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
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Aaron: This is really fruity. Pineapple, white raspberries, just generally pleasant nose. The flavor is a little sweeter with honeysuckle and some orange-lemon citrus. The flavor is crisp and clean but with a very acidic, alcohol flavor on the finish. 90 points
Teri: Fruity nose, good body, and ample stone fruits on the body of the wine. I tasted papaya, lemon, pineapple and a hint of sweet banana. Refreshing and full bodied with nice acidity on the finish. 91 points Perfect to pair with a hot day outside!
Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $17
Aaron: This gets points as a good mixing prosecco but not as a great wine. I smelled smoked honey and white eucalyptus but the flavor was light without much going on. There was a little watery green fruit like honeydew but ultimately this was just bland. 88 points for mimosas; 83 for wine.
Teri: Light nose and very mild taste which, if anything, resembles walnuts and some mineral. Extremely dry! Good for mixing but I wouldn’t consider this to drink by itself. 84 points
Purchased from Lot 18
Aaron: This is a winner for me! Guava was brushed with honey on the nose and the flavor is super rich and creamy. An overwhelming amount of butter and orange peel are exactly what I love in my Chardonnays and I enjoyed the pineapple and avocado oil on the finish. this is really rich and very good. 92 points
Teri: This is a nicely rounded Chardonnay. I smell melon on the nose with flavors of buttery honey and cantaloupe on the body of the wine along with an abundance of papaya. There is also a slight mineral flavor on the long finish. 89 points.