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Treveri Cellars Germanic

 

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Treveri Cellars Website


Aaron:  Treveri is great and this is no exception.  This is not a sweet sparkling but it’s delicious.  The nose is a little grassy followed by an oaky flavor.  Overall, very mild and easy drinking with more granite than fruit flavors.  This tastes great.  91 points

Teri: Light nutty smell (almond and cashew) and overall not too dry and not too sweet. I tasted flavors of apricot and cherry blossoms. This one gets better as you drink it and taste additional flavors. This sparkling would pair well with spicy foods or to serve with dessert. 91 points 

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Kiona Vineyards Red Mountain Gewurztraminer 2014

IMG_0792.jpgPurchased from the Kiona Winery in Washington, $17

Kiona wines on Wine.com


Aaron:  Great bottle that is wonderfully full for a white wine.  Peachy, sunflower nose with rich, sweet flavor and lots of white grape.  My favorite flavor: bourbon vanilla!  Alcohol was definitely prominent throughout, and this was a bit sharp on the edges but the fullness and flavor make up for it.  90 points

Teri: With a beautiful smell of peach, this Gewurztraminer is a winner from smell to swallow. Ample different flavors fill your mouth: fresh cantaloupe, banana with caramel and floral undertones. There is a long lingering finish but still a light body leaving a smooth mouthfeel after swallowing. Complex and delicious. 92 points 

Apex Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Block 35 2011

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Cellar Tracker Info

Total Wine & More (General Apex Cab), $25.99

Apex label on Willow Crest Winery Website

Purchased from the Willow Crest Tasting Room, $35


Aaron:  This is a good bottle featuring chocolate, bark, and blackberries.  There was some tar covering red fruits on the palate with a bit of licorice.  Dark brown, water-soaked tree trunks finish off the taste making for a well-rounded bottle.  90 points

Teri: I enjoy trying single block (meaning the grapes are all grown within the same square “block” of the vineyard) wines because they always carry unique characteristics from their specific growing area. This cab is extremely full but easy to drink with a nose of pomegranate, cocoa, and sweet oak. Six years in the bottle had delightfully rounded out the tannins allowing for maximum flavor with no bitter pucker. I tasted bell pepper, white pepper, and noticeable oak. A solid wine. 91 points 

Chandon Vintage Brut 2012

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Chandon Website, $45

Info on Wine Searcher


Aaron: This is a solid brut.  Traditionally sharp and dry as you would expect, the nose is a non-factor.  I noticed pine on the flavor and not a lot of apple or pear like other sparkling wines.  89 points

Teri: Light nose, just a hint of lemon curd. Very crisp, dry and leaves you with a nice clean mouthfeel. Some grapefruit and lemon on the taste. Pleasent flavors and easy to drink. 89 points

Butternut Chardonnay 2014

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Purchased from Cost Plus World Market, $15.99 ($11.49 sale)

Total Wine & More, $12.29


Aaron:  This has a nutty, buttery nose (Teri chose the bottle and I didn’t see the name when I made my tasting notes).  There were lots of pecans and cashews with a little buttermilk on the finish.  This reminded me of creamy citrus and olive oil.  90 points

Teri: Other than stone fruits and rose petals on the nose, this bottle lives up to its name. Buttery full Chardonnay, especially on the finish. Flavors of vanilla, peaches, apple pie and cream fill your palate from start to finish. Overall, delightful (especially if buttery chards are your thing)! 92 points