Rancho Alexander Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Alexander Valley

Rancho Alexander Sauvignon BlancLot 18/The Tasting Room, $10.99


Aaron:  In general this was not what I expected.  My review might be biased because I grabbed this wanting a light, crisp, refreshing bottle (figured a Sav Blanc was a good bet) and what I got was a much fuller bodied, chard-like wine.  The nose was dull and rocky, not very appealing and the flavor was medium-light but not crisp at all.  Limited fruit flavors with only some unripened nectarine.  Mostly cream and butter; it was good but not what I expected.  88 points

Teri: Another one of our first shipments from Lot 18, with mixed reviews on the first few bottles we tried. This Sauvignon Blanc from the Alexander Valley of Somona carried a smell full of citric acid along with classic dry white wine characteristics. I tasted flavors of light lemon, asparagus, and almond. A beautiful light finish makes this bottle very easy to drink but not overly complex. I give it 87 points for a good easy to drink bottle without overpowering flavor.

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Compass Point White Wine 2013

Compass Point 2013

Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $14.99


Aaron:  This was GREAT!.  Super tropical smell with mango, guava, and pineapple.  The flavor is unexpectedly full and buttery – very rich and not “light”.  This is one of the best blends I’ve had in a long time (and I don’t like blends).  92 points

Teri: Trying out a new wine club, Lot 18, this was our 2nd bottle we tried and significantly better than our first (Trident Red Blend). A light lemon nose doesn’t overpower anything but the flavors of buttery cantaloupe with a hint of honey is easy and delicious to drink. The long legs on the wine indicate that this wine if fuller bodies but still not overly complex. Great flavor but still easy and smooth to drink. 90 points

Neptune’s Trident 2013

Neptune's Trident 2013From Lot 18/The Tasting Room


Aaron:  The nose is a bit oaky with some mild fruits and the flavor definitely tastes like a blend.  This is very smooth and drinkable but a little on the sweet side.  There are tons of cherry and strawberry so it gets a 90 for dinkability but only an 86 for complexity.

Teri: There is a unique cinnamon clove-berry smell on this blended red. Overall a light feel but I could taste thick, semi-unstructured, tannins. This wine could use another year in the bottle to mellow out on the ‘chunky’ feel of the tannins. It carries flavors of blueberry, clove, and young cherry but the final flavor I am left with is the harsh ending of the tannins. 86 points 

Peirano Estate Vineyard Syrah 2012

Peirano Estate Vineyard Syrah 2012Purchased from World Market, $13.99

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Aaron:  This Syrah is a great find in my opinion.  Lots of vanilla and rich berries on the nose led to a very full flavor.  There wasn’t a ton of spicy kick but this was very very smooth, rich, and bold.  Berries were a prominent flavor but the velvety softness was overwhelming and the smooth finish was gentle till the end.  Not what I’d expect from a Syrah and one I’d recommend trying.  91 points

Teri: This is a smooth but bold bottle with an abundance of raspberry and coco chocolate vanilla flavors. It’s smooth full tannins sit nicely on the palate and the flavors are memorable and linger for a great period of time. The gentile smooth finish has just a hint of tobacco adding complexity and making you want take another sip. 92 points