March 2014 - US - Red Bordeaux Varietals

This month's Wine feature is US - Red Bordeaux Varietals Wines
US - Red Bordeaux Varietals Reviews
205742
Heitz
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas of menthol tobacco, clay, black currant, olive, beeswax,and carob with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, savory roasted pepper, honey, and nut accented finish. Fantastically flavorful and balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205804
Jarvis
2009 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Petit Verdot
Deep violet black color. Aromas and flavors of spicy dried cherries and apples, mocha, maple smoked bacon, and spicy gherkin with satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, oak tannin accented finish. A delightful, flavorful petit verdot that will be sensation with spicy red meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205880
Esser Vineyards
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Aromas of caramelized bacon, berry pie, and toasty meringue with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, cassis, mocha gelato, cedar, licorice, and whole nut accented finish. Great lively acidity and structure for sipping or the table.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205718
Tom Eddy
2010 "Elodian" Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet black color. Aromas and flavors of cassis jam, chocolate, creme brulee, and olive with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy, fine tannins finish. Seductively smooth and delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205550
Thorn Hill
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Lovely dank aromas of cassis, licorice, herbal olives, chicken fat, and chocolate sour cream frosting with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, pomegranate sorbet, mint tobacco, spice, and earth finish with fine supple tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205826
Prix
2009 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Opaque garnet violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mint fudge, sour cherry, and menthol with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, chewy tannin and cedar finish. Great structure for the table, try with spicy lamb dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205827
Prix
2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet violet color. Layered aromas of dried currants, blueberries, creme brulee, and a hint of menthol tobacco with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cassis, cedar, clay, and peppery spice finish with chewy tannins. A full throttled steak wine with very fancy oak that will be even better with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205803
Jarvis
2010 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Cabernet Franc
Deep garnet black color. Subtly expressive aromas and flavors of white clay, gherkin, craisin, and chocolate nuts with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tangy pomegranate, dolmades, cedar, mocha, and delicate brown spice nuanced finish. Impressively layered, savory, and flavorful. Pair with prime rib or elk.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205807
Freedom Estate
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Bright aromas of chocolate blueberries, dried currants, and graham crackers with a silky, fruity medium-full body and a rich, tangy mocha gelato, creme brulee, sandalwood and spice finish. An intensely hedonistic, flavor packed wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205729
Jericho Canyon
2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Inky garnet purple color. Aromas of whole berries, clay, orange blossom honey, and olive skin with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant, frosted berry tart, cocoa, and sandalwood accented finish. Delicious and rewarding, for now or later.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205731
Jericho Canyon
2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas crusty cassis tart, beeswax, and vanilla yogurt nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, baking spices, cedar, and earth accented finish with chewy oak tannins. Very nice now and built for the long haul.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205719
Tom Eddy
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of dried currant, clay, and peppery spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, concentrated, chewy tannins finish. Built for the long haul or enjoy now with a great steak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205806
Jarvis
2009 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet violet color. Intriguing aromas of sauerkraut, cassis jam on rye toast, chocolate mousse and floral honeycomb with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a clay, creme brulee and earthy pickled beet accented finish. A great savory wine for the table or sipping. Pair with porterhouse steaks and sauerbraten.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205754
Curvare
2010 Merlot
Dar ruby garnet color. Jazzy aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry pie, menthol mint, açai and goji berry with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a sleek, mouthwatering pomegranate finish with chewy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205640
Stina’s Cellars
2008 Cabernet Franc
Dark ruby with a red brick rim. Mature aromas suggest dried currants, leather, olive, almond custard, and forest floor with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, pomegranate sorbet and silt accented finish with plush tannins. Drinking very well now with great varietal character and balanced oak. A great choice for filet mignon with mushrooms.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205781
Draxton
2011 Malbec
Garnet black color. Aromas of nougat, leather and dried blackberry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, berry, cocoa, and spice finish with fine, dusty tannins. A great, vibrant table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205746
Nordby Vineyards
2007 "Il Re" Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby black with a fading rim. Aromas of eucalyptus, spicy blueberry jam, and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy, honeyed nut, cigar box, and earth accented finish with fine tannins. A nice mature cabernet for the table; pair with exotic game or prime rib.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205825
Hagafen
2011 Estate Cabernet Franc
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of black olive, dried currant, sandalwood, and cashew with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, savory chocolate, mulberry, and hay finish. A great combination of table-friendly fruit, oak and terroir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205759
H/H Estates
2010 Coyote Canyon Vieyard, "Bozak Red" Horse Heaven Hills
Garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, dried currants, cracked pepper, olive, and chocolate nut fudge with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, cedar and peppery spice accented finish with fine tannins. Excellent flavor, structure, and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205700
Barboursville
2010 Octagon Virginia
Deep garnet color. Aromas of clay, creamy mocha, and blackberry cobbler with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, creamy vanilla and spice accented finish with well-integrated tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205616
Schug
2010 Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas of dried cherries and berries, clay, olive and cedar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, chocolate, pomegranate, nutshell, and mineral finish with firm, powdery tannins. Give this a little time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205556
Greyscale
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Bold aromas of chocolate, cassis, spicy hot pickles, and bbq pepper rub with a satiny smooth, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a plush, spiced blackberry, nut, and cedar accented finish. A playful and classy range of flavors and textures.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205555
Grgich Hills
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cassis pie, cocoa nuts, pickling spices, olive, and toasty cedar with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, dried blueberry and mineral accented finish with round tannins. Delicious and structured for enjoyment now or later.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205692
Ledson
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate coconut macaroon, honeycomb, gherkin, and cassis jam on toast with supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and vanilla nut and cedar accented finish and chewy, earthy tannins. Excellent structure for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205805
Jarvis
2011 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, "Will Jarvis' Science Project" Napa Valley
Dark garnet color. Attractive aromas of spumoni gelato, spicy gherkin, nougat, and suede with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy vanilla, roasted nut, and floral incense with ultra fine tannins. Uniquely flavorful and inviting.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205699
Pedroncelli
2011 Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas of cassis, olive, roasted pepper and vanilla candle wax with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty blood orange. grilled pepper, and cedar finish. A very lively and spicy cabernet that will be great with Latin beef or pork dishes.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205527
Heist
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, currants, deep fried pickle, and peppery spices with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy, mocha, cedar, and sour cherry accented finish with fine tannins. Very tasty and sure to please.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205665
Wine Spots
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate wafer bar, powdered berries and limes, and butter roasted nuts with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried blueberry, roasted citrus, and cocoa accented finish with ultra fine tannins. A delightful sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205875
Alexandria Nicole
2011 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Malbec
Garnet violet black color. Interesting aromas of spiced melon, berries, and floral honey with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate, chocolate goji berry and mineral finish. Excellent complexity and subtle layers of flavor that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205758
H/H Estates
2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, "Big John Cab" Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet purple color. Interesting earthy aromas of roasted vegetables, craisins, spice, and buffalo jerky with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless slate, roasted apple, and cocoa finish. A great choice with pot roast or pheasant stew.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205533
Wise Villa
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas of menthol-mint, cranberry relish and waxy honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy currant preserves, chocolate craisin, cedar, melon, and roasted nut finish with chewy tannins. Nice now and will get better with time. Serve with spicy Latin steak dishes.
91 points $43.47
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205782
CULT X
2011 Meritage Alexander Valley
Violet color. Aromas of milk chocolate covered berries, vanilla, and delicate berries with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, nutty, red apple, cedar, and earth accented finish with fine, dusty tannins. Very tasty and structured for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205728
Jericho Canyon
2010 Jericho Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet amethyst color. Intriguing aromas of coconut macaroon, floral honeycomb, white clay, vanilla, and boysenberry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, chocolate nut and earth accented finish. Very sleek, flavorful, and stylish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205730
Jericho Canyon
2009 Jericho Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of chocolate graham crackers, cherry pie, and lightly smoked nuts with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a pleasant chocolate and delicate spice finish with fine tannins. An artfully composed cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205693
Ledson
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black. Aromas of chocolate graham cracker, peppery spices, and olive tapenade with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy mocha and tangy cherry accented finish. Very good depth and structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205638
Jarvis
2008 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Honeycomb, roasted nuts, dried cherry and tomato, and spicy cassis pie a la mode aromas and flavors with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, chocolate and earth accented finish. A great earthy sipper and table wine; serve with prime rib.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205500
Frey
2009 Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Rich aromas of candied nuts, dried blueberries, exotic incense, spiced chocolate, and sweet herbs with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a mouthwatering, cedar accented finish with chewy tannins. Tasty. Drink up.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205873
Alexandria Nicole
2011 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Quarry Butte" Horse Heaven Hills
Deep garnet color. Aromas of cedar, spicy cherry, and honeycomb with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, chocolate mint, and nut accented finish with fine tannins. A delicious, easy drinking red sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205757
Coyote Canyon Winery
2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Beets and cassis aromas and flavors with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy chocolate, tobacco and mint finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205532
Wise Villa
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby color. Aromas of chocolate graham crackers, roasted nuts, latte, and berry jam on toast with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, chewy mocha latte and roasted pecan finish. Very tasty and refreshing.
90 points $39.37
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205541
Stone Pine Estate
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby with a fading rim. Aromas of olive and pepper skins, cassis and cocoa with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful dried currant, tomato preserves, nutskin, and accented earth finish. Excellent mature balance complexity for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205517
Calcareous Vineyards
2010 "Lloyd" of Calcareous Paso Robles
Violet black color. Brawny aromas and flavors of stewed berries and chocolate mint cookie with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, warming, cedar, vanilla, and dusty spice accented finish with fine tannins. Nice rusticity and fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205695
Ledson
2010 Petit Verdot
Deep violet black color. Aromas of dried berries, clay, chocolate nuts, and a touch of coconut vinegar with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a spicy, spice and cedar accented finish with full, chewy tannins. Will get better with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205540
Sagebrush Annie’s
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of clay, crayon, chocolate graham cracker, peppery spices, and dried berries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a frosted shredded wheat, cedar, and pomegranate finish with dusty tannins. An interesting wine that will be fun at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205528
Bentgate
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of honeycomb, mulberries, clay, and pickling spices with silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, cassis jam, nutskin, and smoky cedar nuanced finish with chewy tannins. Tasty and nicely structured for the table.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205499
Frey
2012 Biodynamic Merlot
Dark violet color. Aromas of spiced blackberries, peppercorns, and pistachio gelato with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vibrant, cinnamon, clove, and cedar accented finish. Great spiciness, pair with spicy Asian beef dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205636
Kinkead Ridge
2011 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Pleasant aromas and flavors of floral black raspberry preserves, chocolate nuts, and peppery spice with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, green apple and mineral accented finish. A very nice sipper with fine structure for the table too.
89 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205395
Chateau St. Croix
2012 Merlot
Inky garnet violet color. Aromas of black raspberry custard pie and chocolate Montmorency cherries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, plum, cocoa, and nutshell finish with dusty tannins. Great acidity and structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205664
Wine Spots
2011 Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas of powdered plum tart and chocolate nut with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy blood orange and earth accented finish with nutskin-like tannins. Good varietal character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205610
Shannon Ridge
2010 Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet black color. Aromas of menthol mint, dried berries, chocolate, and dried meat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, spiced, nutty tannin finish with chewy tannins.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205396
Chateau St. Croix
2011 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet black color. Attractive aromas of milk chocolate covered raisins and nuts, earth and peppercorns with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with a barky, nutty tannin finish. Needs some time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205791
White Oak
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas of ink, forest floor, mulberries, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a roasted nut, cocoa, and black currant finish. A good choice for game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205747
Nordby Vineyards
2008 "Il Re" Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Earthy aromas of smoked pepper, tar, cocoa, and cassis with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and an exotic spice, sandalwood incense, and herb accented finish with nutty tannins. An interesting, esoteric red that will shine with grilled game, especially venison.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205609
Shannon Ridge
2010 Betsy Vineyard Malbec
Amethyst black color. Aromas of dried berries and peaches, violets, and chocolate yogurt nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mocha and roasted nut finish with tight, chewy tannins. A sturdy, attractive sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205814
Magness
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas of dried cassis, violet candy, toffee, and delicate olive relish with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, chocolate blueberry, cedar, and nut finish. A pleasant sipper or serve with roasts.
88 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205614
Twin Oaks Tavern
2012 "Raven Rocks Red" Virginia
Garnet purple color. Complex aromas of cassis, mulberries, and Mexican chocolate with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spiced cherry, pickled beet, and cranberry finish with powdery tannins. A vibrant and lively red blend that will excel at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205641
Stina’s Cellars
2008 "Montage" Washington
Dark ruby color. Aromas of wax, grilled olives, gherkin, and smoked peppercorns with a supple, dryish medium body and a earthy dried fruit, melon rind, and tobacco accented finish with leafy tannins. An interesting mature and rustic Old World styled red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205637
Brecon Estate
2012 Cabernet Franc
Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, mocha, and currants with a supple, tangy medium body and a smoked nut and mineral finish. Try with steak tips.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205531
Wise Villa
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate cream pie, cherry preserves, and floral honeycomb with supple, fruity medium body and a tangy cranberry-melon gelato and toasted nut accented finish. Fun and easy.
88 points $33.47
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205813
Reaper
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Attractive aromas of potpourri, berry lip balm, and chocolate cherry bonbon with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, chocolate toffee and pencil shavings accented finish. Flavorful and well put together.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205874
Alexandria Nicole
2011 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Wild One" Cabernet Franc
Garnet color. Aromas of dried flowers, beeswax, and berry custard with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy berry and nutshell finish with powdery tannins. Try with rabbit pasta.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205125
Ankh
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried currants, olive tapenade, leather, cocoa, and delicate peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cedar, nutshell, and pomegranate finish with big woody tannins. This needs time and will improve with it.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205397
Chateau St. Croix
2011 Reserve, "3 Barrel" California
Dark purple color. Aromas of cassis pie, mocha, and chocolate mint with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy, menthol tobacco, creme brulee, and cedar accented finish with chewy tannins. Good structure for the table. Give this a bit of time and it will improve.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205668
Lobo
2010 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Compacted aromas of mixed olives, berry compote, gherkin, hemp, and chocolate yogurt with a supple, dry medium body and mulberry and cocoa driven finish with firm, woody tannins. Give this a bit of time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205881
Esser Vineyards
2012 Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas of mocha, roasted nuts, and spiced plums with a silky, tangy medium body and a refreshingly crisp, blackberry and mineral nuanced finish.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205862
Girly Girl
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Sweet aromas of chocolate cherries and nougat with a soft, fruity medium body and a juicy, nutty, fine tannin finish. A fun, flavorful, everyday sipper or pizza wine.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205694
Ledson
2010 "Cepage" Sonoma County
Dark garnet color. Meaty aromas of dried berries and chicken skin with a supple, dryish medium body and a chocolate yogurt, craisin, and cedar plank accented finish with big barky tannins. A deep wine that needs time to resolve.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205812
Cable Car
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate covered graham crackers and cassis jam on toast with a supple, fruity medium body and a juicy, nut accented finish with chewy, oaky tannins. A tasty sipper or burger wine.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205861
Girly Girl
2011 Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry, honeycomb, blood orange sorbet and chocolate mint cookie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, peppercorn and earth accented finish. A nice everyday sipper.
86 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205772
Skinnygirl
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Aromas of dried cherries, toffee, cedar, and spices with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and juicy blueberry sorbet and nut finish. A solid sipper.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205859
Silver Lake
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Aromas of spiced nuts, cocoa, and bubblegum with a light-to-medium body and a relaxed, oak kissed finish.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205615
CalNaturale
2010 French Camp Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Intricate aromas of berries, dried flowers, Asian spices and herb muffin with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and and a plum skin, cocoa, wood pulp, and gravel finish with firm, coating tannins. Interesting nose, but clobbering tannins.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205877
Alexandria Nicole
2011 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Sgt. Pepper" Carmenere
Garnet violet color. Toasty aromas of sandalwood, roasted nuts, dried berries, cocoa, and herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a plum skin, leaf and chalk finish with firm, woody, pulpy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205529
Woodvale Estates
2012 Merlot
Garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of chocolate, roasted coffee beans and nuts, and charcoal with a supple, dryish medium body and a chewy, tar and tannin finish. Too much oak and sulfur.
82 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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