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Longwave Monterey County Syrah 2013

Purchased from Lot 18/The Tasting Room

This bottle on Cellar Tracker


Aaron: I really like this one.  Light yellow grass nose with dusty rocks and celery.  Flavor The flavor gets bigger in your mouth like a wave.  Lots of berries and some spice for body but not overwhelming.  Dark tobacco leaves coated in molasses and cocoa.  Really nice.  92 points

Teri: Plum and herb on the nose with a nice balance of fruit and herb on the finish. Round and noticeable but smooth tannins. Cassis, plum and a hint of blackberry. Delicious. 91 points 

 

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The Seven Deadly Zins 2014

Michael David Winery, $16

Trader Joes, $12.99

Total Wine & More, 10.97

BevMo, $14.99


Aaron: This was one of four wines in our blind tasting for fun.  It ranked second for me because of its solid flavor and good finish.  I can’t say I would run out and buy it again but it was pleasant.  89 points

Teri: This zinfandel has a sweeter blueberry nose and flavors of cocoa, leather, oak and dark raspberry. Full bodied with pleasant medium tannins and a smooth finish. 89 points 

Sinha Petitie Sirah 2014

Sinha Petite SirahLot 18/The Tasting Room, $18/bottle

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Aaron: This was a big miss!  I really like Lot 18 but if you have a choice of bottles, skip this one.  The bulky pepper and spice nose was mixed with stale mushrooms and dark earth.  Tar and molasses clouded the palate with heavy, chalky tannins.  I love petite syrahs, but this one left an aftertaste of over-ripe plum and black sand.  Skip this one.  82 points

Teri: Don’t bother with this bottle. It smells nice but has chalky tannins and a bitter finish mixed with raspberry and oak flavors. There are some underlying flavors which are good, but the chalky tannins overpower anything decent in this bottle. 82 points

Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Cab Sauv 2013

Franciscan Estate CabWine.com, $25/bottle

Total Wine & More, $19.97

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Aaron: Drink this wine with food.  It’s really not great as a standalone in my opinion but went great with a nice flavorful cheese.  The bright oak and small, red berries gave me a sense of youth while charred tobacco leaves added some complexity.  I noticed some maple syrup on the nose which was an interesting change but unfortunately, the flavor was not as full as the smell.  A little too much chalkiness is why this wine needs food and the flavor escaped too quickly for my preference.  87 alone, 90 with food.

Teri: This is a hearty but easy to drink bottle. I enjoyed the sweet blackberry flavors with a subtle hint of cedar and firm but smooth tannins and a bit of black pepper. Not too complex but delicious. Bring this one to that dinner party or give as a gift to a friend who enjoys wine. 90 points 

Starret Merlot 2014

Starret MerlotLot 18/The Tasting Room, $16/bottle


Aaron:  This was a good middle-of-the-road bottle for me but nothing to go bonkers for.  The smoked burgundy and blackberry smell also featured a hint of jasmine.  I enjoyed the medium-full body with a little bitter strawberry, rose petals, and cherry rounding out the palate.  89 points.

Teri: This merlot has flavors of mellow juniper berry with a leafy finish. Mild bitter oak melts away to smooth tannins on the finish and a velvety mouth feel. Easy to drink and not too complex. Overall, very approachable. 88 points