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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

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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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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 

Triskelian Chenin Blanc 2016

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Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $17.50

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Aaron:  The bright, floral nose of this white featured lemongrass.  This led to a crisp flavor of noticeable citrus and yellow nectarines.  There was a hint of white tree bark and overall this was easy drinking and pretty good.  89 points

Teri: This white has almost no legs, which made me skeptical if it was going to have any body to it. The wine smells of peach and other stone fruits. The taste was diversely different from the nose; Flavors of lemon, green apple, pear and a hint of more citrus on the finish. Dry but still full of flavor. 90 points Crisp and refreshing.