May 2016 - Special International Wine Tasting

This month's Wine feature is European Wines
Special International Wine Tasting Reviews
215190
Chateau Berthenon
2012 Red Cuvee Henri Côtes de Bordeaux
Garnet black color. Bright, herbal, interesting aromas and flavors of marinated olives, dried berries, conditioned leather, and roasted peanuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, nuanced, medium-long roasted yams and root vegetables, delicate spice, minerals, and cedar finish with well-integrated, fine, earthy tannins. A seamless, savory and toothsome French red wine that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215199
Chateau Pipeau
2012 Grand Cru St. Emilion
Nearly opaque dark dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, smoky toasty aromas and flavors of cedar wood smoke, spiced black currants, plums, and fruit cake with a tannic, tangy, full body and a warming, layered finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215195
Chateau Berthenon
NV Rosé Cremant de Bordeaux
Silvery pink color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed melon and peach, white strawberry, and toast with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-long sour cherry, strawberry jam, and minerals finish. A delicious, mouthwatering sparkling rose that will be tremendously versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215191
Chateau Berthenon
2012 Red Cuvee Chloe Côtes de Bordeaux
Ruby black color. Lively, toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans, berry pie crust, and clay with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, complex, medium-long berry compote, sweet and savory spiced and herbs, roasted beets, and earth finish with crunchy, dusty, firm tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, concentrated red wine that will be even better with cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215188
Chateau Berthenon
2008 Premières Rouge Côtes de Blaye
Brick red color. Bright, interesting, savory aromas and flavors of olive tapenade on toast, dried sour cherries, and hint of bouillon with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long salty roasted tomato, delicate herbs, mixed peppercorns, and sandalwood finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fine, savory, mature red that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215413
Domaine Carmignan
2015 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
Violet color. Spicy, fruity inviting aromas and flavors of blueberry chutney, menthol mint, toffee and floral honey, and warm vanilla custard with a supple, tangy, fruity body and a tingling, complex, medium-length pomegranate and melon, lemon poppyseed muffin, sweet and pepper spices, and cedar finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A spicy and multilayered red with appetizing fruit and structure.
91 points $24.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215214
Conde de Siruela
2011 Reserva Ribera del Duero
Dark opaque garnet black color. Bright, fruity, peppery toasty savory aromas of black cherries - blackberries, tobacco and toffee, toasted coconut, and cedar and potters clay with an tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, elegant, medium-length creme brulee and spice finish with firm, grippy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, nuanced Spanish red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215186
Domaine Salmon
2014 Grand Reserve Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Bright light gold color. Bright, fruity, fresh citrusy clean aromas and flavors of lemon zest, dried leaves, cumin, and toasted yeast with a lively, dry medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish with well-integrated fruit tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215198
Château Grand Abord
2012 "Passion" Graves Rouge
Bright medium dark burnt sienna color. Minerally aromas and flavors of ripe black plum, walnut skin, blackberries - minerality, and cedar - gauze with a lively, dry full body and a smooth, medium-long finish with silky, well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215189
Chateau Berthenon
2010 Rouge Côtes de Bordeaux
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, meaty, roasted aromas and flavors of grilled peppers, roasted meat, dried berries, and toasted cedar plank with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long black raspberries, chocolate and vanilla, and gherkin finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A meat, savory red that is made for meat.
90 points $18.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215415
Marcellinus Sanctus
2014 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
Violet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler a la mode, toffee, and creme brulee with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length cocoa, nutskin, and pencil shavings finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A well-rounded and appealing Rhone red with a solid core of ripe fruit.
90 points $24.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215206
RUPESTRE
2011 Reserva Garnacha Tintorera
Opaque dark bright ruby black color. Bright, funky aromas of dark chocolate, cedar, dark plums - mulberries, and fruit cake with an vibrant, dry full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish with firm, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, flavor-packed red.
90 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215218
Muruve
2011 Reserva Toro
Dark dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of toffee, toasty cedar, dark cherries - blackberries, and pepper with an lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, brisk finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A sleek well balanced red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215285
Chateau Haut Beyzac
2012 Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc
Dark ruby color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of black plums, black currants, walnut skin, and cedar with a lightly tannic, bright, dry body and a warming, medium-long finish with well-integrated, firm, fine tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215329
Château de Lastours
2010 Grande Réserve Corbières
Garnet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of mocha cream, chocolate nuts, and baked dark berries with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, nuanced, medium-long delicate spices, cedar, olive and beet relish, and earth finish with moderate oak. A smooth, well-balanced and versatile red wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215001
Pearl Street Brewery
Me, Myself & IPA
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Fresh, creamy aromas and flavors of tropical fruit custard, herb muffin, and pine sap with a supple, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length orange-peach cobbler, pepper, pinecone, and grass finish. A smooth, fruity, nicely styled IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215196
Château Grand Abord
2015 Graves Blanc
Bright medium old gold color. Bright, citrusy, fruity sweaty aromas and flavors of ripe lemons, saddle leather - cumin, dried figs, and wet cashmere with a lively, dry full body and a warming, layered, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215204
ALBARROBLE
2012 Crianza Almansa
Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Lively aromas of mocha - milk chocolate, ripe mulberries, planked cedar, and pepper with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, elegant, relaxed finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215221
Calderona
2010 Crianza Cigales
Nearly opaque dark medium brown color. Fruity, inviting toasty peppery aromas of spiced black cherries, planked cedar, gravel - mocha, and blackberry cobbler with a supple, bright, dry full body and a peppery, distinctive, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215328
Château de Lastours
2010 Simone Descamps Corbières
Dusty garnet color. Mild, toasty aromas and flavors of cedar, olives, dried berries, and hint of India ink with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length berry tart, honeyed nuts, and minerals finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy appetizing red wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215414
Marcellinus Sanctus
2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, savory aromas and flavors of berry tart, roasted black walnuts, and cocoa with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length dried sour cherries, roasted beets, and minerals finish with dusty, coarse tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, nuanced cdp with good aging potential.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215217
Muruve
2012 Elite Toro
Dark dusty garnet color. Fruity, creamy oaky aromas of dark fruits - black cherries, blonde tobacco, cedar, and pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, complex, breezy finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215187
Domaine Salmon
2015 Old Vines Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Bright light golden straw color. Bright, fresh, fruity minerally toasty aromas and flavors of ripe key limes, Meyer lemon, salinity, and toasted yeast with a racy, dry medium-full body and an even, subtle, medium-length finish with well-integrated fruit tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215000
Pearl Street Brewery
Linalool IPA
Brilliant copper color. Bold, hoppy, herbal dank aromas and flavors of roasted grapefruit, herbed focaccia, pineapple yogurt, and dried meat with an bright, fizzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, easy pepper, grass, grilled root vegetable, and mint finish. A nice savory IPA that will pair nicely.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215201
Santa Cruz
2015 Vino Blanco Verdejo
Bright light medium golden straw color. Bright, earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of lemon cream, gravel, pressed linen, and green tropical notes- papaya with a bright, dryish full body and a warming, layered, medium-length finish with well-integrated fruit tannins.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215202
Santa Cruz
2015 Vino Tinto Garnacha
Nearly opaque dark garnet black color. Lively, confected, fruity toasty aromas of huckleberries, purple Pez, gravel, and pepper with an lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, appealing, breezy roasted citrus and nuts finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A bright juicy red with lots of appeal.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215197
Château Grand Abord
2012 Graves Rouge
Bright medium dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, plum pits, creme de cassis, and planked cedar with a lightly tannic, lively, dry full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish with silky, fine, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215200
Chateau Joinin
2014 Bordeaux Rouge
Dark nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of planked cedar, spiced black plums, tangy mulberries, and sandalwood with a lightly tannic, bright, dry full body and an effortless, intricate, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215192
Chateau Berthenon
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit and kumquat and green apple with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, stimulating, relaxed marinated golden beet, wheatgrass, and limestone finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very nice, savory, dry white wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215215
Conde de Siruela
2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Medium dark burnt sienna color. Toasty, smoky fruity oaky aromas of smoky oak - embers, dark fruits - cherries, mocha, and spiced huckleberries with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, complex, breezy cedar and earth finish with earthy, firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich chewy red that will improve with age.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215216
Conde de Siruela
2012 "Tinto" Elite Ribera del Duero
Bright medium dark brick red color. Bright, minerally, fruity toasty aromas of spiced black cherries - blackberries, tobacco, toffee - turned earth, and pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, subtle, breezy finish with earthy, chewy, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214999
Pearl Street Brewery
Pale Ale
Bright golden amber color. Delicate, buttery, sweet toasty grainy aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and toasted raisin bread with a bright, finely carbonated, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk sautéed carrots and oranges, greens, and pine finish. A solid pale ale that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215193
Chateau Berthenon
2012 Blanc Moelleux Bordeaux Supèrieur
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, citrusy, earthy aromas and flavors of grapefruit and grassy earth with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, crisp honeyed peach finish with no oak. A nice honeyed white wine sipper.
87 points $18.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215194
Chateau Berthenon
NV Brut Cremant de Bordeaux
Bright light golden straw color. Lively, earthy, citrusy aromas and flavors of reduced lemon, floral honeycomb, potting soil, and spicy praline with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length melon, apple, and pepper finish. A vibrant, earthy sparkling wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215203
ALBARROBLE
2012 Crianza Seleccion Garnacha Tintorera
Dark bright opaque ruby black color. Lively, fruity, rustic meaty aromas of black fruits - mulberries, salinity, green plums, and vanilla with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a warming, interesting, relaxed finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215220
Calderona
2009 Reserva Cigales
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, toasty peppery aromas of mulberries, planked cedar, potters clay, and white pepper with a tangy, dry full body and a peppery, appealing, quick finish with crunchy, chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215219
Muruve
2012 Crianza Toro
Medium dark brick red color. Mild, fruity, toasty aromas of mulberries, cherries, green wood, and parchment - pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, delightful, brisk finish with woody, grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215327
Château de Lastours
2013 Arnaud de Berre Corbières
Garnet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of blackberries, mocha, and pencil shavings with a supple, bright, medium body and a seamless, easy roasted beets and carrots, nutskin, and earth finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nice table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215205
ALBARROBLE
2014 Roble Syrah
Medium dark burnt sienna color. Lively, funky, meaty peppery aromas of ripe black fruits, planked cedar - tree bark, pepper, and mocha with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, rapid sour berries and blood orange finish with barky, grippy, hard tannins and heavy oak.
83 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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