Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Root 1 Website 

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 

Santa Ema Merlot

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World Market, $8.89 (sale)/14.99 (regular) 

Total Wine & More, $12.29

Santa Ema Website


Aaron: This gets better after being open for a day but at first sip this was definitely a disappointment for me.  The nose was extremely earthy with mostly mushrooms, dirt, and figs.  The flavor was equally dirty with mud and forestry.  There was a noticeable lack of berries and fruit.  The best quality was the fullness, which I appreciated, but not juicy enough for me.  86 points

Teri: Aaron was the only one who tried this bottle. From his notes, I don’t think I missed much.

Zhigalova Cabernet Franc 2014

Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $16

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Aaron: Rocky mountains of granite with chili peppers make up the nose of this Cab Franc.  Tart, red berries hit the back of the throat while spicy chili powder and harissa-covered cherries glide through after the initial shock.  The spiciness tends to linger for a long time.  89 points

Teri: White pepper and raspberry nose with a medium body and a smooth but slightly bitter flavor. I tasted tart cherry, rhubarb, and white pepper with leafy greens on the finish. Nothing extraordinary on this wine. 86 points

Trader Joe’s Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Chile 2014

Purchased from Trader Joes, $12.99


Aaron: For a Trader Joe’s branded wine I really can’t complain.  Good flavor as a stand alone bottle with some decent spice and berries.  This is a solid bottle.  89 points

Teri: I could smell mushroom and herb on the nose with flavors of vanilla, blackberry, dried fruits and oak within the wine itself. This bottle had smooth tannins with a hearty flavor and an easy drinking feel. This is a good go-to bottle for any occasion. 89 points