2013 Rhone Shootout Results Scores: Men Judges

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.
La Cote Sauvage, Fide et Arte 2010 Cairanne Red Blend
Cotes du Rhone Villages, $26.99
2000 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(95.5)
Male: Deep ruby with a purple rim. The aromatics arise from the glass showing plum, violets, granite, white pepper, bacon, and anise. The complexity continues in the mouth thick raspberry, bacon, earth, and licorice. Generously big and beefy with a lovely lingering acidity. Savory and yummy!
Prieure de Montezargues 2012 Rose
Tavel, $22.49
?? cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(95)
Male: Beautiful aromatics of strawberry, light spice, roses, and minerals. Lovely red fruit flavors. Precisely balanced.
VIE Winery 2009 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah
Santa Barbara, $45.00
48 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(95)
Male: Chocolate cherries in the nose. Wow! Bright cherry flavors enhanced with lively spice. Yum!
Chateau La Nerthe Rouge 2009 Red Blend
Chateauneuf du Pape, $59.99
?? cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Male: Beautiful aromas showing molasses, prune, stewed black cherry, and cinnamon. Loads of fruit with black pepper give good support to the oak. The tannins are big but well structured supported by the fruit components.
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!
Wente Vineyards Small Lot 2011 Grenache
Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, $40.00
?? cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Male: Beautiful ruby color in the glass. Brambly strawberry, fresh cherries, raspberry, and spice nose. Super clean fruit in the mouth with bright acid on the finish. Well-balanced. Spice, earth and cranberry show through on the medium plus length. Pure and snappy. Great acidity. Excellent with or without food.
Ecluse Wines 2010 Lock Vineyard Grenache
Paso Robles, $34.00
75 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(93)
Male: Snappy, spicy, deep and smoky. The nose shows dark ripe cherry with cinnamon and chocolate accents. Ripe, rich and deeply textured. The sweet fruit flavors bond with the charred oak in this lovely wine. The finish is dry with medium plus tannins.
Field Stone Winery 2010 Staten Family Reserve Petite Sirah
Alexander Valley, $35.00
497 cases produced
(93)
Male: The wine is opaque blue/black. The glass is stained by the purple legs when the glass is swirled. "Blueberry, prune and anise aromas made my mouth water." A syrupy and hedonistic monster with gripping tannins and white pepper on the finish. "I like!"
Hearthstone 2009 Lodestone Hearthstone Vineyard Red Blend
Paso Robles, $32.00
173 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(93)
Male: Delicious! Spiced cherry, cola, dark chocolate, and coffee on the nose. Lovely mid-palate of fruit and spice. Grippy tannins but well integrated. The finish lingers for another sip. Nicely structured and balanced. Perfect wine for lamb or grilled pork.
Kandarian Wine Cellars 2009 Pepper Melange Syrah
Bennett Valley, CA, $30.00
150 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(93)
Male: Deep, rich and intense. The aromas of spiced graham crackers with black fruit repeat on the palate, great! Finishes with berry and spice. Very balanced. A winner!
Rocca Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Grigsby Vineyard Syrah
Yountville, $50.00
230 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(93)
Male: An opaque purple color in the glass. Blueberry, plum, barnyard, and spice aromas open to tons of fruit and boysenberry syrup with black pepper and smoke coming in mid-palate through the long finish. Well-balanced fruit, alcohol and tannins. Lovely Syrah!
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!
Vigilance Vineyards 2011 Petite Sirah
Red Hills, Lake County, $24.99
6134 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(93)
Male: Milk chocolate, coffee, cocoa plus black fruit on the nose. Smoky white pepper leads to initial sweet cherry followed by spice and citrus zest on the big finish. Yummy! Perfect!
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.
Cloak & Dagger 2010 The Conspirators Reserve Dove Pond Vineyard Syrah
Paso Robles, $59.00
75 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Rich cassis, cola and clove on the nose. Quintessential Syrah flavors on the palate - repetition of the aromas plus coffee and other dark berries blend well. Rich and elegant.
Crane Brothers 2008 Crane Ranch Vineyard Syrah
Napa Valley, $36.00
99 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Smells huge - ripe blackberries and cracked black pepper. Coffee and lively sweet sour black fruit in the mouth. Rich and mouth filling. Beautiful tannins and juicy acidity, Gorgeous!
Davis Family Vineyards 2010 Marco Mistral Red Blend
Sonoma County, $35.00
158 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Herbs, leather and floral notes in a black fruit matrix. Nicely built black fruit, cherry and boysenberry framework. Bright cherry throughout the palate. Well balanced. Nice wine!
Davis Family Vineyards 2010 Estate Soul Patch Syrah
Russian River Valley, $42.00
360 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Sweet berries and herbs on the nose. Rich and thick berry driven wine. Super juicy and ripe with mocha lingering on finish showing smooth tannins. Almost jammy but balanced.
Ecluse Wines 2010 Improv Lock Vineyard Red Blend
Paso Robles, $36.00
300 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Spiced red cherry with back notes of coffee, cedar, cassis, and orange zest in the glass. Same on the palate adding smoky bacon and white pepper to the complexity. Vibrant acids that propel the exceptional length.
Fernwood Cellars 2009 Estate Red Blend
Santa Cruz Mountains, $38.00
200 cases produced
(92)
Male: Deep ruby pink with a purple rim. Caramel and plum aromas with mocha, mushroom, barnyard, and leather back notes open to gobs of fruit in the mouth with a powerful and appealing funky, spicy finish.
Fernwood Cellars 2008 Machado Creek Vineyard Petite Sirah
Central Coast, $30.00
350 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Deeply opaque blue/black with legs that stain purple. Black cherry, mocha, cinnamon, and dark roasted coffee aromas. Massive on the palate. Dry with gripping tannins. "Just what a Petite Sirah should be."
Field Stone Winery 2011 Staten Family Reserve Viognier
Alexander Valley, $25.00
186 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Pale straw yellow in color. Subtle floral aromas open to pear, lime and white peach. Astoundingly expressive and layered palate. The aromas repeat on the palate with the addition of dry dried apricot. Balanced, clean and fresh. Beautifully restrained.
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!
Hearthstone 2012 Estate Hearthstone Vineyard Roussanne
Paso Robles, $26.00
75 cases produced
(92)
Male: Nice varietal representation. Floral notes and honey aromas. Orange and lemon flavors. Lovely balance of fruit and spice. Nicely focused palate. Cool banana and ocean air on the finish. Nice!
Lucas & Lewellen 2009 Estate Vineyards Syrah
Santa Barbara County / Santa Ynez, $26.00
309 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Chocolate, coffee, rich fruit and dried roses on the sexy nose. Lush black cherry flavors. Great acidity. Long chocolaty finish. Nicely structured. Yummy!
Nottingham Cellars 2011 Awakening GSM Blend
Livermore Valley, $36.00
225 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Anise, blackberry and earth with some high toned spice in the glass. Lush berries and cocoa in the mouth. Bright and spicy, round and delish! Great food wine.
Nottingham Cellars 2011 Casa De Vinas Petite Sirah
Livermore Valley, $36.00
224 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Brown sugar, cherry pie, licorice, and gingerbread from opening aromas through the finish that is touched with the right amount of acid. Nicely framed wine.
Rockin' One Red 2010 Cass Vineyard Red Blend
Paso Robles, $42.00
665 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: A hedonistic wine showing stewed mixed berries on the nose with gobs of sweet fruit and oak on the palate. Long and precise finish. New World style. Very nice!
Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery 2012 Estate North Slope Viognier
El Dorado, $21.00
300 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Male: Bright lemon, lime, spice, and floral aromas carry through onto the palate beautifully. Big body. Well made. Just enough acidity. "Could be French."
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.
Aver Family Vineyards 2010 Hope Red Blend
California, $38.00
100 cases produced
(91)
Male: Deep ruby leaning towards purple in color. Plum, blueberry and smoke on the nose. Loads of fruit in the mouth with coffee on the finish. Firm tannins, nice structure and complexity.
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!
R2 Wine Company 2011 Carignane
Santa Ynez Valley, $38.00
64 cases produced
(91)
Male: Bright cherry and black cherry with sweet vanilla aromas. Cherry (carbonic maceration) and boysenberry flavors with lovely acidity and nice grainy tannins.
Ventana 2010 Estate Ventana Vineyards Red Blend
Arroyo Seco, $22.00
2500 cases produced
(91)
Male: Richly proportioned fruit without being over the top. Smooth and balanced with red fruit accented by leather notes. Totally a wine that can be sipped and enjoyed without food.
Aver Family Vineyards 2010 Faith Red Blend
California, $38.00
100 cases produced
(90)
Male: Warm vanilla and brooding black cherry in the nose. The palate takes the aromatic profile forward with great structure through the complex palate and finish.
Carol Shelton Wines 2011 Coquille Blanc White Blend
Paso Robles, $24
495 cases produced
(90)
Male: Deep golden color in the glass. Intense apricot, Froot Loops, toasted coconut, cinnamon, and honey aromas. Lush and ripe fruit with a faint bitterness that is just right. The finish is Viognier dominant with nice balance and touch of new oak.
Chateau La Nerthe Blanc 2010 White Blend
Chateauneuf du Pape, $59.99
?? cases produced
(90)
Male: Beautiful complex aromas and flavors. The honey, earth, toasted coconut and ripe apricot nose leads to a juicy palate finishing with crisp acidity.
Exuberance by Canihan 2008 Exuberance Canihan Family Vineyard Syrah
Sonoma Valley, $49.00
260 cases produced
(90)
Male: Rich blackberry pie aromas highlighted by coffee bean, mushroom and bacon fat notes. Big and meaty with plum and spice notes. Nice!
Handley Cellars 2010 Kazmet Vineyard Syrah
Redwood Valley, $25.00
417 cases produced
(90)
Male: Raspberry, earth and stones lead to a sweet, thick palate with black cherry, blackberry and spice flavors. A slight olive note comes through on the finish.
Holly's Hill Vineyards 2011 Estate Red Blend
El Dorado, $30.00
394 cases produced
(90)
Male: Dramatic black cherry and baking spice combine with vanilla on the long rich palate. Black pepper adds the "Wow" factor. Blueberry notes linger.
Jessie's Grove Winery 2008 Ancient Vine Carignane
Lodi, $28.50
162 cases produced
(90)
Male: Brown sugar, coffee, licorice, and rich black cherry aromas draw you in. Great palate of lush cherry and black cherry. Precise finish.
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!"
Longevity 2010 Petite Sirah
Lodi, $30.00
68 cases produced
(90)
Male: The wine is opaque black with blue highlights. Red and black cooked fruit and camphor on the nose. A massive wine showing blackberry and nice cherry fruit. Solid tannins on the velvety finish.
Pickett Road White 2011 Estate Grown Kenefick Ranch White Blend
Calistoga, $24.00
288 cases produced
(90)
Male: Medium yellow with a faint greenish hue. Delicate citrus, under ripe peach, melon, creek bed, and minerals on the complex nose. The palate mirrors the aromas. A surprising amount of mouthfeel, well defined acidity and a long finish of tropical fruits and honey.
R2 Wine Company 2011 Rhapsody Red Blend
Santa Barbara County, $26.00
665 cases produced
(90)
Male: Lovely arrangement of black fruit, wild strawberry and raspberry aromas repeat on the palate with black tea, green tea and bright acid on the finish. Balanced.
R2 Wine Company 2011 Vin Blancs White Blend
Santa Barbara County, $24.00
438 cases produced
(90)
Male: Ripe, sweet peach aromas with a little note of honey underneath. Pretty and round in the mouth with pear and a light floral character. Juicy and supple with a soft lingering finish.
Rockin' One Blanc 2011 Cass Vineyard White Blend
Paso Robles, $32.00
450 cases produced
(90)
Male: Honey, spice and orange blossoms on the nose. Classic Rhone fruit elements in the nose. Nicely formed palate showing pineapple with tasty barrel elements. Richly structured. Well made.
Sayler-Tait Family Cellars 2010 Premiere Coastal Vineyard Syrah
Santa Barbara, $49.00
25 cases produced
(90)
Male: Blueberry syrup and cherry juice on the nose. Great fruit in the mouth. Hedonistic. Luscious. Mollydooker-style wine
Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery 2009 Estate Red Rock Ridge Syrah
El Dorado, $25.00
350 cases produced
(90)
Male: Pretty nose of dry earth, cherry, cranberry, and loganberry. Gorgeous mid-palate showing bright expansive fruit. A lighter style of Syrah with tremendous length on the finish.
Six Sigma Ranch and Winery 2010 Reserve Syrah
Lake County, $45.00
98 cases produced
(90)
Male: Big and thick. Leather, blackberry, raw beef, and tobacco leaf on the nose. Soft, supple, focused, and then expansive palate where lots of texture kicks in. Coffee on the finish.
Sol Rouge 2009 Syrah
Lake County, $32.00
175 cases produced
(90)
Male: This is a really neat wine showing raspberries and chocolate. Deliciously juicy and layered. Almost liqueur. Thick and sweet with a smoky finish.
Sol Rouge 2009 Mourvedre
Lake County, $29.00
47 cases produced
(90)
Male: The restrained and elegant nose opens to a lovely wine. Broad and mouth filling. Precise mid-palate of fruit and spice with a fair amount of barrel. Nice acidity and light tannins on the finish.
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!
VIE Winery 2009 Les Amours Syrah
Santa Barbara, $42.00
175 cases produced
(90)
Male: Intriguing Jolly Rancher watermelon component in the nose with light cherry apparent on aeration. Bright cherry and lively brown spice with a touch of gaminess in the mouth.
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.
Ashton Vineyard 2005 Estate Ashton Vineyard Syrah
Sonoma Mountain, $49.00
210 cases produced
(89)
Male: Deep ruby with a garnet rim. Nicely reserved style shows in the nose - mocha and prune with toasted oak notes. Black cherry, sweet stewed fruit, damp leaves and coffee flavors. Good balance and acidity with a spicy soft finish.
Aver Family Vineyards 2010 Homage Syrah
Santa Clara, $40.00
24 cases produced
(89)
Male: Smells like Graffeo coffee, ripe raspberries and light bacony notes. Nice nose. Stately palate presence echoing the aromas. Soft tannins. Stylish.
Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2010 Special Selection Mourvedre
Temecula, $28.00
399 cases produced
(89)
Male: Snappy, spicy, deep and smoky. Smoke, cherries, herbs, and cinnamon in the glass. Lots of promise here. Rich and deeply textured. Coconut and lots of vanilla showing through. Some nice Provencal/garrique notes. Interesting wine showing rustic notes with lovely herb and fruit blend. Yummy!
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.
Ecluse Wines 2009 Rendition Red Blend
Paso Robles, $38.00
215 cases produced
(89)
Male: Well developed aromatics of black fruit, spice and barrel notes. Early stages of development on a great palate.
Family Album 2010 Family Album Red Blend
Santa Clara Valley, $29.00
100 cases produced
(89)
Male: Roasted coffee and game notes plus black fruit on the nose. Dried black fruit flavors. Will age nicely.
Field Stone Winery 2011 Marion's Block Syrah
Alexander Valley, $25.00
272 cases produced
(89)
Male: Violets and light cherry with pine forest notes on the nose. The palate is nicely formed and reflective of the nose. Nice wine.
Guglielmo 2010 Private Reserve Estate Carignane
Santa Clara Valley, $25.00
175 cases produced
(89)
Male: Pretty red raspberry aromas with a hint of mint. Lively mid-palate. "Very Russian River-like." Bright fruit finish.
Guglielmo 2010 Private Reserve Estate Petite Sirah
Santa Clara Valley, $25.00
350 cases produced
(89)
Male: Tight raspberries and some coffee on the nose and in the mouth. Solid structure. Balanced with a long toasty finish. Good wine.
Handley Cellars 2011 Whispering Oak Vineyard Viognier
Mendocino County, $22.00
246 cases produced
(89)
Male: Very pretty vanilla with honeysuckle and elderflower undertones. Big mouthfeel, stone fruit hints with a hit of green apple and citrus on the finish.
Hearthstone 2012 Pearl Hearthstone Vineyard Select White
Paso Robles, $26.00
198 cases produced
(89)
Male: Layered nose of dried flowers, hazelnuts and quince. Silky texture. An almost buttered popcorn-like character combines on the palate with ripe orange and light coconut. Nice use of oak. Full bodied with a very long and complex finish.
Hearthstone 2009 Slipstone Hearthstone Vineyard Red Blend
Paso Robles, $28.00
173 cases produced
(89)
Male: Dramatic and elevated spiced black cherry aromas and flavors. Molasses and cooked dark fruit also with faint tea back notes. The wine shows gobs of sweet fruit with white pepper, oak and grippy tannins. This calls for a rare steak.
Les Coteaux Schisteux, Seguret, Fide et Arte 2010 Seguret Red Blend
Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages, $25.99
2000 cases produced
(89)
Male: Root beer and black cherry aromas moving to an attractive and lively palate of raspberry and other red fruits. Well balanced with tannins and nice acid 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!
Nottingham Cellars 2010 Micro Lot Reserve Casa De Vinas Petite Sirah
Livermore Valley, $44.00
44 cases produced
(89)
Male: Dark berry and spice aromas. Ripe blackberry flavors. Good acidity. Bright and fresh. Good PS!
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.
Pickett Road White 2012 Estate Grown Kenefick Ranch White Blend
Calistoga, $24.00
150 cases produced
(89)
Male: Very subtle aromatics of citrus and green apple. The palate is simple yet pure and precise. This wine begs for oysters.
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.
Sol Rouge 2009 Gypsy Rouge Red Blend
Lake County, $28.00
275 cases produced
(89)
Male: Cherry and vanilla nose. Silky texture. Fruit and oak combine seamlessly on the palate. Moderate tannins. Fine balance, classic structure and a vibrant finish.
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.
VIE Winery 2009 Las Madres Syrah
Carneros, Sonoma, $39.00
150 cases produced
(89)
Male: Inky in the glass. The bouquet is smoky with blueberry, herbs and some gamey notes. Lush fruit in the mouth with oak showing mid-palate. Zesty orange peel and black pepper on the finish.
Zaca Mesa Winery 2009 Zaca Mesa Vineyards Roussanne
Santa Ynez Valley, $25.00
1946 cases produced
(89)
Male: Really layered aromatic of Asian spices, caramel, toast, and ripe citrus. Golden color. Honeyed fruit flavors. Nice depth. Interesting wine. I'd really like some creamy goat cheese now.
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.
Exuberance by Canihan 2009 Exuberance Canihan Family Vineyard Syrah
Sonoma Valley, $49.00
300 cases produced
(88)
Male: Grilled meat, floral notes, and maple syrup on the nose. Palate shows blackberry, cinnamon and herb flavors that hang in through the 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 2010 Carpenter Hill Vineyard Syrah
Rogue Valley, OR, $30.00
60 cases produced
(88)
Male: Captivating nose - brown butter, blackberry pie, chocolate and cedar. The lovely nose leads to a rich and smoky palate of blackberry and cedar. Balanced finish.
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.
Longevity 2012 Viognier
Lodi, $24.00
43 cases produced
(88)
Male: Very rich, earthy nose showing lime and spiced orange with light toasted almonds. Peach, pineapple, honey, and lemon zest on the palate with some lingering oak notes.
Nottingham Cellars 2012 Viognier
Arroyo Seco, $28.00
448 cases produced
(88)
Male: Apple and light peach are nicely proportioned on the nose. Fresh lively palate dances with fruit and minerality.
R&B Cellars 2010 Pizzicato Bingham Ranch Petite Sirah
Napa Valley, $30.00
372 cases produced
(88)
Male: Blackberry, mint, smoke, and coffee nose. Classic Petite Sirah. BIG tannins but lots of fruit to carry.
Shannon Ridge 2010 Single Vineyard Caldwell Ranch Petite Sirah
High Valley, Lake County, $24.99
495 cases produced
(88)
Male: Meat and leather on the nose. Blackberry, roasted meat and smoky bacon on the palate. Giant tannins but really fun! Perfect pairing - BBQ with sweet sauce.
Zaca Mesa Winery 2009 Estate Zaca Mesa Vineyards Syrah
Santa Ynez Valley, $25.00
8316 cases produced
(88)
Male: Roasted dark berries, dark spice, wood, and a hint of licorice on the nose. Flavors = black cherry and raspberry with vanilla back notes. Nice length.
Aver Family Vineyards 2009 Blessings Petite Sirah
Santa Clara Valley, $49.00
100 cases produced
(87)
Male: Cola, blackberry and spice on the nose. Rich palate adds leather and plum. Balanced finish.
Davis Family Vineyards 2010 Cuvée Luke Sierra Foothills White Blend
Sierra Foothills, $26.00
656 cases produced
(87)
Male: Citrus and earth aromas with a touch of orange and a light note of pencil shavings (very interesting). Nice honey, almonds and sweet citrus fruit continues through the finish.
Pend d'Oreille Winery 2008 Syrah
Columbia Valley, $21.00
168 cases produced
(87)
Male: Lush and vibrant cherry, plum, brown spices, and a hint of maple syrup on the nose. Soft tannins in a firm structure with a vibrant finish. Complex and interesting.
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.
South Coast Winery 2009 Wild Horse Peak Syrah
South Coast, $30.00
548 cases produced
(87)
Male: Aroma singularly of intense candied lavender. The palate adds strawberry and a touch of cranberry to accent this unusual but surprisingly enjoyable wine.
Guglielmo 2010 Private Reserve Syrah
Santa Lucia Highlands, $25.00
200 cases produced
(86)
Male: Interesting nose of black cherry, hazelnut, cocoa powder, and perfume. Lean but developed palate of black fruit and cherry.
Longevity 2009 deb-ru-vee Red Blend
California, $38.00
125 cases produced
(86)
Male: Boysenberry, oak and black tea nose. Cassis, plum, cloves, spice, and herbs on a complex palate accented with sweet oak. Long, consistent finish.
Manzoni 2009 Home Vineyard Syrah
Santa Lucia Highlands, $26.00
295 cases produced
(86)
Male: Warm spice and black cherry with toasted barrel notes. Very ripe black currant flavors. Well defined finish.
Shannon Ridge 2010 High Elevation Petite Sirah
Lake County, $22.99
6250 cases produced
(86)
Male: Black pepper and licorice aromatic. Solid juice. Good structure. Solid, long finish.
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.
Ashton Vineyard 2004 Estate Ashton Vineyard Syrah
Sonoma Mountain, $49.00
189 cases produced
(85)
Male: Definitely has some age as defined by the color. Wild berry, plum and smoky bacon aromas repeat on the palate. A touch of coffee and some fun spice on the finish. Drink soon.
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.
Fernwood Cellars 2008 Reserve, Estate Syrah
Santa Cruz Mountains, $45.00
200 cases produced
(84)
Male: Smoky bacon, leather and black cherry aromatics. Mouth filling wine. Black pepper on the finish.
Longevity 2010 Syrah
Contra Costa County, $24.00
129 cases produced
(84)
Male: Coffee, espresso, black cherry, and smoke in the glass. Some very ripe black cherry, wild blackberry and spices on entry with tartness kicking in mid to late.
Bar Z 2006 Clairette
Texas High Plains, $28.00
68 cases produced
(83)
Male: A fascinating and unique nose showing sauteed mushrooms, black currant, and cedar. Dusty tannins surround dried black cherry and herbs.
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