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May 2019 - Willcox Wine Country Competition

May 2019 - Willcox Wine Country Competition
This month's Wine feature is Willcox Wine Country Competition Wines

Willcox Wine Country Competition Reviews

Carlson Creek Vineyard 2014  Sangiovese
95 points
$28
Burnt sienna color. Earthy aromas and flavors of oven-dried tomatoes, barnyard wood and mud, pomegranate, and cajeta with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of herb marinated roasted root vegetables, smoked nuts, cedar, and sandalwood with soft, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. An exceptional rich, deep and remarkably Italian-like Sangiovese that brings to mind notions of old traditional Brunello and a hint of lambic-like Brett.
Pillsbury Wine Company 2016 Diva Rhone Red Blend Cochise County, Arizona
95 points
$40
Dusty violet color. Fruity aromas of ripe plum, macerated strawberries, suede, geranium, and thyme with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long ground black pepper, slate, and chrysanthemum finish with firm tannins. A graceful and pure Rhone varietal blend from Arizona with elegant integration of minerality and fruit; extra kudos are due to superb taming of Petite Sirah’s oft-fiesty tannins.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2017  Malbec
94 points
$29
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of fresh raspberry compote, dried apricot, pickled watermelon, latte, and pistachio nougat with a bright, dryish full body and a brisk finish. An explosively fruity Malbec with vivid berry notes.
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 2018 Best Friends Viognier
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, orange blossom, whipped cream, and white strawberry with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length finish conveying notes of navel orange, speculoos cookie, pineapple, and garrigue with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A tasty and balanced Viognier that’s easy to love.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Pillsbury Wine Company 2016 Roan Red Blend Cochise County, Arizona
92 points
$30
Dusty dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dill, raspberry thicket, vanilla cookie, black tea, and green strawberry with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish revealing accents of huckleberry jam and mint with light oak flavor. A charmingly rustic, balanced and table-friendly red with wide appeal.
Pillsbury Wine Company 2016 Special Reserve Petite Sirah
92 points
$55
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of tar, plum tart, vanilla-caramel, black pepper, sage, and incense with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate genache, red velvet cake, and coconut with light oak flavor. A peppery, spicy Petite Sirah that will find a match with grilled lamb.
Carlson Creek Vineyard 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$23
Silvery emerald straw color. Floral, fruity aromas of ripe peach, apricot skin, mango salsa, and candied ginger with an full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length grilled pineapple, necco wafer, and vanilla custard finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive and fresh Sauvignon Blanc with delicate herbal inflection.
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 2014 Partners Rhone Blend Cochise County, Arizona
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of dill, bay, baked beans, lavender, and sun dried tomatoes with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long leather and dates finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A distinctive, savory red from Arizona with a rustic, Italian swagger.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Carlson Creek Vineyard 2015 Rule of Three Red Blend Arizona
89 points
$35
Dusty ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of baked figs, cherry mostarda, mint jelly, za’atar, and pencil shavings with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of red licorice with light oak flavor. A juicy, nuanced red that offers an elegant and intriguing dinner companion.
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 2014 Three Sisters Syrah
88 points
$20
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, raisin bread, bacon, mung bean, and sun dried tomato with a satiny, crisp, medium-full body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long finish with notes of roasted kale, spiced plum chutney, and chocolate malt with earthy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An inky, rustic Syrah in a highly pairable style.
Carlson Creek Vineyard 2017  Chardonnay
88 points
$25
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of chess pie, cookie dough, and buttery pastry dough with a satiny, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish revealing accents of banana chips and creme Anglaise with moderate oak flavor. A dreamy, creamy Chardonnay from Willcox with instantly appealing pastry aromas.
Pillsbury Wine Company 2017 Bonnie Lee Malvasia
87 points
$32
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, honeysuckle, sunflower, and orange blossom with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, easy finish displaying notes of apricot. A nice balance of richness and elegant floral notes makes this a unique and conversation-worthy Malvasia for pairing with Mediterranean fare.
Pillsbury Wine Company 2017 Wildchild White Blend Cochise County, Arizona
86 points
$24
Silvery emerald straw color. Tropical aromas of lychee, honeysuckle, and tropical citrus medley with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy melon, coconut water, and peach pit finish with no oak flavor. A soft and delicately fruity quaffer for a hot summer day.
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 2015 Farmers Mourvedre
85 points
$16
Brick red color. Baked aromas and flavors of fruit cake, terra cotta, fig jam, mint-chocolate, and dried apricot with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that presents overtones of vermouth spices and tobacco with light oak flavor. A ripe Mourvedre with heady notes of dried fruit.
Carlson Creek Vineyard 2017 Rosé Grenache
85 points
$23
Clear pale reddish orange color. Oaky, fruity aromas of vanilla, mesquite, and sugared rose petal with an medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length watermelon granita, rhubarb, cherry, raspberry cheesecake, and banana skin finish with fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fiery coral-red color attracts the eye to this distinctive rose.
Pillsbury Wine Company 2017  Chardonnay
85 points
$32
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple compote and nectarine with a supple, soft, dryish light body and an even, short finish displaying touches of limestone. A reserved and pleasing Chardonnay that will be a great anytime sipper.
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 2018 Rosé Grenache
84 points
$10
Pale salmon orange color. Grassy aromas and flavors of wet hay, fallen apple, egg white, and old strawberry with a lean, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, rapid finish that exhibits shades of red apple skin and dried nectarine with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp quaffer that offers laid-back summertime refreshment.
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 2016 Two Reds Grenache
83 points
$16
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry, strawberry preserves, mung bean dessert, and cedar with a supple, prickly, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, amusing, buoyant finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive Grenache best for midsummer pairings.
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