February 2014 - 2013 West and Southwest US Regional Review

This month's Wine feature is 2013 West and Southwest Regional Review
(AZ, NM, OK, TX, CO, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY) Wines
2013 West and Southwest US Regional Review Reviews
205512
Pend d’Oreille
2010 Malbec
Garnet black color. Effusive aromas of cracked peppercorns, gherkin, cedar, hemp, and mulberries with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a long spiced plum, cacao nib, toasty oak and herb accented finish. Very distinctive and a great choice for peppered steaks, elk chops, and other game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205515
Pend d’Oreille
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Earthy aromas of leather, olive, chocolate, and dried cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a well rounded, earth, sandalwood incense, walnut and peppery spice driven finish. A delightful Old World styled table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205511
Pend d’Oreille
2009 Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas of olive, pepper, leather and dried cherries with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy pomegranate, mineral, cedar and nut accented finish. A rather elegant Old World styled table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205511
Pend d’Oreille
2009 Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas of olive, pepper, leather and dried cherries with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy pomegranate, mineral, cedar and nut accented finish. A rather elegant Old World styled table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205274
St. Clair
NV "Bellissimo" New Mexico
Pale silvery straw green with a persistent fine white mousse. Attractive fruity aromas of honeyed apricot, peach blossoms and golden raisins with a fruity sweet and tangy medium body and a long candied green apple and lemon curd finish. A very pure and tasty off-dry sparkler that is sure to please as a patio sipper, bbq wine, or with desserts.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205514
Pend d’Oreille
2010 Cabernet Franc
Dark ruby with a fading rim. Aromas of cranberry compote, dill pickles, and ink with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, cocoa fudge, pepper, and fall leaves accented finish. Very nice varietal character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205249
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2012 Icewine Grand Valley
Golden color. Interesting aromas of shredded wheat, golden raisin, spiced peach and pepper with satiny sweet medium-to-full body and a long, tangy orange marmalade, candied melon, and mineral accented finish. Nicely balanced and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205513
Pend d’Oreille
2009 Syrah
Garnet violet color. Aromas of cocoa, smoked peppercorns, and spiced berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, roasted nut, cedar and earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205272
D.H. Lescombes
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate cherries, chestnut brittle, and salt water taffy with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a dusty cedar, craisin, spiced nut, and earth accented. An interesting range of flavors.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205510
Pend d’Oreille
2009 "L'Oeurve" Columbia Valley
Garnet black color. Aromas of mulberries, spices, and dried boysenberries with a dryish medium body and a whole nut, olive, cedar and earth finish. A nice dry table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205270
Blue Teal
NV Moscato
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of apple sauce and lime powder with a silky fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, honeyed peach, apple and delicate spice finish. Very tasty and food friendly.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205254
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of pickle relish, cranberry chutney, nougat, and sandalwood with a tangy, medium body and a supple nutskin and herbal green tomato accented finish. Fun and flavorful. Try with Latin beef dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205251
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2012 "Zero Below" Late Harvest Grand Valley
Pale golden color. Aromas of creamy nougat, apple custard pie, and toasted meringue with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a dried mango, roasted papaya and honeycomb finish. Tasty, try with cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205276
St. Clair
NV Malvasia Bianca
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of honeyed peaches, watermelon candy, apple sauce with a fruity off-dry light body and a crisp, lightly tannic finish. A tasty fruity sipper that will work well with spicy foods.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205250
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
NV "Sweetheart Red" Grand Valley
Bright garnet color. Aromas of cranberry relish, spicy pickled okra and beets with a supple, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy pomegranate and watermelon sorbet finish. A pleasant off-dry sipper or dessert wine.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205271
D.H. Lescombes
2012 Chardonnay
Aromas of coconut cream, pineapple yogurt, and dusty nutshells with a supple, dryish medium body with a lemon meringue, lime, cake flour, and cedar bark accented finish.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205275
St. Clair
NV Cab-Zin
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry, raspberry and red grape jams with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, sweet citrus and nut finish. A refreshing carefree sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205516
Pend d’Oreille
2012 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasted coconut and pineapple custard with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honey baked apple, vanilla milk, cedar, and brown spices accented finish. A pleasantly mellow, oak driven chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205252
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2011 Cabernet Franc
Garnet color. Aromas of baked cherries, singed cedar, olive pit, and tar with a supple, dryish medium body and a relaxed raw cranberry, fall leaves, and cream finish. An earthy cabernet franc for game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205248
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2012 Muscat Canelli
Pale straw color. Aromas of fruit salad and lemon pepper with a soft, off-dry light body and lychee, green apple and bubblegum finish with crunchy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205256
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2011 Shiraz
Smoky aromas of grilled berries, chocolate and nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, cedar and peppery spiced finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205255
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
2012 Riesling
Golden yellow color. Aromas of peach mango pie, apple core, and lemon chiffon with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy dusty raisin and grass accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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