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December 2020 - Southwest & West Regional US Wines

December 2020 - Southwest & West Regional US Wines
This month's Wine feature is Southwest & West Regional US Wines

Southwest & West Regional US Wines Reviews

Black Mesa 2015 Burd Montepulciano
91 points
$29
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, raspberry-rhubarb tart, white flowers, Tuscan beans, pine, and warm focaccia with olives with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with shades of violet, slate, roasted almonds in dark chocolate, and leather with light oak flavor. A balanced, complex, dead ringer for Italian Montepulciano; this excellent wine will elevate your meals, surprising and delighting lovers of Italian wines; drink now!
Black Mesa 2015  Malbec
90 points
$35
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of grape jam, ripe raspberry, compressed watermelon, and toasty pie crusts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, subtle, medium-long finish evoking elements of slate, sweet herbs, and baked butternut squash with moderate oak flavor. A bold, delightful combination of juicy fruit and rocky minerality; sure to please.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2018  Tannat
88 points
$42
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of jam, red apple, lavender, and soufflé with a lightly tannic, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with grippy tannins and light oak flavor. A lighter-bodied, fruit forward Tannat with wide appeal and big grip.
Black Mesa NV Woodnymph Riesling
86 points
$17
Golden yellow color. Aromas of pickled pineapple, pear, green peppercorn, white flowers, and capers with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk dried apricot and fruit cake finish. Bright tangy pineapple aromas are followed by dried fruit flavors on the palate; serve well-chilled with cheese.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2019 Peek-A-Boo Picpoul Blanc
85 points
$29
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas of peach yogurt, fresh cut grass, and plantains with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, easy dried apple and apricot finish with no oak flavor. A pillowy and creamy quaffer for light pairings.
Black Mesa NV  Viognier
84 points
$19
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple kombucha, gherkins, and dill with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant finish that shows shades of pineapple cake and pickled jalapeño with no oak flavor. A crisp and brightly savoury Viognier to try with Latin fare.
High Lonesome Vineyard 2019  Riesling
84 points
$29
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of lemon curd, white grapefruit, and pineapple kombucha with a satiny, tangy, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A sprightly, juicy Riesling with an all-natural vibe.
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