February 2015 - 2014 Northeast US Regional Review

This month's Wine feature is 2013 Northeast Regional Review
Wines
2014 Northeast US Regional Review Reviews
209312
Auburn Road
2013 "Solé" Vidal Blanc
Silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of lychee, cling peaches, and carnation with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, compelling, relaxed finish conveying overtones of minted melon, yellow apple, delicate brown spices, and pineapple with no oak. A very tasty and well balanced vidal blanc.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209111
Sharrott Winery
2013 Chambourcin
Dark violet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of pistachio-sesame brittle and boysenberry custard pie with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish manifesting elements of vanilla yogurt covered apricots and mangos, kiwi, and cocoa with silky tannins and light oak. A rich and appetizing red with excellent integration of flavor.
93 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209108
Sharrott Winery
2012 Coeur d'Est Outer Coastal Plain
Dark ruby color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam, cherry sorbet, candied orange peels, and chocolate nougat bar with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, nuanced, medium-long finish displaying shades of potpourri, cherry-tomato jelly, dried mango, and fleur de sel with fine tannins and light oak. A captivating red with a unique range of exotic flavors.
93 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209214
Sparkling Pointe
2005 Methode Champenoise, "Brut Seduction" North Fork of Long Island
Golden straw color. Rich, toasty aromas of grilled bread, caramelized pineapple and lemon, tapioca, and pepper jelly with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long roasted nuts, blood orange, and earth finish. A well-aged sparkler with lots of smoky subtlety and finesse.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209226
Unionville Vineyards
2012 Artisan Series, "The Big O" New Jersey
Garnet violet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of fruit loops, chocolate mint, cranberry tart, and menthol tobacco with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, appealing, medium-length finish evoking accents of craisin, peppery spices, and vanilla with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delicious, spicy red blend with panache.
92 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209109
Sharrott Winery
2013 Coeur d'Est Outer Coastal Plain
Dark garnet violet black color. Lively, toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker, mocha, crusty black raspberry pie, and smoked nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length finish with accents of sundried tomato, nougat, and craisin with crunchy tannins and light oak. A savory and appetizing red that will shine at the table.
92 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209224
Unionville Vineyards
2013 Artisan Series, "Eureka" New Jersey
Straw color. Bright aromas of powdered citrus, nectarine, jasmine, and thyme with a silky, crisp, fruity body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length gooseberry, lime curd, minerals, and honeycomb finish. A nicely nuanced white blend with a lovely range of flavors.
91 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209131
Great Frogs
2012 "Watermen" Anne Arundel County
Garnet black color. Interesting, floral aromas and flavors of chocolate sesame candy, sandalwood, floral honeycomb, and mulberries with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, involved, medium-long finish displaying elements of salted nuts, herbs, craisin, and cocoa with silky tannins and light oak. A stylish and appetizing red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209059
Johnson Estate
2013 Estate Grown Chambourcin
Garnet violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of creamy mocha, blackberry pie, and caramelized bacon with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish imparting notes of sour cherry jam, grape pez, and cola with silky tannins. A super tasty and easy drinking red that is sure to please.
90 points $10.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209062
Johnson Estate
2013 Freelings Creek Reserve Founders' Red New York State
Bright blue violet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry custard a la mode, cashew brittle, and chocolate with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, breezy finish with notes of strawberry preserves on nut toast, blood orange, leafy earth, and grape skins with fine tannins and light oak. A fun and easy-drinking red with attractive layers of flavor.
90 points $13.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209313
Auburn Road
NV "Rustica" Outer Coastal Plain
Medium ruby color. Lively aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries, marinated tomatoes, and nougat with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length finish manifesting accents of cedar, dried berries, and nutskin with light oak. A nicely poised and a savory red that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209213
Sparkling Pointe
2010 Methode Champenoise, Blanc de Blancs North Fork of Long Island
Silvery straw color. Rich, creamy aromas and flavors of tropical fruit custard tart, vanilla, and hint of soy with a silky, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish that presents notes of sweet citrus, pound cake, and minerals. A great, mouthwatering sparkler.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209223
Unionville Vineyards
2013 "Fox Series" Dry Riesling
Pale silvery straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of honeyed peaches, green apples, and carnation with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity body and a compelling, medium-length finish conveying impressions of nougat, chalk, lime zest, and almond cookie with fruit tannins. A very appetizing, mouthwatering riesling with great table appeal.
89 points $18.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209221
Hauser Estate Winery
2012 Merlot
Brick red ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of honeycomb, pickled melon rind, nettles, and berry vinaigrette with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a sleek, compelling finish conveying suggestions of pomegranate, cocoa dusted plums, nutshell, and peppery spices. A decidedly different merlot for the table.
89 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209221
Hauser Estate Winery
2012 Merlot
Brick red ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of honeycomb, pickled melon rind, nettles, and berry vinaigrette with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a sleek, compelling finish conveying suggestions of pomegranate, cocoa dusted plums, nutshell, and peppery spices. A decidedly different merlot for the table.
89 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209211
Sparkling Pointe
2011 Methode Champenoise, Brut North Fork of Long Island
Golden yellow color. Bright aromas and flavors of apple custard tart, pineapple cake, and white chocolate mint with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that presents accents of toasted panettone and citrus marmalade. A fun, fruit-driven sparkler that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209222
Hauser Estate Winery
2012 Meritage Pennsylvania
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of potpourri, honey cream, cherries, and fancy milled soap with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish that presents shades of nuts, mocha, and blood orange with moderate oak. A tasty, layered red that will do well at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209212
Sparkling Pointe
2011 Methode Champenoise, "Topaz Impérial" North Fork of Long Island
Pale salmon gold color. Aromas and flavors of cherry custard pie, dreamsicle, and fruit stems with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of green herbs, gingerbread, and honey. A nice savory sparkler that will go well with a broad range of foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209266
One Nation
NV "Blue" American
Bright medium color. Attractive, interesting, bright, lively aromas and flavors of ripe blueberries, apple cider, and blue flowers with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and an even, complex finish with fruit tannins.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209060
Johnson Estate
2013 Freelings Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of choke cherry jam, wintergreen mint, mulberries, and pickles with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, relaxed finish revealing nuances of cinnamon bark and pomegranate with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A very interesting, spicy, minty cab that will pair well with Middle Eastern dishes.
88 points $16.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209225
Unionville Vineyards
2013 "Fox Series" Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas of creamy vanilla and apple tart with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-length lemon curd, pineapple, and baking spices finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A nicely composed chardonnay with good acidity and depth.
88 points $17.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209128
Great Frogs
2013 Vineyard, "Red" Maryland
Ruby color. Mild aromas and flavors of potpourri incense, cranberries, and chocolate nuts with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed finish that presents notes of cedar bark, chocolate mint, and pepper with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A nice table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209125
Great Frogs
2013 Chardonnay
Pale gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasty praline and pineapple cake with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, engaging finish that presents accents of creme brulee, grilled apple, and delicate spices with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nicely balanced oak aged chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209264
One Nation
NV "Red" American
Bright light ruby violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of strawberry jam with a chewy, bright, fruity medium body and a finish.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209314
Auburn Road
2013 "Good Karma" Outer Coastal Plain
Ruby color. Mild aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce, grassy herbs, and toasted nuts with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a easy finish that shows accents of tomato and cedar with leafy tannins. A nicely refreshing and dry red.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209124
Great Frogs
2013 "Quiet Waters" Rosé
Steel gray salmon color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of baked strawberries, cherries, and nut brittle with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying suggestions of nut oil, dusty earth, and melon rind with light oak. A very dry earthy rose.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209126
Great Frogs
2013 Vineyard, "White Squall" Anne Arundel County
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, praline, cornichon, and long stem flowers with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity body and a medium-length finish revealing accents of grilled pineapple, roasted nuts, and earth with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant, oak-driven white blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209129
Great Frogs
2013 Vineyard, "Full Sail" Anne Arundel County
Bright golden straw bronze color. Bold, brash aromas and flavors of almond skin, peach pits, stale peanut brittle, and dried twigs with a rough, bright, dryish thick body and a searing, interesting, short-lived finish with overtones of fruit leather, suede, coconut, and honey cream with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209265
One Nation
NV "White" American
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of soft yellow apple, concord grapiness, pectin, and sugar cane with a soft, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting finish.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209220
Hauser Estate Winery
2013 Pinot Gris
Silvery straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of overripe peach, ground nuts, and leaves and twigs with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish with touches of lemon, melon rind, and earth with no oak. A zesty, earthy pinot gris that will be good at the table.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209061
Johnson Estate
2013 Estate Grown Marechal Foch
Dark garnet violet color. Lively aromas and flavors of blackberries, tomato, lemon peel, and dried lavender with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, easy finish manifesting accents of nutskin, twigs and leaves, and pomegranate with leafy tannins and light oak. A savory, earthy red for the table.
84 points $10.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209130
Great Frogs
2013 Vineyard, "City Dock" Anne Arundel County
Bright medium garnet blue violet color. Aromas and flavors of raisins, baked black berries, and dried straw with a coarse, soft, moderately sweet thick body and a searing finish manifesting overtones of pineapple yogurt and papaya with firm tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209133
Great Frogs
NV "Lollipop Red" Anne Arundel County
Dark brick red color. Curious, yeasty aromas and flavors of rising bread dough, panettone, honeyed cherries, and white pepper with a supple, bright, sweet medium body and a peppery, odd, long finish manifesting notes of berry vinaigrette, orange marmalade, brandied raisins, and cedar with clunky tannins and moderate oak. A brash and warming dessert wine; serve with cheeses and nuts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209132
Great Frogs
2012 Meritage Anne Arundel County
Opaque garnet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of sweet spices and herbs, chocolate berry tart, twigs, and adhesive with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk finish conveying accents of gherkin, cranberries, toasty cedar, and earth with clunky tannins and heavy oak. A brawny steak wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209127
Great Frogs
2013 "White" Maryland
Golden yellow color. Delicate aromas of grilled stone fruits and flower stems with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, fast dried apple, lemon chiffon, and nutskin finish with light oak. Serve with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209110
Sharrott Winery
2013 "Trio" Outer Coastal Plain
Ruby color. Curious, confected aromas of dreamsicle, fruit stripe gum, beet slices, and grape phosphate with a supple, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, snappy borscht, cole slaw, nut butter, and lanolin finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A somewhat odd and disconnected wine that needs food.
81 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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