October 2012 - 2012 World Value Wine Challenge

This month's Wine feature is 2012 World Value Wine Challenge Wines
2012 World Value Wine Challenge Reviews
199920
Boca Fina
2010 Bloc O Tierra de Castilla
Ripe red cherries, black raspberries, licorice, damson plums and chewy blackberries with a robust, full body, persistent, but integrated tannins and long rich finish. Touch of rich vanilla bean and earthy cherry berry on the palate and finish. Big and broad, long and lasting finish.
91 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200011
Arabella
2011 Shiraz
Lingonberry, crushed boysenberry, black raspberry, licorice, pomegranate, rhubarb and strawberry compote with a dense fruit cake mid-palate, a touch of cracked pepper and integrate tannins, finish moderately long and balanced ending with inky black licorice and black raspberries.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199434
Silver Lake
2008 "Roza Red Blend" Rattlesnake Hills
Red cherry, black raspberry, crushed boysenberry, lingonberry, vanilla and black raspberry are consistent from the nose to the palate to the finish. Soft tannins, medium bodied and very well-balanced. Long finish of zesty fruit, integrated tannins and a touch of fine grained oak.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199959
Alba
NV "Old Mill Red" New Jersey
Red currants, Fraises du Bois, Forest Floor, wild mushrooms, Vinous red cherries, prunes, dried pomegranate, vanilla and baking spice. Medium bodied with soft tannins, refreshing acidity and a medium long balanced finish. Very Bordeaux-like.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199921
Boca Fina
2010 Bloc T Tierra de Castilla
Black cherry, boysenberry, plum and figs with a palate rich with dark fruits, soft tannins and a fairly long finish. Fruit has a ripe and almost roasty quality without being overripe. Excellent acidity balances the rich, dark fruit.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199380
Duck Tape
2010 Merlot
Black cherry, cassis, tomato leaf, cedar, pencil lead, vanilla, a touch of licorice, brown spice, fresh turned garden soil and wild raspberries lead to a medium bodied soft wine, integrated tannins and balancing acidity leading a supple finish. Moderately complex and very well put together.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199937
Line 39
2011 Petite Sirah
violet color. Aromas of vanilla buttercream and cherry-raspberry pie with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and smooth, tangy, nicely balanced finish. A spot-on petite sirah that is sure to be a hit; pair with spicy Latin beef dishes.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199967
Bogle
2010 Merlot
Aromas and flavors of berries, nougat and cream with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, crisp nutty oak accented finish. A charming all purpose merlot for sipping or burgers.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199378
Duck Tape
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black currant, cigar ash, dried cherry, dried black trumpet mushrooms, black volcanic soil, cedar and vanilla on the nose lead to a surprisingly light textured, but flavorful, medium body given the dark, fat aromas. Tannins are soft and acidity moderate to low. Not at all a typical cabernet, very interesting nose and easy to drink.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200218
La Sagrada
2010 Red Blend Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Cherry, Blackberry, ripe plums and slightly earthy with ripe fruits and a moderately full body. Soft but persistent tannins and a medium long and balanced finish. Just enough earthiness to make it interesting, but still leading with the rich fruit.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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