Purchased from Cost Plus World Market, $15.99 ($11.49 sale)
Total Wine & More, $12.29
Aaron: This has a nutty, buttery nose (Teri chose the bottle and I didn’t see the name when I made my tasting notes). There were lots of pecans and cashews with a little buttermilk on the finish. This reminded me of creamy citrus and olive oil. 90 points
Teri: Other than stone fruits and rose petals on the nose, this bottle lives up to its name. Buttery full Chardonnay, especially on the finish. Flavors of vanilla, peaches, apple pie and cream fill your palate from start to finish. Overall, delightful (especially if buttery chards are your thing)! 92 points
Spindrift Cellars Website, $22
Cost Plus World Market, $18.99
Wine Enthusiast Discusses Spindrift Pinot
Aaron: I noticed ferns and raspberries on the nose of the pinot. The flavor included a bit of a tangy bite which wasn’t my favorite and reminded me of underripe pears. There was also noticeable cranberry and lemon so this wasn’t very appealing to me. 86 points
Teri: Herbal nose and a solid medium body on the wine. Full flavors of mushroom, strawberry, grassy hers, and sweet oak. Flavorful and hearty. Quality pinot which is great with food. 91 points
Total Wine & More, $9.29
Aaron: This bottle is all about versatility. Great balance of oak and purple berries on the smell. The flavor is very mild and smooth making this easy drinking but still full. Lots of black fruits on the finish, rounded by some appropriate smoke. 90 points
Teri: Easy drinking, not much tannins but flavorful red fruits (black cherries and blackberries) and some oak. I recognized baking spice on the nose. It is hearty but easy drinking. I place this on the better side of ‘standard’. 87 points
This bottle came with a beautiful fruit arrangement from Harry & David given to us by my friend Sandy.
Vivino Website Info, Avg. Price $14.95
Aaron: Soft white cherry blossoms and some honeysuckle on the nose of this Pinot Gris. The flavor was pear, with sweet white grape juice. This is easy to drink but a little syrupy and thick. I expected a lighter body. 89 points.
Teri: Peach and pear on the nose with a semi sweet finish. This bottle reminded me of Riesling. I tasted green apple, oak, and Rainer cherry with a long finish and a hint of mineral at the end. Very easy to drink and hearty for a white wine. 89 points and will be favorites of those who like their wine in the sweeter spectrum.
Purchased from World Market, $8.99
Aaron: I was excited to try this World Market branded wine. There was lots of juicy raspberry and some brown sugar and cocoa on the nose which made it very pleasant, almost like a wild garden bush. The flavor has lots of leather and tobacco but enough fruit that these weren’t overpowering. This is light to medium bodied though there is a lingering spice on the finish. It’s pretty good on its own but great for the price. 90 points
Teri: This Pinot has a round flavor, light tannins and is quite drinkable. It tastes of semi-ripe raspberry and strawberry; fruit forward with subtle oak on the finish. Very drinkable but not too complex. 88 points overall 90 points for value.