Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting San Francisco – March 28 2010 – James Melendez

Another fantastic Grand Tasting at Rhone Rangers 2010 in San Francisco.  The US Rhone varietals have been not just improving vintage over vintage but definitive styles are created, developed and honed in on.  This years tasting was not as crowded in years past–partly due to economic reasons–but I would expect as the economy turns around attendance will pick up.  Rhone Rangers is a special place to come and enjoy a set of varietals that does not have the following of the Bordeaux or Burgundy set–it is a splendid time for the senses to try something new and something familiar.  I have published a few of these entries and working toward completing a review of each wine.

Frick Owl Hill Dry Creek Valley Counoise – 2007 – 9.3

Pride Mountain Sonoma County Syrah – 2007 – 9.3

Miner Famly La Diligence Syrah – 2007 – 9.3

Villa Creek Damas Noir Paso Robles Mourvèdre – 2007 – 9.2

Novy Family Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah – 2007 – 9.2

Novy Family Rosella Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah – 2007 – 9.2

Aver Family Blessings Petite Sirah – 2007 – 9.1

Carina 7 Percent Santa Ynez Valley Red Blend – 2007 – 9.1

Frick Gannon Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Viognier – 2007 – 9.1

Eric Kent Kalen’s Big Boy Blend Bennett Valley Syrah – 2007 – 9.1

Miner Family La Diligence Napa Valley Marsanne – 2008 – 9.1

Novy Famliy Russian River Viognier – 2007 – 9.1

Anglim Paso Robles Roussanne – 2007 – 9.1

Hagafen Napa Valley Sonoma Valley Reserve Syrah – 2005 – 9.1

Lawer Family 2007 – 9.1

Michaud Estate Chalone Syrah – 2004 – 9.1

Quady North Flagship Applegate Syrah – 2006 – 9.1

Villa Creek James Berry Vineyard Red Blend – 2007 – 9.1

Chamisal Estate Edna Valley Syrah Califia – 2007 – 9.1

DH Gustafson Dry Creek Mountain Vineyard Petite Sirah – 2006 – 9.1

Tercero Red Blend Santa Barbara The Climb Red Blend – 2007 – 9.1

Tercero Tierra Alta Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley Syrah – 2007 – 9.0

Tercero Camp 4 Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley Grenache Blanc – 2006 – 9.0

Tercero Red Blend Santa Barbara County Cuvee Christie Red Blend – 2007 – 9.0

Derby San Luis Obispo County Petite Sirah – 2006 – 9.0

Harrison Clarke Estate Santa Ynez Valley Cuvee Charlotte Syrah – 2006 – 9.0

Anglim Paso Robles Syrah – 2007 – 9.0

Anglim Paso Robles Best Barrel Red Blend – 2005 – 9.0

DH Gustafson Dry Creek Mountain Vineyard Petite Sirah – 2007 – 9.0

Chamisal Estate Eda Valley Grenache – 2006 – 9.0

Arnot-Roberts Hudson North Block Carneros Syrah – 2008 – 9.0

Clavo Cellars Paso Roble Dreamer Petite Sirah – 2007 – 9.0

David Girard El Dorado Red Blend – 2005 – 9.0

Domaine Serene Del Rio Rouge Valley Syrah – 2005 – 9.0

Anglim Cerise French Camp Vineyard Paso Robles Red Blend – 2006 – 9.0 Fleming Jenkins Maden Ranch Livermore Valley Syrah – 2007 – 9.0

Folin Estate Rogue Valley Syrah – 2006 – 9.0

Katin Del Rio Rogue Valley Syrah – 2007 – 9.0

Michaud Estate Chalone Syrah – 2005 – 9.0

Novy Family Napa Valley Syrah – 9.0

Sawtooth Snake River Syrah – 2007 – 9.0

Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Paso Robles Red Blend – 2007 – 9.0

Hagafen Napa Valley Estate Syrah – 2007 – 8.9

Halter Estate Paso Robles Syrah – 2006 – 8.9

Holly’s Hill Patriarche Red Blend – 2007 – 8.9

Anglim Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Barbara County Viognier – 2007 – 8.9

Aver Family California Hope Red Blend – 2007 – 8.9

Bella Lily Hill Estate Dry Creek Valley Syrah – 2007 – 8.9

Bella Lily Hill Estate Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah – 2007 – 8.9

Bink Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County Melange – 2007 – 8.9

Black Sheep Dusty Lane Calaveras County Cinsault – 2008 – 8.9

Carina Tierra Alta Vineyard Santa Barbara Grenache – 2007 – 8.9

Fleming Jenkins Black Ridge Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah – 2007 – 8.9

Epiphany Stage Coach Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah – 2007 – 8.9

Frick Estate Owl Hill Dry Creek Valley Grenache Blanc – 2007 – 8.9

Jemrose Foggy Knoll Bennett Valley Grenache – 2007 – 8.9

Pride Mountain Sonoma County Viognier – 2008 – 8.9

Quady North Steelhead Run Vineyard – 2007 – 8.9

Michaud Estate Chalone Marsanne – 2007 – 8.9

Terre Rouge Sierra Foothills Roussanne – 2007 – 8.9

Terre Rouge Sierra Foothills Syrah 2006 – 8.9

Hagafen Lodi Roussanne – 2008 – 8.9

Quady North 4-2A Rogue Valley Syrah – 2007 – 8.9

Miner Family Simpson Vineyard Viognier – 2008 – 8.9

Sarah’s Estate Santa Clara Valley Roussanne – 2008 – 8.9

Tercero Santa Barbara County Petite Sirah – 2007 – 8.9

Lawer Family 3 Coins Viognier – 2008 – 8.9

Chamisal Estate Edna Valley Syrah – 2007 – 8.9

Sawtooth Snake River Viognier – 2007 – 8.9

Lawer Family 3 Coins Knights Family Syrah – 2006 – 8.9

Epiphany Santa Barbara County Grenache Blanc – 2008 – 8.8

Eric Kent Kalen’s Big Boy Blend Bennett Valley Syrah – 2008 – 8.8

Caliza Azimuth Paso Robles Santa Ynez Red Blend – 2007 – 8.8

Anglim Paso Robles Cameo White Blend – 2006 – 8.8

Frick Dry Creek Valley Cinsault – 8.8

Jada Hell’s Kitchen Red Blend – 8.8

Villa Creek Paso Robles White Blend – 2000 – 8.8

Truchard Carneros Syrah – 2006 – 8.8

Curtis Vogelzang Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley Mourvèdre – 2006 – 8.8

Curtis Vogelzang Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley Syrah – 2006 – 8.8

Hawks Butte Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County Syrah– 2005 – 8.8

Tercero Watch Hill Vineyard Santa Barbara County Grenache – 2006 – 8.8

Tercero Camp 4 Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley Mourvèdre– 2006 – 8.8

Sarah’s Santa Clara Valley Carignan – 2007 – 8.8

Sarah’s Besson Vineyard Santa Clara Valley Marsanne – 2008 – 8.8

Anglim Paso Robles Grenache – 2005 – 8.7

Micheal-David Incognito Lodi Viognier – 2007 – 8.6

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