Rosemount Estates Website
Total Wine & More, $5.99 sale (reg. 8.99)
Aaron: This is ok for a cheap bottle. The nose is dirty and the flavor is earthy with some blueberries. A little creamy vanilla yogurt blended with what I consider to be traditional old world flavors. 89 points
Teri: Mellow nose and flavors. Easy drinking wine with predominant flavors of blueberry and oak. Light and smooth but good hearty flavor. 88 points, mostly for value
World Market, $19.99
Aaron: I thought this had a really nice pineapple and citrus nose with a lighter flavor of sweet mandarines and honey…lots of honey. The metallic, steel aftertaste wasn’t my favorite, making this pretty good but not amazing. 89 points.
Teri: This wine puts two things I love together: unoaked chardonnay and Western Australia. This wine carries flavors of red apple, peach, and a slightly metallic finish with honeydew. Its body rivals that of standard oaked chardonnays but is still crisp and refreshing. Nothing overly stunning but a great easy drinking enjoyable white, plus a humorous name. 89 points
Given as a gift from our friend Myra! Thanks Myra!
Total Wine & More, $12.99
Layer Cake Website
Aaron: I’ve always liked my good friend Myra because she’s really awesome – I liked her even more after she gave us this great bottle as an engagement present! A mocha vinegar smell reminded me of coco beans still on the tree with some bark. The rich, thick flavor features some heavy tannins but the chocolate cream with a little spice made for a very pleasant flavor. I noticed some mildly tart raspberry on the finish and would only recommend this to people pairing it with a big meal. 90 points
Teri: Talk about a full bodied wine – BAM! A cloud of flavor upfront then your taste buds slowly make out other distinct flavors from there. My progression was coco –> spice –> raspberry –> then vanilla and oak which sits with the tannins and lingers for miles in your mouth. Australia always does a few things well: espresso, meat pies, and Shiraz. 90 points
Purchased from Naked Wines, $21.99
Domain Barossa Website
Aaron: This bottle impressed me. Most notable of everything: watermelon flavor – fyi, I love watermelon! Precluding this was a strong berry smell with a hint of spice. I felt the creamy flavor with only a slight bite on the swallow was great and the unique finishing flavor makes this is a must try. 92 points
Teri: This bottle lives up to its name, my tongue was dark purple after enjoying this bottle (nothing a good scrub with the toothbrush couldn’t get out). The flavor starts out with a lighter raspberry taste then blends from one flavor to the next very nicely until it ends with a spice finish. A full bodied strong red that is bound to be a favorite of those who like spicy dry reds. Overall, I loved the complexity and uniqueness of this bottle. 91 points