2012 Romancing the Rhones Results
Scores: Men Judges Bang for your Buck


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

heartheartheartheart = Love at First Sip = Gold Medal

6th Sense 2010 Syrah
Lodi, $16.00

20000 cases produced
THIRD PLACE: Male Wine Judges
(94.5) Black
Male: Brilliant shiny candied plum color. Aromas of pancake syrup and cherries that open to smoked wood and cola. Rich, ripe opening, with great depth, balance and grip. Dill pickle in mid-palate. Leather, smoke and cloves on the long finish. Smooth mouthfeel.
Field Stone Winery 2011 Heritage Block Field Stone Estate Vineyard Rose of Petite Sirah
Alexander Valley, $20.00

264 cases produced
THIRD PLACE: Female Wine Judges
(94) Lilac
Male: Nice pink color with rose petals and sweet, juicy strawberry
and cherry aromas. Very juicy up front, with lots of ripe cranberry and raspberry fruit, and a candied edge that finishes dry. A fun wine that wants food, for sure.
Hahn Winery 2010 GSM Red Blend
Central Coast, $14.00

18582 cases produced
(94) Red
Male: Brilliant dark garnet. Beautiful nose filled with perfume, rose
petals and cherries and berries showing through. Shows up front fruit, good tannin, tangy currants, beautiful structure, depth and balance. Youthful and action-packed.
Helwig Vineyards and Winery 2009 Syrah
Suisun Valley, $20.00

150 cases produced
(94)
Male: Raspberry cola and very fruity aromas. A very pretty wine with floral, red and black fruits, including black currant jam and brown sugar. Dark chocolate, bright juicy fruits and good depth and balance. Wonderful oak selection adds weight and provides creamy mouthfeel. A very restrained and sophisticated style. Good job!
Guglielmo 2011 Private Reserve Marsanne
Santa Clara County, $20.00

248 cases produced
(93) Mint Green
Male: Mango, ripe melon, tropical fruit, white peaches, honeysuckle, pear and vanilla – aromas so appealing, they make the mouth water! On the palate, ripe peaches, apricot, mango and tangerine, combined with round mouthfeel and flowing acidity, make the mouth water even more! Long finish lingers nicely.
Helwig Vineyards and Winery 2009 Syrah
California Shenandoah Valley, $20.00

150 cases produced
(93)
Male: Almost black, with purple rim. Blackberry, cedar, black pepper and chocolate mint aromas lead to flavors of cassis, boysenberries, licorice, dark chocolate and black cherries. Good acidity, youthful tannins and a touch of coffee on the long finish.
Skylark 2009 Red Belly Red Blend
North Coast, $20.00

550 cases produced
(93)
Male: Deep, ripe black cherry, blackberry, clove, currant, and earth note aromas. Spicy, with firm structure, moderate tannins, a rich and complex palate focused on concentrated, grippy black fruit, leather and coffee. Ends with a warm spicy finish.
Michael David 2010 Cinsault
Lodi, $20.00

1000 cases produced
(92) Khaki
Male: Pink ruby rim and ruby center. Aromas of kir, dark plum and wild berry compote. Deep fruit, chocolate, juniper, licorice and forest floor herbs meld into a viscous, complex finish. A modern style wine.
South Coast Winery 2010 White Blend
Temecula Valley, $20.00

2100 cases produced
(92) Coral
Male: Resiny, minty, oily nose with orange peel and pineapple notes. Medium-bodied and juicy, with tons of peaches, nectarines and citrus oil
on the finish. Great, juicy minerality.
The Messenger multi-vintage Red Blend
California, $16.00

1200 cases produced
(92) Lime Green
Male: Ruby rim and dark center. Very French, salty, with red berry, currant, herb and forest notes, with nettles and ocean mist hints. Hermitage salt, deep red berry, cocoa and minerality. A nice balance of all components with good acidity.
Bonny Doon Vineyard 2011 Vin Gris de Cigare Rose
Central Coast, $16.00

5555 cases produced
(91) Dusty Rose
Male: Pale salmon color with soft orange blossom nose, cotton candy,
bubblegum, and cherries underneath. Very juicy, but restrained, with vivid wild strawberries, cranberries and great balance. Tavel-like.
Bonny Doon Vineyard 2009 Contra Red Blend
Central Coast, $14.00

5867 cases produced
(91)
Male: Dried plums on the nose open to cherry and cassis. Restrained in style. Soft, delicate fruit over mid-palate with the deft finish.
Kirigin Cellars 2009 Syrah
California, $19.90

100 cases produced
(91)
Male: The aromas are layered – dark currants, rhubarb, blackberries, cedar, leather, and chocolate. Ripe, good clean opening and nice depth. Chocolate, cedar, eucalyptus, and a long plum finish. Well done!
Midsummer Cellars 2011 Grenache Rose
Yolo County, $19.00

320 cases produced
(91) Pink
Male: Pomegranate, grapefruit, strawberry, nutty brioche and spice, with a smoky edge. Strawberry, blackberry and clove meld to a tangy finish. A summer wine fine for cheeses and grilled vegetables.
RoxyAnn Winery 2009 Viognier
Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, $20.00

1294 cases produced
THIRD PLACE: Female Wine Lovers
(91) Bronze
Male: Oak bomb! Asian pear, vanilla, green apple and spice. Toast and butter prominent: Lots of buttered toast and creamy vanilla…but where is the fruit? Aha! it is lurking beneath. : )
Bonny Doon Vineyard 2010 Clos de Gilroy Grenache
Central Coast, $18.00

2384 cases produced
(90)
Male: Ruby/purple in color. Very old world-Cote du Rhône style. Subtle black cherry, wet earth, and horse blanket. Blackberry, vanilla, cola, and game flavors. Nicely proportioned. What leaner style. Great food wine.
Bonny Doon Vineyard 2009 Biodynamic Chequera Vineyard Viognier
Paso Robles, $20.00

654 cases produced
(90)
Male: Very nice Viognier! Honeysuckle and sweet honeyed orange blossom on
the nose. Soft opening and good mouthfeel. Beautiful tropical fruit, pear, apple, stone fruit, vanilla and hints of lychee in the mouth. Candied honeysuckle on the mid-palate. Nice acid on the finish.
Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2011 Special Selection Roussanne
Temecula Valley, $20.00

356 cases produced
(90)
Male: Honeysuckle, spice, orange rind, peach blossom, almonds and wet stone aromas lead to grapefruit, melon, lemon and sweet ripe citrus flavors wound around a viscous vanilla core, with good acidity and texture.
Consilience Wines 2010 Syrah
Santa Barbara County, $18.00

1532 cases produced
(90)
Male: Yummy nose. Rich, forward style, yet young and meaty in the mouth. Heavy, but integrated tannins.
Cycles Gladiator Winery 2009 Viognier
Lodi, $12.00

1200 cases produced
(90)
Male: Lovely kiwifruit and lemon zest aromas. Apple flavors on opening with citrus notes and orange peel mid-palate through the nice precise finish.
Drytown Cellars 2010 Estate Petite Sirah
Amador County, $18.00

260 cases produced
(90) Pumpkin
Male: Blueberry, blackberry, oak, and cola aromas. A big wine, with a creamy mouthfeel, mouthwatering big tannins, and lots of blackberry, black cherry, black currant fruit, and a long, lingering finish.
Hagafen Cellars 2010 Ripken Family Vineyard Roussanne
Lodi, $18.00

267 cases produced
(90)
Male: Citrus flowers, melon, and spice aromas. Soft and creamy on the palate showing lychee, melon, and fig flavors. Very complex. Beautiful!
Hahn Winery 2010 Syrah
Central Coast, $14.00

5454 cases produced
(90)
Male: Fresh blackberry pie filling aromas with a nice spice note. Rich blackberry fruit accented with cloves and leather. Juicy and well-balanced finish.
Mangels Vineyards 2010 Viognier
Suisun Valley, $15.00

50 cases produced
BEST OF SHOW: White
(90)
Male: Hints of tropical fruit, honey and vanilla on the nose. Rich opening. Lush, lively, dense, and viscous. Hints of flint, lychee and apricot on the palate. A good food wine.
Raimondo Winery 2007 Syrah
Lodi, California, $18.00

180 cases produced
(90)
Male: Aromas of black raspberry, strawberry jam, maple syrup and incense. Flavors of black raspberries with buttermilk, black tea, anise and currant. Pleasant, dessert-like finish.
South Coast Winery 2008 Red Blend
Temecula Valley, $14.00

2400 cases produced
(90)
Male: Currant, green pepper, coffee, black tea, mint and leather. Elegant, light, black cherries, violet, cocoa, mint and spice. Nice balance and finish.
tercero wines 2010 Camp 4 Grenache Blanc
Santa Ynez Valley, $20.00

125 cases produced
(90)
Male: Honey, vanilla bean, oak, buttery toast, caramel, dusty melon blossoms and lemon lead to ripe melon, musky lemon and abundant citrus. Intensely flavored. Twangy. Rich pear, peach and vanilla on the exit.
Zaca Mesa 2010 Estate Grown & Bottled Viognier
Santa Ynez Valley, $20.00

6182 cases produced
(90)
Male: Honeysuckle and nectarine aromas, with hints of ripe olive. Lean and focused with nectarines, orange peel, floral/citrus finish and integrated, balanced acidity.
Zaca Mesa 2007 Z Cuvee Red Blend
Santa Ynez Valley, $20.00

6692 cases produced
(90)
Male: Pleasant wild berry and floral nose. Mixed berry, brown spices, herbs, and game come together on the meaty palate. Nice finish.

heartheartheart = An Affair to Remember = Silver Medal

Cycles Gladiator Winery 2010 Syrah
California, $10.00

9303 cases produced
(89)
Male: Elegantly proportioned aromatics showing spice, blackberry, cloves, and vanilla. Yummy black fruit middle leads to a precise finish.
Domaine Berrien Cellars 2010 Estate Marsanne
Lake Michigan Shore, $15.50

148 cases produced
(89)
Male: Aromas of violets, vanilla, almond, peach, and earthy, ripe apple. Smooth mouthfeel with hints of melon, nectarine pit, white flowers, hay, tropical fruit, and a smoky-earthy finish that makes you warm.
Fenestra 2010 Estate Rose
Livermore Valley, $14.00

151 cases produced
(89) Purple
Male: A quiet nose showing orange blossom and red fruit. Peach, strawberry on opening with beautiful cherry berry fruit mid. The lingering, layered finish is enhanced with pomegranate and tart berries accents. A nice sipper!
Grizzly Peak Winery 2011 Estate White Blend
Rogue Valley, $18.00

252 cases produced
(89)
Male: Aromas of tangerine, tropical fruit, honeysuckle and spice. The lively
opening is very floral with melon and hints of lychee. Tangy citrus on finish.
Leucadia Red 2010 The General’s Blend Red Blend
California, $11.00

3500 cases produced
(89)
Male: Medium garnet color. Cherries and a touch of anise in the nose. Extremely ripe fruit, with a candied fruit sweetness on the palate. An unusual style, but a fun wine.
Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2010 Special Selection Viognier
Temecula Valley, $20.00

492 cases produced
(88)
Male: Wisteria and candy aromas. Apricot and herb flavors. Well-balanced with nice fruit, acid and oak integration.
Cycles Gladiator Winery 2010 Petite Sirah
Lodi, $12.00

1992 cases produced
(88)
Male: Pleasant nose of blackberries, blueberries, coffee, and American oak aromas dominate. Super-sweet ripe blueberries, plus coffee, tea, and spice. Balanced finish. Some will love.
Bonny Doon Vineyard 2009 Syrah Le Pousseur Syrah
Central Coast, $20.00

1233 cases produced
(87)
Male: Cassis, cola, mulberry, ginger, and white pepper aromas. Classic young Côte Rotie. Fruit is somewhat obscured by the oak but this wine is young and will round out.
Mangels Vineyards 2009 Angelina Red Blend
Suisun Valley, $20.00

100 cases produced
(87)
Male: Rich cassis nose. The palate doesn’t deliver the power expected. Cassis, vanilla, coffee, and bacon flavors. The finish is firm and balanced.
Domaine Berrien Cellars 2010 Estate Viognier
Lake Michigan Shore, $15.50

206 cases produced
(86)
Male: Mellon, figs and toast in the glass and in the mouth. Nice food wine.
TRE 2008 Syrah
California, $9.95

600 cases produced
(86)
Male: Ruby in color. Berry, bourbon and cedar aromas. Light red fruit flavors with dry leather and earth accents. Fine grained tannins. Simple, easy to enjoy.

heartheart = Will Provide Fond Memories = Honorable Mention

Domaine Berrien Cellars 2008 Estate Syrah/Shiraz
Lake Michigan Shore, $20.00

223 cases produced
(85)
Male: Light ruby in color. Sweet hot chocolate, cola, and blackberry on the nose. Wild berry and plum fruit peeks out from under the oak.
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