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January 2020 - US Rhone Varietals

January 2020 - US Rhone Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Rhone Varietals Wines

US Rhone Varietals Reviews

L’Ecole N° 41 2017 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate GSM Blend Walla Walla Valley
91 points
$36
Violet color. Aromas of raspberry cobbler a la mode, roasted beets with pomegranate vinaigrette, sandalwood, and rose petal with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long bacon-wrapped dates, dark chocolate, and caramel-drizzled berries finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fresh and juicy GSM blend with great length and lip-smack-ability.
Ledson 2017 Ricetti Lane Vineyard Estate Mourvedre
91 points
$36
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of pickled watermelon rind, creme fraiche, allspice, and vanilla and figs with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length blueberry jam, tropical fruit chutney and white pepper finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A palate-pleasing Mourvedre that glides across the palate; will pair effortlessly.
Le Vigne 2017 di Ranchita Vista Petite Sirah
91 points
$46
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cassis, blueberry pie, sweet orange peel, gherkins, ganache, and ginger-mint tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and concentrated Petite Sirah that offers both an immersive, full-flavor experience while also gently lifting the palate with sprightly, food-friendly acidity.
Le Vigne 2017 Ame de la Vigne Paso Robles
90 points
$48
Garnet black color. Aromas of ripe blackberries, spiced plums, chocolate crumble, chives, and cherry preserves with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, intriguing, medium-long chocolate graham crackers, apple-cinnamon, honeycomb, hints of espresso, and grilled fruit finish with moderate oak flavor. Expressive aromatics jump from the glass in this juicy and satisfying Paso blend.
Frey 2018 Organic Syrah
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Black violet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of mezcal, sweet potato, overripe plum, pickled carrots, and smoked strawberries with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length finish evoking impressions of banana cake and clove with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A completely unexpected smoky and earthy wine; the mezcal-lover’s Syrah.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Pacific Redwood 2018 Organic Syrah
85 points
$15
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry pie, sandalwood, and incense with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with accents of plum pie, mocha, and candied bacon with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, jammy Syrah that offers bold flavors; can be drunk with or without a great meal.
Pebble NV  Viognier
81 points
$17.99
Emerald straw color. Smoky aromas and flavors of lit match and candle, grilled stone fruits, buttered rice pilaf, and old pressed flowers with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity watery body and a polished, rapid finish that shows notes of quince, green apple and papaya, and nut skin. An earthy Viognier for the table.
81 points $17.99
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