September 2015 - US Red & White Hybrids

This month's Wine feature is US Red & White Hybrid Wines
US Red & White Hybrids Reviews
211709
Cedar Creek Winery
2014 La Belle Vie Vidal Blanc
Yellow color. Aromas of pineapple custard, coconut milk, and white nougat bar with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length ripe apple, delicate spice, and wheatgrass finish. A delicious, wonderfully fruity vidal blanc with great flavor and style.
93 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211707
Wollersheim
2014 Prairie Fume Fume
Yellow color. Aromas of kiwi, green apple, spiced melon, and slate with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long honeyed clementine and Meyer lemon finish with crunchy, fruit tannins. A superbly clean and flavorful seyval blanc with great varietal character and structure.
92 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211607
Chelsea Forge
2012 Alba Estate Vineyard Chambourcin
Ruby black color. Aromas of dried orange blossoms and pressed linen with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length black raspberry compote, vanilla nuts, and baking spices finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A delicious and elegant chambourcin.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211704
Wollersheim
2014 Domaine du Sac Red
Ruby color. Aromas of blueberry pie a la mode and buttery toffee and caramel corn with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, easy sour cherry, milk chocolate, and sour apple finish with soft tannins and light oak. A delicious, balanced, old world styled red.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211592
Bordeleau
NV Lot 6 Chambourcin
Garnet black color. Delicate aromas of vanilla custard, berries on the bush, and pencil shavings with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length cranberry relish, spiced yams, earth, and smoked nuts finish with moderate oak. A nice earthy red that will be great with game.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211595
Debonné Vineyards
2013 Ice Wine Vidal Blanc
Bright medium bright gold color. Fruity, citrusy savory spicy aromas of roasted pineapples, honey crisp apples, and lemon custard with a supple, vibrant, sweet full body and a peppery, long finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211708
Cedar Creek Winery
2014 Bon Vivant Dry red
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate toffee, buckwheat pancake with berries, and aloe with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length cranberry sauce, nuts, grilled pepper, and earth finish with light oak. A refreshing, mouthwatering red.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211705
Wollersheim
2014 Prairie Sunburst Red Red
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate rice, creamy nougat, black raspberry pie, and aloe with a body and a delightful, medium-length roasted pepper, pomegranate, cocoa, and cedar mulch finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A crisp, mouthwatering red that will pair nicely.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211706
Wollersheim
2014 Prairie Blush Wisconsin
Pink color. Aromas of berries in cream, watermelon, and apple with a supple, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length honey cream and mandarin orange finish with crunchy, fine tannins and no oak. A crisp, juicy, fruity rosé sipper.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211367
Easley
2013 Chambourcin
Dusty ruby color. Bright, toasty aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate, and berry bush with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, crisp grilled blackberries and tomatoes, wood smoke, silt, and vanilla finish with fine tannins and light oak. A pleasant table friendly chambourcin with a touch of earthy funk.
88 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211369
Easley
2014 Traminette
Bright pale straw green color. Bright, citrusy, fruity floral aromas of ruby grapefruit, bitter lemon pith, and white flowers with a crisp, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, snappy finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
88 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211546
Train Wreck
2013 "Brianna" Iowa
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of ripe kiwi, lychee, and orange blossoms with a soft, fruity light body and a sleek, interesting, snappy topical fruit salad with banana, green apple, earth, and marinated cucumber finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice combination of fruit and savory notes.
87 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211547
Train Wreck
2013 "Caboose" Iowa
Bright pale medium light gold color. Fruity, floral spicy aromas of spiced yellow apples, cardamom, white flower note, and subtle Vietnamese cinnamon with a crisp, off-dry medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
87 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211619
Girouard Vines
2013 Red Wine Clarksburg
Dark dusty ruby color. Delicate, exotic aromas of white chocolate raisins, spiced nuts, and exotic berry compote with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity body and a polished, delightful, cheery blood orange and earth finish with fine tannins and light oak. A fun, very different red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211550
Train Wreck
2013 "Kate" Iowa
Bright light ruby garnet color. Lively, fruity, earthy jammy aromas of grape jelly and spiced cherries with a soft, fruity body and a peppery, intriguing, easy finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211549
Train Wreck
2013 "Gandy Dancer" Seyval Blanc
Clear medium straw color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of ripe yellow apples, lemon curd, plumbers putty, and dried leaf with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
85 points $13.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211545
Train Wreck
2013 "Edelweiss" Iowa
Silvery emerald straw color. Attractive, fruity toasty aromas of fruit salad and honeyed pineapple danish with a silky, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk apple sauce, peach, and mint jelly finish with no oak. A clean, pleasant off dry sipper.
85 points $13.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211618
Girouard Vines
2013 Dry Rose Clarksburg
Brown brick red color. Dank aromas of honeyed sour cherries, tomato, and red grape with a lean, crisp, bone-dry thin body and a charming, short cherry pit, pomegranate seed, nut oil, and gherkin finish with light oak. A earthy and unusual, dry rosé.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211548
Train Wreck
2013 "Cow Catcher" Marquette
Bright light garnet color. Lively, smoky, sulfury aromas of slightly sour cherry/berry, dried canvas, powdered cherry Kool aid, and blood orange with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, captivating, short finish with medium tannins and light oak.
80 points $14.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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