tropical fruits and lemon. The body of the wine is full with flavors of lime, peach, and some apricot. 90 points.