Rosemount Estates Website
Total Wine & More, $5.99 sale (reg. 8.99)
Aaron: This is ok for a cheap bottle. The nose is dirty and the flavor is earthy with some blueberries. A little creamy vanilla yogurt blended with what I consider to be traditional old world flavors. 89 points
Teri: Mellow nose and flavors. Easy drinking wine with predominant flavors of blueberry and oak. Light and smooth but good hearty flavor. 88 points, mostly for value
Purchased from Cost Plus World Market, $16.99 (11.49 sale)
Total Wine & More, $12.99
Aaron: This has an earthy nose with oak and olives. The flavor was smooth and rich with dirty cocoa powder, cherry, and vanilla. There was some hefty spice on the back of the throat after the full finish. 89 points
Teri: This Malbec carries a leathery raspberry and cocoa nose. On the wine, I taste significant herbs and earth: Minerals, bell pepper, and green wood. The body has medium to light tannins which smooth out well in the mouth. 88 points.
World Market, 10.99 (sale 6.99)
Vivino Website Info
Aaron: This is a good bottle for an affordable, red blend. Tobacco was the prominent smell with some black fruits as an afterthought. The flavor is pretty smooth with a great aftertaste of violets and mushroom. Very floral with some earthy undertones. This flavor profile isn’t usually my preference but I enjoyed it. 90 points
Teri: This red blend has a woody plum nose and medium to large body. Very noticeable tannins that were slightly chunky but good flavors of leather, prune, oak, and some spicy black pepper on the taste. It is still easy to drink but bold. 88 points
Purchase from Van Camp Winery, $24.99
Aaron: Van Camp is solid. I really love these wines and this one is a perfect medium bodied, middle of the road, everyday wine. There were plenty of oak and vines with lots of greenery but enough huckleberry to remind you this is still made from fruit, not trees. There was a lightly juiced flavor and extremely mild tannins. I normally say “watery” is a bad thing but in this caseit was appropriately mild. Overall, easy drinking and easy to pair with a wide variety of foods. 90 points.
Teri: Rasberry and chocolate covered strawberries on the nose. A blend of vegetable and fruit flavors: bell pepper and blueberries with medium tannins and finish. Let the bottle breath for about an hour to open up. 88 points
World Market, $8.89 (sale)/14.99 (regular)
Total Wine & More, $12.29
Santa Ema Website
Aaron: This gets better after being open for a day but at first sip this was definitely a disappointment for me. The nose was extremely earthy with mostly mushrooms, dirt, and figs. The flavor was equally dirty with mud and forestry. There was a noticeable lack of berries and fruit. The best quality was the fullness, which I appreciated, but not juicy enough for me. 86 points
Teri: Aaron was the only one who tried this bottle. From his notes, I don’t think I missed much.