Purchased from Lot 18/The Tasting Room
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Aaron: There are a decent amount of minerals throughout this bottle. White bark and light olives smothered cantaloupe on the nose. The flavor is super dry and slightly tangy. This is not fruity at all and almost bitter. Definitely not my favorite and reminds me of sour pineapple. 85 points
Teri: Light lemon and melon nose and citrus flavors in the wine with mellow acidity. Mineral and honey add some additional complexity. It had good long flavor and is still light and crisp. Enjoyable. 90 points.
World Market, $8.89 (sale)/14.99 (regular)
Total Wine & More, $12.29
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Aaron: This gets better after being open for a day but at first sip this was definitely a disappointment for me. The nose was extremely earthy with mostly mushrooms, dirt, and figs. The flavor was equally dirty with mud and forestry. There was a noticeable lack of berries and fruit. The best quality was the fullness, which I appreciated, but not juicy enough for me. 86 points
Teri: Aaron was the only one who tried this bottle. From his notes, I don’t think I missed much.
Purchased from Cost Plus World Market, sale $9 (Regular $20)
JAQK Cellars Website and Tasting Notes
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Aaron: This bottle is worth seeking out and finding. There is lots of oak on the nose with mulberry in the background. This is ALL about the flavor. Super full with lots of smooth vanilla and a creamy mouthfeel. This transitions to a nice brown sugar and maple syrup sweetness which isn’t overpowering. Really good. 92 points
Teri: This is a beautiful cab with a nose of cranberry and oak that opens to hearty flavors of black currant, blackberry, vanilla, and oak. Very easy drinking but still bold. This wine could stand up to hearty meat meals but is also delicious enough to enjoy on its own. Overall, quality bottle to keep on hand. 90 points
Purchased from Northwest Cellars Tasting Room, $16
Post about Northwest Cellars Yakima Valley Merlot on Great Northwest Wine
Aaron: This was a pretty solid bottle; big spoiler alert, the flavor and finish feature watermelon (first for me). Oaky musk and moss on the nose with damp bark and subtle fruits on the palate. This wasn’t in-your-face fruity but the berries are there too. Overall, easy drinking and a little tar on the aftertaste. 89 points
Teri: Merlot was never my go-to varietal until I started to taste Washington Merlots. This Yakima grown merlot carries smells of blackberry and white pepper on the nose with flavors of mixed berry and more pepper on the body. I enjoyed the long mouthfeel and the flavor. It’s not too complex overall but juicy and easy to drink. 88 points
Foodies Wine Website
World Market, $8.99
Aaron: Honey … lots of honey. Plus some lemon and other citrus flavors. This was definitely not as sweet as the smell, more like zucchini doused in citrus juice. Frankly, there wasn’t much going on and this wasn’t great. I’m hoping some of the other World Market brand wines will be better. 86 points.
Teri: This riesling has a light honeysuckle nose with flavors of lemon-honey, apricot, and a little melon. It is on the sweeter side but not too sweet. It would pair well with spicy or Chinese food and is very easy to drink. Great bottle for new wine drinkers or to enjoy with a variety of meals. 89 points for an easy versatile go-to wine.