Kiona Red Mountain Pioneer Red

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Kiona Winery Website, $25

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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.

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Kiona Red Mountain Lemberger 2015

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Purchased from Kiona Tasting Room, about $15

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Aaron: Readers will probably start to get tired of us complimenting Kiona bottles, but we like them.  This one had a fruity nose with appropriate oak, followed by some leather and shoe polish.  The taste was blunt and flat with a mellow cherry and grape flavor.  There was no bite at all but subtle tannins to add body.  This wasn’t super complex but was by no means “juice”, it was just easy to drink.  It’s not what I would call a beginner wine, but it’s nice to take a step into something more complex than Menage a Trois.  90 points

Teri: Pleasent red fruit nose followed by the taste of black pepper, leather, blackberry, and oak. This wine is rich in flavor and complex. Delightful to drink with medium bodied and long tannins that linger in your mouth. I would pair this with Italian red sauces or creamy cheeses. 90 points

Laura Zahtila Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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Purchased from Laura Zahtila (Now Laura Michael) Tasting Room, $55

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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 

Champignon Pinot Noir 2015

IMG_2921Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $20/bottle

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Aaron: This bright red color of this wine was mirrored on the nose. Tons of cherry clouded the nostrils but the body was light (though not watery).  There were fruit flavors with some leathery vanilla and a bit of earthiness which grew on me after a while.  This was pleasant.  90 points

Teri: This pinot has a medium body with a long finish and smooth tannins. Flavors blend together hints of earthy bell pepper, tart cherry, and soft white pepper; a pleasant mix of earthy and fruity flavors for a complex but easy to drink red. 89 points