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 

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Rosemount Estate Shraz-Cabernet 2012

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Total Wine & More, $5.99 sale (reg. 8.99)


Aaron:  This is ok for a cheap bottle.  The nose is dirty and the flavor is earthy with some blueberries.  A little creamy vanilla yogurt blended with what I consider to be traditional old world flavors. 89 points

Teri: Mellow nose and flavors. Easy drinking wine with predominant flavors of blueberry and oak. Light and smooth but good hearty flavor. 88 points, mostly for value 

Adored Red Wine Blend 2014

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World Market, 10.99 (sale 6.99)

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Aaron:  This is a good bottle for an affordable, red blend.  Tobacco was the prominent smell with some black fruits as an afterthought.  The flavor is pretty smooth with a great aftertaste of violets and mushroom.  Very floral with some earthy undertones.  This flavor profile isn’t usually my preference but I enjoyed it.  90 points

Teri:  This red blend has a woody plum nose and medium to large body. Very noticeable tannins that were slightly chunky but good flavors of leather, prune, oak, and some spicy black pepper on the taste. It is still easy to drink but bold. 88 points 

Petite Petit 2015

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Michael David Wines, $18

Cost Plus World Market, 12.99 (sale)/18.99 (regular)

Total Wine & More, $14.79

Aaron: I love both these varietals so I was really excited for this bottle.  The smell was full with lots of dark fruits and black licorice.  Oakiness rounded out the nose and led to some very noticeable tannins.  The flavor was pretty good with raspberry and a continuation of the licorice, followed by vanilla on the finish.  This is a good bottle and enjoyable based on what I’d expect from these types of grapes but admittedly it’s not the greatest for these varietals.  90 points

Teri: Cute name based on the blend of two “petite/petit” grapes (85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot). Typically these grapes are smaller, which is why they are called petite, and carry more intense flavors. On this wine, I smelled mostly red berries with some vanilla and lavender. When sipping this wine, I put it on the heartier side of medium bodied with flavors of leather, dark red berries, and some bell pepper (plus noticeable oak). Semi-chalky tannins the deeper I got into my glass. This wine would be better with food; hearty meat dishes and pasta with red sauces. 89 points