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Reviews for 2013

May 2013 - 2013 Midwest Wine Challenge

May 2013 - 2013 Midwest Wine Challenge
This month's Wine feature is 2013 Midwest Wine Challenge
(IL, OH, WI, MI, MN, MO, IN, IA) Wines

2013 Midwest Wine Challenge Reviews

Prairie State Winery NV Reserve Chambourcin
92 points
$16.49
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Layered aromas of waxy honeycomb, toffee, plums, and dried berries with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a supple, tart berry, creamy vanilla and toasty spice driven finish. An elegant, balanced and flavorful chambourcin for all applications.
Awards: '2013 Midwest Wine Challenge-Best Illinois Red Wine'
92 points $16.49 Best Buy
August Hill Winery NV "Berlyn" Illinois
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Rich garnet color. Bright aromas of raspberry cobbler and dulce de leche with a supple, fruity medium body and a juicy sour cherry, citrus and melon accented finish. A clean, delicious, and vibrant frontenac that is sure to please.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Wollersheim 2012 "Prairie Blush" Wisconsin
90 points
$10
Best Buy
Steely fuchsia color. Ripe cherry and strawberry aromas with a fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, watermelon and clementine accented finish. Very tasty and nicely balanced fruit and acidity.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Meier’s NV No. 44 Ruby Port American
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Deep reddish brown color. Aromas of toasted molasses and raisin rum cakes with a supple fruity sweet medium-to-full body a toasty, nutty almond praline and spice driven finish. A nice mature tasting ruby port. Impressive.
Awards: '2013 Midwest Wine Challenge-Best Ohio Fortified Wine'
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Prairie State Winery NV "Nawtn!" Norton
90 points
$15.49
Best Buy
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of buttery salty caramelized nuts, chocolate, tomato on the vine, and goji berries with supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a cranberry, cedar and earth accented finish. A very serious table wine. Pair with bison and elk steaks.
90 points $15.49 Best Buy
Illinois Sparkling Co. NV "Frankens" Brut Illinois
90 points
$32
Pretty silvery topaz color. Aromas of berry preserve of croissant and citrus sorbet with a tangy, lightly effervescent fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, mouthwatering finish. A nice blanc de noir style equally good for sipping or food.
Awards: '2013 Midwest Wine Challenge-Best Illinois Sparkling Wine'
Wollersheim 2012 "Prairie Fumé" Seyval Blanc
89 points
$9
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of lipstick, yellow apple, and baked lemon with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, green apple and citrus driven finish with fine, fruity tannins. A very table friendly seyval that will be great with spicy Thai food.
Awards: '2013 Midwest Wine Challenge-Best Wisconsin White Wine'
89 points $9 Best Buy
DnA Vintners NV "Frost Watch" Red Cranberry Wine Wisconsin
89 points
$11
Best Buy
Bright crimson color. Pure cranberry aromas with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and honey and earth accented finish. Nice purity and balance; pair with goat cheeses or cocktails.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Forgotten Fire NV "Phoenix Rising" Michigan
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet color. Pleasant aromas of cherry and tomato compotes and cinnamon toast with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rounded blackberry accented finish. A very tasty and food friendly chambourcin.
Awards: '2013 Midwest Wine Challenge-Best Wisconsin Red Wine'
89 points $15 Best Buy
Forgotten Fire NV Blackberry Wine Wisconsin
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of fresh blackberry danish with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, orange and melon accented finish. Very tasty nicely balanced fruity sweetness and acidity.
Awards: '2013 Midwest Wine Challenge-Best Wisconsin Fruit Wine'
89 points $15 Best Buy
Meier’s NV No. 44 Cream Sherry American
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pretty bronze color. Aromas of honeyed salted almonds and raisins with a supple fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a lightly peppery dried pear, nutshell, and spice finish. A very well made domestic cream sherry.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Wollersheim 2011 "Domaine du Sac" Marechal Foch
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Savory aromas of chocolate graham crackers, wild berries on the bush, and pickled beets with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy blood orange, parsnip and grassy earth accented finish. A fun, savory table wine to pair with roasts and venison.
88 points $12 Best Buy
August Hill Winery 2012  Seyval Blanc
88 points
$16
Pale silver straw color. Mild aromas of lemon tart and peach cobbler with a crisp, dryish light body and a tart lime, crabapple, grass, and chalk driven finish. An nicely austere and dry table wine vaguely reminiscent of Chablis. Pair with raw oysters.
August Hill Winery NV "Heart & Soul" Rosé Illinois
88 points
$17
Pretty steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry tart and strawberry with a crisp, dryish light body and a tart, mouthwatering, lemon and blood orange finish. Pair with mussels.
Prairie State Winery 2011  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$21.49
Deep garnet color. Aromas of mocha, salty roasted nuts, jerky, and dried berries with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a toasty, nutty finish. A nice table wine.
88 points $21.49
Illinois Sparkling Co. NV "Stereo" Sparkling Blend Illinois
88 points
$32
Pale straw color with a fine mousse rim. Aromas of chalk, grass, and peach custard with a crisp, effervescent light-to-medium body and a tangy Key lime finish. An appetizing food sparkler that will be great with spicy grilled seafood.
Meier’s NV Red Seedling Wine American
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Garnet red brick color. Aromas of honeyed berries and stone fruits with a supple fruity sweet medium body and a tangy pomegranate sorbet, golden raisin, and tart apple accented finish. A nice mouthwatering, not too sweet, sweet red wine.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Reiém NV Rosé Spumante American
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Light reddish pink color. Aromas prunes in syrup and wild strawberry preserves with a fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tangy, well balanced finish. A fun, very fruity sipper or pair with spicy bbq chicken.
Awards: '2013 Midwest Wine Challenge-Best Ohio Sparkling Wine'
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Cedar Creek 2012 "Waterfall" Riesling
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Very mild aromas of lemon balm and and delicate earthy herbs with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy sweet citrus and a honeyed green apple finish.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Wollersheim 2012 Dry Riesling
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of gherkin, epazote, and baked lemon with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and a peach skin, lemon sorbet, and grass accented finish. A interesting blend of savory and fruit flavors that will work well at the table with spicy Latin foods.
87 points $9 Best Buy
DnA Vintners NV "Chocolate Paradise" Wisconsin
87 points
$12.50
Best Buy
Aromas of chocolate tootsie roll and mild craisins with tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a chocolate orange accented finish. A fun dessert wine; pair with pound cake and custards.
87 points $12.50 Best Buy
Forgotten Fire NV Cranberry Wine Wisconsin
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Aromas and flavors of spicy cranberry sauce and sweet clarified butter with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, earth accented finish. Nice purity and vibrancy.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Reiém NV Spumante American
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
yellow color. Aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, praline and golden raisins with a very sweet, frothy medium body and a honeyed almond torte and ripe grapes notes on the finish. A bit on the sweet side, but quite tasty and refreshing.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Cedar Creek 2012 "La Belle Vie" Vidal Blanc
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Aromas of orange gelatin, praline, and baked apple with a tangy, fruity light body and a honeyed peach skin and lime nuanced finish. A refreshing sipper or salad wine.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Cedar Creek 2012  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Pale silver straw color with a pale brass cast. Aromas of wildflowers, lemon, and peach jam with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a tart lemon and peach skin finish. Refreshing.
86 points $10 Best Buy
DnA Vintners NV "Sweet Paradise" Cranberry Wine Wisconsin
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Bright crimson color. Fresh crushed cranberry aroma with a supple fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, honeyed craisin finish. Nice purity and flavor for sipping or spicy foods.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Sinful Sangria
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby color with a nickel cast. Spicy fruity punch-like aromas with a soft fruity light-to-medium body and a baking, spice, citrus and honey accented finish. A clean, pleasant sangria that is sure to please.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Forgotten Fire NV Late Harvest Riesling
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of peach vinaigrette and lemon pie with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a honeyed peach and yellow apple accented finish. A tasty off-dry sipper.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Wollersheim 2012  White Riesling
85 points
$9
Pale straw silver color. Aromas of lemongrass, gherkin, and beeswax with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy apple sauce and orange slice accented finish with crunchy fruit tannins. Try sautéed trout and beurre blanc
Cedar Creek NV Rosé American
85 points
$18
Pretty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, strawberry and watermelon sorbets with a sweet, soft medium body and a thyme honey and pepper accented finish.
Meier’s NV Sweet Red American
84 points
$8.99
Deep ruby color. Pleasant aromas of baked berries and honey with a crisp, fruity medium body and a tangy grape soda and lemon sorbet finish. A refreshing summer sipper.
84 points $8.99
Wollersheim 2011 "Prairie Sunburst Red" Marechal Foch
84 points
$9
Aromas of lightly floral bath talc, baked tomatoes and cherries, and salty roasted nuts with a silky, dryish medium body and a melon rind and earth accented finish.
Cedar Creek 2012 "Bon Vivant" Marechal Foch
84 points
$10
Aromas of berry salt water taffy, toffee, and lingonberry jam with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, whole Brazil nut, citrus rind, and earth accented finish.
Forgotten Fire NV  Traminette
84 points
$15
Pale golden color. Aromas of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, melon, and delicate Asian spice and incense with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, tart nectarine and grassy earth finish. A nice earthy white for the table, especially oysters.
Illinois Sparkling Co. NV Sparkling Brut Illinois
84 points
$32
Yellow straw color. Slightly twiggy aromas and flavors of lemon curd and peach pit with crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart earthy, fennel accented finish.
Meier’s NV Sweet White American
83 points
$8.99
Pale platinum with a straw cast. Rather stemmy aromas suggest tree bark, baking soda, and grape seeds with a sweetish light body and a tangy citrus and grape sorbet like finish.
83 points $8.99
Cedar Creek 2010  Syrah
83 points
$17
Aromas of honeyed blueberries and cherries, chicken fat, and poutine with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart cranberry, tree bark, pressed linen, and blackberry finish. Different.
Meier’s NV Sweet Pink American
82 points
$8.99
Steely pink nickel color. Aromas of old baking spices, grape popsicle sticks, and cherry sauce with a fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, terse balsa accented finish.
82 points $8.99
Forgotten Fire Cherry Sangria
80 points
$15
Light ruby color. Briar berry and herbal soap aromas with a bit of honey butter. Brisk and tart flavors follow with dusty spices and a touch of cherry pit and orange jam on the finish.
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