Van Camp Cellars Merlot 2013

Purchased from Van Camp Cellars, $25


Aaron:  Love it!  The nose smells exactly like a wild berry bush with dark timber.  The flavor features luscious vanilla and soaked oak.  This tastes like an old moss-covered castle and is absolutely wonderful.  93 points

Teri: Fruity nose and flavors of sweet raspberry with slight white pepper on the finish. A small hint of bitterness but very fruity with full tannins on the back of the mouth. Juicy. 89 points 

 

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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 

 

Butcher’s Hook 2015 Mendoza Malbec 2015

Lot 18, $18

Info on Vivino


Aaron: Skip this wine.  Red tar and raspberry with cherry cough syrup made the nose a bit off-putting.  Tart and bitter, the flavor featured awkward tannins on the middle of the tongue, resulting in a puckering of underripe fruit and watermelon rinds. Weak flavor then a punch of spicy pepper.  Horrible.  83 points

Teri: This bottle is bold with hearty tannins and needs a strong meaty dish to stand up to the flavors. It is on the earthy side with a bit too much bite on the end. The flavors of white pepper, leafy tree roots and underlining tone of chocolate covered cherries were tight and not completely enjoyable. Perhaps it needed a few hours to aerate but I would recommend just to skip this bottle. 85 points 

La Vieille Ferme Recolte 2015

La Vieille Ferme Website

Purchased from World Market, $9.99


Aaron: Red fruit and lots of leather make the smell punch you in the face.   Spiny roses and thorns weren’t my favorite but were rounded out with honey.  88 points

Teri: This wine has an oaky-blackberry nose with a round mouth feel. Overall, mineral flavors were prominent along with the taste of leather, celery and cranberry soaked oak with pepper. This bottle is good for those who like their wine to have more mineral flavor with less fruit. Semi dry with mild but noticeable tannins. 88 points

 

Le Ruse Renard Cotes de Gascogne 2015

Lot 18, $14.99


Aaron: Oaky green apple on the nose.  The flavor is tangy but dissipates quickly.  Lots of lemongrass and weeds with some interesting sunflower but too tart for me.  87 points

Teri: This white wine has a citrus nose with a light and crisp body. I tasted flavors of white peach and Pez (like the candy). Medium body and a short (but flavorful) finish. Slightly watery but easy to drink. 87 points

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