2013 Rhone Shootout Results Scores: Men Judges Bang for your Buck

2013 Romancing the Rhones Results
Scores: Women Judges
Scores: Women Judges Bang for Your Buck
Scores: Men Judges
Scores: Men Judges Bang for Your Buck

DOUBLE GOLD = 92 points+ by both the Male and Female Judges

heartheartheartheart = Love at First Sip - Gold

heartheartheart= An Affair to Remember - Silver

Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Estate Syrah
Alexander Valley, $20.00
2575 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(96)
Male: Intense cracked black pepper, bacon, plum aromas…Yum! The aromas continue onto the palate and are joined by coriander and meaty spices. Incredibly balanced wine showing fruit, oak and alcohol in proportion through the long finish.
Domaine de La Renjarde 2011 Red Blend
Cotes du Rhone Villages, $18.99
?? cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Male: Cool wine! Elevated, wonderful ripe cherry nose. Nicely restrained palate with great definition. Red fruit with forest floor notes on the elegant palate. Great finish!
South Coast Winery 2012 Grenache Blanc
Temecula Valley, $18.00
420 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(93)
Male: Pale onion skin color with a light pink tinge. Delicate dried strawberry, and melon aromas. No oak detectable. Bright and soft - easy drinking. Fresh fruit forward but with a dry touch. Lovely!
Cline Cellars 2011 Ancient Vines Mourvedre
Contra Costa County, $16.00
19700 cases produced
(92)
Male: Ideal! Brown spice and blackberry on the nose. Black fruit continues onto the palate with layers of baking spices, cocoa and dark chocolate.
Field Stone Winery 2012 Heritage Block Petite Sirah Rose
Alexander Valley, $20.00
223 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Dark rosé color in the glass, almost candy apple red. Animal notes on the nose with crab apple and raspberry back notes. The palate reflects the aromas. Juicy ripe red fruit mid-palate. Clean with a dry hint of tannin on the finish. Fun and yummy!
South Coast Winery 2012 Roussanne
Temecula Valley, $20.00
425 cases produced
(92)
Male: Lovely lavender, honeysuckle and spice aromas. Bright pear and banana with citrus and honey undertones. Lots happening on the palate, yet clean and refreshing.
Zaca Mesa Winery 2010 Estate Zaca Mesa Vineyards Red Blend
Santa Ynez Valley, $20.00
3447 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Aromas of wild berries, cinnamon and sweet fruit are replicated on the palate with the addition of cured meat and smoke accents. A beautifully balanced wine - acid, tannin, oak, and alcohol are all in sync. Clean and restrained.
Miro Cuvee Sasha 2011 Select Red
North Coast, $20.00
800 cases produced
(91)
Male: Raspberry and cracked pepper aromas move to bright cherry and sweet strawberry fruit on the palate. The intense fruit is balanced with perfect acid and tannins. Really mouthwatering and juicy. Delicious!
Kandarian Wine Cellars 2012 Unfiltered Picpoul Blanc
Walla Walla, WA, $15.00
90 cases produced
(90)
Male: Pretty tinge of green in the glass with a slight haze. Apple, apricot, white flowers, and wet rock aromas. Dry and crisp. An almond note adds complexity. Medium plus length. It is possible that neutral oak was used here. Nice!
Les Coteaux, Fide et Arte 2010 Red Blend
Cotes du Rhone Villages, $16.99
5500 cases produced
(90)
Male: A core of cherry fruit, light earthy background. Soft tannin, medium bodied. A touch of orange peel on the mid-palate adds interest to the red fruit. There is a dusty, earthy quality on the warm, long finish. Complex and well made. "I like!"
South Coast Winery 2012 Viognier
Temecula Valley, $20.00
438 cases produced
(90)
Male: Warm spice with floral notes introduce a wine with a classic Viognier personality. Pink grapefruit and tangerine flavors are well proportioned. Lovely complex wine with perfect balance.
South Coast Winery 2011 GVR
Temecula Valley, $20.00
1056 cases produced
(90)
Male: Pale straw yellow in color. Apricot, allspice and tropical notes then aromas with hints of red and gold apples, dried pears, floral and vanilla notes. Fat and waxy notes indicate Marsanne and/or Roussanne participation to me. Sweet vanilla and fruit on the palate. Lots of texture. Clean with a long finish and great acidity of the floral and lingering finish. Very nice wine!
Zaca Mesa Winery 2011 Estate Zaca Mesa Vineyards Viognier
Santa Ynez Valley, $16.00
600 cases produced
(90)
Male: Nicely layered and complex. Apricot and floral aromas arise from the glass opening to mango, lime and a ripe, slightly sweet earth note. The palate shows dried gold apple and lots of fruit with malic acid and a hint of tannin on the finish. Well balanced.
Cline Cellars 2010 Syrah
Sonoma County, $12.00
19700 cases produced
(89)
Male: Blackberry, blueberry and coffee aromas with some very high toned minerality. Classic French style. Balanced with good acidity on the long finish.
Cline Cellars 2011 Cashmere Red Blend
California, $16.00
33000 cases produced
(89)
Male: Strawberry, cherry aromas with a hint of violet and fennel. The palate reflects the nose. Soft tannins and vibrant acidity with long fruit and mineral on the finish.
Lucas & Lewellen 2012 Estate Vineyards Viognier
Santa Barbara County, $19.00
402 cases produced
(89)
Male: Subtle aromatics of citrus and melon. Rich palate with a touch of sweetness. A great quaffer!
Pedroncelli 2010 Family Vineyards Petite Sirah
Dry Creek Valley, $17.00
600 cases produced
(89)
Male: Blackberry and cedar on the nose, joined by licorice and cola in the mouth. Balanced finish. Nicely restrained with enough umphff. Well made. Both fun and serious.
Sierra Vista Vineyard and Winery 2011 Estate Mountain Vineyard Roussanne
El Dorado, $20.00
300 cases produced
(89)
Male: Dried herbs and toasted almonds on the nose. Richly defined palate of pear, citrus, papaya, and spice. Seamless wine, linear with a long and balanced finish.
Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery 2009 Estate Grenache
El Dorado, $20.00
350 cases produced
(89)
Male: Ruby in the glass with a pink/orange rim. The nose is complex…cherry, strawberry, saddle leather, horse sweat, dust, and stewed fruit arise from the glass. The palate is layered with anise, five-spice, cedar, prune, sweet oak, and dried leaves. There is a nice note of cranberry on the finish. Pure and snappy with great acidity. Very nice.
South Coast Winery 2008 Red Blend
Temecula Valley, $16.00
929 cases produced
(89)
Male: Violets and light cherry with pine forest in the nose. The palate is nicely formed with the addition of roasted game notes and blackberry flavors. Nice wine!
The Winery SF 2009 Red Blend
North Coast, $15.99
1000 cases produced
(89)
Male: Deep brooding black fruit and spice in an elevated aromatic. Rich texture with great balance. Old World meets New World.
Cline Cellars 2012 Viognier
North Coast, $12.00
21000 cases produced
(88)
Male: The color is dark straw with a pale copper hue. The flavors show ripe peach, apricot and melon, a virtual fresh fruit cocktail. Beautiful texture.
Domaine Berrien Cellars 2011 Estate Marsanne
Lake Michigan Shore, $13.50
465 cases produced
(88)
Male: Golden honey in color. Very dense nose of earth, pineapple and smoke. Tropical fruit flavors give way to a racy finish.
Four Sisters Ranch 2009 Syrah
Paso Robles, $16.00
3000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Oak, spice, very ripe fruit, and dark chocolate on the nose and the palate. Very nice.
Kandarian Wine Cellars 2011 Roussanne
Rogue Valley, OR, $15.00
125 cases produced
(88)
Male: Very aromatic. Honey, almonds and citrus nose. Flavors open up on the palate showing vibrant white peach with a touch of citrus. Nice length. Perfect balance.
Sobon Estate 2012 Viognier
Amador County, $16.00
2050 cases produced
(87)
Male: Lovely honeysuckle and light orange aromatics at first opening to light spice and toast. Rich palate of pear and tropical fruit. I would love to see a touch more acid here.
Sobon Estate 2011 Syrah
Amador County, $16.00
900 cases produced
(86)
Male: Lively blackberry, cedar and cola on the nose. Red fruit in the mouth with the cedar and cola repeating. Sour cherry notes on the finish.
Domaine Berrien Cellars 2010 Estate Syrah
Lake Michigan Shore, $20.00
161 cases produced
(85)
Male: Aromas of cedar, red plum and a hint of cocoa. The palate is lean with light tannins. Some very hard to describe flavors including floral and menthol notes. Not true to character but still enjoyable.
Pend d'Oreille Winery 2012 Willard Vineyard Roussanne
Columbia Valley, $18.00
77 cases produced
(85)
Male: Aromas of summer peach and ripe apricot with light honey back notes. Peach and apricot flavors on opening with honey notes. Brown spices join mid and continue through the finish.
Domaine Berrien Cellars 2011 Estate Viognier
Lake Michigan Shore, $15.50
271 cases produced
(84)
Male: Orange blossoms with back notes of yeast on the nose. The palate is fresh and lively with zippy grapefruit, citrus and a touch of minerality on the finish.
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