February 2013 - TN, GA

This month's Wine feature is 2012 Regional Review Southeast - VA, WV, NC, SC, TN, GA Wines
TN, GA Reviews
200915
Barboursville
2008 "Malvaxia Passito" Virginia
Deep old gold color. Aromas of golden raisin, buttery nut brittle, rich spicy chutney, and sassafras with a vibrant, fruity sweet medium-full body and a long, tangy, honeyed peach and citrus finish. Delicious and rich–impressive.
94 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201218
Watermelon Creek
2011 "Ohoopee River White" Georgia
Golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of peach custard and lemon meringue pies with a silky, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and juicy, honeyed stone and citrus fruits, mint, and Asian spice accented finish. A delicious and intense dessert wine that will be great with cheese, especially triple creams.
93 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200918
Barboursville
2009 Octagon Twelfth Edition Virginia
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, cranberry, clay, and tomato on the vine with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, dusty, forest floor accented finish with fine tannins. A wonderfully structured Old World styled red blend for the table; pair with veal or lamb chops.
93 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201220
Watermelon Creek
2011 "Mill Pond Blush" Georgia
Copper orange color. Aromas of strawberry cream pie and praline with lively, fruity sweet medium body and a melon sorbet, spiced cherry, and mineral accented finish. A delicious zesty sweet wine that will be great on its own or with cheeses and nuts.
91 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201139
Shenandoah
2011 Founder's Reserve Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed, roasted pineapple, praline, and caramel apple with a silky fruity medium-to-full body a ripe, juicy well balanced finish. A delicious and elegant chardonnay for all applications.
91 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200914
Barboursville
2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet black color. Dense aromas of dried fruits and berries, roasted yams and parsnips with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long tangy black raspberry puree, mineral, and oak spice finish. A delicious and well structured cab that will be great with elk.
91 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200968
Biltmore Estate
2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cassis sorbet, buttery praline and spice with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, apple skin, roasted nut, and slate nuanced finish. Great vibrancy and flavor.
90 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200913
Barboursville
2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla nougat and frosted boysenberry pastry aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy blackberry, cedar, and dried leaf accented finish with fine chewy tannins. A nicely oaked, spot-on cabernet franc for the table.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200917
Barboursville
2010 Reserve Petit Verdot
Deep violet black color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla toffee, beet, and lingonberry compote with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, earthy, oaky, chewy tannin finish. Great purity and intensity, but give this a bit of time to bloom.
90 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200969
Biltmore Estate
2011 Reserve Chardonnay
Golden silver color. Aromas of roasted nut, caramel apple and pineapple cake with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lightly smoky grilled citrus finish.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201138
Shenandoah
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet charcoal color. Savory aromas of olive, dried currant, herbs and spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a firm tannin finish with notes of mulberry, nutshell, earth, and dried leaves. An earthy Old-World-styled table wine that will be good with grilled lamb.
89 points $18.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200919
Barboursville
2010 Reserve Merlot
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry tart, plum, and forest floor with a supple, dryish medium body and a savory plum vanilla custard and mineral finish. A lovely table wine.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200919
Barboursville
2010 Reserve Merlot
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry tart, plum, and forest floor with a supple, dryish medium body and a savory plum vanilla custard and mineral finish. A lovely table wine.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200916
Barboursville
2009 Reserve Nebbiolo
Ruby brown color. Aromas of chocolate raisins, cherry brandy, honeycomb, and pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart apple, nougat, and dusty earthy tannin finish. An interesting Old World and seemingly mature nebbiolo that will be great with osso bucco.
89 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201136
Shenandoah
2010 Founder's Reserve Chambourcin
Garnet violet color. Aromas of banana taffy, chocolate, and ripe berries on the bush with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an tangy, earthy tomato and cherry skin, citrus zest, and forest floor finish. A tangy table wine that will be good rabbit with game.
88 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201137
Shenandoah
2010 "Rhapsody in Red" Shenandoah Valley
Deep violet black. Aromas of mocha fudge, roasted nuts, and cranberries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, pomegranate, tomato, spice, and earth finish and powdery tannins. A nice zesty, table wine.
88 points $22.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200970
Biltmore Estate
NV "Century Red" American
Violet color. Aromas of raspberry jam, cedar, and toffee with supple, fruity medium body and a pencil shaving, crunchy apple, and oak finish. A nice well oaked everyday sipper.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201219
Watermelon Creek
2011 "Lower Mill White" Georgia
Gold. Very fruity and floral grape and peach jam aromas and flavors with a fruity medium body and a tangy green apple, honeyed citrus and mineral finish. A pleasant off-dry sipper.
86 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201135
Shenandoah
2010 Cabernet Franc
Ruby black color. Rustic aromas and flavors of tomatoes on the vine, baker’s chocolate and spiced berry with a supple, dryish medium body and a shittake mushroom and twig forest floor finish. A racy, rustic red to pair with boar and grilled game.
86 points $18.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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