Category Archives: Impress a Snob

Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Tawny Porto

Total Wine & More, $46.99

Taylor Fladgate Website


Aaron:  This is AWESOME!  It’s a little pricey for our wine blog (gift from a friend) but definitely worth it.  Super rich, smooth flavors with less raisin and prune flavors than most ports.  More traditional wine flavors with dark berries and a great oakiness.  The finish is gentle but still full.  This is exactly what I want, not syrupy but still flavorful and a brandy flavor without the brandy burn.  94 points

Teri: This bottle is worth the splurge. Most people think of ports’ tasting similar to liquid raisins. After being aged for 20 years, this port is smooth with beautiful flavors of blackberries and mild but not overpowering warmth. It drinks like a wine with smooth complexity and pairs beautifully with desserts and cheeses. Impress your dessert loving friends by bringing this bottle along! 93 points 

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Lauren Ashton Cellars Cuvee Estelle 2011

Lauren Ashton Cellars CuveeLauren Ashton Cellars Website, $50

Wine Enthusiast, $40

Total Wine & More, $27


Aaron: Wow.  This bottle was awesome.  I’m generally of the opinion you don’t need to spend a ton of money to find a good bottle but this one is worth the extra few dollars.  The nose featured lots of strawberry and the palate was full of rich, dark berries followed by a hint of black pepper. The sweetness was appropriate but the berries weren’t overripe.  This was very, very easy to drink but still full bodied.  Great find!  92 points

Teri: If you want to spring a few extra dollars for something to impress, this is a bottle to pick up. The flavors of blackberry, leather, smoke and a hint of jam fill your mouth with a smooth and easy finish. This is a great bottle to enjoy by itself or with food. 92 points 

Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2012

Chateau Recougne BordeauxWorld Market, reg. $17.99 (sale $12.99)

Wine Enthusiast, $18

Vivino Rating


Aaron: This was the first of a string of 90-pointers for me.  The mellow nose of old oak and musk also featured plum and blueberries.  There was a bit of tar and unexpected melon in the flavor and a good amount of juiciness made the flavor enjoyable.  For a medium-light bodied wine, this is a good find.  90 points

Teri: Not much to go off of from the smell but the wine profile itself is another story. There is a basket of flavors from start to finish: mineral, earth, mushroom, white pepper, oak and earthy berries. With the blend of fruit, herb and earthy flavors this is a lovely medium bodied food pairing wine. 89 points. Easy to drink, great flavor and strong value.

 

The Big Kiona Zinfandel 2011

The Big Zinfandel 2011Purchased from the Kiona Tasting Room, $35

Available on Amazon


Aaron: I enjoyed this red which featured a rosy, dark purple nose with wet tree trunks.  The fruit is super jammy and meaty; basically liquid steak tartare with a pinch of pepper.  Chocolate covered strawberries with some herbal undertones make this pretty complex and very very full bodied.  90 points

Teri: This has easily become another one of my favorite wineries. Aaron and I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful tasting room located in the Red Mountain AVA of Washington. Overlooking a beautiful view of the vineyard, we savored many of Kiona’s wines which were just as stunning. Many of their bold Zinfandels and Merlot’s are noteworthy but we took this bottle home because it was my favorite. The chocolate and vanilla nose would make a wonderful candle. On the first sip, your mouth is filled with flavors of raspberry pie, sage, and warm vanilla. Bold and hearty from start to finish with tannins that lay down well this bottle is savory enough to enjoy on its own or paired with mean, cheeses, pastas and hearty sauces. 92 points 

Treveri Gewurztaminer Demi-Sec NV

TreveriPurchased from the Treveri Tasting Room, $17


Aaron: Melon and cantaloupe made for a bold nose though the bubbles were subdued on this sparkling wine.  Cherry and a slightly herbal flavor made for a less-than-sweet but soothing mouthfeel.  This was pretty full and reminded me of an off-dry chard. I would definitely recommend visiting the winery! 90 points

Teri: Treveri produces sparkling wines with non-traditional varietals and they do it very well! The family owned establishment has a beautiful tasting room and outdoor seating area where your tasting is complementary–then just purchase what you like! We walked away with only a few bottles, but I would have loved to buy more. The Gewurztraminer sparkling is fresh and crisp with flavors of apricot, pear, and peach. I loved the boldness of the flavors within the wine but yet it still kept its crispness. Too bad you can only get this one from the winery direct. Looks like I will be making more trips to Yakima, WA in my future. 95 points