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February 2017 - Regional US Wines - N.E.

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

Tomasello 2013 Estate Blaufrankisch
92 points
$18.95
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 'Best NJ Other Red'
92 points $18.95 Best Buy
Palmaris 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$40
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.
Awards: 'Best NJ Cabernet Sauvignon'
Auburn Road NV American Red "Winemakers Blend"
91 points
$15
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 'Best NJ Red Blend'
91 points $15 Best Buy
Silver Springs NV Tri-dition (Navy) New York State
91 points
$37
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.
Awards: 'Best NY Other Red'
Lakewood 2015 Dry Riesling
90 points
$14
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 'Best NY Riesling'
90 points $14 Best Buy
Lakewood 2015  Riesling
89 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Treleaven 2014 Meritage New York State
89 points
$25.99
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
Lakewood 2015  Valvin Muscat
88 points
$13
Best Buy
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
Auburn Road 2014  Chambourcin
88 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Paradise Hills Vineyard NV Temptation Apple Wine Connecticut
88 points
$15.50
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
Lakewood 2015  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$18
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.
Paradise Hills Vineyard NV  St. Croix
88 points
$21.99
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
Tomasello 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$29.95
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
Silver Springs NV  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$32
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.
Blue Ridge NV "Terroir" Pennsylvania
88 points
$34
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.
Silver Springs NV Tri-dition (Burgundy) New York State
88 points
$37
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.
Lakewood 2015 Full Monty Riesling
87 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Tomasello 2014  Sangiovese
87 points
$18.95
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
Paradise Hills Vineyard NV Vino Bianco del Paradiso Connecticut
87 points
$21.99
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
Black Willow Winery NV Bare Cat Blush Niagara Country
86 points
$10.95
Best Buy
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
Tomasello 2015  Rkatsiteli
86 points
$15.95
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
Paradise Hills Vineyard NV  Traminette
86 points
$21.99
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
Auburn Road 2014 Gaia Outer Coastal Plain
86 points
$23
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.
Auburn Road 2013 Eidolon "Coeur dEst" Outer Coastal Plain
86 points
$23
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
Palmaris 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
86 points
$40
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.
Black Willow Winery NV Black Widow Berry New York State
85 points
$11.95
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
Lakewood 2015  Chardonnay
85 points
$14
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.
Villa Bellangelo 2014  Riesling
85 points
$17
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.
Auburn Road 2013 Classico Outer Coastal Plain
85 points
$20
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.
Paradise Hills Vineyard NV Cayuga White Connecticut
85 points
$21.99
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
Paradise Hills Vineyard NV Landot Noir Connecticut
85 points
$21.99
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
Treleaven 2014  Merlot
85 points
$21.99
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
Black Willow Winery NV Classic Diamond New York State
84 points
$12.95
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
Treleaven 2015 Tacies "Barrel Fermented" Chardonnay
84 points
$14.99
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
Sharpe Hill 2013 Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc
84 points
$18.99
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
Palmaris 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
84 points
$25
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.
Villa Bellangelo 2014 Dry Riesling
83 points
$17
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.
Auburn Road 2007 Classico Outer Coastal Plain
82 points
$60
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.
Villa Bellangelo 2014  Chardonnay
81 points
$15
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.
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