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The Needle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Lot 18 / The Tasting Room Wine Club, $22

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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 

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Foodies Pinot Noir 2014

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Aaron:  I was excited to try this World Market branded wine.  There was lots of juicy raspberry and some brown sugar and cocoa on the nose which made it very pleasant, almost like a wild garden bush.  The flavor has lots of leather and tobacco but enough fruit that these weren’t overpowering. This is light to medium bodied though there is a lingering spice on the finish.  It’s pretty good on its own but great for the price.  90 points

Teri: This Pinot has a round flavor, light tannins and is quite drinkable. It tastes of semi-ripe raspberry and strawberry; fruit forward with subtle oak on the finish. Very drinkable but not too complex. 88 points overall 90 points for value.

The Bellhop Petite Sirah 2014

Lot 18, $17


Aaron:  This has a floral nose with dark, dry wood and thorny berries.  The flavor is pretty big with lots of thick tar, tobacco, and leather.  Some black molasses and hints of berries follow but this is really best for those who don’t want a very fruit-forward wine.  90 points

Teri: Leather and black current on the nose. A night blend of pepper, fruit and blueberry leather (if there is even such a thing). 88 points. 

MorningSide Chardonnay 2015

Purchased from Lot 18


Aaron: This is a winner for me!  Guava was brushed with honey on the nose and the flavor is super rich and creamy.  An overwhelming amount of butter and orange peel are exactly what I love in my Chardonnays and I enjoyed the pineapple and avocado oil on the finish.  this is really rich and very good.  92 points

Teri: This is a nicely rounded Chardonnay. I smell melon on the nose with flavors of buttery honey and cantaloupe on the body of the wine along with an abundance of papaya. There is also a slight mineral flavor on the long finish. 89 points. 

Longwave Monterey County Syrah 2013

Purchased from Lot 18/The Tasting Room

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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