Apericena Vino Da Tavola Blanco NV

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Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $13


Aaron:  This was a great bottle, especially for the price.  If you want a nice easy going white that is flexible but still enjoyable, go to lot 18 and get this one.  The nose was banana-walnut bread with cantaloupe and sparkling vinegar on the flavor.  There was also white cherries and butter in the background of this full white.  91 points

Teri: I feel the bottle would pair well with fresh salads and creamy chicken. It has a sweet floral nose and smooth easy taste of cantaloupe, bell pepper, citrus and a hint of oak on the finish. Crisp and clean. Nothing stands out which is extraordinary, but it is enjoyable. 87 points 

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Le Flaneur IGP Cotes de Gascogne 2015

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Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $17


We have to give a call out to Lot 18 for great customer service on this one. We don’t do this often but felt the need to write the company to let them know this bottle fell well outside our enjoyment spectrum. Without hesitation, Lot 18 refunded us the price of the bottle and asked if there were any others we did not enjoy. Well done and great customer service.

Aaron: This was downright awful.  Grapefruit and guava on the nose with palm trees but the flavor is just bad.  It tasted like unsweetened lemon juice.  There were some unappealing mushrooms which didn’t help the sour look on my face.  The issue was there was no good tasting fruit, maybe just some pine cones.  Definitely, skip it.  79 points.

Teri: Lemon and stone fruits on the nose with an extremely tart flavor. Short finish and high acidity and lemon flavors made the bottle seem like I was drinking weak lemon juice. Not to my liking. I would say skip this bottle. 81 points 

 

Willow Crest Pinot Gris 2015

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Purchased from the Willow Crest Tasting Room, $15

This wine featured on Wine Enthusiast 

Total Wine & More, $12.29


Aaron: This is really fruity.  Pineapple, white raspberries, just generally pleasant nose.  The flavor is a little sweeter with honeysuckle and some orange-lemon citrus.  The flavor is crisp and clean but with a very acidic, alcohol flavor on the finish.  90 points

Teri: Fruity nose, good body, and ample stone fruits on the body of the wine. I tasted papaya, lemon, pineapple and a hint of sweet banana. Refreshing and full bodied with nice acidity on the finish. 91 points Perfect to pair with a hot day outside!

Anti-Gravity Prosecco 2015

Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $17


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Aaron:  This gets points as a good mixing prosecco but not as a great wine.  I smelled smoked honey and white eucalyptus but the flavor was light without much going on.  There was a little watery green fruit like honeydew but ultimately this was just bland. 88 points for mimosas; 83 for wine.

Teri: Light nose and very mild taste which, if anything, resembles walnuts and some mineral. Extremely dry! Good for mixing but I wouldn’t consider this to drink by itself. 84 points 

7 Fold Vino Da Tavola Bianco

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Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $15


Aaron: Nectarine and apricots flooded the nose while the flavor was mildly tart – though not in a harsh way.  The lingering finish reminded me of purple violets and apple cider vinegar.  This wasn’t anything special but was a nice crisp white for summer.  88 points

Teri: Smooth flavors of stone fruits (apricots and nectarines) with a hint of mineral, close to granite. I enjoyed the smell of apricot on the nose and the smooth finish. Tasty and delicious. 90 points 

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