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
200932
Anemoi
2011 "Notus" Grand Valley
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.
92 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201001
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2009 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201059
Dribble Creek
NV "Moishe and the Mitzvahs" Arizona
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.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201058
Jerome Winery
2010 Semillion-Malvasia
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.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200931
Canyon Wind
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201005
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2011 Icewine Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201003
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2011 White Merlot
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.
89 points $9.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200998
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2011 Late Harvest Riesling
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.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200930
Canyon Wind
2010 Petit Verdot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201004
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2011 "Zero Below", Late Harvest Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200997
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2011 "No Oak" Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201000
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2011 Viognier
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200999
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2010 Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201002
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2011 "Sweetheart Red" Grand Valley
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201124
Pleasant Valley
NV House Red Wine American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201057
Jerome Winery
2009 Pinotage
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201123
Pleasant Valley
NV Muscadine Red
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201060
Arizona Angel
2011 Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201126
Pleasant Valley
NV "Velvet" International
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201127
Pleasant Valley
NV Apple American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200933
Pleasant View
2010 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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