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Wine Enthusiast Reviews

Cowhorn 2012 Reserve Syrah, Applegate Valley, $75
94 Points, Cellar Selection
Sleek and sappy, this was fermented with native yeast and aged nine months in 50% new French oak. There’s a spine of iron keeping it a bit stiff and compact, with concentrated fruit flavors of crème de cassis. Still young and slightly grapey, it’s best to cellar it a few more years, for a drinking window of 2020 to 2030.— P.G. (8/1/2016)

Cowhorn 2014 Reserve Viognier, Applegate Valley, $50
94 Points, Editor’s Choice
All biodynamically raised estate fruit comprises this marvelous Viognier, which spent four months in 40% new French oak. The full-bodied, perfect ripeness mixes apple, pear and apricot, with a gentle kiss of caramel from the short-term barrel aging. The length and balance set the standard for top-flight domestic Viognier.— P.G. (8/1/2016)

Cowhorn 2013 Grenache 21, Applegate Valley, $28
93 Points, Editor’s Choice
This stellar wine has a huge yum factor. Deliciously ripe and spicy, it’s loaded with cranberry and raspberry fruit. There’s an underlying tang of pink grapefruit acidity, along with aromatic highlights of violets and rose petals. Drink now through 2022. — P.G. (8/1/2016)