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Villa Maria New Zealand Dry Riesling 2010 Private Bin

Villa Maria New Zeland Dry Resiling

Dry Riesling on Villa Maria Website

Wine of the Month Club, Feb 2015, $15.99

Aaron: Dry, fruity peach nose with some slate and mushroom.  This riesling is nice and crisp with some tangy citrus and orange fruits.  Tangerine and cantaloupe flavors are fine but not incredible.  88 points

Teri: The best part of this wine is the juxtaposition of the bright flavors to the clean dry finish of the wine. A nose of peach and green apple are reflected in the wine itself, carrying further green apple characteristics along with white peach and bitter pear. This wine is very easy to drink and I give it 90 points for its flavor and drinkability.


Chatom Vineyards 2010 Zinfandel Calaveras County

Chatom Vineyards 2010 Zinfandel Purchased from the Chatom Vineyards tasting room, $20

Aaron: Raspberry and tar on the nose culminate in a pretty bold smell.  The flavor is extremely smooth as one would expect from a 5 year old bottle.  The prominent flavors are smokey cigar and dark, rocky flavors like what you would get from the rocks secluded in a damp cave.  The flavor is deep and full but not with fruit and berries, more like volcanic soil – though to be clear, this is not off-putting at all, it’s very enjoyable and mature.  92 points

Teri: A dark berry color and raspberry jam nose are prominent in the glass. Full flavors of plum, earthy raspberry and then prune on the finish leave your mouth with full but smooth tannins. Great flavors from start to finish and maybe even a hint of blueberry undertones. I would drink this wine all by itself or enjoy it with a full hearty meal with meat as the centerpiece. 91 points

Robert Craig Affinity 2010

Robert Craig 2010 AffinityRobert Craig Tasting Notes 

Total Wine & More, $48.99

Aaron: This scores differently for the nose and flavor. A dark, rich, and intense nose with rivers of strawberry, vanilla and a hint of oak.  The flavor is bold and oak-heavy from the start – clearly a Napa cab.  Good tannins provide body without being chalky.  There are identifiable leaves behind the prominent mixed berries but certainly wood-forward.  93 for the nose, 90 for flavor

Teri: The nose and taste on this bottle was filled with both oak and chocolate covered cherries. An abundance of cherry on the taste with a further hint of leather and smooth smokey raspberries on the finish. The long lingering flavors after the swallow contain quite noticeable but smooth enough tannins. This wine is a classic napa fruity cab sav and would hold up to large meals. It could be enjoyed alone, but I personally think this wine is better with food. 90 points for complexity but would be enjoyed most by avid wine drinkers or those who love the bold fruit forward napa reds.


Arrogant Frog Syrah-Viognier 2010

BevMo, $14.99Arrogant Frog Syrah-Viognier

Arrogant Frog Website

Aaron: I was excited to try this and found the mild rhubarb and oaky nose interesting but expected for the region.  Some faint strawberry and lots of tobacco create a good body but leaves a bitter mushroom flavor lingering for quite a while.  Overall, not bad and lots more berries than I expected but not my favorite.  88 points

Teri: I wasn’t too impressed with this bottle. As a Syrah prominent blend, I was expecting a strong hearty red, but this one’s flavors seemed muddled. Full tannins with a smooth finish, this wine was very earthy with flavors of celery, okay beet, and faint dark blackberry. Very heavy oak on the finish. Ok…but not worth it for me. 87 points 

Blackstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased from Safeway, $9.99Blackstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 retail

Available in multiple locations: Blackstone Website, Amazon, and Total Wine & More, $5.97

Aaron:  For a mainstream bottle, not bad at all.  The oaky smell reminds me of most California cabs while the great consistency of thick, juicy fullness impressed me.  Black currant and mocha danced with fumes of smoke to make a decently complex flavor.  90 points

Teri: This standard staple on restaurant lists and in grocery stores carries a bold red smell with large flavors of blackberry and spice. The medium tannins are noticeable but nice and overall the bottle isn’t entirely smooth but carries lots of flavor that lingers on the mouth. 88 points