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Zhigalova Cabernet Franc 2014

Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $16

Cellar Tracker


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

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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 

Richards Cellars Cabernet Franc 2014

img_0598Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $16/bottle

William Sonoma Wine Club


Aaron: I love cab francs and enjoyed this one.  Oak, brown and red leaves combined with vanilla for a traditional nose.  The flavor was nice featuring lots of small berries and some sugared allspice.  This was nice and fruity but not too heavy.  91 points

Teri: After a few sips my overwhelming first thought was, “wow this wine is incredibly easy to drink”. It has a tobacco and blackberry nose with a lighter body that carries flavors of white pepper, semi-sweet mulberry, dark raspberry and a bit of earth. Interesting overall and higher points for drinkability. 88 points 

El Barrio Chilean Cabernet 2015

img_0583Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $16.24/bottle

New York Times Wine Club


Aaron: Sadly Teri and I disagree on this wine (which means we probably won’t get another one).  I put this in the win column for Lot 18 because the leather, blackberry, and almond nose was fascinating.  I also enjoyed the smooth flavor with lingering tannins.  This was a bit minerally with porace rocks and granite but I felt it had enough complexity to justify a flavor I’m not usually a huge fan of.  91 points

Teri: With a yeasty-berry smell and flavors of black pepper, currant and cedar this was not my favorite flavor profile. I disliked the abundance of hearty tannins (almost bitter and chalky) and a slight bite on the finish. This one leans more towards mineral and woodsy flavors vs. fruit. The flavors are reflective of the Chilean soil but this one is not a top pick for me. 86 points

Elun Chardonnay 2015

img_0380Splash Wines, $15


Aaron:  This was pretty good with green apple and guava on the surprisingly strong nose.  The flavor was smooth and creamy with some nuts – mostly almond – and white fruit.  I felt this was solid, not “amazing”, but enjoyable.  90 points

Teri: This Chardonnay from Chile is very smooth, easy to drink and bursting with flavor! The peach and honey nose is delightful alongside its medium body and flavors of ripe peach, pineapple, and green apple. There is also a slight undertone of vanilla and honey on the finish. 91 points