2013 Rhone Shootout Results Scores: Women 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

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.
Prieure de Montezargues 2012 Rose
Tavel, $22.49
?? cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(95)
Female: So pretty! Rose petals, strawberry and cherry aromas - fresh and lively. Bright and juicy in the mouth. The perfect dry finish is loaded with strawberry, cherry and cranberry. Lovely food wine.
Crane Brothers 2008 Crane Ranch Vineyard Syrah
Napa Valley, $36.00
99 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Female: Big blackberry, plum, forest floor, and mocha, yum! Great nose! Peppery spice. Classic Rhone. Luscious mouthfeel with consistent flavors. Fantastic!
Davis Family Vineyards 2010 Marco Mistral Red Blend
Sonoma County, $35.00
158 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Female: Wow! Curry spice and juicy black fruit on the engaging nose. "Come to Mama!" Big, rich and balanced in the mouth with consistent flavors. Pretty oak integration. Powerful and fantastic!
Davis Family Vineyards 2010 Estate Soul Patch Syrah
Russian River Valley, $42.00
360 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Female: Deep, opaque and inviting. Aromas of cassis, kirsch and anise arise from the glass. Dark and rich. Nicely structured tannins balanced by acidity and fruit with chocolate on the finish. Decadent! "I see myself sipping by the fireside wanting another glass."
Field Stone Winery 2011 Staten Family Reserve Viognier
Alexander Valley, $25.00
186 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Female: Pale gold in color. Elegant aromatics of stone fruit with minerality and baking spice back notes. Vibrant entry to the palate which carries nectarine, orange zest and spice notes through the nice finish. Creamy mouth feel. Great sipper.
Hearthstone 2009 Lodestone Hearthstone Vineyard Red Blend
Paso Robles, $32.00
173 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Female: Aromas: fresh forest floor, blackberry and mocha. Wow! Rich and balanced in the mouth with loads of fruit and spice.
Kandarian Wine Cellars 2009 Pepper Melange Syrah
Bennett Valley, CA, $30.00
150 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Female: Wow! Garrique and blackberry, plum and spice. This is Rhone with a capital "R." Great mouthfeel, balance and consistency.
Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery 2012 Estate North Slope Viognier
El Dorado, $21.00
300 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Female: Stone fruit aroma with a nice touch of diesel. Citrus flecked nectarine and peach flavors persist on the palate. Rich mouth feel, long finish. Fresh and clean start to finish. Fantastic!
VIE Winery 2009 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah
Santa Barbara, $45.00
48 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Female: Aromas of blackberry and garrique (wild flowers, sage, rosemary, pine) with a hint of violets - nice! Really nice and juicy in the mouth. Yum!
Vigilance Vineyards 2011 Petite Sirah
Red Hills, Lake County, $24.99
6134 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Female: Deep dark berry aromas. Round and rich. Full bodied. Floral notes - violets add to layers of fruit and allspice. Clean and pure. Powerful finish.
Wente Vineyards Small Lot 2011 Grenache
Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, $40.00
?? cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(94)
Female: Medium purple-red in color. Forward nose of cassis and black cherry with dust and spice accents. Great launch to the palate -aromatics carry through in the mouth enhanced by a lovely black pepper component and lovely gamey notes. Great texture and balance. Can't wait for the next sip!
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!"
Ecluse Wines 2010 Improv Lock Vineyard Red Blend
Paso Robles, $36.00
300 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(93)
Female: Plum, coffee and black pepper on the nose. A touch of funky earthiness on the plate but lots of ripe fruit - gorgeous! Luscious mouthfeel.
R2 Wine Company 2011 Rhapsody Red Blend
Santa Barbara County, $26.00
665 cases produced
(93)
Female: Strawberry, vanilla, spice, and cherry arise from the glass. Black cherry, cola and a hint of almond paste in the mouth. Beautiful acid!
R2 Wine Company 2011 Carignane
Santa Ynez Valley, $38.00
64 cases produced
(93)
Female: Fruit bomb of plum, blackberry, gaminess, and spice - great! Perfect balance of black fruit and peppery spice. Yum!
Rockin' One Blanc 2011 Cass Vineyard White Blend
Paso Robles, $32.00
450 cases produced
(93)
Female: Honeysuckle, peach, spice, green herbs, and white flowers on the nose. Great in the mouth! Citrus notes on the palate at first that are joined by green apple and pear. Yum! Creamy palate with zippy acidity on the rich and long lingering finish.
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.
Aver Family Vineyards 2010 Hope Red Blend
California, $38.00
100 cases produced
(92)
Female: The nose is dark with a masculine quality showing black cherry and spice - you can almost smell the weight of the wine. Black cherry, black plum, black pepper, and spice in the mouth with a lovely sour cherry finish. Nicely balanced. "I see myself sitting by the fireside wanting more."
Chateau La Nerthe Rouge 2009 Red Blend
Chateauneuf du Pape, $59.99
?? cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Female: The aromatics are smoky with the dark fruit note showing cooked cranberry and blueberry compote. The palate is consistent with the nose showing rhubarb, spiced red cherry, blue fruit, and black pepper notes. Quite nice! Lovely with food.
Cloak & Dagger 2010 The Conspirators Reserve Dove Pond Vineyard Syrah
Paso Robles, $59.00
75 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Female: Earthy, darkly fruited aromas, very intriguing! Layered fruit, spice, earth, and vanilla intermingle on the palate deliciously.
Ecluse Wines 2010 Lock Vineyard Grenache
Paso Robles, $34.00
75 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Female: The nose just keeps on giving… coffee, cedar, cherries, chocolate, and vanilla. The palate is rich with chocolate, black cherry, currant, and black pepper complements. Light bodied but with tons of flavor to satisfy. The perfect summer BBQ wine!
Fernwood Cellars 2008 Machado Creek Vineyard Petite Sirah
Central Coast, $30.00
350 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Female: Super deep opaque purple. Lovely, dark fruit and spice aromatics. Great texture and balance. The palate displays nice depth of fruit. Prolonged tannins and great spice on the finish. Well made and approachable.
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.
La Cote Sauvage, Fide et Arte 2010 Cairanne Red Blend
Cotes du Rhone Villages, $26.99
2000 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Female: "Oh my, I could swirl and smell this wine all day." Meaty and smoky, black fruit and bacon aromas. Really nice! Juicy and rich in the mouth. A classic wine! Blackberry, dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and lovely spice notes on the palate where smoked red fruit flavors join in. Yes!
Lucas & Lewellen 2009 Estate Vineyards Syrah
Santa Barbara County / Santa Ynez, $26.00
309 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Female: Inviting spice, dark fruit and smoke aromas draw you in. Smells like chocolate covered cherries. The palate is smoothly textured with blue and black fruit accented with savory spice. Balanced and elegant. Really pretty!
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!
Nottingham Cellars 2011 Awakening GSM Blend
Livermore Valley, $36.00
225 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Female: Blackberry, mocha, black pepper, and lovely floral notes on the nose- really nice! Even better in the mouth! Quaff City! Consistent flavors and rich, juicy mouthfeel.
Nottingham Cellars 2011 Casa De Vinas Petite Sirah
Livermore Valley, $36.00
224 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Female: Nice spice and dark ripe fruit aromas. Cherries, plums, exotic dark spices, and flowers with black pepper on the finish. Very friendly and enjoyable.
Rocca Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Grigsby Vineyard Syrah
Yountville, $50.00
230 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Female: Layers of engaging red, blue and black fruit aromas. Dark plum, blackberries, cloves, spice, and tea merge seamlessly on the palate. Blueberry cobbler comes through on the finish. Beautifully structured tannins and well integrated oak on the lingering finish. Yummy!
Rockin' One Red 2010 Cass Vineyard Red Blend
Paso Robles, $42.00
665 cases produced
DOUBLE GOLD
(92)
Female: The color is deep and opaque - red, almost black. The sexy, smoky nose displays leather, spice and dark fruit. The richly textured palate displays an almost syrupy quality with smoky black cherry flavors supported by earthy/leathery components and baking spice. Nicely balanced. This is a WOW!
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.
Ashton Vineyard 2005 Estate Ashton Vineyard Syrah
Sonoma Mountain, $49.00
210 cases produced
(91)
Female: Beautiful brown baking spice...cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Smoke, dried cherry, pomegranate, and spice flavors. Soft finish.
Hearthstone 2009 Slipstone Hearthstone Vineyard Red Blend
Paso Robles, $28.00
173 cases produced
(91)
Female: The savory red fruit aromatic is complemented by cinnamon and other brown baking spice notes. The palate shows a sweet band of red cherry with smoky back notes. Interesting finish. Pair with duck breast in red cherry sauce.
Pickett Road White 2011 Estate Grown Kenefick Ranch White Blend
Calistoga, $24.00
288 cases produced
(91)
Female: Very ripe apricot, lemon and toast aromas arise from the glass. Lemon verbena, ripe apricot, toast, and orange spice tea on the palate. Big mouth feel. Complex! "The nice acidity makes me want to drink more." Delightful finish! Definitely a food wine. Grilled shrimp anyone?
Sayler-Tait Family Cellars 2010 Premiere Coastal Vineyard Syrah
Santa Barbara, $49.00
25 cases produced
(91)
Female: Alluring spiced dark fruit aromatics appear again on the palate which is vibrant, well-balanced and spicy.
Sol Rouge 2009 Syrah
Lake County, $32.00
175 cases produced
(91)
Female: Deep dark red in color. Spicy mulled fruit with hints of tobacco with savory spice. Dark and alluring on the palate defined by black plum, black cherry and cloves. Nicely balanced. Good finish.
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.
Ventana 2010 Estate Ventana Vineyards Red Blend
Arroyo Seco, $22.00
2500 cases produced
(91)
Female: Cherry pipe tobacco, black pepper and curry spice - masculine and exotic aromas. Really nice in the mouth. Sweet vanilla, blueberry and blackberry flavors are balanced with tannin and acidity. Lovely dusty finish. A perfect quaffer.
Aver Family Vineyards 2009 Blessings Petite Sirah
Santa Clara Valley, $49.00
100 cases produced
(90)
Female: Brooding aromas and sweet fruity entry. Layers of black plums, licorice and dry earth. Dense and full bodied. Nicely rich and balanced.
Aver Family Vineyards 2010 Faith Red Blend
California, $38.00
100 cases produced
(90)
Female: Brooding dark berry aroma. Concentrated ripe boysenberry and blackberry flavors. Powerful, rich and deep.
Aver Family Vineyards 2010 Homage Syrah
Santa Clara, $40.00
24 cases produced
(90)
Female: Deep ruby in color. Dark fruit, coffee, smoky, and intriguing nose. Tobacco, chocolate, bramble, cigar box with grainy tannins on the palate. Nice acidity on the long finish. Grilled meat and veggies would be a great pairing.
Carol Shelton Wines 2011 Coquille Blanc White Blend
Paso Robles, $24
495 cases produced
(90)
Female: Smoky, Asian spice aromas with a low note of light petrol. Gorgeous lush mouth. Ripe pineapple, peach and Mandarin orange with a nice spice element on the finish. The oak adds interest. A touch grassy and great acidity on the finish. Yummy!
Chateau La Nerthe Blanc 2010 White Blend
Chateauneuf du Pape, $59.99
?? cases produced
(90)
Female: A touch of smokiness, then lemon, lime, stone fruit, and mineral notes arise from the glass and continue onto the palate and through the zingy 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.
Exuberance by Canihan 2008 Exuberance Canihan Family Vineyard Syrah
Sonoma Valley, $49.00
260 cases produced
(90)
Female: Spicy! Garrique, black fruit and pepper aromas. Classic! Zippy and juicy in the mouth with flavors consistent with the nose.
Fernwood Cellars 2009 Estate Red Blend
Santa Cruz Mountains, $38.00
200 cases produced
(90)
Female: Sweet smoked black cherries immediately invade your senses supported by savory baking spices and earth notes. Blackberry with mulled Christmas spices in the mouth. Balanced and easily enjoyed.
Field Stone Winery 2010 Staten Family Reserve Petite Sirah
Alexander Valley, $35.00
497 cases produced
(90)
Female: Blackberries, blueberry and eucalyptus aromas. The palate is highly textured, dense and dark with vibrant dark plum and spice flavors. Well-balanced showing good integration of oak and nice acidity on the finish.
Guglielmo 2010 Private Reserve Estate Carignane
Santa Clara Valley, $25.00
175 cases produced
(90)
Female: Aromas of a fruit laden wild berry and gingerbread. Consistent on the palate which is chock full of blackberry, black plum and a touch of nicely integrated oak. Clean and pure throughout.
Handley Cellars 2011 Whispering Oak Vineyard Viognier
Mendocino County, $22.00
246 cases produced
(90)
Female: Spicy inviting nose featuring Comice pears. Juicy tropical fruit flavors laced with a hint of honey, lush and pure with racy acidity off-setting the pretty fruit on the long lingering finish.
Handley Cellars 2010 Kazmet Vineyard Syrah
Redwood Valley, $25.00
417 cases produced
(90)
Female: Sweet dark fruit aromas with black pepper and spice notes carry through onto the palate with added earth and herbal layers. Lovely texture. Black licorice on the finish.
Hearthstone 2012 Estate Hearthstone Vineyard Roussanne
Paso Robles, $26.00
75 cases produced
(90)
Female: Pretty and delicate aromas showing white flowers, toasted almond, orange, and Pippin apples. Mouth filling fruit with peach, lime and lemon curd on the finish. Really nice!
Jessie's Grove Winery 2008 Ancient Vine Carignane
Lodi, $28.50
162 cases produced
(90)
Female: Inviting nose of red fruit with smoke, dust and light vanilla back notes. The blueberry and boysenberry fruit flavors are enhanced by judicious use of oak. Nicely structured tannins on the long finish. Well balanced.
Kandarian Wine Cellars 2010 Carpenter Hill Vineyard Syrah
Rogue Valley, OR, $30.00
60 cases produced
(90)
Female: Intriguing exotic spice aromas. Medium bodied and supple wine with tangy cherry, red raspberry, goji berry, vanilla, and pipe tobacco flavors. Juicy mouthfeel. Round and lovely.
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."
Longevity 2010 Petite Sirah
Lodi, $30.00
68 cases produced
(90)
Female: Ripe berry and dried prunes with some dusty earth elements on the nose follows through onto the palate displaying rich sweet fruit with dark chocolate overtones. Lovely spice on the finish.
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."
R&B Cellars 2010 Pizzicato Bingham Ranch Petite Sirah
Napa Valley, $30.00
372 cases produced
(90)
Female: Black pepper, blackberries and blueberries aromas and flavors. Dark and deep palate. Fruit and nice acidity helps to round out the tannins.
R2 Wine Company 2011 Vin Blancs White Blend
Santa Barbara County, $24.00
438 cases produced
(90)
Female: Ripe mango and sweet floral notes on the nose. Lush pineapple and tangy lemon/lime flavors. Finishes with pleasant acid. Subtle and balanced creating a very pleasant experience.
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!
Sol Rouge 2009 Mourvedre
Lake County, $29.00
47 cases produced
(90)
Female: Cedar, cranberry and strawberry on the nose. The red berries continue onto the palate with white pepper and earthy back notes. Grainy tannins provide structure and finish. This would be lovely with grilled meats.
VIE Winery 2009 Les Amours Syrah
Santa Barbara, $42.00
175 cases produced
(90)
Female: Sweet cherry and dried herb aromatic. Cherry pie flavors on entry turning to sour cherry on the finish. Nice wine but will get better with additional bottle aging.
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!
Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2010 Special Selection Mourvedre
Temecula, $28.00
399 cases produced
(89)
Female: Bright rose petals, stewed mushrooms, blackberry, plum, and a lovely smoky character. Bright and clean on the palate with earthy black cherry, cherry cordial and herbs de Provence flavors. Lovely juicy finish and spice accented finish. Would pair beautifully with a blue cheese burger.
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.
Davis Family Vineyards 2010 Cuvée Luke Sierra Foothills White Blend
Sierra Foothills, $26.00
656 cases produced
(89)
Female: Delicate nose with a touch of caramel. Creamy in the mouth - almost a lemon brulee quality. Nice acid on the finish. A crowd pleaser.
Exuberance by Canihan 2009 Exuberance Canihan Family Vineyard Syrah
Sonoma Valley, $49.00
300 cases produced
(89)
Female: Subdued dark red fruit aromas. Blueberry and sour cherry on the palate. Lovely!
Family Album 2010 Family Album Red Blend
Santa Clara Valley, $29.00
100 cases produced
(89)
Female: The nose and palate are consistent - dill, black cherries, tarragon, and oregano notes. Bring on that rare steak!
Field Stone Winery 2011 Marion's Block Syrah
Alexander Valley, $25.00
272 cases produced
(89)
Female: Berry blast - loads of blackberry, raspberry, forest floor, and floral notes. Bright and juicy in the mouth. Really nice! Long and juicy finish.
Hearthstone 2012 Pearl Hearthstone Vineyard Select White
Paso Robles, $26.00
198 cases produced
(89)
Female: Peach and tropical fruit high notes, some almond low notes. Lush peach and pineapple flavors with vanilla back notes. Nice acid on the finish.
Holly's Hill Vineyards 2011 Estate Red Blend
El Dorado, $30.00
394 cases produced
(89)
Female: Scents of fresh berry compote fill the senses. Oak, vanilla and coconut accents join black raspberry, blackberry and wild berries filling the mouth. Juicy and full.
Les Coteaux Schisteux, Seguret, Fide et Arte 2010 Seguret Red Blend
Seguret, Cotes du Rhone Villages, $25.99
2000 cases produced
(89)
Female: Red and blue fruit aromas with some floral notes late. Very light chalky texture. Pretty ripe red fruit flavors moving to sour cherry on the finish.
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.
Pickett Road White 2012 Estate Grown Kenefick Ranch White Blend
Calistoga, $24.00
150 cases produced
(89)
Female: Light floral notes and Asian pear aromas. Crisp Bosc pear flavors with citrus notes on the mid-palate through the finish.
Shannon Ridge 2010 Single Vineyard Caldwell Ranch Petite Sirah
High Valley, Lake County, $24.99
495 cases produced
(89)
Female: Fresh blueberry nose. The palate is dense with blueberries, dried currant, and rich wild berry compote in the mouth with black tea and coffee 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.
Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery 2009 Estate Red Rock Ridge Syrah
El Dorado, $25.00
350 cases produced
(89)
Female: Closed at first, then opening to cedar aromas. Flavors of raspberry and cherry sprinkled with dried herbs. Great food pairing wine. Well balanced.
Six Sigma Ranch and Winery 2010 Reserve Syrah
Lake County, $45.00
98 cases produced
(89)
Female: Cassis and dark fruit nose. Chocolate, tobacco, cassis, and blackberry flavors. Big finish. Very youthful. Lay this down. It will get better and better.
Sol Rouge 2009 Gypsy Rouge Red Blend
Lake County, $28.00
275 cases produced
(89)
Female: Spicy dried fruit nose. Baked fruit with spice in the mouth. Vibrant and satisfying. Great with roast pork.
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.
VIE Winery 2009 Las Madres Syrah
Carneros, Sonoma, $39.00
150 cases produced
(89)
Female: Blackberry, blueberry and floral aromas. Lovely herbal quality adds to the black cherry and coffee flavors. Finishes nicely.
Zaca Mesa Winery 2009 Zaca Mesa Vineyards Roussanne
Santa Ynez Valley, $25.00
1946 cases produced
(89)
Female: Pale golden color. Very aromatic nose with flowers leaping from the glass along with tropical and stone fruits. Low acidity on this full-bodied wine. Melon, peach and pear flavors. Lingering finish.
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.
Ecluse Wines 2009 Rendition Red Blend
Paso Robles, $38.00
215 cases produced
(88)
Female: Big, dark and rich. Red and black cherry with lots of black and white pepper undertones and tarragon on the finish. Just a baby. Needs time.
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.
Guglielmo 2010 Private Reserve Estate Petite Sirah
Santa Clara Valley, $25.00
350 cases produced
(88)
Female: Gingerbread and cranberry on the nose - uncharacteristic for this varietal. Lovely red fruit with black pepper undertones. Nice acid. "Elegant, if you can that about Petite Sirah."
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.
Nottingham Cellars 2012 Viognier
Arroyo Seco, $28.00
448 cases produced
(88)
Female: The mineral and citrus blossom aromas lead to honeydew melon on entry through the mid-palate. Minerality kicks-in on the finish.
Nottingham Cellars 2010 Micro Lot Reserve Casa De Vinas Petite Sirah
Livermore Valley, $44.00
44 cases produced
(88)
Female: Deep dark ruby in color. The black fruit, vanilla and smoky aromas are confirmed on the palate. Silky tannins are balanced by acidity. The finish lingers gently without being overpowering.
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.
Longevity 2012 Viognier
Lodi, $24.00
43 cases produced
(87)
Female: Pale gold hue with fresh earth, lavender, orange blossom and herbs on the nose. Pineapple, passion fruit and papaya grace the palate. Very full bodied with low acidity. After the dramatic start, I was hoping that the finish would be longer.
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.
Shannon Ridge 2010 High Elevation Petite Sirah
Lake County, $22.99
6250 cases produced
(87)
Female: Chocolate, mocha and dark berry nose. Yummy berry and chocolate flavors. Nicely balanced.
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.
South Coast Winery 2009 Wild Horse Peak Syrah
South Coast, $30.00
548 cases produced
(87)
Female: Nice medium ruby-garnet color. Lovely perfume edge. Very unusual wine. Bright berry flavors with slight maple syrup and baking spice. Strawberry-rhubarb pie on the finish.
Zaca Mesa Winery 2009 Estate Zaca Mesa Vineyards Syrah
Santa Ynez Valley, $25.00
8316 cases produced
(87)
Female: Sweet black cherry aromas and flavors with smoky notes and brown spice complements. Nicely textured with a touch of bitterness on the finish.
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.
Guglielmo 2010 Private Reserve Syrah
Santa Lucia Highlands, $25.00
200 cases produced
(86)
Female: Sandalwood and Patchouli on the nose. Delicate red fruit palate with baking spice accents. Nice acid on the finish. Very pleasant. Not a big meaty Syrah.
Manzoni 2009 Home Vineyard Syrah
Santa Lucia Highlands, $26.00
295 cases produced
(86)
Female: Blackberry, oak and mint aromas open to black fruit flavors with coffee and chocolate notes. Balanced finish.
Pend d'Oreille Winery 2008 Syrah
Columbia Valley, $21.00
168 cases produced
(86)
Female: Great color! Big, rich, deep dark cherry aromas advance to the palate where they are joined by ripe strawberry, sage, and cherry cola notes. Nice length.
Ashton Vineyard 2004 Estate Ashton Vineyard Syrah
Sonoma Mountain, $49.00
189 cases produced
(85)
Female: Dark and spicy fruit aromas. Lush fruit flavors with a hint of pine and dried fruit on the finish.
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.
Longevity 2009 deb-ru-vee Red Blend
California, $38.00
125 cases produced
(85)
Female: The nose and palate are consistent: strawberry, cherry, pomegranate, white pepper, cedar and mild toast that is well integrated. Structured with a long finish.
Bar Z 2006 Clairette
Texas High Plains, $28.00
68 cases produced
(84)
Female: Dried plums, bell pepper skins, and cedar shavings on the nose. Dried red fruit flavors with herbaceous notes on opening finishing with a cherry candy note.
Fernwood Cellars 2008 Reserve, Estate Syrah
Santa Cruz Mountains, $45.00
200 cases produced
(84)
Female: Plum, strawberry and cherry aromas with strong floral notes. Dark fruit and black pepper coats the mouth and stays through the finish.
Longevity 2010 Syrah
Contra Costa County, $24.00
129 cases produced
(84)
Female: Blackberry, mocha and a touch of jalapenos in the nose. Black pepper and red berry fruit in the mouth. Pleasant.
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