Affairs of the Vine - 3rd Annual Rhone Shootout

Affairs of the Vine - 3rd Annual Rhone Shootout

Double Gold - 2012 Écluse "Improv"

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
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

Gold Medal - 2012 Écluse "Rendition" Lock Vineyard

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
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

Gold Medal - 2012 Écluse Petite Sirah Sereno Vista Vineyard

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
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


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