October 2014 - 2014 World Value Wine Challenge

This month's Wine feature is 2014 World Value Wine Challenge Wines
2014 World Value Wine Challenge Reviews
207843
Esser Vineyards
2013 Merlot
Medium blue violet ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of spiced berries, hint of smoked meat, pan grille, and turned earth with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting medium-length finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A youthful grippy merlot.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207843
Esser Vineyards
2013 Merlot
Medium blue violet ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of spiced berries, hint of smoked meat, pan grille, and turned earth with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting medium-length finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A youthful grippy merlot.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207697
Bogle
2012 Merlot
Ruby color. Rich aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum, vanilla, and pomegranate with a soft, soft, dry medium body and a silky, refreshing breezy finish with fine tannins and light oak. Simply classic California Merlot, well made and clean, free of surprises.
90 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207697
Bogle
2012 Merlot
Ruby color. Rich aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum, vanilla, and pomegranate with a soft, soft, dry medium body and a silky, refreshing breezy finish with fine tannins and light oak. Simply classic California Merlot, well made and clean, free of surprises.
90 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207947
VINI
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet violet black color. Aromas of dried berries, suede, and marinated root vegetables with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length pomegranate, blood orange, and pencil shavings finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy red that will pair great with spicy meat dishes.
90 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207932
Alba
NV "Old Mill Red" Warren Hills
Medium ruby color. Mild aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and cherries, beeswax, and chocolate mousse with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of berry tart, earth, and vanilla cream with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delightful, seriously easy drinking red that is sure to please.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207622
Rex Goliath
NV Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry, wild strawberry, plum, and vanilla with a velvety, bright, dry medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of boysenberry, lingonberry, and red licorice with fine tannins and light oak. This fruit forward Pinot offers plenty of voluptuous enjoyment, a hint of vanilla barrel aging and fine tannins on the finish.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207629
Rex Goliath
NV Malbec
Violet opaque color. Rich aromas and flavors of black raspberry, dried plum, vanilla, and cherry compote with a vibrant, dry medium-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of cola and chocolate with well-integrated tannins. Decadent flavors of chocolate and cola are balanced with cherry, plum and black raspberry in a ready to drink now style.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207619
Rex Goliath
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet violet black color. Mellow aromas and flavors of dried cherries and pickle with a silky, tangy, fruity body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish with accents of blueberry tart, cinnamon, and vanilla nuts with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A tasty and well made red for everyday enjoyment.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207677
Alias
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby color. Rich aromas and flavors of blackberry, mocha, black raspberry, and vanilla with a velvety, soft, dry medium body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy finish with accents of cherry, leather, and licorice with soft tannins and light oak. This is a Cabernet for Merlot lovers with gobs of cherry and plum flavors, dark mocha and licorice, but all wrapped up in soft tannins.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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