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July 2013 - US - Red and White Rhone Varietals

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

Alexandria Nicole 2012 Crawford Vineyard Viognier
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Ledson 2009 "Mes Trois Amours" California
93 points
$36
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.
Silkwood 2007  Petite Sirah
93 points
$39
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.
Silkwood 2007 Vintners Select, "Satin & Silk" Petite Sirah
93 points
$120
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.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Roussanne
92 points
$22
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.
Lorenzi Estate 2009 "Red Fusion" Temecula Valley
92 points
$55
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.
Concannon 2011 Selected Vineyards Petite Sirah
91 points
$10
Best Buy
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
Castoro Cellars 2010 Reserve, Estate Grown Syrah
91 points
$22
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.
Elk Run 2011 Cold Friday Vineyard Syrah
91 points
$35
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.
Calcareous Vineyards 2010  Grenache-Mourvedre
91 points
$36
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.
Parmelee-Hill 2010 Estate Syrah
91 points
$38
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.
Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown Viognier
90 points
$22
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.
Barefoot NV  Shiraz
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Castoro Cellars 2010 Reserve, Estate Grown Viognier
89 points
$19
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.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Albarino
89 points
$22
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.
Ledson 2012 Grove Vineyard Viognier
89 points
$30
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.
Parmelee-Hill 2010 Estate, "Darcy" Sonoma Valley
89 points
$30
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.
Grande River Vineyards 2010  Syrah
88 points
$17.99
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
Alexandria Nicole 2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyards, "Shepherds Mark" Horse Heaven Hills
88 points
$20
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.
Cardella 2010 Fattoria Cardella, Vineyard 22 Syrah
87 points
$18
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.
Lorenzi Estate 2009 Reserve Syrah
87 points
$55
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.
Garfield Estates 2011  Syrah
86 points
$18
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.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Viognier
86 points
$22
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.
Lorenzi Estate 2009 Reserve Grenache
86 points
$38
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.
PDX 2012  Viognier
85 points
$20.99
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
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