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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 

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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 

Westover Orange Muscat Reserve NV


Westover Orange Muscat
Purchased from the Westover Tasting Room, around $10


Aaron:  I liked this; sweet honey on the smell and thick but not syrup.  I didn’t get a lot of orange flavor as expected, more of a molasses honey-butter.  This was pretty good for a sweet wine.  89 points

Teri: We were so sad to see this delightful small family winery close. They made delicious ports and this great orange muscat. Perfect for those who love sweet dessert wines. It’s prominent orange nose and smooth sweet flavor is refreshing and greatly satisfies those with a hefty sweet tooth. The almond/orange flavor is good for those who like sweet, easy drinking wines. 87 for complexity, 90 points for drinkability

Kennedy Shah Cabernet Franc 2008 Reserve Rattlesnake Hills

Kennedy Shah Cab FrancWoodhouse Wine, $45

Aaron: This was a splurge for us and worth it in my opinion.  The very full flavor was mesmerizing and intense flavors flooded the palate.  Earth was the predominant flavor, coupled with almond overtones.  There’s a punch of spice right before the finish, followed by a gentle blend of oak and blueberry.  This was complex and enjoyable.  92 points

Teri: A full bodied wine with earthy flavors of almond, sage, and smoke followed by a smooth finish of dark raspberry. Bold but not overpowering. I found this extremely smooth and complex for a cab franc. 92 points