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

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

Chesebro 2013 Grenache Rose
Arroyo Seco, $16.00
91 cases produced
Female: Super light and clear with a hint of pink. Heady, sweet red fruit and floral aromas lead to a palate of soft sweet strawberry, cherry and Santa Rosa plum with hints of orange rind. Dried herbs complement the fruit profile. Very lovely and restrained on the palate. Beautiful acidity lends itself to a wonderful pairing with grilled trout. (92)
Cline Cellars 2012 Ancient Vines Mourvedre
Contra Costa County, $15.99
12300 cases produced
Female: Warm cookie dough on the nose. Lovely juicy blackberry flavors with leather notes on the finish. Yum! (91)
Cline Cellars 2013 Viognier
North Coast, $11.99
19000 cases produced
Female: Classic Viognier. Honeysuckle, apricot, peach, honey, and Mercedes tailpipe aromas. Lovely ripe pear, crisp apple, honey, and pineapple on entry finishing with citrus notes on the back palate. Nice acid! Lovely! (91)
La Fleur Solitaire, Boutinot Rhone Fide et Arte 2013 White Blend
Cotes du Rhone Blanc, $14.99
3000 cases produced
Female: Bright fresh lemon and floral notes in the glass. Bosc pear and Comice pear accented by tart lemon in the mouth. Very well balanced. Lovely! (91)
Les Cerisiers, Boutinot Rhone Fide et Arte 2013 Rose Blend
Cotes du Rhone Rose, $14.99
2208 cases produced
Female: Soft dusty floral aromas surround tart berry, black cherry and plum fruit on the nose. Lively palate with soft red fruit complemented by floral and spice notes. Tea and spice on the delightful finish. (91)
Pedroncelli 2012 Family Vineyards Petite Sirah
Dry Creek Valley, $17.00
1000 cases produced
Female: Enticing aromas of mixed peppercorns and black fruits with hints of leather. The black plum and blackberry jam flavors are framed by firm tannins. Purity and balance top off the pretty package. (91)
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2012 Estate Syrah
Alexander Valley, $20.00
3000 cases produced
Female: Toasted bread with raspberry jam on first sniff. The wine opens to reveal cocoa, blueberry, brown spice with oak notes. The palate mirrors the nose with a touch of clove on the finish. This wine will keep getting better as it opens and matures. (90)
Blind Dog Midnight Run Cuvee Red Blend
Paso Robles, $15.00
1100 cases produced
Female: Strawberry scented by licorice and anise form the aromatic. A ripe fruit profile of raspberry and blueberry accented by baking spice on the palate. Soft tannins combine with good acidity on the finish. (90)
Cedar Creek Winery 2012 Syrah
America, $17.00
400 cases produced
Female: Subtle and elegant aromas of black fruit, brown spice and light cinnamon. Palate is rich and lush showcasing a ripe fruit profile that is nicely balanced against well placed and nicely evolved tannins. Well made. (90)
Chateau Lorane 2013 Quail Run Vineyard Viognier
Rogue Valley, $18.00
100 cases produced
Female: Orange blossom, Granny Smith apple, lime, pear, peach and a hint of petrol on the nose. "I could just be happy swirling and smelling this wine." Slight spritz on the palate. The flavors are lovely...lemon and green apple with lychee and hazelnut accents. Well balanced. (90)
Cline Cellars 2013 Estate Marsanne/Roussanne Blend
Sonoma Coast, $15.99
850 cases produced
Female: Classic Rhone blend aromas of peach, apricot and toasted almonds with floral accents. The palate mirrors the nose with a lovely minerality. (90)
Cline Cellars 2012 Syrah
Sonoma County, $11.99
6500 cases produced
Female: Smoky black cherry, plum and pronounced black pepper aromas. The medium bodied palate leads with dark fruit then joined by charred oak and black tea. Dark, sultry and sensuous with tons of texture. (90)
Cottonwood Winery of Oregon 2008 Raya Jade Syrah
Yakima Valley, $19.00
444 cases produced
Female: Bright fruit aromas with tangerine and licorice accents. The palate is full of voluptuous fruit deftly surrounded with smoky notes and firm tannins. Fresh leather and dried flowers reveal themselves as the wine opens. (90)
Field Stone Winery 2013 Heritage Block Rose of Petite Sirah
Alexander Valley, $20.00
239 cases produced
Female: Darker in color than a typical rose. Intriguing nose of sweet red berry, cherry, dusty floral aromas, a hint of cinnamon, and dried herbs too. Rich and lush fruit forward palate with lovely spice accents. (90)
Les Coteaux, Boutinot Rhone Fide et Arte 2011 Red Blend
Cotes du Rhone Villages, $18.99
14184 cases produced
Female: Earthy nose then raspberry, black cherry and rhubarb notes with a touch of black licorice. The aromas replicate on entry. The tannins are refined. Balanced. Dark berry underlying the spice and fruit. Intensely built...meaty! (90)
Cline Cellars 2012 Cashmere Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah Blend
California, $15.99
47300 cases produced
Female: Violets and butterscotch combine with secondary notes of black currant and rhubarb on the nose. Ripe well developed dark fruit highlighted by blackberry touched by praline. Lighter tannins are sufficient to hold the delicious palate in place and good acidity carries through to the lingering finish. (89)
Chesebro 2010 CM Ranch Roussanne
Carmel Valley, $18.00
149 cases produced
Female: Heady nose of tangy citrus flavors - orange, grapefruit and lime with some coffee back notes. The palate is richly textured and vibrant mirroring the nose. Lovely! (88)
Chateau Lorane 2013 Quail Run Vineyard Roussanne
Rogue Valley, $18.00
250 cases produced
Female: Clear medium gold in color. Sweet broad fruit citrus aromas with mineral notes. Medium bodied palate offering lemon, lime, spiced orange, pear, and a hint of mint. Crisp and lively. (87)
Klinker Brick 2013 Rose Blend
Lodi- Mokelumne River, $15.00
1000 cases produced
Female: Floral and earthy aromas. Tart entry. Then light strawberry and cherry flavors. Creamy texture. A touch of bitterness on the finish. (87)
Page Mill Winery 2013 Angela's Cuvee Grenache Rose
California, $18.00
180 cases produced
Female: Herbal aromas. Light raspberry flavors throughout. Finishes with lovely acidity. (87)
Cline Cellars 2013 Roussanne
Sonoma County, $20.00
160 cases produced
Female: Clear and golden in color. Honeyed orange and apricot aromas with lychee and spice on aeration. The palate is medium bodied with spiced apple and white peach flavors. Pleasant finish. (86)
Grande River Vineyards 2012 Viognier
Grand Valley, Colorado, $17.99
300 cases produced
Female: Light floral aromas opening to lime and lime zest. Mandarin orange joins in late of the palate and stays through the warm finish. (86)
Rubystone 2011 Red Blend
Arroyo Seco, $15.99
500 cases produced
Female: Smoky aromas of berries and red cherry with hints of cola. The palate begins with soft red fruit flavors leading to a mid-palate with pronounced minerality and pepper. The finish is slightly chalky and a bit short. (86)
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