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July 2018 - New Jersey Wine 2

July 2018 - New Jersey Wine 2
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Jersey Wine 2 Reviews

Amalthea 2015 Legends Edition Europa I Outer Coastal Plain
97 points
$29.99
Medium dark garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried sour cherries, beets, carrots and root vegetables baked with fresh herbs in a clay pot, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long chocolate orange peels, creme Anglaise, spiced nuts, and minerals finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A stunning red blend with cascading waves of savory and ripe flavors and nuances that delight the palate.
97 points $29.99
Amalthea 2015 Legends Edition Europa IV Outer Coastal Plain
95 points
$27.99
Medium dark garnet color. Fruity, candied aromas and flavors of strawberry vanilla sundae, chocolate graham crackers and dried blueberries, hint of toasted sage herb bread, and pickled tomato with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, captivating, medium-long chocolate dipped strawberries, spicy black raspberry pie a la mode, melon balls, and nuts finish with soft, fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A juicy and harmonious minuet of sweet, savory, and herbal leit motifs that satisfy the senses.
95 points $27.99
Amalthea NV Carmé Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
95 points
$27.99
Bright brown brick red color. Interesting, inviting, floral aromas and flavors of fancy floral bath soap, dried cherries and apricots drizzled in chocolate, pistachio gelato, and incense and braised meat with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long chocolate rice bar, spiced cranberries and strawberries, pink pepper, and sweet potato puree with nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fascinating flavor ride down a fruity, spicy path.
95 points $27.99
Amalthea 2015 Reserve Cabernet Franc
94 points
$24.99
Medium garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dark berry and tomato compote, baker’s chocolate in a cedar box, mesquite honeycomb, hints of perfumed tobacco, and India ink and tomato vine with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long black raspberry creme brulee, cocoa toffee, and spiced pomegranate seeds and peaches finish with light oak. A complex and enticing cabernet franc with great varietal typicity and sense of place.
94 points $24.99
Amalthea 2014 Legends Edition Europa III Outer Coastal Plain
94 points
$29.99
Medium deep purple color. Fruity, umami, herbal aromas and flavors of cranberry-mulberry compote, pomegranate molasses, dried mushroom and tomato, and hint of crayon with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length craisin-blackberry-beet relish, buttery nut brittle, and Swiss chard with cracked pepper finish with fine, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A savory, umami-laden red blend that weave a satiating tale at the table.
94 points $29.99
Amalthea 2015 Clone II Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$24.99
Medium violet color. Interesting, floral aromas and flavors of flower patch, berry bush, ripe tomatoes on the vine, and cornichon and cocoa with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length chocolate drizzled cranberries, sweet and peppery spices, cashew nut brittle, and floral honey in green tea finish with crunchy, chewy, soft tannins and light oak. A charming and nuanced cabernet that walks a different path through a forest of flavors.
92 points $24.99
Amalthea 2015 Reserve Merlot
91 points
$24.99
Medium dusty garnet color. Aromas of plum shrub, tea leaves, and mechanical pencil with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-length blue raspberry, balsamic, and toasted cedar finish with fruit, well-integrated, woody tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and well structured Merlot sure to turn heads at the dinner table.
91 points $24.99
Amalthea 2014 Legends Edition Europa VII Outer Coastal Plain
89 points
$32.99
Medium ruby garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate fondue with strawberries, chocolate cream of wheat, nut brittle and tootsie rolls, and grape and tomato leaves with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-length smore’s, nutskin, and minerals finish. A pleasant, very chocolatey red blend sipper.
89 points $32.99
Amalthea NV Leda Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$16.99
Light light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate-cherry chutney, sweet beet and tomato relish, and dried flowers with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length apple, spiced cranberry and mulberry, and nutskin finish with a suggestion of oak. A round and appetizing rose with a nice sense of place - a patio ponder of a rosé.
88 points $16.99
Amalthea 2013 Sur Lie Chardonnay
87 points
$18.99
Rich golden yellow color. Green, earthy aromas of apple tree, tomato vine and leaf, honey dark roasted mango, pineapple and nuts, and lily with a satiny, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length apple core, pineapple kefir, green tomato, and arugula finish with a suggestion of oak. A very earth and green, somewhat rustic chardonnay with a nice savory streak for the forager’s table.
87 points $18.99
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