Josh’s Swill 2016

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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 

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Kiona Red Mountain Pioneer Red

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Kiona Winery Website, $25

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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.

William Grassie Courageux 2012

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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 

Apothic Inferno 2015

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Total Wine & More, $12.97

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Aaron: I was excited to try this bottle because who doesn’t like things finished in bourbon barrels? There is smoke on the nose and a lot of black and dark berries.  The flavor is extremely velvety, one of the smoothest I’ve had with a rich and balanced flavor.  Lots of chocolate and vanilla here.  91 points

Teri: A nose of chocolate and vanilla. The wine has a sweet undertone with a subtle finish of plum and smokey maple. Overall, an abundance of sweeter dark red fruits are very prominent and although not very complex it is very easy to drink. Richer than most reds, but the slighlty sweeter side most likely makes it more palatable to newer wine drinkers. 87 points