February 2015 - 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
209084
Castoro Cellars
2012 Blind Faith Vineyard, Reserve Syrah
Violet garnet brown color. Attractive, bright aromas and flavors of menthol mint, chocolate nuts, and blueberry pie with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with impressions of eucalyptus, craisin, exotic peppercorns, and cedar with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, savory and exotic red that will be great with spicy meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209082
Castoro Cellars
2012 Whale Rock Vineyard, Reserve Carignane
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate rice bar, boysenberry pie, and honeycomb with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, breezy finish manifesting overtones of pickled beets, melon, nuts, and spice. A very tasty, mouthwatering red that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209071
Mira Winery
2010 Hyde Vineyard Syrah
Bright dark garnet blue violet color. Bold, lively aromas and flavors of black currants, tree bark, white pepper, and mulberries with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich juicy syrah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209156
Ledson
2011 Mes Trois Amours Sonoma Valley
Garnet violet color. Rich, creamy aromas and flavors of berry custard pie, creme brulee, and chocolate toffee with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, intricate, medium-long finish revealing notes of pencil shavings, cranberry sorbet, praline, and pepper with silky tannins and moderate oak. A great, appetizing red blend that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209074
Anemoi
2013 "Lips" Syrah
Bright dark garnet blue violet color. Inviting, bright, lively aromas of ripe blackberries, dried beef jerky, violets, and white pepper with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-long mocha, pencil shavings, and cranberry finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak.
91 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209321
City Winery
2012 Alder Spring Vineyard, Reserve Syrah
Bright dark blue violet garnet color. Creamy aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, grapy purple wine gums, toast & pepper, and butter cream with a creamy, vibrant, dry full body and a warming, very complex, long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A very nicely balanced syrah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209155
Ledson
2010 Petite Sirah
Opaque bright dark garnet violet color. Lively aromas and flavors of mulberries, tree bark, clarified butter, and toasted wheat with a tannic, puckering, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of blackberry, vanilla, and peppery spice with woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice creamy petite sirah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209056
Grizzly Peak
2013 Viognier
Golden silver color. Lively aromas of coconut, vanilla beeswax candle, and warm peach cobbler with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length yellow apple, green pineapple, and pepper finish with light oak. A juicy, fruity viognier that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209083
Castoro Cellars
2012 Blind Faith Vineyard, Reserve Petite Sirah
Opaque bright dark garnet blue color. Rich aromas and flavors of blackberries, mulberries, spiced mocha, and wood smoke with a lightly tannic, lively, dry full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of tomato and dried meat with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209262
Burbank Ranch Winery
2012 "Summer Storm" Mourvedre
Garnet violet color. Creamy aromas and flavors of cherry vanilla gelato, nougat, and buttercream with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish conveying nuances of root vegetable, dried berries, cedar, and over dried tomatoes with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A solid dry red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209075
Stanton Vineyards
2012 Petite Sirah
Opaque bright dark garnet blue color. Savory aromas and flavors of mulberries, mocha, wood smoke, and white pepper with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209217
Barefoot
NV Shiraz
Violet black color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of berry custard tart and toffee with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, carefree finish with nuances of caramel apple, dark roasted nuts, and vanilla cream with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A fun, flavorful, easy drinking red.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209263
Burbank Ranch Winery
2012 "Morning Fog" Grenache
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla nut brittle, cherry cola float, and alpine mint with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, snappy finish with accents of cedar, spiced apples and nuts, and pepper with crunchy tannins. A nice warming sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209103
Karma Vista Vineyards
2011 Syrah
Bright dark garnet blue violet color. Bright, lively aromas and flavors of black currants, powdery lemon scents, faint red flowers, and white pepper with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209102
Karma Vista Vineyards
2012 Reserve Syrah
Bright medium ruby blue violet color. Bright, yeasty aromas and flavors of mocha, potters clay, red berries, and white peppercorns with a tannic, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, sparse finish with chewy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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