May 2015 - Midwest Wine Challenge

This month's Wine feature is Midwest Wine Challenge Wines
Midwest Wine Challenge Reviews
210022
Stone Hill
NV Cream Sherry Missouri
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!
96 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210265
Calico Skies
2013 Cranberry
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.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210025
Stone Hill
2012 Chambourcin
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.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210020
Stone Hill
2013 Vidal Blanc
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.
91 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210264
Calico Skies
2013 Raspberry
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210017
Stone Hill
2013 Vignoles
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210026
Stone Hill
2013 Chardonel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210268
Calico Skies
2013 Gessenheim
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.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210029
Stone Hill
NV Pink Catawba Missouri
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.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210272
Calico Skies
2013 Blueberry
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210028
Stone Hill
NV Rosé Montaigne Missouri
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210024
Stone Hill
2013 Traminette
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210260
Calico Skies
2013 Estate Frontenac
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.
87 points $18.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210263
Calico Skies
2013 "Deebo" Iowa
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210261
Calico Skies
2013 Marquette
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210021
Stone Hill
NV Concord
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210018
Stone Hill
2013 "Steinberg White" Missouri
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210027
Stone Hill
NV Hermannsberger Red Wine Missouri
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210270
Calico Skies
2013 "Sweet Licks" American
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210266
Calico Skies
2013 Traminette
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210262
Calico Skies
2013 Chambourcin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210271
Calico Skies
2013 "Sun Dog" American
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210023
Stone Hill
NV Golden Rhine Missouri
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210019
Stone Hill
2013 "Steinberg Red" Missouri
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210269
Calico Skies
2013 Brianna
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210030
Stone Hill
2012 Estate Bottled Norton
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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