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Aaron: The smell is great but the flavor left me wanting some water. Mushrooms on oak in a mossy forest make for a great nose. The flavor is chalky with dry tannins and was not very appealing. Green olives with red berries and tree branches. Admittedly it got better as it opened but not enough to get the points back. 87 points
Teri: Rich berry and vanilla nose with a round mouthfeel. The flavor is smooth and the back end is slightly sweet with blueberries and raspberries. The forward flavor has more berries with hearty oak. Very dry and a bit chalky. 86 points
Lot 18 Wine Club
Cellar Tracker Profile
Aaron: Cinnamon, vanilla, and almonds burst into boysenberry on the nose. The flavor is super juicy and full of luscious ripe fruits. Black and red berries make this Syrah easy to drink with little to no bite or pepper. This is just super easy drinking but not watery, though to be fair it could use more complexity. La Concierge makes really drinkable wines, period. 90 points
Teri: Blackberry and a bit of plastic on the smell. Mild taste and medium body for a Syrah. Overall, this tastes like a French red with woody oak, baking powder with minerals and a hint of red fruit. Long lingering flavors but not my personal favorites in my wine. 87 points for good body and smooth tannins but just not one I would personally purchase again, based on flavor profile preference.
Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $17
We have to give a call out to Lot 18 for great customer service on this one. We don’t do this often but felt the need to write the company to let them know this bottle fell well outside our enjoyment spectrum. Without hesitation, Lot 18 refunded us the price of the bottle and asked if there were any others we did not enjoy. Well done and great customer service.
Aaron: This was downright awful. Grapefruit and guava on the nose with palm trees but the flavor is just bad. It tasted like unsweetened lemon juice. There were some unappealing mushrooms which didn’t help the sour look on my face. The issue was there was no good tasting fruit, maybe just some pine cones. Definitely, skip it. 79 points.
Teri: Lemon and stone fruits on the nose with an extremely tart flavor. Short finish and high acidity and lemon flavors made the bottle seem like I was drinking weak lemon juice. Not to my liking. I would say skip this bottle. 81 points
Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $17
Aaron: Huckleberry, blackberry, strawberry (you’re probably noticing a theme). There was just a ton of juicy berries on this Pinot. Th surprisingly hearty tannins were a little too chalky for me but did help the flavor linger for a while. Unfortunately, this lingering ends in a watery finish with only a hint of strawberry and leafy vines. 89 points
Teri: Baking spice and cherry on the nose make way for a slightly tart flavor up front after the first sip. I tasted mushrooms, moss, bright and slightly unripe cherry and soft white pepper. This would pair well with mushroom dishes, chicken or items with soy sauce. I like the blend of the earthy and mild fruit flavors. 90 points.
Lot 18, $15
Teri: Aaron and I have different viewpoints on this wine. The nose was full of black cherry and spice while the flavor was smooth plum and white pepper with tartness on the finish. Not very complex and a bit too oaky for my personal taste. 86 points
Aaron: The nose reminds me of black tar coating berries on a plank of oak. The flavor is mild and smooth with some pepper at the end. This was pleasant but still a little complex and I felt it was a nice middle of the road bottle. 90 points.