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October 2017 - World Value Wine Challenge

October 2017 - World Value Wine Challenge
This month's Wine feature is World Value Wine Challenge Wines

World Value Wine Challenge Reviews

Salt of the Earth 2016 Flor de Moscato California
93 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Light gold color. Sweet aromas and flavors of honeyed dried apricot, sultana, and suede with a silky, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, distinctive, long mandarin oranges and peach marmalade on cake finish with fine, fruit tannins. A delightful dessert wine with lovely layers of flavor.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Dessert Wine $15 and Under' Best Value US Dessert Wine Exceptional Value
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Cline 2015 Ancient Vines Mourvedre
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Fruity, spicy, floral aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam, chocolate mint, and lavender honey on dried apricot with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, engaging, medium-long toffee, spicy peach cobbler, and sandalwood incense finish. A fantastically flavorful and juicy red that is a pleasure to drink.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Best Value US Mourvedre Exceptional Value
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Barone Montalto 2014  Nero dAvola-Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate craisins and cherries, blood orange glazed prunes, creme brulee, and pomace with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length roasted and smoked nuts and earth finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. A sunny, lightly earthy, food-friendly Sicilian red blend.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $10 and Under' Best Value Italian Italian Varietal Blend Exceptional Value
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Riva Leone 2015  Gavi
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of white peach, honeysuckle, petrol, and wheat grass with a round, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, elegant, medium-length violet and wet stone, oregano and tarragon, pineapple, and celery and anise finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A beautiful expression of gavi that is fresh, clean and expressive.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Italian Piedmont Gavi Exceptional Value
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Brancott Estate 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi and melon relish, roasted yellow pepper, and pickled root vegetables with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, long white grapefruit, passionfruit and mango, and olive finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A toothsome, tropical sauvignon blanc that is sure to please.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Exceptional Value
92 points $15 Best Buy
Dragon’s Tears  Pear Wine
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Old gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pear relish and sorbet and floral honey on biscuit with a silky, bright, fruity sweet medium body and an even, stimulating, medium-long finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A bright and mouthwatering pear wine that will delight your guests.
Awards: 2017 World Value Wine Challenge Best Value US Fruit Wine Exceptional Value
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Cline 2016  Viognier
91 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of peach cobbler and creme Anglaise with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long spiced yellow apple, nougat, and nectarine skin finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very tasty, round and satisfying Viognier pleaser.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value US Viognier Exceptional Value
91 points $10.99 Best Buy
Taylors 2016 Promised Land Shiraz
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Violet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, chocolate blueberries, and creme brulee with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, intriguing, long dulce de leche gelato, spiced cherry and watermelon, peppered nuts, and earth finish with light oak. A juicy, crowd pleasing shiraz with jammy fruit and nice structure.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Exceptional Value
91 points $13 Best Buy
Anthony Lee’s NV Raspberry Wine Maine
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry preserves and honey with a silky, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length chocolate raspberries and nuts, wheat grass, pickled melon, and earth finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delightfully fruit and savory dessert wine with pure, earthy raspberry flavor.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Dessert Wine $15 and Under' Exceptional Value
91 points $14 Best Buy
Waikiwi Bay 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$6.96
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruits and blossoms, yellow pepper, grapefruit, and white peppercorn with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long wheat grass, lime zest, and kiwi finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty, spot-on sauvignon blanc pleaser.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $8 and Under' Exceptional Value
90 points $6.96 Best Buy
Sonance NV  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$9.49
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of kiwi, apple, and nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a captivating, medium-long grilled peach and volcanic rock finish. A tasty pinot grigio with nice creaminess and delicate smoke.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $10 and Under' Best Value South African Pinot Grigio Exceptional Value
90 points $9.49 Best Buy
Wine Roads 2014 Proprietary Red Blend California
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of cedar, olive and green pepper, and berry pie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long vanilla cream, nut brittle, pickled beets, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A juicy, fruity, and super supple red blend that is sure to please.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $10 and Under' Exceptional Value
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Bogle 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$11
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of chocolate sesame candy, pistachio nougat, spicy berry pie, and tangerine with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long vanilla toffee, dried raspberry, and smoked nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A very tasty, nicely made cabernet with fine flavor and structure.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Exceptional Value
90 points $11 Best Buy
Bogle 2015  Petite Sirah
90 points
$11
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of raisins and prunes, chocolate nut bar, and coconut macaroon with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, stimulating, cheery spiced berry compote and kiwi and apricot finish with silky, chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A delightfully flavorful and spicy petit sirah pleaser.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Best Value US Petite Sirah Exceptional Value
90 points $11 Best Buy
Black Box 2016  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$25
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, lemon-lime, grape, and pineapple with a lively, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk finish. A lighthearted, easy-drinking Pinot Grigio.
Awards: Exceptional Value
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