February 2014 - 2013 Northeast US Regional Review

This month's Wine feature is 2013 Northeast Regional Review
(CT, MA, MD, NH, NY, NJ, PA, RI, VT) Wines
2013 Northeast US Regional Review Reviews
205245
Bordeleau
NV Chambourcin
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate, toasted cedar bark, spiced mulberries, herbs, and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy sandalwood, sour cherry, chocolate, and ground walnut finish. A robust, flavor packed chambourcin with great style and table affinity.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205242
Coda Rossa
2012 "Blue Moon Port" New Jersey
Violet black color. Bold, layered aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry chutney, spumoni gelato, mint, and lilac with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a dried sour cherry, spiced prune, and rhubarb accented finish. Very exotic and intriguing flavors that will be great with cheeses or berry pie a la mode.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205178
Heron Hill Winery
2011 Cabernet Franc
Ruby with a red brick rim. Aromas and flavors of berry pie, cola, red licorice, and delicate pickling herbs with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty, pomegranate, melon, and chocolate nut accented finish. A flavorful, refreshing red for all occasions.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205354
Auburn Road
2012 "The White Bottle" Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Rich aromas of creamy vanilla, coconut macaroon, and pineapple cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, tangy kiwi,lime sorbet, spiced apple finish. A delicious, creamy chardonnay that tastes a lot like a nice white burgundy finished in American oak.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205239
Coda Rossa
2011 Meritage American
Garnet violet color. Aromas of olives, dried berries, and chocolate nuts with a tangy, medium-to-full body and refreshing craisin, spice, and delicate cedar accented finish. Excellent balance and vibrancy for sipping or the table.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205240
Coda Rossa
2012 "Harmony" New Jersey
Deep purple color. Bright aromas and flavors of grape jam and soda with a supple, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, mouthwatering lime sorbet accented finish. A bit simple, but very pure, vibrant, and zesty concord grape character.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205304
Great Frogs
2012 Meritage Maryland
Garnet violet color. Aromas of black walnut pie, bourbon barrel, spiced cranberries and figs, and vanilla brittle with a tangy medium-to-full body and a long, tart blackberry, spiced chocolate, and cedar finish with chewy oak tannins. A nice choice for the table now, but give this a little time for the tannins to round out.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205399
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2012 Pinot Gris
Pale golden color. Aromas of raisin compote, dried flowers, and white nut brittle with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, honeyed apple and peach finish. Very pure, precise, and delicious flavors.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205236
Coda Rossa
2011 "Super Tuscan" American
Garnet color. Aromas of oven-dried tomato, herb bread, and chocolate craisin finish with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nice sweet spice, cedar, and cherry compote finish with chewy oak tannins. An appetizing sipper or table wine.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205235
Coda Rossa
2011 "Ameritage" New Jersey
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of craisins, roasted nuts, peppery spice, and cassis jam with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sundried tomato, menthol mint tobacco, and pomegranate accented finish with chewy oak tannins. Nice acidity for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205353
Auburn Road
2011 "Eidólon" Outer Coastal Plain
Garnet color. Dense aromas of grilled tomatoes, char-roasted nuts, tar, and spicy gherkin with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart cranberry and sweet tobacco accented finish. A nice table wine; try with rabbit or grilled game.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205181
Heron Hill Winery
NV "Game Bird Red" New York State
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of polished cedar, pomegranate molasses, tomato vine, sweet spices, and clay with a fruity medium body and a dried sour cherry and honeycomb finish. A tasty, earthy sipper or table wine.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205400
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2012 Rkatsiteli
Pale silvery straw color. Attractive aromas of peach and apple pastries with a dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy melon, lime, and a dusty mineral driven finish. Great Old World style and structure for the table, especially shellfish.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205238
Coda Rossa
2012 Cabernet Franc
Ruby with a red-brown brick rim. Aromas of chocolate nut, pomegranate jam, tomato skin, and sweet spicy pickle with a supple, dryish medium body and an earthy finish with fine oak tannins. Nice balance and varietal character.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205352
Auburn Road
2011 "Classico" Outer Coastal Plain
Dark ruby color. Aromas of chocolate, roasted chestnuts, dried berries, bark and clay with a tangy medium body and a tomato, herb, cedar and earth finish with firm powdery tannins. Give this a year or two in the cellar.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205176
Heron Hill Winery
2012 Unoaked Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream, dried pineapple, and apples on the tree with soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a slick, nougat, lemon, and peppery spice accented finish. A charming every day chardonnay that should cover a lot of bases.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205310
Great Frogs
2012 "Watermen" Maryland
Garnet purple color. Aromas of cherry-vanilla tart, bourbon barrel, and walnut nougat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy cranberry, watermelon, oak spice, and earth accented finish. A little top heavy with oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205309
Great Frogs
NV "Annapolis White" Virginia
golden yellow color. Aromas of grilled pineapple and yeasty apple pies with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a white nut fudge and pear skin finish. Nice smoke and earth nuances for the table.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205237
Coda Rossa
2011 "1526" New Jersey
Garnet with a charcoal cast. Aromas of tomato jelly, buttery roasted nuts, and spicy mulberry compote with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate, tomato leaf and earth accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205403
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Interesting aromas suggest cannabis, dark roasted nuts, and spicy baked apples with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy lemon, vanilla, earth, and spice accented finish.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205306
Great Frogs
2012 "Full Sail" Maryland
Deep old gold color. Earthy floral aromas of prom corsage, elderflower, spiced yellow plums, and lychee with a soft, moderately sweet medium body and a long, oily, spiced nut finish. A relaxed dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205179
Heron Hill Winery
NV "Game Bird White" New York State
Pale golden color. Mild aromas of grilled peach and plum with an off-dry fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tart apple, honey, and almond skin accented finish. A pleasant fruity table wine for spicier fare.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205307
Great Frogs
NV "Lollipop Red" American
Light ruby color. Slightly vegetal aromas of rhubarb jam, praline, sweet pickle, and cole slaw with a sweet, silky medium body and a honeyed dried cherry and nutskin accented finish. Try with cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205180
Heron Hill Winery
NV "Game Bird Blush" New York State
Pink topaz amber color. Aromas of cherry-berry compote and honeyed apples with a soft, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy orange popsicle stick like finish.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205297
Hummingbird Ridge
NV "Valkyrie Goldbaender" American
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of fig, raisin, honeycomb, and pepper with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a bracingly tart green pear skin and Meyer lemon finish with clinging fruit tannins. Try in cocktails as a substitute for vermouth.
83 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205305
Great Frogs
2012 Special Reserve, "City Dock" Maryland
Ruby black color. Aromas of driftwood, fruit leather and pomegranate molasses with a very soft, mildly sweet light-to-medium body and a breezy, honeyed mushroom and earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205177
Heron Hill Winery
2010 "Eclipse Red" New York State
Ruby with a reddish brick rim. Aromas of tomato leaf, cherry custard pie, and bay leaf with a silky, dryish medium body and a crisp, grass and cocoa finish with dusty tannins.
82 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205241
Coda Rossa
2012 "Neve" New Jersey
Pale golden color. Mild earthy nut shell and linen aromas and flavors with a bone dry light body and lean, grassy, gravely, lemon pith finish. Not much fruit here and rather severe stylistically.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205398
Dr. Konstantin Frank
2011 Grüner Veltliner
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of smoky grilled citrus and quince, twigs and leaves with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a quick, tart lime and melon rind finish. Rather rustic and lacking varietal character and charm.
81 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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