February 2016 - Southwest and West US Regional Wine Review

This month's Wine feature is Southwest and West Regional Wine Review Wines
Southwest and West US Regional Wine Review Reviews
213858
Canyon Wind
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced blackberries and mulberries, chocolate citrus peels, pink peppercorn, and dried flowers with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long berry pie, vanilla cream, candied yams, and pencil shavings finish with silky, dusty tannins and light oak. A juicy, appetizing cabernet that will be very versatile.
93 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213854
Anemoi
2014 "Lips" Syrah
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam on pepper bread toast, salty roasted nuts, mocha, and peppercorns with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, elegant, medium-long dried berries, creme brulee, toffee, and roasted beets finish with moderate oak. A silky, savory, fruity, and elegant syrah with deftly balanced oak.
93 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214059
D.H. Lescombes
NV "Ratafia" White Table Wine New Mexico
Bright light bright gold color. Lively, fruity aromas of ripe peaches, ruby grapefruit peel, green nectarine, and lemon pepper with a crisp, sweet medium-full body and a peppery, involved, snappy finish with fruit, papery tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214052
D.H. Lescombes
2013 "Renaissance" Limited Release New Mexico
Garnet black color. Buttery, nutty floral fruity aromas and flavors of vanilla cashew brittle, berry cobbler, and violet candy with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long cranberry chutney, pomegranate sorbet, powdered berries, and hibiscus tea finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, lively, and complex red Rhone blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213857
Anemoi
2014 Notus Red Blend Grand Valley
Dark violet color. Delicate, fruity, buttery aromas of blueberry tart and nut brittle with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long cocoa, dried berries, creme brulee, and nuts finish with silky, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, red blend with lively acidity and balanced structure.
92 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214062
St. Clair Winery
2014 "Bellissimo" New Mexico
Brilliant white gold color. Rich, floral aromas of peony, lychee, and fruit salad with a supple, tangy, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long spiced oranges and lemon and melon finish. A delicious, off-dry sparkler in the Moscato d’ Asti style.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214061
D.H. Lescombes
NV "Imperial Kir" Chenin Blanc
Dark pink coral color. Lively, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of mixed berry lozenge and sorbet and floral talc with a silky, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length orange sherbet and watermelon candy finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A sweet, fruity, very tasty sparkler.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214058
D.H. Lescombes
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, toffee, and waxy honeycomb with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length sweet spices, berry jam on raisin toast, red grape skins, and creme brulee finish with fine tannins and light oak. A juicy, super ripe cabernet that drinks like a zinfandel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213855
Anemoi
2015 "Eos" Syrah
Neon pink coral color. Bright, buttery aromas and flavors of strawberry jam, watermelon ice, and caramel corn with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, crisp sour cherry and blood orange finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A zesty tangy rosé.
90 points $27.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213856
Anemoi
2014 "Apeliotes" Grand Valley
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of berry creme brulee, pound cake, toffee, and perfume with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, stimulating, medium-long honeyed nuts, delicate spice, oak, and cocoa finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, oaky red blend.
90 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214063
St. Clair Winery
2014 Pinot Grigio
Brilliant white gold color. Mild, creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of peach yogurt and nougat with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length yellow apple, honeydew, delicate spiced nuts, and earth finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and precisely balanced pinot grigio pleaser.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214060
D.H. Lescombes
NV "Early Harvest" Brut New Mexico
White gold color. Bright, floral, fruity earthy aromas of peach cobbler, hyacinth, honeycomb, and earth with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length honeyed lemon and tangerine and grass finish with no oak. A very tangy, earthy sparkler that will pair nicely.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214055
D.H. Lescombes
2010 Limited Release Cabernet Franc
Dark brown brick red color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate raisins and cherries, coconut creme brulee, cherry-tomato jelly, and maple with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, relaxed leather, tobacco, nuts, and pickling spices finish with soft, silky tannins and light oak. An interesting cabernet franc that drinks like a ripe Amarone.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214054
D.H. Lescombes
2010 Limited Release Petite Sirah
Opaque dull dark violet color. Bright, complex, sweet jammy baked aromas and flavors of coffee and root beer candies, blackberry tart, and chocolate caramel nut bar and wrapper with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length craisin and cedar dust finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, tasty, tangy petite sirah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214064
St. Clair Winery
2014 Chardonnay
Bright medium straw green color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of creme brulee, spiced apples, and mint cream with a soft, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy apple sauce, lemon sherbet, and spiced nuts finish with firm tannins and light oak. A nice fruity, chardonnay crowd pleaser.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214068
St. Clair Winery
NV Port New Mexico
Dark brick red color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of raisins, clay, cocoa, and cocoa butter with a supple, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length peppery spices, pomegranate-cranberry chutney, candied violets, and putty finish with heavy oak. A rich, spicy ruby-port-like fortified wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214066
St. Clair Winery
2014 "Mimbres Red" Sweet Table Wine New Mexico
Garnet color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of orange blossoms, huckleberry coulis, and tomato jelly with a silky, tangy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, snappy cherry jam and raspberry sorbet finish with fine, chewy tannins. A pleasant, off-dry red sipper.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214067
St. Clair Winery
2015 "Mimbres Pink" Muscat
Bright light Siam color. Bright, fruity, buttery aromas of spiced cling peaches, bosq pears, and lemon curd with a lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, carefree finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214070
St. Clair Winery
2014 "Bianca" Malvasia
Silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced tangerines and hyacinth with a soft, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy apple sauce, melon sorbet, and cherry bubblegum finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice, very fruity, off-dry sipper.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214065
St. Clair Winery
2014 Gewurztraminer
Bright pale straw color. Mild, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of nectarine skin, dried flowers, moss, and nougat with an even, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, cheery apple sauce, lemon sorbet, and peach nectar finish with fine tannins and no oak. A pleasant and crisp, off-dry sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214057
D.H. Lescombes
2013 Pinot Noir
Dusty dark garnet color. Bright, toasty, confected aromas of chocolate toffee, mocha, dried cherries, and tea with a glycerous, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lime curd, cranberry-apple sauce, and whole nuts finish with soft, chewy, firm, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, oaky pinot noir for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214053
D.H. Lescombes
2012 Limited Release Petit Verdot
Clear medium dull brick red color. Bright, rubbery aromas and flavors of rubber band, dark berry tart, chocolate mint, and cured meat and pickles with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, crisp cherries, nutskin, and earth finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. An interesting gamey combination of fruit and earth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214069
St. Clair Winery
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby black color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled berries, peppers and olives, salty dark roasted nuts, and peppery mole with an oily, tangy, dry medium-full body and a peppery, brisk smoked nuts, singed wood, sundried tomato, and earth finish with dusty, barky tannins and heavy oak. A dry, savory cabernet for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213860
Canyon Wind
2015 47-Ten White Grand Valley
Clear silver color. Delicate, earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of baked peach and apple, flower patch, and melon rind with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy sweet cream, lemon, and leafy earth finish with soft, crunchy tannins. A dry, tart, earthy white blend.
83 points $12.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213861
Canyon Wind
2015 47-Ten Rosé Grand Valley
Electric pink color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries and cherries and watermelon candy with a silky, tart, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk cherry pit, nutskin, and pepper finish with crunchy, fruit tannins. A dry, tart rosé for food.
83 points $12.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214056
D.H. Lescombes
2012 Grand Cru Syrah
Garnet black color. Roasted, rustic aromas and flavors of rubber eraser, dark roasted nuts, and craisin with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, quick vanilla cream and bark finish with chewy, clunky tannins and light oak. An earthy, rustic syrah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214071
St. Clair Winery
2014 Riesling
Bright light bright gold color. Mild, fruity, floral aromas of honey crisp apples, honey suckle, lime pith, and apple sauce with an crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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