Lot 18, $15
Teri: Aaron and I have different viewpoints on this wine. The nose was full of black cherry and spice while the flavor was smooth plum and white pepper with tartness on the finish. Not very complex and a bit too oaky for my personal taste. 86 points
Aaron: The nose reminds me of black tar coating berries on a plank of oak. The flavor is mild and smooth with some pepper at the end. This was pleasant but still a little complex and I felt it was a nice middle of the road bottle. 90 points.
Purchased from Genoa Cellars Tasting Room in Woodinville, WA, $35
Aaron: I really enjoyed this. There’s a powerful smell of damp berries and leather. The full flavor matches the strength of the nose with lingering tannins. Lots of oak and big juicy red berries dance with a hint of mushroom in the background making this a fun journey. 91 points.
Teri: Warm and spicy oak on the nose with flavors of plum, sweet oak (on the finish), vanilla and tart cherry. There are noticeable tannins but they give good structure to the wine. Complex and hearty. 90 points. Overall, I enjoyed most of the wines from this winery. We will go back!
Purchased from World Market, $12.99
Total Wine & More, $8.79
Aaron: This is basically sparkling cranberry juice. Definitely not my favorite and not something I’d recommend unless you’re really new to wine and like sour-ish juice. There is minimal smell and this was not complex at all. It’s almost sparkly, I guess that’s fun. 82 points
Teri: This is a very easy to drink wine. The low alcohol content paired with slight effervescence makes it similar to festive juice. A good starter wine, or for someone who says they don’t like “wine.” It is heavier than a sparkling wine, but not by much. There is no depth but an abundance of sweeter raspberry and bing cherry flavors. Only 5.5% alcohol makes it a great outdoor summer wine and very easy to enjoy. 87 points for drinkability and price.
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Purchased from World Market, $9.99
Aaron: Red fruit and lots of leather make the smell punch you in the face. Spiny roses and thorns weren’t my favorite but were rounded out with honey. 88 points
Teri: This wine has an oaky-blackberry nose with a round mouth feel. Overall, mineral flavors were prominent along with the taste of leather, celery and cranberry soaked oak with pepper. This bottle is good for those who like their wine to have more mineral flavor with less fruit. Semi dry with mild but noticeable tannins. 88 points
Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $18/bottle
Aaron: This was a big miss! I really like Lot 18 but if you have a choice of bottles, skip this one. The bulky pepper and spice nose was mixed with stale mushrooms and dark earth. Tar and molasses clouded the palate with heavy, chalky tannins. I love petite syrahs, but this one left an aftertaste of over-ripe plum and black sand. Skip this one. 82 points
Teri: Don’t bother with this bottle. It smells nice but has chalky tannins and a bitter finish mixed with raspberry and oak flavors. There are some underlying flavors which are good, but the chalky tannins overpower anything decent in this bottle. 82 points