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February 2018 - Regional US Southeast

February 2018 - Regional US Southeast
This month's Wine feature is Regional US Southeast Wines

Regional US Southeast Reviews

Grove Winery 2015 Estate Grown Ensemble Red Blend Haw River Valley
93 points
$30
Ruby color. Mature aromas of dried cherries, leather, sundried tomatoes, and rosewood with a satiny, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long black tea, black licorice, genache, anise, and coriander finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A serious, matured wine that’s ready to drink now or cellar for extra depth.
Williamsburg Winery 2015 Limited Release Norton
91 points
$39
Black violet color. Aromas of berry-vanilla gelato, kiwi, roasted almonds, and peppercorns with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length boysenberry jam, cedar, and tomato leaf finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A delightful, serious Norton that will please all types of wine-lovers; a must try at the table.
Awards: 2017 Best Norton
Williamsburg Winery 2015 Limited Release Tannat
91 points
$60
Black garnet color. Earthy aromas of pine, moss, and dried blackberries with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, distinctive, medium-long thyme, green peppercorn, and wild mushrooms finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. An inky, earthy wine that will be a pleasure with French Cuisine.
Barboursville 2016 Reserve Vermentino
90 points
$22.99
Pale straw green color. Minerally aromas of flint, granite, and dried lime peels with a silky, vibrant, dry light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long bitter almond, apricot stone, dried herbs, and peppercorns finish with fruit tannins. A very dry and distinctive take on Vermentino that seduces with smoky, minerally character.
90 points $22.99
Barboursville 2014 Paxxito Virginia
89 points
$31.99
Golden amber color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of honey drenched dried apricots, almond cakes in syrup, honeysuckle blossoms, and peach jam with wildflower confit with a round, bright, sweet medium body and a refreshing, medium-length wintergreen and dried rose finish with fruit tannins. A charming desert wine that will be lovely with biscotti or almond cookies.
89 points $31.99
Grove Winery 2015 Estate Grown Sangiovese
88 points
$16.99
Brick red color. Fruity aromas of dried cherries, leather, root beer, and vanilla gelato with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length peony petals, black pepper, and rhubarb finish with moderate oak. A noble take on food-friendly sangiovese from North Carolina.
88 points $16.99
Grove Winery 2014  Malbec
88 points
$16.99
Dusty violet color. Fruity aromas of cherry, watermelon candy, and pomegranate molasses with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-long chocolate wafer and golden tomatoes finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A successful North Carolina take on Malbec that is fruity and intriguing.
88 points $16.99
Williamsburg Winery 2016 Limited Release Petit Manseng
88 points
$24
Straw color. Aromas of egg-washed shortbread, lemon peels in syrup, peach-orange marmalade, and flint with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and an intriguing, breezy coriander and resin finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A sprightly and lightly spicy friendly white with endless pairing options.
Barboursville 2015 Reserve Cabernet Franc
88 points
$24.99
Black ruby color. Oaky aromas of cigars, savory spices, and plump dried black fruit with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-length salty serrano ham, coriander, fig jam, and dark chocolate covered cherries finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A delicious addition to your cheese board or steak dinner.
88 points $24.99
Williamsburg Winery 2015 Trianon Cabernet Franc
88 points
$40
Dark garnet color. Woody aromas of cotton, cigar box, and earth with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length cassis, ink, dried raspberry, pickled green pepper, and baking spices finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A solid Virginia cab franc for weeknight steak.
Williamsburg Winery 2015 Adagio Virginia
88 points
$75
Black violet color. Rustic aromas of tomato leaf, labrusca grape, red pepper jam, mocha, and carob muffin with a chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cinnamon and mace finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A mouthfilling, entree-worthy wine that will work great at the table.
Grove Winery 2015  Carmenere
87 points
$17.99
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of scorched earth, dark fruit jam, slate, and beet root with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length plum, sandalwood, and peppercorns finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. An earthy red with charming minerality.
87 points $17.99
Williamsburg Winery 2015 Gabriel Archer Reserve Red Virginia
87 points
$42
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of cassis tart, baby powder, thicket, and smoky roasted espresso bean with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, breezy pomegranate, spiced plump raisin, chocolate, and toasty oak finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rustic Bordeaux varietal blend with a great sense of place; fun to pair with.
Barboursville 2015 Octagon Virginia
87 points
$54.99
Black garnet color. Earthy aromas of smoked green pepper, fresh berries in vanilla creme Anglaise, slate, and tomato vine with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, relaxed cracked peppercorns, green tomato chutney, and apricot fruit leather finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A dense, chewy, smoky Virginia red blend for fans of Chilean wines.
87 points $54.99
Williamsburg Winery 2015 Reserve Petit Verdot
86 points
$49
Violet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of dill pickles, marinated tomatoes, coriander, and garlic scapes with a slightly chewy, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length cedar chips finish with moderate oak. A wine with great pickling spice and herb character that will be fun to pair with.
Williamsburg Winery 2016 Petite Fleur Limited Release Virginia
85 points
$24
Amber color. Aromas of dried apricot, green apple, and fresh pineapple with a satiny, bright, sweet medium body and a tingling, short lemon and orange marmalades finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A sweet, after-dinner tipple.
Williamsburg Winery 2015 Reserve Merlot
85 points
$40
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, fresh cut grass, and vanilla muffin batter with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, breezy carob finish with gritty tannins and moderate oak. An herbal Merlot with zingy acidity.
Grove Winery 2017 Estate Grown Chardonnay
84 points
$15.99
Pale yellow straw color. Sulfurous aromas of match stick, egg salad, roasted carrots, and curried apricot with a glycerous, soft, fruity medium body and a polished, breezy lemon pith, underripe peach, and white tea finish with soft tannins. A plush chardonnay to aerate before serving.
84 points $15.99
Williamsburg Winery 2016 Wessex Hundred Viognier
84 points
$28
Golden straw color. Aromas of apple puree, hay, roasted nuts, and damp moss with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk dried pineapple finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tropical and funky Viognier for adventure seekers.
Williamsburg Winery 2015 Wessex Hundred Petit Verdot
83 points
$32
Black garnet color. Woody, vegetal aromas of tomato leaves, fertile earth, and mustard greens with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, carefree juicy spring berries and white pepper finish with moderate oak. A green Petit Verdot for springtime pairing.
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