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
206704
Silkwood
2007 Petite Sirah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206725
Pedroncelli
2009 Four Grapes Vintage Port Dry Creek Valley
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206676
Cedar Creek
2012 Syrah
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206789
Ledson
2013 Viognier
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206734
Brassfield Estate
2011 Petite Sirah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206705
Silkwood
NV Alicante Bouchet
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206703
Silkwood
2011 Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206821
RiverStar
2011 "Eclipse" Paso Robles
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206816
Falkner
2013 Estate Grown Viognier
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206893
Indigene
2009 "Parenthesis" Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205885
Alexandria Nicole
2013 "Crawford" Viognier
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206675
Mathis
2009 Grenache
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206442
Three Coins
2011 Betsy's Vineyard Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206863
Concannon
2010 Conservancy Petite Sirah
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206638
Charleston Peak
2010 Tumbas Vineyards Syrah
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206637
Nevada Ridge
2011 Syrah
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206724
Pedroncelli
2012 Family Vineyards Petite Sirah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206738
Cliff Creek
2013 Marsanne Roussanne
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206737
Cliff Creek
2008 Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206743
Westport
2013 "Swimmer" Petite Sirah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205830
Don Ernesto
2012 "Collage" Lodi
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206625
Domaine Berrien
2012 Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206639
Charleston Peak
2010 Petite Sirah
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206713
Scott Harvey
2011 Mountain Selection Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206443
Three Coins
2012 Betsy's Vineyard Viognier
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206742
Westport
2011 "Surfer" Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206441
Hooker
2011 "Home Pitch" Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206733
Brassfield Estate
2011 Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206775
Barefoot
NV Shiraz
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206815
Falkner
2011 Rock Creek Vineyard Syrah
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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