October 2017 - World Value Wine Challenge

This month's Wine feature is World Value Wine Challenge Wines
World Value Wine Challenge Reviews
220624
Taylors
2017 Riesling
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of white blossoms, peach and mango chutney, passionfruit, and apple tart with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a complex, long lemon curd, kiwi in cream, and minerals finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A lush tropical riesling that delights the palate with lip smacking acidity and mouthwatering fruit.
94 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221028
Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Love Symbol Grenache
Dusty ruby color. Attractive, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of black raspberry torte and huckleberry jam on raisin toast with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, long blueberry cobbler a la mode, apple tart, vanilla toffee, and marinated beets and yams finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and light oak. A decadently delicious Grenache that will captivate and delight.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221099
Salt of the Earth
2016 Flor de Moscato California
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.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221301
Cline
2015 Ancient Vines Mourvedre
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.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221851
Sidewood
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale clear silvery emerald straw color. Interesting, savory, fruity aromas and flavors of tropical fruit basket, grilled grapefruit and plantain, and pickled root vegetables with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, nuanced, long lime herb relish, wheat grass, and minerals finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A wonderfully layered and expressive tropical sauvignon blanc with great style and balance.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220963
Highway 12
2015 Sonoma Red Blend Sonoma County
Dark black ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spiced berries, honeycomb, and butter roasted nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-long spiced huckleberries, caramelized apple and peach, toasted coconut, and chocolate mint finish. A delicious, complex, silky red blend that will be very versatile and is sure to please.
93 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221067
Bottero
2013 Syrah Capicua Blend Cachapoal Valley
Ruby black color. Savory aromas and flavors of olives, roasted pepper, sundried cherries and tomatoes, and hint of braised meat with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, layered, medium-long borscht and vanilla nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A delightfully flavorful and savory red blend that will be great with dinner.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221453
Arabella
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright pale yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of fruit salad, banana soufflé, and guava with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long mango-apple relish, grapefruit, and coconut milk finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A juicy, tropical sauvignon blanc with zesty fruit and mouthwatering acidity.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221663
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sweet Red Sparkling Dessert Wine California
Bright ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry and apple sauces, wild strawberry sorbet, and pannetone with a vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a complex, long spiced tangerines, kiwi, orange blossom water, and melon finish with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A racy, delicious sweet wine with great flavor, nuance and length.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221043
Barone Montalto
2014 Nero dAvola-Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221500
Gnarly Head
2015 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla nut fudge and apple pie a la mode with an bright, fruity medium body and an intriguing, long pineapples, spiced nuts, cream, and cedar finish with fine, chewy, soft tannins and light oak. A bright and delicious white wine that delivers everything you’d look for in a California chardonnay.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221037
Riva Leone
2015 Gavi
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.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221283
Brancott Estate
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
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.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220628
Taylor Made
2016 Malbec
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry pie, chocolate citrus peels, dried flowers, and sandalwood incense with an crisp, dryish full body and a compelling, long marinated tomatoes and peppers, blackberry gastrique, and cherry pit finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy, appetizing malbec with a wide range of attractive flavors.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220623
Taylors
2015 Reserve Parcel Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized dried berries and yams, vanilla gelato, and pickled cherries with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, medium-long chocolate mint, spiced apples and melons, cherries in coconut milk, and herbal tea finish with fine, crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, spicy cabernet that will be fun to pair with.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221035
Louis Revoir
NV Cuvee Prestige Brut Champagne
Bright straw color. Aromas of sour apple, pear, lemon rind, and yeast with a crisp, bubbly, dry medium-to-full body and a medium-length , and baking spice finish. A character-rich and sophisticated champagne.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221503
Z. Alexander Brown
2015 Uncaged Proprietary Red Blend North Coast
Deep purple color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of raisin-cherry compote, chocolate bread pudding, sesame pastry, and peppercorn with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long creme brulee finish with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, mouthwatering red blend that is sure to be a hit.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221021
Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Lake Doctor Shiraz
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of latte, chocolate nut fudge, mincemeat pie, and hint of back bacon with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-long pickled sour cherries and tomatoes, pomegranate vinaigrette, pine peppercorns, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A savory palate stimulating shiraz for pleasure now or later, let this aerate for a bit.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221486
Bota Box
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry pie a la mode, floral honey, and carrot cake with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, nuanced, long chocolate mint, roasted marinated root vegetables, and cherry gastrique finish with light oak. A great, super supple Chilean cabernet bursting with flavor.
92 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221664
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Pink Moscato Sparkling Dessert Wine California
Brilliant coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of peach sorbet, orange blossom talc, and honeyed golden raisins with a tangy, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a compelling, long dried apricot, tangerine sorbet, and honey crisp apple finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious fruity, tangy, sweet wine with great flavor and structure.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221673
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Prosecco DOC
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, golden raisins, and white blossoms with an tangy, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a stimulating, long mandarin oranges, kiwi-apple relish, and acacia honey finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, lively fruit driven off-dry Prosecco
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221209
Dragon’s Tears
Pear Wine
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.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221344
VOGA
2015 Red Fusion Salento IGP
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry and raspberry cobblers, buttery nut brittle, and vanilla pod with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, long cherry compote, spiced melon, ripe tomato, and grassy earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, finely balanced and elegant red blend that is sure to please in a variety of settings.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221299
Cline
2016 Viognier
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.
91 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221803
Gnarly Head
2015 Old Vine Zinfandel
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted, dark roasted nuts, and dried berries and tomatoes with a bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long creme brulee, caramelized sweet potatoes and carrots, and nuts finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A spot-on zinfandel with great flavor, acidity and balance.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221802
Gnarly Head
2015 Authentic Black Red Blend Lodi
Deep purple color. Roasted, minty, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate mint and black raspberry pie with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long cherry and watermelon coulis and nutskin finish with fine, chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A bright, very tasty and easy-drinking red pleaser.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221338
Farmers of Wine
2015 Red Blend Puglia IGP
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, dark butter roasted nuts, and cherry pie crust with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long spiced apples, berry gastrique, and charcoal and earth finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A fine balance of smoky oak and vigorous savory fruit make this Italian wine an easy choice for an omnivorous feast.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221284
Kenwood
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of green pepper, candied grapefruit peels, and wheat grass with ginger with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long golden apple, spiced kiwi and melon, and creamy nougat finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A vibrant, toothsome sauvignon blanc that hits all the right notes in a balanced even manner.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220621
Taylors
2016 Promised Land Shiraz
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.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221185
Anthony Lee’s
NV Raspberry Wine Maine
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.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221331
Barboursville
2016 Pinot Grigio
Light emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of green pear, melon, nut brittle, and wheat grass with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy finish with fine tannins and no oak. A delicious and elegant pinot grigio pleaser.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221038
Cardigan Bay
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked gherkin, potato and jalapeño, grilled grapefruit, and ghee with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a distinctive, long green tomato-guava relish, lemongrass and verbena, and minerals finish with fine, silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A very distinctive, super savory and umami-laden sauvignon blanc.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221304
Cashmere
2015 Black Magic Red Wine California
Garnet black color. Toasty, savory aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, toasted herbs, and gherkin with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length creme brulee, boysenberry tart, and pencil shavings finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak. A round, savory, juicy yet structured red blend reminiscent of a ripe Cru Beaujolais.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221464
The Impressionist
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Savory aromas and flavors of spicy boysenberry pie, marinated cherries and beets, apple cider balsamic, and dark chocolate with a supple, tangy, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, long caramelized craisin and pomegranate, spiced walnuts, and vanilla cream finish with well-integrated, fine, crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak. A mouthwatering, tangy, savory cabernet that will be great with Italian meat dishes.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221419
Treleaven
2016 Semi-Dry Estate Bottled Riesling
Emerald straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of white blossoms and peach cobbler with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length spiced pear and melon, starfruit in cream, and macadamia nougat finish with fine, fruit tannins. A dry, elegant riesling with great style and structure.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221112
Rock Wall
2014 Rock Hound Red Blend California
Dusty garnet color. Spicy, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of sweet pickle relish, pomegranate chutney, and lilacs with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long spiced raisins, peaches and plums, chocolate nuts and cherries, and minerals finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A toothsome, multilayered fruit-forward red pleaser.
91 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221245
Black Willow Winery
2016 Trilogy Red Blend New York State
Violet color. Creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate cassis, caramelized nuts, and prickly pear with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long cranberry, beets, citrus medley, and earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lovely, mouthwatering red with great table appeal.
91 points $16.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221711
Adirondack Winery
NV Story Teller Baco Noir
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of caramelized cherries and pear, chocolate, sweet and peppery spices, and tomato on the vine with a silky, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long vanilla cream, pomegranate and blueberry relish, and beets finish with light oak. A wonderfully lively and pure baco noir with great table-friendly structure and sense of place.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221852
Stable Hill
2016 The Little Villager Pinot Noir
Brilliant garnet color. Floral, fruity aromas of menthol-mint lozenge, lavender potpourri, and spiced blueberries and beets with a silky, full body and a smooth, interesting, long melon and pomegranate, sour cherry pulp, Indian spice blend, and sandalwood finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. An intriguingly exotic and distinctively spicy pinot that will be great with Indian and east-Asian cuisine.
91 points $17.43 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221333
Penman Springs
2013 Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of cherries an pomegranate in cream, chocolate nuts, cherry blossoms, and honeycomb with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long pie filling, goji berry, and kiwi finish with silky tannins and light oak. A very nice juicy, fruity, well structured cabernet that will be versatile.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221128
Stella Rosa
NV Rosso Lux Demi-Sweet Sparkling Italy
Brilliant ruby color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of ripe muddled strawberries and vanilla pound cake with a glycerous, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length rose petals, fondant, taffy, and nutmeg finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious Brachetto with great texture that will be a hit at the finish of your next dinner party.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221025
Zonte’s Footstep
2017 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
Silvery pink color. Savory aromas and flavors of strawberry shortcake, pickled cherries, and reduced lemon and orange with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long candied lemon zest, wheat grass, and minerals finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and no oak. A delightfully savory and mouthwatering rose that will be great at the table.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220616
Jaraman
2016 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe kiwi, juicy pear, honey glazed cashew, and rhubarb compote with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long roasted nuts, candied apricot, white blossoms, and apple tart with cinnamon finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak. A full-bodied and satisfying chardonnay with bright acidity and balanced oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220719
Taylors
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Attractive, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries, creme Anglaise, and hint of bouillon with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, long chocolate lemon and orange peels, dark roasted pecans, flower petals, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A supple and inviting cabernet that will compliment a fine steak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220619
Taylors
2016 Merlot
Deep purple color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced blueberries and vanilla nut fudge with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long cherry creme brulee, chocolate orange peels and nuts, eucalyptus leaf, and peppered beets finish with crunchy, chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A lovely delicate spicy and savory merlot that is a delight to drink.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221268
Williamsburg Winery
2015 Barrel Aged Claret Virginia
Brick red color. Herbal, savory aromas and flavors of pickled tomato, cucumber and peppers and tomato vine with a slightly chewy, vibrant, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length chocolate, herbs, and tobacco finish with fine tannins and light oak. A very interesting and savory red with great table affinity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221068
Bottero
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Capicua Blend Cachapoal Valley
Garnet black color. Savory, meaty aromas and flavors of spiced berries, roasted pepper, mole, and beets and carrots with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length creme brulee, craisins, mixed peppercorns, and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A dry, serious, savory red that will shine at the table.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221850
Sidewood
2015 Shiraz
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of cappuccino gelato, chocolate mint, spice cake, and herbs with an bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long rose water custard, spiced blueberries, and chestnut toffee finish with chewy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A rich, chewy, savory and satisfying shiraz.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221632
California Dream
2016 Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas of papaya, pineapple, lime, and orange with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, cheery , and Asian pear finish with light oak. A delightful, tropical Chardonnay.
90 points $5.96 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221049
Waikiwi Bay
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
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.
90 points $6.96 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221674
Barefoot
NV Pinot Grigio
Brilliant silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricots, tropical fruits, and spiced nuts with an bright, fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long fruit punch, lime sorbet, and minerals finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, fruity pinot grigio pleaser.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221595
flipflop
NV Pinot Grigio
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, beeswax lip balm, melon rind, and ripe yellow apple with an bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a complex, medium-long tropical fruit custard tart and strawberry finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, lively and nicely nuanced pinot grigio that will be great for all occasions.
90 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221601
flipflop
NV Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of cherry and raspberry tarts and chocolate toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long grilled orange and pear, custard, and herbed nuts finish with light oak. A toothsome, savory pinot with an instant appeal.
90 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221597
flipflop
NV Pink Moscato California
Silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry tart, peach cobbler, and nougat with an bright, moderately sweet medium body and a captivating, medium-long cherry coulis, watermelon sorbet, green apple, and floral honey finish with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasty and nice structured sweet wine that will be a hit on the patio.
90 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221858
La Playa
2017 Estate Series Sauvignon Blanc
Pale yellow straw color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of grapefruit custard and roasted peppers and pears with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long grass, pickled melon and lemon rind, and plantain finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A juicy, attractive sauvignon blanc with nice balance and varietal character.
90 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220959
Sonance
NV Pinot Grigio
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.
90 points $9.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221450
Arabella
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Savory aromas and flavors of pickled tomatoes, sour cherries and blueberries, chestnut honey, and hint of crispy bacon with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long creme brulee, sweet spices, nuts, and tobacco finish with chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A crisp, refreshing cabernet that will be very versatile.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221517
Red Impulse
2015 Red Blend Columbia Valley
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry tart, floral honey, and hint of bouillon with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a charming, medium-length sour cherry-mint chutney and dark chocolate orange peel finish with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. A tasty, fruity, chocolatey red wine pleaser.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221340
VOGA
2015 Rosé Delle Venezie IGT
Silvery pink color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of white chocolate drizzled strawberry and honeyed zucchini bread with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, stimulating, medium-length pomegranate, rainier cherry, and floral melon finish with chewy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice chewy, savory rose that will be great with a hearty meal.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220968
Wine Roads
2014 Proprietary Red Blend California
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.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220956
Okanagan Hills
2015 White Sands White Blend Okanagan Valley
Golden straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of baked peach and dried flowers with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy ripe apple finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and pure white wine blend that drinks effortlessly.
90 points $10.25 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221194
Bogle
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
90 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221195
Bogle
2015 Petite Sirah
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.
90 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221351
Casa Larga
2016 Vineyard Hill Riesling
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed pear and apple and melon with a silky, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length lemon sorbet and orange finish with fine, fruit tannins. A delicious, off-dry riesling for all occasions.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221557
Ménage à Trois
2015 Red Blend California
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of toasty cherry pie and caramel apple with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length creme brulee, berry jam on raisin toast, and nuts finish with light oak. A juicy, crowd pleasing red with gobs of ripe fruit.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221565
SeaGlass
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Fruity, fresh aromas of ripe gooseberry, pine nuts, and freshly sliced green apple with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length green pear and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A fresh, fruity and restrained sauvignon blanc that will have you California dreaming’.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221861
Tinga
2015 Rio Reserve by La Playa Claret Red Blend Colchagua Valley
Garnet black color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate cassis and honey-roasted pepper with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length marinated roasted beets, tomatoes and carrots, cranberry relish, almond nutskin, and eucalyptus finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully savory and appetizing Chilean red blend.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221862
Tinga
2014 Rio Reserve by La Playa Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium ruby black color. Fresh, spicy aromas and flavors of mint, cranberry relish, and herbs with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length vanilla nuts and minerals finish with fine, soft tannins and light oak. A tasty, minty cabernet that is sure to please.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221519
Perimeter
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of gooey chocolate fudge, black raspberry cream danish, chocolate mint, and sandalwood incense with an vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-length spiced cassis, orange marmalade, and menthol mint lozenge finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A savory combination of fruit, spice, and herbs keeps things interesting in this table-friendly cabernet.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220627
Taylors
2015 Special Release Cabernet Sauvignon
Black ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of floral talc, dried lemon and berries, and leather with a satiny, bright, off-dry medium body and an appealing, medium-long spiced blueberries in cream, chocolate mint, herbal eucalyptus tea, and cedar bark finish with crunchy, dusty tannins. A lovely spicy cabernet that will liven up any evening.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220626
Taylors
2015 Special Release Shiraz
Garnet black color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of buttery chocolate maple fudge, pencil shavings, and berry pie crust with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long blueberry pie a la mode, vanilla nuts, and cherry gastrique on melon finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A vivacious and appetizing shiraz that is sure to be a hit, especially with spicy meat dishes.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221226
TreeHugger
NV Nero dAvola
Bright ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry pie a la mode and black raspberry jam on cinnamon raisin toast with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-long spiced cherries, pomegranates, and nuts, yam, and pencil shavings finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A zesty and spicy red that will compliment a fine Mediterranean meal.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221186
Anthony Lee’s
NV Apple Wine Maine
Bright light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of poached apple, hint of pepper, and caramel with a supple, tangy, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length citrus and melon finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A snappy, fruity apple wine that will be versatile.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221265
Williamsburg Winery
2015 A Midsummer Night's White Virginia
Straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and peony, peaches, and delicate spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, engaging, medium-length rose water, apple and pear, minerals, and saffron finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, floral white with great flavor and balance.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221648
Luxury Edition
NV "Gold" Prosecco DOC
Brilliant straw green color. Aromas and flavors of fondant, mango jam, peach, and roasted almond with an bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-long apple sauce, lemon curd, and floral honey finish. A very tasty and refreshing Prosecco pleaser.
90 points $14.97 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221066
Manos Andinas
2015 Reserva Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Roasted, spicy aromas and flavors of pickled cherries and cucumbers, smoked nuts, and herbs with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length marinated beets and chocolate dusted citrus finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A delicious, savory, smoky pinot noir pleaser.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221476
Secret Cellars
2015 Chardonnay
Bright straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced pineapple and apple compote, vanilla custard, and lime curd with a vibrant, fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long apple-pear relish and nougat finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A bright, delightful chardonnay that invigorates the palate.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221366
The Dreaming Tree
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright color. Aromas of green apple, lemonade, grapefruit rind, and mint with a lively, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk , and cucumber finish. A pleasing Sauvignon Blanc for a warm, sunny day.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221167
Varvaglione
2014 12 e Mezzo Negroamaro
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of marinated plums, sour cherry custard, and flower patch earth with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long boysenberry tart, vanilla toffee, and ripe tomato finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A very charming and appetizing red that is sure to please.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221166
Varvaglione
2015 12 e Mezzo Malvasia
Pale golden straw color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of Turkish delight, honeysuckle, and orange gummies with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length fennel seed finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely and exotic dry floral white that could serve as a conversation piece for your guests.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221163
Villadoria
2013 Bricco Magno Nebbiolo
Dusty light garnet color. Mature aromas of leather saddle, black pepper, fig pieces, dried cherries, sweet peony, and licorice with a tannic, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-length freshly cooked bacon and tar finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. A very nice Nebbiolo that offers incredible value.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220629
Taylors
2015 Eighty Acres Shiraz
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean and berries and peppered jerky with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced sour cherries, praline, and delicate minty herbs finish with moderate oak. A very nice lightly peppery and meaty shiraz that is sure to satisfy in a wide variety of settings.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221465
The Impressionist
2016 Tempranillo
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and rhubarb, blueberry tart, and marinated beets with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long chocolate nuts, pepper, delicate violet and rose waters, and cedar finish with medium, dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nuanced and engaging Tempranillo that will be very versatile.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221462
The Impressionist
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of melon, gooseberry, and kiwi with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long lime granita and mango finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice and tidy sauvignon sipper that is sure to please.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221460
The Impressionist
2015 Riesling
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi, apple on the tree, and rubber leaf with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long nectarine, lemon, green apple, and minerals finish with no oak. A clean and precise riesling with nice fruit and structure.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221485
Irony
2015 Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of pickling spice, roasted beets and rhubarbs, and sautéed greens with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, compelling, medium-long honeyed dried cherries, caramelized nuts, and peppercorns finish with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fruit, chewy, zippy pinot noir pleaser.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221570
Avissi
NV Prosecco DOC
Pale emerald straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of lemon drop candies, almond windmill cookies, and violet candies with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length egg custard finish with silky tannins and no oak. A spot on sophisticated Prosecco with delicate floral notes and satisfying nuttiness.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221853
Stable Hill
2015 Mustang Shiraz
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate blueberries, cola, mint tea, and eucalyptus honey with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A very smooth and even shiraz with tasty fruit and a supple texture.
90 points $17.43 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221571
Echo Bay
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried citrus and dandelion with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-long dried mango and guava, reduced lime, green apple, and white balsamic on melon finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice dry, tingling sauvignon blanc that will work nicely at the table.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221104
Esser Vineyards
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of mocha, caramelized bacon, and boysenberry pie with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length apples in vanilla cream, nut brittle, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A very tasty and layered cabernet that is sure to please.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221196
Bogle
2014 Phantom California
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate raisins, butter-roasted nuts, hint of crispy bacon, and delicate spices and cola with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-long cherry gastrique and sesame seeds finish with silky, dusty tannins and light oak. A tasty and well-balanced red that is sure to please.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220964
Highway 12
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, berry compote, and graham cracker with a crisp, light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length honeyed blackberries, nutskin, and chalk and cedar finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A fun, lively, minty cabernet for fans of Australian shiraz.
90 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221146
Bryson Family Vineyard
2016 Shiraz
Violet color. Attractive, spicy, sweet aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, chocolate mint, and dark berry pie crust with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long caramelized cherries and yams, nuts, and hibiscus herbal tea finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A spot on shiraz with lovely fruit and a spicy herbal accent.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221282
Jacob’s Creek
NV Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate buttercream, cherry cola float, sassafras tea, and chocolate mint cookie with an bright, fruity medium body and an engaging, long spicy cranberry sauce, pickled melon and apple, alpine herbal lozenge, and creamy tapioca finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A fun, spicy cabernet that is sure to be a hit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221630
Carmen
2013 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of berry compote, roasted pepper, olives, and cedar with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long spiced apple, grilled tomato, and nutskin finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A round, juicy, savory cab that will be quite versatile.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221629
Carmen
2015 Gran Reserva Carmenere
Ruby black color. Fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of roasted berries and apple, toffee, and hint of wood smoke with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, stimulating, relaxed nuts, marinated cherries and beets and tomatoes finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A lovely Chilean red that will shine at the table.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221071
Casas del Toqui
2014 Terroir Selection Apalta Gran Reserva Malbec
Violet color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of honeyed nuts and chocolate black raspberries with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, relaxed ripe peach, craisin, and marinated beets finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A well-balanced, savory malbec that will be great with red meats.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221070
Casas del Toqui
2015 Coastal Mist Sauvignon Blanc
Emerald straw color. Herbal aromas of pico de gallo, green almond, and fresh herbs with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length green apple, wheat grass, tomatillo salsa, and coriander and underripe pineapple finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An intensely aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with hallmark Chilean herbal notes.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221402
Cirque du Vin
2013 Red Blend Paso Robles
Dusty garnet color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut bar and spicy cherry pie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long chocolate raisin, gherkin, beet relish, and ground nuts finish with chewy, silky tannins and light oak. A wonderfully mouthwatering red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221180
Henry Estate
2016 Pinot Gris
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of peat moss, peach and lemon, and almond nougat with an vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-long honeyed apple and pear, mandarin orange, and pepper finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, super fruity and lively pinot gris that will be great with spicy dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221449
La Croix Saint Jean
2015 Lo Mainatge Red Minervois
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, licorice, and game with an tangy, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long , blueberry, and bacon finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A powerful and elegant Southern French wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221490
Bota Box
2016 Pinot Grigio
Bright silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of nectarine, nougat, and grass with an crisp, fruity light body and an engaging, medium-length yellow apple and sweet cream finish with fine tannins and no oak. A spot on pinot grigio that delivers the tasty goods.
90 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221316
Black Box
2016 Pinot Grigio
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221638
California Roots
2016 Pinot Grigio
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of fruit salad, lemon balm, and white toffee with an crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an amusing, medium-long peach-lemon sorbet and nutskin finish with fine, fruit tannins. A lively and engaging pinot grigio that is sure to please.
89 points $5 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221637
California Roots
2016 Moscato
Brilliant silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of waxy apple, nectarine skin, and sesame candy with a crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a breezy honeyed melon, green apple and pear, raisins, and whole nuts finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A lively and appetizing sweet wine that whets the appetite.
89 points $5 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221634
California Dream
2016 Pinot Grigio
Bright silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach and papaya yogurt and floral spring meadow with an bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length lemon custard tart, nutskin, melon, and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice refreshing pinot grigio with good fruit and structure.
89 points $5.96 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221683
Barefoot
NV Rich & Balanced Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of red licorice, star anise, gingerbread cookies, and rose-flavored candy with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-length chocolate ganache, caramelized mango, and fine furniture finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lovable aromatic Cabernet with big fruit and exotic spice.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221414
CK Mondavi
2016 Pinot Grigio
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of apricot, orange peel, peach, and mango with an lively, dry light-to-medium body and a refreshing, cheery , and cantaloupe finish. A tropical palate-pleaser with unexpected lingering finish.
89 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221542
Sutter Home
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Citrusy aromas of lemon butter sauce, gooseberry, and white grapefruit flesh with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, breezy ripe kiwi, green papaya, and honeydew melon finish with fine, silky tannins and no oak. A lovely sauvignon blanc full of lush green fruits.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221859
La Playa
2017 Un-Oaked Estate Series Chardonnay
Pale straw green color. Fruity, floral aromas of apple pie, exotic tropical flowers, and peach blossom with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length fresh pear, dried apricot, and chopped nuts finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. An enticing and exotic Chardonnay for fans of white Rhone style wines.
89 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220985
Le Phare
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of grapefruit rind, lime, orange, and wheat grass with an puckering, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length , and tropical melon finish with no oak. A tangy, Bordeaux-Style Sauvignon Blanc
89 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221456
Arabella
2016 Sparkling White Western Cape
Silvery emerald straw color. Attractive, toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of pear custard, apple and melon, and toasted meringue with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, breezy kiwi and lime in cream and cashew fruit finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice toasty, creamy sparkling wine.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221206
Dragon’s Tears
Cranberry Wine
Light garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce and orange marmalade with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length watermelon candy and peach skin finish with fruit, crunchy tannins and no oak. A nice crunchy fruit wine with pure flavor and nice balance.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221472
Lucky Star
2016 Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon coulis, cinnamon honey, diced apples, and mango with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-length caramelized pineapple, butterscotch pudding, bergamot, and white tea finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A rich and complex chardonnay with lip-smacking tannins and a lasting finish.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220967
Wine Roads
2014 Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe peach, sweet yogurt, and yellow apples with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, brisk almond biscotti, baked apple, and cinnamon pastry with brown butter finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A peaceful chardonnay.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221865
Vino de Eyzaguirre
2016 Merlot
Ruby black color. Savory, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, caramelized bacon, and berry pie crust with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length roasted and pickled beets and peppers, nuts, mocha, and gravel finish with dusty, chewy tannins and light oak. A savory and satisfying merlot sipper.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221309
Cline
2015 Syrah
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie, nut brittle, chocolate, and pickled peppers with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, delightful, medium-long dried sour cherries, creme brulee, and cedar finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A nice crunchy, juicy syrah with fine fruit and oak.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221576
Montevina
2015 Omira Hills Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Aromas of red apple, vanilla custard, nectarine, and wood shavings with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a breezy , and peach finish with moderate oak. A rich, oaky Chardonnay.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221197
Bogle
2015 Old Vine Zinfandel
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas of pickled cucumbers, strawberry, saffron, and violet perfume with a slightly chewy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length juicy plums, black pepper, and dill finish with moderate oak. A wholly enjoyable zinfandel.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221583
AVA Grace
NV Red Blend American
Dusty garnet color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry, menthol mint, and eucalyptus honey with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate mint, praline, latte, and cedar finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and light oak. A juicy, spicy red that has an instant appeal.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221548
Ménage à Trois
2015 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of lime cordial, cinnamon, fresh-baked apple pie, and grilled Meyer lemon with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length buttered and grilled peach, toasted marshmallow, honey-vanilla roasted cashews, and espresso gelato finish with medium tannins and heavy oak. A lip-smacking chardonnay-lovers chardonnay.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221554
Ménage à Trois
2015 Pinot Grigio
Bright pale straw color. Aromas of red apple, pear, lemon rind, and grass with an lively, dry light-to-medium body and a charming, breezy , and vanilla bean finish. A character-rich Pinot Grigio with Vanilla undertones.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221214
No Curfew
2015 Chardonnay
Bright color. Aromas of honeydew, nectarine, lemon cake, and pineapple with an soft, dry light-to-medium body and a compelling, easy , anise, and cedar finish with moderate oak. A fruit-driven, well-balanced Chardonnay.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221302
Cline
2016 Ancient Vines Rosé Mourvedre
Pale salmon orange color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried apricot, candied tangerine, California brandy, and dried apple with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length freshly toasted bread with strawberry preserves, sunflower seeds, and apple juice finish with medium, coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. An intriguing rose with a charming brandy quality.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221484
Irony
2014 Black Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Attractive, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and pickled beets and Mexican chocolate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length salted smoked nuts, caramel, and cedar finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice savory pinot noir that will be very versatile.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221613
Newman’s Own
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, blackberry pie, mocha custard, and caramelized bacon with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, amusing, medium-length sour cherry and chocolate mousse finish with chewy, soft tannins and light oak. A fruity chocolatey everyday cabernet that is sure to please.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221566
SeaGlass
2015 Pinot Noir
Bright ruby color. Aromas of diced cherries, root beer, roasted mushrooms, and olive with a round, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length beets in strawberry vinaigrette, dill, vanilla, and white pepper finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak. A lovable Pinot Noir for dinner pairings or casual sipping.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221753
In Situ
2016 Chardonnay-Viognier
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter poached apples, clove studded orange peel, and caramelized pineapples in butter sauce with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, buoyant sage, pumpkin spice syrup, and pear puree finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A bright and appetizing chardonnay full of autumnal flavor.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221499
Gnarly Head
2015 1924 Double Black California
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, creamy toffee, delicate spice, and cedar with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, breezy vanilla gelato finish with soft, silky tannins and light oak. A tasty, creamy, fruity red blend that is sure to please.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221549
Ménage à Trois
2015 Gold Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of banana candies, buttery apple tart, and overripe pineapple with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length vanilla creme Anglaise, orange candy chews, wintergreen, and ground white pepper finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. An intriguing and nuanced chardonnay.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221266
Williamsburg Winery
2016 A Midsummer Night's White Virginia
Straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, spiced apple and nuts, and meringue with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, buoyant apple sauce and starfruit finish with soft, crunchy tannins and no oak. A delicate, very pretty white wine sipper.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221036
Castellani
2011 Chianti Classico Riserva
Dusty garnet color. Mature aromas of sweet tobacco, leather, and bacon wrapped prunes with a velvety, bright, dry medium-to-full body and an effortless, brisk black tea, cherry skins, and dried oregano finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. An elegant Chianti for excellent ragu.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221300
Cline
2015 Ancient Vines Zinfandel
Dark dusty ruby color. Mature aromas and flavors of baked stone fruit, dried flowers, chalk, and lavender sachet with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, delightful, cheery cola, peach pie, and ginger sorbet finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. An intriguing zinfandel for creative pairings.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221296
Cline
2015 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Medium color. Aromas of strawberry, black cherry, blueberry, and anise with an crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-length , eucalyptus, and dill pickle finish with well-integrated tannins. A character-rich food wine.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221297
Cline
2014 Estate Grown Merlot
Garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of baked fruits, cocoa butter, and spiced nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length honeyed cherries, creme brulee, and oak finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty, wood accented merlot that will be versatile.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220962
Highway 12
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright color. Aromas of lime, lemon rind, white grapefruit, and wood chips with an crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a stimulating, easy , and ginger liqueur finish with moderate oak. A full-bodied, oaky Sauvignon Blanc.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221556
Ménage à Trois
NV Prosecco DOC
Straw color. Nutty, floral aromas of hazelnut creme, lily, baklava, and cherry pit with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length lemon curd and yellow plum flesh finish with silky, soft tannins and no oak. A delightfully silky and feminine Prosecco for any occasion.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221039
Soledoro
NV Vino Spumante Brut Prosecco DOC
Brilliant emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled apples and peaches, root vegetable, reduced lemon, and curry leaf with a crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a buoyant grass finish with no oak. An interesting, lightly herbal Prosecco.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221370
The Dreaming Tree
2015 Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Toasty aromas of vanilla-caramel milk steamer, cinnamon dusted apples, and buttered brioche with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, relaxed lemon-honey butter, Turkish delight, and Jamaican spice finish with coating tannins and heavy oak. A toasty, oaky chardonnay with a hint of exotic spice.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221395
Von Schleinitz
2016 VS Kon-Secco Mosel
Bright pale straw color. Aromas of peach, honeyed apricot, baked red apple, and orange marmalade with a crisp, bubbly, off-dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, relaxed , and gingersnap finish. A refreshing, fruit Mosel gem.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221849
Sidewood
NV Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay
Bright color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach and apple and nougat with a crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length lime granita, pickled melon, and fleur de sel and minerals finish. A crisp, refreshing savory sparkler with a nice mouthwatering quality.
89 points $15.85 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221162
Nicolas Potel
2015 Macon Villages
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon sorbet and green apple skins with a soft, bright, dry light body and a sleek, buoyant plain yogurt with shaved almonds finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A light-as-a-feather chardonnay with a coating mouthfeel.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221087
Brassfield Estate
2016 Serenity Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of pink grapefruit, pineapple, pear, and lime with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a charming, medium-length , limeade, and white grape finish. A pleasant, well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221660
Wine Cube
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasted coconut flakes, buttery cashew brittle, and nectarine custard pie with an bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-length melon balls, apples in cream, and delicately spiced nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice, distinctively toasty sauvignon blanc.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221024
Zonte’s Footstep
2017 Doctoressa Di Lago Pinot Grigio
Golden straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of nectarine, citrus, and melon with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, relaxed mango, minerals, and grass finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A bright zesty pinot grigio tailor made for seafood.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221147
Jip Jip Rocks
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Floral, waxy aromas and flavors of geranium, honeycomb, green leafy herbs, and Buddha’s hand with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length grapefruit rind and gooseberry finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice dry, understated sauvignon blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220618
Taylors
2016 Shiraz
Deep purple color. Attractive aromas and flavors of mocha fudge, spicy berry pie, and chocolate mint graham cracker with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length nutskin and earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A fine, chewy, savory Shiraz with delicate spiciness that will improve with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220947
Summers Estate Wines
2015 Andriana's Cuvee Sonoma/Napa
Violet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, mulberries, peppercorns, and herbal honeycomb with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, relaxed sour cherry, cocoa, and gravel finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice dry, tangy red blend blend that will be versatile.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221027
Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Violet Beauregard Malbec
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed graham cracker, frosted berry danish, and dried flowers and herbs with a bright, fruity medium body and a complex, medium-long vanilla nuts, green tomato relish, and cedar bark finish with well-integrated, crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, chewy, concentrated malbec that will be great with braised meats.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221029
Zonte’s Footstep
2015 Canto di Lago Sangiovese-Barbera-Lagrein
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced plums and cherries, chocolate lemon peels, and hint of lavender potpourri with a tart, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long nutskin, pomegranate and cranberry, and greens finish with leafy, chalky tannins and moderate oak. A tart, tangy table wine with firm tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221022
Zonte’s Footstep
2016 Chocolate Factory Shiraz
Violet color. Attractive, creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, black forest cake, and chocolate craisins with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cocoa-dusted nuts, cedar, marinated beets, and toasted coconut finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice oaky shiraz with a savory center; give this a bit of time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221489
Bota Box
2015 Nighthawk Black California
Violet color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler and caramelized fruits and nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, cheery raspberries in cream, meringue, and cedar finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice juicy, easy-drinking red with a nice layer of oak.
89 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221323
Black Box
2015 Pinot Noir
Clear dusty ruby color. Aromas of strawberry, red cherry, clove, and pomegranate with an soft, dry medium body and a refreshing, medium-length , fig, and nutmeg finish with well-integrated tannins. A solid, well-balanced Pinot Noir
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221649
Vintage Crush
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Fruity aromas of stewed fruit, fruit punch, chocolate silk pie, and smoked meats with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length spiced sweet pecans, chocolate root beer float, chocolate covered raisin, and honey-glazed carrots finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and dark fruit-forward wine for sultry nights.
88 points $4.96 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221684
Barefoot
NV Deliciously Sweet Moscato
Bright silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach jam, golden raisin, and apple soda with a bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an appealing, carefree pears in syrup, vanilla nuts, and hint of micro herbs finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A clean, tasty, very fruity off-dry sipper that doesn’t get too cloying.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221681
Barefoot
NV Malbec
Garnet black color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries and plums and chocolate-honey gelato with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-length Nutella on raisin toast, cherry jam, and spiced pear and orange finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very nice, juicy, fruity malbec that is sure to please.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221680
Barefoot
NV Zinfandel
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered raisin, chocolate custard, roasted cashews and pecans, and caramel truffle with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length hibiscus tea and smoky tobacco, pepitas, warm berry cobbler, and blueberry gelato finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A juicy and creamy Lodi Zin with nice structure and wide appeal.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221677
Barefoot
NV Delightfully Crisp Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of green pear, melon, kiwi, and grapefruit marmalade on rice cake with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-length honeyed strawberry and pepper jelly on raisin nut toast finish with no oak. A tasty, easy-drinking sauvignon blanc that charms and delights.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221698
Liberty Creek
NV Pinot Grigio
Brilliant silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of peaches in cream, nougat, and hint of lemon curd with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish with no oak. A tidy pinot grigio with nice fruit and a soft texture.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221410
CK Mondavi
2016 Chardonnay
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of charred and grilled apples, smoked nuts, and fireplace starter log with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long crushed pineapple, kiwi, and vanilla yogurt nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy, soft tannins and moderate oak. A nice smoky, oaky chardonnay that will be great with smoked and grilled fish and poultry.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221411
CK Mondavi
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of char-roasted peppers and nuts and singed berry pie with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length honeyed craisins and chocolate cherries and orange peels finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A fun, fruity, lively cabernet.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221646
Lucotto
2015 Pinot Grigio
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple skins, whipped cream on lemon custard, and crushed gravel with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A very Italian Pinot Grigio; earthy and citrusy notes transport you to the old world.
88 points $7.97 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221543
Sutter Home
NV Sweet Red California
Light garnet color. Smoky aromas of green pepper, grilled plum, and banana leaf with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk strawberry and chocolate icing finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. An off-dry red for spicy dinners or spritzers.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221277
Jacob’s Creek
2016 Classic Chardonnay
Brilliant golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced apple and lemon and pineapple cake with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, breezy vanilla cream and roasted nuts finish with soft tannins and no oak. A juicy, toasty chardonnay with good balance of fruit and oak.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221591
Craftsmen
NV Dark Red Blend American
Dark garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry tart and toffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, relaxed menthol mint, chocolate custard, nut, and cedar finish with light oak. A chewy, fruity red blend with a lovely layer of spice.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220672
El Progreso
2016 Airen
Pale straw color. Citrusy aromas of almond tea cakes, orange marmalade, lemon butter, and apple tart with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a silky, breezy wet stone and marsh grasses finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and refreshing wine with vibrant acidity: a nice aperitif.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221346
Toro Loco
2015 Utiel Requena DO
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of incense, cinnamon tea, sumac, and tagine with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, carefree cranberry and tobacco finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A seemingly Moroccan themed tempranillo; very interesting.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221572
Trinity Oaks
2016 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of peach, pear, vanilla angel food cake, and lemon custard with an soft, dry medium body and a layered, medium-length , apricot, almond, and basil finish with moderate oak. A rich, full-bodied food wine.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221191
Bogle
2016 Chardonnay
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon bar, brown sugar and graham cracker crust, toasty oak, and lime peel with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-length toasted meringue, caramelized pineapple, aromatic barks, and ginger finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A light yet flavorful Chardonnay; perfect party wine.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221345
Amore Di Amanti
NV Vino Spumante Prosecco DOC
Pale straw color. Sweet aromas of white flowers, lemon skin, and peach cobbler with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, breezy lemon curd, honey butter, and minerals finish with silky, fine tannins and no oak. A wholly pleasing Prosecco with a nice backbone of minerality.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220966
Anthony/Koster
2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries, sandalwood, and chocolate nuts with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy cherry sauce, nougat, and coconut dream bar finish with light oak. A tasty, fruity, crowd pleasing cab.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221452
Arabella
2016 Shiraz
Ruby black color. Savory, meaty aromas and flavors of seared back bacon, honey roasted nuts, cranberry chutney, and lava with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length nougat, grilled apples in cream, and beet relish finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced savory and fruity red that will be great with ham dishes.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221668
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sparkling Wine Pinot Grigio
Bright color. Aromas of pear, peach, hazelnut, and anise with a crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length , and bitter orange sorbet finish. A delightfully layered sparkler.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221527
Cluster
2015 Riesling
Emerald straw color. Aromas of beeswax, apple blossom, and Meyer lemon peel with a round, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length soft apricot, honeyed fresh fig, goat yogurt, and magnolia finish with coating, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely weighty dry riesling that is bursting with ripe fruit flavors.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221526
Cluster
2015 Dark Cluster Red Blend Washington
Bright dusty garnet color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and pencil shavings with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, relaxed latte gelato and cherry jam on nut toast finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice fruity, everyday red.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221199
Dragon’s Tears
NV Glacial White Semi-Sweet American
Straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honey baked apricot and apple-grape chutney with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a seamless, interesting, breezy clementine, honeyed melon and pear, and almond finish with fine, chewy tannins and no oak. A tasty, tangy white wine pleaser.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221207
Dragon’s Tears
Strawberry Mango Wine
Brilliant golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves on raisin toast, peach sorbet, and mango chutney with a silky, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a polished, amusing, medium-length lemon-lime soda and tropical fruit punch finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasty, punch-like dessert wine.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221418
Lucky Frog
2015 Malbec
Dusty garnet color. Mature aromas and flavors of flamed orange and ripe red cherries, anise candies, violet, and tobacco and leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length plum, cola, and menthol finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A tasty malbec that will be great with rich meals.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221046
Mosketto
NV White Frizzante Sparkling Dessert Wine Piedmont
Straw green color. Aromas of lemon zest, musk, and gardenia body powder with a round, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy orange blossom pastilles, fresh pear, honeydew melon, and honey finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A fresh and fruity dessert wine that will be great on its own or with spicy Thai take-out.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221041
Pico Andico
2016 Special Selection Malbec
Dark dusty garnet color. Fruity, baked aromas and flavors of stewed prunes, honeyed cranberries, cajeta, and rose hips with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, buoyant tomato-peach relish, peanut skin, pepper, and earth finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully refreshing and vibrant Malbec that helps break that status-quo.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220673
Tomillar
2016 Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of fried lemons with drawn butter and fresh pear with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length apple tart, crushed pineapple, and caramel buttercream finish with soft, fruit tannins and light oak. A creamy and fruity wine that will be a nice old world transition for California chardonnay lovers.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221342
VOGA
2015 Moscato
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced peaches, golden raisins, and honeysuckle with a vibrant, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length green apple relish, white nuts, and chalk finish with no oak. An engaging, slightly sparkling dessert wine that goes down easy.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221136
Coast
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Earthy, spicy aromas and flavors of prickly pear, pickled peppers, and smoked nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy cucumber relish, black raspberry jam on cinnamon raisin toast, toffee, and mint finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A fun, flavorful cabernet with nice waves of fruit an spice.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221775
Save Me, San Francisco
2015 Marry Me Rosé California
Bright topaz color. Aromas and flavors of marinated peach, pickled cherries, and chestnut honey with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length tomato jelly finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, savory rose with a nice umami layer for the table.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221814
Alias
2016 Chardonnay
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut and banana cream pies and mango and papaya relish with an bright, fruity medium body and a refreshing, breezy sliced pineapple and apple nut strudel finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A fun, tropical lightly floral sipper.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221353
Casa Larga
NV Tramonto Red Blend Finger Lakes
Garnet color. Fruity, nutty aromas and flavors of chocolate nut and sesame candies and spiced pears and mulberries with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length cherry and tomato jellies and watermelon finish with chewy, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely, zippy red for all occasions.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220984
Chateau Moulinat
2015 Bordeaux Rouge
Medium dark garnet color. Aromas of strawberry, cherry, espresso, and tobacco with a medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length , blackberry, baking spice, and burnt sugar finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A rich and delicious wine.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222216
Leatherwood
2014 The Red Blend Western Cape
Deep purple color. Savory, smoky aromas and flavors of roasted peppers and berries, olives, and peppery spice with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-to-long spiced cherries and blueberries, butter-roasted nuts, earth, and oak bark finish with fine, crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A zesty lightly smoky red blend with a bright core of dark fruit.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221607
Three Thieves
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dark chocolate toffee, roasted peppers, and berry pie crust with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length vanilla cream, spiced bing cherries and plums, and walnut finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice tidy cabernet with ripe fruit and an easy style.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221198
Bogle
2015 Old Vine Essential Red Blend California
Garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of dark berry pie a la mode, creme brulee, and floral honey with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length coconut milk, toffee, cedar, and craisin finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy, fruity red blend that will pair nicely.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221578
Montevina
2015 Skyland Ridge Zinfandel
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, dried meat, and pickled berries with an soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a stimulating, medium-length consommé, chocolate cherries, and pepper finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak. A dry, savory zinfandel with chewy tannins and a pleasing meaty note.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221567
SeaGlass
2016 Pinot Grigio
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried nectarine, brazil nut, and grass with a bright, dryish light body and a breezy coconut water, peach and melon, lemon cream, and peppered nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, lively pinot grigio that drinks a bit like a sauvignon blanc.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221205
Dragon
NV Dragon Red California
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spicy boysenberry pie, chocolate sour cherries, poached apples, and berry blossoms with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy nutskin, grape skin, and tangerine finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fun, fruit-driven wine for everyday pleasure.
88 points $12.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221334
Ca’ Montini
2016 Terre Di Valfredda Pinot Grigio
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of cashew nougat and spiced kiwi with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long pickled apple and pear and lemon gastrique finish with fine tannins and no oak. A nice savory white that is tailor made for a robust seafood meal.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221608
Glenora
NV Dry Riesling
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of honeycomb, pear, lanolin, and orange flower with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, snappy brazil nut and flan finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A creamy riesling for effortless pairings.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221494
Noble Vines
2016 242 Sauvignon Blanc
Emerald straw color. Aromas of expresses grapefruit oil and wheat grass with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, breezy underripe apricot, almond egg custard, lemongrass, and galangal finish with silky, fine tannins and no oak. A fresh and food-friendly sauvignon blanc.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221522
Perimeter
2014 Merlot
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry pie a la mode, praline, and floral spices with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length craisin, spiced tart apple, honey butter, and slate finish with crunchy, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid merlot with good structure for aging.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221520
Perimeter
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Aromas of baked apple, honey buttered popovers, and maple syrup with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length fresh butter, poached pear, and candied walnut finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rich and indulgent California chardonnay.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221468
SomeWine
2015 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Oaky aromas of toasted brioche, brown sugar, oatmeal cookies, and buttered apple-spice bread with a supple, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length vanilla caramel, white chocolate, kettle corn, and apple custard finish with chewy, coating tannins and heavy oak. A fruity, spicy oak bomb of a chardonnay.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221469
SomeWine
2014 Pinot Noir
Brilliant light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry syrup and lozenge, caramelized carrots and yams, and pistachio nougat with an bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length chocolate cherry bark, cedar paper, and roasted green pepper finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice mix of sweet and savory notes keeps things interesting in this versatile, easy drinking pinot.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221285
Kenwood
2016 Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas of frosted lemon cake and apple yogurt with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long pineapple relish, spiced nut brittle, and sweet cream finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A very tasty, nicely balanced chardonnay that will be quite versatile.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220625
Taylors
2016 Promised Land Cabernet - Merlot
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of wet cedar porch, pickled berries, and chocolate orange peel with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long creme brulee, toffee, borscht, and spinach finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A attractive, creamy cabernet with a nice herbal streak for the table.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221348
Casa Larga
2016 Chardonnay-Riesling
Silvery emerald straw color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of fallen apple and peach yogurt with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy honeyed apple and sweet cream finish with no oak. A charming pearl of a white wine.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221547
Ménage à Trois
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby black color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of roasted green pepper, honeyed peaches and cherries, and baking chocolate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, cheery pie filling, vanilla cream, and walnut finish with soft, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice dry-yet-fruity cabernet for everyday meals.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221512
MWC
2016 Pinot Gris
Brilliant silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach in cream and lemon custard with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a captivating, medium-length cashew nougat and apple finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A bright tasty pinot gris that will be super flexible.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221129
Stella Rosa
NV Gold Italy
Bright color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, honey, orangeade, and cantaloupe with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a carefree finish. A fruity and honeyed dessert wine.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221201
Over The Barrel
NV Semi-Sweet Jammy Red American
Black violet color. Sweet, interesting aromas and flavors of mink coat, vanilla marshmallow, and jasmine with a chewy, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy chocolate covered mulberry and serrano ham finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A pleasingly tannic sweet wine that will be great with an all-American meal.
88 points $14.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221528
Havelock
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked grapefruit and green pepper, cashew fruit, buttered rice, and grass with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-length finish with fine, soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid, dry sauvignon blanc that will cover most bases.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221216
No Curfew
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Fruity, sourish aromas and flavors of pickling spice, cucumber relish, berry tart, and chocolate nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed cherry Danish finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A charming cabernet sipper.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221495
Noble Vines
2015 "The One" Black Red Blend California
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted caramelized nuts, cocoa, blueberry tart a la mode, and cedar with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length creme brulee and dried sour cherries finish with chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A very tasty red blend with everyday pleasure.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221475
Secret Cellars
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of warm chocolate pudding and brownie and cassis compote with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a carefree nuts and honeyed cherries finish with chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A pleasant, fruity and chewy cabernet for everyday pleasure.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221286
Kenwood
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Fresh, earthy, floral aromas and flavors of mixed berries, dried lavender and citrus, and geranium with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, snappy vanilla yogurt nut, cranberry, top soil, and cedar finish with dusty, fine tannins. A round and tangy cabernet that will play nicely at the table.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221287
Kenwood
2015 Pinot Noir
Medium color. Aromas of raspberry, sour cherry, plum, and violet with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-long , sour watermelon candy, and black tea finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A rich, full-bodied, lingering Pinot Noir.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221148
Mt. Monster
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Floral, earthy aromas and flavors of melon, baby banana, kaffir lime, and lilac with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, breezy white grapefruit, kiwi, nutskin, and chalk finish with chalky, fruit tannins. A nice and tidy sauvignon sipper.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221135
MYKA Cellars
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Savory, spicy aromas and flavors of honey roasted peppers, cornichon, and berry compote with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy vanilla pudding, honeyed coconut, and nut finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A fruity, juicy cabernet crusher.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221403
Peachy Canyon
2015 Incredible Red Zinfandel
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of baked raisins, charred and roasted nuts, and chocolate rice bar with a bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a cheery spiced plum, tomato and carrot, and cedar dust finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice combination of fruit and savory notes make this dry zinfandel a versatile choice for an evening’s enjoyment.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220630
Taylors
2015 Eighty Acres Cabernet-Shiraz-Merlot
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced blueberries, marinated olives and carrots, and cherry cola with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length honeyed citrus peels, menthol mint lozenge, and nuts finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. An appetizing, savory red that will be great with meat and vegetable dishes.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221461
The Impressionist
2015 Chardonnay
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of overripe kiwi and Anjou pear with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length light caramel, ripe red apple, and cinnamon flavored honey finish with well-integrated, silky, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy chardonnay swimming with honeyed fruit flavors.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221169
642º
2015 Maremma Toscana DOC
Dark violet color. Aromas of leather saddle and cherry-menthol with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, medium-length pickled rhubarb, dark chocolate chunk, dried cherries, and allspice finish with silky tannins and light oak. A super-juicy table-ready wine.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221330
Barboursville
NV Philéo White Dessert Wine Virginia
Emerald straw color. Sweet, exotic aromas and flavors of jasmine white tea, underripe apricot, honeyed kiwi, and mixed melon with a round, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy honeysuckle and peaches and cream finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A fresh and lovable sweet white that will be great with or after dinner.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221350
Casa Larga
2015 Medium-Dry Gewurztraminer
Bright straw color. Floral, earthy aromas and flavors of wildflowers in the grass and spiced apple and peach with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, breezy stone fruit in cream finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice mellow, floral, and lightly earthy gewurztraminer sipper.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221515
The Guide
2014 Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Inviting aromas of wet autumn leaves, dry cherries, blueberry compote, and sautéed mushrooms with speck with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate covered cherry-vanilla cordial, toasted baguette crust, and green pepper relish finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. An earthy and savory Pinot Noir perfect for any occasion.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221712
Adirondack Winery
2016 Barrel Aged Adirondack Overlook Chardonnay
Brilliant straw color. Creamy, tropical aromas and flavors of caramelized coconut and pineapple and vanilla buttercream with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length pickled apple, lemon, honey butter on nuts, and melon rind finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A rich, buttery, coconut-y chardonnay.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221654
Wine Cube
2016 Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas of baked apple, vanilla custard, lemon meringue, and orange blossom with an soft, bone-dry light-to-medium body and an appealing, breezy , and orange liqueur finish with light oak. A smooth, aromatic, easy-drinking Chardonnay.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221392
Von Schleinitz
2016 Nitor Dry Riesling
Bright pale straw color. Aromas of green apple, lemon, nectarine, and almond with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length , and fennel finish. A nuanced, elegant Riesling.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221501
Z. Alexander Brown
2015 Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry chutney, spiced nuts, and honey roasted pepper with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, quick vanilla yogurt nuts and cedar bark finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A creamy, fruity oaky cabernet with a firm layer of tannins.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221318
Black Box
2016 Rosé California
Pale pink coral color. Aromas of red apple, apricot, plum, and maple syrup with an crisp, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length , banana, orange rind, and grapefruit finish. A refreshing, fruity rose to be enjoyed on its own or with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221652
Vintage Crush
NV Pinot Grigio
Brilliant silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of grass, lemon pith, and butter roasted nuts with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a breezy dried apricot, nougat, and cream finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid pinot grigio for everyday enjoyment.
87 points $4.96 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221636
California Roots
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Aromas of ripe plum, slate, and blueberry pie with a slightly chewy, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, buoyant milk chocolate, red peppers, and fruit punch finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very fruity and crushable cab that will play well with dinner and on its own.
87 points $5 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221675
Barefoot
NV Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of exotic flowers and woods and spiced citrus and apples with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, breezy vanilla cream, melon balls, and nutskin finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A tasty, easy-drinking chardonnay for everyday enjoyment.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221686
Barefoot
NV Deliciously Sweet Red Moscato
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, strawberry jam, and grenadine with a lively, sweet light-to-medium body and a short , and lemon-lime finish. A sweet but balanced dessert wine.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221697
Liberty Creek
NV Chardonnay
Brilliant silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of banana custard pie, tropical fruit salad, and buttercream with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a captivating, medium-length spiced honeyed apples and coconut milk finish with a suggestion of oak. A juicy, fruit chardonnay crowd pleaser.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221413
CK Mondavi
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright straw color. Aromas of white grapefruit, lime, green apple, and green pepper with a puckering, dry light-to-medium body and a breezy , and orange rind finish. An easy-drinking Sauvignon Blanc for grapefruit lovers.
87 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221510
Lunar Harvest
2015 Riesling
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of citrus popsicles, underripe pineapple, pear, and beeswax with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a sleek, brisk underripe nectarine finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasing riesling that hits all the right notes.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221546
Sutter Home
NV Zinfandel
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed raisin bran, chocolate, herbed nuts, and cheese rind with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length vanilla nut cookie and mint finish with light oak. A solid, well-balanced zinfandel that will be versatile.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221533
Sutter Home
NV Gewurztraminer
Brilliant yellow straw color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of poached pear, caramelized banana, and peony with a silky, soft, fruity light body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length melon, crushed apple, and honeyed Meyer lemon finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely fruity white wine sipper.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221276
Jacob’s Creek
2016 Classic Shiraz
Garnet black color. Aromas of coffee with cream and toasty berry pie crust with a crisp, fruity medium body and a medium-length blackberry custard pie a la mode and spiced cherries and nuts finish with well-integrated, soft tannins and light oak. A soft, fruity shiraz that will be a no-brainer for parties.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221509
Lunar Harvest
2015 Merlot
Dusty garnet color. Tropical, fresh aromas and flavors of coconut frosted cake, honey gelato, and cherry-berry sauce with a silky, soft, fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed vanilla yogurt, whole nuts, spiced melon, and cocoa finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A creamy, juicy merlot sipper.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220668
Villavid
2015 Rosé Manchuela
Dark pink coral color. Fruity, nutty aromas of strawberry rhubarb compote, roasted nut butter, cherry preserve, and hibiscus with a round, crisp, medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy cranberry sauce, cocoa powder, and cherry cola finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. A rose for the red wine drinker; richly flavored and complete with comforting soft tannin.
87 points $9.89 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221667
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Brut Cuvee Sparkling Wine California
Light straw color. Aromas of green apple, lemon, and pear with a crisp, bubbly, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk , and white grape finish. A lively Spritzer for a summer day.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221516
Red Impulse
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Fruity, meaty aromas and flavors of melted toffee, sour cherry chutney, and hint of honeyed jerky with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, cheery dark berry pie, vanilla gelato, and nougat finish with soft tannins and light oak. A super creamy and fruit cabernet crowd-pleaser.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221589
Chandelier
NV Sparkling Italy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of rose water and fresh pineapple with a satiny, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk lime creme and honey coated cashew finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovable fruit sparkler that is sure to be a hit.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221306
Farmhouse
2016 White Blend California
Emerald straw color. Toasty, earthy, tropical aromas and flavors of coconut yogurt and kiwi-papaya relish with a soft, fruity light body and a sleek, easy guanabana, melon rind, nutskin, and kaffir lime finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting, exotically tropical white blend.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221307
Farmhouse
2015 Red Blend California
Dusty garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of pickle, toasted pine, and roasted nuts with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, swift honeyed cherries and cranberries, nutskin, and cedar finish with moderate oak. A lively, appetizing red for sipping or the table.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220982
Henry Fessy
2015 Vieilles Vignes Beaujolais-Villages
Dark ruby color. Aromas of blackberry, plum, vanilla, and banana bread with a crisp, dry medium body and a breezy , blueberry, pomegranate, and fruit punch finish with well-integrated tannins. A smooth, fruity, and enjoyable red.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221454
Leatherwood
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Toasty, herbal aromas and flavors of roasted berries and toasted herbs with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, cheery dark berries, nuts, and bark finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice, chewy, tannic cabernet that will shine at table.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221577
Montevina
2015 Independence Point Cabernet Sauvignon
Indigo color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry pie a la mode, dried sour cherry, and coconut macaroon with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, cheery apple, granola in yogurt, pepper, and cedar finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, crunchy cabernet.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221524
Perimeter
2015 Riesling
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried kiwi, guanabana, fruit cup, and clover flower with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy apricot, Meyer lemon, thyme, and clove finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A dry and crisp anytime riesling.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221612
Three Thieves
2015 Pinot Grigio
Bright pale straw color. Aromas of green apple, lemon-lime soda, honeydew, and hazelnut with a lively, dry light-to-medium body and an amusing, breezy , and marzipan finish. A clean, slightly nutty Pinot Grigio
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221588
Braveheart
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream, cherry nut torte, spicy blackberry jam, and dusty herbs with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy ground nuts, earth, cedar, and cola finish with fine, dusty, woody tannins and light oak. A nice chewy cabernet for the table.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221562
Ménage à Trois
2016 White Blend California
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and lychee with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length apple tart, dried ginger, and coconut finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A carefree, tropical and floral wine.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221559
Ménage à Trois
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Fruity, grassy aromas and flavors of overripe gooseberry, white grapefruit skins, fresh cut grass, and fondant with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, breezy Triscuit and oregano finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A crowd-pleasing California sauvignon blanc for New Zealand fans.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221204
Dragon’s Tears
Grand Reserva Merlot
Dark violet color. Aromas of chocolate covered strawberries, leather, and peony with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, easy strawberry jam, almond biscotti, dried orange peel, and black tea finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and jammy wine for fruit lovers.
87 points $12.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221585
Blacklist
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of melted toffee, roasted nuts, and honeyed dried berries with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, easy nougat finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice juicy, chewy cabernet.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221305
Cashmere
2016 Exquisite White Blend California
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of preserved lychee, jasmine, musk, and cinnamon sugar with a glycerous, fruity medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-length lemon curd, bitter almond, and wax paper finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A perfumed wine with a rich mouthfeel.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221592
Cupcake
2016 Pinot Grigio
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of soy nuts, snap peas, and roasted peach and apple with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy ground nut, grassy dusty earth, and starfruit finish with a suggestion of oak. A savory,earthy white that will shine at the table.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221505
David James
2016 Rosé Columbia Valley
Pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon candy, mixed melon balls, nectarine, and cassis with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, buoyant salted lime cordial and bubblegum finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A juicy rose to share with friends.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221467
SomeWine
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted peppers, chocolate toffee, and caramelized berries with a soft, fruity light body and a sleek, breezy raspberry syrup and cherry gelato finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A chewy, fruity red sipper.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221228
Velata
NV Rosé Bobal-Grenache
Topaz color. Aromas and flavors of gherkin, balsamic-drizzled strawberries, and lime leaves with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length pickled melon rind and cherry pit finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. An exotic herbaceous rose that will shine at the table with a savory meal.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221561
Ménage à Trois
2015 Silk Soft Red Blend California
Garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry pie filling and butter praline with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, easy creme brulee, nut, and coconut flakes finish with soft tannins and light oak. A juicy, fruity red sipper.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221389
Bodegas Borsao
2015 Tres Picos Grenache
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cola, vanilla taffy, and cookies n cream ice cream with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy mixed berry jam, honey roasted nuts, and nutmeg cream finish with silky tannins. Big fruit and rich chocolate flavor will keep your party pleased all night.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221152
Cantina Braschi
2015 Il Costone Superiore Sangiovese
Ruby black color. Interesting aromas of sandalwood, cherry incense, grape candy, and prune with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a relaxed clove studded orange peel, marinated grape leaf, ink, and leather and cigar box finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A drying, steak-friendly sangiovese.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221074
Manos del Sur
2015 Reserva Malbec
Deep purple color. Aromas of spiced plum pudding, overripe cassis, leather wallet, and cherry syrup with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, breezy finish with moderate oak. A rich and juicy wine that will be great with casual steak.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221217
No Curfew
2014 Red Blend California
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate rice bar, pickled cherries and berries, and peppers and olives with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed hint of raspberry vinaigrette finish with fine, dusty tannins and no oak. A nice tangy, savory red that will pair nicely.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221367
The Dreaming Tree
2015 Crush Red Blend California
Bright dusty ruby color. Fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of berry basket, chocolate bar, and lime bar with a silky, bright, light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy vanilla custard, nuts, and cedar finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tasty, snappy red blend.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221368
The Dreaming Tree
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Roasted, earthy aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, mulberry, melted chocolate, and hint of pickle relish with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy cherry pie filling, vanilla custard, and spiced nuts finish with moderate oak. A bright, juicy, chewy cabernet for everyday pleasure.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221470
Flint & Steel
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Attractive aromas of white grapefruit marmalade, aloe vera, and fresh mango with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy dried tropical fruits and walnut creme finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A tropical and restrained sauvignon blanc.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221161
Nicolas Potel
2015 Pinot Noir
Light dusty ruby color. Aromas of strawberry, sour cherry, cinnamon, and cola with an tangy, dry medium body and an appealing, medium-length , sour plum, and banana finish with well-integrated tannins. A well-balanced, elegant Pinot Noir.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221160
Saracco
2016 Moscato d'Asti DOP
Bright straw color. Aromas of apricot, honey, tropical melon, and nectarine with a soft, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a brisk , red apple, and orange marmalade finish. An easy-drinking spritzer to cleanse the palate.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221511
MWC
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of chocolate brownies and black cherry tart with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length caramelized nuts, frosted blueberry danish, and pencil shaving finish with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy, tasty cabernet sipper.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221854
Stable Hill
2016 The Masked Knight Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dried berries and meat, butter roasted nuts, leather, and cocoa with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, relaxed spiced plums and apples, nutskin, and grassy earth finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A nice dry, earthy cabernet for the table.
87 points $17.43
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221848
Stable Hill
2016 The Unicorn Sauvignon Blanc
Bright emerald straw color. Savory aromas and flavors of caramelized citrus, sourdough toast, and buttermilk with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, breezy starfruit and grassy earth finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A savory, almost meaty sauvignon blanc that will shine at the table.
87 points $17.43
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221076
Casas del Toqui
2014 Barrel Series Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of seared ham, dark chocolate dried cherries, and butter-roasted nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, compelling, medium-length charcoal, pomegranates in cream, nutskin, and coffee finish with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak. A nice dry, firm red that will improve with time.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221474
Pico & Vine
2014 Meritage Napa County
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate berries, peppered nuts, and cedar with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cherries in vanilla cream finish with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. A nice tidy crunchy red blend.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220983
Simonnet-Febvre
2015 Chardonnay
Straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of creme fraiche, pumpkin pie spice, lemon custard, and diced apple with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cinnamon yogurt and nougat finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A pleasing white burgundy that will pair well with beurre blanc.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221110
Rock Wall
2016 Uncle Roget's Rosé Yolo County
Dark silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of spiced roasted nuts, baked berries and cherries, and lemon yogurt with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a cheery watermelon, almond skin, and dusty earth finish with soft, dusty tannins and no oak. A dry, savory rose that will pair nicely at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221026
Zonte’s Footstep
2017 Lady Marmalade Vermentino
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of grassy earth, peach pit, starfruit, and reships with a bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy melon, yellow apple, lemon balm, and straw finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins. An earthy, dry white blend for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221267
Williamsburg Winery
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Burnt sienna color. Fruity, green aromas and flavors of mayberry, dandelions and leaves, and green tomato with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length sour cherry and chocolate fondue finish with fine, silky tannins. An intriguing earthy cabernet for the table that will shine with game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221704
The Naked Grape
NV Harvest Red Blend California
Garnet black color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of berry cobbler, vanilla toffee, and honeyed dried apricot with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length creme brulee and pepper finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A creamy, crowd-pleasing quaffer that goes down easy.
87 points $19.96
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221699
The Naked Grape
NV Pinot Grigio
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple and mango and peach blossoms with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a compelling, medium-length pears in cream, papaya, and hint of spiced nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice relaxing pinot grigio for carefree sipping.
87 points $19.96
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221329
Barboursville
2015 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Pale yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of lime, papaya, and yellow pepper with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk underripe apple, clementine in cream, and grass finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A piquant, crunchy sauvignon blanc.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221622
Doña Paula
2015 Estate Malbec
Black violet color. Fruity aromas of fruit punch and black tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length holiday spice drop candies, balsamic drizzled plum, black pepper, and potted geranium finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. An interesting and very fruity malbec that delivers heaps of spice on the palate.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221426
Finca Las Moras
2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty dark ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of freshly conditioned leather, charred blueberry pie crusts, orange drink, and vanilla marshmallow with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length cherry gelato and woodruff syrup finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy and intriguing wine that will be at home with Chinese beef dishes.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221693
Gallo Family Vineyards
NV Merlot
Dark dusty garnet color. Fresh aromas of juicy raspberry jam, chocolate bar with dried blueberries, and cherry blossom with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy sarsaparilla and almond bark finish with a suggestion of oak. A pleasing juicy merlot for fruit-lovers.
86 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221688
Barefoot
NV Smooth & Sweet Red Blend California
Medium dark garnet color. Fruity, candied aromas of black forest cake, black cherry soda, and yogurt candy covered dried fruit with a medium body and a medium finish. An indulgent sweet red wine for dinner pairings or dessert.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221679
Barefoot
NV Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sweet cherry jam and jasmine, vanilla-almond creme Anglaise, cherry blossom, and fruit punch with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with silky, medium tannins and light oak. A fruit-punch bomb of a Pinot Noir.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221415
CK Mondavi
2014 Scarlet Five Red Blend California
Dusty ruby black color. Savory, fruity aromas and flavors of braised meat and carrots, chocolate fondue, and dried berries with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length vanilla nuts and cedar bark finish with silky, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice fruity, easy going sipper.
86 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221644
Dominant Seven
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon custard sponge cake, roasted nuts, and buttery apple pie crust with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a stimulating, medium-length roasted pineapple, chestnut honey, and mint ice cream finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A pleasing, lightly oaked chardonnay.
86 points $7.96 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221047
Essenza di Vita
2016 Pinot Grigio
Pale emerald straw color. Sweet, fruity aromas of peach candy, lime popsicle, and walnut pastry with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy white cranberry, underripe pineapple, and fresh golden delicious apple finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasantly fruity and bright pinot grigio.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221534
Sutter Home
NV Malbec
Garnet black color. Aromas of vanilla-almond nougat, red and black licorice, and wax candle with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, carefree cigar wrapper, chocolate chewy candy, stewed dark fruit, and pickled watermelon rind finish with medium, woody tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy red for weeknight meals.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221540
Sutter Home
NV Red Blend California
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, chocolate nuts, and grilled fruits with a lightly tannic, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length honeyed apple, cherry bonbon, and cedar finish with medium, well-integrated tannins. A stylish red for anytime sipping.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221347
Luna di Luna
2016 The Original Pinot Grigio-Chardonnay
Pale straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, vanilla bean, and apple taffy with a velvety, soft, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium lemon buttercream frosting finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An attractive quaffer or everyday white.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221508
Lunar Harvest
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of coconut buttercream, pineapple cake, and cinnamon roll with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy spiced apple and pear, vanilla cream and nuts, and melon rind finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and light oak. A nice understated chardonnay sipper.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221574
Trinity Oaks
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate raisins and nuts and dried berries and pears with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy toffee finish with soft, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice lightly fruity, easy drinking red.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221264
Williamsburg Winery
2016 Governor's White Riesling
Golden straw color. Fruity, green aromas and flavors of peaches in sweet cream, apple sauce, jasmine, and earth with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy clementine, lime sorbet, and honeydew melon finish with fine, dusty, grippy, fruit tannins. A crisp, refreshing white blend with grippy fruit tannins for the table.
86 points $9.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220965
Anthony/Koster
2016 Barrel Select Chardonnay
Dull light gold color. Fruity, confected aromas and flavors of vanilla-orange, buttercream frosted pound cake, bananas foster, and cinnamon roll with orange frosting with an oily, soft, fruity medium body and a silky, delightful, breezy ginger finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. An orange creamsicle of a chardonnay.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221618
Bandit
NV Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pear, caramel apples, and chiclets gum with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, brisk lime candies finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A silky smooth, not-too-oaky chardonnay.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221471
BEX
2016 Riesling
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of peach, lemon, orange, and green apple with a soft, dry light body and a short , lemon cake, and sour apple finish with no oak. An light-bodied, easy-drinking German Riesling
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221631
Cabulous
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Mature aromas of dried figs and dates, goat stew, steak rub, and leather and cream soda with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, refreshing, snappy sweet cherries, chocolate ganache, straw, and toasted nuts finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy cab that hits all the right notes.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221473
Lucky Star
2016 Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of agua de Jamaica, canela, dried herbs, and varnished wood with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, relaxed cherry jam, cherry blossom, and vanilla creme Anglaise finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. Sweet and spice make this pinot oh so nice.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220986
Marchesi del Salento
2016 Il Gladiatore Negroamaro
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cherry yogurt, dried forest berries, and cinnamon nougat with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium apple-melon relish and nutskin finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very pleasant, lightly spicy, Italian red that will play nicely at the table.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221044
Mosketto
NV Pink Frizzante Sparkling Dessert Wine Italy
Silvery pink color. Fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, jasmine, sweet tea, and white peach with a supple, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, breezy sweet pineapple and Jordan almonds finish with soft tannins and no oak. A fun sweet sparkler for festive occasions.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220955
Okanagan Hills
2015 Pinot Gris
Golden straw color. Fresh, toasty aromas and flavors of peach tart and flan with a silky, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy orange, honeyed apple, nougat, and hint of pepper finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice zippy pinot gris sipper that will pair nicely.
86 points $10.25 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221579
Montevina
2016 Glass Falls Pinot Grigio
Bright straw color. Aromas of green apple, honey, lime, and banana with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a breezy , and white cherry finish. A rich, palate-coating Pinot Grigio.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221587
Braveheart
2016 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of toasted coconut and grilled pineapple with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, breezy peach, kiwi-lime relish, vanilla nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A mellow, appetizing chardonnay with a nice tropical twist.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221569
SeaGlass
2016 Riesling
Yellow straw color. Fruity, green aromas and flavors of apple tree, dried citrus, and hint of rubber with a soft, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk honeyed nectarine and apple sauce finish. A round, fruity riesling for everyday pleasure.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221065
Hayes Valley
2015 Meritage Central Coast
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries and apples, chocolate toffee, and sweet pickle relish with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, charming, breezy nut, blackberry jam on toast, and orange finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A crisp, fruity and refreshing red.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221860
Tinga
2015 Rio Reserve by La Playa Merlot
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and dried berries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, relaxed nuts, melon, grassy earth, and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice and tidy merlot with delicate fruit, crisp acidity, and crunchy tannins.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221203
Dragon’s Tears
Grand Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of stewed stone fruit, pickled strawberry and rhubarb, and sundried tomato with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, relaxed finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy and food-friendly wine.
86 points $12.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221628
Hopes End
2016 Red Blend South Australia
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate buttercream on cake, macadamia nougat, and dried berries and citrus with a bright, fruity medium body and a breezy vanilla custard, peppered craisins, and walnuts finish with soft tannins. A nice and tidy, fruity red sipper.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221514
La Bouline
2016 Rosé France
Bright silvery pink color. Aromas of strawberry, apple, tangerine, and asparagus/vegetal with an crisp, dry light-to-medium body and an odd, breezy , and celery finish. Savory, nuanced Rose
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221614
Newman’s Own
2015 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Fresh aromas of peaches and cream, mixed melon, whipped cream, and spring flowers with a medium body and a smooth, breezy apple compote, mincemeat pie, and vanilla scented butter sauce finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A peachy chardonnay with fresh floral notes.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221497
Noble Vines
2015 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas of nut brittle and raspberry-filled butter cookies with a supple, crisp, medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium-length lime zest in vanilla buttercream frosting, honey covered toasted oat cereal with apple pieces, allspice, and flint finish with crunchy tannins and heavy oak. A big and buttery chardonnay for parties.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221230
Velata
NV White Merseguera-Sauvignon Blanc
Pale yellow straw color. Floral, clean aromas of ripe stone fruit, Asian pear, and lemon blossom with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length pineapple, minerals, and fresh apple puree finish with silky tannins and no oak. A versatile wine that is perfect for shellfish and seaside sipping.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220622
Taylors
2016 Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate drizzled berries and toffee with a bright, fruity medium body and a easy berry pie, chocolate mint, and roasted yams finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. An easy drinking cabernet for everyday pleasure.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221352
Casa Larga
2016 Medium-Dry Vidal Blanc
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Fresh, floral aromas and flavors of poached apple, kiwi, and pressed white flowers with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk nectarine skin, yellow apple, and lime finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, refreshing fruity white wine sipper.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221627
Doña Paula
2016 Los Cardos Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of apple medley, fallen lemon, and creme caramel with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk yuzu and underripe pineapple finish with no oak. A fresh style Chardonnay with nice acidity and heaps of fruit.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221482
Irony
2015 Chardonnay
Straw green color. Aromas of Fuji apple, pumpkin seeds, and ripe peach with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed pecan tart, green apple skin, and bitter chocolate finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A zingy chardonnay for the table.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221550
Ménage à Trois
2014 Malbec
Garnet black color. Fruity, baked aromas of dried plums, incense, and cranberry tart with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy pencils and vanilla bean candle finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. A thick and richly flavored plum-bomb with plenty of oaky vanilla.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221421
Wobbly Rock
2016 Riesling
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked peaches, rice pudding, and melon rind with an vibrant, petillant, fruity sweet medium body and a delightful, medium-length apple and lemon and lime finish with no oak. A fun, fruity dessert wine quaffer.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221867
Belasco de Baquedano
2017 ROSA Rosé Malbec
Steely pink color. Fruity aromas of strawberries and cream, shortcake, and lemon-herb butter sauce with a supple, vibrant, fruity light body and an even, breezy watermelon pixie sticks and pickled cherry finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A pretty, pleasant, poundable rose with zippy acidity.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221758
Block Nine
2016 Caiden's Vineyards Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted coconut, overripe cherries in vanilla yogurt, and fancy tobacco cigarette filter with an soft, dryish medium body and a captivating, medium-length roasted beets, herbed nuts, fleur de sel, and sandalwood finish with crunchy, fine tannins and light oak. An interesting range of ranges in this savory, herbal pinot.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221647
Luxury Edition
NV "Pink" Brut Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé Italy
Coral orange color. Fruity aromas of raspberry liqueur, vanilla creme, cassis breakfast bar, and cherry jolly rancher with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish with fine, fruit tannins. A lusciously textured sparkler that will be lovely as an intermezzo accompaniment.
86 points $14.97 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221215
No Curfew
2014 Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried cherries, cranberry sauce, raspberry jelly, and ground pepper with a soft, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length milk chocolate truffle, root beer float, and black licorice finish with medium, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy chocolatey finish makes this Pinot Noir table-ready.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221391
Von Schleinitz
2016 Dry Riesling
Bright pale straw color. Aromas of green apple, apricot, and lemon with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a carefree , nut skins, pineapple, and papaya finish. A fruity and lighthearted Riesling.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221396
Von Schleinitz
2016 HighDef Bubbly Mosel
Bright pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, snicker doodle cookie, pineapple, and manzanilla sherry with an crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish. A deliciously refreshing yet bold dessert sparkler.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221483
Irony
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, dark chocolate, and singed berry pie crust with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, snappy vanilla cream, nut, and cedar bark finish with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, nicely oaked cabernet.
86 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221132
Stella Rosa
NV Extra Dry Prosecco
Straw color. Citrusy, fruity aromas of green apple and pear, brioche, cherry pit, and lemon drop candy with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a tingling, breezy almond tart finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crushable Prosecco for thirst quenching.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221507
Larkspur
2014 Pinot Noir
Light dusty ruby color. Aromas of roasted mushroom, root beer, and vanilla syrup with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, rapid dried cranberries and cherries, canned cola, and bay leaf finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A light-bodied red for Hors d’ouevres.
86 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220979
Louis Latour
2015 Grand Ardeche Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Grassy aromas of baked grapefruit flesh, nutmeg spiced apples, and pineapple leaf with a satiny, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, relaxed underripe peach, salted fruit salad, and almond flour cookies finish with soft tannins and no oak. An intriguingly tropical and lush chardonnay.
86 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221846
Sidewood
2016 Chardonnay
Straw green color. Fruity aromas of golden delicious apple and toasted spice cake with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk lemon curd finish with soft, coating tannins and light oak. A lightly toasty chardonnay that will pair with summer and fall cuisine.
86 points $17.43
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221658
Wine Cube
2015 Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Candied aromas of red and black licorice and chocolate confection with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a brief chocolate-raspberry truffle, cigar box, gumdrops, and baking spices finish with silky, barky tannins and moderate oak. A fuller-bodied Pinot Noir with a smoky oaky edge.
86 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221202
Over The Barrel
NV Oaky Red Blend
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas of mixed berry confit, peach skins, and blueberry muffin with a velvety, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, short finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A ripe and fruity wine perfect for pork.
86 points $18.65
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221281
Jacob’s Creek
NV Double Barrel Shiraz
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of brewer’s yeast, chocolate yogurt, and spiced berries with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a easy craisins, spiced nuts, and hint of turkey jerky finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A solid, easy-drinking, dry shiraz to compliment everyday meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221702
The Naked Grape
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of spicy pickle relish and jerky, chocolate cherry fudge, pistachio nougat, and incense with an bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long blackberry jam on raisin toast finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A jammy, easy-drinking cabernet pleaser.
86 points $19.96
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221525
Aeris
2015 Pinot Noir
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas of cherry preserve, cranberry orange muffin, wet green leaves, and smoked nuts with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, carefree vanilla-cinnamon bun, iron-rich soil, vanilla-pomegranate taffy, and cola finish with woody tannins and heavy oak. A tannic Pinot Noir with big oaky notes.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221623
Doña Paula
2014 Estate Black Edition Red Luján de Cuyo
Dark garnet color. Aromas of stewed tomatoes, charred beef, and fresh mint with a slightly chewy, crisp, full body and a warming, medium-length dried cassis, cola, and sweet tobacco finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A full bodied wine with a savory edge; food friendly.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221394
Von Schleinitz
2016 Weissenberg Riesling
Bright pale straw color. Aromas of green apple, peach, lime, and flowers with a crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a medium-long , and lemon cake finish. A well-balanced, character-rich sweet wine for the table.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221502
Z. Alexander Brown
2015 Uncaged Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Earthy, fruity aromas of dark wild cherry, pomegranate, and forest floor with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, brisk juicy red fruit, root beer, chocolate chews, and fondant finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy and attractive Pinot Noir.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221111
Rock Wall
2016 Viognier
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of banana custard, peach tart, and praline with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length coconut cream, caramel apple, and starfruit finish with a suggestion of oak. A soft easy-drinking Viognier.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221488
Bota Box
NV RedVolution California
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, roasted red berries, and dark chocolate with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk dried sour cherry, vanilla custard, and walnut finish with fine, chewy tannins and no oak. A fruity, creamy red wine sipper that is sure to please the crowd.
86 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221315
Black Box
2016 Red Blend California
Bright dusty garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of melted chocolate toffee and chocolate berries and cherries with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy vanilla caramel candy, nut, and oak finish with a suggestion of oak. A crowd-pleasing off-dry red sipper with lots of chocolate notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221651
Vintage Crush
NV Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of light molasses, licorice, and dried apple with an vibrant, fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-length ripe pineapple, apple pie a la mode, and spiced nut brittle finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A toasty, fruity chardonnay for uncomplicated quaffing.
85 points $4.96 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221694
Gallo Family Vineyards
NV Red Moscato
Light Siam color. Candied aromas and flavors of cherry taffy, lily, and beeswax with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, brisk raspberry finish with fine, coating tannins and no oak. A juicy and festive quaffer.
85 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221676
Barefoot
NV Refreshingly Sweet Riesling
Pale light straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, honey, and green apple with a flat, sweet light-to-medium body and a rapid finish. A light, bright dessert wine.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221678
Barefoot
NV Merlot
Opaque deep purple color. Jammy aromas and flavors of mixed fruit jam, fresh violet, hibiscus, and pomegranate with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, crisp juicy purple fruit and white chocolate finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An ultra fruity and appealing wine for dinner or on its own.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221687
Barefoot
NV Velvety & Smooth Rich Red Blend California
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of baked dark berries and roasted nuts with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium cherry sauce, chocolate rice bar, and spiced apple finish with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A crisp, fruity quaffer.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221685
Barefoot
NV Pink Moscato Deliciously Sweet California
Bright silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, apricot, honey, and watermelon with a sweet medium body and a snappy finish. A sweet, fruity, warm-weather dessert wine.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221696
Liberty Creek
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium ruby garnet color. Aromas of strawberry, plum, green pepper, and cola with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a swift , asparagus, and white pepper finish with coarse tannins. An herbaceous, vegetal Cabernet.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221596
flipflop
NV Riesling
Straw color. Green aromas and flavors of apple tree, aloe, and hint of rubber with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant honey crisp apple, touch of grass, and nectarine finish with no oak. A fruity, crunchy, easy drinking Riesling.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221642
Dominant Seven
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Fresh, fruity aromas of roasted red pepper, cocoa dusted cherry, cafe latte, and fresh berries with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk cassis, roasted carrots and beets, and chocolate taffy finish with medium, dusty, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A fruit-forward, everyday red.
85 points $7.96
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221530
Sutter Home
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate nut brownies and berry pie crust with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery vanilla flan and nut finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice juicy, tasty everyday cab.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221537
Sutter Home
NV Pink Moscato California
Pink coral color. Interesting aromas of peony, kiwi skins, and caramelized shallot with a satiny, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, crisp strawberry shortcake finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A pink crusher for hot days; try as a spritz.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221531
Sutter Home
NV Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of buttered nuts, green apple blossom, vanilla-cinnamon bun, and baby powder with a glycerous, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, swift pumpkin spice and broiled Meyer lemon finish with coating, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice and buttery everyday white.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221541
Sutter Home
NV Riesling
Yellow straw color. Green aromas and flavors of cashew and dried apple with a silky, bright, off-dry light body and a smooth, breezy lime sorbet, honeyed pear, and nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, light and lively riesling quaffer.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221544
Sutter Home
NV White Merlot California
Bright light Siam color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry compote and cherry fruit leather with a bright, off-dry medium body and a buoyant watermelon sorbet, apple sauce, and toasted nuts finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice off-dry rose sipper that will be great with ’cue.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221538
Sutter Home
NV Pinot Grigio
Silvery emerald straw color. Citrusy aromas of fresh Meyer lemon, apricot, and white flowers with a glycerous, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy cotton candy and lime cordial finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An easy-drinking and fruity Pinot Grigio that hits all the right notes.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221573
Trinity Oaks
2015 Merlot
Bright dusty garnet color. Aromas of morello cherry, bar soap, and barbecue sauce with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk charred meats, peach soda, root beer, and roasted red pepper finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A fun backyard barbecue wine.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221193
Bogle
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of lime, pineapple, white grapefruit, and grass with an lively, dry light-to-medium body and an engaging, cheery , and asparagus finish. A fruity and savory Sauvignon Blanc to be enjoyed with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221130
Stella Rosa
NV Semi-Sweet Berry Italy
Bright color. Aromas of fruit punch, bubble gum, strawberry syrup, and cherry with a flat, very sweet light body and a brisk cotton candy, peach, and cough syrup finish with no oak. A very sweet and candied wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221451
Arabella
2016 Merlot
Dusty ruby color. Smoky aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, dark chocolate, and grilled berries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, intriguing, easy smoked bacon, grilled apples, and nutskin finish with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice smoky merlot for the table.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221666
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Extra Dry Sparkling Wine California
Bright color. Aromas and flavors of red apple, pineapple, limeade, and banana with a soft, bubbly, dry light-to-medium body and a swift finish. A palate-pleasing picnic sparkler.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221670
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Orange Sparkling Dessert Wine California
Pale golden straw color. Tropical aromas of crushed pineapple in cream, champagne cola, coconut flake, and fresh papaya with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy candied cashew. finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A sweet crowd-pleaser dripping with tropical delights.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221042
Castellani
2015 Chianti Colli Senesi
Dark garnet color. Fruity, sweet aromas of raspberry jam, dried plum, and cherry cola with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift tanned leather, ground nuts, ripe cherry, and fruit leather finish with coating tannins and light oak. A very fruity and crowd-pleasing Chianti.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221553
Ménage à Trois
2015 Moscato
Yellow straw color. Fruity, sweet aromas of honeysuckle, lychee, kiwi, and honeydew with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a graceful, cheery pineapple, fruit cocktail, and honey finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A thirst quenching sweet sipper for all-day indulging.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221040
Riva Leone
2016 Barbera
Bright ruby color. Fruity, sweet aromas of chocolate-raspberry mousse and cream soda with a soft, shy, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium red fruit snacks and cola syrup finish. A very fruity and smooth Barbara for anytime quaffing.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221817
Alias
2015 Merlot
Dusty ruby color. Spicy, woody aromas and flavors of spiced berries, pencil shavings, and toasty oak and incense with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, fast vanilla custard and nuts finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice toasty, well-oaked merlot.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221610
Three Thieves
2015 Red Blend California
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of toasted meringue and berry pie a la mode with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy mocha toffee, cedar, and walnuts finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice fruity, oaky red.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221609
Three Thieves
2015 Pinot Noir
Bright brilliant ruby color. Fruity aromas of tart cherries, sweet tobacco, and raspberry liqueur with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, fast chocolate covered cherry cordial, vanilla, and sour cherry gel finish with silky, barky tannins and light oak. A no-frills Pinot Noir with a big cherry pop.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221755
Grayson
2016 Lot 11 Chardonnay
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of grilled pineapple and papaya, lemon zest and blossoms, and hint of rubber with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an amusing, medium-length spiced apple and dark roasted nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An easy oaky sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221564
SeaGlass
2015 Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple juice, hay, and nutskins with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a polished, brisk baked pear and orange zest finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. An approachable chardonnay.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221131
Stella Rosa
NV Semi-Sweet Moscato d'Asti
Bright color. Aromas of apricot, honey, red apple, and pineapple with a soft, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a swift , and honeydew finish. A pleasantly sweet and smooth wine to enjoy with dessert.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221295
Cline
2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Aromas of oak furniture, lemon oil, and melted butter with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, brisk poached apple with cinnamon and pumpkin pie finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A typical California chardonnay that hits all the right notes.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221337
Gemma di Luna
NV Moscato
Straw green color. Aromas of honeycomb, pear compote, and chalk with a supple, soft, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, brief apple syrup finish with soft tannins and no oak. An approachable and friendly dessert wine for sweet tooths.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221521
Perimeter
2015 Black Dark Red Blend California
Violet color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of cherry pie a la mode, chocolate toffee, spiced plums, and orange blossom with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a sleek, breezy orange finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A nice and tidy fruity red blend.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221227
TreeHugger
NV Pinot Grigio-Grillo
Emerald straw color. Green, citrusy aromas and flavors of baked peach and lemon, hint of grassy herbs, and pepper with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy underripe apple, cream, nutskin, and leaf finish with leafy, grippy tannins. A pleasant dry white with a grippy finish for the table.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221336
VOGA
NV Brut Prosecco DOC
Yellow straw color. Aromas of underripe nectarine, toasted marshmallow with lemon curd, and sea salt with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy chalk, Italian orange peel, roasted almonds, and lime sorbet finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp Prosecco that is sure to please.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220664
Fernando Castro Raices
2013 Reserva Tempranillo
Medium garnet color. Baked aromas of dried cranberries, spiced baked plums, and leather with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, breezy cherry chewy candy, charcoal, and clove finish with leafy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice, spicy tempranillo.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221626
Doña Paula
2016 Los Cardos Sauvignon Blanc
Straw green color. Aromas of fallen lemon, fresh herbs, and lemon balm with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium key limes, tomatillo, and guyabano finish with fruit, soft tannins and no oak. A refreshing and citrusy quaffer to sip alone or with seafood stew.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221552
Ménage à Trois
2015 Midnight Dark Red Blend California
Ruby black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of plum pie, peach, and floral spice with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk vanilla nut brittle and cedar bark finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A well oaked red blend with earthy tannins.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221757
Ghostrunner
2016 Ungrafted Red Blend California
Violet color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate berries, nougat, and vanilla cream with a soft, fruity light body and a silky, carefree nuts and cedar finish with soft, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice fruity, juicy red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221303
Cashmere
2015 Exquisite Red Blend California
Burnt sienna color. Roasted, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, smoked nuts and peppers, and bacon bits with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy coconut milk and hint of rubber eraser finish with chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A nice creamy, lightly smoky red wine blend that will shine with roasted meats.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221072
Manos del Sur
2016 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Straw green color. Herbal aromas of fresh green pepper, flint, gooseberry, and iced matcha tea with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, swift curly parsley and white grapefruit finish with soft tannins and no oak. An herbal and citrusy wine for quaffing.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221493
Noble Vines
2016 515 Rosé Central Coast
Bright pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry sauce and strawberry jam on toast with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree praline finish with fine, chewy tannins. A crisp, lively rosé sipper that will pair well with spicy seafood or pork dishes.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221492
Noble Vines
2014 337 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Savory, roasted aromas and flavors of warm chocolate custard, roasted nuts, olive, and herbed jerky with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed cherries in vanilla cream and spicy carrot cake finish with soft tannins and light oak. A smooth and even cabernet quaffer.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221393
Von Schleinitz
2016 Riesling
Bright pale straw color. Aromas of nectarine, honey, geranium, and orange peel with a lively, petillant, sweet medium body and a medium-length , limeade, and walnut finish. A spritzy sweet wine with old world charm.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220669
Tempo Mont Reaga
2013 Roble Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah
Dark brick red color. Sweet aromas and flavors of vanilla taffy, black licorice, and stewed fruit with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a breezy chocolate cake and cola finish with medium, earthy tannins and moderate oak. An enjoyable wine oozing with rich flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221713
Adirondack Winery
NV Island Sunset Rosé Cabernet Franc
Khaki orange color. Interesting, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of pickled green tomatoes, spiced strawberry, honeyed apricots, and apple blossoms with a silky, soft, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, crisp flower patch earth, nut oil, and dolmades finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An intriguing, savory rose that will shine with gamey appetizers.
85 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221420
Treleaven
2016 Tacie's Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Brilliant straw green color. Aromas and flavors of grilled pineapples and apples and roasted nuts with a soft, dryish medium body and a breezy creme brulee crust, grassy leafy earth, and toasted oak finish with fine, dusty tannins and heavy oak. A nice dry oaky chardonnay for fans of the style.
85 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221655
Wine Cube
2015 Red Blend California
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries and toffee and vanilla bean milkshake with a silky, bright, medium body and a sleek, crisp vanilla nuts and cedar finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice creamy red blend sipper.
85 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221657
Wine Cube
2016 Pinot Grigio
Brilliant silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach danish, lemon bars, and macadamia nut cookie with a shy, dryish light body and a buoyant cantaloupe with mint, yellow apple and pear, and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins. A soft, delicate pinot grigio sipper.
85 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221703
The Naked Grape
NV Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Sweet aromas of fruit punch, sweet tea, and sweetened dried cranberries with a round, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy chocolate covered strawberries and bananas, fruit roll up, banana smoothie, and chocolate croissant finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fascinatingly fruity and juicy Pinot Noir for wine skeptics.
85 points $19.96
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221701
The Naked Grape
NV Moscato
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricot marmalade on cinnamon raisin toast and peony and elderflower with a soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a relaxed apple and pear sauces, lemon curd, honeyed melon, and green grapes finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A simple and enjoyable sweet wine for carefree sipping.
85 points $19.96
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221700
The Naked Grape
NV Chardonnay
Light gold color. Sweet aromas and flavors of orchard fresh apples, apple blossom, and peach candy with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant fresh caramel and winter spices finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A toasty weeknight wine.
85 points $19.96
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221487
Bota Box
NV Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas of apple sauce, all spice, lemon rind, and vanilla with an soft, dry light-to-medium body and an eccentric, cheery , pineapple, and celery finish. A spicy Chardonnay with subtle fruit.
85 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221491
Bota Box
2016 Dry Rosé Chile
Pale salmon orange color. Aromas of cotton candy, cherry soda, roasted red Thai chile, and pickled pimento with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a snappy almond buttercream frosting, nectarine skin, and yuzu marmalade finish with soft tannins. A crushable rose quaffer for patio parties.
85 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221692
Gallo Family Vineyards
NV Moscato
Straw green color. Fruity, floral, sweet aromas and flavors of peach gummies, pear drop, honeysuckle, and melon salad with a round, soft, fruity sweet medium body and a polished, fleeting honeydew sorbet and lime peel finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A sweet quaffer for fruit-fixes.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221695
Gallo Family Vineyards
NV Pink Moscato Dessert Wine California
Pale pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry shortcake, underripe peach, and pink grapefruit candy with a supple, crisp, sweet light body and a silky, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicate pink quaffer with a touch of sweetness.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221690
Barefoot
NV Delightfully Sweet Rosé California
Pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed strawberry and cherry with a silky, soft, fruity light body and a graceful, cheery strawberry milk finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A light berry-flavored rose quaffer.
84 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221691
Barefoot
NV White Zinfandel California
Pale salmon orange color. Fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon and strawberry sorbets and candies with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with fine, fruit tannins. A fruity-sweet rose.
84 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221598
flipflop
NV Moscato
Pale yellow straw color. Perfumed aromas of jasmine, white tea, petrol, and gooseberry with a supple, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, cheery fruit cup, menthol, and white pepper and sweet ginger finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A sweet and peppery quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221599
flipflop
NV Left Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Smoky, fruity aromas and flavors of char-grilled and pickled peppers and mulberries with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy spiced goji berries, cocoa, and pencil shavings finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A light smoky red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221532
Sutter Home
NV Chenin Blanc
Bright golden straw color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized apple, banana and pear, pistachio praline, and honeyed raisin toast with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, brisk apple and pear sauce and melon balls finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice fruity chenin for quaffing.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221539
Sutter Home
NV Pinot Noir
Dusty dark garnet color. Earthy aromas of hen of the woods mushrooms, bark, and silt with a soft, bright, dryish light body and a graceful, terse cherry cola, raspberry syrup, and cocoa powder finish with dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A solid pinot noir with great drinkability.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221279
Jacob’s Creek
2016 Classic Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried lavender and tangerine, exotic teas, mulberries, and sautéed mushrooms with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk vanilla nuts, cherries, and pepper finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A crisp, refreshing cabernet crusher.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221590
Craftsmen
2015 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of fallen green apple and linoleum with a supple, light-to-medium body and a smooth, momentary butter, ground nuts, and bitter ground chocolate finish with soft tannins and light oak. A breezy chardonnay quaffer that hits all the right notes.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221575
Trinity Oaks
2016 Pinot Grigio
Bright straw color. Aromas of red apple, lemon cake, guava, and grape with a soft, dry light body and a short , and fruit punch finish. A picnic Pinot Grigio, with short, fruity finish.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221192
Bogle
2015 Merlot
Bright garnet black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of Swiss cheese, blackberry mostarda, clove cigarettes, and vanilla and saffron with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, carefree pumpkin spice finish with clunky, crunchy tannins and heavy oak. A smoky and spicy merlot for exotic meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220674
Raices
2016 Joyen Tempranillo
Dark garnet color. Aromas of cranberry tea and mixed berry muffin with a slightly chewy, soft, dryish medium body and a tingling, short berry tea and phyllo finish with leafy, papery tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy red for weeknight meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221617
Bandit
NV Merlot
Dark garnet color. Aromas of bell pepper seed, bramble, #2 pencils, and smoky vanilla bean with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, easy wood chips, honey baked ham, and allspice and mace finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A brambly quaffer with ample spice.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221665
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Spumante Moscato
Yellow straw color. Floral aromas of orange Pez, sweet magnolia, and clean kitchen with a supple, effervescent, fruity sweet thin body and a short-to-medium creme de violette finish. An intensely floral wine for Latin fare.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221669
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Berry Sparkling Dessert Wine California
Bright light Siam color. Aromas of raspberry hard candies with a satiny, lively, effervescent, sweet medium body and a smooth, breezy liquid filled strawberry candy, white grape juice, and green apple candy finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A berry sweet quaffer for everyday celebrations.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221672
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Peach Sparkling Dessert Wine California
Yellow straw color. Candied aromas and flavors of peach liqueur and watermelon chews with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium body and a smooth, quick Elmer’s Glue finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A candied and peachy sweet sparkler.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221390
Bodegas Borsao
2015 Grenache
Bright garnet black color. Aromas of plum jam, blackberry pie, cigarettes, and chocolate covered coffee bean with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk balsamic drizzled dates and applewood chip soaking water finish with barky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fruity Grenache for crowd pleasing.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221045
Mosketto
NV Red Frizzante Sparkling Dessert Wine Italy
Brilliant light garnet color. Aroma of cherry lozenge with a lean, bright, effervescent, sweet medium body and a seamless, fast cherry-vanilla taffy and white chocolate finish with no oak. Sweet tooths will love this cherry-red quaffer.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221529
Sutter Home
NV Bubbly Brut California
Bright golden straw color. Aromas of apricot, turpentine, nectarine, and lemon rind with an soft, bubbly, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length, grand marnier, and grape finish. Rich, intense yet fruity sparkler
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221343
VOGA
2016 Pinot Grigio
Emerald straw color. Aromas of underripe nectarine, nutshells, graham cracker crust, and dried lemon twist with a silky, crisp, dry light body and an effortless, quick wet stone, hay, and allspice finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A breezy summer white wine.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220663
El Progreso
2015 Roble Tempranillo
Ruby black color. Aromas of mixed berry jam and roasted nut butters with a velvety, soft, dryish medium body and a brisk unsweetened cocoa powder and lime peel finish with leafy tannins. A tannic wine for beef.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221776
Save Me, San Francisco
2016 Soul Sister Pinot Noir
Bright burnt sienna color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach iced tea, spice cake, and dried flowers with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, short finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. An elegant quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220667
Villavid
2014 Roble Bobal
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of dried berry snack mix, cigarettes, and faux leather shoes with a satiny, soft, dry medium-to-full body and a fast India ink and bargain furniture finish with cottony, woody tannins and moderate oak. An oaky quaffer for rich weeknight meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221864
Vino de Eyzaguirre
2016 Syrah
Burnt sienna color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled peppers, tomatoes and beets, baked berries, and bacon bits with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk vanilla nuts, rhubarb, and fleur de sel finish with soft, dusty tannins and light oak. A dry, smoky, savory quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221813
Alias
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright golden straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of wet grass, dried citrus, dusty earth, and rice cake and boiled potato with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk grapefruit and orange, chalk, and wet linen finish with fine tannins. An earthy, dry sauvignon blanc for the table.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221816
Alias
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted coconut and banana, rubber sap, green peppercorn, and chocolate drizzled berries with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk bell pepper, sweet cream, and cedar finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A straightforward oaky cabernet with pleasing dark berry fruit.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220980
Louis Latour
2015 Chardonnay
Straw color. Aromas of apple compote, lemon zest, flint, and orange custard with a soft, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a quick chalk, underripe apricot, and menthol finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A meek chardonnay for everyday quaffing.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221756
Grayson
2016 Lot 10 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie crust and pencil shavings and eraser with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp vanilla cream and cocoa finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A fruity, oaky cabernet crusher.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221582
AVA Grace
2015 Merlot
Bright dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of raspberry preserves, key lime pie with graham cracker crust, India ink, and tobacco with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, snappy dried figs and dates, banana chip, and coconut flakes finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A fruit basket of flavor.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221584
AVA Grace
2016 Rosé California
Brilliant silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of cherries in sour cream, berry gastrique, warm edamame, and rice balls with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an intriguing, buoyant grilled melon, roasted nuts, and pressed flowers finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An intriguing, savory rose that will shine at the table.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221335
Emporium
2015 Appassimento Rosso Salento
Dusty garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of beef consume, wafer cookie, prune and raisin, and rooibos tea with a coarse, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, short-to-medium finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A weeknight wine for pizza and recipes.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221498
Gnarly Head
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Fruity, oaky aromas and flavors of spiced berries and pencil with a soft, fruity light body and an effortless, quick vanilla cream and nuts finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A nice easy quaffer.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221551
Ménage à Trois
2015 Merlot
Violet color. Aromas of cinnamon apple tart and caramelized yams and ham with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk vanilla cream and cedar mulch finish with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant spicy, oaky merlot.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221563
Ménage à Trois
2015 Zinfandel
Dark garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry preserve, concord grapes, chocolate yogurt, and cassia bark with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, breezy dried tobacco and black tea leaves finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A bright and appealing Lodi zin for any occasion.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221098
Salt of the Earth
2016 Rubino Red Moscato Moscato
Violet color. Fruity aromas of potted purple flowers, grape jelly, raisin fruit leather, and baked peach with a round, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, quick cream soda finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A gulpable sweet wine for the table or yard.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221568
SeaGlass
2016 Rosé Monterey County
Pink coral color. Aromas of cherries in cream with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, short fondant, egg white, and buttermilk finish. A pretty pink wine for quaffing and sangria-making.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221275
Campo Viejo
2015 Rioja DOC
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled blackberries, three-bean salad, and minestrone with a slightly chewy, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, crisp bramble finish with papery, barky tannins and moderate oak. A nice red that can serve as a picnic wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221064
Hayes Valley
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of pickled berries, beets and cucumbers, cocoa powder, and brown butter with a crisp, dryish medium body and a brisk grilled green pepper, nutskin, blackberry coulis, and grassy gravel finish with dusty, earthy, firm tannins and heavy oak. An intriguing, very savory and earthy cabernet for the table; this needs time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221063
Hayes Valley
2016 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, latte, and apple pie crust with a bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a swift roasted nut oil, underripe apple, and toasted lemon meringue finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A pleasant easy drinking chardonnay sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221134
The Champion
NV Il Campione Chardonnay
Brilliant golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple and cedar bark with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, easy lemon custard, rubber leaf, green pineapple, and dark roasted nuts finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A savory, tangy, wood accented chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220666
Virgen de las Viñas Tomillar
2013 Crianza Tempranillo
Black ruby color. Aromas of baked plum, mulling spices, and concord grapes with a chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, momentary aromatic barks and prune juice finish with papery, barky tannins and moderate oak. A desert-like wine for north African cuisine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221640
Eye Chart
NV Pinot Noir
Bright dusty ruby color. Fruity, earthy aromas of stable floor, cranberry, and mushroom with a velvety, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, easy semisweet chocolate, cola, vanilla-almond nougat, and stewed plums finish with earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. An earthy and fruity Pinot Noir that will thrive at the table.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221641
Eye Chart
NV Red Blend California
Burnt sienna color. Meaty, umami aromas and flavors of minestrone soup and mulberries with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk cranberry finish with a suggestion of oak. An interesting meaty red for the table.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221615
Newman’s Own
2014 Common Good Red Blend California
Garnet black color. Creamy, attractive aromas and flavors of vanilla custard, boysenberry pie, and chocolate toffee with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk spiced poached apple and nuts finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant fruity, lightly creamy red quaffer.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221229
Velata
NV Red Bobal-Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of oily almost burnt peanuts in a cast iron pot, paraffin, smoked beets and carrots, and leather saddle with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk cherry pit and nutshell finish with dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A smoky, earthy red for the table.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221341
VOGA
NV Sparkling Rosé Pinot Grigio
Pale silvery pink color. Aromas of underripe apricot skin and cotton candy with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry light body and a smooth, short lime peel and bread crusts finish with soft, fruit tannins. A crisp and refreshing sparkler for hot days.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221555
Ménage à Trois
2015 Pinot Noir
Clear dusty ruby color. Interesting aromas of dried cherry, butterscotch pudding, and raspberry candy with a supple, soft, fruity light body and an even, medium-length raspberry tea, caramel latte, fruit punch, and menthol finish with light oak. A light and fruity pinot noir.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221513
MWC
2015 Rosé Columbia Valley
Pink coral color. Fruity aromas of wild cherry and dried grass with a soft, shy, dryish thin body and an even, brisk marshmallow fluff and marzipan finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant dry rose.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221164
Villadoria
2015 Senatore Primo Rosso Piemonte DOC
Ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas of raspberry soda and number two pencil with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, short-lived cherries and evaporated milk finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A Barbara well-suited to weeknight pasta
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221332
Barboursville
2015 Merlot
Steely dusty ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of spiced plum, charred nuts, pickled peppers, and toasted herbs with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed pomegranate, tomato, nuts, and cedar mulch finish with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A dry, earthy merlot for the table.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221504
David James
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried citrus and berries and limestone with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, fast craisin, dark berry jam on toast, vanilla nuts, and cedar dust finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A dry, tangy cabernet for the table.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221075
Manos del Sur
2015 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Unusual aromas and flavors of wet inky newspaper, vellum, smoked cranberries and nuts, and wet clay riverbed with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length leather, olive skin, and charcoal finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. An interesting, smoky earthy cab for game.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221496
Noble Vines
2015 667 Pinot Noir
Dusty light ruby garnet color. Aromas of stewed fruit, roasted kale, seven layer bar with chocolate, and cola syrup with a slightly chewy, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy dried plums and cherry, chocolate shake, powdered milk, and bark finish with clunky tannins and moderate oak. A solid pinot noir for the table.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221097
Quady
2016 Electra White Moscato California
Yellow straw color. Sweet, floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, sweet pea blossom, peach candy, and wax paper with a round, bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, carefree corn starch finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A boozy dessert wine packed with fruity, floral aromas.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221369
The Dreaming Tree
2015 Pinot Noir
Dusty garnet color. Attractive aromas of cherry mostarda, foraged mushroom, and balsamic reduction with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick crushed dark cherries, wet slate, winter spices, and wood chip finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A dark and mysterious Pinot Noir for everyday sipping.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221165
Varvaglione
2014 12 e Mezzo Salento Primitivo IGP
Violet color. Aromas of blackberry and plum jams and bramble with a velvety, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, fast shaved chocolate and roasted pine nuts finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very approachable wine for weeknight dinners.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221463
The Impressionist
2015 Shiraz
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of butter sautéed portabello mushrooms, beef stock, and pomegranate molasses with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an odd, breezy dried wild berries, chestnut honey, and minty earth finish with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A very umami-centric red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221269
Williamsburg Winery
2016 Dry Rosé Virginia
Medium color. Aromas of strawberry, white pepper, cumin, and pomegranate with an soft, dry medium body and an unusual, brisk , and Fernet Branca finish. An herbaceous, spirit-like wine to be enjoyed as aperitif.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221179
Henry Estate
NV Veraison American
Brilliant pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of white blossoms, white strawberry, and melon rind with an lively, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a stimulating, brisk white grape jelly on raisin toast, apple sorbet, and lemon tart finish with crunchy, fine tannins and no oak. An interesting, off-dry, slightly spritzy rose crusher.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221847
Stable Hill
2016 Palomino Pinot Grigio
Bright silvery straw color. Smoky aromas of matchstick, rubber, and grilled apple with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a graceful, engaging, relaxed nectarine, grape skin, lemon, and grass finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very crisp, slightly smoky sauvignon blanc-like pinto grigio.
84 points $17.43
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221339
Alberto Nani
NV Vino Spumante Prosecco DOC
Straw green color. Fruity, sweet aromas of home style peach pie with a soft, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, short fruit gum and mixed fruit hard candies finish with soft tannins and no oak. A peachy refresher for hot summer days.
84 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221069
Casas del Toqui
2015 Barrel Series Reserva Carmenere
Garnet black color. Smoky, fruity aromas and flavors of grilled berries and peppers, chocolate nuts, and graphite with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, easy finish with a suggestion of oak. A nice smoky red wine.
84 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221661
Wine Cube
2015 Dark Red Blend California
Deep purple color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of toffee and berry pie crust with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk bing cherry and apple, vanilla milk, and nuts finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A easy drinking red sipper.
84 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221659
Wine Cube
2015 Riesling
Straw green color. Aromas of wonder bread, egg salad, and peach preserve with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, easy nectarine, lime pop, and chamomile buds finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp everyday riesling.
84 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221023
Zonte’s Footstep
2017 Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of Elmer’s glue, lemon zest on rice, melon, and grass with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, relaxed yellow apple and pear finish with no oak. A light breezy sauvignon with an earthy streak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221322
Black Box
2016 Riesling
Golden straw color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of spicy poached apple and honeyed nuts with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy pear sorbet and kiwi in cream finish with no oak. A mellow easy drinking riesling.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221324
Black Box
2016 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas of egg salad, fallen lemon, butter poached apple, and nutmeg with a supple, shy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy vanilla buttercream frosting finish with clunky tannins and heavy oak. A buttery chardonnay for the table
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221314
Black Box
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of berries, chocolate, smoked nuts, and coffee with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, cheery vanilla cream, cedar, and nuts finish with soft tannins and light oak. A nice creamy, fruity sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221635
California Roots
2016 Chardonnay
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled lemon rind, apple tree, and nutskin with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk apple pie filling, lemon curd on toast, and cedar finish with soft, chewy, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A light, fruity, oaky chardonnay.
83 points $5 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221639
California Roots
2015 Red Blend California
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate roasted nuts and berry pie with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk vanilla pudding, apple sauce, and cedar finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A light and easy drinking red for everyday pleasure.
83 points $5 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221682
Barefoot
NV Shiraz
Garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas of chocolate bar and crusty buttery berry pie with a supple, soft, fruity light body and an even, brisk cherry bonbon finish with a suggestion of oak. A nice, light and easy shiraz sipper.
83 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221600
flipflop
NV Merlot
Medium dusty garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of raspberry jam on toast, tomato, cherry yogurt, and charcoal with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cherry pit, nutskin, and pencil finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak. An easy carefree quaffer with a green herbal edge.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221643
Dominant Seven
2015 Red Blend California
Violet color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries and graham crackers, cherry pie, and toffee with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, breezy spiced apple and pear, starfruit, custard, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A breezy, fruity quaffer.
83 points $7.96
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221048
Exquisite Collection
2016 Malbec
Dark garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of clove cigarettes, ham and Swiss sandwich with mustard, spiced dried plum, and Douglas fir with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, short plum juice finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A spicy malbec that might be nice around the holidays.
83 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221535
Sutter Home
NV Merlot
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate nuts, and spiced meringue with a bright, fruity medium body and a breezy bubbly pie crust and charred wood finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fruity oaky merlot quaffer.
83 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221536
Sutter Home
NV Moscato
Clear golden straw color. Floral, fruity aromas of honeysuckle, lychee, kiwi, and peaches and strawberries in cream with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet medium body and a tingling, easy metallic minerals and dandelion finish with soft tannins and no oak. A sweet and floral quaffer.
83 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221616
Bandit
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of roasted pepper, smoked peppercorn, and dried berries with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed melted chocolate, beets, and cedar finish with dusty, soft tannins and light oak. A soft, dry, easy-drinking quaffer.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221620
Bandit
NV Red Blend California
Dusty garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and roasted nuts with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, fast apple sauce and vanilla nuts finish with soft tannins and light oak. A fruity, creamy red quaffer.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221619
Bandit
NV Pinot Grigio
Silvery emerald straw color. Minerally aromas and flavors of dried lemon peel, tarragon, and wet stone with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, short finish with soft tannins and no oak. A puffy cloud of a quaffer.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221349
Casa Larga
NV Pallido White Blend Finger Lakes
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of overripe apple and lemon and grass with a soft, bright, fruity light body and an even, brisk nectarine, nutskin, and moss finish with fine, fruit tannins. A dry, breezy riesling quaffer.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221200
Over The Barrel
NV Semi-Sweet Rosé South Africa
Salmon orange color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry-banana yogurt, waxy honeycomb, and nougat with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, brisk berry Jell-O and fruit leather finish with crunchy tannins and no oak. A pleasantly fruity, honeyed rose quaffer.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221518
Red Impulse
2015 Dark Red Blend Columbia Valley
Violet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of pickle and spiced berries with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift apple, cocoa-dusted nuts, and rhubarb finish with dusty, soft tannins and no oak. A dusty, chewy red blend.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221653
Zinfatuation
2015 Zinfandel
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Aromas of cherry and cassis with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, short menthol and cherry jam, semisweet chocolate, and clove and smoked meats finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A lighter-bodied zin for quaffing.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221308
Cline
2015 Old Vine Zinfandel
Deep purple color. Woody aromas of pencil shavings, rubber eraser, and dried plum skin with an crisp, light body and a warming, short-lived mixed fruit juice and wood chip finish with clunky, barky tannins and moderate oak. A woody zin.
83 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221586
Braveheart
2016 Red Blend South-Eastern Australia
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of powdered citrus, berry Pez candy, and baby aspirin with a crisp, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a brisk pomegranate and sour cherry skin and cocoa finish with dusty, chalky tannins. A tart, twangy red quaffer.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221593
Cupcake
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berry compote, waxy chocolate, cedar pencil, and dried herbs with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a medium-long craisin, cocoa powder, ground nuts, and cedar dust finish with chewy, clunky tannins and heavy oak. A chewy, oaky cabernet sipper.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221594
D’Orsay
2016 Rosé Côtes de Provence
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of raspberry, lemonade, honeydew, and nutmeg with an crisp, dry medium body and an appealing, medium-long , and hazelnut finish. A full-bodied Steakhouse Rose.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220675
Rubi y Oro
2015 Young Sauvignon Blanc
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of fallen lemon, parchment, almond butter, and pear drop candy with a velvety, shy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, quick golden apples and parchment finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A sauvignon blanc for chardonnay fans.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221187
Anthony Lee’s
NV Pear Wine Maine
Bright gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of fallen pear and lemon talc with a silky, vibrant, off-dry light body and a polished, breezy kiwi, clementine, and chalk finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. An earthy, yeasty fruit wine for cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221100
Las Palmeras
2014 Red Blend Monterey County
Dark garnet color. Savory, spicy aromas and flavors of stewed tomatoes and rhubarb, spicy cherry compote, grilled peppers, and roasted meat with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, refreshing, buoyant poached apples and vanilla yogurt nuts finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An unusually meaty and savory merlot.
83 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221406
Sarah Christina
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced poached apple and peach, white chocolate toffee, cedar plank, and wax with a soft, dryish light body and a rapid melon, crushed apple, and watercress finish with dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A soft, light quaffing chardonnay.
83 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221759
Freelander
2016 District One Chardonnay
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, lime curd, and pineapple husk with a bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a rapid lemon and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A light, dry, carefree chardonnay sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221760
Freelander
2016 District One Cabernet Sauvignon
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of dark berry preserves on graham crackers and dark roasted nuts with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk grilled beets and nutskin finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A dry, cabernet quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220665
Rubi y Oro
2012 Crianza Tempranillo-Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of peanut butter sandwich, carrot bisque, and marinara with a slightly chewy, bright, dryish medium body and a seamless, brisk paint paddle finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A woody wine for leftover steak sandwiches.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221133
Stella Rosa
NV Red Reserve Semi-Sweet Italy
Medium ruby color. Candied aromas and flavors of cherry candy, fruit punch, and cough drops with a glycerous, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, terse finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A wine cooler-like beverage to serve over ice or in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220662
Verum
2013 Roble Red Blend Tierra de Castilla
Dull black garnet color. Oaky aromas and flavors of prunes, sand, tea bag, and leather with a slightly chewy, soft, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, brief finish with woody, cottony tannins and moderate oak. An oaky wine focused on non-fruit flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221102
Esser Vineyards
2014 Merlot
Brilliant light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of boxed cereal, underripe blackberry, and dusty dried roses with a lean, shy, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a tingling, terse sandalwood finish with barky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A mellow quaffer for weeknight meals.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221096
Quady
2016 Red Electra Moscato California
Brilliant light violet color. Aromas and flavors of potted purple flowers, grape jelly, and raisin fruit leather with a glycerous, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a sleek, instant finish with soft tannins and no oak. A fruity beverage for sweet tooths.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221274
Campo Viejo
2012 Reserva Rioja DOC
Brick red color. Aromas of bourbon, celery puree, dried cherry, vanilla taffy, and orange peel and dried rose with a slightly chewy, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, short sea sponge and pinto beans finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. An interesting quaffer for sandwich pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221427
Conquista
2014 Reserve Malbec
Black ruby color. Interesting aromas of raisins, charcoal, ume plum, and Asian pear with a lightly tannic, flat, dryish medium-to-full body and a short tar finish with woody tannins. A thick and inky malbec that might pair with lean beef or bison.
83 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221621
Doña Paula
2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raisin studded creme caramel, charred balsamic reduction, baked cherries, and oven roasted carrots with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, breezy finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A weeknight quaffer.
83 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221321
Black Box
2015 Malbec
Ruby garnet color. Aroma of grilled prune with a soft, flat, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, short spiced plum pudding and molasses finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. An easy-drinking malbec for large events or cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221317
Black Box
2015 Merlot
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and coffee beans, chocolate yogurt, molasses drizzled dried fruit, and embers with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy sour cherry, spiced apple, and cedar bark finish with woody, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A fruity, oaky merlot for everyday meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221412
CK Mondavi
2015 Merlot
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of charred cedar, grilled pickle, and baked cranberries with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk chocolate raisins and citrus peels and roasted nuts finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. An oaky, dry merlot for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221545
Sutter Home
NV White Zinfandel California
Steely pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of mossy earth and straw, dried strawberry, and cheese rind with a soft, crisp, fruity thin body and a short apple and melon finish. A crisp, lightly fruity rose quaffer.
82 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221506
David James
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Emerald straw color. Aromas of chalk, fresh grass, and citrus with a lean, bright, dryish thin body and a smooth, short grapefruit gummy finish with soft tannins and no oak. A gentle sauvignon blanc quaffer.
82 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221523
Perimeter
2015 Red Blend Washington
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries, sweet and peppery spices, and cocoa with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, rapid cherry pit, ground nuts, and saw dust finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A dry, dusty red for table.
82 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221101
Las Palmeras
2014 Chardonnay
Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of baked coconut and pineapples and pencil shavings and eraser with a soft, fruity medium body and a brisk rubber and baked apple and lemon finish with fine tannins and light oak. An oaky, earthy chardonnay sipper; serve with a good chill.
82 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220981
Louis Latour
2014 Domaine deValmoissine Pinot Noir
Light color. Aromas of strawberry, white pepper, asparagus, and stewed tomato with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and an amusing, medium-length , mushroom, and bell pepper finish with chewy tannins. An earthy Pinot Noir to complement dinner.
82 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220670
Verum
2016 Tierra de Castilla
Light golden yellow color. Aromas of green apple gel candy and newspaper with a soft, shy, dry thin body and an effortless, instant bruised pineapple and chalk finish with fruit tannins. An easy quaffer for a crowd.
82 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221656
Wine Cube
2015 Merlot
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of warm vanilla fudge, toasted marshmallow, and strawberry shortcake with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, fast roasted carrot, cedar mulch, and cherry pit finish with crunchy, woody tannins and heavy oak. A chewy, oaky merlot for the table.
82 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221319
Black Box
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Emerald straw color. Fresh, artificial aromas of flinty earth, crisp spring peas, gooseberry, and coconut shell with a lean, soft, fruity thin body and a sleek, fleeting lime leaf and strawberry leaf tea finish with leafy tannins and no oak. A supple quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221671
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Pineapple Sparkling Dessert Wine California
Yellow straw color. Mature, funky aromas and flavors of ginkgo tree, bruised and fallen pineapples and apple, overripe papaya, and latex with a glycerous, vibrant, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A funky sweet sparkler for budget festivities.
81 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221815
Alias
2016 Pinot Noir
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla yogurt, berry chewing gum, newspaper, and mint wrapper with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, brisk pickled root vegetable, cherry yogurt, and cedar bark finish with crunchy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A funky combination of fruit and earthiness.
81 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221455
Leatherwood
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Straw green color. Green aromas and flavors of wet linen, baked mango and citrus, and pressed flowers with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, odd, brisk gooseberry jam, prairie grass, and moss finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. An earthy white for the table.
81 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221298
Cline
2016 Estate Grown Pinot Gris
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of oily nuts, yeast, grilled peach and lemon, and charcoal with an soft, sourish light body and a peculiar, brisk pear core, smoked nuts, and brown grass finish with a suggestion of oak. A smoky, earthy pinot gris to pair with grilled seafood.
81 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221407
Black Bear Red Chair
2014 Petite Sirah
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of coconut, spicy berry compote, dried fruits, and caulk with a silky, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, eccentric, medium-length sautéed almond, hint of sherry, and prunes finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A mature tasting red for the table; serve with braised meats.
81 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221073
Manos del Sur
2015 Reserva Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Fruity, attractive, smoky, savory aromas and flavors of menthol, grilled cherries and plums, and smoked nuts with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, fast singed herbs, nutskin, and earth finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A smoky, earthy pinot for grilled fare.
81 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221034
Zironda
2013 Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC
Dusty ruby color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of minestrone soup, tinned carrots, and green beans with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A funky wine that needs food.
81 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221812
Alias
2014 Secret Agent Red California
Ruby black color. Waxy, curious aromas and flavors of lacquered wood and pickled berries with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a perplexing, brisk mulberry, cedar bark, and tomato jelly finish. A light, earthy quaffer.
80 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221103
Esser Vineyards
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright color. Aromas of lemon rind, grass, green pepper, and curry with an sharp, dry light-to-medium body and a quirky, breezy , and rosemary finish. An herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc
80 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221558
Ménage à Trois
2016 Rosé California
Bright silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of caramel apple, roasted coconut, hint of caulk, and lemon yogurt with a soft, sweet-and-sour thin body and a short overripe strawberry and melon, apple core, and nutskin finish with dusty tannins and no oak. A very dry and light rose quaffer; serve with a good chill.
80 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221866
Belasco de Baquedano
NV ROSA Sparkling Malbec Rose Mendoza
Silvery pink color. Aromas of ham omelet, hamburger, and almond oil with a glycerous, shy, spritzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, odd, short peanut butter on sourdough English muffin finish with soft tannins and no oak. An interesting sparkler for topping off cocktails.