February 2016 - Southeast US Regional Wine Review

This month's Wine feature is Southeast Regional Wine Review Wines
Southeast US Regional Wine Review Reviews
213802
Pollak Vineyards
2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213801
Pollak Vineyards
2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213810
Williamsburg Winery
2014 "Petite Fleur" Dessert Wine Virginia
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213804
Williamsburg Winery
2013 "Adagio" Red Virginia
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213794
Pollak Vineyards
2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213793
Pollak Vineyards
2011 "Mille Fleurs" Viognier
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213807
Williamsburg Winery
2013 Reserve Petit Verdot
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213797
Pollak Vineyards
2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213799
Pollak Vineyards
2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213800
Pollak Vineyards
2012 Estate Grown Merlot
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213796
Pollak Vineyards
2012 Estate Grown Petit Verdot
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213795
Pollak Vineyards
2012 Estate Grown Meritage Monticello
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213805
Williamsburg Winery
2013 "Gabriel Archer Reserve" Red Virginia
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213809
Williamsburg Winery
2013 Limited Release Norton
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213806
Williamsburg Winery
2013 "Virginia Trianon" Cabernet Franc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213808
Williamsburg Winery
2013 Limited Release Cabernet Franc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213952
Grove Winery
2014 Reserve Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213953
Grove Winery
2011 Estate Cabernet Franc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213954
Grove Winery
2013 "Block B" Estate Red Haw River Valley
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213811
Williamsburg Winery
2014 "Acte 12 of 1619" Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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