February 2014 - 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
205193
Ramos Torres
2012 "Las Lomitas" Madera County
Golden yellow color with an emerald cast. Aromas of creamy vanilla and coconut and roasted mangoes and peaches with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, exotic, tropical citrus and spice finish. Great integration of oak. Impressive.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205191
Ramos Torres
2012 RVM Madera County
golden yellow color. Rich aromas of honey roasted pineapples, mangos, and apricots with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, toasty apple tart, lemon chiffon pie, and delicate spice finish. A rich, stylish sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205246
Niner Wine Estates
2010 Syrah
Deep garnet black color. Attractive aromas of berry cobbler, creamy mocha and toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy berry, blood orange, and spice finish. A polished, seamless syrah for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205300
Ledson
2010 "Old Vine" Petite Sirah
violet color. Aromas and flavors of berry creme brulee, chocolate almonds, and figs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant, nutty, fine tannin finish. Nice restraint and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205175
Tria
2012 Syrah
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of seared Canadian bacon, Montmorency cherry tart, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, tangy, nicely meaty finish. Quite tasty and sure to please.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205356
RoxyAnn
2011 Estate Viognier
Golden straw color. Aromas of coconut custard and egg nog with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, tropical fruit, quince, and baking spices accented finish. Very tasty with nicely balanced oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205210
Hannah Nicole
2012 "Mt. Diablo White" Contra Costa County
Pale golden silver color. Vibrant aromas of apple and peach strudels, five spice, and menthol mint with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy melon, white toffee, and kiwi finish. Delicious, exotic, and well-balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205299
Ledson
2010 Syrah
Garnet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of espresso gelato, roasted nuts, and berry pie crust with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, peppery, cedar and earth accented finish with fine chewy tannins. Try with lamb chops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205465
Small House
2010 Red Blend Columbia Valley
Ruby color with red-brown brick rim. Aromas of chocolate cherry, orange blossom honey, craisin, mint, and a hint of peat moss with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long peppercorn medley and spiced pear finish. Delicious and very balanced, given its high alcohol.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205635
Maryhill
2012 "Aurelia" Columbia Valley
Pale golden color. Aromas of melon, Asian pear, and delicate spices and spring flowers with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy apple creme brulee, peppery spices, and Meyer lemon finish. Very tasty, elegant, and a fine choice for seafood.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205247
Niner Wine Estates
2010 Petite Sirah
Purple color. Aromas of blackberries, chocolate graham crackers, and a hint of balsamic with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy dried berry, plum, creamy vanilla, smoked nut, and spice finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205209
Hannah Nicole
2010 "Mt. Diablo Red" Contra Costa County
Deep garnet black color. Enticing aromas of vanilla nut brittle, maple sugar, and black raspberry preserves with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, creamy chocolate, dusty carrot, and cedar nuanced finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205100
Stanton
2011 Petite Sirah
Deep purple color. Aromas of creamy mocha, toasted wood, berry pie, and a hint of crisp bacon with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and tangy, spiced melon, sour cherry, nutskin, and earth accented finish. A very tasty petite sirah for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205634
Maryhill
2012 Viognier
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of toasty peach cobbler and pear tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a creamy, even melon, apple and Asian spice finish. Tasty.
89 points $11.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205192
Ramos Torres
2012 "Rou Part Two" Madera County
Golden color. Mild aromas of waxy honeycomb, grilled citrus, and stewed tropical fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and pleasant spiced apple, lime, and starfruit finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205358
RoxyAnn
2011 Estate Syrah
Garnet color. Aromas chocolate rice bar, dried blueberry, and toasty praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus and cedar accented finish with powdery tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205106
Monte De Oro
2010 Estate Grown Syrah
Aromas of clay, dried tomato, pickle, and pomegranate with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, roasted chestnut, mocha, and cedar accented finish. A very nice table wine that will be great with game or lamb.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205208
Hannah Nicole
2010 "Lot 116" Petite Sirah
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate, prunes, berry pie, and leather with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, tangy dried berry, pepper, cedar, and chocolate nut finish with chewy tannins. Nicely poised for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205141
South Coast
2009 Mourvedre
Ruby color. Aromas of peppercorn muffin, honeyed craisin, and smoked nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy blackberry, beet, nutskin, and earthy tannins finish. A fine choice for the table.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205357
RoxyAnn
2012 Estate Viognier
Pale golden color. Rich toasty coconut and apricot aromas with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy kiwi, melon and peppery spice finish. A nice oaky viognier.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205142
South Coast
2010 "Group Therapy" Temecula Valley
Garnet color. Interesting aromas of cranberry compote, spiced cherries, and faint caramelized bacon with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spiced melon, praline, menthol tobacco, and earth accented finish with light tannins. A very nice table wine that will be great with buffalo burgers and lamb.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205140
South Coast
2012 Viognier
Golden straw color. Aromas of fresh peach cobbler and mango with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, honeyed apple and toasty, praline and delicate spice finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205083
White Pine
2012 Reserve Syrah
Bright garnet color. Rich aromas of dried Montmorency cherries, blood orange, and pepper ham with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate, geranium, and cedar finish with firm, chewy tannins. Needs a nice lamb dish.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205244
Silkwood
NV Alicante Bouchet
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of toasty coconut macaroon, peppery pomegranate vinaigrette, and spicy buttercream with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a blueberry yogurt, smoked almond, and earth accented finish with chewy tannins. Nice slightly oxidized character for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205171
Domaine Berrien
2012 Marsanne
Pale golden color. Smoky praline, mocha, quince pie, and matchsticks aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, melon rind, earth, and baked kiwi finish. A fun, flavorful marsanne that will shine at the table. Let this open up a bit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205170
Domaine Berrien
2011 Syrah
Garnet color. Aromas of pencil shavings, grilled beets apples and berries with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate, green apple skin, and cedar finish. A lively table wine that could a bit of time in the cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205211
Hannah Nicole
2012 Grenache Rosé Contra Costa County
Crimson with a copper color cast. Aromas of spicy cranberry sauce, piney herbs, and pomegranate vinaigrette with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy kiwi, lime, herb, and mineral accented finish. Very fun and distinctive spicy flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205172
Domaine Berrien
2011 Marsanne
Pale golden color. Aromas of beeswax, baked peach and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grilled citrus and apple accented finish. A nice choice for seared scallops.
86 points $13.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205190
Ramos Torres
2012 Grenache Pink Madera County
Reddish copper color. Aromas of toasted coconut, powdered lime, and baked berries with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, roasted pineapple, lime, toasty nut brittle, and mineral finish. A nice dry rose for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205187
Chateau St. Croix
2012 "Buckhunter Red" Petite Sirah
Deep purple black color. Dense aromas of delicate potpourri, dried peach, chocolate mint cookie, and spiced strawberries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, nutty, cedary finish with huge wood tannins crowding the view. This requires aging for maximum enjoyment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205243
Silkwood
2011 Syrah
Aromas of chocolate covered berries and cherries, peach blossom, and fruit punch with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished wood, root vegetable and spice accented finish with chewy tannins. A pleasant table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205107
Monte De Oro
2010 Estate Grown, Cuvée de Oro Temecula Valley
Ruby black color. Aromas of melted wax, sautéed root vegetables, and dried berries with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a raisin box, salted nut, and green tomato accented finish. An earthy, savory table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205173
Domaine Berrien
2011 Viognier
Pale golden color. Interesting smoky aromas of grilled papaya, peach yogurt, and baklava with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tart green pear, smoked nut, and grassy earth finish. A bit lean and austere for a viognier, but a good choice for grilled fish or mussels.
84 points $15.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205207
Hannah Nicole
2012 Viognier
Pale silver straw color. Aromas of honey baked apple, white grape, and spiced nuts with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, tropical fruit salad and earth accented finish with peppery warmth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205108
Monte De Oro
2012 Estate Grown Viognier
Golden straw color. Aromas of yellow apple, peach pit, and lychee have a dusty quality with a oily, medium-to-full body with soft acidity and an earthy finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205174
Tria
2011 Private Reserve Syrah
Aromas of olive brine and berry lipstick with savory dryish light-to-medium body and a dried mulberry, crayon wrapper, and berry vinaigrette on artichoke finish. Curiously rustic and rather oxidized, maybe with venison.
82 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205189
Ramos Torres
2011 GMS Madera County
Dark ruby color. Aromas of floral plums, honeycomb, and tarragon with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart spiced cherry, apple core, and rather gritty tannin finish. Pleasant flavors, but an awkward finish; perhaps will resolve with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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