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Chandon Vintage Brut 2012

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Chandon Website, $45

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Aaron: This is a solid brut.  Traditionally sharp and dry as you would expect, the nose is a non-factor.  I noticed pine on the flavor and not a lot of apple or pear like other sparkling wines.  89 points

Teri: Light nose, just a hint of lemon curd. Very crisp, dry and leaves you with a nice clean mouthfeel. Some grapefruit and lemon on the taste. Pleasent flavors and easy to drink. 89 points

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Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Wine.com, $9.99

World Market, $9.99


Aaron: Rocky minerals and sea salt combine with dark plum.  The flavor is pretty rich with hearty tannins and a slow burn finish.  Tobacco and black fruits cloud the tongue with some porace texture at the end.  89 points

Teri: The first thing I noticed was the hearty tannins in this bottle. A nose of baking spice and fruit is followed by oaky/leader blueberries and baking spice. Less fruit overall and more rose pedals, earth and oaky flavors. Not overly complex but the finish is smooth and lingering. This is an ok bottle for the price. I wouldn’t pay more than $10. Overall ok, but I think there are better options. 87 points 

 

Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2012

Chateau Recougne BordeauxWorld Market, reg. $17.99 (sale $12.99)

Wine Enthusiast, $18

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Aaron: This was the first of a string of 90-pointers for me.  The mellow nose of old oak and musk also featured plum and blueberries.  There was a bit of tar and unexpected melon in the flavor and a good amount of juiciness made the flavor enjoyable.  For a medium-light bodied wine, this is a good find.  90 points

Teri: Not much to go off of from the smell but the wine profile itself is another story. There is a basket of flavors from start to finish: mineral, earth, mushroom, white pepper, oak and earthy berries. With the blend of fruit, herb and earthy flavors this is a lovely medium bodied food pairing wine. 89 points. Easy to drink, great flavor and strong value.

 

Palette Ridge Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

Palette Ridge Old Vine Zinfandel 2012Lot 18, $15.33

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Aaron:  This was awesome!  Light brown tree bark and some black olives on the intriguing nose with full, rich flavors of vanilla and blueberry.  This was very drinkable and while warming on the swallow was not harsh at all. Well worth $15! 93 points

Teri: This old vine zinfandel is easy to drink but still provides a full round flavor. Older vines, like this one, bring out smooth flavors of juicy plum, white pepper, and blackberry. The time in the barrel also yields undertones of oak throughout. I found the vanilla and blackberry nose pleasant and overall a bottle that is easy to enjoy. 89 points 

Sola Syrah 2012

Sola Syrah 2012Purchased from World Market, $14.99

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Aaron: This was ok but not my favorite.  A peppery pomegranate nose was layered with black granite, porous countertops.  The flavor was bold and a bit shocking at first with more tartness than smooth vanilla.  Prominent spices, chili, and pepper.  88 points

Teri: This wine was easy to drink but not a favorite flavor profile of mine (earthy/mineral characteristics). I tasted muted raspberry, smoke and herbs on the wine with additional minerals lingering on the finish. 86 points