Bogle Petite Sirah 2015


Bogle Website

Total Wine & More, $7.47

BevMo, $9.49, $9.99

Aaron:  Bogle is always my go-to for affordable, easy-to-find bottles.  This Petite Sirah features plum and molasses with dark fruit on the nose.  There are cherries, blackberries, and tar on the huge flavor.  This is a big wine with some tannins, but enough fruit, cedar, and moss to remain pleasant.  89 points

Teri: Chocolate covered raspberry smell on the wine, almost jammy. Jelly flavors also full the taste along with bing cherry and raspberry. This Petite Sirah is very fruit forward with a backbone of smooth oak and noticeable but mild tannins. Great flavors and great go-to and easy to find. 92 points 


Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


Bonterra Website Info

Total Wine & More, $9.97

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Aaron:  This wine featured raspberry and some subtle, oaky jam  on the nose.  This was followed by a vanilla bourbon which made me excited to try a sip.  The flavor has a slight chalkiness but tons of cherry ice cream (no it doesn’t take like ice cream)  It’s not bad, a little tart, but not bad.  89 points

Teri: The smell of berry/raspberry opens up to semi-earthy notes on the wine blended with flavors of plum, oak, violets, vanilla, and black pepper. This bottle is very easy to drink and full of flavor. Plus, organic! 90 points. 

Sterling Vintner’s Collection Meritage 2014


Sterling Vineyards Website, $24

Total Wine & More, $9.23

Vivino Info

Aaron: Cherry and strawberry nose with brush and red berries.  A sweeter flavor features chocolate covered strawberries and blueberries and is absent any oak.  Not a lot of earth at all, just fruit, ripe luscious fruit that makes this easy drinking and a great first wine for newbies.  90 points

Teri: Oaky nose with flavors of raspberry, cocoa, and subtle spice. Medium to full body with smooth tannins; very easy drinking. This bottle would pair well with food. Bring to a dinner party or keep on hand for an evening in. 88 points 

Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


Root 1 Website 

Total Wine & More, $9.99

Vivino Info

Aaron: This is a pretty average bottle, not amazing but not bad.  Oaky, mild mushroom nose with rhubarb, cocoa, and boysenberry.  The flavor is earthy but not old world earthy.  Overall, medium bodied with a dash of black pepper at the end.  Easy staple.  89 points

Teri: This wine is medium bodied with herb notes along with fruity currants and cherries. It is smooth and easy to drink. I would choose this bottle as a grab and go for any day of the week. Decent wine and good price. 88 points