Category Archives: Red

Northwest Cellars Yakima Valley Merlot 2013

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Purchased from Northwest Cellars Tasting Room, $16

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Aaron:  This was a pretty solid bottle; big spoiler alert, the flavor and finish feature watermelon (first for me).  Oaky musk and moss on the nose with damp bark and subtle fruits on the palate.  This wasn’t in-your-face fruity but the berries are there too.  Overall, easy drinking and a little tar on the aftertaste.  89 points

Teri: Merlot was never my go-to varietal until I started to taste Washington Merlots. This Yakima grown merlot carries smells of blackberry and white pepper on the nose with flavors of mixed berry and more pepper on the body. I enjoyed the long mouthfeel and the flavor. It’s not too complex overall but juicy and easy to drink. 88 points 

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OZV (Old Zin Vines) 2015 Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel

 

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Aaron:  Dark bark and cocoa on the nose predicated an extremely fruity flavor.  Tons of rich, dark blackberries overpower the taste buds and slide away on a smooth velvety finish of vanilla.  This is just a luscious, juicy wine.   91 points

Teri: Juicy raspberry nose with flavors of blended cherry, black pepper, and more raspberry. Bold and flavorful with hearty but smooth tannins. This one is versatile enough to enjoy on its own but will also stand up to your hearty meat meals. 90 points 

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Spindrift Cellars Pinot Noir 2014

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Spindrift Cellars Website, $22

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Aaron:  I noticed ferns and raspberries on the nose of the pinot.  The flavor included a bit of a tangy bite which wasn’t my favorite and reminded me of underripe pears.  There was also noticeable cranberry and lemon so this wasn’t very appealing to me.  86 points

Teri: Herbal nose and a solid medium body on the wine. Full flavors of mushroom, strawberry, grassy hers, and sweet oak. Flavorful and hearty. Quality pinot which is great with food. 91 points 

Chateau Maret Bordeaux 2015

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Aaron:  The smell is great but the flavor left me wanting some water.  Mushrooms on oak in a mossy forest make for a great nose.  The flavor is chalky with dry tannins and was not very appealing.  Green olives with red berries and tree branches.  Admittedly it got better as it opened but not enough to get the points back.  87 points

Teri: Rich berry and vanilla nose with a round mouthfeel. The flavor is smooth and the back end is slightly sweet with blueberries and raspberries. The forward flavor has more berries with hearty oak. Very dry and a bit chalky. 86 points 

Le Concierge Syrah 2015

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Lot 18 Wine Club 

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Aaron:  Cinnamon, vanilla, and almonds burst into boysenberry on the nose.  The flavor is super juicy and full of luscious ripe fruits.  Black and red berries make this Syrah easy to drink with little to no bite or pepper.  This is just super easy drinking but not watery, though to be fair it could use more complexity.  La Concierge makes really drinkable wines, period.  90 points

Teri: Blackberry and a bit of plastic on the smell. Mild taste and medium body for a Syrah. Overall, this tastes like a French red with woody oak, baking powder with minerals and a hint of red fruit. Long lingering flavors but not my personal favorites in my wine. 87 points for good body and smooth tannins but just not one I would personally purchase again, based on flavor profile preference.