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September 2019 - New Jersey Wine Competition

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

New Jersey Wine Competition Reviews

Amalthea 2015 Reserve Merlot
96 points
$24.99
Dark burnt sienna color. Mature aromas of tomato leaf, ripe cherry, graphite, geranium, leather patina, vanilla scented tobacco, and olives with a velvety, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, very complex, very long cedar incense, dried figs, black tea, cigars, hint of violet, damson plum, and licorice finish with silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. Astoundingly skillful use of oak makes for an uncommonly silky red with intense, complex notes of fine tobacco, tea, and leather; absolutely a must-try.
96 points $24.99
Tomasello NV Blackberry Wine New Jersey
95 points
$12.95
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of tamarind, ripe strawberry, raspberry syrup, pineapple confection, spiced grapefruit, and passionfruit with a racy, very sweet medium-to-full body and an effortless, intricate, long honeycomb, lychee, and bing cherry finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins. A serious fruit wine with excellent complexity and depth; a superior after-dinner choice.
95 points $12.95 Best Buy
Coda Rossa 2016 Couer dEst Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Complex, attractive aromas and flavors of marinated peppers,olives and root vegetables, pomegranate-tomato vinaigrette, scented candle, and dolmades and tomato leaf with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long finish displaying notes of white balsamic on roasted carrots, mineral dust, and sandalwood with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A superbly savory and appetizing red with great complexity and intrigue.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015  Cabernet Franc
93 points
$32
Garnet color. Aromas of dried figs, dates, balsamic reduction, leather, and fruit cake with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy dried peach, cinnamon pastry, and chocolate buttercream finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward Cabernet Franc with lots of oak and spicy nuance.
Amalthea 2015 Clone II Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$34.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of forest fruit jam, fine tobacco, tangerine, pickled jicama, black garlic, pimento, and celery with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of tomato leaf with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive cabernet that weaves between rusticity and refinement.
93 points $34.99
Tomasello 2017 Estate Syrah
92 points
$18.95
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Earthy, medicinal, complex aromas and flavors of circus hay, iodine, cranberry cider, and chocolate fondue pot with a supple, lively, saline medium-to-full body and a polished, subtle, very long finish with notes of roasted root vegetables and harciot vert, tomato vinaigrette, and roasted nuts with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very distinctive and super savory red that will be like a scalpel at the table.
92 points $18.95 Best Buy
Amalthea 2014 Europa VII Outer Coastal Plain
92 points
$24.99
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of coconut-vanilla creme, marinated strawberries, cola, cherry-almond biscotti, allspice, and licorice with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish that shows nuances of tomato relish and rhubarb with well-integrated, medium tannins and heavy oak flavor. An unabashedly oaky red that offers piles of creamy character and rich spice notes.
92 points $24.99
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2014 Field Master Red Blend New Jersey
92 points
$40
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha cappuccino, moss, plum bread pudding, dark chocolate, dill, and black licorice with a satiny, vibrant, medium-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish revealing notes of tomato leaf and yuzu with heavy oak flavor. A stately red with luxurious tannins and powerful flavor.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$32
Dusty black ruby color. Aromas of baked plum pudding with creme anglaise, candied bacon, black garlic, and black tea with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, very complex, very long plump olives, lemon zest, fresh parsley, and carob finish with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A sophisticated and super-concentrated Cabernet that can compete with some of the best; fantastic fruit, minerality, and savory character that will continue to blossom with time.
Tomasello 2017 Estate Chambourcin
90 points
$18.95
Dusty violet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of heirloom apples, autumn leaves, cherry preserves, peppermint, and duck rillettes with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, buoyant finish. An earthy, Francophile red that’s an excellent charcuterie pairing.
90 points $18.95
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Derby White Muscat New Jersey
90 points
$28
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, jasmine, honeydew melon, turkish delight, lilac, lime, and apricot with a velvety, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length finish conveying notes of beeswax and almond biscotti with no oak flavor. A floral, concentrated Muscat with a velvety smooth texture.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2018 Reserve Petit Manseng
90 points
$28
Golden straw color. Aromas of almond cake, baked apricot, coriander honey, flint, banana, yeast rolls, and bee pollen with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long chamomile and pineapple coulis finish. Mouthwatering acidity, awesome minerality, and heaps of varietal character; a lovely Petite Manseng with a New Jersey swagger.
Amalthea 2016 Europa V New Jersey
90 points
$32.99
Burnt sienna color. Earthy aromas and flavors of pickled tomato, dried cherry, smoky baked beans, iberico ham, and overripe strawberry with a satiny, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish that shows nuances of dark chocolate with light oak flavor. A funky, rustic red full of complexity; an elevating pairing for game.
90 points $32.99
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 The Huntsman Red Blend New Jersey
90 points
$40
Indigo color. Interesting aromas and flavors of baked berries with caramel, orange blossom creme, cranberry vinaigrette, and flower patch with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, very long finish revealing nuances of spiced cassis and nuts, cedar, and marinated carrots and cherries with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A vibrant red blend reminiscent of a fine Gattinara that commands attention.
Coda Rossa 2016 Sweet Harmony Dessert Wine Concord
89 points
$17
Garnet color. Aromas of grape jam and raspberry gummies with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length graphite finish with fruit tannins. A balanced and bright Concord wine that delivers perfect simplicity with lip smacking acidity and tannins.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017  Riesling
89 points
$20
Bright straw color. Aromas of pineapple, ripe apple, ripe pear, ginger powder, beeswax, spray roses, and jicama with a satiny, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length lime curd, butter, and thyme finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and weighty Riesling with nice varietal character; nice aging potential.
Amalthea 2017 Reserve Chancellor
88 points
$24.99
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of marinated beets, ripe strawberry, baked blackberries with caramel, and graphite with a silky, lively, light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, very food-friendly red with ripe fruit balanced by pleasant earthiness.
88 points $24.99
Coda Rossa 2016 Peach O Grigio Fruit Wine New Jersey
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale amber beige color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach tea, honeysuckle, melon, and young mango with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of peach cobbler. A fruity, effortlessly drinkable wine that tastes of summer.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2016 Barrel Aged Chardonnay
87 points
$25
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of dulce de leche, mocha, pound cake, caramelized bananas, spiced apple compote, and baking spice with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that shows notes of chalk with moderate oak flavor. A creamy, oak-forward Chardonnay sure to please fans of the style.
Amalthea NV Carme Outer Coastal Plain
87 points
$32.99
Burnt sienna color. Interesting aromas of marsh grasses, pickled ginger, and paprika with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length vanilla, ripe strawberry, raspberry, ripe tomato, and marigold finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. An earthy and distinctive red that will be a creative and interesting pairing for the table.
87 points $32.99
Palmaris 2014 Reserve Petit Verdot
86 points
$30.95
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of plum, serrano ham, black pepper, and dry rub spices with a tannic, tart, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of green tomato and cranberries with light oak flavor. Instantly appealing aromas beacon one to a glass of this bright and ageable Petit Verdot.
86 points $30.95
Coda Rossa 2015 Sweet Jane Off-Dry White New Jersey
85 points
$14
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of white grape jam, peach gummies, wax candy, and lime custard with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, jammy Labrusca wine to serve ice cold.
Coda Rossa 2016 1526 Red Blend Outer Coastal Plain
85 points
$17
Black ruby color. Aromas of heirloom apples, polished furniture, camphor, cinnamon, and black pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length dried figs and dates, raspberry tart, and basil finish with light oak flavor. A distinctively herbal red for the table.
Coda Rossa 2016 Blue Moon Fortified Flavored Wine New Jersey
85 points
$20
Garnet color. Aromas of dried dates, leather, minestrone, and menthol lozenge with a silky, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, breezy chocolate, candied orange peel, roasted walnut, and banana finish with light oak flavor. A juicy port-style wine to sip with cheese.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2018 Pink Flamingo Rosé New Jersey
85 points
$22
Khaki orange color. Aromas of apricot and sponge cake with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, snappy strawberry preserves and lemon zest finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, gulpable rose for anytime enjoyment.
Coda Rossa 2016 Black Bird Sweet Fruit Wine New Jersey
84 points
$16
Gold color. Aromas of wrapped blackberries, black tea, yogurt, tomato, black pepper, and sweet gum tree with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy blackberry handpie and strawberry danish finish. A fruity and wild wine to serve with a good chill.
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