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February 2016 - Southwest and West US Regional Wine Review

February 2016 - Southwest and West US Regional Wine Review
This month's Wine feature is Southwest and West Regional Wine Review Wines

Southwest and West US Regional Wine Review Reviews

Canyon Wind 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$29.95
Dark garnet black color. Lively, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced blackberries and mulberries, chocolate citrus peels, pink peppercorn, and dried flowers with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of berry pie, vanilla cream, candied yams, and pencil shavings with silky, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy, appetizing cabernet that will be very versatile.
93 points $29.95
Anemoi 2014 "Lips" Syrah
93 points
$34.95
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam on pepper bread toast, salty roasted nuts, mocha, and peppercorns with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, elegant, medium-long finish that shows notes of dried berries, creme brulee, toffee, and roasted beets with moderate oak flavor. A silky, savory, fruity, and elegant syrah with deftly balanced oak.
93 points $34.95
D.H. Lescombes NV "Ratafia" White Table Wine New Mexico
92 points
$23
Bright light bright gold color. Lively, fruity aromas of ripe peaches, ruby grapefruit peel, green nectarine, and lemon pepper with a crisp, sweet medium-full body and a peppery, involved, relaxed finish with fruit, papery tannins and no oak flavor.
D.H. Lescombes 2013 "Renaissance" Limited Release New Mexico
92 points
$30
Garnet black color. Buttery, nutty floral fruity aromas and flavors of vanilla cashew brittle, berry cobbler, and violet candy with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of cranberry chutney, pomegranate sorbet, powdered berries, and hibiscus tea with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, lively, and complex red Rhone blend.
Anemoi 2014 Notus Red Blend Grand Valley
92 points
$49.95
Dark violet color. Delicate, fruity, buttery aromas and flavors of blueberry tart and nut brittle with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of cocoa, dried berries, creme brulee, and nuts with silky, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A zesty, red blend with lively acidity and balanced structure.
92 points $49.95
St. Clair Winery 2014 "Bellissimo" New Mexico
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Brilliant white gold color. Rich, floral aromas and flavors of peony, lychee, and fruit salad with a supple, tangy, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with suggestions of spiced oranges and lemon and melon. A delicious, off-dry sparkler in the Moscato d’ Asti style.
91 points $13 Best Buy
D.H. Lescombes NV "Imperial Kir" Chenin Blanc
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark pink coral color. Lively, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of mixed berry lozenge and sorbet and floral talc with a silky, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with touches of orange sherbet and watermelon candy with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A sweet, fruity, very tasty sparkler.
90 points $13 Best Buy
D.H. Lescombes 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$24
Black garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, toffee, and waxy honeycomb with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of sweet spices, berry jam on raisin toast, red grape skins, and creme brulee with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy, super ripe cabernet that drinks like a zinfandel.
Anemoi 2015 "Eos" Syrah
90 points
$27.95
Neon pink coral color. Bright, buttery aromas and flavors of strawberry jam, watermelon ice, and caramel corn with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, crisp finish with overtones of sour cherry and blood orange with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A zesty tangy rosé.
90 points $27.95
Anemoi 2014 "Apeliotes" Grand Valley
90 points
$39.95
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of berry creme brulee, pound cake, toffee, and perfume with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, stimulating, medium-long finish with shades of honeyed nuts, delicate spice, oak, and cocoa with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, oaky red blend.
90 points $39.95
St. Clair Winery 2014  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Brilliant white gold color. Mild, creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of peach yogurt and nougat with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of yellow apple, honeydew, delicate spiced nuts, and earth with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious and precisely balanced pinot grigio pleaser.
89 points $12 Best Buy
D.H. Lescombes NV "Early Harvest" Brut New Mexico
89 points
$13
Best Buy
White gold color. Bright, floral, fruity earthy aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, hyacinth, honeycomb, and earth with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish evoking nuances of honeyed lemon and tangerine and grass with no oak flavor. A very tangy, earthy sparkler that will pair nicely.
89 points $13 Best Buy
D.H. Lescombes 2010 Limited Release Cabernet Franc
88 points
$36
Dark brown brick red color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate raisins and cherries, coconut creme brulee, cherry-tomato jelly, and maple with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, breezy finish with notes of leather, tobacco, nuts, and pickling spices with soft, silky tannins and light oak flavor. An interesting cabernet franc that drinks like a ripe Amarone.
D.H. Lescombes 2010 Limited Release Petite Sirah
88 points
$41
Opaque dull dark violet color. Bright, complex, sweet jammy baked aromas and flavors of coffee and root beer candies, blackberry tart, and chocolate caramel nut bar and wrapper with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish conveying touches of craisin and cedar dust with cottony tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy, tasty, tangy petite sirah.
St. Clair Winery 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright medium straw green color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of creme brulee, spiced apples, and mint cream with a soft, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed apple sauce, lemon sherbet, and spiced nuts finish with firm tannins and light oak flavor. A nice fruity, chardonnay crowd pleaser.
87 points $12 Best Buy
St. Clair Winery NV Port New Mexico
87 points
$26
Dark brick red color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of raisins, clay, cocoa, and cocoa butter with a supple, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of peppery spices, pomegranate-cranberry chutney, candied violets, and putty with heavy oak flavor. A rich, spicy ruby-port-like fortified wine.
St. Clair Winery 2014 "Mimbres Red" Sweet Table Wine New Mexico
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Garnet color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of orange blossoms, huckleberry coulis, and tomato jelly with a silky, tangy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with suggestions of cherry jam and raspberry sorbet with fine, chewy tannins. A pleasant, off-dry red sipper.
86 points $10 Best Buy
St. Clair Winery 2015 "Mimbres Pink" Muscat
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Bright light siam color. Bright, fruity, buttery aromas of spiced cling peaches, bosq pears, and lemon curd with a lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, carefree finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor.
86 points $10 Best Buy
St. Clair Winery 2014 "Bianca" Malvasia
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced tangerines and hyacinth with a soft, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, buoyant finish with accents of apple sauce, melon sorbet, and cherry bubblegum with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice, very fruity, off-dry sipper.
86 points $12 Best Buy
St. Clair Winery 2014  Gewurztraminer
85 points
$12
Bright pale straw color. Mild, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of nectarine skin, dried flowers, moss, and nougat with an even, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, relaxed finish that presents notes of apple sauce, lemon sorbet, and peach nectar with fine tannins and no oak flavor. A pleasant and crisp, off-dry sipper.
D.H. Lescombes 2013  Pinot Noir
84 points
$18
Dusty dark garnet color. Bright, toasty, confected aromas of chocolate toffee, mocha, dried cherries, and tea with a glycerous, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lime curd, cranberry-apple sauce, and whole nuts finish with soft, chewy, firm, cottony tannins and moderate oak flavor. A zesty, oaky pinot noir for the table.
D.H. Lescombes 2012 Limited Release Petit Verdot
84 points
$38
Clear medium dull brick red color. Bright, rubbery aromas and flavors of rubber band, dark berry tart, chocolate mint, and cured meat and pickles with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with touches of cherries, nutskin, and earth with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. An interesting gamey combination of fruit and earth.
St. Clair Winery 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$12
Dusty ruby black color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled berries, peppers and olives, salty dark roasted nuts, and peppery mole with an oily, tangy, dry medium-full body and a peppery, brisk finish with notes of smoked nuts, singed wood, sundried tomato, and earth with dusty, barky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A dry, savory cabernet for the table.
Canyon Wind 2015 47-Ten White Grand Valley
83 points
$12.95
Clear silver color. Delicate, earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of baked peach and apple, flower patch, and melon rind with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy finish imparting notes of sweet cream, lemon, and leafy earth with soft, crunchy tannins. A dry, tart, earthy white blend.
83 points $12.95
Canyon Wind 2015 47-Ten Rosé Grand Valley
83 points
$12.95
Electric pink color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced berries and cherries and watermelon candy with a silky, tart, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish manifesting overtones of cherry pit, nutskin, and pepper with crunchy, fruit tannins. A dry, tart rosé for food.
83 points $12.95
D.H. Lescombes 2012 Grand Cru Syrah
83 points
$18
Garnet black color. Roasted, rustic aromas and flavors of rubber eraser, dark roasted nuts, and craisin with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, quick finish with notes of vanilla cream and bark with chewy, clunky tannins and light oak flavor. An earthy, rustic syrah.
St. Clair Winery 2014  Riesling
82 points
$12
Bright light bright gold color. Mild, fruity, floral aromas of honey crisp apples, honey suckle, lime pith, and apple sauce with an crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor.
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