2014 Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting

Tasted April 6, 2014 by Martin Redmond with 561 views

Flight 1 (1 note)

Red
2012 Quady North Bomba USA, Oregon, Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley
87 points
Ruby color with kirsch, raspberry, red licorice and a bit of pepper aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied with fresh cherry, raspberry and spice flavors. Medium finish

Flight 2 (1 note)

Red
2011 Mounts Family Winery Grenache USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
89 points
Medium ruby red color with fresh cherry, red currant, and peppery spice aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and shows a bit of grip. It show tart cherry, raspberry, red currant and spice flavors. Long finish

Flight 3 (1 note)

Red
2012 Campovida Grenache Dark Horse Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County
88 points
Violet tinged ruby color with mixed berry aromas. A bit hot on the nose. On the palate, it's medium-bodied with a great texture, and ample cherry, strawberry and peppery spice flavors. Medium plus finish

Flight 4 (1 note)

Red
2012 Miner Family Grenache Hudson Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Light ruby red color with pretty strawberry, plum, and spiced dried rose aromas. On the palate, it's light-bodied and crisp with strawberry, plum, and spice flavors. Medium finish.

Flight 5 (1 note)

Red
2010 Baiocchi Grenache Sharon's Vineyard USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Fair Play
86 points
Dark ruby color with aromatic kirsch, and brown spice aromas. On the palate, it's approaches medium-bodied with cherry compote, raspberry and spice flavors. Medium plus finish

Flight 6 (1 note)

Red
2011 McCay Cellars Grenache USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi
90 points
Ruby color with aromatic appealing spiced cherry, cranberry, and a bit of pepper aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied with medium acidity, and an appealing grip from soft tannins. It show cherry, cranberry, and spice flavors. Medium long finish.

Flight 7 (1 note)

Red
2011 Qupé Grenache Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Edna Valley
91 points
Brilliant dark ruby color with appealing cherry, strawberry and floral aromas. On the palate, it's elegant and well structured with cherry, strawberry, and spice flavors. Long finish.

Flight 8 (1 note)

Red
2012 Broken Earth Winery USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
86 points
Scarlet red color with intense candied cherry, strawberry, and spice aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, with medium-low acidity, and ample easy to like cherry, strawberry, and spice flavors.

Flight 9 (11 notes)

Red
2011 Carica Grenache Eaglepoint Ranch USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County
90 points
Light red color with appealing cherry, red currant, and spice aromas. On the palate, it approaches medium bodied, and is well balanced and persistent with cherry, cranberry, and spice flavor. Lingering finish.
Red
2011 Eric Kent Wine Cellars Grenache The Barrel Climber USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Perfumed cherry, pomegranate, spice and a hint of floral aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, concentrated, a with a supple texture with soft well integrated tannins and cherry, pomegrante, and spice flavors. Long finish. 91% Grenache from Greywacke Vineyard, and 9% Syrah form Las Madras Vineyard.
Red
2010 Law Estate Wines Beguiling USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
91 points
Ruby-violet color with raspberry, strawberry, spice and a hint of floral aromas. On the palate, its between light and medium-bodied, and balanced wth surprising acidity and raspberry, strawberry, spice and mineral flavors. Lengthy finish. 94% Grenache, 6% Syrah
White
2013 Campovida Viognier Estate Grown USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County
91 points
Pale golden-yellow color with appealing white peach, apricot, honey, and a hint of floral aromas. On the palate it's medium-bodied, fresh, and persistent with focused peach, melon, apricot, and honey flavors. Lingering finish
White
2011 Tablas Creek Esprit Blanc de Tablas USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
92 points
Light yellow color with honeysuckle, mineral, spiced hazelnut, pear aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, well structured and focused with pear, green apple, spice and mineral flavors. Long finish.
Red
2011 Ridge Carignane Triangle USA, California, Sonoma County
90 points
Dark ruby color with aromatic blackberry, black cherry raspberry, spice and a hint of roast meat aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, and well structed with wonderful acidity. It shows focused mixed berry, black cherry, and spiced vanilla flavors. Lingering finish.
Red
2011 L'Aventure Estate Cuvée USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
92 points
Nearly opaque purple color with exuberant, layered cassis, spice, sandalwood, and spiced aromas. On the palate, it's rich and concentrated with lush mixed dark berry, and spice flavors, sweet tannins and a subtle mineral undertone. Long finish. Blend of 48% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Petit Verdot.
Red
2011 Kukkula Noir USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
90 points
Dark ruby color with appealing black cherry, strawberry, black currant and white pepper aromas. On the palate, it's medium bodied, and fresh with dusty tannins. It shows black cherry, plum, black currant, with a bit of bittersweet chocolate flavors and a lingering finish.
White
2012 Two Shepherds Pastoral Blanc Saralee's Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
90 points
Pale yellow gold color with restrained peach, melon, and honeysuckle aromas. On the palate, it approaches medium-bodied, is well structured and fresh with an alluring creamy texture. It shows peach, apricot, spice and a hint of tropical flavors. Blend of 50% Roussanne, 35% Marsanne, 10% Viognier and 5% Grenache Blanc. Aged 4-8 months in neutral oak, 4 months on lees. 13.8% alcohol. 105 cases produced. SRP = $28. Serve between 50-55 to maximize enjoyment of aromas and flavors.
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Red
2010 Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
91 points
Carmine color with expansive mixed berry, licorice, dried herb and pepper aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and vibrant with dusty tannins and dark cherry, raspberry, plum, and spice flavors. Blend of 56% Grenache, 31% Syrah & 13% Mourvedre.
White
2011 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc Reserve En Bonbonne USA, California, Central Coast, Arroyo Seco
90 points
Slightly cloudy pale gold color with peach, apple, and lanolin aromas. On the palate, it's fresh with ample weight and peach, tart apple, spice and mineral flavors. Blend of co-fermented 62% grenache blanc, 38% roussanne.
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