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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 

Sol Y Luna Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Splash Wines, $13.99Sol Y Luna 2014

Aaron: This very bright wine featured yellow peaches and nectarines on the nose with some red raspberry and honey undertones.  The flavor had a bit too much lime for me with some palm trees and sandy beaches making for a tropical, but heavy-citrus experience.  The flavor concluded with grapefruit which would be great for sangria or if you want something with some zing.  89 points

Teri: This Sauvignon Blanc from Chile is unique and refreshing.  A fruity nose of cantaloupe and honeydew make way to a taste that is a bit different but refreshing. The flavors were full of honey, orange citrus, and almond with a long lingering aftertaste. 90 points