Best Cellar Selections For Wine

213484
Roland Champion
NV Cuvee Aramis Brut Champagne
Brilliant pale yellow straw color. Lively, complex aromas of honeyed biscuit, buttery praline, and poached Asian pear with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant, long creme brulee, white balsamic reduced lemon, spiced nuts and tangerines, and grassy earth and minerals finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A layered and vibrant champagne with cascading waves of fresh and mature flavors.
95 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213628
Selene Vineyard
2014 Malbec
Bright dark opaque indigo color. Bright, savory, waxy aromas and flavors of black olives, roasted peppers, dried berries, and clay with an oily, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length pomegranate, cherry skin, toffee, and peppercorns finish with silky, chewy tannins and moderate oak. An elegant, savory, old world styled malbec that drinks a lot like a Saint Emilion.
95 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213777
Refuge & Prospect
2010 "Into the Void" Columbia Valley
Dark dusty ruby color. Bright, baked, savory aromas and flavors of tomato sauce, roasted red peppers, dried berries, and cooked meat with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long spiced nuts, creme brulee, and cedar finish with crunchy, coating, fine tannins and moderate oak. A fun, meaty savory red that will excel with Italian dishes.
94 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213576
Monte De Oro
2011 Estate Grown Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium ruby black color. Delicate, inviting, fruity toasty aromas and flavors of warm berry custard, spiced nuts, clay, and mixed peppercorns with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long spicy nougat, cornichon, blueberry tart, and eucalyptus finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A superbly savory and appetizing cabernet with lots of layers of flavor in a claret style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213940
Castrucci
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark black garnet color. Interesting, fruity spicy aromas and flavors of roasted berries, sweet potatoes, and peppers, mixed peppercorns, toasted herb bread, and chocolate nuts with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, elegant, medium-long olive tapenade, brown spices, and sandalwood finish with moderate oak. A fabulously plush, fruity, spicy and multilayered cabernet sauvignon.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213858
Canyon Wind
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced blackberries and mulberries, chocolate citrus peels, pink peppercorn, and dried flowers with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long berry pie, vanilla cream, candied yams, and pencil shavings finish with silky, dusty tannins and light oak. A juicy, appetizing cabernet that will be very versatile.
93 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213636
Arabella
2014 Shiraz
Bright dark nearly opaque garnet color. Bright, savory, smoky meaty aromas and flavors of caramelized bacon, berry tart, and praline with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-long blueberry pie a la mode, nuts, and delicate sweet spices finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid, easy drinking shiraz that is sure to please.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213530
Riva Leone
2012 Barbaresco DOCG
Dusty brick red color. Bright, complex aromas and flavors of sundried tomatoes, dried berries, olives, and wax and roasted leaves with an oily, lively, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length cranberries, cedar, and earth finish with firm, earthy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, appetizing, savory Italian red that is very table friendly.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213531
Riva Leone
2010 Barolo DOCG
Dark burnt sienna color. Bright, savory, complex rustic aromas and flavors of honey roasted tomatoes, dried cherries and olives, waxy honeycomb, and hint of tar and ink with a creamy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long pomegranate, cedar dust, minerals, and toffee finish with dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A savory, toothsome Barolo with nice balance.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213650
WaterMark
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque black ruby color. Bright, savory, meaty aromas of berry compote, marinated meat, polished wood and ink, and pepper and tamari with a supple, tangy, medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long spiced blueberries and cassis, candied yams, peppery spices, and cedar finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice oaky Napa cabernet with appetizing tangy fruit.
93 points $37.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab