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
202303
Prairie State Winery
NV Reserve Chambourcin
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.
92 points $16.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202171
August Hill Winery
NV "Berlyn" Illinois
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202284
Wollersheim
2012 "Prairie Blush" Wisconsin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202188
Meier’s
NV No. 44 Ruby Port American
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.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202302
Prairie State Winery
NV "Nawt'n!" Norton
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202174
Illinois Sparkling Co.
NV "Franken's" Brut Illinois
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202285
Wollersheim
2012 "Prairie Fumé" Seyval Blanc
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.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202242
DnA Vintners
NV "Frost Watch" Red Cranberry Wine Wisconsin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202150
Forgotten Fire
NV "Phoenix Rising" Michigan
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.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202148
Forgotten Fire
NV Blackberry Wine Wisconsin
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.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202189
Meier’s
NV No. 44 Cream Sherry American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202282
Wollersheim
2011 "Domaine du Sac" Marechal Foch
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202176
August Hill Winery
2012 Seyval Blanc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202175
August Hill Winery
NV "Heart & Soul" Rosé Illinois
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202304
Prairie State Winery
2011 Cabernet Franc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202173
Illinois Sparkling Co.
NV "Stereo" Sparkling Blend Illinois
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202190
Meier’s
NV Red Seedling Wine American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202191
Reiém
NV Rosé Spumante American
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.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202291
Cedar Creek
2012 "Waterfall" Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202286
Wollersheim
2012 Dry Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202241
DnA Vintners
NV "Chocolate Paradise" Wisconsin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202146
Forgotten Fire
NV Cranberry Wine Wisconsin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202192
Reiém
NV Spumante American
Aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, praline and golden raisins a very sweet, frothy medium body and 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202289
Cedar Creek
2012 "La Belle Vie" Vidal Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202290
Cedar Creek
2012 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202240
DnA Vintners
NV "Sweet Paradise" Cranberry Wine Wisconsin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202193
Sinful
Sangria
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202147
Forgotten Fire
NV Late Harvest Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202283
Wollersheim
2012 White Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202293
Cedar Creek
NV Rosé American
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202185
Meier’s
NV Sweet Red American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202287
Wollersheim
2011 "Prairie Sunburst Red" Marechal Foch
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202292
Cedar Creek
2012 "Bon Vivant" Marechal Foch
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202149
Forgotten Fire
NV Traminette
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202172
Illinois Sparkling Co.
NV Sparkling Brut Illinois
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202186
Meier’s
NV Sweet White American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202288
Cedar Creek
2010 Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202187
Meier’s
NV Sweet Pink American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202145
Forgotten Fire
Cherry Sangria
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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