September 2015 - US Bordeaux Varietals

This month's Wine feature is US Bordeaux Varietal Wines
US Bordeaux Varietals Reviews
211688
Browne
2012 Cabernet Franc
Garnet black color. Attractive, fruity spicy aromas of berry pastry, leather, buttercream, and oak with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, involved, long vanilla nuts, creme brulee, and minerals finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. An exceptionally rich and delicious cabernet franc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211573
Jana
2012 "Cathedral" Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Rich, sweet, minty aromas of cassis, blue eucalyptus leaf, and white peppermint toffee with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, long spiced berries, vanilla, and earth finish with silky tannins and light oak. A superb, supple, and satisfying Napa cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211630
Antares
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black ruby color. Delicate, spicy aromas of chocolate mint cookie, fondue with berries, and jerky with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long menthol mint, spice, nuts, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, complex cabernet with great table appeal.
93 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211647
Rutherford Vintners
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark medium color. Oaky, attractive fruity toasty aromas of blackcurrants, castelvetrano olives, mocha, and turned earth with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
93 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211494
Worthy
2013 Sophia's Cuvee Napa Valley
Garnet black color. Bright, attractive aromas of melted chocolate, roasted nuts, and berry pie with a satiny, vibrant, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla cream, spice, and oak finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A supple and inviting red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211654
Yorkville Cellars
2013 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Garnet black color. Fruity, creamy aromas of brownie a la mode and raspberry pie with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dried sour cherry, baking spices, toffee, and minerals finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A delicious, lively, and very hedonistic cab franc for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211656
Yorkville Cellars
2013 Rennie Vineyard Malbec
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of blueberry cobbler and milk chocolate bar with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-long spiced cherries and apples finish with silky tannins and light oak. A toothsome and satisfying malbec.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211657
Yorkville Cellars
2013 Rennie Vineyard Petit Verdot
Black ruby color. Attractive aromas of chocolate covered peanuts and berry cobbler with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long spiced cherries, cedar, and floral honey finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, broad-shouldered red that will be great with spicy meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211531
3 Clowns
2012 Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas of mulberries and cassis, floral honey, and hint of barnyard hay with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, medium-long craisin, nut, and herbs finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. An elegant and appetizing cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211693
Six Prong
2013 by Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
Black ruby color. Bright, spicy, attractive aromas of pickling spices and berry chutney with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, charming, medium-long spiced yams and carrots and pencil shavings finish with silky tannins. A beautiful spicy cabernet that is sure to please.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211422
Pend d’Oreille
2012 Cabernet Franc
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Lively, fruity, floral woody aromas of spiced raspberries, ripe plums, oriental spices, and sandal wood with a vibrant, dry medium-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211491
Truth
2012 Napa Valley
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Delicate, earthy, fruity floral toasty aromas of black currants, raspberries, cedar/sandalwood, and dried violets with a lively, dry full body and a warming, long finish with fine, firm, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211670
Le Vigne
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of mulberries, tangy blackcurrants, oriental spices, and gravel with a crisp, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with firm, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211658
Yorkville Cellars
2013 Rennie Vineyard Carmenere
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Bright, spicy aromas of blueberry cobbler and Mexican chocolate with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-long spiced berries and vanilla cream finish with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, juicy domestic carmenere that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211769
Hawk and Horse Vineyards
2011 Petite Sirah
Violet color. Aromas of vanilla nut fudge and cherry pie a la mode with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, subtle, medium-long toffee, spiced apple, and nutskin finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A luscious, creamy, fruity petite sirah that is sure to induce pleasure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211432
Greyscale
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dark dusty garnet color. Toasty aromas of spiced blackcurrants, hung game, clarified butter, and cedar shavings with a chewy, bright, dry full body and a warming, intricate, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211538
Lobo
2012 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Bright, savory aromas of dried berries, leather, honeycomb, and nuts with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long cocoa, smoked peppercorns, oak, and earth finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A rich, brooding cabernet that will reward cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211685
Cascade Ridge
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Bright, attractive, fruity creamy aromas of berry creme brulee and chocolate cherry fudge with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length toffee finish with silky tannins and light oak. A juicy and very tasty cabernet.
91 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211645
Picket Fence
2013 Miller Creek Malbec
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, toasty sweaty aromas of mulberries, saddle leather, purple pez, and light toast with a bright, dry full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211594
Bordeleau
NV Lot 6 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Bright, exotic, fruity aromas of cherry cobbler, toffee, and salsa with a satiny, tangy, fruity body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length craisin and mocha nuts finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A juicy and exotic treat.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211637
Gravel Bar Winery
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Indigo color. Bright, fruity aromas of berry berry a la mode, melted toffee, and chocolate mint mousse with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length creme brulee and buttered nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A smooth, delicious and satisfying cabernet.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211655
Yorkville Cellars
2013 Rennie Vineyard Merlot
Violet color. Bright, interesting, spicy aromas of chocolate mint and berry tart with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, vanilla custard and nutskin finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A rock solid merlot with lots of charm.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211655
Yorkville Cellars
2013 Rennie Vineyard Merlot
Violet color. Bright, interesting, spicy aromas of chocolate mint and berry tart with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, vanilla custard and nutskin finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A rock solid merlot with lots of charm.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211543
Narmada Winery
2011 Petit Verdot
Bright dark ruby black color. Earthy, fruity creamy toasty aromas of mulberry cobbler, tart plums, oriental spice, and turned earth with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, long finish with silky, well-integrated, firm, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211659
Yorkville
2013 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark ruby black color. Bright, fruity, toasty spicy aromas of dried blackberries, canvas, dried flowers, and potters clay with a tangy, full body and a peppery, compelling, brisk finish with firm, dusty tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211672
Le Vigne
2012 Nikiara Red Blend
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of cassis, red raspberries, leather, and clay with a vibrant, dry full body and a warming, involved, medium-length finish with firm, fine, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211530
PEJU
2012 Petite Verdot
Opaque black garnet color. Delicate, toasty, creamy aromas of berries, meringue, and toffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length roasted nuts, oak, and earth finish with chewy, firm tannins. A powerful age-worthy red wine that will be even better in a few years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211720
Jeff Gordon Collection
2010 "Leo" Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of cassis pie, pickling spices, and honeyed yams with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length cocoa, cedar, caramelized Meyer lemon, and pepper finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lively, appetizing Napa cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211454
Kukeri
2011 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe blackcurrants, black cherries, dried twigs, and green olives with an lively, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with chewy, firm, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211696
The Originals
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Mild aromas of chocolate and toasted nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length blueberry pie a la mode and nuts finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A pure and tasty everyday red wine that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211368
Easley
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Light garnet color. Bright aromas of honey butter and berry danish with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, easy caramel corn, craisin, and vanilla custard finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A very different, very creamy and juicy, crowd-pleasing style of cabernet.
90 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211580
Diversion
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Mild aromas of baked berries and spiced candied nuts with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length sour cherry, chocolate and vanilla swirl ice custard, and sweet spices finish with silky tannins and light oak. A vibrant and charming red that is sure to please.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211698
Acre 21
2013 Harvest Blend
Garnet black color. Bright, attractive aromas of blueberry cobbler, caramelized bacon, and chocolate toffee with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length apple pie and roasted nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty, appetizing red blend that will pair nicely.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211682
David James
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Delicate, toasty aromas of nut brittle, craisins, and hay with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length vanilla cream and roasted nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A clean and fruity red with nice use of oak.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211596
Austerity
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, jammy, fruity toasty aromas of ripe blackcurrants, cream di cassis, and gravel with a chewy, puckering, dry full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with firm, dusty tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211644
Picket Fence
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black ruby color. Delicate, attractive aromas of berries, chocolate, and smoked nuts with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy vanilla cream and cedar finish with chewy, coating tannins and light oak. A nicely stuffed cabernet that will be even better in a couple of years.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211593
Bordeleau
NV Lot 6 Merlot
Dusty garnet color. Bright, complex aromas of chocolate nuts, spices and herbs, berry tart, and tree bark and twigs with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long tomato chutney, dried berries, oak, and earth finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A lively earthy merlot that will shine at the table.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211593
Bordeleau
NV Lot 6 Merlot
Dusty garnet color. Bright, complex aromas of chocolate nuts, spices and herbs, berry tart, and tree bark and twigs with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long tomato chutney, dried berries, oak, and earth finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A lively earthy merlot that will shine at the table.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211653
Domaine Napa
2012 Merlot
Garnet black color. Mild aromas of nuts and dried berries with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, refreshing, breezy cassis jam and spiced chocolate finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty and appetizing merlot.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211653
Domaine Napa
2012 Merlot
Garnet black color. Mild aromas of nuts and dried berries with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, refreshing, breezy cassis jam and spiced chocolate finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty and appetizing merlot.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211507
Whiskers
2012 Red Blend Lodi
Brick red color. Bright, attractive aromas of chocolate berries and cherries, toffee, and cedar with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, easy delicate spice, nougat, and coconut buttercream finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice crowd pleasing cabernet.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211419
Pend d’Oreille
2011 Merlot
Bright medium brown brick red color. Delicate, fruity, nutty aromas of damsom plums, toasted walnut skin, spiced berries, and cream with a bright, full body and a smooth, long finish with well-integrated, firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211419
Pend d’Oreille
2011 Merlot
Bright medium brown brick red color. Delicate, fruity, nutty aromas of damsom plums, toasted walnut skin, spiced berries, and cream with a bright, full body and a smooth, long finish with well-integrated, firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211476
The Grifter
2013 Napa Valley Red Blend Napa Valley
Ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of berry pie a la mode and vanilla toffee with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-length nuts, spice, and cedar finish with moderate oak. A juicy, crowd pleasing red.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211701
Elk Run
2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Garnet black color. Bright, savory, herbal complex aromas of marinated tomatoes and root vegetables, buttery roasted nuts, coconut husk, and latex with a silky, soft, dryish medium body and an effortless, medium-length dried berries, cedar, and mocha toffee finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A silky flavorful table companion.
90 points $26.61
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211559
Chakana Estate
2013 Mendoza
Bright dark brown brick red color. Earthy, fruity toasty aromas of ripe mulberries, saddle leather, cassis mocha, and white pepper phosphate with a creamy, vibrant, dry full body and a warming, long finish with silky, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211804
Denizen Cellars
2012 Red Blend
Bright medium brown brick red color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of black currants, plums pomegranate, leather, and clay with an tart, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211420
Pend d’Oreille
2012 Reserve Malbec
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of black plums, mulberries, leather, and mint leaf with a vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, complex, brisk finish with firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211539
Narmada Winery
2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Garnet black color. Lively, nutty aromas of butter roasted nuts, chocolate berries, and pencil shavings with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a stimulating, medium-length nutskin, spice, and flower patch finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nicely aged and wood accented cabernet franc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211690
Browne
2012 Malbec
Bright dark garnet black color. Fruity, earthy toasty aromas of spiced blackberries, suede, salinity/minerality, and melba toast/light reductive note with a lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211689
Browne
2012 Petite Verdot
Opaque black garnet color. Lively, attractive aromas of creamy vanilla, berry tart, and chocolate mint with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long spicy pomegranate chutney, roasted nuts, and earth finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and brood red that will improve with age.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211542
Narmada Winery
2010 Tannat
Indigo color. Lively aromas of coffee buttercream and berry pie crust with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a seamless, charming, gherkin, nutskin, and pepper finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A rich, interesting wine that will pair well with grilled meats.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211524
Pedroncelli
2012 Wisdom Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Black violet color. Bright, interesting, spicy aromas of berry chutney, chocolate mint, and herbs with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, amusing, snappy cassis jam on buttered toast, yams, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A concentrated, layered cabernet that will improve with age.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211403
Grgich Hills
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Aromas of black currants, black cherries, cedar, and toasted yeast with a chewy, vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211650
Silver Ridge
2012 Merlot
Bright dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of huckleberries, blackcurrants, leather, and butter cream with a bright, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211650
Silver Ridge
2012 Merlot
Bright dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of huckleberries, blackcurrants, leather, and butter cream with a bright, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211532
Alamos
2014 Malbec
Bright dark brown brick red color. Lively, fruity, earthy aromas of black currants/cassis, leather, cedar, and turned earth with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish with fine, firm, well-integrated, fruit tannins and light oak.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211694
The Originals
2013 Red Wine
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, toasty earthy peppery aromas of spiced currants, plum pits, clay, and white pepper with a bright, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211680
Acre 21
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black garnet color. Delicate, nutty aromas of chocolate nuts with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length berry tart and roasted nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A juicy, crowd-pleasing red.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211697
Apex Catalyst
2012 Red Blend
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, earthy, fruity toasty aromas of red berries, pomegranate, clay, and white pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, complex, buoyant finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211648
Rutherford Vintners
2012 Merlot
Ruby black color. Delicate, attractive aromas of chocolate nuts and berry pie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length vanilla, mocha, and tree bark finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and juicy everyday sipper.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211648
Rutherford Vintners
2012 Merlot
Ruby black color. Delicate, attractive aromas of chocolate nuts and berry pie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length vanilla, mocha, and tree bark finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and juicy everyday sipper.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211671
Le Vigne
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark medium dusty garnet color. Fruity, earthy minerally toasty aromas of turned earth, mulberries, dark toffee, and black currants with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, captivating, easy finish with firm, earthy tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211421
Pend d’Oreille
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brown brick red color. Woody, fruity interesting elegant aromas of spiced blackcurrants, buttercream, cedar, and anise with a creamy, vibrant, dry full body and a smooth, layered, medium-long finish with firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211632
Antares
2013 Malbec
Bright dark ruby black color. Lively, fruity, interesting spicy woody aromas of spiced blackcurrants, leather, black raspberries, and black pepper with a bright, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211643
Napa Ridge
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of currant, wintergreen, and caramelized bacon with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, snappy nutskin finish with crunchy, woody tannins. A refreshing, appetizing cab will be even better in a couple of years.
89 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211511
Pearmund Cellars
2013 Toll Gate Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Dusty garnet color. Bright, earthy, funky aromas of tomatoes on the vine, spiced mulberries and currants, and barnyard hay with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced carrots, sour cherries, vanilla nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. An earthy, spicy, savory cab franc with a nice sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211702
Elk Run
2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Merlot
Dark brown brick red color. Delicate, interesting aromas of sundried tomato, chocolate berries, spiced nuts, and honey with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length roasted carrot, oak, earth, and nutshells finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A nice earthy, savory merlot.
89 points $26.61
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211702
Elk Run
2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Merlot
Dark brown brick red color. Delicate, interesting aromas of sundried tomato, chocolate berries, spiced nuts, and honey with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length roasted carrot, oak, earth, and nutshells finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A nice earthy, savory merlot.
89 points $26.61
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211687
Browne
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black garnet color. Delicate, fruity, mature aromas of raisin chutney, plum pie, and spicy vanilla cream with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, snappy craisin and nutskin finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice, savory, Old World styled cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211411
Forchini
2011 Proprietor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright light medium dark garnet color. Lively, fruity, earthy creamy toasty aromas of cherry/berry, dried straw, star anise, and clay with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, swift finish with firm tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211767
Hawk and Horse Vineyards
2011 Block Three Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of dried berries, dried flowers, and potting soil with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, crisp dried cherries, pomegranate molasses, blood orange, and cedar finish with silky tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211537
Lobo
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Lively, interesting aromas of floral honeycomb, chocolate craisin, and raisin bread pudding with a silky, crisp, medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy berry and apple skin, walnut skin, and oak finish with dusty, firm tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211492
Kalaris
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, toasty, woody fruity earthy aromas of ripe mulberries, cassis, tree bark, and toasted yeast with a chewy, vibrant, dry full body and a warming, charming finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211719
Jeff Gordon Collection
2011 Joie de Vivre Napa Valley
Violet color. Bright aromas of waxy chocolate nuts, dark berry pie crust, and pickling spices with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy craisin, vanilla cream, and nutskin finish with crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A concentrated red that will blossom in a few years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211679
Perimeter
2013 Merlot
Ruby black color. Delicate, fruity aromas of chocolate covered berries and nuts and creamy vanilla with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length toffee finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. An attractive, creamy everyday merlot sipper.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211679
Perimeter
2013 Merlot
Ruby black color. Delicate, fruity aromas of chocolate covered berries and nuts and creamy vanilla with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length toffee finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. An attractive, creamy everyday merlot sipper.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211642
Motos Liberty
2012 Merlot
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of dried cranberries, boysenberries, spiced oak, and apple sauce with a lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with firm, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211642
Motos Liberty
2012 Merlot
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of dried cranberries, boysenberries, spiced oak, and apple sauce with a lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with firm, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211581
Diversion
2012 Majestic Red Columbia Valley
Bright medium brown brick red color. Fruity, earthy toasty aromas of spiced berries, gauze, gravel, and leather with a lively, full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length finish with firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211565
MYKA Cellars
2013 Chloe Meritage California
Ruby black color. Mild, fruity, floral aromas of honeycomb, boysenberries in cream, and malted chocolate with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy cedar and craisins finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A snappy red that will liven up a meal.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211686
Cascade Ridge
2013 Red Blend
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, toasty earthy aromas of black currants, damsom plums, white pepper, and clay with a vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211523
Pedroncelli
2013 Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Mild aromas of baked berries and herbs and spices with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, breezy smoked nuts and earth finish with papery tannins. A solid, well balanced cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211684
Provisions
NV Merlot
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Rich, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of damsom plums, mocha, black currants, and toffee with a supple, crisp, dry full body and a sleek, elegant, long finish with fine, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211684
Provisions
NV Merlot
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Rich, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of damsom plums, mocha, black currants, and toffee with a supple, crisp, dry full body and a sleek, elegant, long finish with fine, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211652
Three Knights
2012 Malbec
Medium brown brick red color. Lively, jammy, fruity earthy woody aromas of blackberry jam, leather, spiced black raspberries, and black pepper with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, intricate, rapid finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211651
Three Knights
2011 Cabernet Franc
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, interesting, toasty creamy aromas of sesame toffee, vanilla buttercream, sour cherry tart, and herbs with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, snappy cedar, black raspberry, and mint cream finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A lively and nicely balanced cab franc.
88 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211802
Jewelry Box
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of berry chutney, orange spice cake, and jasmine with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length chocolate nuts, clementine, and melon finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A tasty, crowd-pleasing sipper.
88 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211803
Jewelry Box
2013 Red Blend
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Aromas of black raspberries, ripe plums, toffee clay, and cherry jubilee with a chewy, crisp, dryish full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211692
Browne
2012 "Tribute Red" Columbia Valley
Deep purple color. Delicate, creamy aromas of milk chocolate, berry danish, and roasted nuts with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, breezy nutskin, earth, roasted sweet potato, and spicy gingerbread finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory red blend for the table that will improve with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211412
Forchini
2012 "Beau Sierra" Estate Bordeaux Blend
Bright medium dark garnet color. Lively, earthy, toasty aromas of spiced black currants, black raspberries, spiced cherry, and rubber with a chewy, crisp, full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211450
Canyon Wind
2013 Petit Verdot
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Bright, earthy, fruity toasty floral aromas of dark berries, violets, oriental spices, and potters clay with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, intricate, medium-long finish with well-integrated, firm, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211536
Gallo Family Vineyards
NV Merlot
Bright dark brick red color. Lively, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of ripe plums, blackcurrants, dried straw, and purple pez with a tart, dry medium-full body and a warming, intriguing, brisk finish with firm, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
87 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211536
Gallo Family Vineyards
NV Merlot
Bright dark brick red color. Lively, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of ripe plums, blackcurrants, dried straw, and purple pez with a tart, dry medium-full body and a warming, intriguing, brisk finish with firm, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
87 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211636
Forest Glen
2013 Merlot
Bright medium brown brick red color. Inviting, fruity earthy toasty aromas of black cherries, wood smoke, roasted herbs, and cedar with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, distinctive, breezy finish with firm, coating, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211636
Forest Glen
2013 Merlot
Bright medium brown brick red color. Inviting, fruity earthy toasty aromas of black cherries, wood smoke, roasted herbs, and cedar with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, distinctive, breezy finish with firm, coating, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211649
Silver Ridge
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brown brick red color. Lively, minerally aromas of mulberries, blackberries, spring water, and wood smoke with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry full body and a warming, complex, breezy finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211703
Cedar Creek Winery
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of buttery nut brittle and berry custard pie with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and an appealing, cheery tart cherry and cedar finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice tangy cabernet that will be versatile at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211587
ONEHOPE
2013 Proprietary Blend Merlot
Bright medium brick red color. Delicate, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of black plums, blackcurrants/ pomegranates, toffee, and dried twigs with an crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, snappy finish with firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211587
ONEHOPE
2013 Proprietary Blend Merlot
Bright medium brick red color. Delicate, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of black plums, blackcurrants/ pomegranates, toffee, and dried twigs with an crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, snappy finish with firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211472
Casa Larga
NV Meritage Finger Lakes
Dark bright dusty ruby color. Bright, earthy, fruity aromas of black plums, black raspberries, sandalwood, and loess/wind blown silt with a bright, dry full body and a warming, medium-long finish with firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
87 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211541
Narmada Winery
2010 Melange Virginia
Ruby black color. Rich, roasted aromas of coffee, toffee, and berry pie crust with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, breezy tomato, earth, and nutshell finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured wine for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211433
Greyscale
2013 Cuvee Blanc Rutherford, Napa Valley
Silvery straw color. Delicate, inviting aromas of tapioca and dried coconut and banana with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy nutskin, coconut milk, and vanilla cream finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A nice dry oak sauvignon blanc in the fume style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211691
Browne
2012 Merlot
Garnet black color. Delicate, nutty aromas of roasted whole nuts, dark chocolate, and tree bark with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, relaxed berry tart and earth finish with fine, woody tannins and moderate oak. A appetizing, well-oaked merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211691
Browne
2012 Merlot
Garnet black color. Delicate, nutty aromas of roasted whole nuts, dark chocolate, and tree bark with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, relaxed berry tart and earth finish with fine, woody tannins and moderate oak. A appetizing, well-oaked merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211534
Barefoot
NV Malbec
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of ripe mulberries, black currants, saddle leather, and clay with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, refreshing, breezy finish with well-integrated, grippy tannins and light oak. A very zin-like malbec.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211535
Barefoot
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium color. Creamy, fruity toasty aromas of red berries, cassis, dried straw/twigs, and clay with an bright, medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, breezy finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211673
CK Mondavi
2013 Wildcreek Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Dank, fruity toasty confected aromas of mulberries, blackcurrants, dried flowers / star anise, and peppery with an crisp, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, brisk finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211599
Line 39
2013 Merlot
Bright medium brick red color. Mild, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of maraschino cherry, turned earth, blackberry, and toast with a lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with firm, dusty, fruit tannins and light oak.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211599
Line 39
2013 Merlot
Bright medium brick red color. Mild, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of maraschino cherry, turned earth, blackberry, and toast with a lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with firm, dusty, fruit tannins and light oak.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211678
Perimeter
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brown brick red color. Bright, fruity, toasty earthy aromas of creme de cassis, boysenberries, gravel, and vanillin with a lively, dry full body and a warming, intriguing, brisk finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211695
The Originals
2013 Merlot
Dusty garnet color. Mild aromas of clay, olive, and dried berries with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk spiced apple and earth finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice zippy everyday red.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211695
The Originals
2013 Merlot
Dusty garnet color. Mild aromas of clay, olive, and dried berries with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk spiced apple and earth finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice zippy everyday red.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211805
Besitos
NV Red Blend
Ruby color. Aromas of honeyed nut toast, dark berry jam, and cornichon with a soft, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, buoyant honeyed cherries and bark finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice fruity, everyday quaffer.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211586
ONEHOPE
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of bright black currants, toasted coconuts, pomegranate, and pressed linen /turned earth with an crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211683
Provisions
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Fruity, woody aromas of ripe black berries, caramelized oak, ripe plums/prune, and saddle leather with an lively, dryish full body and a warming, nuanced, carefree finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211510
Pearmund Cellars
2013 Toll Gate Vineyard Petit Verdot
Bright dark violet color. Rich, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of spiced blackberries, ripe mulberries, oriental spices, and leather with a chewy, puckering, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211449
Canyon Wind
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium dark garnet color. Mild, fruity, woody spicy aromas of spiced black berries, plum pits, putty, and tree bark with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, compelling, easy finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211540
Narmada Winery
2010 Malbec
Garnet black color. Bright, toasty aromas of roasted pecans, chocolate covered espresso beans, dried berries and tomatoes, and pencil shavings with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a refreshing, buoyant cranberry, nuts, and earth finish with dusty, woody tannins. A racy, earthy red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211533
Barefoot
NV Merlot
Dusty dark dusty garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of black currant, plum, dried twigs, and mocha with a chewy, tart, dry full body and a warming, refreshing, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211533
Barefoot
NV Merlot
Dusty dark dusty garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of black currant, plum, dried twigs, and mocha with a chewy, tart, dry full body and a warming, refreshing, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211674
CK Mondavi
2013 Wildcreek Canyon Merlot
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, fruity aromas of vanilla peppermint bark and spicy berry compote with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, easy chocolate nut fudge finish with medium, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice everyday sipper.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211674
CK Mondavi
2013 Wildcreek Canyon Merlot
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, fruity aromas of vanilla peppermint bark and spicy berry compote with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, easy chocolate nut fudge finish with medium, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice everyday sipper.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211638
J.W. Morris
2012 Merlot
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, funky floral aromas of mulberries, toasted yeast, gravel, and pomegranate with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, breezy finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211638
J.W. Morris
2012 Merlot
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, funky floral aromas of mulberries, toasted yeast, gravel, and pomegranate with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, breezy finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211566
Coast
2014 Merlot
Bright medium dark garnet color. Lively, fruity aromas of spiced plums, red licorice, red cherries, and dried twigs with an bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with medium, well-integrated, fruit tannins and light oak. An easy balanced quaffer.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211566
Coast
2014 Merlot
Bright medium dark garnet color. Lively, fruity aromas of spiced plums, red licorice, red cherries, and dried twigs with an bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with medium, well-integrated, fruit tannins and light oak. An easy balanced quaffer.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211734
Pennywise
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of berry sorbet and nut brittle with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk berry cookie and nutskin finish with light oak. A nice, fruity everyday red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211473
Casa Larga
NV Cabernet/Merlot
Bright garnet color. Delicate, earthy, fruity aromas of cassis, plum pits, loess, and tree bark with an bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, breezy finish with firm, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209629
Cambridge & Sunset
2013 Merlot
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity aromas of plums, black currants, and red gummy bears with an bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, cheery finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and light oak.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209629
Cambridge & Sunset
2013 Merlot
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity aromas of plums, black currants, and red gummy bears with an bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, cheery finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and light oak.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211509
Pearmund Cellars
2013 "Ameritage" Virginia
Bright medium brick red color. Lively, fruity, floral confected toasty aromas of powdered raspberry, dried flowers, burnt toffee, and potters clay with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, engaging, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211544
Narmada Winery
2011 Yash-Vir Virginia
Ruby black color. Spicy, minty aromas of floral honey, cranberry relish, and mint cookie with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, easy oak finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. An earthy red for table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211493
Kalaris
2013 Merlot
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Lively, fruity, earthy funky aromas of ripe plums, fruitcake, cassis, and barnyard/old leather with a chewy, puckering, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, brief finish with grippy, firm, leafy tannins and heavy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211493
Kalaris
2013 Merlot
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Lively, fruity, earthy funky aromas of ripe plums, fruitcake, cassis, and barnyard/old leather with a chewy, puckering, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, brief finish with grippy, firm, leafy tannins and heavy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211598
Line 39
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium color. Fruity, earthy toasty aromas of cassis, red gummy bears, clay, and dried twigs with a bright, dryish medium-full body and a warming, brisk finish with grippy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211631
Carmenet
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brown brick red color. Bright, earthy, fruity toasty funky aromas of cassis, toasted coconuts, wood putty, and stale gummy bears/red licorice with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, brief finish with firm, grippy tannins.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211635
Fat Cat
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, funky toasty aromas of ripe black currants, old barrel staves, gravel, and white pepper with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a peppery, involved, medium-length finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209628
Cambridge & Sunset
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brown brick red color. Bright, earthy, fruity toasty aromas of creme de cassis, tootsie roll, toasted marshmallow, and red berries with a soft, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, brisk finish with soft, medium tannins and light oak.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211681
Acre 21
2013 Merlot
Ruby black color. Bright, fruity aromas of chocolate and berry pie with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed nuts and wood finish with firm, barky tannins. A sturdy oaky merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211681
Acre 21
2013 Merlot
Ruby black color. Bright, fruity aromas of chocolate and berry pie with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed nuts and wood finish with firm, barky tannins. A sturdy oaky merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211506
Bentgate
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brown brick red color. Lively, fruity, earthy floral aromas of spiced black berries, leather, finely milled Spanish soap, and lavender with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211597
Backhouse
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright pale burnt sienna color. Mild, fruity, toasty aromas of cassis, turned earth, black berries, and green olives with a chewy, bright, dry medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211600
Redtree
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of dark berry jam, chocolate nuts, and pencil with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a short cranberry, cedar bark, and vanilla nuts finish with firm, woody tannins and heavy oak. A sturdy everyday dinner wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211633
Bears’ Lair
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Bright, meaty aromas of BLT, berry scone, and nuts with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk plum and nutskin finish with moderate oak. A solid red sipper or burger wine.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211646
Red Truck
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Bright aromas of malted chocolate and black raspberry cobbler with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cedar and nutskin finish with crunchy, papery tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy red for the table.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211640
Masked Rider
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Delicate aromas of chocolate berries and butter roasted nuts with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk green apple, pomegranate, and earth finish with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, oaky red for the table.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211634
Forest Glen
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of berries and honey baked ham with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a momentary craisin, whole nuts, and twigs finish with hard, grippy tannins and heavy oak. A light oak red that needs food.
81 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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