Kiona Estate Red Mountain – Pioneer Red – Version II

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Purchased from Kiona, $23

Kiona Wine Info

Great Northwest News Article


Aaron: This is a great blend.  Red, small berries with cedar chips.  Fruity and full with vanilla and a nutty finish.  The juicy, velvet on the swallow is pleasant and easy to drink.  The flavor is smooth and full, very enjoyable.  90 points

Teri: I love this wine! We are wine club members with Kiona and I just added more of these bottles to the most recent release. It has a beautiful smell which is followed by flavors of cherry and strawberry on the wine. Then a smooth smokey/buttery finish. Complex yet easy to enjoy. 91 points. 

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Boom Boom Syrah 2016 (Charles Smith Wines)

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Total Wine & More, $11.47

Vivino Info

BevMo, $15.99


Aaron: Lots of dark raisins with chocolate and damp tobacco.  Juicy berries with a full, smooth flavor.  Mellow tannins and very rich, vanilla, oak flavor that’s bursting with blackberry.  This is decently complex without losing the fruit forwardness that makes it really tasty.  91 points

Teri: Charles Smith is a “bigger” wine producer out of Washington and does this Syrah justice. It has a smell of dark red fruits, a vanilla aftertaste and a full, but smooth, body that yields flavors of red apple peel, leather, and a hint of spice on the finish. 90 points for the taste and the price point. 

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 

Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Vivino Info, $12

Total Wine & More, $11

Wine Enthusiast Write Up


Aaron:  The nose on this cab reminded me of wet bark with some dark mud.  It wasn’t off-putting because it was still light and subtle.  The mossy flavor of ripe berries had more oaky earth tones than fruit but was enjoyable.  This bottle in general is pretty standard and easy drinking.  Not bad and easy enough to find.  90 points

Teri: For an easy to find, standard bottle, this is a good go-to if you find yourself with a shallow depth of options. The smell is quite standard. It smells of mixed berries and sweet pepper. On the wine, I taste sweet plum, blackberry, agave oak, and a light hint of white pepper. Mostly tastes of fruit, not complex, but easy to drink. 88 points