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April 2021 - Midwest Wine Challenge

April 2021 - Midwest Wine Challenge
This month's Wine feature is Midwest Wine Challenge Wines

Midwest Wine Challenge Reviews

Mount Pleasant Estates NV Tawny Port Library Volume XX Augusta, Missouri
95 points
$58
Medium steely amber color. Aromas of candied walnut, soy sauce, pecans, and brine with a fat body and a polished, layered, medium-long white peppercorn, marzipan, sesame oil, butterscotch, and burnt honey finish with no oak flavor. A sweet, savory and nutty Port-style Fortified Wine; well-balanced and perfect to elevate all kinds of dessert pairings.
Awards: 2021 Best Port-Style Wine
Mount Pleasant Estates NV Claret Red Blend Missouri
86 points
$30
Medium ruby color. Aromas and flavors of baked black plum, black cherry, blackberry jam, and vanilla with a soft, tart, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, medium finish with overtones of blood orange, tart strawberry, fresh persimmon, and snap pea with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy Red Blend bursting with dark fruit flavors.
Mount Pleasant Estates 2020 Estates Vignoles
85 points
$33
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime peel, green banana, clementine peel, and canned pear with a supple, racy, dryish medium body and a smooth, refreshing, breezy finish with impressions of fresh pressed apple juice, rainier cherry, and bruléed pear. A dry and fruit-forward, zippy Vignoles for the brunch table.
Mount Pleasant Estates 2019  Chardonel
85 points
$35
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter, vanilla bean, and grilled peach with a velvety, lively, dry medium-full body and a graceful, fast finish with accents of coconut, orange zest, Greek yogurt, and bananas foster with moderate oak flavor. A silky mouthfeel and rich flavors combine for an enjoyable Chardonel that can stand on its own.
Virant Vineyards 2018 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$60
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries, strawberry jam, fresh blackberry, tobacco, and roasted green pepper with a supple, lively, dry medium body and a smooth, brisk brown mushroom, dried plum, sun dried tomato, and olive tapenade finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A food-friendly Cab for the table.
Mount Pleasant Estates 2019  Norton
84 points
$38
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, crushed raspberry, black cherry, sun baked stone, and leather with a supple, lively, dry medium body and a sleek, stimulating, swift finish revealing accents of black raspberry, green tea, fresh marjoram, and black plum with fine, soft tannins and no oak flavor. A racy, flavorful Norton for everyday drinking.
Mount Pleasant Estates 2020 Villagio Augusta, Missouri
83 points
$32
Medium straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied grapefruit, jasmine, and yellow string bean with a round, lively, off-dry medium-full body and an effortless, carefree finish evoking touches of fresh radish and sweet tea with no oak flavor. A slightly sweet and fruity wine for spritzers.
Mount Pleasant Estates 2014 Port Augusta, Missouri
80 points
$38
Dark black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted walnuts, dark toasted brioche, raisin, and toasted cashews with a satiny, crisp, sweet full body and a tingling, odd, medium-length finish with accents of dried olives, capers, molasses, and prune juice with no oak flavor. A nutty and tangy Fortified Wine for baking.
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