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February 2013 - 2012 US Regional Review West and Southwest

February 2013 - 2012 US Regional Review West and Southwest
This month's Wine feature is 2012 Regional Review West and Southwest - CO, UT, NV, NM, AZ, TX, WY, ID, MT Wines

2012 US Regional Review West and Southwest Reviews

Anemoi 2011 "Notus" Grand Valley
92 points
$49.95
Deep garnet color. Elegant aromas of dried berries, mocha, toffee, and peppered bacon with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a super smooth, vanilla, pomegranate, apple, roasted pecan finish. A delicious and elegant red for sipping or the table with filet mignon.
Awards: 'Best Colorado Red Wine'
92 points $49.95
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2009  Merlot
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Floral aromas of spicy plum pie, chocolate, and pomegranate with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a vanilla, mineral and black raspberry tart finish with fine tannins. Flavorful and beautifully balanced for the table or sipping.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Dribble Creek NV "Moishe and the Mitzvahs" Arizona
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Aromas of raisins and plums, cocoa, and pepper bread with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, spicy cassis, olive tapenade, dolmades, and mineral finish. A delicious and lively red that will be great with spicy meat dishes.
Awards: 'Best Arizona Red Wine'
90 points $17 Best Buy
Jerome Winery 2010  Semillion-Malvasia
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of fig bread, coconut cake, and citrus jam with a satiny smooth dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, kiwi and yellow apple finish with a touch of spice and minerals. Very mellow textured, wonderfully balanced and subtly flavorful.
Awards: 'Best Arizona White Wine'
90 points $18 Best Buy
Canyon Wind 2009  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$25.95
Violet color. Rich aromas of cassis tart, chocolate, honeycomb, and olive with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, berry, coffee cake and toffee finish. Nicely structured and balanced.
90 points $25.95
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2011 Icewine Riesling
90 points
$59
Golden color. Rich aromas of dried apricot, honey, and raisin cake with a tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful apple pie and custard accented finish. A delicious dessert wine.
Awards: 'Best Colorado Dessert Wine'
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2011  White Merlot
89 points
$9.50
Best Buy
Pale pink copper color. Aromas of spiced cherry, strawberry cake and pomegranate sorbet aromas with a satiny, off-dry medium body and a tangy, refreshing apple, pear and citrus finish. A very tasty off-dry sipper.
Awards: 'Best Colorado Rose Wine'
89 points $9.50 Best Buy
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2011 Late Harvest Riesling
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of dried peaches, spiced apples and honey with a silky, off-dry medium body and a fruit salad and light petrol-like mineral and moss accented finish. Very nice flavor and structure.
Awards: 'Best Colorado White Wine'
89 points $12 Best Buy
Canyon Wind 2010  Petit Verdot
89 points
$25.95
Garnet violet color. Aromas of black forest cake, nuts, and pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy, cedar and slate accented finish with chewy tannins. A very nice steak wine.
89 points $25.95
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2011 "Zero Below", Late Harvest Chardonnay
88 points
$20
Golden color. Aromas of toasted nuts, golden raisins, and apple yogurt with a silky fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a creamed honeyed, lemon sorbet, and peach cobbler finish. Tasty.
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2011 "No Oak" Chardonnay
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden yellow. Vanilla pudding, pineapple cake, and delicate baking spices with silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart lemon and dusty green apple skin accented finish. A nice crisp chardonnay for seafood.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2011  Viognier
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery gold color. Aromas of baked banana, coconut creme brulee, and peach yogurt with a dryish medium body and a crisp, citrus and yellow plum skin finish. A refreshing seafood wine or aperitif.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2010  Shiraz
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet violet color. Aromas of chocolate graham cracker, wax, and berry pie with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, peppery spice, tomato and craisin accented finish. A nice zesty red for sipping or the table.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2011 "Sweetheart Red" Grand Valley
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of honeyed cherries and berry pie and spice with a supple, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy apple cider and spiced pear finish with light chewy tannins. Pair with ice cream.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Pleasant Valley NV House Red Wine American
85 points
$15.97
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate cherry, roasted nut, and beeswax with a fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, apple sauce and plum sauce finish. A nice easy going sipper.
85 points $15.97
Jerome Winery 2009  Pinotage
85 points
$28
Ruby black color. Aromas of crushed berries, baker’s chocolate, and topsoil with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy honeyed sour cherry and nutshell accented finish. Not very pinotage like, but pleasant.
Pleasant Valley NV  Muscadine Red
84 points
$15.97
Light ruby color. Very fruit concord grape jam and juice, chocolate, and campfire wood aromas with a soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy raisin and pomegranate juice finish.
84 points $15.97
Arizona Angel 2011  Riesling
83 points
$13
Yellow gold color. Aromas of overripe lemon and peach pits with soft, off-dry light body and a brisk papaya, lime peel, and grape leaf finish. Serve with a good chill.
Pleasant Valley NV "Velvet" International
82 points
$15.97
Deep ruby color. Sweet dried cherry, pickled watermelon, and smoked nut aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cherry pit and peppery spice finish.
82 points $15.97
Pleasant Valley NV Apple American
81 points
$15.97
Aromas of chalk eraser, praline, dried apple and lemon with a soft, rather flat, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a honeyed nut and spice cookie accented finish.
81 points $15.97
Pleasant View 2010  Chardonnay
81 points
$28
Deep brassy gold color. Aromas of raisin cake, coconut vanilla custard and fruit chutney have a mature, oxidized quality with a flat, dry light-to-medium body and a dilute, very tart lemon, apple water bobbing water and nutshell finish.
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