Category Archives: Red Blend

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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Rocambolesco Red Wine 2015

RocambolescoLot 18/The Tasting Room, $16/bottle


Aaron: The name is cool, the wine is ok.  Tar, oak, and raspberry made for a sweet but tart nose.  This was pretty tight and never really opened up to me, giving the sense of a tingly strawberry.  While easy drinking and fruity this was not very complex.  Nice for an intro wine but look for something else if you want to impress someone.  88 points

Teri: This bottle is nice to enjoy with cheeses and meaty dishes. It carries a medium body with a smooth finish. The flavors of red berry, leafy mulberry, cranberry and spice on the finish are enjoyable and pair well with food. 88 points 

Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2009

Marques de Riscal RiojaWine.com, $17.99

Total Wine & More, $15.74

BevMo, $19.99

Wine Profile from Winery 


Aaron: I enjoyed this bottle.  A nice forests nose which was still full of berries and moss.  The flavor is really full and dense with allspice and pepper coating smoked cedar. I felt this was expectedly old-world flavor and I enjoyed it.  90 points

Teri: The nose smells like you are sniffing chocolate covered raspberries out of an oak box (for me that is a positive attribute). The wine is a pleasant blend of fruit and sweet oak. The flavors cascade from clove, raspberry, cedar, leather, to finally wild berries. Surprisingly for the rich flavor the body of the wine is on the lighter side making it (dangerously) easy to drink. 91 points 

Lauren Ashton Cellars Cuvee Estelle 2011

Lauren Ashton Cellars CuveeLauren Ashton Cellars Website, $50

Wine Enthusiast, $40

Total Wine & More, $27


Aaron: Wow.  This bottle was awesome.  I’m generally of the opinion you don’t need to spend a ton of money to find a good bottle but this one is worth the extra few dollars.  The nose featured lots of strawberry and the palate was full of rich, dark berries followed by a hint of black pepper. The sweetness was appropriate but the berries weren’t overripe.  This was very, very easy to drink but still full bodied.  Great find!  92 points

Teri: If you want to spring a few extra dollars for something to impress, this is a bottle to pick up. The flavors of blackberry, leather, smoke and a hint of jam fill your mouth with a smooth and easy finish. This is a great bottle to enjoy by itself or with food. 92 points 

Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2012

Chateau Recougne BordeauxWorld Market, reg. $17.99 (sale $12.99)

Wine Enthusiast, $18

Vivino Rating


Aaron: This was the first of a string of 90-pointers for me.  The mellow nose of old oak and musk also featured plum and blueberries.  There was a bit of tar and unexpected melon in the flavor and a good amount of juiciness made the flavor enjoyable.  For a medium-light bodied wine, this is a good find.  90 points

Teri: Not much to go off of from the smell but the wine profile itself is another story. There is a basket of flavors from start to finish: mineral, earth, mushroom, white pepper, oak and earthy berries. With the blend of fruit, herb and earthy flavors this is a lovely medium bodied food pairing wine. 89 points. Easy to drink, great flavor and strong value.