February 2013 - US - Red & White Rhone Varietals

This month's Wine feature is US - Red & White Rhone Varietals Wines
US - Red & White Rhone Varietals Reviews
201047
Anaba
2010 Teldeschi Vineyard Home Ranch Petite Sirah
Inky violet color paints the glass. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate mint cookie and blackberry yogurt with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, concentrated finish with chewy tannins. A spot-on petite sirah with great depth and purity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200955
Des Voigne Cellars
2008 "Montreux" Syrah
Dusty garnet color. Deep aromas of toffee, olive, herbs, and spicy berry coulis with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, seamless finish with vanilla, sassafras, cedar, and baking spice notes. A superbly balanced and flavorful syrah that is drinking beautifully now.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201056
PEJU
2010 Syrah
Aromas of berry custard, mocha, clay and floral honeycomb with a tangy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy peppery spice, sour cherry, and roasted nut accented finish. A zesty syrah that is will be a great foil for Mediterranean lamb dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200953
Kontos
2010 Boushey Vineyard, "Tate" Syrah
Dark garnet violet color. Rich aromas of black raspberry, pencil shavings, peppercorn, and roasted tomatoes and beets with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, nut, sandalwood and baking spice nuanced finish. A rich powerfully syrah that will be great with bison or elk.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201053
Ledson
2009 Syrah
Aromas of creme brulee, leather and blueberry tart with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, apple pie, pepper and spice nuanced finish. Very tasty and sure to be a winner at the table. Pair with spicy pork loins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200814
Canihan Family
2009 Estate Vineyard, "Exuberance" Syrah
Deep garnet violet color. Exotic aromas of eucalyptus, black olive, menthol and chocolate blueberry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless cocoa and spicy roasted nut nuanced finish with chewy tannins. A decadently delicious and distinctive syrah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200881
Hooker
2010 "Home Pitch" Syrah
Aromas of baked berries, chocolate nuts, olive wood, and spice with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, well balanced nut and earth accented finish. A really nicely poised syrah for sipping or the table; try with Mulligatawny soup.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201050
Anaba
2010 "Coriol" White Sonoma Valley
Subtle aromas suggest cream, citrus, melon rind, and vanilla candle with a soft, dryish medium body and a crisp, baked fruit, praline and oak driven finish. A very attractive and elegant, dry table wine; pair with grilled fish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201051
Anaba
2009 "Coriol" Red Sonoma Valley
Garnet black color. Intriguing aromas of chocolate cake, eucalyptus, olive, spice and cassis compote with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy mocha, nut, apple, and earth accented finish. Nice fruity, herbal flavor and poise; pair with German beef rouladen.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200954
Kontos
2010 Syrah
Garnet violet color. Aromas of clay, sour cherry, nut brittle, and honeycomb with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, spiced pear and peach accented finish with silky fine tannins. A very flavorful and stylish, Rhone-like syrah for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201041
VIE
2009 Los Madres Vineyard Syrah
Dark ruby charcoal color. Brooding aromas of berry vinaigrette, vanilla, peppers and olives and dried apricot and honey with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, concentrated finish with fine tannins. A delicious, flavor-packed syrah that will be great with ratatouille and veal chops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200609
Robert Hall Winery
2010 Syrah
Garnet color. Rich chocolate cherry fudge and vanilla aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a seamless, cedar, mineral and spice finish. A deliciously satisfying syrah for sipping or the table.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200862
Robert Hall Winery
2011 Viognier
Pale golden color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, Meyer lemon, and melon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering vanilla, tropical citrus, spice and mineral kissed finish. A very nice arc of flavors and texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200813
Barboursville
2011 Reserve Viognier
Golden color. Aromas and flavors of ripe apricot and lemon custard with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, mouthwatering finish. A delicious and appetizing viognier for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201207
Two Mountain
2009 Estate Grown, Copeland Vineyard Syrah
Aromas of dried lime, berries, chocolate yogurt, and Asian spices with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sour cherry, craisin and cedar and mineral accented finish. A lively and juicy syrah for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200878
Naughty
NV "Inky" Napa Valley
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry brownie, clay, olive and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, chewy, pomegranate and pepper accented finish. A sturdy, zesty wine for the table. Pair with bison.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200923
RoxyAnn
2009 Syrah
Aromas of sour cherry, honeycomb, leather, and chocolate graham cracker with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless vanilla, craisin and spice accented finish. A delicious and elegant syrah for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201086
Fog Head
2011 Syrah
Aromas of blueberry gelato and cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a cedar, apple and slate accented finish. A very nice tasty syrah for everyday sipping.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201048
Anaba
2010 "Turbine" Red Sonoma Valley
Deep garnet violet color. Attractive aromas of toffee and toasty berry pie with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, tangy, berry, pepper and citrus driven finish. A zesty and very flavorful red that will pair fantastically with Asian beef dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201049
Anaba
2010 Landa Vineyard Viognier
Pure, vibrant French fruit custard tart aroma and flavor with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, tangy Meyer lemon, clementine and apple finish. A tasty oak accented, carefree sipper or pair with crab legs.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201144
Unionville Vineyards
2010 Pheasant Hill Vineyard Syrah
Deep purple color. Green olive, honeycomb, and chocolate strawberry aromas and flavors with a silky dryish medium body and a well balanced vanilla and earth accented finish. A very Old World styled syrah for the table.
90 points $32.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200938
Harlow Ridge
2011 Petite Sirah
violet color. Rich aromas of vanilla fondant, chocolate strawberries and blueberries with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and tangy,sour cherry jam, apple and nut brittle accented finish. A fruity crowd pleasing zinfandel-like red that is sure to be a hit at parties.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200903
JZ Selections
2011 Lot #2 Viognier
Golden yellow color. Lively aromas of peach and lemon pies with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a lime, spiced apple and melon driven finish. A delicious sipper or pair with Asian poultry dishes.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200840
Pollak Vineyards
2011 Estate Viognier
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of yellow apple, wax, and pistachio with a soft fruity medium body and a tangy apple and peach puree finish. Tasty; will be good with Mexican cuisine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200879
Naughty
NV Petite Sirah
Garnet charcoal gray color. Floral aromas of stewed berries, chocolate cherry, cedar, smoked meat, and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spiced apple and nut driven finish with chewy coating tannins. Solid.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201052
Ledson
2009 Syrah
Deep amethyst color. Aromas of chocolate mint and lime zest, mocha, and raspberry gelato with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, citrus, cocoa, and spice accented finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200940
Montpellier
2010 Syrah
Aromas of chocolate strawberries and raspberries, praline, and mint jam with fruity medium body and a silky, juicy finish. A very tasty crowd pleasing
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200936
Green Truck
2010 Petite Sirah
Deep garnet color. Aromas of berries, praline and spice with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a cedar, grilled apple and a mineral accented finish. Solid and fruit driven.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201083
HandCraft
2011 Petite Sirah
Garnet violet color. Rich aromas of roasted coffee bean, cocoa, and spicy berry pie with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy chocolate craisin and leafy earth finish. A spot on sippable petite sirah.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201085
Bota Box
2011 Shiraz
Aromas of spicy berry custard pie and cedar with silky, fruity medium body and a tangy, spicy cherry and nougat finish. A very nice and flexible red that is a great value.
88 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200799
White Pine
2011 Reserve Syrah
Deep violet black color. Vibrant aromas of pickles, chocolate craisin, and pine cone with supple, dryish medium body and a pencil shaving, honey baked apple and earth finish. A nice, zesty, earthy table wine.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201046
Anaba
2010 Alder Springs Vineyard, White Wine Mendocino
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas of lemon cake and almond custard with a tangy, medium body and crisp nectarine, praline and lime curd driven finish. A zesty balance of fruit and oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201084
Black Stallion
2010 Syrah
Aromas of chocolate covered espresso bean and berry pie with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, cranberry, black pepper, tobacco and smoked nut accented finish. Nice balance of fruit and oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201054
Ledson
2009 "Old Vine" Petite Sirah
Garnet black color. Aromas of floral beeswax, mocha cream, and berry compote with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and smoky mineral, nut and dried currant accented finish. A rich textured petite sirah for the table; pair with game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200943
Wild Hare
NV Petite Sirah
Garnet color. Aromas of berry pie and nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy sour cherry and craisin finish. A nice chewy table wine or sipper.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201010
Maryhill
2009 Proprietor's Reserve Grenache
Ruby charcoal color. Aromas of cherry and raspberry tarts and nut brittle with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, spice and cedar accented finish. Tasty.
87 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200473
Pend d’Oreille
2008 Syrah
Garnet charcoal color. Aromas of grilled berries, nuts, charcoal and cocoa with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tart green caramel apple, citrus and cranberry finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201145
Unionville Vineyards
2011 Amwell Ridge Vineyard Viognier
Golden color. Bold raw honeycomb, nougat, and peach custard pie aromas with a dryish medium-to-full body and baked lemon, starfruit and nut nuanced finish. A drier oak accented viognier that will be best with seafood in cream sauces.
87 points $23.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200939
Masked Rider
2011 Petite Sirah
Garnet color. Aromas of vanilla, toffee, cherry, and frosted graham cracker with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an green apple, melon and pomegranate finish with firm, coating tannins. Give this some time.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201014
Concannon
2008 Reserve Petite Sirah
Inky violet color. Aromas of stewed okra, caraway, sweet yams, and berries in sour cream with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a savory vegetable, cherry, tobacco and spice driven finish. A boldly different petite sirah to try with exotic game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201055
Ledson
2009 "Old Vine" Petite Sirah
Violet black color. Aromas of boysenberry pie a la mode and nougat with a supple fruity-et-dry medium-to-full body and a twig, grilled apple and mineral finish with firm, chewy tannins. A nice food friendly petite sirah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200942
Sea Ridge
2011 Syrah
Garnet violet color. Aromas of blackberry pie and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy craisin, apple and spice accented finish. A nice everyday red.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200937
Grand Cru
2011 Syrah
Garnet purple color. Mild aromas of berry tart and praline with a soft fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy spiced cherry finish. A nice burger wine.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200941
Montpellier
2011 Viognier
Lovely tropical fruit aromas and flavors of guava, lemon custard and passionfruit are sauvignon blanc-like with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, melon, apple and pepper nuanced finish. Not very varietally correct, but fun.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200880
Three Coins
2011 Betsy's Vineyard Viognier
Pale golden color. Aromas of coconut custard, apple pie, and mild honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a heavy, oak-driven, baked apple, pineapple and pecan finish. Rather chardonnay-like.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200882
Three Coins
2009 Betsy's Vineyard Petite Sirah
Garnet color. Aromas of stewed berries, peppery spice and roasted Brussels sprouts with a supple, dryish medium body and a firm, woody tannin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200935
Crane Lake
2011 Petite Sirah
violet color. Odd aromas of sweet beets, cajeta, and stewed strawberries with a with soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart cherry pit and parchment finish.
82 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201040
Sol Rouge
2009 "Gypsy Rouge" Lake County
Garnet brown gray color. Aromas of treated lumber, glue, and lingonberry with a dryish medium body and a mint leaf, cranberry and grape leaf dolmades finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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