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Domaine Ste Michelle Brut NV


Purchased from Costco, $9

Chateau Ste Michelle, $13

Total Wine & More, $11.99

BevMo, $8.99

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


Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Wine.com, $9.99

World Market, $9.99

Aaron: Rocky minerals and sea salt combine with dark plum.  The flavor is pretty rich with hearty tannins and a slow burn finish.  Tobacco and black fruits cloud the tongue with some porace texture at the end.  89 points

Teri: The first thing I noticed was the hearty tannins in this bottle. A nose of baking spice and fruit is followed by oaky/leader blueberries and baking spice. Less fruit overall and more rose pedals, earth and oaky flavors. Not overly complex but the finish is smooth and lingering. This is an ok bottle for the price. I wouldn’t pay more than $10. Overall ok, but I think there are better options. 87 points 


L’Ecole No 41 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Total Wine & More, $28.79

Aaron:  I liked this bottle.  Rocky tobacco and leather made up the nose and the flavor generally followed suit.  There was also some cocoa notes which made this easier drinking than my notes may sound.  I appreciated the fullness without the abundance of sweetness and fruit forward flavors.  91 points

Teri: Earthy nose with flavors of brie, blackberry, leather and blueberry musk. A subtle blend of fruit and earthy flavors. A bit of oaky bark on the finish. This cab is hearty but has smooth tannins and easy to drink. 88 points 

Desert Wind Merlot 2000

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Purchased from Desert Winds Tasting Room, $35

Aaron:  I give major props to Desert Winds for having a “charity donation fee” to taste this older bottle in their tasting room – admittedly, that’s probably why we bought it.  There was a lot of berry and tobacco on the nose with a dark flavor. This had gotten a little flat after 16 years (it’s a merlot, not a cab or zin) and tasted almost like a port with lots of plum and prune notes.  I enjoyed the abundant chocolate with some dry tree bark.  Overall this was mellow and easy drinking, particularly after it opened up.  90 points

Teri: Aaron and I bought this bottle from the winery after doing a charity donation tasting (tasting fee goes to charity and you get to try a reserve wine..awesome set up). After 16 years in the bottle, this wine still contained some structured tannins but left you with an extremely smooth mouth feel. Along with a juicy berry nose, the flavors of peppery black cherry and sweet oak made this one bottle to enjoy on its own. 90 points. Any merlot Desert Winds crafts will be good for aging–buy a few and let them sit for 5-10 years.

Goose Ridge Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

Goose Ridge Chardonnay 2012Purchased from the Goose Ridge Tasting Room, $26

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Aaron: The smell on this chard was bright, featuring lime, grapefruit, and bright lights.  The flavor was totally different; full and buttery with a long, lingering citrus finish.  Rocky peaches and only a bit of oak led to a slightly more earthy ending but this was still pleasant.  89 points 

Teri: Full known bias here….I LOVE buttery chardonnay. Don’t let the creamy lemon nose fool you, at first taste flavors of butter, cream and a slight hint of peach fill you palate. Goose Ridge makes a classic smooth and buttery chardonnay that is a must try. The “real housewives” would swoon over this one. 91 points