Fog Head Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

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Total Wine & More, 13.99

BevMo, $17.99

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Aaron:  This is one of those great bottles that won’t break the budget.  The mushroom and light cherry nose melted into an easy-drinking flavor but not at the expense of fullness.  This is exactly how I like my pinots: lots of black cherry and plum but enough granite minerals to make this more than just juice.  Smooth finish and good body make this a big win for me.  91 points

Teri: Sweet and juicy smell with an abundance of red fruit on the taste. Flavors of vanilla, raspberry, cassis, and plum. This was a hearty bottle for a pinot; Not as much of the mushroom or herbal flavors. Very juicy. 90 points 

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Sun River Vintners Tribute 2010

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Purchased from the D’s Wicked Cider Tasting Room in Kennewick, WA, $20

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Aaron:  This is a great bottle with blueberries and burnt tobacco.  The super fruity flavor featured cherries and vanilla with lots of red fruits.  This is easy drinking with a smooth finish and all around excellent.  91 points

Teri: When walking into D’s Wicket Cider Tasting Room I had no idea the company made more than just Cider. I was pleasantly surprised by this red blend under their current label “Sun River Vintners.” The nose carries smells of black cherries and raspberries. There are noticeable tannins which are semi-chalky but mostly smooth. The flavor is hearty and full of tobacco, red fruits, leather, and pepper. This bottle would stand up to hearty meals as a beautiful complement. 88 points 

Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina 2010

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Wine.com, $25.99

Total Wine & More, $19.99


Aaron:  A wet oak nose reminded me of what old-world wines should smell like.  This was rounded out with a somewhat thin tar and blueberry.  The flavor was pretty dry with moderate tannins.  Tree bark and earthy notes dominated with a hint of strawberry encompassing the backdrop.  89 points

Teri: Oaky blueberries on the nose and an overall hearty wine but easy drinking. Medium and noticeable tannins with flavors of juniper berries, tannic raspberries, and white pepper. Hearty, flavorful and better with food. This bottle would stand up to heavy meals. 89 points 

Villa Maria New Zealand Dry Riesling 2010 Private Bin

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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.