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February 2015 - US - Red and White Rhone Varietals

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

Castoro Cellars 2012 Blind Faith Vineyard, Reserve Syrah
94 points
$25
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.
Castoro Cellars 2012 Whale Rock Vineyard, Reserve Carignane
93 points
$24
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.
Mira Winery 2010 Hyde Vineyard Syrah
93 points
$42
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.
Ledson 2011 Mes Trois Amours Sonoma Valley
93 points
$46
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.
Anemoi 2013 "Lips" Syrah
91 points
$34.95
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
City Winery 2012 Alder Spring Vineyard, Reserve Syrah
90 points
$38
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.
Ledson 2010  Petite Sirah
90 points
$42
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.
Grizzly Peak 2013  Viognier
89 points
$20
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.
Castoro Cellars 2012 Blind Faith Vineyard, Reserve Petite Sirah
89 points
$25
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.
Burbank Ranch Winery 2012 "Summer Storm" Mourvedre
89 points
$39
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.
Stanton Vineyards 2012  Petite Sirah
88 points
$45
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.
Barefoot NV  Shiraz
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Burbank Ranch Winery 2012 "Morning Fog" Grenache
86 points
$36
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.
Karma Vista Vineyards 2011  Syrah
85 points
$14
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.
Karma Vista Vineyards 2012 Reserve Syrah
84 points
$24
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.
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