May 2017 - Midwest Wine Challenge

This month's Wine feature is Midwest Wine Challenge Wines
Midwest Wine Challenge Reviews
219266
Stone Hill
2014 Red Wine Chambourcin
Deep purple color. Fruity, spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam on pineapple scone and apricot cobbler with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long vanilla nut brittle, tropical fruit salad, and hint of oak finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and light oak. A wonderfully flavorful and fruity Chambourcin with great style.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219273
Stone Hill
2010 Blanc de Blanc Methode Champenoise Missouri
Light golden yellow color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of sherry, potpourri, spiced golden delicious apples, and granola in yogurt with honey with a vibrant, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a charming, medium-length kiwi lime relish, green apples, and toasted nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely example of a Missouri sparkling wine full of autumn spice.
90 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219267
Stone Hill
2014 Estate Bottled Red Wine Norton
Garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry pie crust, spiced custard, and toasted meringue with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long dark roasted nuts and peppers, chocolate pomegranate, mint and orange, marinated beets, and cedar finish with moderate oak. A delightfully savory and spicy red that will shine at the table.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219268
Cross J Vineyards
2013 Estate Bottled Red Wine Norton
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of spiced limes, cedar, pistachio brittle, and chocolate berries with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, medium-long roasted root vegetables, pomegranate, nutskin, and vanilla cream finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely oaked Norton with serious structure for the hunter’s table or the cellar.
90 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219347
Falling Waters Winery
NV Reserve Syrah
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of black fruits and dentine gum, toasted yeast and barnyard, clay, and pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a charming, brisk finish with earthy tannins and light oak. An easy wine with classic Syrah scents and flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219622
Rusty Bridge
NV Duct Tape Red Lake Michigan Shore
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced pomegranates, sandalwood, dusty grapes, and crushed gravel with an lively, dryish full body and an involved, breezy finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A silky smooth red wine.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219269
Stone Hill
NV Hermannsberger Brand Red Blend Missouri
Opaque dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasted wild yeast, huckleberries, strawberry Kool-aid powder, and crushed gravel with a tangy, dry full body and an engaging, snappy finish with earthy, woody tannins and a suggestion of oak. A quaffable yet funky wine.
88 points $11.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219270
Stone Hill
NV Steinberg White Blend Missouri
Bright light gold color. Aromas of peach cobbler, spiced lemon curd, pressed linen, and potter’s clay with a lively, dryish full body and an elegant, breezy finish with cottony, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. An inviting, spicy wine that will thrive at the table next to pork.
88 points $11.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219271
Stone Hill
2015 Estate Bottled Reserve Vignoles
Bright light gold color. Aromas of fresh green grass, apple fruit leather, and pineapple husk with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium honeyed heirloom nectarine jam, salted parker house rolls, and mango custard finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A very nice off-dry and fruity wine with great salinity.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219621
Rusty Bridge
NV Duct Tape White Lake Michigan Shore
Bright gold color. Aromas of spiced Asian pears, baked lemons, cinnamon bark, and citra hops with an crisp, dry full body and an elegant, breezy finish with earthy, woody tannins and a suggestion of oak. An interesting wine with notes of exotic spices.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219265
Stone Hill
2015 Estate Bottled Traminette
Pale straw green color. Fruity, floral aromas of elderflower, lychee and dried apricot, and garden leaf with a supple, bright, fruity thin body and a easy light rose water, dried almond slices, and tinned lychee syrup finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice floral escape for Riesling lovers.
86 points $11.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219264
Stone Hill
2015 Semi-Sweet Vignoles
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of overripe and fallen peach and solvent with a crisp, dry light body and a hot, relaxed peach pit, tomatillo, salty olive oil, and fondant covered apricot bon bon finish with leafy, fruit tannins. A peachy table wine with mature fruit character.
85 points $11.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219262
Stone Hill
NV Sweet Red Wine Concord
Bright ruby color. Aromas of solvent, black pepper, and grape soda with a glycerous, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A grape bomb; try with peanut butter and jelly.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219263
Stone Hill
2015 Estate Bottled Vidal Blanc
Bright bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried peaches and apricots, lemon pith and yellow cherries, solvent, and clay with a tangy, dry full body and a complex, quick finish with earthy tannins and no oak. A wine with an astonishing array of fruit aromas.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219272
Stone Hill
2015 Estate Bottled Reserve Traminette
Pale yellow straw color. Sweet, floral aromas and flavors of candied peach blossom, peach gummies, fresh celery, and watermelon relish with a lean, soft, bitter light-to-medium body and a medium-length fresh flower petals, straight rose water, coconut, and ume finish with earthy tannins and no oak. An ultra-floral table wine with gentle texture.
84 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219623
Baroda Founders
2012 Dry Riesling
Pale light golden yellow color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon pith and wet stones with a satiny, tangy, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lemony quaffer for spritzes or hors d-ouerves pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219346
Forgotten Fire
NV 1871 Red Blend American
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry and grape sorbets, bubble gum, violet candy, and eraser with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, breezy gomme syrup, sour sop, and nutshell finish with crunchy, barky tannins and moderate oak. An interesting fruity red blend with a gum-like quality.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219345
Forgotten Fire
NV Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of red currant, bubble bath, pop tart, and saw dust with a crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a short-lived finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A simple and sweet red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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