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February 2014 - 2013 West and Southwest US Regional Review

February 2014 - 2013 West and Southwest US Regional Review
This month's Wine feature is 2013 West and Southwest Regional Review
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2013 West and Southwest US Regional Review Reviews

Pend d’Oreille 2010  Malbec
92 points
$30
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.
Awards: 2013 Southwest and West Regional Review - Best Idaho Red Wine
Pend d’Oreille 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$21
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.
Pend d’Oreille 2009  Merlot
91 points
$21
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.
St. Clair NV "Bellissimo" New Mexico
90 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Pend d’Oreille 2010  Cabernet Franc
90 points
$21
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.
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2012 Icewine Grand Valley
90 points
$59
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.
Awards: 2013 Southwest and West Regional Review - Best Colorado Dessert Wine
Pend d’Oreille 2009  Syrah
88 points
$21
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.
D.H. Lescombes 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$24.99
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.
Awards: 2013 Southwest and West Regional Review - Best New Mexico Red Wine
88 points $24.99
Pend d’Oreille 2009 "LOeurve" Columbia Valley
88 points
$30
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.
Blue Teal NV  Moscato
87 points
$12
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2013 Southwest and West Regional Review - Best New Mexico White Wine
87 points $12 Best Buy
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$18
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.
Awards: 2013 Southwest and West Regional Review - Best Colorado Red Wine
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2012 "Zero Below" Late Harvest Grand Valley
87 points
$20
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.
St. Clair NV  Malvasia Bianca
86 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Whitewater Hill Vineyards NV "Sweetheart Red" Grand Valley
86 points
$12
Best Buy
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
D.H. Lescombes 2012  Chardonnay
86 points
$15
Best Buy
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
St. Clair NV  Cab-Zin
85 points
$12
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.
Pend d’Oreille 2012  Chardonnay
85 points
$18
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.
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2011  Cabernet Franc
85 points
$18
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.
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2012  Muscat Canelli
84 points
$12
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.
Awards: 2013 Southwest and West Regional Review - Best Colorado White Wine
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2011  Shiraz
84 points
$15
Smoky aromas of grilled berries, chocolate and nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, cedar and peppery spiced finish.
Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2012  Riesling
81 points
$12
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.
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