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

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards NV Solera Sherry Finger Lakes
98 points
Dark brown color. Aromas of dark sautéed almonds drizzled with sherry and fleur de sel, cocoa-dusted figs, toffee, and caramel apple with a fat body and a very long peach chutney, spicy raisin walnut cake, pink pepper, and pecan finish. A rich, penetrating example of a domestic creamy Sherry with yummy honeyed fruit and nut flavors.
Awards: '2022 New York Wine Classic - Best Sweet Wine' 2022 New York Wine Classic - Best Sherry-Style
Jarvis 2015 Reserve Merlot
96 points
Ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate raisins and prunes, carob bar, spiced berries, and bacon bits and pipe tobacco with a fat body and a very long cassis tart a la mode, toffee, and chocolate fudge finish. An elegant, satiny Merlot that is drinking exquisitely right now.
AvinoDos 2017  Malbec
96 points
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced nuts, cherry-fig chutney, coconut macaroon and cocoa nibs, and cherry blossom with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, engaging, medium-long finish with nuances of blueberry pie a la mode, cedar, roasted root vegetables, and violets with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and brawny Malbec with well-meshed flavors and mouth filing tannins; give this one some time.
H/H Estates 2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Michael Andrews Reserve Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills
96 points
Black ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of olive tapenade with cheese, figs and gherkins, goji berry and leather, and bacon wrapped dates with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish displaying impressions of blackberry tart, vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins, herbs and peppercorns, and cherry tea with well-integrated, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A round, mature Gran-Reserva-Roija-like red that will be stellar with a meaty meal or on its own.
Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé Finger Lakes
96 points
Best Buy
Brilliant silvery pink color. Aromas of strawberry and watermelon granitas, banana-rhubarb tart, and bramble with a fat body and a very long cherry-orange relish, spiced apple, rose petals, and red licorice whip finish. A vibrantly delicious Rose that whets the appetite and satisfies the soul; a benchmark for New York rose.
Awards: '2022 New York Wine Classic - Best Pink Wine' 2022 New York Wine Classic - Best Rosé (0 to 2% RS)
96 points $19 Best Buy
Lawer Estates 2018 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate covered espresso bean with a dry fat body and a very long dark cherry, gunsmoke, and suede finish with moderate oak flavor. A serious Cabernet that showed up in an expensive suit ready for business.
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.