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May 2017 - Midwest Wine Challenge

May 2017 - Midwest Wine Challenge
This month's Wine feature is Midwest Wine Challenge Wines

Midwest Wine Challenge Reviews

Stone Hill 2014 Red Wine Chambourcin
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fruity, spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam on pineapple scone and apricot cobbler with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish imparting notes of vanilla nut brittle, tropical fruit salad, and hint of oak with well-integrated, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A wonderfully flavorful and fruity Chambourcin with great style.
Awards: 2017 Best Chambourcin
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2010 Blanc de Blanc Methode Champenoise Missouri
90 points
$18.99
Light golden yellow color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of sherry, potpourri, spiced golden delicious apples, and granola in yogurt with honey with a vibrant, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a charming, medium-length finish with accents of kiwi lime relish, green apples, and toasted nuts with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lovely example of a Missouri sparkling wine full of autumn spice.
90 points $18.99
Stone Hill 2014 Estate Bottled Red Wine Norton
90 points
$19.99
Garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry pie crust, spiced custard, and toasted meringue with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of dark roasted nuts and peppers, chocolate pomegranate, mint and orange, marinated beets, and cedar with moderate oak flavor. A delightfully savory and spicy red that will shine at the table.
90 points $19.99
Cross J Vineyards 2013 Estate Bottled Red Wine Norton
90 points
$25.99
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of spiced limes, cedar, pistachio brittle, and chocolate berries with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, medium-long finish that presents notes of roasted root vegetables, pomegranate, nutskin, and vanilla cream with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nicely oaked Norton with serious structure for the hunter’s table or the cellar.
90 points $25.99
Falling Waters Winery NV Reserve Syrah
89 points
$24
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of black fruits and dentine gum, toasted yeast and barnyard, clay, and pepper with a crisp, dry full body and an interesting, swift finish with earthy tannins and light oak flavor. An easy wine with classic Syrah scents and flavors.
Rusty Bridge NV Duct Tape Red Lake Michigan Shore
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced pomegranates, sandalwood, dusty grapes, and crushed gravel with a lively, dryish full body and a distinctive, breezy finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky smooth red wine.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Stone Hill NV Hermannsberger Brand Red Blend Missouri
88 points
$11.49
Opaque dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasted wild yeast, huckleberries, strawberry kool-aid powder, and crushed gravel with an tangy, dry full body and an interesting, breezy finish with earthy, woody tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A quaffable yet funky wine.
88 points $11.49
Stone Hill NV Steinberg White Blend Missouri
88 points
$11.49
Bright light gold color. Aromas of peach cobbler, spiced lemon curd, pressed linen, and potter’s clay with a lively, dryish full body and a complex, breezy finish with cottony, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An inviting, spicy wine that will thrive at the table next to pork.
88 points $11.49
Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled Reserve Vignoles
87 points
$15.99
Bright light gold color. Aromas of fresh green grass, apple fruit leather, and pineapple husk with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium honeyed heirloom nectarine jam, salted parker house rolls, and mango custard finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A very nice off-dry and fruity wine with great salinity.
87 points $15.99
Rusty Bridge NV Duct Tape White Lake Michigan Shore
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas of spiced asian pears, baked lemons, cinnamon bark, and citra hops with a crisp, dry full body and an intricate, crisp finish with earthy, woody tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An interesting wine with notes of exotic spices.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled Traminette
86 points
$11.49
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Fruity, floral aromas of elderflower, lychee and dried apricot, and garden leaf with a supple, bright, fruity thin body and a easy light rose water, dried almond slices, and tinned lychee syrup finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice floral escape for Riesling lovers.
86 points $11.49 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2015 Semi-Sweet Vignoles
85 points
$11.49
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of overripe and fallen peach and solvent with a crisp, dry light body and a hot, relaxed finish that exhibits shades of peach pit, tomatillo, salty olive oil, and fondant covered apricot bon bon with leafy, fruit tannins. A peachy table wine with mature fruit character.
85 points $11.49
Stone Hill NV Sweet Red Wine Concord
84 points
$7.99
Bright ruby color. Aromas of solvent, black pepper, and grape soda with a glycerous, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A grape bomb; try with peanut butter and jelly.
84 points $7.99
Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled Vidal Blanc
84 points
$7.99
Bright bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried peaches and apricots, lemon pith and yellow cherries, solvent, and clay with an tangy, dry full body and a complex, brisk finish with earthy tannins and no oak flavor. A wine with an astonishing array of fruit aromas.
84 points $7.99
Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled Reserve Traminette
84 points
$15.99
Pale yellow straw color. Sweet, floral aromas and flavors of candied peach blossom, peach gummies, fresh celery, and watermelon relish with a lean, soft, bitter light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish displaying touches of fresh flower petals, straight rose water, coconut, and ume with earthy tannins and no oak flavor. An ultra-floral table wine with gentle texture.
84 points $15.99
Baroda Founders 2012 Dry Riesling
83 points
$10
Pale light golden yellow color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon pith and wet stones with a satiny, tangy, dry light-to-medium body and a swift finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A lemony quaffer for spritzes or hors d’ouerves pairings.
Forgotten Fire NV 1871 Red Blend American
83 points
$19
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry and grape sorbets, bubble gum, violet candy, and eraser with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, breezy finish imparting nuances of gomme syrup, sour sop, and nutshell with crunchy, barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. An interesting fruity red blend with a gum-like quality.
Forgotten Fire NV Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
80 points
$24
Nearly opaque brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of red currant, bubble bath, pop tart, and saw dust with a crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a short finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A simple and sweet red.
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