Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2012


Kendall-Jackson Website, $26

BevMo, $19.99

Total Wine & More, $17.99

Aaron: This has spicy grapefruit and nutmeg on the nose (yea, grapefruit).  The mellow spice on the flavor mingles pepper with blackberry, followed by plums, jam, and dark tree bark.  89 points

Teri:  The Pinot starts with a foresty-vanilla nose and then opens up with flavors of wild blackberries that blend into mushroom, leather and some dried cranberry. The undertone of oak is clearly present throughout the wine. Easy to drink with good complexity. A solid choice from your local supermarket or picking out something familiar on a wine list. 89 points 


NYX Red Wine 2014

Lot 18, $20/bottleNYX Red Wine

Aaron: This wasn’t my favorite wine by any means.  It was sharp and smokey with tobacco and charred tree bark coated in mud.  The flavor was a bit tangy and bitter, basically unappealing to me.  There wasn’t a lot of fruit and what fruit there was, was underripe. This was just harsher than I’d like, especially for a blend.  82 points

Teri: I don’t know if Aaron and I have ever differed so much on a bottle. The wine is visually a darker purple-red color in the glass, matching the hearty flavors within this blend. A woody-berry nose gives way to vanilla flavors with a hint of spice and undertones of dried black cherry and smoke. The smoke lingers into the finish and gives way to a touch of oak. This is a hearty wine for a blend, perfect for multiple occasions. I guess…just don’t invite Aaron. 90 points 


Archboard Pinot Noir 2014

Lot 18, $16.50/bottleArchboard Pinot Noir 2014

Aaron:  This grew on me though I wasn’t impressed at first.  The berry, smokey nose of charred wood led to a full flavor but I wouldn’t say the wine was “luscious”.  There was noticeable bark and pepper with strawberries and lots of tart raspberries.   88 points

Teri: I am a lover of Pinot Noir, but this one wasn’t my favorite. The nose surprised me as it had almost a “fizzle” type smell. Flavors of tart strawberry, currant, and mossy bark was strong in the flavor. The woody flavors continued on into the medium light finish on the wine. If you prefer your pinots with woody flavors, this would be your bottle. If you like your fruit in your pinots, then I would say skip this one. 88 points 


Palmina Dolchetto 2012

DolcettoPalmina Wines Tasting Notes on Dolcetto

Arrived with wine club shipment: Plonk Wine Club Tasting Notes

Aaron: This one is ok but not my favorite as with most of the Plonk Wine Club bottles we got.  It was generally oaky with a little raspberry and pretty dry.  I expected something sweeter and a little thicker – this was a bit too watery.  87 points

Teri: Rich in red cherry, mulberry, and plum, this red wine was easy to drink and versatile with different food flavors. Cherry was the dominant flavor I tasted along side a raspberry smell. Not much oak flavors throughout. This black Italian wine grape translates to “the little sweet one”, perhaps that is fitting for the rich berry and cherry flavors within this wine. 89 points