July 2017 - US Rhone Varietal

This month's Wine feature is US Rhone Varietal Wines
US Rhone Varietal Reviews
220224
Corner 103
2016 Grenache Blanc
Pale golden amber color. Citrusy, elegant aromas of pink grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and vanilla bean with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an elegant, long fresh mint and dill, allspice and apricot, lilac, and wet pebbles finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A silky mouthfeel and long, satisfying finish give this wine staying power.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220184
2Hawk
NV Plume Blanc v.1 Rogue Valley
Brilliant bright golden yellow color. Floral, fruity aromas of peach blossom, finger lime, honeysuckle, and honeycomb with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long walnut maple creme, grilled lemon, and dried mint finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A wine that shouts summer countryside; delicious and seamlessly integrated.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220340
Trattore Estate
2016 White Blend Dry Creek Valley
Straw green color. Aromas of pear cobbler, cinnamon and passionfruit, pine, and fresh cream and young banana with a creamy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length marshmallow, graham cracker, spiced nuts, and candied kiwi finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A creamy and rich Marsanne/Roussanne blend for spicy dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220311
Rock Wall
2012 Le Mur de Roche Petite Sirah
Dark black garnet color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of berry pie crust, butter roasted nuts, chocolate sesame bar, and cedar spice cabinet with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long pomegranate chutney, sandalwood, pepper, and nuts finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A complex and expressive petite sirah for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220221
Sunstone
2016 Viognier
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of summer peach pie, fresh tangerine, apple butter, and cinnamon with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-length apricot kernel, key lime custard, soft tropical fruits, and hazelnut crumble finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. Delight in the big fruit flavors of this plush Viognier.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220159
Cloak & Dagger
2013 The Conspirator's Reserve Fairbairn Vineyard Syrah
Opaque deep purple color. Mature aromas and flavors of fine dark chocolate, eucalyptus and orange peel, smoky cedar, and ripe huckleberry with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a complex, long fine leather, cigar smoke, bacon and creme brulee, and black tea finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, smoky Syrah with deep flavors and mysterious appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220328
Crux Winery
2013 Syrah
Black violet color. Earthy, elegant aromas and flavors of blueberry compote, vanilla nut brittle, salami, and freshly turned earth with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, very long yogurt dipped purple fruits, allspice berry, lavender, and nutskin finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak. Hedonism is priority number one in this luscious and sophisticated Syrah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220298
Kestrel
2016 Falcon Series Viognier
White gold color. Attractive, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of ripe summer peach, wildflowers, limestone, and honeycomb with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a complex, medium-length lily, blueberry and apple sorbets, sweet galangal, and hollandaise with dill finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fabulously fruity and rich Viognier for expert pairings or simple afternoon sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220267
Ledson
2013 Estate Vineyard Syrah
Black violet color. Spicy, jammy aromas of fresh plum and apricot, oregano and bay leaf, black pepper, and black raspberry crumble with a tannic, vibrant, dryish full body and an intricate, medium-long German chocolate, toasted coconut, raspberry jam, and eucalyptus finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A complex and mysterious Syrah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220269
Ledson
2013 Estate Vineyard Petite Sirah
Opaque dark black violet color. Toasty, oaky aromas and flavors of bramble, leather, roasted nuts, and cedar and clay with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, captivating, medium-long blackberries and mulberries, tobacco, and peppered nuts finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich, cellar-worthy red that will shine with game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220170
Horton
2016 Viognier
Bright golden straw color. Toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of Belgian waffles with whipped cream and pineapple sauce, caramel golden apple, and nut brittle with a satiny, crisp, petillant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length peach jam, golden raisins in honey, and caramelized lemon finish with silky tannins and no oak. An intriguing, off-dry, and distinctive Viognier.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220389
Burning Tree Cellars
2013 Jesperson Ranch Syrah Syrah
Medium violet color. Earthy aromas of floury berry scone, ripe plum and macadamia nut, violet, and freshly turned earth with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, elegant, medium-long stewed plums with warm spices, vanilla pot de creme, leather saddle, and marinated grape leaf finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very cellarable Syrah; enjoy its matured character in 3-6 years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220392
Burning Tree Cellars
2015 Ranchita Canyon Vineyard Petite Sirah
Deep purple color. Creamy aromas and flavors of caramel gelato, chocolate nuts, red berry tart, and potting soil with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long sweet and peppery spices, vanilla, and nuts finish with chewy, silky tannins and moderate oak. A lovely creamy petite sirah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220217
Narmada Winery
2016 Viognier
Light straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of sweet pea blossom, white grape, and starfruit with a satiny, bright, light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, breezy yellow apple, tangerine, nectarine, and flower patch earth finish with silky tannins and no oak. An earthy, floral and snappy Viognier.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220268
Ledson
2016 Viognier
Bright golden straw color. Fruity aromas of fresh lemon, fresh mangos in yogurt, dried wildflowers, and sweet iced green tea with a velvety, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length lime spritzed mango and wheat cracker finish with fine, fruit tannins. Delicious ripe mango flavors shine in this fruit-forward, zingy Viognier.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220390
Burning Tree Cellars
2015 Colibri Grenache
Bright ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas of ripe strawberry, fresh plum, and anise biscotti with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-long watermelon and black licorice finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. An ultra fruity, juicy Grenache; perfect for summer sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220294
Don Ernesto
2015 Collage White Wine Lodi
Golden yellow color. Floral, nutty aromas of toasted almond cake, hibiscus blossom, dried white flowers, and hay and dried pineapple with a round, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long sweet almond milk, Victorian sponge cake, summer peach, and pistachio finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A toothsome and delicious Rhone Varietal Blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220401
Onesta
2013 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas of dusty road, underripe cranberry, dried herbs, and leather with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium body and a medium-length chocolate ganache, oak box, and spice cabinet finish with medium, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A subtle wine with a very pleasing use of oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220395
Page Mill Winery
2015 GPS Red Blend Livermore Valley
Dark black violet color. Aromas of tar, balsamic vinegar, dark chocolate, and raspberry jam and violet with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long dried dates and membrillo finish. Allow this wine plenty of time to breathe so it can reveal its dark and mysterious ways.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220339
Trattore Estate
2015 Syrah
Ruby black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of baked plum, black pepper, and dried orange with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, medium-length shitake mushroom and oregano finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely spicy, fruit forward Syrah with pleasing tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220222
Corner 103
2012 Syrah
Ruby black color. Aromas of fern, blackberry, dried citrus wheel, and yellow Tabasco pepper with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, medium-long cinnamon raisin bread, rice pudding, marinara, and vanilla toffee and white pepper finish with silky, coating tannins. A creamy and savory, quaffable Syrah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220118
Mira Winery
2014 Hyde Vineyard Syrah
Dark violet color. Aromas of grape preserve, bacon bits, stainless steel, and purple flowers with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length proscuitto and milk chocolate, fresh dill, allspice, and peanut praline finish with chalky tannins. A voluptuous, satisfying Syrah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220169
Horton
2013 Private Reserve Roussanne
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of omelet, struck match, and muskmelon rind with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length peach skin, butterscotch pudding, lime gelée, and toasted yeast finish with medium, fruit tannins. A fruity and creamy example of Virginian Roussanne.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220220
Midnight Cellars
2016 Aurora White Reserve Paso Robles
Bright golden straw color. Fruity aroma of kiwi with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, breezy marzipan, passionfruit, and wheat grass finish with silky tannins. A bright and tropical wine; a great summer sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220297
Kestrel
2013 Winemakers Select Series Mourvedre
Opaque black garnet color. Earthy aromas of blackberry jam, silt, and soft red fruits with a round, moderately sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length chocolate covered blueberry, spearmint gum chews, and mocha candy finish with silky, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A plush Mourvedre that can stand on its own.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220301
Brecon Estate
2015 Forty Two Adelaida District Red Blend Paso Robles
Opaque ruby black color. Woody, floral aromas and flavors of sweet pea blossom, cedar, and jamon with a glycerous, fruity sweet medium body and an engaging, medium-length strawberry jam, milk chocolate, mesquite, and mixed peppercorn finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. A richly textured wine on the sweeter side; perfect for cheese.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220312
Rock Wall
2015 Sparkling Grenache Rosé Yolo County
Light salmon orange color. Rustic aromas and flavors of overripe strawberries, cherry jam, butternut squash, and molasses with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a breezy cherry bark, vanilla, and mossy earth finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A rustic and fruity sparkler for lazy afternoons.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220391
Burning Tree Cellars
2015 Colibri Syrah
Garnet color. Aromas of baked red fruit and Hungarian wax pepper with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a breezy plum, pepperoni, and taffy finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A distinctive, peppery Syrah.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220315
Rock Wall
2015 Mama's Reserve White California
Bright light gold color. Aromas of fallen peach, powdered sugar, and moss with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length mango coulis, Greek yogurt with honey, blini, and spiced nuts finish. A rich and toothsome Rhone Varietal Blend for summer pairing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220341
Trattore Estate
2013 T. Bucher Proprietor's Reserve Red Blend Dry Creek Valley
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Attractive, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of fresh strawberry syrup, violet candies, and fresh fennel with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a medium-length finish with medium, chewy tannins. A richly scented and textured wine for thoughtful dinner pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220414
Barefoot
NV Shiraz
Opaque deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, smoky bacon, and mixed peppercorn with a velvety, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length vanilla marshmallow and yuzu finish with coating tannins. An easy drinking red on the sweeter side for sipping or pairing.
84 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220197
Gordon Estate
2014 Estate Grown Syrah
Dark violet color. Smoky, rustic aromas of smoking autumn leaves, roasted carrot, wet tobacco, and smoked tomato with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a short berry gastrique and white chocolate finish with soft tannins. A big and bold nose lead to a highly restrained palate in this everyday wine for the table.
84 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220319
Barboursville
2015 Reserve Viognier
Gold color. Floral aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, dried apricot, dried lime peel, and lush green moss and rosewater with a lean, bright, thin body and a brisk mango chutney and lemon yogurt finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A clean and easy drinking Viognier.
84 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220326
Crux Winery
2015 Grenache Blanc
Medium golden yellow color. Aromas of omelet, struck match, pear, and grape jelly with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a medium-length pear gelato, crushed pineapple, banana leaf, and gravel finish with silky tannins. A nicely fruity wine for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220223
Corner 103
2014 Grenache
Bright dark ruby color. Aromas of stewed strawberry and cherry, peony, and almond skin with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length chocolate chewy candy and dried oregano finish. A spicy-food-friendly Grenache on the sweeter side.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220327
Crux Winery
2013 GSM Red Blend Russian River Valley
Garnet color. Jammy aromas of bramble, cherry gelato, and sweet tarragon with a tannic, lively, fruity medium-full body and a medium-length berry pot de creme and granite finish with dusty, clunky tannins. A very fruity Rhone varietal blend; pair with rich meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220342
Trattore Estate
2015 Grenache
Bright ruby color. Aromas and flavors of struck match, wild strawberry, and peppermint with a velvety, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a carefree allspice and huckleberry finish with papery tannins. An easy going anytime Grenache.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220314
Rock Wall
2016 Kristen's Cuvee Viognier
Pale golden straw color. Vegetal aromas of fallen peach, tinned artichoke hearts, wheat grass, and green tea leaf with a soft, fruity thin body and a relaxed gravel, apple, and tinned hearts of palm finish with soft, fruit tannins. A funky Viognier for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220183
2Hawk
2015 Viognier
Gold color. Aromas of lemon glaze and struck match with a glycerous, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a relaxed apricot jelly, grape jelly, straw, and cashew butter finish with soft tannins. A sweet and fruity Viognier for spritzers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220316
Rock Wall
2014 Papa's Syrah
Dark garnet color. Aromas of grape jelly, twigs, and frozen yogurt with a chunky, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and a breezy stewed plum, cinnamon honey, and mulch finish with clunky tannins and moderate oak. A relaxed wine for a crowd.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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