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December 2020 - US Rhone Varietals

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

US Rhone Varietals Reviews

Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown Syrah
95 points
$46
Black ruby color. Interesting aromas of fresh cut fir, candied cherry, ripe fig, fine tea, sandalwood, and sweet almond biscotti with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long honey roasted macadamia nut, orange liqueur, rose, clove, and tobacco finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A beautifully integrated Syrah with distinctive style and grace; a must try.
Brecon Estate 2018  Mourvedre
94 points
$64
Black violet color. Aromas of bramble, violets, and lilac with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-full body and an even, interesting, medium-long sliced plum, black toast, and hints of bacon finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold, food-friendly Mourvedre with staying power.
Grgich Hills 2016 Miljenkos Selection Petite Sirah
94 points
$65
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pomegranate, violet, cocoa butter, compressed watermelon, vanilla, and basil with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of rosemary with light oak flavor. A dense and tannic wine with lifted and lively aromatics the balance and satisfy; a stylish pairing for grilled meats.
Locus Wines 2016 Sud Red Blend Rattlesnake Hills
93 points
$22
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cola, blackberry tart, roasted dates, and hints of perfume with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A well-integrated, balanced Rhone Varietal Blend with juicy fruits, hints of spice, and velvety tannins.
Brecon Estate 2018  Petite Sirah
93 points
$58
Black violet color. Aromas of berry compote with creme anglaise and nuts in dark chocolate with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a silky, distinctive, long hibiscus, black tea, and hints of dried mango finish with light oak flavor. A rich and flavorful Petite Sirah for lovers of bold, fruity, grippy wines.
Locus Wines 2015 Red Blend Yakima Valley
92 points
$25
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of baked plum tart, huckleberry, earth, hints of dried herbs, and clove with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of Chinese five spice and fig custard with moderate oak flavor. A bold red that exhibits excellent restraint; a sophisticated and concentrated blend for rich meals.
Locus Wines 2016 Strand Vineyard Syrah
92 points
$30
Dusty deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of plump blackberries, pomegranate glaze, spice cookies, pipe tobacco, and hint of pine with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. Decant or cellar this rich Syrah to unveil further depth of flavor.
Akash Winery 2017  Petite Sirah
92 points
$59
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of Damson plum, ripe raspberry, fine tobacco, hints of dark chocolate, purple flowers, sun dried tomato, and Chinese five spice with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish with notes of rooibos tea and hibiscus with a suggestion of oak flavor. Alluring aromas welcome the imbiber to the glass in this concentrated and stylish Petite Sirah.
Brecon Estate 2018 Forty-Two Red Blend Central Coast
92 points
$60
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, blackberry jam, pink peppercorns, dill, and hints of saffron with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, complex, long finish with accents of tart plum and chocolate wafer cookie with moderate oak flavor. A bold, spicy Rhone Blend that delivers! Drink now or cellar for a few years.
Brecon Estate 2018 Reserve Syrah
92 points
$74
Black ruby color. Inviting aromas of chocolate pudding, roasted strawberries, dried leaves, and cumin with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, long plum butter and cinnamon pastry finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and commanding Syrah with a great balance of fruit and spice.
Pend d’Oreille 2018  Syrah
91 points
$22
Deep purple color. Aromas of blueberry jam, toasty crepes, fruity green olives, and cedar with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length cola and sweet tobacco finish with light oak flavor. A fruity, proudly Washingtonian Syrah with bright blue fruit and effortless drinkability.
Wildwood Oak Winery 2018 "Mamma Mia" Abba Vineyard Syrah
91 points
$37
Black violet color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of dark chocolate with almonds, cherry confection, raspberry gelee, and apple fritters with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that shows impressions of vanilla and sassafras with moderate oak flavor. A well-integrated, fruity Syrah with wide appeal.
Page Mill Winery 2018 GPS Red Blend Livermore Valley
91 points
$38
Black ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered raisins, rich custard with rhubarb, and spearmint candies with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, intricate, long finish with notes of tart plum, earth, milk chocolate, and cracked peppercorns with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A grippy, complex red that keeps things interesting; try this distinctive wine with a variety of bold dishes.
Jacob Franklin 2019 Judge Family Vineyard Grenache
91 points
$48
Ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of honey-drizzled fresh berries, slate, and hints of sweet pea blossom with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, delightful, medium-long finish conveying notes of strawberry and rose hips with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward and exuberant Grenache with distinctive floral nuance.
Lawer Estates 2019 Betsys Vineyard Viognier
90 points
$30
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach tart, mango, orange blossom, oleander flowers, white chocolate, and banana pot de creme with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish that presents notes of ripe apricot and buttery frosting with light oak flavor. A rich and exuberant Viognier that will delight lovers of the varietal.
Basalt Cellars 2017  Syrah
90 points
$36
Indigo color. Smoky aromas of grilled black plum, licorice, sarsaparilla, cracked pepper, sage, dried dates, and tobacco with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, medium-long black toast and hazelnut spread finish with moderate oak flavor. A supple and round Syrah that’s beautifully integrated.
Jacob Franklin 2018 Judge Family Vineyard Grenache
90 points
$48
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum, Montmorency cherry, spiced strawberry tart, and geranium with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish light body and a graceful, medium-length finish imparting impressions of seedy toast with light oak flavor. Graceful Sonoma style, great integration and balance.
Brecon Estate 2018  Grenache
90 points
$49
Bright garnet color. Attractive aromas of cranberry, wild strawberry, ripe plum, raspberry leaf, and hints of raisin pastry with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long hints of caramel, forest berry tea, tonka bean, and saffron finish with light oak flavor. A downright charming, somewhat Francophone Grenache for celebratory quaffing and joyous pairing.
Narmada Winery 2019  Viognier
89 points
$30
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pear, tangerine peel, hints of white peach, and almond with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish displaying accents of lemon-spritzed apples and pears with no oak flavor. A friendly, pleasing white with wide appeal.
Basalt Cellars 2018 GSM Red Blend Columbia Valley
89 points
$36
Deep purple color. Oaky aromas of mocha latte, blueberry coffee cake, sticky date pudding, and cherry-cola with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-long berry compote and licorice finish with heavy oak flavor. A bold and fruity GSM blend with toasty, espresso-like oak notes.
Crux Winery 2017  Syrah
89 points
$42
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon pastry, tobacco, and blistered blackberries with a slightly chewy, lively, medium-to-full body and a polished, compelling, medium-length finish evoking notes of orange marmalade and baking spices with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, high acid Syrah for bold, rich grilled meats.
Crux Winery 2016  Petite Sirah
89 points
$45
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, dried cherries, panettone, and candied orange peel with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of sticky date pudding and yeasty dinner rolls with moderate oak flavor. A firm, dried-fruit focused Petite Sirah best for the cooler months.
Monte De Oro 2016 1516 Estate Grown Grenache
88 points
$35
Clear light siam color. Interesting aromas of rhubarb tart, elderberry, honey, peach melba, and hints of sassafras with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long pomegranate, grapefruit, lime curd, and kiwi finish. A distinctively fruity and outgoing Grenache that offers a unique sipping experience.
Akash Winery 2018 Dreamville Syrah
88 points
$39
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of plum, herbs, chocolate, and hints of tobacco with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, relaxed finish that exhibits notes of peppercorns and cherry-studded quick-bread with firm tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A brawny, chewy Syrah for the table.
Muse Vineyards 2019 Thalia White Blend Shenandoah Valley
87 points
$25
Golden straw color. Aromas of yogurt with roasted apples, toast with peach preserves, and butterscotch with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length cheesecake finish with light oak flavor. A smooth and creamy Roussanne-Marsanne blend to pair with roasted fare.
Basalt Cellars 2018 Ricks Red Blend Lewis Clark Valley
87 points
$38
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of huckleberry, ripe fig, spice cake, and cedar with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length agave nectar and marzipan finish with moderate oak flavor. A unique GSM with classic notes of the Northwest combined with an distinctive earthy nuance.
Crux Winery 2017 GSM Red Blend Russian River Valley
87 points
$45
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried cranberry, coriander, and dill with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, breezy pickled strawberry and pink peppercorns finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid GSM that will pair effortlessly.
Barefoot NV  Shiraz
84 points
$6.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of cranberry tart, gingerbread, and wood chips with a chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length chocolate soft serve, butterscotch, and black pepper finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and chewy American Shiraz for weeknight beef.
84 points $6.99
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