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Reviews for 2019

July 2019 - Eco-Wine Challenge

July 2019 - Eco-Wine Challenge
This month's Wine feature is Eco-Wine Challenge Wines

Eco-Wine Challenge Reviews

Chateau Porto Carras 2010 Red Blend P.D.O. Meliton Slopes
92 points
Garnet black color. Mature aromas of cherry coulis, dried herbs, tobacco, and marinated mushrooms with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, compelling, medium-long fine oak, nutmeg, and aniseed finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A drink-it-now Greek red that offers a silky-smooth texture, refined flavors, and big-time pairing potential.
Cline 2017 Estate Grown Syrah
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of fertile earth, cola, bell pepper, green peppercorns, and smokehouse with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a peppery, charming, long boysenberry and griddlecakes finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold, smoky Syrah for substantial pairings.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Candoni 2016 Elviana Red Blend Veneto IGP
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty dark violet color. Fruity aromas of pomegranate, mulberry, sour cherry, dried mint, leather, and garlic with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-long macerated strawberry, rosemary and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A tasty Italian red with great food affinity.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Pacific Redwood NV Organic Red Blend California
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of mulberry preserves, menthol-mint, tobacco, and vanilla buttercream with a slightly chewy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long berry relish, caramel, and black licorice finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich California red with lipsmaking berry flavors complimented by satisfying tannins; sure to please fan of the style.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Candoni 2018  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of pressed flowers and lemon zest with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length white peach, lemon verbena, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A classic Pinot Grigio with great acidity and a food-friendly style.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Gran Barón NV Brut Bio Cava DO
90 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe tangerine, chamomile, honey, dried peach, caramel, and straw with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish revealing nuances of toasted almond croissant with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A palate-pleasing Cava.
90 points $14.95 Best Buy
Assyrtiko 2018  P.G.I. Halkidiki
89 points
Pale pale khaki color. Aromas of candied lemon, parker rolls, baked peach, and toasted almonds with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length citrus zest, fresh herbs, and sea spray finish. A fresh, food-friendly Assyrtiko with a hint of salinity; an ultra-refreshing summer wine.
Frey NV Organic Agriculturist Red Blend Mendocino
89 points
$12.50
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry preserves, chocolate covered caramel, tangerine zest, and beignets with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, engaging, medium-length finish that shows accents of roasted walnut, ganache, and licorice with moderate oak flavor. An oak-centric palate pleaser.
89 points $12.50 Best Buy
Candoni 2018 Organic Pinot Grigio
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, kumquat, white strawberry, honey, orange blossom, and melon with a silky, vibrant, light body and a seamless, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A super-juicy yet dry Pinot Grigio that will be a dream with seafood and friends.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Polvaro Tenuta 2018  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of sponge cake, almond syrup, white peach, and spring florals with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, compelling, breezy finish displaying elements of gala apple, white tea, melon, and young peas with no oak flavor. A spot-on classic Pinot Grigio that offers a beautiful expression of the varietal.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Frey 2015 Biodynamic Zinfandel
89 points
$20
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of charred oak, cherry syrup, eucalyptus, and patent leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of pine and sour cherry pastry with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An herbaceous and table-friendly wine with piles of pure Zinfandel character.
LimNeon 2017  Limnio
88 points
Deep purple color. Earthy aromas of baked blackberry, fresh parsley, spice cabinet, fertile earth, and orange zest with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length black pepper and cured meats finish with moderate oak flavor. A spicy Greek red with table-friendly tannins and a great herbaceous pop; distinctive and fun.
Frey 2018 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$18
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe berries, chocolate fudge, and graham cracker with a lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length finish with impressions of blueberry, nasturtium, cedar, graphite, and coconut with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A full-bodied Cabernet with interesting herbal nuance; should develop and age quite well.
Carletto 2018  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of lemon bar and minerals with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy lime curd finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and clean Pinot Grigio with wide appeal.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Candoni 2018  Pinot Noir
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, granola bar, and slate with a supple, dryish light body and a smooth, rapid finish that shows overtones of candied orange and cherry chutney with a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid Pinot Noir that will play well at the table.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Pacific Redwood NV Organic Pinot Noir
85 points
$12
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry cobbler a la mode, plum compote, toasted pecans, cooked agave, and sage with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, brisk finish with notes of nuts in milk chocolate and tamarind candy with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, fruit-forward Pinot Noir with kisses of sweetness; wide-appealing.
Hona 2018 Low Sulfites Bordeaux AOC
84 points
$14.99
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of concord grape, grape soda, and banana with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk finish with notes of pencil shavings with light oak flavor. A fruit-bomb with wide appeal.
84 points $14.99
Frey NV Organic Chardonnay
84 points
$15
Golden straw color. Aromas of teriyaki, apricot jam, date cake, rum-raisin, and dried orange with a coarse, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length ripe banana, buttered kale, and charred nuts finish with leafy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A funky Chardonnay for creative pairings.
Domènech Vidal 2018 Freyé Eco Xarel.lo
84 points
$18.95
Straw color. Aromas of lemon spritz and custard with a supple, bright, dryish light body and an effortless, quick chalk and hint of tea finish. A clean and crisp quaffer for the warm months.
84 points $18.95
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