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.
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Aaron: Red fruit and lots of leather make the smell punch you in the face. Spiny roses and thorns weren’t my favorite but were rounded out with honey. 88 points
Teri: This wine has an oaky-blackberry nose with a round mouth feel. Overall, mineral flavors were prominent along with the taste of leather, celery and cranberry soaked oak with pepper. This bottle is good for those who like their wine to have more mineral flavor with less fruit. Semi dry with mild but noticeable tannins. 88 points
Lot 18, $14.99
Aaron: Oaky green apple on the nose. The flavor is tangy but dissipates quickly. Lots of lemongrass and weeds with some interesting sunflower but too tart for me. 87 points
Teri: This white wine has a citrus nose with a light and crisp body. I tasted flavors of white peach and Pez (like the candy). Medium body and a short (but flavorful) finish. Slightly watery but easy to drink. 87 points