More Reviews

Reviews for 2018

September 2018 - New Jersey Wine 4

September 2018 - New Jersey Wine 4
This month's Wine feature is New Release Wines

New Jersey Wine 4 Reviews

Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Autumn Harvest "Dessert Wine" New Jersey
94 points
$35
Old gold color. Aromas of roasted pineapple, dried apricot, beeswax, and spiced lychee tea with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long salty soy-glazed nuts, huitlacoche, almond paste, cured yellow tomatoes, petrol, and meyer lemon vinaigrette finish. A gorgeous, complex Petite Manseng from unassuming New Jersey with endless port-like complexity and Ausbruch-like sophistication; buy this!
Hawk Haven 2015 Signature Series Cabernet Franc
92 points
$39.99
Dusty deep purple color. Complex aromas of leather, salami, orange peel, cardamom, belgian yeast, and fresh blueberry scone with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, very long cherry dust, silt, and peppercorn sauce finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A complex Cab Franc of great depth with loads of acid for the long haul.
92 points $39.99
Auburn Road 2015  Chambourcin
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Attractive aromas of raspberry bread pudding, caramel-chocolate sauce, roasted meats, tomato leaf, anise, and mesquite with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long baked blueberry cobbler and graphite finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A New Jersey wine for Bordeaux fans; a fantastic expression of Chambourcin.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Auburn Road 2015 Gaia Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$19
Ruby color. Aromas of blueberry confection, sliced green apples, toasty sugar-dusted pie crust, and cherry wood shavings with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length tomato leaf, baking chocolate, red velvet cake, licorice, and allspice finish with moderate oak. Satiny oak and dark fruity elegantly mesh in this upstanding Outer Coastal Plain blend.
Plagido’s Winery NV Blackberry Vigoroso Sweet Wine Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$19.99
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of fruit punch, purple chewy candies, concord grape, and cotton candy with a syrupy, lively, very sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate dipped raspberry finish. A bold fruit wine with intense berry notes to enjoy after a meal.
90 points $19.99
Sharrott Winery 2015 Trio Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
90 points
$34.99
Black garnet color. Complex, interesting aromas and flavors of fire-roasted beets, black cassis, lavender, and sweet tarragon with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long fine italian soap, bergamot, and antique leather furniture finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A one-of-a-kind Bordeaux Varietal Blend that needs to hit the cellar; this could be a very special bottle after a slumber.
90 points $34.99
Auburn Road 2017 Solé Vidal Blanc
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of coconut lime sorbet with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length wet stone, plantain, meyer lemon, and underripe pineapple finish with no oak. A bright and cheerful Vidal Blanc in a crowd-pleasing, fruity style.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Cape May NV Red Blend New Jersey
89 points
$18
Garnet black color. Aromas of beets, mulberry, red apples, dill creme fraiche, leather, and cedar box with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long sun dried tomato and coriander finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A bright and highly pairable New Jersey red that will sing with food.
Cape May 2016  Cabernet Franc
89 points
$19
Dusty garnet color. Floral, vegetal aromas and flavors of gardenia, juicy watermelon, pickled beets, bergamot, coffee with cream, and clove with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dill, toasted coconut, and spicy pepper finish with moderate oak. A distinctive Cabernet Franc with wildly diverse range of flavors; a very fun wine.
Cape May 2017  Chardonnay
89 points
$20
Golden yellow color. Sweet aromas of apple candies and toasty shortbread with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, crisp crisp cookies, pineapple cordial, mango, and toffee finish with moderate oak. A tropical chardonnay pleaser for weeknight sipping.
Hawk Haven 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$32.99
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of dried strawberry, mulberry, blackberry leaf, and toasted baguette with a tannic, lively, dry full body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length black tea, tar, passionfruit tart, carob, and green peppercorns finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A well-structured Cabernet to enjoy after a brief cellaring period.
89 points $32.99
Plagido’s Winery 2016 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$32.99
Ruby color. Unusual, smoky aromas of honey-glazed ham, candied cherries, and patent leather with a round, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long candied yams, chocolate covered espresso bean, cedar, and rhubarb finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A distinctive wine with jump-out-of-the-glass aromas and perfectly pairable rustic flavors.
89 points $32.99
Isaac Smith 2011 Port New Jersey
89 points
$52
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, dried strawberries, candied hazelnuts, and fleur de sel with a silky, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a hot, medium-length banana chips, dry roasted peanuts, and raisins finish. A solid Port-style wine with layers of chocolatey, nutty goodness.
Auburn Road NV Give Peach A Chance Peach Wine New Jersey
88 points
$12
Best Buy
White gold color. Fruity aromas of wrapped peach fruit roll up and apricot preserves with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a medium-length apricot nectar, lime, and peach skins finish with fruit tannins. A pure fruit wine with a bit of texture that’s like biting in to summer fruit; pour it over sorbet!
88 points $12 Best Buy
Auburn Road 2016 Good Karma Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$15
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, tomatoes and berries on the vine, dark chocolate yogurt, and honeycomb with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long tomato-cranberry chutney, mulberry, and hint of cucumber finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins. A distinctive and highly pairable red.
Auburn Road 2017 Dry Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$18
Pale steely pink color. Aromas of lemon tea and splash of cranberry with a silky, racy, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy underripe pineapple and strawberry, watermelon granita, and chalk finish with no oak. A zingy rose that will make a nice caprese salad companion.
Hawk Haven 2017 Naked Chardonnay
88 points
$18.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of sweet apple compote, caramel pudding, steamed milk, sesame, and apricot preserves with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a polished, carefree lemon spritz, orange zest, and fresh pineapple finish. A fruity, crowd-pleasing chardonnay for anytime enjoyment.
88 points $18.99
Sharrott Winery NV Wicked Chambourcin
88 points
$24.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, dark chocolate shavings, lacquer, and salted molasses topping with a velvety, lively, sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-long black pepper and raspberry liqueur finish. A balanced and peppery dessert wine that will be lovely with a plate of cookies and a table of friends.
88 points $24.99
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Derby White Blend New Jersey
88 points
$28
Silvery straw color. Creamy, floral aromas of pressed flowers, fresh whipped creme, pavlova with flower waters, starfruit, and ripe lychee with a supple, bright, fruity light body and an even, charming, medium-length finish with no oak. A creamy, floral treat that hits the palate like a soft down pillow.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015  Cabernet Franc
88 points
$28
Violet color. Aromas of jarred salsa, raisins, and sun dried tomatoes with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length pink peppercorns, plum fruit leather, parsley, and bee pollen finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A fun Cab Franc with hints of delicious salty flavors.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$32
Black garnet color. Aromas of jarred salsa, boxed raisins, ground pepper, and riesen chocolate chew with a lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, medium-long ripe plum, roasted mushrooms, sandalwood, kosher salt, and nutty sherry finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A richly flavored cabernet with big body to stand up to steaks.
Cape May 2017 White New Jersey
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Old gold color. Aromas of buttered corn muffin, sweet custard bao, orange flavored buttercream, green olive, elderflower, and banana puree with a slightly chewy, crisp, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length toasted baguette, nutmeg, and peaches in honey finish with moderate oak. A fun oaky take on Vidal Blanc that will pair well with Nashville Hot Chicken.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Sharrott Winery 2017  Vidal Blanc
87 points
$15.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of lime zest, fresh cotton, tamago, and fruit cocktail with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, quick passionfruit Danish finish. A light and tropical Vidal Blanc made with contemporary finesse.
87 points $15.99
Auburn Road 2014 Classico Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
87 points
$16
Dark burnt sienna color. Attractive aromas of raspberry truffle, cocoa powder, thicket, and leather with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length sundried tomato, grape leaves, and coriander finish with moderate oak. A spicy rustic charmer.
Hawk Haven 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$19.99
Yellow straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of ripe apple, pumpkin butter, cider donuts, and peach candies with a soft, light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy lemon meringue finish. An apple-y refresher for early autumn.
87 points $19.99
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2016 Petite Belle White New Jersey
87 points
$20
Golden straw color. Aromas of pressed apples, white grape cooler, lemon zest, and delicate honeysuckle with a silky, soft, off-dry medium body and a sleek, breezy saltine finish. A fruity and approachable off-dry white for casual sipping; serve well-chilled.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Pink Flamingo Rosé New Jersey
87 points
$22
Pink coral color. Candied aromas and flavors of strawberry milk, cotton candy, marshmallow, and pico de gallo with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length tomato paste finish with no oak. A playful and confected pleaser of a rose; a perfect party wine.
Cape May 2017 Reserve Chardonnay
87 points
$23
Bright gold color. Sweet aromas of granny smith apple, sweet caramel, apricot mango chewy candies, and dried peach with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length caramelized pineapple, salted lime, toasty bread pudding with rum sauce, and spiced baked apricot finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. Sweet aromas evoke autumn treats; this will be a surefire crowd pleaser.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Bees Knees Rosé New Jersey
87 points
$28
Khaki orange color. Smoky, savory aromas of grilled salami, raspberry glaze, marinated bell peppers, and spiced molasses with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, compelling, medium-length chocolate dipped bacon finish with no oak. A very distinctive savory rose.
Plagido’s Winery 2016 Coeur dEst Outer Coastal Plain
87 points
$29.99
Black violet color. Aromas of blackberry jam, bacon, almonds, lilac, marinated artichoke hearts, and southern biscuits with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long salted dark chocolate and spiced carrots finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A inky red from the Outer Coastal Plain full of dark fruits and smoky richness.
87 points $29.99
Palmaris 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$30.95
Garnet black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of fine furniture, perfume, root beer float, and cherry yogurt with a vibrant, medium-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A big and bold Cabernet with soda shop flair.
87 points $30.95
Hawk Haven 2015 Signature Series Tempranillo
87 points
$32.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried red cassis, citrus flower waters, savory pies, and scorched tobacco leaf with a satiny, lively, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long berry fruit leather, dried blood orange, and crushed stones finish with light oak. A unique wine from the Outer Coastal Plain that takes an old-world approach to tempranillo.
87 points $32.99
Sharrott Winery 2015 Coeur dEst Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
87 points
$34.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of wool, fresh leather, dried cherries, rose hips, and sauteed mushrooms with a supple, lively, dry medium-to-full body and an effortless, medium-length braciole, moss, and blueberry-vanilla gelato finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A savory red with vibrant acidity that will be great with game.
87 points $34.99
Isaac Smith 2014 White Port New Jersey
87 points
$45
Amber color. Grainy aromas of beeswax, fallen apricot, buttered barley, and dried chamomile with a slightly chewy, vibrant, sweet medium body and a peppery, medium-length peanut butter and orange marmalade on cinnamon graham cracker and banana chips finish. A distinctive Vidal Blanc Port-style wine that will surprise the fortified wine drinker and entertain the mixologist.
Auburn Road NV Apple Wine New Jersey
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of beeswax and poached apple with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and an even, medium-length lemon zest finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A balanced apple wine with delicate flavor; serve well-chilled.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Auburn Road 2017 Rosalita Off-Dry Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Bright salmon orange color. Fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon candies, tamarind soda, and tinned pears with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk raspberry tea, cherry, and orange pith finish with no oak. A fruity summer rose crusher.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Auburn Road 2017  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$16
Silver color. Creamy, fruity aromas of sliced citrus, pears, pineapples in cream, egg bagel, and vanilla taffy with a silky, bright, fruity light body and a graceful, breezy sweet marinade finish with no oak. A light but flavorful Pinot Grigio for everyday enjoyment.
Auburn Road 2014 Eidolon Coeur dEst Outer Coastal Plain
86 points
$19
Dusty ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of baked ham and cheese pastry, mink, marinated dates, and oregano with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-length tomato vine and sage finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A curious melange of flavors packed into a balanced red for the hunter’s table.
Cape May 2016  Merlot
86 points
$21
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of red cassis, palm oil, banana cake, marinated strawberries, and potted geranium with a slightly chewy, lively, dry medium body and a silky, easy tart cassis, straw, and chocolate licorice finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A zingy merlot for rich meals.
Cape May 2016 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
86 points
$24
Light gold color. Toasty, nutty aromas of almond nougat, apple chips, granola, and cashew milk with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cream soda, toasted baguette crust with cinnamon-sugar, pepper, and vanilla bean finish with coating tannins and heavy oak. Oak lovers will gleefully sip upon this nutty chardonnay.
Hawk Haven 2016 Signature Series Reserve Chardonnay
86 points
$32.99
Yellow straw color. Spicy aromas of crystalized ginger, white tea, cinnamon-sugar, and caramel-apple chips with a soft, bitter light body and a graceful, brisk lemon rind finish. A Chardonnay quaffer for rainy days.
86 points $32.99
Cape May 2017 Rosé New Jersey
85 points
$15
Salmon orange color. Interesting, fruity aromas of fruit punch, spiced pomegranate, green tea, green tomato, and overripe kiwi with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy melon salad finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A wildcard of a rose; fruity and fun.
Hawk Haven 2017 Signature Series Albarino
85 points
$23.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of struck match, wool, baby’s breath, white tea with lemon, and sliced white grapefruit with a supple, lively, dry light body and an even, brisk finish with no oak. A very crisp and delicate Albarino for swift summer day refreshment.
85 points $23.99
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Charleston Rosé New Jersey
85 points
$28
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of concord grape jam, cinnamon scented beeswax candle, varnish, and musk with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium iced tea finish with crunchy tannins. An all-American rose for summer punch.
Isaac Smith NV Port New Jersey
85 points
$29
Brown brick red color. Boozy, baked aromas and flavors of chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, coconut-walnut confection, chocolate soda, and maple pecans with a satiny, lively, very sweet medium body and a peppery, medium-length pomegranate, charleston chew, and amaro finish with moderate oak. An easy-drinking New Jersey port that will be yummy with cheeses or chocolate dipped fruits.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 The Huntsman Red Blend New Jersey
85 points
$40
Black garnet color. Aromas of raisin toast, fruit cake, bread pudding with apples, and lamb with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, relaxed roasted almonds and terra cotta finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A toasty wine for the winter table.
Hawk Haven 2017  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$18.99
Silver color. Aromas and flavors of grilled apple, struck match, white flowers, and cookie dough with a soft, dryish thin body and a smooth, scant key lime finish with no oak. A solid pinot grigio quaffer with a slightly smoky appeal.
84 points $18.99
Plagido’s Winery 2016 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc
84 points
$24.99
Garnet color. Curious aromas and flavors of blt on grilled sourdough, raisins, tomato leaves, and old fashioned coffee with a round, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A curiously savory and smoky wine with fascinating pairing possibilities.
84 points $24.99
Palmaris 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir
84 points
$25
Garnet black color. Earthy, grassy aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, fresh dill, tea, fine cognac, roasted pine nuts, leather, and ripe tomato with a velvety, racy, dryish light body and a seamless, breezy beet shrub finish with chalky tannins and moderate oak. A cheese-friendly Pinot Noir with acid to spare.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Halcyon Days Rosé New Jersey
84 points
$28
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry syrup in a plastic squeeze bottle, artisan catsup, watermelon rind, and menthol with a supple, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk cranberry tisane finish with no oak. A zingy pink pounder for hot weather.
Plagido’s Winery 2016 Estate Bottled Cabernet-Merlot
84 points
$29.99
Dark black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raisins, fruit cake, and yeasty raspberry breakfast bread with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, breezy brandy-filled chocolates, nutmeg, and anise finish with moderate oak. A mellow red with hints of winter spice.
84 points $29.99
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2016 Barrel Aged Reserve Chardonnay
84 points
$35
Straw green color. Aromas of apple-cinnamon yogurt, milky way bar, lanolin, and white chocolate mocha with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long dried apricot, lapsang suchong, grilled pineapple, and roasted nuts finish with coating tannins and no oak. A coating, smoky Chardonnay that could be quite nice with chicken sausages.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Deco Rosé New Jersey
83 points
$28
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of plastic-wrapped glazed strawberries, concord grapes, compressed watermelon, allspice, and damp tomato vine with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, snappy malted milk finish with no oak. A crisp and quaffable New Jersey rose; try in summer sangria.
Isaac Smith NV White Port New Jersey
82 points
$21
Gold color. Aromas of vinyl, cider apples, cinnamon and clove spiced raisins, packaged fruit cake, and dried apricot with an oily, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a warming, medium-length raw cashews and carnation finish. A nice after-dinner sipper.
Hawk Haven 2017 Signature Series Riesling
82 points
$21.99
White gold color. Aromas of lime pith, eggy peach soufflé, and sticky rice with a lean, crisp, dry thin body and a smooth, scant chalk and sourdough bread finish with no oak. A zingy quaffer.
82 points $21.99
Auburn Road 2016 The White Bottle Chardonnay
80 points
$18
Straw green color. Pungent aromas and flavors of apple juice soaked wood chips, flax, pond, orange chewable vitamins, and granola in yogurt with a soft, shy, dryish watery body and a instant green plantain and baking soda finish. A light and earthy chardonnay for the table.
Shortcut: http://www.tastings.com/Calendar-Wine/Review-2018-09-23-New-Jersey-Wine-4.aspx