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Genoa Cellars ‘The Boom’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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! 

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Van Camp Cellars Merlot 2013

Purchased from Van Camp Cellars, $25


Aaron:  Love it!  The nose smells exactly like a wild berry bush with dark timber.  The flavor features luscious vanilla and soaked oak.  This tastes like an old moss-covered castle and is absolutely wonderful.  93 points

Teri: Fruity nose and flavors of sweet raspberry with slight white pepper on the finish. A small hint of bitterness but very fruity with full tannins on the back of the mouth. Juicy. 89 points 

 

Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Wine.com, $9.99

World Market, $9.99


Aaron: Rocky minerals and sea salt combine with dark plum.  The flavor is pretty rich with hearty tannins and a slow burn finish.  Tobacco and black fruits cloud the tongue with some porace texture at the end.  89 points

Teri: The first thing I noticed was the hearty tannins in this bottle. A nose of baking spice and fruit is followed by oaky/leader blueberries and baking spice. Less fruit overall and more rose pedals, earth and oaky flavors. Not overly complex but the finish is smooth and lingering. This is an ok bottle for the price. I wouldn’t pay more than $10. Overall ok, but I think there are better options. 87 points 

 

Lauren Ashton Cellars Cuvee Estelle 2011

Lauren Ashton Cellars CuveeLauren Ashton Cellars Website, $50

Wine Enthusiast, $40

Total Wine & More, $27


Aaron: Wow.  This bottle was awesome.  I’m generally of the opinion you don’t need to spend a ton of money to find a good bottle but this one is worth the extra few dollars.  The nose featured lots of strawberry and the palate was full of rich, dark berries followed by a hint of black pepper. The sweetness was appropriate but the berries weren’t overripe.  This was very, very easy to drink but still full bodied.  Great find!  92 points

Teri: If you want to spring a few extra dollars for something to impress, this is a bottle to pick up. The flavors of blackberry, leather, smoke and a hint of jam fill your mouth with a smooth and easy finish. This is a great bottle to enjoy by itself or with food. 92 points 

Van Camp Cabernet Franc 2013

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Van Camp Cellars, $21.99

Van Camp Cellars on Amazon


Aaron:  I love cab francs and am excited to try more from Van Camp (our local winery).  The mild vanilla nose featured mostly blueberries while the flavor was a solid mixture of vanilla and cocoa.  There were some berries, mostly red but the balance was appropriate.  89 points

Teri: With a smell of dark berries and rich oak, this Cabernet Franc delivers flavors of ripe blackberry, bing cherries, vanilla, and a hint of smoke. Hearty tannins and a full body of flavor will hold up to hearty meals but still smooth on your palate. 90 points