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July 2019 - Eco-Wine Challenge

July 2019 - Eco-Wine Challenge
This month's Wine feature is Eco-Wine Challenge Wines

Eco-Wine Challenge Reviews

Cline 2017 Estate Grown Syrah
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of fertile earth, cola, bell pepper, green peppercorns, and smokehouse with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a peppery, charming, long boysenberry and griddlecakes finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold, smoky Syrah for substantial pairings.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Chateau Porto Carras 2010 Red Blend P.D.O. Meliton Slopes
92 points
$26
Garnet black color. Mature aromas of cherry coulis, dried herbs, tobacco, and marinated mushrooms with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, compelling, medium-long fine oak, nutmeg, and aniseed finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A drink-it-now Greek red that offers a silky-smooth texture, refined flavors, and big-time pairing potential.
Candoni 2016 Elviana Red Blend Veneto IGP
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty dark violet color. Fruity aromas of pomegranate, mulberry, sour cherry, dried mint, leather, and garlic with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-long macerated strawberry, rosemary and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A tasty Italian red with great food affinity.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Pacific Redwood NV Organic Red Blend California
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of mulberry preserves, menthol-mint, tobacco, and vanilla buttercream with a slightly chewy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long berry relish, caramel, and black licorice finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich California red with lipsmaking berry flavors complimented by satisfying tannins; sure to please fan of the style.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Candoni 2018  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of pressed flowers and lemon zest with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length white peach, lemon verbena, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A classic Pinot Grigio with great acidity and a food-friendly style.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Gran Barón NV Brut Bio Cava DO
90 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe tangerine, chamomile, honey, dried peach, caramel, and straw with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish revealing nuances of toasted almond croissant with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A palate-pleasing Cava.
90 points $14.95 Best Buy
Frey NV Organic Agriculturist Red Blend Mendocino
89 points
$12.50
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry preserves, chocolate covered caramel, tangerine zest, and beignets with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, engaging, medium-length finish that shows accents of roasted walnut, genache, and licorice with moderate oak flavor. An oak-centric palate pleaser.
89 points $12.50 Best Buy
Candoni 2018 Organic Pinot Grigio
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, kumquat, white strawberry, honey, orange blossom, and melon with a silky, vibrant, light body and a seamless, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A super-juicy yet dry Pinot Grigio that will be a dream with seafood and friends.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Polvaro Tenuta 2018  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of sponge cake, almond syrup, white peach, and spring florals with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, compelling, breezy finish displaying elements of gala apple, white tea, melon, and young peas with no oak flavor. A spot-on classic Pinot Grigio that offers a beautiful expression of the varietal.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Frey 2015 Biodynamic Zinfandel
89 points
$20
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of charred oak, cherry syrup, eucalyptus, and patent leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of pine and sour cherry pastry with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An herbaceous and table-friendly wine with piles of pure Zinfandel character.
Assyrtiko 2018  P.G.I. Halkidiki
89 points
$23
Pale pale khaki color. Aromas of candied lemon, parker rolls, baked peach, and toasted almonds with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length citrus zest, fresh herbs, and sea spray finish. A fresh, food-friendly Assyrtiko with a hint of salinity; an ultra-refreshing summer wine.
Frey 2018 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$18
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe berries, chocolate fudge, and graham cracker with a lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length finish with impressions of blueberry, nasturtium, cedar, graphite, and coconut with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A full-bodied Cabernet with interesting herbal nuance; should develop and age quite well.
LimNeon 2017  Limnio
88 points
$22
Deep purple color. Earthy aromas of baked blackberry, fresh parsley, spice cabinet, fertile earth, and orange zest with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length black pepper and cured meats finish with moderate oak flavor. A spicy Greek red with table-friendly tannins and a great herbaceous pop; distinctive and fun.
Carletto 2018  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of lemon bar and minerals with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy lime curd finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and clean Pinot Grigio with wide appeal.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Candoni 2018  Pinot Noir
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, granola bar, and slate with a supple, dryish light body and a smooth, rapid finish that shows overtones of candied orange and cherry chutney with a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid Pinot Noir that will play well at the table.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Pacific Redwood NV Organic Pinot Noir
85 points
$12
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry cobbler a la mode, plum compote, toasted pecans, cooked agave, and sage with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, brisk finish with notes of nuts in milk chocolate and tamarind candy with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, fruit-forward Pinot Noir with kisses of sweetness; wide-appealing.
Hona 2018 Low Sulfites Bordeaux AOC
84 points
$14.99
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of concord grape, grape soda, and banana with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk finish with notes of pencil shavings with light oak flavor. A fruit-bomb with wide appeal.
84 points $14.99
Frey NV Organic Chardonnay
84 points
$15
Golden straw color. Aromas of teriyaki, apricot jam, date cake, rum-raisin, and dried orange with a coarse, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length ripe banana, buttered kale, and charred nuts finish with leafy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A funky Chardonnay for creative pairings.
Domènech Vidal 2018 Freyé Eco Xarel.lo
84 points
$18.95
Straw color. Aromas of lemon spritz and custard with a supple, bright, dryish light body and an effortless, quick chalk and hint of tea finish. A clean and crisp quaffer for the warm months.
84 points $18.95
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