Vilarnau Brut Reserva Cava

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Vilarnau Website

World Market, $17.99

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Aaron:  This is a pretty straight forward cava with not too much going on.  Some green apple and pears and a slight vinager.  This is easy going but very very dry.  89 points

Teri: Honey and almond on the nose but not too much flavor on the cava itself. Very dry. A hint of honey and lemon citrus. This bottle would be good for mimosas or to blend in cocktails. 88 points 

Four Winds Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2011

Four Winds Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2001

Purchased from the tasting room, $25

Four Winds Cellars Website


Aaron:  This was AWESOME!  I’d definitely recommend going to the vineyard to pick up a bottle.  The nose was nothing to write home about, just some nuts and oak, but the flavor is to die for.  Lots of creamy honey and a very full chardonnay.  The aftertaste highlights a lemony finish but the whole thing is rich, buttery, and just plain wonderful.  93 points

Teri: Although this winery is located in the Northern California mountains off highway 4, this reserve chardonnay was created with grapes purchased from the napa valley..and you can tell! I LOVE this wine and wish we had purchased more. It’s semi-metallic and buttery nose opens up to a beautiful taste of smooth stone fruits with a hint of background oak and intense creamy butter. The finish is medium to long but the taste is amazing. This wine is great to enjoy by itself or with a special meal. 95 points 

Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012

Total Wine & More, $13.99Frei Brothers Reserve Zinfandel Dry Creek 2012

Frei Brothers Website 


Aaron:  Yes, this smells like a California Zin.  Lots of full berry and oak notes with a hint of vanilla then wow…fruit, prunes, and mild tannins.  This actually tasted “old” to me – not aged, but what I think of when I think of old smells.  Raisin and dried fruits were the most common player on the palate with some chocolaty tannins.  Previously I likely would have given this a higher rating but I’m growing up and want a little more complexity.  88 points.

Teri: This Sonoma Zinfandel is true to most young Zin’s with classic jammy raspberry and blueberry flavors along with bright spice and oak. This bottle is heavily fruit forward with just a slight hint of black pepper spice on the finish. It still tastes a little young but it should be wonderful to drink after a few more years in the bottle. 90 points

Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Frei Brothers Reserve Cab Sav 2011Total Wine & More, $18.99 BevMo, $19.99 Purchased from Safeway – Retail, $25.99 (sale $14.99)


Aaron: Cherry and oak on the nose danced with some burnt amber and led to a nice smooth flavor.  A small bite on the back left of the tongue was distinct and noticeable, leaving an almost tomato remnant.  The blackberry and tree bark made this nice and well rounded. 90 points

Teri: In this glass this is a deep ruby color with a vanilla and dark cherry  nose. I tasted supple spice throughout and undertones of oak. Dark strawberries and juniper add to the medium body flavor with noticeable but semi-smooth tannins on the finish. Very well rounded and a good blend of fruit and oak. 90 points