February 2016 - Northeast US Regional Wine Review

This month's Wine feature is Northeast Regional Wine Review Wines
Northeast US Regional Wine Review Reviews
213945
Johnson Estate
2014 Freelings Creek Reserve Founder's Red Chancellor
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry tart and vanilla nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length blackberry jam on toast, chocolate mint, and delicate spice finish with fine, chewy tannins and no oak. A lovely spicy, Shiraz-like red that will be great at the table.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213946
Johnson Estate
2014 Estate Grown Marechal Foch
Bright dark ruby black color. Bright, fruity, toasty buttery aromas of ripe mulberries, black grapes, buttercream, and dried violets and purple hard Xmas candy with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213898
Elk Run
2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Dark garnet black color. Lively, interesting, exotic earthy spicy aromas and flavors of tomatoes on the vine, pomegranate-coconut chutney, pressed flowers, and sandalwood with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, involved, medium-length tomato concasse, spiced cherries, cocoa, and earth finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. An intricate and alluring cabernet franc with lots of earthy tones.
89 points $26.61
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213949
Johnson Estate
NV "Red Iprocras" Estate Grown Lake Erie
Bright violet color. Spicy, fruity aromas of sangria, toasted cranberry bread, and spicy carrot cake with a silky, racy, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length cinnamon rolls and gum, tropical fruit punch, and grape sherbet finish. A very bright and spicy, Christmasy, sangria-like dessert wine.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213893
Bordeleau
2014 Apple Wine Maryland
Silver color. Bright, baked aromas and flavors of pear and delicate spice with a soft, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, breezy lemon spritzed melon, crunchy apple skin, and nutshell finish with crunchy, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A tangy, zesty fall fruit wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213896
Elk Run
2015 Cold Friday Vineyard Gewurztraminer
Bright medium straw color. Earthy, floral aromas and flavors of dried flowers, lychee, overripe peaches, and nettles with a soft, bright, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, involved, crisp vanilla custard finish with fine tannins and no oak. An interesting combination for fruit, flowers and rusticity.
87 points $24.77
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213939
Unionville Vineyards
2013 Amwell Ridge Vineyard Marsanne/Roussanne
Bright pale yellow straw color. Bright, funky, interesting aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, wintergreen, baked tropical fruits, and moss with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lemon spritzed green apples finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A nice zesty, earthy white blend.
87 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213936
Unionville Vineyards
2012 Pheasant Hill Vineyard Syrah
Nearly opaque dull dusty ruby color. Bright, dusty, oaky smoky savory aromas and flavors of smoked peppercorns, jasmine mint tea, lanolin lotion, and tomato pepper relish with an even, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length roasted beets and carrots, reduced lemon, spiced chestnuts, and flower patch finish with chewy tannins and light oak. An intriguing and pleasantly savory and rustic syrah.
86 points $32.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213891
Bordeleau
2013 Pinot Grigio
Pale silver color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of overripe peaches and pressed flowers with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, brisk nougat and grass finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A breezy, earthy pinot grigio.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213950
Johnson Estate
NV "White Ipocras" Estate Grown Lake Erie
Bright medium gold color. Bold, fruity, spicy aromas of Christmas spices - potpourri, cinnamon - clove, dried apple, and dried apricot with a chewy, lively, off-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213948
Johnson Estate
2013 Estate Grown Vidal Blanc
Pale straw color. Floral aromas of geraniums and dandelion, melon rind, floral honeycomb, and rubber sap with a silky, tangy, off-dry light body and an even, stimulating, relaxed spiced apple and nectarine, edible flowers, and wintergreen finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A dainty, earthy lightly floral white wine that will make a nice aperitif.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213951
Johnson Estate
2013 Freelings Creek Reserve Traminette
Brilliant emerald straw color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of lychee, peony and jasmine, Asian pear, and wintergreen with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a silky, engaging, breezy melon, floral talc, and wheatgrass finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicate floral white wine sipper.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213937
Unionville Vineyards
2013 Counoise
Dusty light garnet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of baked cherries, mixed peppercorns, tomato relish, and ink with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed cranberry and nutshell finish with fine, chewy tannins. A dry, savory, earthy red for the table.
85 points $23.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213897
Elk Run
2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Merlot
Dusty garnet black color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of tomatoes on the vine, rhubarb, vanilla candle, and flower stems with a soft, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, carefree green apples an tomatoes, dusty berries and root vegetables, vanilla nuts, and chocolate mousse finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A earthy, rustic merlot for the table.
84 points $26.61
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213892
Bordeleau
NV "Wicomico Blush" Lot Number 3 Maryland
Dark pink coral color. Bright, earthy, fruity interesting aromas and flavors of flower stems, grape vines, strawberry custard, and pepper jelly with a satiny, fruity medium body and a tingling, cheery spiced cherry, peppered watermelon, and vanilla nuts finish with fine, medium, fruit tannins. A juicy, earthy rose for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213947
Johnson Estate
2014 Estate Grown Seyval Blanc
Yellow straw color. Bright, earthy, grassy aromas of flower pot, lemon pith, lawn clippings, and banana with a soft, tart, dryish light body and a silky, brisk green apple skin and lemon zest finish with soft, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very dry, earthy, and tart shellfish wine that is old world in style.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213938
Unionville Vineyards
2013 Amwell Ridge Vineyard Viognier
Straw green color. Toasty aromas and flavors of peaches, pepper, and granola with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, relaxed lemon zest and pulp, fallen green apple, and nutshell finish. A zesty, crunchy viognier to serve with fish.
83 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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