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March 2020 - Willcox Wine County Wine Competition

March 2020 - Willcox Wine County Wine Competition
This month's Wine feature is Willcox Wine County Wine Competition Wines

Willcox Wine County Wine Competition Reviews

Golden Rule Vineyards 2016 Commonwealth Rhone Blend Willcox
92 points
$29
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry-rhubarb pie, baked plums, marzipan, goji berry, cured meats, and dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish manifesting accents of licorice and black pepper with light oak flavor. A bold and chewy Rhone varietal blend with finesse.
Awards: 2020 Best Willcox Red Wine, 2020 Grower's Cup
Pillsbury Wine Company 2018 Bonnie Lee Malvasia
91 points
$35
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, jasmine, and gardenia with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, long finish with accents of ginger and ripe apples. A bold and concentrated nectar of florality; sophisticated with excellent velvety texture.
Awards: 2020 Best Willcox White Wine
Golden Rule Vineyards 2016 Lucky Prospector Willcox
90 points
$21
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dates, black tea, rose petal, almonds in syrup, and pomegranate vinaigrette with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish with notes of chocolate creme, pickled ginger, and honey butter with light oak flavor. A rich and exotically fruity red blend that is sure to please.
Golden Rule Vineyards 2017  Syrah
89 points
$29
Dusty dark ruby color. Attractive aromas of baked plums, strawberry preserves and black pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long rhubarb compote, watermelon rind, and vanilla bean finish. A lighter-bodied but rock-solid Syrah with great varietal character; highly drinkable.
Golden Rule Vineyards 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$29
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of date syup, roasted beets in vinaigrette, sour cherry, and pencil shavings with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long waxy chocolate and red bean bun finish with medium tannins and light oak flavor. An Italianate Cabernet with kombucha-like aromatics and food-friendly acidity.
Golden Rule Vineyards 2016  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$29
Garnet black color. Aromas of cherry vinaigrette, banana bread, granola, garden vegetables, and ink with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long bright sour cherry, green peppercorn, and dark chocolate finish with well-integrated tannins. A cherry-centric Cabernet Franc with great acidity and pure fruit flavors.
Pillsbury Wine Company 2018  Viognier
87 points
$35
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked peaches, white flowers, pastry dough, vanilla, and squash blossoms with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of lime-spritzed jicama, crisp lettuces, papillon cookie, and iced chamomile tea with a suggestion of oak flavor. A soft and pillowy Viognier that will pair well with paella.
Pillsbury Wine Company 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
$35
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon curd, meringue, pastry dough, and pineapple on angel food cake with a lean, bright, dry light body and a smooth, brisk finish evoking notes of lemon zest with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lean and dry Chardonnay that will pair with shellfish.
Pillsbury Wine Company 2017 Reserve Mourvedre
87 points
$42
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed plums, strawberry jam, cinnamon-raisin toast, and grilled meats with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish evoking impressions of fennel, tiramisu and dark chocolate with moderate oak flavor. A toasty, chocolatey Mourvedre for the table.
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 2019 Best Friends Viognier
86 points
$15
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas of lime confection, cray pas, peach yogurt, and straw with a crisp, fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-long nectarine and lemon drop finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A nice crisp Viognier with style that will appeal to fans of Sauvignon Blanc.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Pillsbury Wine Company 2017 Diva Cochise County, Arizona
85 points
$45
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of chocolate cherry cookies, fig bar with carob, and smoked meats with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length toasted almonds, strawberry preserves, and dark chocolate finish with moderate oak flavor. Nice length and chewy tannins make this a solid choice for the table; try with summer grilled meats.
Golden Rule Vineyards 2018 Copper Queen Rosé Grenache
84 points
$29
Steely orange color. Aromas of pickling spices, cooked strawberry, fallen apple, and pineapple vinaigrette with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, rapid yeasty pastry, banana meringue pie, and persimmon finish. A funky Rosé quaffer to serve ice cold.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2018  Lemberger
84 points
$29
Violet color. Aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries, compressed watermelon, and rhubarb with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length black pepper and cherry preserves finish with no oak flavor. A fun, light-bodied red that’s all about fruit; serve with a chill.
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 2017 Little Block Petite Sirah
84 points
$38
Garnet black color. Aromas of pot roast, smoked almonds, and date syrup with a round, off-dry medium-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length vanilla-sandalwood finish. A bold, savory-sweet wine to serve with spicy fare.
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 2015  Shiraz
84 points
$38
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of tamarind, barbecue chicken, and dried figs and dates with a slightly chewy, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with impressions of raisins. A careening port-like Shiraz to pair with cheese.
Pillsbury Wine Company 2017 Reserve Grenache
84 points
$42
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of dried strawberry, black pepper, crispy dried garlic, cinnamon, forest-berry tea, and autumn leaves with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long black pepper, clove, and caramelized mushrooms on toast with creme fraiche finish with well-integrated tannins. A distinctive Grenache with rustic flavors for creative pairings; Pinot Noir lovers, give this a try.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2018  PicPoul Blanc
82 points
$29
Straw color. Aromas of bruised apple, coconut oil, phenols, and fortune cookies with an oily, crisp, thin body and a smooth, brisk wax finish. A distinctive white quaffer from Cochise County.
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 2015 Three Sisters Syrah
80 points
$20
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of barbecue chicken, grilled romaine, hot soil, prune, and corn tortilla with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, breezy finish. A brawny, fruity Syrah with a bold savory streak.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2018  Mourvedre
80 points
$34
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of cherry Jell-O and button mushrooms with a satiny, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy pickled strawberry, dried apricot, and toasted nuts finish. A bright Mourvedre to pair with cheese.
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