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February 2013 - 2012 US Regional Review Northeast

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

Knapp 2010 Estate Grown Vidal Ice Wine
94 points
$24.95
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.
Awards: 'Best New York Dessert Wine'
94 points $24.95
Elk Run 2010 Cold Friday Vineyard Syrah
94 points
$32.11
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.
Awards: 'Best Maryland Red Wine'
94 points $32.11
Glenora 2011  Pinot Blanc
93 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 'Best New York Other White Wine'
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Heron Hill Winery 2011 "Classic Series", Semi-Dry Riesling
93 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 'Best New York Riesling'
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Knapp 2011  Vignoles
92 points
$10.95
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 'Best New York White Hybrid'
92 points $10.95 Best Buy
Knapp 2011 Barrel Reserve Chardonnay
92 points
$13.95
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 'Best New York Chardonnay'
92 points $13.95 Best Buy
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2011  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Elk Run 2010 Liberty Tavern Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$50
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.
Knapp 2011 Semi-Dry Gewurztraminer
91 points
$14.95
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 'Best New York Gewurztraminer'
91 points $14.95 Best Buy
Knapp 2011 Dry Riesling
91 points
$14.95
Best Buy
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
Glenora 2011  Gewurztraminer
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 'Best New York Gewurztraminer'
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010  Cabernet Franc
91 points
$19.99
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.
Awards: 'Best New York Cabernet Franc'
91 points $19.99
Glenora 2011 Meritage Finger Lakes
91 points
$24.99
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.
Awards: 'Best New York Red Blend'
91 points $24.99
Glenora 2011 Select Harvest Riesling
91 points
$24.99
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
Flag Hill Winery 2012  Cayuga White
90 points
$12.95
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 'Best New Hampshire White Wine'
90 points $12.95 Best Buy
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010  Rkatsiteli
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Glenora 2011 Dry Riesling
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Bordeleau NV  Merlot
90 points
$16
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 'Best Maryland Merlot'
90 points $16 Best Buy
Isaac Smith 2010 Red Reserve New Jersey
90 points
$24
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.
Awards: 'Best New Jersey Red Wine'
Glenora 2003 Brut Sparkling Finger Lakes
90 points
$24.99
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.
Awards: 'Best New York Sparkling Wine'
90 points $24.99
Knapp 2011  Seyval Blanc
89 points
$10.95
Best Buy
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
Knapp 2011  Riesling
89 points
$16.95
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
Auburn Road 2011 "The White Bottle" Chardonnay
89 points
$17.99
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.
Awards: 'Best New Jersey White Wine'
89 points $17.99
Bordeleau NV  Cabernet Franc
89 points
$18
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.
Auburn Road 2010 "Classico" Outer Coastal Plain
89 points
$19.99
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
Château Frank 2006 Brut Finger Lakes
89 points
$24.99
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
Cape May 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
89 points
$28
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.
Heron Hill Winery 2011 "Classic Series", Semi-Sweet Riesling
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Knapp 2011 Dry Gewurztraminer
88 points
$14.95
Best Buy
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
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Heron Hill Winery 2010 "Classic Series" Cabernet Franc
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Auburn Road 2010 "Eidolon" Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$19.99
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
Cape May 2011  Pinot Noir
88 points
$20
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.
Elk Run 2010 Cold Friday Vineyard Merlot
88 points
$32.11
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
Glenora 2011  Riesling
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2011  Pinot Gris
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Old Vines Pinot Noir
87 points
$19.99
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.
Awards: 'Best New York Pinot Noir'
87 points $19.99
Château Frank 2007 Blanc de Blancs Finger Lakes
87 points
$29.99
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
Heron Hill Winery 2011 "Classic Series", Dry Riesling
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Isaac Smith NV Port New Jersey
86 points
$24
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.
Glenora 2011  Merlot
85 points
$19.99
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
Cape May 2011  Zinfandel
85 points
$20
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.
Cape May 2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
84 points
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.
Heron Hill Winery 2010 "Classic Series" Pinot Noir
84 points
$14.99
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
Heron Hill Winery 2011 "Classic Series", Unoaked Chardonnay
83 points
$13.99
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
Auburn Road 2010 "Rustica" Outer Coastal Plain
83 points
$14.99
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
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2011  Gruner Veltliner
82 points
$14.99
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
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