Review: Years Best US Rhone Varieties

93 Points: 2018 Mourvedre, El Dorado

“This wine enjoys full ripeness and a generous panoply of red fruits, a sun-warmed bowl of strawberries with woodland accents. The texture is a delight, the wine’s spidery lightness holding a kind of tensile integrity in its tannic structure, with lithe energy that led one taster to think of tango dancers.”

92 Points: 2018 Eighteen Sixty-One

“This barrels out of the gate with the scents of grenache—warm, heady strawberry, turf and earth. The demonstrative aromatics give way to a wine of unexpected poise, flavorful but reserved, with finely woven tannins and a vinous, earthy frame”

91 Points: 2018 Grenache, Estate

“Pale red in the glass, this wine has an unexpected depth, even in its initial aromas of warm plums and sealing wax, a whiff of turf in the background. The flavors start off quiet, but in a day the fruit grows punchy and forward, one warm, bright-red berry note. Give it time in the cellar.”

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