The Rhone Shootout was a comprehensive and focused tasting of Rhone wines. The judging panel, an incredibly diverse panel of 62 wine professionals, tasted 261 wines over a three-month period. Just 32 wines were tasted by the experts per day, allowing the judges to be completely immersed, focused and fair to the wines. Palate fatigue is not a factor in our tastings.
The wines are tasted completely blind without reference to appellation, vintage or price. Each wine submitted to the Rhone Shootout was tasted a minimum of twice. The top rated wines were then tasted by our panel of experts at the Rhone Shootout Finals on June 15, 2012. Again, each judge was responsible for tasting, scoring, and analyzing only 32 wines.
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Ashton Vineyard 2005 Syrah: Gold Medal
Sonoma Mountain, $49.00 210 cases produced
Female: Beautiful brown baking spice…cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Smoke, dried cherry, pomegranate, and spice flavors. Soft finish. 91
Male: Deep ruby with a garnet rim. Nicely reserved style shows in the nose – mocha and prune with toasted oak notes. Black cherry, sweet stewed fruit, damp leaves and coffee flavors. Good balance and acidity with a spicy soft finish. 89
Ashton Vineyard 2004 Syrah: Silver Medal
Sonoma Mountain, $49.00 189 cases produced
Female: Dark and spicy fruit aromas. Lush fruit flavors with a hint of pine and dried fruit on the finish. 85
Male: Definitely has some age as defined by the color. Wild berry, plum and smoky bacon aromas repeat on the palate. A touch of coffee and some fun spice on the finish. Drink soon. 85