Purchased from World Market, $12.99
Total Wine & More, $8.79
Aaron: This is basically sparkling cranberry juice. Definitely not my favorite and not something I’d recommend unless you’re really new to wine and like sour-ish juice. There is minimal smell and this was not complex at all. It’s almost sparkly, I guess that’s fun. 82 points
Teri: This is a very easy to drink wine. The low alcohol content paired with slight effervescence makes it similar to festive juice. A good starter wine, or for someone who says they don’t like “wine.” It is heavier than a sparkling wine, but not by much. There is no depth but an abundance of sweeter raspberry and bing cherry flavors. Only 5.5% alcohol makes it a great outdoor summer wine and very easy to enjoy. 87 points for drinkability and price.
Lot 18, $16
Aaron: This is pretty good. Light, green apple on the nose. Mild flavor with lots of apricot and pear as well as some saltine crackers. 89 points
Teri: Light nose, but beautiful and sturdy flavors of apple, lemon, walnut and a hint of vanilla. Almost too many bubbles, but that was ok with me. The flavor lingers after you swallow and leaves you wanting more. 91 points
Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $16/bottle
Aaron: The name is cool, the wine is ok. Tar, oak, and raspberry made for a sweet but tart nose. This was pretty tight and never really opened up to me, giving the sense of a tingly strawberry. While easy drinking and fruity this was not very complex. Nice for an intro wine but look for something else if you want to impress someone. 88 points
Teri: This bottle is nice to enjoy with cheeses and meaty dishes. It carries a medium body with a smooth finish. The flavors of red berry, leafy mulberry, cranberry and spice on the finish are enjoyable and pair well with food. 88 points
Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $15.99
Aaron: Sorry, all Teri on this one!
Teri: Because Aaron was a bit distracted when we opened this bottle, it looks like you are going to have to follow my opinion. I enjoyed the bright flavors of raspberry and strawberry with light oak on the finish. This wine has soft tannins (medium body) with high drinkability. 90 points for the flavors and its drinkability.
Lot 18, $20
Aaron: Teri’s assessment that this is an “everyday” wine is pretty spot on. There was strawberry licorice and other hard candies on the nose with some medicinal herbs as well. The flavor was extremely fruity with some mild tannins. This wasn’t exceptional but was more than just juice. Not my favorite but easy to grab off the wine rack in a pinch. 89 points
Teri: This is a great everyday drinking read with a spicy nose but a fruity flavor. I tasted strawberry and cherry with subtle underlying hints of spice. Overall light but good body. 90 points