Purchased from Costco, $20
Convergence Zone Website, $29
Wine Magazine Write Up
Aaron: I enjoyed this bottle but the flavor was a little light. Strawberry and light tan bark with eucalyptus on the nose. The flavor was slightly tannic with stones from a rocky riverbed. Tart red berries on the finish. 89 points.
Teri: Aaron and I met this winemaker while at Costco (he was only selling bottles at the site for a few days). We mentioned we appreciate most bottles from Red Mountain and he suggested this one. Most of the fruit is from Red Mountain, although not enough to place it as the AVA on the bottle. He wasn’t wrong! This wine is bold and smooth with a nice finish. I tasted black currant, raspberry, creamy brie, and some mushroom. 93 points!
Purchased from Van Camp Cellars, $49.99
Aaron: Lots of fruit with some seawater and oak barrels. There weren’t many “trees” but definitely oak from the barrel. The flavor is huge, featuring lots of berries and absent most earthy tones. There were some mild mushrooms at the end but mostly dark, dense fruit. 89 points
Teri: Flavors of blackberry pie and vanilla on the nose and body. The wine is fruit forward with some spice on the back end. I enjoyed tasting the flavors of black cherry, plum, and just a hint of licorice. 90 points
Kiona Winery Website, $25
Wine Enthusiast Info
Aaron: I’m not normally a blend fan but Kiona does it right. This is fruity and full with vanilla and a nice, nutty finish. The juicy velvet is pleasant and easy drinking. This is full, smooth, and full of flavor. 90 points
Teri: Great smell and flavors on this red wine blend. Cherry and strawberry blend with smoke and butter on the finish. Amazon flavor! 91 points. Complex yet very easy to drink.
Purchased from the Tasting Room, about $40
Total Wine & More, $39.99
Wine Magazine Mention of William Grassie Courageux
William Grassie Wine List
The courageux is a Rhone Style red blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.
Aaron: This is a solid bottle we’ve been saving. Lots of oak and wheat on the nose followed by red currants. The flavor was enjoyable, full but smooth and no bite. There were tons of rich, fruit flavors with black cherry and other red fruits. I wanted some vanilla to round out the finish but overall, very appealing. 91 points
Teri: Juicy nose and body with flavors of blackberry, currant, bing cherry, and sweet oak. This wine is jam-packed with flavor but carries tannins that sit nicely and are extremely enjoyable. Great wine! Enough so that I would go back and purchase another bottle the next time we are in the area. 93 points