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

Waving Tree 2009 Estate Nebbiolo
97 points
$80
Brown brick red color. Elegant aromas and flavors of dried cherry, leather, chocolate, chicory, fragrant plum, chess pie, mint, bitter orange, and geranium with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, very complex, very long finish that shows accents of cafe latte, salted caramel, and veal charcuterie with well-integrated, silky tannins. A flavor packed, evolving new-world Nebbiolo that will take your dining experience to new heights; drinking beautifully now.
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
Clos du Val 2015 Hirondelle Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$120
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of black olive, rosemary focaccia, coconut creme, and milk chocolate with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a peppery, subtle, long finish with notes of sun dried tomato, black pepper, dark tobacco, and mace with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A concentrated, powerful Cabernet with stimulating salinity; makes a lasting impression.
Jarvis 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$315
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of berry compote, butter roasted nuts, kidd leather, and polished wood with a bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long finish revealing notes of bubbly cassis pie crust, mixed olives, incense, and marinated meat with fine, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, complex and elegant Napa cabernet for the finest of steaks.
Lorenzi Estate 2014 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$75
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of pickled peppers and olives, dried berries and dates, chive blossoms, and roasted nuts with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an intricate, long finish with notes of cassis preserves, pumpernickel raisin toast, and spiced sultanas with chewy, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sumptuous, elegant, yet powerful and deeply flavorful cabernet that is singing right now.
Modus Operandi Cellars 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
$100
Black violet color. Perfumed aromas of rose petals, marinated mushrooms, crystalized blueberry, fine leather furniture, salumi, pickling spices, and dark chocolate with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, massive, very long anise, espresso, and pomegranate molasses finish with heavy oak flavor. An exceptionally dense cabernet that shows elegance over muscle; this wine will age well for decades.
Dewitt Family 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$55
Black violet color. Creamy, smoky aromas of blackberry mostarda, chai latte, and bacon with a round, vibrant, dryish full body and a peppery, epic, very long charred meats, cracked black pepper, coriander, and caramel latte finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A slightly smoky, meaty cabernet with commanding character; memorable, luxurious, superbly balanced.
Greyscale 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$65
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of wet clay and wax, dark roasted coffee beans and nuts, herbed chocolate bar, and earth with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-long finish with suggestions of nut, dried cassis and citrus, and olive tapenade with crunchy, chewy tannins and no oak flavor. A profoundly rich, savory and brooding powerhouse of a cabernet that will amply reward patience.
Modus Operandi Cellars 2013  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$100
Black violet color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of dried rose petals, asian pear, black olive, vanilla shortbread, strawberry preserves, and lime leaf with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long finish that presents nuances of gardenia, mocha, cocoa powder, and leather billfold with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent Napa cab that will develop into show-stopper.
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