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November 2013 - 2013 World Eco-Friendly Challenge

November 2013 - 2013 World Eco-Friendly Challenge
This month's Wine feature is 2013 World Eco-Friendly Challenge Wines

2013 World Eco-Friendly Challenge Reviews

Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$65
Garnet violet color. Aromas of honeyed cassis, dried cherries, and toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chewy mouthwatering spicy baked apple, earth, and silty tannin finish. An impressively rich and balanced cabernet that will be great at the table with hearty meat and game.
Awards: 2013 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Best Eco-Friendly US Red
Handley 2010 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
93 points
$52
garnet color. Rich aromas of honeyed, dried cherries and marinated beets with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a crisp, blood orange, praline, and mineral accented finish. A lovely, multilayered pinot that will delight at the table or on its own.
Castoro Cellars 2011 Reserve, Estate Grown Tempranillo
92 points
$23
Garnet black color. Complex aromas of spicy boysenberry custard tart, honeyed cherries, and mango sorbet with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, lingonberry, beet, pencil shaving, and earth accented finish. A robust sipper or table wine to pair with spicy Latin or Asian meat dishes.
Castoro Cellars 2012 Reserve, Estate Grown Pinot Grigio
92 points
$23
Pale gold with a faint amber cast. Bright aromas of spiced apple and peaches and nut brittle with a fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, clementine and melon accented finish. Very tasty and nice structure for anything.
Awards: 2013 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Best Eco-Friendly US White
Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2009 "Latigo" Lake County
92 points
$45
Deep garnet black color. Reserved aromas of dried berries, leather, and peppered nuts with a supple fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, concentrated cassis jam, honeyed dried cherry, peach sorbet, cedar, and dusty mineral finish. An elegant red dessert wine that will be fantastic with cheeses.
Awards: 2013 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Best Eco-Friendly Dessert
Castoro Cellars 2011 Reserve, Estate Grown Primitivo
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mocha and toasty berry pie crust with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy green apple, peach, and citrus accented finish with nice chewy tannins. A delicious, fruity and well balanced sipper or table wine.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Handley 2012 Estate Chardonnay
91 points
$25
Pale golden color. Sensuous aromas of caramel apples, vanilla, and spicy pineapple cake with a silky, fruity medium body and a crisp, ripe Meyer lemon, kiwi, and green apple finish. A delicious zesty chardonnay that lets the fruit shine through.
Dolium 2010 Eco-Estate, Reserva Malbec
91 points
$27.99
Lovely nose of resonant black currant, mushrooms and a hint of toffee. Juicy berry and leathery full-bodied flavors follow with a grippy tannic finish. Nice style and structure.
Awards: 2013 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Best Eco-Friendly Argentine Red
91 points $27.99
Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2009 "Block Three" Red Hills
91 points
$45
Garnet black color. Aromas of black currants, suede, cocoa, and craisin with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, vanilla cream and dusty tannin finish. A really nice table wine that will get better with time.
Dominio de Laertes 2012 Organic Crianza Rioja
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Textbook old world Rioja, tobacco leaf notes lead and with swirling mazzard dark cherry scents come on. Earthy flavors lead, fruit flavors follow. Ample fine tannins and a bit of toasty oak compliment the fruit.
Awards: 2013 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Best Eco-Friendly Spanish Red
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Castoro Cellars 2012 Reserve, Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden silver color. Aromas of honeyed apples, peaches, straw, delicate spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a a citrus citrus, melon, and cream accented finish. Very tasty, balanced, and satisfying.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Dolium 2011 Eco-State, "Malbon" Mendoza
90 points
$16.59
Best Buy
Deep garnet with a star bright blue-violet rim. Resonant nose of black currants, river water, and red berry candy. Earthy accents come through on the palate. Nice supple texture, good length and a youthful, fine tannin laden finish.
90 points $16.59 Best Buy
Koo Loo Loo 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$36
Deep garnet color. Concentrated aromas and flavors of dried berries, coconut, pomegranate and spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering sour cherry, honey, and mossy earth accented finish with broad, chewy tannins. Nice now, but better in the future.
Live a Little NV "Really Ravishing Red" Shiraz
89 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Penetrating scents of smoked meats, black currants, a hint of rubber, blue flowers and scents reminiscent of "Wheaties cereal". All in all a very complex nose. Big flavors follow with a titch of white pepper in the finish.
Awards: 2013 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Best Eco-Friendly South African Red
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Stellar Organics 2013  Merlot
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Deep ruby with a blue violet cast and big tears. Scents of the forest lead: dried leaves and oak. Spiced black plums flavors with an easy, softly textured approachable finish.
Awards: 2013 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Best Eco-Friendly South African Red
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Handley 2012 Estate Gewurztraminer
89 points
$22
Pale golden color. Bright aromas and flavors of peach, lychee and rose with silky, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a piquant praline and pepper accented finish. Nice structured and elegant.
Koo Loo Loo 2012  Chardonnay
89 points
$25
Golden yellow color. Aromas of pineapple yogurt, spiced apple, overripe coconut and durian with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, tropical citrus, melon, nut and earth accented finish. An exotic chardonnay that will pair well with Asian cuisine.
Stellar Organics 2013  Shiraz
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Rounded soft scents of mulberries, black currants, and a hint of wood smoke. An easy drink, well balanced soft flavors with a lightly peppered finish. An excellent sipper or table wine.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Stellar Organics 2013  Pinotage
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Interesting nose of caramel, autumnal prairie grass, and a hint of red cherries. Moderate tannins frame out the predominately cherry flavors with a hint of earthy spice in the finish.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Clos LaChance 2012  Chardonnay
88 points
$11
Best Buy
Golden silver color. Aromas of buttery nut brittle, honeycomb, and lemons on the tree with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty pineapple, nectarine skin, and green apple driven finish. A nice racy chardonnay that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Backsberg 2010 Kosher Pinotage
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Scents of a wine cellar is the first impression. Ripe spiced cherries, smoked herbs and a bit of potters clay. Balanced easy flavors, refreshing acidity and a hint of subtle tar. Ample, fine tannins are clustered in the finish.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Claar 2012  Riesling
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Light straw color. Bright aromas of orange, lemon curd, and apple with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, mouthwatering spiced apple, melon, and mineral accented finish with gripping fruit tannins. A very nice seafood wine.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Clos LaChance 2010 Estate Zinfandel
88 points
$15
Best Buy
ruby color. Aromas of toasty cedar, toffee, mocha, and dried cherries with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy chocolate raspberry, vanilla nut, and earth driven finish. A rock solid zin.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Cottonwood Creek 2012 White Table Wine California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of nectarine, baked citrus, and toasted balsa with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a delicate apple and honeyed, clementine finish. A nice gentle sipper.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Stellar Organics 2013 100% Organic White Wine Western Cape
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Funky barnyard notes overlay refreshing lemon-lime scents. Nice mouth feel and good length of flavors. Nice bread toast flavor with a grippy citrus accented finish.
Awards: 2013 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Best Eco-Friendly South African White
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
TreeHugger NV Bianco Italy
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Deep straw yellow robe. Slightly sour lambic like scents lead. Lemon notes follow good length of flavors and a taut gravely very dry finish. In spite of the tartness this is nicely balanced
Awards: 2013 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Best Eco-Friendly French White
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Zeroincondotta 2012 Spumante Extra Dry Italy
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
yellow color. Aromas of gravel, lemon-zested apples and a hint of nutty toffee. A crisp, yet slightly creamy, fruity-driven mid-palate with a refreshing, citrus marmalade and buttered toast finish. Very pleasant.
Awards: 2013 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly Sparkling White
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Green Truck 2009  Zinfandel
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried raspberries and blueberries, pepper, and sour cherries with a tangy medium-to-full body and a firm, chewy tannin and earth driven finish. A solid table zin; pair with spicy flank steaks.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Claar 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
87 points
$22
Aromas of spicy apple custard pie, passionfruit, and mango gelato with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pineapple, toasty praline and starfruit accented finish with drying wood tannins.
Perlage 2012 "PerlApp" Extra Dry Sparkling Wine Italy
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
yellow color. Aromas of ripe stone fruits, dried white blossoms, and apricot pits. Crisp, fruity with taut, almost phosphate-like minerality. Refreshing soft citrus and green apple skin finish with a titch of earth. A nice relaxing sipper.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Green Truck 2011  Petite Sirah
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of dried blackberries, currants, pencil shavings, and green peppercorn with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tart berry, peach skin, and citrus driven finish with dusty tannins. A tangy table wine that will be good with pot stickers
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Naked Earth 2011 Rouge Vin de Pays dOc
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Funky toasted yeast, baked straw, and earth scents dominate the nose. Rustic easy flavors follow reminiscent of roasted root vegetables. Later just a whisper of dried plums. Nice bit of spice and pepper in the lightly grippy finish.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Primosole Organic Vineyards 2012  Sangiovese
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Rubbery aromas lead with cherry scents coming in later with a hint of chestnuts. Rustic easy flavors follow with a simple lifted finish. Nice innate acidity for the table.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Backsberg 2011 Kosher Chardonnay
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Smoky aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, dried meat, and grilled pineapple with a supple, dryish medium body and a flinty earth accented finish. A nice earthy, dry chardonnay to serve with grilled fish.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Dolium 2011 Eco-State, "Torso" Mendoza
86 points
$15.99
Straw color. Nice restrained spiced white floral aromas. Tart entry, light-to-medium bodied mid-palate and a nice earth tinged finish.
Awards: 2013 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Best Eco-Friendly Argentine White
86 points $15.99
Claar 2012  Late Harvest Riesling
86 points
$22
Silvery straw yellow color. Lightly musky aromas of spiced peaches, leather, and golden raisins with a soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an apple-pear cider and orange sorbet accented finish. A pleasant, understated dessert wine.
Live a Little NV "Wildly Wicked White" Western Cape
85 points
$8.99
Lemon "PEZ" candy scents are prominent. Later a hint of creamy lemon meringue. Ripe earthy citrus flavors follow. Nice lengthy finish. Needs food; try with scampi.
85 points $8.99
Cottonwood Creek 2010 Red Table Wine California
85 points
$9.99
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried citrus, cherry, and black raspberry with a fruity medium body and a tangy, mango, peach, cocoa, and delicate spice accented finish. A tasty carefree sipper.
85 points $9.99
Stellar Organics 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$9.99
Lovely unique nose of smoky black currants and spiced berries. Flavors are a bit shy as parchment and phenolic notes somewhat mask the fruit. Youthful.
85 points $9.99
TreeHugger NV Rosso Italy
85 points
$9.99
Funky, dank scents lead with a bit of tree bark, ripe dark fruits, and a hint of black cherries. Heavy flavors follow and are lightened by lively acidity.
85 points $9.99
Green Truck 2011  Chardonnay
85 points
$13.99
Pale golden straw color. Very mild aromas of apple skin and dried lemon with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a waxy honeycomb, kiwi, and grassy earth finish. A crisp, tangy table wine.
85 points $13.99
Primosole Organic Vineyards 2012  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$13.99
Pale straw with light gun metal gray cast. Match stick notes initially - did blow off a bit with swirling. Under ripe stone fruit and a soft lemony foundation. Nicely balanced and restrained flavors.
85 points $13.99
Claar 2012  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$15
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced praline, kiwi, and lime curd with a tart, light-to-medium body and a dried lemon and melon rind accented finish. A nice dry, tart shellfish wine.
TreeHugger NV Brut Italy
84 points
$12.99
Straw gold color. Earthy, honeyed apple, pear, and citrus aromas and flavors with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light body and a tangy, grippy, nutty finish.
84 points $12.99
Green Truck 2011  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$13.99
Golden yellow color. Mild aromas of yellow pepper, starfruit, wax, and spiced peaches with a soft, dryish light body and a crisp, kiwi, grass, and baked apple finish.
84 points $13.99
Green Truck 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$13.99
Aromas of cherries, plum, pepper and beeswax candle with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy cranberry, cocoa, cedar, and dusty mineral finish.
84 points $13.99
Naked Earth 2011 Blanc Vin de Pays dOc
83 points
$13.99
Golden straw color. Ripe apple aromas. Lightly spiced apple sauce flavors with funky yeasty notes on the easy entry but a very quick flavor fade.
83 points $13.99
Claar 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$15
Silvery straw color. Aromas of grapefruit, green pepper, and guava with a dryish light-to-medium body and a tart lemon water and chalk eraser accented finish. Palate does not deliver the promise of the nose.
Claar 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay
82 points
$15
Pale golden silver color. Aromas dried limes and lemons, leaves, and pineapple husk with a soft, dry light body and a lemon rind, twig, and moss finish. A lean, dry, earthy chardonnay for the table.
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