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Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2014

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Trapiche Website

Purchased from Cost Plus World Market, $16.99 (11.49 sale)

Total Wine & More, $12.99

Wine.com, $14.99


Aaron:  This has an earthy nose with oak and olives.  The flavor was smooth and rich with dirty cocoa powder, cherry, and vanilla.  There was some hefty spice on the back of the throat after the full finish.  89 points

Teri: This Malbec carries a leathery raspberry and cocoa nose. On the wine, I taste significant herbs and earth: Minerals, bell pepper, and green wood. The body has medium to light tannins which smooth out well in the mouth. 88 points. 

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Kiona Vineyards Red Mountain Gewurztraminer 2014

IMG_0792.jpgPurchased from the Kiona Winery in Washington, $17

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Aaron:  Great bottle that is wonderfully full for a white wine.  Peachy, sunflower nose with rich, sweet flavor and lots of white grape.  My favorite flavor: bourbon vanilla!  Alcohol was definitely prominent throughout, and this was a bit sharp on the edges but the fullness and flavor make up for it.  90 points

Teri: With a beautiful smell of peach, this Gewurztraminer is a winner from smell to swallow. Ample different flavors fill your mouth: fresh cantaloupe, banana with caramel and floral undertones. There is a long lingering finish but still a light body leaving a smooth mouthfeel after swallowing. Complex and delicious. 92 points 

Butternut Chardonnay 2014

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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 Pinot Noir 2014

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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 

Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Avalon Website

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