March 2015 - US Bordeaux Varietal

This month's Wine feature is US Bordeaux Varietal Wines
US Bordeaux Varietal Reviews
209701
Amizetta Vineyards
2012 "Complexity", Estate Napa Valley
Opaque dark violet black color. Bold aromas and flavors of blueberry pie a la mode, rice krispy treat, and pink peppercorns with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish displaying impressions of eucalyptus, exotic spice, creme brulee, and pencil shavings with silky tannins and moderate oak. A sensational flavorful and generously fruity red that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209661
Jarvis
2009 "Lake William" Napa Valley
Opaque black garnet color. Lively, earthy, mature aromas and flavors of dried blueberries, leather saddle, carob bar, and hint of barnyard with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a subtle, long finish that shows notes of black raspberry pie, vanilla cream, praline, and mocha with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. An utterly delicious and complex red wine that continues to evolve and is very reminiscent of a great Pomerol.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209432
PEJU
2012 Merlot
Dark ruby black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of berry tart, pepper, tomato chutney, and floral honey with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky finish that exhibits notes of nougat, apple skin, and vanilla brittle with chewy tannins and light oak. A nicely structured merlot with solid fruit and tannins the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209527
Trinchero
2011 Meritage Napa Valley
Dark garnet violet color. Rich, fruity aromas and flavors of warm blueberry cobbler, toffee, and dulce de leche gelato with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, long finish manifesting notes of blackberry tart, roasted nuts, mint, and earth with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A superb, polished, and structured red blend wine that delivers great pleasure with every sip.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209199
Envy Wines
2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Delicate, toasty, creamy aromas of berry pie a la mode and toffee with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-length sour cherry chutney, blueberry cobbler, and honeyed nuts finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and appetizing cabernet with loads of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209567
Midsummer Cellars
2012 Tomasson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright garnet dark blue color. Complex, attractive, interesting aromas and flavors of ripe blackcurrants, dried herbs - mint, pomegranate, and roasted planked wood with a tannic, bright, dry full body and a mildly astringent finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209307
Grgich Hills
2011 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Toasty, peppery aromas and flavors of cassis jam on toast, peppery spices, marinated olives, and chocolate with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long finish imparting overtones of chocolate citrus peels, mint, craisin, and pepper with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid, very tasty cab with plenty of structure for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209511
Prix
2009 Reserve, Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque ruby garnet black color. Bold aromas and flavors of chocolate raisins, brandied cherries, floral honeycomb, and black raspberry jam with a supple, bright, fruity medium-full body and an appealing finish that exhibits notes of peppery spice and pomegranates with chewy tannins and light oak. A fun, jammy Napa cab that has a lively, zinfandel-like character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209252
Maroon Wines
2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque violet black color. Rich, dense, fruity aromas and flavors of raisins, blackberry pie, and honeycomb with a supple, lively, medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex finish conveying notes of spiced goji berries, vanilla pralines, cedar, and earth with chewy tannins. A delicious and vibrant Napa cabernet that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209666
Vine Cliff
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark garnet blue color. Complex, interesting, attractive aromas and flavors of blackberry cobbler, baked cedar planks, dried flowers - violets, and mocha with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and an astringent, intricate, medium-long finish with firm tannins and heavy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209454
Opolo Vineyards
2012 "Serenade" Paso Robles
Dark garnet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, berry tart, and floral honeycomb with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long finish revealing notes of vanilla custard, baking spices, chocolate craisins, and nutskins with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and chewy red blend that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209691
Bacchanal
2012 Estate Grown & Bottled Napa Valley
Dark black garnet color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, black raspberry cobbler, and baking spices with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-long finish with accents of creme brulee, craisin, pink pepper, and oak with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A seamlessly delicious red for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209433
PEJU
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Bright, complex aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, berry custard pie, buttercream, and toasted meringue with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, medium-long finish with notes of nutskin, cedar, and earth with papery tannins and moderate oak. A firmly structured cab that needs a good steak or some time in the cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209487
Renteria
2012 Cabernet Sauvingon
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, pistachio nougat, toasty cedar, and blackberry tart with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, breezy finish revealing notes of chocolate citrus peel, lemon pepper, roasted nuts, and cedar with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A richly layered and very sturdy cab that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209588
Ledson
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque ruby black color. Lively aromas and flavors of dried berries, toffee, and cedar with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-length finish evoking notes of creme brulee, spiced nuts, chocolate mousse, and mocha with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A versatile cabernet with great acidity and poise for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209565
Heritage
2012 Estate Reserve, BDX Outer Coastal Plain
Dark black ruby color. Delicate, toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker, coconut macaroon, honeycomb, and berry pie with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, involved, medium-long finish that shows notes of dried cherries, creme brulee, and cedar with silky tannins and light oak. A plush, complex and thoroughly satisfying red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209700
Amizetta Vineyards
2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque violet black color. Rich, toasty, creamy aromas of melted toffee, creme brulee, and spicy berry pie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long cedar, cornichon, spicy honey, and peppery jelly finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A plush, delicious cabernet with lots of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209200
Envy Wines
2012 Fortuna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spices and herbs, currants, and dried flowers with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, breezy finish with notes of candied citrus and cocoa with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A nice, zesty, lighter styled Napa cab.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209522
Nordby Vineyards
2006 "Re dei Re", Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark garnet blue color. Attractive aromas and flavors of blackcurrants, dried twigs, gravel, and polished wood with a tannic, bright, dry body and a warming, interesting, swift finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209513
Tom Eddy
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of cassis compote, chocolate nuts, and clay with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-length finish with nuances of craisin, vanilla, delicate spices, and nutskin with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A robust, yet elegant Napa cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209665
Vine Cliff
2012 Private Stock Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark garnet blue color. Complex, interesting, attractive aromas and flavors of red currant candy, sandalwood, oriental spices, and dried leaves in clay with a tannic, bright, dry full body and a mildly astringent, massive, long finish evoking nuances of mocha with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209524
Folie á Deux
2012 Merlot
Dark garnet violet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of pistachio gelato, spiced plums, waxy honeycomb, and chocolate with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, breezy finish with notes of blueberry, pencil shavings, and pepper with light oak. A solid sipper.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209593
Alexandria Nicole
2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Gravity" Merlot
Opaque garnet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of coconut brittle and chocolate goji berry with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length finish with accents of plum custard pie, nuts, cocoa powder, and minerals with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A lovely well structured merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209571
Westport
2012 "Charterboat Chick" Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright garnet blue violet color. Inviting, attractive, interesting aromas and flavors of subtle charred oak, spiced black currants, buttercream, and green peppercorns with a supple, vibrant, dry full body and a warming finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209517
Pend d’Oreille
2012 "L'Oeurve", Reserve Washington
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate mousse, vanilla brittle, and cherry tart with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length honeyed melon, nutskin, spiced berries, and minerals finish with crunchy tannins. A very tasty, well structured and balanced red that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209594
Alexandria Nicole
2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Little Big Man" Petit Verdot
Bright dark blue violet color. Attractive, interesting aromas and flavors of blackcurrants, mocha, green spices, and dried meat with a supple, bright, dry full body and a warming, complex, long finish with notes of metal ore with well-integrated tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209592
Alexandria Nicole
2011 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Alderdale" Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark garnet blue color. Inviting, attractive, interesting aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, cedar, dried straw, and light chocolate with a lightly tannic, bright, dry full body and a warming, very complex, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209683
Falkner
2011 Special Selection Temecula Valley
Garnet color. Lively, savory aromas and flavors of olives, craisin, and herbs with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with notes of berry tart, chocolate blueberries, delicate spices, and roasted nuts with silky tannins and light oak. A smooth and well balanced red with great fruit and style.
92 points $42.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209702
Amizetta Vineyards
2012 Estate Merlot
Dark violet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of boysenberry pie, spiced nuts, and vanilla cream with a satiny, lively, body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long finish with accents of vanilla toffee, roasted nut, and pepper with silky tannins. A lush, sensual red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209198
Envy Wines
2012 Estate, "Bee Bee's Blend" Calistoga
Black garnet color. Creamy aromas and flavors of mocha, roasted nuts, and berry tart with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, layered, long finish imparting notes of chocolate bar, creme brulee, cedar, and earth with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, sensuous red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209614
Stina’s Cellars
2012 Malbec
Garnet color. Rich, dense aromas and flavors of dried choke cherries, waxy honeycomb, and suede with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish with shades of spicy berry chutney, vanilla cream, nuts, and pencil shavings with earthy tannins and light oak. A tightly packed and juicy malbec with lots of character and dimension.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209569
Midsummer Cellars
2012 Clark Claudon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet black color. Rich, complex aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry fudge, menthol mint, and herbal honey with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with elements of strawberry tart, earth, and nuts with chewy tannins and moderate oak. Nice layers of fruit and herbs make this a pleasure to drink.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209693
Martin Estate
2012 Estate Grown & Bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark garnet blue color. Aromas and flavors of toast, blackberry-raspberry cobbler, buttercream, and mole with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry full body and a mildly astringent, very complex, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209566
Midsummer Cellars
2012 Canon Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of currant jam, creme brulee, and chocolate with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, layered, long finish with accents of dried fruits, spice, honeyed nuts, and pepper with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A lush, sensual cab.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209660
Jarvis
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of black raspberry jam on rye, olive herb bread, and braised meat with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of roasted chestnuts, cedar, and marinated cucumber with silky tannins and light oak. A deliciously smooth, balanced and flavorful cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209519
Pend d’Oreille
2012 Merlot
Dark garnet violet color. Bright, interesting, savory aromas and flavors of marinated olives and peppers, dried berries, and toffee with a supple, vibrant, medium body and a silky, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of sour cherries, citrus, and nougat with silky tannins and light oak. A charming merlot that hits all of the high notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209520
Pend d’Oreille
2012 Cabernet Franc
Dark ruby black color. Delicate, earthy aromas and flavors of lit beeswax candle, marinated olives, chocolate nuts, and pomegranate with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish with accents of leather, dried sour cherries, spice, and tar with dusty tannins and light oak. A nice earthy cabernet franc for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209595
Alexandria Nicole
2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Quarry Butte" Horse Heaven Hills
Opaque garnet violet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of berry tart, mocha cream, and nougat with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of tomato and olive, chocolate citrus peel, cedar, and dusty earth with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice sturdy, savory red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209361
Magness
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of whole wheat flour, mixed berry preserves, and sesame candy with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish revealing accents of blueberry and blackberry sorbets and dried cherry with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, chewy cabernet that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209359
Reaper
2013 Red Santa Ynez Valley
Garnet violet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of black raspberry in cream, chocolate nougat bar, and delicate spice with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of sour cherry tart, honeyed citrus, nutskin, and pepper jelly with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A robust fruit-driven red that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209521
Nordby Vineyards
2008 "Il Re", Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark garnet blue color. Complex, earthy, inviting, interesting aromas and flavors of cassis, cedar, gravel, and polished wood with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, massive finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209457
Opolo Vineyards
2012 Petit Verdot
Opaque dark violet black color. Rich, toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut bar, buttercream, banana cream pie, and cedar with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish manifesting nuances of berry tart, roasted nuts, and mocha with silky tannins and moderate oak. A very hedonistic and layered red that delivers fruity, oaky goodness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209251
Maroon Wines
2012 Reserve Malbec
Violet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of boysenberry custard, honeyed cherries, and toffee with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length finish with shades of nuts, baking spices, and pencil shavings with crunchy tannins and light oak. A very nice juicy malbec with good structure for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209568
Midsummer Cellars
2012 Katz Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark garnet blue color. Complex, attractive, interesting aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, candied violets, gravel dusted cedar, and dried eucalyptus with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, colossal, medium-length finish with firm tannins and heavy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209589
Ledson
2011 Petit Verdot
Opaque violet black color. Rich, creamy aromas and flavors of boysenberry custard pie, chocolate toffee, and dried cherries and mango with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish manifesting notes of vanilla nuts, cedar, and minerals with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich, dense red with lots of layers and nuance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209780
Diversion
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark garnet color. Attractive, complex, inviting aromas and flavors of ripe blackcurrants, purple wine gums, cedar planks, and black cherries with a lightly tannic, lively, dry full body and a smooth, very complex finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209613
Stina’s Cellars
2012 "Chateau of the Soaring Cranes" Malbec
Garnet color. Bold, attractive aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate nuts, dried berries, and hint of jerky with a tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish displaying impressions of raspberries, dried cherries, and nuts with chewy tannins and light oak. An zesty and flavor-packed sipper that is sure to please.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209544
The Archivist
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright garnet dark color. Aromas and flavors of cream de cassis, red licorice, roasted fennel, and light road tar with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a mildly astringent, long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209575
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2012 Merlot
Garnet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of red berries, crayon, and orange pez with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish with overtones of marmalade, pepper, and cedar with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lively merlot that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209523
Folie à Deux
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque black garnet color. Bright, attractive aromas of spicy berry compote, nougat, honeycomb, and fruit leather with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length creme brulee, dried cherries, cedar, and nuts finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very nice and zesty cabernet that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209473
White Pine
2012 Reserve, "Serendipity" Michigan
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of floral honey, strawberry compote, and tomato jelly with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and an even, interesting finish that presents touches of toasty praline, mocha, and roasted chestnuts with crunchy tannins. A nice fruity red that will cover a lot of bases at the table.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209472
White Pine
2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Dark ruby color. Bright aromas of chocolate rice bar, dried flowers, sour cherry compote, and mulberries with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length nutshell, delicate spices, cedar, and leafy earth finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. An nicely made and layered cabernet franc that will do well at the table.
90 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209362
Barboursville
2012 Reserve Petit Verdot
Opaque garnet black color. Bright, earthy aromas and flavors of clay, whole nuts, pomegranates, and sundried tomato with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-long finish with accents of forest floor, squid ink, and cedar bark with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very earthy, tightly wound red that will shine at the table.
90 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209512
Prix
2010 Reserve, Estate Bottled Merlot
Dark garnet black color. Bright, complex, spicy aromas and flavors of menthol mint, berry chutney, and eucalyptus oil with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish displaying nuances of salty roasted beets, herb butter, currant jam, and pepper with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A spot-on spicy merlot that will be excellent with spicy meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209509
Bordeleau
NV "Lot Number 1" Petit Verdot
Dark hazy garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of berry bush, tomato on the vine, dolmades, and chocolate with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish imparting touches of sour cherry pie filling, cedar bark, and nut brittle. A bright earthy red that will be good with game and tomato dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209526
Napa Cellars
2012 Merlot
Ruby color. Rich aromas and flavors of hazelnut nougat, cherry pie, and latte with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting finish revealing suggestions of roasted nuts and mixed berry preserves on toast with chewy tannins and light oak. A lovely, chewy merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209456
Opolo Vineyards
2012 Summit Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of sesame candy, walnut nougat, and mulberries with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, crisp finish revealing shades of craisin, sweet spice, mocha, and cedar with cottony tannins. A nice fruity steak wine with firm tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209515
Pend d’Oreille
2011 Freepons Vineyard Malbec
Garnet violet color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, pickling spices, mulberries, and peppered melon with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-length finish with notes of blackberries, cherries, chocolate coconut macaroon, and earth with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A fun old world styled wine that drinks a bit like a fruity Cote-du-Rhone.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209360
Reaper
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark ruby blue color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, saltines, brambly mulberries, and funky turned earth with a tannic, bright, dry full body and a warming, appealing finish with hard tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209518
Pend d’Oreille
2012 Meyer Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark garnet blue color. Attractive, complex aromas and flavors of blackberries, cashmere, mocha pudding, and lignated stems with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209590
Alexandria Nicole
2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Sergeant Pepper" Carmenere
Garnet black color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of borscht, suede, blueberry danish, and pistachio gelato with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of honeyed cranberry, nutskin, cracked pepper, and mocha toffee with earthy tannins and light oak. A nice and lively table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209536
Sutter Home
NV Merlot
Ruby black color. Mild aromas and flavors of berry-vanilla ice cream and chocolate nougat bar with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with accents of berry jam on toast and nut brittle with fine tannins and light oak. A nicely made fruity quaffer.
88 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209531
SeaGlass
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark garnet blue violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramel, ripe blackcurrants, wood smoke, and gravel with a lightly tannic, bright, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209528
Ménage à Trois
2013 Merlot
Dark garnet violet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of coffee gelato, crusty berry pie, and brown butter with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of spiced apple, craisin, and nut with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A mouthwatering merlot with fine balance.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209393
Bentgate
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby garnet color. Dense, savory aromas and flavors of smoked black peppercorns, cassis jam, cocoa, and herbs with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, breezy finish with notes of dried berries, nuts, and cedar. A nice fruit forward cabernet.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209474
White Pine
2012 Reserve Merlot
Ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of nut brittle, cocoa, and honeycomb with a silky, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy finish evoking notes of nutshells, craisins, coffee, and earth with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A nice zesty merlot for the table.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209525
Napa Cellars
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam and beeswax with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish manifesting elements of dried blueberry, pepper, earth, and nutshells with moderate oak. A solid cab.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209572
Westport
2013 "Mermaid" Merlot
Ruby color. Bold, smoky aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee beans, baking chocolate, and berry pie crust with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of plum chutney and nutskins with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. A big smoky merlot that begs for grilled foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209394
Heist
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of berry cream pie, dried sour cherries, and cocoa with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, easy finish that presents notes of tomato jelly, lemon pepper, chocolate orange peel, and pink pepper with silky tannins and moderate oak. A big, warming fruity cabernet; drink up.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209516
Pend d’Oreille
2012 Willard Petit Verdot
Dark garnet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of dried berries and stone fruits, berry cream pie, and pickling and baking spices with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting notes of cedar, coconut, pepper, and cranberry with well-integrated tannins. A rock solid petit verdot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209455
Opolo Vineyards
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of beeswax candle, vanilla nougat, and berry pie crust with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an engaging finish with notes of mocha cream and spiced berries with firm tannins. A big, firm cab that needs a little time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209453
Opolo Vineyards
2012 "Rhapsody" Meritage Paso Robles
Dark garnet color. Delicate, creamy aromas of blackberry pie a la mode and toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length creme brulee, nutskin, leafy earth, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A rock solid red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209543
Coastline
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet violet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of spicy cherry compote and cassis jam on scone with a soft, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree finish that shows notes of nutskin and cedar with chewy tannins and light oak. A really pleasant crowd pleasing cab.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209529
Ménage à Trois
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark garnet blue color. Attractive, complex aromas and flavors of cassis, mocha-mint, bramble, and ripe plums with a lightly tannic, bright, dry full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209534
The Show
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of berry pie, mocha, and roasted nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish revealing nuances of mixed berry jam on toast, nougat, and peppery spice with dusty tannins and light oak. A nice fruity sipper
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209670
Solomons Island Winery
2012 "Marytage" American
Garnet color. Interesting, creamy aromas and flavors of warm berry custard and praline with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with notes of sour cherry and nougat with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A tasty, all-purpose red wine.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209667
Vine Cliff
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Mild aromas and flavors of nutshells, chocolate nuts, and dried berries with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting finish evoking suggestions of tomato-cucumber relish, dried flowers, cedar, and pepper with firm tannins and heavy oak. A very dense cab that is a bit closed at present; give this tie in the cellar or a well-marbled steak now.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209532
Fancy Pants
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Mild aromas and flavors of berry pie and creamy vanilla with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, breezy finish with notes of cherry sauce and chocolate nuts with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice easy drinking, everyday cabernet.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209624
Cambridge
2012 Meritage Napa Valley
Garnet color. Bright aromas of herbal cranberry chutney and rhubarb with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, cheery nougat, cedar, and earthy root vegetable finish with light oak. A solid every day red.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209560
Schug
2011 Merlot
Dark ruby emerald color. Smoky aromas and flavors of berry custard, pickled beets, buttery nut brittle, and lit match with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a breezy finish manifesting notes of citrus, spiced melon, nutskin, and earth with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory, lively merlot that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209537
Bandit
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of bandied cherries, vanilla custard, and nut brittle with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish displaying nuances of plum danish and cedar with soft tannins and light oak. A nice relaxing sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209530
Three Thieves
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque violet black color. Delicate aromas of mocha cream and buttery praline with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, crisp grape and cherry sorbets finish with light oak. A pleasant fruit quaffer.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209538
Bandit
NV Merlot
Ruby color. Mild aromas and flavors of honeyed berries and toast and vanilla nougat with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth finish with suggestions of cherries, apple sauce, and nuts with soft tannins and light oak. A nice everyday, carefree red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209539
Handsome Devil
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Bright, inviting aromas and flavors of cassis-mint jam on toast and blueberry cobbler with a soft, crisp, fruity medium body and a charming, breezy finish revealing notes of spiced apples and nuts and cedar with crunchy tannins and light oak. A tasty everyday sipper with nice nuances of spice and oak flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209561
Schug
2009 Heritage Reserve Merlot
Dark ruby color. Bright aromas and flavors of baked plums, banana skin, lit vanilla candle, and pepper with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with accents of blueberries, herbs, and eucalyptus with fine tannins and moderate oak. A brawny, earthy merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209533
Dominant Seven
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Mild aromas of chocolate, clay, and fruit leather with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk spiced berries and figs, nutshells, and tea bag finish with cottony tannins. A solid quaffer.
83 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209545
Sand Dollar
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of latte, roasted nuts, and vanilla cream with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling finish conveying accents of cedar, sour cherry, and tree bark with leafy tannins and heavy oak. A sturdy, oaky cab for the table.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209535
Sutter Home
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby black color. Mild aromas and flavors of dried berries and anise cookie with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a quick finish that presents notes of cherry-apple cider, strawberry jam, and oak with soft tannins and light oak. A pleasant fruity quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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