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May 2018 - Midwest Wine Challenge

May 2018 - Midwest Wine Challenge
This month's Wine feature is Midwest Wine Challenge Wines

Midwest Wine Challenge Reviews

Parallel 44 2016 Estate Ice Wine Wisconsin Ledge
95 points
$55
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of golden raisins, dried apricots, butter roasted nuts, and kidd leather with a tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting, long caramelized green apples and citrus and honeyed spiced peaches finish. A great American ice wine that drinks like a fine Austrian or German riesling eiswein.
Chaumette 2016 Anrie Chambourcin
93 points
$35
Dark garnet color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of baked strawberries, oven-dried tomatoes, grassy herbal honey, and hint of wood smoke with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, complex, long choke cherries with a balsamic reduction, delicate brown spices, and cedar finish with no oak. An elegant and savory Chambourcin that will sing with grace at the table.
Easley NV Blueberry Jubilee
92 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of warm doughy blueberry pie and hint of caramelized Canadian bacon with a racy, fruity sweet medium body and a charming, medium-long sour cherry and blueberry jams on raisin toast and hint of honeyed citrus finish. A delicious, celebratory blueberry wine with great pure flavor and a superb savory meat note.
92 points $8.99 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2015  Chambourcin
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized huckleberries and oranges, macadamia gelato, roasted nuts, and tropical citrus and flowers with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, long vanilla cream and hint of violet candy finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A fantastically pure and flavorful Chambourcin with great appeal.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Door 44 NV Red Door Wisconsin
92 points
$16
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried sour cherries, baked strawberries with brown sugar, and blueberry yogurt with an bright, fruity medium body and a charming, medium-long smoked nuts and cedar, grilled watermelon with honey, and marinated beets finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A fruit-forward yet complex Marechal Foch with mouthwatering layers of flavor.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Parallel 44 2016 Estate 44 White Wisconsin Ledge
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked pineapple and apple and spiced brown butter on rice pilaf with an bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-long grilled meyer lemon with balsamic glaze, honeyed almond, and hint of grass finish with no oak. A distinctive savory white hybrid wine that drinks like an Albariño; a must-try.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Door 44 2016 Cellar Door Dessert Wine Frontenac
91 points
$21
Clear ruby color. Smoky aromas of milk chocolate with smoked sea salt, hazelnut praline, plastic wrapped wild berries, cherry candies, incense, and cinnamon-lemon tisane with honey with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, easy smoked meats, huckleberry preserves, molasses drizzled bacon, and black tea finish with soft, medium tannins and moderate oak. A distinctive and fascinating smoky-sweet wine from Wisconsin Ledge for savory or sweet pairings; try with cigars.
Montelle 2017 Dry Vignoles
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sweet tangerine, iced tea, banana candies, and pear jelly beans with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak. A silky-smooth, juicy Vignoles that will leave you craving another glass.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Augusta Winery 2017 Estate Bottled Chardonel
89 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of chopped apricot, ripe pineapple, heirloom apple tart, and soursop with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length white tea and jasmine honey finish with a suggestion of oak. A well balanced Chardonel with lots to love.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2016 Semi-Sweet White Vignoles
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe pineapple, chive blossom, and apricot with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, cheery white peach, marcona almond, daiquiri, and orange blossom finish with no oak. A delicate and springy Vignoles that will appeal to Spanish white wine drinkers.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Parallel 44 NV Frozen Tundra Semi-Sweet Hybrid White Blend American
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of soda bread, baked quince, and sultana with a supple, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a sleek, captivating, medium-long tangerine custard, praline, and mossy earth finish with no oak. A nice mouthwatering, fruity white blend with table friendly acidity and earthiness.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Door 44 2016 F2 Frontenac-Marechal Foch
89 points
$22
Clear dark ruby color. Aromas of match head, grilled watermelon slices, pomegranate-vanilla gelato, and raspberry candy straws with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a delightful, short-lived baking spices, Swisher sweets, ripe plums, varnish, and cherry candies finish. A spicy and lovable red with big fruit notes.
Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled Reserve Chardonel
89 points
$24.99
Yellow straw color. Oaky aromas of sliced peaches, whipped cream, circus peanuts, and roasted nuts with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length grilled pineapple, honey roasted nuts, and toasted coffee cake finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A toasty Chardonel to woo any California Chardonnay drinker.
89 points $24.99
Sweet Tulip NV Sweet Tulip Pink Moscato Muscat
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Coral orange color. Aromas of lavender, peach cobbler, lemon balm, and fine soaps with a satiny, bright, sweet light body and a smooth, brisk peach nectar and lemon-lime finish with no oak. A peachy sweet wine for hot-day refreshment.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Montelle NV La Rosée Missouri
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Brilliant light Siam color. Fruity aromas of sour cherry, ripe nectarine, and strawberry jam with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, buoyant grape preserve, blackberry leaf, and fruit leather finish with medium, fruit tannins and no oak. A dry, full-bodied rose packed with summer fruits.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Stone Hill NV Dry Rosé Missouri
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Clear light Siam color. Chemical, oaky aromas and flavors of toast, yellow apple and margarine with a satiny, soft, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length fallen yellow apple, buttered popcorn and toasted marshmallow finish with fruit tannins and moderate oak. A somewhat oaky rose that will appeal to chardonnay drinkers.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Door 44 NV Hybrid Rosé Sparkler Wisconsin
88 points
$21
Clear khaki orange color. Floral aromas of chrysanthemum, jasmine, cantaloupe and orange blossom water with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length compressed watermelon, peach gummies and mango finish with no oak. A vivacious, fruity sparkler with a moscato-like nose but dry and sophisticated palate.
Door 44 2016 Washington Island Hybrid Rosé Blend Wisconsin Ledge
88 points
$21
Clear brilliant Siam color. Candied, confected, fruity aromas of concord grape and cherry jolly rancher with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, breezy tart strawberry and red raspberry finish with no oak. A confected fruity nose leads to a dry and refreshing palate in this unique rose from Wisconsin Ledge.
Easley NV Sweel Barrel Red
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Brilliant Siam color. Fruity aromas of candied raspberries, rose essence, orange scented sponge cake, and wrapped candies with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp forest fruit tea and refreshing cucumber finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A patriotic crusher as sweet as America; this will be delicious with barbecue, even on the rocks.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Montelle 2017 Estate Bottled Seyval Blanc
87 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of apple-mint, pear gum, candied lemon and lime peels, and pastry cream with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a polished, relaxed orange candies finish with no oak. A refreshing summertime wine with wide appeal.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Augusta Winery 2017 Estate Bottled Vignoles
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of white peach, green tea, fruit cup, and acrylic with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length wax coated fruit candies finish with no oak. An easy-drinking fruit basket of a wine.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
No Opposition 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh churned butter, pineapple cake with buttercream, and hint of riverbed with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, breezy roasted lemon, green apple and pineapple finish with a suggestion of oak. A super buttery chardonnay sipper.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Augusta Winery 2013 Estate Bottled Vintage Port Chambourcin
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dark brown brick red color. Aromas of raisin bread, toasted coconut, molasses, spicy mexican hot chocolate, cola, salted nuts, and violet with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a peppery, delightful, medium-length carob cookies, cinnamon coffee cake, dried dark fruit, and bourbon barrel finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A very bright and spicy port-style wine with astounding acidity; cellar for several more years.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Parallel 44 NV Frozen Tundra Hybrid Red Blend Wisconsin
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Medium light garnet color. Aromas of red apple confection, sweet mint jellies, and cherry cream soda with a soft, fruity sweet light body and a sparse chocolate dipped pomegranate chews, apricot nectar, and cola finish. A nicely integrated hybrid blend from Wisconsin; pair with spicy beef.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Parallel 44 2017 Frozen Tundra Original Semi-Sweet Hybrid Rosé American
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Fruity aromas of lingonberry jam and cherry powder with a satiny, bright, off-dry light body and a sleek, breezy sugared strawberries, honeydew melon, orange blossom honey, and sun tea finish with no oak. A deliciously fruity off-dry rose perfect for leisurely summer sipping.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled Norton
87 points
$17.99
Ruby black color. Toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of buttered vanilla pound cake, boysenberry, creme Anglaise, freshly grated nutmeg, and exquisite cigar with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, breezy cinnamon raisin toast, bread pudding, chocolate dipped raspberry, and horchata finish with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious toasty, creamy Norton to try with spicy Mexican cuisine.
87 points $17.99
Door 44 2016 M Marquette
87 points
$24
Bright garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry patch, strawberry leaf, ripe red plum, tomato vine, bouillon, and rose petal with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk underripe raspberry, dried white strawberry, cherry gelatin, white pepper, and cherry Danish finish. A cherry-bomb of a wine that will be best with a slight chill.
Easley NV Reggae White
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Fruity, candied aromas and flavors of apricot nectar, honeysuckle, jasmine tea, Botan rice candy, and match head with a soft, bright, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, short ripe cantaloupe finish with no oak. A light and breezy summer sipper.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Sweet Tulip NV Sweet Tulip Red
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Light Siam color. Aromas and flavors of grape soda, root beer, and mandarins in syrup with a soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a fleeting grape candy and lemon sorbet finish. An all-American wine to pair with spicy barbecue or fried chicken.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2016 Estate Bottled Vidal Blanc
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of pear soufflé, lychee, pineapples in yogurt, lemony omelet, and seeded crackers with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, cheery lime zest and mineral finish with no oak. A dry, bright and citrusy Vidal Blanc for zesty summer sipping.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled Chardonel
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of toasted marshmallow, hazelnut praline, salted caramel on pistachio gelato, and apple compote with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length toasty oak, charred nuts, and funnel cake finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A toasty Chardonel for oak lovers.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2016 Estate Bottled Semi-Dry White Traminette
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of roman candles, apricot fruit leather, Jell-O, and iced tea with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant finish with no oak. A smoky and festive Traminette built for American summers.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Parallel 44 2015 Drink Pink! Hybrid Rosé Blend Wisconsin
86 points
$18
Clear ruby color. Aroma of pomegranate juice with a soft, tart, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk cranberry cocktail, pressed raspberry and sour red candies finish with no oak. A tangy yet slightly sweet rose perfect to pair with a creamy summer dish.
Cross J Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled Norton
86 points
$24.99
Ruby black color. Exotic aromas of fresh figs and dates, north African spices, and honey drizzled rose petals with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length baklava, raspberry Danish, green apple candies, and clove finish with a suggestion of oak. A compelling Norton that will serve as a fun summer red with a slight chill.
86 points $24.99
Augusta Winery 2017 Estate Bottled Seyval Blanc
85 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of juicy watermelon and cantaloupe, clementine marmalade, white flowers, and finger limes with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a quick green apple sorbet and wrapped apricot candy finish with no oak. A friendly and cheerful Seyval Blanc.
85 points $5.99 Best Buy
Easley NV Reggae Red
85 points
$6.99
Clear tomato bisque color. Aromas of grape popsicles and cherry fruit roll up with a soft, shy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a medium-length chinotto and candied watermelon finish. A sweet summertime quaffer; serve chilled.
85 points $6.99
Sweet Tulip NV White Moscato
85 points
$6.99
Pale silvery straw color. Floral aromas of honeysuckle, cinnamon, chamomile, menthol-mint, and tea with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a breezy sliced peaches, lemon-lime soda, and cashew finish. A fruity patio pounder for the summer months.
85 points $6.99
No Opposition NV Red Blend
85 points
$9.99
Indigo color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, spumoni, and pink pepper with a soft, bright, fruity medium body and a medium-length cherry jam and juice, roasted nuts, and cedar finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A very fruity, easy drinking sipper or pair with burgers and bbq.
85 points $9.99
Parallel 44 NV White La Crescent
85 points
$18
Silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple blossom, caramelized pear, roasted nuts, and leaves and grass with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spiced green apple, melon, lemon granita, and pressed flowers finish. A tangy, earthy white with refreshing acidity.
Tickle Me! NV Rhubarb Wine South Dakota
85 points
$20.95
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of white strawberries and citrus, rhubarb spritz, and brewer’s yeast with a tangy, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a cheery sour cherry with lemon zest and raisin compote finish. A bright and snappy fruit wine.
85 points $20.95
Parallel 44 2016 Petite Pearl Reserve Hybrid Red Blend Wisconsin Ledge
85 points
$33
Clear ruby color. Aromas of smoked persimmon, herbs de Provence, pickled carrot, snap peas in dill vinaigrette, cranberry sauce, and fennel fronds with a soft, crisp, dryish medium body and a fast cilantro, orris root, grilled grapes, and ripe plum finish. A unique wine with herbal notes.
Augusta Winery 2017 Estate Bottled Vidal Blanc
84 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of lychee, honeysuckle, orange flower, and lime cordial with a soft, fruity thin body and a graceful, brisk dried pineapple and tinned pears finish with no oak. A perfumed Vidal Blanc that exudes the essence of spring.
84 points $5.99 Best Buy
Easley NV Reggae Blush
84 points
$6.99
Salmon orange color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grape candies, banana runts candies, and juice box with a supple, bright, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, brisk wheat grass, orange spree, and peach tea finish with no oak. An easy-drinking, sweet crusher that will be great with casual barbecue.
84 points $6.99
Easley NV Cranberry Jubilee Muscat
84 points
$8.99
Coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry and rhubarb jam, berry scented candle, and conditioned suede with a crisp, off-dry medium body and a breezy cranberry sauce and balloon finish. A tangy, earthy cranberry wine that will pair nicely with cheeses.
84 points $8.99
No Opposition 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$9.99
Clear garnet color. Aromas of pickled carrot, grilled green pepper, and plum butter with a supple, tangy, bone-dry medium body and a brisk plum pie, charred parchment, and wood shavings finish with no oak. A remarkably crisp cab for lighter fare and outdoor parties.
84 points $9.99
Stone Hill NV Steinberg Semi-Sweet Red Missouri
84 points
$9.99
Brilliant dark pink coral color. Aromas of clove, bacon, smoked raspberry fruit leather, and saddle with a supple, bright, off-dry light body and a sleek, easy strawberry lollipop, wrapped green apple candies, and butterscotch finish with no oak. An effortlessly fruity quaffer.
84 points $9.99
Door 44 2016 Pink Door Hybrid Rosé Blend Wisconsin Ledge
84 points
$16
Sunburst amber color. Fruity, grassy, candied aromas of grape skittles and fresh cut grass with a supple, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, brisk strawberries in syrup and grenadine finish with no oak. A deceptively sweet rose with red fruit notes to spare, save it for dessert.
Door 44 NV White Hybrid Blend Bubbler Wisconsin
84 points
$21
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of underripe pineapple, almond pastry, white tea, and peony with a satiny, bright, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy soursop shrub, cajeta, and fallen yellow apple finish with no oak. A zippy sparkler from Wisconsin.
Chaumette 2016 Unoaked Chardonel
84 points
$24
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of carrot cake with coconut frosting and cinnamon dusted heirloom apples with a satiny, tart, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk lemon supremes and cream soda finish with a suggestion of oak. A tart little number for midwestern summer heat.
Parallel 44 2016 Vintners Reserve Hybrid Red Blend Wisconsin Ledge
84 points
$29
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of fruitcake, prunes, dried fig, and banana skin with a silky, racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, brisk blackberry jam, ink, mulberry relish, and cinnamon finish. A dark and juicy wine for beef.
Door 44 NV White Door Seyval Blanc Wisconsin
83 points
$16
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of soft crepes, iced tea with lemon, and cucumber spa water with a lean, soft, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a smooth, short-lived finish with no oak. A Seyval blanc for effortless quaffing.
Washington Pavilion 2017 Off-Dry Rosé Frontenac Gris
83 points
$18.95
Brilliant reddish amber color. Aromas of shaved beet salad, maple-walnut cream, dill broth, and Carolina barbecue spices with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy Ukrainian cold borscht and marinated raspberries finish with no oak. A very savory rose for Eastern European fare.
83 points $18.95
Washington Pavilion NV  Marquette
82 points
$19.95
Dark brown brick red color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of grilled tomato, dill broth, sunflower seeds, dandelion, and three bean salad with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, fast turnip finish. A curious, savory wine from South Dakota; a natural paring for grilled cheese.
82 points $19.95
Rushmore Red NV  South Dakota
81 points
$17.95
Dark garnet color. Unusual aromas of menthol, sundried tomato, dried fig, cherry rootbeer, and peppercorn with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, scant charred beets, charred pine nuts, kidney beans, and pickled okra finish. A savory tipple for the hunter’s table.
81 points $17.95
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