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Spindrift Cellars Pinot Noir 2014

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Spindrift Cellars Website, $22

Cost Plus World Market, $18.99

Wine Enthusiast Discusses Spindrift Pinot


Aaron:  I noticed ferns and raspberries on the nose of the pinot.  The flavor included a bit of a tangy bite which wasn’t my favorite and reminded me of underripe pears.  There was also noticeable cranberry and lemon so this wasn’t very appealing to me.  86 points

Teri: Herbal nose and a solid medium body on the wine. Full flavors of mushroom, strawberry, grassy hers, and sweet oak. Flavorful and hearty. Quality pinot which is great with food. 91 points 

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Treveri Blanc de Noir

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Treveri Cellars Website


Aaron:  Red apple and palm trees cloud the nose and this is a little on the tart side but not bitter.  It’s more to say it’s not sweet.  I like that this is an easy-to-drink sparkling which can stand up to food and be enjoyed at any time.  89 points

Teri: Full disclaimer, I’m part of the “bubble club” for Treveri. Everything they make is high quality and a fantastic value (a few of their wines are even served at the White House). Their Blanc de Noir carries a nose of rose petals and raisins with flavors of orange peel, red apple, and floral undertones.  This bottle is excellent on a warm day or to break out for a celebration (even the small ones). Not too sweet and not too dry, the Goldilocks of Brut sparkling wines. 91 points 

Foodies Pinot Noir 2014

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Aaron:  I was excited to try this World Market branded wine.  There was lots of juicy raspberry and some brown sugar and cocoa on the nose which made it very pleasant, almost like a wild garden bush.  The flavor has lots of leather and tobacco but enough fruit that these weren’t overpowering. This is light to medium bodied though there is a lingering spice on the finish.  It’s pretty good on its own but great for the price.  90 points

Teri: This Pinot has a round flavor, light tannins and is quite drinkable. It tastes of semi-ripe raspberry and strawberry; fruit forward with subtle oak on the finish. Very drinkable but not too complex. 88 points overall 90 points for value.

Amour Fou Pinot Noir 2015

Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $17


Aaron: Huckleberry, blackberry, strawberry (you’re probably noticing a theme).  There was just a ton of juicy berries on this Pinot.  Th surprisingly hearty tannins were a little too chalky for me but did help the flavor linger for a while.  Unfortunately, this lingering ends in a watery finish with only a hint of strawberry and leafy vines. 89 points

Teri: Baking spice and cherry on the nose make way for a slightly tart flavor up front after the first sip. I tasted mushrooms, moss, bright and slightly unripe cherry and soft white pepper. This would pair well with mushroom dishes, chicken or items with soy sauce. I like the blend of the earthy and mild fruit flavors. 90 points. 

La Foret 2015

Purchased from Lot 18


Aaron:  Pleasantly mild, light nose of strawberry and bubble gum.  The flavor is not overpowering but has some lingering tannins to remind you it’s a red.  These started as a little too chalky but then dissipated.  There’s definitely cherry and some light tan, eucalyptus bark.  Pretty easy drinking and enjoyable.  91 points

Teri: This bottle needed some time to breath but was flavorful and easy to drink. I first noticed a smell of cinnamon and baking spices on the nose of the wine. This was then followed by more baking spice, smooth oak and faint plum on the wine itself. This bottle pairs well with food (poultry and fish) and it’s smooth lighter tannins make it easy for many different wine lovers. 89 points