Category Archives: Standard Staples

Il Conte D’Alba Stella Rosa Rosso

Purchased from World Market, $12.99

Total Wine & More, $8.79

BevMo, $9.99


Aaron:  This is basically sparkling cranberry juice.  Definitely not my favorite and not something I’d recommend unless you’re really new to wine and like sour-ish juice.  There is minimal smell and this was not complex at all.  It’s almost sparkly, I guess that’s fun.  82 points 

Teri: This is a very easy to drink wine. The low alcohol content paired with slight effervescence makes it similar to festive juice. A good starter wine, or for someone who says they don’t like “wine.” It is heavier than a sparkling wine, but not by much. There is no depth but an abundance of sweeter raspberry and bing cherry flavors. Only 5.5% alcohol makes it a great outdoor summer wine and very easy to enjoy. 87 points for drinkability and price.

 

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Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Wine.com, $9.99

World Market, $9.99


Aaron: Rocky minerals and sea salt combine with dark plum.  The flavor is pretty rich with hearty tannins and a slow burn finish.  Tobacco and black fruits cloud the tongue with some porace texture at the end.  89 points

Teri: The first thing I noticed was the hearty tannins in this bottle. A nose of baking spice and fruit is followed by oaky/leader blueberries and baking spice. Less fruit overall and more rose pedals, earth and oaky flavors. Not overly complex but the finish is smooth and lingering. This is an ok bottle for the price. I wouldn’t pay more than $10. Overall ok, but I think there are better options. 87 points 

 

The Seven Deadly Zins 2014

Michael David Winery, $16

Trader Joes, $12.99

Total Wine & More, 10.97

BevMo, $14.99


Aaron: This was one of four wines in our blind tasting for fun.  It ranked second for me because of its solid flavor and good finish.  I can’t say I would run out and buy it again but it was pleasant.  89 points

Teri: This zinfandel has a sweeter blueberry nose and flavors of cocoa, leather, oak and dark raspberry. Full bodied with pleasant medium tannins and a smooth finish. 89 points 

3 Girls Pinot Noir

img_0586Wine.com, $14.99

Total Wine & More, $9.79

World Market, $12.99


Aaron: I’d like to meet the three girls and thank them for inspiring a great Pinot!  The nose was a flood of berries while the flavor boasted a perfectly toasted bark.  This reminded me of a nice campfire but the smokiness was complimentary instead of overwhelming.  A layer of sweet, black fruits made this very appealing and hints of vanilla and raspberry on the finish made it simply excellent.  92 points

Teri: This is another great staple from the Oak Ridge family of wines. Cinnamon, clove, and spice in the smell….mmmmm…. I tasted flavors of red apple, cocoa, raspberry and plum on the finish. Medium body with noticeable tannins. This bottle is on the heartier side of a pinot (for those who are regular pinot drinkers) and for the price is a terrific deal. 90 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