The Archivist Rose 2016

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Purchased from World Market, $14.99

Archivist Website


Aaron:  Strawberry and spiky, purple cactus fruit.  This smooth finishing rose left a lingering butter flavor like a chardonnay.  This is pretty fruity and what I expect a rose to taste like, not overly sweet, more like jelly beans without the sugar.  89 points

Teri: This wine is hearty for a rose but still easy drinking. Flavors of cashew, rose petals, lemon, and strawberry add some bright complexity. 87 points 

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Petite Petit 2015

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Michael David Wines, $18

Cost Plus World Market, 12.99 (sale)/18.99 (regular)

Total Wine & More, $14.79

Aaron: I love both these varietals so I was really excited for this bottle.  The smell was full with lots of dark fruits and black licorice.  Oakiness rounded out the nose and led to some very noticeable tannins.  The flavor was pretty good with raspberry and a continuation of the licorice, followed by vanilla on the finish.  This is a good bottle and enjoyable based on what I’d expect from these types of grapes but admittedly it’s not the greatest for these varietals.  90 points

Teri: Cute name based on the blend of two “petite/petit” grapes (85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot). Typically these grapes are smaller, which is why they are called petite, and carry more intense flavors. On this wine, I smelled mostly red berries with some vanilla and lavender. When sipping this wine, I put it on the heartier side of medium bodied with flavors of leather, dark red berries, and some bell pepper (plus noticeable oak). Semi-chalky tannins the deeper I got into my glass. This wine would be better with food; hearty meat dishes and pasta with red sauces. 89 points

OZV (Old Zin Vines) 2015 Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel

 

IMG_0703.JPGOak Ridge Website, $12.99

World Market, $13.99

BevMo, $12.49

Total Wine & More, $9.79

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Aaron:  Dark bark and cocoa on the nose predicated an extremely fruity flavor.  Tons of rich, dark blackberries overpower the taste buds and slide away on a smooth velvety finish of vanilla.  This is just a luscious, juicy wine.   91 points

Teri: Juicy raspberry nose with flavors of blended cherry, black pepper, and more raspberry. Bold and flavorful with hearty but smooth tannins. This one is versatile enough to enjoy on its own but will also stand up to your hearty meat meals. 90 points 

Check out our post for the 2009 vintage

The Bellhop Petite Sirah 2014

Lot 18, $17


Aaron:  This has a floral nose with dark, dry wood and thorny berries.  The flavor is pretty big with lots of thick tar, tobacco, and leather.  Some black molasses and hints of berries follow but this is really best for those who don’t want a very fruit-forward wine.  90 points

Teri: Leather and black current on the nose. A night blend of pepper, fruit and blueberry leather (if there is even such a thing). 88 points.