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February 2015 - 2014 Northeast US Regional Review

February 2015 - 2014 Northeast US Regional Review
This month's Wine feature is 2013 Northeast Regional Review
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2014 Northeast US Regional Review Reviews

Auburn Road 2013 "Solé" Vidal Blanc
94 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Northeast Regional Review - Best New Jersey White Wine
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Sharrott Winery 2013  Chambourcin
93 points
$24.99
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.
Awards: 2014 Northeast Regional Review - Best New Jersey Red Wine
93 points $24.99
Sharrott Winery 2012 Coeur dEst Outer Coastal Plain
93 points
$34.99
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.
Awards: 2014 Northeast Regional Review - Best New Jersey Red Wine
93 points $34.99
Sparkling Pointe 2005 Methode Champenoise, "Brut Seduction" North Fork of Long Island
93 points
$60
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.
Awards: 2014 Northeast Regional Review - Best New York Sparkling Wine
Unionville Vineyards 2012 Artisan Series, "The Big O" New Jersey
92 points
$29.95
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
Sharrott Winery 2013 Coeur dEst Outer Coastal Plain
92 points
$34.99
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
Unionville Vineyards 2013 Artisan Series, "Eureka" New Jersey
91 points
$19.95
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
Great Frogs 2012 "Watermen" Anne Arundel County
91 points
$35
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.
Awards: 2014 Northeast Regional Review - Best Maryland Red Wine
Johnson Estate 2013 Estate Grown Chambourcin
90 points
$10.49
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Northeast Regional Review - Best New York Red Wine
90 points $10.49 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2013 Freelings Creek Reserve Founders Red New York State
90 points
$13.49
Best Buy
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
Auburn Road NV "Rustica" Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Sparkling Pointe 2010 Methode Champenoise, Blanc de Blancs North Fork of Long Island
90 points
$42
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.
Unionville Vineyards 2013 "Fox Series" Dry Riesling
89 points
$18.95
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
Hauser Estate Winery 2012  Merlot
89 points
$20.99
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.
Awards: 2014 Northeast Regional Review - Best Pennsylvania Red Wine
89 points $20.99
Sparkling Pointe 2011 Methode Champenoise, Brut North Fork of Long Island
89 points
$29
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.
Hauser Estate Winery 2012 Meritage Pennsylvania
89 points
$35
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.
Sparkling Pointe 2011 Methode Champenoise, "Topaz Impérial" North Fork of Long Island
89 points
$37
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.
One Nation NV "Blue" American
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Northeast Regional Review - Best New Jersey Fruit Wine
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2013 Freelings Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$16.49
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
Unionville Vineyards 2013 "Fox Series" Chardonnay
88 points
$17.95
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
Great Frogs 2013 Vineyard, "Red" Maryland
88 points
$20
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.
Great Frogs 2013  Chardonnay
88 points
$30
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.
Awards: 2014 Northeast Regional Review - Best Maryland White Wine
One Nation NV "Red" American
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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
Auburn Road 2013 "Good Karma" Outer Coastal Plain
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Great Frogs 2013 "Quiet Waters" Rose
86 points
$25
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.
Awards: 2014 Northeast Regional Review - Best Maryland Rosé Wine
Great Frogs 2013 Vineyard, "White Squall" Anne Arundel County
86 points
$30
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.
Great Frogs 2013 Vineyard, "Full Sail" Anne Arundel County
86 points
$30
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.
Awards: 2014 Northeast Regional Review - Best Maryland Fortified Wine
One Nation NV "White" American
85 points
$8.99
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
Hauser Estate Winery 2013  Pinot Gris
85 points
$14.99
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.
Awards: 2014 Northeast Regional Review - Best Pennsylvania White Wine
85 points $14.99
Johnson Estate 2013 Estate Grown Marechal Foch
84 points
$10.49
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
Great Frogs 2013 Vineyard, "City Dock" Anne Arundel County
84 points
$55
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.
Great Frogs NV "Lollipop Red" Anne Arundel County
82 points
$20
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.
Great Frogs 2012 Meritage Anne Arundel County
82 points
$40
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.
Great Frogs 2013 "White" Maryland
81 points
$20
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.
Sharrott Winery 2013 "Trio" Outer Coastal Plain
81 points
$34.99
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
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