June 2016 - Special International Wine Tasting

This month's Wine feature is European Wines
Special International Wine Tasting Reviews
215475
Haan
2014 Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate and vanilla nut fudges, dried cassis, and eucalyptus with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long mocha nuts, herbal lozenge, dried peach, and cedar finish. A big, creamy, spicy velvet brick of red blend with great depth and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215474
Haan
2014 Shiraz
Violet color. Fruity, creamy spicy aromas and flavors of blackberry-mango chutney, chocolate cherries, orange and cassis, and mint cookie with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long spicy berry pie a la mode, toffee, menthol lozenge, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A powerful berry bomb of a shiraz with lots of dimension and spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215715
Luc Belaire
Rare Rosé France
Brilliant pink garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of berry coulis and mint cookie with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, orange creme brulee, spiced watermelon, and minerals finish. A beautifully rich and fruity sparkler that is sure to please.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215460
Jas Des Vignes
2015 Rosé Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Clear bright reddish orange color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas of cherries, toasted yeast, clay, and soft lemon pith with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, refreshing finish with earthy tannins and no oak. A lovely adult rosé with a nice balance of fruit and earth.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215377
Bodegas Borsao
2015 Rosé Campo de Borja
Bright light pink red color. Bright, fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of banana strawberry custard, macadamia cookie, and spiced cherries with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, breezy white strawberry, melon, clementine, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An uncomplicated, very attractive rose for everyday enjoyment.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215458
Manon
2015 Rosé Côtes de Provence
Pale silvery pink color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of fraise du bois, tarte tatin, nougat, and dried flowers with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, cheery melon, starfruit, and earth finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A subtle and nuanced dry rose with a nice balance and sense of place.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215714
Cloud Chaser
2015 Rosé Côtes de Provence
Pale pink coral color. Delicate, fruity, yeasty aromas and flavors of raisin soda bread, almond and anisette cookies, and white strawberry with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, crisp sweet cream, marinated melon, nuts, and dusty earth finish with no oak. A very nice dry and savory rose that will work nicely at the table.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215716
Luc Belaire
Brut France
Bright medium old gold color. Fruity, inviting aromas of honeycrisp apples, brioche, cherry cobbler, and crushed gravel with an lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, layered, medium-length finish with earthy, well-integrated tannins and no oak. Very complex, inviting nose and the lingering flavors are nicely in sync with the bouquet.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215662
Art of Earth
2015 Organic Pinot Grigio
Amber beige color. Bright, fruity, savory aromas of peach skin, Meyer lemon, apple, and bubble gum dust with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, short-lived finish with papery tannins and no oak. A crisp refreshing pinot grigio with nice fruit.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215605
Dissident
2015 "Reserve" Red Blend Chile
Dusty garnet color. Bright, smoky, savory aromas and flavors of grilled green pepper, olives, and dried fruits with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long creme brulee finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice savory, fruity, and smoky red blend.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215459
Les Trois Sources
2015 Rosé Côtes de Provence
Silvery pink topaz color. Delicate, earthy aromas and flavors of strawberry yogurt, ground nuts, and soda bread with a satiny, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk melon rind, nut oil, earth, and hint of pepper dust finish with soft, fruit tannins. A nice mellow, very dry rose.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215461
Domaine Bel Eouve
2015 Rosé Coteaux d'Aix en Provence
Bright light reddish orange color. Bright, fruity aromas of tart fruits - cherry, strawberries, potters clay, and lemon zest with an lively, dry full body and a peppery, appealing, brisk finish with chewy, fruit tannins and no oak.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Shortcut: http://www.tastings.com/Calendar-Wine/Review-2016-06-21-Special-International-Wine-Tasting.aspx