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February 2018 - Regional US Northeast

February 2018 - Regional US Northeast
This month's Wine feature is Regional US Northeast Wines

Regional US Northeast Reviews

Freedom Run 2015 Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc
91 points
$29.95
Black violet color. Aromas of rum soaked raisin, cedar, green peppers, allspice, roasted eggplant, and black pepper with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and an effortless, elegant, medium-long bacon wrapped dates with balsamic glaze, dried rose, and dusty leather finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A serious Cab Franc for excellent steak dinners.
91 points $29.95
Auburn Road 2015  Chambourcin
90 points
Dark violet color. Aromas of raspberry, cranberry, and graphite with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a seamless, breezy iron finish with fine tannins. A very interesting and mineral-forward Chambourcin for satisfying pairings.
Coyote Moon Vineyards  Casa Papa Red Blend New York State
90 points
$15.80
Best Buy
Bright dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas of vibrant raspberry liqueur, cranberry muffin, peony, and pie crusts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length ink, grape jam, and leather finish with a suggestion of oak. An intriguing and bright, fruity wine that is a natural pairing for turkey.
90 points $15.80 Best Buy
Coyote Moon Vineyards NV  Marquette
90 points
$19.95
Ruby black color. Aromas of plum and buttery cinnamon crumble with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length carob, fine furniture, savory spices, and sea salt finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A great take on Marquette with killer acidity and bright, rich fruits.
90 points $19.95
Coyote Moon Vineyards NV  Frontenac
90 points
$19.95
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry jam, boysenberry crumble, and fresh herbs with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a cheery finish. A cheerful red with big food-friendly acidity.
90 points $19.95
Sharpe Hill 2013 Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc
90 points
$19.99
Dark garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of fine tobacco, men’s cologne, vanilla, and petrol with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-length charcoal, clove, whiskey barrel, and green peppercorn finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and heavy oak. A fascinating Cab Franc from Connecticut that is a must-try.
90 points $19.99
Auburn Road 2014 Eidolon Coeur dEst Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$20
Dark garnet color. Earthy aromas of dried cranberry, wet leaves, and iron-rich soil with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length vanilla and sandalwood finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. An earthy and alluring Coeur d’Est.
Auburn Road 2015 Gaia Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$23
Dusty violet color. Elegant aromas of leather, fine furniture, sweet pea blossom, and marinated strawberry with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long blueberry, vanilla, black pepper, and blackberry-rosemary finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and heavy oak. An elegant, fruity yet serious Bordeaux varietal blend that shows off the Outer Coastal Plain.
Freedom Run 2015 Estate Pinot Noir
90 points
$24.95
Medium ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry confiture, orange zest, cinnamon-vanilla buttercream, and dates with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length smoke and wet leaves finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely, bright expression of Niagara Escarpment Pinot Noir; enjoy now or cellar.
90 points $24.95
Sharpe Hill 2016 Vineyard Reserve Riesling
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of ripe pears, fruit cup, fragrant jasmine, and white tea with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length finish with no oak. A solid riesling that shows Connecticut’s potential.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Coyote Moon Vineyards   Brianna
89 points
$15.80
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of banana, lemon sorbet, jasmine, honeysuckle, and honeycomb with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a stimulating, medium-length finish with soft, fine tannins. A delicious, juicy off-dry white for spicy dinners.
89 points $15.80 Best Buy
Coyote Moon Vineyards  Twisted Sister Frontenac
88 points
$15.80
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grape jam and sorbet with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy chocolate and caramel finish with no oak. A very tasty off-dry red.
88 points $15.80
Elk Run 2015 Cold Friday Vineyard Gewurztraminer
88 points
$27.52
Light golden straw color. Herbal aromas and flavors of freshly chopped parsley and dill, garlicky kosher dill pickle, lychee, and celery seed with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A boldly herbal and distinctive Gewurztraminer that will be fun to pair with.
88 points $27.52
Auburn Road 2016 Dry Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
87 points
$18
Silvery pink color. Green aromas and flavors of celery, green pepper, and underripe strawberry with a soft, bright, dryish light body and an even, crisp lemon zest finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A soft but snappy rose that will be a crowd-pleaser.
Coyote Moon Vineyards  Rosé Marquette
87 points
$19.95
Medium reddish orange color. Candied aroma of cherry soda with a lean, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a brisk sour cherry confiture and jasmine finish with soft tannins and no oak. A light and friendly Marquette-based rose.
87 points $19.95
Elk Run 2015 Cold Friday Vineyard Cabernet Franc
87 points
$26.61
Brick red color. Aromas of berry vinaigrette, fruit punch, clove, and spiced tea with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk cola and dried figs and dates finish with silky tannins and light oak. A tangy Cab Franc with a fruity appeal.
87 points $26.61
Chateau Bu-De 2014  Merlot
87 points
$30
Clear dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry, cassis, leather, cigar box, and graphite with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, easy beets and eucalyptus finish with soft, silky tannins and light oak. A charming little Merlot with sophistication and style fit for many a dish & drinker.
Elk Run 2016 Cold Friday Vineyard Pinot Gris
86 points
$17.43
Clear white gold color. Aromas and flavors of cotton candy, fondant, lemon buttercream, and ripe plantain with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, brisk finish with soft tannins and no oak. A crisp and clean Maryland white.
86 points $17.43
Elk Run 2015 Liberty Tavern Vineyard Chardonnay
86 points
$27.52
Golden straw color. Aromas of golden apples in creme, roasted almond, and flaky butter crust with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy butter poached pineapple and white pepper finish with light oak. A solid Chardonnay that hits all the right notes.
86 points $27.52
Elk Run 2016 Liberty Tavern Vineyard Chardonnay
86 points
$27.52
Gold color. Aromas of glazed nuts, pecan sticky buns, dark caramel, and apple compote with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length buttercream, butterscotch drizzle, and cinnamon and allspice finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A creamy, nutty, caramelly chardonnay for crisp autumn days.
86 points $27.52
Coyote Moon Vineyards  Winemakers White Blend New York State
84 points
$9.95
Pale golden straw color. Fruity, floral aromas of grape candy, honeysuckle blossom, peaches in syrup, and creamsicle taffy with a soft, shy, fruity thin body and a sparse jasmine and slate finish with soft tannins and no oak. A breezy white quaffer for daytime tippling or sangria.
84 points $9.95
Sharpe Hill 2015 Red Seraph Connecticut
84 points
$14.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of ink, raspberries, mothballs, and wool with a silky, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, breezy grilled berries and green herbs finish with light oak. A funky quaffer that will intrigue savory wine lovers.
84 points $14.99
Auburn Road 2016 The White Bottle Chardonnay
84 points
$18
Straw green color. Aromas of fallen white peach, kelp, rocky shoreline, and caramel buttercream with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length crisp green apple, fresh celery, and white pepper finish. A distinctive chardonnay for creative pairings.
Elk Run 2015 Cold Friday Vineyard Pinot Noir
84 points
$24.77
Clear brick red color. Herbal aromas of pickled garlic scapes, dill, and mustard seed with a lean, soft, dry light body and a smooth, short-lived dried mushrooms finish. A curious expression of Pinot Noir full of savory herbs.
84 points $24.77
Chateau Bu-De 2014  Chardonnay
83 points
$28
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon-dusted apples, lemon curd, butter crackers, and egg custard with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, rapid finish with a suggestion of oak. A solid Chardonnay.
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