May 2017 - Special Imported Wine Tasting

This month's Wine feature is Special Imported Wine Tasting Wines
Special Imported Wine Tasting Reviews
219330
Grifo
2015 Puglia Nero di Troia IGP
Brilliant ruby color. Candied, sweet, fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry sorbet, vanilla gelato, lavender and violet candy, and turkish bazaar with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a medium-long mocha mousse and candied mint leaf finish with well-integrated, soft tannins. A delicious fresh and fruity wine with great complexity; lip-smacking.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219328
Château du Père Antoine
2014 Cuvée Oliva Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Violet color. Oaky, elegant aromas and flavors of violets and chocolate berry nut tart, horn, gremolata, and sugared plum with a tannic, soft, bone-dry full body and an elegant, long cedar, green peppercorn nuts, cassis custard, and praline and cedar finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. Delight in this wines complexity and beauty after laying it down for a few years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219278
Secret de Berticot
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Attractive, baked aromas and flavors of wildflowers, baked pears, honeyed dried apricots, and dried banana with a lively, dry light-to-medium body and a complex, long meadow brook stones, celery leaf, kiwi, lemon, and melon, and coconut water finish with fine, fruit tannins. A divine subtle white reminiscent of a picnic in the French countryside.
94 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219431
Signature de Bel-Air
2016 Beaujolais-Villages
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of juicy cherry, cranberry, banana, and violets with an bright, dryish medium body and an interesting, easy warm soil finish with fruit tannins and no oak. There’s nothing simple nor pedestrian about this stellar example of a Beaujolais-Villages.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219441
Domaine de la Grenaudiere
2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Brilliant pale light gold color. Baked aromas and flavors of hawaiian bread with brunost, dried citrus wheels, unripe pear, and oyster shell with a round, lively, dry light body and an engaging, medium-long champagne vinaigrette, lemon sorbet, kumquat, and melon and nectarine finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An ethereal Muscadet that will pair too perfectly with oysters.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219321
Château du Père Antoine
2015 Cuvée Oliva Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Dusty deep purple color. Rustic, attractive aromas of mocha and sweet violet, barnyard, spiced cherry preserve, and chervil with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a complex, very long chocolate covered forest berries, espresso bean, twigs, and earth finish with well-integrated tannins. A soulful Bordeaux with gorgeous balance of fruit, earth and tannins.
93 points $34.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219577
Englar Castle Winery
2015 Passito Mitterberg IGT
Brilliant old gold color. Sweet, floral aromas and flavors of honey, amaretti cookies, honeysuckle blossoms, and pear blossom with a syrupy, crisp, very sweet fat body and an even, relaxed lychee and lemon curd finish with soft, fruit tannins. A honeyed dessert wine to dunk Italian cookies.
93 points $34.80
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219440
Perle de Mer
2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Medium yellow straw color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of grapefruit conserve, almond shortbread, fresh nectarine flesh, and banana with a supple, racy, petillant, dry thin body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length lemon spritz, white peppercorn, and chalk finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely aperitif wine with zippy acidity and a great sense of place.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219326
Château du Père Antoine
2014 Cuvée Paul Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Ruby black color. Herbal aromas of herbal blackberry tea with lilac, leather belt, fried pickle, and marinated turnip with a gritty, bright, dry medium-full body and an interesting, medium-length gravel, plowed field, pico de gallo, and pomegranate finish with coarse, gritty tannins and moderate oak. A dry and dusty Bordeaux.
92 points $19.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219433
Domaine des Poutoux
2016 Brouilly
Dark violet color. Aromas of raspberry liqueur, thyme and lavender, cherry bubble bath, and wet autumn leaves with a supple, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and an amusing, medium-long raspberry candy and mint gum drop finish with well-integrated tannins. A delicious and fruity Beaujolais.
92 points $19.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219324
Château du Père Antoine
2010 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Dusty garnet black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of bay leaf, spiced lignonberries, and stewed tomato and dolmas with a tannic, bright, dry full body and an intriguing, medium-long spiced molasses beets, leather belt, proscuitto, and eucalyptus finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A rich and bold savory red for big meals.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219434
Fleurie
2015 Les Damoiselles Fleurie
Nearly opaque ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries, blueberry cobbler a la mode, and mocha toffee with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-long spiced blackberries, pencil shavings, and pepper finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A full-throttle, very ripe Beaujolais with a rich mouthfeel and ample fruit and oak spice; serve with a slight chill.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219325
Château du Père Antoine
2008 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Dusty ruby black color. Rustic, interesting aromas and flavors of herbal tomato sauce, salt cured cherry, allspice, and juniper with a chewy, bright, dry full body and a snappy green olives, capers, pomegranate custard tart, and dusty minerals finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An intensely herbal and dry cotes de Bordeaux with lovely salinity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219435
Belairissime
2015 Cote du Py Morgon
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry compote, chocolate nuts, and minerals with an bright, dryish medium body and an appealing, medium-length craisin, pencil lead, and vanilla nuts finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A smooth and elegant Beaujolais with lots of subtle nuances and fine balance; this will show best with a little aeration.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219436
Domaine des Ailes
2015 Moulin-a-Vent
Nearly opaque garnet color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of black licorice, chocolate covered cherry, and cherry bubble bath with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length grape bubble gum and vanilla mint finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovable Beaujolais with aging potential.
91 points $23.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219318
Château du Père Antoine
2012 Bordeaux Rouge
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of gherkin, spiced berries, tomatoes and and carrots with an bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long praline, reduced citrus, and pencil shavings finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A nicely balanced and toothsome French red.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219573
Englar Castle Winery
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Interesting, citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade, chickpeas and meringue, cat box, and mint gum drop with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-long red pepper finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A savory sauvignon blanc that will really shine with food.
90 points $20.60
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219322
Château du Père Antoine
2016 Sauvignon Gris
Light gold color. Fruity, sweet, elegant aromas and flavors of peach frosting, mango cheesecake, country gravel, and praline with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an intriguing, medium-long haricots verts, apricot pit, keffir, and melon rind finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A pretty and peachy cote de Bordeaux.
89 points $14.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219576
Englar Castle Winery
2014 Riserva Pinot Noir
Bright dark ruby color. Earthy, fruity aromas of marinated mushrooms, dried cranberries, mountainous earth, and rhubarb with a lightly tannic, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a refreshing, medium-length toasted coconut finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A food-friendly and savory wine for the table.
89 points $30.60
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219317
Château Berthenon
2015 Cuvée Chloe Red Blend Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate nougat bar, singed berry tart, and earth with a bright, dryish medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length craisins, cedar pencil, and cornichon and beets finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A savory, appetizing well-oaked French red.
89 points $34.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219439
Cru Clisson
2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
Golden yellow color. Elegant, clean aromas of young melon, lemon blossom, honeyed fresh cheese, and hawaiian roll with a supple, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length honeyed lemon slices, green tea, lime spritzed melon and apple, and nutskin finish with fine, fruit tannins. A balanced quaffer with delicate citrus notes.
88 points $18.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219319
Château du Père Antoine
2015 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Dusty ruby black color. Woody, earthy, elegant aromas of ripe cassis, fine leather, blueberry, and zucchini with a tannic, vibrant, dry full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long blueberry jelly, smoky coffee beans, custard, and wormwood finish with woody tannins. A drying, tannic Bordeaux seeking steaks and butter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219432
Signature de Bel-Air
2016 Beaujolais Blanc
Pale straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of cantaloupe, crystallized lemon peel, cottage cheese, and juicy pear with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a carefree vanilla cream and citrus finish with no oak. A carefree sipper with crisp flavors and acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218875
Chateau Pipeau
2014 Grand Cru St. Emilion
Ruby black color. Aromas of dusty leather, jamón iberico, cassis, and marinated grape leaf with a tannic, lively, dry medium-full body and a smooth, involved, medium-long tar and tart blackberry, green pepper, fresh tobacco leaf, and pencil shavings and malted barley finish with coarse, husky tannins and moderate oak. A big and savory Bordeaux to cellar for a few years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219329
Château du Père Antoine
2012 Cuvée Oliva Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Dark garnet color. Vegetal, earthy aromas of roasted green pepper in coffee grounds, allium skins, thyme, and blueberry sauce with a bright, dry full body and a complex, long rosemary, black peppercorns and cocoa, salted plum, and coconut macaroon finish with firm, earthy tannins. A bright, savory, appetizing wine with fun roasted coffee notes.
88 points $35.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219465
ForteMasso
2015 Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
Bright light ruby color. Fruity, sweet, complex aromas of blueberry jam, violet flowers, and black currants with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long blueberry tart with rose petals, sweet tobacco leaf, and cracked peppercorn finish with medium, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A wine with a beautiful nose and satisfying arc of flavors.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219572
Englar Castle Winery
2015 Riesling
Light straw green color. Clean, green aromas of green apples, green papaya, lilly, and melon with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long lemon sorbet, white pepper, and green apple gel finish with fine, fruit tannins. A bright and zingy Italian white.
87 points $16.80
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219462
Castello di Radda
2013 Chianti Classico Riserva
Brilliant ruby garnet color. Rustic aromas and flavors of fresh cherry skins, leather, and cedar with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a complex, medium-long dried mint, pomegranate, nutskin, and green peppercorn finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A Chianti that hits every note with a finish that really carries.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219224
Domaine de Saint-Guilhem
2016 Rosé Emeraude Fronton AOP
Coral orange color. Fresh aromas and flavors of overripe strawberries, pickled watermelon rind with peppercorn, lemon bar, and white chocolate with a crisp, medium body and a buoyant strawberry hard candies, dill, and fleur de sel finish with medium tannins. A rose with slightly overt tannins that hit the right notes.
87 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219315
Chateau Berthenon
2015 Red Blend Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of smoky charred nuts, baked berries and olives, and sandalwood incense with a soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a relaxed pencil shavings, nut brittle, and espresso finish with firm, barky tannins and heavy oak. A robust, oaky French red with a nice savory streak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219323
Château du Père Antoine
2014 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Dusty deep purple color. Oaky, rustic aromas of smoked pickling spices, pencil shavings, and dark roasted nuts with a tannic, bright, dry full body and a delightful, medium-length currant coulis, mulch, oregano, and gravel finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A dark and roasty red wine for meat lovers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219320
Château du Père Antoine
2015 Cuvée Paul Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Dusty garnet black color. Complex, earthy aromas of eucalyptus, extra dark chocolate with dried cherries, salt cured olives, and cedar closet with a slightly chewy, bone-dry medium body and an intriguing, medium-length amaro and espresso beans, cherry pits, black earth, and arugula finish with barky, harsh tannins. A nice, chewy and savory Bordeaux.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219464
Orlandi Contucci Ponno
2015 Rubiolo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Opaque black violet color. Rustic aromas and flavors of saddle, crushed blackberries, and forest floor with a chewy, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a medium-length nutskins and twigs finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A well structured Montepulciano for weeknight family meals.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219624
Monasterio de Palazuelos
2016 Verdejo
Pale golden straw color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of grapefruit peel tea, kiwi-lime custard, lime blossom, and strawberry-banana yogurt with a rough, tart, dryish light body and a medium-length lemon segment and salted bitter almonds finish. Enjoy a the gorgeous bouquet on the nose of this Spanish white.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219327
Château du Père Antoine
2012 Cuvée Paul Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Dusty garnet black color. Rustic, oaky aromas of pickled berries and cedar pencil with a tannic, bright, bone-dry full body and an interesting, medium-length forest berries, Dutch chocolate powder, green almond, and ground coffee finish with coarse, gritty tannins. A dry, oaky French red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219625
De Alberto
2016 Verdejo
Brilliant golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of minced green apples, warm almond tart, and peach skin with a satiny, vibrant, light body and a warming, medium-length buttered lemon loaf, underripe strawberry, and underripe banana finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp everyday sipper with great floral aromas.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218876
Chateau Joinin
2015 Mis en Bouteille au Chateau Bordeaux Rouge
Dusty garnet black color. Aromas of sweet red berries, chocolate ganache, menthol, and oregano with a tannic, vibrant, dryish full body and a distinctive, breezy bitter chocolate, pecan skins, mocha mousse, and tomato leaf and black olive finish with cottony, woody tannins. An herbal and chocolatey Bordeaux; mixes well with rich meats.
84 points $13.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219574
Englar Castle Winery
2014 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of golden delicious apple, tinned hearts of palm, and sweet potato chip with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a momentary yellow apple Danish, mineral, toasted coconut, and wool finish with coating tannins and no oak. A daytime Chardonnay for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219575
Englar Castle Winery
2014 Riserva Vernatsch
Bright ruby garnet color. Aromas of cherry pie, clove, and wet charcoal with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a fast candied cherries and chocolate toffee finish with medium, cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak. A food-friendly wine for the table.
84 points $20.60
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219223
Domaine de Saint-Guilhem
2011 Renaissance Red Wine Fronton AOP
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, tar, mulberries and pepper, and planked oak and attic rafters with an puckering, bone-dry full body and a charming, brief finish with woody, earthy tannins and heavy oak. All manner of dark matter, this wine needs to be paired with big charred flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219279
Chateau du Ballandreau
2014 Cuvee Excellence Red Blend Bordeaux Supèrieur
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of baked berry tart, slate, toffee, and grass with a bright, dry medium-to-full body and an appealing, breezy roasted nuts and green apple, pomegranate and cranberry, and wet cedar finish with firm, barky tannins and heavy oak. A firm dry French red for the table.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219316
Château Berthenon
2015 Cuvée Henri Red Blend Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa dusted nuts, roasted peppers and olives, toasted dill, and cedar planks and ink with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a buoyant pomegranate, dried cherry, and charred nuts finish with leafy, firm tannins and heavy oak. A dry oaky French red well suited for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219463
Lo Sparviere
NV Satén Franciacorta
Light straw color. Cheesy, baked aromas and flavors of brie, rice crisps, and overripe lemon with a crisp, dryish light body and a medium-length vanilla yogurt with nuts and old peaches finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A funky sparkler.
82 points $13.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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