Terra Blanca Arch Terrace 2012 Cabernet Franc

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Terra Blanca Website, $65


 

Aaron: The bright strawberry and sunflower nose was unique. Chocolate is prominent and surrounds blueberries and creamy blackberries.  This is very appealing and easy to drink.  Not a ton of earth but a hint of wet tree bark from a hiking trail.  This is really good.  91 points

Teri: This wine tastes of currant, mild strawberry, rhubarb, and soft white spicy pepper. Smooth tannins, medium bodied, and very easy to drink. This is good for an everyday wine, except for the price point. 88 points

Prosser Vineyard Syrah 2012

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Prosser Vineyard, $30

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Aaron: This has a big, juicy nose with rich fruits.  The fruit forward flavor is similar, with jam and moss.  There is no bite on this wine at all, just some dark, tan bark that tastes dried – probably the tannins kicking in.  Good flavorful wine.  90 points

Teri: I think this bottle needs some time to open up. Give it 2-3 hours before drinking. A full bodied Syrah filled with flavors of earthy vanilla and plum with a smokey lingering aftertaste. Not my favorite at first, but it got better with some time. 86 points 

Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Cabernet Franc 2012

Terra Blanca Tasting Room, $65


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Aaron: Bright strawberries and sunflowers made for a pleasant nose.  The prominent chocolate is surrounded by blueberries and creamy blackberries.  This is very appealing and easy to drink.  Not a lot of earth but a hint of wet tree bark from a hiking trail.  Really good.  91 points

Teri: This is a good medium bodied wine but not something I would drink every day due to the price point. Flavors of currant, mild strawberry, rhubarb, and soft white pepper are prominent but enjoyable. Smooth tannins. 88 points

William Grassie Courageux 2012

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Purchased from the Tasting Room, about $40

Total Wine & More, $39.99

Wine Magazine Mention of William Grassie Courageux

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The courageux is a Rhone Style red blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.

Aaron: This is a solid bottle we’ve been saving.  Lots of oak and wheat on the nose followed by red currants.  The flavor was enjoyable, full but smooth and no bite.  There were tons of rich, fruit flavors with black cherry and other red fruits.  I wanted some vanilla to round out the finish but overall, very appealing.  91 points

Teri: Juicy nose and body with flavors of blackberry, currant, bing cherry, and sweet oak. This wine is jam-packed with flavor but carries tannins that sit nicely and are extremely enjoyable. Great wine! Enough so that I would go back and purchase another bottle the next time we are in the area. 93 points