May 2012 - 2011 Midwest Wine Challenge - Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri & Minnesota

This month's Wine feature is 2011 Midwest Wine Challenge - Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri & Minnesota Wines
2011 Midwest Wine Challenge - Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri & Minnesota Reviews
198216
Mount Pleasant Winery
NV Vignoles
Golden color. Rich tropical fruit salad and caramelized nut aromas with a satiny fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy orange-peach sorbet accented finish. A rich, off-dry wine that will be great with spicy Thai food.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198220
Lynfred
2011 Chambourcin Rosé
Beautifully lucid scarlet color. Delicate strawberry and cherry tart aromas with a fruity medium body and a cran-rasberry juice accented finish. A delicious tangy rose; serve with triple cream cheeses.
91 points $16.25 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198200
Mount Pleasant Estates
2010 Vignoles
Golden color. Rich French fruit tart aromas with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, pure honeyed apple, tangerine and kiwi accented finish. Delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198194
Cedar Creek
NV "La Belle V(ie)" Vidal Blanc
Pale golden silver color. Attractive aromas of spiced peach, melon sorbet, and banana cream pie with a silky fruity light-to-medium body and a juicy, honeyed apple and blanched almond accented finish. A very pure and tasty off-dry sipper that is sure to please.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198205
Mount Pleasant Estates
NV Merlot
Garnet with a dark gray cast. Bright spiced plums and chocolate mousse with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, blackberry, pear skin and cedar accented finish with crunchy tannins. Very tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198191
Cedar Creek
NV "Waterfall" Riesling
Lovely aromas of apple sauce, melon, and orange with a fruity light body and a crisp, ripe peach and pear accented finish. Tasty.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198185
Wollersheim
NV Dry Riesling
Pale golden yellow color. Creamy vanilla, apricot gelato, and apple blossom aromas with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tart apple skin and tangerine pith accented finish. A nice dry riesling.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198186
Wollersheim
2011 "Prairie Fumé" Seyval Blanc
Silvery straw color. Pear, sweet cream, and spiced melon with a soft, fruity medium body and a tangy clementine, peach, and chalk accented finish. A very pleasant sipper or pair with sushi.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198187
Wollersheim
2011 "Prairie Blush" Wisconsin
Bright electric crimson color. Aromas of strawberries and watermelon with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and tart cherry and nut finish. A nice dry rose that will be great with tuna steaks.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198183
Wollersheim
2010 "Domaine du Sac" Marechal Foch
Ruby color. Aromas of berry custard pie and milk chocolate with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy, savory blood orange and green tomato accented finish. A very nice table wine reminiscent of a red Languedoc.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198206
Mount Pleasant Estates
NV Claret American
Deep garnet color. Baker’s chocolate, baked berries, and delicate spice aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart cranberry finish. A nice table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198217
Les Copains
2010 Chardonnay
Creamy vanilla soufflé and dried tropical fruit aromas with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a caramel green apple, lemon curd, and praline accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198202
Mount Pleasant Estates
2007 Norton
Inky purple garnet color with a charcoal gray cast. Aromas of brandied cherries, sun-dried tomatoes, and spiced chocolate with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a pomegranate and green tomato accented finish with dusty tannins. Pair with lamb.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198190
Cedar Creek
2011 'Bon Vivant" Marechal Foch
Amethyst color. Mild aromas of cherry yogurt and candied yams with a silky dryish medium body and a tangy clementine and blackberry accented finish. A nice zippy everyday wine.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198184
Wollersheim
2010 "Prairie Sunburst Red" Marechal Foch
Ruby color. Savory aromas of salted, roasted red tomatoes, cherries, and nuts with a dryish medium body and Meyer lemon accented and earth accented finish.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198211
Mount Pleasant Winery
NV "Highland" Missouri
Baked berry and honey aromas with a fruity sweet medium body and black raspberry jam and spice finish. A tasty picnic wine.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198214
Mount Pleasant Winery
NV Norton
Garnet purple color. Aromas of chocolate covered berries, fruit leather, and floral candle with a satiny dryish medium body and a tangy cranberry, citrus, nutskin and mossy earth finish. A nice lively, Old World style table wine.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198189
Cedar Creek
2009 Syrah
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha and chocolate covered roasted nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body a tart, blackberry and cream accented finish with chewy tannins.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198207
Mount Pleasant Estates
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Aromas of tomato leaf, dried currant, peppercorns and pickling spice with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a roasted green pepper and birch bark finish with very firm, sticky tannins. Needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198215
Mount Pleasant Winery
NV "Harvest Blush" Missouri
Silvery pink color. Curious aromas of crispy chicken skin, salted nuts, cherry soda and fruit leather with a soft, fruity sweet light body and a tangy, honeyed apple and earth finish. Try with Thai food, chicken satay in particular.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198209
Mount Pleasant Winery
NV "Hauswein" American
Pretty pinkish amber orange color. Bright grape jam, bubblegum and peach soufflé aromas with a fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, tropical fruit salad finish. A fun picnic wine.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198193
Cedar Creek
2010 Unoaked Chardonnay
Aromas of baked apple with nuts and pineapple with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy lemony snap on the crisp finish. A good choice for fish.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198219
Lynfred
2011 Seyval Blanc
Interesting aromas of sliced yellow and banana peppers, apple, lemon, and sweaty cheese rind with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, dusty green apple skin, petrol, and peach pit finish. Sauvignon Blanc like.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198204
Mount Pleasant Estates
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of dried berries, cocoa tin, and crayon with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tart currant and singed parchment finish with very firm tannins. Give this some time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198208
Mount Pleasant Winery
NV Claret Missouri
Aromas of chocolate covered raspberries and vanilla cream with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth tomato on the vine and floral incense accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198203
Mount Pleasant Estates
2008 Norton
Inky purple black color. Aromas of pomegranate jam, spiced chocolate, and tomato with a supple, tangy medium-to-full body and a crisp, earth, nutty finish. A solid table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198192
Cedar Creek
NV Pinot Grigio
Pale platinum straw color. Aromas of creme fraiche, raw nut, lemon and apple with a crisp, fruity light body and a melon and grassy earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198212
Mount Pleasant Winery
NV "Rhineland" Missouri
Aromas of smoldering candle, grilled peaches, and floral incense with a fruity sweet, light-to-medium body and a pear sorbet and honeyed apple finish. A nice picnic wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198210
Mount Pleasant Winery
NV Chardonel
Pale straw color. Toasty coconut cream pie aromas with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a honeyed apple and lemon and earth accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198201
Mount Pleasant Estates
2010 Vidal Blanc
Silvery straw color. Bold sweet aromas of toasty coconut cream pie and vanilla fondant with silky, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a drying, slightly stemmy, gravely finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198188
Wollersheim
NV White Riesling
Lightly smoky grilled orange and melon aromas with a fruity, light body and a hint of rubber and peach skin and earth on the zippy finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198213
Mount Pleasant Winery
NV Brut Imperial Augusta, Missouri
Pale golden straw color. Fruity spiced apple and peach, creamy nougat, and straw aromas with a frothy, fruity medium body and tangy citrus, earth, grape seed, and ironed linen accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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