March 2017 - US Bordeaux Varietals

This month's Wine feature is US Bordeaux Varietals Wines
US Bordeaux Varietals Reviews
218760
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of berry custard, spiced watermelon, vanilla toffee, and flowers and bee pollen with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long delicate spices, marinated beets and apricots, and nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A pure, flavorful, mouthwatering cabernet for all occasions.
95 points $27.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218648
Riboli Family Vineyard
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of berry tart, toffee, sandalwood, and pickling spice and dried meat with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, refreshing, long spiced nuts, blood orange, and pepper finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A full throttled Napa cabernet with plenty of juicy flavors and oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218613
Robert Hall Winery
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of melon, ripe banana, and pomelo with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-length apple, lemon curd, and fig finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely well balanced sauvignon blanc with great smoothness and drinkability.
94 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218655
Napa Smith
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright violet color. Inviting, complex aromas and flavors of dried and spiced berries, chocolate figs, caramelized bacon, and sundried tomatoes and leather with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla yogurt nuts, delicate brown spices, and chocolate mint finish with silky tannins and light oak. A lively and inviting cabernet that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218685
John Robert Eppler
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark dusty garnet color. Interesting, attractive aromas and flavors of spiced berries, figs,and dates, pistachio gelato, chocolate coconut macaroon, and blossom water with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long creme brulee, nut brittle, oak, and pink pepper finish with chewy, dusty tannins. A wonderfully flavorful and extroverted cabernet for fans of big wines with big flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218782
Ledson
2013 Cepage Red Blend Sonoma Valley
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried fruits, chocolate roasted nuts, and dusty earth with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long sandalwood, spiced cassis, earth, and tobacco and hint of pepper finish with fine, chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. An elegant, nicely reserved red blend with great aging potential.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218708
Cross Springs
2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty dusty garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of mixed berry compote, sweet and peppery spices, olives and cucumber, and white tea with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, snappy spiced apple, floral honey, nutskin, and cedar finish with crunchy, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A dry, chewy, tannins cabernet that needs a bit of time.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218744
Yorkville Cellars
2014 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Fruity, creamy, attractive aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, toffee, and tobacco and tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-long creme brulee, spiced melon, and nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A richly fruity and well oaked cabernet franc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218736
City Winery
2014 Haystack Peak Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry tart, pistachio nougat, and clay and wax with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, intricate, long spiced cherries and berries, pencil shavings, creme brulee, and hint of rose water finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delightfully complex and attractive cabernet with an intriguing floral note.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218737
City Winery
2013 Bettinelli Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright violet color. Attractive, toasty aromas and flavors of almond joy bar, berry compote, and sweet and peppery spices with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long sour cherries and apricots, nutskin, cedar, and pepper jelly finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich, warming cabernet with lots of stuffing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218777
Rock Wall
2014 Rigg Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted chestnuts, spicy berry compote in a clay pot, and gherkin and celery with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long chocolate cherries and craisins, spiced toffee, and mocha cream finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A lively and engaging cabernet with tangy fruit and acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218598
Hagafen
2014 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Pale garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of resonant dark fruits and blackberries, black cherries and violets, planked cedar, and turned earth with a vibrant, dry full body and an epic, medium-length finish with earthy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. An excellent example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218709
Peachy Canyon
2014 Para Siempre Red Wine Paso Robles
Deep purple color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam and orange marmalade on raisin toast with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla cream and walnut nougat finish with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, satiny red blend that is certain to satisfy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218492
Lobo
2014 Wulff Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried dark berries, spiced chocolate, and vanilla nuts with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, long sour cherry compote, earth, and nuts finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, juicy, well balance cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218839
Maroon Wines
2013 Maroon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries and herbs, toasted nuts and meringue, and cornichon with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, complex, long cassis chutney, sweet and peppery spices, and oak and earth finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A lush, concentrated cabernet for pleasure now or many years hence.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218840
Maroon Wines
2013 Maroon Vineyard Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of baked berries, clay, spiced nuts, and olive with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a silky, complex, long cedar, roasted chestnuts, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, savory claret styled cabernet that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218435
Sunstone
2012 Grand Reserve Estate Santa Ynez Valley
Nearly opaque ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasted and polished wood, fried pickle, honey drizzled cherries and berries, and wet potter’s clay with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-long chocolate coconut bar, cedar, and sweet and peppery spices finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A rich and flavor packed cabernet for enjoying now or later.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218580
SeaGlass
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried dark fruits and blackberries, planked oak and wood smoke, crushed gravel, and old vine spice and pepper with an lively, dry full body and a complex, medium-length finish with earthy, woody, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Complex savory scents and flavors are seamlessly integrated.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218644
Maddalena
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright garnet black color. Pure, fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, floral honey, herb satchel, and white clay and kidd leather with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long choke cherry jam on toast, almond skin, and oak finish with well-integrated, fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, fruit-driven cabernet with fun layers of nutty oak and earthiness.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218797
Le Vigne
2014 Merlot
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, dill marinated olives, and chocolate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long spiced toffee, cedar, and cherry cola finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A delicious and lively merlot with great fruit and acidity.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218703
Mossback
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Brilliant violet color. Minerally aromas and flavors of chalk, crusty berry tart, and orange blossom honey with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length cocoa-dusted almonds, mulberries, and pencil shavings finish with well-integrated, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A very tidy and well balanced cabernet with a nice sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218486
Highway 12
2014 Serres Ranch Single Vineyard Sonoma Valley
Medium garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spice rub, tart berries and citrus, conditioned wood and leather, and leather with a silky, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, odd, brisk nutskin and shell finish with firm, clunky tannins and heavy oak. A oaky, very tannic red blend that needs a lot of time to come together.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218497
Forchini
2013 BeauSierra Bordeaux Blend Estate Grown & Bottled Dry Creek Valley
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raisin and prune, spiced toffee, cocoa, and waxy honeycomb with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, charming, medium-long creme brulee, berry cobbler, and sweet and peppery spices finish with fine tannins and light oak. A juicy, fruit-forward blend with wide appeal and versatility.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218741
Danenberger Family Vineyards
2013 Desagacé Carmin Reserve Cabernet Franc
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Fruity, herbal, interesting aromas and flavors of dill marinated berries and peaches, whisky barrel, chocolate, and corn pudding with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-length vanilla nut fudge, sassafras, and incense finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A delightfully chewy and spicy cabernet franc with lots to offer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218734
Wiseman Cabernet
2012 Haystack Peak Vineyards Kosher Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, earth, and waxy honeycomb with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long sweet and peppery spice, cocoa, and vanilla cream finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, chewy cabernet that is sure to please and will be versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218711
Peachy Canyon
2014 Ms Behave Malbec
Ruby black color. Inviting, exotic aromas and flavors of cherry pipe tobacco, spiced berries and chocolate, floral incense, and white clay with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long craisin and sundried tomato, nutskin, and minerals finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A stylish and flavorful malbec with a distinctive personality.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218677
Barboursville
2014 Octagon Red Blend Virginia
Opaque brown brick red color. Aromas of blackberry cobbler, spiced damson plums and with air, planked wood and sandalwood, and oriental five star spice and potters clay with a crisp, dry full body and a very complex, medium-length finish with earthy, woody, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Very complex flavors all integrated harmoniously. Good depth here.
92 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218494
Lobo
2014 "Howl" Wulff Vineyards Custom Red Blend Napa Valley
Violet color. Earthy, fruity, complex aromas of dried berries and orange, waxy honeycomb, flower patch, and gherkin with a supple, fruity body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla custard, spiced cherries, leather, and hint of pepper finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins. A silky, fruity, engaging red blend with lively acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218778
Rock Wall
2014 Reserve Merlot
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized berries, toffee, and latte with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, complex, long creme brulee, pomegranate, and sweet spices finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A superb merlot with bold fruit and acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218781
Ledson
2013 Tiamo Red Blend Alexander Valley
Opaque violet color. Earthy, toasty aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, saddle leather, creme brulee, and berry tart with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long vanilla nut brittle, cedar, spiced nectarines, and earth finish with fine, chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced red blend with fine oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218816
PONO
2014 Mana Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie, buttery peanut and cashew brittle, and spiced cocoa with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long cassis jam on raisin toast and pepper finish with moderate oak. A rich, powerful cabernet with punchy flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218578
Sutter Home
NV Merlot
Bright dark garnet color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of clay, baked berries, and roasted nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp nutskin and cedar plank finish with fruit, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A quaffable merlot with toasty oak.
91 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218583
Barbed Wire
2014 Winemaker's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque violet color. Toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, dark chocolate cherries, and toasty cedar plank with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long creamy nougat and berry cobble a la mode finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, nutty cabernet for everyday pleasure.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218645
Maddalena
2012 Merlot
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and figs, cherry cola, and chocolate nuts with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long spiced nuts finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A very tasty, juicy merlot thank will cover a lot of bases.
91 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218646
San Simeon
2013 Estate Reserve Merlot
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced figs and berries, toffee, chocolate nougat bar, and cigar box with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, medium-long chocolate covered plums, vanilla nuts, and dusty earth and cedar finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A smooth, delicious, flavorful merlot with great balance and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218831
Vanderbilt Reserve
2014 Merlot
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of warm coconut custard, nougat, berry cobbler, and chocolate plums with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long dried cherries, spiced nuts, and cedar finish with fine, soft tannins. A wonderfully fruity and lively merlot pleaser.
91 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218679
Barboursville
2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries and chocolate toffee with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long delicate spice, minerals, and vanilla bean finish with silky, soft tannins and light oak. A supple, elegant cabernet for pleasure now or later.
91 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218642
Gordon Estate
2013 Tradition Red Blend Columbia Valley
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dark plums and blackberries, planked cedar, five star spice, and pressed linen and turned earth with a lively, dry full body and a complex, medium-long finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Nice flavors all in a silky/satiny package.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218714
Peachy Canyon
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of turned earth and root vegetables, dried vine cuttings, blackberries, and pepper with an lively, dry full body and a delightful, short finish with earthy, barky tannins and moderate oak. An excellent example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218710
Peachy Canyon
2014 DeVine Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of bubbling blue fruit and boysenberries, toasty barrel staves, potters clay, and titch of pepper and alcohol peeking through with a lively, dry full body and a swift finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Satiny mid-palate is a real plus.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218470
Levendi
2014 Symphonia Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried flowers, black currants, planked cedar and clay, and huckleberries and dried straw with an tart, dry full body and a compelling, rapid finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Some very savory scents framed out nicely with a subtle woody definition.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218493
Lobo
2014 Wulff Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, eucalyptus, mincemeat tart, and candied yams with an tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, layered, medium-long vanilla toffee and mocha creme brulee finish with moderate oak. A lively and supple cabernet with great balance and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218650
San Antonio
2014 Centennial Red Blend Paso Robles
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherries in cream, hint of banana cake, and cornichon with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-long berry tart, mocha nuts, cedar pencil, and birch beer finish with chewy tannins. A sumptuous, elegant styled red blend that will improve with age.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218796
Le Vigne
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright garnet color. Aromas of mulberries, creme de cassis, planked oak, and turned earth with a tangy, bone-dry full body and a captivating, brisk finish with earthy, cottony tannins and moderate oak. Balanced easy flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218639
90+ Cellars
2015 Lot 94 Collector Series Cabernet Sauvignon
Brown brick red color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spiced berries and nuts and dried flowers with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long praline, creme brulee, and toasty oak finish with fine tannins and light oak. A juicy, appealing cabernet with nice nutty, toasty oak.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218683
2Hawk
2014 Cabernet Franc
Medium violet color. Fruity, green aromas and flavors of spiced berries and clementine, peppers, tomato skin, and clay with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length chocolate cherries and craisins, vanilla nut brittle, and leaves finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice juicy, chewy cabernet franc with appealing flavors and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218753
Spangler
2013 Malbec
Dusty garnet black color. Green, floral, interesting aromas and flavors of roasted root vegetables, dried citrus and lavender, and gherkin with a silky, bright, dryish body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long spiced berries, cocoa, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. An intriguingly spicy and savory malbec that will shine at the hunter’s table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218747
Yorkville Cellars
2014 Rennie Vineyard Merlot
Medium garnet black color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spiced berries and citrus, flowers, and tapioca with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, delightful, long pomegranate, fruit custard tart, spiced nuts, and sassafras finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A brawny, chewy merlot with bright fruit and zippy acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218748
Yorkville Cellars
2014 Rennie Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark violet color. Interesting, earthy, floral aromas and flavors of crayon and clay, dark berry chutney, peony, and melted chocolate toffee with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length cranberry-orange relish, cedar shavings, and lime curd finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A bright, vibrant cabernet sauvignon with zesty fruit and acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218712
Peachy Canyon
2014 Ms Behave Petit Verdot
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Fruity, toasty, interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroon, berry tart, dried cherries and bananas, and dill pickle with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-long pomegranate-tomato chutney, cedar, and cocoa-dusted nuts finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A dense, chewy petit verdot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218469
Levendi
2015 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, apple pie crust, and sweet and peppery spices with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long pineapple custard pie, lemon curd, nuts, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid Napa chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218749
Yorkville Cellars
2014 Rennie Vineyard Carmenère
Dark deep purple color. Herbal, green aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and nuts, hint of root beer sorbet, olive and green pepper skin, and hint of caulk with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length cherry orange relish, pickled melon and beets, cedar, and clay finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An interesting and charming red with bright acidity and a nice sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218485
Highwayman
2014 Proprietary Red Reserve Sonoma County
Ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries and cocoa roasted nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-long melted toffee and spiced craisins finish with silky, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A supple and inviting red blend with subtle fruit and nicely integrated tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218517
Heitz
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas of ripe mulberries, dried violets and straw, cassis, and toast and potters clay with an soft, dry full body and an appealing, buoyant finish with earthy tannins and light oak. Easy,balanced simple straightforward flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218433
Sunstone
2014 Estate Cabernet Franc
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red raspberries, heather, wine gums and red gummy bears, and sandalwood and crushed gravel with an lively, dry full body and an intricate, breezy finish with woody, earthy tannins and light oak. Would really enjoy this wine in warmer weather or in the Caribbean with a slight chill "more than the consequence of a summer day"
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218817
PONO
2014 Hapa Red Wine Napa Valley
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie a la mode and dried goji berries with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cocoa dusted nuts and cedar bark finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy red blend that could use a bit more time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218763
Bordeleau
NV Lot Number 2 Malbec
Dusty ruby color. Interesting, green, herbal aromas and flavors of pickled okra, melon and tomatoes, pink peppercorn, chocolate cherries, and grassy herbs with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length vanilla yogurt nuts finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. An intriguing, very herbaceous and savory malbec.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218798
Le Vigne
2015 Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Funky aromas and flavors of pineapple yogurt and wet wood with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, carefree clementine and kiwi and reduced lemon finish with fine, earthy tannins. A juicy, earthy chardonnay for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218502
Frey
2015 Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, mocha and violets, planked oak, and sweet potato skins with an lively, bone-dry full body and a complex, medium-length finish with earthy, woody, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Lovely nose and a rich silky mid-palate.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218678
Barboursville
2014 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Bright garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and peppers, chocolate espresso beans, and dark berry pie crust with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length roasted carrots and beets, sour cherry and blackberry, and cocoa finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory cabernet franc that will shine at the table.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218643
San Simeon
2013 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries, vanilla toasted cashews, and yogurt with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-long , and finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A big and bold cabernet, well balanced with dark red fruits, well integrated tannins, and a lingering finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218647
Santo Stefano
2012 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Spicy, fruity aromas of roasted nuts, berry pie crust, and pickling spices with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long cherries in cream finish with chewy, firm, woody tannins and light oak. A firm, zesty cabernet for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218832
Vanderbilt Reserve
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie crust, toffee, and honeyed plum with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, delightful, medium-long blueberry-cassis custard and nuts finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A ripe, juicy cabernet with appealing fruit and creamy oak.
89 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218754
Spangler
2013 Cabernet Franc
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Savory aromas and flavors of olive skin, gherkin, and berry-lemon chutney with a supple, soft, dryish medium body and a smooth, stimulating, cherry compote, cedar and nuts, and earth finish with fine, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory cabernet franc with good versatility.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218908
Picayune Cellars
2014 Padlock Red Napa Valley
Deep purple color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate cereal, cassis pie, and beef jerky with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dried cherries and peaches and nuts finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice, well rounded Napa blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218680
Barboursville
2014 Reserve Petit Verdot
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berry compote, grilled citrus, sandalwood, and chocolate fondue with a supple, bright, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cranberry custard and spiced nuts and melon finish with moderate oak. A very solid, well balanced petit verdot.
89 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218496
Forchini
2013 Proprietor's Reserve Estate Grown & Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of char-roasted nuts, olive tapenade, baked berries, and clay with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long sour cherry, hint of bubblegum spice, nuts, and earth finish with chewy, earthy, fruit tannins and moderate oak. An attractive savory and Old World Styled cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218638
Magic Door
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty dusty garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean and macaroon, toasty berry pie graham cracker crust, and vanilla gelato with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length blueberry cobbler, chocolate citrus peels, hint of eucalyptus, and cedar bark finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A solid, well balanced Napa cab.
89 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218612
Robert Hall Winery
2014 Meritage Paso Robles
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe dark fruits and mulberries, fruitcake, leather and planked oak, and turned earth with an lively, dry full body and a nuanced, snappy finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Lovely rich attack, ample fine tannins and a sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218484
Highwayman
2013 Proprietary Red Reserve Sonoma County
Dark garnet black color. Savory, fruity aromas and flavors of olive, pickled berries, and sandalwood with a supple, dryish body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length blackberry tart and vanilla nuts finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory red blend; drink up.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218829
Antler Hill
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of dried berries, chocolate, and baking spices with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, captivating, berry pie a la mode and nougat finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice fruity Napa cab that is sure to please.
89 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218595
Great Sage
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque violet color. Aromas of dark fruits and black plums and mulberries, dried violets, planked cedar, and turned earth and pepper with an lively, dry full body and an interesting, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Very rich flavors initially, nice attack.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218774
Barefoot
NV Malbec
Ruby black color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, chocolate toffee, and floral honey with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, relaxed delicate sweet spices and vanilla cream finish with fine, soft tannins and light oak. A juicy,fruity, very appealing malbec that is sure to please.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218775
Barefoot
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, caramelized green peppers, and honeyed herbs and spices with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length cherry jam on raisin nut toast and cedar finish with fine, soft tannins and light oak. A fruity, easy drinking, crowd pleasing cab.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218587
Monteviña
2015 Independence Point Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of cherry pastry and melted toffee with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, vanilla cream, berry pie, nutskin, and cedar finish with fine, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A fun, fruit cabernet that tis sure to please.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218500
Frey
2015 Organic Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow straw color. Earthy, tropical aromas and flavors of floral patch earth, roasted coconut, caramelized nuts, and molasses with a supple, crisp, petillant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length bread fruit and durian, Meyer lemon and kiwi, honeycomb, and cashew fruit finish. A very exotic and rustic white with a rollercoaster of tropical flavors.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218499
Frey
2015 Organic Merlot
Medium violet color. Fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of huckleberry, Montmorency cherry jam, spiced dates and yams, and reposado tequila with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long vanilla cream, nuts, and earth finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, fruity, very appealing merlot pleaser with a lot of character.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218498
Frey
2015 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of ovaltine and mocha, dried red flowers, cassis and planked oak, and agave with a crisp, dry full body and an appealing, swift finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Warm, subtle, and complex scents with an echo of reposado tequila.
88 points $16.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218139
Kirkland Signature
2014 Signature Series Red Blend Columbia Valley
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of baked blackberries, wild cherries, planked oak and chestnuts, and dried twigs and potters clay and pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a complex, rapid finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Lots of youthful flavors come at you, good depth and structure should improve and come together with time.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218501
Frey
2015 Biodynamic Merlot
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of carob nut bar, caramel rice cake, dried mulberries and goji berries, and pickled figs and dates with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length cranberry-tomato relish, nutskin, cedar bark, and clove finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very unique and interesting merlot that will pair well with Asian meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218611
Robert Hall Winery
2014 Merlot
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of fresh coffee, dark chocolate covered berries, and hint of pickling spices with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, delightful, easy smoked nuts, pomegranate, and earth finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice chewy, dusty merlot with bright fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218713
Peachy Canyon
2014 Merlot
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spiced dried berries and raisins and hint of wax and clay with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long sour cherry, plum skin, and smoked nuts finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A flavorful, almost Amarone-like merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218756
Spangler
2013 Claret Southern Oregon
Garnet black color. Green aromas and flavors of green olives and peppers, chocolate cherry bonbons, and smoked nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a craisins and blueberry honey finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A nice combination of juicy fruit and savory green notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218835
Biltmore Estate
2013 Wine Club Exclusive Sonoma County
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries and nuts with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy cedar, earth, and hint of citrus finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A crisp, nicely structured red blend that will shine at the table.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218745
Yorkville Cellars
2014 Rennie Vineyard Petit Verdot
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black currants, five star oriental spices, planked cedar, and pressed flowers and clay with a crisp, dry full body and a complex, swift finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Good depth of flavors that should flesh out over time
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218735
City Winery
2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Brilliant garnet black color. Baked aromas and flavors of baked and dried berries and olives, lit candle, dark roasted nuts, and leather shoes on a sidewalk with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length cedar, cocoa, nutskin, and coffee finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A dark brooding cabernet that needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218434
Sunstone
2014 Merlot
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of spiced plums, nut brittle, berry custard, and pencil eraser with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length spiced nuts and cedar mulch and incense finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy merlot with structure for aging.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218431
Grgich Hills
2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Baked aromas and flavors of cooked berries, spice and licorice, and dark roasted nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long nutskin, cedar, and earth finish with firm, woody tannins and heavy oak. A big, brawny densely packed cabernet that needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218495
Backstage
2013 Green Room Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of tree bark, blackberries and cassis, subtle yeasty barnyard note, and turned earth with an tangy, dry full body and a delightful, quick finish with earthy, barky tannins and moderate oak. A good quality example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218581
Three Thieves
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque brown brick red color. Aromas of mulberries, spiced blackberries, charred oak, and dried flowers and turned earth with an lively, dry full body and an engaging, relaxed finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Enticing complex nose and flavors followed as a nice afterthought.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218588
Ménage à Trois
2015 Merlot
Brilliant ruby black color. Fruity, spicy, peppery aromas and flavors of berry pie and nut brittle with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a buoyant nutskin, cedar, and plum skin finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice fruity, chewy merlot.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218836
Biltmore Estate
2014 Merlot
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of black currant, walnut skin and leather, sandalwood, and phosphate and pepper with a crisp, dry full body and an elegant, brisk finish with woody, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A fairly good quality example.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218424
Awning Estate
2014 Apalta Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, chocolate, and olives with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, compelling, medium-length blackberry, delicate spices, nuts, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty, fruity cabernet with a nice dash of oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218437
Black Box
2015 Merlot
Ruby color. Roasted aromas and flavors of melted dark chocolate, dark roasted nuts, and berry pie crust with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an even, crisp creme brulee, toasty oak, and grilled beets finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice toasty merlot sipper.
87 points $20.09
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218440
Black Box
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright golden straw color. Citrusy, grassy aromas and flavors of green pepper, grapefruit skin, grass, and peppered potato chip with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy lemon sherbet, starfruit, and mineral water finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An easy, mellow quaffer.
87 points $20.09
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218769
Elk Run
2014 Cold Friday Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of tomatoes on the vine, mulberries, and carob with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length pomegranate and nutskins finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An earthy, chewy cabernet.
87 points $26.61
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218742
Danenberger Family Vineyards
2014 Desagace Carmin Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc
Dull brown brick red color. Baked aromas and flavors of dried and stewed tomatoes and fruits, brown butter roasted nuts, pickled grapefruit and apricot, and clay with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, rapid tree bark and pine lumber, craisin, and earth finish with firm, dusty, barky tannins and heavy oak. A very firm oak red with funky, savory notes for exotic game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218690
LUXX
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, caramelized berries, and hint of bouillon with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long dried berries and cherries, minerals, delicate spice, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice chewy cabernet.
87 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218641
Gordon Estate
2013 Block 3 Merlot
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of pressed red flowers, red sweet tarts, toast points, and fruitcake and crushed gravel with an lively, dryish full body and an elegant, snappy finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A fairly good quality example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218640
Gordon Estate
2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, planked cedar, mocha and pressed flowers and violets, and clay with an crisp, dry full body and an intriguing, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins. A fairly good quality example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218649
Riboli Family Vineyard
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of cassis jam on raisin toast, olive tapenade, and chocolate nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length sweet and peppery spices, cedar, almond skin, and dusty plum finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich, warming cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218773
Barefoot
NV Merlot
Garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry tart, dark roasted nuts, and slate with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, easy toasted cedar and vanilla toffee finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A solid merlot sipper.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218585
Trinity Oaks
2015 Merlot
Bright dusty ruby color. Fruity, waxy aromas and flavors of berry lip balm, cherry tart, and chocolate nut bar with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, cheery spiced nuts and cedar finish with light oak. A pleasant, lightly spicy merlot for everyday sipping.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218579
The Show
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cream de cassis, spiced plum and dried flowers, mocha and planked oak, and crushed gravel with an crisp, dry full body and a compelling, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Restrained delicate nose leads into easy approachable flavors and with air thoughts of a Butterfinger candy bar come to mind.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218691
Beeline
2015 Symphony Lodi
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, tropical fruit salad, and dried apricot with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, intriguing finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasty floral sipper.
86 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218609
Robert Hall Winery
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of ripe huckleberries, petrolation and latex, ripe plums and oriental spices, and potters clay and oak and white peppercorns with a crisp, full body and a complex, medium-length finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. Ample very fine fruit tannins throughout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218436
Black Box
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of chocolate mint and spicy berry jam on toast with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, breezy spiced apples, cedar and eucalyptus, and crushed nuts finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A nice well balanced quaffer.
86 points $20.09
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218584
Trinity Oaks
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black currants and cream de cassis, pressed dried violets, toasty oak, and crushed gravel with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and an interesting, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and light oak. A better than average quality example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218834
Biltmore Estate
NV Century Sweet Red American
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry pie filling, toffee, and tomato cucumber relish with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a breezy candied citrus, baking spices, and ground nuts finish with fine, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fun, fruity, off-dry red that will go great with bbq.
85 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218438
Black Box
2015 Malbec
Bright brick red color. Aromas and flavors of spiced mulberries and black cherries, gauze, leather, and crushed gravel with a crisp, dry full body and a brisk finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A better than average quality example.
85 points $20.09
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218830
Vanderbilt Reserve
2014 Cabernet Franc
Opaque brown brick red color. Aromas of crushed mixed berries and raspberries, sandalwood, potters clay, and pressed linen with a lively, dry full body and a subtle, brisk finish with cottony, woody, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A better than average quality example.
85 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218761
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2014 Estate Cabernet Franc
Medium dusty garnet color. Savory aromas and flavors of baked and pickled tomatoes and cherries and cedar with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a graceful, easy blackberries, oak, and nuts finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory red for the table.
85 points $27.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218755
Spangler
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas of gauze and peat, black currants, planked oak, and crushed gravel with a crisp, dry full body and a delightful, short finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A better than average quality example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218862
Heritage Vineyards
2014 Limited Release Cabernet Franc
Light dark garnet color. Interesting, fruity, green aromas and flavors of tomato on the vine, chocolate berries an nuts, and pumpkin cheesecake with a silky, crisp, dryish body and a smooth, compelling, breezy dried lemon and lavender and nutskin finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice dry, earthy red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218576
Bandit
NV Merlot
Medium dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of cherry and apple pie and toasted nuts with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a relaxed chocolate nut bar, fruit pith, and cedar paper finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice easy drinking merlot quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218689
Bent Gate
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blue fruits and creme de cassis, dried plums, toast points, and dried flowers with an tangy, dry medium-full body and a refreshing, brisk finish with woody, crunchy tannins and light oak. An average quality example.
84 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218586
Joel Gott
2014 815 Cabernet Sauvignon
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dried powdered fruit and purple Pez, tangy black currants, salinity and minerality, and planked oak and oak with a tangy, dry full body and a stimulating, brief finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. An average quality example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218909
Picayune Cellars
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon custard and gum, kiwi, and hint of rubber band with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed grass and nutskin finish with soft, chewy, fine tannins and no oak. A pleasant, relaxing sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218684
2Hawk
NV Red-tail Red v.2 Rogue Valley
Nearly opaque burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of black currants, tree sap and band aid box, mocha, and potters clay with an crisp, dry full body and an engaging, brisk finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. An average quality example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218872
Kingman Estates
2013 Karen's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque brick red color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries and black currants, planked oak, crushed gravel, and dried canvas with an tangy, dry full body and a delightful, brief finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. An average quality example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218768
Elk Run
2014 Cold Friday Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Medium dusty ruby color. Spicy, green, herbal, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced berries, toasted dill and herbs, twigs and leaves, and varnished wood with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a sleek, breezy olive skin and pit, cranberry, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A dry, woody, rustic cabernet franc for game.
84 points $26.61
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218577
Sutter Home
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry pie, nuts, and cedar with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk milk chocolate and mulch finish with soft, crunchy tannins and light oak. A juicy, fruity everyday sipper with crunchy oak.
83 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218575
Bandit
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, berry tart, dark roasted nuts, and cedar with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk black cherry and oak bark finish with soft tannins and light oak. An easy drinking everyday red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218873
Kingman Estates
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of under ripe blackberries, planked oak, green olives, and crushed gravel with a tangy, dry full body and a fleeting finish with dusty, woody, earthy tannins and moderate oak. An average quality example.
83 points $19.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218759
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2014 Estate Merlot
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas of blackberries and plums, walnut skin and oil, pressed flowers, and oak and turned earth with an tangy, dry full body and an interesting, short finish with papery, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
82 points $27.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218861
Heritage Vineyards
2012 Estate Reserve BDX Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas of dried red fruits, dried canvas, funky old wood planks, and clay with a tart, dry full body and a sparse finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218582
Handsome Devil
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of mulberries and grass with a soft, dryish light body and a tingling, short cherry and pit and mulch finish with dusty tannins. A light red quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218833
Biltmore Estate
2015 Limited Release Merlot
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of sugar dusted blackberries, planked oak, beech mushrooms, and turned earth with an tangy, dry full body and an interesting, short finish with woody, earthy tannins and heavy oak. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
81 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218871
Kingman Estates
2013 Karen's Reserve Merlot
Bright light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of funky older oak staves, ripe plums, craisins, and iodine and clay with a tart, dry full body and a short finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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