Purchased from World Market, $8.99
Aaron: I was excited to try this World Market branded wine. There was lots of juicy raspberry and some brown sugar and cocoa on the nose which made it very pleasant, almost like a wild garden bush. The flavor has lots of leather and tobacco but enough fruit that these weren’t overpowering. This is light to medium bodied though there is a lingering spice on the finish. It’s pretty good on its own but great for the price. 90 points
Teri: This Pinot has a round flavor, light tannins and is quite drinkable. It tastes of semi-ripe raspberry and strawberry; fruit forward with subtle oak on the finish. Very drinkable but not too complex. 88 points overall 90 points for value.
Foodies Wine Website
World Market, $8.99
Aaron: Honey … lots of honey. Plus some lemon and other citrus flavors. This was definitely not as sweet as the smell, more like zucchini doused in citrus juice. Frankly, there wasn’t much going on and this wasn’t great. I’m hoping some of the other World Market brand wines will be better. 86 points.
Teri: This riesling has a light honeysuckle nose with flavors of lemon-honey, apricot, and a little melon. It is on the sweeter side but not too sweet. It would pair well with spicy or Chinese food and is very easy to drink. Great bottle for new wine drinkers or to enjoy with a variety of meals. 89 points for an easy versatile go-to wine.
Purchased from World Market, $12.99
Total Wine & More, $8.79
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.
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
Gnarly Head Website
Total Wine & More, $7.97
Wine Enthusiast, $12
Aaron: When looking for an easy-to-find, affordable wine, I generally trust Gnarly head and this was no different. Big fruity nose (as expected) and a juicy, easy drinking flavor. There was still some good thickness and overwhelming berries, featuring black, red, and purple fruits. This is not complex by any measure but it’s flexible and a good pick up, making it a great value in my opinion. 92 points
Teri: Slight tartness on the first sip leads the way to fill flavors but soft tannins and high drinkability. I taste mostly blackberry with some woody oak. It is rich but not overwhelmingly complex. If you want a fully bodied wine which is a good value at a decent price, this is your go-to. 88 points
Check out our previous review of the 2012 Gnarly Head Vintage
OR the 2010 Gnarly Head Vintage