November 2017 - Natural Wine Review

This month's Wine feature is the Natural Wine Review
Natural Wine Review Reviews
221919
Yorkville Cellars
2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Amber Folly Semillon
Bright old gold color. Inviting aromas of wildflower honey, roasted macadamia nuts, tropical fruit cocktail, sumac, dried apricot, manchego, and petrol with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long dried pineapple, kiwi relish, and egg washed crispbread finish with well-integrated, medium, fruit tannins. A fantastic skin-contacted Semillon that deserves an excellent meal and the best company.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222064
Cline
2014 Block Eight Merlot
Garnet black color. Herbal aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, cinnamon, bergamot, cranberry sauce, and orange zest with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, long clove, juniper, chocolate genache, braised pumpkin, and brown sugar finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A superbly complex and distinctive herbal wine with a evolving finish; a must-try.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222176
Tarantas
2014 Crianza Tempranillo
Bright ruby black color. Aromas of ripe forest berries, freshly tilled earth, fine leather, and roasted nuts with a round, lively, fruity medium-full body and a seamless, complex, long bramble, tar, cured meats, and black pepper finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak. A superb tempranillo worthy of a fine meal.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222180
Granza
2013 Tinta de Toro
Dark color. Aromas of sour raspberry, red cherry, plum, jamón serrano, and stewed tomato with an sharp, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long cocoa nib and espresso finish with firm tannins. A full-bodied, palate-coating Spanish Red.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222043
Deshora
NV Brut Cava DO
Golden yellow color. Elegant aromas of pink apples, baklava, rosemary, baguette with floral jam, lime, and allspice with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a subtle, medium-long white peach, white flowers, apricot flesh and stone, and almond crescent cookies finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A fine cava with plenty of elegant intrigue sophisticated nuance; try cellaring!
92 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222178
Granza
2016 Verdejo
Yellow straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of white flowers, cantaloupe, young peach, lime cordial, lime blossom, dried spices, and sea breeze with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long roasted nut scone, coconut quark, olive, and sage finish with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely Spanish white with great structure and delicate flavors.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221948
12 e Mezzo
2014 Primitivo del Salento IGP
Black garnet color. Aromas of crushed blackberries, polished oak furniture, and sweet cigar wrapper with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a polished, complex, medium-long smoked paprika, cinnamon hot chocolate, squid ink, and plump raisin finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. A dense and spicy primitivo for an excellent meal.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221938
Casa Barranca
2016 Coquelicot Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Black violet color. Complex aromas of farmer’s market blackberry stand, elderflower, dill, and pickling spices with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a polished, elegant, medium-long dried peony, black tea, and tobacco finish with silky, fine tannins and moderate oak. A bright, dense cabernet packed with purple fruits and flowers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222037
Bles
2014 Tinto Valencia
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, pomegranate, and boiled potato with a tangy, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-long raisin and leather finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A full-bodied, interesting Spanish blend.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222115
Stellar Organics
2016 Shiraz
Deep purple color. Sweet, smoky aromas and flavors of sweet ripe blackberries, barbecue, sumac, and toasted fennel seed with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length pomegranate molasses and mesquite finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and satisfying smoky Shiraz.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222118
Stellar Organics
2017 Rosé Western Cape
Silvery pink color. Fresh, green aromas of fresh cut grass, gooseberries, and strawberry sorbet with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length crisp asian pear and pomegranate finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A refreshingly fruity rose that will charm sauvignon blanc lovers.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222040
Primosole
2013 Sangiovese
Black garnet color. Mature aromas of fertile earth, wild mushrooms, artisan leather, and dried currants with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length bay leaf and tarragon finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. An earthy and mature sangiovese with balancing fruit; only the finest steaks need apply.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222095
Yealands Estate
2016 S1 Single Block Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Green aromas of ripe gooseberry, white pepper, green mango, and nectarine with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-length underripe apple and hint of passionfruit finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A shining Sauvignon Blanc pulling an arsenal of tropical fruit.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222097
Peter Yealands
2016 PGR White Blend Marlborough
Straw color. Tropical, exotic aromas of lychee, yuzu, ripe papaya, honeysuckle, white tea, pistachio-vanilla creme, and dried apricot with a round, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long crushed pineapple, tropical flowers, and sage finish with soft, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A rich and elegant New Zealand white that will have you swimming in tropical fruits and flowers.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221930
Carlton Cellars
2015 Seven Devils Pinot Noir
Light garnet color. Fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of fresh juicy blueberries, artisan root beer, herbal tea, and French silk pie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length mango and green peppercorn finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely terroir-driven pinot from Willamette.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221936
Casa Barranca
2014 Miralaguna Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Deep purple color. Earthy, inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate dusted mulberries, grilled fajita veggies, caraway, and vanilla gelato with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-length pecan pie finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rich and juicy cab franc with just the right amount of earthy intrigue.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222025
Cottonwood Creek
2015 Red Wine California
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate maple fudge, black raspberry pie, chocolate orange peels, and lilac honey with a bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-length cherry custard pastry, cedar, ripe watermelon, and cola finish with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. A super juicy and fruity red whose appeal is hard to deny.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222120
Terra Viva
2016 Sangiovese
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas of crushed ripe raspberry and kiss of vanilla with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length leather wallet, iron-rich soil, raspberry leaf, allspice, and peach tea finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lip-smacking, fruit-forward, juicy sangiovese that will be excellent on its own or with food.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222041
Naked Earth
2015 Vin Blanc France
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and pressed flowers with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, breezy poached pear, honey, and earth finish with soft, earthy, fruit tannins. A round, plush white wine for sipping or seafood.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222032
Rare Earth
2015 Pinot Noir
Dark color. Aromas of blueberry, rosemary, cedar, and green beans with a tart, dry medium body and a medium-long pomegranate, dr. pepper, and iron ore finish with coating tannins. A chewy, balanced, twangy Pinot Noir.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221961
TreeHugger
NV Nero DAvola
Ruby black color. Sweet aromas of blackberry punch, black tea, cherry blossom, and blueberry pie with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long cranberry vinaigrette, parsley and basil, and toasted muffin finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A brambly red that will pair perfectly with pork.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221947
12 e Mezzo
2015 White Malvasia del Salento IGP
Yellow straw color. Floral aromas of tropical garden, night blooming jasmine, deviled eggs, and mango-peach yogurt with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length kiwi relish and caraway finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A zingy malvasia with an intensely floral bouquet.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222059
Cline
2016 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Dark ruby garnet color. Aromas of raspberry, blackberry, plum, and baking spice with an crisp, dry medium-full body and an interesting, medium-long , black tea, and rhubarb finish with well-integrated tannins. Spiced blackberry pie in a glass!
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221950
12 e Mezzo
2016 Chardonnay
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of orange popsicle, dried wildflowers, lemon sorbet, and crepes with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length flaky fresh apple pastry, lime glaze, and pineapple punch finish with soft, fruit tannins. A very ripe and fruity chardonnay that will be a hit with a crowd.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221952
Stella Rosa
NV Black Lux Imperiale Semi-Sweet Sparkling Italy
Black violet color. Fruity aromas of raspberry liqueur and blackberry leaves with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium-full body and a delightful, buoyant blackberries, chocolate syrup, peppermint gum drops, and shortcake finish. A fun, fruity, and pure sweet sparkler to have with dessert right now.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222094
Peter Yealands
2016 Pinot Noir
Brilliant ruby color. Aromas of cloves, sour cherries, fresh oranges, soft dried strawberries, spice gum drops, and eucalyptus with a vibrant, medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long sweet tobacco finish. A zingy, juicy pinot with a great balance of fruit and spice.
89 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222223
HuM Hofer
2016 Origin Pinot Blanc
Dark apricot color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, orange marmalade, and buttermilk with a flat, dry light-to-medium body and a cheery finish. A lovely orange wine that offers just a hint of tannins and a soft, delicate approach.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221937
Casa Barranca
2016 Coquelicot Vineyard Merlot
Deep purple color. Fruity, jammy aromas of ripe juicy berries, holiday spices, and fruit cake with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long cassis, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, mulberry, huckleberry, burnt sugar, toasty oak, and black pepper finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. Colossal berry flavors abound in this super-juicy merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221928
Carlton Cellars
2013 Roads End Reserve Pinot Noir
Light brick red color. Aromas of cherry cola, wild mushrooms, fine leather, and cocoa nibs with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length rose petal, chocolate orange, cherry candies, and allspice finish with medium, silky tannins and moderate oak. A bright, juicy pinot noir that will have everyone asking for another glass.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222048
Green Fin
2016 Red Wine California
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and nuts, cedar, cherry pipe tobacco, and pickle relish with an bright, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length cherry preserves on toast, melon sorbet, nuts, and berry bubblegum finish with well-integrated, dusty, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fun, juicy, crowd-pleasing red blend.
88 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222116
Live-a-Little
NV Really Ravishing Red Western Cape
Deep purple color. Aromas of blueberry compote, toasty blini, peppercorns, and cherry cola with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length tar, charcoal, and mixed peppercorns finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A smoky and smooth South African blend.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221895
Frey
NV White Zinfandel Mendocino
Medium coral color. Aromas of strawberry, raspberry, thyme, and maple syrup with an soft, dry medium body and a stimulating, medium-length cranberry jam on rye cracker, plum, and white pepper finish with well-integrated tannins. A refreshing and unique rose that brings the fruit.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222039
Primosole
2016 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of ripe golden apples, soft banana, vanilla custard with crushed pineapple, and lemon taffy with a supple, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, buoyant asian pear and fruit cup finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A rich and fruity wine that offers a pinot grigio solution to a chardonnay desire.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222170
Pizzolato
2016 Pinot Grigio
Bright straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of tinned pineapple, tinned pears, lemon butter, and straw with a satiny, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A plush pinot grigio for anytime sipping.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222175
Spartico
2016 Utiel Requena DO
Medium color. Aromas of strawberry, stewed plum, vanilla custard, and baking spice with a bright, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long , prune, and bittersweet chocolate finish with well-integrated tannins. A well-balanced, fruit-forward Spanish blend.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222042
Naked Earth
2015 Vin Rouge France
Dark dusty ruby garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of crushed raspberry, fertile earth, cocoa powder, and kiwi with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a graceful, breezy crushed stones, suede, allspice, and citrus pithe finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A charmingly rustic and understated merlot the breathes beautiful simplicity.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222060
Cline
2016 Estate Grown Pinot Gris
Bright straw color. Aromas of dried grass, apricot, rose hip, and honeydew with an soft, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length almond and dried apple finish. A dry and serious Pinot Gris.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222174
Biokult
2016 Gruner Veltliner
Emerald straw color. Clean aromas of key lime, underripe apricot, talc, and gardenia with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length cherry blossom, blanched almond, crisp Napa cabbage, and snap pea finish with fruit tannins. A bracingly dry gruner with pleasant floral notes.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221946
12 e Mezzo
2016 Rosé Rosato del Salento IGP
Pale salmon pink color. Aromas of overripe mixed melon salad and ricotta with fresh herbs with a soft, crisp, petillant, fruity light body and a sleek, breezy underripe strawberry and peach syrup finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A fruity and playful rose for the table.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221949
12 e Mezzo
2014 Negroamaro del Salento
Ruby black color. Attractive aromas of prunes, dates, bright red cherries, and earth with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length roasted almonds and cinnamon tea finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A very enjoyable negroamaro with a great balance of fruit and earth.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222062
Cline
2014 Estate Grown Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas of clove cigarette, cassis jam, and raspberry thumbprint cookie with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length tart berry pie, rhubarb, cinnamon, and eucalyptus finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant and juicy malbec with spicy intrigue.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222172
Pizzolato
2016 Paloma Rosé Secco Spumante Italy
Pale steely salmon orange color. Aromas of ripe papaya, underripe strawberry, minerals, honeycomb, cotton candy, and coastline with a satiny, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-long brioche croutons, strawberry confection, orgeat, and lime peel finish with fine, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An elegant Italian sparkler for special occasions.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221933
Casa Barranca
2016 Coquelicot Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of orange peel, grapefruit, peach, and vanilla bean with an bright, dry medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-length fresh asparagus and lemon chiffon finish. A crowd-pleasing, vibrant sauvignon blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221921
Yorkville Cellars
2015 Rennie Vineyard Malbec
Deep purple color. Mature aromas and flavors of leather, cranberry, pine, cedar, dried mulberries, and cured meats with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a stimulating, medium-long shitake mushrooms, lingonberry jam, dark chocolate, and dried tomato finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A nicely matured Malbec for steak night.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221929
Carlton Cellars
2013 Estate Pinot Noir
Brick red color. Aromas of watermelon candies, clove, and wildberry with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy iced blueberry pastry and red licorice finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and fruity pinot noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221934
Casa Barranca
2016 Coquelicot Vineyard Malbec
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of crushed blackberries, purple flowers, strawberry tea, and wild mint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length juicy berry melange and browned pie crusts finish with medium tannins and light oak. A dense, juicy Malbec that can stand on its own.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222187
Lumos
2014 Wren Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of green apple, pear, lemon, and grand Marnier with an lively, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length pineapple and sour melon finish. A lighthearted, palate-pleasing Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222057
Beauregard Vineyards
2014 Coast Grade Vineyard Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Medium dusty ruby garnet color. Aromas of stewed peppers and raspberries, cola, mortadella, and milk chocolate with a tart, dry medium body and an odd, medium-long rosemary and cocoa nib finish with dusty tannins. An interesting, meaty Pinot Noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222047
Green Fin
2016 Pinot Grigio
Bright straw color. Aromas of red apple, pear, lime, and tropical melon with an tangy, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length nectarine and white grape finish. A refreshing, medium-bodied Pinot Grigio.
87 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222117
Stellar Organics
2017 White Colombard
Bright gold color. Interesting aromas of pineapple, dried apricot, toasted panettone, and dried pear with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a rapid finish. A crisp and fruity golden white for anytime enjoyment.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222038
Bles
2014 Crianza Valencia
Dark garnet color. Aromas of strawberry, plum, prune juice, and roasted corn with a lively, dry medium body and an appealing, medium-length sour plum and nectarine finish with fine tannins. A refreshing, medium-bodied Spanish blend.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222171
Pizzolato Fields
2016 Prosecco DOC
Straw color. Aromas of jicama, champagne vinaigrette, and watermelon rind with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, snappy lemon drop finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A light sparkler with great versatility.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221951
12 e Mezzo
2016 Primitivo
Black garnet color. Aromas of dried blueberries and buckwheat pancakes with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, brisk butterscotch and forest berry confit finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A food-friendly primitivo for effortless pairings.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221932
Casa Barranca
2016 Arts & Crafts Red Blend Santa Ynez Valley
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas of blackberry jam, rosemary, and clove with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length marinated grape leaves finish with leafy tannins. A spicy red blend for weeknight dinner.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221935
Casa Barranca
2015 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir
Medium color. Aromas of strawberry, sour cherry, oregano, green pepper, and clove with a vibrant, dry medium body and a medium-length Star Anise finish with gritty tannins. A highly structured, savory Pinot Noir.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222046
Green Fin
2016 Merlot
Dusty ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried cherries, mustard seeds, cedar, dill, and marjoram with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, breezy finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A no-fuss juicy merlot to drink right now.
86 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222049
Green Fin
2015 White Wine California
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of mandarin oranges, fruit salad, and apple tart with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a cheery cling peach, nougat, and white grape finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. A fun, fruity, patio sipper.
86 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221953
Stella Rosa
NV L'Originale Semi-Sweet Pink Italy
Pink coral color. Sweet, perfumed aromas and flavors of sweet pea, cherry slushie, violet, and strawberry cupcake with an oily, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, easy watermelon cotton candy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A very sweet and candied sparkler.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222177
Tarantas
2016 NSA Tempranillo
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed blackberries, baked mixed fruit, and taro root with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate nougat and candied almonds finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A fruit-packed Tempranillo for warm climate red lovers.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221962
TreeHugger
NV Pinot Grigio-Grillo
Straw color. Aromas of apple hand pie, frosted pear Danish, and cream cheese frosting with a round, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, short honey-lemon hard candies finish with soft tannins and no oak. A nice crusher for a hot summer day.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222119
Zeroincondotta
2016 Barbera
Black violet color. Aromas of caramel corn, butter poached apple, and butterscotch sauce with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, brisk cassis concentrate and raspberry sauce finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A rustic, full-bodied barbera that will mingle nicely with rich foods.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222055
Margins
2016 Wilson Vineyards Block 20 Chenin Blanc
Bright gold color. Aromas of cling peach, green apple in yogurt, acorn squash, furniture polish, and sawdust with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length honeycomb, cantaloupe, and stone pine finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. An intriguing creamy chenin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221931
Casa Barranca
2014 Miralaguna Vineyard Sangiovese
Black garnet color. Rustic aromas of ivory, tar, India ink, and dried forest berries with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, cheery cherry pie filling, cobbler topping, Szechwan peppercorns, and cedar chips finish with earthy, soft tannins. A fun Santa Ynez take on Sangiovese.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222096
Peter Yealands
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe gooseberry, golden apple, baked pear, and bruleed grapefruit with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk green plantain, ground nuts, and whipped cream finish with soft tannins and no oak. A soft sauvignon blanc that maintains its classic Marlborough character.
86 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221894
Frey
NV Dry Rosé California
Medium coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, clove, white pepper, and basil with a soft, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with fine tannins. A savory, peppery, well-balanced Rosé.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222028
Cottonwood Creek
2016 Pinot Grigio
Bright straw color. Aromas of green apple, lemon, pineapple, and orange with an crisp, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, breezy , kiwi, apricot, and orange rind finish. A sweet and fruity quaffer.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222169
En Memoire
2016 Malbec
Black violet color. Aromas of fruit punch, chocolate chew, licorice, and matchhead with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length almond meal, marinated grape leaves, and pickling spices finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A fruity weeknight Bordeaux that will pair well with roasted beef dishes.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222179
Granza
2015 Tempranillo
Black violet color. Aromas of egg salad, fruit punch, and pico de gallo with a round, bright, full body and a breezy cocoa powder, walnuts, and fig bar finish with gritty tannins and moderate oak. An inky wine for sturdy meals.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221920
Yorkville Cellars
2016 Brut Rosé Rennie Vineyard Malbec
Steely pink coral color. Aroma of underripe strawberry with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a medium-length kiwi, lime, rice pudding with cinnamon, and cherry pit finish with fine tannins. An attractive sparkler for celebrations or movies and popcorn.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222056
Beauregard Vineyards
2015 Bald Mountain Vineyard Estate Grown Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon meringue, bookshelf, apple, and wool with a velvety, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy sour pineapple gummies and fresh cut grass finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A distinctively bright chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222024
Cottonwood Creek
2015 White Wine California
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple and fig, caramelized brazil nuts, yeasty pastry dough, and grass with a soft, fruity light body and a buoyant melon balls, apple sauce, and nutskin finish with fine tannins and light oak. A light easy sipper.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222026
Cottonwood Creek
2015 Pinot Noir
Medium dusty ruby garnet color. Aromas of cola syrup, stewed cherries, clove, and dried leaves with a tangy, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length cherries with sour cream, charcoal, and cardamom finish with well-integrated tannins. An earthy, palate-coating Pinot Noir.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222027
Cottonwood Creek
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry pie filling, roasted nuts, and pencil lead with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk vanilla custard and cassis jam finish with a suggestion of oak. A soft, easy drinking cab.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222031
Rare Earth
2014 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of fruit salad and nougat with a bright, fruity light body and a rapid apple butter on raisin toast, spiced cling peach, and hint of pepper finish with fine, fruit tannins. A light and breezy chardonnay quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222061
Cline
2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of rubber eraser and grilled apple with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a fast apples with creme fraiche, nutskin, and cedar plank finish with a suggestion of oak. A light oaky chardonnay sipper.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222034
Green Truck
2014 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aroma of toasted marshmallow with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium body and a medium-length soft tortilla, peanut mole, and apple compote finish. A thick and rich chardonnay for weeknight meals.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222036
Green Truck
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon, pear, pineapple, and cashew with an soft, dry light body and a brisk grapefruit finish. A light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc for a hot day.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221954
Stella Rosa
NV L'Originale Semi-Sweet Platinum Italy
Yellow color. Aromas of lime slushie, vanilla, and orange dreamsicle with an oily, vibrant, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, short blue raspberry candy, airhead candy, and meringue finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A candy-lover’s wine beverage.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221896
Frey
2014 Estate Grown & Bottled Sauvignon Blanc
Medium straw green color. Aromas of lemon rind, papaya, green pepper, and asparagus with a soft, dry medium body and an odd, medium-length Sour Melon finish. A savory, vegetal Sauvignon Blanc
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222029
Cottonwood Creek
2016 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas of cajeta and fallen apple with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, brief pear syrup, stems, and chemical finish. An easy quaffer.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222030
Rare Earth
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse with berries, dried cherries and mulberries, and praline with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cocoa powder and nutskin finish with dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easy red quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221918
Yorkville Cellars
2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of grapefruit, sour apricot, plum, and lime with an tangy, dry medium body and a delightful, medium-long cantaloupe finish. A fruity, puckering Sauvignon Blanc to complement shellfish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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