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February 2013 - US - Red & White Rhone Varietals

February 2013 - US - Red & White Rhone Varietals
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US - Red & White Rhone Varietals Reviews

Anaba 2010 Teldeschi Vineyard Home Ranch Petite Sirah
96 points
$38
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.
Des Voigne Cellars 2008 "Montreux" Syrah
95 points
$30
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.
PEJU 2010  Syrah
93 points
$32
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.
Kontos 2010 Boushey Vineyard, "Tate" Syrah
93 points
$44
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.
Ledson 2009  Syrah
93 points
$46
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.
Canihan Family 2009 Estate Vineyard, "Exuberance" Syrah
93 points
$49
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.
Hooker 2010 "Home Pitch" Syrah
92 points
$24
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.
Anaba 2010 "Coriol" White Sonoma Valley
92 points
$28
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.
Anaba 2009 "Coriol" Red Sonoma Valley
92 points
$28
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.
Kontos 2010  Syrah
92 points
$34
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.
VIE 2009 Los Madres Vineyard Syrah
92 points
$39
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.
Robert Hall Winery 2010  Syrah
91 points
$18
Best Buy
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
Robert Hall Winery 2011  Viognier
91 points
$20
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.
Barboursville 2011 Reserve Viognier
91 points
$22
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.
Two Mountain 2009 Estate Grown, Copeland Vineyard Syrah
91 points
$25
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.
Naughty NV "Inky" Napa Valley
91 points
$30
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.
RoxyAnn 2009  Syrah
91 points
$30
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.
Fog Head 2011  Syrah
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
Anaba 2010 "Turbine" Red Sonoma Valley
90 points
$28
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.
Anaba 2010 Landa Vineyard Viognier
90 points
$32
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.
Unionville Vineyards 2010 Pheasant Hill Vineyard Syrah
90 points
$32.95
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
Harlow Ridge 2011  Petite Sirah
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
JZ Selections 2011 Lot #2 Viognier
89 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Pollak Vineyards 2011 Estate Viognier
89 points
$20
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.
Naughty NV  Petite Sirah
89 points
$30
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.
Ledson 2009  Syrah
89 points
$40
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.
Montpellier 2010  Syrah
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Green Truck 2010  Petite Sirah
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
HandCraft 2011  Petite Sirah
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Bota Box 2011  Shiraz
88 points
$20.99
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
White Pine 2011 Reserve Syrah
88 points
$29.99
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
Anaba 2010 Alder Springs Vineyard, White Wine Mendocino
88 points
$38
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.
Black Stallion 2010  Syrah
88 points
$38
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.
Ledson 2009 "Old Vine" Petite Sirah
88 points
$44
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.
Wild Hare NV  Petite Sirah
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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
Maryhill 2009 Proprietors Reserve Grenache
87 points
$19.95
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
Pend d’Oreille 2008  Syrah
87 points
$21
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.
Unionville Vineyards 2011 Amwell Ridge Vineyard Viognier
87 points
$23.95
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
Masked Rider 2011  Petite Sirah
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Concannon 2008 Reserve Petite Sirah
86 points
$40
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.
Ledson 2009 "Old Vine" Petite Sirah
86 points
$42
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.
Sea Ridge 2011  Syrah
85 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Grand Cru 2011  Syrah
85 points
$7.99
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
Montpellier 2011  Viognier
85 points
$9.99
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
Three Coins 2011 Betsys Vineyard Viognier
84 points
$26
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.
Three Coins 2009 Betsys Vineyard Petite Sirah
84 points
$28
Garnet color. Aromas of stewed berries, peppery spice and roasted Brussels sprouts with a supple, dryish medium body and a firm, woody tannin finish.
Crane Lake 2011  Petite Sirah
82 points
$6.99
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
Sol Rouge 2009 "Gypsy Rouge" Lake County
82 points
$28
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.
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