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Ad Lib Treehugger No Oak Chardonnay 2011

Ad Lib TreehuggerWorld Market, $19.99

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Aaron: I thought this had a really nice pineapple and citrus nose with a lighter flavor of sweet mandarines and honey…lots of honey.  The metallic, steel aftertaste wasn’t my favorite, making this pretty good but not amazing.  89 points.

Teri: This wine puts two things I love together: unoaked chardonnay and Western Australia. This wine carries flavors of red apple, peach, and a slightly metallic finish with honeydew.  Its body rivals that of standard oaked chardonnays but is still crisp and refreshing. Nothing overly stunning but a great easy drinking enjoyable white, plus a humorous name. 89 points 

 

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Lauren Ashton Cellars Cuvee Estelle 2011

Lauren Ashton Cellars CuveeLauren Ashton Cellars Website, $50

Wine Enthusiast, $40

Total Wine & More, $27


Aaron: Wow.  This bottle was awesome.  I’m generally of the opinion you don’t need to spend a ton of money to find a good bottle but this one is worth the extra few dollars.  The nose featured lots of strawberry and the palate was full of rich, dark berries followed by a hint of black pepper. The sweetness was appropriate but the berries weren’t overripe.  This was very, very easy to drink but still full bodied.  Great find!  92 points

Teri: If you want to spring a few extra dollars for something to impress, this is a bottle to pick up. The flavors of blackberry, leather, smoke and a hint of jam fill your mouth with a smooth and easy finish. This is a great bottle to enjoy by itself or with food. 92 points 

The Big Kiona Zinfandel 2011

The Big Zinfandel 2011Purchased from the Kiona Tasting Room, $35

Available on Amazon


Aaron: I enjoyed this red which featured a rosy, dark purple nose with wet tree trunks.  The fruit is super jammy and meaty; basically liquid steak tartare with a pinch of pepper.  Chocolate covered strawberries with some herbal undertones make this pretty complex and very very full bodied.  90 points

Teri: This has easily become another one of my favorite wineries. Aaron and I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful tasting room located in the Red Mountain AVA of Washington. Overlooking a beautiful view of the vineyard, we savored many of Kiona’s wines which were just as stunning. Many of their bold Zinfandels and Merlot’s are noteworthy but we took this bottle home because it was my favorite. The chocolate and vanilla nose would make a wonderful candle. On the first sip, your mouth is filled with flavors of raspberry pie, sage, and warm vanilla. Bold and hearty from start to finish with tannins that lay down well this bottle is savory enough to enjoy on its own or paired with mean, cheeses, pastas and hearty sauces. 92 points 

Chateau Franc-Cardinal 2011 Cotes De Bordeaux

Chateau Franc-CardinalPurchased from Splash Wines

Vivino Profile 

72% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec


Aaron: Being excited for a wine makes disappointment much more disappointing.  This smelled musky with dark, wet mud covering mossy, rotting wood (to be fair it’s not as off-putting as it sounds).  The flavor was too tart and tight, sadly it never really opened up.  I noticed lemon-coated raspberries and bittersweet chocolate.  Coupled with a tingling sensation on the tip of my tongue this was sadly not the best.  85 points

Teri: This Bordeaux is not overly complex but still good structured tannins. The nose smells like a woody forest with blackberry bushes. The flavors I tasted in the wine are pepper, rhubarb, and blueberry first then it turns to woody spice on the finish. The wine was much better after breathing for a few hours and the following day carried more prominent fruit flavors, but nothing great overall. 87 points 

Radford Dale Chardonnay 2011

Radford Dale Chardonnay 2011The Winery of Good Hope Website

Purchased off of Splash Wines


Aaron:  I really liked this one.  Melon and beechwood along with sand and some banana made for a unique nose and the flavor was full and creamy.  White and yellow stone fruits are pleasant flavors while a hint of citrus sneaks in at the end.  The taste is mostly in the back, roof of your mouth and lingers for a good while.  91 points

Teri: South Africa is a great up and coming region for wines. This Chardonnay has a mixture of floral and vegetable flavors on the nose. The wine tastes quite different from the smell; flavors of green apple, lychee, and smooth butter and cream on the finish. A great blend of fruit and cream with a medium body and bright acidity but not overwhelming. 90 points