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February 2014 - US - Red and White Rhone Varietals

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

Ramos Torres 2012 "Las Lomitas" Madera County
93 points
$18
Best Buy
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
Ramos Torres 2012 RVM Madera County
93 points
$22
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.
Niner Wine Estates 2010  Syrah
93 points
$25
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.
Ledson 2010 "Old Vine" Petite Sirah
93 points
$44
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.
Tria 2012  Syrah
91 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
RoxyAnn 2011 Estate Viognier
91 points
$20
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.
Hannah Nicole 2012 "Mt. Diablo White" Contra Costa County
91 points
$38
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.
Ledson 2010  Syrah
91 points
$40
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.
Small House 2010 Red Blend Columbia Valley
90 points
$20
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.
Maryhill 2012 "Aurelia" Columbia Valley
90 points
$24
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.
Niner Wine Estates 2010  Petite Sirah
90 points
$33
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.
Hannah Nicole 2010 "Mt. Diablo Red" Contra Costa County
90 points
$38
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.
Stanton 2011  Petite Sirah
90 points
$45
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.
Maryhill 2012  Viognier
89 points
$11.95
Best Buy
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
Ramos Torres 2012 "Rou Part Two" Madera County
89 points
$22
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.
RoxyAnn 2011 Estate Syrah
89 points
$26
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.
Monte De Oro 2010 Estate Grown Syrah
89 points
$35
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.
Hannah Nicole 2010 "Lot 116" Petite Sirah
89 points
$38
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.
South Coast 2009  Mourvedre
88 points
$15
Best Buy
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
RoxyAnn 2012 Estate Viognier
88 points
$20
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.
South Coast 2010 "Group Therapy" Temecula Valley
88 points
$20
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.
South Coast 2012  Viognier
88 points
$20
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.
White Pine 2012 Reserve Syrah
88 points
$29.99
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
Silkwood NV  Alicante Bouchet
88 points
$39
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.
Domaine Berrien 2012  Marsanne
87 points
$18
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.
Domaine Berrien 2011  Syrah
87 points
$20
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.
Hannah Nicole 2012 Grenache Rosé Contra Costa County
87 points
$22
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.
Domaine Berrien 2011  Marsanne
86 points
$13.50
Best Buy
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
Ramos Torres 2012 Grenache Pink Madera County
86 points
$16
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.
Chateau St. Croix 2012 "Buckhunter Red" Petite Sirah
86 points
$19
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.
Silkwood 2011  Syrah
86 points
$25
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.
Monte De Oro 2010 Estate Grown, Cuvée de Oro Temecula Valley
85 points
$28
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.
Domaine Berrien 2011  Viognier
84 points
$15.50
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
Hannah Nicole 2012  Viognier
84 points
$28
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.
Monte De Oro 2012 Estate Grown Viognier
83 points
$23
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.
Tria 2011 Private Reserve Syrah
82 points
$24.99
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
Ramos Torres 2011 GMS Madera County
82 points
$25
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.
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