Purchased from Costco, $20
Convergence Zone Website, $29
Wine Magazine Write Up
Aaron: I enjoyed this bottle but the flavor was a little light. Strawberry and light tan bark with eucalyptus on the nose. The flavor was slightly tannic with stones from a rocky riverbed. Tart red berries on the finish. 89 points.
Teri: Aaron and I met this winemaker while at Costco (he was only selling bottles at the site for a few days). We mentioned we appreciate most bottles from Red Mountain and he suggested this one. Most of the fruit is from Red Mountain, although not enough to place it as the AVA on the bottle. He wasn’t wrong! This wine is bold and smooth with a nice finish. I tasted black currant, raspberry, creamy brie, and some mushroom. 93 points!
Purchased from the Tasting Room, about $40
Total Wine & More, $39.99
Wine Magazine Mention of William Grassie Courageux
William Grassie Wine List
The courageux is a Rhone Style red blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.
Aaron: This is a solid bottle we’ve been saving. Lots of oak and wheat on the nose followed by red currants. The flavor was enjoyable, full but smooth and no bite. There were tons of rich, fruit flavors with black cherry and other red fruits. I wanted some vanilla to round out the finish but overall, very appealing. 91 points
Teri: Juicy nose and body with flavors of blackberry, currant, bing cherry, and sweet oak. This wine is jam-packed with flavor but carries tannins that sit nicely and are extremely enjoyable. Great wine! Enough so that I would go back and purchase another bottle the next time we are in the area. 93 points
North by NorthWest Website
Aaron: This isn’t a $50 bottle but it’s easy to pick up and drink with little prep. Green olives and white cream yielded to lots of honey and a bit of spice. There were some peaches but nothing very distinct. In general, just a mild, easy-drinking flavor. 89 points
Teri: This Chardonnay has a light nose and a crisp dry flavor. Flavors of melon, peach, and lemon make this Chard refreshing and easy to drink with a medium to light body. A slight minerality to the wine also adds a little complexity. 88 points
Purchased from Costco, $9
Chateau Ste Michelle, $13
Total Wine & More, $11.99
Aaron: This isn’t anything to write home about on its own but great for mimosas. The nose and flavor are both a little citrusy but not overwhelming. Apple, pear, and lemongrass reeds were on most of the taste buds. 88 points
Teri: Light almond nose with crisp flavors of peach and almond. The flavor is long lasting and I enjoy the mouthfeel of the sparkling wine. Nothing too out of the ordinary but very enjoyable; a wonderful value. 89 points