Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017

IMG_3416Duckhorn Website, $30

Vivino Info, $20

Total Wine & More, $18

Wine.com, $25


Aaron:  This was great! Really smooth but crisp and balanced.  I enjoyed the subtle melon and pineapple flavors with what I can only describe as a sunrise (yea…corny I know).  Solid bottle that’s easy to enjoy, especially if you can find for a little discount.  90 points

Teri: This Sauvignon Blac is easy to drink with nice complexity overall and a crisp finish. It carries a nice smell of tropical fruits and lemon. The body of the wine is full with flavors of lime, peach, and some apricot. 90 points. 

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Laura Zahtila Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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Purchased from Laura Zahtila (Now Laura Michael) Tasting Room, $55

Wine Enthusiast Article 

Vivino Info


Aaron:  We held this bottle for a while and it was worth it.  The fruity nose was mellow and pleasant, featuring tobacco leaves and bark with light mushrooms growing.  The flavor was very fruit forward with blackberries dipped in tar and molasses – as expected from a napa zin.  Some rum raisins and a hint of cinnamon made the finish complex and enjoyable. 91 points

Teri: Aaron and I purchased the bottle over 5 years ago and have let it sit until now; the results were worth it. I smell juicy blackberries and red cherries on the nose. Very smooth tannins with intense flavors of cocoa, raspberry, plum, and tobacco. Rich and delicious but you probably want to enjoy it with food. 92 points 

Chandon Vintage Brut 2012

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Chandon Website, $45

Info on Wine Searcher


Aaron: This is a solid brut.  Traditionally sharp and dry as you would expect, the nose is a non-factor.  I noticed pine on the flavor and not a lot of apple or pear like other sparkling wines.  89 points

Teri: Light nose, just a hint of lemon curd. Very crisp, dry and leaves you with a nice clean mouthfeel. Some grapefruit and lemon on the taste. Pleasent flavors and easy to drink. 89 points

Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Cab Sauv 2013

Franciscan Estate CabWine.com, $25/bottle

Total Wine & More, $19.97

Cellar Tracker Website


Aaron: Drink this wine with food.  It’s really not great as a standalone in my opinion but went great with a nice flavorful cheese.  The bright oak and small, red berries gave me a sense of youth while charred tobacco leaves added some complexity.  I noticed some maple syrup on the nose which was an interesting change but unfortunately, the flavor was not as full as the smell.  A little too much chalkiness is why this wine needs food and the flavor escaped too quickly for my preference.  87 alone, 90 with food.

Teri: This is a hearty but easy to drink bottle. I enjoyed the sweet blackberry flavors with a subtle hint of cedar and firm but smooth tannins and a bit of black pepper. Not too complex but delicious. Bring this one to that dinner party or give as a gift to a friend who enjoys wine. 90 points