Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Vivino Info, $12

Total Wine & More, $11

Wine Enthusiast Write Up


Aaron:  The nose on this cab reminded me of wet bark with some dark mud.  It wasn’t off-putting because it was still light and subtle.  The mossy flavor of ripe berries had more oaky earth tones than fruit but was enjoyable.  This bottle in general is pretty standard and easy drinking.  Not bad and easy enough to find.  90 points

Teri: For an easy to find, standard bottle, this is a good go-to if you find yourself with a shallow depth of options. The smell is quite standard. It smells of mixed berries and sweet pepper. On the wine, I taste sweet plum, blackberry, agave oak, and a light hint of white pepper. Mostly tastes of fruit, not complex, but easy to drink. 88 points 

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Barquette Chardonnay 2015

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Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $17.50/bottle

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Aaron: I was impressed with this Chardonnay.  The nose was fruity and tropical with pineapple and the flavor was sweet with honey and syrup.  To avoid an overly sweet experience, this wine adds butter and cream with lots of fruit making it easy to drink and easier to enjoy.  91 points

Teri: Very fragrant honeydew smell greats you first followed by the flavors of pear, stone fruit, tropical citrus, and vanilla. Great flavor and very easy to drink with a nice weight and body to the white wine. 90 points 

Kiona Red Mountain Lemberger 2015

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Purchased from Kiona Tasting Room, about $15

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Aaron: Readers will probably start to get tired of us complimenting Kiona bottles, but we like them.  This one had a fruity nose with appropriate oak, followed by some leather and shoe polish.  The taste was blunt and flat with a mellow cherry and grape flavor.  There was no bite at all but subtle tannins to add body.  This wasn’t super complex but was by no means “juice”, it was just easy to drink.  It’s not what I would call a beginner wine, but it’s nice to take a step into something more complex than Menage a Trois.  90 points

Teri: Pleasent red fruit nose followed by the taste of black pepper, leather, blackberry, and oak. This wine is rich in flavor and complex. Delightful to drink with medium bodied and long tannins that linger in your mouth. I would pair this with Italian red sauces or creamy cheeses. 90 points

Champignon Pinot Noir 2015

IMG_2921Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $20/bottle

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Aaron: This bright red color of this wine was mirrored on the nose. Tons of cherry clouded the nostrils but the body was light (though not watery).  There were fruit flavors with some leathery vanilla and a bit of earthiness which grew on me after a while.  This was pleasant.  90 points

Teri: This pinot has a medium body with a long finish and smooth tannins. Flavors blend together hints of earthy bell pepper, tart cherry, and soft white pepper; a pleasant mix of earthy and fruity flavors for a complex but easy to drink red. 89 points