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July 2012 - US - Red & White Rhone Varietals & Blends

July 2012 - US - Red & White Rhone Varietals & Blends
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US - Red & White Rhone Varietals & Blends Reviews

Cedar Mountain 2008 Reserve Syrah
95 points
$28
Aromas of sizzling bacon, dried berries, black pepper and chocolate mint with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy mocha cream and pear accented on the finish with chewy tannins. A meaty, savory syrah for the table. Yum.
Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2009  Durif
93 points
$21
Aromas of boysenberries, spiced nuts, and cocoa with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, honeyed citrus, nectarine, birch bark, raisin and mineral finish with chewy tannins. An excellent zesty and concentrated table red.
Cedar Mountain 2009 Reserve Petite Sirah
93 points
$28
violet color. Milk chocolate, almond nougat, meringue and dried berry aromas with and flavors with a chewy, firm tannin, peppercorn and earth finish. A spot, table tuned, on petite sirah with great purity, structure and depth.
Calcareous Vineyards 2010  Viognier-Marsanne
93 points
$29
Aromas and flavors of peaches in cream and kiwi-lime marmalade with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a nicely balanced caramel apple and mineral accented finish. A very nice sipper or table wine.
Starlite 2010  Viognier
93 points
$47
Fruity and floral honeysuckle and honeyed apricot aromas with a soft, oily dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a very pure crunchy ripe peach and cream, melon and mineral finish. A very effusive and Condrieu-like domestic viognier with great varietal character.
Concannon 2010 Selected Vineyards Petite Sirah
92 points
$10
Best Buy
violet color. Rich aromas of toasty praline, peach cobbler, and raspberry pie with a ripe fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, berry, apple sauce and spice medley on the juicy finish. A really tasty crowd pleasing red for all occasion.
92 points $10 Best Buy
PB Hein 2007 "Trailblazer" Napa Valley
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Forward aromas of pickled peppers, violet candy, blackberry butter, and chocolate fudge with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chewy nut, beet, and spice nuanced finish. A delicious, expertly blended red. Pair with cassoulet.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2009  Syrah
92 points
$21
Aromas of chocolate nut fudge, spiced prunes, and dried cherries with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a mouthwatering ripe peach, Meyer lemon marmalade, and earthy spice finish. A delightfully zesty syrah that will shine at the table.
Kumbaya 2010 Red Wine Blend California
91 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Lovely perfumed aromas of violets and buttery blueberry pie are vibrant with a soft, fruity medium body and honeyed cherry, cedar, and apple accented finish. A fun, carefree sipper or burger wine that is sure to please the crowd.
91 points $8.99 Best Buy
Cottonwood Winery of Oregon 2007 Crawford Vineyard, "Raya Jade" Syrah
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright chocolate, blueberry, and black pepper aromas with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, seamless finish with hints of spiced apple and earth. A flexible all purpose wine.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Garfield Estates 2009 Estate Syrah
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Aromas of chocolate, herbs, black pepper, and raspberries with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy vanilla, berry pie, and roasted carrot accented finish. Very appetizing and flavorful in a savory style.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Robert Hall Winery 2009  Syrah
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Aromas of baklava, pink peppercorn, and berry creme brulee with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and hints of cherry, pipe tobacco, and roasted nuts on the well balanced finish with crunchy tannins/ A delightfully crafted syrah for all occasions.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2009  Petite Sirah
91 points
$21
violet color. Ripe chocolate mint, graham cracker, menthol, and sour cherry aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy watermelon and spice accented finish. A fun, flavorful petit sirah
Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2008 Rocky Ridge Collection, "Tradition" Yolo County
91 points
$25
Ruby black color. Aromas of salted caramel chocolates and dried sour cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and tangy, black raspberry, peppery spice, and apricot accented finish. A delicious, vibrant, and intriguingly flavorful red blend.
Manzoni Estate 2009 Home Vineyard Syrah
91 points
$26
Aromas of incense, dark chocolate, baked plums, and peppery spice have great vibrancy and purity with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful spiced orange, cream, white pepper and melon accented finish. An excellent, elegant table wine.
Davis Family 2009 Guyzer Block Syrah
91 points
$38
Aromas of berry bush, chocolate peanuts, and honey custard with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, citrus gelato and spiced apple accented finish. Very tasty.
Damian Rae Winery 2009 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah
91 points
$44
Berry gelato, melon, mocha latte, and root vegetable aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a cedar, grilled tomato, pepper finish. A savory table wine.
El Côtes du Paso Robles 2010 Red Wine Paso Robles
90 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of pickled peppers, cherry cider, chocolate graham cracker, and peppercorns with a supple, dryish medium body and a grilled quince, plum, and nut finish. Tasty.
90 points $7.99 Best Buy
Two Rivers 2010  Syrah
90 points
$13.65
Best Buy
Dense aromas of pickled okra, dried mulberries, chocolate and pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory currant, dusty root vegetable and spice. A very nice savory syrah for roasts.
90 points $13.65 Best Buy
Brennan 2010  Viognier
90 points
$17.50
Best Buy
Mild aromas of banana bread, peach, and creme Anglaise with a crisp, dryish medium body and a lovely quince and mineral accent on the finish. A dead ringer for a lighter Rhone white.
90 points $17.50 Best Buy
Cardella 2007  Syrah
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans and berries and caramelized walnuts with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lively melon and earth accented finish. A nice sipper.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Brandt Family Winery 2009 Rodneys Vineyard Petite Sirah
90 points
$25
Deep garnet violet color. Mocha, black raspberry, chocolate nut, and roasted root vegetable aromas with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a savory beet, apple and pencil shaving accented finish. A very nice dry table wine that will be excellent with roasts.
Handley 2009 Kazmet Vineyard Syrah
90 points
$25
Rich black raspberry, toffee, and graham cracker aromas and flavors with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a toasty cedar, grilled apple, pepper and earth finish with firm, chewy tannins. Serious flavor, weight and structure here.
Calcareous Vineyards 2009  Grenache
90 points
$34
Deep garnet. Aroma and flavors of boysenberries, apple, spice, and nougat with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a peppercorn and mineral accented finish with chewy tannins. A tasty table wine.
Main & Geary 2010  Petite Sirah
89 points
$17.99
Bright purple color. caramel custard, black raspberry, licorice and chocolate cherry with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body with white pepper and spice on the finish. A pleasantly balanced wine for everyday drinking.
89 points $17.99
Chateau St. Croix 2007  Syrah
89 points
$18
Aromas of plum chutney, strawberry liqueur, and creamy chocolate mousse with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, berry compote, apple, and earth accented finish. Very nice.
Calcareous Vineyards 2010  Marsanne
89 points
$32
Toasty peach cobbler and buttery nut brittle aromas with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a sumptuous spicy apple tart accented finish. A lush delicious wine with nice varietal character and judicious oak.
Calcareous Vineyards 2009 "Moose" Paso Robles
89 points
$42
Purple color. Aromas of roasted nuts, spice, caramel, raspberry and tomato with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a pepper and earth accented finish with chewy powdery tannins. A rich, bold, and brooding red blend.
Loken 2011 Reserve, Tumbas Vineyards Viognier
88 points
$17.95
Golden color. Mild fancy herbal soap, grilled peach, and custard aromas with an oily, supple, dryish medium body and a tart kiwi, nut and earth finish.
88 points $17.95
Villa Bianca 2009  Syrah
88 points
$17.95
Aroma of black raspberry cordial, chocolate cream pie, and sour cream frosting with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a honeyed beet and cherry accented finish. Tasty.
88 points $17.95
Pend d’Oreille 2010  Viognier
88 points
$18
Aromas of coconut creme brulee, pineapple-peach gelato, and pickle relish have an añejo tequila like quality. Supple, dry-yet-fruity, and medium bodied with a elegant balance of nectarine, creamy oak, and earth. A fine table wine.
Maryhill 2008 Proprietors Reserve Grenache
88 points
$19.95
Pale ruby color. Aromas of mixed berries, lemon curd, tomato and crayon with a silky dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy citrus, melon, and toffee accented finish. A tasty sipper or table wine.
88 points $19.95
Loken 2006 Reserve Syrah
88 points
$21.95
Bright buttery caramel fudge, nougat sundried cherry and tomato, and honeyed meringue aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a big blackberry liqueur, licorice, citrus candy and earth finish. Big and playful.
88 points $21.95
Brennan 2011 "Lily" Texas
87 points
$16.50
Aromas and flavors of lemon-peach custard pie and banana taffy with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium and a melon and tart green apple accented finish. A tasty table wine with nice mouthwatering acidity.
87 points $16.50
Hawk Haven 2010  Viognier
87 points
$20
Bright golden yellow color. Toasty coconut macaroon, caramel apple and peach cobbler aromas and flavors with a soft, dry-yet-fruit medium body and a tangy citrus custard finish. A nicely oaked viognier.
Cedar Mountain 2008 Reserve, "Pas de Deux" Livermore Valley
87 points
$28
Enticing aromas and flavors of roasted beets and peppers, spiced nuts, and cherries with a supple, dryish medium body a touched of pink peppers, sandalwood, and grassy earth on the chewy, dusty tannin finish. A nice choice for hearty roasts and stews.
Ledson 2007 "Diamond Ridge Series" Petite Sirah
87 points
$32
violet color. Aromas of ink, roasted root vegetable and berry creme brulee with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crunchy praline, spice, and earth finish with blanketing coating tannins.
El Côtes du Paso Robles 2010 White Wine Paso Robles
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Aromas of peach and apple pies and nougat with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy orange, green apple, pepper, and mineral accented finish.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
William Augustus 2010  Viognier-Marsanne
86 points
$16
Fresh baked peach pie and lemon curd aromas with a buoyant dry-yet-fruity medium body and a snappy lime tart, praline and grassy earth accented finish. Very tasty and table friendly.
Brennan 2011  Viognier
86 points
$17.50
Aromas and flavors of fruit cocktail and lemon spritzed apple with a crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, tangy tangerine and roasted nut finish. Tasty.
86 points $17.50
Three Coins 2009 Betsys Vineyard Syrah
86 points
$28
Mild aromas of vanilla, black raspberries, cocoa, and oak spice with a silky, dryish medium body and a tart, berry, tomato skin, and cedar finish with firm tannins. Give this a year or two.
Jazz Cellars 2010 "Rhapsody" Marsanne-Roussanne
86 points
$33
Toasty pineapple, peach and coconut cake aromas and flavors with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy yellow apple, lime gelato, and vanilla toffee accented finish. Tasty.
Ledson 2008 "Old Vine" Petite Sirah
86 points
$42
violet color. Dark and white chocolate covered strawberries, plum brandy, mineral, and mocha nougat aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, spicy poached pear and mineral accented finish a big, firm tannins. Give this some time.
Capay Valley Vineyards 2009 Estate Bottled Syrah
84 points
$14.99
Garnet color. Aromas of stewed root vegetables, pepper, herb butter, and fruit leather with a soft, dryish medium body and a pickled tomato, cedar and citrus accented finish.
84 points $14.99
Ballentine 2008 Fig Tree Vineyard Petite Sirah
84 points
$24
Inky purple color. Aromas of chocolate covered strawberries, raspberry brandy liqueur, and pepper dust with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and cedar bark, green apple, and gravel road accented finish with firm, powdery tannins. This needs time.
PB Hein 2009 Vernasco Vineyard Syrah
83 points
$12
Aromas of marinated citrus and tomatoes with a soft, tangy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sour cranberry-melon jelly, spiced nut and apple sauce accented finish with dusty tannins. A zippy sipper.
Davis Family 2009 "Cuvée Luke" Sierra Foothills
83 points
$26
Aromas of lime candy, peach sorbet, thyme and faint rubber with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and round, Meyer lemon, melon and nut accented finish with pithy and papery tannins.
Capay Valley Vineyards NV  Sparkling Viognier
82 points
$13.99
Silvery golden color with a bubbly rim. Sulfury grilled peach and lemon aromas with a tart fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp lemon finish. Unyielding lit matchstick aromas is problematic, otherwise a mouthwatering table bubbly.
82 points $13.99
Grey Fox NV Estate Grown Syrah
82 points
$16
Pale ruby color. Aromas of tomato paste and cherries with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy, spiced apple, chocolate nut and mossy earth accented finish. An interesting, savory table wine.
Ledson 2008 "Old Vine" Carignane
82 points
$38
Aromas of newspaper ink and grilled berries with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smoky, flinty, charred nut and blackberry finish. Not very approachable.
Capay Valley Vineyards 2011 Estate Bottled Viognier
81 points
$12.99
Gold color. Very smoky grilled peach and apple aromas have a hint of fuel and pepper-herb oil with a very tart, dry light-to-medium body and sharp, terse crabapple, lemon, and gravel finish. Very austere.
81 points $12.99
Loken 2008 Reserve Syrah
81 points
$17.95
Intensely smoky cigar ash, char grilled pineapple and pepper aromas are almost identical to mezcal with a saline and dry medium body and a medicinal white peppercorn, dried currant and smoldering ember finish. Very odd, yet oddly intriguing.
81 points $17.95
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