August 2014 - 2014 World Mead Challenge

This month's Wine feature is 2014 World Mead Challenge Wines
2014 World Mead Challenge Reviews
207048
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery
NV Sweet Desire
Brilliant copper color. Interesting aromas of barnyard hay, dried peach, and toasted pecans with a supple, fruity medium body and a orange Tootsie roll, soy, and leather accented finish. Fun and flavor packed; try with desserts and cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207067
Martin Brothers
NV Prickly Pear Watermelon Mead
Golden yellow color. Pleasant aromas of melon, cheese rind, edamame, and marinated cucumber with a silky, fruity medium body and a lively melon sorbet and pepper finish. A delicious and purely flavored mead; serve with Thai food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207045
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery
NV Hibiscus Nectar
Deep dark crimson color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate sorbet, tomato jelly, nougat, and floral pastry with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sour cherry juice and nut accented finish. A delicious rosé wine like mead that is great on its own or with food.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206881
Meadow Vista
"Ostara" Okanagan Valley
Golden color. Vibrant aromas of peach, lychee, and honey custard with a silky, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tangy poached apple, pineapple, tangerine finish and earth finish. A tasty dessert wine style mead that is very reminiscent of a German beerenauslese.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207066
Martin Brothers
NV Sweet Mead
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of fallen apple, old spice rack, and toasty walnut brittle with a fruity sweet medium body and a honeydew melon sorbet, spicy poached apple, and mint finish. A tasty, fruity mead that will excel with cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207047
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery
NV Hop Stinger
Pale golden color. Bold hoppy aromas and flavors of grapefruit, mango, pepper and oregano with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a savory salted nut, roasted root vegetable and honey cream. A fun flavor ride that will appeal to hopheads; try with cheeses too.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207046
Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery
NV Pirate's Blood
Rich copper bronze color. Vibrant and complex roasted and dried pepper aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a hot chili, spicy bbq rub, honeyed nut and mineral finish. A pure spiced mead that excel with bbq and in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206879
Meadow Vista
"Cloud Horse" Okanagan Valley
Pale golden color. Interesting aromas of clay, peppercorn, ginger, flan, and spicy carrot cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a white cranberry, Asian pear, nutshell, and delicate wintergreen finish. A delicate and intricately flavorful mead; pair with sushi.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206878
Meadow Vista
"Bliss" Okanagan Valley
Pretty deep salmon copper color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce and spicy sour cherry tart with a spritzy, fruity medium body and a tart, meaty umami accented finish with notes of bouillon and mushroom. A savory, table tuned mead; serve with grilled boar and venison.
89 points $14.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206880
Meadow Vista
"Mabon" Okanagan Valley
Deep old gold color. Aromas of spiced cake, lemongrass and orange marmalade with a petillant, fruity medium body and a tannic marinated cucumber, tart grape and carrot skins, and soy finish. Interesting range of fruit and savory flavors; serve with Japanese dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206960
Bee d’Vine
Demi Sec
Golden straw color. Aromas of apple and pear skins and farmers cheese with a fruity sweet medium body and a honeyed pineapple, mint leaf, and nutskin finish. An appetizing, well balanced mead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206959
Bee d’Vine
2013 Brut
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of funky sheep’s milk cheese, gooseberries, and candied apples with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body a wintergreen, starfruit, whipped cream, and feijoa finish. A nice range of interesting flavors; serve with artisan cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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