July 2013 - US - Red and White Rhone Varietals

This month's Wine feature is US - Red and White Rhone Varietals Wines
US - Red and White Rhone Varietals Reviews
201902
Alexandria Nicole
2012 Crawford Vineyard Viognier
Golden silver. Attractive aromas of tropical fruit custard tart with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy pear, peach and sweet cream driven finish. A delicious and voluptuous viognier.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202744
Ledson
2009 "Mes Trois Amours" California
Aromas of blueberry custard, olive, and chocolate graham cracker with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, spiced cherry, pepper and earth accented finish with perfectly integrated tannins. Delicious and elegant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202346
Silkwood
2007 Petite Sirah
Garnet violet color. Dense aromas of blackberry vinaigrette, toasted sesame, and peppery spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty blood orange gelato, cocoa and earth accented finish with plush tannins. A spot on petite sirah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202347
Silkwood
2007 Vintners Select, "Satin & Silk" Petite Sirah
Garnet black color. Opulent aromas of chocolate nuts and espresso beans, herbs,pepper, graham cracker, and cassis compote with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, chewy citrus, cedar, pickled beet and earth finish with polished, well-integrated tannins. Very impressive.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202571
Coyote Canyon Winery
2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Roussanne
Golden yellow color. Vibrant aroma of pineapple upside down cake with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sweet citrus, apple and pear pastry driven finish. A delicious, appetizing sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202798
Lorenzi Estate
2009 "Red Fusion" Temecula Valley
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate mint, craisin, herbs and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, dried cherry, praline and vanilla cream accented finish with chewy tannins. A powerful and engaging blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202682
Concannon
2011 Selected Vineyards Petite Sirah
violet color. Bright dill pickle, waxy honeycomb, and cherry-raspberry sauce aromas with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty citrus and cranberry sorbet, tomato and spice driven finish. A deliciously juicy, everyday red.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202749
Castoro Cellars
2010 Reserve, Estate Grown Syrah
Purple black color. Rich aromas of chocolate espresso beans and blueberry yogurt with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, graceful baking spice, apple, and grassy earth accented finish with fine, supportive tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202699
Elk Run
2011 Cold Friday Vineyard Syrah
Bold aroma of floral honey on raspberries, cracked green peppercorn, and chestnuts with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mocha cream, tobacco, cedar, and dusty spice accented finish. Nice mellow balance of fruit and oak here. Serve with veal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202747
Calcareous Vineyards
2010 Grenache-Mourvedre
Aromas of vanilla toffee, chocolate mint, cherry pie with a satiny medium-to-full body and a wonderfully spicy black raspberry, poached apple and nut accented finish. A very smooth and delicious sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202609
Parmelee-Hill
2010 Estate Syrah
Garnet violet color. Bright aromas of plum preserves, chocolate nuts, and apple-peach pie with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, baking spice and vanilla toffee accented finish. Delicious and nuanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202577
Pollak Vineyards
2012 Estate Grown Viognier
Toasty key lime tart quince, and peach jam aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a well balanced melon, lemon gelato and apple accented finish. Very tasty and stylish in an Old World vein.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201799
Barefoot
NV Shiraz
Purple black color. Aromas of chocolate, butter roasted nuts, and berry pie with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, vanilla kissed finish. A tasty sipper.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202750
Castoro Cellars
2010 Reserve, Estate Grown Viognier
Golden color. Toasty nutty aromas of peach pie crust and praline with a silky dryish medium-to-full body and a delicate oak spice, apple, and lemon curd accented finish. A tasty oak accented viognier for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202572
Coyote Canyon Winery
2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Albarino
Golden yellow color. Aromas of banana and apple custard pies with a touch of grassy earth. Soft and fruity with a medium body and a tangy citrus, grape leaves, and spice accented finish. A lovely sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202745
Ledson
2012 Grove Vineyard Viognier
Silvery straw color. Aromas of honeyed peach, pear tart, and melon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy lime sorbet and cream accented finish. Well balanced and flavorful. Pair with sautéed fish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202610
Parmelee-Hill
2010 Estate, "Darcy" Sonoma Valley
Aromas of coconut and banana cream pies and praline with soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a oily, oaky melon, nut, and kiwi accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202746
Grande River Vineyards
2010 Syrah
Rich aromas of banana creme brulee, nougat, and blackberry cobbler with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy orange custard, nut, and grassy earth accented finish. Nice complexity and style.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201904
Alexandria Nicole
2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyards, "Shepherds Mark" Horse Heaven Hills
Pale golden color. Aromas of circus peanuts, lemon granita, and peach pastry with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, kiwi, yellow apple, and melon snap on the finish. A nicely balanced Rhone blend for sipping or the table with poultry.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202222
Cardella
2010 Fattoria Cardella, Vineyard 22 Syrah
Purple garnet color. Aromas of blackberry pie a la mode and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy orange, peppery spice, and earth accented finish with powdery tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202797
Lorenzi Estate
2009 Reserve Syrah
Inky ruby black color. Dense aromas of cherry and pepper jellies, honeycomb, and mocha toffee with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate raisin and peppery spice finish. A big, full throttled syrah for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202770
Garfield Estates
2011 Syrah
Ruby color. Aromas of mocha gelato and berry compote with a tangy, medium body and a peppery spice, beet, nut and spicy baked apple accented finish with dusty tannins. A nice smooth sipper or pair with pork chops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202570
Coyote Canyon Winery
2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Viognier
Aromas of sour cream frosting and yeasty peach cobbler with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy starfruit, orange zest, and grassy earth accented finish. A nice, earthy table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202799
Lorenzi Estate
2009 Reserve Grenache
Beautiful ruby color. Mild aromas of cherry, mocha and praline with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy lemon tart and peppery spice finish. A fruity and spicy grenache for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202796
PDX
2012 Viognier
Straw color. A big whiff of sulfur on the nose blows off eventually with grilled lime and poached pear revealed underneath. Sleek and dryish on the palate with a a pleasant creaminess and a grassy earth laden finish. A nice table wine for grilled poultry and fish. Let it aerate for a few minutes though.
85 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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