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June 2021 - All US Rhone Varietals

June 2021 - All US Rhone Varietals
This month's Wine feature is All US Rhone Varietals Wines

All US Rhone Varietals Reviews

Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown Monte De Oro Vineyard Petite Sirah
93 points
$40
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of violets, fresh blueberry, blackberry coulis, vanilla, black raspberry jam, and black plum with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of black pepper and eucalyptus with fine, grippy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A full-bodied, lipsmackingly juicy, ready-to-drink Petite Sirah; pair with a cozy armchair or a hearty meal.
Awards: 2021 Best Petite Syrah
Fulkerson 2017 Reserve Syrah
91 points
$25
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of black plum, blackberry, dried oregano, ground black pepper, and earth with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, long finish with notes of black cherry, black tea, violets, and charcuterie with fine, well-integrated, drying tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lean, Northern Rhone-style Syrah; drink now with grilled meats, or enjoy over the next 3 to 6 years.
Monte De Oro 2015 Estate Grown Reserve Monte De Oro Vineyard Petite Sirah
91 points
$90
Dark black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, blackberry, and freshly turned earth with a satiny, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-length finish manifesting notes of dark plum, black pepper, cedar chest, sage, and minerals with grippy, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A dark, juicy, and full bodied Petite Sirah with staying power.
Sobon Estate 2018 ReZerve Petite Sirah
90 points
$28
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of honey, coconut gelato, white flowers, pickled plums, and vanilla custard with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with light oak flavor. A juicy, jammy modern Petite Sirah that satisfies on its own or will make a fun accompaniment to lamb; Zin lovers need apply!
Monte De Oro 2017 Cuvée De Oro Red Blend Temecula Valley
90 points
$34
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted cashews, vanilla, cedar, clove, cinnamon, and smoked leeks with a supple, lively, off-dry light body and a smooth, captivating, breezy finish displaying accents of dried strawberries, black pepper, clay, and peppercorns with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A distinctive GSM blend with super ripe fruit notes and a complex and charming palate.
Monte De Oro 2016 Estate Grown Reserve Syrah
90 points
$90
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted meats, blackberry, black plum, vanilla, fig jam, and dahlia with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy finish that shows impressions of bacon, prune, black olive, and pomegranate with dusty, firm, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A precisely balanced Syrah with great varietal character.
Barefoot NV  Shiraz
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of fresh blackberry, leather, black pepper, fresh suede, caramel, and cooked black plum with a velvety, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long fresh blueberry, blueberry jam, rooibos tea, tree bark, pencil shavings, and vanilla finish with well-integrated, grippy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich and brawny Shiraz that manages to stay fresh and elegant.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Pend D’Oreille 2019  Syrah
89 points
$23
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of black cherry, strawberry, green olive, grilled black plum, roasted espresso, and clove with a supple, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, instant black cherry, black pepper, concord grape, and tea finish with fine, well-integrated, medium tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A brooding, dark fruited Syrah; try with weekend lamb roast.
Lobo 2018 Howl Custom Red Blend Napa Valley
89 points
$70
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black plum, grilled plum, tree bark, vanilla, milk chocolate shavings, and violet with a supple, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, relaxed finish revealing overtones of anise, dried oregano, black pepper, and blackberry with grippy, dusty, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A full-bodied red blend to enjoy now with a steak, or put down for a few years.
Wildwood Oak Winery 2019 "Amelias Cove" Abba Vineyard Syrah
88 points
$37
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of leather, dried blueberries, clove, vanilla, espresso beans, and charcuterie with a round, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with accents of baked plum, cast iron pan, and blackberries with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich and brooding Syrah that speaks of sunbaked vines and wild landscapes.
Monte De Oro 2016 Estate Grown Reserve Monte De Oro Vineyard Petite Sirah
88 points
$90
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of black plum, fresh blueberry, vanilla, dark chocolate, dried herbs, hickory, and salumi with a round, crisp, dry medium-full body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length finish imparting notes of dried earth and blackberry coulis with fine, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A plush Petite Sirah with firm tannins, drink now or cellar.
Black Box 2018  Shiraz
87 points
$19.99
Dark ruby garnet color. Aromas of fresh raspberry, raspberry vinaigrette, smoky paprika, fresh blueberry, leather, fresh soil, and sunbaked rocks with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, breezy raspberry, blood orange zest, blueberry yogurt, and dried cranberry finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright, food-friendly Shiraz for weeknight dinners.
87 points $19.99
Sobon Estate 2020  Viognier
85 points
$17
Yellow straw color. Aromas of banana cream pie, peach preserves, and cantaloupe with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long butter, pressed flowers, toasted challah, and apple blossom finish with moderate oak flavor. An undulating but balanced Viognier that will pair stupendously with Moroccan fare.
Penns Woods 2020 Reserve Viognier
85 points
$28
Light yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried apricot, lemon zest, white flowers, honey, and fresh ginger with a round, lively, petillant, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of banana, cantaloupe, quince paste, and clove with no oak flavor. A dry and fruity Viognier with subtle floral nuances that can stand on its own.
Gersing Cellars 2019 Dineen Vineyard Viognier
84 points
$25
Medium yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied orange peel, lime vinaigrette, orange marmalade, and agave nectar with a round, tart, off-dry medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish evoking notes of pear, wet stone, and honeycomb with no oak flavor. A Viognier with a silky mouthfeel and zesty brightness for spritzers.
Narmada Winery 2020  Viognier
84 points
$30
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of yellow apple, red pear, daffodils, clove, and ginger with a supple, tangy, dry medium body and a tingling, crisp finish with accents of green apple, lemon candy, and snap peas with no oak flavor. A refreshingly tangy and crisp Viognier for the table.
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