Purchased from Kiona Winery Tasting Room, $20
Aaron: This was tasty. White pineapples and grapes with light green leaves. There’s a slight butter and citrus flavor, which is generally appealing and flowery. Pretty good. 90 points
Teri: Kiona’s Zeus – Version 2 – Is a verticle blend (multiple years together) which is why they put version numbers instead of a year on the bottle. The white blend has creamy flavors and good body. I taste Bartlet pear, peach, and pine nuts along with pineapple on the finish. Very easy to drink but rich and full. 90 points
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.
Duckhorn Website, $30
Total Wine & More, 19.97
Wine Magazine Write Up
Aaron: This is really nice and smooth but crisp like a sav blanc. I enjoyed the subtle melon and pineapple with a pleasant surprise. This is a good, solid bottle that’s easy to enjoy. 90 points
Teri: You will find tropical fruits along with some lemon on the smell. The wine feels ‘full” for a white (often I like to say these ‘drink like a red wine’). I enjoy the flavors of lime, peach, and some apricot with its crisp finish. Very easy to drink with nice complexity. 90 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.