Tag Archives: 2014

Le Ruse Renard Cotes Du Rhone 2014

Lot 18, $15


Teri: Aaron and I have different viewpoints on this wine. The nose was full of black cherry and spice while the flavor was smooth plum and white pepper with tartness on the finish. Not very complex and a bit too oaky for my personal taste. 86 points

Aaron: The nose reminds me of black tar coating berries on a plank of oak.  The flavor is mild and smooth with some pepper at the end.  This was pleasant but still a little complex and I felt it was a nice middle of the road bottle.  90 points.

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Trader Joe’s Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Chile 2014

Purchased from Trader Joes, $12.99


Aaron: For a Trader Joe’s branded wine I really can’t complain.  Good flavor as a stand alone bottle with some decent spice and berries.  This is a solid bottle.  89 points

Teri: I could smell mushroom and herb on the nose with flavors of vanilla, blackberry, dried fruits and oak within the wine itself. This bottle had smooth tannins with a hearty flavor and an easy drinking feel. This is a good go-to bottle for any occasion. 89 points 

The Seven Deadly Zins 2014

Michael David Winery, $16

Trader Joes, $12.99

Total Wine & More, 10.97

BevMo, $14.99


Aaron: This was one of four wines in our blind tasting for fun.  It ranked second for me because of its solid flavor and good finish.  I can’t say I would run out and buy it again but it was pleasant.  89 points

Teri: This zinfandel has a sweeter blueberry nose and flavors of cocoa, leather, oak and dark raspberry. Full bodied with pleasant medium tannins and a smooth finish. 89 points 

Sinha Petitie Sirah 2014

Sinha Petite SirahLot 18/The Tasting Room, $18/bottle

Vivino Info


Aaron: This was a big miss!  I really like Lot 18 but if you have a choice of bottles, skip this one.  The bulky pepper and spice nose was mixed with stale mushrooms and dark earth.  Tar and molasses clouded the palate with heavy, chalky tannins.  I love petite syrahs, but this one left an aftertaste of over-ripe plum and black sand.  Skip this one.  82 points

Teri: Don’t bother with this bottle. It smells nice but has chalky tannins and a bitter finish mixed with raspberry and oak flavors. There are some underlying flavors which are good, but the chalky tannins overpower anything decent in this bottle. 82 points

Richards Cellars Cabernet Franc 2014

img_0598Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $16/bottle

William Sonoma Wine Club


Aaron: I love cab francs and enjoyed this one.  Oak, brown and red leaves combined with vanilla for a traditional nose.  The flavor was nice featuring lots of small berries and some sugared allspice.  This was nice and fruity but not too heavy.  91 points

Teri: After a few sips my overwhelming first thought was, “wow this wine is incredibly easy to drink”. It has a tobacco and blackberry nose with a lighter body that carries flavors of white pepper, semi-sweet mulberry, dark raspberry and a bit of earth. Interesting overall and higher points for drinkability. 88 points