2014 Rhone Shootout Results Scores:
Men Judges

2014 Romancing the Rhones Results
Scores: Women Judges
Scores: Women Judges Bang for Your Buck
Scores: Men Judges
Scores: Men Judges Bang for Your Buck

Lucas & Lewellen 2013 Estate Vineyards Viognier
Santa Barbara County, $22.00
521 cases produced
Male: Apples, orange blossom, papaya, orange zest, peach, cream, and honey...and that's just the nose. The palate is layers on minerals, almonds, pear, and fig. "Enjoy this as a sipper on a hot day or with grilled shrimp, or grilled chicken but do try it!" (93)
Andis Wines 2012 Grenache
Amador County, $25.99
499 cases produced
Male: The layered nose is tangy with smoke, Bing cherries, bacon, strawberry, vanilla, spice, and white pepper. Wow! Nicely structured. Thick and rich on the palate with raspberry, cherry, oak, and vanilla notes. Complex and elegant. Smooth, long finish displaying light tannins. As a Grenache it is light, spicy and silky. Beautiful! (92)
Berryessa Gap 2011 Club Series Cobel Ranch Vineyard Durif
Yolo County, $23.00
225 cases produced
Male: Pretty wine with black cherries, red berries and red cherries with a dusty edge in the glass. Well balanced. Big fruit on the palate that reflects the aromas. Good acidity and tannin. Will evolve nicely over the next several years. (92)
Chesebro 2013 Grenache Rose
Arroyo Seco, $16.00
91 cases produced
Male: Big, bright and fresh aromas of strawberry, stone fruit, sunflowers, and dried herbs. Clean and refreshing on the palate mirroring the nose. Juicy melon joins mid-palate. Vanilla, cocoa and zesty orange peel on the finish. (92)
Chesebro 2009 CM Ranch Red Blend
Carmel Valley, $21.00
185 cases produced
Male: Red berry and currant with a peppery spiced nose. Juicy mid palate of black fruit and ripe plum with a layering of blueberry on the finish. Vanilla and spice complement the fruit. Noted minerality on the well tailored finish. (92)
Cloak & Dagger 2011 The Conspirators Reserve Dove Pond Vineyard Syrah
Paso Robles, $59.00
115 cases produced
Male: Minty and beefy aromas open to an intensely juicy palate displaying blackberries and some light spice. "I really like this one," commented one of the judges. Balanced and easy. Nice note of cocoa on the finish. (92)
Darcie Kent Vineyards 2010 Madden Ranch Petite Sirah
Livermore Valley, $24.00
1000 cases produced
Male: Quite dark in the glass with a crimson rim. Penetrating nose packed with raspberry, raspberry jam, black pepper, and herbs. Smooth, almost velvety mouth feel. Dense and chewy. Black fruit and plums at the core with well integrated tannins. Massive structure but so well balanced. Good fruit on the long finish. (92)
Davis Family Vineyards 2012 Throne Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre Blend
Russian River Valley, $38.00
420 cases produced
Male: Black cherry, spice and roasted beef combine with dried herbs on the nose. The well balanced palate has a smooth entry to the black cherry and ripe plum core that is nicely accented by good balance and a firm minerality. (92)
Ecluse Wines 2012 Improv Red Blend
Paso Robles, $38.00
375 cases produced
Male: Subtle nose of red berry and dusty ripe plum combine with baked black cherry and spice. Strawberry and light chocolate with firm tannins create a lively palate. (92)
Imagine 2007 Paradise Road Vineyard Syrah
Santa Barbara County, $80.00
246 cases produced
Male: Richly detailed nose of ripe black fruit accented by coffee and earth. The palate is nicely layered and complex with ripe cherry and cooked blueberry pie filling with a touch of chocolate and allspice. A powerful finish to this wine that is precise in balance and structure. (92)
Klinker Brick 2012 Petite Sirah
Lodi- Mokelumne River, $25.00
600 cases produced
Male: Rich and bold in color with aromas of orange peel, black tea, blackberry, and cedar. Smooth entry of red berry and currant with chocolate, oak and herb notes mid-palate. The finish is tight and tannic with big fruit and subtle forest herbs. This is just a baby. (92)
Onesta 2011 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault
Lodi, CA, $29.00
400 cases produced
Male: Soft garnet with a blue rim. Inky (literally). The nose is dusty with earth and berries and quite nice. Allspice and black pepper join in. Full, warm mouth feel with velvety depths of fruit and herbs. Medium structure. Well evolved. Long finish. (92)
Pendleton Estate Winery 2012 Estate Leslie's Block Petite Sirah
Alexander valley, $39.00
100 cases produced
Male: Blackberries, wild berries, black and red plums and cream aromas. Then sweet spice, grape candy, pineapple, and dried herbs. Yowsa! Opens to spice peppery red berry and plum fruit, blackberries, oak, and herbs join mid-palate. Peppery and juicy with great acidity and thick tannins on a young and tight finish. Big wine! (92)
Scheid Vineyards 2011 Estate Triple Layer Red Blend
Monterey, $28.00
300 cases produced
Male: Intriguing nose of light candied cherry, strawberry, rhubarb, eucalyptus, and cinnamon. The palate is perfectly balanced showing sweet red fruit on entry with strawberry jam, peppermint, candied red cherry, herb, and vanilla on the mid-palate. The finish is smooth and silky with fine tannins and good acid. (92)
Sol Rouge Vineyards & Winery 2011 Estate Sol Rouge Estate Petite Sirah
Lake County, $32.00
75 cases produced
Male: A real crowd pleaser. This wine has a lovely aroma of licorice, cola, cherry, vanilla, and peppery spice. Smooth red and blue fruit flavors enhanced by vanilla mid-palate. Fruit, herb, and oak come through on a silky finish with just the right touch of acidity. Well balanced. (92)
Vasco Urbano Wine Company 2012 Heine Casa De Vinas Long Row Petite Sirah
Livermore Valley, $48.00
100 cases produced
Male: Lovely aromas of dark fruit, spice, hazelnut, and chocolate. Big mouthfeel. Excellent balanced fruit and spice. (92)
Cline Cellars 2013 Estate Marsanne/Roussanne Blend
Sonoma Coast, $15.99
850 cases produced
Male: Hues of golden wheat with honey, tropical fruit and honey aromas showing undertones of very ripe apricot and lemon zest. Smooth entry of stone fruit flavors with a lovely minerality and floral accents. Melon joins in mid-palate with racy acidity and vanilla on the finish. (91)
Cline Cellars 2012 Ancient Vines Mourvedre
Contra Costa County, $15.99
12300 cases produced
Male: Smoky, jammy with leather and oodles of deep berries. Milk chocolate too. Really good! Delish! Pure and loaded with character. (91)
Cottonwood Winery of Oregon 2008 Raya Jade Syrah
Yakima Valley, $19.00
444 cases produced
Male: Aromas of berry and sage arise from the glass. Take a sip and get a big mouthful of lush fruit. Well balanced and well integrated. This wine has a lovely chocolaty finish. "Good stuff!" (91)
Davis Family Vineyards 2012 Soul Patch Syrah
Russian River Valley, $42.00
450 cases produced
Male: Rich, meaty nose with lush fruits, bacon and even a touch of citrus. The palate is quite enjoyable. Very pure and juicy. Great mouthfeel. Mouthwatering. (91)
Les Six, Boutinot Rhone Fide et Arte 2011 Red Blend
Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne, $24.99
2000 cases produced
Male: Aromas of wild strawberries, violets, plums, blackberries, white spices, and a smoky note. Full bodied entry of plum and berries with vanilla on the mid-palate. Concentrated flavors fruit are enhanced by licorice back notes. Big flavorful finish. (91)
Overland 2011 Kick Ranch Petite Sirah
Sonoma County, $45.00
125 cases produced
Male: Blackberries with earthy undertones in the glass. A mouthful of berries of berries and white pepper. Very rich and deep with good texture. Would be great with roasted pork! (91)
R2 Wine Co. Camp 4, Grenache 2012 Camp 4 Vineyard Grenache
Santa Ynez, $34.00
75 cases produced
Male: Berries, black cherries and mint in the nose. Bright and fruity palate with nice spice and solid acidity that lingers on the long finish. Well balanced. (91)
R2 Wine Co. Camp 4, Grenache Blanc 2012 Camp 4 Vineyard Grenache Blanc
Santa Ynez, $24.00
150 cases produced
Male: Delicate nose - light and lemony. Very juicy and ripe on the palate with fresh, ripe lemons that linger through the lovely finish. Nice acidity. Lovely! (91)
Scheid Vineyards 2012 Estate Triple Layer White Blend
Monterey, $26.00
190 cases produced
Male: Very floral nose. Juicy on entry but the finish is dry and cleansing showing nice orange peel accents. Great cocktail wine! (91)
Sol Rouge Vineyards & Winery 2011 Estate Gypsy Rouge Red Blend
Lake County, $28.00
350 cases produced
Male: Licorice and blackberry define the aromatic and lead to a nicely tailored and sleek palate of fresh plum and wild cherry. Lots of structure to this wine keeps it all in perspective and makes this a nice choice for quaffing and with food. (91)
ACORN 2011 AXIOM Alegria Vineyards Syrah
Russian River Valley, $34.00
298 cases produced
Male: Black pepper with red berry and lighter tones of black cherry with toast on the nose. The palate is soft and friendly with nicely formed fruit dominated by black raspberry and cedar accented by cola and bakers chocolate. The finish is long and luxurious and is very nicely balanced by welcome acidity. (90)
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2012 Estate Syrah
Alexander Valley, $20.00
3000 cases produced
Male: Aromas of black cherry, vanilla and stones. The palate is tight at first with black cherries and tight acids. As it opens the wine reveals a pure beam of fruit through it with delicate chocolate notes on the finish. (90)
Ampelos 2010 Estate, Certified Organic, Biodynamic & Sustainable In Practice fruit Ampelos Vineyard Syrah
Sta Rita Hills, $35.00
400 cases produced
Male: The nose is ethereal with lovely fruit and spice that moves towards sarsaparilla. The mouthfeel and structure are classic. There is plenty of fruit, spice, acid, and backbone. The finish is good! (90)
Black Hills Estate Winery 2012 Syrah
Okanagan Valley, $37.00
1722 cases produced
Male: Light smoke on the nose with cassis fresh blackberry and blackberry jam upon opening then some oak notes late. A well balanced wine with several layers of flavor unveiling as the wine evolves in the glass: smoke, bacon, cassis, blackberry, tea, licorice, and leather play together in this interesting and appealing wine. (90)
Bouchaine 2013 Rockin' H Ranch Syrah Rose
Sonoma Coast, $23.00
1109 cases produced
Male: Tangy and spicy aromas lead to a pure and juicy palate experience with good acids that cleanse and refresh. Long fruity finish. Nice complexity. (90)
Carlson Creek 2012 Red Rhone Blend
Cochise County, Arizona, $28.00
500 cases produced
Male: An almost Beaujolais-like nose replicates on the palate, Slightly spice with a core of cherry and plum. "Yummy!" (90)
Cedar Creek Winery 2012 Syrah
America, $17.00
400 cases produced
Male: The aromatic combines vanilla scented toasted oak with rich red berry fruit and ripe plum scented with earth and spice. Lush and full on entry with a solid core of black fruit and wild cherry. Nicely melded dried herbs and spice complement the fruit core. A long finish that lingers nicely. (90)
Cline Cellars 2013 Viognier
North Coast, $11.99
19000 cases produced
Male: Very pretty nose...peaches, melon, orange, and cream. "Really delicious, soft and floral with papaya, orange peel and tropical fruit nectar. Linear with a firm structure and nice balance. (90)
Darcie Kent Vineyards 2010 Madden Ranch Syrah
Livermore Valley, $24.00
420 cases produced
Male: Black fruit and spice aromas and flavors. Richly layered on the palate. Bright, tart long finish. "Nice!" (90)
Darioush 2011 Syrah
Napa Valley, $74.00
1350 cases produced
Male: Black cherry jam with floral aromas replicate on entry. Plum oak and cinnamon accent the rich fruit. Big structure and nicely complex wine. (90)
Davis Family Vineyards 2012 Cuvee Luke Saralee's Vineyard Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier Blend
Russian River Valley, $30.00
438 cases produced
Male: Lemon, flowers, melon, and mineral notes on the nose and in the mouth. Soft and juicy with mouthwatering acidity. "Very nice!" (90)
Davis Family Vineyards 2013 Cote Rose
Russian River Valley, $25.00
240 cases produced
Male: Strawberry, cherry, watermelon, and light clove aromas are repeated on the palate. Creamy texture over mid-palate with a touch of minerality. Cherry, raspberry and vanilla all the way through the long finish. (90)
Ecluse Wines 2012 Sereno Vista Vineyard Petite Sirah
Paso Robles, $36.00
125 cases produced
Male: Very aromatic and spicy. "Love the nose of black raspberries and sweet spice." The palate reflects the nose with added layers of smoke, roasted meats and a lovely minerality. (90)
Ecluse Wines 2012 Rendition Red Blend
Paso Robles, $38.00
250 cases produced
Male: Candied cherry with elements of dill and fresh clover with a touch of earth on the nose. Palate is formed by wild blackberry and young cherry with huckleberry. There are modest tannins helping form a classic structure with nicely placed minerality and a lingering spice content to the attractive finish. Should develop very nicely in bottle. (90)
En Garde 2012 Ghielmetti Vineyard Petite Sirah
Livermore Valley, $38.00
90 cases produced
Male: Vibrant nose of blackberry, blueberry, black pepper, and leather continues onto the palate and through the velvety finish. Good intensity. The core of tart blueberry is deftly wrapped with oak accents. Well balanced. (90)
Field Stone Winery 2013 Heritage Block Rose of Petite Sirah
Alexander Valley, $20.00
239 cases produced
Male: New World in style - bold, rich and approachable. Bright strawberry, hay, dried herbs, and subtle clove on the nose. Nice red berry and spice on entry. Viscous with lovely acid mid-palate through the long and deep finish. (90)
Field Stone Winery 2012 Marion's Block Syrah
Alexander Valley, $27.00
392 cases produced
Male: Very pretty fruit and spice aromatic. Nicely melded on the palate. Dark fruit at the core with oak used as seasoning not a hammer. (90)
Gold Hill Vineyard 2011 Mourvedre
El Dorado, $24.00
112 cases produced
Male: White pepper, cherry and meat aromas are delivered onto the palate and then open to reveal more layers...orange peel, black pepper and coriander. An elegant wine. While not incredibly young, it will get better with more time. Loads of potential here. (90)
Handley Cellars 2011 Kazmet Vineyard Syrah
Redwood Valley, $25.00
404 cases produced
Male: The smoky nose accents the dark cherry and blackberry aromas. Some white and black pepper notes emerge as the wine is aerated. The entry mirrors the aromas with dark plum notes joining in mid-palate. "Very young but has great potential." (90)
La Fleur Solitaire, Boutinot Rhone Fide et Arte 2013 White Blend
Cotes du Rhone Blanc, $14.99
3000 cases produced
Male: Ripe citrus and floral aromas. Apricot flavors on opening supported with lovely acidity showing peach, grapefruit, brown baking spice, and cardamom on the lingering finish. "Tasty!" (90)
Les Coteaux Schisteux, Seguret, Fide et Arte 2011 Grenache
Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret, $24.99
3750 cases produced
Male: Profound nose of cassis, liqueur, berries, cherries, meat, cola, and licorice. Interesting European-style flavors of this wine with minerals and meat enhancing the fruit and yet it is very fruit forward. Mouth filling! Alive, dense and chewy. (90)
Onesta 2013 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault Rose
Lodi, CA, $22.00
330 cases produced
Male: Red raspberry, strawberry, red cherry, rose petals, and restrained baking spices on the bright and clean nose. Smooth entry of dusty red berry. Nice finish with good acidity to complement the red berries that hang in. (90)
Overland 2011 Argonaut Kick Ranch Rhone Blend
Sonoma County, $35.00
318 cases produced
Male: Cherry fruit complemented by cherry cola notes highlight the aromatic with a pleasing freshness. A solid fruit core of well developed and nicely layered black fruit highlighted by black cherry and lesser tones of black raspberry. That palate is generous and full and the finish long and satisfying but all within a nice structure and good acidity that connects the wine nicely. (90)
Pendleton Estate Winery 2012 Estate Pendleton Estate Vineyard Mourvedre
Alexander Valley, $32.00
95 cases produced
Male: Mixed berry, tea and cedar on the nose. Cinnamon, cloves and blackberry on the palate finishing with firm tannins. Nice! (90)
Sol Rouge Vineyards & Winery 2011 Estate Sol Rouge Estate Syrah
Lake County, $32.00
250 cases produced
Male: Nicely elevated black raspberry, forest floor and wood notes on the nose. The lovely fruit core is deftly wrapped with oak showing lovely spice notes. Long and lush finish. (90)
Vasco Urbano Wine Company 2013 Speck Ghielmetti Vineyard Grenache Rose
Livermore Valley, $24.00
141 cases produced
Male: Cherry and dried herbs with ripe wild berry and chocolate on the nose. Cherries on the palate both ripe and tart on entry. Chocolate, herbs and fruit marry on the mid-palate and move to a light and airy finish with undertones of red berry and dried herbs. (90)
VIE Winery 2011 Mourvedre
North Coast, $39.00
110 cases produced
Male: Compelling nose, rather Claret-like showing leather and blackberry aromas. The palate is firm at first but opens to show roasted meats, wild berry and ripe plum. Nice texture. Black fruit jam with chocolate notes on the finish. (90)
VIE Winery 2011 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah
Santa Barbara County, $45.00
175 cases produced
Male: Black and white pepper, leather and deli meats aromas. Complex with a somewhat sweet and oaky mid-palate and a long finish. This wine will age well. Would be lovely with smoked or roasted meats. (90)
Berryessa Gap 2011 California Series Cobel Ranch Vineyard Petite Sirah
Yolo County, $28.00
225 cases produced
Male: Blueberry pie aromas. Wonderful broad blueberry flavors in the mouth, Light brush of black pepper on the finish. (89)
Blind Dog Midnight Run Cuvee Red Blend
Paso Robles, $15.00
1100 cases produced
Male: Baked black fruit with warm spice with notes of strawberry and rhubarb on the nose. Cherry pie filling with herbs and baking spice. Black pepper combines with nice minerality on the finish. (89)
Cline Cellars 2013 Roussanne
Sonoma County, $20.00
160 cases produced
Male: Powerful nose displaying orange peel, tropical fruit and a honey back note. The palate mirrors the nose. Nice finish. (89)
Cline Cellars 2012 Cashmere Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah Blend
California, $15.99
47300 cases produced
Male: Wild berry and bacon combine with blackberry and vanilla to form an alluring aromatic. Blackberry and ripe plum form the fruit core for this wine on a palate that is beautifully layered and well structured. All balanced by lively minerality before the long and satisfying finish. Nice! (89)
Davis Family Vineyards 2013 Cuvee Luke Saralee's Vineyard Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier Blend
Russian River Valley, $30.00
440 cases produced
Male: Aromas of fig and almond butter. Soft, delicate and luscious melon, fig and honey over mid-palate with an easy lingering finish. (89)
Field Stone Winery 2012 Staten Family Reserve Viognier
Alexander Valley, $25.00
314 cases produced
Male: Tight citrusy nose with floral aromatics joining in. Peach and pear flavors on entry. Racy on the palate with a light almond note. Lingering acidity on the finish. Nice and well made. (89)
Guglielmo 2010 Private Reserve Estate Petite Sirah
Santa Clara Valley, $25.00
353 cases produced
Male: Violets, blackberries and sweet oak aromas repeat on the plate. Smoky bacon and roasted game join in early with mineral and peppery herb mid-palate. Smooth late on the palate and tannin on the finish. (89)
Klinker Brick 2013 Rose Blend
Lodi- Mokelumne River, $15.00
1000 cases produced
Male: Pale rose color. Nose of dried peach, watermelon, cherries and honeysuckle. Nice tropical fruit on the fore palate. Strawberry and cherry flavors throughout. Fresh and clean fruit finish. (89)
Lucas & Lewellen 2013 Estate Vineyards Late Harvest Viognier
Santa Barbara County, $24.00
316 cases produced
Male: Ripe peach, nectarine and mandarin orange aromas and flavors. Hits all the right late harvest viognier notes and keeps solid acidity through the the long finish. (89)
Lucas & Lewellen 2011 Estate Vineyards Petite Sirah
Santa Barbara County, $30.00
379 cases produced
Male: Rich and elegant aromas...vanilla, lavender and cream notes. Solid fruit and judicious use of oak. Balanced and well integrated. Lively acidic finish. (89)
Onesta 2013 Bokisch Ranch Viognier
Lodi, CA, $22.00
270 cases produced
Male: Very thick peach and spice character. Great mouthfeel, Broad and fruity on the palate with clean acids on the finish. (89)
Sol Rouge Vineyards & Winery 2012 Estate Viognier
Lake County, $32.00
100 cases produced
Male: The nose is a bit reserved. Delicate orange peel and soft citrus flavors. Clean finish. (89)
VIE Winery 2011 Las Madres Vineyard Syrah
Sonoma County, $39.00
175 cases produced
Male: An intriguing nose with that teasing descending scale in graham crackers and French Onion Soup. Pleasant structure with lush fruit up front. Wide palate and a good finish. Jammy fruit flavors with some unresolved tannins (89)
Alexander School Reserve Alluvia 2011 Reserve Select Red
Alexander Valley, $45.00
226 cases produced
Male: Cherry and vanilla with mint combine with blackberry and ripe plum on the nose. Lush black fruit with chocolate and earthy tannins. Ripe lush with cassis and chocolate on the finish. Firm acidity shines through. (88)
BATIA Vineyards 2013 Select White
El Dorado, $25.00
56 cases produced
Male: Pear and honey aromas and flavors. Vibrant wine, mouthwatering with lively acidity (88)
Chateau Lorane 2013 Quail Run Vineyard Viognier
Rogue Valley, $18.00
100 cases produced
Male: The nose displays aromas of Jasmine, stone fruit, mineral notes, and a touch of orange peel. On the palate, tangerine and melon with lemon zest and orange peel on the clean and delicate finish. (88)
Cline Cellars 2012 Syrah
Sonoma County, $11.99
6500 cases produced
Male: Complex nose - meaty, red plums, black cherry, kircsh, dried oregano, and nice spices. Red plum and black cherry entry. Viscous. Dried herb and bacon on the mid-palate. Oak, acid and spice on the deep finish. (88)
Gold Hill Vineyard 2012 Viognier
El Dorado, $24.00
309 cases produced
Male: Vanilla, peach, nectarine, lemon zest, lanolin, and pear on the nose. Oak and peach entry. Nectarine, citrus notes, and acidity mid-palate. Lemon, pear and stone fruit finish. Oak, acid and fruit balance nicely on a juicy edgy finish. (88)
Grey 2012 Garnacha, Carinena and Mataro Blend
Colchagua Valley, $23.99
1000 cases produced
Male: Strawberry, cherry, boysenberry, cocoa, and dried herb aromas. Strawberry explodes on the palate on entry. Peppery spice and cocoa join on the mid-palate. Racy acidity on the finish. (88)
Guglielmo 2010 Private Reserve Syrah
Santa Lucia Highlands, $25.00
341 cases produced
Male: Lush, well defined and balanced. Dark flavors of black tea and jammy fruit. Excellent mid-palate with a lively long finish. (88)
Les Cerisiers, Boutinot Rhone Fide et Arte 2013 Rose Blend
Cotes du Rhone Rose, $14.99
2208 cases produced
Male: This rose is bigger and bolder than it appears, and that's a good thing! Aromas of lavender and orange peel. Entry of tart strawberry broadens to a lush and rich mid-palate highlighted by lemon zest. Tangy and delightful finish. (88)
Pedroncelli 2012 Family Vineyards Petite Sirah
Dry Creek Valley, $17.00
1000 cases produced
Male: Earthy notes, orange zest and black fruit on the nose with blackberry up front. Chewy but nicely balanced. Brown spices on the finish. (88)
R2 Wine Co. Camp 4, Vin Blancs 2011 Camp 4 Vineyard Vins Blanc
Santa Ynez, $24.00
400 cases produced
Male: Warm spice entwined with pear and white peach aromas that continue onto the palate. Light, fruity and playful. (88)
The Winery SF 2010 Red Blend
North Coast, $15.99
1000 cases produced
Male: This is a rich, viscous wine. Dark in appearance with smoke, eucalyptus and dark fruit aromas. Big in alcohol but balanced at the same time. Lush fruit throughout with a long dry finish. (88)
Travieso 2012 El Tonto del Pueblo Camp 4 Vineyard, Fess Parker Ranch Grenache
Santa Ynez, $33.00
110 cases produced
Male: Aromas of raspberry and freshly baked rhubarb pie. Palate fruit core is defined by fresh plum and black currant with dried herbs and light spice on the finish. Well balanced with lively acidity. (88)
Vasco Urbano Wine Company 2012 Norm Marina Ranch Grenache
Livermore Valley, $42.00
100 cases produced
Male: Nicely elevated aromatics of spice and cherry jam with lighter notes of blueberry. Fruit core of ripe plum and toasty raspberry accented by cooking spice and vanilla toast with light herbs that add a nice character. Palate is generous and lush but plenty of acidity to carry this to a nicely structured finish. (88)
Battaglini Estate Winery 2009 Old vines, Estate Proprietor Reserve Twin Pines Vineyard Petite Sirah
Russian River Valley, $40.00
200 cases produced
Male: Medium dark with a diffuse rim. The nose is quite bright with hints of black fruit, wood shavings, citrus, and menthol. Appears to be very young. Pretty and ripe on the palate with well integrated tannins. (87)
Buzzard Red 2009 Red Blend
Sonoma County, $27.00
220 cases produced
Male: Dill and red berry on the nose with elements of old world barnyard elements. Spicy red berry fruit on a light entry. Dill and oak elements on mid palate. Juicy fruit and light chocolate on a lingering finish showing good acidity. (87)
Chateau Lorane 2013 Quail Run Vineyard Roussanne
Rogue Valley, $18.00
250 cases produced
Male: Understated aromatics with floral nd citrus notes. The palate is very alive and interesting. (87)
Chesebro 2010 CM Ranch Roussanne
Carmel Valley, $18.00
149 cases produced
Male: Pure aromas of citrus - lemon and lime. Flavors reflect the nose. Soft texture over the mid-palate. Creamy, linear finish. (87)
Gold Hill Vineyard 2010 Syrah
El Dorado, $22.00
341 cases produced
Male: A concentrated aromatic profile of cherry pie accented by spice and black pepper. The oak and toast profile is prominent but there is sufficient fruit to make it all work. Softer tannins with good acidity provide a nice balancing act on the finish. (87)
Grande River Vineyards 2012 Viognier
Grand Valley, Colorado, $17.99
300 cases produced
Male: Very pale golden hue. The nose is a bit odd but very pleasant...very ripe melon and citrus with a hint of pineapple. The palate is lush with orange blossom notes. Nice rich finish. (87)
Lucas & Lewellen 2011 Estate Vineyards Syrah
Santa Barbara County, $26.00
411 cases produced
Male: Ripe red berry, mint, and black pepper showcase the aromatic profile. A smooth, soft palate is layered with black currant and Bing cherry with chocolate accented by vanilla and toasted flavors. Tannins are refined and grace the finish very nicely. (87)
Page Mill Winery 2013 Angela's Cuvee Grenache Rose
California, $18.00
180 cases produced
Male: Pale orange/pink hue. The nosed is quite closed. Light red berries on entry with talc and honeysuckle mid moving to sweet lychee nut and papaya on the finish. (87)
Six Sigma Ranch and Winery 2011 Reserve Marianne's Syrah
Lake County, $45.00
70 cases produced
Male: Aromatics of cassis and wild blackberry with lighter cherry notes scented with dried herbs and a hint of baked cinnamon rolls. Ripe fruit profile of plum and berry along with dried herbs and lighter spice notes. Tannins are prominent on the finish. (87)
Three 2013 White Blend
Columbia Valley, $24.99
450 cases produced
Male: Pretty hue. The nose shows honeysuckle, dried herbs, pear, and nuts. Nice tangerine flavors enhance the palate. Honey, lemon and spice on the finish. (87)
Travieso 2011 El Chupacabras Red Blend
Santa Barbara County, $24.00
150 cases produced
Male: Aromas of anise, rhubarb and licorice, Sour cherry entry. The mid-palate explodes with sweet candied cherry, menthol, cloves, and anise. Nice acidity, herb, oak, and wild berry on the finish. (87)
Travieso 2012 La Llorona White Blend
Sonoma County, $28.00
110 cases produced
Male: Golden hue. Tight nose barely revealing citrus and yeasty aromas. Fore palate of lime and nectarine, nice minerality and acid joining in mid through the finish. (87)
Vasco Urbano Wine Company 2012 The Sheriff GSM Blend
Livermore Valley, $36.00
560 cases produced
Male: Blackberry, cherry, cola, oak and spice on the nose. Blackberry with oak and herb notes on the palate. Elegant and balanced finish. (87)
Andis Wines 2010 Reserve Petite Sirah
Sierra Foothills, $32.99
392 cases produced
Male: Black fruit, caramel and graham cracker aromatics open to cranberry, pomegranate and black fruit back notes accented by brown baking spices and black pepper. (86)
Les Coteaux, Boutinot Rhone Fide et Arte 2011 Red Blend
Cotes du Rhone Villages, $18.99
14184 cases produced
Male: Elusive nose then a touch of leather, plum and smoked meats. Light blackberry flavors. Tight palate. (86)
Longevity 2013 Grenache Rose
Livermore Valley, $24.00
50 cases produced
Male: Spiced orange, cinnamon the nose. Orange peel, honeysuckle and lychee nut on the palate and finish. Unusual and interesting rosé. (86)
R2 Wine Company 2012 Rhapsody En Blu Camp 4 Vineyard Red Blend
Santa Ynez, $24.00
450 cases produced
Male: Smoky aromas of berries and red cherries with a hint of cola. The palate begins with soft red fruit flavors leading to a mid-palate with pronounced minerality. Lots of spice on the finish. (86)
Rubystone 2011 Red Blend
Arroyo Seco, $15.99
500 cases produced
Male: White pepper, red strawberry, candied red plum, and mineral notes on the nose. Spice, pepper and berry entry with plum, chocolate and herb layering in mid-palate. Dry finish. (85)
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