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May 2015 - Midwest Wine Challenge

May 2015 - Midwest Wine Challenge
This month's Wine feature is Midwest Wine Challenge Wines

Midwest Wine Challenge Reviews

Stone Hill NV Cream Sherry Missouri
96 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Bright medium dark copper color. Lively, exotic, fruity spicy aromas of golden raisin chutney, spiced caramel cake, and butter sautéed almonds with a satiny, tangy, moderately sweet full body and a warming, long baked apricot and reduced lemon finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A sensational flavorful and true-to-style fortified wine that drinks like a great Palo Cortado Sherry; impressive!
Awards: 2015 Midwest Wine Challenge - Best Missouri Fortified Wine
96 points $15.99 Best Buy
Calico Skies 2013  Cranberry
93 points
$17
Best Buy
Bright light salmon color. Delicate, fruity aromas of cranberry sauce and reduced lemon with a even, tangy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with crunchy fruit tannins and no oak. A superbly flavorful and vibrant fruit wine with great purity and balance.
Awards: 2015 Midwest Wine Challenge - Best Iowa Dessert Wine
93 points $17 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2012  Chambourcin
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear dark bright violet color. Rich, toasty, fruity aromas of berry pie a la mode with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length cranberry bread, melon rind, nougat, and minerals finish with fine chewy tannins and light oak. A fruity driven, very balanced red with great table appeal.
Awards: 2015 Midwest Wine Challenge - Best Missouri Red Wine
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2013  Vidal Blanc
91 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Bright, inviting aromas of tropical fruit salad, waxy honeycomb, and nougat with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length citrus, melon, and minerals finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A serious structured white that will be great with seafood.
Awards: 2015 Midwest Wine Challenge - Best Missouri White Wine
91 points $7.99 Best Buy
Calico Skies 2013  Raspberry
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Bold, pure, fruity aromas of raspberry preserves and raisin toast with a soft, lively, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length melon rind, blood orange, and mulberry finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, pure, and well balanced fruit wine that will be great with cheeses; or try in a sparkling cocktail.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2013  Vignoles
90 points
$11.49
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Delicate, fruity, creamy aromas of spiced peaches, tapioca, and pineapple with a satiny, lively, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length orange gelato, melon, and nut brittle finish. A very tasty, off-dry sipper with nice complexity and balance.
90 points $11.49 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2013  Chardonel
90 points
$11.49
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Lively, toasty aromas of roasted pineapple and nuts, apples on the tree, and honeycomb with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length citrus and nut brittle finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice mix of tropical fruit and nutty oak flavors.
90 points $11.49 Best Buy
Calico Skies 2013  Gessenheim
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Pale clear yellow straw color. Delicate, citrusy, minerally aromas of lime rind with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a polished, engaging, brisk grapefruit rind and wet granite finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Interesting citrus opening, tart finish with nice floral notes.
Awards: 2015 Midwest Wine Challenge - Best Iowa White Wine
90 points $16 Best Buy
Stone Hill NV Pink Catawba Missouri
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Bright medium orange amber color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of grape, tree bark, butter cream, and pepper with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Spiced refreshing "adult" styled rose.
Awards: Best Missouri Rose Wine
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Calico Skies 2013  Blueberry
88 points
$17
Brilliant garnet color. Lively, fruity, attractive aromas of fresh blueberry cobbler, bath oil, spring meadow, and spiced meat with a supple, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, cheery candied lavender, menthol, and green herbs finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A zesty, tasty blueberry wine with a nice wildflower character.
Stone Hill NV Rosé Montaigne Missouri
87 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Bright medium light siam color. Lively, fruity aromas of grape, toffee, turned earth, and white pepper with a lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, appealing, easy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Refreshing "American" rose.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2013  Traminette
87 points
$11.49
Best Buy
Bright pale yellow straw color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas of lychees, red licorice, white flowers, and stone fruits with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, cheery finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
87 points $11.49 Best Buy
Calico Skies 2013 Estate Frontenac
87 points
$18.95
Bright brilliant medium brown brick color. Lively, fruity, woody aromas of strawberry powder, cranberries, toffee, and earthy dried twigs with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with no well-integrated firm tannins and light oak. Bright, easygoing flavors.
Awards: 2015 Midwest Wine Challenge - Best Iowa Red Wine
87 points $18.95
Calico Skies 2013 "Deebo" Iowa
87 points
$24.95
Bright medium brown brick red color. Lively, earthy, fruity citrusy aromas of mulberries, gravel, spiced cranberries, and lemon lime with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish with fruit well-integrated dusty tannins and light oak. The acidity pops some fun fruit flavors.
87 points $24.95
Calico Skies 2013  Marquette
86 points
$32
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity aromas of spiced red grapes, toffee, tart cherries, and white pepper with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, captivating, breezy finish with fruit well-integrated firm tannins and no oak. An easy simple quaffer that is nicely nuanced.
Stone Hill NV  Concord
85 points
$7.99
Light clear garnet color. Classic, fruity aromas of welch’s grape jam with a glycerous, flat, sweet medium body and a seamless, sparse Welch’s grape jam finish with no tannins and no oak. Nice pure grape jelly flavors.
85 points $7.99
Stone Hill 2013 "Steinberg White" Missouri
85 points
$11.49
Clear medium straw green color. Faint, unusual, minerally spicy aromas of sea water with a soft, off-dry watery body and a smooth, medium-length veggie and citrus finish with light oak. Interesting and almost sake-like.
85 points $11.49
Stone Hill NV Hermannsberger Red Wine Missouri
85 points
$11.49
Medium clear color. Delicate, fruity aromas of jammy with a crisp, dry light body and a smooth, short tart cherry finish with silky tannins and light oak. What it lacks in tannins, it makes up for with bright acidity.
85 points $11.49
Calico Skies 2013 "Sweet Licks" American
85 points
$14
Brilliant ruby color. Lively, fruity aromas of grape jam and cranberry sauce with a even, lively, fruity sweet medium body and a polished, interesting, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice off-dry summer sipper rosé.
Calico Skies 2013  Traminette
85 points
$16
Clear medium light gold color. Aromas of white peaches, green hay, and cardamom with a lean, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, relaxed finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Serve colder with a savory soup.
Calico Skies 2013  Chambourcin
85 points
$18.95
Bright medium bronze color. Lively, earthy, fruity yeasty aromas of red grape, toasted yeast, dried twigs, and white pepper with a lively, dry medium body and a peppery, amusing, cheery , jazzy, and spiced American red with a bit of alcohol peaking through. finish with fruit firm tannins and light oak. Jazzy, spiced American red.
85 points $18.95
Calico Skies 2013 "Sun Dog" American
84 points
$16
Bright garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas of raspberry jam on toast and cherry tart with a supple, lively, off-dry medium body and a silky, breezy cranberry relish, nuts, and lemon pith finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nicely fruity everyday sipper.
Stone Hill NV Golden Rhine Missouri
82 points
$7.99
Clear medium golden yellow color. Interesting, sweet fruity aromas of raspberry hard candy with a glycerous, soft, off-dry medium body and a sleek, atypical, medium-length strawberry finish with no tannins and no oak. Nearly a fruit wine and nicely made.
82 points $7.99
Stone Hill 2013 "Steinberg Red" Missouri
82 points
$11.49
Light clear brown brick red color. Mild, fruity aromas of red raspberry jelly with a velvety, shy, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a silky, short bing cherry finish with no tannins and no oak. A summer red wine, fine for an evening on the beach.
82 points $11.49
Calico Skies 2013  Brianna
82 points
$16
Clear pale straw green color. Funky aromas of peach pits and fallen apples with a tangy, spritzy, dry light body and a bright key lime ice finish with no tannins and no oak.
Stone Hill 2012 Estate Bottled Norton
82 points
$18.99
Dark clear violet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of blackberry cordial with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, short sour cherry pie finish with medium tannins and light oak. A crisp red quaffer with a touch of sweet fruit.
82 points $18.99
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