Uenuku Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $13/bottle

Vivino Info

Aaron:  I smelled banana, apricot, and honey on this very fruity nose.  The flavor was not as sweet, featuring more crisp green apple and lemons.  As I took a second sip the citrus became a little too overwhelming for me, with most sour lime.  87 points

Teri: This is a beautiful Sav Blanc; Easy to enjoy. I smell tropical fruits on the nose and taste flavors of kiwi, passion fruit, and some almond on the finish. The wine itself also has almost a buttery mouthfeel. Refreshing. Would purchase again or share with others as a gift. 90 points 


Villa Maria New Zealand Dry Riesling 2010 Private Bin

Villa Maria New Zeland Dry Resiling

Dry Riesling on Villa Maria Website

Wine of the Month Club, Feb 2015, $15.99

Aaron: Dry, fruity peach nose with some slate and mushroom.  This riesling is nice and crisp with some tangy citrus and orange fruits.  Tangerine and cantaloupe flavors are fine but not incredible.  88 points

Teri: The best part of this wine is the juxtaposition of the bright flavors to the clean dry finish of the wine. A nose of peach and green apple are reflected in the wine itself, carrying further green apple characteristics along with white peach and bitter pear. This wine is very easy to drink and I give it 90 points for its flavor and drinkability.

Cottesbrook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Total Wine & More, $11.99

Aaron: Crisp, nutty flavors were interwoven with melon and citrus to form an almost sparkling sensation.  This white was dry with a unique flavor including green apple but there were additional, bitter sensations which were hard to pinpoint.  The finish was gentle but this left me wanting more.  88 points

Teri: This wine has a pleasant, fruity/nutty smell with lemon, apricot, and peach. On the dryer side, the citrus oak flavor on the finish is smooth and the wine itself carries very little body with grassy undertones. It is an easy drinking wine with some good qualities, just not to my personal taste preference. This wine would balance well with sweet dishes. 87 points

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2011

Total Wine & More, $14.49

Aaron: This pinot has a slightly smoky nose and mildly spicy nose, contrasted by heavy blackberry and vanilla flavors.  I felt it was full for a pinot and though the smell was harsh, the finish was smooth.  90 points

Teri:  This medium bodied pinot carried more of a woody/leafy smell with a raspberry taste and mild woody aftertaste (possibly strong characteristics of reds from New Zealand). It has some spice with the berry flavors but not my favorite overall. 87 points