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.
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.
Purchased from Laura Zahtila (Now Laura Michael) Tasting Room, $55
Wine Enthusiast Article
Aaron: We held this bottle for a while and it was worth it. The fruity nose was mellow and pleasant, featuring tobacco leaves and bark with light mushrooms growing. The flavor was very fruit forward with blackberries dipped in tar and molasses – as expected from a napa zin. Some rum raisins and a hint of cinnamon made the finish complex and enjoyable. 91 points
Teri: Aaron and I purchased the bottle over 5 years ago and have let it sit until now; the results were worth it. I smell juicy blackberries and red cherries on the nose. Very smooth tannins with intense flavors of cocoa, raspberry, plum, and tobacco. Rich and delicious but you probably want to enjoy it with food. 92 points
Purchased from the Tasting Room, about $40
Total Wine & More, $39.99
Wine Magazine Mention of William Grassie Courageux
William Grassie Wine List
The courageux is a Rhone Style red blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.
Aaron: This is a solid bottle we’ve been saving. Lots of oak and wheat on the nose followed by red currants. The flavor was enjoyable, full but smooth and no bite. There were tons of rich, fruit flavors with black cherry and other red fruits. I wanted some vanilla to round out the finish but overall, very appealing. 91 points
Teri: Juicy nose and body with flavors of blackberry, currant, bing cherry, and sweet oak. This wine is jam-packed with flavor but carries tannins that sit nicely and are extremely enjoyable. Great wine! Enough so that I would go back and purchase another bottle the next time we are in the area. 93 points