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
$54.95
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
$180
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
$150
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
$115
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.
Gracianna 2019 Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir
95 points
$54
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of compressed watermelon, cherry granola, fresh herbs, duck rillettes, warm, flaky pastry, and tangerine with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, long finish with accents of smoked cranberry sauce, licorice, and caramelized squash with light oak flavor. A singing Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with a dark side; rich, mysterious, savory but all-the-while purely fruity and instantly appealing.
Kenwood Vineyards 2017 Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$35
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry jam, salted caramel, dried fruits, fine woods, and hazelnut pastry cream with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, complex, long finish displaying impressions of raspberry lemon bars, cocoa shortbread, mixed peppercorns, and spiced cafe au lait. A divine nectar of the most concentrated, decadent flavors; a weighted blanket of a Cabernet.
Axios 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$150
Black violet color. Aromas of spiced cherry chutney, tarragon, cafe latte, leather, and toasted hazelnut with a tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long aniseed, cinnamon toast, raspberry tart, and black olives finish with heavy oak flavor. A mature, persuasive Cabernet Sauvignon with impact.
Jarvis 2016 Estate Cabernet Franc
95 points
$160
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered plum, grilled green peppers, cured meats, and tobacco with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with notes of chocolate, grilled almonds, creme brulee, and fresh parsley with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A divine Cabernet Franc that is sure to please.
Corner 103 2018  Petit Verdot
95 points
$60
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
$60
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.