About US Wine

About US Wine
The United States is one of the most important players in the wine industry. On sheer numbers alone, the US is the fourth largest country in terms of total production; but it is the outstanding quality of wines from the US that is an additional part of its worldwide prestige.

While the first wines produced in the colonies date back to the late 18th century, it has only been since the mid-1960s that the US has entered the premium wine market on a large scale. California, especially Napa Valley and Sonoma County were the areas that drove the new quality movement. Other areas in California also were home to great wines; soon Washington and Oregon were home to first-class wines as well. New York State, especially the Finger Lakes are was rediscovered for its Rieslings and soon wineries started opening in states such as Texas, Virginia and North Carolina.

Today, 90% of domestic premium wine is produced in California and there are several wine types that share the spotlight; these include Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Sonoma's Russian River Valley as well as Santa Barbara County and Chardonnay from several regions, such as Monterey and Sonoma County. Bordeaux-styles reds from Washington State have received great acclaim as have Oregon Pinot Noirs.

Today, the United States is in an enviable position of being one of the largest producers of wine as well as one of the most celebrated.

Top Picks for USA

Inglenook 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry preserves, allspice, and grilled pumpernickel with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, thought-provoking, long finish with suggestions of black currant, india ink, molasses, clove, and black peppercorn. A robust and complex Cabernet that will develop in the glass throughout a meal and for years to come.
96 points $54.95
Jarvis 2015  Petit Verdot
96 points
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cured meat, mesquite, macerated blackberry, and dark chocolate shavings with a tannic, lively, dry full body and a very long finish with accents of ripe blackberry, sun dried tomato, and charred brisket. A complex, sun-drenched Petit Verdot with world-class intensity and structure; a bold and beautiful red.
Awards: 2021 Best Red Wine
Jarvis 2019 Finch Hollow Chardonnay
96 points
Golden straw color. Toasty, woody aromas and flavors of cedar, roasted nuts, grilled pineapple, and dark caramel and vanilla bean with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, medium-long finish that presents overtones of spiced apples and nuts and cedar plank with moderate oak flavor. A wood-driven, luxurious Chardonnay sipper that comes alive with aeration; decant or cellar.
Awards: 2021 Best Chardonnay
Reynolds Family Winery 2015 Reserve 300 Series Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, figs and dates, dark chocolate, fine caramel, toasted pine nuts, cola, and menthol with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish evoking notes of french silk pie, hazelnut spread, and licorice with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. Supreme texture and elegant flavors mesh in this serious, upstanding Stags Leap Cabernet that is sure to please.
Corner 103 2018  Petit Verdot
95 points
Deep purple color. Aromas of berry compote, chocolate-covered caramels, and hints of rose with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, distinctive, long sassafras and black pepper finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A commanding, pure and instantly appealing Petite Verdot.
Smith Devereux 2017 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of artisan candle in a leather holder, dusty road, cacao, pinecone, and dried mulberries with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish that presents notes of berry chutney, eucalyptus honeycomb, and cedar with chewy, coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A poised and chewy old world claret style cabernet that deserves serious attention, time, and the finest cuts of meat.
Kirkland Signature 2018 Suscol Vista Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black currant, black olive , dark chocolate, fresh violet, and fennel with a velvety, lively, dry full body and a peppery, elegant, very long finish with notes of baked blackberry, fig, eucalyptus, and cedar with heavy oak flavor. A lush and mighty Napa Cabernet that broods with dark fruits while still showing nuance of purple flowers and herbs.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value US Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points $16 Best Buy
Jarvis 2018 Will Jarvis Science Project Napa Valley
95 points
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of espresso, cocoa powder, and black cherry with a velvety, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long finish that shows overtones of olive tapenade, fennel, and cherry sage mostarda with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delightful melange of herbs and berries that culminated in a long complex finish; among the best that’s graced our panelists this year.
Awards: 2021 Top 2 Bordeaux Varietal Blend
Mount Pleasant Estates NV Tawny Port Library Volume XX Augusta, Missouri
95 points
Medium steely amber color. Aromas of candied walnut, soy sauce, pecans, and brine with a fat body and a polished, layered, medium-long white peppercorn, marzipan, sesame oil, butterscotch, and burnt honey finish with no oak flavor. A sweet, savory and nutty Port-style Fortified Wine; well-balanced and perfect to elevate all kinds of dessert pairings.
Awards: 2021 Best Port-Style Wine
Jarvis 2019 Unfiltered Finch Hollow Chardonnay
95 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of butter-sauteed bananas, cedar, fresh herb melange, delicately spiced apples, and praline with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of cream-topped crepes with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, dreamy Napa Chardonnay with great ageability; seriously structured, expertly vinted and highest quality.