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February 2019 - Regional US Northeast

February 2019 - Regional US Northeast
This month's Wine feature is Regional US Northeast Wines

Regional US Northeast Reviews

Wagner Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Ice Wine Riesling
93 points
$24.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of apricot liqueur, quince, and clove honey with a vibrant, moderately sweet full body and an interesting, medium-long apricot nectar, white peach skin, and golden delicious apple skin finish. A delicious stone-fruit nectar Eiswein for polishing off a splendid meal.
93 points $24.99
White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Vidal Blanc Outer Coastal Plain
93 points
$37
Straw color. Aromas of sour peach, honeysuckle, eucalyptus, pink grapefruit cordial, and fresh cut grass with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, captivating, medium-length limestone, sea salt, lemon spritz, and passion fruit scone finish with no oak flavor. A zingy, refreshing, mineral-forward wine for Sauvignon Blanc lovers.
Point of the Bluff Vineyards 2016  Pinot Noir
92 points
$30
Garnet black color. Spicy, savory aromas and flavors of spicy cherry chutney, honey roasted beets, and hint of licorice with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, layered, medium-long finish that shows suggestions of pomegranate and black raspberry relish, orange blossom honey, spiced nuts, and cedar with fine, crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A deeply flavorful and rather opulent New York state pinot noir that will stand up to the heartiest of dishes.
White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve Merlot
92 points
$34
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts and berry syrup on buttered pancakes with a bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of maple roasted nuts and cedar with crunchy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A delicious, lively and chewy merlot that is sure to please and will cellar well.
White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve Cabernet Franc
92 points
$39
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of violet water, tart blackberry, and graphite with an dry medium body and an appealing, long raspberry fruit leather, creme de violette, and stone dust finish with dusty, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry and floral American Cab Franc to balance out a richer winter entree.
Wagner Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Dry Riesling
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Herbal aromas of dried peach, rose petal tea, caraway, and candied fennel seed with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length pineapple, creme fraiche, and kiwi finish with no oak flavor. A perfumed riesling with lively acidity and magnetic appeal.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
White Horse Winery 2017 Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Clear pink coral color. Attractive aromas of lemon bar with raspberry swirl, fresh herbs, cherry candies, and cardamom with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long watermelon, pomegranate, and sage finish. A vibrant and lengthy rose that shows off the Outer Coastal Plain; delicious.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Point of the Bluff Vineyards 2015 Dry Riesling
91 points
$19
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of herbed poached apple and pear, coconut water, and balloon with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, elegant, long finish with elements of honeyed Meyer lemon and tangerine rinds, peach pit, seltzer, and limestone with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A lovely, stimulating riesling tailor made for oysters.
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$19.99
Emerald straw color. Perfumed aromas of white roses, jasmine, honeydew, white peach, gooseberry, cannabis, and tarragon with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long Meyer lemon and pineapple finish with no oak flavor. An atypical Sauvignon Blanc from Finger Lakes packed with breathtaking florals, savory herbs, and singing, crisp fruit.
90 points $19.99
Wagner Vineyards 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
90 points
$24.99
Brilliant ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cranberry relish, pomegranate chutney, and spiced nuts with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish with shades of beet juice, cocoa-dusted orange peel, and cedar with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A clean, delicate, and savory pinot noir tailor made for a fine meal.
90 points $24.99
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Hilda Chardonnay
90 points
$34.99
Straw color. Oaky aromas of glazed sweet potato, dark roasted nuts, coconut meringue, and winter spices with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla, tarragon, and kumquat finish with heavy oak flavor. A flamboyantly oaked Finger Lakes chardonnay that is teeming with unique and inviting flavors.
90 points $34.99
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Margrit Riesling
90 points
$34.99
Brilliant yellow straw color. Green, fruity, tropical aromas and flavors of ripe peaches in syrup, honey-drizzled starfruit, green apple, and lychee with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, elegant, medium-length finish with grippy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A vivaciously riesling with a heady nose of ripe tropical and orchard fruits; a grippy palate should soften with age; highly ageable.
90 points $34.99
Wagner Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Semi-Dry Riesling
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow color. Perfumed aromas of white peach, gardenia, cherry stone, and freesia with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a medium-to-long finish. A pure and clean riesling that exudes a springtime freshness.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Point of the Bluff Vineyards 2015 Reserve Riesling
89 points
$22
Yellow straw color. Aromas of starfruit, apricot, lime leaf, beeswax, golden kiwi, and lanolin with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy lemon zest and passionfruit finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A tropical riesling with a dry but juicy style.
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2017  Rkatsiteli
88 points
$16.99
Silver color. Aromas of passionfruit, mango, and steel wool with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk pineapple, lemon thyme, and sidewalk chalk finish. A distinctive Finger Lakes white showcasing a exotic varietal; party-worthy.
88 points $16.99
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016  Blaufrankisch
88 points
$21.99
Ruby color. Aromas of blackberry candy and applewood smoke with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length violet candies, blueberry jam, and sidewalk chalk finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A luscious Blaufrankisch bursting with purple flavors throughout.
88 points $21.99
Wagner Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Unoaked Chardonnay
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of granny smith apple, dried pears in nougat, Italian lemon, and coconut water with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of cinnamon smoke with a suggestion of oak flavor. A crisp and clean chardonnay that begs for firm fish.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Wagner Vineyards 2017 Caywood East Vineyards Estate Bottled Riesling
87 points
$17.99
White gold color. Fruity aromas of peppered melon, peach sorbet, pistachio nougat, and alfalfa and orchid arrangement with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long clementine and apple relish and green apple and watermelon candies finish with no oak flavor. A rock solid riesling sipper.
87 points $17.99
Point of the Bluff Vineyards 2017 Dry Rosé Cabernet Franc
87 points
$19
Sunburst amber color. Aromas of tomato vine, blood orange, guava, and sweet paprika with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length Washington apple, bing cherry, and toffee finish. A robust rose with lots of rustic Cabernet Franc personality.
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$21.99
Garnet black color. Roasted, rustic aromas and flavors of barnyard, campfire ash, carob-coated dried berries, and cajeta with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of cassis compote with Meyer lemon zest and cedar with chewy, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A slightly rustic and earthy cabernet that will excel with game.
87 points $21.99
White Horse Winery 2016 Vintners Red Blend American
87 points
$24
Dusty ruby black color. Aromas of black cassis, leather, and green peppercorn with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy toasted rye and dark chocolate finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock-solid Bordeaux varietal blend that will be quite versatile at the table.
Wagner Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Dry Rosé Cabernet Franc
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of struck match, white strawberry, forest fruit tisane, and bell pepper with a supple, vibrant, light body and an even, brisk finish with notes of tart watermelon candies with no oak flavor. A crisp and refreshing rose for hot days.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Wagner Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled Select Off-Dry Riesling
85 points
$14.99
Straw color. Aromas of poached pears, white florals, and warm ginger with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, cheery apple and fondant finish with no oak flavor. A fruit-kissed riesling for anytime sipping.
85 points $14.99
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