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February 2019 - Regional US Southeast

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

Regional US Southeast Reviews

Cunningham Creek Winery 2017 Estate Grown Viognier
94 points
$26
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of honey roasted tropical fruits, peach cobbler, honeysuckle on a cedar trellis, and pistachio oil with a velvety, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long finish that shows accents of apple and pear sauce, pineapples in coconut milk, and white chocolate brittle with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A delicious, big, tropical viognier with lots of varietal character.
Vanderbilt Reserve 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$35
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of Ovaltine and chocolate cereal and berry pie crust with an vibrant, fruity medium body and a captivating, long finish with shades of dried cherry and toffee with soft tannins and light oak flavor. A delicious, chewy, and concentrated Cabernet that will work brilliantly with well-aged steaks or on it’s own.
Biltmore Estate 2016 Limited Release Tempranillo
91 points
$24
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat, blackberry meringue pie, leather, and orange blossom honeycomb with an bright, fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-long finish that shows notes of cedar and spiced roasted nuts with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toothsome and varietally correct tempranillo that is drinking well now and will improve with time.
Cunningham Creek Winery 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$38
Garnet black color. Herbal aromas and flavors of dill pickles, rhubarb pie, pencil shavings, and tomato vine with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length finish that shows notes of pickled green tomatoes and roasted turnips and kale with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A savory cabernet with lots of earthy herbal notes.
Biltmore Estate 2017 Dry Rosé American
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Salmon orange color. Fruity aromas of raspberry jam, sweet cherry, and heirloom tomato with a soft, vibrant, fruity medium body and a polished, medium-long grape leaves and stracciatela finish with no oak flavor. A rustic rose for afternoon refreshment.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2017  Sangiovese
85 points
$19
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of tomato vine and celery leaf with a vibrant, dryish medium body and a brisk finish with notes of yellow tomato, raw green bean, and potting soil with a suggestion of oak flavor. A vegetal American Sangiovese for a meal out in the garden.
Biltmore Estate NV Cardinal Crest Red Blend American
84 points
$15
Ruby black color. Aromas of pencil lead and fallen leaves with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a short generic fruit leather, tomato vine, and molten plastic finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An off-dry red for smashing with a pizza on the couch.
Biltmore Estate 2017 Reserve Viognier
84 points
$24
Yellow straw color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of white chocolate s’mores and frosted peach danish with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that shows notes of pear and pineapple gelato, honeydew, and peach and grape skins with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice and even viognier sipper for everyday pleasure.
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