November 2012 - 2012 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge

This month's Wine feature is 2012 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Wines
2012 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Reviews
200259
Domaine Carneros
2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Smoky, char-roasted nut, chocolate cherry, and herb patch aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, dried citrus, red berry and mineral accented finish. A well-tuned for food pinot; pair with a grilled pork, Peking duck, or rabbit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200086
Tolosa
2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Aromas of chocolate, raspberry and mocha gelatos and pecan pie with with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy sour cherry, kiwi vanilla, and nut accented finish. A zesty, versatile pinot that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200358
Zeroincondotta
2011 Barbera d'Asti DOCG
Aromas of piney herbs, spices, sandalwood, cocoa, grilled citrus and yams is evocative of añejo tequila with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty pomegranate, vanilla, and earth finish. A fun flavor ride; pair with spiced beef, lamb and moles.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200356
Stellar Organics
2012 Pinotage
Deep violet color. Complex aromas of grilled berries, peppery spice, leather, and dark caramelized nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a grilled apple and citrus finish with lots of smoky minerality. A rock solid value, that will make a nice introduction to the grape. Pair with grilled pork loins.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200248
Frey
2011 Organic Pinot Noir
Interesting aromas and flavors of grilled cherries and pineapples, honeyed dates, herbs, cocoa and spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cream and savory citrus and beet accented finish. A very distinctive and flavorful pinot that will pair great with Mexican pork dishes.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200249
Frey
2009 Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep violet color. Chocolate graham cracker, roasted pepper, strawberry-rhubarb pie, herb, and five spice with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a sandalwood and dried flower accented finish and a chewy tannin finish. A nicely structured cab that will be great with Asian beef dishes.
90 points $17.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200355
Stellar Organics
2012 Merlot
Deep garnet violet color. Rich aromas of spiced plums and apples and cedar with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy lingonberry, grilled pear, and faint smoky mineral finish. A very appetizing merlot that will be great with lamb.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200247
Frey
2010 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet black color. Interesting aromas of roasted pepper, blueberry cobbler, clay, and incense have a tequila-like quality with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an olive, herb, peppercorn, and spiced cherry finish. A fun and flavorful red that is a perfect choice for Latin beef dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200357
Stellar Organics
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Aromas of chocolate cherries and delicate spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, grilled citrus, melon, smoked nut, and mineral accented finish. Nice balance and complexity for the table.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200323
CalNaturale
2009 French Camp Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby color. Aromas of licorice, root beer, and pomegranate sorbet with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a cedar, mineral, mint and apple cider accented finish with chewy tannins. An interesting flavor ride with good structure and balance.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200324
CalNaturale
2010 Chardonnay
Tart baked green and yellow apple aromas and flavors with a tangy, praline and pear finish. A nice zippy sipper that will be nice at the table too.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200246
Frey
2011 Organic Syrah
Deep ruby color. Spicy aromas of roasted sweet potatoes, peppers, figs, and sandalwood with a have an interesting agave-like quality with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy cherry, cedar and mulberry finish with chewy tannins. An exotic syrah to pair with steak fajitas.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200087
Tolosa
2010 Estate Chardonnay
Aromas of lemons and pineapple buttercream with a tangy, fruity medium body and a tart, green caramel apple and delicate spice finish. A nice sipper; pair with scallops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200243
Frey
2009 Biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc
Interesting bold aromas and flavors of dill pickle and yellow pepper with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a lime zest and chalk accented finish. Different, but fun; a good choice for chicken fajitas.
85 points $15.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200245
Frey
2011 Organic Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden color. Aromas of honey roasted lemon and nuts and caramel corn with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-o-medium body and a breezy, lemonade and mineral driven finish.
83 points $12.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200242
Frey
2009 Biodynamic Chardonnay
Interesting and slightly overripe aromas of tropical fruit salad and coconut oil with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tart, starfruit and kiwi finish. Different.
83 points $16.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200244
Frey
2011 Organic Chardonnay
Deep golden yellow color. Interesting herbal aromas of pineapple, mace, paprika, and white peppercorn with a very soft dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warm apple sauces, baked pineapple, honey and cayenne pepper accented finish. A bit odd.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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