February 2015 - 2014 West and Southwest US Regional Review

This month's Wine feature is 2013 West and Southwest Regional Review
Wines
2014 West and Southwest US Regional Review Reviews
209063
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
2012 "Two Reds" Grenache
Ruby brick red color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, sour cherry pie, and sweet beet relish with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish imparting nuances of creme brulee, toasted nuts, blood orange, and pink pepper with silky tannins and light oak. A very tasty and mouthwatering red.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209269
Long Shot
2010 .338 Tempranillo
Garnet black color. Creamy, interesting aromas of baked berries, melted chocolate, and coconut macaroon with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, medium-long raisin cake, savory sundried tomato preserves, and creamy vanilla finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A really fun and very distinctively flavorful red wine that is a pure pleasure to drink and explore.
91 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209065
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
2012 "Partners" Rhone Blend Cochise County
Garnet violet black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate covered prunes and dried berries and cherries with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of toffee, cedar, and pepper spice with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A big and bright Rhone blend with lots of dried and juicy fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209072
Anemoi
2013 "Apeliotes" Grand Valley
Garnet black violet color. Attractive, toasty aromas and flavors of smoked bacon and berry pie crust with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish that shows notes of cedar, cocoa, and earth with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A well made, age worthy red blend.
89 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209067
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
2013 "Best Friends" Viognier
Gold color. Delicate aromas and flavors of nougat, vanilla candle, and baked peaches with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, breezy finish with accents of spiced melon, exotic tropical fruit, and flowers. A distinctive, tropical viognier for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209066
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
2012 "Three Sisters" Syrah
Bright dark garnet blue violet color. Lively, bright aromas and flavors of tree bark, black currants, toast, and white pepper with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209073
Canyon Wind
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Toasty aromas of mocha buttercream, crispy bacon, and polished wood with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length pomegranate, honeycomb, earth, and cedar finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A hearty steak wine.
88 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209064
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
2012 "Farmers" Mourvedre
Garnet violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of beeswax, dried wild berries, and dried meat with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with notes of cedar, nutskin, and tomato with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A very dry table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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