October 2016 - World Value Wine Challenge

This month's Wine feature is World Value Wine Challenge Wines
World Value Wine Challenge Reviews
217085
Axel
2014 Carmenere
Bright violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, olives, currant chutney, and clay and leather with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long delicate spice, chocolate mint, and forest floor finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A sumptuous and supple Old World styled Carmenère for all occasions.
95 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216097
Taylors
2015 Merlot
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry tart, melted chocolate mint, and hint of menthol and eucalyptus with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long pomegranate-cranberry chutney, nutskin, pepper jelly, and cedar finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, chewy merlot with lots of spicy and herbal complexity.
94 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217187
Komodo Dragon
2014 Red Blend Columbia Valley
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, berry pie, and dulce de leche gelato with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length toffee and spiced cherries finish with silky tannins and light oak. A seamless, inviting red blend that is sure to satisfy.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217084
Axel
2014 Syrah
Bright dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berries, pickled beets and pepper and gherkins with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long roasted peppers, dried fruits, and chocolate nuts finish with silky, fine tannins and moderate oak. A silky, stylish syrah with sumptuous fruit and sleek tannins.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216980
Concannon Vineyard
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of strawberry cranberry tart, vanilla toffee, and lilacs with a silky, bright, fruity body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length pickled cassis and melon, spiced apple, and cocoa nuts finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A silky, precisely balanced cabernet with pure berry fruit and restrained oak.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216289
Ramello
2013 Superiore Barbera d'Asti DOCG
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of black raspberries, banana bread, watermelon relish, and tropical blossoms with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length pomegranate and rhubarb, hint of grass and herbs, and toasted cranberry bread with honey finish with a suggestion of oak. A lively and evolving red with nice waves of flavor.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216769
Las Palmeras
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dull garnet black color. Smoky, savory aromas and flavors of grilled peppers, olives, roasted berries, and hint of jerky with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long spiced cherries, dried currants, and chocolate mint finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. An interesting combination of smokiness and juiciness that will play nicely with grilled meats–very distinctive.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216095
Taylors
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Savory aromas and flavors of olives, huckleberry jam on buttered toast, eucalyptus, and chocolate mint with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long spiced blueberries, toffee, and sandalwood finish with crunchy, fine tannins and light oak. A bright, refreshing red wine that will be a Swiss Army knife at the table.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217157
Kim Crawford
2015 Pinot Noir
Dark ruby color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, chocolate roasted nuts, and pencil graphite with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a charming, medium-long macaroon, strawberry compote, and honeyed herbs finish with a suggestion of oak. A juicy, precisely made pinot noir with instant appeal.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216969
Peachy Canyon
2013 "Cirque du Vin" Red Blend Paso Robles
Opaque black ruby color. Herbal, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy pickle, berry compote, and smoked peppercorns with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-length roasted root vegetables, mulberries, vanilla nuts, and coconut finish with crunchy, dusty tannins. A rich, savory, dry red wine with a nice combination of old and new world qualities that will shine at the table.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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