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February 2017 - US Rhone Varietal

February 2017 - US Rhone Varietal
This month's Wine feature is US Rhone Varietal Wines

US Rhone Varietal Reviews

Tertulia Cellars 2013 "The Great SchisM" Riviere Galets Estate Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
94 points
$55
Garnet black color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of coffee and vanilla bean gelatos, crusty huckleberry pie, and chocolate cherries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long roasted nuts, delicate spices, and sandalwood finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A delightfully fruity, spicy, and engaging Rhone varietal blend.
MYKA Cellars 2015 Cotes du Cruz Blanc El Dorado County
93 points
$32
Bright golden yellow color. Toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of coconut creme brulee, pineapple cake a la mode, and spiced apples and nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long nougat, vanilla cream, and pepper finish with well-integrated, chewy, fruit tannins. A delicious toasty and rich white blend that is sure to please.
Tertulia Cellars 2014 "Reserve" Syrah
93 points
$45
Bright violet color. Aromas and flavors of maple nut fudge and boysenberry pie with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, breezy buttery nuts, blueberry chutney, and peppery spices finish with silky, soft tannins and light oak. A robust, flavor packed syrah with an elegant edge.
Ledson 2013 Estate Old Vine Petite Sirah
93 points
$46
Opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, waxy orange blossom honeycomb, floral spices, and almond nougat with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length craisin, cassis chutney, and cedar finish with firm, crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A rich, age-worthy petite sirah that will be even better in a few years.
Alta Colina 2013 GSM Estate Paso Robles
93 points
$48
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry pie a la mode and cherry chutney with a satiny, tangy, fruity body and an even, delightful, medium-long nougat, floral honey, creme brulee, and pink pepper finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A silky and stylish red blend with lovely fruit and balanced, creamy oak.
Tertulia Cellars 2013 Estate Vineyards Syrah
92 points
$35
Dark violet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of fresh nut brittle, blueberry bran muffin, smoked bacon, and mixed peppercorn with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dried berries and apples and spiced nuts finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nicely compacted syrah with good potential for aging.
Dusted Valley 2013 Stained Tooth Syrah
92 points
$36
Opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, baking spices, and nougat with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long craisin, nuts, earth, and caramelized bacon finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, complex, and delicious syrah that is sure to please not or later.
Daybreak Cellars 2015 Torres Vineyard Viognier
91 points
$23
Golden straw color. Toasty, interesting aromas and flavors of peach and lemon pastries, pickled apple, and nougat with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-long apricots in vanilla cream and delicate spiced praline finish with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. An appealing, nicely oaked viognier with rich balanced fruit and a silky texture.
Ledson 2014 Estate Old Vine Carignane
91 points
$36
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of pine twigs, planked pine, mocha and clay, and dried meats and beef jerky with a tangy, dry full body and an interesting, sparse finish with woody tannins. An excellent example.
90+ Cellars 2014 French Fusion Red Languedoc AOP
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Savory, minerally aromas and flavors of berry and tomato chutney, toffee, clay, and pepper focaccia with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and an interesting, medium-length craisin, nutskin, and marinated root vegetables finish with fine, soft tannins and light oak. A rock solid southern French red with great savory flavors, fine balance, and a nice sense of place.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Smirk 2016  Moscatel
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of peach cobbler and oranges and orange blossoms with a supple, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, compelling, instant melon and grassy earth finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A delightfully crisp and fruity moscato with great balance and structure.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Matchbook 2012 Tinto Rey Dunnigan Hills
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries and tomatoes, butter roasted nuts, chocolate, and red clay with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length dried sour cherries, nuts, and grilled blood orange finish with light oak. A very nice, dry tangy red that will pair nicely and is drinking very well now.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Anaba 2014 Turbine Red Sonoma Valley
90 points
$35
Dark color. Aromas and flavors of red fruit, cola, and black pepper with an vibrant, dryish medium body and a captivating, medium-length finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very dry red with firm tannins and dark red fruit.
Alta Colina 2013 Toasted Slope Estate Syrah
90 points
$48
Dark color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and berries and smoked bacon with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, dried blueberries and citrus, mixed peppercorns, and oak finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, deeply fruited wine with nice firm oak and spice notes; give this a bit of time to blossom.
90+ Cellars 2015 French Fusion White Languedoc AOP
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried fruit and peach skin, minerality, baked almonds, and lemon peel with a lively, dry full body and an involved, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. Scents and flavors are seamlessly integrated, rich supple mid-palate.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
5 String 2015  Petite Sirah
89 points
$21.99
Opaque dusty garnet color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of buttery berry pie crust, nut brittle, and beets with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length sour cherry, honeyed nuts, and cedar finish with light oak. A rock solid petite sirah that will be versatile.
89 points $21.99
San Simeon 2012 Estate Reserve Petite Sirah
89 points
$22
Opaque violet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of plum compote, chocolate nuts, pickled cherries, and honeycomb with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long spiced oranges, marinated beets, nutskin, and cedar finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and satisfying petite sirah with lovely flavor and depth.
Alta Colina 2013 Sun Worshipper Estate Paso Robles
89 points
$55
Dusty garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of mocha, cedar, spiced nuts, and dried berries with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length chocolate craisins, pomegranate, and pepper finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, full-throttle red Rhone blend.
Grizzly Peak 2015  Viognier
88 points
$22
Pale straw green color. Creamy aromas and flavors of tapioca, peach cream danish, and hint of sweet pickle relish with a silky, bright, off-dry body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spiced apple finish with light oak. A ripe, juicy viognier with lots of creamy fruit flavors.
Matchbook 2013  Syrah
87 points
$16
Dark dusty garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts and berry pie crust with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length berry compote, blood orange and melon, and spiced nuts finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A solid syrah for everyday enjoyment.
Cedar Creek Winery 2014  Syrah
87 points
$17
Opaque dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of roasted berries, dried leaves and nettles, chestnut honey, and hint of crayon with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, easy earth, nutskin, and dried herbs finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A dry, savory, herbaceous syrah for the table.
Sunstone 2014 Rapsodie Santa Ynez Valley
87 points
$45
Dark color. Aromas and flavors of dark berry and cola with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. A nice everyday red that would be a nice house wine.
Frey 2014 Organic Petite Sirah
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Opaque deep purple color. Interesting aromas and flavors of stewed berries, peach blossoms, pistachio nougat, and añejo tequila with a silky, bright, fruity body and a smooth, interesting, buoyant beef bouillon, cedar bark, and agave drizzled lime finish with dusty, barky tannins and moderate oak. An intriguing petite sirah with a distinctive tequila note.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Hot Ticket 2015  Shiraz
86 points
$16.99
Dark violet color. Buttery, toasty, interesting aromas and flavors of fresh pretzel bread, roasted nuts and peppers, and dried berries with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, relaxed spiced apple and cocoa-dusted fruits finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A toasty, tangy shiraz.
86 points $16.99
Anaba 2014 Turbine White Sonoma Valley
86 points
$28
Bright bright gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted coconut and nuts and peach custard pie crust with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy spiced apples and pears, almond skin, lime, and earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A nice well-oaked white Rhone blend sipper.
Sunstone 2014  Syrah
86 points
$45
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, proscuitto, and orange rind with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-length cocoa nib and ripe fig finish with chewy, medium, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice Syrah for sipping on its own or with a good burger.
Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard Syrah
86 points
$46
Opaque deep purple color. Aromas of roasted plum and blackberry, baking spice, and nuts with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, medium-length strawberry and herbs finish with dusty, chewy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A crowd-pleasing, mouth-filling Syrah that will work great with many meat dishes.
Dark Horse 2015 Limited Release Petite Sirah
85 points
$9.99
Opaque violet color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries, buttery toffee, roasted nuts, and white pepper dust with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sandalwood, cocoa, and cedar finish with medium tannins and light oak. A chewy, nicely oaked petite sirah.
85 points $9.99
Tria 2015  Syrah
85 points
$23.99
Dark color. Aromas and flavors of red fruits, French herbs, and graphite with a vibrant, dryish medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with fruit, medium, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy syrah with dark berry fruits, spice and a hint of tobacco on the finish.
85 points $23.99
1850 Wine Cellars 2015  Viognier
85 points
$24
Pale light gold color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of fresh peach pastry and honeyed nuts with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length nougat and delicate spices finish with no oak. A nicely balanced viognier with tangy stone fruit flavors.
Anaba 2015 Landa Vineyard Viognier
85 points
$36
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricot yogurt, banana nut muffin, nutshell, and paper mache with a soft, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk apple skin, Meyer lemon, and green pineapple finish with a suggestion of oak. A somewhat lean and earthy viognier for the table.
Barefoot NV  Shiraz
84 points
$6.99
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry bonbon, praline, roasted nuts, and mulberries with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy peppercorns and cedar shavings finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, chewy everyday shiraz.
84 points $6.99
Frey 2015 Organic Syrah
83 points
$15
Medium dusty ruby violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of crusty berry pie, caramelized smoked bacon, and chocolate dried cherries with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, breezy brown sugar and nuts finish with crunchy, fine tannins and light oak. A nice everyday syrah.
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