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February 2016 - Northeast US Regional Wine Review

February 2016 - Northeast US Regional Wine Review
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Northeast US Regional Wine Review Reviews

Johnson Estate 2014 Freelings Creek Reserve Founders Red Chancellor
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry tart and vanilla nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish with accents of blackberry jam on toast, chocolate mint, and delicate spice with fine, chewy tannins and no oak flavor. A lovely spicy, Shiraz-like red that will be great at the table.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2014 Estate Grown Marechal Foch
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Elk Run 2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Cabernet Franc
89 points
$26.61
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 finish with suggestions of tomato concasse, spiced cherries, cocoa, and earth with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. An intricate and alluring cabernet franc with lots of earthy tones.
89 points $26.61
Johnson Estate NV "Red Iprocras" Estate Grown Lake Erie
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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
Bordeleau 2014 Apple Wine Maryland
87 points
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, carefree finish manifesting notes of lemon spritzed melon, crunchy apple skin, and nutshell with crunchy, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A tangy, zesty fall fruit wine.
Elk Run 2015 Cold Friday Vineyard Gewurztraminer
87 points
$24.77
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, easy finish with notes of vanilla custard with fine tannins and no oak flavor. An interesting combination for fruit, flowers and rusticity.
87 points $24.77
Unionville Vineyards 2013 Amwell Ridge Vineyard Marsanne/Roussanne
87 points
$29.95
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 finish that presents accents of lemon spritzed green apples with fine, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A nice zesty, earthy white blend.
87 points $29.95
Unionville Vineyards 2012 Pheasant Hill Vineyard Syrah
86 points
$32.95
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 finish that exhibits accents of roasted beets and carrots, reduced lemon, spiced chestnuts, and flower patch with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. An intriguing and pleasantly savory and rustic syrah.
86 points $32.95
Bordeleau 2013  Pinot Grigio
85 points
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 finish displaying notes of nougat and grass with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A breezy, earthy pinot grigio.
Johnson Estate NV "White Ipocras" Estate Grown Lake Erie
85 points
$8.99
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 flavor.
85 points $8.99
Johnson Estate 2013 Estate Grown Vidal Blanc
85 points
$9.99
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, breezy spiced apple and nectarine, edible flowers, and wintergreen finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A dainty, earthy lightly floral white wine that will make a nice aperitif.
85 points $9.99
Johnson Estate 2013 Freelings Creek Reserve Traminette
85 points
$13.99
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 flavor. A delicate floral white wine sipper.
85 points $13.99
Unionville Vineyards 2013  Counoise
85 points
$23.95
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, breezy finish with suggestions of cranberry and nutshell with fine, chewy tannins. A dry, savory, earthy red for the table.
85 points $23.95
Elk Run 2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Merlot
84 points
$26.61
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, cheery finish with notes of green apples an tomatoes, dusty berries and root vegetables, vanilla nuts, and chocolate mousse with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A earthy, rustic merlot for the table.
84 points $26.61
Bordeleau NV "Wicomico Blush" Lot Number 3 Maryland
83 points
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, snappy finish that shows impressions of spiced cherry, peppered watermelon, and vanilla nuts with fine, medium, fruit tannins. A juicy, earthy rose for the table.
Johnson Estate 2014 Estate Grown Seyval Blanc
83 points
$9.99
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 flavor. A very dry, earthy, and tart shellfish wine that is old world in style.
83 points $9.99
Unionville Vineyards 2013 Amwell Ridge Vineyard Viognier
83 points
$29.95
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, easy finish that shows notes of lemon zest and pulp, fallen green apple, and nutshell. A zesty, crunchy viognier to serve with fish.
83 points $29.95
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