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June 2019 - New Jersey Wine Competition

June 2019 - New Jersey Wine Competition
This month's Wine feature is New Jersey Wine Competition Wines

New Jersey Wine Competition Reviews

White Horse Winery 2018 Estate Chardonnay
91 points
$19
Yellow straw color. Aromas of candied lemon peel and baklava with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long minerals, peach custard, and toast finish. A crisp and clean chardonnay with elegant use of oak; great pop of acidity.
DiMatteo Vineyards NV  Merlot
90 points
$15.01
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of baked berries, chocolate-hazelnut genache, vanilla bean, hint of mint, and tomato leaf with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish revealing impressions of licorice and black tea with moderate oak flavor. A wildly attractive, unabashedly fruity Merlot from the Outer Coastal Plain.
90 points $15.01 Best Buy
DiMatteo Vineyards NV  Cabernet Franc
89 points
$15.01
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, spicy cranberry and pomegranate compote, and cedar with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length finish conveying touches of cherry pit, tomato, spice, and cedar mulch with heavy oak flavor. A mellow, oak forward cabernet franc.
89 points $15.01 Best Buy
White Horse Winery 2018 Estate Traminette
88 points
$18
White gold color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, clementine, and honeyed apple with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy finish displaying accents of nutskin and pear. A tasty and appetizing white with a lovely floral note.
White Horse Winery 2018 Estate Albarino
88 points
$23
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of key lime custard, grapefruit zest, hint of gooseberry, and pressed flowers with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish. A juicy albarino that will be delightful with shellfish; butter poached scallops will shine with this wine.
White Horse Winery 2018 Estate Vidal Blanc
88 points
$25
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked stone fruit and praline with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish displaying suggestions of fresh sliced apple, spiced nuts, and straw with no oak flavor. A tasty and crisp vidal blanc for fans for pinot grigio.
DiMatteo Vineyards NV  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$19
Garnet black color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate blueberries and raisins and berry custard danish with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-length finish that shows accents of choke cherry jelly on raisin toast, almond, and vanilla yogurt nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy crowd-pleasing cabernet for fans of red zinfandel.
White Horse Winery 2017 Estate Chambourcin
86 points
$18
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate chews, black cassis, forest floor, and black tea with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, intricate, medium-long finish with notes of dark roasted espresso with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dark, funky Chambourcin that greatly benefits from aeration; after decanting one can enjoy forest floor and cassis aromas that will blend beautifully with French cuisine.
White Horse Winery 2018 Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
86 points
$18
Steely pink coral color. Aromas of cantaloupe, honeycrisp apple, cucumber, and watermelon with a silky, tangy, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length lemon buttercream finish. A super-crisp rose with ample fruit; a crowd pleaser.
DiMatteo Vineyards NV  Chambourcin
82 points
$19
Violet color. Grainy aromas and flavors of cheerios in cream and toasted sourdough with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a tingling, medium-length finish revealing notes of amaranth and grape jelly with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A distinctive Chambourcin for creative pairings.
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