Best Cellar Selections For Wine

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
213804
Williamsburg Winery
2013 "Adagio" Red Virginia
Dark nearly opaque deep purple color. Delicate, earthy aromas of olive and pepper focaccia, chocolate craisins, and herbs with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-long roasted root vegetables, brown spices, buttery caramelized nuts, and earth finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A supple and savory red blend that will excel with beef dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214418
Barone Montalto
2013 Nero d'Avola-Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of raisins and craisins, chocolate nuts, peppery spices, and cedar with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-length vanilla berry torte, earth, and pencil shavings finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid red for the table.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213794
Pollak Vineyards
2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark violet color. Interesting, floral aromas and flavors of exotic blossoms, lady grey tea, bouillon, and pomegranate with an even, racy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, involved, medium-length tart cherries, pickled tomatoes, and nutskins and nutshells finish with firm, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A firm, tangy cabernet sauvignon for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213817
Lawer Estates
2013 Betsys Vineyard Petite Sirah
Black violet color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of dried blueberries and sour cherries and spiced smoked nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long vanilla nuts, pickled beets, and cedar mulch finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A rich, dense, tannic and appealing red wine for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213970
Cloak & Dagger
2012 Illuminatus Reserve Sangiovese
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, meaty aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, bouillon, and toasted chestnuts with an oily, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length spiced nougat, earth, and chocolate cream finish with chewy, firm tannins. A very nice and savory sangiovese with good structure for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213807
Williamsburg Winery
2013 Reserve Petit Verdot
Dark deep purple color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy berry compote, buttery vanilla toffee, floral honeycomb, and ink with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length roasted beets, toasty cedar, delicate spice, and nut skins and shells finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A very nice, dry and savory red wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213878
Parmelee-Hill
2012 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Hazy bright garnet color. Bright, fruity, savory aromas of baked cherries and beets and chocolate nut torte with a silky, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length spiced sour cherries, tomato chutney, and nuts finish with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fun and engaging and savory pinot noir that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213948
Johnson Estate
2013 Estate Grown Vidal Blanc
Pale straw color. Floral aromas of geraniums and dandelion, melon rind, floral honeycomb, and rubber sap with a silky, tangy, off-dry light body and an even, stimulating, relaxed spiced apple and nectarine, edible flowers, and wintergreen finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A dainty, earthy lightly floral white wine that will make a nice aperitif.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab