Van Camp Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Van Camp Website, $35


Aaron:  Another great Van Camp bottle.  Dark blackberries with olives and smoke on the nose.  A juicy, full flavor makes me know I’m drinking one of Jim’s wines.  The finish is full of smooth vanilla which is a perfect complement to the prominent but not overpowering oak.  91 points

Teri: Juicy nose of raspberry and cinnamon. Flavors of baking spices, red apple, and chocolate covered cherries. Medium tannins and a smooth but full finish. This wine is hearty but not overly heavy and would pair well with rich creamy sauces and meat dishes. One of the best so far from Van Camp (our favorite local small winery).  90 points 

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Van Camp Cabernet Franc 2015

Purchase from Van Camp Winery, $24.99



IMG_0867 2.jpgAaron:  Van Camp is solid.  I really love these wines and this one is a perfect medium bodied, middle of the road, everyday wine.  There were plenty of oak and vines with lots of greenery but enough huckleberry to remind you this is still made from fruit, not trees.  There was a lightly juiced flavor and extremely mild tannins.  I normally say “watery” is a bad thing but in this caseit was appropriately mild.  Overall, easy drinking and easy to pair with a wide variety of foods.  90 points.

Teri: Rasberry and chocolate covered strawberries on the nose. A blend of vegetable and fruit flavors: bell pepper and blueberries with medium tannins and finish. Let the bottle breath for about an hour to open up. 88 points 

Zhigalova Cabernet Franc 2014

Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $16

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Aaron: Rocky mountains of granite with chili peppers make up the nose of this Cab Franc.  Tart, red berries hit the back of the throat while spicy chili powder and harissa-covered cherries glide through after the initial shock.  The spiciness tends to linger for a long time.  89 points

Teri: White pepper and raspberry nose with a medium body and a smooth but slightly bitter flavor. I tasted tart cherry, rhubarb, and white pepper with leafy greens on the finish. Nothing extraordinary on this wine. 86 points

Richards Cellars Cabernet Franc 2014

img_0598Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $16/bottle

William Sonoma Wine Club


Aaron: I love cab francs and enjoyed this one.  Oak, brown and red leaves combined with vanilla for a traditional nose.  The flavor was nice featuring lots of small berries and some sugared allspice.  This was nice and fruity but not too heavy.  91 points

Teri: After a few sips my overwhelming first thought was, “wow this wine is incredibly easy to drink”. It has a tobacco and blackberry nose with a lighter body that carries flavors of white pepper, semi-sweet mulberry, dark raspberry and a bit of earth. Interesting overall and higher points for drinkability. 88 points