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Adored Red Wine Blend 2014

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World Market, 10.99 (sale 6.99)

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Aaron:  This is a good bottle for an affordable, red blend.  Tobacco was the prominent smell with some black fruits as an afterthought.  The flavor is pretty smooth with a great aftertaste of violets and mushroom.  Very floral with some earthy undertones.  This flavor profile isn’t usually my preference but I enjoyed it.  90 points

Teri:  This red blend has a woody plum nose and medium to large body. Very noticeable tannins that were slightly chunky but good flavors of leather, prune, oak, and some spicy black pepper on the taste. It is still easy to drink but bold. 88 points 

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Petite Petit 2015

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Michael David Wines, $18

Cost Plus World Market, 12.99 (sale)/18.99 (regular)

Total Wine & More, $14.79

Aaron: I love both these varietals so I was really excited for this bottle.  The smell was full with lots of dark fruits and black licorice.  Oakiness rounded out the nose and led to some very noticeable tannins.  The flavor was pretty good with raspberry and a continuation of the licorice, followed by vanilla on the finish.  This is a good bottle and enjoyable based on what I’d expect from these types of grapes but admittedly it’s not the greatest for these varietals.  90 points

Teri: Cute name based on the blend of two “petite/petit” grapes (85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot). Typically these grapes are smaller, which is why they are called petite, and carry more intense flavors. On this wine, I smelled mostly red berries with some vanilla and lavender. When sipping this wine, I put it on the heartier side of medium bodied with flavors of leather, dark red berries, and some bell pepper (plus noticeable oak). Semi-chalky tannins the deeper I got into my glass. This wine would be better with food; hearty meat dishes and pasta with red sauces. 89 points

Chandon Vintage Brut 2012

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Chandon Website, $45

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Aaron: This is a solid brut.  Traditionally sharp and dry as you would expect, the nose is a non-factor.  I noticed pine on the flavor and not a lot of apple or pear like other sparkling wines.  89 points

Teri: Light nose, just a hint of lemon curd. Very crisp, dry and leaves you with a nice clean mouthfeel. Some grapefruit and lemon on the taste. Pleasent flavors and easy to drink. 89 points

Butternut Chardonnay 2014

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Purchased from Cost Plus World Market, $15.99 ($11.49 sale)

Total Wine & More, $12.29


Aaron:  This has a nutty, buttery nose (Teri chose the bottle and I didn’t see the name when I made my tasting notes).  There were lots of pecans and cashews with a little buttermilk on the finish.  This reminded me of creamy citrus and olive oil.  90 points

Teri: Other than stone fruits and rose petals on the nose, this bottle lives up to its name. Buttery full Chardonnay, especially on the finish. Flavors of vanilla, peaches, apple pie and cream fill your palate from start to finish. Overall, delightful (especially if buttery chards are your thing)! 92 points

OZV (Old Zin Vines) 2015 Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel

 

IMG_0703.JPGOak Ridge Website, $12.99

World Market, $13.99

BevMo, $12.49

Total Wine & More, $9.79

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Aaron:  Dark bark and cocoa on the nose predicated an extremely fruity flavor.  Tons of rich, dark blackberries overpower the taste buds and slide away on a smooth velvety finish of vanilla.  This is just a luscious, juicy wine.   91 points

Teri: Juicy raspberry nose with flavors of blended cherry, black pepper, and more raspberry. Bold and flavorful with hearty but smooth tannins. This one is versatile enough to enjoy on its own but will also stand up to your hearty meat meals. 90 points 

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