September 2014 - New Release Wines - July

This month's Wine feature is Out-of-Schedule Wines/Portfolio Reviews - July Wines
New Release Wines - July Reviews
207130
Watanabe Sake Brewing Co.
"Horai Gokui-Den" Daiginjo Saké
Pale silvery straw color. Mellow aromas of meringue, pear, and melon with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long, honeyed kiwi, delicately spiced custard, mineral, and water chestnut finish. A boldly flavorful and elegant saké that delivers maximum enjoyment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207421
Morais
2013 Cherry Wine Virginia
Bright ruby color. Aromas of ripe cherry and honey with a silky, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, very long, delicate spice and almond cookie finish. A delicious cherry dessert wine. Impressive purity and length.
95 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207122
Okunomatsu
Shizukuzake "Juhachidai Ihei" Daiginjo Saké
Clear platinum color. Mellow aromas of rice pudding, Asian pear, geranium, and anise cookie with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long, pineapple custard, melon sorbet, mineral, and dried pineapple finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A superbly flavorful and complex sake that demands attention.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207420
Morais
2013 Touriga
Dark garnet violet color. Floral aromas of orange blossoms, apricots, huckleberry, and grape jam with a silky, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long, sour cherry and mineral finish with soft tannins. A distinctive and delicious floral, fruit driven red that is aromatically reminiscent of brachetto. Impressive.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207127
Okunomatsu
Junmai Daiginjo Premium Sparkling Saké
Hazy pale platinum straw color. Lively aromas of apple custard, overripe Asian pear, melon rind, and rubber sap with a lightly tannic, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long, rice pudding, nectarine, lemon cream, and minerals finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and different sake experience that is especially suited to a broader range of food pairings than traditional sake.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207129
Watanabe Sake Brewing Co.
"Horai Chougin-Shizuku" Daiginjo Saké
Clear pale silvery straw color. Aromas of melon rind, bread pudding, overripe pear, and nougat with a silky, fruity medium body and a warming, medium length, dried pineapple, tapioca, mineral, and delicate Asian spice finish. A hearty, savory and fruity sake that will stand up to bigger dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207571
Brecon Estate
2013 Albarino
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas of yellow apple, pear skin, honeysuckle, and orange blossom with a medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long, lemon, green apple, orange zest, and honeydew finish. Bright and refreshing acid kicks up the apple-honeydew flavors with a silky smooth roundness.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207417
Morais
2013 Select Red Virginia
Garnet color. Floral aromas of lilac, huckleberry, brown spices, and tomato with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long, marinated beets, craisin, apricot, and sandalwood finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. An intricate, fragrant, and delicious red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207409
Barking Dog
2007 Merlot
Brick red color. Typical aromas of cherry, black currant, blackberry, and vanilla with a velvety, medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long, cherry, wild strawberry, currants, and baking spice finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Everything you would be looking for in a Napa Valley cabernet with silky, sexy tannins and balanced oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207409
Barking Dog
2007 Merlot
Brick red color. Typical aromas of cherry, black currant, blackberry, and vanilla with a velvety, medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long, cherry, wild strawberry, currants, and baking spice finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Everything you would be looking for in a Napa Valley cabernet with silky, sexy tannins and balanced oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207569
Brecon Estate
2012 "Forty-Two" Paso Robles
Opaque garnet color. Fruity aromas of black cherry, lingonberry, black licorice, and pomegranate with a velvety, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long, black cherry, crushed plum, dried strawberry, and blackberry compote finish with soft tannins and light oak. Packed with dark, juicy, jammy fruit that manages to keep all in balance with finesse, structure and a bright cherry note through to the juicy finish and well-integrated taught tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207188
Maryhill
2013 "Winemaker's White" Columbia Valley
Golden straw color. Aromas of baked peaches and geranium with a soft, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, Meyer lemon and nectarine finish. A juicy, refreshing white for all occasions.
90 points $9.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207128
Okunomatsu
Junmai Daiginjo Sparkling Sake
Pale silvery straw color. Inviting aromas of almond custard, baked pear, and anisette cookie with a supple, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, honeyed jicama and chalk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, zesty sparkling sake that’s really different; you should definitely try this.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207197
Maryhill
2013 Viognier
Golden straw color. Attractive aromas of peach, pear, ginger, and cantaloupe with a velvety, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long, heirloom melon, peach jam, candied ginger, and ale yeast finish. Think chardonnay in a daring outfit, full and round but unafraid to show off its daring, spicy, edgy style.
90 points $11.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207394
Mackinaw Trail Winery
NV Blueberry Michigan
Bright ruby color. Fruity aromas of cherry pastry and berry sorbet with a velvety, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, sweet cream and apple sauce finish. A fun, flavor packed fruit wine with nice purity.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207397
Mackinaw Trail Winery
2013 "White Ibis" Michigan
Golden straw color. Aromas of citrus yogurt, pickled pepper, and carnations with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium length, orange blossom honey, peaches, and green apples finish with light oak. A delightfully fruity and fragrant off-dry sipper or table wine.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207399
Mackinaw Trail Winery
NV Razzberry Michigan
Bright ruby color. Aromas of raspberry crumble and toffee with a silky, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, berry jam and toasted cranberry bread finish. A nice compliment to desserts and cheeses.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207400
Mackinaw Trail Winery
2013 "Big Red" Michigan
Dark violet color. Fruity aromas of apricot jam, huckleberry, and honey cream with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy, lime and apple finish with soft tannins and light oak. A wonderfully fresh, fruity and zesty sipper or table wine.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207123
Okunomatsu
Tokubetsu Junmai Saké
Clear silver color. Fruity aromas of overripe apple and pear, honeysuckle, and rice pudding with a soft, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy, banana, starfruit, mineral, and vanilla cream finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An elegant and balanced sake that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207419
Morais
2013 Merlot
Dark ruby color. Mellow aromas of flower patch, tomato on the vine, dried cranberry, and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, spice, mineral, berry custard, and sandalwood finish with soft tannins and light oak. A delicious and stylishly balanced merlot with a nice Old World charm.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207419
Morais
2013 Merlot
Dark ruby color. Mellow aromas of flower patch, tomato on the vine, dried cranberry, and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, spice, mineral, berry custard, and sandalwood finish with soft tannins and light oak. A delicious and stylishly balanced merlot with a nice Old World charm.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207410
Barking Dog
2008 Merlot
Brick red color. Lively aromas of cherry, dried raspberry, crushed blackberry, and baking spice with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium length, cherry, wild strawberry, boysenberry, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A Merlot that is fun to just drink, but will hold its own at the dinner table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207410
Barking Dog
2008 Merlot
Brick red color. Lively aromas of cherry, dried raspberry, crushed blackberry, and baking spice with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium length, cherry, wild strawberry, boysenberry, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A Merlot that is fun to just drink, but will hold its own at the dinner table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207196
Maryhill
2013 Rosé of Sangiovese
Salmon color. Aromas of wild strawberries and cherries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, simple, breezy, honeyed apple, earth, and orange finish with no oak. An attractive rosé sipper that is sure to please.
89 points $9.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207251
Soleil
Pineapple Mimosa
Cloudy bright golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of pineapple and custard with a supple, petillant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, tropical fruit salad and chalk finish with no oak. A tasty pineapple treat.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207341
Old Soul
2012 Petite Sirah
Opaque violet color. Bold aromas of black raspberry, lingonberry, black cherry, and toasty vanilla with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long, juicy plums, black raspberry, cherry jam, and cracked pepper finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A surround sound of juicy, jammy fruit, cracked pepper, vanilla and toasty oak, all full and fleshy from start to the well balanced finish.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207166
Robert Hall Winery
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Straw color. Aromas of grapefruit, guava, and green pepper with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium length, lemon and grass finish. Nice vibrancy and varietal character that will sing with seafood.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207570
Brecon Estate
2013 Viognier
Golden yellow color. Bright aromas of ripe pear, preserved peach, pineapple, and melon balls with a creamy, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long, peaches & cream, spiced pear, lemon skin, and quince finish. Spicy and lively with plenty of action in the nose and on the palate to enjoy on its own, but fun to pair with simple dishes as a contrast or exotic flavors for an experience.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207415
Morais
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Golden straw color. Aromas of honeysuckle, orange blossom water, and golden plums with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, grassy earth and peach pit finish. A nice floral wine for carefree sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207125
Okunomatsu
Ginjo "G2" Saké
Clear silver color. Bright aromas of creamy rice pudding, pineapple, and honeyed apple with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium length, nougat, vanilla cream, and water chestnut finish with no oak. A voluptuous and flavor packed sake that will pair well with heartier foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207315
Big House Wine Co.
2013 Big House Red California
Dark garnet violet color. Attractive aromas of frosted berry danish and orange marmalade with a silky, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy, cherry pie and cedar finish with soft tannins and light oak. A tasty everyday sipper or pizza wine.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207195
Maryhill
2013 Riesling
Gold color. Inviting aromas of white peach, Anjou pear, pineapple, and yellow plum with a silky, fruity sweet light body and a tingling, interesting, crushed peach, pineapple, lemon meringue, and pear compote finish. Fruity and lively, brimming with ripe fruit and sweet citrus, like drinking a bright, vibrant fruit salad.
88 points $9.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207192
Maryhill
2013 Gewurtztraminer
Silvery straw color. Floral aromas of lychee, rose, and peach with a fruity light body and a smooth, stone fruit and orange finish. A lovely patio wine.
88 points $9.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207189
Maryhill
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Golden straw color. Aromas of dried citrus, baking soda, and melon yogurt with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, simple, breezy, quince, pomelo, and lime finish. A very lively sauvignon blanc with mouthwatering acidity.
88 points $9.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207340
Blazon
2012 Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Lively aromas of cherry, raspberry, bacon, and baking spice-vanilla with a supple, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, wild strawberry, mushroom, crushed plum, and cherry finish with light oak. Supple cherry and raspberry aromas are framed by notes of French Oak, mushrooms and spice with a silky finish that carries through the well structured fruit.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207343
Old Soul
2012 Old Vine Zinfandel
Opaque violet color. Rich aromas of black raspberry, plum, violet, and vanilla with a velvety, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long, lingonberry, black raspberry, grilled plum, and vanilla spice finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. Richly textured with layers of sumptuous fruit, vanilla and juicy berry-plum flavors through to the juicy-smooth finish.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207398
Mackinaw Trail Winery
NV Blackberry Michigan
Ruby color. Mellow aromas of berry phosphate and soda bread with a silky, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy, blackberry sorbet and chestnut honey finish. A tasty berry wine that will be fun as a wine and cocktail ingredient.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207413
Morais
2013 Select White Virginia
Silvery straw color. Aromas of flower bouquet and orange jam with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, simple, brisk, lemon, sweet pepper, and earth finish. A solid refreshing sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207124
Okunomatsu
Ginjo Saké
Clear silver color. Aromas of Asian pear, spiced apple, and bread pudding with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy, creamy tapioca, almond brittle, and cucumber finish with no tannins and no oak. A solid all purpose sake that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207345
Moss Roxx
2011 Ancient Vine Zinfandel
Opaque violet color. Lively aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry, dried plum, and toasty vanilla with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, blueberry, pomegranate, black raspberry, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. Tastes like the color purple with juicy, opulent fruit that is round, plump and jammy, well-balanced body and all framed with a respectful amount of vanilla and spice tinged oak.
88 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207412
Barking Dog
2010 Merlot
Opaque color. Bold aromas of black currant, blackberry, black cherry, and licorice with a creamy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium length, black raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, and dried cherry finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A fruit-a-palooza that can hold its own as a dry sipping wine, but with enough structure to enjoy at the dinner table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207412
Barking Dog
2010 Merlot
Opaque color. Bold aromas of black currant, blackberry, black cherry, and licorice with a creamy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium length, black raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, and dried cherry finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A fruit-a-palooza that can hold its own as a dry sipping wine, but with enough structure to enjoy at the dinner table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207126
Okunomatsu
Sakura Daiginjo Saké
Clear silver color. Mellow aromas of melon rind, pear skin, and pineapple husk with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy, sweet cream and almond skin finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice lighter styled sake for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207224
Nuvino
2013 Malbec
Opaque violet color. Bold aromas of black raspberry, dried plum, fig, and cherry pie with a velvety, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium length, black cherry, plum, pomegranate, and vanilla finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Big and chewy with decadent black raspberry and vanilla flavors that are bold from start to middle to the zesty, dry finish.
87 points $3.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207296
CK Mondavi
2013 Willow Springs, "Blonde Five" California
Golden straw color. Floral aromas of baked peach, dried flowers, and nut brittle with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy, dried apricot and spiced pear finish with soft tannins and light oak.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207194
Maryhill
2013 Pinot Gris
Straw color. Bright aromas of lemon blossom, pineapple, pear, and white peach with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, peach, pear, honeysuckle, and green apple finish. Bright and fresh with lively green apple, white peach and Spring blossoms followed by an uplifting and zingy finish.
87 points $11.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207395
Mackinaw Trail Winery
2013 Late Harvest Riesling
Golden yellow color. Lively aromas of pineapple, Charentais melon, lemon blossom, and nectarine with a silky, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long, yellow peach, mango, candied lemon, and ginger finish. Summer in a glass: Pineapple upside cake and just enough lime zest to balance it all out.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207190
Maryhill
2011 Proprietor's Reserve Grenache
Garnet color. Bright aromas of cherry, blackberry, plum, and cracked pepper with a lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium length, blackberry, plum, brown spice, and bramble finish with soft tannins and light oak. Juicy and fruit filled with a spicy chunky crushed blackberry core that finishes robust and zesty.
87 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207572
Brecon Estate
2013 "Conviction" Paso Robles
Golden straw color. Mild aromas of pear, baking spice, apple skin, and almond with a soft, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium length, pear skin, grapefruit zest, almond, and dried apple finish. If a white wine had tattoos, this one would have them all over, intriguing fruit and spice, but not flowery, more intentional, bold and confident.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207411
Barking Dog
2009 Merlot
Ruby color. Typical aromas of cherry, black currant, vanilla, and baking spice with a dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, boysenberry, dark chocolate, wild strawberry, and blackberry finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Classic Napa Merlot with plenty of red and black fruits, soft tannins and generous body.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207411
Barking Dog
2009 Merlot
Ruby color. Typical aromas of cherry, black currant, vanilla, and baking spice with a dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, boysenberry, dark chocolate, wild strawberry, and blackberry finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Classic Napa Merlot with plenty of red and black fruits, soft tannins and generous body.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207295
CK Mondavi
2013 Willow Springs Pinot Grigio
Silvery straw color. Mellow aromas of peach, Meyer lemon, and melon with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy, toasted nut finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A refreshing, carefree sipper or salad wine.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207297
CK Mondavi
2012 Willow Springs Moscato
Golden straw color. Mellow aromas of flowers, peaches, and honey butter with a silky, off-dry light-to-medium body and a interesting, breezy, apricot sorbet and nutskin finish. A tasty off-dry sipper or bbq wine.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207316
Big House Wine Co.
2012 Big House White California
Golden yellow color. Aromas of honeysuckle and fruit cocktail with a oily, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, vapid, breezy finish with no oak. A nice carefree sipper.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207191
Maryhill
2012 Proprietor's Reserve Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Oaky aromas of yellow apple, pear, vanilla, and honeydew with a silky, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, apple, pear, white pineapple, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. Classic barrel aged Chardonnay with brioche and vanilla notes that lead to apple, pear and white melon flavors, finishing dry and toasty.
86 points $16.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207225
Nuvino
2013 Red Blend Swan Hill
Dark ruby color. Bright aromas of plum and cocoa with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy, spiced pear and toffee finish with soft tannins and light oak. A nice easy-drinking red in an innovative package for those on the go.
85 points $3.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207342
OZV
2012 Zinfandel
Opaque violet color. Rich aromas of black raspberry, bramble, black cherry, and smoky vanilla spice with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium length, blackberry, black plum, toasted pumpernickel, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and heavy oak. Generous new oak with its classic smoky-vanilla-spice frames dark, chewy, ripe fruit that finishes full and soft.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207193
Maryhill
2013 Moscato di Canelli
Pale golden straw color. Bright aromas of peach yogurt and cheese rind with a supple, off-dry medium body and a smooth, breezy, spiced apple and melon sorbet finish. A nice light dessert wine.
85 points $11.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207344
Silk Oak
2012 Old Vine Zinfandel
Opaque violet color. Lively aromas of blackberry, plum, boysenberry, and toasty vanilla with a supple, dry medium body and a warming, medium length, black cherry, baking spice, coconut, and blackberry finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. Generous toasty oak and classic chewy Zinfandel black fruit and spice.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207414
Morais
2013 Battlefield White Virginia
Straw color. Lively aromas of apple blossom, sliced peach, yellow plum, and white raspberry with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy, apple, pear, and lemon finish with no tannins and no oak. A pretty and floral nose leads to a soft, dry and simple, but pleasing finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207418
Morais
2013 Cabernet Franc
Ruby color. Fruity aromas of cherry, strawberry, lingonberry, and white chocolate with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, strawberry, lingonberry, oregano, and apple skin finish with soft tannins and light oak. Berry rich flavors are complimented by dried herbs, lively acidity, soft tannins and a smooth finish that has a hint of iron-rich minerality.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207426
Claiborne & Churchill
2012 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of cherry, plum, boysenberry, and spice with a silky, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium length, cherry, cranberry, blackberry, and baking spice finish with soft tannins and light oak. Cherry and cranberry notes with a touch of spice and generous body.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207759
Jarvis
2012 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Tempranillo
Opaque violet color. Bold aromas of black raspberry, pomegranate, black cherry, and violets with a velvety, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium length, blackberry, boysenberry, black plum, and cherry skin finish with medium tannins and light oak. Dark, chewy fruit and toothsome tannins frame this robust and ’macho’ red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207222
Nuvino
2013 Chardonnay
Gold color. Mellow aromas of baked peach and honey with a soft, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, brisk, pineapple husk and leafy earth finish with light oak. A pleasant chardonnay in an innovative, easy traveling package.
84 points $3.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207294
CK Mondavi
2013 Willow Springs Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Mild aromas of grilled stone fruits, vanilla nuts, and grassy earth with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk, baked apple and dried citrus finish with soft tannins and light oak. A reliable sipper.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207449
Grande River Vineyards
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Aromas of grilled peaches, melon yogurt, and flower stems with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, simple, medium length, pickled peppers and grass finish.
83 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207416
Morais
2013 Rosé Virginia
Red color. Aromas of grilled strawberries, peppercorns, and dried flowers with a soft, light-to-medium body and a tingling, simple, short, prunes, molasses, and lemon finish. A soft, relaxed rosé.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207223
Nuvino
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Golden straw color. Lively aromas of white grapefruit, lime skin, yellow plum, and lemongrass with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy, white melon, yellow plum, and apple finish. Citrus and white melon flavors and aromas are crisp, light and refreshing.
82 points $3.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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