Search Challenge Results

2014 Ultimate Wine Challenge Results

Ultimate Wine Challenge 2014

June 2-13, 2014


For 2014, there are 33 Chairman’s Trophies awarded, representing the best of the best; Finalists in each section are also identified as well as Great Values and Tried & True Awards. All bottles are 750 mls unless otherwise noted.

In addition to the score, wines are distinguished with the following Accolades, as a guide to consumers:

95-100 Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
90-94 Excellent, Highly Recommended
85-89 Very Good, Strong Recommendation
80-84 Good, Recommended

A note on the icons:

 
Tasting Note
Tasting Note: Notes provided for products scored 85 and up. Roll over icon to view.
 
Great Value
Great Value: indicates products with a favorable score-to-price relationship. 
  Tried & True Award: products that were entered into UWC 2014 and a minimum of two prior UWCs and have scored 85 or higher each time, are recognized for consistency of product quality with this new award.
 
Purchase Now
Product Image: to assist you with visual identification, we've included an image for each product evaluated. (Please note that age statements, vintages or label may vary slightly from the specific product evaluated but it represents a helpful portrayal of the brand.) Click icon to view.


Entered products that were scored below 80 points have not been included; Ultimate Beverage Challenge is dedicated to recognizing the best of the best, and that, in our opinion, begins with a score of 80 as being indicative of products of commendation and consumer worthiness.


Download a printable copy of the complete results (PDF)

Award Recipients
Great Value
Tried & True Award

Champagne/Sparkling Wines | White Wines | Red Wines | Rosé & Blush Wines | Dessert | Fortified | Fruit Wines | Sake | Other

 

Champagne/Sparkling Wines

Champagne - France

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Epernay (France) 12% abv, $41  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant maize yellow color. Bright egg shell froth and small beads. Rich, sourdough bread, cookie batter, mineral aromas are vibrantly abundant in dry, bake shop bouquet. Toasty, lemony, tart flavors echo the aromatic aspects to a tee. Finishes long, biscuity, velvety, stone dry, classic.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 93 Moet & Chandon Brut Grand Vintage Epernay 2006 (France) 12.5% abv, $60  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lemon juice yellow color. Mousse is pearl white and explosive as it boils in the glass. Very tart, steely, earthy, mineral-like bouquet is fabric-like, viny, brambly, herbal, earthy, woodsy. Taste profile features mouth-puckering, dusty dry flavors of lemon custard, lemon tart, sour white grapes, almond.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Moet & Chandon Imperial Rosé Epernay (France) 12% abv, $50  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rose petal pink color capped by roiling mass of tiny bubble coral-colored froth. Lightly spiced aroma evokes scents of cranberry, faint red cherry, baker's yeast, red currant. Sour hard candy flavors of cherry and strawberry are refreshingly tart and mineral-like. Biscuity in the finish.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé Epernay 2004 (France) 12.5% abv, $65  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Coral pink color. Furiously active mousse composed of compact bubbles. Smells alluringly of cucumber, baked banana, toasted almond, burnt match. Taste profile is tight, lean, berry-like, astringent, slightly baked, and more yeasty than doughy. Effervescence remains firm and vibrant throughout.
    Photo    
 

Champagne/Sparkling Wines

Cava – Spain

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  89 Anna de Codorniu Brut Penedes (Spain) 11.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright canary yellow color. Brief, tight beaded mousse. Mild yeasty aromas are apparent in the first inhalations, then with further aeration stone dry quarry scents dominate. Taste profile is dry, lemony, tart, slightly doughy. Aftertaste is lean, crisp, cleansing.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Vilarnau Brut Nature Reserva Cava 2011 (Spain) 11.5% abv, $18.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color with a fine bead of bubbles. The nose is filled with the scents of green apple and pear with accents of mineral and citrus. The palate is in full accord with the nose offering a bright, fruit driven core. Ideally balanced with great length and loads of vibrant acidity.
    Photo    
  87 Anna de Codorniu Brut Rose Penedes (Spain) 12% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive coral color. Persistent, but short-lived mousse. Bright, zesty aromas of peach, red cherry, Anjou pear are crisp, lean, dry. Taste profile is dusty dry, pear-like, sour cherry-like. Finishes medium long, fruity, austere.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Pata Negra Brut Cava (Spain) 11% abv, $15  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pear yellow color. Billowy clouds of tiny mousse beads cap it off. Keenly yeast-like, bread dough early aromas give way eventually to slightly burnt, stony scents that are nutty. The effervescence maintains its fizz during throughout the flavor profile that features dry, mineral-like, unsweetened coconut tastes.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Pata Negra Rose Brut Cava (Spain) 11.5% abv, $15  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cardinal red color is topped by a pink mousse of quick life. Offers burnt matches, yeast, sourdough, banana-like aromas from the first sniff through the final inhalation. Taste profile is slightly berry-like, dry, pleasantly fizzy, and a little like red plum.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Poema Cava (Spain) 11.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brief bubble cap, large effervescence, corn yellow color. Yeasty in opening inhalations, then aroma settles down into a solid bread dough/bakery fragrance that's dry and mildly fruity (pineapple). Sour grapiness is clean, tart, lean, lemony. Aftertaste is only moderately fizzy.
Great Value   Photo    
 

Champagne/Sparkling Wines

Prosecco - Italy

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Astoria Millesimato Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2013 (Italy) 11.5% abv, $19.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Thick snowy cap of froth rests atop a straw yellow color. Vividly fruity, featuring tropical fruits such as pineapple, banana, guava plus a floral scent that bolsters the fruitiness. Round, supple, mouth-filling flavors of fruits are supported by the silky viscosity. Hint of spice in finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 La Gioiosa Treviso Prosecco (Italy) 11% abv, $13.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale oyster color, with delicate, small bubble effervescence. Mild spice, faint smells of pear drop, stone, cement, sand. Flavors emerge quickly in the mouth as the personality becomes remarkably animated, emitting crisp, tart, lean tastes of stone fruits and salt.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Mionetto "IL" Lambrusco Veneto IGT (Italy) 8% abv, $12  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Garnet color, soft mousse with pink bubbles. Ripe berry aromas of cranberry, bilberry, and red cherry rush from the glass. Delicately effervescent taste is filled with bilberry tartness and spice. Perfectly alluring Saturday afternoon sparkler.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 La Gioiosa Extra Dry Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore (Italy) 17% abv, $18.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Oyster color, with fierce mousse that dissipates quickly. Flinty and fruity in equal measure and that's what so attractive about this bouquet. On palate, the taste profile highlights the fruit (white raisins, pineapple) while maintaining a razor-edged crispness.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Prosecco2 Certified Organic Prosecco Veneto IGT (Italy) 11% abv, $18  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive, lemon juice yellow color. Vigorous mousse is short-lived. Owns a tantalizing aroma of bread dough, baker's yeast, orange pith, sesame seed, ripe nectarine. Flavors of ripe nectarine, tangelo, pomelo are lush, crisp, razor-edged, plush. Yeasty aftertaste is medium long, palate cleansing.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco Italy (Italy) 11% abv, $9.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bisque/ecru color. Billowing, egg white cloud of tight, minuscule bubbles when poured. Dry, pleasingly tart, minerally aromas are focused, taut in the crisp bouquet. Taste profile features intensely grapy, citrusy, razor-edged flavors that are mildly yeasty. Serve as aperitif in any season.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Caposaldo Brut Prosecco Veneto IGT (Italy) 11.5% abv, $15.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale lemon juice yellow. Medium-size, silvery, moderately vigorous effervescence. Steely, earthy, somewhat muted bouquet. Tart, lemony/citrusy, green apple flavors are abundant and borderline sour on palate. Zesty aftertaste is definitively astringent. Excellent aperitif.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 VOGA Italia Treviso 2012 (Italy) 11% abv, $15.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright corn yellow color. Fast dissipating mousse. Nuanced aromas of bread dough, sour pear, vines make for brief but pleasant inhaling. Refreshingly tart, fruity (kiwi, green melon), acidic in round, vivid, gently effervescent flavor phase. Flashes a bit of peach in finish.
    Photo    
  88 Mionetto "IL" Moscato Veneto IGT (Italy) 7% abv, $12  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw with a soft flow of bubbles. The nose is wonderfully floral with scents of white peach, nectarine, and pineapple. The palate fully backs the nose offering a silky, creamy textured palate with loads of ripe fruit and fresh acidity. Lovely!
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Riondo Blu Prosecco (Italy) 11% abv, $13.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Silver/green color. Mousse is vibrant, egg shell colored, splooshy. Opening inhalations unearth scents of slightly under-ripe pear, white grapes, white raisins, quince. Taste profile is mildly ripe, grapy, pear-like, crisp, lean, even austere. Finishes briefly, earthy, dry.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Zonin Prosecco (Italy) 11% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ecru color with persistent, tiny bubble mousse. Flinty, stony aroma is dry and steely, with virtually no fruit expression. Flavor profile features flint, limestone, chalky tastes that have just a dollop of pear peel flavor. Zesty, totally dry, mineral-like.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Riondo Spago Nero Prosecco (Italy) 10.5% abv, $11.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bisque, ecru color with pillowy mousse that's short-lived. Stony, quarry-like, dry, mildly yeasty. Delicate effervescence is the basis for the lean, crisp kiwi, star fruit flavors. Easy, straightforward, earthy. Good picnic wine.
Great Value   Photo    
  84 Riondo R37 Demi Sec Prosecco (Italy) 10% abv, $14.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

Champagne/Sparkling Wines

Asti/Moscato d’Asti – Italy

  Award Score Product Accolade              
  94 Asti La Selvatica Asti (Italy) 7% abv, $17.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Green straw yellow color. Mousse is silvery, short-lived. Smells invitingly of orange blossom, honeysuckle, jasmine, white grapefruit, passionfruit. Flavors are vibrantly ripe, tropical fruit-like, raisiny, grapy, peach-like, lusciously crisp, and ripe. Simply, utterly delicious.
    Photo    
 

Champagne/Sparkling Wines

Sparkling – USA

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Brut Rosé Cuvée de la Pompadour Carneros, Napa (United States) 12% abv, $36  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Coral pink color is capped by a brief seething mass of silvery effervescence. Lovely aromas of bread dough, baker's yeast, peach, pomelo make for happy sniffing. Strawberry, watermelon, boysenberry tastes are tart, firm, and ripe through the classy finish. One to be served as aperitif and main course companion.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 92 Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Brut Cuvée Carneros, Napa 2010 (United States) 12.1% abv, $32  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright maize yellow color is topped by a snow white mass of froth. Bready, bakery-like aroma also offers a delicate fruitiness that highlights lychee, passionfruit, lemon. Flavor-wise, integrated tastes of yeast, cookie dough, digestive biscuits are balanced by the citrusy/lemony tartness. Elegance in a glass.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 90 Chateau Frank Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay Finger Lakes 2008 (United States) 12% abv, $29.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale golden straw with a fine bead of bubbles. The nose is very subtle with green orchard fruits in the lead supported by toasted bread, mineral, and citrus zest. The palate is in full agreement delivering a wonderfully vibrant et rich mouthful with loads of acidity and flanking yeast notes to add intrigue. Lovely.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 Chateau Frank Blanc de Noirs Finger Lakes 2007 (United States) 12% abv, $29.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale oyster color with a fine bead of bubbles. The nose is quite assertive with green apples, citrus, tangerine, jasmine, and mineral. The palate is equally intense with a rich fruit center flanked by notes of bread, baking spices, blood orange, and guava. Ideally balanced and ready to tackle any cuisine.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 90 Chateau Frank Brut Finger Lakes 2007 (United States) 12% abv, $24.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw with a fine bead of bubbles. The aromatics are redolent of cut red apple with freshly baked bread, mineral, and citrus zest. The palate is in full accord delivering a wonderfully bread like mid-palate that lingers on and on toward the finish. Ideally balanced and perfectly proportioned.
    Photo    
  88 Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato California NV (United States) 9% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Soft rose petal pink color with gentle, tight-bubble mousse. Ambrosial bouquet features distinctive aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, huckleberry, red currant. Taste profile highlights delicately sweet pomegranate the most, followed by red currant. Tasty, tangy, outright uncomplicated fun.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  88 Chateau Frank Celebre Rose Pinot Meunier Finger Lakes (United States) 12% abv, $20.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Coral color, with billowy mousse. Tart, dried fruit fragrance highlights cranberry freshness and is delightful. Taste profile features the berry fruit ripeness that's keenly acidic, tart but not sour.
    Photo    
  87 Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante California NV (United States) 10% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow color, topped by brief effervescent cap of medium-sized bubbles. Smells of ripe green melon, cucumber, star fruit. Off-dry taste profile features banana, melon, cucumber flavors that remain fresh, crisp, savory through to the finish.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  87 Michelle Extra Dry Columbia Valley (United States) 11% abv, $14  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color with a persistent flow of fine bubbles. The nose is fresh with the scents of ripe orchard fruits and a touch of lemon curd. The palate delivers the promise of the nose offering ripe fruits with a touch of honey and vibrant dose of acidity.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Michelle Brut Columbia Valley (United States) 11.5% abv, $14  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color with a persistent flow of fine bubbles. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe green apple with star fruit, lime zest and mineral. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a vibrant fruit centric core with loads of crisp mineral and citrus notes.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée California NV (United States) 11.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Strong, volcanic storm of medium-sized bubbles stirs the oyster color. Brisk, tart aromas of nectarine, green apple, yellow plum are accented by a background yeastiness. Flavor profile features slightly under-ripened orchard fruits and is thus lean, stone dry, flinty.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Barefoot Bubbly Red Moscato California NV (United States) 9.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cherry red color, capped by a pink cloud of big-bubble effervescence. Deep aromas of red currant, black cherry, strawberry jam abound. Flavor aspect echoes the bouquet, except to add nuances of persimmon and red plum. Tangy, tasty, Saturday afternoon picnic sparkler.
Great Value   Photo    
  85 Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry California NV (United States) 11.11% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright steely yellow color with tight, steady bubbles. Mildly yeasty, whole wheat bread-like, delicately fruity aroma. Clean, pleasingly effervescent, ripe, fruity (kiwi, lychee) in mouth. Finish is vibrantly fizzy and tastes of green melon.
  Tried & True Photo    
  85 Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio California NV (United States) 11.6% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale silver color. Frothy mousse. Smells of grapefruit, guava, kiwi. Taste profile highlights the citrusy aspect, leaving a clean, tart, tropical fruit impressions. Fresh, off-dry, pleasant.
    Photo    
  83 Barefoot Bubbly Tropical Fusion California NV (United States) 10.25% abv, $9.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  83 Barefoot Bubbly Berry Fusion California NV (United States) 10.75% abv, $9.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  80 Barefoot Bubbly Citrus Fusion California NV (United States) 10.25% abv, $9.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

Champagne/Sparkling Wines

Sparkling - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Rotari Talento Rosé Trento NV (Italy) 12.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Salmon/coral color is capped by a strong, silvery mousse. Smells slightly of sulphur, yeast, sour cherry. Flavor profile is vividly tart, berry-like (strawberry), citrusy, spicy. Element of passionfruit emerges in the finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Helfrich Cremant d'Alsace (France) 12.1% abv, $21.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant pale straw with fine bubbles. The nose is fresh and vibrant with scents of green orchard fruits with mineral, soft citrus accents and bready yeast. The palate echoes the nose with waves of ripe and tart apples, peach, and pear flanked by mineral and prominent lees. Charming and sophisticated.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Rotari Brut Trento NV (Italy) 12.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright lemon yellow color. Vibrant, egg shell colored mousse is persistent. First inhalations detect bread dough, biscuit batter, dry stone. Taste profile features a toasty, fizzy, chardonnay thumbprint of tart green apple, gooseberry, pear flavors that last long and firmly into the dry aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Cote Mas Brut Cremant de Limoux NV (France) 12.5% abv, $17.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cumulonimbus-like froth, tight bubbles, metallic yellow color. Wildly yeasty, doughy (sourdough), biscuity, cookie batter-like, citrus rind, baking spice (vanilla) in acrobatic, animated bouquet. Tastes of white grapes, canary melon, banana, vanilla wafer. Concludes dry, full-bodied, astringent, edgy.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 De Bortoli Emeri Pink Moscato Southeastern NV (Australia) 8% abv, $12  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright salmon color with low-key mousse. Smells strikingly of orange blossom, orange pith, tangerine. On palate, it's fresh, intensely fruity/citrusy, ripe, and tart. Easy drinking.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset No. 69 Brut Bourgogne (France) 12% abv, $25  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant pink salmon color with a fine bead of bubbles. The nose very vibrant with the scents of red fruits mingling with citrus and subtle doughy notes. The palate confirms the nose delivering a subtly fruity core with bright fresh acidity adding lift and structure. Lovely.
    Photo    
  88 JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset No. 21 Brut Bourgogne (France) 12% abv, $25  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color with a steady stream of fine bubbles. The nose is pleasingly floral with bright citrus notes and accents of mineral, blanched nuts, and hints of bread dough. The palate is in agreement with the nose delivering a bright and refreshing core of apple and pear flavors with citrus zest and mineral in support.
    Photo    
  86 Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco King Valley (Australia) 10% abv, AUD 19.99 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw with a moderate stream of bubbles. The aromatics are subtle and fresh with green apple and pear in the lead with subtle ginger and almond notes. The palate delivers more of the same in a tight, refreshing package.
    Photo    
  84 [yellow tail] Bubbles Yenda NV (Australia) 11.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  84 Jost Vineyards Selkie Frizzante Nova Scotia (Canada) 8.5% abv, CAD 19.99 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  80 [yellow tail] Pink Bubbles Yenda NV (Australia) 11.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  80 Oreanda White Brut Crimea 2013 (Ukraine) 12.5% abv, €5  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

White Wines

Chardonnay - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Quails' Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay Okanagan Valley 2012 (Canada) 14% abv, CAD 32 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich golden color. Yeasty, doughy, oaky scents are countered brilliantly by traces of lychee, passionfruit, honeydew melon. Taste profile highlights the oaky vanilla and the honeydew melon. Concludes nutty, buttery, creamy, fig-like, and honeyed.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 92 Buena Vista Winery Chardonnay Carneros 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $19.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright sunshine yellow color. Snappy aroma is laced with toasty oak, cardamom, sage, pineapple scents that are integrated and zesty. The payoff on this wine is the bread dough, yeasty, butterscotch flavors that are as bakery-like as they are fruit stand-like. Green apple, Bartlett pear flavors dominate the long finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $30  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color. The aromatics are lovely and sophisticated with layers of orchard fruits intertwined with deft oak notes and subtle mineral tones. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a generously proportioned Chardonnay that is also pleasingly vibrant with a bright dose of acidity. Ideal for all occasions.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 DeLoach Vineyards OFS Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2011 (United States) 14.5% abv, $35  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lush sunshine yellow color. Initial inhalations detect major oak, vanilla, sawdust. hazelnut presence. On palate, the flavor explodes in a detonation of buttery oak, egg cream, vanilla bean, baked green apple. Robust, expressive, for lovers of oaky Chardonnay.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Noble Vines 446 Chardonnay Monterey 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright yellow color. Smells pleasingly of vanilla bean, sawdust, oak chips, banana, quince. Taste profile is broad, including flavors of almond, gooseberry, pear, lemon. Silky texture supports the spicy, clove-like finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Rodney Strong Vineyards Estate Vineyards Chardonnay Chalk Hill 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $22  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty canary yellow color. Smells elegantly of pineapple, quince, pear, flint. Taste profile is nimble, flinty, slightly stony, then at midpalate the fruit element comes alive, featuring succulent flavors of pineapple, yellow plum, minerals, nickel. Sleek, lean, crisp.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 91 Davis Bynum River West Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $30  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright lemon yellow color. The toastiness of the nose is clear right from the start as the bouquet hits all the right buttons for the grape, meaning, oak, green apple, butter cream, almond. Taste profile features more of the oakiness than the apple and that's a stylistic choice. White raisin is featured in the creamy aftertaste.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Girard Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012 (United States) 13.9% abv, $19.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale golden straw color. The nose is unmistakably Chardonnay with scents of ripe apple, peach, and cantaloupe with hints of lychee, mineral, and rising bread dough. The palate delivers the promise of the nose and then some delivering a creamy but sprite mid-palate with complex fruit, barrel and spice notes. Ideally proportioned and eager to please.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Gnarly Head Chardonnay California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. Offers alluring scents of white raisins, yellow plum, kumquat, snapdragon, light honey. In mouth, the featured flavors are quince, almond, oak, and a trace of vanilla bean. Toasty, oaky finish is not overly oaked and therefore fresh and vibrant.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 91 Irony Chardonnay Monterey 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $13.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive greenish straw color. Sports a toasty, baked banana opening nose that's followed by a deeper aroma that's driven by oak. Palate pleasing flavors include white grapefruit, white raisins, kiwi, gooseberry. Medium long finish with silky texture.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Katsaros Chardonnay Mount Olympus 2012 (Greece) 13.5% abv, $35  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty, clean straw yellow color. Fresh, herbal, soil-like aroma is dry and appealingly tart. Taste profile features sour apple, apple rind, baked banana flavors. Excellent fish, fowl, paella accompaniment.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Louis Jadot Chablis 2012 (France) 12.5% abv, $25.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lovely straw yellow color. Crisp floral, orchard fruit notes in the aroma of tart green apple, nutmeg, apple peel. Entry is pleasingly astringent, cleansing, acidic then midpalate goes all sour apple. Superb fish accompaniment.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Quails' Gate Estate Chardonnay Okanagan Valley 2012 (Canada) 13.5% abv, CAD 18 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive straw yellow color. Smells of kiwi, lemongrass, minerals, dried bay leaf. Flavor profile is tight, tart, fruity (star fruit) but edgy in astringency, making it fresh, clean. The firmacid backbone makes this chardonnay a pleasure to drink. Ideal fowl or seafood companion
    Photo    
  90 Black Stallion Estate Winery Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $18.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright straw yellow color. Bouquet is closed off in the early stages, then ramps up its animation with further air contact, featuring tropical fruit notes, especially white grapefruit. Lovely in the mouth as the flavors of grapefruit, gooseberry meld, creating a crisply acidic aftertaste.
  Tried & True Photo    
  90 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2012 (United States) 13.9% abv, $38  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty, vivid yellow/gold color. Nose is animated with coconut, gooseberry, quince, pomelo aromas that are tart and slightly toasted. Flavor profile features sour green apple hard candy, grapefruit, tangelo tastes, with a high degree of acidity. Chablis-like and crisply edgy.
       
  90 First Press Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $16.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Green tint. Aromatics open up with sturdy smells of tart green apple, passionfruit, mulberry. Taste profile include lychee, sage, almond, star fruit flavors that are stone dry and lean. Excellent seafood pairing.
    Photo    
  90 HandCraft Chardonnay California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Greenish yellow color. Toasty oak highlights the first inhalations, then red apple, persimmon, honeysuckle, snapdragon, and passionfruit scents take the lead. Flavor profile is vanilla-like, moderately oaky, apple-like, mildly buttery, creamy.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Herzog Winery Reserve Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2011 (United States) 14% abv, $30  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright yellow/marigold color. Early sniffs detect the trademark chardonnay aromatics, namely tart green apple, vanilla, and take those alluring aspects deep into the bouquet. Flavor profile is rife with ripe green apple, green olive tastes. Begs for crab cakes or lobster.
    Photo    
  90 Jim Palmer Vineyards Coast & Canyon Vineyards of Malibu Chardonnay California 2011 (United States) 14.2% abv, $18  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty straw yellow color, with greenish core highlights. Savory first aromas highlight notes of lemon zest, green apple, pineapple, kiwi. Taste profile is silky smooth, pleasantly acidic and therefore fresh, with spicy notes of vanilla, allspice.
       
  90 Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2012 (France) 12.8% abv, $27.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pristine yellow/gold. Opening aromatic notes include unsalted butter, paraffin, white grapes, light oak. Flavor profile highlights tartness of sultana, pear, kiwi. Finish is short, cleansing, desert dry.
    Photo    
  90 Rodney Strong Vineyards Chardonnay Sonoma County 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $17  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lemon yellow/straw color. Flashes dry aromatics that include flowers, herbs, stone. Taste profile highlights keenly tart green apple, quince, kiwi flavors are uniformly crisp, tart, flinty dry. Reflects the stony, citrus-driven, Chablis-like style preferred by the winery founder.
  Tried & True Photo    
  90 Snoqualmie ECO Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $13  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright, vivid canary yellow color. Aroma offers orchard fruit perfume, with deft touches of oaky vanilla and melon. Tart, green apple taste profile is properly and acutely acidic, which sets up the crisp, edgy finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Barefoot Cellars Chardonnay California NV (United States) 13.5% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lemon juice yellow color. Zesty, fruity, apple-like opening aroma is reinforced by a second inhalation that finds traces of vanilla bean, oak resin. Bordering on being fat, the taste profile is buttressed by the velvety texture. Flat out pleasing.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  89 Cannonball Chardonnay Sonoma County 2012 (United States) 13.7% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow color. Stony, flinty aromas rise from the glass, followed by soft scents of unripened pear, allspice, baked apple. Taste profile is ripe, dry, apple-like, biscuity. More of a Macon-Villages than a Meursault style.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 DeLoach Vineyards Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $19.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale lemon yellow color. Emits tame tropical fruit aromas, mostly banana and pineapple, but there's a stoniness about it that balances the fruit, all in a nuanced manner. Crisp, invitingly tart tastes of pineapple, kiwi, nectarine thrive in the flavor profile which lasts long into the squeaky clean finish.
    Photo    
  89 Gerovassiliou Chardonnay Epanomi 2010 (Greece) 13% abv, $44  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep gold/marigold color. Barrel-fermented, frothy yeastiness is apparent from the first instant in the bouquet. Doughy, yeasty, oaky tastes dominate the flavor profile in this highly stylistic, sap-like, biscuity Chardonnay.
    Photo    
  89 Wild Horse Chardonnay Central Coast 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $17  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright canary yellow color. Tightly wound aromas of tart green apple, apple peel, white raisins, yellow grapefruit. Taste profile highlights the apple peel and white raisins. Crisp, clean, tart finish.
    Photo    
  88 [yellow tail] Reserve Chardonnay Yenda 2010 (Australia) 13% abv, $11.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale golden straw color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe peach, cantaloupe, star fruit, and pineapple with hints of citrus zest. The palate echoes the nose being ultra fresh with ultra clean fruit notes met by a generous dose of vibrant acidity.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Cavit Chardonnay Trentino 2013 (Italy) 12% abv, $8.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw/greenish color. Fresh, properly ripe, citrusy, apple-like, toasted aromas are abundant in the glass. Taste profile features alluringly ripe flavors of green apple, Williams pear, gooseberry. Finishes short, acidic, dry, stone-like.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  88 Domino Chardonnay California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $7.49  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow color. Wow, there's all sorts of engaging fruit aromatics here, from pineapple to quince to green apple. Lean, edgy, very tart and apple-like on the palate. Finishes short, pear-like. Lighter fare such as chicken or fresh fish recommended.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  88 Epica Chardonnay Rapel Valley 2012 (Chile) 13% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant pale maize. The nose offers robust nectarine and pear aromas with ripe peach and pale caramel in support. The palate confirms the nose with a lush, fruity core and creamy oak-driven accents with hints of citrus to add vibrancy.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Howard Park Flint Rock Chardonnay Margaret River 2012 (Australia) 13% abv, AUD 28 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Straw yellow color. Fresh, apple-like, tart aromas rise from the glass. Delightful baking spice and green apple tartness makes for pleasing drinking. Lithe, flinty, easy finish. Begs for salmon or trout accompaniment.
    Photo    
  88 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay Arroyo Seco/Monterey 2012 (United States) 14.9% abv, $25  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright golden straw color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe orchard and tropical fruits with loads of flashy oak, butterscotch, vanilla, and custard. the palate echoes the nose delivering a lush and creamy Chardonnay that features French barrel notes with fresh acidity to add intrigue.
    Photo    
  88 Joseph Carr Chardonnay South Coast 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $19.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale golden straw color. The nose is ultra and fresh and vibrant with crisp ripe apple, pear, peach, and subtle tropical notes. The palate echoes the nose delivering a spry yet generous wine with fresh acidity and subtle mineral accents.
    Photo    
  88 La Merika Chardonnay Central Coast 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant lemon yellow color. Mildly toasty, earthy, stony, limestone-like, herbal (bay leaf) bouquet is more nuanced than vibrant. Taste profile is moderately oaky, crisp, tart, green apple-like, nutty. Finishes cleanly, tart, stony dry.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 2012 (France) 12.6% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright flaxen yellow. First nosings are mossy, forest floor-like, earthy, then with aeration the oak impact takes hold in the form of subtle vanilla. Taste profile is stone dry, moderately juicy, properly acidic.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Philip Shaw No. 11 Chardonnay Orange 2012 (Australia) 12.5% abv, AUD 40 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright yellow color. Aroma is ribboned with fragrances of lead pencil, oak, vanilla, sawdust, egg white, baker's yeast, bread dough. Flavors are crisp, minerally/stony, dry as a bone, slightly apple-like. Edgy, acidic finish.
    Photo    
  87 Barton & Guestier Passeport Macon-Villages 2011 (France) 13% abv, $15.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Golden yellow color. Crisp, floral, slightly citrusy bouquet that's fresh and razor-edged. Flavors include green apple, yellow pear, quince, and hazelnut. Aftertaste is brief, minerally, tart.
    Photo    
  87 Belle Ambiance Chardonnay California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Silvery yellow color. Smells alluringly of mulberry, jasmine, yellow plum, white raisin. Flavors include gooseberry, pineapple, delicate vanilla, green apple. Long finish is tart, clean, razor-edged.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Caldora Terre di Chieti Chardonnay Abruzzi IGT 2012 (Italy) 13% abv, $12  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color. The nose is sprite with the scents of ripe tropical fruits with citrus pulp and zest. The palate is even more intense with citrus fruits as the tropical flavors reemerge on the mid-palate with accents of mineral and lime zest. A great aperitif.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay Monterey 2012 (United States) 14.9% abv, $25  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant golden color. The nose is complex and multilayered with ripe apple, white peach and pear are equaled by rich barrel inspired baking spice, toasted nuts and browned butter. The palate fully concurs with the nose delivering a dense and chewy core that is fully enveloped in oak.
    Photo    
  87 Josh Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012 (United States) 14% abv, $13.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is fresh with the scents of ripe apple and pear met by lovely tropical fruits, mineral, and citrus zest. The palate is in full agreement delivering a vibrant fruit driven core with hints of mineral and candied ginger.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Twisted Chardonnay California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright greenish/ straw color. Offers truckloads of tart green apple, pear, white grape raisins, and most appealing, honeysuckle. A rich texture is evident from the entry forward, culminating in a slightly toasted, buttery, ripe and fruity midpalate, which flows into a lush finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 [yellow tail] Unoaked Chardonnay Yenda NV (Australia) 11.5% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw yellow color. Fresh, edgy aromas of citric acid, green melon, lemongrass, pear. Flavors include almond, grapefruit, green melon. Finishes short, tart, fresh.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Alto Los Romeros Reserva Chardonnay Maule Valley 2013 (Chile) 13% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Greenish/straw yellow color. Smells of pink grapefruit, kiwi, green melon. Taste profile is biscuity, tart, stone dry, slightly oaky, with an aftertaste of ripe green apple and grapefruit. Pleasant, dry, medium-bodied, crisp.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Bota Box Chardonnay California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $22.99, 3L Box  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow color. Nose is dusty dry, slightly mineral-like, stony, subdued. Taste is tongue-on-stone dry, flinty, pineapple-like, mildly herbal. Finish is best phase as animated flavors of citric acid, lemon zest, unsweetened pineapple emerge and flourish.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  86 ESTABLO Vineyard Selection Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Leyda Valley 2011 (Chile) 14% abv, $30  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow color. Yeasty, bread dough, buttery, oaky aromas are abundant. Toasty flavors include egg white, sourdough, baker's yeast, butterscotch, oak, oak,and more oak.
    Photo    
  86 Nuvino Chardonnay Cape Winelands 2013 (South Africa) 13.5% abv, $3.99, 187 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright lemon juice yellow color. Scents of limestone, chalk, and schist minerality merge with green apple/unripened pear crispness nicely. Flavor profile brings the orchard fruit acidity to the table making this wine excellent as a light fare companion.
    Photo    
  86 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay Central Coast 2013 (United States) 13.5% abv, $11  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Greenish yellow color. Scents include green melon, unsweetened pineapple, chestnut, almond. Tart pineapple flavor dominates the entry then at midpalate deft touches of oaky vanilla and spiced pear make for matching with chicken or foie gras.
Great Value   Photo    
  85 Arrogant Frog Chardonnay Vin de Pays d'Oc 2013 (France) 13.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant 14-carat gold color. Opening sniffs scream the Chardonnay "giveaway" aromas of pineapple, oaky vanillin, butterscotch, and peach. Taste profile is dusty dry, more citrusy than the bouquet.
    Photo    
  85 Cape Barren Native Goose Chardonnay McLaren Vale 2012 (Australia) 13.7% abv, AUD 23 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale golden straw color. The nose leads with pears and apples with white peach and citrus in quick support. Big and round on palate entry with a creamy texture and green melon notes lingering on the finish.
    Photo    
  85 OBiKWA Chardonnay Stellenbosch 2013 (South Africa) 13.5% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. A subtle nose focused on pear, white peach, and apple with soft tropical fruit notes. The palate echoes the nose offering a vibrant core with soft notes of citrus zest, candied ginger, and sweet herbs.
    Photo    
  85 Wolfgang Puck Chardonnay California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow color. Offers mildly toasty notes of pineapple, baked banana, vines, grape leaves, dry sand. Taste profile is shy at first, then at midpalate moderately oaky, vanilla flavors emerge, accentuating the tropical fruit.
    Photo    
  84 [yellow tail] Chardonnay Yenda 2013 (Australia) 13% abv, $7.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  84 Hob Nob Chardonnay Napa 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $9.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  84 Ulupna Chardonnay Goulburn Valley 2006 (Australia) 14% abv, AUD 27.5 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Good,
Recommended
         
  83 Redwood Creek Chardonnay California NV (United States) 13% abv, $8  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  82 Alto Los Romeros Chardonnay Valle Central 2013 (Chile) 13% abv, $7.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  82 Cambridge Chardonnay Carneros 2012 (United States) 14.4% abv, $18.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  82 Fog Head Chardonnay California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $9.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  82 Martellotto Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2012 (United States) 14.1% abv, $35  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  81 CK Mondavi Willow Springs Chardonnay California 2013 (United States) 13.4% abv, $7.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

White Wines

Sauvignon Blanc - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Astrolabe Wines Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013 (New Zealand) 13.5% abv, $22.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Slightly greenish/bisque color. Green pepper aromas come screaming out of the first inhalations, then the aroma settles in, offering leafy, viney, vegetal scents. Fresh, vegetal, keenly acidic and astringent, but fruity with intriguing tastes of bay leaf and asparagus.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Gerovassiliou Sauvignon Blanc Epanomi 2012 (Greece) 13% abv, $35  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sunlight yellow color. Smells of gravel, egg white, citric acid, pears. Flavor profile highlights the citrus and pears, with the pear balancing the tartness of the lemony citrus perfectly. Classy, elegant, full of seductive character.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Harbor Town Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013 (New Zealand) 13.8% abv, $12.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw yellow color. Big, zesty, crisp aromas of freshly mown lawn, tart quince, white grapefruit are abundant and vivid. Tastes include grapefruit, kiwi, pineapple, almond. Finishes razor-edged, tart, fresh.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Logan Wines Sauvignon Blanc Orange 2013 (Australia) 13.5% abv, AUD 28 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Silver/green color. Dry as stone, pleasantly fruity in a pineapple-like manner. Fresh, delicate, tart as unripened tropical fruits, properly acidic, grassy. Aftertaste is minerally, gravel-like, totally dry yet softly ripe.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Raymond Vineyards R Collection Lot No. 4 Sauvignon Blanc California 2013 (United States) 13.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Greenish/tarnished silver color. Juicy, grassy, citrusy, spice cake aromas waft from the glass in gentle waves. Taste profile is textbook clean, tart, ripe, vegetal, fruity (white grapefruit, gooseberry). Lovely, refined, sophisticated.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Tiki Sound Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough/Waipara Valley 2013 (New Zealand) 13.6% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. Delicate scents of guava, star fruit, canary melon, vines, leaves highlight this animated but lean bouquet. Flavor profile features crisply acidic tastes of fresh cut pineapple, Williams pear, quince, all in abundance. Fleet, lithe, austere aftertaste. Shellfish is the primary companion.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Cannonball Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2013 (United States) 13.2% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Faint ecru/tarnished silver color. Deeply floral smells waft from the glass, mostly lilac, rose petals, then the bouquet turns seriously citrusy, emitting delicate lemon/lime perfume. Luscious flavors include cantaloupe, hibiscus, pear drop, tangelo.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Girard Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2013 (United States) 13.9% abv, $15.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color. The nose offers a clever balance of fresh, tart fruits with herbs and mineral close behind. The palate confirms the nose offering waves of ripe green apple, pear, and red grapefruit with hints of mineral and fresh grass, Ideally balanced with a bright dose of fresh acidity and citrus zest.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Santa Carolina Reserva Estate Sauvignon Blanc Leyda Valley 2013 (Chile) 13% abv, $10.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Oyster color. Scents of grape vines, tobacco, green pepper, chalk/limestone abound in the clean, narrowly focused aroma. Fresh, vegetal, bone dry flavors mix well with the satiny texture. Superb food companion.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Sauvion Sancerre 2013 (France) 13% abv, $25.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is wonderfully complex with bright, ripe green and red apples met by fresh green herbal notes, grapefruit, and lime zest. The palate is in full agreement with the nose delivering a rich but ultra refreshing green fruit core with herbs and mineral in support.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 Tenuta Ca' Bolani Aquilis Sauvignon Blanc Friuli Aquileia 2012 (Italy) 13.5% abv, $24.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. Wild flowers, green herbs, green apple, guava, and ripe pear leap from the glass with hints of mineral and spice. The palate is in full agreement offering generous yet tart fruit notes with a generous dose of acidity and grapefruit zest. A lovely aperitif or pair with shellfish and more.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013 (New Zealand) 12.9% abv, $13.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale greenish bisque color. Aroma bursts with piquant, demonstrative, minerally scents of chalk, limestone, banana, green melon, sage. On palate, sage aspect fades, leaving room for stone and green melon. Serve with shellfish.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Barefoot Cellars Sauvignon Blanc California NV (United States) 12.5% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale oyster color. Huge, animated bouquet of ripe peach, nectarine is compelling. Sour fruit on palate, cleansing and acidic and ideal for seafood. Medium long aftertaste.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  89 J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2013 (United States) 14.9% abv, $25  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color with a very mild effervescence. The nose is unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc with fresh scents of gooseberry, fresh grass, grapefruit, and kiwi leaping from the glass. The palate is equal to the task delivering a rich while spry core of fresh fruit with mineral, and citrus zest in support.
    Photo    
  89 Massimo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013 (New Zealand) 13% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bisque/ecru color. Smells of lemon zest, fresh pineapple, lemongrass, thyme. Taste profile offers sour apple flavor plus a citrusy tartness that's refreshing. Lithe, lean, acidic aftertaste begs for shellfish companion.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Beelgara Black Label Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills 2013 (Australia) 12% abv, AUD 17 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is quite floral and tropical with plenty of gooseberry, citrus juice, zest and pulp in support. The palate echoes the nose with tart green fruit notes in command. Ideally balanced with a generous dose of fresh acidity and textural skin notes in the finish.
    Photo    
  88 Epica Sauvignon Blanc Leyda Valley 2012 (Chile) 13% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright sunshine yellow color. Pleasant lemongrass, verbena, soil-like aromas are measured, fresh, moderately ripe. Taste profile is grassy, citrusy, pineapple-like, crisp, clean. Aftertaste is properly acidic, tart.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013 (New Zealand) 12.9% abv, $13.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Subtle pale straw color. The aromatics jump from the glass lead by pink grapefruit and gooseberry with a ripe peach note that surpassingly and pleasingly emerges with hints of lime zest and mineral. The palate concurs with the nose offering waves of crisp fruit with subtle spice, grass, and mineral notes. Ideally balanced and ready to please.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2012 (United States) 14% abv, $13.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is fresh and vibrant with the scents of ripe apple, red grapefruit, kiwi, and hay. The palate echoes the nose offering a crsip and lively core of ripe fruit with a generous dose of mineral, citrus, and grass. An ideal aperitif.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Noble Vines 242 Sauvignon Blanc Monterey 2013 (United States) 14.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty straw color. Stone quarry aromas dominate the bouquet but there's also lemongrass, star fruit, kiwi. Tastes of white grapefruit, kiwi, quince. The squeaky dryness and the nuanced fruit make the finish delightful.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Nuvino Sauvignon Blanc Valle Central 2013 (Chile) 13% abv, $3.99, 187 ml  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw yellow color. Pleasant aromas of white grapefruit, gravel, coconut, lychee are framed by a crisp acidity. Taste offers ample citrus, green vegetable astrigency. Fresh, vivid, properly fruity.
    Photo    
  88 Philip Shaw No. 19 Sauvignon Blanc Orange 2013 (Australia) 13% abv, AUD 28 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tarnished silver/straw color. Floral, fruity aromas rise from the glass in subtle waves plus there's a touch of new leather. Supple, round flavors of bay leaf, sage, green apple, white grapefruit impress.
    Photo    
  88 Raidis Estate The Kelpie Sauvignon Blanc Coonawarra 2012 (Australia) 12.7% abv, AUD 25 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant pale straw color. The nose is wonderfully balanced between tart grapefruit citrus and ripe tropical fruits like passion fruit, kiwi, and green papaya with fresh grass, herbs, and under-ripe pear. The palate is in full agreement delivering a lush and vibrant fruit core with a generous dose of natural acidity and subtle mineral note. Ultra refreshing with sensibly moderate alcohol.
    Photo    
  88 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Sauvignon Blanc Central Coast 2013 (United States) 12.5% abv, $11  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Greenish straw yellow color. Very grassy, mossy aromas that are vivid, tart, and pineapple-like. Taste profile is attractively fruity (tropical), grassy, light, lithe, juicy. Goes well with any type of seafood or paella.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Vina Casablanca Nimbus Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley 2013 (Chile) 13.8% abv, $15  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pure, lemon juice yellow color. Dry nuances of clay, wet earth, white pepper, and bay leaf make for pleasing sniffing. Tastes of tropical fruits (pineapple, guava especially). Lengthy finish is filled with dried fruits, citrus rind flavors. Elegant.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Allan Scott Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013 (New Zealand) 13% abv, $17.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale oyster/hay color. Small bubbles hug the glass. Smells strikingly of pineapple, mango, lemon zest. Taste profile leans heavily to acute tartness/astringency, sour fruits, especially freshly cut pineapple. Finishes tart, edgy, mineral-like.
    Photo    
  87 Fog Mountain Sauvignon Blanc California 2013 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw yellow color. Smells of wet earth, sand, Williams pear in the short, inexpressive bouquet. Moderately tart, lemony/citrusy flavors are dry, hard candy sour. Clean, crisp.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Geyser Peak Winery Sauvignon Blanc California 2013 (United States) 13% abv, $12  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale greenish/straw color. Intensely grassy, earthy, vegetal, with subtle hints of green pepper and cucumber. Flavor profile echoes the bouquet, in particular, with the reflection of the green pepper. Delicate, lithe.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Pelee Island Winery Lighthouse Sauvignon Blanc Lake Erie North Shore 2012 (Canada) 12.5% abv, CAD 12.75 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Clean, hay yellow color. Smells of mown grass, dried leaves, moss, huckleberry throughout the entire nosing sequence. Taste profile is round, fruity, ambrosial, yet toasty, yeasty, lemony. Dry, tart, razor-edged.
    Photo    
  87 Rodney Strong Vineyards Charlotte's Home Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2013 (United States) 13.5% abv, $17  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Straw yellow, slightly greenish color. Herbal, earthy, mineral-like scents are present in the front-load aromas, then the bouquet trims back to brambles, vines with aeration. Flavors are locked and loaded for pleasure in the forms of pineapple, passionfruit, Goji. Palate cleansing finish is tart, crisp. Pair with seafood.
  Tried & True Photo    
  86 Claar Cellars White Bluffs Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2013 (United States) 13.8% abv, $15  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bisque/ecru color. Bouquet is all about canary melon, pineapple, lychee, peanut fragrances that are stone dry, slightly toasted, doughy. Taste profile echoes the aroma, adding traces of green apple.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Tenuta Ca' Bolani Superiore Sauvignon Blanc Friuli Aquileia 2013 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $16.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. Stone fruits with green apple, pear, and ginger fill the nose. The palate is equally pleasing with ripe and tart grapefruit notes in the lead supported by fresh herbs and hints of kiwi. A lovely summer wine.
    Photo    
  85 First Press Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2013 (United States) 14.5% abv, $16.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lemon juice yellow color. Acutely tart, citrusy first aromas are followed by dry secondary scents of bay leaf, thyme, gravel. Taste profile is vividly sour, lemony, zesty, acidic, fresh. Aftertaste features the zestiness of citrus rind, kiwi, white grapefruit.
    Photo    
  84 CK Mondavi Willow Springs Sauvignon Blanc California 2013 (United States) 12.6% abv, $7.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  84 Marilyn Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2013 (United States) 13.5% abv, $16  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  84 Monte Xanic Sauvignon Blanc Guadalupe Valley 2013 (Mexico) 12.9% abv, $15  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  84 Nitty Gritty Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley NV (United States) 13.5% abv, $15.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  82 [yellow tail] Sauvignon Blanc Yenda NV (Australia) 12% abv, $7.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  82 Alto Los Romeros Sauvignon Blanc Valle Central 2013 (Chile) 12% abv, $7.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

White Wines

Riesling - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Dr. Konstantin Frank Reserve Riesling Finger Lakes 2012 (United States) 12% abv, $24.99  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beautiful golden color. Scents of ripe peach and apricot mingle with botrityised berries, candied ginger, pineapple, and nectarine. The palate is in full agreement with the nose offering further definition to the story told by the seductive aromatics. Perfectly balanced with superb length and a silky texture that flows to the very outer edge of the palate.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 95 Helfrich Steinklotz Riesling Alsace Grand Cru 2012 (France) 12.52% abv, $25  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant pale straw with hints of gold. The aromatics are complex and a bit understated with scents of ripe apple, white peach, apricot, honeysuckle, and pear accented by mineral and subtle green herbs. The palate affirms the nose delivering waves of ripe and tart fruits enveloped in floral and mineral notes.
    Photo    
  Finalist 94 Wollersheim Winery White Riesling American 2013 (United States) 10% abv, $9  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow/straw color. Lovely floral and fruity aromas rise from the glass in the forms of snapdragons, honeysuckle, Anjou pears, quince. Delicate flavors that reflect the bouquet dance on the tongue in nuances of ripe pear, kiwi, nectarine. A dazzling riesling of the first rank.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 93 Wagner Vineyards Semi Dry Estate Grown/Estate Bottled Riesling Finger Lakes 2012 (United States) 13.1% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Silvery yellow color. First inhalations detect brambly, viney aromas that are earthy and fruity. Flavor profile pushes forward off-dry, acidic flavors of peach, yellow plum, honeysuckle, light honey. Very savory.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 92 Lorenzi Estate Riesling Temecula Valley 2012 (United States) 13.2% abv, $20  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale sunshine yellow. Sophisticated scents of butterscotch, ripened quince sparkle and entice. Bright, tangy, tart flavors of white grapes, under-ripe nectarine, pineapple shine. Superb food companion for Asian fare.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Sheldrake Point Estate Grown Riesling Cayuga Lake 2013 (United States) 11.5% abv, $16  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose delivers a powerhouse of ripe white peach, nectarine, and honeysuckle with hints of citrus, ginger, and tropical notes. The palate confirms the nose delivering a vibrant and generous fruit core with great flanking notes of mineral, citrus and dried flowers. Ideally balanced with great length and weight.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Wagner Vineyards Dry Caywood East Vineyard Riesling Finger Lakes 2012 (United States) 13.2% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale greenish/silver color. Appealingly viny, brambly aromas start off the nosing phase, then the aroma turns earthy, minerally, dusty dry, with just a hint of herbs. Fruit takes over in the mouth as savory, tart flavors of lemon, under-ripe pear, white raisin abound. Ends tightly acidic, refreshingly tart, squeaky clean.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Wollersheim Winery Dry Riesling American 2013 (United States) 11.5% abv, $9  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Green/straw yellow color. Delicate aromas include orchard fruits, especially pears, red apple, nectarine which are all accented by gentle spices. Crisp, tart, yet ripe flavors of pears and nectarines are featured in this refreshing taste profile that ends in a flourish of red apple ripeness.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Snoqualmie Winemaker's Select Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 (United States) 10.5% abv, $8  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Straw yellow color. Early aromas are front-loaded with peach, nectarine, Bartlett pear, honeysuckle, star fruit scents that are compelling and ripe. Semi-dry flavors are succulent, ambrosial, and highlight the ripe peach and honeysuckle aspects. Finish is deeply peach-like.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Wagner Vineyards Select Riesling Finger Lakes 2012 (United States) 11.2% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ecru color. Gently fragrant, with nuances of passionfruit, honeysuckle, jasmine, lychee, Dragonfruit - a veritable fruit salad bouquet that's delicate, slightly spicy. In mouth the fruit parade continues but accelerates in intensity, highlighting lychee and white raisins. Elegant finish. Perfect choice for spicy Thai or Chinese fare.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  90 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley 2013 (United States) 12.5% abv, $20  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The aromatics are subtle but complex with waves of ripe peach, pear, apricot, and pineapple with hints of ginger and lemon zest. The palate is in agreement with the nose delivering a lush fruit core with lively acidity and subtle tart berry notes. Ideally balanced.
    Photo    
  90 Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2013 (United States) 12.3% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The aromatics are simply beautiful with spring flowers, citrus, nectarine, and green apple supported by hints of ginger, pepper, and mineral. The palate is in full agreement delivering a vibrant fruit core with layers of spice and subtle earth notes. Perfectly balanced with superb length.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  90 Raidis Estate The Kid Riesling Coonawarra 2012 (Australia) 12.6% abv, AUD 25 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant pale straw color. Delicate scents of white peach, green apple, wet river stone, and honeysuckle with faint hints of rose water fill the nose. The palate is in full agreement delivering a complex and pleasing marriage of sweet ripe fruit with tart fruits, vibrant acidity, and candied ginger. Ideally balanced with long lingering notes of apple and pear skins.
    Photo    
  89 Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling Columbia Valley 2013 (United States) 13% abv, $10  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color. The nose is fresh and crisp with scents of ripe white peach with hints of orange blossom, and an abundance of wild flowers. The palate confirms the nose featuring a ripe fruit driven core with a generous dose of citrus in support. Perfectly balanced with great length - a great food wine. Bring on the curry!
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Eroica Gold Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 (United States) 10% abv, $28  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color. The nose is amazingly fragrant offering scents of wild flowers, honeysuckle, ripe peach,baked apples, and apricot with hints of apple skins. The palate delivers the promise of the nose and then some being more rich and unctuous with a dose of fresh acidity to keep it vibrant.
    Photo    
  89 Oh Schist Riesling Mosel 2013 (Germany) 9% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is ultra fresh and a bit understated asking you to explore for the rich, exotic fruit notes offered. The palate is far more generous delivering waves of white peach, apricot, apple, and subtle tropical notes with mineral and grapefruit zest in support. Lovely.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Black Willow Winery Riesling Niagara Escarpment NV (United States) 11% abv, $14.95  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is nose is subtle but fresh and crisp with scents of green melon in the lead with hints of pear, kiwi, and mineral. The palate is in agreement with the nose offering sweet and tart fruit notes with a perfect dose of refreshing acidity and trailing minerality.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 50° Trocken Riesling Rheingau 2011 (Germany) 12% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Yellow straw color. The nose is fresh and vibrant with the scents of white peach, apricot, and pink grapefruit dominating with hints of mineral and lime zest. The palate is in agreement with the nose with tart citrus notes rising on the mid-palate.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Anew Riesling Columbia Valley 2012 (United States) 11.5% abv, $11  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is alive with ripe orchard fruits, citrus and pineapple notes. The palate confirms the nose offering up a very congenial wine with great vibrancy and surprising depth. the perfect summer refreshment captured in a bottle.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Eldredge Riesling Clare Valley 2013 (Australia) 11.5% abv, AUD 17 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. Intensely refreshing waves of ripe green apple, lime pulp, star fruit, and pear fill the nose. The palate is equal to the nose delivering a very vibrant core of fresh, tart fruits with mineral, spice, ginger, and citrus zest in support. Ideal summer sipper.
    Photo    
  87 Howard Park Riesling Great Southern 2013 (Australia) 12% abv, AUD 33 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Greenish yellow. Attractive, green, floral, unripened fragrances of green pea, violets, kiwi are lovely and balanced. Taste profile expands on the aromatic theme mostly by featuring the kiwi tanginess. Pleasing, lean, dry to sour.
    Photo    
  87 Sheldrake Point Estate Grown, Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2013 (United States) 11.4% abv, $16  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The aromatics are fresh and alive with tropical fruits, peach, lemon drop, mineral, and dried flowers. The palate concurs delivering a vibrant core with a beautiful interplay of ripe and tart fruits with accents of mineral and lime zest.
    Photo    
  86 Barefoot Cellars Riesling California NV (United States) 8% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale greenish straw color. Intensely ripe with scents of melon, honeysuckle, orange blossom, white raisins. Flavor profile is ripely sweet, ambrosial, melony, pear-like. Pleasant finish that's slightly more tart than the midpalate.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  86 Stone Fruit Riesling Pfalz 2012 (Germany) 9% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Greenish hay yellow. Pear, nectarine aromas rise from the glass in delicate waves. Flavor profile features spiced fruits (pears, yellow plums) in abundance. Finishes short, tart, ripe, and pleasingly fruity.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Westport Winery Elk River Red Willow Vineyard Riesling Yakima Valley 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $25  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Oyster color. Bouquet is somewhat mute, except for distant traces of ripe melon. Flavors include casaba melon, spiced red pears, guava, allspice. Clean, uncomplicated aftertaste.
    Photo    
  85 Gaspereau Vineyards Riesling Nova Scotia 2013 (Canada) 11% abv, $17.99 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tarnished silver yellow tint. Sour grape, sour apple scents waft from the glass in a fragrance that's more stony than spicy or fruity. Flavors are exceedingly tart, bordering on sour, grapy, raisiny, melony. Finishes in the blink of an eye, crisp, edgy.
    Photo    
  85 St. James Winery Riesling United States NV (United States) 10.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tarnished silver appearance. Aroma bursts on scene with scents of ripe peach, ripe apricot, spice cake. Flavor profile highlights spiced peach and pear. Simple, straightforward pleasure.
    Photo    
  84 Dal Zotto Riesling Strathbogie Ranges 2013 (Australia) 12.5% abv, AUD 18 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

White Wines

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio Sicily IGT 2013 (Italy) 12% abv, $9.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Hay yellow color. PIneapple, white grapefruit, quince aromas highlight this stunningly fresh and tart bouquet. Taste profile is keenly tart, tropical fruit-like, pineapple-like, and acidic. Lush, lovely, elegant.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 93 Helfrich Steinklotz Pinot Gris Alsace Grand Cru 2011 (France) 12.5% abv, $25  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant golden color. The nose is wonderfully fragrant and floral with ripe peach, apple, and apricot with hints of tropical fruits and ginger. The palate confirms the nose delivering a rich but vibrant core of ripe orchard and tropical fruit with supporting notes of mineral, citrus, and candied ginger. Lovely!
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Astrolabe Wines Pinot Gris Marlborough 2013 (New Zealand) 13.5% abv, $22.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bisque color. The minerally aroma is dry, subtle, nutty, and slightly poppy seed-like. Taste profile shows a fruity side missing in the bouquet, providing a lovely counterpoint to the stony aroma. The fruit aspect drives the aftertaste. Excellent fowl companion.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Sheldrake Point Estate Grown Pinot Gris Cayuga Lake 2013 (United States) 13.5% abv, $16  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Straw yellow color. Stone fruit aromas are ripe, vivid, tart, floral. Flavor profile features spiced pear, fruitcake, spice cake tastes that are tangy, savory, dry. Finishes medium long, earthy, floral.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Arancio Stemmari Pinot Grigio Sicily IGT 2013 (Italy) 13% abv, $8.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sunshine yellow color is brilliant. Minerally aromas of stone, quarry, truffles, forest vegetation abound in a quiet manner in this understated bouquet. In mouth, this wine comes alive with vivid, crackling dry tastes of lemon zest, Bartlett pear, pineapple. Lovely, tangy, savory.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Barone Fini Pinot Grigio Valdadige 2013 (Italy) 13% abv, $11.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale lemon juice yellow color. Fresh aromas of pineapple, kiwi, pears, green melon highlight the charming bouquet. Taste focus is squarely on the tart pineapple aspect which lasts long into the silky aftertaste.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 91 Ca' Montini Terre di Valfredda Pinot Grigio TrentinoValle dell'Adige 2013 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $15.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vivid ecru/tarnished silver color. Almonds, nectarines, and yellow pear aromas highlight the bouquet. Svelte, tight, stone dry on palate, with savory, astringent flavors of spice cake, lemon. Classy.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Cliffhanger Vineyards Estate Grown Pinot Grigio Trentino 2013 (Italy) 13.9% abv, $12.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty canary yellow color. Bouquet is subdued, with nuances of moss, forest floor, pineapple. All the serious action is in the flavor profile which is zesty, herbal, fruity, ripe, dry, tart, featuring gooseberry and dragonfruit taste. Crisp finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Dr. Konstantin Frank Pinot Gris Finger Lakes 2012 (United States) 12% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Maize yellow color. Smells of stone fruits, dry earth, grass, paraffin, persimmon. Taste profile features stone dry, citrusy, tropical fruit-like flavors of pineapple, kiwi, lychee. Finish is long, lean, stony, earthy, lemony.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 91 Kettmeir Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2013 (Italy) 13.5% abv, $18  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Greenish yellow. Soft-pedaled aromas include carnations, honeysuckle, green melon, lemon zest, slate. Taste profile features limestone, citrusy, tangy flavors that last long into the clean, razor-edged finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Barone Fini Pinot Grigio Alto Adige 2013 (Italy) 13% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sunshine yellow color. Loaded with tropical fruit aromas, everything from guava to banana to grapefruit in the tart, lean bouquet. Pleasingly tart, fresh, nearly sour apple tastes at midpalate, leading to flinty tastes of stone, steel in the keenly crisp finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Belle Ambiance Pinot Grigio California 2013 (United States) 13% abv, $9.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lemon juice yellow color. Pleasant stone fruit aromas, especially peach, rise from the glass in tart, almost sour waves that are fresh and gently fruity. Crisp, clean, delightfully edgy and earthy in the mouth as the taste profile features fruit skin tartness and an herbal dryness. Aftertaste is medium long and like sour hard candy.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Caposaldo Pinot Grigio Veneto IGT 2012 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $10.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Unblemished yellow/gold. The bouquet is faint, with understated traces of dry leaves, banana, stone. Taste profile reveals crisp, intensely grapy/fruity flavors that are vivid, bone dry, tart. Finishes medium long, sour. Excellent light fare wine.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Logan Wines Pinot Gris Orange 2013 (Australia) 13.5% abv, AUD 19 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Hay field yellow color. Aromatics evoke images of quarry/stone field in its tight, slate-like, dry as stone manner. There is a high level of minerality in this flavor profile as the tongue-on-stone aspect is a defining virtue. Superb match-up with shellfish especially.
    Photo    
  90 Paracombe Pinot Gris Adelaide Hills 2013 (Australia) 13% abv, AUD 20 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lemon juice color. Smells of cement, wet sand, limestone, sesame seed, quartz, spring garden flowers. Richly textured, the flavor profile features evolved tastes of pineapple, Anjou pear, persimmon. Lithe, lovely, minerally dry.
    Photo    
  90 Pelee Island Winery Pinot Grigio Lake Erie North Shore 2013 (Canada) 13% abv, CAD 13.75 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Golden yellow color. Pear drop, citrus, grape skin, spring garden aromas are subtle. Taste profile is pleasingly tart, citrusy, peachy, pear-like. Finishes short, ripe, fruity.
    Photo    
  90 Riondo Monteforte Lot 6 Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie IGT 2013 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $8.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Straw yellow color. Smells of canary melon, star fruit, nectarine, white peach are vibrant, dusty dry, pleasingly tart. Taste is lean, dry as a bone, austere, earthy, star fruit-like, melony. Finishes surprisingly long, stony, slightly spicy.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Silvan Ridge Winery Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2013 (United States) 13.3% abv, $15  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tarnished silver color. Emits pleasingly tart and spicy aromas of baked pineapple, banana, nectarine, limestone/chalk, canary melon. Taste offers tight, acidic, fresh, tropical fruit and nectarine flavors that flourish deep into the vegetal, flowery aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Raidis Estate Cheeky Goat Pinot Gris Coonawarra 2012 (Australia) 13.9% abv, AUD 25 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale gold with accents of pink. The nose is vibrant and inviting with waves of white peach, pear, star fruit, allspice, pickled ginger, and mineral. The palate is simpatico with the nose offering an ultra fresh blast of clean fruit with a generous dose of acidity and complex spice notes in support. Summer has met its match.
    Photo    
  89 Spasso Pinot Grigio Veneto IGT 2013 (Italy) 12.9% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lemon juice color. Orchard fruits (pears, nectarines) appear in this lean, nearly austere aroma that's top-heavy with stone quarry/schist scents that are mineral-like and earthy. Taste profile offers a place for the fruit to expand, especially the nectarine.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 [yellow tail] Pinot Grigio Yenda 2013 (Australia) 12% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale hay color. Minerals, quartz, dry soil aromas are balanced by scents of white grapefruit, pineapple. Loaded with tropical fruit freshness, acidity and charm in the midpalate, then in the finish the minerality returns for balance. Very nice.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Beelgara Black Label Pinot Grigio Adelaide Hills 2013 (Australia) 11.5% abv, AUD 17 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The aromatics are ultra fresh with scents of green apple, pear, guava, and grapefruit in the lead with hints of lime zest and mineral. The palate is simpatico with loads of semi-tart green orchard fruits and citrus at the core with flanking hints of mineral and green melon. Ideally balanced.
    Photo    
  88 Bota Box Pinot Grigio California 2013 (United States) 13% abv, $22.99, 3L Box  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Green/yellow color. Smells of baked banana, kiwi, white raisins, pineapple. Fresh, tart, fruity on the palate, which features white raisins, pear, red apple flavors that last deep into the clean, rzaor-edged finish. Ideal with baked trout.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  88 Fog Head Pinot Grigio California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale sepia color. Wow, this animated aroma is all about cantaloupe, canary melon, ripeness, dryness, and being slightly herbal. On palate, zesty flavors of lemon peel, star fruit, kumquat, damson all vie for dominance. Pleasing finish which is tart, crisp.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Nobilissima Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie IGT 2013 (Italy) 12% abv, $13.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color. The nose is vibrant and refreshing with scents of fresh cut grass, grapefruit, pear, and a hint of kiwi. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering an ultra fresh, fruit forward wine that is the ideal summer aperitif.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 La Merika Pinot Grigio Monterey 2013 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty tarnished silver color. Pleasant aromas rise from the glass, mostly sage, white grapefruit, stone. On palate, the stony dryness supports the tropical fruit surface flavors that feature grapefruit, banana. Medium long aftertaste, satiny texture.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Lorenzi Estate Pinot Grigio Temecula Valley 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $25  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dusty yellow/gold. Smells intriguingly of mustard seed, wet sand, clay, sesame. Taste impressions are dry, earthy, mildly fruity. Aftertaste echoes the stone dry entry flavor. Serve with duck or quail.
    Photo    
  87 Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia IGT 2013 (Italy) 12% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw with a mild effervescence when opened. The nose features ripe apple notes with pear and citrus accents. The palate is spot on with the nose delivering a fresh and semi-tart core with peppery ginger and lime zest in support.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  87 VOGA Italia Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie IGT 2012 (Italy) 12% abv, $11.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Manzanilla Sherry/ecru color. Floral, fresh spring garden, slightly spiced, baked banana-like bouquet that is a model of understatement and charm. Ethereal, tart flavors of sour apple, lemon drop, citrus make for refreshing drinking. Serve with oysters, mussels.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Bella Sera Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia IGT 2012 (Italy) 11.5% abv, $8.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Straw yellow. Orchard (persimmon) and citrus (tangelo) fruit fragrances are featured in the delicate bouquet. Flavor-wise, there's plenty of tart fruitiness and acidity for food pairing. Bubbles coat the sides of the tasting glass.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Casalini Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie IGT 2013 (Italy) 12% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant pale straw color. The nose is crisp and fresh with scents of musk melon, green apple, and pear with hints of mineral, lemon zest and green grass. The palate is in full accord offering fresh tart flavors that finish clean.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 CK Mondavi Willow Springs Pinot Grigio California 2013 (United States) 12.9% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Oyster color. Splendidly simple bouquet of green apple, yellow pear, parchment, paraffin, and chestnut. Tart, fruity, ripe grapefruit flavors abound in this fresh, acidic white of earthly delights. Finishes clean, razor edged, primed for seafood.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2013 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $8.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty canary yellow color. Nose is closed off at first, then with further air contact meager scents of quarry, wet sand emerge. Flavors include pear, gooseberry, star fruit. Aftertaste is lean, acidic, refreshingly tart.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 OBiKWA Pinot Grigio Stellenbosch 2013 (South Africa) 12% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose offers wonderful scents of fresh grapefruit, green apple, and peach with mineral, citrus, and green grass. The palate fully concurs delivering a vibrant fruit core with racy acidity and a touch of sweetness on the finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Twisted Pinot Grigio California 2013 (United States) 13% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. Opening aromas include wet cement, sand, chrysanthemum, all leading to later scents of kiwi, guava, lychee. Taste profile is focused firmly on the lychee aspect plus pineapple. Finishes dry, minerally.
Great Value   Photo    
  85 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Grigio Central Coast 2013 (United States) 12.5% abv, $11  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lemon juice color. Smells of freshly cut flowers, mown lawn, lettuce, kiwi, banana. Tastes of lemon tart, citrus zest, pineapple. Crowd pleasing white that is best served with Asian cuisine.
    Photo    
  85 Sequin Pinot Grigio California 2012 (United States) 9.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Silvery straw color. Gently effervescent. Smells slightly yeasty, tart, quarry. Taste profile is fizzy, keenly pineapple-like, semi-dry, pleasingly easy and carefree.
    Photo    
  84 Cedar Creek Winery Pinot Grigio American 2013 (United States) 11% abv, $10  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  82 Barefoot Cellars Pinot Grigio American NV (United States) 12.5% abv, $6.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  80 Pink Zebra Pinot Grigio Washington 2012 (United States) 12.5% abv, $11.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

White Wines

Gewurztraminer - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Dr. Konstantin Frank Gewurztraminer Finger Lakes 2013 (United States) 12% abv, $14.99  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Greenish yellow color. Impeccable aroma of grass, orange rind, sage, thyme, minerals, quartz, granite, unripened grapes, lemongrass. Tastes of lemon, pineapple, almond. Aftertaste is absurdly long, slinky, edgy, savory. A Gewurztraminer clinic.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 94 Helfrich Steinklotz Gewurztraminer Alsace Grand Cru 2011 (France) 13.8% abv, $25  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Golden straw color. The aromatics leap from the glass offering a complex melange ranging from wild flowers to citrus, tropical, and stone fruits with a brilliant mineral edge. The palate confirms the nose delivering waves of ripe tropical and orchard fruits with candied ginger and exotic spice notes.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Wagner Vineyards Estate Grown/Estate Bottled Semi-Dry Gewurztraminer Finger Lakes 2012 (United States) 12.6% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow/lemon juice color. Spice elemental, so emblematic of Gewurztraminer, is apparent immediately in the first whiffs along with subtler notes of gun metal, minerals, quartz. Taste profile shows abundant charm via the spicy grapiness that's more tart than semi-dry and therefore delicious. Spicy food companion, even Mexican.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Wagner Vineyards Dry Gerwurztraminer Finger Lakes 2012 (United States) 12.7% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale silver/yellow color. Faint fragrances of spice fruits, gooseberry, grape leaves, vines make for alluring sniffing. Taste profile is desert dry, stony/minerally, mildly spicy. Asian fare is the food pairing ticket for this elegant Gewurz.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 ESTABLO Vineyard Selection Gewurztraminer Casablanca Valley 2011 (Chile) 19% abv, $30  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright straw yellow/gold color. Gravel-like, stony aroma is firm, but delicate, showing low-key spice, flowers, and grapefruit scents. Taste profile features earthy spice, dried pineapple flavors. Medium long aftertaste that's peppery.
    Photo    
  85 Cedar Creek Winery Gerwurztraminer American 2013 (United States) 11% abv, $11  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. Scents of apricot, peach, candied ginger, and nectarine fill the nose. The palate concurs with the nose delivering a lush, semi-dry style with a generous dose of fresh acidity to keep it vibrant and refreshing.
    Photo    
  84 Finca Rio Negro Gerwurztraminer Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2013 (Spain) 13.5% abv, $19.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

White Wines

White Blends – Europe

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia Epanomi 2013 (Greece) 13.5% abv, $22  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Slight haziness in pale yellow color. Pleasantly ripe, fruity, even juicy in opening inhalations, then aroma turns desert dry, stony. Refreshingly tart, but not sour at entry, then at midpalate the taste escalates into a fruit salad splendor.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Barton & Guestier Charmes de Magnol Blanc Bordeaux 2013 (France) 12.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Hay yellow color. Slight peppercorn fragrance is earthy and spicy with the same intensity. On palate, there's a faint fruitiness which is green unripened, grapy, pineapple-like, and citrusy. A model of understatement that's structurally sound. Ideal shellfish companion.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Stemmari Dalila Sicily IGT 2012 (Italy) 13% abv, $12.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty straw yellow color. Smells like biscuit batter, asparagus, dried violet. In mouth the flavor profile is silky in texture, desert dry, mildly doughy, with background tastes of gooseberry, quince. Complex, composed, elegant.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Barton & Guestier Passeport Blanc Bordeaux 2011 (France) 13% abv, $12.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lemon juice yellow color. Fruit is forward and assertive right from the start in the grapefruit-like bouquet plus there's a trace of gravel/granite that makes the nose dusty dry. Taut, edgy tastes are dry, pineapple-like, citrusy, stony.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Estreia Branco Vinho Verde 2013 (Portugal) 10.5% abv, $8.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Straw yellow color. Aroma bursts with freshly cut pineapple, guava, pomelo scents. Tart flavors are refreshing, fruity, tropical, acidic, zesty, nectarine-like. Aftertaste is highlighted by the ripe guava flavor.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Marqués de Riscal White Rueda 2013 (Spain) 12.6% abv, $10  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale hay yellow color. Delicate aromas of parchment, chalky soil, lemon zest, gooseberry. Flavor profile is loaded with pienapple, white grapefruit, kiwi tastes that work in harmony with the keen acidity through the juicy aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Monte da Ravasqueira Reserva Branco Alentejo 2013 (Portugal) 12.5% abv, €5.5 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color. The nose is wonderfully floral with scents of white peach, green apple, and pear with hints of mineral, grapefruit, and lime zest. The palate confirms the nose while offering grapefruit in the lead with ripe, juicy fruits in support and a generous dose of fresh citrus like acidity that keeps it vibrant. A super aperitif.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Tapada do Barão Colheita Seleccionada White Blend Alentejo 2013 (Portugal) 13.5% abv, $14  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tarnished silver/ecru color. Smells moderately fruity (pears, persimmons) and is nicely dry and mildly spicy. Flavor profile features earthy tastes of pine and sap but is also cleanly acidic and tart. Seafood companion par excellence.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Biblia Chora Estate White Macedonia 2013 (Greece) 14.5% abv, $23  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant straw yellow color. Nose is stony, chalk-like, and dry, yet it also offers an underlying fruitiness (yellow plum) that's ripe and fabric-like, cottony. Tastes of mango more than anything else but is dusty dry, acidic, tart. Finishes long, satiny in texture, moderately viscous, fruitier than midpalate.
    Photo    
  90 Biblia Chora Ovilos Macedonia 2012 (Greece) 14% abv, $38  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty gamboge color. Smells of dry earth, desert sand, with traces of quince, mango, white pepper, parsley, bouillon. Flavor profile features savory flavors of plums, guava, kiwi, dough, baker's yeast. Serious white of complexity and character.
    Photo    
  89 Andre Lurton Chateau Bonnet White Bordeaux 2013 (France) 13% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw yellow color. Lemony, citrusy aroma is sprightly, tart, lean, yet ripe. Taste profile is ripe, intensely grapy, raisiny, pineapple-like, fresh, and tart. Finishes medium long, dry, and slightly gravel-like earthy.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Cantine Cellaro Inzolia/Chardonnay Sicily IGT 2013 (Italy) 13% abv, $10  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color. The nose is fresh and pleasing with scents of peach, winter melon, kiwi, and apple with accents of mineral and lime. The palate echoes the nose delivering a generous core of ripe and tart fruits with a generous dose of acidity that adds intrigue and drinkability.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Castiglione Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012 (Italy) 12% abv, $8.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Silvery yellow color. Stony aromas are abundant in the opening fragrance, then the bouquet turns more fruity, juicy, raisiny. Taste profile is lean, earthy, quince-like, tart.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Monte da Ravasqueira Branco Alentejo 2013 (Portugal) 12.5% abv, €7.9 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is bright and lively with scents of green apple, guava, and tart pear leading the way with mineral and honeysuckle in support. The palate is equally vibrant with waves of orchard fruits and accents of mineral, fresh herbs, grapefruit zest, and coriander. A great aperitif.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2013 (Portugal) 11% abv, $9  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale, tarnished silver color, with slight effervescence, soft bubbles. Compelling, fruity, ripe, peach-like, nectarine-like in the engaging, demonstrative, keenly tart bouquet. On palate, flavor profile is brisk, sour, and more yeasty than fruity. Ends on mouth-puckering note of tartness that's edgy and clean.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Chateau Clement Termes Perle Gaillac 2013 (France) 11.5% abv, €4.8 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dusty marigold color. Fragrance is fresh, herbal, moderately floral, vegetal. Slight fizz on palate dissipates immediately. Faint traces of grape leaves, vines in elemental, stone dry finish.
    Photo    
  87 QUINTA DA AVELEDA Vinho Verde 2013 (Portugal) 11.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is alive with the scents of fresh spring flowers, grapefruit, lime, and green apple. The palate is in full agreement delivering an aperitif wine ideal for warm summer nights.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 David Maitre Vigneron Sauvignon/Mauzac Cotes du Tarn 2013 (France) 11.5% abv, €3.8 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright straw yellow color. Smells of fresh unripened melon, honeysuckle, chalk. Dry as stone flavor that's highlighted by orchard fruit pit, apple peel. Ideal companion for mussels, oysters.
    Photo    
  86 Fonte da Serrano Alentejo 2013 (Portugal) 12.5% abv, €2.5 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is fresh and alive with the scents of crisp green apple, under ripe pineapple, pear, and kiwi. The palate is in full agreement delivering a vibrant fruit core with tart apple skins and mineral in support.
    Photo    
  86 Herdade da Comporta Península de Setúbal 2013 (Portugal) 12.5% abv, $19.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright yellow color. Opening inhalations detect earthy, dry, slightly bitter fragrances of loose leaf tobacco, arugula/rocket, uncooked asparagus. Has pleasantly astringent, even salty tastes of leaves, moss, under-ripened white grapes.
    Photo    
  85 Tapada do Fidalgo White Alentejo 2013 (Portugal) 13.5% abv, $12  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty, pristine flax color. Feathery light aroma of chalk/limestone, yeast, dough, with a nuance of Anjou pear tucked way in the aromatic background. Wispy clean and acidic on palate, with subtle tastes of fresh pear, pineapple.
    Photo    
  84 Duca Pinot Grigio/Garganega Veneto IGT 2013 (Italy) 12% abv, $20, 3L Box  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

White Wines

White Blends – Southern Hemisphere

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  86 Glenlofty Single Vineyard Marsanne Roussane Pyrenees 2012 (Australia) 14.4% abv, AUD 28 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant pale gold. Scents of green orchard fruits take the lead with hints of coriander, apple skins, and green grass. The palate is equally vibrant with tart apple and pear notes rising on the finish with a generous dose of natural acidity.
       
 

White Wines

Muscat/Moscato/Moscatel – World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Cantine Aurora Moscato Piemonte 2013 (Italy) 5.5% abv, $16.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color with a moderate stream of fine bubbles. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe peach, pear, and apricot with accents of honey. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a generous avalanche of ripe fruit flavors with balancing acidity to match keeping it vibrant. A real crowd pleaser begging for sip after sip.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Domino Moscato Mendoza 2012 (Argentina) 12.5% abv, $7.49  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. Smells delicately of summer garden, jasmine, honeysuckle, orange blossom. Round, juicy, tropical fruit-like flavors are acidic, fresh, tart, and vivid. Lovely Saturday afternoon white.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Mezzacorona Moscato Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2012 (Italy) 11% abv, $8.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep canary yellow color. Offers semi-dry, ripe aromas of honeydew melon, Clementine orange, orange blossom, leather, parchment. Tastes of mango, lychee, passionfruit in elegant flavor profile. Pleasingly fresh aftertaste goes slightly earthy.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Stemmari Moscato Sicily IGT 2012 (Italy) 8.5% abv, $8.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright Williams pear color. This Moscato nose is equally divided between stone quarry and orange orchard aromas that work harmoniously in tandem. Flavor profile is a bit dusty in its semi-dryness but the ripeness of the tangerine, nectarine, Clementine mix eventually wins out, lasting deep into the aftertaste. Pair with creme brulee.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Ecco Domani Puglia 2013 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $14  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Frosty pale yellow color. Slight effervescence at pour that immediately fades. Nose is more minerally than fruity and has a background scent of gum. Clean, lean on palate, as flavors of ripe grapes, white raisins, yellow plums abound.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Villa Pozzi Moscato Sicily IGT 2012 (Italy) 12% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Golden straw color with a slight effervescence. The nose showcases pretty notes of honeysuckle, ripe melon, peach, and nectarine with a hint of mineral. The palate confirms the nose delivering a spry, semisweet core with ample acidity to keep it fresh and vibrant.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Barefoot Cellars Moscato California NV (United States) 8.5% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Greenish yellow color. Aroma explodes in cumulonimbus clouds of orange blossom, bramble, orange zest fragrances that could only be derived from Moscato. Off-dry tastes of fruit salad, tangerine, Mineola orange shine. Uncomplicated, intensely ripe and fruity.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  87 OBiKWA Moscato Stellenbosch 2013 (South Africa) 12% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very pale straw color. The aromatics are incredibly floral with scents of rose water, peach blossom, honey, and lilac marry with sweet pear, peach, apricot and pineapple. The palate is in full accord delivering a lush and vibrant fruit driven wine with vibrancy and charm.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Silvan Ridge Winery Semi Sparkling Early Muscat Willamette Valley 2013 (United States) 6% abv, $15  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color with a moderate stream of fine bubbles. The nose is filled with the scents of white peach and tangerine with accents of honey. The palate concurs delivering a sweet, rich, and fruity core with a generous dose of honey in support.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Sequin Moscato California 2012 (United States) 10.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant straw color. Soft mousse that fades quickly. Hits all the aromatic notes for moscato, orange blossom, honeysuckle but adds intriguing notes of green tea, almond. Flavor bursts open with vivid tastes of orange, tangerine, sesame seed.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 St. James Winery Moscato United States NV (United States) 10% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow. Pleasingly juicy, ambrosia in the aroma, with background scents of orange blossom, honeysuckle. White raisin, dried pear, nectarine flavors abound in carefree, easy-to-like flavor. A summer treat for your picnic.
Great Value   Photo    
  85 Twisted Moscato Mendoza 2012 (Argentina) 12.5% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Greenish straw color. Honeydew melon, orange blossom aromas leap from the glass along with a subtle spiciness. Semi-dry flavor is accented with green melon, tangerine flavors that last long into the sap-like aftertaste.
    Photo    
  84 Bartenura Moscato Pavia IGT 2013 (Italy) 5% abv, $15  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  84 Pink Zebra Moscato Central Coast 2013 (United States) 12.5% abv, $11.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  83 CK Mondavi Willow Springs Moscato California 2012 (United States) 10.1% abv, $7.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

White Wines

White Blends – North America

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 92 Devonian Coast Wineries Mercator White Estate Select Nova Scotia 2012 (Canada) 12% abv, CAD 22.99 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Canary yellow color. Slightly earthy aromas of truffle, lichen are balanced by stony scents. Taste profile is tart, intensely pear-like, but neither juicy nor jammy. Aftertaste is short, astringent, refreshingly dry and nimble.
    Photo    
  88 Gaspereau Vineyards Tidal Bay Nova Scotia 2013 (Canada) 10.5% abv, CAD 21.99 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tarnished silver color. Keenly floral opening aroma is off-dry, honeysuckle- and orange blossom-like, with spice, clay, sage background scents. Taste profile features very tart, green melon flavors along with pineapple, kiwi. Finishes crisp, acidic, well-structured.
    Photo    
  88 Gnarly Head Authentic White California 2012 (United States) 11.5% abv, $11.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ecru color. Dry, earthy opening scents of moss, orange blossom, brambles, pumpkin are followed by fruitier aromas of guava, mango, sesame seed. Flavor profile features an orangey entry taste that's supplemented by white raisin, dried apricot midpalate tastes. Solid, fleshy finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Pelee Island Winery Pelee Gewurztraminer Riesling Lake Erie North Shore 2013 (Canada) 12.5% abv, CAD 11.75 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright golden yellow color. Pear drop, thistle, vegetation-like aromas abound in this woodsy bouquet. Keenly tart flavors include unsweetened pineapple, white grapefruit, lemon zest. Aftertaste is medium long, zesty, tangy.
    Photo    
  87 Jost Vineyards Tidal Bay Nova Scotia 2013 (Canada) 11% abv, CAD 19.99 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright straw yellow color. Flinty opening aromas are stone-like, reflecting schist and shale, then the later fragrances include white grapes, raisins, cantaloupe, yellow plum. Tastes of quince, sour apple, citrus, white grapefruit make for pleasant quaffing.
    Photo    
  87 Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards Zitella Upper Mississippi River Valley 2013 (United States) 12.3% abv, $18  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale golden straw color. The nose is very fragrant and intriguing with scents of peach, ripe pear, apricot, and cantaloupe. The palate is just as fun deftly marrying ripe tropical fruits with citrus and candied ginger to create a lively wine in search of summer BBQ.
    Photo    
  85 Barefoot Refresh Crisp White California NV (United States) 9% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale bisque color. Slight effervescence noted. Bright aromas of yellow plums, lemongrass, pineapple are clearly evident. Simple in mouth, no complications, just straight ahead fruitiness but with enough acidity to make it a serious contender for picnic white of the year.
    Photo    
  85 Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards Tavola White Upper Mississippi River Valley 2013 (United States) 11.2% abv, $16  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale golden straw color. The nose is fresh with the scents of peach, nectarine, pineapple, and red grapefruit with hints of mineral. The palate is in full agreement delivering a fresh and vibrant wine with a lush semisweet core and a generous dose of acidity to keep it fresh.
    Photo    
  84 Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards Petit Blanc Upper Mississippi River Valley 2013 (United States) 12.7% abv, $16  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

White Wines

Other White Varietals - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Helfrich Pinot Blanc Alsace 2013 (France) 12.9% abv, $16.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Oyster shell color. Faint, flinty aromas of vegetation, coins, gun metal, limestone, dry earth make for intriguing sniffing. Citrusy, tangy, peel-like tastes highlight this lean wine's flavor profile, which lends itself perfectly to chicken or game hen.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 93 Gerovassiliou Malagousia Epanomi 2013 (Greece) 13.5% abv, $23  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Greenish/yellow color. Highly attractive, almost salty bouquet that's earthy, quarry-like, totally dry, herbal (dill), vegetal, and floral at the very end. Taste profile features an intensely grapy core flavor upon which all other flavors are hinged, including grape juice, white raisins, yellow plums. Destined for shellfish dishes.
    Photo    
  Finalist 93 Sauvion Vouvray 2013 (France) 13% abv, $11.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale bisque/ecru color. Lovely, understated scents of yellow plum, pear, kiwi, red apple make the bouquet a winner. Velvety texture supports the white raisin, melony flavors that carry through to the crisp, tart finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Gerovassiliou Viognier Epanomi 2012 (Greece) 13% abv, $39  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant sunshine yellow. First inhalations detect seductive aromas of almond, jasmine, pear drop, poppy seed. Satiny texture underpins husky flavor profile that features dried fruit, in particular, apricot, sultanas. Luscious.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Hither & Yon White Frontinac McLaren Vale 2012 (Australia) 12.5% abv, AUD 20 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The aromatics are wonderfully complex and inviting with scents of rose water, and spring flowers, green peppercorn, with hints of green pepper, and pineapple, mango, and lemon curd. The palate is in full agreement with the nose simply adding further dimension and texture to the brilliant melange of aromas and flavors.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Biblia Chora Areti Assyritiko Macedonia 2012 (Greece) 13.5% abv, $23  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow appearance. Smells of dried herbs, green vegetable, pepper. Flavor profile features generous tastes of white grapes, kiwi, sultanas, lemon zest. Excellent light fare wine, especially shellfish.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Blume Verdejo Pagos del Rey Rueda 2013 (Spain) 13% abv, $10.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty pale yellow. Stony, dry, gravel-like aroma that is nuanced and subtle. Plenty of charming, grapy, delicately spicy, but astringent flavor significantly ratchets up the score. Mango, pear tastes in the finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Parparoussis Gift of Dionysos Sideritis Peloponnese 2013 (Greece) 12.5% abv, $19  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tarnished silver/Manzanilla sherry color. Smells alluringly juicy, fruity in initial inhalations, then turns citrusy, zesty. Tastes of ripe pear, pineapple, banana. Stone dry, refreshing, superb companion for Asian fare.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Terra Silvestre Arinto Tejo 2013 (Portugal) 13% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant yellow color. Nose is woodsy, minty, highly herbaceous, sap-like, resiny, and leafy. Flavor profile is stony dry, minerally, earthy, appealing as a seafood companion. Excellent acidity/alcohol/pH balance.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Wollersheim Winery Prairie Fume Seyval Blanc American 2013 (United States) 10% abv, $9  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Tarnished silver appearance. Dusty dry, limestone, minerally, quarry-like, green pepper aromas highlight the svelte, lithe bouquet that's more earthy than fruity. Taste profile captures the fruit essence of the aroma in the forms of quince, kiwi, pineapple. Delicate yet firmly structured splendor.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 San Felo Le Stoppie Vermentino Toscana IGT 2013 (Italy) 12.5% abv, €24 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Vividly bright straw yellow color. There's a bit of earthy funk to this bouquet but it's pleasing all the same. Its best moment is on palate as zesty, tangy, astringent flavors of quince, sultanas, almond, and brambles make for elegant quaffing. Chicken marsala choice.
    Photo    
  90 Vesevo Beneventano Falanghina Campania IGT 2013 (Italy) 13% abv, $17  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is filled with the scents of exotic flowers with green melon, white peach, star fruit, and a hint of kiwi and mineral. The palate is simpatico with the nose delivering loads of crisp apple and pear notes with a generous dose of fresh acidity and an underlying accents of dried mango. Lovely.
    Photo    
  90 Vinkara Reserve Narince Tokat 2011 (Turkey) 14% abv, $24.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty maize yellow color. Smells of oak, sawdust, green apple, pineapple, vanilla. Taste profile is toasty, almond-like, tangy, with hints of sage, ripe apple, grapefruit, kiwi, lemon zest. Aftertaste is long, herbal, stony.
    Photo    
  89 Finca Constancia Parcela 52 Verdejo Castilla 2013 (Spain) 13% abv, $18.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Yellow straw color. The nose is fresh and vibrant with ripe red grapefruit, star fruit, tart pear, and kiwi supported by sweet herbs, mineral, and lime zest. The palate delivers the promise of the nose offering a crisp and fruit driven wine with mineral and a great dose of lively acidity.
    Photo    
  89 Kettmeir Muller-Thurgau Alto Adige 2013 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $18  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale golden color. The nose is fresh and lively with crisp scents of green apple and pear in the fore with hints of fresh herbs, mineral, and ginger not far behind. The palate concurs with the nose delivering a vibrant fruit driven core with supporting spice and peppery ginger on the edges to add interest and vibrancy.
    Photo    
  89 Quinta do Quetzal Reserva Antao Vaz Vidigueira 2011 (Portugal) 13.5% abv, $38  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale golden color. The nose reveal a rich and sophisticated wine with ripe fruits and loads of sexy oak. The palate does not disappoint, fulfilling the promise of the nose delivering a lush yet vibrant core of mature fruit with notes of almond paste, vanilla bean, and custard in support. A real charmer.
    Photo    
  89 Sobon Estate Viognier Amador County 2013 (United States) 13.8% abv, $16  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is wonderfully floral with white peach and apricot supported by red grapefruit, mineral, and subtle vanilla notes. The palate fully reflects the aromatics delivering a rich and semi-tart fruit core with mineral and citrus zest accents. Ideally balanced it a generous dose of natural acidity.
    Photo    
  89 Vinas del Vero La Miranda de Secastilla Somontano 2012 (Spain) 13% abv, $13.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color. The aromatics are seductively floral with ripe apple, pear, and tangerine not far behind. The palate echoes the nose offering a sprite but generous fruit driven center with accents of mineral, fresh grass, citrus zest, and a hint of ginger.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Vinkara Doruk Narince Tokat 2012 (Turkey) 14% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright sunshine yellow. Scents of pineapple, white grapefruit, kiwi are evident but subtle. Flavor profile features white grapefruit more than any other fruit aspect and that makes for savory, tart drinking enjoyment. Aftertaste is short, acidic, fresh, juicy.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 AVELEDA Vinho Verde 2013 (Portugal) 12.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw with a mild effervesece. The nose is crisp and alive with scents of green apple, guava, and pear in the lead with subtle bread dough and mineral notes. the palate is quite tart in the best possible way inviting the next sip and whetting the apetite.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Dr. Konstantin Frank Gruner Veltliner Finger Lakes 2012 (United States) 12% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant pale straw color. The nose is fresh with the scents of crisp green apple, musk melon, and guava with mineral and citrus accents. The palate is equally vibrant with a bright core of orchard fruits with the hints of ginger, lemon, and mineral.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Gandia Nebla Rueda 2013 (Spain) 12.5% abv, $10  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is simply seductive with spring flowers, green apples, and tropical fruits with ginger and wet grass in support. The palate echoes the nose with tart citrus and mineral notes rising on the finish. Superbly balanced with a fresh dose of natural acidity. A fantastic aperitif.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Lenz Moser Prestige Gruner Veltliner 2013 (Austria) 11.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is fresh and vibrant with green apple and pear in the lead supported by mineral and hints of lime zest. The palate is equally sprite and welcoming causing no fanfare - just real refreshment and pleasure.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Remidas Soave 2012 (Italy) 12% abv, $10  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
pale yellow straw color. The nose is fresh while understated with scents of apple, white peach, and green melon in the lead with hints of lime and mineral. The palate is equally restrained with perfect balance and long lingering flavors of guava.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Rocca di Montemassi Calasole Maremma Toscana 2013 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale yellow straw color. The aromatics are beautifully floral with green apple, pear, grapefruit, and jasmine in the lead with hints of grass and blanched almonds. The palate is equal to the nose offering a vibrant fruit core with accents of mineral, citrus zest, and hay. Ideally balanced with a lingering finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Veleta Vijiriega Granada 2013 (Spain) 13.5% abv, $16  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Sunshine yellow color. Smells of stone quarry, limestone, chalk, desert, grape skins. Fully evolved, raisiny flavors are plentiful, tart, astringent, grapy. Aftertaste is toasty, yeasty, bread dough-like.
    Photo    
  88 Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards La Crescent Upper Mississippi River Valley 2013 (United States) 12.3% abv, $20  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Golden straw color. The nose is wonderfully floral with honeysuckle and orange blossom in the lead with ripe peach, apricot, and nectarine not far behind. The palate is vibrant and semisweet with lots of fresh acidity to keep it lively. Finishes with a semi-tart pineapple and candied ginger note that lingers for minutes.
    Photo    
  87 Castello Soave 2011 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty canary yellow color. Aroma is muted in the first inhalations, then a delicate dry sand fragrance emerges. Taste is clean, lithe, tart, crisp, lean. Aftertaste is brief but acidic and fresh.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Kettmeir Pinot Bianco Alto Adige 2013 (Italy) 13% abv, $18  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. The nose is wonderfully floral with spring flowers in the lead supported by green apples, pear, and star fruit. The palate echoes the nose delivering an ultra vibrant fruit core with a deft mineral note and subtle lime zest flavors. Ideally balanced with a generous dose of acidity.
    Photo    
  87 Raimat Costers del Segre 2013 (Spain) 12% abv, $11  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale gold color. Pleasantly fruity, sour, raisiny aromas are fresh, clean. Flavor profile is citrusy fresh, acidic, crisp, edgy, pineapple-like. Aftertaste is medium long, fruity ripe, almost juicy, hard candy-like.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards St. Pepin Upper Mississippi River Valley 2013 (United States) 12.6% abv, $20  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale golden straw color. The nose is crisp and subtle with notes of green apple and pear in the lead with mineral and citrus zest in support. The palate is equally sprite delivering a vibrant green fruit core with a generous dose of acidity making it the ideal aperitif.
       
  86 Cedar Creek Winery La Belle Vie Vidal American 2013 (United States) 10.5% abv, $9  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color. Bright orchard fruits fill the nose with generous portions of wild flowers, mineral, and hints of tropical fruits. The palate is equal to the nose with ripe peach and pear in the lead supported by citrus and floral notes. Very refreshing.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards Bianco d'Amici Brianna Upper Mississippi River Valley 2012 (United States) 12% abv, $20  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale straw color with hints of gold. The nose is amazingly fragrant with loads of spring flowers and tropical fruits. The palate echoes the nose delivering a vibrant and congenial wine that refreshes and satisfies.
    Photo    
  84 Pata Negra Rueda 2013 (Spain) 12.5% abv, $10  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  84 Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards Pepin Blanc Frontenac Gris Upper Mississippi River Valley 2012 (United States) 13.9% abv, $19  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  83 Monte Xanic Chenin Colombard Guadalupe Valley 2013 (Mexico) 12.2% abv, $13  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

White Wines

Sweet Whites

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  88 Barefoot Refresh Sweet White California NV (United States) 9% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pale flaxen color. Big bubbles, firm effervescence noted. Wow, the aroma is simultaneously ambrosial and minerally, emitting firm scents of grape preserves, custard, lychee. Taste features pleasing flavors of peach, apricot, plums, pineapple. Destined to be a blockbuster summer picnic Everyman white.
Great Value   Photo    
 

Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 97 Chateau La Haye Majeste Grande Reserve Saint-Estephe 2010 (France) 13.5% abv, $80  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive, deep purple core color, maroon edge. Smells of vines, mint, eucalyptus, red cherry, red plum. Balanced taste profile is filled with plummy flavors that are moderately tannic and rich without being unctuous. Harmonious finish combines Cabernet power with Saint Estephe terroir finesse. Grand, lovely.
    Photo    
  Finalist 95 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2011 (United States) 14.9% abv, $35  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Maroon edge gives way to deep purple core. Compelling aromas of raisins, prunes, blueberry, cigar box, black tea are textbook Cabernet fragrances. All the profound qualities in the nose are present and accentuated in the flavor. A stunning red wine achievement.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 94 Claar Cellars White Bluffs Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010 (United States) 13.8% abv, $22  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque purple color. Smells of wax paper, charcoal, oak resin, vines, brambles, forest floor. Ripe, succulent flavor profile features long, sinewy, chewy tastes of boysenberry jam, mint, eucalyptus. Luscious finish is round, jammy.
    Photo    
  Finalist 94 Midsummer Cellars Tomasson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Saint Helena 2011 (United States) 14.2% abv, $44  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep purple color. Remarkably minty first inhalations give way to cranberry, black cherry fragrances that are tight, astringent, but alluringly ripe, highly sophisticated. Flavor profile highlights the cranberry, black cherry aspects, adding traces of vanilla, dried herbs, black pepper to round out a stunning flavor experience.
    Photo    
  Finalist 94 Raymond Vineyards Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $40  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque black/purple color. Smells of paraffin, oak, but largely this upfront nose is closed off. Rich, juicy flavors of black cherry, blackberry, boysenberry inspire and delight as the soft tannins round out the vivid juiciness. Long, ripe aftertaste.
    Photo    
  Finalist 94 Rodney Strong Vineyards Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2011 (United States) 14% abv, $28  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky maroon color. Tight aroma is closed off in the first inhalations, but with further air contact the bouquet emerges in gentle waves of sage, fennel, bay leaf, green pepper, dates, figs. Taste profile highlights the dried berries, wild berries, red plum, blueberry flavors that integrate in the long, mildly tannic finish. Gloriously luscious, refined.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 93 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky black color. Lead pencil, pine needle, cigar box, tobacco, paraffin aromas are evident. Jammy, preserves-like tastes are abundant, supple, intensely berry-like and plummy. Berry compote flavors last deep into the finish. Lush, robust.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 93 Bazelet HaGolan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Galilee 2010 (Israel) 15.8% abv, $60  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque purple. Tightly focused aroma of dates, prunes, dried flowers. The real story of this wine is the robust, multilayered, dry as a bone flavor profile that features cranberry, mint, boysenberry jam. Highly tannic. Needs 4-6 years of cellaring.
    Photo    
  Finalist 93 Black Stallion Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011 (United States) 14.5% abv, $27.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Maroon color. Complex, textbook Cabernet aromas are present, especially mint, eucalyptus, walnut. Ripe fruit highlights the flavor profile as mildly spicy tastes of blackberry, black cherry, raisins, citrus pave the way to the tart, moderately tannic finish.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 93 J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Saint Helena 2011 (United States) 14.9% abv, $40  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
No transparency at all; jet black. Tightly structured, highly tannic, astringent, bittersweet aromas of prunes, dates, almonds, figs make for deep, slow, thoughtful inhaling. Flavor profile is classically California as the taste profile features black raisins, coffee bean/espresso, chalk, dried tomato. Massive and massively enjoyable.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 93 La Merika Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $15.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brick/maroon color. Lovely, composed aromas of almond, leather, cedar, cigar box make for lush sniffing. Flavors include evolved blackberry jam, boysenberry, red plum. Satiny texture. Aftertaste reflects the midpalate most, featuring jammy aspect. Top notch Cabernet.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 93 Montgras Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley 2013 (Chile) 14% abv, $11.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark purple/blood red color. Subtle hints of paraffin, parchment, dried herbs in the nuanced bouquet. Pleasing flavors of tart berries, black cherry, black plum highlight the midpalate phase. Aftertaste is moderately tannic, elegant, silky textured.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 93 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast (United States) 12.5% abv, $11  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive, opaque, deep purple color. Aroma is all about mint and brambles in the first inhalations, then it turns raisiny, leathery, and pruny. Taste profile is tart, assertively berry-like, peppery all the way deep into the silky aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Alto Los Romeros Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley 2012 (Chile) 14% abv, $10.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brownish edge rims the ruby core. Nose is stony, minerally, earthy, dry, and elemental. Taste profile is fruit abundant and round with red cherry, raspberry, pomegranate. Soft tannins make this generous red easy, supple, and intensely ripe.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011 (United States) 14.5% abv, $35  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, darkest ruby red color. The nose is wonderfully inviting with layers of ripe black and red cherries with plum, cocoa, and hints of vanilla. The palate echoes the nose delivering a tight core of fruit that develops as it aerates revealing layers of ripe fruit with accents of dark chocolate and oak. Lovely.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Eldredge RL Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley 2010 (Australia) 14.8% abv, AUD 25 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky dark purple color. Heavily minty in the first inhalations, then the bouquet turns tight, dry as a bone and herbal (sage, thyme). On palate, it tastes of sour cherry, under-ripened red plum. The austere, but ripely berry-like aftertaste leaves the mouth dry and hungry.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 ESTABLO Vineyard Selection Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley 2011 (Chile) 14.5% abv, $30  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty blood red color with brownish edge. Features a solid opening scent of fresh mint that is supplanted by red cherry, raspberry preserves, pipe tobacco, dried violets. Tastes of juicy red cherry and raspberry, echoing the bouquet. Excellent, sturdy Cabernet.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Hither & Yon Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale 2011 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 35 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deepest, dark ruby red color with hints of p[purple. The nose reveals a classic Cabernet profile with loads of ripe blackberry, cherry, cassis, and black plum with dark chocolate, raspberry jam, violet, and brown baking spices in support. The palate confirms the aromatics with power and grace. Medium firm tannins and black pepper notes complete the package.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Howard Park Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon Great Southern 2011 (Australia) 14% abv, AUD 28 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby color with purple rim. Dominant aroma is boysenberry preserves, supported by lead pencil, copper penny, brambles. Lovely in the mouth, tart yet keenly ripe and pleasingly juicy and berry-like. Soft tannins make the aftertaste a special treat.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Color of purple plum. Mint, raspberry, boysenberry, red plum aromas are abundant and clearly evident. Taste profile features boysenberry jam, blackcurrant, red plum flavors that are keenly ripe and peppery. Class act all the wasy.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Lorenzi Estate Varietal Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Temecula Valley 2010 (United States) 13.9% abv, $75  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Black coffee color. Juicy aromas of black raisins, dates, herbs, spearmint, black tea, jasmine are plentiful. Tannic but round, rich but acidic, textured but lithe with flavors of black cherry compote, blackberry jam. Finishes long, smooth, savory, and intensely juicy.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Midsummer Cellars Cañon Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011 (United States) 13.7% abv, $44  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty black plum color. First inhalations detect dusty dry, intensely grapy aromas that evolve through air contact into plummy, raisiny scents that are tightly wound, astringent, toasty. Taste profile leans towards a deep level of black plum, black cherry. Aftertaste is minty, herbal, peppery, sensationally luscious.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 92 Paracombe Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaide Hills 2009 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 25 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The generous ripe blackberry, plum, and cassis notes rise form the glass when poured making nosing an easy task. The palate is just as rewarding featuring a sexy, ripe fruit core with loads of baking spice, sweet oak, and hints of vanilla.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley 2011 (Chile) 14.3% abv, $20  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, darkest ruby red color. The nose reveals a classic Cabernet with generous amounts of black cherry, plum, and cassis mingling with accents of mineral, cedar, dark chocolate, cedar, and toasted oak. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering an intense and concentrated core of dry fruit with loads of earth, spice, and oak in support.
Great Value   Photo    
  91 Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills 2011 (United States) 2011% abv, $30  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, darkest ruby red color. The aromatics are rich and alluring with layers of ripe plum, black cherry and cassis with generous accents of dried herbs, cocoa nibs, allspice, and oak. The palate confirms the nose delivering the same melange of fruit and herb with a pretty streak of minerality and subtle mocha note. Ideally balanced with great length and chewy tannins.
    Photo    
  91 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Midnight purple/black color. Emits lovely, restrained aromas of mulberry, red currant, strawberry, old leather-bound book, tobacco leaf. Medium body, silky texture underpin the raisiny, plummy flavor profile that's moderately tannic, juicy, spicy, lush.
Great Value   Photo    
  91 Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011 (United States) 14.5% abv, $30  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky purple/black color. Leafy, brambles, berry vine aromas are vegetal and minty. Composed, integrated flavor profile features mint, cassis, black raspberry, black plum tastes that are tannic, austere, yet ripe and supple.
    Photo    
  91 Fog Head Cabernet Sauvignon California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $9.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive purple plum color. Nose is bountifully luscious, berry-like, jammy, spicy, and lead pencil-like. Taste profile features red plum, raspberry jam, bilberry, cucumber, blueberry. Aftertaste is minerally, ripe, tobacco-like, fig-like, oaky.
Great Value   Photo    
  91 Formby & Adams Leading Horse Cabernet Sauvignon Langhorne Creek 2009 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 19 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark maroon core with violet rim. Traces of burnt match, sulphur, new leather, tobacco, eucalyptus, camphor all work in harmony in the engaging, atypical bouquet. Plump, ripe berry/cherry flavors are vivid, tart, acidic, balanced. Aftertaste is squeaky tight and clean.
    Photo    
  91 Girard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011 (United States) 15% abv, $29.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty maroon color with violet edge. Soaring aromatics include blackberry jam, eucalyptus, olive, bay leaf, wet soil. Silky texture underpins juicy, tart, mildly tannic flavors of blackberry, blackcurrant, plum, black pepper. Lovely, regal.
    Photo    
  91 Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon California 2012 (United States) 14% abv, $11.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky purple/ruby color. Boysenberry preserves smell wafts from the glass followed by scents of ripe cranberry, mocha, candle wax. Satiny texture, moderate tannins support the taste profile that's juicy, keenly ripe, bramble-like, intensely berry-like and plummy. Lots going for it. Steak companion.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  91 Irony Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $15.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty ruby/garnet color. Smells of mocha, vines, cigar box, persimmon, leather. Tastes of bilberry, red plum, blueberry. Aftertaste is chewy, textured, deeply berry-like and jammy. Pair with BBQ meats, grilled steak.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Beelgara Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley 2010 (Australia) 14% abv, AUD 17 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Maroon color with violet edge. High degree of leafy/bramble aroma is mixed with cooking spices (black pepper, sage) in a bouquet that could only be described as "gamey". Luscious fruit compote, black olive, black tea flavors impress the taste buds leaving behind the rustic aroma in the dust.
    Photo    
  90 Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon California 2011 (United States) 13.6% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive deep purple core, rimmed by lavender. Opening aroma is like walking into a spice shop, so prevalent is the mint, sage, bay leaf. Secondary inhalations pick up more berry intensity. Best phase is definitely the juicy, ripe, blackberry, black currant flavor that's animated, dry, and dusty. Bread dough noted in the finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011 (United States) 14.5% abv, $48  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, darkest ruby red color. The nose complex and generous with layers of ripe blackberry, plum, and cassis with hints of cherry, allspice, and oak, The palate delivers the promise of the nose offering a tight fruit driven core with accents of cocoa, allspice, nutmeg, and oak with hints of mineral. Ideally balanced with a great dose of natural acidity.
  Tried & True Photo    
  90 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills 2012 (United States) 14% abv, $15  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky black color. There's a dark chocolate/cocoa bean core smell to this aroma that is toasty, oaky, dry. Taste profile features cocoa powder, cassis/black currant, black plum. Finish is moderately tannic, dusty dry, ripe, pruny.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 First Press Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011 (United States) 14.5% abv, $24.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lovely, bright garnet color. Intriguing aromas of stone fruit, fruit peel, tobacco leaf, black tea are lively and mildly tannic. Lush, juicy flavors feature blueberry jam, cocoa, black pepper. Round, supple, fleshy aftertaste is hearty.
    Photo    
  90 Rodney Strong Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $20  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Blood red/maroon color. Grape leaves, spearmint, eucalyptus, menthol scents are abundant and forward in this elemental bouquet. Medium rich flavors of mint, blackcurrant, boysenberry, date, black pepper are melded together nicely. Aftertaste highlights the boysenberry.
  Tried & True Photo    
  90 Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope 2011 (United States) 14% abv, $15  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky black plum color. Aroma is alive with cooking spice scents, from bay leaf to sage to coriander, in the first inhalations, then the bouquet settles down offering calm notes of prune, blueberry. Taste profile is minerally, nickel-like, peppery, tannic, astringent, and like dried cherry. Satiny, refined, earthy.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Shottesbrooke Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale 2012 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 22.99 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque purple color. Nutty, viny, oaky aromas burst forth from the sampling glass in waves. Taste profile is medium rich, moderately tannic, astringent, fruity (dried berries), savory. Tight, but stately finish that's acidic and ripe.
    Photo    
  89 CK Mondavi Wildcreek Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon California 2012 (United States) 13.6% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Purple core color with violet rim. Leather books, cigar box, cedar, Concord grape (Welch's) notes are alive and vivid in the pleasingly approachable bouquet. Rich, amazingly juicy, tart, deeply berry-like entry is bolstered by a blackberry jam midpalate. Finishes long, spicy, toasty, doughy.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Forchini Vineyards & Winery Proprietor's Reserve Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2011 (United States) 14% abv, $34  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intensely dark appearance. The nose reveals a classic Cabernet profile meeting somewhere between New and Old World styles. Scents of red and black berries dominate with cassis, mocha, cigar box, and exotic brown baking spices. The palate concurs offering a round and lush berry driven entry with complex earth, oak, and spice notes. A real charmer.
  Tried & True Photo    
  89 HandCraft Cabernet Sauvignon California 2012 (United States) 14% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark ruby red color. Upfront aromas include brambles, leaves, forest floor, truffles. Supple tastes of cocoa, coffee, green peppercorn, black tea, red currant highlight this supple, moderately tannic flavor profile. Satisfying aftertaste of blackberry jam.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Katsaros Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Olympus 2008 (Greece) 14% abv, $48  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby red color. The nose reveals a classic Old World style Cabernet with deep blackberry and plum notes supported by dried herbs, cedar, and soft earth tones. The palate concurs with the nose while delivering a riper core of red fruits with firm tannins and a trailing note of vanilla.
    Photo    
  89 Lopez Noceti Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2013 (Argentina) 13.8% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Jet black color. Smells a bit of sulphur, burnt match, ash tray in the opening inhalations, then the aroma settles down offering subtle traces of mint, oak. Flavor profile features oaky, dry, dusty tastes of raisins, prunes, dates, almonds that last deep in the aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Very deep crimson color. Tangy, dry, spicy aromas of crushed red pepper, paraffin, red plum, fruit peel, cocoa bean are featured in this animated bouquet. Ripe, round flavors of raspberry, red plum, dark chocolate abound well into the more restrained finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 One Leaf Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $25.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The aromatics are dense and intense with scents of ripe plum, cherry, and blackberry leaping from the glass. The palate is in full agreement delivering a lush and silky core of of ripe fruits with violets, red berry jam, and sweet vanilla tinged oak.
    Photo    
  89 Wolfgang Puck Cabernet Sauvignon California 2011 (United States) 14.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque purple color. Offers restrained, tightly wound, astringent aromas of tannin, cedar, poppy seed, black plum, pomegranate. Taste profile reflects the tart tannins found in the bouquet as well as the pomegranate. Finishes long, medium-bodied, moderately juicy.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Barefoot Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon California NV (United States) 13.5% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep purple/opaque appearance. Round, ripe smells waft from the glass, especially black cherry, black plum, pepper. Juicy, ultra-ripe flavors include BBQ sauce, bacon, plum preserves, boysenberry jam. Superb everyday drinking.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  88 Belle Ambiance Cabernet Sauvignon California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky purple color. Big aromas include newly tanned leather, baking spices (thyme, bay leaf), tobacco, cedar/pine. Generous flavors include blackberry preserves, black plum, black cherry, toasty oak, and a meager dose of vanilla. Stunningly juicy, straightforward.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Domino Cabernet Sauvignon California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $7.49  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ruby/crimson color. Offers friendly, fruity, ripe aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, black raisin. Ambrosial, dry flavors highlight the berry richness and depth all the way through to the aftertaste, which is drier and medium-bodied.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Epica Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley 2012 (Chile) 13% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe blackberry, cherry, and raspberry with subtle hints of herbs and earth. The palate confirms the nose reveling a silky, mouth filling texture with a lovely berry compote flanked by dry earth and wood notes.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Villa Pozzi Cabernet Sauvignon Sicily IGT 2012 (Italy) 15% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby red color. The nose is rather subtle making you search for the pretty blackberry and cherry notes supported by plum, and cassis. The palate is far more generous with a soft and silky ripe fruit core flanked by notes of baking spice, earth, and oak.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $24  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep purple/black color. High degrees of mintiness, eucalyptus, forest floor make for intriguing and alluring nosing. Dry, tart, dried cherry opening flavor evolves into toasty, oaky, slightly spicy midpalate profile. Aftertaste is chewy, deeply berry-like. Needs food pairing of substance, like lobster, steak.
    Photo    
  88 Wild Horse Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $20  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque black/purple rimmed color. Bramble-like, foresty, viny aroma is minerally, slate-like, earthy. Flavor profile elevates the experience substantially offering languid tastes of strawberry, red plum, pepper, and mint.
    Photo    
  87 14 Hands The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills 2010 (United States) 14.5% abv, $30  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque black color. Aroma-wise, this is closed off, emitting scant fragrances of dried flowers, legumes, parchment. Taste profile features massively tannic, bitter flavors of almond, black currant, black cherry, raspberry. A hearty and narrowly focused finish.
    Photo    
  87 [yellow tail] Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Yenda 2011 (Australia) 14% abv, $11.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky purple/ruby color. High levels of mint, vines, dried leaves, moss in the first inhalations, then the mint takes command with more aeration. Alluring ripeness in the entry, then the berry-laden taste profile pulls out all the stops at midpalate as the ripeness meter jumps off the scale by the finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Alto Los Romeros Cabernet Sauvignon Valle Central 2013 (Chile) 13% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Purple/Port-like color. Smells of tobacco leaf, parchment, wet earth/forest floor in the first inhalations, then it turns leathery. Taste profile features an all-out fruit/ambrosia attack of bilberry and boysenberry. Aftertaste is moderately tannic, dry, tart.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Bota Box Cabernet Sauvignon California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $22.99, 3L Box  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty dark purple color with ruby edge. Bouquet offers traces of mint, eucapyptus, blackberry jam, blackcurrant. Offers a lush, juicy taste profile that's reminiscent of brambles, vines in a berry patch. Tangy, ripe enjoyment.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  87 Brothers in Arms No. 6 Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon Langhorne Creek 2009 (Australia) 14.8% abv, AUD 22 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark garnet red color. The aromatics are quite floral with a pronounced mint note with ripe red and black fruits. The palate echoes the nose delivering waves of ripe fruit with mint, sweet herbs, and subtle earth tones.
    Photo    
  87 Herzog Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2011 (United States) 13% abv, $35  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ruby/maroon color. Mint fragrance gets expressed immediately in this engaging bouquet that's more herbal (bay leaf, parsley) than fruity (black raisins). In the mouth, the fruit aspect emerges giving off alluring flavors of raisins, chestnut purŽe, black cherry preserves. Excellent food wine, especially with beef or venison.
    Photo    
  87 Philip Shaw No. 5 Cabernet Sauvignon Orange 2009 (Australia) 13.8% abv, AUD 95 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty purple color. Bouquet is a combination of eucalyptus, mint, herbs, flowers, paraffin, and berries. Taste profile features ripe blueberry and blackberry flavors that are tart, taut, tannic. Aftertaste leaves long, ripe echoes of taste.
    Photo    
  87 Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon California NV (United States) 13% abv, $8  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep purple/violet color. There's a slight toastiness in the first nosing, then the aroma opens up to more dried fruits, in particular, prunes, black raisins. Flavors of pomegranate and black plum rise to the occasion. Good accompaniment to flank steak or plain old hamburgers.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  86 Epica Red Wine Maipo Valley 2012 (Chile) 13% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby red color. The nose is quite fruity with the scents of ripe cherry and raspberry filling the nose with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and allspice in support. The palate echoes the nose being perhaps more jammy with a silky fruit driven core and loads of vanilla on the finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Glenlofty Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Pyrenees 2011 (Australia) 13.8% abv, AUD 24 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pleasing purple color. Firm scents of eucalyptus, herbs such as sage and rosemary are evident as the bouquet takes a desert dry turn after aeration. Sour grape, unripened blueberry tastes make for intriguing tasting. Finishes brief, sour, acidic, clean.
    Photo    
  86 Nicole & Friends The Wine That Loves People Cabernet Sauvignon Valle Central 2013 (Chile) 13.5% abv, $15  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Garnet/ruby color. Fresh, vividly berry-like aroma that's engaging and lean. Taste profile offers mildly tannic flavors of blueberry, strawberry, red cherry. Finish is brief, grapy, slightly baked, and bacon fat-like.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 OBiKWA Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 2012 (South Africa) 13% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright ruby red. The nose offers a deft interplay of earth and fruit with blackberry and cherry notes in the lead. The palate echoes the nose delivering a tight, concentrated fruit core with lingering vanilla and allspice notes.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Santa Carolina Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua 2012 (Chile) 13.7% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep purple color with crimson edge. Bountiful aromas of cranberry sauce, red cherry compote, boysenberry jam all work in harmony. Taste profile echoes the bouquet especially in the cranberry aspect. Aftertaste is lean, tart, and a touch austere.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 St Mary's House Block Cabernet Sauvignon Limestone Coast 2012 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 35 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep purple/maroon color. Has as much mint as chewing gum plus the aroma also offers BBQ sauce, pork rind, bacon fat, but it's the mint element that's the dominator. Tastes of mint, dried herbs, black pepper, dried cherry.
    Photo    
  85 [yellow tail] Cabernet Sauvignon Yenda 2013 (Australia) 1% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose is pleasingly fruity with waves of ripe plum, blackberry, and cherry with accents of cocoa and vanilla. The palate concurs delivering a lush, round and supple mouthfeel with an abundance of fruit and vanilla bean.
    Photo    
  85 Fog Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dense purple color. Smells stony, cement-like, sandy, like quartz. Taste profile is tight, narrow in focus on spice (black pepper), oak (a little resiny), fruit (dried cherry, black raisin). Finish shows a bit of dill, brine.
    Photo    
  84 Monte Xanic Cabernet Sauvignon Guadalupe Valley 2011 (Mexico) 14% abv, $23  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  84 Twisted Cabernet Sauvignon California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $7.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

Red Wines

Pinot Noir - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 94 DeLoach Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $24.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Medium deep crimson color. Aroma is defined by tightly wound scents of cigar tobacco, dried cherry, prune, cement pavement, nickel, stone quarry. Flavors include dried cherry, cherry compote, fruit pastry, pomegranate juice. Totally dry in lean finish that minerally.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 93 DeLoach Vineyards OFS Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011 (United States) 14.5% abv, $40  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty maroon color. Hefty, complex nose offers textbook Pinot Noir black cherry richness and drum-tight, cucumber, blueberry aroma that's fruity and vegetal simultaneously. Taste profile features more of the black cherry than anything else except for an underpinning flavor of cranberry. Generous? No. Complex? Yes. Worthy of praise? You bet.
    Photo    
  Finalist 93 Rodney Strong Vineyards Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $25  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Garnet core color with ruby edge. Owns a floral/spring garden bouquet that's mildly spicy and very much like blackberry and dried red cherry. Taste profile offers serene, composed, refreshingly astringent flavors of clove, vanilla, Bing cherry. Sophisticated, elegant.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 93 Wild Horse Pinot Noir Central Coast 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $20  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Red brick color. Opens up a treasure trove of spicy, earthy, dried fruit aromas, including cigar box, tobacco leaf, cherry compote, pomegranate. Svelte, dry as a bone, medium-bodied taste features dried herbs, prunes, black cherry juice.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 92 La Merika Pinot Noir Central Coast 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $15.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ruby/barn red color. Evidence of smoke, wood fire, toasted bread, clove, black bean sauce are alive in the first nosing, then the aroma settles down offering more typical fragrances of cherry pie, blackberry jam. Toasty flavors are ripe, creamy in texture, intensely berry-like, dry.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Sonoma Hills Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $24.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brick color. Nuanced aromas feature black pepper, pomegranate, boysenberry scents that are dry, softly tannic, jammy. Taste profile highlights flavors of red plum and the pomegranate and boysenberry evident in the bouquet. Toasty, roasted finish.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Black Stallion Estate Winery Pinot Noir Los Carneros 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $27.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive ruby color. Juicy aromas of black cherry, prune Danish make the bouquet very alluring. Taste-wise, there are piquant, spicy flavors of black pepper, black cherry compote, black plum/prune. Tasty, dusty dry, minerally, tight.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Davis Bynum Jane's Vineyard Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $40  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brick red/garnet color. Offers slightly leathery, old book aroma that's wrapped with blackberry jam fragrance and cooking spice (parsley, bay leaf/laurel). On palate, there's a serious amount of blackberry preserves that serves as the platform for supplemental spice, paraffin flavors. Aftertaste is riper than the midpalate, approaching flat-out juiciness.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 ESTABLO Vineyard Selection Limited Edition Pinot Noir Leyda Valley 2011 (Chile) 14% abv, $30  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fire brick red color.There are all sorts of berry-like aromas being emitted by this fruit salad bouquet, but strawberry really takes the lead. Flavors explode on the tongue, in particular, strawberry tart and raspberry preserves. Lovely, elegant, integrated.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Martellotto Le Bons Temps Roule Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2012 (United States) 14.2% abv, $45  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty cardinal red color. Quite toasty upfront in the aroma, then the bouquet settles in offering dry, stony fragrances of dry earth, bilberry, damson, black pepper. Tightly wound, focused flavors of bilberry, red cherry, oak are integrated and subtle, lasting deep into the desert dry aftertaste.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Mezzacorona Pinot Noir Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2013 (Italy) 13% abv, $8.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pleasing crimson color. Early aromatics include blueberry and date, then the secondary nosings pick up black pepper, red plum, cranberry fragrances. Taste profile is nearly juicy, but dry, with lavish flavors of blueberry jam, red plum, mulberry. Composed, elegant.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Animist Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2012 (United States) 14.4% abv, $35.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive ruby/garnet color. Dry, gravel-like, earthy notes fill the ripe, near juicy (black cherry) bouquet. The headlining act is definitely the midpalate which is ripe, intensely black cherry-like, chewy, mildly tannic. Delicious aftertaste is dusty dry, earthy, moderately oaky.
    Photo    
  90 Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir Monterey 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cranberry/grape red color. First inhalations pick up subtle aromas of oak, bilberry, rhubarb. Taste profile is mildly tannic, more dry and parched than juicy, with distant echoes of tobacco leaf, black tea, prune. Aftertaste takes on a red cherry flavor that nicely closes the circle.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Vina Casablanca Nimbus Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley 2011 (Chile) 14.7% abv, $22.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fire brick red color. Taut, narrowly focused aromas of black pepper, black tea, honeysuckle, violets, brambles, black plums. Taste profile features the black plums and black pepper in a curious but winning display of spicy fruitiness. Aftertaste is lean, dry, earthy.
    Photo    
  89 Astrolabe Wines Pinot Noir Marlborough 2011 (New Zealand) 14% abv, $28.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brick red color. Bilberry-like aroma is ripe, tight as violin strings, astringent, clean. Flavors include ripe red plum, raspberry, brambles, vegetation, mild spice. Finishes short, tart, cleansing.
    Photo    
  89 HandCraft Pinot Noir California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fire brick red/garnet color. Offers big, evolved frontline aromas of Bing cherry, elderberry, red plum. Taste profile is dry, but ripe, savory and peppery. Dried berries are featured in the slightly toasted aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Stemmari Pinot Noir Sicily IGT 2012 (Italy) 13.5% abv, $8.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ruby/cardinal red color. First nosings detect highly pleasant scents of wild berries, bramble, vines, figs, damson. Tastes of forest herbs like laurel, baked cherries, red currant. Finishes medium-long, stone dry, tart.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Wine Spots Wines Pinot Noir Carneros 2012 (United States) 14% abv, $25  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep black cherry color. Offers toned down aromas of carob, cocoa, fig, leaves. Taste profile is charged with animated, dry flavors of black plum, rhubarb, strawberry jam. Moderate tannins last deep into the silky finish.
    Photo    
  88 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate Grown Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2010 (United States) 13.1% abv, $42  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Cardinal red color. This has super-ripe, juicy Willamette Valley written all over it, as evidenced by the spice cake bouquet. Taste-wise, this red is medium-bodied, tight, dry, and filled dried cherry, black raisin, boysenberry flavors that are elegant and thus more lean than chewy, round.
    Photo    
  88 Buena Vista Winery Pinot Noir Carneros 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $24.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Barn red color. Dried fruit aromas of cherry, strawberry along with cardboard, parchment notes. Big news involves the flavor profile which is tart, taut, astringent, and pleasingly spicy and berry/cherry-like through the narrowly focused aftertaste.
    Photo    
  88 Gnarly Head Pinot Noir California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $11.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive brick color. Smells of tobacco, sawdust, olive. Flavors are ripe, strawberry-like, plummy, moderately tannic, oaky. Middle of the road Pinot Noir that splits the difference between chewy, succulent and austere, spicy.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  88 Josh Cellars Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2012 (United States) 14% abv, $16.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Alluring crimson/ruby color. Offers subtle notes of strawberry, black plum, and loganberry in the softly ripe bouquet. Slightly toasty, dried berry fruit, ample acidity, mildly spicy/peppery flavors make for pleasant quaffing.
    Photo    
  88 Logan Wines Pinot Noir Orange 2013 (Australia) 13.5% abv, AUD 19 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Garnet color. Vividly ripe red cherry, strawberry, rhubarb aromas are pleasantly inviting and fresh. Dusty dry taste profile features the red cherry especially as well as its pit as the aftertaste turns bitter and keenly spicy.
    Photo    
  88 Pelee Island Winery Vinedressers Pinot Noir Lake Erie North Shore 2010 (Canada) 13% abv, CAD 16.75 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright brick red color. The nose is subtle and refined with ripe plum, dried red fruits, sweet earth and herbs with accents of mineral and oak. The palate delivers the promise of the nose offering a silky and superbly balanced Pinot with loads of spice and earth in support.
    Photo    
  88 Ron Rubin The Forty Year Dream Pinot Noir Green Valley of Russian River Valley 2012 (United States) 13.7% abv, $25  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fire brick red color. Offers subtle, dusty dry aromatic notes of dried black cherry, black raspberry, and brambles. On palate, the taste focuses tightly on dried berry and grape fruits, mainly raisins and dried cherries. Finishes taut, acidic, fresh.
    Photo    
  88 Santa Carolina Reserva Estate Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley 2013 (Chile) 13.4% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright garnet red color. The aromatics reveal a classic Pinot character showcasing ripe cherry and strawberry fruit laced with dried leaves, anise, and hints of vanilla. The palate echoes the nose delivering a silky and harmonious red fruit core with allspice, violets, and raspberry in support.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Belle Ambiance Pinot Noir California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty garnet color. Raisiny frontline aromas highlight this bouquet that stays the black raisin course throughout. Very ripe, fruity, juicy flavors are featured in the taste profile that's straightforward, if one-dimensional.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Forchini Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2010 (United States) 14% abv, $34  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright ruby red color. Scents of ripe strawberry, plum, and red cherry fill the nose. The palate delivers more ripe berry fruits with tart cherries rising on the back palate with generous supporting notes of earth and oak.
    Photo    
  87 Millaman Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Leyda Valley 2012 (Chile) 14% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fire brick red color with garnet rim. Faint aromatic echoes include red cherry, bilberry, strawberry preserves. In mouth, the flavor is strawberry-like, pleasantly acidic, clean, stony, austere. Elegant, refined.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Quails' Gate Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir Okanagan Valley 2012 (Canada) 14% abv, CAD 41 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty red brick/crimson color. Smells of black pepper, burnt match, margarine, bacon fat. Flavor profile features a medium-bodied, silky texture that underpins tastes of dried cherry, strawberry, red plum. Finishes medium long, lithe, and spicy.
       
  86 Barefoot Cellars Pinot Noir California NV (United States) 13% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright ruby red color. The nose is right and fruity with red cherry mingling with strawberry and raspberry. The palate is just as fruit forward and lively with fresh fruit notes enveloped in vanilla, allspice, and subtle herbal notes.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  86 Redwood Creek Pinot Noir California NV (United States) 13% abv, $8  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Barn red color. Gently sweet and ripe notes of strawberry, rhubarb, persimmon in the friendly, undemanding bouquet. In-mouth impressions echo the aromatic findings as flavors of strawberry jam and persimmon are featured in the taste profile. Neither profound nor deep but altogether easy and approachable.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  86 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir Central Coast 2012 (United States) 12.3% abv, $11  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty garnet color. Sweet, ripe, red cherry, raspberry notes. Taste profile is sweet/sour and intensely berry-like at entry, then it goes for the sour candy at midpalate and well into the aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Silvan Ridge Winery Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011 (United States) 1% abv, $20  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky red brick color. Closed aroma gives off only mildly tannic, peppery scents. Taste profile is austere, bone dry, astringent, tannic, meagerly cherry-like. Aftertaste is the best stage as the spicy/cherry flavors integrate providing a welterweight division Pinot Noir.
    Photo    
  85 De Bortoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2013 (Australia) 13% abv, $18  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Garnet/red brick color. Earthy scents of moss, mushroom, damp soil highlight this elemental bouquet that's more woodsy than fruity. Forest-like aspects fade in the mouth as the dry and taut taste profile features dried fruits, especially strawberry and bilberry.
    Photo    
  85 Hob Nob Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc 2012 (France) 13% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is soft and delicate with ripe red fruits in the lead supported by hints of vanilla, allspice, and cherry jam. The palate echoes the nose delivering a soft and silky fruit driven core with ample acidity and subtle spice notes.
    Photo    
  85 Quails' Gate Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir Okanagan Valley 2012 (Canada) 13.9% abv, CAD 23 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Fire brick red color. Nose emits dusty dry aromas of new leather, parchment, sawdust, oak. Taste profile features fruit pit dry, slightly bitter flavors, and modestly floral notes (jasmine) that usher the experience into the pleasing finish that's supple and fruitier than the midpalate stage.
    Photo    
  85 The Seeker Pinot Noir 2012 (France) 2012, 13.5% abv, $13.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ruby/crimson color. Brambles, vegetation, forest floor, earthy, dry leaves aromas abound in the elemental bouquet. Pleasing tastes include black cherry, very ripe strawberry, cranberry. Taut, mildly tannic finish.
    Photo    
  83 Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc 2013 (France) 13.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  83 Irony Pinot Noir Monterey 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $15.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

Red Wines

Merlot - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 93 Ridge Crest White Bluffs Merlot Columbia Valley 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky purple color. Ripe, juicy, cherry-driven aromas are vivid and tart. Real story here is the assertive flavor that's adequately tannic, loaded with black plum, boysenberry tastes that are toasty, oaky, jammy, rich. Serious Merlot territory.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Raymond Vineyards Reserve Selection Merlot Napa Valley 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $24  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Eye-catching ruby/purple color. Lovely, elegant upfront aromas are evolved, slightly toasty, rich and ripe, and loaded with fresh berry scents, especially blueberry. There's a berry explosion on the tongue that's juicy, ripe, and jammy. Aftertaste is mildly tannic, roasted.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Gnarly Head Merlot California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque black appearance. Scents of grilled meats, charred wood, moss/lichen, tomato paste, peppercorn abound. Black raspberry and blackberry flavors are ripe, crisp, moderately tannic, juicy, jammy. Easy drinking.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Merlot Alexander Valley 2011 (United States) 13.9% abv, $20  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Blood red color. Mineral-like nose of dry earth, shale, gravel, unbuttered popcorn. Lovely floral, dried fruit flavors include black raisins, black cherry, cranberry, violets. Silky texture, mellow tannins, genuine depth of flavor all make for superb food pairing possibilities.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  89 Chateau Julien Private Reserve Merlot Monterey County 2011 (United States) 14.5% abv, $68  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crimson color. First nosings pick up black olive, brine, dried snapdragon, cotton, then the bouquet settles in, offering spicy/peppery aromas that eclipse the initial scents. Taste profile is silky, tobacco-like, slightly toasty, oaky, with subtle touches of vanilla and apricot in the finish.
    Photo    
  89 Domino Merlot California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $7.49  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pleasant cardinal red color. Smells of blueberry preserves, blueberry pie, and is slightly spicy. Taste profile features bilberry and blueberry compote flavors that are tart but ripe. Lightish texture is nimble.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Josh Cellars Merlot Napa Valley 2011 (United States) 14% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ruby color. Plums, boysenberry, paraffin, mint, slight nuttiness, sawdust aromas. Big, lush, berry-driven flavors are tart, dry, but ripe and silky. Handsome Merlot of substance, grace and richness.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Norma Jeane Merlot California 2013 (United States) 12.5% abv, $13  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep black raisin color. Nose is stunningly ambrosial, grapy, leathery, ripe, juicy, highlighting pomegranate, red cherry, raspberry scents. Flavor profile features red cherry juice, red plum, raspberry tastes that are more juicy than tannic.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Rodney Strong Vineyards Merlot Sonoma County 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $20  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Blood red color. Atypical aroma includes burlap, wet earth, moss, red cherry, pomegranate. In mouth, the flavors explode on the tongue, giving off radiant tastes of cocoa, raspberry, strawberry jam, red plum.
  Tried & True Photo    
  88 14 Hands The Reserve Merlot Horse Heaven Hills 2010 (United States) 14.5% abv, $30  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Nearly opaque blood red color. Smells elemental, steely, grape skin-like, leafy at first then it becomes rich and concentrated, date-like, nutty. Taste profile is narrowly defined, giving off tannic, stony, fruit pit-like flavors that are lean and raisiny.
    Photo    
  88 Brass Tacks Wines Merlot Central Coast 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $15  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky purple color. Nose is slightly mute in the initial inhalations, then it pops open with more air contact, giving off sedate fragrances of black pepper, pomegranate, black raisin. Flavor is alive with the pomegranate aspect, which becomes tarter as the experience advances to the aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Cannonball Wines Merlot Sonoma County 2012 (United States) 13.8% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque purple color. Pleasingly ripe aroma highlights boysenberry preserves, blueberry compote, and viny brambles. Flavor profile is delicately tannic, round, ripe, friendly, with a zesty twist of citric acid that makes the aftertaste brief and fresh.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Chateau Julien Merlot Central Coast 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Prune juice color. Notable aromas of pill box, cedar, pine needle, camphor, chalky dust make for interesting sniffing. Straightforward jammy, tart flavors of tobacco, bay leaf, green vegetable, red cherry delight the taste buds. Long, mellow aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Marilyn Merlot Napa Valley 2011 (United States) 13.9% abv, $30  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dense blood red color. Blueberry juice, blueberry jam, everything blueberry is apparent in this one-note bouquet that is easy, simple. Thankfully, there's far more complexity in the taste profile as multilayered flavors of cranberry, elderberry, loganberry vie for dominance. Mildly tannic finish.
    Photo    
  88 Noble Vines 181 Merlot Lodi 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich, ruby red color. Juicy upfront aromas feature pomegranate, blackberry, black cherry fragrances that are integrated. Nearly fat, textured but stone dry flavors of cherry compote, blackberry preserves highlight the taste profile.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Villa Pozzi Merlot Sicily IGT 2012 (Italy) 14% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby red color. The nose is vibrant with the scents of red cherries with plum and mocha notes. The palate is in full accord delivering a lush, ripe fruit core with plenty of tart acidity married with accents of spice, and soft oak notes.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Wild Horse Merlot Central Coast 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $17  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Purple core color, with violet edge. Bouquet is woodsy, truffles-like, earthy, bark-like, with an underlying paraffin quality. Taste profile is lean, nearly austere in its astringency, and moderately fruity, but that makes it a highly eligible for dishes such as game hen or venison.
    Photo    
  88 Wine Spots Wines Merlot Napa Valley 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $25  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque purple. Tart, peppery scents open the nosing stage, then the aroma turns dried and berry-like. Taste profile highlights the tannins that are bittersweet, astringent, tight as a drum. Aftertaste offers nuanced tastes of prune Danish, mince meat.
    Photo    
  87 Barefoot Cellars Merlot California NV (United States) 13% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Purple color. Aroma features low-key scents of quarry/stone, allspice, clove, blueberry. Pleasing tastes of red cherry, blackberry jam, red plum, pomegranate highlight the palate phase admirably. Solid, juicy, tart, uncomplicated.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  87 Bee Famous Organic Merlot Coteaux du Pont du Gard 2012 (France) 14% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, bright ruby red color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe red cherry, dark chocolate, raspberry, and hints of vanilla. The palate echoes the nose delivering a vibrant fruit core with spice, earth, and oak with subtle tannins and a bright dose of acidity.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Bota Box Merlot California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $22.99, 3L Box  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Road tar black color. Aroma hints of jasmine, boysenberry, loganberry in first inhalations then the bouquet expands to include notes of cedar, damp earth. Taste is chewy in texture, keenly ripe, with ripened flavors of strawberry, black cherry.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  87 Twisted Merlot California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ruby red/purple color. Smells of cherry tart, prune Danish pastry, black raisins, brambles. Big, friendly, juicy flavor profile is simple, no-nonsense, berry/cherry-like, moderately tannic. Easy, highly drinkable.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 [yellow tail] Reserve Merlot Yenda 2011 (Australia) 14% abv, $11.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich purple robe. Smells mushroom-like, woodsy, brambles-like, viny, with a background note of truffles. Big, brooding, keenly ripe flavors of blueberry preserves, mint, black plum are featured prior to the tannic, astringent aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 CK Mondavi Wildcreek Canyon Merlot California 2012 (United States) 13.6% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty barn red color. Nose features interesting aromas of poppy seed, smoldering campfire, toasted bread, burnt match. Taste profile is zesty, keenly spice-driven, ripe, and tart.
Great Value   Photo    
  85 Redwood Creek Merlot California NV (United States) 13% abv, $8  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque, prune juice color. Floral, fresh summer garden aromas are pleasant if uncomplicated. Keenly ripe, intensely berry-like in the mouth, with ample tannins. Simple and straightforward.
    Photo    
  84 Barone Fini Merlot Trentino 2012 (Italy) 13% abv, $11.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  84 Fog Head Merlot California 2012 (United States) 13% abv, $9.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  83 [yellow tail] Merlot Yenda 2013 (Australia) 13% abv, $7.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  82 Monte Xanic Merlot Guadalupe Valley 2012 (Mexico) 13.5% abv, $23  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

Red Wines

Shiraz/Syrah - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Tellurian Pastiche Shiraz Heathcote 2012 (Australia) 14.4% abv, AUD 27 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep purple core color with maroon edge. Burnt match-like, peppery aromas are robust in the initial inhalations, then with aeration the bouquet turns gravelly and earthy. Tannic, mouth-drying flavors of freshly ground black pepper, black plum, raisins abound in the tightly wound, focused flavor. Finishes dry as a bone.
    Photo    
  Finalist 94 Chateau Paul Mas Clos de Mures Coteaux du Languedoc 2012 (France) 14.5% abv, $17.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby red veering toward purple. The nose is amazingly fragrant with generous note of ripe blackberry, violet and rose, cassis, cocoa nibs, and loads of brown baking spices. The palate echoes the nose delivering a rich, lush fruit driven core with ample acidity and lovely supporting spice and oak notes.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Beelgara Black Label Shiraz Clare Valley 2010 (Australia) 14% abv, AUD 17 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark ruby red with purple edges. The nose offers a marriage ripe fruit and mineral with thick skinned black plum, anise, raspberry, and spice, sweet oak notes. The palate is in full agreement delivering generous, silky berry driven fruit with vibrant acidity and soft tannins in support. A lovely Shiraz that is ready to drink today.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Cape Barren Old Vine Reserve Shiraz McLaren Vale 2010 (Australia) 14.6% abv, AUD 40 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose is beautifully nuanced with ripe blackberry and plum mingling with cherry and supported by anise, dark chocolate, oak, brown baking spices, and cassis. The palate is in full agreement delivering a silky rich fruit core flanked by spice, oak, vanilla bean, and subtle earth tones. Ideally balanced with greater length and power.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Gatt Single Vineyard Shiraz Barossa Valley 2008 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 52 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Darkest ruby red color. The nose is generous with ripe and tart cherries supported by leafy herbs, cigar box, black plum and oak. The nose is in full agreement with the nose delivering a round, juicy core with the tart cherries rising quickly. Ideally balanced with intensely concentrated fruit throughout finishing with soft but firm tannins and a dash of black pepper.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Kellermeister Icon Collection Wild Witch Shiraz Barossa Valley 2010 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 85 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque appearance, black. Big-hearted aromas of cedar, cigar box, pipe tobacco, baked pears, paraffin highlight the tannic, desert dry nosing phase. Huge ambrosial, cherry-berry flavors are supported by a chewy, sinewy texture. Finishes long, thick, keenly peppery. A cellar monster.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Kellermeister Threefold Farm Collection The Firstborn Shiraz Barossa Valley 2012 (Australia) 14% abv, AUD 45 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe raspberry, cherry, blackberry, and plum accented by notes of mineral, cigar box, vanilla, allspice, and oak. The palate is in full accord delivering a lush while vibrant core of fruit with a generous dose of acidity and spice in support. Very harmonious.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Shottesbrooke Estate Series Shiraz McLaren Vale 2012 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 22.99 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Transparency is gone due to dense purple color. Wild boysenberry and blackberry aromas are supported by an edgy spiciness that makes for excellent sniffing. Big-hearted, chewy texture is buttressed by lively, tart, yet ripe flavors of cranberry, black currant, black cherry tastes. Tannins are substantial but doable.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Eldredge Blue Chip Shiraz Clare Valley 2012 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 28 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Jet black, inky, opaque appearance. Smells of limestone, dry cement, sandy beach, black pepper, sea salt, forest floor -- an oddball bouquet. Rich flavors greet the taste buds in the ripe forms of pomegranate, black cherry and boysenberry. Big flavors continue long into the finish.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Keg Springs Winery Syrah American 2012 (United States) 13.9% abv, $22.83  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Grapy purple color. Nose is like stone fruit, cotton, candle wax, dried herbs. There's a flavor rush of black raspberry and pomegranate at the entry that lasts all the way through to the silky, mildly tannic finish.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Philip Shaw The Idiot Shiraz Orange 2012 (Australia) 12.5% abv, AUD 25 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty maroon color. Juicy, blackberry juice aromas are more subtle than vivid and are slightly peppery/spicy. Rich, nearly unctuous texture gives support to tannic, tart, desert dry but ripe flavor of blackberry, black plum. Handsome, bulky, compelling red.
    Photo    
  90 Kingston Echelon Shiraz South Australia 2010 (Australia) 14.5% abv, $25.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Maroon/ruby Port-like color. Smells of leaves, vegetation, blackberry jam, blueberries are ripe and assertive. Big flavors include juicy, ripe black raspberry, red plums. Hearty, plump finish.
    Photo    
  90 Madison Ridge Shale Line Shiraz Southeastern 2013 (Australia) 13.9% abv, $11.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Impenetrable purple color. Owns a generous, brawny bouquet that highlights dried berry fruits and red plums, then turns on a dime to offer lightly spiced (dill), woody fragrances. Flavor profile goes all out with the dill and black pepper spices that give lift to the dried cherry and plum tastes. Not a monster Shiraz for once, but one that's measured and graceful.
Great Value   Photo    
  90 Malibu Vineyards Single Vineyard Selection by Jim Palmer Syrah California 2011 (United States) 14.2% abv, $27  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose quite fruity with ripe plums and blackberry supported by blueberry, raspberry jam, and baking spices. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a concentrated fruit core with a deft dose of spice and oak in support.
    Photo    
  90 Paracombe Shiraz Adelaide Hills 2009 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 25 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deepest, darkest ruby red color. The nose is wonderfully harmonious with loads of ripe cherry and plum rising from the glass with allspice, clove, vanilla, oak, and black pepper in support. The palate is in full agreement offering a lush and round ripe fruit core with generous flanking spice, earth, and mineral. Ideally balanced for a big and bold wine and charming from start to finish.
    Photo    
  90 Shottesbrooke Reserve Series Eliza Shiraz McLaren Vale 2010 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 49.99 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep purple, opaque. Burnt match, sulphur, burning autumn leaves, campfire embers, egg white aromas intrigue and instill curiosity. Huge ripeness in the mouth as juicy berry and cherry flavors spike, then wane in the plump, ambrosial finish.
    Photo    
  90 Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Series Shiraz McLaren Vale 2012 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 34.99 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark purple. Smells of bread dough, wet cement, black tea, dried mint, blackcurrant. Flavors offer opulent tastes of blackberry, cassis, prune juice. Long, tannic, chewy aftertaste.
    Photo    
  90 Vidal Fleury St. Joseph 2010 (France) 14% abv, $28.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark garnet red color. The nose is subtly perfumed with gorgeous scents of violets, blackberry, tart cherries, and earth. The palate fully concurs delivering a sophisticated marriage of earth and dry fruit. Ideally balanced with great length and moderate tannins.
    Photo    
  89 [yellow tail] Reserve Shiraz Yenda 2011 (Australia) 14% abv, $11.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ink-like jet black color. Aroma is tightly wound, understated, mildly tannic, desert dry, and just a touch cranberry-like. Taste profile is very ripe, intensely berry-like yet owns a pleasing sense of balance since the acid level maintains the structure. Tasty, savory.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Brothers in Arms 6th Generation Shiraz Langhorne Creek 2010 (Australia) 14.8% abv, AUD 27 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, garnet red color. The nose is filled with sweet herbal notes accented by ripe red and black fruits with accents of mineral, oak, and earth. The palate concurs with the nose offering a greater proportion of ripe, jammy fruit that is still very much enveloped in sweet eucalyptus, cedar, and mint.
    Photo    
  89 Cape Barren Native Goose Shiraz McLaren Vale 2012 (Australia) 15.1% abv, AUD 23 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby red color. The aromatics are wonderfully balanced with rich plum and cherry notes being equaled by exotic brown baking spices, tapenade, mineral, and hints of coffee. The palate concurs delivering a lush fruit core enveloped in spice, oak, and earth. BBQ ready.
    Photo    
  89 ESTABLO Vineyard Selection Limited Edition Syrah Leyda Valley 2011 (Chile) 14% abv, $30  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive red plum-like color. Notes of fabric, leather/library, poppy seed are melded with deeply aromatic black raspberry fragrance. Lots of tannic activity makes for astringent drinking enjoyment but the ripe fruitiness counters the acidity well.
    Photo    
  89 Gatt High Eden Shiraz Eden Valley 2009 (Australia) 13.5% abv, AUD 52 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep dark purple veering toward black. The aromatics leap from the glass at arm's length. Scents of raspberry, fresh herbs, black coffee, toffee, and blueberry concentrate lead the way with hints of earth, mineral, and oak. The palate doesn't disappoint being equal to the nose in every respect delivering a lush red fruit driven core with loads of earth and black tea notes in support.
    Photo    
  89 Kellermeister Storyboard Collection Pious Pioneer Shiraz Barossa Valley 2011 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 25 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep dark ruby color. The nose is so seductive showcasing rich, ripe red and black fruits with loads of exotic brown spices in support. The palate echoes the nose while integrating more tart cherry notes than the nose with a keen vibrancy. Ideally balanced with long lingering fruit and spice notes and moderate tannins.
    Photo    
  88 Gatt Accent Shiraz Barossa Valley 2010 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 23 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, darkest ruby. The nose is explosive with spice, earth and concentrated black fruits with hints of cocoa, mineral, and oak. The palate is even more intense with the flavors growing after entry with tart cherries rising on the finish with soft tannins.
    Photo    
  88 Howard Park Leston Shiraz Margaret River 2010 (Australia) 14% abv, AUD 46 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky purple color. Top heavy aroma of brambles, leaves, vines, woods, lichen are harmonious but void of fruit. Lush, ripe, berry/plummy flavors are wrapped in a softly tannic, pillowy robe of taste that's mouth-filling through to the plump aftertaste.
    Photo    
  88 St Mary's Shiraz Limestone Coast 2012 (Australia) 13.5% abv, AUD 35 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Purple color. Wet earth, forest floor, mushroom, moss/lichen, spearmint aromas are abundant and assertive. Flavors include tobacco, pork rind, bacon, cherry juice, red currant. Lots happening in the dry but juicy aftertaste.
    Photo    
  88 Tellurian Tranter Shiraz Heathcote 2012 (Australia) 2012% abv, AUD 39 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky purple/black color. Smells of lead pencil, gun metal, nickel, charred wood. Flavor profile highlights black plum, black pepper, tobacco, dried herbs. Finishes long, tart, ripe, desert dry.
    Photo    
  88 Vidal Fleury Crozes Hermitage 2010 (France) 14% abv, $22.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red veering towards black. The aromatics are soft and beautiful offering scents of black currant, cassis, dark floral notes, dried herbs, and dried black fruits. The palate delivers the promise of the nose integrated a tart cherry note with a generous dose of acidity and soft tannins.
    Photo    
  87 De Bortoli DB Family Selection Shiraz Southeastern 2012 (Australia) 13.5% abv, $9  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby red color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe raspberry with red cherries and a hint of vanilla. The palate agrees adding a lovely tart cherry note that adds intrigue with supporting notes of chocolate, brown baking spices, and subtle oak.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Gatt Old Vine Shiraz Barossa Valley 2010 (Australia) 15% abv, AUD 93 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Intensely dark ruby red color. The nose is equally intense with waves of ultra ripe red fruits and raspberry jam filling the nose. The palate is also monstrous delivering a silky rich, jammy core of ripe berry fruits with chocolate and brown baking spices in support. This dense Shiraz veers toward Port in character and is not for the timid.
    Photo    
  87 Kingston Estate Shiraz Mount Benson 2012 (Australia) 14.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark garnet red. The nose is filled with ripe and tart red fruit with a generous dose of sweet herbs and brown baking spices. The palate echoes the nose delivering a fresh, fruit driven center with generous spice and oak notes.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Glenlofty Single Vineyard Shiraz Pyrenees 2011 (Australia) 14.6% abv, AUD 24 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky maroon color. Smells of BBQ meats, charred wood, campfire, black pepper, legumes, top soil, wet wool. Smoky, toasty, roasted flavors are dusty dry, meat-like, woody. Aftertaste is ripe, fleshy, chewy.
    Photo    
  86 Ulupna Royal Phoenix Shiraz Goulburn Valley 2010 (Australia) 15% abv, AUD 44 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose reveals a dense black fruit core with loads of cassis, mineral, and oak. The palate echoes the nose and then some revealing a real fruit bomb with layers of ripe, jammy berries with hints of vanilla.
       
  85 [yellow tail] Shiraz Yenda 2013 (Australia) 13% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, bright ruby red color. The nose is very dense and fruity with ultra ripe wild berries mingling with sweet vanilla. The palate confirms the nose delivering a soft, silky, and sweet fruit driven core.
    Photo    
  84 Barefoot Cellars Shiraz California NV (United States) 13% abv, $6.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
    Tried & True Photo    
  84 Bota Box Shiraz California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $22.99, 3L Box  marketing details Good,
Recommended
    Tried & True Photo    
  83 Two Oceans Shiraz Stellenbosch 2013 (South Africa) 13.5% abv, $8.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  83 Yatir Syrah Judean Hills 2009 (Israel) 14.5% abv, $55  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

Red Wines

Malbec - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 92 Lopez Noceti 1919 Seleccion Barrica Malbec Mendoza 2012 (Argentina) 13% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Black as midnight appearance. Nose is chockfull of viny, black peppercorn notes that are floral (rose petal), spicy, brambly. Flavor is all about black cherry compote and the tartness that is inherent in that taste. Lovely aftertaste is chewy in texture, rich, grapy.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Barefoot Cellars Malbec Argentina NV (Argentina) 13% abv, $7.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque, jet black color. Raisins, dates, and prunes highlight the tangy, peppery, dried red fruit bouquet. Suppleness of the texture underpins the tart, tannic, keenly peppery flavor profile that is food friendly, in particular, steak dinners or BBQ. Rich, round, and luscious.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Gnarly Head Malbec Mendoza 2012 (Argentina) 13.5% abv, $11.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dense blood red color. Remarkably plummy opening aroma expands with aeration to give off added scents of pomegranate juice, red cherry pie, blueberry. Straightforward flavors include blueberry jam, Concord grape, black peppercorn, sage. Big-hearted, friendly, easy drinking.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Terra Andina Malbec Mendoza 2013 (Argentina) 13.5% abv, $10.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep maroon color. Bouquet is closed down except for olive, cigar box, pimento aromas which somehow work well together. Flavor profile highlights superficial black pepper, cedar/pine needle, brine flavors that are supported by a ripe, boysenberry jam taste. Long, silky finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Waterbrook Reserve Malbec Columbia Valley 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $24  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky midnight black color. Early muted aroma stirs with air contact, offering gum-like scents. Savory first tastes are ripe, jammy, deeply berry-like, moderately tannic. Deep flavors last long into the tart aftertaste, which turns toasty.
    Photo    
  88 Havanna Rose Malbec Mendoza 2013 (Argentina) 14.2% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Midnight black appearance. Smells of black pepper, lead pencil, dry stone quarry, with a slight hit of sulphur that quickly blows off with aeration. Taste profile is leafy, tobacco-like, toasted, keenly tart, pomegranate-like. Ripe aftertaste is long, dusty dry.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Laberinto Malbec Mendoza 2012 (Argentina) 13.5% abv, $11.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Blood red color. Massive, brambly, viny aromas mingle with earthy, stony notes, creating a non-fruity bouquet that's still attractive. Big berry flavors come alive in the midpalate, as do BBQ, grilled meat tastes that turn minerally, piney/cedary in the aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Lopez Nocetti 1919 Reserve Malbec Mendoza 2012 (Argentina) 14% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky purple appearance. Sulphur, burnt match, oak, tree sap, vines are all present and accounted for in this earthy bouquet. Taste profile of raisins, figs, pomegranate redeems the bouquet and leads into a minerally, lead pencil-like aftertaste that's tart, ripe.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Alta Vista Malbec Mendoza 2012 (Argentina) 14.9% abv, $19.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Black, opaque. Bouquet is nutty, fibery, stationery-like. Taste profile features, lead pencil, minerals, figs, dates, pork rind, blackberry jam. Aftertaste highlights the minerals, lead pencil aspects.
    Photo    
  86 Redwood Creek Malbec Argentina NV (Argentina) 13.5% abv, $8  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky black appearance. Bouquet is mute at first then it opens slightly as a delicate blueberry scent emerges. Blueberry, blueberry, and more blueberry in the taste profile as the tart berry flavor lasts long into the finish.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  85 Epica Malbec Mendoza 2013 (Argentina) 14.1% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark purple color. Toasty, roasted, charred aromas of BBQ meats, pork rind, bacon fat, lard. Big-hearted, tannic flavors include charred meat, burnt toast, prune, dates. Aftertaste is astringent, peppery.
       
  84 Nuvino Malbec Maipu-Mendoza 2013 (Argentina) 14.5% abv, $3.99, 187 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

Red Wines

Zinfandel - USA

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Girard Old Vine Zinfandel Napa Valley 2012 (United States) 14.7% abv, $23.99  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose reveals a Zin with pedigree and style offering scents of ripe plum, raspberry, dried blueberry, and red cherry with hints of baking spice and black pepper. The palate delivers on the promise of the nose and then some, delivering wave after wave of ripe fruit perfectly laced with spice and mineral. Superbly balanced with great length.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Brazin (B) Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2011 (United States) 15% abv, $17.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive color of ruby port. Aroma is alive with textile, candle wax, sesame seed notes. The real action, though, is in the hearty flavor profile that's jam-packed with black cherry, red currant, red plum, black pepper tastes that are surprisingly only moderately tannic and astringent.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 92 Gnarly Head Zinfandel Lodi 2012 (United States) 14% abv, $11.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque purple/maroon color. Truckloads of raspberry aroma is evident in the first inhalations, then the bouquet gets serious, turning tannic, dusty dry, mince meat-like, jammy in later sniffs. Flavors of raspberry jam, blueberry compote are ripe, tart, dense, mildly tannic, chewy well into the supple aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Rodney Strong Vineyards Knotty Vines Zinfandel Sonoma County 2012 (United States) 15% abv, $25  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Jet black color. Leafy, viny, leathery, earthy aromas emerge along with tannin-driven scents of black plum, blackcurrant. Textbook "old vines" zinfandel, rustic flavors abound in this sensational flavor profile that's front-loaded with juicy berry tastes but underpinned by date, raisin, fig. A zinfandel clinic.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel Lodi 2012 (United States) 14.9% abv, $16.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dense black color. Smells richly of ripe raspberry, strawberry, red cherry in the opening whiffs, then the bouquet turns peppery, spicy, jammy after further aeration. Taste profile highlights the cherry/berry tandem flavors that are medium tannic, piquant, ripe.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel Amador County 2011 (United States) 14.5% abv, $22  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty barn red color. Brambles, forest floor, moss/lichen, thistle aromas are immediately apparent then with more aeration a cherry pie perfume emerges. Red cherry, red plum, cranberry flavors merge at midpalate, creating a pleasing experience that lasts medium long into the moderately tannic aftertaste.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 Sobon Estate Paul's Vineyard ReZerve Zinfandel Amador County 2011 (United States) 14.8% abv, $24  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright ruby red color. The nose is wonderfully complex revealing layers of ripe red fruits with black plum, tea berry, and cocoa. The palate is equal to the nose in every way offering lush and ripe fruit married with hints of vanilla, baking spices, and sweet oak. A real blockbuster of a Zin.
    Photo    
  89 Bota Box Old Vine Zinfandel California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $22.99, 3L Box  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive garnet/blood red color. Bouquet is mute in the initial inhalations, then it opens slightly, offering measured aromas of sawdust, dry soil, grape jam. Taste profile is richly textured, with soft tannins and juicy black plum, black cherry flavors.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Sobon Estate Old Vines Zinfandel Amador County 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $13  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet color. The nose is focused on ripe raspberry, cranberry, blueberry and plum with hints of vanilla, nutmeg, and sweet oak. The palate echoes the nose delivering a silky and rich fruit driven core with loads of baking spice and sweet vanilla tinged oak in support.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Zinfandelic Zinfandel Sierra Foothills 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $19.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Red brick/garnet color. Raspberry jam, boysenberry aromas are ripe, earthy, jammy, fresh, spicy. Taste profile features the drier, tarter side of the berry fruit as the flavor comes off tannic, bittersweet, slightly tight. Finishes medium long, tobacco-like, leafy.
    Photo    
  89 Zinsane Zinfandel Lodi 2012 (United States) 14.4% abv, $13.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty crimson/garnet color. Juicy aromas of raspberry, strawberry, black pepper, gun powder, grape skin make for enjoyable sniffing from start to finish. Ripe, juicy flavors of red cherry, strawberry are featured in this lightly tannic taste profile. Zesty, piquant aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel Alexander Valley 2012 (United States) 14.7% abv, $20  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Blood red color. Offers understated aromas of blackberry, brambles, vines, green tea leaves. Pleasingly round, moderately tannic flavors include blackberry, black cherry, raspberry preserves. Not a fierce Zin, but one that's gentlemanly and reserved. Hamburger-land for this one.
    Photo    
  88 Cigar Zin Zinfandel Mendocino 2012 (United States) 15% abv, $11.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is fresh and vibrant with the scents of ripe blackberry, blueberry, and plum with accents of chocolate and nutmeg. The palate echoes the nose delivering a a soft, lush fruit driven Zin with bright spice and vanilla notes and faint tannins.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Twisted Zinfandel California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky purple color. Robust, keenly peppery, wax-paper aromas eclipse the super-ripe fruitiness in the bouquet. The uber-ripe, chewy texture coats the teeth in the midpalate as it underscores the jammy, peppery taste profile of blackberry and prune. Tannic, astringent, slightly smoky finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  85 Barefoot Cellars Zinfandel Lodi NV (United States) 13.5% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby red color. The aromatics are intense and concentrated with deep, dried bramble berry, blueberry, and plum with accents of earth and spice. The palate is equally intense with dense red and black fruits supported by notes of vanilla, baking spices, and wood.
    Photo    
  85 Inzinerator Zinfandel California 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $18  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Blood red color. Zesty, tangy aromas of gun metal, lead pencil, black peppercorn, thistle are present and accounted for in the dried out bouquet. Supple, juicy, densely flavorful, with highlights of blackberry, black plum. Finishes peppery, medium tannic, juicy.
    Photo    
 

Red Wines

Sangiovese - World

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 94 Cantalici L'Antica Fornace di Ridolfo Baruffo Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 (Italy) 14% abv, $34  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep maroon color, nearly opaque. Opening inhalations detect bread dough, limestone/quarry notes then the bouquet opens up offering rich aromas of black cherry and brambles. Flavor profile features opulent tastes of clove, cinnamon, grape jam. Aftertaste is long, concentrated.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Baccio Brunello di Montalcino 2008 (Italy) 14% abv, $34.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is redolent of dried red fruits with sweet herbs, earth, nutmeg, and oak. The palate delivers the promise of the nose and then some as the flavors build and build with a silky fruit driven core with loads of earth, spice, and oak in support. Lovely!
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Lamole di Lamole Estate Grown Chianti Classico 2009 (Italy) 13.5% abv, $18  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby red color. The nose reveal classic Chianti notes ideally marrying wild berries with forest floor, dried herbs, violets, cigar box, and oak. The palate is in full agreement with the nose delivering a bold and vibrant dry fruit core with flanking notes of earth, spice, and oak. Lovely.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Lamole di Lamole Vigento di Campolungo Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 (Italy) 14% abv, $35  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby red color. The aromatics are seductive and a bit understated offering waves of ripe and dried red fruits with sweet herbs, cigar box, and delicate earth tones. The palate is in full agreement delivering a powerful but elegant attack of rich fruit enveloped in earth, spice, oak, and aged tobacco. A classic.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 (Italy) 13% abv, $19.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Red brick color. Notes of strawberry, red cherry leap from the glass along with minerally scents of gravel, sand. Tightly wound, bone dry tastes of dried cherry, mince meat, red plum are moderately tannic, ripe, leathery.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Villa Puccini Riserva Chianti 2010 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is classic Chianti with layers of ripe black and red cherries with generous accents of spice, cocoa, and oak. The palate delivers the promise of the nose revealing layers of ripe and semi-tart fruit with dried herbs, mineral, and subtle earth notes. Ideally balanced with superb length and strength.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 (Italy) 13% abv, $27.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brick red color. The nose is classically Chianti deftly joining fruit, earth, herb,and oak to create a wine with style and charm. Scents of mineral integrate with dried cherry and bramble with a long lingering tart cherry and earth tone. Ideally balanced with moderate tannins.
       
  Finalist 90 Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 (Italy) 13% abv, $27.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep brick red color. The nose is very austere showcasing mineral and spice over fruit with a firm oak note as well. The palate echoes the nose delivering a tart and dry attack with drying tannins and a prominent oak impression.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 Geggiano Pontignano Chianti Classico 2010 (Italy) 13% abv, $12.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby to garnet red color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe raspberry, plum, and red cherries with hints of vanilla, allspice, and cigar box. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a generous, round fruit core with loads of brown spice and sweet oak.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Alborense Morellino di Scansano 2010 (Italy) 14.5% abv, $19.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose offers a perfect marriage of red and black fruits as well as ripe and semi-tart with accents of earth and oak. The palate concurs delivering a juicy core with waves of earth, cigar box, brown spice and oak.
    Photo    
  89 Quercia al Poggio Chianti Classico 2009 (Italy) 14% abv, $21  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is complex and intense with dried herbs, cigar box and cigar box notes mingling with dried red and black fruits with mineral and earth and support. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a silky core of fruit, spice, earth, and oak with soft tannins. Ideally balanced.
    Photo    
  89 Villa Puccini Gold Label Sangiovese Toscana IGT 2009 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $13.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe and semi tart red fruits with hints of blackberry, loads of dusty minerality and dried herbs. The palate confirms the nose offering a dry fruit driven core with earth, spice, and oak in support. Ideally balanced and ready to meet a great aged Parmigiano.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Baccio Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 (Italy) 13% abv, $10.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is filled with the scents of dried flowers, red fruits, and mineral forward earth. The palate concurs delivering a dry fruit driven core with loads of dried herbs, earth, oak, and tobacco in support. Lingering finish with soft tannins.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Cantalici L'Antica Fornace di Ridolfo Baruffo Chianti Classico 2011 (Italy) 14% abv, $22  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Blood red color. Fruity and floral aromatics include blackberry preserves, boysenberry, cranberry, black pepper, snapdragon. Taste-wise, the flavor profile is tart, slightly spicy, moderately intense in berries, more lean than voluptuous, focused. Tight finish.
    Photo    
  88 Eldredge JD Sangiovese Clare Valley 2009 (Australia) 15% abv, AUD 22 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Blood red/garnet color. Highly evocative bouquet of blueberry pie, red cherry, lead pencil, metal coin, vines/leaves is atypical for the varietal yet appealing. Taste profile leans towards keen acidity and astringency but likewise offers tart-to-sour red grape flavor that's refreshing.
    Photo    
  88 Ruffino Chianti 2012 (Italy) 13.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ruby red color with brick red accents. The nose is alive with the scents of dried herbs, ripe red berries, mineral, and subtle oak notes. On the palate this wine further evolves with waves of dried and ripe red fruits seamlessly integrated with earth, spice, and oak. Ideally balanced with vibrant acidity lifting the finish.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  88 Villa Puccini Tuscan Red Toscana IGT 2010 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $13.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is filled with the scents of dried black fruits and herbs with subtle baking spice and oak notes. The palate confirms the nose delivering layers of understated fruit and generous earth notes. Ideally balanced with a great dose of acidity.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  87 Fantini Sangiovese Abruzzi IGT 2012 (Italy) 12.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby red color. The nose is bright and fresh with scents of black cherries, raspberry, and subtle oak notes. The palate echoes the nose integrating more tart berries with the ripe fruit along with black pepper. Ideally balanced with a generous dose of acidity.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Mustiaio Cervato Sangiovese Maremma 2012 (Italy) 13.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, bright ruby red color. The nose is fruity with vibrant red fruits in the lead accents of graphite, mineral, dried herbs, and oak. The palate echoes the nose with a juicy fruit core flanked by notes of brown baking spices, oak, and a touch of vanilla.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Tenuta Sassoregale Maremma Toscana 2011 (Italy) 13.5% abv, $14  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright ruby red color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe red fruits and dark cherries with earth, spice, and oak in support. The palate is simpatico with the nose offering a rich core that showcases tart red fruits with a generous dose of acidity.
Great Value   Photo    
 

Red Wines

Red Blends - North America

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Buena Vista Winery The Count Sonoma County 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $30  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark purple core color with ruby edge. Toasted, campfire aromas are featured in the early nosing stages, then the bouquet turns jammy, grapy, berry compote-like. Satiny texture serves as the foundation for the tight flavor profile that highlights boysenberry preserves, black raisins, black plums, mint. Spectacular finish that is lush, roundly tannic.
    Photo    
  Finalist 94 Chateau Ste. Michelle Meritage Artist's Series Columbia Valley 2010 (United States) 14.5% abv, $57  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, darkest ruby red color. The nose reveals a Cabernet forward Bordeaux styled wine worthy to be offered by any first-rate Chateau. Scents of black cherry, plum and cassis leap from the glass with layers of baking spice, mineral, and oak. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a generously proportioned wine that is also in perfect balance and harmony. Simply beautiful.
    Photo    
  Finalist 94 J. Lohr Cuvée POM Paso Robles 2010 (United States) 14.9% abv, $50  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Beet red color that is opaque. Defines a "jammy" nose, with heavy doses of black raspberry, blackberry, blueberry preserves as well as freshly ground black pepper. Flavor profiles highlight the dried berry aspect of the blackberry and adds black raisin, tobacco, and cumin. Utterly luscious.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 93 Malibu Vineyards Meritage Single Vineyard Selection by Jim Palmer California 2011 (United States) 14.7% abv, $31  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Lovely, nearly opaque ruby/garnet color. Slightly toasted and spicy aromas of cinnamon, clove, black cherry, black plum rise from the glass in waves. Elegant flavors include boysenberry, black currant, oak resin, blueberry jam that last deep into the velvety aftertaste.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Fog Head Red California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Nearly opaque purple color. Friendly, juicy aromas of plum, pomegranate, elderberry, blueberry make this bouquet inviting. Ripe, generous, straightforward, delightfully juicy tastes of blueberry, pomegranate, black raisin extend deep into the finish. An illustration of how simple can be good and sometimes better.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Girard Artistry Napa Valley 2011 (United States) 15% abv, $39.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby to garnet red color. The aromatics leap from the glass offering layers of ripe black cherry, dark chocolate with hints of mocha, plum, and black currant. The palate concurs delivering a massive wave of ripe red and black fruits with spice and oak to spare. Beautifully proportioned with great length and well integrated tannins.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E Paso Robles 2010 (United States) 14.9% abv, $50  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep purple/maroon color. This bouquet is all about blackberry jam, watermelon, cherry compote, and cedar. Huge flavors of blackberry juice, rhubarb, over-ripe strawberry, and cooking spice (sage, mace) speak volumes about the depth of this titanic red. Steak or venison would go perfectly with it.
  Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 92 Lorenzi Estate Zin City Temecula Valley 2010 (United States) 13.2% abv, $48  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty ruby red color. Smells of candle wax, fabric, sawdust, stone quarry, damp forest floor, brambles. Flavors burst open with acute tastes of blueberry, blackberry, plum, black raisins. Zesty, tangy aftertaste.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Raymond Vineyards R Collection Lot No. 7 Field Blend California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ink black opacity. Distinct scents of candle wax, black pepper, bramble, vines, truffle, moss merge by the final inhalations. Taste profile is supple, lush in texture, roundly tannic, flat-out juicy, raisiny, plummy. Finish is spicy, intensely ripe, succulent.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Buena Vista Winery Legendary Badge Sonoma County 2012 (United States) 14.5% abv, $19.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque black appearance. Aroma is slightly closed down for the first few minutes, then it opens slightly, offering subtle scents of pine, poppy seed, eucalyptus, sawdust. Wow, this flavor profile is rich, keenly peppery, oaky/woody, cedar-like, sappy, plummy. Big finish is chewy in texture, juicy, ripe.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Gnarly Head Authentic Red Lodi 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $11.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky black purple color. Yeasty, bread dough-like opening aromas are supplanted later on with scents of burlap, blueberry jam. Flavor profile features a deeply raisiny primary taste that's supported by blueberry, blackberry. Lots going for this uncomplicated red of freshness and easy tannins.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 91 HandCraft Inspiration Red California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ruby/blood red color. Smells of charred meat, toast, oak, green peppercorn, persimmon. Lovely, compelling flavors of pepper, pomegranate, bilberry, black raisin, black plum abound and flourish long into the intensely ripe and dense finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Lorenzi Estate The Catalyst Temecula Valley 2009 (United States) 13.9% abv, $120  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Blood red/garnet color. Lovely aromatics include cherry pie, prune Danish, mint leaves, herbs, green tea. Flavor includes toasty wood, blackberry jam, black currant. Dry, acidic, tart finish closes the alluring circle.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Noble Vines 1 Red Blend California 2012 (United States) 14% abv, $14.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive black plum color. Huge, developed aromas of tobacco, pine, cigar box, black pepper are generous and approachable. Blackberry preserves is the highlighted flavor in the taste profile, but there's also spicy oak, fig, black raisin. Tannic, astringent, ultra-ripe aftertaste.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Rodney Strong Vineyards Symmetry, Meritage Alexander Valley 2011 (United States) 15.5% abv, $60  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Midnight black appearance. Boysenberry, blueberry, pomegranate aromas waft from the glass in gentle waves, followed by field herbs, moss in a splendid, elegant bouquet. Taste profile is moderately tannic and focused squarely on ripe berry fruits, in particular, blueberry compote, boysenberry jam. Finishes long, dense, tart, ripe, world-class.
    Photo    
  90 Cambridge Meritage Napa Valley 2012 (United States) 13.8% abv, $22.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Purple/black color is opaque. Subtle aromas of poppy seed, breadfruit, raspberry jam, black plums are vivid, nuanced, peppery. Taste profile is richly textured, spicy to the taste, preserves-like, plummy. Aftertaste features the strawberry jam aspect beautifully.
    Photo    
  90 Forchini Vineyards & Winery BeauSierra Dry Creek Valley Estate Grown & Bottled (United States) 14% abv, $28  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, darkest ruby red color. Scents of dense black fruits and mineral lead the way with plenty of dried leaf herbs, mineral, and oak in support. The palate is equal to the nose offering a ripe and tart berry driven core with a generous dose of earth and spice. Ideally balanced with long lingering spice and jam notes.
    Photo    
  90 Genoa Cellars Crosswind Super-Tuscan-Style Reserve Red Mountain 2011 (United States) 14% abv, $37  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, darkest ruby red color. The aromatics are complex and ever evolving offering scents of ripe red cherries, with wild blackberries, fennel, and earth. The palate confirms the nose delivering a dry, concentrated fruit core with flanking notes of earth, spice, and oak. Complex and quite intense - it would do well with an hour in a decanter.
    Photo    
  89 Belle Ambiance Red Blend California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep crimson color. Smells especially juicy and loaded with acutely ripe blueberry, black currant, pistachio aromas. Ripe flavors echo the aroma and add peppery spicy that melds nicely with the jammy red fruit tastes. Finishes round, juicy.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Château Julien Royalty Red Monterey County 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive deep purple core color with plum rim. Smells of Christmas cake, black cherry, black plum preserves. Flavor profile features soft tannins, round, fruity tastes of blood orange, blackberry, boysenberry. Long spicy finish.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  89 Geyser Peak Winery Tectonic Alexander Valley 2011 (United States) 13.5% abv, $28  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich purple robe. Keen black pepper scent in the first nosing, then the bouquet turns to old leather/library fragrance which is fetching. Lush and luscious flavors of red plum, boysenberry abound in this generous flavor profile of true gravitas and merit.
    Photo    
  89 Robert Mondavi Private Selection "Coastal Crush" Central Coast 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $11  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Crimson color, nearly opaque. Hearty, juicy blackberry and cranberry aromas dominate the bouquet, which also shows a spicy side of ground black pepper. Generous, berry-laden flavors explode on the tongue, primarily black raspberry and bilberry. Toasty, dry in the finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage Central Coast 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $11  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Rich, opaque, jet black appearance. The cranberry and black cherry aromas are dry, moderately leafy/brambly, with a parting shot of pepperiness. Taste profile includes not-so-subtle notes of tobacco, cocoa bean, coffee bean, and raspberry preserves. Tannic, tight, and built for hearty fare.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 4 Skins Red Blend Nova Scotia NV (Canada) 11.9% abv, CAD 19.99 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby color. Nose is alive with dry, sour scents of grape peel, grape seed, persimmon. Flavor profile mirrors the bouquet as the tastes are of sour cherry, sour grape, loganberry. Finish is the best stage where the flavors merge into one ambrosial taste impression that's pleasant, tart.
    Photo    
  88 Barefoot Cellars Impression California NV (United States) 12.5% abv, $6.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deepest, darkest ruby red color. The nose is wonderfully jammy with scents of cherry, raspberry, and strawberry in the lead with vanilla, and spice there for support. The palate is equally pleasing with a sift, silky entry that focuses on ripe, round berry driven fruit with a generous dose of vanilla, and baking spices.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Bota Box RedVolution California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $22.99, 3L Box  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet color. Elemental, stony, dry bouquet that's more plummy than berry-like. Tastes of tobacco leaf, black tea, cocoa, red plum. Offers an expansive aftertaste that's jammed with red plum, red currant flavors.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Calixa Red Blend Guadalupe Valley 2012 (Mexico) 13.5% abv, $19  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Jet black, opaque appearance. Chalky, earthy aromas are supplemented by prune and raisin scents. Taste profile features tannic, clean, almost chewy flavors of black plums, blackberry, red cherry. Jammy finish tops off the pleasing experience nicely. Food-wise, it requires a substantial, even spicy variety of fare.
    Photo    
  88 Chateau Julien Black Nova IV Monterey County NV (United States) 14% abv, $96  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty plum color. Lots of bread dough/bakery smells early on give way with further air contact to scents of chalk, limestone, damp soil. Lush, medium rich flavors are moderately tannic, astringent, plummy, berry-like, and slightly toasty. Savory, mildly spicy aftertaste.
    Photo    
  88 Fog Mountain Field Blend California 2012 (United States) 13.5% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark purple color. Deep raisiny, bramble, vines, leaves, forest vegetation aromas make up the core of this bouquet. Taste profile is tart, deeply pruny, fig-like, with supplemental flavors of mince meat, mulberry, cranberry.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Barefoot Refresh Summer Red California NV (United States) 9% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright, transparent ruby red with a mild effervescence. The nose is amazingly fragrant with loads of ripe raspberry, blood orange, strawberry, and red cherry. The palate confirms the nose delivering a sprite, berry driven core with enough bubbles and acidity to make it refreshing a perfect for summer.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Genoa Cellars Ketch Super-Tuscan-Style Reserve Red Mountain 2011 (United States) 14.1% abv, $37  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose is very fragrant and floral with ripe, red fruits shining through with vanilla, and oak in support. The palate echoes the nose with stronger supporting notes of earth, baking spices, and mineral. Nicely balanced with a fresh dose of acidity.
    Photo    
  87 Marilyn Meritage Napa Valley 2010 (United States) 14.5% abv, $50  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque jet black appearance. Viny, bramble-like aromas set the tone in the early nosing stage, then the bouquet turns dense, metallic, nickel-like, earthy, minerally. Taste profile is toasty, oaky, with supplemental flavors of vanilla, damson, cherry. Finishes medium long, moderately tannic.
    Photo    
  86 Devonian Coast Wineries Mercator Red Estate Select Nova Scotia 2012 (Canada) 12.5% abv, CAD 22.99 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, bright ruby red color. The nose is brimming with ripe raspberry and red cherry supported by vanilla and sweet toasted oak. The palate confirms the nose integrating tart cherry notes as well as a generous portion of spice and sweet oak notes.
    Photo    
  86 Pelee Island Winery Singing Moon Lake Erie North Shore 2012 (Canada) 2.9% abv, CAD 13.75 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby red color. The nose is vibrant with the scents of ripe red cherries and plum with hints of blackberry, and brown baking spices. The palate is in full accord with the nose offering waves of rich and dense fruit met by spice and vanilla accented oak.
    Photo    
  85 CK Mondavi Wildcreek Canyon Scarlet Five California 2012 (United States) 13.6% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Maroon color. Keenly peppery opening aroma is followed by a more vegetal scent that focuses on broiled asparagus or Brussels sprouts. Tastes of black grape jam, cherry juice, black currant/cassis.
    Photo    
  85 Genoa Cellars "The Boom" Super-Tuscan-Style Wahluke Slope 2009 (United States) 14.3% abv, $29  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose is incredibly jammy with red fruits in the lead supported by vanilla and hints of black pepper. The nose is equally jammy with drying dried fruits and notes of barrel and earth rising on the finish.
    Photo    
  85 Monte Xanic Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Guadalupe Valley 2011 (Mexico) 13.5% abv, $25  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep brick red color. Offers pleasing red berry fruitiness with a deft touch of black pepper in the aroma. Taste profile is dusty dry, very tight, moderately tannic, with narrowly focused, pleasant flavors of bilberry, black cherry.
    Photo    
  85 Redwood Creek Rich Red Blend American NV (United States) 13% abv, $8  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Maroon color. Smoked, toasty aromas are abundant in the bouquet along with understated oak/sawdust notes. Intensely ripe, nearly fat tastes of prune juice, cranberry juice are featured in the mammoth flavor. Easy drinking.
    Photo    
  85 Tess Red Blend Napa Valley NV (United States) 13.9% abv, $20  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Serve chilled. Pretty cardinal red color. Very juicy aromatics include red plum, boysenberry, blackberry. Uncomplicated taste profile is pleasingly spicy, peppery, zesty, plummy, with an intriguing finishing touch of bacon fat.
    Photo    
  84 Graveyard Vineyards Paso Tombstone Red Paso Robles NV (United States) 14.5% abv, $18  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  84 The Seducer Red Blend California 2012 (United States) 13.8% abv, $14.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  83 Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards Tavola Red Upper Mississippi River Valley NV (United States) 11% abv, $19  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  83 Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards Cotes du Pepin Red Upper Mississippi River Valley 2012 (United States) 12.3% abv, $25  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  83 Westport Winery Jetty Cat Red Blend Columbia Valley 2011 (United States) 13% abv, $27  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  82 Cell Block Shackled Red Sonoma County 2012 (United States) 15.7% abv, $19.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  81 Gran Ricardo de Monte Xanic Red Blend Guadalupe Valley 2011 (Mexico) 14% abv, $59  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

Red Wines

Red Blends - Europe

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 95 Spettacolare Real Tuscan Heirloom Edition Estate Grown Toscana IGT 2011 (Italy) 14.5% abv, $29  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Plum color with purple edge. Tomato paste, black pepper, heather, schist aromas abound in this generous, focused bouquet. Flavor profile overflows with dry, earthy, tart berry fruit lushness that's balanced, slightly spicy, and toasty/oaky. Sophisticated yet pleasingly rustic at the same time.
    Photo    
  Finalist 94 Chateau Paul Mas Clos de Savignac Coteaux du Languedoc 2012 (France) 14.5% abv, $24.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Jet black, opaque appearance. Offers a banquet of dry aromatics, starting with assertive black pepper and following up with limestone/slate, black plums. In mouth, the tannic taste profile shows blackberry preserves, dates, cocoa, oaky vanillin, prunes. A monster red that requires a stout meal companion.
    Photo    
  Finalist 94 Evangelo Red Blend Epanomi 2010 (Greece) 14.5% abv, $79  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque, black appearance. Juicy, earthy aromas are nuanced in this subtle, dry bouquet. This robust red saves its best impression for the taste impact which is hearty, raisiny, tannic, stone dry and charged with blackcurrant richness. Aftertaste is toasty, tobacco-like, jammy.
    Photo    
  Finalist 94 Rocca di Montemassi Sassabruna Monteregio di Massa Marittima 2011 (Italy) 13% abv, $24.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deepest, darkest ruby red color. The aromatics are intensely jammy with red and black fruits getting equal play supported by notes of earth, spice, and cigar box. The palate is equal to the nose in every way delivering a massive wine with a ripe and dried fruit core enveloped in firm tannins. Ideally balanced with a generous dose of fresh acidity.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Bertani Ripasso Valpolicella 2011 (Italy) 13.5% abv, $25.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Black cherry color. Notes of dried cranberry, cedar in the straightforward bouquet that pleasingly tart, tight, bittersweet. Taste profile is peppery, spicy, tart, ripe, berry-laden. Aftertaste is long, mildly tannic, and features a lingering tobacco-like quality that's toasty.
    Photo    
  Finalist 92 Chateau Qanafar Red Blend Bekaa 2011 (Lebanon) 14% abv, $30 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deepest, darkest ruby red color. The nose is wonderfully intense with cherry, plum, and blackberry mingling with tart cherry, mineral, and vanilla. The palate delivers on the promise of the nose with a massive core of ripe and tart fruits enveloped by firm tannins and a generous dose of acidity.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Avaton Red Blend Epanomi 2011 (Greece) 14.5% abv, $55  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Blood red/maroon color. There's a pleasing minerality and earthiness to this bouquet that shares its space with cooking spice (bay leaf). On palate, the taste profile is compact, doughy, and loaded with dried berry fruits, in particular, black cherry and blueberry. Medium long, tight finish.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Barbare Prestige Thrace 2010 (Turkey) 14% abv, TL 1 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque, densely black appearance. Scents of old leather books, road tar, candle wax are featured in the dusty bouquet. Flavor profile highlights the textural waxiness which supports the spicy taste layers of black raisins, walnut, BBQ pork, black plums. Big-hearted, generous, peppery.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 San Felo Dicioccatore Riserva Morellino di Scansano 2010 (Italy) 14.5% abv, €70 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The aromatics offer beautiful scents of ripe raspberry and cherry with cassis, anise, dried herbs, and nutmeg. The palate echoes the nose offering a dense fruit core flanked by firm tannins and a generous dose of earth and oak. Perfectly balanced with a nice dose of acidity and subtle pepper note.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 Andre Lurton Chateau de Rochemorin Red Pessac Leognan 2011 (France) 13% abv, $24.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Maroon color with garnet edge. Smells of mint, dried herbs, eucalyptus, blueberry compote. No nonsense, direct flavors of dried cherries, prunes, figs, walnut. Aftertaste is medium long, supple.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 Andre Lurton Chateau de Barbe Blanche Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2012 (France) 13% abv, $25.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose is wonderfully explosive with ripe blackberry and cherry notes leaping from the glass with mineral, vanilla, and oak in support. The palate echoes the nose delivering a lush and silky fruit driven core with gobs of ripe berries with accents of vanilla, baking spices, and oak.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 Barbare Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Thrace 2010 (Turkey) 14% abv, TL 1 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Jet black color. The spice element registers high in the aroma as it also features a paraffin scent. The splendor of this wine lies in the ripe, tannic, supple, grape preserves flavor profile that features large doses of acidity for freshness and ripeness for depth. Splendid drinking enjoyment with steak, stews or cassoulet.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 Barbare Elegance Thrace 2010 (Turkey) 14.5% abv, TL 0 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Maroon color. Raisiny, almost like raisin bread in the slightly spicy/peppery bouquet. Robust, rustic, tart but ripe, incredibly jammy flavors of blackberry, pomegranate, bilberry abound in this massive taste profile. Big in the ripe finish.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 Chateau La Haye Small Step Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Saint-Estephe 2011 (France) 12.5% abv, $25  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty maroon color with red plum edge. Steely, earthy, elemental opening aroma is soil-like, then the aroma transforms into a bouquet, emitting mellow scents of red cherry, strawberry, sunflower seed, tobacco. Refined, yet juicy and vivid.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 Cliffhanger Vineyards Proprietary Red Dolomiti IGT 2012 (Italy) 13% abv, $12.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep maroon color. Smells of dry stone, pomegranate, elderberry, black raisins. Taste profile features pomegranate, black plum, dates, raspberry flavors that are ripe and dry. Finishes medium long, tannic, astringent, refreshing. Needs grilled meats with which to pair.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Farnese Edizione Cinque Autoctoni Abruzzi IGT NV (Italy) 14% abv, $49.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red being nearly black. The nose is equally forbidding offering scents of ripe red and black berries with supporting notes of vanilla, allspice, cigar box, and oak. The palate is in full accord delivering a rich and lush fruit driven core with bright jammy notes with flanking notes of baking spices, cocoa, and sweet oak. A real charmer.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 Kayra Buzbag Rezerv Elazig 2010 (Turkey) 13.5% abv, $15  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Black tar appearance. Slightly smoked, woody, peppery, plummy aromas rule the moderately ripe bouquet. Big-hearted flavors include black raisin, prune, dates, black cherry, pomegranate. Finishes tannic, leathery, bittersweet, ripe.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 90 Vidal Fleury Cotes-du-Rhone 2010 (France) 14% abv, $12.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose is a complex melange of violets. ripe blackberry, earthy spice notes, allspice and black pepper. The palate is in full agreement with the nose offering a lush, round core of ripe berry fruit with a generous dose of earth, baking spice, and oak in support. Lovely and very versatile.
Great Value   Photo    
  89 Andre Lurton Chateau Tour de Ségur Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2011 (France) 13% abv, $24.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose is filled with earthy, mineral tinged black fruits with a pleasing subtle green and herbal note. The palate is vastly more generous with the ripe, luxurious fruit core that is kept fresh by a generous dose of natural acidity. Soft tannins and silky oak finish the package.
    Photo    
  89 San Felo Balla La Vecchia Toscana IGT 2011 (Italy) 14.2% abv, €20 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is wonderfully understated with ripe and dried red fruits married with fresh herbs, wet earth, nutmeg, and oak. The palate delivers more of the same with the intensity building with each minute of aeration. Ideally balanced with a generous dose of acidity and drying tannins.
    Photo    
  89 Spasso Red Toscana IGT 2011 (Italy) 13% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ruby/garnet color. Fresh aromas of bay leaf, clay, tomato paste make for intriguing and compelling nosing. Dried berries, prunes, black pepper, and grape skins complement the attributes of the bouquet in style. Medium-bodied, dusty dry, elegant.
Great Value   Photo    
  88 Baglio Gibellina Terremoto Rosso Merlot - Nero d'Avola Sicily IGT 2009 (Italy) 14% abv, $19.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe red and black fruits mingling with accents of eucalyptus, anise, allspice, and oak. The palate echoes the nose delivering a juicy, fruity core with gobs of brown baking spices.
    Photo    
  88 Baglio Gibellina Assurdo Rosso Pinot Nero - Nero d'Avola Sicily IGT 2010 (Italy) 14% abv, $19.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, darkest ruby red color. The nose is filled with rich, ripe black cherry, plum, and raspberry with accents of allspice, clove, and vanilla. The palate confirms the nose offering a juicy and ripe fruit core with lovely supporting notes of spice and sweet oak.
    Photo    
  88 Barton & Guestier Château Magnol Haut-Medoc 2011 (France) 13.5% abv, $22.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Color is purple/ruby. Aromas include cedar/pine, mint, olives, autumn forest, and dill. Flavor profile favors the piny/woodsy aspect found in the bouquet but there's likewise a well-developed grapiness that's tart, taut, and spicy. The reined-in finish is austere and lean.
    Photo    
  88 Chateau Leoube Rouge de Leoube Cotes-de-Provence 2011 (France) 13.5% abv, $30  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose beautifully integrates ripe fruit with spice, earth, and dried herbs with hints of vanilla, and cassis. The palate concurs delivering a lush and silky core of ripe red and black fruits with a generous dose of baking spice, vanilla, and oak in support.
    Photo    
  88 Gerovassiliou Red Epanomi 2010 (Greece) 14% abv, $32  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is subtle with red fruits mingling with mineral and earth. The palate echoes the nose delivering a soft fruit core with tart cherries, mineral, wood, earth, and allspice in support.
       
  88 Le Bordeaux de la Haye Bordeaux 2012 (France) 12.5% abv, $18  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Eye-catching maroon color. Toasty, slightly baked, pruny, raisiny, plummy in the animated and persuasive bouquet. Nimble flavors of red grape jam, red plum, cherry, and lead pencil are engaging and medium-bodied. Excellent food red.
    Photo    
  88 San Felo Morellino di Scansano Morellino di Scansano 2012 (Italy) 13.5% abv, €24 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Brilliant ruby red color. The aromatics offer an ideal fusion of deep fruit, herbs, earth, and baking spices. The palate echoes the nose offering an austere fruit driven core with spice, oak, and earth on the flanks. Perfectly balanced with great length and moderate tannins.
    Photo    
  87 Andre Lurton Chateau de Cruzeau Red Pessac Leognan 2012 (France) 13% abv, $27.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Purple color. Vegetal, chalky, gravel-like aromas are pleasing and taut. Taste profile includes dry as a bone flavors of cranberry, raspberry. Medium long finish. Savory.
    Photo    
  87 Andre Lurton Chateau Bonnet Red Bordeaux 2011 (France) 13% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Purple/blood red color. Understated aromas include black raspberry, boysenberry, new leather, red plum. Tastes of dried berries, blackberry jam, with a faint hint of citrus. Medium long aftertaste. Uncomplicated delight.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Barton & Guestier Passeport Rouge Medoc 2010 (France) 13% abv, $14.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Purple color. Woody/oaky, tree sap, blueberry, black currant aromas are restrained and need a certain amount of aeration time to emerge. Taut, astringent flavors of green bean, black raisins, blueberry compote shows well. Aftertaste is medium long and fat.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Chateau La Haye Saint-Estephe 2008 (France) 13% abv, $39  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty blood red color. Notable barnyard aromas abound in the initial inhalations, then the bouquet settles down, offering cottony, parchment-like scents later on. Pleasantly rich, chewy, fleshy mouthfeel surrounds the dried apricot and raspberry flavors.
    Photo    
  87 Goosebump Red Blend Sicily IGT 2012 (Italy) 13% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark garnet color. Initial inhalations encounter gently sweet, intensely ripe berry aromas that are slightly spicy and woodsy. Plump, semi-dry flavors are generous, simple, round, remarkably juicy. Finish is long, tannic, grape skin-like.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Arrogant Frog Cabernet Merlot Vin de Pays d'Oc 2013 (France) 13.5% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Garnet/blood red color. Stony, minty, doughy aromas are measured, moderately grapy, and minerally. Nicely sour, juicy, astringent, and engagingly berry-like on palate. Aftertaste accentuates the minty aspect.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Barbare Syrah, Grenache & Mouvedre Thrace 2010 (Turkey) 14% abv, TL 1 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep purple, nearly opaque appearance. Nose is curiously vacant, except for mild notes of blueberry. Big, fat flavors explode on the tongue in the tannic, bittersweet forms of blackberry, black currant, black plums, raisins. Simple, generously flavored.
    Photo    
  86 Barton & Guestier Passeport Rouge Bordeaux 2012 (France) 13% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pleasing purple/ruby color. Nearly muted aromas offer meager scents of cedar, pipe tobacco, mint. Plump, easy, simple tastes of black cherry and pomegranate highlight the undemanding flavor. Brief finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Farmers of Wine Italian Italy NV (Italy) 12% abv, $12.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Blood red color with garnet edge. Friendly, ripe, juicy aromas are taut, acidic. Taste profile features easy-to-like, slightly fat and very juicy flavors of blueberries, boysenberries. Approachable, easy finish.
Great Value      
  86 Hob Nob Wicked Red Vin de Pays d'Oc 2011 (France) 13% abv, $9.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is generous with ripe red fruits in the lead with generous accents of mineral, allspice and black currant. The palate is a true continuation of the aromatics delivering a soft, lush fruit driven center with subtle vanilla and cassis notes.
Great Value   Photo    
  86 Vinkara Okuzgozu/Bogazkere Eastern Anatolia 2012 (Turkey) 13.6% abv, TL 0  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark purple color. Slight bit of burnt match/sulphur in opening nosing stage, then oak, tobacco, dried herbs emerge. Sour grape, sour cherry tastes come out in the midpalate, leading to a woody finish.
    Photo    
  84 Barton & Guestier Les Charmes de Magnol Medoc 2011 (France) 12.5% abv, $16.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  84 VOGA Italia Red Fusion Salento IGT 2013 (Italy) 13.5% abv, $11.99  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
  83 David Maitre Vigneron Merlot/Duras Cotes du Tarn 2013 (France) 12% abv, $3.8 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

Red Wines

Red Blends - Southern Hemisphere

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 92 Kellermeister Storyboard Collection Funk Wagon Barossa Valley 2011 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 25 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet to ruby color. The aromatics are simply astounding showcasing ripe red berries with black fruits in support as well as loads of brown spices, a touch of mineral, cocoa, and earth. The palate fully concurs delivering a rich and silky textured wine with depth and vibrancy. Ideally balanced with great length and chewy tannins.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Killibinbin Scaredy Cat Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz Langhorne Creek 2010 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 19 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Plum purple color. Beany notes of coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa are evident in the expressive bouquet. Tastes of blackberry preserves, black plum, mint, black pepper abound in the round, compelling flavor profile. Spicy, dry as stone aftertaste satisfies.
    Photo    
  Finalist 90 Hither & Yon Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale 2012 (Australia) 14.8% abv, AUD 30 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dark, inky purple color. The nose is brimming with ripe red and black berries ranging from plum to cherry with generous accents of brown baking spices, dried herbs, and earth. The palate is simpatico with rhe nose offering a lush, round core of ripe fruit with vibrant acidity to match. Ideally balanced with style and panache.
    Photo    
  89 Cape Barren Native Goose Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre McLaren Vale 2011 (Australia) 14.2% abv, AUD 23 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Bright ruby red color. The nose is wonderfully complex with red and black fruits in abundance supported by notes of mocha, cocoa, dried herbs, mineral, and allspice. The palate is simpatico offering waves of ripe fruits with a generous dose of natural acidity and fine tannins. A real charmer.
    Photo    
  89 Paracombe The Reuben Adelaide Hills 2011 (Australia) 14.5% abv, AUD 25 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe raspberry and plum with semi-tart rhubarb, eucalyptus, and hints of vanilla and cedar. The palate confirms the nose delivering a lush melange of fruits and herbal notes that build on the palate. Nicely balanced with generous dose of acidity that keeps it fresh.
    Photo    
  87 Che Gaucho Malbec-Merlot Mendoza 2013 (Argentina) 13.5% abv, $12.99, 1.5 L  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep blood red color. Nose is mute during both stages of inhalation. The merlot goes a long way in softening the tannic fierceness of the malbec as the taste profile comes off elegant, approachable, juicy, ripe from midpalate through finish.
Great Value   Photo    
  87 Dal Zotto Cabernet Merlot King Valley 2010 (Australia) 13.5% abv, AUD 22 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is bright with the scents of ripe red cherry and soft dry herbal notes. The palate concurs with the nose revealing a vibrant and congenial wine needing no occasion whatsoever.
    Photo    
  87 Dal Zotto Sangiovese Cabernet King Valley 2012 (Australia) 13.5% abv, AUD 22 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose is complex and harmonious with elegant herbal and earth notes flowing seamlessly with the ripe cherry and blackberry core. The palate echoes the nose being even more generous with layers of ripe fruit accented by vanilla, baking spice and oak.
    Photo    
  86 [yellow tail] Big Bold Red Yenda NV (Australia) 13% abv, $7.99  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark garnet red color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe blackberry, cherry, and raspberry with baking spice and vanilla accents. The palate is just as lush and jammy being semisweet with just enough acid to keep it fresh and vibrant.
Great Value   Photo    
  85 Logan Wines Cabernet Merlot Orange 2011 (Australia) 13% abv, AUD 23 , seeking US Importer  marketing details Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep blood red color. Smells of dill pickle, burnt match, sulphur, wet soil, moss/lichen, damp forest floor. Dry, spicy, woodsy flavors include black pepper, cedar, vegetation, ripe red grapes, red plums. Tart, short finish.
    Photo    
  83 Nuvino Red Blend Swan Hill 2013 (Australia) 13.9% abv, $3.99, 187 ml  marketing details Good,
Recommended
      Photo    
 

Red Wines

Spain Reds

Chairman's Trophy and Finalist status are determined by the judging chairmen, using a scoring curve based upon the number of entries and overall categorical scoring.
  Award Score Product Accolade              
  Chairman's Trophy 96 Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva Rioja 2005 (Spain) 14% abv, $60  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet to brick red color. The aromatics reveal a wine that has matured gracefully with youthful notes still present while integrated sophisticated barrel notes with deep black cherry and plum notes. The palate concurs delivering a rich, round center with waves of ripe and semi-tart fruits with loads of spice, roasted nuts, earth, herb, and oak in support. Terrific!
    Photo    
  Finalist 95 Scala Dei Garnatxa Priorat 2012 (Spain) 14.5% abv, $18  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Purple color. Burnt match, ashtray aromas dominate the early stage of nosing then the bouquet opens up to include traces of baked banana, mince meat, baked pear. Taste profile is keenly ripe, juicy, succulent, ambrosial, berry-driven. Finish is hearty, ripe, jammy.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 95 Vinas del Vero Blecua Somontano 2008 (Spain) 15% abv, $69  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Jet black opacity. Early smells include violets, grape preserves, red plum, then the bouquet accelerates forward, emitting toasted, slightly spicy notes of oak, bark. Round tannins, red plum, red cherry flavors are fully integrated, swank, savory, lasting deep into the sublimely silky finish.
    Photo    
  Finalist 95 Vinas del Vero Secastilla Somontano 2011 (Spain) 14.5% abv, NA  marketing details Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Midnight black color. Deep aromas of brambles, vines, tobacco leaves, truffles, lichen. Huge flavors of pomegranate, black cherry, black plum, grape skins are acutely tart, astringent, integrated. Aftertaste is long, toasty, woody, immensely satisfying. Serve with grilled meats.
    Photo    
  Finalist 93 Gonzalez Byass Beronia Gran Reserva Rioja 2007 (Spain) 14% abv, $28.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dense garnet red color. The nose is wonderfully alluring with complex layers of ripe cherries with tart baking cherries, cassis, raspberry, plum, dried herbs, and brown spices in support. The palate echoes the nose delivering waves of pure pleasure ideally marrying fruit, spice, earth, cigar box, brown baking spices, and oak in one seamless package.
    Photo    
  Finalist 93 Clos Mesorah Red Blend Montsant 2010 (Spain) 14% abv, $80  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep purple color. Minty aromas are pleasantly herbal, dry, yet ripe at the same time. Flavor profile is sleek, raisiny, tart, acidic, pruny. Aftertaste features the pruniness to the max. Large featured, savory, ripe.
    Photo    
  Finalist 93 Marqués de Riscal Reserva Rioja 2008 (Spain) 13.5% abv, $18.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, dark ruby red color. The nose is very charming and complex with waves of plum, blackberry and cherry with accents of anise, allspice, earth, vanilla, and toasted oak. The palate is in agreement with the nose delivering ripe and semi-tart fruit with a juicy core flanked by spice, earth, and oak. Simply beautiful with ideal balance, great length, and supple tannins.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 93 Pagos del Rey Altos de Tamaron Ribera del Duero 2013 (Spain) 13% abv, $10.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Jet black, opaque color. Intensely grapy and jammy in the first inhalations, then the bouquet settles down, offering toasty, brambly, leafy notes that show traces of black pepper. Tannic, astringent, jammy, dry as a bone, intense berry presence on palate. Big-hearted, generous red.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 93 Pata Negra Roble Rioja (Spain) 13.5% abv, $14  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dense black color. Peppery, spicy, piquant opening nose turns port-like, pruny, tobacco-like as it aerates - this is a huge, complex bouquet of deep tannins. As spicy as the bouquet is, the flavor is more ripe, pruny, black raisin-like, dusty dry. Finishes ripe, grapy.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 93 Pata Negra Crianza Ribera del Duero 2011 (Spain) 14% abv, $14  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Dense purple/black color. Smells of brambles, vines, leaves, vegetation are abundant in this early bouquet that turns more intensely ripe and cranberry-like with more air contact. Robust, raisiny, rustic flavors are intense, multilayered, peppery, tobacco-like. Finishes long, tannic, astringent, chewy, grapy.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Castillo de Albai Tempranillo Pagos del Rey Rioja 2013 (Spain) 13% abv, $10.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Attractive crimson/deep ruby color. A textbook La Rioja bouquet, underpinned by leather-bound book/library smells that support dramatic dried berry fruit aroma bursting with blackberry, bilberry, cranberry, and pomegranate scents. Big, lush flavors (blackberry, pomegranate) and texture make for extraordinary drinking pleasure.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Pata Negra Crianza Rioja 2010 (Spain) 14% abv, $10  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Opaque blood red color. Raisiny, peppery aromas are vibrant in the initial nosings, then with more air contact the bouquet turns up the volume on black cherry pie, black plum preserves. Taste profile features juicy but tart flavors of black cherry, blackberry, elderberry, prune.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 92 Vinas del Vero La Miranda de Secastilla Somontano 2011 (Spain) 14% abv, $13.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Ruby color. Nose is full of strawberry richness, ripeness, and is pleasingly oaky, tart, toasty. Flavor profile highlights strawberry, red cherry, red plum. Aftertaste is medium long, with a silky texture. Great BBQ red of substance, sturdiness.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Felix Solis Viña Albali Crianza Tempranillo Valdepeñas 2011 (Spain) 13% abv, $9.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Pretty maroon color. Assertive aromas include dried cherry, black currant, red plum, old leather, and fig. On palate, desert dry yet ripe tastes of red cherry jam and strawberry/rhubarb compote highlight the in-mouth phase. Begs for game-based food companions.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Finca Loranque Estate Grown Red Tierra de Castilla 2008 (Spain) 14.5% abv, $25  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Jet black appearance. Smells upfront of charred meats, BBQ, pork rind, gun metal, lead pencil then turns smoky/toasted. Large, assertive tastes include black plum, cassis, black pepper, black cherry. Massive aftertaste is loaded with round tannins.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Finca Rio Negro Red Blend Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2010 (Spain) 14% abv, $29.99  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, bright ruby red color. The nose is filled with the scents of black cherry, cassis, plum, brown baking spices, mineral, and oak. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a ripe, bold fruit driven core with flanking notes of baking spice, vanilla, and sweet oak. Nicely balanced with bright acidity and moderate tannins.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Gandia Raiza Reserva Rioja 2009 (Spain) 14% abv, $15  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deepest, darkest garnet red color. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe red and black fruits as well perfectly integrated with sun dried fruits, baking spices, saddle leather, and a hint of vanilla. The palate echoes the nose delivering a lush but very vibrant fruit driven wine with loads of spice, earth, and oak in support.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Marqués de Riscal Proximo Rioja 2009 (Spain) 14% abv, $10  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep garnet red color. The nose offers perfectly integrated notes of ripe red and black fruits with earth, herbs, black pepper, and oak. The palate delivers the promise of the nose delivering a beautiful cherry note in the core with soft earth tones and toasted oak.
Great Value Tried & True Photo    
  Finalist 91 Montecillo Gran Reserva Rioja 2006 (Spain) 13.5% abv, $29  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep ruby to garnet red color. The nose is rich and dense with the scents of freshly crushed blackberries with accents of cigar box, baking spice, earth, herbs, and oak. The palate offers the perfect continuation of the aromatics ideally weaving dried fruit, spice, oak, and cigar box. Ideally balanced with soft, dusty tannins.
    Photo    
  Finalist 91 Montecillo Crianza Rioja 2010 (Spain) 13.5% abv, $10  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Deep, brilliant ruby red color. The nose is vibrant with classic Rioja aromatics, dried berries, earth, cigar box, oak, tart cherries and dried herbs. The palate concurs with the nose delivering a wine with a great berry driven fruit core with lovely accents of earth, spice, and cigar box, as well as soft, well-integrated oak notes.
Great Value   Photo    
  Finalist 91 Vina Pomal Reserva Rioja 2009 (Spain) 14% abv, $21  marketing details Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting NoteTasting Notes:
Inky purple color. The vine-like opening aroma is balanced later on by forest floor scents of truffle, moss as well as wild flower and onion grass. Taste is alive with dusty dry flavors of pomegranate, red plum, pomelo, tomato paste, poppy seed. Finishes long, tart, ripe, juicy.