February 2013 - 2012 US Regional Review Northeast

This month's Wine feature is 2012 Regional Review Northeast - NY, MA, NJ, MD, PA, VT, NH, CT Wines
2012 US Regional Review Northeast Reviews
201029
Knapp
2010 Estate Grown Vidal Ice Wine
Rich golden color. Lush aromas and flavors of peach cake, apricot creme brulee honeyed nuts and golden raisin with a satiny, sweet medium-full body and a long vanilla cream, apple pie and golden molasses finish. Absolutely delicious, pristinely clean, and seamlessly balanced.
94 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201012
Elk Run
2010 Cold Friday Vineyard Syrah
Deep ruby black color. Lovely aromas of berry pie, vanilla cream, and toffee with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy peppery spice and earth finish. A fantastically flavorful syrah with great purity and poise.
94 points $32.11
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201033
Glenora
2011 Pinot Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of honeyed apple and pear with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, refreshing Meyer lemon kissed finish. A delicious, balanced and table friendly sipper with great varietal character.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200979
Heron Hill Winery
2011 "Classic Series", Semi-Dry Riesling
Golden yellow wine. Lively aromas and flavors of passionfruit, smoky grilled peach and honeyed guava are very attractive with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, mouthwatering yellow apple accented finish. Delicious with unique varietal character and minerality. Pair with pork roasts.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201028
Knapp
2011 Vignoles
Golden yellow color. Aromas of floral honeycomb, kiwi, mango and papaya aromas with a off-dry medium body and a round, tangy honeyed gala apple and lime finish. A delicious off-dry sipper.
92 points $10.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201026
Knapp
2011 Barrel Reserve Chardonnay
Aromas and flavors of roasted apple, coconut flakes, and hazelnuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a soft, melon and lemon accented finish. A nice elegant Mersault-like chardonnay for sipping or the table; pair with coconut shrimp.
92 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201094
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden silver color. Bright floral aromas of guava, passionfruit, grapefruit and sweet pepper have great varietal character with a buoyant, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a melon and strawberry accented finish. Really impressive style and flavor.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200977
Elk Run
2010 Liberty Tavern Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of smoked nuts, dried berries, peppery spice, and tomato chutney with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, dusty mineral and herb accented finish. A classy Old-World red that will shine on the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201023
Knapp
2011 Semi-Dry Gewurztraminer
Aromas of peanut brittle, honeyed stone fruits and floral lychee with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy sweet citrus and honeydew kissed finish. A delicate and refined gewurz for sipping or with Latin seafood dishes.
91 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201025
Knapp
2011 Dry Riesling
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of grilled peach, orange cake and honey with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart pear skin, mango and earth accented finish. A nice dry sipper or pair with scallops. Beautiful, delicate balance.
91 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201034
Glenora
2011 Gewurztraminer
Pale golden color. Aromas of faint petrol, dried peach and nougat with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body with a touch of lychee, tart lime, edible flower, and earth on the finish. A very serious and dry, Alsatian-like gewurz for sipping or the table.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201095
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2010 Cabernet Franc
Dark ruby color. Aromas of berries, nut brittle, sandalwood and spice with supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and long, tangy boysenberry and pepper finish with chewy tannin finish. A fine table wine with great varietal character.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201036
Glenora
2011 Meritage Finger Lakes
Pale ruby color. Toasty cherry custard pastry and nut brittle aromas and flavors with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy sun-dried tomato, roasted nut, and pencil shaving accented finish. A very nice table wine with great flavor and balance.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201032
Glenora
2011 Select Harvest Riesling
Aromas of waxy honeycomb, kiwi, starfruit and mint with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, mineral, floral green apple, earth and delicate spice kissed finish. Lovely layers and great poise.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200949
Flag Hill Winery
2012 Cayuga White
Very pale and clear platinum straw. Floral apple, honey, and peach aromas with a crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, tingling, sweet lemon lime and green apple finish. A great zippy fruit white that will be great with spicy Thai food.
90 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201092
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2010 Rkatsiteli
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of baked peach, pear, and honeycomb with a crisp, racy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy honeyed lime, kiwi, herb, and mineral driven finish. A very interesting and appetizing white that will great with shellfish.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201031
Glenora
2011 Dry Riesling
Pale golden straw color. Attractive aromas of peach-mango tart and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and guava, spiced apple, steely mineral finish. Great delicacy and style.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201038
Bordeleau
NV Merlot
Dusty ruby color. Smoky, leafy aromas of grilled berries and tomatoes with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy, seamless, tomato of the vine, mushroom, and forest floor finish. A nice, rustic, savory table wine.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201038
Bordeleau
NV Merlot
Dusty ruby color. Smoky, leafy aromas of grilled berries and tomatoes with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy, seamless, tomato of the vine, mushroom, and forest floor finish. A nice, rustic, savory table wine.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201021
Isaac Smith
2010 Red Reserve New Jersey
Deep garnet color. Aromas of waxy honeycomb and pomegranate gelato with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and nicely balanced orange spice cake, cedar, and earthy mineral accented finish with crisp, chewy tannins. A nice table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201035
Glenora
2003 Brut Sparkling Finger Lakes
Deep gold color. Aromas of toasty peach custard pie and sweet pickled pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full bodied and a tangy, praline, mango, papaya and kiwi tart finish. A tasty, mature sparker with nice tropical notes.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201027
Knapp
2011 Seyval Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed nectarine, lemon, and kiwi with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tart citrus, green apple and grassy earth kissed finish. A nicely balance seyval that will be great with food.
89 points $10.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201024
Knapp
2011 Riesling
Aromas of peaches and cream and lemon sorbet with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a gracefully sweet apple, mineral, tropical fruit, and melon finish. A great sipper or pair with mussels.
89 points $16.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201098
Auburn Road
2011 "The White Bottle" Chardonnay
Attractive aromas of apple custard pie, coconut and pineapple cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lemon curd and roasted nut nuanced finish. A nice oaky chardonnay with fun tropical notes.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201039
Bordeleau
NV Cabernet Franc
Deep ruby color. Aromas of cherry pit, tomato leaf, and toffee with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy, grape leaf, nut, and dried berry finish. A nice dry savory table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201096
Auburn Road
2010 "Classico" Outer Coastal Plain
Pure ruby color. Aromas of tomato on the vine, honey cake, and cherry chutney with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart craisin, tobacco leaf, and grassy earth accented finish. A nice nuanced table wine.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201087
Château Frank
2006 Brut Finger Lakes
Pale straw color. Aromas of peach yogurt, apple sauce and chalk dust with a vibrant fruit-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy Meyer lemon, cherry and kiwi finish. Great food friendly acidity to stand up to spicy curries and dumplings.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201020
Cape May
2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Ruby with a tawny cast. Aromas and flavors of cherry, nougat, coconut custard, and tobacco leaf with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, tangy craisin and orange marmalade accented finish. A tasty sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200983
Heron Hill Winery
2011 "Classic Series", Semi-Sweet Riesling
Aromas of petrol, grilled lemon and peach with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and honey, pear and honeycrisp apple driven finish. A solid fruity sipper.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201022
Knapp
2011 Dry Gewurztraminer
Floral aromas suggest apple blossom, dried peach, and lychee with a soft dry-yet-fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a citrus and fruit cocktail driven finish. Tasty.
88 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201091
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2010 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Aromas waxy apple, nut brittle, and pineapple cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy orange, mint and spice accented finish. Nice balance and style.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200982
Heron Hill Winery
2010 "Classic Series" Cabernet Franc
Ruby charcoal color. Aromas of dried berry, nougat, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, cherry pit and peppercorn finish. A nice sipper or table wine.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201097
Auburn Road
2010 "Eidolon" Outer Coastal Plain
Deep ruby color. Aromas of cherry tart, honey, and marinated tomato with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an apple tart, peppered nut, and pomegranate kissed finish with dusty tannins. A tasty and appetizing pinot for the table.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201017
Cape May
2011 Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of cherry, toffee and spice cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, spiced apple and mineral accented finish. Very nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201011
Elk Run
2010 Cold Friday Vineyard Merlot
Aromas of baked plum, chocolate, sun-dried tomato, and delicate spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, berry, mineral and chewy tannins finish. A nice table wine.
88 points $32.11
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201011
Elk Run
2010 Cold Friday Vineyard Merlot
Aromas of baked plum, chocolate, sun-dried tomato, and delicate spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, berry, mineral and chewy tannins finish. A nice table wine.
88 points $32.11
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201030
Glenora
2011 Riesling
Aromas of peaches, cream, apple, and melon with a soft fruity light-to-medium body and guava and kiwi finish. A pleasant sipper.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201093
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2011 Pinot Gris
Pale golden color. Aroma of baked apple, nectarine, and citrus aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, green apple and slate accented finish. A pleasant, crisp pinot gris for seafood.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201090
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2010 Old Vines Pinot Noir
Aromas of roasted nuts and cherries, tobacco, and chocolate with a supple, dryish medium body and a sun-dried tomato, apple skin, whole nut, and chewy tannin finish. A nicely structured table wine.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201088
Château Frank
2007 Blanc de Blancs Finger Lakes
Pale straw color. Aromas of banana-peach pudding and smoky grilled apples and lemons with a frothy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy passionfruit, lemon candy, metal ore, and peat moss accented finish.
87 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200981
Heron Hill Winery
2011 "Classic Series", Dry Riesling
Pale straw color. Smoky aromas of grilled lemon, nectarine and nuts with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smoky mineral and straw accented finish. A nice dry oyster wine.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201018
Isaac Smith
NV Port New Jersey
Aromas of honeyed dried berries, Milk duds, and leather with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cherry chutney, pink peppercorn and tingling watermelon soda and baking spice finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201037
Glenora
2011 Merlot
Aromas of chocolate and cherries with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy yellow apple, praline accented finish. A nice food wine.
85 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201037
Glenora
2011 Merlot
Aromas of chocolate and cherries with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy yellow apple, praline accented finish. A nice food wine.
85 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201016
Cape May
2011 Zinfandel
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, crayon and pepper with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy, peppercorn and cedar plank finish. A nice dry zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201019
Cape May
2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Macaroon, grassy earth and praline aromas with a dry, tart light-to-medium body and an apple core and lemon tart accented finish. A dry table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200980
Heron Hill Winery
2010 "Classic Series" Pinot Noir
Bright light ruby color. Pure aromas of cherry, chocolate, and sweet tomato chutney with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a light pithy, cranberry-like tannin finish.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200978
Heron Hill Winery
2011 "Classic Series", Unoaked Chardonnay
Smoky aromas of grilled apple, lemons and pineapples and moss with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and crisp green apple skin and earth finish. A dry chardonnay for shellfish.
83 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201099
Auburn Road
2010 "Rustica" Outer Coastal Plain
Aromas and flavors of pickled watermelon rind, gherkin, and mint with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, herb and spice accented finish. Different.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201089
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2011 Gruner Veltliner
Aromas of honeycomb, apple, marinated mushroom, and forest floor have a musty note with a dryish light body and a tangy, damp linen, lemon rind and apple core finish. A bit dirty.
82 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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