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November 2014 - 2014 World Eco-Friendly Challenge

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

MYKA Cellars 2013 Unoaked, "Mitzi" Chardonnay
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly US White
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Qupé 2011 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Grenache
94 points
$35
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly US Red
Frey 2013 Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$20
Best Buy
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
Frey 2013 Biodynamic Syrah
93 points
$20
Best Buy
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
MYKA Cellars 2013 "Côtes du Cruz" Santa Cruz Mountains
93 points
$28.99
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
MYKA Cellars 2013 "Rebecca" Pinot Noir
93 points
$43.99
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
Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$65
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.
Qupé 2013 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Viognier
92 points
$35
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.
MYKA Cellars 2012 Reserve, "Chloe", Meritage Santa Clara Valley
92 points
$35.99
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
MYKA Cellars 2012 Teague Vineyards, "Kane" Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$35.99
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
Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$65
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.
Stellar Organics 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly South African Red
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Ceradello 2013  Pinot Grigio
91 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly Italian White
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
MontGras 2013 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly Chilean White
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Zeroincondotta 2013  Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC
91 points
$16
Best Buy
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 .
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly Italian Sparkling
91 points $16 Best Buy
MYKA Cellars 2012 "Chloe", Meritage Santa Clara Valley
91 points
$19.99
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
MYKA Cellars 2012 "Baci Italian Cuvee" Santa Clara Valley
91 points
$31.99
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
Qupé 2012 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, Marsanne Doux Edna Valley
91 points
$35
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly US Dessert Wine
MYKA Cellars 2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
91 points
$37.99
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
Lumos 2012 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 points
$38
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.
MontGras 2013 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly Chilean Red
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Zeroincondotta 2013  Barbera
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly Italian Red
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Zeroincondotta 2013 Spumante Extra Dry Italy
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Ceradello NV  Prosecco DOC
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Primosole Organic Vineyards 2012  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Green Truck 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Peter Yealands 2013  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly New Zealand White
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Bee d’Vine 2013 Demi Sec
90 points
$43
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly US Mead
MYKA Cellars 2011 Reserve Malbec
90 points
$43.99
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
Qupé 2010 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, "Sonnies" Syrah
90 points
$55
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.
Ridge Crest 2011  Syrah
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Candoni 2013  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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 that presents elements 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 Best Buy
Eco-Estate 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly Argentine Red
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Green Truck 2013  Chardonnay
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Peter Yealands 2013  Pinot Noir
89 points
$18.99
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly New Zealand Red
89 points $18.99
MYKA Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé Santa Clara Valley
89 points
$19.99
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly US Rosé
89 points $19.99
MYKA Cellars 2013 "Mitzi" Pinot Noir
89 points
$19.99
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
Lumos 2012 Five Blocks Pinot Noir
89 points
$25
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.
Verdad 2010 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Tempranillo
89 points
$30
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.
Stellar Organics 2014  Pinotage
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Hayes Valley 2013  Chardonnay
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Eco-Estate 2014  Torrontes
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly Argentine White
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Primosole Organic Vineyards 2012  Sangiovese
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Frey 2013 Organic Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Green Truck 2012  Petite Sirah
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Green Truck 2013  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Verdad 2013 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, Grenache Rosé Edna Valley
88 points
$18
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.
Frey 2013 Biodynamic Zinfandel
88 points
$20
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.
Qupé 2012  Marsanne
88 points
$28
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.
MYKA Cellars 2011 "Whitney" Petite Sirah
88 points
$37.99
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
Bee d’Vine 2013 Brut
88 points
$43
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.
Sawyer Lundquist 2011  Pinot Noir
88 points
$50
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.
Demri Layne 2013  Riesling
87 points
$7.99
Best Buy
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
Live-a-Little NV "Really Ravishing Red" Western Cape
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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
Cottonwood Creek 2013 Red Wine California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Hayes Valley 2013  Merlot
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Santa Rita 2011 Organic Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Teillery 2014  Merlot
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Green Truck 2011  Zinfandel
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Verdad 2013 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Albarino
87 points
$22.50
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
Lamb’s Valley 2013 Sweet White Germany
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly German Dessert Wine
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Cottonwood Creek 2013  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Candoni 2012 Buongiorno Blend Puglia I.G.P.
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Hayes Valley 2012 Meritage Central Coast
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Eco-Estate 2012 Late Harvest Mendoza
86 points
$17.50
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly Argentine Dessert Wine
86 points $17.50
Lumos 2012 "The G from Temperance Hill" Pinot Noir
86 points
$48
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.
Lamb’s Valley 2013 Sweet Rosé Germany
85 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Cottonwood Creek 2013 White Wine California
85 points
$9.99
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
Ridge Crest 2011  Merlot
85 points
$9.99
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
Cottonwood Creek 2013  Pinot Noir
85 points
$11.99
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
Naked Earth 2013 White Blend Vin de Pays dOc
85 points
$13.99
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly French White
85 points $13.99
Eco-Estate 2011 Reserva Malbec
85 points
$19.99
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
Lamb’s Valley 2013 Sweet Red Germany
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Candoni 2012  Merlot
84 points
$12.99
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
Hayes Valley 2013  Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$12.99
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
Teillery 2014  Syrah
83 points
$12.99
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
Naked Earth 2013 Red Blend Vin de Pays dOc
83 points
$13.99
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.
Awards: 2014 Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge: Best Eco-Friendly French Red
83 points $13.99
Grand Eco-Estate 2013 Single Vineyard Malbec
83 points
$19.99
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
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