90+ Cellars Wine Club Review + Coupon – Spring 2019
They offer three different subscription models:
- 3 bottles: $50 for three mixed wines every quarter
- 6 bottles: $95 for six red or six mixed wines every quarter
- 12 bottles: $180 for twelve red or twelve mixed wines every quarter
This review is of the 3-bottle box, $50 per month.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About 90 Plus Cellars Wine Club
The Subscription Box: 90+ Cellars Wine Club
The Cost: $50.00 per quarter (other plans available from $50 to $180)
The Products: 3 bottles of high-quality fine wine in a variety of reds, whites, or rosé.
Ships to: All US states where alcohol shipments are legal (find the full list here)
Good to know:
- Members receive free shipping on all wine club shipments
- Members receive a 15% discount on all additional purchases in the shop
90 Plus Cellars Spring 2019 Review
This was my first month receiving the 90 Plus Cellars Wine Club and I was so excited to try it! The premise behind the club is that the company sources extra wine from top-tier wineries around the world and re-labels it under their house 90+ label. You don’t know the exact winery that your wine is coming from, but they provide information on the region the grapes were grown in.
The box came with a well-made booklet that shows tasting notes for each of the wines featured this quarter. I’ll only be showing the pages relevant to my box below.
The booklet opens with a little bit of background info on the wines.
It also includes a cute diagram of handy wine-tasting terms and things to look for as you’re trying the wines in your box.
90+ Cellars Reserve Merlot, Lot 163 – Retail Value $16.99
Alexander Valley is at the northern end of California’s Sonoma Valley, and it’s known for producing excellent red wines. The region is especially known for its Bordeaux varietals, which include Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
First off, the color of this wine is a deep burgundy that looks very rich. Bold red wines are some of my favorites, and I usually gravitate towards wines with this depth of color, so I was quite excited to try this one! It smelled very fruity and earthy, and when I swirled it around the glass it smelled very fresh and rich.
The wine is described in the booklet as having “aromas of red plum, dried red raspberries and strawberries and a slight rose petal quality that hovers over milder notes of cedar, toast, and smoke.” I don’t think my palette is quite sophisticated enough to pick up on all of those flavors, but I found this wine to have a rich fruit flavor at the first sip and finish with a stronger bite at the back of the throat. It was extremely easy to drink, and the harder acidic edge softened up with time after it was decanted. My husband and I easily finished the entire bottle over dinner one night, and I definitely know I’ll be looking for more Merlots from this region in the future!
90+ Cellars Collectors Pinot Noir, Lot 165 – Retail Value $24.99
The next wine up is a Pinot Noir from Sebastapol, which is a town located on the Southern side of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma, California. The Russian River Valley has a very cool climate compared to other parts of the Sonoma Valley, due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. This coolness lends itself to producing great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.
The color of this wine is a deep, ruby red. Sometimes Pinot Noirs can look a little bit lighter and taste a little bit watered down, but this was absolutely not the case with this particular bottle. The wine tastes incredibly rich and nuanced, and it was hands down my favorite find in this box. It has the very fruity Pinot taste at the beginning of your sip but ends in with a slight bit of acidity. The soft-hard play was similar to the Merlot pictured above, but I thought this Pinot Noir had more depth and flavor than the Merlot. I drank this bottle of wine with a girlfriend, and after her first sip she said, “This is one of the best Pinots I’ve ever had!”
The booklet recommends aging this wine 3-5 years to experience its full flavor, and I liked this wine so much that I’m really considering picking up an extra bottle so that I can age it properly!
90+ Cellars Organic Prosecco, Lot 141 – Retail Value $14.99
Finally, we have a Prosecco made from the Veneto region of Italy. The vineyard this wine is sourced from is certified organic, so we know that the grapes are grown with no herbicides or pesticides.
When I first sipped this Prosecco, I thought that it tasted very much like a California Sparkling Wine, and was surprised to read in the booklet that it is actually from Italy. It tasted very much like a sparkling Chardonnay to me, with a heavy fruit flavor and a hint of oakiness. I tend to prefer dryer sparkling wines or Proseccos, so it wasn’t my favorite out of the box. However, the booklet describes the wine as being “dry, fresh and crisp,” so the fruitiness I was tasting may have just been me!
That being said, I did find this to be a very drinkable Prosecco. I added a splash of orange juice to my glass, and the fruitiness brought out the flavors very well. For me, all sparkling wine, Prosecco, or Champagne must pass the “mimosa test” – and this Prosecco passed with flying colors! It honestly made one of the best mimosas I’ve ever had, and for that fact alone I give this wine a very high rating.
The booklet also contained a recipe for a fun meal developed to go along with the Pinot Noir wine. I think this is such a fun extra step included in this box and hope to see more recipes from them in the future!
The Verdict: I thought this was a fantastic wine box from 90+ Cellars! I liked the variety of wines we got to try in this three-bottle box, and I was very happy with all three of the wines. The Pinot Noir was an especially great find for me, and I also learned some new facts about different wine regions in the world. For $50, we received three bottles of premium wine, with an estimated retail value of $56.97. Although the box doesn’t give you a huge amount of savings based on the strict retail value, I think you still get a great value based on the premise of the box – typically, wines from high-end wineries in these regions sell for upwards of $50 per bottle (if not even more than that!). If you are a wine lover or someone interested in trying new and interesting wines, I think this would be a great subscription wine box to try.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, the spring box will be available through the end of April 2019.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $50 + free shipping, which means that each of the 3 bottles of wine has an average cost of $16.67.
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Do you get 90+ Cellars Wine Club? What did you think of the wines this month?