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NakedWines.com is a unique customer funded wine business. Customers, so-called "Naked Angels," fund independent winemakers in return for exclusive access to wines at wholesale prices (40%-60% discounts plus free wines included in orders). Naked Angels invest $40 a month which is used to spend on any of the offered wines. Every wine has a 100% money back guarantee.
Naked Angels have invested over $38 million in more than 130 winemakers worldwide. Launched in 2008, NakedWines.com does not invest in sales, marketing. Instead, they invest in winemakers. NakedWines.com is based in the USA in Napa with with a winery in Sonoma Valley.
Naked Wines was acquired by Britain's largest wine merchant, Majestic Wine in early 2016.
As of early 2016, the Naked Angels were a closed group but one can put their name on a waiting list through the website. Currently, over 200,000 Naked Angels deposit $40 a month in their Naked Piggy Bank accounts.
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The prices listed for the wines reviewed here are the "Angel Price."
2014 Richard Bruno Monterey Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $12.99. · Light cherry red color in the glass. Delicate aromas of cherry, crushed red berries and sandalwood. Light weight flavors of red cherries and berries with an accent of oak spice. Elegant, charming and simple, with gossamer tannins, juicy acidity and a silky mouthfeel. Score: 88. Reviewed January 17, 2016 ARTICLE »
2014 Scott Kelley Oregon Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $13.99. Kelley made Pinot Noir at Robert Mondavi and Estancia for over a decade, and has struck out on his own using the NakedWines.com platform to fund wines from southern Oregon (Umpqua Valley). This is his first vintage of southern Oregon Pinot Noir. It is sourced from dry-farmed hillside vineyards and fermented in concrete and oak fermenters. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose leads with aromas of cherry, cranberry, peat, oak and floral bouquet. Up front and easy to like, with mid weight flavors of dark cherry and berry on the palate, accented by savory dried herbs, and framed by matched fine grain tannins. The finish is uplifting and juicy with modest length. Score: 88. Reviewed January 17, 2016 ARTICLE »
2014 La Tapatia Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $17.99. Dalia Ceja, a second generation winemaker from the Ceja family that founded the first Mexican-American owned winery in Napa County, has her own personal winemaking project. La Tapatia is a nickname given to women born in Jalisco, Mexico, where here mother was born. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with expressive aromas of black cherry, anise and spice cupboard. Discreetly concentrated and appealingly sappy, with flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and Hoison sauce with an echo of oak. Score: 89. Reviewed January 17, 2016 ARTICLE »
2014 Daryl Rex Groom D.R.G. Highmark Ridge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $18.99. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose blossoms over time in the glass, offering aromas of dark berry jam and spicy oak. Very charming, with a core of sweet, succulent blackberry and black currant fruit flavors. Fully integrated tannins and oak, with a satiny texture, and a pleasingly long and slippery finish. My only nit is that the fruit is very ripe with a little raisin note showing up over time in the glass. Still, I liked this wine a lot especially for its texture. Score: 90. Reviewed January 17, 2016 ARTICLE »
2014 Daryl Rex Groom D.R.G. River Road Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
$18.99. Noted winemaker Daryl Groom has received multiple “Winemaker of the Year” awards, and at one point in his career, made Penfolds’ flagship red, Grange Hermitage. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. The nose offers inviting aromas of dark red and black fruits, cedar, spice and mushroom. A luscious, fruity wine, with plenty of black cherry, black raspberry and pomegranate fruit flavors complimented by hints of oak, grilled beef and cola. Firmly structured with tannins showing up on the lingering finish. Score: 90. Reviewed January 17, 2016 ARTICLE »
2014 Jacqueline Bahue Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $19.99. This talented winemaker brought the NakedWines.com winery to life. Her experience includes making wine in Italy, Spain and New Zealand. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. I was taken by the nose which offered vivid black cherry glaze aroma complimented by a subtle note of barrel spice. Eye-opening attack, and both luscious and lithe on the palate, featuring middleweight flavors of black cherry and black raspberry. The seamless quality of the wine is striking, and the sweet cherry finish holds on for what seems like a minute. Score: 92. Reviewed January 17, 2016 ARTICLE »
2014 Matt Parish Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $19.99. Matt Parish was the chief winemaker for the Americas at Treasury, responsible for big name wines like Stags’ Leap, Chateau St. Jean, Etude and others. This label brings him back to the cellar and vineyards and away from administrative tasks. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very shy aromas of black cherry fruit. Nicely composed, very pretty, and forward drinking, with a mid weight black cherry core backed by modest tannins. Score: 88. Reviewed January 17, 2016 ARTICLE »