Purchased from Genoa Cellars Tasting Room in Woodinville, WA, $35
Aaron: I really enjoyed this. There’s a powerful smell of damp berries and leather. The full flavor matches the strength of the nose with lingering tannins. Lots of oak and big juicy red berries dance with a hint of mushroom in the background making this a fun journey. 91 points.
Teri: Warm and spicy oak on the nose with flavors of plum, sweet oak (on the finish), vanilla and tart cherry. There are noticeable tannins but they give good structure to the wine. Complex and hearty. 90 points. Overall, I enjoyed most of the wines from this winery. We will go back!
Purchased from Lot 18/The Tasting Room
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Aaron: I really like this one. Light yellow grass nose with dusty rocks and celery. Flavor The flavor gets bigger in your mouth like a wave. Lots of berries and some spice for body but not overwhelming. Dark tobacco leaves coated in molasses and cocoa. Really nice. 92 points
Teri: Plum and herb on the nose with a nice balance of fruit and herb on the finish. Round and noticeable but smooth tannins. Cassis, plum and a hint of blackberry. Delicious. 91 points
Purchased from Van Camp Cellars, $25
Aaron: Love it! The nose smells exactly like a wild berry bush with dark timber. The flavor features luscious vanilla and soaked oak. This tastes like an old moss-covered castle and is absolutely wonderful. 93 points
Teri: Fruity nose and flavors of sweet raspberry with slight white pepper on the finish. A small hint of bitterness but very fruity with full tannins on the back of the mouth. Juicy. 89 points
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Aaron: Drink this wine with food. It’s really not great as a standalone in my opinion but went great with a nice flavorful cheese. The bright oak and small, red berries gave me a sense of youth while charred tobacco leaves added some complexity. I noticed some maple syrup on the nose which was an interesting change but unfortunately, the flavor was not as full as the smell. A little too much chalkiness is why this wine needs food and the flavor escaped too quickly for my preference. 87 alone, 90 with food.
Teri: This is a hearty but easy to drink bottle. I enjoyed the sweet blackberry flavors with a subtle hint of cedar and firm but smooth tannins and a bit of black pepper. Not too complex but delicious. Bring this one to that dinner party or give as a gift to a friend who enjoys wine. 90 points
Van Camp Cellars, $21.99
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Aaron: I love cab francs and am excited to try more from Van Camp (our local winery). The mild vanilla nose featured mostly blueberries while the flavor was a solid mixture of vanilla and cocoa. There were some berries, mostly red but the balance was appropriate. 89 points
Teri: With a smell of dark berries and rich oak, this Cabernet Franc delivers flavors of ripe blackberry, bing cherries, vanilla, and a hint of smoke. Hearty tannins and a full body of flavor will hold up to hearty meals but still smooth on your palate. 90 points