B. The Rhone Rangers Tasting.
As in the past, it is difficult to try to take detailed tasting notes during a large walk-around event, especially if you’re also talking to winemakers and taking photos. Thus, I’ll simply list some of my favorite wines from the afternoon tasting, in alphabetical order by winery. Overall, I tended to focus on the whites and roses:
–2015 Adelaida Cellars Picpoul Blanc
–2014 Beckmen Vineyards Viognier Purisima Mountain Vineyard (lovely aromatics)
–2015 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare Rose (another good value at $18 listed price)
–2011 Bonny Doon Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard, X-Block (one of the top Syrahs tasted at Rhone Rangers.
–2015 Halter Ranch Grenache Blanc
–2015 Jaffurs Wine Cellars Grenache Blanc Thompson Vineyard
–2015 Kale Wines Rose (not listed in the RR catalog, but a blend of mostly Grenache and just a bit of Mourvedre, per my notes).
–2015 Kaleidos GSM Rose
–2014 Larner Vineyard Estate Viognier (nice structure and well-priced for $20).
–2015 Lone Madrone Picpoul Blanc
–2014 Martian Ranch Mothership Grenache Blanc
–2015 Qupe (Verdad) Rose (a GM blend with bright acidity and well-priced at $18).
–2012 Qupe Roussanne Bien Nacido Hillside (very effusive and floral)
–2014 Ridge Vineyards Petite Sirah Lytton Estate (tannins were tamed by a hot, short ferment to avoid too much tannin extraction)
–2014 Stolpman Estate Syrah (a consistently fine offering from Stolpman)
–2014 Stolpman Angeli Syrah (from the best Syrah barrels; much more complex and high-toned than the regular Estate Syrah)
–2014 Tercero Verbiage Blanc (one of the top wines from the seminar as well)