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October 2016 - World Value Wine Challenge

October 2016 - World Value Wine Challenge
This month's Wine feature is World Value Wine Challenge Wines

World Value Wine Challenge Reviews

Axel 2014  Carmenere
95 points
$20
Best Buy
Bright violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, olives, currant chutney, and clay and leather with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long finish with shades of delicate spice, chocolate mint, and forest floor with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sumptuous and supple Old World styled Carmenère for all occasions.
Awards: '2016 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Chilean Carmenère
95 points $20 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2015  Merlot
94 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry tart, melted chocolate mint, and hint of menthol and eucalyptus with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish displaying notes of pomegranate-cranberry chutney, nutskin, pepper jelly, and cedar with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, chewy merlot with lots of spicy and herbal complexity.
Awards: '2016 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Merlot
94 points $17.99 Best Buy
Komodo Dragon 2014 Red Blend Columbia Valley
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, berry pie, and dulce de leche gelato with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish that exhibits suggestions of toffee and spiced cherries with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A seamless, inviting red blend that is sure to satisfy.
Awards: '2016 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value US Other US Red
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Axel 2014  Syrah
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Bright dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berries, pickled beets and pepper and gherkins with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with elements of roasted peppers, dried fruits, and chocolate nuts with silky, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, stylish syrah with sumptuous fruit and sleek tannins.
Awards: '2016 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under'
93 points $20 Best Buy
Concannon Vineyard 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of strawberry cranberry tart, vanilla toffee, and lilacs with a silky, bright, fruity full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with impressions of pickled cassis and melon, spiced apple, and cocoa nuts with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A silky, precisely balanced cabernet with pure berry fruit and restrained oak.
Awards: '2016 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under'
93 points $20 Best Buy
Ramello 2013 Superiore Barbera dAsti DOCG
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of black raspberries, banana bread, watermelon relish, and tropical blossoms with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish revealing overtones of pomegranate and rhubarb, hint of grass and herbs, and toasted cranberry bread with honey with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lively and evolving red with nice waves of flavor.
Awards: '2016 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Italian Barbera
93 points $20 Best Buy
Las Palmeras 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Dull garnet black color. Smoky, savory aromas and flavors of grilled peppers, olives, roasted berries, and hint of jerky with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long finish with shades of spiced cherries, dried currants, and chocolate mint with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. An interesting combination of smokiness and juiciness that will play nicely with grilled meats–very distinctive.
Awards: '2016 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value US Cabernet Sauvignon Exceptional Value
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Savory aromas and flavors of olives, huckleberry jam on buttered toast, eucalyptus, and chocolate mint with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that presents touches of spiced blueberries, toffee, and sandalwood with crunchy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A bright, refreshing red wine that will be a Swiss Army knife at the table.
Awards: '2016 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under'
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Kim Crawford 2015  Pinot Noir
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, chocolate roasted nuts, and pencil graphite with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a charming, medium-long finish that presents notes of macaroon, strawberry compote, and honeyed herbs with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, precisely made pinot noir with instant appeal.
Awards: '2016 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value New Zealand Pinot Noir
92 points $19 Best Buy
Peachy Canyon 2013 "Cirque du Vin" Red Blend Paso Robles
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Opaque black ruby color. Herbal, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy pickle, berry compote, and smoked peppercorns with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-length finish revealing notes of roasted root vegetables, mulberries, vanilla nuts, and coconut with crunchy, dusty tannins. A rich, savory, dry red wine with a nice combination of old and new world qualities that will shine at the table.
Awards: '2016 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under'
92 points $19 Best Buy
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