March 2016 - US Bordeaux Varietals

This month's Wine feature is US Bordeaux Varietals Wines
US Bordeaux Varietals Reviews
214105
Opaque
2010 Petit Verdot
Black garnet color. Bright, exotic, earthy aromas of dried cassis and herbs, saddle leather, bloody meat, and clay with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, medium-long nuts, baking and peppery spices, oak, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully savory and old world styled petit verdot that drinks like a right bank Bordeaux.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214248
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2012 Estate Cabernet Franc
Garnet black color. Bright, interesting, complex aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, carrot cake, exotic spices, and tomato chutney with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long boysenberry relish, marinated olives, and spiced nuts finish with moderate oak. A vibrant, pure and complex cabernet franc with great varietal character.
96 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214109
Riboli Family Vineyard
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque dark bright violet color. Bright, roasted aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate fudge, banana foster, and dried berries and leather with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium-long menthol mint and eucalyptus honey on toast finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A brooding, chewy well-structured cabernet that will improve with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214269
Martin Estate
2013 Collector's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, toffee, leather, and herb toast with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long nut brittle and berry creme brulee finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. An impressively polished and stylish cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214484
Tom Eddy
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark violet color. Lively, fruity, creamy attractive aromas and flavors of huckleberry custard tart, creme brulee, and chocolate mousse with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long spicy currant compote, nuts, and pencil shavings finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A richly flavored, well-structured and elegantly styled cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214107
San Antonio
2010 Cask 520 Paso Robles
Nearly opaque black ruby color. Delicate, savory aromas of bouillon, dried berries and cherries, leather, and wet clay with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long craisins, roasted beets and parsnips, cocoa, and spice finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A savory, delectable, and meaty red blend with an old world style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214076
Soquel Vineyards
2014 "Cepage a Deux" Partner's Reserve Napa Valley
Violet color. Lively, spicy, herbal aromas of menthol, chocolate mint, and spicy pomegranate tart with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long blueberry chutney, honeyed nuts, and cedar bark finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully spicy and engaging red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214504
Wish Vineyards
2012 Merlot
Garnet black color. Delicate, toasty, buttery aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, toasted coconut, and chocolate dark berries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long chocolate mint, alpine herbs and menthol, delicate spiced apple and cherry, and toasty oak finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. An intriguingly inviting and elegant merlot with great balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214195
Napa Cellars
2012 V Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark black garnet color. Bright, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of pickling spices, boysenberry compote, apple pie, and blossoms with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-length cassis creme brulee, spiced green apple and melon, and earth finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A lovely, nuanced Napa cabernet that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214197
SeaGlass
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Fruity, jammy floral aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, candied violets, chocolate mint, and eucalyptus with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length cassis jam on raisin toast, strawberry sorbet, nuts, and sandalwood incense finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A toothsome, spicy and vibrant cabernet that will sing with spicy meat dishes.
93 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214474
Rutherford Vintners
2013 Malbec
Deep purple color. Lively, spicy, herbal aromas of eucalyptus honey, blueberry tart, and black forest cake with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate mint cookie, menthol, and roasted nuts finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A delightfully spicy and herbal malbec for spicy fare.
93 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214318
Spangler
2012 Cabernet Franc
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, funky toasty savory aromas of raspberry crumble, spiced cedar, toasty yeast, and heather & clay with a crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, swift finish with chewy, firm, earthy tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214042
Corner 103
2013 Cabernet Franc
Nearly opaque bright dark garnet color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse, berry pie, and dulce du leche gelato with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length marinated beets, salty roasted nuts, and earth finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. Nicely balanced fruit, oak and savory earthiness note bodes well for pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214211
Brecon Estate
2013 Meritage Paso Robles
Opaque dark deep purple color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of craisins, cocoa roasted nuts, and pink peppercorn with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long creme brulee, blackberry tart, and cedar finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A well-structured red blend with lots of pleasing nuances of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214453
John Robert Eppler
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark deep purple color. Savory, toasty fruity aromas of resonant spiced blackberries, burnt cream, lightly charred cedar, and rose hip tea with a bright, dry full body and a warming, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214537
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2011 CYRUS Alexander Valley
Bright dark opaque garnet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of honeyed cranberry bread and herb muffin, dried meat, brown spices, and ink with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-length spicy plum custard, olives, nutskin, and earth finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A savory, nuanced Bordeaux varietal blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214358
Riboli Family Vineyard
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Indigo color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried fruits, honeyed olive bread toast, and herbs and spices with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, medium-long chocolate, cedar, peppery spices, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A flavorful and vibrant cabernet offering.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214140
Maroon Wines
2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque dark dusty garnet color. Bright, interesting, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled berries, smoked nuts, and caramelized bacon with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length spiced cherries, toasty cedar, chestnuts, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delectably intricate cabernet with lovely smoky oak tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214353
Heibel Ranch Vineyards
2012 GBH Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Bright aromas of baked berries, waxy honeycomb, pickling spices, and mocha with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and an even, compelling, medium-length chestnuts, earth, oak, and cassis gastrique finish with silky, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, savory Napa cabernet that will develop nicely with a little time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214256
Tom Eddy
2012 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Bright, toasty aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate coffee beans, berry danish, and leather with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length craisins, honey butter, and praline finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very nice, mellow and stylish cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214218
Pend d’Oreille
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque bright dark garnet color. Bright, interesting, tropical aromas and flavors of banana-berry yogurt, cherry pie a la mode, toffee, and leather with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long delicate baking spices, cherry custard, tomato-beet relish, and earth finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully savory and layered cabernet that will sing at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214106
Opaque
2010 Malbec
Dusty garnet color. Bright, interesting, creamy fruity aromas of dried berries, buttercream, suede, and olive skin with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, medium-length black raspberry pie, toffee, dried apricot and raisins, and spice finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, smooth, and satisfying malbec that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214390
deLorimier
2012 Preston Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Delicate, spicy, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, blueberry tart, and clay with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, craisin toast, spicy nut brittle, cream, and pepper finish with well-integrated, soft, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, almost jammy, appetizing cabernet that will appear to zinfandel fans.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214452
John Robert Eppler
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark violet color. Fruity, toasty earthy aromas of spiced ripe blackberries, turned earth, cedar, and resonant pepper - old vine spice with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a peppery, engaging, swift finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214138
Maroon Wines
2013 Signature Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet color. Bright, creamy, funky aromas of berry custard tart, spiced chocolate graham crackers, and butter roasted nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy sandalwood, cedar, and olive finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and supple Napa cab.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213980
Lawer Estates
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black garnet color. Bright, roasted, interesting aromas of dark roasted nuts, chocolate espresso bean, leather, and olives and incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long craisin, sundried tomato, creme brulee, and spiced nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. An amazingly smooth and supple, artfully balanced cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214103
Maddalena
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark violet color. Mild, earthy, savory aromas of potting soil and clay, waxy honeycomb, and sundried berries and tomatoes with a soft, crisp, dryish full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long pickled beets and cherries, blueberry tart, nuts, and earth finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice combination of sweet, earthy, and savory flavors bodes well for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214246
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2012 Meritage Reserve Niagara Escarpment
Black ruby color. Buttery aromas of dark salted caramelized fruits and nuts, frosted chocolate cake, and wood smoke with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-long honeyed dried berries, spiced nuts, cherry gastrique, and sundried tomato finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An elegant and nicely layered red blend with a good future ahead of it.
91 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214350
San Simeon
2012 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of spiced berries, roasted chestnut, and cocoa with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length black raspberry custard finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and satisfying cabernet that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214252
Byington
2013 Bates Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Bright dark nearly opaque garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty floral aromas of tangy black raspberries, sandalwood, dried heather, and canvas with an lively, dry full body and a warming, involved, brisk finish with chewy, cottony tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214139
Maroon Wines
2012 Reserve Single Vineyard 125 Cases Bottled Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of smoked cherries and sandalwood incense with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long spiced plums and oranges, pencil shavings, creme brulee, and chestnuts finish with fine, chewy tannins. A nice fruit driven pinot noir with interesting spicy, smoky barrel tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214151
Barboursville
2013 "Octagon" Virginia
Nearly opaque bright dark violet color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of baked berries, coffee beans, and dark chocolate with an even, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length marinated cherries and beets, nutskins, and dusty earth finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very dry, seriously styled, old world like red blend for the table.
91 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214210
Brecon Estate
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark opaque garnet black color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of dried sour cherries and berries, spiced toffee, clay, and lacquered wood with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, appealing, cheery creme brulee, nuts, and earth finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A very fruity, smooth and creamy cabernet that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214104
Maddalena
2011 Merlot
Violet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of baked plums, spiced nuts, and cocoa with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length blood orange and nutskin finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak. A lovely, spicy, zesty merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214217
Pend d’Oreille
2013 Cabernet Franc
Dusty garnet color. Creamy aromas of milk chocolate mousse and macaroon, olives, cashew brittle, and horsehair with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length marinated beets and vanilla custard finish with silky tannins and light oak. A lovely, creamy cabernet franc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214228
Auburn Road
2013 "Gaia" Outer Coastal Plain
Brick red color. Bright, funky, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed cherries and Meyer lemon, tomatoes on the vine, chocolate coffee bean, and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, interesting, carefree marinated beets, cranberries, sandalwood, and dried herbs and tobacco finish with well-integrated, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very savory, dry red blend for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214189
Folie à Deux
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque bright dark black violet color. Bright, dusty aromas and flavors of berry tart, sesame-pistachio cookie, and pressed flowers with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-long honeyed herbs, vanilla cream, brown spices, and floral talc finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant spicy cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214247
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark violet color. Bright, spicy, buttery aromas and flavors of horchata buttercream, flan, pomegranate gelato, and chalk with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, captivating, breezy cranberry, blood orange, and cedar mulch finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A crisp and refreshing cabernet with a sense of place and individual style.
90 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214354
ONE LEAF
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque bright dark garnet color. Bright, toasty, spicy fruity creamy aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, berry and sweet potato pies, and bath talc with a silky, bright, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long roasted nuts, creme brulee, peppery spices, and cedar mulch finish with firm, chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice oaky cabernet.
90 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214477
Wine Spots
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of dark berry pie, peanut brittle, brown butter, and dried lavender with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length cassis gelato, brown spices, cocoa, and cedar mulch finish with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A very nice cabernet with chewy table-friendly tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214251
Byington
2013 Frei Vineyard Merlot
Nearly opaque bright dark black color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of berry tart and toffee with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length vanilla custard, praline, spiced currants, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A very nice dry merlot that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214041
Corner 103
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty medium dark ruby black color. Delicate, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of cherry preserves and delicate spice with an even, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length roasted nuts and sweet potatoes and cedar finish with crunchy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A smooth, nutty, elegantly styled cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214471
Picket Fence
2014 Malbec
Nearly opaque bright dark color. Fruity, inviting toasty aromas of blackberry cobbler, leather, pressed violets, and pan grille with a supple, vibrant, dryish full body and a warming, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214469
Napa Ridge
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Delicate, waxy aromas of candle wax, creme brulee, and berry puff pastry with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spicy cassis-blueberry compote, toffee, menthol mint, and cedar finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nicely spicy and lively Napa cabernet.
89 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214283
Westport
2013 "Charterboat Chick" Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Roasted aromas and flavors of coffee beans, bubbly berry pie crust, and dark chocolate with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cassis jam on pumpernickel, nuts, and oak finish with dusty tannins. A solid marriage of fruit and oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214193
Napa Cellars
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark opaque black garnet color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker, creme brulee, berry tart, and candied yams with a soft, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length vanilla cream and nougat finish with well-integrated, firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A solid, creamy cabernet pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214254
Byington
2013 Bates Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark violet color. Bright, attractive, toasty spicy aromas and flavors of cassis-boysenberry tart, pickling spices, and toffee with a creamy, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, captivating, breezy nutskins, cassis jam, reduced lemons and oranges, and cedar finish with chewy, crunchy, woody tannins and heavy oak. A rich, chewy, firmly structured cabernet that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214392
deLorimier
2012 Barrel Select Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark bright opaque deep purple color. Lively, fruity, toasty earthy aromas of ripe mulberries, spiced cedar, turned earth, and canvas with a tannic, crisp, dry body and a warming, interesting, fleeting finish with firm, grippy, hard tannins and heavy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214334
House Family Vineyards
2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Fruity, waxy aromas and flavors of berry compote, spice, leather, and honeycomb with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy roasted nuts, earth, and olives finish with chewy, firm tannins. A very dry, very serious cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214040
Corner 103
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark black ruby color. Bright, buttery, fruity aromas and flavors of berry tart, peppery spice, and roasted nuts with a soft, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length chocolate yogurt, creme brulee, and toasty cedar finish with chewy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A solid, attractive cabernet that will be versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214162
Camelot
NV Merlot
Dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of pickling spiced cherries and berry caramel tart with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, buoyant chocolate craisin, nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A rock solid, fruity, easy drinking merlot.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214332
Secret Cellars
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, fruity aromas of berry coulis, toffee, and honey with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, cheery vanilla nuts, currant, and cedar finish with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak. A solid cabernet with good acidity and fruit and ample tannins.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214466
Domaine Napa
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark deep purple color. Delicate, interesting aromas of mocha fudge, cassis jam on dark toast, chocolate roasted nuts, and sliced radish with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a spiced cherries, apples, and raspberries, chocolate citrus peels, and cedar bark finish with dusty, barky tannins and heavy oak. A nice fruity, oaky Napa cabernet with firm tannins; give this a bit of time.
88 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214467
Garnet Vineyards
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet color. Interesting, savory aromas and flavors of caperberry and olive relish, dill pickles, chocolate cherries, and bacon bits with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant craisin, nutskin, vanilla, and toasty oak finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely savory and tangy cabernet with a nice brushstroke of American oak.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214179
Kirkland Signature
2013 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Bright, creamy aromas of berry custard pie and toffee with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a graceful, breezy pencil shavings, spiced cherries, nuts, and cherry cola finish with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid, everyday Napa cab.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214330
Pico & Vine
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Brilliant dusty ruby color. Delicate, attractive aromas of spiced cherries and berries, chocolate graham cracker, and mocha with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, breezy grenadine, nutskins, and cedar bark finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice, juicy, fruity sipper for gourmet burgers.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214190
Folie à Deux
2013 Merlot
Violet color. Bright, toasty, spicy floral aromas and flavors of fermenting apples and pears, chocolate halva, and perfume with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, relaxed craisin, nuts, and pencil shavings finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A nice light and refreshing, oaky merlot for everyday meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214108
San Simeon
2012 Estate Reserve Merlot
Ruby black color. Bright, creamy aromas of creme brulee and cherry tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, easy chocolate nuts and citrus peels and cedar dust finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A pure, nicely balanced merlot that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214319
Bordeleau
NV Meritage Maryland
Bright dark medium dusty garnet color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of craisins, carob, clay, and dried flowers and tomatoes on the vine with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long mulberries, grape vines, and nuts finish with chewy, barky tannins and moderate oak. A fun, funky red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214148
Barboursville
2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Lively, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled berries and meats, smoked nuts, cigar ash, and peppercorns with an even, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long roasted beets and carrots, cigar box, and nutskins finish with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A fun smoky, savory red that screams for grilled meats.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214325
Heist
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of coconut, berry pie a la mode, and toffee with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, breezy spiced cherries and cedar finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A smooth and even cabernet.
88 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214219
Pend d’Oreille
2013 L'OEUVRE Reserve Washington
Dusty garnet color. Delicate, toasty, buttery aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, buttercream, dried berries, and dried mushroom with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, carefree spiced plums and cherries, custard, and roasted carrot finish with silky, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very smooth and mellow red blend sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214149
Barboursville
2013 Reserve Petit Verdot
Bright dark black garnet color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled fruits and yams, smoked nuts, and burnt sugar with a glycerous, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-length vanilla yogurt, honey roasted cherries and root vegetables, and cedar finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. An interesting, smoky, savory red that will excel with bbq.
88 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214075
Soquel Vineyards
2013 "Intreccio" Library Selection Napa Valley
Garnet black color. Delicate, toasty aromas of butter roasted nuts, mixed berries, and chocolate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length spiced nuts and cherries, earth, sandalwood, and tobacco leaf finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A firm cellar worthy red that will improve with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214317
Big House Wine Co.
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of blueberry pie and gelato and cherry gum with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy praline finish with light oak. A nice fruity, everyday sipper.
87 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214472
Powder Keg
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Bright, fruity, toasty floral aromas of black currants, cranberries, dried flowers - roses, and potters clay with a tannic, lively, dry full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214161
Backhouse
2014 Merlot
Dusty ruby color. Bright, buttery aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and spiced roasted nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp strawberry and cherry jams on toast, toffee, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A solid, nicely fruity merlot for everyday enjoyment.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214198
Three Thieves
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque bright medium dark color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, chocolate rice bar, and berry jam with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, breezy vanilla fudge and spiced nut finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, vibrant cabernet that is sure to please.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214196
Fancy Pants
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright deep purple color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate covered graham crackers, berry jam on toast, and praline with an even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, relaxed cedar, honey, and vanilla cream finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A nice fruity everyday cabernet.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214473
Red Truck
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark nearly opaque dusty color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of purple gummy bears, red licorice, black cherries, and gravel with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, compelling, breezy finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and light oak.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214192
Ménage à Trois
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque bright medium dark color. Bright, citrusy, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed cherries, raspberry jam on toast, and vanilla toffee with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, breezy baking spices and pencil shavings finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A nice fruity, carefree cabernet.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214461
Antares
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Aromas of dried lavender and violets, cassis tart, dried eucalyptus leaf, and chocolate nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy nutshells, tea leaves, and earth finish with firm, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A big oaky cabernet with spice and lots of tannins.
86 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214194
Napa Cellars
2013 Merlot
Garnet black color. Bright, fruity, minerally aromas of gravel, dried berries, flan, and dried lavender with a soft, crisp, petillant, dryish light-to-medium body and a nutskins and shells, craisins, and grassy earth finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. A firm, oaky merlot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214039
Corner 103
2012 Merlot
Bright dark violet color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of black raspberry chutney, cocoa, and pepper with an even, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, compelling, easy plum skin and marinated beets and carrots finish with firm, leafy tannins and heavy oak. A firm, tightly wound merlot that needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214463
Crane Lake
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium dark dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe yet tart berries - mulberries, saddle leather, cedar, and plums with a lively, dry full body and a warming, charming, quick finish with woody, firm, grippy tannins and light oak.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214464
Crane Lake
2014 Malbec
Bright dark ruby black color. Bright aromas of cherry-berry, purple Pez, leather, and clay with an lively, dryish full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with grippy tannins and light oak.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214468
Harlow Ridge
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dark brick red color. Bright, fruity, creamy toasty aromas of tart berries, cream de cassis, canvas, and gravel with an crisp, dry full body and a peppery, stimulating, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and light oak.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214462
Bears’ Lair
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dark dusty garnet color. Confected, candied fruity toasty aromas of candied violets, spiced black currants, planked cedar, and gravel with a chewy, dry full body and a warming, engaging, rapid finish with woody, firm, grippy tannins and heavy oak.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214331
Pico & Vine
2013 Meritage Napa County
Dark ruby black color. Bright, attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of warm tapioca, chocolate toffee, and caramelized bacon with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, easy berry pie a la mode, spiced nuts, cedar, and earth finish with chewy, woody tannins and heavy oak. A rock solid red blend that is sure to please.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214470
Picket Fence
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Bright, fruity, spicy toasty aromas of spiced mulberries, dried canvas, cedar & craisins, and white pepper with an lively, dry full body and a peppery, engaging, swift finish with chewy, firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
85 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214284
Westport
2013 "Mermaid" Merlot
Bright medium dark garnet black color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of nuts, coffee, pie crust, and berry yogurt with an even, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length spiced berries, chocolate nuts, pencil shavings, and pepper finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A lively merlot sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214150
Barboursville
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dark garnet black color. Bright, smoky, roasted aromas of coffee beans, grilled fruits, and clay with a soft, tangy, dryish medium body and a tingling, charming, breezy burnt cranberry toast, chocolate nuts, and grass finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An earthy, slightly rustic cabernet for the table.
85 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214465
Crane Lake
2013 Merlot
Ruby black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker, dill pickle, and cherry pie with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, snappy black raspberries, craisins, and cedar finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A pleasant everyday sipper or burger wine.
84 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214163
Camelot
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Delicate, fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, whipped cream, and toffee with an even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, rapid cherry preserves, lemon seltzer, and nuts finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy quaffable burger wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214164
Line 39
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dark violet color. Bright, attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate nut bar, berry cream torte, and latte with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, brisk berry jam on nut toast finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A carefree cabernet quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214018
Thirty Five
2013 Bauer Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, toffee, and mocha with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, buoyant cedar and nutskins finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant, easy drinking cab with table friendly tannins.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214199
The Show
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright violet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of toasty graham cracker, chocolate mint cookie, cherry yogurt, and mocha with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy nuts and bark finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A solid quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214152
Barboursville
2014 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Mild, citrusy, creamy aromas and flavors of lemon custard, grapefruit salad, nectarine tart, and pavement with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, brisk grass and straw and nutskin finish with dusty, fruit tannins. A dry sauvignon blanc sipper.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214305
Danenberger Family Vineyards
NV Desagace Muse De Ceres American
Dusty ruby black color. Mellow, jammy aromas and flavors of grape jam and cherry juice, nougat, clay and putty with an even, tangy, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, brisk raw cranberry, straw, and earth finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. An earthy old world style table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214324
LUXX
2014 Merlot
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, jammy aromas and flavors of cherry and grape preserves on toast and grape candy with an even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, breezy spiced dried cherries, blueberry pie, and whole nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A distinctively fruity and jammy merlot sipper.
84 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214249
Byington
2013 Alliage Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque bright dark garnet color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of mixed berry compote, delicate spices, and pistachio gelato with an oily, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, breezy cedar and nutskins and shell finish with firm, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A tightly compacted and tannic red that needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214203
Sutter Home
NV Merlot
Light garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and raisins with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy cherry jam, apple sauce, praline, and cedar finish with fine tannins. An easy quaffer for burgers.
83 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214204
Sutter Home
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of dried berries and chocolate with an even, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, brisk honeyed apple and citrus, nuts, cream, and bark finish with chewy, firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant quaffer.
83 points Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214160
Backhouse
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of berry pie a la mode and toasty toffee with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, brisk meringue and sweet spiced nuts finish with medium, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A solid, sturdy cabernet quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214201
Bandit
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium ruby black color. Bright, fruity, toasty floral aromas and flavors of milk chocolate cookie and raspberry tart with a soft, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, brisk cedar and nutskins finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant cabernet sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214191
Ménage à Trois
2014 Merlot
Ruby black color. Delicate, baked, spicy aromas and flavors of berry compote, bacon, and chocolate with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift pickled beets, craisins, vanilla nuts, and cedar mulch finish with dusty, barky tannins and moderate oak. A nice, dry, tannic merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214250
Byington
2014 Tin Cross Vineyard Merlot
Opaque bright dark black ruby color. Bright, herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of dill pickle and cranberry toast and compote with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, intriguing, relaxed apple skin and cedar finish with hard, woody tannins and heavy oak. A very oaky and tannic merlot that could use cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214253
Byington
2013 Reichel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark deep purple color. Lively, toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of gherkins, baked berries, caramelized nuts and bacon, and berry candy with an oily, tart, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, quick nutskins and shells and cedar mulch finish with hard, barky tannins and heavy oak. A firm, tannic red that needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214202
Bandit
NV Merlot
Ruby black color. Mild aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, cocoa, and plum pudding with a silky, soft, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk cherry jelly on toast, nuts, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214306
Danenberger Family Vineyards
NV Desagace Scarlet Petit Verdot
Hazy garnet black color. Rich, jammy, vaporous aromas and flavors of grape and cherry jellies, dried goji berry and raisins, and wood putty with a velvety, crisp, moderately sweet medium-full body and a tingling, fast nutskin, mulberries, berry cider vinaigrette, and cedar finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very savory, grapey red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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