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Harry and David Pinot Gris

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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.

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Foodies Pinot Noir 2014

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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.

Zhigalova Cabernet Franc 2014

Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $16

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Aaron: Rocky mountains of granite with chili peppers make up the nose of this Cab Franc.  Tart, red berries hit the back of the throat while spicy chili powder and harissa-covered cherries glide through after the initial shock.  The spiciness tends to linger for a long time.  89 points

Teri: White pepper and raspberry nose with a medium body and a smooth but slightly bitter flavor. I tasted tart cherry, rhubarb, and white pepper with leafy greens on the finish. Nothing extraordinary on this wine. 86 points

The Bellhop Petite Sirah 2014

Lot 18, $17


Aaron:  This has a floral nose with dark, dry wood and thorny berries.  The flavor is pretty big with lots of thick tar, tobacco, and leather.  Some black molasses and hints of berries follow but this is really best for those who don’t want a very fruit-forward wine.  90 points

Teri: Leather and black current on the nose. A night blend of pepper, fruit and blueberry leather (if there is even such a thing). 88 points. 

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.