Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Chateau Ste Michelle Website

Vivino Info, $12

Total Wine & More, $11

Wine Enthusiast Write Up


Aaron:  The nose on this cab reminded me of wet bark with some dark mud.  It wasn’t off-putting because it was still light and subtle.  The mossy flavor of ripe berries had more oaky earth tones than fruit but was enjoyable.  This bottle in general is pretty standard and easy drinking.  Not bad and easy enough to find.  90 points

Teri: For an easy to find, standard bottle, this is a good go-to if you find yourself with a shallow depth of options. The smell is quite standard. It smells of mixed berries and sweet pepper. On the wine, I taste sweet plum, blackberry, agave oak, and a light hint of white pepper. Mostly tastes of fruit, not complex, but easy to drink. 88 points 

Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017

IMG_3416Duckhorn Website, $30

Vivino Info, $20

Total Wine & More, $18

Wine.com, $25


Aaron:  This was great! Really smooth but crisp and balanced.  I enjoyed the subtle melon and pineapple flavors with what I can only describe as a sunrise (yea…corny I know).  Solid bottle that’s easy to enjoy, especially if you can find for a little discount.  90 points

Teri: This Sauvignon Blac is easy to drink with nice complexity overall and a crisp finish. It carries a nice smell of tropical fruits and lemon. The body of the wine is full with flavors of lime, peach, and some apricot. 90 points. 

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016

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La Crema Website, $23

Vivino Info

Total Wine & More, $13.79

BevMo, $14.99


Aaron: I continue to enjoy bottles from La Crema.  For reasonable prices, these are consistently solid.  This bottle had guava, cantaloupe, and pretty much any other tropical fruit you can imagine on the nose.  The flavor was buttery and light in flavor with bananas, orange peel, and a slight nuttiness.  Some vanilla countered a light punch on the finish, but this was not harsh in any way.  90 points

Teri: The smell is filled with honey and cream and the match the flavors on the wine. I tasted buttery, creamy vanilla with some mild oak. Extremely easy drinking. It’s not too complex but full of flavor. Easy to find; Keep this one on hand if you like buttery chardonnay. It would also make a good white sangria too. 91 points 

Gruet Blanc de Noir NV

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Total Wine & More, $16.99

BevMo, $15.99

Wine.com Info


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