September 2017 - US Bordeaux Varietals

This month's Wine feature is US Bordeaux Varietals Wines
US Bordeaux Varietals Reviews
221125
Italics
2014 Estate Grown Proprietary Red Wine Coombsville, Napa Valley
Dark garnet color. Fruity, inviting aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cinnamon, and cocoa powder with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long , and vanilla pudding finish with well-integrated tannins. A supple, velvety Cabernet blend with a lingering finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220923
San Simeon
2014 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Aromas of blackberry, black currant, mint, and coffee with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long , bittersweet chocolate, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins. An elegant, refined yet complex and powerful Paso Cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220846
Meyer
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark color. Fruity, mature aromas of sweet red apples, dried date and coffee, leather, and cedar closet with a round, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-long marzipan, apple butter, maple syrup, and crepes with lemon custard finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A drink-it-now cabernet with juicy fruit flavors and sophisticated leather notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220988
Falkner
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium garnet black color. Inviting aromas of sun-baked dark fruit, tomato, pie crusts, and cola with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-length roasted hazelnut, blackberry preserves, anise, and leather finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A satisfying big red from Temecula Valley.
94 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220660
Frisson
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Fruity, sweet, interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate rice pudding and cinnamon roll with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long blueberry cobbler a la mode, creme brulee, olive tapenade, and pepper jelly finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully sumptuous and fruit-driven cabernet that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220724
AvinoDos
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mint and sesame candy, pickled berries and cornichons, honey cream, and chive blossoms on a forest floor with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, long spiced berries, candied violets, cedar, and earth finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A powerfully delicious and well-structured cabernet with a palate-pleasing present and bright future ahead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221121
Italics
2012 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque deep purple color. Baked, complex, floral, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of highly extracted blackberry liqueur, fresh rose petals, cinnamon, and vanilla with a velvety, vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, complex, long finish with well-integrated, silky, soft tannins and moderate oak. Napa purists will love this highly extracted, rich, full-bodied Cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220929
Chloe
2015 San Lucas Estate Vineyard Merlot
Medium ruby color. Fruity, medicinal, minty, herbal aromas of blackberry, black cherry, mint, and cola with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long , dark chocolate, and licorice finish with well-integrated tannins. A flavorful, rich Merlot with pleasant herbaceous tones.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221005
Proverbial
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Herbal, fruity aromas of blackberry, nutmeg, baking spice, and creme brulee with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long , currant, and coffee finish with well-integrated tannins. A fruit-forward and well-balanced Cabernet dominated blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220789
Vanderbilt Reserve
2014 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Black garnet color. Aromas of balsamic drizzled chocolate, overripe raspberry, and american coffee with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long raspberry compote, raisin, and roasted cashew finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lip-smackingly tannic wine for juicy steaks.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220760
Forchini
2014 Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of cherry-cranberry crumble, red licorice, peppery salami, and cigar wrapper with a round, vibrant, fruity full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate-almond biscotti, rosemary, dark chocolate mouse, and leather belt and orange liqueur filled chocolate finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and decadent cabernet fit for any steak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220864
Bel Vino
2014 Tatria Red Blend California
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of cocoa nib, mint chocolate, blackberry, and baking spice with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, intriguing, long coffee bean, violet pastel, black currant, and smoked maple finish with firm tannins and heavy oak. Wonderfully integrated tannin and balanced fruit-forward acidity make this wine a winner.
93 points $42.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220935
Stave & Steel
2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas of roasted nuts, tanned leather, dried cherries and dates, and cocoa powder and watermelon and cherry soda with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity full body and a warming, complex, long dried fig, vanilla gelato with chocolate swirl, red plum, and mocha latte finish with chewy, coating tannins and heavy oak. Keep this rich and poppin’’ Paso Robles cab flowing at your next dinner party.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220844
Pend d’Oreille
2014 Merlot
Black ruby color. Aromas of raisin, fine oak, cedar closet, and tobacco field with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length blueberry pie, maple syrup, balsamic glazed strawberries, violet, and cinnamon tea finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. An exquisitely oaked and matured merlot for as many occasions as possible.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220917
Casa Larga
NV Meritage Finger Lakes
Ruby black color. Mature, minerally aromas of volcanic rock, cherry liqueur, and sweet basil with a supple, fruity medium body and a medium-length succulent cherries, ripe nectarine, and white pepper finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and no oak. A juicy, fruit-forward red blend that is perfect on its own and complimentary of duck.
92 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220642
Peachy Canyon
2014 Ms Behave Petit Verdot
Violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of vanilla nut brittle, spicy berry pie, butter roasted nuts, and delicate mint and micro-herbs with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long pickled berries and beets, honey, and spiced watermelon finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A toothsome and wonderfully spicy petit verdot charmer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220821
Hagafen
2015 Estate Bottled Merlot
Medium color. Fruity aromas of strawberry, pomegranate, cola, and cherry with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long , blueberry, and pie crust finish with well-integrated tannins. A rich, palate-coating, powerful Merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220987
Falkner
2014 Meritage Temecula Valley
Dark garnet black color. Inviting aromas of caramelized mushrooms, leather, diced cherries, and cinnamon and menthol with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length cranberry sauce, yogurt covered blueberry, prosciutto, and honey drizzled walnut finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A friendly new world interpretation of Bordeaux with ample fruit.
92 points $54.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220640
Peachy Canyon
2014 Para Siempre Paso Robles
Dark ruby color. Herbal, fruity, floral, peppery aromas of strawberry, black cherry, black pepper, and leather with a soft, dry medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long , tobacco, and prune finish with well-integrated tannins. A complex, savory Malbec-dominated red blend with a delicious, fruity finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220678
Trueblood
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of olives, herbs, and spiced fruits and nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long craisin, chestnut honey, and cedar finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A spicy, silky, savory Napa cabernet with nicely balanced oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220659
Frisson
2013 Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of malted chocolate and vanilla, cassis pie a la mode, caramel fudge, and cigar box and lit cigar with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long buttery praline, spicy blueberry cobbler, cedar, and nut skin finish with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A plush fruity cabernet with ample oak and delicate spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221009
Ledson
2014 Moon Mountain Estate Vineyard Merlot
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cola, leather box, and red and black licorice with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a polished, captivating, medium-long sage, dried cherry studded sesame candy, carnation, and lavender and tar finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A stylish and grown-up Merlot for excellent meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221011
Ledson
2014 Bellisimo Red Blend Sonoma Valley
Dark ruby color. Aromas of blackberry, plum, milk chocolate, and candied cherry with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long , and caramel finish with well-integrated tannins. An unabashedly fruity but well-balanced and elegant Merlot with hints of chocolate and caramel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221123
Sixteen Appellations
2012 Red Blend Napa Valley
Bright deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of ripe red cherry, polished fine furniture, blueberry jam, and peony with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, long raisin, green peppercorn, and sweet woodruff finish with silky tannins and light oak. A fresh, fruity, elegant and stylish Napa blend with a luxurious, silky texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220924
Opaque
2012 Irick Vineyard Malbec
Dark deep purple color. Pungent aromas of cola, white peppercorn, pine, and plum with a round, soft, dryish full body and an even, interesting, long vanilla bean, cola nut, rich dark fruit, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. A great example of the most underrated varietal in Paso Robles; drink now-2020.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220863
Bel Vino
2014 Long Valley Red California
Dark ruby black color. Overripe aromas of plum, eucalyptus, cedarwood, and ripe red fruit with a supple, soft, dryish medium-full body and a hot, medium-long candied raspberry, black cherry cola, vanilla spice, and oak finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. A silky red blend perfect for any warm night.
91 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220661
Frisson
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of cranberry sauce, orange zest, ginger, and cocoa dusted fig with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an even, engaging, breezy chocolate syrup, roasted nuts, chocolate muffin with dried cassis, and root beer finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A luscious wine with aging potential.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221124
Sixteen Appellations
2013 Red Blend Napa Valley
Garnet black color. Aromas of fresh ripe plum, balsamic reduction, espresso bean, and orange peel with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long ripe red cassis, cranberry, almond gelato, and ginseng finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A classy, soft spoken Bordeaux varietal blend that should bloom with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221122
Italics
2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque deep purple color. Baked, clean, complex, floral, fresh aromas and flavors of fresh black plum, smoke and cracked pepper, dark chocolate, and and mocha with a round, tart, dry full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long pepper finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A big, bold, round red blend from Napa; soft and round, with a fruity finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220952
Ledson
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of blackberry, strawberry, allspice, and leather with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long , cooked tomato, and bacon finish with chewy tannins. A savory, earthy, slightly smoky Cabernet with a complex finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220934
Save Me, San Francisco
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby garnet color. Attractive, savory, herbal aromas and flavors of chocolate covered nuts, floral incense, spiced beets and melon, and cedar and pine with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length cherry bon bons and nut skin finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A round, savory cabernet for all occasions.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220679
Vampire
2015 Merlot
Medium color. Fruity, jammy aromas of blackberry, plum, black cherry, and strawberry with a soft, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length , and vanilla custard finish with soft tannins. A classic Napa Merlot; soft, supple, elegant.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220847
Deadhead Red
2015 Petit Verdot
Deep purple color. Smoky aromas and flavors of dark roasted vanilla nuts, spiced melon, grilled berries, and charcoal and earth with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long chocolate blueberries, cedar incense, and creme brulee finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A seamless, lightly smoky and earthy petit verdot that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220925
Opaque
2012 Petit Verdot
Ruby black color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of melted butterfinger bar, berry pie a la mode, earth, and sage and bay leaf with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long chocolate orange peels, root beer float, and nut skin finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An rich, concentrated red that will excel with spicy meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220701
Yorkville Cellars
2014 Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard Yorkville Highlands
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, minty aromas and flavors of cherry fruit leather and cola, praline, and chocolate mint with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long cranberry relish, nuts, and pomegranate sorbet finish with chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A very tangy, mouthwatering red that will be quite versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221010
Ledson
2014 Estate Vineyard Merlot
Black garnet color. Aromas of chocolate covered espresso bean, leather satchel, blistered blueberries, and tarragon with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-long licorice and baking spice finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A neat and tidy merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220827
Frey
2016 Organic Merlot
Medium color. Jammy, fruity aromas of strawberry, plum, vanilla custard, and chocolate with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length , watermelon, and marzipan finish with well-integrated tannins. A fruity, nuanced Merlot with an interesting flavor profile.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221008
Wine Spots
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright straw green color. Aromas and flavors of nectarine, tropical melon, lime, and grapefruit with a soft, dry medium body and a polished, refreshing, easy finish with no oak. An elegant Sauvignon Blanc with a surprising burst of tropical fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220641
Peachy Canyon
2014 Ms Behave Malbec
Dark violet color. Sweet aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, tobacco, and chocolate with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry full body and a tingling, refreshing, long blueberry, black cherry, raspberry, and plum finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. As juicy as Malbec can get, a truly hedonistic wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220904
Midnight Cellars
2014 Nebula Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Aromas of strawberry, pomegranate, oregano, and lilac with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long , soy sauce, and candied watermelon finish with well-integrated tannins. A pleasingly tangy, well-balanced Cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221053
Forgotten Barrel
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Indigo color. Savory aromas of sweet currant, vanilla spice, and blackberry with a round, soft, dryish full body and a warming, medium-long vanilla, violet, blackberry, and black currant finish with soft tannins and heavy oak. Silky-smooth Napa Cabernet bound to please all!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220953
Ledson
2013 Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of clay, distant plum, and chevre with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, short blackberry jam on toast and foie gras finish with coarse tannins and heavy oak. A tight cabernet that will develop beautifully with age.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220926
AVA Grace
2015 Merlot
Medium ruby color. Fruity, jammy aromas of blackberry, black cherry, plum, and baking spice with a soft, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length , sour cherry, and fig finish with well-integrated tannins. Blackberry Pie in a glass.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220930
Cocobon Vineyards
2015 Red Blend California
Dark deep purple color. Sweet aromas of red fruits, black currant, and vanilla with a thick, bright, fruity sweet medium-full body and a smooth, delightful, long cherry cobbler, vanilla spice, jam, and date finish with firm, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A wonderfully approachable, new age inspired red California blend with a faint sweetness.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220875
Ménage à Trois
2015 Folie À Deux Red Blend California
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of charred chives, cocoa dusted ripe cherry, and habeñero pepper with a round, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-long fruit punch and watermelon candy, vanilla taffy, chocolate syrup, and blueberry compote with rooibos finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy red blend for weeknight meals.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220876
Ménage à Trois
2015 Midnight Dark Blend California
Dark ruby black color. Savory aromas of plum, green pepper, mole, and slate with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, breezy vanilla yogurt with mixed berry compote, chocolate covered espresso bean, butter poached dark fruits, and button mushrooms and rhubarb relish finish with medium, silky tannins and moderate oak. A juicy red blend for every occasion.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220877
Ménage à Trois
2015 Silk Soft Red Blend California
Dark garnet black color. Exotic aromas and flavors of cinnamon orange tisane, bramble, and cherry licorice with a round, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length sundried tomato, pickled red pepper, juicy red fruits, and mocha latte finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A light, plush and easy-drinking red blend.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220645
MYKA Cellars
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, gherkin, cracked black pepper, and black raspberry with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length craisins, nut skin, and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A crisp and inviting cabernet that is sure to please.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220845
Pend d’Oreille
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, jolly rancher, maple syrup, and coconut milk with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, breezy yogurt covered raisin, hot chocolate, sweet herbs, and vanilla finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A juicy cabernet with giant fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220758
The Arsonist
2014 Red Blend California
Dark black ruby color. Aromas of black cherry, black currant, and huckleberry with a silky, soft, dryish full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long blackberry custard, vanilla, and raspberry compote finish with silky tannins and heavy oak. This blend is silky-smooth and ready-to-drink.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220643
1850 Wine Cellars
2014 Red Meritage Santa Clara Valley
Medium ruby black color. Candied, tropical aromas and flavors of peach mango gummies, scented tobacco, dried red fruits, and kiwi and eucalyptus with a round, lively, off-dry medium body and a seamless, breezy celery salt finish with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fun, tropical, almost-off-dry red blend to drink on its own; very uniquely fruity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220759
Forchini
2014 BeauSierra Bordeaux Blend Estate Grown Dry Creek Valley
Medium color. Earthy, fruity aromas of strawberry, cherry, burnt sugar, and espresso with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long , white pepper, and baking spice finish with well-integrated tannins. A earthy, structured, yet finesseful red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220914
Working Dog Winery
2014 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc
Ruby black color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of berry custard tart and toffee with a lightly tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long roasted berries and tomatoes, dolmades, vanilla and cocoa, and tangerine finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, earthy red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220644
1850 Wine Cellars
2014 Malbec
Deep purple color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of ripe persimmon, fresh tomato, sweet melon, and apricot and orange blossom with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree candied brazil nut, moist raisin, and overripe orange finish with medium tannins and light oak. An intriguingly fruity Malbec; a nice summer red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220878
Sutter Home
NV Red Blend California
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of bark, mixed berry jelly, crushed nuts, and raisin with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity medium body and a brisk star anise finish with clunky tannins and moderate oak. A fruity wine for the table.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220867
90+ Cellars
2016 Lot 116 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Attractive, clean, complex, dusty, earthy aromas and flavors of crushed blackberry and tart red cherries, rosemary and thyme, green bell peppers, and and dried tobacco with a lightly tannic, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A soft, round, easy drinking and approachable style of Cabernet Sauvignon.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220787
Biltmore Estate
2015 Merlot
Dark garnet black color. Minerally aromas of basalt and clay and fresh fig with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length marcona almonds, cinnamon dusted blueberries, membrillo, balsamic glazed roasted carrot, and chocolate covered dried cherry finish with earthy, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A red wine for dinners in the countryside.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220653
Narmada Winery
2012 Yash-Vir Bordeaux Blend Virginia
Dusty ruby color. Green aromas and flavors of tomato vines, nettles, and herbal honeycomb with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced craisins, pickled root vegetables, nuts, and borscht finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very distinctive earthy, rustic red that will be great with game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221054
Forgotten Barrel
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium dusty ruby color. Aromas of cinnamon and bay leaf, bouillon, wet oak, and cinnamon with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, brisk freeze dried blueberry, chocolate syrup, tea leaf, and sweet rhubarb finish with clunky tannins and light oak. A easy-drinking, punchy quaffer for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220954
Ledson
2014 Malbec
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, cocoa nib, and tobacco with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium-length raspberry, cherry, and pine finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A juicy Malbec.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220791
Greyscale
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of berry preserves, molasses, roasted nuts, and toasted oak with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, snappy cedar bark and vanilla yogurt finish with hard, coating tannins and heavy oak. A big, very oaky, Napa cab that probably needs some time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220915
Working Dog Winery
2015 Estate Bottled Merlot
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of dried cherries, chewing tobacco, dark chocolate, and tomato with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length roasted nuts and pecan praline finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A super-yummy merlot blend out of New Jersey; steak-worthy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220927
Blacklist
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of cranberry sauce and stewed prune with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, brisk tobacco, orchard fruit, yogurt, and black tea finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A table-ready cabernet.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220852
Cedar Creek Winery
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark color. Perfumed aromas of sweet violet, musk, cocoa butter, and root beer and corn silk with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, delightful, breezy blueberry pie, sugared plum, bechamel, and soy sauce finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A perfumey, purple-fruit-focused wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220792
Greyscale
2015 Cuvée Blanc Rutherford, Napa Valley
Bright color. Aromas and flavors of cooked apple, lemon, alcohol, and white grape with a soft, puckering, dry medium body and a hot, unusual, medium-long finish. A boozy and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc; somewhat sherry-like.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220790
Vanderbilt Reserve
2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Attractive, baked, boozy, clean, complex aromas and flavors of baked blackberry, baked black raspberry, graphite and cedar, green peppers, and and jalapeño with a velvety, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish with dusty, well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A fresh, fruit-forward style of Dry Creek Cabernet with firm yet forgiving tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220874
Ménage à Trois
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas of cherry jolly rancher with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long spiced cherries and basil, Italian leather, candied lemon peel, and frosted spice cake finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. Enjoy a palate of juicy red fruit flavors in this hugely chewy wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220646
Coast
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium dark garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of grilled pickle, cranberry yogurt, and fireplace log with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, quick sour cherry jam on toast, praline, and pomegranate sorbet finish with light oak. A nice, lightly spicy cabernet for everyday enjoyment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220865
Bel Vino
2013 Cabernet Franc
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of green apple sucker, cherry candy, prune, and bark with a coarse, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, relaxed finish with coarse, barky tannins and moderate oak. A table-ready Cab Franc.
82 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220921
Black Box
2015 Merlot
Medium ruby color. Fruity, grassy, herbal, medicinal aromas of blueberry, grass, green pepper, and coffee with a soft, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long , bitter chocolate, and cherry cola finish with grippy tannins. A full-bodied, intense, and herbaceous Merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220941
Cupcake
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, char-roasted nuts, berry preserves on pumpernickel toast, and cedar plank with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy creamed honey on roasted apple and cedar finish with chewy, woody, fine tannins and moderate oak. A solid cabernet to unwind the daily grind.
81 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220916
Casa Larga
NV Cab-Merlot Finger Lakes
Garnet color. Roasted aromas of smoked nuts, toasted cedar, melted chocolate on cherries, and pickle with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick finish with moderate oak. A nice oaky everyday dinner wine.
81 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220866
Iron Side
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Woody aromas of leather, moss, cedar closet, and wet leaves with a watery body and a smooth, relaxed cranberry muffin, lemon pound cake with juniper, chocolate chew with raisins, and honeycomb cereal finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A leafy cabernet.
80 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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