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Aaron: Dark bark and cocoa on the nose predicated an extremely fruity flavor. Tons of rich, dark blackberries overpower the taste buds and slide away on a smooth velvety finish of vanilla. This is just a luscious, juicy wine. 91 points
Teri: Juicy raspberry nose with flavors of blended cherry, black pepper, and more raspberry. Bold and flavorful with hearty but smooth tannins. This one is versatile enough to enjoy on its own but will also stand up to your hearty meat meals. 90 points
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Aaron: The smell is great but the flavor left me wanting some water. Mushrooms on oak in a mossy forest make for a great nose. The flavor is chalky with dry tannins and was not very appealing. Green olives with red berries and tree branches. Admittedly it got better as it opened but not enough to get the points back. 87 points
Teri: Rich berry and vanilla nose with a round mouthfeel. The flavor is smooth and the back end is slightly sweet with blueberries and raspberries. The forward flavor has more berries with hearty oak. Very dry and a bit chalky. 86 points
Lot 18 Wine Club
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Aaron: Cinnamon, vanilla, and almonds burst into boysenberry on the nose. The flavor is super juicy and full of luscious ripe fruits. Black and red berries make this Syrah easy to drink with little to no bite or pepper. This is just super easy drinking but not watery, though to be fair it could use more complexity. La Concierge makes really drinkable wines, period. 90 points
Teri: Blackberry and a bit of plastic on the smell. Mild taste and medium body for a Syrah. Overall, this tastes like a French red with woody oak, baking powder with minerals and a hint of red fruit. Long lingering flavors but not my personal favorites in my wine. 87 points for good body and smooth tannins but just not one I would personally purchase again, based on flavor profile preference.
Lot 18 / The Tasting Room Wine Club, $22
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Aaron: I was really happy with this bottle. The nose starts out as a brushfire with dried bushes and raspberry vanilla in the background. The fruity velvet flavor is pleasant but the super smooth finish with a hint of pepper won me over. There’s lots of chocolate and black fruit lingering on the palate; enjoy. 91 points
Teri: The Needle Cab has a juicy red fruit nose with flavors of oaky black cherry, rhubarb, and other dark fruits. I also identified a bit of dried herb (maybe parsley) on both the nose and the finish. This wine is smooth and easy to drink but hearty. Aaron and I enjoyed this with steak and it paired perfectly. 90 points
Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $17
We have to give a call out to Lot 18 for great customer service on this one. We don’t do this often but felt the need to write the company to let them know this bottle fell well outside our enjoyment spectrum. Without hesitation, Lot 18 refunded us the price of the bottle and asked if there were any others we did not enjoy. Well done and great customer service.
Aaron: This was downright awful. Grapefruit and guava on the nose with palm trees but the flavor is just bad. It tasted like unsweetened lemon juice. There were some unappealing mushrooms which didn’t help the sour look on my face. The issue was there was no good tasting fruit, maybe just some pine cones. Definitely, skip it. 79 points.
Teri: Lemon and stone fruits on the nose with an extremely tart flavor. Short finish and high acidity and lemon flavors made the bottle seem like I was drinking weak lemon juice. Not to my liking. I would say skip this bottle. 81 points