Category Archives: Red

Le Ruse Renard Cotes Du Rhone 2014

Lot 18, $15


Teri: Aaron and I have different viewpoints on this wine. The nose was full of black cherry and spice while the flavor was smooth plum and white pepper with tartness on the finish. Not very complex and a bit too oaky for my personal taste. 86 points

Aaron: The nose reminds me of black tar coating berries on a plank of oak.  The flavor is mild and smooth with some pepper at the end.  This was pleasant but still a little complex and I felt it was a nice middle of the road bottle.  90 points.

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Longwave Monterey County Syrah 2013

Purchased from Lot 18/The Tasting Room

This bottle on Cellar Tracker


Aaron: I really like this one.  Light yellow grass nose with dusty rocks and celery.  Flavor The flavor gets bigger in your mouth like a wave.  Lots of berries and some spice for body but not overwhelming.  Dark tobacco leaves coated in molasses and cocoa.  Really nice.  92 points

Teri: Plum and herb on the nose with a nice balance of fruit and herb on the finish. Round and noticeable but smooth tannins. Cassis, plum and a hint of blackberry. Delicious. 91 points 

 

Van Camp Cellars Merlot 2013

Purchased from Van Camp Cellars, $25


Aaron:  Love it!  The nose smells exactly like a wild berry bush with dark timber.  The flavor features luscious vanilla and soaked oak.  This tastes like an old moss-covered castle and is absolutely wonderful.  93 points

Teri: Fruity nose and flavors of sweet raspberry with slight white pepper on the finish. A small hint of bitterness but very fruity with full tannins on the back of the mouth. Juicy. 89 points 

 

Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Wine.com, $9.99

World Market, $9.99


Aaron: Rocky minerals and sea salt combine with dark plum.  The flavor is pretty rich with hearty tannins and a slow burn finish.  Tobacco and black fruits cloud the tongue with some porace texture at the end.  89 points

Teri: The first thing I noticed was the hearty tannins in this bottle. A nose of baking spice and fruit is followed by oaky/leader blueberries and baking spice. Less fruit overall and more rose pedals, earth and oaky flavors. Not overly complex but the finish is smooth and lingering. This is an ok bottle for the price. I wouldn’t pay more than $10. Overall ok, but I think there are better options. 87 points 

 

Butcher’s Hook 2015 Mendoza Malbec 2015

Lot 18, $18

Info on Vivino


Aaron: Skip this wine.  Red tar and raspberry with cherry cough syrup made the nose a bit off-putting.  Tart and bitter, the flavor featured awkward tannins on the middle of the tongue, resulting in a puckering of underripe fruit and watermelon rinds. Weak flavor then a punch of spicy pepper.  Horrible.  83 points

Teri: This bottle is bold with hearty tannins and needs a strong meaty dish to stand up to the flavors. It is on the earthy side with a bit too much bite on the end. The flavors of white pepper, leafy tree roots and underlining tone of chocolate covered cherries were tight and not completely enjoyable. Perhaps it needed a few hours to aerate but I would recommend just to skip this bottle. 85 points