February 2015 - 2014 Southeast US Regional Review

This month's Wine feature is 2013 Southeast Regional Review
Wines
2014 Southeast US Regional Review Reviews
209001
Williamsburg Winery
2012 Limited Release, Four Barrel Cuvée Virginia
Ruby color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate graham crackers, spicy blackberry pie, nougat, and clay with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long finish with notes of craisin, tomato relish, pencil shavings, and pepper with crunchy tannins and light oak. A seamless and appetizing red for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209049
Barboursville
2013 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of grapefruit sorbet, lemon custard, and floral honey with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish that shows overtones of citrus peels, grass, and minerals with no oak. A delightful delicious and mouthwatering sauvignon blanc.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209000
Williamsburg Winery
2012 Limited Release Petit Verdot
Ruby color. Lively aromas and flavors of cranberry tart, chestnut toffee, green tomato relish, and incense with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish manifesting notes of creme brulee, sandalwood, heirloom tomatoes, and fleur de sel with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A robust, earthy, and savory red that will be great with game dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208996
Williamsburg Winery
2010 "Gabriel Archer Reserve" Virginia
Ruby color. Interesting, spicy aromas and flavors of mocha, sarsaparilla, roasted nuts, and cranberry chutney with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an elegant, medium-length finish with notes of menthol tobacco, cedar, and vanilla craisins with well-integrated tannins and light oak. An exotic, earthy and spicy red that will be great with Mediterranean meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209047
Barboursville
2013 Reserve Viognier
Golden silver color. Delicate aromas and flavors of peach, nuts, and lanolin lotion with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length finish that presents notes of apple, lemon ice, and minerals with light oak. A nicely structured viognier with fine balance.
91 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209053
Barboursville
2006 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Dark ruby black color. Bright aromas and flavors of roasted berries, waxy honeycomb, and chocolate graham crackers with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, medium-long finish that shows notes of minerals and cedar with silky tannins and light oak. An elegant and polished cabernet franc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208999
Williamsburg Winery
2012 Limited Release Malbec
Garnet violet color. Rich, complex, earthy aromas and flavors of tomatoes on the vine, mulberry jam, vanilla brittle, and pickling spices with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of minerals, blood orange, melon rind, and pencil shavings with chewy tannins and moderate oak. Very different from the usual juicy style of Malbec, this drinks much like a Cahors from southwest France.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209052
Barboursville
2007 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Dark ruby black color. Bright aromas and flavors of roasted chestnuts, chocolate, peppercorns, and dried berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of cedar, dusty earth, and dried pear with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A very tasty and well balanced cab franc that is drinking nicely now.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209050
Barboursville
2012 "Octagon" Virginia
Ruby color. Intriguing aromas of sandalwood, coffee, olive tapenade, and dried berries with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a delightful, nuts, cedar, tomato, and delicate baking spices finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nicely compacted, savory red blend; give this a bit of time.
90 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209046
Barboursville
2013 Reserve Vermentino
Golden straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of waxy apple, passionfruit, and exotic lemon with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy finish displaying touches of melon, delicate mint, pink pepper, and kiwi with no oak. A fun, subtle yet flavorful white that will be great with seafood.
89 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208995
Williamsburg Winery
2012 "Gabriel Archer Reserve" Virginia
Ruby color. Rich, interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans, candied cherries, dark roasted nuts, and flower patch with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish that exhibits touches of tomatoes on the vine, dolmades, and nutskin with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice earthy red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209051
Barboursville
2009 Reserve Nebbiolo
Medium ruby brick red orange color. Lively aromas and flavors of chestnut honey, toffee, and pomegranate-tomato chutney with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-length finish that presents impressions of cedar, cranberry, nut, and olive skin with barky tannins and moderate oak. A rich, rustic red with firm structure for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208997
Williamsburg Winery
2013 "Wessex Hundred" Viognier
Golden silver color. Rich aromas of poached pear, peach sauce, and flower patch with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, compelling, breezy starfruit and pink pepper finish. A solid viognier.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209048
Barboursville
2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Dark ruby black color. Mild aromas and flavors of nougat and chocolate berries with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing touches of mocha, nutshells, and gravel with firm tannins and moderate oak. A bit closed at present, try in a few years or serve with a well marbled steak.
87 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209039
Paris Winery
2008 Vino Classico Sangiovese
Brick red copper color. Delicate aromas and flavors of cranberry-tomato compote, olives, chocolate goji berries, and creme brulee with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, brisk finish imparting notes of dolmades, nutshells, and cedar with barky tannins and moderate oak. A dusty, earthy Old World style red for the table.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209034
Paris Winery
NV Tower Red Henry County
Ruby color. Rich, fruity aromas of red grape jam and chocolate potato chip with a satiny, fruity sweet body and a smooth, honey cream and grape soda finish with silky tannins and no oak. A nice sweet care free sipper.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208994
Williamsburg Winery
2012 "Trianon" Cabernet Franc
Ruby brick red color. Lively, earthy aromas and flavors of baked cranberries, dolmades, and chocolate roasted nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting notes of mulberries, cedar, and grassy earth with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A refreshing, earthy red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209036
Paris Winery
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby brick red color. Aromas and flavors of white chocolate fudge, berry bush, green tomato, and herbs de Provence with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with accents of cassis, earth, and nutshell with light oak. A solid table wine.
84 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208998
Williamsburg Winery
2012 "Acte 12 of Sixteen Nineteen" Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Floral aromas and flavors of white toffee, coconut-guava relish, and honeysuckle with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, breezy finish with notes of coconut milk, praline, and delicate spice with moderate oak. A pleasant sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208993
Williamsburg Winery
2012 "Adagio" Virginia
Garnet color. Oaky aromas and flavors of trees and twigs, dark roasted nuts, cocoa, and pickles with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, brisk finish with notes of cedar and gravel with papery tannins and heavy oak. A stern red with lots of rustic character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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