August 2012 - 2012 World Mead Challenge

This month's Wine feature is 2012 World Mead Challenge Wines
2012 World Mead Challenge Reviews
198797
Valley Vineyards
Honey Mead
Golden color. Aromas of raw honey, sour cream frosting, soy sauce, white balsamic, and delicate grassy herbs with a sweet medium body and a clover honey, apple and pear sauce and cider finish. A lively desert style mead with good intensity, acidity, depth and length.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198846
Meadery of the Rockies
Cherries 'N Honey Mead
Pale garnet color. Bright cherry jam and almond danish aromas with a supple, fruity medium body and a pure honeyed cherry, delicate spice, apple cider and tangerine accented finish. Delicious, balanced and appetizing.
90 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198847
Meadery of the Rockies
Strawberries 'N Honey Mead
Pale ruby amber color. Bright fresh strawberry custard tart and honey cake aromas and flavors with a lively fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tangy citrus and spice accented finish. Delicious, pure, and mouthwatering. A great summer sipper.
90 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198851
Meadery of the Rockies
"Guinevere" Mead
Pale silver straw color. Dense aromas of cheese rind, pear, melon, tarragon and pressed flowers with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a chewy, honeycomb, wintermint, green apple and floral talc accented finish. A complex, vinous mead that will appeal to riesling fans.
89 points $11.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198825
Bea’s
Sweet Mead Honey Wine
Bright golden color. Rich honey vanilla gelato aromas with a silky, fruity and off-dry medium-to-full body and a lingering honeyed banana, coconut and pear finish with a dash of spice. Very tasty.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198874
Easley
Regal Tej Honey Wine
Pale golden color. Lovely pineapple upside down cake aromas with a supple fruity sweet medium body and honeyed raisin toast and vanilla accented finish. Very tasty and sure to please those looking for a fruity, off-dry sipper.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198848
Meadery of the Rockies
Apricots 'N Honey Mead
Pale golden color. Bold floral aromas and flavors of rose potpourri, lychees, and spicy apricot chutney with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy tangerine, Meyer lemon, and mineral accented finish. A fun, flavorful, feminine mead. Sip like a gewurz or serve with cheeses.
88 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198841
Meadery of the Rockies
Chocolate Cherry Satin Mead
Light garnet with a bronze cast. Bold aromas of halva, cherry paste, chocolate soy milk with a supple fruity sweet medium body and a malted chocolate cherry milkshake and peppered roasted citrus finish.
88 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198852
Meadery of the Rockies
"Camelot" Mead
Pale straw color. Bright wintermint lozenge aromas and flavors with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a spicy poached apple accented finish with crunchy tannins. Wintermint flavor is intriguing and intense.
87 points $11.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198843
Meadery of the Rockies
Raspberry Chocolate Satin Mead
Pale ruby color. Aromas of peppery berry chutney and mole with a supple, fruity sweet medium body and a raspberry danish and peppery spice finish.
87 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198844
Meadery of the Rockies
Blackberries 'N Honey Mead
Salmon red color with a bronze cast. Aromas of berry pastry, mint gum, and spiced apple with a soft, fruity sweet medium body and a Concord grape juice and a honeyed citrus accented finish. Very pleasant and easy drinking.
86 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198839
Meadery of the Rockies
Honey Sheré Mead
Old gold color. Aromas of spiced pear, cherry bubblegum, and faint rubber with a silky sweet medium-to-full body and a warming tangy apple-peach jam, agave syrup, and pepper jelly accented finish. A full throttled after diner style mead whose alcohol character may warrant cocktail experimentation.
86 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198850
Meadery of the Rockies
"King Arthur" Mead
Silvery straw color. Delicate aromas of Asian pear, melon sorbet, white strawberry, and sweet grass with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tart citrus, birch bark, and mineral accented finish with powdery tannins. A dry, somewhat austere mead.
84 points $11.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198840
Meadery of the Rockies
Peaches 'N Honey Mead
Pale silvery straw color. Interesting aromas of peach sorbet and cider, hard cheese rind, and overripe mango and papaya with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tart, kiwi, apple, nut and grassy earth accented finish.
84 points $13.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198845
Meadery of the Rockies
Raspberries 'N Honey Mead
Pink amber color. Aromas of baby oil, cotton candy, pixie sticks, and berry tart with a soft, off-dry medium body and a tangy raspberry sorbet, spiced apple, and grassy earth accented finish.
84 points $13.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198842
Meadery of the Rockies
Blackberry Satin Mead
Aromas blackberry liqueur and lozenge, pepper and aloe with a supple fruity sweet medium body and a spiced apple, pepper, melon and radish finish.
84 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198930
Oliver
Camelot Mead
Golden yellow color. Dense aromas of triple cheese rind, yeasty pastry dough, and spicy apple-peach compote with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a honey creme Anglaise, butterscotch, and nutshell accented finish.
83 points $7.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198849
Meadery of the Rockies
"Lancelot" Mead
Pale silvery straw color. Wintermint gum and faint herbal Listerine-like aromas and flavors with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an Asian pear and feijoa accented finish with chewy tannins.
83 points $11.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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