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
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
Purchased from World Market, $8.99
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.
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!