2014 Romancing the Rhones Results Scores:
Women 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

Alexander School Reserve Alluvia 2011 Reserve Select Red
Alexander Valley, $45.00
226 cases produced
Female: Thyme, bell pepper and anise scented dark cherry aromas. The full palate is layered with blackberry and black cherry combining with nutmeg and allspice. A young wine that should evolve very nicely with time. (93)
Klinker Brick 2012 Petite Sirah
Lodi- Mokelumne River, $25.00
600 cases produced
Female: Dark and opaque ruby in color. Intense blueberry and blackberry aromas ("Smells just like sticking your nose in a blackberry bush...brings back memories!")with vanilla, toffee and black pepper upon aeration. The entry leads with rich sweet berry flavors enhanced by black tea, black pepper and coffee notes. Beautifully balanced. Lovely combination of fruit and spice on the finish. (93)
Pendleton Estate Winery 2012 Estate Leslie's Block Petite Sirah
Alexander valley, $39.00
100 cases produced
Female: Dark and deep ruby in color. Tobacco. blackberry, and brambles in the glass accented by spice. Ripe and fresh blackberry and black cherry flavors with black pepper back notes. Tannin and acidity deftly balanced with the fruit. Would be excellent with stewed meats. (93)
ACORN 2011 AXIOM Alegria Vineyards Syrah
Russian River Valley, $34.00
298 cases produced
Female: Nicely developed aromas of ripe blueberry and dried plum with notes of lavender. Palate is showing a nice combination of mature ripe black and red fruit with refined tannins and a range of spices. While rich and flavorful, there is certainly enough to the structure to carry this wine. (92)
Berryessa Gap 2011 Club Series Cobel Ranch Vineyard Durif
Yolo County, $23.00
225 cases produced
Female: Graham crackers, black currant, black cherry, and a hint of black pepper arise from the glass. Lush black fruit on the palate. Nice balance. Firm tannins on the long finish. Beautiful wine! (92)
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)
Chesebro 2009 CM Ranch Red Blend
Carmel Valley, $21.00
185 cases produced
Female: Vanilla and a touch of molasses combine with nicely defined black fruit on the nose. Black fruit core with allspice and a touch of black pepper lead nicely into a well structured finish with a nice dose of minerality and balancing acidity. (92)
Cloak & Dagger 2011 The Conspirators Reserve Dove Pond Vineyard Syrah
Paso Robles, $59.00
115 cases produced
Female: Black cherry, cola, strawberry, and blood orange on the nose. Lusciously juicy. "I like this!" enthused a female judge. Mouthwatering, bold and jammy with lovely orange zest and herbal and licorice undertones. (92)
Darcie Kent Vineyards 2010 Madden Ranch Petite Sirah
Livermore Valley, $24.00
1000 cases produced
Female: Inky blue black in the glass. Fresh blackberries (so fresh they are still on the vine), black plums and a touch of blueberry on the nose. Blueberry jam on the palate with a lovely herbal accent. Great acidity. Nice wine! (92)
Davis Family Vineyards 2013 Cote Rose
Russian River Valley, $25.00
240 cases produced
Female: Intense strawberry jam, orange peel, cherry, and currant with hints of citrus. Refined bouquet. Soft entry of refreshing cherry and lemon zest. The palate is balanced and mouthwatering. This wine would be outstanding with oysters! (92)
Davis Family Vineyards 2012 Throne Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre Blend
Russian River Valley, $38.00
420 cases produced
Female: Brambly blackberry with hints of toasted oak and dark jammy fruit touched by vanilla on the nose. A very attractive palate of dark fruit and ripe raspberry and cola notes. A zesty finish of spice, tannins, and acidity. (92)
Ecluse Wines 2012 Sereno Vista Vineyard Petite Sirah
Paso Robles, $36.00
125 cases produced
Female: Boysenberry jam and dark chocolate aromas open to sweet blackberry pie, black figs, and dried blueberry flavors. Elegant wine. Nice acidity and zippy rich chocolate on the finish. Yummy! (92)
Ecluse Wines 2012 Improv Red Blend
Paso Robles, $38.00
375 cases produced
Female: Cola and blackberry combine with black cherry and tobacco to form an interesting aromatic. Palate is nicely balanced between deftly placed layers of black fruit and subtle spice and cinnamon. Finishes with flair and plenty to enjoy. (92)
Imagine 2007 Paradise Road Vineyard Syrah
Santa Barbara County, $80.00
246 cases produced
Female: Bold and delicious black cherry fruit. Velvety and smoky. "Robust and memorable...called to me over and over again, like a man I want to meet." (92)
Lucas & Lewellen 2013 Estate Vineyards Viognier
Santa Barbara County, $22.00
521 cases produced
Female: Pale golden in color, a field of gardenias arise from the glass followed by apricots, nectarines, honeysuckle, and lemon notes. Light and fresh on the entry with juicy pear and tropical fruit flavors. Nutty notes of tropical trail mix on the lovely finish. (92)
Onesta 2013 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault Rose
Lodi, CA, $22.00
330 cases produced
Female: Sweet and savory cherry, berry aromas with lovely floral accents. The palate is mouth filling with refreshing and soft fruit flavors complemented by dried herbs and citrus notes, Layered and lovely! (92)
Onesta 2011 Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault
Lodi, CA, $29.00
400 cases produced
Female: Meaty with dark dried fruit and hints of cocoa dust aromas are repeated on the palate. Lingering finish with very nice acidity. "Absolutely lovely wine!" stated one of our judges. (92)
Sol Rouge Vineyards & Winery 2011 Estate Sol Rouge Estate Petite Sirah
Lake County, $32.00
75 cases produced
Female: Spice and earth notes with blueberry pie, fig, prune, licorice, and boysenberry in the glass. The palate is playful with lovely fruit and a strong backbone. Tart at first, the wine opens to reveal pretty wild berry flavors. This will age well. (92)
VIE Winery 2011 Mourvedre
North Coast, $39.00
110 cases produced
Female: Beautiful nose of smoky sour cherry, dried blueberry, anise, and lavender notes. Great flavor on opening - sour cherry enhanced with an herbal, earthy, and stewed meat. This wine with its brooding style is the essence of the savory side of Mourvedre. (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)
Davis Family Vineyards 2012 Cuvee Luke Saralee's Vineyard Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier Blend
Russian River Valley, $30.00
438 cases produced
Female: Peaches, melon, baked apple, and fresh Gala apple aromas replicate on the palate. The flavors are bright and ripe with lemon, honey and vanilla joining mid-palate through the lingering finish.Very well balanced. "Lovely!" (91)
Ecluse Wines 2012 Rendition Red Blend
Paso Robles, $38.00
250 cases produced
Female: Kirsch like raspberry with balanced aromas of dark berries and vanilla scented toast on the nose. There is a unique smokiness to the layers of black fruit and spice on the palate. Long lingering finish with cola notes complete this nicely crafted wine. (91)
Field Stone Winery 2012 Staten Family Reserve Viognier
Alexander Valley, $25.00
314 cases produced
Female: Pale golden straw in color. Classic Viognier aromas of peach, pear, orange blossoms and honeysuckle notes. Soft and delicate on the palate with melon, peach and lemon zest flavors with a hint of nuttiness. Lovely peach blossoms and pear accented with acidity on the lovely finish. (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)
Les Six, Boutinot Rhone Fide et Arte 2011 Red Blend
Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne, $24.99
2000 cases produced
Female: Rich fruit forward bouquet...strawberry jam, toast, chocolate covered black cherries, and white pepper with hints of vanilla and coffee. The nose carries through onto the lovely palate. Nice acidity and refined tannins. (91)
Onesta 2013 Bokisch Ranch Viognier
Lodi, CA, $22.00
270 cases produced
Female: Orange peel, lemon zest and tangerine on the nose. Bright acidity on the long zesty finish. Great mouthfeel! (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)
R2 Wine Co. Camp 4, Grenache 2012 Camp 4 Vineyard Grenache
Santa Ynez, $34.00
75 cases produced
Female: The nose is lovely...candied cherry pie filling with a hint of spearmint. The cherry notes carry onto the palate and continue to a long and vibrant finish. Hints of licorice mid-palate. "Love the juicy note!" (91)
Sol Rouge Vineyards & Winery 2011 Estate Gypsy Rouge Red Blend
Lake County, $28.00
350 cases produced
Female: Red berry fruit and raspberries accented by pleasing earth and spice notes in the nose. Cherry fruit core with spiced cranberry define the palate. Well balanced and enjoyable! (91)
Vasco Urbano Wine Company 2013 Speck Ghielmetti Vineyard Grenache Rose
Livermore Valley, $24.00
141 cases produced
Female: Aromas of apricot, melon and slight floral back notes. On the palate, lime and lychee complement the juicy berry flavors. Great acidity balances this full-bodied wine. Yum! The finish lingers and begs for food. Would be excellent with a myriad of dishes. (91)
Vasco Urbano Wine Company 2012 Norm Marina Ranch Grenache
Livermore Valley, $42.00
100 cases produced
Female: Enticing aroma. Rich and juicy fruit...blackberries and raspberries with vanilla accents. Broad on the palate with a long lasting finish. (91)
VIE Winery 2011 Las Madres Vineyard Syrah
Sonoma County, $39.00
175 cases produced
Female: Brown baking spice, leather, plum, and black currant aromas with black pepper coming in late. Rich blackberry flavors almost syrup - Zin-like. Dark cherry mid-palate with firm tannins, white pepper, and tobacco on the finish. (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)
Andis Wines 2012 Grenache
Amador County, $25.99
499 cases produced
Female: Gorgeous nose of cherry, black cherry, strawberry, clove, and white pepper. Black cherry, strawberry and clove carry through on entry. Big and lush on the palate. Black licorice and white pepper on the finish. Lovely! (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)
Bouchaine 2013 Rockin' H Ranch Syrah Rose
Sonoma Coast, $23.00
1109 cases produced
Female: Clear pale pink in color. Zesty citrus aromas with back notes of lovely spice. The palate is vibrant and playful offering tangy fruit accented and complemented by brown baking spices. Great taste experience! (90)
Carlson Creek 2012 Red Rhone Blend
Cochise County, Arizona, $28.00
500 cases produced
Female: Candied fruit aromatics with black pepper and mineral notes. Vibrant palate offering tart cherry and raspberry fruit with hints of mushrooms and herbs. (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)
Darioush 2011 Syrah
Napa Valley, $74.00
1350 cases produced
Female: Smoky dark fruit aromas with a touch of rhubarb and black cherry on aeration. Full bodied with a hint of spice and pepper. Soft, lingering finish. (90)
En Garde 2012 Ghielmetti Vineyard Petite Sirah
Livermore Valley, $38.00
90 cases produced
Female: Rich blue and black fruit aromas leap out of the glass complemented by hints of cassis and black pepper. The palate is full bodied and dense with lush fruit, lots of dried herbs and black pepper. Nice acidity and firm tannins. (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)
Grey 2012 Garnacha, Carinena and Mataro Blend
Colchagua Valley, $23.99
1000 cases produced
Female: Clear garnet/ruby in color with an appealing nose of strawberry, sweet black cherry, caramel notes, cinnamon, and cloves. Dusty strawberry on entry broadening a lovely layered red and black fruit mélange with nice baking spice accents. (90)
Les Coteaux Schisteux, Seguret, Fide et Arte 2011 Grenache
Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret, $24.99
3750 cases produced
Female: Big and bold color. Rich cooked fruit aromas. Savory fruit with luscious spice. Beautiful layers of dark cherry and anise. Lovely acid on the long finish. (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)
Lucas & Lewellen 2013 Estate Vineyards Late Harvest Viognier
Santa Barbara County, $24.00
316 cases produced
Female: Clear pale straw in color. Sweet white peach and floral aromas lead to a richly textured palate with balanced sweetness, structure and acid. Lovely finish, not at all cloying. Enjoy this with a lemon or pear tart. (90)
Lucas & Lewellen 2011 Estate Vineyards Syrah
Santa Barbara County, $26.00
411 cases produced
Female: Violets and fresh picked cherries grace the nose. Boysenberry and black raspberry form a fruit core that shows nice traces of barrel aging. Well developed tannins and good acidity tie together on the finish. (90)
Overland 2011 Kick Ranch Petite Sirah
Sonoma County, $45.00
125 cases produced
Female: Floral notes open to cocoa, black fruit, plum, and hint of mint upon aeration and repeat on the palate. Dense coffee and dark chocolate join in. Layered with a lovely mouthfeel. Great acidity on the long finish. (90)
Scheid Vineyards 2012 Estate Triple Layer White Blend
Monterey, $26.00
190 cases produced
Female: Petrol and tropical fruit aromas open to a rich, luscious and layered palate carrying forward the tropical fruit and layering on citrus notes and orange zest through the long and cleansing finish. (90)
Scheid Vineyards 2011 Estate Triple Layer Red Blend
Monterey, $28.00
300 cases produced
Female: Cherry, strawberry jam, sour cherry, and rhubarb aromas leap from the glass. A refined blend with soft dusty fruit on the palate complemented by dried herbs and a hint of smoked meat. Balanced. Finishes with smoky cherry and bacon notes. (90)
Six Sigma Ranch and Winery 2011 Reserve Marianne's Syrah
Lake County, $45.00
70 cases produced
Female: Riper black fruit and baking spice define the nose with a herbal quality that integrates nicely with a secondary notes showing licorice. Boysenberry and ripe black berry with cassis and black tea on palate. Richly layered and ready to drink now. (90)
Sol Rouge Vineyards & Winery 2012 Estate Viognier
Lake County, $32.00
100 cases produced
Female: Tropical and mineral notes on the nose, then a touch of earth. This delicate wine shows dried peach flavors with toasted almonds on the finish. Nicely balanced. (90)
Three 2013 White Blend
Columbia Valley, $24.99
450 cases produced
Female: Rich mineral based nose with stonefruit and honey as the wine is aerated. Creamy on the palate. "Love the fresh floral and white peach flavors." There is a hint of white pepper on the finish. (90)
Vasco Urbano Wine Company 2012 The Sheriff GSM Blend
Livermore Valley, $36.00
560 cases produced
Female: Smoky black cherry with cedar chest and sweet herbs on the nose. Lovely smoky cherry and rhubarb flavors followed by earthy and herbal notes escalating into a lovely structured and layered finish. (90)
Ampelos 2010 Estate, Certified Organic, Biodynamic & Sustainable In Practice fruit Ampelos Vineyard Syrah
Sta Rita Hills, $35.00
400 cases produced
Female: The nose displays wet earth and is a bit funky at first, then opens to show bacon fat, ripe cherries, smoke, and tobacco. The aromas are delivered onto the palate showing ground cloves and allspice on the finish. (89)
BATIA Vineyards 2013 Select White
El Dorado, $25.00
56 cases produced
Female: Gorgeous expressive aroma opens to juicy peach, papaya and apricot flavors. Mineral notes join mid-palate. Rich with racy acidity of the finish. (89)
Berryessa Gap 2011 California Series Cobel Ranch Vineyard Petite Sirah
Yolo County, $28.00
225 cases produced
Female: Deep garnet, almost black in color. Sultry nose of dark fruit, rhubarb and baking spices. The palate leads with juicy and lush smoked plum and black cherry with earthy and herbal complements. Subtle woodsy quality weaves throughout. (89)
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)
Field Stone Winery 2012 Marion's Block Syrah
Alexander Valley, $27.00
392 cases produced
Female: Sweet black currant, black raspberry with charred wood notes on the nose. The palate is viscous, well tuned and nicely textured. Blackberry flavors with spice and black pepper complements. Dusty tannins on the long finish. (89)
Guglielmo 2010 Private Reserve Estate Petite Sirah
Santa Clara Valley, $25.00
353 cases produced
Female: Alluring nose of luscious black cherry and blackberry aromas with an exotic spiciness. The palate is full and vibrant. This is wine is very alive! The combination of exotic spices and good acidity complement the lovely fruit flavors. (89)
Overland 2011 Argonaut Kick Ranch Rhone Blend
Sonoma County, $35.00
318 cases produced
Female: Candied blueberry and fresh cherry accented by cinnamon and light clove in the nose. Nicely restrained palate with plenty of fruit and spice makes this an easy to enjoy and excellent food wine. (89)
Pendleton Estate Winery 2012 Estate Pendleton Estate Vineyard Mourvedre
Alexander Valley, $32.00
95 cases produced
Female: Aromas of blueberry jam cooking on the stove. Lush blueberry flavors with a backwash of sour cherry. Lovely! (89)
R2 Wine Co. Camp 4, Grenache Blanc 2012 Camp 4 Vineyard Grenache Blanc
Santa Ynez, $24.00
150 cases produced
Female: Floral aromas then citrus and chalk. Creamy tropical fruit accented by vanilla and tart citrus notes. Nice finish. (89)
Sol Rouge Vineyards & Winery 2011 Estate Sol Rouge Estate Syrah
Lake County, $32.00
250 cases produced
Female: Nicely layered on the nose and palate. Plum, earth, smoke, and chocolate are consistent from the nose on. Well structured. Great finish. "Yummy!" (89)
Travieso 2012 El Tonto del Pueblo Camp 4 Vineyard, Fess Parker Ranch Grenache
Santa Ynez, $33.00
110 cases produced
Female: A nicely restrained aromatic of dark fruit, ripe cherry and forest floor with distinct aromas of old world earth. Black cherry and cola with a touch of black licorice on the palate. A long enjoyable finish shaped nicely by bright acidity. (89)
Vasco Urbano Wine Company 2012 Heine Casa De Vinas Long Row Petite Sirah
Livermore Valley, $48.00
100 cases produced
Female: Elevated aromatics of dark cherry fruit, vanilla and chocolate. The palate mirrors the nose with the addition of sweet cherry and lots of black black pepper on the finish. (89)
VIE Winery 2011 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah
Santa Barbara County, $45.00
175 cases produced
Female: Rich and lush sweet black cherry aromas with hints of toasty oak. Ripe and concentrated dark fruit flavors with cedar and spice accents. Nicely textured. (89)
Andis Wines 2010 Reserve Petite Sirah
Sierra Foothills, $32.99
392 cases produced
Female: Dynamic nose of peppery sweet black fruit with oak notes. The palate is lush and rich yet balanced. The plum and berry flavors are complemented by soft floral notes and black pepper on the finish. (88)
Battaglini Estate Winery 2009 Old vines, Estate Proprietor Reserve Twin Pines Vineyard Petite Sirah
Russian River Valley, $40.00
200 cases produced
Female: Blackberry and mint aromas. Blackberry cobbler, vanilla and juicy orange flavors highlighted by savory dried herbs. Dusty but silky finish. Mouthwatering. (88)
Black Hills Estate Winery 2012 Syrah
Okanagan Valley, $37.00
1722 cases produced
Female: Blueberry and blackberry aromas with back notes of smoke and leather draw you in. The nose is replicated on the palate with warm vanilla and a touch of black pepper on the finish. (88)
Buzzard Red 2009 Red Blend
Sonoma County, $27.00
220 cases produced
Female: Vanilla and cinnamon with a touch of black pepper and licorice on the nose. Blackberry and lighter red fruit with licorice on the palate are followed by bright acidity and refined tannins. Well balanced and should show nicely with food. (88)
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)
Darcie Kent Vineyards 2010 Madden Ranch Syrah
Livermore Valley, $24.00
420 cases produced
Female: Sweet and tart fruit with floral notes on the nose. Medium-bodied and vibrant on the palate with tart plum, red berry and hints of tea. (88)
Davis Family Vineyards 2013 Cuvee Luke Saralee's Vineyard Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier Blend
Russian River Valley, $30.00
440 cases produced
Female: Rich aromas of orange and a hint of honey on the nose. Soft, lush entry to the palate extends to sweet apricot and stone fruit flavors. Nice minerality through the finish. (88)
Davis Family Vineyards 2012 Soul Patch Syrah
Russian River Valley, $42.00
450 cases produced
Female: Inky in the glass. The nose is tight at first but opens to cherry cola, cough syrup and chocolate covered cherries. Lovely in the mouth showing dark berry and plum flavors. Dusty on the finish with some lovely acid. (88)
Gold Hill Vineyard 2010 Syrah
El Dorado, $22.00
341 cases produced
Female: A brambly old world style fruit profile of wild blackberry and ripe cherry are accented by licorice and toasted oak. Ripe black fruit with clove and allspice form the core palate with just enough acidity to finish. (88)
Guglielmo 2010 Private Reserve Syrah
Santa Lucia Highlands, $25.00
341 cases produced
Female: Sweet extracted dark berry aromas with a hint of cinnamon, dried herbs, and black pepper. Pronounced oak notes but sweet fruit to balance that carries through to the finish. (88)
Handley Cellars 2011 Kazmet Vineyard Syrah
Redwood Valley, $25.00
404 cases produced
Female: The nose is lovely showing berries and cherry fruit. Nice entry of the red fruit at the core with vanilla, blueberry and dark chocolate accents. Tart finish. "Hmmm...I want a grilled duck breast with this." (88)
Lucas & Lewellen 2011 Estate Vineyards Petite Sirah
Santa Barbara County, $30.00
379 cases produced
Female: Blue fruit with hints of smoke, cinnamon, and a touch of green pepper in the glass. Sweet and pretty black fruit on the palate with back notes of praline and molasses. Finishes with black pepper and blackberry. Nicely balanced. (88)
R2 Wine Co. Camp 4, Vin Blancs 2011 Camp 4 Vineyard Vins Blanc
Santa Ynez, $24.00
400 cases produced
Female: A lovely Rhone blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc with aromas of spiced nectarine and yellow peach. The palate mirrors the nose with lush fruit and lovely acid on the finish. (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)
Gold Hill Vineyard 2011 Mourvedre
El Dorado, $24.00
112 cases produced
Female: Mushroom, cola, dark berries, and sandalwood with herbal overtones in the nose and on the palate. Surprisingly soft finish. Well balanced. (87)
Gold Hill Vineyard 2012 Viognier
El Dorado, $24.00
309 cases produced
Female: Floral perfume in the glass. Ripe stone fruit and citrus flavors through the slightly chalky finish. (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)
R2 Wine Company 2012 Rhapsody En Blu Camp 4 Vineyard Red Blend
Santa Ynez, $24.00
450 cases produced
Female: Lovely black and red fresh fruit and jam nose. Lush in the mouth on entry through mid. Espresso on the finish. Grilled steak with black peppercorns - YUM! (87)
Travieso 2012 La Llorona White Blend
Sonoma County, $28.00
110 cases produced
Female: Honeyed aroma. Guava and peach on opening. Hints of roasted hazelnuts unfold on the palate. (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)
Travieso 2011 El Chupacabras Red Blend
Santa Barbara County, $24.00
150 cases produced
Female: Smoky red cherry and currant aromas with tar and black pepper back notes. The palate is medium bodied and reveals a vibrant re-creation of the nose. Pronounced minerality and pepper on the warm finish. (85)
Longevity 2013 Grenache Rose
Livermore Valley, $24.00
50 cases produced
Female: Round and rich nose. Decent acidity and finish. (83)
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