2013 Rhone Shootout Results Scores: Women 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

heartheartheartheart = Love at First Sip = Gold Medal

Cline Cellars 2012 Viognier
North Coast, $12.00
21000 cases produced
(95)
Female: Tropical fruit and spice notes with floral complements emanate from the glass. Exotic flavors of white peach and lychee fruit with spicy bacon notes in the mouth. Lovely silky texture. Balanced and very enjoyable.
Domaine de La Renjarde 2011 Red Blend
Cotes du Rhone Villages, $18.99
?? cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(95)
Female: Big, black fruit - blackberry, plum and spice notes. Yum! Fantastic in the mouth - loads of black fruit and peppery spice. Elegant and structured with great acid. The finish goes on and on.
Field Stone Winery 2012 Heritage Block Petite Sirah Rose
Alexander Valley, $20.00
223 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(95)
Female: Delicious, crisp and mouthfilling. Vibrant pink with a purple hue in the glass. Sweet rhubarb, cherry and spice aromas. Playful entry to the palate which just slips along bringing refreshing fruit flavors supported by a peppery spice. What a lovely experience! Definitely leaves you ready for the next taste.
Zaca Mesa Winery 2010 Estate Zaca Mesa Vineyards Red Blend
Santa Ynez Valley, $20.00
3447 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Female: Inviting aromatics of spiced red cherry, leather and touch of dill. Beautiful campfire smokiness shows on the palate of this delicately textured wine - an almost velvety quality. Flavors are spicy and smoky and earthy with lush red fruit notes. Wonderful for a BBQ. "Dill spice and everything nice!"
South Coast Winery 2012 Grenache Blanc
Temecula Valley, $18.00
420 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(93)
Female: Pale straw with a slight peach color in the glass. The aromas are seductive, showing floral, white peach and fresh fruit salad scents. Some fruit flavors continue onto the palate and are enhanced by mineral notes. Lovely texture. Well-balanced.
South Coast Winery 2011 GVR
Temecula Valley, $20.00
1056 cases produced
(93)
Female: Medium straw in color. Sweet fruit and floral notes with a mildly creamy accent. Richly textured on the palate. Lovely complement of fruit, acidity and alcohol. White peach, orange blossom and spice with a trace of minerality. Love it!
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Estate Syrah
Alexander Valley, $20.00
2575 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Female: Spicy aromatics open to red cherry and smoked plum that is replicated on the palate. Lovely juicy fruit, spice and oak components. Smooth palate with nice lingering spice on the finish.
Kandarian Wine Cellars 2012 Unfiltered Picpoul Blanc
Walla Walla, WA, $15.00
90 cases produced
(92)
Female: A bit cloudy in the glass (“Unfiltered, I think.”) The nose is inviting with lemon and lemon meringue notes. The citrus aromas carry through onto the palate. Medium+ weight and texture. Well-balanced. Beautiful acidity. Tart and crisp with lovely tingling on the long palate. True to varietal.
Miro Cuvee Sasha 2011 Select Red
North Coast, $20.00
800 cases produced
(92)
Female: This blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah has a lovely cherry, black cherry and black raspberry nose. Lush and ripe red fruit in the mouth. Finishes with a rush of nice acid. Beautiful!
South Coast Winery 2012 Viognier
Temecula Valley, $20.00
438 cases produced
(92)
Female: Nice nose of hyacinth and tropical fruit - guava, pineapple and lychee. Medium+ acidity gives this wine some zip. Slightly more citrusy than the nose would have you guess, but lovely. Nicely balanced. A good food wine.
South Coast Winery 2012 Roussanne
Temecula Valley, $20.00
425 cases produced
(91)
Female: Light gold in color, clear at the rim (meniscus). Banana, tropical fruit and subtle white floral aromas lead to tart pineapple and almost ripe peach flavors. Smooth and balanced with a long, lingering pineapple finish.
Cline Cellars 2011 Ancient Vines Mourvedre
Contra Costa County, $16.00
19700 cases produced
(90)
Female: The smoky nose is intriguing with leather, tea, lavender, herbs de Provence, strawberry, and blackberry. Bold black fig, loganberry and juicy bergamot flavors. Nicely structured.
Les Coteaux, Fide et Arte 2010 Red Blend
Cotes du Rhone Villages, $16.99
5500 cases produced
(90)
Female: Elegant aromatic displaying oak, currant and big spice. Subtle fruit is deftly and judiciously surrounded by oak. "This is lovely and definitely French."
Lucas & Lewellen 2012 Estate Vineyards Viognier
Santa Barbara County, $19.00
402 cases produced
(90)
Female: Light honeysuckle aroma - ("Less floral than I usually find in Viognier"). Melon and pineapple on the nose. Apricot and peach with tea and flowers that linger on the palate. Intriguing! "Nice finish that makes me want another sip."
Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery 2009 Estate Grenache
El Dorado, $20.00
350 cases produced
(90)
Female: Gorgeous cherry/sour cherry aromas with a touch of cinnamon late. The palate reflects the nose with clove notes on the finish. I want a burger!
Zaca Mesa Winery 2011 Estate Zaca Mesa Vineyards Viognier
Santa Ynez Valley, $16.00
600 cases produced
(90)
Female: Pale medium gold in color. Orange blossoms lead the nose with baked apple, toasted coconut and cinnamon notes following. The aromas are replicated on the palate with lovely lemon and lemon zest on the bright finish. Yum!

heartheartheart = An Affair to Remember = Silver Medal

Cline Cellars 2010 Syrah
Sonoma County, $12.00
19700 cases produced
(89)
Female: Earthy notes on the nose. Soft berry flavors with chocolate and cola notes. Lovely baking spices on the finish.
Cline Cellars 2011 Cashmere Red Blend
California, $16.00
33000 cases produced
(89)
Female: Aromas and flavors are consistent. Delicious rich, dark and dense. Bing cherry, red and black plums, good spice, black pepper, and a touch of licorice.
Pedroncelli 2010 Family Vineyards Petite Sirah
Dry Creek Valley, $17.00
600 cases produced
(89)
Female: Earthy aroma leads to dark berry, tobacco and spice flavors. Deep and full bodied. Nicely balanced with plenty of acidity on the finish.
Sierra Vista Vineyard and Winery 2011 Estate Mountain Vineyard Roussanne
El Dorado, $20.00
300 cases produced
(89)
Female: Honey and pineapple aromas. Flavors are minerally and fruity - star fruit and crisp pears. Balanced and clean.
South Coast Winery 2008 Red Blend
Temecula Valley, $16.00
929 cases produced
(89)
Female: Asian spice, violets, gardenia, rose petal, and fresh red fruit aromas and flavors. Complex and layered on the palate with dried fruit and baking spice joining mid.
The Winery SF 2009 Red Blend
North Coast, $15.99
1000 cases produced
(89)
Female: Rich, deep garnet color. Beautiful nose and initial palate. Perfectly ripe fruit - wild blackberries, cassis, mushrooms, smoked meats, great delivery all around. Subtle spice and slight leather on the long finish. Great balance.
Domaine Berrien Cellars 2011 Estate Marsanne
Lake Michigan Shore, $13.50
465 cases produced
(88)
Female: The nose is varietally right on showing mineral notes, honey and baking spices. Comice pear on the palate with a slightly tart and nutty finish.
Four Sisters Ranch 2009 Syrah
Paso Robles, $16.00
3000 cases produced
(88)
Female: Sweet cherry aromas expand in the mouth to dark Bing cherry, black cherry. Black tea and espresso notes jump in mid-palate through the finish. This is a BIG wine and begs for food.
Kandarian Wine Cellars 2011 Roussanne
Rogue Valley, OR, $15.00
125 cases produced
(88)
Female: Almond milk and apricot aroma with a touch of citrus. Round in the mouth with ripe pear at the core. Finishes with hints of lemon zest.
Sobon Estate 2011 Syrah
Amador County, $16.00
900 cases produced
(88)
Female: Red raspberry, strawberry and white pepper aromas carry through onto the palate and highlighted by white pepper, clove and tobacco notes. Lush and ripe.
Pend d'Oreille Winery 2012 Willard Vineyard Roussanne
Columbia Valley, $18.00
77 cases produced
(87)
Female: Apple, light apricot, a touch of diesel, and minerality on the nose. Bosc pear flavors with lemon zest nd pith on the finish.
Sobon Estate 2012 Viognier
Amador County, $16.00
2050 cases produced
(87)
Female: Earthy notes and meadow flower aromas carry onto the palate and are joined by pear and melon flavors. Grapefruit notes mid-palate. The finish is nice, if a touch short.
Domaine Berrien Cellars 2010 Estate Syrah
Lake Michigan Shore, $20.00
161 cases produced
(86)
Female: Medium light in color and body. Alpine strawberries and tart raspberries move from the nose to the palate where cherries join in. Unusual but delightful. Quaffable.
Domaine Berrien Cellars 2011 Estate Viognier
Lake Michigan Shore, $15.50
271 cases produced
(85)
Female: Petrol, tangerine and grapefruit aromas. Almond and ripe fruit medley on the palate with a tangy finish.
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