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July 2014 - US - Red and White Rhone Varietals

July 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

Silkwood 2007  Petite Sirah
96 points
$39
Deep garnet black color. Bold aromas of eucalyptus, blueberry chutney, and vanilla custard tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy honeyed cherry, peppery spice, chocolate, and mineral accented finish with chewy tannins A juicy, robust petite sirah for all occasions. Impressive.
Pedroncelli 2009 Four Grapes Vintage Port Dry Creek Valley
94 points
$19
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Dense aromas and flavors of dried flowers, orange blossom honey, and cherry custard with a satiny fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, sweet spice and raisin accented finish. A delicious after dinner treat that will go great with blue cheeses.
94 points $19 Best Buy
Cedar Creek 2012  Syrah
93 points
$17
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of smoked nuts, crispy bacon, and blueberry gelato with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, tangerine, limestone, and pepper accented finish. Nice balance and varietal character.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Ledson 2013  Viognier
93 points
$32
Straw color. Aromas of spiced apples and peach tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy citrus and delicate spice accented finish. A zesty, flavor-packed viognier that is sure to please.
Brassfield Estate 2011  Petite Sirah
93 points
$35
Purple color. Aromas of pencil shavings, clay, and berry custard with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy apple and nut accented finish with powdery tannins. An appetizing petite sirah that will be great with Latin beef dishes.
Silkwood NV  Alicante Bouchet
93 points
$39
Garnet black color. Aromas of honeycomb, vanilla bean, and gelato blueberry-raspberry cobbler with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy sour cherry, beet, and earth accented finish with chewy tannin finish. A superb alicante bouchet that will shine at the table.
Silkwood 2011  Syrah
92 points
$25
Garnet purple color. Aromas and flavors of lilac, huckleberry gelato, and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mouthwatering berries and cream nuanced finish. A stylish sipper or table wine.
RiverStar 2011 "Eclipse" Paso Robles
92 points
$26
Garnet purple color. Bright aromas of boysenberry jam and cherry pie with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and tangy green apple skin, spiced melon and nut accented finish. Very tasty and appetizing for the table.
Falkner 2013 Estate Grown Viognier
92 points
$27.95
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of peach custard and passionfruit with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a yellow apple, honey and mineral accented finish. A dry, elegant, and balanced old world styled viognier for every application.
92 points $27.95
Indigene 2009 "Parenthesis" Syrah
92 points
$28
Deep garnet color. Aromas of honeycomb and berry cobbler with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, chocolate craisin, apple, and spice finish. A delicious. vibrant sipper or pair with spicy Latin meat dishes.
Alexandria Nicole 2013 "Crawford" Viognier
91 points
$20
Golden silver color. Aromas of spiced apple, honeycomb, and peaches with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty citrus and melon accented finish. Tasty and very appetizing.
Mathis 2009  Grenache
91 points
$30
Dark ruby color. Ripe aromas of cherry, raspberry, and chocolate mousse with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy apple, citrus and toasty spice accented finish with light, earthy tannins. A rock solid red for the table.
Three Coins 2011 Betsys Vineyard Syrah
91 points
$42
Garnet violet color. Attractive aromas of berry custard tart, watermelon, and toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a precise craisin, smoked nut, and mineral accented finish.
Concannon 2010 Conservancy Petite Sirah
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Garnet purple color. Aromas of berry pie a la mode, roasted pepper, and honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy spiced apple and citrus accented finish with supporting tannins. A rock solid red for sipping or the table.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Charleston Peak 2010 Tumbas Vineyards Syrah
90 points
$20.95
Violet black color. Aromas of spicy black raspberry pie, peppercorns, peach cookie, and honey with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, cherry, dried meat, and nut accented finish.
90 points $20.95
Nevada Ridge 2011  Syrah
90 points
$31.95
Inky violet black color. Unique aromas and flavors of Key lime pie, eucalyptus, and spicy blueberry cobbler with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy, cherry and and vanilla cream accented finish. A bit on the confected side, but very distinctive and flavorful.
90 points $31.95
Pedroncelli 2012 Family Vineyards Petite Sirah
89 points
$17
Purple color. Aromas of pressed flowers, beeswax, and blackberry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a citrus, melon, and cedar accented finish with firm tannins. Well structured for the table. Give this a little time.
Cliff Creek 2013  Marsanne Roussanne
89 points
$22
Silvery straw color. Aromas of apple yogurt, sourdough, and kiwi with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart green apple, citrus, and mineral accented finish. A nice dry white for seafood.
Cliff Creek 2008  Syrah
89 points
$25
Garnet color. Aromas of vanilla nougat, berry compote, and spiced pears with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty pomegranate, nut, and lime sorbet accented finish. A zesty syrah with an almost Italian flair; serve with a marinated pork loins.
Westport 2013 "Swimmer" Petite Sirah
89 points
$29
Violet color. Smoky aromas of roasted chestnuts, toffee, and dried cherries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate, mulberry, and smoked peppercorn accented finish with firm tannins. Serve with grilled meats.
Don Ernesto 2012 "Collage" Lodi
88 points
$18
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas of peach and coconut cream pies with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart baked apple, lime, nut, and mineral accented finish.
Domaine Berrien 2012  Syrah
88 points
$20
Garnet color. Bold aromas of cracked pepper, pencil shavings, chestnut honey and caramelized meat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart pomegranate seed and nutskin accented finish. A lively, zesty syrah for spicy foods.
Charleston Peak 2010  Petite Sirah
88 points
$21.95
Violet black color. Bright, porty aromas of red grapes, dried cherries, and honey pastry with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, nutskin and earth accented finish.
88 points $21.95
Scott Harvey 2011 Mountain Selection Syrah
88 points
$22
Deep garnet color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, fried pickle, mango skin, and berry yogurt with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spumoni gelato and nutskin accented finish.
Three Coins 2012 Betsys Vineyard Viognier
88 points
$26
Golden straw color. Aromas of honey, peach tart, and melon with a dry medium body and a tart lemon and toasted Brazil nut accented finish.
Westport 2011 "Surfer" Syrah
88 points
$27
Violet color. Aromas of pencil shavings, dark roasted nuts and mulberries with a crisp, dryish medium body and a tart cranberry and bark accented finish.
Hooker 2011 "Home Pitch" Syrah
88 points
$42
Garnet purple color. Aromas of berry strudel and butter pecan ice cream with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, black raspberry, nut and grassy herb accented finish. A solid syrah for sipping or the table.
Brassfield Estate 2011  Syrah
88 points
$45
Violet. Aromas of almond torte and spiced berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty citrus, nougat, and cedar finish with earthy tannins.
Barefoot NV  Shiraz
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Violet purple color. Aromas and flavors of toasty blackberry pie and praline with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a caramelized bacon and red apple accented finish. A nice everyday red.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Falkner 2011 Rock Creek Vineyard Syrah
87 points
$36.95
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of charred nuts, cocoa, roasted beets, herbs, and berries with a supple, dryish medium body and a gentle, earthy tannin finish.
87 points $36.95
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