Cougar Crest Cabernet Franc 2009


Purchased from the Cougar Crest Tasting Room, $35

Wine Awards for this Cabernet Franc

Aaron: This had an earthy, vegetable nose with tomato and peppers.  Medium bodied with bright, earthy fruits.  It definitely needed to calm down a little right out of the bottle to subdue the peppery finish.  After a while, with some air, the strawberries and blueberries started to pop out.  89 points

Teri: Juicy cherry and chocolate covered raspberry on the nose are greeted by great and unique flavor on the wine. I taste cherry, rhubarb, and oak first which then blends into vanilla and blackberry pie. Hearty tannins but extremely smooth! Winning bottle. 93 points 


Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2009

Marques de Riscal, $17.99

Total Wine & More, $15.74

BevMo, $19.99

Wine Profile from Winery 

Aaron: I enjoyed this bottle.  A nice forests nose which was still full of berries and moss.  The flavor is really full and dense with allspice and pepper coating smoked cedar. I felt this was expectedly old-world flavor and I enjoyed it.  90 points

Teri: The nose smells like you are sniffing chocolate covered raspberries out of an oak box (for me that is a positive attribute). The wine is a pleasant blend of fruit and sweet oak. The flavors cascade from clove, raspberry, cedar, leather, to finally wild berries. Surprisingly for the rich flavor the body of the wine is on the lighter side making it (dangerously) easy to drink. 91 points 

Schramsberg Brut Rose 2009

Schramsberg Brut Rose 2009

Schramsberg Brut Rose 2009

Total Wine & More, $34.99

Schramsberg Website

Aaron:  This wine is not for newbies; I got a lot of complex, mature flavors (which admittedly differed from Bill and Teri’s reaction).  The smell was dull and muddied, almost sulfuric which I feel wouldn’t be appealing for most.  The advanced flavor palate had limited fruit to me, especially for a rose.  I got a dry, musky flavor of ay and raspberry at the end.  Most points or for the complexity.  90 points

Teri: Beautiful strawberry-kiwi nose with great tropical tastes! This sparkler is dry but fruity with lingering flavors of lemon and blueberry and still a touch of kiwi. Extremely complex for a sparkling wine. 90 points for the beautiful color, complexity, and flavor.


Flirt California Red Wine Blend 2011

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Flirt California Red Wine 2011

Flirt California Red Wine 2011

Aaron: Juicy red fruit and some smoked wood create a calm, mild flavor.  This wasn’t “sweet”, but more like medium-bodied juice.  Some subtle oak on the end makes this great for newbies but not complex enough for experienced drinkers.  90 points (for drinkability)

Teri: Slight green vine and darker berry smell. This bottle carries flavors of dark cherry, coco, and spice on the finish. Medium tannins, legs, and body makes it easy to drink but bold enough to stand up to spicy foods. 88 points