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Northwest Cellars Yakima Valley Merlot 2013

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Purchased from Northwest Cellars Tasting Room, $16

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Aaron:  This was a pretty solid bottle; big spoiler alert, the flavor and finish feature watermelon (first for me).  Oaky musk and moss on the nose with damp bark and subtle fruits on the palate.  This wasn’t in-your-face fruity but the berries are there too.  Overall, easy drinking and a little tar on the aftertaste.  89 points

Teri: Merlot was never my go-to varietal until I started to taste Washington Merlots. This Yakima grown merlot carries smells of blackberry and white pepper on the nose with flavors of mixed berry and more pepper on the body. I enjoyed the long mouthfeel and the flavor. It’s not too complex overall but juicy and easy to drink. 88 points 

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Willow Crest Pinot Gris 2015

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Purchased from the Willow Crest Tasting Room, $15

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Total Wine & More, $12.29


Aaron: This is really fruity.  Pineapple, white raspberries, just generally pleasant nose.  The flavor is a little sweeter with honeysuckle and some orange-lemon citrus.  The flavor is crisp and clean but with a very acidic, alcohol flavor on the finish.  90 points

Teri: Fruity nose, good body, and ample stone fruits on the body of the wine. I tasted papaya, lemon, pineapple and a hint of sweet banana. Refreshing and full bodied with nice acidity on the finish. 91 points Perfect to pair with a hot day outside!

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 

 

Airfield Estates Lightning 2013

Airfield Estates Lightning Purchased from Airfield tasting room, $18

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Aaron: VERY buttery smell but not overpowering.  There was tons of cream on this white blend with almond and olive oil breaking through as well.  I felt this was extremely enjoyable, full, and rich.  92 points

Teri: If you love buttery chardonnays you will want to try this. The white blend starts with a creamy vanilla smell that blends into a whipped cream and buttery mouthful of vanilla bean, honeydew, and almond. Still on the dry side, this wine is packed with scrumptious flavors within a pleasant medium to light body and smooth tannins. 90 points 

 

Michael Florentino Mistrua Blanco White Wine 2014

Michael Florentino Purchased from the Michael Florentino Tasting Room, $18

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Aaron: The grapefruit, rocky, and mushroom nose was filled with sand and had a pretty full body.  This was very creamy and loaded with vanilla.  There was a noticeable tingle, similar to pop rocks, but I really liked it, particularly because it’s big for a white.  90 points

Teri: This is a beautiful blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Semillon. With a woody nose and a smooth mouthfeel, I enjoyed this wine among others when spending time at their tasting room in Woodinville, WA. This wine is easy drinking but still full of flavor: tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, passion fruit) and soft vanilla. Great for new and seasoned wine drinkers alike. 90 points