Gruet Blanc de Noir NV

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Total Wine & More, $16.99

BevMo, $15.99

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Aaron: Dry and crisp with a mellow finish.  This sparkling was fine on its own but great with a refreshing appetizer.  I got a lot of white strawberry and green ferns on this very dry Blanc de noirs. 91 points

Teri: Aaron and I enjoyed this bottle at a wine bar in Scottsdale Arizona. I’m very glad we did because it is now one of my favorite sparklings! Easy to drink with tremendous flavor. Dry overall with flavors of peach, almond, and honey. Crisp with plenty of bubbles. 90 points 

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Corvus Syrah-Petite Sirah 2012

IMG_2367Purchased from the Corvus Tasting Room, $35

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Aaron: This has a jammy, bold nose full of blackberries.  There are huge tannins and some sharp, splintered bark from dark oak trees.  This is smooth but there’s noticeable pepper on the finish, complemented by lots of cherry and red apple fruits.  90 points

Teri: Fruit forward nose and a full body one the wine. Hearty, semi-heavy tannins are very noticeable but not overbearing. I taste flavors of bing cherry, oak, blueberry, and sage. The wine is very hearty but still easy to drink. Delightful to pair with a steak or other red meats. 92 points 

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

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Mumm Website, $24

Total Wine & More, $15.97

BevMo, $16.99


Aaron: This has a bright green nose with tree bark and apricot.  I liked this more than most other Mumm’s I’ve had because of the honey and cantaloupe flavor.  This has a wide, broad flavor to me.  90 points.

Teri: Stone fruits, apricot and apple dance on your palate. A crisp and long finish. The sparkling is dry but still carries lingering flavors. Great go-to bottle for any occasion or as a quality gift.  90 points 

Kiona Vineyards Red Mountain Gewurztraminer 2014

IMG_0792.jpgPurchased from the Kiona Winery in Washington, $17

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Aaron:  Great bottle that is wonderfully full for a white wine.  Peachy, sunflower nose with rich, sweet flavor and lots of white grape.  My favorite flavor: bourbon vanilla!  Alcohol was definitely prominent throughout, and this was a bit sharp on the edges but the fullness and flavor make up for it.  90 points

Teri: With a beautiful smell of peach, this Gewurztraminer is a winner from smell to swallow. Ample different flavors fill your mouth: fresh cantaloupe, banana with caramel and floral undertones. There is a long lingering finish but still a light body leaving a smooth mouthfeel after swallowing. Complex and delicious. 92 points