February 2017 - Regional US Wines - S.W.

This month's Wine feature is Regional US Wines S.W. Wines
Regional US Wines - S.W. Reviews
218331
Los Ranchos Winery
2015 Gewurztraminer
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of lychee, nougat, and peach with an soft, fruity sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A clean and smooth Gewurztraminer with lychee, mango, and melon notes.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218332
Los Ranchos Winery
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed apple and pineapple, cashew brittle, and delicate spice with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long clementine, vanilla, and hint of peppery spice finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A pure, well balanced chardonnay with lovely flavors and pleasing warmth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218330
Los Ranchos Winery
2012 Montepulciano
Dull brown brick red color. Roasted, earthy aromas and flavors of stewed and spiced tomatoes, green herbs, roasted chestnuts, and polished wood with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length dried cherries, delicate spiced cocoa, and cedar finish with fine, dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lovely, dry and savory domestic take on the classic Italian grape.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218334
Los Ranchos Winery
2014 Merlot
Dusty ruby black color. Fruity, nutty aromas and flavors of salty roasted nuts, chocolate, and baked berries with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, compelling, medium-length spiced plums and nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A round, spot on merlot pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218329
Los Ranchos Winery
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Light dusty ruby color. Musty aromas of dried berries, spice, cola, and cedar bark and leaves with a supple, tangy, dryish medium body and a tingling, snappy nutskin, chocolate, and peppery spice finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A lively, easy drinking cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218456
DH Lescombes
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright light garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spiced cherry compote and pistachio nougat with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length craisin, hint of spiced chocolate, and cedar finish with light oak. A nice combination of fruit and dry savory notes bodes well for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218454
DH Lescombes
2016 Rose of Syrah New Mexico
Light Siam color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts and pomegranate-cherry chutney with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk pickled melon rind and apple skin finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice dry savory rosé.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218455
DH Lescombes
2015 Semillon
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of pears, nuts, and pineapple with an bright, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An easy to drink white with bracing acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218333
Los Ranchos Winery
2015 Moscato
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Funky, earthy, leesy aromas and flavors of wet earth, nutshells, peach pit, and matchstick with a silky, soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, relaxed citrus oil, bruised yellow apple, and spiced melon and nectarine finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A light and easy dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218328
Los Ranchos Winery
2012 Zinfandel
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of chestnut honey on berries, chocolate coconut macaroon, and tomato jelly and sauce with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, appealing, nutskin and cedar finish with light oak. A dry, savory, mature zinfandel that drinks like a rustic Italian red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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