February 2017 - Regional US Wines - N.E.

This month's Wine feature is Regional US Wines N.E. Wines
Regional US Wines - N.E. Reviews
218341
Tomasello
2013 Estate Blaufrankisch
Dull brown brick red color. Spicy, savory aromas and flavors of fried pickle, baked cherries and mulberries, clay, and orange blossom with a supple, tangy, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length pickled beets and parsnips, cedar, craisin, and nutskin finish with well-integrated, silky, dusty tannins and light oak. A very distinctive and appetizing dry red with great savory and spices notes for the table.
92 points $18.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218339
Palmaris
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque brick red color. Aromas of sandalwood, roasted nut, root vegetables and berries, and dried tobacco with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length cedar pencil shavings and cigar box, charcoal, and blood orange finish with dusty, fine, woody tannins and moderate oak. An interesting exotically woody cabernet with bright savory fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218254
Auburn Road
NV American Red "Winemaker's Blend"
Burnt sienna color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, cocoa, berry pie crust, and toasty cedar with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, mocha and craisin finish with well-integrated, soft, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An attractive smooth, nutty red with fine balance of savory flavors and toasty oak.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218123
Silver Springs
NV Tri-dition (Navy) New York State
Dark nearly opaque brick red color. Earthy, roasted aromas and flavors of wax candle, grilled berries and beets, buffalo grass and herbs, and polished wood with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-long pomegranate relish, nutskin, dusty earth, and sandalwood incense finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A rather exotic and appealing savory, toasty, and spicy red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218317
Lakewood
2015 Dry Riesling
Emerald straw color. Fruity, floral aromas of honeyed apples and citrus and ripe peach with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long lime granita and melon finish with crunchy, soft tannins and no oak. A very attractive crisp and savory riesling that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218318
Lakewood
2015 Riesling
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of apple sauce, reduced lemon, and melon rind with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, intriguing, medium-length ripe nectarine finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A rock solid riesling with nice fruit and structure.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218387
Treleaven
2014 Meritage New York State
Dusty ruby color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of berry-cherry cobbler, vanilla fudge, roasted pecans, and flower patch with a supple, tangy, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, carefree pomegranate, pickled nectarine and beet, earth, and nuts finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A very nice, dry and savory red for the table.
89 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218322
Lakewood
2015 Valvin Muscat
Pale emerald straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of potpourri, spiced peaches, oranges and banana, and ginger with a supple, crisp, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, clementine and pear finish with no oak. A nice fruity, lightly floral dessert wine.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218255
Auburn Road
2014 Chambourcin
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasty notes and mahogany, spiced mulberries and plums, feral, and clay with an tangy, dryish full body and an amusing, swift finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. This wine is juicy and balanced.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218468
Paradise Hills Vineyard
NV Temptation Apple Wine Connecticut
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spicy poached and dried apples and honeycomb with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length hint of citrus and straw finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A crisp and refreshing apple wine that is not to sweet and drinks a bit like a sauvignon blanc-riesling blend.
88 points $15.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218321
Lakewood
2015 Cabernet Franc
Light dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cranberries, sandalwood, and pottery with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length marinated beets and yams, nuts, earth, and green tea finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A very appetizing, savory red that will pair nicely with meat and vegetable dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218466
Paradise Hills Vineyard
NV St. Croix
Deep purple color. Earthy, rustic aromas and flavors of barnyard earth and clay, pine, nettles, and leaves, conditioned saddle leather, and dried wild berries with a supple, racy, sourish body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long berry vinaigrette on greens, pickled sour cherries and pomegranate, and bark finish with fine, cottony tannins and heavy oak. A tart, dry, somewhat rustic red for the hunter’s table.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218340
Tomasello
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty brick red color. Aromas and flavors of roasted berries and tomatoes, char-roasted nuts, brown butter, and smoked tobacco with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length craisin, dusty earth, and toasty oak finish with dusty, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice mellow savory cabernet for the table.
88 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218124
Silver Springs
NV Cabernet Franc
Medium dusty ruby violet color. Earthy, roasted aromas and flavors of roasted pomegranate and root vegetables, dried leaves, charred nuts, and rubber with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long dried sour cherry, cedar, and brown spices finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely expressively earthy cabernet franc with a dollop of oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218367
Blue Ridge
NV "Terroir" Pennsylvania
Bright straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of orange blossoms and lavender, lemon verbena, and spiced citrus and peaches with a soft, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a polished, appealing, breezy quince and Asian pear, wintergreen, Meyer lemon curd, and pickled melon rind finish with fine, fruit tannins. A nice savory dessert wine with some distinctive herbal and minty nuances.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218122
Silver Springs
NV Tri-dition (Burgundy) New York State
Dusty garnet color. Green, earthy aromas and flavors of green bark and nettles, pressed flowers, dried wild berries, and ink with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long pomegranate and blueberries, nutskin, earth, and dusty spices finish with fine, dusty, earthy tannins and light oak. An very earthy and savory red blend for game dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218319
Lakewood
2015 Full Monty Riesling
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of peaches, apples, and lime zest with an vibrant, off-dry medium body and an appealing, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and refreshing riesling with apple and peach flavors and very good acidity
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218342
Tomasello
2014 Sangiovese
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cherries and taffy, crushed gravel, dried canvas and grapey, and saddle leather and cumin with a tangy, dryish full body and a brisk finish with cottony, earthy tannins and light oak. An intriguing wild yeast component.
87 points $18.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218464
Paradise Hills Vineyard
NV Vino Bianco del Paradiso Connecticut
Old gold color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of exotic flowers, spicy baked peaches, white grape, and pineapple yogurt with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long sautéed almond, roasted lemon, and hint of suede finish with soft, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. An intriguingly savory white that has some fino Sherry-like notes.
87 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218222
Black Willow Winery
NV Bare Cat Blush Niagara Country
Salmon orange color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry jelly, white chocolate brittle, and fruit salad with a supple, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy spiced apples and watermelon, grape sorbet, and nutskin finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty, fruity, off-dry rose.
86 points $10.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218345
Tomasello
2015 Rkatsiteli
Bright straw color. Earthy, floral aromas and flavors of flower patch earth, honeyed peaches and grapes, almond nougat, and hint of herbs with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy quince and floral honeycomb finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A earthy, floral, and rather exotic white sipper.
86 points $15.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218467
Paradise Hills Vineyard
NV Traminette
Pale khaki orange color. Floral aromas and flavors of peony and geranium, lychee, and peach custard with a silky, racy, dryish medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length green apple, lime, melon, and nuts and earth finish with dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A dry, tart lightly floral white that will shine at the table.
86 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218252
Auburn Road
2014 Gaia Outer Coastal Plain
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of red berry, green pepper, and spice with an vibrant, dryish medium body and an interesting, brisk finish with medium, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A vibrant nose of red fruits, green pepper, and spice; very juicy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218253
Auburn Road
2013 Eidolon "Coeur d'Est" Outer Coastal Plain
Dark color. Aromas and flavors of dark red fruit, earth, and wet rocks with an vibrant, dryish medium body and a charming, medium-length finish with medium, woody tannins and a suggestion of oak. a juicy red that would be good for everyday consumption
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218344
Palmaris
2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Dusty garnet color. Woody, savory aromas and flavors of cedar pencil shavings, roasted berries and root vegetables, and tomato-pepper relish with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length orange rind and marinated beets finish with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A oaky cabernet franc for red meats or the cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218223
Black Willow Winery
NV Black Widow Berry New York State
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of wild cherry, bubble gum, and lick a stix with an lively, sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with fruit, soft tannins and no oak. A very juicy red dessert wine with cherry and strawberry soda flavors.
85 points $11.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218320
Lakewood
2015 Chardonnay
Bright yellow straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of coconut custard pie and dried pineapple with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, snappy apple, kiwi, praline, and coconut water finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A charming sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218383
Villa Bellangelo
2014 Riesling
Bright straw green color. Unusual, smoky aromas and flavors of dolmades, roasted nuts, grilled apple and melon, and rubber with a supple, tangy, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, relaxed lemon, nectarine, and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A interesting smoky, earthy riesling for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218251
Auburn Road
2013 Classico Outer Coastal Plain
Dark color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, spice, and forest floor with an bright, dryish medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with fruit, medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easy to drink red that can accompany a wide variety of foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218463
Paradise Hills Vineyard
NV Cayuga White Connecticut
Bright yellow straw color. Toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of apple-rhubarb tart, nougat, hint of rubber, and vanilla candle with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, easy pineapple and apple sauce finish with silky, crunchy tannins and no oak. A nice off-dry sipper that will pair nicely with spicy foods.
85 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218465
Paradise Hills Vineyard
NV Landot Noir Connecticut
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of grape salt water taffy, mocha, green stems, green plums, and cherry with an crisp, dry full body and an interesting, short finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A better than average quality example.
85 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218385
Treleaven
2014 Merlot
Dull brown brick red color. Fruity aromas of huckleberry pie filling, mulling spices, cherry bark, and smoked cocoa with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length underripe cherries, black peppercorns, slate, and dusty cherry stems finish with fruit, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tangy and slightly smoky merlot to complement rich foods.
85 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218224
Black Willow Winery
NV Classic Diamond New York State
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed white grapes, spiced peaches, and candied lime zests with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a refreshing, pickled melon and lemon zest and apple sauce finish with no oak. A crisp, grapey dessert wine for cheeses or patios.
84 points $12.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218388
Treleaven
2015 Tacie's "Barrel Fermented" Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Oaky aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, pineapple cake, powdery apple strudel, and hint of grape leaf with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spiced apple, roasted nuts, and mossy earth finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nicely oaked chardonnay sipper.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218186
Sharpe Hill
2013 Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc
Dusty brick red color. Rustic aromas and flavors of wild berries, bark, leaves and twigs, brown butter, and varnished wood with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length grilled green tomato and beets, berry vinaigrette on spinach, and salty roasted nuts finish with dusty, earthy tannins and light oak. An interesting, very savory and earthy red for the hunter’s table.
84 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218343
Palmaris
2014 Reserve Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted whole nuts and coconut, grilled pineapple, and bark and twigs with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift green quince, smoky oak, and melon rind finish with dusty, fruit tannins and heavy oak. A dry oaky reserved chardonnay for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218382
Villa Bellangelo
2014 Dry Riesling
Emerald straw color. Earthy, citrusy aromas and flavors of grilled apple and lemon and hint of rubber and match with a supple, tart, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk leafy earth, melon rind, and hint of diesel finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A tart, dry, earthy riesling for shellfish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218250
Auburn Road
2007 Classico Outer Coastal Plain
Dark color. Aromas and flavors of red fruit and earth with an soft, dryish medium body and a captivating, medium-length finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An interesting mix of fruit, spice, and earth with a hint of green pepper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218384
Villa Bellangelo
2014 Chardonnay
Bright yellow straw color. Smoky, sulfurous aromas of matchsticks, burnt nuts and leaves, and baked potato with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, brisk grilled pineapple and earth finish with a suggestion of oak. A crisp, tangy, smoky chardonnay for bbq.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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