October 2013 - 2013 World Value Wine Challenge

This month's Wine feature is 2013 World Value Wine Challenge Wines
2013 World Value Wine Challenge Reviews
203931
Avalon
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby color. Aromas of roasted peppers, cassis pie, and chocolate with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, blood orange, spice, and sour cherry accented finish. A nicely balanced and fruit forward cabernet that covers a lot of bases.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203693
Concannon
2011 Selected Vineyards Petite Sirah
Deep cherry red with a velvet rim. Aromas of sweet red cherries, Damson plums, black raspberry, vanilla bean and creme caramel. Ripe, luscious flavors of wild strawberries, black raspberries and crushed blackberries with ripe tannins and vanilla. Over the top flavors, silky and balanced. Finish is fruit forward without lots of complexity.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203834
Alias
2011 Secret Agent Red California
Ruby with a red brick rim. Aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry cobbler, chocolate mint, and pomegranate chutney are rich and enticing with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty lime curd, spiced apple, cedar, and toffee accented finish. A delicious go-to red wine that delivers impressive complexity and style for the price.
91 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203955
Rex Goliath
NV "Free Range Red" American
Garnet color. Savory aromas of roasted peppers, olives, and chocolate drizzled berries with a supple, fruity medium body and juicy, jammy raspberry and spiced nut finish. A very tasty and appetizing red blend for everyday pleasure.
91 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203583
Line 39
2011 Merlot
Deep garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed berries and nut have a hint of bacon with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nice dash of roasted citrus, apple, and cedar on the finish. A very well balanced, flavorful, and pure merlot.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203583
Line 39
2011 Merlot
Deep garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed berries and nut have a hint of bacon with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nice dash of roasted citrus, apple, and cedar on the finish. A very well balanced, flavorful, and pure merlot.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203832
Alias
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
A ruby garnet color. Aromas of cherry custard, chocolate and delicate spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a roasted beet, vanilla cream, and dark berry finish. Nice purity of fruit and balanced oak.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203810
Bella Sera
2011 Pinot Noir
Deep ruby red with a light brick red rim. Aromas of red cherries, wild strawberries, raspberries, crimini mushrooms, vanilla, brown spice and Autumn leaves. Silky, but toothsome tannins with cherry-berry flavors framed with earthy mushrooms, sweet vanilla, baking spice and refreshing acidity. Beautifully balanced with a long finish.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203718
Lucky Star
2011 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted pecan, dark chocolate, and baked berries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, sour cherry, pencil shavings, and spice accented finish. A flavorful and balanced pinot for all applications.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203355
Bogle
2011 Merlot
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry preserves, plum and roasted nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nice, chewy nougat, grilled apple and earthy beet accented finish. Nice range of fruity and savory favors for sipping or the table.
90 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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