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Northwest Cellars Yakima Valley Merlot 2013

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Purchased from Northwest Cellars Tasting Room, $16

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Aaron:  This was a pretty solid bottle; big spoiler alert, the flavor and finish feature watermelon (first for me).  Oaky musk and moss on the nose with damp bark and subtle fruits on the palate.  This wasn’t in-your-face fruity but the berries are there too.  Overall, easy drinking and a little tar on the aftertaste.  89 points

Teri: Merlot was never my go-to varietal until I started to taste Washington Merlots. This Yakima grown merlot carries smells of blackberry and white pepper on the nose with flavors of mixed berry and more pepper on the body. I enjoyed the long mouthfeel and the flavor. It’s not too complex overall but juicy and easy to drink. 88 points 

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Chateau Maret Bordeaux 2015

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Aaron:  The smell is great but the flavor left me wanting some water.  Mushrooms on oak in a mossy forest make for a great nose.  The flavor is chalky with dry tannins and was not very appealing.  Green olives with red berries and tree branches.  Admittedly it got better as it opened but not enough to get the points back.  87 points

Teri: Rich berry and vanilla nose with a round mouthfeel. The flavor is smooth and the back end is slightly sweet with blueberries and raspberries. The forward flavor has more berries with hearty oak. Very dry and a bit chalky. 86 points 

The Needle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Lot 18 / The Tasting Room Wine Club, $22

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Aaron:  I was really happy with this bottle.  The nose starts out as a brushfire with dried bushes and raspberry vanilla in the background.  The fruity velvet flavor is pleasant but the super smooth finish with a hint of pepper won me over.  There’s lots of chocolate and black fruit lingering on the palate; enjoy.  91 points

Teri: The Needle Cab has a juicy red fruit nose with flavors of oaky black cherry, rhubarb, and other dark fruits. I also identified a bit of dried herb (maybe parsley) on both the nose and the finish. This wine is smooth and easy to drink but hearty. Aaron and I enjoyed this with steak and it paired perfectly. 90 points 

Sun River Vintners Tribute 2010

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Purchased from the D’s Wicked Cider Tasting Room in Kennewick, WA, $20

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Aaron:  This is a great bottle with blueberries and burnt tobacco.  The super fruity flavor featured cherries and vanilla with lots of red fruits.  This is easy drinking with a smooth finish and all around excellent.  91 points

Teri: When walking into D’s Wicket Cider Tasting Room I had no idea the company made more than just Cider. I was pleasantly surprised by this red blend under their current label “Sun River Vintners.” The nose carries smells of black cherries and raspberries. There are noticeable tannins which are semi-chalky but mostly smooth. The flavor is hearty and full of tobacco, red fruits, leather, and pepper. This bottle would stand up to hearty meals as a beautiful complement. 88 points 

Foodies Pinot Noir 2014

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Aaron:  I was excited to try this World Market branded wine.  There was lots of juicy raspberry and some brown sugar and cocoa on the nose which made it very pleasant, almost like a wild garden bush.  The flavor has lots of leather and tobacco but enough fruit that these weren’t overpowering. This is light to medium bodied though there is a lingering spice on the finish.  It’s pretty good on its own but great for the price.  90 points

Teri: This Pinot has a round flavor, light tannins and is quite drinkable. It tastes of semi-ripe raspberry and strawberry; fruit forward with subtle oak on the finish. Very drinkable but not too complex. 88 points overall 90 points for value.