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JAQK Cellars High Roller Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Purchased from Cost Plus World Market, sale $9 (Regular $20)

JAQK Cellars Website and Tasting Notes

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Aaron: This bottle is worth seeking out and finding.  There is lots of oak on the nose with mulberry in the background.  This is ALL about the flavor.  Super full with lots of smooth vanilla and a creamy mouthfeel.  This transitions to a nice brown sugar and maple syrup sweetness which isn’t overpowering.  Really good.  92 points

Teri: This is a beautiful cab with a nose of cranberry and oak that opens to hearty flavors of black currant, blackberry, vanilla, and oak. Very easy drinking but still bold. This wine could stand up to hearty meat meals but is also delicious enough to enjoy on its own. Overall, quality bottle to keep on hand. 90 points 

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Apex Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Block 35 2011

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Total Wine & More (General Apex Cab), $25.99

Apex label on Willow Crest Winery Website

Purchased from the Willow Crest Tasting Room, $35


Aaron:  This is a good bottle featuring chocolate, bark, and blackberries.  There was some tar covering red fruits on the palate with a bit of licorice.  Dark brown, water-soaked tree trunks finish off the taste making for a well-rounded bottle.  90 points

Teri: I enjoy trying single block (meaning the grapes are all grown within the same square “block” of the vineyard) wines because they always carry unique characteristics from their specific growing area. This cab is extremely full but easy to drink with a nose of pomegranate, cocoa, and sweet oak. Six years in the bottle had delightfully rounded out the tannins allowing for maximum flavor with no bitter pucker. I tasted bell pepper, white pepper, and noticeable oak. A solid wine. 91 points 

Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Avalon Website

Total Wine & More, $9.29


Aaron:  This bottle is all about versatility.  Great balance of oak and purple berries on the smell.  The flavor is very mild and smooth making this easy drinking but still full.  Lots of black fruits on the finish, rounded by some appropriate smoke.  90 points

Teri: Easy drinking, not much tannins but flavorful red fruits (black cherries and blackberries) and some oak. I recognized baking spice on the nose. It is hearty but easy drinking. I place this on the better side of ‘standard’. 87 points 

The Needle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Lot 18 / The Tasting Room Wine Club, $22

Vivino Website Rating


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 

Genoa Cellars ‘The Boom’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased from Genoa Cellars Tasting Room in Woodinville, WA, $35


Aaron:  I really enjoyed this.  There’s a powerful smell of damp berries and leather.  The full flavor matches the strength of the nose with lingering tannins.  Lots of oak and big juicy red berries dance with a hint of mushroom in the background making this a fun journey.  91 points.

Teri: Warm and spicy oak on the nose with flavors of plum, sweet oak (on the finish), vanilla and tart cherry. There are noticeable tannins but they give good structure to the wine. Complex and hearty. 90 points. Overall, I enjoyed most of the wines from this winery. We will go back!