Cellar Tracker Info
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
World Market, reg. $17.99 (sale $12.99)
Wine Enthusiast, $18
Aaron: This was the first of a string of 90-pointers for me. The mellow nose of old oak and musk also featured plum and blueberries. There was a bit of tar and unexpected melon in the flavor and a good amount of juiciness made the flavor enjoyable. For a medium-light bodied wine, this is a good find. 90 points
Teri: Not much to go off of from the smell but the wine profile itself is another story. There is a basket of flavors from start to finish: mineral, earth, mushroom, white pepper, oak and earthy berries. With the blend of fruit, herb and earthy flavors this is a lovely medium bodied food pairing wine. 89 points. Easy to drink, great flavor and strong value.
Purchased from Splash Wines
72% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec
Aaron: Being excited for a wine makes disappointment much more disappointing. This smelled musky with dark, wet mud covering mossy, rotting wood (to be fair it’s not as off-putting as it sounds). The flavor was too tart and tight, sadly it never really opened up. I noticed lemon-coated raspberries and bittersweet chocolate. Coupled with a tingling sensation on the tip of my tongue this was sadly not the best. 85 points
Teri: This Bordeaux is not overly complex but still good structured tannins. The nose smells like a woody forest with blackberry bushes. The flavors I tasted in the wine are pepper, rhubarb, and blueberry first then it turns to woody spice on the finish. The wine was much better after breathing for a few hours and the following day carried more prominent fruit flavors, but nothing great overall. 87 points
Purchased from BevMo, $19.95
Aaron: Oh my gosh: chocolate smell. Almonds and just tons and tons of chocolate on the nose. The flavor unfortunately was very dry and bitter. More bark than fruit (though some raspberry in the background) lost a lot of points on this one. 86 points.
Teri: My favorite part of this wine was the strawberry jam flavors on the finish, although overall the flavor tasted “cold”–perhaps due to the cooler climate of the region of the growing area for the wine. The color was a surprisingly dark purple color that looked a bit like plum/prune juice. The overall flavors carried spice, at first, then moves into leather and finally the raspberry/strawberry jam. Overall, light in density but still has some good flavors. 88 points