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The Rhone Shootout Results Are In

The Rhone Shootout was a multi-tasting, judged competition for Rhone-variety wines. The competition, organized by Affairs of the Vines, took place over the last three months and end with a blind consumer tasting at Romancing the Rhones on July 14. Winning wines were evaluated on four separate occasions.

RomancingTheRhonesBlock1The wine voted best in the final blind tasting by both men and women was the 2007 Derby Wine Estates FIFTEEN10 red blend from Paso Robles. It’s a plush SGM (59% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 12% Mourvedre) from Derby’s estate vineyard in southwest Paso Robles and retails for $28. Congratulations to Derby Wine Estates and general manager/winemaker Tiffinee Vierra.

For the second and third place wines, see the event wrap-up at Affairs of the Vines. Votes for men and women are tabulated separately. So, while Derby took first place with both men and women, the second and third positions were split. There was also a vote for best red, white and rosé among the wines being poured non-blind on the 14th. Those results are available on the same page at Affairs of the Vines.

I was one of the judges in several of the Rhone Shootout preliminary rounds. I was pleased by the range of wines submitted. Quite a few were from outside California and the competition was not dominated by wines the usual high-points suspects that are unobtainable by the average consumer.

I enjoyed each of the wines that placed. However, the final blind tasting split the wines into two groups and several of the top scorers came from the group I didn’t get to try during blind tasting. I’d like to give a shout out to the wines I strongly favored from my group:

2009 Spangler Vineyards Serenade Syrah, Southern Oregon ($25)

2008 Zaca Mesa Roussanne, Santa Ynez Valley ($25)

2011 Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare, Central Coast ($16)


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