Best Cellar Selections For Wine

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Renteria
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque violet color. Inviting, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, dark chocolate mint, and cassis pastry with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, long berry-cherry custard tart, melted toffee, and delicate baking spices finish with silky, soft tannins and moderate oak. A plush, juicy Napa cabernet with bright fruit and seamless balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214105
Opaque
2010 Petit Verdot
Black garnet color. Bright, exotic, earthy aromas of dried cassis and herbs, saddle leather, bloody meat, and clay with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, medium-long nuts, baking and peppery spices, oak, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully savory and old world styled petit verdot that drinks like a right bank Bordeaux.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218155
Mr. Riggs
2014 The Magnet Grenache
Garnet black color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of berry chutney, chocolate mint, and menthol lozenge with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a complex, long huckleberry jam on toast, exotic spices, and nut brittle finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A sensationally spicy and flavorful grenache that hits all of the high notes.
96 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217586
Peachy Canyon
NV Port Zinfandel
Dusty brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of buttery praline and toffee, honeyed berries and citrus, and suede with a satiny, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length spiced cherries and apricots, honeyed golden raisins, sweet and peppery spices, and nuts finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A superb, complex domestic port-style wine with long waves of rich berry, spice and honey flavors and an enticing layer of ice wine like stone fruits.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217713
St. Clair Winery
NV Kiva New Mexico
Medium dark amber copper color. Fruity, spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of orange marmalade and spice cake, orange brandy liqueur, and honeyed dried apricot with a round, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, long spiced apples and peaches, white toffee, and vanilla cream finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A superb orange flavored fortified wine of the highest order; make sure to try in cocktails too.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215777
Michael Gill Cellars
2014 "Black Tie" Syrah
Opaque dark black garnet color. Bright, fruity, smoky toasty savory aromas and flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans and bacon berry doughnut with a lively, fruity full body and a peppery, layered, medium-long creme brulee, spicy berry compote, and buttery praline finish with silky, soft tannins and moderate oak. A rich, seamless, and satisfying fruit-driven syrah with lots of stuffing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214824
Jarvis
2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque dark brown brick color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of purple hard candy - blackberry, toasted coconut, mulberry cobbler, and spiced berries - cedar with a tannic, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, charming, medium-length finish with chewy, crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218648
Riboli Family Vineyard
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of berry tart, toffee, sandalwood, and pickling spice and dried meat with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, refreshing, long spiced nuts, blood orange, and pepper finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A full throttled Napa cabernet with plenty of juicy flavors and oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218098
Maroon Wines
2012 Maroon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of berry compote, nougat, and clay with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long cassis yogurt, cedar, forest floor, and olives finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A sumptuous and nuanced cabernet with a very Old World like elegance and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216852
Chocalan
2013 "Vitrum" Malbec
Dark deep purple color. Complex, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of spiced berries and meats, caramelized yams, vanilla toffee, and rice pudding with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long cherry chutney, nutskins, and earth finish with fine, chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A wonderfully spicy and savory malbec that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab