September 2013 - US - Red Bordeaux Varietals

This month's Wine feature is US - Red Bordeaux Varietals Wines
US - Red Bordeaux Varietals Reviews
203366
Maroon Wines
2009 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet black color. Complex aromas of chocolate, nuts, olives, peppers, and spicy currant pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body a long, graceful rhubarb yogurt, sandalwood, and earth nuanced finish. A very classy, highly structured cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203183
Amizetta Vineyards
2010 "Vigneto del Tacchino" Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of olive, leather, clay, vanilla yogurt nuts, and dried berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering, eucalyptus and sunchoke accented finish. Deliciously herbal and savor; will be great with prime rib or game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203255
Domaine Napa
2009 Merlot
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate, nougat, and spicy berry tartlet with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gorgeously supple and balanced finish with elegant tannins. A textbook Napa Merlot that will rule at the table.
93 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203206
Carr
2010 Camp Four Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of craisins, chocolate mint, roasted pepper, incense, and leafy herbs with tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, fine tannin finish. Very flavorful and vibrant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203142
Alba
2010 "Heritage" Warren Hills
Dark garnet indigo color. Attractive aromas of orange blossoms, honeyed pistachio brittle, spicy cherry chutney, and clay with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, elegant, pink peppercorn and spicy blueberry jam accented finish. A delicious, seamless red for sipping or the table.
93 points $36.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203009
Hawkstone
2011 Connoisseur Series Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Rich aromas of chocolate cherry fudge, brown spices, and praline with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a rich, mouthwatering cedar, tropical citrus and peppery spice accented finish with fine powdery tannins. Great flavor and structure.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203620
JAQK Cellars
2008 "Black Clover" Merlot
Deep ruby black color. Dense chocolate toffee, cherry, and woodsy spice aromas and flavors with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy red berry, cocoa, peppercorn, and cedar finish. A zesty, juicy merlot that will sing at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203238
PEJU
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Mellow aromas of cassis pie a la mode, cedar, cocoa, and spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, berry, nutty oak and mineral driven finish. Textbook old school Napa cab that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203220
Schug
2009 Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry pie, roasted pistachios and dried flowers with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy honeyed pomegranate and spice finish. Great acidity and structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203133
The Archivist
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas of violet, honeycomb, raspberry compote, chocolate and vanilla with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, nut brittle, peppery spice and earth finish and chewy tannins. Delicious with great structure.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202223
Cardella
2010 Fattoria Cardella, Vineyard 22 Merlot
Ruby color. Bright aromas and flavors of black cherry, malted chocolate, and praline with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy sweet citrus and dark berry accented finish. A delicious, nicely balanced merlot for all occasions.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203104
Valiant
"Full Throttle" American
Garnet violet color. Dramatic aromas of spicy cranberry sauce, eucalyptus, sandalwood incense, and thyme honey gelato with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a lush blueberry, cocoa and mineral driven finish. An exciting blend of cabernet and Norton. A must try wine.
92 points $20.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203203
Heron Hill Winery
2010 Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Ruby color. Aromas of pomegranate chutney, toffee, and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, roasted pepper, cedar, grape leaf, and nut finish with superfine tannins. Lovely restraint and balance that bode well for pairings.
92 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202225
Cardella
2009 Peracchi Farms, Vineyard 15 Petit Verdot
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate, leather, dried berries and meats with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy blueberry, praline, mocha and spice finish. Great varietal character, structure and intensity. Pair with bison and elk.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203320
Grande River Vineyards
2008 Reserve Merlot
Red brick color. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted chestnuts, olives, herbs, and craisin with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, sour cherry, spiced plum skin, and chalk finish. A mature, old world styled merlot with a great earthy character. Will be great with short rib.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203212
Hagafen
2011 Estate Bottled Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas of lipstick, cherries and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy well balanced, creamy mocha finish. A charming table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203254
Domaine Napa
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of peppery spices and herbs and dried berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, smooth craisin, cassis, olive tapenade, and chocolate citrus peel accented finish. A very attractive, superbly balanced and tasty cab.
92 points $38.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203010
Hawkstone
2011 Connoisseur Series Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet purple black color. Dense aromas of cassis jam, toffee, and spice cake with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, chocolate citrus, cedar and apple-vanilla custard accented finish.
92 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203367
Maroon Wines
2010 Heritage Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby black color. Attractive aromas of spumoni gelato, coconut macaroon, roasted nuts, and vanilla custard with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a dill, pepper, and cassis chutney finish. A robustly flavorful, voluptuous cabernet that is sure to entice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203216
Isaac Smith
2011 Red Reserve Outer Coastal Plain
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted chestnuts, clay, and sundried berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy mulberry and earth accented finish. A delicious table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203201
Frey
2012 Organic, "Agriculturist" Mendocino
Garnet color. Vibrant aromas of sandalwood, white clay, peppered bacon, and dried berries have faint, tequila-like quality with a silky, dryish medium body and a herbed cheese rind, dried cherry, and menthol mint accented finish. Different, flavorful and fun.
91 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203207
Heritage
NV Cuvée Rouge Outer Coastal Plain
Deep ruby color. Bold aromas of roasted nuts and coffee beans and melted dark chocolate with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and sundried tomato and sour cherry and earth accented finish. A great savory table wine with a rich oak accent.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203221
Schug
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of cassis jam, pomegranate, mocha, cedar, and baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, chewy tannin accented finish. Great vibrancy for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203153
Beauregard Vineyards
2010 Zayante Vineyard Merlot
Deep garnet color. Aromas of chocolate cherry tart, nougat, suede, and floral, peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a menthol mint, pomegranate, and herb accented finish. Quite exotic with great acidity for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203504
Alexandria Nicole
2010 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Destiny" Horse Heaven Hills
Deep violet color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, mocha mousse, and berry pie crust with silky fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, honeyed apple and spice finish. Very tasty. Will be great with Middle Eastern lamb dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203214
Prix
2009 Reserve, Hanna Vineyard Merlot
Deep ruby black color. Explosive aromas of sour cherry chutney, nut brittle, cocoa, leather, and Asian spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, toasted coconut, menthol tobacco, and peppercorn finish. A flashy, zesty merlot for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203323
Save Me, San Francisco
2011 "California 37" Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep violet color. Aromas of menthol tobacco, incense, cocoa, poached pear, and cranberry jam with a silky, fruity medium body and a creamy nougat, herb, and pink peppercorn accented finish. Interesting mix of herbal and fruit forward characters. Serve with spicy Greek lamb and beef dishes.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203211
Weibel Family
2009 Merlot
Deep ruby color. Aromas of vanilla nut fudge and spicy, crusty apple-berry pie with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy, cherry chutney, grilled apple, and cedar accented finish and chewy tannins. Great vibrancy purity of fruit.
90 points $16.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203270
Rutherford Vintners
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of cassis pie, cedar, praline gelato have a hint of dried meat with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and tangy, vanilla buttercream, cherry and spice accented finish. A very pleasant, well balanced cabernet.
90 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203196
Ingleside Vineyards
2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Aromas of mixed peppercorns, pomegranate chutney, pickled okra, and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, sour cherry, nut, grape leaf, herb and spice accented finish. A rustic red that will be great at the table.
90 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203135
White Pine
2011 Reserve, "Serendipity" Lake Michigan Shore
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted tomatoes, cherry, and waxy honeycomb with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy dried sour cherry, pepper, and salty spiced nut accented finish. Lovely flavor and bright acidity that will work brilliantly at the table.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203136
White Pine
2011 Reserve Merlot
Ruby black color. Aromas of sandalwood, peppercorn, creme brulee, and chocolate cranberry with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, black raspberry and heirloom tomato driven finish. A deliciously poised table wine.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203012
Forchini
2010 "BeauSierra" Dry Creek Valley
Purple black color. Aromas of chocolate nougat bar, waxy honeycomb, and berry pie crust with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy cassis jam, cedar, and nut finish with chewy tannins. A very nice sipper or table wine; pair with flank steaks.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203099
Paradise Ridge
2009 Roskpile Vineyard, "Elevation" Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas of blackberry compote, toffee, mocha, and brown spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spiced apple and chewy tannin finish. A nicely structured cabernet for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203100
Paradise Ridge
2008 Rockpile Vineyard, "Elevation" Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas of pickling spices, dark roasted nuts, chocolate, and berry soufflé with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a eucalyptus, cigar ash, and smoked peppercorn accented finish with powdery tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203213
Hagafen
2011 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of mocha, roasted nuts, bark, and toasty berry pie crust with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a spicy, sandalwood and chocolate pomegranate seed finish. A plush, vital Napa cabernet for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203365
Maroon Wines
2010 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Delicate aromas of chocolate berries, peppercorn, mint, and faint dried meat with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy craisin and spice finish. A mellow sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203343
Starlite
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Dense aromas of chocolate nut fudge, sour cherry compote, and mint jelly with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, creme brulee, cassis, nut, and mineral finish. Very feminine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203202
Heron Hill Winery
2011 Cabernet Franc
Light ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts, cherry skin, choco-mint, and clay with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a creamy chocolate mousse, praline, and incense accented finish. Great vibrant acidity for the table.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203321
Grande River Vineyards
2011 Merlot
Garnet violet color. Aromas of chocolate, mocha, and cherry gelatos and cedar with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, cranberry and rhubarb accented finish. A rock solid merlot.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203266
Picket Fence
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Aromas of mocha, peppered bacon, and cherry gelato with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and rich, cedar, peppercorn, caramel apple, and spice driven finish with firm woody tannins.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203081
Weibel Family
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby color. Aromas of dried berries, cocoa, and nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sandalwood, pepper, cocoa, and earth accented finish with chewy, dusty tannins.
89 points $18.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203271
Rutherford Vintners
2009 Merlot
Aromas of chocolate toffee, dried berries, and pistachio gelato with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate sorbet and peppery spice finish. Nice vibrancy and balance for sipping or the table.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203352
Kahil
2011 Erickson Vineyard Malbec
Deep garnet. Aromas and flavors of black raspberries, vanilla nuts, and leather with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy tannin finish. A very nice steak wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203503
Bordeleau
NV Meritage Maryland
Ruby black color. Stemmy tomato leaf, cranberry bog, and chocolate nut aromas with a supple, dry light-to-medium body and salty roasted tomato, craisin, and cocoa accented finish. An earthy, savory table wine; pair with lasagna.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203619
JAQK Cellars
2008 "Bone Dance" Merlot
Aromas of cocoa, plum pie, nougat and delicate spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a structured cedar, pepper, and craisin driven finish with fine tannins. A great choice for the table. Pair with veal chops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203215
Cape May
2010 "CM3" Outer Coastal Plain
Ruby black color. Dense aromas of dried berries, vanilla custard, cocoa, and Asian spices with supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a cherry brandy, cedar dust, and spiced apple finish and firm tannins. Give this a little time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203208
Heritage
2011 Estate Reserve, BDX Outer Coastal Plain
Dark ruby color. Rich aromas of roasted coffee, smoked peppercorn, maple bacon, and blueberry cobbler with a silky, medium body and a creme brulee and roasted nuts accented finish. An impressive display of oak and savory fruit; will be great with steak au poivre.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203262
Montpellier
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries and nuts with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy, spiced apple, mocha and citrus accented finish with chewy tannins. A rock solid choice for everyday dining.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203257
Forest Glen
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha, malt balls, and cherry-berry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart pomegranate, nut and mineral finish. A very nice everyday sipper.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203258
Forest Glen
2011 Merlot
Deep ruby color. Black Forest cake aroma with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy lime curd and apple sauce accented finish with chewy tannins. Rock solid flavor and structure for sipping or the table.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203272
Silver Ridge
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of pickling spices, creamy nougat, and berry tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and well balanced black raspberry, apple, black walnut, and mineral accented finish. Tasty.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203210
CalNaturale
2009 French Camp Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of violet candy, vanilla custard, and cherry rum cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honeyed nut finish with plump tannins. A nice beef wine.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203200
Frey
2012 Organic Merlot
Garnet purple color. Aromas of chocolate chili bar and plum tart with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppercorn, forest herbs, and chive accented finish. An earth merlot that will be great with Latin dishes.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203190
John Robert Eppler
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Aromas of chocolate blueberries, menthol, and peppery spice with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spiced cherries, incense and woodsy tannins on the finish. A nice, racy table wine; pair with lamb.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203198
Ingleside Vineyards
2009 Petit Verdot
Garnet black color. Aromas of tomato on the vine, chocolate cherries, and nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy chocolate nougat and mocha accented finish. Nice balance of fruit and oak with zesty acidity.
88 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202219
Cardella
2010 Fattoria Cardella, Vineyard 22 Ruby Cabernet
Inky garnet violet color. Aromas of bing cherry sauce and chocolate nuts with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, raspberry, herbed tomato, vanilla, and delicate pepper finish. A tasty everyday sipper that will be great with gourmet thin and deep-dish pizzas.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203259
Hacienda
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Creamy chocolate and nougat and berry tart aromas with a silky, fruity medium body an a tangy cherry and orange marmalade accented finish. Tasty.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203263
Montpellier
2011 Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate, nut toast, and baked cherries with a fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a grilled apple, vanilla, chalk and citrus accented finish.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203325
Save Me, San Francisco
2011 "Drops of Jupiter" Red Wine California
Aromas of chocolate peanut butter gelato, berry pie, pepper and latte with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy, tangy cherry jam and chocolate citrus peel finish. Smooth, fruity, and crowd-pleasing.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203274
Wild Hare
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nutty nougat and berry pie crust aromas with a soft, fruity medium body and a juicy honeyed cherry and praline finish. Tasty and very fruity.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203251
Carmenet
2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Smoky roasted nut, mulberry, cedar, and vanilla nougat aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet- dry medium body and a creamy mocha gelato accented finish. A solid sipper or gourmet burger wine.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203098
Silver Lake
2010 Merlot
Aromas of mocha, cherry jam, and nut fudge with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, craisin, cocoa and cedar accented finish.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203273
Silver Ridge
2011 Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas of plum and pickling spices with soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy apple, lime, black peppercorn, and nut finish.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203184
Bordeleau
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby with a red brick cast. Aromas of cranberry, tomato vine, and herbal honey with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy, earthy, pepper and spice bark accented finish. A nice, dry earthy table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203007
F.J. Serra
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Aromas of spiced cherries and vanilla-banana cake with a silky, fruity medium body and a snappy apple sauce, cassis jam, and cedar finish. A tasty sipper or gourmet burger wine.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203322
Grande River Vineyards
2010 Cabernet Franc
Deep garnet black color. Meaty, earthy aromas suggest peppered jerky, craisins and roasted almonds with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, soy, wheatgrass and peppery spice accented finish. A very interesting range of lightly oxidized, umami flavors; pair with mushroom dishes and beef teriyaki.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203256
Fat Cat
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of toffee, berry pie, and Playdoh with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy cherry and cocoa accented finish. Straightforward and tasty.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203264
Motos Liberty
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of waxy chocolate and dried cherries with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a praline, cedar, and blackberry sorbet finish. A nice carefree sipper.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203268
Red Truck
2011 Merlot
Garnet color. Toasty aromas of mocha, roasted nuts, and blackberry cobbler with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a vanilla, sour cherry, apple and spice kissed finish. Tasty.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203008
H & G
2010 Merlot
Garnet with a red brick cast. Aromas of stewed fruits, sandalwood and spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy baked apple, cherry and maple sugar accented finish.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203261
Masked Rider
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Creamy vanilla, nougat, and blackberry preserves with a silky, tangy, medium body praline, cedar, and chewy tannin finish. A nice all purpose cabernet.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203253
Cedar Brook
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of vanilla nougat, berry pie a la mode, and floral spice with a supple, fruity medium body and a cherry jam on cinnamon raisin nut toast finish. Easy drinking fruity, and sure to please.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203197
Ingleside Vineyards
2007 Reserve Petit Verdot
Inky garnet black color. Aromas of roasted chestnuts, cocoa, mulberries and peat moss with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a chewy blueberry, citrus and pepper spice finish. A earthy, solid table wine; serve with boar.
86 points $32.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203324
Save Me, San Francisco
2011 "Hella Fine" Merlot
Garnet. Chocolate pudding, pink peppercorn, plum and rhubarb aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a chewy, cedar and spiced apple accented finish.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203265
Motos Liberty
2011 Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate graham cracker and plum preserves with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, crunchy apple, cedar and citrus finish.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203199
Frey
2011 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of peppercorns, verbena, sandalwood incense and mulberries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy pomegranate and cedar dust finish with big oak tannins
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203096
Girly Girl
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas of mocha yogurt, praline and berry pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cedar and green pepper accented finish.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203097
Girly Girl
2010 Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas of blackberry yogurt, nougat, cedar and clay with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy mineral led finish.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203260
Harlow Ridge
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby color. Toffee, buttercream, and cherry aromas and flavors with a supple, tangy medium body and relaxed oak accented finish.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203269
Redwood
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Chocolate, smoky cedar dust, and berry yogurt aromas with a soft, fruit light-to-medium body and a breezy smoked nut and honey finish. A carefree, fruity quaffer.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203252
Carmenet
2012 Reserve Merlot
Deep garnet color. Aromas of chocolate and plum tart with a soft, fruity medium body and a sweet apple, melon, vanilla and tobacco accented finish. A pleasant everyday sipper.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203267
Red Truck
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Toasty roasted nut, cocoa and berry pie aroma and flavors with w soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a creamy vanilla and nougat accented finish. Simple and tasty.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203204
Heron Hill Winery
2010 "Eclipse Red" New York State
Ruby color. Aromas of ink, cashew nougat, and tomato leaf with a soft, dryish light body and a wispy milk chocolate, cranberry, and grass finish.
83 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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