Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


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Vivino Info, $12

Total Wine & More, $11

Wine Enthusiast Write Up

Aaron:  The nose on this cab reminded me of wet bark with some dark mud.  It wasn’t off-putting because it was still light and subtle.  The mossy flavor of ripe berries had more oaky earth tones than fruit but was enjoyable.  This bottle in general is pretty standard and easy drinking.  Not bad and easy enough to find.  90 points

Teri: For an easy to find, standard bottle, this is a good go-to if you find yourself with a shallow depth of options. The smell is quite standard. It smells of mixed berries and sweet pepper. On the wine, I taste sweet plum, blackberry, agave oak, and a light hint of white pepper. Mostly tastes of fruit, not complex, but easy to drink. 88 points 


Apex Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Block 35 2013


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Aaron:  This bottle was great!  If you get a chance to visit the winery in eastern Washington….you should.  The nose is solid with a traditional balance of fruit, wood, and vanilla.  There are good, bold flavors and the PERFECT balance of tannins.  These combine for a great body that is fruity but not too juicy.  Granite rocks in the background add complexity while the predominant blackberry flavor makes this a winner.  92 points

Teri: Rich berry nose of raspberry and cassis. Round full mouthfeel on the wine itself with rich but very smooth tannins; aging has done this bottle well. Predominate flavors of ripe raspberry and plum balanced out with some minerality and mossy oak. This is a hearty wine. Serve it with hearty red meats and rich sauces. 90 points

Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


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Aaron:  This wine featured raspberry and some subtle, oaky jam  on the nose.  This was followed by a vanilla bourbon which made me excited to try a sip.  The flavor has a slight chalkiness but tons of cherry ice cream (no it doesn’t take like ice cream)  It’s not bad, a little tart, but not bad.  89 points

Teri: The smell of berry/raspberry opens up to semi-earthy notes on the wine blended with flavors of plum, oak, violets, vanilla, and black pepper. This bottle is very easy to drink and full of flavor. Plus, organic! 90 points. 

Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


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Total Wine & More, $9.99

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Aaron: This is a pretty average bottle, not amazing but not bad.  Oaky, mild mushroom nose with rhubarb, cocoa, and boysenberry.  The flavor is earthy but not old world earthy.  Overall, medium bodied with a dash of black pepper at the end.  Easy staple.  89 points

Teri: This wine is medium bodied with herb notes along with fruity currants and cherries. It is smooth and easy to drink. I would choose this bottle as a grab and go for any day of the week. Decent wine and good price. 88 points