October 2015 - 2015 World Value Wine Challenge

This month's Wine feature is 2015 World Value Wine Challenge Wines.
2015 World Value Wine Challenge Reviews
212007
Torrea del Sale
2014 Sangiovese
Ruby color. Aromas of black raspberry, currant, vanilla, and black pepper with a soft, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long black cherry, plum, blackberry, and leather finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. This deep violet red manages to balance decadent amounts of dark fruit with just enough tannins, acidity and spice to keep everything in check and have you coming back for more and more and more.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211517
Tenute Rubino
2012 Marmorelle Salento
Bright dark violet color. Fruity, earthy floral toasty aromas of spiced dark berries, banana leaf, red flowers, and black olives & pepper with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with fine, well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212282
Marlo
2012 Merlot
Light color. Exotic, elegant fruity complex aromas of wild raspberry, cherry compote, vanilla, and baking spice with an tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long currant, cherry skin, mocha, and vanilla-spice cake finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Rich and textured with a densely cherry-berry core that beautifully complements the perfectly manicured oak, the intriguing wild raspberry on the nose and the chewy tannins on the finish.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212163
Leyendas de Familia
2014 Reserva Carmenere
Dark color. Bold, fruity, oaky rustic spicy aromas of black currant, mocha, vanilla-spice, and black cherry with a chewy, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long mocha, roasted plums, vanilla, and cinnamon finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. Rich, chewy roasted dark fruit and vanilla couple with chewy tannins and rustic acidity to create a mouthful of flavor ready to throw at boldly flavored cooking.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212165
Kirkland Signature
2013 Red Médoc
Garnet color. Aromas of black currant, pencil shavings, cherry skin, and granite with a slightly chewy, lively, dry medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long black currant, morello cherry, rich earth, and cigar box finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Classic Bordeaux over delivers with plenty of black currant, chewy cherry skin, mineral laced cigar box and firm, but integrated tannins all with a complex, balanced finish.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212483
Bogle
2013 Merlot
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of black berries, plums, tree bark, and cedar with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a warming, refreshing, brisk finish with chewy, firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211920
Belle Ambiance
2013 Red Blend California
Bright medium brown brick red color. Fruity, toasty earthy aromas of ripe blackberries, black plums, caramel, and dried twigs - clay with a lively, dry full body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish with well-integrated, firm, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212013
El Cortijillo
2014 Tempranillo
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, floral jammy minty aromas of black raspberry, vanilla, spice cake, and dried plum with a creamy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length plum jam, black raspberry, sweet vanilla, and cherry finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Over delivers on beautiful cherry, plum and berry fruit framed with generous vanilla and silky tannins for everyday, balanced sipping on the indulgent side.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212270
Graton Cellars
2012 Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas of baked berries and dill pickle with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, amusing, medium-length boysenberry jam on toast, apple, and nuts finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A juicy, appetizing, lightly spicy merlot that is sure to please.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211521
Marchesi del Salento
2014 Red Nero d'Avola
Black ruby color. Fruity, jammy exotic earthy aromas of black raspberry, grilled blood orange, mocha, and black plum with an tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length black plum, raspberry jam, vanilla, and roast cherry finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Juicy, chewy fruit has deliciously chewy tannins, notes of roasted cherry and a touch of vanilla.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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