St. Francis Sauvignon Blanc 2014


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Wine Mag Info

BevMo, $14.99

Aaron: This sav blanc has bright melon and cucumber on the nose with a light flavor.  Interestingly, there was no taste on the tip of the tongue, but lots going on on the back and sides.  This was an interesting note as I enjoyed the vanilla and almond flavor. 90 points

Teri: St. Francis makes a quality Sauvignon Blanc. I smelled honey, lemon, and almond alongside flavors of tart citrus, cashew, and grass. Light in body and crisp. This bottle is bound to please multiple wine drinkers. 87 points 


Ranch 32 Pinot Noir 2014


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Vivino Website 

BevMo, $27.98

Aaron: A very bright, fruity nose with rose petals, plums, and berries welcomes you with this pinot.  The sage and bread yeast flavor was interesting but this was very drinkable.  A few bitter stems of roses on the finish made this almost bell-peppery.  90 points

Teri: Bright ruby color with a smell of rose petals. The pinot has flavors of cherry and vanilla with some plum and sweet spice on the finish. Very smooth but still bursting with flavor. Lingering finish of plum and cherry. Delicious and balanced. 91 points 

Sterling Vintner’s Collection Meritage 2014


Sterling Vineyards Website, $24

Total Wine & More, $9.23

Vivino Info

Aaron: Cherry and strawberry nose with brush and red berries.  A sweeter flavor features chocolate covered strawberries and blueberries and is absent any oak.  Not a lot of earth at all, just fruit, ripe luscious fruit that makes this easy drinking and a great first wine for newbies.  90 points

Teri: Oaky nose with flavors of raspberry, cocoa, and subtle spice. Medium to full body with smooth tannins; very easy drinking. This bottle would pair well with food. Bring to a dinner party or keep on hand for an evening in. 88 points 

Gnarly Head Merlot


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BevMo, $9.49

Total Wine & More, $7.49

Wine Enthusiast Rating

Aaron:  I agree with Teri, Gnarly head is one of my top choices for super-affordable bottles.  This has light blackberries and oak on the nose with some mild peanut butter.  The flavor is juicy (as with most Gnarly Head bottles) featuring vanilla and passion fruit.  Strawberry preserves and a hint of allspice with basil round out on the finish.  91 points

Teri: Garnly head is always a solid choice and this bottle is no different. Flavors of vanilla, blueberry, baking powder, and oak make for an easy drinking but still full-bodied red wine. The tannins are noticeable but very smooth. This is your “night-in” bottle for any day of the week.  Easy to find and well worth the purchase. 90 points