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July 2019 - US Rhone Varietals

July 2019 - US Rhone Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Rhone Varietals Wines

US Rhone Varietals Reviews

San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve Petite Sirah
95 points
$28
A dense petite Syrah that offers a full spectrum of flavors in a balanced, concentrated package.
Basalt Cellars 2015 GSM Red Blend Columbia Valley
94 points
$36
A delightful red that's bursting at the seams with ripe fruit and meaty Syrah; will be well-loved.
Crux Winery 2015  Grenache
94 points
$45
Sweet aromas perfectly compliment a dry and lip-smackingly juicy palate; a serious Grenache that will be welcomed by all at the table.
Crux Winery 2015 GSM Red Blend Russian River Valley
94 points
$45
A charming Rhone Varietal Blend with excellent food affinity; lengthy.
Brassfield Estate 2016 Eruption Red Blend High Valley
93 points
$28
A rich and pleasing red blend with balanced layers of fruit, spice, and darkest chocolate.
Crux Winery 2014  Petite Sirah
93 points
$45
A delicious and well-integrated Petite Syrah that is drinking very well now and will stand the test of time.
Crux Winery 2015  Syrah
92 points
$40
An enormous Syrah with big impact; ripe, toasty, rich and lengthy.
Ledson 2015 Estate Old Vine Syrah
92 points
$46
A tasty Syrah with great acidity; always big but never heavy.
Le Vigne 2016 Ame de la Vigne Red Blend Paso Robles
92 points
$47
A dense and chewy Rhone blend full of nuance in every nook and cranny.
Michael Gill Cellars 2017 Black Tie Estate Bottled Alicante Bouchet
92 points
$52
A charmingly herbal and rustic Alicante Bouschet that will bewitch the open-minded and unconventional set.
Lobo 2016 Howl Wulff Vineyards Custom Red Blend Napa Valley
92 points
$65
A beautifully restrained Napa red that offers elegant refinement in a glass.
Michael Gill Cellars 2016 Black Tie Estate Bottled Syrah
92 points
$68
An outgoing hot-climate Syrah that pleases the palate with jammy fruit and earthy charm.
Basalt Cellars 2016  Syrah
91 points
$36
A skillfully constructed Syrah with terrific integration and piles of fruity and savory appeal.
Waving Tree NV Rivergazer Red Blend Columbia Valley
91 points
$40
A mature, spicy Rhône blend that doesn't skimp on fruit.
Maryhill 2016 Kiona Vineyards Petite Sirah
91 points
$42
Big oak and sturdy tannins give this wine the oomph it will need to reach its fullest potential in the cellar.
Michael Gill Cellars 2018 Estate Bottled Counoise
91 points
$48
A fresh, juicy, joyful wine with a great sense of authenticity; a terrific summer pick.
Maryhill 2017  Viognier
90 points
$19
A pure, floral Viognier that will serve as an elegant summer dinner pairing.
Le Vigne 2016  Petite Sirah
90 points
$26
A nice balance of fruit and oak will appeal to lovers of big wine; drink now with rich beef or venison.
Akash Winery 2016  Petite Sirah
90 points
$52
A flamboyant and wildly aromatic Petite Syrah.
Maryhill 2016 Proprietors Reserve Elephant Mountain Vineyards Syrah
89 points
$38
A big and bold Syrah; unabashedly fruity and delicious.
Maryhill 2016 McKinley Springs Vineyard Cinsault
89 points
$42
A lovingly oaked cinsault with a really nice range of roasty flavors; interesting and easy to love.
Maryhill 2016 Proprietors Reserve Grenache
89 points
$42
A fresh, fruity grenache with wide appeal.
Wildwood Oak Winery 2016 Abba Mokelumne River Syrah
89 points
$45
A port-like Syrah that will be divine with blue cheeses and roast pork with fruits.
Canihan Family 2015 Exuberance Syrah
89 points
$55
A big inky Syrah for grilled meats.
Cline 2018  Viognier
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
A fresh and fruity Viognier; fuller-bodied but lovely for the warmer months.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Grande River Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled Syrah
88 points
$17.99
A captivating regional wine with great structure and food-friendly style.
88 points $17.99
Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release Roussanne
88 points
$19
A plush and welcoming Roussanne that glides across the palate.
Maryhill 2017 Proprietors Reserve McKinley Springs Vineyard Roussanne
88 points
$22
A silky-smooth and toasty roussanne.
Biltmore Estate 2017 Limited Release Petite Sirah
88 points
$24
An atypically juicy Petite Sirah that will play very well at the table.
Maryhill 2016 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah
88 points
$38
A cellarable Syrah with tight tannins; drink 2024 and on.
Maryhill 2016 McKinley Springs Vineyard Syrah
88 points
$38
A creamy, oak-driven Syrah for rich and decadent meals.
Maryhill 2016 McKinley Springs Vineyard Mourvedre
88 points
$38
Pinot Noir lovers will find a palate-pleasing alternative in this Horse Heaven Hills Mourvedre.
Maryhill 2016 Elephant Mountain Vineyards Mourvedre
88 points
$42
A nicely restrained yet fruity Mourvedre in an old world style.
Falkner 2016  Syrah
88 points
$44.95
A distinctive Syrah with a food-friendly style; pair away.
88 points $44.95
Biltmore Estate 2017  Syrah
87 points
$19
A fruit-forward Syrah; approachable and juicy.
Frey 2015 Biodynamic Syrah
87 points
$20
A bold Syrah with a nice sense of balance.
Lawer Estates 2017 Betsys Vineyard Viognier
87 points
$28
A light and airy Viognier for summer pairings.
Château Élan 2017 Fingerprint Collection Grenache
87 points
$60
A somewhat Port-like Grenache with great fruity character and pop of juicy acidity; pair with blue cheeses.
Frey 2016 Organic Syrah
86 points
$15
Best Buy
A chewy Syrah for the table.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2018 Limited Release Marsanne
86 points
$19
A creamy, toasty Marsanne with an elegant attitude.
Maryhill 2016  Syrah
85 points
$27
A rich and toothsome Syrah.
Frey 2016 Organic Viognier
84 points
$15
A fruity, funky Viognier that will be best with southwestern fare.
Frey 2016 Organic Petite Sirah
84 points
$15
A chewy somewhat angular Petite Sirah for the boldest dishes.
Ledson 2015 Estate Old Vine Petite Sirah
84 points
$46
Body and balance are pronounced in this Sonoma Valley fruit and spice driven Petite Sirah.
WineSmith 2017 Bates Ranch Brut Zero Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Grenache
84 points
$60
A somewhat esoteric, mineral-driven sparkler that could be dreamy with the right dish.
Cline 2018 Estate Grown Viognier
83 points
$12.99
A smooth white quaffer for easy-sipping.
83 points $12.99
Cline 2018 Estate Grown White Blend Sonoma Coast
83 points
$14.99
A solid smooth-sipping Rhone blend that offers plenty of orchard fruit flavors.
83 points $14.99
Grande River Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled Viognier
83 points
$17.99
A crisp and table-friendly white.
83 points $17.99
Crux Winery 2016  Viognier
83 points
$30
A heavily oaked, nutty Viognier for substantial pairings.
Bel Vino NV Panache Reserve Red Blend California
82 points
$39.95
An effortless quaffer for weeknight pairings.
82 points $39.95
Frey 2016 Biodynamic Petite Sirah
81 points
$20
A dense and earthy wine.
WineSmith 2018 Bates Ranch Rosé Grenache
81 points
$30
A tart rose to serve with a good chill.
Maryhill 2016 Elephant Mountain Vineyards Indira Red Blend Rattlesnake Hills
81 points
$44
A funky earthy wine for those who don't like fruity profiles.
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