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MorningSide Chardonnay 2015

Purchased from Lot 18

Aaron: This is a winner for me!  Guava was brushed with honey on the nose and the flavor is super rich and creamy.  An overwhelming amount of butter and orange peel are exactly what I love in my Chardonnays and I enjoyed the pineapple and avocado oil on the finish.  this is really rich and very good.  92 points

Teri: This is a nicely rounded Chardonnay. I smell melon on the nose with flavors of buttery honey and cantaloupe on the body of the wine along with an abundance of papaya. There is also a slight mineral flavor on the long finish. 89 points. 


Longwave Monterey County Syrah 2013

Purchased from Lot 18/The Tasting Room

This bottle on Cellar Tracker

Aaron: I really like this one.  Light yellow grass nose with dusty rocks and celery.  Flavor The flavor gets bigger in your mouth like a wave.  Lots of berries and some spice for body but not overwhelming.  Dark tobacco leaves coated in molasses and cocoa.  Really nice.  92 points

Teri: Plum and herb on the nose with a nice balance of fruit and herb on the finish. Round and noticeable but smooth tannins. Cassis, plum and a hint of blackberry. Delicious. 91 points 


Elder Rock Petite Syrah 2013

Elder Rock Petite SyrahPurchased from World Market, $14.99

Vivino Rating 

Aaron: Charcoal on the nose set the tone for a consistently earthy bottle.  The black granite flavor was a bit chalky with a few red fruits, mostly raspberry.   A hint of oak and velvety vanilla rounded this out a bit but rock was the predominant feature.  89 points

Teri: This is a hearty red that would stand up well with rich sauces, red meat, and cheeses. I tasted mostly rich spicy and oaky flavors with dark plum and smooth oak on the finish. Noticeable tannins add to the body of the wine and lay down smooth leaving beautiful flavors without harshness on the swallow. 91 points 


Ojas Red Blend 2014

Ojas Red Blend 2014Lot 18, $19.99

New York Times Wine Club Notes

Aaron: This featured a dusty, dark tree bark smell with some light cocoa butter.  The flavor was a bit too dull for me and I tasted most of it on the back of my throat rather than the front of my mouth. There was a bit of metal and some berries but I didn’t sense a lot going on.  88 points

Teri: I don’t expect too much from red blends, but this one I found unique and tasty! Flavors of chocolate covered cherries, dark cranberry, and some banana on the finish yield a smooth medium body wine with complex enjoyable flavors. Flavors of oak provide bookends for the wine, noticeable in the nose and on the lingering finish.  91 points 

Mythmaker Pinot Gris 2014

Mythmaker Pinot GrisLot 18, $14.99

Vivino Profile

Aaron: Green apple and sweet onion made for a “blunt” nose but the flavor was pretty sweet.  I tasted a lot of apple and pear with some mild, white plum.  While a bit tart at the end, this was pretty light and crisp, making it nice for a sunny afternoon.  89 points

Teri: This Pinot Gris is bright and easy to drink. With a peach nose and light fruity flavors of apricot and lemon, this wine carries a bright acidity to balance with food or enjoy on its own. I see this as a great summer drinking wine. 88 points