November 2014 - 2014 World Eco-Friendly Challenge

This month's Wine feature is 2013 World Eco-Friendly Challenge Wines
2014 World Eco-Friendly Challenge Reviews
208135
MYKA Cellars
2013 Unoaked, "Mitzi" Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of tropical fruit medley and peach gelato with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with nuances of sweet pineapple, melon, and coconut water. A vibrantly delicious, mouthwatering chardonnay that is sure to please.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208361
Qupé
2011 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Grenache
Ruby color. Lively aromas and flavors of cranberry pastry, dried sour cherry, and pepper with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208273
Frey
2013 Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque garnet violet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of roasted peppers, toasty cedar, toffee, and cassis custard with a silky, vibrant, fruity body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish with touches of sandalwood, rhubarb, and earth with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant and exotically flavorful cabernet.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208275
Frey
2013 Biodynamic Syrah
Dark violet black color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, candied oranges, and honeysuckle with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long finish conveying impressions of chocolate cream, spice, and nougat with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fun, fruity, flavor packed barbera.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208141
MYKA Cellars
2013 "Côtes du Cruz" Santa Cruz Mountains
Ruby color. Aromas of cracked pepper, huckleberry jam, and toast with a body and a tingling, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak.
93 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208139
MYKA Cellars
2013 "Rebecca" Pinot Noir
Dark ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and sweet beets with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish with shades of blood orange and rhubarb custard with fine tannins and light oak. A delicious, savory, chewy pinot noir that generous yields pleasure.
93 points $43.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208224
Hawk and Horse Vineyards
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet violet black color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream, honey roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and cherry compote with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish imparting notes of spiced cassis, cedar, and earth with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured and juicy cabernet for the table that will be even better with a bit of cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208364
Qupé
2013 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Viognier
Silvery straw color. Rich, toasty aromas and flavors of peach creme brulee and buttery nut brittle with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish displaying shades of nectarine, quince, spiced citrus, and minerals with fine tannins and light oak. A delicious well balanced viognier with fine varietal character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208145
MYKA Cellars
2012 Reserve, "Chloe", Meritage Santa Clara Valley
Dark blue violet ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of blackberry pie, leather, grilled nuts, and spiced plums with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a very complex finish with overtones of vanilla meringue and toffee. A wine that would benefit from decanted and or cellar aging.
92 points $35.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208146
MYKA Cellars
2012 Teague Vineyards, "Kane" Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of roasted nut brittle, clay, cassis creme brulee, and peach with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish that presents overtones of coconut, cocoa, peppery spice, and baked lime with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, robust cabernet for all occasions.
92 points $35.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208223
Hawk and Horse Vineyards
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Creamy aromas of berry compote, nougat, meringue, and floral honey with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length currant custard, coconut, cedar, and exotic spice finish with well-integrated tannins. A toothsome, exotically flavorful cabernet treat.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208402
Stellar Organics
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark blue violet black color. Lively, oaky aromas and flavors of roasted yellow pepper, chocolate orange and lime peels, cherry compote, and sandalwood with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length finish with nuances of salty butter roasted nuts, craisin, tobacco, and cream with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A robustly flavorful and zesty cabernet that will be great with a wide range of foods.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208199
Ceradello
2013 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of mango, melon, and chestnut brittle with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, refreshing, breezy finish that exhibits accents of lemon, peaches in cream, and earth with fruit tannins and light oak. A delicious, textbook example of pinot grigio.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208197
MontGras
2013 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Rich aromas and flavors of grapefruit curd, guava, and macadamia brittle with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish with elements of melon and gooseberry with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and juicy sauvignon blanc with great purity of fruit.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208410
Zeroincondotta
2013 Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC
Silvery straw color. Rich aromas and flavors of peach butter, citrus sorbet, and nougat with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish with notes of buttery toasted brioche, minerals, nectarine, and apple cider. A deliciously refreshing Prosecco with great balance and style .
91 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208144
MYKA Cellars
2012 "Chloe", Meritage Santa Clara Valley
Medium ruby blue violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of raspberry cream, ripe plums, cedar, and cassis with a lightly tannic, lively, bone-dry full body and a warming, very complex, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. Nicely balanced complex fruit flavors.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208140
MYKA Cellars
2012 "Baci Italian Cuvee" Santa Clara Valley
Garnet violet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, vanilla custard, toffee, and cherry tobacco with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with silky tannins and light oak.
91 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208363
Qupé
2012 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, Marsanne Doux Edna Valley
Bright golden yellow emerald color. Inviting aromas and flavors of marzipan, almonds, and honeysuckle with a satiny, bright, sweet medium-full body and an even, involved, medium-long finish. Good length and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208136
MYKA Cellars
2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasted nuts, vanilla cream, and spice with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long coconut and pineapple finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nice oak-accented chardonnay.
91 points $37.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208270
Lumos
2012 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry pie, peppery, and toffee with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish evoking notes of cranberry, cocoa dusted nuts, and earth with chewy tannins and light oak. A rich, dry and oak nuanced pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208198
MontGras
2013 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby black color. Attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of berry pie and creme brulee with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish evoking notes of mocha, apple, cocoa, and tobacco with chewy tannins and light oak. A very tasty and versatile red for all occasions.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208266
Zeroincondotta
2013 Barbera
Violet black color. Curious aromas and flavors of jerky, leather, dried berries, and olive skin with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208267
Zeroincondotta
2013 Spumante Extra Dry Italy
Bright golden yellow color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of lemon curd, peach marmalade, and toasted brioche with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208200
Ceradello
NV Prosecco DOC
Pale silvery straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of cream, melon, and citrus with a crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length finish with notes of minerals, nectarine, and lime sorbet. A tasty, understated dry Prosecco with a lot of charm.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208382
Primosole Organic Vineyards
2012 Pinot Grigio
Silvery straw color. Lively, toasty aromas and flavors of dried mango and papaya, floral honey, toasted meringue, and sweet herbs with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, breezy finish with notes of Meyer lemon and rubber sap with fruit tannins and no oak. Nice earthy pinot grigio that will shine at the table.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208384
Green Truck
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet violet black color. Creamy aromas and flavors of berry custard pie and buttery toffee with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with accents of cherry gelato and black raspberry jam with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, juicy, crowd-pleasing cabernet.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208195
Peter Yealands
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of grapefruit, green pepper, and guava with a silky, tangy, fruity body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of sweet lemon and jalapeño with no oak. A spot on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with great flavor and balance.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208306
Bee d’Vine
2013 Demi Sec
Golden silver color. Rich, floral aromas and flavors of baked stone fruits, citrus cream, and exotic tropical fruits with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of melon, honey, and minerals. A flavor packed mead with nice complexity and depth of flavor that will go sell with spicy seafood dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208142
MYKA Cellars
2011 Reserve Malbec
Garnet color. Interesting, earthy aromas and flavors of olives, boysenberry, and leather with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating, breezy finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $43.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208365
Qupé
2010 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, "Sonnie's" Syrah
Dark garnet violet color. Savory aromas and flavors of lingonberries, spicy green herbs, white pepper, and melba toast with a none, crisp, bone-dry full body and a warming, elaborate, long finish with well-integrated tannins. Really intriguing fresh green herb component.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208191
Ridge Crest
2011 Syrah
Opaque dark ruby blue violet color. Savory aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, hung game, white pepper, and blackberry cobbler with a lightly tannic, bright, bone-dry full body and a peppery, massive, long finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A richly textured wine to meditate with.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208228
Candoni
2013 Pinot Grigio
Golden silver color. Attractive fruity aromas and flavors of peach compote, spiced apples, and meringue with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of sweet kiwi, melon, nutskin, and earth with fine tannins and light oak. A engaging pinot grigio with a nice range of tasty flavors.
89 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208641
Eco-Estate
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted pepper, spiced currant, honey roasted nuts, and chocolate covered espresso beans with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish revealing notes of cedar, pepper, and earth with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A stylish, juicy cabernet with a refreshing herbal earthiness.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208385
Green Truck
2013 Chardonnay
Golden silver color. Lively aromas and flavors of apple tart and spiced pineapple with a silky, lively, fruity body and a smooth, engaging, carefree finish that shows notes of white toffee and spice with fruit tannins and no oak. A juicy, fruit driven chardonnay that is sure to please.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208196
Peter Yealands
2013 Pinot Noir
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry skins, mint leaf, spiced pistachios, and cranberry with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish that shows notes of peppercorn, toasty cedar, earth, and melon rind with firm tannins and moderate oak. An enticing, honest pinot with a nice sense of place.
89 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208137
MYKA Cellars
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé Santa Clara Valley
Salmon pink silver color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry butter and raspberry jam on toast with a silky, lively, fruity body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of honeyed nut and delicate spice with fine tannins and light oak. A nice fruit-forward rosé that is sure to please.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208138
MYKA Cellars
2013 "Mitzi" Pinot Noir
Dark garnet blue violet color. Complex aromas of cherry-mint jelly, dried meat, and exotic spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length pomegranate, nuts, and cedar finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely nuanced and savory pinot for the table; serve with a slight chill.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208271
Lumos
2012 Five Blocks Pinot Noir
Dark ruby blue violet color. Mild aromas and flavors of dried berries and nuts with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, cheery finish with accents of cranberry, earth, and beets with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A serious pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208368
Verdad
2010 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Tempranillo
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red berry compote, peppercorn, and praline with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208268
Stellar Organics
2014 Pinotage
Garnet color. Smoky aromas of berry custard pie and banana creme brulee with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with silky tannins and light oak.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208329
Hayes Valley
2013 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of pineapple custard and green apple with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish with notes of sweet cream, nougat, and lime with fruit tannins and light oak. A nice juicy chardonnay.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208644
Eco-Estate
2014 Torrontes
Light silvery straw color. Lively aromas and flavors of sweet citrus, ripe peach, and delicate blossoms with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, easy finish with fruit tannins. A lovely, lightly floral sipper with nice acidity and structure for food.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208383
Primosole Organic Vineyards
2012 Sangiovese
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry toast, olives, and dried cherries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with crunchy tannins and light oak.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208276
Frey
2013 Organic Sauvignon Blanc
Golden yellow color. Delicate, lively aromas and flavors of honeyed citrus, coconut creme brulee, and buttery vanilla toffee with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a interesting, medium-length finish manifesting notes of grapefruit, straw, and pear with crunchy tannins. A refreshing palate cleansing white wine.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208386
Green Truck
2012 Petite Sirah
Dark garnet opaque color. Aromas and flavors of wine gums, blackberries, faded roses, and black licorice with a tannic, crisp, bone-dry full body and an astringent, very complex, long finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A very complex wine that will benefit from aging.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208387
Green Truck
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, guava, and lime curd with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, intriguing, breezy finish with notes of lime zest and earth with fruit tannins. A nice zesty sauvignon blanc for everyday enjoyment.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208367
Verdad
2013 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, Grenache Rosé Edna Valley
Pale silver pink color. Delicate aromas and flavors of wild strawberries and fresh meringue with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, cheery finish imparting notes of melon, kiwi, nutskin, and lime with fruit tannins. A nicely structured, adult rosé for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208274
Frey
2013 Biodynamic Zinfandel
Garnet violet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of raspberries, cream, nougat, and Asian spices with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an even, buoyant finish conveying accents of whole nuts, earth, and cinnamon sugar with crunchy tannins and light oak. A juicy, savory red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208362
Qupé
2012 Marsanne
Golden silver color. Delicate aromas and flavors of spiced citrus, stewed stone fruits, vanilla nut fudge, and soda raisin bread with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, breezy finish with light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208143
MYKA Cellars
2011 "Whitney" Petite Sirah
Medium garnet color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, tar, and peppered cream with a chewy, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a elegant finish with crunchy tannins. Bright flavors are enticing with a subtle peppery finish.
88 points $37.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208305
Bee d’Vine
2013 Brut
Pale steel gray color. Bold, exotic aromas and flavors of feijoa, dragonfruit, persimmon, and spiced pears with a soft, bright, fruity light body and a sleek, interesting, snappy finish with accents of floral and herbal honey and creamy pistachio nougat with no oak. An fun, esoteric sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208370
Sawyer Lundquist
2011 Pinot Noir
Dark ruby color. Curious aromas and flavors of baked pickle, dark chocolate, grilled cherries, and tomato on the vine with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed finish displaying suggestions of roasted cashew, borscht, mulberry, and cedar with chewy tannins and light oak. A very interesting and savory pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208194
Demri Layne
2013 Riesling
Light silvery straw color. Lively aromas and flavors of dried peaches, honey yogurt, and lime with a silky, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a silky, relaxed finish with no oak.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208269
Live-a-Little
NV "Really Ravishing Red" Western Cape
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of berry yogurt and puff pastry with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, cheery finish with soft tannins.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208378
Cottonwood Creek
2013 Red Wine California
Bright ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, chocolate macaroon, exotic peppercorns, and floral honeycomb with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a amusing, breezy finish manifesting notes of cherry gum and nuts with fine tannins and light oak. A nice, carefree fruity red that will be great with BBQ.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208332
Hayes Valley
2013 Merlot
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries and toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, crisp finish with notes of pomegranate sorbet, nuts, and earth with crunchy tannins and light oak. A rock solid sipper.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208332
Hayes Valley
2013 Merlot
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries and toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, crisp finish with notes of pomegranate sorbet, nuts, and earth with crunchy tannins and light oak. A rock solid sipper.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208238
Santa Rita
2011 Organic Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Interesting, attractive aromas and flavors of toasty nut brittle, berry pie, and cracked pepper with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with accents of craisin, citrus, earth, and cedar with earthy tannins and light oak. A nice, tasty red for sipping or the table.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208353
Teillery
2014 Merlot
Dark blue violet color. Aromas and flavors of burning incense, char-grilled peppers, pomegranate, and medicinal Band-Aid with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, fast finish that shows accents of grilled lime and cherry skin with crunchy tannins. Serve with Latin smoked and grilled meats.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208353
Teillery
2014 Merlot
Dark blue violet color. Aromas and flavors of burning incense, char-grilled peppers, pomegranate, and medicinal Band-Aid with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, fast finish that shows accents of grilled lime and cherry skin with crunchy tannins. Serve with Latin smoked and grilled meats.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208388
Green Truck
2011 Zinfandel
Ruby color. Muted aromas and flavors of cherry blossoms and raspberry custard with a silky, lively, fruity body and a silky, interesting, breezy finish evoking suggestions of nuts, oak, and cherry pie with leafy tannins and light oak. A pleasant table friendly red.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208366
Verdad
2013 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Albarino
Pale golden straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of peaches, apples, and melon with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, carefree finish revealing nuances of lime curd with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice mellow sipper.
87 points $22.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208211
Lamb’s Valley
2013 Sweet White Germany
Medium golden silver color. Lively aromas and flavors of peach sorbet, honeysuckle, and lemon curd with a silky, tangy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, breezy finish. A pleasant sweet wine.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208376
Cottonwood Creek
2013 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of yeasty raspberry cookie, anisette cookie, and mint leaf with a soft, bright, fruity light body and a brisk finish.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208230
Candoni
2012 Buongiorno Blend Puglia I.G.P.
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie a la mode with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an even, breezy finish with silky tannins.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208331
Hayes Valley
2012 Meritage Central Coast
Dark ruby blue violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cassis, dried violets, oriental spices, and buttercream with a lightly tannic, lively, dry full body and a warming, elaborate, medium-long finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. Complex nose is very attractive.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208645
Eco-Estate
2012 Late Harvest Mendoza
Garnet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of honeyed berries, coconut, toffee, and sweet spices with a silky, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, cheery finish with soft tannins.
86 points $17.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208272
Lumos
2012 "The G from Temperance Hill" Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Attractive aromas of toffee and cherry pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, brisk green oak, mossy, and marinated beets finish with papery tannins and heavy oak. A brawny, oak forward pinot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208212
Lamb’s Valley
2013 Sweet Rosé Germany
Pale ruby pink color. Delicate aromas and flavors of dried cherry, graham cracker, and nut with a silky, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant finish with notes of nougat and strawberry. A nice sweet rosé.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208379
Cottonwood Creek
2013 White Wine California
Pale straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of ripe peach skin, old attic, hint of grapiness, and faint earthiness with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish with fine tannins and light oak. A refreshing fruity balanced quaffer.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208193
Ridge Crest
2011 Merlot
Dark ruby color. Mild aromas and flavors of cherries, buttercream, and nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy finish with notes of nougat and delicate spice with soft tannins. A nice everyday sipper.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208193
Ridge Crest
2011 Merlot
Dark ruby color. Mild aromas and flavors of cherries, buttercream, and nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy finish with notes of nougat and delicate spice with soft tannins. A nice everyday sipper.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208377
Cottonwood Creek
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of buttercream and strawberry yogurt with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish that shows notes of cherry, cedar, earth, and toasted marshmallow with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A solid quaffer for the table.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208380
Naked Earth
2013 White Blend Vin de Pays d'Oc
Medium golden straw color. Muted aromas and flavors of ripe apples and faint Meyer lemons with a soft, soft, dry medium-to-full body and a brisk finish. An easy sipper for the porch.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208642
Eco-Estate
2011 Reserva Malbec
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of nuts, cocoa, and mulberries with a soft, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, cheery finish with notes of dried berries, roasted pepper, and earth with fine tannins and light oak. A solid red table wine.
85 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208210
Lamb’s Valley
2013 Sweet Red Germany
Dark garnet violet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of nougat, honeycomb, and berry custard with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, swift finish that exhibits nuances of cherry, honey, and watermelon. A solid, off-dry quaffer.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208229
Candoni
2012 Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry, licorice, and peppery spice with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, easy finish with crunchy tannins and light oak.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208333
Hayes Valley
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of quince, lemon, and kiwi with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish displaying notes of flint with fruit tannins and no oak. A solid dry quaffer.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208352
Teillery
2014 Syrah
Dark violet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, cocoa, and delicate spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, brisk finish displaying notes of smoked pepper, vanilla ice milk, and melon with dusty tannins. A tongue tingling red for the table.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208381
Naked Earth
2013 Red Blend Vin de Pays d'Oc
Dark garnet color. Lively aromas and flavors of candied berries, sweet cream, and nougat with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, fast finish revealing shades of honey roasted whole nuts and bark with firm tannins and moderate oak. An earthy table wine.
83 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208643
Grand Eco-Estate
2013 Single Vineyard Malbec
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, minty spice, and cherry bark with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, brisk finish manifesting nuances of tree bark, dusty earth, parchment, and melon rind with leafy tannins and light oak. A mellow, earthy table wine.
83 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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