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February 2016 - Southeast US Regional Wine Review

February 2016 - Southeast US Regional Wine Review
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Pollak Vineyards 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
95 points
$50
Bright garnet black color. Bright, spicy, interesting aromas and flavors of spiced pistachio brittle, chocolate buttercream, berry cake, and tomato chutney with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length roasted apples cherries, and blood oranges, toffee, and delicate earth finish with silky, fine tannins and moderate oak. A brilliant, elegant cabernet franc with great texture, balance, and savoriness.
Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
94 points
$26
Bright medium garnet black color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled berries, cocoa dusted nuts, cedar, and flowering plant in a clay pot with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length sour cherries, beets, and delicate spiced nougat finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and supple cabernet franc that is sure to please.
Williamsburg Winery 2014 "Petite Fleur" Dessert Wine Virginia
93 points
$28
Golden yellow color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of dried peaches, apricot creme brulee, and orange blossom honey with a satiny, tangy, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, subtle, long tangerine sorbet, honeyed golden raisins, and nuts finish. A vibrantly delicious and mouthwatering dessert wine for every occasion.
Williamsburg Winery 2013 "Adagio" Red Virginia
92 points
$75
Dark nearly opaque deep purple color. Delicate, earthy aromas of olive and pepper focaccia, chocolate craisins, and herbs with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-long roasted root vegetables, brown spices, buttery caramelized nuts, and earth finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A supple and savory red blend that will excel with beef dishes.
Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$30
Bright dark violet color. Interesting, floral aromas and flavors of exotic blossoms, lady grey tea, bouillon, and pomegranate with an even, racy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, involved, medium-length tart cherries, pickled tomatoes, and nutskins and nutshells finish with firm, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A firm, tangy cabernet sauvignon for the table.
Pollak Vineyards 2011 "Mille Fleurs" Viognier
90 points
$30
Brilliant bright gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of orange-apple relish, delicate spices and mint, and raisin custard with a silky, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length peppery spices, herbal honey, and menthol-mint finish with fine, dusty tannins. A fun, spicy, flavor-packed desert wine.
Williamsburg Winery 2013 Reserve Petit Verdot
90 points
$49
Dark deep purple color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy berry compote, buttery vanilla toffee, floral honeycomb, and ink with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length roasted beets, toasty cedar, delicate spice, and nut skins and shells finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A very nice, dry and savory red wine.
Pollak Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc
90 points
$50
Bright medium violet color. Bright, savory aromas and flavors of pomegranate, gherkin, lanolin lotion, and red clay with a soft, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length sour cherry gastrique, spiced nuts, and earth finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and lively cabernet franc.
Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay
89 points
$24
Bright light emerald straw color. Bright, funky, toasty aromas and flavors of nutskin and dried apple and lemon with an even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, snappy lemon ice, apple skin, tropical fruits, and delicate baking spices finish with firm tannins and light oak. A racy, chablis-like chardonnay.
Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown Merlot
89 points
$26
Bright dark nearly opaque deep color. Bright, earthy, herbal aromas and flavors of tomatoes on the vine, dried herbs, and craisins with an even, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, cheery mulberry-cherry gastrique, roasted apples and carrots, spiced nuts, and cedar mulch finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, earthy merlot for the table.
Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown Petit Verdot
89 points
$30
Dark violet color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of blackberry chutney, honeydew, and vanilla nougat with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, brisk cranberry, tomato, roasted carrots and beets, and nuts finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A dry, firm red for the table with meats.
Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown Meritage Monticello
89 points
$35
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Fruity, toasty aromas of mulberries, sandalwood, plums, and raspberries and clarified butter with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, involved, breezy finish with firm tannins and light oak.
Williamsburg Winery 2013 "Gabriel Archer Reserve" Red Virginia
89 points
$42
Garnet black color. Delicate, herbal, savory aromas of roasted root vegetables, olives, chocolate nuts, and wax with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dried berries, nutshells, and earth finish with dusty, woody tannins and heavy oak. A dry, various savory and earthy red for the table.
Williamsburg Winery 2013 Limited Release Norton
88 points
$28
Opaque black garnet color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of leather, craisins, ground nuts, and horse blanket with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy barnyard hay, chocolate mulberries, and nutskins finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, earthy, inky red for the table.
Williamsburg Winery 2013 "Virginia Trianon" Cabernet Franc
88 points
$42
Bright medium clear minutely hazy color. Delicate, earthy, savory herbal aromas of baked berries and tomatoes and nuts with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, vanilla cream, spiced yams, chocolate nuts, and earth finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A zesty cabernet franc with a lot of earthy character.
Williamsburg Winery 2013 Limited Release Cabernet Franc
87 points
$28
Dusty dusty ruby color. Delicate, earthy, savory aromas and flavors of tomato pepper relish, spiced mulberries, cocoa, and tar with an oily, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy dried cherry, chocolate, delicate spices, and nuts finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and mellow cabernet franc.
Grove Winery 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
84 points
$28
Minutely hazy gold color. Lively, earthy, rustic aromas and flavors of grape leaves and stems, dark roasted nuts, spiced apples, and lemon balm and rubber sap with a lean, tangy, sweet medium body and an interesting, cheery pineapple gastrique, apple sauce, nutshells, and dried flowers finish with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A curious, somewhat rustic chardonnay for the table.
Grove Winery 2011 Estate Cabernet Franc
83 points
$16.99
Dusty ruby color. Bright, funky, earthy aromas and flavors of tomato vine and leaf, tomato-pepper relish, herbs, and bark with a silky, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, uncommon, brisk craisins, roasted beef, nutskins, and cabbage finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rustic, red for Italian tomato dishes.
83 points $16.99
Grove Winery 2013 "Block B" Estate Red Haw River Valley
81 points
$14.99
Dark dusty ruby color. Bright, herbal, vegetal aromas and flavors of baked berries and olives, herb pepper bread, and grilled root vegetables with a soft, medium body and a tingling, weird, momentary sauerkraut, tomato-pepper relish, twigs, and brewer’s yeast finish with leafy tannins and light oak. An earthy, vegetal red for the table.
81 points $14.99
Williamsburg Winery 2014 "Acte 12 of 1619" Chardonnay
81 points
$22
Brilliant golden yellow color. Odd, medicinal aromas and flavors of bark and nettles, light insecticide, apple core, and white peppercorn with a velvety, shy, dryish medium body and a tingling, short citrus pith and leaves finish with papery tannins.
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