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February 2014 - 2013 Southeast US Regional Review

February 2014 - 2013 Southeast US Regional Review
This month's Wine feature is 2013 Southeast Regional Review
(GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV) Wines

2013 Southeast US Regional Review Reviews

Williamsburg Winery 2010 "Adagio" Virginia
94 points
$72
Deep garnet black color. Intricate aromas of cassis compote, singed wood, baker’s chocolate, and black olives with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a plum skin, fall leaves, and dusty tannins finish. A lovely, Old World styled table wine with elegance, complexity, and class.
Williamsburg Winery 2011 "Act 12 of Sixteen Nineteen" Chardonnay
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright golden color. Aromas of spicy apple-pear tart and creme brulee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a round, vibrant tropical fruit punch and citrus finish. A very appetizing and refreshing chardonnay for sipping or the table.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Williamsburg Winery 2009 "Gabriel Archer Reserve" Virginia
93 points
$36
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of cherries, pencil shavings, toffee, dried flowers, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long tangy currant tart, dried peach, olive, and earth finish. A flavorful, elegantly balanced blend with an Old World flair.
Château Élan NV Riserva, Port American
92 points
$36
Aromas of chocolate fondue, dried cherries, and toasty pound cake with a tangy, fruity sweet medium-full body and a long raisin, spice, and marzipan frosting finish with chewy tannins. Delicious and a great after dinner or dessert treat.
Château Élan 2012 Reserve, "Scarlet" Yolo County
90 points
$23.95
Deep garnet purple color. Bright aromas of black raspberry jam, spiced chocolate chocolate, and praline with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, nut, plum and raisin paste accented finish. Very zinfandel-like and quite tasty.
90 points $23.95
Château Élan 2012 "Autumn Blush" Georgia
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Aromas of grilled strawberries and cherries, honeycomb, and a hint of spiced pork rinds with a supple, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, citrus sorbet and apple sauce accented finish. Very tasty.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Williamsburg Winery 2011 Matthews Chardonnay Virginia
89 points
$22
Golden color. Bright aromas of roasted pineapples and apple, honeycomb, and baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a brown butter, roasted nut and vanilla kissed finish with woody tannins. Stylish with a deft use of oak.
Grove Winery 2012 Estate Merlot
88 points
$19.99
Ruby color. Attractive spiced cherry and melon, potpourri, and vanilla aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy plum and pepper accented finish with parchment-like tannins. A solid merlot with good purity and spice.
88 points $19.99
Grove Winery 2011  Malbec
88 points
$19.99
Garnet color. Smoky, earthy aromas suggest melted toffee, cedar plank, and baked berries with a supple, tangy medium body and a currant, nut, blood orange and earth driven finish. A zesty malbec for the table.
88 points $19.99
Château Élan 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir
88 points
$22.95
Ruby black color. Aromas of warm cherry cobbler, milk chocolate, and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy blood orange, spice, and cedar accented finish. A nicely composed pinot for sipping or the table.
88 points $22.95
Château Élan 2012 Muscadry Pink Georgia
87 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry shortcake and watermelon sorbet with silky, very fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, cherry and lime Jell-O accented finish. A nice off-dry, patio sipper. Try with bouillabaisse.
87 points $14.95 Best Buy
Château Élan 2012 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of grapefruit and grass with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nut and earth accented finish. A solid sauvignon blanc for the table.
Château Élan 2012 "Summer Wine" Georgia
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Golden color. Aromas of dried apricot, raisin chutney, and delicate pickling spices with a silky, sweet medium body and a tangy champagne grape, lilac, and green apple finish. A tasty, very quaffable dessert wine.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Château Élan 2012 Muscadry Georgia
86 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Bright aromas of Concord grape jam and raisin cakes with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light body and a cream puff and kiwi skin finish with nice minerally tannins. Different and fun; try with spicy coconut shrimp or Pad Thai.
86 points $14.95 Best Buy
Château Élan 2012 Reserve Pinot Grigio
86 points
$21.95
Pale golden color. Aromas of peach and apple dainties and nougat with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, kiwi and lemon scone accented finish. A nice food wine.
86 points $21.95
Château Élan 2012 "Duncan Creek" Georgia
85 points
$12
Golden silver color. Aromas of grilled apricots, Mexican herbs, and honeyed golden raisins with a soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, spiced pear finish with powdery fruit tannins. A nice lighter dessert wine.
Château Élan 2010 Reserve Merlot
85 points
$27.95
Dark ruby color. Aromas of caramel gelato, chocolate, pickled melon, and spicy dried cherry chutney with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, plum and pomegranate finish with dusty tannins. A nice merlot for the table.
85 points $27.95
Williamsburg Winery 2010 Reserve Merlot
84 points
$32
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of nut brittle, ink, cedar, and dried cherries and raspberries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a beet and green tomato accented finish with heavy wood tannins. Needs food and time.
Williamsburg Winery 2010 "Trianon" Virginia
84 points
$38
Garnet. Aromas of creamy mocha, chocolate berries, toffee, and dolmades with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy cranberry, cedar, and spice accented finish with big woody tannins. Give this some time, it will get much better.
Grove Winery 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
81 points
$19.99
Musty, earthy aromas suggest mossy driftwood, wax, mushrooms, stewed vegetables and berries, and clay with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, cedar dust, leather, and currant jam finish. A rustic red to pair with boar and venison.
81 points $19.99
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